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Read More: Exclusive: First Look At Tara Subkoff’s Directorial Debut ‘#Horror’ With Chloe Sevigny, Taryn Manning & More IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to Tara Subkoff's star-studded film, "#Horror." Based on actual events, the film follows a group of 12-year-old girls whose obsession with a social media game turns a cyberbullying incident into a chaotic situation. "#Horror" centers on the increasingly cruel and dog-eat-dog online world where popularity can be achieved at the cost of human lives. The film stars Chloe Sevigny, Tim Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Balthazar Getty, Stella Schnabel, Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Blue Lindberg, Mina Sundwall, Emma Adler, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Lydia Hearst and Taryn Manning. "#Horror" premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Read More: Jack Black Takes 'The D-Train,' Chloe Sevigny Feels '#Horror' And John Turturro & Vanessa Paradis Say 'Rio, I Love »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Tyrese Gibson sure does like talking about Green Lantern. It's a definite change of pace from Marvel Studios who really dislike when their actors talk about roles before officially signing. Hell, online chatter said Asa Butterfield was the front-runner for Spider-Man until he went on social media and starting talking about it. However, this isn't Marvel, and Tyrese is openly campaigning for the role of John Stewart in Green Lantern Corps. Speaking to Collider, he had this to say about the role: "I've already had a couple of meetings at Warner Bros., so we'll see what happens. I do believe that there needs to be more black superheroes out there, but that's not even my motivation. I think I would be the best Green Lantern and based on my fans and supporters that spent around $6 billion in box office receipts, I feel like there's a fanbase of fans out there »
- Charles Dean
According to local filmmakers, the recent suppression of documentary Beyond The Fear is just one episode in a quickening erosion of artistic freedom in Israel.
As Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre began to roll on the opening night of the Jerusalem Film Festival in the picturesque Sultan’s Pool amphitheatre in early July, another screening was kicking off just metres above the spectators’ heads.
They included The Kindergarten Teacher director Nadav Lapid; Keren Yedaya, who won Cannes’ Camera d’Or for her debut work Or; Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, whose credits include the award-winning The Law In These Parts; and Shlomi Elkabetz, co-director of the Golden Globe-nominated Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem which premiered in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in May 2014 and went on to win best film at »
Sivan’s pic was awarded the Haggiag Family Award for Israeli Cinema for best feature. Best documentary honors from the Van Leer Foundation went to “Hotline,” Silvina Landsmann’s look at a tiny Ngo grappling with a major issue: the flood of African migrants and asylum seekers struggling to make it as undocumented workers in the gritty recesses of Tel Aviv.
The Anat Pirchi Award for best Israeli debut feature went to “Wedding Doll,” Nitzan Gilady’s look at a young mentally challenged woman who works in a toilet paper factory and finds an unexpected romance; and the Anat Pirchi Award for best Israeli feature script was given to Sivan for “Tikkun.”
The two films continued their winning streak in the best actor categories, »
- Debra Kamin
Tobin Bell is part of a cadre of great actors who you see in many projects – television and film – and instantly recognize. Like other exceptional character actors, these people embrace more limited roles and deliver maximum bang for the thespian buck. Great character actors are versatile, have an insane work ethic, and in my opinion are the most important pieces of fabric woven into the Hollywood talent quilt.Bell’s work, like that of John Turturro, M. Emmet Walsh, Michael Shannon, Andy Serkis or Stephen Tobolowsky, is quite memorable. Now Gsn has tapped into his awesomeness and enlisted him for […] »
- April Neale
Following his appearance at the Jerusalem Film Festival’s (July 9-19) opening night gala of Nanni Moretti’s My Mother, where he was also presented with an honorary award, John Turturro joined author and Columbia University professor Annette Insdorf for an on-stage conversation at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Here are a few highlights.
On portraying a ‘bad actor’ in Nanni Moretti’s My Mother
“I didn’t see it that way because anybody can be bad. You can see the best actor in the world struggle and I’ve seen all kinds of behaviour. I’ve had arguments with directors over the years – I won’t name them – but you’re under a lot of pressure as an actor. I’ve seen great actors, if they stay up all night, if they’ve had too much to drink »
- email@example.com (Matt Mueller)
The curtain rose Thursday night on the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival, one of the most prestigious stages for Israeli filmmaking and a fest whose content and character always serves as a barometer of the Israeli film scene at large.
The fest, which this year launches its first installment following the March death of its founder and champion Lia Van Leer, was at the uncomfortable center of scandal last month when it opted to pull a controversial documentary about Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin from the scheduled lineup. The decision came after Israel’s much maligned Minister of Culture Miri Regev threatened to block state funding for the festival unless the documentary, “Beyond the Fear,” was pulled.
“Beyond the Fear” was not scrapped from competition, but its screening date was rescheduled and it will now be screened privately.
Fest administrators, however, are eager to turn the spotlight back on »
- Debra Kamin
Israel’s minister for culture and sport Miri Regev jeered during speech.
Speaking at the opening night of the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival (July 9-19), Israel’s minister for culture and sport Miri Regev - who has been widely criticised on home soil for attempting to politicise Israeli culture - was booed by some sections of the audience at several intervals during her speech.
After initially calling for a dialogue around the topic of culture, Regev then proposed to “redefine and update the priorities of the cultural world in Israel”, which drew loud jeers.
Regev concluded her speech by promising a larger budget devoted to promoting Israeli culture, which she referred to as her “national mission”, a suggestion that is likely to appeal to her prominent support base outside of the major cities. This declaration stemmed the jeers and received muted applause.
In response to the crowd’s reaction, Regev later wrote on Facebook: “It’s a shame »
It looks like William Friedkin’s cult crime thriller To Live and Die in L.A. is heading to the small screen, with Wgn America snapping up the rights to a TV adaptation, which Friedkin will direct and executive produce along with Oscar-winning scriptwriter Bobby Moresco (Crash).
The MGM Television project is expected to go straight-to-series once the script is ready and approved, and is described as “a reimagining” of the film and “an intense immersion into the inner workings of the Secret Service and a cat-and-mouse chase through the dark underbelly of the City of Angels.”
Released in 1985, To Live and Die in L.A. helped to launch the careers of several actors, including the likes of William Peterson, Willem Dafoe and John Turturro, and told the story of a secret service agent out to bring down a counterfeiter who killed his partner.
- Gary Collinson
William Friedkin's hard boiled '80s action thriller To Live And Die In La is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. And to celebrate, it's coming back in a new form. Friedkin himself has been developing it as a TV series for MGM (the home of Fargo), and will serve as executive producer and director of some episodes. Bobby Moresco (Crash) is also an exec producer and will write.The original film starred William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow and Dean Stockwell, with further early career appearances from Robert Downey Jr. and John Turturro. It revolves around Petersen's dogged secret service investigations in a counterfeiting operation, alongside his obsessive personal mission of revenge.It's based on a novel by ex-cia agent Gerald Petievich, and the series version will be returning to that source. We're promised "an intense immersion into the inner workings of the secret service and a cat-and-mouse »
The Jerusalem Film Festival has unveiled the lineup of pics that will compete for the Haggiag Awards, Israel’s top movie kudos, at the upcoming 32rd edition.
Mixing socially/politically engaged movies and high-concept genre features, the Jerusalem festival’s roster includes “A.K.A. Nadia,” a U.K./Israeli film directed by Tova Ascher, the helmer of “Lemon Tree” and “The Human Ressources Manager”; Hadar Morag’s “Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me”; Yoav and Doron Paz’s “Jeruzalem”; Evgeny Ruman’s “The Man in the Wall”; Avishai Sivan’s “Tikkun” and Nitzan Gilady’s “Wedding Doll.”
“A.K.A Nadia” centers on Maya Goldwasser, who was born into a Muslim family and forged herself a new identity to become a Jewish career woman. But 20 years later, Maya’s past resurfaces, forcing her to face the intolerance and xenophobia within Israeli society.
“Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me” follows the journey of Muhammad, »
- Elsa Keslassy
"Inside Out" is Pixar's dynamic exploration of a young girl named Riley's maturity. We're treated to five physicalized emotions -- Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger -- who dictate her state of mind from a control center. Anger, voiced by "Daily Show" alum and caustic standup comic Lewis Black, is the grumpiest but maybe most lovable denizen of Riley's brain. We caught up with Black to discuss playing the (fitting) character, what he learned from Woody Allen on the set of his first movie "Hannah and her Sisters," and his feelings about "alternative" comedy. You play a character named Anger, which strikes me as a good fit. Did you have methods of making sure he didn't seem one-dimensional? The attack on the line is important. You break it down like notes almost. You do it three times or so, but then they'll say, "Why don't we try it...?" You're really doing it in a vacuum. »
- Louis Virtel
Actor John Turturro to visit Jerusalem and take part in opening ceremony
The movie’s premiere in Israel will be screened at the Sultan’s Pool on July 9, following its world premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival last month.
The opening ceremony will be attended by John Turturro, who stars in the movie.
Italian maverick Moretti’s latest film, which stars Margherita Buy alongside the director, is a return to the family drama he explored in 2001 Palme d’Or winner The Son’s Room.
This time it’s a mother’s slow decline that sparks the melodrama, leavened by comic touches courtesy of a film within the film featuring a Us actor played by Turturro.
Moretti’s previous film in Cannes Competition was 2011 papal dramedy We Have A Pope (Habemus Papam).
Jff director Noa Regev said the selection »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Paris-based Films Distribution has closed Canada (eOne), Germany (Koch Media), Australia (Palace), Korea (T-cast), Taiwan (Maison Motion), Czech Republic (Film Europe), Fidalgo (Norway), Columbia (Cineplex), Denmark (Camera Film), Turkey (Filmarty), A One (Cis) and Mexico (Mantarraya), among others.
Earlier in the festival, Alchemy snapped up “Mia madre” for U.S. distribution.
Echoing Moretti’s own experience and weaving drama with comedy, “Mia Madre” focuses on a film director who struggles to cope with her mother’s fatal illness.
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
John Turturro is such the ultimate Brooklynite that one sometimes forgets the 58-year-old has a lifetime of accumulated wisdom from globetrotting under his belt. Vulture met up with the veteran actor for a stroll along the beach to pick his brain on what he’s learned since his first of six trips to the Cannes Film Festival in 1991, when both Barton Fink and Jungle Fever debuted and Fink swept the top awards. Turturro was at Cannes this year as the comic relief for Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre, playing the disastrously unprepared, big-name American actor shipped in to star in an Italian film about labor unions directed by a woman (Margherita Buy) whose mother (Giulia Lazzarini) is dying. It’s Turturro at his zaniest, spouting off dreams he’s had about Kevin Spacey trying to kill him, singing Italian songs about milk with his head out the window of a moving car, »
- Jada Yuan
Other prizes go to My Mother, Masaan and Paulina.
Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul has been named the best film in the main Competition section of the 68th Cannes Film Festival by Fipresci, the International Federation of Film Critics.
Review: Son of Saul
Laszlo Nemes directorial debut - the only debut in this year’s Competition line-up - is about a Hungarian prisoner assigned to work in one of the crematoria of Auschwitz who, finding a body he believes is his son, sets out to find a rabbi to bury him.
It ranked joint second on Screen’s Cannes Jury Grid, with no prizes as yet for joint leaders Carol and The Assassin.
Nemes previously worked as assistant director to Bela Tarr on The Man From London (2007).
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Moretti also stars in Mia Madre, co-wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced via his Sacher Film alongside Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
The film follows an Italian director who tries to hold her life together during a shoot despite a disruptive American star, ailing mother and adolescent daughter.
Alchemy acquired rights from Film Distribution. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The deal came four days after the film’s world premiere in competition at Cannes. Guy Lodge called the film “wickedly funny” in his review.
It’s the English-language debut of Greek director Lanthimos, who received critical acclaim for “Dogtooth.” The film, which also stars John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman, is a blackly funny love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transformed into animals of their choosing if they fail to find a mate within 45 days.
Farrell plays a single man who checks into a hotel to find a mate, then joins a rebel group and falls in love with Weisz’ character.
“The Lobster” was shot in Ireland the spring »
- Dave McNary and Ramin Setoodeh
Deadline returned to the Cannes Film Festival twofold this year, attracting an A-list crowd to both its interview studio at Nikki Beach's Le Petit Bar at the Carlton Hotel as well as our annual Cocktails on the Croisette party at Nikki Beach. Those sitting down to chat with Deadline’s Nancy Tartaglione, Joseph Utichi and Anthony D’Alessandro included Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Noomi Rapace, John Turturro, John C. Reilly, Gabriel Byrne, among many others. Getty’s… »
Moretti penned the semi-autobiographical screenplay along with co-scribes Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced the film through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
Dramatic but also comic pic features a powerful perf by Italo A-lister Margherita Buy as Moretti’s alter ego, a film director contending with a divorce and an ailing mother. John Turturro plays a funny primadonna-ish American actor. Moretti plays the director’s brother.
Moretti won the Cannes Palm d’Or in 2001 for bereavement drama “The Son’s Room.”
“Mia Madre” is a beautiful and hilarious film from one of the world’s great filmmakers,” enthused Alchemy’s Evp of Marketing, Brooke Ford, in a statement. “Nanni Moretti has delivered a wonderful film »
- Nick Vivarelli
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