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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 »
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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).
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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. »
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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
Indie distributor Alchemy has just scooped up Cannes perennial Nanni Moretti's "Mia Madre" out of the competition. This semi-autobiographical seriocomedy centers on a director (Margherita Buy) who's shooting an Italian film with an unruly and famous American actor (John Turturro). Meanwhile, she's trying to keep her own life together, despite her mother's (Giulia Lazzarini) illness and daughter's (Beatrice Mancini) budding adolescence. Moretti, who also stars in the film and won the 2001 Palme d'Or for "The Son's Room," co-penned the script with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella. In 2012, he served as the Cannes jury president when Michael Haneke's "Amour" took the Palme. Read More: Indiewire's Cannes Review of "Mia Madre" Moretti produced "Mia Madre" through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema. While no release date has been set, the film has so far met acclaim and interest »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Alchemy has taken U.S. distribution rights to Nanni Moretti’s family drama Mia Madre. The film, which played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, tells the story of a female film director, Margherita (Margherita Buy) who is trying to make a movie amid chaos and craziness in her life. Some of her headaches include a teenage daughter, a formidable mother and a big-headed American film star (played by John Turturro). Pic also stars Giulia Lazzarini… »
Nanni Moretti's Cannes competition entry Mia Madre has found a North American home. Alchemy announced Tuesday that it had picked up all U.S. rights to the comedy-drama, starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini. "Mia Madre is a beautiful and hilarious film from one of the world's great filmmakers,” said Brooke Ford, Alchemy's executive vp marketing. "Nanni Moretti has delivered a wonderful film with an extraordinary performance by Margherita Buy, and we look forward to bringing it to Us audiences." Read More 'Mia Madre': Film Review The film, which had its world premiere in Cannes
- Alex Ritman
The film recently premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Moretti wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay along with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced the film through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
“Mia Madre” centers on a director, played by Buy, who is shooting an Italian film with a famous American actor (Turturro), who’s also a disruptive blowhard and buffoon. Away from the shoot, the director tries to hold her life together, despite her mother’s illness and her daughter’s adolescence.
Jeff Deutchman, Alchemy’s vice president of acquisitions, negotiated the “Mia Madre” deal with »
- Dave McNary
No Italian-American actor loves returning to Italy to work in local films more than John Turturro. He played Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi in the late Francesco Rosi’s 1997 feature The Truce. Turturro frequently collaborates with director-cinematographer Marco Pontecorvo, who directed the actor in this year’s Tempo instabile con probabili schiarite and also shot the actor’s directorials Fading Gigolo and his Naples music doc Passione. Turturro holds dual citizenship in… »
Mamma Mia: Moretti’s Continues Exploring a Death in the Family
After having won the Palme d’Or in 2001 for his film The Son’s Room, Italian director Nanni Moretti resumes with a similar motif with his latest, Mia Madre. Except, rather than a family dealing with an unexpected absence, here we have the opposite perspective, that of the grown children dealing with the inevitable death of their ailing parent. Ungainly in its structure as it examines the struggles of its lead protagonist as she handles both family and professional dilemmas, a rewarding performance from Margherita Buy tends to compensate for the film’s shortcomings.
Margherita (Buy) is in the midst of shooting a new film concerned with labor and employee relations. As she films around the American actor Barry Huggins (John Turturro) soon set to join the production, the already harried director additionally is forced to contend with her »
- Nicholas Bell
Mia Madre (My Mother)
Directed by Nanni Moretti
I went into the Mia Madre screening hoping for a witty, ironic, sensitive and emotionally substantial piece of cinema and came out thinking the Cannes selection does not pretend to be a meritocracy. Nanni Moretti is a big Cannes brand names, one of a few lucky ‘subscribers’ quasi-certain of a slot in the festival, the mediocrity of some of their fare notwithstanding. The murmur in the press queues this year has been confirming the impression that this is just the way it is, ‘once you’re in the club, you’re in for life’. One day there may well be a festival in which selection would be like blind tasting, but until then we will have to endure Nanni Moretti’s egomaniacal persona coated in a patina of fumbling false modesty.
With Mia Madre, »
In The Son’s Room, winner of the 2001 Palme d’or in Cannes, Nanni Moretti tackled the difficult subject of a couple mourning their son. In Mia Madre (My Mother), he evokes death once again in this part-satire part-melodrama competing in the Official Selection. Margherita is a director whose advice to her own making a social drama about factory workers facing layoffs. I’m not even sure she believes in the film herself. She doesn’t even know what the advice she gives her confused actors means: “Play the character, but also stand beside the character.” Perhaps that is exactly what Margherita does. She seems to be outside her body at times, as if observing her own distraught life while her mother is gradually losing hers. [caption id="attachment_460287" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Cannes[/caption] When she’s not on set getting frustrated with every scene, crewmember and actor, especially the American star Barry Huggins »
- Talia Soghomonian
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