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Right now, whether truth or fiction, there's no story unfolding in Hollywood more captivating than that surrounding "The Interview," but it seems James Franco likes a good real life yarn. Next month, he'll hit the Sundance Film Festival with two movies based on true stories: the Gus Van Sant-produced "I Am Michael" and the Brad Pitt-produced "True Story." The latter's first trailer show's a different side to the actor. Co-starring Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones, "True Story" is based on the memoir by former New York Times journalist Michael Finkel, regarding his crossing paths with one Christian Longo, a wanted man on the FBI Top Ten list who had murdered his family. Things get even more bizarre when it's revealed that Longo was living under the name "Michael Finkel." While we're used to seeing both performing on the more extreme end of the comedic spectrum, it'll be interesting to watch Franco and Hill. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well, it's hard to top yesterday's double whammy of the Berlin Film Festival's announcement that Terrence Malick's "Knight Of Cups" would premiere at the festival, followed by the trailer for that film. So it's not quite a shock that today's unveiling of Berlin's Panorama lineup is a bit less thrilling. The highlight additions to the fest are "I Am Michael," the Gus Van Sant-produced drama starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, and Emma Roberts that tells the true story of a gay activist who finds God and is "saved" from his homosexuality. The movie will have its World Premiere first at Sundance in January. The other film of major note is Hal Hartley's "Ned Rifle," the final chapter in his "Henry Fool" trilogy, which premiered this fall at Tiff. And even more interesting, Mark Christopher is bringing the director's cut of his disco-era drama "54" to the fest. No word yet on the length, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Eighteen features - including seven documentaries - have been selected for the Berlinale’s Panorama programme.
54: The Director’s Cut
Der letzte Sommer der Reichen (The Last Summer of the Rich)
By Peter Kern
Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern (Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents)
Switzerland / Germany
By Stina Werenfels »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
London — Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has revealed its first 19 films, which include Hal Hartley’s latest “Ned Rifle,” and “I Am Michael,” in which James Franco stars as a gay rights activist.
Justin Kelly delivers his directorial debut, “I Am Michael,” which was co-produced by Gus Van Sant. In it, Franco portrays a gay rights activist during the 1980s, who then tries to turn straight in the 1990s. Pic, which preems at Sundance, also stars Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts.
Director Mark Christopher presents “54 — The Director’s Cut,” 17 years after the film’s premiere. The original movie — about the legendary New York nightclub Studio 54 — was heavily edited by its investors.
Films from East Asia make a strong showing, with a number of modern history »
- Leo Barraclough
It’s a film starring Sundance Film Fest creator Robert Redford and another film starring Sundance mainstay James Franco that are the latest and last items to officially pad the 2015 edition. Ken Kwapis’ A Walk in the Woods (surely to be discussed as a companion piece to Gus Van Sant’s heavy Cannes contender The Sea of Trees) and Rupert Goold’s directorial debut, True Story – a story that is stranger than fiction close out the Premieres selections. Also announced we find items for New Frontier, Sundance Kids and the From the Collection items. And while the line-up is complete, the actual final piece to the puzzle might actually be a secret screening or two. This year I wager on Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups playing as a non official showing. Here’s the press release.
- Eric Lavallee
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" has been the inspiration for many-a film and stage production, since the Stanley Kramer-directed film satiated white liberals across America in the late 1960s. As I recall, even the Coen Brothers were considering remaking the film, as reported on this site in 2011, when the pair told the New York Times that they were itching to take it on, although, at the time, they said that it was just a “thought experiment,” with Ethan Coen saying that it would be “a kind of Gus van Sant shot-by-shot remake,” adding that it would "an exercise in pure style.”" Of course he was referring to Gus van »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Critics' year-end lists are beginning to trickle out and that's a good thing for a number of movies vying for your attention. One benefactor may just be Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." The critically acclaimed film (which is almost un-categorizable) also hits Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 12. That might be just enough time to pump up the film's deserved awards season prospects.* *And it has already been named one of the top 10 films of the year and earned Anderson a Best Adapted Screenplay honor from the National Board of Review. As I noted after first seeing "Vice" earlier this month, if anyone deserves a nomination for this movie it's Josh Brolin. The "No Country For Old Men" star is simply superb (and hilarious) as the increasingly off-kilter Lapd detective Bigfoot Bjornsen, a man who has a very passive aggressive relationship with the film's "hero," Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix »
- Gregory Ellwood
Josh Brolin credits his mid-career turnaround to Robert Rodriguez on "Grindhouse" which led to the Coens and "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit," not to mention Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and Oliver Stone's "W" and "Wall Street 2" and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." Brolin is a chiseled American actor who boasts that rare combination: dangerous masculinity and sexy vulnerability. He plays both villains and lovers. See Jason Reitman's sexy "Labor Day." Brolin clearly had a blast working with Paul Thomas Anderson on his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel "Inherent Vice" (December 12) and gets to dig into into one of the more colorful character roles of any year. He tells me, in our video interview below, how "Renaissance detective" Bigfoot Bjornsen comes to sport his dramatic flat top. This is not your usual straight-arrow foil to 70s hippie gumshoe Doc. »
- Anne Thompson
The word on the street is that the Academy Award winning actor may look at the epic adaptation of the 1978 Stephen King novel The Stand as his next project, which is being developed and will be directed by Josh Boone.
McConaughey would potentially be up for the role of villain Randall Flagg in the series of films, which could stretch to Four Movies! That’s one hell of a commitment for an actor, but we are sure that McConaughey is perfect for it; and here’s why. The story stems from The Guardian, who describe the story’s chief antagonist, as a grinning cowboy with supernatural powers who establishes a power base in the ruins of Las Vegas.
Sounds bang on.
As stated above, take this as rumour only at present. »
- Paul Heath
Reviewed by Jesse Miller
Grave Halloween is mostly set in Japan’s infamous ‘Suicide Forest’, the nickname given to this rather luscious forest since unfortunately, so many folk come here to end their lives.
Because of the multiple suicides, the forest has its own special place in Japanese mythology due to the belief demons and angry spirits roam the forest. As if Japanese folklore wasn’t horrific enough, right?
The place is intriguing and uncomfortable all at once. Intriguing because – well, why aren’t we seeing more material featuring this location? The 1960 novel Kuroi Jukai (Black sea of trees) features the location and Director Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees is on its way out. But where are the horror films using this backdrop? Shouldn’t we be seeing hundreds? And then it’s uncomfortable material because the place is still being used for suicide and how »
James Franco’s latest isn’t a part of the films I was sent to Sweden to judge, but in my apparent need to one day become the pre-eminent expert on the 36-year-old’s career, I decided to find time for The Sound and the Fury. His second Faulkner adaptation after last year’s As I Lay Dying shows that Franco is improving as a director when it comes to the creation of coherent and engaging cinematic worlds, but while somebody like the equally fast-moving Xavier Dolan is able to take his inspirations and weave them throughout his own auteurial style, Franco’s films still feel like he’s merely copying what he has seen elsewhere without »
- Glenn Dunks
The whole year, I have been looking for The Oscar season frontrunner for Best Actress. I was hoping Shailene Woodley from "The Fault in Our Stars" would squeak in, but now, the lovely, talented, and ultra-sweet Julianne Moore is the one to beat!
Her double whammy performances for "Map to the Stars" and "Still Alice" solidify that notion. And just this morning, the Palm Springs International Film Festival just called her The best actress of the year! Moore will be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at the festival's Awards Gala.
I can't wait! I will be on the red carpet to chat it up with the fantastic Miss Moore! She will be joining the equally talented Eddie Redmayne from "The Theory of Everything" at the gala where the actor is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.
Here's the full press release from the Psiff:
Palm Springs, »
Julianne Moore might be the hottest actress in the Oscar race this year, and most voters haven’t even seen her film yet. This four-time Oscar nominee and Emmy winner for Game Change is considered overdue for a win. Still Alice, in which she plays a victim of early-onset Alzheimer’s, offers her a great opportunity to finally take home that statuette, and today the Palm Springs International Film Festival announced that she will receive the Actress prize at this year’s gala on January 3. Eddie Redmayne was previously announced for the fest’s Actor prize, and both are considered front-runners in the Oscar race, so Psiff is just jumping on the bandwagon.
Every precursor award a contender can get just makes them seem more inevitable for the final win. Moore certainly is deserving, and it is looking like her year. In May, she won the Best Actress prize at »
- Pete Hammond
Actress Grace Zabriskie has worked with such powerhouse directors as David Lynch, Gus Van Sant, and William Friedkin. Now she has come to St. Louis to co-star in The Makings Of You, the feature debut of Matt Amato, acclaimed director of a variety of music videos. The Makings Of You tells the story of Judy (Sheryl Lee) and Wallis (Jay R. Ferguson), who share dissatisfaction with their own lives and an irresistible attraction to each other. Caught between the freedoms offered by Wallis and the demands of her troubled family, Judy struggles to reconcile the two. Deftly avoiding romantic clichés, The Makings Of You is a classic love story rich in atmosphere — palpable summertime heat, lush music, and beautifully decaying surroundings. Grace Zabriskie plays Sheryl Lee’s mother, a role she has played before in the TV series Twin Peaks. Grace, along with costar Jay R. Ferguson, will be in St. »
- Tom Stockman
Exclusive: Elvis & Nixon is hitting the road internationally with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, which led strong foreign sales on the hot Afm title by taking multiple territories including Eastern Europe, Latin America, Portugal, Spain and Scandinavia. Alex Walton’s Bloom introduced the true-tale drama starring Oscar nominee Michael Shannon and Oscar winner Kevin Spacey to buyers this week in Santa Monica.
Elvis & Nixon centers on the historic meeting between Elvis Presley (Shannon) and President Richard Nixon (Spacey), when the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll came to the White House the morning of December 21, 1970. The two men, both at the height of their powers and conscious that they could not stay on top forever, shared one famous private moment in the Oval Office during which Elvis asked to be sworn in as a federal agent.
- Jen Yamato
Taking a gander at Kao’s IMDb page, one notices a brief, six-title list of films he’s produced. But look a bit more closely, and Kao’s past and upcoming production credits rep a rather imposing collection of cinema’s most renowned auteurs, from Martin Scorsese (“Silence”) to Gus Van Sant (“Sea of Trees”), Terrence Malick (“Knight of Cups” and another untitled project), and Oren Moverman (2011’s “Rampart”).
So what is it about this young producer that inspires such trust from helmers who’ve seen it all?
“Well, I’d be interested in hearing what they have to say,” he says. “I think it’s that we have a real personal relationship. As cliched as it might sound, it’s always people first. Outsiders tend to have a really glamorous idea of what filmmaking may be, and people in the industry sometimes have this really Byzantine view of what we do, »
- Andrew Barker
Michael Apted directs the story of a CIA interrogator who must thwart a biological attack on London after she inadvertently provides information to terrorists.
Rights have also gone in Indonesia (Pt Amero), Israel (United King), Latin America (Sun), Middle East (Italia), Spain (Tripictures) and Turkey (Italia).
“Buyers truly resonated with Unlocked as it is an exceptional package,” said Walton. “Between the calibre of talent, filmmakers, and fresh script it really has all the components to make a successful and commercial film worldwide.”
Peter O’Brien wrote the screenplay and Lorenzo di Bonaventura produces »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Academy Award Nominee Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel, Revolutionary Road) will star as Elvis Presley alongside two-time Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects) who will star as Richard Nixon in the extraordinary true story Elvis & Nixon.
Two men at the height of their powers, conscious they could not stay on top forever, both ripped with fear of the inevitable, sharing one famous private moment in the Oval office. Elvis & Nixon recounts the morning of December 21st 1970, when the King of Rock’ n Roll (Michael Shannon) showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey). He had a very urgent request: to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large. »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Historical drama Elvis & Nixon has set two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey to play President Richard Nixon opposite Oscar nominee Michael Shannon as rock ‘n’ roller Elvis Presley as the reconfigured project hits Afm this week. Written by actor Cary Elwes with Hanala and Joey Sagal, Elvis & Nixon centers on the historic 1970 meeting between King and the president that famously yielded one of the more curious White House photo ops in pop culture history.
Liza Johnson (Hateship Loveship, Return) is directing Elvis & Nixon, which The Butler’s Cassian Elwes is producing with Holly Wiersma. Byron Wetzel is executive producing alongside Tim Smith and Paul Brett for Prescience, which is backing the project. Bloom’s Alex Walton and Ken Kao are taking Elvis & Nixon to foreign buyers at Afm. CAA and Elwes are co-repping domestic rights.
More about that meeting: On the morning of December 21, 1970, Presley showed up on the White »
- Jen Yamato
There is no end in sight for the McConaissance, it seems. Mattthew McConaughey has been on an incredible roll as of late, between True Detective, winning an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, and now leading a sci-fi epic from one of the most autonomous filmmakers working today with Interstellar. McConaughey recently finished filming Gus Van Sant’s introspective drama The Sea of Trees, but now he’s lining up another big project that sounds mighty fascinating: Free State of Jones. The project has been around for some time now, but director Gary Ross—who has yet to make a follow-up feature after The Hunger Games—is securing financing for the Civil War drama, and McConaughey has entered talks to topline the film as the leader of one of the war’s greatest rebellions. More after the jump. Per Deadline, McConaughey and Ross are teaming up for Free State of Jones, »
- Adam Chitwood
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