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- Jazz Tangcay
Youth, Paolo Sorrentino’s follow-up to 2013’s Oscar-winning The Great Beauty, tails another aging man of note who struggles to reconcile his remaining ambitions with the reality of a limited amount of time in which to achieve them.
In Youth, Michael Caine’s maestro Fred Ballinger reminiscences on his successes and failures as a musician, father, and husband, worrying over how he will be perceived once he’s gone – especially in the eyes of his daughter, Lena (Rachel Weisz). With his best friend, Mick (Harvey Keitel), by his side, Fred vacations in the Swiss Alps, and allows himself the time for reflection (and some misadventures).
In our interview with the cast of Youth – including Weisz, Keitel, and Jane Fonda – Sir Michael Caine warns against squandering youth, and touches upon how he chooses his roles now that he’s in his eighties. »
- Sasha James
"Her whole life was her dad. He's the center of her universe," says Rachel Weisz about her role as Lena Ballinger in the new film "Youth." Her character is not only the daughter of famed composer/conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) but also his assistant. In our recent interview (watch below), she adds, "She still sleeps in the same bed as him. She hasn't flown the coop, shall we say. She's regressed and childish and hasn't become a grown-up. For her, she has to leave her youth. She's been in her youth way too long." -Break- Related: Watch our chats with 'Youth' stars Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda The two characters are on a vacation in the Swiss Alps along with Fred's best friend, director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel). She has been married to Boyle's son, but he is now leaving Lena for another woman. Over the course of the movie, »
I’ve been teasing it out for a few weeks, but I absolutely adored Youth. Paolo Sorrentino’s film is a beautiful feast for the eyes, incredibly well acted by the quartet of Michael Caine, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, and Harvey Keitel, not to mention incredibly poignant. Reviews out of the Cannes Film Festival had been mostly positive, but I was very nearly blown away by how great this was. Not only is it among the top dozen things I’ve seen this year, I think it has a good chance to be an under the radar Oscar contender in the acting categories, among other places. I’d watch out for Youth, which opens in limited release on Friday… The movie is a drama with comedic tinges. We follow retired orchestra composer Fred Ballinger (Caine) as he spends an annual holiday at a resort in the Alps. He’s joined, »
- Joey Magidson
You’re forgiven if you didn’t know much about the Denver Film Festival. Nevertheless, there’s a lot to talk about in the aftermath of the ten day affair. Highlights included very interesting industry panels (a new addition this year), a few films slated for a wide release, and a local debut for a major Colorado-produced film, The Boat Builder. In a state where most of the money for films was recently devoured by Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, it was nice to see a Colorado-made film get a warm reception.
I wasn’t able to finagle my way into every film I wanted to; such is the tragedy of any festival. But, I was able to see a variety of films big and small and elbow my way into a few industry panels. Below are brief reviews of every film I saw, from the incredible — to the barely edible. »
As if young couples don’t have enough pressures on their relationship these days, British filmmakers seem intent on reminding them that it will all end in tears, anyway. “45 Years”, about an elderly couple whose relationship hits an unexpected snag, is currently winning plaudits, with Charlotte Rampling in getting Oscar buzz. Shortly before, another British film dealt with a similar subject, though widening the family net to include a son. “Radiator” is only now receiving a theatrical release in the UK, a year after its 2014 debut at the London Film Festival followed by a handful of festival awards including Special Jury Prize at the Sarasota Film Festival. But better late than never, for this is a lovely, painfully poignant little film, executive-produced by Rachel Weisz. It starts with a telling voicemail, as a woman’s voice meekly reports that “Leonard has got rather stuck on the sofa, and won’t »
- Demetrios Matheou
Remarkably in a career spanning more than a decade, this formerly untitled project counts as Joshua Marston‘s first feature in the English language and only third feature film. He debut film was workshopped at the 2002 January Screenwriters Lab and was presented at the 2004 edition of the fest and not only would the tense drama play extremely well theatrically, it nabbed it’s star Catalina Sandino Moreno an Oscar nomination. Marston, who takes on a lot of projects namely television gigs between his feature films (Maria Full of Grace was followed by 2011’s The Forgiveness of Blood) he nonetheless been part of the fabric of Sundance working as an advisor at the Institute’s Labs since 2011. Starring Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover, lensing on his third feature commenced late last year and frankly this could shore up just about anywhere on the film festival circuit. Now titled Complete Unknown, »
- Eric Lavallee
Read More: Review: Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel Give Their Best Performances in Years in Sorrentino's Whimsical 'Youth' With the highly anticipated release of Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth" just a little under a week away, Indiewire is excited to present an exclusive batch of character posters that put the drama's star-studded ensemble at the forefront, including Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda, Paul Dano and Rachel Weisz. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May and went on to screen at Tiff in September, where Caine, Keitel and Fonda earned considerable praise and Oscar buzz for their powerful late-career performances. The film's official synopsis reads: "'Youth' explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred (Caine) has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Rachel. »
- Zack Sharf
“I think that in all the movies that I have done, the theme of the passing of time is one of my obsessions,” explains writer/director Paolo Sorrentino during our recent conversation (watch below) about his new film “Youth.” The film, which Fox Searchlight is releasing on December 4, focuses on two lifelong friends: world-famous composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) and Hollywood film director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel). They reflect on their pasts and contemplating their futures while vacationing in the Swiss Alps while each deals with a woman on the edge. In the case of Fred it his daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz) while Mick must massage the ego of actress Brenda Morel (Jane Fonda). -Break- Dish all the Oscar races in our red-hot forums with Hollywood insiders For Sorrentino the idea of the film was whether or not the two men could, “live again in youth,” despite their advanced age. »
While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of the most important experiences can come later in life.
Fox Searchlight has released an emotional new clip from the upcoming movie.
The film features an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, who first met Sorrentino when his composition “I Lie” was used in The Great Beauty. »
- Michelle McCue
Director Paolo Sorrentino‘s latest feature, “Youth,” crosses national lines with the filmmaker’s fusion of international talents such as American stars Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda and Paul Dano along with Brit thesps Michael Caine and Rachel Weisz.
The Italian director shared with Variety at the film’s Los Angeles premiere how international films can bring people from around the world a little bit closer together.
“I think that cinema is a universal language,” said Sorrentino. “We have more elements in common than differences between countries and it’s a beautiful thing.”
Keitel concurred with Sorrentino and stated that film can influence the world’s view of a particular nation.
“That’s the key,” said the actor. “The more we understand each culture, the more tolerant we become and the less we fear the other culture.”
Keitel continued, “What’s happening today with the immigration crisis, we all relate to all these problems. »
- Mannie Holmes
Heyday Television will create content in both the UK and USA, which NBCUniversal will then distribute.
The company, Heyday Television, will produce programming in both the UK and USA, which will then be distributed by NBCUniversal across multiple platforms including network, cable and Svod.
NBC has committed to broadcasting the first two series that come out of the venture on its network.
Michael Edelstein, NBCUniversal international studios president, said: “David Heyman has created some of the most memorable and successful movies of our time. We look forward to helping David bring his passion and creativity to global television audiences for years to come.”
Heyman added: “I look forward to calling on many of the film relationships I’ve developed »
As an Academy Award winning actress whose husband is one of the most prominent actors in Hollywood, it would seem impossible for Rachel Weisz to keep her marriage to Daniel Craig private, and yet she's managed to do so for four years. The 45-year-old actress sat down with More magazine and explains that his immense fame makes it all the more important to stay under the radar. "He's just too famous. It would be a betrayal. You have to protect your marriage," she reveals. "When you're young, you tell your girlfriends everything. One of the great pleasures of not being an adolescent is that you don't have to share everything. When you're married, that door closes. The audience goes, and »
Boasting a muscular slate of crossover prestige pics and high-profile suspense thrillers, Studiocanal made a big splash at the AFM, selling the world on Liam Neeson (pictured above) starrer “The Commuter” and closing most outstanding territories on its untitled James Marsh project.
A suspense thriller, “The Commuter,” which was nabbed by Lionsgate at the Afm, also pre-sold at the Santa-Monica based market to Japan (Gaga), China (Bona), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Korea (Medialog), Israel (New Guys), Spain (Tripictures), Canada (Vvs), Svensk (Nordics) and Poland (Kino Swiat), among other deals.
“Although the market elsewhere was weak, we found that we had the type of films which distributors are looking for: Either prestige movies with cast or quality entertainment movies with good production values and a clear marketing angle,” said Marsh, adding that »
- Elsa Keslassy
Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) and Italy’s Marta Donzelli, producer of this year’s Berlinale competition film Sworn Virgin, are among the jury members selecting the line-up for the 18th edition of the European Shooting Stars showcase to be held at the 66th Berlinale in February.
The decision on the 10 aspiring acting talents from across Europe will also be taken by the Greek film director Constantine Giannaris (Man At Sea), German film critic Tobias Kniebe of Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Danish casting director Rie Hedegaard (Dancer In The Dark, Men and Chicken, Itsi Bitsi).
As in previous years, the European Shooting Stars will be introduced to the international industry and press in a whirlwind three days of workshops, roundtables, press meetings during the Berlinale’s first weekend, culminating in the presentation of the Shooting Stars Award »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
Conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) spends his retirement at a luxury hotel in the Alps, when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday. Meanwhile, his best friend, film director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) plans his next masterpiece.
Few films this year think they’re as clever as Youth. It seems like a film that’s begging for repeat viewings, to pick up themes and ideas you might have missed first time round. But there’s nothing much there. It’s director Paolo Sorrentino on autopilot. Maybe this is his way of winding down before building up to something big. Because Youth doesn’t seem to build up to much when it’s all over.
What little plot there is follows Fred Ballinger, a celebrated composer who has retired. »
- Amie Cranswick
Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” generated a lot of buzz at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and it also won the festival’s jury prize. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Greek director received Stockholm Visionary Award at Stockholm Film Festival. The following is an edited Q&A Lanthimos gave before receiving the prize.
In 2009 you had a great breakthrough at Cannes winning with “Dogtooth,” a film that also won the Bronze horse here in Stockholm and was then nominated for a foreign-language Oscar. This year you returned to Cannes with “The Lobster,” in the main competition, your first film in a foreign language and with a star cast. What has changed in the universe of Yorgos Lanthimos during these six years?
I made three films in Greece in a very particular way because that was the only way they could be made. And after the third film I understood I had to start making English-language films, »
- Jon Asp
Manuel here. No sooner was Nat discussing the talents of one Miss Cynthia Nixon, who's great in James White (review) and commenting on the fact that she’s an Oscar away from EGOTing, than we got these new images from Terence Davies’s upcoming film A Quiet Passion.
In the film, Nixon plays poet Emily Dickinson. The always welcome, if criminally underused, Jennifer Ehle plays Vinnie Dickinson, her sister, and if these images are anything to go by, we’re in for quite a treat. The project should no doubt excite anyone who’s ever fallen in love with Dickinson’s lyrical poetry. A known recluse (or “introvert” if you want to put it mildly), Dickinson produced copious amount of poetry in her lifetime but saw but a few of them published. Since her death she has become a key figure in American literature.
Emma Bell plays a young Emily »
- Manuel Betancourt
Some of Hollywood's biggest names gathered at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in La on Saturday night for the 2015 Governors Awards. The ceremony, which was hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, included appearances by Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep along with Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, and Amy Schumer, who all posed for photos on the red carpet. Meanwhile, Will Smith showed off his bromance with Idris Elba, and it was date night for Daniel Craig and his wife, Rachel Weisz, and Zooey Deschanel and her husband, Jacob Pechenik. Inside, Denzel Washington took the stage to present an award along with Samuel L. Jackson and Wesley Snipes. This year's honorees included Debbie Reynolds, Spike Lee, and Gena Rowlands. Read on to see more highlights from the star-studded evening. »
- Monica Sisavat
Governors Awards recipient Spike Lee reminded hundreds of Hollywood heavy-hitters about their failure at diversity, warning that “You better get smart” about making films that represent the population — because by 2043, Caucasians are going to be the minority in the U.S.
Lee’s 15-minute speech was delivered in a calm and genial manner, concluding Saturday’s awards ceremony that also honored Debbie Reynolds and Gena Rowlands. Lee said when he goes through Hollywood offices, there are only white faces, and the only person of color is the man checking the name at the door. “This industry is so behind, is ridiculous.” He said it’s apparently easier for a black person to become president of the U.S. than the head of a studio or TV network.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the evening by urging Hollywood to move ahead on diversity, saying “Words »
- Tim Gray
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