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A Tough Tobacco Road
A recent study by researchers in India and the U.K. has reinforced a strict anti-smoking campaign begun last year by the central board of film classification that requires any actor who portrays a character seen smoking in a film or TV program to make an anti-smoking video. Bollywood audiences have been exposed to more than 14 billion images of tobacco use every year, according to the paper, by Delhi Ngo Hriday and London’s Imperial College, titled Tobacco Imagery in Bollywood Films: 2006-2008. The study analyzed 44 top-grossing films released in that period. The central board’s campaign stipulates that the anti-smoking vids, each 20-seconds long, must in the case of a movie run before the start of the film and at intermission (all films released in India have intermissions). In addition, an anti-smoking message must be displayed during the smoking scene.
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- Variety Staff
The 48th Annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic announced today that American auteur Oliver Stone will be honored with the Crystal Globe Award for outstanding artistic contributions to world cinema. While Stone's last film was the less-than-outstanding "Savages" in 2012, the writer-director has won three Oscars and helmed many memorable classic films, from "Salvador," "Born on the Fourth of July," and "Platoon" to "Nixon," "JFK" and "Wall Street." In addition, thrice-Oscar nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland (holocaust drama "In Darkness") will serve as president of the jury. Holland and her jury will give out Crystal Globe Awards for Best Feature, Actor, Actress, Director and a Special Jury Prize. The festival runs June 28 to July 6, and the lineup will be announced in June. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Moscow – Oscar-winning producer-writer-director Oliver Stone will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday. Polish director Agnieszka Holland, who studied at Prague’s Famu film school during the late 1960s, will head the main jury. Stone, whose career spans three decades and multiple genres, will be awarded a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the festival that runs in the Czech spa town June 28 to July 6. Photos: Oliver Stone: Happy, Sane and at the Top of His Game Stone will present special screenings of two
- Nick Holdsworth
Oliver Stone, filmmaker and provocateur, will be honored for his contributions to cinema by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
In addition, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival announced that Agnieszka Holland will head its international jury.
Holland is the director of "Europa, Europa" and " In Darkness." Three of her films have been nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
- Brent Lang
London — The Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival is set to fete helmer-scribe Oliver Stone, who will receive the Crystal Globe for his contribution to world cinema. The event, which is Central and Eastern Europe’s most prestigious film fest, also revealed Tuesday that Polish director Agnieszka Holland will be head of its main jury.
Stone will attend Karlovy Vary, which runs June 28-July 6, to accept the award. The fest will screen Brian De Palma’s “Scarface,” for which Stone penned the screenplay, and a new director’s cut of Stone’s “Alexander.” Stone will also present two episodes from his docu series for Showtime “The Untold History of the United States,” which he co-wrote with Peter Kuznick.
Jiri Bartoska, the fest prexy, said: “Oliver Stone is a filmmaker who defies traditional assessment. He writes, directs and produces films that engage the entire filmmaking spectrum — from traditional stories to highly provocative movies, »
- Leo Barraclough
Cannes — After the April 8-11 MipTV event wrapped and pavilions were packed away, it was clear that the contours of the international television program market have shifted.
In fact many people have stopped talking about “television programs” and merely refer to “content.”
The traditional broadcasters, already fighting for air because of the fragmentation of the TV market, now have to fend off the streaming platforms and other digital players when pursuing premium content.
With platforms like Netflix and Hulu ramping up content acquisition the market has tilted to the benefit of the distributors and producers.
New digital entrants — all hungry for content — were much in evidence at MipTV, a development that the market’s organizer Reed Midem is keen to encourage.
“The broadcasters and distributors are core, but it’s also important for Mip to build the bridges allowing new players to access the global TV ecosystem,” said Laurine Garaude, »
- Leo Barraclough and Elsa Keslassy
FremantleMedia has acquired global distribution rights to Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity. Inspired by the books of Nicholas Kirstof and Sherly WuDunn, the four-hour series follows the authors and a host of celebrity advocates on a journey across 10 countries to showcase stories of female resilience in the face of adversity. The documentary airs in the U.S. on PBS in late 2014. Maro Chermayeff, Jamie Gordon, Jeff Dupre, Mira Chang and Joshua Bennett are producing the program from Show of Force Productions. Germany’s Beta Film will handle international sales on HBO Europe’s three-part mini The Burning Bush. Directed by Agnieszka Holland and based on real events, the series follows the plight of Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest of the Soviet occupation of Prague in 1969, and his family’s legal fight to clear his name. HBO Europe’s most ambitious project to date, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Cannes - Germany's Beta Film has picked up international distribution rights to Burning Bush, the three-part historic miniseries from HBO Europe directed by Oscar-nominee Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness). The series, which premiered across HBO Europe's pay-tv channels in 15 countries earlier this year, tells the story of Jan Palach, the Czech student who, in 1969, set himself on fire in Prague’s Wenceslas Square to protest the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. Story: Miptv: Sundance Spy Series 'Restless' Heading to Scandinavian TV The drama focuses on the largely untold story of defense attorney Dagmar Bureova, who headed up a legal battle
- Scott Roxborough
The Secret Garden has been adapted on numerous past occasions for theatre, film and television. Kate Maberly, Andrew Knott and Dame Maggie Smith starred in a 1993 cinematic adaptation directed by Agnieszka Holland.
His next directorial venture will be Pacific Rim, which opens in the UK on July 12.
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I said it before, and I am saying it again. I suspect Guillermo del Toro has cloned himself. For all we know there are four or five Guillermos running around, making movies that scare the pants off of us, being charming in interviews, snacking on trail mix … The man is a horror-movie-making machine and he’s just added a new movie to his list: The Secret Garden. This time, he’s working with Beasts of the Southern Wild scribe Lucy Alibar and re-teaming up with his Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark co-producer Mark Johnson.
Yes, it’s that Secret Garden, the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel that was last adapted for screen by director Agnieska Holland in 1993. It’s the story of a young, lonely girl sent to live with her uncle who discovers a magical garden. Alienated, outcast children in a magical space that adults can’t find? »
- Sara Castillo
The story follows an orphaned girl sent to live with her uncle who discovers a hidden garden containing magical secrets. With so many remakes of the film produced in the last century, they are planning their own original storyline that will be set in the American South, at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The latest adaptation of the story was directed by Agnieszka Holland back in 1993. No production schedule has been released. »
Guillermo del Toro is set to produce a new big screen adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden for Universal Pictures, and they've hired Beasts Of The Southern Wild screenwriter Lucy Alibar to write it. She will work closely with Del Toro while developing the script. Of course, the studio wanted Del Toro to direct the movie, but the guy is already so busy developing other film projects that it's probably not going to happen.
Del Toro is currently developing the haunted house horror movie Crimson Peak and a Pan's Labyrinth stage play; he'll be directing the pilot episode of his TV adaptation of his apocalyptic vampire novel The Strain; and he's already started work on Pacific Rim 2. He also has a ton of other project in the works. This seems like a good film project to be involved with though.
The story follows an orphaned girl »
- Joey Paur
So just how beloved is Frances Hodgson's Burnett's "The Secret Garden"? Well, if we're judging by the number of times it has been adapted for film and television, it's very, very beloved. First published in 1911, the novel was first brought to the big screen in a 1919 silent version, and over the decades, it has been made again numerous times, perhaps best known being the Francis Ford Coppola produced 1993 film directed by Agnieszka Holland. Well, it looks like we're going to get another one. The Oscar nominated "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" writer Lucy Alibar has been tapped to pen the latest iteration for producer Guillermo Del Toro. The ever busy director/producer was actually courted to direct it himself, but obviously his slate is busy enough, so he'll produce alongside Mark Johnson, who he teamed with for "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark." And it seems they picked Alibar for her specific voice. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Before HBO Europe came along and turned "Burning Bush" into its highest profile production, the idea for the miniseries, which received its international premiere at the 42nd Rotterdam Film Festival, was turned down by Czech television. Written by neophyte screenwriter Štěpán Hulík and directed by the Czech-educated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland ("Europa, Europa"), "Burning Bush" restages a landmark event in modern Czech history. On January 16th, 1969, 21-year-old student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square. Part of a suicidal pact that a group of young students had made in opposition to the Soviet invasion, Palach’s extreme gesture became a monument of resistance. Given the opportunistically abused nature of the subject and its potential for melodrama, the risk of inflicting audiences with a gold brick of mellifluous proportions was high. But "Burning Bush" instead veers away from...
- Celluloid Liberation Front
Before HBO Europe came along and turned "Burning Bush" into its highest profile production, the idea for the miniseries, which received its international premiere at the 42nd Rotterdam Film Festival, was turned down by Czech television. Written by neophyte screenwriter Štěpán Hulík and directed by the Czech-educated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland ("Europa, Europa"), "Burning Bush" restages a landmark event in modern Czech history. On January 16th, 1969, 21-year-old student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square. Part of a suicidal pact that a group of young students had made in opposition to the Soviet invasion, Palach’s extreme gesture became a monument of resistance. Given the opportunistically abused nature of the subject and its potential for melodrama, the risk of inflicting audiences with a gold brick of mellifluous proportions was high. But "Burning Bush" instead veers away from »
- Celluloid Liberation Front
Universal Pictures is making plans for a new big screen version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden . Deadline reports that Beasts of the Southern Wild screenwriter Lucy Alibar will adapt the 1911 novel with Guillermo del Toro and Mark Johnson producing. The Secret Garden has been adapted several times in the last century including as a 1993 film directed by Agnieszka Holland. The story follows a 10-year old girl, Mary Lennox, who befriends a crippled boy her age, Colin and who discovers the titular garden, a magical place that, each time the pair visit, begins to heal Colin's disablity. The site notes that this new version, still without a director, will likely be moved from England to the American South but that it will keep the early 20th century time period. »
When people refer to "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow as a "female director," it seems a little weird for 2013, doesn't it? Do you know any dudes named Kathryn? Does anyone refer to Bruce Willis as a "male actor?" Our good pal and male writer Max Evry touched on this topic more in-depth and without mediocre jokes in a must-read over at our female sister site.
Presumably when said people say this, of course, it's with the implication that the female director is a rare breed, the behind-the-camera equivalent of a culturally-significant "Madea" film. What these well-meaning folks don't realize is that some of their favorite movies were directed by the ladies. Really! In fact, here are ten.
1. 'Point Break' (1991)
We start things off with aforementioned female director Bigelow's classic, which wins the "Most Re-Watchable Cable Movie" award in a runaway over male director Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men. »
- Nick Blake
Before we unleash the beast that is our annual Top 100 Most Anticipated Films List for 2013, we thought we’d give our readers an eyeful on the projects we’re keeping tabs on for… the 2014 campaign. We’re a little nuts with ours lists, but in the upcoming year we’ll be reporting on several of these films as producers find coin, screenplays are finalized, tech crews are hired, cast come abroad and greenlights are announced. Our countdown begins with…:
100. Prodigal Summer – Dir. Nicole Kassell
99. Stepne – Dir. Maryna Vroda
96. In Your Name – Dir. Marco Van Geffen
92. The Man Who Sold the World – Dir. Bill Condon
89. Deux Nuits – Dir. »
- Nicholas Bell
18 items from 2013
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