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There are hundreds of film festivals out there and hardly a weekend goes by without a city announcing one of its very own. Whether you’re thinking of heading to your first film festival or you’ve dipped you toes in the water already, we’ve put together a list of the five best European film festivals to visit next year, as well as a guide as to what you should take along with you.
European film festivals
Probably the most well-known European film festival, Cannes occurs every May and runs for two weeks. The most coveted prize is the Palm d’Or and big winners have included Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino.
The final of the big three European film festivals, »
- Kyle Reese
At just 25 years of age, Jennifer Lawrence is easily one of the hottest stars in Hollywood, with two blockbuster franchises under her belt, The Hunger Games and the X-Men prequels. With the final Hunger Games movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, currently in theaters, and her X-Men trilogy coming to a close next year with X-Men: Apocalypse, many are wondering what's next for this talented actress. Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with Jennifer Lawrence, who revealed that she is planning on making her directorial debut soon, with a dark comedy entitled Project Delirium.
"I'd also like to direct a comedy. I have wanted to direct as long as I've wanted to act. I just don't talk about it because I'd rather just do it. I've signed on to direct something called Project Delirium - it's based on this article about mental warfare in the '60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong. »
Back in September, Sony Pictures set up an Untitled Evel Knievel Biopic with Channing Tatum attached to star and Darren Aronofsky eyed to direct. The project fell apart after Darren Aronofsky backed away to direct an untitled indie movie which has Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. Today, Deadline reports that Paramount is moving forward with an adaptation of Sheldon Saltman's book Evel Knievel on Tour, with William Monahan (The Departed) signing on to write the adapted screenplay. The studio hopes to reunite the screenwriter with director Martin Scorsese, but nothing is set in stone at this point.
The 1977 book Evel Knievel on Tour will be used as a resource for this biopic, but it isn't known exactly how faithful this adaptation will be. The book covers Evel Knievel's infamous 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket known as the Skycycle X-2, which failed. Author Sheldon »
Despite winning both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at this year’s SXSW and making an appearance at Cannes, Trey Edward Shults’ debut feature, Krisha, didn’t seem to pick up the same buzz as most festival darlings this year. But with the news that A24 is distributing, and this first stunning trailer, it should become visible to a far greater audience.
Driven by a universally acclaimed performance by Krisha Fairchild, Krisha is the story of a woman who’s been absent from her family for more than ten years, but returns for Thanksgiving dinner to love, but also deep-rooted demons. The trailer is coy about the specifics of her past, but judging from statements like “I have tried to become a better human being,” she left deep destruction in her wake.
With its tight-knit sense of family and spiritual naturalism, it’s tempting to call the trailer’s visual aesthetic Malick-esque, »
- Michael Snydel
After years spent on the sidelines while creative thinkers tried to hatch a compelling script based on the legendary stuntman and daredevil, it would appear that Hollywood has taken a shine to Evel Knievel.
As reported by Deadline, Paramount has now entered the fray to assemble a crack team for a new live-action feature, and the studio has recruited Oscar-winning scribe William Monahan for the gig. Not only that, but Monahan may have a chance to reunite with his collaborator from The Departed, with the outlet revealing that Martin Scorsese is now being courted to direct.
Not to be confused with Sony’s biopic of Robert “Evel” Knievel – one which has attracted the attention of Channing Tatum and The Wrestler’s Darren Aronofsky – Paramount’s feature is designed to chart the rise and rise of the titular daredevil, who become something of a household name during the 70s after performing »
- Michael Briers
In Paul Bettany’s screenwriting and directorial debut, Shelter follows the lives of two homeless people who find love in each other despite all of the obstacles that stand in their way. Starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie, the film depicts the lives of the drug addict Hannah (Connelly) living on the streets and running into Tahir (Mackie), an illegal immigrant who escaped terrors from Boko Haram and tries to make ends meet. You can catch the film out in select theaters and read the interview we had with the cast and director below.
You worked with Paula Huidobro who is noted as being one of the best in her business of cinematography. Can you talk about your collaboration with her?
Paul Bettany: Yes I can. I can talk for hours about it. For me, pre-production was the worst part of this, it was the only aspect that I »
- Catherina Gioino
It was just a few months ago we learned that Darren Aronofsky was eying to potentially direct an Evel Knievel biopic produced by and starring Channing Tatum. However, he recently dropped the project and set his sights on a drama starring Jennifer Lawrence. Now it looks like the story of the infamous daredevil might still see screens, but in a different form.
According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has now brought on William Monahan, the Oscar-winning to script a competing film about the famed daredevil who gained notoriety for his often successful, sometimes failed motorcycle stunts. And in even better news, the studio is hoping Martin Scorsese will reunite with his screenwriter of The Departed for the film. The director, whose next film Silence will likely premiere at Cannes, currently has a deal with the studio through 2019. So, if things go well with Monahan’s script, perhaps this could move up »
- Jordan Raup
"The Departed" scribe William Monahan is set to pen a biopic about iconic daredevil Evel Knievel for Paramount Pictures, a film that the studio is hoping to get 'Departed' director Martin Scorsese onboard for.
The story is based on the Sheldon Saltman book "Evel Knievel On Tour," a book infamous for maddening Knievel in its depiction of his life on the road and its revelationo of embarrassing personal details. He got so mad he attacked the author with a baseball bat on the Fox lot and shattered his arm, winding up in all kinds of legal and financial woes.
Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire") and Rachel Winter ("Dallas Buyers Club") will produce the film which is still in very nascent stages and Scorsese won't make a decision on attaching until much further down the line.
Various attempts have been made to do a movie about Knievel in recent years, one that »
- Garth Franklin
Having had a long career of making good films look great and making bad films look good, Matthew Libatique is one of the best living judges of cinematography. It thus makes sense that the world’s foremost cinematography-oriented festival, Camerimage, would turn him into a recurring figure on their Main Competition jury. While attending the festival, we both sat down for a brief, albeit revealing talk, one mostly centered on his mindset as an influential voice in this specific world — as well as the insecurities that come with the position — and the bonds shared by fellow cinematographers.
You’re on the Main Competition jury. How many times have you done this?
This is my third year here. It’s my second time participating as a juror. The first time I came, Darren [Aronfsky] and I got the Duo Award, which was an honor, but it took me years, actually, to come here. »
- Nick Newman
Jennifer Lawrence: Highest-paid actress of 2015. Three-time Oscar nominee. Academy Award winner. Star of two box office-smashing franchises. Kentucky native. 25-year-old. Since she earned an Oscar nom for “Winter’s Bone” in 2011, Lawrence has shot to fame, recognized universally and beloved universally too. Both on the big screen playing critically hailed roles and on small screens on various talk shows and carpets where she puts her best role — herself — on display with her spontaneity, humor and realness, Lawrence is continually garnering fans. Her massively successful franchise, “The Hunger Games,” comes to a close with the release of “Mockingjay - Part 2” this Friday, but Lawrence shows no sign of slowing down: On her slate is another “X-Men” movie, a sci-fi flick with Chris Pratt, a Darren Aronofsky project and a comedy she’s co-writing with Amy Schumer. The odds, truly, seem to be ever in her favor. Read on for 10 reasons »
- Roth Cornet, Chris Eggertsen, Drew McWeeny, Emily Rome, Richard Rushfield, Louis Virtel
It’s going to be a busy end of the year for Jennifer Lawrence. Not only does she have another shot at an Oscar with the December release of Joy, she’s also wrapping up her first franchise with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which hits theaters on Friday. Lawrence is also a part oft he X-Men franchise, but this is the series she’s headlined and has now seen through from start to finish. What’s interesting to me is that this now could open her up to taking more Academy Award friendly jobs, outside of the projects she makes with David O. Russell, of course. That potentially will make her an even bigger force to be reckoned with in the years to come… In case you’ve been living under a rock, this franchise is set in a dystopian future where a battle to the death is »
- Joey Magidson
Once Rupert Wyatt vacated the director’s chair a couple of months back, it left 20th Century Fox scrambling to find a suitable replacement for its long-gestating X-Men offshoot Gambit, and today The Hollywood Reporter has revealed who will be taking the reins.
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Though his place at the helm is yet to be formally confirmed, Liman has struck up a financially-sound working relationship with Fox in recent times, with Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Jumper earning sizeable chunks at the box office. Moreover, the filmmaker clearly has the support of Channing Tatum – still attached to topline the feature as the card-throwing mutant, despite production setbacks – who reportedly courted Liman for the gig a mere few weeks ago. »
- Michael Briers
#Horror will be released theatrically in New York City and Los Angeles and on VOD on November 20th. Also in this morning's round-up: vinyl soundtrack information for the Elijah Wood / Rainn Wilson vehicle, Cooties, and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, as well as Highway to Hell Blu-ray details.
#Horror: "Inspired by actual events, a group of 12-year-old girls face a night of Horror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of a cyber bullying to a night of insanity. Tara Subkoff explores the rarefied world of the east coast privileged through the eyes of a group of 12-year-old girls left alone and pursued by a killer. The film examines a world of escalating cruelty and alienation through an online game where scoring likes comes at the cost of human lives.
Release Date: Friday, November 20th (NY and La / VOD)
Distributor: IFC Midnight
Director: Tara Subkoff »
- Tamika Jones
“It’s no big deal. I lost a toenail.”
The smeared boundary line between art and obsession has been rich storytelling fodder since long before Darren Aronofsky’s bloated Black Swan - perhaps the most obvious point of comparison for Flesh and Bone - plié-d joylessly into movie theaters. A new eight-episode Starz miniseries from Breaking Bad veteran Moira Walley-Beckett(writer of Ozymandias, maybe the most viciously tense hour of television in recent memory), Flesh and Bone is a rotten toenail hidden in a sylph-like pointe shoe. The premiere, Bulling Through, digs into wide-eyed and not-so-innocent runaway Claire Robins’ (Sarah Hay) first few days at the American Ballet Company, an exclusive performing academy at the heart of and yet austerely apart from a towering and indifferent vision of New York City.
Each of the series’ eight episodes is named after a piece of military jargon or parlance, heightening the impression that every room, »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
The pairing of Darren Aronofsky and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Protozoa Pictures and Emmet/Furla/Oasis' revenge-thriller "478" has been an exciting one as foreign buyers have flocked to the property as this year's American Film Market.
Currently in pre-production, Schwarzenegger will play a man whose wife and daughter are killed in a tragic mid-air collision. His life takes an unexpected turn when he seeks revenge on the person responsible.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
In the wake of “Black Mass” and “Everest,” Cross Creek Pictures has signed a three-year co-financing, production, and distribution deal with Sony’s Columbia Pictures, it was announced Monday. Cross Creek is the company behind such films as George Clooney‘s “The Ides of March,” Ron Howard‘s Rush” and Darren Aronofsky‘s “Black Swan,” the last of which was made with Sony’s Tom Rothman while he ran 20th Century Fox. Cross Creek is one of the few successful independent entities that both develop and finance their own films, and the deal with Sony is multi-platform arrangement that calls »
- Jeff Sneider
The unusual pairing of Darren Aronofsky and Arnold Schwarzenegger proved too potent for foreign buyers to ignore at this year’s American Film Market. Their newly announced revenge-thriller, 478, has closed a raft of major territory deals for the Highland Film Group, which is is handling international sales. Aronofsky is producing 478 via his Protozoa Pictures alongside Randall Emmet and George Furla of Emmet/Furla/Oasis. Since stepping down as governor of California, Schwarzenegger has had trouble reviving his acting career, with movies including Escape Plan and Maggie disappointing both in North America and overseas. Still, 478 sparked strong interest at Afm.
- Pamela McClintock
New indie film blends erotic horror and evil apps. Lauren Lakis and Mercedes Manning (who appears in Requiem For A Dream director Darren Aronofsky’s new flick Zipper) star in the paranoid new indie psycho-sexual horror film Other Halves, an erotic, satirical and techno-savvy film laced with more than just a drizzle of Sci-Fi. And while…
The post Beefcake Clip From New Erotic Sci-Fi Horror Film Other Halves appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
Things haven’t been going so well for Arnold Schwarzenegger at the box office. The sorely underrated Maggie pretty much bypassed cinemas in the Us, getting a small release in the UK. And then there was Terminator Genisys, which in the end did solid box office worldwide, but may yet prove to be another Terminator franchise killer off the back of the scathing reviews it attracted.
The movie is about a father who goes for the air traffic controller who he believes was responsible – at least in part – for the death of his daughter. It sounds closer to the dramatic part he took in Maggie, »
As part of a new series in which we offer careers advice to people in the movie business, here’s our take on what everyone’s favourite Aussie bruiser should do to return to fighting form
The late 90s/early 2000s. You had a hot streak that included La Confidential, The Insider, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind and Master and Commander. But your bulldog charisma enabled you to ride out the subsequent flops and embarrassments (A Good Year, Robin Hood, The Man with the Iron Fists, Winter’s Tale). That difficulty with accents notwithstanding, your stature has meant you can afford to reserve yourself for classy name directors – the unorthodox take on the Noah story from Darren Aronofsky being a recent risky example. That worked out pretty well, even if the film itself got a kicking from evangelical Christians. Another one that just about paid off was warming your pipes in the film of Les Misérables, »
- Andrew Pulver
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