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Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and more star in the horror Western Bone Tomahawk, the closing film of Fantastic Fest 2015. Karyn Kusama's The Invitation is also included in the first wave of programming for the Austin-based festival that kicks off September 24th.
Press Release: "Austin, TX - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, which profiles Refn's collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters. "We're very excited about this year's mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and »
- Derek Anderson
Read More: 2014 Woodstock Film Festival Honors Darren Aronofsky, Announces Audience Awards Celebrating its sixteenth year, the Woodstock Film Festival unveiled its official poster today. Designed by New York-based twin animators Joy Buran and Noelle Melody, stylized as Joy + Noelle, the poster sees film reels stack up to form a rather inedible cinematic cake. "We are so excited to have Joy and Noelle as our official poster artists this year," said Woodstock Executive Director and co-foudner Meira Blaustein. "Not only are they festival alumni, having their animation shown here before, but they perfectly encapsulated the Sweet 16 celebration aspect that is our theme this year. Incorporating past Maverick Award winners is a subtle nod to celebrating sixteen years of independent filmmaking." "Woodstock is one of our favorite festivals, so we were pretty excited to be invited to illustrate the 2015 poster," added Noelle Melody. "When I »
- Ethan Sapienza
There are only two problems – Sam has a compulsive desire to sleep with high-priced call girls and a dangerous fascination with a young intern (Dianna Agron).
Zipper bows on August 28 in Us cinemas. A UK release is yet to be set. »
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that 20th Century Fox is set to adapt Anthony O’Neill’s sci-fi ebook The Dark Side, with Javier Gullon (Enemy) penning the script.
According to the site, The Dark Side “is set in a future where the moon is used as a penal colony. When an android goes on a murderous rampage, a down on his luck detective is sent in to investigate.”
In addition to Enemy, screenwriter Gullon has been making waves in Hollywood with his spec script 478, a revenge thriller which has Arnold Schwarzenegger attached to star and Darren Aronofsky producing.
- Gary Collinson
Before he got into filming his leads’ backs of heads for uncomfortably long takes, and confusing creationists with his kind-of-post-apocalyptic, staunchly environmentalist, and CGI rock monster-filled take on Noah’s Arc, Darren Aronofsky delivered an emotional gut punch to the indie status quo with 2000’s drug addiction saga “Requiem for a Dream.” In order to most effectively construct his dark and delirious vision of a group of junkies slowly but surely losing all grip on reality through prolonged drug use, Aranofsky relied on a series of quick extreme close-up shots in order to accentuate the characters’ isolation and paranoia. The most famous of these is of course the “2001”-inspired extreme close-up shot of an eye dilating, which was ripped-off and parodied to death during the early 2000s. As usual, the best parody comes from “The Simpsons.” In order to perhaps accentuate the importance of these close-up shots for the overall narrative, »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Women filmmakers were the big winners at this year’s Odessa International Film Festival (Oiff) which closed at the weekend with a gala screening of Naomi Kawase’s film Sweet Red Bean Paste (An), which premiered in Cannes in May.
The Turkish director was also named Best Director by the International Competition jury headed by French writer-director-actress Jeanne Labrune.
The Turkish-French-German co-production had its world premiere in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in May and is handled internationally by Kinology.
Israeli actress Tamar Alkan received the Best Acting Award for her performance as a woman »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Hollywood directors are notorious flirts when it comes to picking projects, and spy thriller Red Sparrow has been the belle of the ball for some time. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was at one point eyeing the pic as his follow-up to Biblical epic Noah, and David Fincher considered coming aboard in hopes of reuniting with his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo lead Rooney Mara (who walked when Fincher did). Now, Francis Lawrence, who’ll finally be done directing Lionsgate’s Hunger Games films this fall, is in the mix to take the reins.
Lawrence is accustomed to swimming in blockbuster waters, albeit without the same consistent praise Aronofsky and Fincher have received throughout their careers. Outside of The Hunger Games quadrilogy (of which he directed three), Lawrence has helmed I Am Legend, Constantine and Water for Elephants, as well as episodes of short-lived series Kings and Touch. Still, working »
- Isaac Feldberg
Now that the Hunger Games movies are just about done, director Francis Lawrence is making plans for post-Panem life. One project on his radar is Red Sparrow, a spy thriller that previously had Darren Aronofsky and then David Fincher circling. More about the Francis Lawrence Red Sparrow movie after the jump. Deadline reported on the possible Francis […]
- Angie Han
Based on the Jason Matthews novel and set in contemporary Russia, the story follows a female state intelligence officer drafted against her will to become a 'Sparrow,' a trained seductress in the service. She is soon assigned a first-tour CIA officer who handles the agency's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence.
The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of deception and sexual attraction. She then seeks revenge against her soulless masters, whilst helping the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Sometimes, the potential pedigree of a project can be found in whoever might be kicking the tires, and "Red Sparrow" has certainly drawn some big names while it has been in development. Back in 2013, Darren Aronofsky was taking a look at the movie, and a year later, it was being seen as a potential vehicle to reunite David Fincher and Rooney Mara. Each has since walked, but now another director is checking the project out. Read More: The Best & The Worst Of 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Francis Lawrence ("I Am Legend," "The Hunger Games" movies, except the first one) is now circling "Red Sparrow," according to Deadline. Based on the book by Jason Matthews and with a script by Eric Singer (“American Hustle”), the story is set in present-day Russia and follows a Russian intelligence officer struggling to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Here's the book synopsis: In »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“Luther” and “Crossbones” creator Neil Cross is to revive 1970s sci-fi series “Sapphire & Steel,” which starred Joanna Lumley and David McCallum as time-traveling special agents protecting the universe from evil.
“I’m planning to — it looks like I’m going to — relaunch ‘Sapphire & Steel,'” Cross told the Nerdist Writers’ Panel podcast. He added that it was “a late ’70s science fiction horror show, which had incredibly low budgets, so every single episode was a bottle episode where the enemy is time itself. So it would tell ghost stories and monster stories but in every episode somehow time was the villain.” Cross, who has also written for “Mi-5″ and “Doctor Who,” described the lead characters as “proto Mulder and Scully.”
“There’s a broadcaster in the U.K. that’s very, very keen to do it,” he claimed.
Cross added that he is working with director Darren Aronofsky on HBO paranormal series “Riverview, »
- Leo Barraclough
Joanna Lumley and David McCallum starred in the original series as time-travelling special agents protecting the universe from evil forces trying to disrupt history. Though done for little money, the show compensated with complicated, involved and dense narratives.
Like classic "Doctor Who," each story consisted of around four-to-eight episodes and would shift in genre and tone - some more horror or supernatural based, others more science fiction style. Six TV 'serials' in all were produced from 1979 to 1982.
Speaking at the Nerdist Writers panel podcast, Cross says: "I'm planning to - it looks like I'm going to - relaunch Sapphire & Steel'. [It's] a late 1970s science fiction horror show that was incredibly low budget, where the enemy is time itself. There’s ghost stories and monster stories and time is the villain... there's a broadcaster in the UK that's very, »
- Garth Franklin
A hilarious and jarring new Tumblr called Every Single Word takes popular films and posts supercuts of every speaking character of color in them. Guess how many people of color speak in "Her," "The Fault in Our Stars," "American Hustle," and "(500) Days of Summer"? The answer: Yikes. Apparently Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel live a pretty lily-white existence in Los Angeles. And that's nothing compared to the very white world of "American Hustle." And my favorite: Check out this "supercut" of the characters of color in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan." It's not surprising that the number of qualifying characters in these supercuts is pitiful, but it's interesting to realize how little dialogue some onscreen characters get. (Via Buzzfeed) »
- Louis Virtel
While we often lament some of the films that end up stuck in development Hell, never to become realized on the big screen, there are some films we should all be glad never came to fruition.
Sometimes they don’t get it! We all know that the film industry is a business and they want to make money, but Hollywood doesn’t always realize that the best way to do that is to make a good film. Sometimes, Hollywood’s habit of taking a known property and stretching them out to absurd proportions proves that they just don’t get the point. Fortunately, there are times when someone recognizes a bad idea and puts on the brakes. Below is a list of 14 films where someone was smart enough to notice that they were making a pile of trash and threw in the towel.
Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian
Due to the success of Beetlejuice, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
In a decision that Hollywood has been waiting for months to hear, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals today threw the Black Swan intern case on its head by vacating an earlier judgment in favor of two interns who worked on the Darren Aronofsky-directed film. The hearing on the appeal of District Judge William Paley III’s ruling of 2-years ago was held on January 30 this year. The original 2011 lawsuit against Fox Searchlight set the stage for a slew of intern class actions… »
For several years now, filmmaker Danny Boyle has found himself at the awards season table. The surprise hit “Slumdog Millionaire” swept the Oscars in 2008, and he was back at it with James Franco in 2010's “127 Hours.” Boyle took a break from serious drama in 2013 with the twisty heist/hypnotism caper “Trance.” That movie was originally set to star Michael Fassbender, but the actor dropped out. But it didn’t take long for him to reteam with Boyle, and he now leads the awards-bait drama with “Steve Jobs.” Read More: Watch: Danny Boyle & Darren Aronofsky Talk Directing, Moviemaking, & More In 20-Minute Video The project does, however, come with baggage. Produced by Mark Gordon and Scott Rudin among others, the movie was written by Aaron Sorkin and set up at Sony, and was seemingly all set to be helmed by David Fincher in what would have been a reunion of the creative »
- Edward Davis
The writer and performer will take part in the “Conversations With…” series during the one-day Produced By New York conference run by the Producers Guild Of America on October 24.
Speakers for this year’s Pbny will be announced in the coming months.
“The Produced By Conference has proven to be a tremendous opportunity for producers of film, TV and digital media content to share industry acumen with their peers in a collaborative and educational setting,” said PGA presidents Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi.
“We are thrilled to bring this unique event back to New York.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Tina Fey will headline the Producers Guild of America’s upcoming second annual Produced By: New York conference.
The October 24 event will feature an in-depth discussion with Fey in the “Conversations With” series.
Fey is an executive producer on the Netflix comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and was an exec producer on the NBC sitcom “30 Rock.” She’s also a producer on her upcoming film “Sisters.”
- Dave McNary
Read More: Tina Fey on Why 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Wouldn't Exist Without Ellie Kemper and Her Contagious Optimism The Producers Guild of America has announced that Produced By: New York (Pbny) will feature an in-depth discussion with comedian and producer Tina Fey for the event's headlining "Conversations With…" series. Additionally, Discovery Communications will serve as the presenting sponsor of the event. Last year's inaugural Pbny featured Darren Aronofsky, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jenni Konner and Harvey Weinstein, among others. "The Produced By Conference has proven to be a tremendous opportunity for producers of film, TV and digital media content to share industry acumen with their peers in a collaborative and educational setting. We are thrilled to bring this unique event back to New York," said Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi, Presidents of the PGA. More participants for this year's Pbny will be announced in the coming months. The 2nd Annual Produced. »
- Zack Sharf
Way back in 2009 at The New York Film Festival, a drool worthy conversation took place between Michael Haneke (who was doing the rounds for "The White Ribbon") and Darren Aronofsky at Lincoln Center. If you weren't there, well, you missed it. Thankfully, the Film Society Of Lincoln Center has gone into the archives to dig up the talk and put it online, and needless to say, this is a must listen for any cinephile. Haneke is in the hot seat for the discussion and fields questions while Aronofsky and others probe the director about "The White Ribbon," in which a series of eerie calamities beset a small German village in the lead up to World War I. Haneke explains why he chose to keep many of the events in the film enigmatic. Read More: Michael Haneke Drops 'Flashmob,' Working On New Film Set In France “I try to construct »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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