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Time to hit the beach, moviegoers! The Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff) recently announced the honorees for its 17th edition, taking place June 17–21 at the scenic Massachusetts town. Founded in 1999 as a means to promote Provincetown’s rich cultural history, the festival honors innovation in independent filmmaking and has become a top destination for both industry pros and cinephiles looking to welcome summer. 2015’s recipient of the coveted Filmmaker on the Edge Award, recognizing visionaries in the film world, will be presented to Bobcat Goldthwait (“Call Me Lucky”) on June 20 at the town hall. The award has been previously given to luminaries such as Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, and John Waters, the festival’s resident artist. Actor Jennifer Coolidge (“Best in Show,” “Legally Blonde”) will receive the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. “This year’s honorees underscore the importance of comedy to independent film—not only surprising and delighting us, »
A cast that ranges from the inspired to the ludicrous. Character designs that have broken the internet in half. Mutant Argus soldiers covered in a thousand eyes toting shotguns. One of the most popular movie stars in the world playing a murderous anti-hero. All this, and now Batman has invited himself to the party.
Suicide Squad looks insane. A weird, day-glo neon clad piece of insanity featuring an unproven big budget Director who, in the absence of an overreaching artistic strategy, may very well be defining the future of the DC Cinematic Universe. This could be the best thing to happen to Warner Bros. who seems completely unprepared to launch their own unified world of super-heroes in a little less than a year.
We all know about the first film in this new shared universe. The joyless, »
- Anghus Houvouras
Poor Channing Tatum has been trying to get a Gambit movie made for quite some time. He.s ready to star as the Cajun mutant who is arguably the most popular of the X-Men among fans (second to Wolverine, of course). He has a script written by Josh Zetumer, who wrote the Robocop remake. He has producers in Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg, who are both experienced in working with 20th Century Fox.s Marvel properties. Now, if only he could find a director. It.s not for lack of trying. According to multiple sources a slew of big names have been offered the director.s chair but they keep turning it down. According to Umberto Gonzales both Bennett Miller, who directed Tatum in Foxcatcher and Darren Aronofsky, who was once tapped to direct The Wolverine, have both passed on the job. In addition, the Meet the Movie Press »
Master cinematographer and television director Caleb Deschanel will receive AFI's 25th Annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, which has previously gone to the likes of Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch, Wally Pfister and fellow Dp Janusz Kaminski. This honor recognizes the extraordinary creative talents of an AFI Conservatory alum who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin Schaffner, the Oscar-winning director of 1970's "Patton." An AFI grad from the class of 1969, Deschanel is a five-time Oscar nominee for "The Passion of the Christ," "The Patriot," "Fly Away Home," "The Natural" and "The Right Stuff." AFI cinematography alumni have been nominated 17 times across the past 12 years — winning five times. Deschanel won the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Award for "The Patriot" and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asc in 2010. His directing credits »
- Ryan Lattanzio
American Film Institute top brass have chosen Caleb Deschanel to receive the 2015 Franklin J Schaffner Alumni Medal.
The honour recognises the creativity of an AFI Conservatory alumnus “who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality filmmaking.”
The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Steve Martin in Hollywood on June 4.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
With WWE Studios churning out films like Jingle All The Way 2 and The Marine 4 with all the grace of a diseased sea lion vomiting mackerel onto the backseat of a Toyota Yaris, you’d be forgiven for thinking that wrestlers and movies were not meant to mix.
But everyone from Dean Ambrose to Paige to Brodus freakin’ Clay has taken time off to shoot some film or another, and the wrestlers of the WWE show no signs of halting their nefarious plan to impersonate actors. But what about the other way around, when actors strap on tights and do their best impressions of wrestlers for the big screen?
The wrestler biopic has been a fairly barren field up until now, with the dark private lives of grapplers instead being limited to shoot interviews and Beyond The Mat-style documentaries. Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke, wasn »
- Adam Blampied
Deschanel is a 1969 alumnus of the AFI Conservatory. He’s been nominated for best cinematographer Oscars for “The Right Stuff,” “The Natural,” “Fly Away Home,” “The Patriot” and “The Passion of the Christ.”
The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Steve Martin on June 4. Past recipients of the medal include cinematographers Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch and Wally Pfister.
Deschanel won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for “The Patriot” and was honored with the lifetime achievement award by the Asc in 2010. He was also in the first class of the AFI Conservatory, »
- Dave McNary
Filming on the project aims to begin this Fall with screenwriter Josh Zetumer's first draft already turned in. However getting a helmer hasn't been as smooth. Last month came word via Heroic Hollywood that "Foxcatcher" helmer Bennett Miller and "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky were both offered the directorial gig. It was a gig both apparently turned down.
Today, Meet the Movie Press (via ScreenCrush) reports that both "The Raid" film series helmer Gareth Evans and "A Most Violent Year" director J.C. Chandor were also apparently approached about the gig and turned down the job.
Tatum and the film's producers are obviously pursuing filmmakers with strong cred, but we've learned with a previous "X-Men" film, namely Gavin Hood's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," an auteur can get burned badly by a studio superhero film. "Gambit »
- Garth Franklin
While most horror fans have grown tired of countless Pov/Found Footage genre films, it’s always a refreshing and entertaining time to come across horror films that utilize the Pov approach in new and interesting ways. Directors Scott Beck & Bryan Woods have done just that, with their excitingly original and completely enthralling horror thriller Nightlight. Bypassing the “We have a camera, let’s document everryyyyyything” approach in favor of the film being completely from the point of view of a flashlight, the film about a group of friends playing one dark and ultimately deadly game, just feels like so much fun and is a Really solid entry.
Beck and & Woods spoke to Icons of Fright about the film, its inspiration, the challenges of making the film the way they did, and what’s in store for the filmmaking duo next, so Read On!!
Nightlight felt very original and refreshing, »
- Jerry Smith
Natalie Portman is lugging a giant, heavy-looking sofa across the floor, to get away from what she mutters is the “brutal” heat of the sunlight beating down on the corner of a private beach club in Cannes. I feel I should help – I’m standing a few feet away, awaiting the signal to step forward – but the presence of one or two burly security staff nearby suggests I should stay damn well where I am. She’s dragging it while clad in the same fantastically flimsy Rodarte drapery and teetering high heels she wore for the film festival’s traditional photocall, a smidgeon of moxie underneath the carapace of glamour.
When the seating arrangements are aligned to her satisfaction, »
- Andrew Pulver
When Natalie Portman made her directorial debut on Saturday night at the Cannes Film Festival with “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” she joined a small group of actresses who took the leap behind the camera. “There’s absolutely a disparity,” says Portman, 33, of Hollywood’s gender crisis. “That’s a statistical fact. Why that is, I don’t really know. I am excited, though, that there are so many wonderful women emerging now and directing.”
“A Tale of Love and Darkness” is based on Amos Oz’s best-selling memoir about growing up in Jerusalem in the ’40s and ’50s. Portman shot the film, in which she also stars (as Oz’s mother), in 40 days in Jerusalem and the northern regions of Israel. She spoke to Variety about the project, how the late Mike Nichols helped her with it and if she’ll direct again.
You’ve been in the »
- Ramin Setoodeh
"It's heaven!" Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Darren Aronofsky both present (for Us release) the latest film from Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson, titled A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. This not only wins the award for best film title of the year, but it's also one of the most original and visionary creations I've seen, unlike any other cinematic work out there. The film premiered at Venice & Tiff last year (where I saw it) and earned mostly positive reviews, so fans of Andersson have nothing to be worried about. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is a movie about "being a human being", exploring abstract ideas and concepts connected to existence. It's an absurdly masterful head trip worth experiencing. Official trailer for Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, via YouTube: Like his previous features Songs From the Second Floor and You, »
- Alex Billington
Natalie Portman has signed on to star as Jackie Kennedy in 'Jackie'. The 33-year-old actress - who won an Academy Award in 2011 for her performance in the psychological horror film 'Black Swan' - is set to play the part of John F. Kennedy's wife in a new biopic from Chilean director Pablo Larrain. The movie will follow the first four days in Jackie Kennedy's life after the assassination of her husband, which occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Variety reports that the plotline will focus on Kennedy's courage in the face of personal turmoil, which won her admiration from Americans and people worldwide. What's more, Darren Aronofsky - who directed 'Black Swan' - is set to serve as a producer on the new film. Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Portman has held talks over starring in 'The Basis Of Sex'. She is wanted to play »
Natalie Portman has certainly been stacking up the projects lately. Following on from the news this month that the Oscar-winner has joined Annihilation and On the Basis of Sex, it’s now being reported that she’s set to take on the role of Jackie Kennedy.
Portman will star in Jackie, a drama that follows the First Lady in the four days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963, and her efforts to deal with the loss of her husband as a nation rallies around her.
Jackie had originally been in development under Darren Aronofsky back in 2010 with his then-partner Rachel Weisz attached to star, and will remain involved as producer with Pablo Larrain (No) directing.
- Gary Collinson
Cannes Film Festival? More like Natalie Portman casting festival. With several projects already announced featuring the actress either taking the job or in talks in the past few days, here comes another, with word that she’ll play Jackie Kennedy in a long-gestating drama.The film itself, Jackie, chronicles the four days in Kennedy’s life after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. She’s dealing with losing the love of her life while a nation rallies around her in a time of tragedy.Darren Aronofsky had been developing the project to star then-partner Rachel Weisz back in 2010, but it fell into limbo when they split. Portman was mooted as the new Jackie in 2012, but it has taken a few years to come together. Aronofsky remains on board as producer, with No director Pablo Larraín now calling the shots. He’s scheduled to start »
Earlier this week we heard that Natalie Portman would play Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a film called On the Basis of Sex. Now she’s set to play another major figure in Us history: Jacqueline Kennedy, in a film that will take place during the four days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film is called […]
- Russ Fischer
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
With her first feature as director, "A Tale of Love and Darkness," set to bow out of competition at Cannes on May 16, Natalie Portman appears to have a new motto both in front of and behind the camera: Go big or go home. As Variety reports, the Oscar winner has signed on the star as Jackie Kennedy in "No" director Pablo Larrain's "Jackie," which focuses on the former First Lady in the days immediately following President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Darren Aronofsky, who directed her to the Best Actress statuette in "Black Swan" (2010), will produce. The news comes fast on the heels of the announcement, first reported by Deadline, that Portman is slated to play another iconic American woman, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in the upcoming "On the Basis of Sex," which follows "the notorious Rbg" as she faces down sexism over the course of her brilliant legal career. »
- Matt Brennan
It looks like Natalie Portman will continue to rack up more projects to put on the upcoming list.
The Academy Award winner is set to play Jackie Kennedy in an upcoming biopic from No director Pablo Larrain, according to Variety. The film will chronicle the first four days in Jackie Kennedy’s life after the assassination of her husband, President John. F. Kennedy, when she lost the love of her life but won the love of a nation.
This isn’t the first project that Portman has committed to lately. She is already hard at work with Jane Got a Gun, which comes out later this year, The Tale of Love and Darkness, Weightless (the latest Terrence Malick film), and Planetarium.
Jackie joins a list of films that »
- Zach Dennis
Travel back with me to September 2012 when we reported that Natalie Portman was in talks to lead Jackie, which was originally supposed to be directed by Darren Aronofsky and star his then-wife Rachel Weisz. Since then, word went dead, and the project returned to development hell. But it has now been resurrected, Portman is officially set to star, and Aronofsky will produce while Pablo Larrain (No) is on board to direct. The story takes place in the four days that followed John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and looks at how his wife Jackie dealt with the personal and public repercussions. “Jackie talks about the days when Jackie Kennedy becomes an icon but has lost everything,” Wild Bunch’s Vincent Marava told Variety. Filming on Jackie is set to begin at the end of 2015. Portman, who is apparently determined to play every important American woman of the 20th century, also recently »
- Matt Goldberg
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