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Parent-child relationships are delicate even under the most ideal circumstances, but they can be extra trying or difficult when there’s an imbalance due to events beyond anyone’s control. Such is the case for the new film “A Light Beneath Their Feet,” about a mother-daughter relationship amidst a sea of change and turmoil. The film stars Taryn Manning as Gloria, a young mother struggling with bipolar disorder, and Madison Davenport as Beth, her daughter and the one source of stability in her life. Beth is about to leave for college soon and Gloria struggles with her imminent departure. As the two go through ups and downs, Beth weighs her options between staying local for her mother or pursuing her dream across the country while Gloria tries to learn to let go. Watch an exclusive clip from “A Light Beneath Their Feet” below.
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- Vikram Murthi
Rome — The Venice Film Festival’s 73rd edition will feature a batch of star-studded English-language dramas directed by Mel Gibson, Tom Ford, Pablo Larrain, Antoine Fuqua and Damian Chazelle, as well as promising new titles by big-name international auteurs such as Emir Kusturica, Francois Ozon, and Wim Wenders, plus plenty of potential discoveries.
This year’s selections look likely to reinforce the Lido’s status as a discerning and effective awards-season platform. Last year, the festival launched “Spotlight,” and, before that, “Birdman” and “Gravity” — all of which went on to win multiple Oscars.
The Gibson-directed “Hacksaw Ridge” stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond T. Doss, an army medic who never carried a gun during World War II. Doss was the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The topical drama, which is screening out-of-competition, is slated for a Nov. 4 U.S. release via Lionsgate. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Jared Leto is wearing a preposterous straw hat this morning, a gigantic, not-quite-a-sombrero thing he bought for seven bucks at a corner store. And why not? He's made it this far by committing fully, sometimes crazily, to everything in his life: Method acting, music-making, video directing, tech investing, not to mention the arts of being enigmatic, brainy and really, really good-looking. "I don't dabble," he says. "I dive in, 1,000 percent." So if he needs sun protection for a hike, of course he goes big. In any case, Leto recently turned 44 — "old, »
Once the default mode, black and white has now become a bold statement of artistic intention. What that intention is, however, seems to be a little bit different for all of the recent films that have made the most of it. Often, monochrome is used as a pipeline to the past — in “Good Night, and Good Luck,” a lack of color not only speaks to how history remembers Edward R. Murrow, it also conjures the imagery of his television news broadcasts. Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” similarly uses the technique to take us back in time, but is less about recreating an era than it is about establishing a chokehold of fatalistic austerity.
“The Man Who Wasn’t There” is another period piece, but the lack of color in the Coen brothers’ film — which was shot in color and then bled dry — assumes a moral quality, making Billy Bob Thornton »
- Anne Thompson, David Ehrlich, Liz Shannon Miller, Steve Greene, Sarah Colvin, Chris O'Falt, Kate Halliwell, Kyle Kizu and Zack Sharf
In Reset (Relève), Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai chronicle the path to the premiere of Benjamin Millepied's first ballet at the Opéra National de Paris in the fall of 2015. We hear composer Nico Muhly and the energetic young conductor Maxime Pascal discuss the quality of a lion's roar and the need for a "more menacing, dangerous piano." Designer for Lady Gaga, Tilda Swinton, Björk, and Scarlett Johansson, Iris van Herpen, whose tutus here are unorthodox, is specific about the colors, wanting "the black less black and the white a very light grey."
Benjamin Millepied: "For American people, Benjamin is a Frenchman …"
Millepied is known as the choreographer for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder and Vincent Cassel. Vincent Lindon, revolvers; Karl Lagerfeld, un roi seul and Robert Luchini, dit Fabrice on Fabrice Luchini »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's Sin City (2005) is playing on Mubi June 18 - July 17, 2016 in the United States. Sin CityWhat happens when a performer’s face changes? This very question animated a bewildering piece by Owen Gleiberman last month in Variety, wherein Gleiberman—a man—pondered whether Renée Zellweger’s slightly aged, maybe plastic surgery-tinkered visage made her an entirely different performer. He sustained this mediation on the basis of a whopping three-minute trailer for Bridget Jones’ sBaby, hoarily declaring his good intentions to combat Hollywood’s sexist machinations at his piece’s onset. Yet, in spite of this pretense, his approach exhibited an astonishing lack of stringency, ultimately scrutinizing Zellweger along the same sexist lines he claimed to bemoan. Like others, I find this storied practice of male critics inspecting women’s faces pretty odious. If male critics have gotten craftier than such forefathers as John Simon (who, »
Universal is in the process of creating a classic horror creatures franchise, following the interconnected tentpole blueprint laid out by Marvel Cinematic Universe. They’ve already scored top-tier talent such as Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Russell Crowe, and they are now eyeing Javier Bardem for the iconic role of Frankenstein’s monster, which was clarified by Variety‘s Justin Kroll:
To be clear, he would be playing the monster in some form not Victor
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) July 11, 2016
The No Country For Old Men star previously declined an offer to appear opposite Cruise in The Mummy, a role which was deferred to Crowe. It now seems as though there’s a spot for everyone in this monster mash, which Bardem will shoot after Darren Aronofsky‘s next project, which is currently in production. Bardem will also be seen in another big-budget feature when Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales »
- Mike Mazzanti
Having already filled its monster universe with a roster of A-list talent that includes Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Russell Crowe, Universal is now eyeing another star to bring a famous character to life.
Sources tell Variety that Javier Bardem is in talks to star as Frankenstein in Universal’s cinematic universe with rebooted versions of classic monster movies. It’s currently unknown which movie Bardem would first appear in, as “The Mummy,” the first film in the monster universe, is about to wrap shooting.
The studio is also developing a “Bride of Frankenstein” pic, but sources indicate that Bardem’s Frankenstein would likely appear in another monster movie before his own project.
Ironically, Bardem had been approached about playing the Dr. Jekyll role in “The Mummy,” but passed on the part, »
- Justin Kroll
Things we forgot to talk about but it's never too late.
Do You Love She Loves Me?
Did any of you manage to catch the Broadway livestream of She Loves Me June 30th? It was the first ever of its kind though I've heard no details on how well it performed (i.e. if we'll see more of them). They've extended the availability to rent it until July 10th on Broadway HD.
The Hours 2: The Return of Virginia Woof
Okay not really. Basically everybody committed suicide or got old in The Hours. But recently we got word that Virginia Woolf is coming back to the big screen in the adaptation of the play Vita & Virginia which is about Woolf's friendship and affair with another female writer. The most delightful part of this news may be that the play and its screenplay adaptation were both written by the actress Dame Eileen Atkins »
- NATHANIEL R
We live in a world where there are trailers for trailers. While it’s still essential to a film’s marketing, trailers are no longer mere primers for upcoming movies; they’ve become standalone events.
Sometimes, however, they’re better than the real thing. When a big movie is boiled down to its essence, trailers can provide the thrill of a blockbuster without the bloat. Slices of advertising can promise a moviegoing experience that can’t compete with the reality.
Below, we’ve charted a brief history of the American trailer over the past two decades. (A quick note: we’ve limited ourselves to one per director, so if you don’t see undisputed gems like “The Social Network” or “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” know that we haven’t forgotten them.)
Simple shadows. Telling words. Awed expressions. These practical effects, concise verbiage, and stock shots were »
- Steve Greene, Liz Shannon Miller, Kyle Kizu, Ben Travers, Kate Halliwell, Chris O'Falt, Zack Sharf, Russell Goldman and Kate Erbland
Yes, there is another actor from the Gleeson family. While his brother Domhnall and father Brendan Gleeson have worldwide attention for their various roles, Brian Gleeson has been receiving acclaim on the Irish TV and film circuit. Ahead of a part in Assassin’s Creed and Darren Aronofsky‘s next film, he’ll be seen in Tiger Raid, which screened at Tribeca Film Festival this year.
Directed by Simon Dixon, the first trailer has now arrived for the film, which follows Gleeson and Damien Molony (Kill Your Friends) as they are assigned to kidnap a character portraying by Sofia Boutella, who will be seen in Star Trek Beyond this month. The trailer paints an intense, small-scale drama, and will hopefully help it get in the eyes of potential distributors here in the United States.
Check it out below, along with the poster.
Tiger Raid tells the story of two mercenaries, »
- Leonard Pearce
It’s a common image in cinema: a beautiful, but vulnerable woman entering a cold and unforgiving world, where good bone-structure and talent become dangerously interchangeable. While navigating the leering male gaze and sometimes heartless competition of female peers, she also must do battle with her own insecurities and self-doubts, all of which can be seemingly cured with the miraculous kiss of success. But for some, that success can lead directly to their downfall. Sometimes, the consequences can even be lethal, the adversary too ruthless to be conquered, and the beauty is left to rust in tragic defeat. And sometimes, it’s more painfully simple. They merely want to cut the poor girl’s throat.
The Neon Demon, the spellbinding new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn, is now playing in theaters nationwide. The plot follows Jesse (Elle Fanning) a 16-year-old girl who arrives in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a successful model. »
- Tony Hinds
Ryan Lambie Published Date Friday, July 1, 2016 - 06:38
“When a film makes you gag, and you leave the cinema feeling kinda weird, then that’s a sign that it’s working.” Director and Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox was talking about David Cronenberg’s debut feature Shivers when he said those words in the 1990s, but he could have just as easily been talking about Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon.
This is the film, you may recall, that left people wailing and yelling at the screen when it made its debut in Cannes earlier this year. It isn’t difficult to imagine Refn standing off to one side somewhere and smiling at such a seething reaction, because his films are engineered to provoke and prod. You might not like Refn’s movies - which include Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive (his most commercial film yet) and 2013‘s Only God Forgives, »
Nicolas Winding Refn’s new film, The Neon Demon, has earned both pans and raves, which has started to seem like the inevitable critical response to a new film from Refn—part of the promise that it delivers on, if you will. And, as Justin Chang notes at the Los Angeles Times, if nothing else, The Neon Demon very much delivers on the promise of being a Refn film:Even if you were to somehow miss the elegant “Nwr” monogram in the opening credits, you would be safe in assuming that Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film is a self-indulgent exercise in style. But what self-indulgence, and what style! A surreal urban fairy tale, “The Neon Demon” unfolds in a murderously debauched corner of the Los Angeles fashion industry, one prowled by predatory beasts, silky-smooth operators and gorgeous blonde vampires on stiletto heels. Languorously paced and literally dressed to kill, the »
Currently collaborating with Paramount Pictures on a live-action rendition of Ghost in the Shell, studio producer Steven Paul told Variety that Lone Wolf and Cub will sidestep any potential whitewashing controversy by enlisting “an essentially Japanese cast” before making the defining jump into production in early 2017.
Hatched by Kazuo and Kojima-san back in 1970, Lone Wolf and Cub is something of a Japanese phenomenon, spawning numerous feature films, stage plays and even a TV show. In 1992, the Final Conflict movie adaptation told the tale of “a noble samurai [Ittō] plotted against and framed in an assassination conspiracy the samurai disobeys his Shogun’s orders and becomes an assassin for hire with his three-year-old son [Daigorō].”
We understand that that arc will serve as the foundation for Sp International Pictures’ all-new remake, »
- Michael Briers
Gay Talese yesterday confirmed by email that the adaptation of his book The Voyeur's Motel (directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks) will be written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Darren Aronofsky's The Good Nurse).
Wilson-Cairns worked on John Logan's Penny Dreadful TV series. Logan wrote the screenplay for Michael Grandage's Genius starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney. He is also known for Mendes' James Bond films, Spectre and Skyfall. American Beauty, Road To Perdition and Revolutionary Road directed by Mendes were produced by DreamWorks.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Asia’s largest genre film festival, announced a huge 302 title lineup for its 20th edition.
American actor-director Matt Ross’s Cannes prize-winning family drama “Captain Fantastic” will open the festival on Jul. 21. Closing the festival will be Yeon Sang-ho’s latest animated feature “Seoul Station,” a prequel to Yeon’s Cannes live action film “Train to Busan.”
In celebration of the 130th anniversary of Korea-France bilateral relations, the festival will dedicate a showcase to French company Gaumont. Other special programs include a David Bowie tribute, and a Nakashima Tetsuya retrospective.
BiFan will also take a look back on its own past twenty years through a program titled “20 Years, 20 Favorites.” The section features earlier works of major film makers including Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” and Na Hong-jin’s “The Chaser.”
The festival’s industry program, BiFan Industry Gathering, »
- Sonia Kil
Next month sees the arrival of the Netflix’s drama Stranger Things, a much-anticipated supernatural chiller about a missing boy, which pays homage to everything from Twin Peaks to Poltergeist and has been described by Us critics as “looking like the show Steven Spielberg and Stephen King never made”.
It also marks the next, and perhaps most important, stage in Winona Ryder’s return to Hollywood’s spotlight. Now 44, Ryder has spent the past few years slowly rebuilding her career since it imploded in the early years of this century with a conviction for grand theft, shoplifting and vandalism amid rumours of prescription drug addiction. (She was subsequently sentenced to three years probation and ordered to undergo drug counselling.) Since then Ryder has taken a low-key approach to her career. »
- Sarah Hughes
Meanwhile, Steven Soderbergh is expanding his cast for his first feature since Side Effects, Logan Lucky. Depicting a pair of brothers who plan a heist during a high-profile Nascar race, Daniel Craig, Katherine Heigl, Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane have all previously joined. Now The Playlist lets us know, ahead of a shoot this fall, that Inherent Vice star Katherine Waterston has joined in an undisclosed role and Hilary Swank will take part as an FBI agent.
Speaking of Soderbergh, a female-led continuation of Ocean’s 11 is gearing up under the direction of Gary Ross (Pleasantville, The Hunger Games). Although Jennifer Lawrence won’t take part as rumored, Showbiz 411 inform us that Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, and Helena Bonham Carter are the first to join the cast. With a rumored main team of eight, we’re halfway there as Bullock takes the role of »
- Leonard Pearce
Steven Spielberg is also producing. It’s the fourth movie that Mendes, who directed the James Bond movies “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” has directed for DreamWorks following “American Beauty,” “The Road to Perdition” and “Revolutionary Road.”
DreamWorks won an auction in April for the rights to Talese’s book, based on the life of Colorado resident Gerald Foos, who opened a hotel so he could watch guests having sex. Talese met Foos in 1980 and agreed to a confidentiality agreement that Foos voided in 2013 after selling the hotel.
An excerpt of “The Voyeur’s Motel” ran in the April 11 issue of the »
- Dave McNary
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