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Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba has revealed further details of The Queen Of Spain (La Reina De Espana), the new comedy drama he is planning to make with Spanish star and fellow Oscar winner Penelope Cruz.
Trueba talked about the project when giving the Binger/Screen International interview at the Holland Film Meeting in Utrecht on Friday evening.
The new film is set in the Franco-era Spain of the 1950s - as big American film companies begin to come to the country to shoot runaway productions like El Cid and The Fall Of The Roman Empire.
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The English-language pic, a reflection on inmortality, is set in 2074, when for the first time in history, a medical corporation succeeds in reviving a man cryogenized 60 years ago.
“Lazarus” is one of a clutch of new pre-buys unveiled by Tve, the TV division of Spanish pubcaster Rtve, at a press conference Friday at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Further pre-buys include Julio Medem’s “Ma Ma,” co-produced by Morena Films and Penelope Cruz, who also stars alongside Luis Tosar, and Cesc Gay’s comedy “Truman,” with Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara.
As part of its commitment with Spanish film and TV industry, »
- John Hopewell
San Sebastian – Bille August’s “Silent Heart,” Mia Hansen-Love’s “Eden” and Russian ice-hockey docu “Red Army” saw Spanish distribution deals at a 62nd San Sebastian Festival, which looks set to go down for steady trading announcements, as sales agents seek further visibility and deals on Toronto titles, bullish Spanish movie lineup and the mass presence of Latin American producers, as San Sebastian consolidates, as one of the top pan-Latin American film meets of the year. Reflecting that, industry attendance increased from 1,290 last year to 1,370, a 6% rise. Many sales agents and producers at San Sebastian will now reconvene at Ventana Sur.
Among sales agents, Wild Bunch, The Match Factory – with a well-received “Phoenix” – Films Distribution, Film Factory Ent., Red Bull Media House, MK2, TrustNordisk, Visit Films, Wide Management, LevelK and Jour2Fete all saw deal announcements.
In one of San Sebastian’s biggest industry moves, Denmark and New York-based »
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By Anjelica Oswald
Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.
Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Madrid – Morena Films (“Comandante,” “Che,” “Cell 211”), one of Spain’s best-financed and most international of producers, and Alexandra Lebret (pictured), managing director of the European Producers Club, have teamed to launch Mare Nostrum Productions, a joint venture film production house based out of Paris.
Lebret will head up Mare Nostrum as its president. For Morena, which opened offices in L.A. in September 2013 under producer Pedro Uriol, the move into France now gives it a production presence in the world’s two most significant movie production/sales hubs, while it will continue to also produce in and out of Spain.
As managing director from 2002 of the European Film Producers Club, a networking assn., as well as think-tank and lobby grouping 50 of Europe’s top producers, Lebret brings to the table an enviable host of producer contacts ranged across all of Europe.
First up, Mare Nostrum is co-producing two high-profile Morena productions. »
- John Hopewell
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
London's incredibly varied architecture - encompassing Shakespearean and Victorian-era buildings, secret underground tunnels and modern skyscrapers - has seen the city double for everything from 19th century Paris in Les Misérables to outer space in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Digital Spy takes a tour of the capital to find out more…
1. Millennium Bridge, Thames Embankment
We're used to seeing tourists snapping photos and commuters walking briskly across this distinctive bridge, but on August 12 last year, onlookers stopped and gasped as a group of exotically-attired aliens ran across the suspension bridge. This was no prank or stag do, but rather a scene from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which can currently be seen taking the international box office by storm. Incredibly, the bridge was doubling for outer space, albeit with a CGI generated backdrop to hide St Paul's Cathedral and the Tate Modern.
2. The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
This is »
In a candid new interview, actress Taraji P. Henson says that her 2008 Oscar nomination for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" has not helped her career. Even though she has over 50 film and TV credits, Henson says, "I have every accolade that is required of an A-list actor, but I'm treated like I'm on the D-list. I'm still being considered with actresses who haven't done half the stuff I've achieved." She lost at the Academy Awards as Best Supporting Actress to Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona") and then went on to star for three seasons on the CBS drama "Person of Interest." The Wrap -Break- "Saturday Night Live" is making a major change on their "Weekend Update" anchor team. Comedian Michael Che ("Daily Show with Jon Stewart") is replacing cast member Cecily Strong. He will co-anchor with head writer Colin Jost, who replaced Seth Meyers earlier this year. Strong will still. »
By Anjelica Oswald
The Academy has a long and complex relationship with musicals, particularly with their ability to secure best picture nominations. The best picture nomination for Les Miserables (2012) at the 85th Academy Awards marked the first time since Chicago’s (2002) nomination and win that a musical was nominated in that category, and as of this moment, there aren’t many options that could break into the category this year.
Since premiering at Toronto, The Last 5 Years — the film adaption of the off-broadway musical written by Jason Robert Brown — has been receiving decent reviews but nothing that would propel it to best picture status. The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney said both Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan bring “confidence and depth of feeling” to their songs and “shift back and forth between rom-com breeziness and full-blown passion, be it the soaring highs or the heartsick lows” with ease, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Mixing high-profile star power with offbeat titles, the 41st Telluride Film Festival is offering an impressive glimpse at an array of awards contenders over Labor Day weekend.
The four-day fest, which starts Friday with a tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” includes the first showings of Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild,” Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Imitation Game,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” and Mia Wasikowska’s “Madame Bovary” — the 10th film adaptation of the French novel.
The Venice Film Festival opener “Birdman,” which has vaulted Michael Keaton into awards contention, will also screen at Telluride. Ramin Bahrani’s housing crisis drama “99 Homes” is screening at both festivals as is Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Look of Silence.”
Several Cannes titles are coming to Telluride: Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” the Dardenne Brothers’ workplace drama “Two Days, One Night,” Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan »
- Dave McNary
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar
No matter if his protagonists are deranged or distraught, happy or sad, or if his stories are light or dark, comedic or tragic, the films of Pedro Almodóvar are usually at the very least enjoyable. Even at their most disturbing, there is something inescapably jubilant about his lavish use of color, his vibrant characters, and his unceasing passion for life and filmmaking. And when he aims to make something purely amusing, the results can be astonishing. It is for all of these reasons that Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, surprisingly the first Almodóvar film released by the Criterion Collection, is such a treat.
In this 1989 feature, made just after Almodóvar’s award-winning breakthrough Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Victoria Abril stars as junkie porn star turned respectable leading lady Marina Osorio, the object »
- Jeremy Carr
Leading Benelux distributor Cineart has announced details of a change in its ownership structure and confirmed new acquisitions.
The company, founded by Eliane DuBois who died last summer, is now jointly controlled by Stephan De Potter in Belgium and Marc Smit in the Netherlands. The two have bought out the shares owned by DuBois’ son, Hichame Alaouie, who will remain as an ‘honorary participant’ on the Cineart board.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Cineart.
The company is continuing to ramp up its VOD activities. Through Twin Pics, its joint venture with music distributor Pias, Cineart is an iTunes aggregator.
Cineart will also handle the Dardenne brothers’ next project, which is at script stage.
The company is also releasing Benoit Jacquot’s latest feature »
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Haim Saban, the unshakably pro-Israel media billionaire, says that Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who have taken stridently anti-Israel positions, probably did so because they lack “facts.” Bardem and Cruz recently signed a widely circulated open letter that condemned Israel for its actions in Gaza. “I think Bardem and Cruz are simply misinformed,” Saban told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. “I think that once somebody bothers informing them and educating them on the facts, on what is happening on both sides, I don't they would call [the Israeli campaign in Gaza] 'genocide.' They would better understand that
- Tina Daunt
A new trailer for the futuristic drama Young Ones has been unveiled.
The science fiction movie takes place in a world where a teenager named Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult) tries to protect his family by finding water, the world's most precious commodity.
His latest film Young Ones opens on October 17 in the Us. »
When Penélope Cruz isn’t busy making out with Scientologists, palling around with Pedro Almodóvar, or being addicted to breastfeeding, she’s apparently writing and directing sexy ads for Agent Provocateur. Cruz’s flesh-baring video for the British lingerie brand features a group of models in the desert and one very helpless man. We’ll let you uncover the threadbare narrative for yourself — and we’re taking bets on whether or not the women perform an aerobics routine or actually dance. Don’t blink and miss the Cruz cameo, too. You can catch the Spanish actress in the upcoming Louis Leterrier film Grimsby with Isla Fisher and Rebel Wilson — cowritten by Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham. [via Design...
- Alison Nastasi
Rihanna thinks a funny man is sexy.
Rihanna knows how to pull off sexy – having made the sexiest and hottest lists for FHM and Maxim and having been named Esquire's 2011 Sexiest Woman Alive. But her idea of a sexy man may surprise you!
Pics: Rihanna’s Most Scandalous Shots
In an interview with Elle, Rihanna takes the attention off herself to praise other celebrities.
She says, "Penelope Cruz is the sh*t. If I could wake up and look like her tomorrow, that would be great. Mia Wallace [Uma Thurman's Pulp Fiction character] is gangsta. She’s epic."
More telling about what she likes, she says that Vince Vaughn is the sexiest man alive, "He's amazing. Fantastic."
In terms of keeping us guessing, she says she’s living by Leonardo DiCaprio's words, "Avoid obviousness. That's what makes you create something, that's the excitement, that's the thrill."
News: Rihanna's Banned 'Sexually Suggestive' Perfume Ad
RiRi is definitely keeping busy. With 13 number-one »
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 For as much as everyone on the Internet claims to hate this movie it will be interesting to see how well it does in DVD and Blu-ray sales. Personally, while I didn't love The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I also didn't hate it with all the fiery passion everyone else seems to have, but hey, what can you doc It clearly has contributed to the sinking of the franchise as Sony attempts to refocus and move their attention from the webslinger for a while and over to films spinning off from this latest attempt at creating a franchise.
Only Lovers Left Alive One of the best films of 2014 and one I was recently asked if it was worth a blind buy. That's a tough one, but I think it's safe to say that if Only Lovers Left Alive, a "laughing quietly to myself" film about modern day »
- Brad Brevet
The 42-year-old actor was spotted wearing an England shirt and a red and white novelty hat while sporting an uneven fringe and long sideburns, as he shot scenes in Cape Town.
The Malay quarter was transformed into a city in Chile during filming of a fictional football match between the South American country and England.
Baron Cohen and Pitch Perfect star Wilson were seen kissing tenderly on the lips, surrounded by fellow football supporters cheering and waving flags while milling around after the match.
The Louis Leterrier-directed spy spoof stars Mark Strong as a black ops agent who goes on the run with his long lost hooligan brother (Baron Cohen). The Borat star co-wrote the screenplay along with Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham.
Strong was »
Johnny Depp stars as real-life drug baron George Jung, the man who cornered the American cocaine market in the 1970s. Forming a lucrative partnership with Pablo Escobar (Cliff Curtis) and his formidable Medellin cartel, Jung is soon enjoying the celebrity lifestyle. But with a drug habit and a demanding wife (Penelope Cruz) to support, his sordid business inevitably begins to catch up with him. »
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business. Off last Sunday, the boys have a lot on their minds.
Fleming: We have entered an age of digital fascism; render an opinion against the grain, and disagreement is followed by insults and threats to end careers. Because of an opinion.
Bart: Are you referring to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar being attacked for signing that petition charging Israel with practicing genocide in the Gaza? It was certainly not a smart move on their part.
Fleming: I get that. Anyone paying attention can see Israel’s existence comes out of an unimaginable genocide attempt in WWII. I wonder if Bardem and Cruz read the fine print when the petition was put under their noses. Provoked by »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
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