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Sometimes you have to take the bull by the tail — which applies just as much to director Gabriel Mascaro’s seemingly backward approach to “Neon Bull” as it does to the bizarre Brazilian rodeo scene the film depicts, in which experienced riders do exactly that, flanking cattle from both sides and tugging them to the ground from behind. A time-honored tradition in the Brazilian northeast, “vaquejada” is arguably the region’s most macho sport (women aren’t allowed to participate), which makes Mascaro’s strategy of slyly challenging gender roles within this realm all the more intriguing. Premiering in Venice a mere year after his sultry, Locarno-launched “August Winds” marked him a talent to watch, “Neon Bull” similarly exudes hormones from every pore, sure to seduce many a festival with the helmer’s gift for frank sexuality and unforgettable imagery.
- Peter Debruge
Lakeshore Entertainment has added David Strathairn, Peter Riegert, “Orange Is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba and Valorie Curry to the cast of “American Pastoral,” with Ewan McGregor directing and starring.
Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning have been previously announced as the female leads. McGregor will direct from John Romano’s adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, with filming scheduled for later this month in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The story follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.
- Dave McNary
Now that the first ridiculously good looking teaser is out in the open, fans are keeping one eye trained on February 12 in anticipation of Zoolander 2. Paramount Pictures may be kicking tradition to the curb by releasing a sequel nearly 15 years after its original, but the reception of the announcement at the Paris fashion show back in April was enough to convince Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson that, yes, there is more to life than being ridiculously, ridiculously good looking.
Filming on the fashion sequel is well underway, and though there are scant details about the actual plot, we can expect the follow-up to apply its goofy, over-the-top humor to the modern fashion landscape and the Instagram generation. One of the main questions looming over Zoolander 2, however, is whether the film still holds the cache since the release of the original at the turn of the Millennium. It’s »
- Michael Briers
Vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier has assembled a sales slate that includes five festival selections including the world premiere of Leena Yadav’s tale of four ordinary women in India.
Parched (pictured) will screen in Special Presentations and stars Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Adil Hussain, Lehar Khan, Riddhi Sen, Mahesh Balraj and Chandan Anand. Gersh represents Us rights.
The roster includes Special Presentation world premieres of Julio Medem’s Ma Ma starring Penélope Cruz as a woman with cancer, as well as Hany Abu-Assad’s The Idol, which Poirier and her team have sold widely.
André Turpin’s Endorphin gets its world premiere in Vanguard and weaves together the lives of three seemingly unconnected women all named Simone De Koninck.
Andrew Currie’s Contemporary World Cinema dysfunctional family drama The Steps also gets its world premiere and stars Jason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brolin, Christine Lahti and Vinay Virmani.
Rounding out the »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his life “with dignity.” Its not inconsiderable flaws notwithstanding – including a simplistic “right to die” debate – this real-life-inspired drama is in and of itself both compelling and touching enough to merit a look; but what makes The Sea Inside a must-see are the superb performances of those in Bardem's periphery. The story revolves around Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), a middle-aged man who has been bed-ridden and dependent on the care of others since a diving accident in his early 20s. (Hence the original Spanish title “Into the Sea.”) Yearning for freedom from his mostly immobile body, »
- Andre Soares
It is almost 22 years since Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drugs kingpin, was shot dead on a barrio rooftop in Medellín, but his story has never been more popular. At the end of this month the eagerly awaited Narcos, a new 10-part TV series following Escobar’s rise and fall, will arrive on Netflix.
Paradise Lost, a film starring Benicio del Toro as the paunchy drugs baron, recently opened in the UK and two biopics are in the works, one tentatively entitled El Patrón and slated for release in 2017, starring John Leguizamo; the other from Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa and starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.
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- Sarah Hughes
After the initial slate for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was announced last month there were many observers, including this pundit, who wondered of the annual September event had once again lost the battle of premieres to its Fall festival cousins. While debuting Ridley Scott's "The Martian," Jean Marc Valle's "Demolition" and Michael Moore's "Where Do We Invade Next" is nothing to sneeze at the fact some of the most anticipated films of the year are heading to Venice and Telluride first has to be a bit disheartening. Especially when it's your 40th anniversary. Never fear fans of the Great White North, Toronto always seems to land some eyebrow raising last minute additions and this year is no different. Today Tiff announced that David Gordon Green's "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock, Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston, Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
Mate Cantero, a pioneering woman producer who saw her native Spain as part of a larger world, died Monday Aug.11 after a long illness battling cancer. She was 54.
Cantero got her first break making “Veraz” with French producer-distributor Stephane Sorlat, founder of Bac Films with Jean Labadie. She would go on to create Mate Productions with Sorlat in 1992, then become his wife in a marriage the lasted into the next decade.
After years of seemingly endemic crisis, the Spanish film industry found some kind of financial stability from the mid-‘90s, which allowed Spanish producers to attempt more ambitious films at home or step up to the table with equity in international co-productions.
From 1996, though based out of Madrid, living with her family in the leafy suburb, Cantero would with Sorlat make her best-know, biggest – and among them most successful – productions, Notably, these were with Bigas Luna (1997’s “The Chambermaid on the Titanic, »
- John Hopewell
We don't know where to look with this one! French fashion journalist Nathalie Croquet went to great lengths (and then some) to recreate famous fashion and beauty editorials—and yup, she nailed every one. The photo series shows the writer posing as Kate Moss (in an Eleven Paris ad), Penelope Cruz (in a Lancôme beauty ad), Gisele Bündchen (in a Sonia Rykiel ad) and Natalia Vodianova (in a makeup-heavy Etam ad), among others. But the project, aptly named "Spoof," has deeper meaning than what may initially across. An explanation for the piece follows the side-by-side image comparisons: "Nathalie's work [offers] questions of identity, »
I can't tell... does anyone actually care about Zoolander 2, or is it something that will encourage jokes on social media and then no one will end up seeing it come the film's February 12, 2016 release datec From my perspective, I'd actually never seen this film until a few years ago after so many told me how funny it was. Ben Stiller's schtick in the role of Derek, a brain dead male model -- or, as the synopsis for the upcoming sequel tells us, a model with "3% Body Fat. 1% Brain Activity." -- all that appealing. The movie, however, was quite funny in that "so dumb it's funny" kind of way. My interest in a sequel, however, is limited... though the rumored plot surrounding Derek getting hired to be a personal model for an Arab Sheikh only to find out models are being turned into oil does give me a laugh. »
- Brad Brevet
While Ben Stiller is known mostly for his work in front of the camera, he has also made a name for himself in the director’s chair, helming a number of projects over the years. One of the films in which he pulled multiple duties was the 2001 comedy Zoolander, where he played the titular character while also co-writing the screenplay and taking on the job of directing the film. With the number of fans of the feature growing in the years since its release, many were excited to learn that Stiller would once again be reprising the character for a sequel, titled Zoolander 2. The film’s synopsis is as follows.
Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.
- Deepayan Sengupta
The teaser trailer for Zoolander 2 has just dropped from Paramount Pictures. The film, which is due in cinemas in 2016, 15 years after the original movie, stars Ben Stiller as the supermodel title character, alongside Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Penelope Cruz and Cyrus Arnold.
The original movie grossed a little over $60 million worldwide back in 2001 from a budget of just under half of that, though the film has a huge following and gained a progressive cult status in the years that have passed since then.
Watch the Zoolander 2 teaser trailer below.
We don’t know too much about the sequel, but we do know that it’s set in Europe about ten years on from the first. SlashFilm picked up the following from an »
- Paul Heath
A day after it leaked online, the official teaser trailer has landed for the long awaited sequel to Zoolander, aptly titled Zoolander 2 (or is that 2oolander?) For fans of the original (if you're not raise your hand slowly and go and stand in the corner facing the wall) the teaser offers us an insightful look into the very mind of supermodel Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller). We travel into his tiny brain, ably navigated by the voice of Stephen Hawking as we discover its inner workings...for example what a eugoogly is and that 3+4=34. Plot details are scarce but Stiller (who's also directing) has revealed that it's set ten years after the first film and mostly in Europe. Of course Owen Wilson is back as fellow male model Hansel (fingers crossed for a walk-off) and the cast also features Penelope Cruz, Christine Taylor, Kristen Wiig and Cyrus Arnold (as Derek Jr. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Clare Daly)
Well, it took a long time getting here, but the sequel to Zoolander is now just six months away. The original movie, released in 2001, was directed by and starred Ben Stiller. And he's reprising the role of Derek Zoolander for the sequel, once again taking on directorial duties.
Zoolander 2 is scheduled for release on February 12th 2016, and the first trailer from the movie has now landed. So we're going to shut up and leave you to watch it. Good plan, right?
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With a voiceover inspired by Professor Stephen Hawking, the teaser asks all of life's most important questions, such as "Why are we here?", "Is there intelligent life beyond our galaxy?", and, um, "If God exists, why did he make ugly people?"
The trailer then shows Derek (Ben Stiller) as he tries to get his head around the comedy sequel's (not so) complicated title.
"Jesus, you are so freaking stupid," the voiceover says. "It's insane."
Only a few days ago, the trailer was leaked online, but now Paramount Pictures has officially unleashed the new teaser. Check it out here…
2001’s Zoolander is oftentimes hailed as one of the funniest comedies of the previous decade. Although it was not a major box office success, raking in around $60 million worldwide on a $28 million budget, over the years it has become a beloved cult classic.
Zoolander 2 is set for release on February 12th, 2016, with Stiller returning alongside Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Billy Zane and Will Ferrell, while new additions include Penelope Cruz (Nine), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) and Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse). Stiller also is directing the film, »
- Justin Cook
The hilarious first teaser trailer for Zoolander 2 has arrived, with Ben Stiller reprising dimwitted male model Derek Zoolander in the sequel to the cult 2001 comedy. As the two-minute preview clip reveals, it may be 14 years later, but the titular hero and "Blue Steel" perfector isn't any smarter.
In the teaser, a Stephen Hawking-inspired voice tracks the creation and history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the dawning of man. The viewer then takes a trip inside Zoolander's brain – filled with words like "eugoogly" and No »
Game of Thrones has pulled off another casting coup by securing the services of Ian McShane for season 6.
Game of Thrones season 6: Everything we know so far from plot spoilers to premiere date
As for who the actor will be playing? Well, like much surrounding season 6 of Game of Thrones, specifics are currently thin on the ground.
However, Entertainment Weekly has claimed that while McShane is not expected to appear on screen much, his character will be of huge importance to the season's story arc.
McShane's recent TV roles also include Ray Donovan and American Horror Story: Asylum, while he also played the notorious pirate Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring opposite Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz.
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Today we have a teaser trailer for the upcoming "Zoolander" sequel, starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, and Olivia Munn. Check it out below. Plot: Derek (Stiller) and Hansel (Owen) are modeling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business. The new movie is directed by Stiller and is set to hit theaters on February 12th, 2016. Trailer: »
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