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Exclusive: John Lesher‘s Le Grisbi Productions is teamed with Dcm Productions on The Kings Of Rome, a script that will be written by Don MacPherson. The writer penned the upcoming BBC mini Fleming, detailing the exploits of James Bond creator Ian Fleming during WWII. The drama is about an American investigator sent to Rome to collect a debt. There, he gets sucked into a Dantean underworld of corruption, sex and murder that reaches to the highest echelons of the Vatican. It’s the second pic Lesher is doing with Dcm; they are teamed on Harmony Korine’s untitled followup to Spring Breakers. Dcm is a Berlin-based production company which co-financed and produced the Dustin Hoffman-directed Quartet, and the Best Foreign Language nominee Kon-Tiki. Lesher’s currently in New York shooting the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed comedy Birdman, and the Guillaume Canet-directed Blood Ties, which is premiering here in Cannes. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Un Certain Regard
Daniel Kasman: The Bling Ring comes on top of a consecutive series of hyper-stylized and seemingly sympathetic portraits of American consumer culture, aspirations and dreams, Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers and Michael Bay's Pain & Gain. Do you see this film as connected to those?
Adam Cook: Absolutely. Clearly, it's the tamest of the three in terms of its approach but nevertheless is concerned with the same set of (specifically American?) themes of image-obsessed lifestyles. I feel as though each of them compliments each other well as their specific interests diverge but collectively illuminate different takes on the tragic pursuit of the American dream—though it's necessary to point out Pain & Gain is »
Cannes, France — Sofia Coppola was just 8 years old when she first came to the Cannes Film Festival. Her father, Francis Ford Coppola, was there to premiere a work-in-progress cut of a film he had spent years wrestling with: "Apocalypse Now."
"I have nice memories of Cannes," Coppola said in an interview Thursday on the roof of the Palais, the festival center. "I remember coming here as a kid and then my first movie, `Virgin Suicides,' had our first screening ever here. I feel like my career started here."
Growing up in such surroundings, one would think, would have heavily informed Coppola's latest film, "The Bling Ring," a deadpan drama about celebrity-obsessed teenagers in Los Angeles who break into the homes of Paris Hilton and other stars. But Coppola says the movie world she grew up in isn't the same as today's star-crazed culture.
"I definitely noticed that people would act different around my dad. »
The fashionistas have invaded the Croisette.
The 66th Cannes Film Festival kicked off Wednesday night with a two-day celebration of the longstanding love affair between the film and fashion worlds rekindled by Prada-packed “The Great Gatsby” and Un Certain Regard opener “The Bling Ring,” about teens obsessed with Louis Vuitton, Versace, Louboutin and Dior, among other brands. The paparazzi will be happy.
Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘Gatsby’ kick off the Cannes Film Festival
But fashion houses in recent years have also started seeking out a different role within the movie world: one that goes beyond dressing stars for red carpets and parties, or designing costumes for their onscreen roles.
Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and other venerated haute couture companies with mega global appeal are increasingly venturing into film from new, and seemingly philanthropic, angles such as film preservation, sponsoring film museums, festivals and schools, and also film production.
Some examples: Gucci, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Sofia Coppola hasn't had the best of luck at the Cannes Film Festival: her 2006 film "Marie Antoinette" was booed by the finicky cinephiles who attend the prestigious annual event. Fortunately for Coppola, there were no such jeers, at least audibly, when "The Bling Ring" debuted at the 2013 incarnation of Cannes.
"Coppola's uproarious and bitingly timely film feels every inch a necessary artwork: the story is closely based on a string of true events that occurred in 2008 and 2009, but if it hadn’t actually happened, someone -– Coppola, probably -– would have to make it up," wrote Telegraph critic Robbie Collin in a four-star-out-of-five review.
Starring Katie Chang, Israel Broussard and an against-type Emma Watson as a character based on Alexis Neiers, "The Bling Ring" focuses on a group of California teens who robbed the rich and famous of their designer clothes and assorted bling. The film is based on the real-life Bling Ring, »
- The Huffington Post
It's difficult to talk much about Sofia Coppola's latest The Bling Ring without addressing this year's other cute-teens-as-criminals film Spring Breakers -- so let's just get the comparisons out of the way right off the bat. While both films can be accused of glorifying crime by taking voyeuristic trips into the lives of good kids gone bad, Harmony Korines's film does it with scathing sensationalist satire that simultaneously disarms the audience and inserts a distance from the acts portrayed. By contrast, Coppola's take on her true-story subject matter is a totally straightforward telling that goes so far to include documentary elements. The result is a glorification of the kids' lifestyle that relies on the true conclusion's punishment to deliver her message. It's the opposite...
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American cinema seems preoccupied with the emptiness of excess, at least in the first half of 2013. Baz Luhrmann luxuriates in the meaningless wealth of "The Great Gatsby," while Harmony Korine put his own twisted spin on the dark soul of the American dream in "Spring Breakers." And now comes Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," another look at the at-any-cost pursuit of celebrity and the worship of brand names, but it doesn't bring anything new to a conversation that seems to have run out of things to say. While the film makes pains to remind the viewer that it's "Based on true events," Coppola is less concerned with accurately capturing the ins and outs of the real-life gang than in simply recreating their criminal behavior. But unfortunately, the criminals themselves are little more than one-dimensional sketches. Katie Chang and Israel Broussard form the heart of the film as Rebecca and Mark, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Insatiable multi-tasker James Franco is back at film criticism again, and this time has a few words to impart on Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," which opens the Cannes Film Festival today before the film's European roll-out. Franco's a fan, and calls out the critics who "ravaged the film for not being loyal to the book [as] hypocrites." Highlights below. Adaptations of hallowed American classics are close to Franco's heart right now, as his version of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" (which he wrote, directed and stars in) has a place in the Un Certain Regard section of this year's lineup. Watch the trailer here. Franco's dabbling in practically every artistic medium hasn't seemed to hurt his 2013 box office appeal, as polar opposites "Oz the Great and Powerful" (in which he gratingly plays the eponymous lead) and Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" (in which he brilliantly plays a »
- Beth Hanna
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's pornstar biopic "Lovelace" will kick off the 15th annual Provincetown International Film Festival, which will close with Francesca Gregorini's "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes." Running from June 19 to June 23 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the festival will honor Harmony Korine with the Filmmaker on the Edge Award. The festival's Spotlight films will include Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary "I am Divine" about the iconic drag superstar and and Pedro Almodovar's comedy "I'm So Excited!" Other films included in the lineup are Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways," Zachary Heinzerling's "Cutie and the Boxer," and Sundance winner "The Spectacular Now," among others. The festival's special events will include a conversation between John Waters and honoree Korine, a poolside chat with "Lovelace" directors, and the festival's annual daily breakfast panels. Check out the full lineup and special events at the festival's website. »
- Erin Whitney
Much has been made of Jay-z’s involvement with Baz Lurhmann’s epic adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The music mogul has never before lent his name or his talents to a project in this way before (we’re not counting his “inspired by” American Gangster album). Despite the hype, this soundtrack collaboration is fundamentally safe (if seemingly off to a fast start on the charts.). Not only is The Great Gatsby a tent-pole blockbuster with an above-the-title director and major A-list talent, it’s a grandiose celebration of New York jazz age glamour and excess — which in some ways, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Directed by Elia Kazan
Some directors make their careers by telling the sort of stories and using the cinematic techniques which best suit them. This lack of diversity is by no means sufficient grounds for criticism. In fact, it is often quite the contrary insofar as such directors are often (but not always) heralded as important voices for specific genres and styles. Harmony Korine explores the oft avoided subcultures of the United States, John Carpenter’s greater strengths lie in sharing thriller and horror tales and Elia Kazan’s most famous and respected projects were those which directly concentrated on critical social issues affecting the United States during this time, issues which far too many preferred to either shove under the rug or virulently disagreed to reach compromise on. Gentleman’s Agreement, Pinky and On the Waterfront come to mind. »
- Edgar Chaput
You’ve never seen this three actors like this before. The eclectic James Franco plays a white version of ? while Disney Channel alums Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens go for bad in this wild movie about rebellion against authority.
From the mind of Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo), comes the captivating new film Spring Breakers, arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital UltraViolet) and DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) July 9th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The release follows closely on the heels of an incredibly successful theatrical run via A24. This cutting-edge crime thriller features breakout, buzz-worthy performances by Disney Channel alums: Selena Gomez (TV’s “Wizard’s
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If you haven't seen any of the hilarious faux web talk show Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, you're missing out on some great comedy with plenty of celebrity guests. The most recent episode feature James Franco getting asked some awkward and aggressive questions as usual, but then a special musical guest comes into play: The Lonely Island. The group that got their start on "Saturday Night Live," composed of Andy Samberg, MacGruber director and "Girls" star Jorma Taccone and Hot Rod and The Watch director Akiva Shaffer have a new album in June, and the music video for their new single Spring Break Anthem crashes the show, with Galifianakis and Franco in tow. It's hilarious, but has salty language. Here's the music video for Spring Break Anthem crashing Between Two Ferns from The Lonely Island: The video itself is a lot like Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers in »
- Ethan Anderton
James Franco has signed to star in Wim Wenders' new film, Every Thing Will Be Fine. Production will begin on location in Montreal from August 15 and continue in January 2014. The screenplay is by Norwegian writer Bjørn Olaf Johannessen. The film will be shot in 3D.
Franco will play Tomas, a writer, who accidentally causes the death of a child. The story follows Tomas through the next twelve years, searching for the footprints of the accident on his life, as well as on the life of Kate, the child's mother.
Wenders, whose last film Pina was Oscar nominated and grossed more than $30m worldwide, had this to say in a statement.
"Every Thing Will Be Fine is a family drama, »
Franco will play Tomas, a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of Kate, the child’s mother. Wenders said the film was “a story of guilt and forgiveness, and of accepting things you cannot change anymore.”
HanWay Films reps the film in international markets, and will introduce it to buyers at Cannes.
Wenders’ previous film, “Pina,” grossed over $30 million worldwide. »
- Leo Barraclough
Young people doing bad things seems to be a theme at the movies in 2013. During the spring we saw what happens when kids get rowdy, in "21 & Over" and Harmony Korine's cautionary tale of the American Dream, "Spring Breakers." The teen trouble will continue this summer as Sofia Coppola drops "The Bling Ring," which has a Cannes Film Festival premiere due in just a week or so. Some new images, a poster and the first review have just dropped online and all seem to point to good things. Basing itself on a true story, Coppola's film stars Emma Watson and tells the tale of a gaggle of youths who want it all, and steal from celebrities to live it up like they've always wanted. It isn't long, of course, before the law comes knocking and gives them an entirely different kind of fame, but it's still fame nonetheless. It's another »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Justin Lin has achieved mass success by directing the last four installments of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, including the newest entry, "Fast and Furious 6," which opens May 24. Before his relationship with Dom Toretto started in earnest however, Lin was best known for the 2002 Sundance Film Festival favorite "Better Luck Tomorrow." That film's indie success earned Lin his first studio job as director of 2006's "Annapolis."
As Lin tells it, he wouldn't be where he is as a filmmaker without "Annapolis." Sure, he's aware that the film -- about boxers at the Naval Academy -- wasn't embraced by audiences or critics, but the effort and experience allowed Lin to grow as a director. Lin has a sentimental bond with "Annapolis," which is why he's having trouble wrapping his head around some recent comments made by the film's star, James Franco.
During the press tour for "Spring Breakers," Franco recalled »
- Mike Ryan
Feature James Clayton 3 May 2013 - 06:23
If you've been to the cinema in 2013, chances are you've seen the United States of America being attacked. Who's the whipping boy of choice, and what's the punchbag that Hollywood has been working out its aggressions on recently? Most often, it's been the Us of A itself.
This is also true of 2012, and great stretches of film history before, yet when I gaze across the recent movie scene the masochism mission really stands out. Sometimes it's a subtle or subliminal presence - an underlying subtext - and sometimes it's explicit and literally exploding in the audience's collective face, spraying splinters of the White House's front porch into their eyeballs. Assaults on America are occurring over and over in the cinema auditorium and you, »
Harmony Korine and friends already gave us a taste of sand, sun and heavy weaponry, but it doesn’t quite feel like summer yet. Maybe that’s because global warming is making everything so cool or because President Obama keeps delaying all of our vacation planes, but the hugeness of the season still hasn’t fully descended. That’ll change this weekend when Iron Man 3 drops an arc reactor into theaters. Then, the parade of unbelievably massive summer movies commences with buddy cops, mischievous teens, people probably named Khan, bald Matt Damons, super men, and the end of the world itself in tow. It’s a tight race this year. Optimism runs high, and the next few months are packed full with studios and indie outfits hoping to entertain and score big, so the task of naming the 13 most-anticipated summer movies was a tough one. So instead of hurting our brains over it, we »
- FSR Staff
From the mind of groundbreaking writer/director, Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo), comes the captivating new film Spring Breakers, arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital UltraViolet) and DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) July 9th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The release follows closely on the heels of an incredibly successful theatrical run via A24. This cutting-edge, gorgeously-filmed crime thriller features breakout, buzz-worthy performances by Disney Channel alums: Selena Gomez (TV's Wizards of Waverly Place) and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical franchise, upcoming The Frozen Ground). The film also stars James Franco (Oz: The Great and Powerful, 127 Hours) in one of the most unforgettable performances of his career along with Ashley Benson (TV's Pretty Little Liars) and Rachel Korine (The Fourth Dimension). Driven by a sizzling score by Grammy-winning electronica guru Skrillex and Grammy-winning composer Cliff Martinez, this is an invigorating and unexpected look at an American rite of passage.
Critics across the country »
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