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The Venice International Film Festival’s (Aug 31 - Sept 10) 2016 Critics’ Week line-up has been revealed.
The independent section of the festival – dedicated to features from debut directors – includes seven titles from five continents.
Closing will be Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats, which was one of three genre titles to screen as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Marche this year as part of an inaugural partnership between genre market Frontières and the Cannes Film Festival »
Ahead of its official lineup being released last week (and amid rumors of what said lineup will consist of), the Venice Film Festival has announced the filmmakers and actors who will be on jury duty beginning late next month. Laurie Anderson, Gemma Arterton, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Nina Hoss, Chiara Mastroianni, Joshua Oppenheimer, Lorenzo Vigas and Zhao Wei will be heading the Competition jury alongside Sam Mendes, who’s serving as president this year.
Heading the Orizzonti section, meanwhile, is French director Robert Guédiguian. He’ll be joined by J. Hoberman, Nelly Karim, Valentina Lodovini, Moon So-ri, José Maria (Chema) Prado and Chaitanya Tamhane. Kim Rossi Stuart is leading the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film — Lion of the Future jury with Rosa Bosch, Brady Corbet, »
- Michael Nordine
Rome — The Venice Film Festival has announced the full roster of its main jury that will comprise Laurie Anderson, Gemma Arterton, and Joshua Oppenheimer alongside Italian writer Giancarlo De Cataldo, German actress Nina Hoss, French Actress Chiara Mastroianni, Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas and Chinese actress, director and singer Zhao Wei.
Vigas won the Venice Golden Lion last year with his first feature “From Afar,” about a middle-aged gay man who cruises the streets of Caracas searching for young companions.
Zhao made her directorial debut in 2013 with college romancer “So Young,” which is the highest grossing film ever made by a female Chinese filmmaker. One of China’s most popular actresses, also known as Vicky Zhao, she recently came under fire from the Communist Youth League for casting Taiwan thesp Leon Dai as the lead in her sophomore film directorial effort, “No Other Love,” and was forced to drop him. Dai »
- Nick Vivarelli
Even before last year's Spectre came out, there were rumors that movie would be Daniel Craig's last as 007. While it still hasn't been confirmed that the actor is officially out, there have been a slew of rumors swirling around a few potential candidates for James Bond 25, one of whom being Idris Elba. In fact, there has been a sizable grass-roots movement that has built up around his potential casting, but during a new interview earlier today, Idris Elba revealed that he has never entered into official talks for the role, while dropping another bombshell.
The talk of Idris Elba becoming the next James Bond first surfaced back in late 2014, when leaked emails revealed that then-Sony Pictures president Amy Pascal wanted the actor to play the next 007. Since then, several fans have been clamoring for this casting, but, during a new interview with Good Morning America today (via YouTube »
Simon Brew Jul 14, 2016
Wondering why that big film review hasn’t landed yet? It might just be because an embargo's in force. Here's more...
On February 13th 2013, 20th Century Fox held its one and only UK press screening for its then-big new release, A Good Day To Die Hard. The film was due in cinemas the following day, so already Fox was leaving it to the last minute to show the film to press. But then, tellingly, it scheduled the start of the press screening for 9.30pm (as opposed to the usual 6.30pm start for most evening press screenings in the UK).
It also put in place an embargo of one minute past midnight.
Now: the film itself finished at just gone 11pm, so that left just an hour before people could post their reviews. Many saw this as damage limitation from Fox, and I’m one of them. How many people, »
The eighth edition of the UK’s Guiding Lights mentoring scheme has selected 17 new mentees from 215 applications received across the UK and Ireland.
Lighthouse and Creative Skillset revealed the new participants:
Exhibitors – Becky Bruzas, Matthew Hellett, Sara Duffy
This year’s participants work in fiction and documentary, adult and children’s TV, theatre, commercials, learning disability film exhibition, and immersive cinema experiences.
Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund (Sif).
Guiding Lights is now partnering with Carousel’s Oska Bright Film Festival, to support the participation of exhibitors Bruzas and Hellett.
Lighthouse’s senior producer Emily Kyriakides said: “We’re so thrilled to have »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Venice appoints additional jury presidents; Sam Mendes already on board as competition jury president.
Director Robert Guédiguian (Marius and Jeannette) has been set as president of Venice’s Orizzoniti Jury and actor-director Kim Rossi Stuart (Romanzo Criminale) will serve as president of the jury for the Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film - Lion of the Future.
French director Guédiguian, known for his focus on Marseille and working class life, presented La Ville Est Tranquille at the festival in 2000.
The Orizzonti section awards the Orizzonti Award for Best Film; Orizzonti Award for Best Director; Special Orizzonti Jury Prize; Orizzonti Award for Best Actor or Actress; Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay; Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film.
The international Jury of the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film awards »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Rome — French auteur Robert Guediguian (“Marius et Jeannette,” “La ville est tranquille”) and Italian actor/director Kim Rossi Stuart have been recruited for jury duty at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, respectively as presidents of the jury for the Horizons section and for the Luigi di Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film – Lion of the Future.
As previously announced, the president of this year’s Venice competition jury is Sam Mendes. Horizons is dedicated to more cutting-edge fare, compared with the competition.
While not a Venice regular, Guediguian is certainly no stranger to the Lido where his multi-stranded Marseille-set drama “La ville est tranquille” (“The Town is Quiet”) premiered in 2000. His entire filmography is centered in observing life in the bustling French port city “with stories set in the microcosm of the neighbourhood he was born in, focusing on the lives of common people,” as the fest put it in a statement. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Introducing Gay Talese, the author of The Voyeur's Motel (to be adapted for the screen by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks) and Morgan Neville, the Oscar-winning director of 20 Feet From Stardom, at Lotos Club, created a Music Of Strangers conversation that lead to Alexander Payne's producer Jim Burke (Downsizing, The Descendants and Election) for A Beautiful Game, the Marx Brothers, Best Of Enemies, Keith Richards: Under the Influence and Joan Didion in Shotgun Freeway: Drives Through Lost L.A.
Darlene Love, Richard Gere and Barbara Kopple hosted the after party where Cristina Pato, Kojiro Umezaki, Colin Jacobsen, Shane Shanahan, Joseph Gramley, Evan Ziporyn, Johnny Gandelsman, Sandeep Das, Abigail Washburn, Logan Coale, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Nicolas Winding Refn has flirted with directing some big studio movies. The Neon Demon director was attached to the Ryan Gosling-led Logan’s Run remake for a while, and he later came close to signing on to make The Equalizer. One of the bigger titles the filmmaker was in the running for was Spectre, a sequel Sam Mendes ultimately returned to direct. Refn confirmed […]
- Jack Giroux
David Crow Jul 6, 2016
If you thought the relationship between Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld and Daniel Craig’s James Bond seemed odd before, just imagine what it would have looked like if director Nicolas Winding Refn had taken the helm of Spectre.
Indeed, well before Sam Mendes agreed to come back and attempt to follow up his gargantuan 007 success in Skyfall, Nicolas Winding Refn was briefly offered the job of directing the 24th James Bond movie. Refn has made a splash in international cinema after his Pusher trilogy and Valhalla Rising. But his biggest commercial success to date is the still hypnotic Drive, a mesmerising film of style and old school cinematic heroism that throbbed to day-glo ‘80s synth beats. That film, along with his subsequent reteaming with Ryan Gosling in 2013’s Only God Forgives, »
“Spectre” had a much bloodier future in store.
Nicolas Winding Refn says he was tapped to direct the most recent Bond film, but turned down the big-profile gig.
According to Refn, Eon Productions approached him to take the reins of the latest installment of the long-running franchise before Sam Mendes signed on to helm the film. But he refused the offer, the director told the Telegraph, saying his interests don’t lie in franchise projects.
“Well, I don’t know yet,” Refn responded when asked if his upcoming spy thriller “The Avenging Silence” will be his version of a Bond film. “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”
- Lamarco McClendon
As the first James Bond film to enter Hollywood’s exclusive billion-dollar club, coupled with the overwhelming critical acclaim, Skyfall stands as a bona fide success no matter which angle you take.
But mid-way through post on Sam Mendes’ triumphant actioner, a seemingly innocuous pair of gloves almost thrust production into turmoil. First spotted by film critic Charlie Lyne – and confirmed via video breakdowns of the scene in question – the blunder all revolves around Skyfall‘s casino scene.
Then approaching the crunch time of production, Lyne notes that both Mendes and Daniel Craig became burdened with the weight of expectation and were, in short, “completely miserable” at certain stages. As such, during downtime, Craig tended to venture off set on shopping trips, and one day returned with a pair of leather gloves that he believed would be fitting for one James Bond.
And so, after getting permission from a Sam Mendes »
- Michael Briers
Coming off the back of Skyfall, director Sam Mendes remained coy about his chances of returning at the helm for Spectre – then known as Bond 24. History tells us that the Oscar-winning filmmaker eventually signed along the dotted line, but amid the uncertainty, Sony and MGM drew up a shortlist of potential replacements; one of them being Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn.
Doing the press rounds for The Neon Demon – press rounds that have also unveiled the director’s ambition to helm a Batgirl movie, not to mention his close encounter with Wonder Woman – the Danish auteur confirmed to The Telegraph that he had been approached to take the reins of Spectre at one point.
- Michael Briers
Many widely consider Skyfall to be one of the top-tier Daniel Craig/James Bond entries — tied or beaten only by Casino Royale. Stunning cinematography by Roger Deakins and Sam Mendes‘ assured direction make for a strong outing in a long-standing franchise, one that seems like all players were on point and fully game. However, a new behind-the-scenes story released through Twitter by Charlie Lyne suggests all was not so peachy in the director’s chair.
The story posits that both Mendes and Craig were both bored and miserable throughout production, with mass studio needs weighing down on them to make the biggest, baddest, and most profitable Bond flick they could. During a particularly memorable sequence in a casino, Craig wore gloves he found himself and requested be worn by Bond. However, when an assistant editor spotted a continuity error, it would potentially cost the studio millions. So, the VFX team had to improvise, »
- Mike Mazzanti
Continuing his press commitments for "The Neon Demon," filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn has once again indicated his initial interest and early discussions for a big budget studio film that he ultimately passed on in favour of doing his own projects.
Speaking with The Telegraph, Refn confirms that he was approached to direct the most recent James Bond film "Spectre" before Sam Mendes agreed to return. Now though he's instead working on his own spy film of sort with "The Avenging Silence" - a movie that boasts a script from Bond franchise regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
The pair penned six 007 movies including "Casino Royale," "Quantum Of Solace," "Skyfall," and "Spectre," and Refn says he opted to do his own film as that way he gets to see his vision through to the end: "I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me. »
- Garth Franklin
While Nicolas Winding Refn has long expressed a desire to make big, Hollywood, blockbuster movies — indeed, he was attached to the “Logan’s Run” reboot at Warner Bros. for a spell — that sentiment has always been countered with the caveat that he would need complete control over the project. And frankly, with a $150 […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Yesterday Gay Talese disavowed his book The Voyeur’s Motel citing credibility problems with the man who told him the story. This morning, he and the publisher now stand by it. As the flip-flops surface this Am, those in Hollywood who optioned what they thought was a true story for close to $1M earlier this year are trying to figure out what to do in light of the revelations of possible story fabrications. The project was bought for Sam Mendes to direct and produce with Ste… »
The story first came to many's attention with an April New Yorker article ahead of the book's publication which will take place next month. It covers the story of lifelong voyeur Gerald Foos who opened a hotel primarily so he could watch guests having sex through ceiling vents which he claimed to do from the late 1960s through to the mid-1990s.
It was also indicated he was allegedly complicit in a murder he caused when he flushed the drugs of a dealer down the toilet and that dealer blamed his girlfriend and strangled her. Krysty Wilson-Cairns was brought on to adapt the story into a script, while Sam Mendes was set to direct and produce with Steven Spielberg. »
- Garth Franklin
Family animation Minions also received double digit complaints from members of the public.
Kingsman: The Secret Service and latest James Bond outing Spectre topped the 2015 list of film complaints received by ratings body the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), according to the organisation’s annual report.
Matthew Vaughn’s comic book adaptation Kingsman received 38 complaints from members of the public, with the primary reason being the level of violence in the 15-rated film, with one scene set in a church (featuring Colin Firth attacking a group of churchgoers) causing particular offence.
The BBFC comments that it saw an incomplete version of the film which would have received an 18 classification, and provided advice on how to reduce its rating by shortening moments of strong violence and not dwelling on pain or injury.
The organisation notes that one particular crude sex reference drew multiple complaints, but was left in the film due to comic context.
The BBFC also »
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