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‘White Girl’ Opens Strong, Kevin Smith and Jerry Lewis Not So Much: Arthouse Audit

4 September 2016 11:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Labor Day weekend has never been the home for prime specialized releases, but it is a spot where well-positioned films going broader can thrive. That was the case for “Hell or High Water” (Lionsgate), which gained momentum and looks to be a dominant film for weeks ahead — perhaps even into the awards season. Don’t be surprised if it outgrosses many of the highly touted premieres at Telluride and Toronto.

However, the weekend was unkind to veteran comedy creators; both Kevin Smith’s “Yoga Hosers” (Invincible) and “Max Rose” (Paladin) starring Jerry Lewis received mostly negative reviews and little interest in their initial regular theatrical dates.

Opening

No Manches Frida” (Lionsgate)

$3,650,000 in 362 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $10,083; Cumulative: $3,650,000

Lionsgate’s most recent release of a Spanish-language film from production partner Pantelion looks to be their best opener yet. A typical Mexican comedy involving a complicated scheme to recover stolen loot, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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[Review] The 9th Life of Louis Drax

1 September 2016 9:01 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ten years after Anthony Minghella optioned Liz Jensen‘s The 9th Life of Louis Drax to develop cinematically, it was his son Max who saw it begin production. The younger Minghella’s first credited screenplay, probably brought to director Alexandre Aja on set of their previous collaboration Horns, it would ultimately take another two for the finished film’s release. If I were to wager a guess as to why I’d say the distributors found themselves painted in a corner unable to figure out how to sell it. Rated R for reasons that probably could have been cut to earn a PG-13 if desired, the story arrives from the viewpoint of a nine year-old boy—his dark fantasy delivered in a way that feels perfectly primed for teenagers rather than adults.

Young Louis Drax (Aiden Longworth) is an original. He’s smart, perceptive, and extremely accident-prone from the womb. »

- Jared Mobarak

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‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’ Review: Alexandre Aja’s Thriller Falls Prey to Its Lofty Ambitions

1 September 2016 9:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Accident-prone” is how doctors describe the main character of “The 9th Life of Louis Drax,” a nine-year-old boy who’s survived nine near-death experiences. Louis has been electrocuted, stung by a swarm of bees, and had a chandelier fall on him as a baby, each time narrowly avoiding death to start a new “life.” Can a single child get into that many accidents, or are greater forces at work? That is the question looming over every frame of director Alexandre Aja’s mysterious thriller based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel of the same name. Though the movie skillfully straddles the line between the real and supernatural, it never delivers on its darkly intriguing premise.

Watch: ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’ Trailer: Falling Into A Coma Is Only the Beginning In Twisted New Thriller

After falling off a cliff into the water along San Francisco’s shoreline, Louis (Aiden Longworth »

- Graham Winfrey

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Interview: Director/Producer Alexandre Aja Discusses The 9th Life Of Louis Drax

1 September 2016 2:47 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Director/producer Alexandre Aja has enjoyed a rather eclectic path throughout his career, and I’ve always appreciated how he unapologetically makes the films he wants to make. In 2014, he brought Joe Hill’s Horns to the big screen, and in The 9th Life of Louis Drax, he delivers another darkly fantastical examination of the complex human condition, making for one of his most ambitious and challenging films to date.

Daily Dead recently chatted with Aja about how The 9th Life of Louis Drax came about due to his work on Horns, his experience collaborating with writer Max Minghella, his thoughts on directing versus producing, and more.

Check out our interview below and look for The 9th Life of Louis Drax in theaters everywhere on September 2nd.

Great to speak with you today, Alex. I'd love to start off talking about the novel The 9th Life of Louis Drax and »

- Heather Wixson

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Natalie Portman On Her Directioral Debut And the Advice Terrence Malick Gave Her

19 August 2016 7:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Prior to shooting her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” which hits theaters Friday, Natalie Portman worked with roughly 40 directors as an actress, including Mike Nichols, Darren Aronofsky, Anthony Minghella and Woody Allen. The last movie she shot before moving behind the camera was Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” an experience that wound up helping her tremendously thanks to some handy advice from the legendary director, Portman said during a talk at the 92nd Street Y in New York Thursday moderated by Columbia University School of the Arts professor Annette Insdorf.

Read More: ‘Voyage of Time’ Trailer: Terrence Malick’s Ambitious IMAX Documentary Looks Stunning

“He kept saying, ‘Make films your way and don’t let anyone tell you that you need a three-act structure,'” Portman said. “‘You just make movies as you experience life.'” That advice helped Portman trust her instincts as a first-time »

- Graham Winfrey

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Vanishing point by Anne-Katrin Titze

4 August 2016 5:25 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Clément Cogitore on Michelangelo Antonioni and Apichatpong Weerasethakul: "who are my masters" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Nicholas Ray's Bitter Victory starring Richard Burton and Curd Jürgens to Stanley Kubrick's Paths Of Glory with Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker and Adolphe Menjou come to mind or the tension built with Kip (Naveen Andrews) checking for mines in Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, based on Michael Ondaatje's novel when reflecting on Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Ni Le Ciel Ni La Terre).

Jérémie Renier is Captain Antarès Bonassieu

Clément Cogitore's haunting debut feature stars Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne discovery Jérémie Renier with Kévin Azaïs (Thomas Cailley's Love At First Fight, Catherine Corsini's Summertime), Swann Arlaud (Axelle Ropert's The Apple Of My Eye), Finnegan Oldfield (Thomas Bidegain's Les Cowboys, Eva Husson's Bang Gang), Sâm Mirhosseini, Marc Robert, Hamid Reza Javdan (Atiq Rahimi's The Patience Stone), Edouard Court, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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From ‘The Bfg’ to ‘Matilda’: How 5 Roald Dahl Books Landed on the Big Screen

29 June 2016 4:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roald Dahl famously loathed all the movie adaptations of his books, including the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. So when the beloved author died in 1990, his widow Felicity (who goes by Liccy) was torn about what to do with his catalogue. It was a time, following the hit comedy “Home Alone,” where the major studios were vigorously chasing family-friendly tales, and many of Dahl’s stories fit the bill. But Liccy didn’t want celebrated bestsellers such as “Matilda” or “James and the Giant Peach” falling into the wrong hands.

Dahl’s publisher at Penguin Books set up a few meetings, and she eventually connected with literary agent Michael Siegel. They bonded right away. “I don’t want there to be bad movies,” Liccy told him. They came up with an unorthodox, boutique approach. “Rather than sell the stories directly to the studios, we would »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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‘Chariots of Fire’ Conductor Harry Rabinowitz Dies at 100

23 June 2016 7:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Conductor and composer Harry Rabinowitz, who worked on more than 60 films including as the conductor on “Chariots of Fire,” has died at the age of 100, according to the BBC.

Rabinowitz was born in Johannesburg in 1916, and moved to England in 1946 to study at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He served as head of music at BBC TV Light Entertainment in the 1960s, and as head of music services at London Weekend Television in the 1970s. In 1977 he was awarded a national honor, the MBE.

He composed scores for many TV shows including “Reilly: Ace of Spies,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination in 1984.

Rabinowitz worked as a conductor on several films with British director Anthony Minghella, including “The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.” He also worked on many Merchant Ivory pictures, including James Ivory’s “The Remains of the Day” and “Howards End. »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘9th Life of Louis Drax’ To Get Theatrical Release This Fall

21 June 2016 9:04 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Miramax's thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax" which has been waiting-in-the-wings for distribution has finally landed. The film, which stars Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey and Oliver Platt, will be released this fall via Lionsgate’s premiere. The project has had a long and tortured path to the screen. Miramax bought feature rights to the book for about $3M 12 years ago for Anthony Minghella who then joined with Sydney… »

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‘Tess’ Helmer Meg Rickards: Cinema Can Help Change ‘Rape Culture’

18 June 2016 6:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Meg Rickards is no stranger to the spotlight in Durban, where she won the documentary audience award two years ago for “1994: The Bloody Miracle.” This year she returns with “Tess,” a powerful adaptation of the award-winning South African novel “Whiplash,” about a 20-year-old prostitute in Cape Town whose life is torn apart by drug addiction, rape, and an unwanted pregnancy. Rickards spoke to Variety about the challenge of confronting a difficult subject head-on, and whether South Africa might be at a turning point in its fight against sexual violence.

Variety: Your movie is adapted from Tracey Farren’s award-winning novel “Whiplash,” about a 20-year-old prostitute and addict in Cape Town whose life is turned upside-down by an unexpected pregnancy. Had you read the book before you came onboard for the movie? How did that source material influence how you made “Tess”?

Rickards: I read “Whiplash” in 2009 and became besotted »

- Christopher Vourlias

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Film Review: Genius

7 June 2016 9:01 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

All the elements inherent in many successful movies are present in the upcoming Colin Firth and Jude Law biographical film, Genius.  Gifted actors (the aforementioned are joined by Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, among others), a seasoned screenwriter (John Logan, who wrote Gladiator and The Aviator, among others), and the trappings—from costumes to sets—of period movies.  But, when it comes to the end product, the total for Genius is not greater than the sum of its parts.  The film is loud on the surface but mostly flat underneath.

Jude Law plays the misunderstood early 20th Century American novelist Thomas Wolfe.  In the opening scenes, he walks into the office of famed New York editor Max Perkins, already a successful publisher of the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.  Perkins, played by a solid Colin Firth (one of the few outstanding lead performances in the film), becomes »

- J Don Birnam

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'Dogs', 'Tikkun', 'Sparrows' triumph in Transilvania

6 June 2016 5:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gallery: Pictures from the closing night and awards ceremony of the 15th Transilvania film festival; festival hands out industry development prizes.

Romanian director Bogdan Mirică’s feature debut Dogs (Câini) was the winner of the Transilvania Trophy at the 15th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (Tiff) which came to a close yesterday (June 5).

The thriller about a young man from the big city coming to a remote village to sell the land he inherited from his grandfather had its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes last month and is being handled internationally by Bac Films International.

The co-production between Marcela Ursu’s 42 Km Film, French producer Elie Meirovitz’s Ez Films and Bulgaria’s Stephan Komanderev’s Argo Film is the fourth Romanian film to win the top prize in Cluj-Napoca after Cristian Mungiu’s Occident at the first edition of Tiff in 2002, followed by two films by Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 East »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Transilvania fest to honour Sophia Loren

27 May 2016 6:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The festival will also honour Mad Max: Fury Road producer Iain Smith.

Legendary Italian actress Sophia Loren and Mad Max: Fury Road producer Iain Smith will be guests of honour at the 15th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (Tiff, May 27 – June 5).

The festival kicks off this evening with the world premiere of Romanian director Nae Caranfil’s comedy 6.9. On The Richter Scale.

The festival’s closing gala on June 4 will see Loren [pictured in 2014 short Human Voice] – who is visiting Romania for the first time - receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Smith – who came to Romania to produce Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain in 2003 - will be presented with the Transilvania Trophy for Special Contribution to World Cinema on the same evening in Cluj’s National Theatre.

Competition

This year’s 12-strong Competition includes nine first features such as Bogdan Mirică’s Balkan anti-Western Dogs, Iranian director Ali Abbasi’s horror film Shelley, and [link=nm »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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'The English Patient' composer Gabriel Yared: temp tracks pose headache

22 April 2016 3:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscar-winning composer talked about his process and collaborations with Anthony Minghella and Xavier Dolan at London’s Barbican.

Oscar-winning composer Gabriel Yared discussed his process and collaborations with directors Anthony Minghella and Xavier Dolan during an event at London’s Barbican on Wednesday (April 20).

Yared told the audience that one of the biggest challenges facing contemporary composers is the temporary music track, which is often used by filmmakers during production to serve as an atmospheric guideline.

Yared explained that the problem occurs when composers are brought on-board late in the production process and have to compete with an existing soundtrack. He said: “Nowadays, when you receive a film it is already temped with pieces of music from this or the other film.

“I think this is really dishonest. The editor and the director get used to the music and then when they hire the composer, he has to fight with all these habits and sometimes even edit »

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'The English Patient' composer Gabriel Yared: temp tracks cause headaches

22 April 2016 3:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscar-winning composer talked about his process and collaborations with Anthony Minghella and Xavier Dolan at London’s Barbican.

Oscar-winning composer Gabriel Yared discussed his process and collaborations with directors Anthony Minghella and Xavier Dolan during an event at London’s Barbican on Wednesday (April 20).

Yared told the audience that one of the biggest challenges facing contemporary composers is the temporary music track, which is often used by filmmakers during production to serve as an atmospheric guideline.

Yared explained that the problem occurs when composers are brought on-board late in the production process and have to compete with an existing soundtrack. He said: “Nowadays, when you receive a film it is already temped with pieces of music from this or the other film.

“I think this is really dishonest. The editor and the director get used to the music and then when they hire the composer, he has to fight with all these habits and sometimes even edit »

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Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Doug Kraner Dies at 65

19 April 2016 5:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Production designer Doug Kraner, who designed the famous beach house in “Sleeping with the Enemy” with Julia Roberts, died on April 4 at the age of 65. Kraner had been battling cancer and died in West Hollywood, Calif.

Kraner first met Danny Cannon while working on “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.” He then teamed up with Cannon on the pilots for “The Forgotten,” “Nikita,” “The Tomorrow People” and “Gotham,” for which he received an Emmy nomination and an Art Directors Guild nomination.

Kraner was first nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for a Limited Series or Special for his set decoration on “Little Gloria……Happy at Last.”

He also worked on the films “My Dinner With Andre,” “The Untouchables” and “Working Girl.”

Kraner worked with many well-known directors including Michael Apted, Brian DePalma, Louis Malle, Anthony Minghella, Mike Nichols and Dean Parisot. He also frequently collaborated with »

- Maria Cavassuto

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Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Doug Kraner Dies at 65

19 April 2016 5:50 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Production designer Doug Kraner, who designed the famous beach house in “Sleeping with the Enemy” with Julia Roberts, died on April 4 at the age of 65. Kraner had been battling cancer and died in West Hollywood, Calif.

Kraner first met Danny Cannon while working on “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.” He then teamed up with Cannon on the pilots for “The Forgotten,” “Nikita,” “The Tomorrow People” and “Gotham,” for which he received an Emmy nomination and an Art Directors Guild nomination.

Kraner was first nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for a Limited Series or Special for his set decoration on “Little Gloria……Happy at Last.”

He also worked on the films “My Dinner With Andre,” “The Untouchables” and “Working Girl.”

Kraner worked with many well-known directors including Michael Apted, Brian DePalma, Louis Malle, Anthony Minghella, Mike Nichols and Dean Parisot. He also frequently collaborated with »

- Maria Cavassuto

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In Praise of Brendan Gleeson

11 April 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For our impromptu and informal Actors Month, members of Team Experience were free to choose any actor they wanted to discuss. Here's Chris Feil... on one of our most reliable character actors. 

Though Brendan Gleeson's grounded and somewhat imposing presence have made him a staple of large budget period and genre pieces they've too often kept him on the sidelines as well. Perhaps his minor breakthrough in Braveheart (1995) is what created this typecasting bias of Gleeson as the hearty rascal. But note: it's not his aggressive frame that make him such a valuable piece of each film, it's his ability to bring human reality to films that are focusing on the very big canvas. Martin Scorsese, Anthony Minghella, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Danny Boyle, just begin to scratch the surface of the director who have noticed though awards bodies have yet to truly awaken to his subtle and diverse gifts. »

- Chris Feil

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‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross to Pen ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ TV Adaptation (Exclusive)

24 March 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Luther” creator Neil Cross has been recruited by Endemol Shine Studios, Entertainment 360 and Diogenes to adapt Patricia Highsmith’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and other novels in the series for television.

The pact stems from the deal that Endemol Shine, Entertainment 360 and Diogenes struck last year with the Highsmith estate to develop the five novels revolving around Tom Ripley character as a TV series. Landing Cross for the project is a coup as the scribe has been courted for TV in the U.S. following the success of “Luther,” the BBC drama starring Idris Elba.

Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner will exec produce for Entertainment 360, with Philipp Keel serving as exec producer for Diogenes, Highsmith’s Zurich-based publisher and agency.

The project is being developed internally via Endemol Shine with an eye toward a launch in the U.S. and other key territories at the same time.

The globe-trotting Ripley »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Inspector Morse: top 10 episodes

8 February 2016 8:16 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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A king among detective dramas, here are ten of the most complex, macabre and memorable cases faced by Inspector Morse...

Warning: contains spoilers.

Beer, Wagner, a red Jaguar, and Barrington Pheloung’s haunting theme. Those images conjure up one of the most memorable characters in British television. Inspector Morse’s final episode aired in the UK over fifteen years ago, yet the impression left by the hugely popular drama remains indelible. Its popular spinoff, Lewis, finished only last year after nine successful series, while a prequel, Endeavour, has just come to the end of a third four-episode run. The appeal of Morse and his Oxford is clearly as strong as ever.

Inspector Morse ran for 33 episodes between 1987 and 2000 (7 series and 5 specials). Colin Dexter’s bestselling series of thirteen Morse novels provided the basis for the show; twelve were adapted for television, while one, 1986’s The Secret of »

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