5 items from 2014
'The Way He Looks' movie: Gay teen love story is Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (photo: Fábio Audi and Ghilherme Lobo in 'The Way He Looks') In mid-September, The Way He Looks / Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho was selected as Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Written and directed by 32-year-old São Paulo native Daniel Ribeiro, The Way He Looks (the Portuguese-language title literally means "Today I Want to Go Back Alone") won two awards at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival: the International Film Critics' Fipresci Prize for Best Film in the Panorama sidebar and the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender characters. Based on Ribeiro's 2010 short I Don't Want to Go Back Alone / Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho, The Way He Looks tells the story of Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo), a blind 15-year-old struggling to become »
- Andre Soares
The Church of the Devil
Director: Manoel De Oliveira
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Portuguese director Manoel De Oliveira is the world’s oldest living filmmaker, and the past several years has seen the filmmaker engaging in an incredible amount of output, his last title being 2012′s Gebo and the Shadow, which has yet to see a Us release. While his past several titles have been set in Portugal or France, he moves to Brazil with this latest, based on short stories of Machado De Assis, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of Brazilian literature. Needless to say, a glance at the vague description provided has us hooked.
Gist: Three connected stories set in Brazil following a visit of devil to earth, »
- Nicholas Bell
U.S. and international sales are being handled by WestEnd Films, which has a promo reel at Berlin. Warner Bros. is handling in Latin America, including Brazil.
Turturro directs himself and Paradis in a one of the 10 segments and is the only U.S. director on the project.
Brazilian filmmakers include Fernando Meirelles, Jose Padilha and Andrucha Waddington. Other directors who have completed segments for the film include Korean Im Sang-soo, Aussie Stephan Elliott, Paolo Sorrentino and Guillermo Arriaga and Nadine Labaki.
The film’s stars include: Harvey Keitel, Emily Mortimer, Basil Hoffman, Vincent Cassel, Jason Isaacs, Fernanda Montenegro, Labaki, Wagner Moura, Rodrigo Santoro, Roberta Rodrigues, Tonico Pereira, Claudia Abreu, Bruna Linzmeyer, Laura Neiva, Land Vieira, Michel Melamed and Marcio Garcia.
Labaki’s segment, starring Keitel, was shot »
- Dave McNary
Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John Wells’ August: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »
- Steve Montgomery
Back in 1998, Gwyneth Paltrow didn't seem to have much hope of winning an Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love." She kept getting trounced at the early film-critics' awards by Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth"), Fernanda Montenegro ("Central Station") and Cameron Diaz ("There's Something About Mary"), but she suddenly zoomed ahead of the pack when she prevailed at the Golden Globes and gave the performance of her career at the podium. Paltrow mentioned two family members who were battling cancer and she wept as she thanked her dad "who's had a tough year and to my grandpa, who's having an even tougher year. Hang in there, grandpa!" When Oscar voters saw that, they wanted an encore at their own awardsfest. (Watch below) When Ben Affleck looked so dignified winning Best Director at last year's Globes, all Hollywood rallied behind him and "Argo" ended up nabbing the Oscar for Best Picture. Just three days e. »
5 items from 2014
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