3 items from 2017
Fifteen years have passed since Adrien Brody won best actor for his work in “The Pianist,” and he’s still fielding questions about that role more than anything else. That was certainly the case at a recent press conference with journalists at the Locarno Film Festival, where the actor is receiving a lifetime achievement award.
But you don’t get the feeling, at least not entirely, that he is reminding you of his triumph at the Oscars in order to bask again in residual traces of that glory. It’s more that his portrayal of the Jewish composer Władysław Szpilman in Roman Polanski’s epic film of the Holocaust exacted an emotional toll that, even with a decade and a half under the bright spotlight of Hollywood, he has found difficult to shrug off. “I had to sacrifice large parts of my personal life,” he said. In preparing for the film, »
- Christopher Small
Andy Vajna, whose credits during his time as a Hollywood producer included movies from the “Rambo” and “Terminator” franchises, is sitting on a yacht in Cannes’ Old Port surveying the horizon, and all looks fair. His focus nowadays — as Hungary’s film commissioner — is on helping international producers navigate a smooth and successful shoot for their movies in his country, and propelling Hungarian films into the global market. He’s making waves on both fronts.
Hungary is the second-biggest production hub in Europe after the U.K., with international producers attracted by the 25% tax rebate, the skilled crews and the modern production facilities. “We were nowhere five years ago,” Vajna says. Six to eight major international movies shoot in Hungary every year, as well as 10 or so films with an above-average budget. Recent productions have included 20th Century Fox spy thriller “Red Sparrow,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Lionsgate’s retelling »
- Leo Barraclough
The cast of Shane Black’s upcoming Predator remake just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it? Already set to star Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn and Keegan-Michael Key, among others, the action film has just added another impressive individual to its roster in the form of Thomas Jane.
The Hollywood Reporter are the ones breaking the news, and though they don’t have specifics on Jane’s role, they do note that the project is quickly putting together the rest of its cast before it heads into production next month in Vancouver. As such, we can expect to hear more in the very near future.
Though he’ll likely fall into one of the supporting roles, Jane’s involvement in The Predator is great news. He hasn’t done a studio film in a while and given that he’s one of Hollywood’s most underrated talents, »
- Mark Cassidy
3 items from 2017
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