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Leonardo DiCaprio's Summer of fun just keeps getting better. He's been on what seems like a perpetual vacation that's taken him from the South of France to Spain (with a stop in Italy!) over the past few weeks. In addition to tanning shirtless on the deck of a yacht with his girlfriend, Toni Garrn, he's hopped in the water and hung out with pals like Kevin Connolly. His latest adventure took place on land, though, where he and friends played a carefree game of Super Soaker tag, making for some pretty hilarious photos. But the Summer getaway hasn't been all about relaxing - Leo and Toni had a big night out at the inaugural gala for Leo's foundation, which brought out a large group of stars. Jared Leto, Marion Cotillard, and Selena Gomez were just a few of the famous faces who showed up to support the cause. Leo's »
- Lauren Turner
Looking over the Fantasia Film Festival guide, one quote in the “Han Gong-ju” section is conspicuous. Martin Scorsese calls the film “outstanding,” noting its "mise-en-scene, image, sound, and performance.” Last December, in his capacity as Jury President of the Marrakech Film Festival, presiding over a group including Marion Cotillard, Fatih Akin, and Park Chan-wook among others, Scorsese awarded Su-jin Lee’s debut feature film the top prize, and has been championing it ever since. When arguably the biggest cinema geek of all time (no offense to Quentin Tarantino) backs a movie with such praise, one tends to pay attention. But we find ourselves in the peculiar position where we disagree with one of the greatest living filmmakers regarding just how outstanding this film really is. “Han Gong-ju” opens with a girl’s voiceover stating how she hears music in every sound. The voice belongs to Han Gong-ju (Woo-hee Chun), a student transferring to a new. »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
The big names are up top in the exclusive new poster for Guillaume Canet’s gritty ’70s thriller – and why not, when you’ve got a cast like this… Clive Owen is the man at the centre of the knotty New York crime flick – fresh out of prison after a grisly gangland killing sent him down. Waiting outside the gate is his sick dad (James Caan), his junkie ex-wife (Marion Cotillard), his new girlfriend (Mila Kunis), his cop brother (Billy Crudup) and his ex-girlfriend (Zoe Saldana) – all making it increasingly difficult for Owen’s ex-con to stay...
- Paul Bradshaw
Who needs Justin Bieber or the Jenner girls when you've got Jared Leto and Cara Delevingne?! Everyone from Bono to Marion Cotillard and Robin Thicke attended Leonardo DiCaprio's Foundation's first ever fundraiser gala in Saint-Tropez on Wednesday, July 23, but Selena Gomez and new besties Leto and Delevingne may have had the most fun of the night. "It was one of the best parties I've been to," a guest at the gala tells Us Weekly. "Leonardo was really enjoying himself and so happy that he raised [...] »
Leonardo DiCaprio raised more than $25 million for his Earth-friendly charity Wednesday night - with help from some very A-list friends. Selena Gomez, Jared Leto, Bono, Marion Cotillard and Robin Thicke were among those who attended the auction event held in the Domaine Bertaud Belieu, a secluded hillside vineyard. Other celebrities spotted arriving at the event - where invitations reportedly cost between $7,500 and $130,000 - included model Petra Nemcova, Cara Delevingne and Dynasty legend Joan Collins. Proceeds from the evening benefit the actor's campaign to save Earth's wild regions and animals. According to a statement released Thursday by his namesake foundation, DiCaprio, »
- Peter Mikelbank
Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Cannes jury prize winner Mommy, directed by Xavier Dolan. The film is set in a fictional Canada where a new law allows distressed parents to abandon troubled children to the hospital system. Videos Cannes: Steve Carell, Marion Cotillard, Cate Blanchett Preview Their Upcoming Movies At just 25 years old, writer-director Dolan brought his third film to Cannes, earning the jury prize for Mommy (in a tie with Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language). Nancy Grant produced Mommy, which stars Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément. Roadside plans to release the
- Rebecca Ford
Early Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce its initial wave of films for the 2014 edition of the festival. As usual, there will be a slew of films that have played at either Cannes or Sundance, a number of star-filled projects looking for distribution, some broader studio films that may or may not be awards season fodder and then, of course, the potential Oscar players. Toronto has long had to juggle landing the best premieres with Venice, but more recently has found their thunder stolen by a little festival in Colorado that actually has Academy members in attendance: Telluride. Tiff has reportedly threatened less-prestigious galas or slots after Wednesday (gasp! not after Wednesday!), but for the most part, Hollywood's studios seem to have taken it all with a collective yawn. Toronto is important, yes. What's best for each individual film's release and publicity campaign is slightly more important. »
- Gregory Ellwood
While you might think the casting of a major star could potentially change the format of the niche the Dardenne brothers have carved out—telling intimate, often wrenching, human dramas—that's not the case with "Two Days, One Night." While Marion Cotillard is in the lead role, it's still very much a small-scale story, and one that earned almost universal rave reviews earlier this year at Cannes. And now more images have arrived of the face that powers the picture. Co-starring Fabrizio Rongione, the premise is a simple one, following a woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job. And the result, as usual, is terrific, with Jessica Kiang falling for the movie on the Croisette writing in her review she was "completely immersed" in the picture's "plain-spoken yet impossibly resonant rhythms practically from the first frame. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The power of list compels me! Yes, yes, I need to move on from halfway mark madness (we've previously covered best visuals, best acting, best sounds, and best movies) since they're already out of date and it's been so busy what with chart updates (in progress), Emmy nominations, Smackdown panel announcements, Dawn of the Planet and Apes, Boyhood. We need to be back in The Now. But I'm dragging my feet mostly because I really like what 2014's been giving. I'm crushing on it hard and thinking about asking it to go steady.
This is the final halfway mark list. A shorter version of it was published in my column at Towleroad which happens to be "a site with homosexual tendencies" but I've significantly altered it for you because you are all movie mad and the best moviegoers are polysexual when it comes to lusting after big screen beauty.
- NATHANIEL R
Sneak Peek a new trailer revealing footage from the French dramatic feature "Two Days, One Night", directed by the Dardenne brothers ("The Kid with a Bike"), starring Marion Cotillard ("The Dark Knight Rises") and Fabrizio Rongione:
"...'Sandra' (Cotillard), a young woman assisted by her husband, has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Two Days, One Night"...
- Michael Stevens
Whether or not you agree with his recent comments in Playboy, there's no denying Gary Oldman is one of the great actors of our time.
Ever since breaking out in 1986's "Sid and Nancy" as the self-destructing Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, Oldman has transformed himself from one role to the next. A true chameleon, the actor changes his voice for every part and is nearly unrecognizable in films like "True Romance" (1993) and "The Contender" (2000). Despite his enormous influence among fellow actors, Oldman shuns the spotlight and has only once been nominated for an Oscar. Oldman turns in yet another stirring performance (despite limited screen time) in this summer's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes".
From his famous ex-wife to his rejection from a prestigious drama school, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Gary Oldman.
1. Gary Oldman was born on March 21, 1958 in London, England to Kathleen Cheriton and Leonard Bertram Oldman. »
- Jonny Black
Are you getting restless about all these halfway posts? We're almost done. The Power of List compels me. There's one more halfway post to go that's basically 'The Oscar Charts are Updated!' as the coding problem I mentioned is fixed and the updates are happening behind the scenes as you read this. We must get all this halfway business behind us by Saturday morning so that we can ape out all weekend with Andy Serkis & Co and start this second half of the year off right.
The Greatest Performances Of 2014's First Half
Best Leading Actress: Keira Knightley does her most relaxed and fluid work ever in Begin Again as a musician at a crossroads, never letting any one aspect of the character's situation pigeonhole her emotional responses; Agata Kulesza is an abrasive and evasive presence in her first scenes in Ida as a cynical woman who is »
- NATHANIEL R
The Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have never made a bad movie. These painstaking writer-directors carefully prepare, rehearse for three weeks before filming, and always deliver something compelling and watchable. The Dardennes first approached Marion Cotillard when they were involved in producing Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone." As soon as they met her they knew they wanted to work with her, they said in Cannes. The feeling was mutual. A longtime admirer of the Dardennes, Cotillard signed on first for a story about a rural doctor and then a different script inspired by true stories from the economic crisis about a working class woman. The result is the stunning "Two Days, One Night" which failed to win a prize at Cannes (which has showered the Dardennes with prizes over the years). Watch the new trailer below. Oscar-winner Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose") manages to fold herself into this everyday woman, »
- Anne Thompson
You pretty much had us at Jean-Pierre, Luc Dardenne, and Marion Cotillard. Multiple Palme d'Or winning filmmakers and one of the best actresses working today: yes, please. The Belgium directors and French actress teamed up recently for “Two Days, One Night,” the film received great reviews out of Cannes (just missing a few awards by a hair it seems) and now a trailer has arrived. The synopsis is simple: Sandra (Cotillard) has only one weekend to visit her colleagues and – with the help of her husband – convince them to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job. As you’d expect from the Dardennes, the trailer looks spare, naturalistically unadorned (not much make-up for the actress), and unsentimental. “Each of their films closely observes the realities of society while taking new cinematic risks,” Cotillard said of the filmmakers at Cannes “They make real auteur films - you can’t »
- Edward Davis
Charlize Theron, Emma Watson, and a rather tan Jennifer Lawrence all showed up for the Christian Dior Haute Couture runway show at the Musée Rodin in Paris on Monday. The ladies sat front row with Dior CEO Sidney Toledano to take in the Fall 2014 collection and later joined the brand's creative director, Raf Simons, to pose for photos and give their congratulations; actresses Marion Cotillard and Zhang Ziyi also popped up backstage to share their excitement after watching the show. While Charlize arrived on the arm of her boyfriend, Sean Penn - and looked as stunning as ever in a sparkly minidress - we couldn't help but geek out a bit over Jennifer and Emma posing for pictures together in their color-coordinated Dior ensembles. Jennifer pulled some of her signature goofball moves when she playfully tried to cover Emma's face from the cameras; looks like Katniss and Hermione won't be »
- Brittney Stephens
If you don't know the name Jack Reynor, you will soon. The actor made waves with his turn in the Irish drama "What Richard Did," which led to his role in this summer's biggest blockbuster, "Transformers: Age Of Extinction." And coming soon he's got a part in the highly anticipated "Macbeth" starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. But before that, he's going back to his indie roots with "Glassland," and the first teaser trailer has arrived. Co-starring Michael Smiley, Toni Collette and Will Poulter, and written and directed by Gerard Barrett, the story follows a young taxi driver trying to save himself and his family from the dark side of Dublin. Here's the official synopsis: In a desperate bid to save his mother from a crippling alcohol addiction and reunite his broken family, John, a young taxi driver on the fringes of the criminal underworld is forced to take a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Every now and then, a film falls through the cracks. Independent dramas in particular are susceptible to a weird phenomenon we'll call the Distribution Bermuda Triangle – they're made, they play at a film festival or two, they rack up some early buzz and movie fans get excited.
And then... nothing. A gaping void where the release date ought to be.
The UK has been especially bad for this of late, with a slew of 2013's most buzzed-about dramas still without distribution. Below, Digital Spy rounds up the five we're most desperate to finally see on this side of the pond
In the wake of Shailene Woodley's recent box office double whammy (Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, if you've been snoozing), our hopes were high that this sophisticated teen drama would finally see the light of day in the UK. But as yet, there's been no word. »
I've had several weeks to draft this piece, and several drafts it has taken, but the introduction is always the hardest part – the part where the bittersweet reason for breaking from our daily programming has to be announced. So let's lead with the good news: I'm excited to announce that my three-year relationship with Variety is growing into something more permanent and prominent – starting this month, I will be contributing regularly to the trade paper, both as a film critic and a features writer. The bad news you may have guessed: this means my time at In Contention has come to an affectionate close. Greg Ellwood expressly asked me not to make this a farewell note, and he's right: nobody's disappearing. Readers who wish to follow my writing will still be able to do so at a number of outlets; on the reverse track, I will remain an avid reader at HitFix. »
- Guy Lodge
15. Stranger by the Lake
Directed by Alain Guiraudie
Written by Alain Guiraudie
Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip. »
We've officially reached the half-way mark of 2014. This time a year ago the only Oscar players on the table were Sundance debut "Before Midnight" and Cannes debuts "Nebraska" and "Inside Llewyn Davis," give or take a "Croods," "Great Gatsby," "Lone Ranger" or an "Iron Man 3" that would pick up support outside of the major categories. So what does the year have to show for itself so far this time around? Sundance feels like it might have an off year this season, though screenplay hopes and more abound for films like "Boyhood" and "Dear White People." "Whiplash" could find a stride depending on how Sony Pictures Classics' slate shakes out for them, but as ever, the year's first big splash for new films will make more of an impression in the documentary feature category than anywhere else. Not long after things wrapped up in Park City, Warner Bros. released »
- Kristopher Tapley
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