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Canadian director Avi Lewis’s climate change-themed documentary “This Changes Everything,” made in tandem with the eponymous best-seller by journalist and activist Naomi Klein, who is his wife, launched from the Toronto film festival in September. It has since screened around the world in the run up to climate change conference which opened today in Paris. Lewis recently spoke to Variety after a special screening at the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome.
We’ve seen documentaries that ring alarm bells about global warming before. What struck me about “This Changes Everything” is what it shows about global activism against it. Was that the main thrust of your piece from the outset?
Yes. Social movements give you an opportunity to zoom in and actually enter the lives of people that have huge stakes in an issue. From a cinematic point of view I think it’s a critically important zone to focus on. »
- Nick Vivarelli
London — Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6. He will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
Jared Harris, Harris’ son, commented: “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo: a journey that describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime.”
- Leo Barraclough
British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.
The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.
A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.
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The Assassin dominated this year’s Golden Horse Awards, Variety reports.
“It was about the creative direction of the story. To me, it’s as perfect a story as you could ever want: a guy that learns how to kill to retrieve his wife that has been taken as a slave. That idea is perfect. And it was just that Quentin and I couldn’t see [eye to eye].” He adds, “I wanted to make that movie so badly, but I felt the only way was, it had to be a love story, not a vengeance story.”
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- TFS Staff
Room, the winner of the audience award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, tells the story of a young mother (Brie Larson) and her five-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) who are held captive in a single room in which the boy has spent his entire life. The film’s set (the room, itself) is one of the major characters in the film, creating a “claustrophobic and upsetting nature,” as film critic Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter noted in his review.
The set is currently on display just outside of the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles.
The set will very likely produce a nomination for the production design Oscar, which may seem like an unusual accomplishment for a film that is so narrow in its scope and focus. However, given the track record of similarly “self-contained” films with the Academy, the possibility of Room »
- Patrick Shanley
Earlier this year, when the nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards were announced with every actor in contention being Caucasian, the hashtag #Oscarssowhite began trending on Twitter with fans reacting to the lack of diversity in acting categories (the year before, however, had a person of color nominated in every major acting category except best actress and the past two best directors, Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón, are Mexican).
This year’s race is not shaping up to be that much more diverse than its predecessor, with almost none of the acting frontrunners being people of color. The strongest contender at the moment seems to be Will Smith, who has earned two nominations in his career for playing real-life figures (best actor as legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in 2001’s Ali, best actor as struggling father Chris Gardner in 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness »
- Patrick Shanley
With the success of Disney.s Maleficent, live-action remakes of fairy tales have become a big business. When a live-action Pinocchio was announced earlier this year by Warner Brothers, it was far from surprising. Then we heard that Robert Downey Jr. wanted to play Geppetto and Paul Thomas Anderson was going to write and direct. This made the idea just crazy enough to work. However, now it looks like the film just got significantly less quirky, as Anderson is reported to no longer be planning to direct. The original report stated that Anderson was on board to write a draft of the screenplay with the possibility of directing. The report, which came via film reporter Jeff Sneider.s Twitter account, states only that that Anderson will not direct. This means he may still be working on a screenplay. Hearing Paul Thomas Anderson won't direct Pinocchio & Alfonso Cuaron passed on Doctor »
Earlier this year, Hungarian film Son of Saul won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, which centers on a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz who longs to give the body of his son a proper burial, was the country’s official entry for best foreign film award to the Academy and is quickly distancing itself from the pack as the frontrunner.
Saul does not appear to only be relegated to the foreign film category, however, and its chances at an original screenplay nomination seem likely, despite the short length of its script (roughly 50 pages). While the film is short on dialogue, its subject matter may resonate with Academy voters and its tone and setting are ground well-tread by former Oscar winners.
If the film manages to earn a nom for best original screenplay it will be far from the first foreign language entry to do so, »
- Patrick Shanley
Back in July, we reported that filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson has signed on to write the screenplay for Warner Bros.' live action adaptation of Robert Downey Jr.'s Pinocchio, and there was a possibility that he may direct as well. We haven't heard anything further regarding the project since then, but now a new report claims that the studio will have to continue its search for a director. The Wrap's Jeff Sneider revealed yesterday that he heard Paul Thomas Anderson is no longer directing Pinocchio.
It isn't known if this means the filmmaker has stepped aside from writing the screenplay as well, or if he had even started work on the script yet. The original report revealed that Robert Downey Jr. and Paul Thomas Anderson have been friends for a long time, and they had been searching for a project that they could both collaborate on. Robert Downey Jr. »
Since finding himself linked to Robert Downey Jr.’s long-brewing Pinocchio, all has been quiet on Paul Thomas Anderson’s involvement in the project, and that’s really been emblematic of the movie as a whole. Once poised to write and possibly direct the feature film, it’s now been revealed that the auteur will no longer be pulling the strings behind Warner Bros.’ modern retelling.
Word comes by way of The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider, noting that Anderson will pass up directing duties after all.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) November 12, 2015
There was no mention of a specific reason as to why the director – best known for There Will Be Blood, Inherent Vice and The Master, among many others – cut ties with Pinocchio, but perhaps the notion of working »
- Michael Briers
Mar Del Plata– Javier Zeballos and Francisco d’Eufemia decided to face down a bold challenge for their feature debut, “Escape from Patagonia.” They shot an actioner in the wilds of Patagonia region.
Helming duo pitched “Patagonia,” screening a teaser on Nov. 5 at Mar del Plata’s Work in Progress sidebar, gunning for a prize to complete postproduction. Sidebar comprises 17 projects.
As Zeballos and d’Eufemia like to say, “Escape” is a “gaucho Western.” Pic has classic Western elements and will be deeply rooted in Argentinean history and idiosyncrasy.
Perito Moreno is not just a notorious Patagonia glacier of near 100 square miles. Moreno was an Argentine explorer and scientist who campaigned, during the late nineteenth century Conquest of the Desert, in favor of dialogue with the indigenous desert people.
‘Escape’ is a survival story based on the diaries of Moreno himself. In the midst of the Conquest of the Desert, »
- Emilio Mayorga
The dramatic use of actors playing multiple characters is a bold and rather theatrical device that has its ups and downs. It goes at least as far back as Captain Hook being played by the same actor who plays the Darling children's father in stage productions of Peter Pan, a technique largely adopted in film adaptations of the story, too (hello to Jason Isaacs).
It's used a lot in cinema too. Done well, it's impressive, but when it's bad, it's Jack & Jill. Whether used in comedy or drama or outright horror, there are countless examples of actors delivering terrific performances in more than one role at once, and that's before we even get past Cloud Atlas. Still, we've had a go at totting up 25 of the best. »
News has still been coming out at a trickle about David Yates pseudo adaptation of Harry Potter companion piece Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — J.K. Rowling’s book is more of an encyclopedia than a narrative, fleshing out the mythology of the various creatures that appear in the series — but we’re finally starting to see some concrete details about the context of the narrative. Yesterday, Warner Brothers released the finished logo and today, Entertainment Weekly has a cover story on the movie this week. While they haven’t yet published the story online, they have shared a gallery of images from the new issue. Details on the plot are scarce, but Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander as a world renowned magizoologist in the 1920s who works within a secret community of witches and wizards in New York.
The images similarly aren’t particularly revealing, but we »
- Michael Snydel
Berlin — Wolfgang Petersen has returned to his native Germany to shoot his first feature in a decade — and his first German-language film in 30 years — with some of the country’s biggest stars.
The Warner Bros. production features Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighoefer, Michael Bully Herbig and Jan Josef Liefers in what could end up a German “Ocean’s 11”: Four men — an aging boxer played by Schweiger, an eccentric adman with anger issues (Schweighoefer), a has-been actor (Liefers) and an investment advisor (Herbig) — lose their life savings due to the the actions of an unscrupulous bank director and together forge a plan to recoup their lost fortunes.
The film is a remake of one of the director’s earliest works, “Vier gegen die Bank,” a 1976 German TV movie produced by pubcaster Ard and based on Ralph Maloney’s 1972 novel “The Nixon Recession Caper.”
Speaking at a press conference in Berlin on Monday, »
- Ed Meza
Morelia – Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales” and Chile’s Patricio Guzman count among winners of the 2nd Fenix Special Film Awards, announced this week at Mexico’s Morelia Festival at a party attended by, among others, Isabelle Huppert, Morelia Fest president Alejandro Ramirez and director Daniela Michel.
Fenix kudos celebrate the films and industry professionals of Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Further plaudits will go to Spain’s Filmoteca Española and vet Mexican film writer Jorge Ayala Blanco.
An initiative of promotion org Cinema23, whose members include Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, the 2nd Fenix Ibero-American Film Awards ceremony will take place Nov. 25 in Mexico City.
A breakout B.O. juggernaut in its native Argentina, Szifron’s “Wild Tales” has won the Fenix Exhibitors Award, chosen by five of Latin America’s principal cinema chains: Cineopolis, Cinecolombia, Cinemark, Cineplex and Cines Unidos.
Little wonder. In its industrial conception, »
- John Hopewell
Morelia – The 13th Morelia Int’l Film Festival closed aptly on Oct. 31, Halloween and on the eve of Mexico’s most important calendar event, the Day of the Dead. While the city of Morelia decked out with flowers and altars, its lauded film festival honored a host of winners led by Matias Meyer whose coming-of-age drama “Yo” won best Mexican feature and a best actor for its lead Raul Silva. Meyer, now based in Montreal, took home a cash prize of $12,000 (200,000 pesos) and Estudios Churubusco services of up to $54,331 (900,000 pesos). Julio Hernandez Cordon’s popular gay drama “I Promise You Anarchy” won a Guerrero Press Award and a special mention.
Trisha Ziff’s docu about photojournalist Enrique Metinides “The Man Who Saw Too Much” snagged a Guerrero Press Award for Best Mexican Feature and an Ambulante Special Award, along with Everardo Gonzalez Reyes’ “El Paso.” Both docs will form part »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Morelia – In Morelia for the Mexican premiere of “Desierto,” helmer-scribe Jonas Cuaron came with the full support of his family: Oscar-winning father Alfonso Cuaron, his acclaimed helmer-scribe uncle Carlos Cuaron, and grandmother among others.
Made for roughly $3 million, “Desierto’s” early 2016 release in Mexico will also mark the official launch of Cinepolis Distribution, the theatrical arm of Cinepolis, the world’s fourth biggest exhibition circuit, which aims to release about 16 pics a year, including four to five Mexican films.
He added: “Given its issues, it is a highly relevant title for Mexican cinema and also an action title that creates large dramatic tension. And we’re obviously very happy to work with Jonas Cuaron who’s one of Mexican cinema’s great young directors.”
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
The principle of territoriality should be preserved for the European film industry in the European Commission’s (EC) plans for a Digital Single Market (Dsm) strategy, according to Günter Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.
Speaking at this year’s Munich Media Days conference, Oettinger argued that “if one is striving for a digital single market and has a digital vision of Europe, then, as a general rule, national boundaries should no longer be observed because they were created by Napoleon” and then re-drawn at international conferences in Vienna, Versailles, Potsdam and Yalta after the Napoleonic, First and Second World Wars, respectively.
“Napoleon knew little about digital services and communication or about electronic media,” he observed. “National boundaries may be important for culture, language, economic policy and education, but I regard national and regional boundaries to be increasingly irrelevant in the digital sector.”
Turning to the case of the film industry in Europe, he pointed »
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After the awards had been dished out at the Venice film festival last September, a dim-bulb journalist asked jury president Alfonso Cuarón if he might be accused of regional bias for handing the top honours to “films from your continent”. His geography was off – Cuarón is Mexican, and had just crowned two films from South America – but his gauche point did nonetheless highlight the current robustness of the Latin American film scene. Venice’s surprise Golden Lion winner was Venezuelan queer thriller From Afar, a startling debut for director Lorenzo Vigas that did indeed get a leg-up from the New Mexican Cinema movement: recent Cannes prizewinner Michel Franco and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga are among its producers.
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- Killian Fox, Guy Lodge, Catherine Bray and Jonathan Romney
Let's face it: Hollywood's female power players confront their share of unique sartorial challenges. They've got to look presentable and powerful through 15-hour-plus days that take them from meetings to business lunches to on-set visits to the red carpet. "We're representing, we're looking after geniuses," says UTA motion picture talent agent Louise Ward, whose clients include Channing Tatum, Cobie Smulders and Wagner Moura. "I could be running into Alfonso Cuaron in the kitchen. I've got to focus on the job at hand, so things have to fit — no wrinkles — and shoes can't be torturous at
- Merle Ginsberg
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