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‘Love & Mercy': Bill Pohlad Takes on Beach Boys Icon Brian Wilson’s Tortured Past

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Pohlad never wanted to be that cliche of the successful industry insider who goes around town lamenting, “What I really want to do is direct.”

But the Oscar-nominated producer-financier behind “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Tree of Life” and “12 Years a Slave” really did want to direct — an ambition he harbored for years after a failed first attempt, and which grew even as he garnered increasing recognition as a backer of commercially risky, artistically ambitious indie films.

“I always had it in the back of my mind, and as time went on, it became more in the front of my mind,” Pohlad says over a recent breakfast at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Marco Grob for Variety

Pohlad admits he wasn’t ready to call the shots when he directed the little-seen 1990 film “Old Explorers.” But now, more than two decades later, the 58-year-old sees much brighter prospects for the »

- Scott Foundas

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Variety Critics Debate the Best and Worst of Cannes 2015

25 May 2015 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Debruge: Well, I didn’t see that coming. In what feels like a twist ending — one that leaves me feeling a bit like Tim Roth at the end of “Chronic” — the Cannes jury has awarded the Palme d’Or to “Dheepan,” a movie that lags among my least favorites in the competition, and the weakest in Jacques Audiard’s filmography.

People have been throwing the word “weak” around a lot this week, grousing that the official selection doesn’t measure up to that of previous years. I defer to you, Scott and Justin, since you’ve each been attending Cannes for longer than I have (this is only my fifth time on the Croisette), but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time here, it’s that Cannes critics always like to complain that the present year’s crop feels meager by comparison to past editions, »

- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang

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Cannes 2015: 'Youth' review

25 May 2015 1:36 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Paolo Sorrentino's Youth (2015), his latest meditation on aging, memory and mortality, premièred at Cannes in competition today to assorted cheers and boos. This review is going to fall somewhere between the two. Retired composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) is spending his holiday undergoing a variety of health treatments in a spa resort in the Swiss Alps, along with his old friend and film director Mick (Harvey Keitel), his daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz) and Jimmy Tree (Paul Dano), a Hollywood actor preparing for a new role in a German film. In the evening the world's most elegant pub band plays covers on a revolving stage which is eminently suitable for a striking opening shot.

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Fox Searchlight Piracy Fears Spoiling The Fun For Paolo Sorrentino’s More Discerning Italian Fans

22 May 2015 7:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The current release in Italy of Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” is drawing ire with discerning Italo auds after the pic made a splash with global cinephiles in Cannes.

Italian movie buffs are up in arms against the odd fact that Paolo Sorrentino’s Michael Caine-starrer, which is shot in English, is on release across Italy only in a version dubbed into Italian. They are being prevented from seeing the original version due to piracy concerns.

Gag on the hot pic being seen in Italy’s movie theaters the way it was shot is ostensibly due to a diktat imposed by Fox Searchlight when it recently acquired North American rights from French sales company Pathe.

“There are plenty of you — and that makes us glad — who are asking where they can see the film in original language,” noted the film’s production shingle, Indigo Films, in a statement.

“Unfortunately, our U. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Review: Caine, Keitel and Weisz are at their best in Sorrentino's glorious 'Youth'

22 May 2015 2:49 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Cannes — Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino has already dipped his toe into the familiar genre of characters of a certain age reminiscing about the good old days with 2013's "The Great Beauty." He even won an Oscar for it. Two years later he returns to the Cannes Film Festival with "Youth," a follow-up that stands besides "Great Beauty" thematically while also presenting a decidedly different point of view. “Youth” starts off with The Retrosettes Sister Band performing a cover of “You Got the Love," interpreted in a retro style and a twist on the old adage “everything old is new again.” In this case, everything new is old again, a theme that may or may not apply to the central characters in Sorrentino’s cinematic opera.   The movie centers on Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine), a legendary British composer and conductor, and Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel), a famous American film director. Friends for 60 years, »

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Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’ Soundtrack Features Sun Kil Moon, Bill Callahan, David Byrne & More

21 May 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino knows his contemporary indie music, and even in a movie like “The Great Beauty,” filled with sonorous opera, vocal ensemble, and classical music, he still manages to sneak in some Esg, Damien Jurado, Decoder Ring, and Gui Boratto’s Kompact Records version of “Take My Breath Away.” The director also clearly has affection for classic post-punk influenced music. His 2011 film, “This Must Be the Place” (named after a Talking Heads song), featured Sean Penn in a role that appeared to be a thin disguise for The Cure’s Robert Smith, and its soundtrack featured artists like David Byrne, Will Oldham, Jonsi from Sigur RosIggy Pop, and more. His latest film, “Youth,” which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (read our review here), has its own hip score. The film features Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Paul Dano and centers on two aging friends, »

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 8: No Love Lost on Sorrentino’s “Youth”

21 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The last of the three competing Italian films for the Palme d’Or, unlike 2008 where Garrone’s Gomorrah edged out Sorrentino’s Il Divo, here, solely going by grade average, it is Youth that is edging Tale of Tales. His seventh feature film, a Toni Servillo-less second English language film and fifth to appear In Comp at Cannes, Youth stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda in what appears to be a nice companion piece to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty. Our Nicholas Bell describes the filmmaker’s touch as “less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.” Previously the filmmaker first shored up in Cannes with 2004’s The Consequences of Love, 2006’s Friend of the Family and who can forget career belly-flop in 2011’s This Must Be the Place.

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- Eric Lavallee

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Bill Pohlad wants 'Love & Mercy' to take you inside the genius of Beach Boy Brian Wilson

21 May 2015 9:53 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Biopics are a double-edged sword. On one hand, carving out a larger-than-life persona on the big screen drives iconography and extends a legacy. On the other, the inherent trap of the "greatest hits" approach, a structure often leaned on just because of the sheer amount of information you can carry across, can lead to a lack of dimension, sapping the humanity out of a subject. Bill Pohlad was aware of those pitfalls when he set out to make "Love & Mercy," a cinematic portrait of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson, and he avoided them expertly. The film tells Wilson's story in two eras. Paul Dano plays the younger, his musical brilliance on display as he puts together landmark albums like "Pet Sounds" and feverishly pushes the boundaries of popular music. John Cusack plays the older, trapped in an emotional cage, over-medicated and with seemingly no one truly looking after his best interests. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Youth Review | Cannes 2015

21 May 2015 7:19 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

There was some cheering, but also some jeering. The notorious Cannes crowd had mixed feelings about Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth. Like fellow Cannes contender Matteo Garrone (Tale of Tales), Sorrentini paints vivid tableaux, sometimes surreal. And while the story sometimes gets lost in these aesthetics, its array of colorful characters is what brings the film to life. A luxurious Swiss resort nestled in the emerald foothills of the Alps is the perfect retreat for retrospection, reflection and ultimately rebirth. Michael Caine is commanding as Fred Ballinger, or Maestro, a retired composer-conductor who refuses to play his famous "Simple Songs" for Queen Elizabeth II, despite the persistence of Her Majesty’s emissary. His days are spent in friendly banter with his best friend Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker, who is there with his team of young writers to finish the screenplay to his "testament movie," which will star his »

- Talia Soghomonian

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Cannes 2015: Stars in revealing outfits hit windswept red carpet for Youth gala screening

21 May 2015 5:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Model Anja Rubik and socialite Lady Victoria Hervey were determined to get noticed on the windswept red carpet at Cannes Film Festival last night (May 20).

Rubik donned a black Atelier Versace gown with an intricate spiderweb sheer panel running down the full length of the dress.

The Jump star Hervey flashed her underwear in a black plunging halter-neck gown adorned with a goldfish decoration, teaming the revealing outfit with a gold clutch.

At least she didn't have to be moved along by security for over-zealous posing and preening on the red carpet, as happened in 2013...

Kendall Jenner arrived in a black crop top and matching floor length skirt with sheer panels by Azzedine Alaia, while model Petra Nemcova wore a revealing Zuhair Murad peplum ensemble.

Lara Stone made her first red carpet appearance since reports she has separated from husband David Walliams, wearing a shimmering metallic vintage Versace gown.

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Youth | 2015 Cannes Film Festival Review

20 May 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Oh, Youth and Beauty!: Sorrentino’s Shows Softer Side in Switzerland

Following the success of the snide yet undeniably eloquent 2013 title The Great Beauty, which ended up snatching the Best Foreign Language statue at the Academy Awards, Paolo Sorrentino takes a second dip in English following 2011’s This Must Be the Place with Youth. Tender, sweet, and more emotional than his last film, Sorrentino is once again pontificating on the last chapter of life, this time through the vessels of a retired composer and aged film director, as portrayed by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. Threaded with the auteur’s usual flashes of visual inspiration, this time around he seems less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.

At an isolated hotel in the foothills of the Alps, two old friends return to spend another vacation period. Retired composer Fred »

- Nicholas Bell

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Cannes 2015: Youth Review – Michael Caine Blows The Bloody Doors Off

20 May 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Pathé

Rating: ★★★★★

Youth is a film ostensibly about two old men dealing with their legacy in the face of the emergent spectre of death, but don’t let that fool you into thinking the title is just some ironic contrasting. Paolo Sorrentino draws direct parallels between the beginning and end of life – two times of pure freedom with an indefinite end – leading to a film that winds up being as much about living as it does dying.

It would make a wonderful companion piece to Inside Out. Several ideas, predominantly the malleability of memory, are shared, and a discussion about the irrelevance of emotions feels like a natural continuation of the points raised by Joy and Sadness.

Also like Pixar’s latest, the film uses prevalent humour to deepen the characters and heighten the underlying pathos. It’s an approach we’ve seen an awful lot of in recent years »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Daily | Cannes 2015 | Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth

20 May 2015 6:50 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Paolo Sorrentino’s visual prowess is almost always let down by his scriptwriting," begins Giovanni Marchini Camia at the Film Stage. "That’s why his only feature based on a real-life story, Il Divo, is also his best to date." Youth, with Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda, is so far only winning over the trades (Variety, Hollywood Reporter and Screen). Most other critics find it, like the Playlist's Jessica Kiang, "so arch it's nearly triumphal, but so hollow it crumbles to dust at the slightest tap." » - David Hudson »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Youth’

20 May 2015 5:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “The Great Beauty,” there’s a flashback in which a young Jep Gambardella recalls the promise of love — its loss, with the betrayal of youthful ideals, leads to Jep’s crushing self-contempt. It’s a tender moment in a film of deep cynicism, and now Paolo Sorrentino, with “Youth,” delivers his most tender film to date, an emotionally rich contemplation of life’s wisdom gained, lost and remembered — with cynicism harping from the sidelines, but as a wearied chord rather than a major motif. Set in a Swiss spa with two old friends — one a retired composer-conductor, the other an active helmer—  “Youth” is less flashy than Sorrentino’s recent pics but no less beautiful. Shot in English, with leads Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel bringing lifetimes of depth to their roles, the film, which Fox Searchlight is releasing Stateside, could become Sorrentino’s biggest box office hit yet. »

- Jay Weissberg

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Jane Fonda Gets Real About Aging at Cannes: "Age Is a Question of Attitude"

20 May 2015 5:32 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Jane Fonda and Rachel Weisz are the leading ladies in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, which debuted for press today at the Cannes Film Festival. They star in the epic film along with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, who respectively play an aging composer and director questioning the end of both their careers and younger years. It's a lavish and indulgent ensemble piece, much anticipated at Cannes after Sorrentino's last film, The Great Beauty, won the best foreign language award at the 2014 Oscars. Jane's character Brenda, an aging actress who appears overly made up, dressed to the nines, and clad in a big, blond wig, was a hot topic at the press conference following today's screening. Journalists were curious as to whether or not Jane was afraid to play someone who, on the surface, seems to be barely keeping her wits together. "There is something very vulnerable about an »

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Jane Fonda Gets Real About Aging at Cannes: "Age Is a Question of Attitude"

20 May 2015 5:32 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Jane Fonda and Rachel Weisz are the leading ladies in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, which debuted for press today at the Cannes Film Festival. They star in the epic film along with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, who respectively play an aging composer and director questioning the end of both their careers and younger years. It's a lavish and indulgent ensemble piece, much anticipated at Cannes after Sorrentino's last film, The Great Beauty, won the best foreign language award at the 2014 Oscars. Jane's character Brenda, an aging actress who appears overly made up, dressed to the nines, and clad in a big, blond wig, was a hot topic at the press conference following today's screening. Journalists were curious as to whether or not Jane was afraid to play someone who, on the surface, seems to be barely keeping her wits together. "There is something very vulnerable about an »

- Allie-Merriam

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Caine candid in Cannes by Richard Mowe

20 May 2015 5:06 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Michael Caine and Jane Fonda in Cannes for Youth Photo: Richard Mowe Rachel Weisz: “Actors are like musicians in an orchestra…” Photo: Richard Mowe Sir Michael Caine, at 82, must have seemed the perfect choice to play the ruminating British composer and conductor at the centre of Youth, Paolo Sorrentino’s flamboyant and ironic treatise around age and regrets, presented in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival with a red carpet premiere tonight (Wednesday 20 May).

Caine makes the role totally his own, with Rachel Weisz playing his daughter, Harvey Keitel, a veteran director shooting his latest opus, Jane Fonda as a fading star with a mind of her own and Paul Dano as an upcoming star already saddled with the baggage of fame.

The last time Caine was in Cannes was almost 50 years ago, he reminded a media gathering. “It was with Alfie which won prize although I did not so I never same back, »

- Richard Mowe

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Youth: Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano

17 May 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to Youth, starring Oscar winner Michael Caine, Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, Oscar winner Jane Fonda, Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano. The film is written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, director of Italy’s Oscar foreign language winner The Great Beauty, and produced by Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori for Indigo Film in collaboration with Medusa Film. Youth is coproduced by Fabio Conversi for Barbary Films, Jérôme Seydoux for Pathé, Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen for Number 9, David Kosse for Film4, and Anne Walser for C-Films. Youth will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and is scheduled to be released in 2015. “I’m delighted and proud that Fox Searchlight has acquired my new film: Youth. As a movie lover, I have always appreciated Fox Searchlight’s choices which have »

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Jude Law Will Topline Paolo Sorrentino’s TV Skein ‘The Young Pope’, HBO On Board

17 May 2015 3:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jude Law will topline Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s TV series, working-titled “The Young Pope,” about an imaginary pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history. Rupert Murdoch’s Sky paybox and Canal Plus will co-produce with HBO, marking the first multiple-player production of this type in Italy.

The series is being produced by Wildside, and co-produced by Haut et Court TV. Executive Producers for Wildside are Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani together with John Lyons. Executive producers for Haut et Court TV are Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal.

Production on the eight-episode series is set to begin this summer and continue through early 2016. The show will film predominantly in Italy with additional locations to include the United States, Africa and Puerto Rico.

Law will play Lenny Belardo, a conservative American pontiff recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals. “No one, even at the Vatican, is »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Today in Movie Culture: The Avengers "Uptown Funk" Parody, Dr. Seuss's 'The Hobbit' and More

15 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:     The Avengers get down for an "Uptown Funk" parody titled "Ultron Funk" (via Geek Tyrant):   What if Dr. Seuss illustrated The Hobbit? Barnes & Noble commissioned Grant Lindahl to come up with the following answer and imagine other famous artists' take on J.R.R. Tolkien's story (via Tor.com).   InGen Technologies explain why Jurassic World is safer than Jurassic Park in this viral video:   Check out this plate with a hand-painted portrait of Ryan Gosling. See more of Jacqueline Poirier's plate paintings at Design Taxi.   Paul Dano gets beat up in a lot of movies, as evidenced in this supercut (via Geek...

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