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The producer joins writer Andrew Davies and BBC executives to talk about literary adaptation.
Harvey Weinstein, the Oscar-winning producer of Shakespeare In Love and founder of The Weinstein Company alongside brother Bob, has joined the ‘War And Peace’ panel taking place at Mipcom, the global market for entertainment content to be held in Cannes, France, October 5-8.
The panel, which focuses on the business strategy and creative process behind forthcoming BBC television epic War And Peace, includes the series’ writer Andrew Davies (The Three Musketeers) alongside Weinstein, who is an exec producer on the series, Simon Vaughan, CEO of production company LookoutPoint, and BBC executives Faith Penhale and Ben Donald.
The session will also feature a preview of six-part series, an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel starring Paul Dano, Gillian Anderson, Lily James, James Norton, Jim Broadbent and Stephen Rea. It is scheduled to air on the BBC in late 2015/early 2016. »
As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.
The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.
Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!
The Visit (Sept 11)
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »
- Movie Geeks
The Academy has a bad habit of forgetting movies that open early in the year. Of the 17 best picture nominees for the last two Oscars, only one (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) had a release date that was before September. But as the ceremony continues to grasp for new energy, following a ratings slide with this year’s show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, one big improvement would be if the telecast tried to recognize movies from throughout the year. Here are 13 films—from the both indies and studios—that opened this summer that deserve to be celebrated on the Oscars stage.
1. “Inside Out”
For Your Consideration: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay
With the expanded best picture race, Pixar’s box office juggernaut ($344 million so far) set inside a young girl’s head—amidst a sea of conflicting emotions like Joy, Sadness and Fear—will probably be nominated in the top category, »
- Ramin Setoodeh, Jenelle Riley and Brent Lang
Fox Searchlight has unveiled the melancholic, yet oddly beautiful first trailer for Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as two wise old pals seeking peace and quiet in the Swiss Alps.
Capturing some of the awe-inspiring landscape, Sorrentino’s feature is certainly easy on the eye, though the story itself will juxtapose this beauty with an innate scene of melancholy. As Fred (Caine) and Mick (Keitel) begin to reflect on their lives, the film seems to draw upon rich universal themes of growing old and appreciating the things we so often take for granted in life – such as the importance of a best friend.
Rachel Weisz is on board to play Fred’s daughter, who wants nothing more than her father to get back in shape – or, at the very least, welcome his respite with open arms. From her perspective, we begin to see the atypical »
- Michael Briers
The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
The San Diego Film Festival has announced the Gala, Competition, Spotlight and Short Film sections for its 14th year celebration.
Screenings leading the program include Daniel Alfredson’s “Go With Me,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta; Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda; Reed Morano’s “Meadowland,” starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson and Juno Temple; Tony McNamara’s “Ashby,” starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman; Lawrence Roeck’s “Diablo,” starring Scott Eastwood, Camilla Belle and Danny Glover; Adam Salky’s “I Smile Back,” starring Sarah Silverman and John Charles; and the documentary “He Named Me Malala.”
“We are excited to debut this year’s diverse selection of films to our enthusiastic film loving community,” said Tonya Mantooth, executive VP, San Diego Film Festival. “Our 2015 fillm slate has it all, from Hollywood’s most buzzed »
- Jacob Bryant
Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino is poised to return to theatres with a new film.
Titled Youth, the film is Sorrentino’s first since 2013. As with his other films, Sorrentino takes on both directing and screenplay writing duties, working with a cast this time around that includes Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda, and Paul Dano.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children’s confused lives, Mick’s enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Michael Caine's upcoming slate includes Vin Diesel's The Last Witch Hunter and the sequel to Now You See Me, but while he's keeping busy in elder-statesman roles, it looked as if 2009's Harry Brown was his final film as the lead. Happily that turned out not to be the case, since he couldn't resist Paolo Sorrentino's Youth. You can get a taste of the results in this just-released new trailer."I've retired about 30 times," Caine told Empire recently. "I always retire and then someone comes along with an offer you can't refuse. I wasn't going to play any more leading roles. I don't like it because you've got to get up early in the morning for eight weeks. But I just had to do Youth. It was wonderful." Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, The Great Beauty) wrote and directed the film, which involves Caine's retired orchestra »
Paolo Sorrentino’s latest film “Youth” is finally taking taking the ace out of its sleeve: Jane Fonda in full campy glory. The film tells of artists and best friends Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in their twilight years, visiting a health resort in hills of Switzerland. While youngsters Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano help illicit tales of the loves and regrets of the two men — Fonda is a showstopper rocking a loud blond wig, costume jewelry and animal prints in the movie’s official trailer, released Wednesday.. Also Read: Jane Fonda to Receive Excellence in Film Award from Santa Barbara Film Festival The. »
- Matt Donnelly
The movie previously screened in May at the Cannes Film Festival where it received a standing ovation. Jay Weissberg (Variety) wrote, “Shot in English, with leads Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel bringing lifetimes of depth to their roles, the film could become Sorrentino’s biggest box office hit yet.”
From Paolo Sorrentino, the internationally renowned writer and director of Italy’s Oscar-winning foreign language film The Great Beauty, comes Youth – a poignant tale of how we each find our own passion in life.
Starring Academy Award winner Michael Caine as Fred and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel as Mick, Youth explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement.
While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging »
- Michelle McCue
You may have heard of Paolo Sorrrentino when The Great Beauty won the Foreign Language Oscar, but it’s no surprise that winning, or being nominated for, foreign language awards doesn’t mean people are rushing out to see a film.
If you missed it, you should make sure you check it out, and one of the best pushes for that movie might be this trailer for Youth, Sorrentino’s latest. With the Oscar win, there’s automatically a bigger marketing effort, and this one hopefully has the stars to pull in some viewers. But, the trailer will hopefully get people to both movies, because it manages a wonderful look at not only Sorrentino’s style, but the ways in which he maneuvers his films through their emotions. That’s a pretty good trick for a trailer, and if this one looks even remotely interesting to you, you’re going »
- Marc Eastman
Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer for Youth, arriving in theaters December 4, which could give us an early look at a potential Academy Award contender. Rachel Weisz, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel lead an all-star cast in this drama, which will go up against the horror-comedy Krampus when it hits theaters at the end of this year. The story centers on Fred and Mick, two old friends on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps.
Fred (Michael Caine), a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick (Harvey Keitel), a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz), Mick is intent on finishing the screenplay »
"Who were you? 'Who?' - that's what I always ask myself..." Fox Searchlight has debuted their new official Us trailer for Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, starring Michael Caine as an aging composer who retreats with his filmmaker friend, played by Harvey Keitel, to a spa in the Alps. There they encounter some interesting characters and discuss life, and youth, and beauty, and more. Rachel Weisz also stars as Caine's daughter, who also joins him on the trip. The cast includes Paul Dano, Jane Fonda and Ed Stoppard. This trailer starts out looking like a fun indie comedy, then becomes something very poetic in the second half. The best trailer yet, very moving - I can't wait to see this. "I don't owe anybody anything, I did it myself!" Enjoy it. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, from Fox Searchlight's YouTube: Fred (Caine) and Mick (Dano), two old friends, »
- Alex Billington
There are a number of films from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival that have stuck with me over the past few months. Denis Villeneuve's "Sicario" (which will hit theaters in September), Jia Zhangke's "Mountains May Depart," Gaspar Noé's "Love" and Todd Haynes' "Carol" immediately come to mind for one reason or another. The one film that I've actually been dying to see again, however, is Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth." Fox Searchlight picked up the drama before Cannes and clearly has high hopes it can make a dent during the upcoming awards season. They are leading that charge with a Best Actor campaign for Michael Caine who, no surprise, is quite superb as a retired maestro whose annual summer treat contains a number of unexpected surprises. You can watch Searchlight's first trailer for "Youth" (which is very Caine-centric) embedded at the bottom of this post. Now, just in case »
- Gregory Ellwood
As Cannes Film Festival favorites continue to roll out wider releases, the awards season race is slowly but surely coming into focus. “Youth,” a poignant and whimsical new drama from Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino, may become an important contender. The film follows the two friends, Michael Caine’s world-weary composer Fred and Harvey Keitel’s spirited screenwriter Mick, as they contemplate life and retirement at a high-end spa in the Alps. As Fred’s daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz) urges him to continue his music career, Mick’s screen muse Brenda (Jane Fonda) arrives to check in on the status of his latest film. Disrupting the tranquil Swiss mountains is some surprising news: Queen Elizabeth II has invited Fred to conduct his music again. With its operatic filming and beautiful score, “Youth” had Cannes critics proclaiming it a masterpiece, praising in particular Caine’s thoughtful performance and Fonda’s blazing supporting turn. »
As he proved with his Academy Award-winning "The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino certainly knows his way around stunning images, and once again he shows a knack for framing in his upcoming "Youth." After a big debut at the Cannes this spring, the movie is headed to festivals and cinemas this fall, and a new trailer has arrived for the picture. Read More: Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth' Soundtrack Features Sun Kil Moon, Bill Callahan, David Byrne & More Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Paul Dano star in the movie about two elderly best pals — a composer and a filmmaker — who vacation in the Swiss Alps and reflect on the past while facing their future. Here's the official synopsis: From Paolo Sorrentino, the director of Italy’s Oscar foreign language winner The Great Beauty comes Youth, about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps. Oscar winning actor Michael Caine plays Fred, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following up his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty director Paolo Sorrentino returns this year with Youth, an ensemble drama that teams together Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano. After premiering at Cannes Film Festival, Fox Searchlight snapped up the rights and have now released the first U.S. trailer ahead of a stop at Tiff and a theatrical release in […] »
- Jordan Raup
Read More: Review: Brian Wilson Portrait 'Love & Mercy' Isn't Your Average Biopic Bill Pohlad's Brian Wilson biopic "Love & Mercy" became one of the year's most critically acclaimed films when it was released earlier this summer. Starring both Paul Dano and John Cusack as the Beach Boys co-founder in two distinct decades of his life, the film juxtaposes the making of the group's heralded "Pet Sounds" in the 1960s with Wilson's tortured soul in the 1980s and his second chance at life with Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks). While the performances were unanimously praised, much of the acclaim surrounding "Love & Mercy" was focused on the unconventional split storytelling device, something that many critics believed made the film stand out at the top of the biopic genre. In the exclusive clip above, director Bill Pohlad discusses how he came to the decision to break down Wilson's life to these two pivotal periods. »
- Zack Sharf
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
So here we are, smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer (and if you don’t get that little saying, try lying out on the sidewalk in 100-degree heat for 15 minutes or so, like Fido does, and see if a light bulb doesn’t go off). The dogs are often howling in movie theaters too—at times it seems as though August has replaced January in the hearts of moviegoers as the dumping ground for pictures not really worthy of our attention (or a serious investment in the marketing department). Movies like Pixels and Fantastic Four have their perverse fascination—just how bad can they possibly be? Both were greeted with reviews so scathing and unyielding in their acidity that studio heads can only pray nothing in October, November or December will be perceived as worse, and I have to admit a certain curiosity. But that »
- Dennis Cozzalio
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