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7 items from 2016


Isabelle Huppert delivers Tiff masterclass

11 September 2016 6:44 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Talking with Tiff CEO Piers Handling, Huppert discussed her career, which includes over 100 film credits.

Isabelle Huppert is in focus at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival (Tiff), with the French actress starring in three films in this year’s programme: Elle, Souvenir and Things To Come.

Speaking to festival director and CEO Piers Handling in a masterclass on Saturday (Sept 10), Huppert – whose resume includes over 100 films, television and theatre productions, peppered with a bevy of awards recognition including 15 Cesar nominations – spoke candidly about the highs and lows of her career. 

Michael Haneke, Michael Cimino, Claude Chabrol and Claire Denis were among the list of directors she gave credit for helping her to grow as an actress. French New Wave director Chabrol, she said, gave her little direction, in turn granting her almost complete artistic license.

“Working with a director is like building a strong friendship. There is desire, there is love – and for me, reality and truthfulness »

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A writer's life by Anne-Katrin Titze

29 June 2016 2:46 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

A Scott Berg with Michael Grandage, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Michael Grandage's Genius, starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, written by John Logan, based on Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, by A Scott Berg, has Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway, Guy Pearce as F Scott Fitzgerald and Vanessa Kirby as Zelda Fitzgerald to round out their literary world.

Max Perkins (Colin Firth) with Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law)

Scott Berg also wrote Kate Remembered, about Katharine Hepburn, who died on this date, June 29 in 2003. Cate Blanchett in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (written by Logan), a Gustave Flaubert, Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway connection and Fitzgerald's Garden of Allah were revisited in our conversation.

Thomas Wolfe's (Jude Law) problem is that he can't stop writing. Like a feverish Rainer Werner Fassbinder of the page, he burns himself out. And the people around him, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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69th Cannes Film Festival Review – Mal de Pierres (2016)

17 May 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Mal de Pierres (From the Land of the Moon), 2016.

Directed by Nicole Garcia.

Starring Marion Cotillard, Alex Brendemühl and Louis Garrel.

Synopsis:

A spirited but delusional young woman in post-war France ends up in a marriage of convenience. When an illness takes her to a retreat in the Alps, she meets and falls in love with an injured soldier. But her obsession with romance often colours her memories, confusing her reality.

France’s new Queen of Cannes, Marion Cotillard, returns to the festival with a lush-looking but middling romantic drama.

Inspired by Milena Agus’s eponymous novel, Mal de Pierres (From the Land of the Moon) tackles the themes of female desire, fantasy and ennui. There are touches of Gustave Flaubert, Daphne du Maurier and Patricia Highsmith, however, this adaptation often feels more ponderous than passionate.

Set in the post-WW2 era, Cotillard plays Gabrielle, a bourgeoisie country girl who lives »

- Sara Hemrajani

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‘300’s’ Rodrigo Santoro Stars in Globo Novela ‘Velho Chico’

8 March 2016 8:41 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As it embraces TV’s digital revolution – VOD, shorter-form series – Brazil’s Globo, Latin America’s biggest TV group, is attempting not to lose the baby with the bathwater: Super Bowl-sized audiences every night of the year on its main Globo free-to-air channel, still driven by telenovelas.

Its latest play, “Velho Chico,” with big star-wattage, marks a new twist in its big novela lineup: the telenovela comeback of Luiz Fernando Carvalho (“The King of the Cattle”), nominated for an Intl. Emmy in 2014 for year-end special “Alexandre and Other Heroes” and one of Brazil’s most celebrated super-soap auteurs. Though Carvalho won a slew of prizes with his 2001 movie “To the Left of the Father,” he has spent much of his life battling to prove that Brazilian soaps can be a worthy successor of a great narrative tradition.

Bowing at 9 p.m. peak prime time on main channel Globo as Globo’s big new novela, »

- John Hopewell

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‘Gods of Egypt’: Anatomy of a Big Budget Bomb

28 February 2016 11:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s no surefire formula for success.

That lesson was brought painfully home to Lionsgate this weekend after “Gods of Egypt,” its $140 million fantasy epic, collapsed at the domestic box office, opening to a meagre $14 million. Its failure comes at a difficult time for the studio, which said goodbye to “The Hunger Games” last year and will end its “Divergent” series next year with the release of the final installment, “Ascendant.” They leave a gap that Lionsgate is still scrambling to fill.

Lionsgate is in crisis mode,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “If you look at what they’ve released so far this year, nothing has worked. They’ve had the opposite of the Midas touch right now.”

It’s not that the company hasn’t tried to find someone or something to fill Katniss Everdeen’s shoes.  Just as they once talked of “Gods of Egypt »

- Brent Lang

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Watch: 8-Minute Explains How Nothing Is Really Something On 'Seinfeld'

4 February 2016 10:29 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“What seems beautiful to me, what I would like to write, is a book about nothing, a book dependent on nothing external, which would be held together by the internal strength of its style.” That’s a quote from revered 19th century French novelist Gustave Flaubert, but it could just as easily serve as a mission statement for “Seinfeld,” the 1990s television comedy that radically and defiantly re-wrote the rules of the modern sitcom. Ardent and casual fans alike refer to “Seinfeld” as “the show about nothing” —it’s a series founded on trivial minutiae, questionable social blunders and a commitment to questioning every tiny, seemingly insignificant facet of modern life. A show about nothing shouldn't be mistaken for a show where nothing goes on: “Seinfeld” remains perhaps the definitive sitcom statement of its time, continually upending every standard of traditional T.V. by adhering to co-creator Larry David’s famous “no hugs, »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Watch: 8-Minute Explains How Nothing Is Really Something On 'Seinfeld'

4 February 2016 10:29 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“What seems beautiful to me, what I would like to write, is a book about nothing, a book dependent on nothing external, which would be held together by the internal strength of its style.” That’s a quote from revered 19th century French novelist Gustave Flaubert, but it could just as easily serve as a mission statement for “Seinfeld,” the 1990s television comedy that radically and defiantly re-wrote the rules of the modern sitcom. Ardent and casual fans alike refer to “Seinfeld” as “the show about nothing” —it’s a series founded on trivial minutiae, questionable social blunders and a commitment to questioning every tiny, seemingly insignificant facet of modern life. A show about nothing shouldn't be mistaken for a show where nothing goes on: “Seinfeld” remains perhaps the definitive sitcom statement of its time, continually upending every standard of traditional T.V. by adhering to co-creator Larry David’s famous “no hugs, »

- Nicholas Laskin

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