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London — “Spectre” villain Christoph Waltz will attend the opening of the Zurich Film Festival and will head the jury for the Swiss Filmmaker Award, which comes with a 100,000 Swiss Franc ($104,000) prize.
Waltz, who has won two Academy Awards, will hold a keynote conversation at the Zurich Summit, which takes place in association with the Zff and Iwc Schaffhausen, and will present a screening of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.”
The Assn. for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland will award its Swiss Filmmaker Award to one or more Swiss filmmakers whose projects are in the late production or post-production. The award’s other jury members are director Marc Forster, International Watch Company CEO Georges Kern, and Zff co-director Karl Spoerri.
“There’s a lively filmmaking industry in Switzerland, employing many talented people. However, the financial backing required to see projects through to the end is often lacking; this is particularly »
- Leo Barraclough
Oscar-winning actor will also hold a keynote conversation at the Zurich Summit and present a screening of Inglourious Basterds.
The two-time Academy Award winner will attend the festival on its opening day to and over the jury for the inaugural Filmmaker Award, which comes with a prize of more than $100,000 (100,000Chf) open to Swiss filmmakers whose projects are currently in the late production or post-production phase.
The star of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and upcoming James Bond movie Spectre will also take part in a keynote conversation at the Zurich Summit - the industry sidebar of the festival which runs Sept 26-27.
In addition, Waltz will walk Zurich’s green carpet before presenting a screening of Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, which proved his breakthrough performance and earned him a Best Supporting Actor at the »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Created by Ben Watkins, and marking the television debut of filmmaker Marc Forster, the highly-anticipated Amazon Studios original dramatic series "Hand of God" stars Ron Perlman as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The show centers on Judge Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on "visions" and "messages" he believes are being sent by God through Pernell's ventilator-bound son. "Hand of God" also stars Dana Delany as the Judge's protective wife Crystal Harris, Garret Dillahunt as Kd, the born-again sociopath whose violent tendencies are exploited by Pernell, Andre Royo as the slick, smart, gregarious, and greedy mayor Robert...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Created by Ben Watkins, and marking the television debut of filmmaker Marc Forster, the highly-anticipated Amazon Studios original dramatic series "Hand of God" stars Ron Perlman as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The show centers on Judge Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on "visions" and "messages" he believes are being sent by God through Pernell's ventilator-bound son. "Hand of »
- Tambay A. Obenson
As ambitious, premium-style dramas proliferate, it’s easy to confuse dark and nasty with cool and good. Few programs have put the gap between those poles into starker relief than “Hand of God,” a thoroughly ill-conceived and unpleasant series that continues Amazon’s struggle to match its comedy inroads (see “Transparent”) on the dramatic front. Providing a starring vehicle for Ron Perlman, who joins director Marc Forster and writer Ben Watkins among its producers, the show strands a good cast, making the 10-episode run (all of which was made available) feel less like a gripping mystery than a grueling endurance contest.
Viewers are spared the worst of the brutal act that sets the entire story in motion, but are treated to endless references to it. Perlman plays Pernell Harris, the powerful judge and influential heir in the fictional town of San Vicente, Calif. When the show begins, his son Pj lies in a coma, »
- Brian Lowry
Plans continue for a sequel to the $540m box office hit that was 2013's World War Z. We've known for some time that director Marc Forster wasn't coming back for the sequel, with The Impossible's Juan Antonio Bayona instead taking on the job. And we also know that Steven Knight - the writer/director behind Locke, Hummingbird and Peaky Blinders - has been working on the screenplay.
Knight has given an update to Collider on the project, revealing that he's turned in the latest draft of the screenplay. "I was approached with the idea of 'how do we move this along?' so how could I resist?", he said.
Where the new film picks up remains a mystery. Is it going to pick up after the first movie, »
Paramount’s apocalyptic sequel World War Z 2 is beginning to pick up steam, after Locke screenwriter Steven Knight revealed in an interview with Collider that he has just completed an early draft of the zombie follow-up.
Pegged for a release in the summer of 2017, we’re still a ways away before seeing the return of the rampant flesh-munchers, though Knight is already anticipating the sequel. In an interview with the outlet, the scribe touched upon the breathless nature of the 2013 original, and how he was ostensibly presented with a blank slate – surely a screenwriter’s dream – after signing on for Paramount’s big-budget installment.
“I was approached with the idea of, ‘How do we move this along?’ so who could resist? I think the beauty of the first film was the way that it never paused for breath. It never spent a moment thinking, ‘Hang on a minute, we »
- Michael Briers
Ron Perlman talked about being both thrilled and terrified when he first read the script for Amazon’s new series “Hand of God” during the Los Angeles premiere at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Wednesday night.
“I’d never quite seen writing like this, I’d never ran into a character that is as emotionally compromised as mine is,” Perlman said. “I’ve never been quite so scared and then compelled to say, ‘If you don’t take this part you’re a p—y.'”
Perlman plays Judge Pernell Harris, who goes on a vigilante tear when he believes God is speaking to him through his comatose son.
“It touches upon everything that I find interesting about human behavior, especially when it is under a great deal of pressure,” Perlman said.
- Jacob Bryant
Thailand’s military government this week approved plans to create financial incentives that are intended to help attract foreign films to shoot in the country.
At the same time the government denied that a release certificate had been turned down to Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson-starring film “No Escape” (previously “The Coup”). The John Erick Dowdle-directed film, which shot in Thailand, could have threatened the sensitivities of the current regime. It depicts the violent events of a government overthrow in Southeast Asia.
The cabinet gave approval in principle to a scheme under which a cash rebate would be paid at the rate of 15% of every 30 million baht ($860,000) spent in the country. Additional rebates could also be earned, worth 10% of spend, if the movie promoted a positive image of Thailand, and a further 5% if it also employed Thai performers.
The scheme would be capped at $2.86 million per year, though »
- Patrick Frater
Josh Trank’s debut, Chronicle, was a surprise hit of 2012. The film fused the found-footage genre with superhero tropes to create a coming-of-age story that was both fresh and exciting. Trank’s ability to transcend these tired trends and motifs made him an ideal candidate to finally do justice to the Fantastic Four franchise, one that had an unreleased early 90s film, and two poor mid-00s flicks. However, with production problems between Trank and cast members, and no advanced press screening, many pundits were concerned this would be a mess.
The results are in, and it is not only a poor film, but has been described as the worst reviewed Marvel film to-date. That’s not good. Trank responded openly via tweet to this, noting how Fox had – ah, »
- Matthew Lee
The actor and director, currently in post production on The Last Photograph, will present the Foundation’s annual bursary to “a new voice in cinema” on Aug 21 in Sarajevo.
Previous curators include Charlotte Rampling, Emily Watson, Jeremy Irons, Danny Glover and Stellan Skarsgard, directors Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Simon McBurney and Danis Tanović, as well as John Lyons, Annie Nocenti and photographer Juergen Teller.
Huston will also present Danis Tanović’s Tigers, with the Director and Producers. The film will be screened within the Open Air Programme at the festival’s largest venue.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Strahovski will play Beth, a mysterious Pinkerton detective who’s a newcomer to the bloody town of Seward, Kansas, where the series is set.
The show, based on the books by author George Gilman, follows Josiah Hedges, better known as Edge (Martini), a man who’s out for vengeance after his younger brother is killed by a group of his former Union army comrades, lead by his nemesis, Merritt Harknett (Kwanten).
Alicja Bachleda (“The Girl Is in Trouble“) has also joined “Edge” in a recurring role. She will portray Pilar, a pregnant woman who is held prisoner by her husband and father-in-law and pleads with Edge (Martini) to help her escape.
Strahovski has been courted for a variety of pilots over the past few seasons. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
I sat down with Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton for Venice Magazine in October of 2001. He had a slate of very diverse projects he was promoting: his first solo music album, "Private Radio," as well as the films "Monster's Ball," "Bandits," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." My strongest memory is of Thornton's quiet intensity and an undercurrent of Southern affability, which came out once he decided you were okay. He seemed to feel that way about me after I shared with him my idolatry of legendary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann, something we shared. I also remember his unusual diet, when our lunch was served. Thornton got the biggest plate of sliced papaya I've seen to date, artfully presented. I got a seafood salad. He looked at my plate, smiled, and told me about the horrible shellfish allergy he'd been saddled with all his life, and how »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Sam Mendes has declared now that he will not direct a third James Bond movie. I would like to declare that I don't believe a word of it. It was absolutely a career transition for Mendes when he took the job making "Skyfall," and he was a surprising choice in many ways. Before he ever broke through as the filmmaker behind "American Beauty," he was already acclaimed for his stage work, and he has continued to return to the theater between film jobs as often as possible. Normally, I'd say, "film is where the money is," but Mendes has been behind some genuinely massive stage successes, including the recent theatrical production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which is one of those shows that will play for the next 50 years in various touring productions, lining the pockets of Mendes as well as the Roald Dahl estate. I have no doubt »
- Drew McWeeny
Comic-Con wouldn’t be the same without Ron Perlman. This year, Hellboy/Clay Morrow strutted in, primed to spew F-bombs, rile up Guillermo del Toro and, presumably, win fans for his new show, Hand of God. Not only was Perlman’s appearance the first for a TV panel at the convention, but it also marked Amazon Studio’s debut at everyone’s favorite yearly gathering in San Diego. Hand of God follows Perlman as Judge Pernell Harris, the most powerful, and potentially corrupt, man in the fictitious city of San Vincente, a place that could be next door to True Detective’s Vinci on an imaginary map of La. With his son in a coma after what might have been a staged suicide, Harris believes God is speaking to him through his comatose son, and guiding him on a path of vigilante justice. The pilot, directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, »
- Sasha Perl-Raver
Amazon Studios has unveiled a sneak peek of its newest original series. The digital studio behind the hit series Transparent released the official trailer for Hand of God, a psychological drama show starring Ron Perlman.
Directed by Marc Forster, Hand of God stars Perlman as Pernell Harris, a corrupt judge who suffers a traumatic breakdown and believes God is calling him to greater things -- like vigilante justice. What ensues in each hour-long episode is Harris’ attempt to track down and exact revenge on the rapist who destroyed his family’s happiness. Hand of God co-stars Dana Delany as Harris’ wife Crystal, Garret Dillahunt as Kd, and Julian Morris as Reverend Paul Curtis.
Amazon originally ran the pilot for Hand of God in its third pilot competition back in August 2014. A few months later in October, Amazon ordered a full season of the show after the pilot managed to garner »
- Bree Brouwer
Hollywood producer Steven Paul has teamed with Thai real estate mogul Pimol Srivikorn to launch movie production company Good Times Films.
The company will focus on film production in Thailand with annual output of 2 or 3 movies per year. All will be shot in English. Movies will be jointly financed by Paul and Srivikorn and be made with fully financed budgets of $3 million-$50 million. Some are likely to be structured as co-productions with Chinese companies, in which case Good Times would provide up to 20% of the budget.
Distribution, including in Thailand, will be effected through the multi-territory deal between Paul’s Sp International and Sony Pictures Releasing that was signed earlier this year.
First up will be the previously announced “Born to Be Ghosts,” which will shoot from early 2016 predominantly in China and partially in Thailand and be directed by Patrick Alessandrin (“District 13: Ultimatum”). “Born” is a $35 million thriller being »
- Patrick Frater
It's not news that over the past few years Comic-Con, July's gargantuan genre fan convention in San Diego, has moved from movies toward television. Clearly, it's a reflection of the entertainment industry, as HBO's "Game of Thrones" and AMC's "Walking Dead" needed the scale of Hall H to accommodate their fan hordes. (Bursting at the seams, the Con will stay where it is through 2018.) And for the first time this year, Amazon Instant Video will be introducing new series, Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle" (from Frank Spotnitz and David Zucker) and "Hand of God" (from director Marc Forster) at Comic-Con (trailer below). PBS is promoting "Sherlock," the Brit series that made new Academy member Benedict Cumberbatch a star. Netflix is showcasing the Wachowskis' "Sense8." And Seth Macfarlane, Anne Druyan and Neil deGrasse Tyson are participating on a "Cosmos" panel. But this year...
- Anne Thompson
It's not news that over the past few years Comic-Con, July's gargantuan genre fan convention in San Diego, has moved from movies toward television. Clearly, it's a reflection of the entertainment industry, as HBO's "Game of Thrones" and AMC's "Walking Dead" needed the scale of Hall H to accommodate their fan hordes. (Bursting at the seams, the Con will stay where it is through 2018.) And for the first time this year, Amazon Instant Video will be introducing new series, Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle" (from Frank Spotnitz and David Zucker) and "Hand of God" (from director Marc Forster) at Comic-Con (trailer below). PBS is promoting "Sherlock," the Brit series that made new Academy member Benedict Cumberbatch a star. Netflix is showcasing the Wachowskis' "Sense8." And Seth Macfarlane, Anne Druyan and Neil deGrasse Tyson are participating on a "Cosmos" panel. But this year »
- Anne Thompson
ScreenCrush critic Matt Singer this week came up against one of the most common attacks against film criticism after sharing his thoughts on Jurassic World: “Stop thinking so much! It’s a movie. Just turn off your brain and enjoy it.” Any critic who loves movies and wants movies to be enjoyable knows how frustrating this sentiment is from their readers. On our 13th episode of Sos This Week, we explain why thinking about a movie and enjoying it inherently go hand in hand, even for big, loud, dumb blockbusters.
Marvel sets Tom Holland as next Spider-Man, Jon Watts to direct solo film Filmmaker Marc Forster to make Stanley Kubrick’s The Downslope into a trilogy Titanic and Avatar composer James Horner dead after plane crash Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie are just friends in Sleeping With Other People trailer
Main Story: Stop Telling Me To Turn »
- Brian Welk
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