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Cannes: Nicole Garcia Heads Camera d’Or Jury

18 April 2014 5:10 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Actress-director-screenwriter Nicole Garcia will preside over the jury for this year’s Caméra d’Or award, given to the best debut film at the Cannes Film Festival. In this opportunity to champion an up-and-coming director she joins the ranks of previous jury presidents Bong Joon-ho, Gael García Bernal, Carlos Diegues and Agnès Varda, who have all in the past contributed their experience and passion for cinema to the deliberations. “Presiding over the Caméra d’Or is an honour, a joy and a mission,” she said. “I hope to be worthy of the honour, bask in the joy and do my best to deliver on the mission.” Since 1978, the Caméra d’Or has awarded the best debut film presented in the Official Selection (Competition, Out of Competition, or Un Certain Regard), Critics’ Week or Directors’ Fortnight. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Nicole Garcia To Head Cannes’ Camera d’or Jury

18 April 2014 2:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — France’s Nicole Garcia, a well-regarded actress-turned-director who has worked with many of French cinemas greats, will serve as president of the Cannes Festival’s Camera d’or Award jury.

Created in 1978, the Camera d’or prizes the best feature debut at the Festival, whether the Official Selection (Competition, Out of Competition, or Un Certain Regard), Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week.

Past plaudits have gone to Jim Jarmusch (“Stranger Than Paradise”), Mira Nair (“Salaam Bombay!”), Jaco Van Dormael (“Toto the Heroe”), Naomi Kawase (“Suzake”), Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time For Drunken Horses”) and Steve McQueen (“Hunger”).

Often selecting films from directors who came into Cannes as virtual unknowns outside their country of origin – Mexico’s Michael Rowe, with “Leap Year,” for example – winners very often count among the select group of Cannes arthouse movies which garner bountiful sales in Cannes’ follow-up, though prices paid for winning titles is now another matter. »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: 46th Directors’ Fortnight

16 April 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:

Alleluia

Six years after presenting Vinyan at the Venice Film Festival, Fabrice Du Welz finally returns with potentially not one, but a pair of works for the ’14 campaign. »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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Pulse Films Taps Ex-Summit Exec Ashley Schlaifer (Exclusive)

8 April 2014 4:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pulse Films has tapped former Summit Entertainment exec Ashley Schlaifer as head of U.S. development and production for the company’s Los-Angeles based division.

Schlaifer will oversee development of a slate of scripted TV and film projects in the U.S and work under CEO Thomas Benski and head of film Lucas Ochoa.

Schlaifer was involved with “Red” and “Now You See Me” at Summit. She went on to work as head of strategic partnerships at the Mobile Audience, working with film studios, TV networks and music labels on reaching consumers through mobile devices.

Nine-year-old Pulse has offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Paris.

It produced and released “Shut Up and Play the Hits” and produced “Who Is Dayani Cristal?,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal; the Nick Cave documentary “20,000 Days on Earth”; and Edwyn Collins docu “The Possibilities Are Endless,” which premiered last month at South by Southwest. »

- Dave McNary

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Illmatic inaugural Candescent winner

2 April 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lilly Hartley’s Candescent Films has announced a multi-year initiative with Tribeca Film Institute to support documentary film through the Candescent Award.

The inaugural recipient will be Tribeca Film Festival opener Time Is Illmatic about the circumstances surrounding the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic.

Candescent Films was founded in 2010 by creative producer Hartley and upcoming releases of supported films include Who Is Dayani Cristal? starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Fed Up and 1971 and Art And Craft, both of which will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Earlier supported titles include The Queen Of Versailles, Sons Of The Clouds, Gideon’s Army and After Tiller.

Sundance Institute has renewed agreements with six non-profit bodies as collaborators on the Institute’s Artist Services promgramme. The Austin Film Society has been added as a new collaborator and joins Britdoc, The Bertha Foundation, San Francisco Film Society, Ifp, Film Independent and Cinereach. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Amazon Orders Six New TV Shows

31 March 2014 3:40 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Amazon has ordered six new TV shows -- The After, Bosch, Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent, and Wishenpoof!. In addition, the company debut three new kid shows -- Creative Galaxy, Tumble Leaf and Annedroids -- this summer on Prime Instant Video.

Six More Amazon Original Pilots Receive Greenlight for Full Seasons: "The After," "Bosch," "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street," "Mozart in the Jungle," "Transparent" and "Wishenpoof!"

Award-winning casts include Jeffrey Tambor, Malcolm McDowell, Gael Garcia Bernal, Gaby Hoffmann and Titus Welliver

New series come from well-known creators including Chris Carter (The X-Files), Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch), Eric Overmyer (The Wire), Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under), Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Jason Schwartzman (Big Eyes) and Paul Weitz (About a Boy), and will be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video

Seattle -- Mar. 31, »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Amazon confirms 'Alpha House' renewal, picks up 'The After,' 'Bosch' and more

31 March 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Amazon Studios confirmed on Monday (March 31) that it was renewing "Alpha House" for Season 2 and was picking up two dramas, two comedies and two kids' shows. No dates have been announced yet for airings of any of these series.

The pilots ordered to series are:

"The After" -- From Chris Carter ("The X-Files"), the show will follow eight strangers thrown together and needing to survive in a violent and mysterious world. Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar and Louise Monot star."Bosch" -- Based on Michael Connelly's book series, "Bosch" is a drama about a relentless Lapd homicide detective. Titus Welliver, Annie Wersching and Jamie Hector star."Mozart in the Jungle" -- The half-hour comedic drama takes on sex, drugs and classical music. It stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters and Peter Vack."Transparent »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Four Amazon Studios Pilots Get Full Series Order (Video)

31 March 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Of the five pilots Amazon Studios made available for streaming in February, four will get a full first season order. From "Transparent" by Jill Soloway to "Mozart in the Jungle" by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, the lineup reflects the increasing shift of indie filmmakers to the serialized, streaming content arena. (Clips below). "Mozart in the Jungle" centers on the behind-the-curtain dramas of New York's classical music scene, starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a hot shot conductor, along with Malcolm McDowell, Lola Kirke, Peter Vack and Bernadette Peters. Coppola, Timbers and Schwartzman wrote the first episode, which Paul Weitz ("About a Boy") directed. Exquisitely acted and directed, the pilot on Amazon sings with Coppola's infectious writing. (He cowrote Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Darjeeling Limited.") Emmy-nominated for her work as a writer and producer on HBO's "Six Feet Under" and nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for 2013 debut feature. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Four Amazon Studios Pilots Get Full Series Order (Video)

31 March 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Of the five pilots Amazon Studios made available for streaming in February, four will get a full first season order. From "Transparent" by Jill Soloway to "Mozart in the Jungle" by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, the lineup reflects the increasing shift of indie filmmakers to the serialized, streaming content arena. (Clips below). "Mozart in the Jungle" centers on the behind-the-curtain dramas of New York's classical music scene, starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a hot shot conductor, along with Malcolm McDowell, Lola Kirke, Peter Vack and Bernadette Peters. Coppola, Timbers and Schwartzman wrote the first episode, which Paul Weitz ("About a Boy") directed. Exquisitely acted and directed, the pilot on Amazon sings with Coppola's infectious writing. (He cowrote Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Darjeeling Limited.") Emmy-nominated for her work as a writer and producer on HBO's "Six Feet Under" and nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for 2013 debut feature. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Shows from Chris Carter and Michael Connelly lead Amazon's latest season orders

31 March 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Amazon continues to press forward in the original video arena, announcing this morning that they have picked up six of their pilots.  In fact, only one of the adult series for which they made a pilot this go round, "The Rebels," did not get a season order.   The online superstore reports that double the number of people watched the pilots as compared to the company's first pilot season and that thousands of reviews were posted.  The full list of picked up shows is "The After," "Bosch," "Gortimer Gibbon's Life of Normal Street," "Mozart in the Jungle," "Transparent, and "Wishenproof!" Cast members across the various series include Jeffrey Tambor, Gael Garcia Bernal, Titus Welliver, Gaby Hoffmann, and Malcolm McDowell. Alan Sepinwall previously took a look at several of these pilots, including the one that wasn't picked up, "The Rebels." Be sure to check out what he had to say, especially his opinion of that not-taken-to-series show. »

- Josh Lasser

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Amazon Studios Confirms Renewal For ‘Alpha House’, Pickup Of Six New Series

31 March 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Amazon Studios today confirmed a second-season pickup of Garry Trudeau’s Washington DC comedy series Alpha House starring John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy as Republican Senators living under one roof. Additionally, the service has officially picked up four of its five primetime pilots as well as two kids pilots to series. That includes Amazon’s first dramas: The After from Chris Carter, marking The X-Files creator’s return to series television, and Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly’s Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. Newly picked up half-hour comedy series include Gael Garcia Bernal starrer Mozart In The Jungle, from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz, and Jill Soloway’s semi-autobiographical Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor. Amazon’s fifth pilot, comedy The Rebels, from Ice Cube and Michael Strahan, was put on hold.There still no final decision on Amazon’s second freshman comedy series Betas. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Amazon picks up six pilots, second season of 'Alpha House'

31 March 2014 6:56 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The Amazon original Alpha House garnered over 6,000 five-star reviews during its first season, and it’s not stopping now: Amazon announced today that the political comedy is getting a second season.

Alpha House is a joy to work on and we’re thrilled that the show’s been renewed by Amazon,” Garry Trudeau, writer and producer of Alpha House, said in a statement. “It’s fun to dance on the leading edge of streaming video, where audiences converge on server farms at all hours, besotted by John Goodman and free two-day shipping.”

Goodman, along with Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and »

- Ariana Bacle

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Prolific Mexican Producer Alex Garcia Is Just Getting Started

28 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mexican producer Alex Garcia’s Ag Studios is ready to break ground later this year on a facility in New Orleans, where it plans to shoot three English-language movies back-to-back-to-back. But that’s just one of several ambitious projects from the 47-year-old Garcia, who has designs set on establishing a wrestling franchise outside Mexico with U.S. partners who include Robert Rodriguez and Mark Burnett, with hopes that their Lucha Libre personae can fuel a Latino Marvel.

It’s quite a leap for Garcia, who, despite having invested some $300 million in nearly 100 pics since 2006, hired a publicist recently not to create buzz, but to stanch it. But now that he’s relocated to Malibu, he’s ready for his closeup.

Garcia launched Ag Studios last year, an umbrella company that has absorbed his entertainment biz-related investments — valued at $500 million — in the U.S. and Latin America. The entity includes a »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Yes We Can! (Make Better Biopics Than Cesar Chavez)

25 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

The Chicano labor leader César Chávez can now join Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela in the pantheon of heroes whose world-altering achievements are dutifully recounted in timid, lifeless films any substitute can pop into the school DVD player when the regular history teacher is out with the flu.

With César Chávez, Mexican director Diego Luna, who co-starred in last year's space fantasy Elysium and explored bi-curiosity with Gael García Bernal in Y Tu Mamá También, seems less interested in making human and revealing cinema than a live-action inspirational poster. When his Chávez stands at the lectern, Luna shoots lead actor Michael Peña from the shoulders up and from the side, gazing beatific »

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‘The Hours With You’ World Preems at Guadalajara

25 March 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If copious audience tears are anything to judge a film by, then Guadalajara Mezcal Prize contender “Las horas contigo,” (The Hours With You), by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, is set to be one of the buzz films at Guadalajara.

Aguilar, who holds an Mfa in screenwriting from the American Film Institute (AFI) and has lived in L.A. the past five years, also penned screenplay. Her mother is Angeles Mastretta whose bestselling novels include “Arrancame la vida,” which helmer/producer Roberto Sneider took to the big screen.

Sneider, who has known Aguilar since she was in her teens, produced “Las horas contigo” after Aguilar showed him her first draft.

“I told her this would be a perfect first film after reading it,” said Sneider, whose other producing credits include “Frida,” “Dos crimenes” and most recently, “Deserted Cities,” which he also penned and helmed, starring Gael Garcia Bernal. Budgeted at $2 million, “Hours »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Divergent goes top, as the Muppets leave Disney scratching their heads

25 March 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

New Ya franchise tries to escape Hunger Games shadow, the Muppets come in a gloomy second, while Wes Anderson is on track for a career best

Divergent storms to the top

The latest wannabe Ya (young adult) franchise from Lionsgate has got off to a fairly good start with the $56m estimated weekend haul. It was never going to beat the $152.5m first weekend of The Hunger Games back in March 2012, which is the obvious, if unfair, comparison. Even Divergent's producer Lucy Fisher hinted at this in my recent interview with her on Screen Daily. Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games books have sold loads more than Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy, while Jennifer Lawrence had a wider exposure heading into The Hunger Games than rising star Shailene Woodley did before the weekend. Fisher even went as far as to say the movies were dissimilar, but that's not true: both »

- Jeremy Kay

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Pablo Larraín Will Direct The Scarface Remake

24 March 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

I’m still not sure who had the bright idea of remaking Scarface, but it’s happening. Originally set to helm was Harry Potter director David Yates, but now it seems like Universal is going in a different direction as The Wrap reports that they’ve hired Chilean director Pablo Larraín.

Best known for the 2012 film No with Gael Garcia Bernal, Larraín isn’t exactly a big name. At least, not yet. Scarface will undoubtedly be his most high-profile gig yet and should help to put him on the map. That’s for certain. As for whether Brian De Palma’s classic gangster film, itself a remake, needs to be remade, is another issue entirely.

Apparently, the plan here is to have the main character be of Mexican origin, with Donnie Brasco scribe Paul Attanasio’s script taking place in Los Angeles. The basic premise will be very similar, with »

- Matt Joseph

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The 'Scarface' Remake Has Found a New Director

24 March 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Last we'd heard about the remake of Scarface, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates was attached to direct. However, Yates' Tarzan film (starring Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgård) got off the ground, taking him out of the running. Universal apparently didn't waste too much time looking for his replacement, however, and now the studio has got him: Pablo Larraín. Don't feel out of the loop if you've never heard of Larraín. He's a Chilean filmmaker whose biggest breakthrough on the American side of things so far has been No, the 2012 historical drama starring Gael García Bernal that was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (it lost to Amour). According to the...

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- Peter Hall

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A 'Scarface' Reboot Might be the Perfect Way to Test Today's Cinema

24 March 2014 12:09 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1932's Scarface, Howard Hawks' prohibition era tale of a gangster's rise and fall was loosely based on the life of Al Capone and starred Paul Muni in the title role. In 1983, Brian De Palma directed a remake from a script by Oliver Stone and starring Al Pacino as a Cuban immigrant. Unlike the first film's focus on bootlegging, this one used cocaine to tell it's story of how power and greed corrupts. Both films are products of their time, both cinematically and socially. Now, another remake is in the works at Universal Pictures with Pablo Larrain (No) aboard to direct with a screenplay from Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) who rewrote David Ayer's (Training Day, End of Watch) original draft. Word is the story will center on a Mexican immigrant and his rise in the criminal underworld, set in present day Los Angeles. The lead character will keep the first name Tony, »

- Brad Brevet

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'No' Director Pablo Larrain Says Yes To Helming 'Scarface' Remake

24 March 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We always knew the "Scarface" remake was coming, with Universal developing the project for a few years now. But we weren't expecting Pablo Larrain to be the one to bring this new vision of gangsterism to the multiplex. The Wrap reports that the filmmaker, mostly known to arthouse types for movies like "Tony Manero," "Post Mortem" and last year's acclaimed "No" starring Gael García Bernal, is in negotiations to direct "Scarface" with a script by "Donnie Brasco" scribe Paul Attanasio. It's certainly a major step up for Larrain whose previous films were modest in size and scope, with the director now set to work on the biggest canvas of his career, jumping right into the Hollywood machine. It can be a tough leap for any filmmaker, so here's hoping Larrain's journey is relatively smooth. However, he is a pretty inspired and exciting choice to take this one, when it could »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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