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Over the past several months, networks have been making major decisions about what shows will be granted another season. Which shows will return this Fall? Which comedies and dramas are getting one final season? What is disappearing into the night, never to be seen again? Take a look below to find out the fate of your favorite shows, and if it's not on this list, it's probably on our previous scorecard! Image Source: Netflix What's Been Renewed ABC Once Upon a Time: Just ahead of its highly anticipated 100th episode, the fantasy series has been picked up for its sixth season. Scandal: The heart-stopping political drama will return for a sixth season. Grey's Anatomy: The iconic medical drama is officially coming back for season 13! How to Get Away With Murder:: This crazy-addictive, insane show will be covering up murders for a third season. Modern Family: ABC's »
- Maggie Pehanick
Bingham Bryant: "The intimations of ghosts - that was a strange self-fulfilling prophecy." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Matías Piñeiro, Jean-Luc Godard, Shakespeare, Hermia & Helena, Kobo Abe, Edgar Allan Poe, Marcel Proust, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, the Brothers Grimm, plus Jake Perlin, Andrew Adair, and Tyler Brodie of the Cinema Conservancy haunted my conversation with For The Plasma writer/co-director Bingham Bryant.
Helen (Rosalie Lowe) monitors forest fires while living in a house in Maine and invites her acquaintance Charlie (Anabelle LeMieux) to keep her company and be her assistant. Deadpan Mainer lighthouse keeper Herbert (Tom Lloyd), a dead bat, four living crabs, a couple of Japanese businessmen (Ryohei Hoshi and James Han), and a few phone calls pop up to structure the narrative flow in Bryant and Kyle Molzan's Poe-tic For The Plasma.
"It is very tale-like because it creates just a suspension because of the loop. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Our new contributor Daniel Walber is taking the 4th of July off but I wanted to take this wee break from his column "The Furniture," to sing its praises. When he first pitched the series I requested only that it be really focused, not solely Oscar-nominated specific (so much brilliant work isn't honored each year, after all), and that we alternate contemporary and classic cinema so there's something for everyone. But the series is all him. It's been a joy to read each week and the exact type of thing I've long wanted to do for my favorite craft category costume design. He beat me to it but I find it inspiring and am looking forward anew to our coverage of the below-the-line Oscar categories this year.
If you haven't yet read any of these episodes, I think you'll learn something about the cinema and the power of production design to enhance a theme, »
- NATHANIEL R
Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.
Watch a clip from Quentin Tarantino‘s commencement speech at AFI this year:
At BFI, Pedro Almodóvar on 13 great Spanish films that inspired him, and watch a video on his use of circles:
Blancanieves is one of the peaks in recent Spanish cinema, but had the bad luck to be released a year after The Artist (2011), a silent film that triumphed the world over. Pablo Berger had in fact decided years earlier to film his personal take on the Brothers Grimm fairytale as a black-and-white silent; the result is heartrendingly beautiful. »
- The Film Stage
Pedro Almodóvar is arguably the most influential Spanish filmmaker working today, but no auteur is an island. The Academy Award winner (Best Original Screenplay for “Talk to Her,” who also won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for “All About My Mother,” has compiled a list of Spanish movies that inspire him for the British Film Institute, with choices ranging from “The Executioner” to “Poachers.” Check out the full list below.
“‘Calle Mayor’ is a major work that has not only stood the test of time but has consolidated its reputation.”
“It Happened in Broad Daylight” (“El cebo,” 1958)
“‘El cebo’ is one of the few examples of a film in which a diverse mix of nationalities and talents crystallises into something beautiful and personal.”
“The Executioner” (“El verdugo,” 1963)
“‘The Executioner »
- Michael Nordine
Following its critically-acclaimed world premiere at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, Claude Barras’s French stop-motion feature “My Life as a Courgette” scooped the audience prize and the Crystal award for best animated feature at the 40th Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.
Written by sceenwriter/director Celine Sciamma (“Girlhood,””Tomboy”) and based on a novel, “Courgette” is about an orphan trying to adapt to life in a group home.
The film has been sold by Indie Sales in most key territories. A U.S. deal is in advanced negotiations. Gebeka Films will release “Courgette” in France.
Sébastien Laudenbach’s feature debut “The Girl Without Hands,” meanwhile, won the jury prize. Loosely based on a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers, “The Girl,” which features a minimalist animation style inspired by Chinese calligraphy, centers on a struggling miller who sells his daughter to the Devil amid harsh times. Protected by her purity, the »
- Elsa Keslassy
Two new pieces of theater, a branded content web series, and a short film are available in Backstage’s casting notices today. Check them out below! New Play Based On Grimms’ “The Maiden Without Hands”This devised new work from Art House Productions is an immersive theatrical experience based on a Brothers Grimm tale, taking place in September at a to-be-announced location. The production is seeking ensemble members—skill with a string or percussion instrument is a plus but not required—and auditions will be held June 25 and 30 in Jersey City, New Jersey. “Taste Test, The Series”A new app startup called Taste Wine Co., is launching a branded content series online where they’ll interview interesting people about their tastes! The project is looking for talented hosts and “tasters,” the latter of which involves sipping wine on camera. This could be a chance for you to score some high-quality footage for your reel, »
The actor on her new film, a fairytale for adults, her creepy character in Happy Valley and feeling lost in drama school
Shirley Henderson, 50, has starred in numerous television, film and theatre productions, including Wonderland, Topsy-Turvy, Happy Valley, Southcliffe and Hamish Macbeth. She plays Jude in the Bridget Jones films, and Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter franchise. She studied drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and lives in Fife with her partner. Her new film, Tale of Tales, is directed by the Italian Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Reality) and also stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones. It’s based on a trio of Neapolitan poet Giambattista Basile’s ancient fantasy morality tales, which predate the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Henderson plays Imma, an old woman who yearns to be like her sister, Dora, who has been transformed by magic into a beautiful young maiden, who has beguiled the king.
Tale of Tales is Matteo Garrone’s first English-speaking film. How did you find working with him?
Fascinating. Obviously there’s a language barrier, but he knows enough. He doesn’t tell you too much until you begin, then he’s very clear about what he wants. It was an Italian set, and you think everybody’s shouting at you, but they’re not – it’s just a hyped-up atmosphere. He’s very exciting to work with and I’d jump at the chance again.
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- Interview by Barbara Ellen
An ogre snaps the necks of his victims and casts them aside like empty clam shells. A queen chomps messily on the scarlet heart of a sea monster. A sexually insatiable king finds an elderly woman in his bed and has her thrown out of the window and into the treetops without a second thought. As these vignettes suggest, the Italian phantasmagoria Tale of Tales is as different from a Hollywood fairy story like Snow White and the Huntsman as a snuff movie is from a perfume commercial. Fairytales in cinema have been earthy and sexual before, but they have never been rendered with quite the level of realism found in this sumptuous, grotesque adaptation of the 17th-century yarns of Neapolitan poet Giambattista Basile.
Admired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, but nastier than they ever dared to be, Basile is the godfather of the modern fairytale. Talking of godfathers, it is Matteo Garrone, director of the mould-breaking 2008 mafia thriller Gomorrah, who is responsible for bringing Basile’s world to the screen. It seems unlikely that the maker of a mob movie, which made audiences look at a familiar topic with fresh eyes thanks to its unflinching grittiness, should end up in this land of monsters, giants and enchanted forests.
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- Ryan Gilbey
Marking the long-anticipated feature debut of French animator Sébastien Laudenbach, a much-awarded shorts director known for his sense of line and poetry, “The Girl Without Hands” is a minimalist but artistically complex rendering of a lesser-known Grimm Brothers tale. It’s created in a striking graphic style that is light years from commercially popular toon-making, and one not usually sustained over a feature-length film. Each shimmering frame is composed of multiple layers of diverse drawing and painting techniques and washes of color combined with 2D computer animation. The delicate, pulsating brushstrokes, plus characters depicted as barely complete line drawings, thus limiting expressiveness, make it a poor fit for younger children — or anyone with a glimmer of a headache. Indeed, this is uncompromising, hand-crafted art best appreciated by teen and adult animation connoisseurs. It represents a marketing challenge for distributor Gkids, which picked up the film after it opened Cannes’ Acid program. »
- Alissa Simon
Plus: Adopt takes Ucr entry Beyond The Mountains And Hills: Oscilloscope snaps up two.
Gkids has picked up North American rights from Pyramide International to the animation The Girl Without Hands following the film’s premiere market screening in Cannes.
The film will screen at the Annecy International Animation Festival in June and is an adult fairytale based on a story by the Brothers Grimm.
Adopt Films has acquired all Us rights from The Match Factory to Eran Kolirin’s Un Certain Regard selection Beyond The Mountains And Hills and plans a “broad theatrical release” in the first quarter of 2017.Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired Us rights from Cinephil to Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s debut feature documentary Notes On Blindness.The film premiered in Sundance where it was accompanied by a Vr experience Into Darkness. Oscilloscope will release the film in theatres later this year.Oscilloscope has also acquired worldwide rights to Anna Biller’s fantasy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Uncovering the creepily sinister truth of a world you thought you knew can be a harrowing and frightening experience for anyone, even for those who thought they have already contended with their most malevolent emotions. Ethan Peck is struggling to cope with those dire sentiments as he encounters an entirely new, dark vision of the classic Brothers Grimm adventure of ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ To honor the actor’s new film, ‘The Curse of Sleeping Beauty,’ and the gripping new reality his character is forced to confront, Shockya has an exclusive clip from the thriller. ‘The Curse of Sleeping Beauty,’ which opened in select theaters last Friday, May 13, is receiving a wider [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
GKids has bought all North American rights to the animated feature “The Girl Without Hands” following the film’s premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film has already been announced to appear in competition at the Annecy International Animation Festival in June.
The story is set in hard times, with a miller selling his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes from the Devil who, in revenge, deprives her of her hands.
Eric Beckman said, “Dave and I were both blown away. The film has an utterly transporting beauty and poetry, »
- Dave McNary
Big spoilers lie ahead for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Whichever side of the imaginary rivalry you fall into, there's no denying that when it comes to movies, DC has got some catching up to do. In the same year as Marvel Studios released their first major crossover, The Avengers, Warner Bros released The Dark Knight Rises, the final chapter in Christopher Nolan's acclaimed Batman trilogy, which was firmly grounded in the notion that Bruce Wayne is the world's only superhero.
Nolan's disinterest in the larger DC toybox left Warners a few steps behind Disney and Marvel, especially after the failure of 2010's Jonah Hex and 2011's Green Lantern, the latter of which was intended as the first step into a wider universe. »
Hollywood keeps trying to make dark fairy tales happen (Red Riding Hood/Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), but after The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty, it might be time to give up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for innocence lost. Who doesn’t love a good Christmas horror movie that transforms joy into fear? Granted, this adaptation of Sleeping Beauty is based on “Little Brier-Rose” by the Brothers Grimm, so deviousness is expected – but not to the degree Pearry Teo delivers. Disney’s whimsy long fades once Teo exposes the true horrors of a long-slumbering girl, yet this genre attempt struggles to find sinister definition, and might be droll enough to lull even the titular Beauty back to sleep.
Teo’s film opens on a desert landscape, as Thomas (Ethan Peck) walks towards a bed curtained by wavy sheets. A young woman lays dead asleep, who Thomas approaches, »
- Matt Donato
From Kino Lorber: “Coming August 16th on DVD and Blu-ray!
Brand New 2016 HD Master!
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)
• Audio Commentary with Film Historian David Del Valle and Film Scholar Nathaniel Bell
Synopsis (via Blu-ray.com): “This is a retelling of the old tale of Hansel and Gretel, but set in England in the 1920’s. To the children and staff at the orphanage, Auntie Roo is a kindly American widow who gives them a lavish Christmas party each year in her mansion, Forrest Grange. In reality, she is a severely disturbed woman, who keeps the mummified remains of her little daughter in a nursery in the attic. One Christmas, her eye falls upon a little girl »
- Tamika Jones
Edward, the pale, lovable creature with scissors for hands can be in your home—in statue form anyway—by the end of this year courtesy of Hollywood Collectibles Group. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: a Dementia Blu-ray clip, details on the L.A. screening of Fender Bender, Monsterland DVD / Digital release details, and a Q&A with The Curse of Sleeping Beauty director Pearry Teo.
Presented in 1:4 scale, Edward features an amazingly detailed costume and scissor hands, capturing every intricate detail of this incredible outfit.
Edward stands an impressive 24” tall on his elaborate movie themed display base,
As with all Hollywood Collectibles pieces, this Museum quality statue is constructed from heavyweight poly stone and mixed media and then individually hand painted to the finest detail.
- Tamika Jones
Admit it -- somewhere along the way, a kids' movie gave you a grown-up fright, whether from the wolfish Gmork in "The Neverending Story" or a glammed-out David Bowie and his band of baby-stealing Muppets in "Labyrinth." That's because underneath a fuzzy layer of singalongs and talking animals, there's usually a layer of harsh reality. It's a sweet way for kids to learn not-so-sweet lessons, kind of like giving them bubble gum-flavored cough syrup.
But the rabbit hole goes deeper. Some of our biggest and brightest children's stories -- movies, that is -- actually tell tales that started out in the adult realm. And if you've ever had a job with a manager, had to learn what a tax write-off is, or one day found yourself reading the Nutrition Facts on your food , you know the adult realm is a very, very scary place. Here are the movies that go there, »
- Dan Ketchum
Over the years I've really enjoyed some of writer/director Pearry Reginald Teo's work. His stories are always interesting and unique and though on occasion the projects feel like they're the work of a director with vision who just hasn't quite reached his peak yet, it was only a matter of time before Teo's vision really came through on screen and The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is the pinnacle of the director's work to date.
A re-imagining of "Little Briar Rose" originally recorded by the Brothers Grimm, Teo's story concept, which was expanded on by screen writer Josh Nadler, is one of the better screen adaptations of the classic fairy tale, keeping the dark fantasy alive while infusing a completely new take on the material in the form of a mystery with tinges of horror.
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Stars: Ethan Peck, India Eisley, Natalie Hall, Bruce Davison, James Adam Lim, Scott Alan Smith, Zack Ward, Mim Drew, Dallas Hart, Madelaine Petsch, Anna Harr | Written by Pearry Teo, Josh Nadler | Based on the comic by Everette Hartsoe | Directed by Pearry Teo
If there’s one director whose films I will watch without hesitation or question, it’s Pearry Teo. In fact his filmic career is actually one that is key to mine. His second film, the 2009 fear flick Necromentia (which I still think out-Hellraiser’d Hellraiser itself), was one of the first films I ever reviewed professionally; and I’ve reviewed each and every one of his films since. Why? Because of the impact his twisted vision in Necromentia had on me and because no matter the story, no matter the budget, Teo always finds something interesting, admittedly often dark, to do with the subject matter.
- Phil Wheat
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