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With “Hillsong: Let Hope Rise” opening this week, TheWrap takes a look at 10 of the highest-grossing Christian-based films, adjusted for inflation. “The Nativity Story” (2006) Catherine Hardwicke directed the movie starring Oscar Isaac and Keisha Castle-Hughes. With a budget of $35 million, the film grossed $37.6 million in 2006, which would be $44.8 million today in inflation-adjusted dollars. “Son of God” (2014) The 20th Century Fox film retells the life of Jesus and grossed a domestic total of $59.7 million in 2014, which would be $60.7 million today. “Miracles From Heaven” (2016) The Jennifer Garner film made $61.7 million this year on a budget of $13 million, good for »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
There’s a new music video featuring the beautifully haunting vocals of Thom Yorke, but it’s not from Radiohead.
Yorke has collaborated with English electronic musician Mark Pritchard on the track “Beautiful People,” from Pritchard’s album “Under the Sun.” The music video, which premiered at Sundance’s Next Fest, ran on The Guardian on Thursday.
Directed by documentary filmmaker and cinematographer Michal Marczak, the video follows an unidentifiable person, whose head sometimes features a holograph of Yorke, walking around a strange land that doesn’t appear to be governed by the laws of physics. Marczak has directed three documentaries, including 2012’s “Fuck for Forest” about a bizarre charity that raises money for the environmental by selling home-made erotic movies online.
“Beautiful People” has nothing to do with Radiohead, which last year wrote a tune for the James Bond film “Spectre” that sadly didn’t end up being included in the film, »
- Graham Winfrey
In his introduction to Saturday’s Next Fest screening of Elizabeth Wood’s “White Girl,” Sundance’s Director of Programming Trevor Groth made explicit reference to Catherine Hardwicke’s “Thirteen.” Through these two films made their debut in the indie film world over a decade apart from each other, the careers of Wood and Hardwicke now serves as intriguing parallel case studies. After the screening, both women talked about the genesises of their respective first films, in a conversation moderated by The Daily Beast’s Jen Yamato.
No film can survive without a solid foundation, one that Wood was able to build with a script that drew from personal experience. “White Girl” (a Sundance 2016 alum) follows the story of Leah, a New York college student and midwestern transplant who decides to sell cocaine to help »
- Steve Greene
Every film playing in the 54th New York Film Festival this fall is a must-see in the eyes of Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones, but a handful of titles are particularly indispensable. During a presentation on Tuesday morning unveiling the 25 films that will make up Nyff’s Main Slate, Jones shared some insights into the festival’s selection process.
“We’re not interested in selecting a movie just because we can put stars on the carpet,” Jones said, adding that films thought to be award contenders also carry no additional weight with the festival’s selection committee. “If we started worrying about being viable for awards season, we’d be lost. We’d be throwing away our mission.”
Though certain directors have become Nyff regulars over the years, Jones insisted »
- Graham Winfrey
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has unveiled the 25 films that will make up the Main Slate of this fall’s 54th New York Film Festival, including a number of festival favorites — with plenty of Cannes crossover and Sundance premieres rounding out the list — and a generous dose of early awards contenders. Nyff Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones presented the slate to a select group of press this morning, where he made it clear that he was very proud of a slate that includes a hefty dose of “vital and important works.”
Selections from Cannes include Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning “I, Daniel Blake,” along with Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper” and Cristian Mungiu’s “Graduation” (which tied for Best Director at the festival) and Maren Ade’s already beloved comedy “Toni Erdmann,” which won the Cannes Critics’ Prize. Jim Jarmusch’s Adam Driver-starring “Paterson” will also screen, »
- Kate Erbland
Sundance’s Los Angeles-based Next Fest consistently offers a delightful taste of its headlining festival to the movie lovers of Southern California, all removed from the snow and cold of the winter festival and transplanted into downtown La in the heat of the summer. IndieWire is pleased to exclusively announce the addition of some very special guests to two of the mini-festival’s most exciting conversations, both of which feature two of this year’s most buzzed about festival premieres.
Filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke will join “White Girl” director and screenwriter Elizabeth Wood for a post-screening conversation about Wood’s Sundance breakout. The event will take place on Saturday, August 13 at 4Pm. For Wood, who shocked audiences with her audacious feature debut at this year’s festival, it should be particularly special, as she considers Hardwicke to be one of her filmmaking heroes.
- Kate Erbland
We are pleased to announce the Industry Jury for the ShortList Film Festival, which kicks off August 9 – 23 and streams on TheWrap for two weeks. The 2016 jury includes: Director Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “Lords of Dogtown,” “Thirteen”) Jennifer Levine, President of Production and Literary Management, Untitled Entertainment Bec Smith, agent, United Talent Agency Kevin Iwashina, Founder & CEO, Preferred Content Mark Gill, President, Millenium Films Also Read: TheWrap's ShortList Winner 'Bear Story' Wins Oscar for Best Animated Short Jurors will deliberate and select a top short film from the festival to receive the $5,000 Jury Prize. Presented by PepsiCo’s Creators League Studio and Imax, »
- Wrap Staff
The first-ever North Fork TV Festival has announced it will take place on Saturday, August 20 in Greenport, New York. Presented alongside SeriesFest, the festival will highlight upcoming indie television projects and aim to elevate and draw attention to the innovative minds of television executives, directors, writers and actors from around the globe. The festival is open to the public.
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“New York is the center of so much of what we watch on TV these days, and we want New York to be the area that celebrates the independent producers who are creating much of that content,” said festival founder Noah Doyle in an official statement. “Each year more and more independent TV pilots are finding their way into our homes and into our lives. The North Fork TV Festival aims to bring that independently produced content to the greater New York media market. »
- Zack Sharf
If any of you knew that there was a Maximum Ride movie floating around out there and didn’t tell me, I’ll have you know I’m mad about it. Not like I’ve been following this series for years. And I’m especially mad, given how hilariously awful the first trailer for said movie looks.
I’m still having a hard time believing a Maximum Ride film, directed by someone named Jay Martin, actually exists, given that this property has been in development hell for over a decade, with people like Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke trying to make it happen along the way. There were once plans to do it as a web series, but that idea obviously changed course somewhere in the midst of development (perhaps as Paramount watched shows like Community and Sin City Saints send Yahoo Screen down the tubes).
Based on this trailer, Paramount »
- Isaac Feldberg
Actor-turned-filmmaker Brady Corbet has had an interesting career. While he did TV work on his way up, even from a very early time in his career he was picking good projects. Starting with Catherine Hardwicke‘s “Thirteen” in 2003, by the time 2011 had rolled around he had already starred in films by Michael Haneke, Gregg […]
The post The Movies That Changed My Life: ‘Childhood Of A Leader’ Director Brady Corbet appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Jon Avnet is directing from a script he wrote with Eric Nazarian, adapted from biographical novel by Milton Rokeach. The story follows a doctor (played by Gere) who is treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, each of whom believe they are Jesus Christ.
Highland Film Group is financing and introduced it to international buyers at this years Cannes Film Festival. CAA reps domestic rights.
Avnet will produce through his Brooklyn Films with Aaron Stern alongside Molly Hassell of Hassell Free Productions. Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier will finance and produce through Highland Film Group. CAA is repping domestic rights.
Hope will play an eager young research assistant.
Best known as the muse of Ramsay Bolton who shares his sadistic ideals on “Game of Thrones,” Hope’s past credits include »
- Justin Kroll
Following in the footsteps of alums like Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and Ryan Coogler, eight up-and-coming directors just completed the Sundance Directors Lab. For four weeks these directing fellows worked with actors and production crews to shoot and edit key scenes from their screenplays. Throughout the process they were mentored, working one-on-one with creatives advisors as they made key discoveries about their scripts, collaborated with actors and found a visual storytelling language for their films.
Photo Gallery: Sundance Lab Throwback — Tarantino, Pt Anderson, Cary Fukunaga, Ryan Coogler and Others Workshop Their First Features
Sundance’s creative advisors include an impressive list of great filmmakers and teachers, including Robert Redford himself, who return to Park City to mentor the new class of directors. We recently asked this year’s fellows what was the best piece of advice they received and who gave it to them.
“In working with actors, »
- Chris O'Falt
Be prepared. Write, then rewrite your script until it’s perfect. Shot list, storyboard, create a visual plan for your cinematic universe.
There’s a myth, which often starts in film school and is perpetuated by dissecting the work of great directors, that up-and-coming directors can plan their entire movies in their head. Yet what so often happens when first-time feature directors get to set — and their movie exits their head and becomes reality — is things are totally different than what they imagined. Previous concerns instantly become irrelevant, while problems never imagined become stark realities. Collaborations alter plans and bring new possibilities to the table, but it often becomes impossible to harness and adjust when low budget filmmaking, with its impossibly tight shooting schedule, is a race against the clock.
Photo Gallery: Behind the Scenes of the 2016 Sundance Directors Lab
At the heart of the Sundance Directors Lab is the »
- Chris O'Falt
In an attempt to increase the number of female directors working in the United Kingdom’s film industry, London’s National Film and Television School has announced three new initiatives: a mentorship program for every female student working toward an Ma Directing degree at Nfts, a tuition-free directing workshop for female graduates and/or women with at least three years of professional experience and a paid internship pairing all participants in the workshop with a writer, producer or director.
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Nfts made the announcement at its annual fundraising gala last night. Barbara Broccoli, chair of the fundraising gala and a producer of both “Spectre” and “Skyfall,” said she is “excited by the initiatives announced today to boost the number of female filmmakers but there is more to be done by the industry itself. We women in film, »
- Michael Nordine
Designing Change, the theme of this year’s Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, could not be more appropriate given the spotlight on gender parity and the federal government’s probe into whether there is a pattern of bias against
hiring female directors in Hollywood.
Yet for nearly four years, WIF, which holds its Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday evening, has been conducting an awareness campaign and raising funds for research on the falling-out points for women, leading to the Systemic Change Project that is already showing results.
The project grew out of extensive research and an inaugural summit for 50 professionals held last November in which executives, agents and creatives brought their ideas for solutions to the table, augmented by best practices from medicine, finance, technology and politics.
“The idea was to work together to create change,” says WIF president Cathy Schulman. “The key thing that resulted was to create a peer-to-peer fix-it system. The process has been slow because there hasn’t been peer pressure. The idea is that decision-makers will listen to progressive ideas for change from people they normally listen to, such as studio heads working with agents and producers.”
Director Catherine Hardwicke’s recent experience is a prime example. Within days of the summit, she got a call from a participant that led to a directing job on a DreamWorks television project — and then another gig, executive producing and helming the first two episodes of USA Network’s crime thriller “Eyewitness.”
Programs to Help Female Filmmakers Wif’s programs include monthly screening and speaker series, a finishing fund, scholarship and mentorship programs, and a PSA production program. Goal Wif partners with the Sundance Institute for the Systemic Change Project with actionable goals to achieve gender parity. Wif documents the accomplishments of women in the industry by filming them for its Legacy Series, housed at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. $1.5k Women in Film was founded in 1973 as a nonprofit dedicated to equal opportunities for women. It has 1,500 members. $75k Wif awards eight to 15 grants annually, totaling $50,000-$75,000 and eight scholarships for amounts from $2,000 to $25,000. +7k Wif’s social media campaign #52FilmsByWomen has more than 7,000 people committed to watching a female-made film every week and posting about it. 200 The Finishing Fund awards millions in cash and in-kind services to over 200 films internationally. 100 Up to 80-100 members are mentored yearly by pros.
“I’m sure that all this noise and excitement made it easier for me to get approved,” she says. “People want to be on the right side of history and do something positive instead of getting shamed in the media, like the article revealing there were no women directors on several studios’ upcoming release schedules. All this attention is great and it’s making
people think twice — and some people are already taking action.”
On the set of HBO’s “Vinyl,” director S.J. Clarkson worked with a crew of about 50% women — for the first time in her directing career. “There’s a risk aversion in this business and women get caught in that. It’s been a systemic problem, partially because of a lack of role models, which is discouraging,” she says. “But women should not accept limitations.”
Helmer Lesli Linka Glatter agrees, saying, “You have to be incredibly tenacious and everyone needs a hand. Everyone needs the door to be opened a little bit and any person who is working, male or female, has had someone grab the hand and help. And that’s what the women that are working have to do.
“And the men! I’ve been incredibly mentored by men as well, you have to do that. I’ve had so many mentors along the way but one of the first people who really sat down with me was (director) George Miller. I met him in Tokyo when I was living there and he was one of the first people who really gave me a helping hand. I got to thank him this year, which was amazing.”
Change is slow, but is coming, she says. “I think we’re at a tipping point now.”
Television writer Marjorie David has also seen change since the days when it was considered progressive to have one woman scribe in a room. “People do respond to consciousness-raising and external pressure,” says David, a Wgaw board member who is on NBC’s upcoming “Taken.” “Most people now are very aware that a diverse staff is a better staff, making the atmosphere better and more creative. What we need to do is open the door even more.”
“It feels like the conversation has changed and that we’re at a tipping point — like there was for gay marriage,” says Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”), the only woman nominated in the feature film directing categories at this year’s DGA Awards. “I hope the needle will move and we won’t have just article after article about this and then nothing happens.”
Schulman also feels optimistic about change. “My colleagues are hearing for the first time interest in hiring women not just for gender-specific content or lead characters,” she says.
- Hillary Atkin
Kristen Stewart could not have looked any more beautiful when she arrived at the annual Thirst Gala in Beverly Hills on Monday night. The actress - who recently returned from the South of France - turned heads in a sexy lace dress and was all smiles as she posed for photos with Governor's Award recipient Catherine Hardwicke and Thirst Project CEO Seth Maxwell. The annual event - which raises funds to provide safe water sources in developing nations - also brought out Lance Bass, who took to Instagram to share a photo of him and Kristen, writing, "With #KristenStewart at the #ThirstGala for @ThirstProject -honoring amazing people fighting the world's #WaterCrisis." While the American Honey actress attended the fete solo, she was seen holding hands with ex-girlfriend Alicia Cargile just last month. Keep reading for more of Kristen, then look back at all the people she's dated. »
- Monica Sisavat
28 years ago today, Tom Hanks and Penny Marshall delivered us the sweet and charming story of a 12-year-old who wished to be big. It was on June 3, 1988 that Big opened in theaters. It was the film that solidified Hanks as a major Hollywood talent and earned him his first Oscar nomination. Big is also significant for being one of the earlier success stories for a female director. It was the first feature film directed by a woman to gross over $100 million at the box office. Other notable June 3 happenings in pop culture history: • 1955: Marilyn Monroe film The Seven Year Itch opened in theaters. • 1969: Star Trek, the original series, concluded on NBC. • 1983: WarGames opened in U.S. theaters, after premiering out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. • 1987: The Untouchables opened in theaters. • 1992: During his presidential campaign, Bill Clinton played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show. »
- Emily Rome
We Do It Together, a nonprofit production company, has announced the short-film omnibus "Together Now" as its inaugural feature. Each segment will be directed by and starring a woman, with Robin Wright, Catherine Hardwicke, Katia Lund, Patricia Riggen, Haifaa Al Mansour, Malgorzata Szumowska and Melina Matsoukas slated to direct. Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche, meanwhile, have been confirmed as the first two actresses. Read More: Federal Investigation Launched Into Hollywood's Lack of Gender Equality Female empowerment will serve as the overarching theme of the project, with each individual segment being shot in a different country. Carol Polakeff, Shelby Stone and Chiara Tilesi are producing "Together Now," which begins shooting this July. Wdit in general and this film in particular are aimed toward closing the gender gap and achieving at least a semblance of parity — male filmmakers outnumber their female counterparts in Hollywood by 9-to-1. Read More: »
- Michael Nordine
Non-profit production company We Do It Together has set its first feature project, Together Now. An omnibus of short films, it will see each segment directed by a woman with a prominent actress in a lead role. Robin Wright, Catherine Hardwicke, Katia Lund, Patricia Riggen, Haifaa Al Mansour, Malgorzata Szumowska and Melina Matsoukas will each helm one of the seven installments. Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche are the first two actresses confirmed. The theme will be… »
Robin Wright, Catherine Hardwicke, Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche are joining forces for a new omnibus film Together Now, to be produced by the nonprofit production company We Do It Together. The company’s first feature, Together Now, will be comprised of seven short films, each of which will pair a woman director with a prominent actress to tell what producers promise will be an inspiring story. The directors who have come on board include Wright, Hardwicke, Katia Lund (All the Invisible Children), Patricia Riggen (The 33), Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda), Malgorzata Szumowska (Elles) and Melina Matsoukas (Beyonce’s Formation). Pinto and
- Gregg Kilday
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