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Brendan Fraser’s mummy-killing days may be behind him, but Encino Man will rise again. The actor has just been announced as the villain in “The Field,” a Bollywood gangster drama marking the directorial debut of Rohit Karn Batra. He’s set to star as a gun-runner named Charu whose “illicit dealings with the Indian underworld wedges him in the middle of the family implosion.”
Ray Liotta was initially attached the project when first it was announced in 2014, but alterations to the screenplay led to personnel changes as well. “The more the script evolved,” said Batra, “the more obvious it became Brendan was the best choice for the idiosyncratic role of Charu. For a director to explore this journey with him in a place like India is nothing less than a once in a lifetime opportunity.” India isn’t as well known to the outside world for its hard-hitting genre fare as it is for its musicals, but anyone who’s seen Anurag Kashyap’s five-hour “Gangs of Wasseypur” knows that “The Field” won’t be the first mob movie to emerge from Bollywood.
Read More: Review: Indian Mob Epic ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ Reinvents the Bollywood Gangster Pic with Pop Panache
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- Michael Nordine
Exclusive: President Tannaz Anisi and her team have returned from the Croisette following a slew of deals on two of the company’s prestige titles.
Los Angeles-based 13 Films has sold action title Extortion starring Barkhad Abdi, Eion Baily and Danny Glover to Ascot Elite Entertainment for Germany, Signature Entertainment for the UK and Interfilm Co. for Japan.
Further deals closed in Spain (Corbi Media), Greece, Indonesia and Turkey (Tanweer), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), China (DDDream), South Korea (Sookie Pictures), and the Philippines (Ocotarts).
The film is in the final stages of post and made its market screening debut in Cannes. Phil Volken directs Extortion from his screenplay about a vacationing doctor who must find his kidnapped family after they are stranded on an island. Bethany Joy Lenz also stars.
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Robert De Niro’s career will be celebrated as part of the Cannes Film Festival’s stellar array when he appears in person for a special world premiere screening of his forthcoming boxing saga Hands Of Stone.
The film, which will be shown at a special screening on 16 May in the Grand Theatre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, tells of the Panamanian fighter Roberto Duran (played by Edgar Ramirez), whose career peaked with his legendary fights with Sugar Ray Leonard. De Niro plays his coach and manager, Ray Arcel.
De Niro describes the film as “uplifting, triumphant, providing a good time for audiences.” He added: “I am so excited about coming back to Cannes, especially with this film, of which I am so proud.” De Niro »
- Richard Mowe
Cannes Film Festival adds Jonathan Jakubowicz-directed boxing drama to Official Selection.
Robert De Niro is to return to the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22) for the world premiere of boxing drama Hands Of Stone. The film has been added to Cannes’ Official Selection as part of the Special Screenings strand and the festival will use the premiere to pay tribute to De Niro.
The Raging Bull star, who was president of the Cannes jury in 2011, has stepped back into the ring for the true story of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duràn (Edgar Ramírez). De Niro plays manager and coach Ray Arcel, who took Duràn to worldwide success in the 1970s and ’80s, which included legendary fights against Sugar Ray Leonard (played by music star Usher).
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Paris – Jonathan Jakubowicz’s “Hands of Stone,” one of The Weinstein Company’s biggest swings of 2016, will receive an Official Selection Special Screening at this year’s Cannes Festival as a tribute to Robert De Niro.
The May 16 Screening will be held in the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Theatre Lumière. Produced, distributed and sold internationally by The Weinstein Company, “Hands of Stone” tracks the rise to glory of Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez) and his celebrated fights with Sugar Ray Leonard. De Niro plays this manager and coach, Ray Arcel.
“I’m excited to be coming back to Cannes especially with this movie ‘Hands of Stone’ that I’m so proud of,” said De Niro. “This movie is uplifting, triumphant and a good time for audiences, so I’m looking forward to seeing my friends from across the world of cinema in joining us for this fun event. »
- John Hopewell
By now, most of us know the story of Mad Max director George Miller and his never-realized Justice League project. But did you know there was another famous film he almost went on to direct for Warner Bros.? Some of us may never get over what Justice League: Mortal could have been. Perhaps the pain will be less acute over this new information, considering the final product was a relatively well-received movie. Miller (along with Roland Joffé) were at one point set to direct Contact. Ultimately directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), 1997's Contact starred Jodie Foster as Dr. Eleanor Arroway, a Seti scientist whose long search for alien life leads to actual discovery and more doubt than she's every experienced in life. It also starred Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, James Woods, John Hurt, and Angela Bassett. The film changed a bit from Carl Sagan »
- Jill Pantozzi
90210 alum Trevor Donovan has been cast in Million Dollar Quartet (working title), Cmt's upcoming eight-episode scripted drama inspired by the Broadway musical. Produced by Leslie Greif and directed by Roland Joffé, Million Dollar Quartet is a period drama timed to the historic 60th anniversary of the famous recording sessions featuring icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Donovan will play Eddy Arnold, one of the most popular country… »
Keir O’Donnell (Fargo, American Sniper) has booked a series regular role in Million Dollar Quartet (working title), Cmt's upcoming eight-episode scripted drama inspired by the Broadway musical. Produced by Leslie Greif and directed by Roland Joffé, Million Dollar Quartet is a coming-of-age story set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, and tells the true story of young musicians Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee… »
Mike & Molly star Billy Gardell is taking a dramatic turn for his followup to the CBS comedy series. Gardell is set as one of the leads opposite Chad Michael Murray in Million Dollar Quartet (working title), Cmt's upcoming eight-episode scripted drama inspired by the Broadway musical. Produced by Leslie Greif and directed by Roland Joffé, Million Dollar Quartet is a coming-of-age story set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, and tells… »
Film editor who won an Oscar for his work on The Killing Fields
The film editor Jim Clark, who has died aged 84, was justly celebrated among British and American film-makers. Normally it is the fate of a film editor – someone who plays an essential aesthetic and technical part in the creation of a film – to be ignored by the general public and even critics. But in 2011 Clark blew his anonymous cover by publishing Dream Repairman: Adventures in Film Editing, a lively and revelatory memoir of his days in the cutting room working on movies by, notably, John Schlesinger, Stanley Donen, Mike Leigh and Roland Joffé. It was his editing of two films by the latter – The Killing Fields (1984) and The Mission (1986) – that gained him an Oscar and an Oscar nomination respectively. He also won Baftas for the same two movies. In 2005, Clark received a lifetime career achievement award from the American Cinema Editors organisation. »
- Ronald Bergan
Viacom’s Cmt said it would double the amount of original programming it has on the air, launching a new summer concert tentpole event and try to strike a chord with new kinds of scripted series such as “Still the King,” a comedy starring Billy Ray Cyrus, and “Million Dollar Quartet,” a series about the world of 1950s Memphis, where the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll came of age.
“We are looking at country as a state of mind,” said Anthony Barton, Cmt senior VP of marketing and creative, in an interview. “There is a sense of quality and craft that starts with the music.”
The new “Concert of the Summer” will take viewers inside the sheer scale of a stadium concert, said Brian Philips, president of Cmt. “It’s the biggest thing we will do all year, and that’s what we want to document.” Executives wanted to chronicle »
- Brian Steinberg
Jim Clark, who won an Oscar for editing Roland Joffé’s “The Killing Fields” and was also nominated for his work on the director’s film “The Mission,” died in the U.K. on Feb. 25. He was 84 and had been ill for some time.
News of his death was announced by the Guild of British Film and TV Editors on Feb. 26.
His credits also include Stanley Donen’s “Charade” (1963); John Schlesinger’s “Darling” (1965), “The Day of the Locust” (1975) and “Marathon Man” (1976); Michael Apted’s “Agatha” (1979), “Nell” (1994) and Bond film “The World Is Not Enough”; Michael Caton-Jones’ “Memphis Belle” (1990) and “City by the Sea” (2002); and Mike Leigh’s “Vera Drake” (2004) and “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008).
In addition to the Schlesinger films listed above, he did uncredited work on the director’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” and served as a creative consultant on the helmer’s 1969 classic “Midnight Cowboy.”
Clark received the American Cinema »
- Carmel Dagan
Jim Clark, who won both an Oscar and BAFTA for his film editing work on Roland Joffe's The Killing Fields, has died. He was 85. The news was announced by The Guild of British Film and TV Editors, which said Clark had been ill for some time. "He was a likeable and respected man and will be missed especially by Laurence his wife," said John Grover, the Guild's vice chairman, who had known Jim for many years. Born in 1931, Clark cut his teeth as an assistant editor at the famed Ealing Studios in London, where he found himself
- Alex Ritman
Jim Clark, the Oscar-winning film editor, has died aged 85 following an illness.
The Guild of British Film and Television Editors (Gbfte), of which Clark was a founding editor, released a statement describing Clark as a “likeable and respected man” who “will be missed especially by Laurence his wife.”
Clark’s glittering career encompassed more than 40 films, including his Oscar and BAFTA-winning work on Roland Joffé’s 1984 war drama The Killing Fields and his BAFTA-winning work on the same director’s historical drama The Mission.
Additional credits included John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy, on which he was a creative consultant, and more recently as editor for James Bond film The World Is Not Enough and Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake.
Clark detailed some of his colourful experiences in the well-received 2011 memoir Dream Repairman: Adventures in Film Editing.
The career of Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who on Feb. 26 will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has few — if any — parallels in the history of film music.
The composer for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “The Mission,” “The Untouchables,” “Cinema Paradiso” and an estimated 375 other feature films (not to mention another 90 or so TV projects) is perhaps the most prolific in Western cinema.
He is also among the most respected. Filmmakers from Terrence Malick to John Boorman, Mike Nichols to Barry Levinson, Roman Polanski to Bernardo Bertolucci, Roland Joffe to Brian De Palma, have sought him out to contribute to their films.
Reached at his home in Rome, he says via interpreter, that receiving the star is “a great accolade,” adding, “I can only anticipate how I’m going to feel when I’m there in L.A.”
It’s just the latest honor for the 87-year-old maestro. »
- Jon Burlingame
A mystical tribal shaman leads two western explorers through his disappearing world, in this psychedelic, politically tinged Colombian adventure
“You are nothing but a white!” So shouts indigenous Amazonian shaman Karamakate (Nilbio Torres) to the seemingly on-the-level but still suspicious German scientist/explorer Theodor (Jan Bijvoet) in Ciro Guerra’s enthralling, politically tinged, psychedelic, historical adventure film Embrace of the Serpent. Reversing the perspective of more familiar movies such as Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo or Roland Joffé’s The Mission, Embrace of the Serpent’s snaky crawl up the river investigates imperialism’s cultural pollution from the inside out, with the mystical Karamakate as a reluctant tour guide in two time periods.
One of the film’s many exciting features is how it slowly cuts between parallel expeditions. Theodor, accompanied by a westernised local, arrives in a canoe, sick with fever. Begrudgingly, the loincloth-wearing Karamakate nurses him back to health »
- Jordan Hoffman
The 2016 European Film Market isn’t without star power. Richard Gere toplines the Protagonist Pictures-sold psychological drama “The Dinner,” from Oren Moverman; Adam Driver (Rylo Ken to “Star Wars” fans) stars in Jim Jarmusch comedy “Paterson” from K5 Intl.; James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander grace Wim Wender’s “Submergence,” from Embankment.
But as indie film execs are getting ready for the market, which runs concurrently with the Berlin Intl. Film Festival from Feb. 11 to 21, nobody expects to see a bonanza of English-language star-laden vehicles for sale.
Blame the market forces within the international indie biz. In 2012, multiple sales companies launched as institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals moved into independent film finance — and needed sales agents to match equity with pre-sales. »
- John Hopewell
Exclusive: The sales agent has come on board to handle international rights excluding Greece to the romantic drama starring J.K Simmons.
Worlds Apart will get is market premiere in Berlin and comprises three romantic tales, each between a foreigner and a local, that weave together against the backdrop of the financial crisis ravaging southern Europe.
The 13 Films slate includes The Archbishop And The Antichrist starring Forrest Whittaker and Vince Vaughn to be directed by Roland Joffé, and thriller A Patch Of Fog starring Stephen Graham and Conleth Hill that premiered in Toronto.
The company is also selling supernatural thriller Voice From The Stone starring Emilia Clarke and Marton Csokas in post, action title Extortion with Eion Bailey, Barkhad Abdi and Danny Glover, and the comedy Chronically Metropolitan starring Chris Noth, Mary-Louise Parker, [link »
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The movie maestro told his wife he’d stop scoring films at 40. But, at 87, he’s just scooped an Oscar nomination for The Hateful Eight. He talks Tarantino, screen violence – and making his musicians suffer
Ennio Morricone was rehearsing his latest concert when news came in that his score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight had been nominated for an Oscar. “I was stood in front of a big orchestra, with 90 musicians and 90 people of the choir,” says the 87-year-old maestro. “Everyone started clapping, and then a standing ovation. It was a nice sensation, and also a pleasant surprise because I didn’t expect to be nominated.”
It’s not the first time the soundtrack giant has received an Oscars nod: this is his sixth nomination, although he has never previously won. Even his masterpiece for Roland Joffé’s 1986 film The Mission lost out to Herbie Hancock’s jazz arrangements on Round Midnight, »
- Tim Jonze
Rome – Italy on Monday cheered Ennio Morricone’s Golden Globe victory for composing the original score for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” which marks the maestro’s first original score for a Tarantino pic, and his first for a Western in decades.
“Maestro Morricone, always a certainty. A source of pride for Italy,” tweeted Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.
Culture Czar Dario Franceschini praised Morricone as a “giant who has made Italian music and movies great all over the world,” also in a tweet.
Morricone, who is 87, has more than 500 movie credits to this name including scores for Sergio Leone’s so-called “Dollars Trilogy” – “A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West,” ” Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables,” Barry Levinson’s “Bugsby,” and Roland Joffe’s “The Mission,” are among other standouts, »
- Nick Vivarelli
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