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“If you encounter any problems you cannot resolve yourselves, you will be assigned children. That usually helps.”
Golden Globe® winner Colin Farrell (In Bruges) and Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz (Best Supporting Actress, The Constant Gardener, 2005) star in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner The Lobster, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on August 2 from Lionsgate. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the director behind the Academy Award®-nominated Dogtooth (Best Foreign Language Film, 2010), this provocative, edgy, and wickedly hilarious film is a story about love, relationships, and societal conformity. Universally loved by critics and audiences alike, The Lobster was a festival favorite when it was released theatrically from A24 and is Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh.
In this highly imaginative, delightfully absurdist comedy, Colin Farrell stars as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, David lives in a society »
- Tom Stockman
Five men on a fishing trip indulge in a competition to rate each other’s lives in Athina Rachel Tsangari’s directionless black comedy
This opaque piece of dry-as-dust black comic absurdism comes from Greek film-maker Athina Rachel Tsangari, a contemporary and associate of Yorgos Lanthimos, whose recent movie The Lobster this vaguely resembles at certain points. It’s described in its promotional material as a “buddy movie without the buddies”. I would call it “La Grande Bouffe, without the sex or food” – although actually there is a bit of sex and food.
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- Peter Bradshaw
In a medium founded on expanding one’s imagination and perception of reality, no genre does it better than science fiction. We’ve come a long way from the days when Georges Méliès took us to the moon, for today’s filmmakers look far beyond our universe and into the deepest corners of our soul to reflect the current society.
With the latest entry in the Star Trek franchise arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s sci-fi films that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.
Check out our top 50 below and let us know your favorites in the comments. We’ve also put the list on Letterboxd to keep track of how many you’ve seen. »
- The Film Stage
Sofia Coppola is set to make her “Bling Ring” followup with a remake of 1971’s Clint Eastwood–starring “The Beguiled,” and she appears to have found her lead. Variety reports that Colin Farrell is in talks to star in the role originated by Eastwood. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning are already onboard.
Dunst starred in Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” and Fanning in “Somewhere,” though Kidman and Farrell have yet to work with the writer/director who first broke through with “The Virgin Suicides” and won an Academy Award for her “Lost in Translation” screenplay. Based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, “The Beguiled” concerns a wounded Union soldier who is rescued by a girl from an all-girl boarding school in Mississippi. Once there, jealousy and deception set in.
- Michael Nordine
The Civil War drama currently stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Coppola (“Lost in Translation,” “Virgin Suicides”) is writing and directing the film. Focus Features is on board as a distributor.
The original “Beguiled,” directed by Don Siegel and based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, followed an injured Yankee soldier (plated by Eastwood) who finds refuge at an all-girls boarding school in the South during the Civil War and cons his way into several lonely women’s hearts.
If Farrell’s deal closes, he would take over the role played by Eastwood in the original.
No production start date has been announced yet.
Farrell is coming »
- Justin Kroll
Twenty-five years ago today the film Boyz n the Hood was released into American theaters to critical and commercial success. Written and directed by John Singleton, then a 23-year-old first-time filmmaker freshly graduated from USC film school, this devastatingly powerful drama chronicles the struggles of black life against a backdrop of urban violence and racial inequality in South Central Los Angeles. The success of Boyz ushered in a new wave of black American cinema, featuring superior performances by Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, and launching the careers of Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Ice Cube, Nia Long, and Regina King. A quarter century since its momentous debut, Boyz prevails as a reminder of the importance of supporting new and diverse filmmakers in telling their unique and oftentimes personal stories.
Boyz’ deeply moving tale about three friends — Tre, Ricky »
- Paola Mardo
When you are Radiohead, you don’t just release an album. Following the bow of their ninth record, A Moon Shaped Pool, in early May, the band commissioned a set of short video vignettes to go alongside a number of the songs.
Featuring Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) directing Denis Levant, High-Rise‘s Ben Wheatley dragging a floating body across rocks, and Submarine director Richard Ayoade shooting what could’ve been a deleted scene from Trash Humpers, each present a distinct interpretation of the respective song.
They’ve now completed the vignettes, although they note that their latest is the final one in the “current series,” so perhaps we can expect another round soon, considering “Burn the Witch,” “Daydreaming,” “Decks Dark,” “Present Tense,” and “True Love Waits” aren’t represented here.
Check them all out in the order the songs appear on the album, followed by a full stream, below:
- Jordan Raup
Thanks to a well-reviewed movie star, Bleecker Street took “Captain Fantastic” to a now-rare, once-common $20,000-plus limited per theater opening. With all well-oiled cylinders at work, Bleecker filled the demand for older-audience films after two failed recent attempts by others at corralling the younger market (“Swiss Army Man” and “The Neon Demon”).
A wider Bollywood release, Salman Khan-starrer “Sultan” (Yash Raj), achieved something few specialized films have managed in recent months: a Top Ten placement despite playing at fewer than 300 theaters.
Meantime, The Orchard’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” expanded again to strong numbers close to last weekend’s. This word-of-mouth hit could play all summer and expand wider. There is still an audience out there: it’s just more selective.
“Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Sundance, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Troubled independent distributor Alchemy has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. bankruptcy court in Delaware.
The move had been expected since last week when reports emerged that the company was taking steps to liquidate its assets.
In its filing, the company said it has $50 million to $100 million in liabilities and $10 million to $50 million in assets. The petition also said Alchemy has between 200 and 999 creditors.
The company recently launched a series of cuts in its work force, leaving Alchemy with about 25 employees. It was the second series of staff reductions this year. Alchemy co-president Kelly Summers left the Los Angeles-based company recently.
The company, formerly known as Millennium Entertainment, relaunched itself as Alchemy early last year and was an aggressive buyer at film festivals. It announced in July that it had acquired ANconnect and Anderson Digital and formed a strategic alliance with Arc Entertainment to act as aggregator for Walmart, »
- Dave McNary
Schumacher to step down after 13 years at UK sales outfit.
According to the London-based sales company, Schumacher is leaving the blue-ribbon outfit to pursue other opportunities. No replacement has been announced.
Commenting on his departure, Schumacher said: “I couldn’t be more grateful for my time with the wonderful people at HanWay who feel like family to me, and for the opportunity to build the business into what it is today. With many changes in the industry and an evolving landscape, I look forward pursuing new opportunities.”
HanWay chairman Jeremy Thomas commented: “I’ve had a very happy 13 years with Thorsten. HanWay is made up of a special group of people who are passionate about films, and »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Thorsten Schumacher, a 13-year veteran of London-based sales company HanWay Films and managing director for the past five years, is exiting the company. No replacement has been announced. The company’s recent slate included last year’s awards-season staples Carol, Brooklyn and Anomalisa, which combined for 10 Oscar nominations. Its current slate appears robust too, including Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Lone Scherfig’s We Happy Few starring Gemma… »
Hanway Films announced the news Thursday, saying Schumacher would be leaving the London-based sales company to pursue “new opportunities.”
“I couldn’t be more grateful for my time with the wonderful people at Hanway who feel like family to me, and for the opportunity to build the business into what it is today,” Schumacher said in a statement. “With many changes in the industry and an evolving landscape, I look forward pursuing new opportunities.”
“I’ve had a very happy 13 years with Thorsten,” said Hanway Chairman Jeremy Thomas. “Hanway is made up »
- Diana Lodderhose
The Us theatrical distributor, with creditors in the Us and Europe, will “pursue an orderly liquidation.”
Troubled Us theatrical distributor Alchemy has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with estimated liabilities of between $50m and $100m and creditors in the Us and Europe.
In a statement on its web site Alchemy said it will “pursue an orderly liquidation” and has released its entire staff.
The company’s bankruptcy filing says Alchemy has estimated assets of between $10m and $50m and creditors including Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Wme Entertainment in the Us, Protagonist Pictures and The Works in the UK, Insomnia World Sales and Artedis in France and Adriana Chiesa Enterprises in Italy.
Alchemy has recently handled the Us distribution of films including Meet The Patels (pictured), with $1.7m the company’s highest grossing release, Gaspar Noe’s Love, Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary and Black Souls (Anime Nere).
Filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos was one of the most widely acclaimed international art film directors of the 20th century, specializing in poetic, political films about contemporary Greece. Now, the Museum of Moving Image in New York will run a complete retrospective of Angelopoulos’ career, the first of its kind in the United States in 25 years. See the trailer for the series below.
Read More: NYC: Sidney Poitier Retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image Kicks Off This Weekend (April 9-17)
Chief Curator David Schwartz says that “as a new generation of Greek filmmakers, including Yorgos Lanthimos and Athina Rachel Tsangari, have reached international prominence, the time is ripe to see Angelopoulos anew, as cinema that reflects on the past while foretelling the turbulent world we are now living in.”
Some of the film in the series include his 1986 breakthrough work “Landscape in the Mist,” about two siblings traveling on their own »
- Vikram Murthi
Radiohead have been showing their cinematic feathers for the promotion of their new album, A Moon Shaped Pool. Paul Thomas Anderson has directed the full length video for “Daydreaming,” while auteurs like Yorgos Lanthimos and Richard Ayoade have been part of the handful of filmmakers brought in to create brief vignettes for various songs on the […]
The post Ben Wheatley Delivers A “Ful Stop” In Yet Another Radiohead Video appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It’s quite the time to be alive if you’re both a cinephile and a Radiohead fan. After teaming up with Paul Thomas Anderson for their full-length “Daydreaming” music video and releasing their ninth studio album “A Moon Shaped Pool” at the beginning of May, the band has been spotlighting individual tracks from the record each Friday in a series of vignettes directed by some of the best indie and foreign film directors working today. Last week, it was “The Lobster” director Yorgos Lanthimos who executed a strange Radiohead vision, and this week it’s genre master Ben Wheatley’s turn.
The vignette, which highlights the song “Ful Stop,” begins with the shot of a hand being dragged across the ground, as if a dead body is being moved. But one important cut and some »
- Zack Sharf
Troubled independent distributor Alchemy is likely to file for bankruptcy protection as early as this week, according to an informed source.
The company recently launched a series of cuts in its work force, leaving Alchemy with about 25 employees. It was the second series of staff reductions this year.
The company, formerly known as Millennium Entertainment, relaunched itself as Alchemy in January 2015 and was an aggressive buyer at film festivals. It announced in July that it had acquired ANconnect and Anderson Digital and formed a strategic alliance with Arc Entertainment to act as aggregator for Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club with 50 new content partners, including Bagdasarian Productions and DreamWorks Animation’s nontheatrical and classics divisions.
- Dave McNary
In its push for more diversity among its ranks, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today issued a record 683 invitations to new members, easily the largest number of new members ever.
The new members are heavily weighted to favor women and people of color - 46% are women, 41% are people of color. Should all elect to join, it would shift the demographic makeup of the Academy from 75 to 73% male, and from 93% to 89% white.
28 Oscar winners and 98 nominees are on the list, while 283 are considered international members. Amongst the high profile names are actors like John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Idris Elba, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Greta Gerwig, Andrew Garfield, Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Johnson, Byung-Hun Lee, Regina King, James Hong, Michelle Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Alicia Vikander, and Damon Wayans Jr.
- Garth Franklin
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSPhoto by Apichatpong WeerasethakulLast weekend came the news that the great experimental filmmaker of At Sea (2007) and Three Landscapes (2013), Peter Hutton, has passed away.Journalist and author Michael Herr has also died, at the age of 76. He is best known in the film world for co-writing Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket and the narration to Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.The first complete New York retrospective in 25 years of Greek auteur Theo Angelopoulos (Landscape in the Mist) will be coming to the Museum of the Moving image in July.Word comes from Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Twitter account that the Palme d'Or-winning Thai director has begun work on his next film following the wonderful Cemetery of Splendour.Recommended VIEWINGThe latest of Radiohead's multimedia promotion of their album A Moon Shaped »
“The Family Fang” follows the adult siblings Baxter and Annie Fang (Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman), the children of Caleb and Camille Fang (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett), two world-famous performance artists who used their young children in surprise, often disturbing public interactive art exhibitions. When Caleb and Camille go missing, Baxter and Annie return to their family home after years of being estranged to investigate their disappearance, and to discover if it’s a ruse or if it’s genuine. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring a performance art piece with a young Caleb and Camille (played by Jason Butler Harner and Kathryn Hahn respectively) berating their children in the park for being terrible at playing music.
- Vikram Murthi
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