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The popularity of foreign talent in Hollywood movies and TV series has sparked a shakeup at U.S. agencies, incentivizing them to team up with their counterparts across the globe. Most non-American stars now have two or three agents worldwide who work together on everything from reading scripts to negotiating contracts. And most important, they are willing to split commissions.
digital auditions. From UTA’s Beverly Hills base, Peters reps foreign talent such as Sweden’s Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”), Denmark’s Pilou Asbaek (“Ben-Hur”), France’s Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”) and Charlotte Le Bon (“The Hundred-Foot Journey”), a Canadian who now lives in France.
Michael Douglas recently noted that Brits and Australians are taking many of the best American roles, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Filipino director Lav Diaz among jury members.
Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf is to serve as president of the International Competition jury for the 5th On The Edge (Kray Sveta) International Film Festival (Aug 21-28) on the Russian island of Sakhalin in the North Pacific Ocean.
The jury will comprise: Filipino director Lav Diaz, who won Locarno’s Golden Leopard last year for From What Is Before; leading Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky, who made a recent foray into Hollywood with Vampire Academy; and actress Anna Chipovskaya whose recent credits include Shpion and Yolki 3.
Makhmalbaf’s last feature, The President, will be shown during the festival as a Russian premiere, and there will also be screenings of his documentary Daddy’s School. Diaz’s five-hour epic, Norte, the End of History, is also set to screen at th festival.
The Competition section is set to include such titles as Kim Ki-Duk’s latest feature Stop; Armenian filmmaker Aram Shakhbadzian »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
After this morning’s announcement of the line-up for the upcoming Venice Film Festival, news has also arrived about the schedule for the Toronto International Film Festival, which begins on September 10th.
While the full line-up is available on the festival website, Tiff will play host to several films hoping to make a splash come awards season: Eddie Redmayne-starrer The Danish Girl will feature as well as world premieres of Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall, Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic The Martian, and Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic The Program, starring Ben Foster as the disgraced cyclist.
Cary Fukunaga’s Netflix film Beasts of No Nation will also be screened, as well as Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams; Johnny Depp’s Black Mass, and Jean-Marc Vallee’s drama Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, which is set to open the festival on »
- Scott J. Davis
Scott Foundas: Well, the cat is really out of the bag now. After weeks of intense blogosphere speculation about the fall festival season and palate-whetting gala announcements from the New York Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival kicked things into high gear this morning when it announced more than 40 titles that will comprise the festival’s Gala and Special Presentations categories come September. It’s a typically starry list, full of A-list names in front of and behind the camera, some very obvious Oscar bait, and a few Toronto stalwarts to satisfy the requisite quota of local Canadian talent, including Atom Egoyan, who makes a bid for a comeback (after the career-pummeling one-two of “Devil’s Knot” and “The Captive”) with “Remember,” starring Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor trying to track down the former Nazi guard responsible for murdering his family.
Egoyan’s film is listed by the »
- Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
A selection of films from the 2015 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival have been unveiled, with films by Terrence Davies, Pablo Larraín, Deepa Mehta, Charlie Kaufman, and many more!GalasBeeba Boys (Deepa Mehta, Canada)Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée, USA)The Dressmaker (Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia)Eye in the Sky (Gavin Hood, United Kingdom)Forsaken (Jon Cassar, Canada)Freeheld (Peter Sollett, USA)Hyena Road (Paul Gross, Canada)Legend (Brian Helgeland, United Kingdom)Lolo (Julie Delpy, France)The Man Who Knew Infinity (Matthew Brown, United Kingdom)The Martian (Ridley Scott, USA)The Program (Stephen Frears, United Kingdom)Remember (Atom Egoyan, Canada)Septembers of Shiraz (Wayne Blair, USA)Stonewall (Roland Emmerich, USA)Special PresentationsAnomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, USA)Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga, USA/Ghana)Black Mass (Scott Cooper, USA)Brooklyn (John Crowley, United Kingdom/Ireland/Canada)The Club (Pablo Larraín, Chile)Colonia (Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France)The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper, »
This morning the first lineup of films were announced for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (see the lineup below and the write up here) and Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist joins me here to take a look at the film's announced in the Gala and Special Presentation selection. We start from the top and run down the list from top to bottom, pointing out highlights and surprises and end with a discussion about the films we're surprised that weren't announced. You can listen to the full episode in the player below, it runs just under 40 minutes long and you can find the complete lineup right here. You can subscribe to the RopeofSilicon Podcast on iTunes right here, find us on SoundCloud here as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Galas Beeba Boys (dir. Deepa Mehta) Demolitian (dir. Jean-Marc Vallee) *Opening Night Film* The Dressmaker (dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse) Eye in the Sky (dir. »
- Brad Brevet
The 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) will feature first looks for Jay Roach’s blacklisted screenwriter biopic Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston as well as Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong drama with Ben Foster.
Joining The Program on the roster of world premiere Gala screenings are Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure The Martian, Deepa Mehta’s gangster tale Beeba Boys and Kate Winslet Australian drama The Dressmaker.
Click here for Tiff film trailers
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival will open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Demolition,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” with Matt Damon, and Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” were among the world premieres unveiled Tuesday during the Festival’s first major announcement.
In addition to more than a dozen Gala titles, more than 30 Special Presentations films were also revealed, with world premieres including Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” and Nicolas Hytner’s “The Lady In The Van.”
With the bulk of Toronto’s slate still under wraps, this first blast reflects the fest’s high-street persona in its mix of awards-season contenders (world-premiering pics alongside Sundance, Cannes and other fest-circuit notables), hot-topic cinema, high-profile Canadian titles, foreign pics likely to connect with North American audiences and star power.
- Jennie Punter
2015’s Toronto International Film Festival, now in its 40th year, will kick off the fall festival season with their opening night film, Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club. Over 350 films are among this year’s festival.
Tiff 15’s list of Special Presentation is an incredible list of new films from Michael Moore (Where to Invade Next), Charlie Kaufmann (Anomalisa), Scott Cooper (Black Mass), Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), Cary Fukunaga (Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation), and Jacques Audiard (Dheepan). Several of the titles were among this year’s Cannes lineup, including The Lobster, Youth, and Louder than Bombs.
Deepa Meetha’s Beeba Boys, Stephen Frears’s Lance Armstrong movie The Program, Freeheld, starring last year’s Oscar winner Julianne Moore alongside Ellen Page, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon, Atom Egoyan’s Remember, and Brian Helgeland’s Tom Hardy »
- Brian Welk
The first films selected for the 2015 Toronto Film Festival have been announced in the Gala and Special Presentation selections as well as the opening night film, which just so happens to be Jean-Marc Vallee's Demolitian starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, which Fox Searchlight recently dated for an April 8, 2016 release date. Have they reconsideredc Are they planning on gauging the reception at Toronto to see if it's worth opening this year in hopes of Oscarsc Might it have had something to do with the tepid response to the release of Southpawc As for the films announced today, and there are many more announcements to come, I'll begin with the Special Presentations, which include several highly anticipated titles as well as many that played to acclaim earlier this year, either in Sundance or at Cannes. New to the festival circuit include Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba, »
- Brad Brevet
Above: Alternative poster for Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, Australia/USA, 2015). Artist: Signalstarr.Movie Poster of the Week was on vacation for the past few weeks and for the first time in three and a half years I took a break from posting a poster a day on Tumblr. Since getting back I have been posting the best new posters that I missed while I was away, one of which—the teaser for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight which was unveiled at Comic-Con last week—has racked up more likes in a single day than almost anything else I’ve posted in the past three months.The standout favorite of the past quarter however—with over 1400 likes and re-blogs to date—was this stunning alternative poster for Mad Max: Fury Road by the British artist known as Signalstarr, a.k.a. Nick Stewart Hoyle. As a rule I »
- Adrian Curry
Non-competitive sidebar features 19 films; Brillante Mendoza tribute on festival slate.
The Sarajevo Film Festival’s (Aug 14-22) non-competitive strand Kinoscope will feature 19 films, 12 of which come from first or second-time feature directors.
The eclectic selection includes festival favourites such as Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, Andrew Haig’s 45 Years, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, Martti Helde’s In The Crosswind, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace Of The Serpent, and Jerusalem Film Festival winner Tikkun.
Also featured are documentaries Killing Time by Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel, Chad Gracia’s The Russian Woodpecker, and Benedikt Erlingsson’s archive footage collage The Greatest Shows On Earth: A Century Of Vaudeville, Circuses And Carnivals.
The strand’s programmers, Protagonist Pictures’ CEO Mike Goodridge and Festivalscope’s Alessandro Raja and Mathilde Henrot, said: “In programming Kinoscope this year, we found ourselves unconsciously veering towards work from young »
- email@example.com (Vladan Petkovic)
Independent distribution specialist Alchemy has announced a trio of deals to boost its profile as the largest non-studio aggregator for Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club.
Alchemy has formed a strategic alliance with Arc Entertainment to distribute Arc titles and provide financial support for the growth of Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival as well as provide a larger framework for distribution of all titles — both physical and digital — that are associated with the festival.
Founded by Arc, Davis and Walmart, the Bentonville Film Festival launched its first edition in May with the theme of championing women and diversity. TriStar’s faith-based drama “War Room” opened the festival May 5 and Universal’s comedy “Pitch Perfect 2″ closed the festival May 9.
The deals also included the acquisition of the film distribution assets of ANconnect, the physical distribution arm of Anderson Media Corporation; and the acquisition of Anderson Digital, a digital »
- Dave McNary
The 18th Motovun Film Festival, held in the picturesque mountaintop town in Croatia from July 25-29, will screen 120 films this year including 20 films in its main programme.
Selections will include Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster; The High Sun (Zvizdan) by Dalibor Matanic; The Postman’s White Nights by Andrei Konchalovsky; Magical Girl by Carlos Vermut; Virgin Mountain by Dagur Kari; The Falling by Carol Morley; You’re Too Ugly by Mark Noonan; and Bridgend by Jeppe Ronde.
Themed programmes this year include include French films in the Festival of France in Croatia (including Bruno Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin and Melanie Laurent’s Breathe); 20 years of Dogme 95 and Danish film; European TV series; and religious extremism.
Motovun’s president of the Council of Advisors, Mike Downey, said: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Back when Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos first clambered barefaced upon the international stage with his daring Dogtooth, quite a few hastened to mention its striking resemblance to Arturo Ripstein’s similarly self-contained The Castle of Purity, made some 35 years earlier. In the wake of his first English-language effort The Lobster, one might even go further and compare all that Lanthimos has done thus far to Ripstein’s film: the imposed isolation behind walls that are both physical and psychological, creating a world whose structure is founded upon seemingly intransgressible rules and boundaries. Despite the jump in locale and language, The Lobster is very much a continuation or extension of the themes found in Dogtooth: the sequestered family abode is replaced by an isolated hotel complex; the overprotective father by a domineering hotel manager – the brilliant Olivia Colman. Perhaps the most significant difference, at least on first glance, is that »
- Nicholas Page
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) was going to reunite with her The Light Between Oceans co-star Michael Fassbender in the film adaptation of the video game Assasin's Creed, but we learned only yesterday she will be unable to do so as she joined the cast of Bourne 5, which will be shooting at the same time. Well, it didn't take long for a replacement to be announced as Greek-born French actress Ariane Labed. Labed had a small role in Richard Linklater's Before Midnight during the dinner scene as shown above and starred in Yorgos Lanthimos' Alps in 2012 (pictured here) and made an impact in Cannes this year starring in Lanthimos' latest feature, The Lobster. There's still no word on which role Labed will be playing, but she joins not only Fassbender, but Marion Cotillard who is reuniting with both Fassbender and her Macbeth director Justin Kurzel for the film, which »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Ariane Labed, the Greek-born French actress who made such a stirring impression in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes fave The Lobster, has boarded the cast of Assassin’s Creed. The Justin Kurzel-directed New Regency live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft video game stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. This would be the highest-profile role yet for the 31-year-old actress who already has a clutch of awards under her belt for her fearless work. She won the Best… »
The Melbourne International Film Festival Cannes line-up was announced recently. It has become a tradition now that the films Miff has acquired from La Croisette are announced a month before the full line-up is unveiled.The list contains many films we can all breath a sigh of relief about seeing, but nothing totally unexpected. Every film is from a previous Miff stalwart or respected auteur, particularly the Asian picks.The full line-up from Cannes, after the bump.Several award-winners make their way to the festival, some more distributor-friendly than others but if you just cannot wait, the following titles should satisfy you...The Lobster; Yorgos Lanthimos' (Twitch review here) Jury Prize-winning absurd satire of modern romance, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. The Assassin; a spectacular take on the...
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At least four films out of the 2015 Cannes competition had critics and audiences in raptures: Todd Haynes' lesbian romance "Carol," Justin Kurzel's Shakespeare buff-up "Macbeth," Yorgos Lanthimos' tantalizing sci-fi "The Lobster" and Paolo Sorrentino's paean to art and age "Youth." All were backed by British production company Film4, which offers up this sexy montage of interviews and clips from the films. All have been acquired for Us distribution. While we'll definitely be seeing Weinstein's "Carol" and "Macbeth," and Fox Searchlight's "Youth," down the awards pike this Fall, Alchemy has yet to disclose a release date for "The Lobster," winner of the Jury Prize from Competition heads Joel and Ethan Coen. Collectively at Toh, we've seen and enjoyed all four. Read More: Cannes: Todd Haynes and Writer Phyllis Nagy Talk 'Carol,' Glamorous Stars, Highsmith and More »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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