12 items from 2009
The B-flix project for Bloomingdales was a dream come true for our Young Indies initiative. Young filmmakers are no different than artists who lived during the Renaissance... they need patrons to be able to work their craft and allow their talent to be seen. Bloomingdale's allowed these five young directors, Amy Redford, Antonio Campos, Emily Abt, Barry Jenkins and Andrew Hunt, to create in the most nurturing environment one could imagine. The resulting films are reflective of that support, and if more larger brands and corporations could do this, young artists could flourish and soar. The harsh reality of today's independent film market is that emerging director/writers often see their features get lost in cyberspace without any traditional means of support or advertising to boost awareness for their artistic endeavors. Fortunately, there are still those who actually show their interest and support of burgeoning voices, »
Tribeca Film celebrates the spirit of independent film in its many forms, and we are the first to shout 'hurrah!' whenever commercial entities choose to support filmmakers in the pursuit of their art. With this autumn's Bflix contest, Bloomingdale's and Young Indies have teamed up do just that. In commissioning five short films as part of its fall fashion campaign, Bloomingdale's has subverted its traditional ad strategy; though each unique snippet of artistic vision has a subtle nod to the department store, none even remotely resembles a billboard or fashion ad. A board game comes alive through animation (via Andrew Hunt); an interracial, outer-borough relationship develops (via Barry Jenkins); best friends present a recession survival guide (via Emily Abt); the lingerie department evokes nostalgia (via Antonio Campos); and the ritual of tea reaches across generations (via Amy Redford and Hall Powell): each film celebrates the spirit of our diverse city, »
Everyone loves tales of Old Hollywood, and the screen icons that were made legendary in the 1930s and 1940s. It’s dangerous biopic territory to tread though, but if there is one actress who fits into the heady days of the ’40s, it’s Rachel Weisz, and she’ll be playing one of the most intriguing ladies of the era: Hedy Lamarr. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weisz is attached to play the star in “Face Value,” an indie drama directed by Amy Redford.
Many regard Lamarr as one of the most beautiful actresses of all time. After narrow escaping Vienna during World War II, she moved to America and took up acting. With her Austrian heritage she was often cast in “exotic” roles, and shot to fame in Cecil B. DeMille’s “Samson and Delilah.” Her career faltered after playing the Biblical temptress and she only made a few films after that, »
- Elisabeth Rappe
British actress Rachel Weisz may be polishing up her best Austrian accent to portray '40s movie icon Hedy Lamarr in forthcoming "Face Value." Directed by Amy Redford, daughter of Robert, the indie film focuses on the unusual life of the Old Hollywood actress and her second life as a scientist. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar winner Weisz is loosely connected to the film, though Charlize Theron's name was batted around for the part as well. Written by Jose Rivera and Gretchen Somerfeld, the script for "Face Value" exposes Lamarr's scientific contributions to frequency-hopping, which informs today's wireless technologies. These studies »
- HitFix Staff
A year ago, Charlize Theron was talking to Amy Redford about the possibility of starring as Hedy Lamarr in an upcoming biopic. That never came to fruition, but now a new name is circling the tent -- one that seems, no is, entirely perfect.
The Hollywood Reporter posts that Rachel Weisz is loosely attached to play the icon in Amy Redford's Face Value. But the value goes so very far beyond the face -- and that's what makes it so notable. The film will focus on her eccentric life, and rather than focusing on her beauty and acting, it'll shine a light on her second career as a scientist -- "helping to create a method of changing frequencies -- known as frequency-hopping -- that became a forerunner to modern wireless communications." Not beauty. Not romance. Not tumultuous tear-jerking. It sounds too good to be true.
- Monika Bartyzel
Rachel Weisz is set to step into some legendary Hollywood shoes for a new biopic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weisz has been loosely attached to portray actress Hedy Lamarr in the biopic Face Value.
It was said that the film will deal with the actreses life, but will primarily focus on her secondary life as a scientist. While she most was most noted for her role in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah, she was just as celebrated - but lesser known - as a scientist who helped created a method of changing frequencies that is now a forerunner to wireless communications used today.
Usually a splashy biopic about a real-life famous person is the result of some serious studio financing, a Ray or an Aviator that pulls back the curtain on the old entertainment industry while using all the money of the new one. But Rachel Weisz is getting ready to suit up and play 1940s movie icon Hedy Lamarr, and it won't be on nearly the same budget as the MGM epics that Lamarr starred in. According to THR, Weisz is preparing to star in Amy Redford's Face Value, an indie written by Jose Rivera and Gretchen Somerfeld that received a Tfi Sloan Filmmaker grant from the Sundance Institute last fall. The film will focus on Lamarr's life outside the screen, including an entire second career as a scientist. Weisz, obviously, is a delight to watch in pretty much anything, and definitely has the charisma of her own to convincingly play »
She may already be a classic beauty, but Rachel Weisz is going all-out Old Hollywood as she circles the role of Hedy Lamarr for a film by Amy Redford.The indie biopic, named Face Value, originally had Charlize Theron rumoured for the role, which will show the eccentric post-wwii actress' career, including a sideline in scientific research into wireless technology.Known best for her lead turn in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah, Lamarr was nicknamed The most Beautiful Woman In Films by her contemporaries, and was one of the most gifted actresses in old Hollywood town. Motorcycle Diaries scribe Jose Rivera penned the script along with Gretchen Somerfeld, and the movie will be made with a Tfi Sloan Filmmaker grant which the project was awarded from the Sundance Institute (hmm, nepotism? Amy Redford is Sundance founder Robert's daughter. But then, if she's inherited his filmmaking skills, it's probably fair enough). Weisz, »
Here's some news from Cannes. Rachel Weisz is "loosely attached" (courtesy of THR) to play the iconic actress Hedy Lamarr in a biopic on her eccentric life, particularly her less-publicized second career as a scientist. The indie project is called Face Value and is being directed by Amy Redford, Robert Redford's daughter who made her directing debut last year with The Guitar. Previously, Charlize Theron had been in the running for the role, but now it looks like Weisz will most likely get the gig in the end. The screenplay was written by Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries, Trade) and Gretchen Somerfeld (Interruptions). Austrian-American actress Hedy Lamarr garnered fame in the 1940s for her luminous screen presence, most famously for playing Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah as well as numerous MGM films. But she also was an accomplished scientist, helping to create a method of changing »
- Alex Billington
Lammar is a 1940s screen goddess who was famous for playing Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's "Samson and Delilah."
But did you know that Lammar was also a scientist? I did not know that being a scientist became the actress' second career. She helped create a method of changing frequencies, known as frequency-hopping, which became the basis of our modern wireless communications.
Go Miss Hedy!
I forgot once the Cannes Film Festival rolls around a Ton of new casting information hits the wire and it appears we are getting an early start as The Hollywood Reporter brings the first word of casting out of Cannes saying Rachel Weisz is "loosely" attached to play MGM icon Hedy Lamarr in Amy Redford's indie feature Face Value. THR's Steven Zeitchik says the film centers on the Austrian-American actress who garnered fame in the 1940s for her luminous screen presence, most famously for playing Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah. The film will focus on Lamarr's eccentric life, particularly her less-publicized second career as a scientist. As a scientist, Lamarr helped create a method of changing frequencies -- known as frequency-hopping -- that became a forerunner to modern wireless communications. That pursuit will be the primary subject of Redford's film, which was written by Jose Rivera and Gretchen Somerfeld. »
- Brad Brevet
11 May 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Cannes -- Rachel Weisz may be going Old Hollywood.
"Value" centers on Lamarr's eccentric life, particularly her less-publicized second career as a scientist.
The Austrian-American actress garnered fame in the 1940s for her luminous screen presence, most famously for playing Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's "Samson and Delilah." But she also was an accomplished scientist, helping to create a method of changing frequencies -- known as frequency-hopping -- that became a forerunner to modern wireless communications. That pursuit will be the primary subject of Redford's film.
Charlize Theron's name had surfaced in connection with the part.
The Endeavor-repped Weisz stars in "Agora," Alejandro »
- By Steven Zeitchik
12 items from 2009
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