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Saul Dibb’s World War II drama Suite FRANÇAISE has added Sam Riley to it’s cast that already includes Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts. The film is based on the novel by Irène Némirovsky and Riley will be playing Benoît Sabarie, a French solider who escapes from German captivity and returns home to the family farm where Michelle Williams conceals him from the authorities. Williams’ herself has her own worries having fallen in love with a German Officer (played by Matthias Schoenaerts).
Riley broke out playing Ian Curtis in 2007′ Control where he received positive reviews for his portrayal of the troubled Joy Division front man and was last seen in Walter Salles’ On The Road and vampire flick Byzantium. He is currently filming Western Das Finstere Tal and has just finished up on Robert Stromberg’s directorial debut Maleficent; the re-telling of the story of ‘Sleeping Beauty »
- Victoria Bull
High-profile delegation heads to Strasbourg to defend ‘cultural exception’.
A high-profile industry delegation, including actress Berenice Bejo (The Artist, The Past) and Oscar and Palme d’Or-winning director Costa-Gavras, will travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg next Tuesday [June 11] to defend the exclusion of cultural and audiovisual services, including online services, from upcoming EU-us trade talks.
The European Parliament recently voted in favour of the exclusion but the European Commission will make its final decision on June 14.
The group will host a press conference to update on the state of negotiations three days before the Foreign Affairs Council meets in Dublin, at which EU trade ministers will agree the negotiation mandate for the EU-us free-trade talks, which are due to take place later this year.
Among the 6,200 industry to sign a petition calling on cultural and audiovisual services to be excepted »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Kristen Stewart News: Camp X-Ray and Sils Maria movie projects Kristen Stewart is back with no less than two projects to be filmed this summer, according to Deadline.com. The website asserts that Stewart "has committed" — that should mean signed contracts — to star in newcomer writer-director Peter Sattler’s political drama Camp X-Ray and in director Olivier Assayas’ psychological drama Sils Maria, co-starring Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz. (Photo: Kristen Stewart.) Kristen Stewart takes the road to Guantanamo Camp X-Ray will have Kristen Stewart as a young woman who, as per the Deadline synopsis, escapes from her small town by joining the military. But instead of being sent to Iraq "as she hoped" (is she insane?), the soldier ends up in Guantanamo, the American concentration camp that remains open despite myriad promises about its imminent closure. At Guantanamo, the young soldier "is met with hatred and abuse from the Muslim men in her charge. »
- Andre Soares
Kristen Stewart is set to join the cast of Olivier Assayas' Sils Maria , Deadline reports. She'll shoot the drama back-to-back with her long-in-development Guantanamo Bay drama Camp X-Ray , which begins a Los Angeles-based production next month. Already set to star Chloe Moretz, Juliette Binoche and Mia Wasikowska, Sils Maria is said to examine middle age. Moretz stars as Joann, a young actress who signs on to play a role that made Binoche's character famous when she herself was young. Stewart will play an assistant to the Binoche role. Best known for her role as Bella Swan in Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga , Stewart also recently starred in Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman and Walter Salles' On the Road . (Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / »
Christian Gerhartsreiter, a German-born conman who posed as a member of the Rockefeller family, was recently convicted of a 1985 murder in the Los Angeles suburb of San Marino.
Project is based on Mark Seal’s 2011 book about Gerhartsreiter, an imposter who used multiple identities after moving to the U.S. as a teenager. He claimed to be a USC film student and lived for several years in San Marino before fleeing to the East Coast, where he assumed the Rockefeller name. He married a business consultant who eventually realized her husband had lied to her and sought a divorce. After their estrangement, Gerhartsreiter kidnapped their daughter in 2008 and was arrested; he was also charged in 2011 with the 1985 murder.
A Los Angeles state court »
- Dave McNary
Unbeatable salesmen of foreign-language films to English-speaking audiences, have they added unhealthy levels saccharine in the process?
"America for business. France for love," proclaims one of the characters at the end of Populaire, one of the latest batch of foreign-language releases snapped up for the Us by the Weinstein Company. It's like the chap is parroting the business credo – use ruthless Us commercial nous to identify and exploit passionate film-making from overseas – that helped Bob and Harvey Weinstein climb to the top of the independent pile in the 1990s with their first company, Miramax, then do it all over again.
Not much work was required to make Populaire, which started life with several French production companies, fit for purpose: this glassy-eyed tale of a plucky typist (Deborah François), with its mechanically aspirational plot, cute retro rhythms and New York finale, is pleading to be exported. Its eagerness to please is »
- Phil Hoad
Blue Is the Warmest Color release in the United States (image: Léa Seydoux as the blue-haired Emma in the Blue Is the Warmest Color poster) [See previous post: "Blue Is the Warmest Color Oscar Chances?"] Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color, starring Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, will be released in the United States via IFC Films’ Sundance Selects. As yet no date has been set, but it’ll quite possibly be some time during awards season in the fall. Distributed by IFC Films, Kechiche’s César-winning The Secret of the Grain took in a paltry $86,356 following its December 2008 North American release. Last year, IFC Films also nabbed the rights to another Cannes Film Festival entry, Walter Salles’ On the Road. Two things happened when Salles’ movie adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel hit North American shores: the film lost about 20 minutes of its running time and, despite its prestigious subject matter / source novel and stellar cast (Garrett Hedlund, »
- Andre Soares
Watch On the Road online at SundanceNow (photo: Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund) On the Road, Walter Salles’ film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical novel, is now available on SundanceNow. Initially screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it drew mixed reviews, and later reedited for the Toronto Film Festival and the North American market, On the Road stars Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, the upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis), Sam Riley (the upcoming Byzantium and Maleficent), and Kristen Stewart — who seemed to be everywhere in 2012: besides On the Road, Stewart was also seen in Rupert Sanders’ summer hit Snow White and the Huntsman, opposite Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, and, in her final appearance as Bella Swan, Bill Condon’s late fall hit The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, co-starring Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. (Scroll down to watch new On the Road featurette, with Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund. »
- Andre Soares
Director Walter Salles’ film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s acclaimed novel, ‘On the Road,’ is now available on SundanceNow. The adventure drama, which was an Official Selection at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, is also available to watch on Cable, VOD and other digital outlets, including Amazon Streatming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited and Google Play. Audiences can rent the film, or stream it online, for $4.99. The timeless story and homage to the beatnik generation features an all-star cast, including Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen. ‘On the Road,’ which was written by screenwriter José Rivera, follows young New York City writer Sal Paradise [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
The best of the fest so far sees the Coen brothers meditate on mediocrity and modernity in the 1960s New York folk scene – but not be so sombre as to forget the laughs
Cannes audiences just heard a clean, hard crack: the sound of the Coen brothers hitting one out of the park. Their new film is brilliantly written, terrifically acted, superbly designed and shot; it's a sweet, sad, funny picture about the lost world of folk music which effortlessly immerses us in the period.
The musical interludes are stunningly achieved: a pastiche chart single about President Kennedy and the moon mission brought the crowd I was among close to bopping in the aisles. This has something of Woody Allen movies like Sweet and Lowdown and Broadway Danny Rose; there's a playful allusion to Breakfast at Tiffany's and even a weird casting echo of Walter Salles's On the Road »
- Peter Bradshaw
★★☆☆☆ Everyone understands that a Baz Luhrmann film - from the imagination that brought us Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and Australia - means bucket-loads of excess, indulgence and, once upon a time, fun. The collective breath was duly drawn when his plans to tackle F. Scott Fitzgerald's tight novel of disappointment and decadence, The Great Gatsby, was first announced - and the results are predictably underwhelming. There's a lot of noise, music, colour and syncopation as Luhrmann transforms the Jazz Age into the kind of theme party that would get Rhu Paul asking discretely that the music be turned down.
Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is a used-up young man recovering at some form of facility complete with drifting snow. As part of the talking cure (then, writing cure), he narrates how he came to his present state. Once a bright-eyed go-getter with aspirations of being a writer, Carraway »
- CineVue UK
There was plenty of Baz-razzmatazz as the 66th Cannes Film Festival bowed with a mix of fun, lofty hopes and melancholy that F. Scott Fitzgerald would have appreciated.
In the spirit of opener “The Great Gatsby,” a troupe of dancers dressed in 1920s-style outfits burst out of a period car and performed a dance on the red carpet.
Throngs of fans lined the road to the Palais, where the stars of Warner Bros.’ “Gatsby” elicited screams and cheers, and big names glamming it up on the red carpet included Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, Lana Del Rey, Florence Welch, Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, Fan Bingbing, Ludivine Sagnier, Zhang Ziyi, Walter Salles, Michel Piccoli, Agnes Varda and Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze. France’s Minister of Culture Aurelie Filipetti and Venice Film Festival topper Alberto Barbera were also in attendance.
See Also: Cate Blanchett »
- Timothy M. Gray and Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: The client-signing game has been voracious lately, but sometimes it’s not about poaching the big names but betting on the ones that might be big down the line. Wme feels that way about Sam Riley, whom the agency just signed. Riley plays one of the leads opposite Angelina Jolie in Maleficent and in Neil Jordan’s Byzantium. He initially garnered attention for his portrayal of Ian Curtis in Control, which got him named Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards. He earned a BAFTA nom for Rising Star and most recently was seen in the ensemble of the Walter Salles-directed On The Road. He continues to be repped by Tavistock Wood in the UK. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Editor's Note: This interview originally ran prior to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where "Mud" world premiered. It opens in select theaters April 26. At 33, "Mud" writer/director Jeff Nichols is the youngest filmmaker in competition for the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The Little Rock native slayed festivalgoers with his critically acclaimed 2007 domestic drama "Shotgun Stories" and reteamed with that film's star, Michael Shannon, to deliver "Take Shelter," an apocalyptic thriller that premiered at Sundance 2011, landed a home at Sony Pictures Classics and won both the Critics' Week Grand Prize and the Fipresci award at last year's Cannes. With his latest film "Mud," a western coming-of-age tale starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, Nichols skipped past Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar to land a coveted spot in the Competition, alongside such revered auteurs as Michael Haneke, David Cronenberg, Walter Salles and Abbas »
- Nigel M Smith
Last year Cannes hosted the first Directors' Assembly providing opportunities for directors to come together to network and share their filmmaking experiences with one another. This year the forum returns with two two-hour sessions that will take place at the Croisette Theater on Saturday May 18 and Tuesday May 21st. The session topics are listed below: Session 1: Independent Directors' Experiences Worldwide Session 2: The European Crisis and its Consequences on it's Member States Cultural Policies The Director's Assembly is supported by: David Cronenberg, Stephen Frears, Matteo Garrone, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Naomi Kawase, Joachim Lafosse, Pablo Larrain, Ken Loach, Sergei Loznitsa, Cristian Mungiu, Yousry Nasrallah, Christian Petzold, Nicolas Philibert, Walter Salles, Bertrand Tavernier, Pablo Trapero, Joachim Trier and Andrei Zviaguintseve. For more information on and for a detailed schedule, please visit : www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com »
- Cristina A. Gonzalez
San Francisco Film Society has selected Philip Kaufman as the recipient of its Founder’s Directing Award.
The kudo will be presented on May 7 as the awards ceremonies for the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival at Bombo’s 365 Club. Ray Dolby has been previously announced as recipient of the George Gund III Award.
The director will also be recognized May 5 at the Castro Theatre with an onstage interview, a selection of clips and a screening of his “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” which was shot entirely in San Francisco.
The award was first given in 1986 to Akira Kurosawa. Other winners include Kenneth Branagh, Oliver Stone, Walter Salles, Francis Ford Coppola, Mike Leigh, Spike Lee, Werner Herzog, Taylor Hackford and Milos Forman.
“What Maisie Knew” has been announced previously as the opening »
- Dave McNary
1998 Best Actress Academy Award nominee stages a political protest -- a 'lesbian kiss' -- at an awards ceremony in Rio de Janeiro Forget Madonna and Britney Spears, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep, Bullock and Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Veteran Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro, best known around the world for her performance as a bitter old hag in Walter Salles' 1998 drama Central Station, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nod, kissed fellow veteran performer Camila Amado in the mouth at Rio de Janeiro's Theater Producers Association Awards ceremony, which took place in that Brazilian city this past Monday, March 25. (Pictured above: Montenegro kissing Amado.) The mouth-to-mouth kiss between the 83-year-old Montenegro and the 77-year-old Amado, followed a previous "gay kiss" also staged at the awards show -- that one between performers Ricardo Blat and Tonico Pereira. All that kissing wasn't intended to merely liven up »
- Andre Soares
Here's another contest for you for reader appreciation month... I have three books to give away. "Enter to win a copy of Jack Kerouac's On The Road autographed by the film's director, Walter Salles! IFC Films and Sundance Selects Presents On The Road A film by Walter Salles Based on Jack Kerouac's classic novel Starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart Check your local listings!" It's okay if you're a little (okay, a lot) surprised that the movie has finally been released. In fact, just last night at a screening I was telling a friend it had come out and they were like "nope, it came out in December". But no... t'was a one week Oscar qualifier, that. So it opened Friday and will be expanding to more markets in April. Better late than never I suppose but hiding Kristen Stewart's only performance that can hold »
- NATHANIEL R
I saw Walter Salles' On the Road at the Cannes Film Festival almost a year ago. Since then, he edited the film before it made its Toronto Film Festival debut after which it was released in four theaters on December 21. It added two theaters in the first weekend in January and quietly added 33 more the weekend of March 22. The film will expand to approximately 100 screens this weekend (find one near you here) and just yesterday it became available on Video On Demand (VOD). To go along with the small screen release, they've sent me an exclusive clip from the film which stars Garret Hedlund, Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart among many others. The film is an adaptation of Jack Keroac's novel of the same name and features Hedlund as Dean Moriarty and Riley as Kerouac's alter ego, Salvatore Paradise. The two young men who journey across the North American »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – The 1957 novel “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac, was a missile across the bow of American social conventions, and a precursor to the radical 1960s. For over fifty years, it has eluded a film adaptation, until director Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) found the way to capture it.
It is a reverential depiction, with all the familiar characters from the novel springing to life. And that is the key word here…life. This adaptation is life itself, which is what the novel embraces. Somehow, by just indulging in the characters and their lifeblood, Walter Salles – in partnership with his screenwriter Jose Rivera – was able to understand what makes this story tick. It is about youth, discovery and the consequences regarding all of that. It is about the relationship between two kindred souls, not part of a lost generation, but part of everything that is discovered when challenging the society they are born into. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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