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There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
This weekend at Austin's South by Southwest Film Festival, during a panel celebrating the working relationship of filmmaker Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon, the two made a surprise debut of the first footage from their forthcoming studio thriller, "Midnight Special" (one of our 100 Most Anticipated Movies Of The Year). And it was, in fact, some of the most special footage we've seen at SXSW so far. Before they ran the footage, Nichols said that he first came onto Warner Bros' radar during the filming of his wonderful Southern Gothic yarn, "Mud." Shannon was in the middle of shooting the studio's big-budget "Man of Steel" and was only released for two days to work on his friend Nichols' drama (hence his rather small role). Warner Bros. warned Nichols that if anything happened to Shannon during the "Mud" shoot that caused the production of the superhero saga to be delayed or »
- Drew Taylor
Former The Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider can breathe easy knowing that Pa Kent won't be featured, as far as we know, in the upcoming Man of Steel follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The actor portrayed Clark Kent's adoptive father Jonathan on Smallville. Having some ownership over the iconic DC character, he doesn't mind saying his is the best version yet, and possibly ever.
John Schneider doesn't have a problem with Kevin Costner or his performance in Man of Steel. His problems lie within the writing of the character itself. Even though there is a long list of actors who have played Johnathan Kent throughout the years, John Schneider truly believes that the writers of Smallville were able to capture the true essence of the character better than anyone before or after. He explains:
"I love Kevin, I love what Kevin does. I didn't care for the fact that they wanted. »
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Production wrapped on Peter Sollett’s forthcoming human rights drama Freeheld late last year, and today, the first clutch of images from the movie have debuted online. Taken from the film’s official Facebook page, the stills showcase Oscar-winner Julianne Moore and her co-star Ellen Page as a couple who rallied against the archaic benefits system in 2005.
Based on the 2007 documentary of the same name, Freeheld follows the story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. The couple fought to change the Domestic Partners Rights Act as its vague parameters – it “grants pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey public employees” – failed to provide those benefits to partners from a same sex relationship. The original documentary stirred up good critical notices upon release and went on to receive the Special Jury Award at Sundance, with its director Cynthia Wade also snagging the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. »
- Gem Seddon
'Still Alice' and 'Maps to the Stars' box office: Julianne Moore Oscar helps only one movie (photo: Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice') (See previous post: "'The Lazarus Effect' Box Office: Olivia Wilde Horror Movie Arrives Comatose.") The Oscars do matter. As mentioned in the previous post, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman was up an estimated 125 percent this weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, following its four Academy Award wins – including Best Picture. Also up a hefty 24 percent – after adding 553 locations – is Sony Pictures Classics' Still Alice, which earned Julianne Moore the year's Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a woman in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. True, an Oscar win – or key nominations – may not create mammoth blockbusters like Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey, or Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. For that, »
- Zac Gille
The untitled project from the “Maria Full of Grace” director was unveiled in November at the American Film Market with Protagonist handling international sales.
Weisz will portray a guest introduced at a dinner party hosted by Shannon’s character — who increasingly believes he knows the guest by a different name and different biography.
Marston’s “Maria Full of Grace” won the Alfred Bauer Award at Berlin, and his “The Forgiveness of Blood” won the Silver Berlin Bear for best screenplay. He has also directed TV episodes of “The Newsroom,” “The Good Wife” and “In Treatment.”
Bates won an Emmy last year for “American Horror Show: Coven. »
- Dave McNary
Producer Christine Vachon, actors Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer and Michael Shannon, director Jeff Nichols and musician Henry Rollins have been added to the lineup at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival, SXSW organizers announced on Tuesday. Vachon will serve as the fourth keynote speaker at SXSW, joining Ava DuVernay, Mark Duplass and RZA. The producer, whose films include “Still Alice,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Far From Heaven,” “I’m Not There” and the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” will deliver her keynote address on Tuesday, March 17. Also read: Swxs Film Festival Lineup Includes Ryan Gosling’s ‘Lost River, »
- Steve Pond
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival revealed its fourth keynote, producer Christine Vachon, along with a starry conference lineup including talks with Ryan Gosling (whose directorial debut "Lost River" plays the fest), Sally Field, Amy Schumer (whose "Trainwreck" has a work-in-progress premiere), Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon, Henry Rollins and more Convergence sessions. Now in its 22nd year, SXSW Film kicks off on Friday, March 13, 2015 with the world premiere of Russell Brand doc "Brand: A Second Coming" and runs through Saturday, March 21 in Austin, Texas. Read More: SXSW 2015 Unveils Feature Film Lineup The schedule, complete with both screening and conference dates and times is now available at schedule.sxsw.com. Now in its 22nd year, SXSW pulled from a record 7,335 submissions to showcase 145 features including 60 filmmaking debuts, 100 world premieres, 13 North American premieres and 11 Us film premieres. Head »
- Ryan Lattanzio
What happens when you put Ryan Gosling and Guillermo del Toro together for an hour? You'll find out at the SXSW Film Festival next month. Organizers have just announced the Conference Lineup, and easily the highlight is the aforementioned actor and director sitting down for a talk about Gosling's "Lost River." Even after the film's poor reception at Cannes last spring, it'll be interesting to hear Gosling's take, as well as del Toro's thoughts on the movie. Elsewhere, veteran producer Christine Vachon ("Still Alice," "Boys Don't Cry," numerous films with Todd Haynes) will deliver a keynote speech, pals Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols will give a chat (and maybe show off some of "Midnight Special"?), and Amy Schumer will stop by with her "Trainwreck" set to debut at the fest. Check out all the details in the press release below. SXSW runs from March 13th to 21st. ---------- Austin, Texas – February 17, 2015 – The South. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The SXSW Film Conference and Festival, running this year from March 13 through 21, has added a few films and a whole lot of conference sessions to its previous lineup announcements (features, Midnighters and shorts). The great independent producer Christine Vachon joins Ava DuVernay, Mark Duplass and RZA on the roster of keynote speakers. There'll be conversations with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer, Henry Rollins and Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon. All in all, the Conference will sport more than 240 sessions and the schedule's up now. » - David Hudson »
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has revealed its fourth keynote speaker, producer Christine Vachon, as well as the complex conference lineup for this year's fest, including Conversations with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer, Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon, Henry Rollins and more Convergence sessions. From the release: Christine Vachon Keynote Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past twenty years, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features including "Boys Don't Cry" (Academy Award Winner), "Far From Heaven" (nominated for 4 Academy Awards), "One Hour Photo," "I'm Not There," "Hedwig And The Angry Inch," "Happiness," "Velvet Goldmine" and "Safe." In television, Vachon executive produced "Mildred Pierce" for HBO »
- Casey Cipriani
Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Goodbye Solo) constructs 99 Homes as a dismal assessment of desperation in hard economic times. Michael Shannon stars as ruthless, e-cigarette sucking realtor Rick Carver, who has used the carnage of the 2008 housing crisis to his advantage, helping the banks toss out homeowners who have defaulted on their bad mortgages. He carries a gun because of how personal and dangerous it can become. He is unabashedly invested in personal gain and his interests are always of the utmost importance. When he evicts Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) and his family, Nash comes after him, only to find that Carver sees potential in him to be as hard-working and ferocious as himself. With a pulsating score by Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales, 99 Homes frames an outstanding and »
- Lane Scarberry
Cinema deviants can come in all forms or variety. It is just a matter of taking your pick as to what kind of deviant you consider. Perhaps your preference of deviant is of the sexual or molesting persuasion? Or maybe in the arena of hustlers or swindlers or cheaters? Will notorious gangsters and corrupt officials fit the bill for your definition of legitimate deviant sources?
The one type of deviant prototype that no one can question or disregard in terms of an impacting impression is the serial killer…or any killer where the impulse to slaughter is mindless fun or in some cases a perverse release to punish society for their own inner psychological demons and despair.
In “Killer Instinct”: Top Ten Disturbed Deviants in the Movies we will look at the selections of twisted individuals whose overwhelming passion for the pleasure of pain and punishment against their fellow »
- Frank Ochieng
Beth McPhee arrives as Eve of international marketing and publicity and previously served as Sap in the same department at Exclusive Media and before that 10 years as vice-president of marketing at Focus Features International (Ffi).
Christine Report joins as Sap of business affairs and was most recently senior council in business and legal affairs at Viacom and director of international business affairs at Ffi.
Gabrielle Stewart becomes Sap of international sales and most recently worked at Exclusive Media as Sap of sales and before that served seven years as vice-president at Ffi.
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Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey are in character as the title characters in the upcoming comedy, ‘Elvis & Nixon,’ in the film’s first-look image. The initial still showcases Shannon as Elvis Presley and Spacey, this year’s Golden Globe Award winner for Best Actor – Television Series Drama, for his portrayal of American president, Frank Underwood, as another national leader, Richard Nixon. The picture shows the two pioneers as they’re seated across from each other in the Oval Office during their noteworthy meeting together on December 21, 1970. During the consultation, the singer asked the president to be named as a special FBI operative. The first-look image for ‘Elvis & Nixon,’ [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Hey, listen! According to The Wall Street Journal, Netflix is in the process of developing a live-action series based on the beloved Legend of Zelda video games. It's apparently still very early in the process, but a source in the know tells the Journal that Netflix hopes the series will be a family-friendly Game of Thrones. Now comes the part where the entire internet tries to cast their favorite actors in the show. We'll go first: Jamie Bell as Link, Mia Wasikowska as Zelda, and Michael Shannon as Ganondorf. Now it's your turn! »
- Nate Jones
Terrence Malick is having a busy week, which for the director who formerly took ages between films, must rank among his busiest. Malick has first been working on a documentary called Voyage of Time that will incorporate footage from The Tree of Life and be “a celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse,” according to a press release via HitFix. One version of the film will be just 40 minutes long, will feature narration by Brad Pitt, and will appear on IMAX screens. Another longer version will appear in traditional theaters and will be narrated by Cate Blanchett. Neither version has a release date just yet but are being planned for 2016.
His latest film however, Knight of Cups, is about to premiere at the Berlinale on February 8 (watch the trailer here), and the full plot revealed for the film sounds perfectly Malick-esque. »
- Brian Welk
Ben Kingsley has joined the cast of Wake opposite Bruce Willis. John Pogue directs the action thriller about a sociopath with no fear (Willis), who returns to his childhood home on a remote island for his brother’s wake. When the island comes under siege, he must save the very family that banished him from his ancestral home years ago. Michael Benaroya, Tobin Armbrust, David Alpert and Chris Cowles are producing. International Film Trust is handling international sales in Berlin at the European Film Market. CAA is representing domestic rights. …
Arclight Films has acquired worldwide rights to Frank And Lola, starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. Writer-director Matthew Ross’s romantic thriller also stars Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette and Emmanuelle Devos. The film was produced by Parts & Labor, The Supply Company and Lola Pictures. Preferred Content and Killer Films are executive producers. The film was fully financed and »
- Ali Jaafar
The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.
Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.
Much of the pre-buy buzz »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Thanks to THR, we now have the first look at Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey and Us President Richard Nixon from the upcoming "Elvis and Nixon" film. Check out the photo below. Plot: The story recounts the morning of December 21st, 1970, when the King of Rock' n Roll (Shannon) showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon (Spacey). He had a very urgent request: to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. This intimate moment in the Oval office between two men at the height of their powers has never been told. The new movie is directed by Liza Johnson and co-stars Evan Peters, Colin Hanks, Alex Pettyfer, and Johnny Knoxville. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
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