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Sadly, Only God Forgives will have to go down as one of the biggest disappointments in the history of Cannes, simply because of the weight of expectation heaped on it by the success of Nicholas Winding Refn’s exceptional Drive, and the astronomical trajectory of star Ryan Gosling’s career at the minute.
Some critics loved it, raving about its style and Refn’s bravery in making such a consciously provocative film, but those are only two of the reasons I flat out hated it. I had no agenda going in to love or hate the film: while I was a pretty major fan of Drive, I wasn’t particularly enamoured by Refn’s earlier works, and even thought Drive stepped ever so slightly too close to the line of self-congratulation and empty mythologising, so I was open to enlightenment.
I do admit I rode the hype train hard for a while there, »
- Simon Gallagher
Among major deals unveiled Monday at Cannes include Canada (Vvs), U.K. (Entertainment Films), Japan (Kino Films), France (Snd), Spain (Dea Planeta), Italy (Eagle), Germany (Telemunchen), Australia and New Zealand (Roadshow), Latin America (Sun Distribution Group) and the Cis (Volga).
Cannes Review: ‘Borgman’
Benelux (Entertainment One), Iceland (Sam Films), Israel (Lev), Portugal (Lusomundo), Scandinavia (Mis Label), Turkey (Aqua), South Korea (Bloomage), Switzerland (Ascot Elite) count among other sales pacts.
Eastern Europe (Revolutionary), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Pan Asia TV (Aspara) and China (Panasia Films/Golden Harvest) have also been licensed.
Cannes: Film Market Stages Showcase For Buzz Titles
Written by Spain’s scribe-helmers »
- Rachel Abrams and John Hopewell
There has been a change of plans and a change of character for Hrithik Roshan. Previously the news was that Hrithik is set to play Hamlet in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s upcoming production. However, it has now been confirmed that Hrithik will not be playing Hamlet but will be donning an Uttar Pradesh accent for another film Dhulia is directing. According to Daily Bhaskar, Dhulia revealed: “Hrithik and I are doing a film together. It will start in June 2013. But it is not ‘Hamlet’ as reported in the press. We are doing something else together.” This film will be set in North India and is based on a semi-rural fable of violence and drama.
Hamlet is Shakespeare’s longest play with just over 4,000 lines and tells the tale of tragic prince Hamlet, who seeks revenge for his father’s murder. It has been adapted in over fifty television and film productions – in fact, »
- Aashi Gahlot
Paan Singh Tomar’s director Tigmanshu Dhulia has signed on Hrithik Roshan for his upcoming film. This film will be based on Shakespeare’s legendary play, ‘Hamlet’. Sources have revealed that “Tigmanshu and Hrithik have been holding meetings for a while now. Hrithik has loved the way Tigmanshu adapted Shakespeare’s Hamlet to fit into rural India…”
Shakespeare’s dramatic stories have been portrayed in Bollywood before. Omkara was based on ‘Othello’ and explored jealousy and betrayal. Maqbool was based on ‘Macbeth’ and explored the combination of power and evil. Hamlet tells the tale of tragic prince Hamlet who seeks revenge for his father’s murder.
Hrithik’s charm and good looks fit the part of a prince. In fact, he had been called the ‘Indian Hamlet’ by Hollywood producer James Killough back in the 90’s according to Bollywood Mantra. Hrithik was characterised as Hamlet for Tarsem Singh’s film »
- Aashi Gahlot
When Only God Forgives premieres next month at Cannes, listen carefully. Some films are employing very strange instruments to get the sounds they want
Only God Forgives (2013)
What is it? It looks a bit like a large glockenspiel with sculpted metal tear drops attached.
Who built it? French instrument-makers and artists Bernard and François Baschet, in 1952.
How does it sound? It creates "a unique sense of melancholy and foreboding", says Cliff Martinez, the ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer who worked with Nicolas Winding Refn on the soundtracks for Drive (2011) and Only God Forgives – which also stars Ryan Gosling, and premieres at Cannes the week after next. Both scores rely on the Cristal Baschet, which Martinez first saw at MoMA in New York when he was 10.
How do you play it? Martinez says it is "an art object that doubles as an all-acoustic, experimental instrument played with moistened »
Richard Madden: Game of Thrones’ King of the North to play Prince Charming in Cinderella Richard Madden, Game of Thrones‘ King of the North Robb Stark, has been cast as Prince Charming in Disney’s live-action retelling of the Cinderella fairy-tale. A few days ago, Lily James (Wrath of the Titans, Downton Abbey) was announced as the actress to try on Cinderella’s tiny glass slippers. The other major Cinderella cast member announced so far is Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator), who’ll play the evil Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother — perhaps with shades of Queen Elizabeth I? Cinderella follows in the (sizable) footsteps of other fairy-tales that have reached the world’s screens in recent years: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010), starring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1.02 billion worldwide. Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror »
- Zac Gille
The project originally had Natalie Portman being eyed for the lead role with David O. Russell directing, but due to a long developmental period they exiting because of scheduling conflicts. Director Mike White and Craig Gillespie were also interested in the film, but eventually ended up dropping out as well.
No production schedule has been released. »
Following a push towards development back in March , Variety reports that Lily Collins is now attached to headline Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with Burr Steers attached to direct. Panorama Media joins Darko Entertainment, Handsomecharlie Films and producer Allison Shearmur for the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's worldwide best-seller. The script is written by David O. Russell. Collins recently starred in Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror and will soon headline The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones . Steers, meanwhile, is best known for directing 17 Again and Charlie St. Cloud . The film will be produced by Darko Entertainment's Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch and Shearmur. It will be executive produced by Darko's Edward H. Hamm Jr., Aleen »
A short film featuring Peggy Carter will premiere at Comic-Con 2013; Liam Neeson signs on for A Gang Story; Liam McIntyre joins Hercules 3D; Fox secures the rights to Guys and Dolls; a sequel to Texas Chainsaw 3D may be in the works; and Tarsem Singh (Immortals) might team with Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) for a sci-fi feature.
Speaking with The Age, Atwell discussed the potential of a Peggy Carter spin-off, saying that she would like to revisit the character after Winter Soldier. However, she couldn’t go too much into specifics, as Marvel likes to closely guard their movies’ plots.
However, even before fans see Peggy Carter ...
- Anthony Taormina
Retronaut Amazingly sexist rejection letter from Walt Disney to an aspiring female artist
Technicolor Disney has reference photos for animation mashed-up with final art. Cool
La Times AMPAS may expand past 6,000 members this year. They're talking about diversifying and may relax their membership cap
Cinema Blend 80s/90s hitmaker Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction) to return after a long absence for another sexual thriller, this one about an open marriage and a trail of bodies. Expect big stars to headline as the troubled couple.
Out Soderbergh interviewing Soderbergh? The director's gay brother talks to him about Behind the Candelabra. (Someone remind me why this isn't opening in movie theaters again?)
My New Plaid Pants what kind of revealing costumes will Tarsem put him in?
Variety Jane Fonda about to get the immortalizing hand-in-cement treatment
Playbill the »
- NATHANIEL R
Ryan Reynolds is in early talks to star in Selfless, a new film from Tarsem Singh, the director behind Immortals, Mirror Mirror and The Fall. Set up at Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict, the Alex and David Pastor (Carriers) script follows a “rich old man who recently discovers that he’s dying. So in order to cheat death, he plays to have his mind transplanted into a younger man’s body, a cadaver whose “previous inhabitant” was murdered. Then the man finds himself being hunted by killers as he tries to figure out who killed him in the first place.”
We’ll be the first to admit that this concept sounds pretty interesting, and with a visionary director like Singh behind the camera, this could turn out to be a truly unique and exciting entry into the sci-fi genre. Reynolds is a solid leading man, too. His charm and charisma makes »
- Matt Joseph
Jake Gyllenhaal dabbled in the world of crime journalism when he starred as cartoonist Robert Graysmith in David Fincher's brilliant 2007 crime thriller Zodiac, and today we have learned that he is ready to make his way back. Variety is reporting that the Oscar-nominated actor and Rene Russo have both signed on to star in the new indie thriller Nightcrawler. The film will be the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, who will also be writing the script. The filmmaker is best known for his work as a screenwriter, previously penning movies like The Bourne Legacy, Tarsem Singh's The Fall and Two For The Money. His brother Tony Gilroy, with whom he wrote the last Bourne movie, will be serving as a producer on the new project. While details about the plot of Nightcrawler are slim, the trade says that it follows "a driven young man who discovers the nocturnal »
Ryan Reynolds and director Tarsem Singh will be teaming up for Selfless, a twisted sci-fi thriller about a wealthy older man who, when he discovers he’s dying, wants his mind transplanted into the body of a younger person.
The project comes from screenwriters Alex and David Pastor, who were initially planning to direct the film themselves. As stated above, the film focuses on a man who decides to put his mind in a younger body. Soon, though, he learns of the means by which his new body was obtained and finds himself on the run from a company trying to silence him.
Ryan Reynolds’s next projects include The Voices, a dark comedic thriller that also stars Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton; there’s also R.I.P.D., which will be released later this year. And sometime in the future he’ll make a sequel to The Croods.
Tarsem is working »
- Laura Frances
• French director Luc Besson, who introduced the world to Natalie Portman in The Professional, has cast Scarlett Johansson as his lead in his newest film, Lucy. In the film, Lucy is forced to be a drug mule. But, when the drug gets into her system, she turns into a super-being with telekinesis abilities, martial arts skills, and the helpful bonus of being immune to pain. Johansson is certainly finding a new life as an action star ever since she took on the role of Natasha Romanoff for the Marvel universe. She also stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut (and festival favorite) Don Jon, »
- Lindsey Bahr
The Bourne Legacy may not quite have kicked the franchise in the robust new direction hoped for, but it certainly gave a boost to the professional clout of writer Tony Gilroy. He's now producing the indie thriller Nightcrawler, the directorial debut of his brother Dan Gilroy. Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo will be heading his cast.Dan also wrote the film, which involves "a driven young man who discovers the nocturnal world of freelance crime journalism in La". So nothing to do with blue mutants that go Bamf! then. Nor the Scottish techno band; telekinetic Twilight Zone military units; or that Brian Thompson guy in Cobra. Oh wait, he was the Night Slasher. Makes all the difference.Gilroy (Dan) was the co-writer on Legacy and has the "story" credit on Shawn Levy's Real Steel. He also wrote The Fall (directed by Tarsem, who appears elsewhere in news this morning), and, »
The temporal ripples from last year's Looper are continuing to wash over Hollywood, with studio and production company radars especially tuned to detect high-concept thrillers. One such is Selfless, being developed between Film District and Endgame Entertainment. The arch-visualist Tarsem Singh is in talks to direct, and on the cast side, Ryan Reynolds is considering putting his name above the title.The screenplay is by Alex and David Pastor, who wrote and directed the 2009 indie pandemic horror Carriers. The idea at the heart of Selfless is mind transference, with a dying wealthy older man getting his consciousness moved into a younger host. The process doesn't quite go according to plan though, when it transpires that the corpse he's now inhabiting was a murder victim.This leads to some confusion on the part of the killers who now think they botched their job and come back to finish it off properly. »
Immortals director Tarsem Singh and Ryan Reynolds are in talks to team up on a new supernatural thriller called Selfless. The movie is being produced by Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict from a script written by Carriers scribes Alex and David Pastor.
The story "focuses on a wealthy older man who discovers he’s dying and pays to have his mind transplanted into a younger man’s body. Turns out that body is a cadaver whose previous inhabitant was murdered. Soon, he’s hunted by killers as he tries to get to the bottom of who took him out in the first place."
It seems like Tarsem and Reynolds would make an interesting team. If you've seen any of Tarsem's films, then you know the guy has an insane imagination. On top of Immortals, he also directed The Fall, The Cell, and I'm not sure why he made it, but he also did Mirror Mirror. »
- Joey Paur
Tarsem Singh (Mirror Mirror, Immortals) and Ryan Reynolds are circling the science fiction property Selfless, as the director and star, respectively. The film comes from a script from Carriers’ Alex and David Pastor.
The film is described as follows:
…the thriller focuses on a wealthy older man who discovers he’s dying and pays to have his mind transplanted into a younger man’s body. Turns out that body is a cadaver whose previous inhabitant was murdered. Soon, he’s hunted by killers as he tries to get to the bottom of who took him out in the first place.
- Andy Greene
Ryan Reynolds (The Croods, The Proposal) is in talks to star in Selfless, about an old rich guy who is dying and pays to have his brain transplanted into the body of a younger man who just died. One problem: the younger guy (Reynolds) was murdered and so once he's brought back to life, he's being chased by the people who still want him dead. Mirror, Mirror director Tarsem Singh (who I think dropped his last name and now just calls himself Tarsem) will helm. Endgame Entertainment and Film District, who together made the amazing Looper, are producing and putting this project together.
The concept sounds like The Host but without the aliens and romance. It's also like a really funny Steve Martin-Lily Tomliin movie from 1994 called All of Me which was just released on Blu-Ray/DVD - in that one an older wealthy lady has her soul transferred »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Just recently, Ryan Reynolds gained some lovely co-stars in the form of Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton for the dark comedic thriller The Voices, and later this year we'll see him in R.I.P.D. (watch the trailer) with Jeff Bridges. That's on top of his success in The Croods which just landed a sequel. Now it sounds like Reynolds is moving away from the bigger studio pictures for his future slate. Deadline has word that Reynolds is in early talks to star in Selfless, a new film from The Immortals, Mirror Mirror and The Fall director Tarsem Singh, set up at Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict, and it sounds pretty cool. The script comes from Alex and David Pastor (Carriers) and follows a rich old man who recently discovers that he's dying. So in order to cheat death, he plays to have his mind transplanted into a younger man's body, a cadaver whose "previous inhabitant" was murdered. »
- Ethan Anderton
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