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Italy’s Wildside To Produce TV Series Based On Elena Ferrante’s ‘The Neapolitan Novels’ (Exclusive)

6 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Italian film and TV company Wildside is ramping up production of TV series for the international market with a trio of high-profile projects based on hot literary properties, spearheaded by the four “The Neapolitan Novels” books by Italian author Elena Ferrante, the latest of which, “The Story of the Lost Child,” has been named one of the 10 Best Fiction Books of 2015 by the New York Times.

Other announced additions to Wildside’s expanded international TV pipeline are serial adaptations of French multihyphenate Emmanuel Carrere’s bestselling biographical novel “Limonov” and of prominent Italian author Niccolò Ammaniti’s apocalyptic, Sicily-set “Anna.”

“The Neapolitan Novels” are being co-produced by Wildside with Domenico Procacci’s Fandango, which owns the rights and originated the project. Fandango was among producers of Sky’s widely sold Neapolitan crime skein “Gomorra.”

The plan is for each of Ferrante’s four tomes, all centered around an intense female »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Watch: Surreal, Macabre 'The Lobster' Has a Darkly Comic New Trailer (Review & Roundup)

8 February 2016 10:20 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Yorgos Lanthimos' first English-language effort, "The Lobster" (Alchemy, March 11), is entirely in tune with the film most of us have seen, the wittily high-concept taboo-buster "Dogtooth," which was nominated for an Oscar. Working again with his co-screenwriter on his last three films, Efthimis Filippou, Lanthimos felt ready to expand his horizons beyond what was available to him in Greece, having moved to England four years ago. Watch: Rachel Weisz and Golden Globe Nominee Jane Fonda Talk Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth' (Exclusive Video) His multi-country cast ranges from Irishman Colin Farrell, Brits Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, and Olivia Coleman, Frenchwoman Lea Seydoux, American John C. Reilly, and Greek Angeliki Papoulia, who described the film as "funny, violent and sweet" at last year's Cannes, where "The Lobster" debuted to positive notices and won the Jury Prize. Added Reilly, "It's very subversive and funny and honest about »

- Anne Thompson

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Scanbox Set To Expand Focus On Production, Local Fare & TV Drama

6 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After switching its focus from home entertainment to digital and theatrical distribution, Scanbox is now aiming to dive deeper into co-production and strike the right balance between upscale local movies and prestige pics.

Created in 1980, the shingle has gone through a radical strategy shift over the last two years: Although it hasn’t given up on DVD, it’s shut down its DVD facility and now relies on a third-party provider. Today, the company’s DVD business reps only about 20% of its income, whereas theatrical and VOD bring in half of it. With offices in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Göteborg and Helsinki, Scanbox handles approximately 20 theatrical releases per year.

Steering away from genre pics which fed its home entertainment pipeline, Scanbox has been packing up on high-profile U.S. releases such as Quentin Tarantino´s “Hateful 8” or English-language pics that can play to a sophisticated and/or mature audience like “Woman in Gold” with Helen Mirren, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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European Pay TV Giant Sky to Double Investment in Non-Sport Content in Five Years

5 February 2016 3:05 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — European pay TV giant Sky will double its investment in non-sport content over the next five years, Gary Davey, the company’s managing director of content, said Thursday.

Davey, who launched Sky 27 years ago when he was managing director, said the company is set to spend 5 billion Gbp ($7.25 billion) this year on content, but wouldn’t break it down into sports and entertainment.

He said that whenever any Sky exec talks about the business, there are three key words they always use — content, innovation and service — and content was the most important.

“An important part of my job going forward is to make entertainment a primary reason to get Sky,” he told the audience of senior television executives at the Royal Television Society event in London.

Sky is “on a journey” with its entertainment and drama programming, he said. “I’m pretty happy where we are, but we have a long way to go. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Us Briefs: Bleecker Street dates 'Captain Fantastic'

4 February 2016 1:12 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Screen Media picks up Rio, I Love You; Lionsgate to adapt Magic Tree House children’s books; and more…

Bleecker Street will open Matt Ross’ recent Sundance world premiere starring Viggo Mortensen via theatrical roll-out on July 8. Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat, and Monica Levinson produced the story of an eccentric father to a clan of children in the Pacific Northwest.

Screen Media Films has acquired Us rights from WestEnd Films for the collaborative film Rio, I Love You, the third in the Cities Of Love trilogy featuring Paris Je t’Aime and New York I Love You. Rio, I Love You features ten short stories and their respective transitions of love in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Andrucha Waddington, Paolo Sorrentino, Fernando Meirelles, Stephan Elliott, John Turturro, Guillermo Arriaga, Sang-soo Im, Carlos Saldanha, Jose Padilha, Nadine Labaki, and Vicente Amorim direct a cast that includes Fernanda Montenegro, Emily Mortimer, and Vincent Cassel »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Review: Youth

4 February 2016 2:55 AM, PST | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This the review of Youth, directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Harvey Keitel. A profound story of art and ageing, love and pain: this beautifully shot film will leave with you a feeling of warmth, and a gratitude for both the simple and grand pleasures in life. Youth is full of the weird and wonderful, with elements of comic relief providing a lift from the more resonating messages of the film. Set in a luxurious spa hotel in Switzerland, we meet Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) on holiday with his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and old friend Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel). Fred, a retired composer and conductor, receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday. Fred declines this invite because of “personal reasons” which become apparent as the events unfold. Meanwhile Mick, a film director beset by his lost youth, »

- Helen Chapman

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Oscar’s Song Crop Ranges from ‘Simple’ to Complex

3 February 2016 2:37 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s batch of Oscar original song nominees represents quite the motley crew, with an operatic aria on one end of the spectrum and a bumping, post-coital soul track on the other.

“Earned It,” from “Fifty Shades of Grey,” earned first-time nominations for the Weeknd (aka Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, who performs), Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio.

The slow, sexy waltz plays as Jamie Dornan drives a conflicted Dakota Johnson home after a night of consummation, then reprises at the unresolved close of the film into the credits.

“(Director) Sam Taylor-Johnson wanted a song that had more soul to it, and, more importantly, that was coming from a male perspective,” Moccio says.

The song, which features Moccio on piano, is based on just two chords. Only toward the end does it shift into other harmonic territory, “where the strings kind of go wild,” he says. “That was »

- Tim Greiving

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Italian government reveals $435m film fund details

2 February 2016 1:28 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Minister hails shake-up which could bring “60% more finance” to industry; Sorrentino, Bertolucci, Benigni embrace the changes.

The Italian government has unveiled long-awaited film finance reform which promise to shake-up the local production, distribution and exhibition sectors.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, together with culture minister Dario Franceschini, late last week announced a new annual fund of $435m (€400m) for the Italian film industry.

According to the announcement, the Cinema Fund and a raft of tax breaks and subsidies will take effect from 2017.

“Each year, 12% of Vat tax revenue gained from companies exploiting film content – including TV broadcasters, internet service providers, phone operators and film distributors – will feed into a fund amounting to no less than €400m,” explained Franceschini following a meeting with top Italian industry figures including film-makers Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango In Paris), Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) and Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful).

He added: “This is not a corrective intervention, but a »

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Film Review: Youth

31 January 2016 12:51 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Youth vaunts itself as an unabashedly cinematic film. Paolo Sorrentino's latest offering knows just how sumptuous and clever it is and is in no way ashamed to flaunt rich colours, startling compositions and overwhelming talent to point a satirical finger at the glitz and glamour of stardom. Awash with admiration for the beauty of images on show, an audience is to lap up every glistening, perfect moment; to hell with modesty or self-deprecation. Savour certain moments you will but as the curtain comes down with a performance of its apparently Oscar-worthy song, the lasting impression is not a fulfilling one. Youth serves up delicately presented haute cuisine instead of a hardy pub lunch.

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- CineVue UK

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Youth (La Giovinezza) review – dazed and confused

31 January 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel bring the benefit of age and experience to a misfiring tragi-comedy

Italian writer/director Paolo Sorrentino’s first English-language feature This Must Be the Place (which preceded the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty/La Grande Bellezza) was an awkward affair that cast Sean Penn as a Robert Smith goth-a-like living in Ireland, embarking upon an American road trip in pursuit of a Nazi war criminal. Really. Youth is altogether more assured, although nonetheless strange – a hazy meditation on love and death interspersed with weirdly melancholic celebrity cameos. It plays out in a glamorous hotel-cum-health-spa at the foot of the Alps, where retired composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) refuses a royal invitation to conduct his popular score Simple Songs, while film-maker Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) assembles a group of young writers to compose his film “testament”, the ominously entitled Life’s Last Day.

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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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The Flickering Myth Review Podcast – Episode #162 – The Big Short, The Assassin and Dirty Grandpa

29 January 2016 8:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth Review discusses money, money, money and Robert De Niro pleasuring himself with Zac Efron

Scott J. Davis and Rohan Morbey are back to review the week’s biggest releases Under the microscope this week are Adam McKay’s The Big Short, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt; 2015 Cannes award-winner The Assassin; Sandra Bullock in Our Brand in Crisis; and our review of Dirty Grandpa, another career-low for Robert De Niro

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Join us next week for our review of Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, Michael Bay’s 13 Hours and much more…. »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Guardian film show: Spotlight, Dirty Grandpa, 13 Hours and Youth - Audio Review

29 January 2016 7:52 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases.

Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team watch an exposé in the works with Spotlight, the story of the Boston Globe’s revelations about a child abuse cover-up by the Catholic church; see Robert de Niro dabble in filth as a sex-starved septuagenarian in Dirty Grandpa; get gung-ho with Michael Bay in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, the director’s take on the Libyan embassy attack; and head for a mountain retreat with the beautiful and famous in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth

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- Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard join Xan Brooks Produced by Gary Marshall

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Jane Fonda: five best moments

29 January 2016 7:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As the two-time Oscar winner steals the show in Paolo Sorrentino’s latest film, Youth, here’s a look back at her finest performances

In the early 90s, finding work harder to come by, Jane Fonda announced her retirement from the film industry. This was after a career that included two Oscar wins and five nominations, as well as an Emmy, two Baftas and supplementary success as a fitness guru.

Related: Youth review – life and death as seen from a luxury hot tub

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- Benjamin Lee

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Youth May Be Uneventful, But It’s Still Mesmerising

29 January 2016 2:05 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Studio Canal

Rating: ★★★★

At the age of 45, Paolo Sorrentino should have every right to still be regarded as an ‘up and coming’ auteur, with us happily forgiving his flaws on account of his relatively young age and evident desire to make beautiful, mesmerising movies. That’s how I felt until the pretty but limp This Must Be The Place, but now that he’s made The Great Beauty and has a deserved Oscar in the glass cabinet, he’s now inevitably going to be held to higher standards. While Youth isn’t as ambitious or spectacular as his crowning achievement so far, it calmly continues to showcase his passion and flair for visual storytelling.

Youth follows the late-life crisis of retired and revered composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine), who is spending time in an Alpine spa hotel with a ragtag assortment of other guests who are ailing either creatively and »

- Robert Zak

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Youth review – life and death as seen from a luxury hot tub

28 January 2016 7:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In Paolo Sorrentino’s beautiful but underwhelming drama, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel are a pair of old friends steeped in ennui and torpor during a spa break in Switzerland

This new film from the Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino is an entertaining but minor work, another of his angular, intensely controlled comedies of manners, this one forever breaking into bizarre, new-realist tableaux of ugly people in various states of undress. It’s the kind of stylishness that risks depleting substance and, like his other English-language film This Must Be the Place (2011), it is eroded by Sorrentino’s weakness for rock star cameos. Just occasionally, it feels like a 124-minute Rolex commercial. But there is always such superb poise.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Youth –video review

28 January 2016 6:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In a clip from this week’s Guardian film show, Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw review Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, a drama about a retired classical composer who’s sojourn in a mountain retreat is interrupted by visits from his best friend, his daughter, an actor who is having trouble connecting with his performances and Miss Universe. Youth, which debuted at the Cannes film festival and stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Paloma Faith, is in cinemas in the UK on Friday

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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger and Andrea Salvatici

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The Guardian film show: Spotlight, Dirty Grandpa, 13 Hours and Youth – video reviews

28 January 2016 6:49 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team watch an exposé in the works with Spotlight, the story of the Boston Globe’s revelations about a child abuse cover-up by the Catholic church; see Robert de Niro dabble in filth as a sex-starved septuagenarian in Dirty Grandpa; get gung-ho with Michael Bay in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, the director’s take on the Libyan embassy attack; and head for a mountain retreat with the beautiful and famous in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth

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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger and Andrea Salvatici

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Movie Review – Youth (2016)

27 January 2016 10:08 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Youth (2016)

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Starring Michael Caine, Harvey KeitelRachel Weisz and Paul Dano.

Synopsis:

A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday. Watch the trailer below.

Youth centres on a variety of characters – some big, some small; some old, some young; some famous, some not – on a vacation in a Swiss retreat. For how long is never fully explained. It could be both forever, and just a long weekend. The only markers of time passed are in the patrons’ daily ritual: wake late, relax in pool, eat dinner, evening entertainment. Sometimes, the guests are so still they look like statues.

Alan Resnais made a film like this a long time ago, about a drama of memory in a hotel. I forget what it was called. »

- Oli Davis

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‘Golden Years,’ ‘Marguerite,’ ‘Dheepan,’ ‘Mustang’ Lead Cesar Nominations

27 January 2016 1:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Xavier Giannoli’s “Marguerite” and Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” are leading the nominations at this year’s Cesar awards, along with “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Oscar-nominated feature debut, and Jacques Audiard’s Palme-d’Or winning “Dheepan.”

The nominations for the 41st Cesar awards were unveiled today by Alain Terzian, prexy of the French Academy of Arts and Sciences, during a press conference hosted at the Fouquets restaurant.

Terzian revealed that Michael Douglas will follow Sean Penn’s footsteps and receive the honorary Cesar award. Douglas previously won the honorary Cesar nod in 1998.

Set in the roaring 20s, “Marguerite” stars Catherine Frost as a wealthy woman who embarks on a journey to become an Opera singer in spite of her limited singing talent. Nominated for 11 Cesar nods – best film, actress, director, original screenplay — the pic world premiered at Venice. Fidelite Films produced.

“My Golden Years,” which opened at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Match Factory Secures Sales for ‘Sicilian Ghost Story’

27 January 2016 12:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Germany’s The Match Factory has taken international sales on “Sicilian Ghost Story,” the non-conventional Mafia pic now in pre-production to be directed by hot Italian directorial duo Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza. Project is among winners of this year’s Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award. Billed as a Brothers Grimm meets Cosa Nostra pic, “Sicilian Ghost Story” is about a 13-year-old Sicilian girl named Luna who refuses to accept the sudden disappearance of Giuseppe, the young boy she loves, when he is kidnapped because he is the son of a Mafia boss.

Pic set to start shooting this fall, is being produced by Massimo Cristaldi in tandem with Indigo Film, the shingle behind Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty.” Gaul’s Mact Prods. and Jpg Films, and Match Factory, are co-producing.

Grassadonia and Piazza’s feature debut “Salvo,” an atmospheric Sicilian hit-man thriller, made a splash after launching from »

- Nick Vivarelli

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