10 items from 2014
So while the news that neither "Birdman" nor "Inherent Vice" (our no. 10 and no. 1 most anticipated films of the year, respectively) will be showing in Cannes may have us casting our thoughts forward to the fall festival season, there are still quite a few key events on the cinephile calendar between now and then. Indeed, the Tribeca Film Festival starts this week, and while the line-up overall feels more muted in profile than some years, there's still plenty that has piqued our curiosity in its slate. The 13th iteration of the New York-based festival opens on Wednesday night and will run until Sunday 27th with 33 jurors presiding over the competitive sections, including Jeff Goldblum, Whoopi Goldberg, Lake Bell, Toni Collette, Nate Parker, Gary Ross, Catherine Hardwicke, Adepero Oduye, Heather Graham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alfonso Arau, Christine Lahti, Anton Yelchin and Natasha Lyonne. We've seen a fair number of the selection already »
- The Playlist Staff
The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.
In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.
Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:
World Competition Categories
The jurors for »
- Jeff Labrecque
Lake Bell, Toni Collette, Jeff Goldblum, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Stuhlbarg, Heather Graham and Catherine Hardwicke are among the three dozen actors, filmmakers and executives chosen to sit on juries at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Tff organizers announced on Tuesday. The jurors will give out awards in seven different competitive categories, with prizes totalling $150,000 to be announced at a ceremony on April 24. The Nora Ephron Prize, which goes to a female writer or director, carries an additional $25,000 award. Also read: 21 Summer Movies We're Dying to See – From ‘Transformers 4' to ‘Godzilla’ Jurors for the World Narrative Competition »
- Steve Pond
Organizers of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival have tapped a roster of industry types including Sheila Nevins, Anton Yelchin, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Wesley, Catherine Hardwicke, Toni Collette and Natasha Lyonne, among others, to serve as jurors for the fest’s seven competitive categories.
Hardwicke will judge the world narrative competish with a jury that includes Lake Bell and Steven Conrad (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”), while the world doc winner will be selected by a team that includes New York magazine’s David Edelstein and BBC journo Nick Fraser.
Thesps Jeff Goldblum and Adepero Oduyo are part of the jury to pick the award winner for new narrative director, while Heather Graham and Michael Stuhlbarg are among those selecting the recipient of the new doc helmer laurel.
- Gordon Cox
Chicago – “Inside Llewyn Davis” shows the strength of the Coen brothers’ authorship, and the vitality their vision gives to different time periods, locations, and life experiences. This freewheelin’ bildungsroman of destiny? coincidence? trails a scraggly singer/songwriter (Oscar Isaac as the title character), daring to spread olden tunes in a period of American artistry that is pre-Dylan.
And yet, “Inside Llewyn Davis” is a modern a film as it may seem the period. Give the title character an iPhone, and he’s a Millenial, maneuvering his way through the world while trying to survive bad luck.
Similar to how Michael Stuhlbarg was tossed around in the Coens’ previous ode of bad luck “A Serious Man”, Isaac is quite a curious discovery in this film. Featured in almost every scene, he certifies his potential as a lead. He can truly sing and strum as well, even if we have to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Cate Blanchett never fails to exude grace and class on the big screen (Even her character’s epic meltdown in Blue Jasmine manages to maintain some shred of dignity.) Off screen though, the 44-year old actress is funny and loose. An epic photo shoot for this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly with fellow nominee, newcomer Lupita Nyong’o only seems to energize her as she heads into the final few weeks of campaigning for the Best Actress prize, which she has pretty much locked up.
The actress, who has been down this path before with five previous nominations and »
- Nicole Sperling
Director: Woody Allen
Extras: Cast Press Conference, Featurette: “Notes from the Red Carpet”
Woody Allen has been intrepidly working with a new release each year and when it was announced that Cate Blanchett would be teaming up, excitement ensued but no-one could surely know how truly excellent and Oscar-worthy her performance would be in Blue Jasmine.
There are immediate inklings to the kind of character Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is from the first moment we meet her sat aboard an aeroplane, talking endlessly to an older lady next to her. You’d initially assume that she’s making small-talk but alas Jasmine is not, she’s divulging her existence regardless of self-awareness and her fellow passenger sums up her persona so very quickly by saying “She couldn’t stop babbling about her life…” as »
- Dan Bullock
Suzy Benzinger, the costume designer of Blue Jasmine, chose iconic brands like Hermès, Louis Vuitton, and Missoni to serve as visual shorthand of what the modern-day wealthy socialite wears, but it is the white Chanel jacket that follows Jasmine from the beginning of the movie to the end which tells its own tale of what is happening to its owner.
When we first see Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) she is flying first-class from New York to San Francisco to see her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins). On the flight she dazzles a fellow passenger with the story of how she met her wealthy businessman husband Hal (Alec Baldwin). Or so she thinks. When that passenger arrives at the airport terminal she complains to her husband that she was trapped on the flight next to a lady who would not shut up. It is in this initial scene that Jasmine wears the lovely »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
The Coen brothers excel at creating excellent soundtracks for their films. A good soundtrack can be the difference between a scene falling flat or becoming an unforgettable cinematic moment; where would the helicopter scene from Apocalypse Now be without Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries blaring out of the speakers?
Longtime Coen-collaborator Carter Burwell has composed music for almost every one of the brothers’ films and while his work is always good, the Coens really come into their element when they choose pre-existing music for their scores. So well is this music integrated that you forget the song wasn’t composed solely for that film, creating some truly iconic moments.
Few filmmakers are as skilled as the Coen brothers at building their movies around the music they use. Often their soundtracks feel natural, and so fitting that films like O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Big Lebowski effortlessly seem »
- Matt Seton
SAG Awards 2014 winners: Lupita Nyong’o surprises, shoo-in Cate Blanchett doesn’t (photo: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o in ’12 Years a Slave’) The 2014 SAG Awards ceremony was held at downtown Los Angeles’ Shrine Exposition Center earlier this evening, January 18. Presenters included Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Josh Holloway, Clark Gregg, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Mindy Kaling, and Pauley Perrette, in addition to about a couple of dozen nominees. Most of the winners — including those in the television categories — were the expected ones, e.g., Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Best Actor Oscar winner Michael Douglas (Wall Street, 1987) for his portrayal of Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Jared Leto for Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, two-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1969; California Suite, 1978) for Downton Abbey, and Best Actress Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, 2006) for Phil Spector. Even so, there »
- Steve Montgomery
10 items from 2014
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