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Daily | Issues | cléo, Necsus, Cineaste

5 December 2014 3:30 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The new issue of cléo features interviews with Sally Potter and Julie Taymor, a profile of Sylvia Schedelbauer and articles on Alexander Payne’s Election, Jonathan Lynn's Clue, Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden, John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps and Jon Hall's Beach Girls and the Monster. Necsus has rolled out its autumn issue with and essay by the late Harun Farocki. In the new journal Kinetophone, we can read about Dario Argento's Opera, Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva, Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and Federico Fellini's E la nave va. The new Cineaste is out and Fireflies is preparing its second issue on Abbas Kiarostami and Béla Tarr. » - David Hudson »

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Michelle MacLaren In Negotiations to Direct 'Wonder Woman' Standalone Movie

12 November 2014 4:21 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Well, when the shortlist was first revealed her name wasn't on it, but her's seemed to be the first name on everyone's lips once it was revealed Warner Bros. was hoping to fill the director's chair on their upcoming Wonder Woman movie with a female director. That name being Michelle MacLaren, whose work on "Breaking Bad", "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" has resulted in some of the most talked about episodes when it comes to fans of those series. Tonight, it seems I was right to write early on that I felt "before all is said and done you know Michelle MacLaren's name will bubble to the surface" and bubble it has as Variety reports MacLaren is in negotiations to direct the film, which will feature Gal Gadot in the title role with plans for a June 23, 2017 release date. Names that were on the shortlist to begin »

- Brad Brevet

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Which Female Filmmaker Should Direct ‘Wonder Woman'? (Poll)

24 October 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Multiple reports surfaced Friday that Warner Bros. was angling for a female filmmaker to direct Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman,” which is slated for 2017. The obvious choice might be Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), as she's the only woman to ever win a directing Oscar, but she's far from the only qualified candidate. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? Other named contenders include Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer's Body”), Julie Taymor (“Frida”), Mimi Leder (“Deep Impact”) or Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”). But what about “Lost in Translation” auteur Sofia Coppola or “Clueless” director Amy Heckerling? They, »

- Travis Reilly

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Rumoured shortlist of directors for Wonder Woman movie

24 October 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday it was reported that Warner Bros. is looking for a female director to helm its upcoming Wonder Woman movie, and so naturally it hasn’t taken long for the rumour mill to kick into gear, with Forbes posting a rumoured shortlist of candidates for the director’s chair on what will be the Amazon Princess’ solo big screen debut…

According to the site, the studio is considering Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Mimi Leder (Deep Impact), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), Julie Taymor (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) and Tricia Brook (The Walking Dead).

Given the timing of this report, and past form from Forbes, I’m personally chalking this one down to pure speculation, but of course if Warner Bros. is looking for a female director for Wonder Woman, then you’d have to imagine most of those names would be high on Warner’s shortlist… »

- Gary Collinson

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Bigelow, Hardwicke and More Lead Search for Female 'Wonder Woman' Director

24 October 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"Hey! If we're going to have a female superhero movie it should be directed by a female!" Hilarious. And I'm not saying that because I don't think a female should be hired to direct Warner Bros. and DC Comics' planned Wonder Woman movie, but because it's not as if they are breaking any gender lines in doing so. Why isn't a female director also being sought to direct The Flash, Aquaman or Shazamc Oh... I see... Either way, it is what it is and I guess women will just have to be satisfied for the bone they're thrown for the time being as The Hollywood Reporter brings word WB is searching for a female director to direct the Gal Gadot-led Wonder Woman feature targeting a June 23, 2017 release following Gadot's appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. While sites have already started putting together their wishlists, Forbes »

- Brad Brevet

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"Wonder Woman" Gets A Directing Short List

24 October 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Along with a lack of female superheroes on the big screen, there's also been an obvious lack of female filmmakers tackling the genre. Lexi Alexander was an exception, helming the quickly forgotten "Punisher: War Zone," whilst Patty Jenkins came very close to directing "Thor: The Dark World" before Alan Taylor ultimately took the gig.

Now though, with the announcement of a "Wonder Woman" movie, it looks like Warners is using the opportunity to also push for more diversity behind the camera and is currently considering a shortlist of female helmers for the gig.

Forbes reports the studio has already drawn up a list of possible directors including established filmmakers like Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), Mimi Leder ("Deep Impact"), Karyn Kusama ("Aeon Flux") and Julie Taymor ("Across the Universe") along with some TV directors such as Michelle MacLaren ("Game of Thrones") and Tricia Brook ("The Walking Dead").

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- Garth Franklin

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Rumor: Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke & More On Shortlist To Direct 'Wonder Woman'

24 October 2014 8:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With Warner Bros. laying out the roadmap for their DC Comics movies through 2020, get ready for years of speculation about cast members and directors, so let's get started with "Wonder Woman." THR reports that the studio is already looking for a woman to direct the Gal Gadot-starring film slated for 2017. Meanwhile, over at Forbes, they've already got a list of the names that are apparently on WB's shortlist. Let's take a look.... According to business site, Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), Karyn Kusama ("Girlfight"), Mimi Leder ("Deep Impact"), and Julie Taymor ("Across The Universe") are all names being tossed around. Of course, some are more likely than others, even at first glance. Bigelow seems a long shot, though is easily the most desirable name from a studio standpoint. She's an acclaimed, Oscar-winning filmmaker who can do action and drama, and would bring a serious face »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Shortlist For Wonder Woman Director Includes Kathryn Bigelow And Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke

24 October 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

What a difference a month makes. Four weeks ago, Warner Bros. refused to comment on whether a solo Wonder Woman film was in the works. Fast forward to today, though, and we know for sure that the Gal Gadot’s Amazon Warrior will indeed star in her own stand-alone movie. With the actress already in place, all eyes have now turned to the directing chair, and it appears as though WB has drafted up a shortlist of potential candidates.

In accordance with yesterday’s report, it seems Warner Bros. and DC have their mind set on recruiting a female filmmaker for the big-screen adaptation, and according to a list published by Forbes, we now know which directors have topped the studio’s alleged wishlist.

Those big names that are reportedly in with a shout include The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow, Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke and Michelle McLaren of Game of Thrones fame. »

- Michael Briers

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Warner Bros. Said To Be Eyeing This List Of Female Directors For Wonder Woman

24 October 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Forbes claim to have heard that Warner Bros. already have a list of female directors they're hoping will helm Wonder Woman for them in 2017. This list includes Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Mimi Leder (Deep Impact), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), and Julie Taymor, the woman responsible for the disaterous Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. However, she has found acclaim for her work on The Tempest and others. Also being considered are TV directors Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) and Tricia Brook (The Walking Dead). The site adds that Bigelow, Leder, and Hardwicke, with MacLaren are the main contenders. Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow is of course a fan-favourite choice to helm Wonder Woman, and while the site says that she's in the mix, it appears as if that's based more on speculation than reliable insider information.  Regardless, if true, this isn't a bad start and it will be refreshing to »

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Albert Wolsky on costuming 'Birdman' and working with legends like Bob Fosse

22 October 2014 2:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Somehow I haven't gotten around to talking to legendary costume designer Albert Wolsky in my time, but "Birdman" presented the opportunity and here we are. With seven Oscar nominations and two wins, Wolsky is one of the titans, with a legacy on both stage and screen. Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest, then, was a fascinating project for him in that it bridged the gap between those two disciplines. But as Wolsky says in the lengthy interview below, the work in movies like this is "invisible." By design, of course, but often that leads to a lack of appreciation for what goes into outfitting a movie like this. Nevertheless, Wolsky has tried his hand at a number of extravagant productions in his day, so of course we carved out plenty of time to talk about some of those. From Bob Fosse's "Lenny" and "All That Jazz" to Sam Mendes' »

- Kristopher Tapley

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'Lion King' musical has the top box office in entertainment

23 September 2014 1:19 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

No waiting necessary—The Lion King musical is the king. Disney’s Julie Taymor-directed stage adaptation of the 1994 film has accumulated $6.2 billion worldwide, meaning it now has the “most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history,” the Associated Press reported. 

The Lion King, which opened on Broadway in 1997, has 10 productions running around the world at present, and, according to the AP, the figure was only derived from its box-office totals, not its merchandise sales.

The title was previously held by The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest running show, but The Lion King »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Disney's 'The Lion King' Becomes History's Top-Grossing Entertainment Title

22 September 2014 8:03 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Just under a year ago, Disney's The Lion King became the first Broadway production to cross the $1 billion mark. Now the globally successful stage musical has become the highest-earning entertainment property in history in any medium, with a worldwide gross of $6.2 billion. The Associated Press reported on Monday that Julie Taymor's unstoppable production, which opened on Broadway in 1997 and has been playing to capacity houses in New York, on tour and in international engagements ever since, has nabbed the top spot from another long-running musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. That

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- David Rooney

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'The Lion King' Stage Musical Shatters Box Office Records

22 September 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Mark Kennedy, AP Drama Writer

New York (AP) - Here's something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: "The Lion King" is the top ticket of all time.

With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, "The Lion King" stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history, The Associated Press has learned.

The show quietly took over top spot from the $6 billion-earning "The Phantom of the Opera" late this summer, according to representatives from both shows. "Phantom" producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group congratulated "The Lion King" in a statement, calling their rival show "The Pride of Broadway."

The total makes "The Lion King" more valuable than any single Harry Potter film, the blockbuster "Titanic," or any of the "Star Wars" movies. By way of comparison, the highest-grossing film in history is "Avatar," with nearly $2.8 billion worldwide. »

- The Associated Press

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Tiff Maverick Julie Taymor Creates Hybrid Theater/Film with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (Video)

15 September 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Shakespeare is Julie Taymor's touchstone. She comes back to him not only in countless stage productions but on film as well, from the exhilarating visual and violent "Titus" with Jessica Lange and Anthony Hopkins to Helen Mirren's incomparable take on Prospero in "The Tempest." Taymor also loves the Beatles ("Across the Universe"), Frida Kahlo ("Frida"), "The Lion King" (the $1 billion-grossing Tony-winning musical), opera (Mozart's "The Magic Flute," life partner Elliot Goldenthal's "Grendel") and her swooping version of the Broadway hit "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"--for which she successfully sued to get royalties. One of the high points of the recent Toronto International Film Festival was not only watching the world premiere of Taymor's latest Shakespeare film--shot by her "Frida" cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, combining her recent acclaimed Brooklyn live theater »

- Anne Thompson

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'A Midsummer Night's Dream': Toronto Review

8 September 2014 4:25 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Toronto — Even the best of Julie Taymor's uneven film output hasn’t equaled the invigorating imagination of the director's kinetic stage work, but that disparity finds a happy meeting point in this bracing screen record of her 2013 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, one of the knockout highs of the most recent New York theater season. Filmed theater, opera and ballet has become a booming niche business in the past decade, but this entry — shot by Rodrigo Prieto with a nimble grace and illuminating focus that put you right there among the audience, and frequently even closer —

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- David Rooney

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Venice Film Review: ‘The Humbling’

29 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An actor prepares to face the final curtain of his career in “The Humbling,” director Barry Levinson’s free-form adaptation of Philip Roth’s penultimate novel, about a star of stage and screen beginning to lose the tricks of his trade (and possibly his grasp on reality). In one of those curious quirks of timing, Levinson’s film arrives hot on the heels of another polymorphous movie about an actor in crisis, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman,” in whose deservedly large shadow it may be doomed to dwell. But where Inarritu’s exuberant style piece calls to mind the likes of Fosse and Fellini, “The Humbling” feels closer to the intimate theater/film hybrid works of Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn (“My Dinner With Andre,” “Vanya on 42nd Street”) in its lo-fi aesthetics and gently playful sense of art imitating life imitating art. , though doing so will surely prove to be an uphill climb. »

- Scott Foundas

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'Birdman,' 'Wild,' 'Imitation Game' and an 'Apocalypse Now' treat set for 41st Telluride

28 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Telluride — With all the reindeer games going on in the fall festival world, a lot of the drama and mystery surrounding Telluride's perennially on-the-lowdown program began to seep out like a steadily deflating balloon this year. Toronto, Venice and New York notations of "World Premiere," "Canada Premiere," "New York Premiere" or "International Premiere" and the like made it all rather obvious which films were heading to the San Juans for the 41st edition of the tiny mining village's cinephile gathering, and which were not. But the fact is, if you're in it just for the surprises — or certainly, for the awards-baiting heavies — you're never going to be fully satisfied by the Telluride experience. That having been said, this year's program might just be the most exciting one in my six years of attending. Starting with all of the stuff we were expecting, indeed, Cannes players "Foxcatcher," "Mr. Turner" and "Leviathan »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Daily | Gomes, McCarey, Ellroy

27 August 2014 12:18 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

For the New York Times, Rachel Donadio has visited Miguel Gomes on the set of Arabian Nights (As 1,001 Noites), "an experimental yearlong project in which the director has blended fact and fiction to examine contemporary Portugal in the throes of its debt crisis." Also in today's roundup of news and views: David Lynch's double shot of espresso, Leo McCarey's Good Sam (1948), Ellen Burstyn's directorial debut, James Ellroy's Otto Preminger adaptation, interviews with Gina Telaroli and Julie Taymor—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Bill Murray Day, Celebrity Guests & Conversations with David Thorpe, Julie Taymor, Antoine Fuqua, Jon Stewart, Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche at Tiff 2014

20 August 2014 7:44 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Al Pacino (Heat) will be starting off the 2014 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival at Charity Gala on September 3rd with an intimate on-stage conversation; however, the Oscar-winner will not be alone as other celebrities will be descending upon the city.  A much loved comedian will be honoured two days later as Bill Murray Day will see the screenings of Ghostbusters (1984), Stripes (1981) and Groundhog Day (1993) plus the World Premiere of his latest cinematic performance in St. Vincent Theodore Melfi where he portrays a boozing and gambling curmudgeon who establishes an unusual friendship with a newly transplanted 12 year old boy in Brooklyn.

Outside of Pacino and Murray, the festivities will include in-depth conversations with filmmakers David Thorpe, Julie Taymor, Antoine Fuqua and Jon Stewart; actors Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche; and journalists Maziar Bahari and Dan Savage.  “The Mavericks programme offers Festivalgoers an exclusive »

- Trevor Hogg

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Tiff: ‘St. Vincent’, James Franco, ‘Kaguya’ round out festival lineup

19 August 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With the Toronto International Film Festival just two weeks away starting on September 4 and running through September 14, Tiff has finalized their full slate of films along with the film schedule.

According to a press release, additions to this latest slate include World Premieres of concert-doc Roger Waters The Wall, Theodore Melfi’s Bill Murray vehicle St. Vincent, Kryzstof Zanussi’s Foreign Body and Raoul Peck’s Murder in Pacot. Also announced are the North American premieres of James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury, Isao Takahata’s Studio Ghibli film The Tale of Princess Kaguya and the Palme D’Or winning film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Winter Sleep.

This last slate of announcement brings the total film count to a whopping 285 features and 108 shorts, including 143 World Premieres and 73 North American Premieres.

Tiff also disclosed their list of Mavericks Conversations, intimate talks with filmmakers and actors following screenings of their films. »

- Brian Welk

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