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Restorations ‘Non-negotiable’ for Video Streaming Deals, Says Gaumont’s Jérôme Soulet

8 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lyon, France  — With U.S. video streaming platforms advancing across Europe and the rest of the world, restorations are a necessity if French film distributors want to ensure a future for their heritage film libraries, Jérôme Soulet, head of video, television and new media at Gaumont, said in his keynote address at the first day of the Lumière Festival’s International Classic Film Market.

“If you want to sign an agreement with a platform, an HD restoration is necessary, otherwise they won’t do it; it’s non-negotiable,” he added.

Soulet shared his views on the challenges facing heritage film in market increasingly dominated by U.S. Svod platforms.

Despite a rich film history, France’s heritage market is facing an uncertain future due to the country’s dearth of domestic video streaming services, Soulet said.

Soulet, joined by industry analyst Pascal Lechevallier, presented sobering statistics and warned that French distributors needed to take concrete steps to ensure »

- Ed Meza

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Lumière Festival: Michael Mann, Guillermo del Toro talk Michael Mann

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lyon, France — Director Michael Mann, a guest of the Lumière Festival, discussed his decades-long career and creative process on Sunday before introducing a restored version of “Heat” never seen before in France.

Speaking with Institut Lumière director Thierry Frémaux and fellow filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, Mann said he saw himself as an auteur, adding: “It’s not about self reflection, it’s about responsibility. Everything, good or bad, the creative choices, whether it’s an actor, the folds in the curtains, the fashion, the music, the cut, it’s all my fault, my responsibility. And that’s what’s always so exciting to me about cinema.”

Turning the discussion to the characters in Mann’s works, del Toro pointed out that his films, whether “Heat” or “The Last of the Mohicans,” often dealt with men struggling as relics in their own time as history leaves them behind. “And they seem to be holding a very intimate set of »

- Ed Meza

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Lumière Festival: Guillermo del Toro on the Catholic Church, his Holy Trinity and Boris Karloff Epiphany

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lyon, France  —  In a wide-ranging discussion at Lyon’s Lumière Festival on Monday, Guillermo del Toro talked about the creative and disturbing influence of the Catholic Church, his own personal Holy Trinity, the unique aspects of cinema, his desire to work with Michael Mann and George Miller on a book project and his Boris Karloff-inspired epiphany.

Asked how he is able to translate nightmares into beautiful dreams, Del Toro quipped, “I had a f****d up childhood.”

The imagery of Mexico’s Catholic Church, which Del Toro described as second only to that of the Philippines in goriness and anatomical accurateness, was a main factor.

“There was a Christ in my church with an exposed bone fracture, and it was kind of green and purple, but his face looked like he was coming. And then they said, ‘The body of Christ,’ and I said, ‘No thank you.’

“In Guadalajara, of all f*****g cities, »

- Ed Meza

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Michael Mann Talks Holding Warner Bros. "for Ransom," Why 'Heat' Couldn't Be Made Today

19 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cannes Film Festival boss Thierry Fremaux’s ninth annual Lumiere Film Festival, which is dedicated to showcasing classic films, film restorations and documentaries on cinema, has been running since this weekend in his native city of Lyon, France.

An early highlight was the 4K restoration screening of Michael Mann’s modern crime classic Heat, which was preceded by a three-way conversation between Mann, Fremaux and Guillermo del Toro — who presented himself as an avid admirer of the American director, reading aloud at one point from Mann’s original annotated shooting script. (Del Toro is currently planning a series of interview books about »

- Jordan Mintzer

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Guillermo del Toro is Making a Michael Mann Documentary

16 October 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Today in news that will make the denizens of Film Twitter lose their collective minds, acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is apparently making a documentary about acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann. That’s a whole lot of acclaim to go around. Details are slim at the moment, but just the knowledge that a director like del Toro […]

The post Guillermo del Toro is Making a Michael Mann Documentary appeared first on /Film. »

- Chris Evangelista

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Rumor: Guillermo del Toro working on documentary about Michael Mann?

16 October 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Guillermo del Toro is famous (infamous?) for stockpiling a bunch of projects he'll probably never finish in his lifetime (unless, of course, we perfect cryogenic freezing technology). This includes the shelved Hellboy 3, The Hobbit, In The Mountains Of Madness, etc. However, it looks like the next film (after Fantastic Voyage) will be none other than a documentary about fellow director Michael Mann. If this seems to... Read More »

- Damion Damaske

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Guillermo del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Michael Mann, Which We Hope Will Be Called ‘Mann’s Labyrinth’

16 October 2017 10:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While presenting the new director’s cut of “Heat” at the Lumière Film Festival, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux made an announcement sure to please cinephiles: Guillermo del Toro is making a documentary about Michael Mann. That’s enough to make films about well-known auteurs a trend, what with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s “De Palma” and Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg.”

No other information is available as of yet, though the news is in keeping with del Toro’s habit of pursuing as many different movies as possible. (His list of unrealized projects is longer than his actual filmography, with everything from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “The Hobbit” to “At the Mountains of Madness” and “Silent Hills” leaving fans to wonder “what if?” forever.)

Del Toro has sung the “Collateral,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” and “Blackhat” director’s praises on Twitter, calling “Heat” both “a film that is part of the lexicon of the medium” and “a stark Western set in a hyperreal LA.”

Film: Heat by Michael Mann. Top three Mann. A film that is part of the lexicon of the medium. A stark Western set in a hyperreal La.

Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 20, 2015

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- Michael Nordine

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In the Aftermath of Harvey Weinstein, Can We Separate the Art from the Artist? — IndieWire Critics Survey

16 October 2017 10:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein story and all that it involves — as people reconsider their relationship to the Miramax films of the ’90s (or don’t) and brace for a new Woody Allen movie, etc. —  we return to an age-old question that could always stand to be asked anew: How should the backstory of a film and / or its makers impact the way we receive it?

Kate Erbland (@katerbland), IndieWire

When horrifying accusations like the ones waged against Harvey Weinstein come to light, it’s very easy to scream for a boycott and move on (and, as we often see in cases like these, »

- David Ehrlich

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Guillermo del Toro Is Working On A Documentary About Michael Mann

16 October 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

On the face of it, you probably couldn’t imagine two filmmakers more dissimilar than Guillermo del Toro and Michael Mann. The former creates intricate fantasy worlds, weaving fairy tales and dark-edged stories, with his own distinct fingerprint and creative spirit. The latter is a filmmaker who studies characters obsessed with process, shoots with precision, and places an emphasis on realism. However, both filmmakers are immaculate craftsmen, which makes this next bit of news tremendously exciting.

Continue reading Guillermo del Toro Is Working On A Documentary About Michael Mann at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Alfonso Cuarón Says ‘The Shape of Water’ is ‘Amazingly Sublime,’ Teases Why ‘Roma’ is Taking So Long

16 October 2017 7:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is just under two months away from hitting theaters, and it’s already making fans out of some of the best directors in the world. Alfonso Cuarón, the Oscar winner behind “Gravity” and “Children of Men,” had nothing but raves for “The Shape of Water” while speaking to Variety at Lyon’s Lumière Film Festival

“It’s such an amazingly sublime, beautiful film,” he said. “Go, run immediately and go see that film. It’s absolutely sublime.”

Read More:‘Roma’ Behind-the-Scenes Exclusive: Alfonso Cuarón Films on Location in Mexico — Watch

The Shape of Water” is set during the Cold War and centers around the unusual romance between a lonely custodial worker (Best Actress contender Sally Hawkins) and an amphibious sea creature (Doug Jones) being tested on in a government facility. The movie won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and »

- Zack Sharf

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Pacific Rim Uprising a “launching pad” for a shared universe

15 October 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the release of the first trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising, Nerdist caught up with director Steven S. DeKnight to discuss the film, with DeKnight revealing that the plan is for the sequel to serve as a “launching pad” for an entire transmedia franchise featuring movies, spinoff films, comics and even an animated series.

“I’m certainly hoping so,” said DeKnight. “I think you’ll definitely probably get more comics. The plan was always to use this movie as a launching pad. If enough people show up to this, we’ve already talked about the plot of the third movie, and how the end of the third movie would expand the universe to a Star Wars/Star Trek-style [franchise] where you can go in many, many different directions. You can go main canon, you can go spin-offs, you can go one-offs. Yeah, that’s the plan. And I would love »

- Gary Collinson

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Alfonso Cuarón on the Lumière Fest, ‘The Shape of Water,’ His Upcoming Film, and Mexico Earthquake Fundraising

15 October 2017 2:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, Lyon’s Lumière Film Festival is not only an event that celebrates cinema but also a relaxing opportunity to catch up with old friends without the stress of the film industry’s business.

“It’s beloved by filmmakers because it’s a cinephile festival,” Cuarón told Variety. “It’s not competitive. It’s a festival that celebrates cinema. It’s a festival of great films with great friends and amazing wine.”

The intimacy of the festival was evident at Saturday’s opening night ceremony and it’s something Cuarón seems to take to heart.

“It’s just one of those places in which you meet your old friends and you make new friends and everything is in the context of going to the movies to see great cinema in which there is a big respect for films the way that filmmakers intended.

He went on: “If it’s a digital film, it »

- Ed Meza

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9th Lumière Festival Launches With Frémaux, Tavernier, Mann, Mitchell, Del Toro, Cuaron, Swinton, Lambert, Brühl

15 October 2017 4:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lyon, France  —  The 9th Lumière Festival opened in Lyon on Saturday with a glitzy and star-studded yet intimate and informal ceremony at the cavernous Halle Tony Garnier, the city’s famed concert hall.

Thierry Frémaux and Bertrand Tavernier, the respective director and president of the Institut Lumière, paid tribute to stars and filmmakers past and present, including a slew of high-profile guests that included Tilda Swinton, who was greeted with an emotional ovation, Michael Mann, Christopher Lambert and Daniel Brühl. Also in attendance were Mexican filmmakers Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón, who the laid-back Fremaux greeted in Spanish with “Hola cabrones!” – a more affectionate salutation than it might seem – and a mariachi band serenade.

It was, however, French actor and rock ‘n’ roll icon Eddy Mitchell, who dazzled the crowd with his entrance. Although he didn’t play live, “Pas de boogie woogie,” his 1976 hit cover of the Jerry Lee Lewis classic, blared as the »

- Ed Meza

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As the Academy Debates Harvey Weinstein, Much Rides in the Balance

14 October 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called an urgent board of governors meeting Saturday to decide what to do about one of their most storied members, Harvey Weinstein, who perhaps more than anyone in Hollywood today is identified with the Oscars.

This week the Weinstein Company’s ousted co-owner landed on the cover of Time Magazine after revelations in the New York Times, The New Yorker and beyond about his 30-odd years of bad behavior as an alleged sexual predator, abuser, harasser and rapist. His own brother Bob has gone on the record calling him “sick and depraved.” 

While the London and New York police departments have opened up cases on Harvey Weinstein, he has yet to be arrested, charged, or indicted. The Producers Guild of America postponed a recent meeting to give them privacy in their deliberations over his ongoing membership. BAFTA suspended him. UK politicians urged »

- Anne Thompson

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As the Academy Debates Harvey Weinstein, Much Rides in the Balance

14 October 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called an urgent board of governors meeting Saturday to decide what to do about one of their most storied members, Harvey Weinstein, who perhaps more than anyone in Hollywood today is identified with the Oscars.

This week the Weinstein Company’s ousted co-owner landed on the cover of Time Magazine after revelations in the New York Times, The New Yorker and beyond about his 30-odd years of bad behavior as an alleged sexual predator, abuser, harasser and rapist. His own brother Bob has gone on the record calling him “sick and depraved.” 

While the London and New York police departments have opened up cases on Harvey Weinstein, he has yet to be arrested, charged, or indicted. The Producers Guild of America postponed a recent meeting to give them privacy in their deliberations over his ongoing membership. BAFTA suspended him. UK politicians urged »

- Anne Thompson

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The 15 Best Horror Directors of the 21st Century

13 October 2017 11:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“It” may be a box office smash, but it’s hardly the only horror movie worth talking about these days. Just 17 years in, and the 21st century has already played home to a remarkable number of truly chilling and inventive horror offerings, from a resurgence in J-horror remakes to a continued affection for the classic series of yesteryear, to the massive dominance of the “Conjuring” movie universe and even a “Saw” franchise so dominant that it’s already cycled back into resurrection territory, and that’s just the mainstream stuff.

Aided by a new crop of filmmakers beholden to both their own obsessions and formative years steeped in the classics, the past two decades are shaping up to be some of the very best for the genre, with still more terror being turned out at a frightening clip. From visionaries like Guillermo del Toro and Gore Verbinksi, who can happily »

- Kate Erbland, Jude Dry, Jamie Righetti, Eric Kohn, William Earl, David Ehrlich, Jenna Marotta and Michael Nordine

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Lyon’s Lumiere Festival Honors Classic Film

13 October 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 9th Lumière Festival in Lyon, France, is again bringing together some of the biggest names in world cinema, including Guillermo Del Toro, Wong Kar-wai and Michael Mann, while celebrating the history of film with some 400 screenings of international classics.

Launched in 2009 by Bertrand Tavernier and Thierry Frémaux, the respective president and director of the Institut Lumière, the event has become one of the largest international festivals of classic cinema. Last year it hosted 160,500 festivalgoers – up from 2015’s 150,000 admissions – and more than 1,000 industry professionals.

It was in Lyon where brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematograph in 1895, and in keeping with the city’s cinematic tradition, the festival celebrates the history of film by presenting restored works, retrospectives, tributes and master classes.

In 2013, the festival also started what it describes as the first and only classic film market in the world, noting that the heritage cinema sector is currently expanding thanks to advancements in conservation standards »

- Ed Meza

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Joshua Reviews Alexandre O. Phillippe’s 78/52 [Theatrical Review]

13 October 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

It’s hard to imagine one scene of any given film being worthy of feature-length dissection. Yet, it’s even harder to imagine a scene of any given film being as groundbreaking as the infamous “shower scene” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

So that’s where 78/52 comes. Director Alexandre O. Phillippe takes to the iconic master of suspense and arguably his crowning aesthetic achievement for one of 2017’s most enjoyable if sleight feature documentaries.

Drawing its title from the number of camera set-ups and edits that were used for this legendary sequence, Phillippe’s film is a critical dissertation that gets a killer (pun only slightly intended) collection of talking heads to bring both a first hand account of the shooting of the sequence as well as a more broadly cultural look at its roots and ultimately its impact. Ranging from Hitchcock’s collaboration with composer Bernard Herrmann to the »

- Joshua Brunsting

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New to Streaming: ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99,’ ‘The Meyerowitz Stories,’ ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ and More

13 October 2017 5:35 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

78/52 (Alexandre Philippe)

There’s been documentaries that analyze entire cinematic movements, directors, actors, writers, specific films, and more aspects of filmmaking, but it’s rare to see a feature film devoted to a single scene. With 78/52, if the clunky title addition didn’t tell you already, it explores the infamous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho with exacting precision and depth. Featuring interviews with Jamie Lee Curtis, Guillermo del Toro, »

- Jordan Raup

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78/52 review – Hitchcock's Psycho shower scene gets an expert autopsy

13 October 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

An array of film-makers and writers line up to praise the skill of the iconic sequence – but leave the trickier issues frustratingly unaddressed

The title is a technical term: 78 camera setups and 52 cuts, the extraordinarily labour-intensive work that went into the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 shocker Psycho, a sequence which took fully seven days of a 30-day schedule.

Alexandre O Philippe’s documentary is a tribute to this extraordinary moment in film history: electrifying, audacious, a smash-and-grab raid on on territory previously considered impossible or unacceptable. Philippe assembles a mighty chorus of directors and cinephile heavy-hitters such as Walter Murch, David Thomson, Sam Raimi, Eli Roth, Peter Bogdanovich, Bret Easton Ellis and Guillermo del Toro to rave enthusiastically about this scene – where it came from, how it was put together, and where it took cinema from then on (though disappointingly this lineup doesn’t include Gus Van Sant, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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