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Still abuzz over Lupita Nyong’o’s supporting actress win at the Oscars, Kenya’s emerging film biz is looking to build on the attention that the homegrown star’s success has generated abroad. Best known for a locations industry that’s created iconic backdrops for Hollywood movies like “Out of Africa” and “The Constant Gardener,” the country is hoping to nurture local talent to bring more Kenyan stories to the bigscreen.
Chris Foot, chairman of the Kenya Film Commission, says that a proposal for an incentive scheme is just weeks away, along with the first draft of a long-overdue film policy. But Kenyan bizzers have heard such promises before.
Momentum around the industry has been growing over the past few years — but slowly. “Nairobi Half Life,” produced in 2012 by German filmmaker Tom Tykwer’s shingle One Fine Day Films, created local buzz as the first Kenyan movie submitted for »
- Christopher Vourlias
1. The Crowdfunding Backlash: Part of the reason that crowdfunding works is because it allows people to feel part of a larger community -- whether it's a community of Zach Braff fans or a community of online gamers. In both cases, fans felt so connected with the campaigns they backed they felt betrayed once the creators sold their works. But in both cases, the projects fulfilled what they promised. Aside from some gratitude and whatever backer rewards promised, what do crowdfunding campaigns owe their backers? Read more here. 2. New Crowdfunding Site Hosts Big Names: The Wrap reported that Junction, which is only open to wealthy investors, will support projects that already have financial backing and will get made regardless of whether or not Junction participants join in. Projects include "Triple Nine," the new John Hillcoat film starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kate Winslet, and "A Hologram of the King," the Tom Tykwer film. »
- Max O'Connell
Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)
99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III
98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell
97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh
96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson
95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres
92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari
90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. »
- Nicholas Bell
On the new A&E drama series Those Who Kill, homicide detective Catherine Jensen (Chloë Sevigny) tracks down serial killers while attempting to come to terms with her own dark past. To help her with both, she enlists the help of forensic psychologist Thomas Schaeffer (James D’Arcy), who also has his own demons to work through. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor James D’Arcy talked about how he came to be a part of Those Who Kill, what made him want to get involved with the project, how much he loved working with Chloë Sevigny, the research he did in figuring out what kind of man this would be, how both Catherine and Thomas are manipulating each other, the bigger mystery that’s at the heart of the story, whether their relationship might cross a line, making sure to keep things light on set, what »
- Christina Radish
Untitled Howard Hughes Project
- Garth Franklin
Shooting starts in Morocco today on the comedic drama A Hologram for the King, which is being directed by Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas, Perfume), who also adapted the script from the eponymous novel by Dave Eggers. The independently-financed production stars multiple Oscar winner Tom Hanks alongside a remarkable cast including: Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Omar Elba (Intelligence), Tracey Fairaway ("Enough Said"), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Skerritt (Ted, Top Gun).
A Hologram for the King is being produced by Uwe Schott (Cloud Atlas, Me and Kaminski) and Stefan Arndt (Cloud Atlas, Amour) of X Filme Creative Pool; Arcadiy Golubovich and Tim O'Hair of Primeridian; and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (Larry Crowne, Mamma Mia!) of Playtone; in Association with Silver Reel Entertainment, and Fábrica de Cine. Dave Eggers, Steve Shareshian of Playtone, Claudia Bluemhuber of Silver Reel, Gaston Pavlovich of Fabrica de Cine, and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel »
Shooting started in Morocco today on the comedic drama A Hologram For The King, which is being directed by Tom Tykwer (“Cloud Atlas”, “Perfume”), who also adapted the script from the eponymous novel by Dave Eggers.
The independently-financed production stars Tom Hanks. A Hologram For The King reunites Hanks, Tykwer, Schott, and Arndt after working together on Cloud Atlas, which has grossed over $130 million globally.
The picture takes place far away from the recession-weary USA, as an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city provides the backdrop for foundering American businessman Alan Clay’s (Tom Hanks) last-ditch effort to stave off bankruptcy, pay his daughter’s college fees, and finally accomplish something big. A Hologram For The King is a gentle, crazy, wistful ballad recounting the journey of a man, who has lost almost everything, to a country that requires him to rise to completely unknown challenges – and that answers old questions in new and unexpected ways. »
- Michelle McCue
The commitment of Tom Hanks to the lead role had previously been announced, but it is now confirmed that he will be joined by Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Omar Elba (Intelligence), Tracey Fairaway (Enough Said), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty), and Tom Skerritt (Ted).
Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas) adapted the bestselling novel himself, which is a comedy-drama set within an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city. In the film, American businessman Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) mounts a final attempt to ward off bankruptcy, while simultaneously trying to finance his daughter’s college education and finally achieve something significant with his life. His desperate plan involves recouping his losses by travelling to Saudi Arabia and selling an idea to a wealthy and influential royal figure. »
- Sarah Myles
The cameras are already rolling on Tom Hanks’ latest, A Hologram For The King, which reunites him with Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer. Five more cast members have been announced, with Tom Skerritt, David Menkin, Tracey Fairaway, Omar Elba and Homeland’s Sarita Choudhury nabbing roles.Tykwer has adapted Dave Eggers’ 2012 book, which finds a struggling businessman (Hanks) realising he has pretty much failed in America when his home is threatened with foreclosure. Seeking a fresh start, he heads for a last chance in a growing Saudi Arabian city and hopes that if he’s able to pull off something memorable, he’ll re-launch his career and also help pay for his daughter’s college tuition.With funding from several independent companies and Hanks on board to produce via his Playtone outfit, shooting is set to continue into June in Morocco and Germany until June. We’ll likely see the »
“A Hologram for the King” is being produced by Uwe Schott and Stefan Arndt of X Filme Creative Pool; Arcadiy Golubovich and Timothy D. O’Hair of Primeridian; and Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone; in association with Silver Reel Entertainment and Fábrica de Cine. Eggers, Steven Shareshian of Playtone, Claudia Bluemhuber of Silver Reel, Gaston Pavlovich of Fabrica de Cine, and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel of Lotus International are exec producers.
Lotus made the announcement on the opening day of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. CAA reps the U. »
- Dave McNary
We previously reported that Tom Hanks would be reteaming with his Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer for his adaptation of Dave Eggers' A Hologram for the King, but now the principal cast has been revealed. The film, which stars Hanks as down-on-his-luck American businessman Alan Clay relocating to Saudi Arabia for a last-ditch effort at making it big, just began production in Morocco. The principal cast features Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Omar Elba (Intelligence), Tracey Fairaway (Enough Said), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Skerritt (Ted). Hit the jump for the full press release. Tom Tykwer’S “A Hologram For The King” Starring Tom Hanks Locks In Cast As Principal Photography Begins In Morocco Produced by X Filme Creative Pool, Primeridian and Playtone in Association with Silver Reel Entertainment and Fábrica de Cine Berlin, 6th March 2014 - Shooting starts in Morocco today on the comedic drama “A Hologram for the King, »
- Dave Trumbore
A Hologram for the King, a comedic drama starring Tom Hanks, has rounded out the cast with Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Omar Elba (Intelligence), Tracey Fairaway (Enough Said), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Skerritt (Ted, Top Gun). The film, directed by Tom Tykwer, begins shooting in Morocco Thursday. Set in an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city, the film follows American businessman Alan Clay’s (Hanks) last-ditch effort to stave off bankruptcy, pay his daughter’s college fees, and finally accomplish something big. Shooting will take place in Morocco and Germany through June. Photos: Tom Hanks Goes Disney: The
- Rebecca Ford
Uwe Schott and Stefan Arndt of X Filme Creative Pool produce with Arcadiy Golubovich and Tim O’Hair of Primeridian and Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone in Association with Silver Reel Entertainment and Fábrica de Cine.
Lotus introduced the picture at Afm in November and handles international sales while CAA represents Us rights. X Verleih will distribute the film in Germany.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Shooting starts in Morocco today on the comedic drama A Hologram for the King , which is being directed by Tom Tykwer ( Cloud Atlas , Perfume ), who also adapted the script from the novel by Dave Eggers. The independently-financed production stars multiple Oscar winner Tom Hanks alongside a cast that includes Sarita Choudhury (.Homeland.), Omar Elba (.Intelligence.), Tracey Fairaway ( Enough Said ), David Menkin ( Zero Dark Thirty ) and Tom Skerritt ( Ted , Top Gun ). The story takes place far away from the recession-weary USA, as an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city provides the backdrop for foundering American businessman Alan Clay.s (Hanks) last-ditch effort to stave off bankruptcy, pay his daughter.s college fees, and finally accomplish something big. A Hologram for the »
Andy and Lana Wachowski first burst onto the scene with the 1996 crime thriller Bound, but it was their sophomore effort – ground-breaking sci-fi action thriller The Matrix – that went on to define their careers. However, in the years since concluding The Matrix trilogy, the writing/directing duo has struggled to live up to the success of the Keanu Reeves-fronted film.
Both of their subsequent directorial efforts – 2008 live-action cartoon Speed Racer and ambitious 2012 epic Cloud Atlas (which they co-directed with Tom Tykwer) – failed to draw in large audiences, and while these two films have their share of defenders (read our Cloud Atlas review), neither has lived up to the promise (i.e. box office numbers) of their signature franchise. That being said, their latest offering – sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending – could be a ...
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Director: Andy & Lana Wachowski
Writers: Andy & Lana Wachowski
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
Despite the rather unfair critical reaction to their 2012 sci-fi epic Cloud Atlas (co-directed by Tom Tykwer), the Wachowskis are back with more cosmic prophesying with a film that sounds like a mix of Willow and Elysium. Whatever the criticism, the innovation and sheer ambitions behind any cinematic effort of the Wachowskis is certainly worth a look. We’ll see how the more youthful skewed headlining of this cast will fare in their dystopic vision.
Gist: In a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, a young destitute human woman is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe because her very existence threatens »
- Nicholas Bell
Berlinale Paula and Perspektive prizes confirmed.
Berlin’s European Film Market (Efm) is expanding its number of screening venues by setting up shop at the recently refurbished Zoo Palast [pictured] cinema complex.
Exhibitors will be able to choose from five exclusive screening facilities with state-of-the-art projection technology, ranging from Cinemas 3-5 (with seating for 159, 161 and 157, respectively) to Club A and B with seating for 36 and 39.
Two of the cinemas can project 3D DCPs and one of the Club cinemas has its own bar, while all of the venues are kitted out with comfortable armchairs and extra space between the rows.
The Efm will be organising a free bus shuttle service from outside of the Gropius Mirror Restaurant and the Marriott Hotel to the Zoo Palast, but an alternative would be take the U2 underground which stops right outside of the cinema.
The Zoo Palast cinemas replace the screening venues at the Cubix cinema near Alexanderplatz, which had also »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Odd List Ivan Radford 7 Jan 2014 - 06:37
Last year may only be a memory, but its film themes linger in the mind. Here's Ivan's pick of 2013's best soundtracks...
Just a quick scan down the list below reveals an extraordinary breadth of genres and subject matters, from imposing, expensive science fiction films to quiet, intimate stories about men at sea on boats or outlaws breaking out of prison to be with their wives. Disparate though the films are, they're all linked by at least one common motif: their music is utterly brilliant.
So with 2014 already well underway, and an entire new wave of films with great music in them beckoning, join us as we look back to the movies of last year, their finest soundtracks, and the must-listen pieces of music you can dig out on each one.
Must-listen track: Don't Let Go
When does sound »
Top 10 Mark Harrison 6 Jan 2014 - 06:29
As ever, some spectacular performances were overlooked in last year's rush of movie releases. Here's Mark's pick of the most underrated...
Here on Den Of Geek, It's become something of a tradition that when the end of the year rolls around, and the big awards bodies almost determinedly overlook genre cinema, and that we compile a list of the underrated and underappreciated performances by actors in the last cinematic year.
We've tried to pick out turns that either went unnoticed in most reviews, or simply should have gotten more praise. It's less about the great performances that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are sure to overlook, than it is about giving praise where it's due.
It's unusual that this is either the most wide-open race in a while, or there aren't nearly enough people talking about who will definitely win »
19 items from 2014
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