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Four features under his belt (2004’s Malachance, 2006’s Drama/Mex, 2008’s I’m Gonna Explode and 2011’s Miss Bala) and Gerardo Naranjo‘s only history with the Sundance film festival is as a jury member. That might change come next January. One that I consider the odd man out among filmmakers from the Mexican film renaissance that commenced back with Iñárritu’s Amores Perros, from lovers on the run, beauty queens on the move and young adults hitting the road, there is a lot of chaotic displacement in his films. Since his sophomore feature, his films are high value festival items and since this is a U.S. shot project, Viena and the Fantomes could very much land a coveted Premieres category showing to make bidders. Naranjo’s Un Certain Regard section selected thriller Miss Bala seriously made the rounds, so this eighties punk era set film has a certain »
- Eric Lavallee
The end of an era is upon us. Shortly after shuttering its Master Control operations department in Los Angeles, E! has now canceled their longest running program. The Soup, a comedy series that skewers pop culture, is going to air its series finale on December 18th. This will bring the show to a close after spending 22 years on the air.
Current host Joel McHale will help celebrate the legacy he is leaving behind when the finale episode airs the same day that Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters. The long-standing cable staple was first launched on E! in 1991, but it was originally called Talk Soup. This early iteration of the program focused solely on clips from the various talk shows airing at that time. When it was revamped as The Soup in 2004, the show expanded its reach to all pop culture programing and also focused on viral »
Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has secured 20 titles out of the American Film Market (Afm), which ended Wednesday.
The deals are led by the Nicolas Winding Refn-produced remake Maniac Cop directed by John Hyams and the Antonio Banderas lead thriller Faith from Wild Bunch. Both will be co-distributed with long-time associate Teleview International across the Middle East.
The Dubai-based firm, which acquires distribution rights for the Middle East and North Africa, has also closed a deal with Protagonist Pictures for The Discovery starring Nicholas Hoult and Rooney Mara; while from Hanway Films the titles include horror feature The Devil’s Candy, which debuted at Toronto, and Lone Sherfig comedy drama Their Finest Hour And A Half starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.
From Embankment Films, Front Row has acquired the English-language remake of French »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
In the not too distant future, a family is living a peaceful, well-off existence at the edge of the world. Robert (Callum Keith Rennie) and his daughters live outside of town and away from prying eyes of neighbours by choice. Nell (Ellen Page) is studying for an entrance exam while Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) is practicing for an audition. Life is moving along normally until one night, the lights go out and don't come back on. It's here that Into the Forest turns from a simple family drama to a tale of survival at the brink of the apocalypse.
The family's distance from town means that for the first few days, life continues on as if nothing were wrong and the power will come on at any time but when the trio travels into town for supplies, it becomes clear that not everyone is taking [Continued ...] »
NonStop Entertainment hits the Afm with a slew of high-profile acquisitions.
The revamped Scandinavian distributor has taken on Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar, Kate Winslet starring The Dressmaker and Laurie Anderson’s feature directorial debut Heart Of A Dog, to name just a few (full list of titles below).
Jakob Abrahamsson, CEO of NonStop, said: “Newly reborn as an independent distributor, NonStop Entertainment solidifies its profile as the leading Scandinavian distributor for great films for an upmarket audience with this latest slew of extraordinary acquisitions, ranging from Kate Winslet’s tour de force The Dressmaker, via smart post-apocalyptic thriller She Who Brings Gifts to Laurie Anderson’s outstanding and mesmerizing doc Heart Of Dog, that puts us exactly where we want to be for the upcoming 2016 season.”
The acquisitions are:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
You sign up for a movie. You drop out. Then the lawsuit follows...
It happens all the time. The casting of movies is such a perilous art, that actors and actresses sign up for roles, and then they're chopped and changed. Rarely does it end up anywhere near a courtroom.
Yet sometimes it does. Here are nine varied instances where someone leaving a project led to legalities ensuing...
I may as well start with one of the most infamous cases of an actress dropping out of a film to which they'd apparently agreed.
Director Jennifer Lynch originally had Madonna pegged to take the lead in her debut feature, Boxing Helena. The story of a woman who has her limbs removed and is kept in a box (it's as charming as it sounds), the role was then offered to Kim Basinger when Madonna passed. »
Like many of Crawford’s pictures, Michael Curtiz’s “Mildred Pierce” — based on the novel by James M. Cain — told a story that in its essence, if not its details, was the story of the actress’s own life: Scrappy gal is born in hard luck city but pulls herself up by her bootstraps to achieve success, if not quite happiness. Read the original Variety review here.
To audiences who’ve read or seen the film version of “Mommie Dearest” — the story of the very unhappy childhood reportedly inflicted by Crawford on her own adopted daughter, Christina — however, the film resonates in a way that it did not when first seen seven decades ago, as “Mildred Pierce” is the story of a mother so self-sacrificing and dedicated to her »
- Carmel Dagan
Take another look @ a commercial spot by director Frank Miller ("Sin City") for the fragrance "Gucci Guilty", starring Chris Evans ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and Evan Rachel Wood ("True Blood"):
Gucci is an Italian fashion brand, part of the Gucci Group, owned by French company Kering formerly known as Ppr.
The company was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921, and is now the the biggest-selling Italian brand.
Gucci operates stores worldwide, wholesaling products through franchisees and upscale department stores. In 2013 Gucci was valued at $ 12.1 Billion, with sales of $4.7 billion.
- Michael Stevens
The original, which was toplined by Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon, revolves around a group of medical students who journey into the afterworld to find meaning in their own lives before being resuscitated in the nick of time. As expected, the experiments soon go awry.
Page has been busy promoting her drama “Freeheld,” which opened in limited release last weekend, in which she stars opposite Julianne Moore and Steve Carell. Page also produced the gay rights drama. Her movie “Into the Forest,” co-starring Evan Rachel Wood, also recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by A »
- Justin Kroll
SAG-aftra has announced HBO has moved into compliance with union rules — following allegations that the premium cabler’s upcoming “Westworld” violated those regulations by requiring extras to be nude and participate in “graphic sexual situations.”
A SAG-aftra spokesperson issued the statement Wednesday afternoon after HBO announced it was rectifying the document signed by background actors.
“SAG-aftra sent the consent form to HBO yesterday afternoon and requested that the document be changed to more accurately reflect the contractual provisions,” the statement said. “HBO had every opportunity to rectify this situation and it was only after their direct refusal to remedy this that we posted the notice on our website. The union is very pleased to hear that HBO is doing the right thing now but it is disappointing that we had to take such public measures to ensure compliance with our contracts and protect our background actors.”
Neither side has disclosed »
- Dave McNary
HBO has long been known for pushing the envelope with their TV series, most notably Game of Thrones, which has come under fire several times for its depictions of lurid sex acts and several characters being forcibly raped. The pay cable network will seemingly continue this tradition with Westworld, as Business Insider reveals a document from Central Casting, which details some of the sexual acts that extras are being asked to perform on the upcoming sci-fi series. Here's an excerpt from the document.
"This document serves to inform you that this project will require you to be fully nude and/or witness others fully nude and participate in graphic sexual situations. By accepting this Project Assignment, you may be required to do any of the following: appear fully nude; wear a pubic hair patch; perform genital-to-genital touching; have your genitals painted; simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching; contort to form »
In an unusual move, SAG-aftra has notified members that they have the right to withdraw from scenes requiring nudity or participation in “graphic sexual situations” on the set of HBO’s “Westworld.”
The union, in a member alert posted on its website early Wednesday, said it had become aware that background actors employed on the production had been required to sign a document agreeing to possibly “perform genital-to-genital touching.”
“The SAG-aftra Agreement provides that consent to appear in scenes requiring nudity or sex acts may be withdrawn at any time (consent may not be withdrawn as to scenes already shot),” SAG-aftra said. “The Agreement further provides that the set must be closed to anyone not having business with the production and that no still photography may be authorized without the consent of the background actor.”
The union said that it will have a representative on the set Wednesday to answer questions. »
- Dave McNary
At the recent Toronto International Film Festival, actress Ellen Page was delighted to be showing two films she not only starred in but produced to her fellow Canadians. Lionsgate will open Peter Sollett's "Freeheld" on October 2; the film co-starring Julianne Moore is based on HBO's 2008 Oscar-winning documentary short about same-sex partners fighting against discrimination. Patricia Rozema's unpredictable survival drama "Into the Forest," co-starring Evan Rachel Wood, debuted in Toronto and quickly sold to hot indie distributor A24 for 2016 release. Which gives it a strong chance of being widely seen. In our flipcam interview, Page admits that she finally figured out that she likes to have a hand in producing some of her movies. Getting involved as a producer came organically on both films. She loved the Jean Hegland novel "Into the Forest," about two sisters living with their father in a modern home deep in the »
- Anne Thompson
Do you Dubsmash? Maybe you do, maybe you don't, but you gotta admit the little clips -- in which you can create selfie videos dubbed with famous sounds -- are kinda addicting, and we relish in watching those who've mastered the viral art. Like actress Evan Rachel Wood, who spoke about becoming the unofficial Dubsmash queen while in Toronto for the premiere of her latest film Into the Forest (pictured above), costarring Ellen Page. (Watch my 15-second review of Into the Forest right...
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Evan Rachel Wood has been extremely open about her sexuality ever since revealing that she's bisexual back in 2011, and now, in anticipation of Bisexual Awareness Week (which begins on Sept. 20), the actress revealed personal struggles faced with her sexual orientation. In hopes of shedding some insight, Wood wrote a series of educational and enlightening tweets yesterday, both in reference to a Human Rights Campaign blog post published earlier that day entitled, "Bisexual Adults Face Heightened Risk for Health Issues Including Cancer, STDs and Depression," and her own personal experiences. "The reality is that bisexual people face discrimination not only outside of our community, but also from »
Westworld is beefing up its cast. The upcoming HBO sci-fi drama has added Selma and Dear White People star Tessa Thompson as a series regular. Thompson will play Charlotte Hale. No details are known yet about the character except that she has a “unique perspective” on Westworld and that she will be a type of “investigator” in the series. In addition her recent starring roles in films, Thompson has appeared on many TV series in the past. Her credits include Heroes, Detroit 1-8-7, 666 Park Avenue, and Copper. She joins Westworld‘s all-star cast, which includes Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Thandie Newton (Rogue), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), James Marsden (30 Rock), Ed Harris (The Rock), Eion Bailey (Once Upon a Time), and Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood). Westword is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film and will be written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The series will focus on a futuristic, »
- Chris King
Powerful message. Evan Rachel Wood opened up about her bisexuality — and the battles the Lgbt community faces — via Twitter on Thursday, Sept. 17. "I can assure you that whatever 'straight privilege' I sometimes get accused of having, gets erased by #biphobia," Wood, 28, wrote. "Remember, bisexuality doesn't mean halfway between gay or straight. It is its own identity. I think in some cases people don't want to be labeled because they are ashamed to be bisexual. And this needs to stop." The Westworld actress came out [...] »
Do you Dubsmash? Maybe you do, maybe you don't, but you gotta admit the little clips -- in which you can create selfie videos dubbed with famous sounds -- are kinda addicting, and we relish in watching those who've mastered the viral art. Like actress Evan Rachel Wood, who spoke about becoming the unofficial Dubsmash queen while in Toronto for the premiere of her latest film Into the Forest (pictured above), costarring Ellen Page. (Watch my 15-second review of Into the Forest right here) Wood told Vanity Fair that she started doing the Dubsmash videos when she had downtime on the set of the upcoming HBO show Westworld, and her obsession with them just spiraled out of control from there -- and now she's hosting Dubsmash parties at her house and throwing a bunch of...
- Erik Davis
Read More: Patricia Rozema, Sophie Deraspe and Other Female Canadian Talent To Be Feted at Tiff Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema has long been captivated by films that focus squarely on women and their experiences in the world, as evidenced by features like her seminal lesbian dramedy "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing," the murder mystery "White Room" and the Jane Austen adaptation "Mansfield Park." For her latest film, however, Rozema turns her eye to something slightly different -- still women and their experiences, but ones that take place beyond the existing world. In "Into the Forest," sisters Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) live through some kind of cataclysmic event -- the film, based on Jean Hegland's book of the same name, never quite clarifies what has happened, a narrative choice that Rozema effectively translates to the big screen -- and then attempt to carve out a new »
- Kate Erbland
Read More: Tiff Review: Patricia Rozema's 'Into The Forest' Starring Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood & Max Minghella A24 has acquired the rights to the apocalyptic "Into the Forest." The drama stars Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood and was directed by Patricia Rozema. Set in a not too distant future, "Into the Forest" follows a pair of sisters who emerge from a remote forest to confront a world on the brink of ending. The film premiered at Tiff, where Indiewire's Charles Bramesco wrote, "Though not without its errors, 'Into The Forest' turns a profoundly human eye to what just may be the very end of humanity itself." "Into the Forest" is based on Jean Hegland's 1996 novel of the same name. The acquisition deal was reportedly made in the low seven figures. Read More: Tiff 2015 Women Directors: Meet Patricia Rozema - 'Into the Forest »
- Karen Brill
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