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- Sasha Stone
FX’s hit show The Americans goes from strength to strength, having recently been picked up for a fourth season, and now it has been announced that Frank Langella is set to return to the show as Gabriel, the Kgb handler for main protagonists Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell).
Executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg said about Langella’s return: “We’ve been huge fans of Frank’s work for a long time, and it’s been such a pleasure getting to know Frank himself in the beginning stages of working together on the character of Gabriel….We look forward to a great season together, and to what we’re sure will be a phenomenal creative collaboration.”
- Scott J. Davis
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
According to fansite TrekMovie.com, which has a solid track record when it comes to Star Trek, the upcoming third movie in Paramount Pictures’ relaunched series is going by the title of Star Trek Beyond.
According to the site, Star Trek Beyond has been registered with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), although the report does go on to state that it could be a decoy title, given Bad Robot’s penchant for secrecy.
Little is known about the plot for Star Trek 3, although Simon Pegg – who is co-writing the script, as well as reprising the role of Soctty – has previously stated that it will have “the spirit of the TV show”, and an increased emphasis on exploration.
Meanwhile, speaking to MTV, Pegg has also confirmed that Idris Elba is set for a “kick-ass” role, stating that: “It will be [an original character]. This is the five-year mission now, we’re out there. »
- Gary Collinson
Featuring an unprecedented cast of 100 celebrity narrators, the timely documentary Unity will be distributed by SpectiCast in select theatres worldwide beginning August 12.
Written and directed by Shaun Monson (Earthlings), produced by Melissa Danis and Monson, the film explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and our responsibility to do better. A production of Monson’s Nation Earth, Unity will is expected to premiere on 1000-1200+ screens across the globe. SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. Tickets and more information including participating theatre locations and global distribution partners coming soon.
Seven years in the making, Unity explores humanity’s impact on the world and our opportunity for transformation. Presented in chapters, Unity takes an in-depth look at what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and, ultimately, hope. Coupled with stunning cinematography, Unity is a singular and unforgettable cinematic experience. »
- Melissa Thompson
The film comes a decade after Monson’s documentary “Earthlings,” which explored humanity’s relationships with other animals. Produced by Melissa Danis and Monson through Nation Earth, “Unity” explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and hope.
SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. The deal was announced Wednesday at CinemaCon.
Celebrities lending their voices to this powerful film include Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Adrian Grenier, Alison Eastwood, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Smart, Anjelica Huston, Anton Yelchin, Arian Foster, Arlene Martel, Balthazar Getty, Ben Kingsley, Ben Whishaw, Beth Hart, Brandon Boyd, Caroline Goodall, Carrie-Anne Moss, Casey Affleck, Catherine Tate, Claire Forlani, Cloris Leachman, Common, Damien Mander, David Copperfield, »
- Dave McNary
According to TrekMovie, the studio recently registered the title with the Motion Picture Association of America, making it all but an imminent press release away from being officially announced.
As has been rumoured for months, the third Star Trek film is expected to see the Enterprise crew on an exploration into deep space, living up to the show’s original mantra of adventures “Where no man has gone before”.
“Where no man has gone before – where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation. But yeah, that’s the mood at the moment.”
As was reported earlier in the year, Idris Elba will play the key villain in the movie. We »
- Matt Holmes
Hardly an exhilarating MPAA ratings bulletin today as it does include Joe Dante's Burying the Ex starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene and Alexandra Daddario and Jon Watts' Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon and Shea Whigham, but I'm having a hard time getting too excited for either of those. We also have Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving, which played the Sundance Film Festival and received some high marks and was picked up by Alchemy for release later this year. There is good word buzzing about Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence and the response to Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes, featuring Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes, seems to be pleasant enough, but there isn't much here to get the blood moving. The complete bulletin is listed below. Burying the Ex Rated R For sexual content, partial nudity, »
- Brad Brevet
It sounds like the crew of the USS Enterprise may boldly go where no man has gone before in next year's Star Trek sequel.
It looks like Star Trek 3 might have an official title. According to TrekMovie.com, the upcoming film will likely be called Star Trek Beyond. Apparently that’s the title that’s been registered with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), but the outlet also notes that we know how J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot operate. It’s possible that this could be a decoy title to throw fans off. However, the title Star Trek Beyond does make sense considering co-writer Simon Pegg has teased that the new film is about frontierism and also told Den of Geek the following: “So for me it's now about the spirit of adventure and exploration and also, in modern terms, just how would that be for people, to be away for that amount of time and that kind of stuff.” Director Justin Lin is expected to start filming Star Trek 3 (or »
- Perri Nemiroff
It’s been two years since the last Star Trek outing arrived in cinemas, and pre-production is now in full swing on the threequel. Star Trek 3 is slated to begin principal photography this June and has a sterling batch of creatives steering this one to the big screen. With J.J. Abrams busy tweaking the details on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fast & Furious veteran Justin Lin is directing from a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. And now thanks to a new interview with MTV (via Collider), Pegg has opened up on precisely what’s in store for the sequel.
Addressing the topic of Idris Elba’s supposed appointment as the film’s villain, Pegg affirmed that the actor is indeed set to appear. But it won’t be anyone you’re likely to have heard of:
“It will be [an original character], yes. This is the five-year mission now, »
- Gem Seddon
Jeremy Saulnier's second trip to the Quinzaine after "Blue Ruin" will be "Green Room," a crime thriller that reunites the director with star Macon Blair. The rest of the cast includes Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Mark Webber, Joe Cole, Eric Edelstein, Callum Turner and Kai Lennox. "Green Room" pits a young punk rock band against a gang of white power skinheads who've trapped them in a secluded venue after the rockers witness a horrific act of violence, and all witnesses must go. First a gifted cinematographer whose credits include "Septien" and "Putty Hill," Saulnier won the Fipresci prize in 2013 for "Blue Ruin," an inventive, backwater-noir revenge movie. RADiUS-twc snapped it up out of Cannes, delivering an indie sleeper on VOD and in theaters. All eyes will be on Saulnier this year as he unveils his third feature film after "Ruin" and 2007 horror-comedy "Murder »
- Ryan Lattanzio
While some may have expected Cannes faves Jaco Van Dormael and Takashi Miike to wind up in the Official Selection, those auteurs instead lead the 47th Directors' Fortnight lineup, along with American indies “Green Room,” starring Imogen Poots, Anton Yelchin and Patrick Stewart, the world premiere of Jeremy Saulnier's punk rock follow-up to Fortnight entry "Blue Ruin,' and two Sundance titles, Chloe Zhao’s Native American drama “Songs My Brothers Taught Me" and the May 24 Fortnight closer, Rick Famuyiwa's L.A. comedy “Dope." After leaking that Competition two also-rans would play in the Quinzaine rather than accept slots in Un Certain Regard--Miguel Gomes's three part, six-hour portrait of contemporary Portugal, “Arabian Nights” (The Match Factory) and French Arnaud Desplechin's “My Golden Years" starring Mathieu Amalric-- on Tuesday artistic director Edouard Waintrop laid out the full lineup of 19 »
- Anne Thompson
A 17-strong line-up of titles for the 47th Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24) run by the French Director’s Guild, has been announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop at a press conference in Paris this morning.
As previously announced, the opening film on May 14 will be In The Shadow Of Women, by Directors’ Fortnight habitué Philippe Garrel.
Also previously announced was Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days and Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights, a contemporary re-telling of One Thousand And One Nights that comprises three films spanning more than six hours.
A special screening will be given to Takashi Miike’s gangster-vampire hybrid thriller Yakuza Apocalypse: [link=tt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
New works by Jaco Van Dormael, Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Sarunas Bartas, as well as recent Sundance entries “Dope” and “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” are among the films set to screen in the 47th annual Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival.
As announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop at a press conference on Tuesday, the Fortnight will unspool 19 features this year — three of them directed by Portuguese helmer Miguel Gomes, whose six-hour-plus trilogy, “Arabian Nights,” was announced by the Fortnight last week, as was “My Golden Years,” the latest from French auteur Arnaud Desplechin. Both Gomes and Desplechin were turned down from the main competition and opted to take their films to the other side of the Croisette rather than accept slots in Un Certain Regard — a major coup for Waintrop that signals one of the most openly competitive years for the official selection and Directors’ Fortnight in recent memory. »
- Justin Chang
First-time feature writer-director Zachary Sluser clearly has something to say about metaphysics, the idea that we’re all connected and karma, but none of it makes much of an impression due to the extremely loose, bemusing and rather dull narrative in The Driftless Area. The movie opens with a scene between Pierre (Anton Yelchin) and Shane (John Hawkes). Pierre’s stranded on the side of the road and Shane’s nice enough to give him a lift, but eventually the two get into an argument and Shane gives Pierre the boot. However, instead of driving off and leaving Pierre in the dust, Shane accidentally drives his truck off the road, giving Pierre the opportunity to get back at him and take off with his bag of stolen cash. It’s an amusing opening that introduces two curious characters who inadvertently get into a madcap scuffle, but immediately after, the charm »
- Perri Nemiroff
Ponderously exploring pedestrian notions of the universe and connectedness, while mixing in familiar coming-of-age conflicts of love, death, and loss, and sprinkled with bumbling neo-noir crime and even magical realism, “The Driftless Area” is an overloaded, but generally underwhelming and meandering story about small town existence, fate, and the meaning of life. Based on the novel by Tom Drury, the story is ostensibly about an unremarkable, luckless 24-year-old man named Pierre (played by an unassertive Anton Yelchin) who returns to life as a bartender in his Midwest hometown after his parents die and gets fatefully involved with a dangerous, but semi-idiotic career criminal named Shane (John Hawkes). It’s hackneyed plot — which feels more contrived and arbitrary than convincing about chance and the mysteries of coincidence — strains to connect disparate characters and their cosmic destinies in any organic or believable manner. Read More: The 20 Most Anticipated Movies Of The »
- Rodrigo Perez
Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers First-time feature director Zachary Sluser hit the jackpot with his new film "The Driftless Area," with a cast of star talent like Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, and John Hawkes. The film is about a bartender named Pierre (Yelchin) who returns to his small hometown following his parents’ death. Back home, he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Stella (Deschanel), and is eventually thrown into a strange cat-and-mouse game with a criminal (Hawkes). The film also stars Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, and Ciarán Hinds. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? "The Driftless Area" is a contemporary fable about the ways we struggle to control time and fate in a possibly predetermined universe. Now what's it Really about? Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin), a bartender with unyielding optimism, returns to his tiny hometown after his parents’ death. When he falls for the. »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Generally, a film festival is a place to watch, well, films. But some of the hottest tickets at the 2015 Tribeca Fest are likely to be for events that feature a live performance as well as a screening.
“We’re New York,” says Tribeca Film Festival programming director Genna Terranova. “We have theater, we have comedy, we have music, we have everything. The idea of combining all these wonderful arts that New York celebrates throughout the year into events with cinema only felt natural.”
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An April 22 screening will remind viewers that in the silent film era, live music was a big part of the attraction for audiences. Harold Lloyd’s 1928 silent comedy “Speedy,” about a dedicated Yankees fan, will get a new score by DJ Z-Trip, who will perform it live.
“I’m super excited about it on many levels, »
- Marianne Zumberge
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