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Who knew that watching films can be this exhausting? The first thing any press person at Cannes will tell you is probably how tiring festival grind is – press screenings from 8.30 am till midnight, endless queueing sessions (variously put to use for writing up or sun-tanning), the adrenaline rush of the literal rush to the next screening.
What few filmmakers premiering their work at Cannes seem to realise – based on the average two-hour run of the majority of films this year – is that at a film viewing marathon such as Cannes, critics’ attention is yours during the first hour and twenty minutes and then you’d better start getting ready for a wow of an ending. The editor is your friend and if you want the press to be a friend too, it’s good to shed extraneous long-windedness and not irk the critics – unless you are Miguel Gomes, then you can go on forever… »
- Zornitsa Staneva
Fast-growing Broad Green Pictures has hired Gail Heaney as executive VP of media, responsible for marketing solutions and media strategies for releases across all platforms.
Prior to Summit Entertainment, Heaney worked for the CW Television Network, developing media campaigns for “Gossip Girl” and “Reaper.” She worked at Universal on media spending for theatrical and DVD releases, including “King Kong” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
Broad Green, founded last year by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, has focused on adult-oriented dramas, with an upcoming slate that includes “99 Homes,” starring Andrew Garfield; “A Walk in the Woods,” starring Robert Redford; Sarah Silverman’s “I Smile Back”; and three Terrence Malick films: “Knight of Cups,” “Voyage of Time” and an untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.
In addition to its current specialty slate, »
- Dave McNary
Jonah Hill is a two-time Oscar nominee, James Franco can switch back and forth between comedy and drama like the best bi-curious performers, and Seth Rogen is about to co-star next to Michael Fassbender in Danny Boyle’s awards contender “Steve Jobs.” So all the Apatow alum are flexing their creative muscles in dramatic territory. And while you might not think you’d ever hear Jason Segel and serious Oscar contender in the same sentence, this became a reality this previous winter. Segel wowed critics at Sundance in James Ponsoldt’s “The End Of The Tour,” an indie drama where he stars as celebrated author David Foster Wallace who committed suicide in 2008. The movie, however, is not about Wallace’s death or the lead-up to it, but instead is about a life-changing five-day road trip that a young Rolling Stone writer (played by Jesse Eisenberg) ventured on when writing a profile on the famous, »
- Edward Davis
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival has come to an end, and as we look back on all the glamorous gowns, luxurious parties, and A-list celebrity sightings, we're also highlighting the prettiest pictures from the event in black and white. Sienna Miller, Emily Blunt, Michael Fassbender, and Jake Gyllenhaal are just some of the stars to get the Old Hollywood treatment! Keep reading to see them all now, and be sure to check out the most eye-catching Cannes snaps from behind. »
It looks like we can add another mutant to the ever-growing roster for X-Men: Apocalypse, with Bryan Singer revealing via Instagram that Caliban is set to feature in the 2016 sequel. Singer posted the following set photo, with the caption “Shooting Caliban’s place of ‘business’…
A member of the Morlocks with the ability to sense other mutants, Caliban has also served as a member of Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen in the comic books, replacing Angel as Death.
See Also: Cyclops and Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse concept art
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 19th, 2016 in the UK and May 27th, 2016 in the States, with Bryan Singer directing a cast that includes X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert) and Lucas Till (Havok) along with newcomers Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse, »
- Gary Collinson
In keeping with his steady stream of images from the set, filmmaker Bryan Singer has shared a new picture from the Vancouver soundstages of X-Men: Apocalypse teasing the appearance of a mutant we haven’t yet seen in the long-running film franchise. In the caption for the photo of the dimly lit set, Singer says he’s in the midst of shooting Caliban’s place of “business”. Caliban is an albino mutant who first appeared in the comics in 1981 and has the ability to track other mutants. However, it’s Caliban’s connection to X-Men: Apocalypse villain Apocalypse (played by Oscar Isaac) that probably explains his appearance in the film. In comics lore, Caliban is augmented by Apocalypse to become one of the supervillain’s four horsemen (of the apocalypse fame, obviously), so it’s a safe bet that he’ll play an integral role in the plot. However, since »
- Adam Chitwood
The Official Competition at Cannes closed out on Saturday with “Macbeth,” Australian director Justin Kurzel’s new interpretation of William Shakespeare’s classic tale of murder and tragedy, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. It’s been a long time since we had a truly great Shakespearean movie (Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” is probably the last, nearly twenty years ago, depending on your feelings on Michael Almereyda’s 2000 modern-day “Hamlet”), and even longer since there was a great version of this particular play: despite being one of the author’s best-known, it’s generally proven resistant to translation. But as our review revealed, Kurzel’s film manages both feats: it’s a bold take that, while it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, certainly tricks the wheel out with intelligence and visual bravado, and has an engine driven by some furious performances. It’s a very, very different version than »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Read More: Gaspar Noé on Shooting Sex in 'Love' and Why He Loves His Bad Reviews Four years after debuting his first feature film, "The Snowtown Murders," at the Cannes Film Festival, Australian director Justin Kurzel returned over the weekend to the event to premiere his follow-up, "Macbeth," in the main competition. His brutal and robustly acted Shakespeare adaptation marks a huge leap for the filmmaker, whose "Snowtown Murders" was a similarly violent but much smaller film starring a mostly unknown cast. "Macbeth," shot on location in Scotland, comes from mega-producer Harvey Weinstein and stars two of the biggest actors working in film today, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Before its premiere on the Croisette, Indiewire sat down with Kurzel to find out why "Macbeth" appealed to him and what it was like to direct his incredible cast. From Cannes Critics' Week to the competing for the Palme d'Or is quite the. »
- Nigel M Smith
Alicia Vikander has been rising the ranks, and I think we should all be grateful for that. From A Royal Affair and Anna Karenina to this year's terrific Ex Machina, she is easily one of those people who I will see whatever she is in. Well, it looks like she is entering the big-budget blockbuster mode with a couple of projects. And why wouldn't shec I want those checks too. She is in talks to join the Michael Fassbender-led adaptation of the popular video game Assassin's Creed and Matt Damon/Paul Greengrass's return to the Bourne franchise. Double-dipping. Good on ya, Alicia (we are on a first-name basis, Fyi). These being added to her schedule will most likely have her drop out of The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and to be directed by James Ponsoldt. That is disappointing because I really enjoy Ponsoldt's work, especially The Spectacular Now »
- Mike Shutt
Variety critics Scott Foundas, Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Maggie Lee weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (listed in alphabetical order):
1. “Amy.” British director Asif Kapadia followed up his 2010 “Senna” with this even more daring and revealing portrait of the brilliant but tragic jazz diva Amy Winehouse. Drawing on a wealth of professional and user-generated video, Kapadia again eschews the usual talking-heads interview format to keep WInehouse front and center for two harrowing hours, during which we come to understand how thoroughly the troubled singer lived her life under the camera’s relentless and unforgiving gaze. The result is an unforgettable portrait of the cult of celebrity in the iPhone era. (Scott Foundas)
- Variety Staff
Best Actor could once again (as it almost always is these days) be an ultra-competitive race full of some of major A-listers. Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper (going for his fourth nomination in a row), Robert Redford (who has never won for acting, and is coming off that "All Is Lost" snub) Michael Fassbender (with three juicy roles), Jake Gyllenhaal (with two, and coming off not being nominated for "Nightcrawler") and Don Cheadle -- all of whom have never won -- have films coming out this year that scream Oscar (at least on paper) and all of them are due. They might have to compete against someone who is definitely not due, though, as Eddie Redmayne could be in the running again for his role as a transgender artist in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl." Could Eddie Redmayne be the next Tom Hanks or Spencer Tracy, »
- Peter Knegt
Cannes — Awards season is no stranger to Cannes. From "Amour" to "The Tree of Life" to "No Country For Old Men" to "The Pianist" to "The Piano," every year there seems to be a player or two that pokes its head out from the crowded Croisette and into Oscar's waiting arms. This year's potential players may not include a true Best Picture contender, but they are evidence enough that the festival's presence will be felt throughout the upcoming campaign. Before you start second guessing which films have a shot and which don't, remember the actions of this year's Hollywood-influenced competition jury. The Coen brothers, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller and the Guillermo Del Toro, among others, awarded some interesting prizes that will absolutely affect the race. The critical kudos are important, too (as are those of us who cover the beat on a regular basis and took in this year's slate »
- Gregory Ellwood
The film about a little girl who can turn into a seal was Oscar nominated earlier this year, missing out to Big Hero 6.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
New Zealand film and television, where have you been all my life? There’s some fine stuff coming out of the tiny nation underneath Australia. Perhaps geographical isolation engenders fresh perspectives in its creatives, but whatever it is, New Zealand is coming on strong.The intriguing film Slow West is a menacing noir set in the Wild West, a lawless and treacherous place where greed and guns override just about every human endeavour. It is defined by desperation. Produced by and co-starring Michael Fassbender as a bounty hunter, young Kodi Smit-McPhee dominates as an innocent boy from a wealthy family, who must […] »
- Anne Brodie
Photographer Melissa Paradis has managed to get some very nice snaps of a few of the cast members of X-Men: Apocalypse in and around the Montreal set of the movie. As you can see they're clearly not gearing up to shoot anything here, but, unlike Alexandra Shipp who's covering her (presumably) white hair with a hat, Olivia Munn's purple-tinted do is on full display as she pets her pooch. Hopefully we'll get some pics of theese guys in costume over the next few days. Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse also stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Lana Condor (Jubilee), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), Ben Hardy (Archangel), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), with Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse). The movie will hit theaters on May 27, 2016. »
Alicia Vikander has been busy already this year and still has a few films left on her schedule for 2015. She’s now looking ahead to future projects, and appears set to keep the big titles rolling in, entering talks to co-star in the next Bourne film and with Michael Fassbender in game adaptation Assassin’s Creed.According to Deadline, she’s in line to play a role alongside Matt Damon, who decided a while ago to return to the franchise alongside director Paul Greengrass, with shooting scheduled for this year and a planned July 29, 2016 release date already on the books. Little is known about what Jason Bourne will be up to in the next chapter of his life, but we presume a lot of running, scrapping and driving incredibly dangerously while the camera jitters like a kitten on a caffeine high will be part of it.And then there’s Assassin’s Creed, »
Fantastic Four will arrive in UK cinemas on August 6 and in the Us on August 7.
We've got a whole new take on Marvel's First Family
In case it wasn't clear from the fresh faces of the cast (and the uniformly bad memories of the 2005 and 2007 films), this movie will reboot the franchise based on Marvel Comics' very first comic book series.
Having signed on to appear alongside Tom Hanks in The Circle eariler this month, Deadline is reporting that Alicia Vikander (Ex_Machina) may leave the project, but is instead lining up another two high profile pics.
According to the site, the Swedish actress is in talks to appear alongside Matt Damon in the upcoming fifth Bourne movie, while she’s also in negotiations for a role in Assassin’s Creed, which is set to star Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
- Gary Collinson
Transmission will launch the film shot in England and Scotland in Pctober Australia and The Weinstein Co will distribute in the Us.
.Although tradition is upheld with a Dark Ages-Early Christian period setting, actually shot in Scotland for once, in most other respects Australian director Justin Kurzel filters Shakespeare's tragic story of murderous ambition through a resolutely modern sensibility,. declared The Hollywood Reporter.s Leslie Felperin. .Comparisons with Game of Thrones will be inevitable, and not always flatteringly intended, »
- Don Groves
Ex Machina star Alicia Vikander could soon be adding two more hotly-anticipated projects to her list of starring roles.
The Swedish actress is in negotiations to star in both the film adaptation of the Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed, as well as the forthcoming fifth Bourne film, Deadline reports.
The actor, who is expected to both star in and produce the film, added that trying to develop the right »
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