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The Venice International Film Festival is in the process announcing the lineup for its 71st edition. Here's what we know so far:
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson)
99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani)
Tales (Rakhshan Bani E'temad)
La rancon de la gloire (Xavier Beauvois)
Le dernier coup de marteau (Alix Delaporte)
Three Hearts (Benoît Jacquot)
Sivas (Kaan Mujdeci)
Anime Nere (Francesco Munzi)
Loin des hommes (David Oelhoffen)
The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
Nobi (Shinya Tsukamoto)
Red Amnesia (Wang Xiaoshuai)
Out Of Competition
Joe Date. Photo by Evan Dickson.
This morning in Rome, Biennale president Paolo Baratta and Venice Film Festival chief Alberto Barbera unveiled the lineup for the 71st Venice Film Festival, which features some extraordinarily exciting titles and intriguingly under-the-radar picks.
Twenty films will be competing in the main competition, 19 of which are world premieres with one international premiere out of the lot. Out of all the titles at Venice this year, Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton and features a star-studded cast including Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, is undoubtedly the title with the most chance of gaining Oscar attention this year after making the rounds on the festival circuit (it’s heading to the Toronto International Film Festival next).
Also anticipated are Manglehorn, a collaboration between Prince Avalanche helmer David Gordon Green and Al Pacino, and Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill, with Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, January Jones and Zoe Kravitz. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
This morning came the announcement of the 2014 Venice Film Festival lineup and we already knew Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman would serve as the opening night film and for the most part a lot of the more recognizable entries are those we already discussed as part of the Toronto Film Festival lineup. This includes Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes, David Gordon Green's Manglehorn starring Al Pacino, Abel Ferrera's Pasolini, Barry Levinson's The Humbling and Andrew Niccol's The Good Kill. There are, however, some titles worthy of note such as the latest film from The Act of Killing director Joshua Oppenheimer, The Lord of Silence, Fatih Akin's The Cut, She's Funny that Way from Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko's Olive Kitteredge and a new film from James Franco in The Sound and the Fury based on Faulkner's novel. Joe Dante shows up with a new horror-comedy in Burying the Ex, »
- Brad Brevet
The Venice Film Festival’s Horizons section (aka Orizzonti) is logically comparable to Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section. As well as including about a dozen shorts in the programme (Ramin Bahrani is among those listed with an eight minuter called Life You Up), this year’s pack of seventeen unquestionably highlighted by the presence of Moshen Makhmalbaf’s The President, also includes the much anticipated sophomore film by Duane Hopkins’ youth portrait Bypass (see pic above – youth portrait), the Safdie Bros.’ Heaven Knows What – a docu-fiction hybrid starring Caleb Landry Jone and newcomer Arielle Holmes, the latest from frenzied pace working Hong Sangsoo (Hill Of Freedom) and a new item from actress Katherine Heigl (who knows this might actually be good) starring in Ami Canaan Mann’s Your Right Mind, about a modern day train hopper fighting to be a successful musician and a single mom battling to maintain custody »
- Eric Lavallee
The line-up for the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27-Sept 6) has been revealed this morning by Biennale president Paolo Baratta and film festival director Alberto Barbera at Rome’s St. Regis Grand Hotel.
Early standouts include Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini, which centres on the final days of the Italian filmmaker and his death in 1975; David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, starring Al Pacino as a locksmith in a small town who never got over the love of his life; and The Look Of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s highly anticipated follow-up to his award-winning documentary, The Act of Killing.
As previously announced, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, starring Michael Keaton, will open the festival on August 27 and is among the 20-strong competition titles, of which all »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Rome – Venice topper Alberto Barbera has unveiled a promising lineup of fresh fare from around the world set to unspool at the 71st Venice Film Festival, with a rigorous focus on quality, discovery and diversity, likely to reveal some under-the-radar awards-season contenders and also bolster the Lido’s status as a global launching pad for prime auteur pics.
The robust U.S. contingent, largely from the indies, comprises new works from David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Joe Dante, James Franco, Barry Levinson, Michael Almereyda, and Ami Canaan Mann.
As is customary at Venice, new works from name global auteurs, including Fatih Akin, Xavier Beauvois, Abel Ferrara, Andrei Konchalovsky, Shinya Tsukamoto, Amos Gitai, and Moshen Makhmalbaf, will play alongside pics by lesser-known helmers.
At a packed presser at Rome’s Hotel St.Regis Venice topper Alberto Barbera noted that “our job is more complex, more painful, because »
- Nick Vivarelli
Films by David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol and Abel Ferrara will bring world premieres to the Lido di Venezia this year, as the Venice Film Festival has announced its selections for the 71st edition of the oldest such event in the world. Green's "Manglehorn" with Al Pacino, Niccol's "Good Kill" with Ethan Hawke and Ferrara's "Pasolini" with Willem Dafoe promise to bring a fair share of star power to the event, while actors such as Viggo Mortensen, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver feature in films sprinkled throughout the Competition. "The Act of Killing" director Joshua Oppenheimer will also continue his look at the Indonesian genocide with a new documentary, "The Look of Silence." Playing out of competition are films by Barry Levinson ("The Humbling," also starring Pacino), James Franco ("The Sound and the Fury") and Lisa Cholodenko ("Olive Kitteridge"), while Focus Features will bring the new Laika film, "The Boxtrolls, »
- Kristopher Tapley
What’s better than one successful movie adaptation of a Ya book? All together now: four movies based on a Ya book. In any other Ya scenario, the box office success of Fault in Our Stars — $48 million on its opening weekend — would surely guarantee an onslaught of sequels, but Fault is not a series; there are no more books to adapt. So Vulture has dreamed up five possible spinoffs and sequels for the good people in Hollywood. We would watch all of these! Especially the ghost love triangle.Augustus Waters: The PrequelBefore he was Hazel’s annoyingly perfect boyfriend with one leg and minimal interior life, Augustus Waters was ... another girl’s annoyingly perfect boyfriend. In this prequel, Gus and Caroline fall in love, then her brain tumor flares up and she becomes a total bitch until she dies on him. (This is all from the book! We’re not »
- Lindsey Weber,Amanda Dobbins
Exclusive: German sales company Films Boutique has snapped up world rights to several new titles.
Here at the Cannes market, the company is unveiling Monument To Michael Jackson, which will have a closed screening for buyers.
Directed by Darko Lungulov, the bittersweet comedy is set in a dying town in Serbia, where daydreamer Marko is on the verge of divorce from the love of his life.
When an old communist-era monument is removed front he Main Square, he comes up with the idea to build a monument to Michael Jackson in order to save his town and seduce his wife again. But the town’s mayor has his own plans.
During the festival, Films Boutique will also be introducing buyers to Directors’ Fornight title Next To Her, the debut feature by Asaf Korman who worked as editor on The Slut by Hagar Ben Asher. The film stars Dana Ivgy and Liron Ben-Shlush.
Based on autobiographical »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Legendary actor Mickey Rooney died Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 93.
Mickey Rooney Dies
The Brooklyn-born Rooney, who got his first acting gig at just 17 months old, is best known for the series of Andy Hardy films that came out in the 1930s. Starring alongside Judy Garland, Rooney became the most bankable actor throughout the Depression-era. Among the Andy Hardy films were, Love Finds Andy Hardy, Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever, Andy Hardy Meets Debutante and Love Laughs at Andy Hardy.
Following his incredible success at such a young age, Rooney struggled to remain a major player in Hollywood as an adult. In the 50s, there was the short-lived TV series, The Mickey Rooney Show that lasted just two years in which he played Mickey Mulligan. He had another TV vehicle in the 60s titled simply Mickey that lasted for 16 episodes.
Rooney went on to get minor parts in films, »
It’s appropriately odd that the best series finale to come along in quite a while was not meant to be a series ending episode at all. Last night’s Psych episode “The Breakup” was written to be the eighth season closer, but the word that Psych wouldn’t be renewed came after filming on year eight had wrapped up, so the season finale became the series finale…and it was an excellent one! Longtime Psych fans have little to complain about because Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) went out in style.
Many fans were no doubt worried that the show’s ending wouldn’t live up to the show’s legacy, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
The hour revolved around Shawn (Roday) trying to find a way to break the news to best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) that he was leaving him and Santa Barbara to go to San Francisco to be with Juliet (Maggie Lawson). In the end, he did it by recording a message on DVD. If you teared up when it first became clear that Gus was watching a disc, you’re not alone. Another great »
- Mandi Bierly
In an upscale chain restaurant on a busy road in Manhattan Beach, Calif., not far from the production offices of the USA Network comedy-drama "Psych," and roughly 1,286 miles from the show's filming location in Vancouver, Canada, star James Roday and series executive producer Steve Franks get together for lunch with Zap2it to discuss not staying too long at the party.
"For a lot of people," quips Franks, "our second episode was too long at the party."
Obviously not for everyone, because the show airs it eighth-season, and series finale on Wednesday, March 26, followed by the "Psych After Show," a one-hour special hosted by Kevin Pereira ("Attack of the Show") and featuring a Q&A with the cast and Franks, in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles.
For those who need to go do some binge viewing in a hurry, "Psych" features Roday (today sporting a full »
When USA's detective series "Psych" closes up shop after eight seasons on Wednesday, Mar. 26, one of TV's most enduring best-friend relationships disappears with it.
In a TV landscape littered with human interactions that are confrontational, violent, sexual or all of the above, stories focusing on true platonic friendship are increasingly rare. And even where they exist, people often feel the need to embellish, as if calling a strong, loyal friendship a "bromance" somehow makes it more interesting.
"What gave us a lot of the latitude that we had," says Roday, sitting at lunch with Zap2it, in the company of series creator Steve Franks, "was the seed of childhood best friends. It's one of the purest, most enduring relationships that you'll have in your life, when »
Director: Fabrice Du Welz
Writers: Fabrice Du Welz
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
While he hasn’t released anything since 2008’s sorely underrated Vinyan, Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz has been busy. His first film since then, the Joey Starr led action thriller Colt 45, wrapped some time ago, and while we thought we’d see this released somewhere in 2013, it looks like 2014 should usher it into theaters. But even more exciting is that Welz is in post-production with Alleluia, which is meant to be the second chapter in his Ardennes trilogy, an opus kicked off by his delectably bizarre debut, 2004’s The Ordeal. This latest sees him reteam with everyone’s favorite star of weirdo French films, Laurent Lucas (who starred in The Ordeal), co-written and produced by Vincent Tavier, the man who wrote »
- Nicholas Bell
Once the beginning of "Psych's" final season dropped the bombshell that Det. Lassiter (now Chief Lassiter!) was going to be a father, we were hoping the season would get to the episode where the baby comes -- and it did, with "Shawn and Gus Truck Things Up."
In grand "Psych" tradition, the birth was hilariously absurd, with the gang careening through the streets of Santa Barbara in a food truck en route to the hospital with Henry delivering Marlowe's baby, Gus passed out from the sight and Shawn trying to be helpful but mostly just screaming a lot.
It's also perfect and adorable that Lassiter and Marlowe bought Henry's house and little Lily Nora is going to grow up in Shawn's room. Awww.
Shawn: "Seems like just yesterday."
Gus: "It was yesterday. »
Star Kirsten Nelson told Zap2it in a pre-show interview that "1967: A Psych Odyssey" is really the show's goodbye episode, with not many dry eyes on set when they filmed Lassiter and Juliet's final scene. We could not agree more -- pass the tissues, please, we're still crying.
But never fear, "Psych"-Os. This is not the last you've seen of Chief Vick or Juliet. "Chief Vick is no longer the chief of the Santa Barbara Police Department," says Nelson. "But we all get a little appearance later. You'll see the chief again. I will be back, in a different form and a different time. But yes, the chief will be back."
With that bit of good news, let's relish in the best lines and GIFs from the episode.
Henry: "I wasn't on the force in '67. How old do you all think I am?"
A self-described “expert in despondency” meets his match in “In the Courtyard,” a wry, oh-so-gentle dual character study saved from sleepiness by the unexpected star pairing of Catherine Deneuve and Gustave Kervern. Their tender, good-humored performances — as, respectively, a restless Parisian retiree and aimless caretaker who discover an unlikely kinship in differently transitional life stages — lend this slight tale more gravity than we’ve come to expect from Tunisian-born helmer Pierre Salvadori, who recently struck gold internationally with the Audrey Tautou-starring rom-coms “Priceless” and “Beautiful Lies.” More melancholy but still eminently easygoing, Salvadori’s latest doesn’t have quite the same crossover potential as those films, but the Deneuve brand should ensure widespread arthouse bookings all the same.
Now in her eighth decade, Deneuve’s late-career evolution into France’s most glamorous character actress continues apace. As in Emmanuelle Bercot’s “On My Way” last year, “In the Courtyard »
- Guy Lodge
★★★☆☆Catherine Deneuve graces the Berlinale once more with Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard (2014), a delicate Parisian tragicomedy about a community in an upmarket Parisian apartment block. Dark and emotionally complex, it still offers moments of eccentric silliness. French TV comedian Gustave Kervern stars as Antoine, a grizzled, lonely drunkard who abruptly walks off stage at his band's gig in the opening scene. In the meantime, he drinks high percentage beer and ogres around talking to himself, but after a trip to a job centre, Antoine somehow finds himself being interviewed for a concierge position.
- CineVue UK
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