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What: Malibu fireworks When: July 4 Where: Nobu Malibu Why: It’s no secret that it’s the best spot to ooh and ahh. You could put a blanket down on the beach, which is what Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey, Kendall Jenner and Paris Hilton have done in the past. Or you could party at Nobu Malibu, which hosts an exclusive event on its oceanside deck where Emmanuelle Chriqui, Chris Brown, Elle Fanning and Russell Simmons were spotted last year. While Malibu isn’t officially in favor of fireworks — "All displays are done through private residents and only on barges far enough from the beach; the
- Maxwell Williams
When did you first become an Lgbt ally?
If you’re involved in the arts in any way, shape or form, your whole life is completely integrated with gay artists, and creative people who are gay. I started speaking in public in the early days of the AIDS epidemic when there were huge demonstrations that didn’t even find their way into the New York Times. Having lost a lot of very close friends, who were given the message to die in shame somewhere out of sight, that activated me very quickly.
Did you know it would be controversial to play a lesbian in 1983’s “The Hunger”?
I never went in anticipating the reaction it caused. I thought it was an interesting project. Who wouldn’t »
- Ramin Setoodeh
A furious slew of titles in the works would seem to prophesize a robust main competition slate for Cannes 2016. Though our initial list will eventually be pruned down as the year progresses (Berlin may snag something in here, especially if their 2016 lineup looks anything like their landmark selection from this past January), we’re confident that we will be seeing another round of heavy hitting auteurs unveiling their latest bits on the Croisette.
Absent from the main competition in 2015 were the Romanians (Muntean and Porumboiu were assigned to Un Certain Regard) and any trace of Latin filmmakers. The 2016 edition looks to make up for lost ground. For the Romanians, a couple heavy hitting titans from the New Wave will be ready. Cristi Puiu, who previously won Ucr in 2005 with The Death of Mr. Lazarescu should hopefully be getting a competition invite for Sierra Nevada. Meanwhile, previous Palme d’Or winner »
- Nicholas Bell
[Editor’s Note: Welcome to “Stream This,” our weekly feature where we single out television programs and movies of considerable merit that are available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, or other streaming services. Look for a new Stream This every week.] Most parent-child films end in a reiteration or reappraisal of easy, familiar morals: pay attention to your home, don't get obsessed with your career, appreciate your partner, and listen to your children. Sometimes, these reminders come with a pseudo-righteous backbone of religion or familial legacy, but the roots of all of these feeling are in the so-called greatness, and unerring support available within in the confines, of the nuclear family unit. The fact that Sofia Coppola doesn't buy into this rigid scheme in Somewhere is part of what makes her fourth feature so unique and unpredictable, but it certainly isn't the sole reason Coppola's depiction of a celebrity father-daughter diptych is so strangely moving and revealingly reflexive. [caption id="attachment_478705" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Focus[/caption] From the outset, the relationship between Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) and his daughter, Cleo (Elle Fanning), isn't ideal, considering Johnny spends most of his free time roaming around Los Angeles for one-night-stands, »
- Chris Cabin
You might have missed the quick news item last summer, but Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill teamed up write a one act play for fashion label Opening Ceremony, that was presented last fall during New York Fashion Week. It has taken a little while, but the star-studded result will now be available for the rest of us who don't roll in haute couture circles. Directed by Jonze, and featuring Elle Fanning, Dree Hemingway, Catherine Keener, John Cameron Mitchell, Bobby Cannavale, Alia Shawkat, Rashida Jones and Karlie Kloss, "100% Lost Cotton" is send up of the fashion world, and includes some song and dance numbers as well. No word yet on when the final play will drop online, but it looks to be on the way. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“The Bravest” marks the producers’ second animated film after “Ballerina” (pictured) which is being presented at Annecy in the Work In Progress section.
The English-language feature is currently in development. The animation will be created out at L’Atelier Animation in Montreal.
Set in the 1920’s, against the backdrop of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster, “The Bravest” turns on a 15-year old girl who desperately wants to make her father proud. After finding out that her dad used to be a firefighter, she sets out to become one and enrolls into a fire station.
Zeitoun told Variety that “The Bravest” will be in the same artistic vein as “Ballerina,” the 1884-set film charting the journey of Felice, an 11-year-old orphan girl from Brittany »
- Elsa Keslassy
Deadline reports that Disney's sequel to 2014's Maleficent is starting to take shape. Linda Woolverton will return to write the script, while Angelina Jolie has reportedly been kept "in the loop" to reprise her role of the fairy turned villain turned awesome foster mom. No word yet on whether or not Elle Fanning will also be brought back onboard, but we'd totally watch a spinoff of a spinoff with just Angelina and her raven (played in the first film by Sam Riley) meddling in other people's business. Maybe it'll end up on Netflix, too. »
- Dee Lockett
It seems that Maleficent's backstory is not completely finished, as Disney has set its sights on a sequel to 2014's live-action movie.
According to The Wrap, Disney wants Angelina Jolie back as the titular character, although no deal has been done yet.
Likewise, the writer behind last year's retelling Linda Woolverton has also been approached about making the follow-up's screenplay.
Maleficent was a box office hit for Disney, after grossing $760 million worldwide. Watch a trailer below: »
Cinephiles the world over are still waiting with bated breath for Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, the Drive auteur’s eerie look at a sinister group of supermodels in the L.A. underworld, but now that the helmer has finished shooting the Elle Fanning starrer, he’s already looking to the future with regard to which project he wants to take on next.
The film, which Refn has been planning to do for a while, will be set in Tokyo and put a distinctive spin on the spy genre. The director wasn’t forthcoming with details about the plot, but The Avenging Silence will again find Refn focusing on a male protagonist similar to the ones »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Front Row strikes Cannes deals with HanWay, Protagonist, Embankment.
Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has finalised a raft of Cannes deals with Embankment, HanWay, Protagonist, Cmg, Visit Films and Fox International Productions.
Front Row continued a long-standing relationship by securing deals across Protagonist’s slate including Pete Travis’ Middle East-set action-drama Snatchback, which is set to star and be produced by Rachel Weisz, heavy-metal drama Lords of Chaos and Taika Waititi’s comedy Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
From HanWay Films, Front Row secured John Cameron Mitchell’s Romeo and Juliet-style alien punk story How To Talk To Girls At Parties, set to star Nicole Kidman, Matt Lucas, Elle Fanning and Ruth Wilson; family-adventure film Swallows and Amazons with Rafe Spall and Kelly Macdonald; and Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour’s Mary Shelley drama A Storm »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
It's no longer a trend at Disney — it's just a regular day at the office. The studio has been ramping up its live action slate hard following the success of "Maleficent" and "Cinderella." Developing projects include big screen takes on "Mulan," "Beauty & The Beast," "Dumbo," "Winnie The Pooh," "The Jungle Book" and "Tink," and now yet another joins the ranks. Read More: Review: Disney's 'Maleficent' Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning & Sharlto Copley THR reports that the "Night On Bald Mountain" sequence from the animated classic "Fantasia" is being turned into a feature film. If you are already rolling your eyes, prepare to roll them further, because Matt Sazama and Burk Sharples, the guys behind last year's horror/fantasy flop "Dracula Untold," will be penning the script. It's not clear presently how a short about a demon who raises »
- Kevin Jagernauth
TWC won the bidding at the Cannes Film Festival last month after buyers were shown a promo reel of the project, directed by Gaby Dellal from Nikole Beckwith’s script. TWC paid $6 million for U.S. rights with a minimum 500-screen commitment.
Fanning plays a New York teenager seeking to transition from female to male. Watts portrays her mother and Sarandon is her lesbian grandmother.
- Dave McNary
Sometimes the most effective wardrobe staples are the least obvious. Whether you want to emphasize a statement piece or keep an overall look simple and subtle, neutrals are closet champions. In this league of extraordinary classics, you already know the power of fail-proof beiges, on-the-mark navys and go-to blacks, but let's reintroduce ourselves to perhaps the most underestimated neutral of them all—one beloved by celebs like Elle Fanning, Nicole Scherzinger and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley—olive. For those unfamiliar with the stylistic powers of the yellowish-green hue, we bring you inspiration for every level of wearer. Tips: 5 surprising ways to wear gingham The Novice For the »
Three Generations, the transgender story starring Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon that was acquired by The Weinstein Company when they slapped down a big $6M at this year’s Cannes Film Festival just was pegged for a limited release on September 18. The Gaby Dellal-directed film was financed by Big Beach's Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf who produced it with Dorothy Berwin. Fanning plays a New York teenager who wants to transition from female to male. Watts is… »
The Weinstein Company has set Sept. 18 for the limited theatrical release of “Three Generations,” a transgender drama starring Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon. TWC, which acquired “Three Generations” at the Cannes Film Festival two weeks ago for $6 million, announced the awards season release date on Monday. Also Read: Elle Fanning Transgender Drama '3 Generations' Acquired for $6 Million by Weinstein Co at Cannes (Updated) The film, directed by Gaby Dellal, stars Fanning as a young woman transitioning to male. Watts plays her mother and Sarandon plays her grandmother, who is a lesbian. Written by Nikole Beckwith, “Three Generations” is produced by. »
- Todd Cunningham
Acquisitions include Cannes Classics title Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words.
NonStop Entertainment has secured Nordic rights to documentary Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words, playing in Cannes Classics, and Scandinavian rights to Three Generations from Im Global, starring Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning.
Three Generations was recently sold to The Weinstein Company for $6m for North America.
It also has Scandinavia, Iceland and Baltics rights to Josh Mond’s Sundance-selected debut James White from Memento Film Sales and the opener to this year’s Un Certain Regard section, Naomi Kawase´s An, from MK2.
Stig Björkman’s Cannes Classics selected Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words from producer Mantaray Film, distributed by NonStop Entertainment in Scandinavia, Iceland, Baltics is set for an August 28 release in the territory, the day before Bergman’s centennial.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Festival hit Son of Saul, Wadjda director’s next film among pick-ups.
UK distributor Curzon Artificial Eye has bolstered its Cannes coffers with the acquisitions of festival drama Son of Saul, Mustang and Percy Shelley biopic A Storm in the Stars.
Critically appreciated Palme d’Or contender Son of Saul looks at Jewish prisoners forced to assist the Nazis in the disposal of bodies at Auschwitz. The deal was negotiated with Films Distribution.
Mustang, playing in Directors Fortnight, from debut director Deniz Gamze Erguven is the story of five sisters growing up in a remote Turkish village who attempt to assimilate into the modern world, despite the pull of tradition from their family and community.
The deal was negotiated with Kinology.
Haifaa Al-Mansour’s (Wadjda) A Storm in the Stars, currently in pre-production, charts the love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 year-old Mary Wollstonecraft, later the writer of Frankenstein.
The film will »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Exclusive: Hinting at a long-term relationship in the making, Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment has emerged as a key partner with Wild Bunch on Flag Day and has come on board to co-finance and produce Sean Penn’s upcoming drama.
Penn has been in town meeting buyers to talk up the project, which Wild Bunch’s fledgling Los Angeles-based sales arm Insiders is selling here.
Production is scheduled to begin in early 2016, with Penn lined up to direct and star alongside his daughter Dylan Penn.
Flag Day tells of a young journalist who struggles to come to terms with the dark legacy of her father, a loving conman who was eventually arrested for one of the largest counterfeit money operations in Us history.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Several years ago Peter Jackson attempted to test public reaction to higher frame rates with special screenings of the first "The Hobbit" film. Running at a higher 48 frames-per-second as compared to the usual 24, the effect solved some of the problems of 3D but resulted in a Very mixed reaction from audiences.
Outside of Jackson's trilogy though, not many other filmmakers have dared to try it. James Cameron intends to use 48Fps for the "Avatar" sequels, whilst Ang Lee is currently filming his drama "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" which will run at a whopping 120Fps.
Now, "Drive" and "Only God Forgives" filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is having a go with word that his new film "The Neon Demon" will be at least partly shot at 60Fps. The news comes from a photo that landed on Instagram this week (via Final Reel):
- Garth Franklin
Wielding the biggest movie production-distribution-sales muscle of any film company outside the U.S., Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has boarded Marion Cotillard starrer “From the Land of the Moon” (Mal de Pierres), an upscale period drama produced by Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor.
Studiocanal will handle world sales rights to “From the Land of the Moon” and distribute it France, the U.K., Germany, Australia and New Zealand, where it runs direct distribution operations.
Cotillard will play opposite Louis Garrel, a French actor who earned a Cesar nom for his perf in Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and made his directorial debut with “Two Friends,” which opens at Cannes’ Critics Week this year.
Witten by Garcia and Jacques Fieschi (“Yves Saint Laurent”) and adapted from Milena Agus’ bestseller “Mal de pierres,” the post-World War II drama is a portrait of a sensitive and wild-spirited woman torn between the »
- Elsa Keslassy
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