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Jack Be Simple: Barrial’s New York Story Buoyed by Strong Performances
For his fifth feature film, indie filmmaker Henry Barrial takes to the Bronx for a familial relations drama examining notions of family, marriage, and the forced archaic notion of patriarchal authority. While The House That Jack Built is unable to completely sidestep some well-worn clichés, both of a universal nature and those particular to the community within which it is set, Barrial is able to conjure a compelling level of engagement that makes you invested in the eventual outcome. Even better, he manages to do so even with an almost wholly unlikeable lead protagonist.
Jack (E.J. Bonilla) is a hot headed and handsome young patriarchal head of his extended family, and it has long been his life’s goal to provide for them all. Still a very young man, he has purchased an entire apartment complex for his whole family to live in, »
- Nicholas Bell
Set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris, Therese is a tale of obsessive love, adultery and revenge based on Emile Zola’s scandalous novel, Thérèse Raquin. Therese (Elizabeth Olsen of “Martha Marcy May Marlene”), a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille (Tom Felton of the “Harry Potter” franchise), by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (two-time Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange).
Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominos with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband’s alluring friend, Laurent (Oscar Isaac), she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.
- Michelle McCue
Ld Entertainment has released the first official image from the romantic thriller Therese, along with the announcement that the film will be released in theaters on September 27th. Based on the Emile Zola novel Therese Raquin, the film stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman trapped in an arranged marriage who conspires with her lover to dispose of her sickly cousin husband. Oscar Isaac plays Olsen’s love interest, while Harry Potter’s Tom Felton plays the character’s husband. Jessica Lange also stars as Olsen’s aunt. The film will hit theaters this September, but is also expected to make the fall film festival rounds in anticipation of an awards season run. Hit the jump to check out the scandalous image, along with the official synopsis. Directed by Charlie Startton, Therese also stars Shirley Henderson, John Kavanagh, Mackenzie Crook, and Matt Lucas. Click for high-resolution. Here’s the official »
- Adam Chitwood
After breaking out with a terrific turn in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Elizabeth Olsen has yet to find a way to top that performance. But with the upcoming period pic "Therese," that could change. Ahead of its September 27 release and planned Oscar campaign, Ld Entertainment has released the first still from the drama, and it's a scorcher. Set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris, the film, based on Emile Zola's scandalous novel "Therese Raquin," stars Olsen as a sexually repressed woman, stuck in loveless marriage to her sickly cousin (Tom Felton of "Harry Potter" fame), and tyrannized by her domineering aunt (Jessica Lange). Things heat up for the titular Therese when she embarks on a torrid affair with her husband's friend (Oscar Isaac). Check out the still below. »
- Nigel M Smith
Channing Tatum and Rosario Dawson lead a hot-to-trot cast down Memory Lane in this high school reunion dramedy. They play the ex-sweethearts swept up on a wave of nostalgia along with Lynn Collins as the prom queen whose crown has lost its shine, Brian Geraghty as a businessman who gets back his breakdancing mojo, and Oscar Isaac as a singing star who re-finds that loving feeling for old girlfriend Kate Mara. As for class lothario Anthony Mackie and total jock Chris Pratt »
It looks like Carey Mulligan got that 3 a.m. phone call. According to THR, Mulligan has become the front-runner to play Hillary Rodham Clinton in "Rodham." Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Amanda Seyfried were among those actresses initially rumored as possibilities for the role in director James Ponsoldt's highly anticipated biopic. (Chastain, however, denied any involvement in an interview last week.)
Based on a script by Young Il Kim, "Rodham" focuses on the former Secretary of State's younger years, when she worked on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal. (The House Judiciary Committee recommended that President Richard Nixon be impeached.) The film also tracks her burgeoning relationship with Bill Clinton, a role that has yet to be cast. The Daily Beast recently got its hands on the "Rodham" screenplay and reported that the onscreen version of Hillary swears frequently and has no trouble discussing her sex life with Bill. »
- The Huffington Post
Other actresses such as Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, and Emma Stone were once thought to be in contention for the coveted role, although now Carey Mulligan appears to be the favorite of director James Ponsoldt (Smashed, The Spectacular Now). Nothing is finalized yet, and other actresses are still in the mix, but Carey Mulligan and James Ponsoldt will meet soon, and both sides are eager to work out a deal quickly.
Young Il Kim wrote the screenplay, which landed on the 2012 Black List. The story follows a young Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was one of the lawyers on the committee to impeach President Richard Nixon, as she tries to balance her burgeoning career and her feelings for future President Bill Clinton.
And so it all begins again. So far the 2014 Oscar contenders include a trio of Sundance hits: writer-director Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight," co-written by and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (who shared a screenplay nomination with Linklater for "Before Sunset"), "Fruitvale," Ryan Coogler's true story of the killing of Oscar Grant by a San Francisco cop, starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, and David Lowery's western "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Keith Carradine. Out of Cannes emerged the Coens' 60s musical "Inside Llewyn Davis," starring Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan, Asghar Farhadi's "The Past," starring Palme d'Or-winner Berenice Bejo (who was nominated for supporting actress for "The Artist"), Alexander Payne's road movie "Nebraska," starring Best Actor winner Bruce Dern, James Gray's "The Immigrant," starring well-reviewed Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, and Palme d'Or-winner "Blue Is The Warmest Color, »
- Anne Thompson
When "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" hit theaters in December, fans were treated to the sight of some familiar faces from "Lord of the Rings," including Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood. One "Lotr" favorite, however, was noticeably absent from the latest film: Viggo Mortensen.
The 54-year-old actor played Aragorn in the original trilogy, and had a chance to reprise his role in the Peter Jackson's prequel trilogy, but chose not to participate -- mostly because his character doesn't appear in the J.R.R. Tolkien source novel.
"Before they started shooting, back in 2008, one of the producers did ask if I would be interested," Mortensen told The Guardian. "I said, 'You do know, don't you, that Aragorn isn't in The Hobbit? That there is a 60-year gap between the books?'"
Mortensen has kept busy in the years since "Lotr" hit theaters. He recently appeared in the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac »
- Madeline Boardman
The romance that claimed the Palme d'Or is also a hit with critics. "Blue is the Warmest Color," Abdellatif Kechiche's look at lovers Emma and Adele topped the Best Feature list, while co-stars Adele Exarchopolous and Lea Seydoux received top marks for Best Lead Performance and Best Supporting Performance, respectively. In addition to those two categories, we asked members of the Criticwire Network who made the trip to France this year to send in their picks in six other areas, including Best Director (a prize that also went to Kechiche), Best Supporting Performance, Best Ensemble, and Best First Feature. See The Results: Indiewire's 2013 Cannes Critics Poll The latest from the Coen Brothers also fared well in multiple categories, garnering high praise for lead Oscar Isaac and a pair of supporting cast members, Carey Mulligan and John Goodman. Although "The Past," Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to "A Separation," didn't crack »
- Steve Greene
Last night at a star-studded ceremony in Southern France, the 66th Cannes Film Festival announced the prize winners from its competition strand. Many believed Tunis-born director Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Colour to be the best film in show, but just as many believed that this year's Steven Spielberg-led jury would perhaps shy away from its lesbian subject matter and opt only to give the film's actresses the award instead of the feature. Why this was believed, no one explained. As it happened, however, the actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux received the Palme d'Or along with Kechiche in what was an unprecedented, but absolutely correct decision.
Although it could easily have picked up the big one as a safe choice, the awarding of the Grand Prix prize to the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis was necessary recognition of what was, for many, the leading film until very late in the game. »
- CineVue UK
Winners of numerous screenwriting awards including two Oscars, it's difficult to think of many filmmakers more adept at their craft than Joel and Ethan Coen. So it comes as a bit of a surprise when, in the first act of the brothers' latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, Oscar Isaac's titular Llewyn pulls out a trick straight from Screenwriting 101 and literally saves the cat. As Blake Snyder will tell you, this technique is used to build quick sympathy for the protagonist -- in this case, making us like Oscar. It works -- and that is thankfully just about the only by-the-book beat in this nontraditional but wholly enjoyable film. Set in New York City's Greenwich Village during the 1960s, Inside Llewyn Davis is a...
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Chicago – After heating up juror monocles with the steamiest three hours at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the lesbian romance “Blue is the Warmest Color” won the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2013 awards ceremony held Sunday, May 26th. The top prize was shared by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche (“The Secret of the Grain”) and his two leading ladies, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos.
Settling for the Grand Prix was Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a music-filled portrait of a fictionalized ’60s-era folk singer played by Oscar Isaac (in a performance guaranteed to generate Oscar buzz). Amat Escalante won Best Director for his brutal Mexican crime drama, “Heli,” while the Best Screenplay award was presented to Zhangke Jia (“Still Life”) for his uncharacteristically blood-spattered Chinese thriller, “A Touch of Sin.” Hirokazu Koreeda (“Still Walking”) won the Jury Prize for his Japanese family drama, “Like Father, Like Son. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color" was the biggest winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The coming-of-age lesbian drama starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux was awarded the Palme d'Or by the fantastic jury including Steven Spielberg, Christoph Waltz, Ang Lee, and Nicole Kidman. The esteemed jury also honored the cast of the film. Yay!
Berenice Bejo (we loved her in "The Artist") won Best Actress for Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" and Bruce Dern took home the Best Actor as an aging, booze-addled father who goes on a trip from Montana to Nebraska to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes prize in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska."
Here's the complete list of the winners of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Congrats everyone!
The complete list »
Cannes, France — "Look at these people, this wildlife."
As the partying journalist of Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty," Toni Servillo was surveying Rome's colorful nightlife, but he might as well have been contemplating the Cannes Film Festival. The 66th edition of the Cote d'Azur extravaganza drew to a close Sunday, awarding the sensual, heartbreaking lesbian romance "Blue is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele" the festival's top honor, the Palme d'Or.
The Cannes Film Festivale is a 12-day circus of perpetual red-carpet flashbulbs, beachside soirees and, yes, a feast of some of the finest, wildest movies the world has to offer. The most exotic creatures weren't the high-heeled ones parading the Croisette, they were the ones gracing Cannes' pristine movie screens.
Winning director of Blue Is the Warmest Colour pays tribute to French youth and Tunisian revolution
It was the popular choice reflecting a hot-button political issue. The award of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival to Blue Is the Warmest Colour, the French-produced film by a Tunisian-born director about a passionate lesbian relationship in modern-day Lille, was greeted with home-crowd cheers and a sense that it validated France's painfully achieved recent battle to legalise gay marriage.
The winning film-maker, Abdellatif Kechiche, dedicated his award to "the youth of France" and the Tunisian revolution, where "they have the aspiration to be free, to express themselves and love in full freedom".
Afterwards, speaking to the press, he amplified on these comments: "Young people in France are often way ahead of my generation in their thinking, and they are open to the world. Tunisian youth are the same: that's why there was a revolution. »
- Andrew Pulver
After a week of stars, filmmakers, and worldwide media coverage on the Croisette, the 2013 Cannes Film Festival came to an end today. The Palme d’Or went to Blue Is The Warmest Color from director Abdellatif Kechiche, best director award went to Amat Escalante for Heli, while the Jury Grand Prix went to the Coen Bros. for Inside Llewyn Davis.
Audrey Tautou hosted Uma Thurman on the stage to award the Palme d’or to the best film among the 20 in Competition. Taking place May 15 – 26, director Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby kicked off the 66th Festival in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, out of Competition in the Official Selection.
With films such as Inside Llewyn Davis scheduled »
- Michelle McCue
It's been a very good Cannes, crowned with a Palme d'Or which was widely anticipated, and almost yearningly desired by every single person I spoke to at the Festival. Blue Is The Warmest Colour, by the Franco-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche, is a devastatingly emotional film about a love affair between two young women, with unforgettable notes of sensuality and sadness. The award today undoubtedly has a political dimension, whether or not it was intended that way. Same-sex marriage was made legal in France on 18 May, during the festival. This prize happened to coincide with an anti-gay-marriage march in Paris on Sunday.
Fundamentally, what captured the jury's heart in this movie was the same thing that captured every festivalgoer's heart. »
- Peter Bradshaw
We had an server hiccup exactly at the wrong time here in Cannes, but it’s worth saying that (check out our fancy graph below) out of 15 critics who supplied us with their predictions, almost half are crowned Blue is the Warmest Colour (La Vie D’Adele) as 2013’s Palme D’Or winner. The unanimous, universal love for the Abdellatif Kechiche’s 3-hour opus about immersing one’s self into adulthood/womanhood was a stand-out favorite in our jury, 10 of our 15 critics would award it with their own personal Palme-love (see grid below for “red-valentine colored” palmes). Amour won big last year, and thematically “love” should triumph over violence once again. The jury vote pretty much proved this.
Legend: Gold – Palme. Silver – Grand Prix. Bronze – Jury Prize. Red – Personal Palme
After the jump, our Nicholas Bell gave us the lowdown on prizes in the other categories.
Best Director: Traditionally, it seems, »
- Eric Lavallee
The Cannes Film Festival's top prize, Palme d'Or, was bestowed to Abdellatif Kechiche's steamy lesbian romance "Blue is the Warmest Color" by the nine-member jury presided over by Steven Spielberg. The jury gave actresses Adele Exarcholpoulos and Lea Seydoux honorary scrolls to acknowledge their bravery. The French film beat the Coen brothers' homage to 1960s folk music, "Inside Llewyn Davis," which won the consolation kudo, the festival's Grand Prix of the Jury. Ethan and Joel Coen were not present to accept the latter since they had scooted out of Cannes last week after the film's premiere. Their prize was accepted by "Llewyn" star Oscar Isaac. The previous two winners of the Palme d'Or -- "Amour" (2012) and "The Tree of Life" (2011) -- went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars where "Amour" claimed the trophy for Best Foreign Film. Only one of the »
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