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Cannes 2015: Audiard, Haynes & Director's Fortnight

17 May 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

The eagerly awaited Official Selection for this year's 68th Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May) was announced in Paris this morning. As previously revealed, celebrated sibling filmmakers and Cannes regulars Joel and Ethan Cohen will preside over the jury this time around. Emmanuelle Bercot will become the first female director to open the festival in 28 years with her comedy-drama La Tête Haute (Head Held High), starring Catherine Deneuve and Rod Paradot. Meanwhile, highlights of this year's Palme d'Or race include new films from Jacques Audiard, Matteo Garrone, Todd Haynes, Jia Zhangke, Paolo Sorrentino, Gus Van Sant and Denis Villeneuve. Directors whose latest films appear to have missed out this year include Terence Davies, Michael Haneke and Ben Wheatley.

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- CineVue UK

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Cannes: Blumhouse, Cmg, Film4 Team on ‘Stoner’ (Exclusive)

15 May 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Blumhouse Prods. is teaming up with the Cohen Media Group on “Stoner,” which is being co-developed by Film4, the movie arm of U.K. broadcaster Channel 4.

The movie is an adaptation of the novel by John Williams. The story follows the hardscrabble life, both interior and exterior, of a farmer turned academic making his way through the first half of the 20th century.

Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, and Charles S. Cohen and Daniel Battsek of Cmg are producing the pic. Kate Hudson and David Kosse, director of Film4, are executive producing.

All three partners on the movie have had a stellar year: Blumhouse’s first micro-budget drama, “Whiplash,” won three Academy Awards; Cohen Media Group’s “Timbuktu” was an Academy Award nominee for foreign-language film; and Film4’s recent credits include Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina,” which has been a specialty hit in the U.S., and the company »

- Leo Barraclough

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Chris Pine & Elizabeth Olsen Jump Into 'Wind River,' Sharlto Copley Will Take On 'Free Fire' For Ben Wheatley

14 May 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Cannes is in full swing, so that means a zillion deals and movie packages are being revealed. One of the biggest assembles two major stars Chris Pine and Elizabeth Olsen to star in “Wind River.” It’s the directorial debut of actor/writer Taylor Sheridan, who wrote the upcoming Cannes thriller “Sicario.” Pine will play a fish and game hunter forced to confront his past when he joins a rookie FBI agent (Olsen) in a quest to solve a murder in the lawless Wind River Indian Reservation. [ScreenDaily] Ben Wheatley’s “High Rise” didn’t show up at Cannes, but the picture will turn up later this fall, you can bet. Meanwhile, the uber-prolific filmmaker is already prepping his next film, a gang shootout movie called “Free Fire.” It already stars Luke Evans, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer and Wheatley regular Michael Smiley. “District 9” actor Sharlto Copley announced on »

- Edward Davis

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Casting: Pine, Copley, Carrey, O'Dowd, Bening

14 May 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Wind River

Chris Pine and Elizabeth Olsen are set to star in "Sicario" screenwriter Taylor Sheridan's directorial debut "Wind River" at Insiders, Thunder Road and Film 44.

Pine is set to play a fish and game hunter forced to confront his past when he joins a rookie FBI agent in a quest to solve a murder in the lawless Wind River Indian Reservation. [Source: Screen]

Free Fire

"District 9" actor Sharlto Copley has signed on to star in "Kill List" director Ben Wheatley's next film, the action thriller "Free Fire" which Martin Scorsese will executive produce.

Set in Boston in 1978, the story deals with a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival. Luke Evans, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer and Michael Smiley also star. [Source: Twitter]

True Crimes

Jim Carrey is in talks to star in Alexandros Avranas' indie drama »

- Garth Franklin

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Sharlto Copley joins Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire

14 May 2015 6:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ben Wheatley’s hotly anticipated upcoming movie High Rise based on the acclaimed novel by J.G. Ballard and starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans won’t be hitting the big screen until later this year but already the English director is gathering a stellar cast for his next project Free Fire.

Sharlto Copley (District 9, Chappie) announced via his Twitter that he has officially signed on for Free Fire, although he doesn’t give up any details about what the role is. The South African will join the likes of Armie Hammer (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Cillian Murphy (In the Heart of the Sea), Luke Evans (The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies) and long-time Wheatley journeyman Michael Smiley.

Set in Boston in 1978, Free Fire focusses on a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs that turns into a shootout and a game of survival. »

- Gavin Logan

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Rachel Weisz to star in Pete Travis kidnap thriller 'Snatchback'

12 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Rachel Weisz to star in and produce true story; Protagonist launches in Cannes.

Rachel Weisz is to star in and produce $15m kidnapping thriller Snatchback, from Dredd director Pete Travis.

Oscar-winner Weisz (The Constant Gardener) co-developed the project and will produce alongside Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth, Magic Magic) of New York-based Braven Films.

Travis, also known for making Omagh and Vantage Point, has written the script and will direct.

Snatchback is based on the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband stole away their two year-old daughter and took her to the Middle East in 1992. Dabbagh spent more than a decade searching for her daughter, one of 1,000 children illegally abducted from the Us each year, before she finally found her.

In Travis’s script, Weisz’s character becomes a mercenary engaged in dangerous missions across the Middle East to help other families recover kidnapped children – while never giving up on her »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

6 May 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It hardly seems like a year since we were arguing over the merits of eventual Palme winner "Winter Sleep" and goggling as all previous records for the upper limit one could be charged for a sandwich were shattered, but in just a week's time, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival kicks off. This year it will be Ingrid Bergman staring down at us from every flagpole and billboard, and the Coen brothers presiding over an illustrious competition jury. But most importantly, there will be an arguably more-stacked-than-ever catalogue of mouthwatering films for us to work our way through. There were a few disappointments, such as the no-shows of Ben Wheatley's "High Rise" and Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation," but we guess they have to leave something for other high-profile festivals of the year. With a Cannes lineup this broad and deep, it would be churlish to complain too much. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Film4 flies with Rooney Mara’s 'Blackbird'

6 May 2015 5:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK broadcaster joins finance of Jean Doumanian, WestEnd drama.

UK broadcaster Film4 has boarded finance on director Benedict Andrews’ anticipated drama Blackbird, which is set to star Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Carol) and Ben Mendelsohn (Starred Up, Animal Kingdom).

The script is adapted by playwright David Harrower from his celebrated and controversial Olivier Award-winning play of the same name, and will mark the feature directorial debut of acclaimed theatre director Benedict Andrews.

Currently in pre-production, the film will see Mendelsohn play Ray, a mid-level manager in his early 50s, who is confronted by angry 20-something Una (Mara). The two had a passionate affair 15 years earlier when Una was barely a teenager, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned.

Like a wrecking ball from his past, Una’s unexpected arrival threatens to destroy Ray’s new identity.

WestEnd Films is handling international sales and will co-produce alongside August: Osage County producer Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Hyena | Review

1 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Scavenger’s Song: Johnson’s Chilling, Stylized Sophomore Feature

Opening with a brooding, atmospheric ambience as we drift through a throbbing drug bust set to an electric synth score, Gerard Johnson’s exciting sophomore film, Hyena, recalls early 80’s efforts from the likes of Abel Ferrara or Michael Mann, an exciting concoction of style and tone overlaying familiar narrative tropes. Though the film doesn’t quite maintain this level of elation, dipping into a customary groove that reveals little outside of the inevitable consequences that accompany the actions we see here, Johnson proves to be a promisingly abrasive new voice coming out of the UK. Utilizing the talents of DoP Benjamin Kracun (For Those in Peril, 2013), and bringing along composer Matt Johnson and editor Ian Davies from his 2009 debut, serial killer film Tony, the end result is an unsettling nightmare sporting an arresting energy often absent from trajectories so recognizable. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Thn Attends BAFTA TV Craft Awards 2015

1 May 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

BAFTA award ceremony are always glitzy affairs, and the TV Craft awards are no different. Taking place at London’s The Brewery, the biggest and best talent in TV were celebrated, with awards being given out for Best Costume Design, Best Writer and Best Director.

The first winner of the night was The Musketeers, with Phoebe De Gaye taking away the award for Best Costume Design. Clearly a little flabbergasted by her win, she took to the media room with only great things to say about her time on the BBC One smash:

It’s a great show to design. It’s got great scope, fantastic characters and it’s a great period to be given a bit of a contemporary feel to it. We also had a fantastic set up in the Czech Republic, which gave us a lot of room to make great costumes

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- Lucy Cave

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Tribeca Review: ‘Bridgend’ Is A Haunting Look At The Mysteries Behind Teenage Suicide Cults

28 April 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The twisted notion of a popular “teenage suicide cult” is sick unto itself and it will unquestionably send a chill up the spine of every parent. While Danish filmmaker Jeppe Rønde’s haunting feature-length directorial debut, “Bridgend,” will certainly unnerve parents and non-parents alike, it is perhaps the underlying suggestion of the movie that’s even more disturbing: the idea that we cannot control (or protect) the ones we love from their bad choices, and the misguided free will of adolescents can be distorted towards the darkest of places. Though “Bridgend” is no horror movie, the emotionally unsettling aspects of the film, while subtle, do recall the shocking response to Ben Wheatley’s “Kill List,” or, to a lesser extent, recent Sundance spooker, “The Witch.” “Bridgend” finds both its title and story ripped from the headlines. Beginning in 2007, a sudden rash of suicides broke out in in the titular small town in South Wales. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, And More Talk The Art Of Filmmaking

21 April 2015 10:40 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The hero of Francois Truffaut’s “Day for Night” famously said that “making a film is like a stagecoach ride in the old west… when you start, you are hoping for a pleasant trip. By the halfway point, you just hope to survive. “ Directing a film —no matter if it’s a tentpole feature or a crowd-funded short— is a herculean undertaking, requiring much overtime, thankless work and often soul-deadening compromise. The best directors have found ways to fight righteously for their cinematic visions within the studio system. In a new video interview courtesy of Film4, a veritable who’s who of today’s best filmmakers share their thoughts on the directorial process, the translation of thought from page to screen and the urgency and chaos that fuels most film sets. The video encompasses interviews with the likes of Eli Roth and Ben Wheatley: both are genre directors who »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Cannes: Del Toro, Gyllenhaal join Competition jury

21 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Xavier Dolan, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller also among those on the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury

The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 68th edition, comprising nine world cinema names from Canada, Spain, the Us, UK, France, Mali and Mexico.

Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who won the Palme d’Or in 1991 for Barton Fink and the Grand Prize of the Jury in 2013 with Inside Llewyn Davis, were previously announced as co-presidents of the jury, which will include four women and five men.

The jury will select from the films in Competition, with prize winners to be announced on stage at a ceremony on May 24. The winner of the Palme d’or will be screened during the festival’s closing evening on May 25, in the presence of the jury and the entire team of the winning film.

Click here for full line-up of filmsTHE Jury

Joel & Ethan Coen (Presidents) Directors, Writers »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: Del Toro, Gyllenhaal on jury

21 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Xavier Dolan, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller also among those on the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury

The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 68th edition, comprising nine world cinema names from Canada, Spain, the Us, UK, France, Mali and Mexico.

Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who won the Palme d’Or in 1991 for Barton Fink and the Grand Prize of the Jury in 2013 with Inside Llewyn Davis, were previously announced as co-presidents of the jury, which will include four women and five men.

The jury will select from the films in Competition, with prize winners to be announced on stage at a ceremony on May 24. The winner of the Palme d’or will be screened during the festival’s closing evening on May 25, in the presence of the jury and the entire team of the winning film.

The Jury

Joel & Ethan Coen (Presidents) Directors, Writers, Producers »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The Emperor's New Clothes review

20 April 2015 7:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom team up for a compelling documentary that asks sizeable questions ahead of the UK general election.

Back in 2004, Michael Moore scored the biggest box office hit of his career. Fahrenheit 9/11 was Moore's reaction to the horrific events of September 11th 2001, and specifically the political changes that followed in its aftermath. Savagely critical of the George W Bush administration, the film also leaked online, and was widely seen ahead of the 2004 Us presidential election.

In said election, Bush grew his vote, won a majority in the popular ballot, increased his electoral vote tally, and was re-elected as President of the United States.

Why? Well, amongst the many reasons, maybe Moore was preaching a little to the converted. And the same may well be said of Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom's new documentary, The Emperor's New Clothes.

At heart, this is an extension of the political »

- simonbrew

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Watch: From Tarantino to Cronenberg, Great Directors Talk the Art and Anxiety of Filmmaking

20 April 2015 7:01 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Film4 sits down with great directors including Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Ben Wheatley, Steve McQueen, Joe Carnahan and Lone Scherfig to candidly talk the art of filmmaking, where and how they got started, and their fears.  One thing, which is said by Mark Romanek, is true for even the most ruthless of the bunch: "Every director... goes in in the morning terrified that what they're doing is not going to work." Read More: David Fincher Reveals "Gone Girl" Secrets, and Whose Side He's Really On Ryan Lattanzio is the staff writer for Toh at Indiewire. Follow him on Twitter. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Cannes: Miguel Gomes' 'Arabian Nights' in Directors’ Fortnight

20 April 2015 3:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Weerasethakul, Davies and Van Dormael also rumoured to be headed to parallel section. 

Portuguese filmmaker Miguel GomesArabian Nights, a contemporary re-telling of One Thousand and One Nights, is set to premiere in Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).

Arabian Nights, the film - or, even better, the three miraculous films - by Miguel Gomes, will be premiering at the Directors’ Fortnight,” said Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Edouard Waintrop

“The breathtaking triptych is inspired by the tales told by Scheherazade and by some events that occurred in Portugal between 2013 and 2014, while the country was subjected to a political power denying all forms of social justice. It will set the pace of our program. Each film, directed with a wild fantasy and a great freedom, will have its day.”

Set against the background of the economic crisis in Portugal, a contemporary Scheherazade paints a picture of the country’s woes, across three episodes: »

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Thierry Fremaux Says Cannes Could Add Up To 8 More Films, WB Didn't Want 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Open Fest

17 April 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Yesterday's big news days kicked off with the initial slate for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It's a helluva lineup with big name directors, highly anticipated titles and lots of below-the-radar discoveries to be made. But cinephiles should note that there could be a lot more announcements coming. Festival head Thierry Fremaux told Screen Daily that there are even more films to be added to the festival. "There are three or four films to put into competition, and three or four films to put into Un Certain Regard," he said. "We’ve got 20 films, not to watch from scratch but to re-watch, to work out how we could show them. We’re waiting for one last film to arrive."  "They’re still working on the Ben Wheatley film ['High-Rise'] and we might still be able to see it in time," Fremaux added. "The Stephen Frears film [the Lance Armstrong movie 'Icon'] isn’t ready. He has to do some re-takes. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux talks 2015 line-up

16 April 2015 5:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Talking after the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection on Thursday, festival chief Thierry Fremaux reveals Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise might still make it into competition and his habitual fears for the films he selects.Cannes 2015News: Full line-upNEWS: Cannes Competition opens upCOMMENT: surprises and no-shows

When did you close the line-up you announced this morning?

In the early hours of the morning, around 1.30 am. A few loose ends up were tied up first thing today. We were awaiting a few replies overnight.

You announced 90% of the official selection today. How many more films have you left to screen?

There are three or four films to put into competition and three or four films to put into Un Certain Regard. We’ve got 20 films - not to watch from scratch - but to re-watch, to work out how we could show them. We’re waiting for one last film to arrive.

There are a lot »

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Cannes 2015: the Brits aren't coming, but I'm still glad to go

16 April 2015 8:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

English-language movies will be everywhere at this year’s film festival – it’s just a shame so few Brits are behind them

It is always an exciting moment, and not just for trainspotters. The announcement of the Cannes competition list is effectively the beginning of a new film year, and this is the first with the festival’s new president, Pierre Lescure, who is taking over from the legendary, mandarin-figure Gilles Jacob. Although the bullish, vigorous Thierry Frémaux is, of course, the general delegate and prime mover in the choice of films, the choice of jury members and therefore the likely choice of winners. The dominance of Cannes on the international film festival circuit is such that these are the films that will be seen, distributed, talked about and given prizes in the months to come.

It isn’t, on the face of it, a big Cannes year for Brits. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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