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Venice Lineup Promises More Than Just Oscar Bait

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Venice Film Festival’s late-summer scheduling — a fixture since its inception 83 years ago — gives it sprocket-opera status it wouldn’t hold if it swapped places with, say, the Berlinale. (And not just because the skinny sandbar of the Lido is a lot less alluringly balmy in February.) As the American awards season has expanded, in the last couple of decades, into a six-month industry of promotion as restless as the speculation that surrounds it, this most venerably refined of festivals has become its near-accidental starting block.

Expense and distance protect it from the fever-pitch Oscar conversation that intensifies at Telluride and Toronto mere days after Venice raises its curtain, but these aren’t soundproof barriers: In an era when a film’s fate can be sealed on Twitter mere minutes after it first screens, contenders are swiftly anointed and annihilated in the Italian heat. Reigning Best Picture winner “Birdman »

- Guy Lodge

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True Detective Director Cary Fukunaga Downplays Involvement In Season 2

12 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

No matter how much hype and anticipation that preceded it, True Detective season 2 seemed to succumb to the ol’ second album syndrome. Though it may have expanded the scope and character roster from the maiden outing, swapping a swampy, rural setting for the neon signs and dark underbelly of Los Angeles, its story simply didn’t emulate that of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart.

Questions arose thick and fast, with many fans – us included – wondering how one of television’s finest dramas had transformed into a mediocre procedural within the space of one season. And while it doesn’t necessarily answer all of those questions, Variety has posted a fascinating interview with series director Cary Fukunaga, who admitted that he “really wasn’t involved” in the sophomore season True Detective.

Listed as an executive producer on HBO’s drama, here’s what Fukunaga had to say about his involvement – or »

- Michael Briers

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How Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Could Change the Movie Business

14 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Idris Elba nearly plunged to his death filming Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation.” The indie drama, about an African tyrant known as “the commandant” who recruits an innocent boy into his army of youth soldiers, took Elba into the depths of Ghana’s jungles for a guerrilla-like shoot. One afternoon, as the actor waited for the next scene, he leaned against a tree overlooking a waterfall, lost his footing and fell over the ledge. Luckily, there was a narrow ridge that saved him from a 90-foot drop.

“I remember slipping and catching onto this big branch that was sticking up, and I literally was like, ‘Whoa!’ ” recalls Elba. “It was a moment where I was like, ‘This is the real deal.’ ”

Beasts of No Nation” wasn’t just a high-stakes, death-defying production for its cast and crew. It’s also a dive off the cliff for Netflix, which »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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BFI London Film Festival 2015 Line-Up announced with Gala screenings of Steve Jobs, High-Rise, Trumbo, Black Mass, Carol & Suffragette

14 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme

You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.

The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry‎ Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.

The Festival will screen a »

- John

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BFI London Film Festival unveils full line-up with ‘Steve Jobs’ closing

17 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The festival circuit is gearing up to start and London has added a handful of other prominent awards players for the year.

Among the new additions to the festival are Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender in the lead role as the famed Apple head, which will be the festival’s closer. They have also announced that the premiere of Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, will happen at the festival.

Opening & Closing Night

Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep. Director Sarah Gavron returns to the Festival for a third time with a film that tells the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote. Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle whose films Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 127 Hours (2010) previously closed the Festival. »

- Zach Dennis

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Cary Fukunaga Says He "Wasn't Involved" With 'True Detective' Season 2, Explains His Departure From 'It'

17 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Cary Fukunaga is gearing up for a busy few months ahead as he gets onto the awards circuit to promote Netflix's "Beasts Of No Nation," but the rising filmmaker does have a couple of projects that he'll be asked about: "True Detective" and the adaptation of Stephen King's "It." And in recent weeks he's addressed both of those subjects. When it comes to HBO's hit show, Fukunaga says it was always his intention to get in and get out with the first season. “The whole pitch was that in a true anthology, we want to sit it on a shelf, and every season we have a new feature director and make this wonderful miniseries,” he told Variety about how the series was presented to networks. “I was going to be the first one. And I’d be there to shepherd as much as I could the following seasons. My departure was always planned. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Fukunaga Talks "True Detective" Season 2

18 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After making a name for himself first with "Sin Nombre" and then his well-received "Jane Eyre" adaptation, filmmaker Cary Fukunaga came to the attention of many when he directed all eight episodes of HBO's acclaimed first season of their detective anthology series "True Detective".

In the wake of that success, Fukunaga shot the Idris Elba-led child soldier drama "Beasts of No Nation" and was slated to helm a two-film adaptation of Stephen King's "It" before dropping out of that project over what he said the other week were simply creative differences.

Talking to Variety about 'Beasts', he was asked about the second season of HBO's "True Detective," a season which has come under much fire for the subsequent drop in quality. Fukunaga was listed as executive producer but admits it was more a name credit than anything:

"I really wasn't involved. My involvement in the second season was »

- Garth Franklin

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Full line-up for 59th BFI London Film Festival announced

19 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BFI has announced the full line-up for the 59th London Film Festival, which runs from October 7th until October 18th in Central London.

The festival will show a total of 238 films, including 16 world premieres, 40 European premiere and 8 international premieres, as well as 11 archival films that will be screened that include five world premieres of restored features. There will also be 182 short films including live-action and animation.

Previously, the festival announced it’s opening and closing galas in the form of Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, and Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, retrospectively, both of which receiving their European premieres.

Headline Galas:

Carol – directed by Todd Haynes, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (American Express Gala)

Trumbo – directed by Jay Roach, starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren (Accenture Gala)

Black Mass – directed by Scott Cooper, starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch (Virgin Atlantic Gala)

Brooklyn – directed by John Crowley, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Full programme announced for 59th BFI London Film Festival

19 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

BFI London Film Festival 2015 full programme

The BFI London Film Festival is always a highlight on our film calendar, and the full programme for this year’s even, which takes place in the capital from 7th-18th October, has just been unveiled at an announcement presentation at the Odeon Leicester Square.

We’ve just stepped away from the famous cinema and have taken with us some thoughts on what this year’s festival has in store. As well as the previously announced opening film, Suffragette and the closing gala, Steve Jobs, a whole host of other films have caught our eye. This year’s programme is actually quite exciting.

BFI London Film Festival 2015 full programme – Steve Jobs will close this year’s festival

Cate Blanchett will be presented with the BFI Fellowship this year, and her film Carol, directed by Todd Haynes, will play as this year’s American Express »

- Paul Heath

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BFI London Film Festival reveals 2015 line-up

20 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Official competition to include Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation and European premieres for Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto and Johnnie To’s Office.Scroll down for competition titles

The full line-up for the 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has been unveiled this morning, including the titles set to compete in its four competitions.

The festival will screen a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, eight international premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 archive films including five restoration world premieres. The line-up also includes 182 live action and animated shorts. 

As previously announced, the festival will open with Sarah Gavron’s period drama Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, and will close with Danny Boyle’s biopic Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the home computer pioneer and Apple co-founder. Both are European premieres.

Further headline galas at the festival will be Todd HaynesCarol, Jay Roach’s Trumbo, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, John Crowley »

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

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Lff 2015 lineup includes Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs and... Goosebumps?

20 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The full programme for the 2014 BFI London Film Festival has been announced, featuring 238 feature-length films and 182 shorts - including, believe it or not, the European premiere of the Goosebumps movie.

Then there's the eagerly anticipated Whitey Bulger gangster biopic starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch, Black Mass, as well as Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender.

Plus, there's the European premiere of women's liberation drama Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.

Other stand-out films include Cary Fukunaga's Beast Of No Nation, Lenny Abrahamson's Room and Sean Baker's Tangerine, with all three in the official competition section.

Another notable movie on the festival's roster is Stephen Frears's real-life doping story The Programme, starring Ben Foster as cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Elsewhere, film fans can look forward to Nicholas Hytner's film adaptation of Alan Bennett's Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Jim Broadbent. »

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BFI London Film Festival Unveils Lineup for 59th Edition

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation” is set to continue its festivals run with a slot in the official competition section of the BFI London Film Festival, which runs Oct. 7-18.

The full program for the 59th edition of the Lff was revealed Tuesday by festival director Clare Stewart, and will include the European premieres of Jay Roach’s “Trumbo,” John Crowley’s “Brooklyn” and Nicholas Hytner’s “The Lady in the Van” as sponsor gala screenings. Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” and Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” were also announced to receive sponsor galas, while the festival will see special presentations of Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s “The Forbidden Room” and the European premiere of Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “He Named Me Malala.”

As previously announced, the festival will open and close with the European premieres of Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette” and Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs,” respectively. »

- Robert Mitchell

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Cary Fukunaga Weighs in On ‘True Detective’ Season 2

31 August 2015 5:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cary Fukunaga opened up about his lack of creative input on the second season of HBO’s “True Detective” while speaking to Variety about this week’s cover story about Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation,” which hits stands on Tuesday.

The director said it always part of the plan for him to leave after his episodes starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson wrapped in 2014. “The whole pitch was that in a true anthology, we want to sit it on a shelf, and every season we have a new feature director and make this wonderful miniseries,” Fukunaga said, explaining that they shopped the conceit to Showtime and Netflix along with HBO. “I was going to be the first one. And I’d be there to shepherd as much as I could the following seasons. My departure was always planned.”

The series’ second season, which was widely panned by critics, used »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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'Catching Fire' and All Other Epix Movies Leaving Netflix for Hulu

29 August 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Love "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire?" You only have until the end of September to stream it and a slew of other movies like "World War Z" as Netflix's deal with Epix is expiring. The Epix movies will now be on Hulu, per Variety.

As Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, posted Sunday on the Netflix blog, "We have decided not to renew our agreement in the Us with Epix, the cable network, which means that some high profile movies including 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' 'World War Z' and 'Transformers: Age of Extinction,' will expire at the end of September in the Us. If you want to see them on Netflix Us, now is the time."

He explains that most of these movies are available on other platforms and that Netflix is focusing on more original content. "Through our original films and some »

- Sharon Knolle

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Netflix takes on Hollywood with its first film premiere at Venice festival

29 August 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Already shaking up TV with the likes of House of Cards, the on-demand pioneer is to unveil its move into film production

Like a heavenly body twinkling down from another time and galaxy, the Venice film festival still beams out the glamour of the old world. From its first incarnation in 1932, when the likes of Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, James Cagney, Ronald Colman and Joan Crawford, not to mention Boris Karloff, sipped drinks on the terrace of the Excelsior in the Lido, the festival has offered the perfect gilded backdrop for the shiny hoopla of film promotion.

This summer, however, the future is coming to the lagoon city and to the longest-established of all film festivals. As a billboard-sized sign of things to come, Netflix, one of the new breed of video-on-demand services, is bringing its first in-house production, Beasts of No Nation, to open at Venice 3 September. It stars »

- Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media correspondent

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Jason Reitman Staging 'The Princess Bride' Tiff Live Read

27 August 2015 8:37 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Reveals First Slate of Titles: New Ridley Scott and Cary Fukunaga Films Top List, 'Demolition' to Open The 40th Toronto International Film Festival has revealed that "The Princess Bride" script will be the subject of this year's Jason Reitman Live Read, the annual event in which classic movie scripts are read by contemporary actors. The script of Rob Reiner's beloved classic will be presented to audiences in a one-take read-through, with Reitman narrating stage direction on Saturday, September 12 at 6pm. "'The Princess Bride' premiered at the Festival in 1987 and has captured audiences' imaginations ever since," said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. "To have this title return on the occasion of our 40th Festival, and be re-explored by a contemporary cast, is pure magic." The festival previously welcomed Reitman and all-star casts for live table reads. »

- Zack Sharf

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TV Is Not the New Film, But It’s Ok That Festivals Are Blurring the Lines

26 August 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Debruge: Looks like Toronto is the latest film festival to add a television section to its lineup. These days, everywhere from Sundance to SXSW to the Canadian “festival of festivals,” smallscreen content is getting a big push, which is intriguing — and even ironic — for all sorts of reasons (ironic because the state of distribution being what it is, many of the films in Toronto will end up trickling down to VOD, rather than ever getting a commercial theatrical run). On one hand, the trend isn’t exactly new: Classy longform features like “Carlos” (which premiered at Cannes in 2010), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance 2013) and “Olive Kitteridge” (Venice 2014) made their bows at top-tier film fests before going on to air as miniseries on Canal Plus, BBC Two and HBO, respectively.

But Toronto’s Primetime program — like SXSW’s Episodics, which launched last year — represents something different: Rather than expanding the »

- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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TV Is Not the New Film, But It’s Ok That Festivals Are Blurring the Lines

26 August 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peter Debruge: Looks like Toronto is the latest film festival to add a television section to its lineup. These days, everywhere from Sundance to SXSW to the Canadian “festival of festivals,” smallscreen content is getting a big push, which is intriguing — and even ironic — for all sorts of reasons (ironic because the state of distribution being what it is, many of the films in Toronto will end up trickling down to VOD, rather than ever getting a commercial theatrical run). On one hand, the trend isn’t exactly new: Classy longform features like “Carlos” (which premiered at Cannes in 2010), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance 2013) and “Olive Kitteridge” (Venice 2014) made their bows at top-tier film fests before going on to air as miniseries on Canal Plus, BBC Two and HBO, respectively.

But Toronto’s Primetime program — like SXSW’s Episodics, which launched last year — represents something different: Rather than expanding the »

- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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7 Hidden Gems from the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival Lineup

26 August 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Reveals First Slate of Titles: New Ridley Scott and Cary Fukunaga Films Top List, 'Demolition' to Open There is no program more daunting than the Toronto International Film Festival, an annual fall gathering with more movies than any single mind can fully comprehend. This year's lineup is no exception: With 289 features and 110 shorts, including 138 world premieres and 71 countries, the 2015 program — now fully revealed after several rounds of announcements — includes the usual collection of awards season hopefuls ("The Danish Girl," "Trumbo," "Spotlight"), high profile documentaries (Michael Moore's "Where to Invade Next," Davis Guggenheim's "He Named Me Malala") and the occasional big studio premiere ("The Martian"). But that's only a fraction of a lineup rich with international work from filmmakers working in a wide variety of modes. Here's a look at a few more Tiff »

- Eric Kohn

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Venice Nabs Studio Films, Undiscovered Indies as Fall Festival Season Kicks Off

26 August 2015 7:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival, which runs Sept. 2-12, reflects a new detente among some of the heavyweights on the fall festival calendar, but it also stands as testament to artistic director Alberto Barbera’s contention that the Lido sprocket opera “must not position itself against the market, nor pander to it.”

With Toronto less aggressive in pushing for world preems this year, Venice has secured some strong studio titles, including its opener, Universal’s “Everest,” and several other hot bows, such as Eddie Redmayne starrer “The Danish Girl,” directed by Tom Hooper; Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” with Idris Elba, above; and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” starring Michael Keaton, who starred in Venice’s opener last year, “Birdman.” These three will segue from the Lido to having North American launches at the Toronto festival.

The rapprochement comes after Barbera and Toronto artistic »

- Nick Vivarelli

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