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True Detective director Cary Fukunaga has been recruited to helm a new film penned by the Brokeback Mountain co-screenwriters. The as-yet-untitled drama will tell the true story of Joe Bell and his son Jaden, the latter a 15-year-old openly gay Oregon high school student who committed suicide after being bullied because of his sexuality.
A devastated Joe Bell then embarked on a cross-country walking tour "to promote awareness about the consequences of prejudice," Deadline reports. Although Joe Bell's journey ended tragically after he was killed in a car accident in Colorado, »
Earlier this week, Amy Winehouse's family "disassociated itself" from the upcoming documentary Amy, claiming the film is "both misleading and contains some basic untruths." Now the late singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, has issued some harsher words for the project in an interview with The Guardian. "It was horrible," he said of the movie, adding that he even confronted the filmmakers directly after a screening. "I told them that they were a disgrace. I said: 'You should be ashamed of yourselves. You had the opportunity to make a wonderful film and you've made this. »
It should come as no surprise that Cannes Film Festival will play host to Kent Jones’s doc on the touchstone of filmmaking interview tomes, Hitchcock/Truffaut (see photo above). The film has been floating near the top of this list since it was announced last year as in development, while Jones himself has a history with the festival, having co-written both Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. and Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy, both of which premiered in Cannes. The film is scheduled to screen as part of the Cannes Classics sidebar alongside the likes of Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, which will play as part of the festival’s tribute to the late starlet, and Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (see trailer below). As someone who grew up watching road races with my dad in Watkins Glen, »
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Having previously labelled Amy "tainted", Mitch has now claimed the filmmakers edited his comments about the late singer's need to enter rehab.
"It was 2005. Amy had fallen - she was drunk and banged her head," Mitch explained in an interview with The Guardian.
"She came to my house, and her manager came round and said, 'She's got to go to rehab'. But she wasn't drinking every day. She was like a lot of kids, going out binge-drinking.
"And I said, 'She doesn't need to go to rehab'. In the film, I'm relating the story, and what I said was, 'She didn't need to go to rehab at that time'.
"They've edited me out saying 'at that time'."
Amy Winehouse recounted the incident in her 2006 song 'Rehab'. »
As first reported on ScreenDaily, the film is based on Deborah E Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier about a courtroom clash with the notorious historian David Irving. David Hare has adapted the screenplay.
Thompson will fold her Sunray slate into the new venture, which includes Asif Kapadia’s Midnight selection Amy Winehouse documentary Amy and Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and [link »
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The film industry veterans have unveiled their London and La-based company and strategic alliances with London’s Potboiler Films and Berlin-based X Filme.
As first reported on Screendaily, the film is based on Deborah E Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier about a courtroom clash with the notorious historian David Irving. David Hare has adapted the screenplay.
Thompson will fold her Sunray slate into the new venture, which includes Asif Kapadia’s Midnight selection Amy Winehouse documentary Amy and Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and Brendan Gleeson.
Cornerstone will reveal »
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In a pre-Cannes move, veteran film executives Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder have partnered to form Cornerstone Films as a production-finance and sales company with offices in London and Los Angeles.
Conrnerstone will collaborate with Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood’s London-based Potboiler Films and the Berlin-based X Filme, which is run by Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott. Both production companies will provide up to two films a year for financing and sales through the new company.
Cornerstone will launch at Cannes with Mick Jackson’s recently announced “Denial,” starring Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson. The film is based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier,” adapted for the screen by David Hare.
- Dave McNary
Amy Winehouse's family has concluded that Amy is no good. The late artist's family, including father Mitch Winehouse, called an upcoming documentary about the "Rehab" singer "a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths." Amy is slated to premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and be released in the U.K. on July 3. "The Winehouse family would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy," read a statement from the family obtained by Rolling Stone. They add: "There are specific allegations made against family and management that are »
In just a few weeks the world will get their first look at the Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy which promises to take a deeper look into the life of the six-time Grammy Award-winning artist and her tragic story leading up to an early death from alcohol poisoning. It.s well known that Winehouse had her problems, but apparently, the documentary may take it too far. Amy Winehouse.s family has spoken out about the doc and they have some huge problems with the final product. In a statement released earlier today (via THR), a spokesperson representing Winehouse.s family said that they wanted to "disassociate themselves" from the documentary. The spokesperson continued: They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths...The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of »
No fans here. Amy Winehouse's family members spoke out on Monday, April 27, to condemn the new documentary about the singer's life, Amy. Scheduled to debut at next month's Cannes Film Festival, Amy focuses on the late singer's life and death at age 27, including her storied music career and fatal struggle with substance abuse. While the filmmakers included unseen and unheard footage and recordings, seemingly obtained from those close to Winehouse, the star's family members released a statement criticizing Amy. "The Winehouse family would like to disassociate [...] »
The family of late singer Amy Winehouse is no longer supporting documentary “Amy,” which is set to debut at the Cannes Film Festival next month. As a matter of fact, they’re now publicly speaking out about the project. Mitch Winehouse and family claim that the film “is both misleading and contains some basic untruths.” As a result, the family wants to “disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film,” they said in a recent statement, which is posted in its entirety below. Other buzzy adjectives used to describe the doc in the lengthy statement include “unfounded” and “unbalanced.” See video: Amy Winehouse »
- Tony Maglio
Amy Winehouse's family have slammed the upcoming documentary Amy, saying they consider the film to be "misleading" and biased against the family. "The Winehouse family would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy," a spokesperson for the Winehouse family said in a statement.
"They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths," the statement continued. "There are specific allegations made against family and management that are unfounded and unbalanced. »
Amy Winehouse's dad has voiced his discontent with the upcoming documentary Amy, saying it is "tainted".
The family of Amy Winehouse previously distanced themselves from the film, branding the project "misleading".
Speaking to the BBC's Newsbeat, Mitch Winehouse said that the documentary falsely claims that he wasn't there to support his daughter.
"I was there every day. And if I wasn't there - because I was working or I was away somewhere or she was away somewhere - she'd phone seven times a day," said Mitch.
"There's no sense of that in the film and that's what's disappointing."
Mitch went on to say that the filmmakers have produced a documentary lacking in balance.
"A biographer puts everything down there and let's people decide for themselves," he added.
"These guys have decided what to put in and what not to put in. It's a two-hour film and you can't put everything, »
Amy Winehouse’s family have spoken out against an upcoming documentary that follows the late singer’s life, blasting it as “misleading.”
“It is both misleading and contains some basic untruths,” reads the statement.
“The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of Amy’s associates, many of whom had nothing to do with her in the last years of her life,” it goes on. “Counter views expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut.”
“I felt sick when I watched it for the first time,” he told the Sun. »
- Alex Stedman
The documentary, which uses previously-unseen archive footage and unheard tracks to tell the story of the 'Back to Black' singer, is from Senna director Asif Kapadia - but the Winehouse family withdrew their support as they say it contains "basic untruths".
A statement on behalf of the family reads: "The Winehouse family would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy. The documentary about her life will be released this summer and receive its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
"They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths. There are specific allegations made against family and management that are unfounded and unbalanced.
"The narrative is formed by »
Despite receiving a gala premiere and concert at the Tribeca Film Festival, “Mary J. Blige — The London Sessions” is essentially just a slightly gussied-up version of the types of “making of” featurettes that sometimes accompany deluxe album packages. Barely passing the 45-minute mark and shot in fuzzy black-and-white, the film is a purely promotional glimpse at the creation of Blige’s titular 13th studio album, which was released last fall to strong reviews and disappointing sales. Any time spent with Blige’s epochal voice and infectiously enthusiastic personality could never be unpleasant, but Sam Wrench’s featherweight docu struggles to justify its primetime showcase.
Taking place almost entirely in recording studios or the backseats of cabs, “The London Sessions” follows Blige for her brief stay in London, where she crossed paths with the likes of Sam Smith, Disclosure brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, Emeli Sande and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins in »
- Andrew Barker
“This is my first feature in Official Selection so I’m very, very happy about that,” director Asif Kapadia told ScreenDaily of his Amy Winehouse documentary making the Official Selection for the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
Currently in Azerbaijan - where Kapadia is midway through the shoot of his fourth narrative feature, Ali and Nino - the film-maker said he fully intends to make it to the festival despite the tight timings.
Kapadia is not due to finish filming Ali and Nino until May 10, after wrapping the final three weeks of the shoot in Istanbul.
“I finish in Istanbul on the 10th, fly home, do my washing, have a shave and then hopefully fly straight back out to see some of the fun at the beginning of the festival before our film’s shown,” he said.
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Amy uses unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks to chronicle the short life of the six-time Grammy winner and her death from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.
“Asif Kapadia is one the most talented filmmakers we have worked with and Amy is a jewel of a film – a tribute to one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our generation,” said Mongrel president Hussain Amarshi.
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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
Springtime means we're less than a month away from watching celebrities head down to the French Riviera in their finest avant-garde outfits: Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 13 to 24, has announced its 2015 lineup. Todd Haynes and Gus Van Sant are both in competition, as is Australian Justin Kurzel with his rendition of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. (More populist fare like George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road and Woody Allen's Irrational Man will screen out of competition.) There are special screenings of Natalie Portman's directing debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, and Asif Kapadia's documentary on Amy Winehouse. Below is the list of screenings, and more will be added in the coming weeks.CompetitionDheepan (working title), Jacques AudiardA Simple Man, Stephane BrizeMarguerite and Julien, Valerie DonzelliThe Tale of Tales, Matteo GarroneCarol, Todd HaynesThe Assassin, Hou Hsiao HsienMountains May Depart, Jia Zhang-KeOur Little Sister, »
- E. Alex Jung
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