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Paramount will handle all physical and Internet digital home entertainment distribution of the four films in the U.S. following their theatrical runs. IFC Films will handle VOD and Est sales to cable, satellite and telco providers.
“The D Train” stars Jack Black and James Marsden; “Good Kill” stars Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Kravitz and January Jones; and “Sleeping With Other People” stars Jason Sudeikis, Adam Scott, Alison Brie and Amanda Peet. »
- Dave McNary
“So B. It” chronicles the journey of a 12-year-old girl (Bateman) who decides to take a solo cross-country trip and leave the safety of her home life with her mentally challenged mother and agoraphobic neighbor, portrayed by Woodard. Production will begin in Los Angeles in July.
Producers are Outside The Box Productions’ Adam Tenenbaum and Orien Richman, who originally acquired the award-winning book and screenplay, and Branded Pictures Entertainment’s J. Todd Harris (“The Kids Are All Right”). Marc Marcum will co-produce and Michael Nelson is an executive producer.
Woodard has previously been »
- Dave McNary
The Tale of Princess Kaguya, 2014.
Directed by Isao Takahata.
A girl is born of the bamboo trees, and she is brought up to be a Princess …
During the Studio Ghibli season at the BFI last year, for the first time, I watched Grave of the Fireflies. Powerful, profound and deeply moving, I was in awe that this was from the same studio that brought us Ponyo and My Neighbour Totoro. Lest we forget, there are two key artists behind Studio Ghibli: the surrealist, playful and obsessed-with-blustery-winds-and-planes Miyazaki, and the sombre, heartfelt vision of Isao Takahata. It is the latter who directs The Tale of Princess Kaguya – and it is one of the finest films of 2014, balancing profound truth with dreamlike fantasy.
Based on a Japanese folk tale, »
- Simon Columb
The line between reality and fiction blurs to increasingly haunting effect in Oliver Assayas's character drama Clouds of Sils Maria, which is notable for making Kristen Stewart the first American actress ever to win France's prestigious César Award. A pervasive atmosphere of dread runs beneath the seemingly familiar story, which sees a celebrated actress (Juliette Binoche) grappling with her decision to star in a new production of the play that made her name 20 years prior.
Though weary of the film business which has typecast her into franchise fare, Binoche's Marie Enders is reluctant to revisit the play - which follows the destructive relationship between a callous young girl and a vulnerable older woman - in which she will now play the older and less potent role. En route »
"Clouds of Sils Maria," now in theaters, melds shades of Bergman's "Persona" and Cassavetes' "Opening Night" in depicting the psychological entanglements of three women: Juliette Binoche as a seasoned actress starring in a revival of the play that launched her career, Kristen Stewart as her spiky personal assistant and Chloë Grace Moretz as the much younger protégé costarring in this play. Stewart won a Cesar for this role. The lines between actor and role begin to blur as desire rears its head. We're never quite sure what's a rehearsal, and what's actual dialogue happening between the characters. All three actresses, Binoche and Stewart especially, deliver sensational performances that feel lived-in and even improvisational. Read More: Kristen Stewart Explains How She Held Her Own with Juliette Binoche in "Sils Maria"--and Won a Cesar The Guardian chats with Binoche in the delightful video interview below, in »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Who doesn’t love a good action movie? They’re among the most fun that Hollywood has to offer, particularly when they’re of a high quality. Later on this week, a reportedly amazing new one in Mad Max: Fury Road is hitting theaters, so to prep us all for that experience (I see it later on today, so yay for that), I wanted to do a countdown of the recent best that the genre has to offer. Essentially, every action flick since 2000 was eligible, and I whittled that down to a top ten list. It’s hardly the definitely “new millennium action movie” list, but I think it’s a pretty solid one, to say the least. You’ll be able to see the list below, which could very well be amended once Mad Max: Fury Road comes to town… Here now are my picks for the ten best »
- Joey Magidson
Since her rapid ascent to fame as The Twilight Saga's leading lady, Kristen Stewart has had something of a rough time when it comes to her professional and public life. It's bad enough having the latter combed over in fine detail, but when your talent is called into question, that must sting all the more.
But here's the thing about Kristen Stewart. She isn't a bad actress in the slightest. In fact, right now she's on the kind of under-the-radar hot streak that suggests she's destined for real career longevity. Twilight, now receding into the cultural distance, was never the finest example of a franchise that fostered great acting work, and Stewart suffered as audiences naturally connected her with sullen on-screen alter-ego Bella Swan.
Over the last 18 months Stewart's big screen work has seen her take on a trio of diverse roles that have smartly distanced her from anything vampire-related. »
Watching a film by Olivier Assayas is a little like wandering into the bedroom of a teenager, taking in the aesthetic décor that clings to his or her walls and bookshelves—posters, pop records, hastily cut-out collages of idols, and literature—and being left to draw a logical conclusion based on these ephemeral scraps. This idea of collage, assembling or reinventing an identity, has always been a concept inherent to punk and youth culture: British punk historian Jon Savage coined the term “living collage” to describe European teenagers in the 1970s who tore apart thrifted vintage clothing at the seams to fuse and repurpose them with safety pins. Assayas’ work is essentially the filmic equivalent of that same idea: he populates his frames with torrents of ideas and surfaces and lets loose cinematographers Yorick Le Saux and Eric Gautier to pan wildly, struggling to encapsulate everything into their widescreen, handheld compositions. »
- Mark Lukenbill
Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will commence sales in Cannes on the Starz original TV series adaptation starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch.
Magic City was originally introduced by Qed International at Afm and takes place in 1962 Miami as a powerful Miami Beach hotel owner fights the mob, CIA and Cuban mercenaries.
Production is scheduled to begin in August.
Lotus Entertainment’s slate includes: Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals with Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort; Xavier Gens’ thriller The Crucifixion; Shekhar Kapur’s adventure Tiger’s Curse; and Tanya Wexler’s Replicas starring Keanu Reeves.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The “metacinema” is a small but ever-present category of films that span all genres, typically are of a smaller, art house or independent scale of production and typically are also hit or miss. Metacinema, for the sake of this review, is loosely defined as a film presented as a story about its own production. These films, albeit possible, are usually not documentary, but are presented in a way that can seem based in non-fiction. For this reason, some viewers find them confusing or distracting. Some of these films are rather pretentious, while others are quite groundbreaking.
Clouds Of Sils Maria falls somewhere safely between pretentious and groundbreaking on the scale of successful metacinema filmmaking. Truth be told, this is not actually a true example of metacinema, as its not a film about its own production. However, it is a film about an actress preparing for a major role in a »
- Travis Keune
I am a film critic, but almost all of the movies I watch are new releases. That is going to change. With Jeff Bayer’s Remedial Film School a notable film critic or personality will assign me (and you) one film per month. Amy Nicholson from La Weekly is our guest, and she chose All About Eve (currently available on Netflix Instant). It’s Bette Davis’ birthday this month (April 5). Plus, the film The Clouds of Sils Maria starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz is out now in limited release and is being compared to Eve. Seems like the perfect time to watch this 1950 classic. Each section begins with a quote from the film. “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” (Nicholson explains): All About Eve is hit-the-brakes fantastic, a movie so good that you shouldn’t watch anything else until you cue it on Netflix. For »
- Jeff Bayer
Olivier Assayas: "Acting is also part of what goes on between an actor and a director.” Photo: Richard Mowe
Olivier Assayas, who has a penchant for strong women as role models in his films (and in his life), was challenged by Juliette Binoche to write a part for her that explored the female experience. The result, Clouds Of Sils Maria, also features two new generation Hollywood actresses, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz. He talks about how reality blurred with fiction, the influence of Ingmar Bergman and whether the “intellectual” film-maker tag still sticks.
Olivier Assayas That is very much what the film is about. They are actresses coming from completely different cultures. They have a completely different background and I have a completely different relationship with both of them. Acting is also »
- Richard Mowe
At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena.
She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.
Opens In St. Louis On Friday, May 1St At Landmark’S Plaza Frontenac.
Wamg invites you to »
- Movie Geeks
Las Vegas - It's not an understatement to suggest that since they last presented their wares to the world's theater owners Sony Pictures has had a pretty dramatic 12 months . December's North Korean hacking scandal made the release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's "The Interview" a global news story where the studio and exhibitors blamed each other for not screening the film in mainstream theaters. And, frankly, when Potus gets involved there better be a lot of water under that bridge to put all that behind you. Five months later Sony has a new Chairman (Tom Rothman) and, luckily, much better films to help heal some delicate wounds. The studio didn't have the star power to rival previous presenters Paramount and Warner Bros, but they did bring a lot of new footage and also made some news. First, let's get to the news. Sony revealed that a new "Jump »
- Gregory Ellwood
In “Clouds of Sils Maria,” Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche play Valentine and Maria, respectively. Maria’s a middle-aged actress who has agreed to star in a play that closely mirrors the relationship she has with her young assistant, Valentine. It’s a complex and thought-provoking film, directed by Olivier Assayas, and it finally made its way to American theaters earlier this month after premiering at Cannes last year. For Kristen Stewart, Valentine is perhaps one of the most challenging characters she’s ever played in her career at this point. She recently sat down for a half-hour discussion with Elvis Mitchell on his radio show “The Treatment” to talk in detail about her character, as well as her overall thoughts and feelings about the movie. Read More: Cannes Review: Olivier Assayas' 'Clouds Of Sils Maria' Starring Juliette Binoche, Kirsten Stewart And Chloe Grace Moretz Stewart talked »
- Ken Guidry
At this year’s CinemaCon, Sony unveiled a ton of new footage from a number of their upcoming films and even announced a number of new projects. In terms of new stuff, new Sony head Tom Rothman announced an animated Spider-Man movie that would be masterminded by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and unveiled logos for The Equalizer 2, Uncharted, Angry Birds, Inferno, and Smurfs. Regarding new footage, attendees got to glimpse the first footage from such films as X-Mas (starring Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt), The 5th Wave (Chloe Moretz), Concussion (Will Smith), Ricky and the Flash (Meryl Streep), The Walk (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Money Monster (George Clooney and Julia Roberts), Hotel Transylvania 2, and new footage from films like Spectre, Goosebumps, Aloha, Pixels, The Perfect Guy, and more. Shortly after the presentation ended I sat down with Peter from /film and recorded a video blog about the footage »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Long before it pummelled its way onto the silver screen, Sony Pictures ensured its ducks were in a row for The Equalizer. With genre stalwart Denzel Washington on board as the titular vigilante (real name Robert McCall) not to mention Training Day‘s Antoine Fuqua behind the lens, the studio served up a thriller that was as entertaining as it was efficient, checking all the right boxes for an action flick and bringing in an impressive box office haul to the tune of $192 million.
Generic though it may have been, Sony’s adaptation proved to be relatively successful, and now the company is pushing ahead with The Equalizer 2, a direct follow-up to last year’s actioner. That’s according to Collider, who report that the studio has every intention of massaging the property into a franchise with Washington at the helm.
Currently, both Washington and Fuqua have their hands »
- Michael Briers
Are you ready for some more equalizingc Are you surec I don't think you are. Well, you better get ready because more equalizing will happen. After making $192 million worldwide on a $55 million budget, THR reports Sony has decided to move forward with a sequel to last year's action thriller The Equalizer by Antoine Fuqua. This feels like the kind of movie that would have made a boatload on home video, so I guess a sequel makes sense. Denzel Washington is expected to return for the sequel, because who else can equalize the way Denzel equalizesc No one. Not even Edward Woodward, who originally played the titular Equalizer, Robert McCall, in the 1980s television series. The film also starred Chloe Grace Moretz, but there is no word about her on this sequel. Full disclosure: I haven't seen The Equalizer, despite hearing okay things about it and the want to see Denzel equalize. »
- Mike Shutt
There must be something fashionable to the idea right now of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Hollywood now has four Robin Hood movies in production, more than anyone really needs, perhaps even the poor. Tuesday Deadline reported that Warner Bros. had “quietly” put a new Robin Hood movie into production, this one being developed by the script writer for the upcoming Aquaman movie Will Beall. Deadline counts three others for it to storm the castle with: a family friendly swashbuckler from Disney called Nottingham & Hood, a Batman Begins style origin story aptly titled Robin Hood: Origins, and one from Sony that’s described as “Fast & Furious meets Mission: Impossible style reinvention of the tale.” With those four incredibly original ideas, anyone think this is the rich stealing from the poor?
Robin Hood isn’t the only Hollywood property currently with competing projects. A few weeks back, »
- Brian Welk
Long before "The Equalizer" hit cinemas last fall, there was already talk of making a sequel. That's just how the Hollywood game is played these days. It's not enough to boot up a vintage TV series into a movie, it has to become a viable franchise too. And while the R-rated "The Equalizer" was mildly received by critics, audiences ate it up to the tune of over $190 million worldwide. So, you know what that means.... Sony has announced that "The Equalizer 2" is in the works, with Denzel Washington expected to reprise his role as the man with a very special set of skills. And...that's about it. No word yet on who's writing the script or if Antoine Fuqua will be back, or Chloe Moretz for that matter. But time well tell. And while "The Equalizer" wasn't particularly good, it was enjoyably dumb in its way, and Washington was »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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