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Exclusive: WestEnd heads to Cannes with doc about controversial ballet star. First look still released.
Acclaimed photographer and director David Lachapelle, Oscar-nominated producer Gabrielle Tana and Philomena star Steve Coogan are among the team collaborating on a documentary about controversial ballet dancer Sergei Polunin.
Dancer, currently in post-production, will offer an immersive and personal portrait of Polunin, the 25-year-old Ukrainian star, described by critics as “the James Dean of the ballet world” and “the most naturally gifted male ballet dancer of his generation”.
Directed by Emmy-nominated Steven Cantor (Devil’s Playground, 2002), with exclusively choreographed clips from Lachapelle and Emmy-award winning director Ross MacGibbon, the film is produced by Philomena and The Duchess producer Tana.
WestEnd Films will be touting the documentary to buyers at the Cannes Marche next month.
The prodigiously »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
It’s the sunglasses that are the clue. If you want to understand the influence of Polish cinema on American director Martin Scorsese, look at Zbigniew Cybulski, “the Polish James Dean”. In Andrzej Wajda’s Ashes and Diamonds (1958), Cybulski plays Maciek, a young patriot fighting against the communists in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War who is seldom seen without his pair of shades. »
There was a time before The Lone Ranger and Pirates of the Caribbean when Gore Verbinski was known not as Disney’s go-to director for big-budget bores, but rather as the exciting helmer behind excellent horror remake The Ring. Now, he’s attempting to regain some of that credibility by taking on a small-scale supernatural horror pic at New Regency called A Cure for Wellness, and to aid him in that pursuit, Verbinski is calling on the talents of Kill Your Darlings star Dane DeHaan and on-the-rise actress Mia Goth.
DeHaan will star as a man who is sent to Europe in order to retrieve his boss from a “wellness spa,” only to become trapped in the facility and realize that its staff members have a far more nefarious goal than simply improving the health of their patients.
Goth, meanwhile, is in negotiations to take on the supporting role of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Step in the name of love—and matching style! Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder were spotted out and about in L.A.'s Venice neighborhood on Monday, April 6, working coordinated ensembles, including matching fedoras! The Vampire Diaries actor, 36, who proposed to Reed this past January with a floral-style diamond halo engagement ring, sported a heather gray tee, slim-fit dark jeans, and a white hat. Embracing his inner James Dean, he carried his leather jacket slung over one shoulder. Meanwhile, his fiancee, 26, worked a white top (with a black bra [...] »
The Atx Television Festival has announced the currently running shows that will be attending the event in Austin, Texas from June 4th to the 7th. The main highlight of the new entries is the presence of the FX series Justified. The appearance of the creators and castmembers at the Atx Festival will mark their first public interaction since the series finale airs in a few weeks, and will also give the show’s crew one more chance to go around the victory lap. Attendees have not been announced yet, but it has been confirmed that creator Graham Yost will be present.
Yost will also be on hand to discuss the show Boomtown, which he also created, and which will be part of a panel titled “Cancelled Too Soon”. Yost will be joined by numerous individuals involved in the show, including producer Jon Avnet and castmembers Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Gedrick. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Indiana's coolness took a south bend this week when Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a bill that allows businesses to turn away Lgbt customers on the grounds of "religious freedom." Sort of makes you wish that "not sucking" was a religion. To remind Indiana lawmakers why their nonsense is, well, nonsense, let's take a look at some gay icons and iconography that originated in Indiana. If you're so concerned about protecting the hatred of gay people, why do these folks below rule so much? Adam Lambert, our Precious Moments figurine version of George Michael The wailing "American Idol" runner-up came out in the most decadent way possible: with a Rolling Stone cover story and salacious serpentine imagery. Lambert was raised in Southern California but was born in Indianapolis, which basically makes him a living version of "Saved by the Bell." "Let's Hear It for the Boy" queen Deniece Williams »
- Louis Virtel
Sorry, Molly Ringwald -- there's a new Brat Pack in town, at least according to Vogue! Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid are just a few of the young famous faces appearing in Vogue's "Meet Hollywood's New Brat Pack" photo spread. In the stylish pics, Justin's spotted cozying up to his longtime pal, Kendall, as the two soak of the sun from matching towel-covered beach chairs. The 19-year-old beauty looks gorgeous in the photo rocking a vintage white Michael Kors ruffled bikini, while the "Baby" singer channels his inner James Dean wearing a Dior Homme denim shirt and Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane jeans. "I’ve been kind of on the low, just working on the new album," Justin tells the mag. "Maybe I’ve had too much time on my hands. Now I’m ready to get back on the grind." Kendall's also featured with her model gal pal, »
- tooFab Staff
Like the best horror and opera, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" is always stylish and always grim. In the pantheon of essential movies you only need to see once because their impact is so specific and traumatizing, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" is my ultimate recommendation. It's a movie that promises cynicism from the get-go, accumulates snideness and rancor with each step of its harrowing Depression-era dance marathon, and -- without ever straying from its blatant nihilism -- offers up something beautiful: a story as carnivalesque as a Hitchcock thriller but as prescient as "Network." I refuse to tell you much more about it. I guarantee you will not regret watching it, and I promise you will wonder why its message, power, and performances aren't more vaunted. If you're not gasping at Susannah York's Oscar-nominated unraveling, you're shrieking at Gig Young's Oscar-winning lunacy. If Michael Sarrazin's plummy-eyed innocence isn't breaking your heart, »
- Louis Virtel
So, we’re less than a week out from Wrestlemania, and here’s Roman Reigns headed into a main event Heavyweight Championship match versus Brock Lesnar, but lacking the WWE Universe’s full support. Of the many reasons why Reigns lacks the support of the fans, here’s the one that could be the least discussed: why is Roman Reigns still wearing Swat team gear to the ring?
One of the most important parts of pro wrestling is actually being able to quickly describe to someone why someone is worth supporting. The Rock was a super-charismatic ass-kicker. Steve Austin was the beer-swilling everyman, Triple H the focused and driven epitome of evil. As well, Reigns’ Wrestlemania opponent Brock Lesnar is the 300-pound ex-ufc Heavyweight Champion who can suplex men directly into semi-retirement.
But who’s Roman Reigns? We still don’t have a true picture, and insofar as »
- Marcus K. Dowling
Like the autobiographical tome it’s based on, “Tab Hunter Confidential” provides a colorful, likable and unpretentious look at the 1950s Hollywood dreamboat who was living a closeted gay life even as he was marketed as every bobbysoxer’s ideal boyfriend. Sharing his subject’s good humor about himself, prolific docu and DVD-extra director Jeffrey Schwarz (“I Am Divine,” “Vito”) has assembled a pleasing if less-than-revelatory feature that should prove particularly popular on the gay fest circuit en route to broadcast and download sales.
Although somewhat conventionally framed by the drama of an early near-outing — as a 19-year-old Hollywood newbie, Hunter was arrested for attending a private gay party, something he recalls “would be thrown at me years later”—“Confidential” is not a story of torment in the closet. Indeed, the 2006 book Hunter wrote with Eddie Muller does a better job limning the internal and professional conflicts in his life, »
- Dennis Harvey
If you're already crushing on the hot guy in Taylor Swift's "Style" music video, well, allow us to introduce British model and actor Dominic Sherwood. You may recognize the sexy star for his role as Christian Ozera in Vampire Academy - or as the rumored boyfriend of Taylor's Bff Sarah Hyland, who also starred in the 2014 vampire flick. As Taylor's song suggests, Dominic definitely has that "James Dean" thing going on, and yes, he does have two different-colored (gorgeous) eyes. Fun fact: In a 2013 interview with JustJared, Dominic was asked whether he "fancied" Taylor, and he said, "How could you not?! I've met Taylor once, with Sarah Hyland, and there's just nothing not to like about her. She's beautiful, talented, hardworking, and she's very genuine." He added, "I was actually very surprised! I had read all these nightmare stories, and when I met her I was very pleasantly surprised »
Erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey proved the most buzzed-about film at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, according to Way to Blue.
Close to 9,700 comments were made across Twitter, news sites, blogs and forums from Feb 5-15, the duration of the festival.
The film received its international premiere in Berlin, which contributed nearly 2,000 comments to its total figure.
Anton Corbijn’s Life, starring Dane DeHaan as James Dean and Robert Pattinson as the Life magazine photographer assigned to snap the Hollywood icon, had to settle for second place with more than 5,100 comments.
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- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
★★★☆☆ There is plenty of focus but little flash in Anton Corbijn's Life (2015), a snapshot of one of cinema's most enduring icons. A renowned photographer, Corbijn knows a thing or two about capturing the elusive essence of stardom, yet in his handsome portrait of James Dean's burgeoning rise to fame there's something noticeably absent from the frame. Observed from the vantage of one ambitious artist and his fascination with another, Life charts the symbiotic relationship of Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and the then relatively unknown James Dean (Dane DeHaan). Stock notices Dean at a pool party thrown by director Nicholas Ray - pensive, disinterested and oozing charisma.
- CineVue UK
Taylor Swift clearly doesn’t believe in bad luck. The songstress released the video for her latest single “Style” from her “1989” album Friday morning. The video, which debuted on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” quickly spawned #Feb13STYLE on social media. Also read: Grammys: Kanye West Nearly ‘Taylor Swifts’ Beck During Acceptance Speech The video takes fans through a montage of Swift longing for her “James Dean daydream look,” portrayed by Dominic Sherwood. Swift made sure to acknowledge her co-star who is sure to become new eye candy. Directed by the amazing @kyle_newman Starring @DomSherwood1 (who has 2 Different Colored Eyes) #STYLEmusicvideo http://t. »
- Alicia Banks
As expected, Taylor Swift premiered her new video for "Style" this morning. And ... it's kind of a letdown — especially after the beautiful drama of "Blank Space." Yeah, sure, there's lots of that "red lip, classic thing that you like" and a dude who's trying his hardest to get that James Dean brooding thing just right. But there's also tons of inexplicable mirrors, fog, lightning, and not much else. For one of Taylor's sexiest songs — the video's even released on Fifty Shades of Grey Day! — we're surprisingly unimpressed. Sorry, Taylor. »
- Dee Lockett
With most of the Berlin Film Festival competition titles now screened, there are some standouts. But sentiment on the ground here is that it’s the out of competition titles that have clearer crossover appeal. That’s a switch from last year when the main section went user-friendly. In 2014, The Grand Budapest Hotel opened the festival to raves, and Boyhood won hearts a few days later. Ultimately, it was Chinese pic Black Coal, Thin Ice that was the top prize-winner, but Boyhood’s Richard Linklater was named Best Director, while Budapest Hotel scooped the Grand Jury Silver Bear. And just look where those films are now.
Among the competition films that are high on festgoers’ lists here thus far is Pablo Larrain’s exiled priests tale El Club. Larrain’s No was nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar in 2013 and this current film has a lot of people talking, although »
- Nancy Tartaglione
We’re not even a year removed from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and already Sony and Marvel are exploring new options on who could be the next webslinger. And we already have some insight that the next Spider-Man is going back to high school, and Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) and Logan Lerman (Fury) are on Sony’s short list.
That said, whoever they cast will make an exciting addition to Captain America: Civil War, and we have some thoughts whether or not Sony decides to go the way of yet another reboot.
Perhaps better known by his fans as either Troy Barnes, from his four and a (almost) half season role on the hit show Community, or as rapper Childish Gambino, Donald Glover is a definite contender for the role of Marvel’s Spider-Man. With the inception of Miles Morales, following the death of Peter Parker in the Ultimate comic series, »
Anton Corbijn is a remarkable photographer. But I'm not so sure he's that great of a filmmaker, especially after his most recent film. I'm not usually one to bash films, but Corbijn's latest work – titled Life – is such an exceptional let down I can't help but express my disdain. The film feels so lifeless, and is devoid of any impressive features at all, which is odd considering it's a story about James Dean starring two very talented actors. But why does it suck so much? It's bland and boring, a misfire on all counts, from the story to the casting to the photography itself. I had hoped I'd feel some–any–emotion, but never did. Instead, during my Berlinale screening, the only nagging feeling I had was that I wanted it to end right away so I could bolt. Corbijn's Life, from a script by Luke Davies, tells the story »
- Alex Billington
Robert Pattinson hit the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival for a special screening of “Life,” about the unique relationship between ’50s actor James Dean and the photographer who made him a legend in iconic magazine photos. Pattinson played photographer Dennis Stock opposite actor Dane DeHaan, who played Dean. Dean was an up-and-coming actor in 1955, when he met Stock. ...Read More »
Can we interest you in the first clip of Life, starring Dane DeHaan as James Dean? How about if we throw in Robert Pattinson as young Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock hoping to score some candid photos of him? If you have even the slightest affection for either DeHaan or Pattinson, you should watch the clip, which shows James and Dennis on the streets of 1955 New York City. The movie just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and we're still waiting on a full trailer and a release date. Until then, check out the clip below! »
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