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Opening night at Telluride featured dueling world premieres as A24's "Room" (Iw review here) and Focus Features' "Suffragette" were programmed opposite each other. Meryl Streep and Rooney Mara ("Carol") both attended the first showings of Fox Searchlight's documentary "He Named Me Malala" (review here) and "Suffragette," in which Streep delivers a brief but potent cameo as wealthy Emmeline Pankhurst, who led scores of turn-of-the-century British women to fight for the right to vote. "We have been ridiculed and ignored," Pankhurst cries. "Deeds and sacrifice must be the order of the day." Carey Mulligan carries this movie as ably as she did "Far from the Madding Crowd." She plays Maud, a 24-year-old workhorse laundry drudge who is drawn into the suffragette cause by a co-worker (the excellent Anne-Marie Duff) and local pharmacist (Helena Bonham Carter). The harshness of Maud's daily work life (her »
- Anne Thompson
Madigan was previously a staff producer with Propaganda Films, Skouras Pictures and Avenue Entertainment. She was a producer on “Winter’s Bone,” which featured a breakout Oscar-nominated performance by Jennifer Lawrence.
Madigan also produced “Laggies,” “White Bird in a Blizzard,” “May in the Summer” and “The Automatic Hate,” directed by Justin Lerner and set for release in 2016. She also worked on “Smiley Face,” “Married Life,” “Cleaner,” “Your Friends and Neighbors,” “Case 39” and “Girl Most Likely.”
Year-old Broad Green, founded by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, has been active in building a slate of adult-themed dramas such as “99 Homes,” “A Walk in the Woods,” “Infiltrator” and “Learning to Drive,” as well as Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” “Voyage of Time” and his untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender. »
- Dave McNary
Read More: Telluride Announces 2015 Lineup, Including 'Steve Jobs,' 'Black Mass' and Rooney Mara Tribute In what seems to be the cinematic equivalent of the "Mom tattoo," "Mom and Me" takes a look at tough guys and the even tougher women who raise them. Set in Oklahoma City, apparently voted the manliest city in the United States, this creative documentary from Irish director Ken Wardrop ("His & Hers") chronicles the relationships between ten sons and their mothers. The exclusive trailer above offers an early glimpse at these tender and occasionally troubled relationships. Despite coming from a variety of backgrounds, which range from cowboy preacher to incarcerated inmate to district attorney, each of the son's stories look to shed light on a softer side of American masculinity. The film's worldwide distribution rights, excluding Ireland, have just been acquired by Visit Films. Ania Trzebiatowska, Manager of »
- Tarek Shoukri
One of the tricks of the Telluride trade is to offer a classy tribute to a major talent who will then unveil their latest film. Robert Redford introduced "All is Lost," George Clooney talked up "The Descendants," and so on. This year fest veteran Danny Boyle will be accepting a Silver Medallion Award. One of the pleasures of the festival is to interview some of these folks (Boyle with eventual Best Picture Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire," Jean-Marc Vallee with "Wild,"Jason Reitman with "Up in the Air" and Bennett Miller with "Capote" come to mind), before they hit the lengthy PR circuit. Thus Boyle's tribute serves as a vehicle for debuting "Steve Jobs" well before its gala at the New York Film Festival--and starting the awards drumbeat with the select media corps in attendance (including me). Also getting a medallion is Rooney Mara, who may seem a tad young for such an award, »
- Anne Thompson
Following their own idiosyncratic tradition, The Telluride Film Festival as announced the program for its 42nd edition only one day before the festival begins. For the unfamiliar, Telluride is unlike any film festival and doesn’t offer any indication of what movies they intend on screening until the very last minute. Those who make the annual pilgrimage to the Rocky Mountain town in Colorado must purchase their ticket packages far in advance and trust that the programmers will not disappoint with their selection of films. They never do! Something else that makes the festival stand out is the absence of press and industry badges. That’s right, even members of the press have to pay for their tickets. Telluride is all the movies, and everyone is treated equally. Once again, we have writers attending this year, so be sure to check back for our coverage. Our very own Lane Scarberry »
Moviegoers are eagerly anticipating Katniss Everdeen’s last act.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” the final film in the popular series, is the most anticipated fall movie, according to a recent survey by Fandango. That distinction comes with a big caveat. The online ticketer polled 1,000 moviegoers on the films they’re most excited to see between September and November, but that excluded a certain blockbuster-to-be because “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” doesn’t hit theaters until December.
The two most recent “Hunger Games” sequels topped Fandango’s list of most anticipated fall releases, making this the third consecutive year it’s topped charts. The first “Hunger Games” was released in March of 2012.
The last “Hunger Games” attracted 36% of the vote. The second and third most anticipated films were the latest James Bond mission, “Spectre,” which 26% of respondents picked, and the Ridley Scott and Matt Damon collaboration, “The Martian, »
- Brent Lang
Top brass at the 42nd edition of the Colorado event have announced the roster of 27 films, with surprises to come over the September 4-7 run date.
The line-up is as follows:
Rams (Iceland), Grímur Hákonarson
Mom And Me (Ireland), Ken Wardrop
Taj Majal (France-India), Nicolas Saada
Heart Of The Dog (Us), Laurie Anderson
45 Years (England), Andrew Haigh
Son Of Saul (Hungary), Lázló Nemes,
Taxi (Iran), Jafar Panahi
Hitchcock/Truffaut (Us), Kent Jones
Time To »
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The Telluride Film Festival has announced the 2015 lineup, which runs September 4 – 7. In addition, Rooney Mara, who stars opposite Cate Blanchett in the Cannes-acclaimed “Carol,” will receive a tribute. The full lineup of the 42nd Telluride Film Festival is listed below. “Retour de Flame” (Cby Serge Bromberg) “Steve Jobs” (Directed by Danny Boyle) “Ixcanul” (Directed by Jayro Bustamante) “Bitter Lake” (Directed by Adam Curtis) “Black Mass” (Directed by Scott Cooper) “Beasts of No Nation” (Directed by Cary Fukunaga) “Room” (Directed by Lenny Abrahamsson) “Spotlight” (Directed by Tom McCarthy) “Suffragette” (Directed by Sara Gavron) “Rams” (Directed by Grimur Hakonarson) »
The 2015 Telluride Film Festival slate is always officially announced the day before the annual Labor Day fest kicks off. Of course, the dirty little secret that anyone in Hollywood in the know pretty much already knows what major films are going to screen there. Plus, the premiere designations from both the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, which occur immediately afterward, usually give it a way. Telluride has now become the premiere showcase in the race for Best Picture. Six out of the last seven winners ("The Hurt Locker" being the lone exception) either premiered or screened in the picturesque Colorado town. Fox Searchlight's "Birdman" played there immediately following its Venice debut and "12 Years A Slave," "Argo," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The King's Speech" all premiered at Telluride. The sixth winner, "The Artist," was the toast of Cannes before heading to Telluride. Needless to say, if you're a betting man or »
- Gregory Ellwood
Johnny Depp in “Black Mass,” Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs,” Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton in “Spotlight” and Idris Elba in “Beasts of No Nation” are among the actors who will be highlighted at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, which announced its lineup on Thursday morning. Other films that will be playing in the mountains of Colorado include Sarah Gavron‘s “Suffragette,” with Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, and Todd Haynes‘ Cannes hit “Carol,” with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s “Anomalisa,” Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room,” Andrew Haigh‘s “45 Years” and Laszlo Nemes’ “Son »
- Steve Pond
Robert Redford often admits that the Sundance Film Festival has been “a victim of its own success,” referring to press inundation at the event over the years. For Telluride, it was the festival’s steady rise as a launching pad for awards season power players that attracted increasing media numbers (ahem). But that kind of attention is admittedly antithetical to the goals of the annual cinephile retreat.
So I put the question to Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger bluntly when we spoke earlier this week about the 2015 lineup. Would she and co-founder Tom Luddy have preferred folks like me stay away?
“No,” she exclaims. “I think the discussions that sometimes happen about the awards derby, I kind of wish those weren’t going on. But they’re happening anyway and who are we to say one thing or another about it? This little secret on the mountain has been doing »
- Kristopher Tapley
The 42nd annual Telluride Film Festival promises yet another eclectic mix of fall Oscar hopefuls looking for a leg up on the season and international festival favorites hoping to make waves on these shores.
The four-day event kicks off Friday with a restored version of German filmmaker Fritz Lang’s 275-minute epic “Die Nibelungen” before diving headlong into a program that will feature the world premiere of Danny Boyle’s Michael Fassbender-led “Steve Jobs,” new documentaries from Oscar-winners Charles Ferguson and Davis Guggenheim and the final film from late director Sydney Pollack.
“We always say ‘all glory goes to the filmmakers,’ but we’re really lucky to have a bunch of beautiful, beautiful films,” Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger said of the lineup, noting that passes sold out “stupefyingly fast” as the fest continues to be a popular mountain retreat for dedicated attendees.
In addition to “Jobs,” there will »
- Kristopher Tapley
Suffragette, the highly anticipated drama about the fight for equal voting rights for British women in the first part of the last century, is to world premiere at the Telluride film festival this weekend. The film, which stars Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, with Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst, will have its first screening on 4 September as part of this year’s four-day event in Colorado.
Mulligan won’t be attending as the screening coincides with the due date of her first child, but Streep will present the movie alongside writer Abi Morgan (who scripted The Iron Lady) and director Sarah Gavron. Speaking to the Guardian, the festival executive director, Julie Huntsinger, said the story was an “incredibly important one” that “very few Americans – even »
- Catherine Shoard
The 26th edition will screen more than 40 Latin American and Ibero-American films and runs from September 17-October 7 in Silver Springs, Maryland.
Programming selections include Jayro Bustamante’s Guatemalan award-winner Ixcanul, Javier Fuentes-León’s The Vanished Elephant from Peru and Sebastián Silva’s dark comedy Nasty Baby starring Kristen Wiig and Pablo Larraín’s No follow-up The Club from Chile.
For the complete programme click here. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
“Trash,” starring Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, has been selected as the Oct. 7 closing night film. The movie is directed by Stephen Daldry from Richard Curtis’ script, which follows three trash-picking boys from Rio de Janeiro who team up with two American missionaries to uncover political corruption.
Other screenings will include Kristen Wiig’s comedy “Nasty Baby” from Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva; Pablo Larraín’s “The Club,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival; “Ixcanul” from Guatemala’s Jayro Bustamante; and Spanish thriller “Marshland, »
- Dave McNary
See Also: Watch the teaser trailer for Carol
Set in 1950s New York, two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in the throes of love in Carol. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change.
A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens.
- Gary Collinson
As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.
The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.
Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!
The Visit (Sept 11)
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »
- Movie Geeks
According to The Wrap, Cate Blanchett will play Hollywood comedy legend Lucille Ball in a new biopic to be produced by Ball's children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. What's more, the screenplay is being written by Emmy and Oscar champ Aaron Sorkin. The film will chronicle Ball's 20-year-marriage to her "I Love Lucy" co-star Desi Arnaz. -Break- Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara simmer in 'Carol' trailer Lucille Ball never won an Oscar – she wasn't even nominated – but she was nevertheless one of the most beloved stars of the 20th century, winning four Emmys as well as the TV academy's Governors Award in 1989. The chameleon Blanchett won her first Oscar playing another Hollywood icon, Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" (2004). She won another Oscar for playing the fictional title role in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" (2013). The Australian actress has been nominated six times, a »
With two Oscars for "The Aviator" and "Blue Jasmine" on her shelf, Cate Blanchett is lining up one awards season worthy role after another. She's already coming on strong with "Carol" and "Truth," and another plum gig has just been announced. The Wrap reports that Blachett will play Lucille Ball in a biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin. Wow! The movie will chronicle the TV star's rocky marriage to onscreen partner Desi Arnaz. It was a relationship made more complicated by the added strain of running the production company Desilu together as well. Read More: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara It's hard to argue the potential of this project. Sorkin already knows his way around true stories ("The Social Network," "Moneyball," "Steve Jobs") and Blanchett is one of the best actresses around bar none (and she's played celebrity royalty before, taking the role of Katherine Hepburn in the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cate Blanchett is attached to star in an authorized biopic of Hollywood legend Lucille Ball that Aaron Sorkin is set to write for Escape Artists, TheWrap has learned. The film will chronicle Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, with whom she starred on the classic TV sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Ball had two children with Arnaz before they divorced in 1960. She married Gary Morton the following year. Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. will produce with Escape Artists, whose executive Jenna Block will oversee development of the project on behalf of the Sony-based company. Also Read: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara Quietly. »
- Jeff Sneider
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