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George Clooney, in town for Thursday evening’s opening night gala Hail, Caesar! directed by the Coen brothers, will meet buyers to talk up Suburbicon, which he will direct from a screenplay by the Coens. Bloom handles international sales and CAA represents Us rights.
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The Berlin Film Festival’s competition, Forum, Panorama and Generation sections program a cornucopia of films from all over the world — so it was a tough task for Variety’s chief international critic Peter Debruge and critic Guy Lodge to narrow down their Berlinale wish lists to a handful of features.
In literature as in film, the editor is often the unsung hero, and few have had a greater impact on 20th century letters than Max Perkins (played by Colin Firth), who wrangled such literary lions as F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce), Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). Incidentally, Michael Grandage’s directorial debut is edited by Oscar winner Chris Dickens. As Berlin-launched biopics go, here’s hoping it’s better than last year’s “Life.”
Out of Competition
More than two decades after “Once Were Warriors,” New Zealand’s own »
- Peter Debruge and Guy Lodge
Arriving on the heels of an array of hypnotic images from earlier this week, the snippet sheds light on the ominous tone underpinning the director’s genre departure, and it’s one that largely emanates from Jaeden Lieberher’s peculiar young boy. Set against the inky blackness of a remote gas station, Lieberher’s estranged character wanders away from the protection of his father (Take Shelter star Michael Shannon), before a chance meeting with a random stranger appears to instigate a sudden meteor shower.
It’s a freak event that the child appears partially responsible for as well, apologizing to Shannon’s frightened patriarch before the camera pans up at the debris scorching through Earth’s atmosphere. But the question »
- Michael Briers
McN David Poland looks at the writers branch and how the new Academy rules might affect them
Gurus of Gold interesting to see where the volatility is in the new charts: Best Picture and Best Director contain all the (seeming) drama
Av Club The Flash will officially crossover with Supergirl despite different networks
Variety on the new warp speed market for television shows
Variety Jessica Chastain still looking for her Oscar movie, in talks for Woman Walks Ahead, about a 19th century woman who advised »
- NATHANIEL R
Sundance has only just wrapped up, and already we’re thinking abut the next big film festival on our horizon. SXSW 2016 runs March 11th through the 19th in Austin, TX, and while there are still a few more titles to come — including my personal favorite section, the Midnighters — the bulk of the titles playing this year’s fest have just been announced. My own most-anticipated of the festival is John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone (pictured above) as his last film, Calvary, was my favorite of 2014. Other highlights include Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence, and Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special. Narrative Feature Competition Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,442 narrative feature submissions in 2016. The Arbalest Director/Screenwriter: Adam Pinney The inventor of the world’s greatest toy reflects on his decade-long obsession with a woman who hates him. Cast: »
- Rob Hunter
The first of two Jeff Nichols films arriving this year, Midnight Special finds him in sci-fi thriller mode. Inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and Starman, the film will finally premiere next week at the Berlin Film Festival, and ahead of our review, we have the first clip, a batch of new images, and an official synopsis from the festival.
Led by Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Sam Shepard, Adam Driver, and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher, it follows a father who sets to protect his uniquely gifted son while being hunted by a pair of dangerous groups. Also set to screen at SXSW (where they just expanded their line-up), hopefully this is one of the highlights of the spring as Nichols expands his scope. Check out everything below.
Every mile that Roy and his eight-year-old son cover on their journey down highways and byways brings us closer to their incredible story. »
- Jordan Raup
The Netflix family comedy is among the new films announced for the Austin-based event. Joining it are jazz biopic Born to Be Blue and Cage’s The Trust
New films from Jeff Nichols, Ti West and Mike Birbiglia will screen at the 2016 South by Southwest film festival, in addition to the world premiere of Netflix’s Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, produced by Trainwreck director Judd Apatow.
In its second tranche of announcements, following the news that Richard Linklater’s new comedy Everybody Wants Some will open the event on 11 March, the festival listed the films that make up its various categories.
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- Nigel M Smith
Jeff Nichols has been on an unstoppable roll thanks to "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter" and "Mud," and now the writer-director is making a big return with the sci-fi drama "Midnight Special." Reuniting with his longtime collaborator Michael Shannon, Nichols seems to have imagined his most ambitious story yet, one that brings some menacing adult sensibitlies to what, on paper, sounds very much like a Spielberg-esque childhood saga. Read More: Watch: Michael Shannon Must Protect His Super-Powered Son in Menacing 'Midnight Special' Trailer Shannon plays the father of Jaeden Lieberher's Alton, an eight-year-old boy with special powers. As religious extremists, local law enforcement and the federal government all try and hunt down the boy, the father must embark on a dangerous quest to bring his son to safety. Kristen Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton and Sam Shepard co-star. The mysterious debut clip below teases that the »
- Zack Sharf
Multiplexes worldwide have been crammed front to back for the last few years with superhero movies. But while Jeff Nichols' upcoming "Midnight Special" features a protagonist with paranormal abilities, everything else about the movie seems cut from a different cloth than the Marvel films. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard star in the movie about a young boy whose special gifts make him seem like both savior and possible menace by the public and government. Here's the official synopsis: In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
SXSW 2016 will open with Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some, the “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused (1993). Today, the festival's dropped its full feature lineup, which includes new work by Jeff Nichols, Barbara Kopple, Don Cheadle, Mark Cousins, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Mike Birbiglia, Ti West, Adam Wingard, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Joe Berlinger, Linas Phillips, John Michael McDonagh, Joel Potrykus, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Jesse Moss, plus docs on Gary Numan, Marina Abramovic and more. » - David Hudson »
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Director Jeff Nichols arrested our attention with two gritty and realistic dramas in the form of Mud and Take Shelter in recent times, but for his latest creative venture, Midnight Special, the filmmaker is harkening back to a very particular brand of old-school science fiction.
A few months back, the movie’s maiden trailer evoked memories of Steven Spielberg’s seminal Close Encounters of the Third Kind, though Midnight Special and its familial dynamic is tailored more to the realm of the supernatural as opposed to extra-terrestrials – so far as we can tell, anyway. Reuniting with frequent collaborator Michael Shannon, the story centers on the relationship between Shannon’s father Roy and his young son (Jaeden Lieberher), who harbors a raw and inexplicable power.
- Michael Briers
Organizers for the South by Southwest film festival have officially rolled out the initial lineup for SXSW 2016, boasting 137 features and no less than 89 world premieres across 12 sections.
Those include the star-studded Headliners, Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Midnighters among many others, and today’s comprehensive breakdown gives budding attendees the opportunity to pinpoint exactly which films deserve a place on their radar.
Among those premieres include Jean-Marc Vallee’s domestic drama Demolition, while Jeff Nichols’ starry sci-fi Midnight Special continues to draw our attention – with a cast that includes Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Jaeden Lieberher, can you really blame us? Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, meanwhile, opens the festival on March 11, where it will run through until March 19.
For the full comprehensive breakdown, check out the official site for SXSW 2016. For now, we’ve included the rundown for Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Headliners. »
- Michael Briers
There's the fall festival season, which is represented by Venice, Telluride, Tiff and New York, but the first part of the year is also slammed with back-to-back fests. Sundance has wrapped, Berlin kicks off soon and next month comes SXSW, and today they've unveiled their full feature lineup. In addition to previously announced titles like Richard Linklater's "Everybody Wants Some" and Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special," there's some interesting fare coming. After a not so great reception at Tiff, Jake Gyllenhaal's "Demolition" will go to Texas, and following Berlin, John Michael McDonagh will bring "War On Everyone." There will also be World Premieres of new films by Mike Birbiglia ("Don't Think Twice") and Ti West ("In A Valley Of Violence"). Check it out all out below. SXSW runs from March 11-19. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016 Narrative Feature Competition Ten world premieres; ten unique ways »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While The Big Movie of March 2016 is surely "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice," Warner Bros. has another movie opening that I'm much more excited about —Jeff Nichols' long awaited "Midnight Special." Today, a few more images have dropped to tease the movie, but plot details are still thin on the ground. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard star in a sci-fi thriller about a young boy with special powers who is wanted by government officials and religious extremists and who goes on the run with his father. It seems like the picture will be mixing different genres, and given that Nichols is behind the apocalyptic domestic drama "Take Shelter" and the almost fairy tale like "Mud," that sounds about right. "Midnight Special" opens on March 18th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Read More: Richard Linklater's 'Everybody Wants Some' to Open 2016 SXSW Film Festival After teasing some of the features that would be included in this year's slate — from Richard Linklater's festival opener "Everybody Wants Some" to Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special" and "Pee-wee's Big Holiday," among others — the 2016 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has announced a handful of features sections from the 23rd edition. During the festival's nine days, 139 features will be shown, with additional titles to be announced. The lineup includes 52 films from first-time filmmakers and consists of 89 world premieres."SXSW prides itself on presenting an eclectic mix of emerging and established talent in a range of genres from comedy, thrillers, docs and international gems," said Janet Pierson, Head of SXSW Film, in an official statement. "We’ve been told we program the way real people watch movies: »
- Zack Sharf
With just nine days to go before opening night, the Berlin International Film Festival is putting the final touches on their 66th edition. Organizers have announced the official seven-person jury, which will be presided over by previously-announced president Meryl Streep. The actress will be joined by Clive Owen, German actor Lars Eidinger, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher, Polish director and Silver Bear winner Malgorzata Szumowska, U.K. film critic Nick James and French photographer Brigitte Lacombe. Read More: Jeff Nichols' 'Midnight Special' Leads 2016 Berlin International Film Festival Competition Lineup Additionally, the festival has announced three special screenings that will pay tribute to David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Ettore Scola. Bowie, who appeared at the Berlinale in documentaries like "Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart" and "Scott Walker - 30 Century Man," will be honored with a showing of Nicolas Roeg's "The Main Who Fell to »
- Zack Sharf
Producers are Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman with Johnson and partner Dany Garcia producing in some capacity. Executive producers are Tom Pollock, Greg Bonnan, Michelle Berk, Michael Berk, Doug Schwartz and Tripp Vinson.
Bass will play the role of Ronnie, who’s described as funny, awkward and a skilled disco dancer. He falls in love with Rohrbach’s C.J. Parker character at the beach.
- Dave McNary
Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" will screen out of competition at the 2016 Berlinale (its international premiere), the festival announced Wednesday—one day after the filmmaker made headlines with an open letter criticizing the Academy's "Lilly White" Oscar nominees. Other out-of-competition titles added to the Berlinale's lineup include films by Dominik Moll, Lee Tamahori, and Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern ("Saint Amour," starring Gérard Depardieu). Read: "Spike Lee's Open Letter Promising to Boycott the Oscars: 'We Can't Act?! Wtf?!'" The festival also rounded out its list of films in competition, with new additions from Germany, China, Tunisia, and Mexico. A total of 18 films will be in the running for the Golden and Silver Bears, to be handed out February 20 at the Berlinale Palast, including previously announced films from Lav Diaz, Thomas Vinterberg, Mia Hansen-Løve, Jeff Nichols, Michael Grandage, »
- Matt Brennan
The full competition line-up for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been revealed. The 66th annual Berlin Film Festival festival officially kicks off in Germany on 11th February. This year will mark the first time The Hollywood News will have covered the prestigious event, and our coverage kicks off in the city on the 11th.
The awards ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on February 20 with Meryl Streep presiding over the jury. Here are the films playing.
24 Wochen (24 Weeks)
By Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)
Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)
People’s Republic of China
By Yang Chao (Passages)
With Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei
With Nick Cannon, »
- Paul Heath
Read More: Jeff Nichols' 'Midnight Special' Leads 2016 Berlin International Film Festival Competition Lineup The 2016 Berlin Film Festival is putting the final touches on its slate by announcing the remaining titles that will play in this year's Competition section. 18 of the 23 films playing the Competition program will be vying for the Golden and Silver Bears at the festival's Awards Ceremony on Saturday, February 19, while 19 of the films will be having their world premieres. The most high profile last entry to join Competition films like the Coen Brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special" is Spike Lee's blazing political satire "Chi-Raq." The film opened in the U.S. in December but will be having its official international premiere in Berlin. Below are the eight films now added to this year's Competition lineup. "24 Wochen (24 Weeks)"GermanyBy Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne »
- Zack Sharf
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