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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Maggie’

23 April 2015 9:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

They may be dead-eyed, gray-skinned and determinedly brain-hungry, but zombies have feelings too in “Maggie,” an improbably bred but surprisingly humane hybrid of flesh-eater horror and young-adult weepie. Though Henry Hobson’s hugely promising debut feature is generating buzz from the casting of a fine, low-key Arnold Schwarzenegger as the anguished father of a semi-zombified teen, it’s Abigail Breslin’s gutsy, nuanced turn as the reluctantly undead title character — at once a heroine to be protected and a mutant threat to be destroyed — that makes the film unique within its grisly canon, lending this Roadside Attractions release potential crossover appeal beyond the genre crowd. “Let’s enjoy the time we have with her” is perhaps the most ironic line in a nervy, relentlessly solemn exercise; formula-resistant auds, however, should gladly spend 90-odd minutes in “Maggie’s” company.

Having been amply covered by A-list studio productions and bargain-basement exploitation fare alike, »

- Guy Lodge

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'Magic Mike Xxl' and a potential Johnny Depp comeback top WB's CinemaCon sneaks

22 April 2015 12:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Las Vegas - Warner Bros. is still the grand old lady of Hollywood and the studio brought out a slew of stars for its annual CinemaCon presentation.  They also, unlike some of their sister studios, pretty much went through their entire slate for 2015 and dipped a toe into 2016.  What really got us percolating, however, were the first signs of a Johnny Depp comeback. Depp, who hasn't had a real hit since 2011's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," wasn't physically in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, but his appearance in an extended preview for Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" was revelatory.  "Mass" is a biopic about the notorious Boston mafia boss Whitey Bulger who spent 16 years on the run from the FBI.  The footage begins with Depp as Bulger at what appears to be a card game or dinner.  He begins to joke around with John Morris (David Harbour). Within minutes, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions

16 April 2015 2:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Join us for Screen’s Cannes line-up live blog…Cannes 2015Full line-upNEWS: Cannes Competition shows attempt to shake things upCOMMENT: surprises and no-shows

Ever so quiet from the film PRs this morning. Is there something going on that we should know about?

Yes, yes, of course….it’s that sacred event: Cannes lineup day!

Time to put to bed weeks of speculation about the chosen few and reveal which films have made it into the most prestigious film festival competition known to man.

You can follow the entries as they come in here or stick with me for some idle speculation and gossip punctuated with genuine near-insight.

[Cannes is currently showing a very jaunty and occasionally stirring promo video of the fest. Very ‘Euro’].

Onto business….

Most prediction stories kept it tight, only mentioning about 75 possible entries. Every auteur from here to Timbuktu seems to have been tipped for a slot…

Screen towers did its own crystal ball gazing in the shape of Melanie Goodfellow’s excellent and comprehensive piece:

In case you don »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Live Blog: Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions

16 April 2015 2:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Join us for Screen’s Cannes line-up live blog…Click here for the line-up of titles as they are announced

Ever so quiet from the film PRs this morning. Is there something going on that we should know about?

Yes, yes, of course….it’s that sacred event: Cannes lineup day!

Time to put to bed weeks of speculation about the chosen few and reveal which films have made it into the most prestigious film festival competition known to man.

You can follow the entries as they come in here or stick with me for some idle speculation and gossip punctuated with genuine near-insight.

[Cannes is currently showing a very jaunty and occasionally stirring promo video of the fest. Very ‘Euro’].

Onto business….

Most prediction stories kept it tight, only mentioning about 75 possible entries. Every auteur from here to Timbuktu seems to have been tipped for a slot…

Screen towers did its own crystal ball gazing in the shape of Melanie Goodfellow’s excellent and comprehensive piece:

In case you don’t know Mel »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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The Conversation: Drew Morton and Landon Palmer Discuss ‘The Straight Story’

11 April 2015 1:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their fourth piece, they will discuss David Lynch’s film The Straight Story (1999).

Drew’s Take

I am in the midst of my 1999 class and I assigned two films I had yet to see from the acclaimed year – the year that Entertainment Weekly claimed to “change movies” – Kimberly Pierce’s Boys Don’t Cry and David Lynch’s The Straight Story. I like doing this as a Professor, because it varies the class and keeps me from getting too settled into a comfort zone. It challenges me to be more spontaneous and in the moment, a zone I typically find stimulating and energizing. Needless to say, the sixteen year old legacy of Lynch’s The Straight Story created a certain predisposition. Having seen all of Lynch’s other films, »

- Landon Palmer

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Listen: Jessica Chastain Talks Working With Terrence Malick, Kathryn Bigelow & More In 1-Hour Conversation

7 April 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Jessica Chastain seemingly became famous overnight. While she shot “Wild Salome” with Al Pacino earlier (the movie still hasn’t come out stateside, but you can read our review here), 2011 marked The Year Of Chastain. Suddenly, she had a string of movies coming to cinemas: Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Of Life,” Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter,” Ralph Fiennes’ directorial effort “Coriolanus,” John Madden's "The Debt," and, of course, “The Help,” which earned the actress her first Academy Award nomination. She was everywhere, and in high demand, soon garnering work and acclaim in films by Christopher Nolan, Kathryn Bigelow, John Hillcoat, J. C. Chandor, and more (later this year she has films coming out by Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott). Read More: Jessica Chastain Talks 'A Most Violent Year,' Avoiding Brooklyn Cliches, & An Unlikely Political Inspiration In a recent and very engaging one-hour conversation with photographer/filmmaker Sam Jones on. »

- Edward Davis

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'John Wick' Directors Rumored for DC Movie, Russo Bros. Officially Board 'Avengers: Infinity War'

7 April 2015 9:41 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It was first rumored back in November 2014 and then seemingly confirmed two weeks ago that Joe and Anthony Russo would be directing Avengers: Infinity War - Part I and Part II for Disney and Marvel as they begin production on Captain America: Civil War. Well, Marvel has now made that officially official. Those two movies will arrive on May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 so be sure and clear your calendar. On the DC Comics side of things a new rumor says John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are being courted to direct a DC film for Warner Bros. No word on which film as there are plenty of opportunities such as Aquaman (though Jeff Nichols and Noam Murro have had their names rumored around this one), The Flash (though Phil Lord and Chris Miller are rumored for this one), Green Lantern and Cyborg, all stretching into 2020. readmore postid="160841" »

- Brad Brevet

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Stranger Than Science-Fiction: Steven Shainberg Senses the “Rupture”

2 April 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Before 50 Shades of Grey was made fashionable by mainstream auds, Secretary was a sizzler cubicle space title that made Steven Shainberg a sought after indie helmer. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Rupture will be his comeback of sorts, as he hasn’t lensed a film in almost a decade. To be fair, he did produced some projects, including Our Brand is Crisis for his docu-filmmaker wife Rachel Boynton, but his highly imaginative Fur was completely maimed during its theatrical run. Producer Andrew Lazar who broke out with 1996′s Bound (worthy pair in his filmography include Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and the underrated 2009 comedy, I Love You Phillip Morris) and recently broke the bank with American Sniper is producing the project along with Christina Weiss Lurie (frequent Sundance accepted docu-producer), Ambi’s Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi (The Humbling, James Franco’s currently being filmed In Dubious Battle »

- Eric Lavallee

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Wild | Blu-ray Review

31 March 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Grossing just under forty million domestically and scoring two Academy Award nominations (for its actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern), Wild arrives on Blu-ray on it’s cushion of critical acclaim. French-Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee’s follow-up to the 2013 The Dallas Buyers Club is less problematic in its examination of a notable real life personality, but follows his verve to chart descent and ascent as juxtaposition on a linear, clearly defined timeline. Though Witherspoon’s sometimes showy performance tends to feel a bit too glossy, even if just for its ability to seem like predictable awards consideration fodder, the film succeeds in surprising ways both in how it tries to address the realities of sexual addiction to mask emotional pain and as an excellent showcase for the too often underrated Dern.

Arriving at the end of star Witherspoon’s auteur binge is one of her most rewarding turns in years. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Cannes Wish List: 20 Films We Hope to See at the 2015 Festival

31 March 2015 8:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Indiewire's annual Cannes wish list isn't so much about officially predicting the lineup, but rather a survey of films we hope are finished in time and considered good enough to make the cut. We're not including films that have zero chances of being ready in time -- or, for that matter, the one film we officially know will be there: "Mad Max: Fury Road" (which is screening out of competition). Among the candidates are celebrated filmmakers such as Jacques Audiard, Woody Allen, Arnaud Desplechin, Cary Fukunaga, Todd Haynes, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Naomi Kawase, Yorgos Lanthimos, Terrence Malick, Jeff Nichols, Gaspard Noé, Paolo Sorrentino, Joachim Trier, Gus Van Sant and Apichatpong Weerasethaul, among many others. Films that don't get a spot in Cannes (and there will definitely be a few) will immediately become hot topics for a fall festival slot in Venice and/or Toronto. But that's then; this is now. »

- Indiewire

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Woody Allen, Pixar and Cate Blanchett: Are These the Films Going to Cannes 2015?

26 March 2015 1:21 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Cannes 2015 Poster Sends a Love Letter to Ingrid Bergman With three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official lineup, Variety is making some predictions as to what will be included, including the latest Pixar 3D animated feature and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin. Allen's "Irrational Man," starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, is said to be a darker, less comedic Allen picture, along the same lines as "Match Point." Phoenix plays a small-town college professor who starts an illicit relationship with one of his students (Stone). The Sony Classics release opens July 24. Another contender is Disney/Pixar's animated "Inside Out," from director Pete Docter (who co-directed with Ronaldo Del Carmen). Docter's acclaimed feature "Up" opened the festival in 2009. Set to open June 19, "Inside Out" is a comic fantasy about the life of »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Cannes: New Movies From Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival

26 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).

In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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And the Cannes line-up is…?

26 March 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.

With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.

Official teaser announcements have started to roll this week, led by the confirmation on Wednesday that George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road would premiere in an Out of Competition screening on May 14.

Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.

For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »

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James Franco Taps ‘Child of God’ Star for ‘In Dubious Battle’ (Exclusive)

24 March 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Up-and-comer Scott Haze is reteaming with his “Child of God” director James Franco for Franco’s next directorial outing, “In Dubious Battle.”

The pic’s ensemble already includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride. Ambi Group is financing the film and producing with Rabbit Bandini Productions and That’s Hollywood Pictures Productions.

The original novel by John Steinbeck portrays the struggle between labor and capital in 1930s America as close to all-out warfare. Published in 1936, “In Dubious Battle” is considered Steinbeck’s first major work. Set in a fictionalized valley in California, the story explores themes Steinbeck later continued to develop: group behavior, social injustice, man’s inhumanity to man. A labor conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association is the backdrop against which Jim Nolan (Franco) becomes involved in the labor movement and rapidly matures as he »

- Justin Kroll

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SXSW: Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon Talk 'Midnight Special,' Screen First Footage From The Film

15 March 2015 8:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This weekend at Austin's South by Southwest Film Festival, during a panel celebrating the working relationship of filmmaker Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon, the two made a surprise debut of the first footage from their forthcoming studio thriller, "Midnight Special" (one of our 100 Most Anticipated Movies Of The Year). And it was, in fact, some of the most special footage we've seen at SXSW so far. Before they ran the footage, Nichols said that he first came onto Warner Bros' radar during the filming of his wonderful Southern Gothic yarn, "Mud." Shannon was in the middle of shooting the studio's big-budget "Man of Steel" and was only released for two days to work on his friend Nichols' drama (hence his rather small role). Warner Bros. warned Nichols that if anything happened to Shannon during the "Mud" shoot that caused the production of the superhero saga to be delayed or »

- Drew Taylor

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Attention, Texas Filmmakers: Apply to Win a Huge Grant from The Austin Film Society

13 March 2015 11:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Austin Film Society has announced that they have partnered with Dell to establish the Afs "Powered by Dell" Grant for Texas-based filmmakers in post-production. The awards will be given out as a part of the annual Afs Grant cycle in September, which annually awards $100,000 to filmmakers in the state of Texas. This grant will award $15,000 in cash, plus high-end Dell Precision workstations with Adobe Creative Cloud editing software and UltraSharp displays. Afs Grant winning filmmakers have gone on to screen their films at top festivals around the world, such as Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. The list of Afs grantees include David Lowery ("Ain't Them Bodies Saints"), Jeff Nichols ("Mud"), David Zellner ("Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter") and more. Filmmakers residing in Texas can apply to the Afs Grant for funds for production, post-production and distribution of independent films of any length and genre. Grant submissions open at the end of. »

- Jena Keahon

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The Conversation: One Never Cannes Tell… 2015 Cannes Film Fest Predictions

9 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With the world’s most prestigious film festival just around the corner, cineastes have been lasciviously salivating about what’s going to show up at Cannes, with wish lists appearing almost immediately after Berlin (a fest that had one of their most impressive line-ups ever) announced their awards. The remainder of the 2015 fest circuit looks to be a plentiful, diverse porridge, with many of the world’s most renowned auteurs’ sporting brand new titles. While many prognosticators will be sharing the same lists, more or less, hopes are incredibly high for a handful of sure bets, and a gaggle of hopefuls. The main competition always seems easier to postulate, though Thierry Fremaux always throws a few curves, (After the Battle in 2012, The Hunt in 2013 or last year’s Timbuktu, which won the Cesar for Best Picture recently, are a couple ready examples of under-the-radar titles).

Italy seems primed for saturation at the fest. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Tom Hooper And Eddie Redmayne’s The Danish Girl Secures Fall Release Date

4 March 2015 12:33 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Just weeks after Birdman won Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards, the would-be contenders for next year’s Oscars are taking shape, with David O. Russell’s Joy and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant both set for Christmas, and Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea opening earlier that month. Now, Les Miserables director Tom Hooper and current Best Actor Eddie Redmayne (for The Theory of Everything) have thrown their hats in the ring, with Focus Features and Working Title announcing today that biopic The Danish Girl will open over Thanksgiving weekend.

November 27th is the same corridor used by The Weinstein Company to launch eventual Best Picture winner The King’s Speech (also by Hooper) and this past season’s The Imitation Game, so it’s a rather savvy move for Focus and Working Title (which led Redmayne to gold for Theory) to get to the slot first. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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'Birdman' Oscar win again proves Telluride an Oscar season good luck charm

22 February 2015 9:08 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If there was any lingering doubt about the Telluride Film Festival's place in the annual film awards season, this year's Oscars outcome ought to finally settle them. With its victory Sunday night, "Birdman" became the sixth Best Picture winner in seven years to screen at the Labor Day Colorado event. The festival's press profile increased more and more in the wake of big early bows of films like "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote" and "Juno." "Slumdog Millionaire" really lit the fuse in 2008 and with it, films like "The King's Speech," "Argo" and "12 Years a Slave" have begun their journeys there "unofficially" before "official" world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, while others like "The Artist" and "Birdman" made it priority to stop there on the way to awards season releases. Other major awards season players that have played the festival as of late include "Up in the Air," "Black Swan," "127 Hours," "The Descendants, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Zack Snyder reveals first look of Jason Momoa as Aquaman

19 February 2015 10:54 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Zack Snyder has posted the first image showing Jason Momoa in the role of Aquaman.

The Batman v Superman director shared the photo on Twitter with the caption: "There is only one true King. #unitetheseven"

There is only one true King. #unitetheseven pic.twitter.com/RDFG8jbuI6

— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) February 20, 2015

As Jason Momoa is cast as Aquaman, see his Game of Thrones audition tape

Momoa is expected to debut Aquaman in Snyder's Batman v Superman movie before going solo in summer 2018.

The actor, who is known for his role as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, has been contracted to play the DC superhero in four Warner Bros films.

The first standalone Aquaman movie is yet to find a director, although recent reports suggest Jeff Nichols could be in line. »

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