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Production begins Monday in the U.K. on the film, which focuses on the end of Swiss painter-sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s life. Tucci is directing from his own script, based on James Lord’s book “A Giacometti Portrait” in which Lord — a young American writer — studied Giacometti as he painted Lord’s picture in 1964.
Rush stars as Giacometti, who died in 1966 in Switzerland and is best remembered for his stark and surrealistic sculptures, while Hammer stars as Lord. Shalhoub plays Giacometti’s brother while Testud will play his long-suffering wife and Poesy, who appeared in the later “Harry Potter” movies, portrays his muse and lover.
- Dave McNary
Directed by Stanley Tucci, Final Portrait will begin principal photography on February 15. Joining Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer are Tucci’s Big Night co-star Tony Shalhoub, and French actresses Sylvie Testud and Clémence Poésy. The story centers on the relationship between artist Alberto Giacomettii and American writer James Lord. It’s adapted from Lord’s memoir, A Giacometti Portrait. This is Tucci’s fifth time behind the camera with Rush as Giacometti and Hammer as… »
Thn arrived in Berlin earlier today for this year’s Berlinale, the 66th Berlin Film Festival. The festival opened earlier this evening with George Clooney, Channing Tatum and co. walking the red carpet in front of the Berlinale Palast for the premiere of Hail Caesar, the Coen brothers flick that opened the show.
As things kick off on the red carpet, news starts to filter down from the various deals being dealt behind-the-scenes. According to Deadline, Armie Hammer and Dev Patel are being lined up to star in Hotel Mumbai, an Indian-set siege flick which will be set around the 2008 terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India.
Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland), Teresa Palmer (Triple 9) and Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory). Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook) are also lined up to star in the movie, which is set to start production »
- Paul Heath
Actors Armie Hammer and Dev Patel are in negotiations to join Hotel Mumbai, a drama film centering around the 2008 terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai. The screenplay, written by John Collee and Anthony Maras, was inspired by the documentary Surviving Mumbai, which told the story of the 68 hours in which hundreds of people were held hostage by armed Pakistani militants amidst the destruction of the hotel.
Also in negotiations are Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Teresa Palmer (The Choice), and Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland). Hotel Mumbai is set to go into production this August in India and Australia, with Anthony Maras set to direct the project.
Interestingly, a separate group of studios — StudioCanal and Kudos Film and TV — are creating a feature centering around the Mumbai attacks as well. That film will be adapted from “The Siege »
- Mitchel Broussard
Danny McBride is no stranger to stepping outside of comedy with Up in the Air, All the Real Girls, and more, but he’s now set to dive into something quite unexpected. The Wrap reports he’s in talks to join Ridley Scott‘s Alien: Covenant with Michael Fassbender returning and Katherine Waterston taking on a new female lead role. While the Eastbound & Down star’s role isn’t specified, the October 2017-bound films follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant as they come across a dangerous planet occupied solely by Fassbender’s David.
Speaking of Fassbender, after he dropped out of The Mountains Between Us and then Charlie Hunnam doing the same, 20th Century Fox is looking at a new lead. The Wrap reports his Prometheus co-sta Idris Elba is now in talks to star in the project, adapted from Charles Martin’s novel following a doctor and »
- Leonard Pearce
Exclusive: Dev Patel and Armie Hammer are in negotiations to star in Hotel Mumbai, about the 2008 terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai. Also in negotiations for the film, which is set to go into production in August in India and Australia, are Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland), Teresa Palmer (Triple 9) and Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory). Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook) also have held early talks with the… »
Despite the ever-increasing proximity between the Oscars and the British Academy of Film and Televison Arts awards, Bafta still remains a terrific reminder of the British brand. But the love in this year’s noms has been given to a host of veterans: Ridley Scott, Maggie Smith, Kate Winslet, Julie Walters and Mark Rylance have already notched up a collective 33 Bafta nominations. The British Academy Film Awards take place Feb. 14 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
That’s not to say the fresh blood isn’t there, but perhaps increasing overlap in Oscar and Bafta conversations have limited the expectation for the Brit awards to serve as a platform for discovery.
“Since Bafta has repositioned itself very deliberately and positively to overlap with the Oscar conversation, the consequence has been that the opportunity to profile exciting or emerging talents has been limited,” says British Film Institute Film Fund director Ben Roberts. »
- Diana Lodderhose
The Birth of a Nation (2016) Film Review from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Nate Parker, starring Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, and Gabrielle Union. Director, screenwriter, and star Nate Parker‘s passion project, The Birth of a Nation, opens with the final sentence of a denunciation of slavery by Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect […] »
- Drew Stelter
Over the past six months or so, we’ve had our first real glimpse at George Miller’s aborted DC movie Justice League Mortal, including concept art of Aquaman, a sculpture of Martian Manhunter, some storyboards, and images of Megan Gale’s Wonder Woman. Now the Mad Max: Fury Road director has been talking about the 2007 project to The Hollywood Reporter, explaining how it came about, and how it fell apart…
“There was a really great script. And Warners said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s do a Justice League.’ I really was attracted to it. But there was a writers strike looming. We had to cast it very quickly, which we did with Warners’ casting people. And we cast it really quickly and we mounted it very quickly. And it depended on a start date and it depended on some basic rebate legislation that had just got through a new Australian government. »
- Gary Collinson
Maybe he thrilled you as the brilliant Henry Lowe in 2007's The Great Debaters, or commanded your attention as Jimmy Grant, the emotional center of 2012's Arbitrage. Or, you might've lusted after him as Kaz, the police officer steaming up the screen with Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Beyond the Lights. Chances are, you know Nate Parker for his incredible onscreen presence. Wait till you hear what he's been doing behind the scenes. Parker, 36, just added a few ambitious new skills to his résumé as the star, writer and director of The Birth of a Nation, winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival's audience and jury top prizes. »
- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat
With Sundance having just wrapped, here are the films—from a new Todd Solondz to another outing from Michelle Williams and Kelly Reichardt—that will likely be in the awards running later this year. “The Birth of a Nation”“The Birth of a Nation” is the true story of Nat Turner, an African-American slave who leads the most successful slave rebellion in American history. Nate Parker writes and directs himself as Turner—and may very well establish himself as one of Hollywood’s must-watch triple threats upon the film’s premiere. Parker leads an ensemble cast that includes Aunjanue Ellis, Jackie Earle Haley, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Aja Naomi King, and Gabrielle Union. “Captain Fantastic”Viggo Mortensen stars as Ben, a dedicated father of six secluded from society in the Pacific Northwest. Tragic circumstances force him and his children to say goodbye to their utopia and enter a world »
The story focuses on the end of Swiss painter and surreal sculpturist Alberto Giacometti's life. At the time Lord, a young American writer, was studying him as the artist painted Lord's picture in 1964.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Early on in Nate Parker's Sundance-winning The Birth of a Nation, the titular character—future slave rebellion leader Nat Turner—spots a haggard young woman on an auction block and encourages his master (Armie Hammer) to buy her as a gift for his sister. It's a disturbing scene, given how artfully Nat has to make his case so his master believes it's in his best interests, and also because immediately upon her rescue, the woman attacks Nat like feral animal. Much tender care later, she emerges as a beautiful house slave, Cherry, whom Nat asks to marry him; they've barely talked, but you believe their connection. Throughout the movie, I kept trying to place the actress, but it wasn't until midway through that I realized it was Aja Naomi King, who plays Michaela Pratt on ABC's How To Get Away With Murder. (Like Gabrielle Union, she completely disappears into her role. »
- Jada Yuan
The film, which begins production later this month, focuses on the end of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s life. Tucci is directing from his own script, based on James Lord’s book “A Giacometti Portrait” in which Lord — a young American writer — studied Giacometti as he painted Lord’s picture in 1964.
Giacometti died in 1966 in Switzerland. He’s best remembered for his stark and surrealistic sculptures.
Producers are Gail Egan for Potboiler alongside Nik Bower for Riverstone Pictures and Ilann Girard. Deepak Nayar is an executive producer and the film is produced in association with Olive Productions, Lowsun Productions and Arsam International.
Sales launched at the Cannes Film Festival in May. HanWay Films will handle international sales at the Berlin Film Festival with CAA handling the U.S.
Riverstone was »
- Dave McNary
Telling the story of real-life Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, the film is an adaptation of Us critic James Lord’s biography and will star Geoffrey Rush (Shine) in the lead role alongside Armie Hammer.
The project was originally launched during last year’s European Film Market.
Founded in 2014, Riverstone Pictures, which is backed by Reliance Entertainment and Ingenious Media, also has the Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan-starring Sleepless Night and the Nicole Kidman and Jude Law-starring »
Riverstone Pictures has closed financing on Stanley Tucci’s Final Portrait. Written and directed by Tucci, the film stars Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer and focuses on a period towards the end of the life of artist Giacometti. The film is set to begin principal photography this month. Gail Egan, Nik Bower and Ilann Girard will produce the film, with Riverstone Pictures' Deepak Nayar set to executive produce. International Sales are through HanWay Films, with CAA handling the U.S. Riverstone Pictures founder Nik Bower said: “We are incredibly proud to be embarking on this exceptional feature and look forward to helping Stanley
- Mia Galuppo
Born Again: Parker Resuscitates Turner Narrative in Painful Labor of Love
An odd, continued legacy of unquestioned applause greets the reception of actor Nate Parker’s commendable directorial debut, The Birth of a Nation, a powerful and grotesque revival of a slave rebellion led by Nat Turner, a man who’s most revered account heretofore was a celebrated novel by William Styron. The referenced legacy is in relation to highly regarded depictions of black lives in film and the sort of acknowledgment reserved for an incomprehensibly small number of these items made by or featuring black artists. As a cultural trend concerning the glaring whiteness of another set of Oscar nominees for this year’s ‘best’ efforts in American filmmaking rages on around us, Parker’s film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it took home both the Audience and Grand Jury Prize—but neither its subject matter or »
- Nicholas Bell
Follow all of our Sundance 2016 coverage. The greatest accomplishment of Nate Parker‘s The Birth of a Nation might be reclaiming that title from the important and influential but irredeemably racist Birth of a Nation released 101 years earlier. That film said blacks and whites could never be integrated and that the Kkk saved the South. The new one tells the true story of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, bringing a long-remembered but little-discussed American hero into the limelight with shocking urgency. Parker, an actor with minimal experience behind the camera, wrote and directed the film and stars as the grown-up version of Nat Turner. But when we first meet Nat, he’s a relatively carefree 9-year-old who plays hide-and-seek with his master’s boy, Samuel, and is invited by the master’s wife (Penelope Ann Miller) to learn to read. Mrs. Turner, a God-fearing Christian sincere in her beliefs, feel that if the good Lord has blessed »
- Eric D. Snider
It may seem nuts to start handicapping next year’s Oscars race before this year’s ceremony has even aired, but Sundance has proven that it’s now a launching pad for awards season contenders.
After January 2014’s debut of “Boyhood” and January 2015’s premiere of “Brooklyn” (both at the Eccles Theater), Sundance may have doubled up and unveiled two best picture nominees in 2016. Those would be “Manchester By the Sea” and “The Birth of a Nation.”
Let’s start with the second title. Nate Parker’s retelling of the 1831 slave revolt led by Nat Turner is a one-man tour-de-force: starring Parker, directed by Parker, produced by Parker and written by the actor best known until now as the star of “Beyond the Lights.” “The Birth of a Nation” will change that. Not only did the historical epic receive the most prolonged standing ovation at this year’s Sundance, it »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners 2016 – The Birth Of A Nation
Well, Sundance has finally drawn to a close for another year and last night, the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners were announced in Park City, Utah.
We’ve listed the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners below, including an official synopsis supplied by the organisers, but the clear winner and toast of the festival this year was Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, the film that was picked up for a record-breaking $17.5 million earlier on this week. ‘Birth Of A Nation’ scored The U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award.
Elsewhere, Asif Kapadia presented the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary to Sonita, a film about an 18-year-old who discovers that her family plans to sell her to an unknown husband for $9,000. The film also picked up Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary. The Audience Award: U.S. »
- Paul Heath
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