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Lupita Nyong'o made her way down the red carpet in a white beaded dress at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards in NYC on Monday evening, later hitting the stage to accept her honor. The Oscar-winning actress recently graced the magazine's December cover and was given the honor of being its annual woman of the year. In the accompanying interview, Lupita dropped some serious inspiration about fame and current beauty standards, saying, "To rely on the way you look is empty. You're a pretty face, and then what? Your value is in yourself; the other stuff will come and go. We don't get to pick the genes we want. There's room in this world for beauty to be diverse." Lupita was joined at the high-profile event by fellow women of the year honorees Freida Pinto, Jodie Foster, Shonda Rhimes, and Girls star Zosia Mamet, who flaunted her figure in a belly-baring crop top. »
The Madremonte Project, an ambitious slate of lower-budget English-language genre films that will all be shot in Colombia, has selected its first productions.
All five movies in the lineup will be produced by Jason Gurvitz’s Green Dog Films and Deborah Del Prete’s Coronet Films in Los Angeles and Diego Ramirez’s Colombia-based 64-a Films. They will introduce the crowd-sourced Madremonte projects, chosen from 486 submissions, at the American Film Market.
Peter Wetherell serves as the sales rep for the slate.
The five films include Chris Gerolmo’s 1950s U.S.-set “The Horror” centers on an African-American family that fight back after being attacked by the Ku-Klux Klan; and Timothy Linh Bui will direct “The Unseen,” an creature feature with an ensemble cast set in Vietnam’s jungle, Gurvitz said.
- John Hopewell
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The number of re-interpretations that Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess Of The D'Urbevilles has gone through in cinema would certainly puzzle the litterateur. While director Michael Winter bottom's film version of the Hardy novel entitled Trishna with Freida Pinto in the lead is far removed from the original text, now one has come to know that the Indian version of the Hardy classic--to be released in several Indian languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu-- is now going to be completely removed from what Winter bottom depicted in Trishna. According to sources close to the project, "The Indian producer of Trishna, Sunil Bohra has decided to completely re-vamp and re-edit the orginal. Trishna was a colossal flop in the West. Bohra sees a lot of potential in the story. He is re-structuring the film and adding an item song by Huma Qureshi." When contacted Bohra, to his credit, didn't »
James Franco has posted an Instagram photo of himself shooting his film adaptation of the novel "Zeroville" alongside cast mates Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell. Rogen plays Viking Man, a character who is a thinly-disguised take on legendary writer/director John Milius. Ferrell's role is unknown, but he looks kind of like he's doing a take on producer Robert Evans.
"Voltage Pictures has scored international rights to Ken Sanzel's action title "Blunt Force Trauma". The story is set in the world of underground gunfights in South America and Ryan Kwanten plays a young man and Freida Pinto a vengeful woman who meet on their quest to locate the clandestine scene's elusive champion..." (full details)
"Starz has scored the North American rights to the action-adventure film "Northmen: A Viking Saga" starring Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Anatole Taubman, Charlie Murphy, James Norton and Ed Skrein. The story follows a gang of »
- Garth Franklin
Voltage will launch sales at the American Film Market next week. Filming wrapped earlier this month in Colombia.
In the film, Rourke portrays a champion of underground gunfights, while Kwanten’s character seeks the ultimate duel, and Pinto’s character seeks revenge for the death of her brother.
- Dave McNary
Blunt Force Trauma centres on a deadly network of underground gunfights in South America called The Game.
Kwanten will play a young man and Pinto a vengeful woman who meet on their quest to locate the clandestine scene’s elusive champion.
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By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Richard Raymond‘s Desert Dancer, a drama about a young dancer in present-day Iran that stars Slumdog Millionaire‘s Freida Pinto, will kick off the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the historic Arlington Theatre on Jan. 27, 2015, the fest’s organizers announced this week. Sbiff also announced that its Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking, which hasn’t been presented in five years, will go to the Cousteau family.
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- Anjelica Oswald
Slate great piece on why we need less reboots and more original genre fiction - interesting points made that aren't just the usual bitching
Interview talks to the director of Wild Tales, which I loved at Tiff, Damián Szifrón
Shark Robot Avengers as cold cereal t-shirts. The best ones are clearly Thorrios and Loki Charms 'bifrosted!"
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Richard Raymond's Desert Dancer, a drama about a young dancer in present-day Iran that stars Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto, will kick off the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the historic Arlington Theatre on Jan. 27, 2015, the fest's organizers announced this week. Sbiff also announced that its Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking, which hasn't been presented in five years, will go to the Cousteau family. Desert Dancer, which is based on the life story of Afshin Ghaffarian, will be released by Relativity Studios in select cities on March 20 before expanding wider on March 27.
- Scott Feinberg
Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer will open the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, set to run from January 27-February 7.
The Attenborough Award For Excellence In Nature Filmmaking will go to the Cousteau Family – Jean-Michel and his son and daughter Fabien and Celine. »
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The Santa Barbara Film Festival announced Wednesday it will open its 30th anniversary edition with “Desert Dancer” from Relativity Studios on January 27 at the Arlington Theatre.
Based on a true story, the film from helmer Richard Raymond stars Freida Pinto as a self-taught Iranian dancer who forms an underground dance group in the midst of a tumultuous 2009 presidential election.
“Raymond has delivered an extremely timely and thought-provoking movie about love, truth and the freedom that comes from following your passions,” stated Roger Durling, Sbiff executive director.
The festival also announced that it will honor the Cousteau family, Jean-Michel and his children Fabien and Celine, with its Attenborough Award For Excellence in Nature Filmmaking, the first time in five years the honor has been awarded. Sbiff will present the award to the Cousteaus, “for their decades-long commitment to educating the public and discovering the mysteries of the ocean,” Jan. 28 at the Arlington Theatre. »
- Kevin Noonan
The Santa Barbara Film Festival is sending out announcements. That must mean it’s Oscar season officially. The first of their special announcements is the Us premiere of Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer, »
- Sasha Stone
To celebrate International Day of the Girl on the 11th of October, World Vision is bringing a special screening of Girl Rising to Dublin on October 2nd at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum. Girl Rising was directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins and is narrated by Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington. It is a ground-breaking critically acclaimed feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. It is also a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for girls around the world. "It's a powerful film that has the potential to inspire change in the world. If you're not moved, you're not breathing," said Alicia Keys. '' It's a simple fact. There is nobody »
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A-listers unite! Wow, talk about a star-studded ad campaign. L'Oreal Paris managed to pull in a ton of Hollywood power players, like Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria, Blake Lively, Jane Fonda, Julianne Moore and Freida Pinto. The campaign is for the beauty brand's latest lipstick launch, Collection Exclusive Pure Reds. And in the ads, all the women pose clad in white, which of course makes all their red lipstick really pop. The campaign (shot by Norman Jean Roy) also features beauties like Laetitia Casta, Liya Kebede, Natasha Poly and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Even though all the women sport gorgeous red lips—they are all wearing different hues. The idea is that the colors match their varying »
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” began its rise to box office supremacy on Thursday night, taking in approximately $4.1 million from 10 p.m. shows in 2,750 theaters. Also read: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Could Be $60 Million Gorilla at Box Office Matt Reeves-directed sequel of the franchise reboot stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, and Keri Russell as the humans this time around, replacing the cast of 2011's “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which starred James Franco, Freida Pinto, and John Lithgow. The humans, of course, play second bananas to the super-smart apes; their leader, Caesar, »
- Jordan Zakarin
Rome – Selena Gomez, Jessica Chastain, Freida Pinto, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Omar Sy, Sullivan Stapleton, Leo Howard, and Lena Headey are among expected attendees at Italy’s Ischia Global Film and Music Festival, the informal event on the Italo isle in the bay of Naples which prides itself on its relaxed atmosphere.
Gomez (pictured) is coming to present the European preem of William H. Macy’s directorial debut, “Rudderless,” this year’s Sundance closer about a grieving father, played by Billy Crudup, who finds salvation from the discovery of his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. The 21-year-old actress and pop singer will also be feted with one of two Ischia Kids Global Icons awards, the other one going to Leo Howard, the 16-year-old star of Disney Xd’s “Kickin’ it.”
“We are increasingly becoming a fest for hot rising young stars,” says Ischia topper Pascal Vicedomini, who also tops sister event Capri Hollywood. »
- Nick Vivarelli
I personally haven't seen any Planet of the Apes movies other than Tim Burton's (yes, I'm ashamed to say so), but the newer films directed by Rupert Wyatt and Matt Reeves look amazing, and I can't wait to see them! Below, you guys can tell us all what you thought of this one, and how much you can't wait for the next! A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 American science fiction film directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, and Andy Serkis. Written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, it is 20th Century Fox's reboot of the Planet of the Apes series, intended to act as an origin story for a new series of films. »
Here's a look at some new release date changes: The Weinstein Company and Dimension Film family feature Paddington will now open on Christmas Day instead of its original December 12, 2014 release. TWC's The Coup, John Erick Dowdle’s action thriller starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan, will open March 6, 2015. TWC's Underdogs, Phillip Rhee's family action film in which he stars alongside Beau Bridges, Tom Arnold, and Mirelly Taylor, moves from August 27, 2014 to January 16, 2015. Relativity has moved Hector and the Search for Happiness up a week from September 26th to September 19th. Simon Pegg stars as a psychiatrist who sets out on a global quest to find out if happiness exists. Relativity's Desert Dancer, the biopic of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian starring Reece Ritchie and Freida Pinto, moves from August 15th to March 20, 2015 Hit the jump for more on each film. The biggest bit of news in this change to the »
- Dave Trumbore
Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films … in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody’s films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Everyone Says I Love You…
Simon Columb on You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger…
Squeezed between Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris are two less-known features. Whatever Works harks back to earlier scripts while You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is a mish-mash of actors and threads of stories that are, ultimately, forgettable. Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) divorces his wife, Helena (Gemma Jones), while daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) struggles with her own husband, Roy (Josh Brolin). Roy falls for younger-model Dia (Freida Pinto) as Sally »
- Gary Collinson
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