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'Wild' Director Jean-Marc Vallée To Helm Janis Joplin Biopic Starring Amy Adams
Before you hit the comments section and tells us this is "old news" or whatever, when this little nugget broke, we were deep in the midst of the Toronto International Film Festival, so it passed us by. But our recent AFI Fest interview with "Wild" director Jean-Marc Vallée had us poking around to see what was up. During our chat the filmmaker told us "...next year I've got a rock-n-roll film happening. I can't talk about it, though." But it appears he already has. A couple months back the director chatted with Journal Du Quebec (via Metro) and revealed that he will directing a Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams. The actress has long been attached to play the rock 'n roll singer, with Fernando Meirelles and Lee Daniels both attached to helm at various points, but it looks like it's now in the hands of Vallée. The filmmaker adds »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs talk Tinder in 'Life Partners'
Some nights you browse Tinder hoping for a good match. Other nights you lie in bed with your best friend examining each others' boobs. Or, in the case of Sasha and Paige in Life Partners, you do both. Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester and Community's Gillian Jacobs star as Sasha and Paige in Life Partners, a film that follows two best friends and what happens when one of them gets a boyfriend, played by Meester's real-life husband Adam Brody. It's silly and heartfelt and a surprisingly realistic portrayal of female friendships. Case in point: Sasha yells about how badly »
- Ariana Bacle
Gokhan Tiryaki on Working with Palme d’Or Winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Bydgoszcz, Poland — Working with one of Turkey’s most eminent helmer/scribes, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, does not necessarily mean working with much of a budget.
But, as cinematographer Gokhan Tiryaki put it at a conference on his filmmaking with Ceylan at Poland’s Camerimage fest, the director “works in the subliminal space.” Known for his explorations of existential themes, brooding static shots and glacial pans, the Palme d’Or-winning Ceylan makes it seem to Tiryaki when working on any other set that “nobody is doing anything.”
It’s not always easy working for an established art photographer, writer and actor, Tiryaki admits. And the prep process takes months, filled with long deliberation about color temperature, the atmosphere that the Anatolian landscape must emanate, the script — crafted with Ceylan’s wife, Ebru — and which performers can render it best.
After that, the D.P. treks to the rural setting with Ceylan »
- Will Tizard
Leigh Whannell Talks The Mule, Writing a Crime Film With Angus Sampson, Evolving as a Performer, and Insidious: Chapter 3
I've been a big proponent of The Mule since I saw it at SXSW. Which is funny to me, since I had to be dragged almost kicking and screaming into seeing it by one of the film's publicists. Despite my fondness for Leigh Whannell (who co-wrote and has a major part in the film) and Angus Sampson (who co-wrote with Whannell, stars and co-directs), I'm just not that into scatological humor, which is what I thought the film was almost entirely going to consist of. I was wrong. All of the stomach churning elements you've heard about are there, but there's an incredibly solid movie around them in every way that never pushes the gross-out throttle beyond what the story organically allows. This is an effective crime film that works very well as both a comedy and a drama and you should seek it out. I recently hopped on the »
- Evan Dickson
Constantine Recap: “Danse Vaudou”
Tonight's spooky episode of NBC's Constantine was a straight-up ghost story wrapped in a voodoo presentation. Although "Danse Vaudou" didn't do a whole lot to advance the season's storyline (until the last few seconds, at least), it did have plenty of scares and style to spare. It had the staples of urban legends - a deceased hitchhiker, a femme fatale, a love lost too soon - elevated by not only the tales of the loved ones they left behind, but by the clashing magical styles of Constantine and Papa Midnite. While the hour didn't have quite the heart-tugging moments of last week's effort, it was still an enjoyable installment in what has become my surprise show of the season. Hit the jump for our Constantine recap. Well now, if that wasn't one of the craziest intro sequences ever ... A drunk man stumbles out of a bar to relieve himself in an alley. »
- Dave Trumbore
‘Budapest Hotel’ Checks In Late to Awards Race
On Nov. 19, voting began for SAG nominations. On Dec. 1, art directors and producers kick off the guild voting, while the New York Film Critics Circle are first out of the gate by announcing their winners.
As we get down to the wire, Hollywood calendars are jam-packed with awards events. And at each gathering, voters trade notes about titles they’ve seen recently and the handful of films they need to see. The conversation is always dominated by the latest contenders — and yet this year, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” keeps coming up.
The Wes Anderson film premiered at Berlin almost a year ago and bowed domestically in March, which in an awards-season-timetable is the equivalent of 200 years ago. It has long been on VOD and video, so as a flock of terrific films open to fanfare and media attention, “Budapest” may seem like old news. Au contraire, mes amis.
Six months ago, »
- Tim Gray
Holocaust Doc ‘Night Will Fall’ Gets Global Broadcast
Andre Singer’s doc “Night Will Fall,” the story about the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps as WWII wound down, will be broadcast globally on Jan. 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Intl. Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The film, produced by Sally Angel and Brett Ratner, will air on HBO in the U.S., on German-French channel Arte, Ard in Germany, Channel 4 in the U.K., Tvp in Poland, Vpro in the Netherlands, Channel 8 Hot in Israel, Denmark’s Dr, Rtvslo in Slovenia, Yle in Finland and Norway’s Nrk. Pic will also be distributed in Portugal by Midas Filmes.
“Night Will Fall” screened at the Berlinale as a work in progress earlier this year, and has played as several festival since then, including Sheffield Doc/Fest and Cph:dox. The film explores how a team of filmmakers, including Sidney Bernstein, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock, came »
- Carole Horst
Casting Net: 'Doctor Who' alum Matt Smith to star in 'Patient Zero'
• Doctor Who alum Matt Smith will star opposite Natalie Dormer in Patient Zero. Stefan Ruzowitzky is directing the action thriller from a script by Mike Lee. The story follows the spread of a super strain of rabies, which leads to the evolution of a new, violent species. An immune survivor must race to find Patient Zero, and a cure, to save his infected wife and the human race at large. [Deadline] • Brenton Thwaites is in final negotiations for the role of a British soldier, Henry, in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean installment. The actor is known for this year's Maleficent and The Giver. »
- C. Molly Smith
Farahani stung by Scorpions
Farahani will play a singer and scorpion healer from the Manganiar community of Rajasthan in the Switzerland-France-India co-production.
Geneva-based Saskia Vischer is lead producer on the project, which will be co-produced by Thierry Lenouvel of France’s Cine Sud Promotion and Rakesh Mehra of India’s Kriti Productions. Lenouvel was a co-producer and Mehra the line-producer on Qissa.
Farahani was nominated as most promising actress at this year’s Cesar Awards in France for her role in Atiq Rahimi’s The Patience Stone. Her credits also include Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly (2009) and Hiner Saleem’s My Sweet Pepper Land (2013). She also starred in Ridley Scott’s Body Of Lies (2008) alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
Scheduled to shoot next year, Mantra - The Song Of Scorpions is a contemporary folktale set in the desert of Rajasthan. The film was »
Octobre19 makes play for Boyfriend
Exclusive: Paris-based production company Octobre19 has boarded Ashim Ahluwalia’s The Boyfriend as a co-producer.
Based on R Raj Rao’s novel of the same name, The Boyfriend follows two social outcasts who embark on a forbidden love affair. The project has been selected for this year’s Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab.
Ahluwalia previously collaborated with Octobre19 co-founders Sophie Guilguet, Charles-Henri Descamps and Michael Smith on 2004 documentaries Asian Vibes London and Asian Vibes Bombay. Ahluwalia co-produced Asian Vibes Bombay with Guilguet and Descamp’s previous outfit, Jigsaw Company, and also directed Asian Vibes London.
Octobre19 is raising 30% of the budget for The Boyfriend and looking for other partners in Europe. “Like Ashim, we are always interested in subjects that take a fresh look at a country and culture and that work against stereotypes,” said Guilguet.
Octobre19 is also developing a film based on the real-life experiences of a French TV reporter in Pakistan and the Middle East, which »
- email@example.com (Udita Jhunjhunwala)
Big Bang Theory star sees Reason
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), Lance Reddick, Alex Brendemuehl and Neha Chauhan also star in the film, about a rich young slacker who is sent to Los Angeles to sign over a family building to a Russian conglomerate following his father’s death. After refusing to sign the papers, he finds himself up against rogue cops and the Russian mob.
“It’s an American crime drama with an Indian protagonist and you never see that,” Nayyar told Screen. “I’m known for playing a nerd so this was an opportunity to show a different facet of what I do.”
Nayyar’s film career is taking off with roles in Canadian comedy Dr Cabbie, which is scheduled for Us release on November 26, and Sooni Taraporevala’s upcoming 3 And A »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Stream 'Into the Woods' Live Q & A with Streep, Blunt, Kendrick and Pine
The livestream will air at 6:30pm Pst on Yahoo!@ Movies with the cast and filmmakers: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, director Rob Marshall, and screenwriter James Lapine. Johnny Depp, who stumbled through his presenting gig at the Hollywood Film Awards, is steering clear of another live public appearance for the moment. There will also be a first-look at an exclusive featurette from the film. »
- Anne Thompson
‘Angels in America’ Cinematographer on Working With Mike Nichols
Stephen Goldblatt, who was the cinematographer on Mike Nichols’ last three screen productions — including HBO’s “Angels in America,” which Nichols considered to be the crowning achievement of his career — spoke to Variety at the Camerimage Film Festival on Friday about his friend, who died Wednesday.
Like Goldblatt, the majority of Nichols’ cinematographers were not American-born. German director of photography Michael Ballhaus, who worked on three of Nichols’ movies, said that Nichols — who was born in Germany — valued the outsider’s eye when directing films about American society.
“He liked how I brought a fresher view to these very American stories we were doing, and encouraged that,” Ballhaus told Variety in 2010.
Goldblatt, who was born in South Africa and moved to the U. »
- Leo Barraclough
Film Review: ‘Democrats’
Long the subject of international uproar but comparatively little analysis, the quasi-Kafkaesque administration holding Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s corrupt dictatorship in place finally gets the first-hand scrutiny it merits in Camilla Nielsson’s riveting documentary “Democrats.” Tracing the tortuous process of cross-party negotiation behind the country’s 2013 constitution, Nielsson’s film lays bare one country’s specifically soured dreams of democracy while imparting more universal insight into the art and craft of political diplomacy. The result, filmed over three years with an astonishing level of internal access, is at once important and impishly entertaining, brightened by the kind of eccentric local color that cannot be forged or imagined. Festival programmers across the globe will rightfully pounce, as should docu-oriented distribs.
“Democracies in Africa are a difficult proposition, because always the opposition will want more than it deserves,” says a smirking Robert Mugabe — not a man without wit, as tyrannical »
- Guy Lodge
Film Review: ‘Radiator’
The personal experience of looking after one’s aging parents rings achingly true in “Radiator,” the directorial debut of Tom Browne, co-writer of 2001’s “The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz.” Depicting an adult son trying to support his long-suffering mother as she deals with her unraveling yet domineering husband, this family drama echoes Michael Haneke’s “Amour” in its subject matter, although the grotty setting couldn’t be further from that film’s chic Paris apartment. Flashes of dark humor and deeply resonant performances by the two senior actors (Richard Johnson, Gemma Jones) should help sell this specialty item to select audiences following a well-received London Film Festival bow.
In choosing to set his film at the real Cumbria stone cottage of his deceased parents, Browne takes advantage of a striking Lake District location and a chaotically jumbled interior, which no set decorator could ever hope to match. It’s »
- Charles Gant
Film London Launches Shakespeare India
Goa — Film London’s micro-budget film making scheme Microwave is going international.
The Film London Microwave International: Shakespeare India initiative will be launched at India’s National Film Development Corporation’s ongoing Film Bazaar on November 22 in Goa.
Writers, directors and producers from the UK and India will participate in a week-long training program titled Microschool, in Mumbai, funded by the British Council, during which five productions based on the works of William Shakespeare will be developed.
With Indian and UK production finance, one film making team will be awarded £500,000 ($783,000) to produce a feature film for worldwide release. The feature will be part of ‘Shakespeare400 on Screen’, the 2016 program marking 400 years since the bard’s death in 1616.
Film London’s head of talent development and production, Deborah Sathe, is in Goa to announce the initiative alongside Indian film maker Vishal Bhardwaj who is best known for his Shakespeare trilogy “Maqbool »
- Naman Ramachandran
Hear Jennifer Lawrence sing 'The Hanging Tree' in 'Mockingjay'
Jennifer Lawrence is bringing her vocals to The Hunger Games film series once more, whether she likes it or not. In The Hunger Games, Katniss sings "Rue's Lullaby" to say goodbye to her friend and late District 11 tribute. In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, Katniss sings "The Hanging Tree," which she learned from her father. The song becomes an anthem for the revolution against the capitol. The lyrics are from the book, written by Suzanne Collins. The Lumineers, known for hits such as "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love," wrote the melody for its big-screen debut. In an interview with AOL, »
- C. Molly Smith
Why ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ Feels Like a Different Franchise [Movie Review]
Note: This review was original published on November 10. We’ve bumped it up now that the film is in theaters. It’s a shame The Hunger Games series gets filed into the “young adult” category. Sure, there’s some dystopian young romance in there, but with each subsequent film, the series proves it is about much more […]
The post Why ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ Feels Like a Different Franchise [Movie Review] appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ Hits Franchise Low Despite No. 1 Opening of the Year
Updated: Early Friday projections show Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ heading for an opening weekend of about $125 million in the U.S. — significantly lower than recent forecasts and over 20% below the first two “Hunger Games” movies.
However, international box office for the first part of the “Hunger Games” finale is up 5% to 10% above last year’s “Catching Fire” with $33 million in two days.
The U.S. opening day grosses for “Mockingjay,” according to early estimates, will likely reach $54 million, including $17 million from Thursday night showings, followed by about $43 million on Saturday and another $29 million on Sunday.
Should those numbers hold, the U.S. opening weekend for “Mockingjay” would finish far below 2012′s “The Hunger Games” with $152 million and last year’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” with $158 million. Box office trackers had expected “Mockingjay” to finish between $130 million and $150 million in the U.S.
Still, a $125 million U. »
- Dave McNary
Jared Leto coy on taking Joker role in DC Comics' Suicide Squad movie
Suicide Squad centres on supervillains being thrown together by the Us government as a black ops team to work off their prison sentences.
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