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Cage, Schrader wrap Dying of the Light
Action film executive produced by Nicolas Winding Refn.
The espionage thriller shot in Bucharest, Romania and Queensland, Australia, while the 2nd filmed in Africa and the Us. It marks the second collaboration between Schrader and Cage after the Martin Scorsese-directed Bringing Out the Dead.
Cage plays Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent facing early retirement due to the onset of dementia. When intelligence surfaces hinting at the whereabouts of Lake’s old nemesis, he goes on a rogue global manhunt while struggling to control his behaviour as the symptoms mount.
Anton Yelchin (Star Trek: »
The Women of SXSW: We’ll Never Have Paris Director/Producer Jocelyn Towne
Following “The Women of Sundance” article in our print and online additions, Danielle Lurie continues her coverage of female filmmakers with a series of pieces highlighting women directors at SXSW. In this email interview, she talks with one half of the directing team behind the Narrative Spotlight film, We’ll Never Have Paris, Jocelyn Towne. Filmmaker: Why this movie? Why did you decide to do it? Towne: Well, it’s a personal story, one that my husband/co-director [Simon Helberg] wrote about our disastrous engagement years ago. When he asked me to direct it with him I was excited, but nervous. I […] »
- Danielle Lurie
Cinéfondation's Atelier invites 15 directors
The tenth edition of the talent showcase has invited directors with projects from Argentina and Europe to Singapore and Nepal.
The Cinéfondation’s Atelier hosts its tenth edition this year and will invite 15 directors to the Cannes Film Festival whose projects have been considered particularly promising.
Together with their producers, they will be given the opportunity to meet potential partners in a bid to finish their projects and start the making their films.
From May 16-22, L’Atelier will arrange meetings with the directors for film industry professionals interested in investing in their projects.
The Livre des Projets and the meeting request forms will be available online at the beginning of April at www.cinefondation.com.
List of projects
Invisible, Pablo Giorgelli (Argentina)
Territoria, Nora Martirosyan (Armenia)
Tabija, Igor Drljača (Bosnia)
Saudade, Antonio Méndez Esparza (Brazil)
Ville-Marie, Guy Édoin (Canada)
In the Shade of the Trees, Matías Rojas Valencia (Chile)
Ce sentiment de l’été, Mikhaël Hers (France »
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Female filmmakers festival reveals line-up
The Birds Eye View Film Festival (April 8-13), celebrating women’s work in film, has revealed details of its 2014 programme including works by British director Destiny Ekaragha and Laura Checkoway to films by Lena Dunham and Kelly Reichardt.
The festival will also celebrate inspiring female filmmakers and actors of recent times including the late pioneering animator Joy Batchelor, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch and award-winning British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha.
The festival will comprise 19 features including 10 UK premieres such as German director Katrin Gebbe’s debut Nothing Bad Can Happen and the London premiere of Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s Watermark, the follow-up to their 2006 documentary hit Manufactured Landscapes.
The programme also includes an American Indie strand featuring Kelly Reichardt’s thriller Night Moves starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning; Chiemi Karasawa’s documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me; and the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Slave's Ridley regrets not thanking McQueen at Oscars
Screenwriter points out he had thanked McQueen at previous awards amid rumours of a rift over director's request for co-credit
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly a week after his victory in the best adapted screenplay category, Ridley pointed out that he had thanked McQueen the previous day at the Independent Spirit awards. But he did little to dispel rumours that the film-makers fell out after McQueen's request for a co-credit on the screenplay was rejected.
Ridley and McQueen did not acknowledge each other as the former walked to the stage to accept his prize, though the screenwriter stopped to hug American Hustle director David O Russell. Ridley did not thank McQueen in his speech, and McQueen failed to thank Ridley in his own acceptance speech for the best film prize. »
- Ben Child
Mark Wahlberg To Receive MTV Generation Award
Over the past week, the 2014 MTV Movie Awards have come together in a big way. First, we heard that late night legend Conan O'Brien will host the show on April 13 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt, and now voting for all of the categories is open over at MTV.com. But what is an MTV Movie Awards ceremony without a recipient of the Generation Award, the evening's highest honor? Well, we have some more good news ...
By MTV News Staff »
'Walking Dead': 17 Questions About 'Alone'
"What about Bob?" If that was your burning question entering the latest episode of "The Walking Dead," then you must have walked away satisfied. This week's hour, titled "Alone," was very heavy on Bob Stookey, the former medic and alcoholic newbie on the run with Maggie and Sasha. "Alone" began with Bob, and nearly ended with him — but there was plenty of Daryl and Beth to enjoy as well, if you didn't get enough ...
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The Goldfinch film adaptation from Hunger Games producers in works
Bestselling novel by Donna Tartt to be made into a movie by outfit behind smash hit young-adult series
A screen adaptation of Donna Tartt's bestselling novel The Goldfinch is on the way after the producers behind The Hunger Games announced that they have taken up an option on the book.
According to the Wrap, Nina Jacobson, CEO of Color Force and producer on all four Hunger Games films, said: "We are looking for the right film-maker, and then we'll choose the right home based on that film-maker ... With a piece of material this great, there are a lot of conversations to be had."
The Goldfinch, Tartt's third novel and her first since 2002's The Little Friend, is about a 13-year-old boy who survives an art-gallery bombing that kills his mother, and ends up in possession of the Dutch Old Master painting (by Carel Fabritius) of the title. Since its publication »
- Andrew Pulver
BBC Films, Shine enter The Farm
The mystery novel set in London and Sweden reached number two in the UK bestseller charts during its opening month and also proved a bestseller in Australia, Germany and Israel.
It is the latest book from Tom Rob Smith, whose Child 44 trilogy has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, the first of which has been made as a film directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, and is due for release this year. He also created the five-part BBC backed mini-series, London Spy, which will air in 2015.
Madden, head of film at Shine, said: “I’ve been »
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Person of Interest's Jim Caviezel: 'Things will get intense for John'
The CBS thriller has become one of Us television's most popular series, and also has a loyal audience in the UK.
With John Reese, Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) and co returning to Channel 5 in the UK on March 28, Digital Spy chatted to its main star about the future of the series, working with Sylvester Stallone and video game comparisons.
Person of Interest remains very popular after almost three seasons, and keeps finding ways to reinvent itself and introduce new villains. How long do you think the series can carry on for?
"I could not speak to how long we might keep going, but I am grateful for every episode we are able to make. This is one of the hardest working productions I've ever been privileged enough to work »
Eric Bana in first Deliver Us from Evil trailer - watch
Deliver Us from Evil has released its first trailer.
Eric Bana stars in the horror film, which was formerly titled Beware the Night.
Bana plays New York cop Ralph Sarchie, on whose 2001 book the film is based.
Following a spate of violent crimes, Sarchie is reluctantly teamed up with a priest (Édgar Ramirez), who claims that the forces of evil are to blame.
Deliver Us from Evil will debut in the UK on August 22 and in the Us on July 2. »
BBC Films, Shine to Adapt New Novel from ‘Child 44′ Author
The innovative mystery, set in London and Sweden, reached number two in the U.K. charts during its opening month, and is also a bestseller in Australia, Germany and Israel, with a further 13 major territories sold.
The novel centers on Daniel, who believes his parents are living a peaceful life on a farm in rural Sweden. He then receives a frantic call from his father: his mother has escaped from a mental hospital shortly after being committed.
He then receives a call from his mother, who is en route to London. She »
- Leo Barraclough
Amazing Spider-Man 2: Marc Webb addresses villain overload concerns
However, Webb has revealed that Paul Giamatti's Rhino will only be in the movie for four minutes.
"It's about writing," said Webb at South by Southwest (via The Playlist). "We're aware of those movies and the complaints people had.
"The main villain is Electro. Every other villain emerges around that. We were careful to make sure the stories entertained. You had to make sure to create obstacles that were difficult to overcome. We wanted to make the physical and emotional obstacles difficult.
"Rhino is in it for four minutes so it's a legitimate comparison, but when you see the movie, I'm confident."
Movie theatre noise ban sought in Connecticut
Legislators aiming to limit sound levels of films and trailers to a maximum of 85 decibels
Connecticut is aiming to become the first Us state to impose a ban on excessive sound levels at public film screenings, it has been reported. A bill is currently before the state legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee that would ban the showing of any film or trailer that exceeds 85 decibels.
The ban attempt was initiated by chemical industry consultant William Young, a Stamford resident who was quoted as saying: "Why they need such loud sounds is beyond me ... Hopefully this will be a wakeup call to the theater owners and the MPAA to get their act together and do something that's good for the public and still will satisfy their needs." Democratic senator Carlo Leone, who helped introduce the bill, said: "I support the concept moving forward ... If there are other corrective measures without »
- Andrew Pulver
Channel 4 buys UK rights to the TV adaptation of Fargo
Small-screen production of Coen brothers' film is a 'perfect Channel 4 show with a stunning cast' says TV station
Freeman, star of BBC1's Sherlock and the big-screen version of The Hobbit, plays small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, similar to the character played by William H Macy in the 1996 film. Hollywood star Thornton is rootless, manipulative Lorne Malvo in the 10-part series.
Channel 4's chief creative officer Jay Hunt said: "Fargo is a perfect Channel 4 show – a dark comedy, beautifully directed with a stunning cast. We are excited to be bringing it to a British audience."
The TV series, »
- John Plunkett
Cereal killer: Spidey 2 spoiler in Kellogg's ad
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A major spoiler regarding the death of a leading character in forthcoming superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 appears to have been let slip via a cereal advert.
The spoiler, which readers can avoid by turning away now, was revealed in a commercial spot for Kellogg's' The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Web-Slinging Game. It is one of three videos released into the internet over the weekend, all of which are narrated by Marvel comics icon Stan Lee.
The offending video clearly states that Chris Cooper's Norman Osborn, a character who in the comics and previous big screen versions has doubled as villain The Green Goblin, has died as the film's events unfold. His son Harry Osborn, played by Dane DeHaan, is seen inheriting Oscorp Industries, the multimillion-dollar corporation founded by Norman. »
- Ben Child
SXSW Film Review: ‘Wild Canaries’
Classic mystery conventions have provided fertile creative ground for any number of young American filmmakers in recent years, as evidenced by Rian Johnson’s “Brick,” Aaron Katz’s “Cold Weather” and now Lawrence Michael Levine’s “Wild Canaries.” Starring Levine and Sophia Takal (his wife and regular collaborator) as a sort of hipster Nick and Nora Charles investigating the shady goings-on around their Brooklyn apartment building, this craftily structured yet playfully loose-limbed detective yarn provides a canny narrative template for another of the writer-director’s low-budget studies of relational turmoil (following 2011′s “Gabi on the Roof in July”), its occasional descent into shrill bickering largely offset by the filmmakers’ palpable delight in their choice of material. Far too eventful, plot-driven and frankly fun to be classified as mumblecore, “Canaries” can only build on Levine’s audience; it could catch on with savvy indie filmgoers, particularly those with an affection for the genre being saluted. »
- Justin Chang
Nz Film Commission Quits Sales Business
Hong Kong – The New Zealand Film Commission is to end its role as sales agent with effect from the end of the month.
The Nzfc — which is New Zealand’s primary film funding body, not a location attraction outfit as its name might suggest – will no longer represent the shorts or feature films it finances.
Instead films will be guided to find their own sales agents. The transition will be guided by an international sales agent, appointed with effect from April 1.
The shake-up is part of the house cleaning process driven by recently Dave Gibson, a veteran producer installed as chief executive at the beginning of the year.
“For those films for which we are currently the sales agent, we will either look to place the more recent or high-profile titles (either individually or as a package) with other sales agents or, in the case of older titles, these will »
- Patrick Frater
Recap: 'True Detective' Finale Season 1, Episode 8 'Form And Void'
For over fifteen years a conspiracy and myth has haunted Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), one involving a yellow king, a man with scars and the mysterious destination of Carcosa. An evil had spread its branches across Louisiana, something pervasive, powerful and for the longest time untouchable. The name of God was used as a cover for unspeakable crimes and killings, and Rust, Martin and anyone else who touched that darkness, found it touching them right back. "All my life I wanted to be nearer to God. The only nearness? Silence," Joel Theriot (Shea Whigham) said episode six, "Haunted Houses." But in "Form And Void," that silence has answers. For much of the season, Rust has largely been presented as the visionary of the detective duo, going about his job with philosophical underpinnings to almost every aspect of an investigation. His interrogation technique is unparalleled, and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
CA Media appoints Kamat as COO
In his new role, Kamat will provide strategic guidance to the group’s existing investments across Asia, while continuing to oversee operations in India. He will also work with Aiello identify and manage growth opportunities for CA Media in the region.
Vivek Raicha and Rishi Negi will continue in their roles as Head of India Investments and Head of India Investee Operations respectively.
CA Media India investments include strategic stakes in Endemol India, Indian music and live events company Only Much Louder (Oml) and comic book and merchandising company Graphic India. It also launched online network Fluence, which connects celebrities, consumers and brands »
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