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Why Andrew Garfield Failed As Spider-Man, According to Andrew Garfield

1 September 2015 7:38 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

"I was never Spider-Man." So says Andrew Garfield. After Sam Raimi directed Tobey Maguire in his trilogy of films, The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel were not as well received by the public. Whether or not you believe Garfield was a poor choice for the character, the actor spoke out about his time in the role and thinks he failed in many ways.  Garfield reflected on his portrayal during a roundtable interview for 99 Homes, which also stars Michael Shannon and Laura Dern. According to Zaki.s Corner with Zaki Hasan, Garfield is pulling a Pierce Brosnan. Much as the former 007 thought himself ill-equipped to handle James Bond, Garfield tried to explain why he failed in certain capacities. He said,  I thought I was going to be Spider-Man, you know? I went into it going ... ego sh*t came in. It's like, 'Okay, here it is. I'm f**king Spider-Man. I f**king made »


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Sweden Sends Roy Andersson’s ‘Pigeon’ to Foreign-Language Oscar Race

1 September 2015 5:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Roy Andersson’s “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” has been chosen to represent Sweden in the foreign-language Oscar race. Pic is also selected for the European Film Awards, along with another Swedish arthouse hit, “Force Majeure.”

“A Pigeon” won last year’s Golden Lion at Venice and earned critical acclaim in Sweden and abroad.

Variety’s Peter Debruge said the film was “a master class in comic timing, employing pacing and repetition with the skill of a practiced concert pianist.”

Pic is produced by Pernilla Sandström for Roy Andersson Filmproduktion, and co-produced by France’s Société Parisienne de Production, as well as Norway’s 4½ and Germany’s Essential Film Production.

Andersson is currently working on a new project, whose working title is “On Eternity” ((Om det oändliga).

Although he ranks as one of Sweden’s most popular directors, Andersson hasn’t made many films. “A »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Wonder Woman May Shoot In This Exotic Location

1 September 2015 6:31 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Wonder Woman is just about all set to go in front of cameras. It has a star (Gal Gadot), a director (Patty Jenkins), a screenplay (by Jason Fuchs), and now it looks like it has an exotic location. A new report has hit the web suggesting the highly anticipated DC superhero film will be shot in Italy's Basilicata.  The report comes from Yahoo Italy, which states that Wonder Woman will be setting up shop in this region, aka Lucania, of Southern Italy. Basilicata encompasses a slew of territories, including the ancient city of Mattera, where films like the Biblical epics Ben Hur and Pasolini were filmed. While plot details on the film are unknown at this time, the exotic locale, which also includes lush seaside locations, are perfect for Themyscira, the home island of Wonder Woman.  Again, it's unknown if audiences will see this island in the film, »


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Idris Elba ‘Too Street’ to Play James Bond, 007 Author Says

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Updated: Although a fan and studio favorite to play James Bond, 007 author Anthony Horowitz thinks Variety cover star Idris Elba is “too street” for the role — remarks that touched off a social media furor that centered largely on race.

The English novelist, whose latest book in the Bond series, “Trigger Mortis,” hits stores on Sept. 8, told the Daily Mail that the actor is simply not suave enough to succeed Daniel Craig.

Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” he said. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”

Horowitz released a statement on Twitter late Monday morning to apologize for his comments.

“I’m really sorry my comments »


- Maane Khatchatourian and James Rainey

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‘Dope’ Returning to Theaters

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After garnering all sorts of praise at Sundance, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope opened in theaters earlier this year to disappointing numbers. Apparently audiences just weren’t interested in a coming-of-age story set in inner-city Los Angeles, against a ’90s hip-hop soundtrack. … Except, of course, they totally were, because Straight Outta Compton is currently killing it at the box office. So […]

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- Angie Han

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Review: Netflix's 'Narcos' Starring Wagner Moura And Boyd Holbrook

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It’s no surprise that Pablo Escobar’s decades-long rise from petty street crime to the “The King of Cocaine” has inspired more than a dozen iterations on screen. Beyond the varied TV documentaries, his persona has loomed large in cinema and the small screen ever since his inspiration for Paul Shenar’s Sosa character in 1983’s “Scarface”; Cliff Curtis’ brief but effective turn in “Blow”; last year’s “Escobar: Paradise Lost” starring Benicio del Toro; and the fantastic documentary “The Two Escobars.” The list of upcoming and recent failed attempts at telling Escobar’s story is nearly as long (Oliver Stone and Joe Carnahan each tried, unsuccessfully, to mount a film), and while the kingpin is clearly attractive to Hollywood and beyond, one constant remains — he’s yet to be the lead character in his own story. And it’s an unfortunate fact that continues with “Narcos,” the latest »

- Erik McClanahan

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Asian Shadows picks up Pema Tseden's 'Tharlo'

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Hong Kong-based sales company Asian Shadows has picked up world rights (outside Greater China) to Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s Tharlo, which will receive its world premiere in Venice’s Orizzonti section.

Adapted from Pema Tseden’s novel, the film follows a 40-year-old Tibetan shepherd, who can recite Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book from memory, but whose quiet life changes when he is asked to go to the city to have his photo taken for his first ID card.

The film, which premieres in Venice on September 4, has also been selected for Busan’s Window on Asian Cinema section. It was produced by Beijing-based Heaven Pictures, which also produced Berlinale title River Road and Kaili Blues, which premiered in Locarno.

Tharlo is typical of Tibetans of the present generation,” said Pema Tseden. “This is a story that shows them in a state of confusion, disorientation and desensitization. The film is in black-and-white as the ruggedness in the »


- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Toronto: Abbolita Ramps Up Slate with ‘Green Room,’ ‘Brain on Fire’

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Abbolita Films has ramped up its nascent distribution partnership with Xyz Films, acquiring multiterritory rights to “Green Room,” “Brain on Fire,” “’71” and “Pilgrimage,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Abbolita and Xyz launched the alliance at Cannes, involving acquisition and distribution of films in Turkey, Portugal, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Green Room,” which debuted at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, is directed by Jeremy Saulnier and stars Patrick Stewart as the leader of a white supremacist gang along with Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots. The film was acquired from WestEnd, and will be the opening night film at this year’s Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness.

“Brain on Fire” stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann and Jenny Slate and is currently in production in Vancouver. The film will be released in partnership with Broad Green Pictures, which will distribute it in the U. »


- Dave McNary

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‘Everest’ Gives Venice Film Festival Cliff-Hanging Launch

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Baltasar Kormakur’s “Everest” kicked off the 72nd Venice Film Festival on an emotional note Wednesday as the mountain-climbing thriller, which had its world premiere out of competition, provided bursts of anxiety and cliff-hanging 3D drama, along with star power, to a Lido edition marked by many high-profile U.S. titles screening in the first few days alongside a robust representation of international auteurs.

Everest” drew a muted response at the press screening, as is often the case in Venice. But it certainly qualifies as one among the fest’s most spectacular openers, in with “Gravity” in 2013, another star-packed 3D extravaganza with a you-are-there feel.

“The more you draw from reality, the more you get from reality,” said Kormakur after being greeted by warm applause at the packed press conference.

“You want to infuse it with compassion and intelligence and strength,” noted star Jason Clarke, who plays Adventure Consultants guide »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Everest Reviews: Is Jake Gyllenhaal's Mountain Thriller An Oscar Contender?

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Jake Gyllenhaal was not as widely praised for his boxing drama Southpaw as some predicted, but could Everest be his savior? The film about a group of adventurers fighting to survive the mountain and its dangers recently screened at the Venice Film Festival. The first reviews are in and critics are trying to flush out whether Everest will rise as an early contender of the 2016 Oscar race.  Everest stars Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, and Elizabeth Debicki in a "based on a true story" about a climbing expedition gone wrong on Mt. Everest. Two groups of adventurers converge in an attempt to reach the peak. While the climb up is manageable, the climb back down turns deadly when a snowy storm hits and leaves them all trapped. The film is based on a group of eight climbers who were in this scenario in 1996 and, »

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Venice: Jake Gyllenhaal on ‘Everest,’ Climbing, Playing Real-Life People

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Venice – Is Jake Gyllenhaal a glutton for physical punishment? In “Southpaw” he played a boxer and took a whupping. In Baltasar Kormakur’s “Everest,” which opens the 72nd Venice Festival on Wednesday, he shot scenes at temperatures that were way below zero.

To re-create the Everest climb, nearly all the key cast went to the mountain, trudging up to near Base Camp.

Everest” is based on the disastrous 1996 multi-expedition assault on Everest that left eight climbers dead. Gyllenhaal takes on the key role of Scott Fischer, a great climber — the first American to summit the 27,940-foot Lhotse, just across from Everest — and one of the two expedition leaders.

A cool dude, fun-loving and a poster boy for big Himalayan mountain climbing, Gyllenhaal’s Fischer is first met sunbathing at base camp, with seemingly not a care in the world.

Wrong: Attempting to run an expedition, shuttle climbers up and down the highest mountain on Earth, »


- John Hopewell

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Venice: Baltasar Kormákur's spectacular 'Everest' moves and amazes in equal measure

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Any thoughts that Baltasar Kormákur may have bitten off more than he could chew in attempting to recreate the 1996 disaster on Everest are swept away by an avalanche of live action derring-do, extraordinary 3D visuals and heart-in-mouth drama. As openers go, Venice has bagged a commercial film that packs a serious punch.  Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhaal play the two accomplished climbers, New Zealander Rob Hall and American Scott Fischer, who led high-end tours to the summit of the mountain. The question of whether it's advisable to take amateurs, even avid climbers, on such an arduous and risky adventure is a moot point, which the film doesn't shy away from. As one hardened pro muses, "the last word always belongs to the mountain." Yet it's impossible to leave the film without the bitter realisation that human frailty and folly played its part.  Kormaskur, then, has played a good hand, combining »


- Demetrios Matheou

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Elle Fanning, Olivia Cooke, And Lola Kirke On Shortlist For Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One'

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It looks like "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" star Olivia Cooke's agent is working overtime. He's already landed his client on the shortlist for Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode VIII," and he's also put Cooke on the radar for another big movie from one of Hollywood's most legendary directors. The Wrap reports the Cooke, Elle Fanning, and "Mistress America" star Lola Kirke for "Ready Player One." The Zak Penn ("X-Men: Last Stand," "The Avengers") penned adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel takes place in a futuristic virtual world, where pop culture puzzles are the key to power and fortune. The actresses are in the running to play Art3mis, who is the avatar of Samatha Cook in the story. It's still in the very early days since the movie isn't coming out until December 15, 2017, so Spielberg does have some time to make his decision. To readers of the book, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Votd: Watch the Short Unaired Pilot for ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ Animated Series

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If you can remember the late 80s and early 90s, then you’re likely familiar with The Real Ghostbusters, an animated series adaptation of the hit supernatural comedy classic, Ghostbusters. The series continued the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore, along with their secretary Janine Melnitz […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Oscars: Sweden Selects ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’

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Sweden has picked “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” as its Oscar foreign-language contender for this year. Directed by Roy Andersson, “Pigeon” won a Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

Pernilla Sandström produced the film for Roy Andersson Filmproduktion, while Société Parisienne de Production of France, 4½ of Norway and German company Essential Film Production were the co-producers. The film received production funding from the Swedish Film Institute. International sales is by Coproduction Office.

“Pigeon” premiered Nov. 14 in Sweden, where it was distributed by TriArt.

The Swedish Film Institute will also support “Ingrid Bergman – in Her Own Words” in the Oscar documentary race.

Although he ranks as one of Sweden’s most popular directors, Andersson hasn’t made many films. “A Pigeon” is his first feature-length movie in seven years. Andersson’s “A Swedish Love Story,” “Songs From the Second Floor” and “You, the Living »


- Shalini Dore and Elsa Keslassy

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Joaquin Phoenix Says He Doesn’t Think Making A Blockbuster Would Be "Fulfilling," Calls Chris Pine A "F*cking Genius"

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Joaquin Phoenix doesn't like talking about himself much, and hence, he's not a big fan of interviews. But when he does give them, it's usually fascinating and entertaining stuff, and both of those qualities are present in his recent chat with Time Out London. He was on hand to talk about Woody Allen's "Irrational Man," but as might be expected, Phoenix was also asked about his taking on franchise roles, particularly since his name was at one time floated for "Doctor Strange." And as you might expect, the choosy actor doesn't think he'd necessarily be a good fit for those kinds of movies.  "When I was younger I was probably a bit of a snob about [taking on blockbuster roles]. But they’ve gotten better. I’ve flirted with several of those films, having meetings and getting close, but ultimately it never felt like they’d really be fulfilling," he said. "There were »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Infographic: Get to Know the Absolutely Insane Vehicles of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

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If for some reason you haven’t already headed out to the store to buy Mad Max: Fury Road on Blu-Ray or DVD, it’s available for purchase right now to watch over and over again. There’s plenty to learn about the production in the special features, but you won’t get to find out as much about […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Venice Festival: Asian Shadows Picks up Tibetan ‘Tharlo’

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Sales company Asian Shadows has picked up international rights to “Tharlo,” Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s drama that has its premiere in Venice’s Orizzonte section.

Adapted from Pema Tseden’s own novel, which has already been published in France and Japan, the story follows a shepherd whose quiet life is disrupted when he has to go to the city to get his first ID photo.

Tharlo is typical of Tibetans of the present generation. This is a story that shows them in a state of confusion, disorientation and desensitization,” said Pema Tseden (aka Wanma Caidan). “This film is in black and white as the ruggedness in the images speaks of the situation and ambience of the vast lands of Tibet, and of the state of being of the protagonist.”

Pema Tseden previously directed “Silent Holy Stones,” and “The Search” and has a string of co-producing and writing credits including »


- Patrick Frater

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Sam Neill sci-fi ‘DxM’ to world premiere at Grimmfest

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Exclusive: The Manchester-based horror festival has revealed its 2015 programme.

Grimmfest (Oct 1-4), Manchester’s horror and cult film festival, has revealed its line-up for 2015.

The festival will feature the world premiere of DxM, which stars Sam Neill alongside two former Screen Stars of Tomorrow, Tom Payne and Antonia Campbell-Hughes.

Andrew Goth (Gallowwalkers) directed the film, which had a market screening at Cannes this year.

This year’s opening night gala will be The Hallow, with director Corin Hardy and star Joseph Mawle in attendance. Playing on the same evening will be The Box, the directorial debut of Shaune Harrison (SFX on World War Z and Avengers: Age Of Ultron) and Bloodsucking Bastards, which stars Fran Kranz (Cabin In The Woods) and Pedro Pascal (The Adjustment Bureau).

The festival will also host the European premiere of Antisocial 2, Cody Calahan’s sequel to his 2013 debut, which was a hit at Grimmfest that year.

There will also »


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Alfonso Cuarón On Jury Duty & Missing Guillermo Del Toro In Venice

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Venice jury president Alfonso Cuarón blew the doors off of the festival two years ago when his out-of-competition Gravity debuted here on opening day. The following year, Cuaron’s pal, Alejándro Gonzalez Iñárritu, captivated the Venice audience with ultimate Best Picture Oscar winner Birdman. When I asked Iñárritu on opening night last year if he thought their amigo Guillermo del Toro would be next on the Lido, he enthused, “Yes! It’s the Mexican cartel taking over… »


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