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Steven Spielberg to Direct ‘The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara’ (Exclusive)
Though he’s still mulling what his next directing gig will be, Steven Spielberg has added another project to his development slate: a religious drama titled “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” written by “Lincoln” and “Munich” scribe Tony Kushner. Spielberg plans to direct and produce the drama, which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co.
The pic is based on the David Kertzer novel revolving around the true life story of an Italian Jew who in 1858 became the center of an international controversy when he was removed from his parents at the age of seven by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order.
Spielberg and Kushner also teamed on historical dramas “Munich” and “Lincoln,” both of which landed best picture nominations. Spielberg is said to be very anxious to get back behind the camera, »
- Justin Kroll
Chris Pine in Talks to Star in Disney’s ‘Finest Hours’
Craig Gillespie is in talks to direct .
The pic is based on true events revolving around a rescue effort by the coast guard in 1952 to save the crews of two oil tankers after the two ships crashed into each other off the coast of New England.
Jim Whitaker is producing.
Pine is repped by CAA and John Carrabino Management and was last seen in Paramount’s “Jack Ryan.” Gillespie is repped by UTA and Management 360.
- Justin Kroll
Cannes lineup: Ryan Gosling, Bennett Miller, and 'Dragons' get festival showcase
Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Steve Carell, was one of the high-profile movies that was announced this morning for competition in next month’s Cannes Film Festival. Also competing for the Palme d’Or is The Homesman from director Tommy Lee Jones, and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, which features Robert Pattinson.
How to Train Your Dragons 2 will also premiere at Cannes, with an out of competition screening. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Box office preview: Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' heads for an Earth-bound debut
Johnny Depp is back in theaters this weekend for the first time since last summer’s The Lone Ranger – but his $100 million sci-fi thriller Transcendence isn’t the only movie with a shot at the box office crown. There’s strong competition from both last week’s champ Captain America: Winter Soldier and the animated Rio 2, which could get an additional boost from kids who aren’t school-bound on Good Friday. The inspirational Heaven Is for Real and the profane A Haunted House 2 are also in the running.
Here’s how the weekend could go:
1. Rio 2 »
- Adam Markovitz
'Proxy' Director Zack Parker on Playing with Audience Expectations and Conscious (and Unconscious) Influences
At a point where most horror is content to go "booga booga" with a shock cut or otherwise offer non-stop carnage, a film like Zack Parker's "Proxy" is a breath of fresh air. Indiewire critic Eric Kohn wrote about the film's surprises (and it seems to have one up its sleeve every fifteen minutes), but also that "It isn’t about the shocking developments around each corner so much as the energy and invention that it brings to them." It's a film that features throwbacks to Stanley Kubrick, Brian De Palma and Lars von Trier without feeling like empty quoting, and it goes to far-out places without careening off the rails or leaving its characters behind. Indiewire sat down with Parker to talk about his penchant for slow-burning tension, his influences, and how he planned to subvert audience expectations. This is a film people should go into not knowing very much, »
- Max O'Connell
'The Immigrant': Marion Cotillard finds hardship in America -- Video
The film, directed by James Gray, was met with glowing reviews at the 2013 Cannes festival. It follows the story of Cotillard’s Ewa, who struggles to find the American dream while working for a pimp (Joaquin Phoenix) as a magician (Jeremy Renner) tries to help set her free.
The Immigrant comes out May 16. Watch the trailer below: »
- Ariana Bacle
How'd They Shoot That? Here Are the Cameras Used by the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers
In anticipation for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, we reached out to the directors who will be showing their films at the event this month. While we asked for some personal anecdotes from their shooting experiences, we also wanted to know what camera or cameras these directors used to make their films. You'll find their responses below, along with information about lenses used whenever specified. It's clear that the Arri Alexa dominates the list with Red Epic and Canon C300 also proving to be popular. Quite a few of the filmmakers used GoPro to capture at least some of the shots. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: "1971," directed by Johanna Hamilton Panasonic Hdx 900, Arri Alexa "5 to 7," directed by Victor Levin Arri Alexa "A Brony Tale," directed by Brent Hodge Canon 7D, using old Olympus Lenses, Sony FS700 "About Alex," directed by Jesse Zwick Arri Alexa "Alex of Venice," directed »
- Eric Eidelstein
Tribeca Film Festival: Jody Lee Lipes on Directing 'Ballet 422' and Working with Lena Dunham
Though he has worked as a screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, director and even actor (he had a tiny part in "Tiny Furniture"), Jody Lee Lipes is reluctant to pigeonhole himself. He'd prefer to be known as just a "filmmaker." "The way I think of it is anybody who is really great at their job who works in the film business is a filmmaker - it doesn't matter if they're a Pa or a director. I think of someone who is a great Pa who understands the story and understands what they need to do as a filmmaker. I aspire to be a filmmaker whatever I'm doing," Lipes, who alternates between fiction and nonfiction projects, recently told Indiewire. Though he's just directed his third film, the verite documentary "Ballet 422," which will screen in competition at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Lipes is perhaps better known as a cinematographer, having served as Dp »
- Paula Bernstein
Facebook campaign asks for crew boycott as 'Midnight Rider' production resumes
A new Facebook campaign urging crew in the Los Angeles area to boycott work on Midnight Rider has launched just days after news broke that the film would resume production, following an on-set train crash that killed assistant camera operator Sarah Jones in February.
The page — titled “I Refuse to work on Midnight Rider! For Sarah!!!” — asks for L.A.-based crew to boycott work on the Gregg Allman biopic. The group page, created on April 15, now includes more than 1,000 members.
“This group is for people who Refuse to work on the show that was responsible for the death of Sarah Jones. »
- Nina Terrero
Why Should You Care About Another Regional Film Festival? This One In Florida Has the Answer
To some, the sun-drenched, tourist-magnet city of Maitland, Florida may seem like an odd place for an art-house movie theater and film festival. Disney World is right around the corner, so who wants to go sit in a dark room and watch a John Cassavettes film? But, contrary to these misconception, Maitland does have a thriving movie-loving community: a thirsty, film-savvy coterie. The Enzian, the quirky single-screen theater in which the Florida Film Festival is rooted, and around which the local community has grown and thrived, acts as a sort of Mecca for Central Florida filmgoers. And this isn't a group of old people wearing flower-pattern shirts and flip flops with socks, to usurp another bias. A couple hundred people showed up at 11am to hear indie filmmaker Shawn Christensen talk about how he expanded his Oscar-winning short "Curfew," which played the Florida Film Festival in 2012, into a full-length feature, »
- Greg Cwik
'Heaven Is For Real': The Reviews Are In!
This Easter weekend, the based-on-a-true-story movie "Heaven Is for Real" opens in theaters across the country. As the title would imply, and just like the novel and children's book of the same titles, the story focuses on a young boy (Connor Corum) who comes out of emergency surgery claiming that he took a side-trip through heaven and met Jesus (on a multi-colored horse, no less). Greg Kinnear plays his preacher father who must decide how ...
By Kase Wickman »
First Look: 'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicius' Cannes Contender 'The Search' Starring Berenice Bejo
With the film shooting in secret last summer and fall, director Michel Hazanavicius has been keeping a close veil over his forthcoming "The Search," slated to play in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. But now that veil is slowly being lifted with the first official image finally arriving. What we do know is that the movie, announced with a 2 hour and 29 minute runtime, is a remake of Fred Zinneman's 1948 film of the same name, and has Berenice Bejo in the lead role, with Annette Bening also featuring. However, the story and setting has been updated to reflect a more contemporary political backdrop, with "The Artist" director switching gears and delivering a wartime drama. The original film involved a Czech mother and son looking for each other after surviving a concentration camp, but "The Search" will take place in Chechnya, with Bejo as a woman working for an Ngo. Can »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Watch: 10-Minute Talk With Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx & Dane DeHaan For 'Spider-Man 2'
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens this weekend in some key overseas territories, including the U.K., and Sony is reportedly hoping to hit the magic $1 billion mark with their sequel. And that means until the movie lands stateside, we're going to be seeing a lot more promo material from the film. So bring it on! First up, Film4 has an extensive ten-minute talk with director Marc Webb, and castmembers Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan, as they each discuss the approach and what brought them to the franchise. If that's not enough, how about a featurette focused simply on the score, with Webb and Hans Zimmer talking about the sonic aspects to the film, with the filmmaker choosing the composer because he wanted the movie to sound "contemporary." Anyway, it's a lot to dive into so check it out below. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swings into cinemas on May 2nd. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Demon the film that breaks the last cinematic taboo
Yoshitaro Nomura's realist 1978 child-abuse drama is as shocking as ever, and makes us rethink the limits of what can be shown on screen
The little boy is lying back in a woman's arms. "Eat, you brat!" His screams are stifled because she is palming clods of rice into his mouth. "I said eat!" There's rice smeared about his face, in his eyelashes, his hair. She glares at her husband, who is standing impotently back. "You spoil him. I'm teaching him a lesson."
That's the first of several highly distressing scenes from Yoshitaro Nomura's 1978 melodrama The Demon, which stars Ken Ogata as a pathetic, philandering printer whose wife is outraged when his mistress dumps three illegitimate children on them. The wife initially vents her anger, then bullies him into abandoning his offspring, and worse. Scenes like the above are an utter shock to the modern cultural palate. With extreme violence ubiquitous, »
- Phil Hoad
Check Out David Fincher Shot Cover For W Magazine Featuring 'Gone Girl' Star Rosamund Pike
As followers of the filmmaker know, David Fincher likes to have input on every aspect of films, including the marketing, and that has been true of his upcoming "Gone Girl." Back in January, Fincher snapped the EW cover photo featuring the stars of the film, Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, and he's once again played shutterbug for another magazine front. Pike graces the cover of the latest issue of W Magazine, and Fincher is man behind the striking image. The director also explained to the magazine why the actress was right for the lead role in his film. “I liked that people didn’t immediately know who Rosamund was,” he said, adding: “I’d always liked Rosamund in movies, but I didn’t really know her. That made her very interesting.” For Pike, it was a chance to play a character with some real complexity. “In [the play] 'Hitchcock Blonde,' I »
- Kevin Jagernauth
First Look: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in ‘Macbeth’
That shot above shows off Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender as they appear in the new version of Macbeth. The film is directed by Justin Kurzel, the Australian filmmaker behind Snowtown, and stars Michael Fassbender in the title role of the William Shakespeare adaptation. Another, more striking shot is below. Both images from from the Daily Mail, to which Fassbender explained his take on […]
- Russ Fischer
Spell of the Cat People
I was watching TV late at night, in a motel room. Having been on the highway all day, I just wanted to get the speeding landscape out of my face and eyes. I searched through the channels for something that had some gravity to it. Something that would pour molasses all over the spinning tires in my mind. Jacques Tourneur’s Cat People had just started. Within a minute, it had blasted the day away, and rolled me like a black-and-white wave. Soft, hypnotic, thunderous. The movie came out of the TV, went into my head and then down into my […] »
- Noah Buschel
'Maleficent': Angelina Jolie Explores The Disney Villain's 'Legacy'
Everyone knows the story of Sleeping Beauty — but what happened before her story was told? That's the key question at the heart of "Maleficent," the new Disney movie directed by Richard Stromberg and starring Angelina Jolie as the horned, demon-eyed sorceress. In "Maleficent," the legendary villain gets a new lease on life, through a retelling of the classic fairy tale that shows a softer, more sympathetic side of Sleeping Beauty's "nemesis." "It's the classic ...
By Josh Wigler »
Exclusive Interview with Director Daniel Stamm on '13 Sins'
Money certainly is the root of all evil in 13 Sins.
Based on the Thai psychological thriller 13: Game of Death, the film follows Elliot <Mark Webber>, an insurance salesman who just lost his job. And the timing couldn't be any worse , given that his fiancé Shelby is pregnant and they are planning a wedding. To alleviate the financial stress, Elliott agrees to participate in a game in which he must perform tasks for sums of cash. However, as the rewards increase, Elliot's morality is put to the test as each assignment becomes more twisted, disturbing and deadly.
How did you become attached to 13 Sins?
- Bryan Cairns
Jersey Boys trailer: Will The Four Seasons film hit the right note?
Jersey Boys, Clint Eastwood's biopic of 60s pop sensations The Four Seasons, adjusts its quiff, clears its throat and gets set to wail. The film, an adaptation of the hit Broadway show of the same name, follows The Four Seasons (those under 50: think One Direction with a mob connection and fewer perfumes) from their New Jersey roots to pop super-stardom.
The Four Seasons were famed for their tightly-drilled performances of hits like Big Girls Don't Cry and Walk Like a Man. But their slick veneer hid a tough back story. In the early days the group rubbed shoulders with the mob, sometimes robbing grocery stores to fund their music and often playing venues run by the Mafia.
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- Guardian Staff
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