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Lake Bell to Direct ‘The Emperor’s Children’ Adaptation
Lake Bell has scored her second directing gig following “In a World,” signing on for New York City story “The Emperor’s Children.”
The novel, published in 2006, centers on a trio of entitled but unsuccessful NYC residents in their late 20s who orbit the life of a famous journalist in the months before and after the events of 9/11.
“In A World,” which Bell wrote and starred in along with directing, premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. She was also nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for best first screenplay.
- Dave McNary
Casting Net: Keith Stanfield to play young Snoop Dogg in 'Straight Outta Compton', Daryl Hannah joins 'Michael'
Keith Stanfield (Selma, Short Term 12) will play a young Snoop Dogg in Universal’s Straight Outta Compton, which tells the rise and fall of legendary rap group N.W.A. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-e), Aldis Hodge (Mc Ren), and Neil Brown Jr. (DJ Yella) as N.W.A. members; Paul Giamatti will co-star as Jerry Heller, manager to the group. Stanfield will play rising rap star, Calvin Broadus Jr. (a.k.a. young Snoop), who will cross paths with N.W.A. The film also stars Sheldon A. Smith »
- C. Molly Smith
Venice Film Market on the rise
Entering its third edition, the Venice Film Market is ramping up.
One of the aims of this year’s Venice Film Market (Aug 28 - Sept 2) is to put Italy in the international spotlight as a potential co-production partner through its dedicated Italian “industry focus”. A total of 10 Italian film commissions will also be represented on the Lido to promote Italy as a desirable shooting location.
As well as the regular European attendees, there will be a sizable Chinese delegation on the Lido. Representatives of Wanda Media, Chinese Shadow, Beijing Sun Youth Company and production company/VOD platform Iqiyi.Com will all be in attendance.
This year marks the launch of Venice’s European Gap-Financing Co-Production Market (Aug 29-30), which will be showcasing 15 projects close to completing their financing.
“I came up with this idea because it doesn’t exist,” said Venice industry head Pascal Diot. “As a producer, you know the two main difficulties are the beginning »
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Showtime’s The Affair Teaser Trailer: “The Story Begins”
Showtime has released a teaser trailer for their new series The Affair which stars Dominic West (300, The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Saving Mr. Banks, The Prisoner) in a story about an extramarital affair in the Hamptons but shown from both the male and female perspectives, “using the distinct memory biases of both to tell […]
The post Showtime’s The Affair Teaser Trailer: “The Story Begins” appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
AFI Fest to honour Sophia Loren
The festival will celebrate the iconic Italian actress with a Hollywood tribute on November 12.
Throughout the eight-day festival that runs in Hollywood from November 6-13, Loren will be celebrated in the form of special festival branding (pictured) unveiled by AFI Fest top brass on Wednesday (August 27).
The tribute evening will be open to the public and culminate in the 50th anniversary screening of Marriage Italian Style (Matrimonio All’Italiana), Vittorio De Sica’s 1964 film that earned Loren an Oscar nomination.
The film was restored by Cineteca di Bologna, the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage and Memory Cinéma, in collaboration with Surf Film.
The Tribute will also include a conversation with Loren about her career, when attendees will be able to watch The Human Voice (La Voce Umana), a 2014 short film starring Loren directed by her son Edoardo Ponti.
Loren became the first actress to win a best actress Academy Award for a foreign-language film for Two Women »
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Venice Review: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ With Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Ed Norton & More
Hubristic and humble and heartfelt and hotheaded, let’s get straight to it: “Birdman” is a phenomenal film. The feverishly anticipated (not least by us) new movie from Alejandro González Iñárritu blasted through its Venice premiere (it’s the opening film) in a giddy, gonzo rush--so exciting, so moment-to-moment enjoyable that to expect profundity would be greedy. And yet it delivers on that level too; it is as thoughtful and smart as it is infectiously absurd. That, perhaps is the biggest surprise of an endlessly surprising, inventive film: whatever the sum of its chatter-worthy elements, like how it basically launches and completes the “Keatonnaissance” in one fell swoop, or the incredible camerawork that is imperceptibly stitched together into (mostly) one long seamless, cutless take, “Birdman” adds up to more. It’s borderline miraculous. Nothing in Iñárritu's back catalogue can prepare you for this new direction. Many an auteur has »
- Jessica Kiang
Venice: ‘Birdman’ Soars To Raves In Seamless Festival Bow
Venice has done it again. Last year, Gravity blasted the lid off the festival as the opener and today Birdman, a film that’s got a fair bit in common with that one, bowed to one of the best receptions I have ever experienced on the Lido. (It’s even trending at No. 4 on Italian Twitter.) Applause, laughter and strong emotion emanated from attendees in the refurbed Sala Darsena this morning during the first press screening. Making my way out afterwards, I heard “bellissimo” uttered at least a dozen times.
Ahead of the festival, chief Alberto Barbera told me the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed dark comedy was “inventive.” He wasn’t kidding. A scorching satire on celebrity mixed with existential musings on life, it’s being hailed as a technical tour de force and a potentially career-defining role for lead Michael Keaton as a former Hollywood star known primarily for his »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Michael Shamberg to receive Zurich honour
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Sophia Loren Tribute Set for AFI Fest
The American Film Institute has selected Sophia Loren for a tribute on Nov. 12 during its AFI Fest in Hollywood.
The festival is also dedicating its branding this year to Loren by featuring a 1965 image of the star. The tribute will celebrate Loren’s career and coincide with the 50th anniversary of her Oscar-nominated role in “Marriage Italian Style.”
A restored version of the 1964 film will screen at the Tcl Chinese Theater. The tribute will also include a conversation with Loren about her career, and a showing of the short “The Human Voice,” starring Loren and directed by her son Edoardo Ponti.
Loren won a best actress Oscar for a foreign-language performance in “Two Women” in 1960. She received an honorary Academy Award in 1991, a best actress award at Cannes, an honorary Cesar, a Career Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival and an Honorary Golden Berlin Bear from the Berlin Film Festival. »
- Dave McNary
Sophia Loren to Receive Career-Honoring AFI Fest Tribute
The American Film Institute announced today that luminous Italian movie icon Sophia Loren will receive a special Tribute on the penultimate night of AFI Fest 2014, which runs November 6 through 13 in Hollywood. AFI Fest will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of her glamorous, Oscar-nominated role in Vittorio De Sica's "Marriage Italian Style" with a restored print, and a live discussion that will survey Loren's storied career. She will also present her son Edoardo Ponti's new short "The Human Voice," in which Loren stars and speaks Italian. From pinup bombshell to serious art film actress and Hollywood star, Loren has commanded the screen for over six decades, winning her Oscar in 1962 for De Sica's "Two Women." She has also won Best Actress at Cannes, Venice's Career Golden Lion, and honorary prizes from the Cesars, the Berlinale and the Oscars. More info on how to attend here. "Marriage Italian Style" was restored by Cineteca di Bologna, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
France gets new culture minister
Outgoing culture minister Aurélie Filippetti denounced culture budget cuts in open letter.
Fleur Pellerin has been appointed as France’s new Minister of Culture and Communication, replacing Aurélie Filippetti who exited the job earlier this week denouncing cuts to the country’s culture budget.
The appointment was part of a hasty cabinet reshuffle by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday following the dissolution of the government the previous day after three ministers - Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg, Education Minister Benoit Hamon and Filippetti - broke rank over its economic policy.
Outgoing Minister of Culture and Communication Filippetti had announced on Monday she did not want to participate in a new government.
In an open letter, she lamented “unprecedented “ cuts to France’s budget for culture - traditionally “a symbol of the left” - for two years running and said she did was leaving because she did not want to “swallow other snakes”.
The reshuffle came amid »
Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award submissions 2015
Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards 2015.
Submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards are coming in and will continue until October, when the full list of eligible submissions will be revealed.
Last year, a record 76 countries submitted features and the eventual winner was Italian entry The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
This year’s nominations must be submitted by Oct 1.
Nine finalists will be shortlisted, which will be whittled down to five nominees that will be announced on Jan 15, 2015.
The awards ceremony will be held on Feb 22, 2015 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.
Hungary, White God, Kornél Mundruczó
Nepal, Jhola, Yadavkumar Bhattarai
Poland, Ida, Paweł Pawlikowski
Romania, The Japanese Dog, Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Turkey, Winter Sleep, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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BAFTA to host David Fincher event
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that Us director David Fincher will discuss his craft and career at an event in London on September 19.
As part of the ‘BAFTA: A Life in Pictures’ series, Fincher will discuss a career that has included The Game, Seven, Fight Club and Panic Room as well as BAFTA and Oscar-winning hits The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Palme d’Or-nominated Zodiac.
Before directing his first feature film, Alien 3, in 1992, Fincher worked for VFX house Industrial Light & Magic on films including Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and directed a range of commercials and music videos for artists such as Madonna, George Michael, and Michael Jackson.
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Mike Epps cast as Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels biopic
Daniels confirmed the casting news through his Twitter page, posting an image of himself posing with Epps and Oprah Winfrey, who'll play Pryor's grandmother in the drama.
Get ready y'all- #MikeEpps as #RichardPryor pic.twitter.com/0sothu7yVB
— lee daniels (@leedanielsent) August 24, 2014
Had to kiss the ring of @jennferLpryor for the blessing !you got to be stong to have been with the king! pic.twitter.com/OxvbjvPqHc
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) August 24, 2014
Read Inbetweeners' James Buckley's application for Crystal Palace job
Crystal Palace's search for a new manager might be getting quite desperate, but things would have to be looking very bad if they were to take into consideration actor James Buckley's spoof application for the job, under the guise of Jay from The Inbetweeners.
Buckley posted the comedy application on his Twitter page and even managed to get a response from Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish.
Jay's email on the application reads "firstname.lastname@example.org", and it also lists all his many footballing successes down the years on the computer games Football Manager and Championship Manager.
He also claims to have been educated by Richard Branson "in a balloon" and to have the ability to "drink more than 10 pints of cider and still drive safely".
The application also jokes that he launched a business with football star Rio Ferdinand - Jay & Rio's Pussay Patrol Car Stereos.
Crystal Palace's »
Venice Film Review: ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’
A quarter-century after “Batman” ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles — hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch — a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star’s attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway. , that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.
Keaton was a controversial choice to play the Caped Crusader back in 1989, though the role was the best and worst thing that could have happened to the “Mr. Mom” star, who became world-renowned but never found another role of that stature — and who didn’t get nearly the same boost from working with Tarantino (on “Jackie Brown”) that John Travolta and Bruce Willis »
- Peter Debruge
The movies that made me: Jamie Blackley on Control, Joaquin Phoenix
British actor Jamie Blackley is riding high at the Us box office thanks to the success of If I Stay, an adaptation of a best-selling Young Adult novel that sees him star alongside Chloë Grace Moretz. The film easily outperformed Sin City Stateside and is the latest offering from the Ya stable, a genre that's fast becoming a go-to for Hollywood producers.
"I just think it's cool that young people are reading now," Blackley told Digital Spy. "I don't remember anyone when I was at school sitting down and fanning out over books. It never, ever happened. If I Stay tackles other issues, it's not set in a post-apocalyptic world - it's really interesting how people have taken to it."
With If I Stay about to open in the UK, we sat down with Blackley to find out the movies and actors that thrill and inspire him.
The film that I've watched the most is. »
Venice Film Review: ‘One on One’
“Who am I?” is the question posed in the first closing credit of “One on One,” as if the preceding two hours of screeching melodrama and stomach-churning, rusty nail-assisted violence could have been the work of anyone but Kim Ki-duk. Even fierce admirers of the prolific South Korean provocateur, however, would struggle to suggest that he’s in top form in this turgid, rushed-looking revenge tale, in which the perpetrators of a schoolgirl’s senseless murder are methodically singled out for punishment of the grisliest variety. A significant step down from the more engaging grotesquerie of last year’s bonkers incest drama “Moebius,” this year’s Venice Days opener may struggle to match even the limited level of distributor interest in Kim’s recent work.
“One on One” marks Kim’s second return to the Lido since winning the Golden Lion under contentious circumstances two years ago for “Pieta,” though »
- Guy Lodge
Film Review: ‘Gyeongju’
The South Korean city of Gyeongju is known for its hundreds of burial mounds, making this town, which has its head in the past, a fitting backdrop for director Zhang Lu’s exquisitely observed personal drama. Inspired by an obscene painting the Chinese-Korean helmer once spotted on the wall of a local teahouse, “Gyeongju” follows a young(ish) man’s search for the same naughty artwork — a curious quest with bemusing consequences. Running an unhurried 145 minutes, the poetic pic came and went quietly in Korea earlier this summer, but should court more receptive international audiences thanks to a fest slot in Locarno.
More concerned with immaterial memories than anything that can be directly captured onscreen, this ruminative offering plays almost like an existential ghost story. Returning to his old haunts after seven years, soft-spoken Choi Hyeon (“The Host’s” Park Hae-il) is troubled not by evil spirits, but by lingering questions from his past — subtle, »
- Peter Debruge
Film Review: ‘Self Made’
Through a mix-up at a border checkpoint, an Israeli performance artist trades places with a Palestinian suicide bomber in what sounds like a fairly conventional mistaken-identity comedy. But Shira Geffen’s “Self Made” manages to surprise at every turn: The swap is practically an afterthought, rather than a high-concept hook, while politics take a backseat to a pair of well-rounded, cliche-resistant female performances. As real-world tensions escalate between the two sides, prominent fest play should spark significant international interest in this defiantly original comedy, which playfully explores how strong women from conflicting cultures cope with the absurdity of everyday life.
The region may be strained by conflicting ideals, but it’s shoddy, Ikea-style furniture that’s to blame for the accident that shakes a Jerusalem art-world dynamo out of her latest creative rut. Knowing nothing of her background, audiences will instantly identify with Michal (Sarah Adler) when her bed collapses one morning, »
- Peter Debruge
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