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Tribeca Film Festival Matches George Lucas with Stephen Colbert: “I’m gonna tear you a new one, George"

9 hours ago

When Stephen Colbert interviewed George Lucas on stage before a packed Tribeca Film Festival audience Friday afternoon--just as the new "Star Wars" trailer is going viral--it was an event that promised, at worst, an intellectual exchange between two fascinating minds, and at best a showdown of galactic proportions (“I’m gonna tear you a new one, George,” Colbert promised at the outset). But Colbert, looking extremely relaxed and sporting the white beard he’s been showing since leaving the “Report” back in December, proceeded to let Lucas tell the same stories he’s been telling for 40 years. For his part, Lucas comported himself as if he had no familiarity with Colbert’s style, talking through him and stepping all over what were some pretty great ad libs. Their rapport was real; the “interview,” such as it was, contained some pretty amusing moments. But if anyone came expecting revelations or even »


- John Anderson

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Pressure Mounts for Female Superheroes, Will Women Directors Get a Boost?

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In order for a woman to land one of these gigs, she has to be truly impressive and have proven her chops, poise and talent. Indie directors making the transition to studio hires are always a gamble, male or female. They are used to being in control. Can they give that up and work well with others, are they able to communicate with not only cast and crew but the suits who routinely interfere with big-budget productions? It's always a challenge.  Are women indies less willing to compromise? Men are more used to playing with the team (something you learn in sports) even if they are suffering in order to move ahead in their careers. There's also a big difference between a parting of the ways over creative differences during the laborious development phase, with countless studio notes during a long ramp-up to a project---tv director-for-hire Michelle MacLaren ("Game of Thrones, »


- Anne Thompson

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10 Films Booed at Cannes That Every Cinephile Should See

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Why does Cannes, whose astute audiences are primed to welcome the most minimalist of dirges and the artiest of art films, stir more jeers, boos and walkouts than any other festival? From Antonioni to Lynch, and for many reasons related to time and place, here are 10 memorably hated Cannes premieres that went on to achieve canon or cult status, or even won the Palme d'Or. 1. Carl Theodor Dreyer's "Gertrud" (1964), a psychological mood piece about a wealthy, bored aristocratic woman who takes up an affair with a young musician. Deemed a stuffy study of sofas and pianos -- and an essay in how long a director can stretch a take -- the film was loathed at Cannes. But it was second to Godard's "Band of Outsiders" on Cahiers du Cinema's top 10 of 1964, and is now regarded as one of Dreyer's late-career greats. Nina Pens Rode gives a remarkably restrained performance as the title character, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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James Franco Seduces Jonah Hill in 'True Story': How They Did It (Video)

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The weird, fascinating cat-and-mouse between disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) and accused murderer Christian Longo (James Franco) begins immediately during their first encounter in "True Story." Director Rupert Goold ("The Hollow Crown" mini-series) and editor Chris Tellefsen ("Moneyball") discuss the first scene in which Finkel meets Longo in the Oregon county jail. "I suppose there's an element of a Rorschach test where you see your own face and there's a self-conscious attempt in the film to dial back on Longo's context such as it was because I think it remains mysterious even to this day," Goold explained. "In some ways, the space between them is a psychological space rather than a real space. It's an encounter with the self and, without casting dispersion, it is true of some journalism and other writing and filmmaking as well -- however much one draws out of the »


- Bill Desowitz

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Mike Leigh's Next Film Is About the Infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre

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During August 1819 in Manchester, a peaceful protest of tens of thousands seeking parliamentary reform was shut down by the British calvary at St. Peter's Field. Dubbed Peterloo, the massacre saw 700 working people injured and 18 killed. That's the subject of director Mike Leigh's next film, which will shoot in 2017 in collaboration with Thin Man Films and producer Georgina Lowe, who has worked with Mike Leigh since 1993's "Naked." Leigh's Oscar-nominated "Mr. Turner" cinematographer Dick Pope also returns. A native of Manchester and Salford, Leigh will be the first director to put this story to film. This marks his fourth period feature after "Topsy-Turvy" and "Vera Drake," both co-produced by Lowe, and "Mr. Turner," Leigh's biggest box office success overseas. Joining Leigh, who is currently rehearsing "Pirates of Penzance" for the English National Opera, and Lowe once again will be Executive Producer Gail Egan. Helen »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Screen Talk: The Politics of Cannes, TV and Film Festivals, 'Felix & Meira'

14 hours ago

We're excited. But the festival is still hanging on to its old definitions of what makes a Cannes Competition auteur. It's tough to land a slot with a family animated feature or a documentary. And while women are in there, they are still a minority.  Cannes still doesn't program much TV either--or Netflix titles for that matter. Other festivals are following the talent, however. And more and more stars like Kristen Stewart are using their bankability to push movies like "Clouds of Sils Maria" into existence.  We also hail the intimate virtues of relationship drama "Felix and Meira."  »


- Anne Thompson

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Cannes Pushes Arnaud Desplechin’s 'My Golden Years' to the Directors' Fortnight

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The politics of where the top French films play in the Cannes Festival are always intense. So one question: "Ou est Arnaud Desplechin's 'Trois Souvenirs de ma Jeunesse'?" has been answered. Although five of the auteur's films have played in the Competition, his latest (whose English title is “My Golden Years”) is being sold by France's powerful Wild Bunch and is set to world premiere on May 15 in the edgier and more daring sidebar Quinzaine or the Directors’ Fortnight. It "may be his best and most moving film,” stated Fortnight artistic director Edouard Waintrop, who has been running the sidebar for three years. “Mathieu Amalric, the young Quentin Dolmaire and Lou Roy-Lecollinet delight us in their excruciating and glowing quest for time and lost loves.” Powerful French producer and sales company Wild Bunch already has four pics playing in competition: Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan,” Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin, »


- Anne Thompson

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Lars von Trier, Who's Going Back to Work

14 hours ago

Perennial bad boy and punk auteur Lars von Trier has come out from under the covers of depression and silence once again to share a few revelations, personal and professional, with University of Copenhagen film professor Peter Schepelern in his first interview since his startling winter 2014 Q&A with Danish daily Politiken. (Soundvenue breaks down the 15 best quotes, with Cineuropa translating into English.) 1. He has fallen off the wagon, and yes, he's still depressed as shit. "I drink moderately — probably not moderately enough," said Von Trier, who is still attending AA meetings. “For the moment I feel really shitty. I cry and cry… yes, [I am] a sensitive man.” Von Trier courted controversy when he revealed that was undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, and that "Nymphomaniac" was the first film he wrote fully sober — and it took him a year and a half. ("Dogville" was apparently written in a 12-day drug binge and. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Time 100 Highlights, from Bradley Cooper to Emma Watson

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As usual, it's a question of cred: awards, box office, ratings, activism or twitter trending. Here are some of the notable pairings and highlights from this year's Time 100: Oscar contenders: Bradley Cooper ("American Sniper"), Reese Witherspoon ("Wild," "Gone Girl"), Julianne Moore (Best Actress winner, "Still Alice"), Richard Linklater ("Boyhood").  Mindy Kaling on Reese Witherspoon: “Reese is an artist, but she is also a hustler, a quality I recognized in her the first time I met her. She’s impatient that Hollywood won’t generate the kind of quality roles she wants to play, so she creates quality roles by creating quality movies. That resourcefulness is what makes her someone I not only admire, but someone who inspires me. And that is influence."  Oliver Platt on Bradley Cooper: “It’s hard to make people, especially your friends, forget who you are on-screen. But Bradley’s that good. And I. »


- Anne Thompson

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The Eerie Connection Between 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Tomorrowland'

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Thursday seemed eerily surreal in Anaheim, between "The Force Awakens" panel at Star Wars Celebration to the new "Tomorrowland" exhibit in Disneyland. It was like journeying through some inter-dimensional transport much like the one in "Tomorrowland." And what was even stranger was discovering some striking similarities between J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars" reboot and Brad Bird's fantasy/adventure. Not surprisingly, Abrams admitted that seeing "Star Wars" for the first time as an 11-year-old was all about "A New Hope" for the future and that his goal for "The Force Awakens" was to leverage the spirit of the first trilogy and expand the "Star Wars" universe in a way that satisfies fans from multiple generations. In terms of design, the second teaser reveals a continuation of the same kind of "lived-in" world that George Lucas achieved, from the desert vista of the new planet Jakku (shot in Abu Dhabi), »


- Bill Desowitz

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Bryce Dallas Howard Faces a Dinosaur in New 'Jurassic World' Poster

16 hours ago

From indie turned studio director Colin Trevorrow comes "Jurassic World," the first in the franchise since 2001's "Jurassic Park III."  In the film, Bryce Dallas Howard stars as park operations manager Claire Dearing, who here faces a beastly, genetically modified T-Rex spawned by the team on Isla Nublar including Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, who's conducting research on velociraptors when things go very wrong. Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Bd Wong, Omar Sy and Judy Greer round out the cast. Universal is betting big on this estimated $150 million project. "Jurassic World" has been in the works since the early 2000s, when Steven Spielberg confirmed a new installment in the mythology which has, so far, produced three feature films. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Trailers From Hell Lights 'Sixteen Candles'

16 hours ago

Former Chicago ad man John Hughes parlayed several print and script assignments for the National Lampoon into a writer/director gig on this, the first of a veritable onslaught of teen angst comedies that gave the world The Brat Pack, a group of young actors who went on to careers of varied length after hitting it big in Hughes movies. »


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2 or 3 Things about the Cannes Lineup: Auteurs, Harvey and Women, No Netflix (Press Conference Video)

16 April 2015 2:22 PM, PDT

So we now know most of the Cannes Official Selection (May 13-24), which is broken down into the opening night entry,  plus 18 Competition titles so far competing for the Palme d'Or and other prizes (director Thierry Frémaux will choose up to 20, he said at the Thursday press conference, below, if you want to practice your French); 14 films thus far are slotted for Un Certain Regard, which has its own less prestigious competition with high-profile opening and closing night slots. More will be also added. Listening to Frémaux and Cannes president Pierre Lescure, several things were clear. 1. Women and newcomers are in this year. The festival seeks credit for including women in the Official Selection, two in the Competition and four in Un Certain Regard. The opening night film "La Tete haute" from Emmanuelle Bercot is the second opener from a woman director, although the festival press office was too »


- Anne Thompson

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Young Louisiana Film Festival Lands Big Studio Opener (Exclusive)

16 April 2015 12:52 PM, PDT

After world-premiering at SXSW in March and before opening Seattle on May 14, Paul Feig's comedy "Spy" will play the Louisiana International Film Festival on May 7. Previous big studio grabs at the three-year-old fest include Radius' Oscar-winning doc "20 Feet from Stardom" and Fox Searchlight's "Belle." "Spy," which hits theaters June 5, played uproariously at SXSW for its world premiere earlier this year. With its broad humor and long and muddled action scenes, this is one of Feig's more ambivalently directed efforts. But as always, he's a daffy and deft writer of female dialogue, giving Melissa McCarthy (as dowdy CIA agent Susan Cooper) and Rose Byrne (as a prim, terrorist affiliate of the CIA's arch nemesis) many uproarious moments to chew on. Jason Statham brings comic machismo as a childishly sulky agent gone rogue. The audience ate it all up, with laughs drowning much of the dialogue. Read More: Paul Feig on "Spy, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Ryan Gosling in Talks for 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Damien Chazelle's 'La La Land'

16 April 2015 12:40 PM, PDT

Denis Villeneuve's "Blade Runner" sequel, whether you want it or not, is quickly lining up its cast and the Canadian actor is in negotiations to star opposite Harrison Ford, who returns as burned-out bounty hunter Rick Deckard. Gosling may also sing and dance with Emma Stone in hot young "Whiplash" director Damien Chazelle's return to movie musical land, "La La Land." The Oscar nominee cut his teeth as a movie musical director with his black-and-white 16mm debut "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench" (2009), which he began making while at Harvard. (Deadline has the scoop on "La La Land" as we await more details.) Read More: Ryan Gosling on Why and How He Shot "Lost River" Meanwhile, production is expected to begin on "Blade Runner" in summer 2016. Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the 1982 Philip K. Dick adaptation, and Michael Green have written a script based on an idea hatched by Fancher and Ridley Scott. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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You Can Now Read Over 200,000 Leaked Sony Emails and Documents

16 April 2015 12:17 PM, PDT

The Sony hack attack of winter 2014 is the gift that keeps on giving. Thanks to WikiLeaks, it's Christmas today for anybody looking to take potshots at a multinational entertainment corporation. Read More: Sony Gives Amy Pascal Exit Deal Julian Assange's organization has published over 30,000 documents and 170,000 emails leaked from Sony Pictures. “This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation,” said Assange. "It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there." Though grubby journos previously trawled the lion's share of this data in late 2014 for the salacious, news-worthy and attention-grabbing — resulting in Amy Pascal's departure from the studio — it is available for the first time in a user-"friendly," searchable database, here. Go to town. Read More: Three Fallouts from the Sony Hack Attack »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway to Deliver AFI Keynote

16 April 2015 11:50 AM, PDT

The AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women offers hands-on training for female directors — and this year's guest of honor will be director/writer/producer/all-around extraordinaire Jill Soloway, who will deliver a keynote address prior to the screening. The three-time Emmy nominee is now working to spread the good word on Wifey.tv, a video network by, for and about women. Soloway will serve as Artist-in-Residence for the incoming 2015 participants, along with "Beyond the Lights" director Gina Prince-Bythewood and "Orange Is the New Black"'s Daisy von Scherler Mayer. The nine presenting directors are Pippa Bianco, Tessa Blake, Roja Gashtili, Devon Kirkpatrick, Alexis O. Korycinski, Jean Lee, Kantu Lentz, Julia Lerman and Thoranna Sigurdardottir. Two Dww shorts will be featured at the Cannes Film Festival 2015: Pippa Bianco's "Share" as a Cinéfondation selection and Tessa Blake's "Election Night" in the Emerging Filmmaker »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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How the Safdies Made Verité Drug Drama 'Heaven Knows What' with a Real-Life Ex-Junkie

16 April 2015 11:38 AM, PDT

Josh and Ben Safdie burrow into "Panic in Needle Park" territory with their raw-nerved heroin addiction drama "Heaven Knows What." Star Arielle Holmes lived this life, and wrote a book, "Mad Love in New York City," about her experiences kicking it on the streets of New York as a homeless drug fiend after the Safdies found her and put her in front of a camera for the very first time. "That's her life we recreated," Josh Safdie said of star Holmes, whose memoir is the basis for the film's script. Now she has signed with an agency. "She's doing another film right now, which is very beautiful." Caleb Landry Jones, the only professional actor here, also anchors this suffocatingly powerful work as her on-and-off and also drug-addicted boyfriend Ilya, a stringy-haired transient who is barely tolerating the needy Harley's (Holmes) excesses, from her toxic infatuation with him to her scratchy need to get high. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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National Board of Review Reveals 2015 Awards Dates

16 April 2015 10:22 AM, PDT

The over 105-year-old National Board of Review will unveil 2015 winners on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Their annual awards gala will fall on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at Cipriani 42n Street in New York City. Once again NBC's Willie Geist will host. Awards include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Performances, Best Ensemble, Breakthrough Performance, Directorial Debut and Spotlight Award as well as signature honors such as the William K. Everson Award for Film History, Freedom of Expression, and Special Achievement in Filmmaking. This "select" group of film enthusiasts, whoever they are, look at over 250 films a year at screenings followed by Q&As. Last year they threw their weight behind Jc Chandor's "A Most Violent Year." Read More: National Board of Review Names "A Most Violent Year" Best Film of 2014 »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch the Teaser Trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

16 April 2015 10:05 AM, PDT

Quentin Tarantino promises a "glorious" 70mm experience for his Civil War-era western, which first premiered this trailer ahead of "Sin City: A Dame to Kill" last summer. It's now online. Starring Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bechir and Walton Goggins, the film follows a group of stagecoach travelers trapped after a blizzard sends them off course. Amongst the crew are two bounty hunters and a rogue Confederate soldier. The Weinstein Company releases later this year.  Read More: Production Begins on Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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