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Dances With Films Festival Unveils Lineup

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The Dances with Films Festival has unveiled its lineup of 16 narrative features and 32 short films for its 18th edition, running between May 28 and June 7 at the Tcl Chinese in Hollywood.

The lineup, aimed at presenting top unknown filmmakers, is selected from more than 2,000 film submissions annually. “We are thrilled to be a world premiere destination for such a wealth of exciting and fresh voices,” said Leslee Scallon, festival co-founder.

The lineup includes Mel Rodriguez III’s “In Stereo,” starring Micah Hauptman, Beau Garrett, Melissa Bolona, Kieran Campion and Mario Cantone;  Dylan K. Naran’s “All I Need,” starring Caitlin Stasey, Markus Taylor, Holly Twyford, Rachel Melvin, Sorel Carradine and Leah McKendrick; Kristjan Thor’s “Astraea,” starring Nerea Duhart, Scotty Crowe, Dan O’Brien and Jessica Cummings; and Shaun Benson’s “Barn Wedding,” starring Emily Coutts, Kelly McCormack, Brett Donahue and Lara Jean Chorostecki.

Other titles include Jody McVeigh-Schultz’s “Echo Lake »


- Dave McNary

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Locarno Film Festival To Honor French Actress Bulle Ogier With A Career Golden Leopard

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The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute with a career Golden Leopard to French actress Bulle Ogier, known for appearing in almost all of Jacques Rivette’s films after starring in his 1968 classic “L’Amour Fou.”

The choice of Ogier — who has also worked with other major European directors including Claude Lelouch, Louis Bunuel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Claude Chabrol, Daniel Schmid, and Manoel de Oliveira, as well as her husband Barbet Schroeder — represents a continuation of the Swiss fest’s revisitation of the legacy of the French Nouvelle Vague.

Jean-Pierre Leaud, who played the lead in Francois Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows,” was honored by Locarno last year.

Ogier broke out internationally in 1971 thanks to her performance as Rosemonde in Alain Tanner’s “La Salamandre.”

Locarno’s tribute to Bulle Ogier will be accompanied by a selection of films she has appeared in and also by an onstage “In Conversation »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Cannes: Jonas Akerlund to Direct ‘Lords of Chaos’ for Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, Rsa, Vice

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London — Swedish film and music-video director Jonas Akerlund will helm English-language film “Lords of Chaos,” which is produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London, Rsa London and Vice. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales, and will launch the pic to buyers in Cannes.

Rory Culkin (“Scream 4,” “Signs”) and Caleb Landry Jones (“X-Men: First Class,” “Byzantium”) are confirmed for leading roles in the film, with further cast to be announced shortly.

Pic, which is co-produced by Chimney and Eleven Arts, is the terrifying story based on real events about a dream-turned-nightmare for a group of teenagers who spiral out of control.

The pic follows 17-year-old Euronymous, who is determined to escape his traditional upbringing in 1980s Oslo. He becomes fixated on creating true “Norwegian Black Metal” music with his band Mayhem, and creates a phenomenon by using shocking stunts to put the band’s name on the map. But »


- Leo Barraclough

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Cannes: Sergio Castellitto’s ‘You Can’t Save Yourself Alone’ Leads Beta Cinema Cannes Slate

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Rome – Italian actor-director Sergio Castellitto’s romantic drama “You Can’t Save Yourself Alone,” toplining Italo A-listers Riccardo Scamarcio and Jasmine Trinca as a divorced couple reflecting on their rapport gone wrong over dinner, will lead German sales company Beta Cinema’s lineup at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes.

Based on an Italian bestseller by Margaret Mazzantini, who is Castellitto’s wife, Castellitto’s latest follows previous dramas, “Don’t Move” and “Twice Born,” both starring Penelope Cruz and also based on Mazzantini novels.

Produced by Italy’s Wildside and Indiana shingles in collaboration with Rai Cinema, “Can’t Save Yourself” has performed well at the Italian box office, where it has pulled almost $4 million via Universal since its March release during a tough time faced by Italian movies with their home audience.

Beta Cinema in Cannes will also show prospective buyers a promo reel for Emma Watson »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Gulf Film Secures Theatrical Rights To ‘Spectre’ Across Middle East (Exclusive)

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Dubai-based distributor Gulf Film has secured Middle East theatrical distribution rights to “Spectre” and plans to release the upcoming 24th James Bond film across the region on November 6, day-and-date with its U.S. outing.

Gulf Film’s agreement with MGM is being touted as a key step in the expansion of the regions’s dominant local distribution/exhibition outfit.

“It was very important for us to secure the rights of a movie of that stature,” said Gulf CEO Selim El Azar, noting that “the production budget on ‘Spectre’ is north of $250 million.”

“Being the biggest distribution company in the Middle East, along with our exhibition arm, we approached MGM saying that what we could offer is definitely better and bigger than what others can,” he boasted.

The November 6 Middle East release of “Spectre” will take place across more than 250 screens, at least 115 of which in multiplexes owned by Gulf Films »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Cannes: Netflix’s Ted Sarandos To Talk Film at Festival (Exclusive)

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In what will be seen by many as a 2015 Cannes Festival’s keynote speech, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos will talk at next week’s 68th Cannes Festival about how new distribution models impact the financing and production of films.

Part of Cannes Film Market’s Next program, its new future of cinema forum, Sarandos’ In Conversation event – an onstage interview – will take place Friday May 15. Cannes Fest chief Thierry Fremaux will introduce Sarandos.

The Netflix Cco’s focus – on film, not TV – is significant; Sarandos’ presence at the Cannes Festival – his first ever – could hardly come, moreover, at a more crucial time for Europe’s national film industries.

Sarandos is a regular TV event speaker, delivering a keynote at Cannes’ Mipcom trade fair last October, addressing journalists at the TV Critics Assn in January. At Natpe, the Miami TV confab, also in Jan., Sarandos said that Netflix aimed »


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Jacki Weaver Joins Cast of Outback Thriller ‘Goldstone’

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Two-time Oscar nominated actress Jacki Weaver has joined the cast of “Goldstone,” an Australian outback thriller that shoots later this month. The picture is a follow up to 2013 picture “Mystery Road,” that opened the Sydney festival and played at the Toronto festival the same year.

It is again directed by Ivan Sen, and produced by David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin, through Bunya Productions. The production will return to Winton in Queensland state and see the construction of a Goldstone town in Middleton, Queensland.

Other cast includes Aaron Pedersen (“The Fear of Darkness,” “Mystery Road”), returning as Jay Swan, an indigenous detective, Alex Russell, (“Unbroken,” “Carrie”), David Gulpilil (“Charlie’s Country,” “The Proposition”), David Wenham (“Paper Planes,” “Oranges and Sunshine”) and Tom E. Lewis (“The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith,” “Red Hill”). Weaver, whose career enjoyed a huge revival with another Australian thriller, “Animal Kingdom,” earned her two supporting role acting Oscar nominations for “Silver Linings Playbook, »


- Patrick Frater

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Grace Lee Whitney, Yeoman Janice Rand on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 85

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Actress Grace Lee Whitney, who was most well known for playing Yeoman Janice Rand on the original “Star Trek” series, died May 1 in Coarsegold, Calif. She was 85.

A recovering alcoholic, she helped many people with addiction problems through women’s prisons or the Salvation Army. Her family told NBC News that she would prefer to be remembered more as “a successful survivor of addiction” than for her “Star Trek” fame.

Her death was announced by StarTrek.com, which recounted that she was dropped from the show after the eight first episodes and turned to drugs and alcohol before getting treatment and regaining her career with help from Leonard Nimoy.

Whitney was cast as the personal assistant to William Shatner’s Captain Kirk in the first season of “Star Trek” in 1966. She told StarTrek.com about her character’s crush on Kirk, “It could not be consummated. It had to be love from afar, »


- Pat Saperstein

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Nigel Terry, Who Starred in ‘Excalibur’ as King Arthur, Dies at 69

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Actor Nigel Terry, best known for his performance as King Arthur in John Boorman’s 1981 film “Excalibur,” has died of emphysema, according to the Guardian. He was 69.

Terry’s first major appearance came in 1968 in Anthony Harvey’s “Lion in Winter,” where he played Prince John alongside Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. The British actor went years without another big film role until “Excalibur” came along, which also starred Helen Mirren as Morgana and Nicol Williamson as Merlin.

Terry played the titular Italian painter in the 1986 “Caravaggio,” directed by Derek Jarman. He and Jarman worked together on four more films: “The Last of England” (1988), “War Requiem” (1989), “Edward II” (1991) and “Blue” (1993).

He was born in Bristol and studied at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. He worked extensively in theater, including productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company (including leads in “The Duchess of Malfi” and the title role in “Pericles, »


- Alex Stedman

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