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Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’ Gets a Full Synopsis, First Trailer Coming Soon
The end of this year will mark what is supposed to be the final performance from Daniel Day-Lewis in a film that reteams him with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson (seen together above). As we recently found out, Phantom Thread is the name of the film, and now we have an official […]
- Ethan Anderton
Wong Kar-Wai Says Young Filmmakers Are "Less Competitive"
Wong Kar-Wai said the opening up of the Chinese film market is providing immense opportunity for young directors, but cautioned those coming up against being complacent, as competition will be fierce in the future.
Wong — who was honored with the headlining prize at the Lumiere Film Festival, headed by Cannes fest director Theirry Fremaux — made the comments while discussing the business in Hong Kong and China.
Wong, born just before the Cultural Revolution in China, was raised in Hong Kong and came of age as a filmmaker in the 1980s and 1990s. He compared the current climate in China »
- Rhonda Richford
‘Boo! 2’ Drives to $21 Million Opening While Other New Releases Crash
In a sluggish weekend for the box office, the only success to be found is Lionsgate’s “Boo! 2,” the ninth film in Tyler Perry’s “Madea” franchise. The $20 million film is on pace to hit its projected target with a $21 million opening from 2,388 screens. The horror comedy made $7.5 million on Friday, including $760,000 from Thursday previews.
Tyler Perry has never been a critical fave, and “Boo! 2” is no exception as it received an abysmal 8 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But his legions of fans were not disappointed, bestowing an A- on CinemaScore. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Tony Zierra to Follow up ‘Filmworker’ with New Stanley Kubrick Doc about ‘Eyes Wide Shut’
Lyon — Tony Zierra, the director of this year’s critically acclaimed Cannes screener “Filmworker” – about Leon Vitali, who served for decades as Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man – is working on a followup Kubrick documentary about the making of the 1999 drama “Eyes Wide Shut,” starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
Zierra was in Lyon this week for a screening of “Filmworker” at the Lumière Film Festival, where the documentary has generated massive buzz.
Speaking to Variety about his next project, “SK13,” (“Eyes Wide Shut” being Kubrick’s 13th film), Zierra explained that he was originally working on that documentary when he met Vitali and decided to put it aside and do “Filmworker” first.
Zierra is now returning to his initial project, which promises an inside look at what is arguably Kubrick’s most controversial work, due in part to the director’s death during post-production.
“The one movie that I feel is the wrinkle in Kubrick’s filmography »
- Ed Meza
Wong Kar-wai Honored in Lyon, Talks Early Influences, Bruce Lee, Hong Kong Handover and Bigger Canvas for ‘Grandmaster’
Lyon The Lumière Festival honored Wong Kar-wai with the Lumière Award on Friday following a wide-ranging discussion between the Chinese filmmaker and the festival director Thierry Frémaux about his life and career.
Asked about his early influences during the master class, held in front of a packed house at the majestic Théâtre des Célestins ahead of the evening’s award ceremony, Wong said he moved with his family from Shanghai to Hong Kong as a child in 1962 before the onset of the Cultural Revolution. Since the family had no friends or relatives in Hong Kong and did not speak Cantonese, Wong regularly went to the movies with his mother.
“It’s all because of my mother. My mother is a big film buff – she enjoyed watching movies. The fact that we didn’t have any friends and relatives in this new city, the only thing she liked to do was take me to the cinema. We spent almost »
- Ed Meza
Busan: Korea’s ‘After My Death,’ Iran’s ‘Blockage’ Win Competition
Films from South Korea and Iran were announced Saturday as joint winners of the Busan Film Festival’s main competition section.
Kim Ui-seok’s “After My Death” and Mohsen Gharaei’s “Blockage” won the New Currents competition which focuses on first and second features by filmmakers from Asia.
“My Death” is critique of the world where reason and tolerance have no sway and is the story of a girl who is suspected of having goaded another schoolgirl into killing herself. “Blockage” reflects the current economic condition of Iran by depicting the overwhelming chaos that happens to a vicious, despicable temporary worker.
The jury was headed by American filmmaker Oliver Stone, and included Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, French cinematographer Agnes Godard, Philippines’ Lav Diaz and South Korea’s Jang Sun-woo. The jury said that “both films are tightly scripted, and display vivid detail and excellent craftsmanship.”
The first Kim Ji-seok Award, a newly prize »
- Sonia Kil
‘Chappaquiddick’ Moves Out of the Crowded Awards Season — Exclusive
When Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, riding high after the early hit “47 Meters Down,” bought “Chappaquiddick” and “Hostiles” out of Toronto, it looked like they might provide direct competitors for a Best Actor Oscar slot. Now Scott Cooper’s $50-million western “Hostiles,” which earned upbeat reviews and press out of Telluride and Tiff, is heading for a December release and an Oscar campaign for Christian Bale.
“Chappaquiddick,” however, will have to wait.
John Curran’s “Chappaquiddick” (a $4 million pickup, with a $16 million P&A) will wisely hold off for a 2018 release on April 6. Jason Clarke would have not only been competing with Bale for a Best Actor slot, but also with himself in Dee Rees’s southern drama “Mudbound” (November 17, Netflix).
- Anne Thompson
Harvey Weinstein Faces 3 New Accusers, All Former Fashion Models
Three former fashion models have stepped forward to accuse former Hollywood heavyweight Weinstein of sexual misconduct, according to a new report in the L.A. Times. Former Brazilian model Juliana De Paula told the L.A. Times Weinstein groped her and forced her to kiss other models at his New York City loft a decade ago. When De Paula went to leave, she said she had to fend off a naked Weinstein with broken glass. “He looked at me and he started to laugh,” said De Paula. “I was shocked. I was completely in disbelief.” Also Read: Bob Weinstein's Ex-Assistant Says He Knew Harvey. »
- Sean Burch
Hollywood Teamsters, Iatse Condemn Sexual Harassment in Entertainment Industry
The top below-the-line unions have issued strong statements condemning sexual harassment, joining the creative guilds in the latest response to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal.
The Hollywood Teamsters union and the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees published the statements on their web sites two weeks after the Oct. 5 disclosure in a New York Times article detailing the settlements of eight lawsuits against Weinstein, including those filed by Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan. The expose has prompted dozens of women to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
“Sexual Harassment in the workplace is not to be tolerated or taken lightly,” said Steve Dayan, secretary-treasurer of Local 399 of the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters. “In light of the recent reports regarding the alleged harassment of many A-List actresses by Harvey Weintstein, we must not forget that sexual harassment will not be tolerated towards Any hardworking women or men on set. “
“Sadly, many Below-the-Line »
- Dave McNary
CNN’s Michael Smerconish in ‘Facebook Purgatory,’ Can’t Access Own Page
Facebook to political commentator Michael Smerconish: Denied. (Wayne Campbell voice.) The CNN host usually posts a Facebook live video on Saturday mornings for his 61,000 followers, but says he was stuck in “Facebook purgatory” and unable to share the clip himself. “The reason is that Facebook is not convinced that I am me,” said Smerconish in the clip. “And so I have been blocked from my own Facebook page and the only way to get this posted is to transmit it to Tc and ask her to post it because her privileges are still in order.” Also Read: Bill O'Reilly »
- Sean Burch
Sean Spicer Flunks With Harvard Students: ‘He’s Incredibly Inarticulate’
How much are Harvard students enjoying having Sean Spicer around campus? Not a whole lot, apparently. The former White House press secretary is now a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he’s “engaging students in discourse on topical issues of today,” as the school puts it. But base on what students told the Huffington Post, Spicer’s pearls of wisdom have been, uh, severely underwhelming so far. “He’s incredibly inarticulate, so it was really difficult to take any sort of notes,” one student said about Spicer’s lectures. »
- Sean Burch
‘Pacific Rim 2’ Director Teases Future Crossover With King Kong, Godzilla Franchise
Judging by its trailers, the “Pacific Rim” sequel looks amazing, with “Force Awakens” star John Boyega joining as the new lead — but fans might already have a reason to look forward to the franchise’s films down the line. With “Pacific Rim: Uprising” coming out next March, director Steven S. DeKnight shared with Collider that the movie might be followed up with a full-on crossover with King Kong and Godzilla joining in on the action. “I won’t say there’s an Easter Egg but there’s been a lot of discussion about that possibility ,” DeKnight told Collider. »
- Sean Burch
DGA Moves to Boot Harvey Weinstein, Condemns ‘Scourge’ of Sexual Harassment
The national board of the Directors Guild of America announced Saturday that it had filed disciplinary charges against disgraced indie mogul and DGA member Harvey Weinstein, issuing a statement condemning “the scourge of sexual harassment on our industry.” “The DGA has a long-standing practice of not commenting on internal union matters, but has decided to make an exception in this case to acknowledge the filing of charges,” DGA President Thomas Schlamme said, noting that the charges had been filed on Oct. 13. The guild declined to comment further on the disciplinary measures, citing “due process concerns that are a part of. »
- Thom Geier
Directors Guild Begins Expulsion Process Against Harvey Weinstein
The Directors Guild of America has launched disciplinary proceedings against disgraced ex-mogul Harvey Weinstein, which could lead to his expulsion.
“The DGA has a long-standing practice of not commenting on internal union matters, but has decided to make an exception in this case to acknowledge the filing of charges,” the guild said. “However, because of due process concerns that are a part of federal requirements for labor unions, the DGA cannot comment further.”
The DGA’s move underlines how rapidly Weinstein’s career has descended since the Oct. 5 publication of a New York Times article detailing the settlements »
- Dave McNary
5 Years of Colton Haynes’ Most Spectacular Halloween Costumes Over the Years (Photos)
Actor Colton Haynes often plays the straight man: stoic, serious, or youthfully determined, Haynes’ roles often define the modern-day protagonist, even when he’s part of the secondary cast. With that in mind, Haynes’ Halloween activities couldn’t be any farther away from his on-screen personas. For over half a decade, Haynes’ creative costumes have been making headlines, and this has served to propel the actor to take on even crazier personas every year. While he’s often found in the spandex of a certain red vigilante, Haynes often opts for female characters and over-the-top makeup. This year was no different: With massive prosthetic breasts, »
- Catrina Dennis
Bill O’Reilly’s Post-Sexual Harassment Settlement Contract Included Clause About ‘Other Allegations’
Despite knowing Bill O’Reilly settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with a $32 million payment in January, Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox defended its decision to sign the longtime anchor to a lucrative new contract in February, saying in a statement on Saturday the deal had “protections for the company specifically aimed at harassment.” A bombshell New York Times report on Saturday detailed O’Reilly making the payment to Lis Wiehl, a 15-year Fox News analyst, after she’d said the cable star had harassed her and forced a “nonconsensual sexual relationship.” 21st Century Fox gave O’Reilly a fresh four-year contract — with. »
- Sean Burch
‘Hell’s Kitchen All Stars’ episode 4 recap: Too many risottos lead to a dramatic twist
It was a night of too many risottos on “Hell’s Kitchen All Stars.” Friday night’s installment of the Fox reality competition series ended with a dramatic twist from Chef Gordon Ramsay, as the Red Team saw its first victories while the Blue Team stumbled. Make your “Hell’s Kitchen: All Stars” predictions for a chance to top our […] »
- Zach Laws
Josh Brolin Mourns ‘Deadpool 2’ Stuntwoman’s Death: It Was an ‘Absolute Freak Accident’
“We had somebody pass away on ‘Deadpool 2’ and it was an absolute freak accident,” Brolin told The Associated Press in an interview about his new film “Only the Brave.” Harris died in August after she lost control of her motorcycle and crashed into a Vancouver building.
“The woman was such a wonderful woman … it wasn’t even a stunt, it was a freak accident,” the actor, who plays Cable, said. “It was a terrible thing that happened. Was it a nano-decision that she made in order to save the bike and this, you know what I mean? You could look into it all [these ways], but sometimes things just happen that are tragic.”
According to reports, Harris, the first female African-American road racer, was brought on at the last minute to fill »
- Erin Nyren
Bill O’Reilly Paid $32 Million to Settle Sexual Harassment Claim (Update)
Former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly paid $32 million earlier this year to settle sexual harassment claims from a coworker, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Lis Wiehl, a 15-year analyst on Fox News, accused O’Reilly of misconduct, saying the dishonored anchorman had repeatedly harassed her and forced a “nonconsensual sexual relationship” — something 21st Century Fox, parent company of the cable giant, confirmed to the Times. People familiar with the investigation also said O’Reilly had sent sexually explicit material, including gay pornography, to Wiehl. The settlement was made in January — months before his exit from the network. »
- Sean Burch
Michael Rapaport Skewers Trump on Global Warming, Dubs Him ‘Dumb Donald’ (Video)
The verdict is in: actor Michael Rapaport and President Donald Trump are on opposite ends of the climate change “debate.” The star of Netflix’s “Atypical” took to Twitter on Saturday morning to post one of his trademark sharp-tongued videos, skewering the president for his skepticism of global warming. Rapaport was at an ice skating rink bearing Trump’s name — or as he called him, “dumb Donald, Donald the f—-g deviant ” — and highlighted the rink’s conspicuous lack of, well, ice. “There’s no global warming, right? Look at your ice skating rink, you f—cking dummy,” Rapaport said, »
- Sean Burch
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