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Orson Welles Documentary in the Works at Netflix With ’20 Feet From Stardom’ Director

Orson Welles Documentary in the Works at Netflix With ’20 Feet From Stardom’ Director
Netflix is developing a documentary on Orson Welles, directed by “20 Feet From Stardom” filmmaker Morgan Neville.

It’s the second Welles project that’s in the works at the streaming company. Monday’s announcement of the untitled documentary comes two months after the service acquired global rights to Welles’ “The Other Side of the Wind,” to finance the completion of the director’s final film. The two pics will be released simultaneously next year.

Neville won the 2014 Academy Award for best feature documentary for “20 Feet From Stardom,” which focused on backup singers. His Welles documentary is being produced by Tremolo Productions, and executive produced by Frank Marshall and Filip Jan Rymsza.

Neville’s documentary will focus on Welles’ relationship with Hollywood, particularly on “The Other Side of the Wind.”

“‘The Other Side of the Wind’ has long been a ghostly legend in cinema history, but the story behind it is equally fascinating,
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The Criterion Collection Announces May Titles: ‘Ghost World,’ ‘Dheepan,’ ‘Jeanne Dielman’ and More

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The Criterion Collection Announces May Titles: ‘Ghost World,’ ‘Dheepan,’ ‘Jeanne Dielman’ and More
The Criterion Collection has announced its May offerings, including “Dheepan,” “Ghost World” and a Blu-ray update of “Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.” Also joining the Collection are Orson Welles’ “Othello,” a new World Cinema Project collector’s set and Yasujirō Ozu’s “Good Morning.” More information below.

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Ghost World

Terry Zwigoff’s first fiction film, adapted from a cult-classic comic by Daniel Clowes, is an idiosyncratic portrait of adolescent alienation that’s at once bleakly comic and wholly endearing. Set during the malaise-filled months following high-school graduation, ‘Ghost World’ follows the proud misfit Enid (Thora Birch), who confronts an uncertain future amid the cultural wasteland of consumerist suburbia. As her cynicism becomes too much to bear even for her best friend, Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), Enid finds herself drawn to an unlikely kindred
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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 20 – The Front

My guest for this month is West Anthony, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1976 comedy-drama film The Front. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

Not sure what happened to the audio in the introduction, apologies! The Hollywood blacklist is a term for the treatment of people in the entertainment industry who refused to name names to the House Un-American Activities Committee from 1947 to 1960 For a more in depth take on the blacklist, check out the latest season of the phenomenal You Must Remember This podcast WonderCon is a comic book convention that was held annually in Sf until it was cruelly moved to the La area in 2012. Yes I’m still bitter about it. West also recommends the Gabrielle de Cuir directed Thirty Years of Treason by Eric Bentley Among the people famously blacklisted were Lillian Hellman, Lionel Stander,
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Welles 101: The Enigmatic Independent

The legend of Orson Welles looms so large it overtakes the man, a legend partly engineered by Welles himself from his beginnings in the theater. Welles was the enfant terrible of Broadway, the Depression-era hope of American Theater, the radical genius of radio. He came to Hollywood in grand style and on his own terms, a display of egotism so great that the Hollywood establishment turned up its nose and waited for his comeuppance. And he got it three times filled and running over, as far as they are concerned. Welles completed only fourteen features in his lifetime, five of them Hollywood productions (it’s hard to consider the Republic-backed Macbeth, 1948, a studio film) and only one of those, Citizen Kane (1941), completed to Welles' satisfaction and released in its intended form.>> - Sean Axmaker
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Don’T Bother To Knock (1952)

The icon-establishing performances Marilyn Monroe gave in Howard HawksGentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and in Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959) are ones for the ages, touchstone works that endure because of the undeniable comic energy and desperation that sparked them from within even as the ravenous public became ever more enraptured by the surface of Monroe’s seductive image of beauty and glamour. Several generations now probably know her only from these films, or perhaps 1955’s The Seven-Year Itch, a more famous probably for the skirt-swirling pose it generated than anything in the movie itself, one of director Wilder’s sourest pictures, or her final completed film, The Misfits (1961), directed by John Huston, written by Arthur Miller and costarring Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.

But in Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) she delivers a powerful dramatic performance as Nell, a psychologically devastated, delusional, perhaps psychotic young woman apparently on
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Biographer Simon Callow on Orson Welles: ‘He Was Deeply Insecure’

Biographer Simon Callow on Orson Welles: ‘He Was Deeply Insecure’
Simon Callow has become the preeminent chronicler of the life and times of Orson Welles.

Over three sprawling biographies, Callow has traced Welles’ rise, fall, and years in the Hollywood wilderness. “Orson Welles: One-Man Band,” Callow’s latest book, follows the multihyphenate from 1948 to 1965. It’s a period of self-exile, one that finds the “Citizen Kane” director scrambling to cobble together money in Europe for films such as “Macbeth” and “Othello” that are daring and intermittently brilliant, but often show signs of their troubled birth and shoe-string budgets. It also recounts the making of two of Welles’ signature films — the pulpy and galvanizing “Touch of Evil” and the revelatory “Chimes at Midnight,” perhaps the most kinetic Shakespeare cinematic adaptation of all time.

Callow, an acclaimed stage and film actor in his own right who has appeared in the likes of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “A Room With a View,
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Magician: The Astonishing Life And Work Of Orson Welles – The Review

Not so very long ago I had a co-worker who described himself as a movie geek, film fan, cinema addict, what have you. He talked about film as if he knew all about it. I asked him one day what he thought of Orson Welles. His reply?

“I don’t think about Orson Welles, he was old and fat, now he’s dead, what am I supposed to think about him?”

Needless to say I never really talked to this person again, who shall remain nameless. Of course the fact that he was an egocentric, arrogant, narcissistic weasel didn’t help matters. (He claimed to have a small part in Tombstone, I have seen that movie several times, never spotted him, by the way…)

I simply cannot fathom the arrogance of someone dismissing, so casually one of the greatest film makers who ever lived. I have been fascinated, obsessed even,
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Chimes at Midnight (1965) | Review

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Sweet Creature of Bombast: Welles’ Restored Homage to Shakespeare’s Ultimate Clown

Before the world finally gets a chance to see Orson Welles’ last uncompleted film The Other Side of the Wind, which had been intended to be the troubled auteur’s return to American filmmaking following a decade in Europe, audiences can feast on a restored version of his final narrative masterpiece, Chimes at Midnight. For decades, the 1965 title has been unavailable and now arrives restored on behalf of Janus Films. Playing in competition at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival, Welles homage to one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comic characters, Sir John Falstaff, initially received a chilly reception and stilted marketing campaign upon hitting Us theaters. Despite a throng of critics attempting to recuperate its reputation since then, it has remained an obscure classic.

Taking place from the years 1400 to 1408 in England, a narrator explains King Henry IV (John Gielgud
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Apocalypse Wow: Hear James McAvoy in an Orson Welles take of Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Apocalypse Wow: Hear James McAvoy in an Orson Welles take of Conrad's Heart of Darkness
Did you know that Orson Welles wrote a screenplay for Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in 1939?

Welles not only wanted to to direct, but wanted to star as both Marlow and Kurtz. The screenplay was that bit too much for Rko Studios who shelved the project.

The story of course was used as the basis of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, which shifted the action to the Vietnam War and starred Martin Sheen as Marlow (renamed Willard) and Marlon Brando as Kurtz.

Welles's screenplay has been adapted into a radio play, with the action returning to the original 1890s setting.

It stars James McAvoy as Marlow, who reunites with his Macbeth theatre director Jamie Lloyd on the project.

Unmade Movies: Orson Welles' Heart of Darkness gets its first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on October 24.

The screenplay has been written by Lloyd with producer Laurence Bowen, with music by Ben and Max Ringham.
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Fall 2015 Movie Preview . Films I.m Dying to See

From big blockbusters to small independent films, here are the movies I.m dying to see this Fall. (Official synopsis provided by studios)

September 18 (Friday)

About Ray When a young woman (Elle Fanning) decides to transition from female to male, her announcement is met with both opposition and support from her mother (Naomi Watts) and her lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon).

Black Mass In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. -- (C) Warner Bros

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials In this next chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien
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New Look At Michael Fassbender's Macbeth In Action

New Look At Michael Fassbender's Macbeth In Action
Justin Kurzel’s crunching adaptation of Macbeth kicks off with a big battle in the mist and just gets more brutal and unsparing from there. The Bard’s great story of ambition, superstition and moorland crones dispensing bad advice has had the big-screen treatment before – even the great Orson Welles turned his camera to it – but visually, this one has a scale hitherto unseen. The desolate Scottish landscape, as this still from the opening clash of clans hints, is a haunting backdrop to all the political shenanigans behind the throne.This first new still from the film (above) sees Michael Fassbender's Thane of Glamis - still two 'promotions' from assuming the throne - leaning into the battle on behalf of David Thewlis' King Duncan as the royalists and rebels do battle.Above, suitably troubled, is Paddy Considine as Banquo, Macbeth's loyal but increasingly dubious ally. Banquo witnesses
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The Conversation: One Never Cannes Tell… 2015 Cannes Film Fest Predictions

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With the world’s most prestigious film festival just around the corner, cineastes have been lasciviously salivating about what’s going to show up at Cannes, with wish lists appearing almost immediately after Berlin (a fest that had one of their most impressive line-ups ever) announced their awards. The remainder of the 2015 fest circuit looks to be a plentiful, diverse porridge, with many of the world’s most renowned auteurs’ sporting brand new titles. While many prognosticators will be sharing the same lists, more or less, hopes are incredibly high for a handful of sure bets, and a gaggle of hopefuls. The main competition always seems easier to postulate, though Thierry Fremaux always throws a few curves, (After the Battle in 2012, The Hunt in 2013 or last year’s Timbuktu, which won the Cesar for Best Picture recently, are a couple ready examples of under-the-radar titles).

Italy seems primed for saturation at the fest.
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Film Review: ‘Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles’

Film Review: ‘Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles’
Chuck Workman’s latest bouquet to cinematic history, “Magician,” provides a solid overview of Orson Welles’ life and output. While little here will be news to cineastes, the mix of interviews and archival footage — particularly high-quality clips from the subject’s directorial features — should engage fans while providing a fine introduction for those whose knowledge doesn’t stretch beyond recognizing the words “Citizen Kane.” More a natural for ancillary formats (it’ll be a film-studies classroom perennial) than theatrical exposure, the documentary plans a theatrical launch on Dec. 12.

A straightforward, chronological approach in chaptered form starts with “1915-1941: The Boy Wonder,” charting Welles’ eccentric, transient childhood, and the thirst for artistic expression that led to adventuresome stage triumphs (like the all-black “Voodoo Macbeth”) in his early 20s. He also became a highly popular radio actor (notably as voice of “The Shadow” on that mystery serial), and it was in
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Lumière Festival’s Classic Film Market Builds on Success

Lyon – In 2014, the Lumière’s Festival’s Village, – a picturesque complex containing the Institut Lumière, a modern cinema, grassland, a book/DVD fair – may begin to look like a small town.

Put that down in part to the Festival pioneering Marché du Film Classique (Mfc), its –and the world’s – first market dedicated to the business and best practice of heritage film. 9% up in total participants, 25% up in company presence, the 2nd Lumiere Fest Classic Film Market confirms its own consolidation. It also underscores across-the-board growth in the sector, biz trends, and also, and partly because of ramp-up, its growing challenges.

“The Classic Film Market’s inaugural edition aimed to confirm that we could bring the sectors players together in one place, in a festival context, to do business and network,” said the Mfc’s Gerald Duchaussoy, its project manager with Lea Welcman.

“Now we aim to build on that base.
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‘A Bigger Splash’ and ‘We Are Your Friends’ Headline Studiocanal’s Glam Toronto Slate

‘A Bigger Splash’ and ‘We Are Your Friends’ Headline Studiocanal’s Glam Toronto Slate
Haugesund, Norway– European powerhouse Studiocanal will roll into Toronto with a glam slate of cast-driven, English-language titles led by Luca Guadagnino’s sexy psychological thriller “A Bigger Splash” (Working Title) and Max Joseph’s coming-of-age drama “We Are Your Friends.”

Wes Bentley has joined Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”) in “We Are Your Friends,” a chronicle of a 23-year-old aspiring DJ who tries to find his voice in the electro music scene and bonds with an older DJ. Working Title is producing the film, which is shooting.

Meanwhile, “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson has joined the cast of “A Bigger Splash,” an edgy and contempo twist on the cult Alain Delon-Romy Schneider starrer “La Piscine.” Johnson will play opposite Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts.

“Splash” centers on a glamorous couple whose holiday in Southern Italy takes an unexpected turn with the visit
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StudioCanal readies Toronto slate

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StudioCanal readies Toronto slate
French powerhouse’s slate includes Zac Efron, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hardy projects.

StudioCanal’s Toronto line-up is headlined by coming-of-age drama We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley.

Writer-director Max Joseph’s drama, produced by Working Title and fully financed by StudioCanal, follows an aspiring 23 year-old DJ trying to make it in the La electro scene when he falls in love with his friend and mentor’s much younger girlfriend.

Luca Guadagnino’s untiltled Pantelleria project with Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts, and Kray Twins drama Legend with Tom Hardy are also likely to be in-demand on the slate of the French powerhouse.

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson is the latest talent attachment to the former.

James Watkins’ action-thriller Bastille Day, starring Idris Elba and Adele Exarchopoulos is currently in pre-production, as is Tobias Lindholm drama A War.

Titles in post-production include much-buzzed about Macbeth and Stephen Frears
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StudioCanal brings Zac Efron-Working Title drama to Toronto

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StudioCanal brings Zac Efron-Working Title drama to Toronto
French powerhouse’s slate also includes Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hardy projects.

StudioCanal’s Toronto lineup is headlined by coming-of-age drama We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley.

Writer-director Max Joseph’s drama, produced by Working Title and fully financed by StudioCanal, follows an aspiring 23 year-old DJ trying to make it in the La electro scene when he falls in love with his friend and mentor’s much younger girlfriend.

Luca Guadagnino’s Pantelleria project with Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts and Kray Twins drama Legend with Tom Hardy are also likely to be in-demand on the slate of the French powerhouse.

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson is the latest talent attachment to the former.

James Watkins’ action-thriller Bastille Day, starring Idris Elba and Adele Exarchopoulos is currently in pre-production, as is Tobias Lindholm drama A War.

Titles in post-production include much-buzzed about Macbeth and Stephen Frears’ as yet
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‘Magic’ Sells to U.S. as ‘Macbeth,’ ‘Legend,’ ‘Bastille Day’ Power Studiocanal To Cannes Sales Record (Exclusive)

Announcing its fifth U.S. sale in three weeks –- Shout! Factory’s pickup on 3D toon pic “The House of Magic” –- Studiocanal, Europe’s biggest film production-distribution force, has had its best Cannes ever.

Record Croisette sales drivers included “Macbeth,” with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy starrer “Legend” and “Bastille Day,” with Idris Elba.

But Studiocanal also rolled off strength in depth across a 16-pic sales slate, including first sales for Luca Guadagnino’s untitled thriller, starring Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone”).

“All our films are selling well, including films that continued from other markets,” Studiocanal intl. film sales head Anna Marsh said Wednesday at Cannes.

Equally important, 2014’s Cannes fully underscored that Hollywood agents and indie distributors are now increasingly shy of committing clients and money, respectively, to movies coming on to the market only partly financed.
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StudioCanal readies Elba, Fiennes films

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StudioCanal drops A-List titles on market; slate includes Bastille Day, starring Idris Elba [pictured].

At a busy buyers screening this afternoon in Cannes, StudioCanal announced their involvement on a couple of hot new market titles.

The French giant confirmed that it has boarded Luca Guadagnino’s untitled thriller inspired by French classic La Piscine, which will star Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts, with shoot due in Italy later this year.

Previously announced ‘big budget action film’ Bastille Day has been cast with Idris Elba and Adele Exarchopoulos and will shoot in Paris this summer from director James Watkins.

Watkins and Legend writer-director Brian Helgeland will be in Cannes later this week to talk to select buyers.

Working Title-Tom Hardy thriller Legend about the Kray twins, previously announced by Screen, is due to shoot this summer with Universal on board for a wide Us release.

Also recently announced on the slate is Tobias Lindholm title
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Film Review: ‘The M Word’

Film Review: ‘The M Word’
Menopause may well be a universal condition, but the brand of narcissistic self-examination on display in Henry Jaglom’s “The M Word” is distinctly Southern Californian. One might even say it’s Jaglomian, given the iconoclastic writer-director’s prior forays into such delicate distaff issues as body image (“Eating”), pregnancy (“Babyfever”) and compulsive shopping (“Going Shopping”). For his 19th self-financed and –distributed feature, Jaglom toys little with his formula of actorly improvisations and a plot that allows for maximum use of his sprawling Santa Monica home (plus maximum exposure for ingenue du jour Tanna Frederick). The lively but wildly erratic result will surely please Jaglom’s winnowing fan base, while baffling most others and doing little to deter Jaglom himself, who already has movie number 20 in the can.

Jaglom, who started out as an ancillary member of Bob Rafelson’s Bbs Productions group (where he directed his one and only studio-backed feature,
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