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Room, the winner of the audience award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, tells the story of a young mother (Brie Larson) and her five-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) who are held captive in a single room in which the boy has spent his entire life. The film’s set (the room, itself) is one of the major characters in the film, creating a “claustrophobic and upsetting nature,” as film critic Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter noted in his review.
The set is currently on display just outside of the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles.
The set will very likely produce a nomination for the production design Oscar, which may seem like an unusual accomplishment for a film that is so narrow in its scope and focus. However, given the track record of similarly “self-contained” films with the Academy, the possibility of Room »
- Patrick Shanley
So… they split-screened him? Or was it one of those director's commentary things?" Cate Blanchett is having some trouble wrapping her head around Shia Labeouf's latest stunt. The actress hasn't heard about the #Allmymovies project, in which her Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull co-star spent 58 hours screening all of his films, as the world watched a close-up of his face via live-stream. "God," she exhales, placing her fork on the breakfast plate in front of her as her eyes widen. "The idea of sitting and »
Exclusive: The trinidad+tobago film festival and its Caribbean Film Mart will launch five works-in-progress at the Buenos Aires market next month.
Ventana Caribe stems from a mutual desire to foster strong ties between the Caribbean and Latin American industries.
Javier Fernandez, the artistic coordinator and head of the Blood Window genre market that takes place during Ventana Sur, attended the trinidad+tobago film festival in late September.
“We at Ventana Sur were honoured to form a joint venture with Caribbean Film Mart at its inaugural edition to shed light on the Caribbean region,” Fernandez said.
“With the specific aim of fostering connections between Latin America and the Caribbean, Ventana Sur will launch, at its seventh edition, Ventana Caribe, for projects in post-production.
“There will be co-production meetings, a video library and a panel presentation with a ttff representative. We hope this collaboration lasts long and offers support to both our cinema industries.”
“We have been »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Recent indie upstart Broad Green has announced they are developing John Lahr's biography Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh for a biopic on the titular playwright. No talent is attached yet, but the potential is enticing.
Williams, legendary for work such as A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie, has a life ready for any number of interpretations. Struggling with mental illness at an early age and battling rampant addiction, attracting and creating stars with consistently controversial and revolutionary writing, not to mention temptestous family and love lives - if nothing else, we have a catnip coctail for any actor who could fit the bill.
Could this be heading toward a fluffy, star-filled treatment a la Hitchcock or something more character-focused like Capote? Lahr's book, a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, dives deeply into all aspects of Williams's life, »
- Chris Feil
Williams was born in Mississippi and had an unhappy childhood, dominated by an alcoholic father. He attended the University of Missouri’s Columbia Journalism School before dropping out to work at a shoe factory.
Williams suffered a nervous breakdown at the age of 24. He scored his first success in 1944 with “The Glass Menagerie,” the story of a young man, his disabled sister and their controlling mother, and saw his biggest success in 1947 with “A Streetcar Named Desire. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Broad Green Pictures just acquired an award-winning biography of Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams as the basis of a biopic on the legendary playwright. Williams’ plays — A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, Sweet Bird Of Youth, The Night Of The Iguana, The Rose Tattoo and so many others — have been a mainstay of Broadway for years and have also been brought to the big screen (some with multiple incarnations). The book that… »
For the past couple of years, Joel Edgerton has been doing work that has gotten him more and more noticed in the industry. This year, partly for his role in Black Mass, the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards will be citing him with their Hollywood Breakout Actor Award. This will not only have him in contention at the Oscars for a Best Supporting Actor nomination, it will continue him down the path for A-list stardom in the years to come. We’ll see if the Academy Awards go for him or not, but the Hollywood Film Awards already have. Kudos to Edgerton for the honor… Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor: Actor Joel Edgerton will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Actor Award” for Black Mass The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, »
- Joey Magidson
Using an archive of the star’s recollections, Brando’s gradual decline from giant of the screen to bloated bit-part player is carefully teased out
Built upon Brando’s archive of self-analysing audio tapes, Stevan Riley’s intimate documentary gets under the actor’s skin to reveal a troubled, fragile, self-obsessed soul. From the triumphs of A Streetcar Named Desire to the cheque-collecting of The Formula (an earpiece meant he didn’t have to learn his lines), Brando is seen slipping gradually into the slough of disillusioned despond, accentuated by near-Shakespearean family tragedy. Significantly, Riley opens with Brando describing having his face electronically mapped to produce an avatar that speaks to us from beyond the grave (a la 2006’s Superman Returns), enabling Marlon to dispense with the drudgery of acting altogether. We hear of our subject’s sense of shock at Bernardo Bertolucci’s invasive insight in Last Tango in Paris »
- Mark Kermode Observer film critic
Listen to me Marlon is a documentary on the life story of one of film and stage’s greatest actors, narrated by Marlon Brando himself. Hundreds of hours of archive audio of Brando explaining his craft is used to chart his career, which included legendary performances in On the Waterfront, The Godfather and A Streetcar Named Desire. Listen to me Marlon is on release in the UK from 23 October, on digital download from 9 November and on DVD & Blu-ray from 30 November
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- Guardian Staff
Listen To Me Marlon is an outstanding, and truly unique documentary. Marlon Brando‘s previously unheard audio diaries provide a commentary that, when accompanied with clips from his back-catalogue, and previously unseen behind the scenes footage, it almost serves as a pre-written narration. It paints a very detailed portrait of a man who was truly one of the greatest actors of his generation, if not, of all time.
This documentary employs a very unique approach, consisting of CGI trickery to present a Max Headroom introduction with Marlon on-screen talking right at us, through to unseen home video/ Super-8 footage from the family archive, and some truly iconic images from films like Mutiny On The Bounty, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Wild One, amongst many others. The way in »
- Paul Heath
I haven’t had this much fun in the theater since Ivo van Hove set “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1999) in a bathtub at the New York Theatre Workshop. Having fun isn’t what you typically expect from watching a Harold Pinter play, much less one of his more indecipherable works. What’s the opposite of deconstruction in the theater? I’m not sure. But that’s what director Douglas Hodge does with “Old Times” in this Roundabout production, which opened Tuesday at the American Airlines Theatre. Also Read: John Krasinski to Star in Off Broadway Play 'Dry Powder' Deconstruction usually »
- Robert Hofler
As any fan of "Tgs with Tracy Jordan" can tell you, the Egot is a sacred entertainment quadrivium. Why else would you be an entertainer unless you wanted an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony? Following Sunday's Emmys, one actress is now a Grammy away from the complete Egot. Can you guess who it is? The Egot contender is Frances McDormand. McDormand won an Oscar for "Fargo" (and she was nominated for "Mississippi Burning," "Almost Famous," and "North Country"), a Tony for "Good People" (in addition to another nomination for the '88 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"), and on Sunday she picked up an Emmy Award for "Olive Kitteridge." Like Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave, Helen Mirren, Al Pacino, and Geoffrey Rush, she just needs the Grammy to achieve the full Egot. We recommend recording an audiobook of a Kipling anthology Asap. You know Irons is perfecting his Baloo impression as we speak. »
- Louis Virtel
Let's hear it for the great westerns -- not the Ford and Hawks classics, but the fascinating marginal gems that see The West in a different way. Do you like Sam Peckinpah? Robert Parrish's evocation of Texas and Mexico in the 1880s will be pleasantly familiar -- a testing ground of personal codes and shifting loyalties in a treacherous land. The Wonderful Country Savant Blu-ray Review Kl Studio Classics 1959 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 98 min. / Street Date September 29, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Pedro Armendariz, Gary Merrill, Jack Oakie, Albert Dekker, Charles McGraw, Leroy "Satchel" Paige. Cinematography Floyd Crosby Film Editor Michael Luciano Production Design Harry Horner Original Music Alex North Written by Robert Ardrey from the book by Tom Lea Produced by Chester Erskine Directed by Robert Parrish
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
This gem is as individual a western as any made in the 1950s, and a »
- Glenn Erickson
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "I'll See You in My Dreams" is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] Read More: Watch: Blythe Danner Wakes Up To Life In 'I'll See You In My Dreams' Trailer Blythe Danner didn't waste any time getting her professional acting career off the ground. After graduating from Bard College in the early 60s, the budding thespian quickly snapped up a series of impressive roles in live theater, from a turn in the musical "Mata Hari" to her Tony-winning performance in "Butterflies Are Free." Danner is still performing live today, recently starring in "The Country House" on Broadway just last year. Her theatrical resume is an enviable one, complete with roles in such classics as "A Streetcar Named Desire," »
- Kate Erbland
This year has already seen several extraordinary feature-length documentaries, many of which were pulled from the popular arts. Actually some excellent examples focused on the music world, with Lambert & Stamp and Amy attracting a great deal of acclaim (and quite a bit early Oscar-buzz). This new release delves into another art, the art (and it really is one) of acting, by giving us a peek at a true legend of stage and screen. Often actors become a touchstone, a symbol for the decade in which they garnered their greatest triumphs. In the 1950’s, the two actors who truly exploded onto the scene were James Dean and Marlon Brando. While Dean was a bright, shooting star snuffed out by tragedy after just three films, Brando rode a bumpy rocket, with highs and lows, into the next century. Biographies have filled the bookshelves through the years, but what did he think of his life and work? »
- Jim Batts
By Todd Garbarini
Elia Kazan’s 1960 film Wild River, which stars Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Joan Van Fleet, and is Bruce Dern’s debut film, celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 110-minute film on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Actor Bruce Dern is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.
From the press release:
Wild River (1960), set in Depression-era America, tells a provocative story of the conflict between an agent from the Tennessee Valley Authority and a proud, defiant older woman who refuses to sell her land in order to make way for a much needed dam. Oscar-nominated actors Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick star, and Oscar-winning actress Jo Van Fleet (only 40 at the time she made the film) plays the stubborn, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
An acting titan, man of gargantuan appetites and island-owning maverick, it’ll take more than the umpteen tomes written about him to unmask the real Marlon Brando. Fortunately, there’s a new documentary to help with that. Listen To Me Marlon is a Brando-led trail that, via thus-far unheard audio tapes, leads the viewer through the mind of the great man. The film’s new trailer is online and viewable below.British director Stevan Riley, the man behind West Indies cricket doc Fire In Babylon and 007 history Everything Or Nothing, has used Brando’s own contemplations and utterances to construct a character study of one of Hollywood’s true enigmas. From his early breakthroughs in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Wild One and On The Waterfront to later years in self-imposed exile, the picture that will emerge is one of a restive, enquiring mind always searching for peace, but never finding it. »
Theis sci-fi feature scheduled to commence production in Europe on January 18.
Sofia Boutella will also star alongside Worthington and Wilson. The project is based on Max Hurwitz’s screenplay from an original story by Grace Of Monaco screenwriter Amel about a military family who are relocated in space as part of a genetic evolution experiment.
Worthington just wrapped Lionsgate’s The Shack and will next be seen in Venice opener Everest. He is preparing to shoot Hacksaw Ridge for Mel Gibson this autumn before he starts on The Titan and then returns to duty for James Cameron on the Avatar sequels later in 2016.
Wilson won a Golden »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Vivien Leigh ca. late 1940s. Vivien Leigh movies: now controversial 'Gone with the Wind,' little-seen '21 Days Together' on TCM Vivien Leigh is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 18, '15, as TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series continues. Mostly a stage actress, Leigh was seen in only 19 films – in about 15 of which as a leading lady or star – in a movie career spanning three decades. Good for the relatively few who saw her on stage; bad for all those who have access to only a few performances of one of the most remarkable acting talents of the 20th century. This evening, TCM is showing three Vivien Leigh movies: Gone with the Wind (1939), 21 Days Together (1940), and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Leigh won Best Actress Academy Awards for the first and the third title. The little-remembered film in-between is a TCM premiere. 'Gone with the Wind' Seemingly all »
- Andre Soares
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Stunts Showcase of the Day: With Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation opening this weekend, io9 presents a look at all of Tom Cruise's crazy stunts from the movie series: Actor Profile of the Day: Speaking of the Mission: Impossible series, here's a video showing us how to be Tom Cruise, specifically as Ethan Hunt (via Montage Creators): Vintage Image of the Day: Marlon Brando on the set of A Streetcar Named Desire. The still is now being repurposed to promote the acclaimed new documentary Listen to Me Marlon, which opened in theaters this week. Movie Fan of the Day: There's a chance the voice we hear singing "Everything Is...
- Christopher Campbell
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