12 items from 2016
Seven genre features were pitched as part of the Nordic Genre Boost at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films market on Wednesday.
Highlights include prolific Icelandic director’s character-driven sci-fi East By Eleven; and The Damned, a Norwegian-uk-Iceland co-production that will be directed by Iceland-born, UK-based director Thordur Palsson and produced by Emilie Jouffroy and Kamilla Hodol of London’s Elation Pictures, which has just received a BFI Vision Award announced today.
This is the third round of the development initiative Nordic Genre Boost launched by Nordisk Film & TV Fond in December 2014. The Boost gives each project a grant of $18,500 (Nok 200,000) as well as offering two residential workshops and mentoring.
“The aim of this initiative is to encourage and support Nordic genre films, giving the selected projects a platform on which to strengthen their visibility and potential to reach the production »
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Launched last year by the Oslo-based Nordisk Film & TV Fund, which promotes and supports films from the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden on an annual $12.2 million budget, the Nordic Genre Boost will this year present seven new projects at New Nordic Films, the market of the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, Norway, which runs Aug. 20-26.
At the same time, the first feature project presented at the 2015 Nordic Genre Boost in Helsinki will screen in the New Nordic Films program: Finnish director Taneli Mustonen’s ”Lake Bodom,”a horror film produced by Finland’s Don Films, Film Constellation, Post Control Helsinki, with Estonia’s Münchhausen Productions.
Scripted by Mustonen and Aleksi Hyvärinen, it tells the story of four teenagers who were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent at the lake in 1960. The unsolved mystery turned into an urban legend, and in the present day, »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Nederlander Organization chairman James M. Nederlander has died at the age of 94, TheWrap has learned. The patriarch of the great theater family and company produced more than 100 plays and musicals for Broadway, including “Annie,” “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Sweet Charity,” while his company owns many theaters, including the Richard Rodgers in New York City, home of “Hamilton,” and the Pantages in Los Angeles. “He was my best friend, and partner in every aspect of our business,” said his son James. L. Nederlander, President of the Nederlander Organization, in a statement. “We collaborated every day. The world has lost »
- Linda Ge
From major opportunities with comic book companies, voiceover opportunities, and a web series, to theater and a student film, Backstage has an array of projects seeking actors just like you! Check out six from this week below. “Wolverine 3”Hugh Jackman is back as one of the world’s most famous science experiments. Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment, and Central Casting Louisiana are seeking Hispanic actors to play background roles as theater-goers for this June 29 overnight shoot. “La Cage Aux Folles”All roles are up for grabs in this Claremont, California–based production of the Harvey Fierstein musical. Auditions, by both appointment and open casting, are July 11. A rehearsal stipend and per-performance rate will be determined. “Apartment Abroad”The lead role of Benjamin is being cast for this student film shooting out of Los Angeles about a new couple trying to transition into adulthood by moving into an apartment together. Open »
Look for a review of Easter Mysteries here at We Are Movie Geeks next week.
From the producers who brought you the Tony-Award® winning Broadway hit “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” comes Easter Mysteries, an original, and wholly entertaining musical theater depiction of the Easter story for modern audiences. Presented by Fathom Events and SimonSays Entertainment, “Easter Mysteries” will play in select U.S. cinemas for one night on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. local time, and features veteran Broadway actors and singers from the stages of “Les Misérables,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and more. In addition to the feature content, a timely interfaith discussion between Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders on the essence and power of Passion plays will complete the event.
Tickets for “Easter Mysteries” can be purchased by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U. »
- Tom Stockman
At times, while directing Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in "The Birdcage," Mike Nichols found himself laughing so hard that he had to work from beneath a soundproof blanket in order not to ruin the takes. Can you blame him?
Twenty years after its release on March 8, 1996, "The Birdcage" remains a hilarious landmark. Besides being a smash hit, the film made a movie star out of Lane, gave Calista Flockhart her big break, and provided probably the only opportunity in film history to see Gene Hackman in a platinum blonde wig and a gown. Still, as many times as you've watched it on cable over the past two decades, there's still much you may not now about the beloved drag comedy. Here are the secrets "The Birdcage" has tucked away.
1. "Birdcage" was already the seventh incarnation of the story, which started out as the French play "La Cage aux Folles »
- Gary Susman
Seven titles have been selected by the Nordisk Film & TV fund for the second round of its Nordic Genre Boost initiative.
Three sci-fi films, City State director Olaf de Fleur’s new project East By Eleven, Returning Home director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s Substitute and To Guard A Mountain director Izer Aliu’s Deep Down, have been picked.
Also on the list are Thordur Palsson’s debut feature psychological horror The Damned, Saara Saarela’s dystopian drama Memory Of Water, Hanna Bergholm’s horror-drama Birds Of A Feather and Tor Fruergaard’s animation Bente And The Mutant Scouts.
A total of 83 titles applied for the second round of the initiative, with the selected projects receiving a grant of $23.3k (Nok 200,000) for development support, access to two residential workshops with script tutoring, and assistance »
It's all the glory of musical theater without the ticket price. Grammy viewers were transported to Broadway on Monday night when the cast of smash hit Hamilton performed numbers from the wildly popular musical live from New York City. Taking the stage at the Great White Way's Richard Rogers Theatre, the cast, including star Leslie Odom Jr., sang the show's opening number "Alexander Hamilton" for the satellite performance, with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda taking on the titular role. "The world's gonna know your name," the talented group sang after an introduction from Anna Kendrick. via Giphy Hamilton, which just opened last August and is N. »
- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble
The Eighth Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-produced by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series — celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1920s through the early 1990s, offering a comprehensive overview of French cinema.
The fest is annually highlighted by significant restorations, and we’re especially pleased to present Jacques Rivette’s long-unavailable epic Out 1: Spectre Additional restoration highlights include Jean-Luc Godard’s A Married Woman and Max Ophüls’ too-little-seen From Mayerling To Sarajevo. Both Ophüls’ film and Louis Malle’s Elevator To The Gallows – with a jazz score by St. Louis-area native Miles Davis — screen from 35mm prints. All films will screen at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (47- E. Lockwood)
Music fans will further delight in the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra’s accompaniment and original score for Carl Th. Dreyer’s »
- Tom Stockman
The Grammy Awards allow all genres of music to gather together under one roof; rock, pop, country, rap and all the rest meet up for the sole purpose of picking up awards. But when viewers tune in to the 2016 awards on Monday, they'll see a style of performance that's only rarely been part of the Grammy awards: Broadway. The show's opening number will be performed by the cast of Hamilton, the hit musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton. While the Grammy Awards themselves will be given out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the cast of Hamilton »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
The Middle has never been a show to shy away from the harsh realities of life, so this week’s episode is no different. Axl gets a taste of the real world as he starts his new internship, which contrasts perfectly with Frankie’s own subpar week at work. As Mike later points out, those two have a whole lot more in common than they realize. Axl landed an internship at the local snack cake company, and let’s just say it’s a good thing he’s still got another year and a half left in college. He quickly learns that office work is
The Middle Season 7 Episode 12 Review: “Birds of a Feather” »
- Jen Winkler
Michel Galabru (right) and Louis de Funès in 'Le gendarme et les gendarmettes.' 'La Cage aux Folles' actor Michel Galabru dead at 93 Michel Galabru, best known internationally for his role as a rabidly reactionary politician in the comedy hit La Cage aux Folles, died in his sleep today, Jan. 4, '16, in Paris. The Moroccan-born Galabru (Oct. 27, 1922, in Safi) was 93. Throughout his nearly seven-decade career, Galabru was seen in more than 200 films – or, in his own words, “182 days,” as he was frequently cast in minor roles that required only a couple of days of work. He also appeared on stage, training at the Comédie Française and studying under film and stage veteran Louis Jouvet (Bizarre Bizarre, Quai des Orfèvres), and was featured in more than 70 television productions. Michel Galabru movies Michel Galabru's film debut took place in Maurice de Canonge's La bataille du feu (“The Battle of Fire, »
- Andre Soares
12 items from 2016
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