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Festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux introduced the sneak screening, which was also attended by singers Mary J. Blige and Charli Xcx, as well as models Adriana Lima and Dita Von Teese, by praising Gyllenhaal’s performance as “one of his best.”
Fremaux, a self-proclaimed sporting enthusiast, said the movie beautifully captures a sport that usually doesn’t read well on the bigscreen.
“This sport is so well-filmed on television that it’s very hard to get the same feeling in the cinema on screen like Martin Scorsese did with ‘Raging Bull,’” he said. “But this film is so strong and credible. We believe Jake is a boxer first.”
Audiences were shown a sneak peek of »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. The Olympic Auditorium Project Tweetable Logline: A documentary about L.A.'s late great fight mecca, told through the voices of fighters, musicians, insiders and fans. Elevator Pitch: We're making a feature-length documentary that chronicles the action at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles' late, great boxing, wrestling, roller derby and music arena. The Olympic hosted a who's who of 20th century icons: Muhammad Ali, Andre the Giant, Johnny Rotten, Clint Eastwood, Joan Didion and many more. It was home for roller derby and a tribal gathering point of the hardcore punk scene. "Rocky," "Raging Bull" and "Million Dollar Baby" were shot there. And did we mention that »
Exclusive: Jamaican director’s new drama aimed to be ready by the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Some of the most famous Jamaican sprinters - and the fastest men in the world - are to feature in Jamaican director Storm Saulter’s new dramatic feature Sprinter.
“With Sprinter, I want to do for running films what Raging Bull did for the boxing film,” Saulter has commented of the film, which producer Don Ranvaud (Central Station, City Of God) has been introducing to the market in Cannes.
Saulter, who grew up in the Jamaican countryside, has extensive experience as a photographer and cinematographer on a number of TV commercials for Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt.
The writer-director intends to use “track and field as a vehicle to explore the experiences of a modern Caribbean family in all of its complexity”.
“This is about the pressure that kids in Jamaica have to become athletes and obviously sprinters,” commented Don Ranvaud »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Nicolas Cage: You know him for his hair, his good movies, his bad movies, and that infectious, often insidious laugh. Last year Cage teamed up with Taxi Driver and Raging Bull scribe Paul Schrader for The Dying of the Light, a film written and directed by Schrader that was allegedly butchered by producers and consequently disowned by both Schrader and Cage. Now Variety reports that Cage has re-teamed with Schrader for Dog Eat Dog. Even better news: Deadline reports that Schrader will have complete creative control, something he hasn’t had in a long while. Schrader, pulling no punches, posted on Facebook: Schrader describes the film as a crime thriller. “Ed Bunker is the crime writer’s crime writer… He’s in the pantheon and one of the main people who define modern crime writing. He lived the life and lived to tell the story. Dog Eat Dog is Bunker at his best. »
- Greg Cwik
Last night Harvey Weinstein invited industry figures and selected press to see a sizzle reel of The Weinstein Company’s upcoming releases, and a very solid slate they have too. First up was Adam Jones, a kind of Jerry Maguire with pots and pans, starring Bradley Cooper as an American restaurateur who moves to London to change the face of upscale dining (yes, you read that correctly). With a cast that includes Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson, mainstream success seems likely. Two boxing movies followed, one fictional, one not. The first, Southpaw, has already gained Oscar buzz for a transformational performance by star Jake Gyllenhaal, and the clips did not disappoint. Rather than a Raging Bull-style biopic, the film suggests more of a psychological drama, with the star playing a former boxer whose life spirals out of control after the death of his wife, returning to the »
The Weinstein Company unveiled its upcoming slate on Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, with an embarrassment of riches in dramatic films starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett coming this year. Gyllenhaal seemed shy as he walked on the stage at the Majestic Hotel salon, but the footage from his upcoming “Southpaw” was nothing if not reminiscent of the intensity of “Raging Bull.” Weinstein promised a performance of that caliber, and so did Gyllenhaal. “It was a tough journey,” the actor acknowledged, saluting director Antoine Fuqua. “Antoine gave me everything of his, and I gave him everything of mine. »
- Sharon Waxman
The Weinstein Co.’s Cannes presentation is always an early launching pad for fall awards season. But on Thursday afternoon at the Majestic Hotel, Harvey Weinstein actually started handicapping the 2016 Oscars race from the South of France.
Joined by Jake Gyllenhaal onstage, Weinstein said it was an outrage that the star was snubbed for his performance in “Nightcrawler,” which was released by Open Road Films last fall. “We’ll get revenge,” Weinstein said. “This transformation in ‘Southpaw’ is amazing,” Weinstein added about the upcoming summer movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, where Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer. Weinstein revealed that “Southpaw” had been selected for Cannes, but it couldn’t play in competition because Gyllenhaal is a member of the jury.
- Ramin Setoodeh
If you were to picture the perfect fashion intern, 71-year-old Robert De Niro would likely not be it. But the “Raging Bull” actor slips smoothly into the role opposite Anne Hathaway in Nancy Meyer’s upcoming comedy “The Intern,” if the new trailer is anything to go by at least. The unusual premise is that Jules Ostin (Hathaway), founder of a fashion based e-commerce company, agrees to a community outreach program, prompting widower Ben Whittaker (De Niro) to join the firm as a trainee. Dubbed the Senior Intern Program, he jumps right into the role, making friends with 20-something tech »
- Debbie Emery
Following his fall 2014 Le Conversazioni with Zadie Smith (White Teeth) and Patrick McGrath (Asylum and Spider), Antonio Monda invited Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen Sondheim to discuss films that influenced their lives and work.
Le Conversazioni and Rome Film Festival Artistic Director Antonio Monda Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
- Anne-Katrin Titze
It was August, 2005. I knocked on the double door at the Four Seasons. It opened almost immediately. "Hi, I'm Nic," he said, hand outstretched. Nicolas Cage wasn't who I expected him to be. Like all actors, he was smaller and trimmer in person than he appeared on-screen. Neatly dressed in an Armani suit, Cage also displayed none of the manic fervor in real life as had become his signature on-screen. He was thoughtful, well-spoken and incredibly literate in all seven arts. It's an infrequent experience that you leave an interview feeling you've just met someone that you could hang out with regularly, but I got that with Nic Cage, in spades. He was endlessly fascinating, but also kind of a regular guy. Another of my favorite chats I count myself lucky to have been part of.
Nicolas Cage: Lord Of The Nerds
It’s an inevitable »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Life of Agony bassist Alan Robert's comic-book mini-series Killogy has been an indie hit since its 2012 release, due to its Tarantino-esque mix of dark humor and gory violence alongside a bizarre celebrity cast. The series is set during a zombie apocalypse and centers on three accused murderers who bear uncanny resemblances to tough-guy actor Frank Vincent (Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Sopranos), punk icon Marky Ramone and Heroes actress Brea Grant.
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
The Weinstein Company has released a new TV spot for Southpaw, the upcoming boxing drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer returning to the ring after a tragic incident. And as with the first trailer for the Antoine Fuqua-helmed film, the spot all but spells out the contours of the story, including a major death and the strained relationship between Gyllenhaal's character and his daughter. This isn't exactly a new tactic in trailer cutting but it's especially disheartening with seemingly serious dramas like Southpaw that have less narrative hairpin turns than, say, Avengers: Age of Ultron. [caption id="attachment_441765" align="alignright" width="346"] Image via The Weinstein Company[/caption] Somewhat more shocking is the film's sentimentality, especially concerning the father-daughter relationship. Kurt Sutter, the film's screenwriter and former Sons of Anarchy creator, isn't exactly known for gooey storylines, even when the family drama in the FX series got especially convoluted and "extreme." Still, any boxing film »
- Chris Cabin
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Logo TV announced Friday that “Cocktails & Classics,” a new film series hosted by former “Ugly Betty” actor Michael Urie, will debut this Sunday. Each week Urie and his guests will gather to discuss the behind-the-scenes gossip during breaks of one of their favorite movies. Together they will re-watch iconic scenes and reenact their most beloved quotes from classics including “Cabaret,” “Sunset Boulevard” and “Valley of the Dolls.” See Photos: 28 Classic Movies That Never Won Best Picture Oscars – From ‘Raging Bull’ to ‘Chinatown’ The series first screening will be “Steel Magnolias.” In the episode, star Olympia Dukakis and screenwriter Robert Harling share how Meg. »
- Joe Otterson
The studio has settled its long-running lawsuit filed by the daughter of a screenwriter who claims MGM’s 1980 boxing classic Raging Bull was based on her father’s work. No details about the deal were revealed (read the document here). Summary judgment had been set for April 27 in the case, which Paula Petrella took all the way to the Supreme Court last year. The justices ruled in May that she could pursue the suit claiming Raging Bull, which earned eight Oscar noms… »
The U.S. Supreme Court might have revived a long-running dispute over rights to Martin Scorsese's classic film Raging Bull, but the parties involved in the battle have figured out a way to hang up their gloves. On Friday, a federal judge was informed that a settlement had been reached. Paula Petrella, whose father, Frank Petrella, wrote works that became the basis of the 1980 film starring Robert De Niro as real-life boxer Jake Lamotta, sued MGM and 20th Century Fox for copyright infringement over the continued distribution of the motion picture. Petrella asserted rights to her father's works
- Eriq Gardner
With chameleonic fidelity, Gyllenhaal is explosive as the tortured Junior Middleweight World Boxing Champion fighter Billy ‘The Great’ Hope who, after a series of tragic personal setbacks, is forced to fight back and regain the things he has lost.
The first trailer released today exerts a powerfully raw and rough-around-the-edges feeling yet still manages to impart an emotional backbone that will pull at your heartstrings. Add in a strong supporting cast including Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Tyrese Gibson, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Gibson, Miguel Gomez (The Strain), Beau Knapp (Run All Night), and Rita Ora and some impressive looking ring work and you have a film that has the potential to be sit alongside other great fighting films like The Fighter and Raging Bull. »
- Sacha Hall
Macbeth is widely considered the darkest of William Shakespeare.s plays. Full of corruption, evil, unchecked ambition, and the consequences thereof, the material sounds like a perfect fit for a filmmaker like, oh, I don.t know, Martin Scorsese. He apparently agrees, as the Oscar-winning director of Raging Bull, Mean Streets, and Taxi Driver is mounting a film version of Shakespeare.s tragedy. While answering a question on BBC Radio.s show Kermode and Mayo.s Film Review, Sir Kenneth Branagh stated that he and Scorsese are indeed teaming up for a big screen adaptation of his acclaimed stage production of Macbeth. When he responded to a query from social media, the Thor director said: We will remount the production and all things being well Mr. Scorsese will direct a film version of that production. This sounds like an ideal match between material and artist to us, and we can »
My First R-rated Movie Or…
How I Became The 007 Of Covert Forbidden Film Viewing
By Alex Simon
For those of us who grew up in the suburbs in the pre-home video, pre-cable TV and pre-Netflix coupons 1970s and early ‘80s, there were few dangerous pleasures as heady as sneaking into an R-rated movie at the local multiplex. The multiplex cinema was a ‘70s phenomenon that made regulating children’s viewing habits infinitely more difficult than the old days of stand-alone, single screen theaters. Ironically, the new freedom that filmmakers enjoyed with the advent of the MPAA rating system in late 1968 was almost in perfect synch with the rise of multi-screen cinemas. Some things do happen for a reason.
You never forget your first...
My first R-rated film was during Thanksgiving of 1976. We were visiting my dad’s family in Birmingham, Alabama and the men adjourned after dinner to go see Two Minute Warning, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
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