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The fact that it’s 2014 and we still have to differentiate between a “female” movie character and simply a movie character is troubling. If you watch Robert De Niro in Raging Bull you’ll never be tempted to say, “boy, that’s a really interesting and strong male character.” However, Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley is still explicitly praised as a “strong female character,” as if it’s such an oddity that an emphasis needs to be put on the fact that she’s a woman.
While film school classes and incensed critics continue to debate the lack of women in film, female actresses have been fighting the good fight on the silver screen itself. Alas, not in anywhere near the numbers needed, but progress is still being made.
2014 has seen its fair share of damsels in distress, nagging housewives, and ditzy girlfriends; it has also seen a »
- Jesse Gumbarge
It’s the fifth feature collaboration between Strand and Akin.
The drama centers on a young blacksmith on a journey in search of this two daughters from Turkey to the Mesopotamian deserts to Havana to the prairies of North Dakota. Tahar Rahim stars.
The film was produced by Bombero International in co-production with Pyramide Prods, Pandora Film, Corazon International, Ndr, Ard Degeto, »
- Dave McNary
When you have at least three hall-of-fame works in your filmography —“Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas”— some of your other films are bound to be overlooked. Don’t weep for Martin Scorsese just yet, since the folks over at No Film School have found a snappy and slick video essay focused on one of Scorsese’s more obscure films. Released in 1985, written by Joseph Minion and starring Griffin Dunne, “After Hours” follows Paul Hackett as he has one of the worst nights had by anyone ever. The film is an absolute delight, Steven Soderbergh is an unabashed fan, and it's incredibly still not on blu-ray, though you can buy an HD version from Amazon or Vudu. Ahead of the film’s 30th anniversary next year, Adrian Martin and Cristina Alvarez Lopez created a breezy nearly-four-minute video essay on the film for Mubi Notebook. As we collectively wait until Warner »
- Cain Rodriguez
Bangalore — Triple Oscar-winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker is working on an international cut of Anurag Kashyap’s “Bombay Velvet”, Variety has reliably learned. Prerna Saigal, editor of Danis Tanovic’s “Tigers” is editing the longer Indian version.
Kashyap has been a long-term admirer of Scorsese’s work. Scorsese in turn has been appreciative of Kashyap’s films and had sent him a letter in which he said that he “thoroughly enjoyed” the director’s “Dev D” and “Gangs of Wasseypur,” and found them “exciting and inspiring”.
- Naman Ramachandran
Did the Prince of Persia get on a shredding regimen? Is Jake the new Christian Bale in terms of weight loss/gain yo-yoing? A troubled teenager, a paranoid reporter, a gay cowboy, an easily scared interviewee, a James Baldwin connoissieur, and now a jacked middleweight champion; is there anything Jake can’t do? Is Jake still this ripped? Will he look like this as he makes his Broadway debut?
Related: do you think the Gyllenhaal siblings made it a point to be on Broadway at the same time? Between Prisoners, Enemy, Nightcrawler and now Southpaw, will we need to come up with a portmanteau for his resurgence? Jakeaissance? Gyllenhawakening? Where are his co-stars Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams? Related: why does IMDb’s “star meter” (also: »
- Manuel Betancourt
Jake Gyllenhaal lost some 25 pounds to look rail thin in the new film "Nightcrawler," but the versatile actor will be back in fighting shape in the upcoming boxing drama "South Paw." In a transformation similar to Robert De Niro's physical fluctuation in Martin Scorsese's 1980 "Raging Bull," Gyllenhaal packed on 15 pounds of solid muscle in order to play Junior Middleweight Champion Billy "The Great" Hope in theAntoine Fuqua-directed film. Check out the massively-muscled Gyllenhaal below: The photo debuted on Deadline.com. "Southpaw" is being directed by Fuqua ("Training Day") from a script by "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter. The Weinstein Company will release the film sometime next year. The studio unveiled a demo reel from the film -- set to an Eminem song -- at the Cannes Film Festival in May. »
- Dave Lewis
Gyllenhaal looks unrecognizable in the first photo from his upcoming Weinstein Co. film “Southpaw,” in which he plays a professional boxer. The actor reportedly packed on 15 pounds of muscle to bring Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “The Great” Hope to the bigscreen.
The actor told Variety‘s Ramin Setoodeh during an interview for a September cover story that he worked out six hours a day for six months to build enough muscle to look like a championship prize fighter. This is a far cry from his preparation for “Nightcrawler,” which involved eating as little as possible (if at all) and running 15 miles from his house to the set.
“A lot of people see Jake as a nice »
- Maane Khatchatourian
If you listened to my interview with Jake Gyllenhaal, discussing his preparation for Nightcrawler, the first look photo above of him playing a professional boxer in Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw won't come as much of a surprise. You're already well aware of just how much he prepares and gets involved with his roles. Speaking with Deadline with regards to Gyllenhaal's ripped physique, Fuqua said, "Jake is going to change how people see him. I had him training twice a day in the boxing ring, he did two-a-days seven days a week." Gyllenhaal lost 30 pounds for his role in Nightcrawler and clearly had to beef up after that for his role in Southpaw. Speaking with Variety earlier this year his trainer Terry Claybon said, "We made a deal, if you're going to learn how to box, you're going to have to get in there and act like a boxer." Fuqua adds to that saying, »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Jake Gyllenhaal won fans for his dedication and commitment in losing 25 pounds to play the sociopathic nocturnal adrenaline junkie and camera man Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler. He’s remade himself in a whole different physical fashion to play a championship prize fighter next year in Southpaw, and I’m betting it will have Gyllenhaal in the conversation with past actors who’ve trained to turn in memorable ring performances, a list that includes Raging Bull’s Robert De Niro, The Boxer‘s Daniel Day-Lewis, The Fighter‘s Mark Wahlberg and The Hurricane’s Denzel Washington.
Here, Deadline exclusively reveals the first image of Gyllenhaal from the Antoine Fuqua-directed Kurt Sutter-scripted Southpaw; it is clear Gyllenhaal has turned himself into a jacked, ripped beast, gaining 15 pounds of pure muscle. Gyllenhaal plays Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “The Great” Hope, a lefty champ who loses everything in a personal tragedy »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Riggan Thomas (Michael Keaton) attempts to distance himself from his famous role as the superhero, Birdman by staging a Broadway play adaptation of Raymond Carver’s ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love‘. In the days leading to the premier, Riggan must overcome his ego and family troubles to ensure he can once again hit the big time.
There’s a scene in Birdman where Michael Keaton’s character, Riggan Thomas, confronts the theatre critic who threatens to shut down his play with a single review, without even seeing it. It’s one of the films best scenes – in a film where it’s difficult to choose just one – as Keaton describes her writing as full of labels and adjectives, with nothing about technique, structure or execution, reducing his »
- Gary Collinson
A touching and unprecedentedly personal view of Muhammad Ali, the only three-time heavyweight boxing champion in history, I Am Ali was released to Blu-ray™ and DVD on November 11, 2014 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. This inspirational and revealing film provides viewers with one of the most in-depth portraits ever of the charismatic global superstar.
I Am Ali is an intimate and heartwarming look at the legendary athlete, beloved father, humanitarian, and activist as he has never been seen before. With exclusive access to Ali’s personal archive of “audio journals,” I Am Ali features touching interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends, legends of the boxing community—including former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and George Foreman—and Ali’s longtime friend and business manager, Gene Kilroy. The film shares the champion’s extraordinary history as a fighter, lover, brother, father, and friend as told by insiders and »
- Tom Stockman
Does Robert De Niro feel indebted to David O. Russell? His Best Supporting Actor nomination for 2012’s "Silver Linings Playbook" came 20 years after his last flirtation with the Academy, a Best Actor nod for 1991’s "Cape Fear." Many suspected that De Niro was done giving the all that earned him statues for "Raging Bull" and "The Godfather: Part II." Movies like "Little Fockers," "New Year's Eve" and "Righteous Kill" paid the bills — why chase awards fodder? And then "Silver Linings Playbook" came along, throwing the pessimistic theory out the window. De Niro kept a good thing going, reuniting with Russell for a bit part in "American Hustle," making him part of the director’s regular roster. From the sound of it, the working relationship isn’t slowing down: From De Niro’s mouth, he will costar in the director’s next project. Previously reported to be in talks for a role, »
- Matt Patches
Bennett Miller has been using the genre of the "sports movie" tell some of the most fascinating stories of American life and dreams on the big screen. He’s followed up his sophisticated baseball film “Moneyball” with another American story rooted in the context of sports. With last Friday’s release of “Foxcatcher,” the wider public will finally see what we’ve been raving about since Cannes (read our review); a film set in the world of wrestling, that pins down the corroding effects wealth can have on the individual, and intensely grapples with the tragic consequences of human hubris. Not only did it push Steve Carell to his furthest, darkest limits (so much so, he inspired us to write about our favorite dramatic roles from 20 comic actors), but “Foxcatcher” also reminds us of how combat sports can be used effectively as metaphor, highlighting our brittle human condition with individualistic punches. »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
This week, Camerimage film festival presents a retrospective of the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Last month at the Lumière Festival, Thelma Schoonmaker, the three-time Oscar winning editor and Powell’s widow, spoke about “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, which is one of the films screening at Camerimage.
Martin Scorsese has influenced generations of new filmmakers. But who and what films influenced Scorsese? One front-runner: “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, which liberated the duo from the constraints of early 1950s’ sound cinema.
In a video presentation made for and screened at the Lyon Lumière Festival in October, Scorsese admitted that he became “rather obsessed” by the movie.
That could be an understatement. Attending Lyon, Thelma Schoonmaker, Scorsese’s three-time Oscar winning editor and Powell’s widow, took a captivated audience through the film, »
- John Hopewell
From the first look at Steve Carell in Foxcatcher, we knew he was going to be an Oscar contender. To play real-life wrestling coach John du Pont, Carell had to wear a prosthetic nose. And if history tells us anything, it's that donning a fake nose for a part in a movie means automatic awards buzz. If you don't believe us, check out the following list of movie stars who humbly altered their snouts for a character, all of whom received some level of kudos and talk of Academy Awards potential. Most of them were even nominated, and some actually won Oscars. Oscar Win: Robert De Niro in Raging Bull (1980) Often acknowledged for his physical tranformation in the part of Jake Lamotta, it's usually just De Niro's weight gain for the final act...
- Christopher Campbell
Benedict Cumberbatch is Alan Turing. Benedict Cumberbatch is also the most popular Sherlock Holmes in history, the terrible and stupendous dragon Smaug in The Hobbit film adaptations and the ultimate nemesis that is Khan in the alternate-timeline that constitutes the Star Trek reboot movie cycle.
Benedict Cumberbatch is also set to become Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - the hottest multi-franchise in the galaxy (several galaxies, actually) and the multifaceted pop-cultural entity magnetically attracting the most fascination and speculation right now (even more than the upcoming Star Wars sequels, which Cumberbatch has also been heavily linked with. In all likelihood, for all we know, Benedict Cumberbatch is also a Star Wars secret).
The poster touts “from the writer of ‘Taxi Driver’ and co-writer of ‘Raging Bull’,” but in case you haven’t paid attention, director Paul Schrader —who the poster is referring to— does not want you to see his latest movie “Dying Of The Light.” Its stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin don’t really want you to see it either, nor does the executive producer filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. Why? In short, the producers on the film took the film away from Schrader; at least he alleges as much. Their take is that Schrader quit after they asked for certain changes, whereas he contends he was forced out of the editing room and the producers took over. Schrader, Cage, Refn and Yelchin then took to Facebook to mount a silent protest. Under the terms of their contract, they are not allowed to disparage the film or the producers. So instead, »
- Edward Davis
'Idol's Eye' production shut down: Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz to have starred in Olivier Assayas' action-thriller (photo: Robert Pattinson) Production on screenwriter-director Olivier Assayas' action-thriller Idol's Eye, which was to have starred two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather: Part II, Raging Bull), Robert Pattinson (the Twilight movies, The Rover), and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), has been shut down, officially due to financing woes. Michael Benaroya's Beverly Hills-based Benaroya Pictures announced the bad news earlier today, November 3, 2014. “Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol's Eye. The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing [to] the production. “This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing »
- Zac Gille
It.s common knowledge that if Martin Scorsese has something to say about the movies, you sit down, shut up, and immediately start taking notes. To celebrate Halloween, the cinematic genius has picked out the 11 scariest films of all time in his opinion. And as you could have probably guessed there are a few freaky flicks on his list. But what film truly terrifies Martin Scorsese? Well, during a in depth interview with the Daily Beast, which he actually conducted last year, the man behind such incredible delights as Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas revealed that Robert Wise.s 1963 horror The Haunting is the scariest movie of all time. You can check out a trailer for the psychological horror, which was adapted from Shirley Jackson.s The Haunting Of Hill House, below. Pretty spooky stuff. While The Haunting isn.t quite as famous as others on Scorsese.s list, »
Richard Gere‘s ”American Gigolo” is the latest film to get a TV makeover. Paramount Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television will try their hand at bringing the feature-length crime drama to the small screen, the two companies announced on Wednesday. Bruckheimer was also a producer of the 1980 movie, which starred Gere as a male escort in trouble with the law. See photos: 28 Classic Movies That Never Won Best Picture Oscars – From ‘Raging Bull’ to ‘Chinatown’ “With its signature noir aesthetic, ‘American Gigolo’ has remained a deeply entertaining, psychological thriller and I'm thrilled to partner with Brad and Amy on remaking it into a television. »
- Ryan O'Connell
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