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Oscar-winning producer and former studio chief David Puttnam, arguably the biggest name at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, will head the Jury of Juries for the organization’s 10th anniversary. The U.K. Parliament member has strong ties to Asia via his film work and in his role as a trade envoy for the British government.
It will also be his second stint on the Apsa’s jury — he served as president for the 2010 jury, which bestowed best feature honors on “Aftershock.” This year, the Apsa brought back a group of former jury presidents for the jury, with Puttnam in top role.
While his name is synonymous with the very British Oscar winner “Chariots of Fire” (1981), which scooped up four golden statuettes including best picture, Puttnam produced several films set in the region. These include Marcel Ophüls’ “The Memory of Justice” (1976), about war crimes in Vietnam and during World War II, »
- Naman Ramachandran
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
Burbank, Calif., November 3, 2016 – To mark the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ cinematic masterpiece “Citizen Kane,”Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will release a new Blu-ray™ and DVD on November 15, and the American Film Institute (AFI) will mount a special screening of the restored master at AFI Fest presented by Audi, the Institute's annual film festival in Hollywood, on November 13. The screening will take place at the Egyptian Theatre at 1:30 p.m., followed by an AFI Master Class, featuring close personal Welles friend Peter Bogdanovich and a celebrity and academic panel to be announced.
The film’s central character is powerful publisher Charles Foster Kane, who aspires to be president of the United States. Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst claimed “Citizen Kane” was a thinly veiled and slanderous account of his own life and sought to use his formidable muscle to halt »
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Joffe is directing from a script he co-wrote with Michael Ashton based on Ashton’s play “The Archbishop and The Antichrist.” Whitaker portrays Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as in post-apartheid South Africa and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana).
The film is currently in production. Wme Global handled North American rights, with 13 Films handling international sales at the upcoming American Film Market.
Joffe, whose credits include “The Killing Fields” and “The Scarlet Letter,” is also producing with Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten (“Hook,” “Shattered Glass”) and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films, with financing being provided by The Fyzz Facility.
- Dave McNary
Jeremy Irons is in many respects the quintessential English film actor. That’s not simply because of the honeyed diction and innate elegance, but the versatility that has enabled him to travel with ease between romantic leading man, edgy character actor and sinister villain, towards an Indian summer of ever-dependable supporting player.
Think James Mason. In fact, Irons and Mason even have a role in common – the riskiest of roles, Nabokov’s infamous pedophile Humbert Humbert, Mason most famously in Kubrick’s “Lolita” of 1962, Irons for Adrian Lyne in 1997. It’s difficult to imagine many Americans jumping at a character who came second in Time’s “Top 10 Worst Fictional Fathers,” or possessing the nuance necessary to make us almost like the man.
Again like many Brits, Irons is classically trained (at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, »
- Demetrios Matheou
“Our revenge will be to survive, and have children,” rallies the mayor of an Ottoman city whose Armenian population is targeted for annihilation in Terry George’s “The Promise” — “…and one day, to make movies,” he might as well add, since that is ultimately what “The Promise” is about: Aiming to do for the 1915 Armenian Genocide what “Doctor Zhivago” did for the Russian Revolution, this sweeping romantic epic intends to dramatize a dark chapter so often denied and so seldom depicted onscreen — and yet, the events in question deserve better than a sloggy melodrama in which the tragedy is forced to take a backseat to a not especially compelling love triangle.
Willed into being by Armenian investor-philanthropist Kirk Kerkorian, who established Survivor Pictures in order to finance this project before he passed away last year, “The Promise” was conceived as a glossy, English-language entertainment — not to be mistaken for the »
- Peter Debruge
Actor Jeremy Irons appears in Lone Scherfig’s latest film “Their Finest,” which premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. But while the film is screening in Toronto, Irons himself is in London because he was the latest subject of BAFTA’s “A Life In Pictures” series, a conversational interview that looks back at an actor’s professional career. Last Friday, Irons sat down with critic and broadcaster Danny Leigh in front of an attendant audience to discuss his life on stage and on film. Below are some choice excerpts from the evening, in which he discusses working with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, his work on David Cronenberg’s “Dead Ringers,” and seeing himself in “The Lion King.”
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On Being Cast in “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”
“I told director Karel Reisz, »
- Vikram Murthi
Terry George earned critical raves with 2004’s “Hotel Rawanda,” an unflinching portrait of courage in the face of human cruelty that nabbed Oscar nominations for its script and for stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo. Now, the Irish screenwriter and director is shining a light on another dark chapter in history with “The Promise.”
The drama stars Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, and Charlotte Le Bon as the various points in a romantic triangle between a medical student, a journalist, and a woman during the waning days of the Ottoman Empire. It is one of the hottest titles still looking for distribution at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, and could incite controversy over its portrayal of the Armenian Genocide.
That’s because Turkey, the empire’s successor state, refuses to acknowledge that 1.5 million Armenians were systemically exterminated in 1915 at the order of the Ottoman government.
George spoke with Variety about »
- Brent Lang
Neil Calloway argues that soundtracks and scores can make or break films…
This week, Flickering Myth’s own Oli Davis made the persuasive case that Suicide Squad‘s various cuts could be seen in the music they used; with David Ayer’s original version using different styles of music to the final cut by Trailer Park. There was also the release of a report titled “The Effect of Background Music in Shark Documentaries on Viewers’ Perceptions of Sharks” that suggested people are afraid of sharks because of the ominous music used to score film scenes where they are present. Personally, I’m frightened of sharks because I don’t want one to bite my leg off, leaving me to die an agonising death in the water while wearing only swimming shorts.
What both these stories remind us is the huge part scores and soundtracks play in films; when you get »
- Neil Calloway
EuropaCorp and FilmNation announced today that Miss Sloane will be released on December 9. The film is directed by Oscar-nominated John Madden (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Shakespeare In Love) and is based on the original screenplay by Jonathan Perera.
Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar) stars in the title role of Elizabeth Sloane. The film is produced by FilmNation’s Ben Browning and Archery Pictures’ Kris Thykier along with EuropaCorp’s Ariel Zeitoun, FilmNation’s Patrick Chu and Aaron Ryder serves as the executive producers.
Also starring in the film are Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond The Lights, Belle), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Jake Lacy (Carol), Oscar-nominated actor Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields, Law & Order), and Oscar-nominated John Lithgow (Interstellar, Dexter).
- Michelle McCue
Sydney Schanberg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist whose work in Cambodia formed the basis for the film “The Killing Fields,” died on Saturday at the age of 82. The New York Times reported Schanberg’s friend and fellow reporter Charles Kaiser said that Schanberg had suffered a heart attack on Tuesday and died at his home in Poughkeepsie, New York. Schanberg joined the Times in 1959 and became their Southeast Asia correspondent in the early 1970s. In 1975, the Cambodian Lon Mol government was about to fall to the Khmer Rouge, led by the now infamous Pol Pot. Also Read: Noel Neill, »
- Joe Otterson
Sydney Schanberg, a New York Times correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner, died this week in Poughkeepsie, New York, according to the New York Times. Schanberg's death was confirmed by his friend and colleague Charles Kaiser. According to Kaiser, Schanberg, 82, had a heart attack on Tuesday. The reporter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his coverage of Cambodia's fall to the Khmer Rouge. The Oscar-winning film The Killing Fields was based on his experiences as a foreign correspondent in Cambodia. Schanberg and his Cambodian assistant Dith Pran were two of the very few reporters, Western diplomats and government officials to ignore »
- Andrea Park, @scandreapark
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There have been some cold-blooded Hollywood firings in my time covering this business, but few more memorable than the October 1987 ouster of David Puttnam, producer of such lauded films as Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields, as chairman and CEO of Columbia Pictures. Puttnam's short tenure ended in one of those defenestrations where the executive reads that he has gone out the window in the press well before his bosses have mentioned the fact. Though I had no idea this firing was in the works — as a fairly new reporter on the Hollywood beat, I knew
- Kim Masters
“This American Life’s” exploration of desegregation and HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryan Gumbel’s” investigation of the ivory trade are among the winners of the coveted Peabody Awards, which recognize excellence in television and radio.
Other winners in the news, radio/podcast, web, and public service category include PBS News Hour’s “Desperate Journey,” BBC’s “European Migrant Crisis,” and NPR News’ “Secret Mustard Gas Experiments.” The full list of the Peabody 30 winners will be unveiled throughout this week.
The complete list of winners in the Peabody Awards’ news category is below, along with commentary from the organization explaining their decisions.
Burning Questions: Wtae Investigates Fire Response Times (Wtae-tv)
Wtae reporter Paul Van Osdol provided a four-alarm public service when he doggedly investigated the wildly varying response times of Pennsylvania’s volunteer fire departments and found a chronically inefficient system that hadn’t changed substantially »
- Debra Birnbaum
In addition, 60 finalists have been set by the awards’ board of jurors. From that field, 30 winners — the Peabody 30 — will be selected. Those winners will be revealed beginning next week and honored at the Peabody Awards ceremony in New York May 21.
Among the finalists are ABC’s “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” FX’s “Fargo,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and “Catastrophe,” HBO’s “The Leftovers” and “Veep,” Showtime’s “Listen to Me Marlon,” Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” and “Master of None,” USA’s “Mr. Robot” and Lifetime’s “UnReal.”
The first group of winners will be announced April 19 on Facebook Live. Subsequent rounds of winners will be revealed April 21 on NBC’s “Today” and April 26 on Facebook Live.
Letterman and documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson »
- Daniel Holloway
He completely recut Midnight Cowboy, won an Oscar for The Killing Fields and worked on James Bond. William Boyd remembers the film editor they called Dr Clark, because he could make sick movies well again
One of the many adages that circulate in the movie business is that every film is made three times: once when it is written, once when it is shot and once, finally, when it is edited. Like many an old saw it is true, but I believe that it is a truth that can only really be recognised by people who have been physically involved in the making of a film. I don’t think audiences, or film critics or film theorists, for that matter, have any real idea of how a film can be totally reshaped and reinvented in the cutting room. As a film-maker, you hope that the editing process is merely an »
- William Boyd
Film editor who won an Oscar for his work on The Killing Fields
The film editor Jim Clark, who has died aged 84, was justly celebrated among British and American film-makers. Normally it is the fate of a film editor – someone who plays an essential aesthetic and technical part in the creation of a film – to be ignored by the general public and even critics. But in 2011 Clark blew his anonymous cover by publishing Dream Repairman: Adventures in Film Editing, a lively and revelatory memoir of his days in the cutting room working on movies by, notably, John Schlesinger, Stanley Donen, Mike Leigh and Roland Joffé. It was his editing of two films by the latter – The Killing Fields (1984) and The Mission (1986) – that gained him an Oscar and an Oscar nomination respectively. He also won Baftas for the same two movies. In 2005, Clark received a lifetime career achievement award from the American Cinema Editors organisation. »
- Ronald Bergan
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In Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Tina Fey plays a journalist sent to Afghanistan in 2003 when the more-experienced war correspondents flock to the new battlefields of Iraq. Produced by Fey and loosely based on reporter Kim Barker’s memoir “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” the film continues Fey’s pursuit of more dramatic roles, a less-than-stellar quest so far that might cause some audience members to balk at this one. However, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is the exception to that rule – actually a very entertaining film, thanks largely to a strong supporting cast that includes Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, and Alfred Molina, who take the pressure off Fey.
In case any one is in doubt, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (meaning Wtf – get it?) is not a hard-hitting war movie or even really about war, but a tale of war »
- Cate Marquis
Jim Clark, who won an Oscar for editing Roland Joffé’s “The Killing Fields” and was also nominated for his work on the director’s film “The Mission,” died in the U.K. on Feb. 25. He was 84 and had been ill for some time.
News of his death was announced by the Guild of British Film and TV Editors on Feb. 26.
His credits also include Stanley Donen’s “Charade” (1963); John Schlesinger’s “Darling” (1965), “The Day of the Locust” (1975) and “Marathon Man” (1976); Michael Apted’s “Agatha” (1979), “Nell” (1994) and Bond film “The World Is Not Enough”; Michael Caton-Jones’ “Memphis Belle” (1990) and “City by the Sea” (2002); and Mike Leigh’s “Vera Drake” (2004) and “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008).
In addition to the Schlesinger films listed above, he did uncredited work on the director’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” and served as a creative consultant on the helmer’s 1969 classic “Midnight Cowboy.”
Clark received the American Cinema »
- Carmel Dagan
1 March 2016 9:11 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Jim Clark, who won both an Oscar and BAFTA for his film editing work on Roland Joffe's The Killing Fields, has died. He was 85. The news was announced by The Guild of British Film and TV Editors, which said Clark had been ill for some time. "He was a likeable and respected man and will be missed especially by Laurence his wife," said John Grover, the Guild's vice chairman, who had known Jim for many years. Born in 1931, Clark cut his teeth as an assistant editor at the famed Ealing Studios in London, where he found himself
- Alex Ritman
Jim Clark, the Oscar-winning film editor, has died aged 85 following an illness.
The Guild of British Film and Television Editors (Gbfte), of which Clark was a founding editor, released a statement describing Clark as a “likeable and respected man” who “will be missed especially by Laurence his wife.”
Clark’s glittering career encompassed more than 40 films, including his Oscar and BAFTA-winning work on Roland Joffé’s 1984 war drama The Killing Fields and his BAFTA-winning work on the same director’s historical drama The Mission.
Additional credits included John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy, on which he was a creative consultant, and more recently as editor for James Bond film The World Is Not Enough and Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake.
Clark detailed some of his colourful experiences in the well-received 2011 memoir Dream Repairman: Adventures in Film Editing.
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