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Marrakech, Morocco — The local industry started developing at a faster pace in the early 2000s with the creation of the Advance on Receipts, a selective financing mechanism modeled on a French program allowing producers to collect public funds, and the bow of three major film schools: Marrakech’s Superior School of Visual Arts, Ismac in Rabat and Ouarzazate film institute, where students got trained to work on local and international films. The launch of Tangier’s National Film Awards and Marrakech Film Festival also provided emerging filmmakers with a stepping stone and helped build the industry.
Despite the lack of tax incentives, foreign shoots still hit Moroccan shores.
“Producers often chose Morocco over Middle Eastern countries like Dubai because it’s safer, more open — there’s no censorship or limit on what you can say or do — and it’s cheaper,” says Karim Debbagh at Kasbah Films, a production outfit »
- Elsa Keslassy
Liberace (Douglas) basks in the spotlight
Written by Richard Lagravenese
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh thoughtfully details the purported destructive indulgence of Liberace’s most intimate relationship in Behind the Candelabra. A film replete with the salacious dirt and glamorous high living of a legendary celebrity, this project is perfectly tailored to Soderbergh’s nuanced flair for revealing the conceits behind success.
It isn’t difficult to believe that living such a loud life under constant public scrutiny could take its toll and lead Liberace’s story to reckless places. These places entertain as much as they convey a deep restlessness and melancholy that comes with the drive to be in the spotlight at any cost. Matt Damon plays Scott Thorson, a sweet young man unaccustomed to fame and fortune who is drawn in by the magnetic talent of Liberace. As the flamboyant Liberace, Michael Douglas »
- Lane Scarberry
Cundey will receive the Asc’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Serra the International Achievement Award and Rawlings the Career Achievement in Television Award.
“Anyone who has been in the presence of these three brilliant and talented individuals should count themselves lucky,” said Asc president Richard Crudo. “Dean, Eduardo and Dick have each had an immeasurable impact on our art form, and we’re proud to have the opportunity to honour their outstanding craftsmanship.”
Serra’s (pictured) credits include The Wings Of The Dove, Girl »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Cinematographers Dean Cundey, Eduardo Serra and Richard Rawlings Jr. will be honored at the 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) awards on February 1, 2014. Cundey will receive the Asc’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Serra will be presented with the International Achievement Award; and Rawlings will pick up the org’s Career Achievement in Television Award.Cundey’s credits include collaborating with John Carpenter on “Halloween,” “The Fog,” “Escape from New York,” “The Thing” and “Big Trouble in Little China,” among other titles. For his work on Robert Zemeckis’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” Cundey garnered Oscar and BAFTA nominations. Zemeckis and Cundey also teamed up on the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “Romancing the Stone,” and “Death Becomes Her.” Cundey earned his first nomination at the Asc for Steven Spielberg’s “Hook,” and a second one for Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13.” Serra earned his first Oscar nom for Iain Softley »
- Beth Hanna
Cinematographer Dean Cundey, who earned an Oscar nomination for Robert Zemeckis’ Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, will receive the American Society of Cinematographers' Lifetime Achievement Award during the 28th annual Asc Outstanding Achievement Awards, which takes place on Feb. 1, 2014 at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom. Also that evening, Eduardo Serra will be presented with the International Achievement Award, and Richard Rawlings, Jr. will be honored with the society’s Career Achievement in Television Award. Cundey’s credits also include Zemeckis’ Back to the Future trilogy, Romancing the Stone and Death Becomes Her; Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and Hook; Ron Howard’s
- Carolyn Giardina
Exclusive: Permut Presentations and Grey Eagle Films will produce The War Of The Roses, The Children, an adaptation of the sequel novel by Warren Adler, whose original was the basis for the 1989 film in which director Danny DeVito tapped his Romancing The Stone cohorts Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner and pitted them in a divorce battle to the death. Here, the chandelier-shattering legacy of Barbara and Oliver Rose is passed down to their children, Josh and Evie, in a black comedy that focuses on ugly divorce from the vantage point of kids who fall victim to warring parents. Josh marries Victoria, only to see the marriage fall apart over an incident involving missing Milky Way bars; and Evie is a promiscuous over-eater carrying her own shrapnel. The result is deceit, violence and destruction. Permut will produce with Grey Eagle Films, Jonathan Adler and Stephen Greenwald. Chris Mangano will be exec producers. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The pilot development season that is the past 100-plus years of cinema continues to yield impressive dividends, as more and more movies get to move on to the next stage of becoming TV shows. Adding to a growing list that’s included everything from Romancing The Stone to Reality Bites, there are now TV series in the works based on Limitless, Act Of Valor, and The Money Pit—each being considered to graduate from the sticky slums of the movie theater to weekly broadcast in audiences’ homes, where people’s nice stuff is. Bradley Cooper will executive produce the TV »
We’ve already had one trailer arrive for the ensemble veteran party movie Last Vegas (see it here), but today we can share the brand new promo courtesy of Apple, which gives us a look at some more of the movie, and more of the characters.
Synopsis: Starring four legends like you’ve never seen them before, Last Vegas tells the story of Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam (played byAcademy-Award winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline), best friends since childhood. When Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the »
- Paul Heath
Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14
They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...
For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.
As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or »
It happens all the time in music videos: Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher, Britney Spears Hit Me Baby One More time or any video where the librarian whips off her glasses and suddenly there’s a wind machine positioned behind her. She is bursting from her blouse. She was prim and proper but by the end she is a seductress who guys have wet dreams over.
Kathleen Turner from Romancing the Stone was who I immediately thought of, but her character Joan Wilder doesn’t really go bad. She just grows a backbone, so I can’t include her in my list, as much as I’d like to. Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy comes to mind, but that’s because I’m a huge Batman fan and most comic book villains were good at some point.
I am sure there are plenty of examples that I have missed. »
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Women in Film: Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, and dozens of movie actresses in curious morphing montage A few dozen top international female movie stars, most of them Hollywood celebrities, are seen in the Women in Film morphing montage below created by Philip Scott Johnson. The faces belong to actresses from the 1910s to the early 21st century. (Image: The ‘Daughter’ of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner — who sort of looks like a cross between Eleanor Parker and Cyd Charisse as well — in the Women in Film morphing montage.) Just as interesting as trying to identify each of the famous faces is stopping the video while the morphing is going on, so you get Daughter of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner, or Daughter of Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Dandridge, or Daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and Sigourney Weaver. Some of those Daughters are quite pretty; others look like they’ve just landed on this planet. »
- Andre Soares
Feature Simon Brew 26 Jun 2013 - 06:34
One of the key achievements of Ronald D Moore's Battlestar Galactica TV reboot, not withstanding the fact that it came in for something of a bumpy landing in its final season, was its willingness to not swerve big issues. At its peak, it was mixing in religion, politics and science, and trying to do so intelligently, with a lot of success. The balance arguably overtipped by the end in favour of the former, but Battlestar Galactica always had courage engrained throughout it.
As does Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of Carl Sagan's novel, Contact. Contact arrived in the summer of 1997, otherwise known as a blockbuster graveyard smeared with some of cinema's most notorious failures and disappointments. »
Los Angeles — Some of the film industry's most illustrious talents got early confirmation they were on the right track when they won Student Academy Awards.
Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis, Pixar founder John Lasseter and "South Park" creator Trey Parker are just a few of the famous filmmakers who won honors from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when they were college students.
The latest crop of winners will be feted on Saturday, when the 40th annual Student Academy Awards are presented at academy headquarters in Beverly Hills, Calif. Comedian Bob Saget, who won a Student Academy Award in 1978, will host the ceremony. The newest 16 winners represent nine U.S. universities and three foreign institutions, and likely the future of film.
Here, some past winners share memories of accepting their Student Academy Awards and how it affected their careers. Their comments were provided to The Associated Press by the motion picture academy:
_ John Lasseter, »
Iron Man 3 opens this weekend with plenty of giant explosions to delight audiences and usher in the unofficial start of the Summer Movie. But in other multiplexes there’s another film down the hall, What Maisie Knew, that tells a very different but every bit as destructive story.Henry James wrote the story this film — directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel — is based upon in 1897. That his tale of a divorced, selfish pair of parents who use their young daughter spitefully in order to hurt the other still feels realistic and resonates over a century later is either »
- Sara Vilkomerson
"I haven't seen it yet; I'm hoping to as soon as I get back to L.A.," Dean Cundey admitted of the 3D release of Jurassic Park, the groundbreaking film that he shot two decades ago. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the director of photography this past week at the Nab show. Cundey's credits also include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, for which he earned an Oscar nomination, Apollo 13, Hook and Romancing the Stone. Released on April 5, the 3D version of Jurassic Park opened to $18.2 million in North America. Asked for his thoughts on the format, Cundey admitted, "I’m
- Carolyn Giardina
Back in 1920s England, the turnover of celebrity news was so glacial it would have put the modern Daily Mail out of business. So when it was reported that Agatha Christie, darling of bloodthirsty readers everywhere, had disappeared in the kind of mysterious circumstances one needs Poirot to investigate, a nation collectively held its breath. Christie had vanished upon discovering her husband’s infidelity, and, given her history of depression, a well-publicised manhunt was instigated. She resurfaced ten days later in a Yorkshire hotel, but in the absence of any later explanation, the events of her hiatus became the subject of widespread speculation. Nearly a century later, a spec script by Allison Schroeder (who carries a strike against her for the abominable “Mean Girls 2”), which fictionalises the events of the missing days, has been purchased by Paramount Pictures. Pitched, a little bizarrely, as “a female Sherlock Holmes meets ‘Romancing the Stone »
- India Ross
Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits) is set to direct a new film called Agatha at Paramount Pictures. The movie was written by Allison Schroeder (Mean Girls 2) and it's described as an action adventure film, which surmises what really happened to Agatha Christie during the 11 days she went missing in 1926.
There aren't many other details on the film's plot, but tonally it is described as a "female Sherlock Holmes meets Romancing The Stone." Gluck will take on the project when he's finished directing Sony's 2014 remake of the Broadway musical Annie which is being produced by Will Smith and Jay Z, and stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role.
Anyone up for an Agatha Christie action adventure film? »
- Joey Paur
In 1926, mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days. She returned, but never explained what happened. A few writers have tried to fictionally solve that mystery, and now, according to Deadline Hollywood, Paramount is set to purchase Agatha, a spec script from Allison Schroeder (Mean Girls 2) that turns those 11 days into an action adventure. The article claims that the tone of the screenplay is “a female Sherlock Holmes meets Romancing the Stone.” Plus, Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits) is set to direct. It’s unclear right now what relationship this project has to the 1979 movie of the same name where Vanessa Redgrave plays Christie during the 11-day disappearance, although it’s highly doubtful the new take will focus on Christie plotting revenge on her unfaithful husband. Or that it will borrow from the Doctor Who episode where Christie helps solve a mystery involving a giant killer wasp at her own house party. Still »
- Scott Beggs
Agatha started out as a spec screenplay from newcomer Allison Schroeder.
Gluck will take on the film, which explores the days leading up to the death of famed mystery novelist Agatha Christie, Deadline reports.
Additional plot details are currently being kept under wraps.
Aside from Gluck's attachment to Agatha, the director is also on board Annie where he will re-write the script for Sony.
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