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Venice film festival reveals 2015 line-up

29 July 2015 3:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, and Atom Egoyan’s Remember among the 21 competition titles.Scroll down for full line-up

The 72nd Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) has unveiled the 55 features – mixing star vehicles and international auteurs – that will make up this year’s official selection.

Venice director Alberto Barbera and Biennale president Paolo Baratta announced the line-up this morning.

As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountaineering thriller Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will open the festival on Sept 2. The Universal release will play out of competition.

Birdman, last year’s opening night film, went on to be named best picture at this year’s Academy Awards, while multiple Oscar-winner Gravity bowed at the 2013 edition.

Venice also revealed that Guan Hu’s Mr Six will close the festival on Sept 12. Feng Xiaogang plays the title character, a former gangster living alone with various illnesses, who is tempted back into the business by his son.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Venice Fest Reveals Robust Lineup Featuring Hollywood Stars and International Auteurs

29 July 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a potentially strong lineup with enough studio/specialty titles toplining A-list stars — including Jake Gyllenhaal (“Everest”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) — to boost its role as a classy awards-season platform, plus new works by Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, Marco Bellocchio and many other high-caliber international auteurs.

As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain-climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Gyllenhaal, will open Venice out of competition on Sept. 2 — a nice coup for artistic director Alberto Barbera, segueing from “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.

With Toronto less aggressive in its push to secure more world preems, Venice is bowing several hot titles — including Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” featuring Michael Keaton’s first post-“Birdman” screen appearance — that are subsequently Toronto-bound. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Round-Up: Dead Rising: Watchtower International Release, El Rey Network’s Creature Features, The Walking Dead on Winnin, Appetites Photo Gallery

10 July 2015 8:26 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

International release dates have been announced for over 17 countries for Zach Lipovsky's Dead Rising: Watchtower. Also: details on The Walking Dead and battle app, Winnin, joining forces, as well as a full image gallery for Appetites.

Dead Rising: Watchtower: Press Release: "Content Media is set to release the highly anticipated Dead Rising: Watchtower internationally, presented by Legendary Digital, available to rent or own on all major digital platforms on selected dates worldwide across Europe, Asia, Australasia, South America and Africa from July 1st 2015. The international release follows its Us release through Sony’s Crackle streaming service in March.

Legendary Digital presents Dead Rising: Watchtower, a Dead Rising/Contradiction Films Production- directed by Zach Lipovsky (Leprechaun: Origins), written and produced by Tim Carter (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), and executive produced by Tomas Harlan (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the Transformers franchise). Based on the widely popular Capcom video »

- Tamika Jones

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Terry Gilliam Talks Criterion Release Of ‘The Fisher King,’ Working With The Late Robin Williams & Much More

24 June 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When you look back Terry Gilliam’s embattled, Sisyphean career, documented in films like “Lost In La Mancha” or chronicled in stories of the filmmaker taking out an ad in Variety against Universal for holding “Brazil” ransom” and eventually winning that battle, one generally doesn’t think of the mythic comedy “The Fisher King.” Critically acclaimed, universally loved, and nominated for five Academy Awards including a Best Actor nomination for the late Robin Williams (it won Best Supporting Actor for Mercedes Ruehl), “The Fisher King” is generally not the film one thinks about when they think "beleaguered Terry Gilliam movie". But it’s interesting to hear its narrative in the context of those that were there at the time looking back on getting the film made. Out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week thanks to the Criterion Collection, the DVD extras paint a lesser-known picture: Terry Gilliam close to being locked »

- Rodrigo Perez

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TV Review: ‘Mr. Robot’

23 June 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If casting and character are half the battle, “Mr. Robot” is more than halfway home. Showcasing Rami Malek in a breakout performance as a highly unorthodox protagonist — a socially clumsy, almost feral hacker — the series rivals “Rectify” as Program With the Most Tortured Lead Character. As written by Sam Esmail, this has the jittery feel of a British thriller, and an absurdist sense of entrenched interests vs. a weird insurgency: a conceit that vaguely recalls Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil.” While commercial prospects appear hazy, it’s hard to remember the last time USA put on anything more intriguing.

Malek’s Elliot is a cyber-security specialist by day, laboring away for a cubicle-filled corporation. By night, though, he’s an unrepentant hacker — delving into the personal lives of those who enter his orbit — as well as a drug user and someone so painfully awkward that he freely admits, “I don’t »

- Brian Lowry

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‘Game of Thrones’ Thesp Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi Shoot ‘White King’

18 June 2015 4:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “The White King,” which stars “Game of Thrones” and “Wolf Hall” thesp Jonathan Pryce and Greta Scacchi, has started filming in Hungary.

The White King,” which is based on the book by Gyorgy Dragoman, follows Djata, a precocious 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s internment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by secret police officers and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family.

Pryce’s recent roles include Cardinal Wolsey in “Wolf Hall” and High Sparrow in “Game of Thrones.” He has won two Tonys — in 1977 for “Comedians” and in 1991 for “Miss Saigon.” His movie credits include “Brazil,” “Evita,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Scacchi won an Emmy playing Czarina Alexandra in “Rasputin.” Other screen credits include “White Mischief, »

- Leo Barraclough

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'The White King' begins Hungary shoot with Jonathan Pryce, Agyness Deyn

17 June 2015 6:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cast of dystopian drama includes Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi and Agyness Deyn.

Principal photography on The White King has begun in Hungary. The film will shoot for seven weeks entirely on location, including a former air force base and along the banks of the Danube.

Based on György Dragomán’s novel, published in 28 languages, the film will follow a precocious 12-year-old coming to grips with his father’s abduction and internment at the hands of the totalitarian state he calls home.

Deyn will play the boy’s mother who must navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and gangs in order to reunite her family.

The cast includes Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Game of Thrones), Greta Scacchi (The Player) and Fiona Shaw (The Tree of Life). Also in the cast are Agyness Deyn (Electricity, Hail Caesar!), Ólafur Darri Ólaffson (True Detective) and Clare-Hope Ashitey (Children of Men) alongside newcomer Lorenzo Allchurch, who the young boy. 

Adapted for screen »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Annecy: ‘Possessed’s’ Sam Developing ‘Vertigo’s Shadow’ (Exclusive)

14 June 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Indie toon helmer Sam, whose out-there “Possessed” plays in competition at this week’s Annecy Animation Festival,  is prepping ”Vertigo’s Shadow,” a musical mixing live action and animation.

Sam’s sophomore feature outing, “Shadow” will be produced through the helmer’s imprint Conflictivos Productions. Sam is seeking co-production partners in Mexico and Belgium.

“My central idea is to have a real character in a stop-motion world. I want a realistic look in a fantastic environment. It will turn on a man confronting a world that he doesn’t understand,” Sam told Variety.

“Vertigo’s Shadow” will be a black comedy musical with “Jesus Christ Superstar” as a main reference. Movie will also channel Terry Gilliam’s Kafka-esque “Brazil,” he added.

Santiago Segura, helmer and star of the “Torrente” saga, Spain’s most successful film franchise, has announced his support for Sam’ second feature.

“Santiago is a great actor and an excellent singer. »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Terry Gilliam Reveals Amazon Deal Includes 'Don Quixote' and Possible Mini-Series

10 June 2015 10:34 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It was about a month ago when it was quietly revealed Terry Gilliam signed a deal with Amazon to have his latest project housed by the streaming service company. It wasn't official at the time, but it seemed more likely than not the project in question would be his long, long, long, long in development The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, and, indeed, the U.S. distribution and partial funding of the film is in the cards. But there may be more than that involvement, it seems. Talking with The Playlist ahead of the Criterion Collection release of The Fisher King, Gilliam continued to talk about the project which has stuck with him despite many failed starts all these years. "It's my madness," he proclaimed with a laugh. And while past history hasn't been in its favor, plans at the moment are to shoot in early 2016, with Jack O'Connell (Unbroken »

- Will Ashton

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Doug Jones, The Man of 1000 Faces: An Interview with Cochise from Falling Skies

10 June 2015 5:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Manny Camacho chats with Doug Jones about Falling Skies, Hellboy, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and more…

Summer is here, for some it’s still coming, as they wait for a variety of summer series that begin this month. For me winter is still here, it came (and I hope it doesn’t leave) with Game of Thrones—I don’t even remember spring. But the summer season is just beginning with amazing new entries in a variety of series. For one of those shows it is the beginning of the end. Falling Skies begins its final season June 28th and there are so many questions for us that need answered.

Flickering Myth had a great opportunity to sit and chat with Star Doug Jones, who plays the enigmatic Volm Cochise. I was able to talk to him about this upcoming season and what it means to the 2nd Mass. »

- Manny Camacho

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Terry Gilliam’s Amazon Deal Is For U.S. Release Of ‘Don Quixote’ & Possibly A ‘Defective Detective’ Mini-Series

9 June 2015 11:40 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Terry Gilliam has never had the easiest relationship with Hollywood: “Brazil” was held hostage until he took out ads in the trades to force its release, the over budget “The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen” almost threw him into director’s jail (it likely would have, had he not landed the director-for-hire gig of “The Fisher King”) and he butted heads with The Weinstein Company throughout the making of “The Brothers Grimm.”  But no matter the increasing difficulties that the independent financed film world faces, Gilliam remains unbowed and undeterred  Gilliam’s about to celebrate the lovingly crafted Criterion Collection release of “The Fisher King” and during The Playlist’s recent conversation with the idiosyncratic filmmaker about the Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges-starring classic, he revealed his future plans. It’s abundantly clear that Gilliam is still trying to mount his long-gestating production of “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Jonathan Pryce Joins The White King

31 May 2015 10:41 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

He’s currently making a huge impression on Game Of Thrones, but Jonathan Pryce is headed back to the big screen for a genre the Brazil star knows all too well – dystopian drama. He’s joined a new film called The White King alongside Fiona Shaw. The pair is now part of a cast that already includes Agyness Deyn, Ross Partridge and Lorenzo Allchurch. Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel are making their joint directorial debut with the film, adapting György Dragomán’s novel. The White King follows what happens when a precocious 12-year-old discovers that his father has been abducted and imprisoned by the totalitarian state they live in.Deyn will be the boy’s mother, forced to investigate a world of propaganda suffering a gangs to reunite her family. The cameras should be rolling this summer in Budapest. Pryce, when he’s not causing problems for the residents of King’s Landing, »

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Jonathan Pryce, Fiona Shaw join 'The White King'

29 May 2015 6:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dystopian drama set to shoot this summer.

Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Game of Thones) and Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter) have joined dystopian drama The White King, which is set to shoot in Budapest this summer.

They join previously announced Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song, Pusher), Ross Partridge (Lamb) and Lorenzo Allchurch (Atlantis).

Based on György Dragomán’s novel, published in 28 languages, the film will follow a precocious 12-year-old coming to grips with his father’s abduction and internment at the hands of the totalitarian state he calls home.

Deyn will play the boy’s mother who must navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and gangs in order to reunite her family.

British duo Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel will make their directorial debuts on the production from UK outfit Oiffy, in association with Yellow Knife and post-production partner chimney Group.

Oiffy’s Philip Munger is producing with Teun Hilte (Miss Julie).

Munger has financed through Oiffy and a combination »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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First Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Runs May 27-31; Opens With New Steve Jobs Documentary

27 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Sundance. Berlin. Tribeca. Cannes. Venice. Toronto. New York. Once saved for occasional weeks out of any given year, “film festival season” has now become a year-long event. Be it the aforementioned biggest of the big, or the ever growing slate of must-attend smaller festivals like Hot Docs, True/False, Stanley or Telluride, film festivals are cropping up across the globe.

But very few of them are set against a beautiful landscape quite as glorious as the Mammoth Lakes region of California.

Marking their debut this year, the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival will launch their inaugural lineup this week, with a hotly discussed documentary from Alex Gibney leading the way.

Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine will open the festival this Wednesday. “We are blessed to have gotten such a strong lineup this year,” says Shira Dubrovner, founder of the festival. She, along with veteran programmer Paul Sbrizzi »

- Joshua Brunsting

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May 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Zombeavers, Stigmata, Evil Eye

18 May 2015 9:25 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This week, we’ve got an insane amount of horror and sci-fi home entertainment choices getting released on Tuesday, including the latest from Scream Factory, Stigmata, and Kino Lorber is bringing us another Mario Bava cult classic to high-def in the form of Evil Ey,e and the recent horror comedy Zombeavers is looking to make a splash on DVD as well.

Anchor Bay is also unleashing The Vatican Exorcisms on May 19th and Olive Films is bringing a double dose of classic terror to Blu-ray with their releases of Peter Benchley’s Creature and It! The Terror from Outer Space. Indie horror fans have a ton of titles this week arriving on DVD to choose from and we’ve also got new high-def releases for both Poltergeist sequels and Terminator 2: Judgment Day too.

Evil Eye- Featuring The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

While vacationing in Italy, »

- Heather Wixson

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Amazon Working on Terry Gilliam and Jim Jarmusch's Next Films

14 May 2015 9:36 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Amazon seems to have the funds and means to make themselves on par with not only their streaming competitor Netflix but also every other independent studio in Hollywood right now, and with their power it looks like they're going down the auteur route. In addition to producing Spike Lee's next "joint" Chiraq and working on Woody Allen's first-ever TV show, they have also inked deals on the next projects from directors Terry Gilliam and Jim Jarmusch. Deadline broke the story, but it was the astute eyes over at The Playlist found the scoop buried in their report. Amazon has yet to confirm what projects the filmmakers have signed onto with their banner, so to figure out what's in the works one has to rely solely on what each filmmaker announced previously. Although Gilliam expressed interest in making a steampunk version of 1984 in recent history, it would seem this is mostly likely the very, »

- Will Ashton

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Lands PG-13 Rating in Latest MPAA Ratings Bulletin

7 April 2015 8:23 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

First and foremost, what is likely to end up being the biggest blockbuster of the year, Avengers: Age of Ultron, has scored a PG-13 ratings for "intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments." This isn't too much different than the PG-13 rating for The Avengers, which was for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference. Sounds like there may be a little more destruction and -- oh, la, la -- some suggestive comments. This week's bulletin also has a PG-13 rating for Cameron Crowe's new movie Aloha starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone and we also have a PG-13 for Before We Go, directed by and starring Avengers star Chris Evans and Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Alice Eve. Nancy Meyers has a new movie coming this year called The Intern starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway »

- Brad Brevet

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Director Simon Curtis talks Woman in Gold's Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Tatiana Maslany

2 April 2015 10:48 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Woman in Gold follows the true-to-life story of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria, and her attempts to win back the famous Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt, which was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War II. Randol “Randy” Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), an American lawyer with Viennese roots, helps Maria navigate the rough waters of legal procedure during the “Republic of Austria v. Altmann” trial that would reunite Maria with her aunt’s likeness.

Yeah, that’s an entire country’s government against one eight-seven-year-old woman. Maria Altmann is now our favourite person.

Woman in Gold, which hits theatres Friday, also stars Katie HolmesDaniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Max Irons (The Riot Club), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”), Elizabeth McGovern (“Downton Abbey”), and Jonathan Pryce (Brazil).

Simon Curtis, the director of My Week with Marilyn, was in Toronto to talk about his newest film, »

- Sasha James

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