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John Guillermin, the London-born director of the classic disaster film The Towering Inferno directed this moving drama set in France called Rapture in 1965. I am familiar with some of Guillermin’s catalogue, from the aforementioned Towering Inferno to his ’76 version of King Kong to his 60’s war film The Blue Max. I hadn’t seen this though, so it was a treat to see that Masters of Cinema, Eureka’s brilliant line of classic titles, was putting a new version of the film out.
The first thing that struck me upon watching the film was the cinematography. It is just beautiful, and with the new transfer it looks even better than I can imagine it did when it was released those many years ago. »
- Chris Cummings
Willem Dafoe has played tough guys in films like “To Live and Die in L.A.,” starred in boundary-pushing pics like “The Last Temptation of Christ,” and been Oscar-nommed for his roles in “Platoon” and “Shadow of the Vampire.” He got sentimental as he reflected on coming of age in the 1970s New York theater scene and starring in his first film, 1981’s “Breakdown” (later retitled “The Loveless”). That film, which earned him his first mention in Variety, also marked the debut of director Kathryn Bigelow.
How did you get the “Loveless” role?
Kathryn saw an early performance of the Wooster Group’s “Point Judith” at the Performing Garage in New York City, where I was playing a roustabout on an oil rig. She called me the next day, and offered me the part.
What was it like seeing your name in Variety?
I’d been a glorified extra in “Heaven’s Gate, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Here we are, at the top of the mountain. We’ve had plenty from every war imaginable, some supportive of war efforts, some not. But the more interesting war films really focus on the people; the internal struggles those men and women have about what they are doing. Whether made in America, Germany, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else, war is not just a battle between good and evil. It’s a life and death struggle between opposing sides that may not be that different. The movies at the top of this list may be subtle or straightforward, but each of them is a clear snapshot that lets audiences see what it means to fight, so they don’t have to.
10. Paths of Glory (1957)
Directed by: Stanley Kurbick
Conflict: World War I
- Joshua Gaul
Creating a powerful, indelible movie image is no easy feat, and most of the time it’s not done deliberately, nor can it really be predicted. Though Hollywood likes to think they know exactly what audiences like, that’s been proven wrong countless times, and far beyond their creators’ wildest dreams, these 20 film images became ingrained in pop-culture history forever more as high-points of the medium.
So, what creates a powerful film image? The criteria are diverse and numerous: to touch our hearts in a way we could never have imagined, to so perfectly summarise the journey the movie as a whole has taken audiences on, or to change the landscape of cinema as we know it.
These 20 movies, with their flaws and faults, all brought something fresh and game-changing to the table: they all provoked our hearts and minds in various ways, and kept us both thinking »
- Jack Pooley
Oliver Stone is to base his biopic about Edward Snowden on a novel by the American whistleblower's Russian lawyer.
Time of The Octopus, by Anatoly Kucherena, will be published later this year and centres on a Us whistleblower who flees to Russia where he meets a lawyer and looks back on his life.
Stone and his producing partner Moritz Borman have bought the movie rights to Kucherena's novel and will also adapt The Snowden Files, a book about Snowden and the Nsa scandal written by Luke Harding.
The director said in a statement: "Anatoly has written a 'grand inquisitor'-style Russian novel weighing the soul of his fictional whistle-blower, Joshua Cold, against the gravity of a '1984' tyranny that has achieved global proportions.
"His meditations on the meaning of totalitarian power in the 21st century make for a chilling, prescient horror story."
Kucherena added: "The more I engaged in the Edward Snowden case, »
Never one to shy away from political or controversial issues, Stone’s career heights have seen him tackle the Vietnam War (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July), Us Presidents (JFK, W., Nixon), Cuban leader Fidel Castro (Comandante, Looking for Fidel), and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez (South of the Border).
Recent efforts like Savages and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps have largely been regarded as minor works from the renowned filmmaker, and taking on a project like Snowden’s story has ignited hope that Stone is about to return to form.
The writer-director has a history of working with some of the biggest names in the industry, and all eyes are turning to who he »
- Kenji Lloyd
Directed by: Josh Boone Written by: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (based on the novel by John Green) Main Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe, Mike Birbiglia, and others… Past Oscar relations: Willem Dafoe is a two time Best Supporting Actor nominee, for Platoon and Shadow of the Vampire Here now we have a brand new article in this series of mine on 2015 contenders hoping to compete for some sort of Oscar attention at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here is Josh Boone’s hotly anticipated adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, which looks to satisfy a legion of die hard fans and potentially branch out from there, amassing a cinematic following along the way. This is Boone’s sophomore feature (after the very strong debut Stuck in Love), and he’s working for the first time with top »
- Joey Magidson
The only thing surprising about Oliver Stone making a movie about American whistleblower Edward Snowden was how long it took. The 67-year-old director — who loves nothing more then tackling big, prickly, political topics like Vietnam (Platoon), the Kennedy assassination (JFK), or George W. Bush’s “War on Terror” (W.) — waited a whole year to sign on to adapt the story of Snowden, the former Nsa contractor who leaked thousands of documents to the British newspaper The Guardian back in 2013.
Snowden’s initial act may be a year old, but his impact is still being felt today, just as his status »
- Nicole Sperling
Oliver Stone is to direct a biopic about Edward Snowden.
The Oscar-winning director will adapt The Snowden Files, a book about Snowden and the Nsa scandal written by Luke Harding.
The thriller will focus on the experiences of the American whistleblower, who leaked thousands of classified documents to a former Guardian columnist, Glenn Greenwald, back in 2013.
Moritz Borman will be producing the film, with Harding and other Guardian journalists consulting on the production and story.
"This is one of the greatest stories of our time," Stone said. "A real challenge. I'm glad to have The Guardian working with us."
The 67-year-old's previous films include Platoon, JFK and W. He has also made documentaries on Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, and a TV series called Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States in 2012. »
Like a moth to the flame, Oliver Stone never met a politically-tinged story he wasn't drawn to. The JFK and World Trade Center director has signed on to bring the controversial story of National Security whistleblower Edward Snowden to the big screen.
According to The Guardian, Stone will be adapting the film as a thriller from The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man- which was written by the outlet's very own Luke Harding. "This is one of the greatest stories of our time," the director said in a statement. "A real challenge. I'm glad to have the Guardian working with us." Indeed, it is a boon to the production to have The Guardian's participation, since they're the ones that broke the original story. Snowden was a contractor of the the Us's National Security Agency who leaked thousands of documents that caused a global uproar over the government's intrusive, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
We just recently heard that Sony Pictures was developing a film about notorious Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden with James Bond franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli behind the project. But because this is Hollywood, there has to be a competing project about the same subject material. The Guardian has word from JFK, Nixon and Platoon director Oliver Stone himself that he's attached to direct an adaptation of The Snowden Files, the book by Luke Harding, who is also a reporter for The Guardian. Already hyping the film, Stone remarked, "This is one of the greatest stories of our time." Undoubtedly, this is a headline grabbing story all over again, especially after Snowden's recent interview with Brian Williams. It's tough to say which project will be more reputable or probing. Yes, The Guardian was integral in shining a light on what Snowden was trying to expose about the surveillance »
- Ethan Anderton
Speaking with The Guardian, whom will be consulting on the story, Stone says: "This is one of the greatest stories of our time, a real challenge. I'm glad to have the Guardian working with us."
Harding was a journalist at the British paper which was involved in the early revelations of the material Edward Snowden smuggled out of the Nsa. Said material exposed the mass government surveillance that was being conducted on U.S. citizens.
Conceived as a European co-production, Moritz Borman will produce the film which is due to start shooting before the end of the year.
- Garth Franklin
Never one to shy away from controversy, it appears that Oliver Stone will be the filmmaker to bring the inevitable feature film portrayal of Nsa leaker Edward Snowden to fruition. The European co-production is based on Luke Harding’s book The Snowden Files, which recounts how the young computer professional breached the National Security Agency to leak evidence of America’s global surveillance. The Guardian reports that Stone hopes to begin production by the end of this year, as a rival Edward Snowden film is in the works based on the book No Place to Hide. Harding and other Guardian journalists will be consulting on Stone’s film. Stone has never been afraid of delving into politically charged material, though it has made for mixed results. JFK and Platoon are fantastic, while films like W. and Alexander fell short of their promise. Stone’s recent output hasn’t been stellar, »
- Adam Chitwood
Last year, with a few competing projects in development, DreamWorks struck the first blow releasing their Julian Assange movie "The Fifth Estate" and ... no one cared. The Benedict Cumberbatch vehicle wasn't well received critically, and did even worse at the box office, flopping hard and taking only $8 million worldwide. That's right, it didn't even hit double digits. And now, another headline-grabbing whistleblower is getting the big screen treatment, but will the result be any different? Well, the folks behind the adaptation of Luke Harding's "The Snowden Files" are hoping the controversial likes of Oliver Stone will get butts in the seats. The director behind "Nixon," "Platoon," "W" and "JFK" has been tasked with helming the project and he's pretty excited. "This is one of the greatest stories of our time," Stone told The Guardian. "A real challenge. I'm glad to have the Guardian working with us." That's right, the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The film gathers a bunch of stars, led by Ralph Fiennes (The Invisible Woman) as Gustave H., the legendary concierge at the famous European hotel. Inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig, the movie follows Gustave’s many adventures with the lobby boy (Tony Revolori, The Perfect Game) who becomes Gustave’s most trusted friend.
Together they must hold the hotel together amidst the theft of a priceless Renaissance painting, battle for an enormous family fortune and a changing Continent between two wars.
Rated R, the rest of the cast of The Grand Budapest Hotel also includes F. Murray Abraham (Inside Llewyn Davis), Adrien Brody (Wrecked), Willem Dafoe (Platoon), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), Harvey Keitel (The Last Godfather »
With Jane Campion -- the only female director ever to win the Palme d'Or -- serving as jury president at this year's Cannes Film Festival, some were anticipating a greater female presence in the Competition. With two women showing up in the eventual lineup, the festival wasn't too generous on that score, but they've made up for it with female-dominated jury -- with Oscar-winning director Sofia Coppola one of four women joining Campion on the nine-person panel. We run through the full group after the jump. Carole Bouquet: A major name in her native France, Bouquet made an auspicious feature debut in Luis Bunuel's "That Obscure Object of Desire," and flirted with international stardom by playing a Bond girl in 1981's "For Your Eyes Only." Since then, she's remained chiefly in France, winning a Cesar for 1989 Cannes Grand Prix winner "Too Beautiful for You." She'll next be seen »
- Guy Lodge
The winners will be announced on stage on Saturday, May 24, while the winner of the Palme d'Or will be screened on the closing night of May 25.
Among the movies to be screened at the 2014 event include projects from Ryan Gosling, Tommy Lee Jones, Olivier Assayas, Atom Egoyan, Jean-Luc Godard, Michel Hazanavicius, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, David Cronenberg, Wim Wenders and the Dardenne brothers. »
Reflecting upon the career of Johnny Depp it is forgivable to peer back over the actor’s filmography absent-mindedly overlooking the roles which rocketed him towards the status he holds within Hollywood today. Whilst you could count his starring roles in films directed by Tim Burton on both hands with relative ease, it could be argued that Depp’s career has been somewhat shackled by the weight of these performances.
If Edward Scissorhands is the film which unleashed Depp as the superstar he was to become, it is probable that Ed Wood is a respectable shout as the performance of his colourful career. This list ignores these roles however, casting Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd et al. aside in favour of his other performances which deserve reflection – perfect time considering Depp returns to the big screen in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, which is out in cinemas right now.
- Jacob Stolworthy
The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 67th edition, comprising eight world cinema names from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, the Us, France and Mexico.
Cannes 2014: films
Those selected include Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director, screenwriter and producer who won Best Direction at Cannes in 2011 with Drive. His most recent film, Only God Forgives, played in Competition at Cannes last year.
Also chosen is Sofia Coppola, the Us director and screenwriter whose debut The Virgin Suicides was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 1999. Coppola, who won a screenwriting Oscar for Lost in Translation, made it into »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Few recent filmmaker biographies are as comprehensive, insightful or personal as Matt Zoller Seitz's "The Wes Anderson Collection," a phenomenal coffee table book that combined Seitz's essays, interviews with Anderson, detailed photos comparing Anderson's films to those of his influences, and original artwork by Max Dalton into the kind of meticulously detailed work worthy of an Anderson film. Now, Seitz is following up that achievement with a book on multiple Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone. "The Oliver Stone Experience" will cover Stone's life and career, from his upbringing as the son of a Republican stockbroker and formative years in Vietnam to his days as the acclaimed, provocative, often divisive filmmaker behind "Platoon," "Salvador," "Wall Street," "Born on the Fourth of July," "JFK" and "Natural Born Killers." Seitz has spent the past three years conducting interviews with Stone, and his book will include original artwork, analyses and footnotes, plus personal photos, »
- Max O'Connell
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