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Physical production agent Wayne Fitterman has joined Wme as a partner. The veteran rep was head of UTA's production department and will lead Wme's corresponding division starting today. Fitterman is bringing 46 clients to his new agency, including Oscar-winning cinematographers Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood) and Andrew Lesnie (The Lord of the Rings), producer Ron Bozman (The Silence of the Lambs), production designer Grant Major (The Lord of the Rings), costume designers Jenny Beavan (A Room With a View) and Mark Bridges (The Artist), editor Anne Coates (Lawrence of Arabia) and visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel (The Lord
- Rebecca Sun
The story is based on Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's New Yorker article about the final moments in the chess game relationship between an ailing Delhi judge and his beautiful younger Bombay wife.
Each has separate lives, even though they live under the same roof. As he nears death, the judge wants to be sure that his even younger, barely educated mistress is cared for and not cast out.
Jhabvala, who passed away in April, was a Booker Prize-winning novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter. She was also the go to scribe for Ismael Merchant and James Ivory's films such as "Howard's End," "The Remains of the Day" and "A Room with a View".
Conde Nast Entertainment and Ad Hominem Enterprises will produce the film.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Fox Searchlight is in talks to distribute.
“The Judge’s Will” is Jhabvala’s final published work. The story appeared in the March 25 issue of The New Yorker, a week before Jhabvala died.
Jhabvala’s story focuses on the relationship between an ailing Delhi judge and his younger wife. The story began with this sentence: “After his second heart attack, the judge knew that he could no longer put off informing his wife about the contents of his will.”
- Dave McNary
Right now Alexander Payne's new film Nebraska is making the festival rounds, but Paramount Vantage will send the black and white comedic drama to theaters in November. However, the director will next reunite with The Descendants distributor Fox Searchlight for a new project called The Judge's Will. Deadline reports Payne is currently in talks to direct the film from Conde Nast Entertainment, based on a piece from The New Yorker that was actually the last published work of writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who also worked on some films like Le Divorce and A Room with a View with Ismael Merchant and James Ivory. Now Payne will direct (and produce through his Ad Hominem Enterprises) the story which follows the last days in a "chess game relationship" between an ailing Delhi judge and his beautiful younger Bombay wife. Each of them live their own lives independently despite living under the same roof, »
- Ethan Anderton
Everyone loves a romantic movie, right? Here's what the Guardian and Observer's critics think are the 10 most romantic movies of all time. Let us know what you think in the comments below
Peter Bradshaw on romantic movies
Movies such as Gone With the Wind and Doctor Zhivago lent something grand and epic to romantic love, but it was perhaps the much-loved weepie An Affair to Remember that did the most to introduce us to the more domestic idea of the chick flick or the date movie – the romantic film adored by women and tolerated by their husbands and boyfriends.
The teaser for Grace of Monaco has finally arrived and it is one money shot of Goddess and/or Opulence and/or Fyc Advertisement after another, all to further iconize Grace Kelly through another film icon Nicole Kidman.
It's an actressexual oroborus and I be gobbling it up.
Gobbling it up whilst fretting about the reviews and response to come. I'm not so secretly dreading the onslaught of negativity about 'how dare Kidman play Princess Grace' when discerning cinephiles or anyone who has actually watched their respective filmographies will surely understand that Kidman > Kelly. And anyone who can look past glamour iconography will surely understand that Grace Kelly was only 25 years old for 12 months of her life... that just happened to be the year of her life when the bulk of movies she's remembered for appeared (Rear Window, The Country Girl, Dial M For Murder) and looked different later on after leaving Hollywood. »
- NATHANIEL R
One of the most well-respected actresses working today is Dame Judi Dench. A career spanning over 50 years has seen her work in both film and television, appearing in A Room With A View, Shakespeare in Love, and The Shipping News, as well as numerous Shakespeare adaptations, including Hamlet and Henry V, and memorably playing James Bond’s superior M in films such as Goldeneye and Casino Royale. Her involvement in a film automatically elevates a project, and her newest feature has been no different. Working with High Fidelity and The Queen director Stephen Frears, Dench stars in the film alongside Steve Coogan, who also co-wrote the screeplay with Jeff Pope. The first clip from the film, which will be screening at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: Thompson on Hollywood)
- Deepayan Sengupta
Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook) and Julian Sands ( A Room With A View, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) have been added to the cast of Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, the feature film based on Richard Alfieri ’s international hit play of the same name.
“We’re particularly excited to have Jacki Weaver join the cast as a follow-up to her Oscar-nominated role in Silver Linings Playbook,” said producer Andras Somkuti. “She, Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson and Julian Sands reflect the caliber of actors that our casting director Paul Ruddy has reached out to for key roles in the film.”
Filming is underway at Astra Film Studios in Budapest, Hungary, to be followed by location shoots in St. Petersburg, Florida.
- Michelle McCue
Two new promos for Dexter’s eighth and final season have been released by Showtime, as well as news that Julian Sands has been cast in the drama.
Julian Sands is known for Warlock, A Room With A View, Smallville, Leaving Las Vegas and a slew of horror films. He’ll play “Miles Foster…a wealthy industrial businessman.” And now the fun promo’s for what looks like a stellar final season.
Is Deb a “Killer or Innocent Victim”?
Dexter Lives “Behind a Mask”
Dexter premieres Sunday June 30th on Showtime. »
- Andy Greene
Time Out has put its heart on its sleeve and shouted its Brief Encounter infatuation from the rooftops. Will you join them in their lovebombing of the 68-year-old classic? Or have your tastes in romantic movies moved on?
Sam played it again, now it's our turn to plug in the turntable and petition you once more for your top romance films of all time. The peg? Time Out's 100 Most Romantic Films of all Time poll, which has been announced today, and which names Brief Encounter as the title most likely to get your heart a-flutter.
But by our reckoning, the Time Out folk are cruising for a bruising; when we came to the same conclusion three years ago, the readers felt we'd done them wrong, and suggested Casablanca was Mr Right when it came to romantic movies.
Do you feel the same? Has your taste for gin joints endured over the past three years? »
Mysjkin with Woody Allen. As close as she fears she'll get to him!We're getting to know the Film Experience community. Should this be a weekly feature? Today we're talking to Ann-Mari from Norway who goes by "Mysjkin" in the comments.
Quick what's the last movie you watched before I asked you to do this reader spotlight?
Mysjkin: I finally got around to watching Let the Right One In after finally having read the book. As a librarian I am intrigued by how page translates to screen. It's impossible to completely capture a novel, choices need to be made. Let the Right One In was to me a really well judged adaptation, focusing on what I found to be the heart of the novel; the relationship between Eli and Oscar and their fragile, violent and compelling coming-of-age.
When did you start reading The Film Experience?
Mysjkin: I discovered Tfe back »
- NATHANIEL R
The Film That Changed My Life | Argentine Film Festival | Daniel Day-Lewis | Jameson Cult Film Club
The Film That Changed My Life, London
A simple idea to mark the centenary of the Critics' Circle: 14 well-known film critics introduce their favourite movies, and try to change your life. Understandably, most the movies are classics, from Kate Muir's choice (and Martin Scorsese fave) I Know Where I'm Going! to If… and The 400 Blows. From the Guardian/Observer stable, Peter Bradshaw goes for Raging Bull, Philip French Bad Day At Black Rock, and Jason Solomons Annie Hall. For something more alternative, the Evening Standard's Derek Malcolm presents Ship Of Theseus, an acclaimed Mumbai drama made just last year, while Empire's Kim Newman offers an obscure 1960s double bill from Nathan Juran: First Men In The Moon and East Of Sudan.
Barbican, EC2, Fri to 2 May
Argentine Film Festival, London
Cinema won't settle the Falklands/Malvinas dispute, »
- Steve Rose
Success came to Ruth Prawer Jhabvala both as a novelist and screenwriter as she won the Booker Prize for Dust and Bone which was published in 1975 and two Academy Awards for adapting two books by E.M. Forster for the big screen, A Room with a View (1986) and Howards End (1992). “I have great rapport with Forster and his life,” Jhabvala stated during an interview with the Writers Guild of America. “I grew up in England, and I went to India, the same as him. I knew the sort of characters he wrote about. I knew the Indian characters he wrote about. I knew them well. It wasn’t strange territory for me. For example, sometimes people send me books set in Iowa or somewhere. I would have no idea! A book set in England or India? Okay, that’s fine. Or even here on the East coast, that’s fine. I’ve met those people. »
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at 87, had a much greater impact on the world of film than just inspiring an Oscar-winning role for Meryl Streep in 2011's "The Iron Lady." The woman who led Great Britain from 1979 to 1990 cast a long shadow over filmmaking in her country during her time in office, inspiring much reaction (pro and con) among filmmakers, inspiring some classic movies, and unwittingly giving major career boosts to some of our era's greatest movie talents. The conventional wisdom about Thatcher's impact on pop culture was that performing artists, being a lefty, proletarian bunch, hated her with a passion. Certainly the British musicians of the '80s, from Billy Bragg to Pink Floyd, composed numerous bitter protest anthems condemning her as a war-mongering tyrant who was strangling the working class. But the movies British filmmakers created during her three terms in office were a lot more ambivalent, »
- Gary Susman
The Margaret Thatcher era left an indelible mark on British cinema – not all of it negative. Here we select some key films that distilled the essence of Thatcher's Britain, for better or worse
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The spirit of free enterprise underpins the Hanif Kureishi-scripted, Stephen Frears-directed comedy – mordant but forward-looking in its equation of immigrant thrift with modern conservative values. Omar, son of a campaigning journalist-in-exile, turns to launderette-management, drug-stealing and inter-ethnic gay sex to boot. Genuinely groundbreaking in its subtle and empathetic portrait of a British Asian community, My Beautiful Laundrette was a teasing provocation to the mindset of the 70s old left. Daniel Day Lewis, of course, made a massive impact as punk rocker Johnny, a stereotype confounder who deserts his street-fighting confreres for Omar's charms. Kureishi's prescience even ran to the »
- Andrew Pulver
The writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who has died aged 85, achieved her greatest fame late in life, and for work she had once dismissed as a hobby – listing "writing film scripts" as a recreation in Who's Who. Her original screenplays and adaptations of literary classics for the film producer Ismail Merchant and the director James Ivory were met with box-office and critical success. The trio met in 1961, and almost immediately became collaborators, as well as close and lifelong friends.
Soon after Merchant and Ivory themselves met (in New York), Merchant proposed that they make a film of Jhabvala's early novel The Householder (1960). The pair then went to Delhi and asked her to sell them the book and write a screenplay of it in eight days flat. Over the next five decades, »
- Janet Watts
Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died. She was 85.
Firoza Jhabvala said Wednesday that her mother died in New York after a long illness.
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a longtime member of Merchant Ivory Productions, writing 22 films over four decades. She won two Academy Awards for her adaptations of the E.M. Forster novels Howards End and A Room With a View. She was also nominated for adapting 1993′s The Remains of the Day. All three films were also best-picture contenders.
“Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has been a beloved member of the Merchant Ivory family since 1960, comprising one-third of »
- Associated Press
Ruth, born in 1927 in Germany, moved to New Delhi in 1951 after marrying Indian architect Cyrus H. Jhabvala.
Her novel “Head and dust”, set in India, won her a Booker prize in 1975. She was first approached by Merchant Ivory production for the adaptation of the novel. The novel got made into a film in 1983.
Screenwriter and novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who collaborated for five decades with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant and won Oscars for “A Room With a View” and “Howards End,” died of a pulmonary disorder Wednesday in New York. She was 85.
Born in Germany, she moved to Britain with her family during the Nazi regime. After marrying an Indian architect in 1951 and moving to New Delhi, she began to write about her life there. She drew on her experiences for the novel “Heat and Dust” about a young woman living in India in the 1920s, which won the Booker Prize and was adapted for the 1983 Ivory film.
Prawer Jhabvala collaborated with Merchant and Ivory on films that were often literary adaptations, including “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge,” “The Remains of the Day,” “Quartet,” “The Golden Bowl” and “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries.”
Merchant first called her in 1961 to ask the novelist, »
- Pat Saperstein
Writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, whose scripts for "Howards End" and "A Room With A View" earned her Oscars, has died at her home in New York. She was 85. She made more than 20 films with producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory over 40 years.a She also won the Booker Prize for her 1975 novel "Heat and Dust." Also read: Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2013 Born into a Jewish family, her family fled Nazi Germany in 1939 to begin a new life in Britain. After meeting her future husband in London, Jhabvala moved »
- Todd Cunningham
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