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Rome sees Business Street growth

6 October 2014 3:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Industry events include co-pro forum, China Day, Argentina-Brazil focus.

The Rome Film Festival’s (Oct 16-25) boutique market Business Street (Oct 17-21) has reported a record 25% increase year-on-year in international buyers, sales agents and producers, according to organisers. This should see a rise on the average number of industry accreditations of 750.

The market will welcome approximately 90 sellers and 283 buyers from more than 50 countries.

Attending sellers will include The Match Factory, Beta Cinema, Wild Bunch, Gaumont, Le Pacte, EuropaCorp, HanWay, WestEnd and Bankside.

Buyers include TWC, Magnolia, Film Movement, Memento, Senator, Soda, A Contracorriente, Metropole and Cineart as well as Asian buyers from Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Japan and Australia.

“This year we are looking at 20-25% year-on-year growth,” confirmed Business Street head Massimo Saidel. “By the end of July we were having to turn people away.”

Industry events

The market will feature around 80 market screenings as well as the return of sidebar Re-make It!, a selection »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Inside the Emmy Parties: Kerry Washington & ‘Scandal’ Cast Party Hop, Cloris Leachman Photobombs

24 August 2014 10:08 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nibble and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Saturday, Aug. 23:

11:10 a.m. “Nashville’s” Rayna James is “a woman that we need to see in country music,” says honoree Callie Khouri at the Women Making History Event, presented by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine, at the Skirball Center. (She also teases that the “Nashville” premiere is going to feature two live performances in the show.) She thinks it’s incredible to see more women directing TV and as showrunners. “Nashville” boasts a largely female writing staff and women in main storylines.

11:36 a.m. Sophia Bush, also being honored, stops to blush when her mom stands behind the press snapping photos »

- Cynthia Littleton, Laura Prudom and Shalini Dore

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Viennale 2014. Lineup

22 August 2014 4:44 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The 2014 Viennale gets underway on October 23rd and runs to November 6th. The festival has published a preview of their lineup:

Features

Frank (Lenny Abrahamson)

Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)

Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)

Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)

Two Day, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)

Li'l Quinguin (Bruno Demont)

Hard to Be a God (Aeksej German)

Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard)

Mambo Cool (Chris Gude)

Amour fou (Jessica Hausner)

The Last Summer of the Rich (Peter Kern)

Time Lapse (Bradley King)

The Kindergarten Teacher (Nadav Lapid)

Sorrow and Joy (Nils Malmros)

Suddarth (Richie Mehta)

Macondo (Sudabeh Mortezai)

Force Majeure (Ruben Ostlund)

I'm Not Him (Tayfun Pirselimoglu)

Favula (Raúl Perrone)

Buzzard (Joel Potrykus)

A Proletarian Winter's Tale (Julian Radlmaier)

Two Shots Fired (Martín Rejtman)

Mauro (Hernán Rosselli)

The Sad Smell of Flesh (Cristóbal Arteaga Rozas)

Love is Strange (Ira Sachs)

The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)

Why Don't You Play in Hell? »

- Notebook

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Viennale unveils 2014 highlights

22 August 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Vienna film festival to include a tribute to Viggo Mortensen and a retrospective on John Ford.Scroll down for list of higlights

Highlights of the 52nd Vienna International Film Festival (Oct 23-Nov 6) have been unveiled, including buzz titles from Cannes and Sundance as well as a tribute to actor Viggo Mortensen and a retrospective on director John Ford.

The feature film programme includes Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, Olivier Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Maria and the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night. Other titles include Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, Ruben Ostlund’s Turist and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank.

In the documentary line-up, highlights include Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days On Earth, from directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard; Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery; and Tessa Louise Salome’s Mr Leos Carax.

The Viennale will pay tribute to American-Danish actor Viggo Mortensen, whose films range from The Lord of the Rings trilogy to David Cronenberg features »

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

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Britain's Got Talent star Lucy Kay announces debut album Fantasia

21 August 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Lucy Kay has announced the release of her first studio album Fantasia.

The Britain's Got Talent finalist recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony Classical and her debut will be released on September 24. It is available for pre-order now.

"It is an honour to be working with Sony Classical, it is a dream come true," said Kay, who trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

"The support I have received from the public has been overwhelming and I'm excited to continue on my journey with them."

Sony Classical label head Liam Toner added: "Lucy has a unique ability to reach beyond the normal boundaries of opera and touch the hearts of millions of people throughout the country.

"She truly is 'The People's Soprano'."

Fantasia includes 'Un Bel Di' from Madame Butterfly, 'O Mio Babbino Caro' from A Room with A View and 'Nessun Dorma', which she performed on »

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Nyff 2014. Main Slate

19 August 2014 5:16 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Opening Night – World Premiere

Gone Girl

David Fincher, USA, 2014, Dcp, 150m

David Fincher’s film version of Gillian Flynn’s phenomenally successful best seller (adapted by the author) is one wild cinematic ride, a perfectly cast and intensely compressed portrait of a recession-era marriage contained within a devastating depiction of celebrity/media culture, shifting gears as smoothly as a Maserati 250F. Ben Affleck is Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary. Neil Patrick Harris is Amy’s old boyfriend Desi, Carrie Coon (who played Honey in Tracy Letts’s acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is Nick’s sister Margo, Kim Dickens (TremeFriday Night Lights) is Detective Rhonda Boney, and Tyler Perry is Nick’s superstar lawyer Tanner Bolt. At once a grand panoramic vision of middle America, a uniquely disturbing exploration of the fault lines in a marriage, »

- Notebook

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Britain's Got Talent's Jonathan Antoine announces solo album Tenore

7 August 2014 5:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Britain's Got Talent's Jonathan Antoine has announced the release of his first solo album.

The singer and his former partner Charlotte Jaconelli both signed solo deals earlier this year, following the success of their two albums Together and Perhaps Love.

Antoine will release his first solo collection, Tenore, on October 13 via Sony Classical.

Speaking about his song selections for the record, Antoine said: "I have chosen 'La donna e mobile' from Verdi's Rigoletto as the opera is such huge fun! I was first introduced to it by Sara Reynolds, my teacher from The Junior Royal Academy Of Music, so it has wonderful associations for me.

"I have been singing 'Panis Angelicus' ever since the age of 13. I was taught it by Jenny Ewington, my very first singing teacher, so it has extra special meaning for me.

"Just to ring the changes, I have included 'Love Changes Everything' on »

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2014 Independent Film Week Includes Latest From Barry Jenkins, Alistair Banks Griffin, Passon, Frammartino & Landes

23 July 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

On the heels of the 39th edition of the Toronto Int. Film Festival (Sept 4-14), Ifp’s Independent Film Week is where a plethora of fiction, non-fiction and new this year, web-based series from the likes of Desiree Akhavan and Calvin Reeder find future coin. Sectioned off as projects at the very beginning of financing to those that are nearing completion, there happens to be tons of Sundance alumni in the names below. Among those that caught our attention we have Medicine for Melancholy‘s Barry Jenkins’ sophomore feature, produced by Bad Milo!‘s Adele Romanski, Moonlight is about “two Miami boys navigate the temptations of the drug trade and their burgeoning sexuality in this triptych drama about black queer youth”. Concussion‘s Stacie Passon digs into the thriller genre with Strange Things Started Happening. Produced by vet Mary Jane Skalski (Mysterious Skin), this is about “a woman who has »

- Eric Lavallee

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The Weinstein Company To Release One Chance On Yahoo Screen Before It Hits Theaters

21 July 2014 7:19 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On the night of June 9th 2007, a new television reality show called ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ went on air in the UK. On its first ever broadcast, a shy, unassuming man opened his mouth to sing the famous operatic aria ‘Nessun Dorma’, delivering a beautiful, stirring rendition that would change his life from that moment forward.

Swept up in the contagious emotion of Giacomo Puccini’s stunning aria, and the unlikely figure with crooked teeth and diluted confidence who had crooned it for them, the show’s three judges – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan – stared in awe at what they had just witnessed, while the audience of 2,000 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff erupted in a standing ovation.

Britain was instantly won over by Paul Potts, who was then working as a manager at the Port Talbot branch of The Carphone Warehouse, and followed him on his »

- Michelle McCue

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13 reasons to check out Nat Geo's 'The '90s: The Last Great Decade?' tonight

6 July 2014 2:27 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Tonight, the National Geographic Channel—or, as the hepcats call it, Nat Geo—will air the first installment of The ’90s: The Last Greatest Decade?, a three-night documentary series event that explores what is undoubtedly the Internet’s favorite ten years.

You might be asking, “Why do I need to see yet another nostalgic docuseries/blog post/revived children’s show or movie about a decade that gave the world The Postman?” Well, friendly naysayer, we’ll tell you: The special features a bunch of famous people saying fun/interesting/silly things about the past. You love fun/interesting/silly things about the past! »

- Ray Rahman

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Britain's Got Talent's Lucy Kay signs record deal with Sony Classical

19 June 2014 6:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Britain's Got Talent runner-up Lucy Kay has secured herself a record deal.

The singer has signed a multi-album deal with Sony Classical, following her appearance on the most recent series of the ITV talent contest.

Kay - who will release her debut album in the autumn - said: "I can't quite believe it. I'm incredibly honoured and excited to announce that I've signed a multi-album deal with Sony."

Her manager Jonathan Shalit commented: "I have not been so excited about a classical soprano since I discovered Charlotte Church.

"Lucy Kay will be the UK's most popular soprano ever."

Earlier this week, it was announced that Kay will head out on a 2015 tour with Got Talent winners Collabro.

Watch Lucy Kay singing 'Nessun Dorma' during the Britain's Got Talent final below: »

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Britain's Got Talent final as it happens: Live blog

7 June 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

A salsa dancing 80-year-old, judges throwing water at each other and a controversial Golden Buzzer act, this series of Britain's Got Talent has had it all. But after many weeks of some brilliant and some, erm, not quite so brilliant acts, it's time to find out who will take the crown, the £250,000 prize money and a spot at The Royal Variety performance.

Who will win? Will Simon Cowell make someone cry? Will Darcy Oake take his shirt off? Join Digital Spy at 7pm to find out all the answers.

21:26Well that's it for another year! Thanks for following us!

21:26Was it the result you wanted?

21:23Expect their rendition of the Les Mis soundtrack later this year.

21:21Collabro!

21:21And the winner is...

21:20So it's between Lucy Kay and Collabro.

21:20I really didn't want them to win. I don't care if that seems harsh.

21: »

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20 Billion-Dollar Composer: For Hans Zimmer, ‘The Real Risk Is Playing It Safe’

7 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Composer Hans Zimmer — the first creative to raise Variety’s Billion-Dollar milestone 20-fold since the series was introduced in 1993 — likes to take chances.

Who else would have:

» Recorded a London brass section, electronically processed their sounds, then played them back through speakers placed in the studio’s stairwells for an even stranger soundscape in “Inception”?

» Solicited choral contributions from fans via the Internet to create a 100,000-voice chant that would eventually appear in “The Dark Knight Rises”?

» Traveled to Eastern Europe to record Roma gypsy violinists and accordionists to incorporate into his music for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”?

» Defied comicbook, heroic-music tradition by creating “drum circles” of renowned percussionists creating grooves that he could then employ in his “Man of Steel” score?

» Recruited South African singer Lebo M. to create authentic-sounding choral chants for “The Lion King,” Australian singer Lisa Gerrard to compose and perform the haunting vocals of “Gladiator, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Cannes Check 2014: Jean-Luc Godard's 'Goodbye to Language'

5 May 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the oldest director (with the shortest film) in the lineup: Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language."  The director: Jean-Luc Godard (French-Swiss, 83 years old). How to sum up Godard in a paragraph? One of the founding fathers of the French New Wave, and arguably its most persistently radical innovative member, with a career spanning seven decades, 39 feature films and an indeterminate number of creative phases. One of the sizable school of French filmmakers who had a formative stint as a critic for Cahiers du cinéma, Godard was born and educated in Paris -- the very city »

- Guy Lodge

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'Gentleman's Guide', Neil Patrick Harris' 'Hedwig' lead nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards

29 April 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Fully realizing its underdog appeal, the cheeky musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder slayed the competition this morning with a whopping 10 Tony nominations, including nods for both of its tireless leading men, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham. Neil Patrick Harris’ return to Broadway after a decade yielded him his first-ever Tony nomination for the celebrated revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which netted an impressive eight nods. (Had it been eligible as a new musical, Hedwig probably would have easily tied Guide, as score and book would have been slam dunks). Trailing these shows with seven »

- Jason Clark

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Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup

17 April 2014 2:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.

The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”

One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs. »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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New Release Dates for Walk Of Shame, Transcendence, One Chance, Mean Moms, The Conjuring 2, and How To Be Single

25 February 2014 7:27 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Here's a look at the latest release date shuffle: Walk of Shame moves from April 25th to May 2nd. Transcendence shifts back just one day to April 18th. One Chance moves from March 14th to August 29th. An Untitled New Line Horror Film, formerly titled Annabelle, is now set for an October 3rd debut. Mean Moms debuts May 8, 2015, opening one week after Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Conjuring 2 will open October 23, 2015. How to Be Single opens February 12, 2016. Hit the jump for more on each picture. Walk of Shame - Steven Brill's comedy centers on a news anchor (Elizabeth Banks) who finds herself out on the street after a drunken one-night stand with no money, identification, or means of travel.  Her shameful trek across Los Angeles is fraught with misadventures as she attempts to make it to a career-changing job interview.  The film also stars James MarsdenGillian JacobsSarah Wright, »

- Dave Trumbore

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The Definitive Original Screenplays: 50-41

16 February 2014 9:17 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What makes a brilliant script? Is it quotable lines? Is it nuanced dialogue? Or is it just the ability to move the story along and not get in the way? When looking back through the history of screenwriting, there are plenty of iconic films based on previous work; the Writer’s Guild of America voted Casablanca the greatest screenplay of all time, but it’s adapted. So, what is the most important piece of film writing ever written directly for the screen? This list will shift from American to international, conventional to unconventional. Most importantly, these are the scripts that demonstrate how “screenwriting from scratch” is done.

courtesy of amazon.com

50. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Written by Alain Robbe-Grillet

Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, »

- Joshua Gaul

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The week ahead in arts

11 February 2014 4:32 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Eno gets itself a new production of Verdi's tragedy, while Richard Hamilton takes over the Tate Modern and Jude Law puts his Henry V to bed

Opening this week

Rigoletto

Eno finally gets itself a new production of Verdi's tragedy, more than 30 years after the last. Christopher Alden's staging was first seen in Toronto two years ago; Graeme Jenkins conducts it here, with Quinn Kelsey and Anna Christie heading the cast. Coliseum, London (020 7845 9300), in rep from Thursday.

■ Protein: Border Tales

A witty, moving portrait of contemporary multicultural Britain, as seen through the choreographic lens of Luca Silvestrini. Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich (01473 295230), Wednesday to Saturday, then touring.

Richard Hamilton

The painter, collagist and illustrator, not to mention founding father of pop art, who died in 2011, gets a major retrospective. Tate Modern (020-7887 8888), London SE1, from Thursday.

Last chance to see:

Henry V

Jude Law plays the king as robust »

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Film Review: ‘Mr. X’

4 February 2014 10:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“The return of phantoms, of impossible beings,” is how actress Eva Mendes describes Leos Carax’s work during her appearance in “Mr. X,” a reverent tribute to the French auteur that makes him out to be something of an impossible phantom himself. Tessa-Louise Salome’s handsome, appropriately spidery doc draws on interviews with a host of Carax’s collaborators and admirers in an attempt to define the soaring significance of his short filmography — but with Mr. X naturally absent from his own party, any answers remain elusive. Alluring if not especially illuminating, this presently brief pic (presented in Sundance as a work in progress) serves as a tasty primer for audiences who only got wise to Carax with his 2012 comeback feature, “Holy Motors.” Festival programmers will flock, though it’s a niche item from a distribution standpoint.

Salome, who previously directed a 45-minute making-of featurette for “Holy Motors,” was »

- Guy Lodge

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