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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
The 2014 Viennale gets underway on October 23rd and runs to November 6th. The festival has published a preview of their lineup:
Frank (Lenny Abrahamson)
Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Two Day, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
Li'l Quinguin (Bruno Demont)
Hard to Be a God (Aeksej German)
The Last Summer of the Rich (Peter Kern)
The Kindergarten Teacher (Nadav Lapid)
Sorrow and Joy (Nils Malmros)
Suddarth (Richie Mehta)
Force Majeure (Ruben Ostlund)
I'm Not Him (Tayfun Pirselimoglu)
A Proletarian Winter's Tale (Julian Radlmaier)
The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)
Why Don't You Play in Hell? »
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.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Lucy Kay has announced the release of her first studio album Fantasia.
"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'."
Opening Night – World Premiere
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 (Treme, Friday 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, »
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 »
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
21:21And 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.
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?
- Jon Burlingame
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
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
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
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 Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright, »
- Dave Trumbore
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.
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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
Opening this week
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.
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.
■ Henry V
Jude Law plays the king as robust »
“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
Super Bowl Xlviii is almost upon us and as America waits to see whether the Seahawks or the Broncos will emerge victorious, the TV audience also eagerly anticipates the festival of advertising that will accompany it.
A number of brands have tried to get ahead of the game – in every sense – by posting their new work online, and our offers a preview of some of the most notable commercials.
Budweiser: 'Puppy Love'
If you had to sum up Super Bowl Xlviii's commercials in a single word, you wouldn't be too far off if you chose the word "puppies" and this ad for Budweiser is already a front-runner to emerge as this year's favourite. Skilfully directed by Ridley Scott's son Jake, it's an unashamedly emotional tale that'll have football fans crying into their beer. »
- Jason Stone
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