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Thomas has produced and executive-produced films including Nicolas Roeg's "Bad Timing," Bernardo Bertolucci's epic "The Last Emperor," David Cronenberg's "Crash" and recently Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive." The jury will present the Best Film Award at an October 18 awards ceremony, among other prizes. Previous winners include Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida," Lynne Ramsay's "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone." (Here's this year's lineup.) Also sitting on the Official Competition jury to select the Best Film winner are Ahmad Abdalla (director of "Rags and Tatters"), actress Sally Hawkins (Oscar-nommed this year for "Blue Jasmine"), film producer Lorna Tee, BAFTA winner James McAvoy (this year seen in "Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) and Variety Chief Film Critic Scott Foundas. The festival runs October 8-19 at venues across the UK capital. More info on the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
British producer Jeremy Thomas to to head the Official Competition jury at the 58th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).
Thomas’s career as producer and executive producer spans Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing (1978), Bernardo Bertolucci’s Oscar-winner The Last Emperor (1987), David Cronenberg’s Crash (1996), Wim Wender’s Pina (2011) and Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).
He will preside over a jury that comprises last year’s Best Film Award nominee Ahmad Abdalla (Rags & Tatters), actress Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), film producer and programme advisor Lorna Tee (Postcards from the Zoo), actor James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and film critic Scott Foundas.
Jury members who will present work at the festival include Abdalla, whose film Decor receives its world premiere; Hawkins, who features in Morgan Matthews’ debut feature X + Y; and James McAvoy who stars in The Disappearance »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Veteran producer Jeremy Thomas has been named head of the official competition jury for the upcoming BFI London Film Festival. In an announcement made Tuesday, the prolific producer behind titles such as The Last Emperor, Crash, Naked Lunch and Only Lovers Left Alive — and a former BFI chair —was revealed alongside Luc Roeg, Sophie Fiennes and Finola Dwyer, who are set to preside over the first feature, documentary and best British newcomer competition juries, respectively. Read more: Edward Snowden Doc to Get U.K. Premiere at London Film Festival On the official competition jury, Thomas will be joined by
- Alex Ritman
Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci enters the living room of his Rome apartment through a door that had been in New York’s now-defunct New Yorker Theater, the legendary mecca for film buffs where his “Before the Revolution” screened in 1965, when he was 24.
Wheelchair-bound due to a back injury, a white cat sitting on his lap, the 74-year-old helmer asks his assistant to turn off the 4K projector beaming images on the wall, and begins to speak about his latest film, “Me and You,” as well as to muse on his lingering desire to work in 3D.
The maestro’s first feature since 2004’s “The Dreamers,” “Me and You” (Io e te) — also Bertolucci’s first Italian-language film in 32 years — debuted in Cannes in 2012 to mixed reviews; in 2012, it made a strong $2 million-plus in Italy and played in key markets in Europe. The film opened in New York on July 4 via niche distrib Emerging Pictures. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Dream fights. Or better yet, superfights. That’s a term that has grown and grown in Mma circles over the years as the sport has advanced in popularity, and more and more big name fighters have been signed to the Ufc. Yet despite their almost complete dominance, the Ufc has missed out on several major fights between marketable superstars both inside and outside of their organization.
Brock vs Fedor would have been the biggest PPV fight ever, at least of the decade (lets leave room for future stars here), but Dana White couldn’t get it done. Whether you believe it was the Russian mob, M-1, a personal beef between Fedor and Dana, or whatever else, it never happened.
It could have. For the sake of the fans, it probably should have. Dana White »
- Jay Anderson
The reason there hasn't been a new Bernardo Bertolucci film for more than ten years is because the now 72-year-old master filmmaker of The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor, has been having health problems. His bad back led to multiple surgeries and ultimately left him wheelchair-bound. Me and You (Io e te), his first film since The Dreamers, and his first Italian language film in more than 30 years, is a gentle, affecting coming-of-age story masterfully told.The film is unexpectedly sweet. Sure, there are a bit of Bertolucci's usual sexual innuendos and brashness but skin is kept to a bare minimum. Don't despair yet, because there is a lot to love in Me and You. I can see why the project,...
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Title: Me & You (Io e Te) Director: Bernardo Bertolucci Starring: Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Tea Falco, Sonia Bergamasco, Veronica Lazar, Tommaso Ragno, Pippo Delbono. When it comes to Bernardo Bertolucci, undoubtably the expectations are very high: he shocked with ‘Last Tango In Paris,’ enchanted with ‘The Last Emperor’ and had a great come back with ‘The Dreamers’ in 2003. Now the Italian Maestro returns with a story on borderline siblings. Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori), a quirky 14-year-old loner who has difficult relationships with his parents and peers, decides to take a break from it all by hiding in his building’s neglected basement, when everyone thinks he’s skiing with his classmates [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Vic Bateman, an international sales agent in the U.K. whose career in film spanned more than 40 years, has died. He was 72.
Over the years Bateman handled major films such as “The Deer Hunter,” “The Elephant Man,” “A Passage to India,” “All of Me,” “Highlander,” “The Hitcher,” “Death on the Nile,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Last Emperor” and “The Big Easy.”
He began in the contract administration department of British Lion in 1961, developing detailed knowledge of the commercial, financial and legal terms governing distribution arrangements on a global basis. In the early 1970s Bateman was promoted to the international sales division of what was by then Emi Films.
He co-founded United Media Film Sales in 1989 and was instrumental in the financing and worldwide sales of “The Krays” and then set up Victor Films and launched with “Split Second,” starring Rutger Hauer. Bateman handled sales on titles including “Death Machine, »
- Variety Staff
Tributes have been paid to Victor ‘Vic’ Bateman, the co-founder and vice chairman of London-based sales company Av Pictures, has died. He was 72.
Bateman’s career in film spanned more than 40 years. He began in the contract administration department of British Lion in 1961, where he developed detailed knowledge of the commercial, financial and legal terms governing distribution arrangements on a global basis. In the early 1970’s Vic was promoted to the international sales division of what was by then Emi Films.
Over the years, Bateman achieved notable sales successes and established his reputation with film buyers worldwide, handling major films such as The Deer Hunter, The Elephant Man, A Passage to India, All of Me, Highlander, The Hitcher, Death on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Express, The Last Emperor and [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Here we go again folks with another Top 25. Today I’ll be knocking off another one of the technical categories, with this one being the always elaborate Best Production Design field. The category is usually a feast for the eyes, but there’s plenty more to it than that. The sets and the environment on the whole are put on display here in an often magical way. I have a few specific titles I’ll be citing below, but I know the game here. You all mostly just want to see the lists anyway, so I have no problem obliging you there in that particular regard. All you have to do is just be patient over the next few paragraphs once again… This time around, I’m once again going the overview route, since as mentioned above the look of these winners is really what matters here. Also, it really »
- Joey Magidson
Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier has had a second stellar weekend at the box office.
That makes it two worldwide weekends in a row at over $100 million and nearly half a billion to date as it continues to draw audiences internationally and in North America. With the success of directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s sequel , Marvel/Disney have officially announced Captain America 3 will open on May 6, 2016.
About two years have passed since the alien invasion of New York was repulsed by Nick Fury’s special team – The Avengers. The world is now well aware that extra-terrestrials, godlike beings and monsters may be lurking in the cosmos and that Super Heroes walk among us. The demand for protection of the world’s citizenry has reached a zenith. In response to the world’s justifiable fears, S.H.I.E.L.D. has expanded its presence to enhance the security of Earth. »
- Michelle McCue
Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas, who scored a best picture award in 1988 with Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, said he simply couldn't imagine how to go about making the Chinese set epic if he was mounting it today. Thomas, who took part in a special event on Thursday evening hosted by the British Film Institute and its chief movie programmer Geoff Andrew on stage at the BFI Southbank, said the experience of shooting in the colossal Forbidden City in the People's Republic of China was "unrepeatable." "It got made because the Chinese wanted it to be made,"
- Stuart Kemp
Australian actress Wendy Hughes dead at 61 (photo: Wendy Hughes in ‘Newsfront’) Australian film, television, and stage actress Wendy Hughes, best known internationally for the big-screen dramas My Brilliant Career and Careful, He Might Hear You, died of cancer early today, March 8, 2014, in Sydney. Hughes (born on July 29, 1952, in Melbourne) was 61. Wendy Hughes’ film career kicked off in the mid-’70s, with Tim Burstall’s psychological drama ‘Jock’ Petersen / Petersen (1974), in which she plays the wife of a college professor who becomes romantically involved with a married student (Jack Thompson). "I spent a lot of the time naked and doing sex scenes," Hughes would later recall about her work in ‘Jock’ Petersen, "because in the seventies you all had to do that." In 1979, Hughes landed a key supporting role in the international arthouse hit My Brilliant Career, Gillian Armstrong’s late 19th-century-set tale of an independent-minded young woman (a Katharine Hepburn »
- Andre Soares
A Criterion Royal Flush! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with John Landis introducing Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor."Many epics crumble under the weight of their own plus-sized intentions but thanks to the virtuoso skill of director Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, 1987′s The Last Emperor, the remarkable story of Pu Yi who reigned over the Forbidden City and fell from grace, becomes a soulful epic with the sensuous pageantry of a grand opera. David Byrne’s delicately rhythmic score is a hipster’s mix of new wave percussion and traditional Chinese melody. »
- Trailers From Hell
Many epics crumble under the weight of their own plus-sized intentions but thanks to the virtuoso skill of director Bernardo Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, 1987′s The Last Emperor, the remarkable story of Pu Yi who reigned over the Forbidden City and fell from grace, becomes a soulful epic with the sensuous pageantry of a grand opera. David Byrne’s delicately rhythmic score is a hipster’s mix of new wave percussion and traditional Chinese melody.
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- TFH Team
Herlihy worked in the British film industry for nearly 50 years. She began her career as a personal assistant to actress Deborah Kerr, where her duties included answering fan mail and signing autographs.
She worked as a production secretary throughout the 1960s, rising to the position of production manager - a position rare for a woman to hold at that time in the industry.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
There’s a lot more to Tom Hiddleston than playing Thor’s little brother. He recently worked with auteur of the bizarre Jim Jarmusch on Only Lovers Left Alive, and proved how sexy villains can be in a series of Jaguar commercials. Now, he’s gearing up for his next project, which will be with Sightseers director Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise.
High-Rise is an adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel of the same name which focuses on a class war that begins in a luxury apartment building, transforming elevators into battlegrounds and cocktail parties into “marauding attacks.” It sounds like a bizarre story, full of potential social commentary, and a real opportunity for Wheatley to further show us just how weird and wonderful films can be.
The teaser poster for High-Rise looks like the cover of a novel, with Wheatley and Hiddleston’s names prominently displayed. There’s something very sinister in it too, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
What's next from the dark, devious, delectable mind of Ben Wheatley, the man who brought us Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England? How about an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise, the story of the tenants of an ultra-modern, luxury high-rise building. To go with the announcement of this next project, Wheatley has secured Tom Hiddleston to star in the film, and the production has unveiled a sleek teaser poster. All of this sounds great. As Wheatley himself says: "Here we go. Cant quite believe this is happening. Tom Hiddleston! Jeremy Thomas! Script by Amy Jump! Jg Ballard!" Shooting begins later this summer. The teaser art for Wheatley's next film. He tweets: "Highrise. shooting June. Starring Tom Hiddleston!" High-Rise is being directed by British filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England), produced by legendary producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, Sexy Beast, A Dangerous Method, »
- Alex Billington
Alfonso Cuarón wins 2014 DGA Award for ‘Gravity’ (photo: Directors Guild of America Award winner Alfonso Cuarón and last year’s DGA Award winner Ben Affleck) As expected, Alfonso Cuarón won the 2014 Directors Guild of America Award for the blockbuster Gravity at a January 25, 2014, ceremony held at Los Angeles’ Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. “We saw all these photographs of earth from space, and it’s absolutely beautiful; hues of greens and blues,” Cuarón told the crowd after receiving his award from last year’s DGA winner, Ben Affleck. “Everything seems so organic [from space]. Those silly lines and boundaries we put on political maps, you can’t see that from space. It’s a bizarre experiment of nature, that is the human experience. And it’s what we as directors try to sort out as filmmakers.” A mix of space thriller and inspirational soap opera that has just about nothing to do with »
- Andre Soares
History hasn't always looked kindly on the Academy Awards, with classics often missing out and groundbreaking moments few and far between. We delve into the Oscars' chequered past – and assess this year's contenders
• Get in shape for the Oscars with Mark Kermode's month-long feast of film here
As we approach the 86th Academy Awards, it's worth remembering those two sobering facts, which perfectly encapsulate the inherent foolishness of gong ceremonies in general, and the Oscars in particular. Ask any film fan how seriously you should take the Academy Awards, and chances are they will point you toward the best director category, where the roll call of winners signally omits Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick, Jane Campion, »
- Mark Kermode
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