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Mel Gibson Wins Director Award for ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ From Capri Festival

29 December 2016 10:18 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mel Gibson has been awarded the Director of the Year honor for World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” at the 21st edition of the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival.

Bill Mechanic, one of the film’s producers, accepted the award on Gibson’s behalf. Mechanic has already been honored with the festival’s Producer of the Year award for the movie.

Hacksaw Ridge” tells the story of Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, who was a conscientious objector for religious reasons and saved 75 lives in the Battle of Okinawa without firing a single shot. Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Hacksaw Ridge” premiered at the Venice Film Festival and has grossed $64 million domestically and $78 million internationally since opening in November — including $40 million from China.

“It took me 15 years to make this movie,” Mechanic said on receiving the award at the Anacapri Cinema Paradiso stage. »

- Dave McNary

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Arrow Academy coming to the Us in March 2017

24 December 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

One of the world’s leading distributors of independent, arthouse, and world cinema to be distributed via Mvd Entertainment Group March 7th Ludwig Property Is No Longer A Theft Cinema Paradiso (Barnes & Noble exclusive) March 14th The Creeping Garden Story of Sin March 21st Cinema Paradiso Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of the Arrow …

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Helen Mirren, Taylor Hackford to Be Honored With Capri Legend Awards

21 December 2016 3:01 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Dame Helen Mirren and director Taylor Hackford will be honored with Capri Legend Awards at the upcoming Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.

The husband-and-wife duo will be honored with the festival’s version of lifetime achievement awards at the opening festivities on Dec. 27 at the Cinema Paradiso in Anacapri following the European premiere of Hackford’s new film The Comedian, starring Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann and Danny DeVito. Both Hackford and Mirren have been longtime fans of Italy and the festival. 

The program for Capri, Hollywood this year will include 16 films, many of them Italian or »

- Ariston Anderson

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Arrow Academy Debuts March 2017 in North America With Borowczyk, Petri, Visconti, Tornatore, Sharp

12 December 2016 10:30 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Canadian and American arthouse film fans rejoice! The UK's Arrow Films is expanding their Academy high-brow imprint to North America next March with an impressive slate of films that are sure to please. Among the first releases are Walerian Borowczyk's Story of Sin, Elio Petri's Property Is No Longer A Theft, Jasper Sharp's festival hit The Creeping Garden, Luchino Visconti's Ludwig, and Giuseppe Tornatore's Academy Award-winning paean to the glory of the moving image, Cinema Paradiso. Each of these films is a must-own, and of the lot, four are new releases for Arrow, with only Cinema Paradiso having seen a release in the UK. Arrow's unending assault on pocketbooks worldwide continues, but what sweet oblivion it will be.  Check out the details for each release...

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New to Streaming: ‘Kate Plays Christine,’ ‘Sully,’ ‘Frank & Lola,’ and More

9 December 2016 8:45 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Author: The Jt Leroy Story (Jeff Feuerzeig)

Author: The Jt LeRoy Story relives the literary hoax of the early aughts, the truly weird and out of control tale of Jt LeRoy. An allegedly gender-fluid HIV positive son of a West Virginia truck stop hooker, he rose to the heights of indie stardom befriending the likes of Courtney Love, Shirley Manson, Lou Reed, Michael Pitt, Billy Corgan and filmmakers Gus Van »

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'Carefree' ('Befikre'): Film Review | Dubai 2016

9 December 2016 4:27 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

You can feel writer-director Aditya Chopra, who is also chairman of Bollywood mega-shingle Yash Raj Films, pushing back the industry’s sexual frontiers in the romantic comedy Carefree (Befikre) — at least in the uncensored 132-minute version that had its gala premiere at the Dubai Film Festival in the presence of live-wire Ranveer Singh and his sparkling co-star Vaani Kapoor. Opening with a kissing anthology longer than Cinema Paradiso’s ending and featuring matter-of-fact bedroom scenes, lesbians and even a micro-glimpse of Singh’s bare bottom, this is a very modern film by Indian standards. By Western ones, it's no news and much too »

- Deborah Young

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Film Festival Roundup: Oxford Announces Full Schedule, Big Ears Plans Jonathan Demme Retrospective and More

8 December 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The 2017 Oxford Film Festival has announced the full schedule of films for next year’s edition of the popular Mississippi film festival. Katherine Dieckmann’s drama “Strange Weather,” starring Holly Hunter, is the Opening Night Selection while Jeff Grace’s festival hit, “Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” serves as the Closing Night selection.

A total of 151 films (34 features, 117 shorts, music videos, new media, and virtual reality projects), including 15 world premieres and 4 U.S. premieres, were selected for the film festival taking place February 15-19, 2017, in Oxford, Mississippi. Along with the films in competition, the festival will be highlighted by three new sections: New Media, a virtual reality (Vr) slate of programming, and both features and shorts sections featuring Lgbtq films.

You can check out the full lineup and schedule right here. »

- Kate Erbland

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Ennio Morricone Seeks to Reclaim the Copyright on Three Classic Film Scores

1 November 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Stay As You Are,” “A Dangerous Toy” and “Fun Is Beautiful” may not be the first movies that come to mind when you think of Ennio Morricone, but they’ve been on his mind. The composer’s company has filed suit in New York to reclaim the copyright on those three film scores under the rules of the 1976 Copyright Act, which gives authors and theirs the option to cancel a grant 35 years after the work in question is first published.

Read More: Legendary Composer Ennio Morricone Is Releasing a Greatest Hits Album

Similar claims have recently been filed in regards to “This Is Spinal Tap” and the original “Friday the 13th,” both of which are likewise eligible under the 35-year rule. “Morricone Music upon receipt of the assignments from the Composer attempted to register its claims to all royalties collected from the public performance of the film scores ‘Cosi Come Se, »

- Michael Nordine

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Les Acacias Screens ‘Tales of Hoffmann’ and ‘César et Rosalie’ at Lumière Festival

12 October 2016 1:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Remastered works by auteur directors Michael Powell and Claude Sautet will make their way to the Lumière Film Festival 2016 thanks to classic film distribution company Les Acacias.

Audiences in Lyon will be treated to a restored version of the 1951 technicolor British adaptation of French opera “Tales of Hoffmann” directed by Powell and starring American tenor Robert Rounseville and British ballet dancer Moira Shearer, as well as Claude Sautet’s “César et Rosalie” (pictured) in honor of the great French screenwriter writer Jean-Loup Dabadie.

Les Acacias assistant director Jean-Fabrice Janaudy described “Tales of Hoffmann” as “a visual masterpiece, a unique cinematic feast.”

The distribution company, founded in 1981, serves as an intermediary between the films and viewers both through distribution and programming for two cinemas in the Paris area: the historic Max Linder Panorama theater and Le Vincennes cinema in Vincennes on the outskirts of the French capital.

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- Will Thorne

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Vin Scully And The “Best Pillow In The World”

1 October 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers, is calling it a career this weekend after 67 years in the booth. If you will indulge me, I’d like to tell you about one of my favorite moments from Scully behind the microphone, and about one night at Dodger Stadium that will make me miss him even more.

But first, a little background. I was never a big baseball guy growing up, even though I played a couple of seasons on a local Little League team. (Our squad was called the Firemen.) During those days, when I wasn’t playing the game, either in Little League or somewhere on my grandma’s farm with my cousins, the presence of a baseball broadcast usually meant that something I’d rather have been watching on TV was unavailable to see because someone else wanted to watch the damn game. (I tried to sit down, »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Marquee Movie: Matinee

11 June 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

“We used to go to the movies.  Now we want the movies to come to us, on our televisions, tablets and phones, as streams running into an increasingly unnavigable ocean of media.  The dispersal of movie watching across technologies and contexts follows the multiplexing of movie theaters, itself a fragmenting of the single screen theater where movie love was first concentrated and consecrated.  (But even in the “good old days,” movies were often only part of an evening’s entertainment that came complete with vaudeville acts and bank nights).  For all this, moviegoing still means what it always meant, joining a community, forming an audience and participating in a collective dream.” –

From the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s programming notes for its current series, “Marquee Movies: Movies on Moviegoing”

Currently under way at the Billy Wilder Theater inside the Armand Hammer Museum in Westwood, the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s far-reaching and fascinating series “Marquee Movies: Movies on Moviegoing” takes sharp aim at an overview of how the movies themselves have portrayed the act of going out to see movies during these years of seismic change in the way we see them. What’s best about the collection of films curated for the series is its scope, which sweeps along from the anything-goes exhibition of the silent era, on through an examination of the opulent era of grandiose movie palaces and post-war audience predilection for exploitation pictures, and straight into an era—ours—of a certain nostalgia for the ways we used to exclusively gather in dark places to watch visions jump out at us from the big screen. (That nostalgia, as it turns out, is often colored by a rear-view perspective on the times which contextualizes it and sometimes gives it a bitter tinge.) As the program notes for the Marquee Movies series puts it, whether you’re an American moviegoer or one from France, Italy, Argentina or Taiwan, “the current sense of loss at the passing of an exhibition era takes its place in the ongoing history of cultural and industrial transformation reflected in these films.”

The series took its inaugural bow last Friday night with a rare 35mm screening of Matinee (1993), director Joe Dante and screenwriter Charlie Haas’s vividly imagined tribute to movie love during a time in Us history which lazy writers frequently like to describe as “the point when America lost its innocence” or some other such silliness. For Americans, and for a whole lot of other people the world over, those days in 1962 during what would come to be known as the Cuban Missile Crisis felt more like days when something a whole lot more tangible than “innocence” was about to be lost, what with the Us and Russia being on the brink of nuclear confrontation and all. The movie lays down this undercurrent of fear and uncertainty as the foundation which tints its main action, that of the arrival of exploitation movie impresario Laurence Woolsey (John Goodman, channeling producer and gimmick maestro William Castle) to Key West, Florida, to promote his latest shock show, Mant!, on the very weekend that American troops set to sea, ready to fire on Russian missile installments a mere 90 miles away in Cuba.

Woolsey’s hardly worried that his potential audience will be distracted the specter of annihilation; in fact, he’s energized by it, convinced that the free-floating anxiety will translate into box office dollars contributed by nervous kids and adults looking for a safe and scary good time, a disposal cinematic depository for all their worst fears. And it certainly doesn’t matter that Woolsey’s movie is a corny sci-fi absurdity-- all the better for his particular brand of enhancements. Mant!, a lovingly sculpted mash-up of 1950s hits like The Fly and Them!, benefits from “Atomo-vision,” which incorporates variants of Castle innovations like Emergo and Percepto, as well as “Rumble-rama,” a very crude precursor to Universal’s Oscar-winning Sensurround system. The movie’s Saturday afternoon screening is where Dante and Haas really let loose their tickled and twisted imaginations, with the help of Woolsey’s theatrical enhancements.

Leading up to the fearful and farcical unleashing of Mant!, Dante stages a beautifully understated sequence that moved me to tears when I saw it with my daughters last Friday night at the Billy Wilder Theater. Matinee is seen primarily through the eyes of young Gene Loomis (Simon Fenton), a military kid whose dad is among those waiting it out on nuclear-armed boats pointed in the direction of Cuba. Gene is a monster-movie nerd (and a clear stand-in for Dante, Haas and just about anybody—like me—whose primary biblical text was provided not by that fella in the burning bush but instead by Forrest J. Ackerman within the pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland), and he manages to worm his way into Woolsey’s good graces as the producer prepares the local theater to show his picture. At one point he walks down the street in the company of the larger-than-life producer, who starts talking about his inspirations and why he makes the sort of movies he does:

“A zillion years ago, a guy’s living in a cave,” Woolsey expounds. “He goes out one day—Bam! He gets chased by a mammoth. Now, he’s scared to death, but he gets away. And when it’s all over with, he feels great.”

Gene, eager to believe but also to understand, responds quizzically-- “Well, yeah, ‘cause he’s still living.”

“Yeah, but he knows he is, and he feels it,” Woolsey counters. “So he goes home, back to the cave. First thing he does, he does a drawing of a mammoth.” (At this point the brick wall which the two of them are passing becomes a blank screen onto which Woolsey conjures an animated behemoth that entrances Gene and us.) Woolsey continues:

“He thinks, ‘People are coming to see this. Let’s make it good. Let’s make the teeth real long and the eyes real mean.’ Boom! The first monster movie. That’s probably why I still do it. You make the teeth as big as you want, then you kill it off, everything’s okay, the lights come up,” Woolsey concludes, ending his illustrative fantasy with a sigh.

But that’s not all, folks. At this point, Dante cuts to a Steadicam shot as it moves into the lobby hall of that Key West theater, past posters of Hatari!, Lonely are the Brave, Six Black Horses and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?. The tracking shot continues up the stairs, letting us get a really close look at the worn, perhaps pungent carpet, most likely the same rug that was laid down when the theater opened 30 or so years earlier, into the snack bar area, then glides over to the closed swinging doors leading into the auditorium, while Woolsey continues:

“You see, the people come into your cave with the 200-year-old carpet, the guy tears your ticket in half—it’s too late to turn back now. The water fountain’s all booby-trapped and ready, the stuff laid out on the candy counter. Then you come over here to where it’s dark-- there could be anything in there—and you say, ‘Here I am. What have you got for me?’”

Forget nostalgia for a style of moviegoing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more compact, evocative and heartfelt tribute to the space in which we used to see movies than those couple of minutes in Matinee. The shot and the narration work so vividly together that I swear I could whiff the must underlying that carpet, papered over lovingly with the smell of popcorn wafting through the confined space of that tiny snack bar, just as if I was a kid again myself, wandering into the friendly confines of the Alger Theater in Lakeview, Oregon (More on that place next week.)

Dante’s movie is a romp, no doubt, but its nostalgia is a heartier variety than what we usually get, and it leaves us with an undercurrent of uneasiness that is unusual for a genre most enough content to look back through amber. Woolsey’s words resonate for every youngster who has searched for reasons to explain their attraction to the scary side of cinema and memories of the places where those images were first encountered, but in Matinee there’s another terror with which to contend, one not so easily held at bay.

Of course the real world monster of the movie— the bomb— was also, during that weekend in 1962 and in Matinee’s representation of the missile crisis, “killed off,” making “everything okay.” But Dante makes us understand that while calm has been momentarily restored, something deeper has been forever disturbed. The movie acknowledges the societal disarray which was already under way in Vietnam, and the American South, and only months away from spilling out from Dallas and onto the greater American landscape in a way so much less containable than even the radiative effects of a single cataclysmic event. That awareness leaves Matinee with a sorrowful aftertaste that is hard to shake. The movie’s last image, of our two main characters gathered on the beach, greeting helicopters that are flying home from having hovered at the precipice of nuclear destruction, is one of relief for familial unity restored—Gene is, after all, getting his dad back. But it’s also one of foreboding. Dante leaves us with an extreme close-up of a copter looming into frame, absent even the context of the sky, bearing down on us like a real-life mutant creature, an eerie bellwether of political and societal chaos yet to come as a stout companion to the movie’s general air of celebratory remembrance.


The “Marquee Movies” series has already seen Matinee (last Friday night), Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) paired with Polish director Wojciech Marczewski’s 1990 Escape from Liberty Island (last Saturday night), and Ettore Scola’s masterful Splendor (1989), which screened last Sunday night.

But there’s plenty more to come. Sunday, June 12, the archive series unveils a double bill of Lloyd Bacon’s Footlight Parade (1933) with the less well-known This Way, Please (1937), a terrific tale of a star-struck movie theater usherette with dreams of singing and dancing just like the stars she idolizes, starring Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Betty Grable, Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan and the brilliantly grizzled Ned Sparks.

Wednesday, June 15, you can see Uruguay’s  A Useful Life (2010), in which a movie theater manager in Montevideo faces up the fact that the days of his beloved movie theater are numbered, paired up with Luc Moullet’s droll account of the feud between the French film journals Cahiers du Cinema and Positif, entitled The Seats of the Alcazar (1989).

One of my favorites, Tsai Ming-liang’s haunting Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003) gets a rare projection at the Wilder on Sunday, June 19, along with Lisandsro Alonzo’s Fantasma (2006), described by the archive as “a hypnotic commentary on cinematic rituals and presence.”

Friday, June 24, you can see, if you dare, Lamberto Bava’s gory meta-horror film Demons (1985) and then stay for Bigas Luna’s similarly twisted treatise on the movies and voyeurism, 1987’s Anguish.

Saturday afternoon, June 25, “Marquee Movies” presents a rare screening of Gregory La Cava’s hilarious slapstick spoof of rural moviegoing, His Nibs (1921), paired up with what I consider, alongside Matinee and Goodbye, Dragon Inn, one of the real jewels of the series, Basil Dearden’s marvelously funny The Smallest Show on Earth (1957), all about what happens when a newlywed couple inherits a rundown cinema populated by a staff of eccentrics that include Margaret Rutherford and Peter Sellers. (More on that one next week.)

And the series concludes on Sunday, June 26, with a screening of the original 174-minute director’s cut of Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso (1988).

(Each program also features a variety of moviegoing-oriented shorts, trailers and other surprises. Click the individual links for details and show times.)


(Next week: My review of The Smallest Show on Earth and a remembrance of my own hometown movie theater, which closed in 2015.)


Later this year Matinee will be released by Universal in the U.S. (details to come)  and by Arrow Films in the UK (with a nifty assortment of extras).


- Dennis Cozzalio

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Ennio Morricone to Release Album Featuring New Recordings of Classic Themes

6 June 2016 5:39 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following up his Oscar win earlier this year for Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight, the legendary composer Ennio Morricone seems to be as busy as ever. Ahead of his 88th birthday this fall, he’s currently on tour and on the same day that we’ll hear his new score for Terrence Malick‘s Voyage of Time, he’s set to release a new album.

The composer has signed a new record deal with Decca Records and the first album to be released is Morricone 60, which celebrates his six decades of work. Featuring a selection of new recordings with Czech National Symphony Orchestra, it includes themes from his Sergio Leone films, The Mission, Cinema Paradiso, and more, as well as his recent Oscar-winning work.

“After the success of The Hateful Eight score, I’m delighted to be returning to Decca with my own record deal – an extraordinary moment in my 60th professional anniversary year, »

- Jordan Raup

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Cannes 2016: 'The Cinema Travelers' Doc Profiles a Passion for 35mm

18 May 2016 9:48 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

With the conversion to digital cinema nearly complete worldwide, will 35mm still live on somewhere? This documentary is proof that yes, a love for film and 35mm projection will live on forever, even in the most remote places in the world where it's hard to even get electricity. The Cinema Travelers is a documentary made by directors Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya and it profiles a traveling cinema in India, which shows up in desolate places of the country with very basic projection rigs to show classic films to swarms of people. It is absolutely wonderful to discover, capturing so spectacularly the joy and wonder that movies bring to people of all ages. It evokes the same emotions as Cinema Paradiso, but this is all real life. I genuinely adore this documentary and it's a must see for anyone/everyone who loves 35mm and the power of cinema. Which is hopefully everyone reading this. »

- Alex Billington

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Cinema Travelers’

15 May 2016 7:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If the cinema is magic, then the nomadic projectionists and technicians of “The Cinema Travelers” are its Oz-like wizards, roaming the rural Indian countryside delivering films via their “Traveling Talkie” road-shows. It’s a vocation steeped in tradition and rooted in faith in the medium’s rapturous powers. And as illustrated by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya’s intimate, poignant documentary, it’s also one that’s undergoing a seismic transformation thanks to the emergence of the digital age. Recalling Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1988 Oscar winner “Cinema Paradiso” in its effusive love of 20th-century celluloid splendor, this five-years-in-the-making film should entice theatrical-loving cinephiles after its debut in the Cannes Classics sidebar of the world’s preeminent film fest.

Mohammed and his crew earn a paltry living hauling an enormous tent and equally mammoth 35mm projector to dusty small-town fairs, where their movies are a coveted attraction for those situated far from modern multiplexes. »

- Nick Schager

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The 80 Best-Directed Films, According to the Directors Guild of America

3 May 2016 6:59 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.

Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »

- Jordan Raup

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Blade Runner Sequel Adds Sylvia Hoeks

27 April 2016 10:31 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Following the announcement last week that Ana de Armas (Knock Knock) was added to the cast of the Blade Runner sequel, it’s now been revealed that Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks (The Girl and Death, Overspel, The Best Offer) has joined the film’s ranks in a leading role:

Press Release: Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks has been tapped for a leading role alongside Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) is directing. Principal photography is scheduled to begin July 2016. The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all media for all overseas territories.

Netherlands-born film, stage and television actress Hoeks has starred in numerous »

- Derek Anderson

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Sylvia Hoeks Boards ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

26 April 2016 3:11 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks has joined the cast of Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner sequel. Denis Villeneuve is directing the untitled follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 pic. Harrison Ford is reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Along with Hoeks, whose role was not disclosed, he’ll be joined by Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista. Hoeks starred in 2013’s The Best Offer, alongside Geoffrey Rush and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso)… »

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Italy’s Giuseppe Tornatore to Shoot Movie for China’s Alibaba Pictures

17 April 2016 3:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Italy’s “Cinema Paradiso” director Giuseppe Tornatore has struck a deal to make a movie with China’s Alibaba Pictures Group, the film making arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba.

The deal was symbolically signed by Tornatore and Zhang Qiang of Apg at the end of a forum on co-productions Sunday on the first full day of the Beijing International Film Festival. Among the witnesses to the signing was Miao Xiaotian, VP of China Film Co-production Corporation.

“The deal is an agreement in principal (without a specific project that is yet agreed),” Tornatore told Variety. He said that it will likely happen within the next two to three years and be a majority Chinese-financed picture.

It was unclear whether the film will use the bilateral co-production treaty between Italy and China that was signed in 2014. The first film that used the treaty was Cristiano Bortone’s “Coffee.”

Tornatore, who has other credits including “Malena, »

- Patrick Frater

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Watch: New International Trailer For Giuseppe Tornatore's 'The Correspondence' Starring Jeremy Irons & Olga Kurylenko

30 March 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While one might think a new movie from the director behind "Cinema Paradiso" and "Malèna" might garner more attention, or at least some kind of film-festival appearance, "The Correspondence," the latest from Giuseppe Tornatore, has already quietly been released in a handful of overseas territories. It's continuing to roll out, and a new international trailer for it has landed. Read More: Review: Giuseppe Tornatore's Campy & Overcooked 'The Best Offer' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko star in the movie, which boasts a pretty high-wire premise. The story follows a university student/stuntwoman who is reeling from the death of her stunt double, and finds solace in the arms of her astrophysics lecturer. Well, it's definitely original, and not only that, the movie has a score from Ennio Morricone. There's no U.S. distributor yet for "The Correspondence," so no word on when it will land. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Criterion Close-Up – Episode 33 – The Graduate

25 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Mark, Aaron, and Tim are seduced by plastics. We explore what turned out to be a pivotal film in Hollywood history. The Graduate paved the way for many films to come, from casting lead actors, film structure, cinematography, and to the use of music in film. We explore the complexities of Ben’s relationships, speculate about the ending, and flesh out the time period in which the film was made.

About the film:

One of the most beloved American films of all time, The Graduate earned Mike Nichols a best director Oscar, brought the music of Simon & Garfunkel to a wider audience, and introduced the world to a young actor named Dustin Hoffman. Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) has just finished college and is already lost in a sea of confusion and barely contained angst when he becomes sexually involved with a friend of his parents’, the indomitable Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft »

- Aaron West

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