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The Austin Film Festival keeps the typewriter smoking this summer with its recent announcement of this year's second round of conference panelists, which includes Dfw-area filmmaker David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) and Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries).
From October 24-31, Lowery and Rivera (and maybe even you) will join the minds behind such films as the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey, (500) Days of Summer, The Silence of the Lambs, Fight Club and television shows like Veronica Mars, House of Cards and Breaking Bad.
There wouldn't be panelists if there weren't panels. Aff will continue its "Conversation With..." series, which joins filmmakers and moviegoers for in-depth, one-on-one discussions about their experiences in the industry.
Participants include this year's Aff Outstanding Contribution to Filmmaking honoree, director Jonathan Demme, who won an Academy Award for The Silence of the Lambs; creator/executive producer of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan, who is this year's »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
The trouble with tackling mental illness in film (or television) is that mental illness itself is a serious, often debilitating issue. Film can be a great medium to broaden awareness of a disorder but it can also be damaging or down right ridiculous. It’s very tempting for film makers to latch on to a mental health disorder to give characters depth or add drama to a situation but either it turns out as a beautiful portrayal or downright stupid.
Hey this character has gone a bit crazy, does not a good drama make.
In my opinion, television is the medium that often nails this, as it allows the opportunity to take the time establishing the situation and lets the audience devote the time they need to observe the character(s) and their situation. For me, one of the best portrayals at present would be Claire Danes performance in Homeland »
- Baz Greenland
Lately, there's been a great influx of older interviews or documentary shorts featuring iconic filmmakers surfacing online, and this one is truly fascinating. Steven Spielberg sat down with British film critic Barry Norman for BBC One's Film Programme series back in 1990, not to mention touring the offices of the filmmaker's Amblin Entertainment banner. It contains the standard content you might expect, but there's also an interesting tidbit where Spielberg reveals regret for passing on the chance to direct Rain Man, the 1988 Best Picture winner starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman (who won Best Actor). Watch! Here's the 36-minute 1990 Film Programme interview with Steven Spielberg, via The Playlist: As Spielberg explains, the director worked on the script for Rain Man for five months, but ended up having to pass on the project because of his prior commitment to direct Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Funnily enough, Spielberg modestly thinks the »
- Ethan Anderton
An interesting half-hour long interview with Steven Spielberg has landed online, and it’s one that you will definitely want to check out. The interview was done by British film critic Barry Norman, as part of BBC One’s “Film Programme” series, with this one in particular being from 1990. Norman not only gets to sit down with Spielberg for an interview, he also gets to visit the production house for Amblin Entertainment. Norman manages to squeeze some interesting tidbits out of Spielberg: his brief attachment to “Rain Man,” his feelings regarding being snubbed at the Oscars, the risks he is willing to (and wants to take) as a filmmaker, and a lot of other topics hashed out in the interview which are still relevant today. They start out talking a little bit about his decision to make “Always,” which now is one of the more overlooked films in his oeuvre. »
- Ken Guidry
Paramount and Warner Bros. will co-produce and co-distribute Nolan’s “Interstellar,” with plans to release it on Nov. 7, 2014. Nolan will produce with Emma Thomas and Lynda Obst; he’ll also direct the film, based on the theories of physicist Kip Thorne.
Zimmer won an Oscar for “the Lion King” and has been nominated for Oscars for “Rain Man,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” “As Good as It Gets,” “The Thin Red Line,” “Gladiator,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “Inception.”
Collider.com first reported Zimmer’s attachment to “Interstellar.”
Zimmer is repped by Wme. »
- Dave McNary
"In the movies, the only person safe in a phone booth is Superman."
Phone booths are on the verge of extinction, but over the years, they've found a place in cinema history. They will live on in the movies. Here's a fun video supercut of scenes that take place in phone booths.
The movies featured in the video include:
Dumb & Dumber
- Joey Paur
Spain-u.K.-based producer Enrique Posner, Spanish director Paco Arango and screenwriter Ron Bass are teaming on the English-language “Eleven Percent,” in which ordinary people in a New York tenement block are suddenly given control of a major U.S. bank.
Budgeted at about $15 million, the fantasy dramedy turns on an eccentric old lady who on her death bequeaths her misfit New York City building tenants 11% equity in a big American bank that is on the verge of a massive merger.
“It’s a great feel-good story about the human heart,” Arango said.
“Eleven down-and-out individuals are given a chance to change the financial system when they unexpectedly gain control of a major bank,” added Arango, whose 2011 feature debut “Maktub,” with “Lost’s” Jorge Garcia in a secondary role, »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
The 49-year-old global superstar Johnny Depp and his reps apparently were not satisfied with soft sales of the Black Mass at the Cannes Film Festival. Cross Creek and Exclusive Media producers were looking to trim the budget and Depp was asked to take half, but staying rich is hard, which means if your fee is $20 million, you don’t dare cut it. It is unclear how Depp’s exit will affect the involvement of Joel Edgerton, who signed up a couple of weeks ago to play a disgraced FBI agent John Connolly in the Whitey Bulger biopic from director Barry Levinson (Rain Man). Depp, who will next »
- Nick Martin
Hot on the heels of news that Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer had chosen Kon-Tiki directing duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg to be at the helm of Pirates of the Caribbean 5, it appears the actor isn't happy with developments on another project. THR has word that Depp is leaving the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass from Rain Man director Barry Levinson, the film he was supposed to shoot immediately after finishing Wally Pfister's Transcendence (shooting right now) and before moving on to Disney's high seas sequel. So what caused the actor to leave the film this late in the game? More below! Supposedly the sale of the film at Cannes was a little softer than anticipated, and producers were looking to trim the high $60 million budget. Since Depp was being paid his $20 million quote (which is about two-thirds of the budget), the actor was asked to »
- Ethan Anderton
After making side trips to California’s Central Coast and Hawaii (for “Sideways” and “The Descendants,” respectively), Alexander Payne returns to his home state of Nebraska for his sixth directorial feature, a wistful ode to small-town Midwestern life and the quixotic dreams of stubborn old men. Sporting a career-crowning performance by Bruce Dern and a thoroughly impressive dramatic turn by “SNL”/“30 Rock” alum Will Forte, Payne’s first film based on another writer’s original screenplay (by debut feature scribe Bob Nelson) nevertheless fits nicely alongside his other low-concept, finely etched studies of flawed characters stuck in life’s well-worn grooves. Black-and-white lensing and lack of a Clooney-sized star portend less than “Descendants”-sized business, but critical hosannas and awards buzz should mean solid prestige success for this November Paramount release.
Just as “The Last Picture Show” was a movie made in the 1970s about the end of ’50s-era innocence, »
- Scott Foundas
★★☆☆☆ Italian-Greek actress Valeria Golino - perhaps most familiar to international audiences as Tom Cruise's girlfriend in Rain Man - makes her directorial debut in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes with Miele (2013). Irene (Jasmine Trinca) lives a double life. To her father and her boyfriend she 's a university student, endlessly working on her thesis with a professor in Padua. However, she also has another mobile phone and another name - Miele or 'honey'. She flies to the United States and then enters Mexico by bus. With her short punkish haircut she looks like Anne Parillaud from Luc Besson's Nikita. Could she be a hitwoman?
It turns out that Irene/Miele has been helping terminally ill people end their lives, painlessly and with dignity. The topic of euthanasia has been a recurring one in Italy, with Marco Bellocchio's Dormant Beauty (2012) covering the infamous Eluana Englaro case »
- CineVue UK
From mobster flicks to rom-coms there have plenty of movies set in Vegas, and today is an important anniversary for Las Vegas. It was on May 15th, 1905 when the city of Las Vegas was founded, which makes today the perfect day to count down the best movies to ever be set in Sin City. So take a minute to celebrate the Entertainment Capital of the World and vote for your favorite Las Vegas flick now.
Vote for your top 10 movies set in Vegas >>
Link | Posted 5/15/2013 by reelz
- reelz staff
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
It was first announced around eighteen months ago, but the needle now seems to be firmly in the groove for Spinning Gold. The biopic of famous music exec Neil Bogart will star Justin Timberlake, with studio Foresight backing the project. RCA are also aboard to deal with the soundtrack.The gold in the title refers to the classic pop choons of the 1970s, while the spinning refers to "records", which older readers will recall as a medium in which people bought and played music in the days before you could steal buy it from the internet. Neil Bogart was the famous American record executive behind Kiss, T. Rex, Donna Summer and The Village People, and was widely credited with the rise of bubblegum pop. He was no relation to Humphrey (his real name was Bogatz) but named the label he founded Casablanca because hey, why not? He worked in tandem with Peter Guber, »
Directed by Sam Fleischner
Barry Levinson’s Rain Man is a decent film, but it did commit at least one serious mistake: it gave audiences almost no reasonable idea of what autism actually is. Being the first-ever movie about autism put it in the spotlight, but it also ensured that Dustin Hoffman’s character would be the most simplistic, audience-friendly, easy-to-grasp person with the condition that anyone is likely to see. The more impressive, artfully done portrayal of autism on film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last week, in the form of Sam Fleischner’s Stand Clear of the Closing Doors.
Ricky (Jesus Sanchez-Velez) is a teenager in Queens afflicted with what doctors today call Asd – an autism spectrum disorder, which can include the many flavors of autism as well as Asperger’s Syndrome and other related conditions. »
- Mark Young
E! is trying its hand at scripted series, and one of the projects it has on the docket is the latest from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C." creators teamed up once again on the series "Laurel Canyon," another Southern California-based television show that E! is looking to air.
The project is described as being about "a young woman who returns to her Hollywood family after her rock-star dad dies," and is one of eight scripted shows E! has in development. Among the others is a "darkly psychological retelling" of "The Prince and the Pauper" called "The Stand-In," a modern retelling of "Great Expectations" about a "morally corrupt family in the diamond business in New York City" called "Expectations" and series produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Spacey.
These aren't the only new series E! is looking to create. The network is still staying »
E! certainly knows its niche. At its upfront presentation today, the network that spawned a thousand Kardashian series will unveil a programming slate filled with shows united by three Gs: glitz, glamor, and gobs of cash.
Highlights include The Wanted Life, which documents the lives of One Direction rivals and Lindsay Lohan accessories The Wanted; Blinging Up Baby, a special designed to make normal people envy celebrity toddlers; a one-off peek behind the curtain of Hollywood’s “cults, cabals and underground clubs”; and 50 Hours with 50 Cent, which answers one of history’s age-old questions: “What is it like to be 50 Cent? »
- Hillary Busis
Last April, E! announced its first scripted slate as the reality/entertainment news-driven cable network signaled plans to enter the scripted space under its new NBCUniversal leadership. As E! is gearing up to greenlight its first three scripted pilots by Memorial Day, at its upfront today the network unveiled its new slate of scripted projects that come from well-known writers and producers. Several of the projects were originally developed for broadcast networks earlier this season. Those include dramedies Songbird, featuring the songs and experiences of songwriter Diane Warren, from producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan; and Laurel Canyon, from producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Songbird, written by Krista Vernoff, was originally set up at E! sibling NBC; Laurel Canyon, penned by Karen Croner, was at ABC. Related: E! Orders Reality Series, Ross Mathews Talk Show, Developing ‘Soup’ Spinoff E!’s scripted slate also includes three projects inspired by literary classics. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Rory Gilmore is growing up.
That may be hard for "Gilmore Girls" devotees to deal with, especially since the mother-daughter drama remains evident in repeats on both ABC Family and SoapNet, but Alexis Bledel is offering confirmation that time marches on. Seen last year in several episodes of AMC's acclaimed "Mad Men," the former Rory returns to television in ABC's new Hallmark Hall of Fame drama "Remember Sunday," airing Sunday, April 21.
The New Orleans-set tale casts the actress as lovelorn waitress Molly, who wants to be a florist and becomes interested in jewelry store clerk Gus (portrayed by television's former "Chuck," Zachary Levi).
However, she remains a virtual stranger to him since he can't recall what happened the day before, the result of a brain aneurysm. She begins to take his forgetfulness personally until she learns the reason, then commits herself -- temporarily, at least -- to renewing their relationship »
Even before Tom Cruise's "Oblivion" opened in North America on Thursday night, the 50-year-old must have been grinning his famous grin. Before the movie had sold a single ticket here, it was a surefire hit. In his native land, Cruise takes a lot of ribbing, whether for his headline-generating personal life (especially since 2005, the year of the couch-jump) or for the seeming shrinkage of his star-power (again, especially since 2005). The estimated $38.2 million "Oblivion" earned this weekend marked his biggest domestic opening since "Mission: Impossible III" seven years ago. Some will call it a comeback, others will call it a fluke or last hurrah from a middle-aged action hero desperately trying to hold on to his relevance in an industry that relentlessly moves on to the next big (young) thing. But the truth is, Cruise has been a remarkably consistent box office winner, even since he started raising eyebrows eight »
- Gary Susman
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