11 items from 2017
Yesterday afternoon, the Toronto International Film Festival announced their award winners. Notably, the Audience Award, which is the top prize at Tiff, went to Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The runner ups were, perhaps surprisingly, Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, as well as Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. The win for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was slightly surprising, though the word out of Toronto has been incredibly positive. After taking a prize recently at the Venice Film Festival for Screenplay, it’s currently the most awarded contender of the year so far. If nothing else, that’s a nice head start for a movie such as this one. Looking specifically at the Audience Award and thinking in terms of its history, this is a somewhat reliable indicator of prestige. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri now joins a group that has five prior Best Picture winners, »
- Joey Magidson
Kevin Kline has been working in the entertainment business for so long that it may be surprising he’s only been nominated for two Emmys. He contended for Best Movie/Mini Actor in 2009 for “Cyrano de Bergerac (Great Performances),” and now he’s up for Best Character Voice-Over Performance for his recurring role as Mr. Fischoeder in […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Engel also co-founded UK distributor New Wave Films.
Art-house “trailblazer” Pamela Engel, known for co-founding distributor Artificial Eye and programming London cinemas including the Lumiere, Chelsea Cinema, Camden Plaza and the Renoir, has died aged 82.
A huge figure in the UK’s independent film business, Engel’s death has sparked messages of praise across the distribution and exhibition sectors.
Born Pamela Balfry in 1934, the UK executive started out in the late 1950s as a secretary for then Sight and Sound editor Penelope Houston.
She would go on to work as an assistant to Richard Roud at the London and New York Film Festivals before joining Derek Hill’s art-house venue Essential Cinema in the late 1960s.
Balfry and first husband Andi Engel established distributor Artificial Eye in 1976, thus “beginning an odyssey of distribution and exhibition unlikely ever to be surpassed,” in the words of former London Film Festival director Sheila Whitaker.
Despite separating »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
I think about all Garofalo’s combined experience on screen and stage, and smile at how lucky I am to have seen her in the flesh
One of my favourite romantic comedies was released all the way back in 1996, and while it rarely makes it on to the best-of lists, trust me, The Truth About Cats & Dogs is up there with the greatest. It’s a very loose play on Cyrano De Bergerac, except in this version a man falls in love with the face and body of one woman and the voice of another. That “other woman” is Janeane Garofalo.
As a teen – and even now – I connected instinctively and intensely with her character: a charming, funny, insecure feminist radio host. I have followed Garofalo’s career ever since, but her lower profile in recent years means I haven’t dedicated much brain space to her.
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- Bim Adewunmi
Author: Linda Marric
Actor & director Vincent Perez is every bit as European as his name would suggest. Born in Switzerland to a German mother and a Spanish father, Perez first cut his teeth playing classical roles in some of the most popular French movies of the 1990s, and went on to star in Cyrano de Bergerac (Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1990), La Reine Margot (Patrice Chéreau, 1994) and Indochine (Régis Wargnier, 1992) to name but a few.
Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of meeting Vincent for an interview and asked him about his new movie Alone In Berlin, which he co-wrote as well as directed. Adapted from Hans Fallada’s popular 1947 novel by the same name, the film tells the story of a law abiding German couple and their quiet resistance during Nazi rule in Berlin. Staring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson, Alone In Berlin has so far been met with mixed reviews, »
- Linda Marric
19 June 2017 11:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
In 1987, back when Hollywood was just flirting with its current dependence on old intellectual property, releasing two films based on old TV shows — Dragnet, a goofball dud, and The Untouchables, a serious reimagining — in hopes of a summer hit, Steve Martin was engaging in an older, more creatively fulfilling sort of remake. He had penned a present-day romantic comedy inspired by Edmond Rostand's 19th century French play Cyrano de Bergerac. He would play the Cyrano character — the big-nosed romantic once played by Jose Ferrer — while a peak-of-her-fame Daryl Hannah would be the object of his love.
- John DeFore
1 June 2017 4:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On June 19, 1987, the comedy Roxanne hit theaters. Steve Martin, who also wrote this adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, starred as a big-hearted, and big-nosed fire chief who falls in love with a beautiful astronomer. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.
Columbia has a comedy with a one-word title that’s going to be a summer hit. The box-office curve on Roxanne will be markedly upward, just like Steve Martin’s nose in this nimble reworking of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Light and likable, with hearts unabashedly all over its sleeves, Roxanne is a winning romantic comedy whose appeal should cross age barriers »
- THR Staff
It's ten days until Oscar and soon this post may be obsolete! To date, unless I've miscounted, ten actors have won the leading Oscar for reprising a role they won praise for first on the Broadway stage. Soon there could be 11 depending on how well Denzel Washington fares on Oscar night for Fences.
Actors Who Won Lead Oscars Reprising Their Broadway Roles
Arliss had played this role in the Broadway production in 1911
He previously played this role from 1941 through early 1942 on Broadway -- the transfer to the screen was mighty quick!
- NATHANIEL R
Exclusive: Lea Thompson and Alan Ruck have been cast as the parents of Shannon Purser’s title character in the Ian Samuels-directed comedy Sierra Burgess Is A Loser. Described as a contemporary retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac tale, the film is being produced by Black Label Media’s Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill. Lindsey Beer wrote the screenplay for the movie, which centers on Sierra, an intelligent teen who does not fall into the… »
Exclusive: Kristine Froseth has joined the cast of Black Label Media’s modern Cyrano de Bergerac take Sierra Burgess Is A Loser, co-starring as a Beverly Hills high school queen of mean opposite Stranger Things‘ Shannon Purser, who was set in her role yesterday. Purser plays Sierra, who is smart, intelligent, witty and creative but not exactly beautiful according to Beverly Hills high school standards. When she starts texting a cute guy who has no idea that she’s on the… »
Exclusive: Shannon Purser, who plays Barb Holland on Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, has landed the title role in Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, a feature film from Black Label Media being called a modern retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story. She joins Rj Cyler in the cast. Ian Samuels is directing a script from Lindsey Beer, who was part of Akiva Goldsman's writers room for the Transformers franchise. Black Label's Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill and… »
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