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Jennifer Lawrence is teaming up with director Steven Spielberg for an adaptation of Lynsey Addario's memoir It's What I Do for Warner Bros. and producer Andrew Lazar. Warner Bros. beat out several other bidders for the project, including Working Title, who wanted to attach Reese Witherspoon to star, director Darren Aronofsky and Natalie Portman, actress/producer Margot Robbie and The Weinstein Company, who wanted the project for filmmakers George Clooney and Grant Heslov.
Lynsey Addario herself met with all of the prospective suitors personally, and told them her story of her exploits in Afghanistan. She is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who went to Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, and made a name for herself by showcasing victims of the conflict, including Afghans who suffered under the Taliban regime, victims of genocide in Darfur and raped women in the Congo. Her work even lead to her being kidnapped by pro-Quaddafi »
Netflix has a many, many films, shows and documentaries to watch. A lot of them you will know are there - great Netflix Originals like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Better Call Saul - but there is even more to discover that you might not think or even know to look for.
Here are some of our favourite Netflix hidden gems:
Animator Don Hertzfeldt is a Digital Spy favourite, first coming to our attention with the bizarre, irreverent, melancholic and frequently obscene short Rejected. There is something undeniably beautiful behind the strangeness of the characters and scenarios he brings to life.
His first feature film, It's Such a Beautiful Day, spins together his previously released trilogy into a touching black comedy about hapless Bill and his hilarious, humdrum existence.
Chances are, this Netflix Original documentary will offer your »
We're knee-deep in awards season at the moment, with all the attendant speculation, drama and controversy you would expect. Who should win? Who was snubbed? Who will fall over before they reach the podium? We're looking at you, Jennifer Lawrence.
Around this time, we tend to realise the shocking number of lauded films from previous years which we still haven't seen. So here's a selection of the best award-winning films you can catch up with on Netflix:
Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 classic hardly needs an introduction from us. The film took three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for Marlon Brando, as well as a record five Golden Globes and further nods from the Grammys, and Writers and Directors Guilds of America.
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
The 1990′s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the Nc-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the year after one of the greatest years in the history of film, 1995 came plodding along, trying to keep up. So, for the first definitive list of 2015, we are going to look back 20 years at a year that, at first glance, doesn’t look so hot. It’s ripe with flops, but it’s also full of debuts, trailblazing beginnings, and better films than it gets credit for. But, the caveat still stands: this is not a “best of” list. In fact, there are a lot of bad movies on this list. But, they are movies that made a cultural impact, »
- Joshua Gaul
Prolific filmmaker Frank Marshall has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (Ace) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 65thAnnual Ace Eddie Awards black-tie ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2015 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” stated the Ace Board of Directors. “From “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Sixth Sense” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy, among so many others, Mr. Marshall has made – and continues to make – a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape. We are honored to recognize him for his extraordinary accomplishments.”
Marshall joins a distinguished group of past Ace Golden Eddie honorees including Steven Spielberg, »
- Michelle McCue
6 items from 2015
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