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Us actor was due to join the Zurich Film Festival jury this weekend
Val Kilmer has pulled out of jury duty at the Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5) for “personal reasons”.
A statement from the festival said: “Unfortunately, the actor Val Kilmer is unable to attend the Zff.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Tom Sizemore has taken to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to raise funds for his passion project An Honest Thief, a noir-ish thriller that the Heat and Saving Private Ryan actor is putting together as a starring vehicle. It’s his first film as a producer and a step toward rebuilding his up-and-down career following a public relapse in January, but Sizemore says he has refocused his sights on sobriety and is optimistic. “I want to get back,” he said over the phone Wednesday. “I want to make something I look forward to.”
An Honest Thief is written by the actor’s younger brother Aaron Sizemore and tracks three outcasts who plot to steal a prized baseball card collection from a local pawnbroker. Belgian helmer Giorgio Serafini (Gente Di Mare) is attached to direct the pic, which is set in Sizemore’s hometown of Detroit and will film on location. Sizemore will play Danny St. »
- Jen Yamato
With November Man out, excitement for Pierce Bosnan’s return to spying is at an all-time high for many James Bond fans. November Man, based on the seventh installment of Bill Granger’s book series called There Are No Spies, is about ex- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Bosnan). While living a quiet life in Switzerland, Devereaux is ejected out of retirement for one last mission. Although the concept of the “one last mission/job” is not a new concept for Hollywood, it definitely has its place in cinema history, branching out to a wide range of reasons why our beloved characters are being pulled back into their past lives. From a retiree’s last gig, to the bad-boy-gone-good-and-then-bad-again mission, to the revenge premise, mythology of the ex-professional can surely delight and excite us to champion our heroes for one last fight. Here are scenes from ten incredible “one last job” films, »
- Christopher Clemente
Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier is to preside over the international feature film jury at the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5).
The Danish filmmaker, who won her Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar for In A Better World in 2011, is currently on the festival circuit with A Second Chance and Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper drama Serena.
She will oversee a jury that includes Us actor Val Kilmer, best known for roles in Heat, Batman Forever and Top Gun, and Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić, who won the Berlin Golden Bear in 2006 with Grbavica.
Also on the jury is Marie Masmonteil, the French producer of Party Girl, which picked up prizes at Cannes in May, and Jerusalem Film Festival winner Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, currently playing »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Thanks to the latest issue of Empire, we’ve got our first look at Chris Hemsworth in Heart of the Sea, which reunites the star with his Rush director Ron Howard for an adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s bestselling book and tells the true story of the whaling ship Essex, which came under attack from a giant whale (an event which would inspire the book Moby Dick) and left the crew having to resort to cannibalism to stay alive after being stranded at sea for 90 days…
Blackhat is set to open in the States on January 16th 2015 and in the UK on February 20th 2015, with a cast that also inlcudes Holt McCallany (Fight Club), Viola Davis (Prisoners) and Lust, Caution stars Tang Wei and Leehom Wang, »
- Gary Collinson
Everything’s up for negotiation in Nightcrawler, and there’s no one better at it than Louis Bloom. Gangly, shallow-eyed, and sporting hair two inches too long to warrant slicking back, Lou has the look of an It worker, but the aspirations of a Fortune 500 CEO. He’s an ambitious detritivore that scurries through the cracks of L.A., collecting anything of value that’s not nailed down. Whether it’s chain-link fences, bikes, or a manhole cover, he’ll broker a sale with larger creatures of the night like he’s trading stocks instead of scrap metal. Lou’s the roach that always gets away before you’ve got a shoe in hand – he’s creepy, but you’ve got to admire the work ethic.
- Sam Woolf
Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2014 is quickly approaching, and as always that means a brand new installment of the Eyegore Awards. Uni just released the details, and we have 'em for you right here. Scare it up!
From the Press Release
Universal Studios Hollywood sets the stage for the eagerly-awaited arrival of “Halloween Horror Nights” on Friday, September 19, with the annual “Eyegore Awards,” honoring influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries.
For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is offering 500 “Halloween Horror Nights” fans a chance to attend the coveted “Eyegore Awards,” which will feature a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons.
The 2014 “Eyegore Award” recipients include multiple Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker and Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead,” Galyntine, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, “Breaking Bad,” Pain & Gain, Django Unchained, Predators, The Chronicles of Narnia, »
- Steve Barton
Al Pacino (Heat) will be starting off the 2014 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival at Charity Gala on September 3rd with an intimate on-stage conversation; however, the Oscar-winner will not be alone as other celebrities will be descending upon the city. A much loved comedian will be honoured two days later as Bill Murray Day will see the screenings of Ghostbusters (1984), Stripes (1981) and Groundhog Day (1993) plus the World Premiere of his latest cinematic performance in St. Vincent Theodore Melfi where he portrays a boozing and gambling curmudgeon who establishes an unusual friendship with a newly transplanted 12 year old boy in Brooklyn.
Outside of Pacino and Murray, the festivities will include in-depth conversations with filmmakers David Thorpe, Julie Taymor, Antoine Fuqua and Jon Stewart; actors Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche; and journalists Maziar Bahari and Dan Savage. “The Mavericks programme offers Festivalgoers an exclusive »
- Trevor Hogg
Related Castle Season 7 Spoilers: Season Premiere Time Jump Ahead?
With Castle creator Andrew W. Marlowe and executive producer Terri Edda Miller on board to serve as EPs, ABC is in the early stages of developing a new series based on Derrick Storm, the P.I.-turned-cia freelancer that serves as the focus of Rick’s other bread-and-butter, our sister site Variety reports.
We write about the film business cynically as a business, but we’re a bunch of film geeks, really. I thought this when I experienced moments ago the closest thing a guy on his couch will face to a “Sophie’s Choice.” On Spike TV, there was the incomparable Roy Scheider slinging chum off the back of a boat, and a giant great white shark surfacing in Jaws, and Scheider telling Robert Shaw, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” And on AMC, at the same time, there’s Goodfellas, nearing its climax, when Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco) is directed by Jimmy (Robert De Niro) to go in a storefront to pick out dresses. This after she sets up a meeting between Jimmy and her recently pinched husband Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who’s about to go rat on his Lufthansa heist pal. What would have happened had Karen gone »
- Mike Fleming Jr
After years and years of being tied up in a legal battle over release rights, My Name Is A By Anonymous is finally getting a release, and to go along with the glorious news, it's gotten itself a new title as well.
Look for Alyssa: Portrait of a Teen Killer on DVD September 23, 2014, courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing.
Even cooler? The DVD includes two additional cuts of the film. Snazzy!
Shane Ryan directs the flick, which was produced by Ryan Nicholson (Live Feed, Hanger, Gutterballs) along with Alisha Rayne and actor Kevin Gage (Michael Mann’s Laid to Rest, May, Heat). Katie Marsh, Demi Baumann, Teona Dolnikova, Alex Damiano, and Kaliya Skye star.
Told through a blend of found footage, documentary style first-person, and classical cinematography, the film is the inspired-by-true-story of Alyssa Bustamante, the 15-year-old girl accused of stabbing, strangling, and slicing the throat of her 9-year-old neighbor »
- Steve Barton
Al Pacino will be the subject of a career retrospective at the third annual Tiff Gala in Toronto on September 3.
The on-stage conversation with Pacino, who stars in Toronto selections Manglehorn (pictured) and The Humbling, will be followed by a “cocktail dinatoire” (dinner), musical performances and live audition.
“We’re thrilled to have Al Pacino participate in our third annual Tiff Gala,” said Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) vp of advancement Maxine Bailey.
“This important event raises much-needed funds that allow Tiff to continue our free year-round activities like Reel Comfort, a programme that brings films and special guests to mental health patients at Toronto hospitals, and Pocket Fund, which provides subsidies for children and families who would otherwise be unable to participate in our educational and cultural programming.”
“This year’s event is sure to be a party like no other,” said Lisa de Wilde, Chair of Tiff’s board of directors. “In its first »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In 1995 and 1997, Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. had Heat and Jackie Brown released into cinemas. Not his best films or his best performances, perhaps, but mesmerising work in excellent pictures directed by master filmmakers: the former saw him convince for Michael Mann as the cool, meticulous leader of a gang of career criminals; the latter had Quentin Tarantino give viewers a dim crim whose uncontrollable anger contributes to the unravelling of a heist.
For a whole generation of moviegoers who have grown up since, however, the adulation that's universally showered upon De Niro must be perplexing. Occasionally he summons up a portion of his old intensity – his turns in What Just Happened, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are the (slim) picks of the last 15 years – but for anyone who got into movies from the late '90s on, he's the funny guy in Analyze This and Meet The Parents, »
Salome is the film adaptation of an Oscar Wilde play, where Wild Salome is a feature-length documentary of the making of the film. First screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2011, the double feature is now getting a special screening over this side of the pond, which will be hosted by Stephen Fry (24: Live Another Day), with Pacino and his co-star Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) in attendance. The trailer for the double film event is below for you to view…
You can see what cinemas are hosting the events and buy tickets here.
- Scott Davis
With Fargo proving that it’s possible to make great television out of excellent films (as we discussed previously), there are now plenty of other big-to-small-screen transitions on the way.
Of particular interest to the geeky-minded will be Syfy’s 13-episode televisual version of Terry Gilliam’s mercilessly mind-bending surreal sci-fi flick 12 Monkeys, which has now found itself a cast.
Cole, Bruce Willis’ time-travelling mental patient in the film, will be played on telly by Aaron Stanford, perhaps best recognised as Pyro from X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, although he's also held roles in the 2006 version of The Hills Have Eyes and TV's Nikita.
Michael Mann knows his crime dramas. Heat is one of the most celebrated crime flicks of all time. He’s a director who wants to find that kind of drama in different kinds of criminal acts, periods, and settings. Now he’s turning his attention to the world of cybercrime with Blackhat (formerly called Cyber). It was a surprising part of Legendary’s Comic-Con presentation because it’s not a fantastical story. It’s disturbingly close to reality. Hit the jump for the Blackhat Comic-Con panel recap. Panel Highlights Michael Mann takes the stage, and says his interest began with wanting to a crime film set in Asia. Then the Stuxnet computer worm hit, and that led Mann to doing some research, and ultimately wanting to tell the story of a black hat hacker who is in prison and must be recruited to stop a cyber-terrorist. As part of his research, »
- Matt Goldberg
After a sweltering few days in San Diego, Legendary Pictures offered up some chills in the form of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, wedged in between the revelation of some Godzilla 2 monsters and footage teasing a new King Kong movie called Skull Island.
The 2015 gothic horror-romance Crimson Peak, which will star Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam, got a special showcase on Saturday—showing off both its ghosts and a cast of somewhat sinister mortals. “It’s a gothic romance. It’s R-rated. It has incredible beauty, but it’s also very violent, »
- Anthony Breznican
Legendary Pictures is a production company that is fast becoming a safe haven for big movies anchored by visionary filmmakers. This is the studio responsible for "300," "Pacific Rim," and a whole bunch of other super awesome projects (including the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy), and has cultivated a reputation of really bringing it to Comic-Con and the fabled, cavernous Hall H. This year was no different, with Legendary (now partnered with studio Universal) rolling out a veritable laundry list of really impressive projects that the audience ate up affectionately.
The panel was long and a little overwhelming, so we thought we'd break it down into a handy list of things that we learned during the panel. This will cover the gamut -- from Hall H to you!
- Drew Taylor
The line-up for the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27-Sept 6) has been revealed this morning by Biennale president Paolo Baratta and film festival director Alberto Barbera at Rome’s St. Regis Grand Hotel.
Early standouts include Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini, which centres on the final days of the Italian filmmaker and his death in 1975; David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, starring Al Pacino as a locksmith in a small town who never got over the love of his life; and The Look Of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s highly anticipated follow-up to his award-winning documentary, The Act of Killing.
As previously announced, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, starring Michael Keaton, will open the festival on August 27 and is among the 20-strong competition titles, of which all »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
"Performance" is the theme of the new issue of Screen Machine, with essays on Al Pacino in Michael Mann's Heat (1995) and Anton Walbrook’s in Thorold Dickinson's Gaslight (1940 and more. Also in today's roundup of news and views: Time Out's polled directors, scientists and authors for its list of the "100 best sci-fi movies." Plus Terrence Rafferty on Jacques Demy, Adam Schatz on Alain Robbe-Grillet, Laya Maheshwari's conversation with Park Chan-wook, Jessica Kiang's interview with William Friedkin—and Josh Horowitz has gotten Woody Allen to appear on his first podcast. » - David Hudson »
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