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Have you ever performed in a language that is not your own? Whether you grew up in a bilingual household or mastered a foreign tongue in school, speaking more than one language can be a major asset as an actor. Need proof? Here are 21 stars who have delivered their best work in two (or more!) languages. Salma HayekHayek made her debut on the Mexican soap opera “Teresa” before breaking into Hollywood in the early 1990s. She has starred in over 40 films and on numerous television shows in both English and Spanish, and frequently draws on her Mexican heritage even in English-speaking roles. Christoph WaltzMost famous for his excellent collaborations with Quentin Tarantino in “Inglourious Basterds” and “Django Unchained,” the Austrian-born Waltz trained in New York but spent most of his later career working on stage and screen in Germany. Kristin Scott ThomasOscar-nominated for her role in 1996’s “The English Patient, »
"Fury Road" was a reinvigorating adventure for veteran cinematographer John Seale, who came out of retirement to collaborate once again with George Miller. Only this was no "Lorenzo's Oil," the last film he shot for Miller. With usual "Mad Max" Dp Dean Semler out of the picture, Seale stepped out of his comfort zone to tackle the reboot, which turned out to be the best action film in years — and in what is still the best post-apocalyptic franchise. "The whole film is basically a chase [in the desert landscape of West Africa with 75 vehicles], but was originally envisioned as a 3D shoot and they were building their own stereoscopic cameras," recalled the Oscar-winning Seale ("The English Patient"). "But then George changed his mind after I signed on. I was able to trim the 3D rig down because our 2D cameras are much smaller and lighter and it became more versatile for George." Still, it was Seale's first digital »
- Bill Desowitz
Walter Murch is extraordinary even within his own field, four times Oscar-nominated for film editing, three times nominated for sound mixing, achieving a landmark double when he won both for his work on 1997 movie “The English Patient.” This week, he attends the Camerimage film festival, which is devoted to the art of cinematography, to receive the Special Award to an Editor with Unique Visual Sensitivity.
In a career that spans over 40 years, Murch is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola, beginning in 1969 with “The Rain People.” After working with George Lucas on “Thx 1138” (1971), which he co-wrote, and “American Graffiti” (1973), Murch returned to Coppola for 1974’s “The Conversation,” receiving his first Academy Award nomination as a result. Murch’s pioneering achievements were acknowledged by Coppola on his follow-up, the 1979 Palme d’Or winner “Apocalypse Now,” for which he was granted, in what is seen as a film-history first, »
- Damon Wise
Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, celebrates its 23rd edition with seven special awards for artists and technicians whom they identify as possessing a “unique visual sensitivity.” From Hollywood comes renowned editor and sound designer Walter Murch, whose diverse and award-winning credits include “The Conversation,” “Apocalypse Now” and “The English Patient,” as well as this year’s summer sci-fi fantasy “Tomorrowland.”
The U.K. is represented by costumer designer Sandy Powell and production designer Eve Stewart. Powell is no stranger to awards — her outfits for films such as “Shakespeare in Love,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator” and “The Young Victoria” have brought regular invitations to the Oscar ceremony in the last 20 years. Similarly, Stewart’s period work with Mike Leigh, plus her collaborations with Tom Hooper for Oscar favorites “The King’s Speech” and “Les Misérables,” has brought multiple nominations as well as a BAFTA win for the latter. »
- Damon Wise
Steamy sex scenes are nothing new in cinema. We.ve had decades of uninhibited simulated sex on screens by now. From Midnight Cowboy (1969) to Last Tango in Paris (1972), and 9 ½ Weeks (1986) to Unfaithful (2002), the use of sex on screen has done a lot to tantalize and surprise movie goers. Actors are usually sheepish about the experience and will, generally, claim to have no favorites when it comes to such things. But, lucky for us, Ralph Fiennes is not one of those actors. While appearing on Watch What Happens Live recently, host Andy Cohen asked the actor what his favorite love scenes were that he.s performed in. And Ralph Fiennes had an answer ready to go for Cohen. He states that he has a number of favorites and then goes on to say that he "liked making love" to Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient (1996), Julianne Moore in The End »
The film is understood to have been “significantly” cut by the filmmakers and now includes a voiceover narrated by the film’s star Juliette Binoche.
Metro described the new version as “a leaner, revitalized final cut.”
This is the version that got its Spanish premiere last week at the Valladolid Film Festival and will be released in Spain at the end of this month through Filmax.
Few distribution deals have been announced on the drama, which has yet to get an international release after garnering mixed reviews in Berlin.
Metro and Elle Driver are currently negotiating carry over deals.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first photos from their upcoming film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. (via EW)
Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them also stars Katherine Waterston (“Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck »
- Michelle McCue
The neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them will return to the small screen in the future, as Miramax and El Ray revealed today that Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series has been renewed for a third season:
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA / Austin, TX (October 26, 2015) - Miramax® and El Rey announced today that their one-hour scripted original, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," has been renewed for a third season. Hailed as "radically different...a fascinating ride" by the Associated Press, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" will air its season two finale with guest star Demi Lovato on El Rey Network on Tuesday, October 27 at 9Pm Et.
A reimagining of Robert Rodriguez's 1996 iconic movie From Dusk Till Dawn, which Miramax® also released theatrically at the time, the TV show expands on the fascinating supernatural crime saga centered around brothers Seth and Richie Gecko.
- Derek Anderson
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The Chilean miners – whose miraculous rescue from a collapsed mine five years ago today captivated more than a billion people around the world – reunited in Rome on Tuesday to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the day they emerged from the mine.
In the Eternal City, the miners were applauded at a special anniversary screening of Alcon Entertainment’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’ inspiring drama The 33, where they were joined by director Patricia Riggen and producer Mike Medavoy.
The film not only reveals the remarkable story of their survival against the odds but of the families, whose unwavering faith and support was instrumental in the rescue, and of the international team of rescuers, who would not give up until they brought the miners home.
The 33 opens nationwide in Us theaters on November 13, 2015, exactly one month after the five-year anniversary of the rescue. »
- Michelle McCue
Former Universal Pictures Chairman David Linde has been chosen by billionaire Jeff Skoll as the new CEO of Participant Media, the multi-faceted entertainment company that is reorganizing and seeking new film and television partners as it moves to reinvigorate its brand, the company announced just after noon.
In Linde, Skoll has picked a seasoned studio chief with deep roots in the independent film business and in the international entertainment community, particularly in India and China, where he has established business and artistic ties.
Linde has been a film financier and producer for the last four years as the principal and founder of Lava Bear Films, which has financial backing from India’s Reliance Entertainment and has worked with directors like Alejandro Inarritu and China’s Zhang Yimou. Skoll, founding president of eBay, believes that his new chief executive’s broad and cosmopolitan profile is perfectly tailored to Participant’s mission »
- James Rainey
On October 13, 2010, the world held its collective breath as the global media broadcast the miraculous rescue of 33 Chilean miners that had been trapped 200 stories below ground for 69 days following the disastrous collapse of a copper-gold mine in Copiapó, Chile. Spurred on by the support and faith of the miners’ families encamped outside the mine, the Chilean miners’ rescue is one of the most moving real-life events of modern times, watched by more than a billion people around the world.
On October 13, 2015, Chilean Consulates across the United States and in Canada will celebrate the five-year anniversary of this daring rescue with events, including special screenings of Alcon Entertainment’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’ new film The 33.
Made with the cooperation of the real-life miners, their families and their rescuers, The 33 opens nationwide on November 13, 2015, exactly one month after the five-year anniversary of the rescue.
- Melissa Thompson
It seems like we say it every year, but the Oscar race for best cinematography is as heated as it has ever been this season.
Most eyes, certainly, are on Emmanuel Lubezki. The reigning champ joined a very exclusive group of back-to-back winners in the category upon claiming the prize for “Birdman” last year (He also won for “Gravity”). With Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s best picture follow-up “The Revenant,” Lubezki shot on brand new Arri Alexa 65 cameras, even freezing a few of them in Alberta, Canada, while using only natural light. The stitching technique that was employed to make “Birdman” appear as one unbroken take was used in a number of sequences as well. No one has even seen the film and you’d be forgiven for thinking it the frontrunner sight unseen.
- Kristopher Tapley
It's early in the morning in Berlin, and a 23-year-old woman from Madrid named Victoria is dancing to her heart's content all alone in a nightclub. As she's leaving, the young woman meets some charming, roguish local guys, who invite her to venture out into the city streets looking for fun. Impulsively, she decides to go for it — and over the next two hours of gunfire, coke binges, high-speed pursuits and one major predawn bank heist, Victoria will get way more than she bargained for. And the "fun" never stops, »
'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing world in the 2004 melo Million Dollar Baby. Despite the cheery title, this is not the usual Rocky-esque rags-to-riches story of the determined underdog who inevitably becomes a super-topdog once she (in this case it's a “she”) puts on her gloves, jumps into the boxing ring, and starts using other women as punching bags. That's because about two-thirds into the film, Million Dollar Baby takes a radical turn toward tragedy that is as unexpected as everything else on screen is painfully predictable. In fact, once the dust is settled, even that last third quickly derails into the same sentimental mush Eastwood and »
- Andre Soares
Apocalypse Now editor to receive special award at cinematography festival.
The three-time Oscar winner, who most recently edited Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, will attend the 23rd International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography to collect the honour.
He will also take part in an on stage conversation where he will discuss his film career, which spans more than 40 years.
Camerimage will also host the key crew members of Pixar’s critically acclaimed animation, Inside Out.
The team will discuss how cinematography is practiced in animated filmmaking and share some of the challenges they faced on the production, with work-in-progress »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Here's a fun bit of trivia. What do these eleven films have in common: "Legends of the Fall," "The English Patient," "Titanic," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "There Will Be Blood," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Inception," "Life of Pi," "Gravity" and "Birdman"? Answer: These films won the Best Cinematography Oscar in their respective years and which prevailed over nominated films from peerless cinematographer and all-round class act Roger Deakins. Deserving as many of those awards might have been, it is, to put it politely, getting a little bit ridiculous. Over the past twenty years since his first nod for "The Shawshank Redemption" back in 1995, Deakins has managed a dozen nominations (even netting two in one year) but zero wins. This week's "Sicario," from director Denis Villeneuve (read our review), is so »
- The Playlist Staff
Read More: What Did the London Film Festival Get? The 59th BFI London Film Festival (Lff) has announced the names that will make up this year's Official Competition Jury. The President of the Official Competition Jury will be three-time BAFTA winner and Lff Best Film prize winner Pawel Pawlikowski ("Ida"). "It is an honour to be Jury President for the BFI London Film Festival this year, especially as my last film 'Ida' won the Best Film Award in 2013 at the very beginning of its journey," said the director. Pawlikowski will be joined by producer Christine Vachon ("Carol," "Far From Heaven"), director Mabel Cheung ("A Tale of Three Cities") and BAFTA-winning actors Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years A Slave") and Kristen Scott Thomas ("The English Patient"). Some of the titles playing in competition this year include "Beasts of No Nation," "Room," "The Lobster," "Tangerine," »
- Sonya Saepoff
When Taylor Swift’s music video for “Wildest Dreams” debuted during the MTV Video Music Awards, I wondered if the uncomfortable undertones of British Colonialism would ping the Internet’s controversy radar. It took a few days, but it finally happened. And — as always with a thorny issue like white imperialism — the lines were drawn in deep in the sand. On NPR, native Kenyan and Ugandan authors Viviane Rutabingwa and James Kassaga Arinaitwe discussed the sting of seeing the fantasy of white colonial Africa play out yet again. Swift has played dress-up in loosely defined historical time periods before. “Love Story” ostensibly takes place in medieval times while “Mean” oscillates between Vaudeville and the 1950s. So without any context — thanks public education! — for exactly how much the pop culture ideal of early 20th-century Africa is whitewashed, the glamour of playing Elizabeth Taylor Light™ in an “exotic” location probably (egregiously) seemed like harmless fun. »
- Donna Dickens
Miramax is moving forward in its quest to attract a buyer.
The indie studio behind “Pulp Fiction,” “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love” has tapped Morgan Stanley to attract bidders for the company and hopes to sell for $1 billion or more, according to a report in Bloomberg.
A spokesperson for Morgan Stanley declined to comment and a spokesperson for Miramax did not immediately respond to a request for comment. QInvest, the Qatari investment bank, will serve as co-adviser, the Bloomberg report states, citing unnamed sources.
Qatar, Colony and construction magnate Ron Tutor led the consortium of investors that bought Miramax in 2010 from the Walt Disney Co. for $660 million. Tutor later sold his stake to Qatar Holding. The new ownership aggressively mined the studio’s library of award-winning films, signing distribution agreements with streaming services like Netflix. In 2013, the Weinstein Company signed multi-year co-production and development pact to create sequels »
- Brent Lang
Shooting has officially started on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in the UK. Warner Brothers announced the news late yesterday that the firt of a planned series of film has started filming at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, just north of London.
David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies will helm ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ directing a cast that includes Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jenn Murray, Faith Wood-Blagrove and Colin Farrell.
The film, which is set around 70 years after the Potter movies, will be released on November 18th 2016.
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Burbank, CA – August 17, 2015 – Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated feature “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The all new adventure is set in the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling in her best-selling Harry Potter books, which »
- Paul Heath
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