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“Let the Sunshine In”: Cannes Film Festival
Sundance Selects has snagged all North American rights to Claire Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In,” Variety reports. The dramedy just made its world premiere at Cannes, where it received positive reviews, with many singling out the film’s star, Juliette Binoche. The Oscar winner plays a middle-aged artist and mother looking for romance.
Formerly known as “Dark Glasses,” the French-language film is inspired by “A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments,” a 1978 book by influential French literary theorist Roland Barthe. Denis co-wrote the script with Christine Angot. Its French title is “Un Beau Soleil Interieur.”
“We absolutely loved Claire’s touching and funny take on finding love and are thrilled to be back in business with her, Juliette Binoche, and our friends at Film Distribution,” said Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films/Sundance Selects in a statement.
Denis, whose previous films include “Beau Travail,” “35 Shots of Rum,” and “Bastards,” is in pre-production on “High Life,” a futuristic space adventure co-written by Zadie Smith. “[I want to] put the camera in the direction of the people I want to see and not the people I watch on TV,” Denis has said. She explained that she feels “obliged to go to people that should be seen, that should be in the light.”
Cannes Update: Claire Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In” Acquired by Sundance Selects was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
The dramedy stars Juliette Binoche as a middle-aged artist and divorced mother, following her attempts to find romantic fulfillment. It earned strong reviews at the festival. Variety’s Guy Lodge called the picture an “exquisitely judged romantic comedy” and hailed it for documenting “the transient pleasures, pitfalls and emotional culs-de-sac of midlife dating.”
Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine, Josiane Balasko, and Nicolas Duvauchelle co-star in the film, which has a script from Denis and Christine Angot. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sundance Selects is an offshoot of IFC.
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Kristin Scott Thomas in “I’ve Loved You So Long”: Columbia/TriStar
Inspired by the true story of BMW heiress Susanne Klatten (Scott Thomas), “Paramour” follows the “powerful woman who chooses to lead a reclusive existence away from the limelight. When the mysterious and seductive Helg Sgarbi enters her life, they embark upon a passionate, illicit affair — but once she is well and truly hooked, Helg reveals his sinister true intentions,” the source summarizes.
Jordan Katz (“Valiant”) penned the script. Meredith Vieira Productions’ Amy Rapp (“Tower”) is producing alongside Occupant Entertainment’s Joe Neurauter (“The Hallow”). Vieira will serve as exec producer. Sales for the project, scheduled to shoot in Germany and Italy this fall, will launch next week in Cannes.
“‘Paramour’ is a thrilling and provocative story about the dangers and responsibilities that one uber-wealthy woman is forced to confront,” said Protagonist CEO Mike Goodridge. “Jordan Katz’s script intelligently captures the intriguing dilemmas facing these two highly flawed characters. The combination of exciting filmmaker Alexandra-Therese Keining and the always compelling star Kristin Scott Thomas make for a heady cocktail which will appeal to adult audiences around the world.”
Keining’s most recent film, supernatural coming-of-age story “Girls Lost,” made its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. When we asked her about the biggest misconception about her and her work, she said, “That as a female director, I am only able to do rom-coms.” Keining is currently in pre-production on AnnaSophia Robb-starrer “Just Like Beauty,” a dramedy set in a dystopic future.
Scott Thomas will make her directorial debut with “The Sea Change,” a drama about an unhappy married couple who travel to a remote Greek island. She earned an Academy Award nomination in 1997 for her role in “The English Patient.” Her recent credits include “Suite Française,” “The Invisible Woman,” and “Only God Forgives.” She’ll next be seen in Sally Potter’s “The Party,” which just secured U.S. distribution. Scheduled to hit theaters in February, the black and white dark comedy co-stars Emily Mortimer (“The Newsroom”), Patricia Clarkson (“The Maze Runner” franchise), Cillian Murphy (“Inception”), Cherry Jones (“Transparent”), Timothy Spall (“Harry Potter” franchise), and Bruno Ganz (“The Reader”).
Kristin Scott Thomas to Play BMW Heiress in Alexandra-Therese Keining’s “Paramour” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Three months after making its world premiere at the Berlinale, “The Party” has found a U.S. home. Writer-director Sally Potter’s latest feature has been acquired by Roadside Attractions, The Hollywood Reporter writes. Patricia Clarkson toplines the dark comedy.
Set in contemporary London, the black and white film centers on a celebration that goes horribly awry. “The Party” was shot in just 14 days and features a star-studded cast including Emily Mortimer (“Doll & Em”), Cherry Jones (“Transparent”), Kristin Scott Thomas (“The English Patient”), Cillian Murphy (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Bruno Ganz (“Downfall”), and Timothy Spall (“Denial”).
“Sally Potter’s ‘The Party’ may be one of the most witty, outrageous, biting, and entertaining movies that we have ever acquired,” said Roadside Attractions co-founders Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff. “It has an outstanding cast who take enormous pleasure sparring on screen, physically and verbally. We loved the film from start to bloody finish.”
The film was very warmly received at the Berlinale, and currently boasts a 100 percent “Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes. “The Party” secured UK distribution earlier this month.
Potter is perhaps best known for her Oscar-nominated 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando,” starring Tilda Swinton. She most recently directed the Elle Fanning-starrer “Ginger & Rosa,” a 2012 coming-of-age drama set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Potter’s other credits include “The Tango Lesson,” “Yes,” and “The Man Who Cried.”
The former choreographer left school when she was 16 years old. “I’d made my first 8mm film at 14 and I absolutely, passionately wanted to be a film director. So I left school and struck out,” she has explained. “I got jobs in restaurants, washing carrots, and joined the London Filmmaker’s Co-op, making tiny, tiny films that just got bigger. Looking back, I think ‘Jesus, living alone, wanting to be a film director’… When I meet 16-year-olds, they’re so young, the little darlings.”
Sally Potter’s “The Party” Gets U.S. Distribution was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Sally Potter’s latest film has secured distribution in the UK. ScreenDaily reports that “The Party” has been acquired by Picturehouse Entertainment, with a planned fall release. The star-studded dark comedy made its world premiere in competition at the Berlinale back in February.
Set in contemporary London, the black and white film centers on a celebration that goes horribly awry. “The Party” was shot in just 14 days. Its cast includes Patricia Clarkson (“Learning to Drive”), Emily Mortimer (“Doll & Em”), Cherry Jones (“Transparent”), Kristin Scott Thomas (“The English Patient”), Cillian Murphy (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Bruno Ganz (“Downfall”), and Timothy Spall (“Denial”).
“I am thrilled to be working with Sally Potter on her wonderful new film. Over a long career, Sally has consistently led the charge in UK independent filmmaking, bringing us a body of films that are at once sharp, fun, and surprising,” commented Clare Binns, director of programming and acquisition at Picturehouse.
Potter is perhaps best known for her 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando,” starring Tilda Swinton. The film received two Oscar nominations. She most recently directed “Ginger & Rosa,” a 2012 coming-of-age drama set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The film centers on the intense friendship between two teen girls, played by Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”) and Alice Englert (“Beautiful Creatures”). Potter’s other notable films include the BAFTA-nominated “The Tango Lesson,” “Yes” with Joan Allen, “The Man Who Cried,” starring Christina Ricci and Cate Blanchett, and “Rage” with Judi Dench.
We’re still waiting for “The Party” to get picked up in the U.S. The film was very warmly received at the Berlinale, and currently boasts a 100 percent “Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes. With a cast this strong and great reviews, hopefully it’s only a matter of time before a U.S. distributor snags the film.
- Laura Berger
Exclusive: Berlin competition title gets UK deal.
Picturehouse Entertainment has reached a deal for the title with sales representative Great Point Media and is plotting a release in Autumn this year.
The film features an ensemble cast including Patricia Clarkson (The Maze Runner), Bruno Ganz (Downfall), Cherry Jones (Whisky Tango Foxtrot), Emily Mortimer (Hugo), Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Rises), Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) And Timothy Spall (Mr Turner).
The comedy-drama focuses on a celebratory gathering of friends that goes violently wrong.
Screen’s review at Berlin described it as Potter’s “most enjoyable film to date”.
Backed by Great Point Media, the film was produced by Adventure Pictures, Sally Potter’s production company with her long-term producer Christopher Sheppard together with Kurban Kassam (20,000 Days on Earth, Ginger & Rosa »
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The 2017 Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28) has unveiled the jury for its main competition.
The jury also features:
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Smith, Fan, Ade and Oscar-winner Sorrentino join previously announced jurors Jessica Chastain and Pedro Almodovar, who will preside over the panel. Rounding out the jury that will decide the winner of the Palme d’Or are French actress Agnès Jaoui, South Korean director Park Chan-wook and French composer Gabriel Yared.
Spanish helmer Almodovar, who won the festival’s best director prize in 1999 for “All About My Mother” and best screenplay for 2006’s “Volver,” was named as jury president in January. The festival’s artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, revealed that two-time Oscar nominee Chastain would serve on the official competition jury during an interview with French radio earlier this month. The actress’ breakout role came in Terrence Malick’s »
- Robert Mitchell
On 22 April, the incomparable Jack Nicholson will reach 80. In celebration of this milestone birthday, the BFI is bringing the magnificent 1975 tragicomedy in which he starred, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, back to big screens across the UK on 14 April 2017. We are giving three lucky winners a pair of tickets to a BFI Southbank screening of the film between 20 and 24 April 2017
Nicholson’s unforgettable performance as the ingenious, heroic free spirit Rp ‘Mac’ McMurphy, who leads an uprising in the men’s ward of a mental hospital run by callous Nurse Rached (Louise Fletcher), won him his first Best Actor Oscar®.
Adapted from Ken Kesey’s best-selling 1962 novel, directed by Miloš Forman (Amadeus, Man on the Moon) and produced by Saul Zaentz (Amadeus, The English Patient) and Michael Douglas (his first producer role), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was only the second film ever to »
24 March 2017 4:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Two of the stars of last year's festival: German director Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann) and South Korean helmer Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden) will be back this year in the judges' chair. Chinese star Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3), French actress Agnes Jaoui (The Taste of Others) and Oscar-winning composer Gabriel Yared (The English Patient) complete this year's nine-person international jury.
The awards for the 70th festival will be handed out on the closing night of the »
- Rhonda Richford
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out….but mostly movies.
This Past Weekend:
It was absolutely no surprise that Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie Logan would top the box office, but it actually ended up doing even better than my prediction when actual numbers came in, grossing $88.3 million over the weekend. That makes it the fourth highest X-Movie opening (including Deadpool) but also the biggest R-rated opening for March, defeating 300’s once-impressive $70 million opening. It’s also the fourth highest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool, The Matrix Reloaded and American Sniper.
- Edward Douglas
With the Oscars nearly upon us, it's time for final predictions. I've written up a lengthy piece for Towleroad which I hope you'll read and you can also compare my predictions to the other Gurus of Gold at Movie City News. I shan't reprint the whole thing here since we have all those charts you can peruse and months of articles on these very races.
While nearly everyone expects La La Land to be the major champion of the night, I don't think it will be record breaking. Damien Chazelle’s popular musical would need 12 Oscars to beat the record of 11 which was set by Ben-Hur back in 1959 and then tied by both Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) and Titanic (1997). West Side Story (1961), yours truly's all time favorite movie, is the runner up to "most wins" with 10. La La Land might tie West Side Story but I'm predicting 9 wins. »
- NATHANIEL R
23 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Only seven films in Oscars history have won more than eight trophies: Gigi (1958), The Last Emperor (1987) and The English Patient (1996) won nine; West Side Story (1961) won 10; and Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) won 11.
Will La La Land be the fourth film to win more than 10? In part one of my mathematical Oscar predictions, my model predicted that the musical would win for best picture, director and actress, but narrowly lose best original screenplay and actor, both to Manchester by the »
- Ben Zauzmer
‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)
By: Carson Blackwelder
La La Land recently took home the top honors at the Cinema Audio Society Awards — but does that mean the best sound mixing Oscar is in the bag? After all, shouldn’t the folks who know make their career in sound mixing be the best ones to determine which film should ultimately go on to win at the subsequent Academy Awards? You might think so, but here’s a dive into why that’s not necessarily so.
The films nominated alongside Damien Chazelle’s modern musical in the best sound mixing category include Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Upon first look, you might recognize that La La Land doesn’t exactly fit in with these other films, as most of them are in the war genre. Hacksaw Ridge is set during World War II, »
- Carson Blackwelder
John Carpenter just gave Michael Myers fans a huge reason to mark their calendars by announcing an October 19th, 2018 release date for Blumhouse and Miramax's new Halloween movie, which will be directed by David Gordon Green (Joe, Pineapple Express) from a screenplay he's writing with Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant, Eastbound & Down).
In addition to executive producing the new Halloween film, Carpenter might also help guide the franchise he began back in 1978 by providing the music for the film. Green and McBride will also be executive producing the anticipated project, along with Malek Akkad and Jason Blum. We have the official press release below with full details, including Carpenter's initial announcement of Green and McBride's involvement:
Press Release (via HalloweenMovies.com): Los Angeles, February 9, 2017 – John Carpenter announced today via his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JohnCarpenterTheMasterofHorror/) that David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis, Joe, Pineapple Express »
- Derek Anderson
It’s a long-established maxim that fans of auto racing are (consciously or unconsciously) there to see what happens when things go bad. If high-speed racing didn’t involve the risk of crashes and rollovers, who knows what the attendance would look like. And like racing, awards season, especially when the rubber hits the Oscar road, has its own grisly thrills and chills.
And it’s not just accountants and bankers who find the sight of red ink flowing irresistible.
Today, the moment any awards or nominations are announced, the internet is buzzing with “snubs and surprises” stories. They’re the red meat of awards season, the kudos equivalent of the Formula One favorite hitting the wall, the Indy black sheep who comes from last place to take the Borg-Warner Trophy.
Oscar history is packed with “what just happened?” moments. Among the toppers:
Oscar night 1997, when Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall »
- Steven Gaydos
This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards
Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »
- Jordan Raup
Kristin Scott Thomas will direct and star in “The Sea Change,” a romantic drama which will mark her directorial debut. Also starring Mark Strong, “The Sea Change” will be brought onto the international market by Thorsten Schumacher’s Rocket Science at next week’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Set on a remote Greek island, “The Sea Change” is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Jane Howard written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, whose writing credits take in Academy Award winning film “Ida” and “Disobedience,” with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, which is in production. Barnaby Thompson (“The Importance of Being Earnest”) produces for London-based Fragile Films.
Scott Thomas (“I’ve Loved You So Long,” “The English Patient”) will play Lillian, witty, complex, married to Emmanuel, a successful London playwright. Their marriage, on the rocks, is rescued by the arrival of a outspoken young girl, Alice. Strong »
- John Hopewell
4 February 2017 11:32 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Kristin Scott Thomas, who earned a best actress nomination in 1997 for The English Patient, will make her directorial debut with the romantic drama The Sea Change, based on the novel by Elizabeth Jane Howard. She also will star in the pic, while Mark Strong is currently in talks to play her husband.
Rocket Science will handle worldwide sales at next week's European Film Market in Berlin.
The Sea Change focuses on a group of people who re-evaluate loss, love and human connection when they »
- Patrick Shanley
Rocket Science announced today that Academy Award Nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (I've Loved You So Long, The English Patient, The Darkest Hour) is set to make her directorial debut with romantic drama, The Sea Change, based on Elizabeth Jane Howard's critically acclaimed novel of the same name. Rebecca Lenkiewicz, writer of the Academy Award winning film Ida and Disobedience (currently shooting with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams) has adapted the novel for screen, and Barnaby Thompson (Easy Virtue, The Importance of Being Earnest, St Trinian's) will produce for Fragile Films.
Scott Thomas will also star as Lillian, and Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty, Kingsman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is in talks to play her husband, Emmanuel. Principal photography is scheduled to begin later this year in the UK and Europe. Rocket Science will handle international and Us domestic sales commencing at Berlin Efm.
The Sea Change is about a »
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