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Philomena director Stephen Frears is reteaming with Pathé for another project about an eponymous real-life female protagonist. Currently in pre-production, Florence is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability. Meryl Streep is attached to play the title role with Hugh Grant also attached for the role of her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an aristocratic English actor who was determined to protect Florence from the truth that while the voice she heard in her head was beautiful, to everyone else it was hilariously awful.
Baz Bamigboye at the Daily Mail first tipped the news and Pathé International, which will begin sales at the Afm next month, has now confirmed details. The film has a script by Nicholas Martin which will tell Foster Jenkins’ story through to »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Other Woman, 2014.
Directed by Nick Cassavetes.
After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he’s been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.
Whatever happened to Cameron Diaz? Such a brilliant talent, beautiful and pleasing, why has the actress made such bad career choices in terms of her films? When she “stormed” into our lives in a busty red dress, using a local newspaper in a desperate attempt to shield her from the rain before sweeping Jim Carrey off his feet in 1994’s The Mask, the world was her oyster. But despite some excellent work in the likes of Being John Malkovich and Gangs of New York, Diaz has found herself stuck in vortex of unfunny comedies and critical backlashes. »
- Scott J. Davis
After big festival bows at the Venice, Telluride and New York film festivals, Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" finally opens in limited release this week. Michael Keaton is well on his way into the awards spectrum this year, but his co-stars deserve some looks, too, and none more so than Edward Norton, whose mercurial method actor Mike Shiner lights up the screen every time he's on it, and might be the best thing he's done since "Fight Club" and "American History X." Norton's a pretty soft-spoken and thoughtful guy, but confident in his perspective. He has a reputation for taking a major part in the creative process when he can, and Shiner has that shade, too. You're free to consider that more or less than a footnote; the meta discussion around the film will continue to be as overstated or understated as it needs to be to fit this or that think piece. »
- Kristopher Tapley
It's been 15 years since 1999, because that's how time works. 1999 is generally considered a great year for movies. Transformative, even: A diverse array of films, directed by a fleet of up-and-coming filmmakers, all arriving at the multiplex back when cable was lame enough and the internet was slow enough to make the multiplex a place that mattered. If you happened to be young in 1999—or young-ish—it was possible to feel like you were seeing the entire cinematic art form evolve in front of you. Fifteen years ago this month was Three Kings and Fight Club and Being John Malkovich, instant-cult »
- Darren Franich
Double Oscar-nominee John Malkovich will be honored for his life's work with the Golden Eye award at this year's Zurich International Film Festival. Malkovich's career stretches back nearly three decades and has included everything from the acclaimed period drama Dangerous Liaisons (1988) to action thrillers In the Line of Fire (1993), Con Air (1997) and the Red franchise to the self-referential dramedy of Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich in 1999. Read more Zurich Film Festival Completes Lineup Malkovich will receive his Golden Eye honor on Saturday from German actress Veronika Ferres, with whom Malkovich appeared in a TV
- Scott Roxborough
John Malkovich will head to Zurich later this week to present his latest film and receive the festival’s Golden Eye award.
The star of Dangerous Liaisons, Red and Being John Malkovich will be in town on Saturday (Oct 4) to introduce thriller Cut Bank, which receives a gala premiere screening at the Zurich Film Festival, alongside director Matt Shakman.
The honorary Golden Eye award will be presented later that evening on the festival’s award night at Zurich’s Opera House. Malkovich will accept the honour from German actress Veronika Ferres - his co-star in The Casanova Variations.
Cut Bank, which played at Toronto and receives its European premiere in Zurich, centres on a young man played by Liam Hemsworth who dreams of escaping his small town. But his efforts to do so set a deadly series of events in motion. The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Dern.
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- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
John Malkovich photos: How to look like a model, from Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein (image: John Malkovich as Marilyn Monroe in Bert Stern's 1962 portrait 'Marilyn in Pink Roses') Whether you found Spike Jonze's 1999 mind-invading comedy Being John Malkovich a pretentious bore or the most innovative motion picture since Georges Méliès' The Man with the India-Rubber Head, you'll probably enjoy Sandro Miller's series of John Malkovich photos, in which the two-time Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee becomes the real-life characters in some of the most celebrated (and mostly pop, U.S.-made) photographs ever taken. Malkovich's various guises will be featured in the exhibit "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters," which runs from November 7, 2014, to January 31, 2015, at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. In Being John Malkovich, the likes of John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener discover an escape from their drab lives »
- Andre Soares
Malkovich, Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich. Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich? Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich! You get what I’m saying, right?
According to Spike Jonze’s film Being John Malkovich, if John Malkovich enters the mind of John Malkovich, well, all he’d see and hear is Malkovich. Commercial photographer Sandro Miller can offer you half that experience with his art series “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic,” sans the magic portal.
Collaborating with the actor himself, Miller pays homage to the photographers who influenced him with this photo series that places Malkovich into classic images. The photo tributes are superbly executed recreations that are oddly and increasingly fascinating yet totally fun. We’ve included some of our favorites above and below (I'm now fully convinced Malkovich would make an amazing Joker), and you can check out the whole exhibit and get pricing here. (Hat tip: MTV)
- Eli Reyes
Cool film stuff can be almost as fun as actually going to the movies. Think of a Batman cape, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action figure, or Goldeneye on the N64. Hell, the merchandising can often be more enjoyable than the actual film – remember how much fun the first few months of 1999 were before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was actually released?
Yet, in the chase to make a quick buck out of devoted fans, some... let's just say less relevant, movie merchandise is churned out and flogged to the public.
Here then are 50 of the strangest (not ranked in order!) – expect action figures of obscure henchmen, 16-carat gold Twilight jewellery and some truly vomit-inducing burgers…
In Spider-Man 3, Peter »
Fifteen years after Spike Jonze pondered what would happen if people were given a chance to view the world through the eyes of John Malkovich in the cult-classic Being John Malkovich, another artist has wondered, What if everyone were Malkovich? And the results are rather hypnotic to look at. Photographer Sandro Miller, who's also a friend of the actor, has recreated a number of iconic portraits using Malkovich's famous (and yet shockingly chameleonic) face in every single one. He casts Malkovich as everyone from Albert Einstein and Alfred Hitchcock to the woman in Dorothea Lange's most famous work, "Migrant Mother" and both of the little girls in Diane Arbus' »
Being John Malkovich? How about John Malkovich being others? In photographer Sandro Miller's series Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, the actor transforms himself in order to re-create some of history's greatest portraits. In the words of Miller, "John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea, and within moments he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process. . . . I'm truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator." John is practically unrecognizable in many of the photos, embodying great actors, artists, and cultural figures - from John Lennon to Jean Paul Gaultier - all in the name of art. Keep reading to discover the jaw-dropping portraits. Source: ©Sandro Miller courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago »
Sometimes it’s just a joke, sometimes it has hidden meaning, and sometimes it’s simply the director showing off their eclectic taste in all things celluloid (read: Quentin Tarantino). But one thing’s for sure: the annals of cinema history are littered with movie-in-movie moments.
The granddaddy of movie-in-movie moments comes from The Shawshank Redemption – released twenty years ago today. So in honour of its anniversary, we thought we’d go all “meta” by looking back at ten of the most memorable movie-in-movie moments to grace the multiplex.
Though it’s probably a little bit cruel to show prison inmates Rita Hayworth at her finest, this 40’s classic plays a prominent role in the film’s plot as Andy later uses a poster from the 1946 noir to cover the entrance to the tunnel that he’s painstakingly carved out of the prison walls.
- Daniel Bettridge
John Malkovich has always had a unique ability to transform into a character, but he has just upped the ante. Photographer Sandro Miller captured the actor in re-creations of a number of iconic photographs for a series called Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich. The name of the series alludes to a classic scene in Being John Malkovich. The photos will be on display at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago beginning Nov. 7. The works are truly stunning, with one featuring Malkovich re-creating Albert Watson's iconic "Albert Hitchcock With Goose" from 1973 (seen above). Malkovich also mimics Arthur Sasse's "Albert Einstein Sticking Out His
- THR Staff
Casanova Variations has released its first trailer.
The film tells two stories from the life of the famous lothario, whose name is synonymous with romance and seduction.
It also tells a tale of the production of The Giacomo Variations stage play, which Sturminger directed and Malkovich starred in.
Casanova Variations is expected to be released in 2015. »
Spike Jonze, famed director of Her and Being John Malkovich, has teamed up again with Karen O. He has filmed a music video to promote her new song “Ooo” off her record Crush Songs. Unlike most popular music videos, with rehearsed choreography and special effects, Jonze has a more cinema verite approach. During a ten minute break at the New York Metropolitan Opera House for the opening ceremony of Fashion Week, Elle Fanning is filmed dancing around the stage and making faces at the camera while the song plays in the background.
The music video captures what teen girls really do when they hear a fun song in the background. They act like adorable goof balls. The home movie feel of it also emphasizes how unrehearsed and free Elle’s performance is.
To quote Elle at the end of the video “It’s a really good song.” Watch the video below. »
- Michelle Leibowitz
An air of Hitchcockian menace and free-floating sexual perversity is by now nothing new for Francois Ozon, but rarely has this French master analyzed the cracks in his characters’ bourgeois facades to such smooth and pleasurable effect as he does in “The New Girlfriend.” A skillfully triangulated psychological thriller about a woman who learns that the husband of her deceased Bff is harboring a most unusual secret, , making for a warmer, more open-ended experience than the creepy Ruth Rendell tale from which it’s been “loosely adapted.” Powered by beautifully controlled performances from Anais Demoustier and Romain Duris, Ozon’s “Girlfriend” should have willing arthouse escorts lining up worldwide. It opens Nov. 5 in France.
Rendell, that icy master of British detective fiction, has been best served onscreen by European filmmakers outside the U.K., at least on the evidence of Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie” and Pedro Almodovar’s “Live Flesh. »
- Justin Chang
Full disclosure: I’m not completely well acquainted with the work of Kanye West, save for half a dozen songs and his very public persona. His egoism almost seems to speak for itself, but there a moments where even I, as someone who rarely listens to rap, understand that there’s more to him than meets the Tweet.
Perhaps part of West’s appeal is his ability to play off of himself intentionally. He has a good sense of humor, and there appears to be a self-awareness in his work, especially in his presentation of his public persona. Kanye West is, to my meager understanding, just as calculated of an artist as Lady Gaga or anyone else.
Spike Jonze, who was first a maestro of the music video before he moved into film, just might be the best person to continue to help hone West’s vaguely Joaquin Phoenix-à-la-i’m Still Here personality. »
- Kyle Turner
Myles Bender arrives as president of marketing and creative advertising; Tyler Dinapoli as president of marketing, media and research; and Kent Sanderson as president of acquisitions and ancillary distribution.
Foley has been in distribution for more than 30 years and led distribution at USA Films, October Films and MGM before his appointment as president of distribution at Focus Features.
Bender began his career at Gramercy Pictures and USA Films and has worked on Being John Malkovich and The Big Lebowski. He served at Focus as svp of creative advertising and marketing, working on Lost In Translation and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, among others »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Exclusive: Missi Pyle (The Artist, Gone Girl) has boarded Director’s Cut, a dark satire with an unusual twist directed by Detroit Rock City‘s Adam Rifkin. Pyle will play herself opposite Penn Jillette (Tim’s Vermeer, The Aristocrats) in the Being John Malkovich-style tale about a psycho superfan (Jillette) who buys a walk-on role to Pyle’s latest movie via a crowdfunding site, then kidnaps her and forces her to re-shoot the film in his own dungeon studio.
The meta-levels don’t stop there. Director’s Cut is itself a successfully crowdfunded project that raised $1,164,928 last year from 4,736 donors on crowdsourcing platform FundMe. Neil Patrick Harris, Ben Stiller, Carrot Top, Dee Snider, Ron Jeremy, and Joan Rivers are some of the names that pitched in to lend their support to the crowdfunding campaign. Jillette, Rifkin, and Penn & Teller manager/producer Peter Adam Golden are producing the film which is now underway in L. »
- Jen Yamato
“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d”
This writer is no romantic. As much as a need exists for romantic comedies there are few capable of breaching my cynical defences; less still which bear repeat viewing. Thankfully there are those who cater to the romantic realist, striking a balance between the fluff of Ephron and flim-flam which is Richard Curtis. Those are the ones I return to because few people intellectualise love like Allen in Annie Hall, while Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is both love letter and warning shot for the unwary.
My primary reason for revisiting is simply one of fascination. Love is defined by scientists as a chemical reaction built through the sharing of collective experience. In filmic terms »
- Gary Collinson
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