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Announcements for the lineup for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, taking place between January 22nd and February 1st, are starting to roll out. Watch this page for updates as more films and sections are revealed.
Brooklyn (John Crowley, UK)
Digging for Fire (Joe Swanberg, USA)
End of the Tour (James Ponsoldt, USA)
I Am Michael (Justin Kelly, USA)
Last Days in the Desert (Rodrigo Garcia, USA)
Lila & Eve (Charles Stone III, USA)
Sleeping with Other People (Leslye Headland, USA)
A Walk in the Woods (Ken Kwapis, USA)
Director Terrence Malick is a fascinating character, who becomes more deeply intriguing with each passing year. This was a filmmaker whose initial films, "Badlands" and "Days of Heaven," heralded him as a bold new talent, capable of just about anything. After "Days of Heaven," he took twenty years off, before returning for the ethereal war movie "The Thin Red Line" (a masterpiece that had the misfortune of opening the same year as Steven Spielberg's much more accessible "Saving Private Ryan"). After the Oscar-nominated "Thin Red Line" he took off another ten + years, before coming back for "The Tree of Life," a movie he had been working on, intermittently, since 1978 (when the project was known as "Q"). Since "Tree of Life" he has barely slowed down - he shot and released autobiographical romantic drama "To the Wonder," and shot two films back-to-back in 2012, while continuously working on his IMAX documentary »
- Drew Taylor
I sat down with Hayek recently in Doha, where her animated film, which debuted at Cannes, closed the Ajyal Youth Film Festival. Hayek, who produced "Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet" and voices the character of Kamila, described how her connection to Gibran’s inspirational book, which has sold more than 100 million copies since its 1923 publication, initially came through her Lebanese grandfather. With its absence of plot and parable-like soliloquies, “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” was always going to be a tough adaptation but Hayek brought the same stubborn determination that allowed her to get “Frida” and “Ugly Betty” made to bring her labor of love to fruition. Creatively, her solution was to install “The Lion King” director Roger Allers at the helm and give individual chapters to different internationally renowned animators, granting them total creative freedom. Allers then wove these eight strands together with a framing narrative added on top of Gibran’s poems. »
- Matt Mueller
Editor's Note: For the next ten days or so as awards season heats up, we'll be featuring individual Team Experience Fyc's for various longshots in the Oscar race. We'll never repeat a film or a category so we hope you enjoy the variety of picks. And if you're lucky enough to be an AMPAS, HFPA, SAG, Critics Group voter, take note! Here's Manuel to kick things off.
Rodrigo Prieto is one of the best cinematographers around. From the gritty urban landscapes of Amores Perros and the color-coded visual triptych that is Babel to the painterly tableaus of Frida and the kinetic Iranian vistas of Argo, Prieto has been slowly amassing quite the filmography, working with the likes of Alejandro González Iñarritú, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodóvar, Oliver Stone, and Ang Lee. It was the first collaboration with that two-time Academy Award winning director that netted Prieto his first Oscar »
- Manuel Betancourt
Director Hamish Hamilton returns to the show for the third time, after receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on last year’s telecast. He made his Oscar debut with the 82nd Academy Awards telecast in 2010. Hamilton has directed many other celebrated live televised events, including the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars, the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Beyoncé, the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” and the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, for which he also received an Emmy nomination. He shared a 2011 Peabody Award for the fifth annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” and a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for the musical special “Robbie Williams – Live at the Albert.”
Production designer Derek McLane has been part of both Oscar »
- Michelle McCue
Multiple reports surfaced Friday that Warner Bros. was angling for a female filmmaker to direct Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman,” which is slated for 2017. The obvious choice might be Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), as she's the only woman to ever win a directing Oscar, but she's far from the only qualified candidate. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? Other named contenders include Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer's Body”), Julie Taymor (“Frida”), Mimi Leder (“Deep Impact”) or Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”). But what about “Lost in Translation” auteur Sofia Coppola or “Clueless” director Amy Heckerling? They, »
- Travis Reilly
TheWrap is pleased to announce that Salma Hayek, actor, producer and activist, will be a special guest at TheWrap's 6th annual Power Women Breakfast on Oct. 29 to speak about her work as a humanitarian and activist. Hayek is one of the leading actors, producers and directors of our time. She was the first Latin actor nominated as Best Actress for her role in “Frida” in 2002. In 2014, she produced Kahlil's Gibran's “The Prophet,” an animated children's film adaptation of the book of essays addressing issues of life and the human condition. Hayek is also a leading humanitarian activist, raising awareness of »
- Sharon Waxman
The holy grail of non-alcoholic out-of-town visitor activities has arrived: The Academy's “Hollywood Costume” exhibit. The multimedia display of iconic film costumes opened Wednesday night with a VIP preview, welcoming Oscar-nominated and winning costume designers like Martin Scorsese‘s go-to Sandy Powell, Julie Weiss (“Frida”), and the man behind Bradley Cooper‘s trash bag look in “Silver Linings Playbook”, Mark Bridges. See photos: ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers, Cate Blanchett's ‘Elizabeth’ Gowns Star in Hollywood Costume Exhibit The team that has spawned thirty years of dance recital and Halloween costume's, “Thriller” director John Landis and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman, »
- Mikey Glazer
Shakespeare is Julie Taymor's touchstone. She comes back to him not only in countless stage productions but on film as well, from the exhilarating visual and violent "Titus" with Jessica Lange and Anthony Hopkins to Helen Mirren's incomparable take on Prospero in "The Tempest." Taymor also loves the Beatles ("Across the Universe"), Frida Kahlo ("Frida"), "The Lion King" (the $1 billion-grossing Tony-winning musical), opera (Mozart's "The Magic Flute," life partner Elliot Goldenthal's "Grendel") and her swooping version of the Broadway hit "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"--for which she successfully sued to get royalties. One of the high points of the recent Toronto International Film Festival was not only watching the world premiere of Taymor's latest Shakespeare film--shot by her "Frida" cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, combining her recent acclaimed Brooklyn live theater »
- Anne Thompson
Three months after Salma Hayek’s production “The Prophet” screened in Cannes as a work in progress — and a few days after her 48th birthday — the completed film will unspool at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. Hayek, who also produced “Frida” and sitcom “Ugly Betty,” has distilled the 26 poems in Kahlil Gibran’s 1923 classic into a collection of eight animated films from eight directors.
Why is “The Prophet” such a passion for you?
The image on the book reminded me of my grandfather. I was only six when he died but he was the first person I knew in my life who had died. I try to do things that aren’t possible because I am passionate.
It was hard to figure out how to make it into a movie because there’s just too much information, with all the poems. The question was always how to get kids interested. »
- Dave McNary
British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”
Alert readers will have noticed that one of these franchises is not like the others. While Star Wars and Harry Potter have raked in billions of dollars, »
- Clark Collis
Actor Alfred Molina has played a wide range of truly memorable characters on screen over his long entertainment career. Whether you associate him with "Spider-Man 2"'s Doctor Oc, Diego Rivera of "Frida," or Rahad in "Boogie Nights," the versatile performer tends has proven to be quite the scene-stealer.
One of Molina's latest projects is the drama "Love Is Strange," which hits theaters August 22 and costars John Lithgow. But his new movie isn't the only one you should be checking out -- just take it from the seasoned actor himself.
Here are five recently-released films that Alfred Molina thinks are worth watching: »
- Alana Altmann
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist
Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist
Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist
(Winner) “Downton Abbey”
Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist
Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist
Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist
Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist
Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist
Gary Machin, Hairstylist
Nicola Mount, Hairstylist
Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist
Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist
Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist
Ai Nakata, Hairstylist
Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special
Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimi Messina, »
- Variety Staff
Director Julie Taymor has finished the film version of her widely acclaimed, visually stuffed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (which ran earlier this year at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn). “Many people wanted to tour, but it’s completely impractical,” Taymor told Vulture this week at a screening of Boyhood at BAMcinemaFest. “There were 17 children and 15 principals. It will probably never see the light of day again as a live production, so I feel very good about the film."Taymor says this project is similar to her 1992 TV film Oedipus Rex, shot during a Japanese production of Stravinsky's opera-oratorio. Like on Oedipus, Taymor directed the Midsummer film, shot by Frida cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto during the last four performances of the play. “It’s not like Live From the Met,” Taymor says. “This is even more thorough. We shot all performances straight through, putting cameras in different positions »
- Katie Van Syckle
Queen Bey met one of the queens of Gossip Girl when Beyoncé and Blake Lively linked up for a Chime For Change cocktail reception in NYC on Tuesday night. Other guests included Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles, Gucci spokesman James Franco, and Gucci's creative director, Frida Giannini. Chime For Change was founded last year by Beyoncé, Frida, and Salma Hayek, who is married to François-Henri Pinault, the CEO of Kering, the company that owns Gucci. The cocktail hour was meant to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Chime For Change concert in London, which featured performances by Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Jennifer Lopez and had an A-list roster of celebrity presenters, including Blake, James, Jessica Chastain, and Madonna. Beyoncé also used the occasion as a change to announce that she will be donating $500,000 to charities aimed at girls and women. Beyoncé didn't have to travel far for her party night with her sister, »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Digital Release Date: July 22, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 5, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
The film stars Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now) as Beatrice, or “Tris,” who’s coming of age in a world where everyone’s separated into different factions based on their strengths. Triss’ problems start when she discovers that her strengths could put her in multiple factions, making her “divergent.”
When Tris finds out about a plot that puts everyone in all the factions at risk, she joins with Four (Theo James, Underworld: Awakening), an instructor for the militant faction Dauntless, to uncover the conspiracy.
Growing up in Mexico, Salma Hayek remembered seeing the “The Prophet,” the bestselling book of 26 prose poems by Kahlil Gibran, on her grandfather’s nightstand. “I was very close to him,” Hayek recalled. “And to me, when I see the cover, I cannot think of anyone else but him. There’s a very special meaning for me with the book.”
In 2011, when the project came across her producing desk, Hayek immediately remembered how special the story was to her. She signed on to turn the material, which was first published in 1923, into a 2D-animated movie. After countless conference calls and financing deals, a work-in-progress version of the film will screen tonight, during a festival presentation created for the project.
- Ramin Setoodeh
London, Apr.27: Salma Hayek is reportedly worried that she might be sued for millions of dollars over a deadly car crash that involved her younger brother, Sami, and art director pal Ian Cuttler Sala, who was killed on the spot.
A Us lawyer told the Daily Star that the 'Frida' star could be on the hook for millions if Sala's family decides to sue since Hayek's brother was driving her 2006 Ford Gt sports car at the time of the accident with a truck.
The 47-year-old actress' friend told the publication that Sala was close friends with her brother, but the actress fears that his relatives might decide to go after her and. »
- Abhijeet Sen
As was covered in our previous article about the event, the First Time Fest gives new filmmakers the opportunity to get their film established and distributed so that their efforts may be recognized for their future works. With the winner receiving full distribution of their film from Cinema Libre Studios as well as support on their future projects. All filmmakers received expert advice from filmmakers who had trouble getting their start and the special winners would also receive a trip to Scandinavia, because why not? The closing night ceremony was held at the 42West Nightclub in New York City and featured the filmmakers in the competition as well as Julie Taymor getting honored for her cinematic contributions.
Taymor received the John Huston Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema for her career ever since she started with Titus, a Shakespearean adaptation starring Anthony Hopkins in the lead role. She continued to »
- Catherina Gioino
If copious audience tears are anything to judge a film by, then Guadalajara Mezcal Prize contender “Las horas contigo,” (The Hours With You), by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, is set to be one of the buzz films at Guadalajara.
Aguilar, who holds an Mfa in screenwriting from the American Film Institute (AFI) and has lived in L.A. the past five years, also penned screenplay. Her mother is Angeles Mastretta whose bestselling novels include “Arrancame la vida,” which helmer/producer Roberto Sneider took to the big screen.
Sneider, who has known Aguilar since she was in her teens, produced “Las horas contigo” after Aguilar showed him her first draft.
“I told her this would be a perfect first film after reading it,” said Sneider, whose other producing credits include “Frida,” “Dos crimenes” and most recently, “Deserted Cities,” which he also penned and helmed, starring Gael Garcia Bernal. Budgeted at $2 million, “Hours »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
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