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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
Valeria Golino has been reading, writing, drinking coffee, acting, and thinking about Fellini. Her impressive debut feature, "Honey," opened in New York last Friday and expands to Los Angeles this weekend, but she’s in need of inspiration for her next film. "I need my '8 ½,'" Golino said in a recent interview. It just so happens Fellini’s assistant director on that film was the Italian Lina Wertmüller, the first woman nominated for the Academy Award in directing (for "Seven Beauties") That was 1976. Since then, the list of Italian female filmmakers has not exactly blossomed. Of the films screened by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in the New Italian Cinema series last year, three out of eleven had female directors — not enough to fill one page of Silvio Berlusconi's little black book. You may recognize Golino and her curly locks from "Rainman," "Frida," "Hot Shots," or even "Big Top Pee Wee. »
- Judith Dry
Two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty) and Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek Pinault (Savages, upcoming The Prophet) will star in the drama A Three Dog Life, based on thebest-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas, it was announced today by producers J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right) and Clark Peterson (Monster).
The film is written and will be directed by Nick Guthe (Mini’S First Time), who also produces.
The Solution Entertainment Group (“The Solution”) will represent international rights at the ongoing European Film Market in Berlin. CAA and Wme Global are co-representing Us rights.
When Abigail Thomas’ (Hayek Pinault) husband, Rich (Travolta), gets hit by a car, his brain is shattered and he has no memory of his past life. Subject to hallucinations, rage and terror, he is forced to live in an isolated institution to control the side effects of his near-death accident. »
- Michelle McCue
Contributed By: Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson
Well, we’ve just returned from AMPAS with our credentials badge for Wamg to be among the many outlets covering the Academy Awards nominations tomorrow morning.
With the announcement less than 24 hours away, and for the Oscar obsessivas (like us), this has been one of the toughest years to call. Even those of us who compulsively watch the race 365 days a year, all the categories are wide open, with expected surprises and snubs. This is always the best type of Oscar race to watch and we’ll bring you the news of who gets in and who isn’t invited to Hollywood’s biggest party of the year.
Actor, and tall-drink-of-cool-water, Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the 86th Academy Awards nominations on Thursday, January 16.
Boone Isaacs and Hemsworth will unveil the nominations at a 5:38 a. »
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