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Climbing up the ranks with mostly writing and directing television gigs (this includes a handful of “Downton Abbey” episodes), Andy Goddard flew under the radar with the release of this debut film, a set in the 50’s biopic item featuring Elijah Wood called Set Fire to the Stars (read our review) which had a ’14 festival release and was shown in the U.S. this past summer. With Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Haley Bennett, Vincent Kartheiser and Eddie Marsan onboard, his sophomore film will undoubtedly gain a lot more traction. With all the award season hype surrounding Todd Haynes’ Carol, not all of Patricia Highsmith’s work as panned out into winners — for every The Talented Mr. Ripley there are several failed adaptation attempts. Backed by a pair of key indie titan producers, previously entitled The Blunderer and now anointed as A Kind of Murder, this wrapped up a good while »
- Eric Lavallee
In Todd Haynes’ exquisite Carol, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play two women in 1952 New York, who fall in love and must face prejudice and societal conventions, but most importantly must face their own notions of what they’re allowed to desire. With its overpowering beauty, both dreamlike and earthly, the film presents us with a snapshot of a time and place that make a case for Haynes being one of the greatest anthropologists in all of cinema, a filmmaker whose attention to detail is surpassed only by his humanism.
At a press conference in New York, attended by Haynes, Blanchett, Mara, screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, and co-stars Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson and Jake Lacy, the director commented on one of the many qualities that attracted him to tell this love story, and how it reveals “a kind of expression of intimacy that is hard to find a parallel to among gay men, »
- TFS Staff
The strained marriage of an artistic couple is at the heart of By the Sea, the new directorial effort from Angelina Jolie Pitt. She and husband Brad Pitt star as the unhappy pair and while most will be quick to prejudge and deem this a vanity project the movie while not perfect is much deeper than its superficial exterior. By the Sea is a deliberate departure for the Hollywood power couple, the kind of movie that was commonplace in the 70s but can only be made now with the influence of these two megastars. Everything from the immaculate cinematography by Christian Berger (The White Ribbon) to the lush score by legendary composer Gabriel Yared (The Talented Mr. Ripley) evokes a forgotten era of filmmaking. An era Jolie Pitt is obviously very familiar with and despite a few bumps in the road manages to create in her own unique style. Roland »
- Marco Cerritos
Angelina Jolie’s By the Sea and Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight are among the line-up of special screenings out-of-competition at the 23rd Camerimage (Nov 14-21), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz.
Camerimage has also announced a special award for this year, to be presented to cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and director Majid Majidi for their film Muhammad: The Messenger of God, which will have its European premiere at the festival.
The film is the first part of a planned trilogy that tells the story of the life of the Prophet Muhammad, presenting »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Life, liberty and the pursuit of statuettes are among the inalienable rights of those who toil in Hollywood. But it wouldn’t be entirely alien if certain other freedoms — to determine one’s destiny, or assert one’s identity — wind up center stage during the current awards season.
The subjects of rights and selves are certainly circulating in the zeitgeist. Transgender actress Laverne Cox (“Orange Is the New Black”) graced the cover of Time; Kardashian-by-association Caitlin Jenner adorned the July issue of Vanity Fair. Jeffrey Tambor earned multiple awards this year for his transsexual turn in “Transparent.” E! has “I am Cait,” TLC has “I am Jazz”; publisher Little, Brown and Co. has “I Am Malala.”
Given the inseparable nature of gender issues and civil rights, there’s been a flurry of films that deal with the feminist and Lgbt experience: Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall,” for instance, which presents a »
- John Anderson
Liliana Cavani is a rarity among Italian directors: Throughout her career, she’s worked with many international stars, including Charlotte Rampling and Dirk Bogarde in “The Night Porter” (1974); Mickey Rourke and Helena Bonham Carter in “Francesco” (1989); and John Malkovich in “Ripley’s Game” (2002). Cavani’s first mention in Variety was Feb. 15, 1967, when her telefilm “Saint Francis of Assisi” won the Unda Catholic Prize at the Intl. Monte Carlo TV Festival.
Do you remember winning that prize?
No, but I remember how important the Vatican was in getting state broadcaster Rai to put “Francis” on the air. Even though Rai produced it, they weren’t going to air it, because Marco Bellocchio’s “Fists in the Pocket,” which also starred Lou Castel, had just been released. A right-wing politician had thundered in parliament that St. Francis could not have the same face as the (depraved) character Castel plays in Bellocchio’s film. »
- Nick Vivarelli
London — “Women in Film” wasn’t the official theme of last night’s London Film Festival awards dinner, but it may as well have been. Before any trophies were even presented at event, staged for the fourth year running at Whitehall’s grand Banqueting House, outgoing British Film Institute chairman Greg Dyke made a point of celebrating the contributions of female filmmakers to this year’s fest. It had, after all, opened with Sarah Gavron’s feminist historical drama “Suffragette” (and a surprise red-carpet demonstration by feminist action group Sisters Uncut).
Festival director Clare Stewart extended Dyke’s point, numbering the female directors nominated for awards that evening. By the end of the evening, four of them had triumphed in three of the night’s competitive categories — with a BFI Fellowship presentation to Cate Blanchett bringing the night to a rousing finish.
Australian docmaker Jennifer Peedom won the Grierson Award for best documentary, »
- Guy Lodge
Matt Damon rings in his 45th birthday this week, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than by looking at one particularly memorable moment in Matt's body of work - his infamous yellow swimsuit scene in 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley. Yes, Matt's onscreen persona, Tom Ripley, was more disturbing and creepy than hot, but it was hard to not take notice of the then-28-year-old Matt when he strutted his stuff on an Italian beach in nothing but a neon yellow speedo and a pair of shoes. Keep reading to see the best Gif moments involving Matt's itty-bitty swimsuit, and be sure to check out the actor's funniest moments over the years! »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
The Late Late Show with James Corden has only been on the air for just over six months, but in that short amount of time, new host James Corden has given movie fans a new reason to tune in, aside from interviews with the biggest stars. The host has a running segment entitled Role Call, where his guests such as Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger act out all of their biggest hits (and some of their flops) in a short amount of time. Last night, Matt Damon stopped by the late night program to promote his sci-fi drama The Martian, in theaters October 2, where he became the latest star to act out his entire film career in just eight short minutes.
James Corden is the new Ben Affleck. The “Late Late Show” host welcomed Matt Damon on Tuesday night, and helped the “Martian” star recreate his entire film career in just eight minutes. The two covered everything from the iconic “How do ya like them apples?” scene in “Good Will Hunting” to a musical number from “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Damon’s new film, the aforementioned “The Martian,” made it into the mix, allowing the actor to offer a semi-organic plug for his latest project. Corden, confused by the film’s premise, played a space alien. Also Read: Matt Damon Defends Gay Actor Remarks: 'It. »
- Tony Maglio
Matt Damon's having a moment, and it doesn't seem like it's a good one. Whenever an actor has a new project coming out, they're automatically in the hot seat, and you'd better believe there is a small army hard at work trying to make sure that nothing happens during that press tour that might impact the overall success of the film. Add in a new TV show that's rolling out the same time as the movie is being released, and you have so many more opportunities for the actor to hang themselves, particularly in the atmosphere of constantly-simmering outrage that exists right now. Damon has never been one to keep his opinion to himself, and it was interesting watching a moment from "Project Greenlight" blow up in his face, especially since he's part of the producing team that is responsible for the show. He could have had that moment »
- Drew McWeeny
Zak Hilditch will direct “Numbskull,” the story of a former internet star who tries to find his missing daughter.
Rob Paris’s Los Angeles-based Paris Film, Robert Menzies’s Ottawa-based production shingle Zed Filmworks and Canadian real estate developer Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films will co-finance and produce the picture. Hilditch’s last film, “These Final Hours,” debuted at Cannes in 2014.
William Horberg (“The Talented Mr. Ripley”) will produced the picture, and Ghossein will executive produce. UK-based Altitude Film Sales will represent the international rights and Paradigm will oversee deals for North America.
“Numbskull” centers on Billy “The Kid” O’Connor, who does extreme stunts, which lead to fame, while breaking every bone in his body. His marriage and family life are also destroyed. However, he has a chance for redemption after his daughter disappears.
The financial partners have teamed up to produce a slate of five films over the first two years. »
- Brent Lang
Woody Allen presents his movie for 2015, a new drama starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone entitled Irrational Man. The film revolves around the character of Abe Lucas (Phoenix), a newcomer to a small American town just outside of Providence. A philosophy professor, and at an apparent all-time low emotionally, Abe starts his new position at the town’s local college and immediately forms a relationship with two women; chemistry teacher Rita Richards (Parker Posey), and Stone’s Jill Pollard, one of his own students. While battling against alcoholism and other inner demons, Lucas overhears a conversation in a diner one fateful afternoon, and his actions, which eventually lead to sobriety and inner happiness, trigger a separate chain of events that will affect him, Jill and Rita forever.
Irrational Man review »
- Paul Heath
For some, Labor Day signals a Monday off from school and work, the final hurrah of the summer and college football games galore.
But for Oscar watchers, the three day break heralds the beginning of the Awards Season with film festivals being held at Venice (Sept. 2 – 12) and Telluride (Sept. 4 – 7).
Getting a shot in the arm from the weekend festivals were Spotlight, Steve Jobs, Black Mass and The Danish Girl. Below is a sampling of the films in play this awards season that screened over the busy holiday weekend.
The Danish Girl (Nov. 27)
Based on the book by David Ebershoff, The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne [The Theory of Everything] and Alicia Vikander [Ex Machina]), and directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve »
- Michelle McCue
It’s extremely hard to believe that it’s been eight years since Todd Haynes’ last film I’m Not There was released, which boasted stellar performances from Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, and many others. But now Haynes is back with a new film, Carol, that has already gained attention this year at the Cannes Film Festival, and today has received its first trailer. Revolving around Carol (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara) who go from friends to lovers, the film also stars Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, and Sarah Paulson. Here’s the synopsis:
Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Back in April, I interviewed the directors of Nywift and Iris about their noted launch of The Writers Lab, a retreat for women screenwriters over 40, that received a substantial amount of funding from Meryl Streep. The 12 inaugural participants, listed below, were selected from a pool of over 3,500 applicants. The eight mentors for the weekend long September lab are Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Me and You and Everyone We Know), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records), Lydia Dean Pilcher (Darjeeling Limited, The Talented Mr. Ripley), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights, Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent) and […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
One of the more surprising announcements of the year occurred right back in January when it was revealed that the "Gone Girl" team of director David Fincher, screenwriter Gillian Flynn and actor Ben Affleck were coming together again for remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers On A Train".
Itself an adaptation of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" series Patricia Highsmith's novel, the original film followed two strangers - a tennis pro seeking a divorce, and a mentally unstable socialite - who strike up a conversation. Each has someone they want to get out of the way, so the socialite proposes they 'swap murders' and thus the killings could not be traced back to them.
The new take would shift the action to a private plane with Affleck playing a film star in the midst of Oscar campaigning who is given a ride to La on the jet of a wealthy and dangerous stranger. »
- Garth Franklin
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
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