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Seventeen years after his first Cannes competition entry, the glamrock movie Velvet Goldmine, Todd Haynes is back in the Palme d’Or hunt with Carol, set to premiere May 17. Based on the 1952 autobiographical novel The Price of Salt, by crime writer Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley), the film, to be distributed stateside by The Weinstein Co., stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as women whose mutual attraction develops into a love affair. Read More 'Carol': Cannes Review Haynes, 54, spoke with THR about "frock films," why lovers are like criminals and how he found inspiration in The Sugarland
- Rebecca Ford
Cannes — A look across a crowded room. A hand on a shoulder, slightly longer than expected. A conversation of code words. In the McCarthy era, gay men and women were forced to follow societal norms, with even the most "obvious" gays and lesbians trapped in the closet. It is in this context that we are introduced to department store clerk Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) and her new customer, the somewhat older Ms. Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) in Todd Haynes' adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, "Carol." It's almost Christmas and Carol is hunting for a specific doll for her young daughter. The store is out of the model she needs. Carol quizzes Therese on what she always wanted to get for Christmas. There are glances, there is light flirting and Carol "mistakenly" leaves her gloves on Therese's counter. This advance is both forward and subtle, which puzzles Therese, but »
- Gregory Ellwood
Together with Uma Thurman and Jude Law, the pair made Gattaca, a film that concentrated heavily on the ideas of relentless ambition, the limitations of our own humanity, and the opportunities – or rather shortcuts – that can be unearthed with technology. After eighteen years, Hawke and Niccol return to these themes for this weekend’s Good Kill.
Hawke is once again a pilot, but this time, it’s Afghanistan and not outer space in his sights. Unfortunately, Hawke doesn’t need to pretend to be Jude Law to get ahead, which is always a favourite reoccurring film happenstance of mine (Gattaca, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and all my future screenplays).
In Good Kill, Thomas Egan (Hawke) is a microcosm of the unprecedented situation facing modern drone pilots. Egan »
- Sasha James
It’s not surprising that “Carol” was locked away in Hollywood’s development closet for 15 years. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s scandalous 1952 novel “The Price of Salt,” Todd Haynes’ latest movie is a double whammy by industry standards: it’s headlined by two women, who fall in love with each other.
The film, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, arrives at a pivotal, yet paradoxical, time for female-driven stories. There has been a string of hits this year that celebrate female empowerment — from “Insurgent” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” to “Cinderella,” and the upcoming “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and the final installment of “The Hunger Games.” That said, gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is a hot-button issue in the global entertainment business.
As one of cinema’s most prominent stars, Blanchett, whose recent roles include the evil stepmother in “Cinderella, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Black Sea," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here. In 1997, Jude Law was cast as the epitome of male perfection, a tan, toned, bronzed Adonis with an astute mind to match his angular features, in "Gattaca." The science-fiction fable depicts a world of genetically-altered uber-humans and tainted normals (Ethan Hawke plays the normal guy). It thrust Law into the spotlight and onto the covers of myriad magazine. The "The Talented Mr. Ripley" solidified his sex symbol status, as well as his genuine acting chops, earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. For almost 20 years, Law has been considered one of the sexiest men alive, a moniker that (unfairly) outshines his acting prowess. »
- Greg Cwik
Before Oscar-winning cinematographer John Seale shuffled off to retirement, only to be lured back into the fray by director George Miller for the virtuoso stylings of "Mad Max: Fury Road," he clocked a lot of hours working with filmmaker Anthony Minghella. The two collaborated on three major productions: 1996's "The English Patient," 1999's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and 2003's "Cold Mountain." The 1999 entry is, full stop, a masterpiece of modern cinema. With shades of latter-day Hitchcock pulsing through a narrative wound uncomfortably tight, "The Talented Mr. Ripley" might be the finest work Minghella, who passed away in 2008, ever committed to the screen. It features more than just evocative, but rather outright palpable atmosphere and a detailed sense of place. Minghella coaxed incredibly layered performances out of actors like Matt Damon, Jude Law (Oscar nominated for his work), Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett and, as ever, told the story visually in captivating ways. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
“A Perfect Man,” which is premiering at Colcoa, the City of Light City of Angels film festival, was picked up by Lusomundo (Portugal), A Contracorriente (Spain), Canada (A-z Films), Seed (South Korea), Scandinavia (Studio S) and Russia (Channel One).
The thriller is now in advanced negotiations for Japan, Benelux and airlines, according to Charlotte Boucon, international sales topper at Snd.
Produced by Wy Productions and 2425 Films, “A Perfect Man” stars Niney as an aspiring writer whose love for a woman and limitless ambition drive him toward a deadly path. While at Colcoa in Los Angeles, Gozlan — who wrote the script with Guillaume Lemans (“Point Blank”) in collaboration with Gregoire Vigneron (“I Do”) — said his main reference for the script was Patricia Highsmith, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Black Sea is a gripping adventure that takes audiences to the depths of human greed in a suspenseful underwater search for sunken treasure that becomes a fight for survival. Directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) and starring two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain), the suspenseful Focus Features thriller debuts on Digital HD on April 21, 2015 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD as well as On Demand May 5, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Black Sea centers on a rogue submarine captain (Jude Law) who, after being laid off from a salvage company, pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As the captain and his crew embark on their expedition, greed and desperation take control on board their claustrophobic vessel »
- Movie Geeks
Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, Amanda Seyfried and Ben Stiller with While We're Young director Noah Baumbach, also starring Naomi Watts and Adam Driver with Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Dree Hemingway Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Noah Baumbach says Academy Award Best Costume Design winner Ann Roth "has a way of dressing people - that you can't put your finger on." Roth won for Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Kristin Scott Thomas and is a BAFTA honoree for John Schlesinger's The Day Of The Locust, which starred Donald Sutherland, Karen Black and Burgess Meredith. Roth also received Oscar nominations for her work on Robert Benton's Places In The Heart and again with Minghella for The Talented Mr. Ripley.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
To quote “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “I always thought it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.” Mathieu Vasseur, the panicked impostor at the center of the frequently preposterous French thriller “Un homme ideal,” might as well have written that line himself. As hacky aspiring novelists go, he’s far more adept at quoting the words of others, and the same could be said for co-writer-director Yann Gozlan, who recycles story elements from “The Words” and others, playing the scenario for suspense rather than psychology in a film whose success will depend on how much audiences like to see Pierre Niney squirm.
Stage actor Niney used to be something of a nobody himself, until the fashion-world biopic “Yves Saint Laurent” launched his screen career. Now a rising star, Niney convincingly slips back into the skin of an insecure outsider: a lowly janitor whose only real »
- Peter Debruge
The trio of executive producers who created FX’s “Damages” — Daniel Zelman, Todd A. Kessler and Glenn Kessler — are at it again, with their new twisty tale “Bloodline.” The family drama-meets-thriller, which debuts on Netflix on March 20, boasts a star-studded cast, including Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard as the parents of a clan burdened by secrets, which come bubbling to the surface when black sheep son (Ben Mendelsohn) comes home. It falls to favorite son Kyle Chandler to protect them — and in true “Damages” fashion, nothing is at seems.
Variety talked to Zelman about how and his fellow EPs created their new thriller.
How did you come up with the idea for “Bloodline”?
It really started simply as a scene. We had finished “Damages.” We were partners with Sony, and we knew were going to do another project with them. We just wanted to make sure that whatever we were »
- Debra Birnbaum
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to an original King Arthur epic, a sweeping fantasy action adventure starring Charlie Hunnam (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”), for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.
Principal photography has begun at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, UK.
Ritchie posted this first shot from the film on his Instagram account.
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. has announced that Guy Ritchies upcoming new take on the King Arthur mythos has started filming today, and along with the announcement they've revealed the film's cast and details on the plot. Come inside to see how different this version will be.
I love the tale of King Arthur. It's a great fantasy story with a rich history and potential. As such, I've been looking forward to seeing how Guy Ritchie would handle the tale, and what he would be changing. Today, cameras have started rolling on the film, and we're able to get a little more information on plot:
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
In 1997, Jude Law was cast as the epitome of male perfection, a tan, toned, bronzed Adonis with an astute mind to match his angular features, in "Gattaca." The science-fiction fable depicts a world of genetically-altered uber-humans and tainted normals (Ethan Hawke plays the normal guy). It thrust Law into the spotlight and onto the covers of myriad magazine. The "The Talented Mr. Ripley" solidified his sex symbol status, as well as his genuine acting chops, earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. For almost 20 years, Law has been considered one of the sexiest men alive, a moniker that (unfairly) outshines his acting prowess. His first attempt to shed his gorgeous visage came in 2002, when he played a ghastly photographer-cum-murderer in Sam Mendes' "The Road to Perdition." But two years later he was back to being a sex symbol as he took-up Michael Cane's mantle in the poorly-received remake of "Alfie. »
- Greg Cwik
It seems like every year, I see more and more Oscar-hungry campaigns for films and performances than the year before. This past year especially saw an excellent crop of actors and filmmakers contribute above-stellar work to the art of moviemaking. However, in the rush to place the ads, view the screeners and attend the parties during this most high-profile time in the film world, a large amount of first-class work has been forgotten. As a result, I have put together an alternative Oscar list featuring films and performances, which struck me as some of the best of the year and more than worthy of some well-earned recognition.
Best Picture: The Two Faces of January (2014)
How could the writer of Drive and the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley Not conspire to create perhaps the most captivating thriller of the year? Featuring three complex characters and a multi-layered plot full of suspense and intrigue, »
- Frank Calvillo
Jude Law has turned into a very surprising actor. When he first hit the scene in films like A.I. and The Talented Mr. Ripley, it almost felt like Hollywood was forcing him to be an A-lister. Fast forward to now and Law has not headlined a major film in a while. Yeah, he has been a supporting player in several Steven Soderbergh films and the Sherlock Holmes franchise, but as a leading man he has found a comfortable home in smaller productions like Dom Hemingway and the upcoming Black Sea. »
- Alex Maidy
The art of creating a successful mystery seems to be lost on many of today’s filmmakers and their films. Instead of allowing a solid story to play out in front of you and keep you guessing, a lot of films falling into the mystery/thriller genre tend to utilize the same ol’ twists and turns we’ve all seen time and time again. When a film comes along and offers a story full of suspense and surprise, it’s a surprise and a very refreshing one at that. Luckily, Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini’s feature directorial debut, The Two Faces Of January, is just that type of film, one that keeps you guessing until the very end.
- Jerry Smith
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