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A Boston native living between Tangier and New York, Sean Gullette, the star of Darren Aronofsky’s “Pi,” made a bold directorial debut with “Traitors,” a suspense-packed thriller starring promising newcomer Chaimae Ben Acha as the leader of a punk rock band who becomes a drug mule.
While in Marrakech to present “Traitors” in competition over last weekend, Gullette sat down to discuss his experience shooting in Morocco and revealed details on his sophomore project, “Tangier,” which will star Kristin Scott Thomas and Jeremy Irons. Sold by Paris-based Rezo, “Traitors” world-preemed at Venice and played at Stockholm.
Variety: How did you get the idea for “Traitors”? It’s a pretty unusual pitch.
Gullette: It started out with a 30-minute short film I made in 2010 about this character of Malika, the leader of a punk rock band in Tangier who has a strong vision of herself and her world. It was »
- Elsa Keslassy
Last week I spent an evening in the company of the exceptionally talented Oscar winning composer, Dario Marianelli. An evening full of film clips, humble beginnings and very funny anecdotes, it marked the last in BAFTA’s season of ‘Conversations with Screen Composers’ at the Royal Albert Hall.
Dario very kindly answered some questions for The Hollywood News before the event, including the origins of his celebrated relationship with director Joe Wright, wanting to be like Clint Mansell when he grows up and if he’d ever score a superhero film…
Thn: How did your initial collaboration with Joe Wright come about, and what is it specifically about the director that inspires your continued working relationship?
- Emma Thrower
From new voices like NoViolet Bulawayo to rediscovered old voices like James Salter, from Dave Eggers's satire to David Thomson's history of film, writers, Observer critics and others pick their favourite reads of 2013. And they tell us what they hope to find under the tree …
My favourite books of 2013 are Drama High (Riverhead) by Michael Sokolove, Sea Creatures (Turnaround) by Susanna Daniel, and & Sons (Harper Collins) by David Gilbert. Drama High is incredibly smart, moving non-fiction about an American drama teacher who for four decades coaxed sophisticated and nuanced theatrical performances out of teenage students who weren't privileged or otherwise remarkable and in so doing, changed their conceptions of what they could do with their lives. Sea Creatures is a gripping, beautifully written novel about the mother of a selectively mute three-year-old boy; when she takes a job ferrying supplies to a hermit off the coast of Florida, »
- Ali Smith, Robert McCrum, Tim Adams, Kate Kellaway, Rachel Cooke, Sebastian Faulks, Jackie Kay
Running Time: 92 minutes.
Synopsis: A group of computer chess enthusiasts meet at a convention pitting various computer programmes against each other. But is there more to their artificial intelligence than even the programmers think?
Computer Chess is a love letter to a bygone era of computing, maths and chess. Director Andrew Bujalski clearly has a great deal of affection for his subjects, themes and characters, and certainly has a vision he wants to convey. Alas, what we receive is pretentiousness so confounding and lost in its own mythology that any potential joy has been lost. Or checkmated, if you will.
- John Sharp
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
“It was the film I wanted to make. Of all my movies, to the people that are fans, it’s almost like a cult religion, they get tattoos and I’m constantly getting long letters from people saying it helped them come to terms with something.” Seven years after the lukewarm theatrical release of “The Fountain,” director Darren Aronofsky looks upon his passion project starring Hugh Jackman as a fulfilling endeavor, but no doubt remains that its path to existence was enormously difficult. Surviving cast and budget changes over many years before it began production, the sci-fi drama retains a backstory to match its ambitious scope—one that filmmaker/photographer Niko Tavernise has put online for interested parties. A friend and collaborator of Aronofsky’s since the director’s first feature, “Pi,” Tavernise has attained a comfortable role and unique, in-depth perspective on the behind-the-scenes workings of each film since then. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
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Question: With all the pressure Emily is getting from Jack and Nolan to end her vendetta, it seems like we are coming up on a game-change. Is there a plan for a Revenge in which Emily’s quest for vengeance is not the focus? Perhaps someone else’s quest for revenge? Victoria’s against Emily? —Jessica
Ausiello: Showrunner Sunil Nayar tells me that the season is actually building to several game-changers, adding, “Emily’s quest for vengeance will always be alive, »
- Michael Ausiello
Things are going to get hairy. They always do in Movember, the charity sprout-a-thon that has somehow made moustaches not only respectable but also aspirational. So if you're thinking about taking part and are looking for a bristling example on which to model yourself, here are some of the most notable 'staches from TV history. Think of it as the Tufty Club.
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Every list of eminent moustaches (on TV or otherwise) always begins or ends with one man: former Navy Seal turned Hawaiian housesitter Thomas Magnum. In a show packed with memorable signifiers – lurid shirts, lush scenery, a goddamn Ferrari – Magnum's luxuriant moustache still dominated, setting off »
- Graeme Virtue
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 1 Nov 2013 - 06:28
Next year’s full of potentially great films, so to help, here’s a list of 25 movies we're most looking forward to in 2014...
These lists of anticipated forthcoming movies have become an annual fixture by now, and as ever, our selection has been tricky to whittle down. In restricting our list to just 25, we've tried to create a mix of the high-profile and the less obvious. Movies such as Non-Stop, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Big Hero Six and Edge Of Tomorrow came close but didn't quite make the cut, even though they have much to offer for their own reasons.
Furthermore, given the number of films competing for space, we've left the latest chapters of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit off the list. We're keen to see both, but we're wary of taking up slots with movies »
In existentialism, the most basic idea is that the individual is solely responsible for applying meaning in his or her own life, coming to terms with the material world, and living as authentically as possible. With this article, it’s my intent to dissect five films by Darren Aronofsky in exploring theme and focusing on how each protagonist is responsible for both finding and applying meaning in their own lives. Very rarely in cinema are we allowed to truly explore the psyche of our protagonists, and that’s part of what makes Aronofsky’s films so honest. Regarding tone, all five films carry a certain gravitas about them that can feel suffocating. It’s in these claustrophobic moments that the struggle for authenticity, for meaning, are traversed and analyzed.
- Sergio Bravo Jr.
Here's a mystery that needs solving - why are the Hollywood executives of today so keen to plunder the detective shows of yesteryear?
Whether it's Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the newly-announced Murder She Wrote remake, or NBC's ill-fated Ironside reboot, or the upcoming Remington Steele sequel... many of TV's top cops are having a revival.
But which other classic 'tecs are ripe for reinvention? Here's five cold cases we'd like to see revisited...
The challenge here would be to find two stars who could replicate the chemistry of the original show's leads. Could any young buck hope to match the charisma and wit of Bruce Willis?
That's vintage Willis, not grumpy-old-fart-in-a-dressing-gown Willis.
No, not that comic book lot »
Below, TV Fanatics Jim Garner, Chandel Charles and Christine Orlando are joined by Angie of the Castle Fan Forum the 12th to debate time travel aspects of this episode, Alexis' future, and what we'd name Castle and Beckett's future children...
Do you believe in the time traveling killer or a more logical explanation?
Jim: I loved that this week's case could actually have a non-logical explanation. After five years of crazy theories, Rick was due for a win - and what a great one it was!
Chandel: I would like to believe in a more logical explanation, but a little imagination never hurt anybody.
Angie: What I love about Castle is that there is always a logical explanation with just the hint that it maybe-kinda-coulda been something else, which is how I usually approach these kinds of mysteries. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Christine Orlando)
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including The Walking Dead, New Girl, Law & Order: Svu and Arrow!
2 | Even though Revenge‘s Margaux is wearing a bit thin, wasn’t it nice to see her bring out a smile in the usually dour Jack? And did we hear correctly when the promos touted the »
- Team TVLine
Darren Aronofsky has never been a particularly audience-friendly filmmaker; his first Oscar nomination was for the gorgeously disturbing ballerina breakdown drama "Black Swan," and his first move, "Pi," features a self-trepanation scene. Is it any wonder that his Biblical epic "Noah" is giving audiences similarly confounded reactions?
"Noah," which stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Douglas Booth, is scheduled for release on March 28, but Paramount and Aronofsky are reportedly wrestling for control over the final cut. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it seems that some of the test audiences are having rather "troubling reactions" to the film, which could be problematic if the studio is pushing for the religious audience. The NYC test screening was "largely Jewish," a screening in Arizona was predominantly Christian, and the screening in Orange County, Calif., was for the general public. Aronofsky also screened some footage of "Noah" for the Echo Conference in Dallas, »
- Jenni Miller
Troubled waters for flood epic. Reports are emerging that there are serious tensions between director Darren Aronofsky and Paramount over the final cut of the $125m biblical epic, Noah. With films such as Pi, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain on his CV, Aronofsky isn’t exactly known for his populist projects, even though latter films The Wrestler and Black Swan were more accessible. »
Multiple sources have told, The Hollywood Reporter, that a battle of biblical proportions are taking place between, Darren Aronofsky ("Pi") and Paramount Pictures, over the final edit of Noah. In recent weeks, the studio has held test screenings for key groups that might take a strong interest in the subject matter: in New York (for a largely Jewish audience), in Arizona (Christians) and in Orange County, Calif. (general public). All are said to have generated troubling reactions. But sources say Aronofsky has been resistant to Paramount's suggested changes. "Darren is not made for studio films," says a talent rep with ties to the project. "He's very dismissive. He doesn't care about [Paramount's] opinion." With a flair for more artsy films, such as The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream, and add in the fact that he dropped out of 20th Century Fox's The Wolverine, it's not surprising that Darren Aronofsky having »
While we patiently await Darren Aronofsky's epic "Noah," let's take a trip back in time to an era when the director was still an untested indie filmmaker. He had made waves with his low-budget, paranoid thriller "Pi," and raised the stakes for his sophomore effort, "Requiem For A Dream." The adaptation of the Hubert Selby Jr. novel was a grim look at addiction, earning an Nc-17 rating for its tough content and graphic sex scene. But that couldn't stop the support for the film, which drew critical raves for its performances (earning Ellen Burstyn an Oscar nomination), Aronofsky's direction and the score by Clint Mansell, who at the time, was just working on his second film (his first was 'Pi'). And as he tells it, Aronofsky originally had a different vision for the soundtrack. Speaking during a masterclass at BFI London Film Festival, Mansell shared what the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While perhaps best known as Darren Aronofsky's go-to composer on works such as "Requiem for a Dream" and "Black Swan," composer Clint Mansell has spent the past 15 years establishing one of the most critically lauded bodies of work in the industry, both inside and outside his collaborations with Aronofsky. With work ranging from Duncan Jones' "Moon" to Park Chan-wook's American debut "Stoker," Mansell has proven himself to be one of the daring and audacious composers currently active; a fact acknowledged time and time again during his talk earlier this week as a part of the BFI London Film Festival's masterclass series.Held during the Festival's run at the BFI Southbank theater, Mansell sat down in front of the packed house to discuss his extensive career. After beginning the evening with a brief clip from 1973's Bruce Lee classic "Enter the Dragon," Mansell explained how his technique has evolved »
- Cameron Sinz
Little is currently known about director Darren Aronofsky’s 2014 epic Noah, based on the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark and the great flood. We know the cast (Russell Crowe as the beardy Noah, Jennifer Connelly as his wife Naameh and Anthony Hopkins as his incredibly old grandfather Methuselah) and we know that the plot involves a great race of six-armed angelic beings known as Watchers. Aside from this, details are few and far between.
One of the big questions that has naturally arisen about the film is how it will depict the title character’s ark and the countless animals contained within. Aronofsky recently discussed this in an interview with DGA Quarterly, revealing that he wanted a more realistic representation and one that would be a departure from the numerous images of the story that audiences will be familiar with. The director says:
‘We had to create an entire animal kingdom. »
- Tom Durbin
With The Wicker Man getting a 40th anniversary dust-off and re-release, it got me thinking again about how rare it is that a film (or indeed a film-maker) has the stones to really plumb the depths of despair in its finale. It of course goes without saying that plenty of films have dark and desperate moments, but since the general trend is towards the cathartic nature of upbeat endings and our perceived need to go out of the theatre on a high point, lots of the interim darkness is alleviated before the credits finally roll.
Take a film like Schindler’s List. It is hard to make a case for anything in recorded history being as dark and desperate as the Holocaust, yet the tale of rescue and redemption that sits at the core of the film becomes the prevailing emphasis at the end, as the surviving relatives of the »
- Dave Roper
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