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Adrien Brody to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Locarno Film Festival

Adrien Brody to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Locarno Film Festival
Rome – Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody will be feted by the Locarno Film Festival with its Leopard Club Award for lifetime achievement.

Brody is expected to make the trek to the prominent Swiss fest dedicated to indie and cutting-edge fare, where his tribute will include an Aug. 4 screening of Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist,” for which Brody won the Academy Award for best actor in 2003, in the lakeside town’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande. There will also be a public conversation with the actor.

“Brody gained a lasting place in the collective imagination of the movie-going public when he played composer Wladyslaw Szpilman in ‘The Pianist’ (2002), and has since demonstrated his status as one of the most versatile of actors, appreciated by filmmakers in Hollywood and beyond,” the festival said in a statement. Brody won the Oscar when he was 29 years old.

He made his acting debut as a teenager in Francis Ford Coppola’s “New York Stories” (1989) and
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Film Festival Roundup: Maryland Unveils Narrative Picks, Sundance London Announces Opener and More

Film Festival Roundup: Maryland Unveils Narrative Picks, Sundance London Announces Opener and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Sundance Institute and Picturehouse have announced that the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London will open with the European premiere of “Beatriz at Dinner.”

The film world premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA, and will be introduced to London audiences by director Miguel Arteta, screenwriter Mike White, and lead actress Salma Hayek on June 1 at Picturehouse Central.

– The American Pavilion has announced its 2017 lineup for the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. The impressive program features 25 short documentary and narrative films by up-and-coming filmmakers from the U.S. and around the world, all of which will screen at The American Pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival. More information about the showcase and links to view the films’ trailers are available at its official site.
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Ben Foster Says He Took Performance-Enhancing Drugs To Play Lance Armstrong In 'The Program'

Ben Foster Says He Took Performance-Enhancing Drugs To Play Lance Armstrong In 'The Program'
One of the big Tiff world premieres is “The Program,” Stephen Frears’ movie about a journalist’s bid to bring down inspirational cycling champion/dishonest drugs cheat Lance Armstrong, and we’ve been excited about it because it gives a rare lead role to the always excellent, often undervalued Ben Foster. Since his earliest appearances in films like “Liberty Heights” and “Get Over It,” Foster’s always been an unexpectedly intense and dedicated young actor, and he’s been behind a host of terrific performances, including in “The Messenger,” “Rampart,” “3:10 To Yuma,” and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” But he’s taken his method dedication — which included living on the streets for a tiny role in “Rampart” and eating dirt for “Lone Survivor” — to new heights, telling The Guardian that he actually took performance-enhancing drugs to play Armstrong. “I don’t want to talk about the names of the drugs I took,
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Joshua Reviews Khavn’s Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between A Criminal And A Whore [Nyaff 2015 Review]

To cinephiles, few cinematographers get the blood truly pumping quite like beloved and Criterion-approved director of photography Christopher Doyle. Best known for his iconic work in films like Wong Kar-Wai’s In The Mood For Love (to this very day one of the greatest achievements in film photography), Doyle has honed his craft largely outside of the United States, occasionally coming stateside to work with filmmakers like Gus Van Sant (Paranoid Park) or even Barry Levinson (Liberty Heights). Working numerous times with directors like Wong Kar-Wai, as well as the likes of Zhang Yimou and Edward Yang (Doyle’s first film was Yang’s That Day, on the Beach), he has become a bastion of the world cinema scene and one of today’s most beloved photographers.

Playing this year’s New York Asian Film Festival is his latest journey behind the camera, as Filipino poet/filmmaker/artist Khavn (aka
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Toronto: Barry Levinson Hails Disruptive Digital Revolution

Toronto: Barry Levinson Hails Disruptive Digital Revolution
Barry Levinson hailed the disruptions of the digital revolution as creating diversity and story-telling opportunities. Those are things that the director says the modern Hollywood studios struggle to consistently deliver.

At a Toronto festival master class Friday, Levinson was in sparkling form after a gala performance of his low-budget Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig-starring indie “The Humbling,” which delves into the pain of creative performances.

“The studios are not interested in movies about people. There is such a corporate sensibility, they are always looking for a tentpole,” Levinson said. “That’s why TV is becoming so big.

“That’s where the stories are, that where the characters are, and that’s where the actors want to go. That’s why we’re seeing this shift taking place. To Netflix, HBO and cable. There’s a radical change about to take place.”

Levinson suggested that movies like his dark satire
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Film Review: 'The Bay'

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★★★☆☆ Veteran filmmaker Barry Levinson makes his best movies at home in Baltimore. His memoirs, Diner, Tin Men, Avalon and Liberty Heights - buoyant with wistful charm and unpretentious fondness - have a personal acuity his non-Baltimore films have suffered without. Now in his 70s, the director returns to his home city - not this time for misty-eyed nostalgia - but for an ecological horror inspired by the environmental problems in Chesapeake Bay. Warm sentiment and quiet smiles give way to sheer terror and deathly screams in The Bay (2012), as Levinson deploys the weary fad of faux-found-footage to surprisingly gruesome effect.

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Florida Film Festival to Open with Orlando-Produced 'Renee'; Feature Talk with Barry Levinson

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Florida Film Festival to Open with Orlando-Produced 'Renee'; Feature Talk with Barry Levinson
The 2012 Florida Film Festival will be celebrating its 21st anniversary this year with a line-up of 168 films including 28 world premieres. The festival will kick off with Nathan Frankowski's drama "Renee," which was filmed in Orlando, Florida. Academy Award winning director Barry Levinson will also be on hand April 21 to present and discuss his 1999 film "Liberty Heights." More details can be found at FloridaFilmFestival.com. Full press release below: Florida Film Festival Announces Celebrity Guest, Food Events, And Record-breaking Film And Event Lineup The 2012 Festival Presents “An Afternoon With” Academy Award® Winner Barry Levinson Featuring Live Q&A and Screening of “Liberty HeightsTop Chef Star Marcel Vigneron Joins Other Culinary Superstars for Food Forum And Saturday Night Feast Film Schedule Officially Launched Online at FloridaFilmFestival.com with...
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Popcorn Preview: Detachment

Film: Detachment (2011) Cast includes: Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River), James Caan (The Godfather), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Lucy Liu (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents) Sami Gayle (Blue Bloods), Betty Kaye Director: Tony Kaye (American History X) Genre: Drama (97 minutes) "Let's not have people coming in. I'd like to do this without being interrupted." In very close up shots, we see Henry Barthes and others recording their thoughts about the recent events. Henry is troubled by feelings of detachment. "Most of the teachers here believed at one point they could make a difference." On the day Henry comes to this unnamed high school as a substitute teacher, Principal Dearden has just been told that she'll be fired if the school's No Child Left Behind test scores don't improve. But this is a school that's already been left behind because it's a dumping ground for problem kids.
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'Diner' 30th Anniversary: 25 Things You Didn't Know About The Guys-and-Fries Classic

Sure, "Diner" is a landmark movie, one that launched numerous careers (including those of Kevin Bacon, Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, and director Barry Levinson). But is it really the most influential movie of the last 30 years? Vanity Fair seems to think so. According to an article in the March 2012 issue, "Diner" -- released 30 years ago today, on March 5, 1982 -- is indirectly responsible for "Seinfeld," "The Office," "Pulp Fiction," and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin." Such writers as Nick Hornby, Stephen Merchant, and Judd Apatow acknowledge its impact on the way they write scenes that others omit, scenes were guys reveal what matters most to them by chatting over coffee about things that don't matter at all. Like its trivia-obsessed characters, "Diner" is full of unspoken tales beneath the surface. Even fans may not know how closely life imitated art in the alliances, rivalries, pranks, and power games that helped make the movie
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“Gotti” actor Ben Foster waffles as money woes stall film

HollywoodNews.com: The “Gotti” movie: I’ve told you exclusively for weeks that the movie is in financial trouble. Today, Deadline Hollywood tried to steal our thunder by literally just picking up what we’ve been reporting–haha, since they complain all the time about being stolen from.

Anyway, I can tell you that the actor signed to play John Gotti, Jr., Ben Foster, has been asking around for other work since “Gotti” doesn’t seem to be happening. Foster was brought in by director Barry Levinson, who introduced the talented young actor a decade ago in “Liberty Heights.” If Foster leaves, expect the rest of the cast to start exiting too since the money simply is not there. What Deadline has totally overlooked is that the producer, Marco Fiore, and executive producer, Salvatore Carpanzano, have no history in the film business. They do, however, have history with the law.
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Ben Foster to play John Travolta's son in 'Gotti'

Ben Foster to play John Travolta's son in 'Gotti'
Ben Foster has been cast as John Gotti's son in the upcoming gangster drama Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father. He will be joining Al Pacino, Kelly Preston and John Travolta as the notorious New York criminal, Variety reports. Liberty Heights director Barry Levinson will be rewriting the script from Analyze This writer Leo Rossi ahead of shooting. Foster said: "Barry Levinson was the first director who took a chance on me. I have a career because of him. "I am deeply honoured for the opportunity to work with Barry and the amazing cast (more)
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Ben Foster is John Gotti Jr.

Ben Foster is John Gotti Jr.
When John Travolta was recently cast as John Gotti in upcoming gangster flick, Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father, the question on everybody’s lips was who would be playing his son? That question has now been answered, with The Mechanic’s Ben Foster confirmed as John Gotti Jr. He will join a cast that includes Al Pacino and Kelly Preston, and will re-team with his director on Liberty Heights, Barry Levinson. “Barry Levinson was the first director who took a chance on me,” said Foster in an official statement. “I...

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Official: Ben Foster Is John Travolta's Son in 'Gotti' Biopic

It is confirmed that Ben Foster is set to play the son of John Travolta's John Gotti Sr. in Barry Levinson-directed biopic "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father". Fiore Films announced the casting on Tuesday, August 2, adding that pre-production of the movie is scheduled to start in September while principal photography will begin on January 3, 2012 in New York City.

The project will reunite Foster with Levinson after they teamed up for 1999's comedy "Liberty Heights". "Barry Levinson was the first director who took a chance on me, and I have a career because of him," the "Alpha Dog" actor said, before adding, "This is a film bout family, fathers and sons. I am deeply honored for the opportunity to work with Barry and the amazing cast he is assembling to help bring the story of the Gotti family to the screen."

Levinson himself, who was chosen to
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Ben Foster to play John Gotti Jr. in the Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father

Ben Foster has joined the cast of Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father. Deadline reports that foster will play John Gotti Jr in the film. He joins John Travolta as John Sr, Al Pacino and Kelly Preston, and  Joe Pesci in the film. The film is being directed by Barry Levinson, who replaced original helmer Nick Cassavetes. Levinson Levinson and James Toback wrote the script. Filming is slated to begin Jan. 3.

Foster got his start with in Levinson's Liberty Heights and has starred recently in such films as, Alpha Dog, The Mechanic and 3:10 To Yuma. I like Foster and think this sounds like a good role for him. What are your thoughts on this news?
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Ben Foster Joins Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father

Ben Foster Joins Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father
Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father has secured actor Ben Foster to portray John Gotti, Jr.. He will star opposite John Travolta, Kelly Preston, and Al Pacino.

Barry Levinson, who directed Ben Foster in the drama Liberty Heights, will write and helm this biopic. About the job, Ben Foster had this to say.

"Barry Levinson was the first director who took a chance on me, and I have a career because of him. This is a film about family, fathers and sons. I am deeply honored for the opportunity to work with Barry and the amazing cast he is assembling to help bring the story of the Gotti family to the screen."

Pre-production on Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father will begin in September, with principle photography set to take place in New York this January.

Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father comes to theaters in 2013 and stars John Travolta,
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'Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father' Nabs Ben Foster as John Gotti, Jr.

He showed amazing potential in Barry Levinson's stellar coming-of-age tale Liberty Heights, and since then Ben Foster has delivered impressive performances in films like Alpha Dog and 3:10 to Yuma. Now the actor is poised to reteam with Levinson as Variety reports Foster has been cast as John Gotti, Jr. in Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, the project formerly known as Gotti: Three Generations. The film tells the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who chose to leave that world behind. For those just joining us, John Travolta will play the senior Gotti opposite Foster. More details below. Foster commented on his casting, "Barry Levinson was the first director who took a chance on me, and I have a career because of him. This is a film about family, fathers and sons. I am ...
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Ben Foster Cast as John Gotti Jr. Opposite John Travolta and Al Pacino in Gotti Biopic

Ben Foster Cast as John Gotti Jr. Opposite John Travolta and Al Pacino in Gotti Biopic
Big news on the Gotti front of the non-legal variety: Fiore Films has just announced that Ben Foster has signed on to star in Barry Levinson's star-studded crime family biopic, Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father as John Gotti Jr. opposite John Travolta and Al Pacino. The project will be a reunion for Levinson and Foster, who worked together on the 1999 period drama Liberty Heights.
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Ben Foster Embraces a Life of Crime in 'Gotti'

The rage of Joe Pesci apparently won't stop the makers of "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father" from sullying forth.

Casting continues on the troubled production as Ben Foster is the latest addition to the biography film about the New York crime family, according to Deadline.

Foster has claimed the key role of John Gotti, Jr., son of John Sr. (John Travolta) and his wife, Victoria (Kelly Preston). "The Devil's Double" star Dominic Cooper had been previously rumored for the role.

Foster joins a cast that also includes Al Pacino and -- at least last we heard -- Lindsay Lohan. Joe Pesci is currently suing the production over various disputes, though it's unclear if that also means he's no longer attached to the project. You never know with these things.

Ben Foster was recently seen learning how to be a killer with Jason Statham in "The Mechanic." He's made
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Ben Foster Joins 'Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father'

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Ben Foster Joins 'Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father'
Ben Foster, who played a hitman-in-training in "The Mechanic," has signed on to play a gangster in "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father." He'll play John Gotti Jr., the production company said Tuesday. The Fiore Films project reunites Foster with his "Liberty Heights" director, Barry Levinson. The movie, which stars John Travolta, Al Pacino and Kelly Preston, has had some bumps lately. Joe Pesci is suing the producers for $3 million, claiming he gained 30 pounds to play the role of Angelo Ruggiero, only to have his role and salary cut. It's also
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Ben Foster to play John Gotti, Jr. in 'Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father'

Ben Foster to play John Gotti, Jr. in 'Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father'
John Travolta, meet your son. Ben Foster (The Messenger, 3:10 to Yuma) has signed on to play John Gotti, Jr., the son of the infamous New York mafia don, in the indie biopic Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father. (Travolta agreed to play Gotti Sr. earlier this year.) Barry Levinson is directing from a script by him and writer James Toback (Bugsy), with Al Pacino, Kelly Preston, and Lindsay Lohan also set to star.

In a statement, producer Marc Fiore said, “We have been interested in Ben from the very start, and I cannot begin to express how excited
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