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Hollywood is being good to us this December, dear readers. This past weekend brought us The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – which is a lot of fun, and I definitely recommend it – and this week sees the release of American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks, both of which I’m quite looking forward to. And in even more good news, this week’s Trailer Trashin’ column is one I’ve been looking forward to writing for a long time, because we finally have our first look at my most anticipated movie of next year – Godzilla.
Premise: An epic rebirth of Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
My take: As I’ve written about before in this column, I have loved Japanese monster movies ever since I was a kid. »
- Timothy Monforton
Marrakech — Attending the Marrakech Film Festival to receive a career tribute and present her latest film, Eric Poppe’s “A Thousand Times Good Night,” French thesp Juliette Binoche took the time to sit down with a handful of film journos at the Mamounia Hotel.
In “A Thousand Times Good Night,” Binoche – one of Gaul’s best-known actresses, whose credits include “Chocolat,” “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “The English Patient,” stars as a top war photographer torn between her family and her passion for her work.
Variety: While working on this film, how did you relate with the character you’re playing and what questions did it spark?
Binoche: I met with a war photographer who decided to stop, because it was too hard. Putting himself in such a dangerous place, there’s a moment where you think about your life, about why you need to go there. You can »
- Elsa Keslassy
Gojira, Aka Godzilla: King of the Monsters, first came out in 1954. It seems that Gareth Edward’s new interpretation will also have scenes set in that same year. Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey gave an interview in the new tie-in book “Godzilla with Light & Sound”, and in his discussion about making the film, he spilled the beans about a section of the film taking place in 1954.
McGarvey says, “On ‘Godzilla’ I used the old C series anamorphic lenses, and for the section in 1954 I used really old vintage lenses from the early 1960s. They took the edge off of the very vivid, sharp sensors, and gave it a distant period feel.”
Will these 1954 scenes connect the new Godzilla film to the original somehow? »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Halifax -- Hollywood's most fattening movies point the camera at compelling chefs. Recall Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, Tony Shalhoub in Big Night and Catherine Zeta-Jones in No Reservations. Those movies brought audiences into gilded pantries, while also bringing dirty pots and pans into the open. But European and other foreign food-themed movies mostly feature the big dinner, where eating well is the best revenge against life's woes and ills. Remember the mighty gorge in Gabriel Axel's Babette's Feast, Alfonso Arau's Like Water for Chocolate, Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, Lasse Hallstrom's Chocolat and Juzo Itami's Tampopo.
- Etan Vlessing
Judi Dench in ‘Philomena’ movie: The one British Independent Film Award nominee surely to get BAFTA, Academy Award nominations Among the 2013 British Independent Film Award nominees, only one has a truly good chance of being shortlisted for both the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards. That’s Best Actress Bifa nominee Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ "based on a true story" drama Philomena, in which Dench plays a woman whose son was taken away from her after she was sent to a convent. For the record, Dench has four previous Best Actress Oscar nominations (Mrs. Brown, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal), in addition to one win and a nomination as Best Supporting Actress (win: Shakespeare in Love; nomination: Chocolat). (Photo: Judi Dench as Philomena Lee in Philomena.) Needless to say, the British Independent Film Awards have little influence on North America’s awards-season favorites. There are a number of reasons for that — e. »
- Zac Gille
Dustin Hoffman has signed on to play the lead role in the indie film Boychoir.
Boychoir follows a troubled 11-year-old boy named Stet whose complex relationship with his Choir Master leads him to discover his love for music, Deadline reports.
Hoffman will portray the Choir Master Carvelle with bosses still looking to cast the young Stet.
Molina is slated to portray Hoffman's colleague with Bates on board to play the school's headmistress.
A release date for the indie drama has yet to be set.
DreamWorks announced today that filming is now underway in southwest France on director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey. The film centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant. Helen Mirren is set to play the aforementioned chef, while Manish Dayal (90210) will play the Indian boy. Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the script, and the film is being produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake. The cast also includes Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri, and the film is slated for release on August 8, 2014. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the official synopsis. Here’s the full press release with the synopsis in bold: Burbank, »
- Adam Chitwood
Amy Poehler is going to Sweden for NBC. The network has acquired the broadcast rights to the half-hour comedy “Welcome to Sweden,” which is being executive produced by “Saturday Night Live” alum Amy Poehler and her brother, Greg Poehler. The series, from Entertainment One, is based on Greg Poehler’s true life story about a New York accountant, Bruce (played by Greg Poehler) who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma and follows his heart to Sweden. In his acting debut, Greg will star in the series along with Josephine Bornebusch (“Solsidan”) who will play Emma. Lena Olin (“Chocolat”) will also. »
- Tim Kenneally
The half-hour comedy series is one of the most buzzed about skeins being shopped at Cannes TV mart Mipcom, which wraps on Thursday.
Created by Greg Poehler (pictured) and based on his own life story, the series is a fish-out-of-water comedy series turning on a New York accountant, Bruce (Greg Poehler), who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma (Josephine Bornebusch), and follows her to Sweden.
A truly international skein, “Welcome to Sweden” toplines a mix of local and foreign thesps, notably Bornebusch, who stars in Swedish hit drama “Solsidan,” Lena Olin (“Chocolat”), Illeana Douglas (“Grace of my Heart”) and Patrick Duffy »
- Elsa Keslassy
Maverick Us producer/distributor Harvey Weinstein is coming to Australia next month to accept the Canberra International Film Festival.s inaugural Body of Work award.
Weinstein, whose firm bought the Us rights to Tracks and The Railway Man and distributed The Sapphires and The King.s Speech, will take part in film screenings, panel discussions and Q&As in Canberra on November 22-24.
Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob founded Miramax Films in 1979. and The Weinstein Company in 2005. A creative force whose credits as producer or executive producer include Shakespeare in Love, Gangs of New York, Silver Linings Playbook, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, The Aviatior and Chocolat, he earned the nickname Harvey Scissorhands for his predilection of cutting films such as Shaolin Soccer, Hero and Princess Mononoke for Us release.
In August If revealed that Weinstein was embroiled in a row with Korean director Bong Joon-ho over his post-Apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer. »
- Don Groves
After dazzling audiences with the Golden Globe-winning miniseries Carlos and earning a Golden Osello for Best Screenplay with his follow-up Something In The Air, French director Olivier Assayas is now hard at work on his English language debut, Sils Maria, scheduled for release next year.
The drama, which is currently filming in Germany and Switzerland, boasts a talented trio of actresses in the form of ubiquitous teen star Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie), acclaimed French actress Juliette Binoche (Chocolat, Certified Copy) and Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart. Though Stewart is nowhere to be seen in the pictures below, we do get a first glimpse at Moretz’s character, evidently a bonafide fashionista by her outfit and hair.
Sils Maria centers on reclusive, aging actress Maria Enders (Binoche), who becomes dangerously fixated on younger star Jo-Anne Ellis (Moretz), about to take over the role that made Enders famous. Stewart co-stars as »
- Isaac Feldberg
Filming begins today on location in New York on Annie, starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz. An Overbrook Entertainment / Marcy Media production, the film is scheduled to be released by Columbia Pictures on December 19, 2014. The film is set in the present day and will incorporate real New York locations.
A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ musical comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. Gluck is currently revising the film’s screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by »
- Kellvin Chavez
The 38th Toronto International Film Festival today announced its award recipients at a reception at the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto.
This year marked the 36th year that Toronto audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favorite Festival film, with the BlackBerry® People’s Choice Award. This year’s award goes to Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave.
The film tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 and finally freed in 1853. The story is a triumphant tale of one man’s courage and perseverance to reunite with his family that serves as an important historical and cultural marker in American history.
The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by BlackBerry.
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- Michelle McCue
Following its acclaimed world premiere as a Gala Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival, Roadside Attractions has acquired Us rights to director Fred Schepisi’s adult romance, Words And Pictures, written by Gerald Di Pego and starring Oscar nominee Clive Owen (Killer Elite, Blood Ties) and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Chocolat).
A writer whose talent has dried up (Owen) and an artist (Binoche), struggling to paint as her body betrays her, clash at the school where they teach, sparking both a flamboyant courtship and a school-wide war: which is more powerful, the Word or the Picture?
- Michelle McCue
Domestic rights have been acquired for the following films: Words and Pictures - Roadside Attractions has snapped up U.S. rights for Fred Schepisi's romantic dramedy starring Clive Owen (Sin City) and Juliette Binoche (Chocolat). All Is by My Side - Open Road Films and Xlerator Media land domestic distribution rights for writer-director John Ridley's Jimi Hendix biopic starring André Benjamin (The Great Gatsby), Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later). The Sacrament - Magnolia Pictures is finalizing a reported seven-figure deal for Ti West's found-footage horror-thriller starring Joe Swanberg (V/H/S), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color) and Aj Bowen (You're Next). Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Magnolia and Magnet Releasing are nearing a deal for The Sacrament, presented by producer Eli Roth. The picture centers on a pair of journalists who voyage to document their friend's estranged sister »
- Dave Trumbore
Following its world premiere as a Gala Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival, Roadside Attractions has acquired Us rights to director Fred Schepisi's adult romance, Words and Pictures , written by Gerald Di Pego and starring Oscar nominee Clive Owen ( Killer Elite , Blood Ties ) and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche ( The English Patient , Chocolat ). A writer whose talent has dried up (Owen) and an artist (Binoche), struggling to paint as her body betrays her, clash at the school where they teach, sparking both a flamboyant courtship and a school-wide war: which is more powerful, the Word or the Picture? "Fred Schepisi's charming film 'Words and Pictures' features great performances by Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche -- in an uplifting, crowd-pleasing »
Set decorator who worked on all the Harry Potter films and The English Patient
Although she won an Oscar for The English Patient (1996), the set decorator Stephenie McMillan, who has died of cancer aged 71, will be best remembered for the creation of the magical world of Harry Potter on film. Stephenie helped to bring Jk Rowling's intensely imagined world to the screen across all eight films in the series, from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001 to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.
Directors and cinematographers changed in the course of the series, but the art department that Stephanie and I oversaw remained a constant, providing a real sense of visual continuity. Stephenie's work was always characterised by technical finesse, elegance and wit. She was responsible for the details that brought my vision as production designer to life.
It was Stephenie who organised the thousand-plus »
- Stuart Craig
You have to hand it to Harvey Weinstein: The mogul who once got the Anti-Defamation League's Abe Foxman to provide a blurb hailing the wafer-thin "Chocolat" as a moving treatise on discrimination has now convinced master Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai to write -- or at least sign -- an online op-ed in which the director gushes about the wonderful opportunity of creating a shorter edit of "The Grandmaster" for U.S. audiences. Lest anyone try to pin the blame on "Harvey Scissorhands," Wong's editorial claims that the 108-minute version we're getting Stateside »
- Alonso Duralde
Feature James Clayton 9 Aug 2013 - 06:07
Johnny Depp has a dead crow on his head. This is brilliant. Depp is Tonto, and in an act of remarkable inspiration, the actor has decided that a bird carcass is ideal headgear for the role. It's a macabre masterstroke.
Next to him, handsome Armie Hammer is looking pretty darn sharp in a 19th century suit, a white Stetson and a bandit mask, but really it's all about Depp and his unusual avian accessory. The eponymous star of The Lone Ranger looks good, but Tonto is the true fashion figurehead fronting this fresh Jerry Bruckheimer production. Once again, Depp is the dynamic force driving a movie through the magical power of costume and makeup.
It is true that Depp could wear nothing but a pair »
There is a film called “Chocolat,” released in 2000, about how a new chocolatier in a small French town brings a little sweetness—and even a little love—into the lives of everyone it touches. Lots of people saw it, mostly on dates, and it was nominated for some Oscars, and Johnny Depp was in it. There is a film called “Chocolat”, released in 1988, that you probably don't want to confuse with the other “Chocolat”: it's about race and sex and love and hatred, and is set in Cameroon, in that country's French colonial period. Not that many people saw it, and it didn't get nominated for any Oscars (though it was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes), and it's not a good date movie, but it is a good movie, and it launched the career of its French director, Claire Denis. Denis has gone on to make a »
- Ben Brock
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