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Barry Levinson is set to direct a currently untitled WW2 romantic drama for Shanghai Film Group.
A related six-hour television miniseries is also in the works.
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- Garth Franklin
After taking a considerable break from directing feature films, Barry Levinson is getting busy again. Last year he directed the found footage horror film The Bay; he's currently in pre-production on Black Mass, a biopic about notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger starring Johnny Depp, and now he's picked up yet another project for the future. Deadline has gotten word out of the Cannes Film Festival that Levinson is attached to direct a loose adaptation of The Cursed Piano, the best-selling novel written by Chinese author Bei La. The movie is a love story that is set "across Leningrad and Shanghai" and unravels over the course of 40 years. The site doesn't mention how the film version will differ from the book, but adds that Ronald Harwood, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Pianist, has been hired to handle the script. While the director will be busy filming Black Mass this summer - »
Barry Levinson has come on board to direct an untitled love story, set in Shanghai and Leningrad, with Shanghai Film Group financing and Mike Medavoy, Rafaella De Laurentiis and Edward McGurn producing.
Production will start in February in Shanghai with Shanghai Film Group fully financing the project, with a budget in the $40 million to $45 million range.
“I am thrilled to be working on another project with Barry,” he said. “This film is connected to my roots, and I can’t think of anyone I would trust more with it.”
- Dave McNary
For even those most accustomed to the frenzy of celebrity, the Cannes Film Festival can be a disorienting experience.
For 12 days every year, the French Rivera resort town turns into one giant seaside swirl of glamour, high art and backroom deal-making. Like some sun-drenched phantasm, all of cinema comes alive in Cannes: its serious ambitions, bottom-line commerce and crass spectacle.
"Every time I go to Cannes, it feels like I'm entering the helicopter scene in `La Dolce Vita,'" says Leonardo DiCaprio. "It's an insane experience. The entire town is turned into a red carpet. Every hotel is a premiere. But at the same time, it is the mecca for the world to celebrate filmmaking and bold filmmaking."
This year's Cannes, the 66th, kicks off Wednesday with Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," a 3-D extravaganza starring DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. In many ways, the movie's lavish, star-powered decadence epitomizes Cannes. »
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
In Spain, Juan Antonio Bayona's visceral drama The Impossible (2012, EntertainmentOne, 12) broke box-office records, despite the fact that the real-life Belón Alvárez family, whose fate during the south-east Asian tsunami inspired the film, had been transformed on screen from Spanish to English speakers. Paradoxically, it was in English-speaking territories that this anglicisation caused the most problems, exacerbating the apparent disjunct between the miraculous fortunes of the privileged few and the overwhelming tragedy of the nameless many. While this thorny issue remains unresolved, it would be a shame if it caused the movie to be dismissed out of hand, for despite the expedient nationality shift, this remains a powerful drama about ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances that somehow manages to be both gruelling and uplifting.
Having proved himself a master of melancholic horror with spine-tingling ghost story The Orphanage, Bayona conjures a terrifying opening movement »
- Mark Kermode
Just above is your first look at Roman Polanski's new film Venus in Fur, which is based on the play by David Ives and centers on an actress' attempts to convince a director she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production. The film is set to play in competition and the last time Polanski held such an honor was in 2002 where his film, The Pianist, went on to win the Palme d'Or. Will Venus in Fur share a similar result? Along with Polanski's wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, the film co-stars Mathieu Amalric and was shot entirely in French. Photo via Rifrazioni Magazine, found via Film Stage »
- Brad Brevet
Paris — The Cannes Film Festival's 2013 lineup announced Thursday features work from some of the globe's most dangerous locales for artists, and a sprinkling of works by old favorites including Roman Polanski, the Coen brothers and Steven Soderbergh.
Celebrating world cinema from countries with limited freedom of expression is clearly one of this year's stories, with works from Chad, China, Mexico and Iran among the 19 films competing for the Palme d'Or, one of cinema's most coveted prizes.
"The festival is a house that shelters artists in danger," said Cannes President Gilles Jacob, who announced the nominees Thursday.
Harking from Africa, "Grigris" by Chadian filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, will feature alongside "The Life of Adele" from French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche. "Zulu" – a police thriller shot in South Africa and starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom – will close the festival but is not competing.
The list also includes "A Touch of Sin" by »
Directors with Oscar pedigrees are especially prominent in this year's Cannes line-up, an indication that the 66nd Festival could be a bellwether of the 2014 awards season. Oscar winners included in In Competition this year include the Coen Brothers with their 1960s folk music drama Inside Llewyn Davis, which stars Justin Timberlake and Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan (An Education); Alexander Payne, a two-time best adapted screenplay winner with The Descendants and Sideways who will premiere the father/son road trip Nebraska in Cannes and Roman Polanski, Cannes Palme d'Or and best director Oscar-winner with The Pianist, who debuts
- Scott Roxborough , Stuart Kemp
Steven Spielberg’s jury will have no shortage of Hollywood talent to sift through on the Croisette this year. Heralding a strong showing for American auteurs, Palme d’Or laureates Steven Soderbergh and Joel and Ethan Coen will square off with Alexander Payne and James Gray at the star-packed 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, announced by delegate general Thierry Fremaux and president Gilles Jacob at a Paris press conference on Thursday.
In light of earlier announcements – that Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” would open the festival, that Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” would kick off Un Certain Regard, and that Spielberg would serve as president of the main competition jury – it comes as little surprise that this year’s lineup is so top-heavy with U.S. and English-language fare, even as it reflects healthy strains of international filmmaking, especially from Europe and Asia.
The Coen brothers, »
- Justin Chang
So I'm sitting here re-watching Mario Van Peebles' Universal Soldier/Terminator/Robocop mash-up movie, aka Solo, and I'm having a good time... laughing a lot. Not a good flick, but you can call it a guilty pleasure. I haven't seen it in awhile, and had completely forgotten about Adrien Brody's pivotal role in it, as Solo's designer. This was some 6 years before his Academy Award-winning performance in The Pianist. We all have to start somewhere right? Solo was based on a 1989 science fiction novel by Robert Mason titled Weapon. But it got me thinking... despite how painfully derivative it is, I couldn't immediately name another similar sci-fi flick that featured a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Gist: Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner stars in this off-Broadway play adaptation about an actress trying to convince a director that she is perfect for a part in an upcoming production. Mathieu Amalric co-stars as the director.
Prediction: Polanski has been on the Croisette on a handful of occasions dating back to Macbeth in ’72, he of course won the 2002 Palme d’Or for The Pianist, and was actually at the fest last year with 79′s Tess as a Cannes Classics selected Director. This is poised for a Out of Comp or Special Screening slot.
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- Eric Lavallee
Fresh off the huge success of their massively viewed adaptations The Bible and Hatfields & McCoys, History is currently working on a miniseries project tentatively called Houdini, with Adrien Brody (The Pianist) signed on to play the famous magician and performer. Gerald Abrams (Modern Marvels), father of the beloved J.J. Abrams, is on board to produce the series. Although not much has been announced about the show, EW says it will depict Houdini’s rags-to-riches story as a magic man and stunt performer at the turn of the 20th century. Houdini’s release date is still Tba. Hit the jump for more. Brody has done very well in film, and I am excited to see him make the transition to television to play the role of the legendary Houdini. Brody will also be featured in director Wes Anderson’s next film Grand Budapest Hotel, which has a stacked, Anderson-esque cast that includes Bill Murray, »
- Gabe Chase
History Channel is lining up its next miniseries. The A&E Networks-owned cabler is developing a potential miniseries based on the life of master illusionist Harry Houdini, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. As first reported by EW, Adrien Brody is attached to star in the period project centering on Houdini's life and his rise to fame. Gerald W. Abrams(Nuremberg, Modern Marvels) will executive produce the project for History. Photos: Jesus in Film and TV Brody, who earned a best actor Oscar nomination for his role in 2002's The Pianist, would play the magician and mark his first scripted TV appearance
- Lesley Goldberg
And for History’s next miniseries trick…
The deal just closed and details are scarce. We can tell you that History is developing a miniseries project (working title: Houdini) that traces the arc of the turn-of-the-20th-century master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame.
The project is a co-production with History and veteran TV producer (and J.J. Abrams’ father) Gerald W. Abrams (Modern Marvels, 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out). Brody (King Kong, The Pianist) is attached to star »
- James Hibberd
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Poor Movie 43. It might have been an artistic, critical and commercial dud in every conceivable regard, but at least it could hold on to something. At least Movie 43 knew that it would go down in history as the worst willfully offensive comedy movie starring big-name actors ever to be released. Except it won't. In fact, it won't even go down as the worst willfully offensive comedy movie starring big-name actors to be released in the first three months of 2013.
Because here comes InAPPropriate Comedy. It has been written and directed by a man best known for appearing in late-night commercials for absorbent cloth. Its title contains the word "App" in uppercase for seemingly no other »
- Stuart Heritage
For the most part, the winners of Oscars for acting have gone on to illustrious careers and success in Hollywood. But, for every Daniel Day-Lewis, there is a Cuba Gooding Jr. For every Meryl Streep, there is a Halle Berry. One of the recent recipients of an Academy Award who has gone on to make some questionable choices is Adrien Brody. Back when The Pianist was in theaters, everyone thought they were seeing the next big talent. After making some quality turns in movies like The »
- Alex Maidy
Quite a few people will be shocked if Argo doesn't win Best Picture at the Oscars tonight—but history has shown that it could happen. Celebuzz rounds up the 18 biggest Academy Awards upsets: When Adrien Brody won Best Actor for The Pianist , he beat out four previous Oscar winners. After Crash beat Brokeback Mountain in 2006, some accused Academy voters of homophobia. Beatrice Straight won Best Supporting Actress for Network in 1977—though she only appeared in the film for about five minutes. That same year, Rocky managed to beat All the President's Men , Taxi Driver , and Network to »
- Evann Gastaldo
Affleck's political thriller wins awards from the American Cinema Editors, Writers Guild of America Ben Affleck's Argo, a the story of the rescue of a handful of American hostages held in Iran in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution, continues to win awards this season. After victories at the PGA Awards, the DGA Awards, and the SAG Awards (Best Ensemble), this past weekend the thriller won the Ace Award for Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic (William Goldenberg) and the WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Chris Terrio). [Pictured above: Director and co-producer Ben Affleck also stars in Argo.] The film has now come out victorious in the five most important guilds (for a Best Picture Academy Award win): actors, producers, directors, screenwriters, and editors. Needless to say, it is the odds-on favorite to nab the Best Picture Oscar, despite the fact that it doesn't have a Best Director Oscar nomination as well. If Argo does take home the Best Picture Oscar, »
- Anna Robinson
"And the Oscar goes to…" Five words that will send nervous tingles through even the coolest of Hollywood customer. Winning an Academy Award can prompt tears of joy, euphoria, the desire to kiss whoever crosses your path or, in the case of Joe Pesci, extreme terseness.
As the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Ben Affleck ready themselves for the big night on Sunday (February 24), Digital Spy takes a look back at 20 of the most memorable acceptance speeches in Oscars history.
"Thank you life, thank you love. It is true, there are some angels in this city!" So usually a calm and restrained presence in interviews, Marion Cotillard let her emotions run free as she picked up a much-deserved Oscar for her barnstorming turn as Édith Piaf.
> Watch Marion Cotillard's Oscars acceptance speech
"It's my privilege. »
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