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The chart updates continue. I've been thinking a lot about Foxcatcher and Love is Strange and whether or not Sony Pictures Classics will have the guts to campaign all four of those male leads as leads. Essentially they'd be asking for 80% of the category which would be extremely ballsy (no pun intended with four sets of them) but also honest. For these July updates I'm fantasizing that they will.
But the funny thing is: Best Actor is enormously crowded without any of that acclaimed quartet. Playing a real life character won't even get you very far because most lead actors are doing just that, thereby dulling its time-tested competitive advantage. I count at least 10 possibly major contenders this year in biographical roles: Cumberbatch, »
- NATHANIEL R
Who of our modern filmmakers will justify lavish, career-spanning box sets in the next generation (presuming there is such a thing and we’re not 100% digital)? We’ve seen Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock sets in recent years but who will get the same treatment in ten or twenty years?
One man who I’d love to see dissected from first film to last is the essential Spike Lee. He has had an undeniably spotty career with films both considered masterpieces and complete failures. But Spike is always working, always trying something new, always willing to challenge himself and the viewer. Did his “Oldboy” remake work? No. He picks himself up, dusts himself off, and gets back to it. Spike has been everywhere lately, promoting and discussing the 25th anniversary of his masterpiece, “Do the Right Thing,” and so someone figured it was a good time to release »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Munich — Roman Polanski is planning to shoot a film about the Dreyfus Affair in Poland, but is seeking assurances from the Polish government that he will be safe from extradition to the U.S.
“We have yet to make the final decision. It depends on at least two factors,” said the project’s French producer Robert Benmussa. “The first is a technical condition that is up to the film studios, and already at this stage we know that this condition has been met. The second factor is of a legal nature. We need confirmation in writing that Roman Polanski’s status in Poland is that of complete security.”
Polanski has dual French and Polish nationality, which should make him safe from extradition to the U.S., where he is wanted for a 1977 sex crime conviction. The Polish government has the option of extraditing him, but is unlikely to do so. »
- Leo Barraclough
History's new four-hour scripted miniseries, Houdini, will trace the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. Houdini is scheduled to premiere on Monday, September 1st, 2014. Before David Blaine and David Copperfield, there was one man whose name was synonymous with being the master of illusion and escape - Harry Houdini. Houdini follows the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin. The drama will chronicle the life of a man who can defy death through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion. Houdini stars Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) as the ace magician and Kristen Connolly ( »
- Pietro Filipponi
I promise – it wasn’t my plan to have seven of the ten films on this portion of the list focus on World War II. But, if we look back at the biggest international conflicts of all time, World War II is the one that provides the most opportunity. It’s a chance for a number of different countries to look at the same war from different perspectives. In this portion alone, there’s a French film, a German film, a Hungarian film, a couple British/American films, and a few American films – all about varied aspects of World War II.
courtesy of fmvmagazine.com
40. The Killing Fields (1984)
Directed by: Roland Joffé
Conflict: Cambodian Civil War
For all the films made about World War II and larger scale conflicts, the few that depict smaller, more concentrated ones are sometimes more effective. Roland Joffé’s 1984 drama The Killing Fields hones in on Cambodia, »
- Joshua Gaul
Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody has his sights set on a juicy comic-book role: The Joker. Brody was considered to play the dastardly villain in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, but he was passed over in favour of Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for the iconic role. When asked about playing The Joker in Justice League at the Cannes Film Festival, Brody revealed that he is certainly interested.
“I would do it if I feel I can contribute something valuable and that the role would be interesting to me,” Brody said. “To me, the villains are way fun! But [studios] don’t offer me those roles. If there is an opportunity to do something like that and play a comic book hero or villain, that’s not something I’m fundamentally opposed to.”
Although Brody’s stunned acceptance speech when he won the Best Actor Oscar for The Pianist in 2003 is a memorable moment, »
- Jordan Adler
The versatile Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody is journeying to the 14th century for his latest role, that of Emperor Charles V. The Lee Tamahori film is being hyped as the kind of blood-soaked shagfest we’ve come to associate with recent stabs (if you’ll pardon the expression) at historical drama. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival where the project was announced, Brody gave an insight into his working process in the kind of quasi-mystical way that only an actor can:
“Now is the time to amass all the information and sit with it and let it become a part of me, and so we will do that and see what we come up with.”
Possessor of various titles, such as the first King of Spain and Archduke of Austria, Charles was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1519, holding sway over much of Europe and beyond. A complex role that Brody »
- Steve Palace
• Robert De Niro is set for Bus 757, a thriller about a card dealer aiming to rob a bank by taking a group of bus travelers hostage and using them as collateral. De Niro’s character is the owner of the casino in question. Scott Mann (The Tournament) will direct. His upcoming projects include the boxing drama Hands of Stone, staring Edgar Ramirez, and the cop thriller Candy Store, with Keira Knightley and Omar Sy. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Academy Award winner Adrien Brody has been cast in the title tole of Lee Tamahori's revenge tale “Emporer.” Brody (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Pianist”) will play Emporer Charles V, a brilliant strategist trying to hold together his vast empire amid debauchery, sex and treason. Also read: Adrien Brody's ‘Houdini’ Miniseries Gets Green Light From History It is written by Michael Thomas III (“The Devil's Double”) and the script was adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher (“The Dutchess). Production begins in August 2014, and filming will take place in the Czech Republic and Belgium. Corsan World Sales is handling sales, and Paradigm Talent Agency is. »
- Tim Molloy
Exclusive: Some 12 years ago, Adrien Brody came to the Croisette to unveil his Oscar-winning turn in the Palm d’Or winning The Pianist. He’s back, this time to launch Fable House Ltd, a new production company Brody said has $50 million in development and production funding to make films for the Chinese and international marketplace. It also has a slate of pictures that starts with Manhattan Nocturne, a Brian DeCubellis-directed adaptation of the Colin Harrison novel that Brody will star in alongside Yvonne Strahovski and Campbell Scott. DeCubellis wrote the script, and he will produce with Brody and Scott. The film will shoot late fall, and will be sold here at Cannes by Paradigm for North America and 13 Films for international. In the project, which was first unveiled in Berlin, Brody will play a journalist asked by a seductive young woman to investigate the unsolved murder of her husband. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Unifrance has released the results of a study on image of French cinema across the world.
French film export agency Unifrance, which fetes its 65th anniversary this year, has released the results of a study on image of French cinema across the globe and the findings are surprising.
“French cinema is the second most exported cinema in the world after that of the Us,” said Unifrance president Jean-Paul Salomé.
According to the study the nations most fond of French cinema were Russia, Germany, the Us and Britain.
Interestingly, the French stars with the biggest international reputations belonged to an older generation.
In order, Gerard Depardieu came on top, followed by Jean Reno, Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Tautou as the best known French acting names internationally.
The best-known »
Allam plays disgraced poet Ted Wallace, who is summoned to his friend’s country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles.
- Leo Barraclough
So let’s get one thing straight: the stylistic tendencies of the jury president’s own work doesn’t make much of an impact in the grand scheme of things. Spielberg didn’t fall for Kore-eda’s treacly Like Father, Like Son last year; Burton awarded Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – perhaps the least commercial, most artsy-fartsy Palme d’Or winner ever – debunking predictions that the 2010 would land in the lap of a simpleton like (egad) Doug Liman or Alejandro González Iñárritu; while David Lynch’s jury, back in 2002, gave the top prize to Roman Polanski’s bland, decidedly not brooding or subconsciously terrifying Holocaust drama, The Pianist. Which is to say that the noise about women having an advantage this year (all two of them) because Jane Campion is the Jury president is just that: noise.
Recently, the Palme has gone to consensus »
- Blake Williams
It is occasionally hard to separate a piece of art from the alleged scruples of its creator. Many a Woody Allen fan has struggled with it for years now, and the new X-Men film now arrives under the fresh cloud of the accusations levied at Bryan Singer. It is inherently possible that these men (and many other artists who face illicit allegations for that matter) are completely innocent. Then again, they may not be. It’s the baggage that some will refuse to carry, and it’s the sort of baggage that’s been weighing down Roman Polanski films since the late 70s. It raises the longstanding debate of whether one should judge the art by the artist, or the artist by the art, and it’s not one I shall bore you with here – I’m here to talk about movies.
And it’s a testament to Venus in »
- Dominic Mill
Hanns and Rudolph
The story followed the young Jewish soldier who tracked down and arrested Auschwitz Kommandant Rudolf Hoss who was hiding on a farm in Northern Germany. [Source: Screen]
Andrea Arnold ("Wuthering Heights," "Fish Tank") has penned and will direct "American Honey" for Parts & Labor, Pulse Films, Man Down Pictures and Film4. Filming begins next summer in the United States.
The story follows a teenage girl who joins »
- Garth Franklin
UK and Us production outfit The Ink Factory has signed a deal for the film rights to Thomas Harding’s Second World War book Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz, about the young Jewish soldier who tracked down and arrested Nazi Rudolf Hoss.
Hanns and Rudolf, previously shortlisted for the biography section of the Costa prize, charts the twin lives from childhood of Rudolf Höss and Hanns Alexander, respectively the Kommandant »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
"Maleficent" week on Moviefone continues with this inside look, provided by Disney, at how the artists and designers behind the movie created the iconic villainess's style -- horns and all.
Bringing the evil Maleficent -- who first appeared in Disney's classic animated 1959 film "Sleeping Beauty" -- to life in this year's live-action "Maleficent" involved the acclaimed talents of Oscar(R)-winning actress Angelina Jolie and a team of artists and designers dedicated to create the villainess's uniquely wicked style.
Everyone familiar with Disney's classic "Sleeping Beauty" knows what the animated Maleficent looked like, so getting the look right for the live-action film was important to both director Robert Stromberg and Angelina Jolie. "Angelina was really passionate about not only who the character was, but what the character looked like," says Stromberg. "We worked together to come up with a character that wasn't that stereotype image but was close enough that »
- Moviefone Staff
Ever since the Cannes International Film Festival knocked down a few walls between itself and the West in 2001 with festival director Thierry Frémaux coming on board to liven up the Croisette with more of a Hollywood acceptance, the connection between the annual May event and the awards season has become more pronounced. Films like Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!," Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" and David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" all started their Oscar trajectories in the south of France, while others like Paul Greengrass' "United 93," Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Midnight in Paris" and Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" got high profile beginnings out of Competition. A coveted Palme d'Or win sometimes leads to a significant boost in the Oscar season, even if no recipient of the festival's »
- Kristopher Tapley
Undoubtedly one of the biggest -- and unique -- actors of his generation, Nicolas Cage got his start in 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" in a part so small if you blink you'd miss it. Then, after changing his name from Coppola to Cage, the actor's career took off and he's been a leading man ever since.
This week, Cage stars in David Gordon Green's "Joe," as a hot-tempered, but protective ex-con in a role that has critics raving about the actor's restrained performance. Whether or not you're a fan of the intense star, there's no denying he's a cinematic force to be reckoned with.
1. Born Nicolas Coppola, the actor chose Cage as his stage name to honor comic book superhero Luke Cage.
2. Inspired by Superman's birth name, »
- Moviefone Staff
• Chloë Grace Moretz (Carrie) is in final talks to star in The 5th Wave, based on Rick Yancey’s sci-fi Ya novel. In the story, 16-year-old Cassie is one of the last humans on earth after four devastating waves of alien attacks, and she’s determined to get her baby brother back. J. Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) is set to direct. According to the report, it’s another potential franchise for Sony. Moretz is also starring in the adaptation of Ya sensation If I Stay which hits theaters on Aug. 22. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
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