14 items from 2017
In The Fade review: Diane Kruger leads the cast of this German-language feature from director Fatih Akin, a film that is part-courtroom drama, part revenge-thriller, all set around a family tragedy, a bombing in central Hamburg.
In The Fade review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.
In The Fade review
The Family, Justice, and The Sea are the titles give to the three very distinct parts of this film, each of them kicking off with amateur video footage setting the scene. The first opens in what appears to be in a prison with one of the inmates dressed in a white tuxedo. This is Nuri (Numan Acar), a German-Turkish man who is about to marry his bride, Diane Kruger’s Katja, a tattooed hipster waiting for him in the visitor’s room. Fast-forward a couple of years’ post title card and we’re in the family home, the couple now with child, »
- Paul Heath
Churchill, the new drama directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man), looks at the actions of the British wartime prime minister in the days before the 1944 D-day landings, at a time when his uncertainty over invading Normandy clashed with the gung-ho spirit of his political opponents.
Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Braveheart, Troy) stars as Sir Winston Churchill and Golden Globe-winner Miranda Richardson plays his headstrong wife Clementine, while Mad Men’s John Slattery makes for a spiky General Eisenhower.
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- Guardian Staff
If you’re a buyer, the Cannes Film Festival isn’t where you go to catch a break. Including festival sidebars like Critics’ Week and Director’s Fortnight, there are more than 75 films at Cannes from all over the world — but when it comes to English-language movies, most are already spoken for.
Read More: The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch
Netflix took the rights to Noah Baumbach’s family drama “The Meyerowitz Stories,” while Amazon has both Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” and Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled.” A24 has never bought a completed film at Cannes, but the company is launching four titles at the fest, including Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and the Safdie brothers’ “Good Time.”
What’s left are mainly foreign-language films from some of the most respected indie auteurs in world. Most of these filmmakers are »
- Graham Winfrey
Mexico City Film Commission head to assume post on June 1.
Hugo Villa has been appointed director of the Los Cabos International Film Festival.
Villa is the current general-director of the Mexico City Film Commission and brings more than 30 years of experience in the industry as a producer, cinematographer, production advisor and government officer.
He will commence his new post on June 1 and replaces Alonso Aguilar Castillo, who served as festival director at the last four editions and is pursuing new opportunities.
Villa co-funded Hartos Indios, the Mexican company that produced documentaries, features and shorts and provided production services to Warner Bros, Sony, and Showtime.
Villa also served as director for production at the Mexican Film Institute Imcine.
“We are very pleased and thrilled that Hugo Villa will lead the Festival, as we consider »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Hugo Villa, a well-known and respected producer, line-producer and film commissioner, has been appointed director of Mexico’s Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, one of Latin America’s youngest and fastest-growing festivals.
Also well known from his eight years he spent at Mexican Film Institute (Imcine) over 2005 to 2013, where he created the Mexican Film Commission, Villa will take up his position on May 15, and attend the Cannes Festival with Alejandra Paulin, who remains Los Cabos general co-ordinator. Maru Garzon also continues as programming director. Villa replaces Alonso Aguilar Castillo, who served as Los Cabos director from its 2013 edition.
“We’re pleased and enthusiastic about Hugo Villa’s taking the reins of the Festival. We regard him as the ideal person, in collaboration with his team which continues at the festival, to favor the continuation of the film event which is now reenforced and has consolidated in the past five years »
- John Hopewell
Nina Sosanya (David Brent: Life on the Road, Love Actually), Katherine Kelly (The Night Manager, Happy Valley) and Trevor Eve (Death of a Farmer, Troy) round out the Season 5 cast of Cinemax and Sky’s reboot of Strike Back. They join previously announced new series stars Warren Brown as “Mac” McAllister, Daniel MacPherson as Samuel Wyatt, Roxanne McKee as Natalie Reynolds and Alin Sumarwata as Gracie Novin. Filming has begun on the new season — its sixth overall and fifth… »
Variety reports that Ang Lee might have lined up his next project, with the celebrated visual artist circling a script for an early project from Game Of Thrones co-showrunner David Benioff, titled Gemini Man.
Rather than the story of one of the trippier bosses from Mega Man 3, though, the script is a spy thriller, centered on an older assassin who discovers that his bosses have sent a younger clone of himself to kill him. Despite the sci-fi premise, the whole idea seems weirdly conventional for Lee, but it’s possible he’s just looking for some straightforward genre work after the resounding commercial flop of his last feature, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
Gemini Man has been in the works for several years now, from back when Benioff was just a journeyman scriptwriter eating off his work on films like Troy, 25th Hour, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and ...
- William Hughes
Scott McCall (as a human and as his wild werewolf self) and best bud Stiles have their very own Funko Pop! figures now. Collect whichever vinyl figure tickles your fancy this spring! Also in today's Highlights: Wesley Snipes reveals The Recall's release date at CinemaCon 2017, a look at the teaser trailer for Deep Shock, and the Tribeca Games Festival announcement.
Photos & Release Details for Funko's Teen Wolf Pop! Vinyls: From Funko: “Teen werewolf Scott McCall and his best friend Stiles are coming to Pop! vinyl!
Bitten the night before starting sophomore year of high school, Scott is now a True Alpha werewolf! Collect Scott in his human form, or as a werewolf!
Add them to your collection this spring!
Coming in May!”
- Tamika Jones
Entertainment Weekly has debuted three first look images for the upcoming biographical drama Churchill featuring Brian Cox as the legendary British wartime Prime Minister, Miranda Richardson as his wife Clementine, and John Slattery as future Us President, General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, the film follows Winston Churchill in the 48 hours leading up to D-Day; take a look below…
May 23rd, 1944: as tensions mount in the 48-hours preceding D-Day, the now-beleaguered Prime Minister Winston Churchill, played by Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, X-Men 2, Zodiac, War & Peace, Troy), must prepare a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army. With the entire War effort ultimately hinging on this decision, the stakes have never been higher. As the Wartime leader clashes with his generals, tension builds with the Americans, and Churchill must wrestle his inner-demons in order to navigate the Allies to victory.
- Amie Cranswick
Netflix has become a co-production partner on two of the BBC’s highest profile forthcoming dramas, Troy: Fall Of A City and Black Earth Rising.
The Crown financier Netflix revealed the partnerships at a major event in Berlin to highlight its investment in European production, where it also formally announced Tiger Aspect’s Jack Whitehall travelogue Travels With My Father.
Announced in September 2015, it is produced by Derek Wax’s new indie Wild Mercury in association with his former employer Kudos. Both companies are Endemol Shine Group owned.
More from Netflix’s Berlin event: Netflix reveals release date, first teaser »
One of the most lucrative and successful movie franchises in cinematic history, Batman prefigured the current superhero franchise craze and set the standard after Tim Burton’s 1989 picture established a succession of films which changed the long-held perception of Batman on screen as a camp throwback to his 1960’s colourful incarnation. As The Lego Batman Movie debuts, launching the Caped Crusader into a new animated dimension, it’s interesting to consider the numerous Batman projects that never made it out of development hell, because even though we’ve had the Christopher Nolan trilogy in recent years which sent the character into the stratosphere, it’s not always been plain sailing for the Dark Knight.
“But this film happened?!” a million voices all cried out in terror. Yes indeed, last year’s Dawn of Justice, part of the formative and troubled DC Extended Universe, »
- Tony Black
Last night over in Hollywood, the 2017 Screen Actors Guild awards were dished out. The awards were fairly spread out – Denzel Washington picked up the Male Actor award for Fences, while Emma Stone was awarded the Female Actor gong for La La Land. Mahershala Ali won Supporting Actor for Moonlight, while Viola Davis won Supporting Female Actor for Fences.
The Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture went to the cast of true story Hidden Figures, while Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series went to Netflix’s Stranger Things.
John Lithgow and Claire Foy picked up the two main awards in the drama TV lead categories for The Crown, while William H. Macy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus won in the comedy categories for Shameless and Veep. Bryan Cranston and Sarah Paulson bagged Best Lead Actors in a Limited Series for All The Way and American Crime Story »
- Paul Heath
While he’s not ageless like his onscreen persona Legolas in the Lord of the Rings franchise, Orlando Bloom’s hobbies certainly make it seem like he’s under the impression he’ll live forever.
The actor, who turns 40 on Jan. 13, has proved he knows how to turn any day into an adventure since opening his Instagram account to the public last year. Motocross racing, cliff jumping and motorcycling through India are just a few ways Bloom is still getting his adrenaline fix.
Bloom also recently paid tribute to the 15th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, posting a series of photos of him preparing for his role taken during the New Zealand production. There was archery, helicopter rides and catching some waves when the cameras weren’t rolling.
The actor talked about the cast’s time at the beach when he sat down with Et in 2001, where he explained the reasoning »
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Forty years ago, Wolfgang Petersen was a successful, 35-year-old TV director back in Germany, who had just made the heist film Vier gegen die Bank (Four Against the Bank), based on the novel The Nixon Recession Caper by Ralph Maloney. Petersen’s two Oscar nominations, for writing and directing his magnum opus, Das Boot, were still several years away, not to mention titles such as The Neverending Story; In the Line of Fire; the movie that launched the career of compatriot Diane Kruger, Troy; and two further films featuring boats in peril, the George Clooney vehicle The Perfect Storm and his last »
- Boyd van Hoeij
14 items from 2017
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