10 items from 2014
With each new piece of news we get Iifa in Tampa this year just gets more exciting! In our interview, Iifa and Wizcraft Director Andre Timmins teased us with the news that some big name Hollywood names would be coming to Iifa and now we have the scoop! Renowned actor, Kevin Spacey will be leading an acting workshop during the 15th Videocon D2H Iifa Weekend. How cool is that! Joining him will be the fabulous Vidya Balan.
Andre Timmins, Director – Wizcraft International & Iifa said, “Iifa has always been viewed as a platform to bridge the gap between the Indian film industry and the international audience. It has been our dream to be able to do this with the participation of Hollywood artists being featured within our events and this year as we debut in America we are proud to have achieved this with a masterclass that celebrates accomplished actors »
- Stacey Yount
“Please look after this Bear. Thank You.” For those of us who grew up reading the Paddington Books, get ready for the little bear to make his debut on the big screen.
Set for Oscar Season 2014 and a December release date, here’s the first teaser for the forthcoming family adventure Paddington.
The first ever live action film inspired by Bond’s best-selling books, will star BAFTA Award- nominee Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Iris, Notting hill) as Mr Brown, Academy Award-winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man, Bridget Jones’s Diary) as the voice of Paddington Bear and Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Rabbit Hole, Moulin Rouge) as the evil taxidermist determined to wreak her revenge. The cast are joined »
- Michelle McCue
If you watched the Oscars Sunday night, you may have wondered what that movie was, nominated in two categories – Best Costume, and Best Cinematography – that you hadn’t heard of..…The Grandmaster. It won neither award but you’ll have the chance to catch up with this Chinese martial arts epic when it gets a Blu-ray release March 4th.
The Grandmaster is the story of Ip Man, the Wing Chun martial-arts legend who trained Bruce Lee, and it was directed by the acclaimed Wong Kar-wai. There has never been a more visually stunning kung fu movie than The Grandmaster. It’s a true feast for the eyes with its rigorously choreographed fight scenes captured in slow motion and bathed in golden light, in silvery curtains of rain, and snow-swept landscapes. The porcelain-like faces of the women, palatial brothels, bustling saloons, forests and shoreline are rendered like paintings. Then there are the martial arts. »
- Tom Stockman
Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider-Man") is in negotiations and Daniel Bruhl ("Rush") is in talks to star alongside Helen Mirren in Simon Curtis' "The Woman In Gold" at The Weinstein Company, Origin Pictures and BBC Films.
Mirren plays Maria Altmann, a woman who joined forces with lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Garfield) to take legal action against the Austrian government to recover art works that once belonged to her family but were stolen by the Nazis.
One of the paintings was Gustav Klimt's The Lady In Gold, a portait of Altmann's aunt. Bruhl would play an Austrian official.
Source: The Daily Mail »
- Garth Franklin
Recovering art pilfered by Nazis is trending on the big screen. The Weinstein Company is on board period drama "The Woman in Gold"; the film is set to star Helen Mirren as Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who, along with her young lawyer, went head-to-head with the Austrian government in order to take back a series of Gustav Klimt paintings that had been stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. One of these paintings inspires the film's title: Klimt's "The Lady in Gold," which is worth over $130 million. Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn") will helm, and playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell ("Bracken Moor") has penned the script. The production is eyeing a start later this year. TWC is handling international sales (with sights set on Cannes) and Us distribution. »
- Beth Hanna
The cast for the forthcoming stage production of Shakespeare in Love has been announced.
It was announced in November last year that Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions had plans to put the Oscar-winning film on the West End, with Tony-winner Lee Hall adapting the movie for the stage.
Shakespeare in Love tells the story of a promising young playwright, Will Shakespeare, who is tormented by writer's block until he finds his muse in the form of Viola de Lesseps. Their forbidden love draws many others, including Queen Elizabeth, into the drama and inspires Will to create the greatest love story ever written.
The actors playing the star-crossed lovers will be joined by a company of over 30 actors and musicians and will be directed by Declan Donnellan. More of the cast are expected to be announced soon. »
Gaumont is launching sales on high concept comedy Coming In[pictured] about a gay man who wakes up in bed with a sexy blonde Swede on the eve of his wedding to his long-term partner.
Starring Pio Marmai and Franck Gastambide, the Paris-set picture is the second film for directorial duo Noémie Saglio and Maxime Govare after comedy Les Voies Impenetrables about a group of nuns trying to save their convent from bankruptcy.
Deputy head of sales Yohann Comte describes the picture as a Working Title-style comedy with a twist revolving around the idea that you do not chose who you are or whom you fall in love with.
Shot in Paris last autumn it will be ready for delivery in the second half of 2014.
Gaumont will also unveil Fred Grivois’ thriller Through The Air (La Résistance de L’Air »
French director Olivier Dahan’s Grace Of Monaco will open the Cannes Film Festival. It will have its world premiere Wednesday, May 14, 2014, and will screen in Official Selection – out of competition category.
This comes on the heels that Us distributor the Weinstein Company would be moving the film from their 2014 slate due to a conflict between Harvey Weinstein and Dahan over final cut. Gaumont, which is distributing the film in France, recently changed the release date from January 29 to March 19, 2014. All the various moves makes sense today due to the announcement from Cannes.
The opening ceremony will be broadcast to participating cinemas, with the cooperation of France’s Canal Plus.
Click here to read the official Cannes press release. »
- Michelle McCue
The film’s premiere will be on May 14, in official selection, out of competition. It will be released theatrically by Gaumont in France and in several over world cities that day. The opening ceremony will be broadcast to participating cinemas with the cooperation of Canal+.
Kidman plays Grace Kelly and Tim Roth plays Prince Rainier III. The biopic is set in the time of Princess Grace’s life when she gets married and then is invited back to Hollywood to star in Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie. The cast also inclues Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Jeanne Balibar, Derek Jacobi and Paz Vega.
Producers are Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Uday Chopra and screenwriter Arash Amel, one of the inaugural 2013 Stars of Tomorrow: Brits In La honourees. The film is a Stone Angels and Yrf Entertainment production. Co-production by TF1 Films »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
On stage during the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the big winners were the ensemble casts of American Hustle, Modern Family, and Breaking Bad. But backstage at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium, the stars opened up in ways they didn’t at the podium.
Supporting actor winner Jared Leto, who continued his awards-show momentum with another win for his supporting role in Dallas Buyers Club, thanked his mother (and date for the evening) for always encouraging him to pursue his creative dreams. To prepare to play the transgender woman Rayon, Leto said he sought out transgender people as mentors to help »
- Jake Perlman
10 items from 2014
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