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"I come from the countryside and a very typical middle-class background," said Kruger.
"I really look up to my mother. She raised my brother and me alone. She’s the one who instilled such a strong work ethic in me.
"I think my role choices have been more inspired by my time in France. I was exposed to a lot of art and culture, and French cinema is really the reason I wanted to become an actress.
"I think television has always been great for women, but with movies, we still have a ways to go. Maybe I don’t have the same opportunities that other actresses have, but I think it’s such a rarity to find really good female- centered films.
"...in general, actors are pretty weird! In one of my first movies, »
- Michael Stevens
'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, “Why Venezia 72”? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney »
- Anna Robinson
The Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) has revealed the members of its three international juries - Venezia 72, Orizzonti (Horizons) and ‘Luigi De Laurentiis’ Venice Award for Best Debut Film.
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Winter Sleep;
Italian director Francesco Munzi, in competition at last year’s Venice with Black Souls, winner of nine David di Donatello awards from the Italian Academy;
Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice 1989 for A City of Sadness, and in competition at this year’s Cannes »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The performance of an actor playing a villainous role can sometimes be the most interesting part of the film. This is an in-depth look at some of those performances which were awarded with an Oscar.
To get a good character in film, you have to develop that character. The audience needs to see the world through their eyes in order to understand their perspective and motivations. This is especially true with villains, which are arguably more difficult to develop than a traditional protagonist. Often times villains are given the short end of the characterization stick in any given film, which makes sense. It’s not easy making an action that could hurt or harm other people seem logical, so many films don’t put much effort into it. The audience recognizes a villain when they see one, and they know he is bad because of his actions, no matter how questionable they may be. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Teuton actor-helmer Til Schweiger was fed up with with increasingly emboldened racists in Germany, who attacked what he thought would be his rather innocuous social-media appeal for people in Hamburg to donate clothing and toys for refugees pouring into the country this year. His expletive-filled response to the critics on social media sent shock waves across the country this week and turned him into a lightning rod on the issue dividing Germany.
The 51-year-old Schweiger told Variety that he had no regrets after becoming a target of wrath for the myriad Germans speaking out against the refugees, and said he wished more celebs and politicians in Germany would take a stand against the anti-refugee sentiment spreading in the country. Germany is trying to cope with the arrival of a record-breaking 450,000 refugees — more than twice as many as last year — fleeing war and violence in countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. »
- Erik Kirschbaum
Berlin — Citing the economic impact of international TV series such as “Homeland,” which is currently being shot in the German capital, Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller has announced a €1.5 million ($1.63 million) increase in the annual budget of film and TV subsidy organization Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg to some $37 million.
Speaking on the set of Showtime’s hit political thriller on Monday, Mueller said the city had set aside $3.27 million for the Medienboard’s 2016 and 2017 budgets. The surrounding state of Brandenburg has yet to announce a similar increase in its contribution to the subsidy board, which backs film and TV productions in both states.
With a reported production cost of around $45 million for the 12-episode season, “Homeland” is having a major impact on the local production industry. “That’s a massive economic factor,” said Mueller.
- Ed Meza
Neil Calloway looks at what Star Wars films Disney could make (but probably won’t)…
With Rogue One apparently well into production and The Force Awakens juggernaut rumbling on, it might seem like we’ve reached “Peak Star Wars”. Yesterday I saw a grown man wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Chewie, we’re home”. When people are quoting a film they can’t possibly have seen you know you have a phenomenon on your hands. Guillermo del Toro suggested a Godfather style movie about Jabba The Hutt, which seems like a movie too far, but why stop there? There are countless movies to set in the Star Wars Universe. Or should that be Star Wars Galaxy? Here are just a few…
- Neil Calloway
Fast-talking auteur Quentin Tarantino opened his panel at Comic-Con’s Hall H with a behind-the-scenes look at his upcoming Western, The Hateful Eight. Introduced by Samuel L. Jackson, who sent his regrets for not making it to the Con this year, the featurette took us into Tarantino’s mindset as he approached his latest film.
With the director and nearly all of the Hateful Eight – Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demian Bachir, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, and Bruce Dern – on the Hall H stage, we got the inside scoop on what to expect when the Western shoots its way into theatres on Christmas Day.
Check out what we learned at The Hateful Eight panel:
Tarantino got over the early script leak of his first draft of the screenplay. When the script first leaked last year, the director vowed that he wouldn’t continue with the production. Luckily for us, »
- Rachel West
Ant-man hits theaters on Friday, and with its release marks the kick-off for Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Depending on how big of a fan you are, this news will come as either exciting, or painfully boring. A surprise appearance by Agent Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in Iron Man‘s credits enthralled millions of filmgoers and teased a project geeks only dreamed about. Two box-office-record-breaking Avenger films later and the shared universe has proven itself an unparalleled success in terms of commercial filmmaking, but after the long wait to see Tony, Cap, Thor, and Hulk take on Thanos is realized, the streak of Marvel characters met with open arms and another $100 million weekend may be coming to an end.
12 movies in, and Thanos, the big baddie the movies have been building toward, still has no Infinity Stones (it goes without saying he isn’t very good at this »
- Colin Biggs
Exclusive: The Paz brothers are eyeing their first European production, titled Plan A.
Yoav and Doron Paz, the directing duo whose apocalyptic horror film JeruZalem had a work-in-progress screening at Jerusalem Film Festival (July 9-19) on Friday, are planning their first European production.
The film, which has a completed script and is titled Plan A, will be a historical thriller based on the Nakam, the Jewish revenge squad that targeted Nazi war criminals at the end of the Second World War; it promises to tell the real story behind Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film Inglourious Basterds.
“It’s an amazing true story that not a lot of people in Israel know about,” said Yoav Paz. “It’s about Jews after the Second World War who, after going through the Holocaust, through hell, decide they can’t go on with their lives as if nothing happened and decide to take justice into their own hands.”
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Quentin Tarantino revealed that composer Ennio Morricone would provide the score for the director's upcoming Western The Hateful Eight during that film's Comic-Con panel in San Diego. With The Hateful Eight, Morricone is returning to the Spaghetti Western genre for the first time in four decades. The Italian composer previously provided the legendary scores for classic Westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and My Name is Nobody.
For over a dozen years now – and for five (going on six) consecutive »
Ennio Morricone will officially score Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming western movie The Hateful Eight. Tarantino has, of course, used Morricone’s music in his films before, but his contribution to The Hateful Eight will be his first full, original score for Tarantino, and his first for a western in over 40 years.
Tarantino made the announcement following previewing seven minutes of footage from the movie in the 6,500 capacity Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con.
I want to make one announcement that people don’t know yet. It wasn’t for sure, but we just settled it. You guys know that I don’t use an original score in my movies, I kinda take scores from other movies and put ‘em in there. This one, I thought should have an original score. So I’m here to announce that »
- Paul Heath
Quentin Tarantino had just dropped the first-ever-seen seven minutes of his Western “The Hateful Eight” on audiences at San Diego Comic-Con. The movie is a Western, but also a chamber drama of sorts, revolving around eight rough and tumble men and women stuck in a haberdashery during a Colorado snowstorm. There are bounty hunters, ex-Confederate soldiers, prisoners, everyone has an agenda, and no one can be trusted. Shot in 70Mm, audiences in San Diego were wowed by the footage, but perhaps more interestingly, the director revealed some heretofore unknown details. Tarantino says legendary film composer Ennio Morricone is going to score the wintry western. And while that’s exciting news, we should caution, Morricone was supposed to write original music for “Inglourious Basterds” and that never happened. Then, during “Django Unchained,” Morricone put Tarantino’s slavery epic on blast and skewered the director for the cartoonish violence in his film. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Oscar-nominated composer Ennio Morricone will be doing an original score for Quentin Tarantino’s new movie The Hateful Eight, Tarantino said today during the film’s panel at Comic-Con. It will be the first Western score for the prolific Morricone in 40 years and reunites the two after some harsh words were apparently smoothed over after their collaboration on Django Unchained. The two previously worked together on Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies and Inglourious Basterds, but… »
“Keeping America Safe” is the tagline for Homeland‘s first Season 5 trailer — but who’s looking out for Carrie Mathison’s well-being?
RelatedHomeland: Carrie’s Got a New Boyfriend, and More Season 5 Castings
Claire Danes’ alter ego gets attacked from behind in the dark, (possibly) abducted in broad daylight and insulted by her mentor Saul Berenson all in the course of the 30-second teaser.
Heck, all the woman wants to do is “good work”! (Thankfully, it looks like old crush Peter Quinn will be at least tangentially involved in that pursuit.)
PhotosEmmys 2015: Lead Actress in a Drama Series — Our 6 Dream Nominees! »
The original Marvel Comics' 'Zemo' was one of the top scientists in the Third Reich, creating weapons of mass destruction...
... including a large-scale death ray cannon, a disintegration pistol and androids of considerable strength and invulnerability, resulting in Zemo becoming one of the most reviled figures throughout Europe.
In an attempt to regain a level of anonymity, Zemo began wearing a reddish-pink hood over his face as he continued to build weapons.
His scientific breakthroughs also included 'Adhesive X', which after a confrontation with Captain America, bonded to his face, quickly seeping inside and permanently attaching the hood to his flesh, preventing Zemo from ever removing his hood.
His sons and direct descendants also picked up the name of 'Zemo' as »
- Michael Stevens
Mélanie Laurent's "Breathe" charts the jealousy, secrets, obsession and la douleur exquise involving two teenage friends. Opening September 11 in New York and September 18 in Los Angeles, the drama stars Joséphine Japy as Charlie, a bored 17-year-old who meets hip new transfer student Sarah (Lou De Laâge), a wild child who brings excitement into Charlie's dull life. But shared secrets, romantic longings and holiday getaways take their relationship to a dangerous and deeper level. Laurent has been acclaimed for her performances in "Inglourious Basterds," "Beginners," "Enemy" and will soon be seen in Angelina Jolie's "By the Sea" opposite Jolie and Brad Pitt. She is also working on a documentary on the environment titled "Demain." "Breathe," her second feature after 2011's "The Adopted," played Critics' Week at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
"I feel like I don't know you at all anymore." Film Movement has debuted an official Us trailer for the film directed by Mélanie Laurent, Breathe, also known as Respire, a drama about two young friends. Starring Joséphine Japy and Lou de Laâge, this received rave reviews out of the Cannes Film Festival and looks to be very beautiful, very intimate, yet powerful coming-of-age drama. Laurent, best known as an actress from Now You See Me or Inglourious Basterds, is only directing here and seems to be doing an exceptional job. I'm very curious to see this when it hits Us theaters this fall. See the trailer with English subtitles below. Here's the official Us trailer for Mélanie Laurent's Breathe, from Film Movement's YouTube: Synopsis: Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is 17 years old. She at that age where life is all about hanging out with friends, emotions, convictions, passions. Sarah »
- Alex Billington
Producer of some of the highest-profile films coming out of Israel – “A Borrowed Identity,” “Big Bad Wolves,” “A Matter of Size” Israel’s United Channels Movies (Ucm) has just completed “Atomic Falafel,” A madcap comedy about a serious issue, a preemptive Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, it is directed by Dror Shaul whose semi-autobiographical kibbutz-set debut, “Sweet Mud,” won a 2007 Sundance World Cinema Jury Prize.
Starring Germany’s Alexander Fehling (“Inglourious Basterds”), and a potential late summer/fall fest candidate, “Atomic” is co-produced by New Zealand’s General Film Corporation and Germany’s Arden Film, Getaway Pictures and Jooyaa Film.
Also written by Shaul, “Atomic Falafel” turns on two girls from nuclear towns in Israel and Iran who leak state secrets to thwart an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear plant. Doing so, it posits a Middle East where a young, Internet-connected generation, in order to be on the same wavelength, »
- John Hopewell
Christian Friedel's Everyman Elser in 13 MinutesThe Berlinale would not be the Berlinale without its annual Nazifilm in competition, and last year’s WWII melodrama, The Monuments Men, was yet another testimony to the genre’s narrative fatigue: The GIs having had already cinematically liberated the Jews, the Gypsys, the Homosexuals, Europe, the World and even the Germans from themselves, are filmed fighting to save one final victim—European Art (bypassing the slightly uncomfortable and paradoxical snag that what they were laboring to save were the artifacts of same European civilization which birthed the eugenics, nationalism, and fascism that were the pillars of Nazi ideology).This year’s Nazi drama, 13 Minutes, was no less wearied. Based on Johann Georg Elser’s failed assassination attempt of Hitler and the German high command in 1939 at the very same Munich beer hall where Hitler’s putsch had failed 16 years earlier, 13 Minutes mythologizes Elser »
- Yaron Dahan
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