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Only in the real world do humans possess free will, whereas any film about the nature of belief effectively requires the director to play God, forcing them to answer the very questions they often set out to raise. Despite this paradox, in the history of cinema, there have been many great films about Christian faith — though not nearly enough: Carl Theodor Dreyer’s “Ordet,” Robert Bresson’s “The Diary of a Country Priest,” Jean-Pierre Melville’s “Léon Morin, Priest.” Now, add to that Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” which marks the culmination of a nearly 30-year journey to adapt Japanese novelist Shūsaku Endō’s tale of a 17th-century Jesuit missionary faced with the dilemma of whether to apostatize.
And yet, judged in broadly cinematic terms, “Silence” is not a great movie, despite having been directed by one of the medium’s greatest masters at a point of great maturity (this is »
- Peter Debruge
Buenos Aires — Chile’s Jirafa Films and Ingmar Trost’s Cologne-based Sutor Kolonko are teaming on two co-productions: “Vaterland,” to be co-directed by Francisco Hervé and Tom Schreiber and starring August Diehl (“Inglourious Basterds”), the lead in Terrence Malick’s upcoming “Radegund”; and “The Best We Can,” a bittersweet dramedy to be shot in Czech in the Czech Republic by Chilean Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Alejandro Fernandez Almendras (“To Kill a Man”).
Co-written and co-directed by directors from the producing partners’ countries, and co-developed by Jirafa and Sutor, “Vaterland” is an attempt to construct a true co-production, said Jirafa’s Augusto Matte. It also continues Jirafa’s drive into Europe-based film alliances which offset risk and sole dependency on Chilean state-funding. That is making a virtue out off necessity, as Chile, like other countries in Latin America, suffers a growth paradox. The more state funding stimulates production levels, the »
- John Hopewell
Protagonist Pictures to sell London-set family drama by actress-writer-director Delpy.
My Zoe is the story of Isabelle, played by Delpy, a geneticist recovering from a toxic marriage while raising her daughter Zoe with her ex-husband. When tragedy strikes the whole family, Isabelle must take matters into her own hands.
Brühl and Arterton star as a Moscow couple to which Isabelle turns for help. The role of her ex-husband is currently being cast.
“I started thinking and taking notes about this film over 20 years ago. It first came to my mind discussing with [director Krzysztof] Kieslowski about parenting, love and fate,” said Delpy. “The film is about the unconditional love you feel as a parent. It was »
Oscar-nominated writer, filmmaker and actress Julie Delpy has written and will direct and star in “My Zoe,” which will shoot in the U.K. next spring. Delpy is joined in the cast by Daniel Brühl and Gemma Arterton.
Gabrielle Tana, Oscar nominated for “Philomena,” is producing the London-set movie for Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Films, while Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales on the film. Protagonist will present the project to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin in February. Hubert Caillard and Dominique Boutonnat of France’s Electrik Films will co-produce.
“‘My Zoe’ is the fascinating and confrontational story about the lengths to which a mother’s love goes for her child,” according to a statement from Protagonist. “Delpy plays Isabelle, a geneticist recovering from a toxic marriage and raising her daughter Zoe in conjunction with her ex-husband. Zoe means everything to her mother, but when tragedy strikes the fractured family, »
- Leo Barraclough
The mysterious Man in the High Castle is finally showing his face.
Root’s character — who is tied to the Resistance movement in an Axis-controlled America — collects enigmatic films that seem to depict alternate versions of reality, as seen in the following sneak peek:
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TNT’s upcoming Gilded Age crime drama “The Alienist” has enlisted Luke Evans (“The Hobbit,” Disney’s live action “Beauty and the Beast”) and Daniel Brühl (“Inglourious Basterds”) in its lead roles, Variety has learned.
Brühl will play the titular alienist — a doctor who studies deviant behaviors — Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, whose efforts to understand what turns a man into a murderer may help shed some light on his own trauma. Evans will play John Moore, a melancholy illustrator for the New York Times who finds himself dragged into his friend Laszlo’s work. Set in 1896 New York, Laszlo and John are enlisted by newly appointed NYPD commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to investigate a series of murders of boy prostitutes. A crew of other social outcasts, including Roosevelt’s female secretary, join Laszlo and John to help catch one of New York’s first serial killers.
Aside from “Inglourious Basterds,” Brühl is mostly known Stateside for his roles in »
- Oriana Schwindt
I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday, and that your conversations with your friends and family were both peaceful and joyous. In my experience, the tryptophan in the turkey makes everyone so sleepy that noisy arguments require too much energy.
Today, Black Friday, is the official start of the holiday shopping season. With luck you are still enjoying the warm glow of gratitude from yesterday’s holiday, and we can use these emotions to consider your holiday shopping list.
I, for one, am grateful to live in a country that defends freedom of speech. Even hate speech. I don’t like neo-Nazis or what they say (and for even more video, check out this link). However, we know who a bunch of these people are now, and we can defend ourselves https://www.splcenter.org.
You know another great thing about Nazis? They make excellent bad guys. A book »
- Martha Thomases
Casting directors have a strange distinction in the awards world: Their guild has an Academy branch, but it’s the only one without its own Oscar category. Imagine for a moment that they did. What are the best-cast films of 2016?
IndieWire asked 13 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. There were a few restrictions worth noting. Although casting directors often get early sneak peeks at films, many noted there are some films they still hadn’t seen. In particular, many are anxious to find out what legendary casting director Ellen Lewis has cooked up for Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” The other restriction, which was imposed as responses came in: They couldn’t all write about “Moonlight.” (We’ll dig further into the casting of that film in another article.)
Read More: Casting Directors and the Academy: Why Lynn Stalmaster’s Honorary Oscar Matters »
- Chris O'Falt
Last weekend was the lowest-grossing pre-Thanksgiving Top Ten since 2007, and exhibitors are again looking to Disney to lead a rebound. “Moana,” its latest in-house animated feature, will easily top three other new wide releases. If it lives up to its potential, it might do well enough to push box office to last year’s totals.
Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” though hitting low-end expectations with a $74 million initial weekend, didn’t rise to the level of past new films from the “Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” franchises, all released on the same date. That led to a Top Ten total of $147 million over the weekend, 10 percent below 2015.
“Moana” and the other films debuting Wednesday (“Allied”/Paramount, “Bad Santa 2″/Broad Green, “Rules Don’t Apply”/20th Century Fox) will have to defy history to equal or exceed last year’s three-day total of $168 million — especially »
- Tom Brueggemann
What a handsome empty shell of a movie Allied is. Despite the star power of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard – and the rumors swirling about them off camera – their scenes together fail to ignite even a glimmer of a spark. And for a movie that dearly wishes to evoke the classic chemistry of Bogie and Bergman in Casablanca, that's not a good thing. Director Robert Zemeckis gets in some action – Allied is set during World War II and Pitt and Cotillard are cast as assassins – but romantically, the film is dour and bloodless. »
Allied is not a subtle film, clear from the minute its title dissolves away, letting the word “Lie” linger just long enough for you to audibly laugh. However, if you’re turning to Robert Zemeckis for subtlety you’ve made a horrible error. The film is a sweeping, glossy tryst between Casablanca and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Though not as eminently delightful as the former (though just as glamorous), but as reliably digestible as the latter, it serves to engross and satisfy, achieving both without breaking a sweat.
Against a very faux, but beautiful backdrop of North Africa in 1942, the film places Brad Pitt’s Max Vatan and Marion Cotillard’s Marianne Beauséjour in the heart of Casablanca, girding themselves for a likely suicide mission. Their chemistry is immediately palpable, and with tension mounting, the two fall in love against their best instincts in tradecraft. Here, Steven Knight’s tightly wrought »
- The Film Stage
Brad's been here before. Seven years ago, a moustachioed Pitt led a ragtag band into a Nazi-killing scheme of gleeful brutality in Inglourious Basterds. Five years later, we met up Pitt, sans facial hair, in the bowels of a tank, dirty, tumbled, moral and muffled in Fury. Another two years on and it's barely a beat after Remembrance Day with Allied. For Pitt, this visit to 1940s Europe comes in much different circumstances. Again he's slaying Nazis, whilst swastikas litter the screen, but the similarities end somewhere around here.
We first meet Max Vatan parachuting into German-controlled Morocco, trudging across Tatooine-y vistas. Vatan, a sepia-toned spy, has been dropped behind enemy lines, tasked to meet up with deep-cover agent, Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard), and assassinate the Nazi ambassador. Beausejour relishes in her fictional cover, schmoozing »
Dialect coach Erik Singer analyzed the accents of some of Hollywood’s biggest names and explained how accurate they really were in a new video for Wired.
Singer first looks at Brad Pitt’s role of Lt. Aldo Raine in “Inglourious Basterds” and explains what makes a good Southern accent. After listening to the actor, Singer states that Pitt doesn’t really hit key words that he’s supposed to.
“Smith doesn’t seem to be going for Omalu’s voice so much as a kind of generalized Nigerian or African accent,” he adds.
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With two actors down who haven’t perfected their role, »
- Liz Calvario
Movie history was on full display at Wednesday’s world premiere of Paramount’s World War II thriller “Allied” at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.
In a post-screening Q&A, Brad Pitt told the audience that he’s been drawn to the period — via “Inglourious Basterds,” “Fury” and now “Allied” — due to compelling stories, adding, “I don’t have a fetish for World War II.”
Zemeckis admitted that much of his shooting drew upon his extensive experience in visual effects, such as the use of a single plane for Pitt’s flying scenes. Pitt evoked major laughs when he quipped, “I fly pretty well, don’t I?”
Asked about the challenge of making his Canadian character speak French with a Parisian accent, »
- Dave McNary
Brad Pitt will go back to World War II with the major studio thriller Allied, set for release by Paramount Pictures on November 23; he last visited the war two years ago, as a battered tank commander in Sony’s Fury, and had been there in 2009, with Inglourious Basterds for the Universal Pictures and The Weinstein Company. But Lou Baczewski, a former teacher, turned contractor, and now an aspiring filmmaker, hasn’t looked away since first hearing of his namesake… »
It may only be Tuesday, but when a throwback video is this good, how is anyone supposed to wait two whole days to post it? While we may now know Diane Kruger as an actress with a long list of blockbusters under her belt, an extremely enviable red carpet wardrobe, and one of the greatest Hollywood romances of the twenty-first century, before all that she was a model walking the runways and holding her own with some of the greatest supermodels of the ’90s. And if you need any further proof of that fact, Kruger just shared an old video »
- Emily Kirkpatrick
Speaking at San Diego’s Creativity Conference yesterday, Quentin Tarantino reaffirmed his longstanding claim that he will retire after his tenth film. Variety quoted the director as saying, “Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, ‘Match that shit!’” For those keeping score at home, Tarantino has directed eight feature films thus far—Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and last year’s The Hateful Eight. For Tarantino’s purposes, Kill Bill counts as one film, despite being released as two; Death Proof counts as one despite being part of Grindhouse’s double-feature; and the director’s segment of Four Rooms counts not at all, which few critics or fans would dispute.
Tarantino talked about his enjoyment of the filmmaking process, and the benefits of both writing and directing material, saying, “There’s this incredible satisfaction for me to think back, to usually only »
- Mike Vago
Quentin Tarantino has announced that he's retiring -- eventually.
The Hateful Eight director once again pledged that he's only going to direct two more films – rounding his career feature total out at 10 -- and then he's quitting filmmaking for good.
"Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, 'Match that s**t,'" Tarantino told a cheering crowd during a Q&A at the Adobe Max creativity conference at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday.
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Tarantino – who's currently working on the script for his next feature film, which will reportedly be a crime drama set in 1930s Australia -- opened up during the interview about how he defines success when it comes to his own career.
"Hopefully, the way I define success when I finish my career is that I'm considered one of the greatest filmmakers that ever lived," Tarantino said. "And, going »
The fact that all of Quentin Tarantino’s films exist in the same universe is hardly news; the director himself confirmed this long-standing fan theory earlier this year. That said, a recent video exploring the interconnectedness of Qt’s filmography definitely warrants attention. Assembled by Luís Azevedo of Beyond the Frame, this compilation of various easter eggs that bridge titles as seemingly distant as Inglourious Basterds and The Hateful Eight is impressively meticulous. Indeed, many of Azevedo’s observations will probably surprise even the most ardent Tarantino buffs, while casual fans will find the video to be a treasure trove of revelations. From the relatively well-known tidbit that Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 are the films that other Tarantino characters watch to the more obscure factoid that the ill-fated cop from Reservoir Dogs is related to a policeman briefly mentioned in Natural Born Killers (for which Tarantino wrote the story), Azevedo »
- The Film Stage
‘Sausage Party’ (Courtesy: Sony Pictures Entertainment)
By: Carson Blackwelder
The Hollywood Reporter
Believe it or not, Sausage Party is getting a big Oscars push thanks to Sony.
The naughty R-rated animated film—which was written by and stars Seth Rogen, among others—was both a critical hit (currently sitting at 83% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and commercial success (earning more than $135 million worldwide, per Box Office Mojo) this summer and now it’s getting a campaign, as reported by our very own Scott Feinberg for The Hollywood Reporter, to help it compete in the 89th Academy Awards next February.
If you think this move is crazy, let us remind you about some of the off-the-wall things that have happened in the 21st century alone that will make it sound totally normal.
Who would have guessed that—in 2009—there would be someone nominated for an Oscar who played a character in blackface. »
- Carson Blackwelder
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