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Producer Prashita Chaudhary is making her presence felt in world cinema even as 100 years of Indian cinema gets celebrated at Cannes this year. She is one of the producers on Ari Folman’s film Congress which opened the Directors’ Fortnight section at the premier film festival on 16.05.2013. The film stars Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs), Robin Wright (Moneyball) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways) among others. “It is my first working relationship with India in a manner. It is rare to find people who share the same passion on the film as the director” said Folman about his Indian producer.
Prashita’s production house Cinemorphic has been doing groundbreaking work, picking projects that celebrate cinema at its purest. Besides Congress, Prashita is behind films like Oscar winning director, Danis Tanovic’s next with Emraan Hashmi. “The selection of Congress in Cannes this year is a terrific and timely validation that Cinemorphic is on the right track, »
- Press Releases
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Seeing as Marvel has pretty much dominated the headlines these past few weeks (well, months actually), we'll start things off this week with the year's next superhero offering Man of Steel. With less than a month to go until its eagerly-anticipated release a full-on marketing blitz is imminent, and this past week saw Warner Bros. debuting three new posters, two TV spots, two new »
- Flickering Myth
Their creations are towering achievements in genre entertainment, and on June 26 the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films will recognize the continually influential work of Richard Matheson, William Friedkin, and Vince Gilligan at the Saturn Awards.
From the Press Release
This year’s Saturn Awards ceremony will be hosted by actress Virginia Madsen, who won a Saturn Award as Best Actress for her performance in 1992’s Candyman and received an Oscar® nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for 2004’s Sideways. Matheson, Friedkin, and Gilligan are all expected to attend the Saturn Awards ceremony at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, California.
“The recipients of this year’s special Saturn Awards have influenced generations of fans – not to mention other creative minds – and their accomplishments truly rank among the great contributions to science fiction, fantasy, and horror,” said Academy President Robert Holguin. “They have provoked our thoughts, invaded our dreams, »
- Uncle Creepy
There are many films to be excited about at this year's Cannes Film Festival - the Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis, Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring and many more - but there's one that will stand out for many: Alexander Payne's latest, Nebraska.Like The Descendants (and many of Payne's other films), it involves family trouble. And like About Schmidt (and many of his other films), it involves a road trip, which places Nebraska firmly in the Payne wheelhouse. Based on a script by Bob Nelson, it was originally pitched to Payne while About Schmidt was in production, but knowing that his next film would be another road trip, Sideways, he decided to hold out on making it until after The Descendants.The plot sees Will Forte's David agreeing to go on a trip with his alcoholic aging father Woody (Bruce Dern »
Over the weekend director Marc Webb gave us our first look at Paul Giamatti (Sideways) as Aleksei Sytsevich - a.k.a. The Rhino - in The Amazing Spider-Man 2; after filming a chase sequence with Andrew Garfield's wall-crawler atop Rhino's truck, we now have a new batch of set photos courtesy of Fan-Girl, which presumably shows the conclusion of the truck chase and the big showdown between superhero and supervillain. It doesn't end too well for poor Rhino, and by the looks of these set photos, you could argue it might not end too well for audiences either...
And yes, those are little rhinos on Rhino's boxers...
"For Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the »
- Flickering Myth
Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival As you read this I am just about to land in New York, before hopping on a plane to Nice as I make my way to the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, something I would not have been able to do had it not been for the generous contributions from the RopeofSilicon readers. It's almost impossible to tell you how much more energized I am to cover this year's festival due to the help from the readers and I have to say, it's quite a line-up I'll be reviewing for you this year, which brings us to the following list. If you haven't yet had a look at this year's line-up I have the complete list right here where you'll find the list of 20 films competing for this year's Palme d'Or, the films selected for the Un Certain Regard, those playing Out of Competition, »
- Brad Brevet
Representing both a lifelong “dream role” for the actor and yet another chance to make Sideways jokes for the audience, here’s Paul Giamatti as The Rhino in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man: 2 Many Villains, 2 Little Time Because There Are Also 2 To 3 Love Interests. Director Marc Webb tweeted out the above photo over the weekend, confirming he’s faithfully transposed the Eastern European thug to the big screen by giving Giamatti tattoos and a tracksuit, and then perhaps later he’ll get all that super-powered rhinoceros stuff. "If anyone orders Merlot, I'm hitting them with a »
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Marvel's Iron Man 3 continues to dominate at the global box office, with the Shane Black-directed solo sequel having amassed over $800 million by close of play on Friday and is assured of becoming only the third superhero movie to pass $1 billion at the global box office. Having debuted with the second biggest domestic opening of all time, Iron Man 3 is expected to fend off competition »
- Flickering Myth
Behold Aleksei Sytsevich– a.k.a. The Rhino.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb tweeted this first image of Paul Giamatti as the thick-skinned villain, although it is obviously before the character is fitted with his ramming horn and armor that is surgically grafted to his radiation-enhanced body.
The Rhino is one of two — or possibly three — villains Andrew Garfield’s webslinger will face when the movie opens a year from now. He’ll also be contending with Jamie Foxx as Electro, a power line worker who suffers and accident that allows him to harness electricity at will. Dane Dehaan »
- Anthony Breznican
If you thought Tobey Maguire's Spidey had it tough in the third instalment of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy going up against the Sandman (Thomas Hayden Church) and Venom (Topher Grace), then Andrew Garfield's wall-crawler looks set to face an even bigger challenge in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
We already know that Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways) are set to tangle with the web-slinger as Electro and Rhino, while Chris Cooper (American Beauty) will portray Norman Osborn. Throw into that the possibility of an evil Harry Osborn (Dane DeHann) and rumours that Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) will portray Black Cat, and the Marc Webb-directed sequel appears to be setting itself up for a supervillain overload. Not so according to screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness), who offered up a few words on the growing roster of villains in the second »
- Flickering Myth
Take your first look at what is sure to be an Oscar contender later this season, or at least an acclaimed indie sensation. The first officially released photo from Oscar winning writer/director Alexander Payne's new film Nebraska has debuted via USA Today, with a few quotes. "I had been sitting on this Nebraska script even when I did Sideways," Payne said. "But I didn't want to go back to a road-trip movie right after that. I was really tired of shooting people in cars... after Descendants, I came back to this story." The B&W film stars Bruce Dern and Will Forte, seen in the photo, as father and son "road-trippers". As for the B&W choice? Payne simply explains: "I think it's cool. It just felt like the right thing to do." See the first look photo below. Most importantly, how in the heck did MacGruber and »
- Alex Billington
I’m a huge fan of Alexander Payne’s satirical and biting output, particularly Election, Sideways and About Schmidt, so I’m extremely looking forward to his upcoming Nebraska. The film is writer/director Payne’s first effort since the Oscar-nominated hit The Descendants and follows an alcoholic father (Bruce Dern) who decides to take a road trip from his home in Montana to Nebraska, all to collect what he believes to be a million dollar prize. Bringing his estranged son (Will Forte) along for the ride.
Payne shot the entire the entire picture in black and white, while on location through the Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota highways.
The film will premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival later this month and will hit Us cinemas from 22nd November, while a UK is still to be confirmed. Check out this first still for the film co-starring Bob Odenkirk, »
- Craig Hunter
Emma Stone has been spotted filming on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wearing some very familiar clothes, which may offer up a huge spoiler (or confirm what everyone is pretty much expecting anyway) concerning the fate of Gwen Stacy in Sony's forthcoming superhero sequel:
Now, if you're a fan of the wall-crawler, you may recognise that outfit from the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man #121, where Gwen Stacy meets her demise at the hands of the Green Goblin (or rather Peter Parker, who misjudges the give on his webbing as he tries to save his love when she's thrown from the Brooklyn Bridge / George Washington Bridge):
It's been speculated that director Marc Webb would follow the classic 'Night Gwen Stacy Died' storyline pretty much from the first moment it was announced that Gwen would appear alongside Andrew Garfield's rebooted Spider-Man, and the casting of Shailene Woodley (The Descendants »
- Flickering Myth
Writer/Director Alexander Payne is one of the most original filmmakers working today who is rarely recognized for it. He's a bit under the radar, due largely to the fact that his films usually start off as non-commercial fare, like an odd indie pic, but then suddenly pick up steam when said films are nominated for a boatload of awards. Most recently, Payne took home a Best Screenplay Oscar for The Descendents, which joins his shelf with 2004's Sideways. Now, Payne is prepping »
- Paul Shirey
A couple of weeks back we got out first look at Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) in full make-up as Electro on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and now Foxx has been filming alongside Andrew Garfield's web-slinger, albeit as Electro's alter-ego Max Dillon. Take a look at a selection of recent set photos (via CelebBuzz and The Daily Mail), along with a video depicting what could be the first meeting between Spidey and his new nemesis...
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sees director Marc Webb reuniting with Garfield, Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) and Sally Field (Aunt May), while newcomers to the Spidey series include Paul Giamatti (Sideways) as The Rhino, Chris Cooper (American Beauty) as Norman Osborn, Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines) as Harry Osborn, Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) as Mary Jane Watson and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) and Colm Feore (Thor) in as-yet-unrevealed roles. The superhero »
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Friends with a dream of creating something amazing, something that the public can’t get enough of – this could describe the characters in Betas, a new comedy set in the world of Silicon Valley startups. It also could describe the guys who created the show, Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard.
They met while working at Alexander Payne’s production company, and started writing together. Their first optioned work is Betas, one of 14 Amazon original pilots now playing for free at Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM. Viewer response will help determine which of these children’s shows and comedies return with full seasons.
We asked Evan and Josh about their show, what they learned from working at Alexander Payne’s production company and how they tapped into the impact that social media has made on our culture as a whole.
Where did you come up with the idea for Betas?
Nebraska from The Descendants' Alexander Payne will be released on November 22nd, opening in the same weekend as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, report sources. Additionally, the found-footage horror Almanac from Pain & Gain and Transformers helmer Michael Bay will open on February 21st, 2014. Bruce Dern and Will Forte star as father and son in Nebraska, a black and white road trip drama which makes its debut at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in May. Dern's a cranky old man who thinks he's just won millions from a magazine sweepstakes who is reluctantly escorted by his son from Billions, Missouri to Lincoln, Nebraska to pocket his winnings. That's a perfect fit for Dern. If it's Payne, also known for Sideways, this is an awards contender. Paramount's Almanac, produced by Bay, marks the feature directorial debut of Dean Israelite, helming from the script by Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan. There's no »
Briefly: New release dates have been set by Hollywood studios for a number of upcoming films. Though we first heard hints at CinemaCon last week about 21 Jump Street 2 getting a 2014 release, Sony Pictures has now officially set a June 6th, 2014 summer release. In addition, they scheduled their other sequel Think Like A Man Too on June 20th, 2014; and the Jason Segel/Cameron Diaz comedy Sex Tape for July 2nd, 2014, to round out their summer after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kick things off in early May. Paramount also scheduled a few of their movies including Alexander Payne's next film Nebraska for later in the season. The updated release date reports are from Deadline, where they've also learned that Paramount Pictures has finally set an initial release date for Nebraska, the upcoming B&W Alexander Payne (who won Oscars for The Descendants and Sideways) film starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk. »
- Alex Billington
The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival unveiled on Thursday the winners of its awards at a ceremony Thursday evening. Among the films juries selected for top prizes? Australian film The Rocket, Dutch-Belgian film The Broken Circle Breakdown, and American documentary The Kill Team.
The awards were announced as the festival heads into its second and last weekend. Films will screen through Sunday, and the winners of the Heineken Audience Awards, determined by audience votes throughout the festival, will be announced on Saturday.
Though the juries for the festival were populated with several familiar names from the movie world — including Whoopi Goldberg, »
- Emily Rome
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There's been an absolute tonne of superhero goodness this past week, but we'll start things off with the big story - the arrival of the third trailer for Zack Snyder's eagerly-awaited Superman reboot Man of Steel. Things got underway on Monday with a viral video featuring Michael Shannon's General Zod demanding that Henry Cavill's Kal-El surrender to him, before the three-minute long trailer finally hit on Tuesday evening, sending »
- Flickering Myth
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