11 items from 2016
A biopic of Ronald Reagan that will take him from teenager to his presidency has found its director in Sean McNamara, who helmed 2011's Soul Surfer and recently finished The King’s Daughter with Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt. The independent movie, dubbed Reagan, is written by Howie Klausner, who wrote Space Cowboys for Clint Eastwood in 2000. The filmmakers have yet to cast President Reagan, but as a young man he’ll be played by David Henrie, best known as the Disney Channel star of Wizards of Waverly Place opposite Selena Gomez. Robert Davi, best known for his work in Goonies,
- Paul Bond
The Toronto Film Festival, which runs September 8-18, announced its lineup today with a ton of potential Oscar contenders — but it’s not the only showcase that some of them will have in the fall. Tiff has been sensitive of late about Labor Day weekend rival Telluride’s annual panoply of unannounced Oscar contenders. However, the two film events work in concert, as the earlier well-curated festival — attended by a small coterie of influencers — builds buzz for the later, sprawling Tiff, with its larger mass of junket media, including the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the Golden Globes.
Venice debuts many awards contenders as well, but American awards pundits are in Telluride, where many Oscar calls are made (“The King’s Speech,” “12 Years a Slave”) and surprises »
- Anne Thompson
Legendary “ghost” singer Marni Nixon has died at the age of 86, the New York Times reports. Nixon died yesterday in Manhattan from breast cancer, according to her student and friend Randy Banner. Nixon was often heard but rarely seen in movie musical classics: Her lovely soprano echoed from the mouths of Deborah Kerr in The King And I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.
Though Nixon remained in the shadows for most of her career, Kerr actually tipped the public off about Nixon, despite Twentieth Century Fox’s insistence that Nixon keep her participation quiet. “Deborah Kerr herself, gave me some credit right away on The King & I,” Nixon told the Los Angeles Times in 1990. Nixon later also subbed in for Kerr on An Affair To Remember. “By the time I was doing West Side Story a few years later ...
- Esther Zuckerman
Exclusive: William Hurt has been set to star opposite Helen Hunt in Live Like Line, the inspirational sports movie about a girls volleyball team trying to win against all odds. The film rejoins the actor with director Sean McNamara as they just completed The King’s Daughter (aka The Moon & The Sun) together. McNamara is directing Line with a script by David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights) and revisions by Elissa Matsueda (Spare Parts). Shooting on the new film will… »
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The Theory Of Everything director James Marsh is currently occupied with another promising biopic in the form of The Mercy. We don’t know too much about it just yet, but it revolves around Donald Crowhurst, a yachting fraud who, during a sailing competition, suffered a mental breakdown at sea.
The title comes from one of the journal logs that the sailor kept, detailing his “wildly dangerous voyage.” We use quotes because according to many, Crowhurt was a fraud and most of what he wrote wasn’t entirely true. When he eventually realized that he wasn’t properly equipped for the voyage, he began falsifying his locations on the ship-to-shore radio messages he sent – which, as you can gather, didn’t end well for him.
- Mark Cassidy
Broadway's brightest stars united earlier this week to record a benefit single for the victims of the massacre at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse. Wednesday evening, the A-list chorus - dubbed Broadway for Orlando - assembled in New York City to record a cover of the 1965 "What the World Needs Now Is Love." Crammed in a wooden room at Avatar Studios, there were Broadway veterans (Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Jessie Mueller); legends (Joel Grey, Audra McDonald, Carole King, Lin-Manuel Miranda); breakouts (Sara Bareilles) - and even Lgbt rights royalty: Doma challenger and equality pioneer Edith Windsor. »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Pic will mark the Iranian helmer’s followup to “Like Someone in Love,” a 2012 Cannes competition title.
Although the plot is currently being kept under wraps, Kiarostami previously said the experimental project would be based on 24 four-and-a-half minute films that he has been directing over the last three years. A segment of the was shown at the Lumiere festival for the tribute to Martin Scorsese.
Kiarostami is producing with Charles Gillibert, whose credits include Deniz Erguven’s “Mustang,” and Rt Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, and will be released at the end of the year or early 2017. CG Cinema has the Kirsten-Stewart starrer “Personal Shopper,” from Olivier Assayas, in Cannes competition.
“I’m truly honored to be working with one of cinema’s greatest. Kiarostami’s films have always inspired me. This is »
- Elsa Keslassy
This week I caught the Off Broadway hit Red Speedo about a swimmer who thinks he needs performance enhancement drugs. It was a totally solid thought-provoking play and if that sounds like faint praise it's only that because the raves have been so breathless. I had front row seats (not intentional) which is a weird angle with which to see this show because the pool part of the stage looms large in front of you (you do get splashed). I don't mind getting wet so I wished they'd used the pool part of the well designed stage a little more. The actors were uniformly terrific so if you're interested in the topic, by all means go.
But back to Broadway itself. After finally seeing The King and I, one of last year's Tony winners, and the news that Hello Dolly will finally return (with Bette Midler!) after decades of invisibility, »
- NATHANIEL R
We're less than a week from Hollywood's High Holy Night. Are you excited yet?
For today's trivia party we'll look at the only people to win exactly six Oscars. Four men. It's always men (sigh). Only 11 people have won more Oscars than these four men. I did not include confusing cases like Visual FX guru Dennis Murren -- IMDb argues exactly 6 but that depends on how you count them since his prizes are many and a confusing jumble of technical achievements, special Oscars, and regular competitive statues. (Unfortunately I couldn't find photographs of the set decorators)
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This producer won more Oscars in the short film categories than anyone other than the legendary Walt Disney and Frederick Quimby (of Tom & Jerry fame) but he won them for live action films. His first Oscar, though, was in the inaguaral year (1933) of a category called "Best Assistant Director" which »
- NATHANIEL R
The 73rd Annual Golden Globes have just concluded with a multitude of surprises, starting off with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s outstanding survival epic The Revenant taking Best Picture (Drama), along with a surprise win for Inarritu for Best Director, and the fully-expected win for Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor (Drama).
Other big surprises of the night included a completely unexpected win for Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant screenplay for Steve Jobs, a possibility that I had thought highly unlikely in my predictions from earlier this morning, and a big win for Kate Winslet for Best Supporting Actress (also for Steve Jobs). Both of these were rather shocking because neither had taken a single critics award throughout the entire season thus far.
As was mostly expected, Sir Ridley Scott’s The Martian did rather well, taking Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actor (Musical or Comedy), while other expected winners also claimed their awards, »
- Jeff Beck
It’s become a great breaking in the new year traditional here at Ioncinema.com. We begin our countdown to the our most anticipated foreign films (anything outside the U.S.) with our own Nicholas Bell curating the best bets for 2016. Here are the titles and filmmakers that didn’t make our final Top 100 cut, but are nonetheless “radar” worthy.
101. El Rey del Once – Daniel Burman
102. The Dancer – Stephanie Di Giusto
104. While the Women are Sleeping – Wayne Wang
106. Spring Again – Gael Morel
108. Le Garcon – Philippe Lioret *
109. Marie and the Misfits – Sebastien Betbeder
110. Le Caravage – Alain Chevalier
111. Night Song – Raphael Nadjari
112. Réparer les vivants – Katell Quillevere *
114. Afterimages – Andrzej Wajda
115. Don’t Knock Twice – Caradog James
117. The Bride of Rip Van Winkle – Shunji Iwai
118. Three on the Road – Johnnie To
119. Le Vin et le Vent »
- Eric Lavallee
11 items from 2016
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