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Fresh off working with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk,” French-Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon has landed the female lead alongside Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac in the epic love story “The Promise,” TheWrap has learned. Oscar-winning filmmaker Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Robin Swicord (“Memoirs of a Geisha”). Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan”) is producing “The Promise” with Eric Esrailian, Ralph Winter (“X-Men”) and William Horberg (Milk”). Production is slated to start this fall in Southern Europe, including Portugal and the Canary Islands. Also Read: Spielberg, Oprah Cast French Model Charlotte Le Bon in. »
- Jeff Sneider
From her days as a teenage pop idol, to her unforgettable turn in Jim Jarmusch's landmark, Mystery Train, and being one of the few saving graces in Memoirs of a Geisha, Kudoh Youki has blazed a trail in the international film world while doing remarkable work at home in Japan.Ms. Kudoh spoke with me about her role as a mother at the height of World War II, worried for the safety and soul of her young daughter, in This Country's Sky, and her own history in cinema.The Lady Miz Diva: This Country's Sky is a remarkable look at life during the last days of World War II. How did you read Satoko's mother?Kudoh Youki: She is not the typical Japanese mother, that's what I liked...
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What would you do if, one random day, you find out that you might be a twin, separated at birth from your sibling? This is exactly what happened to Samantha Futerman, an actress living in the United States (her credits include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “21 & Over,” and more recently, “The Kroll Show”), who faced this bizarre, movie-like scenario when she got friend requested on Facebook by Anaïs Bordier. Seeing the potential in documenting the experience, Samantha and her friend Ryan Miyamoto co-directed “Twinsters,” which tells the heart-warming story of how Sam and Anaïs connected from different continents and after decades of never knowing the other existed. Sure, it’s hard not to notice that the documentary spins its wheels at times, but there’s something incredibly touching about the warmth and comfort of family and acceptance. Sam and Anaïs were born on November 19th, 1987, in Busan, South Korea. Each had »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
After American Sniper was the biggest box office draw of 2014, it seems anyone will pay to see Bradley Cooper in uniform again. Deadline reports Cooper is set to produce Ghost Army, a World War II story about an agency tasked with feeding the Nazis fake intelligence about the actual number of American troops, with the hope that Cooper will star. Cooper, Todd Phillips, and Andrew Lazar are producing a script by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo), working from a non-fiction book entitled The Ghost Army of World War II and a 2013 documentary also titled Ghost Army.
Not even a year after Tom Wilkinson portrayed Lyndon B. Johnson in Selma, Woody Harrelson will now portray our former president in Rob Reiner’s political drama simply titled Lbj. Via Variety, production will begin in the fall on a film about the life of Johnson up through his childhood and how he was »
- Brian Welk
One of the more successful modern leading men, Christian Bale will soon be starring alongside a rising talent who.s set to tackle a load of dream projects in Oscar Isaac. The duo will share the screen, vying for the affections of the same woman, in what will apparently be a grand love story, set to the tragic backdrop of the last days of the Ottoman Empire. According to a report by The Wrap, Bale and Isaac will top the marquee in the upcoming historical war drama, The Promise. The movie.s morose mix of horrific historical happenings and human drama will be in the capable hands of director, Terry George, who wrote and directed the 2004 Oscar-nominated drama, Hotel Rwanda. This time, George will work off a script by Robin Swicord, the screenwriter behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Memoirs of a Geisha. As the report.s description »
Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, the story follows a love triangle between old-world traditionalist and medical student Michael, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and renowned American war zone journalist Chris.
George and Robin Swicord ("Memoirs of a Geisha") co-wrote the script while Mike Medavoy, Eric Esrailian, Ralph Winter and William Horberg will produce. Filming begins this Fall in Southern Europe, including Portugal and the Canary Islands.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
A formidable dynamic duo is forming on the new film from Hotel Rwanda director Terry George. The Wrap reports that Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac will star in The Promise, an epic period love story penned by screenwriter Robin Swicord (Memoirs of a Geisha). The drama takes place during the last days of the Ottoman Empire and revolves around a love triangle between a brilliant medical student named Michael, “the beautiful and sophisticated” Ana, and a Paris-based American journalist named Chris. Bale will play Chris, an AP reporter, while Isaac will fill the role of Michael, a man conflicted by his love for Ana and old-world traditions. The setting is a curious one, as the fall of the Ottoman Empire coincided with the Armenian genocide. George chronicled the Rwandan genocide to heartbreaking results with Hotel Rwanda, so it'll be interesting to see how heavily The Promise delves into the politics of the era. »
- Adam Chitwood
Batman and Poe Dameron, so to speak, will be in the same movie —but this ain't no crossover. Two of our favorite actors, Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, are teaming up for a new project, and it certainly sounds promising. The Wrap reports that the pair will star in "The Promise," the latest effort from "Hotel Rwanda" director Terry George, who co-wrote the script with Robin Swicord ("Memoirs Of A Geisha," "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button"). The story will be set against the backdrop of the Armendian genocide and follow an AP reporter (Bale) and medical student (Isaac) who fall for the same woman. Production will begin this fall, so maybe the movie will be a contender on the awards circuit in 2016? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac will star in “The Promise,” an epic love story that Oscar-winning filmmaker Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Robin Swicord (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), TheWrap has learned. Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan”) is producing “The Promise” with Eric Esrailian, Ralph Winter (“X-Men”) and William Horberg (Milk”). Production is slated to start this fall in Southern Europe, including Portugal and the Canary Islands. Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, “The Promise” follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris »
- Jeff Sneider
Ignite Channel has set a July release date for the documentary “Twinsters,” the story of twins raised a world apart who discovered each other’s existence through YouTube and Facebook, Variety has learned exclusively.
“Twinsters,” which debuted at SXSW in March, will open at AMC Empire in New York on July 17, ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles on July 24, and 40 more U.S. cities on July 31. Directed by Samantha Futerman and Ryan Miyamoto, “Twinsters” won an SXSW Jury Award for editing and was a Grand Jury nominee.
In February 2013, Anaïs Bordier, a French fashion student living in London, discovered a YouTube video featuring Samantha Futerman, an actress in Los Angeles who had starred in “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and was struck by their uncanny resemblance. After discovering they were born on the same day in Busan, Korea and both put up for adoption, Bordier reached out to Futerman via Facebook.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Issey Ogata has joined Kaori Momoi in the cast of the first ever Japanese-Latvian co-production, Magic Kimono, which has also received support from the Riga Film Fund and Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Scheduled to start shooting on August 15, the film follows a Japanese woman’s efforts to open a sushi restaurant in Riga whilst coming to terms with the sudden reappearance of a long-lost husband. Latvia’s Maris Martinsons will direct.
Magic Kimono is one of four projects that will receive a 20% cash rebate on qualifying spend from the Riga Film Fund in its latest round of approvals. The project has also secured funding of $234,000 (Y27.9m) from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-cho), which supports international co-productions.
The film is »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
The Super Bowl of fashion is here! No, not the Oscars ... the annual Met Gala, where only the most stylish stars show off some killer couture on the red carpet. The theme of this year's event is China: Through the Looking Glass, emphasizing how the country's fashion has influenced style around the world. Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li ("Memoirs of a Geisha"), Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and Vogue's Anna Wintour all serve as co-chairs for this year's big night. J-Law was one of the first to hit the red carpet, wearing a poppy-covered Dior dress that showed off a hint of her tight tummy. The "Hunger Games" star wore her hair up and sported a pink lip for the event. Sarah Jessica Parker arrived shortly after, going all out with the drama by wearing a show-stopping headpiece from Philip Treacy. As for her equally-dramatic dress, she reportedly designed it »
- tooFab Staff
We film critics have an often infuriating tendency to write as much about ourselves, and the state of our profession, as we do about the movies. This is hardly a new phenomenon, of course, but it may be more prevalent than ever before: Whether we’re seeking out pockets of online validation or trying to provoke those with whom we violently disagree (or both), the rise of social media has made it all too easy to engage directly with our ideological allies and adversaries alike. At the same time, the continual thinning of our professional ranks has fueled endless arguments and think-pieces about whether the Internet has succeeded in decimating or diversifying the field.
All of which makes it particularly important to remember Richard Corliss — not just because the veteran Time critic hailed from that honorable, not-yet-bygone tradition of wordsmiths who composed sharp, beautifully considered reviews for the printed page, »
- Justin Chang
Since rocketing to worldwide fame after starring in the highly-acclaimed “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Zhang Ziyi has steadily filled her portfolio not only with multi-awarded acting roles–the most memorable perhaps being Mei (“House of Flying Daggers”) and Sakamoto Chiyo (“Memoirs of a Geisha”)–but also some magnificent producer credits.
Zhang’s first produced film, “Sophie’s Revenge,” may have gotten mixed reviews from critics but went on to bag a handful of awards, including Best New Director from China Film Media Awards and Next Generation Director Awards, Best Supporting Actress from China Hua Ding Film Awards, and Most Popular Actress from China Student Film Awards for Zhang herself.
This year, Zhang Ziyi continues to explore the cinematic field as a producer with the movie “The Baby from Universe.”
Juicy Details of the Much-Anticipated “The Baby from Universe”
Otherwise known as “Oh My God” (从天儿降/Cóng Tiān Er »
- Mary Ann Simuangco
Production has begun on “The Great Wall,” Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s first English-language film. The movie is also the first for Legendary East, the ambitious Chinese offshoot of Hollywood super-producer Legendary Entertainment.
Legendary describes the story as “an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.” Locations include the China Film Group Studios at Huairou, near Beijing, and the coastal city of Qingdao.
A topnotch crew includes cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh (“The Piano,” “Once Were Warriors,” “Boardwalk Empire,”); costume designer Mayes Rubeo (“Avatar,” “Apocalypto”); production designer John Myhre (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Nine”); VFX supervisor Phil Brennan (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Wolverine”); and film editor Craig Wood (“Pirates of the Caribbean, »
- Patrick Frater
What would you do if, one random day, you find out that you might be a twin, separated at birth from your sibling? This is exactly what happened to Samantha Futerman, an actress living in the United States (her credits include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “21 & Over,” and more recently, “The Kroll Show”), who faced this bizarre, movie-like, scenario when she got friend requested on Facebook by Anaïs Bordier. Seeing the potential in documenting the experience, Samantha and her friend Ryan Miyamoto co-directed “Twinsters,” which tells the heart-warming story of how Sam and Anaïs connected from different continents and after decades of never knowing the other existed. Sure, it’s hard not to notice that the documentary spins its wheels at times, but there’s something incredibly touching about the warmth and comfort of family and acceptance. Sam and Anaïs were born on November 19th, 1987, in Busan, South Korea. Each had »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Into the Woods opened on Broadway in 1987, with the music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim and the book by James Lapine. It is Sondheim’s most performed musical and one of his best known works. The story combines familiar characters from childhood fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and the ubiquitous Witch, and explores their journeys to get their wish, as well as the negative consequences of the small dishonesties committed by each character to get what they want. As the witch sings, “Told a little lie/Stole a little gold/Broke a little vow/Did you?/Had to get your prince/Had to get your cow/Had to get your wish/Doesn’t matter how.” As the story unfolds, the traditional dichotomies of good and evil, and our expectations of each character, are shaken.
Fairy tales exist in a world of fantasy, and have been »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Today we have the first photos of Melissa Benoist as Supergirl in the upcoming "Supergirl" TV series, which co-stars Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra "Alex" Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow "Winn" Schott, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw and, in mystery roles, Dean Cain and Helen Slater. Check out the photos below. The costume of Supergirl was designed by three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costumes for "The Flash" and "Arrow" film credits include "Alice in Wonderland," "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "Chicago." "In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past," she explained. "But more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today." "Supergirl" is based on the characters from DC Comics and centers on Kara Zor-El, who comes to Earth after escaping the destruction of Krypton. After many years hiding her abilities, »
Iconic Costume Designed by Three-Time Academy Award® Winner andEleven-Time Nominee Colleen Atwood
The costume for Supergirl was designed by three-time Oscar® winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costumes for The Flash & Arrow and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards® for her work on Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago, as well as eight additional Oscar® nominations for films such as Into the Woods, Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sleepy Hollow, among others
- Matt MacNabb
Supergirl stars Benoist as Kara Danvers née Zor-El, who since arriving on Earth years ago in the wake of planet Krypton’s destruction has been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin (Kal-El aka Superman). At age 24, Kara decides to embrace her super abilities and become the hero she was destined to be.
RelatedSupergirl Scoop: Grey »
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