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Eliza Hittman (was love at first sight for her directorial debut It Felt Like Love) and Yung Chang (a docu-helmer best known for the award-winning portrait of modern China in Up the Yangtze) are just two of the dozen folks/projects invited to the upcoming Sundance Institute 2015 January Screenwriters Lab. The labs work as a testing ground of sorts, with Lab Director Ilyse McKimmie seeing to it that the screenwriters are mentored by filmmaking professionals. I’d wager that a good portion of these projects on paper eventually make it onto the big screen (say about 65 to 70 percent) and about 35-40 percent break into the actual Sundance Film Fest. Not unlike her debut picture, Hittman’s potential sophomore pic Beach Rats features NYC borough backdrop and via a teenage vantage point but is sure to stir the pot with tad bit more destruction. After Up the Yangtze, China Heavyweight, and The Fruit Hunters, »
- Eric Lavallee
Marrakech — Laila Marrakchi, one of Morocco’s highest-profile directors, is set to make her English-Language debut with “My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.” The project is an adaptation of the bestselling eponymous novel by Annabel Pitcher. “My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece” has been translated into more than 20 languages and has earned large critical acclaim. Its many prizes include the Royal Society of Authors’ Betty Trask nod, the Hull Children’s book of the year and the Branford Boase award for outstanding debut novel. A coming-of-age story weaving comedy and drama, “My Sister” centers on Jamie Matthews, a 10-year-old whose family was shattered by the killing of his sister in the London terrorist attack when he was 5. Raised by his hopeless father, who has become racist, Jamie befriends Sunya, a young British-Pakistanese girl who happens to be Muslim and wears the veil. Jamie unexpectedly falls in love for the first »
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky’s New York-based Adopt Films has acquired Effie Gray, the period drama penned by Emma Thompson. Dakota Fanning stars as the eponymous character in the biopic of the 19th century Scotswoman who married critic and author John Ruskin as a teenager only to see their six-year relationship finally annulled with Gray still a virgin. She later wed celebrated pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. For Millais, Gray bore eight children and became his muse (along with her younger sister Sophie).
The company plans an early spring 2015 release.
Julie Walters plays Ruskin’s baleful, controlling mother, and David Suchet is Ruskin’s feckless, enabling father. Thompson, Tom Sturridge, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Derek Jacobi and Robbie Coltrane round out the cast.
- Nancy Tartaglione
By Fred Blosser
Stories about domineering fathers and neglected offspring are at least as old as the Bible and Shakespeare. Gilles Legrand’s “You Will Be My Son” (2012) is a worthy addition to the genre.
Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is distressed to learn that his friend Francois Amelot (Patrick Chesnais) has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Paul is the wealthy owner of a French vineyard, and Francois has served for more than 30 years as his estate manager: “a fancy name for winemaker,” Francois comments. When Francois announces that he’s too weak from his illness to begin the new production season, Paul’s son Martin (Lorant Deutsch) steps up, eager to take on the responsibility. He handles sales for the company, and he knows Francois’ routine through years of observation. But Paul has no faith in Martin’s abilities as a vintner, and the two men moreover have a strained personal relationship. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Written by Anthony McCarten
Directed by James Marsh
As a humble film critic, one can’t pretend to guess at the theory of everything in respect to the physical forces of the Universe. However, there may be a theory of everything concerning biopics, since, as The Theory of Everything demonstrates, they can’t help but all seem exactly the same. Surely, the uniform execution of tropes in storytelling, production, and acting across disparate movies point to the presence of some law underlying reality. Either that or biopics just make people really, really lazy.
The Theory of Everything follows the life of renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), from the time he meets his wife Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) while at Cambridge in the ’60s to their divorce in the mid-’90s (not that anyone unfamiliar with Hawking would be sure of the timeframe, since »
- Dan Schindel
Update: The list has been amended to include the three segments from "Treehouse of Horror Xxv." That's right: In honor of The Simpsons' 25th (!) annual Halloween special, EW didn't just rank the top 25 "Treehouse of Horror" segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single "Treehouse" segment ever seen on the show—and you'll find entries 72 through 26 in the list below. Even when longtime fans sniff that The Simpsons' Golden Age is long past, they can agree that late-period Simpsons Halloween shows still pack a punch. Why? Because "Treehouse" segments give the series' writers a break »
- Hillary Busis
Foreign films and a doc scored well in the Specialty arena this weekend. That isn’t something I get to write very often but it’s a pleasure when it happens. China Lion‘s Breakup Buddies, Tribeca Film‘s music doc Nas: Time Is Illmatic and Bollywood heavyweight Bang Bang all pulled in solid numbers when they debuted this weekend among U.S. speciality films.
By contrast, the weekend’s most notable U.S. indie debut, Jason Reitman‘s Men, Women & Children, took a dive in its first limited runs, while Radius-twc’s music documentary Keep On Keepin’ On again lived up to its name, gathering momentum in its third week.
That so-so start came even though Paramount seemingly did everything right for Men, Women & Children after a premiere at Toronto. The company created a marketing campaign that targeted both social networking-savvy young audiences and the traditional movie-going crowd. The »
- Brian Brooks
London – Dakota Fanning starrer “Effie Gray,” which is the first original screenplay written by Emma Thompson, world premieres on Oct. 5 in London, and opens in the U.K. on Oct. 10 through Metrodome Distribution. Variety has been given an exclusive clip from the film. The U.S. distributor is due to be revealed on Oct. 9.
The film, which is directed by Richard Laxton, explores the true story of the relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. It reps Fanning’s first adult starring role as Effie.
Other thesps in the film include Thompson (“The Remains of the Day,” “Howards End”), Julie Walters (“Harry Potter”), Tom Sturridge (“On the Road”), David Suchet (“Agatha Christie’s Poirot”) and Greg Wise (“Walking on Sunshine”).
- Leo Barraclough
You may recognize Mathieu Amalric from movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly but his filmography in general extends much further than the types of films that normally hit our shores (or at least our American consciousness). He wrote, directed and stars in The Blue Room, a seemingly steamy French thriller that will premiere at the 2014 New York Film Festival next week. The film also stars Léa Drucker and Stéphanie Cléau and was co-written by Cléau from a novel by Georges Simenon. Hit the jump for The Blue Room trailer. We'll keep you posted on its upcoming release from IFC films. Trailer courtesy of IFC: Here's the official synopsis: Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller. Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Grand Budapest Hotel) directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled »
- Evan Dickson
Based on Belgian author Georges Simenon's 1964 mystery novel, this neo-noir follows a man (Amalric) and a woman (Stephanie Cleau) as they meet for anonymous trysts in a hotel. But this once-innocent relationship will unravel into a police investigation where Amalric's character is accused of a crime he can't identify. Stephanie Cleau and Amalric cowrote the adaptation. While Amalric is perhaps best known as an actor in films "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and Polanski two-hander "Venus in Fur," this is his 15th film as a director. Sundance Selects opens the film on October 3. Cannes review here. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The intricate workings of a rare and remarkable mind are rendered in simple, accessible terms in “The Theory of Everything,”. Striving to pay equal tribute to Hawking’s first wife, Jane (on whose memoir the film is based), and her tireless devotion to him until their 25-year marriage ended in 1995, director James Marsh similarly attempts to find intimate, personal applications for Hawking’s grand cosmic inquiries, tracing the story of how the author of “A Brief History of Time” came to defy time itself. Still, what’s onscreen is less a cerebral experience than a stirring and bittersweet love story, inflected with tasteful good humor, that can’t help but recall earlier disability dramas like “My Left Foot” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” Superb performances from Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones should stand the Focus Features release in good critical and commercial stead when it bows Nov. 7 Stateside. »
- Justin Chang
The luxurious banquet hall in Toronto’s Royal York hotel was electric with excitement as Tiff senior programmers including Steve Gravestock and Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo announced the robust lineup of Canadian films (several world preems) at this year’s Tiff plus the 40+ short titles (out of an astounding 840 short films — an increase of over 200 titles from last year) that will screen at the prestigious festival. With features populating almost every section at the fest, among the headliner items from English Canada, Cairo Time‘s Ruba Nadda returns to the fest with October Gale, while also world preeming is Bang Bang Baby — Jeffrey St. Jules marks his feature film debut with a film that is equal parts Rocky Horror Picture Show and early Cronenberg. Starring Jane Levy of the recent About Alex, it revolves around a small-town teenager in the ’60s whose dream of becoming a famous singer is dashed »
- Leora Heilbronn
John Michael McDonagh's Calvary stars Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O'Dowd, Isaach De Bankolé, Domhnall Gleeson, Dylan Moran with The Diving Bell And The Butterfly's Marie-Josée Croze, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, M Emmet Walsh and David Wilmot. Fox Searchlight Pictures celebrated with a luncheon at the Explorers Club in New York with guests including Jimmy Breslin, Dana Delany, Jodi Applegate, Annette Insdorf, Eugene Hernandez, Joyce Carol Oates and Charles Gross.
I spoke with Kelly Reilly and what started out with Monica Vitti in Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert and Tippi Hedren's style in Hitchcock's The Birds, quickly turned to themes of forgiveness which brought us to develop a quick theory of a Holy Female Trinity holding Calvary together, before lunch was served.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
The film that has generated the most Oscar buzz out of this year's Cannes Film Festival is Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," which took home the award for Best Director. No winner of this prize at Cannes has ever snagged the corresponding one from the Oscars, but five have been nominated: Robert Altman for "The Player" (1992), Joel Coen for "Fargo" (1996), David Lynch for "Mulholland Drive" (2001), Alejandro González Iñárritu for "Babel" (2006) and Julian Schnabel for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007). Both "Fargo" and "Babel" gained Best Picture nominations along with several Oscar wins. Join the live chat about Cannes Film Festival winners going on right now in our notorious message boards But the big prize is the Palme D'Or and with the coveted honor going to the Turkish film "Winter Sleep," it's unlikely that this film will be ele »
• Lionsgate has purchased the North American rights for Dark Blood, the last film starring River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho) before he passed away in 1993. Directed and written by George Sluizer (The Vanishing), the upcoming thriller follows the story of Boy (Phoenix), a young widower living as a hermit on a nuclear testing site in the desert. While traveling solo on his “second” honeymoon, Boy discovers a stranded Hollywood couple. Desiring the woman, Boy decides to hold them captive because he finds himself under the impression that he can create a better world with her. The upcoming drama, set to be released via VOD, »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Sundance Selects has made its first buy at the Cannes Film Festival, acquiring North American rights to director Mathieu Amalric's Un Certain Regard entry "The Blue Room." Based on Belgian author Georges Simenon's 1964 mystery novel of the same name, this neo-noir follows a man (Amalric) and a woman (Stephanie Cleau) as they meet for trysts in a hotel. But this seemingly innocent relationship soon unravels into a police investigation where Amalric's character is accused of a crime he can't identify. The film was adapted by Stephanie Cleau and Amalric. While he is perhaps best known as an actor in films including "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "Cosmopolis" and Roman Polanski's upcoming two-hander "Venus in Fur," this is Amalric's 15th directorial effort. Screen International calls the film "a clipped, fragmented piece of cinematic modernism, shuffling its time frames in a staccato narrative that makes for a tense, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
On a sunny afternoon during the Tribeca Film Festival, directors Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them, starring Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church); Aaron Katz (Land Ho!); Amy Berg (Every Secret Thing with Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning and Nate Parker); Adam Rapp (Loitering With Intent with Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell) and Stephen Belber (Match, starring Patrick Stewart), gathered for a Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper - Adaptation & Creation panel.
Sidney Lumet's Twelve Angry Men, Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, Uli Edel's Last Exit To Brooklyn, Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story and Dead Man Walking, directed by Tim Robbins, were cited as important adaptations of literary works to cinema. And Whit Stillman writing »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Hope Heidi Klum is wearing some sunscreen. The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model went topless in Tulum, Mexico, on Tuesday, enjoying a day at the beach and in the ocean with Vito Schnabel. The America's Got Talent" judge, 40, has been spotted all over recently with the 27-year-old art dealer and son of director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly). The two were seen touring Paris art galleries in March and kissing over Oscar weekend. The Project Runway host (who might want to ask contestants to make her a top next time) ended her two-and-a-half year relationship with bodyguard boyfriend Martin Kirsten in January. »
- Wade Rouse
Heidi Klum's new boyfriend, 27-year-old Vito Schnabel, went topless yesterday as he palled around in the ocean with Heidi in Tulum, Mexico.Oh, did we mention She Was Topless Too?!?!?!?Schnabel is an art dealer in New York City. He's been previously linked to Demi Moore, Elle Macpherson and Liv Tyler. His father is Julian Schnabel ... director of films like "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "Before Night Falls," and "Basquiat."Hard knock life. »
- TMZ Staff
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