18 items from 2014
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
Heidi Klum and Vito Schnabel continue to enjoy each other's company, touring art galleries together in Paris on Monday. Klum, 40, looked chic and casual in a black peacoat and cowl neck, as Schnabel, 27, joined her in wearing sunglasses for their art walk in the City of Love. The pair were spotted doing lots of smooching at an Oscar weekend party in Beverly Hills earlier this month. Schnabel is the eldest son of director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), and he made a name for himself as a curator and art dealer while still a teenager. He dated »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
The Oscar-winning director of 12 Years a Slave has pushed back the boundaries of film because of the fearlessness that comes with a background in art
When the director Steve McQueen was an art student learning basic film-making skills at Goldsmiths College, London, he joked he was already aiming for the time when his name would eclipse that of his glamorous namesake, star of The Great Escape and Bullitt. "One day," he told his tutor, Professor Will Brooker, "when people talk about Steve McQueen, I am going to be the first person they think of."
Now, with an Oscar for his film 12 Years a Slave, the transition from Turner prizewinning artist to celebrated director has been made in style. It is a path to cinematography also taken by the British artist Sam Taylor-Wood, nominated for a Turner prize in 1998 and now editing her high-profile film of the erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. »
- Vanessa Thorpe
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we »
- Jeff Labrecque
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Most Academy Awards hand out five nominations apiece. Some awards only hand out three; a few years ago, the Academy opened up the Best Picture race to like a million nominees. But the specific number doesn’t really matter. Most races inevitably come down to some kind of face-off between two nominees: Frontrunner vs. Dark Horse, Beloved Veteran vs. Dynamic Newcomer, Megahit vs. Beloved Smaller Film, Dark Tale Of The Modern World vs. Sentimental Nostalgia Bait.
Each year, though there are races that defy any easy binary rendering. These are the categories that stacked almost too high with talent. Sometimes that’s clear right away, »
- Darren Franich
For a second year in a row -- and this is looking like how it's going to be from now on -- the Golden Globe winners have been revealed ahead of the Oscar nominations have not yet been announced. The Oscar nominations come this Thursday morning while Thursday night the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) will announce the winners of the 2014 Critics Choice Awards on Thursday night followed by the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday. So, yeah, it's time to start looking at these things even closer. As I have done for the last several years, today I offer my eighth installment of my "Globes vs. Oscars" column (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and we'll take a look at the past 29 years of Golden Globe winner history compared to the Oscars and see where last night's winners may gain an edge and where they most likely won't and we'll begin with the lead acting categories. »
- Brad Brevet
Golden Globes 2014: Best Picture winners fail to win Best Director, Best Screenplay (photo © HFPA: 2014 Golden Globes presenters Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock) The members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided to spread the love around at the 2014 Golden Globes. Neither of the two Best Picture winners — Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave in the Drama category; David O. Russell’s American Hustle in the Comedy or Musical category — succeeded in taking home either the Best Director or the Best Screenplay Golden Globe. These went to, respectively, Alfonso Cuarón for the sentimental thriller Gravity and Spike Jonze for Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with a computer featuring Scarlett Johansson’s voice. (See more Golden Globes 2014 photos below, and check out the full list of Golden Globes 2014 winners and nominees.) American Hustle also managed to win two 2014 Golden Globes in the acting categories: Best »
- Steve Montgomery
"The Walking Dead" star David Morrissey is set to top line the three-part TV thriller "The Driver" for The BBC. Danny Brocklehurst ("Shameless") is penning the script and shooting starts in and around Manchester this week.
Morrissey plays taxi driver Vince McKee, who blames himself for a family mystery and accepts an offer to start driving for a criminal gang. Ian Hart, Colm Meaney, Shaun Dingwall, Claudie Blakeley, Sacha Parkinson and Lee Ross also star. [Source: Variety]
The Kitchen Boy
Kristin Scott Thomas has joined the cast of Stefan Ruzowitzky's "The Kitchen Boy". Sir Ronald Harwood ("The Pianist," "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly") is adapting the script from Robert Alexander's novel with filming beginning in Europe in the summer.
Told though the eyes of a young servant, the story follows the final weeks in the lives of Russia's last tsar and tsarina, Nicholas II and Alexandra Romanov (Thomas), and their children, »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: A week before Sundance, Tom Ortenberg’s Open Road Films is strengthening its film acquisition team by hiring Peter Lawson and giving him the newly created title of executive vice president of Productions and Acquisitions. Lawson is a top-flight acquisitions exec who served stints most recently at The Weinstein Company and before that Miramax. He left to get a taste of production experience in big-sized studio films by joining Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road as production president. After two years, I’m hearing that he has shaken up his career Gps and is taking the exit from Thunder Road onto Open Road. Before he left TWC, Lawson worked on such films as the John Hillcoat-directed Lawless, The Iron Lady, The Company Men, Blue Valentine, The Intouchables and the docus Undefeated, Bully and The Tillman Story. At Miramax, his acquisition deals included The Diving Bell And The Butterfly. Before that at First Look Pictures, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
18 items from 2014
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