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There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.
Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.
As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...
Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)
Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went »
American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will be reunited later this year in another project: Woody Allen's next as yet untitled feature. Bruce Willis is the third cast member whose name has been publicly announced. The source for this information is an "exclusive" report via Deadline.com's Mike Fleming Jr. So far, as Fleming explains in his brief piece, Woody Allen and "his people" haven't confirmed the casting. In other words, things could change in the not-too-distant future. See also: Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt Movie Project, also featuring Laura Dern and Michelle Williams. Unsurprisingly, no plot details about the upcoming Woody Allen project have been forthcoming. In fact, one wonders if Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bruce Willis – in case they have indeed joined the fold – know what the movie is going to be about. Allen's latest collaborators – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson – will be producing the film. »
- Zac Gille
Director: Woody Allen
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Although theatrically released in 2006, this is the first time Woody Allen’s Scoop has come to the Home Entertainment format in the UK and whether it’s playing on the back of the success of Jackman and Johansson, it seems a strange title as it’s one of his weaker movies despite sparks of the classic, clever wit.
Scoop has a more peculiar setup than usual, whereas in some contexts it could be a lot of fun, the film feels ten years older than it actually is. In the film, Allen plays old school illusionist Splendini, real name Sid Waterman, who has a show on the London stage with an act that basically consists of card tricks and making someone disappear in a wardrobe. During an opening gambit, Scarlett Johansson’s young journalist Sondra »
- Dan Bullock
“Out of the woods and on to the Oscar stage, Anna will be performing something special that is sure to be an “Only on the Oscars” moment.” says Zadan and Meron.
Kendrick was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in the 2009 film “Up in the Air.” Her other film credits include “Into the Woods” (2014), “Pitch Perfect” (2012) and the “Twilight” film series.
In 1998, at the age of 12, Kendrick was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for “High Society.” She will star in the films “The Last Five Years,” “The Hollars,” and “Pitch Perfect 2” later this year.
- Michelle McCue
There’s one thing you can say for Woody Allen: he’s consistent. He has made a film a year since 1977, producing some great classics and some not-so-great duds. Some have been good, some have been bad, and some have just been indifferent, but you have to give the guy some space when he’s producing so much work for so long. His recent spate of films have been among his finest, from Match Point to Blue Jasmine, with only one or two missteps in between. Now, his next film has a title and a distributor in Sony Pictures Classics.
Allen’s latest work will be called Irrational Man, and will star Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Allen’s muse du jour Emma Stone. It tells the story of a philosophy professor in the midst of an existential crisis who enters into a relationship with one of his students. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Barcelona-based Filmax, a Spanish production-distribution-sales force – especially in thrillers and horror fare from Spain’s seemingly bottomless well of new genre auteur talent – has acquired world sales rights to Gonzalo Bendala’s “Innocent Killers,” which it will also distribute domestically in Spain.
“Killers” will have its world premiere at March’s Miami Intl. Film Festival, playing in its Cinema 360º section.
Maxi Iglesias (“XP3D,” “Toledo”), Luis Fernandez (“XP3D,” “I Want You”) and Aura Garrido (“Stockholm,” “The Wishful Thinkers”) star in the murder imbroglio from Seville-based production house Aralan, which marks the feature directorial debut of Aralan partner Gonzalo Bendala.
“A suspenser, echoing elements of Hitchcock,” in the words of Aralan CEO Marta Velasco, “Killers” turns on a university student (Iglesias) who, in dire straits, suddenly receives an godsend offer of money – if he kills his psychology teacher (Miguel Angel Sola, “Night Runner”).
What makes the offer so singular »
- John Hopewell
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
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