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Toronto — “Titanic” was a seminal moment in Kate Winslet’s career, but she made it clear even during the film's Oscar run and in the years following that it was a more grueling experience than she ever expected. In the years since she’s avoided anything that came close to those shooting conditions, when she spent weeks in water tanks and wading through water. That is until her new period drama, “A Little Chaos,” which screened for the press at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival Wednesday before its Saturday night premiere. In the film, Winslet and her stunt person are drenched when her character tries to manually close an aqueduct from flooding a massive garden she’s been building at Versailles (yes, that Versailles). The long and the short of it is that the sequence found Winslet in a ton of water. And for her to do that, she must simply adore her co-star and director, »
- Gregory Ellwood
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at an up and coming A-lister, someone who’s a big star on his way to becoming an even bigger one. He’s Tom Hardy, an incredibly well respected and intense actor. It’s probably a shock to many that Hardy has yet to be cited with an Academy Award nomination (or even a Golden Globe nomination for that matter), but that speaks to how great the work is already. With another fine performance this year coming to theaters, now seems like a perfect time to take a look at Hardy, so let’s shine a spotlight on him right now! Hardy got his start when he was picked for a role in Band of Brothers, pretty much being plucked out of obscurity. He appeared in two episodes of the miniseries, which marked his debut as an actor. »
- Joey Magidson
Honorary Oscars have traditionally bypassed women: Mary Pickford, Lauren Bacall, Greta Garbo among rare exceptions (photo: 1976 Honorary Oscar winner Mary Pickford) September 4, 2014 Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy’s other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this particular post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to receive the Academy »
- Andre Soares
Well, here's something we weren't expecting. Ross Katz — a filmmaker who got good notices with his HBO flick "Taking Chance," is heading to Tiff with "Adult Beginners," and produced "In The Bedroom," "Lost In Translation" and "Marie Antoinette" — is now taking on a Nicholas Sparks property. Katz will direct an adaptation of the author's "The Choice," which tells the story of "Travis Parker and Gabby Holland, who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen." Obviously. Production will begin in October. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later") is heading over to Fox to work on "The Last Witness." He'll develop the project — "a ticking-clock thriller about the lone survivor of a bomb attack in Boston" — with the idea he'll also direct, and will work off a script from Stefan Jaworski ("Those Who »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: After her debut feature Broken English snagged distribution out of Sundance and a pair of Independent Spirit Award nominations, filmmaker Zoe Cassavetes linked up with actress pal Alexia Landeau to write her sophomore feature. Landeau, who appeared in Cassavetes’ first film, the 2000 short Men Make Women Crazy Theory, now leads the Day Out Of Days cast as a 40-year-old actress struggling to make it in the cutthroat business of Hollywood while contending with ever-youthful competition.
Joining Landeau in Day Out Of Days are Melanie Griffith, Eddie Izzard, Cheyenne Jackson, Vincent Kartheiser, Alessandro Nivola, Brooke Smith and Bellamy Young. Cassavetes just wrapped a 17-day shoot on location in La, a production made possible by a successful $60,000 FundAnything crowdfunding campaign that Cassavetes and her fellow producers Gina Kwon (Camp X-Ray, The Future, The Motel, Me and You and Everyone We Know) and Kate Roughan (Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives) launched last year. »
- Jen Yamato
In Lionsgate’s Legendary, a deadly mythical creature is on the loose and leaving a blood trail. One man wants to kill it and another wants to study it. Dolph Lundgren plays the former in this creature feature now available on DVD and VOD platforms, and we have an exclusive clip in which the enduring actor explains the “old-school hunter” personality of his character Jim Harker.
“Prepare for an epic battle between man and beast when action stars Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren collide in Legendary, arriving on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View July 29. Directed by Eric Styles (Miss Conception, True True Lie), the action-thriller follows the battle between two rivals to capture a mythical creature that shouldn’t exist. The Legendary DVD includes a “making of” featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
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- Derek Anderson
Now that you've watched the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer a dozen times, you're probably even more anxious for the movie to come out. Since we have more than six months until the sexy film makes its debut on Valentine's Day next year, we have a lot of waiting to do. Thankfully, star Jamie Dornan has a handful of other roles to tide you over, and some of them will even remind of you of Mr. Grey himself. From the charming Sheriff Graham on Once Upon a Time to a serial killer living a double life on The Fall to Kirsten Dunst's seductive and shirtless lover in Marie Antoinette, there's a lot to check out until we enter the red room of pain. Keep reading to see them all, and then check out everything we're excited about from the Fifty Shades trailer. Source: ABC »
- Alyse Whitney
From a costume point of view, and therefore a character point of view, The Grand Budapest Hotel (directed by Wes Anderson) is all about uniforms; those worn by men and women in official capacities and those adopted as a life uniform by those trapped in the past. Eccentric La Belle Époque hangover Madame D (Tilda Swinton) is the latter, Moustafa Zero (Tony Revolori), a newly appointed lobby boy in the pinnacle of majestic 1930s hotels, The Grand Budapest, is the former. While Madame D goes nowhere, perhaps because she has already been everywhere, Zero undertakes a journey and evolution of character, which subsequently means his clothing does too. In the grand scheme of Zero’s life it is not a significant costume evolution, but one that bears a mark so significant he chooses never to remove it.
The term lobby boy is not one you will hear much of these days. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Being a product of the ’80s, very few people make me as excited as Dolph Lundgren does. I grew up with I Come In Peace, The Punisher, Showdown In Little Tokyo, and every other film he was in. Yes, his recent output might be less than stellar, but it would be a lie if I said I wouldn’t watch the Dolph stand in front of a camera and make fart noises for an hour. Add up and coming action star Scott Adkins, The Expendables 2, Ninja II) to the mix, and you’ve got what I think looks like a fun as hell, entertaining ride. Two badasses, one monster,..and a trailer that has me on board. What do you friend fiends think? Will you be picking this one up, when it hits DVD/VOD/Pay-Per-View on July 29th, via Lionsgate?
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- Jerry Smith
Chicago – It was a cold Chicago day in May, typical of the endless winter. The coffee shop was warm and inviting, as I waited to interview the comedy icon, Cindy Caponera. She had written a book – “I Triggered Her Bully” – but as she walked in I was more interested in what she was wearing.
Her pullover was resplendent with an inlayed collar design, a thread embroidery that took me back to the court of Marie Antoinette. She paired that with one of the latest and hottest styles, the casual stretch pant, which she pulled off like a young Audrey Hepburn brought back to life for a chocolate ad. Her manicure, which she described as “mediocre,” glowed under the halogen lamps of the shop like Michael Jackson brought back to life as a sequined corpse. She said she had spent 45 minutes to make her eyebrows less purple, and as I looked more closely, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Tweens. Fallen angels. Supernatural occurrences. A love triangle. Lots and lots of brooding. Yep it's a familiar formula and you'll find it in spades once the big screen adaptation of Lauren Kate's Fallen gets here. Speaking of which, we have your first look... furrowed brows and all.
From the Press Release
Based on the worldwide bestselling book series, Fallen is seen through the eyes of Lucinda “Luce” Price, a strong-willed seventeen-year-old living a seemingly ordinary life until she is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Sent off to the imposing Sword & Cross reform school, Luce finds herself being courted by two young men to whom she feels oddly connected. Isolated and haunted by strange visions, Luce begins to unravel the secrets of her past and discovers the two men are fallen angels, competing for her love for centuries. Luce must choose where her feelings lie, pitting Heaven »
- Steve Barton
Scheduled for a 2015 theatrical release, here’s a first look at Fallen. Based on the worldwide bestselling book series by Lauren Kate, Australian filmmaker Scott Hicks (Shine) will direct from a script by Michael Ross.
Fallen is seen through the eyes of Lucinda “Luce” Price, a strong-willed seventeen-year-old living a seemingly ordinary life until she is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Sent off to the imposing Sword & Cross reform school, Luce finds herself being courted by two young men to whom she feels oddly connected. Isolated and haunted by strange visions, Luce begins to unravel the secrets of her past and discovers the two men are fallen angels, competing for her love for centuries. Luce must choose where her feelings lie, pitting Heaven against Hell in an epic battle over true love.
- Michelle McCue
With the festival a little more than two weeks away, Cannes has announced the remaining eight members of the jury. This year's jury president, Jane Campion, will be joined by Carole Bouquet, Sofia Coppola, Leila Hatami, Jeon Do-yeon, Willem Dafoe, Gael García Bernal, Jia Zhangke and Nicolas Winding Refn. This is definitely one of the best and most diverse juries in years.From behind the camera, there's Campion (Portrait of a Lady, The Piano, In the Cut), Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, The Bling Ring), Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive, Only God Forgives), and Jia (Still Life, A Touch of Sin). That's a pretty eclectic bunch, with a decided auteurist cinema bent, yet with varying styles that should make for some interesting jury debates.García Bernal is...
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Today I’m going to be pressing on with another series for you all here at the site, one that I started last week. Basically, it’s a spinoff of the Spotlight on the Stars series. As a quick refresher, each week I look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like in many of the cases so far, including today) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun all their own, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. Here though, I’m going to look at more of an under the radar individual as opposed to a tried and true star. For this week’s sophomore piece, I wanted »
- Joey Magidson
The latest slice of broody Scandinavian quality drama, Pioneer, is already touted for a Us remake. Like The Abyss without all the bothersome alien space tubes, it tells of a group of civilian divers who encounter the perils of the deep first-hand when they're sent to help construct a new oil pipeline deep below the surface of the North Sea. To add the requisite atmosphere and mood, French band Air have stepped up to deliver a score that is rich in both. There's no official soundtrack per se, but the band has composed a series of unnamed cues for the film and Empire is happy to be able to share six of them with you right here.Air, of course, have a rich film pedigree. They scored Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and supplied tracks for Lost In Translation and Marie Antoinette, and in 2010 composed a new score for Georges Méliès great silent sci-fi, »
Feminist are chanting "Off with her head!" after Marie Antoinette star Kirsten Dunst's latest comments on gender roles were revealed in the May issue of Harper's Bazaar UK. The 31-year-old cover girl has a more traditional view when it comes to relationships between men and women. "I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued," she told the magazine. "We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my [...] »
Sofia Coppola’s directing credits don’t trend to any thread of sci-fi; she’s known for movies like The Bling Ring, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. Presently though, she is rumored to be attached to the a live adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen‘s The Little Mermaid. THR is reporting that Coppola is in talks to direct the […] »
- Jess Orso
Universal Pictures is currently in negotiations with Sofia Coppola to direct their live-action adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Little Mermaid. The movie is currently being rewritten by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands).
The story was published in 1837, but I know most of you are familiar with the Disney animated version. It is about a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince.
Coppola is a talented director who has brought us films such as Lost in Translation, Somewhere, The Bling Ring, and Marie Antoinette. The Little Mermaid would be her biggest studio movie to date, and I think she's a solid choice to develop this story into a film.
Via: Deadline »
- Joey Paur
Well, Ariel does know a thing or two about being Lost in Translation. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Sofia Coppola is in negotiations to direct Universal's live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid. Joe Wright, best known for Atonement and other period films starring Keira Knightley, had been previously attached to direct. The Little Mermaid marks a departure from the adult themes of Coppola's previous films, which include Lost in Translation, Somewhere, Marie Antoinette and The Bling Ring. THR also reports that Warner Bros. is working on a live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. »
- Alex Heigl
Is Ariel going to be getting the Marie Antoinette treatment? Well, not the guillotine part, but the Hans Christian Andersen-turned-Disney heroine may be brought to the big screen next by Sofia Coppola, who's in negotiations to direct a live-action version of the classic tale, E! News confirms. A script has been in the works for a while, and Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Addams Family) is working on the latest draft, according to Deadline. Considering Coppola's penchant for bringing a candy-colored, fairy-tale-like-and-yet-super-hip view to her films, all of which have featured at least one major part for an actress to sink her teeth into, the intense romance about a mermaid willing to »
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