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Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films have picked up U.S. rights to the musical drama "Hunky Dory." The film stars Minnie Driver ("Good Will Hunting") and is directed by Marc Evans ("Snow Cake"). Set in a Welsh seaside town in the 1970s, the film follows a high school drama teacher (Driver) as she runs up against apathetic students and hostile townsfolk while staging a controversial production of "The Tempest." In particular, her decision to turn the Shakespeare play into a glam-rock musical puts her at odds with her conservative neighbors. Also read: Toronto Gets Ready »
- Brent Lang
For his first feature film since 2008's "Adam Resurrected," famed screenwriter and director Paul Schrader is drawing on a particularly diverse and unique group of talent for "The Canyons." Boasting a script penned by Bret Easton Ellis with a cast featuring adult film star James Deen, Lindsay Lohan and up and comers Nolan Funk and Amanda Brook, another intriguing element has been added to the production. Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning has been selected to score "The Canyons." While the musician has found fame and acclaim both as a member of Bss and as a solo artist, he's no stranger to the movie world. Canning has scored films such as Bruce McDonald's “The Tracy Fragments” and “Trigger” as well as “Snow Cake.” And alongside Broken Social Scene, he's participated on soundtrack work for “Half Nelson”, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “It’s Kind of a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
All the glitzy photos of Brad and Angelina often make us forget that there are other hard-working actors attending Cannes. I had a chance to discuss the actor's perspective on the business of Cannes with Canadian actress Emily Hampshire - best known for her roles in Snow Cake and the upcoming Cosmpolis.
What brings you to Cannes, have you been here before?
I've never been to Cannes before. I am here as part of the cast of David Cronenberg's film Cosmopolis which is in competition this year...and Then I found out that I will also be receiving the inaugural Birks Canadian Diamond award while I'm 'in town' so... I'm thinking my First Time at Cannes is going to be a hard one to beat.
Seems very exciting, but hectic. Is it tough to arrive and go straight to a press conference?
I can't really say it's "tough" to arrive on the Riviera, slip into a Stella MacCartney gown and go straight to a press conference in order to receive an award from my home country with the word "Diamond" in it. Surreal, Yes. Tough...not so much.
How did you get started in acting? What do you like about it?
I joined the after-school drama club in high school --because we had to join something and drama seemed like the path of least resistance. Anyway, I got this teeny tiny part in the school play and our vice principal came up to me after the show and seemed to go out of her way to tell me how good and funny I was in it and...well, that's all it took! From then on I pretty much made acting my life and then began acting professionally when a casting director saw me in a play and called me in for an audition for which I ended up getting the part...which in turn got me an agent.
I feel like acting provides me with this quazi loophole in the universe where I get to live multiple lives. I'm somewhat of a recluse in my own life but at the same time I feel this insatiable desire to "know what it's like" -like, when I hear a story or read an article about someone's extraordinary life...I desperately want to know what it's like to be in their shoes so... I think what I like most about acting is that it allows me to have my cake and eat it too; experience what it's like without any of the consequences.
Where can we see you? What's next on your plate?
Any advice for actors looking to catch that first break?
Don't waste your time trying to 'catch' a break: Create it. I think my friend Xavier Dolan is a shining example of that: He wanted to act and no one was giving him a break, so at 18 years old he wrote, directed and starred in his own movie which ended taking him to Cannes.
Technology has made it so much easier for actors -all performers, today. With iMovie and a world stage on YouTube I don't know why anyone would wait for someone to give them anything.
Any "Crazy Cannes" stories come to mind?
Did I mention that I came to Cannes for the First Time and within 2 hours of landing I was given a Diamond!!?? I mean, the only thing crazier than that is the fact that it came with a Gorgeous 20-something French Bodyguard to accompany me to every event while I'm here. baaaahahahah!
Next up...The Film Commission
Written by Zack Coffman. Follow Zack's film marketing tips and adventures @choppertown on Twitter.
- Zack Coffman
It’s the summer of 1976, and between a conservative school administration and an unrelenting drought, things are beyond dry for Wales’ scrappier teens. It’s little wonder that they flock to the more permissive Miss Mae (Minnie Driver) and her glam-rock interpretation of Shakespeare’s "The Tempest" for the school play. Alas, "Hunky Dory" primarily concerns itself with familiar extracurricular woes and offers up much ado about nothing instead of a more rollicking or romantic coming-of-age story.
Each protagonist has their healthy amount of burdens. Mae has to contend with a “small delegation” of disgruntled faculty; to hear it from one, “self-expression doesn’t butter any parsnips” (She is just as puzzled by the remark as we are.) There’s nice guy Davy (Aneurin Barnard) harboring a crush on the play’s co-lead, Stella (Danielle Branch); bullied Kenny (Darren Evans) giving into the peer pressures of his skinhead brethren; and »
- William Goss
From the Press Release
The stakes could not be higher in Die for six people trapped in a deadly game of odds from the producer of Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Gothika and Silent Hill. In this unrated director’s cut, a group of men and women – a gambler who lives for the cards, a millionaire philanthropist just named “Humanitarian of the Year”, a cop at the end of a gruesome career, a brilliant psychiatrist and family man, a troubled teenager battling drug addictions and a caring nurse whose patients are the only life surrounding her – all on the road to self-destruction wake up in a »
- Uncle Creepy
5 items from 2012
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