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In this raw and moving drama, a troubled middle-aged man, abused by the teenagers he pays handsomely to keep him company, falls for a street gangster with a chilling proposal
From Afar is the terrifically stylish work of first-time Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas: it won the Golden Lion at last year’s Venice film festival. The title hints at the movie’s emotional alienation but also a kind of rapture, a sense that the inspiration of love is nurtured by long-distance pining. It could also be inspired by Sergio Armstrong’s superbly controlled cinematography – particularly its enigmatic static shots and long shots that incidentally appear to show the influence of the film’s producer, Michel Franco. Vigas has co-written the movie with Guillermo Arriaga, the author of Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros, and their script perhaps has some of Arriaga’s weakness for twist-in-the-tail but without indulgence or tricksiness. »
- Peter Bradshaw
There are, in every generation of filmmakers, certain archetypes that repeat themselves over and over. For example, every generation has its playful prankster, the talented visual artists who are delighted by their own ability to take beautiful pictures of horrible things. I’ll be the first to admit that I am drawn to filmmakers who use cinema as a way of pushing buttons, and I am a fan of the outrageous and the extreme. When I saw De Palma, the new documentary about Brian De Palma and his filmography, it sent me scrambling to watch a number of his older films again. They are so familiar at this point, so well-worn, that it surprised me to see how new they still feel when I took a step back. The next day, I went to a screening of the latest film from Nicolas Winding Refn, and the back-to-back timing of the two films made me laugh. »
- Drew McWeeny
Last Tuesday night was the premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film “The Neon Demon,” about a young, aspiring model (Elle Fanning) who breaks into the L.A. modeling world only to find a cabal of beauty-obsessed women who want to tear her down limb from limb and take what she has. The film had it world premiere at Cannes and received a decidedly mixed reception, but now the film will enter theaters next week and the public will come to their own conclusion about Refn’s horror film about beauty.
Read More: Cannes Review: ‘The Neon Demon’ is a Twisted Ride of Sex, Blood, and Necrophilia
At the premiere, star Elle Fanning told Variety that she was drawn to the film because of its horror features, and especially the chance to delve deep into a role not usually assigned to her. In fact, she took her character to an even darker place than initially envisioned. “I think everyone has a side to them that is a little darker,” she says. “Going to that place was actually very, very fun and we made her a little bit darker than the script was initially.”
Elle Fanning has been acting since she was three years old, making star turns in films like Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Babel” and Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” at a young age. She played the main love interest in J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8,” and Sleeping Beauty in “Maleficent.” She’s also set to appear in Mike Mills’ latest film “20th Century Women.”
“The Neon Demon” will open in theaters on June 24th.
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- Vikram Murthi
The last time moviegoers saw Zorro on the big screen, it was 2005’s The Legend of Zorro, and Antonio Banderas was playing the famous fictional swordsman. Well, just like a lot of properties, Hollywood wants to give Zorro another shot, and back in February, it was announced that Gravity co-writer Jonás Cuarón would both write and direct the new movie. Now the news it out that this reboot has hired Babel’s Gael Garcia Bernal to play the new iteration of Zorro. According to Deadline, Bernal will re-team with Cuarón (having just worked together on Desierto) for Z, which will tell a Zorro tale set in the near future and introduce him to new audiences. No other details have been released about the reboot, but production is reportedly looking to begin this fall at the Pinewood Dominican Republic studios. Z will »
“The Virgin Mary. I spoke to her yesterday. She was outside the post office.”
The Lady In The Van, the British comedy-drama based on Alan Bennett’s memoir about an eccentric elderly woman who “temporarily” parks her van in Mr. Bennett’s driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years, arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD April 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This critically acclaimed Sony Pictures Classics film features the magnificent Maggie Smith (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), whose portrayal of Miss Mary Shepherd earned her a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Alex Jennings (Babel) heads the ensemble cast, along with James Corden (TV’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden”), Dominic Cooper (My Week with Marilyn), and Jim Broadbent (Brooklyn). The Lady In The Van was written by Oscar®-nominated playwright Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) and directed by BAFTA and »
- Tom Stockman
I’ve always wanted to visit Tokyo, one of the most magnificent cities in the world. At the moment, the closest I’ve came to seeing the Japanese capital is experiencing it in movies and games. The new anime style game Tokyo… Continue Reading →
- David Gelmini
The Lady In The Van, the British comedy-drama based on Alan Bennett’s memoir about an eccentric elderly woman who “temporarily” parks her van in Mr. Bennett’s driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years, arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD April 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The critically acclaimed Sony Pictures Classics film features the magnificent Maggie Smith (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), whose portrayal of Miss Mary Shepherd earned her a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Alex Jennings (Babel) heads the ensemble cast, along with James Corden (TV’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden”), Dominic Cooper (My Week with Marilyn), and Jim Broadbent (Brooklyn). The Lady In The Van was written by Oscar®-nominated playwright Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) and »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
“Gracias a la Academia — Thanks to the Academy,” the Mexican native began his acceptance. “I can’t believe this is happening. It’s amazing to receive this award tonight. It’s much more beautiful for me to share it with all the talented and crazy cast and colleagues and crew members that made this film possible.”
The 52-year-old has joined directing icons John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz as the only helmers to win in consecutive years. Ford won for “Grapes of Wrath” and “How Green Was My Valley” in 1940-41, while Mankiewicz won for “A Letter to Three Wives »
- Dave McNary
Best Director winner Alejandro González Iñárritu just made Oscar history with his second Academy Award.
"The Revenant" filmmaker is only the third person to ever win back-to-back Oscars for direction, and the first director in 65 years to pull it off. He previously won for 2015's Best Picture winner, "Birdman."
Iñárritu was long favored to take home the award, after previously winning the Directors Guild Award for the second year in a row. The four other filmmakers competing for Oscar were: Adam McKay for "The Big Short," Tom McCarthy for "Spotlight," George Miller for "Mad Max: Fury Road," and Lenny Abrahamson for "Room."
The Mexico-born Iñárritu first came onto the scene with the gritty "Amores Perros" in 2000, followed by the 2003 drama "21 Grams." He also directed the Academy Award-nominated "Babel" (2006) and the Javier Bardem-starring "Biutiful" (2010).
Like "Birdman" before, "The Revenant" showcases the director's love for shooting scenes all in one take »
- Phil Pirrello
Will The Revenant sweep the boards? Screen’s staff run down their predictions for the 2016 Oscars…Best Picture
Finn Halligan, reviews editor and chief film critic
Will win: The Revenant.
Should win: The Revenant, probably, though The Big Short would also be a good winner. It felt somehow more fresh and relevant and sharp than Alejandro G. Inarritu’s man-vs-nature epic struggle. But The Revenant has a critical and business force behind it – domestic box office at $165m as opposed to The Big Short’s $67m, and the business does tend to vote for the business.
Jeremy Kay, Us editor
Will win: Spotlight. The race is too tight for The Revenant to scoop up everything, so this could be the upset. Spotlight has sputtered towards the finish line, but it has the right combination of smarts and righteousness so beloved by the Academy.
Should win: Spotlight.
Matt Mueller, editor
Will win: Post-BAFTAs, The Revenant has the »
Replacing Aftrs' Friday on My Mind program of Friday evening Q&A's, the series is hosted by the school's revamped Indigenous Unit, headed by Kyas Sherriff (formerly of Screen Australia's Indigenous Department).
Black Talk will be more irregular than Friday on My Mind, with a focus on "inspiring indigenous storytellers and filmmakers, and drawing them into the school", Sherriff tells If..
In addition "the series should be a place for industry to get a sense of what's going on in the black space".
Future sessions will be streamed, and Aftrs is looking at partnering with a major film festival to co-host the occasional talk.
Aside from the talks, the Indigenous Unit will »
- Harry Windsor
Last week Aftrs relaunched its Indigenous Unit with the first instalment of its Black Talk series..
Arriaga was in mischevious form, riffing for an hour on everything from his writing process, his fights with director Warwick Thornton, his creative divorce from Alejandro González Iñárritu, and the damage his "friend" Tarantino has had on cinema.
The screenwriter and novelist started the session off with a flourish, producing an aboriginal flag from his pocket and laying it in front of him, declaring "I want to show my love".
- Harry Windsor
Aftrs has launched a revamped Indigenous Unit, headed by Kyas Sherriff.
The initial program for 2016 will include the Black Talk series (similar to Aftrs Friday on My Mind), talent labs and Industry events.
Across the Aftrs curriculum, there will be an increased academic focus on Indigenous representation on Australian screen.
The school is also proposing an industry symposium on cultural diversity both on screen and behind the scenes.
The Black Talk series aims to engage the wider screen industry in an understanding of contemporary Indigenous storytelling.
Arriaga, who is in Australia as a guest of Nitv, has a history of sharing his knowledge with Australian Indigenous filmmakers, including participating in a previous Screen Australia Workshop with published Indigenous novelists on the craft of writing for screen.
Indigenous filmmaker Warwick Thornton, »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant” came up trumps at the 69th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night, nabbing five prizes including best film, director and leading actor.
This year’s ceremony was a marked change for Inarritu compared to last year’s awards: in 2015, his pic “Birdman,” was up for 10 nominations but only came away with one win for best cinematography, given to Emmanuel Lubezki.
The glitterati were in full force at London’s Royal Opera House on Valentine’s Day: Tom Cruise awarded “The Revenant” with the best film prize while Leonardo DiCaprio’s win for best actor in the film was met with »
- Diana Lodderhose
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
For Part 1 of our 2016 Oscar Previews, click here.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Walter White - TV’s Breaking Bad
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: Became an ordained minister while he was in college as a part-time job.
Previously Best Known For:
Jason Bourne - The Bourne Films
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Nomination - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1998 - Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting
Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen 1998 - Good Will Hunting
Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2010 - Francois Pienaar in Invictus
Interesting Fact: Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Principal photography has begun on the DreamWorks Pictures film adaptation of David Finkel’s book, Thank You For Your Service, it was announced today by the studio. The film stars Miles Teller (Whiplash), Haley Bennett (The Girl on the Train), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Beulah Koale (The Last Saint), Scott Haze (Child of God), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Brad Beyer (42), Omar Dorsey (Selma) and Jayson Warner Smith (The Birth of a Nation).
Oscar nominated screenwriter Jason Hall (American Sniper) makes his directorial debut on Thank You For Your Service. Hall also wrote the screenplay for the story that follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Jon Kilik (Foxcatcher, Babel) is producing with Ann Ruark »
- Michelle McCue
Only eight of 307 films eligible for this year’s best picture Oscar scored nominations and producer Steve Golin was lucky enough to produce two of them. The founder and CEO of Anonymous Content is up for “The Revenant” and “Spotlight,” which scored a combined 18 noms overall. Golin has also found success in television producing USA’s breakout drama “Mr. Robot,” which recently won two Golden Globes. Variety talked with Golin about the awards season and juggling a pair of picture candidates.
You’re up for dual best picture nominations, how much extra work is that during awards season?
It’s been a lot of work, obviously doing Q&As on both movies, events and all that. It’s a high class problem for sure, but it has been a little bit more with both movies.
How do you make sure you’re giving equal attention to both campaigns?
I’m not running the campaigns. »
- Margaret Lenker
Yes, the Directors Guild of America made history over the weekend at their annual awards ceremony. They decided to award Alejandro G. Iñárritu again this year, making him the first filmmaker to win back to back honors from DGA. His win for The Revenant obviously shakes up the Oscar race in a big way, but it also just shows how respected Iñárritu is by his peers. Many pundits, myself included, had considered him the third or fourth most likely winner, and yet…here he is. Now, it seems like Iñárritu and The Revenant is surging at the perfect time to make a big showing in a few weeks with the Academy. In giving the prize once again to Iñárritu, members of this guild opted not to make a coronation for either The Big Short/Adam McKay or Spotlight/Tom McCarthy. Likewise, they also more or less killed George Miller’s »
- Joey Magidson
Leonardo DiCaprio goes all in with his latest effort, a two-and-a-half-hour plus epic of a film featuring a mostly all-male cast, little dialogue, grizzly bears and tons of blood, guts and dirt.
Alejandro González Iñárritu goes for the Oscar one-two following on from his 2014 effort Birdman, the Michael Keaton-led drama that won Iñárritu the Best Director award at last year’s Academy Awards. The Revenant, a motion-picture monster that took a whopping nine-months to shoot in the icey conditions in the wilds of Alberta, Canada, follows Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), a fur-trapper from the early 1820s, who, along with a team of fellow pelt-hunters, are ambushed in the mountains by Native American tribe, the Arikara. With the team cut down by two-thirds, the »
- Paul Heath
The Directors Guild of America named Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”), Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), and Ridley Scott (“The Martian”) as nominees for achievement in directing yesterday. Last year’s DGA and Oscar winner Iñárritu receives his second consecutive nomination for “The Revenant.” The director won last year for “Birdman” and additionally received a bid for “Babel” in 2006. Iñárritu and “The Revenant” appear strong contenders following Director and Picture wins at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. Veteran filmmaker Scott earns his fourth nomination. Scott’s nomination for “The Martian” follows previous bids for 1991’s “Thelma & Louise,” 2000’s “Gladiator,” and 2001’s “Black Hawk Down.” McCarthy, McKay, and Miller are first-time DGA nominees. The DGA nominations are typically a barometer for Oscar nominations. However, DGA and Oscar selections have only aligned twice in the last decade (2005 and 2009). This bodes »
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