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Exclusive: In a six-figure deal, producers Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz and Nick Wechsler have preemptively acquired rights to The Kill List, the new novel by Day Of The Jackal author Frederick Forsyth. The contemporary espionage tale is described as an intricate chess game between a brilliant Marine, an Israeli agent, a teenage hacker and a mysterious psychopathic cleric. The novel will be published in September by Penguin. Forsyth also wrote The Fourth Protocol and The Odessa File. Schwartz, Schwartz and Wechsler will produce and Roger Schwartz is co-producer. They bought this preemptively as they did The Counselor, which went from a Cormac McCarthy spec to a green lit movie at lightning speed. Matching the gritty intensity that McCarthy has poured into books like No Country For Old Men, the script quickly drew director Ridley Scott and a cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
As the Cannes Film Festival gets underway today, IMDb has released its list of the 10 most popular films to have been screened in competition for the Palme d'Or, based on user votes. Unsurprisingly, Quentin Tarantino makes a good showing on the list, dominating in the top three spots with 1994's "Pulp Fiction" 2009's "Inglourious Basterds" and 2005's "Sin City" (for which he's credited as "special guest director" following Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez). Since this is a popularity vote, "Shrek" lands a spot above "Taxi Driver."Top 10 Most Popular Cannes Films1. Pulp Fiction (dir. Quentin Tarantino, 1994)2. Inglourious Basterds (dir. Quentin Tarantino, 2009)3. Sin City (dirs. Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino 2005)4. No Country for Old Men (dirs. Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)5. Shrek (2001, dir. Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson)6. Taxi Driver (dir. Martin Scorsese, 1976)7. El laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) (dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2006)8. Apocalypse Now (dir. »
- Beth Hanna
The Cannes film festival is the single most prestigious film festival in the world. Known for fostering and cultivating cinematic auteurs from every region of the globe, it is a festival that commonly rewards films with high aspirations towards what the art of cinema could and should be. The festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or, has been bestowed on such lofty films as Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard, Claude Lelouch’s A Man and a Woman, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup, Lars Van Trier’s Dancer in the Dark, and Cristian Mungui’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days.
It may come as no surprise then, given Cannes’ inclination towards high-brow world cinema, that the Oscars and the Croisette don’t often cross paths in terms of which films they consider deserving of awards. In fact, only once has the Academy’s selection for Best Picture coincided with the Palme d’Or winner, »
- Christopher Lominac
Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival As you read this I am just about to land in New York, before hopping on a plane to Nice as I make my way to the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, something I would not have been able to do had it not been for the generous contributions from the RopeofSilicon readers. It's almost impossible to tell you how much more energized I am to cover this year's festival due to the help from the readers and I have to say, it's quite a line-up I'll be reviewing for you this year, which brings us to the following list. If you haven't yet had a look at this year's line-up I have the complete list right here where you'll find the list of 20 films competing for this year's Palme d'Or, the films selected for the Un Certain Regard, those playing Out of Competition, »
- Brad Brevet
CBS Films has unveiled a restricted trailer for "Inside Llewyn Davis," a new film by the Coen Brothers (No Country for Old Men) that stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund. Check it out below. "Inside Llewyn Davis" is loosely based on the life of Dave van Ronk, who played a part in the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene that played a large part in the New York folk scene of the '60s. The new movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is set to hit theaters on December 6. Trailer: »
Technically this is a red-band trailer, but it's pretty safe for work by our count. It does acknowledge sex, and the word "dick" is used. So discretion is half-heartedly advised. Few filmmakers have captured America, for better or worse, in comedy or drama, as lusciously and captivatingly as The Coen Bros. Joel and Ethan Cohen have explored the American experience with fables (A Serious Man), with whimsy (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), with sadness (No Country For Old Men), with frank admiration (True Grit), and with stoner humor (The Big Lebowski). And for their next act they'll be delving into the game-changing folk music scene of the 1960s with a star-studded drama called Inside Llewyn Davis. Set in New York City, the film centers on the titular folk singer/songwriter played by Oscar Isaac, who not long ago nabbed memorable roles in two polarizing features, Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive »
Updated: A new Red Band trailer and poster for "Inside Llewyn Davis" have just been released. Check out both below. Earlier: CBS Films is finally going to show its true colors under new co-presidents Terry Press and Wolfgang Hammer. They scooped up the Coen brothers' latest indie feature, "Inside Llewyn Davis," with an eye on award season. One reason it has a shot: it's about the struggles of an artist, a Village folk musician. That's inside the Academy's sweet spot. So are Oscar-winning writer-directors, Joel and Ethan Coen ("Fargo," "No Country for Old Men"). With Oscar campaign veterans Press, producer Scott Rudin and Strategy PR's Cynthia Swartz behind it, the film has a shot. Sure enough, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is going to Cannes next week, where the Coens will compete for the eighth time for the Palme d'Or (they won for "Barton Fink" and took home best director for »
- Anne Thompson
The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival kicks off a week today, so it won’t be long before we’ll start hearing the first reviews coming in for The Coen Brothers’ In Competition work, Inside Llewyn Davis, which is easily one of the most anticipated films of the festival. Regular punters won’t be able to get their hands on it until December, making those who manage to see it at the Croisette all the more lucky.
The first trailer dropped in rather unassuming fashion several months ago, and word has been pretty quiet ever since. Given that the picture is a whole 7 months away from playing the Us (and another month on top of that for the UK), perhaps that’s a smart strategy, especially as far as awards season goes – nobody wants to run out of steam on the road to Oscar glory.
Here are 6 reasons to be excited for Inside Llewyn Davis… »
- Shaun Munro
The Coen Brothers new films are always met with anticipation because you never know exactly what they are going to show you. From Blood Simple to Fargo to No Country For Old Men or A Simple Man, The Coens constantly reinvent themselves via genre and tone. Inside Llewyn Davis looks to be another ode to music as they did with O Brother Where Art Thou, albeit through a very different story. Inside Llewyn Davis starts Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake »
- Alex Maidy
Baz Luhrmann is the latest to try translating a celebrated book to the big screen, but there's danger in being too faithful to the text
Gatsby fever won't break until Baz Luhrmann's new adaptation opens this week, but this fifth film version of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel raises an interesting question: what makes a good adaptation, anyway? Why does Stanley Kubrick's The Shining merit documentaries in its own right, and Stephen King's The Shining end up forgotten among the made-for-tv mini-series? What should we hope for – or fear – from Luhrmann's take?
Adapting a novel or short story into film is a lot translation – turning words on a page into the language of movies: angles, actors and images. Filmmakers, like translators, are stuck in the middle between the original and the audience, and have to balance three elements: story, style and ambition.
Story might seem obvious, »
- Alan Yuhas
The Coen Brothers will be taking their newest feature film, Inside Llewyn Davis to the Cannes Film Festival, but they also have big plans for its U.S. release as it’s been announced that it will open in select theaters on December 6th, followed by a wide release on December 20th. If you haven’t noticed, all of this will occur during Oscar season, which will surely help the film’s chances of getting an Academy Award nomination.
Inside Llewyn Davis‘ cast is led by Oscar Isaac, who finally gets the stellar role he deserves, and features Carey Mulligan (who played Isaac’s wife in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive), Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and F. Murray Abraham. The story’s set in the 60s and takes place in New York City, during a time where all popular songs played by New York-based folk musicians seemed to come from everywhere except their hometown. »
- Paulo Lazo
Will Smith must have been referring to movies when he said "parents just don't understand". I remember asking my parents what they thought of Inception. My father is quoted below.
It's pretty much the same as that No Country For Old Men. No one tells you what happens, and it gets stupid when they start walking on the walls.
Confusing plot lines can take away anyone's enjoyment of the film, but having them retell it can entertain others to no end. Take this video, for example, where this guy's mom retells The Matrix. It's absolutely hilarious.
- Mick Joest
White Tiger (Russian: Belyy tigr), 2012.
Directed Karen Shakhnazarov.
After barely surviving a battle with a mysterious, ghostly-white Tiger tank, Red Army Sergeant Ivan Naydenov becomes obsessed with its destruction.
From the looks of the DVD packaging and a brilliantly hammy dubbed trailer, I was ready to write off White Tiger as a straightforward ‘gritty’ WWII action film, broadly-written characters philosophising vaguely between pedestrian remakes of the battle scenes of Saving Private Ryan. And yet from only a few moments in my entire perception of the film changed, and I was compelled. Later on however, it became a harder film to like.
Following a battle on the Russian front, 1943, a tank crewman is found still inside his massacred vehicle, black with burns and blood. Still living (just), he is treated and makes a miraculous recovery but »
- Flickering Myth
Pain & Gain
Directed by Michael Bay
If cinema has anything to say about it, the modern American dream is best typified by a grandiose level of entitlement in those who covet it most of all. Just a month ago, we saw Spring Breakers, a nightmarish, neon piece of grotesquerie, compelling experimental art about nubile young women trying to attain their hedonistic Western utopia by stealing from and killing people who dared get in their way, consequences be damned. And now, we have Michael Bay’s loopy, adrenaline-laced echo of the same concept, Pain & Gain; this time, it’s not a quartet of college students, but a trio of bodybuilders, who use force to achieve their dream and never think beyond themselves.
Based on a true story so jaw-dropping that, as one character tries to remove a person’s fingertips in a charbroiled fashion, »
- Josh Spiegel
Directed by Joel Coen
The Coen brothers are a breed of their own, seamlessly melding quiet, unrelenting humor with often brutal violence. Their films present wild irony, eccentricity, and post-modern takes on classic genre films. I have always been a huge fan, from Raising Arizona to No Country for Old Men. For years, nearly the only Coen bros. film I had not seen was Fargo, which is a pity because Fargo brought them their first awards for writing and directing. Ahead of their Cannes debut of Inside Llewyn Davis, I finally sat down to witness the dry wit saturating the story of police chief Marge Gunderson.
Minnesota in winter. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) has financial troubles and makes the completely logical decision to have his wife kidnapped and ransomed for her father’s money. The hired men are the “funny looking »
- Katherine Springer
Marvel officials have confirmed the first visuals from Thor: The Dark World will be released next week, on Tuesday, April 23rd, ready to run theatrically with the international release of Iron Man 3. Holding us over until then, Disney recently released the first teaser poster and it reveals what’s been a mystery for quite some time: who will score the Alan Taylor-directed sequel? The composer of the original 2011 Thor film, Patrick Doyle, was said to be in early talks to return, but it appears that veteran Carter Burwell has been tapped to score the film, which is the second “Phase Two” expansion of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe! Beyond the first Twilight film and two sequels, Carter Burwell has composed the scores for True Grit, Fargo, Where the Wild Things Are, and No Country for Old Men. Thor: The Dark World would be Burwell’s first superhero flick, but what do you think? »
More than the first cuckoo, the announcement of the Cannes competition list is the first sign of spring; always an exciting moment and even more so as in recent years Cannes has consolidated its primacy among the film festivals of the world. There look to be no major or startling omissions: Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac is reportedly not ready, although I was disappointed not to see Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave. There are, in fact, no British entries in competition, but Stephen Frears's Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight – an HBO project about Ali's opposition to Vietnam – has a Special Screening slot. (A small footnote here: young British film-maker Ana Caro, from the National Film and Television School, has »
- Peter Bradshaw
Steven Spielberg’s jury will have no shortage of Hollywood talent to sift through on the Croisette this year. Heralding a strong showing for American auteurs, Palme d’Or laureates Steven Soderbergh and Joel and Ethan Coen will square off with Alexander Payne and James Gray at the star-packed 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, announced by delegate general Thierry Fremaux and president Gilles Jacob at a Paris press conference on Thursday.
In light of earlier announcements – that Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” would open the festival, that Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” would kick off Un Certain Regard, and that Spielberg would serve as president of the main competition jury – it comes as little surprise that this year’s lineup is so top-heavy with U.S. and English-language fare, even as it reflects healthy strains of international filmmaking, especially from Europe and Asia.
The Coen brothers, »
- Justin Chang
Things are picking up and will continue to do so over the next 16 hours or so as the 2013 Cannes Film Festival lineup will be announced at approximately 2 Am Pst tomorrow (4/18) morning. However, word on some of the films making the cut is already starting to come in. First for the official word straight from the Festival's Twitter feed (via The Playlist) is that Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring will open the Un Certain Regard selection. Based on the Vanity Fair article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins" by Nancy Jo Sales, The Bling Ring tells the story of a group of teenagers obsessed with fashion and celebrity that burglarize celebrities' homes in Los Angeles. Tracking their targets' whereabouts online, they break-in and steal their designer clothes and possessions. Reflecting on the naivete of youth and the mistakes we all make when young, amplified by today's culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession, »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Mark Roybal, the well-respected president of Steven Rales’ indie production shingle Indian Paintbrush, is leaving. He is being hired by 20th Century Fox production president Emma Watts to become Evp Production. He fills the slot that Peter Kang left when he exited the studio and subsequently signed on at Paramount. I’m told that Roybal will oversee Gone Girl and the Matt Reeves-directed sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Gone Girl, an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestseller, is the odds-on favorite to be the next film that David Fincher directs. He leaves Rales’ Indian Paintbrush in a good place. The company has established itself as a respected financier and producer of classy fare, from the Drake Doremus-directed Like Crazy to the Wes Anderson-directed Moonrise Kingdom and his follow-up The Grand Budapest Hotel. Also coming is Jason Reitman’s next film, Labor Day. Roybal’s exit is amicable. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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