12 items from 2013
Things haven't exactly gone swimmingly for Paul Haggis since he won that contentious Best Picture Oscar for "Crash" nearly eight years ago. Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima" nabbed him another writing nod a year later, and a pair of new-model Bond films kept him ticking over, but on the directorial side of things, it's been a case of diminishing returns. Only a surprise Best Actor nomination for Tommy Lee Jones kept "In the Valley of Elah" from sinking without trace, while the Russell Crowe-starring thriller "The Next Three Days" was pretty unmemorable pulp. Reviews out of Toronto for his latest, »
- Guy Lodge
Written and directed by Haggis, the film stars Liam Neeson, Kim Basinger, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, and Maria Bello. Michael Nozik of Hwy61 and Haggis produced the film along with Paul Breuls of Corsan, who also provided the financing.
Haggis told Variety after the premiere that audiences would have a strong reaction to the romance.
“People are going to either love it or hate it, like ‘Crash,’” Haggis told Variety. “A lot of people want their movies to be easily understood, underlined and in bold. »
- Dave McNary
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay casting tractor rumbles ever onward, digging up actors left and right to join what will be a large ensemble as Katniss and co take the battle to the Capitol. Today, Variety brings word that Wes Chatham and Elden Henson are on board as Castor and Pollux.Castor is a cameraman who works for what’s known as a “Propos” team, filming propaganda footage of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she and her sharpshooter squad take on missions in the Capitol.His brother Pollux, also part of the camera crew, is an Avox – someone who has had his vocal chords removed as punishment by his Capitol overlords. Prior to the Resistance, he worked in the utility pipes and passages under the Capitol, which makes him a useful ally for sneaking around the various underground areas.Chatham, who has appeared in The Help and In The Valley Of Elah, »
“People are going to either love it or hate it, like ‘Crash,’” Haggis told Variety. “A lot of people want their movies to be easily understood, underlined and in bold. I want people to talk about this movie afterwards. As an industry, we need to respect the audience more.”
The premiere at the Elgin evoked sustained applause for the complex drama of three intertwined relationships: James Franco and Mila Kunis in New York; Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde in Paris; and Adrien Brody and Moran Atias in Rome.
Haggis began writing the film after completing work on “The Next Three Days,” drawing largely from his own life with an emphasis on the themes of denial, loss and love. He began shooting in January with a 45-day shoot, »
- Dave McNary
There was a day and age where breaches of trust perpetrated by Governments believing themselves to be above the law would have felt more like fiction than fact. The kind of stuff you'd find in a Tom Clancy novel or the plot to the latest James Bond adventure.
Recently I came across the trailer for the new film The Fifth Estate, the cinematic adaptation of Julian Assange and the rise of WikiLeaks. It's a gripping bit of promotion complete with espionage, high drama, and the stark realization that there are horrible things going on around us. Secrets that our Government doesn't want us to know. And as I watched this trailer with all it's very relevant themes, only one thought crossed my mind:
No one cares.
That is in no way an indoctrination of Assange, Wikileaks, of the people behind the film. »
- Flickering Myth
Yes, more today coming from the bounty that is Tiff, with organizers unveiling an unbelievable fest of films coming in September. So let's keep diving in and see what's on offer... Paul Haggis, the filmmaker behind "Crash" and "In The Valley Of Elah" returns with "Third Person," another ensemble drama with Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde just two of the red carpet ready cast. Here's the synopsis: Love, passion, mystery, betrayal and hope infuse Paul Haggis' new feature, which follows the interrelated stories of three couples in three cities, Rome, New York and Paris — each with its own secrets. Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger and Moran Atias. Next, Colin Firth finds WWII haunting him opposite Nicole Kidman in "The Railway Man": Based on the bestselling novel, The Railway Man tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“It was a terrible time to start,” Samuels admits. “Everyone was in a preserve-and- protect mode and wanted to get out of their obligations. The silver lining is that we wound up revisiting all aspects of our (business) plans.”
Basner agrees, emphasizing that FilmNation needed to be flexible to get past the past — mainly by backing a few less-than-obvious projects rather than the panic approach of going for volume.
We started to operate in different ways that made better sense for the new world order,” he says. “We were focused on having a diversified slate of films — a mixture of commercial wide-release films like ‘Sanctum’ and specialty films such as ‘The King’s Speech.’”
In the five years since FilmNation debuted, the movie business has undergone deep changes, »
- Dave McNary
The Tribeca Film Festival have announced the juries for each category of competition. A host of actors, directors and journalists have been selected that include Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Haggis, Josh Radnor, Eva Longoria and Bryce Dallas Howard.
The members selected will be judging the films that fall within their respective categories, and you can check out the list below. Make sure to check back with us for all the latest from Tribeca including reviews, interviews and more! The festival runs from April 17th – April 28th in New York City.
World Competition Categories
The jurors for the 2013 World Narrative Competition are:
Kenny Lonergan: Academy Award®-nominated playwright, filmmaker and screenwriter. Credits include You Can Count On Me,Gangs of New York, and Margaret. His stage credits include Lobby Hero, The Waverly Gallery and This is Our Youth. He is a member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York. »
- Damen Norton
The Tribeca Film Festival announced today that it has selected 42 jurors for this year’s festival. The jurors include members of the filmmaking community — including Bryce Dallas Howard, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Haggis, Taraji P. Henson, Kenneth Lonergan, Eva Longoria, Josh Radnor, and Evan Rachel Wood — as well as policy makers and entertainment business leaders.
According to a press release, the seven juries will award $180,000 in cash and prizes during the Festival (April 17-28). Tribeca All Access (Taa) Creative Promise Awards will award an additional $20,000 — $10,000 for narrative and $10,000 for documentary. All winners will also receive a work of original art by »
- Lanford Beard
James Franco steps away from his indie project and into major blockbuster territory with this week's Oz the Great and Powerful, but the actor has been making a splash since movies like Whatever It Takes. Find out how well you know Franco by matching the close-up to the movie it comes from. Question 1 of 5 ? Name that movie: Milk In the Valley of Elah Sonny Annapolis »
- Maggie Pehanick
It's difficult to do military-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) films because they almost always seem to boil down to "Support the Troops". It's a message that doesn't really work with War on Terror movies because this isn't Vietnam; everyone is supporting the troops. While there's certainly not enough attention paid to soldiers returning with Ptsd, films like Stop-Loss and In the Valley of Elah become statements rather than stories where we don't care about the characters and their struggles. Ptsd feels like it's being used as a dramatic crutch rather than being honestly explored. More damning, it feels like a safe way to explore the Iraq War—commentary without controversy. Hopefully, Greg Williams' upcoming film Samarkand will avoid the pitfalls of other Ptsd films. According to Deadline, Tom Hardy has signed on to star in the film, so that's a good start. Hit the jump for more details. »
- Matt Goldberg
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For: “Phil” from The Hangover
Previous Oscar Nominations: None
Interesting Fact: Was a medalist on the Men's Heavyweight Crew team at Georgetown University.
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Previously Best Known For:
“Bill Cutting” from Gangs of New York
“Daniel Plainview” from There Will Be Blood
Previous Oscar Nominations: 4
Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for There Will Be Blood (2007)
Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for Gangs of New York (2002)
Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for In The Name of The Father (1993)
Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for My Left Foot (1989)
Interesting Fact: He first became interested in acting when he learned to replicate the accent and mannerisms of people in his neighborhood to avoid standing out to bullies.
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12 items from 2013
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