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Two more actors are set to travel to a futuristic world of replicants and flying cars. Joining the cast of the Blade Runner sequel are Hiam Abbass (Munich, The Visitor) and David Dastmalchian, who is part of the ever-growing club of actors who have been in both DC- and Marvel-based projects, having appeared in The Dark Knight and Ant-Man. An Alcon Entertainment press release announced the casting today. Dastmalchian and Abbass join the cast that already includes Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, Dave Bautista, and Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Sicario director Denis Villeneuve is helming the project, and Ridley Scott is producing. The as-yet-untitled sequel is set several decades after the 1982 classic, based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Story details are being kept under wraps, but Scott has provided »
- Emily Rome
David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight”) and Hiam Abbass (“Munich”) are set to join the previously announced cast of Alcon Entertainment’s untitled “Blade Runner” sequel, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.
Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario”) is directing the film to be released Oct. 6, 2017. The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all media for all overseas territories.
The sequel is set several decades after the 1982 original, with Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard. The film is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.”
Ridley Scott directed the original, which was set in 2019 Los Angeles, with Deckard »
- Dave McNary
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Aferim! (Radu Jude)
Leave it to a Romanian director to make a movie that best expresses the dangers of the dyed-in-the-wool mindset of modern America. Culled partly from historical documents, Aferim! is a twisted history lesson whose messages transcend its insular time period of 19th-century Romania. Its story concerns Constable Costandin (Teodor Corban) and his son, Ionita (Mihai Comanoiu), who chase after a wanted Gypsy slave »
- The Film Stage
The company has hired Annie Marter as senior vice-president, feature film, as it seeks to broaden its activities.
The Riker script is based on unpublished reporting by investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, a founding editor of The Intercept, which is dedicated to producing adversarial journalism.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
I've always said that Guillermo del Toro's talents seem to be best-utilized in smaller films, with tighter budgets that force him to tap into his own ingenuity and creativity to really make them fly. His last two major studio outings, Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, were both greeted by slightly-above-average reviews and box office receipts that didn't exactly blow anyone away. His next film, though, is being made over at Fox Searchlight- which is Fox's indie-minded shingle. It's called The Shape Of Water, and it sounds like a return to Pan's Labyrinth territory for the Mexican filmmaker.
The Shape Of Water centers on a mute janitor, played by Oscar-nominated actress Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), who falls in love with an amphibious man creature at the lab where she works. He's being held captive, and so she enlists the help of her neighbor to try to break the creature she loves out of the facility. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Any film by Guillermo del Toro is worth seeing, but it's the smaller-scale, fantastical dramas that have long excited us the most. From his feature debut Cronos to The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth, they display an unmistakeable level of passion and craft.
We're excited to learn, then, that his next feature is an original project with distinct echoes of those earlier movies. As uncovered by The Tracking Board, it's reportedly called The Shape Of Water, and like The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth, sets an imaginative plot against a real-world period backdrop.
The story will take place in 1963, the era of the Cold War, the Vietnam conflict and the civil rights movement. Sally Hawkins will star as Elisa, a janitor working at a laboratory »
The tribute, to be presented during the San Francisco Film Festival’s awards night on April 25, will acknowledge McCarthy’s “exceptional mastery” of character-driven plots that bring audiences along on the psychological journeys of his heroes and antiheroes.
He will also be honored at “An Evening With Tom McCarthy” on April 26 at Bampfa in Berkeley. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from his screenwriting and directing career will be followed by a screening of 2003’s “The Station Agent.”
“‘Spotlight’ won Best Picture at the Academy Awards this past year for many reasons, but its precise script, filled with perfectly conceived characters, inarguably set the tone and provided the heart and soul of the film,” said Noah Cowan, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society.
- Dave McNary
After Lupita Nyong'o won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014 for her powerful role in 12 Years a Slave, she admits she did some soul searching. "After all the recognition and success that came with that, I was asking myself what I wanted to do," Nyong'o, 32, tells People in this week's issue. "I felt that my world had exploded in a way that was so incredible, but that also made me ask myself, 'Who am I?' I know myself as an actor through the stage." In the two years since her emotional Oscar win, Nyong'o, who says she »
- K.C. Baker
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case…and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. Raymond Chandler‘s legendary gumshoe solves it in hard-boiled style – and style is what The Big Sleep is all about. Director Howard Hawks serves up snappy character encounters (particularly those of Bogart and Lauren Bacall), brisk pace and atmosphere galore. This Blu-ray doubles your pleasure, »
- TFS Staff
The Independent Spirit Award for Best Director has gone to an Oscar nominee for Best Director for the last six years. The last disconnect was in 2008, when there was no overlap between the Spirit and Oscar lineups (incidentially, that award went to "The Visitor" helmer Tom McCarthy, a nominee again this year for "Spotlight"). Actually, in years when there has been an Oscar-nominated director in contention, they always win at the Spirit Awards. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions That should be good news for McCarthy this year. He's the only Spirit nominee for Best Director who has a corresponding Oscar bid. Indeed, he is the frontrunner to win this award according our combined predictions. We polled Expert film journalists, Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby, the Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year's Spirit winne »
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“In the past month, what we’ve seen is how it’s started to cross over and how it’s really started to have a social impact,” Tom McCarthy says of Spotlight — the fifth film he wrote and directed, after 2003’s The Station Agent, 2008’s The Visitor, 2011’s Win Winand 2014’s The Cobbler — as we sit down to record an episode of the ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. Indeed, the drama about the Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal in Boston has been screened for the Pope’s Vatican commission on church misconduct; it has been screened for and hailed by survivors of abuse by priests; and it has been celebrated for its celebration of the threatened industry of investigation journalism, as well. “It really puts thing into perspective,” McCarthy says.
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- Patrick Shanley
"In the past month, what we've seen is how it's started to cross over and how it's really started to have a social impact," Tom McCarthy says of Spotlight — the fifth film he wrote and directed, after 2003's The Station Agent, 2008's The Visitor, 2011's Win Win and 2014's The Cobbler — as we sit down to record an episode of the 'Awards Chatter' podcast. Indeed, the drama about the Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal in Boston has been screened for the Pope's Vatican commission on church misconduct; it has been screened
- Scott Feinberg
Danai Gurira doesn’t need a sword to be formidable.
Take away the dreadlocks and the katana of Michonne, the fan-favorite character she plays on “The Walking Dead,” and Gurira proves brainy, articulate, passionate and palpably driven. She’s also living the lives of three different, very successful people at once — actor, playwright and international arts ambassador.
The coming spring is unusually jam-packed, even for her. There’s her major role on one of TV’s most popular series, and a gig playing Tupac Shakur’s mother, Afeni, in the upcoming bio-pic “All Eyez on Me.” She’s also making her Broadway debut as a playwright in March with “Eclipsed,” a drama starring Lupita Nyong’o about the lives of five women during the Liberian civil war. At the same time, her newest play, “Familiar,” is premiering Off Broadway — and it bears some narrative connections to the pilot she’s simultaneously working on for HBO. »
- Gordon Cox
Tom McCarthy’s solid newsroom drama gets behind the headlines of the child abuse scandal that rocked Boston’s Catholic community in 2002
Actor-turned-filmmaker Tom McCarthy has always been a low-key champion of the outsider. His first film as writer/director, 2003’s The Station Agent, starred Peter Dinklage as a Hoboken exile who moves into an abandoned train depot seeking solitude and becomes an unexpected catalyst for change. In 2007’s The Visitor, Richard Jenkins’s widowed college professor strikes up a life-changing bond with the family of a Syrian immigrant who has unexpectedly moved into his Manhattan apartment. Now, in the Oscar-nominated Spotlight, McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer give us the true story of how the Boston Globe, under its first Jewish editor, out-of-towner Marty Baron, took on the entrenched abusive institutions of the church in a city where Catholicism is a way of life and police and priests are thick as thieves. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Continuing their support for women directors, Horizon Award co-founding producers Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor, and Christine Vachon, announced the winners of the second annual Horizon Award. Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny will bestow up-and-coming filmmakers Macarena Gaona, Juliette Gosselin, Shanice Malakai Johnson, and Florence Pelletier with the Horizon Award at a reception in Park City, Utah, with creative talent, producers, entertainment executives and media in attendance to celebrate these rising women directors and their achievements in independent filmmaking.
The Horizon Award ceremony and reception will take place on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the WireImage Portrait Studio at Village at the Lift (825 Main Street, Park City), co-hosted by Jeff Vespa.
The Horizon Award is an annual award that seeks to identify and mentor talented, up-and-coming female directors – the primary goal being to support women directors early enough in their development to help them overcome the hurdles in advancing their learning curve and careers.
In addition to the Horizon Award, the four winners will receive grants from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. The Foundation supports the artistic achievements of female filmmakers through a series of grants that reflect Adrienne Shelly’s dedication to the art of filmmaking and her own successful transition from actress to filmmaker.
This year’s winners are:
Horizon Award First Place
Co-directors of "Mes Anges à Tête Noire"
Horizon Award Runners-Up
Macarena (Macqui) Gaona (New York University) Director of "Channel 999 and Channel 1000"
Shanice Malakai Johnson (Scottsdale Community College) Director of "End to the Suffering"
On making the announcement, Cassian Elwes said: “I’m so excited to announce the winners of the second annual Horizon Award. This year’s overwhelming number of submissions and caliber of work made it very hard indeed to pick just one winner – the jury identified one grand prize winner, and two runners-up. Additionally, we have added new partners to our already formidable team – proving that not only is the move towards gender equality in the zeitgeist, but that there are very real advocates amongst our peers. After the recent summit for systemic change (hosted by Sundance and Women in Film), I am more convinced than ever that we can make a difference and that history is on our side. I remain steadfastly committed to the idea that, one day soon, women will have exactly the same opportunities as men to direct movies.”
Franklin Leonard, Founder and CEO of The Black List and one of the award’s original advocates added: “We are passionate supporters of this award that recognizes fresh voices and perspectives in storytelling. This effort mirrors our own effort – the Black List's 500 Feminist Films project, created by our Director of Community, Kate Hagen. We look forward to mentoring the winners in the year to come.”
The jury was comprised of 38 influential directors, producers, and executives from the filmmaking community who viewed 483 short film submissions from over 200 colleges and universities world-wide, including the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, India, China, South Africa, Scotland, France, Mexico, Portugal, Columbia, Brazil, Russia, Serbia, the Ukraine, and more. This year, submissions increased by over one hundred from last year, with additional countries and universities participating. Submissions were received from Nyu, USC, UCLA, Chapman, Emerson, Penn State, Loyola Marymount, University of Wisconsin, University of Washington, Syracuse, Tcu, Ryerson (Toronto), Oxford, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, University of Delhi, and more.
Now in its second year, the Horizon Award provides an all-expense-paid trip for the winning female college students to the Sundance Film Festival, where they will have the opportunity to present their films to some of the industry’s most influential names. The winners receive mentorship, festival access, and important introductions by Elwes, Howell, and Vachon to agents, producers, executives, festival staff, and other influencers throughout the Sundance Film Festival.
The Horizon Award was founded by producer, Cassian Elwes ("Margin Call," "All is Lost," "Dallas Buyers Club"), and Michelle Satter, Founding Director, Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, in response to a Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles study that revealed that only 4.2% of the top 100 films each year from 2002-2013 were directed by women. Elwes partnered with Howell ("Captain Fantastic," "Mississippi Grind," "Big Eyes," "The Place Beyond the Pines:), and Vachon ( "Goat," "Carol," "Boys Don’t Cry," "One Hour Photo," "Far From Heaven"), to create the award as an opportunity for young female directors to have mentorship and networking opportunities in conjunction with Sundance, the home of American Independent film.
You can see links for more info on the study:
Phase I and II
Sponsors and Partners for the 2016 Horizon Award are: The Black List, CreativeFuture, The Creative Mind Group, Done To Your Taste Catering, FilmLA, Indiegogo, Mprm Communications, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, Sundance Institute, Twitter, Verge, Vimeo, WireImage, Adina Design, and Women in Film. This impressive group has come together to support an award that they hope will continue to identify, nurture, and launch the careers of future female directors for years to come.
Full List of Jurors:
Robbie Brenner The Firm (Partner, President of Film)
Susan Carter Hall Painter
Amal ElWardi Zeal Media Company (Producer)
Keri Putnam Sundance Institute (Executive Director)
Michelle Satter Sundance Institute (Director, Feature Film Program)
Lauren Selig Shake and Bake Productions (Executive Producer)
Ruth Vitale CreativeFuture (CEO)
Hanna Weg Producer ("Septembers of Shiraz")
Joanne Wiles ICM (Partner/Agent, Motion Picture Talent)
Lisa Wilson The Solution Entertainment (Co-Founder/Partner)
- Sydney Levine
After several years of delays, the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me finally started production last month, with newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. starring as the late rapper. The supporting cast is now starting to come together, with Deadline reporting that The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira has come aboard to play Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur. Variety also reports that Katerina Graham has joined the cast to play Jada Pinkett Smith.
We reported last month that Benny Boom (Next Day Air) had signed on to direct, and that the production needed to get started by the end of 2015, or else production company Morgan Creek would lose Tupac Shakur's music rights, which will revert back to his mother, Afeni Shakur. Principal photography got started at the end of December, with Afeni Shakur herself on board as executive producer. Afeni Shakur is a political activist and an active member of the Black Panther party, »
The upcoming Tupac biopic "All Eyez on Me" has been beefing up its cast in recent days, adding a "Walking Dead" fan favorite in a key role.
Danai Gurira, who plays sword-wielding survivor Michonne on the AMC zombie drama, will play Afeni Shakur, Tupac's mother, in the flick. According to Deadline, Gurira will be stepping into the shoes of a "complex woman" who was a central figure in the rapper's life. "A political activist and member of the Black Panthers, Afeni raised her son to be a voracious reader with a political awareness that informed his development as a street poet," Deadline writes.
The real-life Afeni Shakur is serving as an executive producer on "All Eyez On Me," and has also been charged with managing her son's estate since his death in 1996. The biopic has been in the works for some time, but has finally begun production, and is currently shooting in Atlanta. »
- Katie Roberts
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