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Here’s your first look at “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence trying the blue paint on again from the set of Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. I don’t think anyone is still going to confuse Lawrence for Rebecca Romijn even in the sequel, but hey, maybe she’ll grow into the tall former supermodel by the third prequel. Singer titles this tweet as “Jennifer Lawrence as a vengeful Mystique”, which sounds interesting, since the last time we saw Mystique, she had gone off with Magneto, thus fulfilling the character’s arc. As you’ll recall, the first time we saw the character (as an adult) in Singer’s “X-Men”, she was already a member of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Why is she “vengeful” in the “Days of Future Past”, though? First look: #JenniferLawrence as a vengeful #Mystique. #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast twitter.com/BryanSinger/st… — Bryan Singer »
Funding for screen version of Jake Chapman's 2008 novel, written and directed by the artist brothers, to be secured from the art world
The Chapman brothers, Jake and Dinos, are to become the latest British artists to transfer their work to the world of film with a planned feature-length adaptation of Jake's debut novel, The Marriage of Reason and Squalor.
Published in 2008, Chapman's book is a typically jagged satire of the paperback romance novel. The story centres on bride-to-be Chlamydia Love and her dalliance with the "devilishly unattractive" writer Helmut Mandragorass. The Chapmans plan to co-direct the film adaptation, for which they are currently writing a screenplay.
The Marriage of Reason and Squalor opens with Love gifted a desert island by her fiancee. Matters soon turn awry when the young woman develops a fascination with Mandragorass, the property's rightful owner. A battle begins over the island and, ultimately, Chlamydia's love. »
- Ben Child
Clio Barnard, whose film has been described as 'hauntingly perfect', says Brits should be 'very proud' of their native industry
There may be no British film in the main competition for the Palme D'Or this year, but that has not stopped a Yorkshirewoman from becoming the toast of Cannes. Clio Barnard's film The Selfish Giant has already been described as "hauntingly perfect" and "jaggedly moving" by critics as it premieres in the Director's Fortnight section of the film festival, with the director herself hailed as a significant new voice in British cinema.
And, despite gloominess about the complete absence of a UK presence from the main Cannes competition lineup, Britons should embrace their native film industry, according to Barnard. "We should be very proud of, in the same way that we should be proud of the NHS," she said.
While "the rest of the world responds to it", she said, »
- Charlotte Higgins
In a frantic run-up to the annual film market, a cloudburst of English-language movies has swept onto the international stage.
“It’s nightmarish, amazing. This is going to be one of the busiest Cannes ever,” said Ivan Boeing of Brazilian distributor Imagem.
Martin Moszkowicz, at Germany’s Constantin, agrees that last year was robust but this year is even more so.
“There’s a huge number of projects being offered. We’ve gotten well over 200 projects over the last two or three weeks,” he said.
But he cautioned that two-thirds of projects received weren’t ready to come on to the market because they didn’t have a finished screenplay, or a director or cast fully attached.
And without these elements, there’s no guarantee they will happen.
“For the last year or two, studios have been offloading films like ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Solace’ and ‘The »
- John Hopewell and Dave McNary
It still may be early in the year, but this is already one of the strong Oscar contenders of 2013. I'm talking about the film Twelve Years a Slave, the next feature from auteur Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame), starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. The film is in post-production and Film Music Reporter (via The Playlist) has learned that McQueen has somehow nabbed Hans Zimmer to score the film, which is getting a late December release by Fox Searchlight. The blog says Zimmer "recently composed the score." Oscar winning composer Hans Zimmer is always hard at work throughout the entire year, and has his name personally attached to quite a few projects already. He scored Zack Snyder's Man of Steel coming up this summer, as well as Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger. »
- Alex Billington
Michael Fassbender is to play Macbeth in a new film version of the William Shakespeare tragedy, produced by the company behind Steve McQueen's Shame and the Oscar-winning The King's Speech. Screen Daily reports that the picture will be directed by the Australian film-maker Justin Kurzel, best known for his 2011 crime drama Snowtown.
Macbeth charts the rise and fall of a Scottish general, who seizes the throne with the help of his ambitious wife and eventually sparks a civil war. Shakespeare's play has been tackled in the past by directors such as Roman Polanski, Akira Kurosawa and Orson Welles, who described his 1948 adaptation as "a violently sketched charcoal drawing of a great play".
- Xan Brooks
This new version of 'the Scottish play' will be set in the 11th century and in the original language with Fassbender playing the ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord. It is said to be very "visceral" and will contain significant battle scenes.
The part of Lady Macbeth is currently being cast and talks are underway with at least one Hollywood leading actress.
"Snowtown" helmer Justin Kurzel is attached to direct the project which is targeting a shoot later this year. How this will affect Kurzel's commitment to the film adaptation of John Le Carre's "Our Kind of Traitor" is unknown right now.
- Garth Franklin
Michael Fassbender will star in a new version of Macbeth.
Screen Daily reports that Fassbender will play the lead role of a Scottish nobleman whose life is destroyed after he assassinates the king.
Casting is currently underway for the role of Lady Macbeth, the hero's manipulative and ambitious wife.
Watch James McAvoy discussing his recent run as Macbeth in the West End with Digital Spy below: »
The new movie from the director of Blue Valentine is a modern morality tale underpinned by outstanding central performances
Brother Tied, the first film by Derek Cianfrance, now aged 39, was made 15 years ago and apparently remains in some legal limbo, unreleased and unseen. His second film, Blue Valentine, released in 2010, attracted considerable attention for the outstanding performances of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as respectively a blue-collar worker and the middle-class medical student who gives up her studies to marry him. The movie traces their seven-year marriage achronologically, starting with its final collapse. But unlike Harold Pinter's Betrayal, which moves steadily back in time from bitter dissolution to propitious beginning, Blue Valentine hops around over the years as the couple reflect on their lives.
Cianfrance's ambitious new film, The Place Beyond the Pines, has a straight linear movement that sprawls and at times crawls over some 17 years. It's a »
- Philip French
Luke (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina
(Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke’s ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies – which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper).
- Michelle McCue
"Shadow Dancer," the narrative thriller from James Marsh ("Project Nim," "Man on Wire"), which premiered at Sundance and screened at Berlin, has a new poster (exclusive to Indiewire) that depicts the somber intensity of the film's story. Based on the novel of the same name by Tom Bradby, who also adapted the screenplay, "Shadow Dancer" stars Andrea Riseborough ("W.E.," "Made in Dagenham") as single mother and Ira member Collette McVeigh. The history of the Ira is a complicated one and to those of us in America who don't know it -- or who aren't somewhat familiar thanks to Steve McQueen's "Hunger"-- it is an Irish paramilitary organization which fought to remove Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom beginning in 1969. "Shadow Dancer," which takes place in the 1990s, follows Collette after she is arrested by MI5 officer Mac (Clive Owen) for a bomb plot in London. Mac gives Collette »
- Erin Whitney
Gist: After the divisive and award-winning Shame from 2011, McQueen’s latest is a period piece set in the 1800s about a man from the north who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south on a plantation in Louisana and its loaded with Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Quvenzhane Wallisi, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard.
Prediction: After premiering Hunger in the Un Certain Regard section and skipping out on the fest with his last, Fox Searchlight just announced a December release date and THR updated the status of the pic stating that this won’t be in time. We were thinking a definite Main Comp showing but now the chances are slim. Look for Venice, Tiff and/or Nyff for its North American premiere.
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- Moen Mohamed
Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that the company will release Regency Enterprises’ and River Road’s drama Twelve Years A Slave. Directed by Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) and written by John Ridley, based on the book by Solomon Northup, Twelve Years A Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender (who starred in McQueen’s previous films Hunger & Shame), Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Lupita Nyong’o and Paul Giamatti.
The film is scheduled to be released in theaters right in the middle of Awards season – Friday, December 27, 2013.
Twelve Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, »
- Michelle McCue
Coming off the heels of both an official December 27th release date and a Hollywood Reporter article suggesting it won't be done in time for Cannes, Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years a Slave" has been given an "R" rating by the MPAA roughly nine months in advance of its release date. Wouldn't that mean the film is indeed ready for Cannes? It's definitely unusual for a film to get a rating from the MPAA this far in advance and certainly suggests its done or close to it. With six weeks before Cannes kicks off, it seems like it could be ready for the fest after all. But now the question is more about whether distributor Fox decides to debut a film at a festival a full eight months before its theatrical release date. But hey, it didn't hurt "Amour" last year, did it? "Slave" -- McQueen's third after "Hunger" and »
- Peter Knegt
Michael Fassbender scored plenty of acting honors (but missed out on an Oscar nomination) for his last collaboration with director Steve McQueen, the erotic drama Shame, and it looks like their pair’s latest pic is being set up to give the very busy Prometheus star another shot at golden glory: Fox Searchlight will open the duo’s slavery drama Twelve Years a Slave in limited release on December 27 – just in time to qualify for next year’s Academy Awards.
- John Mitchell
Steve McQueen didn't make the list but Fassy still loves him (as do many of our contributors)Amir here, to bring you the first edition of Team Top Ten, a communal list by all of Film Experience’s contributors that will sit in for our regular Tuesday Top Ten list once a month. For our first episode, we’ve decided to rank the best new directors of the 21st century. These are all directors who have made their first film after 2000. (Short films, TV and theatre work didn’t render anyone ineligible. Only feature length fiction and documentary films were considered.)
I had a blast compiling the 18 lists of our contributors to arrive at the final ten because their submissions were incredibly eclectic and surprising. I’d made a bet with myself that Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) would top the list, and lo and behold, he failed to make the cut altogether, »
- Amir S.
Fox Searchlight took a huge gamble picking up Steve McQueen's Toronto 2010 entry "Shame," starring Michael Fassbender as a tormented sex addict, which hit theaters in 2011. Fans of McQueen's work (which also includes 2008's "Hunger") have been chomping at the bit for his next film. Searchlight is giving his "Twelve Years a Slave" --starring dream team Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano and Fassbender--a limited release on the Oscar-friendly date of December 27, 2013. Pint-sized Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (and Broadway's new "Annie") and Michael Kenneth Williams of "The Wire" also have roles in the sprawling cast. Written by John Ridley from the book by Solomon Northrup, the film centers on his true story: Northrup (Ejiofor), a freed black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War United States. Fassbender plays Northrop's malevolent slave owner, »
- Beth Hanna
It’s no secret that Michael Fassbender has become one of the most respected, sought-after new faces to hit Hollywood in the last ten years. The guy went from supporting face to leading man in record time, and is now looked at as being the sort of talent who will raise your movie to a whole other level if you manage to land him. If you’ve been following his career so far, then you know that a big reason for his success is the work he’s done with director Steve McQueen on his features Hunger and Shame. McQueen, a visual artist turned film director, has a unique style and a patient camera that’s well-suited to showing off an actor’s performance, and it was largely the work Fassbender did in his films that opened up eyes all over the industry to what he was capable of if given a meaty role. While »
- Nathan Adams
The Place Beyond the Pines leaves you tired and worn weary by as it revels in despair with no hope at the end of the tunnel. It's raw, real, downtrodden and forced. Is it good? It's solid. It's also too much of a "bad" thing. This is a drama that weighs on you like a ton of bricks as generations are affected by those before them -- the things they know; the things they don't know and what they'll soon learn. Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance exhibits his talent to tackle a sweeping narrative that runs all of two hours and 20 minutes, and the film's length is felt as a result of the weary state it leaves you in by the end. The story begins in the late 1990s, Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) is a stunt motorcyclist for a traveling carnival. During a stop in Schenectady, New York we learn »
- Brad Brevet
Latest McQueen directorial effort gets a North American release date Twelve Years a Slave, Steve McQueen's drama based on real-life events, will open in North America on December 27, 2013, Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced. In addition to directing the film, McQueen also co-wrote the screenplay with John Ridley (whose All Is by My Side, about Jimi Hendrix's early years, may also come out this year). (Pictured above: Chiwetel Ejiofor, this year's Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, and Kelsey Scott in TYaS. Please scroll down to check out the film's late-year competition.) Based on the autobiography of a man forced into slavery in the mid-19th century, Solomon Northup, Twelve Years follows the story free man Northup, kidnapped in Washington in 1841, only to be sold as a slave at a Louisiana cotton plantation where he was kept for twelve years. (Hence the film's and autobiography's title.) The film reportedly »
- Anna Robinson
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