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How's this for timing? The first trailer for Angelina Jolie's second directorial effort, "By the Sea" starring husband Brad Pitt, dropped on Thursday -- the same day news broke that Pitt's ex-wife Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux said "I do." The movie, which takes place in France during the mid-1970s, follows the tumultuous relationship of Vanessa (Jolie) and Roland (Pitt). Vanessa is a former dancer while Roland is a writer, and as they embark on a trip around the country -- eventually residing in a quiet seaside town -- their marriage begins to fall apart. Judging from this trailer, it definitely looks like one intense love story -- we're getting major "Blue Valentine" vibes from this clip. This is the first time in 10 years the real-life couple, who shot the drama while on their honeymoon, have starred together on the big screen since "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" ... where the »
- tooFab Staff
"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »
- Greg Gerke
We’ve all been there, crossing paths with someone who is able to completely take you back and keep you enthralled just at the idea of spending more time talking to them. That awkward feeling in your stomach and the adrenaline-filled, almost child-like excitement that makes you think or at least hope that you’ll be able to spend many moments like the one you’re experiencing. Chances are, if you’ve felt that and experienced that, you’ve also experienced the pain of things just not working out, further down the road. The change of personalities, the little things you once thought were adorable leading to the time in which you now find them annoying and hard to tolerate. It’s a sad and unfortunate part of life and of love, and without a single ounce of pretension or sappy cliches, these transitions are what make up Sam Esmail’s Comet, »
- Jerry Smith
The dog days of the summer are here. Stay indoors where there’s air conditioning and peruse our casting notices! Here are six to get you started! “The Girlfriend”This experimental short film inspired by “Blue Is the Warmest Color” and “Blue Valentine” calls for a supporting and a lead actor willing to emotionally invest in their roles. “The Girlfriend” centers on a young woman willing to go to great lengths, making extreme sacrifices in pursuit of a romantic relationship. The film will shoot out of L.A. with tentative dates. Copy, credit, and meals will be provided. “The Bluest Eye”Producers are seeking lead and supporting actors to play in New Orleans’ Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré’s stage adaptation of Toni Morrison’s titular book. Rehearsals are set for Oct. 26–Dec. 2, with a Dec. 3–20 run. This is an Equity Nola contract. Auditions are Aug. 17 and 18. “Dope Crash »
Mendelsohn plays Gerry, a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begins to change when he meets Curtis (Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans.
As they make their way down the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis manage to find themselves in just about every bar, racetrack, casino, and pool hall they can find, experiencing both incredible highs and dispiriting lows, but ultimately forging a deep and genuine bond that will stay with them long after their adventure is over.
Reminiscent of classic 1970s American Cinema, Mississippi Grind is an unforgettable journey featuring two characters who—flawed as they may be—are always worth rooting for. »
- Michelle McCue
“Love,” one of the most buzzed-about selections at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, premiered on Wednesday night as part of this year’s midnight section. Gaspar Noe’s relationship drama, which just as easily could have been called “Lust,” made headlines before it screened because of its explicit sex scenes.
The Cannes audience got an eyeful, and not just because the film was shot in 3D. “Love” pushes the envelope even further than Lar von Trier’s unrated “Nymphomaniac,” and makes “Fifty Shades of Grey” look like “Pillow Talk.”
The movie from Argentinian director Noe (“Irreversible”) features real sex (or what appears to be actual sex) with full frontal nudity — there are many close-up shots of genitalia — oral sex, intercourse and ejaculation. An orgy scene toward the end of the film is reminiscent of “Eyes Wide Shut,” only the actors are nude and aroused.
There’s also two threesome »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The film will follow geologist Michael Acosta (Ramírez) and a prospector called Walsh (McConaughey), who team up to uncover huge deposits of gold in the heart of the Indonesian jungle.
Variety reports that Williams will play McConaughey's wife in the project.
The production is due to start filming in June in New York, New Mexico and Thailand.
Williams recently starred in World War II drama Suite Française alongside Kristen Scott Thomas. Watch a trailer below: »
Cargo Entertainment and Radiant Films Intl. have entered into a strategic partnership to expand their combined production, finance and sales operations.
Cargo has made an investment in Radiant, with Radiant’s president and CEO, Mimi Steinbauer, assuming the additional role of Cargo’s president of distribution. Steinbauer and the sales team, which includes newly appointed Radiant senior VP John Short, will handle foreign sales for all Cargo titles under the newly formed partnership.
With a focus on combining their respective areas of expertise to build a slate of high-quality commercial films, Cargo and Radiant are looking to jointly finance, produce and launch four to six films a year.
The companies will work side by side on joint initiatives, but continue to operate as two separate entities. Radiant Films Intl.’s slate of titles being sold at Cannes include the newly announced romantic comedy “Carrie Pilby,” starring Hailee Steinfeld and Tom Wilkinson. »
- Leo Barraclough
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
Michelle Williams is one hot mama! The actress attended the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016 Resort Collection in Palm Springs, California on Wednesday, where she stunned wearing a patterned cocktail dress and black booties. The "My Week with Marilyn" actress also debuted her even lighter, platinum blonde locks, which fell right above her shoulders. Williams finished her look with natural makeup and styled her short blonde tresses in loose waves. While we've rarely seen the "Dawson's Creek" alum at public events recently, she definitely stole the spotlight sitting front row at the Louis Vuitton fashion show. It does help that the 34-year-old is close with the French fashion house -- the "Blue Valentine" actress has starred in three of the brand's campaigns! Michelle definitely looked like she was enjoying herself, too. Williams was spotted chatting with stars like Selena Gomez, Miranda Kerr and Catherine Deneuve at the high-profile event. What do you »
- tooFab Staff
Natalie Portman and husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the Red Carpet Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars Best Actress winner Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied (at the time, Portman's husband-to-be)* arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Portman took home the Oscar for her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan. An international box office hit, Black Swan was also a Best Picture nominee, ultimately losing the Oscar to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Besides Natalie Portman and dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also in the Black Swan cast are Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. Portman's fellow Best Actress contenders were: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Natalie Portman had been previously nominated in »
- D. Zhea
Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the Oscars, with a purple-garbed Scarlett Johansson in the background Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the 83rd Academy Awards A bit of newfangled Old Hollywood glamour as five-time Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, who presented the 2011 Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Make-Up, and two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams are seen chatting backstage during the live broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Cate Blanchett Oscar nominations Cate Blanchett took home the 2004 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes. Blanchett's other Oscar nominations were the following: Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth (1998). Best Supporting Actress for Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal (2006). Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Best »
- D. Zhea
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone sizzled with on-screen chemistry in “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” and now they’ll get the chance to do that again — this time with song added to the mix. The two actors are officially set to lead musical movie “La La Land,” Lionsgate announced via press release on Thursday. Directed by Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-nominated writer-director of “Whiplash,” the musical is about Sebastian (Gosling) and Mia (Stone), are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love,” the press release detailed. “But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.” It’ll be a third movie project together for the duo, who also co-starred in “Gangster Squad.” The two actors have each given audience a taste of »
- Emily Rome
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
Here's your daily dose of an Indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: is this a movie you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments. Border Crossing Tweetable Logline: Josh Charles and Julia Stiles star in Bette Gordon’s film "Border Crossing," based on the novel by Booker Prize-winner Pat Barker. Elevator Pitch: "Border Crossing" is an intense psychological thriller about children who commit murder and the destruction that’s left behind in the wake of those terrible crimes. Production Team: Bette Gordon ("Handsome Harry," "Luminous Motion," "Variety") - DirectorJamin O'Brien ("Handsome Harry," "Killer Joe," Hateship Loveship") - ProducerElizabeth Kling ("Deadwood," "The Killing") - ProducerDaniel L. Blanc - ProducerRadium Cheung ("Blue Valentine," "All is Lost") - Cinematographer About »
- Indiewire Staff
Michelle Williams is startling with tousled blonde hair in a new photo spread in the UK edition of Elle magazine that celebrates bright spring colors. Williams has a new movie on the way about forbidden love in World War II. The film, “Suite française,” is her first since 2013’s “Oz the Great and Powerful,” a Disney blockbuster that was atypical for her career. Williams, 34, has always favored smaller indie productions like 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain,” 2010’s “Blue Valentine” and 2011’s “My Week with Marilyn.” ...Read More »
Based on the off-Broadway musical from Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years charts the break-up of a marriage from duelling perspectives. Essentially, this makes it the feel-bad musical of the year, Blue Valentine with the perky songs masking marital despair.
Despite two capable stars in Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, and the Oscar-nominated Richard Lagravenese in the director's chair, The Last Five Years ends up being significantly less than the sum of its parts. In fact, it's a disappointment on pretty much every level, even leaving something of a sour taste in the mouth thanks to some dubious gender politics.
Jordan plays Jamie, an up-and-coming novelist whose career rapidly takes off while wife Cathy (Kendrick) struggles to make it as an actress. What kills this film stone-dead is »
Sometimes it's no fun being Ryan Gosling. No, not the actor who's the beloved star of The Notebook and Blue Valentine, but the filmmaker who saw his deeply-personal directorial debut Lost River savaged by critics at Cannes last year. Debuting three years after Drive blew the roof off the festival's Palais, Lost River received the kind of drubbing that'd have you believe it was a crime against cinema.
Fast forward to now and it's arriving to the masses with around 15 minutes shorn from the Cannes cut - diminished expectations end up doing it lot of favours. Gosling shoots for the stars with Lost River and doesn't quite make it, but why vilify him for showing ambition? Had this been made by a first-timer who wasn't an A-list actor, »
Read More: Watch: Gorgeous Supercut Puts the First and Final Shots of Movies Side-by-Side What happens when you compile a bunch of dance scenes from various films together into one video, along to the catchy Walk the Moon song, "Shut Up and Dance"? The result is impressively joyful. This video features a number of indie and classic films where characters, well, just shut up and dance. Academy Award favorites like "Silver Linings Playbook," "American Beauty" and "Slumdog Millionaire" get some attention. Then there's smaller indies like the relationship deconstructing "Blue Valentine," the Coen Brothers' crime-comedy "Burn After Reading," the delightful "Little Miss Sunshine," the unconventional romantic comedy "(500) Days of Summer" and the 2014 UK comedy "Pride," about gay activists helping miners during a 1984 strike. Will you shut up and dance along to the video? Watch and find out. Read »
- Travis Clark
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