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Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander will soon enter the race for Academy Awards later this month for their roles in Steve Jobs and The Danish Girl, respectively, though thanks to Disney and DreamWorks’ move to peg Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans for September 2, the pair already have an early contender for next year’s race.
As the director behind The Place Beyond the Pines and heartfelt drama Blue Valentine, Cianfrance’s period drama has been attracting its fair share of pre-release buzz, and while Steve Jobs and The Danish Girl effectively pushed production back, the filmmaker’s upcoming adaptation has plot course for an awards-friendly release.
Also starring Rachel Weisz, The Light Between Oceans places Fassbender as an ageing lighthouse keeper, who struggles with his wife (Vikander) to fulfil their dream of parenthood following a stillbirth and numerous miscarriages. Luck suddenly begins to shine in the pair’s favor, »
- Michael Briers
With filming kicking off in the fall of 2014, things have been pretty quiet around "Blue Valentine" and "The Place Beyond The Pines" director Derek Cianfrance's "The Light Between Oceans." The picture didn't pop up as some expected on the festival circuit in 2015, but the official release date for the movie now paints a worrying picture for the movie. Disney has officially slated the drama to hit theaters on September 2nd. Labor Day weekend is traditionally a dumping ground, and this year is not much different, with the Natalie Dormer horror flick "Patient Zero," and Relativity thriller "Solace," starring Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins, set to arrive (though things could change for this picture, which has already been released internationally, given the instability of the studio). Last year, the big wide-release movie for the holiday crowd was "The Transporter Refueled." In 2014, it was the horror "As Above, So »
- Kevin Jagernauth
London/Madrid – In a sign of building concentration in the world’s international film sales’ sector, as well-known players’ seeking to spark synergies and economies of scale while broadening the breadth of combined slates, Simon Crowe’s London-based Sc Films and Marina Fuentes’ 6 Sales, located in Madrid, are joining forces.
Kicking off at February’s Berlin European Film Market, Sc Films will represent 6 Sales’ slate. Fuentes, who will continue to head 6 Sales, will attend Berlin to take meetings on 6 Sales titles. She will relocate all 6 Sales operations, including bookings and collections, to Sc Films’ London offices by March 1.
The operational alliance builds on current relations. Sc Films and 6 Sales already have two joint animation productions in early development, Crowe said. The partners also look a good fit. Launched 2006 by Crowe and tech entrepreneur Matthew Joynes, Sc Films does make live-action pick-ups, such as France-set suspense-thriller “Road Games,” from “The Host »
- John Hopewell
Michelle Williams appears in two of the buzziest movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” she plays the wife of Casey Affleck’s character, who returns to his Massachusetts hometown to deal with a family tragedy. And in Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women,” she portrays a high-powered woman in an ensemble piece based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Williams couldn’t make the trek to Park City this year, because she’s in rehearsals for the Broadway play “Blackbird,” but she spoke to Variety by phone about both her projects.
Let’s start with “Manchester by the Sea.” Can you tell me how you got involved with that?
It was just Kenny. I had done a reading of one of his plays years ago, and had a fondness for him since then. And then I read this and wanted to do it immediately. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The Sundance Film Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.
Love & Friendship
Directed and written by Whit Stillman
The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan, and Barcelona were amongst the best of 90s independent cinema, if one had the stomach for incessant dissections of ego, academia, and capitalism. With more talking than action, director/writer Whit Stillman brought us complex comedies of manners that had to be intently listened to in order to distill satisfaction. Selfish and »
- Lane Scarberry
"The Light Between Oceans" (dir. Derek Cianfrance)Derek Cianfrance broke out in 2010 with his harrowing marital drama "Blue Valentine," which showed the visceral power in which he could depict the soaring highs and crippling lows of an intimate relationship. After taking an ambitious detour with the triptych drama "The Place Beyond the Pines" in 2013, it looks like Cianfrance will be flexing his initial strength once more in "The Light Between Oceans," based on the bestselling novel by M. L. Stedman. Featuring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, the drama centers on a lighthouse keeper and his wife after they find a child washed ashore on a lifeboat and raise it as their own. Pairing Fassbender and Vikander at this point in their careers is simply too good to be true, and with some top talent behind the scenes, including "Macbeth" cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, "Oceans" has everything in place to be a. »
- Zack Sharf
Based on the best-selling novel by M.L. Stedman, Fassbender stars as lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne who is stationed off the coast of Western Australia with his wife Isabel (Vikander) on a peaceful island where they are the only inhabitants. After rescuing an infant who washes up on the shore in of their remote world in a row boat, the couple is left to face the consequences of their actions upon returning to the mainland where they learn that the real world revolves around more than just their small family.
Co-starring Rachel Weisz, The Light Between Oceans is directed by Derek Cianfrance who showed us the dark side of romance in Blue Valentine. Expect plenty of on-screen chemistry between the film’s two stars who parlayed their movie romance into reality for »
- Rachel West
You always remember your first time — watching a sex scene, that is. While the MPAA may still prefer violence-laden films over ones with even the briefest hint of sexuality, there’s no denying that some of cinema’s most memorable scenes involve lovemaking. Knowing this full well, W Magazine set out to poll dozens of top actors on their most memorable sex-scene-viewing experience, and today we have all the results.
The picks include Cate Blanchett‘s experience in third grade, Paul Dano on Notorious, Jennifer Jason Leigh picks In the Realm of the Senses and Don’t Look Now, Jake Gyllenhaal talks Out of Sight and Jerry Maguire, Alicia Vikander on seeing Blue Valentine alone, while Rooney Mara names Rust & Bone (and also talks her crying fit during Toy Story 3).
- Leonard Pearce
Auteurs working within the confines of the studio system tend to disappoint, though we try to keep hope alive by anticipating the best for talented directors braving compromised visions. 2015 wasn’t without its fair share of standout studio fare, particularly with George Miller’s comeback for Mad Max: Fury Road, Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Inarritu’s The Revenant, and J.J. Abram’s revitalization of Star Wars. Of course, there were just as many disappointments, including David Gordon Green’s Our Brand is Crisis and the Wachowski Siblings’ rather derivative Jupiter Ascending. While a couple items from our top 25 studio list last year were held over, we’ve noted a bright clutch of hopeful auteur items to look forward to in 2016. You’ll notice a common theme among our top items, including supernatural or extraterrestrial elements.
25. The Accountant – Gavin O’Connor
23. The Disaster Artist »
- Nicholas Bell
9 items from 2016
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