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As part of a new series in which we offer careers advice to people in the movie business, here’s a two-or-three step plan for the Gozzle to regain his professional schizzle
Hey, guy, you’ve come a long way. You were cute as a Disney-branded button next to Justin Timberlake on the Mickey Mouse Club, before your first feature role (as a neo-Nazi teen in The Believer) won you near-universal acclaim. You turned fans’ pages in Nicholas Sparks weepie The Notebook, then hauled yourself out of dumb hunk purgatory by taking a couple of indie roles – a sex-doll seducing sweetie in Lars and the Real Girl and a lovelorn schlub in Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine – that were as weird as they were satisfying. Then up popped Nicolas Winding Refn, jingling the keys to a part that would rev your stock to the stars. The nastier Drive got (your »
- Henry Barnes
Read More: Watch: Supercut Studies The Use Of Red And Blue In Derek Cianfrance's 'Blue Valentine' An early glimpse has just been released that will undoubtedly whet your appetite for Derek Cianfrance's upcoming emotional roller coaster, "The Light Between Oceans." The stunning picture, which first appeared on The Film Stage, shows breakout star Alicia Vikander standing on a precipice in front of the Indian Ocean. This follow-up to Cianfrance's triptych "The Place Beyond the Pines" features an equally formidable cast led by Vikander, Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz. Based on the novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman, "The Light Between Oceans" tells the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a baby washed ashore in a rowboat and raise it as their own. The picture offers an early look at the devastatingly beautiful Australian frontier that serves as the backdrop for the drama. »
- Tarek Shoukri
One of my favorite filmmakers working today is Derek Cianfrance, behind the films Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines. Cianfrance's next feature is an adaptation of M.L. Stedman's novel called The Light Between Oceans, about a lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raising a baby they find. Alicia Vikander stars with Michael Fassbender as the married couple on the island, and the cast also includes Rachel Weisz, Emily Barclay and a few others. This first look photo of Vikander standing on a bluff over the ocean is a gorgeous photo and the only shot we've seen from this so far. This is a film I have been tracking closely and I'm already impatient to see, don't even need any footage. Here's the first look photo from Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans, first found by The Film Stage: The synopsis for the »
- Alex Billington
The director said he will be rejecting the rating and will appeal the decision. This isn’t the first time Moore has clashed with the MPAA’s ratings board. He previously appealed the R rating given to “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Other Moore pictures have attracted attention for their ratings — the late film critic Roger Ebert slammed the MPAA for giving an R to Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine,” and “60 Minutes” devoted a program to examining why his film “Roger and Me” earned the same designation.
Other high-profile projects, such as “Blue Valentine” and “Bully,” have gone head-to-head with the ratings board in recent years with varying degrees of success. “Blue Valentine” was appealing to change its Nc-17 designation to an R, but “Bully” had »
- Brent Lang
Though the film was released nearly five years ago, the lingering romantic essence of Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine” remains. Named after a Tom Waits album and boasting a soundtrack by Grizzly Bear, the picture is a realist tale of what happens when you fall in and out of love, featuring terrific performances from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Read More: Review: 'Blue Valentine' Delivers With A Prickly, Raw, Devastating Punch In this short but apt video from Between Frames, we are given insight to Cianfrance’s use of red and blue throughout the film. Blue may be an obvious choice, but seems less so when you see the surreptitious uses here and there depicting the drifting moods of the characters. The use of red, particularly with respect to children, is abundant and seems to denote happier or angrier moments. After watching this essay, you’ll certainly want to revisit the 2010 drama. »
- Samantha Vacca
The film, set in a world one year after the existence of the afterlife has been scientifically proven, will be directed by Charlie McDowell from a script he co-wrote with Justin Lader. Hoult plays the son of the man responsible for this discovery and Mara plays a woman he falls in love with whose life is tinged by a tragic past.
Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures are co-financing the film, and Protagonist will introduce it to international buyers at the American Film Market. ICM Partners is handling domestic rights.
Producers are Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and James D. Stern of Endgame Entertainment. Orlovsky’s credits include “The Place Beyond The Pines,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Wolfpack” and “Half Nelson” while Stern and Endgame have produced Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects, »
- Dave McNary
Early on in her seminal text, From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies, critic Molly Haskell makes dismissive note of the “modern” movie, something that was then purported by many to be a corrective to classical filmmaking. One of its chief tenets, she claimed, was that we came out of the theatre feeling superior to the foibles and insanity of the characters. Furthermore, she points to John Cassavetes’ Minnie & Moskowitz as representational of where modern screen romance stood, claiming its disorganized, improvised approach (“letting it all out”) was a poor substitute for the way an old Hollywood master (e.g. Howard Hawks) created order and understanding out of the chaos of relationships.
If Cassavetes was synonymous with what drove the culture wars of the 1970’s, then what do we make of his supposed compatriots and kindred spirits, particularly Maurice Pialat, the one labelled by many as »
- Ethan Vestby
Starz announced today it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to The Family Fang, and is planning a significant 2016 theatrical release through Starz Digital, its multi-platform releasing team.
A comedic family drama directed by Jason Bateman (Bad Words) The Family Fang stars Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole, The Hours, Moulin Rouge!); Bateman (The Gift, Horrible Bosses, “Arrested Development”), and co-stars Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken (Jersey Boys, Catch Me If You Can, Wedding Crashers) and Maryann Plunkett (“House of Cards,” Blue Valentine, The Squid and the Whale).
The film was well received by critics and audiences at its recent premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Wilson, The Family Fang was written by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Following the theatrical release, The Family Fang will have an on-demand release, and an exclusive TV premiere on Starz. The deal was »
- Michelle McCue
The way a film starts and the way it ends can tell a lot about a movie, as well as the particular style of the director behind the project. Numerous films throughout history have had memorable opening and closing shots that have elevated the feature in question, while also taking on a life of their own as iconic moments in cinema.
Following his first exploration of first and final frames in film, vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has revisited the topic in a new video, looking at 70 new films and how their opening and closing mirror each other. Swinney had this to say in the episode description.
After numerous requests, I finally decided to create a sequel to “First and Final Frames”. Part II plays the opening and closing shots of 70 films side-by-side. Like the first video, some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Sundance Institute has selected 10 projects for its second Episodic Story Lab for creators of TV and Online series. Fellows this year hail from diverse creative disciplines including filmmaking, music, literature, comedy and new media. This year’s projects, chosen from out of more than 2,500 submissions, come from creators including Matt Berninger of rock band The National; Oscar-nominated filmmakers of The Square, Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim; and Blue Valentine… »
Matt Berninger of band The National, Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim from Academy-nominated The Square and Blue Valentine co-writer Cami Delavigne are among participants selected for Sundance Institute’s second Episodic Story Lab.
The 10 Fellows are:
Michael Krikorian for 12 Miles South;
John Lopez for Crude;
Christianne Hedtke for Degenerates;
Maria Melnik for Hell or High Water;
Mishna Wolff for I’m Down;
Mac Smullen for Mk-ultra;
Cami Delavigne for The Sleep; and
Akilah Hughes and Lyle Friedman for Unlikely.
Fellows will receive yer-rund support and will work under creative advisors Rich Appel from Family Guy, Mara Brock Akil from Being Mary Jane, Howard Gordon from Homeland and Jenni Konner from Girls, among others.
The 2015 Episodic Story Lab is one of the 24 workshops the Institute hosts each year for independent artists in theatre, film, new media and episodic content.
“By offering »
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
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