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We haven't gathered links in a few days so we're way behind on news and such. Here's a few handfuls for ya...
The Wire David Sims measures the cast of Expendables 3 by every conceivable metric
The Hairpin 'The only Throwback Thursday that matters.' Amen
Balder & Dash Teo Bugbee has a massive two part essay on the films of the Coen Bros for your reading pleasure
IndieWire interviews Michael Fassbender and gets him to say "size doesn't matter" -ha!
Comics Alliance "Thanos is really bad at being a supervillain" - I thought I was insane when GotG premiered and everyone was endlessly raving. How do you rave about a heroes movie when the villains suck? I've noticed more and more people are complaining about Marvel's shitty track record with the baddies. Hopefully they can course correct. »
- NATHANIEL R
Last month we learned Rachel Weisz might be joining Michael Fassbender in Derek Cianfrance's (The Place Beyond The Pines, Blue Valentine) The Light Between Oceans, and it's been announced Weisz has been cast in the adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina) will also star in the period drama, and filming for it will begin next month in New Zealand. Here's the book description from Amazon: After four »
- Jesse Giroux
Luke Sital-Singh has reworked a selection of songs from iconic films.
The British singer-songwriter has comprised an Ep titled 'Film Songs', including his favourite soundtrack moments from films such as Blue Valentine, Juno and The Wrestler.
"One of the great things about music is its way of enhancing the experiences and emotions we all go through. Basically how great songs soundtrack our lives," Sital-Singh said of the Ep.
"What would life be like without soundtracks? Can you imagine your favourite film without that bit with that song? It doesn't bear thinking about."
Sital-Singh's collection comes ahead of the release of his debut album The Fire Inside, which drops on August 18 through Parlophone.
The full 'Film Songs' Ep is currently available on Spotify. »
Entertainment One (eOne), in association with Shivani Rawat and Nimitt Mankad, through ShivHans Pictures, and Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof, through Electric City Entertainment, announced today that it has secured the international rights to Captain Fantastic, the comedy-drama starring Viggo Mortensen, written and directed by Matt Ross. eOne will handle sales of the film in all territories outside of the Us, as well as directly distribute Captain Fantastic through its own distribution infrastructure in the UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand.
It was also announced today that Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle, and Erin Moriarty have joined the film's cast, which also features Frank Langella and a group of up-and-comers including George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell.
Electric City's Howell and Patricof are producing the film alongside Rawat and Mankad. Rawat is also financing the film via her ShivHans Pictures banner. ShivHans' Monica Levinson is executive producing. »
It’s a thought that has persisted in cinema for well over a century. Love is what motivates characters; it’s a dream they want to realize, a reality they have to face, the content of their musings in their nightly diary entries.
Decades of cinema have seen the nature of other genres completely overturned. More and more, horrors are gearing towards high-concept supernatural thrillers over human killers; comedies are willing to get raunchier, with a whole lot more swearing; action movies are only too eager to show off brutal set-pieces; and comic book movies and sci-fi films have the effects capable of making the unreal real.
But romance? How much has that changed? And how much do we really want it to? »
- Kenji Lloyd
2015 will be filled with some ridiculously-sized blockbusters, and while those are all well and good, I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye on The Light Between Oceans. The story takes place on a remote Australian island following World War I and “follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and an infant. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences are devastating." The adaptation of M.L. Stedman‘s debut novel is being directed by Derek Cianfrance, who previously helmed the haunting Blue Valentine and the powerful, family epic The Place Beyond the Pines. Furthermore, he's attracted yet another talented cast. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are attached to play the lighthouse keeper and the wife with Rachel Weisz in talks to play the child's mother. That's a lot of talent for one film, »
- Matt Goldberg
Even though it’s only July, it’s hard to imagine watching a better-made movie in 2014 than “Boyhood.” Shot in secret over 12 years, director Richard Linklater captures the journey, and struggles, of growing up — his lead actor Ellar Coltrane ages in real time, from 6 to 18 onscreen. No other film has ever been made this way. Coltrane could have bailed from the project once he hit puberty, since even the strictest contract couldn’t keep him on a project for so long, but he stuck it through to the end (along with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, who play his parents).
For millennials and movie buffs, Linklater, who is 53, is one of the most influential directors of the arthouse boom of the early ’90s. When I recently interviewed Chris Evans, he said he modeled his upcoming directorial debut, “1:30 Train,” on “Before Sunset.” You could argue that Linklater, who was influenced by the French New Wave, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]
• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »
- Jake Perlman
Earlier this year, we learned that Michael Fassbender was going to team with Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Dianfrance for The Light Between Oceans, an adaptation of M.L. Stedman's novel of the same name set up at DreamWorks. The story follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife in Western Australia after World War I when they find a dead body in a rowboat along with a 2-month old baby girl. While the husband wants to report the deceased and the baby, his wife decides it's a gift from God. And now THR reports Rachel Weisz is being lined up to take the role of Fassbender's wife. More below! Everything seems to be going smoothly as two enjoy their isolated life at the lighthouse, raising the baby Lucy as their own, until they take a trip to the mainland, and see that their choice to »
- Ethan Anderton
After taking on roles in thrillers like Dream House and The Bourne Legacy, then a supporting part in the big-budget blockbuster Oz the Great and Powerful, Rachel Weisz is getting back to smaller dramatic fare by joining Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in the Derek Cianfrance-directed The Light Between Oceans.
The drama, an adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman, is set on a remote island off the coast of Australia in the years following World War I. It centers on a lighthouse keeper (Fassbender) and his lonely wife (Vikander), who are faced with an unexpected moral conundrum when a small boat containing a dead man and a two-month-old infant washes ashore. When the pair decide to keep the child and raise it as their own, the consequences of that choice are devastating.
Weisz is set to play the mother of the infant, who »
- Isaac Feldberg
Michael Fassbender has so many projects coming up—"Slow West," "Macbeth," "Assassin's Creed," an untitled Terrence Malick film—we nearly forgot about "The Light Between Oceans." And shame on us because it's directed by Derek Cianfrance, who has knocked it out of the park with his last two films, "Blue Valentine" and "The Place Between The Pines." And the project is adding another exciting name. The Wrap reports that Rachel Weisz is in early discussions to join the film, which also has Alicia Vikander on board. Based on the book by M.L. Stedman, and set in the West Coast of Australia around Wwi, the story centers on a lighthouse keeper and his wife and the moral consequences they must face when they find a 2-month-old girl and a dead body in a rowboat, and decide to raise the baby as their own. The blessing soon turns tragic and presumably rips the relationship apart. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With news that Eva Mendes is having a baby with longtime boyfriend Ryan Gosling, we're celebrating the couple's upcoming addition with a look at Ryan's cutest interactions with kids. On screen, in The Place Beyond the Pines, Ryan and Eva's characters have a child together, and stills from the film show Ryan sweetly holding onto the baby boy. And in real life, Ryan was seen making funny faces with his Blue Valentine costar back in 2010. Sure, you may be grieving over Ryan having a baby with another woman, but maybe it will help to see all these cute photos as proof that he'll be an adorable, doting dad. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Use the F-word twice in a movie? That’ll cost you. Don’t remember to count the number of pelvic thrusts you showed? Now you’re in trouble. Showing full frontal female or male nudity and don’t have good distribution? You’re done before you even started.
Hollywood’s rating scale is broken. The MPAA’s system of G, PG, PG-13, R and Nc-17 has meant increasingly less since it came into use in 1968. For years there have been cases of major studio pictures with obscene stretches of violence passing as PG-13 to boost summer box office receipts, while the harmless Oscar winner The King’s Speech was slapped with an R-rating for fear children would be corrupted by hearing Colin Firth use profanity.
- Brian Welk
Nick Cassavetes, director of The Notebook, revealed that stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams frequently fought while filming, and it got so bad that Gosling once asked to have McAdams removed from set.
To celebrate the film’s tenth anniversary – The Notebook came out in 2004 – Vh1 spoke with director Cassavetes about the production of the film, including the casting of the two leads, McAdams and Gosling.
Despite their off screen relationship, Cassavetes revealed that Gosling and McAdams would often butt heads on set. In fact, one day, tensions ran so high that Gosling took Cassavetes aside and asked if McAdams could be asked to leave the set.
“Maybe I’m not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set. Really not. And Ryan came to me, and there’s 150 people standing in this big scene, »
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
SundanceTV is embracing television’s auteur moment with an ambitious development slate that aims to capitalize on the new flexibility offered by limited-run series.
The cabler is building on the foundation of its first two original series, “Rectify” and this year’s “The Red Road,” as it looks to greenlight its next wave of original series. The glowing reviews for the second season of “Rectify,” which bowed earlier this month, have gone a long way to convincing creative talent that a six-episode order on SundanceTV can make a big splash, if the material has the goods.
Sarah Barnett, SundanceTV prexy, said the combination of new revenue sources from Svod and international players and the openness of creative talent to taking non-traditional approaches to scripted production has greatly expanded the horizons for niche cablers.
“We are at a fantastic moment in the business where we no longer just have to monetize our shows through advertising on-air. »
- Cynthia Littleton
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