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This summer the immigration crisis hit a feverish high with tens of thousands of women and children crossing the border illegally in search of a safe haven from dangerous Central American countries like Honduras. The situation was met with both compassion and the red foreheads of those afraid that starving children (yes, children) were here to kill us with leprosy or by depleting our national reserve of Fruit Roll-Ups. Texas Governor Rick Perry even stated that the influx of large number of child immigrants may have been part of a detailed plan crafted by the drug cartels, although he didn’t go into specifics on what the plan was meant to achieve. This short film from Josh Soskin lives next door to the issue. It features a young boy trying to save his mother’s life. Desperate for money, he accepts the worst job possible. With shades of Sin Nombre (which rightly vaulted Cary Fukunaga into prominence »
- Scott Beggs
HBO has been eyeing Lin to direct, an minimum, the first two episodes of True Detective’s next season, according to Deadline. When approached to weigh in on Lin’s potential involvement, HBO declined to comment.
All eight episodes of True Detective’s debut season were directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre). Fukunaga was celebrated for his talents in the critically lauded TV series at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards, where he received the Outstanding Director for a Drama Series award, beating out Tim Van Patten (Boardwalk Empire), Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), David Evans (Downton Abbey), Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) and Carl Franklin (House of Cards).
In addition to a number of Fast and Furious movies, »
. Measured and absorbing rather than deeply compelling or vital, this latest adaptation of a rarely well-filmed novel makes a strong effort to capture the stiflingly provincial world that Flaubert was able to describe in such precise, painstaking detail on the page. If the slow-burning result falls somewhat short of that admittedly Herculean feat, there are fine compensations in Barthes’ exquisite visual sense (aided by Andrij Parekh’s widescreen imagery) and another fiercely unsympathetic performance from Mia Wasikowska in the title role. Following its Telluride and Toronto berths, this classy period piece deserves to find a discerning arthouse niche.
Although Flaubert’s once-controversial realist masterwork has yielded no shortage of TV and film adaptations (including Vincente Minnelli’s 1949 version and Claude Chabrol’s 1991 picture with Isabelle Huppert), Barthe’s film is billing itself as the first one to be directed by a woman — a savvy enough hook for this particular proto-feminist literary heroine. »
- Justin Chang
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Step aside, Jon Hamm. Matthew McConaugh-who? Last night’s Emmy Awards proved that True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga is hotter than any A-lister we’ve previously coveted, and that man braids are making a big comeback. The internet thinks so, too.
Fukunaga has come a long way since his days as a production assistant for the Destiny’s Child “Survivor” video. Before linking up with the True Detective team, he made a name for himself on the indie circuit with Sundance hit Sin Nombre in 2009, as well as 2011′s Jane Eyre, starring Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska. He directed all eight episodes of the HBO series, and won the award for Outstanding Directing of a Drama Series. When he did, Twitter exploded.
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Could it be the nerdy-sexy look? That chiseled jaw? Don’t let the braids fool you (and if you’re into them, more power »
- Taylor Ferber
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga was thrust into the limelight on Monday night when he won the award for outstanding directing for a drama series for True Detective. While Cary's achievement was certainly noteworthy, what really got everyone talking online were the square-jawed good looks of the 37-year-old winner. In fact, some people went as far as to declare Cary the hottest straight guy at the Emmys, beating out tough competition from Matthew McConaughey, Jon Hamm, and, well, a lot of other people. There's a lot that's squeal-worthy about Cary, from his man braids to the fact that he got his start working on the Destiny's Child "Survivor" video. He also directed 2009's Sin Nombre and 2011's Jane Eyre, he serves as an executive producer on True Detective, he used to date Michelle Williams, and he's a polyglot. But we know what you are really looking for - hot pictures of »
Cary Fukunaga Wins Emmy, Earns Twitter Buzz
Fukunaga, 37, directed all eight episodes of HBO’s hit drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, but he easily eclipsed the two actors, receiving immediate love from viewers on Twitter for his good looks and daring French braids.
The thirst for Cary Fukunaga is so real and important
— Jett Rink (@jessiekaiser) August 26, 2014
— 7oanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) August 26, 2014
I am not generally a fan of man-braids, but hello, Cary Fukunaga you make a strong case, sir.
— Una Lamarche (@sassycurmudgeon) August 26, 2014
— Katie Walsh (@katiewalshstx) August 26, 2014
Cary Fukunaga is so. Damn. Fine. »
For the second year running and for its final season, Breaking Bad won Outstanding Drama Series at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards. It virtually swept the awards in an especially stacked year, also picking up awards for Best Actor Bryan Cranston, Best Supporting Actress Anna Gunn, Best Supporting Actor Aaron Paul, and Best Writing for Moira Walley-Becket for the episode “Ozymandias”.
Only new HBO drama True Detective swiped a major award away from the AMC smash, when Cary Joji Fukunaga (also of films Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre) picked up the award for Best Directing. The other major award went to Julianna Marguiles for Best Actress in a Drama for her show The Good Wife, making this her second Emmy for The Good Wife and third overall (ER).
- Brian Welk
Mexican David Pablos’ “Las Elegidas,” “Domestic Animals,” from Colombia’s Andres Baiz, and “Franco’s Night,” by Bernardo Arellano, also from Mexico, will feature at the San Sebastian Fest’s 3rd Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum.
Event will be energized by a Focus on Canada, organized with Telefilm Canada, which will see 12 Canadian producers attending the Forum.
Rapidly positioning as San Sebastian’s centerpiece industry event – 365 meeting were held in 2012 at the co-pro mart, 461 in 2013 – the Forum runs Sept. 22-24, parallel to San Sebastian’s Films in Progress pix-in-post strand, fest’s other big industry lure..
Select projects will be invited by Cannes Marche du Film and Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute to attend Ventana Sur, which these two entities co-organize, and then Cannes’ Market next May. Projects will compete this year as last for an Egeda Award, granted by the Madrid-based Audiovisual Producers Rights Management Assn., which comes with a $10,000 cash prize. »
- John Hopewell
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has bestowed a grant upon Sundance Institute for the second year running to support professional training and development of emerging feature film artists.
The grant supports four annual Labs hosted by the Institute’s Feature Film Program (Ffp): the June Screenwriters Lab, the Directors Lab, the Creative Producing Lab and the Creative Producing Summit.
Films supported by Ffp include Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda (pictured), Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre, Cherien Dabis’ Amreeka, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Stories of illegal migrants who die crossing the Mexico/Us border are nothing new (with Sin Nombre one of the best among them), but what is surprising is how the tragedy persists because, as this documentary highlights, the system of checks and balances is motivated by border control rather than social conscience. Gael García Bernal follows in the steps of one ill-fated man whose body is found in the Arizona desert, his death chalked up like any other statistic but who is also a pivotal figure in a startling human drama.
At the outset director Marc Silver also risks dehumanising the man by filming his body as it is analysed on site by a forensics team, with the enhanced objectivity that comes from using a Dv camera. Crucially, his face isn't shown until very late in the film, »
While from a long way out, Idris Elba looked like a no brainer Oscar contender for "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom," when the film finally arrived to a muted response from critics and audiences, that chatter fell away. But can he get back in the Oscar mix with his next effort? Well, if it's done in time, we think "Beasts Of No Nation" could be both a Best Picture and Best Actor contender, and a pretty fierce first image has dropped today. "Sin Nombre" and "True Detective" director Cary Fukunaga is behind the camera on this one, an adaptation of the novel by Uzodinma Iweala, which follows Agu, a young boy forced to become a child soldier, with Elba playing The Commander who initiates Agu into his army. It's tough material and potentially a powerful story, and certainly the stuff awards seasons are made for. But will it be done in time? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
That shot above pictures Idris Elba in Luther, but below we have the first image of the actor in Beasts of No Nation, the new film from Cary Fukunaga. The director has a couple of features under his belt, the great Sin Nombre and a worth-watching adaptation of Jane Eyre. But it was HBO’s True Detective that made a lot more […]
- Russ Fischer
Focus Features has unveiled the first Beasts of No Nation image from True Detective director Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming child soldier drama. Fukunaga also wrote the pic, which is based on author Uzodinma Iweala’s novel of the same name and revolves around a young boy who is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters when a civil war erupts in his West African country. Idris Elba, who is also a producer on the film, plays the army’s terrifying commander, and judging by this first-look image he appears to be rather imposing. Though many may just know Fukunaga as the director of all eight True Detective episodes, his past two features, Jane Eyre and Sin Nombre, have been excellent, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing his passion project Beasts of No Nation realized on the big screen. Hit the jump to take a look at »
- Adam Chitwood
Chicago – “Game of Thrones” is over and you’ve already binged “Orange is the New Black,” what are you supposed to do now? There are a few interesting new programs this season – FX’s “Tyrant” & “The Strain,” HBO’s “The Leftovers,” CBS’s “Extant,” and a few more – but it’s also a great time to catch up what you may have missed with new Blu-ray and DVD releases. There are five TV-to-Blu-ray releases this month that might warrant a look.
The top of the pile is also the best program of 2014 to date, a show that has really redefined the year in that it’s already used as a watermark (“Sure, Fargo and The Americans were great but they were no True Detective.”) With fantastic performances from Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, HBO has wasted no time in getting the wildly acclaimed “True Detective” on Blu-ray and DVD a »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Even though HBO hasn't officially renewed True Detective yet, there is still plenty we know about the seemingly-inevitable Season 2. Season 1 stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson will not be returning as Rust Cohle and Marty Hart, with the season to focus on a completely different case with a new cast of characters. While we wait for any official news from HBO, Matthew McConaughey revealed in a new interview that he signed on to do the show because it was only a one-season commitment, but now he is open to coming back.
When asked if he was always just set to star in one, eight-episode season, Matthew McConaughey revealed he would not have signed on if HBO wanted to lock him in for two or three years.
"That was always how I saw it. One season, eight episodes, a finite beginning, middle and end, goodbye, look forward to watching it. If »
Director: Cary Jojo Fukunaga
Running Time: 480 minutes (8 episodes)
Chances are if you’ve not seen True Detective, Nic Pizzolatto’s eight-part HBO drama, you’re probably planning on it. Dominating television chat continually since it’s TV debut in February, with high-quality suggestive whispers of The Wire-esque quality, preconceptions were always (and will remain) the biggest obstacle this television show faces, backed up even further by the shared lead performances of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey – bolstered by a convenient yet wholly well-deserved Oscar win for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club; as Louisianan detectives Martin ‘Marty’ Hart and Rustin ‘Rust’ Cohle, these two ever-capable performers deliver show-stopping turns to rival all work to have come before (yep, even How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days…)
By the time opening episode ‘The Long Bright Dark’ draws to its close, the »
- Jacob Stolworthy
Quentin Tarantino, during his Cannes Film Festival press conference (watch it here), mentioned an email chain he was a part of where he and some friends discussed what they believed to be the ten most exciting directors working today. Among those listed he said only David Fincher and Richard Linklater where in everyone's top ten, he wasn't sure why Pedro Almodovar wasn't on everyone's list and he also qualified what he believed it meant for a director to be the "most exciting". Here's how he put it: "I think what that means is, you feel that their best work is still in front of them. That's what makes a filmmaker exciting, that's what makes you anticipate a new movie coming out. Because the new movie could be their best one. From this day on that will be the new barometer from which they're judged. We could be wrong, and their »
- Brad Brevet
Betting on a title that is being tipped as a potential big breakout this fall in Mexico, Fox Intl. Productions (Fip) has teamed with Mexico’s Beanca Films on “Guten Tag, Ramon,” about a Mexican teen who flies to Germany, and finally finds friends, a kind of family, dignity and respect.
Fox Intl. Productions will co-produce “Guten Tag Ramon” and will handle distrbution in all of Latin America, including Mexico, where it will release “Guten Tag, Ramon” this fall. It will also distribute in the U.S. and Germany.
Structured as a Mexico-German co-production, and written and directed by Mexico’s Jorge Ramirez-Suarez (“Rabbit On the Moon”), “Guten Tag” toplines Kristyan Ferrer (“Sin Nombre,” “Days of Grace”), Germany’s Ingeborg Schoener (“The Cow and I”), Arcelia Ramirez (“Instructions Not Included”) and Oscar-nominated Adriana Barraza (“Babel”).
‘Guten Tag, Ramón’ tells a story in “The Intouchables” vein of 18-year-old Ramon, a »
- John Hopewell
Take a filmmaker that has easily become tinseltown’s hottest commodity with a hit television series (see True Detective) and Hollywood comes calling. To some degree this also happened to have been the case when he broke out at Sundance with Sin Nombre, but this is bigger. While Beasts of No Nation appears to be Cary Fukunaga’s next project and there’ll be tons more added to his future slate, Deadline reports that the talented filmmaker has joined the book to film adaption of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo — a sort of, and don’t quote me here, torrid color-barrier description that will certainly find comparison to 12 Years a Slave but during the dawn of the 19th century, The pic is being packaged by Sony and musician John Legend’s production house. Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls will co-produce, while Get »
- Eric Lavallee
Cary Fukunaga, who directed all eight episodes of HBO's True Detective, has signed on to write and direct The Black Count, teaming up with musician/producer John Legend's Get Lifted Films production company and Sony Pictures.
The project is an adaptation of Tom Reiss' 2012 Pulizer Prize winning biography The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo, which chronicles the life of French Revolution general Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the father of The Count Of Monte Cristo author Alexandre Dumas. Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was born to a French nobleman and an African slave, who went on to become the highest-ranking non-white soldier to serve in any European army. He was said to be a favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte, and his adventures served as the basis for his son's books such as The Count Of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
Get Lifted's Mike Jackson is producing »
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