14 items from 2015
Have you read The Girl on the Train yet? If not, you're missing out on this year's hottest book, and if you have, ohmygod look who's going to be in the cast! The book has us in the same kind of tizzy we experienced back when Gone Girl, the book, came out, and the 2015 novel has been drawing comparisons to the 2012 book from the get-go. Here's why. »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
French auteur Andre Techine‘s In the Name of My Daughter received a decent theatrical run nearly a year after it premiered out of competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. With stars Catherine Deneuve and Guillaume Canet headlining, the recent Cesar win for Adele Haenel (her second) was also a recent news item when this finally premiered. A handsomely mounted piece based on a bit of unsolved criminal intrigue, the title doesn’t always work as a thriller, but maintains a rather melancholy stance as an off-kilter character piece for Deneuve and Haenel.
The latest from auteur (his seventh to feature Deneuve), feels like a missed opportunity, trying to play too many angles when it could have been more powerful following one strategic aim. Psychological thriller, jilted love story, historically inspired mafia fueled casino war rivalry, a powerful female crusader, a strange two decades late trial, and an unsolved murder »
- Nicholas Bell
Spectre and Blue Is the Warmest Colour star Léa Seydoux has been offered the role of Bella Donna Boudreaux, a character who first encounters Gambit when they were both children and later heads up the Assassins Guild.
Ferguson allegedly withdrew from the running after being offered one of the lead roles in the big-screen adaptation of The Girl on the Train.
X-Men spin-off Gambit is adding Lea Seydoux to its cast...
After a bit of umming ahhing, Channing Tatum finally signed up over the summer to produce and star in the upcoming X-Men spin-off, Gambit. Rupert Wyatt (Snow White And The Huntsman) is directing the new movie, which is set to go into production this autumn.
A week or two back, the shortlist for the lead female role surfaced, with Mad Max: Fury Road's Abbey Lee, Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation's Rebecca Ferguson and Spectre's Lea Seydoux reported to be the final three.
She's going to be playing Belladonna Boudreaux - Bella to her mates - in the new movie. Gambit is in cinemas on »
According to Deadline, Lea Seydoux has been offered the role of Belladonna Boudreaux in the Rupert Wyatt directed X-Men spinoff, Gambit, next to Channing Tatum in the title role. Seydoux, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) were all reportedly in contention, but when the latter dropped out to take a lead role in The Girl On The Train it became a two horse race, which the French actress evidently won. Bella Boudreax starts out as Remy LeBeau's (Tatum) childhood sweetheart, but the two later become enemies when she takes over from her father as the leader of the Assassin's Guild, and Remy heads up the Thieve's Guild. Seydoux seemed to be the fan-favourite choice for this role, so expect some happy fans! Audiencs will bext see her opposote Daniel Craig in Spectre. »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Marvel’s Most Wanted, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, Gambit, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel 2, Suicide Squad, The Flash, Arrow, Vixen, Gotham, Supergirl, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, Heroes Reborn, The Crow and more…
After skipping the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios showcased (part of) it’s Phase Three line-up at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California this past weekend, where it screened the very first footage from next year’s Captain America: Civil War. As yet, there’s been no leak of the footage, but you can read a detailed description of it here, as well as watching a D23 interview with Chris Evans (Captain America) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon) here. »
- Gary Collinson
After the opening of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the major question we all had was “how long do we have to wait for Rebecca Ferguson‘s next movie?” In fact, that next movie will probably be Florence Foster Jenkins, with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, directed by Stephen Frears. But the film after that won’t be Gambit, […]
- Russ Fischer
Through its top-notch film schools and pair of movies boards, Israel Film Fund and Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation, Israel has bred a diverse generation of filmmakers and producers who have gained international recognition through selections at key festivals, from Cannes to Venice, Berlin and Locarno.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of Israel film industry’s 10 power-players and directors you should know:
Katriel Schory, executive director of the Israel Film Fund
Schory, an Nyu grad and former producer, has been exec director of Israel Film Fund for 17 years and has so far participated in financing 230 movies, such as “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” “Waltz With Bashir” and “Lebanon.” Schory is one of the film world’s most respected figures and is perceived by many Jewish and Arab filmmakers in Israel as a gatekeeper of freedom of expression. Throughout his mandate, Schory has managed to get the Cinema Law passed in »
- Elsa Keslassy
All I knew in advance about In the Name of My Daughter was that it was based on a true story, just like another of French auteur Andre Techine's recent films, The Girl On The Train. I've been a fan of his work for almost as long as I've been watching world cinema. Rendez-vous, My Favorite Season, Wild Reeds and Changing Times represent some of the best that French cinema has had to offer in the last 30 years.
It really says something about the strong fashion sense of the French (or the fact that I watched it from a screener instead of on the big screen) that I didn't even realize this movie was set in the 70s until I glanced over at the press notes about 15 minutes in to verify an actor's name. There just wasn't anything to indicate the time period at all, I presumed it was a contemporary tale. »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Simon Pegg had some strong words this week about the “infantilization” of our society caused by today’s blockbusters, and not all of his fans took his quotes kindly. But does Pegg have a point? We discuss the state of geekdom along with all the other top stories of the week, including Disney’s latest live-action picture, trailers for Pan, Amy, and Steve Jobs, and new projects about The Girl on the Train and Brian Epstein. Plus, give all your money to our Wtf of the Week, Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves. Find us on iTunes and send comments and questions to newseditor ‘at’ soundonsight.org.
Reese Witherspoon to play live-action Tinkerbell Peter Pan is the chosen one in first trailer for Joe Wright’s Pan Cannes ’15: Amy Winehouse is a star born again in new doc trailer and clip Week in Review: The New York Times will »
- Brian Welk
Paula Hawkin's bestseller is going to run right over eager Gone Girl fans.
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- Kate Erbland
Too often, In the Name of the Daughter, the latest from auteur André Téchiné (and his seventh to feature Catherine Deneuve), feels like a missed opportunity, trying to play too many angles when it could have been more powerful following one strategic aim. Psychological thriller, jilted love story, historically inspired mafia fueled casino war rivalry, a powerful female crusader, a strange two decades late trial, and an unsolved murder mystery are all bundled up in here, and sometimes this leads us through a fascinating maze. However, the film works best as a relationship study, featuring a pair of performances that are at, the very least, enjoyable. But much like his last film, 2011’s Unforgiveable, the French helmer is increasingly less interested in the why or how of his narrative, and maybe his wayward neglect for traditional storytelling explains »
- Nicholas Bell
Horse & Carriage: The Elkabetzs’ Kafkaesque Interpretation of So-Called Sacred Institution
The third film in a trilogy examining the relationship between a husband and wife comes full circle with Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, a viciously astute examination of Israel’s divorce procedures. Brother and sister directing duo Roni and Schlomi Elkabetz began their enterprise back in 2004 with To Take a Wife, which continued with 7 Days in 2007, though it isn’t necessary to have seen either of these features to appreciate what they’re doing here with this deliciously crafted drama that’s as infuriating as it is highly engrossing. If on paper it sounds like a tedious slog of a subject matter, put aside those assumptions because the Elkabetzs’ have made an invigorating, emotionally charged powder keg, a film that simultaneously harpoons the misogynistic practices of the rabbinical courts just as it gives powerful agency to its highly determined female protagonist. »
- Nicholas Bell
Over the course of their decade-long co-directing partnership, Israeli sister-and-brother duo Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz have distinguished themselves by sheer commitment — to character, to technique and to one another.
“When we meet to work, we are on another planet,” Shlomi says of their process. During the prep phase, the duo laugh, discuss and debate constantly. “And then once we’re on set, we hardly exchange a word.”
Theirs is a unique partnership in many respects, not least of all because Ronit ranks among Israel’s most respected actresses, the winner of three Ophir awards, fluent in French and recognized abroad for such arthouse movies as “The Girl on the Train” and “The Band’s Visit.”
Ronit stars in all three of the siblings’ features, after “The Seven Days” and “To Take a Wife,” each time playing the same character: an Orthodox Jewish woman named Viviane faced with the various challenges of her community. »
- Elsa Keslassy
14 items from 2015
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