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. 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
"This is awesome, and I'm at a loss for words," True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga said while accepting the Emmy award for outstanding directing Monday night. He was talking about his win, but he might have unintentionally been speaking for the thousands of viewers and fans of the show who never knew that Fukunaga was, well, so good-looking. Since the world was introduced to the man behind True Detective, the Internet has been positively awash with paeans to Fukunaga - including the jaw-dropping admission that he got his start working on the music video for Destiny Child's "Survivor," giving »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
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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
Exclusive: Long-time Ruby exec departs; teams with BBC-twc on first production.
Ruby Film and Television production executive Faye Ward has departed the company after 14 years.
The London-based executive’s first feature job as a stand-alone producer will be BBC-twc-Lookout Point TV movie Stan and Ollie, the biopic of iconic UK comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, scripted by Philomena writer Jeff Pope.
Joining Ruby soon after its inception, Ward worked on films including Jane Eyre and Tamara Drewe, and produced TV drama including Stephen Poliakoff’s BBC series Dancing on the Edge and BBC Films TV movie Toast.
Ward, who will look to work across film and TV, described her time at Ruby as a “phenomenal” experience: “It was fantastic working with Alison and we achieved a great deal. However, there comes a time when one has to move »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of the business’s hottest names…one Michael Fassbender. In a rather short period of time, he’s gone from a character actor to a critical darling to a superstar, with an Academy Award nomination thrown in there for good measure (along with a few Oscar snubs as well). Fassbender is arguably one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, so it’s great to see him continually display it in interesting and unique projects. He’s a definite A-lister, likely to go down as an all time great when all is said and done, so he’s perfect for this column! Fassbender got his start on television, first coming on to my radar with HBO’s landmark miniseries Band of Brothers. There were other small TV projects (both miniseries and movies, as well as full on »
- Joey Magidson
Premiering tonight on Cinemax, The Knick is a case study in how, when in the right hands, a standard medical drama with the standard boobs and blood of a period cable drama can make for required viewing. The Knick is must-see TV in a literal sense of the phrase. Put away the laptop, fold the laundry some other time, and empty your fluids before airtime: if you’re not keeping your eyes on The Knick, you’re missing out on the most visually stimulating show of a year that’s been full of them. That the pilot also suggests we’ll be getting a pretty good (potentially great?) medical procedural out of it, as well, is just icing.
TV 2014 has turned into the Year of the Director, despite the old adage being that the boobtube is, first and foremost, a writer’s medium. Long thought of as the place would-be »
- Sam Woolf
Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.
“Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star ensemble »
- Kellvin Chavez
At long last, the sequel to Disney’s massively successful, if narratively weak, Alice in Wonderland is starting to roll cameras, with James Bobin replacing Tim Burton in the director’s chair. It took a suprisingly long time for this next chapter of the planned franchise to get off the ground, considering the first film broke $1 billion at the box office, but a press release indicates that filming is now underway.
Officially titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, the follow-up finds the original actors returning to their roles, with a bevy of new stars joining both the live-action and voice casts. What the sequel is exactly about is still foggy, but the story is said to “revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.”
Check out the official press release below:
Disney’S “Alice In Wonderland »
- Isaac Feldberg
Disney met with some success in their live-action version of Alice in Wonderland (with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter), and since the film released, talk of a sequel has been on-going. Now, it's finally moved into production as the cast and crew have gathered together in anticipation of it's May 2016 release. Disney announced cameras have started rolling with a new cast list confirming both old and new members of the cast coming to the production.
I wasn't all that thrilled with Alice in Wonderland when it released. Not that it was a bad movie, I just didn't find it all that special or great. So it's tough to muster up much enthusiasm for this sequel, despite the impressive cast coming back for it. From the press release:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Disney’s Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
The Disney movie revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.
Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay.
Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star »
- Michelle McCue
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014; Digital HD: Sept. 23, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo $49.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The gang’s all here for the latest installment in the ever-popular X-Men franchise, the time-tripping action adventure science fiction-flavored film X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Featuring a massive collaboration of actors including Hugh Jackman (Real Steel), Michael Fassbender (Jane Eyre), James McAvoy (Trance) and Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) and the return of director Bryan Singer (who helmed the first two X-Men films), the movie finds the planet on the brink of destruction, and the only way to prevent it is to travel back into the past. So, the super-heroic mutant characters from the original X-Men trilogy must join forces with their younger selves in an epic battle to alter the past and, »
Gyllenhaal plays a young investment banker struggling to cope after the tragic death of his wife. During his attempt to put his life back together, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops an unusual relationship with a pot smoking single mother (Naomi Watts). [Source: The Wrap]
Untitled Spielberg Cold War Thriller
Amy Ryan ("Gone Baby Gone"), Alan Alda ("Mash"), Billy Magnussen ("Boardwalk Empire") and Eve Hewson ("The Knick") will star opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War spy thriller at Fox and Dreamworks. Filming begins in September in Berlin and New York.
Hanks will portray an American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U2 spy plane pilot who »
- Garth Franklin
Robert Sheehan, star of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and TV series Misfits, will be joined in the cast by Jack Fox (Dracula, Fresh Meat), Lily Cole (Snow White and the Huntsman), David O’Hara (The Departed) and Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre, The Tudors).
The Messenger centres on Jack, a young man who has been in and out of secure units all his life, given drugs to try and shut out his visions of the dead. He becomes unwillingly embroiled in the unfinished business of Mark, a journalist brutally murdered in the local park and his television presenter wife, Sarah »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
True Detective was a series which took everyone by surprise earlier this year. Created and written by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, it was a fascinating character study and a gripping crime thriller which had everyone talking and coming up with their own theories, and even theories on those theories.
The first season of True Detective (which consisted of eight episodes) was directed solely by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and while the Jane Eyre director seemed like an odd choice, there’s no doubting the fact that he did an incredible job. However, a commitment to adapting Stephen King’s It means that he will likely be too busy to return to direct so much as a single episode for the highly anticipated second season.
Since that was revealed, there has been some talk of hiring a number of different directors – similar to Game of Thrones and »
- Josh Wilding
Toronto - On movie set visits, occasionally journalists won't get the chance to talk to directors at all. Sometimes the directors are artistes, too far down the cinematic rabbit hole to engage in casual chit-chat with the fourth estate. Sometimes the directors merely glorified puppets, but the producers are happy to put themselves forward instead. And sometimes the directors are friendly, smart and well-adjusted, but making movies is such complicated work that they can't spare more than two minutes for a smile-and-wave, lest the production between to teeter like an ill-formed game of Mouse Trap. Guillermo del Toro plays by his own rules. It's mid-March on the Toronto set of Legendary/Universal’s "Crimson Peak" and del Toro is literally lifting the roof off of his production to let a small group of reporters see the inner-workings of his Victorian haunted house drama. Actually, over the course of a lengthy day on set, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Neighbors will debut on Digital HD August 12 before arriving on Blu-ray and DVD September 23. The studio has released a Blu-ray trailer for the hit summer comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, which reveals that the Blu-ray and DVD will include an alternate opening that wasn't seen in theaters. Take a look at the trailer, then check out the official press release for more details regarding the Blu-ray and DVD release.
Good fences aren't nearly enough to keep things neighborly when a non-stop rager breaks out in the suburbs next door to sleep-deprived new parents in the comedy blockbuster, Neighbors, available on Digtial HD August 12, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The outrageously funny comedy will arrive on Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand September 23, 2014. Both the Digital HD and Blu-ray include a never-before-seen uproarious Alternate Opening that Yahoo! »
Focus Features has given us our first look at Idris Elba (Thor, Luther) as ‘Commandant’ in Beasts of No Nation, director Cary Fukunaga’s (Jane Eyre, True Detective) adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel of the same name…
Here’s the official synopsis for the novel:
In this stunning debut novel, Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African nation, is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. Haunted by his father’s own death at the hands of militants, Agu is vulnerable to the dangerous yet paternal nature of his new Commander. While the war rages on, Agu becomes increasingly divorced from the life he had known before the conflict started—a life of school friends, church services, and time with his family still intact.
- Gary Collinson
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