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Venice Lineup Promises More Than Just Oscar Bait

14 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Venice Film Festival’s late-summer scheduling — a fixture since its inception 83 years ago — gives it sprocket-opera status it wouldn’t hold if it swapped places with, say, the Berlinale. (And not just because the skinny sandbar of the Lido is a lot less alluringly balmy in February.) As the American awards season has expanded, in the last couple of decades, into a six-month industry of promotion as restless as the speculation that surrounds it, this most venerably refined of festivals has become its near-accidental starting block.

Expense and distance protect it from the fever-pitch Oscar conversation that intensifies at Telluride and Toronto mere days after Venice raises its curtain, but these aren’t soundproof barriers: In an era when a film’s fate can be sealed on Twitter mere minutes after it first screens, contenders are swiftly anointed and annihilated in the Italian heat. Reigning Best Picture winner “Birdman »

- Guy Lodge

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Johnny Depp Brings the Heat In New Dior Sauvage Commercial

14 hours ago | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Damn, Johnny Depp!  The sexy star appears in a new ad for Dior's "Sauvage" fragrance -- and he's never looked better.  The commercial, which was directed by Jean Baptiste Mondino, definitely feels more like a mini-movie. The clip opens with the "Black Mass" star playing an electric guitar in a dimly-lit club before hitting the road to embark on a mysterious journey through the desert.  "I gotta get out of here," Depp says as he vacates the city. "Which way? I don't know," he muses. "What am I looking for? Something I can't see," he says, just before stopping in the desert. "I can feel it."  The actor's new campaign definitely feels reminiscent of Matthew McConaughey's ambiguous Lincoln commercials which first surfaced last year.    Still, we don't mind seeing these A-listers on both the big and small screens! What do you think about Johnny's new commercial? Tell toofab in »

- tooFab Staff

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BFI London Film Festival 2015 Line-Up announced with Gala screenings of Steve Jobs, High-Rise, Trumbo, Black Mass, Carol & Suffragette

19 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme

You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.

The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry‎ Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.

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What Did the London Film Festival Get?

20 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 59th annual BFI London Film Festival (October 7 through 8) has scooped plenty of top-tier titles off the festival circuit, landing European premieres of opening nighter "Suffragette" and closing selection "Steve Jobs." Both should pop up in Telluride this weekend. All in all, the festival will screen a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 40 European Premieres and 11 Archive films including 5 Restoration World Premieres. This year's galas include Cannes winner "Carol," along with a talk with director Todd Haynes, plus Venice world-premiere "Black Mass," "Trumbo," "Brooklyn," and European productions "The Lady in the Van" and Tiff premiere "High-Rise." Strand galas include "A Bigger Splash" (also in Venice), "The Program," Cannes winner "The Lobster," acclaimed SXSW doc "Brand: A Second Coming" »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Beats Arthouse Faves For Fipresci Grand Prix

21 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Warner Bros. has "Black Mass," "Our Brand Is Crisis," and "Creed" on their awards season slate, it must be noted that if they haven't been figuring out a game plan for "Mad Max: Fury Road," maybe now is the time. Critics and audiences have been vocal supporters of the picture, but now it has added a film festival laurel to it shelf. George Miller's movie has won the Fipresci Grand Prix award which will be presented to the director at The San Sebastian Film Festival. The wall-to-wall action movie beat out heavy hitters including László Nemes’ "Son Of Saul" which picked up four awards at Cannes, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Cannes Best Director winner "The Assassin," and Jafar Panahi’s "Taxi." That is not an easy crowd to compete against and it's a rather remarkable achievement.  “You could have knocked me over with a feather! It’s lovely »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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BFI London Film Festival unveils full line-up with ‘Steve Jobs’ closing

22 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The festival circuit is gearing up to start and London has added a handful of other prominent awards players for the year.

Among the new additions to the festival are Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender in the lead role as the famed Apple head, which will be the festival’s closer. They have also announced that the premiere of Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, will happen at the festival.

Opening & Closing Night

Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep. Director Sarah Gavron returns to the Festival for a third time with a film that tells the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote. Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle whose films Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 127 Hours (2010) previously closed the Festival. »

- Zach Dennis

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Full line-up for 59th BFI London Film Festival announced

1 September 2015 4:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BFI has announced the full line-up for the 59th London Film Festival, which runs from October 7th until October 18th in Central London.

The festival will show a total of 238 films, including 16 world premieres, 40 European premiere and 8 international premieres, as well as 11 archival films that will be screened that include five world premieres of restored features. There will also be 182 short films including live-action and animation.

Previously, the festival announced it’s opening and closing galas in the form of Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, and Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, retrospectively, both of which receiving their European premieres.

Headline Galas:

Carol – directed by Todd Haynes, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (American Express Gala)

Trumbo – directed by Jay Roach, starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren (Accenture Gala)

Black Mass – directed by Scott Cooper, starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch (Virgin Atlantic Gala)

Brooklyn – directed by John Crowley, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Full programme announced for 59th BFI London Film Festival

1 September 2015 4:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

BFI London Film Festival 2015 full programme

The BFI London Film Festival is always a highlight on our film calendar, and the full programme for this year’s even, which takes place in the capital from 7th-18th October, has just been unveiled at an announcement presentation at the Odeon Leicester Square.

We’ve just stepped away from the famous cinema and have taken with us some thoughts on what this year’s festival has in store. As well as the previously announced opening film, Suffragette and the closing gala, Steve Jobs, a whole host of other films have caught our eye. This year’s programme is actually quite exciting.

BFI London Film Festival 2015 full programme – Steve Jobs will close this year’s festival

Cate Blanchett will be presented with the BFI Fellowship this year, and her film Carol, directed by Todd Haynes, will play as this year’s American Express »

- Paul Heath

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Full BFI London Film Festival Programme Unveiled

1 September 2015 4:14 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival has just launched, with a total of 238 fiction and documentary features playing over 12 days in the capital, from October 7-18. A total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, eight international premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 archive films (including 5 restoration world premieres) will play across London, including Empire's own UK premiere gala screening of Ben Wheatley's hotly anticipated J.G. Ballard adaptation High Rise.The Festival opens with the European premiere of Sarah Gavron's Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep. It closes with the European premiere of Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, starring Michael FassbenderKate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg and Katherine Waterston.In between there'll be the chance to catch, among many others, Todd Haynes' Carol; Jay Roach's Trumbo; Scott Cooper's Black Mass »

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BFI London Film Festival reveals 2015 line-up

1 September 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Official competition to include Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation and European premieres for Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto and Johnnie To’s Office.Scroll down for competition titles

The full line-up for the 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has been unveiled this morning, including the titles set to compete in its four competitions.

The festival will screen a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, eight international premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 archive films including five restoration world premieres. The line-up also includes 182 live action and animated shorts. 

As previously announced, the festival will open with Sarah Gavron’s period drama Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, and will close with Danny Boyle’s biopic Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the home computer pioneer and Apple co-founder. Both are European premieres.

Further headline galas at the festival will be Todd HaynesCarol, Jay Roach’s Trumbo, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, John Crowley »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Lff 2015 lineup includes Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs and... Goosebumps?

1 September 2015 3:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The full programme for the 2014 BFI London Film Festival has been announced, featuring 238 feature-length films and 182 shorts - including, believe it or not, the European premiere of the Goosebumps movie.

Then there's the eagerly anticipated Whitey Bulger gangster biopic starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch, Black Mass, as well as Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender.

Plus, there's the European premiere of women's liberation drama Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.

Other stand-out films include Cary Fukunaga's Beast Of No Nation, Lenny Abrahamson's Room and Sean Baker's Tangerine, with all three in the official competition section.

Another notable movie on the festival's roster is Stephen Frears's real-life doping story The Programme, starring Ben Foster as cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Elsewhere, film fans can look forward to Nicholas Hytner's film adaptation of Alan Bennett's Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Jim Broadbent. »

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BFI London Film Festival Unveils Lineup for 59th Edition

1 September 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation” is set to continue its festivals run with a slot in the official competition section of the BFI London Film Festival, which runs Oct. 7-18.

The full program for the 59th edition of the Lff was revealed Tuesday by festival director Clare Stewart, and will include the European premieres of Jay Roach’s “Trumbo,” John Crowley’s “Brooklyn” and Nicholas Hytner’s “The Lady in the Van” as sponsor gala screenings. Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” and Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” were also announced to receive sponsor galas, while the festival will see special presentations of Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s “The Forbidden Room” and the European premiere of Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “He Named Me Malala.”

As previously announced, the festival will open and close with the European premieres of Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette” and Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs,” respectively. »

- Robert Mitchell

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London Film Fest Full Lineup Includes 'Black Mass,' Bryan Cranston's 'Trumbo'

1 September 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The BFI London Film Festival has unveiled the full selection of titles for its 2015 edition, offering up its serving of films that could be heading into awards season with some added fire under their bellies. Having already revealed its opening and closing night gales in Suffragette and Steve Jobs, respectively, along with Cannes-pleaser Carol, other major presentations at the 59th installment of the annual British event will include Johnny Depp-starring crime drama Black Mass, Trumbo, with Bryan Cranston playing the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter and High-Rise, from rising British name Ben Wheatley. { "nid": 818305, "type": "news",

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- Alex Ritman

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6 Oscar Season Narratives That Could Shape the Race This Year

31 August 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With summer doldrums in the rearview, In Contention has found a new home just in time for the annual Oscar season…and not a moment too soon. A number of fall film releases sit primed for reveals at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals over the next several weeks, kicking off the race to the 88th Academy Awards.

As ever, a number of the season’s hopefuls will live and die by the narratives conjured in their wake. Because as we know — and I can’t imagine this notion is all that controversial  — an Oscar race is as much about the stories told off-screen as it is about the stories told onscreen.

Here are a few such stories to keep an eye on as we wade into the deep end of the year. Don’t be surprised if a number of them are revisited at length in this space over the next six months. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Top 10 Takeaways: Two African-American Movies Draw Crowds as 'We Are Your Friends' Plays in Empty Theaters

30 August 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The summer ends with only two August openers over $14 million (smash "Straight Outta Compton" and the disastrous "Fantastic Four"). At least the new releases over the past two weeks haven't been that expensive (marketing does add up). And faith-based new entry "War Room" not only far exceeded expectations, but will move on and prosper and wind up profitable for all involved. The next two weekends normally don't hold hope, but there are boffo openings ahead for Venice titles "Everest" and "Black Mass," at least. September should test the notion that summer hits will return more moviegoers to theaters. If not, it's a long time 'til the final "Hunger Games" and "Star Wars." Top Ten 1. Straight Outta Compton (Universal) - Week 3; Last weekend #1 $13,240,000 (-50%) in 3,142 theaters (+117); PTA (per theater average): $4,214: Cumulative: $134,126,000 2. War Room (Sony) New - Cinemascore: A+; Metacritic: 25; est. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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12 Films We’d Love to See at This Year’s London Film Festival

29 August 2015 5:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the full line-up for this year’s 59th BFI London Film Festival set to be unveiled on Tuesday, September 1st, Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks ahead to the festival with some of the films that may be part of the extensive programme.

We’ve already had confirmation that Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, is opening the festival on Wednesday October 7th, with Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender closing the festival. Todd Haynes’ acclaimed Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and James Vanderbilt’s Truth, also starring Blanchett opposite Robert Redford, part of the festival’s gala presentations. So what other treats are in store for the famous festival? Here are some of the film’s we may be lucky enough to see this October…

The Lobster

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

A massive success upon its debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Warner Bros. releases new Black Mass featurette

28 August 2015 12:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Warner Bros. Pictures has released a brand new featurette for Black Mass, the studio’s upcoming biopic about Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger. Check out the video after the plot synopsis down below…

The featurette, which is titled “An Unholy Alliance,” shows interviews with cast and crew members, new footage from the film and teases the partnership between Whitey and his brother Bill Bulger.

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.

Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace), Black Mass »

- Justin Cook

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Universal Pictures 2015 Fall Movie Preview with New Photos

27 August 2015 6:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Pictures is having a banner year. They set some pretty big industry records, wrecking the box office with their franchise sequels and one very sly biopic that no one saw coming. Now, they are ready to unleash their fall and holiday slate, which runs from September to November. They're going to tap out early, with nothing set for release in December. That's okay. They've already done better than any other studio in 2015. They could take the rest of the year off, and it still wouldn't matter.

But they're not going to do that. Traditionally, fall movies are all about Oscar. It's the awards season, and most studios are ready to flaunt their drama-heavy fare. Universal is taking a slightly different approach. While they have a few Academy Award contenders coming our way over the course of the next three months, they seem more interested in keeping the big blockbuster train moving. »

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Watch: 'Black Mass' Director Scott Cooper Dissects Whitey Bulger's Bloody Rise to the Top

27 August 2015 1:07 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Whitey Bulger wore many hats during his ascent to power in Boston: Criminal, drug kingpin, murderer and, of course, rat. Well, almost. In a new featurette, "Black Mass" director and producer Scott Cooper unpacks the mythology of a mastermind, showing us how Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) became a most wanted man. "Black Mass" is set to world-premiere at this year's Venice Film Festival. When FBI Agent (and childhood friend) John Connolly seeks Whitey's help to alleviate crime in the city, Whitey jumps at the chance to become an informant. Not because he relishes the chance to do some good, but so that he can take out the competition. Bulger equates the move to a cunning "business opportunity... Get the [FBI] to fight our wars — while they protect us, we do whatever we want." With that mantra, Whitey takes aim at the Italian Mafia and prepares to annihilate his adversaries in an all out turf war, »

- Ruben Guevara

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'Black Mass' Producers on Johnny Depp's Awards Plans, Tom Cruise's Power and Why Relativity Failed

27 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Sept. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. They say good things come in threes. Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, co-founders of Cross Creek Pictures, sure hope so. The West Hollywood-based film financier and production company has a trio of movies hitting theaters over three consecutive weeks this fall. Johnny Depp's Black Mass (Sept. 18 via Warner Bros.) and the 3D adventure Everest (Sept. 25 via Universal) will premiere in early September at Venice. Legend (Oct. 2 via Universal), which stars Tom Hardy

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