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In recognition of his acclaimed performance as a sadistic music instructor in this year's indie hit Whiplash, J.K. Simmons, the veteran character actor, will receive this year's Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's 26th annual Psiff Awards Gala on Jan. 3. The fest will run Jan. 2-12. All four previous recipients of Psiff's Spotlight Award — Julia Roberts (2014, for August: Osage County), Helen Hunt (2013, for The Sessions), Jessica Chastain (2012, for The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Debt and Coriolanus) and Amy Adams (2009, for Doubt) — went on to
- Scott Feinberg
By Anjelica Oswald
From a newcomer award at the Deauville Film Festival in 2011 to a career tribute this fall, two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain has come a long way in just three years. This year, she has been a part of four films: Christopher Nolan’s potential best picture nominee Interstellar, which opens in select theaters Nov. 5; J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, which is opening AFI Fest Nov. 6; Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; and Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is a combination of 2013’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him.
After graduating from Juilliard in 2003, Chastain was plucked from relative obscurity by Al Pacino to star in his production of Salome at Los Angeles’ Wadsworth Theatre in 2006. Pacino chronicles »
- Anjelica Oswald
Forty Canadian and international producers will head to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s annual International Financing Forum in Toronto.Scroll down for full list of projects
The ninth-annual International Financing Forum (Iff), a feature co-financing market for English-language projects, will run Sept 7-8 during Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).
The two-day event includes one-on-one meetings, an industry panel discussion, roundtable meetings, a networking luncheon, and a producers’ opening night networking reception.
Iff partners include Telefilm Canada, UK Trade and Investment (Ukti), and Toronto Film Commission & Entertainment Industries.
Among this year’s international projects are:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
The Coen Brothers are two of the most well-respected filmmakers alive and working today, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that they always have their pick of Hollywood’s finest when it comes to casting their movies. Now, we’re hearing that Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, three red-hot actors, are in negotiations to join the cast of the Coen Brothers’ next venture – a Hollywood-set period comedy titled Hail, Caesar!
Tatum, Swinton and Fiennes would join George Clooney in the movie, which centers on the strange life of Eddie Mannix (Clooney), a fixer who works for the Hollywood studios to protect the reputations of actors and actresses in the 1950s. Because this is a Coen Brothers movie, there’s a very colorful cast of supporting characters with whom Mannix comes into contact.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke news of the casting, Tatum »
- Isaac Feldberg
★★☆☆☆"This is a tale of woe; this is a tale of sorrow. A love denied, a love restored, to live beyond tomorrow." This melancholic soliloquy is the poetic précis for Ralph Fiennes' The Invisible Woman (2013). A detailed realisation of Claire Tomalin's eponymous biography, the film depict the early life of Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), the illegitimate lover of Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes). With his latest offering, Fiennes has shifted his gaze from one literary icon to another. Whilst his adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus looked to contextualise the Bard's prose within a contemporary setting, The Invisible Woman acts to resuscitate the lost words of a woman whose story almost went untold.
- CineVue UK
Academy Award-nominated British actor and director Ralph Fiennes steps behind the camera for the second time following his acclaimed production of William Shakespeare's Coriolanus (2011) with Dickens drama The Invisible Woman (2013), released on DVD and Blu-ray from 16 June. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Fiennes' sophomore feature, we have Three DVD copies of The Invisible Woman to give away to our valued readership, courtesy of the always accommodating team at the film's distributors Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Piccadilly Pictures, the UK financier that backed We Need to Talk About Kevin and Coriolanus, has unveiled a new development fund to sit alongside its $25m finance fund – and have already backed projects from BBC Films and Charles Dance.
The first projects include a feature version of Alice Thomas Ellis’s novel The Inn at the Edge of the World, which is being co-executive produced by Charles Dance and is aiming for a late 2014 shoot; and BBC Films co-development Gypsy Boy, which is being produced by Dee Koppang.
“Some of the projects we’re seeing are too good for us to say we don’t produce anymore so we’ve made the decision to get involved in development again,” former Alliance »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Renowned British filmmaker Mike Leigh and the Cannes Film Festival have history. His films have always been well-received there, and his 1996 adoption drama, Secrets And Lies, won the Palme d’Or at that year’s festivities. He served on the festival jury himself in 1997, where he famously butted heads with then Jury President, Isabelle Adjani, and now, he has returned with his latest project, Mr. Turner, which is screening in competition.
Mr. Turner sees regular Leigh collaborator Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech) play the famous British painter, J.M.W. Turner, in a period drama exploring the last 25 years of his life, which ended in 1851. The synopsis of the film, as presented at Cannes, gives a more in-depth view:
“Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, [Turner] forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom »
- Sarah Myles
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is already an icon in the music industry, and at the pace he's going, he'll be an icon in the horror genre soon enough. What's next for the prolific musician? A stint with Rodrigo Gudino's Cut Throats Nine.
From the Press Release
Rue Morgue Cinema and Raven Banner Entertainment are proud to welcome guitar legend and film producer Slash (Guns N' Roses, Nothing Left To Fear) as executive producer for the western thriller Cut Throats Nine.
Attached to the project are stars Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt, "Hannibal"), Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs), Julian Richings (Man of Steel, X-Men: The Last Stand), Kris Holden Ried ("Lost Girl," "The Tudors"), writer/director Rodrigo GUDIÑO (The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh), and producers Marco Pecota and Jake Koseleci. Production is slated to commence in late 2014.
“I'm really excited about seeing Cut Throats Nine come to life, »
- Steve Barton
Look, it's Shakespeare's 450th birthday. We at Riot are generally concerned with internet memes and Zac Efron's musculature, but let's give credit where its due: These are real celebs kicking real ass in real Shakesperean roles and no one's worthy. And we can't contain ourselves. So, here are 10 people kicking thine ass in Shakespearean roles and leaving you in the mortal, pathetic dust. 1. Meryl Streep Serving You Death Sass In "The Taming Of The Shrew'2 Judi Dench With Gunpowder Eyes And A Kevlar Heart In "Twelfth Night" 3. Ralph Fiennes Is A Hotheaded Traitor Bad-ass In "Coriolanus," So Just Deal With It. 4. Kate Winslet Has A Song For You Losers, And It's A Heartbreak And A Goddamn Treasure In "Hamlet" 5. Now Is The Winter Of You Melting At The Computer, Because Kevin Spacey Is A Hunchbacked Hellraiser In "Richard III" 6. This Is CNN? Close, Moron, It's James Earl Jones »
- Louis Virtel
Hollywood has been revisiting Shakespeare classics for decades - many a time faithfully lifting his text, and on occasion figuring out new ways to tell an old classic. There are no two better examples of this than the recent Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes's directorial debut) and Gnomeo & Juliet (set to the music of Elton John!).
The last directors to really leave their stamp on William Shakespeare's work and get away with it were Sir Kenneth Brannagh and Baz Luhrman. (An argument could be made for Ralph Fiennes.s Coriolanus, but alas not enough people have seen it yet to really discuss it in full.) If the new photos from Justin Kurtzel.s adaptation of Macbeth are any indication, we might be seeing another name added to that luminary list. The works of Shakespeare are adapted about as often and as frequently as directors have picked up young adult franchises in the past decade or so. Before Edward Cullen was the cover boy for teenage angst, young prince Hamlet wore the crown for several decades prior. In fact, the only real difference besides Shakespeare and Ya adaptations (besides the quality of the source material) is that it.s even more disastrous if someone manages to »
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues I still plan on watching this, but I don't think I'll be watching all three versions that come on the Blu-ray release, which means I'm torn between the PG-13 theatrical version or the R-rated, super extended version. Considering people don't seem to be over the moon for the R-rated version and seemed, at least, accepting of the PG-13 version, that just might be the way I go. Do you have a suggestionc
47 Ronin I actually think I'll check this one out too. It deserves a look at least... rightc I mean, how bad can it really bec
The Invisible Woman Of today's releases this is the only one I've seen and The Invisible Woman isn't bad at all. In fact, I'd say it's quite good, with a great performance from Felicity Jones and a much better directorial effort for Ralph Fiennes, whose Coriolanus didn't impress me. »
- Brad Brevet
After learning last year that Coriolanus stars Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave were set to reteam on a new film, one that will have them in more prominent roles, we now have a few more additions to the project, an adaptation of Sebastian Barry‘s The Secret Scripture. According to Independent, Jeremy Irons and Jonathan Rhys Meyers have come aboard in the story that follows Chastain and Redgrave playing the character [...] »
- Jordan Raup
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Based on the book by Claire Tomlin, the biography drama looks at when Dickens was at the height of his career and met Nelly (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy), a younger woman who became his secret muse and mistress.
The Invisible Woman scored applause from critics, with Seattle Times‘ Moira MacDonald saying, “It’s wonderfully cast… and beautifully designed, a quiet pleasure.” The movie was only in a limited release in theaters, but earned a tidy $1.2 million.
The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack offers the biggest audience. »
Not a gender swapped re-imagining of H.G. Well's classic tale, or even a spin-off for The Fantastic Four's Sue Richards, The Invisible Woman, based on the novel of the same name by Claire Tomalin, is in fact the story of Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), the secret mistress of Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes), a woman the renowned author went to great lengths to keep out of the public eye. The second directorial effort for Fiennes, after Coriolanus, it builds on the promise he had shown in his feature debut, coming together as a deeply emotional, and beautifully shot, experience. The first thing that hits you about The Invisible Woman is how unrelentingly bleak it is. This isn't a easy watch, with constantly jarring flash forwards and flash backs, and a suffocatingly dark tone, but it is an extremely rewarding one. It is not you're usual period drama, eschewing the fanciful »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Its main characters were barely known in the UK, but that hasn't stopped this spin-off from the 1960s Us cartoon Rocky & Bullwinkle rocketing to the top spot
• More on the UK box office
Despite competition from paid previews on The Lego Movie, DreamWorks Animation's Mr Peabody & Sherman posted a decent debut of £3.92m. Mind you, it's worth noting that Mr Peabody & Sherman likewise pursued a previews strategy – likely a knock-on effect of the Lego tactic – and these contributed a considerable £1.39m of the total. The figure compares favourably with previous DreamWorks Animation release Turbo, which landed with £3.89m, including £1.77m in previews, last October.
While Turbo, the story of a motor-racing snail, was one of DreamWorks Animation's lesser appealing titles, Mr Peabody & Sherman might still have struggled to match it. Conceptually, it's not an obvious easy sell – the story of an erudite beagle who adopts a »
- Charles Gant
I love everything about Wes Anderson movies. From the way he creates unique worlds to the unusual characters that occupy the screen, Anderson is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker that always makes something special. His newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, continues his streak of making exceptional films. The story mostly takes place in early 20th-century, and revolves around the goings-on at a famous European hotel where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) mentors a young employee (Tony Revolori) against the backdrop of a changing continent. The film also stars Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwarztman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson. For more on the film, here's all our previous coverage. The day after the world premiere, I participated in a great roundtable interview with Fiennes in Berlin. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
This is the Pure Movies review of The Invisible Woman, directed by Ralph Fiennes and starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Joanna Scanlan, Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander. Written by Dr. Garth Twa exclusively for @puremovies. Ralph Fiennes has long ago proven to be the foremost actor working today. And, with two features behind him—the bracing Coriolanus and now The Invisible Woman—he’s proven to be one of the most original and invigorating directors. What he brings to his performance he now brings to all the performances: a quiet turbulent emotion—in Coriolanus, the visceral and potent fevers of politics, war, and the media were electrifying; in The Invisible Woman, he presents us with sumptuous tableaux vivant that gasp their way into passionate life. The invisible woman is a mistress. But with an artist, any woman is destined to be the mistress, because first—always—in his heart, »
- Dr. Garth Twa
The Invisible Woman, 2013.
Directed by Ralph Fiennes.
At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.
The Invisible Woman is a subtle and incredibly quiet affair, almost too quiet in its final product. In Ralph Fiennes portrayal of Charles Dickens, his approach is secretive, flecked with moments of uncomfortable intelligence and intimacy-a shrine of emotions-balanced with subtlety and a silence by Felicity Jones, adding a femme fatal intensity. Fiennes directs with a hushed sense of bravado-an opening shot of Jones walking across a bare beach is uncomfortable and shot beautifully. Yet he fails to exploit these moments.
Subtlety can only go so far. The usually booming Kristin Scott Thomas is relegated into a role used simply as exposition, allowing Fiennes to quietly develop the plot around her. »
- Gary Collinson
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