7 items from 2011
British director Steve McQueen made news earlier today when his sex-addict drama Shame starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan earned a Nc-17 rating from the MPAA. McQueen stayed busy as Variety also reported today that Brad Pitt agreed to play one of the lead roles in his upcoming period drama 12 Years a Slave. Pitt earlier agreed to produce the film via his Plan B shingle. McQueen co-wrote the script with John Ridley and Chiwetel Ejiofor signed on to play Solomon Northrup, a New York citizen kidnapped in Washington in 1841 and sent to work as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation until he was saved in 1853. »
Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave starring Michael Fassbender lands River Road. Bill Pohlad's River Road has boarded Twelve Years a Slave as financier and producer, alongside Plan B. Pic reunites the helmer of Shame with Fassbender, who also worked together on the 2008 Fox Searchlight Pictures' film Hunger. Chiwetel Ejiofor also stars in the true story of Solomon Northrup, a citizen of New York who, in 1841, was kidnapped and then rescued from a cotton plantation in Louisiana in 1853. Variety reports that Summit Entertainment is handling international sales at Afm (American Film Market). »
Shame helmer Steve McQueen to reteam with Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave. McQueen directs from a screenplay he wrote alongside John Ridley (Da Brick, Red Tails). Variety reports that also in the cast of the true story is Chiwetel Ejiofor. 12 Years a Slave tells of Solomon Northrup, a citizen of New York who, in 1841, was kidnapped and then rescued from a cotton plantation in Louisiana in 1853. Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Plan B are producing with an eye to shart shooting some time early 2012. »
British director Steve McQueen recently finished his sex addict drama Shame starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. McQueen stayed busy as Variety reported today that he secured his next directing job: 12 Years a Slave from Brad Pitt’s Plan B shingle. McQueen co-wrote the script with John Ridley and Chiwetel Ejiofor signed on to play Solomon Northrup, a New York citizen kidnapped in Washington in 1841 and sent to work as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation until he was saved in 1853. Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner boarded the project as producers via Plan B. McQueen won the Camera d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival for Hunger. »
Ben Drew's (a.k.a. rapper Plan B) directorial debut Ill Manors has been picked up by Revolver Entertainment Film is budgeted at £100,000 ($165,000) pic with funding coming from Film London's low-budget Microwave scheme, reports Variety. Ill Manors is apparently a dark, multi-character story which takes place on the tough streets of east London. Drew wrote the script for the film which is in post production. Drew was in Adulthood as well as Noel Clarke's 4,3,2,1. Most importantly, he starred with Michael Caine in Harry Brown »
We haven't mentioned the Berlinale at all in the heat of Oscar week. So let's do that, shall we? Better late than never. The festival closes tomorrow but the awards were handed out over the past two days.
"Nader and Simin: A Separation" Golden Bear
Asghar Fahradi, who got a lot of Oscar buzz a couple years back (though no nomination) for About Elly, won this year's Golden Bear for Nader & Simin: A Separation (2011). The Hollywood Reporter explains the film like so.
Farhadi's drama traces the breakup of a Iranian family set against the political tensions in Tehran. While not overtly political, Nader and Simin is starkly critical of conditions in Iran, notably the country's huge class divide. It was widely tipped to win Berlin's top prize, not least because of the current upheaval in the Middle East.
Fahradi dedicated his prize to jailed filmmaker Jafar Panihi who was also »
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Richard Jenkins is in Cogan's Trade, joining Brad Pitt in the Andrew Dominik crime caper. In Cogan's Trade, Pitt stars as a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high-stakes poker game which is held under the protection of the mob. Jenkins (Let Me In, The Visitor) will play a lawyer who relays inside information about the card game, reports Variety. Sam Rockwell, James Gandolfini and Bella Heathcote co-star in the film, which starts shooting later this month in New Orleans. Pitt and Dede Gardner are producing Cogan's Trade via Plan B banner alongside Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz of Chockstone.. »
7 items from 2011
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