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The 7th Rome Film Festival (Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma) will confer its Lifetime Achievement Award to Quentin Tarantino. The American director, screenwriter, actor, and producer, winner of an Oscar® for Pulp Fiction, the author of extraordinary works such as Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill:Vol.1, Kill Bill:Vol.2 and Inglourious Basterds, will receive the award on January 4th on the occasion of the gala screening of the new film he has written and directed, Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Di Caprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kerry Washington. The celebrated film-composer Ennio Morricone will be presenting the award to the director. “Quentin Tarantino’s vision has radically influenced our collective imagery over the past twenty years – explains Marco Müller, artistic director of the Rome Film Festival – Tarantino is a profoundly American yet very European filmmaker, because the relationship he has established with cinema and its »
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The 7th Rome Film Festival will confer its Lifetime Achievement Award on Quentin Tarantino.
Tarantino will receive the award on January 4th on the occasion of the gala screening of his new film Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Di Caprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kerry Washington.
The celebrated film-composer Ennio Morricone will present the award to Tarantino.
The American director, screenwriter, actor, and producer won an Oscar for Pulp Fiction. He has directed cult films such as Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill:Vol.1, Kill Bill:Vol.2 and Inglourious Basterds.
“Quentin Tarantino’s vision has radically influenced our collective imagery over the past twenty years – explains Marco Müller, artistic director of the Rome Film Festival – Tarantino is a profoundly American yet very European filmmaker, because the relationship he has established with cinema and its history is as analytical as it is passionate. He has cultivated a coherent project of mise-en-scene, »
The American actor Charles Durning, who has died aged 89, first grabbed audience attention as the crooked Lieutenant Snyder in The Sting (1973). He makes an explosive appearance, tearing down an alley after the slick grifter played by Robert Redford, and repeatedly lurches out of the shadows throughout the rest of the film. Durning had only a handful of scenes, and over the next 40 years would seldom be granted more screen time in 200-odd film and TV roles. Nevertheless, his jowly face, with its boxer's nose and sly eyes, grew increasingly familiar, and his name in the opening titles usually promised good things ahead. His heavyset frame meant he was often cast as tough guys, but he later assumed more jovial roles, portraying Father Christmas several times.
His first »
- Chris Wiegand
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• Benedict Cumberbatch (or, as I’ve unadvisedly taken to calling him, Benny Batch) will star in an untitled biopic about Brian Epstein, the troubled manager for the Beatles, a closeted gay man who died in 1967 from an accidental overdose. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing the film, which will be helmed by Paul McGuigan (a frequent director of Cumberbatch’s acclaimed BBC series Sherlock). Todd Graff (Joyful Noise, Bandslam) penned the script. #BennyBatch #MakeItHappen [THR]
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Principal photography has commenced on the star-studded film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-prize winning play August: Osage County. Directed by John Wells (The Company Men), the domestic drama focuses on the Weston family who reunite after their alcoholic patriarch mysteriously disappears. Meryl Street plays the explosive, pill-popping matriarch Violet, taking over from Tony-award winner Deanna Dugan in the play’s Broadway run. August: Osage County also stars Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich), Juliette Lewis (Hick), Ewan McGregor (Beginners), Benedict Cumberbatch (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Chris Cooper (Lone Star), Dermot Mulroney (Zodiac), Sam Shepard (Killing Them Softly), Margo Martindale (Scalene), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Misty Upham (Frozen River). Harvey Weinstein is producing alongside Jean Doumanian »
- Byron Camacho
1.) When Rupert Wyatt bowed out of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last week, I knew it wouldn't be long before a list of potential replacement directors leaked out -- especially since Fox's strict timetable leading up to a May 2014 release was what scared Wyatt off in the first place. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) is reportedly on the top of a list that also includes J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) and Guillermo del Toro. That's quite the interesting list of both big names and emerging talents. Coupled with this news was a report that Reeves had given up on the Twilight Zone project he'd been attached to for almost a year, citing "scheduling conflicts." Smells fishy, right? Warner Bros. has placed an "open director assignment" on The Twilight Zone, so we'll have to wait »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Rumoured for a while but only just officially confirmed, Daniel Brühl has joined the already impressive cast of the John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man. Anton Corbijn (Control, The American), as you'll know by now, is directing.The story follows Issa, a refugee lately escaped from a Turkish prison and on the run from the Swedish authorities, who claims to be Chechen, but, rather mysteriously, doesn't speak the language. Arriving in Hamburg, he reveals he has the means to access a very private bank account containing a legacy of dubious origin. It's not long before British, German and American intelligence agencies are paying close attention.Brühl's character is unclear, since the most-wanted role of Issa belongs to Grigoriy Dobrygin (How I Ended This Summer). Philip Seymour Hoffman is aboard the film as German spook Gunther Bachmann; Robin Wright is playing CIA wonk Martha Sulllivan; Rachel McAdams is Annabel Richter, »
Even with only two feature films under his belt, photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn has become a director with a distinct voice. His debut "Control" was a startling look at the life of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, while his followup "The American" placed George Clooney in a pretty nifty anti-thriller that favored mood over action. And so we couldn't be more excited about this next, the John Le Carré adaptation of "A Most Wanted Man." And with production now starting, a few more names an official synopsis have been revealed for the picture. "Inglourious Basterds," "The Edukators," "Goodbye Lenin!" and "The Bourne Ultimatum" star Daniel Brühl (who was rumored over a month ago) has joined Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe in the film, with Franz Hartwig, Kostja Ullman, Rainer Bock, Charlotte Schwab, Max Volkert Martens and Martin Wuttke rounding »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Anton Corbijn's adaptation of the John le Carre thriller, "A Most Wanted Man," began principal photography this week in Hamburg. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright. Corbijn ("The American") directs the film, which Australian writer Andrew Bovell ("Lantana") adapted for the screen. "A Most Wanted Man" tells a gripping story of a half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant who emerges in Hamburg's Islamic community, aiming to find his father's illegitimately-gained fortune. When German and Us security agencies seek to deter his efforts, questions about the morality of the man's intentions loom as tensions reach a boiling point. The adaptation of this novel marks the ninth of John Le Carre's 23 books to reach the screen. Others include "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "The Constant Gardener," "The Russia House" and "The Spy »
- Maggie Lange
Principal photography has begun on Anton Corbijn's adaptation of John le Carre's A Most Wanted Man. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a near-dead half-Chechen, half Russian man on the run in Hamburg's Islamic community, and looking to recover his father's ill-gotten fortune, which attracts the attention of German and U.S. security agencies. We previously reported that Rachel McAdams and Robin Wright were on board, and the press release has announced that Willem Dafoe is attached as well. The press release also lists the German actors co-starring in the production. Among them is rising star Daniel Brühl, who is starring opposite Chris Hemsworth in Ron Howard's upcoming Formula One racing drama, Rush. Hit the jump for the press release. Here's the press release: Principal photography begins on A Most Wanted Man Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright star in Anton Corbijn’s »
- Matt Goldberg
For an A-list ingenue who strides red carpets around the world, Rachel McAdams still expresses down-to-earth delight and wonder in her profession, who she works with, and where she films.
While chatting to EW during the Toronto International Film Festival, the actress said she was downright excited about shooting her upcoming thriller A Most Wanted Man soon in Hamburg, Germany. Directed by Anton Corbijn (The American), and costarring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Willem Defore, the movie is based on John le Carre’s 2008 novel about a Chechen former prisoner who arrives illegally in Germany.
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- Solvej Schou
Philip Seymour Hoffman is riding high off of the publicity of his central role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, and as the saying goes, strike while the iron is hot. Thus, we are now getting word out of Deadline that Hoffman has signed on to star in A Most Wanted Man, the new film by director Anton Corbijn (Control, The American).
A modern day political thriller, A Most Wanted Man concerns “a mysterious half-Chechen, half-Russian man, brutally scarred from torture, [who] surfaces in the city’s Islamic community” while looking for help in salvaging his deceased father’s fortune. Of course, nothing about this man is as it seems, and his true motives and his mysterious origins are anyone’s guess. Along the way, he is joined by “a conflicted British private banker and a young female lawyer fiercely determined to protect the rights of persecuted émigrés.”Hoffman will be playing a “brilliant, »
- Brian Roan
Back in February it was reported that there was a new adaptation of a John le Carré novel being developed, and that it was looking to put Philip Seymour Hoffman in a leading role. It all sounded very exciting, but Hoffman’s involvement wasn’t official. Well, some time has passed since then, details on the project are starting to solidify, and the crew has even started to put together a cast of familiar faces to join Hoffman in supporting roles. But first, let’s recap exactly what this project is. A Most Wanted Man is a story about a half-Russian, half-Czech immigrant who comes to Germany—scarred and starved—looking for his father’s lost fortune. His past is mysterious, his motives are suspect, and eventually his pursuits get the attentions of a British banker and a young female lawyer, who both try to help them in their own way, and »
- Nathan Adams
Philip Seymour Hoffman will have some company in the upcoming spy thriller "A Most Wanted Man." Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright are joining the film, based on the novel by John le Carré. Demarest Films announced today that they will co-finance and co-produce the adaptation. "Wanted" is set in Hamburg, Germany's Islamic community, where a mysterious, badly scarred half-Russian man gains the sympathy of a British banker and a young female lawyer as he tries to recover his father's misplaced fortune. However, a top-level German spy (Hoffman) starts to question the man's motives. Anton Corbijn ("The American," "Control") is »
- Dave Lewis
Best known in movie circles for his stellar work on Control and his existential muse-athon hitman thriller The American, Anton Corbijn has been lending his uncanny eye to rock bands like U2 and Depeche Mode for more than two decades. He's not a man who craves the limelight, happier beavering away behind the camera, so Anton Corbijn Inside Out, a new fly-on-the-wall doc, is a particularly intriguing look at the man and his art. This clip gives a glimpse of some of the cracking footage captured by Dutch filmmaker Klaartje Quirijns.Gold for budding snappers, sure, but plenty too for movie fans. Quirijns trailed Corbijn during the shooting of The American before he reverted to still photography for Metallica and Lou Reed's 'Lulu' album. Watch the results for its insights into the film and music biz, or watch it because Lou Reed's impersonation of Tommy DeVito is extraordinary. »
Carey Mulligan will soon be channeling Nicole Kidman in "To Die For" as she signs on to play a femme fatale in the dark crime comedy, "Nancy and Danny," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The "Drive" beauty will star as a money-hungry woman who, after her big-city dreams go up in smoke, engages in a get-rich-quick scheme in order to land an old high school crush. Things probably go quite awry.
Speaking of Nicole Kidman, Variety reports that Tim Roth is set to join her in the rather bizarre true-life tale, "Grace of Monacco." The film follows Oscar winner Grace Kelly and her husband, Monaco's Prince Rainier III (Roth), who is charged by French leader Charles de Gaulle to reform Monaco's tax laws in six months' time. »
- Bryan Enk
Anton Corbijn transitioned from music video directing/rock-photography to feature filmmaking fairly late in his career. First up, he combined his love of music and pictures with a biopic of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis that made a star of Sam Riley and followed that up with an adaptation of Martin Booth's novel "A Very Private Gentleman," which he turned into the existential hitman drama "The American" starring George Clooney. Corbijn Is now putting together the pieces for what could be his last hurrah, an adaptation of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" author John le Carre's spy-thriller "A Most Wanted Man." Originally teased as a starring vehicle for "Das Boot" star Herbert Grönemeyer, the actor's involvement has yet to be confirmed, but a very nice cast has been building nevertheless, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright and the newest addition here, Willem Dafoe. While »
- Simon Dang
Although the project was set to move forward earlier this year with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams, Variety is now reporting that A Most Wanted Man will instead star Robin Wright and, just added, Willem Dafoe. To be directed by Anton Corbijn ( The American , Control ), A Most Wanted Man features an adapted screenplay by Andrew Bovell ( Edge of Darkness , Lantana ). The film takes place in present day Hamburg, Germany where a mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city's Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father's ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn »
Actress Robin Wright, or Princess Buttercup as she’ll always be known to me, has joined the cast of “The American” director Anton Corbijn’s spy thriller “A Most Wanted Man”. The film, based on a John le Carre novel, will revolve around a Chechnian Muslim who illegally immigrates to Hamburg, Germany, where he gets caught up in the international war on terror while attempting to locate a fortune left behind by his father. Oh dear, I suspect I know where this is headed. Muslim? War on Terror? No word on what character Wright will play in the film, but she joins the previously cast Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams. Hoffman is playing the chief of a covert German spy unit who works to solve the mystery of the man’s identity, while McAdams is a woman who becomes involved in the international intrigue. Le Carre, one of the old guard of spy novelists, »
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