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This year’s European Film Awards are officially out of the gates with a not so lean 50 film submissions to select from. The 27th edition collects titles that date back to last year’s Venice and Toronto Int. Film Festivals moving into Sundance-Rotterdam-Berlin and finally Cannes of ’14. Among the 31 European countries represented, we’ve got likes of the Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan leading the huge pack of contenders including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. Here’s the complete list of 50!:
Directed By: Milko Lazarov
Produced By: Veselka Kiryakova
Written & Directed By: Jessica Hausner
Directed By: Jaime Rosales
Produced By: Jaime Rosales, »
- Eric Lavallee
Sometimes you just gotta pay the bills. While we'd rather see these three filmmakers working on feature films, if the advertising world gives them money to play, we're all for it. And big brands know if you want your product to shine, sometimes you need to put it into the right hands. So let's see what Jonathan Glazer ("Under The Skin," "Birth"), Mark Romanek ("Never Let Me Go," "One Hour Video") and Floria Sigismondi (countless music videos, the underrated "Runaways") have been up to. First up, Glazer goes to Florence for Canon where he documents the vicious, annual game of Calcico Storico, a crude historic version of football played with no protective equipment, and seemingly little regard for any kind of rules. So yes, there is a ball and scoring, but there is also barefist punching body slams. But it's not the violence that concerns Glazer — though it's there — so »
- Kevin Jagernauth
More than 30 European countries represented in the line-up.Scroll down for list in full
The 50 films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards (EFAs) have been unveiled.
The European Film Academy and Efa Productions revealed the titles at a press conference in Riga, Latvia where this year’s 27th EFAs will take place on Dec 13.
A total of 31 European countries are represented. In the 20 countries with the most Efa members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list.
To complete the list, a selection committee consisting of Efa Board Members and invited experts have included further films. Those experts include Screen International chief film critic and reviews editor Mark Adams (UK), Marit Kapla (Sweden), Stefan Kitanov (Bulgaria), Paz Lázaro (Spain), Christophe Leparc (France) and Elma Tataragic (Bosnia & Herzegovina).
In the coming weeks, more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Roadside/Lionsgate opened its Sundance prize-winner The Skeleton Twins to robust numbers in a five-city platform debut across 15 theaters, taking one of the highest theater averages of the year among limited releases. In a much broader release, Fox Searchlight edged The Drop to a near-wide release over the weekend, landing sixth in overall box office. American Experience/PBS Films‘ doc Last Days In Vietnam, meanwhile held over solidly, adding one theater in its second week, while China Lion maintained some momentum with the Stateside release of Chinese-language entry But Always, also adding a single location. Sony Pictures Classics expanded Love Is Strange with momentum. Comedy-drama Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig grossed nearly $411K in 15 theaters in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington D.C., for a very solid $27,383 PTA. The film, directed by Craig Johnson about long-estranged and troubled twins reuniting was No. 1 in a dozen locations, »
- Brian Brooks
Much like I took a look yesterday at veterans in contention for Oscar love the year, today I’m going to be turning my attention to the newbies who hope to receive some awards love. As I mentioned in the last piece, this is leading up to me doing a re-ranking of the contenders in all of the major categories beginning next week, but right now it’s just going to be a preview of which rookies to the Oscar season are gearing up to hopefully make their big debuts on the awards circuit. Some are even in a position to win Academy Awards. First up is Best Actor. In this race, the highest profile would be first time nominee would be either Steve Carell for Foxcatcher or Michael Keaton for Birdman. They’ve been frontrunners to many for basically this entire season. A tiny level down are more recent »
- Joey Magidson
This is a reprint of our review from the 2013 Venice Film Festival. In a festival that's seen a number of endurance tests —Philip Groning's three-hour, 59-chapter "The Police Officer's Wife," the abstracted imagery of "Under The Skin," the brief but unrelentingly terrible duration of "Parkland," no film seemed to inspire more walk outs than "Stray Dogs." The return of acclaimed Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang after a 4-year absence (and longer since he made a film at home: 2009's "Play" mostly featured French actors) is not marked by its length, nor is it particularly provocative in its content. But anyone familiar with Tsai's earlier work —"Goodbye Dragon Inn" is perhaps the best known— will be aware that he marches very much to his own beat, and almost as much as anything he's ever made, "Stray Dogs" frustrates those looking for answers or traditional narrative, and moves at an especially sleepy pace, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Editor’S Note: This is a capsule review. The full review will be released once the film hits theatres. If you judge parody by its commitment to the bit, then The Duke of Burgundy is the Andy Kaufman of euro-lesbian erotic experimental films. Characters stroll through the woods at night carrying candelabras and wearing nightgowns, while teasing harpsichord plays in the background; a love affair between two women becomes an opulent pas de deux of lust and power; insect and nature motifs are persistent to the point of confrontational, as dream and reality seem to intersect at random.
The Duke of Burgundy is role-playing one kind of film, but it’s something else entirely. That’s the point. It’s mighty convincing as an erotic thriller to start, with the dom-sub relationship between Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) playing out like some gorgeously rendered schoolboy fantasy. »
- Sam Woolf
It’s been 20 years since the shooting of “Braveheart,” when Mel Gibson, playing Scottish warrior William Wallace, cried, “Freedom!,” articulating the desire among many Scots for independence. On Sept. 18, they will get their chance, as they vote on whether to break from the United Kingdom and establish their own country, with polls suggesting it could go either way.
Speaking to Variety in May, Creative Scotland chief Janet Archer — who oversees state support for film — claimed that independence would make little difference to the movie industry as control of culture was handed to the Scottish government several years ago. But most film producers are unhappy with the status quo, and the consensus seems to be that independence would help.
- Leo Barraclough
Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas (Ant-Man, The Reach, Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street) and Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit franchise; the Lord of the Rings franchise; the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) will join star Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Child 44, Prometheus) in Unlocked, with Lorenzo Dibonaventura (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Salt, Red, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) producing alongside Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam.
Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom will handle international sales on the new thriller directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and based on a screenplay by Peter O’Brien.
With principal photography beginning on November 3, Unlocked tells the story of a »
- Michelle McCue
British director Michael Apted will direct from a screenplay by Peter O’Brien.
Rapace will play a CIA interrogator who unwittingly provides information to terrorists — triggering a race against the clock to stop a biological warfare attack on London. She became attached to the project earlier this year.
Bloom will be seen next in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” Douglas was most recently seen in “And So It Goes” and is filming “Ant-Man.” Rapace stars in crime-drama “The Drop,” which screened Saturday at Toronto in the Special Presentations section, »
- Dave McNary
Im Global is boosting its exec ranks as sales action kicks off in Toronto. The film and TV sales, financing, and production company has hired Emil Elmer to serve as Svp, International Sales and Acquisitions out of its London office. Prior to Im Global, the former Focus Features International Svp and Miramax and Pathe alum worked on titles including Blue Jasmine, Turner, Under The Skin, Bullet To The Head, Eastern Promises, Slumdog Millionaire, and Amélie.
Im Global has also boosted London-based exec David Jourdan to Svp, International Business Development and Operations. He’ll be working out of the La headquarters with CEO Stuart Ford and COO Chris Bosco focusing on Asia and Latin America operations and overseeing acquisitions for Im Global’s Apsara label reporting to President Jonathan Deckter. Apsara’s upcoming titles include Selfless, American Ultra, and The Night Comes For Us. The expanding Im Global has outposts in La, »
- Jen Yamato
I wanted to do a little something extra special as wrap party for our very enjoyable and well attended 20 episode fifth season of Hit Me With Your Best Shot. So imma give out awards since awards are what we love best. The episode I liked reading everyone's takes on the most were -- can I say all? -- the Jamie Travis short films since I never get to hear opinions on those (or any short films really) and Under the Skin as it needs to be spoken of and contemplated. And by as many people as possible. Spread the good word.
But really I could just as easily call everything else "tied for third" because I always love to hear so many perspectives. But no season is perfect: Zorba the Greek turned out to be kind of a dud (I had never seen it so I blame the Oscars!). Two »
- NATHANIEL R
Are you a fan of the superbly fun Adventure Time? Though it’s currently airing its sixth season and a seventh in the works, you might be dreading the unfortunate wait in between, that awful hiatus that feels like an eternity. Worry not, because there is simply nothing better to fill the void in your life than this absolutely stunning art-book, consisting of the lavish masterpieces that precede each episode in the first two seasons of the eccentric and quirky show.
The collection features the works of a multitude of artists who worked on the title cards for each episode across 112 pages, whilst also containing detailed commentaries from each of them that reflect upon the inspirations for each design. On the hard copy, it’s important to note how grand the book itself feels with the Adventure Time logo embossed on the front of an already raised piece of parchment. »
- Matthew Ceo
Telluride — The 41st Annual Telluride Film Festival is over, and as noted by HitFix's own Kris Tapley, it has provided an important awards season kickoff for films such as "Birdman," "The Imitation Game," "Wild," "Rosewater" and "Foxcatcher." Even with the recent star power of George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Telluride has been able to hang on to its singular charms as a non-red carpet, low-key, cinephile event (even if there were two new Canadian journalists on hand to check everything out and report back to the motherland). (Kidding.) (Maybe.) Yes, much to the chagrin of the Telluride organizers, the Tiff vs. Telluride (vs. Venice) story just won't go away. Even festival regulars who have attended for decades gossiped about how they couldn't believe how much press the story had gotten. Happily, it wasn't the only takeaway from another beautiful festival in the Colorado mountains. 'The Imitation Game' is »
- Gregory Ellwood
Nudity? That's nothing. These nine stars rounded up by The Stir bared all on the big screen: Katie Holmes: Her scene came in 2000's The Gift , opposite Greg Kinnear. Kate Winslet: She's gone full-frontal in The Reader , Iris , and Holy Smoke , plus topless in Titanic . Michael Fassbender: He made quite an impression when he stripped down in Shame. Scarlett Johansson: She stripped down in Under the Skin recently. Kristin Scott Thomas: She got naked in the bath with Ralph Fiennes in The English Patient . Click for the complete list , including an actor who got naked in front of a live »
- Evann Gastaldo
Hit Me With Your Best Shot soon steps aside for the utter madness of Fall Festivals and Awards Season. It will return for a sixth season next March. Why not join in on the season finale, The Matrix (1999). It's enlightening. Take the red pill.
1) Watch the movie
2) Choose your "Best Shot" (your definition - beauty in the eye of the beholder)
3) Post it online somewhere by Sept 2nd at 9 pm with a few words about why you chose it. We link up
- NATHANIEL R
Jessica Chastain has called for a female superhero movie to be released.
"Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don't understand it, why is it taking so long for this?" she declared to The Wrap. "This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies."
Chastain continued: "Lucy, didn't it beat Hercules by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? She shows that she kicks ass, she's a great actress. Under the Skin is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for a go-ahead on a superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson?
"To me, it's a no-brainer. You want to make money, »
In the past, Jessica Chastain ("Interstellar") was supposed to appear in Iron man 3 but due to a scheduling conflict she couldn't participate. She was also rumored to be up for the female lead in Ant-Man at one time and passed on that too. Now Jessica is speaking up for Marvel's most successful female actress, Scarlett Johansson. Wondering where is her solo Marvel film? “Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don't understand it, why is it taking so long for this?” Chastain asked TheWrap, rhetorically and with no small degree of animation. “This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies. ‘Lucy,’ didn't it beat ‘Hercules’ by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? She shows that she kicks ass, she's a great actress. ‘Under the Skin’ is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for »
I’m back with another mix tape, only this time the compilation consists solely of the best music from movies released in 2014 (January to the end of August). As per usual, I’ve also included some fun movie clips. Here are tracks from the best soundtracks and scores of the year so far. Be sure to check back in December for part two.
The Band – “The Weight” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
Superhuman – “Where It Ends” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
James Brown – “Papas Got A Brand New Bag” (Get On Up: The James Brown Story)
Get On Up Movie Clip
Elvis Presley – “You’re »
- Sound On Sight Podcast
Directed by Luc Besson.
When forced to partake in a drug-dealing operation across countries, student Lucy is harassed and beaten, only to have the drugs seep into her system. Chased by cops and gangsters, Lucy begins to use the deepest, darkest parts of the brain to escape and control the world around herself.
Here’s a classic example of a single high concept idea which has no right being turned into a feature length film. The fact that Lucy offers the viewer nothing new in terms of storytelling, visuals, and action might not be quite so unforgivable if the film actually had something to say about its concept, but it doesn’t, and as a result we’re left with one of the worst films of the year.
At only 89 minutes, Lucy is at »
- Gary Collinson
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