8 items from 2014
The script was developed by BBC Films, and the co-producers are Parallel Films in Ireland and Item 7 in Canada.
Set in the early 1950s, “Brooklyn” is the story of a young woman who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, New York, where she has the opportunity for work and a romance with an Italian-American, played by Cohen. When a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself absorbed into her old community.
The film will shoot for three weeks in Enniscorthy, Wexford and Dublin, Ireland, before moving in mid-April to Montreal, Canada for a further four weeks.
Hanway Films is handling international sales. »
- Dave McNary
Andrew Haigh has had an impressive few years both writing and directing, initially with the critically acclaimed Weekend and now with his HBO series ‘Looking‘. It’s now been announced by The Bureau Film Company, the BFI, Film4 and Creative England that principal photography will commence his new British film, 45 Years, in Spring 2014.
The film is set to follow Kate Mercer in the five days leading up to her forty-fifth wedding anniversary. The planning for the party is going well, but then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
- Dan Bullock
• Olivia Wilde (Drinking Buddies) is set to star in and produce the psychological thriller Meadowland. Reed Morano, the cinematographer on Kill Your Darlings and The Skeleton Twins, will make her directorial debut on the film about a woman who developed a relationship with a neglected boy after her own son disappears. Production will begin this summer, after Wilde gives birth. [Deadline]
• Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen will re-team with their 50/50 director Jonathan Levine for an untitled Christmas comedy about a trio of childhood friends who get together every Christmas Eve for a night out in New York City. The third lead has yet to be cast. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Berlin — Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay are set to star in rising British helmer Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years,” which is being repped in international markets by The Match Factory. Haigh is the director and exec producer of the well-received HBO show “Looking.”
“45 Years,” which will start to shoot this spring, follows Kate Mercer in the five days leading up to her 45th wedding anniversary. The planning for the party is going well, but then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
- Leo Barraclough
Rome-based sales company Adriana Chiesa Enterprises (Ace) will launch sales on Roberto Faenza’s English-language Anita B., about a young Auschwitz survivor trying to re-build her life after the war, at the Efm.
Rising star Sheehan, best known for his roles in TV series Misfits and fantasy feature The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, is also set to star in Tiago Mesquita’s Caesar and Gren Wells’ The World Within this year.
Ace is handling all international rights except for the Us. The picture’s Us co-producer Ron Stein of Four of a Kind Productions is handling North America rights. Stein also co-produced Faenza’s last film Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You »
Which music stars went home with awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards? Find out with this full winners list.
Winners in each category are bolded.
Record of the Year
"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons
"Royals" -- Lorde
"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thick feat. T.I. and Pharrell
Album of the year
"The Blessed Unrest" -- Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- Kendrick Lamar
"Red" -- Taylor Swift
Song of the year
As always, there are biases at play here; my greatest interests are symphonic music, choral music, and piano music, so that's what comes my way most often. There are some paired reviews; the ranking of the second of each pair might not be the true, exact ranking, but it works better from a writing standpoint this way.
1. Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 Tragic Overture, Op. 81; Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a; 3 Hungarian Dances; 9 Liebeslieder Waltzes; Intermezzi, Op. 116 No. 4 & Op. 117 No. 1 Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly (Decca)
It is not easy, at this point in recording history, to match the giants of the baton in a Brahms cycle, but Chailly has done it (this is my fiftieth Brahms cycle, and I have more than another fifty Brahms Firsts, and upwards of thirty each of the other symphonies outside those cycles, so I've got some basis for comparison »
Here's a chart of 2013's thirty highest grossing films tracked by Indiewire's box office charts. While Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" and Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" were among the only three films to gross over $30 million, it was Lionsgate and Pantelion's massive Spanish-language hit "Instructions Not Included" -- directed and starring by Mexican star Eugenio Derbez -- that led the year's crop. Rounding out the top 10 were "Mud," "The Way, Way Back," "The Place Beyond The Pines," "Quartet," "Enough Said," "Philomena" and "Fruitvale Station." At number 24, "20 Feet From Stardom" was the highest grossing documentary. Notably, last year's highest grossing film -- "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" -- saw its stars Judi Dench and Maggie Smith both represented in this year's top 10 too with "Quartet" and "Philomena" (continuing the significant trend of the "silver dollar"). Comparatively, this year had more $20 million grossers (6 vs. last year's 4), $10 million grossers »
- Peter Knegt
8 items from 2014
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