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Rome — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a potentially strong lineup with enough studio/specialty titles toplining A-list stars — including Jake Gyllenhaal (“Everest”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) — to boost its role as a classy awards-season platform, plus new works by Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, Marco Bellocchio and many other high-caliber international auteurs.
As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain-climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Gyllenhaal, will open Venice out of competition on Sept. 2 — a nice coup for artistic director Alberto Barbera, segueing from “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.
With Toronto less aggressive in its push to secure more world preems, Venice is bowing several hot titles — including Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” featuring Michael Keaton’s first post-“Birdman” screen appearance — that are subsequently Toronto-bound. »
- Nick Vivarelli
'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, “Why Venezia 72"? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney »
- Anna Robinson
From Patricia Arquette to Emma Watson, top female stars are finally speaking out about pay inequality in the movie business. But sexism is deeply embedded in this male-dominated industry. Is change really on its way?
Good news! Women can make as much money as men in the film industry after all. More, even. They have been doing so for years. Even in those genres specifically aimed at a male crowd, there’s proven appetite for movies that feature a central female character, focus on her feelings, value her experience, and pay the woman who is playing her accordingly.
But outside porn, it’s a different story. The top-earning female dramatic actors take home around 40% of the salaries of their male co-stars – about half the average in other professions. In Forbes magazine’s list of the best-paid actors for 2013, Robert Downey Jr at No 1 made $10m more than the combined earnings »
- Catherine Shoard
For such a quiet weekend in terms of ticket sales, there were a lot of news stories coming out of the box office. Ant-Man passed $200 million, Terminator: Genisys passed $300 million and Pixels failed to get off the starting blocks. But there was another movie that hit an important milestone featuring those cheeky little yellow creatures.
Having earned an extra $66 million from its global markets, Minions has now passed the $500 million mark internationally. With a grand total of $761 million worldwide, Minions is the fourth biggest movie of 2015, but will unlikely topple Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7 or Jurassic World which have passed the billion dollar mark.
See Also: Read our review of Minions here
Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve »
- Luke Owen
The three juries at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (September 2-12, 2015) are: the Venezia 72 Competition; The Orizzonti; and the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for Best Debut Film. Venezia 72 Competition Jury: President, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, who debuted his Oscar-winning "Gravity" opening night at Venice, has often participated in the Venice Film Festival, where in 2001 he presented "Y tu mama también." He was in competition again in 2006 with "Children of Men." French author, screenwriter and director Emmanuel Carrère, author of the bestsellers "Limonov" (2011) and "Le Royaume" (2015) among many others.Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of the 2014 Cannes Palme d’Or for "Winter Sleep"Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski ("Ida") winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015Italian »
- Anne Thompson
Warner Bros. has released a silly little video titled "Who Killed the Worldc" promoting the upcoming Blu-ray release of Mad Max: Fury Road on Sep 1 and it features words such as "Wordburgers" and is told from the perspective of the young "Warpups", of whom I remain convinced Scrooloose from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is one. amz asin="B00XQ13ZSO" size="small"The release date and features for the upcoming Blu-ray were announced last week, the notable omission being the much talked about black-and-white silent version writer/director George Miller seemed to like more than the final, theatrical released version. There were rumors it might make the Blu-ray release, but when it wasn't included among the features the dominating assumption now is WB will do the same thing they did with Gravity when they released a separate, "silent" version, removing composer Steven Price's score, and deliver a separate monochrome version down the line. »
- Brad Brevet
The Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) has revealed the members of its three international juries - Venezia 72, Orizzonti (Horizons) and ‘Luigi De Laurentiis’ Venice Award for Best Debut Film.
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Winter Sleep;
Italian director Francesco Munzi, in competition at last year’s Venice with Black Souls, winner of nine David di Donatello awards from the Italian Academy;
Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice 1989 for A City of Sadness, and in competition at this year’s Cannes »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Quip along with us as we take a look at the third - third! - in the series of SyFy’s camp disaster movie, stuffed with cameos from 90s stars. And sharks
Thanks everyone for tuning in. We got to see a strangely conservative movie full of tea partiers, Nascar, Real Housewives, and more product placement than you can throw a bag of 3D Doritos at. There was a space shuttle launch, a laser chainsaw, and Frankie Muniz getting all of his limbs eaten off by a a shark.All in all, that is a fine night of entertainment. We’ll see you again next year when we see just how #AprilDies.
- Brian Moylan in New York
The two directors will preside over the Orizzonti and Lion of the Future award, respectively.
Directors Johnathan Demme and Saverio Costanzo will head juries at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (September 2-12).
Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) will lead the international jury in judging the Orizzonti section, which focuses on new trends in world cinema and presents awards for best film, best director and a special jury prize.
Costanzo (Hungry Hearts) is presiding over the “Luigi di Laurentiis” award for a debut film – ‘Lion of the Future’, which will award one prize of $100,000 to the best debut film (to be split evenly between director and producer) screened in any of the Venice competitions.
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Sandra Bullock is widely known as one of Hollywood's top actresses, starring in countless films including Speed, Miss Congeniality, Gravity and The Blind Side, for which she scored a best actress Oscar. But beyond her recognition as a dark-haired actress who stars in both the comedic and drama film genres, The Hollywood Reporter looks at five facts you probably didn't know about Bullock. Read More Vin Diesel: 5 Things You Didn't Know About the Actor Scar Next to Left Eye Bullock received the small, vertical scar next to her left eye as a child, according to her IMDb biography.
- Natalie Stone
Marbella, Spain — Antonio Banderas put out a call Friday for the big Latino broadcast networks in the U.S. plus broadcasters in Latin America and Spain to band together and create a Hollywood-style Latino studio that could “steal Hollywood from Hollywood.”
“Broadcasters over all of Ibero-America [Latin America, Spain and Portugal] would make an annual contribution and receive in return a quantity of content,” said Banderas, talking to journalists a day before Saturday’s second Platino Awards, where he will receive an Honorary Platino Award.
“I haven’t discussed this with anybody, “ said of his Latino studio game-plan. But “Televisions need content. That’s quite clear. Together, broadcasters in the U.S. Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Honduras… could make 20-25 high-level movies a year which have theatrical exhibition, then TV transmission.”
In total speakers, “We have a market which is bigger than the U.S.,” Banderas said. “We just have to reach an agreement.” Banderas comments came, »
- John Hopewell
Are you ready for a three-peat? The official teaser arrived today for Alejandro González Iñárritu's new highly anticipated epic "The Revenant" and while the mantra for Leonardo DiCaprio to finally win his first Oscar should begin at any moment the really story is about a guy nicknamed Chivo. Emmanuel Lubezki has already pulled off a rare feat winning back-to-back Best Cinematography Oscars the past two years for "Gravity" and "Birdman." Don't be surprised if he wins again. As the movie's first teaser so beautifully demonstrates, "The Revenant" was shot almost completely in natural light and features some incredible handheld camerawork that we're not sure even a GoPro could pull off. And, incredibly, 20th Century Fox and New Regency haven't given away all the money shots. At CinemaCon a different teaser screened that found the camera situated right above DiCaprio's left shoulder as he races into a gunfight on horseback. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The director of Birdman is taking his follow-up to the woods.
Following his Oscar winning work in Birdman, the first trailer for Alejando G. Iñárritu’s adaptation of the Michael Punke novel, The Revenant, shows that the director continues to be at the top of his game. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domnhall Gleeson, and was shot by Emmanuel Lubezki.
Based on true events, The Revenant follows Hugo Glass (DiCaprio) who is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead in the wilderness by his own hunting group. The film follows Glass as he tries to make his way out of the woods and find life and redemption after the betrayal of his companion, John Fitzgerald (Hardy).
- Zach Dennis
This morning in central London, we were treated to around 15 minutes of new footage from director Joe Wright’s upcoming fantasy/adventure, Pan. The film, which stars Hugh Jackman as the movie’s lead villain Blackbeard, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lilly, Garrett Hedlund as Hook and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter, arrives in cinemas in October.
When Joe Wright‘s Pan was announced, I must admit to being one of those who rolled his eyes at the thought of a new re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale. In the very near past we’ve had the likes of Peter Pan (2003), Finding Neverland, and even last year’s TV special Peter Pan Live on our screens, and it seems too soon to take a trip back. Does the world need another movie? It is very clear from the footage that Warner Bros. showed off this morning that director Joe Wright »
- Paul Heath
Buzz pic, set to bow out of competition on the Lido September 2, recaps the 1996 multi-expedition assault on Everest that left eight climbers dead. Gyllenhaal plays Scott Fischer, with Jason Clarke as Rob Hall, Josh Brolin as Beck Weathers, and John Hawkes as Doug Hansen.
Euro exhibitors who got a closed-door screening of “Everest” at the CineEurope meet in Barcelona last week were impressed.
- Nick Vivarelli
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Not all Hollywood blockbusters are about rampaging dinosaurs, time-traveling cyborgs or spandex-clad heroes.
Some big-budget movies get by just fine focusing on real-life moments of danger and drama. "Apollo 13" is one of those films.
Released 20 years ago today on June 30, 1995, here are 20 things you need to know about how director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks worked to deliver one of the best space movies in the history of always.
1. It may be one of the most iconic lines in movie history, but "Houston, we have a problem" isn't exactly what was said during the mission. Jim Lovell actually said, "Houston, we've had a problem." The edit was made for the film because "we've had" implies that the problem is over.
2. On that note, Jim Lovell wasn't the only astronaut to speak that famous line. Jack Swigert first radioed in with "Okay, Houston -- we've had a problem here. »
- Phil Pirrello
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
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