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They all can't be winners, and Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P. would seem to have the material to make a good film, but my god, as we watch the film's title character go through two hours of therapy we begin to feel as if we are the ones locked in a mental ward, waiting for the credits to roll so we know when we can finally break out. Set during the end of the second World War, the film is based on George Devereux's non-fiction book "Reality and Dream: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian" and we are introduced to Jimmy Picard (Benicio Del Toro), a Native American soldier who suffered a head trauma in the war who is now troubled by an inexplicable illness that's causing painful headaches and temporary blindness. Taken to a military hospital by his sister (Misty Upham), he eventually falls under the care of Georges Devereux »
- Brad Brevet
"I could talk about my dreams all day," says Benicio Del Toro's wounded-soul soldier near the end of the Cannes competition's wackiest, crappiest contender yet. It's a line that's meant to show just how far our Jimmy has come from the near-mute migraine-sufferer of the first reel. In fact, after an hour and a half's acquaintance with those dreams, it just sounds like a threat.
Arnaud Desplechin's latest begins like a lobotomised version of The Master, with our demobbed hero examined by mental health consultants – a dazzle of starched lab coats – suffering war trauma. A later, slightly anticlimatic scene shows how he sustained that scar to his head – by falling, a bit pissed, off the back of a lorry. A lorry that was going quite slowly. »
- Catherine Shoard
Harvey Weinstein took advantage of Cannes' many attendees to gather some of them together in order to tease TWC's upcoming films and get a head start on the next round of Awards season. That has been the modus operandi of The Weinstein in recent years, which had held more intimate affairs at swanky flats off the Croisette and today opted for a make-shift screening room (after obligatory cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in an adjoining room). "The last four years have been amazing with movies like 'The King's Speech,' 'Django Unchained,' 'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'The Artist' -- we've reached new heights," said Harvey Weinstein, squeezed into a dapper tux. "Last year was as good as any year at Miramax. Our international business keeps building as well." With a packed room of about a couple hundred press, festival programmers and special guests, Weinstein thanked »
- Brian Brooks
Anthony Stokes thinks that Hollywood's current business model could be unsustainable...
Hollywood seems to be getting greedier and greedier with each year. There appears to be an endless amount of 3D animated movies, 3D re-releases, unnecessary remakes, and feature length commercials (feature length commercials are movies that are lacking in story or character development, but make up for it in product placement, like Transformers, G.I. Joe, Battleship, or any Adam Sandler movie).
What movie buffs realize that Hollywood doesn't - or maybe does, hence all the remakes - is that the way Hollywood is running is unsustainable. In the year 2012 there were eight movies that had a reported budget of over $170m. That's four times as many as the year 2010. Granted 2012 had many more event films than 2010, which was a relatively quiet year. The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises both came out to name a few, but there were also many others. »
- Flickering Myth
Winner of three glittering Oscars, British director Tom Hooper's all-singing, all-dancing big screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel (as well as the subsequent stage musical) Les Misérables has certainly managed to capture the imagination of many. After conquering all and sundry at with breakthrough hit The King's Speech (2010), Hooper had set the bar intimidatingly high for his eagerly awaited follow-up. It was almost excruciatingly disappointing then, to see such a competent filmmaker undone more by his own bemusing misdirection and false steps, than by any preconceived, lofty ambition.
Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Hooper's Les Misérables tells an interconnected, sprawling tale of imprisoned souls, demonised poor and kindred spirits, all fighting for survival amidst a country on the verge of civil unrest. Australian man mountain Hugh Jackman plays ex-convict Jean Valjean (aka prisoner 24601), hunted across the land by lawman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks free of his bonds. »
- CineVue UK
★★☆☆☆ Poorly timed and fatally flawed, Fred Schepisi's familial Aussie bitchfest The Eye of the Storm (2011) (adapted from the 1973 Patrick White novel of the same name) somehow finds its way into UK cinemas this week with almost no fanfare. It's hardly surprising when you consider that this is one of the strangest, most mind-boggling dramas outside of Shane Carruth's Upstream Color (2013), seemingly designed as a thespian three-way between Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis. Davis is perhaps the only one of this central triumvirate to come away with any kudos, such is the flaccid nature of this botched melodrama.
Rampling, last seen in son Barnaby Southcombe's I, Anna, hams it up as dying wealthy matriarch Elizabeth Hunter, who watches on with veiled glee as her actor son Basil (Academy Award winner Rush) and aloof, high-society daughter Dorothy (Golden Globe winner Davis) rush to her side in order to secure that all-important inheritance. »
- CineVue UK
Having recently worked together on Terrence Malick's as-yet-untitled next film, it's been announced that Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan) are to reunite for an adaptation of the William Shakespeare tragedy Macbeth, with Fassbender portraying the eponymous warrior and Portman starring as his scheming wife Lady Macbeth.
The new version of the classic play is being produced by Film4 and See-Saw Films, the production company behind Fassbender's Shame and Oscar-winner The King's Speech, with Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel set to direct. It's said that the adaptation will adopt a graphic approach to the subject matter, and if you've seen Kurzel's superb debut feature Snowtown then you'll know he's certainly not one to hold back.
- Flickering Myth
The King's Speech actor has a busy schedule right now: Allen's next, France-set movie is one of four projects he is linked with
Stone's potential involvement was revealed by Deadline last week, when the Easy A actor was said to be in talks. She and Firth are now officially on board the new film, which will mark Allen's return to the fertile French soil where he shot 2011 acclaimed time-travel fantasy Midnight in Paris. It will be the veteran director's eighth movie in his ongoing late-era European cruise, which began with London-set Match Point in 2005 and has also seen him travel to Italy and Spain for films such as 2008's Vicky Cristina Barcelona and last year's To Rome with Love. Few further details are »
- Ben Child
After news broke yesterday that rising-fast Australian director Justin Kurzel would direct Michael Fassbender as Macbeth for the producers of The King's Speech, we heard the reveal of who would play Lady Macbeth wasn't far away. Well, turns out that day is today, with Screen Daily breaking the news that Black Swan herself Natalie Portman will play the scheming wife. The film, which will be an Australian-uk co-production, is set to shoot later this year. Word is Kurzel's take on the Bard's play will be highly visceral with extended brutal battle scenes....
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Whether playing a brooding aristocrat, smug cinephile, vengeful mutant, shame-filled sex addict, or pragmatic android, Michael Fassbender has awed audiences and critics alike. So for his next feat, he'll take on one of the most coveted and challenging roles of all time. Screen Daily reports Fassbender is now attached to front See Saw Film's adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The British production company that has brought forth such acclaimed cinema as The King's Speech, Shame and Top of the Lake (which is now streaming) have attached celebrated Snowtown director Justin Kurzel to helm. Adding to the pre-production buzz is the script by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff, which has been the most in-demand as we head into the Cannes Film Festival. So, on paper this adaptation is already incredibly promising. Set in 11th century Scotland, Macbeth centers on one couple's ruthless ambition to secure the throne. Of course Fassbender »
Update: Olga Kurylenko is hitting all the marks: Bond girl in Quantum of Solace, action heroine opposite Tom Cruise in Oblivion, and now she's getting her fangs to star in Vampire Academy. Kurylenko will play Kirova, the head mistress at the Academy.
Feb. 11, 2013 - The Weinstein Company, the production company known for winning Oscars (The Artist, The King's Speech, and this year's Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unleashed) will distribute Blood Sisters as well as future installments of the intended Vampire Academy film series.
Feb. 4, 2013 - Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures and "The Suite Life on Deck") will star as Rose Hathaway in Blood Sisters, the first movie in an intended "Vampire Academy" series. Based on the novels by Richelle Mead, the first installment is about Rose and Lissa, best friends who share a psychic bond. Dimiti, a guardian (Russian actor Danila Kozlovski) who finds the girls in a secret lair and drags them to St. »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
The star and director of 2005's The Upside of Anger will re-unite for Black and White, an on-the-nose title for a drama centering on racial issues. Written and directed by Mike Binder, Black and White is an indie that will star Kevin Costner as a man left widowed after his wife died in a car crash. He's then left alone to raise his bi-racial granddaughter when his own daughter dies during childbirth. The plot thickens when the child's paternal grandmother begins to wage a custody battle and raises questions about race and where the child should grow up. Deadline reports that the indie will start shooting in New Orleans this summer. Hit the jump for more casting news concerning Colin Firth (The King's Speech) in Woody Allen's next picture and Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) in talks for The Coward. Deadline also reports that Firth is in talks to join Allen's next picture, »
- Dave Trumbore
Michael Fassbender is to play Macbeth in a new film version of the William Shakespeare tragedy, produced by the company behind Steve McQueen's Shame and the Oscar-winning The King's Speech. Screen Daily reports that the picture will be directed by the Australian film-maker Justin Kurzel, best known for his 2011 crime drama Snowtown.
Macbeth charts the rise and fall of a Scottish general, who seizes the throne with the help of his ambitious wife and eventually sparks a civil war. Shakespeare's play has been tackled in the past by directors such as Roman Polanski, Akira Kurosawa and Orson Welles, who described his 1948 adaptation as "a violently sketched charcoal drawing of a great play".
- Xan Brooks
This new version of 'the Scottish play' will be set in the 11th century and in the original language with Fassbender playing the ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord. It is said to be very "visceral" and will contain significant battle scenes.
The part of Lady Macbeth is currently being cast and talks are underway with at least one Hollywood leading actress.
"Snowtown" helmer Justin Kurzel is attached to direct the project which is targeting a shoot later this year. How this will affect Kurzel's commitment to the film adaptation of John Le Carre's "Our Kind of Traitor" is unknown right now.
- Garth Franklin
The King's Speech actor Colin Firth is currently in talks to star in the adaptation of The Secret Service , according to Latino Review . Like his previous Mark Millar adaptation, Kick-Ass , Matthew Vaughn has co-written the screenplay with Jane Goldman and will also direct and produce the project through his Marv Films banner. The series, illustrated by Dave Gibbons, tells the story of a British secret agent who recruits and begins to train his rebellious nephew. Firth is in talks to play the "Uncle" role and Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson was desired for the nephew role but is unavailable. Millar previously confirmed that he and Vaughn want Mark Hamill to appear as himself, as he does in the comic. The Secret »
As an actor, Colin Firth has proved remarkably resilient over his thirty-year career. After breaking through in 1984's "Another Country," a series of strong performances followed that never quite saw him become a huge star. But suddenly, 1995's TV version of "Pride & Prejudice" made him a heartthrob, and led to roles in Oscar-winners "The English Patient" and "Shakespeare In Love." Just as the roles started to dry up again, he played another seminal romantic lead in "Bridget Jones' Diary." And then, as his career seemed to creep into self-parody with the likes of "Mamma Mia" and "St. Trinian's," he got back-to-back Oscar nominations for "A Single Man" and "The King's Speech," winning for the latter. And it looks like another reinvention for Mr. Firth might be on the way. Aside from "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," his immediate post-Oscar roles, in "Gambit" and "Arthur Newman," have been disappointing, but he's »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Back in 2006 the director of Romper Stomper, Geoffrey Wright, directed a rising Sam Worthington in a contemporary retelling of Macbeth set in the ganglands of Melbourne. It was an interesting if flawed adaptation, certainly made more compelling by a director who had already made his name with violent brush strokes on screen.Now it seems that the producers at See Saw, who were behind Oscar winner The King's Speech, Shame and Jane Campion's new miniseries Top of the Lake, have a similar idea. They have chosen Snowtown director Justin Kurzel to direct a new telling of the Shakespeare play, and attached old mate Michael Fassbender as the titular lead.According to Screen Daily, the script (penned by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff) is understood to be...
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Matthew Vaughn's Secret Service adaptation of the Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons comic book may star Colin Firth. Sources say that the Oscar-winning actor of The King's Speech, is in talks to star in the film scripted by Vaughn, alongside Jane Goldman. Vaughn also produces and finances by his Marv films, as he did with the excellent Kick-Ass, a film who's sequel opens on August 16th. Distributed by 20th Century Dox with a release date of November 14th, 2014, Secret Service follows a ruffian from a bad neighborhood in London who's drafted into a British spy school; the kind that develops suave, 007-type spies. Firth would play the uncle. Firth's currently in Cinedigm's Arthur Newman comedy alongside Emily Blunt, Anne Heche and Sterlin Beaumon. The Dante Areola film opened in limited areas with little response from viewers. Prior to that, he was in the less-than-well-received Gambit with Cameron Diaz, Stanley Tucci and Alan Rickman. »
Kunis and Channing Tatum are currently in the UK filming for the sci-fi adventure, due to be released in UK and Us cinemas on July 25, 2014.
Staff at the cathedral, near Cambridge, have been instructed not to even make eye contact with the stars, The Mirror reports.
A source said: "Staff and volunteers at the cathedral have each received a memo instructing them not to bother the stars, or even make eye contact.
"It is a real coup for Ely having someone like Mila filming and they realise how important it is to let her get on with her work without being bothered by over-excited choristers.
"She and Channing have been squirrelled away, and they are being smuggled in so as to cause as little bother and distraction as possible. Much »
In "Arthur Newman," a dark indie comedy that premiered Monday in Toronto, Colin Firth plays a depressed divorcee who fakes his own death and adopts a new identity to forge a new and better life. The role marks Firth's first lead one since his Academy Award-winning turn as King George VI in "The King's Speech," yet despite their obvious differences (the titular Arthur Newman is a modern day Yank), the film finds Firth once again getting inside the mind of a guy at odds with himself. [Editor's Note: This interview originally ran during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. "Arthur Newman" opens in select theaters Friday, April 26.] Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Dante Ariola, "Arthur Newman" also stars fellow Brit Emily Blunt as a troubled woman who meets Firth's character on his journey and decides to follow suit. Together the the pair embark on a cross-country spree of life-swapping and bed-hopping. Firth sat down with Indiewire in Toronto to discuss the »
- Nigel M Smith
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