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Michael Fassbender has made a career out of portraying real-life characters, from his breakthrough role as Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s “Hunger” to Carl Jung in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method.” His mesmerizing turn in the title role of Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” has earned him not only raves but his second Oscar nomination. The busy actor called from the Oslo set of “The Snowman,” just days after wrapping production on “Assassin’s Creed.”
What did you know about Steve Jobs before you took the role?
Pretty much zero, to be honest. Obviously, I knew of the man and his connection to Apple, but not much more than that. Also, I’m sort of crap when it comes to technology and gadgets, so I was pretty green.
Did you learn much from meeting the people who knew Steve?
We were all lucky to meet people like Joanna Hoffman, »
- Jenelle Riley
The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published. The Locarno Film Festival will be taking place August 3 - 13. Howard Shore. © Benjamin Ealovega Film music is a subject that requires very delicate handling. As if music, more so even than sound itself, had arrived in the cinema with the table laid and the party already begun, requiring it therefore to be a very discreet guest.It makes little difference that we know that the movies – well before they became the talkies – needed musical accompaniment; it makes little difference that film music, whether by pioneering pianists or great composers, has given greater depth to the moving image and developed »
- Carlo Chatrian
We’re still all awaiting Nicolas Winding Refn’s highly anticipated female-centric horror thriller The Neon Demon with bated breath, but he’s already gearing up for his next movie, which will reportedly have an Asian setting, and feature action and thriller elements. Details are skim, but it’s also been reported that Refn will be teaming up with the primary screenwriters of the last five James Bond films – Neal Purvis and Robert wade. Who knows? Maybe this could just be the ramp-up to an announcement that this will be the next Bond film, or it could be his long-rumored The Avenging Silence.
After last year’s frenetic Run All Night, star Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra are already reuniting for another movie – their fourth collaboration. Collet-Serra will begin work on The Commuter, an action thriller following a businessman who becomes tangled in a criminal conspiracy on his daily commute, »
- Michael Snydel
London — Sofia Neves has joined international sales and film financing company WestEnd Films as director of sales, and will attend next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. Neves previously worked with WestEnd co-founders Eve Schoukroun, Maya Amsellem and Sharon Harel-Cohen at Capitol Films.
Neves started her career with producer Paulo Branco. In 2005 she joined the sales department of Capitol Films, run by Jane Barclay and Sharon Harel, and then moved to HanWay Films in 2008, run by Jeremy Thomas and Tim Haslam, as director of sales and distribution. In 2014, she took on the role of distribution analyst at the production finance department of the British Film Institute’s Film Fund.
During her sales career, Neves has handled titles like Nick Cassavettes’ “Alpha Dog,” Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” John Maybury’s “The Edge of Love,” Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Nowhere Boy, »
- Leo Barraclough
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