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After seeing the To the Wonder trailer, did you say to yourself, "I can never get enough of watching an Affleck and a pretty woman romantically frolic in a cinematic field?" If so, Ain't Them Bodies Saints offers a new Affleck (Casey), a new woman (Rooney Mara), and a new field (wheat). The David Lowery–directed film garnered a lot of buzz coming out of Sundance and is playing at Cannes. In it, Affleck and Mara play a young outlaw couple who get separated when Affleck goes to prison. It's set in the seventies — apparently, everyone didn't have Saturday night fever. The film opens on August 16, so wear all white, because you'll only have two more weeks before the Labor Day fashion police getcha. »
- Jesse David Fox
It's not yet one for the ages, but 2013 has had a fairly decent start to the year, cinematically speaking; there's been a lot of crap, but also a lot to recommend, in the shape of films like "Side Effects," "No," "Beyond The Hills," "Ginger & Rosa," "Spring Breakers," "The Place Beyond The Pines," "Upstream Color," "To The Wonder," "Sightseers," "In The House," "Mud," "What Richard Did" and "Frances Ha," among others. And next week, one of our very favorite films of the early part of 2013 arrives in theaters, in the shape of "The Kings Of Summer." We'd had our eye on director Jordan Vogt-Roberts for a while after his excellent short "Successful Alcoholics," so were almost nervous to see how his feature debut, a coming-of-age comedy about three kids who build a house in the woods to escape their overbearing parents one summer. But we shouldn't have worried; when the film premiered at Sundance, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Bill Smitrovich (Iron Man) are set to join Pierce Brosnan in the espionage action-thriller November Man directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job). The announcement was made by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. Written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), the script was developed from Bill Granger’s There Are No Spies, the seventh book in Granger’s thirteen-part November Man series.
With shooting set to start in Europe on May 20th, November Man tells the story of an ex-cia operative (Brosnan) who finds himself pitted against his former pupil (Bracey) in a race to find a woman hiding from her past (Kurylenko) who holds the key to an international conspiracy. November Man is financed by Merced Media Partners, Envision Entertainment Corporation and PalmStar Media Capital. Executive Producers include Merced’s Raj Singh and Stuart Brown, »
- Michelle McCue
With only a few days left of the Venice Film Festival, no clear front-runner has emerged to pick up the Golden Lion. “The Master” is probably the best-received film to date, but festival juries often shy away from the most obvious pick. “To The Wonder,” “At Any Price” and “Fill The Void” all have their fans, but all received raucous booing at critics screenings. The best movies have premiered out of competition, and many films seem like non-starters. But the best reaction we’ve heard to date across our week on the Lido came last night from abrasive, confrontational Korean director Kim Ki-Duk's “Pieta.” The prolific filmmaker is not exactly known for being audience friendly, thanks to films like “The Coast Guard,”“The Isle” (which was briefly banned in the U.K. for animal cruelty), and “Bad Guy,” which swim with violence both physical and sexual. But the director has a gentler side too, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Mystery is the name of the game when it comes to the films of Terrence Malick. Also see deep reflection, beautiful shots, and amazing casts. Today we have our first look at his next star studded flick, Knight Of Cups. Well, the cast has sort of shifted but we still have Natalie Portman and Christian Bale seen in the new photo playing around on the beach. We still don't have a detailed plot. It's said to be about celebrities and excess. Malick's most recent, To The Wonder is currently a hit »
- Niki Stephens
We've seen plenty of set photos from Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, but now an official image has been released. The image is a nice shot of a scene we previously saw in set photos with Christian Bale and Natalie Portman frolicking on a beach. If you focus, you can almost see the lyrical cinematography and whispered narration. There are few details on Knight of Cups other than it's about the Los Angeles movie business and features half of Hollywood. In addition to Bale and Portman, the cast includes Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Ryan O'Neal, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman, and Shea Whigham (hat tip to The Playlist for keeping count). However, these are actors who have only been seen in set photos; we don't know who will make the final cut. We also don't know when Malick will have that final cut. »
- Matt Goldberg
The first image from Knight of Cups has been released.
The film's plot has been kept under wraps, but reportedly centres on the world of celebrity and its excesses.
This is Bale's first collaboration with Malick since 2005's The New World, while Portman is working with the director for the first time.
Knight of Cups is due to be released later this year. »
“It was a terrible time to start,” Samuels admits. “Everyone was in a preserve-and- protect mode and wanted to get out of their obligations. The silver lining is that we wound up revisiting all aspects of our (business) plans.”
Basner agrees, emphasizing that FilmNation needed to be flexible to get past the past — mainly by backing a few less-than-obvious projects rather than the panic approach of going for volume.
We started to operate in different ways that made better sense for the new world order,” he says. “We were focused on having a diversified slate of films — a mixture of commercial wide-release films like ‘Sanctum’ and specialty films such as ‘The King’s Speech.’”
In the five years since FilmNation debuted, the movie business has undergone deep changes, »
- Dave McNary
Ponzi Fallout: B’cast Probe
India’s Information & Broadcasting ministry has asked every TV channel to provide details of its equity structure and stakeholders. This follows the late-April demise of the Saradha Group, which operated multiple channels and publications. After the company abruptly shuttered, it emerged that its execs were operating a Ponzi scheme, with losses to investors of up to $6 billion.
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Online Auds Get Porn Toon
A day after India celebrated its cinema centenary May 3, a group of filmmakers released “Savita Bhabhi Movie,” the country’s first animated porn film. Early-bird audiences could get a year’s access for $24.95 ($30 thereafter). The project began in March 2008 as an online comicstrip about a promiscuous housewife, which attracted millions of daily hits worldwide. Production and distribution of porn is illegal in India; possession and consumption are not.
Sports Pics Score Big
A pic about late hockey star Valery Kharlamov, “Legend” No. »
- Variety Staff
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Oscar-winning director of The Last Emperor, Last Tango In Paris, and many other films, has been selected to chair the international jury at the 70th Venice Film Festival, the festival announced today.
“I cheerfully accept to chair the jury of the 70th Venice International Film Festival,” said Bertolucci in a release. “Over a handful of days, I am being given the opportunity to see the most interesting work being done in filmmaking around the world. My friend and film buff Alberto Barbera has the knack of discovering the most mysterious niches of filmmaking in the most mysterious countries in the world. »
- Erin Strecker
Chicago – First Joe Wright sucked the life out of “Anna Karenina” with his meticulously choreographed, self-conscious pageantry. Then Baz Luhrmann proved that while heavy-handed spectacle may have appealed to Jay Gatsby himself, it was a recipe for disaster when applied to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prose. Nothing kills off the power of a metaphor more than a large neon sign erected to underline its significance.
After seeing Andrea Arnold’s quietly mesmerizing adaptation of Emily Brontë’s 1847 classic “Wuthering Heights,” I’m now hungering to see her take on other literary landmarks, particularly “The Great Gatsby.” Luhrmann’s film hammers home the meaning of Fitzgerald’s writing with such aggravating pomp and circumstance, complete with entire sections of text materializing onscreen, I was half-expecting to see a bouncing Gatsby head spring off each word as it was dutifully recited. Though Wright and Luhrmann pride themselves on their filmic exuberance, Arnold »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Aiming to increase production, FilmNation Entertainment has obtained $50 million in additional capital via an equity-backed revolving credit facility with Bank Of America Merrill Lynch and Union Bank.
The announcement comes a week ahead of the opening of Cannes, where FilmNation is premiering a trio of titles — Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” in competition, Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” opening Un Certain Regard and J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost” (pictured) screening out of competition.
The five-year-old sales-financing-production company said the additional funds are in line with its long-term growth strategy. It noted that it recently acquired the majority of worldwide rights to David Michod’s “The Rover,” starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and is co-financing Nic Mathieu’s “Story of Your Life” with Lava Bear Films.
FilmNation pointed out in the announcement that the funds come at a time when major studios are devoting increasing resources to tentpole fare, »
- Dave McNary
Upstream Color Shane Carruth's new film found its way into 43 theaters and grossed $352,400 over the course of 31 days and now the self-distributed picture finds its way to DVD and Blu-ray. I've already discussed the film and its meaning on more than one occasion (here and here) and certainly recommend you give it a look. I'm not entirely sure it is a film you simply must buy, but I'm certain those of you intrigued by its mysteries will enjoy diving in yourselves.
The Rabbi's Cat Perhaps the best animated film released last year, The Rabbi's Cat was ignored by the Academy in favor of studio features. No surprise considering the worst Pixar film to date actually ended up winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. For those of you unafraid to watch a movie with subtitles, add Rabbi's Cat to your queue, you won't be sorry.
Jack Reacher As a »
- Brad Brevet
One of the criticisms that The Tree of Life incurred throughout its run is that it just wasn’t long enough. Proving that he is nothing if not malleable to the whims of a fickle audience, director Terrence Malick has announced that he plans to create a director’s cut of the impressive (but already pretty indulgent) film.
After a potted and uneven history, with long gaps between projects, the enigmatic filmmaker has suddenly rekindled some kind of weird filmic mojo and has three projects on the go besides this director’s cut. He’s working on Knight of Cups with Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett, another as-of-yet untitled film with Ryan Gosling, and his latest film To The Wonder, starring Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko, was released in the Us on April 12th to middling reviews. He is also working on a documentary called Voyage of Time, to be released next year. »
- Rob Batchelor
Jennifer Garner had a busy day yesterday as she walked into an office building in Beverly Hills. She ran errands around town as she prepared to head out to Ohio, where shooting for her upcoming film, Draft Day, will begin next week. After taking a short break from making films last year, Jennifer has been packing her schedule with exciting new roles. She wrapped up filming for Dallas Buyers Club earlier this year and is also reportedly in talks to join Steve Carell in Disney's live-action film adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Jennifer's husband, Ben Affleck, has talked about cutting back on work following his Oscar win so that Jen can focus on her films. During the April premiere of To the Wonder, Ben said he's a "Mr. Mom" with the kids now that Jen is taking on several new movies. View Slideshow »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
As if enigmatic filmmaker Terrence Malick didn’t already have enough on his plate with post-production work on two films he shot last year, it appears that he’s also retooling one of his past films as well. The Days of Heaven director returned to the cinemas after a six year absence with 2011’s brilliant The Tree of Life, and subsequently began working at an incredibly quick pace as he shot and released this year’s To the Wonder and filmed two movies back-to-back—Knight of Cups and an untitled feature—throughout the latter half of last year. Malick is known for taking his time (usually a year or two) in the editing room on his films given that he shoots a lot of footage and crafts the finished film in post-production, but in addition to editing his two recently shot films, editor Billy Weber reveals that Malick is also »
- Adam Chitwood
While Terrence Malick has become somewhat known for cutting people out of his movies (just yesterday we learned Michael Shannon was on the chopping block for "To The Wonder," and we have a whole feature devoted to actors who got snipped), in one case he's going back and putting footage back into a movie. You might remember that two years ago, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki revealed that Malick went back to the 300 plus miles of footage he shot for "The Tree Of Life" with plans for a six hour version of the movie. While the running time is yet to be determined, and we haven't really heard anything about it since, it does seem that Malick is preparing a longer cut of the movie. We recently caught up with the director's longtime editor Billy Weber at the TCM Classic Film Festival, and he shared that Malick is indeed tinkering with "The Tree Of Life, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
From 1973 to 2005, Terrence Malick directed 4 films. Since the release of The Tree Of Life in 2011, Malick has completed To The Wonder as well as filmed two back to back movies: Knight Of Cups with Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling as well as an untitled musical film starring that same cast. While neither of those films has a potential release date, there is news on yet another new Malick film that may hit theaters as early as next year. According to The Film Stage, Malick's IMAX movie »
- Alex Maidy
By now, Terrence Malick's tendency to enlist lots of big name stars to come hang out his sets, only to subsequently cut them out of the movie, is as legendary as his press shyness. In fact, we devoted a whole feature to that very topic. And his latest film, the divisive "To The Wonder" -- listen to our podcast about it here -- is no different. While the finished movie pivots around four characters played by Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, there were a handful who worked on the movie, in both big and small parts, that were ultimately cast aside including Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Amanda Peet, Michael Sheen and Jessica Chastain. And now, you can add one more to that list. Speaking with BlackBook, Michael Shannon revealed that he too shot some scenes for the movie that were ultimately excised. "I worked with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Oblivion star will play Kirova, the headmistress of St Vladimir's Academy for vampires.
Vampire Academy is based on Richelle Mead's fantasy book series, which centres on 17-year-old Rose Hathaway and her vampire best friend Lissa.
Beautiful Creatures star Zoey Deutch is already on board to play Rose, while Australian actress Lucy Fry will star as Lissa. Mark Waters (Mean Girls) will direct the movie adaptation based on a script by his brother Daniel Waters (Heathers).
The Vampire Academy series launched in 2007 and spawned five sequels, four Bloodlines spinoff books and two graphic novel spinoffs.
Watch Digital Spy's interview with Olga Kurylenko below: »
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