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Ryan Gosling’s Driver and Jake Gylenhaal’s Lou Bloom. Both loners. Outsiders. Men who abide by a very strict and unwavering code. One a stoic, the other a chatty, ambitious lunatic. And, as this new supercut, titled “Driving at Night,” points out, both are men who navigate the neon-ensconced nighttime streets of Los Angeles for their own strange, and often violent, purposes. That’s right folks: “Drive” and “Nightcrawler” are the new breed of L.A. neo-noirs, suffused with a lingering sense of dread and mordant comedy, and punctuated by isolated moments that are as electric as they are sickening. Read More: Watch: 10-Minute Mashup Of Nicolas Winding Refn & Ryan Gosling's 'Drive' & 'Only God Forgives' “Nightcrawler" is a much-lauded career high for leading man Jake Gyllenhaal and also a savagely entertaining black comedy about a young social climber without a conscience who stakes a grim fortune in a business. »
- Nicholas Laskin
A furious slew of titles in the works would seem to prophesize a robust main competition slate for Cannes 2016. Though our initial list will eventually be pruned down as the year progresses (Berlin may snag something in here, especially if their 2016 lineup looks anything like their landmark selection from this past January), we’re confident that we will be seeing another round of heavy hitting auteurs unveiling their latest bits on the Croisette.
Absent from the main competition in 2015 were the Romanians (Muntean and Porumboiu were assigned to Un Certain Regard) and any trace of Latin filmmakers. The 2016 edition looks to make up for lost ground. For the Romanians, a couple heavy hitting titans from the New Wave will be ready. Cristi Puiu, who previously won Ucr in 2005 with The Death of Mr. Lazarescu should hopefully be getting a competition invite for Sierra Nevada. Meanwhile, previous Palme d’Or winner »
- Nicholas Bell
Rome – Helen Mirren and husband Taylor Hackford, star tenor Andrea Bocelli, and Jimmy Kimmel are the latest showbiz personalities set to be feted by Italy’s upcoming Ischia Global Film and Music Fest.
Mirren (pictured) will receive Ischia’s Luchino Visconti Award during a gala ceremony on July 17 at Villa La Colombaia, the palatial digs once owned by legendary Italo filmmaker Luchino Visconti on the Italian island off the coast of Naples.
Hackford will also be honored the same evening with an Ischia Legend Award.
Antonio Banderas will be on hand to be receive an Ischia nod on July 12, and on the same evening Italian director Matteo Garrone will receive an Ischia Fantasy Award for his English-language Salma Hayek-starrer “The Tale of Tales, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rome – Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be feted by Italy’s Ischia Global Film and Music Fest with its “Ischia Art Award” in recognition of the Academy’s longstanding commitment to the advancement and preservation of motion pictures.
Isaacs (pictured), the first African American and only the third woman to hold the position of Academy prexy, will attend the Ischia Social Cinema Forum on human rights, chaired by Trudie Styler, producer and founder of the Rainforest Foundation, during the 13th Edition of the informal fest to be held July 11-19 on the Italian island off the coast of Naples.
She will receive the award on July 18.
The Ischia Social Cinema Forum will also include prominent personalities active in charities such as Kerry Kennedy (Robert Kennedy Foundation); Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis, with his association Artists for Peace and Justice supported by David Belle (Cine’ Institute of Jacmel, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Miguel Gomes’ three-volume epic wins eight on the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival.
Director Miguel Gomes and his three-volume 383-minute film Arabian Nights has won the $48,000 (A$62,000) Sydney Film Prize, it was announced on Sunday, the closing night of the 62nd Sydney Film Festival.
Journalist Michael Ware was awarded the $7,730 (A$10,000) Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary for Only the Dead, about his experiences in Afghanistan. The film was co-directed with Bill Guttentag.
Jury president and Australian producer Liz Watts said Arabian Nights, which had its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, was a film of ambition and political vision which confronts, frustrates, and spellbinds – and ultimately reminds us that cinema continues to be a powerful vehicle to examine the human condition.
“A subject that is so timely – oppression and exploitation are at »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
Before writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn made a name for himself in Hollywood with films like Drive and Only God Forgives, not to mention Bronson before that, Refn came out the woodwork with the Pusher trilogy, a series of film which focused intermediately on three completely different personalities intertwined in one druggie-centric universe. And as the Danish filmmaker works through post-production on his latest project, the female-centric horror film The Neon Demon, it looks as though another semi-sequel could be in the works. Talking with Collider, Refn got to talking about his upcoming slate, which will apparently include a Tokyo-centered spy film called The Avenging Silence, which the filmmaker is currently writing in the midst of editing his latest film for next year. This is apparently a project Refn's been cooking inside his mind for sometime, and it will follow a spiritual character his fans will almost certainly be familiar with. »
- Will Ashton
Cliff Martinez is hard at work on the score for "The Knick" season 2 for Steven Soderbergh, is mulling music for Nicolas Winding-Refn's "The Neon Demon" and has at least seen the script for Harmony Korine's next "The Trap," which is perhaps his next firm gig. Those names have been, erm, instrumental to Martinez' rise as an in-demand composer (though for some reason he just can't seem to hold down those outside, one-off commercial projects, dang it). Weaving organic, odd instruments in with electronic sources, the musician/writer has found natural creative companions in equally odd, forward-thinking and intuitive directors. Martinez has been in these pages before, after massaging a cold, macabre and grand score out of bloodlusty "Only God Forgives." His electronic soundtrack for Cinemax period drama "The Knick" is so gorgeous, the tracks stand boldly on their own. Below is an abridged version of my interview with Martinez, »
- Katie Hasty
Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn has just shot his next film, The Neon Demon, in Los Angeles. That one will be going into post-production, with a bunch of VFX to complete along with all the other aspects of post-production. While Refn is still in La, he dedicated an evening to the LP release […]
The post Nicolas Winding Refn Dishes Hints About Possible Film ‘The Avenging Silence’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
For the past few years, one of the projects Nicolas Winding Refn has been talking about is "The Avenging Silence." He's never delivered much in the way of concrete details, likely because he's still probably sorting it out, but the only thing he had previously been specific about is that the movie would be set in Tokyo. Well, he's recently revealed a bit more about his approach and a possible genre the movie could fall into. "It’s basically a character that appears in my other movies that will now appear again. Having done 'The Neon Demon,' which was predominantly women protagonists, the character that Mads [Mikkelsen] plays in 'Valhalla Rising,' Ryan [Gosling] plays him in 'Drive' or Vithaya [Pansringarm] in 'Only God Forgives,' I want to make a new movie with that character," he explained to Collider. Currently writing the script for the film, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
He’s currently busy editing his latest, La-set horror thriller The Neon Demon, but as usual Nicolas Winding Refn has a variety of projects in development that could become his next filmmaking gig. Talking to Collider, he revealed that one of the prime contenders is a movie called The Avenging Silence. According to Refn, the film, which he has occasionally mentioned in the last couple of years, is roughly in the spy genre and about the future, but would also dig into his own past, focusing on a character – or at least an archetype – from other films he’s made. “It’s basically a character that appears in my other movies that will now appear again. Having done The Neon Demon, which was predominantly women protagonists, but the character that Mads Mikkelsen plays in Valhalla Rising, Ryan Gosling plays him in Drive or Vithaya Pansringarm in Only God Forgives, I »
Cinephiles the world over are still waiting with bated breath for Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, the Drive auteur’s eerie look at a sinister group of supermodels in the L.A. underworld, but now that the helmer has finished shooting the Elle Fanning starrer, he’s already looking to the future with regard to which project he wants to take on next.
The film, which Refn has been planning to do for a while, will be set in Tokyo and put a distinctive spin on the spy genre. The director wasn’t forthcoming with details about the plot, but The Avenging Silence will again find Refn focusing on a male protagonist similar to the ones »
- Isaac Feldberg
Earlier this year, Nicolas Winding Refn finished work on his new film, The Neon Demon, and he has some more films cooking for his follow-up. Steve recently spoke with the writer-director and asked about future projects. Here’s the full video: [complextv contentid="hqNGxodTqQtgHX-RDjKhAmhFPqPVjsO9" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] [caption id="attachment_263702" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via IFC Films[/caption] Back in 2013, Refn said he was working on Valhalla Rising sequel set in Tokyo. For those who haven’t seen the bizarre 2009 picture, Mads Mikkelsen stars as a mute warrior who is captured by Vikings, and eventually the story delves into the surreal. When talking about the Tokyo project, Refn said, “I had this idea of Mads Mikklesen to go back to the origins of this character. But make the movie in Tokyo.” As for why he chose Tokyo, he said the city was “a world onto itself” and only elaborated that the movie was “about the future.” Speaking to Steve, Refn revealed »
- Matt Goldberg
"Drive" and "Only God Forgives" director Nicolas Winding Refn is still working on his L.A. supermodel-themed "The Neon Demon" film which recently finished shooting. As post-production is underway, Refn is already looking ahead to his next project which is looking likely to be called "The Avenging Silence".
Talking with Collider, Refn says the film will be a spin on the spy genre with Tokyo serving as the primary setting and a mostly non-speaking, reluctant but violent male protagonist being at the center:
"Yeah, it's basically a character that appears in my other movies that will now appear again. Having done The Neon Demon, which was predominantly women protagonists, but the character that Mads [Mikkelsen] plays in Valhalla Rising, Ryan [Gosling] plays him in Drive or Vithaya [Pansringarm] in Only God Forgives, I want to make a new movie with that character."
"The Neon Demon" is currently targeting an early 2016 release. »
- Garth Franklin
A certain type of vintage genre score has rightfully earned its place in film music pantheon —think the haunting pulsations of John Carpenter, the woozy dreamscapes of Tangerine Dream, the throbbing disco-synth anxieties of Giorgio Moroder —and that atmospheric spirit as such is currently being channeled by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. The director recontextualized the Pet Shop Boys for a new generation with his bruising psycho prison film “Bronson”; he's turned throwback synth artist Johnny Jewel into a kind of modern rock star in the field thanks to his “Drive” score (the film's star Ryan Gosling has turned into a devotee too); and he's also helped transform Steven Soderbergh-collaborator Cliff Martinez (“Only God Forgives,” “Solaris”) into one of the most sought after modern film composers. While Refn is creatively indebted to the mondo-exotica genre films of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s and their soundtracks, the filmmaker has used his recent cache to shine a. »
- Edward Davis
After haunting moviegoers this spring, the relentless entity in David Robert Mitchell's It Follows is going to make house calls this summer, as Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS, and Dimension are releasing It Follows on Blu-ray and DVD on July 14th:
Press Release -- "Beverly Hills, Calif. – May 19, 2015 – The critically acclaimed breakout movie of the year, It Follows arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 14th from Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS and Dimension. Dubbed “the best horror film in over a decade”*, It Follows is directed by David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), and stars Maika Monroe (upcoming Independence Day 2, The Guest), Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, “United States of Tara”), Daniel Zovatto (Beneath, Innocence, Laggies) and Jake Weary (Altitude, Fred).
One of the highest grossing independent films of the year so far, It Follows is credited with ushering in a new era of indie film success, »
- Derek Anderson
Several years ago Peter Jackson attempted to test public reaction to higher frame rates with special screenings of the first "The Hobbit" film. Running at a higher 48 frames-per-second as compared to the usual 24, the effect solved some of the problems of 3D but resulted in a Very mixed reaction from audiences.
Outside of Jackson's trilogy though, not many other filmmakers have dared to try it. James Cameron intends to use 48Fps for the "Avatar" sequels, whilst Ang Lee is currently filming his drama "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" which will run at a whopping 120Fps.
Now, "Drive" and "Only God Forgives" filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is having a go with word that his new film "The Neon Demon" will be at least partly shot at 60Fps. The news comes from a photo that landed on Instagram this week (via Final Reel):
- Garth Franklin
Matthew McConaughey and Gus Van Sant are critical favorites and Cannes Film Festival royalty — the latter even managed a twofer in 2003 when he took home both the Best Director trophy and the Palme d'Or for his film Elephant — but yesterday, their new effort The Sea of Trees found a far more rocky reception on the Croisette. The story of a suicidal widower (played by McConaughey) who decides to end his life in Japan's Aokigahara forest, Sea of Trees drew lusty boos at the end of its press screening yesterday, a notorious Cannes tradition saved for both the risible and the rarefied. The Ryan Gosling starrer Only God Forgives earned fairly deserved jeers two years ago when it debuted at Cannes; on the other hand, one of my favorite Cannes movies of recent vintage, the lush Carlos Reygadas head-scratcher Post Tenebras Lux, was booed by my the woman »
- Kyle Buchanan
The Neon Demon: The first look at Elle Fanning in The Neon Demon is quite glamorous, which is entirely intentional. She stars as an aspiring model who is "devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women." Nicolos Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives) is directing, so we can expect an unsparing look at the scene in Los Angeles. Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves also star. [TwitchFilm] The Craft: Supernatural horror movie The Craft will be remade by Sony Pictures, which has set Leigh Janiak (last year's well-received thriller Honeymoon) to direct a new version; she will also co-write the script with Honeymoon partner Phil Graziadei. The original starred Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True as Catholic...
- Peter Martin
30 years since Max Rockatansky ventured beyond the Thunderdome, he's back in a bold, bonkers and unmissable adventure that's quite simply the most exciting action movie of 2015. Financing troubles and a former leading man tarnished for both audiences and investors by his outspoken bigotry left Mad Max mastermind George Miller forced to endure development hell for years a decade. Filming finally began in July 2012, with reshoots in December 2013. And after a Cannes debut, the fourth entry in the franchise now reaches UK screens, its tagline proclaiming 'the future belongs to the mad'. Nostradamic pronouncements aside, Mad Max: Fury Road confirms that post-apocalyptic cinema belongs to Miller.
While the franchise has a new leading man, a bigger budget and the benefit of 21st century moviemaking artistry, Mad Max: Fury Road is no reboot but simply a long-delayed return to the world of the Road Warrior. A man alone in a world of fire and blood, »
The movie, which wraps shooting in Los Angeles next week, was acquired for Germany (Koch Media), the U.K. (Icon), Italy (Iif), Benelux (Cineart), Latin America (California Filmes), South Korea (Double and Joy), Indonesia (Pt Amero), Japan (Gaga), Philippines (Pioneer), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Portugal (Leopardo), Hungary (Vertigo), Poland (Gutek), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe), Romania (Indepedenta), former Yugoslavia (McF), Turkey (Fabula), Scandinavia (Scanbox) and Canada (D Film).
Fanning stars as Jesse, an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles and becomes the target of a group of beauty-obsessed women eager to “devour” her youth and vitality. Jena Malone, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves also star.
- Elsa Keslassy
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