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On Wednesday evening, The Weinstein Company and Lexus hosted the Los Angeles premiere of their 2nd Annual Lexus Short Film Series ‘Life Is Amazing’.
Those in attendance included Harvey Weinstein, Kristen Bell, Allison Janney, Ted Danson and many others. TWC and Lexus challenged two rising filmmakers to interpret “Life is Amazing” through short film. The result were Market Hours (directed by Jon Goldman) and Operation Barn Owl (directed by Satsuki Okawa).
In Market Hours, Randall spends his days imagining the vibrant inner lives of various vendors at the multicultural urban market where he works; none more so than Angela, an angel with her own pastry shop. But Randall’s inattention to his work has led to a string of thefts and soon threatens to cost him his job. A chance encounter with a beautiful starlet and her lapdog provides Randall not only an opportunity to break the ice with Angela, »
- Melissa Thompson
[This is a review of The Musketeers season 1, episode 5. There will be Spoilers.]
The Musketeers continues its “adventure-of-the-week” trend with another solid episode, entitled ‘The Homecoming’. With Porthos on the run from Cardinal Richelieu’s Red Guard, the rest of the gang must find a way to clear their comrades name before he’s captured. Similar to last week’s outing, there’s a mysterious event that takes place in Paris, which only The Musketeers can solve. It would almost be appropriate to label ‘The Homecoming’ as repetitive if it weren’t for Porthos’ compelling back-story.
- David Griffin
Justin Chang: Andrew, if you’ll allow me a brief (sort of) digression before we get down to business: A few nights ago, as part of our foolhardy mission to rank the films of Richard Linklater, I watched “Waking Life” for the first time since I’d seen it at a college screening in 2001. Back then, we were both sophomores at USC (though we didn’t know each other at the time), and presumably of the ideal age and mindset to groove on the film’s kaleidoscopic visuals and similarly trippy discourse. I recall having been more bored than seduced at the time, though I’m happy to say that my very different reaction following this second viewing — which began around midnight, all the better to cultivate the optimal bleary-eyed dream state — was enough to move “Waking Life” a few notches up my own list.
At a certain point late into the movie, »
- Justin Chang and Andrew Barker
• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]
• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »
- Jake Perlman
Though The Aviator did feature Jude Law as a brawling, amorous version of Errol Elynn, we have yet to see a solid biopic about the Hollywood icon. The Last of Robin Hood, from directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (Quinceanera), may come closer than any before it though, but even it won’t take a traditional approach to chronicling Flynn’s life. Instead, it focuses on his final days, as Flynn (Kevin Kline) scandalously romances a young starlet (Dakota Fanning) before dying from a heart attack at the age of 50.
A new trailer for The Last of Robin Hood has landed online today, making a strong case for the period drama. In its light tone and focus on old Hollywood glamor, it seems to hew closely to My Week with Marilyn and The Artist, blending committed performances with a quippy script and golden-hued cinematography.
The Last of Robin Hood, which »
- Isaac Feldberg
Swashbuckling screen icon Errol Flynn, who made his way from Australia to Hollywood in the 1930s, comes to life in "The Last of Robin Hood," a snapshot of the 1950s winter of his career -- when he infamously pursued teenager Bevery Aadland. It stars Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning and Susan Sarandon. Watch the glamorously saucy trailer below. This latest behind-the-scenes Hollywood flick (See "Hitchcock," "My Week with Marilyn") from writers/directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland ("Quinceanera") bowed at Toronto last Fall. While critics were not in love with the film -- with Variety citing that it "defangs" the "wild and crazy" source material" -- other critics, such as Rex Reed per the trailer, admire Kline's "king-size" performance as the illusive screen icon. Samuel Goldwyn brings the film to Us theaters on August 29. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
[This is review of the series premiere of The Musketeers. There will be Spoilers.]
BBC America’s The Musketeers joins an ever-growing list of British imports, like Downton Abbey and Sherlock. While this new venture into the period-based drama arena may not garner the same critical acclaim as the aforementioned titles, it is still worthy of note, as Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale comes to life in an enjoyable fashion.
Lead writer/executive producer Adrian Hodges (My Week with Marilyn) proves himself more than capable of adapting such a well-known story, which stems from the ‘D’Artagnan Romances’ penned by Mr. Dumas in the 19th century. The Musketeers themselves must be larger than life and to accomplish this feat, casting is of the utmost importance.
Fortunately, Hodges and company chose wisely in this ...
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- David Griffin
One of the most exciting biopics coming to us this fall has to be Theory of Everything, from Man on Wire helmer James Marsh. Covering the early life of famed physicist Stephen Hawking, the movie stars Eddie Redmayne as Hawking and Felicity Jones as his wife Jane Wilde. Now, we’ve received our first look at the film, which you can check out below.
Granted, the shot of Hawking and Wilde on their wedding day is not the most exhilarating image we could have received, but it shows Redmayne and Jones in character, which for me will be the biggest draw for Theory of Everything. Both actors are tremendously talented up-and-comers who seem primed to top a future New A-List in Hollywood. Redmayne is probably best known to audiences for playing Marius in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, but he also had major roles in My Week with Marilyn opposite »
- Isaac Feldberg
We’ve received news that the legendary Weinstein Company, together with BBC Films and Origin Pictures have announced that principal photography on Woman In Gold (they’ve dropped ‘The’) begun on 23rd May for 8 weeks on location in the UK, Austria and the U.S.
The absolute all-star cast includes Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Max Irons (The Riot Club), Antje Traue (Man Of Steel), Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Moritz Bleibtreu, and Jonathan Pryce. Your official words below give you a little more insight to the project:
Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt »
- Dan Bullock
News just in that Downton Abbey‘s Elizabeth McGovern and G.I. Joe’s (among many great works) Jonathan Pryce are now officially onboard with My Week With Marilyn’s director Simon Curtis for his Holocaust drama. The film will focus on:
The true story of a Holocaust survivor who sets out to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Gustav Klimt’s famous painting, ‘The Lady In Gold’. She teams with a plucky young lawyer in a major battle to sue the government.” This will be the screenwriting debut of playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell and it seems as if the film will be shooting for eight weeks in the UK, Austria as well the U.S.
Despite Campbell and Curtis’ relatively new introductions to the silver screen, the names attached to the project alone are bound to bring in hordes of interest among cinema-goers.
- Matthew Ceo
Recovering art pilfered by Nazis is trending on the big screen. The Weinstein Company, UK's BBC Films and Australia's Origin Pictures are starting principal photography on true story "Woman in Gold." The film stars Helen Mirren as Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who, along with her young lawyer, went head-to-head with the Austrian government in order to take back a series of Gustav Klimt paintings that had been stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. One of these paintings inspires the film's title: Klimt's fin-de-siecle "The Lady in Gold," which is worth over $130 million. Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn") is directing, and playwright-turned-screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell ("Bracken Moor") penned the script. TWC handled international sales at Cannes and will release the film in the Us; executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Also in the stellar cast are Ryan Reynolds ("Captives"), Elizabeth McGovern ("Downton Abbey"), Charles. »
- Katelyn Trott and Beth Hanna
Principal photography has begun on Woman in Gold and will run for eight weeks on location in the UK, Austria and the Us.
The true story of a Jewish refugee who took on a government to recover art treasures that belonged to her family - produced by Origin Pictures, BBC Films and The Weinstein Company - will be directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn).
New additions to the cast include Katie Holmes (The Giver), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Max Irons (The Riot Club), Antje Traue (Man of Steel), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run), and Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise).
Making his screenwriting debut is playwright »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
British actors Elizabeth McGovern, of Downton Abbey, and veteran Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean) have joined the ensemble cast of Woman in Gold, the upcoming feature from My Week With Marilyn director Simon Curtis. The drama, based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor who sets out to recover her family's artworks that were stolen by the Nazis, began principle photography in London last week. Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Daniel Bruhl and Tatiana Maslany also star. Story: Orphan Black' Star in Talks to Join Helen Mirren in 'Woman in Gold' (Exclusive) Also new to the Woman
- Scott Roxborough
London — “The White Queen” star Max Irons, “Game of Thrones” thesp Charles Dance, and Elizabeth McGovern from “Downton Abbey” have joined the cast of “Woman in Gold,” which is being produced by The Weinstein Company, BBC Films and Origin Pictures.
Principal photography on “Woman in Gold” began on May 23 for eight weeks on location in the U.K., Austria and the U.S.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell penned the screenplay. The film is being produced by David Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier, executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for The Weinstein Company, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
- Leo Barraclough
• Katie Holmes will join Helen Mirren, Daniel Bruhl, and Ryan Reynolds in The Woman in Gold, a drama about a Holocaust survivor who is suing the Swiss government in hopes of reclaiming pieces of art that the Nazis stole from her family. Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany plays a younger version of Mirren in the pic. Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) is on board to direct. Holmes can be seen in theaters next in Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver (out Aug. 15). [Deadline]
• British model Suki Waterhouse, probably best known at this point for dating Bradley Cooper, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Direct from its world-premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Sff and Vivid Ideas are proud to present the Australian Premiere of the highly anticipated futuristic thriller The Rover and host director David Michôd, actors Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and producer Liz Watts at the State Theatre on Saturday 7 June. The Rover screens as part of Sff’s Official Competition. Michôd, Pearce, Pattinson and Watts will also give a talk as part of Vivid Ideas at Town Hall on Sunday 8 June.
Actor Cate Blanchett will attend the Festival to introduce a special screening of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 the second chapter of the epic trilogy in which Blanchett is the voice of the character Valka. The screening is held at 2pm on Public Holiday Monday, 9 June, at Event Cinemas George Street.
- Press Releases
We’ve got a number of casting announcements to attend to this evening. Briefly: Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) will join Johnny Depp in the Alice in Wonderland sequel Through the Looking Glass. Katie Holmes has signed on to star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in the Holocaust drama The Woman in Gold. Rodrigo Santoro (300) has joined Dominion, a film about the last day of poet Dylan Thomas’ life. The currently-filming Divergent sequel Insurgent has added Jonny Weston (Chasing Mavericks) and Suki Waterhouse (Pusher). The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal has Emily Blunt in the cast of Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve's upcoming film Sicario. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Firstly, The Wrap reports that Rhys Ifans will play Johnny Depp’s (aka the Mad Hatter’s) father Zanik Hightopp in Through the Looking Glass, which is set to be directed by James Bobin, who »
- Adam Chitwood
The plot is set in the year 1998, when Holocaust survivor Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) enlists the help of her lawyer grandson (Ryan Reynolds) to sue the Austrian government. The lawsuit was an attempt to retrieve multiple Gustav Klimt paintings that were stolen from her family by the Nazis. Daniel Brühl is playing the other attorney on the opposite side of the case, although it isn't clear what role Katie Holmes may have.
Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) is directing from a script by Alexi Kaye Campbell, although no production schedule was disclosed. Worldview Entertainment, BBC Films and The Weinstein Company are producing.
Take another look @ actress Emma Watson in a recent issue of "Elle" (Australia) magazine:
Watson rose to prominence playing 'Hermione Granger' in the "Harry Potter" film series starting at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays. She starred in all eight "Harry Potter", earning her several awards and millions of dollars.
She made her modelling debut for "Burberry's" autumn/winter campaign in 2009.
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- Michael Stevens
Diana Drumm is reporting for The Film Experience from Cannes
As you should know by now, thanks to mid-screening tweets, prompt reviews and Nathaniel being awesome as always, Grace of Monaco is bad. So bad that Cannes critics are being divided into indifference, dislike and rollicking hate. I, for one, fall into a fourth category, that of the now-jaded hopeful still grappling with how it all could have gone so horribly wrong. It’s from the director behind La Vie En Rose and... Nicole Kidman. And I do mean grappling, I’ve barely eaten since that lovely sandwich or slept since nodding off on the Nice-Cannes commuter and my attempts at writing an actual review have gone the way of nonsensical jibberish with many ‘rather’s, ‘while’s and ‘thereby’s. Plus I’ve missed multiple opportunities to stow-away on champagne and celebrity-laden yachts. (Well, maybe not, but you get the gist – me, »
- Diana D Drumm
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