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Clooney directs and stars alongside Matt Damon in the Second World War film, which will arrive in cinemas in February.
The movie, which is based on Robert Edsel's book, is centred around the true story of a WWII platoon given the task of rescuing cultural objects from Nazi thieves in Germany.
In October, the release of The Monuments Men was delayed from December to February, meaning it is no longer eligible to be nominated at the 2014 Academy Awards.
The film has slipped in the schedule to allow more time for work on its visual effects.
"We just didn't have enough time," said Clooney. "If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy. »
Today’s New York Film Critics Circle prizes are a big boost to Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” and Warner Bros.’ “Gravity.” Not because they won big — “12 Years” won director for Steve McQueen, while there were none for “Gravity” — but because the critics prizes take the pressure off each of the films as the One To Beat.
The studios have done a great job of keeping heat on those films since early September, which is not an easy thing to do; so with another three months to go, it’s an advantage to be just one of many frontrunners.
Critics awards are notoriously unreliable as Oscar bellwethers. But by voting both screenplay and best film awards for Sony’s “American Hustle,” the N.Y. group brought David O. Russell’s pic to the front of the conversation.
- Tim Gray
Hot Jennifer Lawrence, Wet Robert Redford: New York Film Critics Awards 2013 winners (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) A crime drama featuring con men, mafiosi, and FBI agents, the David O. Russell-directed, real-life inspired American Hustle won three New York Film Critics Circle Awards earlier today, December 3, 2013: Best Picture; Best Screenplay for Russell and Eric Singer; and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence for her performance as con man and FBI mole Christian Bale’s steamy, big-mouthed wife. (Full list of Nyfcc 2013 award winners.) Last year, Jennifer Lawrence was the New York Film Critics’ runner-up in the Best Actress category for both The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. The latter film, also directed by David O. Russell, earned her the Best Actress Academy Award earlier this year. Besides Jennifer Lawrence, whose The Hunger Games: Catching Fire may turn out to be the biggest 2013 blockbuster in North America, »
- Andre Soares
George Clooney's all-star WWII heist film "The Monuments Men" was recently moved from Oscar season to a quieter release date in February, and the film's new trailer seems to reflect a change in objective from award-winner to crowd-pleaser. Clooney leads a stellar cast -- including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban, "The Artist's" stars Jean Dujardin and John Goodman, and "Downton Abbey" star Hugh Bonneville -- as they attempt to recover priceless works of European art plundered by HItler and his Nazi war machine toward the end of WWII. Starting with the presence of Clooney and Damon, "Monuments" is certainly not shying »
- Dave Lewis
Marrakech, Morocco– Alice Winocour’s period drama “Augustine,” Jean-Christophe Dessaint’s artsy toon “The Day of The Crows,” and Marc Fitoussi’s comedy “Pauline Detective” are among the 10 pics set to compete at Unifrance’s fourth edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival.com, an online fest.
U.K.’s Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”), Italy’s Marco Bellocchio (“Vincere”) and India’s Anurag Kashyap (“Ugly”) have come on board to serve on the filmmakers’ jury which will be presided by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” who succeeds “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius.
Pics will also vie for the international press, audience and social networks nods.
Web users will have access to 10 feature-lenghts and 10 shorts subtitled in 13 languages and available across 20 platforms, including iTunes, in 80 territories.
Fest was created by Unifrance to promote French films that are still available in many international territories. Although the initiative is not exactly lucrative, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Yesterday we saw the first clip from Martin Scorsese's latest collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, and now we have the first two posters for The Wolf of Wall Street, as well as a brand new TV spot; check them out here...
"Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough."
The Wolf of Wall Street is set to open on Christmas Day »
- Gary Collinson
The first clip from Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street has debuted online via Yahoo! Movies. The short clip is gloriously ludicrous and finds Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained), Jonah Hill (Moneyball),Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Margot Robbie (About Time) discussing the intricacies of taping money to what once can presume is a hooker. Check it out here after the official synopsis...
"Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, »
- Gary Collinson
“Philomena,” the Stephen Frears-directed drama starring Judi Dench, will be the latest Oscar hopeful to join the box-office fray when it opens in four theaters on Friday. “It’s Harvey time,” the Weinstein Company’s distribution chief Erik Lomis told TheWrap. He was referring to his boss Harvey Weinstein, who has a track record for high-powered Academy Award campaigns and success with late-year releases with awards aspirations including Best Picture Oscar winners “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech” and “Shakespeare in Love.” Also read: ‘Philomena’ Review: Judi Dench and Steve Coogan Bring Much-Needed Brimstone to This Cinematic Treacle TWC »
- Todd Cunningham
2011′s A Separation was a quiet force in the film world, as the fifth feature from then little-known filmmaker Asghar Farhadi gathered momentum from word of mouth praise from the critical community, eventually winning an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. With many interested in seeing what direction Farhadi would go in next, his new feature has been making its way along festival circuits over the year. Adapted from a story by Massoumeh Lahidji, Farhadi once again takes on screenwriting and directing duties, working with a cast that includes The Artist‘s Berenice Bejo and A Prophet‘s Tahar Rahim. A Us trailer for the film, titled Le Passé or The Past, has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: Thompson on Hollywood)
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- Deepayan Sengupta
You ever look at an ex’s Facebook page and realize his or her new significant other kind of looks like you? That is the idea at the core of The Past, the French-Iranian film from Asghar Farhadi. The film stars The Artist's Bérénice Bejo, who won the Best Actress Award at Cannes for the part, A Prophet’s Tahar Rahim, and Ali Mosaffa. Farhadi’s last film, A Separation, won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and it appears he’s aiming for a repeat, as the film is scheduled for a December 20 release date. Pair it with Anchorman 2 for a perfect Christmas double feature that will leave your family speechless and incapable of annoying you. »
- Jesse David Fox
Sony Pictures Classics has released its first trailer for "The Past," the latest film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, of 2012 Oscar winner "A Separation." For his new feature, Farhadi ventures to France, where he's set the story of an Iranian man (Ali Mosaffa) who returns to Paris for the first time in four years to deal with his wife's (Bérénice Bejo of "The Artist") request for a divorce. Bejo won the Best Actress Award at Cannes this year, where the film premiered. Tahar Rahim, of "A Prophet," also stars as Bejo's character's new love. Read More: How Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past' Confirms His Mastery of Human Behavior The film premiered in limited release on December 20th.For more indie film trailers check out Indiewire's trailer page, sponsored by Sony Pictures Classics. »
- Alison Willmore
While much of the focus regarding the final month of the year seems to point towards the yet-to-be-screened American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street, we can’t forget about the next work from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who last gave us the Academy Award-winning drama A Separation. Led by The Artist star Bérénice Bejo and A Prophet‘s Tahar Rahim, [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
Charlie Chaplin's films have stood the test of time not necessarily because they are funny, at least not in today's terms of what classifies a film as a "comedy", but because the best of them are amusing, clever, witty, smart, emotional and, most of all, simple. But don't let their simplicity deceive you. The level of simplicity a film such as Chaplin's 1931 feature City Lights is not easily achieved. In fact, making something look simple may in fact be the hardest thing to accomplish in cinema. Without sci-fi plotlines, outside forces or even additional characters having an effect on the plot, City Lights is the story of Chaplin's iconic Tramp and the love he finds for a blind woman selling flowers on a street corner. As much as comedy has changed in 80+ years, a story such as this could hardly be told in today's cinemas and garner any kind of attention. »
- Brad Brevet
C'est fini for Oscar-winning French film star Jean Dujardin and his wife of four years, Alexandra Lamy. The couple, who were married in the summer of 2009, have broken up, Dujardin told reporters Tuesday at a literary event in Paris. "It has been eight months that tabloids have been trying to make me out as depressed, an alcoholic, a womanizer. This is no more, or less, than the story of a couple who are separating, like any other couple," the star of The Artist told journalists, according to several reports. Dujardin, 41, and Lamy, 42, who were named the most popular couple in »
- Tim Nudd and Peter Mikelbank
Jean Dujardin and Alexandra Lamy have called it quits after four years of marriage. The Wolf of Wall Street actor made the breakup announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Quai Des Orfevres 2014 Literary Prize event in Paris, France. The French film star—perhaps best known for his Oscar-winning role in 2011's The Artist—married the actress and producer on July 25, 2009. "It has been eight months that tabloids have been trying to make me out as depressed, an alcoholic, a womanizer," Dujardin reportedly told journalists. "This is no more, or less, than the story of a couple who are separating, like any other couple." Dujardin, 41, and Lamy, 42, have no children together. The Monuments »
Physical production agent Wayne Fitterman has joined Wme as a partner. The veteran rep was head of UTA's production department and will lead Wme's corresponding division starting today. Fitterman is bringing 46 clients to his new agency, including Oscar-winning cinematographers Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood) and Andrew Lesnie (The Lord of the Rings), producer Ron Bozman (The Silence of the Lambs), production designer Grant Major (The Lord of the Rings), costume designers Jenny Beavan (A Room With a View) and Mark Bridges (The Artist), editor Anne Coates (Lawrence of Arabia) and visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel (The Lord
- Rebecca Sun
Exclusive: Deadline revealed exclusively Friday that longtime UTA Production Department co-head Wayne Fitterman had left that agency and was in talks to land at Wme. I have confirmed that he has now officially joined Wme as a partner and that he will head Wme’s Production Department. As I wrote, Fitterman had expected to bring three of his cohorts along with him. UTA staved off that coup, but Fitterman brings 46 clients with him so far, with a lot more hanging in the balance. This is an unsung part of the business, covering cinematographers, editors, line producers, production designers, costume designers, and visual effects supervisors. But it’s important. Aside from making piles of money, the department is a breeding ground for first-time directors. Among the clients Fitterman has brought with him are Jenny Beavan (The King’s Speech), Mark Bridges (The Artist), Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis), Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
How do you sell a scent over a medium that can only physically convey images and sound? Easy, you attach a few famous names, film it in black and white and use lots of ambiguous yet evocative dialogue.
That's what Dolce & Gabbana have done for their new perfume, The One. The short film/advert thingy has Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island) directing Scarlett Johansson (Captin America: The Winter Soldier) and his Wolf of Wall Street collaborator Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike).
There are many Scorsese flairs to enjoy. The black and white cinematography of Raging Bull, his camera movement and the setting of New York, while McConaughey and Johansson are both equally smouldering. It also contains some wonderfully self-reflexive moments ("Are you always this serious?" "Only before a love scene").
It's all pretty easy on the eyes. The advert, that is. The perfume will probably cause inflammation if applied to your face. »
- Oliver Davis
It's 100 years since the first volume of À La Recherche du Temps Perdu was published, but a definitive cinematisation of Proust's epic novel has so far proved elusive
This year has been punctuated by a rash of anniversary-themed books and articles anticipating the first world war centenary, and indeed attempting snapshots of how Europe looked and felt in 1913, eerily poised on the precipice. The other centenary is similar in many ways: on 8 November 1913, Marcel Proust published the first volume of À La Recherche du Temps Perdu, his monumental novel about memory, mortality and art, the belle époque, and the leisured and aristocratic classes of Paris, a city crammed in Proust's pages with the most vivid and extraordinary personalities, destined to be swept away by the Great War.
- Peter Bradshaw
According to Alec Baldwin, the movie business is like "the worst girlfriend in the world, you keep going back only to get seduced and abandoned over and over again". It may be tough to imagine a Hollywood sex symbol being treated that way, but this documentary on the business of bankrolling movies is full of self-effacing humour and stark observations, including the notion that Baldwin is considered a mere television actor - not quite big enough to put bums on theatre seats.
His job on this film is as producer, teaming with writer/director James Toback (The Pick-Up Artist) on a cap-in-hand mission to the Cannes Film Festival, schmoozing at premieres and dining on yachts, garrulously pitching an updated version of Last Tango in Paris - set in Iraq. »
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