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From scouting films to pre-selecting and organizing screenings and pressers, Christian Jeune is the fest’s behind-the-scenes hero. “Scheduling the screenings of 50 films according to the films’ status, the talents’ schedules, superstitions, along with other parameters is total hell,” says Jeune, a discreet and friendly man. “It’s like playing a big domino game.” Jeune begins his job every year in the fall, traveling across Asia, notably China, Japan, South Korea and India, to dig up cinematic gems and do some PR for the fest. Industry insiders — from filmmakers to sales agents — know him well: He’s the guy who says “no” to 90% of the films that don’t make the official selection cut.
Jeune remembers the almost-disaster of Wong Kar Wai’s “2046″ in 2004. The competition contender got to Cannes in pieces. Literally. “We had to reschedule the morning press screening to the evening, but even then, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Sometimes a movie so fantastically bizarre comes together that it sounds like it's some sort of brilliant Madlib. That's how I lovingly think of Only Lovers Left Alive, a romantic drama written and directed by art house auteur Jim Jarmusch that stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as vampire lovers. It seems utterly outlandish, and yet oddly perfect. In the film, Hiddleston plays a vampire/rock musician called Adam. Swinton is his Eve, literally.her name is Eve. And together these two live in undead bliss.until Eve's spunky little sister Ava (played by Stoker's Mia Wasikowska) turns up. Only Lovers Left Alive is poised to make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 25th. And in anticipation of its debut, io9 has uncovered a pair of clips that give us our first look at these lovers in action. Up top is a clip that shows »
Jim Jarmusch’s first feature in four years, the undead love story Only Lovers Left Alive, is heading for Cannes this week. So far there has been little word on the film, making it even more ambiguous and exciting. With an absolutely outstanding cast with the likes of David Bowie’s onscreen wife Tilda Swinton, The Avengers villian Tom Hiddelston, and Stoker‘s Mia Wasikowska, Only Lovers Left Alive looks extremely promising.
The film follows Adam, a deeply depressed underground musician who reunites with his eternal and enigmatic love, Eve. Having already endured serveral centuries together, their love story is thwarted by the presence of Eve’s crazy younger sister, Ava. Swinton, Tom Hiddelston, and Mia Wasikowska take on the leading roles with John Hurt and Anton Yelchin filling out the supporting cast.
With Cannes kicking off tomorrow, two new clips have been released. Watch below:
Maverick director Jim Jarmusch is back with with his first effort since 2005s Broken Flowers with a brooding, bloodthirsty love story Only Lovers Left Alive. The plot centres on vampires Adam and Eve, who’ve been together for centuries but find a their immortal lifestyle, currently masquerading as depressed underground rock musicians, tested by the arrival of one of their siblings.
The film has a top cast lead by Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston. The rising thespian is also joined by Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton, Jeffrey Wright, Anton Yelchin, John Hurt and Stoker stunner Mia Wasikowska. The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival beginning this weekend but is still awaiting a release date on both sides of the Atlantic
- Craig Hunter
nBaz Luhrman's 1920s extravaganza to open 66th festival and cement Surrey girl Carey Mulligan's arrival in Hollywood A-list
Many people might think The Great Gatsby has already had a premiere with reviews from American screenings widely available. But for its British star, Carey Mulligan, the red carpet Cannes screening of Baz Luhrmann's 3D extravaganza on Wednesday evening will secure her position among the top flight of international talent.
The film will officially open the annual event in the south of France, regarded as the leading festival in the cinema industry's calendar. Mulligan is expected to attend alongside Lurhrman and her co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, and will be the glamorous focus of the most high-profile function of the fortnight.
The actor from Surrey, who is married to Marcus Mumford of the award-winning band Mumford and Sons, is to have a second moment of glory later in the festival when she »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Per Variety, Bird has been cast as a troubled, drug-addicted child star. Williams (pictured below; The Seventh Son, "Dollhouse," The Sixth Sense) will play his manipulative mother, and Wasikowska (pictured right; Stoker, Alice in Wonderland, Only Lovers Left Alive) will portray his disfigured schizophrenic, fame-obsessed sister.
They join the previously announced Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, and Sarah Gadon. The screenplay is by Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms) and is a combo ghost story and critique of celebrity-obsessed society in Los Angeles.
Entertainment One Films and Martin Katz’s Prospero Pictures are producing with production starting in July in Toronto and Los Angeles. Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab, Cronenberg's manager, will executive produce with Integral Films’ Alfred Hurmer co-producing. »
- The Woman In Black
For director David Cronenberg, marrying up stunning and grotesque visuals with Hollywood’s choicest talent is not unusual. The cast roster for his latest directorial effort, Maps To The Stars is already mightily impressive. Stars are chomping at the monstrous bit to have the chance to work with the Canadian filmmaker.
Mia Wasikowska, no stranger to the weird, Olivia Williams and Evan Bird have now joined the project. Wasikowska’s recent turn in Stoker cements her as an actress with a willingness to venture into the sinister side of human nature. Williams is best known for her work in The Sixth Sense, Rushmore, a brilliant turn in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, and the recent Anna Karenina adaptation. For youngster Bird, this will be his first foray into film after roles in TV’s The Killing and Falling Skies.
Reports on their roles indicate that the story is sounding more and »
- Gem Seddon
His films may be freaky and funky and may not appeal to the average Joe Moviegoer, but stars line up to work with David Cronenberg. Simply, with unique stories usually married with inventive visuals, the filmmaker makes the kinds of movies few get the chance to do in Hollywood and so it comes as no surprise that his upcoming "Maps To The Stars" is lining up talent left and right. The latest to come aboard on is Mia Wasikowska ("Stoker," "Lawless," "The Kids Are All Right") with Olivia Williams (Miss Cross!) and Evan Bird (who him?) also signing up. They join Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Sarah Gadon in the Bruce Wagner-penned movie that is both a skewering Hollywood and celebrity culture and a ghost story. While plot details have pretty much been kept secret, THR does reveal that "Bird will play a troubled, drug-addicted child star, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The only time I've ever heard of Sils-Maria was while reading about a house in Switzerland that the sunshiney German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche used to live in, but apparently the entire area is quite nice and a vacation home there would be pretty amazing. Does the name have anything to do with the upcoming film of the same name? Possibly. But this is a story about casting, not setting. The upcoming drama Sils Maria, which will be helmed by French director Olivier Assayas, is now in the process of adding busy actress Chloe Moretz, according to Deadline. Should she sign on, she'd join a cast that already features Juliette Binoche (Cosmopolis) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker). In the film, Moretz would play JoAnn, an actress who takes on a role previously made famous by Binoche.s character as a youth, and soon becomes the elder actress. obsession. It sounds like a »
Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker' is set for a June arrival onto both Blu-ray and DVD for all you home entertainment lovers out there. It'll officially land on disc in the Us from 18 June, courtesy of 20th Century Fox, and will play host to a whole array of special features for you to enjoy. Some of which include An Exclusive Look: A Filmmaker's Journey, Deleted Scenes, Mysterious Characters, Designing the Look, Creating the Music, Red Carpet Premiere: Emily Wells' performance of ' Becomes the Color', a Free Song Download and even more. It's not currently ready for pre-orders but will no doubt become available very soon. Nicole Kidman -below ('The Others'), Mia Wasikowska ('Alice in Wonderland'), Matthew Goode ('Watchmen'), Dermot Mulroney ('Zodiac') and Jacki Weaver all star. »
Obsession is definitely a word that’s pretty familiar when going through high school. Everyone and their mothers have been into someone who just didn’t give them or their hormones the time of day. Well, a hell of a lot of teenage hormones and some pretty interesting craziness take up director Malik Bader’s obsession gone wrong movie Crush, a film that starts out pretty strong, only to leave viewers with a great big wtf?
Popular soccer player Scott has pretty much everything going for him, until an accident leaves him with a bad knee and a bruised ego. While Scott tries to recover by working out, running and everything in between to get his knee better, Bess, a shy lonely girl begins an unhealthy obsession with him. Throw into the mix Jules, a girl who wants to be more than friends with Scott, Jeffrey, who is obsessed himself with Bess, »
After a limited theatrical run earlier this year, Chan-wook Park’s Stoker will be released to Blu-ray and DVD on June 18th. Continue reading for additional details on the movie, including the list of bonus features:
“India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father’s death is finally being filled by his closet bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. »
- Jonathan James
2013 is shaping up to be the year of Kids with Guns (cue that Gorillaz song). From Mia Wasikowska toting a rifle in Stoker to those Disney darlings forcing James Franco to fellate a pistol in Spring Breakers, youth gun violence is percolating throughout pop culture. But Hide Your Smiling Faces isn’t a hedonistic look at violence; it’s a quiet contemplation of death through the eyes of children (with guns).
When a young boy is found dead (presumably an accident), his friends in a rural American town suddenly face their own mortality. 9-year-old Tommy (Ryan Jones), who was closest to the boy, finds the inexplicability of death most befuddling and worrisome. His older brother Eric (Nathan Varnson) is initially disturbed (he’s the one who finds the body at the bottom of a bridge) before internalizing his confusion over his feelings about death into a deep rage. But it »
- John Keith
The upcoming remake of the highly-acclaimed South Korean suspense film from Stoker director Chan-wook Park is currently filming and will be distributed domestically by FilmDistrict October 11th. Oldboy follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation. Oldboy »
- Keven Skinner
Film District has released the first teaser poster for Spike Lee’s upcoming “Oldboy”, his remake of the South Korean film by “Stoker” director Chan-wook Park. I gotta admit, I was sure they would end up changing the title to something generic like “Revenge” or “Prey” or “Die Bad Guy Die” or something like that, but they’re actually keeping the original title. Go for them, I say. It’s going to confuse the hell out of most moviegoers and they won’t have a clue what the hell it means, of course. Hopefully the trailer, when it finally shows up, will fix all that. Until then, check out the poster for Spike Lee’s “Oldboy”. An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he »
they're not the stars but they steal the show. Chosen by the Guide's film writers, the prizes for the 23 best supporting actors of 2013 go to …
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There are times you feel as if Swinton has made it her mission to eradicate all traces of natural provenance. She's achieved an almost clone-like physical presence: an ageless, androgynous, translucent-skinned human blank, ready to be moulded into whatever role she's assigned. And boy does she get through them. She's been everything from a distressed housewife to the Angel Gabriel; corporate lawyer to Narnian ice queen. But in personality terms, she's the complete opposite of a blank. Malleable though she may be, Swinton has ironically become her own trademark. »
- Francesca Babb, Alex Godfrey, Andrea Hubert, Charlie Lyne, Phelim O'Neill, John Patterson, Steve Rose
We're getting to know the Film Experience community. Today we're talking to Joey from Pittsburgh. He's currently performing in Godspell on stage. If you're in Pittsburgh there's two more shows this weekend.
When did you start reading The Film Experience?
Around the time that Far From Heaven was released in theaters. I was realizing that Julianne Moore was my favorite actress, so your blog was mecca when I was in college. I love the site because it doesn't just celebrate movies, but it helped me realize that movies can be bad with something great in them (and vice versa).
What's your earliest movie memory?
Joey: The earliest memory I have is when my Dad took me to go see Beauty and the Beast. I remember playing around outside, and he asked if I wanted to go. I didn't actually answer his question, because I got so excited and just got »
- NATHANIEL R
Vinterberg has said his take on the novel - which follows a young heiress loved by three men - will be "raw and revolutionary".
Directed by: Chan-Wook Park
Written by: Wentworth Miller
Stoker is, quite possibly, my favorite film of 2013.
Okay, I know this is a bit early in the year to make such a claim, but the fact that I'm willing to bet nothing will surpass it – except maybe for Von Trier's Nymphomaniac which is rumored to premiere in Cannes because, you know, Von Trier, plus it sounds like the film is right up my alley – should hint at how much I liked Stoker.
With his first English language film, Chan-Wook Park chose to venture into the sinister territories previously explored with Thirst (2009) by crafting a dark family thriller with just a hint of the supernatural. Despite Park's departure from the stylized ultra-violence of his famous revenge trilogy – Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003) and Lady Vengeance (2005) – fans will be happy to discover a newer, more mature »
Lucas Till is a rising star in both genre and mainstream cinema. Till has been working in Hollywood since a very young age and has begun taking on some major roles, lately. He recently played Havok in X-Men: First Class and appeared in Park Chan-wook's Stoker. He is also rumored to be back for the upcoming sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
ShockTillYouDrop.com caught up with Till to get the lowdown on his new film Crush - which is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray. He spoke with us about playing the "All-American" guy in Crush, the film's twist ending, and his favorite genre films. We also probed him for info about X-Men: Days of Future Past (But we didn’t get very far with that).
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