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When it comes to its choices for cinematic achievements each year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. takes its fair share of knocks. But in the foreign-language film category, the HFPA’s roughly 90 voting members seem to get a little more credit for picking the best of what the world has to offer.
Through a looser set of rules and a different nomination process, the HFPA often recognizes films that aren’t even eligible for the Academy Award.
“We approach it very liberally,” says Serge Rakhlin, chairman of the HFPA’s foreign-language film committee. “Producers can submit films; directors can submit films — there’s no limit on films from a particular country.”
Rakhlin highlights one of the biggest differences between how the HFPA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences go about selecting films: the HFPA doesn’t limit each country to one film per year in the category. »
- Christy Grosz
Angelina Jolie has spent decades as a celebrated actress, earning an Academy Award for her performance in Girl, Interrupted and staking a claim for herself as one of the most sought out performers in the industry. In recent years, however, her career has been shifting - and recent quotes indicate that she may soon be ready to leave the acting game for good. Since 2011, when she made her directorial debut with the dark drama In The Land of Blood and Honey, Angelina Jolie has been starting to focus more on her career as a director instead of an actress, and in a recent interview with DuJour she has revealed that her end game is to leaving the acting world behind and instead turn her attention to her blossoming run as a filmmaker. Discussing her feelings about performing, Jolie told the magazine, "I.ve never been comfortable as an actor; I »
Back in August 2013, Spike Lee launched plans for his newest movie on Kickstarter, causing a big hullabaloo in the process. People questioned whether an established director like him was taking money away from other independent filmmakers and projects, even though he clarified that more people came to Kickstarter who had never heard of the service. He added that this was the new order, the new way indie filmmakers like himself got the word out.
Lee did end up earning the funding for his film, just over $1.4 million from over 6,000 backers, and now that film has finally arrived. The movie is Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, a reimagining of a cult horror classic from 1973 Ganja & Hess. Indiewire has details that the film will be released in theaters and VOD, presumably with many perks for Kickstarter backers, on February 13, 2015. This follows its premiere at the American Black Film Festival back in June, »
- Brian Welk
Angelina Jolie is making it a family affair on her upcoming film, "By the Sea," which costars husband Brad Pitt. The couple's 13-year-old son Maddox also works on set ... as a production assistant! In an interview with DuJour magazine, the actress talks about directing her famous other half, her son's new job and her plans to continue her career behind the camera."It’s so weird," the 39-year-old beauty says in the mag's winter 2014 issue, referring to her eldest son’s new role. Vivienne, Pax and Zahara recently appeared in "Maleficent," while Shiloh was in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."Even with their busy schedules, Angelina and Brad are adamant that their six kids remain a priority, personally and professionally. In fact, she says her new film "Unbroken" was made with their kids in mind. "In the back of my mind, I wanted to make a film that would »
- tooFab Staff
The couple tied the knot on August 23 during a private ceremony in the French village of Correns.
Speaking to Vanity Fair about life after the wedding, the actress and humanitarian enthused: "It does feel different. It feels nice to be husband and wife."
The star also discussed the vows that their children wrote for them, saying: "They did not expect us never to fight, but they made us promise to always say sorry if we do. So they said, 'Do you?' And we said, 'We do!'"
She is currently preparing to direct and star in drama By the Sea opposite Pitt, and added to the publication: "A few friends asked if we were crazy... [A film about] a married couple going through some difficulties... and I'm directing him!"
When asked whether she »
• Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Renee Zellweger, and Djimon Hounsou are set to star in Paramount Pictures' Same Kind of Different as Me, EW has confirmed. Michael Carney will make his directorial debut. He co-wrote the script with Alexander Foard and Ron Hall. Based on the book by Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, the story follows an art dealer (Kinnear) who befriends a homeless man (Honsou) in order to save his marriage to his wife (Zellweger). The unexpected friendship takes the three on an incredible journey, and helps Hall reconnect with his father (Voight). Mary Parent and Cale Boyter »
- C. Molly Smith
Into The Storm and Hatfields & McCoys actor Max Deacon has been cast in The Call Up, a British action/sci-fi pic set in the world of computer gaming technology. Written and directed by commercials helmer Charles Barker, The Call Up topped the 2011 Brit List of the best unproduced screenplays in the UK. The story follows a group of elite online gamers who each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game. The experience brings modern warfare to life with frightening realism, but what starts out like a dream encounter, quickly takes a turn for the sinister. EOne has Germany, France and Scandinavian rights with Altitude Film Sales handling international. Morfydd Clark (Madame Bovary), Ali Cook (The Anomaly), Parker Sawyers (Monsters: Dark Continent), Tom Benedict Knight (Dracula Untold), Boris Ler (In The Land Of Blood And Honey), and newcomers Douggie McMeekin and Adriana Randall also star. Shooting begins November 10 in Birmingham, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Stigma Films, Red & Black Films, Creative England, The Regional Growth Fund, Marzipan Productions, Pont Neuf Productions and Altitude Film Sales have announced principal photography will commence on the 10th November 2014 in Birmingham on action sci-fi The Call Up, set in the cutting edge future-now world of computer gaming technology. The movie is the debut featurefrom director Charles Barker – whose script for the film topped the Brit List (British Black List) in 2011 as the best unproduced screenplay of that year. His previous credits include award-winning campaigns for international brands such as Vodafone, Nokia and Wella as well as FX short, (Indecision), which was accepted into more than 60 film festivals all over the world.
When a group of elite online gamers each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game, it’s a dream come true and impossible to resist.
Arriving at the test site, the group step »
- Phil Wheat
Brit List action-sci-fi to get underway on November 10; Max Deacon to star.
Max Deacon (Into the Storm, Hatfields & McCoys) takes the lead role and is joined by a cast of up-and-comers including Morfydd Clark (Madame Bovary), Ali Cook (The Anomaly), Parker Sawyers (Monsters: Dark Continent), Tom Benedict Knight (Dracula Untold), Boris Ler (In the Land of Blood and Honey), and newcomers Douggie McMeekin and Adriana Randall.
The Call Up follows a group of online gamers who are invited to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality game, but what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge video technology – a perfect representation of soldiers in a warzone – takes a turn for the sinister when the stakes are raised to fatal.
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The World War II-set film is based on the true story of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner serving for the U.S. Air Force. He and some of his crew survive plane crash in the South Pacific during the war, only to be captured by Japanese soldiers and forced to endure the horrors of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Jolie's version of the story is based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand, while Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the final version of the screenplay.
Unbroken marks the third film Jolie has directed behind the documentary A Place in Time and her feature-film debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. She is currently filming the 1970's period romantic drama By the Sea starring herself and hubby Brad Pitt, and is also slated to direct Africa, »
The full trailer for Angelina Jolie's new film, Unbroken, has arrived. In case you haven't heard about the war epic, she's actually behind the camera this time - her second time directing, following 2011's In the Land of Blood and Honey. The movie tells the true story of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner who is tortured at a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Predictably, the movie looks incredibly moving. Some of the torture is horrifying, especially the scene they preview when the camp director makes Louis's American peers stand in a line and punch him in the face. This is going to be an emotional journey for sure, and it's set to open on Christmas Day. Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, and Jai Courtney costar, while Joel and Ethan Coen helped write the screenplay. Check out the trailer below. Here's the previous trailer as well: Front »
"If you take it, you can make it." More and more trailers for awards contenders will be arriving every week as winter gets closer, and this time we have the second theatrical trailer for Angelina Jolie's sophomore directorial effort Unbroken, based on the true story of Olympian and prisoner of war Louis Zamperini. Jack O'Connell takes the lead role of the super star athlete turned soldier as he finds himself facing seemingly insurmountable odds in a Japanese prison camp after his plane is shot down over the ocean. He's forced to endure mental, physical and emotional torture, but he's not going to give up easily. Watch below! Here's the new trailer for Angelina Jolie's Unbroken from YouTube: And here's two teaser posters for Angelina Jolie's next directorial effort as well: If you haven't seen it yet, watch the first teaser trailer for Angelina Jolie's Unbroken right here. »
- Ethan Anderton
Now that summer movie season is over, it’s Oscar season. During winter and fall many Oscar-hopeful movies are released. This is our overview of what you can expect leading up to the 2015 Oscars.
For fans of film, fall and winter are the best times of the year. This is when, typically, some of the most well-received films are released. Unofficially, we call it Oscar Season, and there’s good reason that the year’s best films are saved for last. Any film released before the end of the year is eligible for Oscar nomination. Therefore, if you release your film towards the end of the year, it will be fresher in audience and critic minds when awards time rolls around in early March/late February (February 22nd, 2015 to be exact).
In preparation for the fall and winter movie season, we’ve put together this preview of films that have been getting lots of attention. »
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She tackled the Bosnian war in her feature debut, "In The Land Of Blood And Honey," this holiday season she tells the WWII survival story "Unbroken," and now Angelina Jolie has lined up yet another directorial project, based on another true-life topic. With a script by Eric Roth ("Ali," "Munich," "The Good Shepherd"), Jolie is set to helm the biopic "Africa" based on the life of Kenyan Richard Leakey. Coming from a line of archaeologists, Leakey turned his attentions to paleontology and most famously to conversation efforts. He became the crucial face of the anti-poaching movement, working to save endangered African wildlife, but it also found him making enemies with those either within the illegal trade, or who couldn't handle his brusque manner. A fascinating subject to be sure, but this one is likely a bit of a way off. Jolie is currently helming "By The Sea" co-starring her husband Brad Pitt (first look. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Angelina Jolie refuses to luxuriate in the Oscar buzz surrounding her upcoming WWII drama 'Unbroken.' On Sept. 8, the actress-turned-director started on her third feature, 'By the Sea,' a romantic drama touting her first self-directed leading role and her first pairing with husband Brad Pitt since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". Showing no sign of slowing down, word is in that Jolie's fourth film has taken shape. According to Deadline, Jolie has signed on to helm "Africa," a drama based on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey’s fight against ivory poachers in Kenya. Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") wrote the script, which Jolie plans to shoot soon after wrapping "By the Sea." David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, known for blockbusters like the "Mission: Impossible" series and the upcoming "Terminator: Genisys" trilogy, is behind the picture. “I've felt a deep connection to Africa and »
- Matt Patches
Angelina Jolie is showing no signs of slowing down as a filmmaker. After making her debut with 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, Jolie won the highly coveted director’s job of the World War II drama Unbroken. She put together a top-notch team including screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen and cinematographer Roger Deakins, and while that highly anticipated film is slated to hit theaters in December, Jolie is already hard at work on her next directorial effort, the small-scale drama By the Sea starring herself and Brad Pitt. But now, in the midst of shooting one film and readying another for release, Jolie is already lining up her next next film as a director: Africa. Jolie has signed on to direct the biopic of paleo-archeologist Richard Leakey, who devoted his life to combating elephant and rhino poaching. Hit the jump for more on the project, including the »
- Adam Chitwood
Angelina Jolie has found her next movie to direct. The actress and now busy helmer has signed on to for Africa, an epic tale for David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. Written by Oscar winner Eric Roth, the pic is based on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey’s late-’80s battle with ivory poachers in Kenya that threatened the existence of the African elephant population and the soul of Africa.
Ellison, Jolie, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters will produce. The pic also reteams cinematographer Roger Deakins and Jolie after the pair did the Louis Zamperini biopic Unbroken, which Universal releases on Christmas Day. The plan is to ramp up production on Africa soon after Jolie wraps her current gig, directing her script By The Sea for Universal in which she stars opposite husband Brad Pitt.
Her first feature helming effort, 2011’s In The Land Of Blood And Honey, served as her calling card »
- The Deadline Team
Back in July, Universal Pictures acquired the worldwide rights to Angelina Jolie's third directorial effort, By the Sea, which reunites the actress with her husband Brad Pitt for the first time on screen since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith. With production already under way, Entertainment Weekly has released the first three photos, featuring Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their co-star Niels Arestrup. Check out the images below, then read on for more details from the director.
Production began September 8 in Malta, just a few weeks after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got married after a decade-long relationship. While no plot information was given in the July report, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first story details below.
"Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, »
By The Sea will be the third Angelina Jolie joint when it comes out. She's writing, directing, producing, and starring in it. In the Land of Blood and Honey and this December's Unbroken are the other two.
This one is also her first time being on screen with her now-husband Brad Pitt since Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005. Not a lot was known about the project, even though it started shooting on the 8th of this month. Universal will eventually distribute the movie, but hasn't set a release date yet. Since, you know, it's not a superhero franchise. Now we know a bit more because Entertainment Weekly got the details and first look photos of a very moody looking romance/drama.
Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, »
Newlyweds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are revealed as a not-so-happily-married couple onscreen in the very first By the Sea images from their new film. Jolie wrote, produces, and is directing the feature, which takes place in 1970s France and revolves around a marriage that’s collapsing on itself. Jolie plays a former dancer and Pitt plays an American writer, and the story finds the disenchanted couple growing closer together in a quiet seaside town as they meet its inhabitants and begin sharing stories. Cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon) is shooting the film using mostly natural light, and the supporting cast includes Niels Arestrup (War Horse) and Richard Bohringer (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover). Check out the first By the Sea images after the jump, along with an explanation from Jolie as to why she chose to set the film in the 1970s. The pic »
- Adam Chitwood
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