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The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has closed with the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix going to Lukas Moodysson’s Swedish film We Are The Best!.
The film, which debuted at Venice and received its Asian premiere in Tokyo, is about a young punk band in the 1980s. TrustNordisk has so far sold the film to more than 50 territories including the Us, UK, Australia, France, Benelux and Italy.
The award includes a prize of $50,000 for director Moodysson and producer Lars Jønsson.
Tiff’s $10,000 Audience Award went to Lee Ju-hyoung’s Korean film Red Family, written and produced »
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Tokyo — Lukas Moodysson’s “We Are the Best!,” a dramedy about three 13-year-old girls who start a punk band in 1982 Stockholm, was awarded the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday.
The Swedish director told the closing night crowd at the Toho Cinema Roppongi Hills theater that he had no expectations his picture would prevail. “It’s not the kind of film that wins prizes,” he explained. “I had planned to spend the night shopping for toys and having dinner” with wife Coco, on whose memoir the pic was based, and their young daughter.
The second-place special jury prize was given to Iranian helmer Behnam Bezadi’s coming-of-age drama “Bending the Rules,” while best director honors went to Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson for his equine drama “Of Horses and Men.”
Winner of the best acting prize was Chinese actor Wang Jingchun for his turn »
- Mark Schilling
2013 Tokyo International Film Festival — awards winners
Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix:
“We Are the Best!” dir: Lukas Moodysson
Special Jury Prize:
Award for Best Director:
Award for Best Actress:
Eugene Domingo in ”Barber’s Tales” (pictured)
Award for Best Actor:
Wang Jingchun in “To Live and Die in Ordos”
Award for Best Artistic Contribution:
“The Empty Hours” dir: Aarón Fernández
“Red Family” dir: Lee Ju-hyoung
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Best Asian Future Film Award:
“Today and Tomorrow” dir: Yang Huilong
Asian Future, Special Mention:
“The Tale of Iya” dir: Tetsuichiro Tsuya
Japanese Cinema Splash
Best Picture Award:
- Variety Staff
A drama about a young theater group in crisis that might have been a play itself, if it weren’t for writer-director Behnam Behzadi and d.p. Amin Jafari’s constantly in-motion camera, “Bending the Rules” is carried along by a certain high-intensity bravado until it bogs down with too much argumentative talk in the last lap. Like many current Iranian films, it’s essentially about the generation gap, although the insularity of the theatrical milieu makes it feel less universal than some similar recent efforts. Results likely won’t translate into strong sales prospects overseas, but the film’s initially bracing quality and Behzadi’s significant promise as a rising Iranian helmer should propel it far along the fest circuit.
A long opening shot (the film’s only stationary one) has a young woman discussing suicidal thoughts and actions with strangers. But it turns out this is just a »
- Dennis Harvey
The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has announced its line-up with six world premieres in the Competition section including Hospitalité director Koji Fukada’s Au revoir l’été, Jun Robles Lana’s previous Haf project Barber’s Tales and the Kim Ki-duk-produced Red Family.
Those that are not world premieres are all Asian premieres including Aaron Fernandez’s San Sebastian entry The Empty Hours.
Chen Kaige, the Chinese director behind Farewell My Concubine, will head the competition jury. He will be joined by Korean actress Moon So-ri (Oasis), Australian producer Chris Brown (Daybreakers), Us director-writer-producer Chris Weitz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon), and Japanese actress Shinobu Terajima (Caterpillar).
Tiff is set to run Oct 17-25 with new festival head Yasushi Shiina putting an emphasis on showcasing homegrown productions and discovering Asian talent.
The newly launched »
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.
The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.
Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.
"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be. »
- Laura Larson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.
That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.
AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.
- Anthony Breznican
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”
The 2013 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.
“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”
Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.
Among the other »
- Jon Weisman
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013. “These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.” The 2013 invitees are: Actors Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno” Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface” Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City” Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved” Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises” Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid” Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town” Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator” Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl” Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil, »
- Josh Abraham
By Carson Blackwelder
Everyone has his or her favorite actor on TV, but what about the more obscure entertainers out there?
Amid the slew of popular TV performers that dominate the headlines lies an undercurrent of cult favorites, made iconic by uber-fans and bloggers — we’re talking the people that inspire beautiful, beautiful fan fiction and subreddits.
These actors may not earn millions or attend award shows, but they garner a small fan base that makes up for its size in devotion. No matter where this entertainer goes, for better or for worse, fans are sure to follow.
Here are the top 10 cult actors and actresses of all time:
10. Donal Logue
Logue, who made an appearance on a 1993 episode of Fox’s The X-Files »
- Carson Blackwelder
13 items from 2013
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