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Iff Panama: Jayro Bustamante: ‘Cinema is Our Way of Lighting Up Our Country’

13 April 2015 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alfonso Ruizpalacios’ “Gueros” was the most-laurelled Latin American debut of 2014. This year, Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixcanul,” a Guatemala-France co-pro, is shaping up to inherit that crown, having already won Berlinale’s Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize, then topped Guadalajara and Cartagena, Mexico and Colombia’s biggest fests, respectively. Described by Variety’s Scott Foundas as “a transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature” and “downright Herzogian (far more Herzogian than Herzog’s own ‘Queen of the Desert’),” “Ixcanul” is produced by Guatemala’s La Casa de Produccion and Edgard Tenembaum’s Paris-based Tu Vas Voir, whose credits also include Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries.” The story of a young Mayan woman, living in a community of Kaqchikel-speaking coffee farmers, whose unwanted pregnancy brings her into final — and shocking — contact with the modern world she dreamt so much about, “Ixcanul” delivers a sucker punch about what Bustamante has called one driving theme of »

- John Hopewell

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Now Casting ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

2 April 2015 7:43 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Talent is currently being sought the Norwegian Cruise Line musical “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” tells the story of three drag performers who set off from Sydney across the Australian desert in a battered old bus, christened Priscilla. The show contains over 20 classic disco hits such as “I Will Survive” and “I Love The Nightlife.” This paid gig is casting 12 roles, and auditions will be held April 12 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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Nicole Kidman, Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway Are 2015 Women in Film Winners

31 March 2015 9:41 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This year’s gala will support Women in Film La's educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women in the industry and is being held on Tuesday, June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City. This year’s Crystal + Lucy Award honorees are: 2015 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film – Nicole Kidman 2015 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television – Jill Soloway 2015 Dorothy Arzner Directors Award – Ava DuVERNAY 2015 Face of the Future – Kate Mara 2015 Tiffany & Co. / Bruce Paltrow Mentorship Award – Sue Kroll 2015 Sue Mengers Award – Toni Howard "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway had great 2014-2015 awards seasons with their groundbreaking works in film and television. Nicole Kidman faces a good year ahead with Sundance drama "Strangerland," picked up by Alchemy, and Werner Herzog's Berlin premiere "Queen of the Desert," which is still seeking Us »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Exclusive: First Images From Adaptation of James Franco’s ‘Actors Anonymous’

23 March 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following the premiere of three films earlier this year, I Am MichaelEvery Thing Will Be Fine, and Queen of the Desert, James Franco has now embarked on his latest production and we’ve got the exclusive first images and details. Based on Franco’s own novel, Actors Anonymous is a unique filmmaking experiences in that it is being helmed by over […] »

- Jordan Raup

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‘Ixcanul’ Tops Cartagena, Continues Fest Triumphs

18 March 2015 5:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jayro Bustamante’s debut “Ixcanul,” the flagship of a burgeoning Guatemalan cinema, continued its triumphant festival march, winning Official Fiction Competition best picture at Colombia’s 55th Cartagena Festival, which wrapped Tuesday night.

A Berlin Festival Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize winner, “Ixcanul” took top honors – best Ibero-American picture and director – just last Saturday at Mexico’s Guadalajara Fest. Described by Variety’s Scott Foundas as “a transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature” and “downright Herzogian (far more Herzogian than Herzog’s own ‘Queen of the Desert’),” “Ixcanul” has now achieved the near unthinkable for a Guatemalan movie just a few years back: a French co-producer, Edgard Tenembaum’s Paris-based Tu Vas Voir, whose credits also include Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries”; a sales agent, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory, now one of the biggest dealers in not only Spanish but Latin American films; top fest plaudits and major territory sales to distinguished distributors, »

- John Hopewell

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James Franco in Talks for Comedy ‘Why Him?’ (Exclusive)

27 February 2015 4:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco is in early negotiations to star in Fox’s comedy “Why Him?”

A pair of Fox-based production companies — Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour — are producing.

John Hamburg is attached to direct from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer.

The story centers on a Midwestern father who takes his family to visit his daughter — who is attending Stanford — at Christmas and subsequently gets into a competition with his daughter’s boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire.

Franco most recently starred in Sony’s satire “The Interview” with Seth Rogen. He’s completed work on “Queen of the Desert,” which premiered at Berlin, “True Story” and “The Adderall Diaries,” and will star in Hulu’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “11/22/63.”

Hamburg directed and wrote “I Love You, Man” and “Along Came Polly.” Stoller directed “Neighbors.”

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- Dave McNary

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Surfing on Incidents: A Conversation with Peter Zeitlinger

17 February 2015 2:02 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

“When I was a kid, I used to draw directly on the film frames and do animations, so I could use the expensive film much less, and be busy longer with it. The first thing I learned about filmmaking is that when you shoot in real time, all the film is gone so quickly, and you have to buy more...,” cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger told me during an informal chat we had in the lobby of his hotel, a couple of days before his “Measuring the Space” masterclass in the Berlinale Talents program during the Berlin International Film Festival.

Many years have passed since Zeitlinger's first, no-budget experiments with the medium of cinema: now he is one of the most sought-after cinematographers in the film business, and Werner Herzog's right-hand man since his TV documentary Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices (1995).

Using the Berlinale Competition entry Queen of the Desert (2015) as a case study, »

- Michael Guarneri

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45 Years tops Berlin Jury Grid

16 February 2015 4:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Critics rank Andrew Haigh’s double Silver Bear winner the best film in competition at the Berlinale.Click here to download the Jury GridClick here to view the Jury Grid on Screen

Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years has topped the Screen Jury Grid at this year’s Berlin Film Festival (Feb 5-15), scoring 3.4 out of a possible 4.

The film, which explores the strain placed on an old married couple, saw co-stars Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling pick up Silver Bear’s for best actor and best actress at the Berlinale awards ceremony on Saturday.

On the Jury Grid, 45 Years secured a rare ‘four star’ score from Screen’s hard to please critic Dan Fainaru.

It also saw off competition from the 18 other contenders scored by international critics for Screen.

Taxi, by dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi, picked up the Golden Bear on Saturday and was ranked joint third on the grid with a score of 3.1, alongside Jayro Bustamante’s [link »

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Berlinale 2015. Correspondences #7

12 February 2015 2:46 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Dear Adam,

What does it say that we've both put off discussing the new Werner Herzog film?  I must admit my profound disappointment at Herzog's first fictional feature film since his two-shot salvo of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and My Son, My Son, What Have You Done? in 2009 and certainly his most expansive drama for decades. With a cast of James Franco, Robert Pattison, and Damian Lewis led by Nicole Kidman, Queen of the Desert adapts the true saga of Gertrude Bell, an utterly unique woman who at the turn of the last century plunged into the deserts of the Middle East by herself and become better acquainted and more influential among its myriad tribes and factions than anyone else before and probably since.

Yet for a director so adept at discovering, eliciting and pursuing a kind of inspired mania and adventurousness in his fellow man, »

- Daniel Kasman

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Best and Worst of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival – So Far

10 February 2015 6:04 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Foundas: Hi Peter. Well, we’ve officially reached the midpoint of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, although the most hotly anticipated event in this cold, cold town is still another day away. I’m talking, of course, about the world premiere of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which isn’t the kind of movie one typically thinks of as festival fare, but which events like Berlin and Cannes need as a kind of palate cleanser from the steady parade of world-class arthouse cinema from countries like Iran, China and Chile. Those movies may get you lots of ink in Variety, but it’s only a “Fifty Shades” that can get your red carpet splattered all over the picture pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Actually, the early days of Berlin haven’t exactly wanted for stars this year, with the likes of Christian Bale, Juliette Binoche, James Franco (surprise!), Nicole Kidman »

- Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge

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Werner Herzog Is Directing a Volcano Disaster Movie Called 'Salt and Fire' (Video)

10 February 2015 8:35 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Werner Herzog is jumping right back in the narrative-feature saddle for his next film, a romantic thriller called "Salt and Fire" set amid a global catastrophe. Screen Daily has the scoop: Veronica Ferres ("Hector and the Search for Happiness") plays a scientist up against the head of a major corporation responsible for an ecological disaster in South America. When warnings of a remote supervolcano bode global doom, they must team up to save the world—in spite of their ideological differences. Herzog penned the script and will produce alongside "Queen of the Desert" cohort Michael Benaroya, and Nina Maag of Construction Film and Pablo Cruz of Canana Films. The producers plan to shoot "Salt and Fire," currently heating up sales interest for International Film Trust, beginning April 2015 on the Bolivian salt flats, as Herzogian as any a vast landscape. Herzog visited a volcano in 1977 for his early documentary "La Soufrière, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Werner Herzog Is Now Working On Two Movies About Volcanoes

10 February 2015 6:21 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Being Werner Herzog's travel agent must be one of the most interesting jobs around. His documentaries and features have taken him around the world from the urban jungle of New Orleans to the very real jungle of Guyana, from deserts to the swampy interiors of South America to caves in France and the icy expanse of Antarctica. By this point, Herzog's Air Miles plan can probably buy him a few trips around the world. And it looks like his next adventure will take him to the edges of volcanoes. Upon the premiere of his latest feature "Queen Of The Desert" (review here) at the Berlin International Film Festival, word has emerged about Herzog's next couple of projects. In April, Herzog will head to the Bolivian salt flats to shoot the film "Salt And Fire." Screen Daily reports that Veronica Ferres ("Klimt," "Hector And The Search For Happiness") will star »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Robert Pattinson and Carice van Houten join Brimstone

9 February 2015 12:29 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Robert Pattinson and Carice van Houten have been cast in Brimstone.

The Twilight and Game of Thrones stars will join Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce in Martin Koolhoven's thriller, reports Screen Daily.

Set in the 19th century, the film will centre around a woman (Wasikowska) who is on the run from her past and a sinister preacher.

Pattinson will play an outlaw in the movie.

Van Houten will next be seen reprising her role as Melisandre in the fifth season of Game of Thrones.

Pattinson's upcoming films include Anton Corbijn's Life, Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert and The Lost City of Z.

Brimstone will begin shooting in May. »

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Robert Pattinson Fired Up For Brimstone

9 February 2015 7:09 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Clearly untroubled by the tribulations he suffered at the hands of Guy Pearce the last time two shared the screen in The Rover, Robert Pattinson is now attached to co-star in the actor’s latest film, Brimstone.Carice van Houten is also aboard the Western thriller, which boasts Mia Wasikowska in the lead as Liz, a young woman on the run from a difficult past who must flee a diabolical preacher (Pearce).Martin Koolhoven wrote the script and is directing the film in May this year, with Pattinson set as an outlaw, while van Houten’s role has yet to be announced. "Wasikowska is a powerhouse performer,” says producer Tim Haslam. “Guy Peace plays a hunter who unleashes hell. Martin directs a highly emotional, gripping and unique story of a mesmerising woman who battles the vengeance of a zealot.” Pattinson is at the Berlin Film Festival promoting his two most recent films, »

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Berlin 2015: 'Queen of the Desert' review

8 February 2015 11:15 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ Revered Bavarian director Werner Herzog strains to marry his eccentric directorial style with the period epic in this rather stolid and strangely formal romance starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman as British explorer-cum-spy Gertrude Bell. Queen of the Desert (2015), which premièred in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, sounds the perfect project for Herzog: Bell was a famous eccentric who travelled to uncharted places and met curious characters. She was most famous as a woman's answer to Lawrence of Arabia (a man we'll encounter later) and was credited with drawing the map for much of the Middle East and settling the dynasties of modern-day Jordan and Iraq.

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- CineVue UK

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Berlin: Download THR's Day 5 Daily

8 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Werner Herzog on Queen of the Desert The director spoke to THR about the personal nature of his latest film (a proposal scene was inspired by his own) and how Nicole Kidman was the one who wanted to add the nude scene. "It is a very beautiful, poetic scene," he said. THR's Actor Roundtable Jena Malone, Maisie  Williams, Bel Powley, Aidan Gillen and German actor Frederick Lau sat down with THR to talk about their Berlin films, and the high and lows of acting. Latest Deals On the night of its world premiere, Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups sold

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Robert Pattinson joins Brimstone

8 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Queen of the Desert star joins Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce.

Robert Pattinson and Carice Van Houten (Black Book, Game of Thrones) have joined Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce in writer-director Martin Koolhoven’s (Winter in Wartime) thriller Brimstone, which Embankment has launched at Berlin’s Efm (Feb 5-13).

Set to shoot in May 2015, the film will follow a heroine on the run from her past and a diabolical preacher. Robert Pattinson will play an outlaw.

Els Vandevorst (Winter in Wartime, Dogville) of N279 Entertainment is producing, in co-production with Studio Babelsberg, The Film Farm and Prime Time.

Nik Powell and Backup Media’s Jean-Baptiste Babin and Joel Thibout are executive producers while CAA rep Us rights.

Pattinson is currently in Berlin for Anton Corbijn’s Berlinale Gala Life, which screens tonight, and Werner Herzog’s competition entry Queen of the Desert, in which he plays T.E. Lawrence.

“Wasikowska is a powerhouse performer,” said Embankment »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Werner Herzog Endures Salt And Fire

8 February 2015 4:01 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Taking a break from his signature documentaries for a while, Werner Herzog has just wrapped his Gertrude Bell biopic Queen Of The Desert, and will continue in narrative feature mode for his next project. He'll direct Salt And Fire, a volcanic thriller starring German actress Veronica Ferres (Klimt, Hector And The Search For Happiness).The story, according to available sources, will involve drama and romance in South America, where scientist Ferres butts heads with the head of a corporation responsible for an ecological disaster. When a local supervolcano starts to display ominous signs, however, she has to team up with her antagonist to stave off a natural disaster.Herzog wrote the screenplay and will also produce, alongside his Queen Of The Desert cohort Michael Benaroya.“I couldn’t be more pleased to be endeavouring on another journey with Werner Herzog,” Benaroya says. “He is a truly special filmmaker and person. »

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Babelsberg Shows Off Hollywood Bond at Berlin’s ‘Queen of the Desert’ Party

8 February 2015 12:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

German powerhouse Studio Babelsberg celebrated Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Damain Lewis, at a party Feb. 6 Soho House In Berlin. Film is playing in competition at the Berlin festival.

The bash drew “Queen of the Desert’s” stars, including a cheerful and courtly Damian Lewis, who attended with his wife,  actress Helen McCrory, and James Franco, who came with MoMA curator Klaus Biesenbach and kept a low profile at the bar. The eclectic guest list also included Courtney Love, who popped up and posed for pictures with Biesenbach and Franco.

Babelsberg’s CEO Charlie Woebcken said the studio was happy to throw a party in Berlin for Herzog’s film because the helmer is a good friend and they are in early talks on his next project.

“We were in discussions to shoot the English parts of ‘Queen of the Desert’ in Babelsberg, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Werner Herzog to direct supervolcano thriller

7 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Golden Bear contender Werner Herzog is eying an April start on Salt And Fire, his Queen Of The Desert follow-up that is generating heat for sales agent International Film Trust.

German actress Veronica Ferres (Klimt) will star in the romantic thriller about a scientist in South America who clashes with the head of the corporation responsible for an ecological disaster.

When she learns of the potential eruption of a supervolcano in the region, the scientist teams up with her nemesis to avert a global catastrophe.

Herzog wrote the script and will produce with his Queen Of The Desert collaborator and Margin Call producer Michael Benaroya alongside Nina Maag of Construction Film and Canana FilmsPablo Cruz. CAA represents Us rights.

The producers plan to shoot Salt And Fire on the Bolivian salt flats.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to be endeavouring on another journey with Werner Herzog,” said Benaroya, a backer »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay) andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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