10 items from 2016
The horror film unfolds in the world of fashion, with Refn exchanging the worlds of criminals and drug pushers for that of haute couture. It also is his first film grounded by a female protagonist (Elle Fanning), something that allowed Refn to get in touch with his inner teenage girl. In advance of “The Neon Demon’s” Cannes premiere this week, the Danish director shared his thoughts on sex, reviews and Amazon.
“The Neon Demon” is shrouded in secrecy. What can audiences expect from the film?
I’m like Christmas. I can’t give you everything because then you’d have nothing to look forward to.
Why were you interested in the project?
I’ve always wanted to make a teenage horror »
- Brent Lang
Following the announcement last week that Ana de Armas (Knock Knock) was added to the cast of the Blade Runner sequel, it’s now been revealed that Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks (The Girl and Death, Overspel, The Best Offer) has joined the film’s ranks in a leading role:
Press Release: Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks has been tapped for a leading role alongside Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) is directing. Principal photography is scheduled to begin July 2016. The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all media for all overseas territories.
Netherlands-born film, stage and television actress Hoeks has starred in numerous »
- Derek Anderson
Shooting kicks off this July with Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Dave Bautista and Ana De Armas also starring. Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) will be directing the film from a script written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Ridley Scott, the original movie’s director, is producing.
Hoeks is best known for her work on The Best Offer and Tirza. The actress’ role has;t been released, but it is said to be one of the leads in the highly anticipated movie, which will release in October 2017.
More as we get it.
- Paul Heath
Alcon Entertainment have announced that Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks ("The Best Offer," "Tirza") has been set for a leading role alongside Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista in the upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel at Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Blade Runner sequel is set several decades after the Ridley Scott-directed 1982 original, with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Rick Deckard. Denis Villeneuve ("Sicario," "Prisoners") is directing the film from a script written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green.
Source: Alcon Entertainment »
- Garth Franklin
The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America on Oct. 6, 2017, and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all media for all overseas territories.
Hoeks starred in “Tirza,” directed by Rudolf van den Berg, which was the official Dutch entry for best foreign language film at the Oscars in 2010. Her credits include “Het Meisje en de Dood,” “Duska,” “The Best Offer” and “The Storm.”
- Dave McNary
Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks has joined the cast of Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner sequel. Denis Villeneuve is directing the untitled follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 pic. Harrison Ford is reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Along with Hoeks, whose role was not disclosed, he’ll be joined by Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista. Hoeks starred in 2013’s The Best Offer, alongside Geoffrey Rush and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso)… »
While one might think a new movie from the director behind "Cinema Paradiso" and "Malèna" might garner more attention, or at least some kind of film-festival appearance, "The Correspondence," the latest from Giuseppe Tornatore, has already quietly been released in a handful of overseas territories. It's continuing to roll out, and a new international trailer for it has landed. Read More: Review: Giuseppe Tornatore's Campy & Overcooked 'The Best Offer' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko star in the movie, which boasts a pretty high-wire premise. The story follows a university student/stuntwoman who is reeling from the death of her stunt double, and finds solace in the arms of her astrophysics lecturer. Well, it's definitely original, and not only that, the movie has a score from Ennio Morricone. There's no U.S. distributor yet for "The Correspondence," so no word on when it will land. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Despite dropping an expected 45% from last weekend, Deadpool's $31 million weekend held strong against weak new competition and maintained the number one spot for a third weekend on a row. Gods of Egypt boasted names like Geoffrey Rush and Gerard Butler, but without pirate hats and too-good-to-be-true abs, no one seemed interested in seeing either of them in an action/adventure flick. With just $14 million for its debut domestic and an additional $38 million internationally against a hefty $140 million production budget, Gods of Egypt has secured its place as 2016's first major box office bomb. Positive buzz was building up for Eddie the Eagle, but the feel good sports film failed to pass the qualifiers. It settled for a painful $6 million fifth place opening, the lowest start for a wide release movie lead by Hugh Jackman since Deception in 2008. You don't remember that one? Yeah, neither does anyone else. The final new »
Giuseppe Tornatore’s new film “Correspondence,” in which lovers Olga Kurylenko and Jeremy Irons communicate largely via Skype and text messages, marks the Oscar-winning director’s third English-language film after “The Legend of 1900” and, more recently, art world thriller “The Best Offer,” which did stellar biz at the Italian box office in 2013 and sold widely around the world. This atmospheric digital-age romancer, which goes on release in Italy today (Jan. 14), also marks Tornatore’s enth collaboration with composer Ennio Morricone, whose first score for him was “Cinema Paradiso.” Tornatore spoke with Variety about the challenges of making movies in English, the pleasures of working with Morricone, and his plans for a high-profile docu about the 87-year-old maestro who scooped a Golden Globe for scoring Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and is nominated for an Oscar.
What prompted you to want to make a movie about love and transcendence in the digital age? »
- Nick Vivarelli
An intense affair between a married astrophysicist and a grad student is thrown off course after the professor’s sudden disappearance in Giuseppe Tornatore’s stilted English-lingo mystery, “Correspondence.” Even if Tornatore were deliberately aiming for the artificiality that clings to nearly every frame, the pic would still feel needlessly airless, hampered by an Italian-to-English script translation that may be precise but lacks naturalism. The romance exists largely via video messages and voiceovers, which tends to impede the chemistry between Jeremy Irons’ and Olga Kurylenko’s characters, whose psychological profiles remain fixed on predictable single issues. At home, the Italian dubbed version might generate modest change, but international sales are another matter.
Amy Ryan (Kurylenko) juggles grad studies in Higgs boson theory with an unlikely sideline as a stuntwoman for action pics. She’s in a heady six-year affair with the considerably older Ed Phoerum (Irons), a warm yet bookish »
- Jay Weissberg
10 items from 2016
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