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For Jon Stewart, last night’s screening of his directorial debut, Rosewater, was a glorious homecoming of sorts. After all, he filmed Death to Smoochy in Toronto. But last night’s standing-room-only showing at the Toronto Film Festival was a true celebration, and before the screening, Stewart joked that Canada’s earnest warm reception felt like sarcasm to a cynical New Yorker like himself. Afterwards, the audience responded with a standing ovation, as much for the real Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned and accused of being a spy by Iranian authorities, as the cast and their first-time director. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Telluride — The 41st Annual Telluride Film Festival is over, and as noted by HitFix's own Kris Tapley, it has provided an important awards season kickoff for films such as "Birdman," "The Imitation Game," "Wild," "Rosewater" and "Foxcatcher." Even with the recent star power of George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Telluride has been able to hang on to its singular charms as a non-red carpet, low-key, cinephile event (even if there were two new Canadian journalists on hand to check everything out and report back to the motherland). (Kidding.) (Maybe.) Yes, much to the chagrin of the Telluride organizers, the Tiff vs. Telluride (vs. Venice) story just won't go away. Even festival regulars who have attended for decades gossiped about how they couldn't believe how much press the story had gotten. Happily, it wasn't the only takeaway from another beautiful festival in the Colorado mountains. 'The Imitation Game' is »
- Gregory Ellwood
Telluride — Mr. Stewart, if you read this article I believe the first few paragraphs may make you chuckle. Now, it's not because I'm a master wordsmith or unheralded comedic voice waiting to be discovered. No, after saying goodbye after our memorable interview on the patio of a Telluride restaurant Sunday afternoon, I turned and walked toward the street with my iPhone in hand. I'd stopped the recording of our chat and two choices appeared before me: delete or save. And, perhaps like a crazy person, I hit delete. Then I realized I hit delete. At that point, it was a mad dash back to my accommodations to jot down as much as I remembered from our conversation. Granted, this is something that has happened to the best reporters and journalists out there. Many times readers will read stories online or in print without realizing the content came from immediate memory. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Bahari is played in the biopic by Gael García Bernal (No, The Science of Sleep), with the movie dramatising the journalist's imprisonment for raising questions about Iran's 2009 presidential election.
The film also includes a score from Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore.
Stewart's Rosewater opens on November 7 in the Us. »
A stoner and a slacker, Kevin “Pac” Pacalioglu has trouble paying rent, yet has the awesome ability to communicate with ghosts. Tyler Labine stars in Deadbeat, a Hulu original series. With Lionsgate releasing Season 1 of the show on DVD (plus Digital) exclusively at Target this week, I had a chance to chat with Tyler about Deadbeat, the status of the Tucker & Dale vs. Evil sequel, and more.
Kevin “Pac” Pacalioglu has the impressive ability to see and talk with ghosts, and he’s also a stoner and a bit of a slacker. What attracted you to playing this unique take on a medium?
Tyler Labine: The role came to me as an offer through Dakota Pictures, who produced it. They sent me the first four scripts to give me an idea of what the show was going to be like. I think they had eight written. After reading the first four, »
- Derek Anderson
The supernatural thriller starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea has been tapped for an early 2015 theatrical release. No date has been set, but Vertical Entertainment, which acquired the U.S. rights to Out Of The Dark from Participant Media, is looking at February as a possible theatrical release month. Traditionally, supernatural thrillers and horror films do well at the beginning of the year. The deal was announced today.
Out Of The Dark, directed by first-timer Lluis Quilez, is a ghost story about a new family in South America who must confront ancient legends, ghosts and a “haunting family secret.” The picture will be presented by Vertical in association not only with Participant but also Image Nation, having been produced by Apaches Entertainment, Cactus Flower, and Fast Producciones, in association with Dynamo and Xyz Films.
- The Deadline Team
The story centers on a young boy, who gets bullied every day at school and has to deal with his mother's terminal illness at home. He escapes into his own fantasy world, where he is guided by a tree monster who tells him various stories. Sigourney Weaver is playing the boy's grandmother, while Felicity Jones is playing his mother and Liam Neeson is portraying the tree monster.
Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Patrick Ness, based off his own award-winning children's fantasy novel. River Road's Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits are executive producing alongside Participant's Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger. No production schedule was given at this time.
Sigourney Weaver, who reportedly just turned »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
Why We're In: As Adam and Eve, Hiddles is the mopey yin to Swinton's yang. The costumes and production design are to die (or live forever) for. John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, and Jeffrey Wright shine in smaller roles. In a word, it's gorgeous.
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- moviefone (@moviefone) August 17, 2014
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Y Tu Mama También (Criterion)"
What's It About? Alfonso Cuarón's road trip romance features star-making performances by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, who play two young dudes who both become infatuated with an older woman. Beautiful, sexy, and sad.
Why We're In: Now when »
- Jenni Miller
The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-24) launched its 20th edition on Friday night and staged a hat-trick of events to mark the occasion.
After the traditional welcome drinks reception on the Festival Square, festival director Mirsad Purivatra took to the stage of the city’s Open Air Cinema in front of an audience of thousands to award Gael Garcia Bernal with the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo.
“Since your appearance in Amores Perros, you have played different characters in many films that have made up part of our programme,” said Purivatra.
“We admire you as an actor, a film director and a person who is trying to change the world. It is an honour to welcome you to Sarajevo and to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
One of these days, Universal will finally get around to their latest incarnation of Scarface. That officially planned remake of the 1932 Howard Hawks gangster flick, which was previously redone in 1983 by Brian De Palma, is currently set up with Chilean director Pablo Larrain (No; Tony Manero), screenwriter Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) and a supposed plot involving a Mexican drug cartel and one man who rises in its ranks. In the meantime, another effort to reimagine the story is already moving forward and should be finished as early as this December. The wonderfully odd folks at The Borscht Corporation, who run Miami’s semi-annual Borscht Film Festival (see our write up on the 2012 event), are working on a project centered specifically on De Palma’s version of Scarface. The plan is to compile a scene-for-scene redo consisting of a collage of various styles. They’ve broken the movie up into 636 pieces, each »
- Christopher Campbell
The spirit of Sergio Leone hovers above Argentine director Pablo Fendrik’s “Ardor,” a spooky south-of-the-equator oater — or “machete Western,” if you will — that trades open desert horizons for dense jungle backdrops. With nary a horse in sight, this primordially infused revenge tale unfolds in the present, demonstrating how certain corners of South America are as lawless today as the Old West once was. Fendrik’s unusual genre exercise builds in arduous slow motion toward a thrilling grindhouse climax, but lacks the hair-raising tension a more unsettling sound mix could create — though a slash-and-burn re-edit following its out-of-competition Cannes bow could salvage its commercial chances.
As is, “Ardor’s” evocative settings — coupled with photogenic co-stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga — lend high-impact visuals to a pic that often drags when it should be making the hairs on the back of our necks bristle. In iconic Western terms, Mexican actor »
- Peter Debruge
Put-upon peasants? Favela hoods? Drug cartel violence? No way: “Aftershock” unspools in a chic rave club that could be mistaken for L.A., Roth said at a Sitges Fest presentation.
So too, increasingly, could Chile’s cinema.
As Hollywood fixates ever more on talent from developing countries, few far-flung places have enjoyed more of it, judged by festival kudos. Since 2012, Chile won at Sundance (“Violeta Went to Heaven, “Young & Wild,” “Crystal Fairy,” “To Kill a Man”), Berlin (“Gloria”), Cannes (“No”), San Sebastian (“Dog Flesh”) and March’s Platinos (“Gloria”).
Since breaking out at 2005’s Valdivia Festival, no other Latin American national cinema has matured as fast.
In 2003, seven Chilean films garnered multiscreen exhibition in Chile, while in 2013 that number increased to 30, per Constanza Arena, »
- John Hopewell
Comics Alliance a brief very selective snapshot of Spider-Man convoluted history
Mnpp says good morning to Rami Malek (The Master, Short Term 12). What do you make of him? I haven't yet formed an opinion. No discernible projected persona yet though that could well be an advantage at this early stage of his career.
/Film Joe Quesada talks about planning for binge-watching in series construction with Marvel's Daredevil series (due in 2015)
Playbill because all big 80s and 90s movie hits will eventually become stage musicals (only 107 left to go), 2015 will bring us Bull Durham. If it's any good expect whoever plays Annie Savoy to win the Tony like Susan Sarandon shoulda »
- NATHANIEL R
Pablo Fendrik’s “El Ardor,” an Amazon-set Western action adventure and Participant Media’s first investment under its Participant PanAmerica initiative, will play as a Special Screening at this year’s Cannes Festival.
The third feature from Fendrik, whose “Blood Appears” played Cannes’ Critics’ Week, “El Ardor” stars Gael Garcia Bernal as an Amazon rainforest settler, Kai, who befriends a tobacco farmer and his beautiful daughter (Alice Braga). When a band of brutal mercenaries slaughter the father and kidnap the daughter, Kai sets out to rescue her.
In both Fendrik’s move into more mainstream filmmaking and the film’s financing structure, which takes in regional co-production plus funding from the U.S. and Europe, “El Ardor” reps a step up in scale and ambition for Latin America. Variety talked with Fendrik in the run-up to Cannes.
Variety: “El Ardor” is a Western, and classic Hollywood Westerns often had a theme of civilizing the wild. »
- John Hopewell
Paris – Pablo Fendrik’s “El Ardor,” a pioneering Amazon-set Western action adventure, is one of the six films that have been added to Cannes Film Festival’s official selection.
“El Ardor,” the third feature from Fendrik (“Blood Appears”), will play in Special Screenings along with Laurent Bécue-Renard’s documentary “Of Men and War,” Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s (“Realtors”) “The Owners” and Tony Gatlif’s “Geronimo.”
French helmer Andre Techine’s 1976-set “In The Name of My Daughter” with Guillaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve and Adèle Haenel will unspool out of the competition, while Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s “Fehér Isten” (“White God”) will unspool in Un Certain Regard.
Described by Mundruczó as a sentimental adventure film, “White God” turns on a 12-year-old girl who runs away from home to search for her dog. The Match Factory handles international sales on the the Hungarian-German-Swedish coproduction, which marks Mundruczó’s sixth film. »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
With Jane Campion -- the only female director ever to win the Palme d'Or -- serving as jury president at this year's Cannes Film Festival, some were anticipating a greater female presence in the Competition. With two women showing up in the eventual lineup, the festival wasn't too generous on that score, but they've made up for it with female-dominated jury -- with Oscar-winning director Sofia Coppola one of four women joining Campion on the nine-person panel. We run through the full group after the jump. Carole Bouquet: A major name in her native France, Bouquet made an auspicious feature debut in Luis Bunuel's "That Obscure Object of Desire," and flirted with international stardom by playing a Bond girl in 1981's "For Your Eyes Only." Since then, she's remained chiefly in France, winning a Cesar for 1989 Cannes Grand Prix winner "Too Beautiful for You." She'll next be seen »
- Guy Lodge
Jane Campion was already announced as the President of this year's Cannes Film Festival jury and this morning the fest announced those that would be joining her to decide which films would take home the awards, most notably the Palme d'Or. Joining Campion will be Sofia Coppola (The Bling Ring), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives), Gael Garcia Bernal (No), Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only), Leila Hatami (A Separation), Do-Yeon Jeon (The Housemaid) and Jia Zhangke (Still Life). Films competing in competition are listed below and the full list of films at the fest can be found here. The 2014 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14-25. Captives Canada (dir. Atom Egoyan) Foxcatcher U.S.A. (dir. Bennett Miller) Goodbye To Language France (dir. Jean-Luc Godard) The Homesman U.S.A./France (dir. Tommy Lee Jones) Jimmy's Hall U.K (dir. Ken Loach) Leviathan Russia (dir. »
- Brad Brevet
As already announced, Jane Campion will serve as Jury president. The Jury – as the Cannes Festival notes at a time when fest supremo Thierry Fremaux is still coming under fire for the number of women directors selected for Cannes – will have five women and four men.
It also has broad geographical range. “Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach, and in tune with this tradition, Campion will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema, from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, the United States, France and Mexico,” the Festival said in a statement. »
- John Hopewell
We first reported on this adaptation of Patrick Ness' novel back in March, when River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features teamed up to produce and finance the project. Felicity Jones is playing "Mum" in this story, which centers on a young boy who escapes into his own fantasy world, to get away from his dying mother and the classmates who bully him daily. This new world is filled with monsters and fairy tales that deal with loss, courage and faith. Patrick Ness wrote the book based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd. Ness and his illustrator Jim Kay won the Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal in 2012, which are presented to the U.K.'s best children's books each year. »
Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” two well-received American dramas that world premiered at the recent Sundance Film Festival, are among the 19 features set to screen in the 46th annual Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at Cannes.
Selected by delegate general Edouard Waintrop in his third year at the helm, the Fortnight, a long-running parallel program to the official selection, will also fly the U.S. flag with the world premiere of Frederick Wiseman’s documentary “National Gallery,” a portrait of the London museum’s day-to-day operations, and a special screening of Tobe Hooper’s original “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” in a newly restored version.
As the winner of both the grand jury prize and the audience award in Sundance’s U.S. dramatic competition (where it was snapped up by Sony Classics), “Whiplash” had been widely expected to receive the Un Certain Regard berth typically reserved »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
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