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This weekend’s onslaught of smaller new films will have awards contenders and big names to jostle with at the box office. Awards hopefuls Foxcatcher and The Homesman begin their theatrical runs in limited New York and L.A. rollouts, with the former a likely winner in the first weekend when the numbers come in Sunday. The films from Sony Pictures Classics and Roadside Attractions, respectively, tell particularly American stories, though from very different eras. The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart took time off in 2013 to work on his directorial debut. Open Road’s Rosewater, starring Gael García Bernal, will begin its theatrical rollout this weekend. It will be the biggest opener of this weekend’s cadre of specialty newcomers, playing in several hundred locations in the U.S. and Canada. Actor Chris Lowell also makes his filmmaking launch with Beside Still Waters. The project had smooth sailing until it came time for distribution, »
- Brian Brooks
Jon Stewart is a lot of things -- smart, funny, a s**t-disturber -- and now we can add another thing to the list: feature-film director.
His directorial debut, "Rosewater," is, of course, heavy material. Based on the memoir "Then They Came for Me" by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy, it follows the real-life story of Bahari, who was arrested in Iran after appearing on Stewart's "The Daily Show" in a satirical interview. After Iranian authorities viewed the brief interview, they interpreted it as Bahari being in communication with an American spy.
Bahari was detained for 118 days in Iranian prison, and endured long hours of torture and deprivation. Played by Gael Garcia Bernal in "Rosewater," main character Bahari provides a harrowing and eyeopening look at the oppressive regimes in power in the Middle East.
Moviefone Canada spoke with Stewart and Bahari at the Toronto Film Festival.
Moviefone Canada: This is an incredible story. »
- Chris Jancelewicz
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 35 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new drama “Rosewater” from writer and director Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show”!
“Rosewater,” which opens in Chicago on Nov. 14, 2014 and is rated “R,” stars Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Haluk Bilginer, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Golshifteh Farahani from first-time screenwriter and feature-film director Jon Stewart. The film is based on Iranian/Canadian BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival”. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free “Rosewater” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Rio De Janeiro – Brazil’s BossaNovaFilms is linking to Dimitri Rassam’s Chapter 2, one of France’s most powerful and ambitious production forces, to produce “Going To Brazil,” a Brazil road movie marking the second feature helmed by Portuguese-French actor-writer-and-now director Patrick Mille.
The move comes as BossaNova, whose film production is spearheaded by Denise Gomes and Paula Cosenza, unveils Chico Teixeira anticipated “Alice’s House” follow-up, “Absence,” which world premieres Saturday in Rio’s de Janeiro’s Fest centerpiece Premiere Brasil competition. It is also re-teaming with Teixeira on his third feature, “Dolores.”
To be shot in Brazil, Mille’s follow-up to Carole Bouquet starrer “Bad Girl,” is majority-produced by Rassam via Chapter 2, producer of “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” with Benicio del Toro and Josh Hutcherson, which world premiered at Telluride and Toronto to upbeat reactions.
A road-movie thriller – Rassam describes it as a mix of “Thelma and Louise »
- John Hopewell
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.
Rt 4 chance 2 win Tom Hiddleston's vampire drama #OnlyLoversLeftAlive -- on DVD this week! http://t.co/PJSHeLWlOu
- 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 »
- email@example.com (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
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