19 items from 2015
Terrence Malick is no longer the cinematic equivalent of Halley’s comet. But even though the elusive filmmaker has shot three films in the last few odd years or so, none of them have come out theatrically, yet. The first is actually 100% done and in the can. It's the filmmaker’s expressionistic drama about the emptiness of success in Hollywood, “Knight Of Cups” which premiered earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival (read our review). Starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman, along with many other notable appearances, the reception was somewhat mixed. That however, didn’t stop distributor Broad Green Pictures from snapping up the movie rights for 'Cups' plus two more in-the-can Malick films. The second project, once going by the loose title of “Weightless” (though that won’t be its final title), is a relationship love triangle film set in Austin, Texas and its music scene. »
- Edward Davis
Sometimes I imagine that it is 1983 and Terrence Malick is somewhere in Paris, living a quiet, normal life. As he walks to one of his favorite cafes, he catches a glimpse of Gilles Deleuzes’ Cinéma 1: L’image-mouvemont in a bookstore window. Naturally, he’s curious. In an intellectual era dominated by Theory, the only other book of philosophy that had taken up cinema as a way to do philosophy was The World Viewed, written by his friend and one time academic advisor Stanley Cavell. I imagine that Malick seeks out Deleuze, who is lecturing at the University of Paris VIII. Two years later, he buys a copy of Deleuze’s Cinéma 2: L’image-temps. Deleuze confirmed what Malick has long suspected, but either forgotten or was distracted from in the hedonistic atmosphere of 1970s L. A. chronicled by Peter Biskind in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls—cinema “thinks” philosophically. Other »
- Reno Lauro
Time to celebrate, Terrence Malick fans: the prolific director's long-awaited film Knight of Cups finally has a release date. According the The Hollywood Reporter, the film will hit theaters March 4, 2016 by way of upstart film distributor Broad Green Pictures. The first time we reported on Knight of Cups was back in November of 2011, and ever since then fans of the reclusive director have been clamoring to see the film. The first trailer dropped back in December, and after receiving a rating shortly thereafter, a detailed synopsis was released ahead of the film's premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Malick has his detractors, and I think I count as one of them. While I like The Thin Red Line it took me more than a handful of attempts to finally get through Days of Heaven, and I think the only reasons I enjoyed The Tree of Life are the »
- Jordan Benesh
Tracinda Corp., the holding company founded by the late Kirk Kerkorian, has unveiled production company Survival Pictures with the Christian Bale-Oscar Isaac drama “The Promise” as its first project, Variety has learned exclusively.
Survival is described as telling stories of “perseverance, endurance and the inextinguishable fire of the human spirit” to reflect Kerkorian’s values. Kerkorian, who bought and sold MGM and United Artists three times, died on June 16 at the age of 98.
“The Promise” will be produced and financed by Survival Pictures managers Eric Esrailian and Anthony Mandekic, with “Hotel Rwanda” director Terry George helming from a script he wrote with Robin Swicord.
The story is set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, which was dissolved in 1922, with shooting in Portugal and the Canary Islands scheduled for the fall. Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan”) is producing for his Phoenix Pictures banner with Esrailian, Ralph Winter (“X-Men »
- Dave McNary
A furious slew of titles in the works would seem to prophesize a robust main competition slate for Cannes 2016. Though our initial list will eventually be pruned down as the year progresses (Berlin may snag something in here, especially if their 2016 lineup looks anything like their landmark selection from this past January), we’re confident that we will be seeing another round of heavy hitting auteurs unveiling their latest bits on the Croisette.
Absent from the main competition in 2015 were the Romanians (Muntean and Porumboiu were assigned to Un Certain Regard) and any trace of Latin filmmakers. The 2016 edition looks to make up for lost ground. For the Romanians, a couple heavy hitting titans from the New Wave will be ready. Cristi Puiu, who previously won Ucr in 2005 with The Death of Mr. Lazarescu should hopefully be getting a competition invite for Sierra Nevada. Meanwhile, previous Palme d’Or winner »
- Nicholas Bell
Broad Green Pictures chief Gabriel Hammond tells Thompson On Hollywood that "we want to have the longest run possible not for money’s sake, but so we can get as many people to share the experience" which is why they've decided to release the picture in 2016, most likely in the Spring like Malick's last film "To the Wonder".
Then there's the question of Malick's other film, the ensemble drama set against the Austin music scene starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.
The site says there were rumours the film would be call "Weightless" which is Not the case. It also sounds like the film will Not be coming out »
- Garth Franklin
The script, written by George and Robin Swicord, centers on a love triangle with a medical student, an American journalist based in Paris and a beautiful and sophisticated woman. The story will take place in the final days of the Ottoman Empire, which was dissolved by the World War allies in 1922.
Bale will play the reporter who loves the woman and being in a combat zone. Isaac will portray the student, who’s conflicted by old-world traditions.
Isaac will be seen »
- Dave McNary
Although Christian Bale has had to put plans to star as Travis McGee in the adaptation of The Deep Blue Good-By on hold thanks to a torn knee ligament, he's still lining up other work for when he’s fully recovered. One such job is co-starring with Oscar Isaac in The Promise. Hotel Rwanda/ Reservation Road director Terry George is calling the shots on this one, based on the script he wrote with Robin Swicord. The Promise is set in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire (so the 1920s, then) and explores the relationships between three people: Michael (Isaac), a gifted medical student; Chris (Bale), a renowned American journalist working in Paris; and the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, with that final role of the triumvirate yet to be cast. All being well – and assuming Bale doesn’t break a leg or something – George plans to have the cameras rolling »
Now that we’ve come out of the Cannes ether, we can examine several of the names glaringly absent from the lineup that may potentially premiere on the Lido this fall. With controversial moves finding Garrel, Gomes, and Desplechin playing the Quinzaine, while Naomi Kawase and Apichatpong Weerasethakul got slotted in Un Certain Regard, we’re aggravated and pleased about some of this shifting around, but all in all, the main competition this year didn’t end up feeling like many programming risks were taken.
First off, to the general surprise of all, German director Maren Ade and British director Terence Davies were absent from the line-up, both with new highly anticipated titles (Toni Erdmann and Sunset Song respectively). Thierry Fremaux, arguably, tried to mix things up a bit with the Main Competition this year, inviting two female directors (Sacre Bleu!), including Valerie Donzelli and repeat offender Maiwenn (both titles »
- Nicholas Bell
In a deal announced Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, A24 will also produce and distribute Shults’ upcoming horror film “It Comes at Night.” Visit Films is handling international sales.
Shults began his career in film as an intern on Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” and worked in the camera department for Malick’s “Voyage of Time” and “Weightless.” He wrote, directed and produced “Krisha,” based on his short film of the same name, featuring his own family as much of the cast in a drama set in Texas over a turbulent Thanksgiving weekend.
“It Comes at Night” will follow »
- Dave McNary
Fortissimo Films handling pre-sales at the Cannes Marche.
Pre-sales are currently underway at the Cannes Marche, with a number of deals under negotiation by Fortissimo Films. Fortissimo holds worldwide rights to the film (except Dutch-speaking Benelux).
P.O.V. follows the story of Dana Milgrom (Marlohe), a track coach who, having survived a near-death car accident, finds herself completely paralysed and trapped inside her own body.
While recovering she becomes convinced that an evil presence exists inside her hospital room and is intent on killing her. Believing her to be experiencing a mental breakdown, Dana’s family brush away her concerns.
Becoming increasingly terrified, Dana soon realises that she may not be the only target. Unable to leave her bed, she risks losing the ones she cares for most.
A well-established French television and film actress, Bérénice is best »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
It looks like Natalie Portman will continue to rack up more projects to put on the upcoming list.
The Academy Award winner is set to play Jackie Kennedy in an upcoming biopic from No director Pablo Larrain, according to Variety. The film will chronicle the first four days in Jackie Kennedy’s life after the assassination of her husband, President John. F. Kennedy, when she lost the love of her life but won the love of a nation.
This isn’t the first project that Portman has committed to lately. She is already hard at work with Jane Got a Gun, which comes out later this year, The Tale of Love and Darkness, Weightless (the latest Terrence Malick film), and Planetarium.
Jackie joins a list of films that »
- Zach Dennis
It’s not surprising that “Carol” was locked away in Hollywood’s development closet for 15 years. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s scandalous 1952 novel “The Price of Salt,” Todd Haynes’ latest movie is a double whammy by industry standards: it’s headlined by two women, who fall in love with each other.
The film, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, arrives at a pivotal, yet paradoxical, time for female-driven stories. There has been a string of hits this year that celebrate female empowerment — from “Insurgent” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” to “Cinderella,” and the upcoming “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and the final installment of “The Hunger Games.” That said, gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is a hot-button issue in the global entertainment business.
As one of cinema’s most prominent stars, Blanchett, whose recent roles include the evil stepmother in “Cinderella, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Ryan Gosling’s been hot on his heels lately, running from one project to the next. He’s just finished his directorial debut Lost River, and wrapped on Shane Black’s (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) The Nice Guys, and Terrence Malick’s Weightless. He’s currently shooting an Adam Mckay film starring Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, titled The Big Short.
Now he’s in talks to star in Blade Runner 2 alongside Harrison Ford (whose face graces the new and great Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer) returning as Deckard. Not much is known plotwise, but we know it’s been penned by Blade Runner co-writer Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, based on an idea between Ridley Scott and Fancher. It’s supposed to take place several decades after the original, meaning Deckard is appropriately much older (and perhaps still a replicant? But lets not get into that »
- email@example.com (Aaron Hunt)
When it was confirmed in February that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner sequel, you may have immediately started wondering who would join him in the new neo-noir, as Deckard's sure to run into memorable characters of both the human and replicant varieties. Though we don't know who he'd play, it's been revealed that Ryan Gosling is in talks to star alongside Ford in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel that's slated to start shooting next summer:
Press Release (via The Hollywood News) -- "Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.
Principal photography is set to start in summer of »
- Derek Anderson
So here’s some surprising news. Ryan Gosling has reportedly joined Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2. According to reports the casting is a done deal with Gosling having already signed on the dotted line for the part in the film, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (the rather brilliant Prisoners).
As to whom Gosling will play remains a mystery as this isn’t confirmed in the press release, which we’ve posted below.
Shooting kicks off next year with Ridley Scott, the director of the original, opting to produce this time around.
Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.
Principal photography is set to start in summer of »
- Paul Heath
Denis Villeneuve, whose new film Sicario was added to the 2015 Cannes Film Festival lineup this morning, is set to direct the as-yet Untitled Blade Runner Project, a sequel to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) with Harrison Ford already set to return as Rick Deckard. Now a press release has arrived from Alcon Entertainment reporting Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to co-star in the feature. As of now plot details are under wraps so there's nothing to go as to which character Gosling will be playing. All we know is the film is set several decades after the '82 version with Michael Green and Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the 1982 adaptation) writing the screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Scott. Principal photography is set to start in summer of 2016. Gosling will be seen next in Shane Black's The Nice Guys opposite Russell Crowe, and in Terrence Malick's Weightless. »
- Brad Brevet
When it comes to film festivals, there is arguably none more prestigious than the Cannes Film Festival. Each year, critics and the like descend on the south of France hoping to discover the classiest in cinema, which in turn can begin to fuel the impending Oscar speculation. 2015 likely will be no exception, as perhaps a few more Academy friendly projects than usual could wind up at Cannes. Sometime either this month or next, the fest will reveal the titles scheduled to play, so I wanted to get a head start and speculate a bit about what the festival could have in its lineup. Tribeca will be on my mind soon enough, but for now…Cannes gets my attention for the day. Here now are ten films that could very well play at the Cannes Film Festival, in just a simple alphabetical order: 1. Carol – One of the most anticipated Oscar hopefuls »
- Joey Magidson
With the world’s most prestigious film festival just around the corner, cineastes have been lasciviously salivating about what’s going to show up at Cannes, with wish lists appearing almost immediately after Berlin (a fest that had one of their most impressive line-ups ever) announced their awards. The remainder of the 2015 fest circuit looks to be a plentiful, diverse porridge, with many of the world’s most renowned auteurs’ sporting brand new titles. While many prognosticators will be sharing the same lists, more or less, hopes are incredibly high for a handful of sure bets, and a gaggle of hopefuls. The main competition always seems easier to postulate, though Thierry Fremaux always throws a few curves, (After the Battle in 2012, The Hunt in 2013 or last year’s Timbuktu, which won the Cesar for Best Picture recently, are a couple ready examples of under-the-radar titles).
Italy seems primed for saturation at the fest. »
- Nicholas Bell
19 items from 2015
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