17 items from 2015
Production, post and distribution company Curious has announced a ramped up production slate across both Australian and Nz projects, including Pat Nalin.s highly anticipated Beyond the Known World due for completion in mid-2015.
Set in The Himalayas, the Nz-India co-production follows an estranged couple who journey to India in order to search for their missing daughter. The cast includes David Wenham (Lord of the Rings, 300, Top of the Lake), Sia Trokenheim (Step Dave, Everything We Loved), and Emmanuelle Beart (8 Femmes) and is currently in post-production at Curious Auckland.
- Emily Blatchford
Structured as a New Zealand-India co-production, is the story of an estranged couple who travel to India in search of their missing daughter. Matthew Horrocks and Kristian Eek are set as producers. Arclight Films is handling international sales. Curious will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.
Taika Waititi’s comic adventure “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a follow-up to his festival hit vampire mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows,” kicked off production May 18. “Wilderpeople” stars Sam Neill (“The Piano”) and Julian Dennison (“Paper Planes”). Waititi is producing with Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders and Matt Noonan. Madman Entertainment has acquired »
- Patrick Frater
This story first appeared in the May 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Yet another movie company is testing the television waters. A24, the 3-year-old distributor behind such indie films as Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring and current hit Ex Machina, is the latest to push aggressively into TV, citing independent player Media Rights Capital among its role models. With partners Ravi Nandan and John Hodges overseeing the division, A24 will be focused on a model that allows for both independent financing and straightforward producing, depending on the outlet
- Lacey Rose
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
After landing the role of Hermione in the "Harry Potter" films back in 2001, Emma Watson has spent more than half her life in the Hollywood spotlight and she doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon. The bright and beautiful Brit was just 10 years old when she got the big break, and this week she celebrated her 25th birthday on April 15th. Emma has not only impressed audiences with roles in films like the "The Bling Ring" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," she's also grown up to be an academic, activist, and terrific role model. Cheers to this inspiring young actress! Let's take a look back at her life so far in pictures for this week's #Tbt.
- Alana Altmann
The controversy surrounding “The Wolf of Wall Street” when it first was released on Christmas Day 2013 was considerable. Martin Scorsese’s three-hour epic portrayal of the debaucherous life of Jordan Belfort dived hard into the depiction of his wild days of drugs, sex, wild parties and criminal activity. That was more than a year ago, whereas the present is ripe for a calmer, more thoughtful discussion about the film. A great video essay from The Nerdwriter has popped up recently, delving deep inside the core of the film to offer an insightful explanation of Scorsese’s intentions. The essay presents the film as part of a movement called the “new cinema of excess,” a phrase that was first coined by writer Izzy Black in her own essay comparing 'Wolf' to other recently released films such as “Spring Breakers,” “Pain and Gain” and “The Bling Ring.” These films are considered to be “psychologically transparent, »
- Ken Guidry
Nobody can quite capture the loneliness of life like director Sofia Coppola. Even in revolutionary France, there are those quiet moments between you and your thoughts.
Movement of Time decided to put these moments together in a supercut from Coppola’s filmography (Lost in Translation, Marie Antoniette, Somewhere, and The Bling Ring) with a focus on the characters and their lonely feelings throughout the films.
It also works as a nice highlight for some of the performances including Bill Murray in Lost in Translation and Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoniette. Coppola is able to find loneliness even in the biggest of sets and the films that the video focuses on are able to find that.
With Coppola moving to a live-action The Little Mermaid next, one has to wonder if she tries to apply this same technique to Ariel and the situation that she is in. While that may steer away from the Disney re-telling, »
- Zach Dennis
It’s been nearly two years since Sofia Coppola’s divisive “The Bling Ring,” and while we’ll see the acclaimed director reunite with her one-time muse Bill Murray for a Christmas special later this year, her next full-length film — a live-action take on “The Little Mermaid” — is still a long way off. What better time to take a look at Coppola’s filmography and gaze upon the disaffected, unhappy protagonists of her films, all cut together for your convenience? Edited by Movement Of Time, “Loneliness of Sofia Coppola” takes us on a five-minute journey through the time periods and landscapes of films like “Marie Antoinette.” Seeing actors like Kirsten Dunst here, or Murray in the world-conquering “Lost in Translation,” it seems that Coppola is fond of selling the loneliness and sadness of her characters by stranding them alone in beautifully framed shots. Watch “Loneliness of Sofia Coppola” below and place bets on how sad. »
- Cain Rodriguez
SXSW really kicked ass this year. We're still rolling out a lot more coverage and lucky for us (and you, I think), most of the films we are writing about we loved and believe you will too.This brings me to Todd Strauss-Schulson. He's a man who makes movies (I checked. Online. Twice.) and his latest played at SXSW.Strauss-Schulson (the guy who made the only good Harold and Kumar movie, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) teamed up with 80s child star Joshua John Miller (After Dark) to make the epic send-up horror comedy of epic send-up horror comedies called The Final Girls. Taissa Farmiga (The Bling Ring) stars as a young girl whose mother (Malin Akerman) was an 80s slasher scream queen. While watching the cult hit...
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Anne-Dominique Toussaint’s Parisian Galerie Cinema comes to New York with an exhibition featuring photos by Cédric Klapisch, Atiq Rahimi, Edward Lachman, Agnès Godard, James Franco, Vincent Perez, Kate Barry, Harry Gruyaert and Raymond Depardon as a special event of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.
The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola, Julianne Moore during the filming of Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven, and Vincent Perez's Cyrano De Bergerac co-star Gérard Depardieu will be among the portraits on display at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Nathalie Baye, Guillaume Canet, Cédric Kahn, Christophe Honoré, Celine Sallette, Mélanie Laurent, Abd Al Malik, Frédéric Tellier, Armel Hostiou, Thomas Cailley, Stéphane Demoustier, Cédric Anger, Alain Chabat, Claire Burger, Cédric Jimenez, Lucie Borleteau and Ariane Lebed »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
“Perfect High” follows a star high school dancer, Amanda (Thorne), who begins taking prescription painkillers for a knee injury, which turns into dangerous habit of sharing pills with friends, lying and stealing to fund her drug habit. This eventually leads to addiction when she’s tricked into using heroin via pills disguised as cheap painkillers.
Thorne starred in “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” alongside Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, and “Blended” with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. She also appears in the upcoming movie “The Duff.”
The TV movie, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Welcome once again to "This Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the most pertinent fright-genre news to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: the reboot of a beloved slasher title gets a big push (into 2016), that long-gestating "Crow" reboot loses another star, and an acclaimed Netflix anthology series may be getting a U.S. version. #1 "Friday the 13th," "Paranormal Activity 6" and "Rings" do the release-date shuffle Paramount did the franchise-movie shuffle this week with the latest installments of three major horror series: their mysterious "Friday the 13th" reboot (moved from November 13, 2015 to May 13, 2016); "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" (moved from March 13, 2015 to October 23, 2015); and "Rings," the belated third entry in the haunted VHS tape franchise, which will take "Friday the 13th's" November 13, 2015 slot. Let's hear it for unoriginality! [Deadline] #2 Luke Evans is no longer Eric Draven Luke Evans has dropped out of Relativity's remake of "The Crow, »
- Chris Eggertsen
After years of involvement with the project, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has been officially cast as Belle in Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation, to be directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) from a script by Stephen Chbosky, who previously directed Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Watson was previously attached to a Warner Bros. adaptation of the classic fairy tale back when Guillermo del Toro was set to direct, but she fell off at the same time that helmer departed. Since then, that studio’s take has hit some significant stumbling blocks, but as Disney locked in Condon and began to search for actresses for its own take on the story, Watson’s name came up again. One source states that Disney believes Watson will be “perfect” for the part and was thrilled to court her.
Following TheWrap’s scoop on the story, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay.
Also Read: Emma Watson Speaks Out for Feminism and Against Man-Hating at Un (Video)
- Jeff Sneider
There is perfect casting and then there's this -- Emma Watson, best known as Hermione Granger from the "Harry Potter" films (and who has essayed tremendous roles in both "Noah" and "The Bling Ring" in the years since) will star as Belle in Disney's live action musical version of their groundbreaking "Beauty and the Beast."
What's interesting about this is that Watson was all set to play the same character in a Warner Bros production entitled "Beauty," which was overseen by Guillermo del Toro. When del Toro left the project last June, Warner Bros started to waffle and Disney came courting the young star for their version of the story. (According to The Wrap, they did so with del Toro's blessing.) This is going to be a big musical version of the story, very much in keeping with Disney's animated feature, the first-ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. »
- Drew Taylor
The breakout film from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, It Follows is a suspenseful, beautifully shot, horror film that takes old, tired horror clichés and puts a smart, culturally relevant spin on them whilst maintaining a timeless class that the horror genre hasn’t seen for a long time. Teen sex, suburbia, murder, and nightmarish demons all take on a new layer of substance and style as writer/director David Robert Mitchell reminds us why these horror fundamentals are used so often and shows his peers how it’s done…
After a date and seemingly innocent sexual encounter, 19-year-old Jay is left with an inescapable sense that someone, or something is following her. Jay and her friends team up to try and find ways escape the traumatising horrors that are always right behind them.
- Phil Wheat
Logan Miller, "Take Me to the River" and "The Stanford Prison Experiment"Despite being only in his teens, actor Logan Miller has already done more than most actors twice his age. Credits include small roles in "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" opposite Matthew McConaughey and Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," and in the TV shows "Grimm" and "Children's Hospital." He also has indie cred, having worked with Kelly Reichardt on her last film, "Night Moves." He's now finally poised to break out in a bigger way via two Sundance entries with a lot of buzz surrounding them. First up is Matt Sobel's Next entry "Take Me to the River," in which Miller plays a gay teenager forced to retreat back into the closet when goes to visit his ultra-conservative extended family. He has a smaller part in "The Stanford Prison Experiment," his other film playing at the festival, but his supporting. »
- Nigel M Smith
17 items from 2015
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