18 items from 2016
Coppola unveiled details of the multi-year project at a news conference Saturday, following his month-long collaboration with 75 UCLA students and faculty on “Distant Vision,” the story of three generations of an Italian-American family whose history spans the development of television.
The collaboration culminated Friday with a 27-minute live broadcast of the “Distant Vision” script from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Freud Playhouse to a limited audience. The tasks for the students and faculty included operating over 40 cameras, acting and working on sound, set design and construction, costume, props, editing, stage management and producing.
UCLA co-sponsored the workshop with American Zoetrope, Coppola’s production company. Coppola was the writer and director.
Coppola’s “live cinema” concept is based on using »
- Dave McNary
“In a Valley of Violence” follows Paul (Ethan Hawke), a mysterious drifter who is making his way towards Mexico through the Old West with only his trusted dog by his side. In an attempt to take a shortcut, Paul passes through Denton, Texas, a nearly abandoned no-horse town dubbed by locals as the “valley of violence.” It’s controlled by a group of violent misfits led by brash troublemaker Gilly Martin (James Ransone), the son of the town’s marshal Clyde Martin (John Travolta). As tension between Paul and Gilly rise immediately, the Denton residents witness an act of violence that sets off a chain of events which affects everybody in the small town. Soon, everyone’s body and soul will be at hazard. Watch the trailer for the film below, courtesy of EW.
- Vikram Murthi
The Civil War drama currently stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Coppola (“Lost in Translation,” “Virgin Suicides”) is writing and directing the film. Focus Features is on board as a distributor.
The original “Beguiled,” directed by Don Siegel and based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, followed an injured Yankee soldier (plated by Eastwood) who finds refuge at an all-girls boarding school in the South during the Civil War and cons his way into several lonely women’s hearts.
If Farrell’s deal closes, he would take over the role played by Eastwood in the original.
No production start date has been announced yet.
Farrell is coming »
- Justin Kroll
Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has relaunched his 19-year-old virtual studio Zoetrope.com, adding a showcase for short films.
The website, which touts itself as setting the precedent for a new era of crowd-sourcing and writing workshops, includes acting resumes, photography, song writing, short films, stories, novels, scripts, short flash fiction, poetry, music and photos.
The new short films section is designed to offer screenwriters, directors and producers peer feedback. Zoetrope.com requires that for every story a member submits, they are required to review five other works, so each person gets exposed to other writing which provides growing opportunities in addition to receiving feedback.
“When I was a kid I remember looking in the locked gates of a movie studio which was across the street from the Junior High School I was attending,” Coppola said in a statement. “I was wishing that I could get in and see what these mythical movie studios were. »
- Dave McNary
Emma Watson’s star power couldn’t help her latest film, “The Colony,” in the UK. According to figures released by the British Film Institute, the drama only made £47, or about $60, in its opening weekend. The numbers came from three cinemas that reported sales figures to the measurement agency Rentrak.
“The Colony” tells the story of Lena (Watson), a young woman who infiltrates Colonia Dignidad, a religious compound that serves as a cult and torture prison for the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, in order to find her boyfriend (Daniel Brühl) who was kidnapped.
According to The Telegraph, the thriller was released in just five cinemas operated by Reel Cinemas last Friday and was also available to stream on demand. The ticket prices for the theaters suggested that only seven people paid »
- Liz Calvario
One year before “The Virgin Suicides” and four before “Lost in Translation,” Sofia Coppola moved away from an acting career she never wanted to have to telling her first stories as a director. Her 1998 film “Lick the Star” shows off the type of visual storytelling Coppola would come to make for herself: The slow-motion jump cuts, stylized performances and pitch-perfect choice of punk music.
“Lick the Star” tells the story of a group of girls planning a scheme on some boys (it involves arsenic, an idea they took from “Flowers in the Attic”). The central character, Kate, returns to school after a few days in the hospital and finds herself in an ever-shifting environment where seventh grade queen bee Chloe is getting in with her friends… until an unfortunate game of telephone ostracizes Chloe and »
- Russell Goldman
“Behind every successful woman is another successful woman,” says the video for the new campaign “Lean In” by LeanIn.Org and AOL’s Makers, to celebrate the power of women supporting each other and the amazing things that happen when they do.
In the minute-and-a-half video, celebrities like Emma Watson, Lena Dunham, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington and more thank the women who have helped them along the way and encouraged them to go further.
The video really hopes that together women can get to equality, »
- Liz Calvario
Featuring Q&A from director Florian Gallenberger
Date: Thursday 23rd June
Location: Vue Piccadilly, 19 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4Lr
Start Time: 6:30pm |Q&A Time: 9pm |Finish: 9:30pm
We have three pairs of tickets to an exclusive preview screening of The Colony, which arrives in cinemas on July, 1st.
The Colony sees one woman’s efforts to rescue her lover from a brutal cult, set to take her on a journey into the heart of darkness in Florian Gallenberger’s nerve-jangling thriller.
- The Hollywood News
With every new Shia Labeouf movie, I wonder whether it would be more entertaining to see the film or watch Labeouf as he watches it. American Honey wasn’t on the bill when the former Transformers actor did a masochistic marathon of his filmography, but if he were to do another, this punishing and monotonous 165 minute-movie might be the one to make him snap.
Labeouf plays a James Franco-lite in the film, and director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) also seems to be emulating Spring Breakers’ Harmony Korine. In many ways, American Honey is like Gummo without the absurdist humor and Spring Breakers without the hallucinatory lyricism. It’s Kids for the post-subprime mortgage crisis generation.
- Josh Cabrita
Unlike most thespians her age (or any age, for that matter), Emma Watson’s very first turn as a proper ~actress~ landed her instant icon status. As Harry Potter’s brainy best friend Hermione Grainger, we grew up alongside her — even now, on her 26th birthday, Watson remains as beloved by fans as ever. Because although Watson’s done her darndest to shift the narrative of her career since wrapping the final Harry Potter installment with roles in adult films like The Bling Ring and This Is The End, in her real life, she embodies the exact traits (intelligence, compassion, altruism) that a grownup Hermione would have today. How so? Let us count the ways. »
A happiest of birthdays to former blockbuster youngster and now indie starlet Emma Watson! In one of the most charming bits of movie programming serendipity, her new film Colonia is also being released today.
Colonia debuted at last fall's Toronto Film Festival, and is now in select theatres and on VOD. Set during the factual Chilean military uprising in 1973, the film stars Watson as a young woman going undercover within a cult to rescue her lover (Daniel Brühl) from its terrifying captivity. The film looks to deliver morbid thrills against a political background, with Michael Nyqist's variation on an actual cult leader looking like the stuff of nightmares.
While Watson is still beloved by Harry Potter fans for her long-haul performance as Hermione Granger, her post-franchise work in smaller films has steadily shown new shades to the actress. Her best work yet is her turn in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, »
- Chris Feil
Having departed Universal’s planned live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, it looks like Sofia Coppola has found her next project, with The Tracking Board reporting that the director is set to remake the 1971 drama The Beguiled.
Directed by Don Siegel from Thomas P. Cullian’s Southern Gothic novel and starring Clint Eastwood, The Beguiled is set during the Civil War and takes place in an all-female Confederate boarding school, which takes in an injured Union soldier to help him recover. As he cons his way into their hearts, tensions rise as the women vie for his attention.
The site reports that Nicole Kidman will play the Head Mistress Martha Farnsworth, with Kirsten Dunst set to appear as a teacher and Elle Fanning a student. It’s said that the producers are searching for “a Chris Pratt type” for the Clint Eastwood role.
Coppola’s last film was 2013’s The Bling Ring, »
- Gary Collinson
The original story followed an injured Confederate soldier (plated by Eastwood) who found refuge at an all-girls boarding school during the Civil War and conned his way into several lonely women’s hearts.
This would mark a reunion for Coppola and Fanning, who starred in the filmmaker’s drama “Somewhere.” Coppola is also a frequent collaborator with Dunst, who has appeared in a handful of her films, including “Marie Antoinette.”
Coppola is represented as a screenwriter by ICM Partners. Fanning is repped by Wme and Echo Lake Entertainment, Kidman by CAA and Geyer Kosinski’s Media Talent Group, and »
- Justin Kroll
Following her backing away from the Chloe Moretz-led live-action "The Little Mermaid," Sofia Coppola has found her next film - she'll write and direct a new take on the 1971 Clint Eastwood-led period drama "The Beguiled".
Based on Thomas P. Cullinan's Southern Gothic novel and set at the end of the U.S. civil war, the original Don Siegel-directed film followed an injured Yankee soldier rescued from death by a young student at an all-girl boarding school in Louisiana.
At first the all-female staff and pupils are scared, but as he starts to recover he charms them one by one and the sexually repressed atmosphere becomes filled with jealousy and deceit. He soon gets his comeuppance in a quite painful way.
- Garth Franklin
Daily News sad story about the disappearance of Richard Simmons. Fans think he's being controlled and held in his mansion against his will like the second half of the Love & Mercy plot
Film Doctor "the pleasure of withholding information" on 10 Cloverfield Lane
Awards Daily have you watched the trailer for A Hologram for the King? How will it adapt the book?
Av Club thinks Zootopia is the inversion of Wreck It Ralph. Spoilers
EW Paramount has dumped The Little Prince animated movie just a week before its intended release. What is going on with that picture?
- NATHANIEL R
The origin of this project goes as far back in our women's collective memory to the time in the late 80s when Janet Grillo was head of Acquisitions for New Line Cinema and Sara Risher was head of production. I was buying features for Lorimar or Republic Pictures. We did not know at that time that one day, after Janet had completed her directorial debut, the lovely and loving film "Fly Away," that Sara would tell a certain writer-producer. to show her script to Janet as a possible director.
Janet liked it and together they developed it further at L.A. Film Independent. They then won the PGA Script Award. They hired an 18-year-old who had been a child actress and was a Nyu Freshman just finishing a TV Career. She agreed to star in January and the film was shot the following May 2014.
It premiered in Geena Davis’ Inaugural 2015 Bentonville Film Festival in May 2015 where it won the Jury Geena Davis’ new effort to celebrate the work of women and diverse voices in media also is the only festival to guarantee distribution for its winners’ project.
“The goal of the festival is not just to showcase women and diversity—it’s to really have a proactive and powerful effect on the industry,” says Davis, Bff co-founder and founder and chair of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. “We’re intent on being extremely proactive in showing the films that include women and that are very commercial. Our goal is to show that this is the direction in which things are heading and we should get there sooner.”
"Jack of the Red Hearts” has now arrived in theaters nationwide as of February 26, 2016. "Jack of the Red Hearts”. Arc Entertainment and Trent Drinkwaer who founded the Bentonville Film Festival with Geena guarantees a minimum of one week in AMC theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Mimai, Minneapolis, Orlando, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington D.C.
On its opening night, Thursday, February 25, Geena Davis, Famke Janssen, Phyllis Nagy (writer, “Carol”), Catherine Hardwicke (director, “Twilight ”) and Danielle Carrig (Svp Lifetime) joined "Jack of the Red Hearts” director Janet Grillo, producer Lucy Mukerjee-Brown and writer Jennifer Deaton for a special screening of the film and Q&A at the YouTube Space in L.A. In conjunction with Broad Focus, Lifetime, the Genna Davis Institute on Gender in Media and the Bentonville Film Festival, the Q&A, moderated by the Wrap’s Sharon Waxman, will begin immediately followed the 7pm screening.
It will play on Lifetime April 20 which is Autism Awareness Month. It will show again at Bentonville Film Festival’s second edition May 3 - 8 of this year.
Bentonville’s strong affiliation with Walmart, the only vendor and the largest still selling DVDs will release it in its stores and on its VOD site.
Anna Sophia Robb portrays “Jack,” a tough teenage runaway on the lam from her parole officer. The conniving street kid brazenly impersonates a trained caregiver and forms a unique bond with an 11 year-old autistic girl named Glory, brilliantly played by newcomer Taylor Richardson. Famke Janssen, as the child's desperate mother Kay, also bonds with the imposter, as a surrogate daughter she can actually talk to. And the girl’s cute older brother Robert (Israel Broussard) falls in love. When the deception is exposed and the cops descend, loving father Mark (Scott Cohen) struggles to hold his family together as the pieces of this puzzle are reshuffled into a new, satisfying whole.
"Jack of the Red Hearts” is directed by Janet Grillo (writer/director of “Fly Away” and executive producer of Emmy®-winning “Autism: The Musical”) and written by Jennifer Deaton. Both have strong ties to the autism community as Grillo is mother to a child on the autism spectrum and Deaton is aunt to a child on the spectrum. The producers are Stefan Nowicki, Joey Carey, Lucy Mukerjee-Brown, and Morgan White.
The film stars AnnaSophia Robb (“The Carrie Diaries,” “Soul Surfer”), Famke Janssen (“X-Men”), Scott Cohen (“One Life to Live”), Taylor Richardson (“Annie”), Israel Broussard (“The Bling Ring”) and John D’Leo (“Unbroken”).
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/jackoftheredhearts. »
- Sydney Levine
Indignation review by Paul Heath, Berlin Film Festoval, 2016. Indignation is the new film from celebrated American filmmaker James Schamus, the producer behind movies like Brokeback Mountain, Sense and Sensibility and The Ice Storm. Here, Schmaus moves to direct his first motion picture, a period drama based on The Human Stain writer Phillip Roth‘s novel, Indignation.
Leading the cast is rising star Logan Lerman. He plays the character of Marcus Messner, a working-class, Jewish student from New Jersey, who wins a scholarship to attend a prestigious Ohio college, thus avoiding the call-up for duty in the Korean War. There, he attracts the attention, and is attracted to, fellow student Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), causing his sexual liberation, and the indignation of the title, most of which comes from the direction of »
- Paul Heath
Audiences haven’t seen most of its heroes in action yet, but it’s already obvious that the DC Extended Universe is going to be just as sprawling and massive as its Marvel Studios equivalent. Man Of Steel was just a teaser; the real big business kicks off with Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which will tee up two Justice League movies and a host of standalone superhero spin-offs.
It’s known that – on top of Bats and Supes – Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are planning films for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, Shazam and the Green Lantern Corps, as well as their villain-centric Suicide Squad movie. You can bet good money that they won’t stop there, either.
If these movies make decent money, which most of them surely will, Warners and DC will quickly start looking for other comic book characters to adapt. Here »
- Rob Leane
18 items from 2016
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