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In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.
That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday »
- Ariana Bacle
Ethan Hawke is riding a wave. Having languished for a time amidst unfortunate exploits, such as Daybreakers, Brooklyn’s Finest and Getaway, he returned to critical favour with Before Midnight in 2013. Following that with Richard Linklater’s acclaimed Boyhood, he is now sweeping through the 2014 festival circuit with Cymbeline, and Good Kill. In another example of the compelling creativity that can come of repeated collaboration, Good Kill is the third film that Hawke has made with writer-director Andrew Niccol. Their previous teamings produced Gattaca and Lord Of War, so the prospect of a reunion for the two would seem very promising indeed – as this newly released poster suggests:
The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
- Sarah Myles
Ethan Hawke is on a roll. Last year, he was nominated for another screenwriting Academy Award for Before Midnight, while also starring in the horror film, The Purge, his biggest hit since Training Day. This year, he’s kept it going with Boyhood, the best-reviewed film of the year that has him in the hunt for a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
Add to that Good Kill, which debuted last week at the Venice Film Festival and screens at Toronto on Sept. 9. The film marks Hawke’s third collaboration with director Andrew Niccol, who helmed Gattaca and Lord of War, and »
- Jeff Labrecque
One of the more notable stops on the festival circuit for genre fans is the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Specialising in horror, action, science fiction, and cult features, the festival will be entering its 9th incarnation this year, running over nine days in October. With the premiere just over a month away, the first wave of films that will be screened at the festival have now been announced. Ten films in total have been confirmed to be playing at the festival, including features directed by Timecrime‘s Nacho Vigolando (Open Windows) and Pontypool‘s Tony Burgess (Hellmouth), and starring Party Down‘s Martin Starr (Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead) and Before Midnight‘s Ethan Hawke (Predestination). The films are:
Hellmouth, from Canada, making its World Premiere Wolves, from USA/Canada, making its North American Premiere ABCs of Death 2, from USA/New Zealand/Canada/Israel/Japan, making its Canadian Premiere The Babadook, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Hundreds of Gold Derby Users have already joined our panels of Experts and Editors in predicting the next Oscars, but they have a different idea about how Best Director will turn out. -Break- How many Oscars will 'Boyhood' win? They're closely divided between two top contenders. In one corner is Richard Linklater, who received the best reviews of his career for his innovative coming-of-age drama "Boyhood." He has two previous screenwriting nominations (for "Before Sunset" in 2004 and "Before Midnight" in 2013), but none yet for directing. However, while our experts place him solidly out front, he's in second place with users, despite more than 200 who think he'll win. In the opposing corner is the man our users believe is the real frontrunner: Bennett Miller for the tragic sports story "Foxcatcher." He already won the directing prize at Cannes earlier this year, and although this is o...' »
Two former executives from Calinos Films have set up a new distribution company, Fabula Films, acquiring all Turkish rights.
The outfit will launch at the Toronto Film Festival this week.
Fabula will be headed by CEO Billur Arikan and VP Alkan Avcioglu, who set up the theatrical division at Calinos five years ago.
At the fast-growing Calinos, they worked on films including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Raid, Intouchables, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Secret in their Eyes, Before Midnight, and Non-Stop.
“Even though it will be our first market under a new company, we will gear up the acquisitions where we left off,” said Gizem Yetim, who will serve as director of acquisitions. “We will continue to look for director-driven projects and arthouse films with crossover potential.”
“We are a very passionate team and we all have similar tastes” Avcioglu said. “We do not care whether the film is arthouse or commercial. If there »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Telluride — Actor Ethan Hawke is in the middle of a career high right now. In the space of a year he has been a part of two landmark films from director Richard Linklater, "Before Midnight" and "Boyhood," each of them the result of years and years of work exploring characters as they change across a wide spectrum of time. He has two films set to play the Venice Film Festival next week in Andrew Niccol's "Good Kill" and Michael Almereyda's "Cymbeline" and he's here in Telluride with his own directorial effort, an emotional documentary that is ostensibly a portrait of pianist Seymour Bernstein, but on a deeper level is an exploration by Hawke of finding satisfaction in one's art. It's a delicate piece of work that played like gangbusters to a Telluride premiere audience Saturday, rapt as the so wonderfully well-spoken Bernstein rattled off philosophical nuggets throughout a lively Q&A. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Indie distributor good Films will handle the Italian release of “Short Skin.” Films Boutique has acquired for international sales for the feature.
Lead produced by Tuscany’s La Regle du Jeu in an unusual three-way Italy-Iran-u.K. co-production, “Short Skin” is backed by the Biennale College Cinema, a joint venture of the Venice Festival and fashion house Gucci.
The movie is Italian director Duccio Chiarini’s fiction debut, which he also produced with Babak Jalali. It turns on Edoardo, a 17-year-old whose medical malformation prevents him from experiencing sexual satisfaction.
Forced by his own fears and insecurities into a shell that isolates him from girls, Edoardo develops other skills that help him better understand women and the “endless contradictions of feelings his situation has built up within him,” said Chiarini.
“The idea of the film is to tell the frailties and weaknesses of the male sex, too often represented by exclusive references to machismo, »
- John Hopewell
Tapping into France’s new generation of femme filmmakers, Pyramide Intl. has struck early sales on Alix Delaporte’s “The Last Hammer Blow,” which world premieres in competition at Venice.
In first “Hammer Blow” sales, Palace Films acquired rights to Australia and New Zealand, and Lumiere to Benelux territories.
Starring theater vet Gregory Gadebois and Clotilde Hesme,“Hammer Blow” turns, however, on a teen: Victor who, when he enters the Montpellier Opera House, knows nothing about music nor his father (Gadebois), who is about to conduct Mahler’s 6th Symphony. Music, however, allows their halting relationship to grow.
Hailed by France’s Telerama as a “true discovery,” actress-turned-director Borleteau’s debut “Fidelio” centers on Alice (Ariane Labed, “Before Midnight”), a 30-year-old sailor. She embarks as second mate on Fidelio, »
- John Hopewell
‘Love Is Strange’ movie review: Gay romantic drama is ‘beautiful in every way’ (photo: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in ‘Love Is Strange’) Love Is Strange is beautiful in every way that a film can be beautiful, and unabashedly so. Yet, despite its willingness to gild the lily for love of ethereal, aesthetic beauty in all its forms, it is a film that reaches for the truth — the deepest truths of what we often call “the human condition.” For all these reasons I love Ira Sachs’ movie as much as it wishes we would love each other. I love the artistry of it. I love what it has to say and that it’s something seldom said. I love that it is forgiving. Without hyperbole, I tell you that Love Is Strange is the stuff of Jean-Luc Godard (Notre Musique and In Praise of Love), Vittorio De Sica (Umberto D. »
- Tim Cogshell
Helmers with an impressive run of serious-issue movies should be applauded for changing style occasionally and making comedies, yet Jasmila Zbanic’s cringe-worthy “Love Island” is a misfire on all counts. Set in a Croatian summer resort populated by kooky holiday makers, this Europudding laffer follows a couple whose marriage turns rocky when the pregnant wife reconnects with her first love, another woman. Aiming for a “Mamma Mia” vibe but even more cartoonish, the pic will no doubt get decent distribution in Europe, and may see respectable returns in dubbed versions.
French Liliane (Ariane Labed, “Alps,” “Before Midnight”) and Bosnian Grebo (Ermin Bravo, in his third Zbanic film) come to the coast from Sarajevo for sun and fun. Grebo in particular lets loose, demonstrating his former-rocker chords to an appreciative audience of vacationers who are keen to party. Then Liliane locks eyes with Flora (Ada Condeescu, “Loverboy”), the entertainment hostess at the resort, »
- Jay Weissberg
Another day, another new category as I continue to open the doors to my 2015 Oscar predictions, today exploring the other half of this year's screenplays with 19 contenders for Best Original Screenplay and in this category there may be a little more to discuss as more of the films on my list have actually been seen. To begin my #1 is Richard Linklater's screenplay for Boyhood. Twelve years in the making and to see the finished product makes me wish I was privy to his notes from the very beginning to see how it all ended up. Linklater has seen his screenplays for Before Sunset and Before Midnight (both co-written with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) nominated in the past and given the overwhelming love for this film I think it's safe to assume a third nomination is in the offing and right now I see it as the definite front-runner »
- Brad Brevet
Everything’s coming up roses for Richard Linklater these days. After stumbling slightly during the mid–2000s, the Texan's filmography is in great shape following the triptych of “Bernie,” last year’s swoon-worthy “Before Midnight” and this year’s fantastic and much-discussed “Boyhood.” With that “time sculpture” finally released, Linklater is looking for another project, and it may be one that’s been percolating for as long as “Boyhood.” During the run-up to the release of “Bernie,” Linklater was eyeing a return to the studio system, circling a remake of the 1964 Don Knotts-starring live-action/animation hybrid “The Incredible Mr. Limpet.” The project developed in fits and starts, but "that project's not happening. The financing kind of went away," the director said last month. "That's the thing with those announcements. You never know the reason why it gets announced, but it's usually someone on the financing or sales side trying to. »
- Cain Rodriguez
What Richard Linklater’s Boyhood accomplishes is due the highest praise; as a feat of extended cinematic biography, there have been few experiments as rounded, detailed, and character-developed as this twelve-year gamble.
Nailing my heart to the wall with a good growing-up tale is a favorite cinematic past-time going back to a lot of young, smart French faces in the 1950s and 1960s; Russian kids with militarized gazes but poetic minds; the amazing Killer of Sheep’s gentle look at black youth in 1970s Los Angeles. Richard Linklater has contributed his share of closely-observed movies on adolescence, from his debut self-starring film It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988) and breakout indie ramble Slacker (1991)to the evergreen Dazed & Confused (1993) and Before… series (1995-2013), Linklater returns to the philosophical delusions of youth and retrospect realities of age again and again. Boyhood is one of his most generous gifts yet, »
- Gregory Fichter
In one of his regular Uncut series of editorials following the release of Before Midnight, esteemed critic Mark Kermode posed an intriguing question; what is the perfect film trilogy? Given the subject, naturally Richard Linklater’s Before… trio was mooted, along with the more traditional suggestions of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and The Godfather, and the perhaps most objectively reasonable pick of Toy Story. Regardless of your personal choice, there can be little doubting that movie trilogies as a whole wind up becoming divisive. There are few consistent enough to merit consideration as a perfect whole. The aforementioned Godfather is let down by its third entry, numerous notches below the masterpieces of Parts 1 & 2. Likewise Star Wars. Even Lord of the Rings suffers naysayers regarding Fellowship and Two Towers. Could it be that, in such a tricky field, The Dark Knight saga is worthy of an honorable mention?
It is a strange thought. »
- Scott Patterson
Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight) reunites with the directors of Daybreakers for another jaunt into genre. This time Hawke and the Spierig brothers are tackling time-travel with their next film, Predestination. Hawke plays a “temporal agent” – a professional time-traveller – whose job it is to go back and forth through time, changing history to save lives. His next target is the mass murder of 11,000 people by a terrorist called “Fizzle Bomber.”
For more Ethan Hawke, see our list of his top five roles from slacker to Sunrise. »
- Sasha James
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Running Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Release Date: July 18, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: The story of a boy’s maturation, shown over the course of twelve years.
Who’S It For? Fans of films about life (yeah, I said it).
Filming the development of a boy’s life over the course of twelve years, Boyhood uniquely captures the wonder of how a person blossoms from the origins of a simple human being. The life of young non-actor Ellar Coltrane, and the character he plays, vividly expresses the way in which we are influenced by the lives of people around us through the gradual passage of time.
Divided into year-long chapters that start its main character at the age of six and leave him when he goes to college, Boyhood follows Coltrane’s character Mason as he, his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, »
- Nick Allen
I don’t know about you, but as long as Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight) is in a movie, talking as quickly as a Gilmore Girl on espresso, I will enjoy it. It helps that his next film, Boyhood, is written and directed by Richard Linklater, who brought the Before Sunrise trilogy into fruition with Hawke and his co-star Julie Delpy. All of this, partnered with the overwhelmingly positive critical response, has us exceedingly impatient to see Boyhood, a film twelve years in the making.
For more Ethan Hawke, see our list of his »
- Sasha James
Chicago – Director Richard Linklater is a great American storyteller. In 2002, he embarked on a filmmaking journey that would be twelve years long, and conceived a fictional tale of a boy as he ages from age six to 18. Using the same actors over all those years, the result is the epic and philosophical “Boyhood.”
The power of “Boyhood” is embraced by the boy’s life cycle – portrayed by Ellar Coltrane through the ages. The ups and downs of his short but eventful existence is experienced as he grows during the 12 years. The basis for his perspective is forged through the difficulties of his estranged parents, two stepfathers and his mother’s dogged determination to keep everything together for him and his sister (portrayed by Richard Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei). Patricia Arquette (Mom) and the venerable Linklater collaborator Ethan Hawke (Dad) are around for the whole ride, and there is a poignancy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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