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Atom Egoyan made some of the finest films of the 1990s. The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, and Felicia’s Journey are excellent dramas. Over the last few years, Egoyan’s films haven’t found the same level of acclaim. His last two pictures, The Devil’s Knot and The Captive, were disappointing but not without reminders of Egoyan’s talents. Quickly following those dramas, we’re already getting another film from […]
- Jack Giroux
In the scheduled nine day run, the Marrakech Int. Film Festival truly gets into gear on the first Saturday when the fifteen competing films (having all recently premiered elsewhere) are slowly unveiled to the high brow jury. My first stab at Director General Bruno Barde’s selections was Paradise, a contemporary, Tehran doldrum portrait which was also a double Locarno winner. After that, I was treated to an uneventful press conference for the compassionately generous Bill Murray with the only bit of noteworthy news was his involvement in the new Wes Anderson film.
Later that evening, the festival gives what is an annual Valentine’s card of sorts to one national cinema. This year’s selection is one that I’m all too familiar with. With Atom Egoyan selected as the ambassador, the reel presentation included highlights from Canadiana with a glaring absence of select Quebecois films and Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. »
- Eric Lavallee
Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan’s last couple of pictures haven’t exactly received much love — his “Prisoners”-style thriller “The Captive” was truly corny, and could stand to be a career low point. That could all change, though, with the director’s next film: the tense-looking “Remember,” which tied with Lenny Abrahamson’s stellar “Room” for Audience Choice Award in the category of Best Narrative Feature at this year’s Calgary International Film Festival. The film has recently been picked up by A24, who have been responsible for some of the year’s best and most challenging films (the erstwhile-mentioned “Room,” the sleek and beautiful “Ex Machina” and Noah Baumbach’s winsome “While We’re Young”) and also, perhaps, one of its worst (that would be William Monahan’s truly execrable would-be stalker flick “Mojave”). Now, Egoyan fans, feast your eyes on this new trailer that teases the dark world »
- Nicholas Laskin
The Film Farm, the Toronto-based indie producer behind films by Atom Egoyan, Brian De Palma and Sarah Polley, will exec produce drama “I’m Not a Bad Person,” the sophomore pic by Canadian director Andrew Huculiak (“Violent”).
The deal was struck at Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, where “I’m Not a Bad Person” was selected for the second edition of Cabos Discovery, the competitive forum for projects in development, made in or co-produced by Mexico, U.S. or Canada.
Media Darling’s Amy Darling and Welker House’s Nicole Irene Dyck negotiated the partnership on behalf of the filmmakers, with The Film Factory’s co-founders Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss signing on to preside over development and production.
The parties first met at Los Cabos last year, where brothers »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Let the River Run: Boden & Fleck’s Melancholy, Character Driven Road-Trip
Filmmaking duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck return with their best collaboration since the 2006 break out title Half Nelson (a film which Boden only shared co-writing credit). Considering their last effort was the 2010 dramedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story, it’s with definite pleasure to see them return to their talents for concocting acute characterizations and capturing impressive performances with Mississippi Grind, a rambling, gambling tumbleweed of a film. Gilded with a palpable sadness in its exploration of hollow lives desperately chasing impossible dreams, the film pays homage to Robert Altman’s 1974 classic California Split, which starred Elliott Gould and George Segal. Boden and Fleck transport us to the modern day Mid-West, utilizing the eponymous river as journey through the threadbare humanity on the road.
Down on his luck Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) seems determined to live on the precipice of complete ruination, »
- Nicholas Bell
'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original, »
- Zac Gille
Atom Egoyan’s last festival outing was in Cannes with the risible The Captive. Entering the cinema for Remember, critics in Venice were filled with a mixture of dread and malicious anticipation of a juicy one-star review. Instead, Egoyan surprised and delighted us with this tale of remembering and willful forgetfulness. Remember stars the perennially
The post Venice 2015: Remember Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
A geriatric revenge fantasy so increasingly preposterous that it trivializes both the pain of surviving Holocaust victims and the debate over how best to serve justice with war criminals, Remember is mildly elevated by the pathos of Christopher Plummer's performance as an elderly man drifting in and out of the disorienting fog of dementia. Continuing the sad slump in Atom Egoyan's career after last year’s The Captive, this plodding new drama is perhaps a shade or two less risible. But first-time screenwriter Benjamin August certainly gives it the old college try, fabricating a plot with holes so big you
- David Rooney
The sixth edition of Producers Lab Toronto is set to launch during the Toronto International Film Festival from September 9 to 12, 2015. Twenty four producers from Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have been chosen to exchange project ideas, funding information, and co-production deals. This successful networking platform has facilitated the development of several trans-Atlantic co-productions, with 17 former participants now working on 17 projects at various stages of production.
Producers Lab Toronto 2015 will see the 24 participants taking part in various networking and pitching events, case studies, and round tables with key industry members. The event will enable the participants to broaden their scope of projects regarding financing, creativity, and distribution in order to create trans-Atlantic co-productions.
The international co-production forum is organized and financed by European Film Promotion (Efp) in collaboration with theOntario Media Development Corporation (Omdc) and the Toronto International Film Festival®.Screen Australia and the New Zealand Film Commission (Nzfc) will again be supporting the event, along with Creative Europe – Media Programme, the participating Efp member organisations, Eurimages, and Telefilm Canada.
Selected by the event's five partners, the participating producers have significant experience of co-production and will be presenting new projects with international market potential. Adis Dapo, known for Aida Begic’s "Children of Sarajevo" (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Germany/ France/ Turkey 2012), is from Efp’s youngest member country Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is one of the ten European internationally-experienced producers coming to take part in the event.
Canadian producer participants include Simone Urdl, known for her long association with Atom Egoyan ("The Captive," Cannes 2014), and Chantelle Kadyschuk of No Trace Camping, Canadian producer of "Room," a Canada-Ireland co-production premiering at Tiff 2015.
Adis Djapo , Scca (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Ivo Felt , Allfilm (Estonia)
Eva Jakobsen , Snowglobe (Denmark)
Hlín Johannesdóttir , Vintage Pictures (Iceland)
Silvia Panáková , Arina (Slovak Republic)
Raquelle David , Damsel Pictures
Rebecca Summerton , Closer Productions
Jane Loughman , Monkeys & Parrots
Simone Urdl , The Film Farm
Barbara Willis Sweete , Willis Sweete Productions
New Zealand's participants
Alexander Behse , Monsoon Pictures International
Leanne Saunders , Piki Films
- Sydney Levine
The 24 producers from Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will participate in the sixth edition of the networking platform, which will run Sept 9-12 during the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20).
Plt is targeted at producers who have had previous experience in working on international co-productions and now have projects in the pipeline that could be interesting for the international market.
The ten European producers were selected by European Film Promotion’s member organisations from previous participants of its Cannes-based initiative Producers on the Move.
Together with her partner Shamim Sarif, Hanan Kattan has a presence in the UK and Canada with their Enlightenment Group of companies. Hattan produced Sarif’s three features, including Despite The Falling Snow, starring Charles Dance and Rebecca Ferguson, as well as »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Anthony Michael Hall ("The Dark Knight," "Foxcatcher") has been cast opposite Brad Pitt in David Michod's provocative, satirical comedy "War Machine" at Plan B Entertainment and Netflix. The story is based on the book "The Operators" by Michael Hastings.
Pitt plays a four-star general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. Hall will play General Hank Pulver, his second in command. Filming begins later this month. [Source: Deadline]
The story centers on a man (Highmore) in his mid-20s and still living at home with his mother and stepfather who puts all his eggs in one basket: the girl (Rush) who works at his local coffee shop. Catch is she has a serious »
- Garth Franklin
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Speedman (Underworld), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica) and Ella Ballentine (The Captive) will co-star in Bertino's There Are Monsters, which is currently in production. The trio join a cast that includes Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks).
Elisabeth Moss was at one time lined up to star in There Are Monsters, but she's no longer involved in Bertino's latest, which "focuses on a mother and daughter who are trapped and tormented by a ruthless creature." A24 has slated There Are Monsters for a 2016 release. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates.
- Derek Anderson
Director’s latest feature Remember to screen at Venice and Toronto.
The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 14-22) is to pay tribute to Canadian director Atom Egoyan, who will receive Honorary Heart of Sarajevo for his contribution to film.
The festival will screen three of his films: Exotica (1994), set in and around a fictional strip club; Cannes award-winner The Sweet Hereafter (1997); and Ararat (2002), a drama about the Armenian genocide.
Egoyan, who was born to Armenian parents in Egypt but moved to Canada aged two, has directed more than a dozen features, several TV projects, and shorts.
Following critical acclaim and accolades for Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter and Ararat, his films of the past decade have included crime drama Where The Truth Lies, starring Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon; true crime drama Devil’s Knot, again with Firth and Reese Witherspoon; and thriller The Captive, starring Ryan Reynolds.
Egoyan’s latest feature, Remember, starring »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Some of the most anticipated movies of the Fall will make their debut at the four major festivals that annual suck up the movie world's attention during a five-week period beginning in September. The New York Film Festival has already revealed that "The Walk," "Steve Jobs" and "Miles Away" will be its major galas. The 40th Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of selections on Tuesday giving away many of the "secret" premieres at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend. Earlier this month Venice announced it would open with Universal Pictures' "Everest" and debut Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" with Johnny Depp out of competition. Now, the festival has unveiled a majority of its slate with some very exciting surprises. The biggest news is that Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" will have its world premiere in Venice. The highly anticipated drama has already generated »
- Gregory Ellwood
Scott Foundas: Well, the cat is really out of the bag now. After weeks of intense blogosphere speculation about the fall festival season and palate-whetting gala announcements from the New York Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival kicked things into high gear this morning when it announced more than 40 titles that will comprise the festival’s Gala and Special Presentations categories come September. It’s a typically starry list, full of A-list names in front of and behind the camera, some very obvious Oscar bait, and a few Toronto stalwarts to satisfy the requisite quota of local Canadian talent, including Atom Egoyan, who makes a bid for a comeback (after the career-pummeling one-two of “Devil’s Knot” and “The Captive”) with “Remember,” starring Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor trying to track down the former Nazi guard responsible for murdering his family.
Egoyan’s film is listed by the »
- Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
You many not recognize the name but when you see a picture of Kevin Durand, you'll definitely recognize the face. The character actor has appeared in everything from indies to big Hollywood productions and over the years, has amassed an impressive filmography that has seen him work with a who's who of entertainment heavyweights.
Thanks to his stature, Durand has often been tasked with playing "the heavy" in everything from "Lost" to last year's The Captive (review). But the Canadian actor is also an accomplished stage actor, a dramatist and of late, he's been making the move to leading role. He's currently one of the central characters in FX's gruesome Vampire tale "The Strain" and he l [Continued ...] »
The Cannes Film Festival has built a reputation over seven decades as one unafraid of controversy. The boos, heckles, and jeers from the audience have become a Cannes tradition whenever a film is deemed unworthy of the festival’s lofty standards. This year has already seen Gus Van Sant’s “Sea Of Trees” eviscerated by critics (including us). While there are different shades to every controversy, each genuinely controversial Cannes title has earned the right to referred as such. For example. calling Atom Egoyan’s “The Captive” "controversial"’ would be unduly praising an otherwise utterly forgettable movie. Whether we're talking about great or not-so-great works of cinema that caused a scandal because of their envelope-pushing nature, or hotly anticipated films from big name directors that confounded critics to the point of dominating conversation throughout the entire festival, controversial Cannes titles are fascinating. So here are ten of the »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
It's official! Kate Beckinsale is returning to the Underworld franchise. Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the talented actress has officially signed on to return in the yet-to-be titled Underworld 5 for her fourth go-round as the vampire Selene. She's joined by Theo James (Divergent), who is expected to reprise his role from Underworld: Awakening. No word yet on Beckinsale's other former co-stars Scott Speedman (The Captive), who played love interest Michael Corvin, and India Eisley (The Secret Life Of The American Teenager), who played daughter Eve. Additionally, Anna Foerster has signed on to direct the upcoming fifth installment, making her the first female director to helm a film in the long-running female-led action/horror series. Foerster has previously done second-unit work and has served as Roland Emmerich's director of photography on The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down. The film, which is a joint production between Lakeshore Entertainment & Screen Gems, »
There was a time when a new film from Atom Egoyan was an exciting prospect, but recently that isn't as true. The filmmaker has swung very hard and missed with recent efforts like the "Prisoners"-lite "The Captive," movie-of-the-week style "Devil's Knot," and the corny, erotic thriller "Chloe." But could this new effort find him back on the right track? We'll see, as the first trailer for "Remember" has arrived. This thriller, in which history and a tale of revenger come together, has a pretty solid cast. It includes Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Bruno Ganz, Dean Norris, and Jurgen Prochnow. Here's the official logline: “Remember” is a compelling thriller in which the darkest chapter of the 20th century collides with a contemporary mission of revenge. No word yet on a release date, but given that Egoyan is a Cannes regular, perhaps this will make its World Premiere on the Croisette? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the pantheon of talking animal movies, The Voices is a decided outcast. Animals aren’t the only unusual talkers here either – there are also a couple chatty, severed heads in the fridge. Okay, The Voices is an outcast in every imaginable way. From anything. The Voices is its own genre. Somewhere between a dream movie, a slasher, a dark comedy, a goofy rom-com, and by ending something Really unexpected, is where it lies directly in the center. But that’s the charm of the film in that by playing with these different tones and genre tropes it’s wildly unpredictable and superbly entertaining. Prepare yourself.
Ryan Reynolds is Jerry a quiet, handsome office clerk that all the girls have a crush on. They don’t know that Jerry has some serious issues, though. He has deep rooted psychological issues, and not taking his medication leads to a self aware imagination becoming really, »
- Mike Hassler
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