8 items from 2015
Woman in Gold, 2015.
Directed by Simon Curtis.
Based on the true story of Maria Altmann (Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey), an Austrian Jewish immigrant and niece of the famous ‘Woman in Gold’ of Klimt’s painting who, with the help of Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds, The Voices), began a lengthy court battle with the Austrian government to reclaim the artwork which the Nazis stole from her family.
There is a place, one can argue, for average sentimental true stories one can safely take their grandmother to. Grannies need movies too. It’s just a shame when the concept for a film lends itself to so much potential, only to peter out in a patchy narrative.
The year is 1998. Ryan Reynolds is hilariously miscast as a timid lawyer, as if sticking a pair of glasses on him »
- Kat Kourbeti
Chicago – Friday, May 1st, kicks off one of 2015 Chicago’s most special events, the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association. The place to be is at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, and the titles included are an exciting batch of movies making their premiere here.
Many of the films had their world premiere at festivals like Sundance, Toronto and South X Southwest, and HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the kick-off weekend. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
Be sure to check back with HollywoodChicago.com on Monday, when we finish our preview of the festival by looking ahead to the weekday schedule, »
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Zachary Treitz and Kate Lyn Sheil’s “Men Go To Battle” sets its story in the 1860s, treating the Civil War period as a background prop on a miniscule stage, in an intimate and muted story about two brothers. It’s a film that would make for an attention-grabbing double bill with “The Keeping Room” (coming to theaters in October), considering their mirrored parallels. Where the latter focuses on the bond forged between three women near the end of the Civil War, Treitz and Sheil are more interested in the rift that grows between two brothers over the course of the war’s first year. Julia Hart wrote “The Keeping Room” as a feminist picture with her heart unapologetically on her sleeve, but “Men Go To Battle” has a much more unassuming aura around it, interested in the quotidian moments of ordinary folk living on the outskirts of the war. »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Read More: Drafthouse Films Acquires '80s Cult Classic 'Roar,' Plans Theatrical Release If you've ever wanted to watch an absurd amount of lion vs. human hijinks, you're in luck. In 1981, a ridiculous film by the name of "Roar" was released in Australia, and now it's making its (long overdue?) re-release in the U.S. The tagline for the film is "There's never been a film like "Roar." And there never will be again!" It's lived up to that for over 20 years. The film has a simple but horrifyingly oddball premise: lions terrorize the inhabitants of a small town. Judging from the trailer, it's a crazy dose of lion shenanigans. "Roar" lunges back into theaters on April 17. The film is directed by Noel Marshall, and stars Tippi Hedren of "The Birds." Read More: Drafthouse Films Acquires Brit Marling Western 'The Keeping Room' »
- Travis Clark
HBO are currently courting Anna Paquin for Madame X, a miniseries she and her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer are developing through their production company, Casm. Based on Kate Manning’s book My Notorious Life, the show is set in Victorian-era New York City and follows the life of Axie Muldoon, a wealthy New Yorker who helps her husband create a successful midwife business.
Per Deadline, the series purports to be “a love story, a family saga, and the confessions of a charismatic and passionate woman who changed the lives of countless others.” That premise, along with the true story tag, is a compelling prospect for the HBO treatment – especially in light of the superb Olive Kitteridge series.
As it stands, Paquin will star and executive produce alongside Moyer via Casm, with Jack Black producing through his Electric Dynamite banner. Your Sister’s Sister and Laggies helmer Lynn Shelton is »
- Gem Seddon
I have learned that HBO is in negotiations for Madame X, a period miniseries based on Kate Manning’s book My Notorious Life, which would be toplined by True Blood star Anna Paquin. She would be executive producing with her True Blood co-star/producing partner Stephen Moyer through their production company Casm and actor Jack Black through his Electric Dynamite banner. Written by Julia Hart (The Keeping Room) and to be directed by Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister), Madame… »
HBO is developing “Madame X,” a miniseries based on Kate Manning’s book “My Notorious Life” that will star Anna Paquin, who will also executive produce with Jack Black and her “True Blood” co-star Stephen Moyer, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Lynn Shelton (“Laggies”) is attached to direct the miniseries, which will be written by Julia Hart (“The Keeping Room”). HBO declined to comment. Also Read: Marisa Tomei to Play Gloria Steinem in ‘Ms.’ HBO Miniseries Paquin and Moyer will executive produce through their Casm Films banner along with Mark Larkin and Cerise Hallam Larkin, while Black will executive produce. »
- Jeff Sneider
Paris– EuropaCorp, whose U.S. distribution venture Red recently launched, will present a robust slate of English-language movies at the European Film Market.
The company will start pre-sales on an untitled Kawasaki project penned by Allison Burnett. The film, whose cast has not yet been unveiled, will turn on a man who devises a plan to save his gravely ill daughter at all costs, even his own life.
EuropaCorp, which just hit a home run with “Taken 3″ ($244 million worldwide so far), will also kick off three new movies in pre-production: Farren Blackburn’s (“Luther”) “Shut In” with Naomi Watts, Barry Sonnenfeld’s (“Men in Black”) “Nine Lives” with Kevin Spacey (pictured above) and Daniel Barber’s (“The Keeping Room”) “Underground.”
“Shut In” stars Watts as a widowed child psychologist who works from her home in rural New England and faces a terrifying winter storm. Lava Bear Films and Transfilm International are co-producing. »
- Elsa Keslassy
8 items from 2015
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