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Thelma Adams previews the 2014 Academy Awards with 14 top contenders that might make a dent. At the top of the list is Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" which opens this week with Ralph Fiennes and Bill Murray. The others on her list are "Can a Song Save Your Life?" (Keira Knightley), "Get On Up" (James Brown biopic), "The Giver" (Jeff Bridges), "Gone Girl" (from David Fincher), "The Homesman" (from Tommy Lee Jones), "Interstellar" (from Christopher Nolan), "Fury" (Brad Pitt), "Home" (DreamWorks animation), "Inherent Vice" (from Paul Thomas Anderson), "Into the Woods" (Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep), "Unbroken" (from Angelina Jolie), "Boyhood" (from Richard Linklater), and "Miss Julie" (Jessica Chastain). Yahoo Movies. How will HBO's very popular and acclaimed "True Detective" end its run next Sunday night? Newly minted »
The Beloved Sisters
Director: Dominik Graf
Writer: Dominik Graf
Producer: Uschi Reich
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
A member of what’s known as the Berlin school of filmmakers (including Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhausler), Graf has worked almost exclusively in television and he contributed to the 2011 triptych Beats Being Dead. His latest is an ambitious period piece and features a handful of bright faces in the German film industry, and, with a little luck, will be a breakout success for Graf.
Gist: 1788 in Rudolstadt, a small provincial town in Germany. The beautiful Caroline von Beulwitz is unhappily married, longing for love and life. Charlotte von Lengefeld, her shy sister, dreams of finding a husband. The two are a heart and soul, until He enters their lives: Friedrich Schiller, the man who wrote “The Robbers”, an overnight sensation, the espouser of proto-revolutionary republican ideals. »
- Eric Lavallee
Colin Farrell is in need of a career turnaround. After a string of misses including horror remake "Fright Night," the "Total Recall" would-be reboot, "Seven Pshychopaths" (where Farrell was dull and flat) and the mixed reviews for "Saving Mr. Banks" (not Farrell's fault), the Irish actor has "Winter's Tale" coming up February 14. But will this big-budget fantasy romance break the pattern?It's too bad so few people saw Niels Arden Oplev's grey and grainy crime romance "Dead Man Down" last year, where Farrell gave a moving performance opposite Noomi Rapace. And it's been a while since his brilliant comic turn in 2008's "In Bruges," even longer since his career-best performance in Terrence Malick's 2005 epic "The New World." He's coming up in Liv Ullman's take on Strindberg's "Miss Julie," co-starring Jessica Chastain, and "Solace," which looks like another formula thriller. A new featurette is available for "Winter's Tale," which also stars Russell Crowe, »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz will play the lead roles in the dystopian love story “The Lobster,” Protagonist Pictures said Monday in advance of the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. The picture marks the English language by Oscar-nominated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (“Dogtooth”) and starts shooting this March in Ireland. The cast includes Ben Whishaw (“Skyfall”) and Léa Seydoux (“Blue is the Warmest Color”). Farrell most recently logged a memorable supporting role as P.L. Travers’ alcoholic father in “Saving Mr. Banks,” and will next appear in the supernatural romance “Winter’s Tale.” He is also co-starring in “Miss Julie” opposite Jessica Chastain and. »
- Brent Lang
Protagonist Pictures to sell Yorgos Lanthimos’ English-language debut at the Efm.
The Lobster is set to begin shooting on March 24 in Ireland.
Co-written by Lanthimos and his long-time collaborator, award-winning Efthimis Filippou, the film is described as “an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death”.
It is being produced by Element Pictures, Limp, and Scarlet Films. Producers on the film are Lanthimos, Lee Magiday, Ed Guiney and Ceci Dempsey, with Element’s Andrew Lowe acting as executive producer.
Partnering on the project are Christos V. Konstantakopoulos of Faliro »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
London — Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz have come on board to play the lead roles in “The Lobster,” the first film in the English language by Oscar-nominated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (“Dogtooth,” “Alps”). Protagonist Pictures will be selling the pic at the European Film Market in Berlin.
The pic is set to start shooting on March 24 in Ireland.
Co-written by Lanthimos and his long-time collaborator, Efthimis Filippou, the film is an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death.
Partnering on the »
- Leo Barraclough
The Secret Scripture tells the story of Roseanne McNulty, a 100-year old Presbyterian woman who has been "in a mental hospital since World War Two". With the facility closing, "a psychiatrist tries to piece together why the woman is there, not knowing she has been hiding a diary under the floorboards".
It was announced in November that Chastain and Redgrave were to lead the movie as the younger and older versions of the woman, who suffered during Ireland's civil war and was abused by a priest.
Chastain appears in »
Exclusive: Love Is Strange, the new film by Ira Sachs which made its premiere last night at Eccles and got a rousing response including standing ovations for Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, has made a deal for French distribution with Pretty Pictures in a six-figure deal. The pic is in play for a domestic deal at well. Pretty Pictures’ Aranka Matits called the film “one of the best American independents we have seen in a long time. We were immediately taken by Ira Sachs’ elegant and poignant portrayal of human relationships. The performances are top-notch, with John Lithgow and Alfred Molina delivering understated excellence.” Fortissimo’s Matits and Nicole Mackey made the deal. Pretty Pictures’s recent releases of fest-centric films includes Winter’s Bone, Meeks Cutoff, Compliance and Detachment, and Wadjda. Next up are Dancing In Jaffa and the Jessica Chastain-starrer Miss Julie. Wme Global is repping domestic rights. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Chastain played guest roles in several television shows before making her feature film debut in the 2008 independent film "Jolene".
In 2011, she gained wide public recognition for her starring roles in seven film releases, including "The Help".
For her lead performance in the 2012 military thriller "Zero Dark Thirty", Chastain won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for 'Best Actress' and the Golden Globe Award for 'Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama', as well as an Academy Award nomination for 'Best Actress'.
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- Michael Stevens
9 items from 2014
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