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As previously reported by my HitFix colleagues, 2014’s fall festivals represent something of a battle royale for various heavyweight Oscar hopefuls. The oldest fest in the big four, venerable Venice, is up against younger Us counterparts Toronto, Telluride and New York in the perennial fight to deliver a truly memorable Competition. Which films will be left standing once the critics have had their way with them? Contenders hoping to emerge victorious from La Biennale’s royal rumble include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s opening nighter "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, David Gordon Green’s Al Pacino vehicle "Manglehorn" and Andrew Garfield vs Michael Shannon in Ramin Bahrani’s real estate showdown "99 Homes." As far as awards season goes, for me the big hitter to beat from Cannes is "Foxcatcher," an extraordinary and illuminating piece of filmmaking from Bennett Miller, a director I’ve not been personally persuaded by before now. In the documentary category, »
- Catherine Bray
He slayed international auds with I Am Love, and now it would appear that Luca Guadagnino is finally moving back into feature films (docs and shorts preoccupied his output during this time) with A Bigger Splash. Joining the set troop of Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes is Dakota Johnson, who obviously brings some sales wattage to the project due to not her bit part beginnings a la For Ellen, but because of her Fifty Shades of Grey office girl. The actress will take over the seductress role that would have been assigned to Margot Robbie // technically the part that Jane Birkin played in the original 1969 Jacques Deray film. Shooting starts next month in Italy.
Gist: Written by David Kajganich and based on the 1969 title La Piscine, the story revolves around an uneasy triangle that forms between a couple and a younger woman during the couple’s vacation, leading to a sinister end. »
- Eric Lavallee
The Venice International Film Festival is in the process announcing the lineup for its 71st edition. Here's what we know so far:
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson)
99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani)
Tales (Rakhshan Bani E'temad)
La rancon de la gloire (Xavier Beauvois)
Le dernier coup de marteau (Alix Delaporte)
Three Hearts (Benoît Jacquot)
Sivas (Kaan Mujdeci)
Anime Nere (Francesco Munzi)
Loin des hommes (David Oelhoffen)
The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
Nobi (Shinya Tsukamoto)
Red Amnesia (Wang Xiaoshuai)
Out Of Competition
Joe Date. Photo by Evan Dickson.
This morning in Rome, Biennale president Paolo Baratta and Venice Film Festival chief Alberto Barbera unveiled the lineup for the 71st Venice Film Festival, which features some extraordinarily exciting titles and intriguingly under-the-radar picks.
Twenty films will be competing in the main competition, 19 of which are world premieres with one international premiere out of the lot. Out of all the titles at Venice this year, Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton and features a star-studded cast including Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, is undoubtedly the title with the most chance of gaining Oscar attention this year after making the rounds on the festival circuit (it’s heading to the Toronto International Film Festival next).
Also anticipated are Manglehorn, a collaboration between Prince Avalanche helmer David Gordon Green and Al Pacino, and Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill, with Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, January Jones and Zoe Kravitz. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
This morning came the announcement of the 2014 Venice Film Festival lineup and we already knew Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman would serve as the opening night film and for the most part a lot of the more recognizable entries are those we already discussed as part of the Toronto Film Festival lineup. This includes Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes, David Gordon Green's Manglehorn starring Al Pacino, Abel Ferrera's Pasolini, Barry Levinson's The Humbling and Andrew Niccol's The Good Kill. There are, however, some titles worthy of note such as the latest film from The Act of Killing director Joshua Oppenheimer, The Lord of Silence, Fatih Akin's The Cut, She's Funny that Way from Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko's Olive Kitteredge and a new film from James Franco in The Sound and the Fury based on Faulkner's novel. Joe Dante shows up with a new horror-comedy in Burying the Ex, »
- Brad Brevet
The Venice Film Festival’s Horizons section (aka Orizzonti) is logically comparable to Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section. As well as including about a dozen shorts in the programme (Ramin Bahrani is among those listed with an eight minuter called Life You Up), this year’s pack of seventeen unquestionably highlighted by the presence of Moshen Makhmalbaf’s The President, also includes the much anticipated sophomore film by Duane Hopkins’ youth portrait Bypass (see pic above – youth portrait), the Safdie Bros.’ Heaven Knows What – a docu-fiction hybrid starring Caleb Landry Jone and newcomer Arielle Holmes, the latest from frenzied pace working Hong Sangsoo (Hill Of Freedom) and a new item from actress Katherine Heigl (who knows this might actually be good) starring in Ami Canaan Mann’s Your Right Mind, about a modern day train hopper fighting to be a successful musician and a single mom battling to maintain custody »
- Eric Lavallee
The line-up for the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27-Sept 6) has been revealed this morning by Biennale president Paolo Baratta and film festival director Alberto Barbera at Rome’s St. Regis Grand Hotel.
Early standouts include Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini, which centres on the final days of the Italian filmmaker and his death in 1975; David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, starring Al Pacino as a locksmith in a small town who never got over the love of his life; and The Look Of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s highly anticipated follow-up to his award-winning documentary, The Act of Killing.
As previously announced, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, starring Michael Keaton, will open the festival on August 27 and is among the 20-strong competition titles, of which all »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
David Gordon Green's “Manglehorn,” Andrew Niccol's “Good Kill,” Abel Ferrara's “Pasolini” and Joshua Oppenheimer's “The Look of Silence” will join Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's “Birdman” in the competition lineup of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (the Venice Biennale), Venice organizers announced at a press conference in Rome on Thursday. Stars who could make the trek to the Italian festival include Al Pacino, who stars in “Manglehorn”; Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern and Michael Shannon, in Ramin Bahrani's “99 Homes”; Ethan Hawke, who appears in both “Good Kill” and Michael Almereyda's “Cymbeline,” the latter with Ed Harris and Milla Jovovich; Willem Dafoe, »
- Steve Pond
Films by David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol and Abel Ferrara will bring world premieres to the Lido di Venezia this year, as the Venice Film Festival has announced its selections for the 71st edition of the oldest such event in the world. Green's "Manglehorn" with Al Pacino, Niccol's "Good Kill" with Ethan Hawke and Ferrara's "Pasolini" with Willem Dafoe promise to bring a fair share of star power to the event, while actors such as Viggo Mortensen, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver feature in films sprinkled throughout the Competition. "The Act of Killing" director Joshua Oppenheimer will also continue his look at the Indonesian genocide with a new documentary, "The Look of Silence." Playing out of competition are films by Barry Levinson ("The Humbling," also starring Pacino), James Franco ("The Sound and the Fury") and Lisa Cholodenko ("Olive Kitteridge"), while Focus Features will bring the new Laika film, "The Boxtrolls, »
- Kristopher Tapley
He isn’t wasting much time in post with Cymbeline. Joining the already cast Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder, THR reports that helmer Michael Almereyda has found sideburn and stache wearing participants for Experimenter in Kellan Lutz, Anton Yelchin and Taryn Manning. And get this. Lutz will play actor William Shatner, who portrayed Milgram in a 1970s TV movie.
Yelchin plays Rensaleer, a man who resists authority. Manning plays Mrs. Lowe, a test subject who is distressed by the process and pushes back. Also boarding; Anthony Edwards as Miller, the first person subjected to the experiment, and Edoardo Ballerini as Milgram’s best friend. John Leguizamo, Dennis Haysbert, Josh Hamilton and Jim Gaffigan are all set up in the drama as well. Filming has already begun in New York. Producing are Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Aimee Schoof, Isen Robbins, Danny A. Abeckaser and Per Melita. Jeff Rice, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, »
- Eric Lavallee
The plot is based on the true story of controversial social psychologist Dr. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard), who designed the Obedience Experiments at Yale University in 1961. The study examined the behavior of test subjects who thought they were sending electric shock waves to a friendly stranger.
Kellan Lutz is portraying actor William Shatner, who played Milgram in a 1970 TV movie. Anton Yelchin is playing Rensaleer, a man who resists authority, while Taryn Manning will play a test subject named Mrs. Lowe, who is deeply affected by the experiment and rebels against it. Also starring are Anthony Edwards as Miller, the first person to participate in the experiments, and Edoardo Ballerini as Milgram's best friend.
Blumhouse Productions is best known for its contributions to the horror genre, with such frightfests as Sinister, Insidious and The Purge in its body of work. But if you take one look at its upcoming slate, you’ll begin to understand that Blumhouse is looking to broaden its horizons in a big way. One of the most curious projects in the works over at the studio is a revenge Western called In A Valley of Violence. Though Ti West (The House of the Devil) scribed and also directed, the film still seems more than a little out of the way for the horror-leaning studio. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’re not looking forward to it, particularly with the cast West has lined up. Today, James Ransone joined the film, which already boasts Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, Karen Gillan and Taissa Farmiga.
I’m anticipating that additional details about »
- Isaac Feldberg
Charles Gillibert developed and produced the project with CG Cinema, Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya, with Ben Sachs executive producing for Benaroya Pictures. The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in October in Chicago and Toronto.
The plot elements are currently under wraps, but it has been described as a sophisticated, heist action/thriller.
International Film Trust, which was co-founded by Benaroya, will be handling foreign sales of the title heading into the summer and the Toronto International Film Festival under the helm of Ift President, Christian De Gallegos. CAA, which arranged financing for the film, will represent domestic rights along with Wme.
Assayas had the English-language »
- Michelle McCue
Co-written by and based on Tom Drury’s acclaimed novel of the same title, The Driftless Area, stars Zooey Deschanel, Anton Yelchin and John Hawkes, and tells the tale of an unconventional romance about death, love and fate. Pierre’s life is saved by a beautiful stranger, and their pasts catch up with them in a violent and transcendent finale.
Currently shooting in Vancouver, Radiant Films International is handling foreign sales at the Cannes Film Market.
- Melissa Thompson
International Film Trust (Ift) is introducing the project to Cannes buyers and CAA and UTA represent Us rights.
You Shall Know Our Velocity is scheduled to start shooting in spring 2015 and follows a pair of friends who travel to the Pyramids to scatter their pal’s ashes and resolve to give away an insurance pay-out to those in need.
“Dave Eggers is a gifted storyteller and we are thrilled to be turning his hilarious yet poignant story of two best friends travelling the world into a feature film,” said producer and Ift co-founder Michael Benaroya.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.
In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.
Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:
World Competition Categories
The jurors for »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Hollywood Reporter described the story as a Western horror tale set in the 1890s, although Ti West chimed in with the following tweet shortly after that story was published.
It's not a horror movie.
— Ti West (@Ti_West) March 18, 2014
No other plot details have been revealed thus far, including what characters John Travolta and Ethan Hawke are playing. The project reunites Ethan Hawke with Jason Blum, who have previously worked together on Sinister and last year's surprise box office hit The Purge.
It's nice to know that Dakota Johnson isn't letting Fifty Shades of Grey go to her head. She was filming Cymbeline with John Leguizamo when she won the role of Anastasia Steele in the movie adaptation of the best selling Nsfw novel. "Here we're doing the movie and she's just Dakota Johnson and the next week it was announced in the trades that she's in Fifty Shades of Grey and all of a sudden we're bombarded," Leguizamo told me at the SXSW premiere of his new comedy, Chef. "But she still remained the same girl even though we had to protect her from the massive amounts of crazy." "Her life changed like that," he said while snapping his »
Kevin Hoiseth [pictured] has joined La-based sales company International Film Trust (Ift) as director of international sales.
The new arrival will focus chiefly on Asia and Eastern Europe on an Ift slate that includes Cymbeline starring Ethan Hawke, Milla Jovovich and upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey lead Dakota Johnson, Your Voice In My Head with Emma Watson, The King Of The Kastle starring Clive Owen and the Stephen King adaptationCell.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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