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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Emcee Bruce Willis Roast for Comedy Central

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Emcee Bruce Willis Roast for Comedy Central
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will serve as roast master for the “Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis.”

“I’ve looked up to Bruce my whole life. I was genuinely honored to work alongside him and, in essence, Play him when we made ‘Looper’ together,” said Gordon-Levitt. “He has treated me with absolutely nothing but warmth and kindness. And so I look forward to mercilessly making fun of him on TV.”

The roast of Willis be recorded July 14 at the Hollywood Palladium, and will premiere July 29 on Comedy Central. Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet will executive produce the show, having previously served as
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Sarajevo to fete Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Sarajevo to fete Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Palme d’Or-winning director will attend the festival and screen his latest feature, The Wild Pear Tree.

This year’s Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 10-18) will pay tribute to Palme d’Or-winning Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

The director of Once Upon A Time In Anatolia and Winter Sleep will attend the festival as a guest of its ‘tribute to’ programme, which will see Sarajevo screen a series of his works including his latest, The Wild Pear Tree, which premiered in Cannes’ Official Competition this year.

The Wild Pear Tree revolves around an aspiring writer who returns to his native
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The Filmmakers Podcast #57: Interview with actor/producer Tom Malloy

Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness,
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Tabrez Noorani: “I hope that the journey of Love Sonia really resonates with audiences”

A noted producer of such incredible films like Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, Oliver Stone’s Alexander, and Lasse Hallström’s Hundred Foot Journey, Tabrez Noorani has now stepped directly behind the camera and is getting ready for the premiere of his first film as director with Love Sonia.

Set in India, Hong Kong and Los Angeles Love Sonia, which is the opening night film for the prestigious London Indian Film Festival, is said to be a breathtakingly honest and real look at the global sex trade industry. It is told through the experiences of Sonia, who according to Mr. Noorani, trafficks herself to go find and rescue her sister so that they don’t become one of the 800,000 women and children who are victims of the international sex trade industry every year.

This
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Could Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Score to ‘Vietnam War’ Doc Be an Emmys Contender?

Could Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Score to ‘Vietnam War’ Doc Be an Emmys Contender?
Could a documentary score win a prime-time Emmy, competing against music from some of the biggest dramatic shows on television?

The answer is yes. It’s happened twice in the past seven years. Last year alone, four documentaries were nominated for their music, and seven others were nominated in the decade prior.

Emmy rules don’t specifically disqualify a score just because it’s been written for a non-fiction film, so composers in that field are eligible to enter the prime-time competition, in either the “composition for a series” or “composition for a limited series, movie or special” categories.

Notes Trent Reznor,
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Fox Evp of Theatrical Marketing Jonathan Helfgot Leaves Studio

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20th Century Fox executive vice president of theatrical marketing, Jonathan Helfgot, has exited the studio, an individual with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap.

Helfgot’s last day was on Friday. He worked at the studio from 2004 to 2011 as Svp of marketing strategy and then served as Open Road’s president of marketing since March 2016. He then rejoined Fox on May 8 last year as Evp of theatrical marketing.

During Helfgot’s tenure, the studio released films like “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “The Greatest Showman” and “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Also Read: Jonathan Helfgot Returns to Fox as Evp of Theatrical Marketing

While at Open Road, Helfgot oversaw campaigns for the Sundance favorite “Before I Fall,” directed by Ry Russo Young and starring Zoey Deutch, Oliver Stone’s controversial “Snowden,” and the Jamie Foxx action thriller “Sleepless.”

He had previously served as founder and managing partner of Rec Room,
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Zack Snyder Announces an Adaptation of Ayn Rand’s ‘The Fountainhead’ Is His Next Movie

Zack Snyder Announces an Adaptation of Ayn Rand’s ‘The Fountainhead’ Is His Next Movie
Zack Snyder is planning his directorial comeback with an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel “The Fountainhead.” The director announced the plan on the social media platform Vero (via Deadline) when asked by a fan to name his next project. Snyder’s last directorial credit is 2017’s “Justice League,” although he stepped away from production in May 2017 after a family tragedy. Joss Whedon boarded the Warner Bros. tentpole and completed it on Snyder’s behalf, making “Batman v Superman” in 2016 the director’s last completed directorial effort.

The Fountainhead” centers on the young architect Howard Roark, whose dream of constructing modernist buildings puts him in opposition with the architectural establishment. The novel was adapted into a movie in 1949, starring Gary Cooper as Roark, and has caught the eye of directors like Michael Cimino and Oliver Stone over the years. Snyder first expressed interest in adapting “The Fountainhead” in a 2016 interview,
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Marketing-Distribution Executive Arthur Manson Dies at 90

Marketing-Distribution Executive Arthur Manson Dies at 90
Arthur Manson, a veteran film executive whose career in marketing and distribution encompassed numerous Oscar-winning films, died May 14 at his home in Riverdale, N.Y. He was 90.

Manson worked on the marketing campaigns for “Walking Tall,” “Platoon,” “JFK,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “All the President’s Men,” “A Star Is Born,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “Cinema Paradiso,” “The Great Santini,” “Angela’s Ashes,” “The Cider House Rules,” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Manson was an adviser to Oliver Stone, Scott Rudin, Miramax, the Weinstein Company, Joseph E. Levine, and Stanley Kubrick. He worked for MGM, Samuel Goldwyn Productions[/link], Stanley Kramer Productions, Columbia Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros.
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To the Ends of the World review – brutal French take on the war in Vietnam

Guillaume Nicloux’s Platoon-style drama about the French presence in south-east Asia is suitably violent, but also flirts with macho cliche

Guillaume Nicloux is the director of that rather extraordinary comedy The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, in which the famous author created what amounted to a bizarre 94-minute cameo as himself, and also the bittersweet autumnal drama Valley of Love, with Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu. Now he has brought to the Director’s Fortnight section in Cannes an extremely confident and undeniably well-made Vietnam war movie, with something of Oliver Stone’s Platoon, except with the French in the role of the doomed occupying force, which in the 1940s preceded that of the Americans. The movie uses the term “Indochine” or “Indochina” in the opening titles, a colonial-era phrase, now rather frowned on, and predating the modern south-east Asia.
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The 2018 IndieWire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

The 2018 IndieWire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival
Lineup

2018 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard, and More to Compete for Palme d’Or

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Set for Special Premiere Screening at Cannes

Orson Welles Is Coming to Cannes 2018 After All, but Not With Netflix

Cannes: Nicolas Cage’s ‘Mandy’ and Gaspar Noe’s ‘Climax’ Lead 2018 Directors’ Fortnight Lineup

Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife,’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, to Headline 2018 Cannes Critics’ Week

Cannes 2018: Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ to Close Festival, Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Sets Premiere

Pre-Festival Announcements and News

Terry Gilliam Suffers Stroke While Awaiting ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Cannes Verdict

Amazon Studios Will No Longer Distribute Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Netflix Eyes Cannes Loophole, Could Buy ‘Everybody Knows’ and More Palme d’Or Contenders — Report

Pierre Rissient, Warrior of Cinema and Advocate of Major Filmmakers Worldwide, Dies at 81

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Cannes: ‘Everybody Knows’ Director Asghar Farhadi Pleads With Iran to Allow Filmmaker Jafar Panahi to Attend Fest

Cannes: ‘Everybody Knows’ Director Asghar Farhadi Pleads With Iran to Allow Filmmaker Jafar Panahi to Attend Fest
At the conclusion of Wednesday’s morning Cannes press conference for Asghar Farhadi’s latest film, the festival opener “Everybody Knows,” the Iranian filmmaker snuck in one last comment, unprompted by the assembled crowd of international press or his starry cast of heavy-hitters like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. After the conference wrapped, the “A Separation” filmmaker requested to have his microphone back, so that he could issue a comment on a situation clearly close to his heart.

“I thought perhaps we could go on to one last point,” he said. Farhadi pointed out that his is not the only Iranian film in competition this year, but that his fellow countryman Jafar Panahi was not in attendance to support his film “Three Faces” because of his ongoing house arrest in 2011 for charges of making propaganda.

The “Offside” and “The Circle” filmmaker was also banned by his own country from making films for twenty years,
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Cinema/Chicago founder Michael Kutza to step down

Cinema/Chicago founder Michael Kutza to step down
Kutza co-founded Chicago International Film Festival in 1964.

Michael Kutza the founder and CEO of Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, will step down at the end of the year.

Kutza co-founded the in 1964 and served as the festival’s artistic director through 2017.

The festivl’s board have organised a gala to celebrate Kutza’s 55-year career, where they will present him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Chaz Ebert, Candace Jordan, and Maria Pappas will chair the ‘Celebrating Michael’ event set for July 14.

After co-founding the Chicago International Film Festival with silent screen actress Colleen Moore, Kutza
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Legendary French cinema and Cannes mover and shaker Pierre Rissient dies at 81

Legendary French cinema and Cannes mover and shaker Pierre Rissient dies at 81
Influential figure who championed Clint Eastwood, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, Jane Campion and Im Kwon-taek passes away on eve of 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Pierre Rissient, the influential, behind-the-scenes mover, shaker and fixer in the French cinema world and the Cannes Film Festival, has died. He was 81.

French director Bertrand Tavernier, who worked alongside Rissient as a press attaché in the 1960s before turning to directing and was a lifelong friend, broke the news via the Twitter account of the Lumière Institute in Lyon, of which he is president.

“Pierre Rissient died last night,” Tavernier wrote. “His
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Pierre Rissient, Warrior of Cinema and Advocate of Major Filmmakers Worldwide, Dies at 81

Pierre Rissient, Warrior of Cinema and Advocate of Major Filmmakers Worldwide, Dies at 81
Pierre Rissient called me on Thursday, welcoming me to Paris and hoping I would see “Burning,” Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s latest film set to premiere in a week at the Cannes Film Festival. He was organizing local screenings and advising the filmmaker, much like this indefatigable warrior of cinema had done for over 50 years. Two days later, he died in a Paris hospital after suffering complications from a blood clot. He was 81.

Rissient had struggled from health problems for years, but continued advising on the movies he loved until the day of his death. That should come as no surprise to those who fell into his orbit, and there were many.

Rissient was dubbed “Mr. Everywhere” by longtime pal Clint Eastwood for good reason: The multi-tasker was a critic in the ’50s, then an assistant director on the set of Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless,” and joined forces with future
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Fajr International Film Festival

36th Fajr International Film Festival announces the Winners

Closing ceremony of the 36th edition of Fajr international film festival was held in presence of Iran minister of culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi, head of cinema organization Mohammad Mehdi Heidarian, festival director Reza Mir Karimi, and prominent Iranian and international cinema individuals including Oliver Stone, Reza Kianian, Oliver Montagon, and many well-known personalities. Reza Mirkarimi director of the festival delivered a short speech and said nothing could be don…

Director Oliver Stone says Iran is the heart of Middle East for me and I’m astonished by its cinema

American movie director Oliver Stone arrived in Tehran Monday morning aiming to attend the 36th edition Fajr international film festival runs April 19–27 in Tehran, Iran. Stone hosted a workshop for filmmakers at Tehran University for the students craving to learn more and benefit from the knowledge and experiences of the prominent individuals.
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‘Everybody Knows’’ Morena Films, David Martinez Launch Morena TV (Exclusive)

Morena Films, producer of Cannes Festival opening movie “Everybody Knows,” is teaming with David Martínez, a reputed TV executive who helped catapult Spanish fiction into a modern age, to launch Morena TV.

The new TV company will focus on fiction production. Martínez will serve as its CEO, overseeing the development and production of projects.

Backing movies by Oliver Stone (“Comandante”), Steven Soderbergh (“Che”), Pablo Trapero (“The White Elephant”) and Iciar Bollaín (“Ever the Rain”) as well as box office hits such as “Cell 211” and now “Champions,” the biggest Spanish hit of 2018, Morena Films produced entertainment formats in its early years, linking to Argentina’s Cuatro Cabezas to make “El Rayo” and El Trip” for Atresmedia.

Morena Films producers Juan Gordon and Pedro Uriol are currently producing “Diablero,” the first supernatural Mexican Netflix Original Series, show-run by J.M. Cravioto, which is finalizing production in Mexico.

Partnering with Martínez on Morena TV,
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Natural Born Killers, The Virgin Suicides and More: Jim Hemphill’s Weekend Viewing Recommendations

From 1986, the year in which he made two flat-out masterpieces (Salvador and Platoon) to 1995, when he directed his boldest and richest film to that point (Nixon), Oliver Stone was on a streak like no other filmmaker has ever had before or since. Ten films in ten years, many of them enormous epics and all of them ambitious attempts to assess where America had been, where it was, and where it was going. The scale and depth of Stone’s work during this period is equaled by the diversity of tone, […]
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Natural Born Killers, The Virgin Suicides and More: Jim Hemphill’s Weekend Viewing Recommendations

From 1986, the year in which he made two flat-out masterpieces (Salvador and Platoon) to 1995, when he directed his boldest and richest film to that point (Nixon), Oliver Stone was on a streak like no other filmmaker has ever had before or since. Ten films in ten years, many of them enormous epics and all of them ambitious attempts to assess where America had been, where it was, and where it was going. The scale and depth of Stone’s work during this period is equaled by the diversity of tone, […]
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Roles You Forgot the Cast of ‘The Avengers’ Played (Video)

Roles You Forgot the Cast of ‘The Avengers’ Played (Video)
The cast members of “Avengers: Infinity War” have become some of the biggest movie stars on the planet over the last 10 years of appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s almost hard to imagine that they once portrayed characters in films and TV who weren’t so heroic.

In this exclusive video for TheWrap, we gathered up a few of the choice roles you forgot the Avengers ever played. Some are more embarrassing looks or smaller roles before they were famous. Others are parts they squeezed between films that couldn’t be more different from their McU counterparts.

Take Robert Downey Jr. for instance. He had a busy rise and fall and second rise before he played Tony Stark. But you might’ve forgotten that he once was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” Rolling Stone ranked him dead last on their complete ranking of every cast member. And this clip of him inside a suitcase says a lot about how his stint there went.

Also Read: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Film Review: Suppose They Gave an Infinity War and Everybody Came?

Chris Pratt was a pudgy Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation” before he got into superhero shape with “Zero Dark Thirty,” where you may have missed him as one of the Seal Team Six members responsible for hunting down Osama bin Laden.

You’d hardly recognize Chris Evans as Steve Rogers if you saw him in “The Iceman.” Or did you know that Josh Brolin, now playing the uber-powerful Thanos, once did his best George W. Bush in Oliver Stone’s biopic?

Check out TheWrap’s quick video roundup above, also featuring early and obscure parts for Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen.

Read original story Roles You Forgot the Cast of ‘The Avengers’ Played (Video) At TheWrap
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Oliver Stone to Iranian Government: Let Jafar Panahi Attend the Cannes Film Festival

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Oliver Stone to Iranian Government: Let Jafar Panahi Attend the Cannes Film Festival
In a wide-ranging press conference held during his first visit to Iran, Oliver Stone expressed appreciation for Iran’s extensive history and recent cinematic accomplishments, criticized American policy toward the Middle East, and voiced his wish that director Jafar Panahi would be allowed to attend the Cannes Film Festival to witness the premiere of his latest film.

Spending a week in Iran as a guest of the Fajr International Film Festival, Stone answered questions from a crowd of approximately 150 Iranian and a few foreign journalists in the Charsou complex in Tehran. He started out by saying that the early part of his visit took him to other Iranian cities, including Isfahan and he was impressed at the hospitality he had been shown and the “warmth” he felt from people of all walks of life. He said he had long been interested in Iran and its 2500-year history and was fortunate
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