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Cannes: FilmNation Closes $120 Million Revolving Credit Facility

In a pre-Cannes Film Festival deal, FilmNation Entertainment has negotiated $120 million in additional capital through a revolving multi-bank credit facility agented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and co-led by Union Bank.

FilmNation made the announcement Wednesday. It said the move greatly expands its financial capabilities as part of its strategic initiative focused on being a one-stop destination for the world’s best storytellers, all while aggressively building asset value across its feature film business, its television efforts, and its other numerous strategic investments in related verticals.

The current slate includes WWII epic “Greyhound,” starring Tom Hanks; Sebastian Lelio’s “Disobedience,” starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams (to be released by Bleecker Street on April 27); “The Children Act,” starring Emma Thompson (to be released by A24 this September); Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself,” starring Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde (to be released by Amazon this September); and Lelio’s “Gloria,
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Cannes 2018. Critics' Week Lineup

The lineup for the 2018 Cannes Critics’ Week (La Semaine de la Critique) has been announced.Opening FILMWildlife (Paul Dano)COMPETITIONChris the Swiss (Anja Kofmel)Diamantino (Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt)One Day (Zsófia Szilágyi)Fugue (Agnieszka Smoczyńska)Woman at War (Benedikt Erlingsson)Sauvage (Camille Vidal-Naquet)Sir (Rohena Gera)Special Feature SCREENINGSOur Struggles (Guillaume Senez)Shéhérazade (Jean-Bernard Marlin)Special Short SCREENINGSLa Chute (Boris Labbé)Third Kind (Yorgos Zois)Apocalypse After (Bertrand Mandico)Short & Medium LENGTHAmor, Avenidas Novas (Duarte Coimbra)Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year (Jacqueline Lentzou)Pauline, Enslaved (Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet)La Persistente (Camille Lugan)Raptor (Felipe Gálvez)Schächer (Flurin Giger)The Tiger (Mikko Myllylahti)A Wedding Day (Elias Belkeddar)Normal (Michael Borodin)Closing FILMGuy (Alex Lutz)
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Cannes 2018: Critics’ Week Competition Lineup Dominated By Female-Directed Features for First Time in Decade

Cannes 2018: Critics’ Week Competition Lineup Dominated By Female-Directed Features for First Time in Decade
The Cannes Film Festival’s official selection might be lacking in new works from female directors, but elsewhere in this year’s lineup, women are staking a claim for supremacy. In the International Critics’ Week sidebar, they’re actually leading the way. In the first time in a decade, this year’s competition slate includes a majority of films made by female directors.

The seven titles that will play in Critics’ Week include four directed by women: Agnieszka Smoczynska’s (best known for her wild debut “The Lure”) “Fugue,” Anja Kofmel’s “Chris the Swiss,” Rohena Gera’s “Sir,” and Sofia Szilagyi’s “One Day.” Also competing in the section: Benedikt Erlingsson’s “Kona Fer I Strid” (“Woman at War”), Camille Vidal-Naquet’s “Sauvage,” and Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s “Diamantino.”

The last time female directors offered up the majority of films in the sidebar’s competition, it was
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2018 Cannes Critics’ Week: Paul Dano’s Wildlife (Opener) & Agnieszka Smoczynska’s Fugue Selected

As per usual, Artistic Director Charles Tesson unveiled the line-up to the Cannes Critics’ Week via the savoury film description friendly video. A program comprised of first or second works (last year we fell head over heels for Léa Mysius’ Ava), the 57th edition will open with the only Sundance carry over so far, with Paul Dano‘s Wildlife and will include a special screening of Belgium helmer Guillaume Senez‘s Nos Batailles Our Struggles (which stars Romain Duris). Senez came onto the scene with the Locarno/Tiff preemed Keeper (2015).

From the comp line-up, we’ll definitely be making the trip down the…
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Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ To Open This Year’s Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week

While last week saw the official announcement of the upcoming lineup at the Cannes Film Festival, today we learn about some other films that will be showcased during the Critics’ Week competition.

The special selection of films, which are limited to directors who are making their directorial debut or working on their second movie, will kick off with Paul Dano’s first film “Wildlife.” Dano’s film is the lone American film in the series, which is dominated by European entries.
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Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife,’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, to Headline 2018 Cannes Critics’ Week

Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife,’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, to Headline 2018 Cannes Critics’ Week
The Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week is gearing up for its 57th year in 2018. The sidebar is dedicated solely to directors’ first and second films, and this year’s edition will kick off with Paul Dano’s directorial debut “Wildlife,” starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. The drama premiered at Sundance to universal acclaim earlier this year (read IndieWire’s A- review). IFC Films acquired North American distribution rights soon after.

“Wildlife” is based on a novel by Richard Ford and features a screenplay written by Dano and Zoe Kazan. The story is set in the 1960s in the small town of Great Falls, Montana. Newcomer Ed Oxenbould plays a 14-year-old boy who watches his parents’ marriage fall apart. Mulligan’s turn as the family’s matriarch earned Oscar buzz out of Sundance.

“‘Wildlife’ has a timeless dimension, as well as a social bent because it deals with the
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Majority of Cannes Critics’ Week Competition Films Were Directed by Women

Majority of Cannes Critics’ Week Competition Films Were Directed by Women
In what is believed to be a first, the French Union of Film Critics selected a majority of films by female directors for competition in the International Critics’ Week sidebar at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The seven competition titles in Critics’ Week, announced Monday, will include four directed by women: Agnieszka Smoczynska’s “Fugue” (pictured above), Anja Kofmel’s “Chris the Swiss,” Rohena Gera’s “Sir” and Sofia Szilagyi’s “One Day.”

They will compete against Benedikt Erlingsson’s “Kona Fer I Strid” (Woman at War”), Camille Vidal-Naquet’s “Sauvage,” and Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt’s “Diamantino.”

“Wildlife,” Paul Dano’s adaptation of a Richard Ford novel starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal, will open the sidebar in a special screening. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is the only American film chosen.

Also Read: Paul Dano's 'Wildlife

Guillaume Senez’s “Our Struggles” will also be presented as a special screening, while Alex Katz’s “Guy” will close the section.

Critics’ Week is run independently of the main festival but takes place concurrently. The selection is devoted to first and second films from new directors — and its directorial debuts, including “Wildlife,” are eligible for Cannes’ Camera d’Or for the festival’s best first film.

International Critics’ Week (Semaine de la Critique) is organized by the French Union of Film Critics, which is made up of 244 critics, writers and journalists. The oldest parallel section to the Cannes Film Festival, it began in 1962.

Also Read: Cannes Lineup Reaches From Spike Lee to Jean-Luc Godard

The winners will be chosen by a jury headed by Danish director Joachim Trier and also including American actress Chloe Sevigny, Argentinian actor Nahuel Perez Biscayart, festival programmer Eva Sangiori and French journalist Augustin Trapenard.

Critics’ Week also announced 10 short films in competition, three of them by female directors.

Read original story Majority of Cannes Critics’ Week Competition Films Were Directed by Women At TheWrap
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Cannes 2018 Critics’ Week Includes New Films from Paul Dano, Agnieszka Smoczynska, and More

On the heels of the Cannes 2018 lineup (which still has a few titles to add), it’s now time for the sidebars of the festival and first up is the annual Critics’ Week, which is focused on emerging filmmakers. Opening the festival is one of our favorite films of Sundance, Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Amongst the lineup is also the psychological thriller Fugue, which is directed by The Lure helmer Agnieszka Smoczynska. Of Horses and Men director Benedikt Erlingsson is also back with the drama Woman At War, while most of the other directors come from first-time directors. Featuring a jury headed by Joachim Trier, and also including Chloe Sevigny, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Eva Sangiorgi and Augustin Trapenard, see the line up below.

Features – Special Screenings

Wildlife, dir: Paul Dano (opening film)

Our Struggles, dir: Guillaume Senez

Shéhérazade, dir: Jean-Bernard Marlin

Guy,
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Carey Mulligan leads Critics’ Week by Richard Mowe - 2018-04-16 11:56:39

Carey Mulligan plays an over-wrought mother in Paul Danos’s Wildlife, opening Cannes Critics’ Week Photo: Sundance Film Festival

The French Cinema Critics Association has announced today (16 April) its selection for the Cannes Film Festival's Critics’ Week (La Semaine de la Critique) with Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal turning the clock back to the Sixties for Paul Dano’s Wildlife, the opening title.

Dano and fiancée Zoe Kazan adapted the film from the novel of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford. It is set in Great Falls, Montana and will be released in the States and Canada in the autumn. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

The film examines how a 14-year-old (Ed Oxenbould) is forced to assume the role of family patriarch when his newly unemployed father (Jake Gyllenhaal) takes off to fight a forest fire near the Canadian border. Carey Mulligan plays the boy’s overwrought mother.
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Cannes Critics’ Week 2018: Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ To Open Section – Full List

Cannes Critics’ Week 2018: Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ To Open Section – Full List
The Critics’ Week sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival has announced its lineup with Paul Dano’s feature directorial debut Wildlife as the opening night film. Billed as a Special Screening, the Sundance premiere will run out of competition and stars Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. Alex Lutz’s Guy has been set to close the section, also out of competition. Among the seven films competing are five from first-time directors. The two sophomore efforts are psychological…
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Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ to Open Cannes Critics’ Week Sidebar

Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ to Open Cannes Critics’ Week Sidebar
“Wildlife,” Paul Dano’s adaptation of a Richard Ford novel starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal, has been chosen to screen in the International Critics’ Week sidebar at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Critics’ Week is run independently of the main festival but takes place concurrently. The selection is devoted to first and second films from new directors — and its directorial debuts, including “Wildlife,” are eligible for Cannes’ Camera d’Or for the festival’s best first film.

“Wildlife” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won positive reviews and was acquired by IFC Films. The only American film screening in Critics’ Week, it will be presented as a special opening-night screening in the sidebar.

Also Read: 'Wildlife' Review: Paul Dano's Directorial Debut Is an Austere Portrait of a Family in Crisis

Guillaume Senez’s “Our Struggles” will also be presented as a special screening, while Alex Katz’s “Guy” will close the section. The seven competition titles in Critics’ Week will include Agnieszka Smoczynska’s “Fugue,” Benedikt Erlingsson’s “Woman at War,” Anja Kofmel’s “Chris the Swiss,” Rohena Gera’s “Sir” and Sofia Szilagyi’s “One Day.”

International Critics’ Week (Semaine de la Critique) is organized by the French Union of Film Critics, which is made up of 244 critics, writers and journalists. The oldest parallel section to the Cannes Film Festival, it began in 1962.

The winners will be chosen by a jury headed by Danish director Joachim Trier and also including American actress Chloe Sevigny, Argentinian actor Nahuel Perez Biscayart, festival programmer Eva Sangiori and French journalist Augustin Trapenard.

Critics’ Week also announced 10 short films in competition and another three in special screenings.

Also Read: Cannes Lineup Reaches From Spike Lee to Jean-Luc Godard

Filmmakers who first screened in Cannes as part of Critics’ Week include Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Guillermo del Toro, Jacques Audiard and Alejandro G. Inarritu.

The other main sidebar that runs concurrently with the festival, Directors’ Fortnight, will announce its lineup on Tuesday.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival will run from May 8 through May 19.

The Critics’ Week lineup:

Special screenings:

“Wildlife,” Paul Dano

“Nos Batailles” (“Our Struggles”), Guillaume Senez

“Sheherazade,” Jean-Bernard Marlin

Feature film competition:

“Fuga” (“Fugue”), Agnieszka Smoczynska

“Kona Fer I Strid” (Woman at War”), Benedikt Erlingsson

“Sauvage,” Camille Vidal-Naquet

“Diamantino,” Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt

“Chris the Swiss,” Anja Kofmel

“Sir,” Rohena Gera

“Egy Nap” (“One Day”), Sofia Szilagyi

Closing night:

“Guy,” Alex Lutz

Short films competition:

“Amor, Avenidas Novas,” Duarte Coimbra

“Ektoras Malo: I Teleftea Mera Tis Chronias” (“Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year”), Jacqueline Lentzou

“Pauline asservie” (“Pauline, Enslaved”), Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet

“La Persistente,” Camille Lugan

“Rapaz” (“Raptor”), Felipe Galvez

“Schacher,” Flurin Giger

“Tiikeri” (“The Tiger”), Mikko Myllylahti

“Un Jour de Marriage” (“A Wedding Day”), Elias Belkeddar

“Ya Normalniy” (“Normal”), Michael Borodin

“Mo-Bum-Shi-Min” (“Exemplary Citizen”), Kim Cheol-Hwi

Short films special screenings:

“Third Kind,” Yorgos Zois

“La Chute” (“The Fall”), Boris Labbe

“Ultra Pulpe,” Bertrand Mandico

Read original story Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ to Open Cannes Critics’ Week Sidebar At TheWrap
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Cannes Critics' Week unveils 2018 selection

Cannes Critics' Week unveils 2018 selection
Wildlife, directed by Paul Dano and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan will open the selection.

Cannes Critics’ Week, devoted to first and second features as well as shorts, has unveiled the line-up of its 57th edition, running May 9-17.

Wildlife, the directing debut of Paul Dano and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, will open the selection. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and is based on the novel by Richard Ford.

The closing film is Guy, Alex Lutz’s second feature, a “caustic and endearing” comedy about a once famous entertainer.

All seven competition films are by European filmmakers.
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‘Wildlife’ With Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan to Headline Cannes Critics’ Week

‘Wildlife’ With Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan to Headline Cannes Critics’ Week
The Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, the parallel section dedicated to directors’ first and second films, will open with Paul Dano’s drama “Wildlife” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan.

“Wildlife,” which world premiered at Sundance and was warmly received, was written by Dano and Zoe Kazan and is based on a novel by Richard Ford. Set in the 1960s, in the small town of Great Falls in Montana, “Wildlife” is told through the perspective of a 14-year-old boy who sees his mother taking her life in her own hands after his father takes a risky job in the nearby mountains and leaves them to fend for themselves.

Charles Tesson, the sidebar’s artistic director, described “Wildlife” as a “director-driven film in the vein of Jeff Nichols’ films.”

“‘Wildlife’ has a timeless dimension, as well as a social bent because it deals with the struggles of the white working
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Cannes: Paul Dano's 'Wildlife' to Open Critics' Week

Cannes: Paul Dano's 'Wildlife' to Open Critics' Week
Paul Dano's Wildlife, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, will open Cannes Critics' Week sidebar. 

The 1960s-set drama, which premiered at Sundance, is an adaptation of Richard Ford's novel which explores the decline of an American family.

Alex Lutz's second feature Guy will close the week. The film follows the French actor-director in a documentary-style story of a singer's declining years.

Both will screen out of competition. 

French-Belgian drama Nos Batailles (Our Battles), starring Romain Duris and Laetitia Dosch, will get a special screening. The film from Guillaume Senez, who won the Europa Cinemas prize in Locarno, Switzerland, for his first...
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Bruce Willis: A Career

Looking back on the career of Bruce Willis

On 6th April, Bruce Willis will star in the new action-packed crime drama Death Wish directed by famed horror filmmaker Eli Roth. Following an attack on his wife and daughter, Paul Kersey (Willis) dedicates himself to seeking justice for his family and also avenges other innocent victims he meets through his work as a doctor in a hospital. Set on bringing his own kind of justice to the city by whatever means necessary, the internet buzzes wondering who this hooded man is, asking “is he a hero, or is it wrong?” to take the law into your own hands.

To celebrate the release of Death Wish on 6th April, we are going to look back at some of his best movies and most iconic characters of everybody’s favourite action hero.

6) Looper

In this high concept sci-fi thriller, Willis plays the older
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Ethan Hawke to Lead Sam Shepard’s ‘True West’ on Broadway + More N.Y. Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! Broadway goes West.Roundabout Theatre Company has announced a James Macdonald-directed revival of Sam Shepard’s “True West,” the previously Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama. Starring Tony and Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke and Golden Globe nominee Paul Dano, the production will begin previews
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10 Actors You Never Knew Were in Lifetime Movies

Have you ever been watching a movie or TV show and suddenly realize that you know one of the actors from somewhere? Or the opposite; watching a random old movie and realize that a famous actor was in it before they were famous? Most actors start out as the little guy, appearing in commercials or taking on small parts with very few scenes and little dialogue.

Some started out as guest stars on popular TV shows or soap operas or appeared in made-for-tv movies. Sometimes they are easy to recognize, sometimes it takes a bit of squinting and maybe even a bit of Googling. Here is a list of 10 actors who you may be surprised to see and hear that they starred in Lifetime network movies before, in between, or after you first became familiar with their faces. Some of these movies you may have even seen already and didn
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Zoe Kazan: Which actors and actresses are due for their first Oscar nomination?

Time to start up another annual tradition here on the site. Every year during the early parts of the season, basically post Oscars, I like to do a post about who is overdue to get either an Academy Award nomination or a win. Last year was no different, so we’re back at it again this year. There’s always a ton of people deserving of attention but not receiving of it. What’s unique this time around is that no one received a nomination from the list I came up with, despite it including some of Hollywood’s best and brightest talent, both young and old. That’s unusual, and a real pity. So, instead of cursing at the dark in, I’m choosing to light a candle and give them another moment of attention today. Below you will again see pretty much the same list I previously have been publishing,
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Film Review: ‘Mute’

Got an old screenplay in your bottom drawer that’s been rejected by practically everyone in town? Now’s your chance: Netflix seems to be greenlighting second-rate “content” like cinema was going out of style (and if the company’s stream-at-home strategy succeeds, it just might). The latest beneficiary is “Moon” director Duncan Jones, who dusted off a 15-year-old idea, attached a few name actors, and delivered the latest disappointing Netflix Original with alliterative “Mute,” an over-designed but otherwise uninspired slice of sci-fi noir — a stock missing-persons mystery in which a wordless bartender goes searching for his girlfriend through the sketchy near-future Berlin underworld.

It’s an old trope, but movies in which characters are defined by the fact that they don’t speak almost inevitably lead to scenes in which they finally say something (à la Paul Dano’s long-repressed F-bomb in “Little Miss Sunshine”). “Mute” opens with a badly injured boy floating in a lake
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IFC Films Acquires Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ — Sundance 2018

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IFC Films Acquires Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ — Sundance 2018
North American rights to “Wildlife,” Paul Dano’s first film as a writer-director, have been scooped up by IFC Films. Dano and fiancée Zoe Kazan adapted the film from the novel of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford. Set in Great Falls, Montana during 1960, the film premiered as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20. A Fall 2018 release is planned.

“For as long as I have wanted to make films, I have known I would make films about family,” said Dano in a statement. “To have brought together a creative family in the making of ‘Wildlife’ has been one of the great joys of my life. And now to extend that family further and collaborate with IFC, whose voice as a distributor has been vital to so many filmmakers I love all over the world, is an honor.”

Kazan also shared
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