Jeff Daniels, Scoot McNairy In Talks To Board Scott Frank’s ‘Godless’
EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Daniels and Scoot McNairy are in talks to board Scott Frank’s Godless for Netflix, joining the previously announced Jack O’Connell. The project is a limited period drama series from the Out of Sight duo of Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank.
Written, directed and executive produced by Frank, Godless is a Western set in an 1800s New Mexico mining town. The project, which is currently casting, is set to film in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Soderbergh and Frank are… Read
Oscilloscope Acquires Cannes Critics’ Week Pic ‘One Week And A Day’; FilmRise Gets Dose Of ‘The Sunshine Makers’
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Asaph Polonsky's debut feature film One Week And A Day. The Hebrew-language movie just had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Critics’ Week sidebar, where it won a pair of awards. A theatrical release is planned. The plot of the pic from the Israeli-American writer-director Polonsky: The day following a week of mourning of their late son is the one on which Eyal and his wife, Vicky, are supposed to… Read
Nicolas Winding Refn To Produce LA-Set Remake Of Giallo Pic ‘What Have You Done To Solange?’ – Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: What Have You Done To Solange? is rounding out a trio of classic horror remakes being undertaken by Nicolas Winding Refn. The 1972 giallo film was originally helmed by Massimo Dallamano and produced by Fulvio Lucisano. As with the upcoming re-dos of Maniac Cop and Witchfinder General, Refn will produce but not direct. His Space Rocket, in which he’s partnered with Lene Borglum, is teaming with Lucisano and his Italian International Film on the project.
Much as… Read
Oldest And Youngest Directors Take Top Cannes Prizes, But Only Ken Loach Deserved It – Analysis
First let me say to the esteemed jury of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, picking Ken Loach’s moving and vital I, Daniel Blake, about a carpenter fighting to retain his benefits after losing his livelihood because of a debilitating health crisis, was an inspired choice — especially for a film that came so early in the festival and could have been forgotten or had its impact lessened by the tsunami of other contenders that followed. The emotional impact of the movie, which… Read
Cannes Film Festival Jury On Long Deliberations, Female-Driven Fare & Why ‘Ma’Rosa’ Actress Won
“I called it the nine-headed beast,” said Cannes Film Festival jury president George Miller about the thorough-going group that sorted through so many potential winners during the last 10 days. “It was a collective experience, a hard one over many hours. It was incredibly vigorous and rigorous.”
Miller, director of Mad Max: Fury Road, was told that this jury took the longest in coming up with their choices, with one category — the best director slot — winding up in a tie… Read
Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Takes Palme D’Or; Director Joins Double-Winners Club – Cannes
UPDATE, 12:26 PM PT: The Cannes jury said this was the longest deliberation process in the history of the festival as tonight’s awards ceremony began. Following conventional wisdom, there are some head-scratchers in the mix (stay tuned for Pete Hammond’s analysis). The Palme d’Or went to Ken Loach’s well-regarded I, Daniel Blake, a social drama about an ailing carpenter’s struggle against the bureaucracy of the healthcare system. The 79-year-old director had previously… Read
Nicolas Winding Refn On Influences, Indies & ‘Neon Demon’ Reactions: “Yeah, Baby, Search And Destroy” – Cannes Studio
Nicolas Winding Refn has done it again. The Danish filmmaker, in competition for the third time at the Cannes Film Festival, debuted his LA-set psychological horror thriller The Neon Demon on Friday, the day after a press screening that wildly divided critics. The reaction has been compared to the response provoked by his 2013 entry Only God Forgives, although Demon has a lot of lovers here on the ground — the official showing scored one of the longest standing ovations… Read
Un Certain Regard Winners: ‘The Happiest Day’, ‘Captain Fantastic’s Matt Ross, ‘The Red Turtle’ – Cannes
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: With 24 hours to go until the Palme d’Or and other winners are unveiled in the main Cannes Film Festival competition, its companion section, Un Certain Regard, handed out its laurels tonight. The top prize went to The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki. The black-and-white Finnish boxing drama/love story by Juho Kuosmanen chronicles the lead up to the real-life boxer’s 1962 world championship featherweight bout against Davey Moore and his distracted… Read
Paul Verhoeven, Ever Fearless, Tests Easily-Offended With ‘Elle’; Criticizes Hollywood Writing – Cannes
There will be virtual reams of web print dedicated to unpicking the levels of offense that should be felt in response to Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, which played for press this morning at the Cannes Film Festival. To say it safely, it’s a blackly comic thriller about a woman’s life and past that opens with her rape at the hands of a masked intruder. Where it goes from there seems sure to provoke discussion — confirmed by a question at the press conference that followed — but… Read
Directors’ Fortnight Winners: ‘Wolf And Sheep’, ‘Mercenaire’, Solveig Anspach’s ‘L’Effet Aquatique’ – Cannes
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Following the Critics’ Week prizes unveiled yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival, winners in the Directors’ Fortnight section have now been announced as have the Cinéfondation laureates. Although the Fortnight is a non-competitive sidebar, partners of the Société des Réalisateurs Français, the French directors' guild that organizes the event, do attribute honors.
The SACD Prize, handed out by France's equivalent of the Writers Guild in conjunction… Read
Sean Penn Dings Donald Trump At ‘The Last Face’ Cannes Press Conference; Waves Off Pic’s Bad Buzz On Twitter
Sean Penn and the actors from his latest directorial effort The Last Face took the dais at the Cannes Film Festival to talk about his love-in-war pic. In fielding a question about the virtues of a socio-political movie, which is set against several war torn areas of Africa, i.e. Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Liberia, Penn took a second to knock Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: “I think it's important to entertain if entertainment isn’t synonymous with Donald… Read
Focus Shows Appetite For Critics Week’s Hit ‘Raw’; Director Julia Ducournau In-Demand Fest Breakout Star- Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features is circling Critics Week’s flesh-eating thriller Raw in a deal that would see it take most of the world, including domestic rights. The deal isn’t closed yet but Focus — as well as other buyers — have been hungrily eyeing the film, which debuted to strong reviews. Raw is the debut feature directorial effort of French filmmaker Julia Ducournau and its premiere in Cannes has positioned as her as a major new talent. One buyer likened the buzz around… Read