‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ To Screen In Cannes Official Selection, Out Of Competition
There had been speculation that George Miller’s anticipated reboot of his classic post-apocalyptic franchise might do opening night honors at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Now we know that Mad Max: Fury Road will indeed make a pit-stop in Cannes, but on the day after the event opens. The Warner Bros and Village Roadshow actioner that stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron will be presented in the Official Selection as an out-of-competition title on Thursday May 14. It… Read
Next Year’s Oscar Race Is Already On: Will Redmayne & Inarritu Return For Round 2?
With the 2014 Oscar race fading further into memory, I say it’s never too early to look ahead to what’s in store for the nascent 2015 contest. It should start coming into the beginnings of focus when Cannes starts in May, or maybe even at CinemaCon in late April (though that National Association of Theatre Owners confab usually highlights more obviously commercial stuff, not necessarily Oscar bait). It’s interesting to note that by this time last year, three of the eight… Read
Broad Green Pictures Acquires 45% Stake In David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment
Broad Green Pictures said today it has acquired a 45% stake in David Garrett’s London-based sales and distribution outfit Mister Smith Entertainment. Garrett, generally recognized as one of the film industry’s good guys, will continue as Mister Smith's CEO, and will contribute to Broad Green’s greenlight committee. Mister Smith will serve as international sales and distribution arm for Broad Green productions with a first right of refusal to handle sales and servicing… Read
Abderrahmane Sissako Named Cannes President Of The Cinefondation & Short Films Jury
Mauritania’s Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako (Timbuktu) has been named President of this year’s Cannes Cinefondation and Short Films Jury. Sissako, whose powerful Timbuktu assailed the dangers of Islamic extremism, is nominated in this year’s Best Foreign Language film category. He follows in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese, Jane Campion, Michel Gondry and Abbas Kiarostami, all of whom have also served in the same capacity at Cannes.
Sissako has a… Read
Geoffrey Rush Sits For Stanley Tucci’s ‘Final Portrait’
EXCLUSIVE- Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) is set to star in Final Portrait, a drama written and directed by Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games).
The film follows the relationship between American art critic James Lord who decides to sit for a portrait by his friend, the legendary Swiss painter Alberto Giacometti. He is unprepared, however, for the painter’s demanding intensity, and the experience tests their relationship to the core.
The script is based on Lord’s own work… Read
Joel & Ethan Coen To Chair Cannes Festival Jury
The Cannes Film Festival has announced that Joel and Ethan Coen will be presidents of the 68th edition of the festival. It’s the first time two people will head the jury.
“We look forward to returning to Cannes this year,” the brothers said from the Hail Caesar! film shoot. “We welcome as always the opportunity to watch movies there from all over the world. Cannes is a festival that has been important to us since the beginning of our career.”
The brothers were last at… Read
Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 2
Below is Part 2 of my annual look at the films that have a shot at making the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist. There are 83 submissions this year with some truly remarkable films in the bunch — and no 100% frontrunner. Here’s a refresher on how the nine films are chosen for the shortlist which is expected to be revealed tomorrow: The phase one committee determines six of the candidates, and the other three entries are selected by the Foreign Language Film Award Executive… Read
Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 1
As the unveiling of the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist approaches, it’s time for my annual look at the films that have a shot at making the cut. For the first time, we are splitting the preview into three parts — and listing the films in no particular order. But as with each year, I don’t envy the committees that have to whittle down a record number of submissions — 83 this time around — of some truly remarkable films. There’s an embarassment of riches out there and… Read
Cannes Pics Vie For Delluc Prize; China Plans 6 ‘Three Body’ Films: Global Showbiz Briefs
The shortlist for France's Louis Delluc Prize, one of the country's highest film honors, has been released with 14 films making the cut across two categories: Best Film and Best Debut Feature. Among the eight main movies, six hail from this year's Cannes crop. Saint Laurent – which is France's entry for the Foreign Language Oscar – by Bertrand Bonello; Olivier Assayas' Juliette Binoche/Kristen Stewart-starrer Clouds Of Sils Maria; veteran Jean-Luc Godard's 3D Goodbye To La… Read
Steve Carell Is Santa Barbara’s Outstanding Performer Of The Year
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will hand its 2015 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Foxcatcher star Steve Carell. A tribute celebrating his performance in Bennett Miller's film will take place on February 6. Foxcatcher debuted in Cannes and sets an almost unrecognizable Carell as the reclusive, wrestling-obsessed millionaire John du Pont. SBIFF executive director Roger Durling says of Carell, “He's made us laugh for so many years with his great… Read
Wild Bunch Opens Window On Pan-European Digital Distribution: AFM
After world premiering Abel Ferrara’s sex scandal pic Welcome To New York in an unconventional way at the Cannes Film Festival last May, French powerhouse Wild Bunch is launching Europe’s first “e-distribution” company. The aim is to acquire four to five titles during the upcoming AFM which will be released via different VOD services throughout Europe, or — laws permitting — simultaneously on VOD and a small number of screens. Contrary to Netflix, which entered several… Read
Oscar Watch: Foreign Films Start Screening, But Should Voters Ask “Does The DOG Die?”
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that a record 83 countries had submitted an eligible film for the 2014 Foreign Language Film Oscar. A volunteer group of several hundred members now will trudge through those movies beginning Monday night with Poland’s much acclaimed Ida and wrapping up December 14 with Iceland’s Life In A Fishbowl.
In between will be numerous films, good and bad, selected by their home countries for various reasons… Read