April 24, 2014

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Jodie Foster to Receive Cecil B. Demille Award from HFPA

HollywoodNews.com: Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster will be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with their prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award.  Announced today by Simon Baker and Kristen Stewart,  Foster is the first woman to be awarded with the organization’s highest honor since Barbara Streisand in 2000.  Not only is she being rewarded in a year where women are making their marks, she is the youngest recipient since Charlton Heston in 1967.
Foster has been nominated for seven Golden Globe awards in her tenure, most recently with co-star Kate Winslet in Roman Polanski’s Carnage last year.  She’s also been nominated for her works in The Brave One (2007), Contact (1997), Nell (1994), The Silence of the Lambs(1991) and The Accused (1988) which she won, and Freaky Friday (1976).

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Could Steven Spielberg bring Moses’s life story to the silver screen?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Steven Spielberg rarely shies away from biopics built around dominant personalities in history. His next announced picture currently in production, in fact, is his long-gestating Abraham Lincoln story with Daniel Day-Lewis as our nation’s 16th president.
But would Spielberg be interested in going Biblical shortly after “Lincoln” wraps?
It’s possible that Warner Bros. is going after the Oscar-winning director to helm “Gods and Kings,” an epic-sized production that aims to share the life of Moses on screen. Deadline reports that Spielberg has read the script, penned by Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine, and that there will be a “discussion” between the director and the studio, though a deal is a “longshot” because the director’s plate is loaded and Warner would have to share the project with DreamWorks.
Whoever ends up directing “Kings” will have plenty of ground to cover. The project reportedly spans Moses’s entire life, touching on such legendary Biblical stories as the Burning Bush, the parting of the Red Sea, the acceptance of the Ten Commandments, and other Old Testament staples.
Of course, Cecil B. DeMille covered a lot of this ground in the 1950s, and Deadline says this will not be a remake in any way.
But it would be exciting to see such timeless material tackled with modern special effects. Do you think Spielberg is a good choice? Will he make time for what sounds like a daunting production? And if he passes, who would you like to see tackle “Gods and Kings” for Warner? Post your thoughts in our Comments section below!
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Mark Romanek to lead 37th Telluride Film Festival

HollywoodNews.com: The 37th Annual Telluride Film Festival has just unveiled this year’s lineup that includes more than a handful of documentaries and will salute Claudia Cardinale for a tribute that will include a screening of “The Girl with the Suitcase.”
Mark Romanek will show “Never Let Me Go” and there is rumor that James Franco’s “127 Hours” may also make a surprise showing.
View the complete Telluride Film Festival lineup below:
“A Letter to Elia,” directed by Martin Scorcese and Kent Jones
“Another Year,” directed by Mike Leigh
“Biutiful,” directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu
“Brandy in the Wilderness,” directed by Stanton Kaye (1968)
“Carlos,” directed by Olivier Assayas
“Chicago,” directed by Cecil B. DeMille (1927)
“Chico and Rita,” directed by Fernando Trueba
“The First Grader,” directed by Justin Chadwick
“The First Movie,” directed by Mark Cousins
“The Girl With The Suitcase,” directed by Valerio Zurlini (1961)
“The Illusionist,” directed by Sylvain Chomet
“Happy People: A Year in the Taiga,” directed by Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov
“If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle,” directed by Florin Serban
“Incendies,” directed by Denis Villeneuve
“Inside Job,” directed by Charles Ferguson
“The King’s Speech,” directed by Tom Hooper
“Moana: A Story of the South Seas,” directed by Robert Flaherty (1927)
“Never Let Me Go,” directed by Mark Romanek
“Of Gods and Men,” directed by Xavier Beauvois
“Oka! Amerikee,” directed by Lavinia Currier
“The Plummer,” directed by Peter Weir (1976)
“Poetry,” directed by Lee Chang-dong
“Precious Life,” directed by Shlomi Eldar
“The Princess of Montpensier,” directed by Bertrand Tavernier
“Le Quattro Volte,” directed by Michelangelo Frammartino
“Rotaie” directed by Mario Camerini (1930)
“Tabloid,” directed by Errol Morris
“Tamara Drewe,” directed by Stephen Frears
“The Tenth Inning,” directed by Ken Burns
“The Way Back,” directed by Peter Weir
Six Films: Curated by Michael Ondaatje
“The Ascent,” directed by Larisa Shepitko (1977)
“Confidence,” directed by Istvan Szabo (1980)
“Fat City,” directed by John Huston (1972)
“Here’s Your Life,” directed by Jan Troell (1966)
“The Hustler,” directed by Robert Rossen (1961)
“Mother Dao, the Turtlelike,” directed by (1995)
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“Border,” by Harutyun Khachatryan
“Return of the Poet,” by Harutyun Khachatryan
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“…But Film is My Mistress,” directed by Stig Bjorkman
“Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff,” directed by Craig McCall
“Chekhov for Children,” directed by Sasha Waters Freyer
“Daniel Schmid: Le Chat Qui Pense,” directed by Pascal Hoffman and Benny Jaberg
“Documentarist,” directed by Harutyun Khachatryan
“Hurricane Kalatozov,” directed by Patrick Cazals
“Images from a Playground,” directed by Stig Bjorkman
“Moguls and Movie Stars,” directed by Jon Wilkman
“The Magnificent Tati,” directed by Michael House
“Music Makers of the Blue Ridge,” by David Hoffman
“On ‘Being There’ with Richard Leacock,” directed by Jane Weiner
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Coppola and Godard to Receive Academy’s Governors Awards

HollywoodNews.com: The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last night to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-director Francis Ford Coppola and Honorary Awards to historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 13, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
“Each of these honorees has touched movie audiences worldwide and influenced the motion picture industry through their work,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “It will be an honor to celebrate their extraordinary achievements and contributions at the Governors Awards.”
Brownlow is widely regarded as the preeminent historian of the silent film era as well as a preservationist. Among his many silent film restoration projects are Abel Gance’s 1927 epic “Napoleon,” Rex Ingram’s “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” (1921) and “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924), starring Douglas Fairbanks. Brownlow has authored, among others, The Parade’s Gone By; The War, the West, and the Wilderness; Hollywood: The Pioneers; Behind the Mask of Innocence; David Lean; and Mary Pickford Rediscovered. His documentaries include “Hollywood,” “Unknown Chaplin,” “Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow,” “Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius” and “D.W. Griffith: Father of Film,” all with David Gill; Brownlow also directed “Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic” and “Garbo,” the latter with Christopher Bird.
Coppola began his film career in the early 1960s making low-budget films with 2009 Honorary Award recipient Roger Corman. By the end of the 1970s he had won five Oscars®: Best Picture (“The Godfather Part II”); Directing (“The Godfather Part II”) and Writing (“Patton,” “The Godfather,” “The Godfather Part II”). Among his numerous producing credits are “American Graffiti, “Gardens of Stone,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” “Jack” and “Tetro.” In 1969 he established American Zoetrope, an independent film studio that helped launch the careers of George Lucas and Carroll Ballard, and has since produced more than 30 films, including “The Black Stallion,” “The Outsiders,” “Lost in Translation” and “The Good Shepherd.”
A key figure in the French New Wave movement, Godard started out writing about cinema before beginning to make his own short films. His influential first feature, “Breathless” (1960), impressed audiences and filmmakers alike with its jazzy take on the American crime film. For fifty years, Godard has continued to write and direct challenging, and sometimes controversial, films [...]

Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio to present

Martin Scorsese will be presented the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 67th annual Golden Globes ceremony by Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The DeMille Award is presented to people in the industry who are outstanding contributors to entertainment. Past winners have included Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Anthony Hopkins, and Michael Douglas.
Scorsese will receive the award on January 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.