April 21, 2014

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Steven Spielberg, jury president of the 66th Festival de Cannes

“My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium.”
Taking over the reins from the Italian Nanni Moretti, American director and producer Steven Spielberg agrees to head up the jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival taking place May 15-26 this year.
“As they say across the Atlantic”, said Gilles Jacob, President of the Festival de Cannes, “Steven Spielberg is a Cannes ‘regular’: Sugarland Express, Color Purple. But it was with E.T. that I screened as a world premiere in ‘82 that ties were made of the type you never forget. Ever since, I’ve often asked Steven to be Jury President, but he’s always been shooting a film. So when this year I was told “E.T., phone home”, I understood and immediately replied: “At last!”
“Steven Spielberg accepted in principle two years ago”, declared Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival. “He was able to make himself available this year to be the new Jury President and when meeting him these last few weeks it has been obvious he’s excited about the job. Because of his films, and the many causes he holds dear, he’s year-in year-out the equal of the very greatest Hollywood filmmakers. We are very proud to count him among us.”
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Weekend Box Office: Django Unchained v. Les Miserables

Quentin Tarantino’s career-long itch to put his stamp on the beloved Spaghetti Western finally takes form with the release of Django Unchained to begin the Christmas weekend. It’s going head-to-head with Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the epic musical drama, Les Miserables. Rounding out the long weekend is Gus Van Sant’s latest, Promised Land.
Django Unchained
Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Action/Drama/Western
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx
Django, a bounty hunter and former slave, sets out with the help of his mentor to free his wife from a brutal plantation owner. See what Clayton had to say about Tarantino’s latest.
Les Miserables
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama/Musical/Romance
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
After decades of pursuit by ruthless policeman, Javert, Jean Valjean takes on the fateful responsibility of caring for factory worker Fantine’s daughter. Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper helms this adaptation of Victor Hugo’s treasured literary masterpiece in another awards-worthy effort.
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Don Johnson joins Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Quentin Tarantino’s casting couch for “Djangon Unchained” has been a revolving door of rugged talent. The latest name spinning through the cycle? Would you believe Don Johnson?
The “Miami Vice” and “Nash Bridges” star, who recently appeared in Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete,” will take part in Tarantino’s latest genre exercise, according to EW.com. Johnson will play savage plantation owner Spencer Bennett, who reportedly runs a slave-brawling ring in the 19th century, segregated South. The brothel, nicknamed Candyland, is run by Calvin Candie, a vicious rogue who will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Several Tarantino veterans have been cast in the spaghetti Western “Django.” Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Christoph Waltz are part of the ensemble, while Jamie Foxx is taking on the lead role of a former slave turned bounty hunter who is heading to Candyland to free his captured spouse.
Filming on “Django Unchained” is expected to begin in January, with the drama eyeing a December 2012 release.
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Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” gets release date

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Quentin Tarantino’s planned spaghetti Western doesn’t have a cast or a polished script … but it reportedly has a release date.
The Weinstein Company already has circled Dec. 25, 2012 for Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” the story of a former American slave who forms an uneasy partnership with a German bounty hunter to rescue his wife from a wicked plantation owner, ComingSoon.net is reporting.
Most of the news surrounding “Django” since Tarantino leaked his handwritten script has detailed casting rumors. At one point, Will Smith was being considered for the part of Django, though that rumor hasn’t materialized. CS says Leonardo DiCaprio is “in final talks” to play the plantation owner, while Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” standout Christoph Waltz “is expected” to play the bounty hunter.
The site adds that longtime Tarantino collaborator Samuel L. Jackson will appear in the film, though likely not as Django, who may be played by Idris Elba.
What do you think? Is “Django” a Christmas movie? Does the release date put pressure on Tarantino to get the wheels spinning, or is it a sign that most of the ducks are in a row, and “Unchained” will be shooting shortly?
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Leonardo DiCaprio eyeing villain role in Tarantino’s “Django”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Quentin Tarantino continues to prepare his next picture, an homage to spaghetti Westerns that will extend the “Django” series with a film called “Django Unchained.” And while Will Smith’s name has been attached to the project in various rumors (most notably because QT set the film up at Sony), another major A-lister is being associated in stories this morning.
Leonardo DiCaprio now is “eyeing a role” as a villain in Tarantino’s flick, THR reports. The film, according to some who have read the script, does for slave owners in the post-Civil War era what “Inglourious Basterds” did to the Nazis. The character of Django is a former slave setting out on a quest to find his missing wife. DiCaprio would play a vicious slave owner who runs a despicable plantation and wins Django’s wife in a poker game.
THR says that while DiCaprio’s interest has been buzzed about, “momentum has built in recent days for him to pull the trigger.” The villain wouldn’t be on the screen until the film’s second half, when he would dominate the latter portion of the film.
As for Smith, THR says talks for the major movie star to play Django are “cooling down,” with Jamie Foxx and the great Idris Elba (“The Wire”) surfacing as possible replacements.
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Tribute To Sophia Loren by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will celebrate the life and career of Sophia Loren with a gala evening of film clips and personal remarks from her friends and colleagues, concluding with an onstage conversation with the Oscar®-winning actress on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
In 1961 Loren earned the first Academy Award® presented to a lead performer in a non-English speaking role, for “Two Women,” directed by Vittorio De Sica. Prior to her win, Loren had already made an indelible impression on film audiences both in her native Italy and throughout the world.
De Sica directed Loren to another Oscar nomination in “Marriage Italian Style” (1964) opposite her most frequent co-star, Marcello Mastroianni. The two starred in “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” (1964), the winner of that year’s Foreign Language Film Academy Award for Italy, and “A Special Day” (1977), which was also nominated in that category.
Adept at dramatic, comedic and romantic roles, Loren traveled effortlessly between Hollywood and international productions, delivering memorable performances opposite many great leading men, including Cary Grant (“Houseboat,” 1958), Clark Gable (“It Started in Naples,” 1960), Charlton Heston (“El Cid,” 1961), Gregory Peck (“Arabesque,” 1966), Marlon Brando (“A Countess from Hong Kong,” 1967, directed by Charles Chaplin), Peter O’Toole (“Man of La Mancha,” 1972), and Richard Burton (“The Voyage,” 1974). Her long marriage to producer Carlo Ponti yielded many roles for the actress, as well as two sons.
Loren’s career and peerless beauty remain impressive today, with memorable turns in such films as Lina Wertmuller’s ”Saturday, Sunday and Monday” (1990), Robert Altman’s “Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)” (1994), again with Mastroianni, and Rob Marshall’s musical “Nine” (2009).
In 1990 the Academy presented an Honorary Award (an Oscar statuette) to Loren in acknowledgment of her status as “one of the genuine treasures of world cinema who, in a career rich with memorable performances, has added permanent luster to our art form.”
Tickets to “An Academy Tribute to Sophia Loren” will be available for purchase beginning Friday, April 1. There is a two ticket limit for this event. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased by mail, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or online at www.oscars.org. Doors [...]

Dino De Laurentiis dies in Los Angeles at age 91

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The film industry lost a giant this morning.
Italian media outlets are reporting that legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis died in Los Angeles. The Oscar winner was 91.
It is staggering, the list of classic films De Laurentiis ushered to the screen over his decades-spanning film career.
“La Strada,” his collaboration with Federico Fellini, highlighted the early years of his career. “Barbarella,” “Death Wish,” “Serpico,” “Orca,” “Three Days of the Condor,” “King Kong” and “Manhunter” are just a few of the films he went on to produce.
More details as they emerge on this sad day.
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Adrien Brody sues to block release of Dario Argento film

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Horror junkies impatiently await the next Dario Argento film the way a smoker craves their next cigarette. But if Adrien Brody has his way, it will be a long time before Argento’s latest, “Giallo,” sees the light of day.
“Giallo,” which was filmed in 2008, was released on DVD. But Brody, who stars in the film as an Italian detective tracking a kidnapped woman, has filed papers in court hoping to stop the film’s continued availability because the actor says producers violated his “pay or play” deal and lied to him about funding so he would stay on and finish filming the movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Brody seeks $3 million in damages, and is “attempting to stop the film’s release.”
The story says Brody was prepared to walk off the set a few years back when he learned funding had fallen through for the film. Producers allegedly made up a story saying financing had been secured, and Brody was approached to sign a new agreement that would allow him to continue working but granted him “absolute right to withhold consent to the use of his likeness” if he wasn’t eventually paid in full for his work.
Guess what happened?
So it goes to court. And Argento’s “Giallo” receives plenty of free publicity. Not $3 million worth of PR, but enough to ensure that curious onlookers will now want to check the film out once Brody is paid and the film is released. It’s an ugly way to get there, but it sounds like it will be a win for both sides in the long run.
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Sean Penn about to act in ‘This Must Be The Place’

HollywoodNews.com: Sean Penn will star in “This Must Be The Place,” a $28 million English-language film by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino.
The production goes before the cameras on August 16 and also stars another Oscar-winner, in addition to Penn, Frances McDormand.
Per Screen Daily, production will last 10-weeks in Dublin, Ireland and U.S. locales Michigan, New Mexico and New York.
Prior to “This Must Be The Place,” the last Italian film to tout a lofty budget was Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Baaria” which cost $30-35m via Medusa film. That film never saw a domestic release.
“This Must Be The Place” follows an aging rock star who pursues the Nazi criminal who took his father’s life in a concentration camp.
Penn and Sorrentino became friends during the actor’s stint as president of the Cannes jury in 2008. It was then that the festival awarded Sorrentino the Prix du Jury for “Il Divo.”
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