April 23, 2014

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Venice Film Festival to include Malick, De Palma, Nair, Lee and Redford!

by Terence Johnson
HollywoodNews.com: Hot on the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival announcing their titles comes word from Venice about the films to be featured at the 69th Venice Film Festival.
With 60 films, the selection includes a wide range of anticipated titles such as Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, Passion from Brian De Palma and The Company You Keep directed by Robert Redford, as well as 20 films from female directors. Surprisingly, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is not included in the lineup, might this mean it will be skipping the festivals? Check out the full list after the jump!
Competition Films
Something in the Air, Olivier Assayas (France)
Outrage: Beyond, Takeshi Kitano (Japan)
Fill The Void, Rama Burshtein (Israel)
To the Wonder, Terrence Malick (U.S.)
Pieta, Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
Dormant Beauty, Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
E’ stato il figlio, Daniele Cipri (Italy)
At Any Price, Ramin Bahrani (U.S., U.K.)
La cinquieme saison, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (Belgium, Netherlands, France)
Un giorno speciale, Francesca Comencini (Italy)
Passion, Brian De Palma (France, Germany)
Superstar, Xavier Giannoli (France, Belgium)
Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine (U.S.)
Thy Womb, Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)
Linhas de Wellington, Valeria Sarmiento (Portugal, France)
Paradise: Faith, Ulrich Seidl (Austria, France, Germany)
Betrayal, Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)
Out of Competition Films
L’homme qui rit, Jean-Pierre Ameris (France) *closing film*
Love Is All You Need, Susanne Bier (Denmark, Sweden)
Cherchez Hortense, Pascal Bonitzer (France)
Sur un fil, Simon Brook (France, Italy)
Enzo Avitabile Music Life, Jonathan Demme (Italy, U.S.)
Tai Chi 0, Stephen Fung (China)
Lullaby to My Father, Amos Gitai (Israel, France)
Shokuzai (Penance), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan)
Bad 25, Spike Lee (U.S.)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mira Nair (India, Pakistan, U.S.) *opening film*
O Gebo e a Sombra, Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal, France)
The Company You Keep, Robert Redford (U.S.)
Shark (Bait 3D), Kimble Rendall (Australia, China, Singapore)
Disconnect, Henry-Alex Rubin (U.S.)
The Iceman, Ariel Vromen (U.S.)
Horizons Sidebar
Wadjda, Haifaa Al Mansour (Germany)
Khanéh Pedari (The Paternal House), Kianoosh Ayari (Iran)
Ja Tozhe Hochu (I Also Want It), Alexey Balabanov (Russia)
Gli equilibristi, Ivano De Matteo (Italy)
L’intervallo, Leonardo Di Costanzo (Italy, Switzerland, Germany)
El Sheita Elli Fat (Winter of Discontent), Ibrahim El Batout (Egypt)
Tango Libre, Frédéric Fonteyne (Belgium, France, Luxembourg)
Menatek Ha-Maim (The Cutoff Man), Idan Hubel (Israel)
Gaosu tamen, wo cheng baihe qu le (Fly with the Crane), Li Ruijun (China)
Kapringen (A Hijacking), Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)
Leones, Jazmin Lopez (Argentina, France, Netherlands)
Bellas Mariposas, Salvatore Mereu (Italy)
Low Tide, Roberto Minervini (U.S., Italy, Belgium)
Boxing Day, Bernard Rose (U.K., U.S.)
Yema, Djamila Sahraoui (Algeria, France)
Araf (Araf – Somewhere in Between), Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey, France, Germany)
Sennen no Yuraku (The Millennial Rapture), Koji Wakamatsu (Japan)
San Zi Mei [...]

Terence Malick’s “To the Wonder” revealed!

By Joey Magidson
HollywoodNews.com: With the big announcement yesterday of the titles that will be debuting/playing at the Toronto Film Festival, the first Plot Synopsis for Terrence Malick’s new film “To the Wonder” was revealed.
The film stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, and Javier Bardem, and seems to be Malick’s most overt relationship drama in some time, though there are still rumblings that it’s also his most experimental one as well (which would actually be saying something). After the jump you can see the short summary of the picture, and it sets things up very nicely. I may not have been big on ‘The Tree of Life’ last year, but I recognize his talent, and this one has my attention in a big way. You can find the synopsis below.
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Which Stars will be in Cannes? – Marion Cotillard, David Cronenberg, Robert Pattinson…

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: We’re getting closer to the announcement of what’s going to happen in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. We already know two things: Wes Anderson is opening the festival with “Moonrise Kingdom” and Woody Allen is not going with the newly named “To Rome with Love.” But here are some thoughts from various sources. They do say “Rust & Bone” with Marion Cotillard is in. So, too, is David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” with Robert Pattinson of “Twilight” fame. High on everyone’s list is Walter Salles’s film of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.”
Another name mentioned is popular Cannes filmmaker Michael Haneke, with “Amour” starring Isabelle Huppert. Then there’s the matter of Terrence Malick. He has two movies in post-production, one with Ben Affleck and Jessica Chastain (among others) which was thought to have been finished before “Tree of Life” was released. Any more ideas? Let me know at roger@showbiz411.com
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John Shaffner Elected Chair of Art Directors Council

HollywoodNews.com: – Production Designer John Shaffner has been elected to a three-year term as Chair of the Art Directors Council, effective immediately, replacing Thomas A. Walsh, who continues in the position of President of the overall Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800).
Shaffner was formerly Vice-Chair of the Council, a position now filled by Corey Kaplan. Also elected to the Art Directors Council was Jack Fisk. The ADG has four craft councils: Art Directors; Scenic, Title & Graphic Artists; Set Designers & Model Makers, and Illustrators & Matte Artists.
Shaffner has just completed four years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He presently works as Production Designer on Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly.
Fisk was nominated for an Oscar® and a BAFTA Award for his work as Production Designer on There Will be Blood. He was Production Designer on Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and on Malick’s next film, as yet untitled.
New members recently elected to the other craft councils include Ben Nowicki of the Scenic, Title & Graphic Artists Council and James Hewitt of the Set Designers and Model Makers Council.
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Meryl Streep, “War Horse” and “The Descendants” in today’s Oscar news – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The awards race has kicked into high gear. The National Board of Review kicked things off. The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards extends the madness tonight. And we still have the Golden Globes (with host Ricky Gervais) and, of course, the Oscars on the horizon.
As a result, a lot of little pieces are shifting into place as campaigns jockey for prime position. Let’s run through the Oscar news of the day as we get ready for tonight’s CCMAs, which is bound to pull the awards race into focus … or sending it careening in a completely different direction.
- “The Iron Lady,” with Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, plans a theatrical expansion right before the Golden Globes.
- EW’s Oscar expert Dave Karger wonders if the “War Horse” Oscar momentum is fading.
- Fox Searchlight, meanwhile, is upping its campaign for the editing and cinematography on Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.”
- We reported earlier that the Oscars could leave the Kodak Theatre in time. Now THR says that the ceremony could end up at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.
- Douglas Trumbull, the visual effects wizard whose resume includes such masterpieces as “2001,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Blade Runner,” will receive the the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for his body of work and technical innovation in cinematic visual effects. The presentation will occur at Feb. 11th’s Scientific and Technical Awards.
- The Internet Film Critic Society announced the winners of their 5th Annual Movie Awards, giving the top honor (Best Drama) to Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” Malick also won the Best Director prize. Other awards went to Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (Best Comedy), “Drive” (Best Action Film), and “Attack the Block” (Best Horror or Science Fiction Film). George Clooney picked up the award for Best Actor for his performance in “The Descendants,” and Rooney Mara won Best Actress for her role in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
- And finally, Steve James’ excellent documentary “The Interrupters” took home the top prize at Cinema Eye Honors in NY. The ceremony honors nonfiction works. Too bad James’ film isn’t eligible for an Oscar this year.
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace [...]

“The Tree of Life” tops with Online Film Critics Society – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” led the Online Film Critics Society’s year-end voting with seven nominations, so it’s no real surprise that his meditative drama emerged victorious when the group tallied its votes.
The film took home the prize for Best Picture as well as trophies for Best Director (Terrence Malick), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
Here’s the most surprising fact: No other film won more than one award.
The other three acting winners were Michael Fassbender winning Best Actor for his performance in “Shame;” Tilda Swinton’s work in “We Need to Talk About Kevin” won the award for Best Actress; and Christopher Plummer received the Best Supporting Actor prize for his work in “Beginners.”
The full list of winners of the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards are below:
Best Picture:
The Tree of Life
Best Animated Feature:
Rango
Best Director:
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Best Lead Actor:
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Best Lead Actress:
Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Supporting Actor:
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Best Supporting Actress:
Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life
Best Original Screenplay:
Midnight in Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
Best Editing:
The Tree of Life
Best Cinematography:
The Tree of Life
Best Film Not in the English Language:
A Separation
Best Documentary:
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Special Awards (previously announced):
To Jessica Chastain, the breakout performer of the year
To Martin Scorsese in honor of his work and dedication to the pursuit of film preservation
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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HollywoodNews.com’s Top 10 Movies of 2011 – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: You hear this complaint almost every year: “This was a terrible year for film.” It’s often made by moviegoers who didn’t go out of their way to find unconventional, challenging (and frequently rewarding) cinema.
A simple scan of the films we’ve included in our annual Top 10 list – as well as the 10 follow up titles – will tell you that there were plenty of films worth celebrating in 2011 … and there will be even more coming next year.
But before we jump ahead, with the New Year arriving in a few days, let’s run through the best films we managed to see in 2011. We expect our coverage for most of these movies to extend into January and February as the Oscar race continues. But for now, these are the movies that moved us most. If we missed any, let us know in our comments section:
Hollywoodnews.com Top 10 Movies (in alphabetical order):
“The Artist”
Michel Hazanavicius’ silent comedy made a loud splash at the Cannes Film Festival last spring, and its Oscar train hasn’t really slowed since. Jean Dujardin is spectacular as a fading silent-film star challenged by the arrival of the talkies, while Berenice Bejo (quietly) announces her arrival as a talent to watch. This throwback to Hollywood’s Golden Age was a modern treat, and it just might be the movie to beat in the Best Picture race.
“The Descendants”
George Clooney shows off his versatility playing a real estate baron wrestling with a complicated land deal as he also contends with a family tragedy. Alexander Payne directs “The Descendants” with his usual precision, though the bulk of his heavy lifting was completed in the casting. The ensemble is one of the best you’ll see on screen this year.

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
A late entry into the awards race, Stephen Daldry’s post-9/11 heartwrencher (so far) has divided critics with its borderline manipulative treatment of tragic subject matter that’s still to raw for certain audiences. But there’s no denying the emotional impact of Thomas Horn’s performance as Oskar, a special needs child coping with his father’s death, and Daldry lends him tremendous support in Sandra Bullock and the legendary Max von Sydow.
“The Help”
The little-blockbuster-that-could. Tate Taylor’s adaptation of close friend Kathryn Stockett’s novel wowed summer crowds who wanted to learn the inspirational story of a fledgling journalist who wanted to tell the untold story of her Southern caretakers. [...]

Good Films you missed – 13 Assassins, The Skin I Live In, Tree of Life, Warrior

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com:This is the third of several year-end wrap essays detailing the year in film. This time, it’s about highlighting the good or great films that slipped under the radar somehow. Some got rave reviews and wide releases but stiffed at the box office while some never made it out of limited release. All are worth tracking down and all are, with one exception I will point out, now available on DVD/Blu Ray/download/etc. And nearly all of them are not hardcore independent films, but seemingly mainstream dramas and comedies that would have likely merited a wide release even a few years ago. Once again, these will be in alphabetical order.
13 Assassins
Like pretty much all Magnolia titles in the last few years, the majority of the film’s initial profits came from their OnDemand services, with Takashi Miike’s truly epic samurai drama receiving on a token theatrical release in a few major cities. No matter where you see this one, it’s a surprisingly compelling shades-of-grey morality play. At its core, it’s about the morality of committing murder, political assassination no-less, in the name of dispatching a regional ruler who may be too evil to eventually wear the crown. For the first two thirds it is a character study and a classic samurai drama. But the entire last third of the picture unleashes one of the longest and most impressive non-stop action sequences I’ve ever seen. If for no other reason than it’s last 40 minutes, 13 Assassins is a must-see action picture.
Attack the Block
If you read any blogs that travel in the ‘geek circles’, this may be the most talked-about movie that nobody saw this year. The film premiered early in the year to rave reviews from the Faracis and McWeenys of the world, but it’s token limited release from Sony Screen Gems on July 29th, a weekend with six new releases. Needless to say, it died and never really expanded. Is the film as gloriously awesome as you may have read elsewhere? Not quite. It doesn’t break much new ground, but it does what it intends to do very well. The young kids are all quite good and the aliens they encounter are all the scarier for their sparse use. This is just a rock-solid genre entry that is just different enough to [...]

Online Film Critics go with “The Tree of Life,” “Drive” — AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: If the critics had any say, Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” would be a shoo-in for a Best Picture nomination next year.
The film topped this year’s “Sight and Sound” poll of international critics. It landed on the lists of multiple critics’ organizations. And earlier this morning, the ethereal human drama was announced as the leading nomination grabber from the Online Film Critics Society (of which I am a member), which recognized Malick’s picture in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director (Malick), Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
Joining “The Tree of Life” in Best Picture for the 15th annual OFCS awards are Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”.
Malick, Hazanavicius, Refn and Scorsese were joined in the Best Director race by “Melancholia” director Lars von Trier.
“Drive” was the second most nominated film, picking up six mentions including the aforementioned Picture and Director as well as Best Supporting Actor (Albert Brooks), Best Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Cinematography. Brooks was nominated alongside John Hawkes in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Nick Nolte in “Warrior,” Pitt and Christopher Plummer in “Beginners.”
In Best Supporting Actress, the nominees were Chastain, Melissa McCarthy for “Bridesmaids,” Janet McTeer for “Albert Nobbs,” Carey Mulligan for “Shame” and Shailene Woodley for “The Descendants.”
Woodley and Mulligan’s co-stars shared nominations in the Best Actor slate, George Clooney and Michael Fassbender respectively, who were nominated alongside Jean Dujardin in “The Artist,” Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and Michael Shannon in “Take Shelter.”
The Best Actress category features Kirsten Dunst in “Melancholia,” Elizabeth Olsen in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady,” Tilda Swinton in “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and Michelle Williams for “My Week with Marilyn.”
The full list of nominees for the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards are below. Winners will be announced on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012:
Best Picture:
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
Hugo
The Tree of Life
Best Animated Feature:
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 2
Rango
Winnie the Pooh
Best Director:
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
Lars von Trier – Melancholia
Best Lead Actor:
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
Michael Shannon – Take Shelter
Best Lead Actress:
Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia
Elizabeth Olsen [...]

London Critics nominate “Tinker, Tailor” and “Drive” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The London Critics’ Circle split their attentions between two films when announcing their year-end honors: one very British in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy;” and another that’s positively American in “Drive.”
The two films each scored six nominations, including Best Picture, where they’ll compete against Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” and “A Separation,” the gripping Iranian drama by Asghar Farhadi.
“Tinker” director Tomas Alfredsson did not make the cut for Best Director, however. “Drive” helmer Refn instead will go against Lynne Ramsay (“We Need To Talk About Kevin”), Farhadi, Hazanavicius and Malick.
More than 120 British film critics vote in the year-end festivities. The awards will be handed out during a ceremony held on Jan. 19 at BFI Southbank.
A full list of London Critics’ Circle Film Awards can be found below:
FILM OF THE YEAR
The Artist
Drive
A Separation
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Tree of Life
BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
The Guard
Kill List
Shame
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin
FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Mysteries of Lisbon
Poetry
Le Quattro Volte
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Dreams of a Life
Pina
Project Nim
Senna
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Asghar Farhadi- A Separation
Michel Hazanavicius- The Artist
Terrence Malick- The Tree of Life
Lynne Ramsay- We Need to Talk About Kevin
Nicolas Winding Refn- Drive
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Asghar Farhadi- A Separation
Michel Hazanavicius- The Artist
Kenneth Lonergan- Margaret
Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash- The Descendants
BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Richard Ayoade- Submarine
Paddy Considine – Tyrannosaur
Joe Cornish – Attack the Block
Andrew Haigh – Weekend
John Michael McDonagh – The Guard
ACTOR OF THE YEAR
George Clooney- The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Ryan Gosling – Drive
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia
Anna Paquin- Margaret
Meryl Streep- The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton- We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams- My Week With Marilyn
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Simon Russell Beale- The Deep Blue Sea
Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks- Drive
Christopher Plummer– Beginners
Michael Smiley- Kill List
SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Sareh Bayat- A Separation
Jessica Chastain- The Help
Vanessa Redgrave- Coriolanus
Octavia Spencer- The Help
Jacki Weaver- Animal Kingdom
BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Tom Cullen- Weekend
Michael Fassbender – A Dangerous Method, Shame
Brendan Gleeson – The Guard
Peter Mullan – Tyrannosaur, War Horse
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Olivia Colman – The Iron Lady, Tyrannosaur
Carey Mulligan- Drive, Shame
Vanessa Redgrave- Anonymous, Coriolanus
Tilda Swinton- We Need to Talk About Kevin
Rachel Weisz- The Deep Blue Sea
YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER [...]

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