September 27, 2016

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Hollywood Contenders – The State of The Race: Looking at potential Best Documentary Feature contenders

Ahoy there folks! For what might be my final installment of the annual category/contender rundown, I’m finishing up by again moving on from the big eight categories. Yes, I’m taking a look now at one of the in betweens, or as I call them “mini-majors”. This time out, that happens to be the rarely boring and highly unpredictable Best Documentary Feature race. Obviously, this is a rather hard one to pin down early on, but as always, I’m feeling up for the challenge. Take a gander below and obviously keep in mind that this one also will be more fluid than normal going forward, as lots is still to be decided. Also, I’ll make up my mind soon about if there’s another category getting this treatment. If not, I’ll be doubling back to the majors in the next month or two. For the moment though, check this piece out…
Here now are the five documentary films that I actually have currently cracking the unofficial lineup later on this year:
1. Weiner – An already timely documentary that has only gotten more timely with the recent news about Huma Abedin separating from Anthony Weiner. In my eyes, it’s the current doc to beat. Directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg captured something amazing here, with a captivating you are there approach to politic that we’ve never quite seen before. It’s one of the best things I’ve seen overall in 2016, so expect it to keep pushing forward towards Oscar glory. The category is a crapshoot, but barring something unusual, look for it to be a nominee.
2. The 13th – Debuting at the New York Film Festival, Ava DuVernay’s surprise doc is a potential frontrunner if it’s as good as expected. This look at the prison system and racial inequity in America is another timely pick, so if the NYFF premiere goes well, expect big things. DuVernay has the Selma snubs still fresh, so look for the Academy to potentially make it up to her here. I’ll be seeing it at the fest in the Opening Night spot, so stay tuned for more on it then…
3. OJ: Made in America – This long form doc, if it’s actually watched by voters, should seem like a safe bet. It caught on with pop culture too, which never hurts. Hell, this could even contend for the win. Director Ezra Edelman caught the wave of O.J. Simpson curiosity […]

“Knight of Cups” gives audiences another Terrence Malick film to ponder

There are very few filmmakers with a more singular style out there than the one and only Terrence Malick. This week, he offers up another unique cinematic experience with Knight of Cups, sure to be a divisive little movie. This is part of his new, slightly grittier fare, and it’s certainly going to get a response out of you. I’ve had a hit or miss relationship with Malick flicks previously, though I can say without question that this is unlike anything he has ever done before, at least in terms of what he’s trying to accomplish. I’ll share my personal thoughts below, but Malick fans will have reason to anticipate this release, that’s for sure.
The film follows a successful writer named Rick (Christian Bale) as he indulges in Hollywood excess and wanders around, pontificating about his life to himself, as well as the audience, in voiceover monologue after voiceover monologue. There are glimpses at his relationship with his father (Brian Dennehy), brother (Wes Bentley), as well as the various women in his life (including Cate Blanchett, Teresa Palmer, Frieda Pinto, Imogen Poots, and Natalie Portman), but often his just Rick, wandering about a party or the streets of Los Angeles. Malick writes and directs, as you’d obviously believe while watching this, with cinematography from the great Emmanuel Lubezki, production design by longtime collaborator Jack Fisk, and music from Harlan Townshend. Other cast members include Antonio Banderas, Jason Clarke, Clifton Collins Jr., Kevin Corrigan, Dane DeHaan, Cherry Jones, Nick Kroll, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Isabel Lucas, Joe Manganiello, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Nick Offerman, and Fabio. Yes, Fabio.
Simply put, I really didn’t care for this flick. All of the issues I’ve been having with Malick over his past few works are here in full force, amped up with a story about a spoiled man whining about his life but doing nothing about it. The cast is wasted, the gorgeous visuals are as well, and it all seems too quickly thrown together. The care he showed in Badlands, Days of Heaven, and The Thin Red Line appear to be gone, in favor of a loose DIY style that just is a bad fit for the director. Maybe I’m alone in thinking this way, but I found it to be a big misfire, carrying his bad habits from To the Wonder and expanding on them. Alas. They can’t all be winners, right?
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Life of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in LOVE & MERCY

Behind the fun fun fun of The Beach Boys was the fascinating and genius singer/songwriter Brian Wilson. Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of the iconic Wilson — portrayed by two actors, Paul Dano in the ’60s and John Cusack in the ’80s — and examines his musical brilliance, personal voyage and ultimate salvation.
Love & Mercy, co-written by Oscar® nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman, also stars Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, and is directed by Bill Pohlad, known as the Academy Award®-nominated producer for such bold films as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Sean Penn’s Into the Wild and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.

Love & Mercy arrives in theaters on June 5, 2015

Which films could play this year at the Cannes Film Festival?

When it comes to film festivals, there is arguably none more prestigious than the Cannes Film Festival. Each year, critics and the like descend on the south of France hoping to discover the classiest in cinema, which in turn can begin to fuel the impending Oscar speculation. 2015 likely will be no exception, as perhaps a few more Academy friendly projects than usual could wind up at Cannes. Sometime either this month or next, the fest will reveal the titles scheduled to play, so I wanted to get a head start and speculate a bit about what the festival could have in its lineup. Tribeca will be on my mind soon enough, but for now…Cannes gets my attention for the day.
Here now are ten films that could very well play at the Cannes Film Festival, in just a simple alphabetical order:
1. Carol – One of the most anticipated Oscar hopefuls of 2015 is the new movie from Todd Haynes. Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, it stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in a very unique love story. So yeah, this is a big player, provided the quality is there. Assuming it’s done, I’d be shocked if it didn’t debut at Cannes. Personally, I can’t wait to see it.
2. Erran – The new film from Jacques Audiard, the director of both A Prophet as well as Rust and Bone, makes perfect sense for Cannes. He’s been there before, garnering awards buzz, so this should wind up at the fest as well. The only question is if it’ll be ready in time or not. I’m definitely curious about this one, that’s for sure.
3. Lawless/Untitled Terrence Malick Project – There’s no doubt that the fest would love a new Terrence Malick film, so if it’s actually somewhere close to completion…count this one in for sure. With a cast led by Ryan Gosling and potentially some members of his Knight of Cups cast, there’s plenty of intrigue here. I’m not always wild about Malick, but I love Gosling, so consider me intrigued.
4. The Lobster – I’ve been fascinated with filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos ever since seeing Dogtooth a few years ago. His follow up Alps was solid, but this new one seems like it could very well be his masterpiece. An English language feature (one of a bunch from foreign directors coming out in 2015), the cast is eclectic, including John C. Reilly, the […]

Terrence Malick’s “Voyage of Time” to the screen: Broad Green pictures and IMAX join Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch

IMAX Corporation, together with Broad Green Pictures, today announced they are joining Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch to complete financing of Terrence Malick’s VOYAGE OF TIME. Broad Green will have the first opportunity to distribute the feature film version in North America following the exclusive IMAX release.
Gabriel and Daniel Hammond of Broad Green Pictures are executive-producing the film along with Tanner Beard, Mary Bing, Yves Chevalier, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Jacques Perrin, Ryan Rettig, and Donald Rosenfeld. Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad and Sophokles Tasioulis are producing.
VOYAGE commenced international sales at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, with GAGA (JPN), MARS (FR), Lumière (BENELUX) and EDKO (HK) among the first to secure distribution rights.
VOYAGE OF TIME is a celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse. This film examines all that occurred to prepare the world that stands before us now: science and spirit, birth and death, the grand cosmos and the minute life systems of our planet. Malick is working first in the IMAX format for a 40-minute version with scientific narration by Brad Pitt, followed by a 35mm feature-length version with narration by Cate Blanchett.
VOYAGE OF TIME is the first recipient of financing from IMAX’s Original Film Fund, announced in May. The Fund, capitalized at $50-plus million, will co-finance a portfolio of 10 original IMAX films that will enable IMAX?s worldwide network to provide new digital content to its institutional partners in the form of documentaries that employ cutting-edge techniques, innovative filmmakers such as Malick, and embrace fresh new perspectives in documentary storytelling.
“Terrence Malick is one of the most innovative filmmakers in the world, and has literally been designing and making this movie with large-format cameras for over 30 years,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “To be able to launch our Film Fund portfolio with Malick and his imaginative style of filmmaking is capturing lightning in a bottle. We look forward to working with Terry and his producing partners on this groundbreaking film.”
“Terrence Malick is an innovator of epic scope,” said Gabriel and Daniel Hammond of Broad Green Pictures. “We have long admired his work and could not be more excited to partner with him on this project.”
“We are thrilled to partner with IMAX and Broad Green, who, along with our […]

The 84th Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

Once again today I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more.
Alright, here goes nothing:
Best Picture – Moneyball
The nominees here for this ceremony were The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. Obviously The Artist took it in real life, and Drive would have been my clear pick had it been nominated, but if I had been a voter my choice would have been between The Descendants, Midnight in Paris, and Moneyball. At the time, The Descendants would have been my pick, but now I think I lean towards Moneyball, so that would wind up getting my vote for Best Picture.
Best Director – Alexander Payne for The Descendants
I’d have voted for Nicolas Winding Refn here for Drive, but unsurprisingly he wasn’t nominated. The actual nominees were Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life, Alexander Payne for The Descendants, and Martin Scorsese for Hugo. Without Refn, I don’t have anyone I’m too wild about, but I think Payne might be the best of the bunch. The aforementioned Refn is easily my personal pick overall, but Payne is my choice of the actual nominees.
Best Actor – Brad Pitt for Moneyball
In a perfect world, I’d have seen either Michael Fassbender rewarded for Shame, Ryan Gosling in the lineup for Drive, Tom Hardy cited for Warrior, or Michael Parks in for Red State and subsequently any of them would have been my vote (likely Fassbender), but such is life. The actual nominees here though were Demián Bichir for A Better Life, George Clooney for The Descendants, Jean Dujardin for The Artist, Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Brad Pitt for Moneyball. The choice of these […]

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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