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Faye Dunaway Felt ‘Very Guilty’ About Best Picture Mistake at the Oscars
Faye Dunaway is finally speaking out about her role in #EnvelopeGate, two months after the now-infamous 89th Academy Awards best picture gaffe.
The Oscar-winning “Network” actress sat down with anchor Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News” Monday, recounting the moments leading up to the mistake.
“[Beatty] took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over me, off-stage, he looked around, and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking! A dramatic pause.”
The confusion was cleared up moments later when the “La La Land” producers were informed they had lost, prompting both movies’ casts and crews to awkwardly crowd the stage.
While the mix-up »
- JD Knapp
Taissa Farmiga joins The Conjuring spinoff The Nun
Ugh! There's something about undead religious figures that unnerves me right to my core. Be it a bloodstained clergymen, a pale faced, over-tired-looking nun, or a grouping of forlorn disciples from the pages of The Bible, I want nothing to do with it. That being said, New Line seems to take no issue with this manner of imagery seeing as they've announced that Taissa Farmiga will step... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Jacqueline Bisset to Star in Drama ‘Journey to Miyakojima’ (Exclusive)
Jacqueline Bisset has been cast in the lead role in the family drama “Journey to Miyakojima,” which will begin filming in Japan in October.
French helmer Slony Sow is directing from his own script. Paul Hoppe is the producer and Nick Kambayashi is executive producing. Aun Entertainment and Licri are the production companies.
Bisset will play a quietly ailing family matriarch and NBA team owner who is hoping to reunite her shattered family at a serene island off the coast of Okinawa, thousands of miles away from home. She persuades her granddaughter, whose eating disorder is escalating, to take up residence at a guesthouse on the island — where its beauty, a chance meeting with a treasure hunter, and a century-old shipwreck heal their wounds.
Bisset stars in “L’Amant Double,” a Palme d’Or contender at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, »
- Dave McNary
'Spider-Man Homecoming': A Breakdown of the Superhero's Stark Technology
The kid's got a nice suit.
On Monday, Marvel shared a fun look at the Stark tech that makes up the new Spider-Man suit, featured in the first standalone film for the Tom Holland incarnation.
Holland's Spidey got his new suit in Captain America: Civil War, but there are some cool gadgets that will be highlighted in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Most of the new tech was pretty obvious from the trailer, but it is still interesting to either get confirmation or a tad bit more info.
First, the suit automatically forms to the wearer's body, which is reminiscent of Marty's jacket in Back to »
- Ryan Parker
Domhnall Gleeson, Lenny Abrahamson project receives Irish Film Board funding
Lenny Abrahamson’s forthcoming adaptation of Sarah Waters’ acclaimed wartime ghost story The Little Stranger is among the films being supported by the Irish Film Board in its latest round of funding decisions.
Projects by Mary McGuckian, Carmel Winters and British/Cambodian filmmaker Hong Khaou are also among those given production funding support, as is a drama about Virgina Woolf’s love affair with the poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West.
In a diverse and wide-ranging first quarter, Room director Abrahamson’s [pictured] adaption of The Little Stranger has received production funding of €350,000.
The novel, which centres on the strange goings on in a country house in rural Warwickshire, has been adapted for the big screen by English novelist and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl). Domhnall Gleeson is attached to the project, which will be co-produced by Element Pictures.
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‘Alien’ Evolution: Explore Every Stage in the Xenomorph’s Gruesome Life Cycle
“Alien” and its many sequels and prequels have always been about transformation. The creature itself is constantly changing, as are those unfortunate enough to encounter it. As you celebrate Alien Day — celebrated on April 26 because the original film is set on the planet Lv-426 — take a moment to revisit the many forms Sigourney Weaver’s greatest screen partner has taken on in the nearly 40 years since H.R. Giger and Ridley Scott first introduced us to it.
The facehugger (“Alien”)
Our first exposure to the otherworldly creature known among fans as the xenomorph remains the most quietly unsettling. “It’s got a wonderful defense mechanism,” Parker (Yaphet Kotto) says after noticing the facehugger’s acidic blood: “You don’t dare kill it.”
Almost reminiscent of a scorpion in its appearance, the facehugger was initially intended by Giger to be larger and possess eyes; screenwriter Dan O’Bannon had imagined it as an octopus-like being with tentacles. »
- Michael Nordine
Joel Edgerton Hopes ‘It Comes At Night’ Will Be The New ‘Get Out’ — Plot Synopsis Revealed
New plot details have been revealed for “It Comes At Night,” the hotly anticipated new horror thriller from “Krisha” director Trey Edward Shults and A24, in theaters this June. From the teaser trailer, we know that a mysterious illness is confining the characters inside a house in the middle of the woods.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Edgerton, his wife (Carmen Ejogo), and son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) are hiding out from a mysterious pandemic in a remote house in the woods. When a stranger (Christopher Abbott) arrives looking for help, they are forced to choose between kindness and potential infection. At one point, the illness infects the Ejogo character’s father.
“Let’s be honest, horror movies have a bad rap,” said Edgerton. The “Loving” actor’s directorial debut, the mystery/thriller “The Gift, »
- Jude Dry
Fast & Furious 8 maintains lead over Boss Baby at UK box office
Given the commercially modest set of new films it was up against, the eighth instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise had no problem holding on to the top spot at the UK box office, grossing £3.59m in its second frame, for a 12-day total of £23m. This compares with £26.25m for Fast & Furious 7 after two weekends of play, although that was just a 10-day number.
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- Charles Gant
Writers’ Guild Of America Votes Overwhelmingly To Authorize Strike: Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing
There’s been a storm brewing in Hollywood of late, a storm that those who followed the trades, or noticed a sudden drop in new TV shows, about ten years ago might recognize. The Writers’ Guild of America, West and The Writers Guild Of America, East, the two unions that represents screenwriters in film and TV (as well as radio and new media), have been renegotiating their contracts with AMPTP, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and after an initial offer that fell well short of their demands, the WGA went on to members to seek authorization for a potential strike beginning when the current contract expires on May 1st.
Continue reading Writers’ Guild Of America Votes Overwhelmingly To Authorize Strike: Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
AFI to honour cinematographer Frederick Elmes
The honour recognises the “extraordinary creative talents of an AFI alumnus or alumna who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television.”
The presentation will take place at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton in Hollywood on June 8.
Elmes collaborated with Keaton on her 1987 directorial debut Heaven and has earned a Primetime Emmy nomination, two Film Independent Spirit Awards and a New York Film Critics Circle Award, among other accolades.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Beatriz At Dinner’ Lead 2017 Sundance London Line-Up
The Sundance Film Festival isn’t just the biggest celebration of independent film in the U.S. these days, it’s now a global operation. About five years ago, for the first time, the Park City festival upped sticks across the Atlantic for Sundance London, and the festival’s still going strong in 2017, revealing a killer line-up this morning.
There are no brand new premieres at the festival, but a number of highlights from the January Park City line-up are getting their international premieres, including opener “Beatriz At Dinner” from Miguel Arteta and starring Salma Hayek, and hotly-tipped comedy “The Big Sick,” while Michael Almereyda’s sci-fi “Marjorie Prime,” Cannes-bound Dave Bautista-starring politically-topical one-take actioner “Bushwick” and, most excitingly, David Lowery’s much-raved about “A Ghost Story” with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara (which will close the festival) are receiving their UK premieres.
- Oliver Lyttelton
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is A Worthy, Surprisingly Emotional Follow-Up To A Superhero Classic [Review]
How many times have you read that it’s really hard to duplicate the success of the first film in a sequel? Probably more than you can remember. Well, here’s a newsflash: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” pulls that feat off with only a little strain and a belly of genuine emotion.
Marvel Studios’ space faring superhero-team-that-isn’t-really-a-superhero-team came together in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” James Gunn, along with a screenplay assist from Nicole Sperling, wonderfully demonstrated how a band of characters that were barely known beyond hardcore comic book fans could transform into a band of charismatic and colorful characters that felt strikingly original.
Continue reading ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is A Worthy, Surprisingly Emotional Follow-Up To A Superhero Classic [Review] at The Playlist. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Warner Bros. Unveils Metropolis and Gotham City for Abu Dhabi Theme Park
Warner Bros. and Abu Dhabi’s Miral have unveiled details for their planned $1 billion theme park — including worlds for Superman’s Metropolis and Batman’s Gotham City.
The park, which will open next year, will also include Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, and Dynamite Gulch, themed after the Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera brands; and Warner Bros. Plaza, which will be reminiscent of old Hollywood. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, located on Yas Island and set to open in 2018, will include thrill rides, interactive family friendly attractions and live entertainment.
Warner Bros. and Miral first announced the indoor project a year ago, promising to open the facility in 2018. The companies said Tuesday that the park is on track to make that goal.
“Miral is proud to confirm that one year after announcing its plans to bring Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to Yas island, we’re making great progress with our partners where »
- Dave McNary
Cool Stuff: Three Stunning ‘La La Land’ Prints Are for the Fools Who Dream
Today brings the Best Picture nominee (and mistaken winner) La La Land to Blu-ray and DVD for audiences to watch over and over again. Personally, I know that I’m excited to watch that uplifting opening musical number, even if it means getting my heart broken at the end of the movie. In addition to bringing […]
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- Ethan Anderton
AFI to Honor ‘Blue Velvet’ Cinematographer Frederick Elmes
The award is presented to an AFI alumnus who embodies the qualities of Schaffner — “talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television.” Schaffner earned 28 Academy Award nominations during his 40-year career.
Elmes graduated from AFI in 1972 and received his first credit on David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” in 1977. He went on to work on Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” in 1986 and “Wild at Heart” in 1990. He won Independent Spirit Awards back to back years for “Wild at Heart” and Jim Jarmush’s “Night on Earth.”
- Dave McNary
Burkini celebration planned for beaches of Cannes during festival
Cannes was among 30 French resorts banning burkinis on the beach last summer.
French-Algerian businessman Rachid Nekkaz, who spear-headed a campaign against a controversial ban on burkinis on some 30 French beaches last summer, is calling on people to don the full-body swimsuits and hit the beaches of Cannes during the festival this year.
Nekkaz said he was organising the event to celebrate the August 26 ruling of France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, against the burkini beach ban, “guaranteeing freedom to bathe in burkinis on French beaches.”
He announced the event in front of the court in Paris on Tuesday (April 25) via Twitter.
Headlined “Let’s All Wear Burkinis On The Beaches During The Cannes Film Festival”, Nekkaz wants people in burkinis to hit the beaches flanking Cannes’ beachfront Croisette promenade on the afternoon of May 26, the final Friday of the festival.
Cannes was the first resort to bring in the burkini ban and a €38 fine »
Embankment hires Content exec to head up business and legal affairs
Exclusive: UK sales outfit makes new hire.
London-based sales outfit Embankment Films has appointed Libby D’Arcy as general counsel to head up the company’s business and legal affairs.
She joins from her role as vice president of business affairs at Content Media, where she spent a total of eight years. Before then, she was head of business affairs at Odyssey Entertainment.
“Libby is most importantly a highly positive personality, a progressive closer, multitasker and deal-maker. Libby sits comfortably in our ambitious, autonomous, and self-determinated team of executives who typify a thorough understanding of financing, filmmaking and distribution,” commented Embankment co-head Tim Haslam.
The hire follows the company’s appointment of former Celsius and Independent exec Calum Gray as its head of sales last month.
Embankment’s slate includes McQueen, a documentary about fashion icon Alexander McQueen that was launched at the Efm, Churchill starring Brian Cox, Breathe starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, Submergence with James McAvoy »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
‘Transformers’ Tom DeSanto, China’s Citic Guoan Pact On Co-Productions
X-Men co-writer and Transformers producer Tom DeSanto has teamed with Citic Guoan, a division of Chinese conglomerate Citic Group, on a series of films for the global market. The pact, which was unveiled at the close of the Beijing International Film Festival, is said to include a $120M U.S.-China co-production project. “We are joining hands with Hollywood legend Tom DeSanto to jointly create a series of movies incorporating Chinese culture for the global audience,”… »
‘Suicide Squad’ VFX Breakdowns: Enchantress Transformation, Diablo’s Firestorm & More
Suicide Squad has come and gone, but soon enough we’ll see at least one of the bad guy ensemble’s characters return to the big screen with Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn in Gotham City Sirens. While we’re waiting to see if the movie ends up getting the greenlight to start shooting this […]
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- Ethan Anderton
'Mad Max', '45 Years' producers to speak at Bafta Guru Live
Second edition of event for aspiring creatives reveals line-up.
The two-day event will take place at Bafta’s Piccadilly venue in London between May 6-7 and Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts on May 6, featuring creatives from the worls of film, TV and gaming.
The events will feature talks on telling stories for film, making a debut feature film, pitching and freelancing »
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