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Wong Kar-Wai Says Young Filmmakers Are "Less Competitive"
Wong Kar-Wai said the opening up of the Chinese film market is providing immense opportunity for young directors, but cautioned those coming up against being complacent, as competition will be fierce in the future.
Wong — who was honored with the headlining prize at the Lumiere Film Festival, headed by Cannes fest director Theirry Fremaux — made the comments while discussing the business in Hong Kong and China.
Wong, born just before the Cultural Revolution in China, was raised in Hong Kong and came of age as a filmmaker in the 1980s and 1990s. He compared the current climate in China »
- Rhonda Richford
Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’: A New, Detailed Synopsis Revealed
Is there a film obsessive cinephiles are looking forward to more this holiday season than Paul Thomas Anderson‘s upcoming movie “Phantom Thread“? The answer is, quite obviously, no. Despite the mixed reaction his last movie, “Inherent Vice,” received back in October of 2014, Anderson is still viewed as one of the greatest working filmmakers in the world today. “The Phantom Thread” reteams him with, newly retired, “There Will Be Blood” star Daniel Day-Lewis.
- Jordan Ruimy
‘Boo! 2’ Drives to $21 Million Opening While Other New Releases Crash
In a sluggish weekend for the box office, the only success to be found is Lionsgate’s “Boo! 2,” the ninth film in Tyler Perry’s “Madea” franchise. The $20 million film is on pace to hit its projected target with a $21 million opening from 2,388 screens. The horror comedy made $7.5 million on Friday, including $760,000 from Thursday previews.
Tyler Perry has never been a critical fave, and “Boo! 2” is no exception as it received an abysmal 8 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But his legions of fans were not disappointed, bestowing an A- on CinemaScore. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Tony Zierra to Follow up ‘Filmworker’ with New Stanley Kubrick Doc about ‘Eyes Wide Shut’
Lyon — Tony Zierra, the director of this year’s critically acclaimed Cannes screener “Filmworker” – about Leon Vitali, who served for decades as Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man – is working on a followup Kubrick documentary about the making of the 1999 drama “Eyes Wide Shut,” starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
Zierra was in Lyon this week for a screening of “Filmworker” at the Lumière Film Festival, where the documentary has generated massive buzz.
Speaking to Variety about his next project, “SK13,” (“Eyes Wide Shut” being Kubrick’s 13th film), Zierra explained that he was originally working on that documentary when he met Vitali and decided to put it aside and do “Filmworker” first.
Zierra is now returning to his initial project, which promises an inside look at what is arguably Kubrick’s most controversial work, due in part to the director’s death during post-production.
“The one movie that I feel is the wrinkle in Kubrick’s filmography »
- Ed Meza
William Friedkin on the Power of Film, Capital Punishment and his Recklessness on ‘The French Connection’
Lyon — Director William Friedkin, maker of “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist,” in Lyon for a showcase of his work, proved his storytelling prowess at a master class on Thursday as he captivated the audience with anecdotes of his illustrious career.
Particularly moving was the account of his first work, the 1962 documentary “The People vs. Paul Crump.”
After meeting the chaplain of the Cook County jail and learning about a young black man on death row named Paul Crump that both the pastor and the warden believed to be innocent, Friedkin visited the inmate and likewise became convinced of his innocence. He set out to make a documentary about the case in the hope of saving his life.
“A confession was beaten out of him by the Chicago police, which was done routinely in those days. If there was an African American accused of a crime they would go into the African American community and round up the »
- Ed Meza
Wong Kar-wai Honored in Lyon, Talks Early Influences, Bruce Lee, Hong Kong Handover and Bigger Canvas for ‘Grandmaster’
Lyon The Lumière Festival honored Wong Kar-wai with the Lumière Award on Friday following a wide-ranging discussion between the Chinese filmmaker and the festival director Thierry Frémaux about his life and career.
Asked about his early influences during the master class, held in front of a packed house at the majestic Théâtre des Célestins ahead of the evening’s award ceremony, Wong said he moved with his family from Shanghai to Hong Kong as a child in 1962 before the onset of the Cultural Revolution. Since the family had no friends or relatives in Hong Kong and did not speak Cantonese, Wong regularly went to the movies with his mother.
“It’s all because of my mother. My mother is a big film buff – she enjoyed watching movies. The fact that we didn’t have any friends and relatives in this new city, the only thing she liked to do was take me to the cinema. We spent almost »
- Ed Meza
Busan: Korea’s ‘After My Death,’ Iran’s ‘Blockage’ Win Competition
Films from South Korea and Iran were announced Saturday as joint winners of the Busan Film Festival’s main competition section.
Kim Ui-seok’s “After My Death” and Mohsen Gharaei’s “Blockage” won the New Currents competition which focuses on first and second features by filmmakers from Asia.
“My Death” is critique of the world where reason and tolerance have no sway and is the story of a girl who is suspected of having goaded another schoolgirl into killing herself. “Blockage” reflects the current economic condition of Iran by depicting the overwhelming chaos that happens to a vicious, despicable temporary worker.
The jury was headed by American filmmaker Oliver Stone, and included Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, French cinematographer Agnes Godard, Philippines’ Lav Diaz and South Korea’s Jang Sun-woo. The jury said that “both films are tightly scripted, and display vivid detail and excellent craftsmanship.”
The first Kim Ji-seok Award, a newly prize »
- Sonia Kil
‘Chappaquiddick’ Moves Out of the Crowded Awards Season — Exclusive
When Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, riding high after the early hit “47 Meters Down,” bought “Chappaquiddick” and “Hostiles” out of Toronto, it looked like they might provide direct competitors for a Best Actor Oscar slot. Now Scott Cooper’s $50-million western “Hostiles,” which earned upbeat reviews and press out of Telluride and Tiff, is heading for a December release and an Oscar campaign for Christian Bale.
“Chappaquiddick,” however, will have to wait.
John Curran’s “Chappaquiddick” (a $4 million pickup, with a $16 million P&A) will wisely hold off for a 2018 release on April 6. Jason Clarke would have not only been competing with Bale for a Best Actor slot, but also with himself in Dee Rees’s southern drama “Mudbound” (November 17, Netflix).
- Anne Thompson
'Geostorm': What The Critics Are Saying
20 October 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
So: How bad is Geostorm?
The Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore seems to suggest that it's pretty bad. In a review that describes the movie as "big, dumb, and boring," Dean Devlin's weather horror flick comes across as being … not necessarily the best, shall we say.
"Viewers may have been drawn in by ads featuring tsunamis in Dubai and killer hail in Tokyo. But most of the body of the film consists of people logging into servers, talking about encryption, and reviewing surveillance footage," DeFore complained, but the disappointment goes beyond a lack of disaster porn. Describing Jim Sturgess' »
- Graeme McMillan
‘Blade Runner’ Breakout Sylvia Hoeks Joins ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Foy, who stars in the Netflix series “The Crown,” is on board to play Lisbeth Salander. The new installment of Sony Pictures’ Millennium franchise will commence production in January in Berlin and Stockholm. The film hits theaters on Oct. 19, 2018.
The studio had no comment on the casting. »
- Justin Kroll
Guillermo Del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Director Michael Mann
There seems to be something of a trend at the moment for directors making films about other directors. Not only has Susan Lacy directed a movie called ‘Spielberg’ about the life and work of Stephen Spielberg, there was also ‘De Palma’ directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. Now there is news of another documentary film about a director in the works. Thierry Fremaux, the Cannes chief, was presenting a new director’s cut of ‘Heat’ recently at the Lumiere Film Festival. While doing so, he took the opportunity to announce that Guillermo del Toro is currently working on a documentary
- Nat Berman
Josh Brolin Mourns ‘Deadpool 2’ Stuntwoman’s Death: It Was an ‘Absolute Freak Accident’
“We had somebody pass away on ‘Deadpool 2’ and it was an absolute freak accident,” Brolin told The Associated Press in an interview about his new film “Only the Brave.” Harris died in August after she lost control of her motorcycle and crashed into a Vancouver building.
“The woman was such a wonderful woman … it wasn’t even a stunt, it was a freak accident,” the actor, who plays Cable, said. “It was a terrible thing that happened. Was it a nano-decision that she made in order to save the bike and this, you know what I mean? You could look into it all [these ways], but sometimes things just happen that are tragic.”
According to reports, Harris, the first female African-American road racer, was brought on at the last minute to fill »
- Erin Nyren
Directors Guild Begins Expulsion Process Against Harvey Weinstein
The Directors Guild of America has launched disciplinary proceedings against disgraced ex-mogul Harvey Weinstein, which could lead his expulsion.
“The DGA has a long-standing practice of not commenting on internal union matters, but has decided to make an exception in this case to acknowledge the filing of charges,” the guild said. “However, because of due process concerns that are a part of federal requirements for labor unions, the DGA cannot comment further.”
The DGA’s move underlines how rapidly Weinstein’s career has descended since the Oct. 5 publication of a New York Times article detailing the settlements of eight lawsuits, including those filed by Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan »
- Dave McNary
The Best Halloween Movies Streaming on Netflix Right Now
Haunted Houses are up and running, there's a pumpkin patch on every corner, and the debate over whether candy corn is actually good is raging once again. Halloween season is in full swing! What better way to get in the spooky spirit than with a good movie, whether its a seasonal classic, a new horror gem, or a family favorite that just screams fall vibes. Fortunately, Netflix has a pretty strong selection of Halloween favorites this year no matter what you're looking for, and we've narrowed down the list to the best, scariest, and downright fun movies … »
- Collider Staff
Tim Roth Got More Screentime in ‘Twin Peaks’ by Texting David Lynch Nonstop
Tim Roth has a unique approach to getting roles. After the revelation that he didn’t agree to read for his part in “Reservoir Dogs” until getting ferociously drunk with Quentin Tarantino, another tidbit just emerged: Roth relentlessly texted David Lynch in order to get more screentime on “Twin Peaks: The Return.”
“David wants to experiment and he wants to do different things while filming. For example, with Tim Roth, he and Jennifer really enjoyed being in the show and when they were done, Tim kept texting us saying that he wanted more,” said executive producer Sabrina Sutherland at the Festival of Disruption. Roth shared the screen with Jennifer Jason Leigh in the new iteration of “Twin Peaks,” with both of them playing contract killers.
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- Michael Nordine
‘Avengers 4’ Is Bringing Back ‘Iron Man 3’ Whiz Kid Ty Simpkins
We already know the cast of Avengers: Infinity War will be massive by bringing in all the surviving superheroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it sounds like the cast of Avengers 4 will be bringing even more characters into the mix outside of all the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s not often […]
- Ethan Anderton
Josh Brolin Opens Up About Death Of ‘Deadpool 2’ Stuntwoman Joi “Sj” Harris
Only the Brave star Josh Brolin recently addressed the tragic death of stuntwoman Joi “Sj” Harris on the set of the upcoming Deadpool 2. Harris died in an accident in August. During an interview with the Associated Press for Only the Brave, Brolin addressed Harris’ death saying: “We had somebody pass away on Deadpool 2 and it was an absolute freak accident.” He adds that Harris was “wonderful woman” and reiterates that it “wasn’t even a stunt” and that it was a freak… »
Sex Abuse Silence Is Over, But Even The Academy Is Entitled To A Defense
Almost nothing is quite as simple as it looks. Certainly not sexual harassment and accusations thereof—as insiders at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are well aware, notwithstanding last Saturday's summary expulsion of Harvey Weinstein following dozens of claims that he had sexually abused actresses and others over the years. After banishing Weinstein at an emergency session, the Academy's board of governors boldly declared an end to Hollywood's silence… »
James Wan & Jason Momoa Take to Social Media to Celebrate Wrapping Production on ‘Aquaman
In just about a month, we'll finally get to see Justice League, DC's latest step toward reversing the curse that they've been laboring under while Marvel has grown more ambitious, both visually and in terms of story. Though there's a basic fascination for me in the story, the more potent reason to pay the ticket price is to see what a film essentially co-directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon looks like. After Wonder Woman, the best movie based on a DC property since The Dark Knight, expectations are high, especially considering the movie will … »
- Chris Cabin
‘Straight Outta Compton’ Director F. Gary Gray Received Threats From Suge Knight: ‘I Will See You in Person’
“Straight Outta Compton” made beaucoup bucks, earned strong reviews, and was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Not everybody liked it, of course — including Marion “Suge” Knight, the former CEO of Death Row Records who was involved in a hit-and-run that left one man dead and allegedly began following an argument on the set of the N.W.A biopic. According to testimony that was just made public, he also threatened F. Gary Gray, the film’s director, both over the phone and via text message.
“I will see u in person … u have kids just like me so let’s play hardball,” Knight texted Gray, according to the Los Angeles Times; that message was followed by “a pair of expletives and a racial slur.” Knight had previously called Gray several times, »
- Michael Nordine
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