So would I — but, alas, we never will. In the mid-’70s, Hollywood studios declined to finance just such a project after Jodorowsky spent a couple of years prepping the movie with a band of hugely gifted artists including future Alien creators H.R. Giger and Dan O’Bannon. (In fairness to the studio execs, they may have been justifiably reluctant to invest in a project which Jodorowsky himself believed might be as many as 20 hours long).
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The big-budget biopic Grace of Monaco will hold its world premiere at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival in May, after its original release date was twice delayed.
Landing in the prestigious opening slot of the festival is a dramatic change of fortune for a film that had seemingly been relegated to an after-thought release. Originally slated for November with presumed Oscar aspirations, Grace of Monaco was booted to March amid claims of an editing dispute. READ FULL STORY
Screenwriter Bob Nelson is having a good day. “I got an email from Sears saying I got $5 in points,” he explains. “So that was pretty good.” Anything else happen? “Oh yeah, the Academy Award thing,” he deadpans.
If there is a more touching Oscar nominations day story than that of veteran thespian June Squibb — who has been given the nod in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance in Nebraska — we’re not sure our hearts, or our tear ducts, can take it.
Jane Campion, who remains the only female director to win the Palme d’or (for 1993′s The Piano), will head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. “[Cannesl] is a mythical and exciting festival where amazing things can happen, actors are discovered, films are financed, careers are made,” said Campion. “I know this because that is what happened to me!”
“We are immensely proud that Jane Campion has accepted our invitation,” said Thierry Frémaux, Cannes’ general delegate. “Following on from Michèle Morgan, Jeanne Moreau, Françoise Sagan, Isabelle Adjani, Liv Ullmann and Isabelle Huppert in 2009, she is the latest distinguished name to grace a prestigious roster of female presidents. Coming from a country and indeed a continent where film is a rare but powerful phenomenon, she is one of those directors who perfectly embody the idea that you can make films as an artist and yet still appeal to a worldwide public. And we are confident that her exacting approach will be mirrored by her jury.”
Campion was born and bred in New Zealand. In addition to The Piano, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, she’s also directed Portrait of a Lady, Holy Smoke, Bright Star, and the recent Sundance Channel miniseries, Top of the Lake.
Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac may as well be subtitled The Agony and the Ecstasy. At least that’s the vibe reverberating from a new series of posters promoting the erotic movie about one woman’s lifetime of sexual adventures and relationships. The agony is ours, in some cases, as these O-face photos couldn’t be more overt (and a few are a little icky), and the ecstasy… well, that’s self-evident.
Von Trier is reportedly working on two different versions of the two-part, five-hour film, a softcore version that is scheduled to be released in Denmark on Dec. 25 and a more graphic version that might premiere at next year’s Cannes Film Festival. Von Trier was banned from Cannes in 2011 after making some Hitler remarks, so this promises to be quite the return.
In addition to the poster with Charlotte Gainsbourg, there are shots of Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Jamie Bell, and Stellan Skarsgard. Don’t Google “Nymphomaniac” to see them all — that’s just asking for computer trouble. Click below instead. READ FULL STORY
Blue is the Warmest Color has been the subject of controversy ever since it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. And you can’t even get past the MPAA green-screen intro to its new trailer, with its giant lurking NC-17, to see why: “Explicit Sexual Content.”
The French-language film from Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche drew gasps at Cannes for its explicit — and extensive — lesbian sex scenes that capture the passionate romance between a French teen (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and her first same-sex lover (Midnight in Paris‘ Léa Seydoux). But it also took home the festival’s top prize and won scores of critical accolades — accolades that are featured prominently in the new trailer. “Magnificent,” reads a rave from Steven Spielberg, the Cannes’ jury president. “We were under the spell of the film and its wonderful actresses.”
Click below for a perfectly chaste teaser of a trailer for the film, accompanied by the Beach House song “Take Care.” Blue opens in the U.S. on Oct. 25. READ FULL STORY
Cue the black and white. Starring Bruce Dern (who won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival) as an elderly gentleman who believes he’s won a million dollars and Will Forte (yes, you read that right, SNL Will Forte) as the son who’s trying to let his father enjoy the moment without things going too far, Nebraska is all about life, family, and the possibility of being rich.
Directed by The Descendants and Election helmer Alexander Payne, Nebraska also stars Stacy Keach, June Squibb, and Breaking Bad‘s Bob Odenkirk.
Watch the trailer below:
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Over the past few years, Zachary Quinto has established his acting rep by playing Sylar in Heroes, a couple of memorable roles on American Horror Story, and, of course, Spock in the last two Star Trek movies. So you could describe his transition into producing as, well, “logical.” Certainly it has gotten off to an encouraging start. Quinto produced director J.C. Chandor’s financial crisis movie Margin Call through the actor’s Before the Door company — the production outfit he runs with partners Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson — and exec produced Chandor’s Robert Redford-starring All Is Lost, which just screened at Cannes.
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