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Video: 'Third Person' director Paul Haggis reveals what he learned from Fellini and Antonioni


Much like Crash, the latest film from Oscar winner Paul Haggis, Third Person, features a large cast of characters that all have something in common. Starring Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Maria Bello, Adrien Brody, Kim Basinger, and more, it tells the intertwined love stories of three couples in different parts of the world.

Where does Haggis’ own story begin? We sat him down for our new video series, Origin Stories, to find out when he first started telling tales, which filmmakers inspired him, and where the idea for Third Person came from.


Romance and anger collide in 'Third Person' trailer -- VIDEO

Paul Haggis, Oscar-winning writer and director of films like Million Dollar Baby and Crash, sticks with romance in his latest, Third Person.

The film stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, and Moran Atias, and is set in New York, Rome, and Paris. Everyone is paired off, and everyone is connected — think Love Actually, but dramatic. (Or Crash, minus racism?)

The film doesn’t have a release date for the U.S. yet, but premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Watch the trailer below:


Tribeca 2013: Eva Longoria, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Radnor among festival jurors

The Tribeca Film Festival announced today that it has selected 42 jurors for this year’s festival. The jurors include members of the filmmaking community — including Bryce Dallas Howard, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Haggis, Taraji P. Henson, Kenneth Lonergan, Eva Longoria, Josh Radnor, and Evan Rachel Wood — as well as policy makers and entertainment business leaders.

According to a press release, the seven juries will award $180,000 in cash and prizes during the Festival (April 17-28). Tribeca All Access (TAA) Creative Promise Awards will award an additional $20,000 — $10,000 for narrative and $10,000 for documentary. All winners will also receive a work of original art by an acclaimed artist as part of the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards program, sponsored by Chanel. In addition, TFI will award $130,000 in grants to Latin American film and video artists, including two $10,000 Heineken VOCES grants for Latin American filmmakers living and working in the United States.

“We are delighted to welcome such an illustrious group of individuals to the Tribeca jury,” said TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “We look forward to their expert perspective on the films and talent in our program and the dialogue that emerges from the process.”

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Casting Net: Taylor Lautner to get his funny on in 'Grown Ups 2.' Plus: Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Alexander Skarsgard

• Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde are set for Third Person, an ensemble drama spanning New York, Paris, and Rome, from Crash writer-director Paul Haggis — who certainly knows from sprawling, intersecting storylines. [Vulture]

• Looks like Alexander Skarsgard won’t have much time to work on his tan during his True Blood hiatus. The actor is in talks to headline the horror flick Hidden, about a family escaping an enigmatic epidemic in a bomb shelter. It will be the feature directing debut for writers Matt and Ross Duffer. [THR]

Geoffrey Rush and Jim Sturgess are entering the world of art auctions in The Best Offer, from Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore (Malèna).  Composing legend Ennio Morricone will score the film. [Variety]

• Kathryn Hahn (Anchorman, NBC’s Free Agents) and Josh Charles (CBS’ The Good Wife) have signed onto Ben Stiller‘s remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Hahn will play Stiller’s sister, and Charles will play Kristen Wiig‘s ex-husband. [THR, Deadline]

• Vincent D’Onofrio50 Cent, Amy Ryan, and Vinnie Jones are joining Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Caviezel in the prison triller The Tomb. [Variety]

• Rob Schneider is seeking someone to Teach Me to Dance. (Not me, him. Nevermind.) The comedy, produced by Gale Anne Hurd and penned by his wife Particia Azarcoya Schneider and Marion Douglas, follows a man who aims to get back with his ex by, you guessed it, taking dance lessons. My guess is it’ll be rated PG-13. [Deadline]

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