Berlin Film Festival Completes Competition Roster; Adds Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’

berlinaleofficialposterThere are 20 films out of 23 in the Competition section that will vie for the Golden and Silver Bears at the Berlin Film Festival. Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, will … Read More »

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BAFTA Rising Star Nominees: Dane DeHaan, George MacKay, Lupita Nyong’o, Will Poulter, Léa Seydoux

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 2:30am PST

baftas_2013_logoBAFTA‘s EE Rising Star Award nominees are actors and actresses who have “demonstrated exceptional talent” and are “destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema,” the British Academy says. This year’s crop of five includes … Read More »

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Jason Clarke & Léa Seydoux Feast On ‘The Lobster’ From Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 5:03am PDT

The Lobster is the first English-language film for Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos whose Dogtooth scored an Oscar nomination in 2009. Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jason Clarke leads the cast that also includes Skyfall‘s Ben Read More »

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Oscars: Cannes Palme d’Or Winner Ineligible For Foreign Language Category

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: When controversial French sensation Blue Is The Warmest Color won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or, it was expected to be a major player in the upcoming Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. Now it’s ineligible to compete and not even impassioned pleas from Sundance Selects, its American distributor, have done the trick. This unexpected development as first reported on Deadline is due to its October 9th French opening. Local distributor Wild Bunch will not change the date in order to comply with an arcane Academy rule that says each film must have opened in the country of origin by the end of September. Now Sundance Selects/IFC Films President Jonathan Sehring who picked up the U.S. rights to Blue in Cannes is very disappointed that this decision appears irreversible. “I talked to them about it and said it was a missed opportunity if you don’t qualify it. So they actually were going to do a qualification run in the town where it was shot in Northern France,” Sehring tells me. “But ultimately the  French governing body said no. It had to be a wide release in order for it to qualify and so [Wild Bunch] called and said ‘We don’t want  to move off our date. We have a great date.’ It’s unfortunate.”

Although it won’t help Blue this year, Sehring hopes the Academy will deep-six the September 30th eligibility date and change it in the future to be more reflective of the realities of the international film industry. “It’s a global business right now and [it's not good] to hold the Foreign Language titles to a September 30th date. This present Academy administration has been really great about re-visiting things that don’t really make sense and I’m just hoping that will happen.” However as a distributor he does fully understand the Wild Bunch decision and its box office potential in France. “What could be better than that for them? If the French want to choose it as next year’s title I can always hope there, but unfortunately it didn’t work out in terms of qualification,” he said.

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Christophe Gans Takes On ‘Beauty And The Beast’ With Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux

By | Friday February 10, 2012 @ 12:17am PST

Beauty And The Beast is having quite the resurgence these days. There are 2 TV pilots in the works with the fairy tale as source material and now there’s going to be a new film adaptation courtesy of Christophe … Read More »

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Berlin Film Festival To Open With Diane Kruger In ‘Farewell My Queen’

By | Wednesday January 4, 2012 @ 5:19am PST

The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival will open at the Berlinale Palast on February 9, 2012 with the world premiere of the period drama Les Adieux à la reine (Farewell My Queen) that features such international stars as Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) and Virginie

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‘Slumdog’s Anil Kapoor Now Joining ‘M:I4′

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Paramount now telling me that Anil Kapoor is negotiating to play a “integral supporting role” that is being kept under wraps, but they say he’s not a villain, despite what my sources say. Guess we’ll see.

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Actresses Still Testing On ‘Dragon Tattoo’ — Now In Costume With Daniel Craig

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Is it an exaggeration to say not since Gone with the Wind has the actress casting search for a studio film captured such attention? The decision on who’ll play Lisbeth Salander in Sony Pictures Entertainment’s The Girl With The Dragon Read More »

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