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R.I.P. Harry Dean Stanton (1926 – 2017)

Prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton has passed away of natural causes aged 91, it has been announced today.

Born in 1926, Stanton enjoyed a career than spanned over 60 years, appearing in a host of films including Cool Hand Luke, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Kelly’s Heroes, The Godfather Part II, Alien, Escape from New York and Repo Man before securing his first ever lead role in 1984’s Palme d’Or winner Paris, Texas.

Later credits included Pretty in Pink, The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, The Green Mile, The Pledge, Inland Empire, Rango, The Avengers, and the HBO series Big Love. He recently appeared in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival, and his final film Lucky is set for release in the States later this month.
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Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91
Harry Dean Stanton, the actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who labored in virtual obscurity for decades until a series of roles increased his visibility, including his breakthrough in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” died of natural causes Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

The actor was also known for his roles in “Twin Peaks,” “Big Love,” “Pretty in Pink” and “Repo Man.”

He had a high-profile role as manipulative cult leader Roman Grant on HBO polygamy drama “Big Love,” which ran from 2006-11, and recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime.

His most recent film, “Lucky,” about an atheist who comes to terms with his own mortality, is set to be released by Magnolia on Sept. 29.
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Movie Review: Sean Penn’s festival laughingstock The Last Face finally slips into theaters

Many actors try their hand at directing, but few can match the degree of success—on both sides of the camera—that Sean Penn has achieved. Films like The Pledge (2001) and Into The Wild (2007) demonstrate the same intelligence, sensitivity, and power that Penn invests in his Oscar-winning performances. He occasionally has weird, disastrous lapses in taste, though. His contribution to the omnibus feature September 11 (2002), in which the collapse of the Twin Towers allows sunlight into the apartment of a lonely widower played by Ernest Borgnine, injects a degree of truly appalling mawkishness into one of the most horrific days in American history. But that’s nothing compared to the sustained tone-deaf fiasco that is Penn’s latest feature, The Last Face—a movie so monumentally miscalculated, right from its opening explanatory text, that the audience at Cannes, where it (inexplicably) premiered in Competition last year, started ...
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Horror Feature ‘Residue’ to be released on VOD in Us and Canada on July 18

The creative horror film,features an impressive ensemble cast IndustryWorks Studios will be releasing the buzzed-about gritty, action/crime horror film Residue in the Us and Canada on VOD on July 18th, 2017. The indie film stars James Clayton (‘Candiland’, ‘The 100’, ‘Timeless’), Taylor Hickson (‘Deadpool’, ‘Aftermath’), Costas Mandylor (‘Saw’ Franchise, ‘The Pledge’, ‘Picket Fences’), Gemini Award …

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All sewn up by Anne-Katrin Titze

Jocelyn Moorhouse with Sue Maslin and Anne-Katrin Titze, on Grey Gardens: "Definitely. I was inspired by that." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Kate Winslet and Judy Davis working together, Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit and Jack Nicholson in Sean Penn's The Pledge, Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns, Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Albert Maysles and David Maysles' Grey Gardens - Jocelyn Moorhouse, director of A Thousand Acres (Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jason Robards, Colin Firth), and Proof (Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot, Russell Crowe) and The Dressmaker producer Sue Maslin, who reunited with novelist Rosalie Ham, discuss cinematic links and small-town logistics.

Molly (Judy Davis) and Tilly (Kate Winslet), the Dunnages: "You can just see these two great actresses at the height of their power."

"If the dream, according to the interpretation, represents a wish fulfilled, what is the cause of the peculiar and unfamiliar manner in which this fulfillment is expressed?
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A touch of glamour by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Dressmaker director Jocelyn Moorhouse on Sophie Theallet: "I met her because we are both good friends with Rupert Everett." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Loving Billy Wilder, watching Sunset Boulevard, an Audrey Hepburn Sabrina remodeling, Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit and Jack Nicholson in Sean Penn's The Pledge, Sergio Leone, Alice B Toklas in Paris, South Pacific, David and Albert Maysles' Grey Gardens, consulting with Sophie Theallet about Madeleine Vionnet and Cristóbal Balenciaga - Jocelyn Moorhouse and producer Sue Maslin revealed the underpinnings of The Dressmaker.

Kate Winslet as Tilly Dunnage: "We're entering a fable. Although the story, of course, is very truthful and universal."

Based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, screenplay Pj Hogan and Moorhouse, starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving with Sarah Snook, Kerry Fox (Alison Maclean's The Rehearsal), Gyton Grantley, Alison Whyte, Shane Bourne, and Barry Otto (Gracie Otto and
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Cannes Review: Sean Penn’s ‘The Last Face’ Starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem

Watching Sean Penn‘s stupendously self-important “The Last Face” is an exercise in multi-layered torture. You’re not sure what hurts more: seeing accomplished actors Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron choke on laughably pompous dialogue or remembering that once-upon-a-time Penn directed real movies like “The Pledge” and “Into The Wild,” before he became a walking-talking political cartoon of […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Last Face’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Last Face’
Last year, “Beasts of No Nation” told a story of mutilated innocence in an unnamed African hell zone, but it didn’t feel compelled to add a token white hero (the caring photojournalist! the conflicted U.N. peacekeeper!) for the audience to identify with. “The Last Face,” an endless, logy cataclysm of a war-torn political drama directed by Sean Penn, goes right back to the look!-here-are-some-movie-stars-in-the-maelstrom paradigm. The film is set in some of the most blood-soaked territories of Africa – South Sudan, the Sierra Leone, Liberia — and it’s full of jaggedly edited sequences in which children lie on operating tables with their chests blown open, corpses appear in fly-buzzing piles and homemade bombs and machine-gun fire explode out of nowhere at deafening volume. At the front and center, though, are two characters who are in the crisis but not of it: Charlize Theron as Wren Petersen, a globe-trotting physician and activist,
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Sean Penn’s ‘The Last Face’ Ripped Apart on Twitter After Cannes Debut

Sean Penn’s ‘The Last Face’ Ripped Apart on Twitter After Cannes Debut
Updated: Sean Penn’s humanitarian romance “The Last Face” is being savaged on Twitter after premiering Friday at the Cannes Film Festival. Commenters on social media are describing the film, which stars Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, as the worst of the fest. Others are also quipping that the picture is so awful that it destroyed Penn’s relationship with Theron. The duo broke up a year ago.

When critics weighed in, they largely echoed the flash reactions that bubbled up online.

Variety Chief Film Critic Owen Gleiberman faulted Penn for spending so much time on the love story between Theron and Bardem, writing, “no matter how ‘well-meaning’ a director may be, there’s something inherently eye-rolling about being asked to care about the tragedy of African children through the Pov of two lovelorn glamour pusses.”

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn branded it the worst film of Penn’s career, writing
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Do Not Publish Inarritu Exec Produces Mexican Rural Community Movie (Exclusive)

Do Not Publish Inarritu Exec Produces Mexican Rural Community Movie (Exclusive)
Alejandro G. Inarritu is teaming with Mexican producer-distributor Julio ChavezmontesPiano for the third feature from Jose Alvarez (“Canicula”).

Film centers on a Veracruz fishing village community leader, a charismatic woman and former prostitute. Now in her 50s, she is still in mourning the lives lost at sea in one of the largest storms in recent memory. Her search for closure leads her to Don Gabriel, an enigmatic 95-year-old shaman in a remote village, who claims to have control over the storms and the sea.

“Canicula” was co-written by Sebastian Hoffman (“Halley”), with cinematography by director Pedro Gonzalez Rubio (“Alamar”), figures who are beginning to attract far more attention in the U.S. and Europe, as is Chavezmontes. Starring Luis Gerardo Mendez (“The Noble Family”), Miguel Rodarte (“Saving Private Perez”) and Cassandra Ciangherotti (“The Hours With You”), “Tiempo Compartido,” Hoffman’s second film as a director, and a black comedy
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First Look at Sean Penn’s Cannes Drama ‘The Last Face’ Starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem

It’s been nearly a decade since Sean Penn‘s last directorial feature, Into the Wild, and 15 years since he last stopped by Cannes with his own film (The Pledge), but he’ll be back next month. The Last Face, which stars Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Jean Reno, has been selected to premiere in competition at Cannes Film Festival, and today the first look has arrived.

Below, one can see Theron, who plays the director of an international aid agency in Africa, who meets a relief aid doctor (Bardem) during a political/social revolution. In the situation, they are presented with difficult choices when it comes humanitarianism amidst civil unrest. Penn is certainly no stranger to injecting politics into his cinema, so hopefully this one turns out more interesting that the last time he was on screen with The Gunman. Check back for our review next month from the festival,
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Sean Penn, Woody Allen, Jeff Nichols Films Set for Cannes Film Festival

Sean Penn, Woody Allen, Jeff Nichols Films Set for Cannes Film Festival
It’s shaping up to be a strong year for American filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival, with Sean Penn’s “The Last Face,” Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” and Jeff Nichols’ “Loving” set to make their world premieres on the Croisette.

While festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux and his selection committee still have many titles to screen and many decisions to make before nailing down their lineup in mid April, the film slate is starting to come into focus with a marked emphasis on starry English-language fare, as already signaled by the announcement earlier this week that Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster,” with George Clooney and Julia Roberts, is Cannes-bound.

A slot in official selection likely awaits “Loving,” Nichols’ civil rights drama starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as an interracial couple in 1958 Virginia. Set to open theatrically Nov. 4 through Focus Features, the film would mark a return to
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‘By the Sea’: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are Latest Husband/Wife, Director/Star Collaboration

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

By the Sea, the romantic drama written and directed by Angelina Jolie and starring husband Brad Pitt and herself, has its world premiere this evening in Los Angeles to open AFI Fest 2015. The film follows last year’s directorial bow by Jolie, Unbroken, which earned three Oscar nominations, though none for Jolie herself, and is a rarity in the fact that it features a wife directing her husband.

Throughout history there have been a number of spousal collaborations between directors and stars, some with massive Oscar success, some that have been completely overlooked. However, the majority of these films featured the husband behind the lens. By the Sea is Jolie’s third feature film as a director while husband Pitt has never sat in the chair.

Here’s a look back at notable husband/wife collaborations in front of, and behind, the camera and how
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Hollywood Film Awards: Benicio Del Toro to receive the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for “Sicario”

Benicio Del Toro is a pretty singular talent in the industry, so it’s never a surprise when he does worth worthy of being honored. This year, the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards have seen fit to bestow upon him the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for his performance in Sicario. Of course, Del Toro more or less stole that film, so it’s a totally viable honor. He’s going to be in play for an Oscar nod in Best Supporting Actor, but regardless of if that nom happens or not, this shows how he’s still crafting memorable supporting characters. That’s always been Del Toro’s bread and butter, so this is just a perfect citation for him… Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor: dick clark productions announced that Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for Sicario.
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Heitor Pereira Coaxes Emotion Out of Music

Heitor Pereira Coaxes Emotion Out of Music
When Heitor Pereira was a boy growing up in rural, heavily forested Brazil, his grandfather — an avid birdwatcher — used to tell him, “Listen to the symphony of the birds and the life around us. Can you imagine a day without these melodies?”

Nowadays Pereira honors that memory within the context of moving pictures, whether mimicking nature or underscoring character and story.

“Melody is still where I start,” says the composer of such animated features as “Despicable Me” and “Minions,” and live-action films like “If I Stay” and “It’s Complicated.” “Even if it’s a birthplace for the score and then becomes textural. If I do that, I never get lost, because melodies have meaning. They are a musical conclusion of a conversation that we may have about a character.”

Pereira is among a long line of film composers — including Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and Trent Reznor — who established themselves in the pop realm.
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Al Pacino’s Producer on Iran Nuclear Deal’s Possible Effect on Film Industry

Al Pacino’s Producer on Iran Nuclear Deal’s Possible Effect on Film Industry
Hollywood producer Barry Navidi has returned to his native Tehran after more than 15 years, just as Iran and the U.S. finesse final details of a possible nuclear accord that he and others hope may also help forge closer cinematic ties between the two countries.

Navidi spoke with to Variety in Tehran during the International Urban Cities Film Festival.

You grew up here, then you went to film school in London, and then to Hollywood where you’ve made movies, including “Divine Rapture” with Marlon Brando and, more recently, the Al Pacino films “The Merchant of Venice,” “Salome,” and “Wild Salome.” What brings you back to Tehran after 15 years?

I’d been meaning to come back, but I’ve been so busy. Now I’m on break from touring with Al and his one-man-show “An Evening With Al Pacino.” When Amir Esfandiari, director of international affairs of the Farabi Cinema Foundation,
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‘600 Miles,’ ‘Ixcanul,’ ‘Alias Maria’ Play Colombia’s Cartagena Festival

‘600 Miles,’ ‘Ixcanul,’ ‘Alias Maria’ Play Colombia’s Cartagena Festival
Madrid – Opening with awaited Colombian title “Alias Maria” (pictured), threading the concept of memory – including fest’s own past – throughout its program, the 55th Cartagena International Film Festival, Latin America’s oldest fest, bows today under a new artistic director, Diana Bustamante, one of Colombia’s leading international producers (“The Wind Journeys,” “Crab Trap,” “La Playa D.C.,” “Refugiado” ).

It shows. The 55th Ficci, as it is known in local parlance, picks up, via a section dubbed 5 + 5 Ficci, on signature past Cartagena Fest titles from Latin America, and with a second sidebar, Gabo: The Films of My Life, on movies which impacted Colombia’s Nobel-prize novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writer who studied cinema, taught cinema at Cuba’s San Antonio de los Baños Film School and whose novels inspired some 20 films. Arguably, his finest film creation, son Rodrigo Garcia, closes Ficci with “Last Days in the Desert.”

“The concept
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In a Year of 26 Festivals

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Something of his sad freedom

As he rode the tumbril

Should come to me, driving,

Saying the names

Tollund, Grauballe, Nebelgard,

Watching the pointing hands

Of country people,

Not knowing their tongue.

Out here in Jutland

In the old man-killing parishes

I will feel lost,

Unhappy and at home.

Seamus Heaney, The Tollund Man

It ended, like all journeys do, in Solitude, a long way from any cinema. Solitude—or rather Zolitūde, in Latvian—is a suburb of Riga, four miles as the crow flies from the fancy Scandi-Gothic-Art Nouveau city centre; six miles on foot if the pedestrian avoids diversions. But by the time I reached Solitude on that cold December Saturday afternoon, however, my inadvertent divagations must have pushed the total to the ten-mile mark. I'd looked at maps prior to departing from my hotel, of course but deliberately didn't bring one along (not a fan); I don't
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Directors' Trademarks: Christopher Nolan

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At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of Interstellar this week, let’s examine the trademark style and calling signs of Christopher Nolan as director.

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Nolan knew he wanted to be a filmmaker from a young age. He attended college to pursue this goal and eventually became the president of the local film society. While in charge of the film society, he screened films and used the proceeds to make short films, which were well received by his peers and the faculty. After college, Nolan couldn’t find any work and decided to raise funds to create a feature length film by himself. The result of that effort was Following (1998), which won several awards at festivals and impressed critics.
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Ficg in L.A. Showcases ‘Mountain,’ ‘Wolf,’ ‘Paradise’

Ficg in L.A. Showcases ‘Mountain,’ ‘Wolf,’ ‘Paradise’
Madrid — Nicolas Echeverria’s “Echo of the Mountain,” Fernando Coimbra’s “A Wolf at the Door” and Mariana Chenillo’s “Paradise” will feature in the 2014 Ficg in L.A., which opens with Catalina Aguilar Mastretta’s “The Hours With You.”

A Los Angeles extension of Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival that works the ever-more fertile axis between Mexico and U.S. cinema, the fourth Ficg in L.A. also includes pix-in-post sections for narrative features and docus. It runs Sept. 4-7 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

This year’s program also includes Guadalajara Construye in Los Angeles and DocuLab Los Angeles, two pix-in-post competitions. Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”), the National Assn. of Latino Independent Producers, Univision journalist and host Ruben Luengas and anchorwoman Gabriela Tessier will all receive Tree of Life Awards.

Aiming to bring the best of Mexican and Latin American cinema to L.A., highlighting most often – though not always – emerging talent,
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