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Movie Artisans Take a Bow at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

On Sunday Variety, in partnership with the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Barrandov Studio and Czech Anglo Prods., paid tribute to the craft experts whose contribution to movie-making is sometimes over-looked. At a panel discussion at the festival, titled Artisans in Focus, four leading below-the-line film professionals spoke candidly about their work. It was the first time the event had taken place at the festival.

Costume designer Annell Brodeur has worked with director David Lowery on a number of projects, most recently “Old Man and the Gun,” starring Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, and believes there is an advantage to reteaming with the same director. “It just gets easier,” she said. “There is a short-hand, and you are able to cut through feeling nervous about asking questions or coming up with ideas. It’s a much more comfortable place to make bold choices.”

Cinematographer Wojciech Staron, who won a Berlin Silver Bear for Paula Markovitch’s “The Prize
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Karlovy Vary Festival Launches Crafts Track for Global Professionals

Now in its 71st year, the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival continues to cast a wider net. The latest edition will debut another track — Artisans in Focus — targeting the crafts of filmmaking.

Hosted by Variety, Artisans in Focus will launch with a panel discussion at 2:30 p.m. July 2, moderated by Peter Caranicas, Variety’s managing editor, features. At the session, four renowned department heads whose work has had a major impact on the art of filmmaking will discuss their collaborations with producers, directors, actors – and with each other.

“While legendary film stars and great auteurs of global cinema are regularly celebrated, less heralded are the geniuses behind the camera,” says Variety VP and executive editor Steven Gaydos. “In a historic new event at this year’s Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, Artisans in Focus will spotlight the brilliant individuals who create the images and sounds that form the magic of movies.”

The session will also survey the future of filmmaking as the digital revolution, including Vr, transforms the industry.

The Participants Are:

Annell Brodeur, a costume designer, known for her work on “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (2013), “Pete’s Dragon” (2016) and “6 Years” (2015). She’s now working on David Lowery’s “Old Man and the Gun,” starring Elisabeth Moss and Casey Affleck.

Ondrej Nekvasil, a Czech production designer who worked on “The Illusionist” (2006), “Snowpiercer” (2013) and “Underworld: Blood Wars” (2016); he has also designed for several TV series, including “Knightfall.”

Monika Willi, a film editor from Austria, best known for her collaborations with director Michael Haneke; she cut “Amour” (2012), “The White Ribbon” (2009) and “The Piano Teacher” (2001). Her next work is Wolfgang Fischer’s “Styx.”

Wojciech Staron, a Polish cinematographer who lensed “Saviour Square” (2006), “Mur” (2015), “Ausma” (2015), “Refugiado” (2014) and “The Prize” (2011); his next film is Diego Lerman’s “Una especie de familia.”

Artisans in Focus is produced in partnership with Barrandov Studio and Czech Anglo Prods.

Based in Prague, Barrandov Studio is the largest film and TV studio in the Czech Republic and one of the largest in Europe. Czech Anglo Productions, also in Prague, is a full service film production and co-production company.

Pictured above: “Pete’s Dragon,” on which costume designer Annelle Brodeur worked as a costume assistant.

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Jessica Biel Anthology Thriller Gets Ordered to Series

Jessica Biel in “Bleeding Heart

Jessica Biel is returning to the small screen. She’s set to topline “The Sinner,” an anthology series that USA Network just ordered to series, the La Times reports. The thriller marks Biel’s first gig as a series regular since she played Mary Camden on the WB/CW’s ensemble family drama “7th Heaven.” Since then, she’s made a career on the big screen and turned up for guest spots on “BoJack Horseman,” “Family Guy,” and most notably, “New Girl.”

“Based on Petra Hammesfahr’s bestselling book of the same name, the first installment of the close-ended crime thriller follows a young mother, played by Biel, who is overcome with a fit of rage and commits an act of violence that she can’t explain,” the source details. Bill Pullman (“The Equalizer”) costars, playing an investigator trying to determine the motive for the crime.

In a statement announcing the series, USA Network President Chris McCumber revealed that the show’s “unique perspective intrigued [the network] from the very beginning.”

The pilot was penned by Derek Simonds (“When We Rise”) and directed by Antonio Campos (“Christine”).

In addition to starring in “The Sinner,” Biel will serve as one of its executive producers, as will her Ocean Films banner partner Michelle Purple.

Biel’s film credits include “A Kind of Murder,” “Hitchcock,” “Total Recall,” “Valentine’s Day,” and “The Illusionist.”

“There are always going to be the roles where you play the arm candy or girlfriend or wife; sometimes those are actually great parts, too, but I think it’s important to fight for the roles that really mean something to you, that say something,” Biel has said. “To tell stories that inspire you. You have to find those parts that are fewer and far between.” It sounds like “The Sinner” is going to offer Biel a solid, meaty — and meaningful — role.

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‘Mr. Turner,’ ‘Legend’ Dp Dick Pope on Set Discipline, Digital, Collaboration

‘Mr. Turner,’ ‘Legend’ Dp Dick Pope on Set Discipline, Digital, Collaboration
Bydgoszcz, Poland – Cinematographer Dick Pope doesn’t suffer fools gladly. When he’s on the set, he demands that his crew avoid distractions and stay focused on the task at hand. “I hate small talk, reading newspapers, anything that will put the actors off doing their best.”

And when Pope is judging the films of others, even the work of new filmmakers, he will vote harshly if they haven’t done their homework. And judging films is exactly what Pope is doing this week, as jury president of the Cinematographers’ Debuts Competition at the Camerimage film festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The fest began on Nov. 14 and will end Nov. 19.

“They may be debut DPs but I’m not very forgiving of substandardly photographed films,” he says. “That’s true of any cinematographer. Whether it’s their first film or their 50th, they should be prepared enough so that the photography is worth watching.
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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Show Off Incredible Beach Bods on Caribbean Vacation

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Show Off Incredible Beach Bods on Caribbean Vacation
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake make a super fit couple!

The Illusionist star rocked a black bikini as her husband showed off their toned abs and board shorts on Thursday for the couple's Caribbean on vacation.

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Watch: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Dress Up as Trolls for Halloween With Cute Son Silas

The R&R is certainly welcome for the couple, one month after their four-year wedding anniversary -- and the two of them have definitely been showing lots of affection!

Earlier this month, the 34-year-old actress got a visit from her husband, 35, on the set of her upcoming move, Shock and Awe, where they packed on the Pda in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Watch: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Pack on Pda on the Set of Her New Film

Check out the video below for sweet moment.
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Justin Timberlake Responds to Wife Jessica Biel’s Legal ‘I Voted’ Selfie a Week After His Debacle at the Polls

Justin Timberlake Responds to Wife Jessica Biel’s Legal ‘I Voted’ Selfie a Week After His Debacle at the Polls
Jessica Biel is following in her husband’s footsteps by casting her ballot — but didn’t break any laws while doing it!

The 34-year-old actress took to Instagram on Monday to share a selfie collage of herself posing with her “I Voted” sticker, a notable difference from the selfie her husband, Justin Timberlake, took with an actual voting machine.

“When you’re so turnt up about voting that you do a photo shoot with your sticker and think it’s cool but then second guess it,” she wrote, adding “But you’ve already posted, but at least you waited to
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Edward Norton On Why Method Acting Is Misunderstood — Hamptons Film Festival

Edward Norton On Why Method Acting Is Misunderstood — Hamptons Film Festival
Anyone watching movies for the last 20-plus years knows the work of Edward Norton: Whether it’s his Oscar-nominated turns in “American History X” and “Birdman,” his iconic turn in “Fight Club,” or fan favorites “The Illusionist” and “The 25th Hour,” Norton’s ubiquity has made him a fixture in American cinema.

Needless to say, the actor has spent the last two decades building up one hell of a resume, which is exactly why he was honored for a career achievement award at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival. Luckily for everyone at the festival, Norton made some time to talk with storied New York film critic David Edelstein to a crowd of 500 or so people, where he dug into some of his influences and brought up some academic criticisms of acting as an art form today.

Read More: Edward Norton Discusses the Collaborative Process in Highlights from
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Jessica Biel to Star in USA Network Crime Thriller ‘The Sinner’

Jessica Biel to Star in USA Network Crime Thriller ‘The Sinner’
Jessica Biel will star in “The Sinner,” a crime thriller that has been picked up to pilot by USA Network, Variety has learned.

Biel is also attached as an executive producer on the potential series, which hails from Universal Cable Productions.

“The Sinner” is an hourlong drama that follows a young mother who is overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage and commits a startling and very public act of violence — and to her horror has no idea why. The event launches a crime thriller whose driving force is not the who or the what, but the why. A rogue investigator finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive, and together they travel a harrowing journey into the depths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past.

Based on Petra Hammesfahr’s book of the same name, the pilot was written and created by Derek Simonds, whose
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‘7th Heaven’ 20th Anniversary: Where the Stars Are Now

‘7th Heaven’ 20th Anniversary: Where the Stars Are Now
“7th Heaven” debuted on The WB exactly 20 years ago today.

The hour-long drama was the cornerstone of the now-defunct network, spanning 11 seasons and 243 episodes (its final season aired on The CW).

“7th Heaven” chronicled the lives of the Reverend Eric Camden, his wife Annie, and their seven children. Despite it’s faith-based theme, the show tackled controversial subjects including drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy and racism.

Jessica Biel, who played eldest daughter Mary Camden, is widely considered the breakout star of the show. The actress went onto star in teen and horror fodder including “Summer Catch,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Blade: Trinity,” before taking on dramas such as “The Illusionist” and “Home of the Brave.”

Biel began a high profile relationship with pop star Justin Timberlake in 2007, and the two wed in 2012. The couple welcomed a son, Silas, in 2015.

Stephen Collins, the veteran actor who played patriarch Eric Camden, shockingly
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Neil Burger To Direct ‘The Intouchables’ Remake Starring Bryan Cranston & Kevin Hart

Neil Burger To Direct ‘The Intouchables’ Remake Starring Bryan Cranston & Kevin Hart
Neil Burger has been hired to direct The Weinstein Company’s remake of The Intouchables, starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. Burger directed the 2006 Edward Norton film The Illusionist, as well as Limitless starring Bradley Cooper, and the Ya adaptation of Divergent. More details on the Intouchables remake, after the jump. Jacob Hall’s original story […]

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Neil Burger to Direct Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston in ‘Intouchables’ Remake

Neil Burger to Direct Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston in ‘Intouchables’ Remake
Divergent” director Neil Burger has been tapped to direct The Weinstein Company’s remake of “The Intouchables,” starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston.

TWC plans to start showing in January. Hart and Cranston, who have not worked together before, came on board the project in March.

The original French movie starred Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy in the story of the friendship that develops between a quadriplegic millionaire and his caregiver. “Intouchables” grossed close to $430 million worldwide in 2011 and TWC picked up remake rights that year as part of a deal to release the original domestically.

The original film was directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.

John Hartmere has written the script for the remake. Burger worked with TWC on “The Illusionist” and also directed “Limitless.”

Burger has been writing the script for Universal’s “Bride of Frankenstein” remake. He’s repped by CAA. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
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‘Victoria’ Trailer: New British Miniseries Follows Queen Victoria’s Early Life, From Her Throne To Her Courtship

‘Victoria’ Trailer: New British Miniseries Follows Queen Victoria’s Early Life, From Her Throne To Her Courtship
Though historical drama fans in the United States might have to wait a bit, their UK counterparts will be excited for the next big period drama to take over their TV. The upcoming eight-part miniseries “Victoria” follows the early life of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). The series also features Rufus Sewell (“The Illusionist”) as Lord Melbourne, Peter Firth (“Equus”) as the Duke of Cumberland, Paul Rhys (“Vincent and Theo”) as Sir John Conroy, and many more.

Read More: ‘Doctor Who’s’ Jenna Coleman Embodies the Vivacious and Very Short Queen ‘Victoria’

The series is created by Daisy Goodwin, who previously produced on such British programs as the UK version of “The Apprentice,” the reality show “How Clean Is Your House?” the five-part documentary “Jamie’s Kitchen,” and Sharon Horgan’s comedy series “Pulling.
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‘Victoria’ Trailer: New British Miniseries Follows Queen Victoria’s Early Life, From Her Throne To Her Courtship

‘Victoria’ Trailer: New British Miniseries Follows Queen Victoria’s Early Life, From Her Throne To Her Courtship
Though historical drama fans in the United States might have to wait a bit, their UK counterparts will be excited for the next big period drama to take over their TV. The upcoming eight-part miniseries “Victoria” follows the early life of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). The series also features Rufus Sewell (“The Illusionist”) as Lord Melbourne, Peter Firth (“Equus”) as the Duke of Cumberland, Paul Rhys (“Vincent and Theo”) as Sir John Conroy, and many more.

Read More: ‘Doctor Who’s’ Jenna Coleman Embodies the Vivacious and Very Short Queen ‘Victoria’

The series is created by Daisy Goodwin, who previously produced on such British programs as the UK version of “The Apprentice,” the reality show “How Clean Is Your House?” the five-part documentary “Jamie’s Kitchen,” and Sharon Horgan’s comedy series “Pulling.
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Here’s What It’s Like to Shoot an American Movie In Cuba Today

Here’s What It’s Like to Shoot an American Movie In Cuba Today
Shooting a feature film in Cuba comes with a unique set of challenges that make the usual logistical hurdles of filmmaking seem like nothing. Still, those who have had the opportunity to shoot in the socialist country say they wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. As the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba comes to an end, film production in the country is expected to ramp up.

While Hollywood studio productions like “Fast 8” and “Transformers: The Last Knight” claimed to be “making history” earlier this year by being the first American films to shoot in Havana in half a century, two American directors had already shot independent films in Cuba on the heels of the relaxed travel restrictions by the United States government: Bob Yari’s “Papa Hemingway in Cuba” and Ben Chace’s “Sin Alas” (“Without Wings”).

Read More: ‘Sin Alas’ – First American Film Shot in Cuba
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Woody Harrelson made Mark Ruffalo see green

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Woody Harrelson made Mark Ruffalo see green
If you had Haymitch Abernathy and the Hulk face off, you could easily predict the clear winner. But if you gave Haymitch Professor X’s powers and got him to stay sober for a few days, the Hunger Games champion would probably have the edge. Haymitch and the the big green guy’s real-life alter-egos had a meeting of the minds that had Woody Harrelson making Mark Ruffalo see green. Literally seeing green. (’Cause he's the Hulk, of course.) Harrelson, who learned the art of mentalism for his role in the Now You See Me films, got to try out his new skills on his co-star when the two of them were in New Orleans (where part of the first film was shot). It was during dinner with Keith Barry, mentalist and hypnotism consultant on 2013’s Now You See Me, and consultant for mentalism and other magic on the sequel to the magician heist movie, which hit theaters today. Barry trained Harrelson via Skype at first, then flew out to work with him in Los Angeles. They met at Soho House, where the Ireland-born mentalist hypnotized a large group of people. “And then I said [to Harrelson], ‘Okay, off you go!’” Barry recalled. “He said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘You start hypnotizing people!’ As a hypnotist, you have to prepare to fail all the time, and you do fail because there’s various levels of susceptibility, as we call it. But he embraced it, and we just had an absolute blast while we were out and about.” Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney in Now You See Me 2. Photo credit: Jay Maidment/Summit Entertainment Cut to a few months later, during Now You See Me’s production in New Orleans: Harrelson had honed his skills well enough to get Ruffalo to forget the number 6 and to see everything as if through a green filter. Barry contends that Ruffalo was genuinely hypnotized, though the actor says he was only pretending to be hypnotized. But, as Barry explained, proficient hypnotists can tell if someone is truly under hypnosis by looking for dilation of pupils and watching the carotid arteries in the neck. “I think Mark doesn’t even know the truth himself,” Barry told me. So I was curious: If mentalists can get people to literally see green, can they change how we see green and red, giving us the experience of different kinds of color blindness? “Yeah, pretty much anything psychological can happen with hypnosis. So, yeah, color blindness is actually quite easy,” Barry said. “I can make myself invisible, float objects around.” Seriously, this dude is Professor X. [I’ll break here to warn you that there’s a Spoiler about the big reveal in the first Now You See Me film a couple paragraphs down.] We’ll have our full video interview with Barry on HitFix next week, but I’ll share one more tidbit from our chat today: His favorite movies about magicians — aside from the Now You See Me movies of course — are The Prestige and The Illusionist (which both came out in 2006). “Those were amazing movies,” he said. “If I was to pick a favorite between the two, I’d probably go with The Illusionist. I just think Ed Norton was amazing in it.” Lesson learned: Hulks make good illusionists. Okay, Eric Bana, when’s your magician movie coming out? Now You See Me 2 opens in theaters today and also stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Jay Chou, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine.
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Papa: Hemingway In Cuba – Review

The fact-inspired film Papa: Hemingway In Cuba is a prime example of why a good director matters. As some sage once said, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

The film is first American film shot in Cuba since Castro’s 1959 revolution, and there is so degree of thrill in seeing Hemingway’s home and the actual locations he frequented. In fact, the story takes place in 1959, with true-story basis loaded with dramatic potential. Sadly, producer-turned -director Bob Yari fails to put to good use to those elements, along with a strong cast. Only the most determined Hemingway devotees will get much out of Yari’s dull, pedestrian film.

Giovanni Ribisi plays young newspaperman Ed Myers (a stand-in for the real journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc, on whose memoir of his friendship with Hemingway the story is based). Ed writes a fan letter of sorts to his idol Hemingway, whom
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Win A Papa: Hemingway In Cuba Prizepack

“In order to write about life, you must first live it.” – Ernest Hemingway

The first Hollywood film to shoot on location in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, Papa:Hemingway in Cuba is the true-life story of a young journalist who finds a father figure in legendary author Ernest Hemingway. Their relationship began in the late 1950’s when Ed Myers, then a junior reporter at The Miami Herald, wrote a fan letter to his idol. Myers thought he was being pranked when the larger than life Hemingway phoned the newsroom a week later, inviting him to Havana.

”Good letter, kid,” the famous voice growled. ”You like to fish?“

Hidden away at his private estate with his wife Mary, the elusive author mentors Myers in fishing, drinking, and finding his voice while the Cuban Revolution boils up around them. In this turbulent landscape, observing an icon in his twilight years, Myers discovers his strength
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Competition: Win thriller ‘Bound By Blood’ on DVD

Radiant yoga instructor May (Jessica Biel; The Illusionist, Playing For Keeps) has her wholesome life thrown out of balance by the arrival of her long-lost biological sister Shiva (Zosia Mamet of the hit HBO show Girls & Mad Men), a street-smart yet naïve young woman with an abusive boyfriend. May feels compelled to rescue the hapless Shiva and finds herself increasingly drawn out of her sedate world and deeper into Shiva’s chaotic one – with lethal consequences.

Bound By Blood (cert.15) is available on DVD and Digital on Monday 11th April 2016, courtesy of Solo Media and Matchbox Films. And to celebrate the release we have three DVDs to giveaway!

To win a copy of Bound By Blood on DVD, just answer the following question:

Which of the following films did Not star actress Jessica Biel? Was it:

a) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

b) I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

c) Greenberg
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Jessica Biel Signs With Wme

Jessica Biel Signs With Wme
Exclusive: Actress Jessica Biel has signed with Wme. She’ll next be seen in Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which she produced and is starring in opposite Jason Sudeikis, and will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. She most recently wrapped A Kind of Murder for Killer Films, starring with Patrick Wilson. She has starred in such films as The Illusionist, The A-Team, Hitchcock, and the Garry Marshall-directed ensemble Valentine’s Day. Biel had been at CAA. She continues to…
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