"Generally speaking, from the word to "judge" I'm scared, so I promise just watch movies and find in them something good" - has promised the chairman of jury of the 68th Venice Film Festival Darren Aronofsky. Today, the Lido offers one of the most interesting film festivals of this year.
Aronofsky second consecutive year, comes to the Lido, but the last time he presented his film "Black Swan" - the picture opened the festival, participated in the contest, but the winner came just Mila Kunis, winning award as best young actress.
In addition to Aronofsky and Marton this year's jury is consisted of director Todd Haynes, musician David Byrne, the Finnish director Eija-Liiza Ahtila, actress and screenwriter Rorvaker Alba, director Andre Teshine.
To be honest, the press conference of the jury is rarely interesting. This is mainly answer questions about "how are you going to judge movies" and "how you work with each other in Venice." However, each time hoping for a miracle and stubbornly takes place in the hall. Alas, the revelation was not.
"I can’t remember when I watched such interest catalog - he said. - Only the names are intriguing!"
The word "judge films" the director does not like, he sluggishly disown this notion, saying that the important thing for him - to be open to all films. Like it or not, namely the decision of the President of the jury affects the fate of films-winners.
Statistics of the festival is impressive. A total of three main sections of the program - 65 new movies. 22 paintings compete for the "Golden Lion", out of competition will show 19 films, and in the "Horizons" - 24 films. A total of 5208 hits take place, 2511 of them feature films, 566 films the average timing and the 2131 short film.
In May this year director Johnnie To took part in the Cannes Film Festival as a jury, and in September will come to Venice with his new film. The festival added into the program his new movie "Dyut meng gam".
In total on the island of Lido, this year will compete 23 films. As usual, the 23rd will be announced during the festival itself, it will be called film-surprise.
Johnnie To film will be 22nd in the already strong competition and fight for the "Golden Lion", along with movies of David Cronenberg, Steve McQueen, Alexander Sokurov, Roman Polanski, George Clooney and Todd Solondza.
"Unprincipled life" (Dyut meng gam) - the story of three people. A bank employee become a financial analyst and is forced to make risky sales to make a plan. Petty criminal fraud begins with the securities, hoping to cut down the easy money and pay the bail for his friend sitting in jail. The policeman, always satisfied with his salary, has a sudden need for a large sum of money when his wife makes a deposit for the purchase of real estate, which she can’t afford.
Fate of three in need of money, the characters are intertwined, when in their possession the stolen money are the equivalent of $ 5 million. What will they do with these riches, and whether to make the right choice?
This will be the fourth film of Johnnie To, shown in Venice, where the director was first introduced in 2004. The 68th Venice Film Festival will begin on August 31 and ends September 10.
The first half of 2011 is behind us, and it's time to take its preliminary results. The first is to recognize the truth of the creator of "Iron Man" Jon Favreau, who last year predicted a "bloodbath" keeping in mind above all a fight of the potential blockbusters of the summer season. But even he could hardly have guessed that it would be a battle of billionaires.
First, a little history. The first full-fledged multi-millionaire of our time (without any amendments there to inflation) was "Titanic", a stereoscopic version of which we can see in April 2012. While $ 1.8 billion, which earned the film by James Cameron, seemed somewhat incredible and unique.
Next time, a billionth mark was subjected to the third part of "The Lord of the Rings" in six years, and then the time intervals between successive births of billionaires have rapidly lowered. In 2006, more than a billion dollars collected movie"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" in 2008, crossed the psychologically important milestone "The Dark Knight." The truth here is to make one important reservation. Christopher Nolan's film managed to join the club of billionaires only from the second attempt: the picture was re-released during the voting for nominees for the "Oscar".
In 2009, Cameron has excelled himself with the release of "Avatar." His $ 2.7 billion for many more years will be a guiding light for all the Hollywood producers of blockbusters. Quite possibly, only he can improve and this record.
In a year, billionaires has already begun to arrive in pairs - "Alice in Wonderland" and "Toy Story 3: The Great Escape", and the latter was the only animation project to climb this line.
A second candidate for membership in the club of billionaires was "Transformers 3: The Dark Side of the Moon." After rather pointless second series there were some doubts about the ability of Michael Bay to shoot dignified end of the trilogy, but to the credit of the director he was able to get the job done on most errors. And although at the time of writing this note billion milestone picture has not yet been overcome, but it's only a matter of days. Finally, no one doubts that the "Harry Potter", each time stopping just one step short of a billion, will make this step after the last episode.
So 2011 has already obtained a record number of billionaires. Will have some film to join this list? Most likely not. Although the end of 2011 will come rolling in several "dark horses" like "Adventures of Tintin" and "Puss in Boots." Well, of course, do not forget sequels and blockbusters have already taken place- "Sherlock Holmes 2," "Mission: Impossible 4" and, naturally, the next "Twilight." Each of these projects can present many surprises, such as, did "Fast and the Furious 5," earned more than 600 million.
But the conclusion of the above we can do right now. Beginning in 2009, members of the elite club of billionaires grew only stereoscopic films. Given the number of potential 3D-blockbusters that come out in 2012, we can predict that the population will rapidly expand.
Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, James Cameron has made their choice, and when these titans say their word, the future of cinema is evident.
Creative duo of brothers Hughes somehow quietly disintegrated: Albert Hughes offered to shoot, "Akira" and Allen Hughes - a political drama "Broken City" with Mark Wahlberg. However, Albert plans have changed. The director left the film version of anime and looked closely at the draft of Motor City, where the main role proposed to Chris Evans.
Departing from the project "Akira," Albert Hughes stayed with the studio Warner on good terms. Moreover, the studio assured him employment in another projects, which seems to be and the Motor City.
Chris Evans can play a small rascal, who, being substituted, gets into the jail. Coming from it, he would take revenge on his oppressors. It would seem a trivial subject. But why did the script of Chad St. John appear in the famous "Black List" of best non-released scenarios of 2009? The thing is that the protagonist of the film says only one replica. Moreover, in all scenarios there is only one replica.
In our days, to shoot a silent film in the Hollywood is a real suicide. Some time ago the Coen brothers were trying to break through a silent film about World War II, but failed, despite the consent of Brad Pitt filming at them.
But at this year's Cannes Film Festival has done a lot of noise and black and white silent film "Artist". Jean Dujardin won award for best actor, critics were ecstatic, Harvey Weinstein bought the rights to immediately release the picture in the U.S. It is possible that the script of Motor City has been taken from the shelf on the wave of interest in the film of Michel Hazanavichusa.
The film produces Joel Silver, who will not give up the ability to find future hits. Chris Evans after the release of "The First Avenger" has proved that he can make on his shoulders the entire movie, even if one-third of these pictures are narrow shoulders. But if he refuses, there are already some candidates to replace: Jeremy Renner and Joel Edgerton.
In any case, Hughes has accepted the offer to film. Work will begin in early January. Whether Evans will accept the project or not we will get to know soon.
Today became known the most famous competition program of the 68th Venice Film Festival. For the "Golden Lion" will fight 21 movies. Among the directors whose films were in competition - Roman Polanski, George Clooney, Amy Canaan Mann, David Cronenberg, William Friedkin, Abel Ferrara and Alexander Sokurov.
David Cronenberg's drama "Dangerous Method" of the fathers of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) were waiting at Cannes, but for some reason did not wait.
But to be expected in the program was in English debut Swede Thomas Alfredson ("Let Me In") causing any film fans stand still and waiting. Not only that history is connected with the agents of the British and Russian intelligence, so also the envy of the cast will make no one film: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Graham - the cream of British cinema.
For the first time in five years, film director of "Exorcist" William Friedkin will appear in cinema again. In Venice, he will show the drama "Killer Joe" with Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Heydenom Church and Gina Gershon. In the plot of the story brother and sister murder the mother to get money for insurance, and on this occasion they hire Killer Joe Cooper- a cop and a hitman.
Philippe Garrel has repeatedly turned out to be among the winners of Mostra. This year, French film director will bring the tape "The summer of passion" with Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel.
Odd Solondz in 2009 received the Venice prize for best screenplay ("Life in Wartime") and now the program of his new film "Dark Horse." Hero of the Jordan Gelber already over 30, but he still lives with his parents (Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow), works at his father and collecting toys. Once he is trying to get rid of the label dark horse in the family and finally achieve something. Justin Bartha plays the younger, more successful brother of the hero.
A new version of "Wuthering Heights" will present director of "Aquarium" Andrea Arnold. With her second directorial work will come Michael Mann's daughter Amy Canaan Mann and show crime drama "Texas killing fields" with Sam Worthington, Chloe Moretz, Jessica Chastain and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
List of films that will be in the main competition program looks like this:
"Alps," Giorgos Latimos (Greece);
"Carnage" and Roman Polanski (France-Germany-Spain-Poland);
"Wuthering Heights" by Andrea Arnold (United Kingdom);
"Killer Joe" William Friedkin (USA);
"The summer of passion", Philippe Garrel (France);
"The Ides of March", George Clooney (USA) will open festival;
"Exchange", Eran Kolirin (Israel);
"Dangerous Method", David Cronenberg (Germany-Canada),
"4:44 last day on earth", Abel Ferrara (USA);
"Texas killing fields" Kanaan Amy Mann (UK);
"Simple Life" (Taojie), Ann Hui (China-Hong Kong),
"Shame", Steve McQueen (Britain),
"Dark Horse", Todd Solondz (USA),
"Faust" by Alexander Sokurov (Russia);
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" Thomas Alfredson (UK-Germany);
"Himizu", Sion Sono (Japan);
"L'ultimo Terrestre", Gian Alfonso Pachinotti (Italy);
"Poulet aux prunes", Paron Vincent and Marian Satrapi (France-Belgium- Germany);
"Quando La Notte", Cristina Comencini (Italy);
"Seediq Bale", Wei Te-Sheng (Taiwan);
"Terraferma", Emanuele Krialeze (Italy-France).
The Venice festival opens in August 31 and runs until September 10.
The Italians will have their own "Sleeping Beauty" directed by Marco Bellokko. He has presented his own interpretation of "Sleeping Beauty". In contrast to the fairy tale by Charles Perrault effect of his paintings will be based on real events, shaking the whole Italy, and the main theme of the film would be euthanasia.
The film "La Bella Addormentata" is based on Italian history of Englaro Eloi, who has become someone January 18, 1992 after a car accident. His father, Beppino Englaro, demanded that her daughter was disconnected from artificial life support. Authorities denied the request, but that did not stop in trying to Beppino the will of his daughter.
The fact that a year before the incident, Eloi was shocked by the news of the other, crashed on a motorcycle. The girl admitted that she was praying for that young man died peacefully and not suffer. She discussed with parents and friends for this event and has repeatedly stated that it is better to die than to live a vegetable in a hospital bed. November 13, 2008 the court nevertheless gave permission for Father of Eloi to disable daughter of the apparatus. The decision provoked an immediate protest of the Roman Catholic Church. In early February 2009 Eloi has been moved to the house and disconnected from the power system.
February 9th she died. As shown by the autopsy, the damaged brain of woman was hopelessly without any kind chance to recover.
"I found a way to show the drama about Englaro, leaving her in the background - says Marco Bellokko. - With her history will be linked three fictional story, which will provide multifaceted. "
One of the subjects will be ex-star story that supports life in his beautiful daughter, at home. Another story tells about a doctor trying to arouse interest in the life of a young suicidal drug addicts. In the near future will begin casting and filming is scheduled for January and February 2012.
At the 68th Venice Film Festival, which kicks off on August 31, Italian film director will receive an honorary "Golden Lion" for his achievements in cinema.
There are only a few hours before the announcement of nominations for an Emmy this year, so now we have to give the latest estimations in the main, as they are called or the main nominations for best TV series genre (comedy / drama). In the drama competition is now very high, and in comedies is not so simple.
Let's start with prenominated thoughts of dramatic serials. It is clearly seen the trio of leaders - show that one hundred percent will be nominated and who will lead the fight for the victory. This "Boardwalk Empire», «The Good wife» and «Mad Men». Now the situation emerges in the following way, that others in the event of the nomination will have to settle for it. And this group of "others" claims to show the following: «Dexter», «Justified», «Game of Thrones», «Friday night lights», «The killing», «The walking dead» and even «True blood» and «Sons of anarchy» but with much lower odds.
On the comedy show, to be honest, knowing the winner by 95% in advance, the nominees of purely sporting interest - whether one or the other finally nominated? Does he repeat the nomination in the umpteenth time in a row? Will there be surprises among the nominees? And they would like, for example, the nomination «Community» (yes, the chances of a nomination for the show not so much in mind intense competition and limited places in the nomination, here in ten say the show would just entered). First, about "Iron" nominees. This is certainly an early front-runner to win «Modern Family», also a multiple winner in this category show "30 Rock», hit among young people «Glee» and multiple nominee in this category «The Office». But 2 more series, which will be among the nominees to predict more complicated because applicants a good half a dozen - is, first of all, hit rating «The big bang theory», another success in the NBC sitcom «Parks & recreation», hit of TvLand «Hot in Cleveland», a dark horse «Louie» or one of the novelties such as «The Big C» or «Raising hope». Option to re-nomination of the Showtime series «Nurse Jackie» unlikely in view of other bright show, shot in the past TV season.
In the comedy among men and women almost half of all nominees will certainly take a hit of ABC "Modern Family" - Tai Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ed O'Neill, and many others even Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The latter two are slightly less likely simply because the nomination and it will be half-filled or even more than one actor show. Others are even "by default, banal" because were nominated last year and Stonestreet even won, so there is no apparent reason or downturns in their game to ignore them this year.
As for the female supporting roles in comedy, the situation is slightly simpler than that of men - winner of an actor award guild (SAG) Betty White ("Hot in Cleveland") is among the nominees without any 'ifs'. Thus, making the trio hundred percent of nominees - Vergara, Bowen, White. Prior to this quartet trio grows just as easy - in the company of three ladies gets a leading current premium, Jane Lynch ("Glee") and being parallel to the winner of last year, but no longer the clear leader in this year.
The remaining two actresses have to guess or predict much problematic, but we can outline the range of the favorites to express these two places:
Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock") - nomination for an Emmy in the past success of the show + Kristin Wiig ("SNL") - multiple nomination in the past.
Wendy Mallik ("Hot in Cleveland").
Betty White is following the most chances for the nomination, but two actresses from the same show nominated as we see it, just in case the nomination of the series.
Holland Taylor ("Two and a half men") - nomination last year, but after a series of events around the chance of significantly diminished.
Catherine Jousten ("Desperate housewives") - earlier nominated for best guest star in this drama.
Amy Ryan ("The Office") - actress filed for this category, but I would not overrated her chance.
Phyllis Somerville ("The Big C") - nomination has right to life only in the case of nomination of the series.
Tamsin Gregg ("Episoides") - cast of Showtime show her the best chance, even more than Le Blanc, but again, just to "wow" on the show she has not shown herself.
The men of the same name in the category, given the trio / quartet of "Modern family", as well as Chris Colfer ("Glee") and Neil Patrick Harris ("How I met your mother"), there are almost no places in nomination, but only if there will be nominated three of the actors "Modern Family", then we can talk about a vacant slot in this category. Most likely to have a place - Nick Offerman ("Parks & Recreation"), Jon Cryer ("Two and a half men"), Rainn Wilson ("The Office") and Oliver Platt ("The Big C").
In dramatic supporting roles (cast of the second plan) for a half day before the announcement of nominees for the situation escalated to the limit as density of the favorites is very big, really for the nomination (especially males) claims about a dozen candidates, many of them with equal opportunities.
The women in this category are much more transparent - a number of actresses should not worry about the nomination, because they will be nominated with no doubts - Archie Panjabi ("The good wife"), Christina Hendricks ("Mad men"), Kelly MacDonald ("Boardwalk empire"). Then we have an actresses with a high probability of nomination - Michelle Forbbs ("The killing"), Margo Martindale ("Justified"), Christine Baranski ("The good wife"), as well as applicants with less chance there is less compared to the first six - Sharon Gless ("Burn Notice"), Debra Winger and Amy Ryan (both "In Treatment"), Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men") plus divas from "Greys Anatomy" Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson. Unfortunately, very little chances have actresses from "Parenthood", "Southland", "Big Love", etc.
The men will be nominated to represent a set of actors from "The good wife" and "Boardwalk Empire", as well as other "lucky". From first two shows the most option 2x2 : Alan Cumming – 100% + Chris North, or Josh Charles, for the first extensive experience in roles on television, for the second - excellent game and a relatively new face in television industry, Michael Pitt - the front-runner of the "Empire ..." + optionally with Michael Shannon and even Michael Stalberg. These fellows will join as an early favorite for the award - John Slattery from "Mad Men". Nomination of Andre Brouwer, who was nominated last year, is no longer considered a really secure. But seems, that John Noble "Fringe" and Walton Goggins of "Justified" have rather high chances. Nomination of Brent Sexton ("The Killing") or, say, Jared Harris ("Mad Men") is more fan rumor than a real possibility.
At a press conference marking the release of "Larry Crown," the film's director and leading hero Tom Hanks, as well as his partner on the set, Julia Roberts answered questions from journalists. Here are the excerpts from an interview with the actors.
- You with Julia starred together in "Charlie Wilson's War" and have long been familiar with each other. Could you tell us a little about your relationship?
Tom Hanks: We've known each other for years, I think, ten. At the meeting we found it.
Julia Roberts: Well, we do not exactly remember when first met, but we found out when we became friends.
Julie: We have participated in an incomprehensible photo session.
Tom: For Premiere Magazine, and if it still exists, you can find out the exact date of the beginning of our friendship.
- Tom, You do not want to wait another 10 years to take the next film
Tom: I'll tell you this: the film should ripen inside. And, "What are you doing", and "Larry's Crown" took a long time to form. The idea gets into your brain matures and as long as you do not say to yourself: "I do not want to miss it. I do not want to give it to someone else." It's like a personal mission that you choose for yourself.
- Work on this film was more difficult because you combined the director and actor work?
Tom: Frankly, I starred in several films such as "Cast Away", where I was the only actor on the court, and my location was right in front of the camera. During the year, and, especially, four months before filming began doing a great the preparatory work carried out by the director. The best way to start the filming process - gradually turn into Larry and face the camera and just play as the good news is that you're the boss, and if you do not like something, you just take it and cut down.
- Julia, in the film your husband is fond of erotic movies.
Julia: I know. It's so juicy!
Tom: And no one here guys even didn’t conceive of themselves - spend their free time this way.
- But in real life what habits or addictions wouldn’t you tolerate in a husband?
Julie: Well, I was fortunate to be married to a man whom I love and admire, so it would not honestly discuss or suggest any options for a bad script, which I would not have suffered. I mean, that people have their own opinions about what is good, that is beautiful, and so a script that Tom has in store for me, it was fun to play, and Bryan Cranston is very funny. But, yes, the situation in which they found themselves, sad for them both.
- You have too early begun filming, and I do not believe that you went to college.
Julia: I did not go.
- Where did you get an education?
Tom: Good question. At the school of life.
Julie: An the school of life. (Laughs) Tom!
Tom: I'm sorry, I answered for you (laughs).
Julie: I have very smart parents. I learned a lot from them both, plus experience. Two of my brothers and sisters older than me, so I took example and with them. For example, learned to read when I was still very small.
- What can you say about the soundtrack to the film?
Tom: Oh, about that music that plays in the movie? You see, Larry has a large collection of records, and we all thought the same kind of music he listens. Well, he simply pulls wheels, and these are soundtracks of his life.
- When Larry Crown dismissed, it seems that his life ended, but he manages to capitalize on this situation. What moment in your life has been particularly difficult, and how you survived?
Julie: Well, the hardest for me was about the fifth day of filming...
Tom: ... "Larry Crown Affair."
Julia: ... my life with Larry Crown.
- Both of you are the owner of "Oscar". Where are your figurines, and whether you are looking for them? Do you remember the time when you received this award?
Julia: My "Oscar" is in Tom, because all of his – are at my home.
Tom: We have changed. My stand on a shelf, along with children's trophies.