Paramount and Bad Robot of JJ Abrams bought the film rights to the book about the decline of career of cyclist Lance Armstrong, received a lifetime ban for doping. Armstrong himself long denied the charge, but this week in an interview with Oprah Winfrey has publicly admitted that he took illegal drugs.
"I deserve to be punished. But do not think that I deserve the death penalty"- a famous cyclist admitted in a TV interview, followed by a few million people. He apologized to his fans, saying he had betrayed them. Lance Armstrong started his career in the early 90's and by 1996 was the best driver in the United States. However, the same year he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. After heavy chemotherapy and recovery Armstrong returned to the sport and has achieved remarkable results, becoming the only cyclist in the world, seven times winner of "Tour de France". He has twice announced his retirement for the second time - in 2011, when the U.S. began to investigate him on the admission of doping. In 2012, he was disqualified for life and taken of all titles, won by him from August 1998.
The book “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong”, which should appear in bookstores in June, written by sports journalist The New York Times Juliette Makur. Makur wrote about Armstrong and bicycle races for the newspaper after his victory over cancer until the receipt of the seventh title of winner of the "Tour de France" and the first charges in the use of doping drugs.
This is not the first project about Armstrong. The history of athlete, which was a lot of exciting events, including a victory over the disease, seemed an ideal basis for the movie. Sony Pictures was developing a biopic long cyclist, at some point got hold of Jake Gyllenhaal for the lead role. The actor was even beginning to train and show up with Armstrong at the event. However, after allegations of doping became louder, the project could hardly be heard.
In 2013, well planned out the documentary "Lance Armstrong: The Road Back," which tells the story of training in 2009, when an athlete tries to return to cycling and win again "Tour de France".
AMC continues to expand its lineup of original series and ordered the pilots of two historical dramas: “Turn” from creators and executive producers of “Nikita” Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson and Halt & Catch Fire from executive producer Mark Johnson Breaking Bad. Earlier this year, AMC has already ordered two pilots (detective Low Winter Sun and fourth thriller by Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn), bringing the total number of pilots in development to four, which is almost equal to the total number of pilots for the five years of the original programming cable channel.
“Turn” and “Halt & Catch Fire” are scheduled for next year, while the Low Winter Sun and unnamed project LaGravenese / Goldwyn have completed their production. Reportedly, the decision on the first two pilots will be accepted regardless of Halt & Catch Fire and Turn. "Ordering the pilot, AMC demonstrates interest in its original programming - Senior Vice President, AMC. - Both projects will show viewers unique worlds with interesting characters. "
Events of “Turn”, which are based on the book by Alexander Rose Washington's Spies, deployed in summer 1778 of the year and tell the story of a farmer from New York, Abe Woodhull, who, along with his childhood friends formed espionage organization "Network Kalpera", which played a key role in U.S. struggle for independence.
“Halt & Catch Fire”, which is set in the early 1980s, will speak about the computer boom in terms of the three figures of the era: the dreamer, an engineer and a genius whose innovations are directly in conflict with corporate heavyweights of his time. Their personal and professional partnership will be tested by greed and selfishness, and all this happens against the background of the changing culture of Silicon Valley of Texas.
The tenth studio album by British rockers The Rolling Stones «Exile on Main Street» is one of the best recordings of the group. The eccentric entrepreneur Richard Branson, founder of record label Virgin, found the story quite interesting record of the plate to turn it into a feature film.
By the spring of 1971, the band was in great debt to its native Britain, but to pay all taxes, Mick Jagger and his friends could not, which led to their departure from London. Jagger settled in Paris, while guitarist Keith Richards rented a villa near Nice. The other band members were scattered in the south of France. Basement Richards' villa converted into a studio where he recorded album «Exile on Main Street».
Then the group split with its manager Allen Klein, as a result of losing the right to trial a number of his compositions, written before 1971.
Working in the basement into a continuous party: changing session musicians, guests came, the flowed river of alcohol, and through the veins of Keith Richards with a vengeance ran heroin. Released in May 1972 «Exile on Main Street» was warmly received by critics and is still considered one of the best albums in the history of rock music.
History of the plate has already been shown on the screen recently - in 2010 released a documentary film "Rolling Stones" in exile". The project will be Branson's book by Robert Greenfield, "Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones”, published in 2008. The film tells about the personal and professional relationship between Jagger and Richards, and the script will write brothers Brandon and Phil Murphy, whose studio Sony has recently invited to write a biopic about Steve McQueen.
Branson and Jagger band brings together not just a future film project: a 90-company Virgin Richard has released three albums of rockers.
Note that the "Exile on Main Street" is not the only project on the "Rolling." In September will be released documentary on the fiftieth anniversary of the group, which now takes Brett Morgan.
In 2012, at the festival Sundance will be held 91 world premieres. "Reservoir Dogs," "American Psycho," "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Science of Sleep," "Moon 2112", "Treasure" - all of these paintings were first shown on this festival.
Among the non-competition premieres in this year is "Arbitrage" - a drama of Nicolas Dzhareki with Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere and Tim Roth in the lead roles. Nicholas Dzhareki first took an artistic movie, but his track record of documentary film "Outsider." He was also a screenwriter and producer of "The Informers" with Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton and Mickey Rourke. Docudrama, "Tyson," which also produced Dzhareki, won the special jury prize at Cannes in 2008.
"Arbitrage" is - is the story of billionaire Robert Miller, who on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the investment fund is trying to sell a large jar until it opened its machinations that made money out of thin air. Bladder is not only financial assets, but the relationship of Miller with around people.
Another premiere of the festival - "California Solo" with Robert Carlyle as a rock musician descended, worked on a farm and slowly ruins himself with the drink. The film "California solo" shot Marshall Levy, beloved author of "Blue State".
Among the documentary films - and for them too, there are as competitive and non-competition program, for example, a film about the supermodels of the last century and this century, which shows how fashion has changed in the environment, drug-related, aging and plastic surgery. In the documentary competition involved 28 films: 16 paintings - in the U.S. program, 12 - international. Among the competitive belts two films about contemporary artists, Chinese dissident Ai Wave and Perfomance legend Marina Abramovic.
Peter Jackson is coming to Park City as a producer of the documentary film "West Memphis", in which it is a heinous crime, the punishment for which innocent people have suffered. "Trinity of Memphis" recently was released after spending 18 years behind bars. The last time the director of "Lord of the Rings" was a guest of the festival Sundance in 1993, when a non-competitive program showed his tape "Braindead".
On January 19 has started the Independent Film Festival Sundance, founded by actor and director Robert Redford in 1981. Festival screenings and events will be held within ten days in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance Ski resort.
International Sundance - Redford's namesake hero of the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" – has become in 1985. Then in his program included 86 films. In 2012 the festival will feature 117 feature films from 30 countries, and the program of short films will be shown 64 pictures from 18 countries, more than half of them from the United States. These were game, animation, documentaries, short films, selected from more than 7,500 applications.
For each of the competitive programs of the festival there is a separate jury and separate category. In the international program of Sundance this year, competing 14 full-length feature films from Japan, Turkey, Brazil, Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Argentina, Britain, Denmark, India, Chile, Australia and France. They will be judged by the organizer of the New York Film Festival, Richard Peña, actress Julia Ormond and Russian director Alexei Popogrebsky.
In the U.S. competition - 16 tapes. The jury consisted of the director's late films franchise, "Fast and the Furious," Justin Lin, star of “The Adjustment Bureau" Anthony Mackie, composer Cliff Martinez, directors Lynn Shelton and Amy Vincent.
Let's look at some of the competitive pictures.
"The End of Love" Mark Webber with Amanda Sayfred and Michael Cera about a young father trying to raise his son after his wife died.
Autobiographical film "Keep The Lights On” by Ira Sachs, tells the story of love, friendship and mutual dependence between two men. The plot is very similar to Britain's "Weekend", released last year and participated in several festivals, but in the "Weekend" it was a couple of days, Ira Sachs talks about the relationship up to ten years. "Keep the lights on" is praised for the manner of shooting accurately convey the atmosphere of the late 90th and texture of New York, for the embedding of disco and cello in an eclectic soundtrack.
Another participant in the contest - based on real events "Surrogate" Ben Luini about 38-year old journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, connected to the machine forced ventilation. In this state, he decides that he wants to give up his virginity, and with the help of his doctor and after the blessing of a priest is an unusual professional surrogate partner. In "Surrogate" have starred John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.
British Film Academy announced the nominees for its award. BAFTA this year will be handed to the 65th time. In addition to the familiar pictures such as "Artist" and "Hugo" among nominees often paints a picture of Thomas Alfredson, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy".
The maximum number of nominations - twelve - still at the "Artist". "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” received 11 nominations for the British Academy Award.
Winners will be announced on February 12 at the awards ceremony, which will hold Stephen Fry.
Full list of nominees is as follows:
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Best British film
"7 days and nights with Marilyn"
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
"We need to talk about Kevin"
The best British debut in directing, producing and script writing
"Attack the Block" - directed by Joe Cornish
"Black Pond" - the director and screenwriter Will Sharp, director Tom Kingsley, producer Sarah Brocklehurst
"Coriolanus" - directed by Ralph Fiennes
"Submarine" - directed by Richard Ayoade
"Tyrannosaurus" - directed by Paddy Considine, producer Dermid Skrimsho
Michelle Hazanavichus - "Artist"
Nicolas Refn Vinding - "Drive"
Martin Scorsese - "Hugo"
Thomas Alfredson - "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Lynn Ramsey - "We need to talk about Kevin"
"Living in a material world: George Harrison" - directed by Martin Scorsese
"Project "Nim" " - directed by James Marsh, Simon Chinn
"Senna" - Asif Kapadia
The original script
"Artist" - Michelle Hazanavichus
"Bridesmaids" - Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
"Once in Ireland," - John Michael MacDon
"Iron Lady" - Abi Morgan
"Midnight in Paris" - Woody Allen
"Descendants" - Alexander Payne, Nate Fakson, Jim NES
"The Help" - Tate Taylor
"The Ides of March" - George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Bo Uillimon
"Moneyball" - Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zellian
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”- Bridget O'Connor and Peter Strohal
Film in a foreign (not English) language
"Divorce of Nader and Simin"
"The skin, in which I live"
"The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn"
"Secret Service of Santa Claus"
Brad Pitt - "Moneyball"
Gary Oldman - "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
George Clooney - "Descendants"
Jean Dujardin - "Artist"
Michael Fassbender - "Shame"
Berenice Bezho - "Artist"
Meryl Streep - "Iron Lady"
Michelle Williams - "7 Days and Nights with Marilyn"
Tilda Swinton - "We need to talk about Kevin"
Viola Davis - "The Help"
Christopher Plummer - "Beginners"
Jim Broadbent - "Iron Lady"
Jonah Hill - "Moneyball”
Kenneth Bran - "7 Days and Nights with Marilyn"
Philip Seymour Hoffman - "The Ides of March"
Carey Mulligan - "Drive"
Jessica Chastain - "The Help"
Judi Dench - "7 Days and Nights with Marilyn"
Melissa McCarthy - "Bridesmaids"
Octavia Spencer - "The Help"
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Guillaume Schiffman - "Artist"
Jeff Kronenvet - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Robert Richardson - "Hugo"
Hoyte Van Hoytema - "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Janusz Kaminski - "War Horse"
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Lawrence Bennett, Robert Gould - "Artist"
Stuart Craig, Stephanie McMillan - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II”
Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo - "Hugo”
Maria Dzhurkovich, Tatiana MacDonald - "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Rick Carter, Lee Sandales - "War Horse"
Mark Bridges - "Artist"
Sandy Powell - "Hugo”
Michael O'Connor - "Jane Eyre"
Jill Taylor - "7 Days and Nights with Marilyn"
Jacqueline Durrant - "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II»
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
"The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II»
"Rise of Planet of the Apes"
Make-up and hairstyles
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II»,
"7 days and nights with Marilyn"
"Mwansa the Great"
"Pitch Black Heist"
"Two and Two"
"Only Sound Remains"
Animated short film
A Morning Stroll
Award to the best young acting talent - The Orange Star Rising Award
Year after year, repeated the same thing: among the candidates for the winners "Oscar" in nomination "Best foreign film" is bound to be missing some decent pictures. This year, the Finnish cheated "Le Havre" and Hungarian "Turin Horse," but included the Iranian "Divorce Nader and Simin," and the German documentary "Pina". In total, the short list includes nine paintings.
Long-list consisted of 63 films. They are all members of the Academy Awards show up in mid-October to 13 January. Chose six pictures, then a special committee, elected recently added three more films.
The shortlist is as follows:
"Rundskop" - Belgium, directed by Michael R. Roskam;
"Mr. Lazar" - Canada, directed by Philip Falardo;
"Omar killed me" - Morocco, directed by Roshdy Zem;
"Pina" - Germany, directed by Wim Wenders;
"Note" - Israel, directed by Joseph Cedar;
"Divorce of Nader and Simin" - Iran, Asghar Farhadi, director;
"SuperClasico" - Denmark, directed by Ole Christian Madsen;
"The tragedy of Sediq" - Taiwan, Wei Te-director Shen;
"Shelter" - Poland, directed by Agnieszka Holland.
The shortlist will be reduced to five candidates, which will be nominated for "Oscar".
Four years ago the Film Academy changed the rules of selection of foreign films in the "Oscar". Criticism intensified Americans every year: more and more cinema academics missed the pictures, marked by big European prizes and include unknown claimants.
The system have been tried to upgrade a few years, but eventually the issues still cannot avoid. Memorable event in 2007, when the Romanian film "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" flew past nine, formed by a committee of 30 cinema academics. One would think that 30 is easier to reach an agreement, rather than hundreds, of which not all watching foreign movies, and vote for the only known picture.
As a result, now we have a system, adopted in 2008.
Still, "foreign" "Oscar" this year will raise questions. How at the list came almost five-hour tape from Taiwan "Tragedy Sediq" extremely cool accepted in Venice, where it was displayed in the competition? Why ignored "Flowers War" Zhang Yimou? Where did "The Turin Horse," deserved the Grand Prix at Berlinale 2011? Why can not the Turkish drama "Once in Anatolia", received in the past year, the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes?
As always, there are no answers to these questions. Already we can assume that the "Oscar" will get an Iranian drama "Nader and Simin Divorce", which received the "Golden Bear" at Berlin Film Festival. However, a complete list of nominees will be known at ceremony on February 26.
Comedy "Bridesmaids", confidently wade to the nomination for "Oscar". The film of Paul Faig was nominated by PGA as the best film, and now adds the Writers Guild nomination for best original screenplay.
Now is clear that the film starring favorite program "Saturday Night Live" Kristen Wiig plays the role of "The Hangover", which was also nominated for Screenplay. However, the comedy of Todd Phillips' had no nominations from producer guild, so that a "Bridesmaids" in this plan ahead of its colleague.
Writers Guild Nominees this year includes:
The original script
"Young Adult" - Diablo Cody
"Bridesmaids" - Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig,
"50/50" - Will Reiser,
"Win Win" - Thomas McCarthy, Joe Tayboni,
"Midnight in Paris" - Woody Allen;
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" - Stephen Zellian on the novel by Stieg Larsson
"Descendants" - Alexander Payne, Nat Fakson and Jim Res on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmingz
"The Help" - Tate Taylor on the novel by Catherine Stoket
"Hugo" - John Logan, based on the book by Brian O. Selznick “Invention of Hugo Cabra"
"Moneyball" - Stephen Zellian and Aaron Sorkin on the book by Michael Lewis
The script of the documentary movie
"If a tree falls: A story of the Earth Liberation Front"
"Nostalgia de la luz"
"Stand van de Sterren"
Better This World.
WGA Award winners will be announced on 19 February, a week before the awards ceremony of Academy Award.
The story of three teenagers charged in the brutal murder of three boys, was called in the Western press "The case of trinity of West Memphis". There are several documentaries, and now director Atom Egoyan prepares and artistic version. In the drama "The Devil's Knot" Reese Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the victims.
In spring 1993, three eight years boys from the city Arkansas mysteriously disappeared. Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers were found the next day after police received a statement about the disappearance of children. All three were found at the bottom of the creek naked and bound. Police arrested three teenagers from 16 to 18 years, because all the killings were accompanied by injury of organs and were considered satanic rituals, and these three had long hair and black clothes, as well as listening to music Metallica and other heavy groups.
16-year-old Jason Baldwin, a 17-year-old Jesse Misskilli and 18-year Damien Echols were previously involved in vandalism and theft. The court sentenced Echols to death, and Baldwin and Misskilli - to life imprisonment. But the real and convincing evidence of the involvement of adolescents in the killings have not been found.
Case of the "trinity of West Memphis" has done a lot of noise. Many stars demanded the release of the guys who are serving time for lack of evidence. Johnny Depp, Peter Jackson, Henry Rollins, Marilyn Manson, for several years fought for the liberation of the Trinity.
In 2007, as a result of DNA tests from the crime scene were established that none of the prisoners had relation to the boy's death. August 19, 2011, "the trio of West Memphis" was released on freedom after 18 years spent behind bars.
At the heart of the Egoyan movie is a book of Mary Levitt Egoyan "The Devil's Knot: A True Story of the trio of West Memphis". The script was written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman. They worked on the project since 2006, when the film is scheduled to shoot in the studio Dimension. Egoyan recently with Bordman walked through the scenario and have guided the final touches.
Reese Witherspoon plays Pamela Hobbs, mother of one of the dead boys. Initially, Hobbs believed that her son had been killed by Baldwin and Echols Misskilli, but eventually reassured her opinion.
The film's budget of Atom Egoyan does not exceed $ 20 million. Filming is scheduled for summer of next year.
In January of 2012 at a film festival, "Sundance" will be shown a documentary “West of Memphis”, produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.
Olivia Wilde, who played in the comedy "Butter" tattooed bisexual, stripper, in an interview with THR told about her life, work and future plans.
About admission to acting at an early age by her parents.
"It was a kind of therapy. By acting, my irrepressible energy directed at the creation of something interesting. This had a positive effect on me ... I'm sure that many children are overfed with all sorts of sedatives, while classes are in the drama circle, really help. In general, I am glad that the parents join me in art, and not stuffed with drugs. "
"Well, I did not get into a jet 10 years ago. God, it would be crazy ... I was lucky."
"It has started not so long ago. I'm trying to laugh at it. I understand how strange to look from the lives of celebrities, for example, how you pursue, say, 12 paparazzi every day. You know, I'm not doing anything interesting, I'm trying to warn them when they begin to move me, that just go to the dry cleaners pick up clothes. I want them to believe me and did not spend money on petrol - it is expensive! You must be funny ... I hope they will soon realize how much I bored and stop going over my heels. "
About the presence of her name in the top ratings of the most beautiful and sexiest women.
"I was just twenty when I started to get into these rankings, and it seemed strange to me. You know, whenever someone speaks about you in the superlative degree, there is a lot of people do not agree with this opinion. It should be someone to say: "You - the best!" On all sides until you reach the outskirts begins: "No, not the best!" You feel like a fool. I would never have chosen myself as the most beautiful, sexy, what else there ... You just have to say: "Thank you very much, so kind of you," and then throw out the ratings of the head. "
About the first big roles in the movies.
"This is not always what you expect. For example, my role in "Cowboys and Aliens" I has gotten due to the fact that Jon Favreau is stuck in a hotel room in Hawaii, and his children watched the movie "Year One" in which I starred with Jack Black. The film has not had much success, but John had nowhere to go and he was forced to watch it, he liked my character, that’s why he gave me a role in "Cowboys". So, you never know in advance what might happen. Favreau did not see any episode of TV series "House" ... he did not even know about it!
About the role of the tattooed stripper in comedy "Butter".
"I really liked the script, which, for unknown reasons, long lain on the shelf. Brook - my heroine - a wonderful, sarcastic, extravagant stripper, a very pragmatic and intelligent girl ... Since her character was interesting to work: Brooke is very warm, but she can send you to hell too".
About plans for the future.
"If all goes well, I will continue to combine professional work with the charity ... I am happy to do with directing - I just finished shooting a short film "Free Hugs" - and producing - "Sun City Picture House" - a documentary about the construction of the theater in a refugee camp in Haiti ... I am very proud that I am the producer of this picture. In general, I am interested in documentary and feature films. Right now I'm writing a script to the funny (I hope) film. I am very fortunate that at this stage of life I do what I want, to work with people whom I have admired for many years ... it's fun ... "