Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Gus Van Sant presented at the Berlin Film Festival the film "Promised Land." Unhurried drama about a small farming town, Damon and Krasinski believe the story of the national character of the Americans.
"Promised Land" begins with the fact that Steve Butler (Matt Damon), a member of the energy company Global Crosspower Solutions, gets promotion at work. He, together with co-worker Sue (Frances McDormand) travels to Pennsylvania farmland and buys from farmers the right to use land for the production of natural gas. To insinuate to the common people's confidence, Steve and Sue even bought clothes at a local store, putting on more familiar to farmers and quilted flannel shirt jackets.
Steve, who hails from Iowa and watched his hometown of dying after the closure of the plant in it, sure that gives a hope to the poor for a better life. The money, they receive from the Global, help them send their children to a regular school and live better. However, in a small American town, where everyone knows each other, it is not enough to secure contracts with individual farmers. Need the support of the entire community. It was a general meeting residents he encounters criticism from scientists Frank Yates (Hal Holbrook) - teacher in the local school, which tells the villagers about the possible consequences for the environment - water, air and soil, making farming and ranching virtually impossible.
Frank's authority is too strong, and the farmers take three weeks to think.
This drama was to be the directorial debut of Damon, but due to time constraints, the director's chair has gotten Gus Van Sant, with whom he worked on the film "Good Will Hunting" and "Jerry".
"John and I wanted to make a film about the American identity. A particular problem was selected afterwards. We wanted to explore what state we are now, how to make important decisions. What is important for us and what is not? Do we think about our neighbors, about the future? And the history of the gas went up best, because the risks are very high, and the impact on the environment issue has divided society into two fronts, and constantly discussed"- Matt Damon told reporters.
"I think, subconsciously, the idea emerged as a dedication to my father, who grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh. He told me about how strong was the feeling of community as residents gathered to address issues and support each other in difficult times and have always believed that tomorrow will be better than today. It seemed to me that we are so far removed from it as a nation. I wanted to remind you that this relationship between the people still exist and can be proud of "- shared by John Krasinski.
While writing the script Damon and Krasinski have traveled many farms in Pennsylvania, talked to people and have thoroughly studied the processes of production of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing - that the technology is used by the company Global in the movie. However, the creators did not want to go into science and lead in the film debate about the advantages and disadvantages of a particular technology. "This film is not about the gas, but of choice" - Damon said, adding that during interviews with farmers faced with a completely polar opinions.
NCIS is renewed for eleventh season
CBS confirmed that has signed a contract with Mark Harmon and NCIS is officially renewed for next season. "Despite the current trends on television, NCIS is a popular, and Mark Harmon is the most important part of the # 1 show on TV - the executive director of CBS Corp. Leslie Munves. - NCIS - the type of franchise, which dreams of any company: a quality story that attracts viewers and revenue on any platform. "
Details of the transaction of Harmon are really unknown. Reportedly, the contract was extended for two years, and the fee was increased to $ 500,000 per episode to $ 700,000.
Episode two weeks ago brought the second-largest audience with the repetition in the series history (22.86 million viewers), and with all the repetitions audience exceeded 25 million (25.36 million). At its tenth season, NCIS is still one of the biggest hits. In this season the show has become the most watched program on television, beating Saturday Night Live (NCIS collects an average 21.48 million viewers). Among viewers 25-54 5.9/15 drama shows, and in the 18-49 category stable 4.2/12.
Premiere: House of Cards
Netflix continues to delight us with the full seasons of its TV series. So yesterday in the network have appeared all 13 episodes of the first season House of Cards, producing and directing himself to David Fincher, and starring - film stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Incidentally, the second season of the show is already booked, it will be shown in 2014.
Official description: House of Cards is based on the British miniseries of the same name. This is a political drama about the immoral, dark behind the scenes of modern Washington, where are running the show greed, sex, love, and corruption. Exploring the power, ambition, and the American way of life, the series revolves around Francis Underwood, Secretary of the majority in Congress. Underwood politician - virtuoso manipulator, charismatic and ruthless. He and his equally ambitious wife Claire will stop at nothing for the sake of success.
This time we can laugh over Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in "The Heat", or the heroes of the final "Hangover III". At the same time, also there is a directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, opposition magicians Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, as well as three Russian guys who come in large numbers to East Berlin.
"21 or more"
"I give a year"
"The End of the World"
"This Is 40"
"The Brass Teapot"
"We're the Millers”
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"
"Don Jon's Addiction"
"Hit and Run"
"Inside Davis Lewin"
The new film by Coen brothers, where sing Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund. Isaac is a musician from Queens, trying to make his way to glory.
Ron Howard last year's shooting and mount history confrontation between the two bitter rivals from the world, "Formula 1" - Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Starring - Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl.
Team of American presidents running hero Forest Whitaker. Lee Daniels took a drama about butler, who served in the White House for several decades.
Picture takes part in competition at Berlin festival. Gus Van Sant's film with Matt Damon, who had originally planned to shoot Damon himself.
"The World's End"
This is not the same comedy of Edgar Wright "The end of the world" by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. Completing the trilogy "Cornetto" launched films "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz." Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan went to the bar ...
"Los amantes pasajeros"
Pedro Almodovar's new film in America called “I'm So Exited” on the eponymous song Pointer Sisters. The action takes place on board of the aircraft, Pedro promises "light comedy." In Spain - March 15.
"Much Ado About Nothing"
The film, which Joss Whedon took while on vacation, while working on "The Avengers." Arrangement of Shakespeare classics in a modern way and for little money. What else to do in your vacation?
To the familiar characters is added Jim Carrey - the actor thought for a long time, but eventually agreed. More blood and more hell for all lovers of the movie!
"Au bout du conte"
Cannes laureate for the screenplay for the film, "Look at me" and director of the comedy "The strange taste," Agnes Zhaui shot a new movie, which is likely to be at some film festival. Starring noticed Jean-Pierre Bacri, he also helped Zhaui with scenario.
"Saving Mr. Banks"
Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney, trying to knock out (figuratively speaking, of course!) film rights to "Mary Poppins" by the author of Pamela Travers (Emma Thompson). Travers resisted 14 years.
One of the most anticipated projects of the year.
Twelve films that have not yet determined:
"Lamb of God"
"Ain't Them Bodies Saints"
"Kill Your Darlings"
"Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes"
Well, not a bad year is planned, right?!
Company Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures, combined their efforts to work on the fifth "Terminator", hired two more writers for the tape. In creation of text for the picture will be engaged Laeti Kalogridis and Patrick Lyusse.
In the spring of 2011, the producer Megan Ellison, wanting firmly to take up the project in the last quarter of the 2012, purchased for a very tidy sum a right to stage two films of franchise, started by James Cameron. Founder of Annapurna Pictures was so hurry to run a fantastic action in production that was ready to cancel the service of director Justin Lin, who had problems with the coordination work schedules, and did not wait for Arnold Schwarzenegger, distributes its suspension from the acting profession in connection with a scandalous divorce.
It is not known how has handled the situation with the director, but the former governor of California in the end decided not to leave the cinema, but instead began to add to his schedule all new projects, while still showing interest to the "Terminator." Against this background, Megan Ellison again stepped up preparations for the fifth part. In December 2012 the first producer signed a deal with her brother, David Ellison, head of Skydance Productions, to work together on the film. Invitation to writers - another confirmation of the fact that the film still gradually making its way to the big screen.
The portfolio of Laeti Kalogridis, contracted to "Terminator", there are such movies as "Shutter Island" and "Alexander." With Cameron, creator of the original tape of a cyborg, she worked in "Avatar", being the executive producer. In this capacity, Kalogridis is also working on “White House Down" by Roland Emmerich.
Patrick Lyusse is known for scripts to "Dracula 2000" and "Crazy driving". The director also assigned to sequel of "Halloween."
Megan and David Ellison are the offspring of billionaire Larry Ellison, head of Oracle. Yet Hollywood career siblings until recently evolved in different directions: he focused on blockbusters such as the fourth part of "Mission Impossible" and "Jack Reacher", she chose the drama "Master" Paul Thomas Anderson and thriller "Zero Thirty One” by Kathryn Bigelow.
In October 2011, the director George Sleyzer stated his desire to finish the drama "Dark Blood", which was the last picture of River Phoenix. The actor died while work was carried out on the film. Despite attempts of relatives to prevent "Dark Blood" movie, it still comes to the big screen. In March, the picture will be shown at the film festival in Miami.
In "Dark Blood" Phoenix plays a hermit, living in the desert near the nuclear test site and waiting for the end of the world. When near his hut is a car accident, the couple Fisher, Buffy (Judy Davis) and Harry (Jonathan Pryce), requests a shelter at him. Gradually, the hero of Phoenix falls in love with the heroine Davis.
Until the end of filming was only 11 days, when October 31, 1993 River died. Producers even tried to sue the actor's mother, claiming that Phoenix did not warn them of his drug addiction.
"Unfortunately, in 1993, we had to stop the production of the film, when it was ready by 80% - said George Sleyzer. - All the film wanted to pick up and destroy the insurance company, as the picture was not finished. Upon learning this, I stepped in and saved the material. For me to complete the work on the film - so pay tribute to River Phoenix, whom I loved very much and considered a talented actor. The fact that four years ago I got sick and found out that I have to live a little. Therefore, it was important to finish the picture. This has become a matter of prime importance. But I also knew that the material is worth. "
Sleyzer decided to mount the film, but instead of scenes with Phoenix record voiceover. To do this, the director called for help the brother of actor Joaquin Phoenix, but the River family refused to participate in the project.
Will the "Dark Blood" be released, is not yet known. Miami Film Festival will be held from 1 to 10 March. Then it will become clear if it will have to save the last film directed by River Phoenix.
As it became known in early December last year, the next project will be Guillermo del Toro horror "Crimson peak" of the haunted house. The very first "resident" will make it a very attractive dark place - Emma Stone talks with Legendary Pictures about her participation in the film.
Del Toro was going to shoot "Crimson peak" even before his nomination to the post of director of "The Hobbit."
The script for "Crimson peak" del Toro wrote along with the winner of the Cannes Film Festival, Matthew Robbins. Robbins received the prestigious award for the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's crime drama "Sugarland Express." Matthew continued his collaboration with the director in "Close Encounters of the Third Part."
Among other things, Matthew Robbins is director of the film "Batteries Not Included." With del Toro writer met while working on a project of producer "Do not be afraid of darkness." Robbins wrote the screenplay for director cartoon "Pinocchio," which will be released in 2014.
Guillermo del Toro and British screenwriter Lucinda Coxon polished the existing script. Filming is scheduled for February 2014. Before that Guillermo will work on "Pinocchio" and on the TV series of his trilogy "Strain."
The plot of "Crimson peak" is kept in secret.
Emma Stone will appear soon in the thriller "Hunters in the gangsters", and in February at the Berlin International Film Festival will be held the European premiere of the animated film "The Croods", where the actress voiced one of the roles.
Stone attributed to unnamed project of Cameron Crowe and the sequel "New Spider-Man."
In Park City, Utah, has been launched America's largest independent film festival - Sundance. Among the most anticipated releases is a thriller "Kill Your Darlings" with Daniel Radcliffe in the role of poet Allen Ginsberg, the drama, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" with Rooney Mara and the biopic "Jobs" with Ashton Kutcher in the lead role.
Another anticipated biopic - "Lovelace" with Amanda Sayfred as the most famous porn actress Linda Lovelace (in combination - an ardent fighter for women's rights).
Within 11 days of Sundance audiences and the jury will see 119 films and dozens of shorts. Participants came to the festival from 32 countries. 51 directors present their debut works. All involved projects were selected from more than 12 000 applications (which is 429 units more than in the previous year). For the first time in the history of the festival half of the film-directors is women.
At the opening of Sundance were shown four films of competition program: "May in the Summer" by Shereen Dabis - a story about an American, arrives in Jordan to relatives to arrange their wedding; the story of back-up singers “Twenty Feet from Stardom” by Morgan Neville; “Crystal Fairy” by Sebastian Silva of journey of two completely different people in the Chilean desert; "Who is Dayani Cristal?" by Mark Silver, in a story of which, are featured a dead body, Arizona and tattoo.
In non-competitive program stated many anticipated films. Besides already mentioned "Jobs", the audience is waiting for the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon's Addiction" with Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore. Gordon-Levitt himself plays the role of modern Don Juan, who starts to think about his behavior. Shia LaBeouf appears on the festival in the action comedy "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" about what happens when the office plankton is interested in hallucinogens.
In addition to film screenings, the festival will get a variety of discussions, musical performances and art exhibitions. By the way, this year in the competition there are many films about music and musicians. This, for example, “History of the Eagles” by Alison Ellwood and "City of Sound" Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.
In total, the festival have supported more than 5,000 directors.
Opening Sundance, its creator Robert Redford said that diversity - that is what is necessary for the existence and development of independent films. Also in his speech, he touched on the subject of weapons propaganda in the movies. "Is my film industry think that weapon will help to sell tickets?" - wondered Redford. Incidentally, one of the documentaries in the program was devoted to the tragic shooting. “Valentine Road” from Martha Cunningham tells of a teenager who in 2008 brutally killed his classmate.
In 1981 actor and director Robert Redford (currently the owner of two "Oscars") assembled a team of like-minded people who are ready to look for new talents in American cinema. So was born the festival Sundance. He got his name in honor of the hero, played by Redford in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", the most cash western in the history of Hollywood. Place in the mountains of Utah was specifically chosen because of its relaxed atmosphere - away from the bustle of the market pressure and nothing distracts from a pure creativity. In the first year the festival was attended by ten young film directors. Since 1984, Sundance has to include programs and theatrical figures, too. Official birth year of the festival was the 1985th. Then in the program participated 86 movies, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Francis Ford Coppola. At the festival in 1990 there were more then 100 paintings.
Over its history, Sundance opened the audience "Reservoir Dogs," Quentin Tarantino's, "Little Miss Sunshine" by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, "An Inconvenient Truth," Davis Guggenheim and "The Cove" Louie Psihoyos (later holders of "Oscars" for these documentaries).
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".
Five directors, allocated by Academy Award, finally made it clear that the "Oscars" and guilds are not going hand by hand this year. Walked Ben Affleck for "Argo", but pushed Austrian Haneke. Kathryn Bigelow with her "Zero thirty one" was also out of work - she was replaced by debutant Ben Zaytlin. "These five are best able to sit in a chair, watching the others work on the film" - summarized MacFarlane.
A sharp tongue did not stop Joaquin Phoenix to be nominated for an "Oscar" for Best Actor ("Master"), but still Paul Thomas Anderson was one of the losers, even though he has three acting nominations. Movie is predicted all possible "Oscars" (from the film and directing to camera work and the work of costume designers), but in the end the tape has not been able to be as triumphant as the previous work of Anderson "There Will Be Blood."
Phoenix and Washington received a nomination for the role of alcoholics.
Emmanuelle Reeve was the oldest actress to be nominated for "Oscar". Reeve, who played the dying music teacher in the drama "Love", was 85 years old. She found herself in the same category as young Kuvenzhani Wallis from "Beasts of the Southern Wild", becoming the youngest nominee in her nine years old.
Why Film Academy ignored the work of Jean-Louis Trintignant, noting his companion to "Love" - is one of the main questions asked after the announcement of the nominees.
Some we have already noted. Let's see, who else "Oscar" bypassed. Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, and Ben Affleck in the director's lost the nomination category, and "Skyfall" failed to become the first Bond film series, nominated for "Best Picture." There is little doubt that the relentless planter Calvin Candy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, win the hearts of cinema academics. But, alas. By the way, Samuel L. Jackson, who played colorful estate manager, was also worthy of nomination.
Most of all, this year "Oscars" disliked superheroes. When "The Dark Knight" is not ranked in the top five nominees got a huge buzz, forcing the Film Academy back to the old rule of "five to ten best films." But this year, "The Legend" has not received a single technical nominations. "Oscar" obviously is serious: it intends to encourage serious and authors paintings. One nomination for "Avengers" (for special effects) and only three technical for "Hobbit" (special effects, makeup and designer).
"Lincoln" - 12
"Life of Pi" - 11
"Silver Linings Playbook" - 8
"Les Miserables" - 8
"Argo" - 7
"Skyfall" - 5
"Django unchained" - 5
"Love" - 5
"Zero Dark Thirty" - 5
"Anna Karenina" - 4
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" - 4
"Master" - 3
"The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey" - 3
"Snow White and the Hunter" - 2
"Crew" - 2
Forgetting legitimate categories of "Lincoln" and "Life of Pi", the main winner was Michael Haneke's drama "Love." In the entire history of the "Oscars" there are only two films at the same time received a nomination for Best Picture and for Best Foreign Language Film ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Life is Beautiful"). Many foreign filmmakers were nominated for "Oscar", but if Haneke wins in this category, the first take home the statuette for the film not in the English language.
"Love" has not broken the record for "Crouching Tiger" - a picture of Ang Lee has received 10 nominations for "Oscar" in 2001. Still, the presence of foreign, in this case, European, tapes of American films - a sign of the recognition.
In order not to end on a note of pathos, we present the best response of all the nominees. Irish operator Seamus McGarvey, who can get the "Oscar" for "Anna Karenina", learning about the nomination, said: "The director of the film, on which I am working on, typed me a text message. To argue with that for 100 bucks, I was not nominated, so now he is a hundred richer! I am happy for him!”
Announcement of "Oscar" nominees has never been so informal. Typically the president read out the names of the lucky ones together with the actress, who recently won or was nominated for this prestigious award. But Seth MacFarlane played by his rules.
Lets see the main nominees, winners and losers.
At half past five in the morning before reporters appeared actor, director and screenwriter (of all trades) Seth MacFarlane. Director of the comedy "Odd" and creator of TV series "Family Guy" and "American Dad" started with a joke: "I leads "Oscar", but if you do not know me, think I'm Donny Osmond (popular in the 1970s, singer)”.
"I congratulate all the nominees and all who were not nominated. You can stop talking in an interview what a great time you had on the set, "- continued the comedian. Then the stage went up Emma Stone, star of the movie "Hunters in the gang."
Sluggish clapping journalists met the first nominee Christoph Waltz. As it turned out of "Django unchained" only he is nominated, that is Leonardo DiCaprio is again in the span. If compared with the nominee of Actors Guild, you get that slot Waltz won Javier Bardem. All applicants in this category already have an "Oscar" that McFarlane commented sarcastically: "A breath of fresh air!"
Then the display shows nominated for best song, in which the leading of "Oscar" was waiting for surprise: the song Everybody Needs a Friend, from the "Odd" words written by the Seth MacFarlane. "Hey, cool, I was nominated, I will go to the" Oscars "" - joked Seth.
The reaction of the journalists in the room at the time of nominations immediately gives surprise. In "Best Actress" was Jackie Weaver of melodrama "Silver lining playbook". She and Amy Adams, who played the wife in the head of the scientology cult drama "The Master" won applauses. Both actresses did not appear among the nominees for SAG. "Congratulations, ladies, you will not have dressed up for Harvey Weinstein," - said McFarlane.
The last few days, when the guild named their nominees, continued another trend: movie studios TWC, owned by the brothers Weinstein, could not boast a large number of nominations. Harvey is famous for his ability to push films for "Oscars", and other smaller prizes. Nearly two decades of Miramax founders ruled the roost at the "Oscars", so when the announcement of the director's Guild Awards (DGA) was not a single film TWC, around Hollywood there was rumor that this time the majors (Warner, Universal, Fox and Columbia) intend to resist overbearing producer.
In reality, the postponement of the announcement of the nominees dramatically reduced the degree of predictability. DGA has announced their candidates for the prize, the vote for "Oscar" was over. Previously, directors, actors, writers and other guilds have time to influence decisions of cinema academics, but not this time.
TWC have a total of 16 nominations. The studio is located on the fourth place, while the top three is:
20th Century Fox (including Fox Searchlight) - 31 nominations
Sony Pictures Entertainment (including Sony Pictures Classics) - 24 nominations
Walt Disney Co (including Pixar, Marvel and DreamWorks) and Universal (including Focus Features and Working Title) - 17 nominations
But back to this year's nominees. Animation category pleasantly surprised inclusion of English cartoon "The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!" Director Peter Lord responded to this: "Awesome! We tried to shoot "Pirates" a little bit different - in terms of tone and comedy. It's great that it has responded to the film academy!"
Then one by one as if suddenly the categories "Best Foreign Language Film", where there was quite natural Cannes last year's winner "Love" by Michael Haneke. Hardly anyone expected to find a gray-haired director for further nominations of "Oscar" is very rare in the major categories of foreign films. By the way, journalists especially well received nomination of Norwegian drama "Kon-Tiki".
In the category of "Best Adapted Screenplay" looked up dark horse of "Oscar" - jumped out with a film festival "Sundance" drama "Beasts of the Southern Wild". In total, the film, shot in the genre of mystical realism, turned four nominations, but more significant than: Best Picture, Actress, Adapted Screenplay and direction. Ben Zaytlin received award at the Cannes Film Festival "Golden Camera" for best debut.