July 28, 2006 |
For the first time at the Venice Film Festival, all films vying for the top Golden Lion award will make their world premiere at the late summer event, organizers said Thursday. Among those in competition at the Aug. 30-Sept. 9 festival: Allen Coulter's "Hollywoodland," starring Adrien Brody and Ben Affleck. The movie dramatizes an investigation into the death of George Reeves, star of the 1950s TV show "Adventures of Superman."
August 11, 2003 |
Mike Newell has signed on to direct "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Warner Bros. confirmed Sunday. Newell is the first British director assigned to one of the "Potter" films. "Goblet" will be the fourth of what has become a phenomenally popular series based on the books by British author J.K. Rowling. Steve Kloves will adapt the novel for the screen, as he did the previous three. He recently completed the Julia Roberts movie "Mona Lisa Smile," which will open later this year.
May 19, 2007 |
Three prominent Mexican directors who had been shopping themselves to Hollywood studios as a team are forming a partnership with Universal Pictures. Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will call their production label Cha Cha Cha. The deal will allow the trio the kind of creative control and ownership few filmmakers enjoy. Universal was viewed as the front-runner to make the deal, which was announced Friday during France's Cannes Film Festival.
May 7, 2007 |
Three prominent Mexican directors and two lesser-known ones are quietly shopping themselves to Hollywood in an all-or-nothing, five-picture deal. The price tag: as much as $100 million. Merging their talents and newfound clout are Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who, in taking this initiative, are seeking the kind of creative control and ownership over their work that few filmmakers enjoy.
October 3, 2013 |
Actor/producer/director Forest Whitaker, who won the best actor Oscar for the 2006 film "The Last King of Scotland" and is currently starring in the acclaimed "Lee Daniel's The Butler," will be presented with the Actor Tribute at the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards. Whitaker, 52, will receive the honor at a ceremony Dec. 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. "We are thrilled to pay honor to a man whose work has played a significant role in the film world over the last 25 years," said Joana Vicente, executive director of the Independent Filmmaker Project, the advocacy organization for indie filmmakers that presents the awards.
February 13, 2014 |
Alfonso Cuaron's stranded-in-space thriller "Gravity" was the big winner Wednesday evening at the 12th Visual Effects Society Awards in Beverly Hills. "Gravity," which stars Sandra Bullock and is nominated for 10 Academy Awards including the picture, director and actress prizes, won six VES Awards. Among the categories it led were visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature motion picture, virtual cinematography in a live action feature motion picture and models in a feature motion picture.
January 12, 2014 |
In just a few hours, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. will hand out the Golden Globes at what promises to be an effervescent stop in an unpredictable awards season for nominees including Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Alfonso Cuaron. MORE: Play-at-home ballot | Full coverage The first major award show of the season, the Globes are inconsistent as Oscar predictors, as the 90-odd international journalists who select the winners don't overlap at all with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters.
January 17, 2014 |
Movie ticket prices rose in the last three months of 2013, boosted by pricier 3D and Imax films. The average ticket price in the fourth quarter was $8.35, representing a 3.7% increase from the same period during the previous year, according to the National Assn. of Theatre Owners. The box-office success of several 3D movies helped skew the averages upward. Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar-nominated stranded-in-space drama "Gravity" was a significant driver, generating the vast majority of its revenue from 3D. The fourth-quarter 3D slate also included top-grossing pictures such as Disney's Hans Christian Andersen-inspired musical "Frozen" and Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
August 16, 2004 |
Smoking may be hazardous to your health, but in "Nicotina," a new Mexican thriller from the producers of "Amores Perros," it is downright lethal. "Nicotina," which lights up theaters Friday, revolves around a crime that goes horribly awry one night on the mean streets of Mexico City.
September 9, 2001 |
Mira Nair's vision of an elaborate wedding in India won top honors Saturday at the Venice Film Festival, with "Monsoon Wedding" winning the Golden Lion award for best film. "L'Emploi du Temps" (The Use of Time), by French director Laurent Cantet, a true story of a man who resorts to murder to keep up a fictitious life he has created for himself, won the night's second Lion in the new competition category of Cinema of the Present.