March 11, 2014 |
BEIJING -- Director-producer John Woo will head up the jury at the fourth annual Beijing International Film Festival , which kicks off April 16, organizers said. Woo, 67, is the Hong Kong helmer of films including "Mission: Impossible II," "A Better Tomorrow," "Red Cliff" and "Face/Off. " The weeklong festival will hold screenings at some 30 theaters throughout China's capital. The international jury will hand out the Tiantan Awards in 10 categories, including best feature, director, actor, actress, cinematography and screenplay.
March 10, 2014 |
A certain fatigue had set in for the multiplatinum-selling electronic dance music act Swedish House Mafia in 2012. By the three members' own estimate, they had partied hard five days a week for six years straight, consuming mass quantities of booze and chemical stimulation, living the hedonistic life associated with superstar DJs while traveling the globe to deliver their four-on-the-floor dance delirium to packed arenas. But just as EDM was becoming an increasingly mainstream concern - with the group selling out Madison Square Garden in nine-minutes flat and its smash single "Don't You Worry Child" moving millions of copies to top pop charts around the world - Swedish House Mafia made a controversial decision: to call it quits at the peak of the group's success.
March 6, 2014 |
The Tribeca Film Festival will feature a number of celebrities in front of and behind the camera when it kicks off its 13th edition next month. Chris Messina directs “Alex of Venice,” a marital drama that stars the filmmaker and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his wife, with a resurgent Don Johnson co-starring. Courtney Cox, meanwhile, will unveil “Just Before I Go,” about a hard-luck man (Sean William Scott) who returns to his hometown to try to settle some scores. Also premiering at the festival, organizers said Thursday, will be Victor Levin's “5 to 7,” a transatlantic romance starring Anton Yelchin, who mined similar territory in Sundance sensation “Like Crazy” a few years back; Susanna Fogel's “Life Partners,” the Millennial friendship dramedy that stars real-life partners Leighton Meester and Adam Brody as well as Gillian Jacobs and Gabourey Sidibe; the Nicole Holofcener-penned “Every Secret Thing,” a mystery involving disappearing children; the Joss Whedon-penned “In Your Eyes,” a metaphysical romance starring Zoe Kazan; and Jesse Zwick's “About Alex,” a dramatic comedy starring Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield and Maggie Grace that's described as a “Big Chill for our current social media moment.” BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen Among the newly announced nonfiction films are the Ann Richards' doc “All About Ann” from Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper, as well as “Bachelor”...
February 27, 2014 |
Not many first-time filmmakers get invited to the White House to show their work, but on Friday a group of K-12 auteurs will do just that at the inaugural White House Student Film Festival. Hosted by President Obama, the festival will showcase student-created films about how technology is used in their classrooms and what role technology will play in education in the future. More than 2,000 videos were submitted after the festival was announced in November, and the finalists, as well as their parents and teachers, have been invited to have their movies screened in the White House's East Room.
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February 23, 2014 |
Chelsea McInturff and Samantha Curley were eager for a public conversation about film, gay sexuality and Christian life, but they weren't sure whether it was the right time - or the right place. They stood nervously inside an auditorium at Pasadena's evangelical Fuller Theological Seminary last spring, worried the drama they were about to screen - - about a teen coming out as lesbian - would end up offending an audience of students and professors who didn't necessarily approve of its story line.
February 21, 2014 |
Romanian new-wave director Calin Peter Netzer ("Medal of Honor") and screenwriter Razvan Radulescu ("The Death of Mr. Lazarescu") were bouncing around ideas for a film about a dysfunctional family when they began talking about their own relationships with their parents. "We discovered we both have some kind of domineering mother," said Netzer over the phone from his home in Bucharest. The result, "Child's Pose," which opens Friday, is an Oedipal tale in the guise of a psychological thriller about a domineering mother and her obsessive love for her now-adult son. BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen "Child's Pose," which won the Golden Bear last year at the Berlin Film Festival and was Romania's Oscar submission for foreign language films, derives its title from the well-known yoga pose.