Matthew Vaughn has been one of the most interesting blockbuster directors in Hollywood since he broke out with 2004’s Layer Cake. The filmmaker said that while his new movie Argylle is about a writer desperately seeking a perfect ending to her story, that isn’t something that he regularly has to struggle with. In fact, he typically writes the ending early, and has to circle back around to flesh out the middle of a project. In an interview with ComicBook.com, he revealed that the only time he has really struggled with an ending, it was on one of his
Film and television producer Mark Anker, whose film “Ponyboi,” made its premiere at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, says independent filmmaking and film festivals are crucial to bringing diverse stories to the screen, particularly when Hollywood studios can’t be depended upon to do the work.
The status of film festivals has long been associated with helping filmmakers and audiences come together to experience and learn about new projects, as well as providing independent films with a boost of clout in their efforts to get sold to big-name studios. Their purpose, and how they’ve served the lifecycle of projects being produced,
Sundance 2024: “The things you’re seeing the studios make now are because those things were ventured for the independent space, both in films and in docs” Ankner says The post ‘Ponyboi’ Producer Mark Ankner Sees Film Festivals, Independent Filmmaking as the ‘Only Voice to Push’ Diverse Stories Forward | Video appeared first on TheWrap.
Focus Features Acquires 2024 Sundance-Award Winner Dìdi (弟弟) from Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Sean Wang
Feature directorial debut from recent Academy Award-nominee follows an impressionable 13-year-old Taiwanese American boy in a coming-of-age tale set in the late 2000’s and was awarded two of the festival’s top prizes.
Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to Dìdi(弟弟) following its premiere in competition at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, where it received critical and audience acclaim, winning both the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast.
“What’s Up, Doc?” is a screwball comedy in which the late Ryan O’Neal plays a hapless man who gets caught up with an agent of chaos played by Barbra Streisand. It’s very funny and features one of the best chase scenes ever captured on screen. “I am a big fan of everybody in this movie, but I’m a particularly big fan of Ryan O’Neal’s job as Howard Bannister. I think it’s one of the great straight-man comedy roles,” Tarantino said, adding:
“I think he’s really, really terrific. And as a matter of fact, it reminds me of something. I love ‘Bringing
The nonprofit Chicken & Egg Pictures has announced the eight recipients of its Chicken & Egg Awards for 2024. From the press release:
Chicken & Egg Pictures, the organization dedicated to offering support and funding for women and gender-expansive documentary filmmakers, has announced more
Writing teen characters earnestly, without a patronizing grown-up lens, is tricky business. But as she did in her debut The Fallout, writer-director Megan Park makes it look easy. In her gentle hands, My Old Ass’s vivacious and confident Elliott (Maisy Stella, sensational) is as authentic as they come, as a spirited college-bound teen spending one last summer in her Canadian lakeside town. Park’s sophomore feature is sweet, locally specific, funny, and gradually heartbreaking in the most inventive fashion (bring tissues), one that maturely celebrates girlhood and young romance shame-free, with disarming sincerity. There is a tiny
Christopher Nolan is voicing his love of indie films while explaining why he’s unlikely to make another one.
The “Oppenheimer” writer-director, who got his start with indies “Following” and “Memento,” told Time magazine that he feels a “responsibility” to the filmmaking community to safeguard “large scale” resources and push the boundaries of technology onscreen.
“I’m drawn to working at a large scale because I know how fragile the opportunity to marshal those resources is,” Nolan said. “I know that there are so many filmmakers out there in the world who would give their eye teeth to have
And not only that, but you can also help the people who are going through this find some joy in the struggle and find some joy in the misery, and remind people that yes, despite the hardships, it’s important to laugh and it’s important to find joy. And so to me, I think that Hollywood Shuffle is probably the… I don’t know if it’s the first piece of satire that I saw, but I certainly know it’s the first piece of satire that had an effect on me. And I think that that effect became profound for me,
C-Space, the first State-owned over-the-top (OTT) platform in India, is expected to be unveiled by the Kerala government next month, said a top state government official.
LAKEVIEW — The Music Box Theatre is kicking off its Black History Month celebration with a short film screening and five movies honoring multifaceted stories from Black artists and creators.
“Melanin, Roots, and Culture” opens Saturday at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Tyler Balentine, a film buff and Music Box employee, created the film series.
With assistance from Music Box Theatre’s assistant technical director and programmer, Rebecca Lyon, Balentine chose five flicks that “represented Black people in a multitude of ways, in all different roles,” Balentine said.
All five films were created by
The beguiling tale of a middle-class Chinese family whose lives become affected by the arrival of a young adolescent in their midst, it’s a story that had been brewing for years before Lin committed it to film.
“What I remember was this feeling I was trying to capture of seeing family space as a mysterious space,” he says when we speak over Zoom.
“In Chinese, we have a saying: home sweet home. It’s always about how sweet it is. But for me, there is also this layer
Newen Connect has signed a pact with international sales company The Yellow Affair to have the company handle global distribution for independent films produced by Newen Studios.
Newen Studios and Yellow Affair are already related though Anagram, which is label of Newen and a shareholder Yellow Affair, along with Visiorex, Helsinki-filmi and Marianna Films. Newen, meanwhile, is owned by France’s leading commercial network group. The European banner handles co-production, co-financing and international sales through its commercial arm, Newen Connect.
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Unveiled during the Goteborg Film Festival, the three-year deal will see Newen Connect continue handling
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