Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal is to receive a top award at the Sarajevo Film Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Motorcycle Diaries actor will join Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic and designer and filmmaker Agnes B. when the event marks its 20th anniversary next month (Aug14).
Bernal will be presented with the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo award, alongside Agnes B., at the festival's opening on 15 August (14), and Tanovic will receive the same honour at the event's closing ceremony on 23 August.
The actor will attend the opening night screening of Alejandro Inarritu's Amores Perros, which features Bernal in his first big screen role, and he will also meet young filmmakers from the Sarajevo Talents program, which is run in cooperation with the Berlin Film Festival.
Former Kyuss frontman John Garcia was stunned when his hero Robby Krieger agreed to play guitar on a track on his new self-titled solo album. The rocker recorded vocals for a recent Vista Chino album through a vintage microphone owned by the Doors guitarist, but he never thought he'd get the chance to record with Krieger.
He tells Rolling Stone he was left speechless when producer pal Harper Hug suggested Krieger for a "Spanish, flamenco guitar" on Her Bullets Energy - and then revealed he was helping the veteran build a studio.
Garcia says, "I pretty much fell over from my chair and said, 'Do you think he would do it?'"
Krieger picks up the story and adds, "For the last couple years, I've been building a new studio with Harper Hug... Harper played me a song that I really liked, and we decided to try recording some of my flamenco guitar on it. This was the first time we actually recorded at the studio. We did it in the big room, and it sounded awesome."
Garcia recalls, "We spent more time, I think, talking about golfing than we did about the track. I'm from Palm Springs, and there's a s**t-ton of golf courses here. He was asking me about a couple courses out here. I'm not a golfer myself, but he's Robby Krieger, so I was trying to do my best to accommodate."
Garcia's new album, which also features a guest spot from his Kyuss bandmate Nick Oliveri, will be released in August (14).
Tom Cruise's cousin William Mapother has become the ninth former Lost star to sign on for Hawaii-based cop drama Hawaii Five-O . Mapother, who played Ethan Rom on Lost, will guest star in an upcoming episode of the drama, which features his former co-stars Daniel Dae Kim and Jorge Garcia as regulars. Other Lost stars who have made their way back to Hawaii for the police series include Henry Ian Cusick, Terry O'Quinn and Tania Raymonde.
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Sundance is long gone, Cannes sailed away months ago, and both Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festivals have cleared away until next year. But when one major film festival ends, another starts putting its lineup together, and this time, it's Canada's time to shine. The Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from September 4 until the 14, has unveiled the list of titles they'll be premiering this year, and it's packed with under-the-radar indies, highly anticipated returns from accliamed directors, and of course, several likely awards contenders. But with nearly 60 films all making their debut in Toronto this fall, it can be hard to pick out the good from the bad and the exciting from the ones you've probably seen before. In an attempt to simplify the decision-making process for you, we've highlighted some of the most exciting films to hit north of the border this fall.
The Imitation Game Who’s Involved: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance star What It’s About: The British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking German codes, and was then prosecuted by the government for being homosexual. Thoughts: Finally, a cast good enough to convince you that math is interesting for two hours.
The Last Five Years Who’s Involved: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan What It’s About: A musical that tells the story of a married couple’s five-year relationship – his perspective runs from the day they met to when it all fell apart, and hers from the end back to the beginning. Thoughts: The perfect example as to why you should pay attention when your theater nerd friend tries plays you cast recordings.
Foxcatcher Who’s Involved: Bennett Miller directs; Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo starWhat It’s About: Based on a true story, it follows two championship wrestler brothers and the tragic consequences that they face after getting involved with an eccentric millionaire coach. Thoughts: We really are going to have to come up with the Tatum equivalent of “McConaissance” sometime soon.
A Little ChaosWho’s Involved: Alan Rickman directs; Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Rickman star What It’s About: A landscape gardener finds herself struggling with the politics of Louis XIV’s court and her own demons after she’s hired to work at the Garden of Versailles. Thoughts: You had us at “Rickman.”
The Riot Club Who’s Involved: Lone Scherfig directs; Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay star What It’s About: A privileged young man is inducted into the “Riot’s Club,” an exclusive, wild group of young men full of debauchery and bad behavior, during his first year at Oxford. Thoughts: Look! It’s that guy from that thing! And that girl, from that other thing! I like them. They should be in more things.
Before We Go Who’s Involved: Chris Evans directs; Evans and Alice Eve star What It’s About: Two strangers bond over the course of one night in Manhattan, and the conflicts in their lives allow them to explore more about each other and themselves. Thoughts: Captain America is directing movies now!
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This Is Where I Leave You Who’s Involved: Shawn Levy directs; Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda star What It’s About: Four adult siblings return to their childhood home after their father dies. Dysfunction and hijinks ensue. Thoughts: Does Driver say “outer space” in this? Can we re-write the script so that he does?
Men, Women and Children Who’s Involved: Jason Reitman directs; Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer star What It’s About: A group of parents and children navigate the way the Internet has changed their relationships and lives. Thoughts: Well, it’s got be better than Labor Day, right?
Miss Julie Who’s Involved: Liv Ullman directs; Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star What It’s About: Set over the course of one night in the 1880s, an aristocratic woman and her father’s valet struggle for power. Thoughts: Should we also be thinking about the “Farrellissance?”
Nightcrawler Who’s Involved: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton star What It’s About: An ambitious journalist becomes involved with the world of LA nighttime journalism, and the line between spectator and perpetrator becomes blurred. Thoughts: Oh, so this isn’t an X-Men solo film? That’s slightly disappointing.
Rosewater Who’s Involved: Jon Stewart directs; Gael Garcia Bernal stars What It’s About: The true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who appeared on The Daily Show before being imprisoned for five months by the Iranian government. Thoughts: This is the movie that gave us Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and for that we shall always be grateful.
The Theory of Everything Who’s Involved: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis star What It’s About: The life and relationship of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from their first meeting at Cambridge through Hawking’s diagnosis through their numerous accomplishments. Thoughts: Oscar Season 2014: Alan Turing vs. Stephen Hawking in The Battle of the British Genius Biopics.
Whiplash Who’s Involved: Damien Chazelle directs; Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star What It’s About: An ambitious jazz drummer who enrolls at a prestigious music conservatory, but must endure the brutal, intense tutelage of a brilliant, drill sergeant-like teacher in order to achieve greatness. Thoughts: Look, we’ll stop talking about this one once it finally comes out, and not a moment sooner, okay?
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The word "auteur" gets thrown around a ton in Hollywood, but few filmmakers truly earn the title like Michel Gondry. Over his career, the French filmmaker has fine-tuned a unique visual style that separates him from his peers and really makes his work distinct. Gondry, at his best, thrives on the absurd and creates abstract, dream-like imagery that doesn't distract from the characters who populate his stories. He lets thing get weird, but never for the sake of just being weird. In celebration of his latest film, Mood Indigo, we're taking a look at the Gondryest elements in our favorite Michel Gondry films.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindIn Eternal Sunshine, a grief-striken Joel Barrish (Jim Carrey) tries to erase all memories of his long time girlfriend, but he soon learns that it really is better to have loved and lost than to not have loved at all. The film’s Gondryest moments surface when Joel is hurtling backwards through all of his memories with his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet). The director uses his visual panache to depict how the mind tends to distort what we think we remember. Joel’s memories start fusing together as he travels through his past, and Gondry plays with size and perspective in some curious and fun ways — most notably, shrinking Carrey down to the size of a toddler for a childhood memory scene.
The Science of SleepGondry is the perfect filmmaker to tackle the surreal world of the subconscious. He dives into the dreams of halfway delusional artist Stéphane (Gael García Bernal), bastardizing the visual scope and the passage of time. One particularly wild scene early on in the film tosses Stéphane into a dream about his office workers that involves sporadic bouts of sexual intercourse, various pieces of papier-mâché set dressing, and a gigantic pair of human hands.
Be Kind RewindSure, we could all make low-rent versions of Ghostbusters and Rush Hour in our backyards, but they wouldn’t turn out one tenth as funny or visually appealing as the “remakes” peppered throughout Be Kind Rewind. Even though most of the sets, costumes, and effects look like they were made with construction paper, cardboard, and junkyard junk, Gondry's knack for great aesthetics shines through.
The Green HornetThe Green Hornet is definitely the director’s least Gondry film to date. There’s hardly much about the Seth Rogen action-adventure that points to the director’s usual dreamlike visual style, but the one small Gondryism in a mostly dull film is the liberal use of Kato-vision. The Hornet’s masked assistant Kato (Jay Chou) dispatches enemies by way of a crafty visual effect where his mind highlights the dangers in the environment like a Terminator, and slows his combatants down to a crawl so he can dole out maximum punishment. It’s a trippy and original way to do slow-mo - an effect we were growing pretty tired of - and proof that the filmmaker wasn't completely asleep while making the 2011 film.
The We and the IAlthough we usually associate Gondry's style with the visual, here we see his flare for the aural. Gondry sticks to accepted "reality" in The We and the I, a film about the buzzing subcultures aboard a bus ride home from high school in The Bronx. Even though The We and the I lacks literal trips into the human mind, home-made videos, or superpowers, Gondry's attention to rhythm still allows for a few steps away from naturalism. The kids move, talk, and breathe in a fast-paced harmony, making the film (and lengthy busride) speed by with terrific energy.
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? An intellectual conversation with one of the modern age's greatest thinkers (Noam Chomsky), delivered in the form of hand-drawn illustrations that resemble urban sidewalk chalk scribbles? How much Gondryer can you get than this inviting documentary? Well, maybe Mood Indigo.
Movie star Dwayne Johnson is still close to his ex-wife and her family - Dany Garcia remains the Fast Five star's manager, her brother Hiram is his producing partner, and her new husband, Dave Rienzi, is his conditioning coach.
Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle and Gary Oldman have taken on their meanest critics by responding to their vile tweets as part of a TV skit. The stars were among the celebrities who read out real social media attacks as part of the seventh Mean Tweets segment on U.S. late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which aired on Wednesday (21May14).
Roberts could hardly keep a straight face as she read @kemotherapy7's tweet: "There are people who think Julia Roberts is hot!? Her gigantic mouth looks like it will devour an elephant in one bite." She then said, "Thank you kemotherapy7 - and good luck."
Cheadle and Ashton Kutcher simply stared into the camera as they read out their mean tweets, while Courteney Cox responded, "That's sweet!" to @kanara11's "I hate Courteney Cox. I f**king hate her, P**sy hoe."
Andy Garcia, illusionist David Blaine, Jeremy Piven, Emma Stone, Ethan Hawke and comedian Don Rickles also read out their Twitter.com attacks, while Matthew McConaughey quizzically asked, "What the f**k is a d**k turd" when @dippi_mufc called him the name, and Oldman burst into laughter as he read @hoveybenjamin's "Gary Oldman sucks and his accents are f**king annoying as s**t".
But the best response came from Sofia Vergara after she read @mamaowl_kirby's "Sofia Vergara sounds like she has a d**k in her mouth. I hate hearing her talk". The Colombian actress shot back, "What's wrong with having a d**k in my mouth?"
The president of the Cannes Film Festival has defended his decision to give Iranian actress Leila Hatami a kiss on the cheek on Sunday (18May14) after officials in her native country lashed out at the star for allowing him to compromise her "chastity".
Cannes festival jury member Hatami and event boss Gilles Jacob came under fire from Iran's deputy culture minister, Hossein Noushabadi, this weekend after they were pictured sharing the traditional French greeting of a kiss on each cheek. Noushabadi accused Hatami, one of the Islamic nation's biggest screen stars, of acting inappropriately in front of the world's cameras, stating, "Those who attend intentional events should take heed of the credibility and chastity of Iranians so that a bad image of Iranian women will not be demonstrated to the world. "(The) Iranian woman is the symbol of chastity and innocence."
However, Jacob has now spoken out against the backlash, insisting Hatami was not to blame for the friendly public display of affection, which he insists has been blown out of proportion. Taking to his Twitter.com blog, he writes, "It was me who gave a kiss to Madame Hatami. In that moment, she represented to me all of Iranian cinema... This controversy based on a normal Western custom is baseless."
Hatami is one of five women on the judging panel for the Cannes Film Festival's biggest prize, the Palme d'Or. She joins the likes of Sofia Coppola and jury president Jane Campion. Willem Dafoe, Mexican actor/director Gael Garcia Bernal and filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn are also among the movie celebrities on the 2014 Cannes jury.
Malik Bendjelloul's Oscar-winning film Searching For Sugar Man is to be given a special screening during the Cannes Film festival in France as a tribute to the late director. The Swedish moviemaker was found dead in Stockholm on Tuesday (13May14) and his brother, Johar, has since suggested the director took his own life.
The tragedy hit headlines just a day before the annual movie event kicked off in France on Wednesday (14May14), and it has now emerged Bendjelloul's film about reclusive Mexican folk singer Sixto Rodrigue will be shown during the festival on Sunday (18May14) as a tribute.
The special event will be hosted by the Swedish Film Institute.
Bendjelloul's death has cast a shadow over the festivities at Cannes. Fellow Scandinavian director and Cannes jury panellist Nicolas Winding Refn was asked about him at a festival press conference on Wednesday, and he called his death a "very tragic affair", adding, "He was a wonderful filmmaker, and I feel very sorry for what he's left behind."
Actor Gael Garcia Bernal, who is on the Cannes jury panel along with Winding Refn, also was shaken up by the news: "I met him last year at the Oscars. It's very shocking news. I am very sad that it has to end like that."