Since his first film in 1996, Julian Schnabel has directed only four movies. That’s roughly an average of one movie every four years. His latest film, Miral, was released in 2010 and in an interview with The Playlist, he just said he would eventually make In the Hand Of Dante with Johnny Depp. However, while Depp owns the rights to the book, there’s no script yet – plus Depp himself has a film or two lined up – so that four year average seems like it’ll time out just right. Read Schnabel’s quote and the story behind the book, which sounds like a period blend of Adaptation and The Da Vinci Code, after the jump. Read More »

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The Weinstein Co. has released a trailer for Julian Schnabel‘s Miral, starring Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto. The film covers five decades of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Pinto playing a young woman who falls for a political activist (Omar Metwally, Munich) and becomes involved in the Palestine liberation movement. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Miral, the new film from Julian Schnabel, was picked up recently by The Weinstein Company, who will release the picture in December. That’s far enough out that there isn’t a domestic trailer yet available. But a French trailer has arrived, and you can get a very good idea of the film by checking it out. Read More »

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Quentin Tarantino has led the jury at Cannes, in 2004, but his experience at the Venice Film Festival has been limited to programming a couple of sidebars in ’04 and ’07. That changes this year, as the fest has named Tarantino head of the 2010 competition jury for the festival which will run from September 1-11. So what films is he likely to be judging? Read More »

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Update: Robin Hood has now been confirmed as the opening night film in an official statement.

The Cannes Film Festival is set to kick-off on May 12th, just two days ahead of Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood being unleashed in several countries, including the US and UK. It would be perfect timing, then, to have the picture premiere as the fest’s opening night gala, guaranteeing global media coverage just when the PR campaign for the movie should be peaking.

And, yep, it seems that Universal’s behind-the-scenes negotiators have pulled that trick off, because multiple reports are indicating they’ve scored the slot. No official confirmation has come yet, but it seems like a good match for the slot and I’m pretty sure we’ll see this checked and locked soon.

There’s a good handful of other films rumored for slots at the fest, either in competition or out.

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