Quentin Tarantino

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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It looks like Summit are trying to extend their reach even further than Eclipse‘s David Slade in picking a director for Breaking Dawn, the final Twilight film (or maybe films). Amongst their picks are three Academy Award nominated directors typically associated with more widely respected fare: Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Bill Condon.

Now, if you subscribe to the auterist idea that a director might be well matched for a job with thematic and stylistic similarities to their prior successes, then surely Sofia Coppola is just what the doctor ordered. She might be a more ‘serious’ director than Twilight seems to suit but she’s definitely charted these choppy teen waters before. Filter Twilight through The Virgin Suicides or Lost in Translation and I’m sure many of you would find it at a lot more palatable.

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Somewhere

Prefix has learned that the French band Phoenix is working on the score/soundtrack/sound design for Lost In Translation/Virgin Suicides director Sofia Coppola’s next film Somewhere. Thomas Mar, the frontman for the group had this to say about the project:

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Kathryn Bigelow

The Guardian published an article over the weekend, asking the question “Why are there so few female filmmakers?”It’s something that most film writers/bloggers have wondered for a while now. And it has come up again just in time for the Academy Awards, where many believe that Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow will have a fighting chance to become the first female director to take home an Oscar.

On Saturday, Bigelow became the first woman to win the DGA award for Outstanding Direction of a Feature Film. And only 6 times in 60 years has the DGA winner NOT won the Oscar for Best Picture, and in 58 of the last 60 years, the DGA winner went on to win the Oscar for best director. Sofia Coppola was the first third woman to ever be nominated for the best director Academy Award, for Lost in Translation in 2003, but of course, she lost to Peter Jackson.

But back to the question at hand: why are there so few female filmmakers? The Guardian says that it was once blamed on the small amount of female applicants entering film school, which is no longer the case. It has often been blamed on a chauvinist culture, or the fact that a lack of female filmmakers means fewer role models and mentors. Coppola’s nomination didn’t inspire a surge of female filmmakers (as far as I can tell), would/can a Best Director win by Bigelow change anything? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Focus Features Announces 2010 Release Dates

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Focus Features today announced their 2010 release slate. Highlights include:

  • March 12th 2010: The Squid and the Whale writer/director Noah Baumbach‘s Greenberg which stars Ben Stiller
  • April 16th 2010: Thomas BalmèsBabies, a documentary film which simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps.
  • Wednesday, September 1st 2010: Anton Corbijn‘s The American starring George Clooney as a retiring assassin
  • Third Quarter 2010: Kevin Macdonald‘s Roman epic adventure The Eagle of the Ninth
  • November 2010: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck‘s (Half Nelson, Sugar) dramedy adaptation of Ned Vizzini‘s 2006 novel It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • TBA 2010 (we assume in December for Award Season): Sofia Coppola‘s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning

After the jump you can read the full press release, which includes detailed plot synopsis for all of these films.

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Somewhere

Our friends at Collider scored a shitload of early promotional images and posters from the American Film Market. You can head on over to Collider to see all of the images, but I thought I’d profile a few of the projects that I’m more looking forward to. After the jump you will find photos of Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, Noah Baumbach‘s Greenberg starring Ben Stiller and The American starring George Clooney,
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Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere Draws on Family History

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The Coppola clan often tells stories about family, and Sofia Coppola has been known to draw on her life when writing film characters. Some of the inhabitants of Lost in Translation were famously based on her former husband Spike Jonze and the actress Cameron Diaz. (And Diaz’s appearance at Comic Con this year suggested that Anna Faris’s characterization of Diaz was dead on.) Now there are suggestions that her new film, Somewhere, draws directly on her experience in the limelight with her father, Francis Ford Coppola. Read More »

somewhere benico

Update: Movieline has confirmed that Benicio is in the film, and that his role “involves a brief run-in with Dorff’s actor at the historic hotel.” So it is just a cameo.

Has Benicio del Toro joined the cast of Sofia Coppola‘s new movie Somewhere? The Los Angeles power pop band Rooney reveals in a new blog post that they filmed a cameo for the film (yes, the movie is already in production) but also mentioned that Benicio is one of the stars of the movie.
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