Veteran director Jean Becker’s First World War drama The Red Collar opens UniFrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris this month (January 18-22). It is a choice that breaks with the event’s spotlight on mainstream comedies and romances in recent years.The film sees Nicolas Duvauchelle star as a decorated army officer who falls from grace after he desecrates his medals in a protest against the absurdity of war; Francois Cluzet plays the judge who is charged with interrogating the young man.It is the 15th feature from 84-year-old Becker, following a pair of mainstream dramas, Welcome Aboard (2012) and Get Well Soon (2014), and The Red Collar’s release in 2018 coincides with the centenary of the end of the First World War. “The film belongs to a type of classic French cinema that distributors love,” comments UniFrance managing director Isabelle Giordano.UniFrance celebrates the 20th edition of Paris Rendez-vous this year. Deputy managing … [Read more...] about Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2018 preview: Juliette Binoche and 80 new features
The Directors Guild Of America (DGA) on Thursday (December 11) announced four first-time nominees as Guillermo Del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Martin McDonagh and Jordan Peele joined Christopher Nolan in contention for major hnours next month.Del Toro is nominated in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film For 2017 category for The Shape Of Water, Gerwig for Lady Bird, McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Peele for Get Out.Nolan receives his fourth nod for Dunkirk and has never won the DGA honour. He was nominated for Inception in 2010, The Dark Knight in 2008, and Memento in 2001.The contenders will learn their fate when the awards are handed out on at the 70th annual DGA Awards in Beverly Hills on February 3Peele earned two nominations on Thursday and will also vie for honours in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement Of A First-Time Feature Film Director For 2017 category alongside Geremy Jasper for Sundance 2017 hit Patti Cake$, William Oldroyd for … [Read more...] about Guillermo Del Toro, Greta Gerwig among DGA feature nominees
The Directors Guild of America on Thursday announced the nominees for the 70th annual DGA Awards in the feature film categories.The awards will be handed out Feb. 3 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, with Judd Apatow serving as host of the ceremony and Don Mischer as awards chair.Nominees in other categories, including TV, were previously announced.A list of film nominees follows.The nominees for OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM FOR 2017 are (in alphabetical order): … [Read more...] about DGA Awards: Feature Film Nominations Unveiled
On Tuesday, the conservative site The Daily Caller made a bold claim, accusing Google of bias for a new feature they recently implemented.In the age of “fake news,” many websites like Facebook and Twitter are attempting to fight the spread of false information, which is an admirable objective. Here’s the “solution” Google has come up with:When searching individual websites that have a blatant political slant, two columns appear in a sidebar. One reads “Writes About” and the other reads “Reviews Claimed.” The first column is pretty self-explanatory, which is to point out the topics often covered on the site with links to recent articles. But the second column is essentially a fact-checking technique that shows links to other sites that refute or debunk articles written on the site you’re searching, often citing Snopes.com.The Daily Caller believes Google is “almost exclusively” targeting conservative sites. And they … [Read more...] about Why Does Google’s New ‘Fact-Check’ Feature Seem to Be Targeting Conservative Sites?
Presumptive Oscar frontrunner Coco collected the Golden Globe for best animated feature.Disney/Pixar’s acclaimed Dia de Los Muertes (Day of the Dead) themed blockbuster, directed by Oscar winner Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and produced by Toy Story 3’s Darla Anderson, has already earned $554 million worldwide.Coco’s awards run also seems to be steering clear of impact from raised awareness of harassment, despite the fact that its exec producer and Disney/Pixar’s chief creative, John Lasseter, took a leave of absence from the studio just prior to the film’s release, citing “missteps” amid alleged misconduct.In winning the Golden Globe for an animated feature, Coco bested two additional studio CG features: Fox/Blue Sky’s Ferdinand, based on Munro Leaf’s children’s book, The Story of Ferdinand, about a non-violent bull (which like Coco, had a second HFPA nomination, for original song); and DreamWorks Animation’s … [Read more...] about Golden Globes: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Wins Best Animated Feature