The final wave of titles have just been announced for this year's Fantasia International Film Festival. If you thought the festival could not cram any more cinematic greatness into its schedule you only have to look below to see that they have found a way. So yesterday the genre world kind of lost its collective shit when the trailer dropped for Panos Cosmatos’ new film Mandy. Well, we can all check our calendars and figure out how to be in Montreal for the closing night of Fantasia as Mandy has been chosen to be the closing film of the festival! Also in this final wave are new films is Big Brother, the new film from God of War's Kenji Tanigaki, starring martial arts superstar Donnie Yen. Laplace's Witch, the new film from another Asian cinema legend Takashi Miike is also coming to town. Another Japanese superstar Tadanobu Asano stars in the psychological thriller Kasane. Sion Sono's Tokyo Vampire Hotel will play at the festival. And though there are lots of Asian … [Read more...] about Fantasia 2018: Final Wave! MANDY is Coming! New Films From Donnie Yen And Takashi Miike. And a Musical Treat From Goblin’s Maurizio Guarini!
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One of the most highly acclaimed movies in competition for the coveted Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is the Russian film “Leto” (“Summer”) by Kirill Serebrennikov. Serebrennikov came to Cannes in 2016 with “The Student”, which was selected for the Un Certain Regard category but this year, his first time in the main competition, was prevented from attending by his government. The director is currently under house arrest on charges of alleged corruption, though many believe the real reason is his criticism of Vladimir Putin’s government. Filmed in black and white, “Leto” is set in the Soviet Union of the 1980s and tells the story of the early years of two Soviet rock stars – Viktor Tsoi of Kino band and Mike Naumenko of Zoopark band. Tsoi, the country’s first rock superstar, became a legend following his untimely death in 1990. A Russian of Korean descent, Tsoi is portrayed in the film … [Read more...] about A man for all seasons
Richard Gere and new wife Alejandra Silva continue to celebrate their secret wedding!The 68-year-old actor secretly wed the Spanish publicist, 35, "weeks and weeks ago" in a low-key civil ceremony, and the couple threw a lavish wedding bash over the weekend at Gere's estate in Pound Ridge, New York, to officially celebrate their union.Guests at the soirée reportedly included chef Eric Ripert, composer Bette Sussman, actress Saundra Santiago and several Tibetan monks. Gere is a known Buddhist, and Silva reportedly converted to the religion once she became serious with the "Pretty Woman" actor.See photos of the couple together: 23 PHOTOS Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva together See Gallery Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva together MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva attend the 'La Cena' (The Dinner) premiere at the Capitol cinema on December 11, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Fotonoticias/Getty Images) Richard Gere … [Read more...] about Richard Gere and new wife Alejandra Silva celebrated their wedding with a star-studded party
With the banning of red-carpet selfies, a bitter renewal of last year’s heated Netflix debate and more intense discussion than usual over how many female directors would be selected for competition, it was shaping up to be a dramatic year for the Festival de Cannes even before its official selection lineup was announced.For those who hoped Cannes would shake things up further still with its freshest, nerviest, most unpredictable slate in years, the festival did not disappoint.Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” and David Robert Mitchell’s “Under the Silver Lake” will lead a relatively slim American presence in the main competition, for which selections were unveiled Thursday morning in Paris by festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux and President Pierre Lescure.The festival’s lone major studio title was already announced last week: “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Ron Howard (who took over the troubled production from Phil … [Read more...] about Spike Lee, David Robert Mitchell films will compete in most surprising Cannes lineup in years
We're big fans of Scottish writer/director Armando Iannucci here at Screen Anarchy, and have been ever since he was doing short comedic skits on the BBC. The man is now of course most famous for his series Veep, The Thick of It and his film In the Loop, which was a scathing take at how the United Kingdom got pulled into a recent war. In his new film The Death of Stalin, Iannucci is no less scathing, and screenings of the film have in fact been forbidden in Russia, even though the events depicted in them happened 65 years ago. The official reason is that the film is seen as a foreign attempt at influencing the upcoming elections in Russia, "which is something that is very much disapproved there" according to Iannucci, who introduced his film at the closing evening of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. His statement was met with much laughter, and so was the film itself, as it is excellent. The Death of Stalin starts in 1953, with the Soviet Union's absolute dictator Joseph … [Read more...] about Rotterdam 2018 Review: THE DEATH OF STALIN Makes You Laugh At A Corrupt Tragedy