Production company, Illumination Entertainment, which has successful franchises like “Despicable Me”, “Minions”, “Lorax” and “The Secret Life of Pets”, are ready to release its next animated movie starring animals.
Sing is the title of this new production that is directed and written by Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Son of Rambow) with the original voices of some international actors like Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Seth Macfarlane.
As executive co-producer Leonardo DiCaprio and Netflix are going to release “The Ivory Game”, a documentary that exposes the dark world behind the ivory illegal trade.
The Ivory Game has already premiered in the recent Toronto International Film Festival in its section “International premieres”, and this week, feature film will be exhibited at IFC Center in NY. After that, it will be available on Netflix starting from November 4th.
We finish this week with the exclusive announcement of Hollywood Reporter about the adaptation of Don Quixote, the most influential book from Spanish literature.
Behind this project are Disney and producers Billy Ray and Gordon Gray, the last one is also the screenwriter. Since the beginning of Cinema history Don Quixote has had more than 15 film adaptations specially from France, England and Spain, so it was missing Disney. Keep reading
Canadian director Denis Villeneuve has made a kind of transition between drama and thriller until reaching sci-fiction, a genre that was into his mind since he was 10. Arrival is based on “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang which was included in an anthology of 8 sci-fi stories.
Story of Your Life follows to Louise Banks, a linguist woman who is trying to learn about alien language and their writing system. As the evolution of her research, Banks discovers that language and writing are not so different from she expected.
In the 40th Anniversary of Taxi Driver, the movie returns to theaters in two special screenings in select cinemas: October 16 & 19 only, Sony Pictures has announced.
Celebration couldn’t be doing much better, because it is featuring a Q&A from the Tribeca Film Festival with the director Martin Scorsese, producer Michael Phillips, the screenwriter Paul Schrader and actors Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd and Harvey Keitel.
Before premiering his first feature film, director Iván D. Gaona worked as Director’s assistant of other Colombian filmmakers like the Oscar Award Nominee Ciro Guerra in “The Wind Journeys”. During these same years he co-founded the production company La Banda del Carro Rojo Producciones together to Diana Pérez Mejía. Since 2008, they have filmed 11 short films.
It is not quite easy to briefly summarise the history of terror/horror movies, because it is as rich as dynamic like it has happened with the rest of cinema history. The first precedent comes from the beginnings of the seventh art when on December 28th, 1895 Lumière brother’s made their first public exhibition. 33 people attended this transcendent moment where they watched “The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat”. Audience was astonished watching people moving, but everything turned so real when the train was approaching and they felt the engine went out of the screen. As a result, they escaped from the theatre. With that, cinema proved its great potential to cause surprise and emotion, in this case a big panic, although it was not its first intention.
Although Oscar Awards are being given by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciencessince 1929, it was not until 1956 when the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was added as category. At the beginning, foreign films were not separated, but during the end of 40’s and mid-50s the Academy invented a Special/Honorary Awards to non-English speaking films that later transformed in the category we know now. “La Strada” by Federico Fellini opened this category in 1956.
Ibero-American films have been nominated 38 times and have won the Oscar Award five times with: To Begin Again (Spain 1982), Belle Époque (Spain 1993), All About My Mother (Spain 1999), The Sea Inside (Spain 2004) and The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina 2009), this last film had an US remake starring Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor directed by Billy Ray last year.