Moviestart once again publishes a selection of the most interesting news from the world of cinema over the past few days.
Spanish film stars and co-stars of Pain and Glory, Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, will star in the dramedy The Official Competition. The film will compete for the Golden Lion at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which will take place in early September.
The directors of the Official Competition are two Argentine filmmakers Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat. They previously worked together on the film “Freeman”, also nominated for the main prize of the Venice Film Festival in 2016. Gaston’s younger brother, Andres Duprat, a writer and playwright, co-wrote the film. In addition to Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, Irena Escolar, Melina Matthews and Oscar Martinez took part in the film. The production lineup includes Jaume Rowres and Eva Garrido, who were involved in the production of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. According to film critics, the “Official Competition” will be one of the largest Spanish projects this year.
The film tells about the filming of a film sponsored by a major billionaire with a bad reputation, who wants to leave a mark on the history of cinema after his death. The hired producer invites the most famous filmmakers to create the film: director Lola Cuevas (Penelope Cruz), Hollywood actor Felix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and theatrical figure Ivan Torres (Oscar Martinez). Together they try to shoot a truly successful picture, but the two main actors cannot find a common language, and their approaches are completely contrary to each other. The director takes matters into her own hands to save the project, and forces subordinates to carry out non-standard tasks.
The first trailer of the “Official Contest” has appeared on the network, which can be viewed now. The premiere of the film on Worldn screens is still unknown.
Recently, a trailer for the musical “West Side Story” by the legendary director Steven Spielberg has appeared on the network. It is a remake of the 1961 cult film of the same name by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, which in turn is a screen version of the 1957 Broadway production. …
West Side Story is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. On the streets of New York live two youth gangs “Rockets” and “Sharks”. The first one represents “white America”, and the second one is from Puerto Rico. The main characters Tony, one of the founders of “Rockets” and Maria, the younger sister of the leader of “Sharks”, fall in love at first sight and decide to be together, despite the prohibitions.
For Steven Spielberg, this is the first film in this genre, however, as the director himself admits, the original production is one of his favorites on Broadway. For the first time he saw her in childhood, and this became one of the most vivid memories of the director.
The remake stars Ansel Elgort (Fault in the Stars and Baby Drive) and Rachel Zegler, for whom West Side Story will be her first big screen appearance. Composer David Newman arranged the original score especially for the film, and conductor Gustavo Dudamel directed the orchestra during the recording of the film.
The world premiere of the film is scheduled for December 10, 2021.
One of the largest American concerns for the production of films and TV series Warner Bros. will create more than ten films exclusively for the HBO Max streaming service in 2022. Moreover, it is already known what will be one of the first projects – the debut for the film company superhero film “Batgirl” of the DC universe with Leslie Grace in the title role.
Previously, the studio made a decision to release all 2021 releases in a hybrid scheme: simultaneously rent films in cinemas and on the HBO Max streaming platform. And despite the fact that next year, Warner Bros. plans to return to the traditional model, the studio is going to pay more attention to streaming. In addition, the gap between releases on digital devices will be halved, from 90 days to 45.
The studio’s management admits that most of the box office so far comes from cinemas, but the audience positively assessed the projects that were released according to the mixed scheme: “Obviously, feature films are of immense importance and will continue to do so, even if they are watched at home,” the consumer reactions we have received testify to this. “– said the head of WarnerMedia Jason Kilar in the income statement.
Next year, the studio is waiting for another important step – a merger with the Discovery TV channel. Now the concern already includes CBS Corporation, AOL Media Corporation, New LineCinema and many other major film and television studios.
The ninth season of the beloved series “Dexter” will be released on November 7, 2021. Showtime has released the first trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to the show. The premiere took place at the virtual convention of the Comic-Con festival, and the video is also available on the creators’ YouTube channel.
In the teaser, the main character Dexter Morgan returns to the screen in the form of an ordinary resident of the small town of Iron Lake. The action takes place ten years after Dexter went missing in Hurricane Laura in the season eight finale. Now the former serial killer is trying to rein in his dark side: he hides under a different name, works in an arms shop, and no one around even suspects his past. But even the teaser itself says: “You can hide from your past, but you cannot run away from it.” And Dexter again overtakes his “I” when a series of bloody murders take place in a small settlement.
In total, ten episodes will be released with a timing of 60 minutes. At the same time, according to the creators, the final episode of the season can surprise and even shock Dexter fans. The resumed show is supposed to serve as the epilogue to the main story.
For the new season, the lead role is played by Golden Globe Award winner for Best Actor on TV (Dexter) Michael C. Hall. Showrunner of the first four seasons, Clyde Phillips, also returned to production. The cast includes Julia Jones (Westworld), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Alano Miller (In Sight) and debutants Johnny Sequoia and Jack Alcott. The continuation of the legendary series was called “Dexter: New Blood”.
In the near future, the shooting of the mini-series “The Proposal” will start, which will tell about the creation of the cult film “The Godfather” by Francis Kopolla. The plot of the project will be based on the real story of producer Albert S. Ruddy, winner of two Academy Awards for Best Picture. It was with him that the history of the legendary painting began. He came up with the idea of filming the novel by Mario Puzo and involved the director and Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Robert Duvall as actors in the creation of the project.
Producer Nikki Toscano (Revenche, Las Vegas) and screenwriter Michael Tolkien, best known for his work on The Gambler, are currently developing the Proposal. Several episodes will be directed by Dexter Fletcher (actor “Lock, Stock, Two Barrels,” directed by “Rocketman”). Young Al Pacino will be played by Anthony Ippolito (Fool’s Day), Albert S. Ruddy will be replaced by Miles Teller (Obsession) instead of Armie Hammer, who was previously announced, and Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”) will play the role of Robert Evans’ co-producer. ). The miniseries will have ten episodes.
Paramount Pictures previously announced the start of filming on their Twitter account. The release of the mini-project is also expected on the streaming service of Paramount +, but the exact date of the premiere is still unknown.
At the annual pitching of the Cinema Foundation, the filmmakers of the film Challenge revealed the plot of the project, which will be filmed in space for the first time in the history of cinematography. They requested financial support in the amount of 400 million rubles for the production of the picture.
The flight is planned for this fall, and the first preparatory training of the film crew took place recently. She will go into space on the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft on October 5. As a result, the film will include 35 minutes shot in space, but most of the screen time will be taken by footage from the Earth.
According to the plot, the main character, cosmonaut Ivanov, loses consciousness during one of his flights into space. To save the astronaut, it is necessary to undergo urgent heart surgery, otherwise he will not survive the stresses upon entering the atmosphere. Cardiac surgeon Zhenya volunteers to rescue the astronaut and perform an operation under conditions of complete weightlessness.
The director of the film will be Klim Shipenko, who shot the films Salyut-7 and Kholop. At the space station, he will perform not only the duties of a director, but also an operator, artist and make-up artist. Cardiac surgeon Zhenya will be played by Julia Persild (“Gloomy River”, “Battle for Sevastopol”), and cosmonaut Ivanov will be portrayed on the screen by a real astronaut Anton Shkaplerov.
Vyzov is produced by Channel One and the Yellow, Black and White film company with the support of Roskosmos. The date of the premiere of the film is still unknown.