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Venice: Q And A With Saverio Costanzo, Director Of Adam Driver-Starrer ‘Hungry Hearts’

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Italian director Saverio Costanzo broke out internationally in 2004 with “Private,” which was set in a Palestinian home in an occupied zone. “Hungry Hearts,” his fourth feature, in competition at Venice and also screening in Toronto, is instead set in New York where Jude (Adam Driver) and Mina (Alba Rohrwacher) fall in love and have… Read more »

Korea Box Office: ‘Pirates’ Reaches 7 Million Despite Hollywood comeback

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SEOUL- With just a few days left until the long Korean Thanksgiving weekend, period actioner “The Pirates” held on to its number one position at the Korean box office, despite competition from several mid-sized Hollywood releases. Including holdovers, U.S. productions accounted for seven of the top ten titles. “Into the Storm” (pictured), which opened on… Read more »

Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande Among Celebrities Exposed in Massive Nude Photo Leak

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Nude photos of “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Kirsten Dunst, among many others, leaked online Sunday morning in one of the biggest celebrity hacking scandals in recent memory. The images, which first appeared on image-sharing site 4chan, show most of the celebrities nude or in provocative poses. A spokesperson for Lawrence confirmed the photos… Read more »

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Rises to No. 1 in China

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Caesar crossed the Rubicon and headed straight for China this weekend, as “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” topped the foreign box office. The post-apocalyptic thriller hasn’t snagged first place on the overseas charts since the end of July, but it was able to recapture the crown on the strength of its People’s Republic… Read more »

Venice Film Review: ‘Hungry Hearts’

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Despite the near dozen cast members listed, “Hungry Hearts” is an intimate three-hander that starts off with one of the more delightful opening scenes and then, soon after the half hour mark, the once charming protags and their increasingly irrational behavior turn exasperating. Saverio Costanzo’s first Gotham set, all-English lingo feature incorporates a “Blue Valentine” vibe crossed with “Rosemary’s Baby” in a story about a neurotic new mom whose bizarre parenting ideas threaten the child and her marriage.

Hollywood a No-Show at Venice Film Festival

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VENICE — The absence of hefty U.S. fare is beginning to be felt as the Venice Festival enters its second stretch. Many of this year’s really big guns — the Weinstein Co.’s Oscar hopeful “The Imitation Game,” Denzel Washington starrer “The Equalizer,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” — are now… Read more »

Venice Film Review: ‘The Cut’

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There’ve been paltry few movies about the 1915 Armenian Genocide, which only increases expectation around Fatih Akin’s already buzzy “The Cut.” Budgeted at $21 million, this historical epic-cum-western about a father looking across the globe for his missing twin daughters had all the makings of a majestic adventure flick, only something odd happened along the way: the script, co-written by vet Mardik Martin, is pedestrian, and the mise-en-scene, striving hard for a classic Hollywood look, lacks grandeur,

Rona Fairhead Confirmed as Head of BBC Governing Body

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LONDON — The U.K. government has selected Rona Fairhead to be chairman of the BBC Trust, the public broadcaster’s governing body, the Department for Culture, Media & Sport confirmed Sunday. She will be the first woman ever to be in charge of overseeing the BBC. Fairhead, who is the former chief executive of the Financial… Read more »

Catherine Deneuve Pic ‘Three Hearts’ Gets U.S. Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

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In one of the banner deals on a high-profile title at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Cohen Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to “Three Hearts” starring Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoit Poelvoorde. Directed by Benoit Jacquot (“Farewell My Queen,” “Sade”), “Three Hearts” will play also as in a special presentation at… Read more »

Arab Film Festivals Offer Spotlights to Local Filmmakers

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This fall, in the bustling media hubs of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the more ancient Arab capitals of Cairo and Marrakech, festival execs are promising a bumper crop of Arab cinema. It’s a harvest that regional players have spent several years cultivating. Sandwiched between Venice and Sundance, the fall festival slot, which includes the… Read more »