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Producer donates archive to BFI by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-08-27 16:25:20

Jeremy Thomas Collection will include archive material from Ben Wheatley's High Rise, starring Tom Hiddleston Producder Jeremy Thomas has donated his personal collection to the BFI National Archive.

The BFI say the "significant donation from his working archive" spans his career from his first film Mad Dog Morgan, directed by Philippe Mora in 1976, through to Ben Wheatley's High Rise in 2015.

Consisting of both moving image and paper-based material, the donation includes rare 35mm prints, scripts, production material and international posters from films including Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing (1978), Nagisa Ôshima’s Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983), Bernardo Bertolucci’s Oscar-winner The Last Emperor (1987), David Cronenberg’s Crash (1996), Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast (2000) and David Mackenzie’s Young Adam (2003).

The archive will continue to receive ongoing donations from the producer and, once fully catalogued, the paper-based portion will be collectively known as The Jeremy Thomas Collection. The donation from Thomas, who
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Jeremy Thomas donates personal archive to the BFI

Jeremy Thomas donates personal archive to the BFI
Collection includes items from his first to most recent films.

Jeremy Thomas, one of Britain’s most prominent independent producers and founder of Recorded Picture Company, has donated a significant portion of his personal collection of films and materials to the BFI National Archive.

The archive’s content spans Thomas’ entire career as a producer and executive producer from his first film, Phillipe Mora’s Mad Dog Morgan (1976) to High Rise (2015), directed by Ben Wheatley.

The contents of the donation consist of 35mm prints, production material and international posters from some of his most prominent works, including the Oscar-winning The Last Emperor
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Takashi Miike's First Love Trailer Is a Toxic Cocktail of Call Girls, Boxers & Drugs

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Takashi Miike's First Love Trailer Is a Toxic Cocktail of Call Girls, Boxers & Drugs
If you don't know the name Takashi Miike, then perhaps you're not a true film fan. The auteur made a name for himself in the 2000s pumping out one crazy movie after the next, continually raising the insanity level in each one. Now, he is back with the high-energy blast of shock and awe, tenderly called First Love. But make no mistake, this is not a romantic comedy.

Well Go USA Entertainment is proud to unveil the teaser trailer for Takashi Miike's crowd pleasing action crime drama First Love. The first look footage actually made its debut this past weekend at Comic-Con during the big 'Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza'. The Japanese title for the movie is Hatsukoi, and it made its world premiere during the Director's Fortnight during Cannes 2019.&#160

Critics are praising First Love with an intensity usually reserved for the most insane pieces of cinematic art. Jessica Kiang of Variety called it,
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WellGo USA acquires Takashi Miike’s First Love for theatrical & Home Entertainment

WellGo USA Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to acclaimed cult director Takashi Miike’s First Love following the world premiere in Director’s Fortnight at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Doris Pfardrescher on behalf of WellGo USA and HanWay Films with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. It will be released in select theaters later this year, with the digital and home entertainment release scheduled for first quarter 2020.

HanWay Films has also closed deals with Haut et Court (France), Eurovideo, Nonstop (Scandinavia), Odeon (Greece), Mars (Turkey), Discovery (Former-Yugoslavia), Paradise and Frontrow (Middle East).

First Love marks the fourth collaboration between Academy Award® winning producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) and Takashi Miike. The film is the prolific auteur at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall
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The Top 25 Best Production Design Winners To Date

Folks, here we go again. It’s time for another Top 25. Today, I’ll be knocking off another one of the technical categories, with this one being the always elaborate Best Production Design field. The category is usually a feast for the eyes, but there’s plenty more to it than that. The sets and the environment on the whole are put on display here in an often magical way. I have a few specific titles I’ll be citing below, but I know the game here. You all mostly just want to see the lists anyway, so I have no problem obliging you there in that particular regard. All you have to do is just be patient over the next few paragraphs once again… This time around, I’m once again going the overview route, since as mentioned above the look of these winners is really what matters here.
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Well Go USA Nabs North American Rights To Takashi Miike’s Cannes Title ‘First Love’

  • Deadline
Well Go USA Entertainment has picked up North American rights to Takashi Miike’s First Love following its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

The noir-tinged yakuza film follows the story of a young boxer and a call girl who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo. Starring are Masataka Kubota (13 Assassins), Nao Omori (Ichi The Killer), Shota Sometani (Samurai Marathon) and newcomer Sakurako Konishi.

The deal was negotiated by Doris Pfardrescher on behalf of Well Go USA and HanWay Films with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. Pic is due to be released in select theaters later this year, with the digital and home entertainment release scheduled for first quarter 2020.

HanWay has also closed deals with Haut et Court (France), Eurovideo, Nonstop (Scandinavia), Odeon (Greece), Mars (Turkey), Discovery (Former-Yugoslavia), Paradise and Frontrow (Middle East).

First Love marks the fourth collaboration between producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) and cult director Miike (Blade Of The Immortal).

“Takashi Miike is one of the most exciting filmmakers working in international cinema today,” said Doris Pfardrescher, President & CEO of Well Go USA. “His new film, First Love, continues his extraordinary track record for interesting and provocative films and audiences will be blown away.”

Pic was written by Masaru Nakamura (Sukiyaki Western Django) and produced by Muneyuki Kii, Jeremy Thomas and Misako Saka and executive produced by Shigeji Maeda, Hidehiro Itoh and Takara Kosugi. HanWay Films is handling worldwide sales and distribution, alongside Toei Films which handles Asia & Australasia.
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Hector Babenco’s Final Film ‘My Last Friend’ Starring Willem Dafoe Re-Launched By Rock Salt Releasing

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Exclusive: U.S. label Rock Salt Releasing is re-launching acclaimed Argentine-Brazilian filmmaker Hector Babenco’s (Kiss Of The Spider Woman) final film My Last Friend in the international and U.S markets.

Willem Dafoe stars in the 2015 feature about a film director who learns he is on the brink of death. Rock Salt Releasing will launch international sales on the film, also known as My Hindu Friend, in Cannes.

Originally released in Brazil, the English-language movie internationally premiered at the Montréal World Film Festival in 2016 where Dafoe was awarded Best Actor. The film’s release was put on hold, however, due to Babenco’s untimely death in July 2016. Rock Salt’s parent company TriCoast Worldwide picked up the O2 Production feature on the advice of The Movie Agency.

Co-written by Guilherme Moraes Guintella (Principal Dancer), the project was inspired by Babenco’s own life story, starring his friends and family as characters.
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Film Review: China Yellow, China Blue (1999) by Ahmed Lallem

“China Yellow, China Blue” is a two part documentary which covers the turbulent history of China from the end of the Qing dynasty and the formation of the Republic of China up until 1996. The documentary has two parts: “Part 1: The Time of Troubles” which covers the years 1900-1949 and “Part 2: The People’s Republic of China” which deals with the years 1949-1996. The title of the documentary refers to the two competing Chinas: the yellow: the rural and agrarian China of the peasants (yellow is the colour for the Earth in Chinese) and the blue (the colour of the Water): the coastal and urban China founded upon maritime trade, that of the Intellectuals and Communist Party Officials. The two parts juxtapose the old and the new, using archival footage from a variety of sources to take the viewer on a historical and political journey through time.

“China Yellow,
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Mark Cousins Is Making A Road Trip Movie About Oscar-Winning Producer Jeremy Thomas And His Croisette Pilgrimage — Cannes

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Mark Cousins Is Making A Road Trip Movie About Oscar-Winning Producer Jeremy Thomas And His Croisette Pilgrimage — Cannes
Exclusive: Here’s a fun project steeped in Cannes and cinema lore. Documentarian Mark Cousins, whose latest movie The Eyes Of Orson Welles played at Cannes last year, is making a film about the life and work of Oscar-winning producer and Croisette regular Jeremy Thomas who will be at the festival this year with Takashi Miike’s First Love.

The Last Emperor producer Thomas makes a land and sea pilgrimage to the Cannes Film Festival every year, traveling from London in an old sports car often with one or two close friends in tow. This year Cousins is along for the ride and will be filming as they go.

Their off-beat grand tour will take in landmarks and people connected to the producer’s life and films. From the locations in Paris used in Bertolucci’s The Dreamers, to Lyon, the birthplace of cinema, and on to the Riviera festival.
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Bertolucci film festival held in Albania

A film festival dedicated to late film director Bernardo Bertolucci at the Italian Cultural Institute in Tirana wound up with the screening of his "Little Buddha" drama.

The tribute to Bertolucci, who died in November last year, kicked off in January in the Institute's CineClub ? Incontri in Biblioteca, with the screening of the film "La Commare Secca" ('The Grim Reaper).

Bertolucci's epic movie "1900" was screened in two different installments on two nights in February, and was followed by "The Last Emperor" in March and "The Sheltering Sky" in April.

Bertolucci's best-known films also include "The Conformist", "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Last Emperor", for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

-By Ians
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Plot details for Takashi Miike’s new film First Love revealed

Prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike is set to unleash his latest project at the Cannes Film Festival next month with the premiere of First Love, and thanks to Deadline we’ve got some plot details for the action thriller.

As per the site, First Love is set over a single night in Tokyo and follows “Leo, a young boxer down on his luck as he meets his ‘first love’ Monica, a call girl and an addict but still an innocent. Little does Leo know, Monica is unwittingly caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme, and the two are pursued through the night by a corrupt cop, a yakuza, his nemesis, and a female assassin sent by the Chinese Triads.”

First Love will reunite Miike – whose credits include Audition, Dead or Alive, Ichi the Killer, and The Happiness of the Katakuris – with producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) as well as his
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‘First Love’: Details Revealed For Takashi Miike’s Cannes-Bound Action-Thriller With Rpc & HanWay

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‘First Love’: Details Revealed For Takashi Miike’s Cannes-Bound Action-Thriller With Rpc & HanWay
Details have been released today about Takashi Miike’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight-bound action-thriller First Love.

Set over one night in Tokyo, the film will follow Leo, a young boxer down on his luck as he meets his ‘first love’ Monica, a call girl and an addict but still an innocent. Little does Leo know, Monica is unwittingly caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme, and the two are pursued through the night by a corrupt cop, a yakuza, his nemesis, and a female assassin sent by the Chinese Triads. According to the production, all their fates intertwine in “spectacular Miike style, at his most and fun and anarchic.”

The film reunites Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas’ (The Last Emperor) Recorded Picture Company with cult director Miike for the fourth time after their collaborations on Blade of the Immortal, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai and 13 Assassins. HanWay Films will handle worldwide sales
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David Picker, Studio Chief Who Acquired James Bond Novels for UA, Dies at 87

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David Picker, Studio Chief Who Acquired James Bond Novels for UA, Dies at 87
David Picker, who headed United Artists, Paramount and Columbia’s motion picture divisions and was known for forging relationships with groundbreaking filmmakers and material, died Saturday in New York. He was 87 and had been suffering from colon cancer.

MGM tweeted, “We are saddened to hear that a member of the United Artists family has passed away. David Picker was a true visionary who brought iconic films to theaters such as the James Bond franchise.”

Picker brought the James Bond novels and the Beatles to United Artists; helped launch Steve Martin’s movie career and oversaw boundary-pushing movies like “Last Tango in Paris” and “Midnight Cowboy.”

Among the Hollywood figures who started out working for Picker as an assistant were Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bonnie Arnold, Tom Rothman and Jonathan Demme. His 2013, “Musts, Maybes and Nevers,” was a candid look at both his hits and flops, and he was honored with the PGA
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Jeremy Thomas Relocates Rpc & HanWay Films From Iconic Soho Building To West London Venue Steeped In Music History

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Jeremy Thomas Relocates Rpc & HanWay Films From Iconic Soho Building To West London Venue Steeped In Music History
Exclusive: Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) is relocating his revered Recorded Picture Company and HanWay Films labels from Soho to a new west London home.

The Hanway Street office has served as the HQ for Rpc and HanWay for more than 25 years, during which time Thomas has produced movies including Crash, Sexy Beast, The Dreamers and Dogman and HanWay has sold films such as Match Point, Shame, Brooklyn, Carol and Colette.

Staff will relocate next week from the iconic building to a new home in Basing Street, Notting Hill (pictured above), right next to the former Island Records recording studios which played host to a who’s who of music industry greats from Bob Marley to Queen, The Rolling Stones to The Eagles and Paul McCartney to Madonna. Queen recorded songs there including We Are The Champions and part of Bohemian Rhapsody. The studios were built in a former church,
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There Are No More Masters: Bernardo Bertolucci’s "1900"

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There is something to be said for unbridled ambition. No matter its accepted outcome, no matter how it scores at the box office or what instantaneous praise it receives, a film can still be admired for its fearless commitment to scope and the best of its intentions. If it’s passionately executed with personal conviction, even a faulty feature can be respected for aspiration alone. And if said film happens to also be very good, so much the better. This, on more than one occasion, has defined the best of Bernardo Bertolucci, a filmmaker who thrived in the realization of such grand cinematic enterprise. From Before the Revolution (1964) to Last Tango in Paris (1972), from The Conformist (1970) to The Dreamers (2003), his films have been fortified by a visual potency and an overt thematic prominence—big ideas, brazenly presented. Even when they’re a tad self-important, the stirring spirit of his work is impressively demonstrable.
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Karl Lagerfeld remembered by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2019-02-19 21:37:09

James Crump, in his documentary Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco, shows Karl Lagerfeld acting in Paul Morrissey and Andy Warhol's obscure fashion film L'Amour: "Karl would send little personal notes and was always an extraordinarily supportive person."

Karl Lagerfeld died today at the age of 85 at the American Hospital in Paris. Lagerfeld, never shy to be caught on camera, had a cameo in Julie Delpy's Lolo and was seen in Fabien Constant's Carine Roitfeld documentary Mademoiselle C with Sarah Jessica Parker. Frédéric Tcheng, editor of Matt Tyrnauer's Valentino: The Last Emperor, co-director with Lisa Immordino Vreeland of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, and director of Dior And I, sent the following remembrance in honour of Karl Lagerfeld.

Dany Boon with Karl Lagerfeld in Julie Delpy's Lolo

"What news! I thought Karl was going to live forever. I guess he died on stage,
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The 100 Greatest Achievements in Cinematography in the 20th Century, According to Asc

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) this year, they’ve polled their members to determine 100 milestone films in the art and craft of cinematography of the 20th century. Topping the list is David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia, shot by Freddie Young. Also in the top ten is Blade Runner (Jordan Cronenweth), The Conformist (Vittorio Storaro), Days of Heaven (Néstor Almendros), and more.

Organized by Steven Fierberg, he said “Asc members wanted to call attention to the most significant achievements of the cinematographer’s art but not refer to one achievement as ‘better’ than another. The selected films represent a range of styles, eras and visual artistry, but most importantly, it commemorates films that are inspirational or influential to Asc members and have exhibited enduring influence on generations of filmmakers.”

See the top 10 below, along with the full list.

1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Freddie Young,
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In Memoriam 2018: Gallery of 30 celebrity deaths includes Penny Marshall, Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin

In Memoriam 2018: Gallery of 30 celebrity deaths includes Penny Marshall, Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin
With 2018 now ending, Gold Derby celebrates over 30 celebrities who died in the past 12 months. Tour our photo gallery above as we feature tributes to these entertainer losses from this past year.

Just a few of the people honored in our special photo gallery:

Actress and director Penny Marshall died December 17 at age 75. She became one of the biggest stars on TV in the 1970s and early 1980s with “Laverne and Shirley.” She then directed such blockbuster films as “Big,” “A League of Their Own” and “Awakenings.”

SEERaise a beer to Penny Marshall, who talked like a Bronx truck driver and directed mass-appeal films like a pro

Bernardo Bertolucci died on November 26 at age 77. His 1987 film “The Last Emperor” swept the Oscars, including for Best Picture and Best Director. Other movies in his career included “Last Tango in Paris,” “The Conformist,” “The Sheltering Sky” and “Little Buddha.”

Screenwriter William Goldman died
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In Memoriam: Movie, TV and Music Stars We Lost in 2018

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In Memoriam: Movie, TV and Music Stars We Lost in 2018
Every year, the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys must choose which notable performers and creators to memorialize in their In Memoriam segments, and the three organizations will have many talented entertainers to remember at 2019’s ceremonies.

The past year saw the loss of celebrated stars of the big screen, such “Smokey and the Bandit” star Burt Reynolds, who died Sept. 6. Reynolds, who was 82, earned an Oscar nom for “Boogie Nights” and also appeared on television in “Evening Shade.”

Among the other notable movie performers lost this year were “Superman” and “Smallville” actress Margot Kidder, who died May 13; “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” star Sondra Locke, who was also a film director and died Nov. 3; and Susan Anspach, who starred in “Five Easy Pieces” and “Blume in Love” and died April 2.

Several stars known for their work in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s passed away in 2018, including Dorothy Malone, who starred
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Will Bjork Finally win a Grammy, or lose for the 15th time?

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Will Bjork Finally win a Grammy, or lose for the 15th time?
What will it take for Bjork to finally win a Grammy? This year she’s nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for “Utopia.” It’s her 8th nomination in this category and her 15th nomination overall, but she has never won anywhere. If she loses again she’ll be tied with guitarist Joe Satriani as the fourth most nominated artist in history without a win. That unfortunate record is currently held by classical producer and engineer Morten Lindberg (26 nominations), followed by Snoop Dogg and Brian McKnight (17 nominations).

Utopia” is Bjork’s ninth studio album. It was released to critical acclaim in November 2017, and it was ranked among the best albums of that year by The New York Times, Pitchfork, Slant, Slate, The New Yorker and more. But it only reached number-75 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, so she might be disadvantaged yet again this year against the bigger hits in
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