Patty Jenkins gave Cathy Yan pep talks before she made Birds of Prey

Patty Jenkins gave Cathy Yan pep talks to help boost her confidence before she made her first studio movie, Birds of Prey.Yan premiered her indie directorial debut, Dead Pigs, at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and three months later, she was announce…

Patty Jenkins gave Cathy Yan pep talks to help boost her confidence before she made her first studio movie, Birds of Prey.

Yan premiered her indie directorial debut, Dead Pigs, at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and three months later, she was announced as the director of the DC Comics movie, starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

She felt a lot of anxiety about becoming the second woman – and first Asian woman – to direct a DC film, so she turned to the first female DC director, Jenkins, for advice.

“I had impostor syndrome, as I think many people do. I came from an indie world and I had a matter of months between my first feature premiering at Sundance and then running the ship on Birds of Prey. There was an element of: Do I belong here? Can I do this? Like all the insecurities that anyone would have,” Yan told Vanity Fair. “I was working with such a high calibre of people, Oscar nominees, and people I admired from afar in the industry for such a long time. There is this moment when you go, ‘Wow, they’re all looking at me.’”

She added that Jenkins’ pep talks made her feel “able to lean into that confidence and say, ‘Yeah, damn right they should be looking at me. I’m the director!’ It was just that little boost of confidence I think that was much needed.”

In the feature, the Wonder Woman filmmaker shared that her own role models included directors like Penny Marshall, Mimi Leder, Kathryn Bigelow, and Nora Ephron, and insisted that she doesn’t believe female filmmakers do a fundamentally different job than their male counterparts.

“I think the only thing that’s important about being a woman filmmaker is knowing what not to pay attention to, and just try to blow through it,” the director stated. “Being a filmmaker is being a filmmaker.”

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Sundance Institute postpones London and Hong Kong festivals due to coronavirus

The Sundance festivals in London and Hong Kong have been postponed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Sundance London was due to be held from 28 to 31 May, while dates for Sundance Hong Kong had yet to be announced but were reported to have been pla…

The Sundance festivals in London and Hong Kong have been postponed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Sundance London was due to be held from 28 to 31 May, while dates for Sundance Hong Kong had yet to be announced but were reported to have been planned for September.

But on Tuesday, representatives for the Sundance Institute, which was founded by Robert Redford, announced that both festivals “will no longer be in-person gatherings” and many of the planned events would be “reimagined” for their digital platform, Sundance Co//ab.

While the platform was previously a subscription service, it’s now been made free – with subscriber requests doubling in the past two weeks.

“As we prepare for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, we recognise the seismic shifts that are already happening in our field, and the fact that bold, fresh thinking is required,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “We are in conversations with other film festivals and nonprofits to share ideas, and to ensure that we’re eliminating duplicative, expensive efforts and working as collectively and efficiently as possible to support the filmmakers whose festival premieres and releases didn’t happen this spring, and those whose films are in suspended states of production.”

Other 2020 Sundance events to be affected by the postponement decision include the summer labs that were due to take place at the Sundance Resort in Utah, a film music programme at the Skywalker Ranch in California, and several workshops.

Sundance London began in 2012 and Sundance Hong Kong started in 2014. They are spin-offs of the main Sundance Film Festival, which was founded in 1978. The 2020 edition took place in Park City, Utah in January.

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Andy Samberg increased price of Palm Springs film by 69 cents as a joke

Andy Samberg and his producer asked studio executives to up the offer for their movie Palm Springs by 69 cents because they thought it would be funny. Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this month, the comedy, which stars Sam…

Andy Samberg and his producer asked studio executives to up the offer for their movie Palm Springs by 69 cents because they thought it would be funny.

Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this month, the comedy, which stars Samberg and Cristin Milioti, was bought by bosses at Neon and Hulu for a record-breaking $17,500,000.69 (£13.4 million), making it the biggest sale ever at Sundance, overtaking 2016’s The Birth of a Nation by just 69 cents.

But during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Samberg, who also served as a producer, revealed that the offer originally matched that of The Birth of a Nation so he and his fellow producer and The Lonely Island collaborator, Akiva Schaffer, decided to negotiate for 69 cents more because they thought it would be funny to pick a number associated with a sexual position.

“When you get offers on a movie, you stay up until five in the morning negotiating and stuff,” Samberg explained of the process. “It was Neon and Hulu who are the ones that ended up buying it, and they came in with an offer that was very high. It was an amount that would match the highest sale ever at Sundance.

“I was like, ‘Well, we should maybe ask to throw on a dollar more and then make it the highest sale ever’. And Akiva was like, ‘No, no, no. We should ask for 69 cents more. I was like, ‘Yes, that’s right’… Life is a joke.”

Palm Springs follows misfit Nyles, played by Samberg, who teams up with Milioti’s reluctant maid of honour Sarah, at a wedding. It was directed by Max Barbakow from a script by Andy Siara and also stars Camila Mendes, J.K. Simmons, and Tyler Hoechlin.

Neon will distribute the existential comedy, while Hulu will eventually add the film to its popular streaming service. Release dates have not yet been announced.

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Jodie Foster to direct Mona Lisa theft movie

Jodie Foster is set to direct a film about the 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.The project will be based on Seymour Reit’s 1981 book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa, which delves into how Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre museum…

Jodie Foster is set to direct a film about the 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

The project will be based on Seymour Reit’s 1981 book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa, which delves into how Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre museum in Paris, had managed to steal the portrait and walk out with it hidden under his coat.

Confirming the news to Deadline at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, producer Jeffrey Soros noted that he expects the film to be a thrilling drama.

“This happened in 1911, and it was the thing that made the Mona Lisa so famous… We have got a whole new script for Jodie Foster to direct,” he told the publication. “This is in the mould of (classic movie) The Thomas Crown Affair… It is a fun story, and the crime itself is not sophisticated. Our story mixes truth and fiction, and the focus is on the characters behind orchestrating the theft.”

An Italian patriot, Peruggia believed the famous painting should be exhibited in Italy, and ultimately kept it in his apartment for two years before being caught trying to sell it to an art dealer in Florence. The Mona Lisa was returned to the Louvre in 1914, with Peruggia serving six months in prison over the crime.

Screenwriter Bill Wheeler, known for his work on films like Queen of Katwe, Ghost in the Shell, and The Lego Ninjago movie, will pen the script.

Meanwhile, the film marks Foster’s next major directing gig, with the Oscar-winning actress previously having helmed 1991’s Little Man Tate, 1995’s Home for the Holidays, 2011’s The Beaver, and 2016’s Money Monster.

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Andy Samberg’s Palm Springs sets record at Sundance Film Festival

Andy Samberg’s movie Palm Springs has set a Sundance Film Festival record.According to editors at Deadline, the comedy, directed by Max Barbakow and starring Samberg and Cristin Milioti, was purchased by bosses at Hulu and independent distributor Neon …

Andy Samberg’s movie Palm Springs has set a Sundance Film Festival record.

According to editors at Deadline, the comedy, directed by Max Barbakow and starring Samberg and Cristin Milioti, was purchased by bosses at Hulu and independent distributor Neon for $17,500,000.69 (£13.4 million) on Monday.

This means Palm Springs, which also stars J.K. Simmons, Meredith Hagner, and Camila Mendes, has beaten the previous record holder, The Birth of a Nation, by just 69 cents.

Nate Parker’s historical drama about slave preacher Nat Turner was acquired by executives at Fox Searchlight Pictures for $17,500,000 at the film festival back in 2016.

According to a joint statement, Neon will distribute the existential comedy, while Hulu will eventually add the film to its popular streaming service.

It was originally rumoured that Palm Springs was purchased for $15 million (£11.5 million), but the movie, which premiered at Sundance on Sunday, managed to add just over $2 million to its price tag.

The film was produced by Samberg’s The Lonely Island production company Party Over Here, and the producers expressed their disbelief at the record-breaking sale in a message shortly after news broke.

“We spent over $85 million of our own money on this movie, WE ARE TAKING A BATH on this deal,” they joked. “We hope NEON and Hulu are happy but we definitely have a lot of explaining to do to our families.”

Palm Springs follows misfit Nyles, played by Samberg, who teams up with Milioti’s reluctant maid of honour Sarah, at a wedding. The duo proceeds to wreak havoc on the romantic celebration.

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Ron Howard wept while watching Shia LaBeouf’s Honey Boy

Ron Howard has confessed the last time he cried at the movies was during Shia LaBeouf ‘s self-penned biopic, Honey Boy.The deeply personal film was written by the Transformers star while he was in rehab and is loosely based on his relationship with his…

Ron Howard has confessed the last time he cried at the movies was during Shia LaBeouf ‘s self-penned biopic, Honey Boy.

The deeply personal film was written by the Transformers star while he was in rehab and is loosely based on his relationship with his own estranged father, who LaBeouf plays in the film.

Honey Boy, which also stars Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, and FKA Twigs, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and will be released in cinemas in November.

Accordingly, Howard has now shared how much he admired the powerful movie, directed by Alma Har’el, and could relate to the 33-year-old’s experience as a child actor.

“I got very emotional watching that movie,” he explained to Variety. “Shia LaBeouf is basically playing his father, and I think maybe having been a child actor myself, although my circumstance is quite different – it was a very constructive experience – but I thought that movie was raw and true. So, I was really empathetic with it and open to it and really admired it and I found it very moving.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Howard admitted he wasn’t a fan of opera when he was approached to make a music documentary chronicling the life of the late Italian opera star Luciano Pavarotti but was convinced by producer Nigel Sinclair.

“He said, ‘Look, we found some new footage. I think the family is interested or willing to talk. We don’t know for sure, but does the character interest you at all?’” Howard shared. “And I said ‘Well, it’s kind of perfect for me because I love explorations where I have an innate respect and fascination, but not necessarily all that much knowledge.'”

Pavarotti was one of opera’s most celebrated tenors and died at the age of 71 in 2007 from pancreatic cancer.

“I understood how charismatic he was,” the director added. “A little bit later in my life, I began to appreciate the talent.”

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Louis Vuitton pull Michael Jackson-inspired clothing amid backlash

Louis Vuitton have pulled its collection of Michael Jackson-inspired clothing following backlash amid sexual abuse accusations surrounding the late singer.Artistic director Virgil Abloh’s fall showcase for the luxury French fashion house took place in …

Louis Vuitton have pulled its collection of Michael Jackson-inspired clothing following backlash amid sexual abuse accusations surrounding the late singer.

Artistic director Virgil Abloh’s fall showcase for the luxury French fashion house took place in January (19), and featured a number of nods to the King of Pop, such as gloves, black leather loafers and a T-shirt with the image of the star’s dancing feet.

However, a week after the catwalk presentation, Dan Reed’s documentary Leaving Neverland premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, with the film featuring James Safechuck and Wade Robson making a string of allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse against Jackson, which reportedly took place when they were young boys.

Louis Vuitton faced backlash for its Jackson-inspired collection amid the controversy surrounding Leaving Neverland, and now Abloh has issued a statement making his position clear.

“I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions,” he said in a statement to WWD. “I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.

“My intention for this show was to refer to Michael Jackson as a pop culture artist. It referred only to his public life that we all know and to his legacy that has influenced a whole generation of artists and designers.”

The fashion house is now planning to pull any pieces “that directly (feature) Michael Jackson elements” from production, with the collection that goes to stores “purely reflecting the true values of the brand and of our artistic director”.

Michael Burke, the chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, added in his own statement: “We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing. Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”

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Robert Redford to receive honour at France’s Cesar Awards

Robert Redford is to receive an honorary prize at France’s Cesar Awards in February (19). The veteran actor and director will be presented with the Cesar d’Honneur, or honorary Cesar, at the awards show – the French version of the Oscars – in Paris on…

Robert Redford is to receive an honorary prize at France’s Cesar Awards in February (19).

The veteran actor and director will be presented with the Cesar d’Honneur, or honorary Cesar, at the awards show – the French version of the Oscars – in Paris on 22 February.

“Many of his films, in front of or behind the camera, are now classics. Few careers have had such an impact on the history of cinema,” said French Academy president Alain Terzian in a statement, calling Redford’s acceptance of the honour “an immense privilege.”

The All the President’s Men star follows in the footsteps of previous American honourees including George Clooney and Michael Douglas. The Cesar will be added to his collection of honorary prizes, including the lifetime achievement Oscar, which he received in 2002, the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes, from back in 1994, and the Life Achievement Award he received from the Screen Actors Guild in 1995.

The announcement comes just over a month after the release of The Old Man & the Gun, which is thought to be Redford’s last time in front of the camera following his revelation that he was going to retire from acting.

“Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and (I’ll) move towards retirement after this ’cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21. I thought, ‘Well, that’s enough.’ And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?” Redford told Entertainment Weekly last year (18), although he later expressed regret for making such a public retirement declaration.

Redford, 82, is also the founder of the annual Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off on 24 January, the day after the Cesar Award nominations are announced.

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Jake Gyllenhaal to star in remake of Danish thriller The Guilty 

Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to star in a remake of Danish thriller The Guilty. Directed by Gustav Moller, the original film was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival in January (18), where it won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Dramatic Comp…

Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to star in a remake of Danish thriller The Guilty. 

Directed by Gustav Moller, the original film was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival in January (18), where it won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, and it has also been selected as Denmark’s submission for the 2019 Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.

Now, Gyllenhaal and his Nine Stories production partner Riva Marker have teamed up with executives at Bold Films to acquire the rights to the story, with the actor set to headline the remake.

“We saw The Guilty at Sundance and were blown away,” Gyllenhaal and Marker told Variety. “Moller’s film masterfully weaves tension into an acute character study, and is exactly the kind of material that Nine Stories is excited to develop. We are honoured to be able to adapt it for American audiences alongside Bold Films.”

Moller and original producer Lina Flint will serve as executive producers on the remake. The original story followed emergency dispatcher and former police officer Asger Holm, played by Jakob Cedergren, as he answers a call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins.

Speaking about the upcoming movie, Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak said that he was looking forward to seeing Gyllenhaal take on the central role.

“We are thrilled to acquire this great IP (intellectual property) for Jake,” he added. “It’s a terrific vehicle for him to craft a super taut, elevated thriller.”

A potential release date for The Guilty remake has not yet been announced.

Gyllenhaal was most recently seen onscreen in Jacques Audiard’s film The Sisters Brothers and in Paul Dano’s Wildlife. The 37-year-old is next set to appear in Edward Berger thriller Rio alongside Michelle Williams and Benedict Cumberbatch, and as villain Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Chloe Grace Moretz turning her back on studio movies

Chloe Grace Moretz signed up for The Miseducation of Cameron Post as she was keen to break away from big studio movies.Chloe stars as the title character in Desiree Akhavan’s new film, a big screen version of Emily M. Danforth’s novel of the same name …

Chloe Grace Moretz signed up for The Miseducation of Cameron Post as she was keen to break away from big studio movies.

Chloe stars as the title character in Desiree Akhavan’s new film, a big screen version of Emily M. Danforth’s novel of the same name about a teenage girl who is forced into a gay conversion therapy centre by her conservative guardians in ’90s America.

The movie took home the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year (18), with Chloe now explaining to Porter Edit why she signed on to the project.

“I got really caught up in being the girl who does the studio movies and I was like, ‘I’m not that girl,'” she sighed. “I started in Kick-Ass and Let Me In, movies that were not popular when they were being cast. I wanted to find that again and what that means to me, and the first movie that checked all the boxes was Cameron Post.”

Chloe added that her four brothers, two of whom are gay, were “super-excited” when she accepted the role.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post marks the 21-year-old’s first film release of the year, after Chloe decided to take some time out of Hollywood.

“I wanted to reconnect to my job and what I love about acting. I dropped out of some really big movies,” the star said. “I loved it. Just reading and writing and working and listening and watching. Just soaking up anything I could.”

The actress dropped out of Universal’s planned The Little Mermaid, along with director Sofia Coppola. Disney executives are also planning a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, with Lin-Manuel Miranda writing lyrics.

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