Talk of the town: Berlinale day 7 The #MeToo era in film His name is never mentioned, but the abusive movie mogul in "The Assistant" is inevitably inspired by Harvey Weinstein. He manages to haunt a young office assistant without ever appearing on screen. A single workday offers enough clues that he's a beast — and that everyone goes along with it. Director Kitty Green (left) and actress Julia Garner are in Berlin to present the powerful #MeToo film. … [Read more...] about DAU: What’s behind the ‘most ambitious film project of all time’?
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CE I just approached it like I was telling a Japanese story of the Japanese people; I didn't think of it in terms of an American movie. I always thought, here's what we're doing story-wise - and I wasn't taking sides in it really. Sergio had the same obstacle as I had. He didn't speak English at all at that time, and I didn't speak Japanese. We had to communicate through interpreters and it worked out OK. The thing we had to overcome here, which Sergio didn't have to overcome, is we had to tell the story in the dialect of 65 years ago, which is a different Japanese dialect than they use now and a lot of different vocabulary. We had a few older Japanese actors, who knew of the older style and so we were aware of that. So not only am I doing it with a language I don't know, I'm doing it with a dialect I've never heard of. When we recorded the kids - because that was a real instance where [a group of children] made this live radio broadcast and sung a song for the men on Iwo Jima - we had … [Read more...] about ‘I figured I’d retire gradually, just ride off into the sunset …’
The director told AFP that he had taken the decision not to attend the Césars ceremony to protect his team and “my family, my wife and my children, who have been subject to insults and affronts as part of a kind of collective responsibility that comes from another age”. … [Read more...] about Roman Polanski pulls out of César awards fearing ‘lynching’
Shane Black Like the preceding entry, this is a total pipe dream. It’s also probably a terrible idea, given how little Spielberg and Black have in common as film-makers. However, my reasoning is simple: Black has been trying to make a movie about Doc Savage – the brawny, brainy, globetrotting adventurer from the golden age of pulp magazines and a forebear to any number of pop culture heroes, foremost among them Indiana Jones – for years, to no avail. There’s no telling if Black will ever get his dream project off the ground, so he might as well put some of his ideas for it to use in an Indiana Jones movie. It’s not like he’d be totally out of his element – his work on Iron Man 3 (one of the very best Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, haters be damned) proves he can operate within the strictures of the Disney franchise machine. And besides, who wouldn’t want to see an extra-surly Indiana Jones cracking wise alongside some lovably dimwitted … [Read more...] about Cracking the whip: who should direct Indiana Jones 5 now that Spielberg is out?