Today on indieWIRE, Magnolia made some key promotions, “The Human Centipede” readied its comeback, Bradford Nordeen remembered provocative filmmaker George Kuchar, and much more.
“Human Centipede 2” World Premiere Headlines Final Wave of Films at Fantastic Fest
Austin’s Fantastic Fest, one of the world’s largest genre film festivals, will open with the world premiere of Tom Six’s eagerly anticipated gross-out flick “The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence.”
Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” To Open AFI Fest 2011
Clint Eastwood’s Leonardo DiCaprio starring biopic “J. Edgar,” will finally surface as the Opening Night Gala of the American Film Institute’s AFI Fest 2011 on November 3. It marks the anticipated film’s world premiere.
Eddie Murphy Hosts The Oscars? Shrug. First Let’s Fire All the Writers
Critics are already turning cartwheels wondering whether Eddie Murphy will be a good Oscar host, but the truth is: the host won’t make any difference until the producers sweep away the stale, vaudevillian writing that makes the show feel like a relic from the Bob Hope era in the 21st century.
Warren Beatty to Receive BAFTA’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award
BAFTA Los Angeles is honoring Warren Beatty with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at this year’s BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on November 30.
TIFF: Jonathan Demme Talks Neil Young and Katrina Docs, Exclusive Clip
New York flmmaker Jonathan Demme is heading for the Toronto Fest with the latest film in his Neil Young concert trilogy, “Neil Young Journeys,” which follows 2006’s Heart of Gold and Neil Young Trunk Show in 2009.
Magnolia Pictures Ups Begley and Cowal Following a Key Departure
Magnolia Pictures promoted two execs Wednesday with Dori Begley named senior VP of acquisitions and Matt Cowal promoted to senior VP of marketing & publicity.
Exclusive: First Footage & New Pics From TIFF Entry “Americano” Starring Salma Hayek & Mathieu Demy
Growing up, Mathieu Demy was certainly no stranger to the film world. The actor is the son of legendary filmmakers Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy, and his own foray in front of the camera has found him in such features as “God is Great, But I’m Not,” “Aram” and “The Girl On The Train.”
London Film Festival Sets Full Program For 55th Edition
The BFI London Film Festival has announced the full program for its 55th edition, with a total of 204 fiction and documentary features, including 13 World Premieres, 18 International Premieres and 22 European Premieres taking place over the 16 day festival.
Film Movement Lures “Free Men” to N. America
North American rights to “Free Men” by Ismaël Ferroukhi (“Le Grand Voyage”) have been picked up by Film Movement. The French thriller, based on real events, about a Muslim Algerian immigrant living in Vichy France, will screen at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
George Kuchar, Filmmaker and Provocateur Who Inspired John Waters, Dead at 69
indieWIRE has just learned of the passing late last night of George Kuchar, whose body of film and video work inspired many filmmakers, many of them his students and not the least of which is John Waters.
Johnnie To’s “Life” Picked Up in Venice
North American rights to thriller, “Life Without Principle” by Hong Kong director/producer Johnnie To have been acquired by The Indomina Group.
Here’s the Project of the Week Winner: “Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival”
Thanks to your votes, the burlesque documentary “Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival” won last week’s Project of the Week contest. Congratulations to director Red Tremmel.