Cannes Adds Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote,’ Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’

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Terry Gilliam’s notoriously long-in-the-works “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” will close next month’s Cannes Film Festival, president Pierre Lescure announced Thursday.

In addition, festival organizers confirmed that Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” a serial killer drama starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, would screen out of competition.

On Tuesday, festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux had signaled that the Danish director would be welcomed back to the festival seven years after he was declared “persona non grata” at the festival for comments he made about Adolf Hitler.

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Three films were also added to the competition lineup, bringing the total to 21 films vying for this year’s Palme d’Or: French director Yann Gonzalez’s “Un couteau dans le coeur (Knife + Heart)” starring Vanessa Paradis; Kazakh filmmaker Sergey Dvortsevoy’s “Ayka;” and Turkish director and 2014 Palmed’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Ahlat Agaci (The Wild Pear Tree).”

In addition, Kevin Macdonald’s “Whitney,” a doc about the late pop star Whitney Houston, will join the Midnight Screenings series, along with Ramin Bahrani’s adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” starring Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, and Sofia Boutella.

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The festival also added three new films to the Un Certain Regard program: Alejandro Fadel’s “Muere, Monstruo, Muere;” João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora’s “Chuva E Cantoria Na Aldeia Dos Mortos (The Dead and the Others)” and Ukranian director Sergey Loznitsa’s “Donbass.”

This year’s festival runs from May 8 to May 19.

 

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James Cameron Rips Trump’s America, Fox News: ‘I Kinda Don’t Give a S— Anymore’

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“Terminator” director James Cameron saw this future coming — that doesn’t mean he likes it.

The man behind “Titanic” and “Avatar” trashed Trump’s America and the Tweeter-in-Chief’s favorite cable news channel Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour. Citing old sci-fi works like George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” Cameron warned we didn’t need an “overt totalitarian state” to reach some of the darker plot points from those mid-1900’s novels.

“If you look at where we are, people are talking about a post-truth age… and fake news and all that stuff — these stories are as timely as they ever were,” he told a room full of reporters. “It’s happening right now.”

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“There’s 20 or 30 percent of the country that actually believes what they see on Fox News,” he added. “I certainly hope I’m not offending anybody, but I kinda don’t give a s— anymore.”

Also during the afternoon panel, Cameron thoughtfully responded to actress Eliza Dushku’s accusation of sexual assault on the set of his 1994 movie “True Lies.” Read what Cameron said about that here.

“AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction” premieres Monday, April 30 at 10 p.m. on AMC.

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Don’t Blame Donald Trump Because ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Dystopia Is Now, Director Says – TCA

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Director Ramin Bahrani rejected TV critics’ efforts to describe his adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian ’50s novel Fahrenheit 451 as a condemnation of President Donald Trump.
Blame Google, blame Facebook, blame your smartphone – we’re all culpable, he insisted.
“I don’t want to focus so much on him,” Bahrani said when asked to compare the novel’s infamous book burnings and Trump’s various attacks on the First Amendment. “Because I don’t want to excuse the 30, 40 years…

Hugh Hefner, Playboy Founder, Dies at 91

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Playboy founder and icon Hugh Hefner died on Wednesday evening, a spokesperson for the men’s magazine said. He was 91.

Hefner passed of natural causes at his home, the famed Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, surrounded by loved ones. Burial details and memorial plans are presently unknown.

“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time,” his son and current Playboy Chief Creative Officer Cooper Hefner said in a statement.

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“He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises,” Cooper added.

Playboy began on Hefner’s kitchen table 64 years ago, his official obit says, and spawned a branded empire that encompasses print and digital publications, merchandise and other portfolio companies.

“By putting up his furniture as collateral for a loan and borrowing the rest from family and friends, Mr. Hefner published the very first issue of Playboy in December of 1953. It was an instant sensation,” Hefner’s bio reads.

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A symbol of progressive (and excessive) sexual liberation, Playboy was a hotbed of star writers during the heyday of magazine journalism — a place where nudes existed beside essays and profiles from Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Margaret Atwood, Jack Kerouac and Kurt Vonnegut.

Hefner is the recipient of numerous prestigious publishing awards, and two-time Guinness Book of World Records holder “for being the longest running editor of a magazine and for having the largest scrapbook collection, which currently consists of more than 2900 volumes,” the Playboy rep said.

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Read Hefner’s full accomplishments in his official obituary below:

Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones. He was 91 years old.

Starting from his kitchen table 64 years ago, Mr. Hefner’s uncompromising vision drove the creation of not just the iconic and groundbreaking magazine, but what has become one of the world’s most enduring and recognizable brands. In the process, Playboy became the largest-selling and most influential men’s magazine in the world, spawning a number of successful global businesses. To this day, the magazine is published in more than 20 countries around the world and products featuring the company’s trademarks drive more than $1 billion in sales annually.

“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom. He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises,” said Cooper Hefner, Chief Creative Officer of Playboy Enterprises.

After serving in the Army, attending college and working for number of years in the magazine publishing industry, Mr. Hefner became convinced that there was a market for an upscale men’s magazine. By putting up his furniture as collateral for a loan and borrowing the rest from family and friends, Mr. Hefner published the very first issue of Playboy in December of 1953. The magazine was an instant sensation.

From the very start, Playboy was about more than just the beautiful women featured in its pages. Mr. Hefner took a progressive approach not only to sexuality and humor, but also to literature, politics and culture. Within its pages, Playboy published fiction by such writers as Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, John Updike, Ian Fleming, Joseph Heller, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Margaret Atwood, Jack Kerouac and Kurt Vonnegut.

The now standard-setting “Playboy Interview” debuted in 1962 when frequent contributor Alex Haley interviewed jazz legend Miles Davis. Mr. Haley’s Playboy interviews, which are still important reads for cultural historians, also included Malcolm X (1963), Martin Luther King (1965), and perhaps most famously, George Lincoln Rockwell (1966), the founder of the American Nazi Party.

As the host of a television series, “Playboy’s Penthouse,” Mr. Hefner paved the way as the first televised program to feature mixed groups of African American and white performers and audience members together. He also fought against the racist Jim Crow laws in the South by integrating Playboy Clubs in Miami and New Orleans.

When the U.S. Post Office refused to deliver Playboy to subscribers through the mail, he fought all the way to the Supreme Court, winning a landmark decision which was widely considered a victory for free speech. He fought the country’s archaic “sodomy laws,” firmly believing that the government had no place in American bedrooms. His work in this area has been recognized as influential by historians of the gay rights movement.

In 1980, Mr. Hefner championed the reconstruction of the Hollywood sign and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his efforts. In the shadow of the sign that he helped to preserve, Mr. Hefner stages the annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, an event which is in its 39th year.

This year, a 10-episode docudrama series on Mr. Hefner’s life, entitled American Playboy, appeared on Amazon.

Mr. Hefner is a recipient of numerous accolades and awards for his contributions to society and the publishing industry, including:

Received the 1996 International Publishing Award from the International Press Directory in London and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Society of Magazine Editors at its 1998 ceremonies in New York.

In September 2001, inducted into the New York Friars Club as an honorary Friar on the occasion of his gala Roast in New York City, an evening of uninhibited comedy subsequently aired nationwide on the Comedy Central network.

In January of 2002, received the Henry Johnson Fisher Award, the highest honor of the Magazine Publishers of America.

In March 2002, inducted as an honorary member of the Harvard Lampoon, which named him “Harvard Lampoon’s Best Life-Form In The History Of The Universe.

In 2008, honored by Spike TV with their Guy’s Choice “Alpha Male” lifetime achievement award.

In 2010, received both the Award of Honor and the First Amendment Award from the prestigious PEN Center USA organization.

In 2011, honored by with their “Mr. Wonderful” award for a lifetime of philanthropy and that same year he received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Los Angeles Press Club.

In 2012, received the “Treasures of Los Angeles Award” from Central City Association of Los Angeles and was also honored with “The Distinguished Service Award” by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

A two-time Guinness Book of World Records holder for being the longest running editor of a magazine and for having the largest scrapbook collection, which currently consists of more than 2900 volumes.
Today, through its websites, its storied U.S. magazine and 20+ licensed international editions, Playboy reaches more people than ever before in its 64-year history.

Hugh M Hefner is survived by his wife Crystal, four grown children, Christie, who served as CEO of Playboy Enterprise for more than 20 years, David, Marston and Cooper, who currently serves as Chief Creative Officer at the company.

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Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon Set to Star in HBO’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’

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HBO has cast Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon in its film adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451,” TheWrap has learned.

The classic 1953 book by Ray Bradbury tells of a world where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found. In this future America, people have adapted to a faster lifestyle, tuning into TV to dull any pain. The story follows a fireman named Montag, who meets a teenage girl and decides to see what he’s been missing in books. He then goes to war with his mentor, who knows what he’s up to, and struggles to regain his humanity.

Jordan will star as Montag and Shannon will star as his mentor Captain Beatty.

Shannon will be reuniting with “Fahrenheit 451” co-writers Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi, who he worked with on the feature “99 Homes.” Shannon was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance.

Bahrani is set to also direct and executive produce. Sarah Green of Brace Cover Productions, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, and Peter Jaysen are also set to executive produce.

The film was announced almost exactly a year ago in April 2016, with Bahrani set to direct.

HBO said the film is currently in development and hasn’t provided a tentative release date.

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