The 75th year of the Venice Film Festival is shaping up to be one of its best as the festival has unveiled its star-studded lineup for 2018 that includes hot projects from the likes of Luca Guadagnino, Damien Chazelle, Bradley Cooper, Paul Greengrass, Alfonso Cuarón, and Yorgos Lanthimos.
The festival, which marks the official start of the 2018 awards season, will feature Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, Guadagnino’s remake of the Italian horror classic Suspiria, Greengrass’ 2011 Norway terrorist attack drama 22 July, Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born, Cuarón’s family drama Roma, and Lanthimos’ period piece The Favourite.
Multiple Oscar-winners have launched their awards season bid at the Venice Film Festival in recent years including last year’s Best Picture-winner The Shape of Water, which also won the festival’s top prize, and the 2015 Best Picture-winner Spotlight.
You can check out the complete lineup for the 2018 Venice Film Festival below.
First Man, Damien Chazelle (U.S.)
The Mountain, Rick Alverson (U.S.)
Doubles Vies, Olivier Assayas (France)
The Sisters Brothers, Jacques Audiard (France, Belgium, Romania, Spain)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Ethan and Joel Coen (U.S.)
Vox Lux, Brady Corbet (U.S.)
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron (Mexico)
22 July, Paul Greengrass (Norway, Island)
Suspiria, Luca Guadagnino (Italy)
Work Ohne Autor, Florian Henkel Von Donnersmark (Germany)
The Nightingale, Jennifer Kent (Australia)
The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos (U.S.)
Peterloo, Mike Leigh (U.K., U.S.)
Capri-Revolution, Mario Martone (Italy, France)
What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?, Roberto Minervini (Italy, U.S., France)
Sunset, Laszlo Nemes (Hungary, France)
Freres Ennemis, David Oelhoffen (France, Belgium)
Neustro Tiempo, Carlos Reygadas (Mexico, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweeden)
At Eternity’s Gate, Julian Schnabel (U.S., France)
Killing, Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
Out of competition special events:
The Other Side Of The Wind, Orson Welles (U.S.)
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, Morgan Neville (U.S.)
Out of competition special screenings:
My Brilliant Friend, Saverio Costanzo (Italy, Belgium)
Il Diario Di Angela – Noi Due Cineasti, Yervant Gianikian (Italy)
Out of competition fiction screenings:
Una Storia Senza Nome, Roberto Andò (Italy)
Les Estivants, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (France, Italy)
A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper (U.S.)
Mi Obra Maestra, Gaston Duprat (Argentina, Spain)
A Tramway in Jerusalem, Amos Gitai (Israel, France)
Un Peuple et Son Roi, Pierre Schoeller (France, Belgium)
La Quietud, Pablo Trapero (Argentina)
Dragged Across Concrete, S. Craig Zahler (U.S.)
Shadow, Zhang Yimou (China)
Out of competition non-fiction screenings:
A Letter to a Friend In Gaza, Amos Gitai (Israel)
Aquarela, Victor Kossakovsky (U.K., Germany)
El Pepe, Una Vida Suprema, Emir Kusturica (Argentina, Uruguay, Serbia)
Process, Sergei Loznitsa (The Netherlands)
Carmine Street Guitars, Ron Mann (Canada)
Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls Of Mosul, Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi (Italy, Germany)
American Dharma, Errol Morris (U.S., U.K.)
Introduzione All’Oscuro, Gaston Solnicki (Argentina, Austria)
1938 Diversi, Giorgio Treves (Italy)
Your Face, Tsai Ming-Liang (Chinese Taipei)
Monrovia, Indiana, Frederick Wieseman (U.S.)
Netflix releases a stunning first trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white family drama ‘Roma’
Ahead of the film’s debut at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Netflix has released the stunning first trailer for Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white drama Roma, which is also set to play at the New York Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in the coming months.
Roma is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s and follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst the political turmoil of the 1970s.
“Ninety percent of the scenes represented in the film are scenes taken out of my memory,” Cuarón told IndieWire last month. “Sometimes directly, sometimes a bit more obliquely. It’s about a moment of time that shaped me, but also a moment of time that shaped a country. It was the beginning of a long transition in Mexico.”
After its run on the festival circuit later this year, Netflix will release Roma in theaters and on its streaming service in December. You can check out the trailer for the film below.
Disney has no plans to reinstate James Gunn as director of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’
Despite the strong support of nearly 400,000 fans via a Change.org petition and an open letter from the Guardians of the Galaxy cast themselves, Disney and Marvel have no plans to rehire James Gunn as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 following his firing last month.
Variety reports that Gunn and Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn recently met to discuss the firing, which came after old, offensive tweets the filmmaker wrote nearly a decade ago began to resurface as part of a smear campaign led by right-wing blogger and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich.
While the meeting was described as “civil and professional,” Horn only decided to take the meeting “as a courtesy to clear the air with Gunn” and was not considering giving him a second chance, despite the pleas of Gunn’s agents. Sources with insider knowledge say Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was out of town at the time of the meeting and was unable to attend, but supports Horn’s decision not to reinstate Gunn.
Earlier this month, the Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, and Michael Rooker, all signed an open letter in support of Gunn, who was set to begin production on the third installment in the critically acclaimed franchise early next year.
Bautista has been particularly vocal about Gunn’s firing on social media, writing in one tweet that he will do what he is contractually obligated to do with Disney, but “Guardians without James Gunn is not what I signed up for” and that “it’s also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists.”
Guardians 3 is scheduled to be released May 1, 2020, but, depending on how long it takes Disney and Marvel to find a replacement for Gunn, that date could, and will most likely, change.
YouTube forced to remove ‘The Nun’ jump-scare ad after getting complaints from terrified users
On Monday, YouTube announced that it had removed a video advertisement for The Nun, the upcoming next installment in The Conjuring franchise, for being in violation of their shocking content policy. However, it appears the ad in question only came to the video-sharing site’s attention after scaring the bejesus out of some very unsuspecting users.
“Warning! If you see an ad on YouTube with the volume sign being turned down and nothing else, it’s a jump-scare for The Nun movie coming out,” one Twitter user wrote last week. “I advise you look away and or turn down the volume if you have anxiety or just straight up hate jump-scares.”
Just a few days later, the official Twitter account for Team YouTube responded to the tweet, which has been retweeted more than 136,000 times since Sunday, saying that the advertisement was no longer running on their ad network.
The ad isn’t gone altogether from YouTube, though, as it has been reuploaded to the platform by dozens of users, one of which says they were “shook” after seeing the six-second clip at 3 a.m. one night. It begins with a volume icon going up and down against a black background before a horrifying, shrieking demonic-looking nun appears out of nowhere.
If you’re brave enough, you can check out the ad for yourself below. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, though.