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Elbert Wyche

  • US Briefs: Sundance, Will and Jada Smith announce two-year pact


    In a two-year commitment with the Sundance Institute unveiled in Park City on Monday, The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation will support the Institute’s Screenwriters Intensive and year-round work with diverse independent filmmakers and artists.
  • Jill Soloway talks new Amazon series and "scary" Donald Trump


    The Emmy-winning creator of Transparent won the directing award at Sundance 2013 for her debut feature Afternoon Delight and talks about her return to Park City with the first three episodes of the Amazon Studios series I Love Dick.
  • Sundance: Content Media boards ‘Cries From Syria’


    In its second Sundance pick-up, the company has acquired international sales rights to Evgeny Afineevsky’s Syrian civil war documentary ahead of Sunday’s world premiere in Sundance.
  • Denzel Washington talks Golden Globe winner 'Fences'


    The filmmaking team behind Fences talk to Elbert Wyche about the challenges of taking a Tony-winning play from stage to screen - with the entire Broadway cast.
  • Annette Bening: "Good directors don’t say a lot"


    The legendary actress discusses her role in Mike Mills’ critically acclaimed 20th Century Women.
  • How 'The Secret Life Of Pets' was inspired by New Yorker covers


    The Secret Life Of Pets co-director Chris Renaud tells Elbert Wyche why authenticity was so important in the creation of Illumination Entertainment’s summer hit.
  • Adam Driver wrote "bad poetry" to prepare for 'Paterson' role


    Adam Driver tells Elbert Wyche why he was attracted to the quiet power of Jim Jarmusch’s introspective character study Paterson.
  • 'Loving' star Ruth Negga on women's civil rights stories: "It’s time for a renaissance"


    Oscar hopeful Ruth Negga tells Elbert Wyche why she was born to play real-life Virginia woman Mildred Loving, who was prosecuted by the state for marrying a white man in 1958.
  • 'The Big Short': prophets of loss


    Producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and director Adam McKay of The Big Short tell Elbert Wyche how they made an entertaining, informative film about the build-up to the calamitous global banking meltdown.
  • Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay talk '45 Years'


    Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay speak to Elbert Wyche about portraying a married couple shocked from their quietude by a ghost from the past, in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years 
  • 'The Good Dinosaur': Jurassic bark


    The Good Dinosaur director Peter Sohn talks to Elbert Wyche about bringing a friendly dinosaur and a dog-like boy to life and hatching the film’s environment from present-day reality
  • 'The Peanuts Movie': Snoopy's welcome return


    When the Schulz family entrusted the Peanuts characters with director Steve Martino, they had two stipulations: no twerking and no iPhones.
  • Barry Ward and Simone Kirby, 'Jimmy's Hall'


    Jimmy’s Hall premiered in competition at Cannes and opens in limited release via Sony Pictures Classics on July 3 in Los Angeles and New York with San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C. to follow.
  • Newport state of mind


    Newport Beach Film Festival co-founder and CEO Gregg Schwenk talks to Elbert Wyche about the California event’s programme and its passion for international cinema. The festival runs from April 23-20.
  • Timur Bekmambetov, 'Unfriended'


    The Russian director of Wanted and the Night Watch takes a break from shooting Ben-Hur in Italy to tell Elbert Wyche about his producer role on a new genre he calls ‘screenmovie’.
  • Steve Hoover, 'Crocodile Gennadiy'


    Steve Hoover talks to Elbert Wyche about his Tribeca documentary on Gennadiy Mokhnenko’s work with vulnerable children in Ukraine.
  • Stephen Fingleton talks 'The Survivalist'


    The first-time director talks to Elbert Wyche about his Tribeca Film Festival world premiere and post-apocalyptic drama based on his 2012 Blacklist screenplay.
  • Paul Dalio, 'Mania Days'


    NYU Tisch School Of the Arts and NYU graduate film-making alumnus Paul Dalio talks to Elbert Wyche about Mania Days, his debut feature that premieres in SXSW.
  • Justin Lerner, 'The Automatic Hate'


    UCLA film school grad Justin Lerner talks to Elbert Wyche about his SXSW debut and second directorial effort The Automatic Hate, which receives its world premiere on March 15.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game


    Benedict Cumberbatch reveals how he broke down with emotion during his last day playing Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Elbert Wyche reports
  • Sundance 2015: hot properties


    Screen International’s picks of the hot films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (Jan 22-Feb 1).
  • Robert Elswit, Nightcrawler


    Cinematographer Robert Elswit talks to Elbert Wyche about the challenges of shooting dozens of late-night locations for Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler.
  • Oscars 2015: nominees reactions


    Eddie Redmayne tells of ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and Benedict Cumberbatch is knocked for six while Emma Stone finds the whole occasion ‘surreal’. Hear what the nominees had to say.
  • Palm Springs: World appeal


    Palm Springs International Film Festival (Jan 2-12) will screen a broad selection of awards contenders for both the industry and the public, and includes a special focus on central and eastern Europe. Elbert Wyche reports.
  • Mipo O, The Light Shines Only There


    Elbert Wyche talks to O about her fourth feature, a pensive drama about a depressed man played by Go Ayano who is trying to escape his painful past.
  • Pantelis Voulgaris, Little England


    The Brides director returns with Greece’s foreign language Oscar submission, the story of two sisters who harbour a terrible secret while spending their lives in love with the same man.
  • Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, The Salt of the Earth


    Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado tell Elbert Wyche how they had to beat their own egos on documentary The Salt of the Earth.
  • Golden Globes - nominee reactions


    Eddie Redmayne was doing holiday shopping when he heard about his nomination and Force Majeure’s Ruben Östlund says he could get used to being pampered. Read on for more reactions.
  • Abderrahmane Sissako, Timbuktu


    The spread of Islamic fundamentalism across Africa has flung many ordinary Muslims’ lives into turmoil. Timbuktu director Abderrahmane Sissako tells Elbert Wyche why he wanted to express their story
  • LA Stars of Tomorrow 2014


    This year’s LA Stars feature boasts nine individuals whose names emerged from a diligent trawl of agents, managers and publicists on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Eric Roth, Academy Originals


    The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Forrest Gump is the subject of a short film about his craft. Enjoy the clip and read a bonus interview with Elbert Wyche.
  • Yoav Goren, Immediate Music


    The work of Yoav Goren has been featured in movie trailers for The Wolverine, Rush, 47 Ronin and Star Trek: Into Darkness among many others. On September 12, Goren gives a talk entitled Trailer Music: New Trends/ Modern Techniques at the Production Music Conference in Los Angeles.
  • David Oyelowo, Nightingale


    Having starred in films like Jack Reacher and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, UK-born David Oyelowo talks to Elbert Wyche about his lead role in Nightingale, which premiered at the LA Film Festival in June.
  • VFX on Maleficent


    Digital Domain’s Kelly Port tells Elbert Wyche how he created technical processes to produce the stellar effects for Disney’s fantasy blockbuster Maleficent.
  • Andrew Rossi, Ivory Tower


    Director Andrew Rossi takes on the rising debt crisis in his documentary film Ivory Tower, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and opens in the US on June 13 through Samuel Goldwyn. Elbert Wyche reports.
  • Curtis Burch, Words And Pictures


    Producer Curtis Burch talks to Elbert Wyche about financing the film, the need for more character-based films in Hollywood, surprises from the cast and his plans for the future.
  • Nicholas Stoller, Neighbors


    Nicholas Stoller is the director of such films as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement and Get Him To The Greek, which he also co-wrote. He is also the screenwriter of Fun With Dick And Jane, Yes Man and this year’s Muppets Most Wanted.
  • François Truffart, COLCOA


    As the 18th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA) gathers pace, Elbert Wyche speaks to executive producer and artistic director François Truffart about the state of French cinema and his efforts to promote awareness in the US.
  • Paolo Sorrentino, The Great Beauty


    The director of the Oscar-nominated Italian film talks about shooting in Rome and his leading man, Toni Servillo.
  • Mace Neufeld, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit


    Mace Neufeld has produced all five films in the Jack Ryan franchise – The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger and The Sum Of All Fears and now Jack Ryan: Shadow Recuit. The producer talks to Elbert Wyche.
  • Adam Wingard, The Guest


    The fast-rising filmmaker talks to Elbert Wyche about paying homage to the masters and his desire to break – albeit briefly – from the confines of genre filmmaking.
  • Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia, Web Junkie


    Elbert Wyche talks to the Israeli film-makers about their Sundance World Cinema Documentary selection.
  • Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, Difret


    The Ethiopian filmmaker talks to Elbert Wyche about his World Cinema Dramatic selection. Angelina Jolie serves as executive producer and presenter on Difret, which will screen in Berlin’s Panorama section in February.
  • Golden Globes: nominees react


    GOLDEN GLOBES: Cinema’s leading lights express gratitude, surprise
  • Keanu Reeves, Man Of Tai Chi


    Keanu Reeves talks to Screen about his directorial debut, the joys of playing a villain and his love of martial arts in film. 
  • Strand acquires Cat Fish


    Strand Releasing has acquired US rights to Claudia Sainte-Luce’s The Amazing Cat Fish from Pyramide International.
  • Brian Tyler, composer, Thor: The Dark World


    Composer Brian Tyler talks to ELBERT WYCHE about his musical process and how scoring Thor: The Dark World was a dream come true.
  • Richard Dreyfuss, Mark Montefiore: Cas & Dylan


    Screen speaks to Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss and producer Mark Montefiore about Jason Priestley’s directorial debut.
  • IFP unveils Gotham audience nominees


    The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) has announced the five nominees for the 4th annual Gotham Independent Film Audience Award.
  • Cutie among Cinema Eye honourees


    Cinema Eye Honors has announced its nominees for the 7th Annual Nonfiction Film Awards. Forty feature films and six shorts will vie for this year’s Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking.
  • Stars of Tomorrow 2013: Brits in LA


    Introducing the rising talents among US-based UK actors, writers and directors whose work is destined to grace our screens for years to come.
  • George Sluizer, Dark Blood


    The director talks about completing Dark Blood, which halted production following the death of lead actor River Phoenix.
  • SFFS / KRF grantees announced


    The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) announced nine narrative projects that will receive a total of $425,000 in funding.
  • Pair to open Korean American FF


    The annual Korean American Film Festival New York (KAFFNY) has announced it will celebrate its seventh edition from October 24-26 at Village East Cinema in NYC.
  • MoMA sets Berliner Schule show


    The Museum Of Modern Art has announced that it will present The Berlin School: Films From The Berliner Schule. The exhibition will run from November 20-December 6.
  • Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, The Last of Robin Hood


    Elbert Wyche talks to Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland about their new film, The Last of Robin Hood, which will receive its world premiere in Toronto on Sept 6.
  • FilmBuff takes Double Play


    New York distributor FilmBuff announced that it will release the documentary and Venice Classics selection Double Play: James Benning And Richard Linklater in 2014. Meanwhile XLrator Media has cut a pioneering first-window deal with DIRECT CINEMA for CBGB.
  • Cathy Schulman joins Dodge


    Mandalay Pictures president Cathy Schulman and Tropic Thunder set designer John Chichester have joined the faculty at Chapman University’s Dodge College Of Film And Media Arts.
  • Reno Taho Studios to boost Nevada film


    Film Reno Tahoe, a new division of Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA), has announced the opening of Reno Tahoe Studios as part of the initiative to boost film production in northern Nevada.
  • Wicker Man Final Cut to open in US


    Reissue distributor Rialto Pictures has announced it will release a long-unseen and complete version of 1970s horror film, The Wicker Man: The Final Cut on Sept 27 in New York City.
  • Clear Blue Sky to get nationwide roll-out


    Screenvision has announced that, along with distributor Area 23a and Asphalt Films, it will release Out Of The Clear Blue Sky as a national one-night theatrical event on Sept 11.
  • Porto Digital amps up Portomídia


    Brazilian tech company Porto Digital will instal a FilmLight Baselight FOUR colour grading and management system along with a FilmLight FLUX storage and data management network at its Portomídia initiative in the Recife region.
  • Iconic, Flatcat line up Dog Daze


    LA-based Iconic Media Productions and Flatcat Productions have teamed up for the upcoming comedy The Dog Daze Of Harry Sumpter.
  • AMPAS sets tech nominees


    The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced that 14 scientific and technical achievements have been selected for further awards consideration.
  • Cinedigm to release Penguin


    Cinedigm announced on Thursday [8] that it had acquired North American rights to the documentary Adventures Of The Penguin King from Atlantic Productions.
  • Oscilloscope gets close to Doors


    Oscilloscope Laboratories plans a 2014 release after it announced that it had acquired all North American rights to Sam Fleischner’s Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors .
  • Thor Freudenthal, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters


    Director Thor Freudenthal talks to Elbert Wyche about his entry into filmmaking and the challenges of directing a sequel.
  • Blanc-Biehn lines up The Girl


    EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn will direct The Girl for her Blanc/Biehn Productions label.
  • Raven Banner gets Fear


    The Toronto-based company has acquired Canadian rights to Slasher Films’ Nothing Left To Fear and plans an autumn theatrical release.
  • Ed Harris joins Cymbeline


    The Oscar nominee has joined the cast of Michael Almereyda’s Shakespeare adaptation. International Film Trust handles sales outside the US, where CAA represents the project.
  • Studer rises at Paramount


    Syrinthia Studer has been promoted to svp of marketing and acquisitions for Paramount Home Media Distribution.
  • Zero Hour to open Hollyshorts


    HollyShorts has announced that Dan Carrillo Levy’s Zero Hour will open the 9th annual HollyShorts Film Festival on Aug 15. 
  • WWZ to get domestic IMAX release


    Paramount executives said on Monday [29] they will re-release World War Z in North America in IMAX 3D for a one-week run beginning Aug 2.
  • Weber joins Glass Children


    TV actor Steven Weber is attached to star in Vancouver-based ThinkBox Entertainment and Syndicate Seven Films’ upcoming feature Glass Children.
  • Fantastic Fest lines up Tai Chi


    Fantastic Fest 2013 top brass have announced the first wave of programming with Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut Man Of Tai Chi among the line-up. The festival runs from Sept 19-26 in Austin, Texas.
  • Method, Halon strike alliance


    Method Studios and Halon Entertainment have announced a strategic alliance to collaborate on feature and commercial projects.
  • Mike Myers eyes Supermensch


    The comedian and actor is partnering with A&E IndieFilms on a documentary about the life of talent manager Shep Gordon that will mark his directorial debut.
  • Hurd among AMPAS donors


    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has received three $5m naming gifts from producer and Academy governor Gale Anne Hurd, philanthropist Gerald Schwartz and his wife Heather Reisman, Victoria Mann Simms and her husband Ron Simms and their family.
  • HBRFest to honour Muylaert


    The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBRFest) celebrates its fifth anniversary with more than 30 premieres showcasing fiction, documentary and short films in competition from Jul 31-Aug 4 in Hollywood.
  • German Currents 2013 sets dates


    The seventh edition of German Currents, the annual celebration of German cinema, will run in Los Angeles from Oct 4-7.
  • Kino Lorber takes Drew Struzan doc


    The distributor has acquired all US rights to Erik P Sharkey’s documentary Drew: The Man Behind The Poster and plans an August theatrical roll-out followed by VoD and DVD in autumn.
  • Lifetime honour for Silvio Soldini


    Italian filmmaker Silvio Soldini is to receive the Italian Contemporary Film Festival’s inaugrual Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Half Crown lines up biopic


    Colorado-based Half Crown Media has hired UK screenwriter Bart Gavigan to write an untitled biopic about the British missionary Hudson Taylor. 
  • Sundance names 22 doc Fellows


    Sundance Institute has announced the 22 Fellows representing nine documentary film projects participating in the 2013 Documentary Edit and Story Labs, set to run from Jun 21-29 and Jul 5-13 at Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah.
  • PIFF to kick off on Jun 19


    The 15th anniversary of the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) will begin on Jun 19 and runs through Jun 23.  
  • SFFS names 13 Doc Fund finallists


    The San Francisco Film Society has announced the contenders for the 2013 SFFS Documentary Film Fund awards totalling $100,000.
  • Screen Media corrals Running Wild


    Screen Media Films plans an October release after it acquired North American rights to Suzanne Mitchell’s documentary Running Wild: The Life Of Dayton O Hyde.
  • Sundance, TED unveil inaugural award winner


    Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell has won the first annual Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award, Institute senior executives announced on Tuesday [11].
  • Tornatore, Honey among Ischia honourees


    Giuseppe Tornatore’s romance The Best Offer and Valeria Golino’s drama Honey (Miele) will be honoured at the upcoming 11th annual Ischia Global Film & Musical Festival in Italy.