It’s been a week of triumph and loss in movies. While Adam Driver scooped Best Actor at Venice Film Festival for his lead in Hungry Heart and Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch took the Golden Lion for Best Film, Hollywood’s comedy elite lost a patron in the form of Joan Rivers, who passed away on Thursday, aged 81.
Back in Britain, the programme at London Film Festival was announced this week. Comprised mostly of the best offerings from this year’s festival circuit and award season hopefuls, the line up boasts strong opening and closing films. Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game was announced last month as kicking off the programme, and it has now been confirmed that David Ayer’s Fury, starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, will conclude the 12 day event.
Julia Roberts joins an awards strong line-up for The Secrets In Their Eyes, a remake of the Argentinean film that won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010. Roberts joins Gwyneth Paltrow and Chiwetel Ejiofor for the project, which is written and directed by Billy Ray. The film is currently in pre-production with a release date yet to be confirmed.
The Rock phenomenon continues as Dwayne Johnson has been named as Black Adam, the villain in adaption of DC’s Shazam. Warner Bros. own the project, which has no director or additional cast attached at this stage.
A new poster has been released for Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children, which screened at Toronto Film Festival this week. The colourful arrangement is a snap shot of Reitman’s story about communication, social media and relationships.