Rooney Mara, Abigail Breslin, Mark Ruffalo, Jim Sheridan and Naomie Harris will join Cate Blanchett at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). The line-up of A-listers has been revealed for the event which will see 174 films screened.
Rooney, who is best known for her role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will return to Dubai after appearing at last year’s event. She’ll be joined by Little Miss Sunshine herself, former child actress Abigail Breslin.
British actress Naomie Harris, whose films include Bond flick Skyfall 28 Days Later will also walk the red carpet. She’s just appeared in Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Hunky actor Mark Ruffalo, whose films inlcude The Avengers and 13 Going on 30 is also coming.
DIFF will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to multi Emmy and Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen, while Australian actress Cate Blanchett will head the IWC Filmmaker Award jury for the second year running.
Omar by Academy Award-nominated Palestinian director Hany Abu Assad will raise the curtain on the festival, while the star-packed American Hustle has been picked for the closing night gala. DIFF will be the first festival to screen the film, which stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis CK and Robert De Niro.
The place to star spot will be the Madinat Jumeirah Arena, which will hold two red carpet events daily, while movies are also being shown at VOX Mall of the Emirates.
INFO: Tickets go on sale on 24 November from 04 363 FILM (3456) or www.dubaifilmfest.com
Mark Waid is keen to see Mark Ruffalo star in a solo Hulk movie.
The Indestructible Hulk writer has called the Bruce Banner actor the “breakaway star” of Marvel Studios’ The Avengers.
“Oh, please, yes,” said Waid when asked by Newsarama about a possible spinoff film.
“He’s tailor made for a film adventure.
“Wasn’t he the breakaway star of Avengers? He was in my theatre, I’ll tell you that.
“[Ruffalo is] spot-on. I love how he’s more driven than tormented, and the Bruce Banner/Tony Stark bromance is positively inspirational.”
Waid is currently working on Marvel Comics’ Indestructible Hulk with artist Matteo Scalera, as well as the acclaimed Daredevil series.
Ruffalo is expected to reprise his role as Bruce Banner/the Hulk in 2015′s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The AFI Festival is searching a replacement for Sony Classics’ “Foxcatcher,” which had been set for a Nov. 8 world premiere at the Chinese Theater.
Sony Classics announced Thursday evening that it had pushed the release of the psychological drama, directed by Bennett Miller and starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum, to 2014 to give filmmakers more time to finish.
An AFI spokeswoman told Variety on Friday that the festival would have a replacement title in place by Oct. 22, when the final lineup is set. She did not disclose which films are under consideration but noted that a new title could be named before Oct. 22.
At the Toronto International Film Festival for August: Osage County, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Philomena amongst others, The Weinstein Company, headed by co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, has purchased the U.S distribution rights to John Carney’s musical drama Can A Song Save Your Life? starring Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine in his feature debut. The film follows the relationship between music producer Dan (Ruffalo) and young singer-songwriter Greta (Knightley) and also stars Catherine Keener and Hailee Steinfeld. It marks a return to musical terrain for Irish director John Carney, after 2006′s Once. TWC was in auction with Lionsgate following an exuberant world premiere that sparked buyer interest, but eventually came out the winners in a $7 million deal.
Sioma, Zambia (PRWEB) August 30, 2013
Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, who recently played “The Hulk” (The Avengers, 2012) joined key Zambian government officials and business and tribal leaders today at an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the first solar-powered micro-grid at a Zambian school. More than 100 people attended the event, including the Education Minister of Zambia and Oscar-winning director Zana Briski (Born Into Brothels, 2004).
The Sioma High School project, featuring a 24kW photo-voltaic array with battery storage, was spearheaded by the U.S.-based not-for-profit organization, Empowered by Light (EBL). Designed and built by Standard Microgrid, the system will provide clean power to 100 percent of the campus, including four dormitories, kitchen and dining halls, and seven classrooms used by more than 600 students. EBL raised close to $200,000 to complete the project, which also involved several large donations. Suntech, one of the world’s largest producers of solar panels, donated all of the panels for the system. SMA and Rolls Surrette donated and/or provided batteries and inverters at reduced prices, and Florida-based Lighting Science Group donated LED lighting to upgrade the entire campus. EBL raised the funds for the project from individual and corporate donors, including Clif Bar and Zanaco–Zambia’s largest bank, among others.
Sioma High School had previously relied on three outdated and inefficient diesel generators to power its campus. Sioma was selected to receive the solar and battery system after EBL team members visited the school and saw the children trying to attend classes and study with the noise and air pollution created by the diesel. EBL had delivered solar-powered LED lanterns to elementary schools in the same district as Sioma (Shangombo) during the prior two years.
“We are honored to be able to give the students of Sioma High School clean, renewable power,” said EBL co-founder Marco Krapels, “We hope Sioma will serve as a showcase to Zambia and all of Africa that it can literally leapfrog decades of fossil-fuel infrastructure, and power itself using renewable energy.” EBL advisor and clean energy activist, Mark Ruffalo, who traveled to Zambia to honor the event, said, “I’m thrilled to be a part of this effort and witness what we hope is the future of electric power in Africa. Fossil fuels are dirty, hard to extract finite resources, but the sun shines freely and in abundance here, and Empowered by Light is demonstrating the sun’s superiority as a source of energy.”
To request pictures of the ribbon-cutting ceremony or for more information, please contact Empowered by Light at info(at)empoweredbylight(dot)org.
Empowered by Light is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve lives through renewable energy technologies. Over the past two years, the organization has distributed more than 1,500 solar-powered LED lights to schools in the Western Province of Zambia providing light to more than 8,000 school-age children. An estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity. Providing access to power has proven to be enormously beneficial to people’s education, health, and livelihood.
‘Once’ director John Carney’s ‘Can A Song Save Your Life?’ starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo – is set to receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September.
‘Can a Song Save Your Life?’ follows Keira Knightley’s character as she moves to New York to pursue a music career, who falls on hard times until a music producer (Ruffalo) helps to turn her fortunes around.
The film is executive produced by Judd Apatow and boasts an impressive supporting cast includes music star CeeLo Green; Mos Def; Adam Levine (Maroon 5); Catherine Keener; James Corden; and the young Oscar-nominated star of ‘True Grit’ Hailee Steinfeld.
‘Once’ proved an enormous international hit for Carney, winning an Oscar for its signature song ‘Falling Slowly’ for Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in 2008.
John Carney also directed Irish films ‘The Rafters’ and ‘Zonad’, and several episodes of RTE’s ‘Bachelor’s Walk’.
Pre-weekend tracking appears to have been off this weekend as Sony’s “After Earth” underperforms and Summit’s “Now You See Me” overperforms to meet in the middle at an anticipated sum just less than $30 million this weekend.
After taking second in the domestic marketplace Friday, “Now You See Me” is expected to close the frame in second with about $27 million, spectacularly beating earlier projections that had the pic in the mid-to-high teens.
Conversely, “After Earth,” which was projected to earn between $35 million and $40 million, is right on “Now You See Me’s” heels. Pics earned $9.8 million and about $10.1 million Friday, respectively.
Universal’s “Fast and Furious 6? is easily retaining the top spot in its soph sesh, though not with the margin of victory expected a few days ago. A total near $50 million has been scaled back to $35 million — a 65% week-over-week drop — after Friday’s $10.5 million haul, barely ahead of the frame’s openers.
In limited release, CBS Films bowed “The Kings of Summer” and Fox Searchlight bowed “The East” both on four screens this frame. They enjoyed per screen averages of $4,443 and $4,875 Friday, respectively.
A benefit reading of Kenneth Lonergan’s trailblazing drama This Is Our Youth, featuring original cast members Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hamilton and Missy Yager, will be presented June 10 at the Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.
Helmed by the play’s original director, Mark Brokaw, the reading of This Is Our Youth will benefit New York City’s PS3 Charrette Elementary School. In addition, guest actors will join the cast to read short plays written by PS3 students under the guidance of artist-in-residence Adam Crescenzi.
The benefit reading is being organized by PS3 parents involved in the New York theater community: Oliver Dow (The New Group/Atlantic), Daniel and Addie Talbott (Rattlestick/Rising Phoenix Rep), Nick Gottlieb (The Gym at Judson), Erika Mallin (Signature Theatre). Ruffalo and Lonergan are also PS3 parents.
Originally produced by The New Group, This Is Our Youth opened at the INTAR Theatre in October 1996. The play later opened at the McGinn-Cazale Theatre in November 1998. Ruffalo received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actor for his performance as Warren, and Brokaw was awarded the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director.
Every job has its perks, perhaps more so in Hollywood. Think of all the breakfast and dinner tables that will now be dazzled by the magic skills of Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, and Jesse Eisenberg.
The three stars of “Now You See Me,” the new film about magicians pulling off big heists, got some impressive takeaways from their time on set.
“I can do a few card tricks for [my kids],” Fisher told omg! at the film’s Hollywood screening on Thursday, referring to she and husband Sacha Baron Cohen’s daughters, Olive, 5, and Elula, 2.
“But I haven’t got the best dexterity,” she continued. “Dave Franco, however, can slice a banana in half with a playing card.”
And what about Ruffalo, whose brood includes son Keen, 12, and daughters Bella, 8, and Odette, 6?
“I can do a few tricks at the dinner table but I need props,” Ruffalo said of his training. “I can make a toothpick disappear behind a napkin. Which is super impressive if you’re 8.”
While Academy Award nominee Eisenberg doesn’t have a family of his own yet, we asked what he’d show off on a first date.
“Well, what has everyone else said they learned?” he posed. We told him about Franco.
“Then I can slice a banana in half with a playing card,” he said.
We’re not going to complain — some reporters get a lot more heat from Jesse when he’s not that interested in answering a question .
“Now You See Me,” which also stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Common, and Woody Harrelson, reveals itself in theaters on May 30.
Moviefone: Are you back for “Avengers 2?” There’s been a lot of talk about the salary negotiations.
Mark Ruffalo: I assume so. I haven’t been let go yet.
Are you definitely signed on for it?
Oh, yeah. I’m signed for — oh my gosh — six movies altogether. Five now [after "The Avengers"].
So, all this speculation about recasting Thor and The Hulk is just that, speculation?
That I know of. I haven’t caught wind of any of that. I was surprised to hear it, because I don’t even think anyone’s really started negotiating yet.
So there’s no reason to panic?
No. [Laughs] Maybe people should panic, but I don’t see a reason to panic.
As far as you know, everyone is back?
Yeah, as far as I know. But sometimes actors are the last people to know what’s going on.
Would you come back if some of the other roles were recast?
I think so. I’d be really sad if they did. I can’t imagine that. That would be bad. “That would not be good,” as Joss Whedon would say.
A lot of people would be very upset if you don’t come back as The Hulk.
I’d love to come back as The Hulk. I don’t foresee not coming back as The Hulk.
You’ve already been back, at least as Bruce Banner, in “Iron Man 3.” How did that cameo happen?
We were doing the Academy Awards and Robert [Downey Jr.] said, “Hey, what do you think about coming and doing a cameo In ‘Iron Man?’” So he pitched the idea of the theme and I said, “I would love to do that.” So, ten days later, I’m on a plane to L.A. and we’re shooting that scene. It was a lot of fun. It was written, but we improvised a little bit and Shane gave us some adjustments. I haven’t seen it yet, though. Robert thought it would be a good cap to all of the rest of the Iron Man story.