12 posts categorized "Hollywood"

April 11, 2018



One of the many things I love about Cannes is the beautiful poster art the festival's artists consistently come up with. Ah yes, the romantic fantasy of Cinema. Is there anything finer?

April 05, 2018

Asghar Farhadi's EVERYBODY KNOWS will open 71st Festival de Cannes Competition

Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows © memento films

This year’s forthcoming Festival de Cannes will open with a screening of Asghar Farhadi's new film Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben) in Competition at the Grand Théâtre Lumière in the Palais des Festivals on Tuesday 8 May.

Asghar Farhadi's 8th feature film, shot entirely in Spanish on the Iberian Peninsula, charts the story of Laura, who lives with her husband and children in Buenos Aires. When they return together to her native village in Spain for a family celebration, an unexpected event changes the course of their lives. The family, its ties and the moral choices imposed on them lie, as in every one of Farhadi’s scripts, at the heart of the plot.

The last time the Opening Film was neither in English nor in French was for Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education in 2004.
This psychological thriller stars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem from Spain and Ricardo Darín from Argentina. As usual, Asghar Farhadi also surrounds himself with a first-class team: José Luis Alcaine on photography (a regular collaborator of Pedro Almodóvar, Carlos Saura and Bigas Luna), the costume designer Sonia Grande (Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen, The Others by Alejandro Amenábar), and Iranian editor Hayedeh Safiyari, continuing a long and fruitful collaboration with the director after working together on four of his feature films, including his two Oscar-winning films.

Over the past decade, Asghar Farhadi has quickly established himself as one of Iran's most influential and internationally recognised filmmakers, both for his tense and carefully crafted scripts and for the virtuosity of his realism in directing. At the Berlinale, A Separation (2011) garnered the Golden Bear, as well as the Golden Globe, César and Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Farhadi then entered the Official Selection at Cannes with The Past (2013, Best Actress for Bérénice Bejo) and The Salesman (2016, Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Shahab Hosseini), which also won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

The Opening Ceremony to be held on May, 8th, will be broadcast free-to-air by Canal +, as well as in partner cinemas and followed by the preview screening of Everybody Knows in selected theatres in France.

Everybody Knows is produced by Memento Films Production (Alexandre Mallet-Guy) and Morena Films (Álvaro Longoria). The international sales are handled by Memento Films International and the French distribution by Memento Films. It will be released on Wednesday, May 9, in French cinemas.

The 71st Festival de Cannes will be held from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 19 May. The Competition Jury will be chaired by Cate Blanchett. The composition of the Official Selection will be announced on Thursday, April 12 and will be published live on our social media sites. Stay tuned!

Cinemafiles will note that this is the first time in a very long time that Cannes has not opened with a Hollywood film. Cannes is sending a long-overdue message that Hollywood is not at the top of international Cinema anymore. Hollywood is dead; long live Cinema.  

February 10, 2018

Good Weather To See NYC on Cole's "5th & Park" Walking Tour


We've got ideal weather for my film and fiction walking tour of beautiful Carnegie Hill! A visit inside Central Park is on the list. 

There is much great culture to savor in Carnegie Hill, one of the country's oldest, and most architecturally rich neighborhoods. The tour combines Central Park, Museum Mile, lush mansions, celebrity homes, and countless filming locations — not to mention the chance of seeing a celebrity on the tour! Stranger things have happened on the rewarding streets of Carnegie Hill. 


June 05, 2017


2017 is Hollywood's Summer of Tom Cruise. Yep.

January 26, 2017


It's no secret that I hit the New Beverly when ever I'm in L.A. You should too. This place is awesome!


November 05, 2016



FilmStruck is a brand new streaming service collaboration between Turner Classic Movies, The Criterion Collection, and Kino Lorber. FilmStruck represents the first time in history that such a broad spectrum of classic films has been so readily available for film-lovers to consume.

On Thursday, November 10, 2016 FILMSTRUCK STREAMING WITH COLE SMITHEY will premiere on Forbes. The new program joins Cole Smithey's existing Forbes [weekly] video series NETFLIX NOW!. The FilmStruck and Netflix programs will switch off each week.

I can't believe FilmStruck is here. What a great streaming service. Film-lovers go straight to heaven.  

October 12, 2016

Academy Unveils Record-Breaking 85 Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences unveiled the official submissions of 85 countries for foreign-language Oscar consideration. That’s a record number for submissions. The previous record was 83 in 2014.


After screenings for voters, the Academy will announce a short list of nine foreign-language films in late December. The five nominees will be named Jan. 24, along with all the other Oscar nominations.

This year, Yemen is a first-time entrant.

Albania, “Chromium” — Bujar Alimani
Algeria “The Well” — Lotfi Bouchouchi
Argentina, “The Distinguished Citizen” — Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat
Australia, “Tanna” — Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
Austria, “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” — Maria Schrader
Bangladesh, “The Unnamed” — Tauquir Ahmed
Belgium, “The Ardennes” — Robin Pront
Bolivia, “Sealed Cargo” — Julia Vargas Weise
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Death in Sarajevo” — Danis Tanovic
Brazil, “Little Secret” — David Schurmann
Bulgaria, “Losers” — Ivaylo Hristov
Cambodia, “Before the Fall” — Ian White
Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World” — Xavier Dolan
Chile, “Neruda” — Pablo Larraín
China, “Xuan Zang” — Huo Jianqi
Colombia, “Alias Maria” — José Luis Rugeles
Costa Rica, “About Us” — Hernán Jiménez
Croatia, “On the Other Side” — Zrinko Ogresta
Cuba, “The Companion” — Pavel Giroud
Czech Republic, “Lost in Munich” — Petr Zelenka
Denmark, “Land of Mine” — Martin Zandvliet
Dominican Republic, “Sugar Fields” — Fernando Báez
Ecuador, “Such Is Life in the Tropics” — Sebastián Cordero
Egypt, “Clash” — Mohamed Diab
Estonia, “Mother” — Kadri Kõusaar
Finland, “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki” — Juho Kuosmanen
France, “Elle” — Paul Verhoeven
Georgia, “House of Others” — Rusudan Glurjidze
Germany, “Toni Erdmann” — Maren Ade
Greece, “Chevalier” — Athina Rachel Tsangari
Hong Kong, “Port of Call” — Philip Yung
Hungary, “Kills on Wheels” — Attila Till
Iceland, “Sparrows” — Rúnar Rúnarsson
India, “Interrogation” — Vetri Maaran
Indonesia, “Letters from Prague” — Angga Dwimas Sasongko
Iran, “The Salesman” — Asghar Farhadi
Iraq, “El Clásico” — Halkawt Mustafa
Israel, “Sand Storm” — Elite Zexer
Italy, “Fire at Sea” — Gianfranco Rosi
Japan, “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son” — Yoji Yamada
Jordan, “3000 Nights” — Mai Masri
Kazakhstan, “Amanat” — Satybaldy Narymbetov
Kosovo, “Home Sweet Home” — Faton Bajraktari
Kyrgyzstan, “A Father’s Will” — Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu
Latvia, “Dawn” — Laila Pakalnina
Lebanon, “Very Big Shot” — Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya
Lithuania, “Seneca’s Day” — Kristijonas Vildziunas
Luxembourg, “Voices from Chernobyl” — Pol Cruchten
Macedonia, “The Liberation of Skopje” — Rade Šerbedžija, Danilo Šerbedžija
Malaysia, “Beautiful Pain” — Tunku Mona Riza
Mexico, “Desierto” — Jonás Cuarón
Montenegro, “The Black Pin” — Ivan Marinović
Morocco, “A Mile in My Shoes” — Said Khallaf
Nepal, “The Black Hen” — Min Bahadur Bham
Netherlands, “Tonio” — Paula van der Oest
New Zealand, “A Flickering Truth” — Pietra Brettkelly
Norway, “The King’s Choice” — Erik Poppe
Pakistan, “Mah-e-Mir” — Anjum Shahzad
Palestine, “The Idol” — Hany Abu-Assad
Panama, “Salsipuedes” — Ricardo Aguilar Navarro, Manolito Rodríguez
Peru, “Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)” — Juan Daniel F. Molero
Philippines, “Ma’ Rosa” — Brillante Ma Mendoza
Poland, “Afterimage” — Andrzej Wajda
Portugal, “Letters from War” — Ivo M. Ferreira
Romania, “Sieranevada” — Cristi Puiu
Russia, “Paradise” — Andrei Konchalovsky
Saudi Arabia, “Barakah Meets Barakah” — Mahmoud Sabbagh
Serbia, “Train Driver’s Diary” — Milos Radovic
Singapore, “Apprentice” — Boo Junfeng
Slovakia, “Eva Nová” — Marko Skop
Slovenia, “Houston, We Have a Problem!” — Žiga Virc
South Africa, “Call Me Thief” — Daryne Joshua
South Korea, “The Age of Shadows” — Kim Jee-woon
Spain, “Julieta” — Pedro Almodóvar
Sweden, “A Man Called Ove” — Hannes Holm
Switzerland, “My Life as a Zucchini” — Claude Barras
Taiwan, “Hang in There, Kids!” — Laha Mebow
Thailand, “Karma” — Kanittha Kwunyoo
Turkey, “Cold of Kalandar” — Mustafa Kara
Ukraine, “Ukrainian Sheriffs” — Roman Bondarchuk
United Kingdom, “Under the Shadow” — Babak Anvari
Uruguay, “Breadcrumbs” — Manane Rodríguez
Venezuela, “From Afar” — Lorenzo Vigas
Vietnam, “Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass” — Victor Vu, director
Yemen, “I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced” — Khadija Al-Salami

Of special interest is Satybaldy Narymbetov's Kazakhstan entry “Amanat,” an epic historic drama that spans three epochs of Kazakh history.


The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

September 20, 2016


May 02, 2016

"Reproduced and Damaged" — Woody Allen Tries to Sell an Action Movie

My podcast partner Mike Lacy wrote, directed, and stars in this short film he made at Cannes last year. The kid's got skills!

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