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Martin Scorsese, Sigourney Weaver, Giuseppe Tornatore Set for Rome Film Festival

Martin Scorsese, Sigourney Weaver, Giuseppe Tornatore and French multi-hyphenate Pierre Bismuth will hold onstage conversations at the upcoming Rome Film Festival, which Monday announced the world premiere of Italian director Paolo Virzi’s new comedy, “Notti Magiche,” as its first title.

Scorsese, as previously announced, is being honored with a lifetime achievement award by the fest and will hold forth Oct. 22 with artistic director Antonio Monda on the Italian films he considers most influential, one of which is Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Accattone,” Monda said. Scorsese is scheduled to see Pope Francis the following day, Monda said, then reappear on the Rome fest stage Oct. 24 to present the freshly restored version of a still undisclosed Italian classic. There is a possibility that Scorsese may show footage from his long-gestating gangster pic “The Irishman.”

The Oscar-winning director will receive his achievement award from Paolo Taviani, the surviving member of venerable directorial duo the Taviani brothers.

Monda will also handle the onstage conversations with Weaver, Tornatore and Bismuth, winner of a screenwriting Oscar for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” The chats, called Close Encounters, have become a trademark of the Rome event, and the subjects usually make the trek to Rome purposely to participate in the onstage talk rather than to promote a film, Monda said.

Virzi’s “Notti Magiche,” set to premiere in Rome as a special event, marks the prominent Italian director’s return to Italian-language filmmaking following “The Leisure Seeker,” which starred Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. It’s a smaller-scale project about the misadventures of a group of young Italian screenwriters in Rome who become prime suspects of murdering a producer whose dead body is found in the Tiber.

Rome will also be dedicating retrospectives to Peter Sellers and late French director Maurice Pialat, who won the 1987 Cannes Palme d’Or for “Under Satan’s Sun.” Iconic Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni is being celebrated with a high-profile exhibition.

The complete lineup of the Oct. 18-28 fest will be unveiled Oct. 5.

Source: variety.com

Sigourney Weaver Talks About Her Freediving Training For ‘Avatar 2’

Reports have emerged that Director James Cameron is planning on making the Oceans beneath Pandora an integral part of the film. The move is not really surprising since Cameron is known to have a passion for the underwater world: Two of his films — Titanic and The Abyss — were filled with underwater action.

Further proof that there will be plenty of underwater action in the upcoming blockbuster, Sigourney Weaver, who is returning to the franchise as a new character, was trained in freediving. She boasted to Yahoo News that as part of her training:

At least on land, I’m up to four minutes holding my breath.

She also confirmed that she has been scuba certified so she can film all the scenes needed in the new film. She added:

And I’m now scuba certified as well as in the midst of becoming an accomplished free diver. Once I completed my scuba course, Jim said to me, ‘The 75 percent of the world that’s underwater is now part of what your world gets to be.’”

If you’re already excited about Avatar 2, you’ll have to wait. The movie premieres on December 17th, 2020.

Source: deeperblue.com

Sigourney Weaver to narrate L.A. Phil’s ‘War of the Worlds’; two performances added

Actress Sigourney Weaver has signed on to narrate the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s world premiere next month of Annie Gosfield’s opera “War of the Worlds,” with adapted text and direction by 2017 MacArthur fellow Yuval Sharon.

“War of the Worlds” uses Orson Welles’ famous 1938 fake news broadcast about aliens invading Earth to examine the often-flawed dissemination of information in modern times. The show will be heard not only inside Walt Disney Concert Hall but also outside it, via three revamped World War II air raid sirens. Sounds, songs and news bulletins from performers on the streets will be broadcast inside the hall.

I love this idea that the street and the hall are in dialogue with each other — that we’re not on Bunker Hill removed from everyday life,” Sharon, who holds the title artist-collaborator with the L.A. Phil, said during a recent interview.

Two bonus performances were added to the original show date of Nov. 12. Those added shows will take place on Nov. 18.

As our current political and social situation becomes so dire and alarming, this piece feels like it’s speaking to these issues in a way that, for me, feels quite electrifying,” Sharon said.

Source: latimes.com

Sigourney Weaver’s Villainous Role In Marvel And Netflix’s THE DEFENDERS May Have Been Confirmed

We knew that Sigourney Weaver’s mysterious Alexandra will be the primary antagonist in Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders, but we weren’t sure excatly what role she’d play in prompting the four heroes to team-up to put a stop to her machinations. The prevailing theory has always been that she’s somehow connected to The Hand (perhaps even the human vessel of The Beast?), and it sounds like that will indeed be the case.

During an interview with International Business Times, costume designer Stephanie Maslansky seemingly confirmed that Alexandra commands The Hand:

I think that she’s clearly a baddie, and she’s the head of an ancient organization which is grounded in the comics. I hope that her wardrobe reflects that kind of ancientness. I hope I haven’t said too much. I hope Marvel doesn’t come after me.

Though Maslansky doesn’t mention this ancient organization by name, it’s pretty obvious who she’s talking about. Not a huge surprise by any means, and we clearly still have a lot to learn about this character, but there you go.

Source: comicbookmovie.com

‘Avatar 2’ to Begin Shooting This Fall, Says Sigourney Weaver

Production on the Avatar sequel is set to begin in the fall, according to Sigourney Weaver.

We’re starting!” the actress excitedly told The Hollywood Reporter at a screening of The Assignment, held Monday night at New York City’s Whitby Hotel. “We’re starting training, and we’re starting — hmm, I probably can’t say anything. We will be actually shooting it by the fall.

James Cameron has previously noted that the scripts of all four Avatar films are completed, and stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are also set to return alongside Weaver. But fans were disappointed to hear that the second film would not be ready for a 2018 release date. Though the sequel to the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster, which grossed $2.7 billion at the global box office, had not officially been dated, it was expected for Christmas 2018.

Yet Weaver reassures that audiences’ patience will be rewarded in time.

I’m telling you, these scripts are so amazing, I’m not worried about [disappointing fans] at all,” she told THR. “Am I worried about how we’re going to bring them to life? Yes, because they’re so ambitious. They’re so worth it. They’re well worth waiting for. I’m not worried about that at all. We’re trying to get it done as quickly as possible.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

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