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Albert Serra's 'Catalonia in Venice: Singularity'

Albert Serra’s ‘Catalonia in Venice: Singularity’

Albert Serra‘s Catalonia in Venice: Singularity has been commissioned by the Institut Ramon Llull as a Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale and was previewed last month at London’s Tate Modern: “For Venice, Serra will use multiple screens to create an audiovisual installation not only narrated from different angles but reconstructing different stories of images generated by machines: a subjective review of the history of art and cinema; the graphic images produced as a result of numerical translation; images constructed (theatrical) that move away from the machine of cinema and approach ritual; expressive images that reflect a word, etc.” Curator Chus Martínez: “The exhibition is a site that offers both the artist and the curator an opportunity to address this question: how does the cinema-machine create a mind?”

James Gray is working with the French pay TV broadcaster Canal Plus on Hard Apple, “an adult-skewing animated series,” reports Elsa Keslassy for Variety. Gray “will serve as executive producer and will supervise all creative aspects of the series, including the writing. Inspired by New-York-born author Jerome Charyn’s Isaac Sidel novels, the series opens in the 1970s and charts the rise of New York City’s premier law enforcer, detective Isaac Sidel, as he covers three decades of crime and political corruption.” On the team are “Israeli illustrators Tomer and Asaf Hanuka, who have worked for the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, as well as Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir.”

At long last, Brad Bird has begun writing The Incredibles 2. Gary Collinson has the story at Flickering Myth.

From the Guardian‘s Ben Child: “Robert De Niro is to play Enzo Ferrari in a biopic of the famous sports car impresario’s life, reports Italian newspaper Il Messaggero. Ferrari, who died in 1988 at the age of 90, founded the Scuderia Ferrari racing team and the car company that bears his name. De Niro, 71, told the newspaper: ‘It is an honor to tell the life of an extraordinary man who revolutionized the world of motor sport. The film will go into production soon, mostly in Italy, and has absolute priority over all my other projects.'”

“Julianne Moore is in negotiations to star in Nicole Holofcener’s Can You Ever Forgive Me,” reports Variety‘s Justin Kroll. “Holofcener is also writing the pic which based on the 2008 memoir by Lee Israel,” who “was a respected biographer who fell on hard times and turned to counterfeiting the letters of deceased writers and celebrities in order to pay her rent. When the forgeries started to raise suspicion, she turned to stealing the actual letters from library archives and sold them through an ex-con fence she met in a bar, while the FBI was closing in on the scam.”

Spike Lee is “courting” Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common and Kanye West, aiming to cast them in Chiraq, a movie he’d make for Amazon, reports TheWrap‘s Jeff Sneider, who notes that “Chiraq” has become “synonymous with Chicago as the city became increasingly plagued by gun violence in recent years.”

Also: “Just as his directorial debut Lost River hits theaters this weekend, Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro‘s Disney movie Haunted Mansion.”

Carl Franklin has replaced John Singleton as director of Tupac, the biopic that’s been in development for years, reports Variety‘s Dave McNary.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet will direct Diego Luna as Casanova, Ben Daniels as Francois-Joachim de Bernis and Miranda Richardson as the Marquise d’Urfé in an as yet untitled series for Amazon. John Hopewell and Todd Spangler have details in Variety.

“In a watershed deal for the Italian television industry, two production companies have inked a development and production pact to turn the spaghetti western Django and the Dario Argento-directed occult horror film Suspiria into international TV series,” reports Ryan Lattanzio at Thompson on Hollywood.

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