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With a potential writers strike looming, studios may be looking down a slew of projects in the weeks ahead, as they to avoid any disruption to their content flow. So it means that high profile projects are getting a sharper eye, and more meetings are taking place, as no one wants to be left without something to put into production while writers and Hollywood hash out a new deal. And two very high profile projects are making the rounds.
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you only know Val Kilmer from his movies, you don’t really know Val Kilmer. The actor, who’s played everyone from Batman to Mark Twain onscreen and onstage, has what some might describe as an eccentric streak that most recently manifested in a series of tweets about Cate Blanchett over the weekend. The two appeared in Ron Howard’s “The Missing” and, more recently, Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song”; their time together appears to have left quite an impression on him.
“Once I flew all the way to Australia just to talk to Cate Blanchett,” Kilmer says in the first tweet, which is accompanied by a close-up photo of part of his face. “Her husband met me first. Or, instead, I guess, to be accurate.” He then introduces a hashtag and takes on »
- Michael Nordine
Kilmer went on a multi-day tweet-storm about the Oscar-winning actress over the weekend, declaring his affection for her. “Once I did a cameo just to hang w/ #cateblanchett who pickd up a shovel in our sc. I was so dazzled by How she picked it up I forgot my line,” he wrote in one tweet — of many, some since-deleted.
So what about Blanchett left Kilmer so in awe?
In their film The Missing, »
- Lindsay Kimble
Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Show! This week, I am joined by Michael Snydel and Nick Newman to discuss Terrence Malick‘s Austin-set, music-centered drama Song to Song, starring Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman.
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M4A: The Film Stage Show Ep. 233 – Song to Song
00:00 – 1:32:20 – Song to Song Discussion
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- Brian Roan
Review by Stephen Tronicek
Terrence Malick makes films that are almost all ambient which means they are almost all mood, and as mood pieces they are masterpieces. Starting with 2012’s To The Wonder, (The Tree Of Life still being firmly rooted by a script and still containing a semblance of pre-planned structure) Malick has started to move away from the more focused narrative efforts that defined his early career and find himself in a more ambient experimental territory. Both Knight Of Cups and Song To Song find themselves deeply nestled in a lack of cohesion, but this lack of cohesion allows both films to present the emotions of their characters with striking clarity. Whether or not you’d like to experience those is up to you.
Song To Song is a frustrating film, that is intentionally so to give its audience emotional clarity. The film focusses on the relationships of four individuals in the Austin, »
- Movie Geeks
By Eric Blume
It’s difficult to review Song to Song, the latest film from Terrence Malick, because based on the standards of cinema (plot, characters, structure, acting, etc.), it’s a pretty terrible movie. But with this film, Malick continues his journey to discover some sort of new cinematic language and style that has a weird beauty all its own.
The story, such as it is, revolves around three people in the music business (played by Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, and Ryan Gosling). They go in and out of relationships with each other and a few other folks (notably Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and Bond girl Berenice Marlohe). Malick gives you no real sense of time, so it’s never 100% clear what happens when exactly. But there are many, many scenes with those five people running their hands over each others’ bodies while voiceover proclaims banalities about sex and connection. »
- Eric Blume
Natalie Portman turned her baby bump into the star of this show. While the Oscar winner has already given birth to her second child, daughter Amalia Millepied, James Blake's latest music video is a precious reminder to the actress of her final weeks as a pregnant lady. In the black and white visual for his track, "My Willing Heart," the Jackie star's silhouette remains the focus of the piece as she swims, sits and lays with her bare belly in full focus. While it's unclear whether her son Aleph makes a cameo in the music video, a toddler pops up for a moment to embrace Portman's bump. In another intimate shot, Portman's belly moves as her daughter seems to kick »
While Anna Rose Holmer has yet to follow up her acclaimed, award-winning, breakout film “The Fits,” there’s no doubt she’s landed on the right radars, as her latest effort sees her working with two pretty big talents.
Holmer has gone behind the camera to direct the new video for James Blake‘s “My Willing Heart.” The melancholic track is gorgeously shot in black and white, and features a very pregnant Natalie Portman in a series of stirring images.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Speaking to Business Insider recently while promoting his new film Trainspotting 2, Ewan McGregor was asked whether we may see an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spin off movie. Talking about whether he had an interest of starring in such a movie, he said...
"Listen, I have been asked about it a lot, to the point where it looks a bit like I'm sort of touting for work,” said McGregor. “I’ve been very open to say I'd be happy to do it, if they want to do it"
The key phrase in the quote is "If they want to do it." While the Star Wars Prequel Movies were not everyone's cup of tea, as the Mr. Plinkett Reviews from Red Letter Media would tell you, there certainly were some bright spots in those films. The biggest of course was Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. While his version of the character got »
- Tim Jousma
Before giving birth last month to her second child, Natalie Portman managed to squeeze in one more project. The 35-year-old actress stars in James Blake’s new music video, “My Willing Heart,” and is very, very pregnant. The black-and-white music video showcases Portman’s bump in a series of close-up shots, along with scenes of her swimming […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
Natalie Portman welcomed her second child, a baby girl named Amalia, with husband Benjamin Millepied on Feb. 22, but before then, she squeezed in a special appearance on James Blake's new video for "My Willing Heart." In the video, which was reportedly shot "just days" before Natalie gave birth, the Jackie actress flaunts her baby bump while floating around in a pool and sitting on a bed in lingerie. Natalie also bared her baby bump for Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue back in January. »
- Monica Sisavat
Before giving birth last month to her second child, Natalie Portman managed to squeeze in one more project.
The 35-year-old actress stars in James Blake's new music video, "My Willing Heart," and is very, very pregnant. The black-and-white music video showcases Portman's bump in a series of close-up shots, along with scenes of her swimming in a bikini. She's also seen sitting on a bed in lingerie, with one hand on her stomach.
Watch: Natalie Portman Reveals How Pregnancy Has Affected Her Pre-Event Eating Habits
The lyrics seem to match the visuals of a woman preparing to give birth. "When I see my willing heart, how will I know?" Blake croons in the chorus. "How will I walk slow? How will I know?"
Portman shot the music video just days before she gave birth, according to a press release obtained by Pitchfork Media, but still had to back out of attending the Independent Spirit Awards and Oscars »
After helming one of last year’s best films with The Fits, Anna Rose Holmer is continuing to flex her directing muscles. We recently saw her Moonlight-inspired short film and now she’s back with a new music video for James Blake‘s “My Willing Heart,” which he co-wrote with Frank Ocean, and starring a very pregnant Natalie Portman.
The black and white video for the song from last year’s The Colour in Anything is another visually striking work from Holmer as we witness Portman — who was “just days” away from giving birth to her daughter when the video was shot in Los Angeles — in a bedroom and then taking an underwater dive. The moody, evocative piece has us hoping this isn’t the last time The Fits director collaborates with the actress.
Check it out below, with a hat tip to Pitchfork, and if one wants to see more of Portman, »
- Leonard Pearce
Simon Brew Mar 21, 2017
How many of us revisit a film, if it didn't work for us first time around?
A bit of clickbait avoidance. The answer to the question posed in the title is: it clearly depends on the film. But I think there’s a bit more to it than that. Hence this article.
Let’s start, then, with Stephen Fry. In his relatively recent memoir More Fool Me, he spends a welcome chunk of the opening section discussing books, and how memories of books can leak over time. He ties it into Guy Pearce’s character in Memento, thus earning a few extra geek points from the jar.
But there’s a sentence he writes, on page 15, that struck me at the time, and has struck me regularly since. For he simply recalls that “A friend of mine pointed out recently how absurd it was that people reread »
Natalie Portman skipped the Oscars this year because she had given birth to her second child just days before, and for anyone wondering what Portman was up to prior to that, you now have your answer: Shooting a music video for James Blake.
The English musician has premiered the gorgeous black-and-white music video for his song “My Willing Heart,” and it puts a very pregnant Portman front and center as she connects with her unborn child in various locations, including a softly-lit bedroom and a giant pool. Anna Rose Holmer, the breakout director of “The Fits,” shot the video days before Portman gave birth.
- Zack Sharf
This article originally appeared on EW.com.
James Blake released the music video for “My Willing Heart,” off 2016’s The Colour in Anything, Monday. The stark, black-and-white clip stars a pregnant Natalie Portman and was directed by Anna Rose Holmer. According to a press release, the actress appeared in the video “just days” before her daughter Amalia‘s birth last month.
Though Blake released The Colour in Anything last May, “My Willing Heart” is the first of the album’s tracks to receive a music video. The electro-soul artist discussed the track, which Frank Ocean co-wrote, with EW last year. »
- Eric Renner Brown
Last week, Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie,” starring Natalie Portman as the embattled, shellshocked and grieving First Lady in the days immediately following the assassination of her husband JFK, came to Blu-ray. It’s a stunning film, one that marks the English-language debut of one of our favorite working filmmakers and that picked up three Oscar nominations. It’s also the highest-profile Larraín film to date, but really it only represents the crystallization of his building buzz, which dates back to his “Tony Manero” (2008), “Post Mortem” (2010) and “No” (2012) days.
Continue reading Beyond Larraín: 6 Chilean Directors You Should Know at The Playlist. »
- Jaime Grijalba
Just when you thought award season was over, along comes another one… Last night Camden Roundhouse got was host to some very important people for the 2017 Three Empire Awards.
The awards are voted for by readers of the film magazine and tend to produce very different results to the likes of the BAFTAs and Oscars, the focus being much more on the fan favourite films that often get overlooked by the industry-led awards. Ryan Reynolds‘ Deadpool for example found no love at the Oscars, but was nominated for five Empire awards, taking home just one of them. Similarly Amy Adams was missed off of several Best Actress categories this season despite her amazing work in both Arrival and Nocturnal Animals. Sadly she lost out again, but at least she was nominated.
The big winner of the night was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the film scooping up three of the big awards – Best Director, »
- Kat Hughes
The rare specialty sequel led the weekend with Danny Boyle’s “T2 Trainspotting,” 21 years after the original’s breakout success. The TriStar release had the best initial numbers since the late-year awards contenders, but other debuts showed results that seemed underwhelming next to their pedigree.
This time last year, we saw the release of crossover successes “Eye in the Sky” and “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” but 2017 lacks the same heft. Last week’s breakout, “A Very Sordid Wedding” (The Film Collective) continued at its sole Palm Springs location but didn’t report results, suggesting the $40,000 start had a strong component of premiere hoopla and higher event pricing.
T2 Trainspotting (Sony) – Metacritic: 64; Festivals include: Berlin 2017
$180,000 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $36,000
- Tom Brueggemann
In an interview with Fandango, it would appear as though the filmmaker accidentally revealed the title of the next installment in the “Alien” universe, slipping the name “Alien: Awakening” into a chronological list of the “Alien” prequel movies.
“There will be another one before we kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into the rear back head of [the original] ‘Alien,'” Scott said, making sense of where in the “Alien” world the films are placed. “It will go ‘Prometheus,’ ‘Awakening,’ ‘Covenant’ … fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way.”
Whether or not Scott merely had a slight brain lapse remains to be seen, but in all likelihood, the title of »
- Will Thorne
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