14 items from 2016
Music is an ever-changing business and that business is fickle. Few lines of work are more cut-throat than the music biz and Hollywood loves to accentuate that about it’s sister industry. It’s a fascinating, frustrating free-for-all watching the players and heavy hitters crossing lines and breaking rules, all vying for the next big hit song or hot band. Ethics, morals, loyalty… these have no place here.
Kill Your Friends is the newest film to examine these escapades, written by and based on John Niven’s novel, the film is directed by Own Harris, who cut his teeth making episodes of edgy television shows like Misfits and Black Mirror. Harris definitely brings an edgy style to the film, one that is both unique and influenced by modern masters, undoubtedly including Danny Boyle among a few others.
- Travis Keune
The indie romantic comedy “inspired” by George Clooney has filled out its cast as filming begins. Tate Donovan, Kristen Johnson and Rosanna Arquette have joined the ensemble of For the Love of George led by Nadia Jordan, who also co-scripted with Hayley Nolan. Director Maria Burton’s film follows the plight of a jilted British wife (Jordan) who comes to Los Angeles after discovering her husband cheating on her, with the fantasy of meeting her ultimate dream man… »
The story follows the plight of a jilted British woman who comes to Los Angeles, after discovering her husband is cheating on her, with the fantasy of meeting her ultimate dream man — George Clooney. Through a funny series of adventures and near misses, she comes to learn that her destiny is in her hands, not anyone else’s.
“It is such an honor to produce a film about female empowerment that also recognizes many powerfully talented women in front of and behind the scenes of the entertainment industry,” said Jordan. »
- Dave McNary
Plus: Tyler Perry greenlights Apartheid drama; Semana Del Cine Español to kick off in Puerto Rico
Kurt Voelker directs the comedy-drama and Windowseat Entertainment is fully financing. Fortitude International handles sales outside the Us and The Gersh Agency and CAA represent North American rights.
Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films is in development on The Year Of The Great Storm, with Doug Liman and George C. Wolfe on board as executive producers. Karzan Kader will direct the story of Amy Biehl, an American Fulbright scholar whose death in South Africa during the Apartheid years prompted her parents to move to the country in an effort to bring about change. Wme is packaging the project.Spanish star Paco Leon and writer-director Daniel Guzman will be among the attractions at the »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The music industry ain't pretty. It's a notion that's explored in "Kill Your Friends," bringing an almost "American Psycho" vibe to the story of one young man trying to make his mark on the '90s "Cool Britannia" scene that yielded Oasis, Radiohead and Blur. Read More: Tiff Review: 'Kill Your Friends' Starring Nicholas Hoult, Craig Roberts, James Corden & Rosanna Arquette Based on the novel by John Niven and starring Nicholas Hoult, Craig Roberts, James Corden, Tom Riley, Joseph Mawle, Georgia King, Ed Skrein, Jim Piddock, Edward Hogg and directed by Owen Harris ("Secret Diary Of A Call Girl," "Black Mirror"), this film follows a young man willing to go to extreme lengths to stay one step ahead in his job as an A&R man at a London record label. London, 1997; the British music industry is on a winning streak. Britpop bands Blur, Oasis, Radiohead rule the airwaves and Cool Britannia. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Justin Long, Michael Nyqvist, Emmanuelle Devos and Rosanna Arquette also star. The film is the directorial debut of Matthew Ross, a former consultant on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and managing editor of Filmmaker magazine.
The story follows the love affair between a Las Vegas chef and a promising fashion designer that is badly derailed when the woman’s past and present demons resurface. Nyqvist portrays a man from Lola’s past.
The film is described as a psychosexual noir love story set in Las Vegas and Paris about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and ultimately the search for redemption.
- Dave McNary
A Lover I Don’t Have to Love: Ross’ Debut Explores Troubled Romance
Notions of monogamy and ownership hover on the troubling periphery of Matthew Ross’ debut Frank & Lola, a toxic psychological drama depicted exclusively from a masculine perspective. Its title would suggest an attempt at equal rendering of its titular characters, but Lola, along with any other female characters, remain wrapped (or perhaps warped) in mystery, their motivations and ideals manipulated by the desire or fear of the men in their lives. Despite failing the Bechdel Test, it’s another impressive psychological performance enhanced from the master of intensity, Michael Shannon, while Ross dances around predictability with an ambience promising a darker potential. Although the film ultimately doesn’t satisfy as either a thriller or a relationship drama, it’s an interesting exploration of gender roles, a refracted odyssey of slut shaming stigma set specifically against the transient excess »
- Nicholas Bell
Exclusive: One of the last Sundance Film Festival buzz titles has come off the board. Universal has made a deal for most of the world for a minimum guarantee north of $2 million for Frank And Lola, the Matthew M. Ross-directed drama that stars Imogen Poots, Michael Shannon, Justin Long, Michael Nyqvist, Emmanuelle Devos and Rosanna Arquette. The film is a psycho-sexual noir love story set in Las Vegas and Paris about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and ultimately… »
Lena Dunham and Planned Parenthood hosted the Sex, Politics & Film Cocktail Reception at the Sundance Film Festival that was attended by the likes of Elizabeth Banks and Rosanna Arquette. Sex, Politics & Film At Sundance Banks jetted into Park City, Utah on Sunday ahead of the Planned Parenthood event. An outspoken supporter of reproductive […]
- Chelsea Regan
Her Best Friend’s Wedding: Kim’s Poetic Exploration of Muted Desire
Indie auteur So Yong Kim continues in English with her fourth narrative feature, Lovesong, a road-trip film which turns into a moving, understated portrait of muted desire. This is Kim’s first film since 2012’s For Ellen, which was the director’s first English language feature and first narrative focused on a male protagonist. But what strikingly unites all of her films are each of their idiosyncratic ways of featuring isolated, lonely humans grappling with disenchantment, usually through some sort of awkward transitional phase, a temporary limbo where goals and dreams lie just outside their grasp. Her latest is no exception in this regard, and features recurring motifs Kim seems fascinated by, namely precocious children involuntarily puttered about in the lives of their malcontented parents. But the focus here is on the carefully moderated relationship of its two leads, »
- Nicholas Bell
Conceived in the same delicate minor key as her earlier films (“In Between Days,” “Treeless Mountain” and “For Ellen”), So Yong Kim’s fourth feature dances nervously but gracefully around a love that not only dares not speak its name, but can barely even figure itself out. Anchored by Riley Keough’s lovely, wistful performance as a mom in her 20s who gets back in touch with an old childhood bestie (a sharp Jena Malone), “Lovesong” makes a virtue of restraint as it traces a complex emotional history in two parts, and innumerable (and sometimes quite literal) shades of gray. The result may not significantly broaden the audience for Kim’s subdued, perceptive work but nevertheless stands as her most accessible feature to date, and deserves a listen from discerning arthouse distributors.
Recently seen in a very different role as Capable, the aptly named, ginger-haired female escapee in “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang
A movie starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots? I don't really need to know anything else to have my ticket sold for "Frank & Lola." But for those who might need a little more push to investigate what the film is all about, the first clip has landed in advance of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Read More: New Projects For Michael Shannon, Lena Dunham, Plus First Look At Miles Teller In 'Bleed For This' Co-starring Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Emmanuelle Devos, and Rosanna Arquette, the directorial debut my Matthew Ross follows a Las Vegas chef who falls into a relationship with an enigmatic young woman. Here's the official synopsis: Frank is a brooding, staunch Las Vegas chef who always focused his energy into his culinary talents—until he meets Lola, a young and beautiful enigma. Together, Frank and Lola build an intense relationship that saves each other from their mutual despair. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The film follows Sarah, a neglected wife, who embarks on a road trip with her daughter and her best friend Mindy, only to have a dramatic falling out with her friend.
Three years later Sarah is forced to come to terms with her feelings for Mindy in the run-up to her friend’s wedding.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Pulp Fiction, 1994.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Three stories play out in expert fashion in La, with drugs, money and guns all at play in Quentin Tarantino’s incredible second film.
It truly is a testament to Pulp Fiction how it remains a timeless joy to watch on every viewing, over twenty years after it’s 1994 release. That definitive shot of Travolta and Jackson, two guns raised, is the iconic image Banksy decided to parody, replacing guns with bananas. The soundtrack, stuffed with songs eternally attached to Tarantino’s second film, include the standout ‘Pulp Fiction’ track, Miserlou. “Royale with cheese”, “Ezekial 25:7”, “Zed’s Dead Baby, Zed’s Dead” – endlessly quotable lines, reinforcing how poetic and punchy Tarantino’s writing can be. It’s laid back sloucher’s, donning dressing gowns and »
- Simon Columb
14 items from 2016
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