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Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.
“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”
The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese »
- Laura Prudom
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival said today that the pair will receive its 2015 American Riviera Award, which recognizes actors who have had a strong influence on American cinema. Marking the first time the honor will go to multiple recipients, Boyhood stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will receive a tribute to their long careers. The awards will be presented February 5 at the Arlington Theatre during the 30th annual event up the California coast.
In addition to awards favorite Boyhood — which famously was shot over a 12-year span — Arquette’s long list of credits includes turns for such top directors as Martin Scorsese (Bringing Out The Dead), John Madden (Ethan Frome), Tony Scott (True Romance), Michel Gondry’s (Human Nature), Tim Burton (Ed Wood), David O. Russell (Flirting With Disaster) and David Lynch (Lost Highway). She won the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and »
- The Deadline Team
10. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Directed by: Max Ophuls
To be honest, the relationship at the center of “Letter from an Unknown Woman” barely even exists. It’s more of a longing from one side than the other. But the ways Ophuls structures the film qualifies it for this list. For the run of the story, we hear a voiceover, explaining the moments in these two characters’ lives. Lisa (Joan Fontaine) is a teenager who becomes obsessed with a pianist who lives in her building named Stefan (Louis Jordan). She only meets him once, but maintains her love for him. After her mother announces they will be moving, Lisa runs away, but sees Stefan with another woman. Lisa becomes a respectable woman and is proposed to by a young, family-focused military officer, whom she turns down, still in love with Stefan, a man she has barely met. Years later, she »
- Joshua Gaul
Ethan Hawke cannot get Boyhood out of his system. He will not let it go. Richard Linklater’s sublime meditation on growing up, starring Hawke and Patricia Arquette as separated parents and Ellar Coltrane as their son, was shot every summer from 2002 to 2013. This year it was released to universal acclaim and became even more a part of his life. “For years I tried to talk to people about it and nobody had any context of it,” he says. “You try to explain to somebody: ‘Hey, I just did this great week of shooting in Austin.’ ‘Oh yeah, what is it?’ ‘Story about a kid.’ ‘When’s it gonna come out?’ ‘Nine years.’ Oh. So I think what will be lonely and sad is the feeling next year, »
- Alex Godfrey
Mar Del Plata, Argentina — Argentina’s Mar del Plata International Film Festival, which wraps Saturday, not only marks its 29th edition this November but the 60 years since it was first inaugurated in 1954 by then President Juan Domingo Peron. Projected before every screening and on some buildings across the city, an evocative black and white institutional spot by Esteban Sapir captures the history of the festival, with scenes from classics that have played here, including Ingmar Bergman’s “Summer With Monika,” Orson Welles’ “The Trial,” Francois Truffaut’s “Jules et Jim” and Dennis Hopper’s “Easy Rider.”
What remains Latin America’s sole “A”-grade film festival lured such luminaries as Gina Lollobrigida, Errol Flynn, Mary Pickford and Edward G. Robinson its inaugural year. Argentina’s cinema industry had been fast evolving since 1909, when the very first fiction films by Italian transplant Mario Gallo emerged: “The Shooting of Dorrego” and “The May Revolution. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
How often do we get to see a movie that is utterly unlike anything we have ever seen before? It is rare. For his entire career, from the start with his Sundance breakout "Slackers" in 1991, Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater has worked outside the box. He tracked the couple Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) across 18 years and three "Before" films (1995-2013), opening up the writing collaboration to his two lead actors. Linklater is a generous soul. He doesn't try to control as much as to steer his outcomes, with a great deal of confidence, something he needed with the philosophical rotoscoping animation experiments "Waking Life" and the Philip K. Dick adaptation "A Scanner Darkly." The secret of Linklater's success is his willingness to fail. He left some audiences behind with his earnest attempt to fictionalize Eric Schlosser's nonfiction food expose "Fast Food Nation," which played Cannes. But »
- Anne Thompson
When you make movies about people, an eye for casting becomes an auteurist stamp. Richard Linklater knows his characters so well — their personalities, their movements, their sounds — that by the time he inserts actors into each part, the choices feel like absolutes. Take the "Before" series. It’s a war crime to fantasy cast alternatives for Celine and Jesse. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are too perfect. Just try. Nope. Not the same movie. Can’t do it. Impossible. In a testament to Linklater’s knack for spotting talent, the Casting Society of America will present two-time Academy Award-nominee with their Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards. “Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless. With Boyhood, he worked with casting director Beth Sepko to make casting choices, which sustained the film’s emotional truth over the 12 years it took to shoot. It demonstrates »
- Matt Patches
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will fete Ethan Hawke with a career retrospective on Dec. 18.
The event is part of “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures,” a series of onstage interviews in which “some of the film world’s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft,” BAFTA said.
The series has previously hosted Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, David Fincher and Cate Blanchett, among others. Recordings of previous events in the series are available at http://guru.bafta.org/features/a-life-in-pictures.
Hawke first came to prominence in 1989 in “Dead Poets Society,” since when he has starred in more than 40 films, including “Reality Bites,” “Gattaca,” “Great Expectations,” “Assault on Precinct 13,” “The Purge” and “Woman in the Fifth.” In 2002, his role in “Training Day,” opposite Denzel Washington, earned him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor.
- Leo Barraclough
One of the most interesting precursors to me is always the Independent Spirit Awards. They don’t always cite the same things that the Academy does, so it’s a chance to see smaller and more eclectic fare given a moment in the sun. Even though the Spirit Award have matched up with Oscar more often in the recent past than was usual, it’s still a place where you can see honors for films that wouldn’t otherwise have a chance. Personally, that’s one of the my favorite things about certain precursors, the fact that they bestow citations on worthy cinema that could have been ignored entirely. Before I give you my shot in the dark predictions for this year’s Spirit Awards (which will announce their nominees in under two weeks…specifically on November 25th), I just wanted to further my point about the choices made by this group. »
- Joey Magidson
It's always a bummer when a technical glitch happens. This week, we lost an entire question and answer to some sort of strange microphone flutter. Someone wrote in to ask about the year 1994, asking if there were films that were overshadowed by "Pulp Fiction" that year that deserved some praise, and I took the opportunity to sing the praises of Roger Avary's "Killing Zoe" for a bit. I love that movie, and I think it's got a great dark evil energy about it. The work by Eric Stoltz and Julie Delpy is outstanding, and Jean-Hugues Anglade is like some mad hallucination in it. Anyway, we had to lose the whole thing, so it's a quicker-than-normal episode of "Ask Drew!" this week. We had a longer-than-expected hiatus between episodes, and we'll be turning that around and getting back on the every-other-week schedule now. It was my schedule that complicated everything. »
- Drew McWeeny
21 Years: Richard Linklater
Most filmgoers don’t know Richard Linklater’s name but his effect has been felt through the American independent film scene since the debut of Slacker in 1991. For the star-studded cast of commenters sitting down for some insights into Linklater, it’s hard to imagine a world without him. He is the unicorn who managed to build an entire career of passion projects, a rare opportunity indeed.
Written and directed by Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood, 21 Years: Richard Linklater seeks perspectives on one of cinema’s most underrated directors via interviews and stories shared by notable filmmakers Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Reitman, Kevin Smith, the Duplass brothers, and Matthew McConaughey. To provide a unique spin on talking heads, Dunaway and Wood splice in animated »
- Colin Biggs
Starring Rock himself, this smart Tiff crowdpleaser talkfest (which Scott Foundas described as "a candid, fresh, ferociously funny snapshot of life in the celebrity bubble") tells the story of jaded New York comedian-turned-movie star Andre Allen who wants desperately to be taken seriously--not unlike Michael Keaton's character in "BIrdman." His encounter with a flipcam-carrying New York Times interviewer (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career that he's left behind. The film unfolds over the course of one day (a trope that critics can't resist). Clearly, Rock learned a few things from writer-director-actress Julie Delpy ("Before" series) when he co-starred with her in "2 Days in New York," as he deploys the same Linklater-inspired fast-walking-and-talking moviemaking style. Paramount snapped up the film's worldwide rights for $12.5 million in Toronto ("an awesome blend of heart, raunch and classic New York »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
21 Years: Richard Linklater, which had its world premiere at Austin Film Festival on Oct. 24, primarily consists of two types of footage: interviews with charismatic actors who have worked with Richard Linklater, and scenes from the director's films up to and including Before Midnight (Boyhood is mentioned in passing). The result is often enjoyable but limited in scope, and ultimately the film comes off as more of a puff piece than an insightful documentary.
The question underlying 21 Years seems to be, "Why isn't Linklater better known and and as universally well loved as he is in Austin?" It's a good one to ask, but directors Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood don't so much answer that question as compile a series of examples that he is truly respected and admired by actors who have worked with him.
- Caitlin Moore
Exclusive: French sales company also set to launch new films by Leconte and Delpy at Afm.
“It’s a big budget, epic love story as only Mikhalkov knows how to deliver set just as the Russian revolution gains pace and the old Imperial era is destroyed forever,” said Wild Bunch sales chief Vincent Maraval.
The film revolves around a Tsarist soldier, awaiting his fate in a Bolsheviks-run prison camp, who recalls a short, passionate affair he once had with a beautiful and enigmatic married woman.
It is an adaptation of a 1927 novel by celebrated Nobel Prize-winning Russian novelist Ivan Bunin, written while he was living in exile in Paris.
Sunstroke was released in Russia at the beginning of October, after controversial premieres in the contested Crimean cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol in September »
Thirty years ago today, James Cameron’s The Teminator dominated the box office on its opening day.
Though the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film is now considered a modern classic, it’s not exactly the best film in its franchise.
In the intervening nine years between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) became a hard-willed warrior, determined to protect her son John Connor and the future of humanity. That’s one big step up from her colourless, sometimes hysterical demeanour in The Terminator. Already Terminator 2 is the better movie.
Terminator isn’t the only franchise that has a high-achieving younger sibling. Let’s go through some of our favourites.
James Cameron makes a good sequel. Unfortunately, his follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien was postponed for years while Cameron wrote and directed The Terminator and Rambo: First Blood Part II. We’re very »
- Sasha James
Welcome to the Dollhouse was a funny, but emotionally brutalizing calling card for director Todd Solondz back in 1996 (it paved the way for the even more brutal Happiness). So I'm sort of circumspect about the "whimsical" nature that his follow-up film Weiner Dog allegedly has. The ensemble film is apparently tied together "thematically by a dachshund" but nothing pretty or soft really lasts that long in a Solondz film. The story will revolve around several interconnected threads, one of which will center on Dawn Weiner, the relentlessly mocked protagonist that Heather Matarazzo played in Dollhouse. This time out the role (for reasons related to art or commerce I'm not sure, maybe both) will be handled by Greta Gerwig. Hit the jump for more on Weiner Dog. THR broke the story about the film and states that: The script tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, »
- Evan Dickson
Two decades on from his breakout second feature, Todd Solondz is returning to the world of Welcome To The Dollhouse. He's putting together a sort-of sequel, Wiener-Dog, which will in part pick up the story of erstwhile downtrodden teenager Dawn Wiener. Greta Gerwig and Julie Delpy are in talks to star.'Wiener-Dog' was the unkind nickname given to the awkward Dawn in the original film, but this time around it has a double meaning. The follow-up will be an ensemble drama covering multiple characters, all of whose stories are linked by a life-changing dachshund. So there's some whimsy amid the angst, as you might predict from the writer/director who followed Dollhouse with Happiness and Storytelling. Dawn was famously played by the 11-year-old Indie Spirit award-winning Heather Matarazzo last time, but while Matarazzo is still acting and producing, THR confirms that she is definitely not involved in recreating her signature role. »
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Nathalie Emmanuel, best known for her role as Daenerys' hand maiden Missandei in HBO's "Game of Thrones," has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel "The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" at 20th Century Fox.
Emmanuel will play Harriet, the leader of another group of maze runners. She joins a cast that includes Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson, Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito. Filming on the project begins next month. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men") will join Meg Ryan, Kara Hayward, Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage in "Fan Girl". Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the film and will appear as themselves.
The story follows a post-millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up »
- Garth Franklin
• Meg Ryan and Kara Hayward are joining Kiernan Shipka in Fan Girl. The film follows a 15-year-old post-Millennial teenager who combines her passions—making movies and idolizing her favorite band—in a final film project. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film. Gina O'Brien wrote the script. The film also stars Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage. All Time Low will lend their music to the soundtrack and will appear as themselves. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O'Brien and Jonathan Gray are executive producing. »
- C. Molly Smith
Todd Solondz’s unique brand of filmmaking is taking a leaf out of the studio book. Yep, he’s making a sequel folks. Well, he’s actually making a quasi-sequel that’s partially inspired by his breakout hit, Welcome To The Dollhouse. The follow-up, entitled Weiner-Dog, will head into production some twenty years after the first, which may go some way to explaining why certain roles have been re-cast with adult actors.
According to THR, the script “tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy.” One of those people will be Dawn Weiner, a relentlessly teased youngster played by Heather Matarazzo in the 1995 flick. Bridging the two decade gap to play the older Weiner (alright, stifle the chuckles!) is indie queen Greta Gerwig, who is currently in negotiations. While she’s not signed on officially as yet, »
- Gem Seddon
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