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Pic also stars Carmen Ejogo, who appeared in “The Purge: Anarchy,” and will be in the upcoming Martin Luther King biopic “Selma,” and Callum Keith Rennie, whose credits include “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Memento.”
Pic is written and directed by Robert Budreau, and produced by Jennifer Jonas and Leonard Farlinger of New Real Films, Budreau of Lumanity Productions and Jake Seal of Black Hangar Studios. Executive producers include William Santor, John Hills, Andrew Chang-sang of Productivity Media, Adam Moryto, Stefan Jacobs, D. Matt Geller and Gurpreet Chandhoke.
K5 Intl., which is handling the film’s international rights, is introducing the film to buyers at the American Film Market. Entertainment One is distributing the film in Canada.
Budreau’s film is inspired by the rise of Baker, who has it all, »
- Leo Barraclough
The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today
40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
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," 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
Let's pretend we've been off air for a few month and Tfe's fall season starts tomorrow, 8 Am Est with a special Tuesday Top Ten day, reviews as Lists, or Lists as Lists, or Picture Lists or whatever -- top tens all day. Throw some confetti (Tfe has, strangely, a devout but possessive following. Don't keep things you love to yourself: share, tweet and like your favorites! Donate a cup of coffee a month - see sidebar)
Whenever I announce a new season, I like to illustrate with ruthless programmer Diana Christensen even though she'd immediately cancel us for our ratings share and low episode counts
Tuesdays Top Ten | Curio | New Or Returning Series
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- NATHANIEL R
Richard Linklater is at the height of his power coming off this year’s Boyhood, and yet what’s funny is that he hardly exudes the presence of an auteur the way so many of his contemporaries or his idols have before him. “This Slacker ain’t no slacker”, as Matthew McConaughey says in a trailer for a new documentary about the director, 21 Years: Richard Linklater. Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood direct the documentary asking people who have starred in his films what makes him so special, everyone from McConaughey to Ethan Hawke, Zac Efron, Julie Delpy, Billy Bob Thornton, Jack Black and some his fans Kevin Smith and Jason Reitman.
The documentary intends to perform an overview of the artist he’s become 21 years in the making, which the synopsis says is enough time to define the career of the artist. Yet it’s hard to think of too »
- Brian Welk
From Slacker to Boyhood a new documentary will attempt to sum up 21 years of Richard Linklater.s artistry. Directors Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood have rounded up some pretty impressive talent and collaborators to discuss everything Linklater. We get to hear from Matthew McConaughey (all right all right all right), Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Zac Efron , Keanu Reeves, Jack Black, and others! Linklater has been one of my favorite directors since Before Sunrise blew me away nearly twenty years »
- Graham McMorrow
The first trailer for 21 Years: Richard Linklater shows the director's far-reaching influence, as stars flock to honor the filmmaker onscreen — some more poignantly than others. While Ethan Hawke notes that "he's onto something special, that's unique to him" and Julie Delpy describes him as wise and laidback, Jack Black also says, "He's a sneaky Shakespeare, and Matthew McConaughey calls him "Ricky Ticky Linklater" (and not without an "alright, alright, alright" as well). Keanu Reeves also adds, "There's no slacker in that Slacker." Watch more Richard Linklater Reveals Why 'Boyhood' Took 12 Years to Film The tribute documentary, directed by Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood, is based
- Ashley Lee
Richard Linklater's had a good year, with Boyhood enjoying strong buzz since its debut this summer. Linklater took 12 years to shoot and produce the film. In that span of time, the renowned director created a number of other influential films. In honor of his work, 21 Years: Richard Linklater brings together actors and directors who have worked with or been influenced by Linklater, and the film's first trailer offers no shortage of praise for him. Predicated on the idea that the first 21 years of an artist can define them, 21 Years documents Linklater's incredible slate of films, including the Before trilogy, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
It's Richard Linklater's world, and indie American filmmakers are just living in it. With candid testimonies from his favorite collaborators Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, along with Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Mark Duplass, Billy Bob Thornton, Parker Posey and his contemporary Kevin Smith, "21 Years" reveals how Linklater became the modern-day indie film godfather. The doc traces Linklater from the days of pop cultural touchstones "Dazed and Confused" and debut film "Slacker" to the "Before" series and "Boyhood," two bar-setting, of-the-moment arthouse masterpieces. And with Linklater now a top pick for the Best Director Oscar, "21 Years" offers a well-timed toast to his legacy. Gravitas Ventures takes the film to theaters and VOD on November 7. Check out the new poster and trailer below. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The full lineup and schedule have now been announced for this year's Austin Film Festival. Along with buzzy Marquee Selections like Wild and The Imitation Game and a few exciting late additions, including Jon Stewart's debut film Rosewater, The Humbling (starring Al Pacino) and dramedy/musical The Last 5 Years, dozens of world and regional premieres are slated to screen, too -- many with Texas ties.
You can take a look at the full lineup and conference schedule (they're using Sched this year) and start planning your own path, but for now here's a quick overview of the films appearing at the festival made by and about Texans.
21 Years: Richard Linklater -- Austin is the perfect place for the world premiere of this documentary, as it covers the first 21 years of the local director's career. The film features interviews with some of Linklater's regular collaborators, including Matthew McConaughey, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. »
- Caitlin Moore
It’s nice to see director Richard Linklater getting his due. A few years ago circa “Me and Orson Welles," the filmmaker was having a rough time: he wasn't able to finance a picture and the aforementioned indie film barely received a release (and its box-office gross was one of his lowest ever). His comeback started quietly with “Bernie” in 2011, but by the time “Before Midnight” arrived in 2013, Linklater was back in a big way. And now, his “Boyhood” is seen by many as one of the best movies of the year. So if it seems like it’s time to tip our collective hats to the filmmaker, a new documentary has arrived like clockwork. Featuring folks like Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy, Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton, Mark Duplass, Kevin Smith, Parker Posey among others, “21 Years: Richard Linklater” is »
- Edward Davis
For Ethan Hawke, the past two years have resulted in a series of culminations. Last year, Before Midnight, which closed out his trilogy with Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; Boyhood, which he made with Linklater over 12 years, premiered there this year. And now he's celebrating the completion of his documentary, Seymour: An Introduction, as it makes stops at various film festivals. So it makes sense that Hawke was prone to look backwards when feted at the New York Film Festival during its "An Evening With..." event. "It's feeling like a shedding of a skin of some kind, »
- Esther Zuckerman
The New York Film Festival is finally about to begin and here is Glenn on one of the must-sees of the fest, Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language.
Much like the film itself, you’ll have to bear with me here. If I get lost or end up on tangents then don’t worry – it’s not only to be expected, but probably the intent. This will probably be messy, but this is a film titled Goodbye to Language so I feel it’s a safe zone, yes? You see, there is a lot to talk about. How about the use of 3D that is perhaps the best I have ever seen. And then there’s the bravura directions that director Jean-Luc Godard goes even once you think you may have his shtick down. And that’s before we get into the concept of subjectivity of ideas. For all I know, »
- Glenn Dunks
Slate great piece on why we need less reboots and more original genre fiction - interesting points made that aren't just the usual bitching
Interview talks to the director of Wild Tales, which I loved at Tiff, Damián Szifrón
Shark Robot Avengers as cold cereal t-shirts. The best ones are clearly Thorrios and Loki Charms 'bifrosted!"
- NATHANIEL R
François Truffaut's 1975 collection of criticism, The Films in My Life, is being reissued, and Max Nelson reviews it for Film Comment. Also in today's roundup of news and views: Joanna Hogg on Chantal Akerman, Gilles Deleuze on cinema and philosophy, B. Ruby Rich on Roger Ebert, Darren Hughes and Michael Leary on Claire Denis, Matt Connolly on Martin Scorsese, Glenn Kenny's interview with David Thomson and news of forthcoming projects from Julie Delpy, Damien Chazelle, Terry Gilliam and more. » - David Hudson »
Julie Delpy is getting ready to return behind the camera with her next directorial effort "Lolo." And while plot details seem to be thin on the ground at the moment, it has emerged that Danny Boon, Vincent Lacoste and Karin Viarde make up part of the cast. Delpy and Boon will play a husband and wife with Lacoste as their "antisocial" son. Production will begin soon and the film is scheduled to hit theaters in France in October 2015. [via Film Divider] Aaron Paul is lining up alongside Jamie Dornan for Alexandre Aja's "The 9th Life Of Louis Drax." Penned by Max Minghella, the story "begins on Louis Drax's ninth birthday, when he suffers a near-fatal fall. In order to reveal the strange circumstances surrounding the young boy's accident, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling mystery, testing the boundaries of fantasy and reality." Production starts next month. [The Wrap] Bryan Cranston and Matt Damon both. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
• Bryan Cranston and Matt Damon are in very early talks to star in Zhang Yimou’s China-set movie The Great Wall. This is the second time the film has tried to go into production after a failed attempt by director Ed Zwick that was to star Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker. The latest draft of the supernatural adventure picture was written by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Identity) and follows the mystery surrounding the construction of The Great Wall of China. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
Delpy stars as Violette, a 40-year old alluring workaholic with a career in the fashion industry who falls for a provincial computer geek, Jean-Rene (Boon), while on a spa retreat with her best friend (Viard). The promising romance starts to unravel when Jean-René meets Violette’s cherished 20-year old son, Lolo (played by French up-and-comer Vincent Lacoste), and discovers their unusual relationship.
“This film deals with universal themes: We have a relationship between two people who come from opposite worlds but are drawn to each other; and we also touch on – in a humorous way — the issues that single mothers in their 40’s face when looking for love,” said Michael Gentile, who is producing the movie via his Paris-based outfit The Film. “Lolo” is »
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.
That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday »
- Ariana Bacle
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