Among the movies we discuss are Ondi Timoner's Russell Brand doc, which opened SXSW, "Creative Control," "Uncle Kent 2," Sally Field in "Hello My Name is Doris," Austin's Zellner brothers film "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter," starring Rinko Kikuchi, Sean Penn in "The Gunman," Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale in Bleecker Street's "Danny Collins," and smart horror flick "It Follows" and its tug-of-war between theaters and VOD. »
- Anne Thompson
The SXSW Film Festival has always been a launching pad for women in Hollywood — it’s where Lena Dunham premiered “Tiny Furniture” in 2010, and “Girls” in 2012; where 2011’s “Bridesmaids” debuted; and where Brie Larson became a star in 2013’s “Short Term 12.”
But this year’s SXSW had more girl power than ever before, from the female-driven comedies “Trainwreck” and “Spy,” to the work of breakout directors like Hannah Fidell (“6 Years”) and Shannon Sun-Higginson (“Gtfo: A Documentary About Women in Gaming”). As Hollywood still has a weak track record of putting women in front of and behind the camera — last year, women directors made only 4.6% of studio films — it’s still a question if emerging talent at festivals like SXSW and Sundance can cross over into the mainstream. “Since the industry is run by men, men have a tendency to want to make stories about themselves,” Sally Field told Variety. »
- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang, Joe Leydon and Dennis Harvey
Read More: SXSW Review: Sally Field Delivers a Winning Performance in 'Hello, My Name is Doris' While Max Greenfield has been working consistently in film and television for over a decade, it was landing the show-defining role of Schmidt on "New Girl" that made people take notice of him as a comedy powerhouse. For the SXSW-premiering "Hello, My Name is Doris," directed by Michael Showalter, though, Greenfield kept things grounded as the young object of Sally Field's affections. Below, Greenfield explains why he took the part without even reading the script, how the film's stellar ensemble cast came together and what was hard about playing the straight man this time. How did you get involved with the film? I had done "They Came Together" with Michael [Showalter] and David [Wain], and Michael and I, on that film, just hit it off. I had such a great experience on that movie. The following summer, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice
It’s hilarious. The boundaries of bromance, marriage, friendship and even penis comedy are pushed to a very funny limit with this film. It’s great to see Schilling doing great work outside of “Orange is the New Black.”
Final Score: 8/10
Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who has never recovered from his losing his true love embarks on a new tenuous relationship with a local woman he meets at the bank. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina. (U.S. Premiere)
(film synopsis from sxsw.com)
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- Jeff Bayer
One of the breakout discoveries at this year’s SXSW Film Festival is “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” the latest from director Michael Showalter (“Wet Hot American Summer”) that crosses genres — from dramatic comedy to comedic drama — and pushes Hollywood out of its comfort zone. Sally Field plays the title character, a sixtysomething who falls in love with her much younger co-worker (Max Greenfield). The movie keeps the audience guessing, in the best possible way, until its bittersweet finale, with echoes of “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Something’s Gotta Give,” although it’s an entirely unique love story.
“Hello, My Name Is Doris” is the first time in nearly two decades that Field has headlined her own movie, and she uses the spotlight to fully reinvent herself at 68. “I’ll never have a similar character offered to me again, I know that,” Field says. She spoke to Variety about the film, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Read More: Meet the Faces of SXSW 2015: Sally Field, Nick Kroll, Jason Schwartzman and More Unable to make it to the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and feeling left out? Luckily for all of us who couldn't make it down to Austin, Texas for the fest, Vimeo is bringing SXSW straight to our computers, thanks to a collection of 20 of the festival's best short films. From visually striking music videos to whip smart shorts featuring A-list talent like Kirsten Dunst (see above), the collection proves that cinematic ambition is alive and well in movies well under the 5-minute mark. Check out the entire SXSW Vimeo shorts catalog here, and watch some of our favorite entries below: "Hudson and Troop - Frameless," Andrew Goldsmith & Darcy Prendergast "Bottom Feeders," Matt Reynolds "Duke Dumont - Won't Look Back," Tim Main (Tim & Joe) "Paolo Nutini 'Iron Sky,'" Daniel Wolfe Read More: SXSW: Complete »
- Zack Sharf
In one of the more bizarre rumours last year, it was speculated that Sony were planning on doing a spin-off movie in their Spider-Man franchise that would focus on Sally Field’s Aunt May. It was quickly debunked and nothing further was ever said of it, but with the news of Spider-Man getting another reboot treatment and joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is no completely out of the question.
“It was fun because it was just a great group”, she said, adding that Andrew Garfield was the “most perfect fellow to work with, so I will miss him, but I’ll find him.”
The Huffington Post on the other hand asked her about the spin-off rumours, which she dismisses quite emphatically. “Aunt May spin off? »
- Luke Owen
Before Marvel agreed to help Sony reboot the Spider-Man franchise, there were rumors that Sony was planning to make a spin-off focusing on Aunt May, who is Peter Parker's aunt last played by Sally Field in "The Amazing Spider-Man" films. In a new interview with Field, the actress was asked about the rumor. "Aunt May spin-off? And make her the lead? What would you do with her?," she asked. "She has no special powers whatsoever. She was a housewife waiting for the kids to come home." Whether the rumor was true or not, now that Marvel is involved, any potential plans will be thrown out. Instead, fans will be introduced to a new Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War," which is set to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016. »
One of the stranger rumors that cropped up last year was that Sony Pictures was looking at developing a "Spider-Man" spinoff based on Sally Field's Aunt May character in her younger days. With the Marvel/Sony deal having gone forward though, the various spin-off films were scrapped including, presumably, said Aunt May film.
It turns out actress Sally Field, who played Aunt May in the two "The Amazing Spider-Man" films, wasn't aware of the project. In a new interview with The Huffington Post during SXSW, she was asked about the project. She said:
"Aunt May spinoff? And make her the lead? What would you do with her? She has no special powers whatsoever. She was a housewife waiting for the kids to come home. I think they did that: It was called The Donna Reed Show."
Field also confirmed to E! News that she doesn't know if she will return for the reboot, »
- Garth Franklin
The Spider-Man reboot means it's farewell to Sally Field's Aunt May. Not that she thought the spin-off movie was going to happen either
One of the oddest rumours to spring up last year was that of a proposed spin-off for the Aunt May character. As part of Sony's then-planned Spider-Man universe, we were told, we were getting Aunt May: Origins (or whatever it would have been called).
The rumour was debunked in about the time it took for most of us to stop chuckling at it, but then the story was indicative of where the Spider-Man movie series had ended up towards the end of 2014. A little bit lost, with any rumour feeling plausible.
Since then, of course, Marvel and Sony have got together to chart a firmer course for the Spider-Man movies. Spider-Man is now part of the Marvel cinematic universe, is expected to appear in next year's Captain America: Civil War, »
Read More: Sally Field on Going Raunchy for 'Hello, My Name is Doris' and Why She's Never Felt Like a Great Success Directed by "Wet Hot American Summer" alumni Michael Showalter, "Hello, My Name Is Doris" puts Sally Field right where she belongs: Front, center and in the spotlight. Showalter's second feature film (his first was "The Baxter") follows Doris (Field) through a misguided attempt for the heart of her much-younger colleague. Her real-retro know-how gets her in with his hipster crowd, but as with the coming-of-age stories that inspired the film, Doris must discover what's truly right for herself -- regardless of what the popular kids think. What's your film about in 140 characters or less?After the death of her elderly mother, a reclusive and eccentric woman named Doris becomes romantically infatuated with a younger co-worker. Antics ensue. Now what's it Really about?It's about many things really. It's about finding your true family. »
- Rosie Narasaki
Way back in November, a report surfaced that Sony Pictures was developing a Spider-Man spinoff based on Sally Field's Aunt May character from The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The project was never confirmed by Sony, but even if it were, Sony decided just a few months later to scrap all of its Spider-Man projects (including The Sinister Six and Venom) to reboot Spidey once again. The new Spider-Man will first appear in an unspecified Marvel movie, most likely Captain America: Civil War, before a new Spider-Man saga hits theaters in 2017. As it turns out, not even Sally Field was aware of the Aunt May spinoff, as she revealed during an interview at SXSW with The Huffington Post.
"Aunt May spinoff? And make her the lead? What would you do with her? She has no special powers whatsoever. She was a housewife waiting for the kids to come home. »
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- Germain Lussier
Let.s think back to a hectic period during the Spider-Man film franchise: November 2014. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 had been pushed back to 2018, Sinister Six had been rescheduled for November 2016 and Sony didn.t know what to do with their now-defunct Spider-Man cinematic universe. Then things got really crazy. A rumor surfaced stating that Sony was working on a movie about Peter Parker.s Aunt May. Fans immediately called this plan ridiculous, and as it turns out, the actor who recently portrayed the character agrees wholeheartedly. At SXSW this weekend, The Huffington Post asked actress Sally Field, who played Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, what she thought about this proposed spinoff, and like the fans, she appropriately scoffed at the idea. Said the Academy Award-winning actress, Aunt May spinoff? And make her the lead? What would you do with her? She has no special powers whatsoever. »
While attending the South by Southwest Film Festival this week, Sally Field was asked about Sony and Marvel rebooting the Amazing Spider-Man movies, in which she played Aunt May. The two-time Oscar-winner had implied that she'll miss Andrew Garfield the most, telling E! Online that he was "just perfect" as Peter Parker, and that he's the "most perfect fellow to work with, so I will miss him, but I'll find him." With the Web-slinger set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Field then reflected on the experience: "It was fun because it was just a great group." Like Garfield, Sally Field playing Aunt May was one of the best aspects of Marc Webb's now-abandoned franchise. However, not too long before the new plans for Spider-Man were announced, Sony reportedly considered an Amazing Spider-Man spin-off focusing on Sally Field's character. "Aunt May spin-off? And make her the lead? What would you do with her? »
This year’s SXSW Film looked as star-studded as the Oscars (or at least the MTV Movie Awards), with one of the festival’s most commercial movie lineups ever. Capping the busy weekend was a rare triple feature: the premieres of “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Furious 7.” And a batch of deals closed in Austin for smaller movies — including the Alex Gibney doc “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” (which went to Magnolia Pictures), the relationship drama “6 Years” (which landed at Netflix) and the Rupert Grint film “Moonwalkers“ (Alchemy). Here are five of the top moments from the first few days.
1) Amy Schumer Is the Next Big Thing
Amy Schumer proved that she really is a movie star in her first movie, Judd Apatow comedy “Trainwreck.” She plays a journalist (also named Amy) who drifts through a series of unfortunate one-night stands until she meets a charming doctor (Bill Hader »
- Ramin Setoodeh
It feels like it was just yesterday that Andrew Garfield was slinging his firsts webs in The Amazing Spider-Man. But as we now know, the Spidey franchise is going to be rebooted again. Sony has made no announcements about who will play Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego. Sally Field played Peter's Aunt May in the two Garfield flicks. Calling Garfield "just perfect," the acting icon told me at the South by Southwest premiere of her indie drama Hello, My Name Is Doris, that he is the "most perfect fellow to work with, so I will miss him, but I'll find him." The movies also co-starred Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Denis Leary as her police captain dad and Martin Sheen as Peter's »
I'm one of those "glass half-full "critics when it comes to Taylor Lautner. Film after film I hope he'll pull a Sally Field, who went from The Flying Nun and Gidget to Sybil and Norma Rae. Would Abduction or Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 reveal the young man's inner Laurence Olivier? No, sadly. The lumbering hunk remains just a lumbering hunk in those two. Prize-winning pecs and abs plus a cute smile were what the glamor boy's fans had to settle for.
"Well, maybe Tracers will be his Wuthering Heights," I was murmuring as I scooted onto the subway last night, heading for a midtown screening room. I should have known better. I should have checked out the director's CV before hoping for the best.
- Brandon Judell
Read More: Meet the Faces of SXSW 2015: Sally Field, Nick Kroll, Jason Schwartzman and More It's the summer of 1989. 9-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mt. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted's mother left, John has drifted into despondency—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, William Colby (Rainn Wilson), captivates young Ted and the two form a unique friendship - setting the stage for Ted’s final, unnerving metamorphosis. "The Boy" is a chilling, intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death. [Synopsis courtesy SXSW]. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? "The Boy" is an intimate portrait of of a 9-year-old boy's growing fascination with death. Now what's it Really about? »
- Casey Cipriani
Max Greenfield can now say he's kissed Sally Field. Yes, Oscar winning acting legend Sally Field. "You just go in and do it," Greenfield told me at the South by Southwest premiere of Hello, My Name Is Doris, his and Field's new movie. "You just go right in." In the film, Field plays a delusional woman in her sixties who has a thing for a younger co-worker (Greenfield). "We had already been kinda like flirting around and then we just, we just went for it," Greenfield said. "And then we were like, 'Let's do one more take.'" Field gushed that the New Girl actor is "so adorable." She also said playing the older woman »
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