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David Lynch, Meg Ryan and Jim Jarmusch all have one thing in common--for some reason, coffee has been a recurring set piece over the course of their careers. The ubiquitous caffeinated beverage's power to stimulate the brain and draw people together over conversation has propelled storylines in many of their films, and they are not alone.
For a while back in 2006, it even looked like Tom Hanks and Gus van Sant might make a movie about the international coffee peddler Starbucks' ability save down-and-out families. We have yet to see the "How Starbucks Changed My Life" film go into production, but countless other actors and directors have slipped in sips of java to keep scenes percolating.
Here are ten of the most memorable examples.
10. Agent Kujan makes a mess, "The Usual Suspects" (1995)
Nothing punctuates a moment of surprise in a movie quite like a coffee cup shattering on the floor -- except, »
- Brian Warmoth
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal is one actor whose career we always like to keep a track of considering his keen eye for directorial talent. He grew to prominence with roles in the films of Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Amores Perros," "Babel"); has since worked with names like Michel Gondry ("The Science Of Sleep"), Pedro Almodóvar ("Bad Education"), Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries") and Jim Jarmusch ("The Limits Of Control"); and has also been loosely attached to star in Martin Scorsese's next film, "Silence." The actor is now set to team with first time director Cyril Cohen as well as French thespian Marina Fois (most recently seen in the Cannes award winning "Polisse") for a Tel Aviv-set dramedy based on Alona Kimhi's novel "Weeping Susannah." Film takes place in the aftermath of the murder of Israeli prime »
HBO has taken over the world. I’m serious. For every self deprecating viewer of Hollyoaks (nobody claims it is of a higher plane), there is someone quoting Omar, Kenny Powers or Bret and Jermaine. The church of HBO is a pseudo-religion, one which I am completely devout to. One which continues to grow in belief, aided by the ever critically mauled powerhouse Bskyb’s purchase of all HBO programming, giving everyone in the UK a fair playing field to watch the best content the little box in our living rooms have to offer. Well, as long as you have Sky TV and are willing to wait anywhere from 24 hours to 3 months for the same episode the Us had prior.
Now shows such as Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones are strewn over every advertising board available, HBO with or without Sky’s help is now firmly in the mainstream. »
- Dan Lewis
Tilda Swinton is a pretty unconventional kind of movie star. The daughter of a Scottish Major-General and one-time classmate of Princess Diana, she got her start acting in experimental theater and at the Royal Shakespeare Company before going on to become a muse of British iconoclast Derek Jarman. Over time, she's featured in performance art (including sleeping in a glass box in the Serpentine Gallery in London for a week), worked with fashion designers, founded a traveling film festival in the Scottish Highlands, and even appeared on an album by pop eccentric Patrick Wolf. Not exactly Julia Roberts, right? But all the same, she's become a household name, a favorite of auteurs like Jim Jarmusch, David Fincher and the Coen Brothers, and has cropped up in blockbusters from Danny Boyle's "The Beach" to the "Chronicles of Narnia" series. And most importantly, she's one of our finest actors, winning an »
Steve McQueen—the British artist and director, not the American movie star—likes to tackle subjects nobody wants to discuss: the death of British soldiers in Iraq (for “Queen and Country,” a recent art installation); and the Irish prison riots of the early 1980s (in “Hunger,” his first feature film). His latest film, »
- Rachel Dodes
That was quite surreal. I’ve been to just two events like that before, so the red carpet shenanigans, seeing so many “movie stars” and directors you’ve listened to on DVD commentaries, and being in a room with so many people you’ve tried to get financing from – is really a strange experience. The kind that makes you all wild eyed and sweaty palmed. But mostly I was really truly just very happy to be there and felt very safe that we weren’t going to win anything and that I was just lucky to be included, to be in the group, to get to see this crazy kinda show in my life. When we all sat down, I told some of my producer filmmaker comrades that I hadn’t prepared anything to say cause that just felt so hubristic, and gauche, so vain, and weird – every time I »
- Mike Mills
Some may follow in the footsteps of celebrated films such as An Education, Precious and American Splendor and go on to mainstream glory, while others are destined never to achieve so much as a distribution deal. The Sundance film festival, Robert Redford's annual celebration of independent film-making, yesterday revealed its competition lineup for January's event, which will take place as usual in Park City, Utah.
Debuting in the 16-strong dramatic competition are films starring Michael Cera, Paul Dano, Helen Hunt and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, while the documentary section features another 16 movies on subjects such as Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei and the tax avoidance schemes of large Us companies. The world cinema drama section features »
- Ben Child
At last night’s 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards Mike Mills‘ Beginners and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life split the Best Feature prize, closing a night filled with shocking outcomes that included the films with the most nominations, The Descendants and Martha Marcy May Marlene, getting shut out.
Along with the eight awards handed out, see full list of winners below, there were also sightings by some of the most respected talents working today, including Tilda Swinton, Jim Jarmusch, Christopher Plummer and the co-hosts for the night Oliver Platt and Edie Falco.
Read news, features and reviews on many of the winners and nominees at our dedicated Gothams Awards page.
2011 Gotham Award winners:
Best Documentary: Better This World, »
- Jason Guerrasio
This year's Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards just wrapped and we should have a full report and recap in the next 24 hours, but one of the people presented with a special tribute at this year's awards was 20th Century Fox Chairman and CEO of Filmed Entertainment Tom Rothman, not one most would normally associate with independent film, although Ang Lee and Jim Jarmusch, the two filmmakers who presented Rothman's tribute, reminded the audience they all worked together earlier in their respective careers. After the presentation, ComingSoon.net had a chance to speak with Rothman, and eventually we got around to talking about Fox's two successful franchise reboots this year, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: First Class . Rothman confirmed to us that they plan on »
Salon film critic Matt Zoller Seitz offers a lovely tribute to his wife, Jennifer Dawson, who died five years ago, and powerfully influenced his love of movies (and music). He writes: She loved books, music, TV and film, and was as important an influence in my development as a critic as any teacher or editor I ever had. As is always the case in long relationships, we had certain songs, films, shows and books in common. These were the things we talked about when we weren’t talking about people we knew. Some things belonged to both of us from day one: Martin Scorsese, Frank Sinatra, Shakespeare’s tragedies and sonnets, Tom Lehrer, Pauline Kael, Chuck Jones’ classic short “Feed the Kitty,” “Prime Suspect,” Albert Brooks, Public Enemy, Woody Allen, Looney Tunes, Jim Jarmusch, the Beatles. ... Sondheim. Kander and Ebb. “Feed the Kitty.” “Deadwood.” In the last few years, to greater or lesser degrees, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
In a career that’s spanned close to three decades, Rotham has been one of the most successful execs of our era. Along with overseeing at Fox some of the biggest blockbusters ever made, he’s also put his mark on today’s specialty films having founded Fox Searchlight in 1994.
Let’s go down memory lane and check out some of his highlights.
Rothman’s first film he released through Searchlight was the Sundance Grand Prize winner The Brothers McMullen. Quite a way to start.
- Jason Guerrasio
There is perhaps no actorly presence more reassuring in Hollywood than that of Jeffrey Wright. An excellent actor, as capable of channeling Basquiat as hanging out with James Bond, it's no surprise he's been courted by a number of high-profile directors over the years including Oliver Stone, Jim Jarmusch, Jonathan Demme, Ang Lee and this year alone, both George Clooney and Stephen Daldry. Well, Wright will once again class up another movie that is already boasting a pretty strong cast. »
Ellen Barkin Actress Ellen Barkin attends the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] Best Actor Oscar nominee James Earl Jones (for The Great White Hope, 1970) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree; makeup artist Dick Smith (The Cardinal, Poltergeist III), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. Oprah Winfrey was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Among Ellen Barkin's movies are Paul Newman's Harry & Son, Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law, Blake Edwards' Switch, Mike Newell's Into the West, and Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Among Barkin's recent film appearances are those in Shit Year, The Chameleon, Operation: Endgame, Twelve, and Another Happy Day. »
- D. Zhea
Blue Velvet remains a masterpiece of American cinema – one of the defining films of the 1980s, and arguably still director David Lynch’s best work (personally, I actually slightly prefer Lost Highway, but I’ve become gradually fatigued over the years with people looking at me like I’m insane when I divulge that) – and it still retains every bit of its power today. But to have seen it upon its original 1986 release was like experiencing a bomb going off inside the theater. American films during the conservative Reagan decade were going through an awkward transitional period (and, outside of the interestingly thriving horror genre, one would be hard pressed to cite many great American movies from that era, although there were occasional exceptions such as William Friedkin’s riveting To Live and Die in L.A.). The Young Hollywood “golden age” of the 1970s was clearly experiencing its death throes, »
- Travis Crawford
Michael Fassbender has quickly become one of Hollywood's most in demand actors. His recent slew of drama-heavy films like "Shame" and "A Dangerous Method" could almost lead one to forget that he just as happily starred in action-packed blockbusters like "300" and "X-Men: First Class." So it shouldn't come as too much of a shock that he is open to director José Padilha's idea of casting him as his lead in the upcoming "RoboCop" remake.
"It could be kind of fun. It could be kind of good to have a helmet that I could hide behind, for most of the film, too. That sounds kind of appealing," Fassbender admitted to Collider in a recent interview.
- Terri Schwartz
This interview was conducted by Jim Batts on November 11th, 2011.
Bill Plympton is one of the most creative and prolific artists to emerge out of the independent animation shorts film arena of the late 1980′s. His short Your Face was nominated for an Academy Award and follow-up shorts like How To Kiss and How To Quit Smoking became the highlights of several traveling animation compilations and festivals. He soon branched out into feature films with The Tune and set up a New York animation studio to produce commercials and music videos along with more features and shorts. Recently Plympton has helmed several live action features. He’s here in St. Louis to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th Annual Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival. Mr. Plympton was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to speak with me by phone.
Wamg: My name is Jim Batts with WeAreMovieGeeks. »
- Jim Batts
The Five Best Non-Filmed Works By David Lynch And you thought his movies were weird. by Rick Paulas Today marks the release of David Lynch’s Crazy Clown Time. Who would expect the director of Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive to spend his sixty-fifth year putting out a solo album of electro-pop? In honor of Lynch’s eclectic style of output, here are his five greatest accomplishments outside of the realm of TV and film. 5. David Lynch Signature Cup Organic Coffee It’s amazing that Lynch wasn’t in Jim Jarmusch’s 2003 anthology film Coffee and Cigarettes. By all accounts, those two products make up a vast majority of his diet. Knowing that, it’s not surprising Lynch used his lifelong addiction to caffeine to develop his own line of organic coffees. The reviews, from both coffee aficionados and decapitated Barbie dolls, have been positive. 4. Ringtones Back in 2006, when [...] »
- Rick Paulas
Rupert Wyatt scored this summer with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Fox is already moving forward with the development  of another Apes film that Wyatt is provisionally set to direct. But that sequel isn't yet written, so Wyatt has a chance to do something else until Fox pulls together a working Apes script. That something may be Londongrad, a Warner Bros. film about Kgb spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned in 2006 and accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of masterminding the attempt on his life. Furthermore, for a star Warner Bros. is looking to another man who helped Fox this summer: X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender. Deadline  announces the possible deal, but doesn't have many more details. There was a point where Mike Newell was going to make the movie (it had the title The Terminal Spy at one point) and the David Scarpa script that Wyatt »
- Russ Fischer
What moment in film is most similar in its own way to the music you make, and how?
Fellini's La Dolce Vita – specifically, the Trevi fountain scene. I relate to it because of its style and meticulous detail. It's irreverent, and at the time it was made he was doing something that nobody else had done before. This is what we always strive for. Obviously, the results are in the eye of the beholder, but that's how I'd personally love to envisage what we do.
What moment in your music is most filmic, and how?
Two songs come to mind: an early one called The Chauffeur, which tells a story and lends itself to many different interpretations, and one from the new album, »
- Caroline Sullivan
There comes a night in Michael Mann's film Heat (1995) when the police detective (Al Pacino) decides he should have a little chat with the criminal he suspects is planning a major heist (Robert De Niro). Your first instinct may be to wonder: does every criminal enterprise in Los Angeles qualify for this friendly heart-to-heart where the law explains to the outlaw just how serious the crime and its consequences will be – is it a little like having your Miranda rights read to you? Or, is it simply that a big movie with Pacino and De Niro had to bring its firepower together, in the way Friedrich Schiller could not resist improving on history with a meeting between Queen »
- David Thomson
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