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One of our favorite directors, Olivier Assayas ("Summer Hours," "Clouds of Sils Maria") has a predictably eclectic Top Ten List, detailed at Criterion, which is actually a much longer list than ten. He offers American entries from Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater, Michael Mann, Robert Altman, Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach! Have you seen them all? I've never seen the director's cut of Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate," the TV cut of Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander," Sacha Guitry's "Désiré" or "Judex" by Georges Franju. I will have to remedy that. 1. "The Leopard" (Luchino Visconti) 2. "Pickpocket" (Robert Bresson) (tie) "Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky) (tie) "White Material" (Claire Denis) (tie) "A Christmas Tale" (Arnaud Desplechin) (tie) "Chungking Express" (Wong Kar-wai) (tie) "Dazed and Confused" »
- Anne Thompson
Paramount will handle all physical and Internet digital home entertainment distribution of the four films in the U.S. following their theatrical runs. IFC Films will handle VOD and Est sales to cable, satellite and telco providers.
“The D Train” stars Jack Black and James Marsden; “Good Kill” stars Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Kravitz and January Jones; and “Sleeping With Other People” stars Jason Sudeikis, Adam Scott, Alison Brie and Amanda Peet. »
- Dave McNary
The hot 2012 bestseller Where'd You Go, Bernadette is officially moving forward after it was announced that Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater may direct the adaptation. The book, written by Maria Semple, has a rich group of characters: there's the titular Bernadette, a middle-aged wife and mother who goes missing after a suburban scandal; her Microsoft-serving husband, Elgin; and her precocious teen daughter, Bee. Since no casting has been announced yet, we're playing casting director with some ideas for who could play each main character. Do you agree with any of our picks? »
Fun fact: Richard Linklater circled this project for a while before moving on. And while we would've preferred to see that version, Ken Kwapis ("Big Miracle," "License To Wed") has delivered a sugary take on "A Walk in The Woods," which seems like the easy-to-digest fare that his previous credits would indicate. And today, the first trailer for the film has landed. Based on the memoir by Bill Bryson, Robert Redford and Nick Nolte lead the movie as two pals who team up to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail. The twist is that they're old, so the comedy falls in that vein, which means your parents will probably really dig this, otherwise this might make some decent airline fare at some point. "A Walk In The Woods" premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, and while it couldn't be slotted on the schedule of our team in Park City, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"The Silence of the Lambs" This is definitely my favorite Best Picture-winning horror movie featuring Chris Isaak in a supporting role. Let's just think about the glamor of 1991 for a minute: "Point Break" occurred. Kate Nelligan was in whatever movie she wanted. CeCe Peniston was a reigning pop star, which is important because her last name has "penis" in it. And "Silence of the Lambs" was an ominous and unconventional movie that everyone agreed was fantastic. Anthony Hopkins is in "Silence of the Lambs" for less than 20 minutes but his performance lingers far after the credits roll. Jodie Foster is charismatic and august as Clarice Starling, who is no mood for fava beans by the time the movie is over. "Rain Man" I keep pretending I'm incapable of enjoying Tom Cruise in movies anymore, yet "Rain Man" is about as timeless and likable as a 1988 drama is allowed to be. »
- Louis Virtel
The film about a little girl who can turn into a seal was Oscar nominated earlier this year, missing out to Big Hero 6.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Kent Jones' new documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and sounds like it's a film for the ages, serving more-or-less as a movie for those of us (yes, I shamefully include myself in this) that haven't yet read "Hitchcock", the book that transcribes the famous 1962 sit down interview between Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. In fact, if you don't want to read it you can even listen to the entire interview session in its entirety right here or you can sit and wait until the Cohen Media Group releases the new documentary in theaters later this year. amz asin="0671604295" size="small"Featuring interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin (who just won during the Cannes Directors' Fortnight), Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader, this film sets out to take us into the world of the creator of Psycho, »
- Brad Brevet
Representing an event horizon of cinephiliac homage, Kent Jones' "Hitchcock/Truffaut" is a documentary celebrating a celebrated book written by a celebrated director about a celebrated director, and so is surely cause for celebration. Narrated by Bob Balaban, and featuring interviews with a somewhat arbitrary selection of famous directors including David Fincher, Paul Schrader, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Peter Bogdanovich, Wes Anderson, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Arnaud Desplechin, Richard Linklater and Martin Scorsese (with whom Jones directed 2010's "Letter to Elia"), the film is a fond, well-researched companion piece to a volume as close to any a cineaste's bible. But while Jones uses snippets from the original recordings of that epochal 8-day interview between the two men, so we get Hitch's real voice saying "Actors are cattle" or "Logic is dull" or worrying that trying to be more experimental might be like "Mondrian painting a »
- Jessica Kiang
New York Film Festival director Kent Jones has found time to direct Hitchcock/Truffaut, a documentary about the conversation 50 years ago between the then 30-year-old François Truffaut and 63-year-old Alfred Hitchcock that would become a landmark book. David Fincher, Paul Schrader, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Olivier Assayas and Arnaud Desplechin discuss the impact of the book and Hitchcock's films—and the first round of reviews is in. So, too, are the interviews with Jones. While is own favorite Hitchcock is Notorious, the film focuses on Vertigo and Psycho. » - David Hudson »
Jones takes us back to the legendary 1962 27-hour interview between French critic-auteur Francois Truffaut, playing some of the recordings that were translated and transcribed by Helen Scott in Truffaut’s classic 1966 cinephile must-read, “Cinema According to Hitchcock.” Truffaut was at the beginning of his career, while Alfred Hitchcock was nearing the end of his. Jones ("A Letter to Elia") also brings in directors David Fincher, Paul Schrader, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Olivier Assayas, friend/collaborator Arnaud Desplechin ("Jimmy P.") and more to add insight to what Hitchcock means to filmmakers. They focus, especially, on two of Hitchcock's most seminal and influential works, "Vertigo" and "Psycho." I met with Jones at the Hotel Majestic bar in Cannes. Anne Thompson: How do you have time to make a documentary? Kent Jones: If I had done exactly what Richard Pena did »
- Anne Thompson
The Violet Crown Cinema has an encore screening of its Arthouse Monthly series Sunday night with the acclaimed new documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story. In her review, Jette says it's a "pleasant and sometimes touching profile of Caroll Spinney, who has spent decades portraying both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street and elsewhere." Tickets are on the verge of selling out, but if you miss out on this one-time local screening, the film is available now on cable and digital VOD from Tribeca Film. In addition, Violet Crown is holding over Austin-shot indie Arlo and Julie (Elizabeth's review) for another week, with daily screenings.
The Austin Film Society kicks off the weekend with Jess Franco's 1971 avant-garde horror film Vampyros Lesbos, which screens tonight at the Marchesa. On Sunday afternoon, Afs is teaming up with the Austin chapter of the National Alliance on »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Together with Uma Thurman and Jude Law, the pair made Gattaca, a film that concentrated heavily on the ideas of relentless ambition, the limitations of our own humanity, and the opportunities – or rather shortcuts – that can be unearthed with technology. After eighteen years, Hawke and Niccol return to these themes for this weekend’s Good Kill.
Hawke is once again a pilot, but this time, it’s Afghanistan and not outer space in his sights. Unfortunately, Hawke doesn’t need to pretend to be Jude Law to get ahead, which is always a favourite reoccurring film happenstance of mine (Gattaca, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and all my future screenplays).
In Good Kill, Thomas Egan (Hawke) is a microcosm of the unprecedented situation facing modern drone pilots. Egan »
- Sasha James
Berlin-based sales company Films Boutique has closed its first deal on Colombian Ciro Guerra’s Directors’ Fortnight player “Embrace of the Serpent,” with Michel Saint Jean’s Diaphana Distribution acquiring distribution rights for France.
One of France’s premier arthouse/crossover distributors, Diaphana’s recent lineup includes high-level arthouse films such as Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” and Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner.”
The caliber of a film’s French deal is often used by foreign arthouse distributors to gauge a title’s potential market value, just as a U.S. sale guides mainstream distributors around the world.
Lead-produced by Cristina Gallego at Colombia’s Ciudad Lunar, “Embrace of the Serpent” tells the story of the first foreign ethnologists who explored the Amazon looking for a plant held sacred by its indigenous inhabitants. »
- John Hopewell
I don’t know if many people notice, but there’s almost nothing in the film industry that Ethan Hawke can’t do…and do well. He’s been an awards mainstay of late, as well as being someone who Oscar has nominated far more often than you probably realize. This week, he makes another 2015 appearance (one of many for him this year) in Good Kill, which also reunites him with filmmaker Andrew Niccol. I think this intense role just serves as more evidence that Hawke can pretty much do anything. He’s already had a documentary of his come out in 2015, has some other indies on the way, and always is on the cusp of working with Richard Linklater again, not to mention being an author. He’s a true renaissance man. First of all, we should briefly discuss Good Kill. The film centers around an Air Force pilot »
- Joey Magidson
In 1962 two of the greatest minds in cinema sat down for a historic conversation, and Hitchcock/Truffaut invites you to sit down at the table as François Truffaut’s intimate and expansive interview with Alfred Hitchcock unfolds.
Directed by Kent Jones (A Letter to Elia) and written by Serge Toubiana (Director of the Cinematèque Française) and Jones, the film chronicles the intellectual and artistic bonds between the master of suspense and the French New Wave auteur. The likes of David Fincher, Richard Linklater, and Martin Scorsese all add to the discussion of Hitchcock’s enduring legacy and his influence on cinema.
Here’s that poster, this should be very special:
Hitchcock/Truffaut has it’s World Premiere in Cannes on May 19th, 2015.
- Dan Bullock
Ahead of its premiere at Cannes this month, the first poster has been released for director Kent Jones’ upcoming documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut, which chronicles the intelluctual and artist bonds between the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock and French New Wave auteur Francois Truffaut…
1962 – Two of the greatest minds in cinema sat down for a historic conversation. Hitchcock/Truffaut invites you to sit down at the table as François Truffaut’s intimate and expansive interview with Alfred Hitchcock unfolds. David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Martin Scorsese and other legendary filmmakers add to the discussion of Hitchcock’s enduring legacy and influence on cinema.
Hitchcock/Truffaut will receive its world premiere at Cannes on May 19th.
- Gary Collinson
Chris Rock's latest outing is a semi-autobiographical take on the rise and fall (and rise?) of a comedy star...
Your mileage may vary on inside-track Hollywood comedies. Among the greats, there are biting satires like The Player or Swimming With Sharks and broader, sillier works like Tropic Thunder or Bowfinger, but the kind of rarefied air in which they largely unfold can sometimes be suffocating.
Thankfully, that's not the case with Top Five, Chris Rock's first project as a writer-director since 2007's I Think I Love My Wife, and inarguably his best so far. With a semi-autobiographical approach, the film clearly has a lot of influences from other films but thrives on a brand of charm that is entirely its own.
Andre Allen (Rock) is a stand-up comedian turned movie star who is best known for a trilogy of cringe-making comedy movies in which he stars as a crime-fighting bear called Hammy. »
Chicago – The recently completed 2015 Chicago Critics Festival was heavy on celebrity and filmmaker appearances. One of those special appearances was Oscar nominated actress Joan Cusack, who represented the film “The End of the Tour” on May 6th, and her Q&A was moderated by film critic Richard Roeper.
HollywoodChicago.com talked to both personalities, regarding their careers and their appearances at the 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff).
Joan Cusack of “The End of the Tour”
Joan Cusack is a Chicago treasure, having grown up in nearby Evanston and having begun her movie career with a shot-in-Chicago classic, “My Bodyguard.” From there, she has garnered two Academy Award nominations for Supporting Actress in “Working Girl” and “In & Out.” She also key roles in classics like “Broadcast News,” “Say Anything…,” “School of Rock” and voice work in the “Toy Story” series. She appeared at the Ccff on behalf of director James Ponsoldt »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
This weekend, the Austin Film Society is bringing She's Lost Control back to town. Caitlin caught the film on opening night at SXSW 2014. She reported: "An intense and dark slice of life, the film focuses on a woman who works as a sex surrogate while she finishes a Master's degree in psychology in New York City. Often hard-hitting and true but sometimes a little frustrating, I can't fully call this a "must-see" but I know this movie will definitely stick with me..." It plays tonight and again on Sunday afternoon at the Marchesa.
On Sunday evening, Afs will be presenting the work of two master animators. Don Hertzfeldt's award-winning short World Of Tomorrow is being paired with Cheatin', the most recent feature film from Bill Plympton. Richard Linklater's schedule last week didn't allow him to be in attendance for the Sid & Nancy screening, so another screening has been »
- Matt Shiverdecker
While Angelina Jolie Pitt’s supposed first foray into awards fare as a director, Unbroken, was a bit disappointing, Universal Pictures is nevertheless bullish on her follow-up. The studio has given a prime awards season release date to By the Sea, slating the film for November 13, 2015. Competition is scarce on the pre-Hunger Games weekend, where Jolie Pitt’s film will square off against the Warner Bros. miners drama The 33, the horror reboot Rings, and the comedy Rock the Kasbah. Jolie Pitt started production on the drama By the Sea before Unbroken was released, rolling cameras in Malta last summer. She stars opposite husband Brad Pitt in the film as an American couple who arrive in a picturesque resort in 1970s France with their marriage in crisis. They subsequently spend time with fellow travelers and come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. The cast also includes Mélanie Laurent, »
- Adam Chitwood
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