16 items from 2016
It’s been nearly a decade since Christopher Guest directed a feature film, and we’re all worse off for it. Happily that’s due to change later this year when his new movie, Mascots, premieres on Netflix complete with most of his usual troupe along for the ride. Until then though we’re forced to revisit his past films. To that end, the recent (and long overdue) release of A Mighty Wind on Blu-ray from Warner Archive was all the reason I needed to give it another watch. Guest and Eugene Levy recorded a commentary track for the film’s initial DVD release, and it’s been ported over to the Blu. Are the duo as entertaining here as they are in every other facet of their professional lives? Only one way to find out. Keep reading to see what I heard on A Mighty Wind commentary. A Mighty Wind (2003) Commentator: Christopher Guest (director, co-writer »
- Rob Hunter
Netflix holds worldwide Svod rights to the project that Rob Paris’ of Paris Films produces with Robert Menzies of Canada’s Zed Filmworks. The two companies finance alongside Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films. »
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The film follows a young nurse (Wilson) who has to care for a reclusive horror author (Harry) who decides to live out the final chapter of her life in a 19th century farmhouse that holds its own spooky secrets.
Paris is producing the project with Menzies, while Ghossein is exec producing.
Singer and all-round pop culture icon Debbie Harry (Hairspray) has joined the cast of Osgood Perkins' I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, joining Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Sundance breakout Lucy Boynton (Sing Street). Netflix will be the exclusive streaming home of the thriller, which Perkins wrote and will be directing. Principal photography is set to begin in Ottawa on February 16th. The project is part of… »
Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Arnaud Desplechin, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader with a narration by Bob Balaban, come together in Kent Jones' rhythmic Hitchcock/Truffaut, to discuss Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut.
John Huston's Let There Be Light, Fincher's The Social Network, Se7en and The Game, Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom narrator and Truffaut's interpreter in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, the defector in Topaz, Psycho and Janet Leigh, Vertigo and Brian De Palma's commitment to Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow for their film De Palma come to light in my conversation with the New York Film Festival Director of Programming Kent Jones.
Hitchcock/Truffaut makes you »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Neal Huff, who plays Phil Saviano in Tom McCarthy's Spotlight, co-written by Josh Singer, discussed working with Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel with Mathieu Amalric's sister's head, over breakfast at Cafe Orlin. We talked about Moonrise Kingdom with a thread of Bob Balaban to Kent Jones' documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut, which screens at this year's Glasgow Film Festival. Plus a family connection to Kimberly Levin's Runoff and an encounter with Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
Anne-Katrin Titze: Let's start with Wes Anderson. You said you were in Berlin while filming The Grand Budapest Hotel?
Neal Huff: I was in Görlitz. We filmed The Grand Budapest Hotel there, which is about two and a half hours south of Berlin and two and a half hours north of Prague. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
No one does TV quite like David Simon. The writer/creator behind "The Wire," "The Corner," and "Homicide: Life On The Street" has earned a reputation for crafting deeply intelligent, soulful, and realistic stories that feel deeply lived in and are expertly crafted. And last year he delivered another stunner with the Paul Haggis directed "Show Me A Hero." Critical accolades greeted the series, Oscar Isaac took home a Golden Globe win for his performance, and today we want to give some lucky readers a chance own their very own copy of the show. Read More: Interview: Oscar Isaac Talks 'Show Me A Hero' And His Acting Approach For 'X-Men: Apocalypse' & 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Co-starring Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, Latanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban, Jim Belushi, and Jon Bernthal, the miniseries tells the true story of Mayor Nick Wasicsko who is faced with a »
- Edward Davis
Deadline is reporting that Ruth Wilson (The Affair) will lead the cast in I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House, the next horror film from February's Osgood Perkins. She will be joined by Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom) and Lucy Boynton (February, Miss Potter)I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House follows Lily (Wilson), a young nurse hired to care for elderly Helen Bloom, a best-selling author of ghost stories who has chosen to live out her final days in her beloved country home - a home that holds an horrific ghost story of its own.Perkins is directing his own script and shooting will begin conveniently enough in February just over in Ottawa, Canada. He is working with...
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Ruth Wilson, Bob Balaban and Lucy Boynton have been cast in Osgood Perkins’ horror film I Am The Pretty Thing that Lives in the House. The film is Perkins’follow-up to February, the well-reviewed horror film from the Toronto Film Festival that was acquired by A24 and DirecTV. The film is about a young nurse named Lily (Wilson) who is hired as caretaker for Helen Bloom, an elderly best-selling author of ghost stories as she lives out her final days in her beloved country… »
Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (“The Affair”) is set to star in Osgood Perkins’ supernatural thriller “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.” Oscar-nominated actor Bob Balaban (“Moonrise Kingdom”) will co-star alongside Lucy Boynton, who co-starred in Perkins’ directorial debut “February.” “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House” follows Lily (Wilson), a young nurse hired to care for elderly Helen Bloom, a best-selling author of ghost stories who has chosen to live out her final days in her beloved country home — a home that holds a horrific ghost story of its own. Also Read: Emma. »
- Jeff Sneider
Earning both Best Picture and Best Director nominations at the Oscars, among others, The Big Short continues its successful run with both audiences and various awards groups. On the newest episode of The Director’s Cut podcast, director Adam McKay sits down with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson for a insightful and funny 30-minute conversation on the difficulties of bringing Michael Lewis‘ 2010 book to the screen.
The discussion, which took place following a recent screening at the Director’s Guild of America, also delves briefly into McKay and Anderson’s past as unrequited collaborators. One of the more interesting highlights includes the two laughing over Anderson’s reaction to McKay’s first screenplay draft of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. At some point, Anderson apparently flirted with the notion of producing McKay’s debut film, before passing on McKay and Will Ferrell‘s wacky early script. It’s an illuminating and entertaining interview, »
- Tony Hinds
Spotlight and The Big Short continued to collect awards on Saturday night, with the Oscar front-runners winning best original and adapted screenplay honors at the Writers Guild Awards, which were handed out at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. In a break from tradition and the normal flow of an awards show in which the bigger awards are presented at the end, the best original screenplay prize was presented at the top of the WGA, East ceremony in New York's Edison Ballroom, even before host Michael Ian Black's monolog, since, as presenter Bob Balaban noted, a number
- Hilary Lewis, Jonathan Handel, Jennifer Konerman
Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Show! This week, Jordan Raup, Bill Graham, and I discuss Adam McKay‘s comedy/tragedy The Big Short, featuring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, and Ryan Gosling, which is now in wide release.
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Ridley Scott's The Martian, screenplay by Drew Goddard, based on the book by Andy Weir, stars Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney with Jeff Daniels (Apple CEO in Danny Boyle's feature Steve Jobs), Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Benedict Wong, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie and Jessica Chastain as Commander Melissa Lewis in charge of Nasa's mission to Mars.
At the Twentieth Century Fox 21 Club Martian tea, attended by Bob Balaban, Joe Pantoliano, Lee Daniels' Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, John Dilworth and Warren Elgort, Blade Runner led to Alien and Thelma And Louise, not Robinson Crusoe On Mars. Isabel Marant, Janty Yates' costumes, Baz Luhrmann's Elsa Schiaparelli & Miuccia Prada at The Costume Institute »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who won an Oscar for his work on Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, died on New Year's Day at his home in Big Sur, California at the age of 85. The legendary collaborator with Robert Altman (McCabe And Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye), Brian De Palma (Blow Out. Obsession, The Bonfire Of The Vanities) and Woody Allen (Cassandra’s Dream, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Melinda And Melinda), also received Oscar nominations for Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter, Mark Rydell's The River and De Palma's The Black Dahlia. The Cannes Film Festival in 2014 presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Victor Garber star in this sharp, critically acclaimed (93 percent certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!) drug war thriller, which is out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on January 5. Blu-ray bonus featurettes include "Stepping into Darkness: The Visual Design of Sicario," "Blunt, Brolin & Benicio: Portraying the Characters of Sicario," "Battle Zone: The Origins of Sicario," and "A Pulse from the Desert: The Score of Sicario."
Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Philippe Petit take a wild walk on a wire between the Twin Towers. The bio-drama from director Robert Zemeckis co-stars Sir Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, and Ben Schwartz. The Blu-ray and DVD both include the "Pillars of Support" featurette, »
- Gina Carbone
16 items from 2016
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