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Adam Driver is a busy man. The tall, knobby, 31-year-old actor — and bit of a heartthrob — who broke out of HBO's "Girls" has a full plate, with "The Force Awakens" hitting in December and Martin Scorsese's "Silence" wrapped and ramped for 2016 release. This June, Driver will receive the Shining Star Award at the 16th annual Maui Film Festival, unfolding June 3-7 at the Wailea Resort in Maui. The prize "honors a film artist who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances every time that opportunity knocks." A Juilliard alumnus, he recently nailed it clean as a cartoonishly hipster, moviemaking sycophant in Noah Baumbach's winsome "While We're Young." At Venice last year, he picked up the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his performance in the tough domestic drama "Hungry Hearts," which IFC opens stateside June 5. Read More: Oscar Isaac Faces Good Year as HBO Sets David. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Lionsgate Home Entertainment and A24 have officially announced the Blu-ray release of While We’re Young, the new comedy from director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) and starring Ben Stiller (Zoolander), Naomi Watts (Birdman), Adam Driver (Girls), Amanda Seyfried (Ted 2) and Charles Grodin (Midnight Run), which will be released on June 30th.
Pre-order While We’Re Young Via Amazon
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts shine in this fresh and insightful comedy from filmmaker Noah Baumbach. After Josh (Stiller) and his wife Cornelia (Watts) meet a free-spirited twenty-something couple (Driver and Seyfried), they adopt a new lifestyle complete with hip-hop dance classes and mind-expanding parties. But with each hilarious attempt to act young, Josh and Cornelia start to appreciate the rewards of growing old together.
Special Features will include:
–Six Behind-the-Scenes Vignettes:
“Working with Filmmaker Noah Baumbach”
“Working with Charles Grodin”
- Scott J. Davis
You’ve probably heard about the latest push to finally produce a finished, edited version of Orson Welles’ uncompleted final film, The Other Side of the Wind. In support of an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds, Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach have taped a video message urging you to just contribute already. Unusually for the famously controlling Anderson, he appears to have shot the video handheld selfie style. »
- Filmmaker Staff
Read More: Here's How You Can Help Finish Orson Welles' Final Film If you're a fan of Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach or Orson Welles -- or, you know, all three -- you'll want to check out this video. As frequent collaborators and close friends, it's only fitting that Anderson and Baumbach have come together publicly for a special kind of plea: To raise the necessary money for "The Other Side of the Wind," Welles' last and unfinished project, to see the light of day. The latest effort to do so is taking place on Indiegogo, with just under a month left for donators to chip in to reach the $2,000,000 goal. The money would go towards digital scanning and editing, the final process before the film's completion. As of this writing, about $200,000 has been raised. If this issue isn't one that strikes you passionately, there's still irresistibly awkward banter between »
- David Canfield
Read More: Here's How You Can Help Finish Orson Welles' Final Film In just one week, the $2 million Indiegogo campaign to fund the completion of Orson Welles' "The Other Side of the Wind" has managed to attract the support of famous faces like Edgar Wright, Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach and now also Brett Ratner. Ratner is the fourth director to record a video message in support of the campaign, which you can view exclusively at the top of this page. Anderson and Baumbach recorded a joint message of their own that was shared by the campaign just a few days ago. The first message of support came from Wright and was posted by the campaign the day after it launched. To learn more about the campaign, which is being spearheaded the film's original producers Filip Jan Rymza and Frank Marshall, along with legendary actor-director Peter Bogdanovich (who also »
- Shipra Harbola Gupta
Exciting news out of Cannes: Mike Mills (“Beginners”) has found a cast for his upcoming Annapurna Pictures’ movie “20th Century Women.” Producer Megan Ellison’s company announced today that Greta Gerwig, Annette Bening, and Elle Fanning have all joined the cast. Mills wrote the picture and will direct. Set in Santa Barbara during the summer of 1979, “20th Century Women” tells the story of Dorothea Fields, a mother who’s trying her best to raise her teenage son, Jamie. Navigating life and love, sex and freedom, men and women isn’t easy as Dorothea looks for answers from two other remarkable women in her life. Each from a different era of the 20th Century, these three women seek to find what it means to be a man and help set Jamie on the right course. Filled with punk-rock verve, 20th Century Women takes a humorous and heartfelt look at how we figure out who we are. »
- Edward Davis
This year’s Directors’ Fortnight kicks off with a slight, often stagey drama boasting a set of believably drawn performances
Aside from the use of a mobile phone once or maybe twice, Philippe Garrel’s new film could easily be taken directly from 60s New Wave cinema, complete with its use of black and white and, arguably, its somewhat tired view on infidelity.
The film, which kicks off Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s Cannes, initially feels as though it might possess Noah Baumbach’s knack for human observation given its curious mix of Frances Ha’s visual style and While We’re Young’s dynamic. Pierre and Manon (Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau) are a documentary-making couple, led by his direction and her assistance. It’s a power balance that leaves Manon in, you guessed it, the shadow of her husband.
- Benjamin Lee
Courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society.
Love & Mercy
Directed by Bill Pohlad
Based on the life of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy depicts the singer’s descent into mental illness at the peak of the band’s popularity in the 1960s, while in the 1980s a chance meeting with a car saleswoman promises to save him from the brink of destruction. Paul Dano, as the young Wilson, is endearingly awkward yet creatively brilliant, capable of creating harmonies that most wouldn’t dream of. While years later his forward-thinking vision would earn the 1966 album “Pet Sounds” a place in the pop music canon, at the time it caused major tension within the band. Twenty years later, Wilson, now played by John Cusack, is a neurotic, washed-up and over-medicated version of his former self thanks to a dangerous codependency on his »
- Misa Shikuma
Fox Searchlight has set an August 14 stateside release date for Sundance premiere title "Mistress America," the second Noah Baumbach comedy to come out this year. This one is co-written and produced by Baumbach and his dazzling partner in life and cinematic muse, Greta Gerwig ("Frances ha"). Other producers are Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub, and Rodrigo Teixeira. Read: Noah Baumbach's Career Moves, from Personal 'While We're Young' to Comedy Breakout 'Mistress America' Searchlight picked up ahead of Sundance the enchanting "Mistress America," which creates the most memorably entertaining screwball comedy heroine since Holly Golightly, capable of such one-liners as: "Sometimes I think I'm a genius, and I wish I could fast forward to the time when everyone knows it," and, "There's nothing I don't know about myself--that's why I can't do therapy." This is not writer-director Woody Allen creating comedies as vehicles for his muses »
- Anne Thompson
[Editor's Note: Welcome to "Stream This," our weekly feature where we single out television programs and movies of considerable merit that are available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, or other streaming services. Look for a new recommendation every Thursday.] Not all that long into Kicking and Screaming, Noah Baumbach's wise and witty debut feature, Grover (Josh Hamilton), a recent college graduate, is trying to get into a bar without a driver's license. He argues with the bouncer that he clearly looks over 21, and the bouncer answers that he must have ID. This would register as a totally benign exchange, save for the fact that the bouncer pronounces ID as if it were the id. In that moment, Baumbach, who wrote the script as well, encapsulates a hard truth about adulthood: age and the appearance of age is no sign whatsoever of wisdom or knowledge of self. Rather, it's when people begin learning when to trust their instincts (and when to ignore them) that something like genuine enlightenment settles in. [caption id="attachment_452139" align="alignright" width="344"] Image via Trimark[/caption] That might sound a bit heavy for what is, ostensibly, a college comedy, but Baumbach »
- Chris Cabin
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
Two strangers accidentally cross paths in a wacky mishap and wind up falling in love — you might think you've seen that romantic comedy before, but if the reception out of Tribeca Film Festival is anything to go by, "Man Up" is a refreshing take on a genre that definitely needs one. Our own critic called it "snappy, smart, and undeniably sweet" and "a new wave rom-com unafraid of old school trappings." The film, starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell, starts opening overseas next month, and as such, a plethora of material is landing online. While U.S. distributors Saban Films have yet to date the movie, we'll help you get ahead of the game. Read More: Lake Bell To Direct Noah Baumbach Penned 'The Emperor's Children' First up is a look at the soundtrack via Film Music Reporter, and it's a pretty big one. Undersung (at least on »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Written and directed by Preston Sturges
At the start of Sullivan’s Travels, movie director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) has been screening his latest effort. The picture within the picture concludes with an intense rooftop fight aboard a train. It’s almost absurd in its inflated action and Sullivan is not at all pleased with his creation. This type of escapist entertainment may be all right for some, but it’s social commentary he now seeks. These are troubling times, he argues, with war in Europe and strikes on the home front, and the ambitious, idealistic filmmaker wants something beyond mere cinematic frivolity. Apparently, so did the director of Sullivan’s Travels, the great Preston Sturges. At least that’s what he ended up with anyway.
Sullivan’s Travels, “By” Preston Sturges, as the opening credit proclaims, lending the filmic fable something of a storybook »
- Jeremy Carr
Indie filmmakers taking on Hollywood projects is not unheard of or rare. Noah Baumbach co-wrote “Madagascar 3,” "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" filmmaker David Lowery is writing and directing a big-budget studio version of "Pete's Dragon,” and Alex Ross Perry recently signed on to write Disney’s live-action “Winnie The Pooh” (not to mention Colin Trevorrow only made one small tiny indie film, “Safety Not Guaranteed," before taking on “Jurassic World”). That said, it is somewhat strange to hear of Argentinean auteur Damián Szifron’s next gig. Szifron dazzled many at Cannes and other film festivals last year with “Wild Tales,” his six-story anthology movie connected by themes of vengeance and distress (read our review). It’s a twisted movie that features a corrosive anger and very real resentment, all wrapped up in hilarious dark humor. At Telluride, Szifron spoke to many American journalists casually — including us — and the world seemed to be at his. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Read More: Sundance Curiosities: Joe Swanberg and Noah Baumbach Could Take American Indie Film Mainstream After earning rave reviews out of its Sundance Premiere in January, Kris Swanberg's "Unexpected" is gearing up for its official theatrical release on July 24. The film's synopsis reads: "'Unexpected' showcases the unlikely friendship that develops between two expectant mothers- Samantha Abbott (Cobie Smulders), a dedicated and passionate teacher at an inner-city Chicago high school, and one of her most promising students, Jasmine (Gail Bean). As the women navigate their unexpected pregnancies and their ambitions for the future, Samantha and Jasmine forge a relationship that challenges their perspectives and leaves a lasting impact on one another." Swanberg put a lot of intimate details into the film. She told Indiewire, "'Unexpected' is a very personal film for me, as a lot of the film comes from personal experiences that I had as a high. »
- David Canfield
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Soho House in New York, Hungry Hearts director Saverio Costanzo spoke with me about casting Adam Driver to star opposite Alba Rohrwacher in between Driver's work with Noah Baumbach on While We're Young and as a villain in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams. David Lynch, Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, Coney Island, the C.G. Jung deer, and the lure of an Indigo Child enter into our consciousness.
The small apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where Mina (Rohrwacher), Jude (Driver) and their newborn child live is a stone's throw from the Dakota building, home to another special baby. There is emotional intelligence, depth of perception, and a profound terror of being alive that connects both of these films. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Becoming Anita EkbergThe Film Society of Lincoln Center’s "Art of the Real" series, which recently unspooled its second season, has become New York’s annual showcase for the “hybrid” film, experimental works that, despite a more than tenuous relationship with the documentary tradition, oscillate between fiction and nonfiction. Now that documentary has become unmistakably fashionable (a banal subplot in Noah Baumbach’s dreary comedy, While We’re Young, is even spawned by cartoonish version of a debate over “documentary ethics”) the schism between films such as The Hunting Ground and Merchants of Doubt, which resemble feature-length 60 Minutes stories, and the sort of documentaries programmed at film festivals like Doclisboa and Cph: Dox has grown even wider. Art of the Real, laden with an amalgam of festival favorites and classic precursors of cinematic hybridity (this year’s Agnés Varda retrospective is a case in point) is certainly a cheerleader for »
- Richard Porton
We’re calling this one early. Unless some serious competition comes up later in the year, the best dance sequence of cinema in 2015 will go down as a scene performed by Oscar Isaac in “Ex Machina.” If you’ve seen the movie, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, it’s a perfect example how this cerebral and stylish science fiction thriller from Alex Garland (writer of “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine,") contains some brilliantly absurdly funny moments out of nowhere. A24 mashed up the scene with the second best dance scene of the year, which is from another one of its films, Noah Baumbach's “While We’re Young.” “Ex Machina” stars two upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” leads, Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, along with Alicia Vikander (who we’re told came really close to bagging a role in “Star Wars: Rogue One »
- Edward Davis
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
What amazed me most about Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels (1941), watching it for the first time on this newly released Criterion Blu-ray, is just how utterly unpredictable it is. Sure, we know where it may end once we are introduced to John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), a big Hollywood director, who's decided to hit the road as a hobo to attain a greater understanding of human suffering before embarking on a serious adaptation of the fictional novel "O Brother, Where Art Thouc" (Yes, it is this fictional book Joel and Ethan Coen were name-checking with the title of their 2000 comedy.) But as much as we know what the end will offer, it's the path to that ending we don't see coming, even when it arrives. Set during the Great Depression, Sullivan, known for his comedies, isn't seeing anything funny in the world. When his producers suggest making a "nice musical »
- Brad Brevet
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