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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #33: Chris Messina On How He Completed 'Alex of Venice' While Shooting 'The Mindy Project'

15 April 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Chris Messina both directs and stars in "Alex of Venice," a drama about Alex, (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a woman pushed past the comfort zone of everything she knows. Previously known for his work on "The Mindy Project" and HBO's "The Newsroom," this is Messina's directional debut.  Tell us about yourself? I was born and raised in New York and spent many years performing in plays from anywhere from the Bronx to off-Broadway to Broadway. About 8 years ago Alan Ball cast me on the last season of "Six Feet Under" and I moved to Los Angeles to work in film and television more. I've been lucky enough to work with film directors like Woody Allen, Sam Mendes, Nora Ephron, Ben Affleck, David Gordon Green and Noah Baumbach and I learned a great deal from all of them. I live in Los Angeles with my wife Jennifer Todd who is a film producer and our two boys, »

- Indiewire

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Toni Collette, Gary Ross, Whoopi Goldberg named to Tribeca festival juries

8 April 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather GrahamAnton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.

In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.

Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:

World Competition Categories

The jurors for »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Greta Gerwig to Make Stage Debut in 'The Village Bike'

7 April 2014 2:26 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York – Off-Broadway company McC Theater has found a new cyclist for The Village Bike. Greta Gerwig, known for her screen work in Noah Baumbach's Greenberg and Frances Ha, will make her stage debut in the Penelope Skinner play about a pregnant woman whose heightened sexual needs are not being met by her husband, prompting her to seek adventure via the purchase of a used bicycle. "We've been fans of Greta since we saw her in Greenberg, and we've been obsessive since her amazing performance in Frances Ha," said McC co-artistic director William Cantler. "I can't think of anything better than introducing her

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- David Rooney

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Team Top Ten: The Greatest Working Cinematographers

5 April 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Amir here, to welcome you back to Team Top Ten, our monthly poll by all of the website’s contributors. For our first episode in 2014, we are looking at The Greatest Working Cinematographers in the (international) film industry. As long time readers of The Film Experience are surely aware, the visual language of cinema is something Nathaniel and the rest of us are very fond of discussing. Films and filmmakers that have a dash of style and understand cinema as a visual medium always get bonus points around these parts. We celebrate great works in cinematography on a weekly basis in Hit Me With Your Best Shot, but it was time to give the people behind the camera their due.

 

More than 50 cinematographers from all across the world received votes. If the final, somewhat American-centric, list doesn’t quite reflect that, chalk it up to the natural process of consensus voting. »

- Amir S.

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Ben Stiller Dancing With ‘Chippendales’; Alan Ball Pic Being Shopped With Weinstein Co In Pole Position

31 March 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Ben Stiller is in early talks to take a lead role in I Am Chippendales, a movie that Alan Ball wrote and will direct that’s being shopped right now. The Weinstein Company is the favorite to make a deal on the film. It’s an adaptation of the Rodney Sheldon book that sounds like a mix between Magic Mike and Scarface. Chippendales tells the story of Steve Banerjee, an immigrant who went from pumping gas in Culver City to running a high-end nightclub that evolved into Chippendales. As the male-stripper concept became a phenomenon in the 1980s at the height of the women’s lib movement, Banerjee was consumed by excess and competition. After hiring a New York choreographer to polish the all-male dance troupe, he  became wildly rich, and just as paranoid. Banerjee hired a hitman to murder the choreographer when negotiations went sour. After being arrested, Banerjee died in jail awaiting trial. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Ben Stiller in Talks to Star in Alan Ball’s ‘I Am Chippendales’ (Exclusive)

31 March 2014 3:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ben Stiller is in talks to star in Alan Ball’s “I Am Chippendales,” the true-life story of how the male dance club became one of the most famous adult entertainment shows in the world.

Focusing on the founding and expansion of the Chippendales nightclub by Paul Snider and Somen “Steve” Banerjee — who eventually pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire and was found dead in his jail cell in 1994. Stiller will play Nick DeNoia, the former choreographer/partner who helped conceive the idea for the dance troupe with Banerjee and attorney Steve Nahin and played a big part in the expansion of the act on a global level.

Ball will direct, produce and adapt the script which is based on Rodney Sheldon’s book.

Permut Presentations and Sentinel Pictures will also develop and produce.

The Wme-repped Stiller was last seen in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty »

- Justin Kroll

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Most Anticipated Films for 2015: An Overview

24 March 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)

100. The Double Hour – Dir. Joshua Marston

99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III

98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell

97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh

96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson

95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres

94. Timeless – Dir. Vadim Perelman

93. Wonderful Tonight – Dir. Christine Jeffs

92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari

91. Passengers – Dir. Brian Kirk

90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. »

- Nicholas Bell

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SXSW Review: ‘The Mend’ Starring Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett & Mickey Sumner

14 March 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sour, acidic leading characters in cinema are difficult to pull off. Audiences are already inured to charming, heroic protagonists and often repelled by their opposite. But Woody Allen managed unlikable characters for years, Noah Baumbach has successfully taken that mantle, Alex Ross Perry does a wonderful job of it in his latest film, and the delicate balance is usually either a charismatic lead that offsets the corrosiveness (Jason Schwartzman in “Listen Up Philip” for a very recent example), or a performance so unflinchingly committed and toxic they becomes utterly captivating (Nicole Kidman in “Margot At The Wedding” or Meryl Streep in "August: Osage County" for a recent example). First-time feature-film writer/director John Magary attempts this tricky feat with his debut indie "The Mend," and mostly misses the mark with irredeemable, unlikable and hopeless characters you don’t want to spend a second more with than you have to. Anchored »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Podcast: '300: Rise of an Empire' Review, Oscars vs. MTV Movie Awards and More

7 March 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Today we're reviewing 300: Rise of an Empire, discussing the differences and similarities between the MTV Movie Awards and Oscars, answering your questions, playing some games, listening to voice mail and answering all of life's important questions. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us a voicemail directly from your computer. Just click here and no matter where you live in the world, »

- Brad Brevet

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On Telluride's newfound place in the season, and a modest glimpse ahead

4 March 2014 2:25 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The dust has settled. I've had an opportunity to go back and look at the Oscars telecast away from a work setting (let's finally leave poor John Travolta alone). The 86th annual Academy Awards are a memory, and today, Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" is available on DVD and Blu-ray (nice timing, folks). It was a wild ride, an unpredictable one, and one that started in the mountains of Colorado. I was talking recently with someone about how the groundwork for phase two of a given awards season — that period of time when ballots are in hand and winners are being decided — is really laid in phase one, if not earlier. By the time you get to phase two, more or less, everyone knows what they're voting for. It almost becomes a formality. Plenty of it has to do with the movies, of course. Studios like Paramount — which does »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #35. Guy Maddin’s Spiritisms

3 March 2014 7:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Spiritisms

Director: Guy Madden

Writers: Evan Johnson, Robert Kotyk, Kim Morgan, Guy Maddin

Producers: Centre Pompideu

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Gerladine Chaplin, Udo Kier, Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medeiros, Ariane Labed, Amira Casar, Elina Löwensohn, Adèle Haenel, Mathieu Demy

While we thought this would be a 2013 title, the year has come and gone without much word on this project until a recent interview with Charlotte Rampling revealed that this was more of a project rather than a film, perhaps to be released online, but no details have been released one whether this will survive as one entire film. We’re thinking Guy Maddin’s 2014 will revolve around this project and another short he’s been working on, “Seances,” as he preps his long gestating The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman.

Gist: A portmanteau-style anthology of reenactments, recreations or reinventions from various lost or abandoned films (the film »

- Nicholas Bell

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #36. Noah Baumbach’s Untitled Public School Project

3 March 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Director: Noah Baumbach

Writer: Noah Baumbach

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Rob Yang

It received one messily award season nom, but the terribly neglected Frances Ha is still verberating with us. While the pulsating B&W flick was anything but improvisational, where this coat-tail follower is deemed to be more low-key, less controlled and once again features a creative partner of sorts in actress Greta Gerwig.

Gist: Baumbach calls this is cross between “The Great Gatsby” and “Something Wild”. Lola Kirke plays a Barnard undergraduate who aspires to be just like Gerwig’s character.

Release Date: This will aim for a major film fest playdate to attract buyers. Cannes not impossible, where as Venice might be likely.

More Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2014 Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #37. Sion Sono’s Tokyo TribesTop 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #35. Guy Maddin’s Spiritisms > »

- Eric Lavallee

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #37. Sion Sono’s Tokyo Tribes

3 March 2014 6:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Tokyo Tribes

Director: Sion Sono

Writer: Santa Inoue

Producer: Yoshinori Chiba

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Ryohei Suzuki

While the steadily working Sion Sono’s work ethic may be starting to resemble that of Takashi Miike, as in quantity does not always promise quality, he has more hits than misses (though it picked up the Midnight Madness prize at Tiff last September, his last film, Why Don’t You Play in Hell? is an example of his sometimes gonzo excessiveness). His latest reteams him with genre producer Yoshinori Chiba, having worked together on both Cold Fish and Guilty of Romance. It’s the biggest budget project to date for either of them, and when considering its source material (Santa Inoue’s manga), whatever the end product, it will be something to see considering Sono is casting mostly unknowns, comprised of real rappers, tattoo artists, etc and cites that the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Star Wars Episode VII: casting Adam Driver as a villain is one very odd move

27 February 2014 7:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With the big heroes in their 50s, 60s and 70s, the usually reliable Jj Abrams is plunging the Girls star into a fearsome spotlight

Girls star Adam Driver set to play Star Wars villain, reports say

If there is one area where Jj Abrams usually gets it right, it is casting. He was on the money when he picked the relatively untried Chris Pine to play the new Captain Kirk in 2009's rebooted Star Trek. He nailed it when he saw the potential of Phillip Seymour Hoffman to portray one of the most sinister villains in recent Hollywood history in 2006's unexpectedly good Mission: Impossible III. And he may yet have come up trumps with the casting of Girls' Adam Driver as a Darth Vader-like nasty in the mega-hyped upcoming Star Wars revival: Episode VII. Even so, from what we think we know about the first Disney-produced film in the long-running space saga, »

- Ben Child

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Darth Driver! 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has its first actor

26 February 2014 3:29 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Will he be good? Will he be bad? Or will that be the central question surrounding Adam Driver’s role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII?

Sources close to the actor confirm to EW that he is one raspy breath away from being announced as part of J.J. Abrams’ follow-up to Return of the Jedi.

Many actors have been rumored for a part in the movie, set for release Dec. 18, 2015, but with filming beginning in a few months, decisions are finally being made about who will inhabit this “galaxy far, far away.”

Lucasfilm and Disney declined to comment on the initial story, »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'Star Wars: Episode VII': 'Girls' star Adam Driver in talks to play villain -- Report

26 February 2014 12:44 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Adam Driver may be preparing to go from Greenpoint to a galaxy far, far away.

Variety is reporting that the Girls star is nearing a deal to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ secretive Star Wars: Episode VII, set to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

At 30, Driver is best-known for playing Hannah’s eccentric boyfriend Adam on HBO’s Girls. He’s also had memorable supporting roles in Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

Disney did not immediately return EW’s request for comment. »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'Girls' Star Adam Driver To Play Darth Vader-Esque Villain In 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

26 February 2014 12:27 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"Girls" star Adam Driver has done the auteur thing—Clint Eastwood ("J. Edgar"), Noah Baumbach ("Frances Ha"), Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln"), Coen Brothers ("Inside Llewyn Davis") and soon Martin Scorsese in "Silence"—but now's getting his blockbuster shoes on, joining the biggest damn franchise in the planet galaxy. Variety reports that the actor has bagged the villain role in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode 7." Since he is the first actor to be officially signed on to the sequel, naturally, plot details are being kept under wraps, though he is said to be playing a character in the vein of Darth Vader (though let's hope he's not related to him in some way). Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were also named as contenders for the part, but for whatever reason, they did not nab the role. Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams have penned the script, taking over from Michael Arndt last fall, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Unchained: Adam Stockhausen & Patricia Norris talk about 12 Years a Slave

26 February 2014 7:49 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Adam Stockhausen and Patricia Norris about the production and costume design featured in 12 Years a Slave...

Adam Stockhausen“I wouldn’t trade my time or training in the theatre for anything because figuring out how to get inside of a play, opera or musical is incredibly similar,” states Adam Stockhausen who has designed stage sets for Theatre For A New Audience, Huntington Theatre Company and The Santa Fe Opera.  “It starts with a visual response and what is the space for the story?  It teaches you to break it down and to think about it that way.”  The theatrical experience assisted when production designing 12 Years a Slave (2013) for filmmaker Steve McQueen (Shame).  “We went into the scene rehearsals without a definite plan.  It was much more about feeling it out and seeing how it developed.  What I was trying to do was to make things so »

- Trevor

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #63. Errol Morris’ Holland, Michigan

26 February 2014 5:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Holland, Michigan

Director: Errol Morris

Writer: Andrew Sodroski

Producers: Adam Kassan, John Lesher

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Naomi Watts, Bryan Cranston, Edgar Ramírez

Documentarian Errol Morris has signed on to direct not one, but two fiction feature films (he’s only ever done that once before, back in 1991 with the Lou Diamond Philips starrer The Dark Wind). Initially, it looked like the Christopher Walken/Paul Rudd headlining Freezing People Is Easy was set to film first, but now it looks as if it will be Holland, Michigan, set to roll this spring. While that may be cutting it close for a reasonable 2014 release, the 65 year old Morris has an efficient track record, so we shall see. As for Ms. Watts, she’s currently filming with Noah Baumbach for a film set to be released in 2015. This would be her next project, and, then maybe, finally, she’ll get »

- Nicholas Bell

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Star Wars: Episode VII Targets Adam Driver for Lead Villain!

26 February 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Adam Driver ("Girls," Inside Llewyn Davis ) is in final talks to play the villain in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII ! Variety has the news, claiming that Driver will play the film's chief antagonist and that the role is similar to that of Darth Vader in the original trilogy. The trade reports that Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were also being heavily eyed for the same unnamed part, but that Driver was ultimately Abrams' top choice and negotiations are now underway to make it official. Driver, a former Marine and a Julliard grad, also recently appeared on the big screen in projects like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha . Scripted by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII is rumored to focus on »

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