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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
Ben Stiller's professional onscreen career is officially turning 30 this year — that's roughly 412 in comedian years. In a business where funny people tend to quickly exhaust their limited charm and sink from telling jokes to becoming a punchline, the restless and versatile Stiller has managed to sustain one of the most consistent comic careers this side of Bob Hope. From his days as a bit player to his later emergence as a force of nature in front of the camera and behind the scenes (you have his production company Red »
To find one of the biggest impact players on the American indie scene, you have to go to Sao Paulo.
Rodrigo Teixeira’s Brazil-based Rt Features has produced Sundance hits “Indignation” by director James Schamus and “Little Men” by Ira Sachs, and heading to Berlin, it’s also behind James Gray’s sci-fier “To the Stars,” and has inked a joint production venture with Martin Scorsese.
Teixeira’s track record is extraordinary for any producer, no matter the nationality: Rt has developed work with Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha,” “Mistress America”), Kelly Reichardt (“Night Moves”), Sachs (“Love Is Strange”), Robert Eggers (2015 Sundance award-winner “The Witch”) and Gaspar Noe (Cannes competition player “Love”). The company is also firing up movies from a new generation of Brazilian directors.
Teixeira says co-production deals have infused money into the market, and afforded independent filmmakers the freedom to create their own stories.
But, he adds, while »
- John Hopewell
If the sheer number of celebrity cameos could make a comedy funny, Zoolander 2 would be hilarious. It is not. In fact, Zoolander 2 is a dull, overloaded slog that it is more likely to evoke snores than laughs.
Even for those who loved the original, Zoolander 2 (also known as “Zoolander No. 2,” in a little Chanel reference that illustrates the film’s level of cliche comedy) does not offer much and tops the list as candidate for this year’s most unneeded sequel. Oh, there are a few chuckles in this follow-up to Ben Stiller’s send-up of dim-witted models and the fashion world, but there are just not enough of them to keep the audience awake through most of this slow-moving, plot-heavy movie. The movie is basically made up of quoted song lyrics, and movie references and cliches, and several plots, all seasoned with a mind-boggling number of celebrity cameos. »
- Cate Marquis
While there are plenty of interviews with the Coens to dive into this week as their new film "Hail, Caesar!" hits theaters, it's also a good time to dip into the archives, and that's just what the folks at The Film Society of Lincoln Center have done. They posted a 2011 talk between the sibling directors and Noah Baumbach, and as you would expect, the chat was a fascinating one. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, from filmmaking itself, opening shots of their careers, and more, with lots of interesting little insights. For example, the Coens consider "Burn After Reading" their version of a Tony Scott film. "We discussed Tony Scott a lot," Ethan said. "[It's one of his films] except the people are knuckleheads...Constantly on the set with Chivo we would say 'What would Tony do?' "We thought, 'Well, we’ll never do a movie that starts starts with a little »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jennifer Jason Leigh's career before The Hateful Eight comprised of one of those resumes that could easily have stood the test of time. And before she was asked to star in the latest Quentin Tarantino film, her career almost ended up doing just that . all due to a hiatus she'd taken to enjoy being a mother. Leigh spoke with The Evening Standard about how the birth of her son with director/ex-husband Noah Baumbach had taken her out of the film game, by choice. Of course, after any time out of the spotlight, work can be hard for an actor to find. This lead to Jennifer Jason Leigh settling into the possibility of moving on from the acting profession, stating the following as her mindset: I felt like I had a really nice run and worked with some wonderful actors. Maybe it was time to do something else, maybe »
Grief is a terrible animal, red of claw and tooth, and once it gets hold of you, there is no way of knowing what it will do to you. Over the last year, I've watched a dear friend of mine struggle with back to back losses of two of the most important people in her life, and at times, I've genuinely worried that it would be too much for her to take. This is a strong, vibrant person, and grief landed on her in a way that very nearly crushed all of that joy and vitality right out of her. I've had my own bouts with profound sorrow over the last year as a result of the end of my marriage, and while I feel like I've reached the other side of all of that, I remain shaken by just how damaged I was by things. For the first time in my adult life, »
- Drew McWeeny
It was inevitable that Hollywood would remake Jacques Audiard’s stylish gangster classic A Prophet, but at least there’s considerable talent gathering behind the scenes. It’s been reported that famed crime novelist and The Drop scribe Dennis Lehane will pen the script, while Sam Raimi has eyed the director’s chair. Raimi’s late filmography has been spotty, but his last foray into crime, A Simple Plan, fit like a glove. Audiard’s original film follows a man in prison who’s taken under the tutelage of a crime boss. [Deadline]
After co-writing credits on Noah Baumbach efforts Frances Ha and Mistress America, Greta Gerwig is finally stepping behind the camera herself. Gerwig will direct fellow “it girl” and Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird. The film will follow a high school senior spending her last year at home in Sacramento. [Deadline]
Darius Marder isn’t a well-known name, »
- Michael Snydel
We as a culture have only recently started a collective conversation about the realities of mental illness and the ways they effect us. Premiering at Slamdance, Mad is a character piece with an uncommonly perceptive view towards the way mental illness can cause collateral damage. But that’s not to say that it handles things gingerly or with gentle political correctness. Within the opening minutes, it’s clear that these characters don’t fit into our newfound progressive sensitivity toward the subject. Mad is a slow motion car wreck, exploding the effects of the illness across a mother and her two dysfunctional children.
The narrative isn’t involved, but it’s essential to the understanding of the characters. The story begins when Connie (Jennifer Lafleur), a married working professional receives a call from the hospital about her bipolar, newly divorced mother, Mel (Maryann Plunkett), who had a nervous breakdown. Connie »
- Michael Snydel
Two-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, who has fast become one of the frontrunners going into next month’s Academy Awards following her heart-wrenching turn in Brooklyn, has joined the cast of Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird.
Working from her own script, Gerwig’s first trip behind the lens will have the Irish actress play the part of a high-school senior living in Sacramento. Beyond that, though, details of the plot are being kept under lock and key.
Deadline broke the news and reveals that Iac Films is lending financial support to the feature film, which will be produced by Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill. That’ll pave the way for something of a reunion for Rudin and Ronan, given that the pair will collaborate later this year when the latter makes her Broadway debut for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Gerwig, on the other hand, »
- Michael Briers
Greta Gerwig's been floating around independent films for some time now, although she made some serious waves when she co-wrote and starred in 2012's Frances Ha. Last year she re-teamed with director Noah Baumbach to bring us Mistress America, although it looks as though as the bird is fina'lly leaving the nest, so to speak. Gerwig will make her directorial debut with Lady Bird, of which she's also... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Ronan is playing a high-school senior in the film set in Sacramento. Gerwig will direct from her own script. Iac Films is financing “Lady Bird” with Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill producing.
The 21-year-old Ronan just receiving an Academy Award best actress nomination. She also nabbed Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nods for “Brooklyn,” in which she portrays a young Irish woman who emigrates to New York City in the early 1950s. She also received an Oscar nom for best supporting actress for the 2007 drama “Atonement.”
Ronan’s other credits include “I Could Never Be Your Woman,” “City of Ember,” “The Way Back,” “The Host,” “How I Live Now” and Wes Anderson’s comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Ronan will make her Broadway debut this spring in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” which Rudin is also producing. »
- Dave McNary
Having spent time on films sets with Noah Baumbach, Woody Allen, Whit Stillman, Rebecca Miller, Todd Solondz, and Mia Hansen-Love, Greta Gerwig has a good amount of experience to draw upon as she gears up to make her solo directorial debut, "Lady Bird" (she co-directed "Nights and Weekends" with Joe Swanberg). Not only that, she's got the producing power of Scott Rudin behind her, and Gerwig is bringing some big talent in to lead her upcoming picture. Read More: Sundance First Look: Greta Gerwig In Todd Solondz's 'Wiener-Dog' Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, who is in the running for Best Actress thanks to her performance in "Brooklyn," will star in "Lady Bird." The actress will be doing double duty, starring on stage on Broadway in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," while also shooting Gerwig's movie. Production will get underway on the movie this spring. And that's all the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With politics of representation in the U.S. entertainment industry currently under intense scrutiny, “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” doesn’t feel quite like the comforting nostalgia trip one might expect. Instead, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s sprightly, brightly assembled celebration of the veteran showrunner holds up a mirror to contemporary American television, tacitly asking if it’s addressing issues of difference and prejudice as directly (and daringly) as Lear’s shows, including such 1970s staples as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” did. Generally laudatory in its approach to its irresistible human subject — if Lear’s signature white hat remains immovably on his head, the film’s stays very much in hand — this appreciation is nonetheless most fascinating in a brief stretch where the political correctness of Lear’s work is called into question by black performers. Brassily entertaining as it is, “Just Another Version »
- Guy Lodge
From starring roles in films such as The Man Who Fell to Earth and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence to smaller parts in the likes of The Last Temptation of Christ and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, David Bowie made as much a mark on the world of film as it did on music and fashion. But it wasn’t just his acting that left an impression on movie-going audiences; numerous films have made use of his music to powerful effect. In honor of his recent passing, here are a few of our favorite appearances of David Bowie songs in the movies. We’ll miss you, starman.
I’m not much of a fan of Quentin Tarantino or his movies, but I still love this scene from 2009’s World War II fantasy Inglourious Basterds. Not only does “Cat People,” which Bowie originally penned »
- Nathan Smith
Chris here to celebrate our favorite indie distributor. A24 has been steadily been building their reputation since launching about 3 years ago, and yesterday they finally landed their first Oscar nominations. They've previously housed longshot candidates like Spring Breakers and A Most Violent Year, but this year saw three of their films break through: Room, Ex Machina, and Amy.
A24 started 2015 proving that they could compete with the larger indie outfits by delivering at the box office. Ex Machina was a surprise hit and became their highest grosser, with Amy and Noah Baumbach's While We're Young also breaking out. Room could pass all of them with the help of its four major nominations and The Witch looks primed to be late-winter mini-hit, as well.
- Chris Feil
Monday, January 18th, has unfortunately been bestowed the most depressing day of the year, now referred to as “Blue Monday.” It’s true that January isn’t usually the happiest time—Christmas has passed, it’s cold and gross outside, and the fun, care-free moments of the holidays are over. In case you're succumbing to those winter blues, however, we have the perfect pick-me-up.
On Blue Monday, you can redeem only 500 Scene points to see any film currently in theatres! That's already one step to making our day better. The next is to check out the below 10 moments in film, where a smile is guaranteed, and if you're lucky, maybe even a laugh or two. You also may find yourself jumping into a song and dance. Take that, Blue Monday!
Here are 10 of our favourite uplifting moments in film, spoilers and all:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986); Directed by John Hughes »
- Adriana Floridia
New Indie: The actress and director behind one of my favorite movies of the decade, Frances Ha, reteamed for Mistress America (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), another comedy about a woman old enough to know better but still hanging on to the flibbertigibbetiness of her early 20s. Hey, if Seth Rogen can make a career out of aging slackers who find it challenging to put down the bong and pick up a diaper bag, why shouldn’t Greta Gerwig be able to make the most of out of the female equivalent? Gerwig co-wrote this charming tale with director Noah Baumbach, and it’s a smart and breezy look at two fascinating characters: the slightly madcap Brooke (Gerwig), who’s always got big plans, and college student Tracy (Lola Kirke), who’s not above exploiting...
- Alonso Duralde
This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
New York Post has wise words for Netflix on their strange feet dragging for Season 2 of Jessica Jones
Slate Movie Club 2015 closes I'm assuming you read all 18 entries. They were A-ma-zing. My favorite Movie Club by Slate ever I think. Mark Harris, Dana Stevens, Amy Nicholson, David Ehrlich, and Dan Kois outdid themselves.
Decider great piece by Joe on the rise of the bad seen as villain in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and other blockbusters
Decider Joe also counts down the 10 times Globes were more fun than Oscars (10? This list could go to 1000) but there's a massive typo in his post because it says "7." [sic] by the part about Elizabeth Taylor slurring "Gladiaaaaator"
THR excerpt of a new interesting book "Starflacker" from a longtime PR pro Dick Guttman
- NATHANIEL R
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