11 items from 2010
The Envelope: Reed Johnson nabs a rare interview with best actress hopeful Annette Bening, one of the two female leads in “The Kids Are All Right,” as well as Lisa Cholodenko, the film’s co-screenwriter/director. Cholodenko says that when it came to casting the part of Nic — “who in many ways is the film’s dramatic fulcrum, just as she is her family’s emotional anchor — mostly for the better, though not without the usual quotient of occasional slammed doors and raised voices” — she thought of only Bening. Fortunately, it turned out that a mutual-admiration existed between the two — Cholodenko thought of Bening because of one particularly special scene of hers from “American Beauty” (1999), and Bening always remembered enjoying Cholodenko’s earlier film “Laurel Canyon” (2002).
24 Frames: Steven Zeitchik scans the newly-released slate of films that will play at January’s Sundance Film Festival, and points out some »
- Mary Skawinski
This Sunday, director Werner Herzog will conduct a Q&A with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu after a screening at the Directors Guild headquarters on Sunset Blvd at 7:30 Pm. Herzog rarely does such things, but was moved to take part in the DGA members-only-event after seeing the film last month. "I respect Werner and his films so much, because he takes risks and doesn't compromise," Inarritu told me. "This was a surprise and an honor, and it helps in the battle to get this film noticed." Directors are now rallying behind the prestige film and helping it build slow momentum. Biutiful is Mexico's submission for Best Foreign Language film, and the picture opened its all-categories Oscar campaign with an event last Saturday, hosted by Guillermo del Toro for Inarritu and his below-the-line collaborators Rodrigo Prieto, Gustavo Santaolalla, and Stephen Mirrione. Julian Schnabel showed his support at a Soho House screening in New York last Tuesday, »
- MIKE FLEMING
François Truffaut, 1962
Jules and Jim was the biggest box-office success the French New Wave ever enjoyed. When it opened in Paris in January 1962, it played for nearly three months and it found the same crowds all over the world. (In America, two young men saw it – Robert Benton and David Newman – and they began to write a script that would become Bonnie and Clyde.) Although set in the era of the first world war, its sexual manners were an indicator of the 60s to come, with Catherine (Jeanne Moreau) in love with and loved by two men (at least) – Jules, a German, played by Oskar Werner, and Jim, a Frenchman, played by Henri Serre.
The way Jules and Jim emerged was a tribute to Moreau and to Truffaut's obsession with the idea that women were magical. It's an early dramatisation of feminist principles, but it's also the portrait of a bipolar personality drawn to self-destruction. »
- David Thomson
When people think, or talk, about Bonnie and Clyde, the 1967 period-piece gangster drama that revolutionized American movies, it’s almost always in terms of everything the film did that was bold and audacious and new: the infamous bloody shock and poetic realism of its violence, which ignited a tempestuous social debate about screen violence that lasted for decades (how quaint it all seems now, when even “sheltered” children grow up completely blasé about playing first-person-shooter videogames); the bracingly fresh, ’30s-meets-’60s sexual charisma that Warren Beatty and (especially) Faye Dunaway brought to their roles as bank robbers living out a »
- Owen Gleiberman
The director's most famous scene is the shoot-out at the end of Bonnie and Clyde, but his most violent one took place between a disabled child and her teacher
There was something not just contradictory, but almost implausible about Arthur Penn. In person, he was maybe the most amiable and engaging film director I have ever met. Agreed, the competition in that brotherhood is not intense. All too many movie directors are insufferable after half an hour. Arthur Penn was a gentleman, and a gentle man, kind, modest and naturally curious about other people. Indeed, he shared the joke and the mystery if one asked: how can a man so reasonable and charitable have such an astonishing, passionate awareness of violence? He smiled, and said he didn't know. I believed him, although I think he was troubled by the question.
When I say "violence" I don't just mean the prolonged »
- David Thomson
Virtually every obituary and appreciation of director Arthur Penn that will appear in tomorrow’s newspapers will lead off by talking about the film that he’s best remembered for: 1967′s Bonnie and Clyde. And I suppose this one’s no different — after all, it’s a classic, a psychologically rich and bullet-riddled movie that revolutionized the depiction of sex and violence in Hollywood at a time when the movie industry was trying to figure out what it could and couldn’t get away with. But Penn’s influence isn’t primarily on cinema or the stage or television (all »
- Chris Nashawaty
More Toronto coverage
Toronto -- Like debutantes at a cotillion, movies that harbor Oscar hopes are about to be presented to the world at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival.
At first blush, many of them sport the kind of credentials that automatically get the attention of Academy voters: Danny Boyle, whose "Slumdog Millionaire" swept the Oscars in 2009 after winning the People's Choice Award in Toronto, is back with his newest film, "127 Hours"; double Oscar winner Hilary Swank will stake her claim for further consideration with the crusading legal drama "Conviction"; and Colin Firth, who was nominated last year for "A Single Man," is auditioning for back-to-back noms for his latest, "The King's Speech," in which he plays a stammering King George VI.
- By Gregg Kilday
By: Roger Friedman
hollywoodnews.com: Helen Thomas has retired. Her career ends in disgrace thanks to comments she made on May 27th to Rabbi David Nesenoff at a White House event.
Thomas was criticized today at a White House press briefing. Here’s the link: http://www.politico.com/singletitlevideo.html?bcpid=19407224001&bctid=90405445001
The New York Times, which did not even mention what was going on previously, now reports the story online.
The Times has simply ignored the entire Thomas fiasco, even though: Thomas’s lecture agent has dropped her, her co-author has disavowed her, and there’s an open letter to her in today’s Jerusalem Post.
The Times–and all the New York newspapers–have completely ignored the fact that man who interviewed Thomas and posted the now infamous video on You Tube is a rabbi who lives right here on Long Island. Considering how much the papers »
- Roger Friedman
The 1966 It's a bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman musical will receive a 21st century update. The revamped version of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' play - which was based on a book by Robert Benton and David Newman - will appear onstage at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas. The original featured none of Superman's regular cast of characters other than Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but Sprouse and Adams are updating the story based on a new book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Marvel Divas). The new version will include characters such as the genius supervillain (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
Here's the latest Austin-related film news this week:
Cinematical has posted a teaser trailer for Simon Rumley's Austin-shot horror film Red White & Blue, which is playing SXSW next month. I do believe a great deal of that trailer is set at the Broken Spoke. And Debbie, is that your house where all the, er, shenanigans are occurring? (Speaking of shenanigans, this is not a G-rated trailer by any means.)Over at The Dallas Morning News, Joe O'Connell tells us that a new TV pilot is shooting in Austin next month called Gen Y. Two other pilots will be shooting soon in Dallas, too.On the other hand, Chris Garcia reports that Waxahachie native and Ut alumnus Robert Benton's biopic of Lyndon B. Johnson may not get to shoot in Texas. Apparently HBO prefers the film incentives in Georgia or Louisiana over the Lone Star State. (What would Lbj think? »
- Jette Kernion
Another shock for investors at firm founded by Beatle George Harrison
In a twist straight out of one of its own theatrical releases, HandMade Films today replaced its chairman after a mere two months amid deepening confusion over the finances of the company, which counts the Duchess of York among its content partners.
Last week the Alternative Investment Market-listed film group, originally founded in 1978 by former Beatle George Harrison, requested that trading in its shares be suspended because of uncertainty over its financial position. The company refused to give any further details, but the news was a big shock to investors, because in November HandMade had successfully raised £17m to finance a new children's division, signing a deal with the Duchess of York to turn her storybook characters into TV stars.
Yesterday HandMade, whose credits include hits such as The Long Good Friday, , Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and »
- Richard Wray
11 items from 2010
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