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This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
On behalf of his 2012 film "The Motel Life," Stephen Dorff will attend the 17th annual Ebertfest this year. Directed by Alan Polsky (a producer on Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant") and Gabe Polsky (director of 2014 doc "Red Army"), this working-class crime drama got a very positive review from Roger Ebert. The film was part of Dorff's career renaissance after getting a boost from Sofia Coppola's meandering "Somewhere." Also revealed is a list of panel discussions taking place at this year's Ebertfest from April 15-19 in Champaign-Urbana. On Sunday, April 19th following a screening of director Ethan Hawke's "Seymour: An Introduction," the film's subject, famed pianist Seymour Bernstein, will conduct an onstage master class with University of Illinois students. This year’s panel discussions, featuring many of the directors, actors, critics and other festival guests, including Heloise Godet, Godfrey Cheshire, Scott Foundas, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Once upon a time, filmmakers Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola were married. While fitting the dreams of film hipster heaven, their marriage ended long before the Internet could freak out about their seemingly perfect union, not unlike the way it did during the twee super marriage of Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Zoe Deschanel (it, too, didn't last). "It's not Spike," Coppola insisted in 2003 about Giovanni Ribisi’s portrayal of a character in “Lost In Translation” many felt was a dig at her ex-husband. "But there are elements of him there, elements of experiences. There are elements of me in all the characters." Regardless, people have drawn lots of parallels between Coppola’s “Lost In Translation” and Jonze’s 2013 film, “Her,” starring Joaquin Phoenix. Video essayist Jorge Luengo Ruiz has gone one step further and created “Lost in Translation // Her: An Unloved Story,” a beautiful video »
- Edward Davis
Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film Lost in Translation and Spike Jonze’s 2013 film Her both dealt with themes of loneliness and isolation in big cities, and how people cope with them. While the film then sees lead characters Bob Harris and Theodore, as well as Lost in Translation‘s Charlotte, deal with their individual cases in different ways, both films still retain a remarkable number of similarities in the way they explore and illustrate how the characters feel.
Vimeo user Jorge Luengo Ruiz has now edited together a video essay showing these similarities. Titled “Lost in Translation//Her: An Unloved Story”, the essay examines how the two films go about portraying the lead characters, eschewing dialogue from either film to focus on the cinematography and performances. Jorge Luengo Ruiz adds this to the video:
Three persons. Two cities. One feeling.
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
There's no doubt much has been made of the similarities between Spike Jonze's Her and Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation to the point Jonze's film has been referred to as an answer to Coppola's, and both are said to be responses to the relationship the two once shared. Another similarity the two share is they are both wonderful movies, which makes the following mash-up of the two films from Jorge Luengo Ruiz all the more wonderful. Was Coppola making a film about Jonze and was Jonze making a movie in response to Coppola'sc In 2003, Coppola told Entertainment Weekly "It's not Spike, but there are elements of him there, elements of experiences. There are elements of me in all the characters." To my knowledge Jonze hasn't discussed this much-talked-about aspect of Her, but after watching this video it's even harder to argue against the idea both Coppola and Lost in Translation »
- Brad Brevet
First with Maleficent, then with this month’s Cinderella, and soon a Sofia Coppola directed The Little Mermaid and a Tim Burton directed Dumbo, Disney is going all in with their live action remakes of their animated classics. Disney would be hard pressed today to churn out a film with Frozen‘s quality and originality once a year compared to their halcyon days in Old Hollywood and in the ’90s, so they’ve turned to the old standbys.
Saturday Night Live however realizes how silly this is, and they’ve recruited Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to star in Disney’s next live action remake: Bambi. Starring Vin Diesel as Thumper, Tyrese Gibson as Flower, and a machine-gun toting Michelle Rodriguez as The Girl Bambi, Bambi is a deer with a vengeance after losing his mother when he was just a fawn. Disney should take The Rock’s advice from his »
- Brian Welk
Sometimes the soundtrack to a Noah Baumbach movie can be more exciting than the film itself. He, like his contemporaries Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson, is obsessive about making sure the music in his films carries the story. This is especially true of While We're Young, his new film about 40-somethings who realize the stuff of their childhood is now considered "vintage," starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, and Ad-Rock. The music in While We're Young is some of the most eclectic you'll hear on any Baumbach soundtrack, as it pits the old against the new — what was kind of lame then, but totally cool now. Baumbach reunited with LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy to put the soundtrack together, and on an unseasonably cold spring day in New York, he told Vulture about the prized possessions in his personal collection, and what movie soundtrack makes him cry. »
- Lauretta Charlton
Nobody can quite capture the loneliness of life like director Sofia Coppola. Even in revolutionary France, there are those quiet moments between you and your thoughts.
Movement of Time decided to put these moments together in a supercut from Coppola’s filmography (Lost in Translation, Marie Antoniette, Somewhere, and The Bling Ring) with a focus on the characters and their lonely feelings throughout the films.
It also works as a nice highlight for some of the performances including Bill Murray in Lost in Translation and Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoniette. Coppola is able to find loneliness even in the biggest of sets and the films that the video focuses on are able to find that.
With Coppola moving to a live-action The Little Mermaid next, one has to wonder if she tries to apply this same technique to Ariel and the situation that she is in. While that may steer away from the Disney re-telling, »
- Zach Dennis
Tom Ford and George Clooney will team up on new thriller Nocturnal Animals.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ford is attached to direct the film, which will be his first since his 2009 debut A Single Man.
Ford has penned the script for the big-screen adaptation, which currently has no cast.
It’s been nearly two years since Sofia Coppola’s divisive “The Bling Ring,” and while we’ll see the acclaimed director reunite with her one-time muse Bill Murray for a Christmas special later this year, her next full-length film — a live-action take on “The Little Mermaid” — is still a long way off. What better time to take a look at Coppola’s filmography and gaze upon the disaffected, unhappy protagonists of her films, all cut together for your convenience? Edited by Movement Of Time, “Loneliness of Sofia Coppola” takes us on a five-minute journey through the time periods and landscapes of films like “Marie Antoinette.” Seeing actors like Kirsten Dunst here, or Murray in the world-conquering “Lost in Translation,” it seems that Coppola is fond of selling the loneliness and sadness of her characters by stranding them alone in beautifully framed shots. Watch “Loneliness of Sofia Coppola” below and place bets on how sad. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Anne-Dominique Toussaint’s Parisian Galerie Cinéma is here in New York with an exhibition featuring works by Cédric Klapisch, Atiq Rahimi, Edward Lachman, Agnès Godard, James Franco, Vincent Perez, Kate Barry, Harry Gruyaert and Raymond Depardon as a special event of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. The exhibition includes photographs of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve who star in Benoît Jacquot's 3 Hearts (3 Coeurs), Isabelle Huppert, Sofia Coppola, Julianne Moore, Emmanuelle Bercot, Gérard Depardieu, Patrice Chéreau and a video loop of James Franco channeling Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
Just before the opening reception, attended by SK1 (L’Affaire SK1) star Nathalie Baye »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Week in Review rounds up the past week in film news in one easy place. Check back this weekend for round-ups for TV and gaming.
Oh Hai Tommy Wiseau. You’re making something of a comeback, aren’t you? Several months back we reported that you were working on a TV sitcom that you had written, directed, and starred in (naturally) called The Neighbors, but that in the same way that you would start throwing around a football and then completely forget about it a moment later, it seemed like that was just a whim. Sure enough, The Neighbors was picked up on Hulu, and this week you did a Reddit Ama to promote it. Looks like people are finally starting to recognize your genius.
Stepping away from my conversation with Mr. Wiseau for a moment, if you’ve ever actually gotten an opportunity to attend a late night screening »
- Brian Welk
Murray had previously told Variety exclusively that he was participating in the project, complete with singing. All actors involved are reported to be playing themselves.
Also making a cameo is Sunset Tower maître d’hôtel Dmitri Dmitrov, who will play the role of Murray’s valet.
The special does not yet have a release date or a distributor, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which also first reported the additional casting.
- Seth Kelley
We now have a bit more more info on that Bill Murray–Sofia Coppola Christmas Special, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter. It will follow "the notoriously agent- and manager-less actor as he evades the advances of a shark dying to sign him" and as he bumps into fellow celeb BFFs, including George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph — who will all play (versions of?) themselves. Singing Christmas carols. Hanging out with Bill Murray. Just another normal day in Hollywood! »
- Lindsey Weber
Let's rewind a bit in case you forgot about this. Last fall, Bill Murray revealed he was re-teaming with "Lost In Translation" director Sofia Coppola for a TV Christmas special. “It’s not going to be live,” he said at the time. “We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are [being] writen. There will be prose.” And now, plot details have been revealed along with new cast members and this is shaping up to be something very... interesting... THR reveals that George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Miley Cyrus and Maya Rudolph have come aboard the project with Murray, and all will be playing themselves. Filming is already underway on the holiday tale that will see Murray trying to avoid a Hollywood figure who wants to represent the actor, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's not a series that I watched, or even heard of at the time it was on the air, 12 years ago, in 2003. I was having a chat with an acquaintance who mentioned it, during a conversation we were having about "Empire" and its season finale tonight. "It reminds me of that Upn show way back in the early 2000s I think it was, called 'Platinum' or something like that; I'll have to look it up again," he said, and then asked me if I remembered it, which, as I already noted, I don't. So I looked it up as well, and here's what I found... In brief, in 2003, the then Upn network (which was shut down in 2006, with some of its programs moving to what is now The CW) debuted what it called television's first drama set in the world of hip-hop, featuring an ensemble cast of diverse »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Natalie Portman ''channels Sofia Coppola'' when directing. The 'Black Swan' actress has taken the helm on 'A Tale of Love and Darkness' and admits she finds it quite stressful, so tries to conduct herself in the same way as the 'Virgin Suicides' director, who she has previously worked with on Miss Dior campaigns. She said: ''Sofia is so talented and so calm and she really has a vision. ''I thought about her a lot when I was directing because she is just unflappable, so cool in any situation. ''So whenever I would feel myself getting stressed, I'd try and channel Sofia.'' Natalie is relishing life behind the camera because it gives her so much more control. She said: ''It's a lot of responsibility, but a wonderful opportunity to own your work at the end. ''When you make a film as an actor, whether it turns out good or bad, »
The Monuments Men co-stars showed up at Taverna Kyclades, where Murray frequents, and were more than willing to pose for a pic for the restaurant's Facebook page. "Bill Murray loved us so much he brought a friend," the photo caption reads.
Post by Taverna Kyclades.
In fact, this Greek restaurant is becoming quite the celebrity hotspot. Just this past month, Jodie Foster was also spotted at the establishment.
Post by Taverna Kyclades.
If it's good enough for these A-listers, it's good enough »
Anne-Dominique Toussaint’s Parisian Galerie Cinema comes to New York with an exhibition featuring photos by Cédric Klapisch, Atiq Rahimi, Edward Lachman, Agnès Godard, James Franco, Vincent Perez, Kate Barry, Harry Gruyaert and Raymond Depardon as a special event of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.
The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola, Julianne Moore during the filming of Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven, and Vincent Perez's Cyrano De Bergerac co-star Gérard Depardieu will be among the portraits on display at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Nathalie Baye, Guillaume Canet, Cédric Kahn, Christophe Honoré, Celine Sallette, Mélanie Laurent, Abd Al Malik, Frédéric Tellier, Armel Hostiou, Thomas Cailley, Stéphane Demoustier, Cédric Anger, Alain Chabat, Claire Burger, Cédric Jimenez, Lucie Borleteau and Ariane Lebed »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Ghosting! Wrapping up Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week at one of the last shows of the season, Kendall Jenner stomped the runway at Marc Jacobs fall 2015 presentation on Thursday, Feb. 19, working some seriously pale face makeup. While Sofia Coppola, Nicki Minaj, and Christina Ricci watched from the front row, the face of Estee Lauder wore a porcelain face, teamed with bold, straight brows, gray shadow, and an oxblood lip, created by Francois Nars. "Marc wanted a very strong, elegant and sophisticated woman this season—a Diana Vreeland type. [...] »
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