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★★★☆☆ What does a Jonathan Demme film look like? From features to documentaries to television, he has an old studio player's utilitarian work ethic; restless and unfussy. Aside from the musical fixation, there's little in the way of recurring thematic concerns or visual tics. To rephrase the question, where is the auteur in Jonathan Demme? His new film, Ricki and the Flash (2015), gives us the answer almost immediately. The camera tracks a man into a bar then pulls up to find the band playing on stage. We switch between band and audience throughout the song - the shared bonhomie of musical communion. It is a kind of unspoken, unassuming connection that makes a Jonathan Demme film.
- CineVue UK
Thomas Harris has gotten more mileage out of his various novels about Hannibal Lecter than I'll wager he ever expected, and like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did with Sherlock Holmes, I'm guessing Harris has a complicated relationship with his most iconic and memorable creation. I was introduced to Lecter in Michael Mann's "Manhunter," and I immediately went out and found the Thomas Harris novel "Red Dragon" and read that, and it was clear to me immediately that Harris had found the perfect way to examine and comment on the way our pop culture is fascinated by human monsters. The movie wasn't a hit, but one of the advantages to working in a movie theater as a teenager was that I got to see things on the bigscreen for free as many times as I could sneak in during their run. I saw "Manhunter" four or five times, and then »
- Drew McWeeny
With the first reviews of the opening night film, Baltasar Kormákur's Everest, already in, the 72 edition of the Venice International Film Festival is off and running. Film critic Neil Young is placing odds on the contenders for the Golden Lion and the frontrunner at the moment is Aleksandr Sokurov's Francofonia. In our preview, we note that honorary awards will be going to Bertrand Tavernier, Jonathan Demme, Brian De Palma and Arturo Ripstein. The screening of Martin Scorsese's new short, The Audition, may have been cancelled "for technical reasons," but otherwise, the lineup looks promising indeed. » - David Hudson »
This past Saturday, NBC called time on its chilling horror drama Hannibal. Chilling thanks to the hard work orchestrated by its creator Bryan Fuller, who adapted Thomas Harris’ novels into three seasons of mind-boggling brilliance, the likes of which rarely grace the small screen. Nevertheless, the network axed the show, making this weekend’s episode both the season and series finale.
Despite all the major networks and streaming outlets turning down the chance to snap up the show, Fuller remains cautiously optimistic on the future of the series. His faith in Lecter’s continued story is such, that in a recent batch of interviews to ring out Hannibal’s exit, he spoke on the subject of what that elusive season 4 might look like as he told Hitfix:
“Martha De Laurentiis is looking into financing for a feature film. The season 4 that we were going to tell is such a restart »
- Gem Seddon
Justin Timberlake is heading to the big screen with a concert film focusing on his 20/20 Experience World Tour.
Demme filmed Timberlake's show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas – his final tour on the 134-date tour - for the movie on January 2.
Speaking to EW, Demme said: "It's very emotional, very exciting. It's a space age music film!"
He added: "There's tremendous dancing in this piece.
"[Timberlake has] got an extraordinary band called the Tennessee Kids. Huge horn section, two lead guitars, two drummers, eight dancers, four exquisite background singers. And we caught them on their last performance."
After dropping a back-to-back double album in 2013, pop sensation Justin Timberlake embarked on the 20/20 Experience World Tour, a 134-date global concert tour spread out over 14 months that took him to five different continents, delivering concerts where he was playing 30 songs some nights. The man is a true performer. But if you […]
- Ethan Anderton
Demme reportedly filmed Timberlake's final stop of his 134-date tour at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on January 2nd. Talking about the film with Variety, Demme says:
"It's very emotional, very exciting. It's a space age music film. There's tremendous dancing in this piece. (Timberlake has) got an extraordinary band called the Tennessee Kids. Huge horn section, two lead guitars, two drummers, eight dancers, four exquisite background singers. And we caught them on their last performance."
- Garth Franklin
According to a report by Entertainment Weekly, Demme shot Timberlake’s final stop on the 134-date tour on Jan. 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“It’s very emotional, very exciting,” Demme told EW. “It’s a space age music film!”
He added, “There’s tremendous dancing in this piece. (Timberlake has) got an extraordinary band called the Tennessee Kids. Huge horn section, two lead guitars, two drummers, eight dancers, four exquisite background singers. And we caught them on their last performance.”
Timberlake, whom Demme calls “a funky Fred Astaire,” has had his share of film experience, appearing in such films as “The Social Network,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Friends With Benefits” and “Runner Runner,” among others. Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience” double album dropped in two parts in 2013. David Fincher »
- Marianne Zumberge
Justin Timberlake will team with director Jonathan Demme for a concert film that will capture the singer's January 2nd performance from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena, the final stop on the singer's six-legged, 134-date 20/20 Experience World Tour. According to Entertainment Weekly, Demme will begin editing the still-untitled, independently financed concert film this fall.
"It's very emotional, very exciting. It's a space age music film,” Demme said of the performance. The director also compared Timberlake to a "funky" Fred Astaire and added, "There's tremendous dancing in this piece. He's got »
Director Jonathan Demme, who this year released "Ricki and the Flash" starring Meryl Streep as a rocker mom who lets down her kids, will receive the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award at the 72nd Venice Film Festival (September 2 through 12). The awards ceremony to confer the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award 2015 to Jonathan Demme, who is the President of the Orizzonti Jury, will be held on Thursday September 3rd at 3:00pm. Demme's long and storied career goes all the way back to the 1970s, through "Crazed Mama," "Melvin and Howard" and more, and into 1980s comedy "Something Wild," 1991 Best Picture winner "The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia," remakes "The Truth About Charlie" and "The Manchurian Candidate" and his more idiosyncratic late-career efforts, including "Rachel Getting Married," "A Master Builder" and now "Ricki and the Flash." His films have »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Oscar-winning director, who is serving as President of the Orizzonti Jury at the festival, will receive the honor at a ceremony on the second afternoon of the festival (Sept. 3) in the Sale Darsena (Lido di Venezia).
“From the cultured reinterpretation of genres in his early films, to the development of a personal film style deeply rooted in the individual, to his systematic incursion into documentary filmmaking distinguished by his innovative approach, Demme has brought to life a vivid gallery of characters against the background of an exuberantly pop American landscape that harks back to the »
- Robert Mitchell
Hannibal season 3 appears to be gearing up towards a bloody finale to rival even the spectacular end of season 2...
This review contains spoilers.
3.12 The Number Of The Beast Is 666
This week’s episode, The Number of the Beast Is 666, is a tragedy. But I mean that generically, not emotionally.
Let’s face it. Dr. Frederick Chilton is a classical tragic figure. That is, he meets all the characteristics of Aristotle’s description of that character. The purported father of tragedy described the tragic hero as being defined by five things: a tragic flaw (or error in judgement), a reversal of fortune caused by that flaw, recognition that his own actions led to his fall, excessive pride or hubris, and a fate out of proportion with the error committed.
Dr. Chilton’s flaw, of course, is that, despite the fact that he is essentially the greatest of second-rate minds, Hannibal has »
From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...
A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.
As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little, »
If you love director Jonathan Demme’s classic thriller Silence of the Lambs and you’re in the market for a new place to live, look no further than the house occupied by Buffalo Bill in the aforementioned motion picture. It also… Continue Reading →
The post Buffalo Bill’s Silence of the Lambs House Is Now on the Market appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Todd Rigney
Few screenwriters these days are as well known as Diablo Cody. Her colorful backstory and distinctive dialogue made her a rare behind-the-scenes star when she broke out with “Juno” eight years ago, and her work, while not always as successful as that hit film, (which also won Cody an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay), has always been fascinating and worth a watch. Cody’s been back in the limelight recently after penning Jonathan Demme’s Meryl Streep-starring “Ricki & The Flash” (read our review here), and tells the Hollywood Reporter that despite her success, there’s one thing she’s unlikely to be doing again, and that’s directing a movie. Cody’s first feature as a helmer, 2013’s “Paradise” (starring Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer) was critically slaughtered (our review called it “a cloying after school special”), and it was released straight to DirectTV without much fanfare. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
It puts the house on the market or else it gets the hose again. The 3-story Victorian home from "The Silence of the Lambs" – yes, the one used to hold Buffalo Bill’s skinsuit victims -- has hit the market, for a very reasonable price. The 5-bedroom home, an hour south of Pittsburgh, was built in 1910 and its owners have barely changed a thing since the movie that won Best Picture was shot there in 1990. Asking price ... $300k. »
- TMZ Staff
The primary villain in 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs is Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb (Ted Levine), a deranged serial killer who skins his female victims in hopes of creating a "woman suit." Now the fictional murderer's house – a four-bedroom, one-bathroom Victorian set on a 1.76-acre lot in Fayette County, Pennsylvania – has hit the market with an asking price of $300,000, the Wall Street Journal reports.
In the acclaimed film, Buffalo Bill is eventually brought down by the FBI's Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), with an assist from imprisoned killer Hannibal Lecter »
While the public opinion remains somewhat divided on the merit of Jonathan Demme’s latest, the Diablo Cody-penned rock n’ roll dramedy “Ricki & the Flash,” it’s hard to dispute the director’s legendary standing in the last half-century or so of American cinema. After bursting onto the scene with a series of idiosyncratic, deeply personal comedies that shed light on the forgotten back roads of America, (the marvelous “Melvin and Howard” and the deeply weird “Something Wild” are highlights) Demme brought his decidedly singular vision to the mainstream in pictures like “Philadelphia” and his Oscar-winning serial killer masterpiece, “The Silence of the Lambs.” His recent output has been more mixed—“Rachel Getting Married” is fantastic, “The Truth About Charlie” is not so much—but Demme is and was a titan in the American movie scene. Read More: Laff: Jonathan Demme Talks Rooting For The Underdog, Rock Star Meryl Streep, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Haugesund Norway — Roar Uthaug’s “The Wave,” Joachim Trier’s “Louder Than Bombs,” Kari Anne Moe’s “Rebels,” Stig Björkman’s “Ingrid Bergman — In Her Own Words” and Dagur Kári’s “Virgin Mountain” are among the Nordic highlights set to play at the 43rd Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund.
Paying homage to Gallic cinema, the festival will host a French Touch section featuring Philippe Garrel’s “In the Shadow of Women,” which opened at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight; Stephane Brize’s “The Measure of a Man,” a Cannes competition entry that earned its star Vincent Lindon a best actor award; as well as another alumnus of this year’s Cannes’ Directors Fortnight: Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years.” The French Touch sidebar is completed by Cedric Jimenez’s thriller “The Connection” with Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche, which bowed at last year’s Toronto, and Melanie Laurent’s “Breathe,” which »
- Elsa Keslassy
For Meryl Streep's new film Ricki and the Flash, the actress actually spent six months learning how to play guitar for the role of the titular rocker. Streep also had an impressive teacher aid in her transformation from Academy Award-winning actress to guitar goddess: Neil Young. In this video from the Jacob Burns Film Center, Young teaches Streep the noisy art of distortion.
The rocker first tells the actress – prior to every filmed performance – to turn the amp's knobs to their max setting, both for sound reasons and for realism. »
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