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The role of Aragorn in Peter Jackson's trilogy of Lord Of The Rings films was ultimately taken on by Viggo Mortensen. He was a late replacement for Stuart Townsend, who left the role four days into shooting, when Jackson felt that the actor was too young for the part.
However, had history taken a different turn, then Aragorn may well have been played by Nicolas Cage.
In a new interview with Newsweek, Cage has revealed that he was offered the part by Peter Jackson, but had to turn the role down.
"There were different things going on in my life at the time that precluded me from being able to travel and be away from home for three years", he explained. Although he can see the upside of not »
We've rounded up some of the most engaging interviews we've come across in the past few days. Danny Glover talks about working as a producer with the likes of Charles Burnett, Abderrahmane Sissako and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, plus: Emma Thompson on superhero movies, George A. Romero on what he might be up to next, Abel Ferrara and Willem Dafoe on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Wim Wenders on music, Robert Redford on raising funding these days, Alex Gibney on Steve Jobs, Eskil Vogt on Blind, Neil Labute on Dirty Weekend, Kevin Smith on making a living with his mouth, Emma Stone, Michael Shannon on Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes and Liv Ullmann on learning from bad directors. » - David Hudson »
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Dirty Weekend" is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] Alice Eve and Matthew Broderick strike up a layered friendship while on a layover in Albuquerque, New Mexico in Neil Labute's latest drama "Dirty Weekend," but it's certainly not the first time a movie twosome have formed a strong bond while on the job. In honor of the film hitting On Demand, Indiewire picks some of the greatest workplace friendships in movie history. Read More: 5 Brilliant Films About the Dark Side of Famous Geniuses "9 to 5" (1980)Workplace friendships don't get more perfect than the one between Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton in Colin Higgins' classic comedy satire "9 to 5." Underpaid, undervalued and unappreciated, this triumvirate of female »
The work of Neil Labute can be a nasty business. Particularly in his early writings for stage or screen, Labute's fiction placed an emphasis on humans with a flare for charismatic inhumanity, highlighting the worst aspects of society and its capacity for cruelty. A younger Labute could, in fact, be so tough on audiences that his first play was received with violent booing. But much has changed since plays/films like In The Company of Men or The Shape of Things scandalized their audiences. For one, Labute has accepted the Hollywood challenge of directing other writers' visions, like in Death at a Funeral or the remake of The Wicker Man (to varying degrees of reception). But as Labute told me over the phone, he's never been one...
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Afternoon Delight: Enjoyable, Downplayed Provocation from Labute
Walking into a film called Dirty Weekend knowing it’s directed by Neil Labute, an author known for his pointedly misanthropic views of humanity often criticized for misogynistic tendencies floating around in his glorified explorations of the pathetic trappings of masculinity, one may have certain assumptions. Collaborating once again with actress Alice Eve following the enjoyable 2013 two-hander Some Velvet Morning, Labute concocts another dialogue heavy vehicle once again vaguely informed by titillating possibilities. Surprisingly, it’s potentially his least barbed appraisal of humans behaving badly to date, but ultimately never comes to the sort of money shot we’re expecting. Because of this, it leaves one with an abrupt jolt of being just another exploration of middle-aged malaise seen many times before, even though Labute manages to filter it through a pair of otherwise entertaining characters.
Stepping off the plane from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, »
- Nicholas Bell
Here We Go Again: Evans’ Nondescript Venture a Familiar Recipe of Whirlwind Romance
Love is not a many splendored thing in actor Chris Evans’ directorial debut, Before We Go, a mediocre two-hander requiring a certain finesse not in evidence either before or in front of the camera, at least enough to believably carry us off into the sunset of illogical romantic inclinations. That’s not to say the film is terrible or even evidence that Evans should quit his day job, but mostly how it unfortunately elicits an overall and achingly constant ‘meh.’ Saddled with one of those vaguely poetic titles reminiscent of a slew of emotionally malleable indie films like Before I Disappear or Away We Go, even though it probably wants to be comparable to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy, perhaps we shouldn’t be disappointed since the comfortably predictable narrative can’t be accused »
- Nicholas Bell
The Scandinavians have Lars Von Trier, and Americans may boast Harmony Korine as our enfante terrible, but writer/director Neil Labute is still unquestionably America’s premier big screen provocateur. Over the years, he’s poked, prodded and challenged audiences with many confrontational and discomfiting topics both in film and on the stage, tackling misogyny and sexism (“In The Company Of Men”), obesity/female body issues (the stage play “Fat Pig”), the duplicity of the art world and calculating females (“The Shape Of Things”), post 9/11 fallout (“The Mercy Seat”) and the repercussions of an interracial love triangle ("This Is How It Goes," "Lakeview Terrace”). Labute functions like a portrait artist of nasty, vicious human behavior, deceitful psychologies and devious assholes — his worldview is often deeply cynical, presenting the unpleasant aspects of human nature. Nearly once a year, he turns out a new work that’s sharp, funny, observational and indeed. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Read More: The 17 Indie Films You Must See This September: '99 Homes,' 'Goodnight Mommy' and More "Two Step" (September 1)After opening in limited release on July 31, Alex R. Johnson's well-reviewed, SXSW-nominated thriller "Two Step" finally becomes available On Demand this month with its fair share of genre surprises. Skyy Moore stars as college dropout James, who learns that his deceased grandmother was the victim of the "Grandparent Scam," in which someone posing as James has been gradually stealing thousands of dollars from her. When the culprit shows up at James' door, a complex series of characters and events provide twists and turns you won't see coming. Throw in Johnson's assured direction and Andy Lilien's deep-focus cinematography, and "Two Step" is a thriller not to miss. "Dirty Weekend" (September 4)Filmmaker and playwright Neil Labute has always excelled at character duets (see "In The Company of Men"), »
- Zack Sharf
Read More: Tribeca Review: Neil Labute’s ‘Dirty Weekend’ Starring Matthew Broderick And Alice Eve At this point, it's probably sexist to point out that the strikingly beautiful Alice Eve is also Oxford-educated and eloquently outspoken about worldly issues. But don't get her wrong, she's proud of both her brain and her six-pack. In Neil Labute's latest film, "Dirty Weekend," which opens in limited release on September 4, Eve and co-star Matthew Broderick play co-workers who find themselves trapped on a layover in Albuquerque. The duo heads out on an adventure visiting sex shops, coffee houses and gay bars in attempt to solve a bit of a sexual mystery. As in much of Labute's work, the film features bitingly sharp dialogue and forces its main characters to explore their subconscious desires, even if society still considers them taboo. Indiewire recently hopped on the phone with Eve to inquire about "Dirty Weekend, »
- Casey Cipriani
Neil Labute aims at the angst and entitlement of yuppies like a kid with a magnifying glass, torturing ants. He writes and directs comedies where you're not really laughing: you're choking on your own discomfort as he pokes and prods the sexual crises of the bored, the rich, the spoiled, the middle-classed. Which is to say many of us. Cuckolds, man-babies and emotional eunuchs are some of the types you'll encounter in Labute's films, which are brazenly, specifically about the facade of the American hegemony, and the fictions it is barely concealing. You'd never known from his savagely charming and scabrous comedies that Labute is a lapsed Mormon who, before getting kicked out of the Church of Lds in the late-1990s for a deemed-to-be offensive off-Broadway play, started at Brigham Young, where he met one of his earliest screen co-conspirators, actor Aaron Eckhart. In Labute's cruelly funny film debut »
- Ryan Lattanzio
For his new film Dirty Weekend, Neil Labute found the title first — a British term for a weekend spent away in secret — and went from there. “I think life is that way for a lot of people, where their private life is different than their public persona,” Labute told Vulture, who constructed his film around two such characters: Les (Matthew Broderick), a repressed family man who vaguely remembers his own drunken dirty weekend but can’t even recall what gender he romped with, and his co-worker Natalie (Alice Eve), who needles Les to open up during a company layover. In this exclusive scene from the film (opening in theaters and on VOD this Friday), she reveals quite the provocative secret of her own. “It’s a really pivotal scene,” said Labute of the moment when Natalie reveals she's in a sub/dom relationship with her girlfriend. In fact, under her »
- Kyle Buchanan
Written & Directed by Alex Ross Perry
There are moments in Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth that feel so intimate you almost hold your breath for fear of being overheard. There are also moments of artificiality that feel so contrived you’re left wondering what Perry was thinking. Swirling at the center of this perplexing drama is a revelatory performance from Elisabeth Moss, who perfectly captures the brittle yet impenetrable nature of mental illness. While its unabashed hostility and nasty characterizations prevent this from being an enjoyable film, it is also undeniably fascinating. Required viewing for hardcore cinephiles.
It is perfectly acceptable for a filmmaker to ask dozens of questions he has no intention of answering. The problems start when the filmmaker loses track of what the questions are about. Queen of Earth wallows in its ambiguity so deeply that it eventually suffocates. Much like »
- J.R. Kinnard
In a competitive situation, WGN America has bought Debt, a spec script written by Ian MacDonald, which has Man Men alum Vincent Kartheiser set to star and Neil Labute set to direct. The project, from Endemol Shine Studios and Christina Wayne's Assembly Entertainment, is for straight-to-series consideration, with penalty attached if it doesn’t get a green light. Written by Ian MacDonald, Debt centers on a man who, having lost everything important to him, decides to partner… »
While he's probably best known as a provocateur, there are few filmmakers who can craft dialogue like Neil Labute. His words for the characters in his films jump off the page, and they get plenty of space of shine in the upcoming "Dirty Weekend." Today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Read More: Tribeca Review: Neil Labute's 'Dirty Weekend' Starring Matthew Broderick And Alice Eve Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve star in the movie following Les and Natalie, coworkers who use a layover in Albuquerque to discover more about each other than they ever thought possible, as well as confront the past and reveal long buried secrets. In this scene, we get an early glimpse of the pair taking a cab into the city with a overly chatty driver. "Dirty Weekend" opens in theaters and hits VOD on September 4th. Watch below. »
- Edward Davis
Dirty Weekend Movie Trailer. Neil Labute‘s Dirty Weekend (2015) movie trailer stars Matthew Broderick, Alice Eve, Phil Burke, and Matthew Page. Dirty Weekend‘s plot synopsis: “Colleagues Les and Natalie are delayed in the Albuquerque airport. Restless, irritated, and unable to stand the service workers he meets at every turn, Les heads downtown. Natalie refuses to leave his side and discovers that […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
Starring Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Matthew Broderick (The Producers), Labute’s latest tells the story of a lay-over in New Mexico where two co-workers on a business trip soon learn more about each other and their dirty secrets.
Colleagues Les (Matthew Broderick) and Natalie (Alice Eve) are delayed in the Albuquerque airport. Restless, irritated, and unable to stand the service workers he meets at every turn, Les heads downtown. Natalie refuses to leave his side and discovers that his supposedly aimless wandering has more of a point than he is willing to admit. Natalie conceals secrets of her own, though neither can keep them quiet for long. A rapport grows between this unlikely pair, and soon they search out a spark of excitement in this most unlikely of locales. »
- Scott J. Davis
"This life, this is all part of life, and this is your life, so you just have to be yourself." eOne Films Us has debuted a trailer for the fun indie comedy Dirty Weekend, starring Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve. This is the latest film from filmmaker Neil Labute, and it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The story seems to follow two random, unlikely friends who meet-up while their plane is delayed at the Albuquerque airport, ending up on a weekend of fun, or something like that. I guess it doesn't really sound as dirty as that title makes it out to be because it's much more of a lighthearted comedy, though if you dig into it there are some raunchy things going on. Never imagined we'd ever see these two in a buddy comedy. Here's the first official trailer for Neil Labute's Dirty Weekend, »
- Alex Billington
Read More: Tribeca Review: Neil Labute’s ‘Dirty Weekend’ Starring Matthew Broderick And Alice Eve After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, "Dirty Weekend," Neil Labute's comedy about coworkers who get close after a weekend of sharing secrets, is hitting theaters next month. The film stars Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve. Broderick is no stranger to coming-of-age stories, and this coming-of-middle-age story finds him stuck in Albuquerque with a coworker (Alice Eve) during a layover. The pair wander around the city prying to find out each other's pasts and secrets. As the day goes on, they reveal more and more to each other and learn about one another's past lives, while indulging in the more intimate as well. Watch the trailer above. The film opens in theaters on VOD on September 4. Tribeca Exclusive: Alice Eve and Matthew Broderick in Poster for Neil Labute's 'Dirty Weekend »
- Meredith Mattlin
You know writer/director Neil Labute as a provocateur prone to poke, prod and instigate with confrontational takes on various social bugaboos. “Lake Terrace” explores interracial marriage, misogyny and sexism are tackled in “In The Company Of Men,” and his numerous plays and movies explore ideas concerning exploitation, power, duplicity and more. Labute has been focused on sexuality in the last several years, and he seems to be taking Alice Eve (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”) along for the ride. She starred in his 2012 roleplaying fantasy movie “Some Velvet Morning” and co-stars in the writer/director’s latest, “Dirty Weekend.” Yet our review from the recent Tribeca Film Festival says a “gentler, even sweet[er] Labute emerges” this time. Read More: Hurt People Hurt People: Neil Labute & Alice Eve On The Intricate Roleplaying Of 'Some Velvet Morning' A movie about desire and where dark secrets meet sexual peccadilloes, “Dirty Weekend” co-stars Matthew Broderick. »
- Edward Davis
Chris Evans may have spoken out of turn. Having played Captain American four times now and set to do so three more times at least (‘Captain America: Civil War’ and two ‘Avengers: Infinity Wars’ movies), the actor seemed a little tired of his contracted duties for Marvel a year or so back. He had vowed to take a break from acting once his ‘Captain America’ contracts were up (circa 2019/2020) and focus on directing. Evans has since recanted, suggesting he may not retire early or even abandon the Captain America role, but he wasn’t kidding about moving behind the camera. Evans unveiled his directorial debut, “Before We Go” at last year's Toronto International Film Festival —the film co-stars himself and Alice Eve, late from “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and recent collaborations with Neil Labute. Read More: Chris Evans Plans "Break From Acting" Once He's Done With Marvel A romantic dramedy, »
- Edward Davis
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