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In less than nine months we’ll all get to see Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated new movie The Hateful Eight and in a recent interview with Grantland, The Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen admits that he was once up for a role in the western but that he had to say no due to scheduling conflicts.
Mortensen – who had previously read alongside Harvey Keitel for a part in Tarantino’s inaugural feature film Reservoir Dogs – claims that he met with the director last year to begin negotiations but that it didn’t work out.
“Yeah, we did meet. … [Tarantino] wanted to start shooting at the end of the year and do rehearsals before that, and I just couldn’t do that schedule-wise. That’s the only reason [I passed on the project],”
It was heavily rumoured last year that Tarantino was considering Mortensen for a lead role but this is the first time Viggo has spoken about it. »
- Gavin Logan
Last fall it was rumored that Viggo Mortensen had met with The Hateful Eight director Quentin Tarantino about a role in his new movie, however that was the last we heard of the actor possibly appearing in the Western. Mortensen's Jauja opened in select theaters last week, and while speaking with Grantland, Mortensen confirmed he auditioned for The Hateful Eight. The actor says he had to pass on the part due to scheduling conflicts, and Mortensen also revealed he had auditioned for »
- Jesse Giroux
It.s probably safe to say that Quentin Tarantino.s upcoming return to the neo-spaghetti-western genre, The Hateful Eight has an obscenely impressive cast. Yet rumors from about six months back teased the possible addition of another key cast member with the powerfully insightful Viggo Mortensen. Unfortunately for the film, that casting never came to fruition. Now, Mortensen, himself reveals the story behind that rumor and why he wasn.t able to hop on board the film. In an interview with Grantand, Viggo Mortensen would finally address the rumor from last year that implied he was meeting with director, Quentin Tarantino about a possible role in The Hateful Eight described as "a ruthless gang leader." While confirming that said meeting did, in fact, take place, Mortensen reveals that scheduling conflicts prevented him from taking the role. As Mortensen explains, [Tarantino] wanted to start shooting at the end of the year »
Last fall, word creeped up that Quentin Tarantino was eyeballing Viggo Mortensen to play "a ruthless gang leader role" in the upcoming "The Hateful Eight." That was sort of the first and last anybody heard about it, and it appears the gig was real, but simply couldn't be coordinated. Chatting with Grantland, Mortensen confirmed he auditioned for 'Hateful Eight' — and it wasn't the only Tarantino movie he's auditioned for. "All of last fall, I traveled nonstop. I was on a plane every two days to promote 'Jauja' and 'Far From Men.' I knew as a producer and an actor that I needed to do that for those movies to have a chance to be seen. [Tarantino] wanted to start shooting at the end of the year and do rehearsals before that, and I just couldn’t do that schedulewise. That’s the only reason [I passed]. It would have been really, really fun to work with him. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Quentin Tarantino is currently in the throes of his putting his new film, The Hateful Eight, together. The movie sees him follow up Oscar-winning Django Unchained with another western, and as always Tarantino has attracted quite the cast. Channing Tatum, Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen and Jennifer Jason Leigh are all on board.
One man who isn't, though, is Viggo Mortsensen. The Lord Of The Rings star had been linked with the film, and in a new interview with Grantland, the actor admitted that he and Tarantino "did meet" about the project.
"All of last fall, I travelled non-stop", he said. "I was on a plane every two days to promote Jauja and Far From Men. I knew as a producer and an actor that I needed »
The Lord of the Rings actor revealed that although he dropped out of the film, he now "wishes it had worked out".
Mortensen auditioned for the film last year, but discussions between the actor and Tarantino broke down.
When asked by Grantland if he'd met with Tarantino, he said: "Yeah, we did meet."
He continued: "[Tarantino] wanted to start shooting at the end of the year and do rehearsals before that, and I just couldn't do that schedule-wise. That's the only reason [I passed on the project].
"It would have been really, really fun to work with him. I think he's really smart and funny."
He added: "I wish [The Hateful Eight] would have worked out, but that's what I'm talking about: You either see these films through to the end or you don't."
Mortensen also revealed that he previously auditioned for Tarantino's 1992 film Reservoir Dogs. »
I’ve now seen Lisandro Alonso’s captivating, unearthly Jauja four times, and I don’t think I’m any closer to telling you what it’s all about; the more I see it, the more puzzled I am. Alonso likes to traffic in the oblique — in the blank, mysterious spaces between the ostensible realities onscreen. That sounds like a lot of hooey, but watching Jauja, which is certainly one of the best films of the year, I never once doubted that I was in the hands of a master filmmaker. For all its seeming austerity, the film pulls you along with incredible force — not unlike the way it pulls its lonely protagonist, played by Viggo Mortensen, along on his quixotic, dreamlike journey.Mortensen is onscreen by himself for much of Jauja — along with an ever-present, seemingly endless horizon, captured beautifully by Finnish cinematographer Timo Salminen’s often hauntingly still camera. »
- Bilge Ebiri
In Lisandro Alonso's "Jauja," a Danish explorer (Viggo Mortensen) wanders into mysterious region of the Argentinean desert in search of the eponymous mythical land. In the process, he loses track of his teenage daughter (Viibjork Mallin Agger) as she runs off with one of the officers who has joined them on their journey. Set during some non-specific time in the 19th century, "Jauja" assumes a dreamlike logic as it follows Mortensen on an increasingly expressionistic quest that finds him trapped by the mysteries of his own mind. Read More: 'Jauja' on Criticwire When "Jauja" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the Argentine director was hardly a fresh name on the circuit, having garnered acclaim for slow-burn narratives including "Liverpool" and "Los Muertos." Nevertheless, "Jauja" marked a new stage of his career, finding him collaborating with a name actor for the first time as well as a co-writer, »
- Eric Kohn
Jauja courts enigmatic status, but this much can be safely established: Danish officer Captain Dinesen (Viggo Mortensen) is with his daughter Ingeborg (Viilbjork Mallin Agger) in 19th-century Patagonia for unspecified military purposes. She’s a bit of a mystic, announcing “I love the desert. I love how it fills me.” “I beg your pardon?” sputters nonplussed, over-protective dad, put off both by her love of inhospitable terrain and sexual language. Ingeborg promptly runs off with a young officer and Dinesen follows, his would-be rescue made more dangerous by repeatedly coming close to Zuluaga — once a Danish officer, now something like a Red […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Now, out in cinema's theatres, and certainly back in the Cannes Film Festival where the Argentine film Jauja premiered, there is a distinct, complacent absence of adventuresome cinema. After a six year wait for director Lisandro Alonso to follow-up his masterpiece 2008 Liverpool, we finally have a new adventure.A fan of Alonso's work knows that his films are literally adventures, travels that are physical, bodily travails pushing through landscape. Jauja, his 19th century tale of a Danish military engineer who sets off into barren Patagonia to search for his runaway daughter, is more of the same, but still radical.Radical for getting Viggo Mortensen to play that engineer, to speak good Danish and stilted Spanish, and to become a body to press upon Alonso's prehistoric landscapes. Radical for its old fashionedness, shot in curved-edge 1.33 on film with sky and ground in frame, with that frame bisected by the horizon, like John Ford compositions. »
- Daniel Kasman
Lisandro Alonso and Viggo Mortensen are oddly like magnets – figures that on one side might resist one another, yet on the opposite sides naturally embrace one another, working perfectly in tandem toward one common goal in which creation and collaboration naturally flourish. Alonso, being an Argentinian director whose oeuvre almost almost solely constructed of mysterious works (even to the director himself), such as Los Muertos or Liverpool, that follow solitary men along near silent journeys into the harsh wilderness, and Mortensen, a multilingual Danish-American movie star whose reserved every-man persona has been marched on screen from Mordor to Millbrook to great acclaim, yet they share both a deep respect for transcendental cinema and a strikingly admirable lack of pretensions when it comes to their own investment in the medium. Their first collaboration, and Alonso’s first project working with not only a professional actor, but with an actual script (written »
- Jordan M. Smith
Dan Fogelman had built a praiseworthy list of writing credits with such hits as “Cars,” “Tangled” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” But that didn’t bring the world clamoring to finance what he hoped would be his directorial debut — a dramedy about an over-the-hill rock star who rediscovers his soul.
The sound of doors slamming shut might have become deafening had his script not fallen into the hands of an ambitious recent film school graduate named Shivani Rawat.
With the financial backing of her godfather, 5-Hour Energy drink magnate Manoj Bhargava, Rawat turned Fogelman’s passion project, “Danny Collins,” from a might-have-been into a bigscreen reality. Starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening and Christopher Plummer, it debuts in New York and Los Angeles on March 20.
- James Rainey
A strikingly shot odyssey that makes extensive use of the dramatic, varied landscapes of rural South America and moves at a pace that would see it quickly outflanked by the average glacier, “Jauja” may involve the talents of the biggest star he’s ever worked with in Viggo Mortensen, but it’s resolutely a Lisandro Alonso film, for better, or if you like watching things happen, largely for worse. We can’t say we’re massive fans of the director’s previous features (2008’s “Liverpool” and 2004’s “Los Muertos” feel like the closest siblings to "Jauja," and both frustrated the hell out of us), but the director has gained a fairly worshipful critical following elsewhere, especially among the “narrative”-is-a-dirty-word brigade. Still, we were hopeful that his tendency for tedium might be mitigated this time out, as the film not only stars an actor we admire, but has a relatively »
- Jessica Kiang
Known for his use of non-actors, loose narrative and minimal dialog, Lisandro Alonso's films are at once real and otherworldly. His cinematic explorations are often mysterious and open-ended. He is definitely not into making crowd pleasing blockbusters with big name actors for sure. Then comes, Jauja, his hallucinatory new film which is garnering a lot of buzz, ever since it won the Fipresci prize at Cannes and made splashes at Tiff and Nyff last year, stars Viggo Mortensen (who also serves as a producer and provides music) and is a period piece. And for the first time, his characters speak in full sentences. Does this mean Alonso is going mainstream? Or is this just another branch of his explorations in cinematic realm to convey what's...
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The close-up, ostensibly one of a filmmaker's most valuable tools, is now so overused that it's practically meaningless. Thanks to TV — and to our habit of watching big-screen movies on increasingly smaller ones — we're now so used to seeing a shot of one actor talking, followed by a shot of another responding, ad nauseam, that this volley of visual dullness barely registers anymore.
But sometimes, particularly in the presence of an actor whose face is worth watching, a long or medium shot is a filmmaker's best ally: In Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso's splendid, quietly passionate dream-western Jauja, we want to creep closer to the film's star and enigmatic center, Viggo Mortensen, as a Danish military engineer overseeing the establishment of »
The 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival taking place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City has announced the films selected for screening in the Spotlight screening section.
Co-sponsored by Brookfield Place and The Lincoln Motor Company, Spotlight is destination for today’s most talked about themes and filmmakers and will feature 40 films: 23 narratives and 17 documentaries with 24 of those films being world premieres. Debuting new work from master directors such as the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Michael Winterbottom (The Trip To Italy), and Neil Labute (Death At A Funeral), audiences will also be introduced to new voices like first time director Henry Hobson’s Maggie and Pray The Devil Back To Hell producer Abigail Disney’s directorial debut The Armour Of Light.
- Sacha Hall
Madrid – Opening with awaited Colombian title “Alias Maria” (pictured), threading the concept of memory – including fest’s own past – throughout its program, the 55th Cartagena International Film Festival, Latin America’s oldest fest, bows today under a new artistic director, Diana Bustamante, one of Colombia’s leading international producers (“The Wind Journeys,” “Crab Trap,” “La Playa D.C.,” “Refugiado” ).
It shows. The 55th Ficci, as it is known in local parlance, picks up, via a section dubbed 5 + 5 Ficci, on signature past Cartagena Fest titles from Latin America, and with a second sidebar, Gabo: The Films of My Life, on movies which impacted Colombia’s Nobel-prize novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writer who studied cinema, taught cinema at Cuba’s San Antonio de los Baños Film School and whose novels inspired some 20 films. Arguably, his finest film creation, son Rodrigo Garcia, closes Ficci with “Last Days in the Desert.”
“The concept »
- John Hopewell
Madrid – Argentine Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales,” Chilean Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “To Kill a Man” and Spaniard Alberto Rodriguez’s “Marshland” face off with 54 other candidates in the submission longlist for best film at the 2nd Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, Ibero-America’s highest-profile attempt to date to create a regional Oscars-style kudos ceremony.
Moving from spring to summer, the sophomore Platino Awards will take place on July 18 2015 at Nagueles’ natural outdoor auditorium, once a quarry, in Marbella, on Spain’s southern Andalusia coast. The Platinos kudoscast kicks off the town’s Starlite Festival, a music/fashion event known for its Antonio Banderas charity gala.
CNN’s Juan Carlos Arciniegas and Mexican singer-actress Alessandra Rosaldo will once more m.c. after a successful first outing at the 1st Platino Awards, held in Panama City last April.
Spain’s Egeda producers rights collection society is once more teaming with Fipca, the Ibero-American »
- John Hopewell
With directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo confirmed last November, attention has now turned to the potential casting of the developing Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface. Where have they been looking? Walford, apparently. Currently in the frame for a starring role as the young Leatherface is Eastenders' Sam Strike.Strike arrived on the London soap in 2013 as Johnny Carter, the son of Danny Dyer's Queen Vic landlord Mick. He left last November (although he was back for the Christmas episode and the door seems open to him for future returns). Now we know where he was heading...The new Chainsaw film follows 2013's hapless Texas Chainsaw 3D as the eighth film in the scrappy franchise. It's the second to be called Leatherface, following Jeff Burr's third instalment in 1990 starring a young Viggo Mortensen. It's also the second attempt at a prequel, after Jonathan Liebesman's Texas Chainsaw »
Jauja Cinema Guild Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Lisandro Alonso Screenwriter: Lisandro Alonso, Fabian Casas Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Viilbjørk Agger Malling, Ghita Norby, Adrian Fondari, Esteban Bigliardi Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/3/15 Opens: 3/20/15 A personal note with some bearing on this film: I spent a good part of my career teaching history and economics in high school. The so-called World History course made no mention of China except as a place for the British to set up trading posts. There was no mention of Africa except as a place for goodies to be stolen by British, French, German and Belgian [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
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