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As the final acquisition deals roll in on Toronto’s 2014 film festival movies, a couple of overriding themes emerged that bode well for the appetite for indie fare and have sellers smacking their lips for Afm, Sundance, Berlin and beyond. In a fest where Harvey Weinstein left his checkbook home and didn’t make a single splashy deal, I have never seen so many new players make statement buys at a festival than happened in Toronto.
The other intriguing development came on the fest’s biggest deal, when Paramount Pictures swooped into the auction of the Chris Rock-directed comedy Top Five, and blew buyers out of the water by paying $12.5 million for worldwide rights. It was the second straight fest where Paramount did this, after the studio made a precedent-setting pre-buy Cannes deal for the Denis Villeneuve-directed Amy Adams sci-fi film Story Of Your Life. Some established indie »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Shawn Levy is what happens when someone who has never forgotten what it means to be a boy becomes a dad.
The director of Real Steel, the Night at the Museum movies, and the new bittersweet family comedy This Is Where I Leave You (in theaters now), is an undeniable family guy. The father of four girls, he’s known for making movies about households run amok (2003’s Cheaper By the Dozen) and parents who desperately want an evening away (2010’s Date Night,) as well as fathers who redeem themselves in their kids’ eyes with the help of boxing robots or magical museums. »
- Anthony Breznican
Zoolander Sequel will Feature Familiar Characters. It’s been a long time since Derek Zoolander, played by Ben Stiller, cat-walked onto our screens. In fact it’s been exactly 13 years. The movie did reasonably well in the box office, but it has since gained a cult following. That is why it shouldn’t surprise [...]
- Subhan Ghani
Within days of the film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, FilmNation has closed deals for Noah Baumbach's While We're Young in virtually every international territory. The dramedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a married couple whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of a younger couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. While We're Young also stars Charles Grodin, Adam Horovitz, Maria Dizzia and Ryan Serhant. “It is fantastic to see the distributor response match all the critical praise that Noah’s film has received,” said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. During Toronto, While We're Young sold
- Pamela McClintock
Hipsters: you love to hate them and hate to love them. These uber-chic, urban-dwelling, subclass of twenty-somethings are usually defined by their originality through unoriginality, absurd style of fashion, “meta” sense of humor, and pop culture-referencing like there is no tomorrow. Hipsters’ unabashed preciousness and self-awareness rub many the wrong way to the point where anything with the slightest whiff of Hipster-ism is like presenting garlic to vampires, but for those with enough patience to swallow the twee self-indulgence prevalent in all hipster culture, often there is something of substance beneath all the excessive posturing.
Case in point, director Noah Baumbach. Whether Baumbach regards himself as a hipster or not, Baumbach, along with his friend and sometimes writing partner Wes Anderson, are associated with cinematic Hipster-ism. This makes Baumbach’s newest feature, While We’re Young, a very interesting film indeed, for the movie is essentially a satire of Hipster culture. »
- Christopher Lominac
Noah Baumbach’s newest film While We’re Young will be screened in theaters all around the world following a very well-received reception at Tiff.
While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a married couple who struggle with the idea that their big moments in life are behind them, and their lackluster life gets a boost when they become intertwined with a younger couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Driver plays Jamie, a young, hipster documentarian, while Stiller’s Josh is a washed up documentary filmmaker, and the film plays on a conflict between the generations..
The film premiered in Toronto to rave reviews, and was quickly bought for Us distribution by A24. A24 reportedly paid around $4 million for the rights, giving While We’re Young one of the highest price tags at Tiff.
“We are enormous fans of Noah’s and were completely »
Like wild geese in reverse, movie lovers and the press corps head to the Great White North in early September— specifically, to the Toronto International Film Festival, which ended yesterday — for any number of reasons: to catch up with some of the best movies of the previous Sundance and Cannes as the flicks make one last fest-circuit stop; to see stars in their natural habitat, i.e. on a red carpet with microphone shoved in their faces; to stumble across something weird, wild or off-the-world-cinema grid that may not be coming soon, »
Ted 2: Mark Wahlberg shared a photo of himself from Ted 2, now in production. Wahlberg sits astride an Indian Scout motorcycle; devoted fans will note the logo for Flash Gordon, a key reference in the first film. Ted 2 is heading for release on June 26, 2015. [Twitter via Collider] Zoolander 2: Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux have completed a script for Zoolander 2, which includes the return of fashion executive Mugatu, played by Will Ferrell. The news was first reported in January 2011 (?!), but more recently Theroux has said things may finally be moving forward, and now Ferrell says: "We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon." So, not much, we're afraid, but at least a glimmer of hope for those of us who'd love to see...
- Peter Martin
Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it’s the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like “Black Swan” as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York)
“From What Is Before”
The extreme length is inseparable from the power and conviction of Lav Diaz’s historical epic about the devastation of a small Filipino barrio amid the political and military unrest of the early 1970s. As a slow-burning study of social decay, this winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard prize is both a thematic companion piece to Michael Haneke »
- Variety Staff
Following word from writer, director and actor Justin Theroux ("The Leftovers") that Zoolander 2 was still a possibility, one of the other stars of the original film has echoed his sentiments. Will Ferrell had a brief chat with JoBlo and was asked about the comedy sequel and whether or not his wild, fashion icon character and villain Mugatu would return. Way back in 2009, Ben Stiller didn't mention him as one of the returning characters, but changed his mind in 2010, and Ferrell says, "We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it." But that's all that was said for the time being. Read on! Ferrell was one of the best parts of the original film, and it would be a shame for him not to return, especially since he's become such a bigger star in the past 13 years. Of course, »
- Ethan Anderton
If you've been holding your breath for "Zoolander 2," you've probably turned blue and fallen over by now. But ever-so-often a new kernel of hope pops up that seems to suggest a sequel to Ben Stiller's cultish male modeling comedy is, indeed, happening. And the latest such kernel comes from Mugatu himself, Will Ferrell.
According to JoBlo, the actor admitted that the script is finished and a script read is imminent and, what's more, his character, evil fashion designer Mugatu, is set to return. "We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it." Yay!
That just sounds tremendous. Ferrell is one of the funniest human beings currently walking the planet, and he was invaluable in the first film. This news makes us feel like this, basically:
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- Drew Taylor
Ted 2: Mark Wahlberg shared a photo of himself from Ted 2, now in production. Wahlberg sits astride an Indian Scout motorcycle; fans will note the logo for Flash Gordon, a key reference to the first film. Ted 2 is heading for release on June 26, 2015. [Twitter via Collider] Zoolander 2: Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux have completed a script for a sequel to Zoolander, which includes the return of fashion executive Mugatu, played by Will Ferrell. The news was first...
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A long-mooted sequel looks like it's finally getting close to happening. We're talking, as the headline of this piece probably gave away, about Zoolander 2. Ben Stiller has been working on the script with Justin Theroux, and it's looking increasingly likely that Stiller will direct again. Furthermore, its looking increasingly likely that the movie might just be happening soon.
Why? Well, over at JoBlo, they're reporting there that Will Ferrell has confirmed his involvement in Zoolander 2. He said that "we are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it".
Might just be gathering momentum, this one. More as we hear it.
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It’s been two years since Dan Stevens departed Downton Abbey and he’s not lost any time actively pursuing some amazing new roles in theater, film and television. In his latest movie, A Walk Among the Tombstones, he stars opposite Liam Neeson playing a heroin trafficker bent on revenge who hires a private investigator (Neeson) to hunt down the serial killers (David Harbour, Adam David Thompson) that brutally murdered his wife. Opening September 19th, the crime drama also stars Boyd Holbrook, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Sebastian Roché, Mark Consuelos, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. At the film’s recent press day, Stevens discussed why he finds it exciting to explore new and different roles, the challenge of transforming himself for each one, the appeal of playing a bad guy who’s a victim, his love of 70’s noirish thrillers like Klute, Dirty Harry, and The Conversation, his collaboration with director Scott Frank »
- Sheila Roberts
★★★★☆Malaise of various kinds has manifested itself in the work of American director Noah Baumbach. In 2012, the much adored Frances Ha saw the director chronicle the ailing dance career and resultant ennui of an arrested development twenty-something whilst gently ribbing consciously cool New Yorkers. His new picture, While We're Young (2014), explores both professional stagnation and sends up trendy hipster culture through a more traditional mid-life crisis narrative. Providing a further through line between the films is Adam Driver who stars alongside Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in a film that talks about getting old and artistic integrity while keeping the laughs plentiful.
- CineVue UK
Things have gone up and down and round and round for the sequel to the hit film Zoolander. First we were hearing that the project was on hold, then that Ben Stiller was working on a script rewrite. Last month, co-writer Justin Theroux said that there is finally a completed script and Zoolander 2 is moving in the direction of actually getting made. Now, Will Ferrell has confirmed that there’s a sequel script in existence and that his character Mugatu is a part of it.
Speaking with JoBlo (via /Film), Ferrell addressed the existence of the ever-elusive Zoolander 2. Here’s what he said:
We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it.
It’s a short but sweet little tidbit, and once more ramps up the hope that we might actually see Zoolander 2 someday. Rumors have »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Will Ferrell, who appeared in the 2001 comedy as an evil fashion designed named Mugatu, offered an update recently, and even dropped the info that his villain could be returning.
“We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it,” Ferrell told JoBlo.
While there’s been no official confirmation that a sequel is in fact happening, the players involved, including Stiller and Justin Theroux, have not been shy about talking about it, especially in the past year. In June, Stiller, who directed as well as starred in the first movie, told journalists at Taormina that his production company Red Hour Films was “actively” working on a rewrite.
“I can’t »
- Alex Stedman
The actor, who played villain Mugatu in the 2001 comedy, admitted that there is meant to be a read-through for the script in the near future, reports JoBlo.
"We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon," he said. "And Mugatu is a part of it."
Creator Ben Stiller previously admitted that there are no plans to start production on the long-awaited sequel "anytime soon".
Watch the trailer for Zoolander below: »
Confessions of an Aging Artist: Baumbach Humorously Reflects on Filmmaking Ethics and Middle Age
In some ways the complimentary antithesis to his last work of whimsy, Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach’s latest film, While We’re Young, clamps the cantankerous jaws of midlife crisis around hollow hipster nostalgia, inevitably asking where the importance of authenticity remains in our current media savvy culture and why we often seem to socially settle in and close up with age, ultimately losing touch with the contagious excitement of free flowing youthful creative energy. Likely the creative result of Baumbach’s relationship with his significantly younger significant other, Greta Gerwig, the notoriously bitter filmmaker seems to be grappling with his own gradual aging and inevitable disconnection from youth. Filmmaking may be a medium of immortality, but both he and his documentarian protagonist are beginning to realize that they are feeling their age, no longer relating »
- Jordan M. Smith
Comedian Will Ferrell has made a career for himself playing a wide variety of crazy characters. Since the 1990s, he’s been everything from a Christmas-obsessed elf to an arrogant San Diego news anchorman and even an auditor whose life is stranger than fiction. As a result, Ferrell has managed to both work his way into audiences’ hearts as well as join the list of successful comedic actors, alongside such names as Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.
Stiller, Wilson and Ferrell actually starred together in 2001′s Zoolander, about a dumb male model named Derek Zoolander (Stiller) who becomes a pawn of corrupt fashion executives wanting to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The film received mix reviews upon its release, but has since become a cult classic afterward. There’s been talk of ...
- Araceli Roach
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