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Nicole Kidman and Casey Affleck Reminisce on Making ‘To Die For’: ‘We Were All Kids’

1 December 2016 9:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 1995 movie “To Die For” may have a grim ending, but at least the cast had fun making it.

In their chat for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” Nicole Kidman and Casey Affleck reminisced about making the movie under the nurturing wing of “Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant.

Kidman revealed that to begin with, she was far from the first choice for the central role of the manipulative Suzanne Stone.

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“No one thought I could do it and I think the studio didn’t want me, and I think it went through a bunch of other actors,” Kidman said. “I called Gus and I said, ‘please, give me the chance, I beg you,’ because the writing was so strong.”

The movie was Affleck’s first at the age of 17, and the actor remembered »

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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: A Holiday Gift Guide for the Discerning Cinephile

1 December 2016 9:41 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for film fans, with some of the best films of the year in theaters and lots of elaborate and thoroughly-researched books to read. This rundown has real variety, with new and recent texts covering cinema history, TV greats, and, of course, Star Wars. Note that one of this year’s finest books, The Oliver Stone Experience (Abrams Books), was covered by The Film Stage in September via an interview with author Matt Zoller Seitz. Make sure to check out Experience, and see below for another fine selection from the prolific Seitz.

Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual History, Updated Edition by Daniel Wallace (Dk Publishing)

It’s a fantastic idea: a book that offers a timeline not of the Star Wars story, but of the Star Wars phenomenon. This newly updated edition of the 2010 release now includes recent works like »

- Christopher Schobert

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Joaquin Phoenix to play cartoonist John Callahan for Gus Van Sant

30 November 2016 2:11 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

It seems Joaquin Phoenix is set to play quadriplegic iconoclast cartoonist John Callahan for director Gus Van Sant, reuniting after having worked together over ten years ago on the 1995 black comedy To Die For. The film, which has been in development since the late 80s (with Robin Williams attached for years) will be based on Callahan's autobiography Don't Worry, He... Read More »

- Damion Damaske

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Newswire: Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant reunite for quadriplegic cartoonist biopic

30 November 2016 10:21 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

When Joaquin Phoenix appeared onscreen in one of the lead roles of Gus Van Sant’s 1995 film To Die For, he was still widely deemed a lesser Phoenix. He only had a handful of supporting roles under his belt, and the world was still mourning the death and lost potential of his brother River two years earlier. However, the Buck Henry-scripted dark comedy was a critical success, and the 21-year-old was spotlighted for his performance. Now, more than two decades later, a much older and more seasoned Phoenix is considered one of the top actors of his generation. All this to say, casting Phoenix in his new film was probably a much easier decision for Van Sant to make this time around.

In Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot—based on the autobiography of John Callahan—Phoenix will play a man who was paralyzed in »

- Dennis DiClaudio

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Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant Reuniting for Cartoonist John Callahan Biopic

30 November 2016 7:01 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Gus Van Sant gave Joaquin Phoenix one of his early breakout films by casting him opposite Nicole Kidman in 1995’s “To Die For,” and it looks like the duo is finally going to reunite over two decades later on a new biopic about cartoonist John Callahan. According to Variety, the project is moving forward with production companies Iconoclast and Anonymous Content.

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Based on Callahan’s autobiography, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” the film would follow the Oregon cartoonist after a car accident laves him paralyzed at age 21. He’d go on to use drawing as a form of therapy, creating taboo cartoon strips that lead to controversy in his hometown of Portland. Callahan’s work was featured in the New Yorker, Penthouse, and Playboy. He died in 2010. The book was published back in 1989, and Robin Williams was circling the »

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Joaquin Phoenix to play controversial cartoonist

29 November 2016 8:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Nick Harley Nov 30, 2016

Joaquin Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant are set to deliver a biopic about quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

Joaquin Phoenix and acclaimed director Gus Van Sant are eyeing to collaborate on a new biopic about famed quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

The enigmatic star and Van Sant will reunite,  after working way back on 1995’s To Die For, to adapt Callahan’s autobiography Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. Callahan’s story has long been in-development as a film, with Robin Williams circling the role for quite some time before his tragic death.

Callahan was a controversial and influential cartoonist whose work was often published in big name magazines like The New Yorker, Penthouse, and Playboy. After Callahan was paralysed in a car crash at the age of 21, he turned to drawing as a method of coping, poking fun at taboos and social norms. »

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Joaquin Phoenix & Gus Van Sant To Reteam For ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’

29 November 2016 5:53 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, 2016 is nearly over, and we didn’t get a single movie starring Joaquin Phoenix. But the good news is the actor has plenty in the pipeline for next year, including Lynne Ramsay‘s “You Were Never Really Here” and his reteam with Rooney Mara for the Biblical drama “Mary Magdalene.” And now he’s got a project lined up that will reteam Phoenix with a filmmaker who hasn’t directed him in over twenty years.

Continue reading Joaquin Phoenix & Gus Van Sant To Reteam For ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Joaquin Phoenix Eyes Reunion with Gus Van Sant For John Callahan Biopic

29 November 2016 5:28 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After breaking into acting under his birth name Leaf Phoenix, 1995 heralded the return of the newly minted Joaquin Phoenix to the world of filmmaking. The feature was Gus Van Sant’s To Die For, which he starred alongside Casey AffleckMatt Dillon, and Nicole Kidman. Now, over two decades later, the star and director may have found a reunion feature.

According to Variety, they are eying a reteam with Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, an adaptation of the autobiography by quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan. A long-in-the-works project in Hollywood, it dates as far back as 1989 with Robin Williams circling portraying the man, who was paralyzed at the age of 21 after a car accident and because an acclaimed, controversial artist. See the Amazon synopsis of the novel below.

Is it possible to find humor — corrosive, taboo-shattering, laugh-till-you-cry humor — in the story of a 38-year-old- cartoonist who »

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Joaquin Phoenix, Gus Van Sant Tackling Biopic of Cartoonist John Callahan

29 November 2016 5:20 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gus Van Sant’s long-brewing biopic of quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan is coming back to life.

Joaquin Phoenix is attached to star in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, an adaptation of Callahan’s memoir. Steve Golin is producing via Anonymous Content, as is Iconoclast Films.

Callahan became an alcoholic at the age of 12, a drug abuser in his mid-teens and a quadriplegic at 21 after being involved in a car accident after a day of drinking. He managed to rebuild his life to become an envelope-pushing cartoonist, learning to use both hands to draw, for example, and also »

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Joaquin Phoenix, Gus Van Sant Eye Reunion for Biopic on Famed Cartoonist John Callahan (Exclusive)

29 November 2016 5:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joaquin Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant are eyeing a reunion on a new film. The two may reteam on “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” the long-in-development biopic on quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

Iconoclast and Anonymous Content are producing the pic, which is based on Callahan’s autobiography of the same name. Callahan became a paralyzed in a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. For decades Callahan’s work raised eyebrows for its taboo topics leading to numerous boycotts in his hometown of Portland.

His work was published in the New Yorker, Penthouse, and Playboy before his death in 2010.

Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce the movie for Iconoclast, and Steve Golin will produce for Anonymous Content.

Hollywood had been trying to adapt the book since its publication in 1989, with the late Robin Williams circling »

- Justin Kroll

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Brainstorm Media Acquires Sundance Pic ‘I Am Michael’, Sets January Theatrical Release Date

29 November 2016 2:11 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Brainstorm Media has picked up distribution rights to writer-director Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, and Emma Roberts, and will released the indie in U.S. theaters and on digital January 27. The pic premiered at Sundance last year and is produced by Franco and Vince Jolivette of Rabbit Bandini, Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures, and Scott Reed and Ron Singer of That’s Hollywood and exec produced by Gus Van Sant. Based on Benoit… »

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Netflix Releases Home Invasion Horror, ‘Mercy’

28 November 2016 10:00 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Netflix has just released Mercy, which Chris Sparling — who penned the 2010 Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried and Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees — wrote and directed. “Mad Men’s” James Wolk and “Master of Sex’s” Caitlin FitzGerald star in the home invasion thriller, which we reviewed out of the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this year. “When four estranged […] »

- Brad Miska

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Cover Girl and A Man For All Seasons to Join the Masters of Cinema in February

23 November 2016 5:30 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Eureka! Entertainment has announced that Charles Vidor's Cover Girl, starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly, together with Fred Zinnerman's Oscar-winning A Man for all Seasons, will be joining the Masters of Cinema series in February. The British home video label also announced the release of Gus Van Sant's Finding Forrester, the late vehicle for Sean Connery. A ravishing 1940s musical that cemented Rita Hayworth's position as a Hollywood screen goddess, while proving a big-time break for dancing legend Gene Kelly, Cover Girl tells the story of a nightclub showgirl (Hayworth) who gets a shot at the big time, but wrestles with putting her career over her relationship with her former boss (Kelly). Eurkea's gorgeous dual-format release arrives on 13 February. Winner of 6 Academy Awards including Best...

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‘When We Rise’ Trailer: Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black Reunite for Lgbtq Miniseries Starring Guy Pearce

21 November 2016 11:10 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Gus Van Sant’s last few movies haven’t been met with especially warm receptions: “Sea of Trees” was perhaps the most derided film to premiere at Cannes last year, and neither “Promised Land” nor “Restless” fared especially well either. For his next effort, he’s moving to the small screen with “When We Rise,” a docudrama miniseries coming to ABC next year. Watch its first trailer below.

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Van Sant will direct the first two hours of the seven-part series, with Dee Rees, Thomas Schlamme and Dustin Lance Black (who also wrote and created) also onboard as directors. “When We Rise” begins in 1971, just two years after the Stonewall riots — whose most recent cinematic depiction came courtesy of Roland Emmerich and wasn’t any more well received than “Sea of Trees” — and continues from there. »

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‘When We Rise’ Trailer: Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black Reunite for Lgbtq Miniseries Starring Guy Pearce

21 November 2016 11:10 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Gus Van Sant’s last few movies haven’t been met with especially warm receptions: “Sea of Trees” was perhaps the most derided film to premiere at Cannes last year, and neither “Promised Land” nor “Restless” fared especially well either. For his next effort, he’s moving to the small screen with “When We Rise,” a docudrama miniseries coming to ABC next year. Watch its first trailer below.

Read More: Why A24 Picked Up Gus Van Sant’s Critical Dud ‘The Sea of Trees

Van Sant will direct the first two hours of the seven-part series, with Dee Rees, Thomas Schlamme and Dustin Lance Black (who also wrote and created) also onboard as directors. “When We Rise” begins in 1971, just two years after the Stonewall riots — whose most recent cinematic depiction came courtesy of Roland Emmerich and wasn’t any more well received than “Sea of Trees” — and continues from there. »

- Michael Nordine

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First Trailer For Gus Van Sant’s Miniseries ‘When We Rise’ Starring Guy Pearce & Mary-Louise Parker Fights For Lgbt Rights

21 November 2016 8:18 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With many in the Lgbt community fearing what a Trump presidency means for the progress made in terms of gay rights, marriage, and more under President Barack Obama, it’s a reminder that the fight is far from over. In fact, it has been going on for decades, and the upcoming ABC event series “We We Rise” documents the battles that have brought us to where we are today.

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Penned by Dustin Lance Black (“Milk“), executive produced by Gus Van Sant (who also directed the two-hour series premiere), and starring Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Kenneth Williams, David Hyde Pierce, and many more, the show will chronicle the journey of gay rights activism starting with the Stonewall Riots in 1969.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Best Films and Television Shows to Binge-Watch This Thanksgiving

21 November 2016 6:45 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In between plates of delicious food and reunions with dozens of distant relatives, there’s no better time to relax with some movies and TV than during the Thanksgiving holiday. Whether you’re craving something a little more heart racing, or just looking for some good old fashioned nostalgia, here are some go-tos for all your holiday binge-watching.

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NYC Weekend Watch: Isabelle Huppert, MGM Musicals, ‘Last Year at Marienbad’ & More

18 November 2016 6:50 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metograph

Takeshi Kitano and Isabelle Huppert retrospectives begin

Film Forum

The great “3-D Auteurs” continues, with Hugo having a special Sunday screening.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

“Total Verhoeven” continues.

Anthology Film Archives

“Memorable Fantasies” continues with the likes of Last Year at Marienbad, Céline and Julie Go Boating, and Pandora’s Box.

Museum of »

- Nick Newman

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Playback: Viggo Mortensen on ‘Captain Fantastic’ and the Secret to Longevity

17 November 2016 10:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.

On this week’s show, Jenelle Riley and I preview Variety‘s upcoming Actors on Actors showcase, which was produced over the weekend in Los Angeles. We also take stock of contenders like “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” a year after the Academy’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

Later (20:16) I’m talking to “Captain Fantastic” star Viggo Mortensen, who some have said was born to play the role of a Bohemian patriarch in Matt Ross’ film. Mortensen sees it more like the culmination of his accumulated assets after 30 years in this business. Stretching back to Peter Weir’s “Witness,” Mortensen has been a mainstay, and that consistency can be under-appreciated.

For more, listen to the latest episode of “Playback” below. Check back next week when I’ll be talking to “Jackie” star Natalie Portman and producer Darren Aronofsky. And be sure to subscribe!

“I think you have to be lucky, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Casey Affleck Auditioned How Many Times for To Die For?

16 November 2016 8:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's a good thing Casey Affleck isn't a quitter because his breakout role in 1995's To Die For didn't come easy. "I read six times," Affleck recalls of auditioning for the role in the Gus Van Sant-directed thriller co-starring Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix. "I auditioned for that movie over and over again for the casting director and then I finally met the director and I read for him once and he said, 'That was good. Okay, you can do it,' and I got the part like that and I was like, 'That was easy!' "Note to self: 'Don't read for casting directors, just get into the room with the director,'" Affleck added. His very first audition was a lot »

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