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Nelson Algren: The Man With the Golden Pen

21 October 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sitting in a stack of pulpy old crime novels and lascivious short stories of hookers, gangsters and freaks may be a diamond in the rough. The book is about a heroin addict named “Frankie Machine”, it won the National Book Award in 1950, and Otto Preminger’s film adaptation starred Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak.

The book and the film, “The Man With the Golden Arm”, may ring a bell, but its author, Nelson Algren, is still buried in that stack of old books.

In the new documentary Algren, which got its premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 14, Nelson Algren is in the company of Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson. But his name has been forgotten, least of all in Chicago where he called home.

Since Algren’s heyday in the late ‘40s and ‘50s, his work’s legacy has seen the same pitiful fate »

- Brian Welk

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Jude Law Films 'Genius' With Colin Firth

19 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Jude Law filmed scenes for the upcoming film Genius in Manchester, England, on Sunday with his costars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

Jude Law Films 'Genius'

Law, 41, was costumed for the day on set in a brown overcoat over a tan button down and patterned tie, and appeared to be sporting a dark brown wig. Law was channeling his writerly character, American author Thomas Clayton Wolfe. Firth has been tapped to play Wolfe's literary agent and major protagonist of Genius, Max Perkins. Kidman, meanwhile, will be playing American costume designer Aline Bernstein.

On Sunday, the actors were filming in Manchester's Northern Quarter, which had been turned into 1900s New York for the purposes of the film shoot. The area, which boasts old mill buildings and cobblestone streets, was adorned with old-fashioned shop fronts to complete the throwback look, reported the Daily Mirror.

Among the other writers that Perkin's »

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Ciff Day 2: Documentaries ‘Algren’ and ‘Red Army’

15 October 2014 6:28 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Audience Q&As at a film festival can be a mixed bag. At the World Premiere screening for Tuesday night’s Algren, a man waved at Director Michael Caplan, who recognized the man from a coffee shop earlier in the day. During the Q&A for Red Army, Director Gabe Polsky charmingly asked his grandmother (correction: Babushka), in Russian, what she thought of his movie.

On the other side of the coin, they can result in tedious questions (and even more tedious answers) about getting licensing for archival material or audience members outright interrupting and berating the director, like a man who asked about the “sociology” behind Russian athletics. Sometimes people just like to hear themselves talk.

In fairness, it takes finesse to ask the right questions and tailor the right answers so you can tell a good story. This holds true for the two documentaries I watched Tuesday night at Ciff. »

- Brian Welk

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'Seven' (1995) - Best Movies #6

29 September 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I can't tell you exactly when I first saw David Fincher's Se7en. I definitely saw it in theaters on or around when it was released on September 22, 1995, and after seeing it I know I quickly ran to purchase the film's soundtrack, not because I necessarily loved Howard Shore's score, but because that's what I did back then. In the days before short theatrical windows and immediate DVD releases, purchasing the score was my way of preserving the experience of seeing a movie I truly loved. In this case I could listen to Shore's "Suite from Se7en" or "Portrait of John Doe" and immediately find myself back in the seedy, noir world Fincher envisioned, Andrew Kevin Walker scripted (read it here*) and Darius Khondji photographed. It was the films of David Fincher that first caused me to start looking at movies differently. Se7en and then Fight Club were »

- Brad Brevet

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Guy Pearce Joins Genius

28 September 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Apparently theatre director Michael Grandage doesn’t think he has enough good actors in his debut film despite the presence of Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, because he’s adding a couple more. Guy Pearce and Dominic West are the latest recruits for Genius.With Skyfall’s John Logan providing the script based on A. Scott Berg’s biography, Genius recounts the true story of the relationship between legendary writer Thomas Wolfe (Law) and his talented editor Max Perkins (Firth). Kidman is set to play costume designer Aline Bernstein, who had a passionate, four-year relationship with Wolfe, while Linney will be Louise, Perkins’ wife.Pearce and West are signed on to be two more literary giants who worked with Perkins: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. With his cast falling into place, Grandage plans to start shooting the film next month at Shepperton and on location in the UK. »

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Guy Pearce And Dominic West Are Fitzgerald And Hemingway In ‘Genius’

27 September 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Having Colin Firth and Jude Law starring in your movie surely fulfills a quota for requisite manliness. But for his upcoming film Genius Michael Grandage is throwing Guy Pearce and Dominic West into the mix for a true story of literary giants and their personal turmoil. Pearce is playing The Great Gatsby writer F.Scott Fitzgerald and West takes on the mantle of tough guy author Ernest Hemingway (The Old Man And The Sea).

The pair enjoyed quite a friendship, but the focus of John Logan’s script is Max Perkins (Firth), arguably the world’s most influential book editor and his relationship with Thomas Wolfe (Law). It’s adapted from 1978’s Max Perkins: Editor Of Genius by A.Scott Berg. This all sounds very blokey, but Grandage is also delivering on the actress front, casting Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney in supporting roles. Tim Bevan is executive producer.

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- Steve Palace

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Casting Net: Guy Pearce, Dominic West join 'Genius;' more

26 September 2014 3:32 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Guy Pearce and Dominic West have signed on for Genius, joining Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Linney. Michael Grandage is directing the film, marking his feature debut. John Logan adapted A. Scott Berg’s book for the screen. Pearce will play F. Scott Fitzgerald, while West will portray Ernest Hemingway. The film will relay the true, complicated relationship between novelist Thomas Wolfe (Law) and his editor,  Max Perkins (Firth). Kidman will play Aline Bernstein, with Linney as Louise Perkins. Genius comes as the third collaboration between Grandage, producing partner James Bierman, and John Logan. Filming kicks off »

- C. Molly Smith

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Guy Pearce and Dominic West Join Thomas Wolfe Biopic 'Genius'

26 September 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Michael Grandage has added Guy Pearce and Dominic West to his true-story drama Genius, which is already being headlined by Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jude Law.

Genius marks the feature debut of Michael Grandage, a celebrated stage director. The film is adapted from A. Scott Berg's novel of the same name by playwright and screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall). The story follows the complex relationship between literary icon Thomas Wolfe and iconic Scribner editor Max Perkins.

Guy Pearce will play F. Scott Fitzgerald alongside Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway. In the leads, Jude Law is taking on the role of Thomas Wolfe with Colin Firth as Max Perkins. Nicole Kidman is set to play Aline Bernstein, and Laura Linney has also joined the project as Louise Perkins.

Genius is the third collaboration between director Michael Grandage, his producing partner James Bierman and John Logan. The trio worked on the stage production of Red, »

- MovieWeb

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Guy Pearce And Dominic West Join Literary Drama, Genius

26 September 2014 8:29 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Adaptations have always been a go-to source for filmmakers. There’s never a dearth of material when authors are writing and publishing more titles than ever before. Some of cinema’s finest achievements stem from adapted screenplays, themselves inspired by the words of best-selling writers. The adaptation trend continues to thrive with today’s news. Movement on literary world drama Genius, is moving forward.

Guy Pearce and Dominic West have signed on to appear in Michael Grandage’s directorial debut. Best known for his work in the theatre world, Grandage has assembled a solid cast for his first feature. Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Nicole Kidman and Jude Law have already committed to the project, based on the novel Max Perkins: Editor Of Genius by A. Scott Berg.

Pearce is slated to play F. Scott Fitzgerald, in this biopic of one of the writing world’s most well-respected editors, Max Perkins. »

- Gem Seddon

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Malkovich Becomes Einstein, Marilyn, Picasso and Others in Funny, Creepy, Brilliant Photo Series

25 September 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

John Malkovich photos: How to look like a model, from Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein (image: John Malkovich as Marilyn Monroe in Bert Stern's 1962 portrait 'Marilyn in Pink Roses') Whether you found Spike Jonze's 1999 mind-invading comedy Being John Malkovich a pretentious bore or the most innovative motion picture since Georges Méliès' The Man with the India-Rubber Head, you'll probably enjoy Sandro Miller's series of John Malkovich photos, in which the two-time Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee becomes the real-life characters in some of the most celebrated (and mostly pop, U.S.-made) photographs ever taken. Malkovich's various guises will be featured in the exhibit "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters," which runs from November 7, 2014, to January 31, 2015, at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. In Being John Malkovich, the likes of John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener discover an escape from their drab lives »

- Andre Soares

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Competition: 'A Farewell to Arms' *closed*

25 September 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Hemingway, Frank Borzage's Oscar-winning film adaptation of the tragic Great War romance A Farewell to Arms (1932) has been newly restored by Lobster Films and will be made available to own on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a Dual Format Edition. To celebrate the home entertainment release of A Farewell to Arms this coming Monday (22 September), we've kindly been provided with Three Dual Format copies of Borzage's acclaimed melodrama to give away to our readers, courtesy of our always accommodating friend at the British Film Institute. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.


- CineVue UK

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Blu-ray Review: 'A Farewell to Arms'

22 September 2014 7:08 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★"Illicit love! Illegitimate birth! Desertion from the army!" cried the Hollywood censors at the prospect of bringing Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms to the screen. "This is a magnificently written story and a great one but it is not a story for a picture." It was the sort of renegade content that the 1930 Hays Code censorship guidelines had forbidden, but Frank Borzage's 1932 film was one of the movies to escape intact (at least briefly). In 1938, by which time a proper body was created with sufficient resources to implement the Code, A Farewell to Arms was seen again, cut to ribbons and rereleased. Whichever way it appeared, Hemingway didn't like it.


- CineVue UK

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18 September 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »


Directed by: Kevin Smith

Cast: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Guy Lapointe

Running Time: 1 hr 42 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: September 19, 2014 (Chicago)

Plot: A podcaster (Long) is turned into a walrus when he meets a strange Canadian (Parks).

Who’S It For? Fans of Kevin Smith, and those who wish Quentin Tarantino made more talky Grindhouse movies.


Just as Tusk was brought into our world, so does the film itself begins with a podcast. Wallace (Justin Long) and Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) are two toking jokesters who have a big following with their Not-See Party podcast, a petty Third Reich pun that stands for their shtick in which Wallace meets eclectic people, and then tells Teddy about his experience on-air. Wallace travels to Canada to meet an internet sensation named “The Kill Bill Kid,” who infamously filmed himself accidentally cutting off his leg while practicing sword moves. »

- Nick Allen

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Wedding Photo Found in 9/11 Rubble to Be Returned to Owner After 13 Years

14 September 2014 5:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A peeling and cracked wedding photo plucked from the World Trade Center debris in the heartbreaking days following 9/11 has finally found its rightful owner - thanks to social media and one selfless professor who never gave up hope. For the past 13 years, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe had the same Sept. 11th ritual: She would remove the fading photo she kept safe inside her favorite Ernest Hemingway novel - A Moveable Feast - and post it on social media, hoping its owner or any of the people in it could be identified and found. Every year, her quest seemed fruitless - until last week, »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Wedding Photo Found in 9/11 Rubble to Be Returned to Owner After 13 Years

14 September 2014 5:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A peeling and cracked wedding photo plucked from the World Trade Center debris in the heartbreaking days following 9/11 has finally found its rightful owner - thanks to social media and one selfless professor who never gave up hope. For the past 13 years, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe had the same Sept. 11th ritual: She would remove the fading photo she kept safe inside her favorite Ernest Hemingway novel - A Moveable Feast - and post it on social media, hoping its owner or any of the people in it could be identified and found. Every year, her quest seemed fruitless - until last week, »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Tusk’

7 September 2014 8:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“I am walrus, hear me blubber” might be the mantra of Kevin Smith’s “Tusk,” And yet there’s much good humor, too, in Smith’s latest low-budget indie, which reunites the director with his “Red State” star Michael Parks, who’s gifted here with the sort of tailor-made, career-capping role most actors die waiting for Quentin Tarantino to give them. He’d be worth the price of admission alone, but “Tusk” has other surprises up its pelt, including a pseudonymous special guest star who gives the movie a shot in the arm just when it needs one. Twenty years on from “Clerks” — and amid occasional threats of retirement — Smith has delivered a left-field surprise that ranks among his very best work, though how such an oddity plays in today’s marketplace (where innovative distrib A24 releases it Sept. 19) is anybody’s guess.

The 74-year-old Parks has played in more »

- Scott Foundas

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Lauren Bacall Lives! To Have And Have Not Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

7 September 2014 7:20 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow!”

If Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (who died last month) occupy the same screen, you can safely expect fireworks! To Have And Have Not (1944) was Bacall’s debut performance, the movie that introduced both audiences and Bogart {he would marry her the following year} to one of cinema’s most iconic beauties and to her erotically husky voice. To Have And Have Not is an interesting mixture of war-time adventure and hard-boiled film-noir, set on the island of Martinique under the Vichy regime, and Bogart’s Harry “Steve” Morgan is forced to navigate swathes of low-lifes and immoral authority figures. »

- Tom Stockman

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David Fincher’s Gone Girl May Be More Loyal To Source Material Than We First Thought

5 September 2014 7:47 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It was Ernest Hemingway who once said that “there is no friend as loyal as a book,” and for the creative minds at work behind David Fincher’s upcoming thriller Gone Girl, that phrase rings particularly true.

Ahead of the film’s highly anticipated debut at the New York Film Festival at the end of this month, New York Times writer Cara Turner has seen the feature ahead of time and stated that it hews quite closely to Gillian Flynn’s eponymous novel.

Of course, it’s worth keeping in mind that Turner’s view on Fincher’s final product is wholly subjective, but it does allay fears that the film was set to venture too far from its source. This is contrary to reports from earlier in the year, which suggested that the cinematic interpretation would diverge from the source material by introducing a whole new ending.

Frankly, this close to release, »

- Michael Briers

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The Cosmopolitans, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” presents a delectable view of Paris

2 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Cosmopolitans, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

Written by Whit Stillman

Directed by Whit Stillman

Released August 28, 2014 by Amazon

As Amazon continues to attempt to expand into original programming with their pilot season, they are promoting many of their pilots as the work of a distinct, well-known voice: “produced by Steven Soderbergh” or “created by Jay Chandrasekhar.” For The Cosmopolitans, that distinct voice is Whit Stillman, the writer-director-producer behind movies like Metropolitan and Damsels in Distress. It’s billed as a comedy about modern American ex-pats in Paris, a sort of twist on Hemingway’s classic A Moveable Feast. It’s got the same tone and slice-of-life feel as Stillman’s other works, or an HBO comedy like Girls or Looking.

If Girls attracted controversy for its lack of diversity, I can’t imagine what those critics are going to say about The Cosmopolitans. It’s all a very heteronormative, upper-class, »

- George Morvis

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Review: 'The Humbling' is an unnecessary adaptation of a bad book

30 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Venice — The first scene in "The Humbling" ends with a once great veteran actor falling flat on his face. Well, quite. “Do you believe that? Was that real for you?” Oh, Al Pacino. Playing a formerly great, now floundering actor like a needy lover, the scene begins with Simon Axler (Pacino) monologuing to himself in his dressing room. He's due on stage any moment to deliver Prospero's closing remarks in "The Tempest" ("We are such stuff / As dreams are made on; and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep"). After a brief diversion (the first in many strange hallucinatory episodes dotted throughout the film where Axler falls asleep or into some sort of waking reverie revolving around his insecurities), he pulls himself together and braves the spotlight. He does a bit of Shakespeare, pretty badly, and then proceeds to swan dive spectacularly off the stage and land, a crumpled heap, »

- Catherine Bray

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