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Warner Bros. '09: New 'Where the Wild Things Are' Images

17 December 2008 10:37 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Warner Bros. Pictures provided us with a stack of hi-res images from Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are, whcih arrives in theaters (finally) on October 16, 2009 The film will combine voice performances, live-action puppetry and computer animation to dramatize the ad-ventures of Max, a rebellious young boy who runs away from home after a fight with his mother and finds himself in a forest where the wild things roam. The film was recently reshot after test screenings deemed the film "too dark". Written and directed by Spike Jonze, the film stars Benicio Del Toro, Michael Berry Jr., Paul Dano, Tom Noonan, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker and Michelle Williams. »

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Kate and Leonardo Don't Need a Revolution To Look Fantastic

16 December 2008 6:00 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio looked like perfection at last night's La premiere of Revolutionary Road. The dynamic duo have showed off their friendship off the screen leading up to the premiere and now it's almost time for us to see how it translates back onto the big screen all these years after Titanic. Kate had her husband and the film's director Sam Mendes with her while Leo was accompanied by his best friend Lukas Haas. The expectations are high for the movie, which got four big Golden Globe nominations and the buzz is high for the Oscars. With Kate and Leo at the helm the dramatic movie is in good hands, and they're certainly easy on the eyes. To see more from the premiere including Sam Mendes, Kathy Bates, Russell Crowe and others just read more. Images include: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sam Mendes, Kathy Bates, Russell Crowe, Brad Gray, »

- Molly

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Fresh Still From Dagur Kari’s The Good Heart

19 November 2008 2:13 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Anxious to see this one?  Well, yes, more than a little bit.  The Good Heart is the English language debut from Dagur Kari, who has previously shot much loved films in both Icelandic (Noi Albinoi) and Danish (Dark Horse).  Here’s the skinny:

Lucas is a good-hearted young man who has come to an existential dead-end. He is homeless, living in a cardboard box under the Brooklyn Bridge. With a total lack of prospects for the future, Lucas tries to commit suicide, but the attempt is a failure like everything else in his life.

Recuperating in hospital, Lucas is forced to share a room with Jacques, a grouchy, cynical bar-owner whose choleric demeanour and less-than-healthy lifestyle have resulted in no fewer than five heart attacks. With no family or friends and a risk of passing away any day, Jacques takes Lucas under his battered wing with the intention of passing on his idiosyncratic legacy. »

- Todd Brown

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First Independent Pictures finds 'Gigantic' shoes to fill for the Spring

12 November 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- If it would have played at Sundance, it would have stuck out a lot more than it did at Tiff where it got a little lost among the long list of worthy films to see. This was my final film screened before heading back home and if I haven’t mentioned it before Matt Aselton is a talent to watch out for. Unlike its title, Gigantic is a small in scope portrait which sees complex, oddball leads Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel emancipating their romance in a series of miss-steps, but it’s the smart dialogue and a fine catalogue of moments that set this film apart for me. I’m glad that a smaller distribution company in First Independent Pictures has picked up the film from the Afm, since it’s the sort of picture that needs lots of nurturing and caring during the marketing phase of the pic. »

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First Independent Pictures picks up "Gigantic"

11 November 2008 12:22 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

First Independent Pictures has picked up domestic rights to "Gigantic," Matt Aselton's comedy which stars Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Ed Asner and Jane Alexander. Dano executive produces and plays Brian who wants to adopt an Asian baby and ends up falling for Deschanel's character Happy. Asner plays Brian's dope smoking pal and Goodman his domineering father. The film premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The deal was closed after the film screened this past weekend at the American Film Market. »

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First Independent Pictures picks up "Gigantic"

11 November 2008 12:22 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

First Independent Pictures has picked up domestic rights to "Gigantic," Matt Aselton's comedy which stars Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Ed Asner and Jane Alexander. Dano executive produces and plays Brian who wants to adopt an Asian baby and ends up falling for Deschanel's character Happy. Asner plays Brian's dope smoking pal and Goodman his domineering father. The film premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The deal was closed after the film screened this past weekend at the American Film Market. »

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First Independent Pictures picks up "Gigantic"

11 November 2008 12:22 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

First Independent Pictures has picked up domestic rights to "Gigantic," Matt Aselton's comedy which stars Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Ed Asner and Jane Alexander. Dano executive produces and plays Brian who wants to adopt an Asian baby and ends up falling for Deschanel's character Happy. Asner plays Brian's dope smoking pal and Goodman his domineering father.The film premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The deal was closed after the film screened this past weekend at the  American Film Market. Mindy Goldberg of Epoch Films and Killer Films' Christine Vachon produced whilst Scott Ferguson, Jeff Preiss, Jerry Soloman and John Wells executive produced with Dano. »

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First Independent Pictures picks up "Gigantic"

11 November 2008 12:22 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

First Independent Pictures has picked up domestic rights to "Gigantic," Matt Aselton's comedy which stars Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Ed Asner and Jane Alexander. Dano executive produces and plays Brian who wants to adopt an Asian baby and ends up falling for Deschanel's character Happy. Asner plays Brian's dope smoking pal and Goodman his domineering father. The film premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The deal was closed after the film screened this past weekend at the American Film Market. »

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Afm 2008: Land Of A Thousand Promo Reels

10 November 2008 1:39 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Though in La for only part of this year’s American Film Market it hasn’t taken me long to realize that the market this year has fallen in a sort of awkward time for many films’ production cycles with many of the big anticipated films being a month or so away from being fully complete and ready for exhibition.  The end result?  A lot of okay but not great films screening - the cream of the crop for me thus far has been K-20 and Legendary Assassin - while the really good stuff has been reserved for extended promo reels of not-quite-complete films.  I’ve written about a couple of these already but here’s the best of what I’ve seen so far:

Lesbian Vampire Killers.  For the record it is the vampires and not the killers who are lesbians in this UK horror comedy and, yes, it »

- Todd Brown

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First Stills From Dagur Kari’s The Good Heart With Brian Cox and Paul Dano

4 November 2008 2:04 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Already well known to fans of the international arthouse circuit thanks to his films Noi Albinoi - in Icelandic - and Dark Horse - in Danish - writer/director Dagur Kari is about to go three for three on the language front with his first English language film The Good HeartPaul Dano (There Will Be Blood) and Brian Cox (Red) star and anyone concerned that Kari’s quirky sense of humor or visual style would be affected by working with Hollywood stars can rest easy as these stills make it clear that neither of those things has happened as these are instantly recognizable as Kari’s work.

Lucas is a good-hearted young man who has come to an existential dead-end. He is homeless, living in a cardboard box under the Brooklyn Bridge. With a total lack of prospects for the future, Lucas tries to commit suicide, but the attempt »

- Todd Brown

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Peace Arch eyes two indies

30 October 2008 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- Peace Arch Entertainment is in negotiations for North American distribution rights to a pair of new indie features: Mark Webber's "Explicit iLLS" and Charles Adelman's "Two:Thirteen."

The drama "iLLS" stars Paul Dano, Rosario Dawson, Lou Taylor Pucci and Naomie Harris in a story of characters dealing with poverty and drugs while seeking human connection. Exec producer Jim Jarmusch's feature won the Audience Award and two cinematography awards at the 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival.

The cop/serial killer thriller "Two:Thirteen," which premieres at next week's American Film Market, stars screenwriter Mark Thompson, Teri Polo, Kevin Pollak, Dwight Yoakam and Mark Pellegrino.

Pae parent co. Peace Arch Entertainment Group purchased international sales rights to both films, and will present them as part of its new Afm slate. »

- By Gregg Goldstein

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Ormond, Strathairn, O'Hara in Grandin Project.

3 October 2008 1:08 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Julia Ormond, David Strathairn and Catherine O'Hara have apparently jumped onto HBO's Temple Grandin project which Mick Jackson is helming. Claire Danes stars as Grandin, a woman with the disorder who moved on to become one of the leading scientists in the handing of livestock in a humane manner. Christopher Monder and Merritt Johnson penned the screenplay. Ormond will play her mother, O'Hara will be her aunt and Strathairn takes the role of her scientist teacher at the university. Filming is said to begin this month in Austin, Texas.Strathairn was last seen in "The Spiderwick Chronicles" as well as an episode of "Monk." O'Hara's is up next in Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures' "Where the Wild Things Are" alongside Forest Whitaker, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Berry Jr., Lauren Ambrose and Tom Noonan. Ormond is enjoying continued work and is up next in Paramount's »

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Ang Lee Goes to 'Woodstock'

27 August 2008 1:26 AM, PDT | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

It would be inaccurate to say that Ang Lee has ever been a lazy filmmaker. One of the very few successful directors to genuinely roll the dice every time he makes a movie, Lee is now set to take on one of the seminal moments in American pop culture history.

It was 39 years ago that Woodstock forever changed the course of rock n' roll, at once the apotheosis of 1960s counter culture and effectively the end of it. But for three days in August of that year, hippies and music lovers congregated on a farm in upstate New York by the hundreds of thousands to hear performances by The Who, Ccr, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Sha-Na-Na (?), The Grateful Dead, and more.

Lee will dramatize the events leading up to that fateful weekend in his next film, and his longtime collaborator James Schamus recently outlined the production to Rolling Stone. »

- Colin Boyd

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Tiff announces more titles for Vanguard, Visions and Discovery

14 August 2008 3:56 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced a whole load of films, including many world premiers, to be added as part of their lineups. Some of the more interesting looking ones are Lance Daly's Kisses about two Irish kids who run away from home and deal with the dark underside of Dublin. Another film I'm definitely interested in is Scott McGehee and David Siegel's Uncertainty which stars one of my personal favorites, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It's about a couple in love who find out she's pregnant and they flip a coin from where it apparently follows both possible storylines, but with the same disastrous consequences. Also screening will be Fabrice du Welz's Vinyan (trailer here) which is about a couple who lost their son in a Tsunami and won't give up looking for him. In the Discovery program, the stop-motion animation $9.99 which is about a man seeking the meaning to life. »

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Toronto puts 'Lymelife' in Discovery lineup

14 August 2008 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Toronto -- The Toronto International Film Festival stepped into the "Lymelife" on Thursday, scheduling a world premiere for the Derick Martini dramedy in its Discovery sidebar.

The indie film, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Alec Baldwin and Emma Roberts, portrays life in late 1970s Long Island through the eyes of a 15-year-old (Rory Culkin).

Other world premieres booked for the Discovery section include Brian Goodman's "What Doesn't Kill You," an autobiographical crime drama starring Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo; Tatia Rosenthal's stop-motion animated film "$9.99"; Matt Aselton's "Gigantic," starring Paul Dano and John Goodman; Nik Fackler's Christmas romance "Lovely, Still," toplined by Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn; and Cyrus Nowrasteh's "The Stoning of Soraya M," which stars Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo.

Also Toronto bound are Maria Govan's "Rain," Norwegian filmmaker Eva Sorhaug's "Cold Lunch," Hajime Kadoi's "Vacation" and British director Duane Hopkins' "Better Things."

Toronto earlier announced Steve McQueen's "Hunger," Barry Jenkins' "Medicine for Melancholy" and Gabriel Medina's "The Paranoids" for the sidebar. »

- By Etan Vlessing

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Ang Does Woodstock

5 August 2008 5:06 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Surprisingly there hasn't been too many fictional films that have used the Woodstock music festival as a back drop. Cue Taking Woodstock, the latest film directed by Ang "Brokeback" Lee and based on the memoir of Elliot Tiber who played a vital role in helping the historic 1969 music fest unfold on his neighbor's farm. The Film stars Daily Show alum Demetri Martin as Tiber and Emile Hirsch as a Vietnam vet. Other cast members include Paul Dano, Imelda Staunton, Liev Schreiber, »

- Daniel Barna

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Talent follows Zavala to CAA

6 May 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warren Zavala has left the Gersh Agency and joined CAA, bringing with him a slew of emerging next-gen and established talents, including There Will Be Blood's Paul Dano.

Also making the transition is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whom Zavala guided from the sitcom 3rd Rock From the Sun to such serious fare as Brick and Stop-Loss.

In a separate development, former UTA agents Jonathan Perry and Brian Dow have joined APA Talent and Literary Agency.

Other actors expected to follow Zavala to CAA are Emmanuelle Seigner (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Lizzie Caplan (Cloverfield), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Adam Scott (Step Brothers), Michelle Borth (Tell Me You Love Me) and Melissa Sagemiller (Sleeper Cell).

Zavala was with Gersh for seven years.

At Gersh, Zavala also repped Jackie Earle Haley, whom Zavala pushed into Little Children, resulting in an Oscar nomination, and Dennis Hopper. It is unclear if those actors will be hopping the fence.

Perry, who was at UTA for four years before being let go in February as part of the agency's restructuring of its talent department, brings with him to APA actresses Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) and Ashley Scott (Jericho) as well as the Kardashian family (Keeping Up With the Kardashians), whom he co-reps with Dow. »

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Two Indie Queens Join Forces for 'Divorce Ranch'

9 April 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- With his last project dating all the way back to 2001, how suiting a title for a director we thought might have 'divorced' himself from filmmaking business altogether. Variety reports that Chloe Sevigny (Kids, Boys Don't Cry) and Zooey Deschanel (All The Real Girls, The Go-Getter) will join forces in Divorce Ranch, an indie comedy written, directed and produced by longtime British television and stage director Michael Lindsay-Hogg (Let It Be). The film will be also be produced by Anne Clement (Quinceañera). Sevigny will be playing an single mother and actress who comes to post-wwii Nevada with the scheme to marry a rich man during a time when hasty divorces could be taken care of after residency had been settled. Deschanel will be playing her assistant.Both actresses have been keeping busy lately with a plethora of projects of their plates. Indie starlet Sevigny begins filming the comedy Barry Munday »

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Explicit Ills

28 March 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

South by Southwest

AUSTIN -- An early sequence in Mark Webber's Explicit Ills carries viewers past rows of abandoned and near-collapsed buildings, navigates debris-strewn empty lots and winds up in a forsaken room where a tiny, healthy tree has sprouted up through decaying floorboards. Audiences who take that image as the start of a certain kind of urban fable -- the spark of life amid squalor -- will be surprised by what follows. The life force of Ills isn't in the exceptions but in the community itself, a disjointed cast of characters who have better things to do than bend themselves to some storyteller's idea of social-uplift allegory.

More restrained than many films it might be compared to and never preachy even when its characters go marching through the streets, the movie's an assured directing debut for young actor Webber. Commercial appeal is limited by the absence of an easy narrative hook, but the picture should earn some respect in an Art House run.

Set in a rough area of Philadelphia, the story follows characters who cross one another's paths but aren't destined for any kind of climactic collision. The community issues that connect them are downplayed in favor of a focus on individual goals: The scrawny kid wants to bulk up and win a bodybuilding contest, the clean-living loft dwellers want to open a natural grocery, the gentle youngster Babo (bathed in a white glow wherever he wanders) wants to make peace where others would harbor grudges.

While most of the characters are poor and the two who clearly have money are gentrifying white kids in what threatens to be a Sid and Nancy romance, the film doesn't trade in misery. It dwells on personal optimism and good will, even if its most emotionally fraught moments arise from a young mother's inability to afford health insurance.

Benefiting from an unhurried but tight cut by editor Jay Rabinowitz (frequent collaborator of exec producer Jim Jarmusch) and Patrice Lucien Cochet's vivid cinematography (which earned a special jury award, alongside an audience award for best narrative feature, at South by Southwest), Ills also draws on recognizable acting names while letting newcomers have the spotlight. Rosario Dawson and Paul Dano, for instance, while understandably highlighted in promo material, appear here solely as warm supporting figures for young charmer Francisco Burgos (Babo), who's making his feature debut. Webber's way with his young cast is as unforced as the movie itself, which easily could have been overwrought and maudlin but is instead oddly affirming.

EXPLICIT ILLS

Mangusta Prods., Film 101, AM/FM Films, Riker Hill Films

Sales agent: Endeavor

Credits:

Screenwriter-director: Mark Webber

Producers: Mark Webber, Sol Tryon, Liz Destro

Executive producer: Jim Jarmusch

Director of photography: Patrice Lucien Cochet

Production designer: Michael Grasley

Music: Khari Mateen

Costume designer: Nikia Nelson

Editor: Jay Rabinowitz

Cast:

Rocco: Paul Dano

Babo's Mom: Rosario Dawson

Jill: Naomie Harris

Jacob: Lou Taylor Pucci

Michelle: Frankie Shaw

Kaleef: Tariq Trotter

Babo: Francisco Burgos

Demetri: Martin Cepeda Jr.

The Girl: Destini Edwards

Running time -- 87 minutes

No MPAA rating

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Gritty Love Story Wins Praise At South By Southwest

16 March 2008 6:35 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

First-time director Mark Webber's Explicit Ills claimed the South by Southwest Film Festival's Audience Award and Cinematography prizes on Saturday.

The hard-hitting drug-fuelled love story stars Paul Dano and Rosario Dawson.

The powerful film They Killed Sister Dorothy, which traces the investigation following the murder of an American nun in Latin America, was also a double winner, claiming the Sxsw festival's Audience Award and Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary.

And independant movie Wellness picked up the Jury Award for Best Narrative. »

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