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John Waters with Patty Hearst at the "Carol" premiereAh one of our favorite bad taste good --no... singular taste traditions of year-end end look backs has arrived: the annual John Waters Top Ten List at ArtForum. Though the Baltimore film icon hasn't made a feature film in over ten years he still says active as a celebrity for which we thank him. Try and imagine the world without him; we never want to!
His top ten lists generally contain at least one or two titles we haven't even heard of (rare for us don'cha know) and that's true again with #1 and #9 right here. They're also always a mix of smart, beautiful, queer, and head scratching choices -- I'm sorry but Love is Not a good movie even if it does contain, as John Waters raves, "heterosexual rimming -- in 3D!"
John Waters 2015 Top Ten List
- NATHANIEL R
It's time! With the end of the year approaching, everyone reveals their own Top 10 best of the year list. One of our favorites to kick off this time is filmmaker John Waters' personal picks for his Top 10 favorite films from this year. In 2015, Waters has picked yet another eclectic mix of films, including Mad Max: Fury Road, Tangerine, Xavier Dolan's Tom at the Farm, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella (really!), and The Diary of a Teenage Girl, among some other oddball picks. A few years back his top film was Spring Breakers, and last year it was Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars. I always like hearing about Waters' favorites because he has such unique tastes and his comments are fun to read. I'm glad he loved Mad Max as much as everyone else. Waters includes a short one/two-sentence explanation with each pick, so head to ArtForum to read »
- Alex Billington
Forget the Oscar race. As he does every year, John Waters has named his favorite films of the last 12 months. Ranging from the ultra-obscure to the arthouse to the blockbuster, it’s another eclectic batch of movies to either put on your radar or revisit. While some of the year’s biggest studio hits are mentioned, Cinderella (“I fucking love this Disney film,” he says) and Mad Max: Fury Road (“this ultimate nonstop demolition derby is downright insane from the moment it takes off”), there’s sure to be a few you may not have heard of.
His number one choice is Andreas Horvath‘s obscure documentary Helmut Berger, Actor, which he questions, “Maybe the best motion picture of the year is also the worst?” There’s also Guy Maddin‘s “insanely inventive” The Forbidden Room, Xavier Dolan‘s “sexy” Tom at the Farm, Todd Haynes‘ Carol, Sean Baker‘s “beautifully shot” Tangerine, »
- Jordan Raup
Mika Kaurismäki has had a long film career, but he still may be best known to film fans in the shadow of his brother, Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre). The Girl King, his next film, may change that reputation though given the pedigree of both the cast and writers, and its possibility to tell the story of a feminist icon and eccentric historical footnote.
Written by Michel Marc Bouchard, who most recently adapted Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm, and starring Michael Nyqvist, Sarah Gadon, and stateside unknown Malin Buska in the lead role, The Girl King, is the story of Christina of Sweden.
Ruler of Sweden for eighteen years in the 17th century beginning at age 6, Christina worked to modernize Sweden against the wishes of a conservative country. She was a cultural revolutionary who prided herself on various forms of sexual and gender ambiguity, and views that could be considered proto-feminist. »
- Michael Snydel
After her well-publicized split with Kermit this summer, Miss Piggy seems to have found the perfect outlet for her emotions: Adele — or specifically Adele's Xavier Dolan-directed music video for "Hello." This is also a friendly reminder that Miss Piggy is a fictional character and her relationship (or lack thereof) with Kermit is not a real relationship. Adele, however, is very much real and so are any and all emotions her music produces. »
- Jackson McHenry
USA Today has unveiled three new photos from Rawson Marshall Thurber's action comedy "Central Intelligence" which opens June 17th. Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart team-up from the project as former classmates who reunite at their 20-year high school reunion - the once fat and nerdy Johnson is now a deadly CIA agent who has been framed and has to enlist the help of the once popular turned mild-mannered accountant Hart.
"Star Trek Beyond" co-scribe Doug Jung has been hired to pen a re-write of the modestly-budgeted, Julius Onah-directed, sci-fi thriller "God Particle" which J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk will produce. Oren Uziel wrote the original screenplay which follows an American space station crew who, believing they have destroyed Earth via a Hadron accelerator, allow the crew of hostile nations to board their ship with disastrous results... full details
- Garth Franklin
Kathy Bates is set to play Billy Bob Thornton‘s foul-mouthed mother in “Bad Santa 2,” TheWrap has learned. “Mean Girls” director Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”) will direct the sequel, which was written by “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin, Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross. Tony Cox and Brett Kelly are reprising their roles, though plot details are being kept under wraps. Also Read: Taylor Kitsch Joins Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain in Xavier Dolan's English-Language Debut (Exclusive) “Bad Santa 2” will be co-financed by Miramax and Broad Green Pictures, with the latter company handling its release next year. Production will start in January in Montreal. »
- Jeff Sneider
The Wrap is reporting that Taylor Kitsch has lined up his first project following the second season of True Detective, joining Jessica Chastain and Kit Harington in Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
The film is described as “a drama that follows a young actor [Harington] who recalls the secretive correspondence he shared as a teenager with an American TV star who died 10 years earlier. The story explores the hardships of fame and the never-ending hurdles of the movie business, and reflects on issues of identity and diversity in Hollywood over the past decade.”
- Gary Collinson
Rising star Bella Thorne is set to join Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain and Taylor Kitsch in Xavier Dolan‘s first English-language feature “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” TheWrap has learned. “Donovan” is described as a drama that follows a young actor who recalls the secretive correspondence he shared as a teenager with an American TV star who died 10 years earlier. The story explores the hardships of fame and the never-ending hurdles of the movie business, and reflects on issues of identity and diversity in Hollywood over the past decade. Harington will play the title character, while Chastain co-stars. »
- Jeff Sneider
Actress Emily Hampshire will also be part of the ensemble, which includes Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon and Taylor Kitsch. Production is set to begin this spring, and the film will be the first English-language feature by Dolan, whose recent credits include the Cannes drama “Mommy,” the Venice thriller “Tom at the Farm,” and Adele’s “Hello” music video.
Further details about the actors’ roles have been kept under wraps. “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” tells the story of a American TV star (Harington) who enters into a pen pal relationship with a young man from England.
“Exactly one year ago, we announced Jessica, Susan, Kathy and Kit’s participation,” Dolan told Variety in a statement. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Production on Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut, The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan, has been slated to begin in spring of next year, and the director has been lining the film’s cast list with an impressive array of talent in the interim. At the ripe old age of 26, this is set to be Dolan’s seventh feature film – one that has just recently added True Detective‘s Taylor Kitsch to its burgeoning ensemble.
First picked up by The Wrap, Kitsch will star alongside Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates and Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harrington for the drama, telling the tale of a prestigious Hollywood talent who struggles to keep his reputation in check when a series of allegations question his relationship with an 11-year-old actor. While the studio nor The Wrap disclosed any information regarding Kitsch’s new-fangled role, it is one that’s described as “unique. »
- Michael Briers
While the second season of "True Detective" didn't repeat the success of season one, it at least allowed three of its leading actors — Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch — to show some underutilized dramatic skills. And the latter is moving ahead with an already hotly buzzed about movie, with a pretty game ensemble. Kitsch will join Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, and Adele in Xavier Dolan's "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan." The story follows a young actor, 10 years after the death of an American TV star he had corresponded with as a teenager. He recollects the pen-pal relationship he used to have with his past idol. The film explores the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business through the lives of both characters, now and then, reflecting on the issues of identity and diversity in Hollywood over the past decade. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates co-star in the drama about a young actor who recalls the secretive correspondence he shared as a teenager with an American TV star who died ten years earlier. The story explores the hardships of fame and the never-ending hurdles of the movie business.
Harington will play the title character, Chastain co-stars as the editor-in-chief of a gossip magazine. Kitsch's role is under wraps, but is said to be "unique". Adele also has a cameo in the film which is expected to start shooting in the Spring.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Taylor Kitsch has found his first movie since earning strong reviews for “True Detective,” as he’s set to join Jessica Chastain and Kit Harington in Xavier Dolan‘s first English-language feature “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. “Donovan” is described as a drama that follows a young actor who recalls the secretive correspondence he shared as a teenager with an American TV star who died 10 years earlier. The story explores the hardships of fame and the never-ending hurdles of the movie business, and reflects on issues of identity and. »
- Jeff Sneider
British singer Adele is set to make her acting debut in The Life and Times of John F. Donovan, which will reunite her with filmmaker Xavier Dolan, who helmed the music video for her single Hello.
Speaking to the Daily Mail last month about her work with Dolan on Hello, Adele had stated that: “I feel like a bit of cock after saying for all these years I’d never act, because I really enjoyed it.I’m sure I’ll get some flak for this, but I actually would like to act after working with Xavier. I would be in a film for him, definitely.
The Life and Times of John F. Donovan follows an American movie star who finds his correspondence with an 11-year-old actor exposed, prompting assumptions that begin to destroy his life and career. Also set to feature in the cast are Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, »
- Gary Collinson
filmmixtape suggests 10 films that should have made WGA's "Funniest" List
Pajiba mourns the passing of Hayley Atwell... from social media. She was a master at it. *sniffle*
Gurus of Gold new charts and which films and performance need a bigger campaign push to be a nomination threat
Screen Daily Adele in talks to join the cast of the next Xavier Dolan movie. »
- NATHANIEL R
In today's roundup: A book-length roundtable on Buster Keaton, remembering Sight & Sound editor Penelope Houston, Jonathan Rosenbaum's 90s top ten, the "101 Funniest Screenplays" (#1: Woody Allen's Annie Hall), the art of David Lynch, Michael Haneke's Code Unknown, Fellipe Barbosa’s Casa Grande, new books on William Cameron Menzies, Mad Men and Richard Pryor, interviews with Mathieu Amalric, John Sayles, Rick Alverson, Sean Baker, Catherine Hardwicke, Gaspar Noé and Paul Bettany, Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham in conversation, plus news of forthcoming films by Richard Linklater, Xavier Dolan, Ben Wheatley and more. » - David Hudson »
Dolan directed the music video for Adele's recent comeback single "Hello," and the singer will join the likes of Jessica Chastain, Kit Harrington, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates in the film which deals with the price of fame in the film business.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Will Adele's music comeback be followed by a big screen acting debut? The 27-year-old, who won an Oscar for her 2012 James Bond movie theme song "Skyfall," recently stirred many feelings within scores of fans with both her singing and acting performance in director Xavier Dolan's music video for "Hello," the singer's first single in three years. But can she do it again on a larger scale? Adele is reportedly in talks to appear in the French-Canadian director's new project and English-language film directing debut The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan, Deadline and Screen Daily reported on Wednesday. The singer and director have not »
Adele already proved she can cry on cue in her “Hello” video, but can she act for real? We’ll soon find out: Adele is in talks to make her film debut in a cameo in “Hello” director Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The film already has Jessica Chastain, Kit Harrington, Susan Sarandon, and Kathy Bates attached to it, and now Adele could be adding her name to that list. She recently told Kiss FM UK, “I’m sure I’ll get some flak for this, but I actually would like to act after working with Xavier. I would be in a film for him, definitely.” Adele already has one Oscar for her Bond theme, but watch out, Hollywood: Adele’s coming to snatch all your awards! »
- Dee Lockett
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