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Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.
Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope »
- Eric Lavallee
Rose McGowan Calls Out Gay Community For Lack Of Women's Issues
McGowan was a guest on Ellis’ podcast on Oct. 6, in an episode the author decided to focus on sexism and women in film. Ellis introduced McGowan with a monologue about the theory of the ‘male gaze’ and the lack of female directors in Hollywood. While the podcast began as an interview about McGowan’s directorial debut, Dawn, a short film about gender roles, the conversation shifted when Ellis and McGowan began talking about the recent Hollywood boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel.
“Gay men are as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so. I have an indictment of the gay community right now, I’m actually really upset with them,” Gowan told Ellis.
McGowan expanded on her “indictment, »
Rose McGowan is saying sorry for some controversial comments she made about the gay community recently. While appearing on Bret Easton Ellis' podcast the other day, the 41-year-old actress called gay men more "misogynistic" than straight men, adding, "I have an indictment of the gay community right now, I'm actually really upset with them." " "You wanna talk about the fact that I have heard nobody in the gay community, no gay males, standing up for women on any level?" McGowan said. "What I would hope they would do is extend a hand to women. Women, by-and-large, have very much helped the gay community get to where they are today. And I have seen not a single peep from these »
Rose McGowan has responded to backlash regarding her comments calling gay men misogynistic. The Charmed actress visited Bret Easton Ellis's podcast, PodcastOne, where she said, "Gay men are as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so." She went on to share her disappointment with the gay community and their lack of support for women's rights, arguing that there is a need for more gay feminists. After her interview stirred up controversy, the actress responded with an op-ed piece in The Advocate in which she apologized for making generalizations but said that her argument about the lack of gay support for women's rights still stands. Rose argued, "What I want is for gay rights activists to help other disenfranchised groups." She continued: "Do I think the Lgbt community needs to address and combat the misogyny in its midst? Absolutely. I've lived and breathed gay rights for as long as I can remember. »
A murder case in Hong Kong involving a young British investment banker is drawing comparisons to the fictional Wall Street serial killer Patrick Bateman of the Bret Easton Ellis novel and Hollywood movie American Psycho. Rurik Jutting was charged with murder Monday after police found cocaine, sex toys and two dead women - one stuffed in a suitcase - in his luxury high-rise apartment. Jutting, 29, is a Cambridge University graduate who rowed for the Peterhouse College Boat Club and was secretary of the university's history society. He worked overseas until recently for Bank of America, reports the Associated Press. According to police, »
- Jeff Truesdell, @jhtruesdell
Interesting story with this one. Paul Schrader, who wrote Taxi Driver (a classic) and recently conspired with Bret Easton Ellis to bring us The Canyons (by most counts not a classic) has a new movie coming out called Dying of the Light. Only he's not too thrilled about the way it turned out. Nor are his stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin. Nor is executive producer Nicolas Winding Refn (who was supposed to direct this a few years back with Harrison Ford in the lead role). Apparently Schrader was locked out of the editing room on the film and the movie that's being prepped for release is not his vision. Contractually he is forbidden to trash the movie given a non-disparagement clause in his contract, but he found a nifty way out of that and a way to get his message across. Hit the jump for the Dying of the »
- Evan Dickson
Philip A. Dick: Perry’s Literary Minds Stuck In a Lonely Place
Following up his dark hearted homage to road trip cinema with 2011’s The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry’s third film, Listen Up Philip arrives with an equally unpleasant set of main characters as it explores the hyper intellectual worldview of self-important authors wallowing in their emotional ennui. But the self-involved narcissists occupying Perry’s arena also happen to be impressively fleshed out compelling characters that makes this triptych of their miserable emotional periods so engrossing. Sprawling, unkempt, and often unlikeable, it’s one of the most impressively written and astutely performed films you’ll see this year.
We meet Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he meets up with an ex-girlfriend for lunch, basically to gloat over his looming success as an author, celebrating the publication of his first novel. An omniscient narrator (Eric Bogosnian) begins to guide us through Philip’s (and eventually, »
- Nicholas Bell
In the spirit of October, this list will look at scary scenes, but not from the horror classics directed by Craven or Carpenter or even Hitchcock (I’m excluding him, though I argue most of his work isn’t exactly horror). These are from the films that aren’t really meant to scare you. At least, not at the visceral level that horror films do. These are the fifty definitive moments from non-horror films that still made an impact on the “frightening front.” From shocking to creepy to unsettlingly hair raising, these are moments that will stick in your mind long after watching the films, even if they are part of a very different narrative.
50. Toy Story 3 (2010)
Scene: Monkey Security
The third installment of the one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time is also one of the darkest children’s films ever made. »
- Joshua Gaul
Maps to the Stars, 2014.
Directed by David Cronenberg.
A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Some plot details lie below…
Watching Maps To The Stars is like watching a waking nightmare, one you cannot wake up from and one you feel intimately part of – whether you like it or not. It is also a new kind of horror from film maker David Cronenberg, a film maker who made his name with superior bodyshock horror pictures, and may be the director at his most cynical since Videodrome over thirty years ago. All of this makes for a film experience which is as disturbing as it is humorous, yet never anything less than brilliant.
- Gary Collinson
Paul Schrader is no stranger to editing room battles. His travails during the production of "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist" are well documented, and in the case of last year's "The Canyons," screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis described the film Schrader turned in versus the one his script envisioned, and a similar scenario seems to have occurred during production of the director's upcoming movie, "The Dying Of The Light." Penned by Schrader, the film follows a C.I.A. agent who is afflicted with blindness while on his last mission. At one point a few years ago, Nicolas Winding Refn was slated to direct, but the project collapsed when Harrison Ford (who was set to star alongside Channing Tatum) and the filmmaker couldn't come to terms about the fate of his character. The movie was revived recently with Schrader now directing his own script, Refn staying on as a producer, and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The book deals with the life of Charles Manson leading up to the notorious 1969 Tate-labianca murders by his cult members. It also explores the psychology of the young women who followed him.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
"The Rules of Attraction" author Bret Easton Ellis is re-teaming with the star and director of that book's 2002 film adaptation, James Van Der Beek and Roger Avery respectively, for the dark comedy series "Post Empire" from Kapital Entertainment and Merman Films.
The six-episode project stars the former "Dawson's Creek" heart throb as a shady American Bernie Madoff-style figure living in the UK who is trying to keep his investors happy while his world starts to collapse.
The project is one of several from Kapital Entertainment and Merman Films which aims to develop American-created content for the UK. Another project of theirs in the works is the multi-camera comedy "A Sort of Family".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The American Psycho musical will not have an off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre after all. Though it was scheduled for a run in 2015, Second Stage announced Friday it would not be producing the show, which premiered in London. “We are disappointed that we will not be producing American Psycho this season, but the rights holders, Act 4 Entertainment, have decided to not move forward with the production at Second Stage,” Artistic Director Carole Rothman said in a statement. “We will be announcing a new production in its place in the coming weeks.”
The production may, however, be looking directly to Broadway. »
- Esther Zuckerman
As the producer of "In Treatment," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Entourage," Mark Wahlberg knows what it takes to be successful on the small screen. And now, he's taking one of his own movies and developing it for a brand new series. His forgotten about 2007 action thriller "Shooter," directed by Antoine Fuqua, is now being turned into an episodic drama for TNT. No word yet on the plot details, but we presume they won't be too far off from the movie about a U.S. Marine Scout sniper who gets framed up for murder and has to go on the run. [Deadline] The unlikely trio of James van der Beek, Bret Easton Ellis and Roger Avary are back together. They upended the "Dawson's Creek" star's image with the 2002 effort "The Rules Of Attraction," and now they're headed together to the U.K. for "Post Empire." The dark comedy will follow "an American Bernie Madoff type in the U. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.
In better news David Wain’s relatively well »
- Chris Holt
Anthony Hodgson on his three greatest book to movie adaptations…
Author, Bret Easton Ellis.
Upon its original publication in 1991, American Psycho was marred by controversy, and it’s no surprise considering one of the chapters is called ‘Killing Child at Zoo’, which was sensibly not included in the film. The satire focuses on Patrick Bateman, a cold blooded narcissistic ‘yuppie’ who spends his days listening to Phil Collins in his plush Wall Street office, but spends his nights brutally murdering prostitutes and homeless people. Harron & Turner were set with the tough task of portraying the comedic elements of the book whilst keeping it’s gruesome themes.
And they nailed it. From the opening credits of blood-like condiments dripping across the screen, to the famously ambiguous ending, it is easy to tell that they truly understood what Ellis was trying to say. And through »
- Gary Collinson
Aug. 21-Sept. 1
Montreal World Festival
Celebrating its 38th year with a distinctly Gallic flavor, Mwff will open with “We Love You, You Bastard,” from French director — and longtime festival supporter — Claude Lelouch. Montreal closes with a tribute to another French legend, the late Alain Resnais and his last film, “Life of Riley.” But it’s not all France all the time. The fest is dedicated to the late Latin American literary icon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and will be developing the new European Films Screening section, along with greater co-production ties with a large Chinese delegation of key industry players.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1
Telluride Film Festival
Telluride has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated festival that doesn’t announce its sked until the day before it begins. The festival’s reputation — it has hosted several Oscar winners and nominees over the years — means that cinema lovers don’t mind going in blind. »
- Iain Blair
Opening this weekend is the big screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. The 1993 Young Adult novel has quickly become a favorite among readers in the 20 years since it’s been published. While the adaptation is getting mixed reviews, there have been a number of stellar film adaptations that have surpassed readers’ expectations. With that in mind, we oriented our Netflix streaming guide around the best of book-to-film transformations.
Of Total Film’s 50 Greatest Book Movie Adaptations, we found 10 options worth streaming, plus a bonus: The Hunger Games — a film that relates purely based on the idea of being a dystopian novel turn big budget movie starring pretty young things.
Total Film’s greatest change from book to film: “Different story threads are told in the novel by a variety of characters, whereas Renton is »
- Stacy Lambe
How do you rank perfection? Duncan has a go, as he lists the top 25 Jason Statham films...
For regular Den Of Geek readers, it will come as little surprise to see this list come round. We've chosen our favourite Statham films before, but such is the productivity of the great man, it was decided that a mere top ten was no longer large enough to contain his ever growing body of work. Last time I mentioned updating this piece to the man himself back in 2012 due to his insane workload, he cracked up and responded, “My productivity is overwhelming! 'Have a fucking day off!'”
Since this list has now expanded to encompass 25 of his movies, it seemed only right to include multiple sequels, with his big trio of action franchises all spawning some thoroughly entertaining fare worthy of mention, though I’ve tried to exclude the personal bias that »
Over the span of five short years, John Cooper and Trevor Groth’s branded <=> section has not only become a destination for ”bold, distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling” in Park City, but in its inaugural year with a ten feature film line-up showcasing world premiere titles and a pair of films that were actually shown elsewhere (12 O’Clock Boys) it became a mainstay for the Angeleno crowds. Now, twelve months later, their lovely nudge to my kind of film has been slimed down by half a dozen titles making for a sophomore edition of Sundance Next Fest that has decidedly been retooled and refined. Converging at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles for a three-day film love-in (preceded by today’s out-door 10th year anniversary showing of Jared Hess’ Napoleon Dynamite), on paper, this might already have become the sort of flagship event that nurtures the frenergy between artists is multiple disciplines, »
- Eric Lavallee
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