16 items from 2016
Despite being snubbed at the Oscars for Best Picture, can "Straight Outta Compton," "Inside Out" or "Ex Machina" still win Best Original Screenplay? Or do rival nominees "Spotlight" and "Bridge of Spies" have an easy pass in this race because of their Best Pic nominations? The good news for this trio of films is that a total of five original screenplays have won this race without a corresponding bid for Best Picture since 1990 (see list below). However, it's important to note that this scenario hasn't happened once since the expanded Best Picture lineup came about in 2009. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Here's the list of all the original screenwriters that have prevailed over the past 25 years without their films being nominated for Best Picture: Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth won for "Eternal Sunshine of ..."' »
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin are being celebrated in New York with 19 films and a series of conversations. After a screening of Agnès Varda's Jane B. Par Agnès V., Birkin spoke about working with Jacques Rivette on L’Amour Par Terre with Geraldine Chaplin, 36 Vues Du Pic Saint Loup, La Belle Noiseuse with Michel Piccoli, and taxidermy.
Claude Miller's L'Effrontée; Michel Gondry's The Science Of Sleep (La Science Des Rêves); Andrew Birkin's The Cement Garden; Yvan Attal's My Wife Is An Actress (Ma Femme Est Une Actrice); Birkin's Boxes (Les Boites); Claude Miller's The Little Thief (La Petite Voleuse); Varda's Kung Fu Master! (Le Petit Amour); Serge Gainsbourg's Charlotte For Ever; Jacques Doillon's The Prodigal Daughter (La Fille Prodigue); Bertrand Tavernier's Daddy Nostalgia »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Several distributors had bid on and were circling the project. A24, which landed the film in the low seven-figure range, will give “Swiss Army Man” a robust theatrical release over the summer.
The film premiered at Sundance last Friday, where it became one of the festival’s most talked-about titles. The story about a man (Dano) who comes across a corpse (Radcliffe) that comes to life divided audiences. But it also received standing ovations in later screenings and good reviews from critics who liked the offbeat directorial debut from the music video duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
“Imagine ‘Cast Away’ meets ‘Weekend at Bernie’s,’ as directed by Michel Gondry,” wrote Variety chief international critic Peter Debruge. “The result represents not just independent cinema, but an emerging strand of »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
"Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg are, without question, the most provocative distaff screen-acting dynasty of any era or nation," argues Melissa Anderson in the Voice. The occasion is "Jane and Charlotte Forever," a series running at the Film Society of Lincoln Center from tomorrow through February 7. We're collecting interviews with the two actresses as well as notes on Serge Gainsbourg's Je t’aime moi non plus and Charlotte For Ever; Agnès Varda's Jane B. par Agnès V. and Kung Fu Master!; and Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep. » - David Hudson »
If you're making great online content, now is the time to get recognized. This year marks the 20th Annual Webby Awards—one of the biggest celebrations of the best of the internet in the world.
For this hallmark year, The Webbys have introduced new Online Film & Video categories including a suite of Virtual Reality honors alongside a host of new Video Channel categories including Web Personality, Gaming and Sport. Meaning, you and your team can take home a little piece of binary-and-double-helix-inspired hardware lRhett & Link, Michel Gondry, and Tiny Hamster.
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- Tubefilter Staff
Artscope, Paris-based Memento Film Intl.’s new talent label, has acquired international sales rights to “Girl Asleep,” the Australian rites-of-passage fantasy drama that opens Berlin’s 2016 Generation 14plus, one of the festival’s biggest sidebars.
The first feature of Rosemary Myers, the artistic director of Adelaide’s Windmill Theatre, comedy-laced “Girl Asleep” hits Berlin with a good buzz off its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival where its screenings were the fastest selling film in the festival’s 13-year-old history. “Girl Asleep” went on to win the Aff’s 2015 Foxtel Movies Audience Award.
Set in a vintage brown-and-yellow ‘70s Australia of flared trousers, laden timber décor and eye-popping colored wallpaper, “Girl Asleep” plumbs the contradictory, wrenching and often downright excruciating daily and fantasy life of near-15 Greta Driscoll, kicking off with her first day at a new school, befriended by the class nerd and picked upon by the school bitches. »
- John Hopewell
Daniel Radcliffe is a dead body that gives life in the infinitely strange and terminally unsatisfying "Swiss Army Man." The feature directorial debut from inventive and successful music video directors the Daniels (real names: Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) teams Radcliffe with Paul Dano. It edges into the non-sequitur weirdness of Quentin Dupieux ("Rubber," "Wrong") and the fantastical romantic yearning of Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") but doesn't persuasively mint a uniquely "Daniels" brand of oddity. "Swiss Army Man" is a big swing — there's no denying the risk in putting two well-known actors in a film where one plays a barely-mobile corpse — but also a big whiff that rarely connects its characters and situations to humor or empathy. Read More: Sundance Exclusive: Photos Of 'Swiss Army Man' Starring Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, And Mary Elizabeth Winstead Dano »
- Russ Fischer
The leap from short-form filmmaking to feature can be rife with pitfalls. A reliance on the flashy style that was the foundation of a music video or commercial can quickly run dry, particularly if there isn’t a strong script to support the endeavor. Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (or Daniels, as officially credited) have made the jump with Swiss Army Man, an inventive, wild piece of filmmaking that one will either be sold on by the premise or turn away quickly. As described by the directors it follows “a suicidal man who has to convince a dead body that life’s worth living.”
With more context, we find Hank (Paul Dano) on a remote island by himself after a boating trip stranded him. Seconds away from ending this desolate existence by hanging himself, he spots a washed up body on the beach, “played” by Daniel Radcliffe. From one literal glance at the title, »
- Jordan Raup
Daniel Radcliffe plays a flatulent corpse whom a wilderness-stranded Paul Dano rides to safety in “Swiss Army Man,” an off-the-wall absurdist existential comedy from viral- and music-video oddballs the Daniels (Aka Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan). On one hand the most singularly unique competition title to debut at Sundance in ages, while on the other, a project still in drastic need of development (despite a tour through five different Sundance Institute labs, including one for mixing all those fart effects in Dolby Atmos), this movie wears its weirdness as a badge of honor — as well it should.
Imagine “Cast Away” meets “Weekend at Bernie’s,” as directed by Michel Gondry. The result represents not just independent cinema, but an emerging strand of what might be called “indifferent cinema” — wildly iconoclastic personal visions whose creators don’t seem especially concerned about the ultimate commercial fate of their movies (beyond whatever assurances »
- Peter Debruge
There’s no shortage of directors who honed their craft on music videos and made the leap to narrative drama, and often they’re some of the most creative directors on the block. Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Mark Romanek, David Fincher, Flora Sigismondi, Antoine Fuqa, Tarsem, and many more have graduated to features, and next up in line for big things could be “The Daniels,” a.k.a. Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, a filmmaking duo who won the Best Director prize at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2014 for DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s "Turn Down for What,” and helmed creative videos for The Shins, Foster the People, and many more. Read More: 10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers The Daniels are making their intriguing feature-length narrative debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Titled “Swiss Army Man,” it's about a man trapped in the wilderness on a deserted »
- Edward Davis
Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 3 #50 through 26.
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The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, »
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For much of his career, Charlie Kaufman has been an enigma of introspective storytelling, crafting characters and situations that feel all too real to his audience. With his latest feature, the highly recommended stop-motion animation Anomalisa, it’s afforded an unexpected opportunity to gain unprecedented insight into his career. After many other talks, perhaps the most extensive and fruitful has arrived with Marc Maron.
In the one-hour chat, Kaufman discusses not getting his first gig in entertainment until the age of 32 and failing to get writing work on Simpsons, Seinfeld, Mr. Show. He then jumps into his early collaborations with Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry with Being John Malkovich, Human Nature, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as well as not taking to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
“I didn’t like it. That was a movie in which I was not consulted. I mean, George Clooney changed the script, »
- Leonard Pearce
Golden Globes: Kate Winslet wins Best Supporting Actress. 2016 Golden Globes: Ricky Gervais reminds crowd 'no one cares about that award as much as you do,' Kate Winslet shocked In his opening speech at the 2016 Golden Globes held on Jan. 10, '16, at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Ricky Gervais reminded the crowd of the obvious: “If you do win tonight, remember: no one cares about that award as much as you do. Don't get emotional; it's embarrassing.” Shortly afterwards, Kate Winslet embarrassed herself by looking shocked – utterly, speechlessly, wide-eyedly shocked – at the fact that she was chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association voters as the year's Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Apple's Joanna Hoffman (Slavic accent and all) in Danny Boyle's generally well-received (by U.S. critics) box office flop Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender in the title role. Admittedly, Kristen Stewart (bypassed for »
- Mont. Steve
We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.
#30. Bull Durham (1988)
Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »
- Joshua Gaul
Snd has come on board Nicolas Boukhrief’s WWII-set romance drama “The Confession,” the helmer’s follow-up to gritty contempo thriller “Made in France,” and Pascal Bourdiaux’s comedy adventure “Family Heist,” with Jean Reno (“The Da Vinci Code,” “The Squad”).
Now in production, “The Confession” toplines Romain Duris (“The New Girlfriend,” “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”) and Marina Vacth (“Young and Beautiful”). The period drama turns on a young woman who confesses, while lying on her deathbed, that she fell in love with a priest in Occupied France during the Second World War.
Boukhrief’s latest film, “Made in France,” follows a journalist who infiltrates a jihadist cell in Paris. Pic, which was shot before the Charlie Hebdo and recent Paris terror attacks, will soon by released in France. “The Confession” marks a departure for Boukhrief who is known for directing high-voltage, bold genre films such as “Off Limits” and “Cash Truck. »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
Written by Charlie Kaufman
Weird is rarely used as a good quality in film criticism, but few words so completely describe Charlie Kaufman’s work as weird does. All of his films are a window into his very particular worldview, and that p.o.v. is certainly unlike anything seen in pop culture. For that reason, Anomalisa became an entry on many most anticipated lists for 2015. That Kaufman chose stop-motion to tell this story made the picture an event. So it came as a disappointment when the film was one of the year’s more mundane efforts.
Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind have an energy and heart at the center that is not present here. Previous collaborators like Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry were able to temper the overwhelming negativity Charlie Kaufman occasionally falls prey to, »
- Colin Biggs
16 items from 2016
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