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Q&A: ‘Tallulah’ Director Sian Heder on Working With Ellen Page, Allison Janney and a Baby

29 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Writer and director Sian Heder’s new film “Tallulah” explores the concept of motherhood — specifically whether someone can and should be a mother. Ellen Page stars as the free-spirited Tallulah and Allison Janney plays Morgan, the mother of Tallulah’s boyfriend. The film follows its titular character in a haphazard effort to rescue a neglected baby and convince Morgan that it’s her granddaughter.

Tallulah” is the longer version of Heder’s critically acclaimed short film “Mother.” The creator spoke with Variety about the balancing act of writing and directing her own feature, what she learned from Jenji Kohan and Ray Romano and working with a 15-month old on set.

How did you come up with the concept “Tallulah”?

Tallulah the character was based on a friend of mine basically who was living out of a van and traveling around the country, finding odd jobs. She was a bit of »

- Maria Cavassuto

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We Are The Flesh Review [Fantasia 2016]

23 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Here’s my million-dollar proclamation for Fantasia 2016 – We Are The Flesh will be the most talked-about film of the festival. Some patrons will exit their screening aroused by ethereal pornography that doubles as social commentary. Others will walk out while filmmaker Emiliano Rocha Minter smashes the stylings of Michel Gondry and Lars Von Trier together in a Nfsw (not safe for anywhere, really) apocalyptic orgy. I mean, “Wtf” is going on here – or, more appropriately, “WaTF.” Rocha Minter leaves Everything up to interpretation. Maybe it’s a commentary on primitive associations between our civilized lifestyles and deeply-rooted depravity that we keep stashed away? Maybe it’s a dangerous religious portrayal of the second coming of Christ? Maybe it’s simply about a crazy homeless guy, forced incest, brainwashing, and sex addiction? I Don’T Know.

If you’re coming here for an explanation, you’re going to be sadly disappointed. »

- Matt Donato

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The Link Jar

22 July 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

NewsTalk How Cartoon Saloon became a major draw and how those Oscar nominations helped

Playbill Stephen Schwartz says Wicked (the movie) will have several new songs. Geez, it already has a ton of songs. I guess he wants that Oscar.

MTV Frankie & Johnny is Garry Marshall's best film

Variety Idris Elba responds to those endless Next James Bond rumors

Coming Soon Star Wars: Episode VIII (as yet untitled) wraps production. It's due in theaters in December 2017 as these things take time in Post-Production

The Playlist the teasers for all the new Marvel/Netflix TV series: Iron Fist, Defenders, Luke Cage

Towleroad an interview with the stars of Looking 

Comics Alliance Wonder Woman gets her own Us postage stamps for her 75th anniversary this year 

Av Club Brie Larson spoils Room for dumb people on Twitter 

The Retro Set looks back at Judy Garland in her final film I Could Go On Singing »

- NATHANIEL R

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Kirsten Dunst Sets Directorial Debut With ‘The Bell Jar’ Starring Dakota Fanning

22 July 2016 7:09 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Having worked with Sofia Coppola, Lars von Trier, Michel Gondry, Jeff Nichols, Sam Raimi, Joe Dante, Cameron Crowe, and a number of other accomplished directors, Kirsten Dunst is now set to step behind the camera for her directorial debut. She let it slip earlier this year while on the press tour for Midnight Special, but now it’s confirmed she has set her sights on an adaptation of Sylvia Plath‘s landmark 1963 novel The Bell Jar.

Deadline reports that Dakota Fanning will take the lead role of Esther Greenwood in the film, which follows her character, who suffers from a mental illness upon returning to her Boston home after interning at a magazine in New York City. It’s set to begin production early next year, and we’re looking forward to seeing Dunst taking on something quite ambitious and widely praised for her debut. As we await more details, »

- Jordan Raup

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‘The Bell Jar’: Kirsten Dunst’s Entire Career Has Been Leading Up To Her Feature Directorial Debut – Girl Talk

21 July 2016 8:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present and future.

In the spring of 1999, Sofia Coppola’s feature directorial debut, a big screen version of Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel “The Virgin Suicides,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. A delicate, deeply feeling and achingly human portrait of suburban ennui and teenage depression, the film was anchored by a performance by a then-17-year-old Kirsten Dunst. As Lux Lisbon, the prettiest and wildest and most broken of the five Lisbon sisters that the film so intimately chronicles, Dunst was tasked with straddling the gap between deep pain and flickering hope.

The film follows the Lisbons after their youngest sister, Cecilia, twice attempts suicide, completing the act on her second try, all during party thrown by her terrified parents in hopes of cheering her up enough to keep her alive. The Lisbons, by and large, are suffocated by their »

- Kate Erbland

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Michel Gondry’s Mysterious Career: How He Keeps Making Movies Even When Nobody’s Watching

15 July 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Michel Gondry made his first movie 15 years ago, and he never really stopped, although most moviegoers will struggle to name them all. It’s a pretty short list — he’s directed another feature every two to three years—but his playful oeuvre, which includes large-scale and minuscule productions in both English and French, follows such a jagged path that Gondry has himself become a living paradox: While his name conjures a unique handmade aesthetic and surreal, dreamlike experiences of lost souls, his output wanders so much that his films easily slip below most people’s radars.

“I feel forgotten sometimes,” he said during a conversation in New York last week. “It’s a bit disorienting.” The occasion for the conversation provided a perfect example of that disconnect: a new Gondry movie few people have heard about. At the end of last year, “Microbe and Gasoline,” Gondry’s eighth feature, had yet to land U. »

- Eric Kohn

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Mongrel International to sell Locarno title 'Where Is Rocky II?'

13 July 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Charlotte Mickie and her Toronto-based team have acquired international sales rights to The Ink Connection’s ‘fake fiction’ feature ahead of its European festival premiere in Switzerland.

Pierre Bismuth directed and Gregoire Gensollen produced Where Is Rocky II?, which will screen in Locarno’s Fuori Concorso section.

The film follows the efforts of Bismuth, who wrote the story to Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, in tracking down a fabled and undocumented work of art by Ed Ruscha.

When Bismuth heard that the renowned artist had created a rock out of resin, named it Rocky II and deposited it somewhere in California’s Mojave Desert in 1976, he hired a private investigator and two Hollywood screenwriters to find it and construct their own theories about the mystery.

The film debuted at Hot Docs in Toronto earlier this year and opened Art Basel’s film programme last month with an exclusive screening.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Charlie Kaufman Reflects On His Career: ‘I Feel Like I F*cking Blew It’

12 July 2016 9:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“I feel like I fucking blew it.”

Charlie Kaufman was talking about his career. More specifically, he was addressing his supposed failure to capitalize on the momentum generated by his scripts for “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Once upon a time, Kaufman’s name was spoken at Hollywood lunches with the same breathless excitement and opportunistic fervor that studio executives tend to reserve for young starlets  — back then, he commanded more attention (if not more money) than any other screenwriter since “Lethal Weapon” scribe Shane Black. His potential in the industry seemed positively zoo-sized.

These days, so far as Kaufman is concerned, that’s no longer the case.

“I don’t feel like I’ve got that cachet that I had at a certain point,” he said, looking hard at the table between us. “I see people seizing the moment when they have the »

- David Ehrlich

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Watch: Werner Herzog Rips Three Act Structure Screenwriting, Calls It ‘Brainless’

12 July 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No one would ever assume Werner Herzog would teach convention, but in his new MasterClass, the filmmaker takes dead aim at the way traditional film school teaches three act structure storytelling.

“It’s really brainless to structure yourself in it,” says Herzog in an exclusive IndieWire video.

Read More: Kevin Spacey Gives a MasterClass on Acting in This Exclusive Video

Using his 1972 classic “Aquirre, Wrath of God” as an example, the great director rails against the concept that screenplays need to be structured around a character arc in which the protagonist becomes someone different by the end of the film. He even adds that some of his films have five or six acts.

For Herzog, being “predictable” is the height of mediocrity, so it’ll be interesting to see what other film school staples he rips in his new MasterClass, which becomes available today for $90. The heart of the class »

- Chris O'Falt

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‘Battlefield’ Video Game To Be Adapted For TV From Anonymous Content and Paramount Television

11 July 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The long-running video game series “Battlefield” will soon be headed to TV. Variety reports that Paramount Television and Anonymous Content will develop a television series based on “Battlefield.” It will be executive produced by Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, best known for producing Steven Soderbergh’s TV series “The Knick” and the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight,” and Ashley Zalta.

Read More: Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Stays True to Its Weird Self

Regarding the development deal, Sugar says that “Together with EA and Paramount TV, we’ll develop the ‘Battlefield’ TV series with the same commitment to robust storytelling that has made the game such a runaway success for nearly fifteen years.”

Anonymous Content has produced some of the most successful, acclaimed films and TV shows since 1999. Some of these include Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone,” which netted Jennifer Lawrence »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Battlefield’ Video Game To Be Adapted For TV From Anonymous Content and Paramount Television

11 July 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The long-running video game series “Battlefield” will soon be headed to TV. Variety reports that Paramount Television and Anonymous Content will develop a television series based on “Battlefield.” It will be executive produced by Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, best known for producing Steven Soderbergh’s TV series “The Knick” and the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight,” and Ashley Zalta.

Read More: Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Stays True to Its Weird Self

Regarding the development deal, Sugar says that “Together with EA and Paramount TV, we’ll develop the ‘Battlefield’ TV series with the same commitment to robust storytelling that has made the game such a runaway success for nearly fifteen years.”

Anonymous Content has produced some of the most successful, acclaimed films and TV shows since 1999. Some of these include Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone,” which netted Jennifer Lawrence »

- Vikram Murthi

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[Review] Microbe and Gasoline

8 July 2016 10:20 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The two boys of Microbe and Gasoline are pre-naturally wise, casually uttering profound truths about sadness, pain, and time, but the smartest observation comes when one says, “I can’t decide whether you’re a genius or an idiot” to the other. The answer is a mixture of both, and that’s the beauty of Michel Gondry’s interpretation of the classical coming-of-age story: over and over, Gondry allows his characters to fail, but he doesn’t use these sequences as signposts about cosmic consequences. Rather, it’s a thoughtful recognition that growing up isn’t a series of wish-fulfillment scenarios, but a time to fall on your face and pick yourself up.

Daniel (Ange Dargent) is a soft-spoken, shaggy-haired-artist-type who gets along better with his crush, Laura (Diane Besnier) than the other boys. He’s treats the present with a wistful resignation, but he’s barely able to deal »

- Michael Snydel

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Michel Gondry on Superhero Movies, Masturbation and Paris Attacks

8 July 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It feels wrong to say that the man responsible for something as achingly tender as the high-concept romantic masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is only getting personal with his work now. And yet, French director Michel Gondry's new comic adventure Microbe and Gasoline may just might be the wizard of whimsy's most intimate picture to date. Drawing on his own experiences as a Gallic grade-school hooligan tinkering with homemade contraptions, he's filtered his memories of childhood into a buddy comedy that bridges the gap between how it happened, »

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‘I Do A Movie Like I Want To See A Movie’: Michel Gondry Offers 7 Tips For Making Your Own Cinematic Dreams A Reality

5 July 2016 11:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fans of his work may revel in the high-concept surrealism of director Michel Gondry’s filmography, while other audiences not attuned to his style may find it abundantly aimless and self-referential. Either way you look, Gondry’s filmography, music video and commercial entries reflect the work of an undeniably smart, adventurous filmmaker. His latest film “Microbe & Gasoline” reflects a bit of a departure for the 53-year-old director: There are still houses on cars and planes flying backward, but unlike the fantasy intrinsic to films like “The Science of Sleep” or “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” this story involves two young teens (largely drawn from Gondry’s youth) constructing their dreams into reality for themselves.

What does it mean to show these dreams cinematically? How can a director get there? And how is the understated “Microbe & Gasoline” still as much a Michel Gondry movie as he’s ever made?

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- Russell Goldman

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Green Hornet: Michel Gondry on his regrets

3 July 2016 9:57 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jul 4, 2016

The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen, wasn't the franchise-launcher it was expected to be. Michel Gondry has been chatting about the film.

In recent times, co-writer and star of the 2011 Green Hornet movie, Seth Rogen, has already expressed his disappointment over the project. For back in 2013, Rogen told the Wtf podcast that making the movie “was a fucking nightmare”, saying of director Michel Gondry that he “is wonderful at small scale stuff”, but when it came to a blockbuster, “he did not mesh”.

Rogen lamented that “I think we hoped we could be the guys who made the edgy PG-13 movie but we just couldn’t really do it”.

Now, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gondry too has been chatting about the film, and why he’s not made a studio movie since Green Hornet.

“I don’t know. I read a lot of scripts. »

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Gondry: "Green Hornet" Was A Career Low

3 July 2016 12:07 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In the renaissance of comic book films, 2011's "Green Hornet" starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou, isn't the worst of the bunch but does tend to sit on the lower end of critical estimation.

It was a long shot to adapt as a property, but with acclaimed helmer Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") directing it was hoped he could come up with something unique. In a new interview with THR, he spoke about his early experience with the film's production back in its first incarnation at Universal:

"I had worked on the first version of The Green Hornet for several years. It was in 1996 or 1997, and I had worked with Ed Neumeier, who is a screenwriter who did RoboCop and Starship Troopers. We wrote a script that was really [evocative] of the original.

And then after one month working with it and having done drawings and so on, »

- Garth Franklin

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Arthouse Audit: Nuns Story ‘The Innocents’ Most Robust of Specialty Openers

3 July 2016 10:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Independence Day weekend tends not to be a big one for specialized audiences. Upscale viewers, particularly in the biggest cities, often pursue  other interests, many of them out of town. But prime theaters still need new product, offering opportunities for new releases to take their shot.

The best among the limited openers this weekend was the Polish-French nun story “The Innocents” (Music Box), bucking the recent trend of weak subtitled films. Next best among the limited new releases was the heart-tugging Sundance autism documentary “Life, Animated” (The Orchard) which nonetheless opened a little below some other recent docs.

Going wider initially was “Our Kind of Traitor,” the latest John le Carré thriller, which fell short of Roadside Attractions’ “A Most Wanted Man” two years ago.

Read More: Arthouse Audit: A24’s ‘Swiss Army Man’ Slices ‘The Neon Demon

The limp second week expansion of “Swiss Army Man” (A24) showed »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Rapid Round: Michel Gondry on Why He'd Never Do a Superhero Movie Again

1 July 2016 5:02 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

French director Michel Gondry’s career might be as nonlinear as his 2004 head-trippy love story Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind. In the years since winning a best screenplay Oscar for the Jim Carrey-Kate Winslet mind-bender, he tackled a Dave Chappelle sketch comedy documentary (Block Party), a Seth Rogen-led studio tentpole (The Green Hornet) and an animated conversation with Noam Chomsky (Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?). Though the trajectory may appear haphazard, Gondry says there's a through-line: he is always directing “something really personal.” In the case of Green Hornet, he first

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- Tatiana Siegel

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Microbe & Gasoline movie rating: yellow light

1 July 2016 10:12 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Michel Gondry’s latest is a charming but slight dramedy about 14-year-old misfits who build a car and spend the summer driving around rural France. As a portrait of adolescent angst, it’s nicely drawn, but its typical teen-boy obsessions about boobs and bullies are already well-trod ground. I’m “biast” (pro): have enjoyed Gondry’s films

I’m “biast” (con): tired of movies about teenaged boys

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.) »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 1, 2016)

1 July 2016 8:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 1. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

Wide

The Bfg

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Ruby Barnhill

Synopsis: The Bfg is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been »

- Steve Greene

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