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Poor Channing Tatum has been trying to get a Gambit movie made for quite some time. He.s ready to star as the Cajun mutant who is arguably the most popular of the X-Men among fans (second to Wolverine, of course). He has a script written by Josh Zetumer, who wrote the Robocop remake. He has producers in Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg, who are both experienced in working with 20th Century Fox.s Marvel properties. Now, if only he could find a director. It.s not for lack of trying. According to multiple sources a slew of big names have been offered the director.s chair but they keep turning it down. According to Umberto Gonzales both Bennett Miller, who directed Tatum in Foxcatcher and Darren Aronofsky, who was once tapped to direct The Wolverine, have both passed on the job. In addition, the Meet the Movie Press »
Filming on the project aims to begin this Fall with screenwriter Josh Zetumer's first draft already turned in. However getting a helmer hasn't been as smooth. Last month came word via Heroic Hollywood that "Foxcatcher" helmer Bennett Miller and "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky were both offered the directorial gig. It was a gig both apparently turned down.
Today, Meet the Movie Press (via ScreenCrush) reports that both "The Raid" film series helmer Gareth Evans and "A Most Violent Year" director J.C. Chandor were also apparently approached about the gig and turned down the job.
Tatum and the film's producers are obviously pursuing filmmakers with strong cred, but we've learned with a previous "X-Men" film, namely Gavin Hood's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," an auteur can get burned badly by a studio superhero film. "Gambit »
- Garth Franklin
Given the number of films in competition (19), the correspondingly infinite number of possible award/talent configurations, and the sheer impossibility of guessing at the individual and collective tastes of nine jurors, predicting the major award winners at the Cannes Film Festival is obviously a fool’s errand — and one that our critics on the Croisette have gladly undertaken.
Palme d’Or: “The Assassin.” Word on the street — and among British bookies — is that my own favorite film of the fest, Yorgos Lanthimos’ high-wire relationship fantasy “The Lobster,” is the one to beat, though whether that’s based on honest hearsay or a projection of the Coen brothers’ taste for dryer-than-dust comedy, I can’t say. As much as it would thrill me to see such a singular combination of concept-y formalism and perverse heart-tugging take the prize, I have a hard time seeing it as the unifying consensus »
- Guy Lodge and Justin Chang
Senior Staff Writer and Blu-ray nut Scott Davis takes his weekly look at what’s new and hot in the world of Blu-ray…
In this week’s UK edition, we have Steve Carell and Channing Tatum wrestling in Foxcatcher, lots of singing in the woods with Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick in Into The Woods, and arguably the best film of 2015 so far, A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain…
One of the outstanding films of 2015 so far, J.C. Chandor’s magnificent epic stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks and is set in 1981, New York City’s most violent year ever.
See Also: Read our review of A Most Violent Year here
Acclaimed with a huge standing ovation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, director Bennett Miller’s excellent sports drama was not as successful »
- Scott J. Davis
The wrester said that Miller turned his life into a "horror story" by focusing on the murder of his brother Dave, who was played by Mark Ruffalo in the 2014 film.
He told ShortList: "I'm happy that my brother was immortalised. That was the main reason I did it.
"I'm very happy that it got five Oscar nominations and that they got Channing Tatum to play me, I keep telling people the only guy they could come up with to play me was the sexiest man in the world!
"But I didn't expect Miller to choose the darkest part of my life to focus on - Dave's murder - and expand that into a movie. I thought they'd focus on the wrestling, becoming the ultimate cage fighter, being victorious.
"It ended up being almost the complete opposite - a nightmare, »
While the topic of wealth inequality is a hot-button issue, the indie market place has blossomed as a new breed of producer — several are independently wealthy, all are smart, savvy — has stepped in. They are making the kinds of mid-budget movies that Hollywood isn’t making anymore, self-financing their own projects and making an effort to fill the void created by the studios’ overall change in strategy to one that focuses on tentpoles.
Producers like Megan Ellison, Jeff Skoll, Gigi Pritzker and Teddy Schwarzman have lately been joined by new players like Monika Bacardi and Todd Courtney, with their own philosophy about filmmaking, as well as specific criteria about the kinds of projects they choose to develop and, ultimately, produce.
- Neil Turitz
Last year's edition of the Cannes International Film Festival brought with it the usual early awards possibilities. Some went the distance (Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" in a number of categories). Others fell short (Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner"). But while Sundance is certainly stepping up its awards-relevance game, the Croisette is where people really start pondering how the film year will shake out once the Oscar drums start banging late in the fall. One person who has leaned into the fest heavily the last couple of years is Harvey Weinstein. He has consistently held an event showcasing materials for The Weinstein Company's upcoming releases there, but this year he has a pair of films actually in competition that could make waves on the circuit. And it all starts with one of the most long-awaited films of the bunch. Todd Haynes' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "Carol" is, along with »
- Kristopher Tapley
Photo: Warner Bros. / Lionsgate / Paramount Christopher Nolan was asked, during a Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival, to choose which sequence from his films he considers his favorite. The log chase scene in Insomniac The semi-flip in The Dark Knightc The docking sequence in Interstellarc Every single one of themc Nope. The director answered as some may have expected, with the opening scene from The Dark Knight Rises, often discussed as his most impressive stunt sequence thus far in his directorial career. Call it the prologue scene, call it the airplane hijacking scene, call it what you want, Nolan is proud of it no matter what title you give it. "It took us about two days in Scotland," he told host Bennett Miller and the crowd. He continued: "It was an incredible sort of coming together of months and months of planning by a lot of different members of »
- Jordan Benesh
During his conversation with Bennett Miller last month at the Tribeca Film Festival, Christopher Nolan lavished praise on 2014’s taut and tense “Whiplash,” calling it “an incredible piece of work. That was the kind of film where when you see it, it’s very precisely put together and you’re very jealous.” A new video essay from Matt Marlin takes a look at the precision and craft of the film’s climactic scene, and breaks down the reasons why it is so effective. Read More: Entertainment Weekly Picks 'Whiplash' As The Best Movie Of 2014 Running nearly 10 minutes long, “Editing and Cinematography in Whiplash’s Ending (Framing the Picture)” focuses on — you guessed it — the final scene of the movie, the bravura musical set piece that is as nerve-wracking to watch as anything in any action thriller. Marlin focuses on everything from the eyelines of the actors to the placement of »
- Cain Rodriguez
Following two Best Director Oscar nominations, for Capote and Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller‘s career is in the toilet. Really. He’s the director behind a new series of commercials for Quilted Northern, the toilet paper that supposedly “works so well, people can forget their bathroom experience.” Too bad the various toys, knick-knacks, and wallpaper designs who are watching […]
The post Lol: Bennett Miller Goes Dark and Clever for Quilted Northern Toilet Paper Ads appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Who knew Bennett Miller had such a wicked sense of humor? Those who saw the excellent but dour as hell “Foxcatcher” certainly had no idea. The director of the feel-good wrestling picture of 2014, as well as “Capote” and the underrated “Moneyball,” apparently decided to put his recent Cannes win for Best Director to good use as he recently rolled out (pun very much intended) a string of toilet paper commercials for Quilted Northern. Why toilet paper? Why not? A-list directors helming commercials for big time corporations is not a new thing: Wes Anderson directed American Express commercials; David Fincher did Nike, Spike Jonze promoted Levi’s, and there's countless other examples. Read More: Wes Anderson's 5 Best Commercials Working almost like a parody of contemporary American art house cinema, complete with a neutral and inert third person narration usually found in Wes Anderson’s work, the ads tell the tragic »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Bennett Miller, who nabbed a Best Director Oscar nomination for his work on Foxcatcher, is trying his hand at something a little less severe: toilet paper. Miller recently helmed a trio of Quilted Northern commercials, which feature no actual actors (sorry, Channing Tatum fans), but rather a toy alligator, a rabbit figurine, and a photo of "great-grandpa Thaddeus." (The Hollywood Reporter writes that the campaign is the brainchild of New York–based ad agency Droga5, in case you're interested.) It's too bad they couldn’t work Steve Carell’s fake nose into the commercial somehow. »
- Greg Cwik
It’s no secret that a lot of big filmmakers sometimes take breaks from the grueling production schedules of feature films to helm commercials for television. Of course folks like David Fincher, Spike Jonze, and Michael Bay got their start directing commercials, and they’ve been happy to return to the medium despite finding success in the world of movies. Hell, Fincher finished Gone Girl early so he took some time last year to helm a series of fantastic Gap commercials like it was nothing. But today some commercials have surfaced from a filmmaker whom you might not immediately connect with the world of TV ads: Bennett Miller. The guy has only directed three narrative movies—Capote, Moneyball, and Foxcatcher—but they’ve all been phenomenal, so there’s no question about his talent. However, who knew Miller was also funny? The filmmaker recently helmed a series of commercials for »
- Adam Chitwood
Bennett Miller has gone from showing us the dangers of mental illness to the power of toilet paper. Miller, who directed the Oscar nominated drama “Foxcatcher” starring Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum, directed a new series of ads for toilet paper manufacturer Quilted Northern. In the ads, Miller takes a cold, hard look at life in the bathroom from the perspective of three inanimate objects. In the first ad (see above), a toy alligator can’t help but remember each time someone comes into the bathroom. “Daddy Gator sees all and forgets nothing,” the narrator says. See Photos: Oscars 2015 Winners: 'Birdman, »
- Joe Otterson
After earning an Oscar nomination for his work on the grim John E. du Pont biopic Foxcatcher, director Bennett Miller finds himself gravitating to softer material. So soft, in fact, that it offers three, silky layers of quilted comfort. Miller has directed a series of commercials for Quilted Northern toilet paper. But breathe easy, Channing Tatum fans. The new campaign, "Designed to be Forgotten," features no actual actors on camera. In each of the three spots, a male narrator introduces us to an inanimate object: a toy alligator, a rabbit figurine and a framed photo of "great-grandpa Thaddeus." Each of
- Seth Abramovitch
For aspiring, young filmmakers, there are generally two modern-day archetypes of Hollywood heroes. The first is the George Lucas model: majored in film at USC, became a global pioneer in the use of digital filmmaking and went on to create cinematic history’s most iconic sci-fi franchise of all time in “Star Wars.” The second is the Quentin Tarantino model: dropped out of high school, worked in a video store and, in 1992, wrote and directed the cult classic indie crime drama “Reservoir Dogs.”
Two celebrated filmmakers, two very different roads to success.
But the landscape of filmmaking has changed so dramatically over the past several decades — a short posted on YouTube can launch a bigscreen career, while “Tangerine,” a breakout hit at this year’s Sundance fest, was shot entirely on an iPhone 5S — and fledgling screenwriters, producers and directors are faced with a dizzying number of choices as to how to pursue their careers. »
- Malina Saval
Interstellar and Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan was on hand at this year's Tribeca Film Festival for a conversation with Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, and their chat covered a number of different topics -- from Nolan's first influences (Star Wars) to his massive success as a filmmaker (“I do attribute a lot of it to luck"). What else is going on inside the nerdy mind of the guy who gave us Inception and Memento? Here are three Christopher Nolan fun facts to break out at your next movie party 1. His favorite movie of 2014 “I really loved Whiplash last year. I thought that was an incredible piece of work. That was the kind of film where when you see it, it’s very precisely put together and you’re very...
- Erik Davis
It may be a while yet before the new Ragin’ Cajun makes his big-screen debut. Although Gambit is rumored to appear in X-Men: Apocalypse, new comments from actor Channing Tatum suggest otherwise. Meanwhile, the Gambit standalone movie is still looking for a director. Rumor has it a few big name directors have been approached already, including Bennett Miller […]
- Angie Han
Christopher Nolan.s Dark Knight trilogy is a family of films full of incredible, memorable moments. Filmmakers are often very cagey when it comes to saying one scene or another is their favorite (like parents saying they love all their children equally), but Nolan recently revealed that he does in fact have a preferred scene from the saga, and it is indeed a doozy. Talking with Foxcatcher and Moneyball director Bennett Miller at the Tribeca Film Festival recently, as witnessed by Long Live Cinema, Nolan was asked what scene from his trio of Batman films is his favorite, and he wasted little time disclosing that it is that incredible scene where Bane (Tom Hardy) and his cronies hijack a plane in midair early in The Dark Knight Rises. That is definitely an intense scene in an intense movie, and one that was crazy complex to film as Nolan tried to »
Last night during a talk at the Tribeca Film Festival (hosted by Foxcatcher and Capote director Bennett Miller), Christopher Nolan was asked what sequence from his movies is his favorite, and his answer may surprise you. I thought for sure it would be the opening bank scene from The Dark Knight or a sequence from Inception, but Nolan says his favorite is the airplane kidnapping scene from The Dark Knight Rises. The director went on to talk about shooting the sequence. It took us about two »
- Jesse Giroux
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