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Oliver Stone would be the first person to tell you that the power of cinema is ephemeral — “beautiful ephemera,” in his own words, but ephemera nonetheless — but that doesn’t mean the filmmaker behind such landmark films as “JFK” and “Born on the Fourth of July” doesn’t also believe that movies can leave their mark on the world.
Stone is all over this year’s Nantucket Film Festival, where he was honored over the weekend with the festival’s prestigious Screenwriters Tribute Award. At the Saturday night event, Stone accepted his honor from fellow filmmaker Bennett Miller, before using his acceptance speech as a time to reflect on his career and what’s next.
It was a fine warmup for Sunday morning’s main event, during which Stone took to the stage of Nantucket High School to participate in an hour-long “In Their Shoes” chat as led by documentarian Eugene Jarecki. »
- Kate Erbland
Nantucket, Mass. — Oliver Stone pulled no punches and named names in detailing the struggle to finance his new movie about National Security Administration whistleblower Edward Snowden during a Q&A Saturday with fellow director Bennett Miller.
During the wide-ranging discussion, held as part of the Nantucket Film Festival, Stone also weighed in on his lack of enthusiasm for most serialized TV dramas, his disdain for the “adulation” of the U.S. military in many contemporary films and how Dino De Laurentiis dashed his hopes for “Conan the Barbarian” to have blossomed as a long-running franchise.
The intimate gathering at a private home on the water included actor Zachary Quinto, who plays journalist Glenn Greenwald in “Snowden,” and numerous writer-directors with pics at the fest, such as Mike Birbiglia (“Don’t Think Twice”), Julia Hart (“Miss Stevens”), Clay Tweel (“Gleason”) and Chris Kelly (“Other People”). The Nantucket fest, which wraps Monday, »
- Cynthia Littleton
With the release of the Academy Award-winning comedy-drama The Big Short released today in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD, Steve Carell (Anchorman 2, Cafe Society) has been talking about the film, working with Adam McKay and his career in both comedy and drama.
Could you explain the housing crisis in a sentence? No more than five words.
[laughs] In a sentence? What this movie is about is various groups of investors who saw a housing bubble and shorted the market. They essentially bet against the economy. The economy failing was their success and a handful of people saw it and made an awful lot of money because of it.
How much of the financial jargon did you have to learn?
I had to learn all of it. I didn’t learn it phonetically – I actually had to have some sort of understanding. Adam likes to improvise so that definitely was »
- Scott J. Davis
Ethan Hawke is one of the stars of Rebecca Miller’s new screwball romantic comedy, “Maggie’s Plan,” which had a special screening on Thursday at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York. But the actor said his decision to work on the film was all about the women in charge.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in my life on sets that were boys clubs,” Hawke said. “This was a really powerful group of women,” he added, referring to Miller as well as his co-stars Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore. “It was really fun. I have a lot of respect for those women.”
The film centers on Gerwig (the titular Maggie) who wants to become a mother, and plans to get pregnant through artificial insemination, until her plans go awry. Miller wrote the the screenplay based on the short story by her friend Karen Rinaldi, and talked about why it felt particularly relevant. »
- Seth Kelley
The Man Who Knew Infinity, based on the biography by Robert Kanigel, stars Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel, with Devika Bhise, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally, Enzo Cilenti and Richard Johnson. At a preview screening in New York hosted by Gabriel Byrne, J.C. Chandor, Bennett Miller, Emily Mortimer, Joanna Coles, Hendrik Hertzberg, Steve Kroft, Lawrence O’Donnell and Beau Willimon, I spoke with Matt Brown on missing Jeremy Irons in Long Day's Journey into Night and remembering him in Barbet Schroeder's Reversal of Fortune, produced by Edward R Pressman.
Matt Brown with producer Edward R Pressman Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Jeremy Irons on his director: "Matt was very passionate to make it " Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Gabriel Byrne (Jérôme Bonnell's Just A Sigh), Jc Chandor (A Most Violent Year), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Emily Mortimer (Doll & Em), Joanna Coles, Hendrik Hertzberg, Steve Kroft, Lawrence O’Donnell and Beau Willimon (House of Cards creator) hosted an invited screening of Matt Brown's The Man Who Knew Infinity with Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Devika Bhise and producer Edward R. Pressman.
Gabriel Byrne with Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon and John Gallagher Jr. opened on Broadway the same night in the Roundabout Theater Company production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Jeremy Irons just finished a run of the play in Bristol at the Old Vic.
Based on the biography by Robert Kanigel of mathematician S. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
As Hollywood struggles to reinvent their array of superheroes with each iteration, it’s no surprise that audiences would become hungry for something off the beaten path. While it’s not the first post-modern comic-book adaptation, Deadpool is billed as ushering in a new direction: a fan-spurred, self-aware tentpole that’s R-rated to its core, featuring a wise-ass character (don’t call him »
- TFS Staff
“Team Foxcatcher” begins and ends with Nancy Schultz revisiting the farm of billionaire John Du Pont in Newtown Square, Penn., where she lived with her wrestling-champion husband Dave Schultz until his 1996 murder at the hands of their benefactor. While her presence provides an intimate entry point into this nonfiction retelling of that terrible true-life tale, it’s the absence of Dave’s brother and athletic partner, Mark, that most glaringly sticks out in director Jon Greenhalgh’s film. That incompleteness is a nagging issue throughout, though it shouldn’t hinder this otherwise sterling documentary’s appeal when it debuts exclusively on Netflix later this month.
No reason is given for the omission of Mark, who’s neither heard from nor seen in “Team Foxcatcher’s” copious home-movie footage — shot by Nancy as well as other wrestlers training at the 2,000-acre estate. But his nonappearance will surely strike many as conspicuous, »
- Nick Schager
In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.
A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”
To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.
Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”
Who are we to argue with greatness?
- Movie Geeks
Aaron Sorkin has collaborated with some of the best filmmakers working today. Bennett Miller (Moneyball), Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs), and David Fincher (The Social Network) — all of them made first-rate films out of Sorkin’s first-rate writing. The acclaimed screenwriter is finally tackling one of his own scripts as a director, an adaptation of Molly’s Game. In a recent interview, while the Academy Award-winning writer […]
- Jack Giroux
Trouble has been brewing around Channing Tatum's "X-Men" spinoff "Gambit" for months, and now, the flick has reportedly suffered another setback. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is undergoing a new series of rewrites, which have pushed production back until later this year. That means that "Gambit"'s planned October 2016 release date has now been canceled completely, and so far no replacement date has been scheduled.
THR reports that "Gambit" director Doug Liman will now direct an entirely different movie during the timeframe he was to shoot the mutant flick, which is now tentatively scheduled to begin production at the end of 2016. "Gambit" is currently in the midst of extensive rewrites, per THR's report, with Tatum's producing partner, Reid Carolin, handling scripting duties for this latest pass over the screenplay.
This is just the newest roadblock for "Gambit," which has had a seemingly never-ending string of problems since »
- Katie Roberts
Making a movie about a famous writer is a difficult undertaking for many reasons. But James Ponsoldt somehow managed to avoid most of the pitfalls as such with “The End of the Tour,” last year's winsome, loving ode to David Foster Wallace. Similarly, Bennett Miller erected a commendable testament to Truman Capote back in 2005 with his Philip Seymour Hoffman-starring biopic. There's something to said for films like 2010's noble but erratic “Howl,” which starred James Franco as beat poet Allen Ginsberg, as well as the two big-screen Hunter Thompson adaptations, 1980's "Where the Buffalo Roam" and 1998's "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas," both of which indulge in the author’s penchant for overkill. Read More: James Ponsoldt's 'The End Of The Tour' Starring Jason Segel & Jesse Eisenberg So a movie about Ernest Hemingway is going to spark at least a flash of intrigue in any bibliophile. »
- Nicholas Laskin
If Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher captured your imagination, get ready to learn the full story of eccentric billionaire John du Pont and his fatal obsession with the Shultz brothers, especially Dave (played by Mark Ruffalo in the movie), with Netflix documentary Team Foxcatcher. Largely made up of never before seen footage from Nancy Schultz, Dave’s wife, during their time on the Foxcatcher farm, the film delves deep into du Pont’s history with the the two brothers and the events that lead to that fateful day in 1996 when he visited the Schultz house for the last time. Long before Making a Murderer came a cultural phenomenon, Netflix have been knocking it out of the park with their documentaries (two were nominated for Oscars this year), and this promises that nothing has changed. Team Foxcatcher hits the streaming service on April 29th. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Upon the release of Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, we shared a documentary made in 1988 that explores the wrestling compound created by millionaire John du Pont (portrayed by Steve Carell in the film), before he would go on to murder wrestler David Schultz eight years later. For those looking to dive deeper into the tragic story, a much more expansive documentary will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival ahead of a Netflix release and today brings the first trailer.
Coming from director Jon Greenhalgh, it explores John du Pont’s descent from philanthropist to murderer with exclusive new footage. “I’m proud to be a part of this film that was six years in the making to honor the incredible legacy of David,” said Nancy Schultz. “With his ties to the wrestling community, we felt Jon Greenhalgh was the perfect filmmaker to tell this story and pay homage to the kind of man and athlete David was. »
- Leonard Pearce
A Christmas Carol is the definition of the sort of timeless Christmas classic that folks love to enjoy during the holiday season. So naturally, this means that the Charles Dickens source material is ripe for reinterpretation over the almost two centuries that the story has existed. The latest version to take a swing will be a new Bennett Miller directed / Tom Stoppard written interpretation. The film was recently announced by The Hollywood Reporter, as Annapurna Pictures is developing A Christmas Carol as a sort of reunion with Bennett Miller, who previously directed Foxcatcher for the production shingle. As if that wasn't prestigious enough, bringing Oscar-winning writer Tom Stoppard into the mix lends an air of authenticity, as the award-winning playwright won his moment of golden glory for his screenplay to Shakespeare In Love. So what's supposed to make this version of A Christmas Carol any better or different from the »
Every generation gets their version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and some of those versions are a little better than others. Sometimes, you get lucky and get to grow up with the wonderful 1951 version starring Alastair Sim or the surprisingly great A Muppet Christmas Carol. Others are cursed to live with 1970’s atrocious Scrooge […]
- Jacob Hall
I struggle to imagine an eight-and-up member of the western world who’s not yet been told the story of A Christmas Carol, and it’s strange to think anybody with so much as a passing interest in movies hasn’t encountered an interpretation, from the many black-and-white English pictures, a Muppet rendition, Robert Zemeckis’ quickly forgotten adaptation, or, as is now something of a standard, Scrooged. Or all four, for that matter.
That won’t stop Bennett Miller, Tom Stoppard, and Annapurna Pictures, who have settled upon (respectively) directing, writing, and producing a new adaptation of Charles Dickens‘ classic. Their angle is uncertain, though THR‘s notice that the 19th-century setting will be retained might point towards a straight-ahead rendition. Although one immediately asks, “Well, why,” an exacting (or at least obsessive) filmmaker of Miller’s sort tackling material so deeply well-known is a great source of curiosity — if nothing else. »
- Nick Newman
New adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic 1843 novel will be set in the 19th century and is expected to be shot in live action
Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller and the Oscar-winning screenwriter and playwright Tom Stoppard are to unite for a new version of A Christmas Carol, which looks set to be Hollywood’s first major traditionalist take on Charles Dickens’s festive tale to hit the big screen in decades.
The new version will be set, like the novel, in the 19th century, according to the Hollywood Reporter. There is no official confirmation that it will be shot as a live-action production, but neither Stoppard nor Miller is known for their animated work.
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- Ben Child
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was first published in 1843, and in the 173 years that have followed there have been approximately as many film, TV and stage versions, from Hollywood movies, to small town theater productions. So you might think the last thing anybody needs is a new version, but when it's from one of our favorite directors, it certainly has us intrigued... Read More: Interview: Bennett Miller Talks 'Foxcatcher' And Wrestling With The American Dream THR reports that "Capote," "Moneyball," and "Foxcatcher" director Bennett Miller will helm a "A Christmas Carol." It's got a helluva team behind it, with Megan Ellison and Scott Rudin lending their producing powers, and acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard ("Brazil," "Shakespeare In Love") penning the screenplay. Miller's take on the material will retain Dickens' 19th century setting, so it sounds like the traditional story we all know »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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- Garth Franklin
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