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Scott Speedman was first introduced to American TV audiences with his role as Ben Covington on the hit TV series Felicity. He transitioned easily into film with roles in the highly underrated cop drama Dark Blue, the hit vampire adventure Underworld, and The Strangers. His latest movie is Barney's Version, which was released in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on June 28. I recently had the chance to speak with this talented actor over the phone. Here's what he had to say.
I was curious what are the first thoughts that go through your mind when you read for a character named Boogie?
Scott Speedman: (Laughs) Well, yeah, it sounds like a very fun part, right off the bat. I auditioned for that part specifically and I thought it would be a great part, »
The trio is among the eight national heroes and heroines who will be honoured outside the Elgin Theatre in October.
Cummings' induction will be his second - he was also honoured as a member of rockers The Guess Who. »
This interview starts with me being absolutely gushing about Barney's Version, with as close to fawning adoration as you can get over a very quiet phone line to North America. Don't think this is me overcompensating, though, or fulfilling my end of a deal. I had to return a screener disc last week, leaving me empty and bereft of a repeat viewing.
No, I am true to my word. Barney's Version is every bit as good as my opening salvo suggests. Better, even. But I'm trying to temper expectations. Play it down a little bit, all of which means that talking to the film's producer, the prolific Robert Lantos, is a very nice thing, indeed.
Lantos has been making films for over thirty years, a pioneer »
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Peter Mullan's Neds (2010, Entertainment One, 18), a hard-hitting tale of "non-educated delinquents" street-fighting in 70s Glasgow, is just how stylishly cinematic it manages to be. Mullan may have earned his acting spurs working with Ken Loach on the gritty Cannes prize-winner My Name is Joe, but his directorial style here owes more to the colourful choreography of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and Boyle's Trainspotting than to any grim social-realist tradition. He is greatly aided by the presence of screen newcomer Conor McCarron who excels as the super-bright schoolkid led astray by a classist slight which turns him against authority and education. It's that crushing sense of wasted youth married with a fearsomely kinetic portrayal of adolescent anarchy which powers the film's infernal combustion engine. Having wrestled with the Catholic church in The Magdalene Sisters, »
- Mark Kermode
We were right about Barney’s Version coming out only as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has confirmed the details and set the release date for June 28.
Looks like Sony is trying out the Blu-ray/DVD combo-only release strategy with its smaller but acclaimed films. The studio is issuing Another Year only on Blu-ray/DVD on June 7. Lionsgate tried out the strategy with Buried back in January.
R-rated comedy drama Barney’s Version, which was nominated for an Oscar for best makeup, won a Golden Globe award for Paul Giamatti’s perfomance. Giamatti (Pretty Bird) plays a 65-year-old, politically incorrect, foulmouthed hockey fanatic and television producer who meets the love of his life at his wedding — and she’s not the bride. Throughout the film, Giamatti’s Barney reflects on his life and wives, including Minnie Driver (Conviction), Rosamund Pike (An Education) and Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight Saga: New Moon »
When he was asked to be guest director for a festival dedicated to films based on books, Jonathan Coe set out to disprove the adage that great literature makes terrible movies
In the course of their famous book-length interview, François Truffaut once asked Alfred Hitchcock about his approach to literary adaptation, and Hitch's response was as magisterial, worldly and mischievous as one would expect: "What I do is to read a story only once, and if I like the basic idea, I just forget all about the book and start to create cinema. Today I would be unable to tell you the story of Daphne du Maurier's The Birds. I read it only once, and very quickly at that."
Hitchcock's comment was the first thing that occurred to me when, towards the end of last year, I was approached with an interesting proposition. "From Page to Screen" is the »
Although no one would argue that Barney Panofsky is a good role model, he's undeniably entertaining.
Hard drinking, completely self absorbed and proudly politically incorrect, Barney (Paul Giamatti) is the protagonist of Barney's Version, a dark, wry and witty study of a life lived fully, if not quite ethically. If creativity and pithy sarcasm are Barney's strong suits, honesty and empathy for others are not; nor are fidelity, sobriety or high idealism. Frankly, he's just short of being a complete Sob.
Why, then, do we find ourselves almost rooting for him now and then? Because thanks to a great script and the even greater Giamatti, Barney transforms SOBism into a high art.
Based on the acclaimed Mordecai Richler novel of the same title, Barney's Version opens as 65-year-old television producer Barney reflects on his colorful and often sordid life. The story is told largely in flashbacks spanning four decades, chronicling »
- Don Clinchy
Title: Barney’s Version Director: Richard J. Lewis Starring: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Scott Speedman, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Anna Hopkins, Bruce Greenwood, Mark Addy At 134 minutes, “Barney’s Version” is a tad long-winded. The flick is based off a novel written by the late Canadian Mordecai Richler. Filmed on-location in Montreal, New York and Rome; the autobiographical delivery via the lead’s mind, reflects back on the times he spent in each location. It’s not one of those, “Oh, when we were young” type pieces. Instead, the flick follows a character who constantly flip-flops in being the protagonist and the antagonist. And who better to handle a complex role than Paul Giamatti. Barney Panofsky (Paul [...] »
Throughout Hollywood’s golden age rarely did character actors graduate into leading roles. Frank McHugh and Mary Wickes were almost always the buddy or the maid in studio features. That really started to change in the 1960′s. For instance, Gene Hackman went from a supporting role in Bonnie And Clyde to the lead in The French Connection within a couple of years. Such is now the case of the gifted character actor, Paul Giamatti. After memorable supporting turns in films like Private Parts ( as Howard Stern’s arch-nemesis ) and Big Fat Liar ( the poor guy’s covered in blue paint! ) , Giamatti graduated to leading roles with American Splendor and Sideways. He’s been given another opportunity to headline a film as the title role in Richard J. Lewis film of Mordecai Richler’s Barney’S Version. This time he gets to show some of his romantic side along with his considerable comedic talents. »
- Jim Batts
The nominees for the 31st Annual Genie Awards, Canada’s answer to the Oscars, were unveiled at simultaneous press conferences in Montreal and Toronto yeseterday. After being snubbed by the major Hollywood awards, only receiving 1 nomination and win for Paul Giamatti at the Golden Globes, Barney’s Version has been highly recognized by Canadian audiences. This is no surprise as its source material is a novel from beloved Canadian treasure Mordecai Richler and the film was partially shot in Montreal. Barney’s VersionIncendies leads the pack with 11 nominations including Best Motion Picture and populating most of the acting categories including one for Paul Giamatti for a Performace by an Actor in a Leading Role and Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Dustin Hoffman. Following closely is the other Canadian darling this year, Incendies , which garnered 10 nominations such as Adapted Screenplay (Denis Villeneuve) and Performance by an Actress »
- Alan L
Barney's Version, starring Paul Giamatti, has been nominated in 11 categories in Canada's premiere film awards ceremony the Genie Awards. The tale of the unrestrained, precocious Barney also features Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike and Dustin Hoffman.
Among the eleven nominations, the film has receieved nods in the Best Motion Picture category with Giamatti up for the Best Leading Actor gong. Based upon Canadian novelist Mordecai Richler's final novel of the same name, the film has been a praise magnet for critics and audiences in equal measures.
Barney's Version is trailed by Incendies, which has picked up ten nominations. The intense drama follows twins Jean and Simon (Mélissa Désormeaux and Maxim Gaudette respectively), as their dying mother asks them to travel to her homeland in the middle-east so that they might better understand their heritage.
Highlights of the nominations for the 31st Genie Awards...
10½ (dir. Martin Dubreuil)
Les Amours imaginaires (dir. »
Recent Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti is in the running for yet another award for his role as Barney Panofsky in the big-screen adaptation of Mordecai Richler's Barney's Version. Only this time, the award up for grabs hits slightly closer to home. Our home. The thesp's best actor nod was one of 11 nominations picked up by the Canuck comedy at this morning's Genie announcements. His co-star Dustin Hoffman is up for best supporting actor.
The Genie Awards, honouring the best in Canadian film, saw Barney's Version lead the pack with its 11 nods but Denis Villeneuve's Incendies was close behind in the race with 10, including one for the director himself. »
- Emma Badame
Mordecai Richler, the Canadian novelist who died 10 years ago at the age of 70, worked for many years in Britain writing screenplays and contributing to our literary life. He wrote a series of hilarious, partly autobiographical novels about Montreal's Jewish community, two of which – The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and Joshua Then and Now – he adapted for the cinema. His books are quite close to those of the Canadian-born Saul Bellow, though funnier and less self-regarding; the last one, the characteristically sprawling Barney's Version, has now been filmed with a wonderful central performance from Paul Giamatti.
He plays Barney Panofsky (Richler probably borrowed the surname from Erwin Panofsky, the art historian who pioneered the study of iconography), a Montreal entrepreneur who starts out in the 1970s supporting his bohemian friends in Rome as a dealer in olive oil before returning home to work as a Jewish fundraiser and the producer of »
- Philip French
Making a “life’s journey” film must be difficult. The difficulty shows through the messy Barney’s Version. But despite its rocky structure, this adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s acclaimed novel makes for a surprisingly compelling and entertaining dramedy, warts and all.
Most of the film’s success lies on the shoulders of its star, Paul Giamatti. Giamatti, as the titular character Barney Panofsky, bears a performance full of heart and commitment. Barney may not go down as a classic performance in Giamatti’s career, which there are many of, but it’s a tricky character that he slips right into. On paper, he could pass off as a total schmuck. And yet, even with his galore of flaws, it’s difficult not to connect and feel sympathy for this tragic figure.
Giamatti gives an absolute sense of where this guy has been and how he feels. Barney is someone »
- Jack Giroux
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
(Rob’s Venice Review Re-Posted As Film Is Released In The U.K. Today)
If Natalie Portman has been the stand out actress of this festival for her performance in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, then Paul Giamatti is surly now her opposite number as the best actor. The film in question is Barney’s Version, directed by a veteran television director (CSI mostly) Richard J. Lewis. Giamatti plays the title role, as a man reflecting on his life – giving us his account of events (hence the title). Think of it as a gentler, softer, more accessible Synecdoche, New York – if only for the way you see the changes in Giamatti’s character over a 30 year period, with all the heartbreak that comes with love and losing it.
Based on a beloved novel by the late Canadian author Mordecai Richler, the story begins with a misanthropic and bitter man, »
- Robert Beames
From behind his Coke-bottle glasses, the bookseller on the Charing Cross Road focused his magnified eyeballs as narrowly as he was able. "Mordecai Richler?" he said, releasing a frisson of fine dust. "Now there's a name from the past."
For those of us to whom the ghost of Canada's greatest satirical writer remains a biting presence, this was not the most reassuring of statements – especially issuing from a bookseller who himself gave the appearance of having been not so much born as unearthed in some archaeological dig. But such was Mordecai Richler's currency when I checked recently in London – where he lived for two decades and about which he often wrote, largely from the expat's point of view. To wit: none of the used bookshops on the Charing Cross Road carried any of Richler's 10 novels. »
- Chris Michael
Paul Giamatti gives yet another unmissable performance in Barney’s Version, the story of an ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. And then some...
Please note: one or two mild spoilers are in this review, in case you've not heard them already. If you haven't, you might want to steer clear until you've seen the film.
Paul Giamatti, actor par excellence, isn't really one to shy away from difficult to play characters, or roles that embody the less pleasant side of human nature, and so it is with Barney Panofsky, Jewish Canadian TV producer and seeming all-round asshole.
Essentially a re-evaluation of a life lived to the full after a tell-all memoir accuses him of murder, Barney's Version unravels the confusion of a lifetime of memories to reveal the truth about the death of his best friend, along with the well buried innate goodness of its central character.
Told through a series of flashbacks, »
“Deep Vote,” an Oscar winning screenwriter and a member of the Academy, will write this column — exclusively for ScottFeinberg.com — every week until the Academy Awards in order to help to peel back the curtain on the Oscar voting process. (His identity must be protected in order to spare him from repercussions for disclosing the aforementioned information.)
Thus far, he has shared his thoughts in column one about his general preferences; column two about “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, R, trailer) and “Solitary Man” (Anchor Bay Films, 5/21, R, trailer); column three about “Alice in Wonderland” (Disney, 3/5, PG, trailer), “Toy Story 3” (Disney, 6/18, G, trailer), and “Mother and Child” (Sony Pictures Classics, 5/7, R, trailer); column four about “Get Low” (Sony Pictures Classics, 7/30, PG-13, trailer), “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features, 7/9, R, trailer), and “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer); column five about “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, R, trailer), “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions, »
- Scott Feinberg
Please note: slight spoilers for the film lie ahead.
Adapted from Mordecai Richler's novel of the same name, Canadian drama Barney's Version has already received considerable citical praise, and has already earned Paul Giamatti a Golden Globe for his performance as alcoholic, 65-year-old Barney Panofsky.
As the film prepares to make its debut in UK cinemas, we sat down with the ridiculously talented Giamatti to talk make-up, Dustin Hoffman and the pleasures of playing a bastard...
It's not always easy to like Barney. Did you consciously try to keep him as likeable as you could?
I like him a lot. I mean recognising that he's a bastard in a lot of ways, but I definitely liked the character. Certainly, playing him was a lot of fun! »
Earlier this month, Paul Giamatti won a Golden Globe (Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy) for his turn as an aging TV producer who looks back on his life, and his many regrets, in Barney's Version. On the next episode of his show, Leonard Maltin talks with Giamatti about the movie, which is based on a novel by one of Canada's most acclaimed writers, Mordecai Richler.
Tune in for the Maltin on Movies premiere Friday, January 28, at 11:30 Am Et / 8:30 Am Pt. Or catch one of its encore showings on ReelzChannel (Dish 299, DirecTV 238, and your cable system).
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