16 items from 2012
New to Blu-ray and DVD as of July 10 from director Kenneth Lonergan is Margaret, the critically acclaimed and gut-wrenching Fox Searchlight drama starring Anna Paquin (True Blood), J. Smith-Cameron and Matt Damon.
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Margaret centers on a 17-year-old New York City »
On Monday, Indiewire and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment were proud to host a free screening of the extended cut of "Margaret" (all 186 minutes of it) in New York. Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan was in attendance, along with most of the principal cast including Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick and J. Smith-Cameron. For Longergan, it marked a bittersweet moment following a blink-and-you'll-miss-it theatrical run, which led to an aggressive Twitter campaign identified by the hashtag "#teammargaret" that called for more press screenings of the film and helped elevate its profile. #teammargaret was out in full force on Monday, with many fans lining up for hours to see the special cut on the big screen, and hear the cast and crew look back on the film. For those that couldn't make it in or didn't make it out to the event, below is the entire Q&A with the "Maragaret" team, hosted »
- Nigel M Smith
Last night at the Sunshine Cinema in New York, Indiewire hosted a special event for the home video debut of Kenneth Lonergan's troubled epic "Margaret," which included the very first screening of the new "extended cut" (it's not exactly a director's cut of the film, read our interview with Lonergan here) along with an extensive post-screening Q&A hosted by Tony Kushner that featured Lonergan and several members of the movie's sprawling cast (among them: Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron, Matthew Broderick, Jeannie Berlin, and John Gallagher Jr.). This new cut runs a whopping 3 hours and 8 minutes and features several radical additions/alterations, and with the Q&A running nearly an hour, well, it added up to a long night. Spoilers follow. "Margaret," as we know it, is a sprawling, occasionally frustrating drama about a feisty, hyper-intelligent young girl named Lisa (played by Anna Paquin, before she moved to Bon Temps) and. »
- Drew Taylor
Margaret Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Director: Kenneth Lonergan Screenwriter: Kenneth Lonergan Cast: Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Jean Reno, Jeannie Berlin, Allison Janney, Matthew Broderick, Kieran Culkin, Matt Damon Screened at: Landmark Sunshine Theater, NYC, 7/9/12 Reopens: July 10, 2012 on Blue-Ray and DVD In an epic tale that fully deserves every one of its one hundred eighty-eight minutes, “Margaret,” filmed in 2005, tells the story of an adolescent who is emotional to the point of neurosis, a neurosis that proceeds full flower when she observes the sudden, accidental death of a middle-aged woman. Performed heroically by Anna Paquin in her best role—one that finds her or her influence in [ Read More ] »
- Harvey Karten
After the gruelling experience of Margaret - a film six years in the making - you'd imagine Kenneth Lonergan, a recent guest of the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, would be ready to take himself off somewhere sunny, or at the very least have a cup of tea and a lie down. Not so. The director, whose terrific indie has been hailed from the rooftops, is already turning his thoughts to future projects, an adaptation of his own play, The Starry Messenger, prime amongst them."I liked [The Starry Messenger] very much," Lonergan tells Empire of his future plans. "I think that would make a very nice movie and I'd like to do that. And I have two screenplays I'm working on. So it's a question of what gets finished first and what I can get financing for."The play, which debuted off-Broadway in 2009 with Matthew Broderick, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Lonergan's wife J. Smith-Cameron, »
Fans of You Can Count On Me were forced to wait 11 years for director Kenneth Lonergan’s second film. Filmed way back in 2005, Margaret is the harrowing story of a manipulative New York City teenager (Anna Paquin) whose involvement in a fatal bus accident thrusts her into an adult world she’s unprepared to navigate. The movie, which features an all-star cast that also includes Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, and Matthew Broderick, seemed doomed to eternal limbo when the director, his producers, and Fox Searchlight could not agree on a final cut. Lonergan had been promised total control, as long »
- Jeff Labrecque
The world seen through the eyes of a teenager is an overly complex place, spoiled but adults who overly nuance everything while teens see it all with unjaded clarity. Such a worldview can be permanently altered by a single action and the resulting repercussions, which ripple in waves, touching many in unexpected ways. From that premise comes writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, a film whose making is as tortured as its premise.
Originally scheduled for release by Fox Searchlight in 2007, Lonergan (You Can Count on Me) labored over the production and then the editing until the release date came and went, prompting law suits. He finally delivered a cut totaling 3:06, far longer than the 2:30 the studio insisted upon, which became a part of the suit. Finally, Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker stepped in to craft a cut that the director and studio could live with and the movie opened in December. »
- Robert Greenberger
Director: Kenneth Lonergan Starring: Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Mark Ruffalo, Jeannie Berlin, Jean Reno Poor Lisa (Anna Paquin). Poor, poor, Lisa. Everyone is against her; heck, the entire world is against her. This the life of a 17-year-old (played by a 22-year old, but more about that later) -- the life of almost every 17-year-old, singing the sad old refrain, "nobody likes me, everybody hates me; guess I'll go eat worms; long, thin, slimy ones; short, fat, juicy ones; itsy, bitsy, fuzzy wuzzy worms." Well, not literally. »
- Don Simpson
Rectify is Sundance Channel’s first wholly-owned scripted production. Created by Ray McKinnon, the six-episode series is exec produced by Gran Via’s Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad). ITV Studios Global Entertainment has exclusive distribution rights for the drama and will begin international sales at Mipcom later this year. Killer Elite‘s Aden Young stars as a man released from prison after 19 years when DNA evidence casts doubt on his conviction for the rape and murder of a young girl. He returns to his hometown where he must readjust to his new life as doubt still lingers over his innocence. Abigail Spencer, Clayne Crawford, Luke Kirby, Adelaide Clemens and J. Smith Cameron also star. McKinnon is exec producing with Johnson and Bernstein. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Make It or Break It is coming to an end.
ABC Family not-so-subtly announced this week that the current third season of the gymnastics drama will be its last when new promos touting the upcoming season ender featured the words “series finale.”
Make It or Break It‘s closer airs Monday, May 14 at 9/8c.
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- Megan Masters
Exclusive: Sundance Channel has assembled most of the regular cast of its first hourlong scripted series, legal drama Rectify. Abigail Spencer, Clayne Crawford, Adelaide Clements, Jonah Lotan and J. Smith Cameron are set to co-star in the six-episode series, written by Ray McKinnon and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. Rectify centers on Daniel Holden who, after 19 years in prison, is released from Death Row when he is exonerated for rape and murder by DNA evidence. He returns to his hometown where he must readjust to his new life, including unfamiliar family members and surroundings. Cameron will play Daniel’s mother. Spencer will play his sister. Crawford will play his step-brother Ted. Clements will play Ted’s wife. Lotan will play Daniel’s lawyer, who works for the non-profit Justice Row. Spencer, repped by ICM and Untitled, will next be seen in Of Men And Mavericks and The Haunting In Georgia. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
To refer to the Film Comment Selects screening of Kenneth Longeran's "Margaret" as anything less than magical would be doing the film the same disservice that Fox Searchlight initially did when it failed to market the film nearly ten years in the making. From Gavin Smith's impassioned introduction to the guests hidden in the front rows of Lincoln Center (Michael Cera! Former Village Voice critic J. Hoberman! Alex Karpovsky quietly filming the Q&A on a Dslr!) the message was simple: cinephiles demanded a second chance at this quiet-yet-overwhelming missive on a post-9/11 New York. Longeran introduced the 12 cast members who also joined him at the screening including Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, J. Smith-Cameron did, Jake O'Connor, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Kevin Geer (the cops that Lisa Cohen deals with over her deposition) and Carlo Alban (Ramon's son), who briefly appears to console Joan (Smith-Cameron) at a wake (Anna. »
- John Lichman
To refer to the Film Comment Selects screening of Kenneth Longeran's "Margaret" as anything less than magical would be doing the film the same disservice that Fox Searchlight initially did when it failed to market the film nearly ten years in the making. From Gavin Smith's impassioned introduction to the guests hidden in the front rows of Lincoln Center (Michael Cera! Former Village Voice critic J. Hoberman! Alex Karpovsky quietly filming the Q&A on a Dslr!) the message was simple: cinephiles demanded a second chance at this quiet-yet-overwhelming missive on a post-9/11 New York.
Longeran introduced the 12 cast members who also joined him at the screening including Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, J. Smith-Cameron did, Jake O'Connor, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Kevin Geer (the cops that Lisa Cohen deals with over her deposition) and Carlo Alban (Ramon's son), who briefly appears to console Joan (Smith-Cameron) at a wake (Anna Paquin »
- John Lichman
Breaking from the awards season pack in a pretty significant way, the International Cinephile Society announced that Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" led the winners of their 9th annual awards. "A Separation" took prizes for best picture, best ensemble, best screenplay and best film not in the English language. Other major winners included Terrence Malick, who took best director for "The Tree of Life," and actors Tom Cullen ("Weekend"), Brad Pitt ("The Tree of Life"), Anna Paquin and J. Smith-Cameron (both for "Margaret"), who each took a top honor in an acting category. Formed in 2003, the International Cinephile Society is an online group made up of approximately 80 accredited journalists, film scholars, historians and other industry professionals who cover film festivals and events on five continents. Each year the Ics honors the finest in American and international cinema. Complete list of winners »
- Peter Knegt
Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, Margaret's Anna Paquin (photo), Weekend's Tom Cullen, and The Tree of Life's Terrence Malick and Brad Pitt were some of the winners of the 2012 International Cinephile Society Awards. The honors are announced by "an online group made up of approximately 80 accredited journalists, film scholars, historians and other industry professionals who cover film festivals and events on five continents." And cinephiles they clearly are; some of their choices would put the U.S.-based National Society of Film Critics to shame. [Full list of International Cinephile Society winners and runners-up.] Writer-director Farhadi's Iranian family drama A Separation, which is up for the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay Academy Awards, won as Best Picture of 2011, in addition to Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Ensemble (including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress runners-up Peyman Moaadi and Shahab Hosseini). Farhadi was also the runner-up for Best Director. »
- Andre Soares
Chris New, Tom Cullen in Andrew Haigh's Weekend Anna Paquin, Terrence Malick: Cinephile Society Winners Best Picture 01. A Separation 02. The Tree of Life 03. Mysteries of Lisbon 04. Certified Copy 05. Weekend 06. Margaret 07. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 08. Drive 09. Meek's Cutoff 10. Hugo 11. Melancholia Best Director Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life Runner-up: Asghar Farhadi – A Separation Best Film Not In The English Language 01. A Separation 02. Mysteries of Lisbon 03. Certified Copy 04. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 05. The Skin I Live In 06. Poetry 07. House of Pleasures 08. Le Havre 09. Le Quattro Volte 10. Of Gods and Men Best Actor Tom Cullen – Weekend Runner-up: Peyman Moaadi – A Separation Best Actress Anna Paquin – Margaret Runner-up: Juliette Binoche – Certified Copy Best Supporting Actor Brad Pitt – The Tree of Life Runner-up: Shahab Hosseini – A Separation Best Supporting Actress J. Smith-Cameron – Margaret Runner-up: Jessica Chastain – Take Shelter Best Original Screenplay A Separation – Asghar Farhadi »
- Andre Soares
16 items from 2012
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