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Author Matt Zoller Seitz has published a continuation of his superb book The Wes Anderson Collection (2013), entitled (deep breath) The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel. The former is a detailed look at Anderson’s output so far, influences, meaning and interpretation of his work; the latter covers exclusively Anderson’s latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel. This is far more than a bolted on sequel, however, and one of the reasons we know this is because Clothes on Film editor Christopher Laverty was asked to contribute a chapter. More than that, it has recently joined The New York Times bestseller list.
A pretty, candy-coloured slab of hardback, Seitz’s follow up is meticulous, painstaking even; leaving no stone unturned on Wes Anderson’s most complete film yet. It features interviews with key members of cast and crew, including Anderson himself, and most exciting for readers of this website, a »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Champaign, Illinois isn’t quite Cannes or Park City, Utah, but the film festival hosted there annually in Roger Ebert’s name is as charming as they come. Now Ebertfest, in its 17th year, has announced its lineup of films prior to its four day run in April.
It was previously announced that Jean-Luc Godard’s acclaimed Goodbye to Language 3D would be the opening night film. Now Chaz Ebert has penned a touching love letter to her late husband detailing the choices they’ve made for the festival in his absence.
Among them are James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour, Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood, and special screenings of A Bronx Tale with Robert De Niro and the 1926 silent film The Son of the Sheik »
- Brian Welk
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.
Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.
For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »
Director Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 follow-up to his cult-fave "The Host" was an across-the-board critical hit but suffered from its limited release in art-house theaters. The film’s action is entirely relegated to the interior of a massive train inhabited by the last remaining survivors of earth, the result of a climate change experiment gone tragically wrong. A high speed metaphor for class warfare, the film stars Chris Evans, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton as a memorably eccentric autocrat. Read More: 'Snowpiercer' Director Bong Joon-ho Lists 10 Favorite Films »
- Trailers From Hell
Robin Thicke and Pharrell have to pay seven figures to the family of Marvin Gaye for allegedly lifting the bass line to "Got to Give It Up" for their hit single "Blurred Lines." Does this set a crazy precedent? Should everybody sue everybody? On this edition of The Snap, we suggest other music industry lawsuits we'd like to see. Everyone copies someone, even if that someone is a cartoon superhero. (Ahem, Ariana Grande.) Check out all our episodes of The Snap. Ep. #46: The 5 Worst Disney Princesses Ep. #45: Why "RuPaul's Drag Race" is the only reality show that matters Ep. #44: Who Should (and Shouldn't) Win Oscars Ep. #43: The Many Charms of Kanye West Ep. #42: Why We Need a Missy Elliott Comeback Ep. #41: The Worst Oscar Snubs Ever Ep. #40: The Real Meanings Behind Emojis Ep. #39: The Problems with Your Favorite Christmas Movies Ep. #38: »
- Louis Virtel
The Comic-Con for movie theater owners, CinemaCon, is just around the corner and the National Association of Theatre Owners is beginning to announce the winners of the annual CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards (or whatever they are going to call it this year). These, ahem, "awards," are often "thank yous" to big stars for making commercially friendly movies and also reminders from the studios that such and such newcomer is someone who might make you a lot of money if you promote their movie in your theater! (Really, that's what these awards are for.) Last year, CinemaCon got lucky with a hilarious, R-rated acceptance speech from Adam Sandler and a moving appearance by Shailene Woodley (who might have been taking the award a bit too seriously). This year, attendees are pretty much guaranteed some laughs after Amy Schumer was announced for CinemaCon's 2015 Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award. Schumer has »
- Gregory Ellwood
Amy Schumer will receive CinemaCon’s Breakthrough Performer of the Year award on April 23 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Schumer wrote and stars in Universal’s “Trainwreck,” portraying a woman who lives her life without apologies. Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Tilda Swinton and LeBron James also star in the film, which opens July 17.
The multihyphenate is the creator, star, writer and executive producer of “Inside Amy Schumer,” which will return to Comedy Central for a third season on April 21. She’ll host the MTV Movie Awards on April 12.
- Dave McNary
I'm not all that familiar with Amy Schumer. I've never seen her television show. I've never seen her standup. My only exposure to her prior to seeing Trainwreck was a couple episodes of "Girls" she was on, but from this movie, I can sort of see what the appeal is. She talks about modern day issues for women, has a sly vulgarity about her, and she can deliver a punchline. If anything, Trainwreck made me interested in seeking out more of her material. Perhaps she's better served outside of a Judd Apatow lens. Even though Schumer wrote and stars in the film, this has the fingerprints of an Apatow production all over it, and I don't mean that as a compliment. He is at the forefront of the alt-driven comedy I loath (see my review of Paul Feig's Spy), which means where Schumer's material ends, and Apatow's material begins, »
- Mike Shutt
Austin - While it was introduced as a work in progress, Judd Apatow's new film "Trainwreck" looked pretty much locked and ready to release when it played on Sunday afternoon at the Paramount. Since "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" was released, Judd Apatow's filmography has been made up exclusively of films he wrote, many of which felt very personal. "This Is 40" felt to me like a summation of a lot of those ideas and themes, and I'm glad he took some time to decide how to follow that film. "Trainwreck" was written by Amy Schumer, and her voice runs clearly through every part of this movie. What Judd's done here, and it's not as easy as it sounds, is turned his own considerable success into a shield he could use to protect Schumer and guarantee that her voice reached the screen intact. As a result, "Trainwreck" is lacerating, smart, »
- Drew McWeeny
Yesterday evening, folks at South By Southwest (or SXSW) got to see an early glimpse at Trainwreck, the new film from A-list comedy director Judd Apatow. Penned by and starring Amy Schumer, the pairing of those minds held tons of potential, so I was waiting with baited breath to hear how the work in progress screening was received. Well, the first notices for the movie are all exceptionally good, making this a potential huge hit in the making. Not only that, we might now be in a position to start vaguely wondering if it has a chance to follow in the footsteps of Bridesmaids and gun for a few awards notices. In case you don’t know anything about this film, Trainwreck is a romantic comedy set in New York City. Amy (played by Schumer) is a modern single woman living a happy life, free of romantic attachments beyond a single night. »
- Joey Magidson
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
This gorgeous Oscar-nominated animated feature is about a girl named Saoirse and her brother Ben, who discovers that the fairy tales his mother told him about selkies -- half human, half seal creatures -- are all too true.
Here's another animated feature, albeit one with a much more modern flair. The bumbling penguins of previous "Madagascar" films are recruited for a wild espionage adventure. Voice actors include Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Chris Miller, and plenty of others.
TV Worth Watching
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- Jenni Miller
You notice a change: when the camera rests in Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck” for an extended beat, it retains a sense of the character in the frame, rather than just highlighting a mid-riff improvised quip that made the cut. Or, perhaps, in the ten years since his directorial debut and the start of an empire, Apatow has refined his process into a seamless manner. Or, more likely, he’s been handed a gift in the form of Amy Schumer, starting with her focused, warm script that retains her comedic DNA, and continuing with a lead performance that’s utterly watchable in a sea of watchable performances. At the very least, “Trainwreck” will go down as the film that unveiled John Cena and LeBron James as surprise comedic talents, and also the one that let Tilda Swinton — playing an unrecognizable, eyeliner-heavy English magazine boss — snarl to Schumer’s character, “I wouldn »
- Charlie Schmidlin
“Monogamy isn’t realistic” says a soon-to-be-divorced dad to his two pre-teen daughters in an early scene from Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck.” Two decades later, those words have taken their toll on one of those erstwhile little girls — a tart-tongued, booze-swilling serial dater (writer-star Amy Schumer) whose love life is barreling downhill with ever-increasing velocity. She’s the screwed-up, screwball heroine at the center of a somewhat shaggy, frequently hilarious romantic comedy that, like much of Apatow’s best work, delicately balances irreverent raunch with candid insights into the give-and-take of grown-up relationships. The change in scenery (New York from L.A.) and gender emphases serves Apatow well, as does Schumer’s excitingly original comic voice, which should spell a critical and commercial rebound for the comedy impresario, following the mixed fortunes of his more sober, semi-autobiographical “Funny People” and “This Is 40.” The Universal release opens wide July 17 following »
- Scott Foundas
A grownup storybook of a movie spun out of candy-colored nonsense that challenges you to embrace its falseness and deny its romance. I’m “biast” (pro): love Wes Anderson
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Thank god for Wes Anderson. Our entertainment ecosystem may be one of bland tediousness in which creatively bankrupt movie machines spit out the same stories over and over again, but once in a while Anderson will commute from the other plane of existence he lives on — I imagine the colors are brighter there, and the air always faintly redolent of baking cookies — to bestow upon us a cinematic bonbon such as The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson’s boons are a torment as much as a treat, of course, reminders of just how unoriginal almost everyone else making movies is. Somehow, I endure them anyway.
- MaryAnn Johanson
The new live-action "Cinderella" starring Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter looks a lot like... "Cinderella." That old movie and mysteriously contemporary birthday theme. Why do we care about Disney princesses? They are never the funniest characters in a Disney film. They all have the exact same waist. Their noses are miniscule. When will their reign end? In this edition of The Snap, we pick the five worst Disney princesses. Apologies to the #1, but she brought it on herself by insisting children read books. Check out the history of The Snap below. Ep. #45: Why "RuPaul's Drag Race" is the only reality show that matters Ep. #44: Who Should (and Shouldn't) Win Oscars Ep. #43: The Many Charms of Kanye West Ep. #42: Why We Need a Missy Elliott Comeback Ep. #41: The Worst Oscar Snubs Ever Ep. #40: The Real Meanings Behind Emojis Ep. #39: The Problems with Your Favorite Christmas Movies Ep. »
- Louis Virtel
Without quite meaning to, I seem to have prereviewed the Museum of Modern Art's current Björk show. I greeted its June announcement with dismay, writing, “Today the Museum of Modern Art crawled deeper into cravenness, announcing the upcoming 'full-scale retrospective' of Björk. Don’t get me wrong: I love Björk and her fabulous amaranth persona, her videos, and her music.” I wrote then that all belong in a museum, but added, "MoMA [is] destroying its credibility ... in its self-suicidal slide into a box-office-driven carnival ... Tilda Swinton sleeping in a glass vitrine, Queen Marina staring at smitten viewers in the atrium, the trashy Tim Burton show, last season's gee-whiz Rain Room, and of course the wrecking ball Diller Scofidio + Renfro is about to swing." What made me know back then that the Björk show would likely be another embarrassing pop-programming nadir in a string of embarrassing pop-programming nadirs was the way »
- Jerry Saltz
Cary Fukunaga has recently delivered True Detective's masterful first season and completed the Idris Elba-starring Beasts Of No Nation. But his long-gestating two-film adaptation of Stephen King's It remains in active development. Speaking to Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Fukunaga has revealed that King is an enthusiastic advocate of the latest screenplay, and that the difficult search for the perfect Pennywise continues.The clown Pennywise is, for those unfamiliar, the form that the unknowable evil entity It takes the better to terrorise the group of childhood friends attempting to face it down. He was memorably played by Tim Curry in the so-so '90s TV version. Some forumites have suggested the leftfield casting of Tilda Swinton for the new iteration, and frankly, we can't now imagine anyone better.Elsewhere in the Fukunaga interview, perhaps more interesting than non-casting stories is the news that the novel's timeframe has been updated. »
I know, I know... it's early in the year and the Oscars just ended and Oh my God what are you doingc Yet, the wheels keep turning and I like to be ahead of the game rather than playing catch up at the end of the year so I'm trying to make sure the database is locked and loaded for Oscar 2016 and I just got done adding a few contenders, contenders such as... Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight just acquired for distribution starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson and Aurore Clement. The pic centers on a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Schoenaerts and Swinton), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Fiennes and Johnson) - creating a whirlwind of jealousy, »
- Brad Brevet
"RuPaul's Drag Race" returns for its seventh season this Monday. Seventh?! We're entering "Knots Landing" territory here, RuPaul. Before the new season of lip-sync battles, shade-throwing matches, and runway stomping sessions kicks off, let's celebrate why this show is great. Have you watched it yet? You'll learn everything you need to know here, hunty. Check out additional episodes of The Snap down here, Okurr? Ep. #44: Who Should (and Shouldn't) Win Oscars Ep. #43: The Many Charms of Kanye West Ep. #42: Why We Need a Missy Elliott Comeback Ep. #41: The Worst Oscar Snubs Ever Ep. #40: The Real Meanings Behind Emojis Ep. #39: The Problems with Your Favorite Christmas Movies Ep. #38: The Biggest Flaws in the Best Movies of 2014 Ep. #37: Why Madonna is the Greatest Celebrity of All Time Ep. #36: Why We're Thankful for Beyonce, Nph, and More Ep. #35: A Salute to the Classic Women of Video Games Ep. »
- Louis Virtel
Cult favourite Nicolas Cage has carved out an eclectic and brilliant career spanning the decades and across genres, with forays into action, drama and comic book adaptations to name but a few. To celebrate the release of his latest film, Dying of the Light, out on Blu-ray and DVD from the 2nd March 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment, we take a look back at some of his greatest roles.
Dying of the Light (2015)
This brilliant thriller, directed by Paul Schrader and executive produced by cinematic wunderkind Nicolas Winding Refn, stars Cage as Evan Lake, a desk-bound Langley CIA agent, forced into retirement by signs of early onset dementia. At the same time he discovers that his former nemesis, Jihadist Muhhamed Banir (Alexander Karim – Zero Dark Thirty, TV’s Tyrant), is not dead as has been assumed for the last two decades, but alive and receiving experimental medical treatment. Banir’s exact »
- Phil Wheat
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