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It’s September, so why wouldn’t we start predicting an Oscar race that won’t finish for another five months?
To be fair, Venice, Telluride, and the Toronto film festivals have all concluded. Many films have screened. Many films have connected with audiences, and a rough draft of the Oscar race is beginning to come into focus. Sure, no Academy member will even begin popping in those screener DVDs for another couple of months, but it’s still worth discussing what has buzz and what is likely to still be on voters’ minds once the weather finally begins to cool off. »
- Nicole Sperling
Paris– Chicago-based Music Box Films and U.K.’s Soda Pictures have acquired Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery,” a romantic comedy toplining British rising star Gemma Arterton, on the heels of its Special Presentation premiere at Toronto.
Sold and co-produced by Gaumont, “Gemma” was warmly received at Toronto where it steered a standing ovation and proved one of the fest’s arthouse crossover highlights. A satirical take on Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel “Madame Bovary,” “Gemma” also sparked two offers from Australian buyers.
“Gemma” stars Arterton as a passionate young British woman who moves with her husband to a small Norman town where she meets a quirky French baker, played by popular Gallic thesp Fabrice Luchini.
- Elsa Keslassy
Bill Murray isn't quite ready to be canonized, judging by the first poster for his upcoming comedy St. Vincent. The poster shows Murray, in character as Vincent, smack in the middle of the film's two female leads, Naomi Watts and Melissa McCarthy. In the film, Watts' prostitute character is Vincent's only friend, while McCarthy plays the harried mother whose son Vincent babysits. The poster cheekily references the title by placing what initially appears to be a halo over Murray's head, although it's more likely to be a smoke ring. The film, directed by Ted Melfi, premiered at the
- Ryan Gajewski
Murray stars as an elderly recluse with a secret heart of gold that begins to shine when he starts taking care of his young neighbor and his mom, played by Melissa McCarthy. Naomi Watts also stars as Murray’s girlfriend, who just happens to be a stripper and pregnant. The film premiered as the headlining event on “Bill Murray Day” at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month and will open in theaters gradually across the country beginning Oct. »
- Jake Perlman
Within days of the film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, FilmNation has closed deals for Noah Baumbach's While We're Young in virtually every international territory. The dramedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a married couple whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of a younger couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. While We're Young also stars Charles Grodin, Adam Horovitz, Maria Dizzia and Ryan Serhant. “It is fantastic to see the distributor response match all the critical praise that Noah’s film has received,” said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. During Toronto, While We're Young sold
- Pamela McClintock
Hipsters: you love to hate them and hate to love them. These uber-chic, urban-dwelling, subclass of twenty-somethings are usually defined by their originality through unoriginality, absurd style of fashion, “meta” sense of humor, and pop culture-referencing like there is no tomorrow. Hipsters’ unabashed preciousness and self-awareness rub many the wrong way to the point where anything with the slightest whiff of Hipster-ism is like presenting garlic to vampires, but for those with enough patience to swallow the twee self-indulgence prevalent in all hipster culture, often there is something of substance beneath all the excessive posturing.
Case in point, director Noah Baumbach. Whether Baumbach regards himself as a hipster or not, Baumbach, along with his friend and sometimes writing partner Wes Anderson, are associated with cinematic Hipster-ism. This makes Baumbach’s newest feature, While We’re Young, a very interesting film indeed, for the movie is essentially a satire of Hipster culture. »
- Christopher Lominac
Noah Baumbach’s newest film While We’re Young will be screened in theaters all around the world following a very well-received reception at Tiff.
While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a married couple who struggle with the idea that their big moments in life are behind them, and their lackluster life gets a boost when they become intertwined with a younger couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Driver plays Jamie, a young, hipster documentarian, while Stiller’s Josh is a washed up documentary filmmaker, and the film plays on a conflict between the generations..
The film premiered in Toronto to rave reviews, and was quickly bought for Us distribution by A24. A24 reportedly paid around $4 million for the rights, giving While We’re Young one of the highest price tags at Tiff.
“We are enormous fans of Noah’s and were completely »
Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it’s the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like “Black Swan” as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York)
“From What Is Before”
The extreme length is inseparable from the power and conviction of Lav Diaz’s historical epic about the devastation of a small Filipino barrio amid the political and military unrest of the early 1970s. As a slow-burning study of social decay, this winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard prize is both a thematic companion piece to Michael Haneke »
- Variety Staff
London — Beta Cinema has inked further deals on Giulio Ricciarelli’s post-war drama “Labyrinth of Lies,” which was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for North America last week following its Toronto premiere.
Beta also revealed further sales on Venice Days audience-award winner “The Farewell Party,” which also played in Toronto, and fellow Toronto entry “Tour De Force,” as well as a pre-sale on the next pic from Oliver Hirschbiegel (“Downfall”).
“Labyrinth of Lies,” which is based on the true story of a young man’s campaign to prosecute members of the Waffen SS who ran Auschwitz, went to France (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Italy (Good Films), Portugal (Films4You), Israel (Nachshon Films), Australia (Madman), Taiwan (Swallow Wings) and Brazil (Mares Filmes). Deals with distributors from U.K., Australia, Japan, Spain, Benelux, Scandinavia and Eastern European territories are in final negotiations.
Sharon Maymon and Tal Grant’s “The Farewell Party,” a compassionate comedy about assisted suicide, »
- Leo Barraclough
On Saturday, Kate Winslet returned to the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival to premiere A Little Chaos. She's just one of the latest stars to step out for the cameras in Canada, after Ryan Reynolds and Chris Evans. On Monday, Jennifer Aniston made a chic return to the festival when she attended the premiere of her latest project, Cake; for the film's afterparty, she had the support of her handsome fiancé, Justin Theroux, and the two showed cute Pda while unwinding after the screening. Last weekend, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner did press for their new films and InStyle and Hollywood Foreign Press Association's party became a veritable who's who of Hollywood, with stars like Channing Tatum, Naomi Watts, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Ansel Elgort popping up. »
Though I did get to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival earlier this year (which was an amazing experience, and well worth your time), the New York Film Festival, in its 52nd year this time around, will be the first time I will have attended a festival as press. So, I’m very giddy about it. I’m excited to hobnob with other writers, get up at unfathomable times to catch screenings of films in languages I don’t often hear, and write like the wind. So, without further ado, here are my top five anticipated films of Nyff.
- Goodbye to Language 3D | Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Though I’ve never felt much warmth towards the iconoclastic Godard (save for Vivre sa Vie), I found myself realizing, as word came from Cannes, that I was incredibly eager to test out his newest film Goodbye to Language. Intellectually stimulating, supposedly playful, »
- Kyle Turner
★★★★☆Malaise of various kinds has manifested itself in the work of American director Noah Baumbach. In 2012, the much adored Frances Ha saw the director chronicle the ailing dance career and resultant ennui of an arrested development twenty-something whilst gently ribbing consciously cool New Yorkers. His new picture, While We're Young (2014), explores both professional stagnation and sends up trendy hipster culture through a more traditional mid-life crisis narrative. Providing a further through line between the films is Adam Driver who stars alongside Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in a film that talks about getting old and artistic integrity while keeping the laughs plentiful.
- CineVue UK
The first image from Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees has arrived online, giving us a look at Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) as Arthur, a suicidal American who treks deep into Japan’s Aokigahara – a.k.a. ‘Suicide Forest’ – to kill himself at the base of Mount Fuji, only to come across a Japanese man – played by Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) – who has the same aim. Take a look…
“I say another title for this film is ‘You’ve got to go through annihilation to get to salvation’. It’s one hell of a survival story,” McConaughey tells EW. “Gus is a wonderful voyeur and a really gentle soul of a man. He’s got the right sensibility for a film like this. He listens and considers any ideas that I throw at him and I undeniably trust the direction he gives me. He’s a lot of fun to create with. »
- Gary Collinson
Confessions of an Aging Artist: Baumbach Humorously Reflects on Filmmaking Ethics and Middle Age
In some ways the complimentary antithesis to his last work of whimsy, Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach’s latest film, While We’re Young, clamps the cantankerous jaws of midlife crisis around hollow hipster nostalgia, inevitably asking where the importance of authenticity remains in our current media savvy culture and why we often seem to socially settle in and close up with age, ultimately losing touch with the contagious excitement of free flowing youthful creative energy. Likely the creative result of Baumbach’s relationship with his significantly younger significant other, Greta Gerwig, the notoriously bitter filmmaker seems to be grappling with his own gradual aging and inevitable disconnection from youth. Filmmaking may be a medium of immortality, but both he and his documentarian protagonist are beginning to realize that they are feeling their age, no longer relating »
- Jordan M. Smith
Today we have the first photo from "The Sea of Trees" drama, starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. Check it out below. Plot: Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, he encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife (Watts). The new movie is directed by Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting). A release date has yet to be announced. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
It may not yet have a release date here in the United States, but we're still getting our first look at the new Matthew McConaughey film, "Sea of Trees." Directed by Gus Van Sant, the upcoming movie also stars Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe. Looking at the image below, you will see McConaughey, who plays author Arthur Brennan, and Watanabe, who plays Takumi Nakamura, standing in a, well, sea of trees. In fact, the area they are supposed to be standing in is Aokigahara, which is also known by that name and lies at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. One other name for the region is the Suicide Forest, and in the film, Brennan is there to end his life. It is then that he meets Nakamura and Brennan contemplates changing his plans. McConaughey's Brennan appears contemplative, with some sort of head wound. It is certainly a dark, »
- Josh Lasser
In the film, McConaughey plays Arthur Brennan, who treks into Aokigahara -- known as "The Sea of Trees" -- a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Thinking he’s found the perfect place to die, he encounters Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife Joan (Naomi Watts).
McConaughey has previously talked about the intensity of the new film, telling Entertainment Weekly, "I say another title for this film is 'You've got to go through annihilation to get to salvation »
Noah Baumbach unveiled his latest offering – While We’re Young – this week in a Toronto International Film Fest world premiere. In keeping with Baumbach’s cinematic output to date, his latest leans on a carefully selected soundtrack as a key storytelling tool.
This time out Baumbach looks at the divide between the current crop of 40-somethings (personified by the lead couple, Josh and Cornelia, portrayed by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) and their millennial 20-something counterparts (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried).
The premise may seem to write itself: The older generation fears and disavows the music of the one that follows it and makes endless cracks about “back in the day.” Baumbach, however, doesn’t take the bait. Instead, he uses the music to cleverly differentiate each generation’s relationship to music. »
- Shane McNeil
Just above is the first look at Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe in Gus Van Sant's latest directorial outing, The Sea of Trees a film that follows Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) as he treks into the infamous "Suicide Forest" at the foothills of Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who has had second thoughts about his own suicide, and is trying to find his way out of the forest, the two begin a journey of reflection and survival. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife (Naomi Watts). Speaking with EW, McConaughey said of the film, "I say another title »
- Brad Brevet
Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh discuss the seven "biggest career reinventions" currently happening at the Toronto Film Festival. The top of their list is Eddie Redmayne, who is gaining serious Oscar talk for "The Theory of Everything." The others are: Reese Witherspoon ("Wild"), Al Pacino ("The Humbling," "Manglehorn"), Jennifer Aniston ("Cake"), Andrew Garfield ("99 Homes"), Keira Knightley ("The Imitation Game," "Laggies"), and Naomi Watts ("St. Vincent," "While We're Young"). Variety -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Kris Tapley wonders if Sony Pictures Classics just secured Julianne Moore her first Oscar win. The veteran campaigners just signed for the distribution rights to her new indie film "Still Alice." He says that the Best Actress race "was something left lacking on t..."' »
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