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Indie filmmakers taking on Hollywood projects is not unheard of or rare. Noah Baumbach co-wrote “Madagascar 3,” "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" filmmaker David Lowery is writing and directing a big-budget studio version of "Pete's Dragon,” and Alex Ross Perry recently signed on to write Disney’s live-action “Winnie The Pooh” (not to mention Colin Trevorrow only made one small tiny indie film, “Safety Not Guaranteed," before taking on “Jurassic World”). That said, it is somewhat strange to hear of Argentinean auteur Damián Szifron’s next gig. Szifron dazzled many at Cannes and other film festivals last year with “Wild Tales,” his six-story anthology movie connected by themes of vengeance and distress (read our review). It’s a twisted movie that features a corrosive anger and very real resentment, all wrapped up in hilarious dark humor. At Telluride, Szifron spoke to many American journalists casually — including us — and the world seemed to be at his. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Has any contemporary movie star more intriguingly chafed at the gilded prison of stardom than Robert Redford? Certainly, he was not the first — or the last — matinee idol who endeavored to show us there was more to him than just a pretty face (or, in Redford’s particular case, that California tan, those blazing baby blues, and that wonderfully, ridiculously tousled hair).
Some actors, so inclined, stretch themselves in their choice of material; others add producing, directing, and even political activism to the mix. But “Bob” did all that and still felt somehow unfulfilled. So, rather like a fussy housewife forever rearranging the living room furniture, he gazed out at a sizable property he owned in the mountains of Utah and thought that an institute devoted to the cultivation and support of American independent filmmakers might look awfully nice over there.
If Sundance now seems nearly as iconic as Redford himself, »
- Scott Foundas
Technically speaking, not much happens in Pioneer, David Lowery’s 2011 short about a man who tells his son a bedtime story. The action is confined to one room as it cuts between the two actors, but the yarn spun by Will Oldham’s character, and the subtle inflections in the pair’s performance along with a textured sound design, make the film as charged as any meticulously choreographed exchange. Listen closely, and you can even discern some early seeds of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints in the mix. »
- Sarah Salovaara
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- Scott Beggs
Read More: 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director David Lowery Singles Out Short Films at Maryland Film Festival Opening Thanks to Short of the Week, David Lowery's gorgeous short film "Pioneer" is now available to stream online for free. The Texas-born filmmaker earned loads of acclaim in 2013 for his romantic crime drama "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, but that film would not have been made had it not been for the success of "Pioneer" at various film festivals throughout 2011. The short received numerous accolades, including a Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival. Consisting mainly of dialogue and set entirely in a single bedroom, "Pioneer" is a short about a father who, in a hushed storybook voice, recounts the story of how he met his young son's mother and became his father. Punctuated by an emotional score and atmospheric gold lighting, the »
- Zack Sharf
Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.
2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.
Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.
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There are certain works of art that are larger than even their creators ever intended, that ripple through culture for generations in ways that no one could have expected. I am relatively sure that when A.A. Milne wrote his two classic books about his son, Christopher Robin Milne, and the stuffed animals he played with while growing up, the author had no idea just how deeply those books would pierce generations of readers. There are two books by Benjamin Hoff that I fell in love with in college in which Hoff uses the Milne characters, particularly Winnie-The-Pooh, to examine the belief system Taoism. What sounds like a joke is actually fairly moving and profound, and not only does it do a bang-up job of explaining Taoism, it also points out just how beautiful and nuanced Milne's writing truly is. People love to pound on Disney because they are an intellectual property mill, »
- Drew McWeeny
Disney’s plan to wring every ounce of cash from its sizeable back catalogue continues today with news that the Mouse House is developing a live-action Winnie The Pooh movie. This week has already brought with it word that Mulan is getting similar treatment, which begs the question: when will this remake craze come to an end? Bearing in mind the studio has already marshalled successful live-action versions of Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella to the screen, that question answers itself.
Along with the project’s announcement, Disney has a filmmaker in place to usher the film along, and it’s an unusual choice for the family-friendly studio. Alex Ross Perry, writer and director of the low-fi Sundance gem Listen Up Philip starring Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss, has been tapped to write the adaptation. The film is angling toward a new take on A.A. Milne’s iconic world, »
- Gem Seddon
Read More: Alex Ross Perry to Write Live-Action 'Winnie the Pooh' This morning, it was announced that Disney had brought "Listen Up Philip" writer-director Alex Ross Perry on board to write their live-action version of "Winnie the Pooh." This comes on the heels of the news that "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery is directing an updated version of "Pete's Dragon" for the studio as well. These choices seem a bit peculiar for Disney, and its interesting that these indie directors are hopping on board a trend. Live-action remakes of classic Disney animated films have been popping up over the past few years, with films like "Maleficent" focusing on a character out of 1959's "Sleeping Beauty" and adaptations of previously Disney-fied fairy tales like "Snow White and the Hunstman" and "Alice in Wonderland" increasing in numbers. Recently, Emma Watson signed on to star in a »
Earlier this week, it was announced that Disney is planning a live-action remake of their classic animated adventure Mulan. Now comes word that they are also moving forward on a live-action, modern day reimagining of Winnie the Pooh. This is the latest in the studio's current trend of turning their most popular animated movies into live-action fairytales, with The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass currently shooting, and Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast now in development.
Alex Ross Perry, who won critical praise with his Sundance indie Listen Up Philip, has been hired to shape the vision for this new take on Winnie the Pooh, though Deadline does not specify if he is writing and directing, or just directing. This is the second time that Disney has hired a cutting-edge director to helm one of their new live-action remakes. David Lowery, known for his critical indie hit Ain't Them Bodies Saints, »
At first it almost sounded like a late April Fool, but Disney has spun its big giant wheel of Animated Icons To Convert To Live-Action Adventures and the pointer has reached Winnie The Pooh. According to Deadline, the Mouse House is looking to give the residents of Hundred Acre Wood a new lease on life. In addition to Disney’s current push to convert a lot of its cartoon characters – Maleficent, Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland, and the upcoming Pete’s Dragon and Dumbo – this feels a little like the company seeing the success of Paddington and wondering whether their own beloved bear, adapted from AA Milne’s stories, could enjoy similar CG life in the cinema.Alex Ross Perry, who won praise for his indie comedy drama Listen Up Phillip, which stars Jason Schwartzman as an arrogant, self-obsessed novelist, has been hired to develop the new film, an interesting wrinkle, »
Of late, Alex Ross Perry has been known for delivering a razor sharp dissection of an irredeemable asshole in "Listen Up Philip" and pitting two women in a battle of psychological warfare in "Queen Of Earth." Naturally, the next move would be work for Disney, right? It might not be the most obvious next stage of Perry's career, but the filmmaker has been tapped by the Mouse House to pen their live action version of "Winnie The Pooh." This project joins "Mulan," "Alice In Wonderland," "Malificent," "Cinderella," "Beauty & The Best" and "Dumbo" in the studio's roster of animated movies converted into live action tentpoles, and the Perry hire isn't entirely out of leftfield. After all, David Lowery of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" fame is shooting the remake of "Pete's Dragon" for Disney. But what is the the studio seeing in guys like Lowery and Perry? It could be »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Alright, who had Winnie the Pooh as the next live-action remake announced from Disney? That’s right, Deadline reports that Winnie the Pooh is now also on deck at the Mouse House to get a live-action update, coming on the heels of the previously released Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella. Moreover, the studio has already hired a filmmaker to bring the project to fruition: Alex Ross Perry, who wrote and directed the obtuse Sundance indie Listen Up Philip with Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss. The idea for this new Winnie the Pooh is to focus on Christopher Robin as an adult who is summoned back to Hundred Acre Wood to frolic with his animal pals: a honey-obsessed bear, a clinically depressed donkey, and a bumbling pig, among others. [caption id="attachment_436945" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Walt Disney Pictures[/caption] This actually isn’t the first time Disney has hired a serious indie director »
- Adam Chitwood
It’s only a mere day after April Fool’s, but today brings a news story that could’ve easily passed as one of yesterday’s finest joke headlines. However, it is indeed real. As Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery completes production on his Pete’s Dragon reboot for Disney, it looks like things went quite well, as the […] »
- Leonard Pearce
The Austin Film Society has announced that they have partnered with Dell to establish the Afs "Powered by Dell" Grant for Texas-based filmmakers in post-production. The awards will be given out as a part of the annual Afs Grant cycle in September, which annually awards $100,000 to filmmakers in the state of Texas. This grant will award $15,000 in cash, plus high-end Dell Precision workstations with Adobe Creative Cloud editing software and UltraSharp displays. Afs Grant winning filmmakers have gone on to screen their films at top festivals around the world, such as Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. The list of Afs grantees include David Lowery ("Ain't Them Bodies Saints"), Jeff Nichols ("Mud"), David Zellner ("Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter") and more. Filmmakers residing in Texas can apply to the Afs Grant for funds for production, post-production and distribution of independent films of any length and genre. Grant submissions open at the end of. »
- Jena Keahon
Read More: Watch: 'Wild Canaries' Trailer Mixes Old-School Screwball Comedy, Brooklyn and Murder If you love indie films and winning things, you now have a chance to combine both. Upon the release of his film "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," director David Lowery hosted a social media giveaway to anyone who watched four Indie films in one weekend. The prizes were impressive, including signed scripts. Now, filmmaker Riley Stearns announced another Indie Film Giveaway upon the release of three new indie films, "Buzzard," "Faults" and "Wild Canaries." The official tweet for the announcement came from Stearns' Twitter page on March 6, promising that if people see all three films (in a theater or rented/bought on VOD) by March 12, they would be getting some prizes their way. Check out the tweet below, and email IndieFilmGiveaway@gmail.com to enter. See (in a theater)/rent/buy all three films by March »
- Travis Clark
A few years back, for the release of his new film, director David Lowery of Ain't Them Bodies Saints (great film) hosted a social media giveaway where they would send prizes to anyone who saw four indie films in one weekend. They sent out some truly one-of-a-kind prizes, including signed scripts and props from the films, but above all just wanted to remind people to support indie films. Well, another filmmaker by the name of Riley Stearns is launching a brand new "Indie Film Giveaway" for three new features that were just released: Lawrence Michael Levine's Wild Canaries, Joel Potrykus' Buzzard and Stearns' Faults. Similar to Lowery's fun giveaway, it's as simple as photographing your ticket stubs and emailing them in. Here's the official tweet below from writer/director @RileyStearns announcing details about their "Indie Film Giveaway" for these three films. They're even including VOD rentals, so if »
- Alex Billington
Hyperion Media Group and Identity Films have picked up the rights to George Rowe’s “Gods of Mischief: My Undercover Vendetta to Take Down the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Rowe voluntarily infiltrated the Vagos a decade ago via “Operation 22 Green,” which led to convictions of members of the gang. Rowe was attempting to exact revenge for the killing of a friend by the Vagos.
Mailis was an executive producer on Sundance film “The Hallow,” which sold recently to IFC. Mastromauro recently produced “Louder Than Words” and is developing “The Old Man and the Gun” with Robert Redford producing and David Lowery attached to direct. Alanne is repped by CAA and Media Talent Group. »
- Dave McNary
Principal photography on Pete’s Dragon got underway on February 10, 2015 in New Zealand. The film is a re-imagining of the 1977 Disney classic and will blend live action and CGI to tell the story of the special bond between an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon.
The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help) as Grace, a park ranger who discovers the existence of Elliott; ten-year-old Oakes Fegley (This is Where I Leave You) as Pete; Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) as Jack, a local mill owner; New Zealand native Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Jack’s brother, Gavin; Oona Laurence as Natalie, the young girl who befriends Pete; and Oscar-winner Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, All the President’s Men) as Grace’s father.
- Mike Tyrkus
A quick overview of some of the more interesting projects that have been announced during the Berlinale: "Raoul Peck is on board to direct The Young Karl Marx, a period drama chronicling the turbulent youth and friendship between Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels," reports Elsa Keslassy for Variety. August Diehl and Alexander Fehling are slated to star. Martin Scorsese will executive produce Ben Wheatley's Free Fire. This June, Wim Wenders will shoot Les beaux jours d’Aranjuez, an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke. Werner Herzog will begin work on his super-volcano movie with Veronica Ferres, Salt and Fire, in April. André Téchiné, Robert Zemeckis, Joe Swanberg and David Lowery also have projects in the works. » - David Hudson »
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