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At the New Yorker Festival on Friday night, acclaimed American writer Don DeLillo offered his thoughts on America's gun violence problem, which was fitting, since DeLillo’s novels are known for story lines that comment upon threats to American society. He speculated on the motivation of lone shooters like the one who murdered nine people in an attack on Umpqua Community College in Oregon this past week. “A gun makes it possible for the individual (a man, usually a young man) to make sense of everything that is happening to him either in three dimensions or in his mind,” the Pulitzer Prize–winning author said in a discussion with New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman. “It gives him a motive. It gives him a sense of direction. And, it’s a substitute for real life, and it’s the way he will choose to end his life as well as the lives of innocent people. »
- Katie Levingston
Back in 2013, a film was announced of Don DeLillo's novel The Body Artist. Luca Guadagnino was set to direct a cast including Isabelle Huppert, Denis Lavant, Sigourney Weaver and David Cronenberg in one of his rare acting roles. Sadly that project never came to fruition, but the novel is now on its way back to the screen in a new form. Benoît Jacquot is now the director, and Mathieu Amalric and Jeanne Balibar are set to star.The Body Artist - a slim 2001 novella following DeLillo's colossal 1997 Underworld - is often described as a ghost story, but is really not quite that. A meditation on perception, time and grief, the book features long passages in which characters make breakfast or stare at webcam footage of empty roads in Finland. It does, however, involve the enigmatic appearance of a young man in an apartment, who may or may not be real. »
Despite his critical acclaim, and hipster caché, there has only been one movie to date, based on a novel by Don DeLillo, brought to the big screen. That picture, of course, is David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," which earned mixed reviews, though some fans say its loyal to the text. However, it seems we're in for something of a mini DeLillo deluge. Alex Ross Perry is working on bringing "The Names" to cinemas, and overseas, Benoit Jacquot ("The Diary Of A Chambermaid," "Farewell, My Queen") is putting together "The Body Artist." And the French filmmaker is now assembling his cast. Mathieu Amalric and Jeanne Balibar will star in the picture, that tells the story of performance artist Lauren Hartke, grieving after the suicide of her film director husband, who becomes increasingly alienated until she discovers a mysterious man in her house. And while I'm sure this iteration will do just fine, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Since the final Twilight film opened in 2012, Robert Pattinson has found consistent work in artier fare, taking roles in David Cronenberg's stoic adaptation of Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis (2012), The Rover (2014), Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars (2014), the upcoming Dennis Stock and James Dean biopic Life, and as T.E. Lawrence in Werner Herzog's upcoming Queen of the Desert. Pattinson will continue on that path, taking the lead role in acclaimed French director Claire Denis's first English-language film, penned by Denis, Zadie Smith, and Smith's husband, Nick Laird. Pattinson will play an astronaut, according to Screen Daily, in the sci-fi film that takes place in a "future that seems like the present." Denis, an art-house auteur known for her slow, elliptical narratives and stygian tones, has played with genre films before, notably her brilliant pseudo-vampire film Trouble Every Day and last year's relentlessly cryptic Bastards, so there's no telling how Denis defines "science-fiction. »
- Greg Cwik
Los Angeles' Bendix Building. Photo by Jordan Cronk.The bats have left the bell towerThe victims have been bled Red velvet lines the black boxBela Lugosi's dead —BauhausBela-Bonkers Brit Bloke Brazenly Boosts Bendix-Building Black Bandana!In the annals of Los Angeles crime, it was hardly an episode to titillate James Ellroy. Was it even really a crime? I was on the short stairwell that connects the 11th—the top—floor of the Bendix Building, a Garment District block on the corner of Maple St and 12th St, when I spotted the square of white-patterned black cotton. Into my pocket it rapidly went, compensation for the fact that my quest for rooftop access had been stymied. An orange plastic sign across the door up ahead, warning (bluffing?) of alarms that would ring out if opened, dissuaded further progress. I wasn't too disheartened—my unplanned visit to the Bendix Building had yielded sufficient delights. »
- Neil Young
The film, sold by Alfama and due to shoot later in the year, follows the young artist Danilov as he travels to Stalin’s secret residence to present the his plans for a monument to the dictator.
The news of Seigner’s casting was revealed by veteran producer Paulo Branco.
Branco also further casting and production news on his packed Cannes slate.
One new title is Fred Vargas adaptation The Chalk Circle Man (L’ homme aux cercles bleus), directed by Nikolay Levy-Beff, starring Malik Zidi, Elsa Zylberstein and Gregory Gadebois. Shooting is due to begin in September.
Also in development »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
For the first time since 1987 (Diane Kurys's A Man in Love), a female director will open the Cannes Film Festival: Emmanuelle Bercot's La Tête haute. Above: Josh Karp has written a book on Orson Welles's last film, The Other Side of the Wind, and has penned an article for Vanity Fair that traces the history of this infamous lost and found movie:"The story behind the making of The Other Side of the Wind begins at Schwab’s drugstore, the Hollywood soda fountain where: Charlie Chaplin played pinball, F. Scott Fitzgerald had his first heart attack, and, according to some versions of the story, Lana Turner was discovered while cutting school to grab a Coke."More on Orson Welles: David Bordwell writes on his personal history with the filmmaker (and his hometown) occasioned by a retrospective in Madison, Wisconsin: "So I had good luck coming here »
With Hollywood looking for franchises wherever it can find them, it seems mighty odd that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a highly successful novel with a film adaptation that had Rooney Mara, David Fincher, and James Friggin’ Bond attached, is not already swimming in sequels. The American version of Stieg Larsson’s novel wasn’t exactly a blockbuster, but it made $233 million worldwide on a $90 million budget. It seems like a no-brainer.
Now there’s talk from THR that a sequel could arrive soon enough, but Sony is debating the possibility of turning Larsson’s last two books, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, into a single film. They may even lump in a new novel starring hacker Lisbeth Salander by David Lagercrantz called The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Larsson passed away in 2004, before the books were even »
- Brian Welk
If there was one item that you did not find in a video store (not excluding Kim’s video) was a book to film translation of a Don DeLillo oeuvre, but it now looks like the celebrated author is keen on seeing some of his creations being adapted to the big screen. After Cronenberg took a limousine tour via Cosmopolis, and Benoît Jacquot recently landing The Body Artist (still in pre-production), it is Alex Ross Perry‘s turn to join the cult. In a short time lapse, Perry has been mentioned for the family turf Winnie the Pooh studio project and now, Variety reports that Perry will both write and direct The Names. He’ll co-produce alongside (La última película executive producer) Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, a producing figure who is definitely is a class of his own (among the Megan Ellisons in the biz) in terms of his support of auteur filmmakers. »
- Eric Lavallee
When it was announced last week that "Listen Up Philip" and "Queen Of Earth" writer/director Alex Ross Perry was going to pen the live action "Winnie The Pooh" movie for Disney, the internet collectively (and rather ridiculously) went Wtf. But the internet can be rest assured that Perry hasn't completely abandoned complicated dramas —it turns out he has a pretty interesting project brewing. Variety reports that Perry will write and direct an adaptation of Don DeLillo's 1982 novel "The Names." The story follows an investigation into a series of murders by a cult in the Middle East. Here's the book synopsis: Set against the backdrop of a lush and exotic Greece, The Names is considered the book which began to drive "sharply upward the size of his readership" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Among the cast of DeLillo's bizarre yet fully realized characters in The Names are Kathryn, the narrator's estranged wife; their son, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Perry (“Listen Up Philip,” “Queen of Earth”) is planning to adapt the script and direct. “The Names,” DeLillo’s seventh book, is set in the summer of 1979 in Athens and throughout the Middle East with a cast of expats who start to investigate a string of murders committed by a cult. DeLillo fans consider the work underrated. (The New York Times review described it as “a powerful, haunting book, formidably intelligent and agile.”)
- Ramin Setoodeh
The Telluride Film Festival has named author and film programmer Rachel Kushner as its 2015 Guest Director. She will select a series of films to present at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival, running over Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7, 2015. Per usual, the Telluride lineup will be kept secret until Opening Day. In a rare co-presentation between the Bay Area-based festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival, Kushner will present Barbara Loden's 1970 verite working class drama "Wanda" in 35mm at Sfiff this year. The film screened at Telluride 2005, back when author Don DeLillo was Guest Director. Read More: San Francisco Film Fest Highlights Rachel Kushner is the author of 2013 National Book Award finalist "The Flamethrowers," also a finalist for the Folio Prize, the James Tait Black Prize and among The New York Times Top Five Novels of 2013. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. Her fiction and essays »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The festival is also teaming with the San Francisco International Film Festival for Kushner to present Barbara Loden’s 1970 film “Wanda” on April 25 at the Castro Theatre. “Wanda” screened at the 2005 Telluride Film Festival as Guest Director Don DeLillo’s selection.
Kushner is the author of “The Flamethrowers,” a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, and her debut novel “Telex from Cuba” was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. She’s the only writer to have been nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013.
“Telluride has an incredible history and reputation, and I’ve long known of it as a unique »
- Dave McNary
Kushner’s selections along with the rest of the Telluride line-up will remain secret until opening day.
In what festival organisers hailed as a rare co-presentation between Telluride and the San Francisco International Film Festival, Kushner will present the 1970 film Wanda on April 25 at the Castro Theatre.
“Our audience will be as grateful as Tom and I have been to listen to her thoughts and insight and see the outstanding film choices she has made. We actually owe a huge debt of thanks to our past guest director Michael Ondaatje for urging us to work with her. “
Kushner is the »
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I remember reading a book, the first book I’d ever review online, called Meditations on Middle on Earth, which was collection of essays from the who’s who cast of fantasy authors reflecting on The Lord of the Rings. When they read it, where they were, how it influenced them. Among them was Robin Hobb, who’d I also later interview, and she posed a question in her essay that was something to the effect of the thought of why even try (to write) something that has already been done at that level? I find myself, from the fan’s perspective, in a similar place. As a life long fan of epic fantasy, this guy, one Steven Erikson… he’s done it.
When I finished reading Steven Erikson’s The Crippled God I was hit with asoiafitis, that truly magical yearning of just having to go talk about what you just experienced. »
- Jay Tomio
Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon
Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.
Brady Corbet’s [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Maud Le Rest)
The project was announced by Alfama’s Paulo Branco during the Efm. The film is an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke. It will star Reda Kateb and Sophie Semin. Handke himself is likely to have a cameo. The film will be an Alfama/Road Movies coproduction, to be sold by Alfama.
The film marks a reunion between Wenders and veteran Portuguese producer Branco, who co-produced Wenders’ The State Of Things in 1982 and has worked with him several times since.
Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine is screening out of competition, sold by Hanway.
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Paris– Benoit Jacquot, a French New Wave-inspired director whose career spans nearly forty years, returned to the forefront of the international film scene with Lea Seydoux starrer “Farewell, My Queen,” a critical hit that competed at Berlin in 2012 and earned 10 Cesar (France’s Oscar equivalent) nominations. This year, Jacquot will be back at the fest with “Diary of a Chambermaid,” another period drama toplining rising French star Seydoux and repped by Elle Driver in international markets. Addressing social and political themes that are still relevant today, the film follows a young and ambitious woman who worked as a chambermaid for wealthy families at the turn of the 20th century. An adaptation of Octave Mirbeau’s novel, “Chambermaid” is produced by Jean-Pierre Guerin’s new Jpg Prods. and Kristina Larsen at Les Films du Lendemain. The novel has already been brought to the bigscreen in 1946, with Jean Renoir’s Hollywood-set English-language makeover, »
- Elsa Keslassy
It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since Luca Guadagnino’s art house favorite I Am Love (2009) swept through Venice and Toronto, starring a delectable Tilda Swinton in an homage to Visconti. That was Guadagnino’s third and most acclaimed film (previously he’s directed Melissa P. in 2005 and 1999’s The Protagonists, also starring Swinton). After several experimental projects and documentaries, he’s signed onto several projects that never took off, including most notably an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist with Isabelle Huppert, Sigourney Weaver, David Cronenberg, and Denis Lavant all lined up to star (the project is now under the direction of Benoit Jacquot and will film with mostly unknowns sometime in 2015). Out of the blue, he announced he would be making A Bigger Splash, a remake of the 1969 Jacques Deray film La Piscine, »
- Nicholas Bell
19 items from 2015
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