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Sundance Review: ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ is a Shapeless Biopic with a Stand-Out Joaquin Phoenix Performance

Returning to the Sundance Film Festival for the first time since Gerry, Gus Van Sant has had a peculiar run since. After experimental highlights like Elephant and Paranoid Park, he earned acclaim with Milk, but then his last trio of features–Restless, Promised Land, and The Sea of Trees have been forgettable–or worse. His latest film, Don’t Worry, You Won’t Get Far on Foot, finds him returning with a beating heart, courtesy of Joaquin Phoenix’s stand-out lead performance, but this biopic is ultimately let down by its shapeless, uncinematic approach.

Based on a memoir by Portland’s John Callahan, the scattershot editing structure finds us jumping between his early 20s–when his alcoholism led him to becoming paraplegic after a horrible accident–and his life confined in his wheelchair, from his early, angry days to finding some peace with crafting off-color cartoons and support at an AA group.
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‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix Endears in Gus Van Sant’s Meandering Biopic — Sundance 2018

‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix Endears in Gus Van Sant’s Meandering Biopic — Sundance 2018
Gus Van Sant has many modes as a filmmaker, from the avant-garde eeriness of “Elephant” to the sentimentalism of “Milk.” His meandering biopic “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” falls somewhere in the middle, collecting fragments from the life of button-pushing paraplegic Portland cartoonist John Callahan to create a likable portrait with minimal narrative. Reteaming with Joaquin Phoenix for the first time since “To Die For,” Van Sant gets an endearing performance out of the actor in depicting his journey from depressed alcoholic to revered public artist, but the movie drifts through potent observations with a casual disinterest in pulling it together.

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Van Sant initially wanted the story with Robin Williams attached to play Callahan, and it’s easy to see why: A carrot-topped wiseass who roams around town starting trouble,
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Weinstein Company Pulls War with Grandpa, Upside and Mary Magdaline

The Weinstein Company yanked its first three movies of 2018 from its calendar, pulling The War with Grandpa from its February 23 date, The Upside from its March 9 date and Mary Magdalene from its March 30 date. It is believed that these movies were pulled in anticipation of the company being sold off to new owners, in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal. None of these films were given new dates as of now, listed as "unset 2018" at the moment. There is no indication yet as to who could be taking over The Weinstein Company, or when they may decide what to do with these films.

The War with Grandpa was set to face Paramount's thriller Annihilation, Orion Pictures' drama Every Day and Warner Bros.' action comedy Game Night, although now there is no indication on when it may open. The movie centers on Peter (Oakes Fegley), who
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Weinstein Company Pulls ‘War With Grandpa’, ‘The Upside’ & ‘Mary Magdalene’ Off Release Schedule

Weinstein Company Pulls ‘War With Grandpa’, ‘The Upside’ & ‘Mary Magdalene’ Off Release Schedule
While the Weinstein Company deals with a few internal matters, it has pulled three Dimension films from their 2018 release dates. Robert De Niro-Christopher Walken starrer The War with Grandpa had been set for February 23, Bryan Cranston-Kevin Hart comedy The Upside gives up its March 9 date, and biblical biopic Mary Magdalene starring Rooney Mara has exited the March 30 slot.

War with Grandpa and The Upside were set for wide release, and Mary Magdalene had been slated…
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‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’: Why Gus Van Sant Cast Joaquin Phoenix in a Disabled Role — Watch

‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’: Why Gus Van Sant Cast Joaquin Phoenix in a Disabled Role — Watch
Joaquin Phoenix’s casting in “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” has proven controversial, given who he’s playing in Gus Van Sant’s film: John Callahan, a quadriplegic cartoonist, musician, and artist. Van Sant addressed the controversy from the IndieWire Studio at the Sundance Film Festival, saying that Callahan himself “wanted the most famous person in the world to play him” and wouldn’t have been bothered by an actor without his own disability taking on the role. Watch below.

Read More:Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Casting Slammed as Offensive by Ruderman Disability Foundation

“This often comes up with all kinds of lead roles — who are the people playing the lead roles, do they have anything in common with the role itself?” Van Sant said. “I definitely would have used a particular person that was quadriplegic if they were the right actor,
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Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Leads Poignant ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’

Amazon Studios’ latest film outing, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot,” has released a first trailer. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black, the dark comedy about a wheelchair-bound artist will be released in select theaters May 11. Gus Van Sant directs. Check out the new trailer here: To book your own gig, check out Backstage's film audition listings!
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New Regency, See-Saw Films Partner for First-Look Deal

New Regency, See-Saw Films Partner for First-Look Deal
New Regency and production company See-Saw Films have signed a three-year, first-look development, financing, and production deal for films.

Under the deal, announced on Thursday, See-Saw will develop movies to be financed by and co-produced with New Regency. In addition to development and production financing, the first look provides See-Saw with global studio distribution through New Regency’s deal with 20th Century Fox for all films greenlit under the deal.

The announcement was made by New Regency Chairman Yariv Milchan, and See-Saw managing directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.

“A decade into See-Saw, this partnership with our friends at New Regency allows us to continue to make bold, smart, commercial movies with taste and heart,” Canning and Sherman said. “We can support our filmmakers at all budget sizes and across all genres, including the ability to tell distinctive U.S. stories for a global audience. Having access to global studio distribution, without sacrificing
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See-Saw, New Regency strike three-year first look pact

20th Century Fox to distribute features produced under the deal.

UK-Australia prestige production outfit See-Saw Films and Us powerhouse New Regency have struck a three-year first look pact.

Source: Gabriel Goldberg

Emile Sherman (left) and Iain Canning

Under the deal, See-Saw will develop features that will be financed and co-produced by New Regency. In addition, the agreement provides See-Saw with global studio distribution through New Regency’s existing pact with 20th Century Fox, which will cover all films greenlit under the deal.

The agreement extends the relationship between the two companies, which has recently seen them collaborate on Steve McQueen’s Widows. Currently in post-production, the heist thriller stars Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson and Daniel Kaluuya.

See-Saw previously worked with UK director McQueen on his 2011 feature Shame, while New Regency produced his Oscar-winning historical drama 12 Years A Slave. In October last year, New Regency signed a multi-year deal with McQueen to develop and finance
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Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Casting Slammed as Offensive by Ruderman Disability Foundation

Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Casting Slammed as Offensive by Ruderman Disability Foundation
Joaquin Phoenix’s latest role in Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” finds him stepping into the real-life shoes of paraplegic cartoonist John Callahan, but not everyone is happy the director cast an able-bodied actor to play a disabled character. The Ruderman Family Foundation, a national leader in disability inclusion, has criticized the movie for the casting decision, saying it is “offensive to the disability community” and “overlooks the opportunity to cast actors with disabilities to play characters with disabilities.”

Read More:‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’ First Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant Reunite After 23 Years

“It was a mistake for director Gus Van Sant to cast Joaquin Phoenix in his upcoming biopic about disabled cartoonist John Callahan,” Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, said in an official statement. “The time has come
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Paul Dano’s “Wildlife”: Films to anticipate at the Sundance Film Festival

Starting tomorrow, Park City over in the state of Utah transforms. It goes from being a quiet ski resort town to the epicenter of the independent film world. Of course, we all know why. Yes, the Sundance Film Festival will be getting underway, and that’s exciting for all sorts of cinephiles. We’ll be on the lookout for which titles could turn out to be Academy Award players, following in the recent footsteps of The Big Sick, Call Me By Your Name, Manchester by the Sea, and Mudbound, but that’ll reveal itself in time. For the moment, before any fo the movies have played, there’s plenty to be excited about. Below you’ll see 12 flicks that personally have my interest. With any luck, they’ll all turn out to be Oscar players… Here now are a dozen movies to look forward to at the Sundance Film Festival:
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Rushes. Republic Rediscovered, Argento on "Suspiria", Tribute to Straub

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGWe found Kiyoshi Kurosawa's semi-serious, semi-tongue-in-cheek sci-fi film Before We Vanish one of the best premieres of last year. The trailer for the American release plays it straight, but captures the wry verve of the film. Highly recommended.We adore the output of Poverty Row studio Republic (Driftwood, The Inside Story, I've Always Loved You), but rarely have had the chance to see the movies on celluloid and looking good. So we'll be front row, center for the Museum of Modern Art's "Republic Rediscovered" series, curated by Martin Scorsese. But just as good as any of those 1940s classics is the trailer for the retrospective, cut by filmmaker Gina Telaroli.The first look at Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, Gus Van Sant's new film, set to premiere at Sundance.
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Joaquin Phoenix leads an all-star cast in trailer for Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

Author: Zehra Phelan

Amazon Studio has released a new trailer for there based on a true story, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot starring Joaquin Phoenix leading an all-star cast.

Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from John Callahan’s autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Gus Van Sant.

The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney MaraJack Black, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon.

The film is set for a limited Us theatrical release on May 11th

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Official Synopsis

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment – with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and
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First trailer for Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot starring Joaquin Phoenix

Ahead of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this Friday, Amazon Studios has revealed the first poster and trailer for the upcoming biographical drama Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot. Directed by Gus Van Sant, the film is based on the memoirs of the same name by cartoonist John Callahan and sees Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role alongside Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black; check out the trailer here…

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment – with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) – Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life. Based on a true story,
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‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’ Teaser: Wheels Up On Gus Van Sant’s John Callahan Movie

Amazon today released the first look at Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, a biopic of sorts from Gus Van Sant that stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black. The streaming service already has set a May 11 release in select theaters. Phoenix plays John Callahan, a Portland slacker and drunk who almost dies in a car accident at age 21, becoming a quadriplegic. After he reluctantly enters AA, and with encouragement from his girlfriend (Mara) and a…
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Joaquin Phoenix And Jonah Hill Star In First Trailer For Don’T Worry, He Won’T Get Far On Foot

Directed by Gus Van Sant, with a story by John Callahan and Gus Van Sant, watch the first trailer starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black.

Amazon Studios will release Don’T Worry, He Won’T Get Far On Foot in theaters May 11, 2018.

Don’T Worry, He Won’T Get Far On Foot will have its World Premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment – with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) – Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life.

Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power
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Joaquin Phoenix Plays Controversial Cartoonist In First Look At ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’

In the first trailer of “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”, Joaquin Phoenix plays controversial cartoonist John Callahan. Co-starring Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black, the film, based on Callahan’s biography of the same name, follows his journey as a quadriplegic finding his passion as an artist. Related: Joaquin Phoenix Is Jesus
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Joaquin Phoenix Plays a Paralyzed Cartoonist in Trailer For Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

The first trailer has been released for director Gus Van Sant's (Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester, Milk) new film Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot. The movie is based on a true story and it stars Joaquin Phoenix as John Callahan, a slacker alcoholic from Portland whose life is turned upside down when he is paralyzed in a car accident. This difficult journey leads him on a path to becoming a cartoonist.

The movie has a great supporting cast that also includes Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black. The movie will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week, and I plan on catching a screening of this film while I'm there. It looks like Pheonix is going to give another great performance! Here's the synopsis:

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends
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Amazon's Don't Worry Trailer Teams Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill and Jack Black

Amazon Studios has released the first trailer and poster for Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, which is slated for theatrical release on May 11, 2018. For those who will be in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival later this week, this film will have its world premiere screening on Friday, January 19, before heading overseas to the Berlin International Film Festival next month. While we still have a few months until this true story adaptation hits theaters, this could certainly make a big splash at Sundance in just a few short days.

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment, with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill), Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that
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Joaquin Phoenix Transforms Into the Late John Callahan in Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

Is it just us or is Joaquin Phoenix in everything lately? In the first look at Amazon Studios's Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot, the actor portrays late cartoonist John Callahan, who became a quadriplegic at the age of 21 as the result of a car accident. Not only does the sneak peek, which is brilliantly set to John Lennon's "Isolation," feature appearances from Jonah Hill, Jack Black, and Phoenix's offscreen girlfriend, Rooney Mara, but it also marks Phoenix's first movie with director Gus Van Sant in almost 23 years. The two previously worked together in 1995's To Die For, which was one of Phoenix's first breakout roles. See the teaser above before the film's release on May 11.
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First Trailer for Gus Van Sant's 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'

"This doesn't just go away... You have to fight with it, or you die." Amazon Studios has debuted the very first teaser trailer for Gus Van Sant's latest film, titled Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, which is premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival starting this week. The film shows on Friday night, and we'll be there at the world premiere. Based on John Callahan's memoir, the story follows a Portland slacker who nearly loses his life in a car accident, and lives in wheelchair after. He tries to give up alcohol and figure out how to live a better life, discovering a love for drawing "edgy, irreverent" newspaper cartoons. Joaquin Phoenix stars as John Callahan, and the cast includes Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, Beth Ditto, Olivia Hamilton, Udo Kier, Kim Gordon, and Carrie Brownstein. I'm very impressed, this is a stellar teaser, with some excellent
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