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This week, Mubi is pleased to exclusively present in the United States a quartet of new restorations and high definition digital scans from two of cinemas great animations luminaries: the Brothers Quay. Starting July 26, we'll be showing Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1987), The Comb (1990), Anamorphosis (1991), and In Absentia (2000).We're fans, but we're not alone: the Quays' on-the-record admirers include filmmakers from Terry Gilliam to Christopher Nolan to The Duke of Burgundy's Peter Strickland. We reached out to Duke Johnson, the Oscar-nominated animator and co-director (with Charlie Kaufman) of Anomalisa, who spoke to us at Cinefamily in Los Angeles to discuss the Quays' enduring appeal.Asked about animation's place in contemporary cinema, Johnson said, "I see contemporary cinema as animated, for the most part. Our mainstream films, like Transformers or The Avengers are seemingly primarily animated films. They have live action actors, but they often times have just as many animated characters as well. »
Paramount TV is looking to expand its presence in the unscripted world. To spearhead those efforts, the company has hired Eben Davidson as Svp of development.
Davidson comes from Viacom sibling Paramount Pictures, where he was Svp of acquisitions and production, working on films like Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!” and Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Oscar-nominated animation joint “Anomalisa.”
“With the tremendous success of our Emmy-nominated show ‘Grease: Live,’ we are committed to exploring new opportunities for compelling unscripted and live television events,” said Amy Powell, president of Paramount TV. “Eben has been an integral part of the Paramount family and we’re thrilled to have him join our team. His diverse skill-set within development and acquisitions will aide Paramount TV’s global footprint as we push the boundaries of content across multiple platforms.”
- Oriana Schwindt
From July 26th through the 29th, the online streaming service Mubi will present the exclusive online premiere in HD of new restorations and digital scans of four painstakingly animated wonders from the groundbreaking stop-motion filmmakers, The Brothers Quay.
Read More: Discover the Brothers Quay, Identical Twin Animators Who Inspired Christopher Nolan, on New Blu-Ray
These four films and their synopses are as follows:
“Rehearsals For Extinct Anatomies” (7/26): Oscillating hands each hold a pen; a man made of wire has a malevolent look and an oscillating eye as he pokes at a bump on his forehead. Op-art stripes are in the fabric. Lines become jumbles that become balls that oscillate, bounce, or stay suspended in air. “The Combs” (7/27): A woman dreams of a fairytale landscape populated by ladders and sinister puppets. “Anamorphosis” (7/28): An exploration of the optical phenomenon of anamorphosis, whereby the eye can perceive images differently if viewed at an appropriate angle. »
- Vikram Murthi
“I feel like I fucking blew it.”
Charlie Kaufman was talking about his career. More specifically, he was addressing his supposed failure to capitalize on the momentum generated by his scripts for “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Once upon a time, Kaufman’s name was spoken at Hollywood lunches with the same breathless excitement and opportunistic fervor that studio executives tend to reserve for young starlets — back then, he commanded more attention (if not more money) than any other screenwriter since “Lethal Weapon” scribe Shane Black. His potential in the industry seemed positively zoo-sized.
These days, so far as Kaufman is concerned, that’s no longer the case.
“I don’t feel like I’ve got that cachet that I had at a certain point,” he said, looking hard at the table between us. “I see people seizing the moment when they have the »
- David Ehrlich
in a bumper week, the Coen brothers’ pastiche of golden-era Hollywood proves weightier than its premise suggests, while Charlie Kaufman tackles puppet love
The Coen brothers pull off an elegant bait and switch in Hail, Caesar! (Universal, 12). Lured by the respective bright lights of a vintage Tinseltown milieu, a game star ensemble and George Clooney’s glistening teeth, we arrive expecting a weightless bauble. What we get is a pretzel-knotted spiritual rumination to be filed nobly alongside A Serious Man. It’s no surprise that the Coens can handle dense theological inquiry and noir-style puzzle plotting with equal aplomb, nor that they’re movie-literate enough to direct Scarlett Johansson in a sublime pastiche of an Esther Williams mermaid musical. It’s less expected to see them exhibiting all these skills in one film, but as Josh Brolin’s flailing Hollywood studio boss wades into ever murkier backlot shenanigans, the dream-like »
- Guy Lodge
Karlovy Vary — In theory, Charlie Kaufman should be feeling like a million bucks. Over the past 12 months, “Anomalisa,” the film he wrote and co-directed with Duke Johnson, won a special prize at the Venice Film Festival, became one of the most critically acclaimed films of the decade, and earned an Oscar nomination for […]
The post Charlie Kaufman Says ‘Anamolisa’ Didn’t Help His Career Like He Hoped It Would appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The President’s Award
Actress Jirina Bohdalová will receive the President’s Award at the upcoming 51st Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. A force in Czech entertainment for nearly 80 years and one of its most beloved figures, the still-active Bohdalová’s career spans stage, film, and television performances. Cementing her reputation as a national treasure, she also hosted (with Vladimír Dvorák) the massively successful, long-running, live TV sketch show “Televarieté,” dubbed foreign films and provided expressive voice work on numerous Czech animated TV series, particularly the fairy tales created for “Evening Story.” [“Vecernícek”]. Writer-director Slávek Horák [“Home Care”] recalls, “Whole generations [including mine] grew up listening to her every evening at 7, universally accepted by kids and parents as the bedtime call.”
So ubiquitous a figure is “Bohdalka” [as her fans affectionately refer to her] that it is nearly impossible to conceive of Czech popular culture without her.
Born in 1931 to a working-class family in Prague, Bohdalová was a precocious extrovert from a young age. »
- Alissa Simon
Festival reveals guests headed to Karlovy Vary next month.
Dafoe is to receive the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema and the festival will screen his performances in Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini and Martin Scorese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.
Kaufman, who won an Oscar for his script for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, will receive the president’s award and the festival will screen animation Anomalisa, which he co-directed with Duke Johnson.
As previously announced, the festival set in the Czech Republic spa town will open with the world premiere of Second World War thriller Anthropoid, with actors Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones, Aňa Geislerová, Alena Mihulová, Václav Neužil and Marcin Dorocinski in attendence alongside writer-director Sean Ellis.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson)
Charlie Kaufman, the writer behind Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, teams up with animator Duke Johnson to create a complex emotional drama starring lifelike puppets. The premise is riddled with existential dread of modern-day life, presented uniquely through Kaufman’s idiosyncratic point-of-view. For protagonist and self-help author Michael Stone (voiced soulfully by David Thewlis), everyone around him has the same voice (thanks to Tom Noonan) and nothing feels right. It isn’t »
- The Film Stage
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Those sloths at the Dmv could learn from Disney's super-fast home release of "Zootopia." The instant classic blockbuster came out in theaters in early March, and it's already arriving on Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD, and On-Demand on June 7. The Blu-ray and Digital releases come with a magical amount of bonus features, including "Zoology: The Roundtables," with Ginnifer Goodwin (who voices rabbit officer Judy Hopps) leading an in-depth look at the movie's characters, animation, environments, and more. Other extras include "The Origin of an Animal Tale," "Research: A True-Life Adventure," "Z.P.D. Forensic Files," "Scoretopia," a look at deleted characters, a bunch of deleted and alternate scenes (including an alternate opening), and Shakira's "Try Everything" music video. »
- Gina Carbone
Palo Alto was neither a sleeper hit or, from what I could tell, much of an overnight sensation, but it did herald the arrival of a new voice — and an addition to the greatest clan of American artists of the last 100 years. It’s good news, then, that Gia Coppola is at work on her follow-up: Variety tell us the director’s partnering with Naomi Watts and Jessica Lange for The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, a drama based on the true story of Dare Wright. Though the author of beloved children’s book The Lonely Doll, she was rediscovered by a journalist, Jean Nathan, while living in a public hospital four decades after her work’s publication. (It’s easy to presume who will play who.) From her experience came a book that “pieces together Wright’s bizarre life of glamour and isolation, and her struggle to escape »
- Nick Newman
Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Show! This week, I’m joined by Bill Graham and Amanda Waltz to discuss Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson‘s stop-motion animation Anomalisa, which is now available to stream.
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M4A: The Film Stage Show Ep. 181 – Anomalisa
0:00 – 04:57 – Introduction
04:58 – 38:04 – Anomalisa Discussion
38:05 – 1:01:18 – Anomalisa Spoilers
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- Brian Roan
The megastar singer’s roller-coaster life story, told from his pet chimp’s-eye view, will be made in stop-motion animation
Isaac Adamson’s script, which topped 2015’s Black List – a list of the most promising screenplays circulating in the industry – will see the king of pop’s pet tell his version of Jackson’s extraordinary life story. The film’s being co-produced by End Cue and Starburns Industries, the production company, owned by Community creator Dan Harman, who made Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s critically revered stop-motion animation, Anomalisa.
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- Henry Barnes and agencies
Michael Jackson’s beloved chimp, Bubbles, will be the subject of a stop motion animated feature film that tells their story from the ape’s perspective, TheWrap has learned. The film is based on Isaac Adamson’s script, which appeared on 2015’s The Black List and was acquired by Andrew Kortschak and End Cue. Dan Harmon and his Starburns Industries production company are producing the film. “Community” veteran Harmon also executive produced “Anomalisa,” the Oscar-nominated stop motion animated feature film directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. Also Read: Sony to Buy Out Michael Jackson Estate's Stake in Sony/Atv »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Bubbles, Isaac Adamson’s script about Michael Jackson told from his chimp Bubble's perspective, has been acquired by Andrew Kortschak's End Cue and Dan Harmon's Starburns Industries. The film will be made using stop-motion animation, in the vein of the Oscar-nominated film Anomalisa, directed by Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman. Adamson’s original spec script topped the 2015 Black List. Bubbles was a frequent companion to the iconic singer in the 1980s, even joining Jackson on the Bad World Tour in Japan. As for the plot, the Black List description of the script said: "A baby chimp is adopted by
- Rebecca Ford
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
88:88 (Isiah Medina)
What has set cinema back — both from the perspective of those who make, and those who write about it — are the binaries chosen to be created and propagated, be it taste, modes of production, or genre, essentially what forms “correct” cinema, in terms either classical or experimental. So there’s more and more hope that a film can come along that hopefully defies the tradition of quality, »
- TFS Staff
Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson aren't exactly the most obvious of creative pairings. Charlie Kaufman is an Oscar-winning screenwriter (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), while Duke Johnson is best known for his work in stop-motion animation with Moral Orel, Mary Shelley's Frankenhole and directing the Community stop-motion episode Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas. Thankfully, they both came together to create the truly unforgettable Anomalisa, which was my favorite movie of 2015 (check out my full review), and is now available on Digital HD.
The story follows a successful self-help author named Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) who can't escape the mundane nature of his life while on a business trip to Cincinnati, until he meets a unique young woman named Lisa (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh). Literally every other character in the movie is voiced by Tom Noonan, which is just as strange as it sounds. If you haven't seen the movie, »
The "Sausage Party" trailer begins like any other whimsical animated film, like "Toy Story" and "Cars" but with anthropomorphized food items. But we quickly realize that not all is as it seems when the characters become painfully aware of the fate that awaits them in the kitchen. This foul-mouthed animated is co-written and produced by Seth Rogen, who also voices a rebellious hot dog. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Emmy Predictions The Oscars showed last year that they're open to R-rated animation when they nominated Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's stop-motion film "Anomalisa," but no R-rated toon has ever won the award. Could "Sausage Party" be the first? It's directed by Greg Tiernan (best known for "Thomas the Tank Engine" films) and Conrad Vernon ("Shrek 2," "Madagascar 3"), neither of whom has been feted by the academy...' »
Leave it Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson to create one of the most beautiful, profound, funny, and tragic movies of the year with his stop-motion animated "Anomalisa." The tale of one night in the life of a customer-service guru, visiting Cincinnati to give a keynote talk, the film blossoms into a story about fidelity, loneliness, and the alchemical ways in which humans connect. And today we have an exclusive peek at the extra features of the movie. Read More: Review: Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson's Animated 'Anomalisa' Voiced By David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Tom Noonan In the featurette below, you can see how Charlie Kaufman and co-director Duke Johnson worked with the animating team to bring the characters to life. As you'll see, they recorded the actors — David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan — as they performed their roles, and then translated their movements as they »
- Edward Davis
Related: Anomalisa review: a masterpiece about the human condition – with puppets
In the Us, Anomalisa ended up taking $3m off a budget of $8m. In the UK, it’s sneaked into the top 10 on its first week on release, and has already made more than half the total take of Kaufman’s last, Synecdoche, New York.
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- Catherine Shoard
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