20 items from 2014
Even though (Spoiler Alert) both Will Smith and his dog died during the epic climax of I Am Legend, Warner Bros. was desperate to get a sequel off the ground due to the movie's overwhelming success. And they went to some pretty insane lengths to justify a story. Sadly, I Am Legend 2 never got off the ground and languished in development Hell for a long period before all involved walked away empty handed. Now, writer/producer Akiva Goldsman has revealed what some of those crazy ideas were.
Akiva Goldsman is out promoting his directorial feature Winter's Tale, which is in theaters this week just in time for Valentine's Day, and he was happy to share some of his failed script ideas for I Am Legend 2 with io9.
Here, he explains how they wrote both a prequel, which involves the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a sequel. He also mentions a Dark Seeker Elephant, »
Director: Ira Sachs
U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Ira Sachs’ second in a trilogy of NYC-set films took Sundance by storm playing like gangbusters and not surprisingly, much in line with the acting weight found in Forty Shades of Blue and Keep the Lights On, it appears that the pair of John Lithgow and Alfred Molina might be en route to some award nom recognition.
Gist: Written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, after 39 years together, Ben and George take advantage of the new marriage laws and tie the knot in a City Hall wedding in lower Manhattan. On the return from their honeymoon, however, and on account of their vows, George »
- Eric Lavallee
Ira Sach’s previous feature Keep the Lights was an intimate study of a young man desperately seeking true love, as we proceed to document the devastation that inevitably ensues, in what was a poignant and somewhat unsympathetic drama. However he now returns with something a little warmer and tender, in the quite brilliant Love is Strange.
Having been together for 39 years, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally decide to tie the knot, though their celebrates are halted, when a mere matter of weeks into their marriage, and George is fired from his job at the local church because of making his homosexual relationship ‘official’. Struggling to make ends meet, the pair sell their house, and while searching for a new apartment, Ben moves in with his nephew (Darren E. Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei) and their teenage son, Joey (Charlie Tahan), while George sleeps on the sofa at their former neighbours. »
- Stefan Pape
The latest Sundance Film Festival pictures that have been acquired for distribution: Writer-director Jeff Baena's zombie rom-com Life after Beth, starring Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza, and Anna Kendrick, has been acquired by A24 for U.S. distribution. Read up on our Sundance interviews with Baena here, and DeHaan and Plaza here. Directed by Ira Sachs; starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, and Cheyenne Jacksons, Love Is Strange has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. Read up on Matt's review of the film from Sundance here. Frank, directed by Lenny Abrahamson; starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy, has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures for North American distribution. Read Matt's Sundance review here. Hit the jump to read the press releases for Love Is Strange, Frank, and Life after Beth, and click here to catch up on all of our Sundance 2014 coverage. »
- Dave Trumbore
Ira Sachs' acclaimed Sundance drama "Love is Strange" has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. The drama stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a longtime couple who lose their New York City home shortly after getting married. The film co-stars Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan and Cheyenne Jackson. Sony Pictures Classics previously distributed Sachs' "Married Life" in 2007. "I'm thrilled to be working with Michael, Tom and Dylan again," said Sachs, "What was clear from our meetings is that they understand the film as a New York love story anchored by two powerhouse performances by Lithgow and Molina." "Filmmaker Ira Sachs, one of our most acute observers of humanity in modern times, has made his most accomplished film featuring two of the greatest actors in the English speaking world at the peak of their form. It is a privilege to collaborate with them on releasing 'Love is Strange, »
- Nigel M Smith
After premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, two films have been acquired for theatrical release.
Sony Pictures Classics announced Friday that they have acquired all North American, German, and Scandinavian rights to Ira Sachs’ feature Love Is Strange starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a longtime couple who lose their New York City home shortly after getting married and, as a result, must live apart, relying on friends and family to make ends meet. ”Filmmaker Ira Sachs, one of our most acute observers of humanity in modern times, has made his most accomplished film featuring two of the greatest »
- Jake Perlman
”Filmmaker Ira Sachs, one of our most acute observers of humanity in modern times, has made his most accomplished film featuring two of the greatest actors in the English speaking world at the peak of their form. It is a privilege to collaborate with them on releasing ‘Love Is Strange,’” said Sony Pictures Classics.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Michael, Tom and Dylan again,” said Sachs. “What was clear from our meetings is that they understand the film as a New York love story anchored by two powerhouse performances.”
Sony Pictures Classics also released Sachs’ “Married Life” in 2007. Lithgow and Molina play a longtime couple who lose their New York home shortly after getting married, and the film also stars Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan and Cheyenne Jackson. »
- Pat Saperstein
Sony Pictures Classics has fallen for Ira Sachs' romantic drama, Love Is Strange. Spc acquired all North American, German and Scandinavian rights to the film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 18. The film stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a longtime couple who lose their New York City home shortly after getting married. They're forced to live apart, relying on friends and family to make ends meet. Marisa Tomei, Darren E. Burrows, Charlie Tahan and Cheyenne Jackson also star. Video: Fireside Chats: 'Love Is Strange' Cast on Making a Film About a 'Gay Older
- Rebecca Ford
Update, 2:58 Pm: Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed Deadline’s report from yesterday, acquiring Ira Sachs’ Sundance pic Love Is Strange for North America, Germany and Scandinavia. Read the release below after the original story. Previous, Thursday Am: Sony Pictures Classics is acquiring Love Is Strange, the film scripted and directed by Ira Sachs that stars Alfred Molina, John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, Darren Burrows and Charlie Tahan. The timely film is about two longtime gay lovers who finally get married. One of them then gets fired and is unable to pay the rent. The couple must move in, separately, with a nephew and his family in Brooklyn and the two gay cops next door. The film got a strong response when it premiered last Saturday at the Eccles Theater. The deal is being made by Wme Global. The film also got a French distribution deal with Pretty Pictures right after its premiere. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, German and Scandinavian rights to Ira Sachs' feature Love is Strange . Love is Strange made its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it has been one of the most well received films by critics and audiences alike. Academy Award nominee John Lithgow and Alfred Molina star as a longtime couple who lose their New York City home shortly after getting married and as a result must live apart, relying on friends and family to make ends meet. The cast of Love is Strange also includes Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan and Cheyenne Jackson. Written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, Love is Strange is produced by Sachs, Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen and »
Married Life: Sachs’ Latest a Subtle Portrayal of Love, Marriage, and Familial Bonds
Following on the heels of his 2012 film, Keep the Lights On, which documented a rather tumultuous and sometimes toxic relationship between two gay men over the course of a decade, director Ira Sachs delivers what is perhaps his most heartfelt and warmly observed film thus far. While many of the central relationships depicted in Sachs’ works are marked by melancholy and discord, whether that be the arresting loneliness of the superb Dina Korzun in Forty Shades of Blue (2005) or the dark comedy underpinning the extra-marital affair in Married Life (2007), here with Love is Strange, we are graced with a couple played by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, partners of nearly forty years that have finally taken it upon themselves to exchange overdue marriage vows.
After thirty nine years of living together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George »
- Nicholas Bell
Fifty years ago (on Feb. 7, 1964, to be precise), the Beatles came to America with a sound so blissful and spangly and new that it would have seemed — still seems — counterintuitive to think how much that sound was influenced by America. The four magical mop tops seemed to relish our rock & roll even more than we did (though, of course, they gave it their own incandescent spin). Mind you, I’m not comparing Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, the two brilliantly funny quipster cynics who portray themselves going on a culinary road adventure in The Trip to Italy, to the Beatles »
- Owen Gleiberman
Truth springs from the title and trickles down into every pore of “Love Is Strange,” an uncompromising yet accessible slice-of-life expression from Ira Sachs, one of the most perceptive and personal directors working in American cinema. Here, the helmer branches out beyond his own lived experience to imagine a same-sex relationship 39 years strong as it is tested immediately following the couple’s long-overdue marriage. This beautifully observed ensembler shines on the strength of its two leads, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, who conjure four decades together as they enter the “for better, for worse” phase of their union.
Keenly aware that it is the “sexual” part of homosexuality that seems to offend the family-values crowd, Sachs has shrewdly focused on an example where hearts lead the way — so much so that the couple’s progressive New York family look to their old gay uncles as role models in romance. That »
- Peter Debruge
A total of 24 world premieres are included in the Berlinale’s Panorama selection, which has added a number of Asian productions.
Some 36 films from 29 countries will feature in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16), of which 24 will be world premieres.
Most recently invited are works from Norway, Ethiopia, Mexico, India, Iran, Georgia, Greece, Hungary and Austria – with returning filmmakers Elfi Mikesch and Umut Dağ, who opened Panorama 2012 with Kuma, his directorial debut.
New titles include a number of Asian productions. In Ieji (Homeland) by Japan’s Nao Kubota, a farmer’s son, who first fled to the city, explores his home village in the Fukushima district, an area that is actually still a no-go zone following the disaster at the region’s nuclear power plant.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
London — The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section, which is devoted to art-house cinema, with a particular focus on auteur movies, has completed its lineup of fiction pics. It includes 24 world premieres.
The selection has a strong Asian contingent, with several titles from the continent added.
Panorama’s main program will open on Feb. 6 with a Vietnamese sci-fi pic, “2030.” In Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo’s film, the ocean levels have risen and the land of many farmers is now under water. Vegetables are cultivated on floating farms, a catastrophic situation from which global corporations want to profit.
Nao Kubota’s “Homeland” follows a farmer’s son from the Fukushima district of Japan, who has fled to the city. He returns to his home village, which lies in a no-go zone following the nuclear disaster.
In the South Korean film “Night Flight,” LeeSong Hee-il presents a poignantly unsettling duel between two schoolmates »
- Leo Barraclough
Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…
MorningStar Angeline: In the year 2013 I rediscovered film photography and my love for it. I bought Polaroids, brought out my Brownie and my old Canon film camera and starting shooting. It’s so much more intimate for me and gives you time to master your art. You cannot just simply take 300 pictures like you can with digital, you have to be picky and be aware of every detail of a shot. I also discovered an artist named Lissie who I now adore. Her two albums have given me a voice that I haven’t been able to find in pop music. Lastly, I think the app Vine deserves a mention because of how much it makes me laugh. I don’t think I could pull of the hilarious videos some people make in the few seconds the app provides.
Lavallee: I »
- Eric Lavallee
Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…
Charlie Tahan: Samantha Morton gave me the movie Kes, it is one of my favorites now. I also just discovered the film Magnolia, I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it until recently… And I am obsessed with the show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Lavallee: In Love is Strange, you play Joey. Could you describe your character, what his relationship is in rapport to the central characters and from his perspective how does he perceive the world around him.
Tahan: Joey is put out when his Uncle Ben moves in and he has to share his room with him. Joey loves his uncle but feels invaded and is resentful. He eventually comes to terms with his family as he matures.
- Eric Lavallee
This Thursday, the Sundance Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary and since we’ve covered about 1/3rd of the event and have fond memories of each edition, we figured why not commemorate some of the personalities that will make up this year’s crop. Welcome to our Sundance “Trading Cards” series.
Profiling the misfits, the filmmakers and the supporting players both in front of and behind the camera, we asked each person (curiously vast bunch from grade school aged vets to pension aged newbies) what their “three favorite 2013 discoveries”. These could either be old classics, obscure items from the past, present or 2013 fresh as in favorite album, song, recording artist, painter, sculptor, author, book, narrative or docu film, video game, television series, science, technology, apps, city, country or news headline. And like any given sport cards features, we included their vitals and favorite fest(s).
Enjoy the series and collect the entire set! »
- Eric Lavallee
Fox's new show 'Wayward Pines' is set to debut later this year and with a line-up that includes Matt Dillon, Terence Howard ('Crash'), Juliette Lewis ('From Dusk Till Dawn') and Toby Jones ('Berberian Sound Studio') to name but a few it's definitely high on the 'must-watch' list for 2014. A new official image from the production has emerged once more thanks to EW which you can see below. 'The Sixth Sense's M. Night Shyamalan takes the helm of the intriguing thriller with a 'Twin Peaks' vibe to it. The show is based on the original novel by Blake Crouch. Shannyn Sossamon, Tim Griffin ('Prime Suspect USA'), Greta Lee, Carla Gugino ('Sucker Punch'), Charlie Tahan ('Frankenweenie') and Melissa Leo ('Red State') also star. »
Does the "Wayward Pines" combination of the name "M. Night Shyamalan" with the words "Television Presentation" send a shiver down your spine? It should. The guy hasn't made anything good in ages. He's due for a hit, no? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Beuller?
Matt Dillon, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan, Shannyn Sossamon, Hope Davis, Justin Kirk, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Greta Lee, Juliette Lewis, Lindsey Kraft, and Melissa Leo star. Gotta admit, the cast Is impressive.
Ethan Burke (Dillon) is a Secret Service agent who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan's investigation only turns up more questions. Each step closer to »
- Uncle Creepy
20 items from 2014
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