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Author: Zehra Phelan
With the Sundance London line-up announcement, this morning which sees Woody Harrelson’s Wilson making its debut at the festival we get to take a peek at the first official hilarious red band trailer and poster.
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Harrelson, who is currently in London this week promoting Lost in London and will be seen in the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, plays a middle-aged man, estranged from his wife and has absolutely no concept of other people’s personal space in the trailer. On finding out he has a daughter who was put up for adoption entices her to play stalker, but not before she gives him a good handbag hiding, in order to get to know and go totally Dad crazy when he sees her being bullied. It’s classic loopy Harrelson in a role that has such warmhearted intentions but goes »
- Zehra Phelan
Sundance Institute and Picturehouse have today announced the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, which takes place between June 1st and June 4th at Picturehouse Central.
The festival will present 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah:
Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.
Based on the real-life courtship: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love, »
- Gary Collinson
David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” will close this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London, organizers said Tuesday, unveiling the festival’s full lineup. Lowery will also headline the events section of the program with an onstage interview.
This fest will present 14 features that saw their world premieres at parent festival Sundance in Park City, Utah, in January. The films were selected by the Sundance Institute programming team in conjunction with Picturehouse. Miguel Arteta’s “Beatriz at Dinner” was previously announced as the opening film for Sundance London, which takes place for a second year at Picturehouse Central in the British capital’s Soho district, from June 1-4.
“As we head into our fifth festival in London, we remain committed to introducing new American independent films to audiences around the world,” said Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute. “Our success in the U.K. is a reflection of »
- Robert Mitchell
The full programme for this year’s Sundance London film festival has been announced. Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced today the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, taking place 1-4 June at Picturehouse Central.
The festival will present 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected for London by the Sundance Institute programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse. As previously announced, the festival will open with the International premiere of Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, and it will close four days later with the UK premiere of David Lowery’s critically acclaimed A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
Continuing the focus of the four previous London editions on presenting new work by emerging and established independent filmmakers, the 2017 festival will also include a short film programme with 15 shorts, »
- Paul Heath
The movie was set up at STX Entertainment, but after having troubling getting off the ground, Johnson decided to shop the property elsewhere and Netflix was quick to move on it.
The film is a fresh and daring comedy about high school senior Alex Truelove, whose quest to lose his virginity — eagerly awaited by his patient girlfriend, and cheered on by his rowdy friends — launches him into a hilarious and heartbreaking exploration of modern manhood.
Production is scheduled to start in May in New York.
Since naming mega-producer Scott Stuber as the head of its new film initiative, Netflix »
- Justin Kroll
The commercial is from Greek yogurt company Chobani, and it’s called “Fruit Symphony.” Short and uplifting, it shows musicians playing fruit instruments as a choir of Chobani employees sing Brion’s arrangement of Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now.”
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The ad opens with a coconut sliced in half acting as a high-hat cymbal, and goes on to show some sort of peach synthesizer and a banana piano. (Bananiano?) As a man rubbing a mango smiles at a drummer tapping an apple, Chobani’s message reads: “Food brings us together.”
Perhaps best known for “Eternal Sunshine,” Gondry also directed “The Science of Sleep” and, more recently, a »
- Jude Dry
Daniel Clowes’ Wilson is now playing in theaters across the country and hopefully, those who’ve had a chance to see it still have some questions about how the filmmakers and cast captured the tone of Clowes’ graphic novel so well. (It didn’t hurt that Clowes adapted it into a movie himself.)
In the movie, Woody Harrelson plays the title character, a cantankerous and unfiltered loner who tries hard to be social but ends up putting those he interacts with off. When he tries to reconnect with his ex-wife Pippy (Laura Dern), he finds out that he had a baby daughter she gave up for adoption. The two of them go look for their now teen daughter Claire »
- Edward Douglas
If you are a fan of history or film (or even history of film), then you should know the name Eliot Ness. Ness was an American Prohibition Agent who famously took down Al Capone with his team of law enforcement agents nicknamed The Untouchables. Yes, like the 1987 classic film The Untouchables, starring Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness and directed by Brian De Palma. There was also a show in the late '50s, early '60s of the same name, but that might not be as fresh in your memory.
Ness' story hardly ended with the prosecution of Capone, as he went on the be the Public Safety Director of Cleveland when a series of grisly murders took place between 1935 and 1938. Twelve victims were confirmed over these three years, all beheaded and often dismembered, some with their torso cut clean in half. The heads were almost never found. The »
- Nick Doll
Guillaume Gallienne: "The script had all the elements, the love and trust of Danièle." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Danièle Thompson's Cézanne Et Moi, starring Guillaume Gallienne as Paul Cézanne and Guillaume Canet as Émile Zola, had its New York premiere on Wednesday, hosted by Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller at The Whitby Hotel, where I had spoken to Wilson director Craig Johnson, screenwriter Daniel Clowes, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer and Isabella Amara.
The women in Cézanne's life were his mother Anne-Elisabeth (Sabine Azéma) and wife Hortense (Déborah François also in Claude Lelouch's latest Chacun sa vie). For Zola, his mother Émilie (Isabelle Candelier), wife Alexandrine (Alice Pol -Lelouch's Un + une), and mistress Jeanne (Freya Mavor). Guillaume Gallienne, who played Pierre Bergé in Jalil Lespert's Yves Saint Laurent gave some clarity into his vision of Cézanne, his relationship to Zola, and the women around them.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Fox Searchlight’s “Wilson” was among the new releases in a slow weekend at the indie box office, as it made $330,000 from 310 screens for a per screen average of just $1,065. “Wilson” stars Woody Harrelson as a neurotic and tactlessly honest middle-aged man who attempts to reconcile with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and connect with his daughter (Isabella Amara), whom he is meeting for the first time. Directed by Craig Johnson and written by Daniel Clowes, who adapted the screenplay from his own graphic novel of the same name, the film was produced by Alexander Payne, Jim Burke, »
- Jeremy Fuster
This weekend, strong holdover “T2 Trainspotting” outperformed Fox Searchlight disappointment “Wilson” at the specialty box office. Jazz documentary “I Called Him Morgan” is the bright spot among new specialty entries — at just one theater. This year, there are so many well-reviewed wide releases enjoying huge success with smart adults that the indies need a strong critical response to compete for moviegoers.
Wilson (Fox Searchlight) Metacritic: 50; Festivals include: Sundance 2017
$330,000 in 310 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $1,065
“Wilson” did not make a splash at Sundance, and even a top-flight specialized distributor like Fox Searchlight can’t transform a film with mediocre reviews into a success. It’s got a great pedigree — directed by Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”), Daniel Clowes adapted it from his own graphic novel and its includes Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Searchlight went with a non-platform wider initial release of 330 theaters. For all that, however, the results »
- Tom Brueggemann
by Spencer Coile
Daniel Clowes struck gold in 2001 when he wrote the screenpay for Ghost World, an adaptation of his graphic novel of the same name. Telling the story of self-identified outcast Enid (Thora Birch), his first screenplay toyed with themes pertaining to isolation, the dissolution of friendships, and lots and lots of teen angst. It was relatable and altogether melancholic, but importantly-- it all worked. Drawing from his own work (no pun intended), Clowes pulled together some all-too-familiar film tropes, and managed to subvert them in thoughtful and oftentimes amusing ways. After a return to the screen with another adaptation of his own work, Art School Confidential in 2006, Clowes layed low, working primarily on writing/drawing and short films. He's back with Wilson, now in theaters, pairing with The Skeleton Twins director Craig Johnson, for another foray into the hilariously damaged human spirit »
- Spencer Coile
Wilson actress Judy Greer has been consistently working in Hollywood for two decades now. Just like her character Kitty Sanchez on Arrested Development who keeps flashing her boobs “for the last time,” you always know you’ll be seeing her again soon. An unsung hero on the big and small screen, she’s been turning up in huge blockbusters recently such as Ant-Man, Jurassic World and the Planet of the Apes franchise. When she’s not in motion capture playing wife to Andy Serkis’ Caesar, you can find her delivering memorable turns in independent cinema like the bitter ex-girlfriend Olivia in Grandma.
In Craig Johnson’s Wilson, Greer plays dog sitter turned love interest Shelly. The rock in her relationship with Woody Harrelson’s titular character, Shelly’s nurturing and supportive nature help pull him out of his misery. Greer is a delight as the more straight laced character, who »
- Joseph Hernandez
This week sees another comic book adaptation arrive at movie theatres, while the Lego Batman and Logan are still pulling audiences in at the multiplex. Ah, but this film is not another superhero slugfest (we’ll have three more of those from Marvel Studios, and two from Warner/DC by the year’s end). No this comes from the “upper classes” of illustrated narratives, those “serious and somber” graphic novels (kind of a “highfalutin'” moniker). Several prestige flicks have been based on such books, like The History Of Violence and The Road To Perdition (both earned Oscar noms). The “graphic artist” (hey, I’ll bet he’d prefer cartoonist) behind this new film is no stranger to cinema. Matter of fact, this is his third feature-length movie adaptation. The first was my personal favorite flick of 2001, the quirky Ghost World (no ectoplasmic apparitions, but a teenage Scarlett Johansson). Five years »
- Jim Batts
Loneliness looms over “Wilson,” adapted from the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World”) by Clowes and director Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”). In an early scene, it literally hangs over Wilson’s (Woody Harrelson) head as he walks past a movie theater showing Vittorio De Sica’s 1952 classic, “Umberto D.” In that sorrowful, Italian neo-realist masterpiece, the elderly Umberto is the embodiment of loneliness, and suffers a near thorough destitution, his only salve the companionship of a pet dog. Wilson, Umberto’s toxic heir, has a dog, too, but his loneliness is self-imposed: Wilson is an obnoxious jerk. Not that you’d know. »
- Dave White
How big will Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” be?
Continuing to forge ahead after its record-breaking opening gross last weekend, the live-action remake should outgross three new releases by about 150 percent. It’s unfair to judge any of the new titles against juggernaut “Beauty,” which has already amassed $206 million (unprecedented for pre-May) in its first five days domestic, $428 million worldwide. This weekend “Beauty and the Beast” looks to fall somewhere in the $80-100 million range and should hit a staggering $300 million in its first ten days.
This makes it hard for any newcomers to make much impact.
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After three straight »
- Tom Brueggemann
For nearly thirty years, Daniel Clowes has been at the forefront of San Francisco’s second wave of underground cartoonists, first making waves with his anthology comic, Eightball, which ran for fifteen years. One of the many serialized comic stories in that comic was Ghost World, which was turned into a popular indie movie in 2001, directed by Terry Zwigoff and starring a very, very young Scarlett Johansson.
Five years later, Zwigoff and Clowes reteamed for the comedy Art School Confidential, also based on an Eightball story, and around the same time, Clowes shifted away from Eightball to writing and drawing stand-alone graphic novels.
One of those graphic novels was 2010’s Wilson, which Clowes has now adapted into a movie starring Woody Harrelson as its cantankerous title character, who goes on a quest to reconnect with his ex-wife Pippy (Laura Dern), and find their now-teen daughter Claire (Isabella Amara). It’s »
- Edward Douglas
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
So we’re going to try something different this week, because the Weekend Warrior has been getting a little long in the tooth, and we’re worried that our busy readers may prefer shorter and more concise pieces. We’ll give this a try over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll write a little more when there’s a bigger movie opening.
This past weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast reigned supreme with nearly $175 million--over $20 million more than my prediction (ouch!)--and even with a substantial drop this weekend, it’s unlikely that any of the three new movies will be able to »
- Edward Douglas
Director: Craig Johnson Written by: Daniel Clowes Cast: Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Isabella Amara, Judy Greer, Margo Martindale Release Date: March 24th, 2017 Wilson is a comedy-drama about three misfits: Wilson (Woody Harrelson), his ex-wife Pippi (Laura Dern) and their teen-aged daughter Claire (Isabella Amara). Wilson, a middle-aged man, does not understand the twenty-first century […]
The post Wilson Movie Review: A Dated Comedy About Serious Subjects appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Tami Smith
A comment to director Craig Johnson and screenwriter/graphic novelist Daniel Clowes on Laura Dern's tattoos for her character Pippi in Wilson, led us to Robert Crumb, Tony Danza, Van Halen, and Pippi Longstocking. Woody Harrelson is Wilson, Pippi's ex-husband, and they have a daughter, Claire (Isabella Amara). Judy Greer plays Shelly, Wilson's dog sitter for Pepper and Cheryl Hines was once his sister-in-law.
Not a shy man, Wilson likes to talk to all kinds of strangers. On an empty train, on the swing at the playground, in the men's room at an amusement park. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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