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'12 Years a Slave' screenwriter John Ridley talks supposed beef with Steve McQueen
Since his Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley has been busy enough to tune out superfluous drama. He’s been in Austin since shooting the pilot American Crime for ABC, and promoting the U.S. premiere of the Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side at SXSW. But he knows that failing to thank 12 Years director Steve McQueen in his acceptance speech, and the seemingly chilly body language between the two of them on the big night, sparked countless stories of behind-the-scenes beef.
“I do regret it,” says Ridley of his omission. “But »
- Karen Valby
Watch: Patrick Wilson and Jack Plotnick Riff on SXSW Comedy 'Space Station 76'
Indiewire is at the SXSW Film Festival, shooting portraits and videos of some of the festival’s best and brightest with photographer Daniel Bergeron and the team at Movies on Demand. Now we've got Patrick Wilson and Jack Plotnick, star and director of the sci-fi comedy "Space Station 76," which was acquired by Sony ahead of the festival. Take a look. »
- Dana Harris
Box Office: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Has Biggest Limited Live Action Debut Ever
True to its name, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has made a spectacular showing in the specialty box office, breaking the record for the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time.
With a $800,000 weekend bow, Wes Anderson’s eighth feature film has stolen the art-house crown from “The Master.” The dramedy, which checked into only four theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, averaged more than $200,000 per theater, overtaking the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed drama, which averaged $147,000. This marks the best non-event opening gross ever for a New York or Los Angeles premiere and the auteur’s most successful debut to date.
“Grand Budapest” reeled in $260,000 on Friday ($65,000 per theater average) and an additional $40,000 in late night showings on Thursday.
“The Master” previously beat the record set by Anderson’s last film, 2012′s “Moonrise Kingdom.” With help from a Memorial Day weekend berth, that movie averaged a record-setting $131,000 in four theaters. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver in new Tracks trailer - watch
A new trailer has been released for the upcoming drama Tracks.
Directed by John Curran, Tracks stars Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson, who leaves her city life when she decides to go on a solo trek through 1,700 miles of Australian desert with only her dog and four camels for company.
The biographical drama opens in UK cinemas on April 25. No Us dates have been released. »
'True Detective': The 21 Creepiest Images From The Show So Far
In the weeks leading up to its final episode, "True Detective" has entranced viewers with its mix of mystery, philosophy and horrifying imagery. Part of what has separated the show from the rest of the procedural pack is the cinematic element director Cary Fukunaga has brought to Nic Pizzolatto's words. Before we sit down to watch the last episode in Rust and Marty's tale, let's take a look back at the images that haven't left ...
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Evan Goldberg Talks Preacher, The Interview, and Console Wars; Explains Why Preacher Works Better as a TV Series
Though it was clear from his days on Freaks and Geeks that Seth Rogen was a comedy talent to watch, few could have predicted that he would go on to become one of the most successful comedy writers—and burgeoning directors—working today. Rogen and his longtime friend Evan Goldberg made their feature screenwriting debut with the 2007 future comedy classic Superbad and followed that up with Pineapple Express in 2008 and The Green Hornet in 2011. The two made the move to directing to enormous success with last year’s excellent This Is the End, and now they have a number of exciting projects in the works as writers, directors, and producers. While attending SXSW in support of the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy Neighbors, which he produced, Goldberg took some time to speak with us about a few of his upcoming projects. He talked about the editing process of his and »
- Adam Chitwood
SXSW: Low-Budget Producer Jason Blum on The Secret of His Success
Everybody wants to know the secret to Jason Blum's success. If there was a turning point for the indie producer, it was, of all things, "The Tooth Fairy," the big-budget studio film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Having worked in acquisition for Miramax in the '90s, Blum eventually left to forge his own path as an indie producer. "I produced eight movies, 7 1/2 of which nobody has ever heard of," Blum told the audience at his SXSW keynote address earlier today. "I got frustrated making movies nobody had heard of," he explained. So he went on to produce "The Tooth Fairy.""I couldn't stand it. It was what I thought I always wanted. I was there every day in the trenches and I hated everything about that job. But what I loved -- and what I got from 'The Tooth Fairy' -- was to see how studio movies were released, »
- Paula Bernstein
'Veronica Mars' Cast Premieres Movie At SXSW 'For The Fans'
After nearly a decade of waiting, a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign and months of building anticipation, "Veronica Mars," (the winner of the 2014 MTV Movie Brawl) was finally unveiled to the public at SXSW. After an official premiere earlier in the day, the cast and crew of the TV-to-film adaptation headed half an hour north to the Alamo Drafthouse for an even bigger premiere: the one held for Kickstarter backers. Once they arrived at the theater ...
By Alex Zalben, with reporting by Josh Horowitz »
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Will Not Suffer From Villain Overload
Marc Webb stepped briefly into the web of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 promotion while serving as a keynote speaker at the 2014 South By Southwest film festival. The director spoke at length about his superhero franchise on Saturday, and directly addressed the concern that his pending sequel will have too many villains. Speaking to the crowd, Webb confirmed, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that one specific villain will only have a few minutes of screen time. Four, to be exact. So the idea of villain overcrowding is misguided. Said Webb: Paul [Giamatti] is in the movie for four minutes." The opening four minutes, if I had to wager a guess. I think that Webb opens The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with a spectacular car-crash scene, the one featured in the below clips. It will be a way to introduce Giamatti.s Russian gangster character, Aleski, and then placehold him for future installments, when »
'Grand Budapest Hotel' Breaks Records; 'Particle Fever' Shows Initial Appeal
Two of the most anticipated specialized films of 2014 debuted this week. Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" rewrote the record books for biggest limited live-action opening ever with a massive $800,000 first weekend in only four theaters. The other, the first half of Lars von Trier's "Nyphomaniac" (Magnolia) began its VIdeo on Demand run two weeks prior to its initial theatrical dates (results not released alas). "Budapest" proves that the right movie from a known filmmaker with strong reviews can still score in movie theaters. "Particle Fever" (Abramorama/Bond 360) also posted strong returns in three theaters, along with an encouraging expansion for Sony Pictures Classics' "The Lunchbox," as exhibitors move on from the emphasis on awards-adjacent titles that have dominated the market in recent months. Opening "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Fox Searchlight) - Criticwire: 86; Metacritic: A-; Festivals include: Berlin 2013 $800,000 in 4 theaters; PSA (per screen average): »
- Tom Brueggemann
'The Walking Dead': Predictions For Tonight's Episode 'Alone'
Don't watch "The Walking Dead" alone. It's scary. Do watch "The Walking Dead" episode "Alone," with people. Still scary, but less so. "Alone" is the name of the game on Sunday's (March 9) latest installment of the zombie series, with Maggie Greene continuing the search for her missing husband Glenn, while Daryl Dixon and Beth Greene deal with some headaches of their own. What exactly are we going to see tonight? Your bet is as ...
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SXSW: Robert Rodriguez's TV Debut 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series' Is Uneven But Heavy On Attitude
To some, the original 1996 film version of "From Dusk Till Dawn" is an entertaining B movie. It's a jumping off point for a young George Clooney as a leading man and an actor who makes the right connections. It's the start of a fruitful collaboration between two important modern filmmakers. To some it's just a description of the SXSW night life. But to Robert Rodriguez, it's so much more. "Quentin [Tarantino] writes the best characters in the world," Rodriguez said at the post-screening Q&A for the first episode of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series." "To have his characters for the first time on television, you've got to give them room to breathe and live." At a nearly full Vimeo theater Saturday afternoon, Rodriguez presented the first original scripted series for the writer/director's recently launched El Rey Network. While "From Dusk Till Dawn" didn't exactly blow the doors off the convention center, »
- Ben Travers
Marc Webb Originally Didn’t Want To Make ‘Amazing Spider-Man,’ Addresses Villain Overkill Concerns For The Sequel
SXSW: In the vaults from indie-filmmaker to tentpole blockbusting director, Marc Webb took one of the biggest jumps in recent memory. He started his feature-length filmmaking career with 2009’s inventive and quirky “(500) Days Of Summer” and then made the quantum leap to “The Amazing Spider-Man.” He’s had a taste for big-budget filmmaking, is back for more and will even direct the third ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ movie. But next on the horizon is chapter two, which hits theaters this May. While Webb is still practically in disbelief he got the ‘Spider-Man’ directing gig, the filmmaker sounds like not only is he enjoy the job, but he’s fully embracing everything big about making would-be four-quadrant moviemaking. Webb spoke at SXSW yesterday about the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” his career overall and much more. And while his comic-book movies have a lot of visual fireworks, the filmmaker wants to assure you »
- Edward Davis
SXSW: Seth Meyers on Taking Over 'Late Night' and Finding New Writers on Twitter
Just two weeks after taking over from Jimmy Fallon as host of NBC's "Late Night," Seth Meyers dropped by SXSW to talk about his new role with panel moderator Olivia Munn, on a Saturday off from the show. Read More: 'Late Night with Seth Meyers,' My New Favorite Show Following a "self-aggrandizing" (per Meyers') clip reel, the former "Saturday Night Live" writer and "Weekend Update" co-host tore into answering a wildly varied number of questions posed by a wisecracking Munn (who at one point advised an aspiring writer in the room that "it's never too late to sleep with studio executives") and select members of the audience. Below are the highlights: The one word that Meyers would use to describe "Late Night." "Fun. We're trying to have fun. If we're asking people to stay up late, they have to have fun. Otherwise, why wouldn't they go to bed?" What »
- Nigel M Smith
James Ellis obituary
The actor James Ellis (also known as Jimmy), who has died aged 82, was the longest-serving original cast member of the hugely popular BBC television series Z-Cars. When Z-Cars began in 1962, it represented a major change in the way the police were characterised in fiction. The BBC police series Dixon of Dock Green had been running for seven years, with Jack Warner playing the understanding, avuncular police constable Dixon. Z-Cars, by contrast, had the actors Stratford Johns and Frank Windsor making cynical remarks about the death of a murdered police colleague whose funeral they were attending, and Ellis, as Constable Bert Lynch, hearing from a colleague how he beats up his wife, without doing anything about it. Z-Cars attempted to show how moral anarchy in the rundown industrial area of »
- Dennis Barker
'300' Sequel Conquers Box Office This Weekend
While it didn't come close to matching its predecessor, 300: Rise of An Empire still managed to dominate the weekend with an estimated $45 million. Also opening this weekend, Mr. Peabody & Sherman became the latest DreamWorks Animation movie to disappoint at the domestic box office.Playing at 3,470 locations, 300: Rise of an Empire's $45.05 million debut was off 36 percent from the original 300, which opened on the same weekend in 2007. Adjusting for ticket price inflation and 3D premiums, Rise of an Empire sold roughly half as many tickets. Still, it was a step up from other comparable titles like G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($40.5 million), 10,000 B.C. ($35.9 million), Wrath of the Titans ($33.5 million) and Immortals ($32.2 million).Rise of an Empire was never expected to match the original 300 at the domestic box office. While marketing did a solid job positioning the movie as a revenge tale, the story just wasn't as compelling this time around. Also, »
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"We need to get the hell out of Manhattan! Now!" – Jason
A lot can change in six years. Back in 2008, found footage constituted a legitimate film genre that people wanted to watch, and not just a way to cynically pad out the solitary scare in another Paranormal Activity sequel. Plus, films released six years ago no longer have the benefit of context to hide behind. The pre-release buzz and clever marketing tactics eroded away a long time ago. All that remains is the film itself, and it must be judged on its own merits.
Which is why it's the perfect time to reintroduce Cloverfield to the conversation. When it was released, there was such a din »
- Stuart Heritage
SXSW Interview: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains the Scientific Agenda Behind 'Cosmos' And Why He's Not Afraid of the Religious Right
Neil DeGrasse Tyson has been a longtime warrior for the mission to popularize science. The astrophysicist's "StarTalks" podcast provides him with one regular outlet, but he just got a much bigger one: With "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," a flashy updated version of Carl Sagan's original 1980 series exploring the mysteries of the universe, Tyson is addressing a larger audience than ever before. The Seth McFarlane-produced show, written by Sagan's widow Ann Druyan, features Tyson as host as he discusses mind-blowing aspects of the universe in addition to the history of those responsible for exploring its secrets. After premiering the first episode at SXSW, Tyson sat down with Indiewire to discuss his relationship to the show's legacy and why he isn't concerned about its potential to offend the religious right. "Cosmos" is set to premiere across 10 Fox networks Sunday night at 9pm. Carl Sagan wasn't ostracized by the science world, but »
- Eric Kohn
SXSW: Jason Blum’s Keynote Points to Low Budget Television
Austin — To build his low budget film empire, Jason Blum has subscribed to a staunch business model: Shoot 80% of his films in Los Angeles for between $3 to $5 million with seasoned directors and actors who will say yes to a huge pay cut in order to sleep in their own homes “and kiss their kids goodnight.” He has a first look distribution deal with Universal Pictures, has no problem working as a producer for hire (most recently with MGM for “The Town That Dreaded Sundown”) and has a built-in back end pay system for everyone who works on any of his films (scaled, of course).
At SXSW Sunday, Blum delivered a keynote that analyzed his own business, largely opting out of conversation with the moderator and instead providing an elongated harangue. From the moment he turned on his mic, Blum caused the audience to perk up and listen, despite the evidence »
- Alexandra Cheney
Annie remake: casting of black lead provokes negative Twitter posts
Oscar-nominated Quvenzhané Wallis stars in the new film version of the musical. Cue Twitter comments that all begin: 'I'm not racist, but …'
Appearance: Headstrong, smartass, black.
Oh, her! She was great in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Yes, she was. And, provided you're into musicals about toothy orphans singing about tomorrow, she'll probably be great in this too.
Well, super. Fantastic, isn't it? Everyone's agreed that Wallis is a fabulous actor, and that she will do a great job as Annie even if the film seems slightly beneath her. »
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