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Todd Haynes Thanks The Fans For Helping Him Remember The Details & Backstories Of 'Velvet Goldmine'

16 December 2011 12:21 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Almost 25 years after he made his first film, Todd Haynes remains as provocative and singular a filmmaker as ever. From the incendiary “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story” to Oscar-nominated projects like “Far From Heaven” and most-recently, his HBO-backed adaptation with “Mildred Pierce,” Haynes repeatedly, and directly engages controversial subject matter, examining it in oddly universal ways without sacrificing an honest or incisive eye. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been until recently that the home video market has really given many of his works the attention they deserve. On the eve of Lionsgate’s Blu-ray release of his 1998 glam rock chronicle, “Velvet Goldmine,” Haynes told The Playlist he’s happy to have a chance to add some supplemental materials for the first time which give its fans additional insights into his creative process. “In the original release of ‘Velvet Goldmine,’ the Miramax »

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Edgar Wright Has Never Seen These Movies, Pair Them Up For Four Nights In Los Angeles

18 October 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Edgar Wright's latest epic project [1] has him partnering with Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow, Joss Whedon, Bill Hader, Guillermo Del Toro, Joe Dante, Greg Mottola, Harry Knowles, Rian Johnson and, probably, several of you. Like all of us, Wright has a bunch of classic and cult films he's never seen. Unlike all of us, he has the means to see them for the first time on the big screen and will do just that in December [2] at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles during Films Edgar Has Never Seen. The director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World asked both his famous friends (some of which are listed above) and fans to send in their personal must see lists and, from those titles, Wright came up with one mega list from which he'll pick a few movies to watch December 9-16. After the jump check »

- Germain Lussier

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'Attack the Block' director Joe Cornish talks about his new British sci-fi movie, working with Spielberg, and how you can learn to 'kick alien arse'

28 July 2011 9:51 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

As a kid growing up in South London during the late ’70s and early ’80s Joe Cornish adored both creature features like Gremlins and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and gang movies such as The Outsiders and The Warriors. His one complaint about these films? None of them were set in South London. “I used to wonder why those stories never happened where I lived,” says Cornish. “Twenty-five years later I’m trying to put that right.”

Cornish’s vehicle for doing so is the movie Attack the Block, which the 42-year-old wrote and directed and which opens tomorrow. »

- Clark Collis

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Todd Haynes's Mildred Pierce: the crystal meth of quality television

23 June 2011 7:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Director Todd Haynes's new Depression-era TV mini-series, starring Kate Winslet, is instantly and scarily addictive

American mini-series television stealing Hollywood's thunder is not quite the hot-button topic that it was. Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire turned out to be pretty middling, and, oh, how we laughed at the abysmal mini-series The Kennedys with its terrible dialogue, actors standing around like tailor's dummies in suits, looking down with their arms folded, and the elaborate Bawshtun accents. But now the small screen has landed a sledgehammer punch, with Todd Haynes's outrageously enjoyable new television adaptation of Mildred Pierce, starting this Saturday on Sky Atlantic. It's the story of a Depression-era American housewife and her ferocious battle to survive, based on the 1941 James M Cain novel, which was famously turned into an Oscar-winning Hollywood movie in 1945, starring Joan Crawford.

This glittering new Mildred Pierce, which features Kate Winslet in the title role, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Todd Haynes's Mildred Pierce: the crystal meth of quality television

23 June 2011 7:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director Todd Haynes's new Depression-era TV mini-series, starring Kate Winslet, is instantly and scarily addictive

American mini-series television stealing Hollywood's thunder is not quite the hot-button topic that it was. Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire turned out to be pretty middling, and, oh, how we laughed at the abysmal mini-series The Kennedys with its terrible dialogue, actors standing around like tailor's dummies in suits, looking down with their arms folded, and the elaborate Bawshtun accents. But now the small screen has landed a sledgehammer punch, with Todd Haynes's outrageously enjoyable new television adaptation of Mildred Pierce, starting this Saturday on Sky Atlantic. It's the story of a Depression-era American housewife and her ferocious battle to survive, based on the 1941 James M Cain novel, which was famously turned into an Oscar-winning Hollywood movie in 1945, starring Joan Crawford.

This glittering new Mildred Pierce, which features Kate Winslet in the title role, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Todd Haynes Working With ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ Screenwriter On New Film

22 June 2011 3:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Writer Jon Raymond has a pretty impeccable resume thus far, having written Kelly Reichardt three films, Old Joy, Wendy & Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff. Todd Haynes has an equally impressive resume, best known for his feature films Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Poison, Safe, and the Academy Award-nominated Far from Heaven and I’m Not There. Well what if these two talents came together to write and direct a feature film? Wouldn’t it be something incredible?

In an interview with Time Out London, Haynes announced that he would be working with Raymond on his next project, a feature about contemporary conservative politics in America. Haynes didn’t reveal any other details, and in fact went on to say that he was still trying to sort out the details.

This would mark the third time the duo works together since Haynes produced Cutoff and Raymond co-wrote the first three parts of Mildred Pierce. »

- Ricky

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Small Screens: Todd Haynes' "Poison" Celebrates its 20th Anniversary & More

21 June 2011 7:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This week on Small Screens Todd Haynes' debut still packs a punch, a doc delves into the business side of the female orgasm, Uma Thurman seduces a youngster and much more. DVD/Blu-ray Picks "Poison: 20th Anniversary Edition" The Deal: 20 years on, Todd Haynes' ("Far From Heaven," "I'm Not There") feature film debut, "Poison," still packs a punch. Following his underground short sensation, "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story," Haynes shot »

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Todd Haynes Puts On My Morning Jacket

3 May 2011 10:19 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

One of the great modern cinematic pranksters, director Todd Haynes has managed to artfully carve out his place holding up a fun house mirror to pop music's eccentric excess.

He started this trend with his debut film, "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story," in which he used Barbie dolls to tell the title singer's tragic battle with anorexia, then took things up a flamboyant notch with his Bowie-tastic glam rock tribute "Velvet Goldmine."

After Haynes tip-toed around the Bob Dylan legacy by having six different actors and actresses play him in "I'm Not There," we assumed his next take on music would be even more fractured.

Wrong. Turns out Haynes is ready to turn his gaze head-on to Kentucky's premiere jam band, My Morning Jacket, by directing one of their upcoming live performances. The New York Times says it's all a part of American Express' "Unstaged" series, which previously paired Terry Gilliam with Arcade Fire, »

- Max Evry

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Seven Rare Films To Watch Now Before Google Video Dies

18 April 2011 1:53 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

This post will self-destruct in two weeks...well, not exactly, but the videos below will be since Google unceremoniously announced the end of Google Video over the weekend that they are putting a kibosh on the video service as of April 29th that unlike the one they eventually bought, YouTube, allowed users to upload video longer than 10 minutes. This development won't be mourned by many, as the video quality was never that great and since 2009, users lost the ability to upload videos, so it became something of a barren wasteland in terms of content.

However, unrestricted by time and largely ungoverned, the site also became the place on the Internet where cinema's orphans could be widely seen, either because they now belong to the public domain or because issues legal or otherwise have prevented their release through traditional means. Naturally, this meant there was plenty of piracy on the site of more recent films, »

- Stephen Saito

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Put Down Your Flip Cam! UCLA's First Barbie Video Girl Film Festival

14 April 2011 12:57 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

If Todd Haynes could make a Barbie Doll movie--Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (trailer below) broke him out at Sundance 1987, but was not cleared for theatrical release--why not UCLA film students? In a promo tie-in that would make Morgan Spurlock proud and may provide a replacement for grieving Flip Cam owners, Mattel challenged UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television (Tft) to use their Barbie Video Girl Doll™ to create two-minute short films. The competition rules were of the anything-goes variety: shooting with dolls was enough. On April 15, the films will be screened at the first annual (and free!) Barbie Film Festival at the James Bridges Theater and will compete for awards and door prizes. Three winners will be named. Here's UCLA details, UCLA's Bruin story, and the official Facebook page. »

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New Release: Poison: 20th Anniversary Edition DVD

24 March 2011 10:01 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Zeitgeist will release a 20th Anniversary Edition of Todd Haynes’ groundbreaking American independent film Poison on DVD on May 24.

From the Oscar-nominated director of Far From Heaven, I’m Not There and the new HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, 1991’s Poison is a trailblazing landmark in the U.S.’s “New Queer Cinema” wave of the 1990s.

Todd Haynes' breakthrough film Poison returns to DVD this May.

Shot in rich black-and-white, Haynes’ first feature film — following the underground short sensation Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story — this movie is a thrilling work of immense visual invention.

Inspired by the writings of controversial French novelist and activist Jean Genet, Poison interweaves a trio of transgressive tales — “Hero,” “Horror” and “Homo” — that build toward a devastating climax. Shot in a mock tabloid-tv style, “Hero” tells a bizarre story of suburban patricide and a miraculous flight from justice. “Horror,” filmed like a delirious ’50s B-movie melodrama, »

- Laurence

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Underground Film Links: March 13, 2011

13 March 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Production equipment savvy? Living in Calgary or looking to move there? The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers wants to hire a Production Coordinator to help manage their equipment. Visit their site for details.Speaking of Canada, Rhizome has a cool video from a ’70s Canadian arts show where artist Evelyn Roth discusses crocheting sculptures out of videotape. Plus, Rhizome finally has their archives back online.Then, Experimental Cinema has news of a DVD of Canadian filmmaker Joyce Wieland’s films being released.Are female horror directors on the rise in the U.K.? Eleanor McKeown investigates for Electric Sheep.Then, for Peaches Christ’s website, Michael Varrati sticks up for the much maligned slasher genre. Hear, hear! They’re just damn fun, is all!Listen to the mellifluous voice of Mike Plante discussing his new Cinemad distribution effort.Landscape Suicide has some very lovely stills from Hollis Frampton’s underground classic Zorns Lemma, »

- Mike Everleth

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