9 items from 2012
This morning saw the New York Film Critic's Circle fumble with Twitter, but finally announce their awards for 2012's best, marking the first critics' group to bestow their honors. Sometimes bucking against the tide ("The Accidental Tourist" and "Far From Heaven" are among past Best Feature winners), sometimes proving good precursors to the Academy (they matched Best Picture, Director, Actress and Foreign Language feature last year), it's generally deemed to be the first major precursor of awards season. And if this is any indication, Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" could be the one to beat, with the true-story thriller nabbing Best Picture, Best Cinematography for Greig Fraser and Best Director. Also highly touted, Michael Haneke's "Amour" took Best Foreign Language Film a nice boost following its European Film Awards sweep this weekend. Among the surprises, for the first time in the 70+ year history of »
- The Playlist Staff
by Jordan Ruimy Continuing on with my weekly column, we arrive at 1988. The nominees for best picture were “Rain Man”, “The Accidental Tourist”, “Dangerous Liaisons”, “Mississippi Burning” and “Working Girl” – 5 excellent, »
- Jordan Ruimy
Last week saw the release of “Darling Companion,” the first film from writer/director Lawrence Kasdan in nine years. The film tells the story of Beth (Diane Keaton) and her husband Joseph’s (Kevin Kline) dog getting lost in the mountains after their daughter’s wedding. The couple, their family, and friends spend the next week searching for the dog, a quest that puts all their relationships into question. We had a chance to talk to the director during the San Francisco International Film Festival where the film was playing.
For the first time since his 1991 film “Grand Canyon,” Kasdan shares a writing credit on a film with his wife Meg Kasdan. Together they shared an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay as a result of their efforts last time around. While it’s no coincidence that they have once again teamed up to tell a story together, the »
- Sean Gillane
Kathleen Turner Kathleen Turner, perhaps best remembered for seducing William Hurt in Lawrence Kasdan’s Body Heat and for romping about with Michael Douglas in Robert Zemeckis‘ Romancing the Stone, will be present on May 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Bell Lightbox to discuss her career in films and on stage. Turner will be making her Toronto stage debut in Matthew Lombardo’s High at the Royal Alexandra Theatre from May 8–13. Turner, 58 next June, has appeared in nearly 30 features. In addition to the aforementioned two titles, her credits include Ken Russell’s Crimes of Passion, as a Belle de Jour-like sex worker; John Huston’s Oscar-nominated Prizzi’s Honor, as Jack Nicholson’s partner in crime; the Lewis Teague-directed Romancing the Stone sequel The Jewel of the Nile; Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination; and Danny DeVito »
- Andre Soares
Capsule Options is a new weekly column intended to provide reviews of nearly every new indie release. This week's capsules are written by Indiewire's Chief Film Critic, Eric Kohn along with other contributors as noted. Reviews This Week: "Darling Companion" "The Day He Arrives" "Downtown Express" "Fightville" "The Giant Mechanical Man" "Goodbye First Love" "Marley" "The Moth Diaries" "My Way" "Oki's Movie" "Sleepless Night" "Snow on tha Bluff" "Zombie Dawn" "Darling Companion" Lawrence Kasdan's career is largely defined by refined character-driven storytelling ("The Big Chill," "The Accidental Tourist"), and his screenwriting credits on eighties blockbusters prove he knows how to move things along at an exciting pace. This makes the »
Exclusive: Hot off the 2012 Sundance Film Festival premiere of his film The First Time, Jon Kasdan has signed with Wme. Kasdan, who wrote and directed The First Time, made his directing debut on 2007′s In The Land of Women, which he also wrote. The First Time, which stars Wme clients Dylan O’Brien and Craig Roberts, is a fresh, grounded and funny coming of age story set in high school. Kasdan grew up in the business. He’s the son of writer/director Lawrence Kasdan, and has played roles in his father’s films The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist and Dreamcatcher. He’s also the brother of Bad Teacher helmer Jake Kasdan. »
- MIKE FLEMING
John Bailey was a graduate film student at USC studying film criticism when he discovered a passion for cinematography while working on a school production. His first feature-length credit was for a 1972 horror movie Premonition, and since then he has accumulated a long and impressive list of credits, including such classics as: Groundhog Day, The Accidental Tourist, Swimming to Cambodia, Silverado, The Big Chill, and American Gigolo. More recently, he’s worked on projects as diverse as Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Must Love Dogs, The Producers, and Country Strong.
I first heard John speak at an event organized by Kodak in Rochester in the late 80′s. He talked at length about the language of the movies, and about shooting The Accidental Tourist. It was a revelation; at the time, cinematography to me was framing the camera so the subject was in the scene; if the subject was too far away, »
- Michael Murie
Every week, Hollywood puts out movies about terrible things like genocide, cancer, war and the zombie apocalypse. And that's totally cool, because at this point, seeing a bunch of people get eviscerated by a serial killer is pretty much the highest form of entertainment pop culture can offer.
But there's still one thing we absolutely cannot handle emotionally: Movies about dogs.
Which is why the new trailer for "Darling Companion" may just cause your tear ducts to literally explode.
Here's the deal: While tooling along the highway, Oscar winner Diane Keaton sees a doggie lying on the side of the road. Taking him in, she names him Freeway and all is right with the world — until the moment he vanishes into the primeval forest during a family retreat. Marshaling a horde of fellow Oscar favorites (including Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Dianne Wiest and Kevin Kline), she sets off on a »
- Scott Harris
William Hurt and guest Actor William Hurt, nominated for Best Actor in a Television Miniseries or Movie for his role in HBO's Too Big to Fail, and guest attend the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Hurt's competition consisted of eventual winner Idris Elba for Luther, in addition to Hugh Bonneville for Downton Abbey, Bill Nighy for Page Eight, and Dominic West for The Hour. William Hurt won a Best Actor Academy Award in early 1986 for his performance as an imprisoned drag queen in Hector Babenco's Kiss of the Spider Woman, with Raul Julia. Hurt received two other Best Actor Oscar nominations: for Randa Haines' Children of a Lesser God, opposite Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, and for James L. Brooks' Broadcast News, with Holly Hunter and this year's Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe nominee Albert Brooks. Nearly two decades later, »
- D. Zhea
9 items from 2012
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