19 items from 2014
The Important News Marvel announced its slate through mid-2019, including the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War, Captain Marvel, Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther, which stars Chadwick Boseman. Benedict Cumberbatch is pretty much going to be Doctor Strange. We got our first look at and synopsis for Terminator: Genisys. And our first look at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Greta Gerwig will play an adult Dawn Wiener in a Welcome to the Dollhouse sequel. Lord and Miller are back writing The Lego Movie sequel. Elf is getting a stop-motion holiday special. Mark Rylance will star in Spielberg's Roald Dahl adaptation, The Bfg. Seth Rogen will co-star in the next Steve Jobs biopic. Keanu Reeves made a comeback at...
- Christopher Campbell
Master of misery Todd Solondz hasn’t made a feature film since 2011’s Dark Horse, which the Village Voice called “neither incisively black comic nor particularly attuned to human behavior—proof that some directors, at least, do end up the way they started out.” We’ve had our eye out for signs of life, and finally we have something. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Solondz will be making a kind-of, sort-of sequel to Welcome to the Dollhouse—the film that put him on the map. Solondz wants to make the ensemble indie Wiener-Dog, featuring multiple stories, tied together thematically by a dachshund. One of the tales will center on Dawn Wiener—the awkward adolescent Jerseyite who is relentlessly abused by the kids in her junior high and...
- Alison Nastasi
Dawn Wiener is dead, long live Dawn Wiener! Todd Solondz‘s second feature film, Welcome to the Dollhouse, is hailed as the filmmaker’s big breakthrough — a bold, gross, weird and uncomfortably honest look at one awkward tween’s coming-of-age in nineties New Jersey. The film starred Heather Matarazzo as Dawn “Wiener Dog” Wiener, an outcast desperate to fit in with her bone-headed peers, her terrible family and a classmate who repeatedly attempts to rape her. As is Solondz’s signature, the film is admirable and unique, even if you feel like you need a shower after watching it. The Hollywood Reporter now reports that Solondz is “sort of” working a sequel to the 1995 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning feature film, as the filmmaker is currently casting for Wiener-Dog, billed as “an ensemble indie that is tied together thematically by a dachshund.” Moreover, “the script tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by »
- Kate Erbland
Welcome to the Dollhouse was a funny, but emotionally brutalizing calling card for director Todd Solondz back in 1996 (it paved the way for the even more brutal Happiness). So I'm sort of circumspect about the "whimsical" nature that his follow-up film Weiner Dog allegedly has. The ensemble film is apparently tied together "thematically by a dachshund" but nothing pretty or soft really lasts that long in a Solondz film. The story will revolve around several interconnected threads, one of which will center on Dawn Weiner, the relentlessly mocked protagonist that Heather Matarazzo played in Dollhouse. This time out the role (for reasons related to art or commerce I'm not sure, maybe both) will be handled by Greta Gerwig. Hit the jump for more on Weiner Dog. THR broke the story about the film and states that: The script tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, »
- Evan Dickson
Two decades on from his breakout second feature, Todd Solondz is returning to the world of Welcome To The Dollhouse. He's putting together a sort-of sequel, Wiener-Dog, which will in part pick up the story of erstwhile downtrodden teenager Dawn Wiener. Greta Gerwig and Julie Delpy are in talks to star.'Wiener-Dog' was the unkind nickname given to the awkward Dawn in the original film, but this time around it has a double meaning. The follow-up will be an ensemble drama covering multiple characters, all of whose stories are linked by a life-changing dachshund. So there's some whimsy amid the angst, as you might predict from the writer/director who followed Dollhouse with Happiness and Storytelling. Dawn was famously played by the 11-year-old Indie Spirit award-winning Heather Matarazzo last time, but while Matarazzo is still acting and producing, THR confirms that she is definitely not involved in recreating her signature role. »
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Nathalie Emmanuel, best known for her role as Daenerys' hand maiden Missandei in HBO's "Game of Thrones," has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel "The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" at 20th Century Fox.
Emmanuel will play Harriet, the leader of another group of maze runners. She joins a cast that includes Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson, Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito. Filming on the project begins next month. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men") will join Meg Ryan, Kara Hayward, Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage in "Fan Girl". Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the film and will appear as themselves.
The story follows a post-millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up »
- Garth Franklin
• Meg Ryan and Kara Hayward are joining Kiernan Shipka in Fan Girl. The film follows a 15-year-old post-Millennial teenager who combines her passions—making movies and idolizing her favorite band—in a final film project. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film. Gina O'Brien wrote the script. The film also stars Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage. All Time Low will lend their music to the soundtrack and will appear as themselves. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O'Brien and Jonathan Gray are executive producing. »
- C. Molly Smith
Todd Solondz is going back into the Dollhouse. Nearly 20 years after his breakthrough film Welcome to the Dollhouse, the indie filmmaker is planning to revisit Dawn Wiener in his next film Wiener-Dog. While not a direct sequel per se, the new movie does involve an older version of Dawn, played by Greta Gerwig. Also involved with […]
- Angie Han
Todd Solondz has always built his characters into an interconnected world. "Welcome To The Dollhouse" was the film that served as our introduction to his misanthropic take on the world, and it also introduced us to the character who remains my favorite out of all of his, Dawn Weiner. Played by Heather Matarazzo, Dawn Weiner was a beautiful outsider, a blissfully dorky little girl whose struggle to figure out how to fit in the 7th grade was both funny and painful, and Solondz wrote her with a remarkable amount of empathy. I would argue that Solondz has not been able to always strike that same balance and many of his films feel more mean, like he's an angry god raining on his own personal Jobs just for the hell of it. In both "Palindromes" and "Life During Wartime," characters from "Dollhouse" made a reappearance, but the character we would most »
- Drew McWeeny
Todd Solondz’s unique brand of filmmaking is taking a leaf out of the studio book. Yep, he’s making a sequel folks. Well, he’s actually making a quasi-sequel that’s partially inspired by his breakout hit, Welcome To The Dollhouse. The follow-up, entitled Weiner-Dog, will head into production some twenty years after the first, which may go some way to explaining why certain roles have been re-cast with adult actors.
According to THR, the script “tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy.” One of those people will be Dawn Weiner, a relentlessly teased youngster played by Heather Matarazzo in the 1995 flick. Bridging the two decade gap to play the older Weiner (alright, stifle the chuckles!) is indie queen Greta Gerwig, who is currently in negotiations. While she’s not signed on officially as yet, »
- Gem Seddon
It's been nearly 20 years since Todd Solondz directed his breakthrough film Welcome to the Dollhouse, and now the filmmaker is putting together a film that will somewhat act as a sequel, but not really. THR has learned that Solondz has quietly been developing a film called Wiener-Dog that will be backed by Megan Ellison and her awesome Annapurna Pictures production banner. Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) and Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) will both star in the film featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy. Read on! You might be wondering how that could be considered a sequel to Welcome to the Dollhouse. Well, Gerwig's character would be playing Dawn Wiener, the adult version of the character teased with the titular nickname "Wiener Dog" in the 1995 film. The role was originated by young actress Heather Matarazzo, playing the »
- Ethan Anderton
Almost 20 years after making his breakthrough as a filmmaker with Welcome to the Dollhouse, Todd Solondz is making a sequel. Sort of. Solondz is putting together a cast for Wiener-Dog, an ensemble indie that is tied together thematically by a dachshund. But one of the stories also will center on Dawn Wiener, the character mercilessly teased as "Weiner Dog" in the 1995 cult hit. Indie starlings Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig are in discussions to star in the movie, which Solondz had been developing quietly under the radar but now has a new leash on life: Megan Ellison
- Borys Kit
In this new golden age of television that we are currently living in, the television industry is poaching some of cinema’s greatest minds more than ever to create their own long form stories after being restricted to the hour and a half to maximum four hours that film allows. The gap is getting increasingly small between the two in terms of quality, and some would argue that TV has already overtaken film in some respects.
Steven Soderbergh, Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, and Lars Von Trier have or are about to make the leap from the silver screen to the small screen with The Knick, The Strain, Hemlock Grove, and the upcoming Shutter Island prequel and The House That Jack Built. They’re not the first major filmmakers to create a show; both Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch famously did so with Alfred Hitchcock Presents »
- Max Molinaro
“I have a lot of different types of music on my iPod.” That’s my go-to response when people ask for my favorite band, clearly trying to learn something about me by the fact that I like Jason Mraz or that one Mystikal song. That sentence is how I avoid judgment. But it’s also true.
I was raised on The Beatles and Queen and Simon & Garfunkel, and today, I love Mumford & Sons and The Backstreet Boys and Bon Iver and Eminem. But in between, I’ve had many musical phases, and in 2005, I was a teenager who’d just »
- Samantha Highfill
Argentine director Lisandro Alonso will be the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 2014 Filmmaker in Residence.
A minimalist filmmaker whose narrative work has a documentary-like aesthetic, Alonso’s most recent film was “Jauja” with Viggo Mortensen, which was nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
“Many times I think less is more,” Alonso told Variety. “It makes for a nice contrast to many big U.S. films.”
Alonso told Variety that he plans to use his residency to develop his next project, an exploration of people who live (and search for gold) in the Amazon jungle environment.
“I’m thinking about what kind of film can I make [in Brazil] about people who live outside of civilization and society and all these kinds of structures that we have, »
- Brent Lang
Sony Pictures Classics honchos Michael Barker and Tom Bernard have been feted up one side and down the other lately. The duo celebrated 20 years of Spc in 2012 and have received awards from the Museum of the Moving Image and the Gotham Awards as of late. Tonight they will receive the Los Angeles Film Festival's Spirit of Independence Award as the love keeps pouring in. Given that we recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Fox Searchlight — another crucial entity in the indie film space — it seemed like we were over due for a similar appreciation of Sony Classics' 22 years of output. The interesting thing, though, is that unlike Searchlight, there isn't necessarily anything outwardly identifiable about Sony Classics films as, well, "Sony Classics films." They all have a strong whiff of good taste but they don't have the heavy marketing footprint of some of the studio's contemporaries. Barker and Bernard's cinephile passion is always evident, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Guy Lodge, Kristopher Tapley
Terrorizing tykes. Corruptible kids. Menacing mop-tops. Problematic pubescent. However one might want to use their alliterative labeling when it comes to troubled young people and the trauma they cause (or the trauma that gravitates to them) in the world of cinema it is always fascinating to see the suspense, aggravation and psychological ramifications behind such happenings.
Kid Power, Kid Sour: Top 10 Misguided Youngsters in Film looks to examine some of the young people involved in such disturbing dilemmas within various facets in cinema. So let us check out a selection of these impressionable violators (in some cases victims) and contemplate their predicaments at hand, shall we?
1.) Rhonda Penmark from The Bad Seed (1956)
In playing the little pig-tailed sociopath Rhonda Penmark in Mervyn LeRoy’s Oscar-nominated film The Bad Seed, child actress Patty McCormack received an Academy Award nomination as the kid killer without a conscious. Spoiled and devious to a fault, »
- Frank Ochieng
I can testify that when you go to a film festival, and someone inquires about how the movies were that year, the answer you end up giving — “Really terrific!” “Lousy!” “They were okay!” — is often dictated by exactly one movie. If you saw something that totally knocked you out, the sort of film that you think is going to get major play in the real world, and you’re already dusting off a place on your 10 Best list for it, then that one movie can determine your entire perception of the festival. That’s what happened to me last year »
- Owen Gleiberman
The opening-night movie at the Sundance Film Festival is often, almost by design, a mild, light, forgettable affair. A lof of filmmakers don’t want the opening slot, and the basic idea is that the bar can’t be raised too high, because then you’ll risk making all the movies that come afterward look disappointing. But Whiplash, which opened the 30th anniversary edition of Sundance last night, didn’t just raise the bar — it electrified the spirits of everyone who saw it, including me. It stars Miles Teller, who had his breakthrough role in last year’s Sundance favorite »
- Owen Gleiberman
19 items from 2014
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