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Steve Buscemi: ‘In some ways I feel I haven’t fulfilled my true potential'

From firefighter and bar fly to Hollywood superstar, Steve Buscemi has populated his films with lovable oddballs and cold-blooded killers. But, as Aaron Hicklin finds, it’s all been driven by his need to fit in

Like Tommy, the aimless barfly he plays in Trees Lounge, the melancholic 1996 indie film he also wrote and directed, Steve Buscemi found himself in a spiral of hopelessness after leaving school, jumping from one part-time job to another: cinema usher, ice-cream seller, petrol station attendant. There were many long nights in bars. “I really had difficulty there [on Long Island] in my last couple of years because I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing,” he says. “I felt my life was going nowhere.” His father had pushed all four of his sons to take a civil service exam, in Buscemi’s case as an avenue to a career with the fire service, where
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NYC Weekend Watch: Jean-Pierre Léaud, David Lynch, Wesley Snipes & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

The single greatest filmography of any living actor is celebrated in “Jean-Pierre Léaud, from Antoine Doinel to Louis Xiv,” including an all-day Doinel marathon on Sunday.

Metrograph

More seminal sci-fi in “The Singularity,” some of Buñuel’s best films, the Donnie Darko restoration (read our interview with Richard Kelly here), rock music,
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Steve Buscemi: 'I hope people remember the shutdown in the next elections'

The Boardwalk Empire star on how the Republicans have held the Us hostage and why the pursuit of money is not a worthy goal

Dressed in dark colours and a black baseball cap, in person the 55-year-old Steve Buscemi cuts basically the same slight, rumpled figure we met a quarter-century ago in Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train. He might be a roadie coming off a world tour. His famously exophthalmic eyes are a washed-out blue and he's tired, back home in Brooklyn after staying at his house in upstate New York. He likes to go there and hang out and do nothing, he says, maybe take a walk or do a bit of yardwork: he spent the weekend raking leaves. Self-effacing, friendly, polite, it's clear he's here under low-grade sufferance; interviews, he says in his quick, metallic, slightly strangulated way, "aren't my favourite thing to do".

He is a patient
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Steve Buscemi: 'I hope people remember the shutdown in the next elections'

The Boardwalk Empire star on how the Republicans have held the Us hostage and why the pursuit of money is not a worthy goal

Dressed in dark colours and a black baseball cap, in person the 55-year-old Steve Buscemi cuts basically the same slight, rumpled figure we met a quarter-century ago in Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train. He might be a roadie coming off a world tour. His famously exophthalmic eyes are a washed-out blue and he's tired, back home in Brooklyn after staying at his house in upstate New York. He likes to go there and hang out and do nothing, he says, maybe take a walk or do a bit of yardwork: he spent the weekend raking leaves. Self-effacing, friendly, polite, it's clear he's here under low-grade sufferance; interviews, he says in his quick, metallic, slightly strangulated way, "aren't my favourite thing to do".

He is a patient
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Steve Buscemi's Unexpected Move

Steve Buscemi's Unexpected Move
New York -- Steve Buscemi (boo-shem'-ee) will direct a live stream of a Vampire Weekend concert to debut a new season of "Unstaged."

The stream will launch the fourth season of "American Express Unstaged," an online series that pairs notable directors with popular music acts. Vampire Weekend's concert at the Roseland Ballroom on April 28 will stream live on Vevo and YouTube.

American Express was to officially announce the live stream Tuesday.

Vampire Weekend lead singer Ezra Koenig in a statement called Buscemi "a wonderful actor, a NYC legend and a great director." Buscemi has directed four feature films, including 1996's "Trees Lounge," as well as several "Sopranos" episodes.

Vampire Weekend will release their third album, "Modern Vampires of the City," on May 14.

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Sundance: 'The Spectacular Now' is a lovely and original teen movie. 'A.C.O.D.' is the comedy that Adam Scott fans have been waiting for

Sundance: 'The Spectacular Now' is a lovely and original teen movie. 'A.C.O.D.' is the comedy that Adam Scott fans have been waiting for
Remember how Elvis Presley looked when he was young? The perfect pompadour, the eyes a-twinkle, the smile so brightly and absurdly cocksure it seemed lit from within? Imagine Elvis reincarnated as a very tall and brainy American high school dude, with a quip for every occasion, and you’ll have an idea of the fresh yet slightly skewed charisma of Miles Teller, the gifted star of The Spectacular Now. He plays a high school senior about to graduate named Sutter, who would, at a glance, seem to have it all. Sutter already knows how to talk to the ladies — he
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Moved Back To La So 'I Can Yell At The Top Of My Lungs'

Moved Back To La So 'I Can Yell At The Top Of My Lungs'
Story comes courtesy of Los Angeles Magazine

By Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as told to Elina Shatkin

I am a third-generation Angeleno. My grandpa grew up in South-Central, and my grandma grew up in Boyle Heights. When they were young, South-Central was a Jewish ghetto, and Western was the western edge of L.A. They had a soda pop wagon, but I think they made most of their money selling liquor during Prohibition. My grandpa started working when he was 12. He was a hustler. I get a lot of my work ethic from him. He used to take the Red Car, and he remembers when it got dismantled. It’s fascinating to me: How different would L.A. be if public transportation had been allowed to flourish? We’d probably be a more classically designed city, spend less time in cars, and all be happier. I love old Los Angeles. If you
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Zooey Deschanel Is My Fun Movie Date

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Zooey Deschanel Is My Fun Movie Date
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel may have shared great chemistry in 2009's (500) Days of Summer, but their romance only exists on-screen. Despite fans' wishes for the two to become an item, the costars are just friends, Gordon-Levitt, 31, insists in the September issue of Playboy . "We've been friends for 10 years. She loves movies, music and art, and she's incredibly knowledgeable about that stuff," he says. "She's turned me on to so many movies and so much good music. It's fun just so have conversations, watch movies with her." Although Gordon-Levitt landed a role on 3rd Rock from the Sun at an
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Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

British television is showing Gremlins, The Goonies, Blue Thunder, Red Heat, Tango & Cash and Innerspace this week. How can you argue with that?

Unless you're a fan of Warehouse 13, which starts its third season on Syfy this coming Thursday, August 4th with The New Guy, the summer lull continues through the next seven days, with an absence of brand new shows on the schedules.

That leaves only series that are midstream, such as Torchwood: Miracle Day, which nears its halfway mark between ten episodes on Thursday August 4th as well, with episode 4, Escape To La on BBC1 at 9:00pm. You can follow our coverage of the show here.

Also on BBC1, the repeat of the final episode of Sherlock's first series, The Great Game airs on Wednesday, August 3rd at 8:30, if you want a refresher before the second series launches this autumn. We have a few details
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Live blog: The Golden Globes – live! | Hadley Freeman

Catch up on all last night's awards action with Hadley Freeman

• News: Firth crowned while Social Network cleans up

Peter Bradshaw's reaction

• Gallery: quotes of the night

• Gallery: Globes arrivals

• Gallery: TV winners

• Full list of winners

12.15am GMT: Greetings all, and welcome to the preview to tonight's Golden Globes liveblog. While I may not actually be on the red carpet in Los Angeles, I will be reporting to you live from my red sofa in New York. Truly, no expense is spared in the Guardian liveblog department. This is journalism in action, people! Suck on it, Woodward and Bernstein.

Oh, I do love the Golden Globes. So much more fun than the Oscars, because the nominees tend to be more what my cousin Catie calls "loosey goosey", or what I call "drunk". The usual explanation for this is that it's because there are so many more acting categories
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Live blog: The Golden Globes – live! | Hadley Freeman

Catch up on all last night's awards action with Hadley Freeman

• News: Firth crowned while Social Network cleans up

Peter Bradshaw's reaction

• Gallery: quotes of the night

• Gallery: Globes arrivals

• Gallery: TV winners

• Full list of winners

12.15am GMT: Greetings all, and welcome to the preview to tonight's Golden Globes liveblog. While I may not actually be on the red carpet in Los Angeles, I will be reporting to you live from my red sofa in New York. Truly, no expense is spared in the Guardian liveblog department. This is journalism in action, people! Suck on it, Woodward and Bernstein.

Oh, I do love the Golden Globes. So much more fun than the Oscars, because the nominees tend to be more what my cousin Catie calls "loosey goosey", or what I call "drunk". The usual explanation for this is that it's because there are so many more acting categories
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

First Footage From The Goon Online

It's a trailer for Friday's Comic Con panel as much as for the movie itself, but this teaser for The Goon, based on the Dark Horse comic, is our first glimpse of the supernatural slapstick noir animation.So what have we got? Vintage cars, tommy guns, a buxom barmaid right out of a Western, a zombie alcoholic propping up the bar like Billy in Trees Lounge, lots of speed, lots of action... It's looking great! There's not really any sense of the actual plot yet, but primary opposition certainly comes from The Priest and his undead horde.Clancy Brown voices The Goon himself, an enforcer for a mob boss, and Paul Giamatti is sidekick Franky (short for Francesca). You'll find no mention online of who has actually directed the thing, which is very mysterious. David Fincher is producer though, and Goon creator Eric Powell has been hands-on all the way through development.
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Talking With Mike Leigh on Indies, 3-D vs. Reality and 'Happy-Go-Lucky'

Sitting down with Mike Leigh was a little intimidating. Strange considering he's about half my height (exaggeration), but he's an accomplished filmmaker and not from Hollywood stock so I felt I had to be on my A-game. The main reason I sat down with him was to talk about my thoughts on his fantastic film Happy-Go-Lucky (my review here), my theories on its protagonist, Poppy, as played by Sally Hawkins and see if my idea on what the film was all about was up the right alley or way off base. As it turns out, I was on the right track, which meant we were able to move onto more interesting things such as independent filmmaking versus Hollywood and even better, a recent quote from DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg saying how he felt all films would soon be shot in 3-D, a ridiculous statement of course and Mike had
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Spc doesn't pass on this 'Interview'

  • One of the more cerebrally pleasurable films showcased at Sundance (read my review) has just been acquired by Sony Pictures ClassicsSony Pictures Classics
[/link]. Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dylan Leiner from Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film from Cinemavault Releasing in Canada and Spc is set to release Steve Buscemi's battle of wits between the sexes this coming July. Based on the late director, Theo Van Gogh’s film, Interview is also part of a planned trilogy of Van Gogh remakes - Cinemavault should be shopping Blind Date and 1-900 at Cannes and/or the fall festival season. This is set in present day New York City, Pierre Peters (Buscemi) is a fading political journalist who at one time found success as a highly respected war correspondent. After a falling out with his editor, he is assigned to interview Katya (beautiful Sienna Miller), one of the country’s hottest young actresses.
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Interview: Steve Buscemi

[/link] moves at a deliberately slow but tolerable pace. It’s one of those films that critics will not appreciate much because it isn’t challenging enough for an American director and it’s hard to find a reason why a film like this should be made. Well this film is for anyone who has tried and failed, which is probably more than have tried and succeeded. So it’s undoubtedly identifiable. It’s about a writer and it’s for writers, filmmakers, actors, musicians, chefs, whoever, who had to try and find something else that made them happy when the daily grind of trying to “make it” becomes too hard to deal with alone. Lonesome Jim is autobiographical and it is not afraid to be. The screenwriter is James Strouse and the character is named Jim who is a writer. The whole script was set in
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