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Watch: 5-Minute Supercut Highlights ‘Actors Acting Opposite Themselves’

5 February 2016 10:26 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Every now and again a movie comes along that requires an actor to act opposite themselves, sometimes even in the same shot. At one point it was a technological feat for filmmakers to actually get the actor on the screen twice (notably, Buster Keaton’s famous scene from 1921’s “The Playhouse,” which sees him play every instrument in an orchestra at once via an inventive in-camera technique), but today, with the help of CG, it has become a more readily available trick. Read More: Watch: Get High With This 2-Minute Supercut Of Drugs In Cinema Now, a new supercut edited together by the folks over at Burger Fiction, “Actors Acting Opposite Themselves,” takes us through some of the high-water marks of the trick (and some of the hilarious and infamous lows). Some of the more notable moments include the great Michael Keaton showing off his comical range in “Multiplicity,” the »

- Gary Garrison

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Why It Works: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

4 February 2016 8:01 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****Spoilers Ahead**** If ever there was a screenwriter worthy of the Why It Works treatment, it's Charlie Kaufman. With films like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Synecdoche, New York, the writer delivered... Read More »

- Brian Bitner

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Vice Names Spike Jonze, Eddy Moretti to Lead Viceland Cable Channel

3 February 2016 6:43 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Vice Media named filmmaker Spike Jonze co-president of Viceland, its cable network slated to launch Feb. 29 in partnership with A+E Networks, alongside chief creative officer Eddy Moretti.

The duo have been collaborating on the channel over the past year. They will be joined by G.M. Guy Slattery, who is joining Viceland from A+E Networks where he was exec VP of marketing for A&E, History and H2 Networks.

Viceland, which is replacing A+E’s H2 documentary and entertainment channel, will be distributed in about 71 million U.S. homes when it launches. For Vice, which also has a pact with HBO for a daily news program in addition to documentary specials, the strategy with Viceland is aimed at migrating its hip, digital-oriented brand further into traditional media — offering not only a new creative outlet but a big chunk of cash from pay-tv affiliate fees and ads.

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- Todd Spangler

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'Anomalisa' Filmmakers on Animated Sex, Their 'Impossibly Low' Budget, and the Sad Impatience of the Studio System

20 January 2016 1:25 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"What is it to be human, to ache, to be alive?" asks the lead character in the animated feature "Anomalisa," from two directors, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and stop-motion master Duke Johnson. The R-rated feature broke out at the fall festivals and was scooped up by Paramount Pictures's acquisitions team, who loved the movie and decided to open it in time for awards consideration, competing against Pixar's beloved "Inside Out." Many Academy members—who boast a wide variety of tastes—value this visually stunning, slightly avant-garde and distinct hybrid as something unique and special, not unlike "The Grand Budapest Hotel" or the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis," which did miss the Oscar mark.  Read More: Paramount Mounts an Awards Campaign for Charlie Kaufman Fest Breakout 'Anomalisa'  Kaufman has been nominated three times ("Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) and won for »

- Anne Thompson

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Interview with Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Co-directors of Anomalisa

16 January 2016 8:29 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The Academy Award-nominated Anomalisa (Best Animated Feature) tells the story of Michael Stone (David Thewlis), husband, father, respected author, and a man crippled by what he considers a mundane life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Profoundly emotional, introspective, and stunning, Anomalisa is a film unlike any you will see this year and certainly one of the best.

The film is co-directed by Charlie Kaufman (who also wrote the screenplay) and Duke Johnson. Charlie Kaufman is best known for writing films such as Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; he also made his feature-directing debut with 2008’s Synecdoche, New York. »

- Mike Tyrkus

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Anomalisa – The Review

14 January 2016 3:45 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

So, you’ve enjoyed most of last year’s animated feature films? Yes, 2015 was a pretty good year, but doesn’t match up to the gold standard of 1999 (Toy Story 2, The Iron Giant, Disney’S Tarzan, and South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut). Still Pixar had its best work in years with Inside Out and that Shaun The Sheep was a loving tribute to classic silent comedies, but the other major hits like Minions and The Good Dinosaur were geared toward the small fry (not that Out and The Peanuts Movie didn’t appeal to all ages). For this new film, definitely leave the kiddos at home. Yes we did have an “R” rated animated film last year with Hell And Back, but that flick was chocked full of sophomoric sex jokes and “gross-out” gags. This holdover from ’15 (now getting a wide release) is truly adult in subject matter and graphics, »

- Jim Batts

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Charlie Kaufman Doesn't Like Clooney's "Mind"

12 January 2016 8:34 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Acclaimed scribe Charlie Kaufman has a back catalogue of films that anyone would be jealous of having - from his writing gigs like "Being John Malkovich" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" to his directorial efforts like "Synecdoche, New York" and "Anomalisa".

Yet one film on his resume that he's not keen on talking about is the George Clooney-directed "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" which Kaufman wrote. Financially a bit of a dud, the Sam Rockwell-led film was nevertheless well-received by critics. However, Kaufman was not a fan of the result.

Speaking with Marc Maron, Kaufman says: "I didn't like it. That was a movie in which I was not consulted. I mean, George Clooney changed the script, he didn't talk to me during production. We kind of didn't get along. I was invited to see the movie when he was pretty much done and I wrote »

- Garth Franklin

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Listen to Charlie Kaufman’s One-Hour, Career-Spanning Talk with Marc Maron

11 January 2016 12:08 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

For much of his career, Charlie Kaufman has been an enigma of introspective storytelling, crafting characters and situations that feel all too real to his audience. With his latest feature, the highly recommended stop-motion animation Anomalisa, it’s afforded an unexpected opportunity to gain unprecedented insight into his career. After many other talks, perhaps the most extensive and fruitful has arrived with Marc Maron.

In the one-hour chat, Kaufman discusses not getting his first gig in entertainment until the age of 32 and failing to get writing work on Simpsons, Seinfeld, Mr. Show. He then jumps into his early collaborations with Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry with Being John Malkovich, Human Nature, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as well as not taking to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

“I didn’t like it. That was a movie in which I was not consulted. I mean, George Clooney changed the script, »

- Leonard Pearce

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Film Review: Uneven ‘Anomalisa’ is an Animated Reflection Back to Us

8 January 2016 1:54 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – There is directness in the reflective philosophy of “Anomalisa,” but there is also a sense of disconnection. From writer/co-director Charlie Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich”) comes another meditation on the life of life, and the twists of fate that inhabit the journey.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

If this were a live action film instead of a stop-motion animated effort, there would little to distinguish it from any other independent film-style character study. The main character is stuck in a loop, so much so that the other people in his world sound exactly the same to him. The “Anomalisa” character of the title does little to fulfill her promise as his break from the normalcy. There are many weird features of the film – characteristic of Charlie Kaufman – and with its method of animation and philosophy it’s enough to recommend it, but be wary of its slow pace and use of awkward surreal moments to pad the story. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Exploring the Humanized Puppets of Anomalisa

7 January 2016 1:00 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

From writer Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Duke Johnson (Moral Orel, Frankenhole) comes Anomalisa. Now, you can watch and share the new “Peopling Anomalisa” featurette (see above) on how Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson humanized the puppets of Anomalisa.

Anomalisa tells the story of Michael Stone (David Thewlis), husband, father, and respected author of How May I Help You Help Them? is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who may or may not be the love of his life.

A beautifully tender and absurdly humorous dreamscape, from the »

- Mike Tyrkus

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Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson on their profound stop-motion animated film Anomalisa

7 January 2016 7:15 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

After gaining massive acclaim through its festival run, Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion animated film Anomalisais hitting the big screen—an achievement that didn’t always seem so likely for the very ambitious film.

It began as a project on Kickstarter, where Kaufman, a screenwriter/director whose films may be jarring for mass audiences but have still been universally praised, had to gain the funds for Anomalisa through crowd-funding. The filmmaker, who is best known for writing Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, has had many troubles within the Hollywood system in getting his films made in recent years.

With that in mind, the fact that Anomalisa, an existential conundrum of a film starring puppets, is now being called “the most human film of the year”, and is a player in the awards conversation, is astonishing. We can confirm that the film is a masterpiece. »

- Adriana Floridia

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Interview: Charlie Kaufman is Animated About ‘Anomalisa’

7 January 2016 7:02 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Charlie Kaufman is one of the most inventive and creative minds in film – he has written “Being John Malkovich,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Adaptation.” He recently teamed up with an animation director, Duke Johnson, to produce an unusual and contemporary stop-motion film, “Anomalisa.”

The use of stop motion in “Anamolisa” is much more poignant and philosophical than any other of these types of animated films before it. There is a customer service expert named Michael Stone (voice of David Thewlis), who experiences his life as mind-numbing sameness. Every man and woman sounds exactly the same (voice of Tom Noonan), until he meets a nebbish convention attendee named Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The film is a meditation on how life, at times, can be a mystery that needs to somehow be unlocked. The world can spin the same on a daily basis, yet there are those nuggets of consequence that exist, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Spike Jonze Won't Make Films For A While

6 January 2016 8:46 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Spike Jonze is stepping away from filmmaking for a while it seems as the acclaimed "Her" and "Being John Malkovich" director is busy getting ready to launch a new 24-hour cable channel dubbed 'Viceland'.

Jonze is overseeing aspects of the new channel from development to production to brand identity. Asked whether he was on hiatus from making movies until further notice, Jonze tells Deadline:

"Right now, this is all I've been doing over the last year. It's just a different type of film for me. Making a whole channel and working with artists is what I'm currently excited about. Making a movie is a different organism. Normally a movie comes out, and with this channel debuting on February 29, it's only going to begin."

The channel will include a number of sociopolitical shows created by rising documentary filmmakers and established talent, such as an Ellen Page-hosted travel show named "Gaycation »

- Garth Franklin

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Spike Jonze Says He's On A Hiatus From Filmmaking While Working For Vice TV

6 January 2016 2:38 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Since 1999, when he made his feature debut with "Being John Malkovich," Spike Jonze has only made a total of four films. Granted, he dabbles in all kinds of media from shorts to music videos to fashion projects and more, but at least around here, it's his movies that we eagerly await. But it looks like Jonze is going to keep us hanging a bit longer, as he has turned his attention to another gig. This week is Television Critics Association winter press tour, and Jonze swung by to talk about this new gig as the Creative Director at Viceland, the television channel from hipster media behemoth, Vice. It sounds like the kind of full time job that might keep him away from directing...and it is. Asked if he was on a hiatus from moviemaking, Jonze was straight up.  “Yeah, right now, this is kind of all I’ve been doing for the last year, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Spike Jonze Says He's On A Hiatus From Filmmaking While Working For Vice TV

6 January 2016 2:38 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Since 1999, when he made his feature debut with "Being John Malkovich," Spike Jonze has only made a total of four films. Granted, he dabbles in all kinds of media from shorts to music videos to fashion projects and more, but at least around here, it's his movies that we eagerly await. But it looks like Jonze is going to keep us hanging a bit longer, as he has turned his attention to another gig. This week is Television Critics Association winter press tour, and Jonze swung by to talk about this new gig as the Creative Director at Viceland, the television channel from hipster media behemoth, Vice. It sounds like the kind of full time job that might keep him away from directing...and it is. Asked if he was on a hiatus from moviemaking, Jonze was straight up.  “Yeah, right now, this is kind of all I’ve been doing for the last year, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Charlie Kaufman on the Meaning Behind 'Anomalisa' at Psiff: 'See the film'

5 January 2016 1:24 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Charlie Kaufman’s first venture into animation, co-directed by stop-motion wizard Duke Johnson, is the story of an alienated, married, mild-mannered, middle-aged customer-relations guru on a business trip to Cincinnati. Lonely, he calls an old girlfriend, but their reunion in the hotel bar is a disaster. Then he sets his eyes on Lisa, and his world is transformed... Sex too.

Read More: Human at the Seams: Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson Make Yearning Tangible in 'Anomalisa'

And this all done by realistic looking puppets filmed stop-motion. Quite touching really. At this Psiff (Palm Springs) I saw Kaufman questioned twice about 'meaning', his film etc and wonderfully each time he refused to answer any questions and simply said, 'See the film.' What a cool guy.

The film, made by the man who dreamed up "Being John Malkovich", "Adaptation" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", takes the ordinary and twists it into wondrous, disturbing and haunting visions.

Though we are watching puppets, this is Kaufman’s most human, emotionally direct movie, one that will hit close to home to anyone who has ever spent a night in an anonymous hotel room in a strange city. And then met a romantic character....

Featuring brilliant voice work from David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan (who plays multiple parts), "Anomalisa" tells us uncomfortable truths about relationships, solipsism, work and the way we live (and love) now. It just may be a masterpiece.

Read More: Carlos Aguilar's Best Films of 2015 (A Very Personal List)

"Anomalisa" won the Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival, Best Fantastic Film and Best Director at Fantastic Fest, and it's now nominated for a Golden Globe as  Best Animated Feature.

Paramount opened the film in limited released on December 30, 2015.

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- Peter Belsito

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‘Anomalisa’ deserves a more energetic Kaufman

4 January 2016 9:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Anomalisa

Written by Charlie Kaufman

Co-directed by Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman

U.S., 2015

Weird is rarely used as a good quality in film criticism, but few words so completely describe Charlie Kaufman’s work as weird does. All of his films are a window into his very particular worldview, and that p.o.v. is certainly unlike anything seen in pop culture. For that reason, Anomalisa became an entry on many most anticipated lists for 2015. That Kaufman chose stop-motion to tell this story made the picture an event. So it came as a disappointment when the film was one of the year’s more mundane efforts.

Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind have an energy and heart at the center that is not present here. Previous collaborators like Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry were able to temper the overwhelming negativity Charlie Kaufman occasionally falls prey to, »

- Colin Biggs

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For Your Consideration: 7 Fringe Oscar Contenders That Deserve a Nomination

2 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Balloting is well underway for the 88th annual Oscars as members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or their assistants or sons or daughters or dogs or cats) sit down to chalk up the best in 2015 cinema. I’ve already rattled off a personal list of superlatives, but allow me a final “for your consideration” pitch for a few contenders that could really use a leg-up. All of these are on the far outside looking in, but they represent some of the finest achievements of the year. So, to the various branches of the Academy…

Directors Branch: Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen for “Inside Out

I’ve been ringing this bell all season long but here’s one more push: Animation directors deserve some love, too, particularly when they crank out something as thematically and emotionally rich as “Inside Out.” Pete Docter and his co-director Ronnie Del Carmen created, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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