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I was going to save this for next week, but today’s Spirit Award nominations raised the issue, so let’s just get into it: “Anomalisa” is more than just a best animated feature film contender. At least, it should be.
The film was nominated for best feature, best director, best screenplay and (surprisingly, but happily) best supporting actress Spirit Awards this morning. Critics will no doubt jump on the bandwagon next month; it is, after all, the most critically acclaimed film of the year at present.
But what about Academy members? Will they only think of it in terms of its own ghettoized category at the Oscars? In all likelihood, yes, though the writers branch will probably give it more thought than most.
That said, when you watch “Anomalisa,” a magical thing happens: It doesn’t feel like an animated film. It’s such a distinctly human work of »
- Kristopher Tapley
At the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, director Spike Jonze spoke of John Malkovich's initial reluctance at starring in Jonze's lofty debut, Being John Malkovich. "He said: either the movie's a bomb and it's got ... my name in the title, so I'm fucked that way; or it does well and I'm just forever associated with this character," Jonze said, via the Guardian.
Malkovich took time out from discussing his upcoming album in a soon-to-be-published interview with Rolling Stone to look back at his ambivalent association with the influential 1999 film.
"I would »
There is a common movie marketing technique that I call "title-checking," which is often employed when a filmmaker/producer's movies have more recognition than the people who made them. For example, one of the Paddington trailers states "From the producer of Harry Potter," which certainly says a lot more to your average movie-goer than "From producer David Heyman." I bring this up because, if such a tactic would ever be used for the stop motion masterpiece Anomalisa, it would make for one of the most bizarre and wide-ranging promotional blurbs in cinematic history. Check this out: "From the writer of Being John Malkovich and the producers of Community, Robot Chicken and You're Next..." These are the diverse minds behind Anomalisa, a ray of cinematic hope for originality in Hollywood that very well may be one of the best movies of the year.
Seven years after making his directorial debut with Synecdoche, »
As part of a new series in which we offer careers advice to people in the movie business, here’s a forensic rundown of where the charming star fouled up and how she can stop making plane comedies
Remember the 90s? You didn’t just want to be our glamorous best friend (who can burp!). You were keen to show your worth in other, less well-paid ways. Your scene-stealing turn – and dress – in The Mask was followed by low-budget indies such as The Last Supper and She’s the One and even when you edged close to the A-List, you picked wisely. Your comic finesse was showcased in impressively diverse ways in My Best Friend’s Wedding (uptight, giggly), Being John Malkovich (big hair, pet-obsessed) and There’s Something About Mary (lovable, puts sperm in hair) and your spurned lover was the only good thing about Cameron Crowe’s otherwise shallow Vanilla Sky. »
- Benjamin Lee
The hits keep coming for Elizabeth Banks: she'll star as a female war photographer shot down and stranded on an island in the South Pacific during World War II in "Rita Hayworth with a Hand Grenade." The film, directed by former art director and set designer Sloane U'Ren ("Being John Malkovich") from a script by Antony Neely (with whom U'Ren collaborated on her directorial debut, "Dimensions"), begins shooting next spring. "Rita Hayworth with a Hand Grenade" finds Banks' character deserted except for a lone Japanese soldier, with whom she must ally in order to survive despite being on opposite sides of the conflict. Frequent Coen brothers' collaborator Robert Graf will produce. Read More: "Elizabeth Banks Saves Brian Wilson as 'Love & Mercy' Hero Melinda Ledbetter (Exclusive Video)" The news caps off a brilliant year for Banks. After directing the second installment of the 'Pitch Perfect' franchise to $285 million in worldwide. »
- Matt Brennan
Sloane U’Ren will direct and Robert Graf will produce. Radiant Films International is representing foreign rights and is introducing the film to buyers at the American Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group is handling North American rights.
Set in World War II, Banks will portray one of the first female war photographers. She’s shot down and stranded on a South Pacific island, where the only other inhabitant is a marooned Japanese soldier. The two evolve from sworn enemies to reluctant allies in a 30-year battle against the forces of nature and their inescapable circumstances.
U’Ren will direct from a script by Anotny Neely. She made her feature directing debut on “Dimensions” after working as an art director and set designer on “Being John Malkovich” and “The Good Shepherd. »
- Dave McNary
Three-time Emmy Award nominee Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games franchise, Pitch Perfect 2) is set to star in the adventure drama Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade to be directed by award-winning director Sloane U’Ren (Dimensions), it was announced today by producer Robert Graf (upcoming Hail, Caesar!, Oscar-winning No Country For Old Men).
Radiant Films International is representing foreign rights and is introducing the film to buyers at the American Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group is handling North American rights.
An accomplished art director and set designer, U’Ren is directing her sophomore feature film after having honed her skills working on studio blockbusters such as Warner Bros.’ Batman Begins and Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince.
Written by Antony Neely, principal photography will commence in spring 2016.
Set in World War II, Caroline Baker (Banks), one of the first female war photographers, is shot down and stranded on a South Pacific island, »
- Michelle McCue
Already proving himself an incredibly imaginative screen writer with Being John Malkovich, Adaption, and Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Charlie Kauffman effortlessly made the jump to director with 2008’s wonderfully baffling Synecdoche, New York. Seven years later, he’s back in the director’s chair with Anomalisa, a tale of human connection told through the medium of puppetry. Made in association with Community creator Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries (responsible for the stop motion episode Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas of the shows second season), Anomalisa has already achieved a tidal wave of praise on the festival circuit, and now its coming to our screens, giving us all the chance to marvel at the ground breaking and eerily beautiful 3D printed puppets. Telling the tale of a lonely, depressed author (David Thewlis) whose days wandering the halls of a bland hotel finally find meaning when he meets the only other should he can connect with, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Charlie Kaufman's "Anomalisa" stop-motion film has been getting amazing reviews out of Telluride, Venice and Toronto film festivals. In fact, the movie currently has 100% on RottenTomatoes. And now we have the official trailer for "Anomalisa," which is written and directed by Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Check it out below and watch the film in select theaters on December 30th, in time for Oscar consideration. In the film, Michael Stone (David Thewlis) is an author of books on the subject of customer service who struggles with his inability to connect to people and ultimately feels crippled by the mundanity of his life. One night, while on a routine business trip, he meets a stranger who changes his world view. Trailer: »
There are few screenwriters as adept at capturing the strange nuances of human existence as Charlie Kaufman. Through the films Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, Kaufman established himself as one of the most imaginative writers currently working. In 2008, Kaufman turned director with Synecdoche, New York - a film that baffled some yet thrilled others. It also contained a wonderful leading performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Seven years on, and Kaufman's back with Anomalisa, a stop-motion animated movie he's both written and co-directed with Duke Johnson. Having already been screened to huge acclaim at film festivals (it won the Grand Jury Prize at Venice earlier this year), it's almost ready for its wider release in the Us next month.
Anomalisa is about a lonely, »
The first trailer for “Anomalisa” has been released, and it’s dreamlike as it questions the meaning of life. “What is it to be human?” says a voiceover in the trailer. “What is it to ache? What is it to be alive?” The stop-motion film was co-directed by Kaufman, known for writing “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation,” and Duke Johnson, who has worked on animated projects like “Mary Shelley‘s Frankenhole” and “Moral Orel.” Kaufman also wrote the script. Also Read: Toronto: Paramount Acquires Worldwide Rights to Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' The film follows a depressed motivational speaker »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Charlie Kaufman is back with his first film in seven years.
Stop-motion has never been as deep as it is in Kaufman and Duke Johnson's Anomalisa. The acclaimed screenwriter who is famous for penning the philosophical and profound scripts for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, tells his most simple story yet.
In the first trailer for Anomalisa, motivational speaker Michael Stone (David Thewlis) asks, "what does it mean to be human?" Funny enough, Anomalisa looks like the kind of film that may have the answer to this question.
With a cast featuring Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan, and based on the voice play that featured the same actors, Anomalisa follows Michael Stone (Thewlis), a man who has lost all meaning in his life. He faces a glimpse of hope when he meets Lisa (Jason Leigh »
- Adriana Floridia
Stop-motion animation. It.s not just for children.s stories anymore. Anomalisa, the latest creation to stem from the original mind of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, has been proving that point to film festival audiences all season, and now you get to see what all of the fuss is about: Charlie Kaufman, whose previous forays into cinema.s cerebellum have include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, co-directs Anomalisa with Duke Johnson, though it has his neurotic fingerprints all over its spine. A brilliantly puzzling film, Anomalisa places a magnifying glass over the minutia that comes with business-class travel, as Michael Stone (David Thewlis) arrives in Cincinnati (where the zoo is zoo-sized) to speak at a generic convention, except. he has other things on his mind. The trailer above, shared by Fandango/MovieClips, does a fairly good job of protecting some of the unusual aspects of Anomalisa, »
Screenwriter turned director Charlie Kaufman is known for many a mindbending contemporary classic —he wrote Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind,” Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation” and directed his own feature “Synecdoche, New York” starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. If there’s one overarching theme in his work, it's the surely the crushing existential weight of life itself. Read More: Review: Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson's Animated "Anomalisa," Voiced By David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Tom Noonan This certainly appears to be the thread Kaufman is picking up on with “Anomalisa,” his first venture into the world of stop-motion animation: it's a fable about a motivational speaker seeking to transcend his monotonous existence. Voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis, “Anomalis” is co-directed with Duke Johnson (“Mary Shelley's Frankenhole”) and frequent Coen »
- Edward Davis
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Chicago – The Red Carpet was well trod during the 51st Chicago International Film Festival. with film stars, directors and other personalities taking their walks in representing their films during the two weeks of the event. Photographer Joe Arce took the Exclusive Portraits, and Patrick McDonald got the soundbites.
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman is the Oscar-nominated screenwriter known for his offbeat view of the world through films like “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” He presented his latest film at the Festival, “Anomalisa.”
HollywoodChicago.com: How would you describe yourself if someone asks you why you write the type of stories that you write?
Charlie Kaufman: I just try to be honest, because I think that’s my job description as a writer. I try to present something that is true, so »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
This year's Denver Film Festival has a diverse lineup of killer films both small and large. To select just ten meant I had to strain out promising titles like Lucifer, shot on tondoscope and directed by the provocative Gus Van Den Berghe, or special presentations like Mia Madre by Italian director Nanni Morreti. You should see those and all the films on this list, and more -- the roster's dense. You can view the 38th Denver Film Festival schedule in its entirety here. The Festival will run from November 4th to the 15th.
Mustang - Following a village scolded scandal, 5 Turkish sisters face intense constraints in their conservative home. This imprisonment takes hold at the start of their sexual development, exacerbating the stunt, and catalyzing a rebellion into motion.
Saturday, November 14th, 9:15 @ United Artists Pavillion
Sunday, November 15th, 12pm @ United Artists Pavillion
Stinking Heaven- Filmed with the gnarly »
- email@example.com (Aaron Hunt)
Thanks to The Leftovers, theater vet (The Piano Lesson, A Raisin in the Sun), and Obie-award winning actor (Home) Kevin Carroll is getting plaudits from an entirely new audience with his portrayal of John Murphy, Miracle’s devoted family man, ex-felon-fire chief, and self-appointed enforcer. The journeyman actor, who’s done some movies (Paid in Full, Being John Malkovich) and TV (Survivor's Remorse, Law & Order), says he’s been spoiled by his stage roles, and feels “a sense of relief” now that a complex TV character of color has come his way. Oh, and he really regrets ever mentioning he’d never seen the show! After a long day of press, Carroll spoke with Vulture about the books on John’s nightstand, and why the role is such a breath of fresh air.Congrats on killing it in this part. You’ve said you didn’t have HBO, and didn »
- Lisa Liebman
Charlie Kaufman is the idiosyncratic scribe behind some of the best and most innovative films of the last 16 years. After earning his keep in TV, Kaufman broke out in a big way with the endearing and offbeat “Being John Malkovich” (a film that also helped Spike Jonze make the leap to directing features). Kaufman followed up ‘Malkovich’ with his one real misfire, “Human Nature,” only to come back with the delightfully meta “Adaptation,” which gave Nicolas Cage a career defining role. He also put his stamp on “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” and “Synecdoche, New York,” and this year he delivered the excellent, animated “Anomalisa,” which is currently making the festival rounds (our Telluride review here). Read More: Charlie Kaufman & Steve Carell Team For ‘Dr. Strangelove’-Esque Satire ‘I.Q. 83’ A couple of years back, Kaufman gave a guest lecture on screenwriting for BAFTA. In true Kaufman style — the anxiousness, »
- Gary Garrison
Few years in film history have been as important and ultimately as influential as the year 1999. With some of the greatest features of the last 20 years, ranging from masterpieces by legendary auteurs (Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut) to underrated entries in lengthy filmographies (Scorsese’s Bringing Out The Dead) and even new auteurs announcing themselves (Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich), 1999 is a year truly unlike many others. Michael Mann, Pedro Almodovar, David Lynch, Sofia Coppola and Takashi Miike. David O’ Russell gave us Three Kings and Mike Leigh showed off a different side of himself with Topsy Turvy And yet, this list of great film after great film doesn’t quite scratch the surface of what 1999 had to offer.
Take David Riker’s film La Ciudad for example. Relatively forgotten among the never-ending list of great films debuting in theaters in 1999, this is unlike many of that year’s slate. »
- Joshua Brunsting
Read More: 24th Philadelphia Film Festival Reveals Lineup, Including 'Anomalisa' and 'Where to Invade Next' The 24th Philadelphia Film Festival is shaping up to be quite the tribute to Charlie Kaufman. Not only will the writer-director screen his latest existential comedy-drama, "Anomalisa," on Opening Night and receive the festival's Artistic Achievement Award, he will also be the subject of a retrospective at the Prince Theater, which will include all six titles from Kaufman's filmography, including "Adaptation," "Being John Malkovich," "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Human Nature" and "Synecdoche, New York." Along with Kaufman and his "Anomalisa" co-director Duke Johnson, the festival is set to present a strong roster of special guests, including Todd Haynes, Gaspar Noé and Michael Moore. Below is the full line-up of guests scheduled to »
- Zack Sharf
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