17 items from 2013
It's been six years since "Velvet Goldmine" and "Far From Heaven" helmer Todd Haynes last had a film in theaters -- the uneven, but intermittently transcendent Bob Dylan picture "I'm Not There." Haynes has been busy in the meantime, helming the awesome, Emmy-laden miniseries "Mildred Pierce," as well as an episode of "Enlightened," but we've missed him on the big screen, and so we're excited by Screen Daily's news that Haynes will direct a new film called "Carol." The film will reunite Haynes with his "I'm Not There" star Cate Blanchett, who'll star alongside her follow Australian Mia Wasikowska. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith about the relationship between an unhappy wife (Blanchett) and a twenty-something department store employee in 1950s New York, the project was previously to be directed by "Boy A" helmer John Crowley, but he's bowed out due to scheduling conflicts. There's no word on when it'll move forward, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Todd Haynes, the director behind films like Velvet Goldmine and I'm Not There , has signed on to direct Carol , Screen Daily reports. He replaces the previously-announced John Crowley. The project re-teams Haynes with his I'm Not There star Cate Blanchett as well as Mia Wasikowska ( Alice in Wonderland ) in the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novella "The Price of Salt." Adapted by Phyllis Nagy, the story of a lesbian romance in the '50s written by Highsmith (under the pseudonym Claire Morgan), is being produced by Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley at Number 9 Films along with Film4 with filming scheduled to start in London and New York. The rather unprecedented homosexual love story--for the time in which it was written--follows the relationship »
Now "Star Trek Into Darkness" is in theaters (to somewhat underwhelming grosses), Jj Abrams attention will now move exclusively (well, excluding the dozens of projects in the works at his company Bad Robot -- read about those here) toward "Star Wars Episode VII," his much-anticipated renewal of the Other geek-beloved space franchise. And with the film due for release in the summer of 2015, we should start to hear about new casting for the series, beyond what we already know -- e.g. that original central trio of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are returning in some degree. And while it's not official yet, word is coming in that the first new cast member might be an old collaborator of Abrams, as the normally-on-the-money Latino Review report that "The Tudors" star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in talks to play a role in "Episode VII." Probably best-known for Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in Star Wars: Episode VII? Jonathan Rhys Meyers is "in talks" to star in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, according to Latino Review. Best known for his role as King Henry VIII in the Showtime series The Tudors, which also features upcoming Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Rhys Meyers has already been featured in one Abrams movie: Mission: Impossible III (2003), in which he supported Tom Cruise. (Photo: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors.) At this stage, it’s unclear which role Jonathan Rhys Meyers would play in Star Wars: Episode VII, now a Walt Disney Studios production. The next installment in the highly popular franchise is reportedly to continue the Star Wars saga where Return of the Jedi left off. Having said that, in case Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels (perhaps a little rustier?) are indeed returning to the Star Wars fold, »
- Zac Gille
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
Price: DVD $$24.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Anchor Bay/The Weinstein Company
After the death of her husband, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Cara Harding’s (Mooore) faith in God has been shaken, but not her belief in science. In an attempt to open her up to accepting unexplainable psychiatric theories, her father introduces her to Adam (Meyers), a patient with multiple personalities, who takes on some of the physical characteristics of his other personalities. Cara quickly discovers that Adam’s personalities are murder victims, and the more she finds out about him and his past, the closer she and her loved ones come to becoming murder victims themselves.
Written by Michael Cooney »
In the first of a new series, Flickering Myth's writing team discuss their all-time favourite piece of cinema alongside their most re-watchable film; first up is Helen Murdoch with The Devil's Backbone and Velvet Goldmine...
I was trying to think of my favourite film the other day and it came down to two choices – The Devil’s Backbone and Velvet Goldmine. One is universally considered a tremendous film, while the other is hated by almost everyone except me. This got me thinking about what your favourite film is compared to your most re-watchable film.
My Favourite Film – The Devil’s Backbone
The first time I saw a snippet of The Devil’s Backbone was in my A-Level Media class when we were discussing the importance of music to build tension. My lecturer showed the terrifying scene of the ghost Santi walking down a dark corridor, creeping ever so slowly towards orphan Carlos. »
- Flickering Myth
april showers & a tuesday top ten in one!
Do you ever think of The Truman Show (1998)? I really and truly loved it in 1998 naming it 'The Best Film of the Year!' to anyone who would listen. (This was in my pre Film Experience days of course... though it's hard to remember such a time).
My Top Ten Of 1998 - Unranked
Bulworth (Warren Beatty) Celebration / Festen (Thomas Vinterberg) Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon) High Art (Lisa Cholodenko) The Idiots (Lars von Trier) Living Out Loud (Richard Lagravenese) The Opposite of Sex (Don Roos) The Thin Red Line (Terence Malick) The Truman Show (Peter Weir) Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes)
...with Central Station and Shakespeare in Love just outside the top ten though I'm always considering reinstating them. They were both once on the actual list (The Idiots and the Malick I saw a little later). I haven't seen any of them »
- NATHANIEL R
I promised longtime Tfe super fan Ryan that I would one day write up a big top ten of the 90s piece although This Is Not It. This is like those tossed back "shots" of past decades wherein we tell each other our favorites. I'll tell you my ten favorites which are wildly unstable and could be replaced by anything in the "with apologies to" list if I'd ranked on another day. Well, not the top three. I mean... let's not get crazy.
The Piano (Jane Campion) Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson) Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott) Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson) Beauty & The Beast (Trousdale & Wise) All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar) Trois Coleurs Trilogy (Krystof Kzielowski) T2: Judgment Day (James Cameron) Fargo (The Coen Bros) Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
Most of them weren't even nominated for Best Picture. (Sigh). Oscar is so...
With apologies to 15 more. Let's call it »
- NATHANIEL R
Surprise Podcast Attack!
For this impromptu conversation, Nick Davis, Joe Reid and Nathaniel R (c'est moi) travel back in time to the 1990s to talk VHS, Jurassic Park, Box Office vs. Lasting Power, Charactor Actors, and Desired Images (on account of Nick's book!) like Brad Pitt or Velvet Goldmine.
You can download the podcast on iTunes or listen right here at the end of the post. »
- NATHANIEL R
Warning: Somewhat Nsfw.
Once upon a time (read: the '80s), movie fans could count on the fact that at some point, someone in the movie would randomly drop trou or rip off their shirt for no apparent reason whatsoever. And frankly, it was great. After all, why worry about things like plot or character development when you can have some good old-fashioned gratuitous nudity instead?
Nowadays, of course, such moments are rare, usually happening only for comic relief or in grade-z, video on demand dreck. Thanks to Internet porn, there's kind of no reason for movies to bother, right?
Once in a while, though, there's still a shining light — or shining headlights, if you will — such as Rosario Dawson's turn in the new Danny Boyle thriller "Trance," which already has people buzzing and whipping out their iPhones to grab a quick screenshot. So with that in mind, we »
- Scott Harris
We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to shill for someone else's. I am thrilled to point you in the direction of "The Desiring Image," a new book on contemporary queer cinema which is available to pre-order now. The author is my great friend / podcast mate Nick Davis and he's been working on this book for nearly as long as I've known him. In addition to covergirl Maxwell Demon (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) from Todd Haynes' hallucinatory eye candy abundance (better known as Velvet Goldmine), Nick discusses Beau Travail, The Watermelon Woman, Shortbus, and Brother to Brother. I'm dying to imbibe the queer readings of David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers and Naked Lunch. I haven't yet read the book but Nick writes beautifully and his sense of humor is rare in academic writing. I am ordering my copy right now.
[Moments Later...] Done!
- NATHANIEL R
From top to bottom chronologically: Natalie Wood, Jane Fonda as Barbarella, Burt Reynolds as The Cosmopolitan Man, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Miss Piggy, La Pfeiffer as Catwoman, Rollergirl of Boogie Nights fame, Charlize Theron as Aeon Flux, and Dame Helen Mirren.
P.S. If you would like to replay this post at maximum volume, might I suggest queueing up the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack whilst doing so?
- NATHANIEL R
1.) With the release of Monsters director Gareth Edwards' "gritty" Godzilla reboot just 15 months away, it's hard to believe we still don't have anything official in terms of casting. The film is currently awaiting a rewrite from Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption), while simultaneously trying to build its cast in time for a March start date, though no deals will officially be made until the script is completed. The artist formerly known as Aaron Johnson was previously discussed as a possible lead, and it seems he is still in talks for the role. The latest news has Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Argo's Bryan Cranston in talks to co-star. There are no character details of yet, but expect something more in the coming days as Legendary Pictures only has a few weeks to pull this thing together. Variety 2.) Matt Smith ("Doctor Who") has landed »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Death of a President director Gabriel Range has signed on to direct Lust for Life , a biopic that follows the creative partnership of music legends David Bowie and Iggy Pop, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . Scripted by Robin French, the film is based on a number of biographies, said to include Paul Trynka's "Starman: David Bowie" and "Open Up and Bleed: Iggy Pop." The story of Bowie and Pop's 1970's British glam rock revoution previously inspired an unofficial biopic in Todd Hayne's 1998 drama Velvet Goldmine , starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the Bowie role and Ewan McGregor as the faux Pop. Range will produce Lust for Life alongside Jens Meurer. »
Lust for Life will chart the famous friendship between the two musicians, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bowie recently returned with 'Where Are We Now?' - his first new single in a decade. Watch the video below: »
Eddie Izzard has signed with talent agency APA. The British comedian and actor is embarking on a 20-country comedy tour later this year that will take him to Nepal, Russia, New Zealand and the United States, among other locales. Izzard has appeared in several films, including Cars 2, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, Across The Universe and Velvet Goldmine. His television credits include NBC's Mockingbird Lane, Showtime's United States of Tara and FX's The Riches, which he also produced and starred opposite Minnie Driver. Izzard will also appear in the forthcoming NBC series Hannibal. In 2010, the documentary
- Daniel Miller
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Anthony Hopkins (Thor), Helen Mirren (The Debt), and Scarlett Johansson (Marvel’s The Avengers) star alongside Danny Huston (The Warrior’s Way), Toni Collette (Velvet Goldmine), Jessica Biel (Total Recall), Michael Stuhlbarg (Men in Black 3) and James D’Arcy (W.E.) in Hitchcock, a 2012 biographical drama about the great filmmaker Alfred, er, you-know-who, and the making of one of his most iconic films, Psycho.
In the movie, the already-legendary Hollywood filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) is plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt when he becomes obsessed with a grisly murder story that the studios won’t back. Determined to make the film, Hitchcock risks his reputation, his home and even the love of his wife Alma (Mirren), as he »
17 items from 2013
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