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With her wide eyes and nasal voice, Illeana Douglas has been a reliable supporting presence in a range of films such as “Alive” and “Cape Fear.” But with the possible exception of “Grace of My Heart,” in which she’s front-and-center as a singer-songwriter on the rise, Douglas’ beauty and screen presence have been too idiosyncratic for a business that puts a premium on conventionality.
That changes with “I Blame Dennis Hopper,” a frank and funny new memoir that tracks Douglas from her childhood growing up with parents who were inspired to embrace the counter-culture credo of “turn on, tune in, drop out” after watching “Easy Rider.” Her life in semi-poverty was in stark contrast with her status as the granddaughter of Melvyn Douglas, the legendary star of “Being There” and “Hud,” and a guiding force in her decision to strike out for Hollywood.
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- Brent Lang
The Conversation is a feature at PopOptiq bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their twelfth piece, they discuss Terry Zwigoff’s irreverent entry in the holiday canon, Bad Santa (2003).
Re-watching the theatrical cut of Terry Zwigoff’s Bad Santa (2003) for the first time since its release, I began to realize how much of a difference those alternate DVD versions make (this analysis is of the theatrical version). Even today, almost every comedy is issued on home video in an “Unrated” or “Extended” version. There are several problems I have with this. First, unless specified, the director’s input on these versions is ambiguous at best. For instance, in the case of Bad Santa, the film was issued in three different versions; the theatrical and “unrated and extended” were released shortly after the film’s theatrical debut, »
- Landon Palmer
There are a number of films that sit on the Oscar bubble this season with strong possibilities at either original or adapted screenplay nominations. Many of these films, however, are not serious threats in any other category, which is not that rare for films in this century.
Generally, films that receive a nomination for their screenplay are often nominated in at least one other category, and, often, for one of the night’s major awards, such as best picture or director. One of this year’s indie darlings, Ex Machina, the sci-fi thriller from writer/director Alex Garland, was a big winner this past Sunday at the British Independent Film Awards. The film took home the best film, best director and best screenplay awards, yet the likelihood of an Oscar nomination in either the best pic or best director category is not high, as the »
- Patrick Shanley
Read More: 11th Annual Film Independent Forum Announces Lineup, Including Jason Blum Film Independent has announced that the 11th Annual Film Independent Forum will open with Jay Roach's "Trumbo," starring Bryan Cranston, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg and Helen Mirren. The film, which tells the story of blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, will kick off the three-day event on Friday, October 23 and be followed by a Q&A with Roach. The organization has also announced filmmaker Jon M. Chu ("Step Up 3D," "Jem and the Holograms") will give the Filmmaker Keynote on Saturday, October 24, while director Lynn Shelton ("Your Sister’s Sister," "Laggies") will close out the festival in a conversation with Illeana Douglas ("Easy to Assemble," "Ghost World"). "I couldn’t think of a better film to kick off the event than Jay Roach’s 'Trumbo.' It fits »
- Zack Sharf
Having broken out of acting with Submarine and also appearing in a number of other films since then, with this being your first full length feature can you tell us exactly how you came to make Just Jim? It’s an incredibly low-budget film you got off the ground a couple of years ago, is that correct?
Craig Roberts: Yeah it was a low-budget film. It was a £300,000 film we made as part of a scheme called cinematic, a company that picks three directors giving them £300,000 pounds to make a film. I heard about it five days before the deadline and wrote a script that made no sense, which seems to make less sense now.
Was there a certain amount of improvisation that went into the film?
Cr: No, actually. It does make sense. Hopefully. It makes sense to me, »
- Joshua Gill
Written & Directed by A.D. Calvo
Part crackpot mystery, part comic-book fable, The Missing Girl is a low-key indie charmer that wears its big heart on its awkward sleeve. Writer-director A.D. Calvo gives his characters plenty of room to breathe, and the result is an intimate, though somewhat languid affair. The real revelation here is Robert Longstreet, whose mopey shop owner fascinates and frustrates like some Harvey Pekar doppelganger. Patience and persistence will be richly rewarded by this observant character study.
Mort Colvins (Longstreet) is the embodiment of ‘gruff but lovable.’ Each day this middle-aged sad-sack trudges into his store, Mort’s Comics & More, and toils over treasured trinkets and limited-edition comics. At night, he retires to his lonely apartment, listening to pre-recorded affirmations on his clunky cassette player. “You are a worthy guy. Do things that make you happy,” he implores himself; advice he obviously never heeds. »
- J.R. Kinnard
“Colony” comes from executive producer Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”). Nelson McCormick (“24”) also executive produces. It stars Josh Holloway (“Lost”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) as parents in a Los Angeles family struggling to stay together and survive in a not-too-distant dystopian future. Peter Jacobson (“House”) is also among the cast.
The series is cloaked in mystery, which is something Holloway is used to after working with Cuse on “Lost.”
“In the tradition of working with Carlton Cuse, I don’t know anything that’s going on — it’s a wonderful discovery [process],” he told journalists in August at the USA’s Television Critics Assoc. »
- Whitney Friedlander
The 10th International Financing Forum (Sept 13-14), organised by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (Omdc), has announced its production panel line-up ahead of its launch in Toronto tomorrow.
The panel, moderated by Screen International editor Matt Mueller, is titled In Conversation: Producing Now: Theory & Practice and will see the panel discuss the state of the production landscape.
The event is closed to the public and open only to Iff 2015 selected producers and press.
Nearly 60 international and Canadian producers will head to the two-day co-financing market, which includes one-on-one meetings, roundtable meetings, a networking luncheon and a producers’ opening night networking reception.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
30. Lady Snowblood Part 1 and Part 2
While American comic books have struggled for legitimacy as adult entertainment for decades, their Japanese counterparts have long enjoyed acceptance as legitimate elements of mainstream culture. So while the American comic book movie only properly took off in the last fifteen years, jidaigeki adaptations of popular manga have been a staple of Japanese pulp cinema since the early 1970s. The best of these remains Lady Snowblood, director Toshiya Fujita’s two part revenge opera of a woman checking off a kill list of the gangsters who killed her family and left her for dead. Any familiarity to Kill Bill is entirely intentional, with multiple visuals, soundtrack elements and plot points lifted whole cloth by Tarantino. But even for those only familiar with the update, Fujita’s films remain feats of hard edged efficiency, actress Meiko Kaji a goddess of death in a world of opposing colors and sudden violence. »
Return To Sender coming to theaters, VOD & iTunes on Aug. 14th.
Rlj Entertainment will release Return To Sender in theaters, VOD and iTunes on August 14th. The film stars Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte (Warrior, The Prince of Tides), Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead), Camryn Manheim (“The Practice”), Rumer Willis (Sorority Row, “90210”) and Illeana Douglas (Ghost World, Goodfellas). Synopsis: ...
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- The Black Saint
Today (8/8/15) I attended my second Flashback Weekend in Rosemont, Illinois. As a lifelong horror fan, I wasn’t aware that convention culture existed in the midwest until the last couple years. Last year I attended my first convention c2e2 in Chicago, primarily to meet Tony Todd as Candyman is still one of the scariest movies in my opinion. Later that summer I decided to attend Flashback Weekend as they had several cast members from many of the Freddy Krueger movies attending and purchased a $125 group photo op. There were a couple other actors and actresses I wanted to meet and thought bringing $100 would more than cover it. There’s no way to look online to discover how much a celebrity is going to charge for autographs and photos as their prices vary by event and how popular one might be. That $100 didn’t go very far as I learned »
- Jovy Skol
In 2010, Marielle Heller starred in a theatrical adaptation of The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures, an autobiographic-ish coming-of-age tale based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s celebrated graphic novel. From this show came Heller’s chance to re-reimagine the novel for movie audiences, this time as director. In addition to the usual pitfalls of page-to-screen adaptations, Heller’s closeness to the material as filtered through another medium could have made her directing debut little more than an exercise in filmed theatre. It speaks to the mutability of that source material, Heller’s skill, or more likely, both, that The Diary of a Teenage Girl isn’t just a fully formed and realized movie, but a really terrific one to boot.
The tag “Sundance favourite” has become something of a double-edged honor; as soon as you show someone the derivative poster for The Diary of a Teenage Girl, »
- Sam Woolf
If you haven't seen it yet, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the kind of film that ruins you for other blockbusters. Handily, it was deployed right at the end of July, right around the time that most of us have had our blocks thoroughly busted. As we've noted around this time in recent years, you might even be feeling a little fatigued with the smashy-bangy of it all.
But the big movies will keep coming through August. Still to come this month, as blockbuster season winds down, are films like Adam Sandler's video game-themed sci-fi comedy Pixels, horror sequel Sinister 2 and reboots galore, in the form of Fantastic Four, Hitman: Agent 47 and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Before you know it, it'll be time to »
Glasgow Comic Con | Orson Welles: The Great Disruptor | Queer Vision | East End Film Festival
If your idea of a comic-book movie is limited to costumed superheroes saving the world from yet another CGI threat, you need to read more comic books, or watch more films. Fortunately, this festival gives you the chance to do both. Around the main event next weekend, it shows a handful of alternative comic-book movies. There’s the Daniel Clowes-adapted Ghost World (Tue), as good a film about growing up and fitting in as has ever been made. Or the equally fine American Splendor (Wed), with Paul Giamatti as outsider cartoonist Harvey Pekar.
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- Steve Rose
The feature adaptation of Daniel Clowes' (Ghost World, Ice Haven, Mister Wonderful) acclaimed graphic novel, Wilson, has begun shooting in Minnesota under director Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins). Joining Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern is Judy Greer (last seen in Jurassic World) and Cheryl Hines (Larry David fans will need no introduction) in undisclosed roles. Harrelson will play the misanthropic outsider of the title, who makes one last-ditch effort to reconnect with his drug-addled ex-wife (Laura Dern) and a teenage daughter (Isabelle Amara) he's never met. Clowes also wrote the script for the film, which will be produced by Alexander Payne, Sam Raimi, and Josh Donen. »
Ok, it’s not an Alexander Payne project as it once was which is slightly less exciting, but we’re still looking forward to Fox Searchlight’s upcoming, “Wilson,” an adaptation of celebrated work by graphic novelist Dan Clowes. His dark, hilarious cynical touch begat many terrific graphic novels and so far, two solid film adaptations: “Ghost World” and “Art School Confidential,” both directed by Terry Zwigoff. Payne was supposed to direct the adaptation of Clowes’ “Wilson,” the script of which he wrote himself, but it appears he’s been caught up with other work. But in his stead is Craig Johnson, who won critical plaudits from Sundance 2014 with the indie “The Skeleton Twins.” “Wilson” already features Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern and joining the cast announced today are Judy Greer (“Arrested Development”) and Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”). Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his. »
- Edward Davis
President of production Claudia Lewis announced on Thursday that principal photography has begun in Minnesota on Craig Johnson’s follow-up to The Skeleton Twins starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern.
Mary Jane Skalski and Jared Ian Goldman are producing the story of a lonely middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Fox Searchlight Pictures has begun principal photography in Minnesota on Craig Johnson's "Wilson," starring Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines. Daniel Clowes ("Ghost World") adapts his graphic novel. Mary Jane Skalski and Jared Ian Goldman are producing. The film is shooting on location in the St. Paul area. "Dan Clowes' script embraces elements that are funny, touching, charming and sweet. This film has everything, including Craig who is one of the most precise and smart directors around. It will be a joy to bring Wilson to the big screen," said producers Skalski and Goldman. Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her. »
- Anne Thompson
Harrelson stars as a lonely, neurotic middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he’s never met. The graphic novel was published in 2010.
- Dave McNary
Fox Searchlight has begun production in Minnesota on Wilson, an adaptation of the graphic novel by Ghost World‘s Daniel Clowes. The project has changed significantly since Deadline broke news the studio had acquired it in 2010 as a potential directing vehicle for Alexander Payne. The Skeleton Twins‘ helmer Craig Johnson has long since been set to direct Clowes’ script and the new news here is Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines have joined Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern, who play… »
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