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‘Ghost World’ Director Terry Zwigoff Runs Down All The Films He Couldn’t Get Made

18 May 2017 12:43 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Terry Zwigoff hasn’t always had the best relationship with Hollywood. His films tend to be prickly human portraits (“Crumb,” “Ghost World“) that don’t make for easy marketing, and the biggest commercial film of his career, “Bad Santa,” saw him enter a heated battle with the Weinsteins, who wanted to soften its sharper edges (read our candid interview with Zwigoff for all the juicy details).

Continue reading ‘Ghost World’ Director Terry Zwigoff Runs Down All The Films He Couldn’t Get Made at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Will Alien: Covenant Revive The Ailing Franchise Or Do More Damage? -- The Weekend Warrior

17 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, and to paraphrase those renowned seventies scholars the Brady Bunch, “When it’s time to change then it’s time to change.” 

While I’ve tried my hardest to slowly sneak those changes in, it’s gotten to the point where we’ll need to do something more drastic if the few of you reading the Weekend Warrior on a weekly basis actually want it to remain coming to you on a weekly basis.  Because of that, we’re going to try something different by not throwing in as much independent limited releases for those checking the column out, and making the column a little more focused at least for the time being.  (I’m probably going to move reviews for my Top Picks over to my blog, which is easy enough to »

- Edward Douglas

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Criterion Collection Announces August 2017 Additions, Including Restored ‘Sid & Nancy’ and Mike Leigh’s ‘Meantime’

16 May 2017 2:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Late summer is all about reflection over at The Criterion Collection, as the library is spending August offering up a handful of unsung classics and new look at some longtime favorites.

Michael Curitz’s “The Breaking Point,” a mostly overlooked Hemingway adaptation, starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal, will be available on Blu-ray for the first time, while Sacha Guitry’s “La poison” arrives on home video for the first time ever. Elsewhere, Mike Leigh’s revelatory “Meantime” is getting a 2K restoration, all the better to enjoy the early work of Tim Roth and Gary Oldman. That’s not all for Oldman fans, however, as Alex Cox’s “Sid & Nancy” hits the collection with a brand new 4K digital restoration. Finally, Walter Matthau stars in the charming comedy “Hopscotch,” also available on Blu-ray in a 2K digital restoration.

Below is the complete list of August additions, with descriptions provided by Criterion. »

- Kate Erbland

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Cannes 2017 Updates: Rosamund Pike, Blake Lively, and Noomi Rapace Line Up New Projects

16 May 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl

Cannes is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, but it’s also a business hub. The fest — and Cannes market — officially kick off tomorrow, May 17, but new projects are already being announced, including ones toplined by Rosamund Pike, Blake Lively, and Noomi Rapace.

Pike has signed on to star as trailblazing chemist and physicist Marie Curie in “Radioactive.” Variety broke the news. The biopic will be directed by “Persepolis” helmer Marjane Satrapi. An adaptation of Lauren Redniss’ graphic nonfiction book “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout,” the live-action project is fully financed by Studiocanal.

“Marie Curie was such a natural force of life. Everybody, everywhere she went was affected by her energy and brilliance,” said Satrapi. “This is an intense role which requires a lot of intelligence and sensibility. Rosamund is ‘the one’ to incarnate her. I understood it the second I met her.”

Pike earned an Oscar nod in 2015 for “Gone Girl.” She was most recently seen in Amma Asante’s well-reviewed interracial romance “A United Kingdom.” She’ll play war reporter Marie Colvin in an upcoming biopic directed by Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land”).

Lively will star as a single mom and former Mma fighter in “Bruised,” Deadline reports. Faced with the threat of losing her son to the authorities, the disgraced athlete “must get back in the cage for one last chance to fight for redemption and give her son the life she always wanted.”

Michelle Rosenfarb (“Sweet Surrender”) penned the script and Nick Cassavetes (“The Notebook”) will direct the project. Production for the action-drama will most likely kick off in September.

The source writes that “Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity is launching sales on the project to foreign buyers in Cannes this week.” Linda Gottlieb (“Dirty Dancing”) will produce alongside Management 360’s Guymon Casady and Thunder Road PicturesBasil Iwanyk.

Lively made a major splash with last summer’s “The Shallows.” The shark thriller earned nearly $120 million and was made for just $17 million. The “Gossip Girl” alumna’s other credits include “Café Society,” “The Age of Adaline,” and “The Town.”

Prometheus” actress Rapace will portray a counter-terrorism expert in “Close,” The Hollywood Reporter writes. The action-thriller will be directed by Vicky Jewson (“Born of War”), who also co-wrote the script.

According to THR, Rapace’s character “takes on what should be a babysitting job protecting a rich teenage heiress. But a violent attempted kidnapping forces the two to go on the run, and then they’ve got to take some lives — or lose theirs.”

Janette Day (“Ghost World”) and Sarah Radclyffe (“Les Misérables”) are among those serving as executive producers on “Close.”

“WestEnd acquired the film under its WeLove banner aimed at female audiences,” THR writes. Production is slated to kick off next month.

Rapace played Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish-language adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and its sequels. She’s set to star in “Callas,” Niki Caro’s upcoming biopic about opera singer Maria Callas.

Check out our infographic about women directors screening films at Cannes this year. The fest runs until May 28.

Cannes 2017 Updates: Rosamund Pike, Blake Lively, and Noomi Rapace Line Up New Projects was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Terry Zwigoff Retrospective Exclusive Trailer: Metrograph to Screen All Five of the ‘Ghost World’ and ‘Crumb’ Director’s Films

12 May 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Beginning next Friday, New York’s Metrograph will present a Terry Zwigoff retrospective that includes screenings of all five of his feature films. The weekend-long series begins with “Ghost World” and continues with “Louie Bluie,” “Art School Confidential” and “Bad Santa” before closing with his acclaimed documentary; Zwigoff will appear in person at each screening. Watch an exclusive trailer for the tribute below.

Read More: Nicolas Cage To Play A ‘Lost Melody’ For Terry Zwigoff Plus Watch A New Clip From ‘The Frozen Ground

Here are some notes on the festivities in Metrograph’s own words: “Terry Zwigoff never seemed to belong to the careerist, wheeler-dealer world of the Sundance indie, and that’s part of his charm. Catapulted to prominence with ‘Crumb,’ his instant classic documentary on underground legend R. Crumb, Zwigoff went on to reel out a trio of blackly-comic fiction films which all together offer a jaundiced, »

- Michael Nordine

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Tribeca 2017 Review Round-Up: The Endless, Take Me, and Tilt

12 May 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Over the last few weeks, the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival celebrated the best that the indie filmmaking world has to offer, and during the fest’s run, I had the chance to check out just a few of the genre-related offerings on Tribeca’s lineup: The Endless from Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, Pat Healy’s feature film directorial debut, Take Me, and the psychological thriller Tilt from Kasra Farahani. Read on for my thoughts on this trio of thought-provoking cinematic treats.

The Endless: Before I start discussing The Endless, I want to take a moment and say that I feel like the best way to experience the latest from Benson and Moorhead is to go in knowing as little as possible, because that’s how I saw it, and it 110% blew my mind. That being said, part of my job is reviewing movies, so I promise I will keep »

- Heather Wixson

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The Force Awakens Ending That Mark Hamill Wanted

6 May 2017 10:35 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One of the most disappointing things about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is that it conformed we'll never see Luke Skywalker and his old friend Han Solo reunite, unless Harrison Ford decides to return for a flashback. But fans weren't the only ones who didn't like this idea. Mark Hamill was also sad that he couldn't reconnect with old friend on screen. So much so that he even came up with his own idea on how the first sequel in over thirty years should have ended. It would have seen the holy trinity of Luke, Han and Leia all present for Solo's big dash off into the Force Ghost world.

While Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be back in The Last Jedi, Harrison Ford's presence in a flashback has not been confirmed, and as any fan worth his weight in plush Bantha toys knows, poor Han Solo »

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Criterion Collection Announces July 2017 Additions, Including Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker’ and Bresson’s ‘L’argent’

17 April 2017 2:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Summer 2017 is shaping up to be quite the exciting season for The Criterion Collection. In May, the library will welcome cult favorite “Ghost World” and recent Palme d’or winner “Dheepan,” while June finds Kenji Mizoguchi’s “Ugetsu,” Hitchcock’s silent classic “The Lodger” and Sam Peckinpah’s controversial “Straw Dogs” joining the club. Criterion has now added its July 2017 additions to their summer slate, and they include movies from auteurs like Tarkovsky, Rossellini and Bresson. Below is the complete list of July additions, with descriptions provided by Criterion.

Read More: The Criterion Collection Announces June Titles: ‘The Marseille Trilogy, ‘They Live by Night,’ ‘The Lodger’ and More

Stalker” (1979) – Available July 18

Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, »

- Zack Sharf

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4 Must-Watch Films If You’re About to Graduate College and Feel Lost as F*ck

31 March 2017 5:52 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A cinematic guide to confronting postgrad malaise.Fox Searchlight Pictures

It’s getting to be that time of year where if you listen closely, you can hear millions of parents asking soon-to-be graduates about their plans for the future. Transitioning out of an academic setting can be tricky. And with it comes a very specific kind of funk; a strange and aimless limbo aggravated by the dreaded…so — now what?

I’ve heard that millennials are adult babies and back in the day dinosaurs walked uphill both ways and payed for their entire tuition with the quarters they earned selling lemonade during the summer. Which is to say: the financial and social pressures shouldered by recent graduates are very real existential threats. Thankfully, small comfort though it may be, the disenchanted former student has more than a few cinematic role models to choose from. The postgrad film, older sibling to the high school coming-of-age-movie, concerns »

- Meg Shields

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‘Silicon Valley’ Season 4 Trailer and Poster: Is This the End of Pied Piper?

29 March 2017 11:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It just doesn’t get any easier for the Pied Piper team. After innovating the middle-out algorithm and surviving Hooli’s latest attempt to destroy them, it appears the “Silicon Valley” crew are turning against one another in the upcoming season of HBO’s essential comedy. Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World”) has designed a poster for the show, and a new trailer is available. Both can be found below.

Read More: ‘Silicon Valley’: Mike Judge and Cast Tease Next Season at Comic-Con

Season four appears to begin with the revelation that Richard (Thomas Middleditch) is quitting Pied Piper, the company he founded. Among the highlights of the trailer: Erlich (T.J. Miller) mansplaining the concept of mansplaining to two women, a surprise appearance by Haley Joel Osment and literally everything Jared (Zach Woods) says and does. The entire main cast is returning for season four: Middleditch, Miller, Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Silicon Valley’ Season 4 Trailer and Poster: Is This the End of Pied Piper?

29 March 2017 11:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It just doesn’t get any easier for the Pied Piper team. After innovating the middle-out algorithm and surviving Hooli’s latest attempt to destroy them, it appears the “Silicon Valley” crew are turning against one another in the upcoming season of HBO’s essential comedy. Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World”) has designed a poster for the show, and a new trailer is available. Both can be found below.

Read More: ‘Silicon Valley’: Mike Judge and Cast Tease Next Season at Comic-Con

Season four appears to begin with the revelation that Richard (Thomas Middleditch) is quitting Pied Piper, the company he founded. Among the highlights of the trailer: Erlich (T.J. Miller) mansplaining the concept of mansplaining to two women, a surprise appearance by Haley Joel Osment and literally everything Jared (Zach Woods) says and does. The entire main cast is returning for season four: Middleditch, Miller, Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, »

- Michael Nordine

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Review: "Wilson"

26 March 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Spencer Coile

Daniel Clowes struck gold in 2001 when he wrote the screenpay for Ghost World, an adaptation of his graphic novel of the same name. Telling the story of self-identified outcast Enid (Thora Birch), his first screenplay toyed with themes pertaining to isolation, the dissolution of friendships, and lots and lots of teen angst. It was relatable and altogether melancholic, but importantly-- it all worked. Drawing from his own work (no pun intended), Clowes pulled together some all-too-familiar film tropes, and managed to subvert them in thoughtful and oftentimes amusing ways. After a return to the screen with another adaptation of his own work, Art School Confidential in 2006, Clowes layed low, working primarily on writing/drawing and short films. He's back with Wilson, now in theaters, pairing with The Skeleton Twins director Craig Johnson, for another foray into the hilariously damaged human spirit »

- Spencer Coile

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Daniel Clowes: Trump's America is like the cynical comics I drew back in the 90s

25 March 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As the comic writer’s fantastically misanthropic work Wilson hits cinema screens, he talks about grief, Ghost World and surviving in Trumpland

Hey, Daniel. What was it like making a movie without Terry Zwigoff, who directed Ghost World and Art School Confidential, but isn’t in charge for Wilson?

With Terry, I was very much there the whole time in kind of a Coen brothers-ish scenario. We were bouncing ideas off each other and it felt fairly collaborative – for this one, I had decided I really had not enjoyed that process. I really like hanging out with Terry, we have fun together, but the actual process of making the movies was not at all fun for me. After the last one I thought, you know what, I’m just going to do what I do, write the script, hand it off and see what happens. My whole goal with this »

- Sam Thielman

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Wilson – Review

23 March 2017 9:24 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

This week sees another comic book adaptation arrive at movie theatres, while the Lego Batman and Logan are still pulling audiences in at the multiplex. Ah, but this film is not another superhero slugfest (we’ll have three more of those from Marvel Studios, and two from Warner/DC by the year’s end). No this comes from the “upper classes” of illustrated narratives, those “serious and somber” graphic novels (kind of a “highfalutin'” moniker). Several prestige flicks have been based on such books, like The History Of Violence and The Road To Perdition (both earned Oscar noms). The “graphic artist” (hey, I’ll bet he’d prefer cartoonist) behind this new film is no stranger to cinema. Matter of fact, this is his third feature-length movie adaptation. The first was my personal favorite flick of 2001, the quirky Ghost World (no ectoplasmic apparitions, but a teenage Scarlett Johansson). Five years »

- Jim Batts

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‘Wilson’ Review: Woody Harrelson Lightens Up a Dark Daniel Clowes Character

23 March 2017 4:48 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Loneliness looms over “Wilson,” adapted from the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World”) by Clowes and director Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”). In an early scene, it literally hangs over Wilson’s (Woody Harrelson) head as he walks past a movie theater showing Vittorio De Sica’s 1952 classic, “Umberto D.” In that sorrowful, Italian neo-realist masterpiece, the elderly Umberto is the embodiment of loneliness, and suffers a near thorough destitution, his only salve the companionship of a pet dog. Wilson, Umberto’s toxic heir, has a dog, too, but his loneliness is self-imposed: Wilson is an obnoxious jerk. Not that you’d know. »

- Dave White

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Will Overpower ‘Power Rangers’ and Other Openers

23 March 2017 10:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

How big will Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” be?

Continuing to forge ahead after its record-breaking opening gross last weekend, the live-action remake should outgross three new releases by about 150 percent. It’s unfair to judge any of the new titles against juggernaut “Beauty,” which has already amassed $206 million (unprecedented for pre-May) in its first five days domestic, $428 million worldwide. This weekend “Beauty and the Beast” looks to fall somewhere in the $80-100 million range and should hit a staggering $300 million in its first ten days.

This makes it hard for any newcomers to make much impact.

Read More: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Is a Technological Marvel, But for Its Actors, the Challenge Was Daunting

Lionsgate’s $100 million reboot of “Power Rangers” will easily outpace Sony’s latest outer space adventure “Life” as well as Warner Bros.’ remake of 1970s California Highway Patrol TV hit “Chips.”

After three straight »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Daniel Clowes On Adapting His Graphic Novel: Wilson - Interview

23 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

For nearly thirty years, Daniel Clowes has been at the forefront of San Francisco’s second wave of underground cartoonists, first making waves with his anthology comic, Eightball, which ran for fifteen years. One of the many serialized comic stories in that comic was Ghost World, which was turned into a popular indie movie in 2001, directed by Terry Zwigoff and starring a very, very young Scarlett Johansson.

Five years later, Zwigoff and Clowes reteamed for the comedy Art School Confidential, also based on an Eightball story, and around the same time, Clowes shifted away from Eightball to writing and drawing stand-alone graphic novels.

One of those graphic novels was 2010’s Wilson, which Clowes has now adapted into a movie starring Woody Harrelson as its cantankerous title character, who goes on a quest to reconnect with his ex-wife Pippy (Laura Dern), and find their now-teen daughter Claire (Isabella Amara). It’s »

- Edward Douglas

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Power Rangers Won’t Give Beauty And The Beast Much Trouble -- The Weekend Warrior

23 March 2017 7:25 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

So we’re going to try something different this week, because the Weekend Warrior has been getting a little long in the tooth, and we’re worried that our busy readers may prefer shorter and more concise pieces. We’ll give this a try over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll write a little more when there’s a bigger movie opening.

How Will Power Rangers and Two Other Movies Fare Against Disney’s Beauty and the Beast?

This past weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast reigned supreme with nearly $175 million--over $20 million more than my prediction (ouch!)--and even with a substantial drop this weekend, it’s unlikely that any of the three new movies will be able to »

- Edward Douglas

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'Wilson' Review: Woody Harrelson Nearly Saves Sentimental-Crank Cringe-Comedy

22 March 2017 6:11 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Woody Harrelson is the life of this party, based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, the indie-comics legend whose work has inspired one film landmark in 2001's Ghost World (forget Art School Confidential). Wilson is not in that movie's league by a long shot, though you couldn't imagine a better interpreter of Clowes' world than Harrelson. That mischief in the actor's eyes keeps us intrigued by the film's title character, a neurotic grouch who rails against the Internet and other plagues of the modern age. Wilson also hates people – his main enjoyment, »

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"The Vampire Diaries: Ghost World"

21 March 2017 8:22 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis fom "The Vampire Diaries" episode "Ghost World", written by Rebecca Sonnenshine and directed by David Jackson, that aired October 27, 2011

on The CW:

"...as 'Mystic Falls' prepares to celebrate the traditional 'Illumination Night', the town is invaded by spirits of the dead.

"After a particularly violent encounter with an angry spirit, 'Damon' asks 'Bonnie' to find the reason behind the ghosts' surprising power.

"'Elena' convinces 'Jeremy' to use his connection to the other side to help her find a new way to reach Stefan, leading Jeremy to a terrible choice.

"Finally, 'Alaric' discovers a long-hidden clue to the past..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Vampire Diaries: Ghost World"...

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- Michael Stevens

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