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Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible. Based on a true story, the film stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as the parents of three boys vacationing in Thailand in 2004 when the tsunami hit. Having survived, but finding themselves separated, the family members search for each other amidst the chaos, encountering strangers caught up in the same situation along the way. The film also stars Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, and Oaklee Pendergast. For more on The Impossible, here are eight clips and the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak to Naomi Watts. We talked about why she wanted to make The Impossible, how she prepared for the role, filming the intense water scenes, and more. In addition, we also talked about David Lynch's Mulholland Drive and director Oliver Hirschbiegel's Diana movie (she's playing Princess Diana). Hit the jump to watch. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Jose here to talk about Naomi Watts. She's having a great month. First, she won Best Actress nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes for her work in The Impossible (opening today!). Then she got a hell of an endorsement from Reese Witherspoon who promised she'd "tap dance on Sunset Blvd." to get her an Oscar for this movie. If other people in Hollywood start feeling she's as good as Meryl in Sophie's Choice (Reese's words) Naomi's stars might be finally aligning for a statuette.
Earlier this week I attended a preview screening of The Impossible (hosted as part of 92Y's Reel Pieces series) which was preceded by a Q&A with Watts. She discussed working with green screens, working with boy wonder Tom Holland (nominated for Best Young Actor at the "Critics Choice" Awards) and spent a surprising amount of time discussing her work in Mulholland Dr. But, »
Based on harrowing true events, The Impossible is a story of unique horror — the extreme fear of trying to locate family members after experiencing a natural disaster. The film is based on a Spanish family who experienced the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, and are now portrayed in the film by Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and impressive new young actor Tom Holland.
I sat down with director Juan Antonio Bayona in an exclusive interview to discuss the movie while the director was in Chicago for last October’s international film festival. Amongst many topics, we discussed his own experience with the film title, how Naomi Watts likes to be directed, and why he chose to cast Caucasian actors to play out a story that is inspired by the true events of a Spanish family.
The Impossible opens in Chicago on December 21.
It seems like the title of the film could have easily »
- Nick Allen
Whether it’s Mulholland Drive, Funny Games or 21 Grams, we remain endlessly amazed at the emotional depths that actress Naomi Watts will reach for in portraying a character. Not once do we ever see her fake an emotion and audiences cannot help but to wonder what places she goes to in order to display such raw emotion.
The latest example of this is The Impossible, in which she plays Maria, a doctor who is vacationing with her husband Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three boys in Thailand. Their fun, however, comes to a horrific end when a tsunami comes out of nowhere and completely destroys the coastal zone and separates the family members.
The Impossible is based on the true story of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and Watts’ character is based on Maria Belon, who miraculously survived the tsunami along with her family when it smashed through the resort they were staying at. »
- Ben Kenber
Ahh, the year in skin.
It's not the golden "Deep Throat" years of the '70s anymore, it's the age of the Internet and no one really goes to the movies to see nudity, but women proved they were hungry for some beefcake with the wild success of "Magic Mike." Meanwhile, A-list actresses bared it all for some compelling reasons that were absolutely integral to the script… hehe.
Here's our comprehensive list of major celebs who got in the buff so perverts could post screengrabs on Internet forums.
She may be a trampire in real-life, but Stewart's also got a polyamorous streak in the movie version of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," a.k.a. "This Seemed Cooler When I Was in High School English Class." As free spirit Marylou, Stewart gets to have a go with both Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund »
- Max Evry
Okay. So, I know what you’re thinking, ‘Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning? Why the hell should I care about the sixth entry in a series I haven’t thought about in twenty years, if ever?’ The answer is simple; the movie is damn good and incredibly ambitious. John Hyams’ second foray into the franchise after Universal Solider: Regeneration – possibly the best direct-to-video film of all time – is a mind-bending and incredibly violent epic that owes more to Apocalypse Now and Mulholland Drive than it does to the works of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. It is a film that demands to be seen by any serious fan of edgy action, especially those who haven’t seen any of the others. Recently, I got on the phone with Hyams to talk about the Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins vehicle, which can be seen on On-Demand, iTunes and in select 3D theaters. »
- Hunter Daniels
In the early part of this century, Lynch spent a lot of time putting together his website David Lynch.com. Embracing the internet and the opportunities his own website afforded him, Lynch would make his own shorts available via this medium as well as the weird sitcom Rabbits and animated series Dumbland. Lynch also branched out into coffee sales as his own brand was launched and available through the website. His next film was an even more polarising and baffling effort than anything he had previously made.
Inland Empire (2006)
Financed completely independently and filmed over a period of two years on new digital HD camera’s Inland Empire was initially a collection of scenes cobbled together from both Lynch’s own website (the Rabbits shorts) and scenes he would film with Laura Dern. Eventually the project started to take on some form of narrative plot and Lynch filmed scenes involving »
- Chris Holt
Director Lulu Jarmen’s “Bad Meat” proves once again why it’s always a bad idea to send teenage delinquents to rehabilitation clinics in the middle of nowhere. If they don’t spend their time hooking up in grungy cabins, they tend to get eviscerated by people with nefarious agendas. I’ve seen it happen time and time again. Of course, Jarmen’s nasty looking horror movie shouldn’t be confused with Scott Dikkers’s bizarre Chevy Chase comedy “Bad Meat.” Trust me when I say you don’t want to confuse the two. Although I haven’t seen Jarmen’s film yet, I’m almost positive it’s better than the other “Bad Meat.” Read the DVD packaging very carefully before purchase. Here’s what the official press release says about the flick: Starring Dave Franco (“21 Jump Street”), Elisabeth Harnois (“Mars Needs Moms”) Jessica Parker-Kennedy (“Decoys”) and Mark Pellegrino »
- Todd Rigney
The New York Film Critics Circle have had their say, handing out three awards for “Zero Dark Thirty” and three for “Lincoln.” Here’s what we’ve learned about the Oscars from this first batch of precursor prizes. -Insertgroups:8- Best Picture: "Zero Dark Thirty" “Zero Dark Thirty” is now a surefire Best Picture nominee, especially with the expanded field. Since the Circle was formed in 1935, only eight of their top picks have not been nominated for Best Picture: “Day for Night” (1973), “Amarcord” (1974), “The Player” (1992), “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995), “Topsy-Turvy” (1999), “Mulholland Drive” (2001), “Far from Heaven” (2002), and “United 93” (2006). Thirty-one of the Nyfcc Best Picture winners repeated at the Oscars: “The Life of Emile Zola” (1937), “Going My Way” (194 »
Today's Indie Beat comes in the form of a North American release date for the Indie horror film, Bad Meat. Come on inside to check out the scoop on this upcomign ultra gory film...if you're into that sort of thing.
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- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
The film with the troubled past, Bad Meat, is making its way to DVD on February 19th. Lulu Jarmen took the helm of this gory thriller when Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn) bowed out after directing a chunk of the film until its funding fell through.
Starring Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Elisabeth Harnois (Mars Needs Moms) Jessica Parker-Kennedy (Decoys) and Mark Pellegrino (Mulholland Drive) Bad Meat, which premiered at London's Frightfest before screenings at Razor Reel in Belgium and Fancine in Spain, tells the story of a group of teenage delinquents who contract a deadly virus after being ordered to a remote camp for rehabilitation.
You can watch a trailer inside.
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Director Lulu Jarmen’s horror comedy ‘Bad Meat’ is set to be released on DVD in the U.S. and Canada on February 19, 2013 by Mvd. Written by and compared to Eli Roth’s ‘Cabin Fever’ and Michal J. Bassett’s ‘Wilderness,’ ‘Bad Meat’ is set to frighten audiences with bodily fluids, a graphic dog dissection, amateur stomach-pumping and chewed body parts. Revolver Entertainment’s horror comedy stars Dave Franco from ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘Mars Needs Moms‘ Elisabeth Harnois, Jessica Parker-Kennedy from ‘Decoys’ and ‘Mulholland Drive’s Mark Pellegrino. ‘Bad Meat’ premiered at London’s Frightfest before it screened at Razor Reel in Belgium and Francine in Spain. ‘Bad Meat’ follows a group of troubled teens [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
A face appears in the night. Amid the darkness emerge two sunken-in eyes surrounded by pale white skin. It’s hard to tell whether the ghastly expression is that of someone living or dead. This face initially appears to Mary while driving to her new job in Salt Lake City as she passes the Saltair Pavilion. It’s a simple and yet creepy face that repeatedly haunts the main heroine of Carnival of Souls throughout the duration of the movie and will no doubt leave a lasting impression on the viewer as well.
Carnival of Souls, a mostly forgotten film from 1962, stands as the only feature film directed by Herk Harvey. The film’s original intention was to have the “the look of Bergman” and the “feel of Cocteau” that would eventually appeal to arthouse filmgoers. After a long and frustrating battle between Harvey and the distributors, Carnival was eventually »
- Michael Haffner
Bydgoszcz, Poland – Director David Lynch sat down with The Hollywood Reporter shortly after receiving his latest lifetime achievement award -- this time from the 20th Plus Camerimage in Poland, the world's leading festival dedicated to the art of cinematography. The elusive auteur behind Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks opened up about digital cinema, why he hasn't made a feature film since 2006's Inland Empire and why the future of cool movies is online. The Hollywood Reporter: Clips from your films were shown before you received your lifetime-achievement award. What was going through your mind while you watched? David Lynch:
- Karsten Kastelan
Okay. So, I know what you’re thinking, ‘Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning? Why the hell should I care about the fifth entry in a series I haven’t thought about in twenty years, if ever?’ The answer is simple; the movie is damn good and incredibly ambitious. John Hyams’ second foray into the franchise after Universal Solider: Regeneration – possibly the best direct-to-video film of all time – is a mindbending and incredibly violent epic that owes more to Apocalypse Now and Mulholland Drive than it does to the works of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. It is a film that demands to be seen by any serious fan of edgy action, especially those who haven’t seen any of the others. Recently, I sat down with Dolph Lundgren to discuss his work on the film, which also stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins. During the interview we chatted about »
- Hunter Daniels
For his next trick David Lynch changed tack and shifted gears completely to tell the true story of Alvin Straight, a man who travelled across America to visit his estranged and ailing brother…on a lawnmower. The film was made independently based on a screenplay from Lynch’s frequent collaborator Mary Sweeney and even filmed chronologically along the route that Straight took from Iowa to Wisconsin.
After a successful debut at Cannes, the film was picked up by Walt Disney Pictures for distribution. In a case of art imitating life imitating art, Richard Farnsworth who played the title role was stricken with bone cancer during filming and so much of the frailty he exhibits on screen is in fact real. The following year Farnsworth would tragically commit suicide aged 80.
The Straight Story (1999)
At the time, people were puzzled as to Lynch’s decision to direct this film. The film is »
- Chris Holt
But what she really wants to do is laughSee Part One for the full video and commentary on first half hour
The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable has become an event I impatiently await more than any other non-awards part of the season. It's how I used to feel about Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue before too many dud covers and too many other types of issues using that template. But I digress. Though I am deeply thankful for actresses on every day of the year it Is Thanksgiving so I'm eager to get to the festivities with my family of friends. So just a few quick final notes on each actress before turkey and pie!
Her palpable terror about auditions is fascinating when you pause to connect it with the exact moment that essentially made her a star: her persona-switching audition scene in Mulholland Dr. Unlike Anne Hathaway my »
- NATHANIEL R
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Good afternoon everyone!
Mulholland Drive actress Naomi Watts will be honored at The 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival. On January 5, 2013 Watts will received Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at the festival for her role in the disaster film The Impossible.
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In case you were wondering, bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood is not pregnant. Carry on.
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— Chely Wright (@chelywright) November 19, 2012
- Bridget McManus
I like getting lost at the movies. I live for the moments when you dive into the blue box. Ever since Mulholland Drive, that's what I've called that delirius feeling. That's when a movie with a tractor beam size pull just sucks you in until you're fully immersed in its world. Sometimes it's only for a moment. Sometimes it happens in fits and starts. With masterpieces it can last for the whole running time once you've stopped resisting. In these moments we've left the movie theater behind; the projectionist isn't the only one projecting.
Paul Thomas Anderson movies usually give me just this blue box sensation. I ate at the diner in Hard Eight. I hung out on porn sets and called Julianne mommy while high on coke in Boogie Nights. In There Will Be Blood I fell right in the oil well with Daniel Day-Lewis but only one of »
- NATHANIEL R
Naomi Watts, who gave a wonderful performance in the upcoming "The Impossible," is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting at the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.
The Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and the Festival will run from January 3 to 14. I live in Palm Springs, and I live for this event :happy
Here's the full press release:
Palm Springs, CA (November 19, 2012) . The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Naomi Watts with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at its Awards Gala. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14, 2013.
.We're delighted to pay tribute to Naomi Watts, one of the most gifted and versatile performers to grace the screen,. said Palm Springs International Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner. »
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