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It has been a decade since Matt Czuchry filmed his first substantial role—on "Dawson's Creek's" sudsy summertime spinoff "Young Americans." But that wide-eyed 20-something might have had a hard time recognizing the actor he is today. "Each job really mirrors where you are in your life," Czuchry says. "['Young Americans'] was one of my first jobs after moving to Los Angeles, and it was incredibly exciting because that was the first time I had about five or six episodes in a row. I was doing something that I loved and getting paid for it at a young age." Less than four years after his multiseason arc as wealthy charmer Logan Huntzberger on "Gilmore Girls," the 33-year-old actor has moved on to something decidedly more grown-up: "The Good Wife." As the young, ambitious lawyer Cary Agos—ousted from the law firm Stern, Lockhart & Gardner and playing a pivotal role in the »
The information below is from the AFI Fest website. One film in each of the following sections received an Audience Award: World Cinema Boy: When his absent father returns home, a young boy in 1980’s New Zealand must confront the man he thought he remembered. Dir/Scr Taika Waititi. New Zealand. New Auteurs Bedevilled: An island vacation turns deadly for Hae-won when she tries to help her abused childhood friend and her daughter escape. Dir Cheol-soo Jang. Scr Choi Gwang-young. South Korea. Young Americans Littlerock: When her car breaks down on a sightseeing tour of California, a Japanese student discovers a different America than the one in her dreams. Dir/Scr Mike Ott. USA. Breakthrough (award accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize) Hamill: Inspired by the life of deaf Ufc fighter, Matt Hamill, this film tells the story of what it takes to be a champion, on and off the mat. »
- Steve Montgomery
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Taking place November 4 - 11, in Hollywood, CA is the annual AFI Fest presented by Audi. The spectacular festival will be screening 97 films (66 features, 31 shorts) selected from 3,000 submissions across 31 countries at the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The breakdown by section is as follows: Gala/Tribute, Special Screening, Young Americans, New Auteurs, World Cinema, Midnight, Alt/Art, Breakthrough and Short Film- as well as the five film selections recently selected by the festival's first ever Guest Artistic Director, David Lynch and special presentations hosted by AFI Fest. You can check out each film by going to the AFI Fest 2010 Film Guide on the site: http://www.afi.com/afifest/films.aspx
In honor of this annual ode to great cinema, we've teamed up with AFI Fest 2010 to give away two pairs of Cinepass badges, which entitle the »
- Moviefone Staff
World cinema, Midnight, Alt/Art and Breakthrough selections for the 2010 AFI Fest were unveiled Monday, with 97 films (66 features and 31 shorts) slated for the event taking place November 4 - 11. The breakdown by section include titles in Gala/Tribute (8), Special Screening (4), Young Americans (6), New Auteurs (8), World Cinema (23), Midnight (3), Alt/Art (3), Breakthrough (5) and Short Film (31). The films in the Gala/Tribute, Special Screening, »
For those who feel the void with no Malick this year, I strongly recommend checking out the teaser for a major new talent in the U.S indie sphere who we've often mentioned on this site several times since lst May. After Cannes' Director's Fortnight, Deauville, Tokyo and the London Film Festival-bfi, Alistair Banks Griffin's Two Gates of Sleep is finally making it's long-awaited North American premiere next month at the AFI Film Fest in the spanking brand new "Young Americans" section (which promotes new U.S indie filmmaking talents). Featuring Brady Corbet (Lars von Trier's Melancholia and Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene) and David Call (Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture and Gregory Kohn's Northeast), I hope Los Angeles patrons such as AFI Fest guest artistic director David Lynch will have the chance to admire Tgos from up close and build some much deserved word of mouth »
Xavier Dolan, Niels Schneider, Monia Chokri in Dolan's ménage à trois drama Les amours imaginaires / Heartbeats, which was screened at Cannes earlier this year. AFI Fest 2010 presented by Audi announced today the line-up of their new "Young Americans" section and the films showing in the "New Auteurs" section. Also, much like last year, when the rotten Us economy forced the shortening of the AFI Fest and the distribution of free tickets (paid for by the festival sponsors), free tickets will be made available to the general public on October 28. AFI members will have advance access to the freebies on October 27. AFI Fest 2010 will take place at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, all located along Hollywood Boulevard, from November 4-11. The information below is from the AFI Fest blog: Young Americans Selections The Young Americans section [...] »
- Andre Soares
Kudos to the AFI Fest for setting up an important sidebar that will expose the best that the next generation of filmmakers have to offer. Bumping up their crop of exciting new auteur cinema, sections labeled "Young Americans" and "New Auteurs" (Cannes heavy) are showcases you'll want to keep an eye on - I can vouch on a good chunk of titles already selected. Among the half dozen included names in "Young Americans" section we find a pair of filmmakers in Alistair Banks Griffin and David Robert Mitchell who were included in our own American New Wave 25 feature this summer. Two Gates Of Sleep, one of my top discoveries of the year from this year's Cannes will finally receive its North American premiere. Filling out the section, we also have the North American premiere for the Locarno preemed Kitao Sakurai's Aardvark (Sakurai was the cinematographer on You Wont Miss »
By 1976, David Bowie didn’t know where he was going. He’d played an alien—on record, in concert, and in The Man Who Fell To Earth—and created his own school of hard plastic soul with Young Americans. His follow-up to that album, Station To Station, opens with the simulated sound of a train chugging to parts unknown as Bowie offers a sketch of his latest persona, The Thin White Duke, a soulless shell of a man fond of “throwing darts in lovers’ eyes” and shocked by any emotions he can’t dismiss as “side effects of the »
AFI Fest 2010 has set its programs for both its first-ever Young Americans section and the New Auteurs section, with a wide variety of festival favorites in the mix, from Robert Mitchell's "The Myth Of The American Sleepover " to Xavier Dolan's "Heartbeats" to recent Reykavik International Film Festival winners "Littlerock," from Mike Ott, and Michelangelo Frammartino's "The Four Times." “The films in the Young Americans program show us that there »
Jeff Mitchell on Rue McClanahanI was working on a movie for Paramount called "The Fighting Temptations," directed by Jonathan Lynn and starring Cuba Gooding Jr. We were doing the New York casting. Rue McClanahan was pitched for it by her agent. She was doing a lot of television, but she wanted to do film very badly. We had her in to meet the director, who was British and didn't know her or understand she was a huge star in the United States. Rue took the material and she did her best. We knew what the scene was about and what the director wanted, but the communication between actor and director wasn't working properly. No matter what he was asking, he wasn't getting what he wanted. The casting director has to take a back seat when the director is running the casting session. Even though I thought I could be a »
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A little medley from some of the films playing for free in our festival of Cannes selected favorites. Go here to see what films are viewable for free in your area.
"Chunga's Revenge" by Frank Zappa. »
With the Cormac McCarthy adaptation The Road coming out on DVD on Tuesday (I'm eager to give it another look) I thought we should focus on one of the best actors working: Viggo Mortensen also known as "Aragorn"
Viggo at twenty-two
Aragon's filmography is super odd. Or maybe not. In many professions if you do good work, your career very gradually swells but there's plenty of detours and error along the way as you feel your way up the ladder. I guess it just feels odd in the context of the movies. When we think of leading players in Hollywood don't we tend to think of them in terms of overnight sensations, has beens, or stars that have always been and will always be with us and seem to have arrived fully formed (Streep, Pacino. That type)?
Viggo fits none of those categories but he's very much a leading actor. »
- NATHANIEL R
Universal Pictures have announced several new dates for their Australian release schedule, in two cases the first dates scheduled anywhere for those films.
The same release schedule notice also mentions "Scott Pilgrim vs The World" opening August 12th 2010 and "Fast Five" June 9th 2011, which are both the day before the U.S. release. So we can probably expect a similar pattern with the other two.
Meanwhile in the U.S., Universal's genre label Rogue Pictures have set a January 28th 2011 release for the dramedy "Kids in America" (previously called "Young Americans") which was shot way back in early 2007.
- Garth Franklin
Sitting in for Campbell Brown on CNN, Rick Sanchez offered insightful argument during a segment with Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson and Jordan Marks, Tea Party activist and head of Young Americans For Freedom. After debating whether or not Rnc politicians have played a hand in the recent ugliness that some Tea Party members have expressed towards Democratic congresspeople, Marks pulled out a line we've been hearing a lot lately: How can the Gop be racist, when our Chairman Michael Steele is black? Watch Sanchez's response below. »
- Drew Grant
momlogic's Vivian: Well folks, another week brings with it another "American Idol" showdown -- and Man, the competition is getting fierce! After all, this round of eliminations will finally bring us to the unisex top 12. As Simon said (if you'll pardon the quasi-pun), last night was the "worst night to go, because you are so close." And the night was a testament to how important song choice really is. How'd our gal MamaSox (a.k.a. Crystal Bowersox) fare amongst the competition? Lemme break it down:
The night opened with 17-year-old Katie Stevens, who, in my opinion, did a shaky, pitchy version of Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway." Randy said she "paled in comparison" to Kelly, and Kara said it best when she said that Katie "hasn't worked out what artist [she] wants to be." Siobhan Magnus »
Just when it looks like this country can't get any more divided, there comes a tiny glimmer of hope. Just minutes ago here at Cpac, California Young Americans for Freedom's Ryan Sorba launched into a denunciation of the conference for inviting GOProud, and as he railed against gays, he was roundly booed off the stage. There's not a lot to add, as the video kind of says it all, which you'll see after the jump. »
- Tommy Christopher
Horror screenwriter Scott Kosar has been hired to rework a screenplay focusing on the historical figure behind the Dracula legend.
The project, called Vlad, was originally scripted by actor Charlie Hunnam (Queer as Folk, Young Americans, Sons of Anarchy, Children of Men). It was picked up by Twilight filmmakers Summit Entertainment who obviously think they know a fang or two about the genre.
The story is described as an 'action-oriented look' at the young Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, a 15th century figure whose surname was Dracula.
He was known as Vlad the Impaler for his horrific butchery of enemies and regarded as a hero for defending the land from the Turks. He is seen here in an action figurine from Starstore.
Music video director Anthony Mandler is to direct the project and assist Kosar's reworking of the screenplay, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Kosar previously wrote 2003's remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, »
- David Bentley
Summary: A rollercoaster-style treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold ensues as the feisty and ever-resourceful schoolgirls of St Trinian’s face their most fearsome establishment rivals yet - the villainous Pomfrey and his sidekicks from the women-hating secret society known as AD1.
Analysis: While it didn't travel much beyond the UK, 2007's reboot of the "St Trinian's" franchise nearly doubled its £7 million production budget in sales in the UK alone - making it one of the top grossing independent British films of the past decade. Reviews were decidedly mixed but generally pretty weak at the time, so the greenlighting of a sequel surprised quite a few.
Despite a critical drubbing, the core audience of young British teenage girls seemed to be satisfied by »
- Garth Franklin
18 items from 2010
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