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Nicolas Cage may star as Ronald Reagan in upcoming biopic

28 December 2016 4:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Nicolas Cage may look to redeem his recent career misfires by starring as Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, in an upcoming biopic centered around the revered conservative figure. Page Six reported the news, claiming that Cage has been offered the role and is in the process of deciding whether or not taking it will have any effect on his career in left-leaning Hollywood. The actor’s publicist, Stephen Huvane, said, “It’s way too early in the development process.”

Despite some controversy over the course of his presidency, Reagan will be shown in a favorable light in the movie, which marks a great contrast from the canceled Will Ferrell-Adam McKay Reagan project that would have made light of his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Over recent years, Cage has proven that being prolific isn’t always a good thing, as time and time again »

- Justin Cook

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Synecdoche, New York: celebrating a surreal film about ordinary life

26 September 2016 7:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Oct 27, 2016

Made by Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York is a difficult yet wonderful film about the strangeness of existence. We look back...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Synecdoche, New York.

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Caden Cotard wakes up with aching limbs to the sound of the television blaring, his four-year-old daughter yelling from the bathroom and his wife clinking around in the kitchen. Caden's house feels small and cluttered, as though the walls are bearing down on him. The light is cold and rancid.

Based on this opening sequence, Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York feels like a movie grounded in a particularly unvarnished kind of reality. The interiors aren't the brightly-lit open spaces we're used to seeing in Hollywood productions. »

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Director Curtis Hanson Dies at Age 71

22 September 2016 11:09 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

One of the most celebrated film makers of the last four decades has died. Here’s how the New York Times reported it….

Curtis Hanson, the film director whose adaptation of the James Ellroy noir novel “L.A. Confidential” won him an Academy Award, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.

The death was confirmed by Officer Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. She said that officers had been called to the house shortly before 5 p.m., and that Mr. Hanson had died of natural causes.

Julie Mann, his business manager, said Mr. Hanson had been struggling for some time with a form of dementia.

 

 

Let’s take a look at his long career. His first screen credit is for helping to adapt H.P. Lovecraft’s short story in the 1970 American International Pictures’ The Dunwich Horror starring Sandra Dee and Dean Stockwell. »

- Jim Batts

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Read an Excerpt From Robert McKee’s ‘Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen’

12 July 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Robert McKee literally wrote the book on screenwriting — or one of them, at least — and though many scribes find his how-to guide more stifling than inspiring, there’s little denying his influence. (Charlie Kaufman even parodied him in “Adaptation.”) McKee’s new book “Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen” is out today, and Indiewire has been provided with an excerpt from his follow-up to “Story.” Read it below.

Read More: Meet Robert McKee, Film Critic

“We talk.

Talk, more than any other trait, expresses our humanity. We whisper to lovers, curse enemies, argue with plumbers, praise the dog, swear on our mother’s grave. Human relationships are in essence long, long talks into, around, through, and out of the entanglements that stress or bless our days. Face‐to‐face talk between family and friends may go on for decades, while self‐to‐self talk never »

- Michael Nordine

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8 powerfully effective voice-overs in modern movies

7 June 2016 6:31 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Sometimes funny, often poignant, narration can be hugely effective when deployed successfully. Ryan picks a few great examples...

“God help you if you use voice-over in your work my friends! God help you. That’s flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can use narration to explain the thoughts of a character.”

So says screenwriting coach Robert McKee in Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman’s 2002 film, Adaptation. Well, not the real screenwriting coach Robert Mckee, but the one played in superbly aggressive style by actor Brian Cox, who stomps about on stage at a writing seminar like an angry bull. Brilliantly, McKee’s condemnation of voice-overs interrupts the interior thoughts, as narrated by Nicolas Cage’s fictionalised version of Charlie Kaufman - a terminally anxious screenwriter with an Everest-sized case of writer’s block.

It’s an example of the quirky, hall-of-mirrors kind of humour that courses through Adaptation, »

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Interview: Charlie Kaufman is Animated About ‘Anomalisa’

7 January 2016 7:02 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Charlie Kaufman is one of the most inventive and creative minds in film – he has written “Being John Malkovich,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Adaptation.” He recently teamed up with an animation director, Duke Johnson, to produce an unusual and contemporary stop-motion film, “Anomalisa.”

The use of stop motion in “Anamolisa” is much more poignant and philosophical than any other of these types of animated films before it. There is a customer service expert named Michael Stone (voice of David Thewlis), who experiences his life as mind-numbing sameness. Every man and woman sounds exactly the same (voice of Tom Noonan), until he meets a nebbish convention attendee named Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The film is a meditation on how life, at times, can be a mystery that needs to somehow be unlocked. The world can spin the same on a daily basis, yet there are those nuggets of consequence that exist, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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