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"In the aftermath of 9/11," begins Scott Tobias at the Av Club, "the question arose of when it would be appropriate for popular art to address the events head-on. For a national tragedy of that magnitude, when would it not be 'too soon'? Yet Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, an appalling adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel, suggests that maybe that's the wrong question. The 2006 docudrama United 93, once the trial balloon for 'too soon,' dodged exploitation by focusing rigorously on the minutiae of a single flight. But it will always be 'too soon' for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which processes the immense grief of a city and a family through a conceit so nauseatingly precious that it's somehow both too literary and too sentimental, cloying yet aestheticized within an inch of its life."
"In truth, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close isn't about Sept 11," argues Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. »
Bullock's last film, 2009's The Blind Side, was the kind of career apogee of which most actresses dream, winning her a best actress Academy Award in what essentially amounted to a coronation of Bullock as America's most beloved female movie star.
But the accomplishment - which would normally be followed by a wave of projects to capitalize on the momentum - was soon marred by public scandal. Bullock's husband, "Monster Garage" host Jesse James, was revealed to have been unfaithful. The fallout, which led to divorce, was covered relentlessly by the tabloids. Bullock still went ahead and adopted a baby boy.
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Director Stephen Daldry has received Oscar nominations for all three of his previous films (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours” and “The Reader”), but the initial response to “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” has been mixed. In general terms, critics are either responding to the unrestrained sentiment or find it lacking, disingenuous, and/or saccharine. As Guy noted in Tuesday’s round-up, the Bfca nominated both Daldry (Best Director), his young star, Thomas Horn (Best Young Actor/Actress) and the film (Best Picture) but SAG and the Golden Globes passed. Today the Palm Springs International Film Festival came out in favor of Daldry when it announced »
- Roth Cornet
Based on the best-selling book by Jonathan Safran Foer - whose 2002 novel "Everything Is Illuminated" was also made into a feature film - director Stephen Daldry (The Reader, The Hours) takes on the life and times of precocious Oskar Schell, an 11-year-old boy with an infinite curiosity about the world whose father sadly perishes during the 9/11 attacks. Joined by Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, newcomer Thomas Horn stars as Oskar as the audience follows along his journey to figure out what the key his dad left him possibly unlocks.
We've got four clips from the film, featuring supporting work from the always-impressive Viola Davis and Max von Sydow, and if these clips are any indication of the movie itself, expect to be moved, charmed and immersed in a sweetly strange boy's unique world.
Watch clips from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close now! »
- Andrea Miller
At present, up to the imminent release of “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close,” Stephen Daldry is three-for-three in terms of films to Best Director Oscar nominations; there’s clearly something about the stories he tells hitting a nerve among Academy voters, no matter how challenging (“The Hours”) or even controversial (“The Reader”) his subject matter. 'Extremely Loud' suggests that he’s as interested as ever in posing hard questions and finding powerful answers, as he brings to life Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel about a child with Asperger’s who takes an extraordinary journey to come to terms with the death of his father during 9/11. The Playlist spoke to Daldry in New York last week, where the acclaimed filmmaker shrewdly posed a few queries of his own as he revealed the personal and professional motivations for taking on tough stories. To get started, talk about your approach to this adaptation, »
The Berlin International Film Festival has just announced the first five films lined up for the Competition and five more for the Berlinale Special. The 62nd edition runs from February 9 through 19.
Update: The Berlinale's also announced that the members of the International Jury, presided over by Mike Leigh, will be Anton Corbijn, Asghar Farhadi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jake Gyllenhaal, François Ozon, Boualem Sansal and Barbara Sukowa.
With Isabelle Huppert, Katherine Mulville, Marc Zanetta
From Ioncinema: "Based on a real-life event that occurred in 2001. It centers on Thérèse Bourgoin (Huppert), a French woman who works for a humanitarian organization on Palawan Island in the Philippines. While she is transporting equipment to Puerto Princesa, she is kidnapped by mistake with a colleague by Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf, who are fighting for Mindanao independence."
Now that the fall “awards festival” circuit is finally at a close — but with Sundance looming in the distance — it’s easy to forget about Biff — the Berlin International Film Festival, that is. (See, I even have to give the name.) This might have something to do with their less-than-huge lineup; in terms of films playing in competition, last year’s biggest art house title was The Turin Horse, while the most mainstream was probably Margin Call. Nothing too slim, but not much compared to Cannes, Venice, or Tiff.
The first round of titles to play this coming February (via Twitch) do carry a few major titles, though. Among them are The Flowers of War (which we were quite ecstatic about), Guy Maddin‘s Keyhole, Extremely Loud…, Kevin Macdonald‘s Bob Marley documentary, and an expansion of Werner Herzog‘s Into the Abyss. A few other foreign titles carry potential, »
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Don—The King is Back (Don 2) directed by Farhan Akhtar will have a special screening at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. The festival announced on Monday the first five films for Competition and films to be screened at Berlinale Special.
Don 2 is an Indo-German co-production and will release in theatres in India on December 23, 2011. Mathias Schwerbrock of Germany is associated with the film as a co-producer along with Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani and Gauri Khan.
The other films to be screened at Berlinale Special are: documentary Marley by Kevin Macdonald from Great Britain and the USA, the Spanish film La chispa de la vida by Álex de la Iglesia, Guy Maddin’s Keyhole from Canada, as well as Werner Herzog’s documentary series Death Row from the USA.
The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival will be held from February 9-19, 2012.
The first five titles in Competition:
The 9/11 drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" from Stephen Daldry ("The Hours") and China's official 2011 Oscar bid from Zhang Yimou ("Hero"), "The Flowers of War" will make their European premieres out of competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Joining Mike Leigh as International Jury President are Anton Corbijn, Asghar Farhadi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jake Gyllenhaal, François Ozon, Boualem Sansal and Barbara Sukowa. The festival also announced three of its competing titles with "Captive" starring Isabelle Huppert, Spain's "Childish Games" from Antonio Chavarrias ("Volveras"), and the Indonesian/German/Chinese co-production "Postcards from the Zoo," directed by Edwin ("The Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly"). Five films are slated for the Berlinale Special. Included are "Keyhole" from Guy Maddin, the Bob Marley documentary »
The 2012 Berlin International Film Festival has just announced the first block of titles and it's an interesting list dominated by major arthouse films from around the world with a few pleasant surprises - such as the latest from Alex de la Iglesia - thrown in for good measure. Here's the complete list:Captive, France/Philippines/Germany/Great Britain. By Brillante Mendoza (Serbis, Kinatay, Lola.) With Isabelle Huppert, Katherine Mulville, Marc Zanetta. World premiere. Dictado (Childish Games,) Spain. By Antonio Chavarrías (Susanna, Volverás, Las vidas de Celia) With Juan Diego Botto, Barbara Lennie, Mágica Pérez. World premiere. Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, USA By Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader) With Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, Thomas Horn International premiere / Out of Competition. »
Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anton Corbijn Get Berlin Festival Jury Duty The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival has set its first five competition films, and has selected the Stephen Daldry-directed Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close and the Zhang Yimou-directed The Flowers Of War to screen out of competition. The selected productions and co-productions are from Indonesia, Spain, the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong/China, the Philippines, Great Britain, Germany, the U.S. and France. Here are the films so far: Captive, France/Philippines/Germany/Great Britain. By Brillante Mendoza (Serbis, Kinatay, Lola.) With Isabelle Huppert, Katherine Mulville, Marc Zanetta. World premiere. Dictado (Childish Games), Spain. By Antonio Chavarrías (Susanna, Volverás, Las vidas de Celia) With Juan Diego Botto, Barbara Lennie, Mágica Pérez. World premiere. Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, USA By Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader) With Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, »
- MIKE FLEMING
This year marks a full decade since Michael Chabon's masterpiece "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel telling the story of America in the 1930s and 1940s through the eyes of two Jewish comic book creators, was published. And as tends to happen with a cultural phenomenon like that book, movie rights were snapped up even before publication, with Scott Rudin (who produced the adaptation of Chabon's "Wonder Boys" around the same time) acquiring the project, and setting the late Sydney Pollack to direct, with Jude Law circling the role of escape-artist-turned-comic-artist Joe Kavalier. That version never came to pass, and Pollack departed the project, with Stephen Daldry, hot off his Oscar-nominated sophomore film "The Hours," replacing him in the director's chair. And he's loosely remained there ever since, coming close to making the film twice: once in 2004, with Tobey Maguire, Jamie Bell »
The Academy loves Stephen Daldry. Every film he has directed thus far -- "Billy Elliot," "The Hours" and "The Reader" -- has been nominated for Best Director, with the last two also taking Best Picture nods, in addition to a host of other honors. Even though Daldry's latest effort, an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close," has yet to be unveiled this late in the game, the film seems poised to hit it big with voters with its post 9/11 dramatics. The two trailers so far haven't quite impressed despite hitting some right notes but we now have a heap of new images to give us a better look at newcomer Thomas Horn; his all-star parents Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks; and the variety supporting players including Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, John Goodman and Max Von Sydow -- all of whom will hopefully invigorate the drabby material. »
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, impersonation is fast becoming our culture's favourite form of acting. At least since Nicole Kidman's nose won an Oscar for playing Virginia Woolf in The Hours, famous actors have been applauded for pretending to be other famous people: Helen Mirren as the Queen, Michael Sheen as David Frost, Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes, Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn, the list of actors nominated for Oscars for impersonating famous people goes on and on. Now we have two more to add to the list, in star turns already accumulating predictions of Oscar nominations: Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, and Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. »
- Sarah Churchwell
Awards season is upon us and few movies are being more blatantly marketed to appeal to Oscar voters than Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, an adaptation of author Jonathan Safran Foer’s best-selling novel that was directed by Academy Award-nominee Stephen David Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader). Foer’s literature was scripted into film form by Oscar-winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and stars two big-name thespians who also have little golden man statuettes on their bookshelf – namely, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.
Today we have the second trailer for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; like its predecessor, this new theatrical promo is a patchwork of tear-jerking moments and dramatic scenes from the film (or, if you will, “Oscar clips”).
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is narrated by young Oskar ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Warner Brothers Pictures released another trailer for the upcoming drama “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” through Apple iTunes. The film stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright and James Gandolfini. Here is the official synopsis: Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" tells the story of one young boy's journey from heartbreaking loss to the healing power of self-discovery, set against the backdrop of the tragic events of September 11. Eleven-year-old Oskar Schell is an exceptional child: amateur inventor, Francophile, pacifist. And after finding a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, he embarks on an exceptional journey--an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. As Oskar roams the city, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity, all survivors in their own ways. Ultimately, Oskar's journey ends where it began, »
One of the only films yet to screen for critics is the latest from Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot, The Reader), but that is because he only finished it a few days ago. The 9/11 drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close will hit theaters at the very end of the month, but Warner Bros. has unveiled a new trailer, after an initial look earlier this awards season. Thanks to no U2, this seems a little less manipulative, but still seems to be tailor-made for the Academy.
Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Benjamin Button, Munich) has adapted Jonathan Safran Foer‘s hit novel and unless this is a complete failure, the cast of Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, James Gandolfini, Zoe Caldwell, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, and Max von Sydow, launch it into a sure-fire Oscar contender. Every single beat looks to be tugging on heartstrings, but I don’t mind seeing »
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One of the doctors I’ve worked with once asked me “What’s it like to be a writer?”
I guarantee that every single one of the columnists here at ComicMix has been asked that question, or a form of it, quadrillions of times.
The mother of one of my daughter’s friends: “Where do you get your ideas?”
A co-worker at my day job: “So what do you do? They give you the comic and you put the words in those balloons?”
An old boyfriend: “You get paid for that?”
My mother on the phone, back when I was a full-time freelancer: “What do you do all day? How can you sit in your pajamas until 3:00 in the afternoon?
Mom on the phone again: “I’m sorry to bother you. Are you typing?”
“What’s it like to be a doctor?” (Cracking wise.)
“I don’t know. »
- Mindy Newell
Photo: AMPAS // RopeofSilicon.com Just as I did with the month of November, I bring you a guide for the potential Oscar contenders releasing in December 2012 and the number of films previewed has nearly doubled from seven last month to 13 this month (sorry, it was 14, but We Bought a Zoo got the axe). Just as I did with the seven titles last month, I'll give you a few thoughts on each film, a look at the Oscar categories (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, etc.) each film has a chance of being nominated in and the trailer and a link to more information on top of that. Of course, if you want to keep closer tabs on the awards race just keep an eye on my Oscar Contenders section with frequently updated Oscar Predictions, Awards Schedule and my exclusive Oscar Overture section, which tracks a variety of the major precursor awards handed »
- Brad Brevet
HBO's ambitious adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's best-selling novel "The Corrections" has just landed its biggest name yet. Ewan McGregor has signed on to join Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest in the drama pilot for the cable network. The project is being produced by Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") and Scott Rudin ("The Hours"). Baumbach is directing the pilot. He and Franzen co-wrote the adaptation, about an aging small town couple (Cooper and Wiest) who reunite with their three grown children and recall past experiences together as they prepare for a final Christmas holiday together. According to Deadline.com, McGregor will play the middle »
- HitFix Staff
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