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Discuss: Films That Would Work Better on the Stage

18 December 2009 3:10 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

For many years I never quite understood, or rather agreed with, the sentiment that some films would work better on the stage. It seemed silly. Nothing was wrong with simple film sets that didn't have much bearing on the plot, that weren't dynamic, engaging, or moving. While a movie like The House of Yes might be wonderful as a play, I always found that watching the volleying banter on the big screen gave it life that a live production could never reach. Likewise, there was something magical about Richard Linklater taping an entire film (Tape) in one room with only three actors. Why should it be shackled to the stage?

And then I sat down to watch Woody Allen's Whatever Works and the light clicked on. I have never seen a movie so utterly terrible on the big screen that would be so entirely apt on the stage. Each set was irrelevant. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Why Won't Anyone Make a Richard Linklater Film?

17 November 2009 9:02 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

If Richard Linklater did not exist, I would never have thought his fame would be possible. Here's a director who has found mainstream success in intellectual thought and aimlessness -- not something Hollywood usually takes kindly to.

Slacker earned raves, cult status, and inspired Kevin Smith to create Clerks. Dazed and Confused followed, quickly becoming one of the quintessential high school flicks, merging stoner simplicity with political and social discussion. Before Sunrise charmed audiences with romantic discussion, The Newton Boys revealed interests reaching beyond modern day, Waking Life took on rotoscoping to discuss philosophy, Before Sunset quickly became a widely loved talk-centric romance, then fast food and Philip K. Dick fare, and now time with Orson Welles. (Not to mention those penned by others, like the one-room drama Tape.)

Yet the guy can't catch a flipping break.

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- Monika Bartyzel

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Uma Thurman to Walk Red Carpet For Opening Night of 45th Chicago International Film Festival

23 September 2009 5:09 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The 45th Chicago International Film Festival will open with Katherine Dieckmann’s “Motherhood” and a star-studded red carpet where the film’s writer and director, Dieckmann and actress Uma Thurman at the AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St in Chicago) on Thursday, October 8th at 7pm.

Motherhood.

Photo credit: Freestyle Releasing Cinema/Chicago also plans on honoring Thurman’s work and her contribution to film with the Festival’s “Career Achievement Award,” which will be presented prior to the screening.

Motherhood,” which opens to a limited amount of theaters on October 23, stars Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards and Minnie Driver. The film, which was shot on location in New York’s West Village, is a comedy about the dilemmas of the maternal state (marriage, work and self) into the trials and tribulations of one pivotal day. The film isn’t like any other film because it uses both humor »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Signatures: Uma Thurman

24 July 2009 7:24 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Adam of Club Silencio here with another look at my favorite actresses and their distinguishing claims to fame.

[Note: Adam and I arrived at our Uma fixation independently this week so I saved his post a couple of days. That was probably unnecessary because is there such a thing as too much Uma? -Nathaniel]

Revenge might be a dish best served cold, but Uma Thurman manages to give it plenty of warmth -- even as she spends her comas and college years cleverly biding her time. Often she plays women whose traumatic experiences have forced her to inflict some trauma, but there's always a vulnerability to her vigilante justice. Even a Black Mamba can suffer hysterical blindness.

Her dynamite showcase in Kill Bill trails her from badass Bride to Beatrix Kiddo, and none of that hard-fought bloodshed would be worth it without Uma's sentimental side. It both softens and strengthens the blow -- like a kick to the throat while you're choking on emotion. It's no wonder Quentin Tarantino designed this epic specifically for Uma from head to (wiggle your) big toe. Uma's strength isn't just »

- Adam

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Steve Zahn: The Hollywood Interview

16 May 2009 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Actor Steve Zahn.

Steve Zahn Moves Up The Ladder In Management

By

Alex Simon

Steve Zahn has become one of his generation of actors’ great chameleons. Zahn’s filmography features roles as diverse as goofball stoners, cocky musicians and one very brave fighter pilot struggling for survival in a North Vietnamese prison camp.

It all started November 13, 1967 in Marshall, Minnesota when Zahn was born to a Lutheran minister and his wife. After being bitten by the acting bug in his Minneapolis high school, Zahn spent one abortive semester at local Gustavus-Adolphus College, before crashing the audition of a professional production of Biloxi Blues at the urging of his acting coach. Zahn, a non-pro at the time, was cast in the lead, and as the famous blues song goes, “the train kept-a-rollin’” from there, including graduation from Harvard’s prestigious American Repertory Theater program several years later. After honing his craft on stage in New York, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Movie Review: Management

15 May 2009 6:36 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

May 15, 2009   Stephen Belber's Management is an odd slice of whimsy, a film that contains familiar elements of standard romantic comedies but strives for something unique in its blend of humor, romance, drama, and character-driven quirkiness. The film doesn't completely come together, but it does hint at a bright future for filmmaker Stephen Belber, the acclaimed playwright who helped bring The Laramie Project and Richard Linklater's Tape to life. His directorial debut displays enough originality in its tone and ambition in its ideas that it will be worth the trip for audiences looking for a ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »

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Interview: Managing Expectations of Life, Love With ‘Management’ Director Stephen Belber

14 May 2009 12:10 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Stephen Belber, the acclaimed playwright behind “The Laramie Project” and “Tape,” which was adapted into a feature film by director Richard Linklater, makes his directorial debut this week with the quirky romantic comedy “Management” starring Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston. He took time out of his busy schedule to make an international call from Paris, France to discuss the film with HollywoodChicago.com.

When Belber saw how his stage work and experience could be successfully adapted into cinema with the excellent “Tape,” it opened doors for him to want to direct himself.

Writer/Director Stephen Belber on the set of Management

Photo credit: Suzanne Hanover / Samuel Goldwyn Films

“It was sort of the first time that I realized that I didn’t have to dichotomize my screenwriting and my playwriting,” says Belber. “It allowed me to segue into screenwriting without feeling that I was selling out.”

Management

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: Stephen Belber, Writer/Director of Management

14 May 2009 11:49 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

May 14, 2009 Stephen Belber, the acclaimed playwright who helped bring The Laramie Project and Tape to film, makes his directorial debut this week with the quirky comedy Management, starring Steve Zahn, Jennifer Aniston, and Woody Harrelson. Management is about a motel employee who goes to extremes to get the buttoned-up saleswoman who crosses his path to realize she loves him too. Belber took time out of his busy schedule to make an international call, getting in touch with us from Paris, France to discuss his film, process, past, and future.

--Brian Tallerico

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Riding Along with Steve Zahn

14 May 2009 10:38 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Since his big break in 1994's "Reality Bites," Indiewood mainstay Steve Zahn's been best known as a supporting player (thanks to scene-stealing performances in "Out of Sight," "Rescue Dawn" and studio fare like "Riding in Cars With Boys"), so it's refreshing to see his sunny, faux-dopey charm lead the pack. In "Management" -- the directorial debut of "Tape" playwright/screenwriter Stephen Belber -- Zahn stars as Mike, a socially stunted oddball who works the late shift for his parents' Arizona desert motel. In walks Sue (Jennifer Aniston), a corporate art saleswoman staying for two nights, with whom Mike ineptly flirts by bringing champagne to her room after hours. A fateful butt groping and spontaneous bout of laundry room sex later, Mike begins a long-distance romantic journey to win her over forever, even after she reunites with her punk-rock yogurt mogul of an ex (Woody Harrelson). By phone, Zahn and »

- Aaron Hillis

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Exclusive: Management 's Stephen Belber

12 May 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Stephen Belber has spent the last decade establishing himself as a playwright with high praise being heaped on his plays "Tape" (made into a film by Richard Linklater), "The Laramie Project" (turned into an HBO movie) and "Match." Like many other playwrights before him, Belber decided to write something for the screen, and he had a short one-act play that seemed well-suited to expand into one, but rather than just writing it for another director, he decided to take the idea to fruition by making it his directorial debut. The result is Management . Just by the fact that it co-stars Jennifer Aniston, you might immediately think you know what to expect from it, but then you throw in Steve Zahn as Mike Cranshaw, an introverted motel worker who makes an »

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Summer Movie Preview

6 May 2009 4:12 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

We're all for getting out in the summertime, but there might not be anything more refreshing than cooling off in a movie theater... or seeing a movie in the comfort of your air-conditioned home on demand, on DVD, or online... or better yet catching a classic on the big screen at a nearby repertory theater. With literally hundreds of films to choose from this summer, we humbly present this guide to the season's most exciting offerings.

May 1

"Eldorado"

The Cast: Bouli Lanners, Fabrice Adde, Philippe Nahon, Didier Toupy, Franise Chichy

Director: Bouli Lanners

Fest Cred: Cannes, Warsaw, Glasgow, Palm Springs,

The Gist: When Elie (Adde), a hapless young thief attempts to rob Yvan (Lanners), a 40-year-old car dealer, the two form a unlikely friendship that leads to a road trip across Belgium in this slight comedy that won the Best European Film at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes last year. »

- Stephen Saito

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"Management" - Trailer added for the romantic comedy.

13 March 2009 | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

    We have the trailer and new images in for "Management," romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Fred Ward and John San Nicolas. Directed and written by Stephen Belber ("Tape") and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films in theatres on May 15th. This marks Belber's directorial debut.   Check out all of the images here.What's this about?   The film chronicles a chance meeting between Mike Cranshaw (Steve Zahn) and Sue Claussen (Jennifer Aniston). When Sue checks into the roadside motel owned by Mike 's parents in Arizona, what starts with a bottle of wine "compliments of Management" soon evolves into a multi-layered, cross-country journey of two people looking for a sense of purpose. Mike, an aimless dreamer, bets it all on a trip to Sue 's workplace in Maryland – only to find that she has no place for him in her carefully ordered life. Buttoned down and obsessed with »

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"Management" - Trailer added for the romantic comedy.

13 March 2009 12:32 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We have the trailer and new images in for "Management," romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Fred Ward and John San Nicolas. Directed and written by Stephen Belber ("Tape") and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films in theatres on May 15th. This marks Belber's directorial debut. The film chronicles a chance meeting between Mike Cranshaw (Steve Zahn) and Sue Claussen (Jennifer Aniston). When Sue checks into the roadside motel owned by Mike 's parents in Arizona, what starts with a bottle of wine "compliments of Management" soon evolves into a multi-layered, cross-country journey of two people looking for a sense of purpose. Mike, an aimless dreamer »

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"Management" - Trailer added for the romantic comedy.

13 March 2009 12:32 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We have the trailer and new images in for "Management," romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Fred Ward and John San Nicolas. Directed and written by Stephen Belber ("Tape") and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films in theatres on May 15th. This marks Belber's directorial debut. The film chronicles a chance meeting between Mike Cranshaw (Steve Zahn) and Sue Claussen (Jennifer Aniston). When Sue checks into the roadside motel owned by Mike 's parents in Arizona, what starts with a bottle of wine "compliments of Management" soon evolves into a multi-layered, cross-country journey of two people looking for a sense of purpose. Mike, an aimless dreamer »

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