4 items from 2015
When "Project Greenlight" rose from the TV dead earlier this fall, the HBO reality series made headlines for an argument between one of its two celebrity producers in Matt Damon, and indie film veteran Effie Brown, who had been hired to line produce the latest "Greenlight" film. As the series' decision-makers put their heads together to pick this season's winning director, Brown — the only person of color in the room, and one of only two women — argued that they shouldn't be so quick to dismiss a filmmaking team featuring a white woman and a Vietnamese man, since their outsider perspectives could be very useful in rewriting the planned script, "Not Another Pretty Woman," where one of the main characters is a black female prostitute. Damon talked over Brown, insisted that you find diversity "in the casting of the movie, not the casting of the show," and in a later talking head, »
- Alan Sepinwall
27 October 2015 11:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Stolen Summer, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Feast and, now, The Leisure Class. The ends never have justified the means on Project Greenlight, the HBO/Bravo reality series that details the production of a contest-selected feature film. Executive producers — and perpetual good-will hunters — Matt Damon and Ben Affleck may very well want to pay it forward by giving unproven artists a shot at Hollywood glory. What typically results, however, is more of a gawk-at-this freak show that reduces the varying bumps, triumphs and tedium of the creative process to a manufactured series of hyperdramatic high points. The
- Keith Uhlich
The thing about bad movies (and bad TV shows, for that matter) is that almost all of them are the product of just as much sweat as the good ones. Few people set out to make a bad film, nor do most creative people (at least, those not involved with the "Entourage" franchise) decide to put in the minimal amount of effort to get it done. When you talk to writers and directors about their failures, they'll often tell you that they worked even harder on those than on the successes. In its original three seasons (two on HBO, one on Bravo) back in the early days of the century — and the reality TV boom that came with it — "Project Greenlight" was responsible for three bad movies. ("Feast," the horror film made for the Bravo season, has its defenders; the other two do not.) But in demonstrating how good intentions »
- Alan Sepinwall
Remember Project Greenlight? Spear-headed by producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the concept of the show was simple, pitch a bunch of aspiring directors against each other over a series of challenges, with the winner taking home a lucrative production deal.
For some reason it never really took. Whether it was the pre-digital expenses, middling viewership or lack of quality end product (winners went on to make films like Stolen Summer and Feast), the show eventually kicked. But now Affleck and Damon are bringing it back, citing that new cheaper forms of film-making mean technology has finally caught up with the concept.
A tease has landed for the upcoming season, which begins airing on HBO this summer. The show will follow first-timer Jason Mann as he attempts to direct an indie under the tutelage of Affleck and Damon. It looks like an intense gaze into the film-making process, »
- Daniel Kelly
4 items from 2015
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