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8 items from 2014


Venice Film Review: ‘Olive Kitteridge’

1 September 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

She’s “Ollie” to her husband and “Mrs. K” to the students in her middle-school mathematics class, and her daughter-in-law insists on calling her “Mom.” But audiences will forever know this unforgettable, irascible woman as “Olive Kitteridge,” thanks to the remarkably complex portrayal Frances McDormand delivers over the course of a four-hour HBO miniseries she optioned and developed herself, bringing aboard her “Laurel Canyon” helmer, Lisa Cholodenko, to direct. Even more so than 2011’s “Mildred Pierce,” .

Elizabeth Strout wrote “Olive Kitteridge” not as a traditional novel, but rather as a collection of 13 short stories — a portrait of small-town Crosby, Maine, with its minor crises and major hypocrisies, interlinked by the presence (sometimes peripheral) of Olive’s character. Such a format makes it all but impossible to reduce the Pulitzer-winning book’s nonlinear quarter-century span to an efficient two-hour narrative. Besides, the feature format is better suited to heroes with clearly »

- Peter Debruge

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Venice Film Review: ‘Olive Kitteridge’

1 September 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

She’s “Ollie” to her husband and “Mrs. K” to the students in her middle-school mathematics class, and her daughter-in-law insists on calling her “Mom.” But audiences will forever know this unforgettable, irascible woman as “Olive Kitteridge,” thanks to the remarkably complex portrayal Frances McDormand delivers over the course of a four-hour HBO miniseries she optioned and developed herself, bringing aboard her “Laurel Canyon” helmer, Lisa Cholodenko, to direct. Even more so than 2011’s “Mildred Pierce,” .

Elizabeth Strout wrote “Olive Kitteridge” not as a traditional novel, but rather as a collection of 13 short stories — a portrait of small-town Crosby, Maine, with its minor crises and major hypocrisies, interlinked by the presence (sometimes peripheral) of Olive’s character. Such a format makes it all but impossible to reduce the Pulitzer-winning book’s nonlinear quarter-century span to an efficient two-hour narrative. Besides, the feature format is better suited to heroes with clearly »

- Peter Debruge

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Venice to honour Frances McDormand

14 August 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Us actress best known for her work in Coen Brothers’ movies including Fargo to receive talent award.

Us actress Frances McDormand is to be awarded the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award 2014 at the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sep 6).

The prolific actress is best known for her collaborations with the Coen Brothers in films including Fargo, Raising Arizona, Burn After Reading and her first ever film role, Blood Simple.

McDormand will receive the honour on Sept 1 in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema) and will be followed by the out of competition screening of Olive Kitteridge directed by Lisa Cholodenko.

The four-part HBO miniseries adaptation of the eponymous Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Elizabeth Strout co-stars Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, John Gallagher Jr. and Zoe Kazan.

The Playtone / As Is production will debut on HBO in the Us in November and is executive produced by McDormand alongide Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks and [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Comic-Con 2014: Exclusive Interview with Sondra Currie for ‘Ganymede Pan’

23 July 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

There will be lots of sci-fi at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International.

The Hangover” actress Sondra Currie will be on location to pitch a new sci-fi television series “Ganymede Pan” to fans and others attending the convention. Currie is best known as Alan’s mother in all three “Hangover” movies.

Ganymede Pan” pilot is directed by Alan J. Levi (“Jag,” “NCIS”).

Currie spoke with in detail about the premise of the television and her plans for the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con International.

Read the interview below.

Latino-Review: Tell me more about this show “Ganymede Pan.” I’ve seen the trailer. What is this science-fiction television show you’re trying to promote?

Sondra Currie: It’s a situation in which the universe is in grave danger. I play General Tai. She is the nemesis on the show. There’s a psychotropic substance or we call it a “trope. »

- Gig Patta

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Review: 'Ultraviolence' by Lana Del Rey

17 June 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Lana Del Rey has come a long way from her debut “Born to Die.” New “Ultraviolence” is legions more cohesive, conceptually stronger and packaged better than her scarlet starlets of 2011. The improvements are still in want. Del Rey is wearing, again, the troubled, beautiful and bored persona for this experiential album, which upfront demands a certain suspension of reality. From psyche-lilting opener “Cruel World” to dead-eyed cover “The Other Woman,” “Ultraviolence” doesn’t so much get exhausted as it exhausts you on this lethargic fantasy. She and producer Auerbach need for you to go there, even as you side-eye the payoff. Del Rey battles some of the tiresome tropes of fame (“Money Power Glory”) or the bitter backbiting (“Fucked My Way To The Top”) that have nipped at her heels during the last couple of years, during her rise to pop prominence, co-writing every song. But she does it in »

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Wally Pfister Turns to Directing With 'Transcendence.' Here Are 15 Other Cinematographers Turned Directors.

16 April 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Wally Pfister made a name for himself as one of the top cinematographers in Hollywood over the past decade, shooting Bennett Miller's "Moneyball," Lisa Cholodenko's "Laurel Canyon," and the films of Christopher Nolan, culminating with his Oscar win for "Inception." But with "Interstellar," Nolan has to do without Pfister for the first time since his debut, "Following," as his regular Dp has greater ambitions. Pfister's directorial debut "Transcendence" hits theaters on April 17. It's a highly ambitious, fascinating concept, but it remains to be seen whether Pfister has a shot at a long-term career as a director. In anticipation for that project, here are fifteen major cinematographers who tried their hand at directing, with varying results. [Just a quick note: this list doesn't include directors who serve as their own cinematographers, such as Steven Soderbergh or Robert Rodriguez.] Mario Bava Cinematography Background: Bava got his start working with none other than Italian »

- Max O'Connell

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Lisa Cholodenko Set as Guest Director for L.A. Film Festival

8 April 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival has tapped filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right,” “High Art”) as guest director.

The festival, now in its 20th anniversary, takes place June 11-19 in downtown Los Angeles.

Past guest directors include David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow, William Friedkin, Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron. Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right” opened the 2010 festival.

Cholodenko will attend the 13th annual Filmmaker Retreat in Palm Springs.

Cholodenko’s debut film “High Art” was nominated for both Best First Feature and First Screenplay at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in 1999. Other credits include “Laurel Canyon,” “Six Feet Under,” “Hung” and “The L-Word.”

Film Independent also announced that its Spirit of Independence Award will be given to Tom Bernard and Michael Barker for their over 20-year tenure as co-heads of Sony Pictures Classics, during which they have released more than 350 independent films, which have won 32 Academy Awards. »

- Dave McNary

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Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins to Lead HBO Miniseries Olive Kitteridge

9 January 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Academy Award winner Frances McDormand ( Fargo , North Country ) and Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins ( The Visitor , The Cabin in the Woods ) are set to star in the HBO Miniseries drama "Olive Kitteridge," a film by Academy Award-nominated director Lisa Cholodenko ( The Kids Are All Right , Laurel Canyon ). Based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name and written by Emmy-winner Jane Anderson ("The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom," "Normal"), the miniseries recently completed production in Massachusetts for debut later this year on HBO. An HBO Miniseries presentation of a Playtone production in association with As Is, "Olive Kitteridge" is executive produced by »

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