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Read More: Ethan Hawke on How Indies are Gourmet and Blockbusters are a Barbecue Hoping to bring back the atmosphere of New York circa the late 1980s, "Ten Thousand Saints" depicts troubled teens trying to find themselves amidst the punk period. The film is adapted from Eleanor Henderson's novel and is written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini ("American Splendor," "Cinema Verite"). Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emile Hirsch, Hailee Steinfeld and Emily Mortimer star. The official synopsis reads: "'Ten Thousand Saints' is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers in late 1980's New York City — Jude (Butterfield), new to the city from Vermont, "straight-edge" musician Johnny (Hirsch), and troubled, rich uptown girl Eliza (Steinfeld) -- who break away from their messed up parents (Hawke and Mortimer) to form their own surrogate family." The film will be released in theaters and On Demand August »
- Ethan Sapienza
As a rising star to watch out for, Asa Butterfield is proving his ability to go from mainstream to indie in the blink of an eye. From writer/directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor) comes the first trailer for their Sundance 2015 film Ten Thousand Saints, based on the book by Eleanor Henderson. Here’s the official synopsis.
Adapted from the novel by Eleanor Henderson, Ten Thousand Saints is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers in late 1980s New York City—Jude (Asa Butterfield), new to the city from Vermont, “straight-edge” musician Johnny (Emile Hirsch), and troubled, rich uptown girl Eliza (Hailee Steinfeld)—who break away from their messed-up parents (Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer) to form their own surrogate family. Set in 1988, a time of great cultural upheaval—against the excesses of the decade, the AIDS epidemic and the gentrification of the city culminating in the infamous »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Ten Thousand Saints," starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, and Emily Mortimer. Check it out below. Plot: The film is set against the backdrop of the New York City of the late 1980s; Adoption, teen pregnancy, drugs, hardcore punk rock, the unbridled optimism and reckless stupidity of the young - and old - all play a role in the story of the son (Butterfield) of diehard hippies (Hawke and Mortimer) and his strange odyssey through the extremes of late 20th century youth culture. The new movie is directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor). It already premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is now set to get a limited theatrical release on August 14th. Trailer: »
"I'm offering you Manhattan champ, don't play hard to get." Screen Media has debuted an official trailer for Ten Thousand Saints, from writers/directors Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (of American Splendor, The Nanny Diaries, Girl Most Likely), starring Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield. Hawke plays an estranged father who suddenly "kidnaps" his emo-punk son and takes him to New York City, where he experiences a whole coming-of-age on the streets of Manhattan with new friends. The film is set in the 80's around the punk rock scene and it seems to have a killer soundtrack, of which many of the reviews quoted rave about. Hailee Steinfeld also stars along with Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer. They give away a lot (too much) in this trailer, but it actually looks pretty good. "Have you ever heard of punk?" The trailer for Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini's Ten Thousand Saints, »
- Alex Billington
Ten Thousand Saints, which comes from the American Splendor team of Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, has an incredible cast for a story set at a tense period in New York City history. Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer play a collection of characters who create an unlikely extended family finding their way through Manhattan […]
- Russ Fischer
Screen Media has released the first trailer for American Splendor writers/directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s coming-of-age drama Ten Thousand Saints. Set in 1988, during the transitional period in New York City when the yuppies started buying up all the “bad” neighborhoods and transforming them into upscale real estate, the film stars Asa Butterfield as an unhappy, bored teenager from Vermont who—after an interaction with a girl—decides to move to New York City, closer to his burnout father (Ethan Hawke). He subsequently develops a closer relationship with said girl (played by Hailee Steinfeld), starts hanging around a straight edge band, and attempts to find himself. I caught the movie at Sundance earlier this year (click here for my review), and while Butterfield’s character is wholly uninteresting, the film’s saving grace is Ethan Hawke. The guy instantly makes any movie he’s in at least 30% better, »
- Adam Chitwood
After it made the rounds at the Cannes Film Market last year, Ten Thousand Saints played the Sundance Film Festival this year to strong reviews and is now set to hit theaters on Aug. 14 and today the first official trailer arrived. Starring Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield, the film is set against the backdrop of the New York City of the late 1980s; Adoption, teen pregnancy, drugs, hardcore punk rock, the unbridled optimism and reckless stupidity of the young--and old--all play a role in the story of the son (Butterfield) of diehard hippies (Hawke and Emily Mortimer) and his strange odyssey through the extremes of late 20th century youth culture. Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch and Julianne Nicholson co-star with Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman (American Splendor) delivering the script and directing. Check out the trailer below. sb id="1539265" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
As they've shown in films like "American Splendor" and "Cinema Verité," directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini have a knack for finding unique cultural corners and making them accessible. And they do it again with the upcoming "Ten Thousand Saints," and the first trailer has arrived. Read More: Sundance Review: 'Ten Thousand Saints' Starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, & Hailee Steinfeld Starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer, and based on the novel by Eleanor Henderson, the story follows three teenagers who come together in the straight-edge punk scene of 1980s New York City. The picture arrives in theaters following its premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival, where our Katie Walsh called it "an instant winner...heart-warming, funny, and real." "Ten Thousand Saints" opens on August 14th. Check out the trailer below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Glasgow Comic Con | Orson Welles: The Great Disruptor | Queer Vision | East End Film Festival
If your idea of a comic-book movie is limited to costumed superheroes saving the world from yet another CGI threat, you need to read more comic books, or watch more films. Fortunately, this festival gives you the chance to do both. Around the main event next weekend, it shows a handful of alternative comic-book movies. There’s the Daniel Clowes-adapted Ghost World (Tue), as good a film about growing up and fitting in as has ever been made. Or the equally fine American Splendor (Wed), with Paul Giamatti as outsider cartoonist Harvey Pekar.
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- Steve Rose
Halfway through our list already, and we've gotten some great feedback from you guys about the choices so far. The third part of our feature is here with yet more hidden cinematic gems and a few selections that may surprise you. Check back tomorrow for part 4! 21 - American Splendor Synopsis: An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the mundane life of comic book hero / ordinary joe Harvey Pekar. Why you need to see it: As miserable as Pekar himself, this is a strangely compelling watch with a fantastic performance from Paul Giamatti. Despite the fact that life keeps throwing obstacles at him, its his dogged perseverance that endears him to the viewer, and Giamatti slips so comfortably into the role, it's hard to imagine anyone else being able to pull off a performance like it. 22 - In The Mouth Of Madness Synopsis: An insurance investigator hired to look into »
- email@example.com (Dave Higgins)
Dark Horse Comics has spawned cult favorite comics-to-film properties like “Hellboy,” “Sin City,” early Jim Carrey vehicle “The Mask,” “Timecop,” “Mystery Men,” “American Splendor” and more under the production arm of the company, Dark Horse Entertainment, led by company founder Mike Richardson. The company, along with Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, is producing live-action version of “Tarzan” starring Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou and John Hurt. The movie is slated for a July 2016 release. And on TV, Dark Horse’s “Dark Matter” premieres on Friday on the Syfy Channel. The series follows a group »
- Joe Otterson
The media business is an odd business, where we race to herald our greatest entertainers with prose and galleries and listicles as soon as (and, sometimes, only after) they've died. Wire services prepare actors, musicians and other creative peoples’ obituaries months, years, and even decades before they’re deceased. Especially when creators are dormant -- they retire, they don't pursue gigs, they can't get gigs – the column inches and other platforms celebrating their contributions to film, TV, comedy or movies, too, appear inactive. Similarly, filmmaking sometimes follows the same graphic arc of interest and ability to portray the achievements of great artists. For every biopic made while a creative’s alive -- “American Splendor,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter, ”“What’s Love Got To Do With It” -- there seems to be twice as many made after death, like “Walk the Line,” “The Aviator,” “Capote,” “Vie En Rose,” and “Behind the Candlabra. »
- Katie Hasty
Written by James Robinson
Art by Greg Hinkle
Published by Image Comics
Airboy, no matter how you slice it, it an utterly unique comic. When I first got ahold of it, I had no idea what I was getting into. The title sounded like some kind of fantasy adventure comic, Amy Reeder’s Rocket Girl for boys, maybe. If writer James Robinson (“The Starman Guy”) had played it straight, that might just be what we’d have ended up with. Instead, what we got was either an alarmingly frank portrait of Robinson bent on self destruction, a send up of self-serious autobiographical comics, or a speedball of both.
I played around with a few different ways of wrapping my head around Airboy while I was reading it. The Kaufmans’ Adaptation as a comic. A heroin snorting riff on Steven T. Seagle’s It’s a Bird… Then I reached »
- Emma Houxbois
Late Show With David Letterman wrapped up Wednesday night with a genius finale and an incredible rapid-fire highlight reel soundtracked by the Foo Fighters' "Everlong." Letterman's 33-year late-night tenure was presented in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it fashion, with many fans overlooking must-see moments while wiping away tears.
Thankfully, one Letterman superfan on Facebook has painstakingly broken down the five-plus minute montage into 537 individual frames, with many of the photos sporting details of when and why each image was spotlighted.
Adam Nedeff is responsible for taking that final greatest hits barrage and »
For those hoping to break in, the world of screenwriting can seem like a black box. Unless you know industry insiders or have an agent, your first screenplay's journey from Final Draft to production will be an unparalleled challenge. That's why screenwriting organization The Black List teamed up with Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York to answer your burning questions. Read More: 8 Writing Tips From Screenwriting Masters Larry Gross, Naomi Foner, Henry Bean and Andrea Arnold The panelists—Chris Sparling (Cannes 2015 entry "Sea of Trees," directed by Gus Van Sant), Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor," "The Nanny Diaries," "Ten Thousand Saints"), Michael Zam ("Best Actress") and Lara Shapiro ("The Americans")—joined moderator Franklin Leonard, creator of The Black List, to discuss everything from finding the right agent to when it's time to quit your day job. 1. Do I have to live in L.A. to have a »
- Emily Buder
Patton Oswalt is a hardcore nerd, which is a big part of why we love him. Remember that epic improvised Star Wars filibuster? You probably know that he.s a big fan of comic book movies, and if you.ve been fretting over which big screen adaptation the comedian thinks is the best, today is your lucky day. While Patton Oswalt.s personal favorite superhero movie is Sam Raimi.s 2004 Spider-Man 2, he thinks that the best comic book movie of all time is American Splendor. Talking to Screen Junkies, Oswalt answered tons of awesomely geeky fan questions. When someone asked about the best comic book movie of this century, while Spider-Man 2 may be at the top of the superhero heap, he says American Splendor, the 2003 adaptation of underground comic artist Harvey Pekar.s life and work, is the best comic book movie of this century in a larger, »
Sundance never sleeps. Screen Media Films came out on top of a competitive bidding situation for "Ten Thousands Saints," taking Us rights to "American Splendor" directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's film version of the acclaimed Eleanor Henderson novel. Starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Emile Hirsch, and Ethan Hawke, the Sundance premiere will arrive stateside in late summer 2015 with a robust 25-market theatrical and day-and-date VOD release. Here's the synopsis: In Ten Thousand Saints, after certain events lead Jude (Asa Butterfield) to withdraw from school and his family, his mother sends him to live with his estranged pot-dealing father (Ethan Hawke) in New York City. There, in the crime-riddled East Village of the late 1980’s, Jude forms an unlikely bond with his best friend’s brother (Emilie Hirsch) and the daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) of his father’s girlfriend (Emily Mortimer). As the three »
- Ryan Lattanzio
It’s great to see married director duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini back at Sundance, the location of their breakout film “American Splendor.” While they’ve put in great work in the meantime, their latest, the excellent “Ten Thousand Saints,” is a roaring return to the fest that made their name. Adapted from the debut novel by Eleanor Henderson, “Ten Thousand Saints” is a melancholy yet sweet and hopeful coming of age story that explores every aspect of life’s complications. Though funny and full of heart, it’s no quirky or lighthearted flick, as a rich vein of darkness and reality courses through the film’s style and content. Set in the late 1980s, “Ten Thousand Saints” is the story of teenage Jude (Asa Butterfield), stuck in Vermont with his hippie mom Harriet (Julianne Nicholson), huffing chemicals for kicks with his best friend Teddy (Avan Jogia). Things »
- Katie Walsh
A love letter to a bygone era of New York City, namely the late ‘80s, “Ten Thousand Saints” sees directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini returning to a more personal approach to filmmaking — or at least as personal as possible when adapting another’s material, in this case the debut novel by author Eleanor Henderson. Part teen romance, part awkward love triangle, part generational-clash portrait, and almost all powered by nostalgia, this warmly conceived dramedy will likely resonate strongest with audiences who have a direct connection to the story’s place and time. Otherwise, there’s not much to suggest a theatrical windfall, and only slightly better odds in ancillary.
The story actually kicks off in 1980 Vermont, on a particularly eventful night for young hero Jude (Henry Kelemen). He’s hit with a double whammy: His no-nonsense mom, Harriet (Julianne Nicholson), has kicked his hippie dad, Les (Ethan Hawke »
- Geoff Berkshire
A first sampling of Sundance offerings reveals illuminating documentaries and compelling, if not perfect, narratives
A bit of friendly advice to the producers of “Ten Thousand Saints”: Please, please, please get rid of the opening narration in which the protagonist observes that life is like a river. It’s the worst line of dialogue in the whole movie, and it starts the proceedings off with a cringe.
Luckily, the script (by directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, adapting the novel by Eleanor Henderson) gets better from there. After the death of his best friend Teddy (Avan Jogia, also »
- Alonso Duralde
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