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London film fest strong on world cinema

15 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Organizers of this year's Times BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday announced a lineup light on U.S. fare but with a strong representation from world and European cinema. During this year's edition of Europe's largest non-competitive film festival, Hollywood presence will be felt with the unspooling of animated film The Incredibles at a family gala presentation, with Focus Features' Vanity Fair and Warner Independent Pictures' We Don't Live Here Anymore also bowing as gala presentations. Sundance hit Tarnation will unspool during the event's Experimenta strand as one of that section's galas, while other movies from the U.S. include D.E.B.S., Bad Santa, Door in the Floor, Down to the Bone, Criminal and Garden State. Announcing this year's lineup of 180 features and 103 shorts, LFF artistic director Sandra Hebron said she was delighted with the "diversity and quality" of the selection. »

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'Door' finds passage into San Sebastian

28 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MADRID -- Tod Williams' The Door in the Floor has been added to the official section competition lineup at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival and has been selected to screen at the closing ceremony, festival organizers said Friday. The movie's star, Jeff Bridges, and Williams are expected to be on hand to support the film, an adaptation of the John Irving novel A Widow for One Year. Bridges stars with Kim Basinger in the film about the destruction of a marriage after the death of a couple's two teenage sons Istvan Szabo's Being Julia is the final title to be added to the official section, organizers said Friday, though it will screen out of competition. Julia stars Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons and Bruce Greenwood. Based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel The Theater, the film tells the passionate life of a theater actress in London in the 1930s. The festival runs Sept. 17-25. »

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Actor turns lens on poster for N.Y. fest

16 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- The 42nd annual New York Film Festival has unveiled its official poster, which features a photograph by actor Jeff Bridges. Through his photography, Bridges continues the relationship the actor began with the NYFF's organizers -- the Film Society of Lincoln Center -- last year, after he was honored at a gala by the FSLC's Walter Reade Theater and exhibited his work there. Jana Anderson at Studio A designed the poster, adding a New York skyline into the background of a Bridges shot. The photo was snapped while Bridges was on the set of the 1991 Terry Gilliam film The Fisher King. "I'm honored to have a photograph of mine be the official image for this year's New York Film Festival," Bridges said. "Although the skyline in the photograph is not real, my love for New York and the festival is." Bridges' book Jeff Bridges Pictures, was released last year through publisher PowerHouse Books. Proceeds from the sale of Bridges' book are donated to the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Bridges is onscreen in Focus Features' The Door in the Floor. »

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Actor turns lens on poster for N.Y. fest

15 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- The 42nd annual New York Film Festival has unveiled its official poster, which features a photograph by actor Jeff Bridges. Through his photography, Bridges continues the relationship the actor began with the NYFF's organizers -- the Film Society of Lincoln Center -- last year, after he was honored at a gala by the FSLC's Walter Reade Theater and exhibited his work there. Jana Anderson at Studio A designed the poster, adding a New York skyline into the background of a Bridges shot. The photo was snapped while Bridges was on the set of the 1991 Terry Gilliam film The Fisher King. "I'm honored to have a photograph of mine be the official image for this year's New York Film Festival," Bridges said. "Although the skyline in the photograph is not real, my love for New York and the festival is." Bridges' book Jeff Bridges Pictures, was released last year through publisher PowerHouse Books. Proceeds from the sale of Bridges' book are donated to the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Bridges is onscreen in Focus Features' The Door in the Floor. »

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The Door in the Floor

9 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Adapting John Irving novels to the screen is a tricky bit of business.

When the elements come together successfully, the results can take the generally pleasing forms of The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules (for which Irving himself handled screenplay honors).

When they don't, you're stuck with the lumpy Hotel New Hampshire or the treacly Simon Birch, which was loosely based on Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Breaking the tie, The Door in the Floor -- taking its cue from the first part of Irving's A Widow for One Year -- falls satisfyingly into the plus category.

A tragicomic rumination on life and death and love and sex (but not necessarily in that order), the production is graced by bold performances, lyrical visuals and, most notably, Irving's own words, which have made the transition quite intact thanks to a faithful but still filmic adaptation by writer-director Tod Williams.

With its tragic emotional underpinnings and complex characters, the Focus Features release would have seemed more at home in the fall release schedule rather than taking on potential blockbusters like I, Robot and King Arthur, but the counterprogramming gambit could work in the picture's favor, giving it a neat jump on all those upcoming awards hopefuls.

As with the earlier section of Irving's 576-page novel, Door chronicles a fateful summer in the splintering lives of an East Hampton couple still struggling to cope with the tragic deaths of their two sons.

While free-spirited Ted Cole (a terrific Jeff Bridges), a successful children's author and illustrator, has seemingly moved on from the mourning process by indulging his weakness for infidelity, his wife, Marion (Kim Basinger), remains in a troubling state of withdrawal.

The pallor over their seaside household has forced their 4-year-old daughter, Ruth (Elle Fanning, Dakota's equally capable little sister), to grow up fast.

But a coastal disturbance soon arrives in the form of Eddie O'Hare (Jon Foster), a young man who's ostensibly hired on as Ted's intern but quickly develops a major crush on Marion. Much to his surprise, his feverish sexual yearning is reciprocated, though their steamy affair doesn't exactly lead to a tidy emotional recovery for the damaged family unit.

Williams, who made his feature debut with "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole" and is working on a remake of To Have and Have Not for Benicio Del Toro, does a careful job of extracting and reshaping the Irving material, never shying away from the book's more overtly sexual elements, without detracting from the film's own separate identity.

Key to that success is a strong ensemble playing flawed characters that essentially dare the audience to like them.

The fundamentally likable Bridges gamely pushes all that goodwill to the far edge as the unorthodox Ted, logging one of his best performances in the process.

Basinger, meanwhile, who shared the screen with Bridges in Robert Benton's Nadine, really immerses herself into her character's complex layers with similarly impressive results.

Also doing gutsy work is Mimi Rogers, who has been given very little to hide behind as the needy, hot-blooded object of Bridges' daytime affections.

Behind the camera, cinematographer Terry Stacey (American Splendor) is responsible for some truly lovely compositions, movingly underscored by Marcelo Zarvos' eloquent music.

The Door in the Floor

Focus Features

Focus Features and Revere Pictures present a This Is That production

Credits:

Director-screenwriter: Tod Williams

Based on the novel A Widow for One Year by: John Irving

Producers: Ted Hope, Anne Carey, Michael Corrente

Executive producers: Roger Marino, Amy J. Kaufman

Director of photography: Terry Stacey

Production designer: Therese DePrez

Editor: Affonso Goncalves

Costume designer: Eric Daman

Music: Marcelo Zarvos

Cast:

Ted Cole: Jeff Bridges

Marion Cole: Kim Basinger

Eddie O'Hare: Jon Foster

Eleanor Vaughn: Mimi Rogers

Ruth Cole: Elle Fanning

Alice: Bijou Phillips

Eduardo Gomez: Louis Arcella

MPAA rating R

Running time -- 111 minutes »

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'Garden,' 'Giants' bookend Nantucket fest

28 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Zach Braff's critically acclaimed film Garden State will open the ninth annual Nantucket Film Festival, which will close with the surfing documentary Riding Giants. The festival will feature the world premiere of the docu Weapons of Mass Deception and the East Coast premiere of The Door in the Floor, based on John Irving's book A Widow for One Year. The program includes a tribute to screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, with Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Jim Carrey participating, and a staged reading of Sideman, the screenplay adaptation by Warren Light of his Tony Award-winning play. The fest runs June 16-20. »

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Bridges set for 'Moguls' porno plot

25 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Four-time Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges will star in the indie feature The Moguls, which will mark the directorial debut of writer Michael Traeger. Aaron Ryder, who executive produced Donnie Darko and Memento while head of production at Newmarket Films, is producing through his Raygun Prods. The comedy revolves around a small town that bands together to make a porno film. Bridges plays a guy dealing with a midlife crisis who hatches the porno scheme. The film is being financed by Michael Kuhn's Qwerty Films. Kuhn executive produced Being John Malkovich and the upcoming I Heart Huckabee's. Production on Moguls is slated to start in May in and around Los Angeles. Bridges, who starred in last year's Seabiscuit, has earned Oscar noms for his work in The Contender, Starman, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and The Last Picture Show. The actor, repped by UTA, manager Neil Koenigsberg and attorney Bob Wallerstein, next stars in Door in the Floor. Traeger wrote Dead Man on Campus and recently sold an untitled Kevin Bacon project at New Line. He is in the midst of writing a TV pilot for NBC Studios. Traeger is repped by Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann and Aaron Ray at Nine Yards Entertainment. »

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