17 items from 2015
Of all the left-field composers out there — typically musicians who don’t follow the traditional rules of film composing — if Jon Brion isn’t at the very top, he’s very damn close. The musician, composer, producer (who has worked with folks like Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Of Montreal, Elliott Smith and more) has been tapped by filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson (“Magnolia,” “Punch Drunk Love”), Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”), David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees”), Charlie Kaufman (“Synechdoche, New York”), Miranda July (“The Future”) and more. In recent years he’s been moving towards comedies, especially for the films of Adam McKay (“The Other Guys,” “Step Brothers”), Vince Vaughn (“The Break-Up,” “Delivery Man”) and Judd Apatow. Brion scored “Funny People,” “This Is 40,” and has also written the music for the upcoming “Trainwreck” film starring Amy Schumer. The bête noir of all film composers is temp music — the music a. »
- Edward Davis
A video of Dennis Quaid going ballistic on set has gone viral along with questions over its legitimacy as many are believing this to be yet another Jimmy Kimmel-esque prank. The video finds Quaid questioning the professionalism of the set, which he would seem to be well within reason to criticize if there is someone on said set recording via a cell phone camera. We can only assume Quaid is yelling at the director and complaining about commotion in the background while he's trying to perform and it must take quite a bit to get someone to this level of frustration, that is if it's real. This, obviously, isn't the first time we've seen/heard something like this as Christian Bale was caught in a similar situation during the filming of Terminator Salvation and we're all familiar with Lily Tomlin's back-and-forth with David O. Russell on the set of I Heart Huckabees. »
- Brad Brevet
Adieu au langageWhen I stumbled out of the theatre after my first viewing of Jean-Luc Godard’s newest film, Adieu au langage—which will be released on home video by Kino Lorber on April 14—I felt that nagging feeling that only a few films can give. That feeling isn’t necessarily limited to great or even good films, but belongs instead to a certain special, disparate troupe. I left feeling that Godard had made a film that wanted to think about film in some way, aligning itself with the films that made their ways into books of philosophy by film theorists Noël Carroll and Stanley Cavell.Admittedly, there’s a danger in these feelings. Adieu au langage, as well as the whole lot of these “thinking” films, could simply be playfully “meta,” purposefully toying with the conversations that critics and academics love. Maybe I’ve just taken the filmmaker’s bait here, »
- Zach Lewis
The Sudanese actor on being a child refugee, the healing power of basketball – and why La beats NYC…
Ger Duany was born in 1978 in what is now South Sudan. Displaced by the civil war, he was forced to become a child soldier, eventually finding refuge in Ethiopia and Kenya and emigrating to the United States in 1994. He was cast as a refugee in 2004’s I Heart Huckabees by director David O Russell, who wanted someone with first-hand experience to play the part. An accomplished basketball player, he has worked as an actor and model ever since, and is about to star alongside Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng and Emmanuel Jal in The Good Lie.
The Good Lie tells the story of a group of “lost boys” – and one girl – who are orphaned and displaced by civil war in Sudan and eventually find their way to America. It mirrors your own life in many respects. »
- Interview by Alex Clark
Jason Schwartzman made the transition that some teen actors can’t broker. His first film, Wes Anderson's "Rushmore," was a big hit and launched his career. But the years after were a bit lean and or unremarkable. It wasn’t until six years later, with David O. Russell’s “I Heart Huckabees,” that the actor proved he was more than a one-hit wonder (though those that remember know he was pretty hilarious in his small “Cq” role). On a Marc Maron podcast from earlier this year, the actor revealed that before ‘Huckabees’ he almost starred in another David O. Russell movie, an unnamed mystery film that Schwartzman wrote some of the music score for, and that the director pulled the plug on very shortly before filming was set to begin. “Before [‘Huckabees’] there was another movie we were supposed to make,” he explained. “Right after ‘Rushmore’ I met him and he said, »
- Edward Davis
While We’re Young, 2015.
Written and Directed by Noah Baumbach.
A middle-aged couple’s life is turned upside down when they meet a young hipster couple.
As we get older, our priorities naturally begin to shift, as does our outlook on life. It’s that moment, however, when we begin uttering the words “when I was young” that may find some of us hitting the panic button. That moment is what’s explored in Noah Baumbach’s latest film While We’re Young, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, and let’s just say it provides a perfect platform for a thoughtful and oftentimes hilarious commentary on the many challenges of growing old.
Josh Srebnick (Stiller) is a mid-40s filmmaker who’s found himself amidst a career crisis, »
- William Fanelli
How does one assess something like Accidental Love? This is the movie that began life as Nailed, directed and co-written by David O. Russell back in 2008, after the critical and financial disappointment of I Heart Huckabees and before his Oscar-fueled career resurgence with The Fighter. Numerous production delays and troubles with financiers eventually led to the director leaving the project in 2010, reportedly with one day of shooting left. (His producers had already departed.) He has since disavowed it, and this highly compromised cut arrives credited to the Alan Smithee–like pseudonym Stephen Greene. It was quietly released on VOD last month and is now appearing in a smattering of theaters.So, nobody wants to have anything to do with the movie we have before us — which is understandable, since it’s something of a catastrophe. But it also has the quality of a medical cadaver: You can examine it and »
- Bilge Ebiri
Hollywood is not exactly a warm and fuzzy place where everyone gets along like best friends. That’s why so many film sets are hotbeds for drama. But no drama is more intense than the art-infused feuds between actor and director, because Art!
Here are some of the biggest and best actor-director fights in film history.
Let’s start with the most recent. After Mo’Nique won an Oscar for her role in Precious, she says Daniels told her she was blackballed for not playing the Hollywood game. Then recently she announced that she’d been offered roles in both The Butler and Empire, but never heard anything more until she learned Oprah and Taraji P. Henson were respectively playing what she’d been led to believe were her roles. Despite the struggles, Mo’Nique says she “could work with Lee Daniels tomorrow.”
- Courtney Enlow
Jennifer Lawrence is speaking out in defense of her Joy director and frequent collaborator, David O. Russell. "I know I don't go on here a lot because I can barely work email," the actress, 24, wrote on her Facebook page, "but there's been a terrible rumor going around the last 24 hours so I wanted to clear it up. "David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship," she said. The rumor that Lawrence is referring to originated from TMZ; the report claims that she and Russell, 56, got into a "loud argument" on set Tuesday, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
At one point in “Accidental Love,” the movie’s crusading heroine flips on a TV and catches a glimpse of George A. Romero’s seminal 1968 zombie opus “Night of the Living Dead.” And, like one of Romero’s own restless undead, this mirthless, misshapen social satire cum romantic comedy has managed to crawl out of the early grave to which it was consigned in 2008, back when its title was “Nailed” and its director was David O. Russell. Pieced together by unknown parties after years stuck in litigation (resulting from the bankruptcy of financier David Bergetsin’s Capitol Films), “Accidental Love” turns out to be no “Margaret”-style diamond-in-the-rough, but merely a not-particularly-interesting curio from the low ebb of a great director’s career. Russell (credited here as Stephen Greene), original producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher, and the starry ensemble cast have understandably kept their distance from this opportunistic cash-grab release, »
- Scott Foundas
Media narrative can define and even ruin careers, and in the case of notorious artists, can linger on long after they’ve become obsolete. In the case of director David O. Russell, his past and present selves probably wouldn’t recognize each other. While always a well-regarded whirling dervish of creativity, post “I Heart Huckabees” — when leaked production footage showed the filmmaker fighting with and berating his actors — the filmmaker’s then-reputation as a mercurial, bad boy director couldn’t have been lower (this was,m of course, a film or two after George Clooney allegedly clocked him on the set of “Three Kings”; his legend was already growing). On reflection, Russell now sounds like a completely different person. He's the celebrated, thrice-in-a-row Academy Award-nominated Best Director whose films seem like an instant ticket to award season success for himself and his actors (his last three films have 25 Oscar nominations between them, »
- Rodrigo Perez
Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries”…
Timo Chen: I worked a lot in 2014 so I didn’t get out much. That said, I was able to recall three things that I discovered that changed a few things in my life.
• Learning to solder and then learning that you could learn just about anything on youtube. I had previously only used electrical tape and sloppy fixtures for all my electronic music endeavors. I told myself that I had to learn how to solder so I looked it up on youtube and was blown away by how many enthusiasts there were giving detailed instruction on something as commonplace as soldering. Then I started doing the same with carpentry and building more and more things–fixtures around the studio, etc. Learning to teach myself to build things was a huge discovery for me in 2014.
• Two pieces of music: Te Deum by Arvo Pärt. »
- Eric Lavallee
Manuel here. The Costume Design Guild has announced that they’ll be celebrating Naomi Watts with the Lacoste Spotlight Award when they announce winners for their film, TV and commercial awards on February 17th. While they bill the award as honoring an “actor whose talent and career personifies an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design,” their choices so far (previous recipients include Anne Hathaway, Kate Beckinsale, Halle Berry and Emily Blunt) have yet to really reflect the award, no? Whither Keira, Nicole, Tilda or heck, even Colin Firth? The man can wear a sweater (among other things), you know.
Anyways, we should really focus on the positive and be thankful Watts was able to bounce back so quickly from that horrible triple-whammy of Movie 43, Adore and Diana. Let's just hope she can keep up the momentum going. And so »
- Manuel Betancourt
Now called Accidental Love, comedy Nailed began as a David O Russell movie more than seven years ago. Here's a look at its strange story...
Despite its stellar cast, which includes Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal and James Brolin, it's possible that you've never heard of the forthcoming comedy Accidental Love. It's almost certain that you haven't heard of its director Stephen Greene, because he doesn't exist.
The Accidental Love saga takes in Oscar-nominated director David O Russell, dodgy financiers, multiple production shut-downs, cast walk-outs and questionable name changes. Until recently, it looked as though the film would never see the light of day at all.
Accidental Love began life as Nailed, a screwball political comedy co-written by Russell and Kristin Gore (daughter of Us politician Al Gore). For Russell, whose previous film I Heart Huckabees had struggled at the box office, Nailed was supposed to be a "fresh page and »
You may remember this one: six years ago, Nailed, David O. Russell’s proposed follow-up to I Heart Huckabees, had massive financing problems. The would-be political satire about a waitress (Jessica Biel) who gets a nail to the head was ultimately scrapped and lain aside. In the meantime, the once-galvanizing director embarked on his Huckabees‘ apology tour, going from the not-bad The Fighter to the increasingly dispiriting (but renumerative) The Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. Now whatever footage was shot (it’s unclear, though the Internet says crucial plot parts were never filmed) has been cobbled into some kind of grotesque thing that walks the earth, with […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Back in November, we reported that David O. Russell’s ill-fated, romantic satire "Nailed" would actually see the light of day, thanks to producers determined to reshoot, finish and release the picture in whatever marketable form they could. Now dubbed "Accidental Love," the first trailer for the film plays like a goofy rom-com of the McConaughey-Hudson era, albeit with hints of Russell’s biting perspective. What was dead is now reborn… as something far more generic. Is this how Nicole Kidman felt in "Birth"? "Accidental Love" follows Alice (Jessica Biel), the recent victim of a nailgun shot to the head, as she crusades to Washington D.C. in defense of all those afflicted by "weird conditions they can’t afford to fix." Ditched by her fiancée (James Marsden), Alice hooks up with an eager, young politician (Jake Gyllenhaal) and antics ensue. Though he’s turned his attention to more traditional drama fare, »
- Matt Patches
Every now and again you hear about some footage or even an entire film, that for whatever reason, will never see the light of day. Back before David O. Russell hit it big with the one-two punch that was The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, he was that guy who argued with the cast of I Heart Huckabees. Y'all remember that video? After that flick he went to work on Nailed. The story followed a small town waitress (Jessica Biel) who gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing »
- Sean Wist
17 items from 2015
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