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Ready for another year of the podcast? The gang is back: Nathaniel R, (The Film Experience), Joe Reid (The Wire), Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) and Nick Davis (Nick's Flick Picks) reunite to discuss this unusually robust auteur spring at the movies.
This week's topics: Darren Aronofsky's peculiar muddy vision for Noah starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly & Emma Watson; Jonathan Glazer (Birth) and Scarlett Johansson's Under the Skin; and Wes Anderson's biggest hit The Grand Budapest Hotel. Did we want to check in and stay?
Under Noah's Skin at the Budapest Hotel
00:00 Noah (story diversion, auteur vision, character work)
18:45 Under the Skin (visual storytelling, interpretation, Scarlett)
36:30 The Grand Budapest Hotel (inside & outside friction, accepting Wes, art direction)
44:30 Ralph Fiennes and the movies Oscar buzz
49:00 Other movie recommendations: Le Week-end and Blue Ruin. »
- NATHANIEL R
Yesterday, we featured the opening to the MTV Movie Awards, not because we care about who the golden popcorn goes to, but because it showcased host Conan O'Brien fitting no less than 50 celebrity cameos into the beginning of the show. Now that the show is over, Conan is back to his normal hosting duties on his own late night talk show on TBS. But he had some time to reminisce about his weekend hosting gig, and even took the time to reveal some of his preparation behind the scenes, mostly his hair styling inspired by the remarkable comb-over donned by Christian Bale in last year's Best Picture nominee American Hustle. Here's Conan O'Brien preparing for the MTV Movie Awards from Team Coco: American Hustle is directed by David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook), working from a script he co-wrote with The International writer Eric Singer. »
- Ethan Anderton
Screwball comedy movies, rare screenings of epic box office disaster: Library of Congress’ Packard Theater in April 2014 (photo: Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in ‘The Awful Truth’) In April 2014, the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia, will celebrate Hollywood screwball comedy movies, from the Marx Brothers’ antics to Peter Bogdanovich’s early ’70s homage What’s Up, Doc?, a box office blockbuster starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. Additionally, the Packard Theater will present a couple of rarities, including an epoch-making box office disaster that led to the demise of a major studio. Among Packard’s April 2014 screwball comedies are the following: Leo McCarey’s Duck Soup (Saturday, April 5) — actually more zany, wacky, and totally insane than merely "screwball" — in which Groucho Marx stars as the recently (un)elected dictator of Freedonia, abetted by siblings Harpo Marx and Chico Marx, in addition to Groucho’s perennial foil, »
- Andre Soares
00:00 Introductions & the musical performances
15:00 The Selfie & how Oscar treats its own history
37:00 Reader Questions: creative casting, snubs, selfie swaps
53:00 Matthew McConaughey's speech & Randomness
1:00:00 What we did after the Oscars
Suggested Supplement Reading:
Joe on the "2013" Oscars, Katey talking to the Make-up winners, Vanity Fair's Leonardo DiCaprio piece, those Acceptance Speeches, Jennifer Lawrence's Bestie's Diary and Nathaniel's Oscar Wrap / Tfe Funding Drive.
You can listen to the podcast at the bottom of the post or download the conversation on iTunes. Continue the conversation in the comments... which of our ballots most closely resembles yours? »
- NATHANIEL R
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! While uncertainty reigns in the Best Picture race, the Best Director conversation has been rather more concrete for a while now -- which is not to say that it isn't a deep field. It was certainly a competitive one at the nomination stage, with one three slots seemingly nailed down and a generous handful of names duking it out for the final two. The field we got arguably isn't as adventurous or surprise-laden as last year's, but nonetheless includes five distincte artists with passionate followings : three Americans who have been nominated before, one Mexican who has been on the Oscar radar »
- Guy Lodge
00:00 Directors, BAFTA, Bette & P¡nk
09:00 Should Win / Will Win Intro, Sound Categories, Doc, Animated, Foreign categories
23:00 Visual Categories
39:00 Screenplays & Acting
51:30 Director & Picture
55:30 Exit Question
You can listen to the podcast right here at the bottom of the post or download the conversation on iTunes. Continue the conversation in the comments... which of our ballots most closely resembles yours?Hunger, Shame, I Heart Huckabees, Taxi Driver, King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambíen, »
- NATHANIEL R
Director David O. Russell has enjoyed a great two years back-to-back on the awards circuit, from last year's much-loved "Silver Linings Playbook" to 2014 Oscar heavyweight "American Hustle." As an actor's director who loves cinema, the following top ten list from Russell's Sight and Sound poll for the British Film Institute has few shockers. Take a look at the idiosyncratic list, and clips, below. The filmmaker has repeatedly tipped his hat to Polanski's "Chinatown" -- which he memorized 20 minutes of -- and Scorsese's "Goodfellas." You can feel the pulse of these films thrumming in all Russell's films, including "I Heart Huckabees," "The Fighter" and "Three Kings." He loves his '70s New Hollywood ("Chinatown," "Godfather," "Young Frankenstein") and feel-good classics ("It's a Wonderful Life") with a dash of arthouse for good measure ("Bourgeoisie"). "Blue Velvet" (1986) Dir. David Lynch "Chinatown" (1974) Dir. Roman Polanski "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972) Dir. Luis »
- Ryan Lattanzio
It's a special edition of the Podcast. And by special I don't mean "filled with sound problems for which I apologize" but that we're not staying in the now but looking back. Joe and Nick join Nathaniel to discuss this year's Best Director Nominees... but not for their new films. We each choose our favorite film by the five artists nominated.
We throw in a few Oscar party food tips as well...
00:00 Oscar Fatigue and Scheduling
02:30 The Films of Steve McQueen
07:45 The Films of Alexander Payne
16:00 The Films of Alfonso Cuarón
20:25 The Films of David O. Russell
28:30 The Films of Martin Scorsese
39:30 Tangent: The Departed and Modern Day Scorsese
43:00 Oscar Parties - Do We Go? Do We Have Them?
47:00 Choosing Oscar Party Food Items
You can listen to the podcast right here at the bottom of the post or download the conversation on iTunes. »
- NATHANIEL R
It's pretty rare that we get to watch a single actor or actress interviewed for more than five or 10 minutes while they're out promoting a movie, which is why we always enjoy David Poland's 30-minute interview series. Sitting down with someone for an extensive amount of time allows for a more relaxed conversation -- one that isn't rushed due to time constraints during which only the same questions are asked over and over again. Poland's most recent 30-minute chat with Jonah Hill is a fun one to watch, as the actor opens up about how his friendship with Dustin Hoffman's son Jake eventually lead to Hoffman recruiting Hill for David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees. At the time, Hill was making boxes for some guy, and he was forced to quit...
- Erik Davis
A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. A "Lost" movie from the director whose films have back-to-back Oscar nominations? Believe it. In 2008, as his follow-up to I Heart Huckabees, David O. Russell tackled Nailed, an adaptation of Kristin Gore's book about a woman who gets a nail in her head, which kicks off peculiar behavior and a crusade to Washington, where she meets a congressman who uses her for his own ends. Photos: The Endlessly Entertaining Mouth of David O. Russell The movie was cast with Jessica Biel
- Borys Kit
David O. Russell is a filmmaker on fire, telling compelling stories about fascinating characters that are completely flawed and human. With his last three films – The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle – receiving 25 Oscar nominations between them, and his actors giving star-making performances in their roles, it’s no surprise that he was recognized as the Outstanding Director of the Year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff). Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what he had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A. While there, writer/director David O. Russell talked about what this ride has been like for him, when and how he started making films, how he learned the craft of filmmaking, the affect Sundance had on him, how starting out with short films led to him making his first feature Spanking the Monkey, »
- Christina Radish
At the upbeat Santa Barbara International Film Festival best director tribute to David O. Russell, the Oscar-nominated man behind "American Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook" (who back in 2004 called Lily Tomlin the c-word to her face) had us all in stitches. Interviewed by fest exec director Roger Durling, Russell, at an early point in the evening, commandeered the Q&A entirely, leaving the adorably obsequious Durling flustered. Unlike other Russell public appearances, when the director has gotten testy or cagey around questions about his "hiatus" from film (between "I Heart Huckabees" and "The Fighter"), the evening at Sbiff was a joyous one. Here are nine factoids from the evening:1. Sydney Prosser in "American Hustle" was tailor-made for Amy Adams. After "The Fighter," Russell wanted to create another role for Adams that would show the full breadth of her range. "Amy was in 'The Master' last year; we would see each other. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Sometimes the chemistry on a set works just perfectly, and you can just tell the cast had a ball making the movie. Such is the case with “Life After Beth,” Jeff Baena’s directorial debut, which premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival. The zombie comedy has a lively cast led by Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan, with comic talents Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Matthew Gray Gubler, Cheryl Hines and Paul Reiser offering zany support. Baena, who co-wrote “I Heart Huckabees” with David O. Russell over a decade ago (and is Plaza's boyfriend today), here offers a fresh and funny take on what can be an overplayed genre. Rather than highlighting the zombies’ flesh-eating qualities, the film focuses on the love story between Plaza and DeHaan—after what is kindly described as his dead girlfriend’s “resurrection,” he remains determined to see past her indiscretions. (Plus, »
- Kristin McCracken
A24 Films has closed a deal to acquire the zombie comedy Life After Beth, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week. It isn't known when the company plans on releasing the film, although there is a DirecTV component of the deal, with the cable provider landing an exclusive 30-day window to air the movie before its theatrical release.
Dane DeHaan stars as a young man who is devastated when his girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) dies. However, he gets a second chance at romance when she turns into a zombie. Anna Kendrick, Alia Shawkat, Matthew Gray Gubler, Cheryl Hines, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon and Paul Reiser also star.
Jeff Baena (I Heart Huckabees) wrote and directed the comedy, which premiered on January 19 at the Library Theater at Sundance. The studio has not announced when it plans to release the comedy at this time, but we'll keep you posted »
Due to the over-saturation of the zombie movie market in recent years, filmmakers have been trying to get a little more creative with their genre cross-overs. The newest member of the zom-com family is Life After Beth, which after premiering to solid reviews at Sundance, has been picked up for distribution by A24.
Jeff Baena, who co-wrote I Heart Huckabees, penned the screenplay and directed the film, which tells the story of a man named Zach (Dane DeHaan), who is devastated when his girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) unexpectedly dies. Fortunately, he gets a second shot at love when she rises from the grave, but he soon learns that it’s not all that easy to sustain a relationship with a zombie.
- Alexander Lowe
In their third major deal of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, A24 has picked up the U.S. distribution rights for Jeff Baena's horror-comedy Life After Beth , starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon. The romantic zombie movie, written by Baena ( I Heart Huckabees ), stars DeHaan a a teenager who gets a second chance to connect with his dead girlfriend when she comes back to life. It premiered at the Library Theatre on January 19 as part of the festival's U.S. Dramatic Competition. Although A24 will release the movie theatrically, there is also a DirecTV component to the deal where the satellite provider will be able to show the movie exclusively for thirty days before any theatrical release, something it's been doing with other movies »
A24 has closed a deal for the U.S. rights to Sundance romantic zombie movie Life After Beth. There is a DirecTV component to the deal in which the satellite provider has an exclusive 30-day window prior to any theatrical release. Photos: Sundance: THR's Instagram Photos Beth, starring Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza, centers on a teen who gets a second chance at love when his dead girlfriend returns. But it's not all as rosy as he thinks. John C. Reilly and Paul Reiser also appear. Jeff Baena, who co-wrote I Heart Huckabees, wrote and directed. Michael Zakin and Elizabeth Destro are producers.
- Borys Kit, Tatiana Siegel
With the announcement that "American Hustle" auteur David O. Russell is working with "Erin Brockovich" writer Susannah Grant on a new TV series, it seems like the perfect time for his recurring cast of players to make a splash on small screen.
The untitled show, which has been ordered direct to series at ABC, is described as "an upstairs/downstairs soap centered on a private country club." That leaves a lot of possibilities for characters and casting.
That's a lot of work for Russell, who still has movie stuff to worry about. So Zap2it has done a lot of the heavy-lifting for him. Check out some of our casting choices and character ideas below.
She's on a hot streak these days and Russell needs to take advantage of that while he can. That's why Lawrence should play twins in the show. The caveat being one is a well-to-do trophy wife, »
Cinematographer Jay Hunter told Indiewire about the zombie romantic-comedy "Life After Beth," the directorial debut of "I Heart Huckabees" co-writer Jeff Baena and an entry in the Dramatic Competition of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Dane DeHaan as a young man whose girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) returns from the dead following a hiking accident. Hunter's previous credits include "Much Ado About Nothing," "Dollhouse," and "Paper Heart." Which camera and lens did you use? Arri Alexa, Canon 5d MkIII.What was the most difficult shot on your movie, and how did you pull it off? The most difficult sequence of "Life After Beth" was absolutely the final scene in the attic with Zach (DeHaan) and Beth (Plaza) after they come back from the beach. It's incredibly simple. Two people in a small attic...they make out...it turns a bit ugly and Zach escapes through a dormer window. The director »
- Max O'Connell
At Sundance, zombie movies — like all horror films — are typically delegated to the Midnight section. This year, Sundance threw a curve-ball by programming Jeff Baena's gory debut "Life After Beth" in the narrative competition. The horror-comedy, centered on a mild mannered guy (Dane DeHaan) who discovers that his dead girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) has come back from the dead, features plenty of zombie gore, but as Baena stressed during a Q&A following the film's second-to-last screening yesterday, "Life After Beth" has more to it guts and blood. (This shouldn't come as a complete shock — Baena co-wrote the philosophically adventurous script for David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabees.") "One of the things that informed me was this William Blake poem called 'Eternity,' which was about not holding stuff that you love, otherwise it destroys you. I also was reading some Jacques Derrida at the time." "This version of the zombie, »
- Nigel M Smith
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