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Alexander Payne has already helmed a pair of on-the-road movies (Sideways, Nebraska), and according to Thompson On Hollywood, he has signed on for another road trip flick. The site is reporting that Payne is attached to direct My Saga, a big screen adaptation of Karl Ove Knausgaard's 2015 two-part New York Times Magazine travel essay of the same name. The articles (which you can check out here and here)... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
If you've had an ear tuned to the literary world over the past year or two, you'll likely have heard the name Karl Ove Knausgaard. He's the Norwegian author whose claim to fame is his six-volume, no-holds-barred, dirty-laundry-and-all autobiography "My Struggle," which has made him a sensation. Now, he better get ready for some more attention. Alexander Payne has signed up to direct "My Saga." The road-trip movie will be based on Knausgaard's travel writing for New York Times magazine, which saw him journey through the northern United States, retracing the steps the Vikings took through the country. His work was published across two parts which you can read here and here. It seems like a good fit for the filmmaker who has spun previous on-the-road stories in "Sideways" and "Nebraska." It's all early stages, and there's no writer attached yet, so this will be a while in coming. Next »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Berger and Yerxa have acquired movie rights to Knausgaard’s New York Times Magazine articles, published last year, tracing the Vikings’ possible journeys from Newfoundland to Minnesota. Scandinavian producers Madeleine Ekman and Lizette Jonic at Zentropa Sweden are also producing.
Berger told Variety that he discovered Knausgaard’s article while on a flight to Scandinavia for a conference of independent producers and was able to start making the rights and producing deals during the trip. He also said that Payne’s ability to deliver road-trip comedies — “Nebraska,” “Sideways” and “About Schmidt” — convinced him that the director would be a good match.
“I think Alexander »
- Dave McNary
No, we are not a pack of rubes who pay no mind to contemporary literature and would thus misprint the name of Karl Ove Knausgaard‘s sensation-causing My Struggle. If anything, we might get the wise observations and be spared the intensely solipsistic: Alexander Payne has signed to adapt the author’s My Saga, a two-part journey through the North American territories supposedly explored by Vikings and a survey of whatever cultural footprint might’ve been left in their wake. [Thompson on Hollywood]
As Knausgaard wrote early into his work, which can be read here and here:
When The New York Times Magazine contacted me in December to ask whether I would travel across the United States and write about my trip for them, at first I didn’t think of my missing license. The editor proposed that I travel to Newfoundland and visit the place where the Vikings had settled, then rent a car and drive south, »
- Nick Newman
Bona Fide Productions' Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa ("Little Miss Sunshine," "The Leftovers") have acquired movie rights to popular Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Saga," two lengthy—and hilarious— 2015 New York Times Magazine travel articles tracing the Vikings' historic trek through the Northern U.S.. Like the writer's global bestselling six-volume autobiographical novel series "My Struggle" (which has no film or TV adaptation in place so far), these Nyt pieces are brutally honest, revealing not only the author himself but the foreign landscape he is cannily observing. No one comes away unscathed, including disorganized Knausgaard (who failed to renew his driver's license and could not rent a car) and his more competent cohort, Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael. Who better than Alexander Payne ("Sideways") to take on yet another filmic road trip? Berger and Yerxa, who produced Payne Oscar contenders »
- Anne Thompson
Virginia Madsen (Joy, Sideways) and Patrick Warburton (Ted, Family Guy, Seinfeld) have joined the cast of Safe Neighbourhood, currently shooting at Sydney's Fox Studios and starring Olivia DeJonge (M. Night Shyamalan.s The Visit), Levi Miller (Pan, Jasper Jones, Red Dog: True Blue) and Ed Oxenbould (The Visit, Paper Planes).
"Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening on the lead up to Christmas, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), the regular babysitter for Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert Lerner (Patrick Warburton), has to defend their twelve-year-old son (Levi Miller) from strangers breaking into the house - »
- Staff Writer
Our countdown of the top 100 films of the 21st Century (so far) concludes here with the top 25.
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The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn »
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Oscar-nominated producer Michael London (Sideways) and his production company, Groundswell Productions, have entered a multi-year first-look deal with CBS TV Studios. The non-exclusive pact covers projects for the broadcast networks as well as CBS Studios’ premium cable sibling Showtime. The first sale under the deal is Monger, a half-hour comedy at Showtime written by rising young indie filmmakers Ben and Josh Safdie, who are also attached to direct. Loosely based on… »
Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne ("Sideways," "The Descendants") will receive a presentation credit on Antonio Pietrangeli's newly restored 1965 standout "I Knew Her Well" ("lo la conoscevo bene"), opening February 5 at New York's Film Forum thanks to Janus Films and the Criterion Collection. (Their recent re-release of another restored masterwork from that year, Orson Welles' "Chimes at Midnight," proved to be something of a smash.) The distributors have planned a national release of "I Knew Her Well" to follow; check out the exclusive (and awfully seductive) new poster below. Read More: "Orson Welles' 'Chimes at Midnight' Returns to Cinemas For the First Time in Decades This New Year's Day." Pietrangeli's final completed film—he died in an accident on the set of "Come, quando, perché" in 1968, at the age of 49—"I Knew Her Well" follows Adriana (Stefania »
- Matt Brennan
Something tells me Bobby Axelrod, the hedge-fund king played by Homeland‘s Damian Lewis in Showtime’s new drama Billions, wouldn’t have been a fan of Bob Barker’s old Price Is Right signoff (you know, the one about having your pet spayed or neutered).
Bobby, you see, is so perturbed by the sight of his recently castrated canine — complete with pitiful recovery cone and a general air of dejection — that he decides to double down on his »
10 items from 2016
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