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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is expected to rake in record dollars at the box office this weekend, but star Chris Evans still needs your help. He’s looking for a better title for his directorial debut, tentatively called “1:30 Train,” a placeholder name that he doesn’t like.
Evans describes the film as a cousin to Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunset”– it tells the story of a young woman (Alice Eve) who misses her train home and spends the night talking to a stranger (Evans) at Grand Central Terminal. He recently finished editing the movie-not-called “1:30 Train,” and expects that it will enter the festival circuit next year.
“I got to think of a new title,” Evans told Variety last month, during an interview at his house in the Hollywood Hills. “Any ideas?” Here are some deal-breakers: he absolutely doesn’t want the new name to include the words night, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Given the subarctic winter we've been experiencing in the Northeast this year, South by Southwest (SXSW), which takes place annually in balmy Austin, Texas, was something we were looking forward to even more than usual. Warm weather, spicy Mexican food, and the hottest movies imaginable all added to create a thoroughly thawing experience.
There wasn't a single Omg-you-have-to-see-this movie like there was last year, when "Short Term 12" made its debut, but the festival's lineup was quietly powerful, full of movies that were easy to miss, but at your own peril. There were a handful of loud, shout-y debuts, but some of those missed the mark completely, leaving room for the smaller movies to reach in and steal my heart.
So, a rundown of all of the movies we saw at SXSW -- some were odious, some were wonderful, but all of them we were very happy to watch... and »
- Drew Taylor
Moving from Whit Stillman (Damsels in Distress) to a zombie romance (Life After Beth) with a rare indie sci-fi flick in between (Safety Not Guaranteed), Variety reports that Aubrey Plaza will play the lead female role (named Susan) in Hal Hartley’s Kickstarted, final trilogy chapter Ned Rifle. She joins Thomas Jay Ryan, Parker Posey, Liam Aiken and James Urbaniak on the April, NYC shoot.
Gist: Henry and Fay’s son, Ned, played by Liam Aiken, turns 18 and leaves a witness protection program. (“Rifle” is his maternal grandmother’s maiden name—he’s incognito). His mom has spent the last four years in military custody for alleged terrorist activities (see Fay Grim, 2007) and is transferred to a federal penitentiary to serve a life sentence. Ned, who has absorbed the Christianity of the well adjusted and devout family he has been living with, nevertheless sets out to find and kill his dad, »
- Eric Lavallee
Richard Linklater will receive the 2014 Founder's Directing Award at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival this May. The award recognizes a varied career that has encompassed coming-of-age comedies such as “Dazed and Confused,” commercial exercises such as “School of Rock” and science-fiction films such as “A Scanner Darkly.” Linklater helped kick off the art house renaissance of the 1990s with his low-budget film “Slacker,” a funny and cerebral look at “Generation X.” His screenplays for “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” scored him Academy Award nominations and form two parts of a relationship trilogy that began in 1995 with »
- Brent Lang
Director: Richard Linklater
U.S. Distributor: IFC Films
A nod to Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel creation and a wink to 7-up series from a filmmaker who arguably might have given us his career best just last year with the third chapter in Celine and Jesse saga, perhaps in some parallel manner, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight might have been the test run for what might be one hell of an anthropological dozen year film experiment. Production commenced way back in 2002, so as much as we look forward in seeing three people age before our eyes, and before its unveiling at Sundance, what we were most curious in seeing was how Linklater might have embraced different technologies and how he framed, shifted positions narratively speaking. According to Hawke, the acting is in a league of its own, »
- Eric Lavallee
The arts-centric television network Ovation has just announced two film-related programs for this year: the Film Independent Directors Close-Up Series and the "Dinner and a Movie" Salon Series. Providing "behind-the-scenes viewpoint of the artistry of independent filmmaking," these programs should interest filmmakers and cinephiles alike. The Directors Close-Up Series will present five panels with some of the most important television and film directors working today. These include Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity," "Children of Men," "Y Tu Mama También"), another current Oscar contender, Alexander Payne ("Nebraska," "Election"), TV directors Ernest Dickerson ("The Walking Dead" and "The Wire") and Jeremy Podeswa ("Boardwalk Empire" and "The Newsroom"); and Jill Soloway, the prolific TV writer who had her directorial film debut last year with "Afternoon Delight." The program will also feature guests such as actress and director Julie Delpy ("Before Sunset"), »
- Melina Gills
The arts-centric television network Ovation has just announced two film-related programs for this year: the Film Independent Directors Close-Up Series and the "Dinner and a Movie" Salon Series. Providing "behind-the-scenes viewpoint of the artistry of independent filmmaking," these programs should interest filmmakers and cinephiles alike. The Directors Close-Up Series will present five panels with some of the most important television and film directors working today. These include Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity," "Children of Men," "Y Tu Mama También"), another current Oscar contender, Alexander Payne ("Nebraska," "Election"), TV directors Ernest Dickerson ("The Walking Dead" and "The Wire") and Jeremy Podeswa ("Boardwalk Empire" and "The Newsroom"); and Jill Soloway, the prolific TV writer who had her directorial film debut last year with "Afternoon Delight." The program will also feature guests such as actress and director Julie Delpy ("Before Sunset"),...
- Melina Gills
The 29th annual Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival on Sunday tapped “Noble” as winner of the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a feature made outside mainstream Hollywood.
The honor includes a Panavision camera package worth $60,000. Mark Huberman, who appears in the film, accepted the award for director Stephen Bradley. An honorable mention was awarded to Hill Harper for his performance in “1982,” directed by Tommy Oliver.
Documentary Film Award went to “Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo.” Director Matt Livadary and producer Erin Krozek accepted the award at the press conference and brunch at the Fess Parker Doubletree by Hilton Resort. “Queens” also received the Audience Choice Award, sponsored by The Santa Barbara Independent.
The Nueva Vision Award for »
- Tim Gray
The 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival winds up Sunday, after eleven days of tributes and screenings, concluding with back-to-back screenings of the Before trilogy: "Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset," and "Before Midnight," followed by my Conversation with Academy Award-nominated screenwriters Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, The winners of the 2014 festival competition were chosen by a festival jury for the 2014 Sbiff included Yahoo! Movies writer Thelma Adams, documentary filmmaker Mimi deGruy, Sbiff Founder Phyllis DePicciotto, Tony Award-winning composer Adam Guettel, Academy Award-winning editor Artie Schmidt, actor Alan Thicke, actors Anthony and Arnette Zerbe. The jury choosing the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a unique independent feature that has been made outside mainstream Hollywood, was actress Frances Fisher and producer Ted Hope. They selected Vietnam period drama »
- Anne Thompson
As discussed on the podcast this past Monday, we like it when guilds and specialty groups have slightly different rules of eligibility than the Oscars. This prevents everyone from choosing the same five everything and draws attention to other noteworthy accomplishments. For example, The Spectacular Now and What Maisie Knew, two good films that haven't been mentioned at all for months, won nominations at the USC Scripters.
The Scripter Prize is basically a version of Adapted Screenplay but the nominees are determined by a small panel each year (Leonard Maltin was on it this year) and the award goes to both the screenwriter and the original author. Naturally the original authors don't always show; we won't be hearing an acceptance speech from Henry James should What Maisie Knew surprise. The Scripters require that you're actually be based on previously published material, not just "previously established characters" which is the sequel-friendly »
- NATHANIEL R
Julie Delpy will direct A Dazzling Display of Splendor.
The Before Midnight actress is also writing the film, which is set in the early 1900s, reports Variety.
Based in the early days of silent cinema and the automobile industry, the film centres around a family of vaudeville performers that embark on a cross-country road trip.
As they travel from New York to Los Angeles, they work together on a motion picture.
Her most recent directorial outing was 2012's 2 Days in New York.
Casting is currently underway for A Dazzling Display of Splendor. »
Chatting with the trio behind “Before Midnight” — writer-director Richard Linklater and writer-stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke — is a bit like being in one of their movies. The conversation flows freely and quickly, with a great deal of overlapping dialogue and finishing of one another’s sentences.
The three recently gathered at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel the day after winning the Critics’ Choice Movie Award’s Louis Xiii Genius honor for their work on what has come to be known as the “Before” trilogy: 1995’s “Before Sunrise,” 2004’s “Before Sunset” and 2013’s “Before Midnight.” Or, as Hawke jokingly calls it, “the lowest-grossing trilogy in the history of motion pictures.”
While they may not be making blockbusters, they’re not losing money — “Midnight” has grossed $11.2 million worldwide against a budget of just $3 million. And the triumvirate has achieved something that’s perhaps even more difficult. Over the course of 20 years, »
- Jenelle Riley
Ten of Hollywood’s top screenwriters shared their secrets with their writing brethren Tuesday — with a major focus on the precision needed to create believable characters such as Jesse and Celine in “Before Midnight.”
Delpy appeared during the Writers Guild of America’s “Beyond Words” panel discussion at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Writers from seven of the 10 screenplays up WGA awards attended the two-hour event, which drew about 400.
Delpy said that a 14-minute car scene — shot in a single take by director Richard Linklater — was by far the most difficult in the film.
Delpy, who is up for WGA and Academy Awards in the adapted screenplay categories with Ethan Hawke and Linklater, said the trio spent years constructing the back story of the »
- Dave McNary
In a surprising Sundance twist, director Richard Linklater's long-awaited film, Boyhood, was the last one added to the film line-up at the festival. It quickly became one of the most anticipated films. For those of you not familiar with Linklater's work, he directed Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight, all of which starred Ethan Hawke. Well, years ago Hawke teamed up with him for this very ambitious film project that turned out to be pretty incredible.
What makes this movie so unique is the fact that is was shot over the course of twelve years! It follows the lives of a boy, his sister, and his divorced mother and father. It was quite spectacular watching these kids and the parents grow up throughout the course of the film. Nothing like this has really ever been done before. The closest thing I can compare to is the Harry Potter »
- Joey Paur
It took 39 days for Richard Linklater to make Boyhood. Well, actually, to be more precise, it took him 39 shooting days, spread across 12 years — more than 4,000 days — to complete the ambitious cinematic experiment, which follows a boy and his complicated, constantly evolving family as he grows up. Linklater cast Ellar Coltrane as young Mason when he was only 6 years old, and began shooting in 2002. Every year after, the cast — which includes Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s divorced parents and Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei, as Mason’s sister, Samantha — would reunite for three or four days to film a »
- Jeff Labrecque
First time Oscar nominee, Lupita Nyong’o, stole the show at the Critics’ Choice Awards Thursday night with her emotional acceptance speech after winning Best Supporting Actress.
Nyong’o, who made her feature debut in 12 Years A Slave, beat fellow nominees Scarlett Johansson (Her), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska) and Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) for the award. A clearly shocked Nyong’o began by thanking her fellow nominees, especially Roberts, saying, “Julia, thank you so much for making my brother the coolest guy in school by taking a picture of him.”
Nyong’o became emotional when she began talking about her film, especially director Steve McQueen, calling him “incredible” as she began to cry.
“Steve, your passion, your dedication, and your smile inspired me everyday on set and it continues to inspire me now,” she said.
Finally, Nyong’o concluded her »
The critics have spoken, and 12 Years a Slave has been named Best Picture of the Year at the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Awards.
Slave beat out American Hustle, Her, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street, Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis and Dallas Buyers Club at a ceremony that came just hours after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named their nominations for this year's Oscars.
Getting off on a comedic foot, Anchorman 2 stars Christina Applegate and James Marsden presented the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Movie to Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf Of Wall Street, while Amy Adams was named Best Actress in a Comedy for American Hustle, which also won the award for Best Comedy Movie.
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DiCaprio was all smiles as he accepted his award and thanked everyone involved with making the movie. He ended on »
Digital Spy presents the major winners and nominees at the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, held on Thursday, January 16 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. Eligible films were released in 2013.
Saving Mr Banks
12 Years a Slave - Winner
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Emma Thompson - Saving Mr Banks
Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Bruhl - Rush
Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unleashed their nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards. And with those nominations, of course, came a large number of both surprises and snubs. This was to be expected, since every year there are people screaming at the top of their lungs with happiness and crying with the same pitch and tenor because they were left out. 2013, too, was a particularly excellent year for movies, which made the decisions even tougher.
But hey, you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, and this year was no exception. Below are the biggest surprises and snubs of the 2014 Oscar nominations.
1. 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Was Lost in the Shuffle
This critical darling from the Coen Brothers, set during the folk rock scene of lower Manhattan in the '60s, topped a number of influential critics' lists and was poised to be the next »
- Drew Taylor
Filmmaker Richard Linklater’s relationship with the Sundance Film Festival has so far proven to be a very fruitful one – Linklater memorably premiered both his Before Sunrise and Before Midnight at the festival (Before Sunset, the middle film in the current trilogy, bowed at Berlin), his Slacker won the Grand Jury Prize at the festival back in 1991, and the festival even honored the film with a special anniversary screening back in 2010 (similarly, this year’s “From the Collection” screening will honor the twentieth anniversary of Hoop Dreams) – so it’s not surprising that the festival will be the one to debut one of Linklater’s most talked about features. It is, however, (pleasantly, to be sure) surprising that it will be his long-promised (and long-filmed) Boyhood. Honestly, we sort of didn’t think it was real. Sundance will often fold in late additions to its slate – this year, both Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here and »
- Kate Erbland
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