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Chicago – Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” is her most lyrical film, a work that feels not unlike Gus Van Sant’s “Last Days” or “Elephant” in its liberal use of long takes, huge gaps in dialogue, and real-time scenes that seem to go nowhere. It is a minimalist mood piece and that mood is the melancholy that comes with the realization that you’ve accomplished very little of real significance and your daily routine is nothing more than varying cycles of self-fulfillment.
The film opens with an actor brilliantly-named Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) driving around in circles on a track — the metaphor for his life and the way it’s book-ended by the final shots is impossible to miss. Shortly after that open, he falls down the stairs and injures himself. Bed-ridden in the Chateau Marmont, he does next to nothing with his days, drinking, hiring pole dancers, drinking some more, »
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by Mike Pickle
One of many long-standing traditions in Hollywood is the art of the remake. Certainly not confined to Horror; this phenomenon has always been an easy way to drum up widespread interest from the casual moviegoer. In these modern times where it seems like everything has been done it is inevitable that this would become more widespread. You can't blame the studios though. Times are tough and if they are going to sink their money in a project; it makes sense that they would bet on a sure thing. This is not a guaranteed formula, however, and Producers are constantly looking for different ways to approach the phenomena. Some of which I will explore in this article. It's fairly easy to generate interest in something that people have already seen before and liked, but since the trend has become more popular, the audience has become more skeptical. One »
The first poster for Academy Award-nominated director Gus Van Sant’s next film Restless has premiered at IMPAwards. Starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right) and Henry (son of Dennis) Hopper, the story is about a “terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII”. The poster can be viewed below:
I’m generally a fan of Van Sant’s work (even his more “difficult” films like Last Days), and along with a good cast, the plot description certainly makes it sound like more than just a standard romantic drama. I’ll be sure to check this out when it hits theaters on January 28th, 2011.
What do you think of this poster, and are you excited for the film?
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- Nick Newman
It has been 12 years since director Whit Stillman directed a movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stillman is back to direct “Damsels in Distress,” a movie about a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student to teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their university. Greta Berwig and Adam Brody will star in the film. This movie will be Stillman’s first movie since “The Last Days of Disco” in 1998. The story is also focused on Gerwig’s character as the new girl and the suitor played by Brody. However, the rest of the girls have doubts over his intentions. So far the movie is described as “Mean Girls” in an indie format. If it would be similar to “Last Days of Disco,” then this movie has some potential.Source: THR »
Last year I had a bit of a minor crash course in the films of Whit Stillman as Criterion released The Last Days of Disco (my review here) and I watched Metropolitan for the first time. I was duly impressed with Stillman's scripts, though I felt Metropolitan over did it a bit becoming a bit egotistical as if it was more impressed with its own dialogue than I was, but it was still a good film. I have yet to see Barcelona.
Now Stillman is back behind the camera for the first time since Last Days of Disco, which was released back in 1998, with Damsels in Distress, a dark comedy that has already started shooting with Greta Gerwig (Greenberg) and Adam Brody ("The O.C.", Jennifer's Body).
The film is said to revolve around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in Violet (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways »
- Brad Brevet
The trade says that the film “revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.”
Stillman is the man behind the excellent Last Days Of Disco.
It's the second ever Guardian film liveblog, and our inaugural effort covering something on the TV. You voted for Michael Hann to sit down in front of Layer Cake; join him from 9pm (when it's on Fiver) and let us know your thoughts
10.33pm: @Wedgemondo's looking forward to The Social Network. It's fine, but it stops short of greatness. It's so specific to its era that I wonder whether anyone will even be able to watch it in 10 years' time.
10.31pm: Another well-handled beating, in which Colm Meaney repeatedly slams Craig into a chest freezer full of frozen goods. I think there's an interesting comparison between this film and Eastern Promises, another one set around London's underworld. This one, I think, has a rather better feel for London - Cronenberg's in Eastern Promises didn't seem too sure, and it certainly didn't feel like London to me. Though it's true I've »
- Michael Hann
After giving us a pair of fantastic (albeit polarizing) films, the Criterion Collection releases The Last Days Of Disco and Metropolitan, along with his other film, Barcelona, Whit Stillman hasn’t given us a new piece of cinema since 1998’s Last Days of Disco.
Well, according to Wwd (via Hollywood Elsewhere), that is all going to change, and much sooner than we all had thought.
The outlet recently chatted to actress Greta Gerwig while at Fashion Week, and apparently she will begin shooting Stillman’s next film, Damsels In Distress, in just two weeks.
Gerwig herself will play a “girl named Violet who runs a suicide-prevention center at a liberal arts college. She prevents suicides through the powers of 1930s song-and-dance numbers. So it’s a very dark comedy.” Count me in. Can I just buy my ticket right now?
Stillman is a personal favorite of mine, particularly Metropolitan, which »
- Joshua Brunsting
Earlier this year, we reported on the exciting news that writer-director Whit Stillman (Last Days of Disco) will make his first film in over a decade with Damsels in Distress. During a recent interview, actress Greta Gerwig (Greenberg) broke the news that she has been cast in tthe film, which begins shooting in two weeks. Given that this interview happened exactly two weeks ago, it’s probably safe to assume that the film is already shooting. More after the jump.
During the interview with Wwd [via Hollywood Elsewhere], Gerwig described her role in Distress:
“I play a girl named Violet who runs a suicide-prevention center at a liberal arts college. She prevents suicides through the powers of Thirties song-and-dance numbers. So it’s a very dark comedy.”
From what I understand, the film will be a bit whimsical and might have some musical numbers. This sounds very interesting to me — Stillman producing »
- Ramses Flores
While some actors are content to let their agents and managers find future projects with little or no input, Sam Worthington blazes a different path. That’s because Worthington is constantly looking for cool properties to mine for potential big screen adaptations, and he seems to have a good eye for it. Of course while you can attach yourself to various projects from other creators, what better way to land a great part than to produce it yourself. And if you’re a lifelong comic book fan, what about landing your own imprint deal at a young but growing comic book company.
And that’s exactly what Sam Worthington and John and Michael Schwarz (his two close friends) have done, as they’ve teamed up with Radical Studios to create and develop intellectual property under the name Full Clip Productions. The goal is to find and create graphic novels that »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Sam Worthington discusses his new comic book company A few weeks ago, we reported on some movie updates from Sam Worthington's upcoming film slate. Those updates came out of a press event at Radical Studios, which, as we reported earlier this month, had set up an imprint deal with Worthington and his longtime friends, brothers John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz. The Aussie trio had formed a new company called Full Clip Productions, which would be developing comic books and graphic novels, properties which could then be lined up for feature film adaptations.
I was one of a select group of press members invited down to the Radical Studios facility in Hollywood to speak with Worthington and the Schwarz brothers, but first we were given a warm welcome by Radical Studios executive Barry Levine, who made it clear that these projects are not being set up for Worthington to star in, »
As the star of Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time, Sam Worthington now has his pick of plum movie roles. So it was quite surprising when he decided to star in an adaptation of the violent sci-fi comic book The Last Days of American Crime, a relatively unknown new series from independent publisher Radical Comics. In a recent interview with MTV, Worthington confirmed that pre-production is "under way" on Last Days, but said that a director has yet to be found.
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In the past two years, Sam Worthington built a career for himself by taking starring roles in films that benefited from high-profile collaborators or familiar franchises, including "Terminator: Salvation," "Clash of the Titans," and of course, James Cameron’s longtime pet project "Avatar." But on Friday, Worthington told MTV News that he’s ready to get behind projects he has a part in creating.
Speaking at a press day for Full Clip Productions, the comic book imprint Worthington launched with his partners John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz, the actor said the increased participation only fuels his creativity.
“We come from a cottage industry whether we’re making graphic novels in Australia or short films or major movies,” he told MTV News. “You’re basically coming in from the get-go, and what that does is it gives you a bigger investment. We’re not in here as guns for hire »
- Todd Gilchrist
People like Ted Haggard, George Rekers, Pope Ratzinger and Governor Lingle are right. The institution of marriage must be protected. Such and ancient and honorable tradition, the cornerstone of our very civilization, must be protected at all costs from the most vile and horrible danger facing it: Robosexual Marriage.
Case in point, tonight's Futurama, which depicts the horrors of what will happen if robots and humans are allowed to wed.
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The first project being handled is “Damaged” which focuses on two brothers, one committed to the law, and the other violently behind it. Comic writer-artist David Lapham is writing the graphic novel.
Radical has been working lately with Hollywood producers in shepherding film adaptations of graphic novels. Recently, they partnered with Imagine on “Legends” and are working with “Tron Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski on “Oblivion.”
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It's a while since we've had an update on The Last Days of American Crime. But if nothing else, development on the project has marked the start of a beautiful friendship between Sam Worthington and Radical Comics: a friendship leading to Damaged.Damaged is a comic book series co-created by Michael and John Schwarz, who, not coincidentally, are Worthington's partners in his newly formed production company Full Clip. The three have signed a deal with Radical to "develop intellectual property" for the publisher: comics specifically created with movie adaptations in mind. "As a lifelong fan of comics, I'm excited to have the chance to create material which I can then personally bring to life on screen," says Worthington. Interesting. It's like a little indie Marvel empire (as well as Last Days, Radical are also behind Legends: The Enchanted), except that some of the comics don't exist yet. There are few »
Radical Studios is teaming up with "Avatar" star Sam Worthington and his newly formed company Full Clip Prods. on an imprint deal to create and develop intellectual property that would be published with an eye toward screen adaptations.
The first project out of the gate is "Damaged," which, according to the companies, "centers on two brothers committed to justice in different ways -- one inside the law, one violently beyond it."
A writer hasn't yet been tapped to write the screenplay for a feature adaptation, which would see the Schwarz brothers and Radical president Barry Levine producing. Worthington and Radical executive vp Jesse Berger would exec produce. »
- By Borys Kit
The anniversary of Michael Jackson's death will be hard to escape on TV Friday (June 25).
ABC, CBS, NBC and several cable channels all have some kind of commemorative programming lined up, ranging from a look back at his music career to interviews with family members. Here's a rundown (all times Eastern):
ABC: A two-hour "20/20" special called "Michael Jackson: After Life" airs at 9 p.m. and will include interviews with those who knew and worked with him -- including Ola Ray, who co-starred in the "Thriller" video -- and a review of the circumstances surrounding his death.
Bet: Specials "Michael Jackson: Life of a Superstar" and "Inside the Michael Jackson Mansion" air at 1 and 2 p.m., and a two-hour celebration of his life and career, "Michael Jackson History: King of Pop" debuts at 8 p.m.
Imagine Entertainment and Radical Pictures are teaming up to bring graphic novel "Legends: The Enchanted" to the big screen. Howard and Grazer will produce for Imagine, Barry Levine for Radical. Created, written and illustrated by Nick Percival, "Legends" is described as follows:
You think you know them. Think again.
Violently ripped from the pages of folklore come the Enchanted. Supernatural immortals living in a dark, steampunk, creature-infested world where nature, technology and foul magic are in constant conflict. When the twisted, burnt remains of the half-wooden, half-mechanical warrior, Pinocchio, are discovered, wolf hunter Red Hood and giant killer Jack realize the fragile rules of their existence have been shattered. With the help of other powerful Enchanted (the mercenary, Goldilocks and psychic exterminators, Hansel and Gretel), Jack and Red team up on an adventure to stop whatever, or whoever is destroying their powers and murdering their kind. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (SuperHeroHype)
This is what happens when one lives on the web; you find all kinds of things. This autobiographical documentary, called A Time There Was: Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony, revisits the Mau Mau Rebellion of the 1950s, which the director participated in as a young British soldier stationed in Kenya. If you know nothing about the Mau Mau uprising, Click Here. The 1957 film, Something Of Value which starred Rock Hudson & Sidney Poitier, centered on it. But, I don’t believe there’s been a definitive film about the revolt (shouldn’t there be one?). The features I found are all seen through British eyes, and this one below isn’t all that different, but it’s maybe the most thoughtful and reflective.
Directed by Donald McWilliams, 2009, 87 min:
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