6 items from 2014
Feature James Clayton 24 Jan 2014 - 06:03
Inside Llewyn Davis leaves James pondering the role of cats in films, and whether the Coens can make him learn to love the furry moggies...
Llewyn Davis is a New York musician pawing around the early 60s Greenwich Village folk scene. He's a pretentious mewling creative-type who can't connect with others around him, and he's caught up in the questions of artistic integrity versus commercial success. He's a lost soul with some hair going on. Llewyn Davis has a lot in common with a certain Barton Fink, and in my mind I can picture the forlorn pair performing "Man of Constant Sorrow" as a duet.
In spite of their similarities, though, the lead of the Coen Brothers' fresh folk yarn is arguably better off than John Turturro's doomed screenwriter. Llewyn Davis (played by Oscar Isaac) has something that Fink lacks and that is a pet. »
Updated: Mike Cahill's well-reviewed sci-fi "I, Origins" has been awarded the 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and will receive $20,000 cash from the Sloan Foundation at Sundance. A jury of film and science professionals selected the film for its focus on science and technology as a theme. Cahill and collaborator Brit Marling won the prize in 2011 for "Another Earth." Cahill joins an esteemed pack of past prize winners including Andrew Bujalski for "Computer Chess" (2013), Werner Herzog for "Grizzly Man" (2005) and Shane Carruth for "Primer" (2004). Earlier: Acquisitions continue up in Park City, as Fox Searchlight has snapped up worldwide rights to Mike Cahill's ("Another Earth") existentialist sci-fi premiere "I, Origins," starring Brit Marling, Michael Pitt, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Steven Yuen and Archie Punjabi. Meanwhile, A24 has taken North American rights to Gillian Robespierre's abortion rom-com "Obvious Child," starring Jenny Slate. "I Origins" is a »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
‘Stories We Tell,’ ‘Blackfish’ out of the Oscar 2014 race: Academy’s Documentary Branch ‘anti-female’? (Photo: Sarah Polley [with camera] directing ‘Stories We Tell’) Besides Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, among the other glaring Oscar 2014 absentees were Robert Redford and Golden Globe-winning composer Alex Ebert for All Is Lost; Joel and Ethan Coen’s well-received Inside Llewyn Davis from the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay shortlists; Daniel Brühl and his movie, Ron Howard’s Rush, which was completely shut out; two Weinstein Company releases that were also completely shut out, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, and their respective stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, and Michael B. Jordan; Guillermo del Toro-Charlie Hunnam’s Pacific Rim and Marc Forster-Brad Pitt’s World War Z from any of the technical categories; and finally, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell and Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s »
- Andre Soares
Zachary Leeman: Before we get to your upcoming movie Endangered, let's talk about screenwriting in general. Walk me through the moment you went from aspiring writer to a paid screenwriter with people like Billy Bob Thornton reading your work...
Jack Reher: Man, that's a hole and the white rabbit got pretty damned bloody while stumbling down it. I was doing my undergrad at the University of Minnesota. Business. I had that career plan. You know? Always stayed grounded. On a whim, I signed up for a screenwriting class taught by Thomas Pope who did fairly well early on in his career - fresh out of USC, he was hired to draft Dune with Ridley Scott directing. Scott left, as did Pope, then Lynch came on. He also did work »
- Gary Collinson
Lionsgate and CNN Films acquired the North American rights to documentary Dinosaur 13, a film that follows the intense fight over Sue, the largest and most complete tyrannosaurus rex ever found. The film will have a broadcast premiere on CNN and will also be released in theaters.
Lionsgate and CNN Films have a strong history with documentaries: Fahrenheit 9/11, Religulous, and Grizzly Man are among the films Lionsgate has picked up in the past, and CNN Films released 2013′s hit Blackfish. »
- Ariana Bacle
Earlier this week, Drafthouse Films released one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year, The Act of Killing, on Blu-ray and DVD, which includes both the 122-minute theatrical cut and the 166-minute director's cut. This compelling documentary from director Joshua Oppenheimer examines the country of Indnonesia, where leaders of brutal death squads are celebrated as heroes. We have an exclusive clip featuring commentary with Joshua Oppenheimer and executive producer Werner Herzog, who break down a scene that can only be seen in the director's cut.
In this inventive and critically-acclaimed documentary by Joshua Oppenheimer and executive produced by documentary titans, Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life) and Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War), the filmmakers examine a country where Indonesian death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings via musical numbers, »
6 items from 2014
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