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Seemingly a little closer in spirit to I’m Not There than, say, Justin Bieber doc Never Say Never, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth is an apparently “hard to classify” documentary-fiction hybrid about Nick Cave, the Australian rock musician and songwriter who has also dabbled in acting (Ghosts of the Civil Dead…), novels (And the Ass Saw the Angel, The Death of Bunny Munro), film scores (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and screenwriting (The Proposition, Lawless).
Exploring Cave as both “man and myth”, the docudrama depicts 24 fictitious hours in his life, with appearances by collaborators like Warren Ellis and Kylie Minogue. You can watch the first trailer for 20,000 Days on Earth below.
The post Trailer for ’20,000 Days on Earth’, a unique portrait of Nick Cave appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Drafthouse Films has released the 20,000 Days on Earth trailer online. The docudrama goes inside the life of musician Nick Cave. Personally, I'm only familiar with Cave's work from his amazing score for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (which he composed with Warren Ellis, who also appears in 20,000 Days on Earth) and his screenwriting (he wrote the screenplay for The Proposition, Lawless, and the unmade, completely batshit/brilliant Gladiator 2). I stayed away from this film at Sundance because I thought it could only be appreciated by Cave's diehard fans, but this trailer makes it look like the movie reaches for ideas that anyone can appreciate regardless of their familiarity with the musician. Hit the jump to check out the 20,000 Days on Earth trailer. The film opens in select theaters on September 17th. Click over to Apple to see the trailer in HD. Here's official synopsis for »
- Matt Goldberg
Roger Deakins is widely regarded as one of the industry’s top cinematographers, bringing his characteristic earthen hues to films as divergent as Skyfall and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. He is of course best known for his frequent collaborations with the Coen Brothers (Bruno Delbonnel nicely filled his shoes in Inside Llewyn Davis), and this Plot Point Productions montage, “Roger Deakins: Shadows in the Valley,” makes note of Barton Fink, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and a little bit of what’s in between. Watch above. »
- Sarah Salovaara
One of the real masters of modern cinematography is Roger Deakins, a British cinematographer who has been nominated a whopping 11 times for the Best Cinematography Oscar, yet hasn't won one yet. Every year he always seems to end up a talking point during the awards season, because every year he continues to turn out amazing work. Plot Point Productions has decide to pay tribute to Roger Deakins in a video they've just released called "Deakins: Shadows In The Valley", a five-minute montage of some of his best shots and visual techniques. From Skyfall to The Assassination of Jesse James to Fargo to Prisoners to True Grit, his work is always astounding to see, and this video beautifully highlights some of his finest work so far. Enjoy. That wonderful music is from The Assassination of Jesse James, the track "Song for Bob" by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. For more, see Plot Point's Vimeo page. »
- Alex Billington
The CV of filmmakers cinematographer Roger Deakins has amassed speaks for itself, with the Coen Brothers, Andrew Dominik, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, Ron Howard, Edward Zwick, Norman Jewison, M. Night Shyamalan, Paul Haggis, John Sayles and David Mamet all utilizing his exceptional talents behind the camera. And certainly we're big fans. Deakins provided our "Best Shot Of The Year" from Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" (and he'll be reteaming with the director on "Sicario"), and we took the time to highlight his 5 Best Films. And today we have another way to appreciate the cinematographer. A five-minute tribute, "Shadows In The Valley," has emerged online and it's an evocative summary of Deakins' work. Utilizing Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' "Song For Bob" from "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" (which is featured), the video runs through sixteen of Deakins' »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Over the course of his career, actor Brad Pitt has garnered acclaim for a wide filmography that has seen him take on roles in movies such as Se7en, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford, Burn After Reading, Inglourious Basterds, and The Tree of Life. Filmmaker David Ayer concurrently rose to prominence for his work writing 2001′s Training Day, soon taking on directorial duties as well in films such as Street Kings and End of Watch. Fans of both were thus excited to learn that an upcoming project would see the two of them working together. Titled Fury, Ayer once again takes on screenwriting and directing duties, and Pitt is joined onscreen by Logan Lerman, Shia Laboeuf, and Jon Bernthal. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
If the studios won't do it, talent will. Expect more of these stand-alone indie prod combines to launch in order to develop material that the studios are disinclined to support. Writer, director, producer and actor Casey Affleck ("The Assassination of Jesse James by that Coward Robert Ford," "Gone Baby Gone," "Out of the Furnace") and producer John Powers Middleton ("Oldboy," A&E’s "Bates Motel," "The Lego Movie") are launching a production company called the Untitled Casey Affleck/John Powers Middleton Project. They will create films and television series "spanning a wide variety of genres and budgets." With the formation of this new partnership, Affleck will serve as an equal share producer, while continuing to pursue writing, acting, and directing projects. Middleton will produce under the new banner while continuing to also produce at Vertigo Entertainment and Good Universe. “We want to bring audiences the films they want to see, »
- Anne Thompson
One cinematographer who has built a fan base all his own over the years is Rodger Deakins. It's no surprise though considering Deakins has been responsible for the stunning visual looks of films like "Skyfall," "Prisoners," "The Assassination of Jesse James," "Jarhead," and much of the output of the Coen brothers.
He recently wrapped Angelina Jolie's WW2 tale "Unbroken," and many are now curious as to what he's doing next. Asked that very question by fans on his website's message boards, Deakins revealed his next two assignments.
The first is a re-teaming with "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve, the pair are prepping "Sicario" which deals with an Arizona cop (Emily Blunt) who travels across the border to Mexico with a pair of Delta Force rangers turned mercenaries to track down a drug lord. That film shoots later this summer.
The second? "I hope to be working with the Coen Brothers later in the year. »
- Garth Franklin
In one of the most anticipated movies of the year, watch the stunning new trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. The movie chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
The trailer is genius – kudos to whoever cut it together. The launch scene will assuredly be exhilarating. I can’t wait for November!
Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), the production will travel the globe and utilize a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography to bring to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, »
- Michelle McCue
Casey Affleck is one of the great American actors of his generation, yet he is still a performer that everyone seems to underestimate. He has made a career of compelling lead turns in films like Gone Baby Gone and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and is also a reliable character actor. Last year, he was the biggest scene-stealer of the lacklustre Out of the Furnace, while almost nobody saw him in the evocative western Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which he was terrific in as well. Now, the actor who has certainly outgrown being referred to as a certain someone’s brother, has signed on to another period western, Lewis and Clark, which will be a six-hour miniseries for HBO.
- Jordan Adler
The duo has not yet finalized details on the rumored — and unnamed — joint venture, which has not been officially announced. Speculation has emerged that a production chief will be selected later this month.
The company is being designed to afford Affleck the opportunity to focus more on producing, writing, and directing.
Middleton is an executive producer on Good Universe’s “Oldboy” and “The Voices” and a co-producer on “The Lego Movie.” He’s an exec producer on “Poltergeist” and “Run All Night” along with the TV series “Bates Motel.” He is expected to continue working with Vertigo Entertainment and Good Universe.
Affleck broke out with his Oscar-nominated role in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” Other credits include “Gone Baby Gone” and “Out of the Furnace, »
- Dave McNary
Back in 2010 we reported on a new movie about Marilyn Monroe called Blonde from director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly) with Naomi Watts potentially playing the iconic actress. We haven't heard anything new on the project in a while, but it appears Dominik is trying to get it made again, because The Wrap is reporting Jessica Chastain is in final talks to play Marilyn Monroe in his planned film. Blonde won't »
- Jesse Giroux
The story takes biographical and historical sources to paint an intimate picture of the inner life of Norma Jeane Baker.
Dominik wrote the script for Blonde, which was first announced in 2010.
The director previously worked on Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Photo gallery - Jessica Chastain's career in pictures: »
The filmmaker has been developing the project for several years, writing the adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' novel on spec, with Naomi Watts once attached to star back in 2010. The 700-page novel was first published in 2000, with the author drawing on historical and biographical sources to re-imagine the inner, poetic and spiritual life of this silver screen star, telling Norma Jeane Baker a.k.a. Marilyn Monroe's story in essentially her own voice, showing how she overcame the odds to achieve immense, global stardom in the 1950s. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 2001, and it was also adapted into a 2001 TV mini-series starring Poppy Montgomery.
Brad Pitt, who starred »
I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention to realize Naomi Watts was no longer attached to star as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' imaginary Marilyn Monroe memoir Blonde, but that's the case and today a replacement has been found in Jessica Chastain. The Wrap reports the news and while the script, written by Dominik, is said to be good to go, the film is still without a start date. It would however, seem a safe bet that filming would begin this year as I would also expect additional casting will be announced shortly. With the Cannes Film Festival coming up it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see the film shopped around the Marche du Film, looking to lock up international distribution as Brad Pitt's Plan B is set to produce. As for the story, Oates is said to have. »
- Brad Brevet
Nearly four years ago, Naomi Watts was tapped to play Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, an adaptation of the book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates that will be directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). However, the actress seems to have fallen away from the project with The Wrap reporting that Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Help) is now getting close to a deal to play the iconic actress. Unlike My Week with Marilyn starring Michelle Williams, this aims to be a more extensive look at Monroe's life, but with a twist from the source material. The book in question is referred to as a fake memoir because it takes the liberty of being told from the point of view of Monroe with the names of certain well-known male suitors changed to vague descriptions including The Ex-Athlete (Joe Dimaggio »
- Ethan Anderton
Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik is gearing up to shoot his Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde, this August. Based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, the film was set to star Naomi Watts as the iconic actress. Now, however, Watts has dropped out, perhaps disillusioned with biopics after Diana got savaged by critics, and The Wrap is reporting that two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain will step in to replace her.
Speaking about the film a few months back, Dominik revealed that there won’t be much dialogue and that Blonde will be more of an “avalanche of images and events” that “reimagines the inner, poetic and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker.” He said:
- Matt Joseph
Jessica Chastain may soon be adding “biopic” to her already impressive resume, though not in the traditional sense of the word. Per The Wrap, the actress is near a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in The Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik’s next film Blonde. Though Naomi Watts had previously been attached to play the famous leading lady in the pic, she fell off the project some time ago. The film is not your traditional “cradle-to-grave” story, as Dominik previously described it as a “sprawling, emotional nightmare fairy-tale type movie” and it is based on author Joyce Carol Oates’ historical novel of the same name. Hit the jump for more on this exciting prospect. Dominik's frequent collaborator Brad Pitt has been onboard to produce Blonde for some time now, and The Wrap notes that the actor was instrumental in convincing Chastain to sign on. Obviously a figure like »
- Adam Chitwood
The last we heard about Andrew Dominik's long brewing Marilyn Monroe biopic "Blonde," was that it was "good to go" with a shoot aiming for this August. But we had been down this road before when plans were afoot to shoot the movie in 2013, with Naomi Watts in the lead. Well, that actress dropped out a while ago and another has come in, and we think it's a pretty great choice. Jessica Chastain is now set to play Marilyn Monroe in the movie, which will be based on the critically acclaimed novel by Joyce Carol Oates. "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" and "Killing Them Softly" star Brad Pitt's Plan B is producing the movie that Dominik has previously called "a really sprawling, emotional nightmare fairy-tale type movie." Damn. Here's the book synopsis from Amazon: One of America’s most acclaimed novelists boldly re-imagines »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Otto Wall, the person at the center of "Goodbye to All That," lauded playwright and "Junebug" scribe Angus MacLachlan's directorial debut, is a limited man — the type of man who just goes along with the flow, who doesn’t try to ruffle feathers. He's not stupid, but neither is he gifted with remarkable intelligence. He has a good job, an attractive if quite possibly overbearing wife (Melanie Lynskey) and an adorable, auburn-haired daughter who is quickly turning into a North Carolina methodist. He's lucky, at least until he isn't. Played with gentle moxie by Paul Schneider, in what amounts to his most memorable motion picture role since Dick Liddl in "The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford," Otto is clumsy and kind and more than easy to root for. He'll need it: Otto’s life begins to fall to pieces shortly after the opening frames. An »
- Brandon Harris
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