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Paul Schneider as Christian embarks on a rampage of unexpected destruction.
The Daughter, Simon Stone's adaptation of Ibsen's The Wild Duck set in Australia, stars Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Miranda Otto, Odessa Young, Ewen Leslie, and Paul Schneider with Anna Torv and Wilson Moore.
Paul Schneider: "I'm always interested in giving the director flavors within a certain bandwidth." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Over breakfast, I spoke with Paul Schneider on The Daughter and how producer Jan Chapman and Jane Campion's The Piano inspired him to go to film school. We also discussed his work with Christophe Honoré, the influence of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in Billy Wilder's The Apartment, Andrew Dominick's The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, meeting Nick Cave, and watching Kelly Macdonald and Ewan McGregor in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting to develop a Scottish accent for Bright Star.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Author: Matt Rodgers
As the DVD and Blu-ray release of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven rides into your homes, we take a look at those heroes, anti-heroes, and low down dirty scoundrels that would make up our own cinematic posse. Sadly, none of the movie cowboys come from the Mario Van Peebles, ahead of its time, diversity epic, Posse, despite a cast that includes Stephen Baldwin, Billy Zane, and Big Daddy Kane. Alas.
Imagine if Thandie Netwon’s Westworld progressive, Maeve Millay, were to swipe on her generic tablet to the page marked “Host Influences and Templates”, then we’d like to think that amongst the hundreds of profiles garnered from one of Hollywood’s richest genres, The Western, this mostly magnificent seven would make up the first page.
Number 1 Most Wanted – Jesse James (Brad Pitt) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
- Matt Rodgers
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.
On today’s show, a Golden Globes postmortem as “La La Land” swept its categories Sunday night and surprise wins for Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”) and Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) were in store. Plus, somehow, some way, Fox’s “Deadpool” isn’t going away this season, having now added a Producers Guild nomination to its unlikely tally.
Later on (20:43), I’m talking to director one of the toasts of the season, Casey Affleck. Beginning with a Sundance bow for “Manchester by the Sea,” picking back up with a tribute at the Telluride Film Festival and now on the cusp of an Oscar nomination for his work on the film (which has brought him over 30 critics awards for best actor), the year has been one Affleck won’t likely soon forget.
For more, listen to the latest episode of “Playback” below. Check back next week for a new episode, »
- Kristopher Tapley
About director Kenneth Lonergan, Affleck said, “I don’t have enough time to say what I want to say about Kenny. So suffice to say, I love you, you’re beautiful, you’re a treasure to all of us, to people who like movies and work in movies and this is all because of you.” He also wished he could be on stage with his co-star Michelle Williams, who he called “perfect.”
He also made a joke about the movie’s producer, Matt Damon, who passed on the starring role. “I suspect you won’t be passing on any more movies in the future when I might be anywhere nearby. I’ll take this one.”
Golden Globes Winners: »
- Dave McNary
Casey Affleck turned the tables on the New York Film Critics Circle while accepting the Best Actor award for his role as a grieving father in “Manchester By The Sea”. Affleck, whose roles in films like “I’m Still Here” and “The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” have often divided critics, prefaced […] »
- Rachel West
5 items from 2017
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