10 items from 2015
Last fall brought news of Matt Damon teaming up with his Margaret director Kenneth Lonergan again for a new drama called Manchester-by-the-Sea. However, it appears things have changed in the months since then, because recently The Boston Globe learned that it will be Good Will Hunting co-star Casey Affleck taking the role instead. He'll play a lazy and irresponsible Boston plumber forced to return home to the titular town after he learns his brother passed away. Suddenly he finds himself having to take care of his brother's 16-year old son but also finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past. More below! In addition, THR reports My Week with Marilyn star Michelle Williams will play Affleck's wife in the drama. Production is slated to begin in March in the New England, which Affleck is all too familiar with. In addition, the film will have Chris Moore, »
- Ethan Anderton
Just as one list season is ending with 2014 coverage wrapping up in early January, a different kind of list season will begin. It's 2015, which means we have a decade and a half of movies to look back on from the start of the millenium. But the folks at Fandor have taken a different approach, asking 290 critics and movie lovers to pick the best films from 2010-2014. If anything, it shows there was a lot to be happy about over the past five years. The list of twenty-six films shown below, filling twenty-four slots (there were a couple of ties), highlights a tremendous crop of movies from filmmakers like the Coen Brothers, Terrence Malick, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Harmony Korine and Lars von Trier. But it's not just the well known auteurs getting shout outs —we're super pleased to see the lovely "Tabu" crack the list, and it seems »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Kicking off with a dose of Skrillex and Spring Breakers, Kevin B. Lee’s latest supercut rounds up the best films of the decade thus far. The ranking was determined on the fairly informal basis of an all-are-welcome Twitter solicitation. I voted and am bitterly disappointed, though I guess not all that surprised, to see Computer Chess didn’t make it into the top 25. The most pleasantly unexpected inclusion is Kenneth Lonergan’s much-postponed, completely wonderful and nearly buried Margaret at #5. The Tree of Life — the closest thing we have this half-complete decade to a consensus milestone in film history — tops the list. For the full of list […] »
- Vadim Rizov
In today's roundup of best-of-2014 lists and awards, we've got fuller lists from Film Comment, a DVD/Blu-ray poll from Sight & Sound, nominations from guilds and from abroad, but the most intriguing of the bunch is the poll conducted by Kevin B. Lee: "Now that we are midway through the 2010s, what are the best films of the decade so far?" The top five: Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret and Leos Carax's Holy Motors. » - David Hudson »
Affleck revealed the swap in an interview with The Boston Globe.
Manchester-by-the-Sea centres around a plumber who returns to his hometown after his brother's death to look after his 16-year-old nephew.
His return causes long-buried secrets to come to light.
Affleck told the Boston Globe that he will be starring in the director’s “Margaret” follow-up, which follows a man who returns to his hometown to take care of his nephew after the death of his brother.
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- Linda Ge
Matt Damon’s busy schedule has forced him to drop out of reteaming with Margaret writer/director Kenneth Lonergan on the drama Manchester-by-the-Sea, but a friendly face will be filling in. Casey Affleck revealed to the Boston Globe (via The Playlist) that he’ll be replacing Damon as the lead in Lonergan’s new film, which revolves around a Boston plumber who is forced to look after his 16-year-old nephew after his brother passes away, but is hindered by a secret tragedy in his past. The You Can Count on Me writer/director Lonergan is an incredibly talented filmmaker, so his next effort is anticipated by many (myself included). No word on when production might begin. Damon is currently leading Ridley Scott’s sci-fi drama The Martian and is poised to reteam with Paul Greengrass on another Bourne film for release in 2016, so fitting Manchester-by-the-Sea into his schedule ultimately proved impossible. »
- Adam Chitwood
...and here's you first piece of major casting news for 2015: Scarlett Johansson has officially signed up for the manga/anime adaptation/redo, "Ghost In The Shell." The actress was offered the role in the long-developing movie last fall, but contracts have been signed and things are moving forward. Variety reports that Rupert Sanders ("Snow White and the Huntsman") will direct the movie that follows "a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime." So, if you're expecting some of the subtext of gender and sexuality to figure into this version...yeah, probably not. DreamWorks is backing the movie right now, with Paramount possibly coming on board as well. What's going on with "Margaret" director Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester-By-The-Sea"? Well, with Matt Damon's schedule tied up for the foreseeable future with Ridley Scott's "The Martian," »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Kenneth Lonergan is, apparently, a determined and brave man. The award-winning writer made his directorial debut in 2000 with the wonderful You Can Count On Me, which immediately made him a sought-after name in Hollywood. His follow-up, Margaret, was filmed in 2005 before disappearing into a legally-troubled, post-production funk that lasted for over five years. Audiences will be hoping for a smoother process for Lonergan’s third film – the upcoming Manchester-By-The-Sea – although there has already been a cast change.
Originally set to star Lonergan’s Margaret lead, Matt Damon, Manchester-By-The-Sea will seemingly have a similar tone to You Can Count On Me. The story centres on a plumber who hears of the death of his brother and returns home to the titular town. There, he finds he must care for his 16 year old nephew, while dealing with a past tragedy that threatens to come back to haunt him.
Despite initially signing on to the drama, »
- Sarah Myles
Oscar voting opened Monday, and like clockwork, the haters have come calling. As Deadline’s Pete Hammond wrote on Monday, ’tis the season for controversy over fact-based awards contenders: Now, Bennett Miller’s real-life Olympian tragedy Foxcatcher and Tim Burton’s art exposé Big Eyes have joined Mlk Jr. drama Selma, the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken in ducking for cover over accuracy issues in mixing fact-based stories with narrative structure.
Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz, who’s played by Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher, publicly supported the film through its November theatrical release. That changed drastically in a series of angry online rants this week as Schultz turned on the Golden Globe-nominated pic, which won Miller the Best Director prize at Cannes. He blasted Miller and the film on Facebook after he read reviews dwelling on the suggestion of a sexual relationship between him and »
- Jen Yamato
10 items from 2015
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