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Few filmmakers have the Oscar pedigree of Stephen Daldry, whose past works include Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (all of which have been nominated for Best Picture and/or Best Director). And so, though his upcoming film Trash doesn’t yet have a U.S. release date, it would be foolhardy to count it out of this year’s awards race.
In the film, scripted by Richard Curtis (About Time), “three poverty-stricken boys who discover something unusual, mysterious, and dangerous in a city dump.” The latest trailer for Trash, released through Universal Pictures Brazil, certainly maintains the thrilling, adventurous vibe that the film’s first preview gave off.
Though I can honestly claim to understand less than one-fifth of this international trailer, the Slumdog Millionaire-esque tone and impressive visuals paint Trash as another fascinating work from Daldry. And with Rooney Mara and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Stephen Daldry also talks about his new Netflix-backed series, his first foray into episodic TV.
Daldry, speaking at the Motovun Film Festival in Croatia this weekend, said: “The reason I made this film is because it’s about the underbelly, the difficult side of Rio, the underexposed side of Rio.”
Trash, which is slate for its world premiere at the Rio Film Festival in October, is now in the final stages of post production for Peapie Films, Working Title and Universal. It follows the story of impoverished kids who scavenge on a trash heap in Rio who get embroiled in a political scandal when they find an important item in the trash.
Daldrey spent three years on and off in Rio. “It’s a country I feel in love with, they believe »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
We aren't forgetting DVDs and Blu-rays this Tuesday, not sure if that's a good thing or not, but beyond that Laremy and I chat about our similar taste in movies, the future plans for Marvels Cinematic Universe, and the escapism found in blockbusters or the lack thereof. On top of that we have your questions, which includes a voice mail from Mike, games and more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »
- Brad Brevet
We’ve heard very, very little about the latest film from Oscar favorite Stephen Daldry, who previously directed Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (every film the director has been involved with has either been nominated for Best Director or Best Picture), but today brings the arrival of the first trailer for Trash, certainly a grittier and more unconventional venture from the helmer.
The movie, based on the book by Andy Mulligan, and scripted by About Time screenwriter Richard Curtis, tells the story of three street kids who survive by rummaging through a huge trash fill on the outskirts of a major city, searching through human waste and filth in hopes of finding food and other items necessary for their survival. One day, one of them finds a small leather bag with a wallet with some money and an ID card, a folded-up map, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The definition of the little indie film that finally could, Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar’s debut swam against Short Term 12 at the SXSW Narrative Comp and a little more than a year later, has finally found a bit from Under The Milky Way folks. Swim Little Fish Swim will receive a September theatrical release.
Gist: This is about a NYC couple whose lives are upended when a 19-year-old French artist (Lola Bessis) moves into their apartment.
Worth Noting: This actually premiered at the Rotterdam Film Fest before hitting Austin. It recently had a theatrical run in France this past month – in some of those MK2 theaters.
Do We Care?: I actually sat on the 2013 Narrative Comp SXSW jury on this one. I thought it was a well-intentioned, inoffensive, a cute little number with the fresh faced Bessis.
Bessis scripted with Amar and plays the young ingenue alongside »
- Eric Lavallee
International digital distributor Under The Milky Way is diving in with Swim Little Fish Swim, the feature film debut of directors Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar about a NYC couple whose lives are upended when a 19-year-old French artist moves into their apartment. Bessis scripted with Amar and plays the young ingenue alongside Dustin Guy Defa (Summer of Love, Red Flag) and Brooke Bloom (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). Pic premiered at SXSW in March and is set for a September theatrical release, to be followed by a VOD debut. Jour2Fête is repping international sales. Under The Milky Way previously […] »
The film, based on the classic 1943 William Saroyan novel The Human Comedy, follows the story of a 14-year-old boy who finds himself entrusted with the task of looking after his remaining family while his brother is off fighting in World War II. The novel is a wonderful tale about the effects war has, not only on those directly fighting, but the millions of people left grasping for normality back home.
The adaptation would mark the first time Hanks has worked with his Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail co-star Meg Ryan since those two staples of the romantic genre – and would also sees them working behind the camera as director (Ryan) and executive producer (Hanks). It’s rumored »
- Dale Barham
A quartet of Baltimore filmmakers have launched Camden Arts and Motion as a distributor of independent movies.
The company is attempting to make itself more attractive to filmmakers by offering gross percentages of box office receipts — and making them partners in the process.
“This means that from now on any filmmaker that works with us is offered an honest financial take on what the film makes,” said Dan Schepleng, president and CEO. “Gone are the days when distributors and filmmakers fought over charged expenses.”
Camden Arts is aiming to release four to five titles per year. Its first acquistion is ensemble drama “Here One Minute” with Eleanor Gaver producing and directing from her own script.
Lydia Dean Pilcher is the executive producer and Schuyler Quinn, who also stars, is the co-producer. Jonathan Safran Foer, writer of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is in the film as himself along with Josephine Messer, »
- Dave McNary
Vulture Peter Dinklage's high school yearbook folder -- Mullet!
The Wire a definitive ranking of Tom Cruise's leading ladies post-Kidman
Mnpp Bradley Cooper gets the hose again
THR ewww, Forrest Gump is going IMAX for a 20th anniversary rerelease. 'and that's all i have to say about that'
Above Average every superhero movie (by which they mean mostly Spider-Man) in one take
Critic Wire smart piece re: the ongoing story / speculation of why film critics are losing their jobs
- NATHANIEL R
Director Michael Bay has tapped John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to voice two all new Autobots in his highly anticipated film Transformers: Age Of Extinction, the fourth film in the global blockbuster franchise from Paramount Pictures.
Goodman will play Autobot Hound, Watanabe will play Drift, while Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime, and Welker takes on another new character, Galvatron.
“I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers,” said Bay. “And to reteam with Peter and Frank, who have brought Transformers characters alive from the beginning. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best voice talent in the business, and together we will introduce several exciting new robots to fans of the franchise around the world.”
Rounding out »
- Michelle McCue
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Aliens of the Deep: James Cameron’s undersea science documentary introduces you to scientists whose enthusiasm is infectious and immerses you in its exotic environment in a way that makes you wish it would never end [my review] [at Netflix] Camp 14: Total Control Zone: the only person known to have escaped from a North Korean re-education camp reveals some 1984-level shit, except it’s worse, because it’s not fiction [my review] [at Netflix] Rabbit Hole: devastating drama about the impact on a couple after their young son is killed; excellent performances from Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart [at Netflix]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
12 Years a Slave: more horror story than historical drama, terrifyingly and heartbreakingly straightforward in the real-life nightmare it depicts; Oscar’s Best Picture for 2013 [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
new to stream
- MaryAnn Johanson
An enlightening portrait of 12 adults from across the autistic spectrum that sheds some much needed light on a subculture that could do with some demystifying. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
April is Autism Awareness Month in the United States, but while autism is something that families and schools and pediatricians are dealing with at ever increasing rates, there isn’t much awareness of neuro-atypicalness in pop culture. Rain Man — now more than a quarter of a century old — is probably still the film that first comes to mind for “autism in pop culture,” though there have been a few recent films with protagonists whom we might suspect are on the autism spectrum, though it’s never mentioned: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, for two.
So documentarian William Davenport »
- MaryAnn Johanson
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has opened to solid reviews -- 69 on MetaCritic, 88% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes -- but as we've seen before superhero movies don't fare well at the Oscars. The most successful was "The Dark Knight" in 2008, but despite tremendous box office ($1 billion worldwide) and near-unanimous acclaim it was infamously snubbed for writing, directing, and Best Picture. -Break- The Marvel franchise -- including the "Thor," "Captain America," "Iron Man," and "Avengers" films -- hasn't matched "Dark Knight" for acclaim, but many of them nevertheless rival the Oscar contenders when it comes to critical support; consider that "The Winter Soldier" has actually matched or outscored Oscar nominees and winners like "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," "The Help," "The Reader," "The Bli »
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
Jenny McCartney writes, for The Telegraph, how this year’s Oscars could spell the start of a new Golden Age:
"The candidates for Best Picture – including 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena, American Hustle and Gravity – each offer something of uniquely memorable quality... I’m not alone in thinking this: in the Us, there is talk of a “golden age”. Michael De Luca, a producer on the Oscar-nominated film Captain Phillips, said: “There’s incredible work being done … Not to over-inflate it, but it looks like it could be another renaissance."
Read the full article here.
Her article digs into the finance of the films, and how only three of the contenders – Gravity, Nebraska and Captain Phillips - were wholly financed by the studio system. And, according to Charles Gant in Sight and Sound (and looking at the figures on Box »
- Gary Collinson
Is Alexandre Desplat the hardest-working man in Hollywood? If they were going to give an Oscar for that this weekend, he'd certainly be a contender, though as it is he's nominated instead in the real category of Best Score, for “Philomena.” In the last three years alone he has worked on that film, “The Monuments Men” (where he also had a small role), “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Rise of the Guardians,” “Rust and Bone,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “Argo,” “The Ides of March,” “Carnage,” “The King's Speech,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and more. And he shows no sign of slowing down, with scores in the pipeline for “Godzilla," Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" and now also for “D,” Roman Polanski's new project. Desplat is Polanski's go-to music guy at present, having done “Carnage,” “The Ghost Writer” and even the documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir. »
- Ben Brock
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! As in Best Costume Design -- the category with which its outcome so frequently goes hand-in-hand -- ornamental period pieces and extravagant fantasies tend to dominate the Best Production Design category. So it's nice that the Academy gave us a fairly varied field this year: period pieces may still make up the majority of the field, but one is of a recent vintage, while the others could hardly be more opposed in their approach to days of year. Meanwhile, neither the futuristic fantasy nor the hi-tech outer-space adventure are as excessively designed as you might expect from nominees in this race. Moreover, »
- Guy Lodge
One of the great things about this year's Oscars lineup is the fact that the Best Picture category is packed with excellent films crossing a diverse range of genres. Since the introduction of an expanded field there have been a few questionable inclusions (see: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Blind Side), but in 2014 it's fair to say there isn't a duffer in the bunch.
So competitive is the race for the coveted Best Picture Academy Award this year, it's even sparked some heated debate among Digital Spy staff as to which film is most deserving of the prize. With one person's ideal Best Picture winner totally different to another, we decided to throw them all together to make an argument for personal favourites...
Oscars 2014 poll: Who do you want to win?
I'm not usually a fan of Martin Scorsese movies. »
Lynn Harris, executive vp, production, is leaving Warner Bros. after more than a decade at the studio. Harris, who has been with Warner Bros. since 2004, will continue to consult on a few of her upcoming projects, including monster movie Godzilla, Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore comedy Blended and the Wachowskis' next film, Jupiter Ascending, the studio announced Wednesday. In her role as executive vp, production, Harris has overseen the production of a slew of films, including Zodiac, Where the Wild Things Are, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Cloud Atlas, Magic Mike and Man of
- Rebecca Ford
Lynn Harris, Executive Vice President of Production at Warner Bros, is leaving the studio after more than a decade in that role.
Harris, 47, will continue to consult on a few of the studio’s forthcoming projects that she helped develop, including “Godzilla,” the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy ”Blended” and the Wachowski sibling action/adventure picture”Jupiter Ascending.”
Reports have surfaced that Harris has had conflicts with Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production. Harris was also close to Jeff Robinov, the former studio topper, and that changes made after his departure have caused some tension.
“We, of course, support her decision to seek new challenges, and I personally know she will be as successful in her future endeavors as she has been during her tenure here at Warner Bros.,” Silverman wrote in a note to Warner Bros. staff.
- Alexandra Cheney
Trying to figure out the Academy’s reasoning for why they pick certain performances, tech aspects and films to honor is to court chaos. Just when you think a film like Saving Mr. Banks or Lee Daniels’ The Butler has a good shot at making the field, The Lone Ranger gets more nominations than both of those films combined.
The aforementioned scenario isn’t uncommon over the history of the Oscar as many films that have buzz are replaced by the next buzzy title and forgotten or just not even considered at the Oscars. This is what makes it all the more interesting when a badly reviewed movie manages to pick up a nomination. There are several films in contention this year, from Jackass presents Bad Grandpa to Pacific Rim.
Determining what’s a bad movie/performance/tech is an incredibly subjective process that varies from voter to voter. »
- Terence Johnson
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