14 items from 2015
After receiving a limited run only in New York City in mid-December of 2014, Serge Bozon’s bizarre new film Tip Top comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber. A socially conscious dark comedy that features the delicious pairing of Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kiberlain as two incredibly awkward female investigators, it’s bound to be one of those titles that garners a slow-burn cult following.
The most visible member of a small coterie of filmmakers operating independently outside of the French film system, including names like Marc Fitoussi, Axelle Ropert, Jean-Paul Civeyrac, each with several credits to his name, though generally without international distribution. Critic Scott Foundas penned a succinct and incredibly worthwhile write-up on this group several years back, not too long after Bozon’s third feature La France (2007) broke through the distribution fog. Discussing terms like New New Wave, etc, and the dangers of bracketing clusters of filmmakers with such labels, »
- Nicholas Bell
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
And darkness. And seeping damp. And the bone-deep certainty that death is but a few hours away.
This week’s episode is a big one for both Oldlanders (those of you who read Diana Gabaldon’s book and therefore knew what was coming) and Newlanders (those of you who likely were gobsmacked by the end of the trial/end of the episode double whammy).
There’s so much ground to cover, »
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
Character actress Alberta Watson passed away on Saturday due to cancer, her agent has reported. Watson was 60.
Watson began her acting career in Canada with national broadcaster CBC, gaining notice for a key role in the 1978 feature In Praise of Older Women. Watson went on to a variety of roles in movies such as 1981’s Black Mirror and 1983’s The Keep, as well as guest stints on shows such as Kane & Abel.
Watson got her first major television role in Buck James, following that up with guest appearances on shows such as The Equalizer and Street Legal. As the 90s came around, she became a more prominent fixture in television, appearing on shows such as Law & Order and The Outer Limits. Watson also appeared in David O. Russell’s 1994 feature Spanking the Monkey, garnering acclaim for her role of Susan Aibelli. She followed that up with roles in the 1995 feature Hackers, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Bridge of Spies: Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg are teaming on a Cold War thriller that now has a new title, Bridge of Spies. Set in 1962, the movie tells the true-life story of an American spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia. As depicted in the first official photo above, Hanks plays a lawyer who negotiates the pilot's release. Longtime Spielberg collaborator John Williams will not be composing the musical score, though, due to a health issue, and so Thomas Newman will fill that role. The movie opens in theaters on October 16. [Dreamworks] Little Women: Sarah Polley, Academy Award-nominated for her Away From Her script, will adapt Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women for the big screen. The actress turned filmmaker will focus on...
- Peter Martin
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2: Lionsgate released a new animated logo for the franchise's final installment. As it plays, you hear some iconic moments from past installments. Check it out below. Little Women: Sarah Polley, Academy Award-nominated for her Away from Her script, will adapt Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women for the big screen. The actress turned filmmaker will focus on writing the screenplay before deciding whether...
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Little Women chronicles the trials and tribulations of four sisters growing up in the post-us Civil War era.
Polley's film version of the classic family drama will be produced by former Sony executive Amy Pascal as part of her new partnership with the production company, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Her Alzheimer's disease drama Away from Her earned two Academy Award nominations in 2007.
Polley most recently directed the 2012 documentary Stories We Tell about a shocking secret within her own family. »
Former Sony executive Amy Pascal has come aboard Sony Pictures' "Little Women" remake and has hired Sarah Polley, Oscar-nominated writer/director of "Stories We Tell" and "Away From Her," to adapt the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. (The Wrap reports.) Originally published in 1868, the post-Civil War period drama about the times and trials of the four March sisters has been adapted by the likes of George Cukor (1933) and Mervyn LeRoy (1949) and was last reprised on the big screen by Sony arm Columbia Pictures in 1994. That film starred Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst. So let the casting speculation begin. Read More: How the North Korea Hack Set Amy Pascal Free Meanwhile Pascal, who is gearing up for Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" (set to shoot in June) and Spider-Man restarts at Sony, will produce with the 1994 version's Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Sony Pictures toyed with the "Little Women" idea back. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The project was set up in 2013 with Di Novi and Swicord while Pascal was co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chair of its motion picture group. Di Novi also produced the 1994 Winona Ryder version with Swicord writing that screenplay.
- Dave McNary
Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women has been adapted many times through the years, though the most recent take on the tale arrived in 1994, so of course someone wants to bring it back to our screens. Sony has been in development on another version since 2013, and now the studio has Sarah Polley aboard to take over script duties.Until recently, Olivia Milch had been working on the new adaptation of the story of the March family: a household of four sisters and their mother ("Marmee"), with Father March away being a chaplain in the American War of Independence. The story takes in the girls' governessing, learning the piano, ice skating, having snowball fights, catching scarlet fever and getting married. Jo is the cool one, Meg is the mumsy one, Beth is the quiet one and Amy is the young one. The saga continued in Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys. »
Everyone agrees that Julianne Moore is an Oscar shoe-in for her work as a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the sad if predictable Still Alice. Moore is a respected and dependable actress and it’s her fifth nomination so this is her year – but she’s lucky that Still Alice wasn’t released a year earlier. Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, and Sandra Bullock all starred in much stronger films in 2013 and any of them would likely have beat Moore, whose excellent performance is the only thing that elevates the mediocre Still Alice one step above its disease-of-the-week made-for-tv trappings.
At the age of fifty, Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is enjoying a busy but fulfilling life. She is an acclaimed linguistics professor and a distinguished researcher happily married to a doctor (Alec Baldwin) and the mother of three grown children – Anna (Kate Bosworth), Tom (Hunter Parrish), and Lydia (Kristen Stewart »
- Tom Stockman
By Anjelica Oswald
After narrowing the Oscar documentary feature shortlist to five at the 87th Academy Award nominations Jan. 15, a number of notable exclusions were featured, particularly Al Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, which documents the mentorship and friendship of a jazz legend and a blind piano prodigy, and Steve James‘ Life Itself, about the life and career of famed film critic Roger Ebert. (James is no stranger to snubs and the exclusion of his 1994 film Hoop Dreams led to rule reform within the documentary category.) Both films hold 97 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
Some films surprised when they didn’t even land a spot on the shortlist, such as Red Army, which examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union’s hockey team from the perspective of its coach. That film holds a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In light of these best documentary feature snubs, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Red Queen’s Lost Her Head: Westmoreland & Glatzer’s Poetic Elegy of Familial Tragedy
It’s been a busy year for Julianne Moore, in between tent pole studio fare like the last Hunger Games installment and a Liam Neeson action flick she managed to snag Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her perversely satisfying role in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars. While that role is unlikely to generate the same amount of buzz from the Academy, it’s her moving performance in Still Alice that’s likely to garner her considerable awards attention and rightly so. The third film from Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, it’s a return to quiet, and subtle examinations of human interactions that so generously marked their breakout debut with 2004’s Quinceanera.
A Columbia University Linguistics Professor, Alice Howland (Moore) has just turned fifty. Happily married to her husband, Dr. John »
- Nicholas Bell
14 items from 2015
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