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Fletcher’s (Jk Simmons) band and the New York Symphony are two very different things, but after Whiplash, I’m eager to see more orchestra performances on screen and that’s exactly what Amazon is delivering on December 23rd. The new original series Mozart in the Jungle is based on Blair Tindal’s memoir and stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Rodrigo, the new conductor and musical director of the New York Symphony who’s committed to his art but very concerned about his image as well. There’s definitely something appealing about getting a behind-the-scenes look at leading a symphony, but the new Mozart in the Jungle trailer does feel a bit disjointed courtesy of the abrupt shift from Rodrigo’s story to Lola Kirke’s character, Hailey, a young woman determined to build a career as a professional oboist. It doesn’t play particularly well in the trailer, but »
- Perri Nemiroff
Chicago – The famed Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston comes from a lineage of Hollywood royalty – her father John was a legendary director and her grandfather Walter was a noted actor. She brought all of that history to the Chicago Humanities Festival, where she was featured at the Closing Event on November 14th, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple.
Huston was there to discuss her second memoir, “Watch Me,” her followup to “A Story Told Lately.” Through both books she chronicles her rise from enchanted childhood to model and actress. “Watch Me” focuses on her stardom years, including her relationship with Jack Nicholson and her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Prizzi’s Honor” – directed by her father John Huston. After that honor, Huston made several memorable films, including “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “The Addams Family,” “The Witches” and “The Darjeeling Limited.” She also recently was a featured cast member in the TV show, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Amazon wants you to do a little pre-Christmas binge-watching. The company announced it will debut the dramedy Mozart in the Jungle on December 23, 2014, in the Us, UK, and Germany. Based on the memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, & Classical Music by Blair Tindall, the Amazon series tells the story of Hailey (played by Lola Kirke of Gone Girl fame), an oboist who must deal with the complicated internal politics of a world-renowned orchestra and its recently-inducted, unconventional conductor Rodrigo (played by Gael Garcia Bernal from Rosewater). Other cast members, both recurring and guest, include Saffron Burrows (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Hannah Dunne (Frances Ha), Peter Vack (I Just Want My Pants Back), Malcolm McDowell (The Mentalist), and Bernadette Peters (Smash). All ten episodes of Mozart in the Jungle are executive produced by Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited), Paul Weitz (About a Boy), John Strauss (There's Something About Mary »
- Bree Brouwer
Among all working directors, few can rival Wes Anderson's reputation for set design. From the eccentric home of "The Royal Tenenbaums" to the maritime world of "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" to the subtle 1960s environment of "Moonrise Kingdom," he works with his production designers to create memorable color palettes and designs that are of the utmost importance in telling the story. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" probably tops all of his films to date in this regard. It’s fair to say that Adam Stockhausen created a "title character" through his design of the eponymous lodge. HitFix recently spoke to the production designer, fresh off his first Oscar nomination for "12 Years a Slave" and currently in Germany filming Steven Spielberg’s latest, about his role in creating that character. Stockhausen’s journey to Anderson is very much aligned with his journey to cinema, totally unexpected but finding him »
- Gerard Kennedy
No matter what anyone says, there’s no real downside to being a film critic. Sure the pay could be better and the commenters could be nicer, but there’s no real negative to being able to write about art you love (or you don’t, depending). But opinions change, and while a review should stand as an educated and informed viewpoint on a certain film that viewpoint can sometimes shift over time. What I’m saying my first viewing of Fantastic Mr. Fox back in 2009 left me unmoved and uninterested. Maybe it’s because I was a big fan of Wes Anderson‘s earlier films up until The Darjeeling Limited — which I still dislike strongly — and was disappointed that he moved away from live action. Maybe it’s because I didn’t understand why some of the animal species talk while others (chickens, the beagle) are just dumb animals. Maybe »
- Rob Hunter
It's that time of year again and it's time to update the list for the second half of 2014 as Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and as impossible a task as it is to cut things down to just a few titles, I have done my best to break Criterion's titles down into a few categories. Hopefully those looking for box sets, specific directors or what I think are absolute musts will find this makes things a little bit easier. Let's get to it... First Picks I was given the Zatoichi collection for Christmas last year and being a collection that holds 25 films and another disc full of supplementary material it is the absolute definition of a must buy when it comes to the Criterion Collection. It is, once again, on sale for $112.49, half off the Msrp of $224.99, and worth every penny. I spent the entire year going through it. »
- Brad Brevet
Wes Anderson's next film may be a stop-motion project.
The Gold of Naples tells six unrelated stories set in the Italian city.
He previously used stop-motion in his 2009 adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox.
Anderson's most recent release was this year's The Grand Budapest Hotel. »
Written and directed by Fingleton (“Magpie,” “Slr,” “Shirin”), “The Survivalist” is a dystopian thriller set in a time of starvation, where a lone man lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest, protecting his crop from intruders with his shotgun and improvised traps. But the long years alone have taken their toll on him, and he is beginning to lose his grip on reality.
Everything changes when a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover the farm. Desperate for food and shelter, the mother offers up her daughter to spend the night with him in return for bed and board. Overcome with desire, the man breaks his strict code of self-preservation and accepts them into his cabin. »
- Leo Barraclough
Chicago – Jason Schwartzman likes to portray writers – he was one in his HBO series “Bored to Death” – and he portrays one in his latest film, “Listen Up Philip.” He also has played many characters in director Wes Anderson’s universe, and did a fantastic turn as composer Richard M. Sherman in last year’s “Saving Mr. Banks.”
The laconic and dryly witty Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, the son of actress Talia Shire (Adrian in “Rocky” and director Francis Ford Coppola’s sister) and producer Jack Schwartzman. He was discovered at age 17 by director Anderson, when he starred in the cult epic, “Rushmore” (1998). He has continued in the Anderson acting company, also starring in “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for the director. He’s also done memorable work in “I Heart Huckabees,” “Funny People” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
For Bill Murray, the idea of attending Bill Murray Day sounded like punishment. So at last month’s Toronto Film Festival, the comedian was having serious trepidation about the special day designated to showing his classic films “Ghostbusters,” “Stripes” and “Groundhog Day,” followed by the premiere of his latest comedy, “St. Vincent.” The celebration unfolded like a cross between Comic-Con and a political rally, with an army of fans in Bill Murray masks marching en route to the screenings.
“The whole thing gets more complicated as it draws closer, and you feel such dread about it,” Murray says in an interview at his hotel before the hoopla begins. “I’m nervous. All I can think is I feel like the Statue of Liberty covered with maggots. I feel like I am going to be assaulted! Why am I doing this?”
Prior to his trip to Toronto (from an island he »
- Ramin Setoodeh
By Anjelica Oswald
The 87th Academy Awards could see a collection of familiar names in the costume design category, from Oscar winner and 10-time nominee Colleen Atwood to one-time nominee Michael Wilkinson. When It comes down to securing nominations for costumes, it doesn’t matter how well the film has fared in other Oscar categories. Films such as Jane Eyre (2011), Mirror Mirror (2012) and The Invisible Woman (2013) were only nominated for costume design.
Atwood could receive nominations for Disney’s Into the Woods and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes during the upcoming awards cycle. Of her 10 nominations to date, she’s won three: best picture winner Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010). Atwood has designed the costumes for nine of Burton’s films: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland »
- Anjelica Oswald
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s 2012 bestselling novel about the marriage of Amy and Nick Dunne — 8.5 million copies sold — that was scribed by Flynn herself and stars Rosamund Pike (Amy) and Ben Affleck (Nick), opened the 2014 New York Film Festival on Friday night with multiple screenings at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and a lavish after-party at Central Park’s Tavern on the Green.
The New York Film Fest has a hit-or-miss track record with opening night films in recent years:Mystic River (2003), Good Night, and Good Luck(2005), The Queen (2006), The Social Network(2010), Life of Pi (2012) and Captain Phillips (2013) all went on to land best picture Oscar nominations — but Celebrity (1998), The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and Carnage (2011) were entirely ignored by the Academy.
Into which grouping will Gone Girl eventually fall?
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- Anjelica Oswald
Director Wes Anderson sure does have a beautiful way of setting up his shots for the movies he makes. I'm sure any fan of the director is very familiar with his style, and that he loves to shoot Pov shots from several modes of transportation that he includes in his movies. Here's a great supercut created by Jaume R. Lloret that includes all of the Pov vehicle shots from films such as The Life Aquatic, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
- Joey Paur
Telluride — There is a moment near the end of "Wild" where Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) runs into a young boy and his grandmother out on a weekend hike. Strayed has walked hundreds of miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to deal with personal, emotional pain that has plagued her most of her young adult life. After learning of Strayed's heartbreaks the young boy (Evan O'Toole) sings her the song "Red River Valley." In the hands of a lesser director this scene could have been overly saccharine and misplaced. But director Jean-Marc Vallée makes it as artful and touching as it needs to be. Clearly, we should not have doubted him. Vallée was one of the main creative forces of "Dallas Buyers Club," but did not earn a Best Director Oscar nod. Instead, he made due with an editing nomination. This was disheartening in some respects because there »
- Gregory Ellwood
Brody learned the magic trade when he was six years old from one of his mother’s coworkers at The Village Voice who “had all these crazy gadgets and weird tricks and gizmos that he would review and discuss,” Brody said. “He would let me take a coin trick or something and show it to me, and I’d go around and practice on all of my mom’s coworkers and develop a pattern. »
- Jacob Shamsian
The worst part of being a celebrity, undoubtedly, must be family reunions. All those cousins coming out of the woodwork, asking you to pass along their script or snag an autograph or even help Aunt Agatha buy that new hot tub that she desperately needs. Then there are those happy few stars who don't have to face this problem. Because their cousins are famous, too. In honor of Cousins Day - July 24, to be exact - here are several celebrity cousins who don't have to worry about being the only famous person at their family reunion. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
18 year-old Californian actor Tony Revolori was plucked from relative obscurity to play faithful concierge Zero Mustafa in Wes Anderson’s glorious European fantasy caper The Grand Budapest Hotel. Not only does the young performer hold his own against a ridiculously starry ensemble cast, but he’s also the beating heart of the film, forming a wonderfully touching and hilarious double act with co-star, Ralph Fiennes.
We recently had the opportunity to speak with Revolori about his incredible cinematic rites of passage, and the interesting challenges the film threw up (some of which were a little closer to home.)
HeyUGuys: Hi Tony. The film features an incredible line-up of seasoned, award-winning actors. Was it initially pretty daunting to act against the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe and Tilda Swinton?
Tony Revolori: Definitely. I think I was the only actor [on set] who hadn’t won or been nominated for an Oscar »
- Adam Lowes
With "summer" blockbuster season becoming increasingly a thing of the past (this year's began in March with Captain America: The Winter Soldier), narrowing down the Best Of shortlist for even half a year's worth of cinema has never been tougher.
Since we're going by UK release dates for this list, we had both the cream of the awards season crop to consider alongside the tentpoles, not to mention a handful of exceptional indie offerings from spring.
Below are Digital Spy's top ten movies of the year so far. Be sure to vote for your favourite in our poll, and leave your own list in the comments!
10. 12 Years a Slave
"Despite the overall lack of McQueen's stamp, the film's physically unflinching treatment of its subject matter is where he does make himself felt. This is a tremendously powerful drama that simultaneously highlights the human capacity for cruelty and for resilience, bolstered by an extraordinary, »
Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »
- Brad Brevet
Jason Schwartzman has most memorably played muse to Wes Anderson, snagging key roles in Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom and Anderson's latest The Grand Budapest Hotel. But last January he was earning rousing praise out of the Sundance Film Festival thanks to the dark comedy Listen Up Philip, written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. Surprisingly, this praised pic didn't land domestic distribution right out of Sundance, but it has now! Tribeca Film has announced its acquirement of the North American distribution rights of Listen Up Philip. In the movie, Jason Schwartzman stars as Philip Lewis Friedman, an often frustrated novelist who is impatiently awaiting the release of his second book. The noise of his metropolis home is proving to be too much during this purgatory, and his photographer girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss) doesn't seem too fond of him anymore - fed up in part by his »
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