18 items from 2012
Jay Leno's contract is up in 2014, and reports say that NBC is considering moving Jimmy Fallon to the earlier slot, and has put out feelers for a new "Fallon." While I wish Jimmy all the success in the world, I love his goofy show and would hate to see the changes required for the earlier audience.
Are you ready for Modern Family themed nail polish with colors like ”What’s the Mitch-uation?” Because it's happening, and we can't do anything to stop it.
Forbes has released their annual 30 Under 30 list of the most powerful celebrities under 30. Several gay-interest folks made the list, like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and Chris Colfer clocked in at #18.
The $60 billion Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill is being packed with so much pork it could solve the upcoming bacon crisis.
A who's-who of media companies have sent a letter to the Romney campaign questioning »
Tons of notable entries from established auteurs, documentarians and the next generation of filmmakers to watch out for are the make-up of Sundance’s 2013 Short Film program. A total of 65 short films were selected from a whopping 8000 plus entries and among the notable names/shorts to look out for we find The Captain – from the Blue Tongue Films gang of Nash Edgerton and Spencer Susser (Hesher) a project penned with Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark), Goran Dukic who brought The Wristcutters to the fest several years back, brings us What Do We Have in Our Pockets?, while Damien Chazelle who directed the feature Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, brings us Whiplash and Guillermo Arriaga (The Burning Plain) let’s us feast on Broken Night.
- Eric Lavallee
Naturally, helmer Robinson Devor is a great fit for Park City – a former lab participant, his entire filmography in The Woman Chaser (Sundance ’00), Police Beat (Sundance ’05) and Zoo (Sundance ’07) have been presented at the fest: For his fourth feature, Devor took on the weighty task of adapting what is referenced as “one of the most influential books in the American literary underground.” Unless there are seasonal inserts to be added, we consider You Can’t Win to be full prepped as filming began in Devor’s backyard (state of Washington) in April/May of this year (set pics here). Worth noting is that Michael Pitt makes a return of sorts to the big screen — not since 2007′s Funny Games U.S. had he been on film and its appears to be a passion project for the thesp who is credited as a contributing writer and producer. Cast along his side is »
- Eric Lavallee
The 11th annual Lausanne Underground Film Festival is packed to the gills with outrageous cinema from all over the world, featuring several filmmaker retrospectives and movies screening in competition at several locations on Oct. 17-21.
The big guest of honor this year is the legendary John Waters, who will be attending the fest with several of his own classics, such as Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Desperate Living, as well as showing some of his favorite B-movie inspirations, such as William Girdler’s blaxploitation demonic possession flick Abby, Armando Bo’s Argentinian sexploitation Fuego, Robinson Devor’s controversial bestiality doc Zoo and more. Plus, Waters will perform his acclaimed “This Filthy World” one-man show.
Other Luff special guests include Christoph Schlingensief, the confrontational German filmmaker of 100 Years of Adolf Hitler, The German Chainsaw Massacre, The 120 Days of Bottrop and more; Richard Stanley, the South African genre filmmaker of the cult »
- Mike Everleth
We are now a week into the three week long Fantasia Film Festival, and while we admittedly have been a little behind due to some technical issues with our website, we still managed to get a dozen film reviews published. Keep coming back to our site as we promise twice the amount of articles by the end of week two. In the meantime, here is a round-up of what we’ve seen and written about so far.
Written by Will Sharpe
Comedy, in its nature and its presentation, has morphed dramatically over the past decade or so, both in North America and in Europe, in particular the United Kingdom. From the more overt, on the nose comedy of yesteryear we have now live in an era in which the comedy is delivered with a completely different version of wit. »
I love documentaries. Next to martial arts flicks and monster movies, they’re my favorite form of cinematic entertainment. Not surprisingly, the more disturbing the subject matter, the better. Much to the horror of my co-workers at the time, I watched director Robinson Devor’s 2007 documentary “Zoo”, a film that explores the sexual relationship that sometimes exists between a man and his horse. I find films that deal with the dark side of the human condition, particularly when they’re true. It’s pretty safe to say that I’m kind of a sick individual. Enter producer Tyler Chandler and director Daryl Stoneage’s “Donkey Love”, a motion picture that explores the little-known Colombian tradition which encourages young men to have sex with donkeys. You know, to get them ready for the “real thing”. Here the problem: Sometimes the guys prefer to the companionship of donkeys over their wives. Yikes. »
- Todd Rigney
A five year absence from the silver screen can generally kill one's career but we guess it's testament to HBO and cable television nowadays that former "Boardwalk Empire" star Michael Pitt can walk right back into the game to produce and star in his own indie project, an adaptation of Jack Black (the adventurer, not the actor) autobiography "You Can't Win."
Pitt has now found a leading lady with up and comer Hannah Marks ("The Runaways," "The Amazing Spider-Man") joining the project, which follows Black's experiences in the hobo underworld and the shenanigins he gets up to around the Western U.S. and Canada in the 1800's including becoming a highwayman and member of the yegg (criminal) brotherhood, getting hooked on opium, doing stints in jail or escaping, often with the assistance of crooked cops or judges.
Marks plays tomboy-turned-prostitute who forms an unusual friendship with Black who, in turn, »
- Simon Dang
Three weeks after landing their first lead, THR informs us that Warners’ Hidden have nabbed Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, Never Let Me Go) to take a leading role next to Alexander Skarsgård. In Ross and Matt Duffer‘s “elevated horror-thriller,” the both of them will play the heads of a family forced to go underground after some mysterious disease breaks out. (We can presume conflict will ensue.)
That’s all we’ve really got — and what we’ve got isn’t a lot, if you’ll allow me to briefly rhyme — but we’ve already been given a good duo for what, otherwise, could have been a disposable studio thriller. Consider me more and more interested with each passing development.
Meanwhile, Variety reports that Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Runaways) will be starring alongside Michael Pitt on his next project, You Can’t Win. Starring, co-written, and produced by the young actor, »
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Remember Michael Pitt's big screen career? No? Well, okay, we forgive you. It seems like a distant memory since we last saw him in "Silk" and "Funny Games U.S.," and that's kinda because it really was a long time ago. A whole five years in fact. Since then Pitt has only appeared in a couple of shorts, and some TV show that you may or may not have heard of -- it goes by the name of "Boardwalk Empire."
Of course we joke, that show's a pretty big deal, but that's still only accounted for two seasons of television (24 episodes) since 2010, and doesn't really explain his complete absence from cinema over the last five years. Who knows what he's been doing to keep himself so busy off-screen (and if you do know, please let us know), but all that's about to change as Pitt has managed to put some »
- Joe Cunningham
Exclusive: Megan Griffiths, whose abduction thriller Eden won the audience award last month at SXSW, has signed with Wme and Caliber Media. Griffiths also directed The Off Hours, which played Sundance last year, was acquired by Film Movement, and landed an Indie Spirit Award nomination for cinematography. She also is co-producing the upcoming Lynn Shelton film Your Sister’s Sister starring Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt and produced the Robinson Devor documentary Zoo. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Now that a more open schedule is at his advantage, Michael Pitt has decided to aim a little higher than we may have anticipated. As Variety reports, the actor is becoming a multi-hyphenate for You Can’t Win, which he will lead, produce, and co-write with director Robinson Devor (Zoo), Barry Gifford (Lost Highway), and Charles Mudede.
That trio is working with a 1926 autobiography of Jack Black (different guy, natch), a “burgler, safe-cracker, highwayman and petty thief” who traveled across the United States and Canada’s hobo underworld in the early part of the 20th century. That’s not all since, in the course of this memoir, Black also takes multiple perspectives to investigate aspects such as “crime, addiction, criminal justice and human folly.” (Whether these other vantage points will be utilized hasn’t been made clear.)
That could make for something at least vaguely unique and interesting — especially if »
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Important news! Jack Black has discovered time travel, warped back to 1926 and written a book all about his adventures journeying around America. Or not. But there was a Jack Black at the time, he did write an autobiographical novel called You Can’t Win about his travels, and now Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt has made a deal to star in and produce a film based on the tome.Black’s bestseller chronicles his experiences in the tramp underworld of the time, hopping freight trains to journey around the Us and Canada way back when. Among his themes are crime, justice, addiction and human foibles.Pitt has teamed up with Zoo director Robinson Devor for the movie, and the pair worked on the script along with Barry Gifford and Charles Mudede. They’ve drummed up a thrifty budget to get the film made and will start shooting later this month in Seattle. »
Boardwalk Empire star Michael Pitt is gearing up to pull triple duty on a feature film adaptation of Jack Black’s 1926 autobiographical novel You Can’t Win. Variety reports that Robinson Devor (Zoo) will direct the pic from a script he co-wrote with Pitt, who will also produce. The best-selling novel takes place in the hobo underworld and follows Black’s experiences around the Wild West and Canada, covering topics like crime, addiction, criminal justice, and human folly. Pitt hasn’t appeared on the big screen since 2008’s Funny Games, but it looks as if he’s planning a big return. No word on how soon production might begin. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book. Here’s a synopsis for You Can’t Win: My background is crowded with robberies, burglaries, and thefts too numerous to recall. All manner of crimes against property. Arrests, trials, acquittals, »
- Adam Chitwood
The Opening Credits: It’S Back Ohhh, Who Are These Cute New Guys? Giant Racist PR*Cks? Perfect. I Dare Geraldo To Tweet About This. I. Dare. Him. Hair Draper: Our First Shot Of Don Is Shirtless. Also Never Forget That His Chest Hair Is Shaped In The Exact Size, Shape And Form Of E.T. Meanwhile My How Sally Has Grown!! (Into Gwyneth Paltrow From The Royal Tenenbaums.) Keep a box of issues handy. First Ass-crack Sighting Of The Episode: Who… The Hell… Are These Kids??? Sally I recognize. But who is that other boy? And the little one??? I’m going to assume Jason Sudeikis is the father. No, no, no facts necessary. I know what I know. Ok Kids! Fun Time Is Over. Time To Take You Back To Your Mom’S House. At The Bates Motel “Daddy, How Many Episodes Will I Last For?” ” Maaaaaybe Two.” Bobby »
- Michelle Collins
For those of you who quickly Googled the French song from the Mad Men Season 5 premiere which Megan performed to maximum hotkward effect, here’s the original recording of the song “Zou Bisou Bisou” performed by Gillian Hills in 1962 (and later by Sophia Loren). Just looking at this embed has gotten the song stuck back in your head for another 24 hours, so you might as well go ahead and watch it. For the record, if you Googled the song phonetically by typing in “Zubee Zubee Zoo,” the first result was this awesome website about Zubee The Zuffalo. He doesn’t actually come up on Mad Men until episode 3 of this season, when Roger takes credit for Pete landing Zubee The Zuffalo as a client. Re-experience the super-catchy tune and Don’s eternal workplace pain below: »
- Dan Hopper
Editor’s note: Every Sunday after the newest episode of “Mad Men,” lawyer and Supreme Court advocate Walter Dellinger will host an online dialogue about the show. The participants include Columbia University history professor Alan Brinkley, Stanford Law Professor Pam Karlan, and Columbia theater and television professor Evangeline Morphos. Dellinger will post his thoughts shortly after each episode ends at 11 p.m., and »
- Walter Dellinger
I was not familiar with the name Megan Griffiths until now, but it appears that I've been watching her work for years. She produced two of Todd Rohal's films, she co-produced the outstanding "Your Sister's Sister" which I saw this year at Sundance, and she also helped produce the documentary "Zoo," which is a terribly disturbing film. I did not see her previous films, but "The Off Hours" was at Sundance last year, and I know a few people who liked it. I will definitely catch up with it, because I thought her new film, "Eden," was a strong, simple presentation »
- Drew McWeeny
The New York Times loves Matt Doyle in Private Romeo, which it says is "as indebted to shirtlessness as to iambic pentameter." I've been meaning to get a screener for this movie for months and never have taken the time to track it down. Bad Ed.
Bart Simpson is going high fashion next week at Jeremy Scott's fashion show. I've seen some of Scott's work, which is a bit edgy for Springfield – this could be interesting.
The analysis of the new bill that Virginia just passed allowing adoption agencies to discriminate for basically any reason they say conflicts with their beliefs shows a broad, poorly formed bill. Quakers could discriminate against military parents. Sure, we all know that the main purpose was to allow Catholic Charities to discriminate with taxpayer dollars, but cheers to unintended consequences!
How your cat is making you crazy – with science to back me up. »
18 items from 2012
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