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While David Gordon Green may be more at home in brutal and outrageous comedies such as Pineapple Express, it’s clear that this indie director has no issue with experimenting in his career. After another outing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, his latest film Joe marks an interesting change in pace with a rejuvenated Nicolas Cage starring in the title role. We chat with the man from Little Rock on working with Cage and more.
Your latest film, Joe, played at the Edinburgh Film Festival as did your first film [George Washington] with both receiving very positive responses. So would you say Eiff has been somewhat of a lucky charm for you?
Yeah, I’ve always had a great experience there. I was trying to get there this year but I wasn’t able to because of my schedule. I remember being at the festival a few years ago when I »
- Thomas Alexander
Every now and then, between schlocky action thrillers, Nicolas Cage applies the brakes and says enough with the deadpan wisecracks, the schizoid twitching and the mad shark-toothed grin; it's time to do something interesting. Playing a guy called Joe mightn't sound like edge-of-your-seat stuff - indeed, the name implies distinct averageness - but it's the way Cage contains all that fiery energy that makes him a riveting presence in this slow-burning drama.
Throughout, there's a powerful feeling that something hot and sticky is about to hit the fan in the small Southern town where Joe works hard and plays hard - deforesting the landscape by day, drinking and getting his rocks off at the local whorehouse by night. Eco-minded New Age types may find it »
Anyone who still thinks jocks and artists don't mix has yet to be acquainted with Mr. Chadwick Boseman. After playing Jackie Robinson in 2013's 42 and a fictional football star in this year's Draft Day, the young actor seems poised to nail the role of James Brown in Get on Up, the forthcoming biopic that counts Mick Jagger as a producer.
100 Greatest Artists of All Time: James Brown
After teasing his outlining process last week, Preacher co-creator Seth Rogen released a new photo from his cork board, which includes a song that will be familiar to fans of Garth Ennis' original comic book.
Writing day: pic.twitter.com/qR5VVb7NMK
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 15, 2014
Last week's photo revealed that Genesis, the supernatural deity who possesses Texas preacher Jesse Custer, will be seen right away in the teaser. In the comic, Genesis takes hold of Custer during one of his sermons, which set him on a journey to literally find God, who has abandoned his post in Heaven. Jesse is joined on this journey by his ex-girlfriend and an unorthodox vampire, as they are hunted by the Saint of Killers. »
The story of Harry and Sally is fine and all, but there are better couples in Rob Reiner‘s 1989 rom-com classic. And I’m not talking about Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher, either. For the 25th anniversary of When Harry Met Sally, I’d like to shine a light on the characters only credited as “documentary couples.” These seven pairs of adorable elderly folk are based on true stories, each one said to have been plucked from real people by screenwriter Nora Ephron. But we don’t know anything more about any of them. The actual couples don’t appear in the film but instead are portrayed by actors. Wonderful, old actors. Some of whom are still alive! Before we get to know each of these actors, let’s watch their appearances in Whms and once again enjoy the tales of fated spouses. “Arthur, you see that girl? I’m going to marry her.” The »
- Christopher Campbell
The '80s are coming back, sorta, with the help of Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh and "Dirty Dancing" actress Jennifer Grey. The iconic '80s star is joining Paul Reiser, Craig Roberts, Richard Kind and Oliver Cooper in "Red Oaks," a new Amazon pilot that will be programmed as part of the nascent streaming service's third pilot season. Helming the first episode will be filmmaker David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express," "Eastbound & Down"), who's set to direct from a script by Gregory Jacobs ("The Knick") and Joe Gangemi ("Eliza Graves"). “Greg Jacobs told me this idea on the set of 'Behind the Candelabra' and I told him it was great and that he should start working on it immediately,” said executive-producer Soderbergh in a statement. “Then, while we were on the set of 'The Knick' he gave me the script he wrote with Joe Gangemi and I said, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The field for Amazon Video's third pilot competition has been set. The final entrant announced by the burgeoning web video platform is Red Oaks, a comedy produced by Hollywood heavyweight Steven Soderbergh and directed by Pineapple Express helmsman David Gordon Green. Red Oaks will star Craig Roberts as a tennis-playing country club employee who is at a crossroads in his life. The series boasts an impressive supporting cast, with both Paul Reiser and Richard Kind set to appear. Writer Greg Jacobs is a frequent Soderbergh collaborator who most recently teamed up with the director for Behind the Candelabra. "Greg Jacobs told me this idea on the set of Behind the Candelabra and I told him it was great and that he should start working on it immediately," said Soderbergh in a press release. "Then, while we were on the set of The Knick he gave me the script he wrote »
- Sam Gutelle
Paul Reiser ("Aliens"), Richard Kind ("Luck"), Jennifer Grey ("Dirty Dancing") and Oliver Cooper ("Californication") also star. The project will be one of several pilots that make up Amazon's third pilot season.
Customers will watch and give feedback on it - after that it will be determined whether to pick it up to series. Other pilots it will compete with include the Whit Stillman-produced "The Cosmopolitans," Marc Forster-produced "Hand of God," the Shaun Cassidy-produced "Hysteria," and the Sarah Chalke comedy"Really."
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Amazon Studios has announced the cast for "Red Oaks," the Steven Soderbergh-produced comedy set to join the company's third pilot round later this year. Craig Roberts ("Submarine") will star as David Myers, a college student who works as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in New Jersey in 1985. Starring alongside Roberts are Paul Reiser, Richard King, Jennifer Grey and Oliver Cooper. David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express") will direct the pilot, which is written by longtime Soderbergh producer Gregory Jacobs ("The Knick" is coming this month on Cinemax August 8) and Joe Gangemi ("Eliza Graves"). All three will executive produce on the project, along with Soderbergh. Jacobs pitched Soderbergh the idea for "Red Oaks" on the set of HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" and later shared the pilot script with the director while they were working on "The Knick." Although »
- Jacob Combs
Clearly, “retirement” means something else in Soderberghland.
Though the Academy Award-winning director has stuck to his promise to stop directing feature films since 2012 (when he shot Behind the Candelabra), Soderbergh has hardly stopped making art in the intervening years. Recent projects include directing Cinemax’s 10-episode period drama The Knick (premiering this summer), helming an Off-Broadway play starring Chloe Grace Moretz, editing together a mashup of Hitchcock’s Psycho and Gus Van Sant’s Psycho, executive producing a TV series based on his 2009 indie film The Girlfriend Experience for Starz—and, now, overseeing another TV show, this time for Amazon. »
- Hillary Busis
According to Film Music Reporter, Fox's Batman prequel series has found a composer in Graeme Revell. Having previously collaborated with the pilot's director and executive producer Danny Cannon on the first season of CSI: Miami, Revell has also worked on the likes of Daredevil, Pitch Black/Chronicles of Riddick, Pineapple Express, From Dusk Till Dawn and Sin City. Before there was Batman, there was Gotham. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, »
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Over the course of his career, James Franco has made a name for himself in front of the camera, from roles in tv series such as Freaks and Geeks to movies such as Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy, Pineapple Express, 127 Hours, and Spring Breakers. However, the performer has ventured out behind the camera as well, directing and writing a number of features. Thus, many were intrigued to learn that his next filmmaking project would revolve around an adaptation of a story by iconic novelist Cormac McCarthy. Titled Child of God, Franco takes on directing duties, while co-writing the screenplay with Vince Jolivette, and starring alongside Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack. A new trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
On August 26, Video Services Corp. (Vsc) will release on DVD the complete fourth season of Broadway Video and IFC's hit original comedy series Portlandia. Created, written by and starring Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney vocalist/guitarist), the Emmy-nominated and Peabody award-winning series returns with a new season of character-driven sketches taking place in the affable and absurd land of Portlandia. This 2-disc DVD set contains all 10 episodes and will be available for an Srp of $19.98.
Among the Armisen and Brownstein characters returning for the latest installment of this surreal yet affectionate portrait of Portland, Oregon are Dave and Kath, two of the town's most uptight residents who decide to give relaxing a try; Spyke and his girlfriend, Iris, who struggle through a hard time at a bad Thai restaurant; and Nina and Lance, who recover from the trauma of a deceased pet. »
While Seth Rogen has risen to fame for his onscreen performances over the past few years, the actor has also gained commercial and critical acclaim for his work behind the camera, partnering with writer Evan Goldberg to script movies such as Superbad, Pineapple Express, and The Green Hornet. The duo took on directorial duties in 2013 with This Is The End, leaving fans intrigued when their next directorial project was announced. Titled The Interview, Rogen and Goldberg co-wrote the screenplay with Dan Sterling, with Rogen also starring in the film alongside James Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, and Timothy Simons. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: First Showing)
- Deepayan Sengupta
They survived high school in Freaks and Geeks, went on the run to escape a dangerous drug lord in Pineapple Express and even faced the apocalypse together in This Is The End. And now, comedy kingpins Seth Rogen and James Franco are teaming up again in The Interview for their most perilous (and offensive) mission yet: to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Too far? Probably, but that’s half the fun. We’ve got a first trailer and propaganda poster for the flick, both of which make us very excited to check it out this fall.
In the action-comedy, Franco and Rogen star as a talk show host and his producer who travel to North Korea to interview Kim Jong-Un and prove themselves to be real journalists. Before touching down, however, they’re scooped by the CIA, which gives them the top-secret mission of killing the dictator. As you can imagine, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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