7 items from 2010
Primetime Emmy nominee Leo David will host the upcoming installment of the National Film School (Nfs)lecture series. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 16th at 5.30 pm in Iadt.Leo Davis is one of Europe's most distinguished casting directors. Her credits include 'The Last Station'; 'Antichrist'; 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'; 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day'; 'Hannibal Rising'; 'The Constant Gardener'; 'Layer Cake'; 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'; 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead'; 'When Brendan Met Trudy'; 'Sunshine' and 'The Last September' . She received her Emmy nomination for her work on Mike Nichols' feature, 'Wit'. »
Ang Lee finally whips the fantasy adventure "Life of Pi" towards the big screen with Fox 2000 behind the whole production. Out of a long search for the perfect male lead, Lee found it in 17-year-old high school student Suraj Sharma. The production is expected to begin this upcoming January in India and Taiwan. The film is written by David Magee, who's previous credits include "Finding Neverland" and "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day", which will be directed by Lee. "Pi" tells the story of a boy lost at sea for 227 days in a lifeboat with four unusual and increasingly hungry companions -- a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, a hyena, a zebra and a orangutan -- after the ship carrying his family and its zoo animals sinks. The novel was penned by Yann Martel and won the Man Booker Prize.The budget for this fantasy production is said to be »
The ideal arthouse film is set in a part of the world few of us know and even fewer intend to visit. The steppes of Central Asia or a forlorn village in Central America are fine, but rural Slovakia will do in an emergency. The arthouse film should make us feel that we understand the world better than we do, even though we don't. It should give us a sense of moral and intellectual superiority over people who go to see Tom Cruise movies. It should star Tilda Swinton, or seem like a film in which she would be likely to appear. It should be a bit grainy. Gypsies, often in distress, may be in the mix, but generally not the Amish. Ideally, a proper arthouse film should have mangled subtitles. Children should be abandoned, or on a long trip over the mountains, or trying to recover lost shoes, or »
- Joe Queenan
Emma Farley casts her eye over the latest happenings from the indie movie scene...
Some actors came into the world through independent films (Dustin Hoffman, the Gyllenhaals), some Hollywood actors have lent their names to indie productions in order to give them a boost (Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston) and some directors started out with low budgets and can now command millions of dollars (Chris Nolan, Michel Gondry). For many, the line between Indiewood and Hollywood is impossible to move between whereas a select few manage it with ease – John C. Reilly, Catherine Keener and Michelle Williams are just three names who have made the transition time and time again in recent years.
This week’s indie news:Cameron Crowe is back and his latest feature We Bought a Zoo is currently in pre-production. Matt Damon and Thomas Haden Church are just two names that have been attached to the project. »
The cast of David Milch (Deadwood) and Michael Mann’s (Heat) horse-racing and gambling drama Luck continues to expand as Kevin Dunn (Transformers) , Kerry Condon (The Last Station), and Tom Payne (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) have all joined the cast. The HBO drama series will feature Dustin Hoffman as Ace Bernstain, a man who, after three years in prison, teams with his longtime chauffeur and muscle (played by Dennis Farina), to craft a complex plan involving the Santa Anita racetrack.
THR reports that Dunn will play the prodigious misanthrope who is the ringmaster of a syndicate of misfits. Condon will play an exercise rider who is interested in “Bug Boy” (Payne), an apprentice jockey.
As we reported earlier today, Nick Nolte has also just joined the cast and will play a formerly famous trainer known as “The Old Man”. »
- Matt Goldberg
Things finally seem to be coming together for Gk Films and Spyglass Entertainment's long-in-development film, The Tourist. According to EW, acclaimed German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) has signed on to direct Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in the thriller.
The Tourist tells the story of an Interpol agent (Jolie) who uses an American tourist (Depp) to flush out a criminal she once knew intimately. A remake of the 2005 French film Anthony Zimmer, The Tourist was originally announced with Charlize Theron and Tom Cruise in the lead roles and Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) directing.
Cruise eventually dropped out of the production and Sam Worthington stepped in to take his place. When Nalluri also dropped out, Von Donnersmarck was brought in to direct, and he brought in Jolie to replace Theron. Then, Depp was brought in to replace Worthington, but von Donnersmarck dropped out. »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Directed by: Anand Tucker
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Release Date: January 8, 2010
Plot: A strong-minded woman (Adams) hears about an old Irish tradition where woman can propose to men on Leap Day. So, with her boyfriend (Scott) already in Ireland at a conference, she takes off after him but gets stuck and must enlist the help of a new man (Goode), who she suddenly has feeling for.
Who’S It For? If you’ve been waiting for your man to put a ring on your finger, there will probably be some value in this film. If you’re simply a fan of romantic comedies, would should probably just rent something.
Expectations: Amy Adams is a charmer, but nothing about this movie looks particularly fresh. Then again, with Lithgow along for the ride, it could be entertaining.
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- Jeff Bayer
7 items from 2010
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