10 items from 2010
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- Ryan Adams
“I’ve always been a huge action film fan and a couple of friends of mine were in marriage therapy,” explained screenwriter Simon Kingberg as to the origins of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). “The way they were talking about it sounded kind of aggressive and mercenary. I just thought it would make an interesting template for a relationship inside of an action film.” Mayhem and chaos ensues when two married assassins are contracted to kill each other. “One of the ways that you write it is that all of the action sequences in the film have to be, in some form, expressions of where these characters are in their marriage… Instead of two people having a fight at the dinner table about the salt, »
Update #2: Steve Pond at The Wrap has confirmed the film is eligible and did not have a qualifying run at the end of 2009. The reason it was included on the reminder list is because that list "is compiled before the end of the year, and does not always accurately reflect the films that end up qualifying." Mystery solved.
Updated: In Contention's Guy Lodge has just pointed out Frankie and Alice was included on the Academy's list of 274 films eligible for Oscar consideration last year, which would insinuate it had some kind of qualifying run in 2009. As Lodge points out, a film can have only one Los Angeles County qualifying run, which would render the film ineligible. I'm sure the details will be revealed soon enough as to whether this was a clerical error or if the film is truly ineligible.
Deadline's Pete Hammond is reporting Freestyle Releasing is prepping »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by: Peter Bratt
Running Time: 1 hr 57 mins
Release Date: July 9, 2010 (limited)
Plot: An alcoholic ex-con (Bratt) is forced to come to terms with his son’s sexuality. When he struggles to accept his son, his neighbor helps him along the way.
Who’S It For? I’ll admit this is primarily for a gay audience, specifically a Latino gay audience. The film deals a lot with the culture and the inherent homophobia as well as his son’s struggle for acceptance. Anyone who has been through the experience of coming out to a less than welcoming group may see some of themselves in this film.
Expectations: As a gay man, I’ve lived through coming out. I didn’t feel the need to see it on the big screening, but still, I hoped for something other than »
- Calhoun Kersten
Writer-director James Mottern’s Trucker is very much a mixed bag. Produced for around $1.5 million, the independent drama debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April 2008 and stars Michelle Monaghan, Nathan Fillion, Benjamin Bratt, Joey Lauren Adams, and Jimmy Bennett. It centers on Diane Ford (Monaghan), a big-rig driver whose selfish way of life is thrown out-of-whack when, late one evening, she returns home from a bender with her pal Runner (Fillion) to find her estranged son, Peter (Bennett), on her doorstep; as it turns out, the boy’s father (Bratt) is in the hospital battling cancer and the decidedly un-motherly trucker is the only one available to care for her son while his dad recuperates. As the prickly would-be mom and her smart-mouthed 11-year-old lock horns, the stage is set for a journey of self-discovery that will force Ford to face up to the mistakes of her past »
- Matt Currie
Deals. Our own Eric D. Snider highlighted The 10 Sundance Films You Need to Watch For, which nicely sums up the buzz and the biggest distribution deals from the festival. Millions of dollars have been committed and the theatrical release schedule will be dotted with Sundance acquisitions for months to come. And the deals continue, as reported by our friends at indieWIRE.
Phase 4 Films won a bidding war for rights to writer/director Katie Aselton's The Freebie. Aselton stars with Dax Shepherd as a married couple whose relationship "is still full of love but lacking in lust," according to that dashing critic Eric D. Snider. He called it "an honest, unadorned relationship drama that suggests a new talent on the horizon. »
- Peter Martin
“I think that as women you’re conditioned and you’re kind of socialized to believe that you’re meant to be maternal and if you’re not, God forbid, that’s the biggest crime in the world,” the 33-year-old actress muses. “I think that makes this movie sort of interesting, that it kind of butts up against all of society’s double standards.”
It is not without irony, then, that Michelle herself became pregnant shortly after filming wrapped. When asked »
Mandalay Entertainment is venturing into indie film financing.
Mandalay touted Rattray's "ability to raise and deliver financing steadily over a number of years, despite the overall economic downturn as well as major changes in distribution opportunities for independent pictures."
Mandalay Vision's initial film development slate includes "Salvation Boulevard," based on a Larry Beinhart novel that Mandalay Pictures optioned in 2009. George Ratliff ("Joshua") will direct from a script by Ratliff and Douglas Stone.
Mandalay Vision has also come aboard "The Kids are All Right" -- directed »
- By Borys Kit
Take an overly self-confident, kiss-up paper salesman and combine him with the daughter of a big-lipped rock legend, a movie star that has a six degrees of separation movie game named after him, a tiny girl that has been pregnant, had the ability to “phase” through objects and knock girls on their butts and what do you get? James Gunn’s next film Super.
The Office’s Rainn Wilson (The Rocker) stars as a regular Joe type guy, Frank, that decides to fight crime as a superhero (sans powers) after his wife Sarah, played by Liv Tyler (The Incredible Hulk), runs off with a slimy drug dealer, Jacques, played by Kevin Bacon. Taking the persona Crimson Bolt, Frank teams up with Libby, played by Ellen Page (Juno, Whip It!) who decides to be his sociopath sidekick, Boltie.
So how would Gunn make a great cast like that better? By adding »
- Paul Young
Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia (Columbia Pictures) (top); Carey Mulligan in An Education (Kerry Brown / Sony Pictures Classics) (bottom) Only two actresses delivered great performances in 2009, at least as far as most Us-based critics’ groups were concerned: veteran Meryl Streep as Julia Child in Julie & Julia, and newcomer Carey Mulligan as a daring schoolgirl in 1960s London in An Education. The exceptions were critics in Las Vegas, Detroit, and Florida, who actually noticed another newcomer, Gabourey Sidibe’s abused illiterate pregnant teen in Precious. San Diego critics, who usually go their own merry way, picked Michelle Monaghan for Trucker, while Los Angeles critics, who sometimes dare to be different, picked Cesar winner Yolande Moreau for her talented [...] »
- Steve Montgomery
10 items from 2010
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