20 items from 2014
When you make movies about people, an eye for casting becomes an auteurist stamp. Richard Linklater knows his characters so well — their personalities, their movements, their sounds — that by the time he inserts actors into each part, the choices feel like absolutes. Take the "Before" series. It’s a war crime to fantasy cast alternatives for Celine and Jesse. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are too perfect. Just try. Nope. Not the same movie. Can’t do it. Impossible. In a testament to Linklater’s knack for spotting talent, the Casting Society of America will present two-time Academy Award-nominee with their Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards. “Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless. With Boyhood, he worked with casting director Beth Sepko to make casting choices, which sustained the film’s emotional truth over the 12 years it took to shoot. It demonstrates »
- Matt Patches
The earliest surviving footage of broadcast television in America is a fragment of “The Streets of New York,” an adaptation of playwright Dion Boucicault’s 19th-century drama, aired by the experimental New York NBC affiliate W2XBS on August 31, 1939. All that now remains of the hour-long program is a silent, 11-minute kinescope, filmed off a TV screen and archived at the Paley Center For Media. And there, in those primitive flickering images, you can catch a glimpse of one of the show’s actors: the 24-year-old Norman Lloyd.
Next July, you can see the 99-year-old Lloyd in the Judd Apatow comedy “Trainwreck,” which shot on location in New York this summer and in which Lloyd plays, by his own admission, “a lecherous old man.” In between those unlikely bookends is a career that has quite literally spanned the 20th century and edged into the 21st, during which Lloyd has shared the stage, »
- Scott Foundas
A wonderful trailer has been released for a documentary called Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles. Welles is a legendary filmmaker who is best known for his film Citizen Kane and his famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast. He was an incredible artist and visionary, and the doc focuses on his Hollywood career as a star and troubled director. According to IndieWire,
Magician digs into Welles' oeuvre on the eve of his centenary. Workman covers the midwestern childhood demons that fueled Citizen Kane, young Welles' prodigious theatrical accomplishments, love of Shakespeare, and move toward radio and cinema with "Citizen Kane," which was demolished by the film's fictionalized subject, William Randolph Hearst, as well as how Welles was his own worst enemy in terms of protecting his work. There is rarely seen footage of such masterpieces as Chimes at Midnight (he plays Falstaff) and Macbeth, The Trial and Mr. Arkadin. »
- Joey Paur
Veteran distributor Susan Jackson, who co-founded indie film distribution label Freestyle Releasing in 2004, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 54. The UK-born Jackson dove into the distribution game after serving in exec positions in sales, acquisitions and marketing at the Samuel Goldwyn Co, Vestron, Goodtimes, BMG/Bertelsmann, Sony and the BBC. She headed BMG Independents, snagging rights to indie titles for BMG’s North American Video and DVD collection.
In 1999, she founded independent sales company Turtles Crossing in Los Angeles. Three years later, she became more directly involved in filmmaking as executive producer of Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever, which she helped finance and sold to Lionsgate out of the Toronto Film Festival. Similarly, she helped finance, co-produce and sold the Juno Temple starrer Dirty Girl in 2010 out of Tiff.
- The Deadline Team
Jackson worked in film distribution for 20 years, holding executive positions at the Samuel Goldwyn Co., Vestron, Goodtimes, BMG/Bertelsmann, Sony and the BBC. Her last job before launching her own company was heading up BMG Independents in New York.
Born in the U.K., she moved to Los Angeles in 1999, she launched sales company Turtles Crossing. She came on to “Cabin Fever” at script stage, brought in investors and sold it to Lionsgate at the Toronto Film Festival. She was sales agent and co-producer of “Dirty Girl,” starring Juno Temple.
She is survived by her husband, »
- Pat Saperstein
It’s nice to see director Richard Linklater getting his due. A few years ago circa “Me and Orson Welles," the filmmaker was having a rough time: he wasn't able to finance a picture and the aforementioned indie film barely received a release (and its box-office gross was one of his lowest ever). His comeback started quietly with “Bernie” in 2011, but by the time “Before Midnight” arrived in 2013, Linklater was back in a big way. And now, his “Boyhood” is seen by many as one of the best movies of the year. So if it seems like it’s time to tip our collective hats to the filmmaker, a new documentary has arrived like clockwork. Featuring folks like Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy, Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton, Mark Duplass, Kevin Smith, Parker Posey among others, “21 Years: Richard Linklater” is »
- Edward Davis
Venice — "Pasolini is me." So sang erstwhile Smiths frontman Morrissey on single "You Have Killed Me" from "Ringleader of the Tormentors," an album recorded in Italy. The very next track on the album opens with a sample of a very distinctive sound: the siren of an Italian ambulance. At the Venice festival, it's impossible to go for more than a day without hearing this dolorous yet urgent wail on the Lido; it's an unofficial soundtrack. These congruences were very much slushing around my head as I sat down for Abel Ferrara's "Pasolini." Prior to the festival, Maestro Ferrara, the man who brought "The Driller Killer," "King of New York," and the original "Bad Lieutenant" into the world gave various interviews about the project. Like Morrissey, he is an inveterate quote machine, an expert in controversy, and the words that drew the most attention were electrifying: "I know who killed him. »
- Catherine Bray
You can always count on a few cinephile documentaries to show at the Telluride Film Festival. This year Chuck Workman will debut his newest film "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles." Workman digs into Welles' oeuvre on the eve of his centenary, from his career as a Hollywood star and troubled director to his true identity as an independent filmmaker. "Magician" includes clips from almost every existing Welles film, from "Hearts of Age," which he shot in one day at age 18 to rare unfinished films "The Other Side of the Dream," "The Deep," and "Don Quixote" as well as some appearances on television and commercials. Also in the film are interviews with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater ("Me and Orson Welles"), and of course, critic and filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich. »
- Anne Thompson
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, while it’s still in cinemas
Lilting: heartbreakingly lovely film about the seemingly insurmountable distances between us when sharing grief is too painful [my review] [Curzon Home Cinema]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Locke: we say things like, “Oh, I’d watch that guy read the phone book,” and this is almost that, except it really is absolutely riveting, and that’s no joke; a tour de force for Tom Hardy [my review] [iTunes UK]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Locke: we say things like, “Oh, I’d watch that guy read the phone book,” and this is almost that, except it really is absolutely riveting, and that’s no joke; a tour de force for Tom Hardy [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
new to stream
- MaryAnn Johanson
Chicago – Director Richard Linklater is a great American storyteller. In 2002, he embarked on a filmmaking journey that would be twelve years long, and conceived a fictional tale of a boy as he ages from age six to 18. Using the same actors over all those years, the result is the epic and philosophical “Boyhood.”
The power of “Boyhood” is embraced by the boy’s life cycle – portrayed by Ellar Coltrane through the ages. The ups and downs of his short but eventful existence is experienced as he grows during the 12 years. The basis for his perspective is forged through the difficulties of his estranged parents, two stepfathers and his mother’s dogged determination to keep everything together for him and his sister (portrayed by Richard Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei). Patricia Arquette (Mom) and the venerable Linklater collaborator Ethan Hawke (Dad) are around for the whole ride, and there is a poignancy »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Justin Chang: Andrew, if you’ll allow me a brief (sort of) digression before we get down to business: A few nights ago, as part of our foolhardy mission to rank the films of Richard Linklater, I watched “Waking Life” for the first time since I’d seen it at a college screening in 2001. Back then, we were both sophomores at USC (though we didn’t know each other at the time), and presumably of the ideal age and mindset to groove on the film’s kaleidoscopic visuals and similarly trippy discourse. I recall having been more bored than seduced at the time, though I’m happy to say that my very different reaction following this second viewing — which began around midnight, all the better to cultivate the optimal bleary-eyed dream state — was enough to move “Waking Life” a few notches up my own list.
At a certain point late into the movie, »
- Justin Chang and Andrew Barker
An audacious coming-of-age tale unique in the history of cinema; deeply moving and beautifully authentic. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a fan of Richard Linklater
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
We’ve seen children grow up onscreen before. Ron Howard. Jodie Foster. All the Harry Potter kids. But not like this. Not in a single film. Richard Linklater had the audacious idea to shoot a story about almost the entire span of one boy’s childhood using the same actors over the course of a dozen years. Audacious because such a long production time — probably the longest ever in the history of cinema — comes with unique challenges. (The most dramatic one might be: What if one of your actors dies midway? Recasting would have ruined the beautiful authenticity the film aims for, and achieves.) Audacious because in retrospect, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Richard Linklater could be defined as cinema’s very own time lord. Through out his career he has manipulated time to enhance his story telling techniques, whether it be an 18 year romance spanning three movies or the last day of high school told through the eyes of its pupils, Linklater has always been one of the most innovative directors in Hollywood. His latest movie, Boyhood, is perhaps his most ambitious yet. In fact it is perhaps one of the most ambitious movies ever made.
The movie, which Linklater started filming in 2002 spans 12 years in the life of a young man and was shot over the same time period, an astonishing feat. Like many of Linklater’s has been met with critical acclaim with some critics describing it as one of the best films of the decade so far, and so to celebrate the release of Boyhood today we are going »
- Liam Hoofe
The last time comedy superstars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis joined forces for 2012's The Campaign, critics were decidedly mixed. Now they have an acclaimed filmmaker on their side. According to TheWrap, Richard Linklater will direct the pair in Larry's Kidney, an upcoming adaptation of Daniel Asa Rosa's 2009 memoir, which focuses on the writer's various adventures in the Chinese black market.
The 50 Funniest People Now: Will Ferrell
Ferrell has signed on to play Rose, who ventures to China in order to help his cousin Larry (played by Galifianakis) obtain a kidney transplant. »
High School Musical star says reunion movie is a possibility: 'we're all thinking about it'
Speaking to E! Online at the SXSW festival, Efron said he met up regularly with other alumni of the teen-friendly film trilogy, which began with two feature-length Disney Channel TV movies in 2006 and 2007 before eventually transferring to the big screen with 2008's High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
"We're all thinking about it," said Efron, who is promoting the comedy Neighbors at SXSW. "I continue to see all the guys from High School. Every time we do … there's just this look between us. It's so cool because we never forget a single moment of that experience."
Efron has starred in independent fare such as 2009's Me and Orson Welles »
- Ben Child
After about 20 years of trying, Warren Beatty is finally getting his gestating biopic about Howard Hughes off the ground. The last we heard about the project had Beatty rounding up a cast that included Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) signed on for the film along with names like Alec Baldwin, Shia Labeouf, Rooney Mara, Andrew Garfield, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Annette Bening circling the film. Now with the help of billionaire duo Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, with Terry Semel of Windsor Media and Arnon Milchan of New Regency, Beatty will direct and star, but who else has a role? Deadline says Beatty will play Hughes, but the film will focus on the historical icon's assistant (Alden Ehrenreich of Beautiful Creatures) and his love story with a young girl (Lily Collins of Mirror Mirror). This sounds like it could be similar to Me and Orson Welles where Zac Efron's story took the focus, »
- Ethan Anderton
Los Angeles, Feb 8: Actor Zac Efron says he doesn't have any limitations when it comes to being in a relationship.
The actor added that he is not a person who can govern a relationship with "deal breakers", reports femalefirst.co.uk.
"I don't think that there are any. I'm not a person that lives with deal breakers in my life," he told Ok! magazine.
- Arun Pandit
Proving he can do more than just sing and be really, really good-looking, the California native has taken on several dramatic roles in the past several years, from "Me and Orson Welles" to "The Paperboy," to positive reviews. This Friday, however, Efron shows off his comedic chops in the raunchy rom-com "That Awkward Moment," opposite pals Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan.
Whether or not you've had a chance to see Efron of late, there's still much to know about the fast-rising star. From his unexpected hobby to his run-in with Hayden Panettiere, here are 17 things you probably don't know about Zac Efron.
1. Efron's father encouraged him to start acting when he was 11, which led him to high school plays and, later, singing lessons.
2. He was »
- Jonny Black
Richard Linklater is a hard director to pin down. Just when you think you've got him figured out, he makes something completely different to his last project. His last five movies have been Boyhood (Ellar Coltrane, Particia Arquette), Before Midnight (Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy), Bernie (Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey), Me and Orson Welles (Zac Efron, Christian McKay) and A Scanner Darkly (Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr.).
Wait! That's it! His last three movies all began with the letter 'B'. So that's what sort of a director he is. He transcends traditional...huh? His next film is The Incredible Mr Limpet? Which is about a man who can turn into a fish? Auteur theory, be damned.
Linklater will remake the 1964 live-action/animation hybrid. At least there's a small bit of consistency with the director's filmography. Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta are onboard, who are the filmmakers responsible for the rotoscoping work »
- Oliver Davis
Award season is just hitting its stride, and ReelzChannel's programming is among the most recent recipients of recognition, including the epic miniseries World Without End. The Canadian Screen Awards have announced their nominations and World Without End received a total of 5 nominations, including Best Make-Up, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best International Drama. Composer Mychael Danna, who won a Primetime Emmy for his World Without End score last year, was also nominated for Best Original Score.
Based on author Ken Follett's novel, World Without End is the sequel to Pillars of the Earth, which also aired on Reelz. Set 157 years later, World Without End focused on the citizens of Kingsbridge during the start of the Hundred Year War and outbreak of the Black Plague. Charlotte Riley (The Duchess, Wuthering Heights), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Young Victoria), and Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line, »
- Ryan Gowland
20 items from 2014