9 items from 2014
Philip A. Dick: Perry’s Literary Minds Stuck In a Lonely Place
Following up his dark hearted homage to road trip cinema with 2011’s The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry’s third film, Listen Up Philip arrives with an equally unpleasant set of main characters as it explores the hyper intellectual worldview of self-important authors wallowing in their emotional ennui. But the self-involved narcissists occupying Perry’s arena also happen to be impressively fleshed out compelling characters that makes this triptych of their miserable emotional periods so engrossing. Sprawling, unkempt, and often unlikeable, it’s one of the most impressively written and astutely performed films you’ll see this year.
We meet Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he meets up with an ex-girlfriend for lunch, basically to gloat over his looming success as an author, celebrating the publication of his first novel. An omniscient narrator (Eric Bogosnian) begins to guide us through Philip’s (and eventually, »
- Nicholas Bell
Johnny Depp may already be on location in Boston shooting Whitey Bulger crime drama Black Mass for Out of the Furnace helmer Scott Cooper, but that doesn’t mean that the highly anticipated film is done with casting quite yet.
In an unexpected shake-up, Guy Pearce, who was on board to play Whitey’s politician brother Billy Bulger, has departed the project, leaving Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to take his place. Just hours after that scoop broke, it was also announced that Parks & Recreation actor Adam Scott would be joining the film, playing FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick.
Though it’s unfortunate that Pearce, a skilled character actor, is no longer involved with Black Mass, Cumberbatch seems like a solid replacement. The British thesp has infiltrated popular culture thanks to high-profile roles in Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness, but his distinct knack for playing intense and conflicted characters can perhaps »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: UTA has signed writer-director Lee Toland Krieger, who just wrapped directing The Age Of Adaline, the Lakeshore/Anonymous Content production that stars Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michael Huisman and Ellen Burstyn. Krieger had been at ICM Partners. He got an Independent Spirit Award nom for his script for The Vicious Kind, which he directed, and he also helmed Celeste And Jesse Forever with Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg. Lee also directed the pilot for the MTV comedy Happyland which has been picked up to series. Lee is managed by Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros at Anonymous Content and lawyered by George M. Davis. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Director Joseph Oxford and cinematographer Bradley Stonesifer created an imaginary world using cardboard boxes and rubber bands for their animated short film Me + Her. A labor of love that evolved over four years, their work was rewarded when the film was accepted into Sundance’s Short Film program. Oxford has worked in the industry since 2007 in a variety of roles, including production assistant and art director, but Me + Her is his first project as writer and director. Oxford first met cinematographer Stonesifer through a director friend, and they both worked on the film The Vicious Kind in 2008. […] »
- Michael Murie
Harrison Ford will star alongside Blake Lively in a film called Age of Adaline. The movie is being directed by Lee Toland Krieger, who previously made Celeste & Jesse Forever and The Vicious Kind. The script comes from J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, with revisions by Allison Burnett.
The movie has a very interesting premise in which Lively will play a 29-year old girl named Adaline, "who stops aging after recovering from a near-fatal accident. Over the course of the 20th century she embarks on an epic journey, keeping her secret until she meets a man who forever alters her life."
I'm intrigued by the plot, and I'm looking forward to learning more. The film is scheduled to start shooting in March with Lionsgate set to release the film in the U.S. »
- Joey Paur
Harrison Ford joins the cast of The Age Of Adaline, the upcoming romantic drama starring Gossip Girl Blake Lively and Ellen Burstyn (Requiem For A Dream). Originally written by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, the screenplay was revised by Alison Burnett and the film will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind). Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, had this to say:
“We are absolutely thrilled to have such a talented superstar as Harrison Ford join this project and can’t wait for production to get underway”
Principal photography is set to begin in March for The Age Of Adaline and has the following synopsis:
“A 29-year old girl named Adaline, who stops aging after recovering from a near fatal accident. Over the course of the 20th century she embarks on an epic, but isolated worldwide journey, keeping her secret, until she meets »
- Tina Baraga
Last fall, we learned that the supernatural romance The Age of Adaline was getting a new group together to bring the love story of a 29-year-old woman who is rendered ageless after an accident to life. The Vicious Kind and Celeste and Jesse Forever director Lee Toland Krieger was going to direct the film for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment with Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") starring as the woman who leads a solitary life, but decides to head out on and epic but isolated journey where she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality. Now Harrison Ford has been added to the film's cast. Ford joins veteran actress Ellen Burstyn (we presume playing an older version of Lively after her romance plays out), but the Ender's Game and Anchorman 2 star's role isn't explained in the Lionsgate press release. All we know is that his character is named William. »
- Ethan Anderton
Harrison Ford is set to join Lionsgate's The Age of Adaline, a romantic drama penned by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, with revisions by Allison Burnett. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind), the story follows "the miraculous life of 29-year old Adaline, who stops aging after recovering from a near-fatal accident. Over the course of the 20th century she embarks on an epic, but isolated worldwide journey, keeping her secret, until she meets a man who forever alters her life." Ford will play the role of William in The Age of Adaline, which also stars Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) and Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream). Principal photography is set to begin in March. Hit the jump for the full press release. Harrison Ford Joins The Age Of Adaline Ford Joins Blake Lively and Ellen Burstyn in Romantic Drama for Lionsgate, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment Santa Monica and Los Angeles, »
- Dave Trumbore
We have entered a strange time in communication. Instead of calling, we text each other; instead of listening to the radio, we plug in our iPods; instead of watching the news at 7, we read up on current events while browsing through articles on Yahoo’s news page. The same applies when it comes to advice: it used to be that our parents always told us, but now it’s become what we’ve seen in movies.
While I’ve set this up to be negative, it’s actually good that the entertainment industry has morphed from what we watch to keep us busy and interested to what we go to for guidance and justification. This backfires on us, more often than not, because things don’t turn out the way they do in the movies, but the lesson always stick with us. We recall movies that have »
- Mallorie Halsall
9 items from 2014
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