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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled a roster of 75 songs that are eligible for Oscar, which includes a lineup of powerhouse performers including Beyonce (“Epic”), Lana Del Rey and Jay-z (both for “The Great Gatsby”), Ed Sheeran (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”), Taylor Swift (“One Chance”), U2 (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”) and Pharrell Williams (“Despicable Me 2″).
Members of the music branch will vote in order of preference; the five receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations. Nominations will be announced Jan. 16, with awards handed out March 2.
While there is a stellar lineup of contenders, the music branch has sometimes seemed to avoid big names. In addition, songs that are used over closing credits seem to have a disadvantage compared to songs that are performed during the film, since voters will look at clips of the song use.
The Academy says only »
- Tim Gray
Directed by Nenad Cicin-Sain
A passionate starving artist is at the center of The Time Being, an overly portentous new drama that doesn’t see such a central figure as being too stereotypical. No, this is a movie about how Art is Serious, so serious, in fact, that focusing entirely on one’s work trumps trivial matters like work, family, friends, and more. Though the movie is packed with pretty images, thanks entirely to the skill and craft of its fairly overqualified cinematographer, The Time Being is a mostly limp portrait of the artist as inwardly selfish and ambitious.
Wes Bentley plays Daniel, so dedicated to his art—he paints based on photographs he takes of the world at large—that one could imagine this guy as being Ricky Fitts from American Beauty all grown up; this man »
- Josh Spiegel
Title: The Time Being Director: Nenad Cican-Sain Starring: Wes Bentley, Frank Langella, Sarah Paulson, Ahna O’Reilly, Corey Stoll, Gina Gallego A willfully muted chamber piece, “The Time Being,” co-written and directed by Nenad Cican-Sain, is a curious thing. Centering mostly around a struggling artist (Wes Bentley) and his mysterious new benefactor (Frank Langella), the film touches on themes of loneliness, family and social need, but doesn’t sketch out its characters in interesting or dynamic enough fashion to ever blossom into anything more than a meditative curio. Daniel (Bentley) is a struggling painter and young father whose frustration with his own lack of breakthrough success has pushed relations with his wife (Ahna O’Reilly) toward a breaking point. [ Read More ]
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A riveting mystery drama about living, dying, illusion and reality. In one of the most atmospheric films to come out of California in some time, debut director Nenad Cicin-Sain helms a screenplay by himself and Richard N. Gladstein in the film “The Time Being.” A film ostensibly about painters and painting, the story is more about obsession, self-knowledge and difference between artistic expression and ego. An exciting work by a first time director, this films portends greatness for Cicin-Sain. Wes Bentley plays struggling artist Daniel who is fighting a losing battle balancing his obsession with artistic expression with his relationship with his wife Olivia (Ahna O'Reilly) and his five year old son Marco (Aiden Lovekamp). There have been many »
- Ron Wilkinson
Wes Bentley shot to fame at just 21 years old when he played mysterious boy-next-door Ricky Fitts in the Oscar-winning film, "American Beauty". After a series of personal setbacks throughout his twenties, the 34-year-old actor returned to the big screen — in a big way — as head gamemaker Seneca Crane in 2012's "The Hunger Games". (That beard, though.)
His newest release, "The Time Being", premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and will open in limited theaters July 26. Bentley plays Daniel, a struggling young artist who is given a slew of strange assignments — think: film children in a playground — by a quiet, reclusive millionaire named Warner (Frank Langella). Through this process, Daniel discovers the importance of balancing his personal relationships with his ambitions as an artist.
NextMovie chatted with Bentley via phone prior to the film's release to discuss "The Hunger Games" craziness, his celebrity doppelganger, and why he always seems to »
- Jacqueline Lem
Premiering last year in the midst of the always busy and expansive Toronto International Film Festival, Nenad Cicid-Sain's directorial debut "The Time Being" may have a flown a bit under the radar. But the talent and premise are intriguing enough that it could be a good option against the emptier fare at your local multiplex this weekend. Starring Wes Bentley, Frank Langella, Corey Stoll and Sarah Paulson, the story follows Daniel (Bentley) an ambitious, struggling young artist whose work captures the interest of reclusive millionaire Warner (Frank Langella). When the man commissions Daniel for a piece, it instead turns out to involve a series of increasingly bizarre surveillance assignments. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, Daniel is already wary of Warner's intentions from the start as they negotiate just what his work will involve. Featuring a score by Academy Award winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, and shot by »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Time Crime: Cicin-Sain’s Debut an Empty Trinket
On a positive note, the benefit of watching Nenad Cicin-Sain’s directorial (and screenwriting debut) could definitely serve as a testament for the necessity of a well-written screenplay in the filmmaking process. Co-written with producer Richard N. Gladstein (also a feature screenplay debut), The Time Being is an underwhelmingly written piece of cinematic sod, made all the more disappointing for sporting a dazzling visual scheme and fantastic original score. An elaborate set-up moonlighting as a mystery thriller morphs into a confoundingly stagnant familial drama.
A struggling artist, Daniel (Wes Bentley), pursues his artistic endeavors to the detriment of his family’s economic well-being. A recent art exhibit of his work doesn’t result in any sales, but a possible commission is called into Eric (Corey Stoll), who has funded the exhibition space. A man named Warner (Frank Langella) has requested that Daniel »
- Nicholas Bell
Why are painters such downers in the popular imagination? Is it van Gogh's bloody ear? Soutine's reeking ox carcasses? The abstract expressionists drinking themselves to accelerated graves? In The Time Being, director Nenad Cicin-Sain and co-screenwriter Richard N. Gradstein give us Daniel (Wes Bentley), a depressionist—to coin a movement—who paints black-and-white pictures of rotting fruit. Despite his unappealing subject matter, he complains about poor sales and becomes estranged from his wife, who is fed up with Daniel's moony lassitude. (His roomy studio and their spacious California digs won't win him sympathy from struggling New York City artists.) A mysterious patron, Warner (Frank Langella), summons him to film sunsets and playing children, and Daniel soon re »
If you're trying to make your living as a painter, you're going to be struggling enough that you'll take most any job that comes your way, right? What if that job seems suspicious-- and doesn't require painting at all? That's the situation that Wes Bentley's Daniel finds himself in, in this exclusive clip from The Time Being. Bentley plays the struggling young artist in question, and when a reclusive millionaire named Warner (played by Oscar-nominee Frank Langella) buys one of his pieces, he's hoping for the kind of benefactor relationship that can keep an artist afloat. Instead, as you see in this clip, Warner starts giving him a series of increasingly bizarre assignments, leading Daniel to unravel a series of secrets that lead him to believe Warner might actually be out to ruin his life. The Time Being is arriving today on VOD and iTunes via Tribeca Film; in »
With summer in full swing, what better to do during this hot month than stay inside a cool air conditioned space and catch up on some must see indies available on VOD? To help you figure out what to watch, we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies to watch on VOD this month. "The Time Being" (July 23) A young artist named Daniel (Wes Bentley) encounters a mysterious and eccentric benefactor (Frank Langella) who offers to fund his art as long as he is willing to take on some strange assignments. Daniel must find the balance between the need for money and the desire for personal and artistic integrity. The fragile moral relationship between a young and corruptible man in need and a mysterious patron has been trodden before on paper ("Great Expectations," "The Picture of Dorian Gray"), but this big screen exploration seems to hold just as much drama, »
- Madeline Raynor
The Time Being Trailer. Nenad Cicin-Sain‘s The Time Being (2012) movie trailer stars Wes Bentley, Frank Langella, Sarah Paulson, Jeremy Allen White, and Corey Stoll. The Time Being‘s plot synopsis: “The Time Being, the multi-layered mystery starring Wes Bentley and Academy Award Nominee Frank Langella, will be released in the Us [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Frank Langella gave a fantastic performance in Robot & Frank and we also know he loves a good indie project. This time, he’s joined by Wes Bentley who’s seemingly gone back to his American Beauty roots as they’ve given him a camcorder to film beautiful things once again.
His role in The Time Being, however, is a little different as Bentley’s character Daniel is an artist looking to sell his work. The trailer shows us that his career is doing all right but when he meets wealthy Warner Dax (Langella), everything takes a turn for the mysterious and their relationship isn’t what it appears to be. This looks pretty dark, with comments on memory and Langella’s character getting ill and older but it’s great to see Bentley in the smaller films after bigger productions of late.
This Tribeca-produced film is by first time writer »
- Dan Bullock
"Love for yourself, not for your family." Today's trailer is for a rather interesting indie thriller called The Time Being, from filmmaker Nenad Cicin-Sain, co-starring Wes Bentley and Frank Langella (last seen in the fantastic indie Robot & Frank). The premise for this is actually quite compelling - an abstract painter is hired by a wealthy man to start filming various people, places and things. Why? You'll have to see it to find out. But this trailer does give quite a big hint as to what's going on, though I'm still curious to check it out at some point anyway. Sarah Paulson, Jeremy Allen White & Corey Stoll also star. Give it a look. Watch the official trailer for Nenad Cicin-Sain's The Time Being, in high def from Apple: Daniel (Bentley) is a struggling young artist whose ambitions have pushed his marriage to the brink. When a reclusive millionaire named Warner »
- Alex Billington
Check out the first official trailer (and poster) for Nenad Cicin-Sain‘s upcoming drama The Time Being, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Wes Bentley as a struggling artist who sells a painting to inscrutable billionaire played by Frank Langella, the movie was inspired by personal struggle and as you’re about to see – doesn’t look bad at all… Cicin-Sain and Richard N. Gladstein stand behind the script which revolves around a struggling artist named Daniel who meets a mysterious and wealthy benefactor. Pic explores the murky relationship between two men, along with the uncertainties of marriage, parenthood and friendship. »
- Jeanne Standal
With a career spanning nearly 50 years, and spreading through film, television, and the stage, veteran actor Frank Langella has found success and acclaim in every medium. Any project he is involved in thus garners a certain level of interest simply due to his presence, and the same held true for The Time Being, the debut feature of Nenad Cicin-Sain. Cicin-Sain directed and co-wrote the film with Richard N. Gladstein, and Langella is joined onscreen by Wes Bentley, Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll, and Ahna O’Reilly. Following the film’s debut at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, the first trailer has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
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Pixar producers Kori Rae and Darla K. Anderson are the married lesbian couple behind Monsters Inc. and its new sequel Monsters University. They talked with The San Francisco Gate about the Doma news, where they found out about it in Japan. Here's a cute story:
We got together (during) the last year of Monsters Inc. in 2001. I figured I’d have to leave the show, and I was willing to leave the company at that point. We had talked about it. But they were completely great. They said “Of course not. You’re such a great team, a producing team. We’d love for you to keep working together.” They were nothing but supportive, and have been the whole time. We’ve chosen since Monsters Inc. to not (work together). … I think it’s »
Tribeca Film has acquired the domestic distribution rights to "The Time Being," Nenad Cicin-Sain's film about a struggling artist (Wes Bentley) and his relationship with a reclusive millionaire (Frank Langella), the company announced on Friday. Tribeca will release the film via video-on-demand first, beginning July 23, before it hits select theaters on July 26. Bentley stars as Daniel, who after selling one of his paintings to Werner (Langella), seeks additional commissions. Werner gives him a strange assortment of assignments instead, which raises the question of whether Werner wants to help or »
- Lucas Shaw
The film, which had its world premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, is directed by Nenad Cicin-Sain and co-written by Cicin-Sain and Richard Gladstein. “The Time Being” is also produced by Gladstein, whose credits include “The Cider House Rules” and “Neverland.”
Bentley portrays a young painter struggling to support his family who’s extended a lifeline in the form of a benefector, played by Langella. Pic explores the murky relationship between two men, along with the uncertainties of marriage, parenthood and friendship.
See Also: Review: ‘The Time Being’ »
- Dave McNary
It.s been a couple of months since any word on Canadian director Philippe Falardeau.s next project, the inspired-by-true-events drama The Good Lie, passed by our eyes and ears, though Reese Witherspoon.s involvement was enough to keep this one floating around even if nothing became of it. Well the cast just added four more members, and two of them aren.t at all what you.d expect. The most well-known of these actors, Deadline reports, is Corey Stoll, who was most recently seen as the vice-friendly councilman on the Netflix original House of Cards, as well as in the mystery drama The Time Being and The Bourne Legacy. He.ll next be seen in Liam Neeson.s thriller-in-the-air flick Non-Stop, and recently joined the cast of the star-studded adaptation of This is Where I Leave You. The Good Lie has also added Sarah Baker to its cast. Baker »
Things People Do – make sure you remember this title, because some seriously good cast is on board for the whole thing! We’ve just learned that Wes Bentley and Vinessa Shaw are set to lead us through the upcoming family drama, which comes from director Saar Klein and revolves around a family man who loses his job and embarks on a life of crime. Sounds promising? So, at this moment we know that Saar Klein will direct the project from a script he co-wrote with Joe Conway, which will center on Bentley’s character – a family man who turns to a life of crime after...
- Jeanne Standal
20 items from 2013
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