16 items from 2015
Steve Karmen’s 70s radio jingle certainly comes to mind when considering the body of work from the likes of Scorsese, Spike Lee, Woody Allen. We can certainly add the name of Ira Sachs to this aural signifier/list. After Keep the Lights On (’12) and Love is Strange (’14) the future third volume in Sachs’ proposed trilogy of films also takes place in New York City and once again includes the notions of family and a certain displacement. Recently reading just how attached Sachs is to Sundance as both a patron and filmmaker, we’d think the natural route is for another Park City premiere but don’t be surprised if we receive the “silent treatment”. One of the most anticipated American indie films of ’16, Little Men (formerly known as Thank You for Being Honest) is a children’s family drama starring newcomers Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz alongside Greg Kinnear, »
- Eric Lavallee
The Fallout franchise's big week continues with the release of Funko's Fallout 4 Pop! Vinyl figures. Collect all four! Also in this round-up: five new images from The Wretched and a behind-the-scenes video for We tv's South of Hell.
Fallout 4 Pop! Vinyls: From Funko: "The highly anticipated Fallout 4 series is coming to Pop!
The game’s main character, Sole Survivor, and his loyal companion, Dogmeat, take on the post-nuclear world 200 years after the Great War!
You may need to utilize the T-60 Power Armor to take down the ghoulish John Hancock!
Coming in February!"
Images via Funko:
The Wretched Photos: Press Release: "Indie filmmaker Nathaniel Davis wrapped up filming "The Wretched" in well known haunted locations in Oklahoma. The film tells the story of three actresses on a road trip who stop at a haunted bed and breakfast, unbeknownst to them, the guests are used as human sacrifices by the psychotic demented owners, »
- Tamika Jones
Ahead of its premiere next month, a new poster, promo and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming horror series South of Hell. The show is produced by Jason Blum and Eli Roth and stars Mena Suvari. Check them out here…
Charleston, South Carolina is an elusive city with many faces and the perfect home for Maria Abascal (Mena Suvari, Chicago Fire), a stunning, 30-year-old demon-hunter-for-hire. Alongside her brother, David (Zachary Booth, Keep the Lights On), she is skilled and fearless in her pursuit of the demons that live in others. Like those that she hunts, Maria is divided within herself, struggling with her own demon, Abigail, who resides inside of her, feeding on the evil Maria exorcises from others. Maria and Abigail share a soul and a destiny, but as Maria desperately tries to overtake Abigail, she will discover how far Abigail will go to remain a part of her. »
- Amie Cranswick
The trailer for Takashi Miike's Over Your Dead Body along with details about the film can be seen after the jump. Also: a new teaser for South of Hell, a clip from Hemlock Grove's third season, VOD news for horror-thriller Indigenous, and The Dark Numbers TV development deal.
Over Your Dead Body: Press Release: "A beautiful actress (Kô Shibasaki of 47 Ronin and Battle Royale) plays the protagonist in a new play based on a legendary ghost story. She pulls some strings to get her lover cast in the play, although he's a relatively unknown actor. With the cast in place, rehearsals for the play, about an abusive relationship and a grudge, begin. But off stage, some begin to develop their own obsessions. Trapped between the play and reality, they are horrified to find that a real grudge can cross the blurred line between reality and fantasy. Will love flourish? »
- Tamika Jones
We tv's South of Hell marathon kicks off on Black Friday, November 27th. Also in this round-up: the Cavity Colors' Madman shirt, Anguish and 8 Films to Die For release details, and a look at two teaser clips for American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire.
South of Hell: Press Release: "New York, NY, October 15, 2015 -- We tv announced today that it will offer its next scripted series, “South of Hell,” as a true programming event – rolling out all seven episodes of the supernatural thriller in order in a Black Friday Binge, beginning at 6 pm Et/Pt on Friday, November 27th. All episodes of the series will premiere back-to-back as the suspense and drama unfolds and escalates over seven intense hours. At the conclusion of the binge, the entire series will be available on VOD, download to own and Tve platforms.
“As viewer demand rises for TV Everywhere opportunities and audiences increasingly binge watch their favorite content, »
- Tamika Jones
The film (previously known as “The Silent Treatment”) follows “Keep the Lights On” and “Love Is Strange” as the third in a trilogy of films by Sachs that focus on New York City, family life and real estate. The script is by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, who teamed on the previous two films.
Alfred Molina, Talia Balsam, David Krumholtz, Andy Karl, Yolonda Ross and Stella Schnabel also star along with new actors Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri, who play new best friends whose bond is tested by their parents’ battle over a dress shop lease. Kinnear and Ehle play a married couple, and Garcia portrays the single mother who runs the shop.
- Dave McNary
Filmmaker Ira Sachs has been a quiet force in the indie scene for a while, but it was his last two pictures — the wrenching "Keep The Lights On" and the relationship drama "Love Is Strange" — that have truly broken him out to a wider audience. And the director is keeping things intimate with his next picture, but he's landed an exciting name for a key role. Paulina Gracia, the lead in Sebastián Lelio's terrific "Gloria," will star in Sachs' next effort "The Silent Treatment." The story follows Tony, a 7th grader who moves with his parents from Manhattan to Brooklyn, after his father inherits the family home. There, he befriends Eddie, who is being raised by Leonor, his single mother from Chile, who runs the dress shop in the ground floor of the building. However, when Brian's parents begin eviction proceedings against Leonor, both boys vow to stop talking »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
★★★★☆ Two stand-out performances from John Lithgow and Alfred Molina illuminate Love Is Strange (2014), the new film from Keep the Lights On (2012) director Ira Sachs. Like 2013's comparable Chilean offering Gloria, it's the story of love in an older generation and just as moving. Lithgow and Molina play Ben and George, two Manhattanites who take advantage of changes to the law and get married after 39 years together in Central Park. However, soon after their honeymoon, George is abruptly fired from his position as a music teacher at a Catholic school after its conservative headmaster worries over public perceptions of his recent marriage.
- CineVue UK
New York based filmmaker Ira Sachs is giving his fans The Silent Treatment. No the filmmaker isn’t pulling a Malick-like disappearing act, but instead, it appears he’ll begin setting up shop for his seventh feature film. After back to back critically acclaimed films in Keep the Lights On and Love is Strange, Sachs dropped the news that financing is in place and production will begin in June. Look for the trades to provide us with casting snip-its over the next couple of months.
Gist: This will be set in New York. It’ll likely be a drama.
- Eric Lavallee
There is such unassuming artistry and maturity in this sweet, sad, wise movie by Ira Sachs, who has shown a flair for relationship nuance in films such as Keep the Lights On (2012) and his noir drama Married Life (2007). This is his best work yet: a wonderfully acted study in intimacy and the mystery of how much of our identity is invested in coupledom, especially in the long haul of marriage. Love is strange, says the title. Perhaps it gets stranger the longer you stay in love.
John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play Ben and George, a gay couple in late middle age who live in New York City. Ben is an artist who is the financially dependent one; George is a music teacher at a Catholic »
- Peter Bradshaw
Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) are a same sex couple living in New York who get married after spending 39 years together. However, with George being a music teacher in a Catholic school, he is fired after the marriage and now he and Ben must decide what to do since they cannot afford their apartment. Just recently married, they are separated to go into different living quarters, with Ben moving to Brooklyn and George staying with neighbors. In Brooklyn, Ben stays with his nephew and his family, Elliot (played by Darren Burrows), Kate (Marissa Tomei) and their son Joey (Charlie Tahan), all the while George now lives with Roberto (Manny Perez) and Ted (Cheyanne Jackson »
- Catherina Gioino
Jose here. Last week I had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Marisa Tomei about her new film Loitering with Intent (out in theaters and VOD) and I couldn't help but mention to her that she ended up giving my favorite supporting performances of 2014 both on film (Love is Strange) and on Broadway (The Realistic Joneses). Much to my delight - and evolving psychic abilities - my fellow Team Experience members agreed with me and she ended up winning our Best Supporting Actress award as well, so I thought I might share this fragment of our conversation...
Jose: Pony from The Realistic Joneses and Kate from Love is Strange are such rich characters!
Marisa Tomei: I looooove Pony!
Jose: Pony reminded me of Honey from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. »
16 items from 2015
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