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Emile Hirsch keeps himself busy these days, but he’s not always making movies. The 31-year-old actor recently finished the first draft of a novel, completed a screenplay, and spends a lot of time painting still lifes in his backyard.
Meanwhile, he’s acting in a wider range of projects than ever before. A versatile performer known for immersing himself in his roles, he currently stars opposite Brian Cox in the minimalist horror-drama “The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” opening December 21, and has a range of projects — from a buddy comedy with Jk Simmons to a sweeping China-set period drama with an otherwise Asian cast—scheduled for 2017.
“The work itself is the goal,” he said, settling into Brooklyn eatery Sisters after a long day promoting “Jane Doe” in Manhattan. He was in the midst of a monthlong break from the novel, following the advice of Stephen King’s “On Writing,” his favorite guidebook. »
- Eric Kohn
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question:
Last Friday saw the release of Garth Davis’ “Lion,” the musical score for which is the gorgeous result of a collaboration between two giants of the neo-classical movement, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka. It’s just the latest indication that we’re living in a fascinating, vibrant time for movie music, and December boasts a number of films that will only add more fuel to that fire. With that in mind, we asked our panel of critics to name their favorite film score of the 21st Century.
Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson), The Verge
There are some really striking contenders out there, topped by Susumu Hirasawa’s manic, »
- David Ehrlich
The American Murder Song tour is in full swing and its stop in Los Angeles on November 12th is nearly upon us. Continue reading for more info and ticket details. Also in today's Highlights: an exclusive, Nsfw clip from Everlasting, news on the inaugural New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival, Liz Brennan's "Body Bags" music video, and details on Dark Night's AFI Fest screening.
American Murder Song Los Angeles Show Details: Press Release: "The Star of Repo! The Genetic Opera & Songwriters of The Devil's Carnival Arrive With Their New Collaboration in Los Angeles on November 12th.
Cult film composers Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman are no strangers to creating interactive fan events. With their movies Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Devil's Carnival as well as its sequel, they pioneered a punk rock approach to storytelling and distribution, touring their musical films like rock concerts and cultivating a die-hard fanbase in the process. »
- Tamika Jones
Rough House Pictures, the joint venture between David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Danny McBride, announced today that they have signed on as executive producers of the new documentary “Fraud,” ahead of its Los Angeles premiere at the AFI Festival next week. Written and directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp (“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”), the film features a family’s home movies that document a crime spree and the bid to outrun the consequences. Born from a series of innocuous YouTube videos, “Fraud” reveals one family’s struggle for the American Dream and the types of stories we tell online.
Read More: ‘Vice Principals’ Cast and Producers Defend the Show’s Depiction of White Guys Taking Down an African-American Woman
“The whole time I was watching it I was thinking, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this before,'” said Jody Hill. “I couldn’t look away. I had to »
- Vikram Murthi
Subverting the Unexpected
At the end of the 20th century, Bobcat Goldthwait’s legacy read like a cheap joke: He was a screaming comedian from the eighties best known as Zed in the “Police Academy” franchise who once tried at his hand at directing a movie (“Shakes the Clown”). Those achievements barely skimmed the surface of Goldthwait’s ability, as the ensuing years made clear, when Goldthwait completely transformed his career into one of the most provocative American filmmakers working today. With the microbudget “Sleeping Dogs Lie” (aka “Stay”), Goldthwait showed his potential to funnel taboo subject matters into oddly touching, relatable human dramas, a proclivity he kicked up to a whole new level with the subversive black comedy “World’s Greatest Dad,” which features Robin Williams in one of his all-time great roles.
Goldthwait has kept innovating, with each new movie offering a fresh perspective on the naive assumptions »
- Indiewire Staff
Exclusive: New Europe Film Sales will sell the Iceland-Denmark-Poland co-production.
Iceland’s Netop Films, Denmark’s Profile Pictures and Poland’s Madants, a trio who previously collaborated on Icelandic hit Rams, are reuniting to co-produce Under The Tree, the new film from Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, whose credits include Paris Of the North and Either Way.
The film starts shooting in Iceland on July 19 for six weeks.
The Nordisk TV & Film Fond has now confirmed backing of $156,400 (Nok 1.3m) for the $2.2m (€2m) budget. Other backers are The Icelandic Film Centre, Danish Film Institute and Polish Film Institute.
Under The Tree has been pre-sold to Sena for Icelandic distribution and to Ruv for free TV in Iceland. Scanbox has acquired Scandinavian rights. New Europe Film Sales, which also teamed with Netop on Icelandic hit Rams, will handle international sales.
“Grimar [Netop Films producer Grimar Jónsson] and I had an amazing journey with Rams, so when he approached me with a new project it was »
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When assuming the high profile mantle of a beloved superhero, it is important for an actor to balance these franchise instalments with work of a very different kind, in order to remain relevant and sustain a career beyond spandex. This seems to be a lesson that Ant-Man’s Paul Rudd is taking seriously – not least with the news that he has been cast as the lead in the upcoming period drama, The Catcher Was A Spy.
Adapted by Academy Award nominee Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) from the bestselling 1994 book, The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life Of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff, the film will be directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions), and will feature Paul Rudd in the role of Moe Berg – linguist, lawyer, baseball player and spy. The story tells the tale of an extraordinary life, which saw Berg born in New York City in »
- Sarah Myles
Ant-Man and Alan Partridge are set to join forces for a second time in An Ideal Home – a new comedy drama, written and directed by Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, Dick). Marvel’s newest star, Paul Rudd, and British star Steve Coogan already starred opposite each other in 2011’s Our Idiot Brother, but this latest collaboration will see the pair united in marriage.
Coogan will play a famous celebrity, while Rudd will play his more reclusive, shy spouse. Their extravagant, public lifestyle places their relationship under considerable strain, which is amplified by the unexpected arrival of a young man claiming to be the grandson Coogan never realized he had. With his grandson in dire straits, with nowhere else to go, the couple agree to welcome him into their home, in the secret hope that his presence will heal the rifts forming in their marriage.
The film is currently being packaged for sale by Fortitude International, »
- Sarah Myles
Exclusive: Icelandic companies plan joint slate of Icelandic and English-language films including Óskar Jónasson’s Habeus Corpus.
Icelandic production companies Truenorth and Mystery are partnering on an ambitious slate of eight films to be shot over the next five years.
“Both companies were looking to expand into more European co-productions so we decided to join forces,” said Kristinn Thordarson, head of production at Truenorth.
David Oskar Olafsson of Mystery added that the slate’s eight productions are five in English and three in Icelandic.
“We had the same goals and ambitions,” Olafsson said “By joining teams, we felt we could be working on broader profile films.”
Leifur B Dagfinnsson of Truenorth said that both companies would continue to work on their own projects as well as the joint slate, and they would continue to have separate offices in Reykjavik.
The plan is to have eight to 10 films on the joint slate continually.
The initial »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
In pre-production, Remstar Studios and National Bank of Canada are co- financing the film, which is being produced by Gabriella Tana (Philomena, The Duchess), Maria Theresa Arida (Arbitrage, City Island), Maxime Remillard and Aaron Ryder (Founder, Mud). Clark Peterson and Lisa Wolofsky are executive producing the film.
Fortitude International is handling foreign rights and sales at the European Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group and Wme are repping Us rights.
Paul (Rudd) and Erasmus (Coogan) are a bickering couple with an extravagant life. Erasmus is a demanding, popular celebrity, and Paul is his more hesitant partner and sidekick. But when Bill, the grandson Erasmus never knew he had, shows up at their high class dinner party with nowhere else to go, »
- Michelle McCue
Berlin– Underscoring its ambition to dive deeper into local Nordic productions, Scanbox Entertainment has come on board “Moskus,” a Norwegian makeover of the Icelandic pic “Either Way,” to be directed by up-and-comer Bobbie Peers.
“Either Way’ was previously remade in the U.S. as “Prince Avalanche” with David Gordon Green directing and Paul Rudd and Emils Hirsch starring. Pic earned its helmer the Silver Berlin Bear for best director in 2013 and played at South by Southwest, along with a string of festivals.
Ruben Thorkildsen at Ape & Björn Norway (“The Almost Man”) and Thor Sigurjonsson and Jacob Jarek at Profile Pictures Denmark (“Rams”) are producing “Moskus.” Scanbox Entertainment will distribute across Scandinavia. Both Green and Sigurdsson are exec producing.
“For me, it’s an intriguing thing to be able to take the premise of two films and make it my own. My first thought after having seen both the previous films »
- Elsa Keslassy
A new Indiegogo campaign has been launched for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary. Also in this round-up: a Judas Ghost DVD giveaway, Like Me production details, the trailer for Everlasting, the short film Hidden, and a look at The Final Project.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Press Release: "Chicago, Il - January 20, 2016 - Hot off the heels of news that Guillermo Del Toro is producing a film based on the nostalgic children's books Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a documentary about the books is in the works. It has been in production for two years, is armed with an official trailer, and is now trying to finish in 2016.
The upcoming documentary is backed by the family of the late author, the trailer featuring both his wife and grandson. The doc will explore subjects such as the banning of children’s books in America, »
- Tamika Jones
Read More: Project of the Day: 'Like Me' Takes on Teen Social Media Obsession Back in March 2013, Indiewire named the indie thriller "Like Me" as its Project of The Month. Almost three years later, we can now share a first look at the end result, which recently completed principal photography. The film is a collaboration between production companies Glass Eye Pix ("House of the Devil," "Wendy and Lucy") and Dogfish Pictures ("Compliance," "Prince Avalanche," and "Like Crazy"), who funded the project as part of their Dogfish Accelerator program. "Like Me" is the directorial debut of screenwriter and filmmaker Rob Mockler. The plot takes on our society's ever-increasing addiction to technology. Addison Timlin ("Fallen") plays Kiya, a discontented loner who documents her own crime spree through social media, which provokes a disturbing Internet following. Discussing the »
- Mike Lown
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