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When it comes to the world of independent film, all roads lead to Sundance. Not only does the Utah-based film festival kick-start the year in indie cinema, but it’s also now a breeding ground for Oscar movies. Last year’s Boyhood and Whiplash both premiered at Sundance, and have since gone on to receive multiple Oscar nominations including Best Picture. They join other recent films like Beasts of the Southern Wild, Winter’s Bone, 20 Feet from Stardom and Before Midnight in the growing list of Sundance films that have gone on to become among the year’s most talked-about movies. So what Sundance movies will we be talking about this year? With the festival kicking off on Thursday, we break it down for...
- Erik Davis
When it comes to the world of independent film, all roads lead to Sundance. Not only does the Utah-based film festival kick-start the year in indie cinema, but it’s also now a breeding ground for Oscar movies. Last year’s Boyhood and Whiplash both premiered at Sundance, and have since gone on to receive multiple Oscar nominations including Best Picture. They join other recent films like Beasts of the Southern Wild, Winter’s Bone, 20 Feet from Stardom and Before Midnight in the...
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Sick of honey-sweet TV portrayals of relationships and hackneyed sitcom clichés about the drudgery of marriage, Sharon Horan (Pulling, Dead Boss, Free Agents) and stand-up Rob Delaney (Burning Love, Larry King, basically the king of Twitter) wrote and star in Catastrophe. It’s a deeply funny, down-to-earth story of two people whose strings-free hook-up is fast-tracked due to an unplanned pregnancy, and their attempts to stay their accelerated course.
Deftly balancing sharp humour with naturalistic performances and genuine warmth spiked by the odd disgusting moment, Catastrophe is a solid addition to Channel 4’s comedy line-up. We chatted to writer/actors Horgan and Delaney about avoiding schmaltz, working with Carrie Fisher, the influence of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, and discover that Rob Delaney can’t pronounce the word ‘treacle’…
Ethan Hawke scored his fourth Oscar nomination today for IFC Films’ Boyhood, and his second as supporting actor after 2001’s Training Day. What makes Hawke’s turn in Boyhood sublime is the fact he had to play the character across 12 years on and off; the divorced father of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who grows from 5 to 18 years old.
How did Hawke jump in and out of character? “When [Best Director nominee Richard Linklater] approached me with this idea, I had a clear idea of what we were trying to do,” Hawke said today after the film picked up six nominations, including for Best Picture. “I had an image in my head of remembering my dad when I was in the sixth grade through my high school graduation; the way he had grown. If I could create a portrait of a grown man over a time period, then that was my job.”
Every time Hawke stepped back into the role, »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
The last time I hopped on the phone with Ethan Hawke to discuss a nominations haul for "Boyhood," it was just after the announcement of the Golden Globe nominees. At the time, he said it felt like he, Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and the whole team were "crashing the party," and today, seven Oscar nominations later, it still feels that way for the newly minted Best Supporting Actor nominee. "Anyone who is in the Academy is someone who's incredibly passionate about film and has done something to warrant admission," Hawke says. "They're usually extremely knowledgeable and care about movies, so when you get recognition from your peers for something you love, it's great." But Hawke entered rare air Thursday morning. He has now received multiple nominations for acting and writing on four separate projects ("Training Day," "Before Sunset," "Before Midnight" and "Boyhood"). "It's pretty special," he says. "I »
- Kristopher Tapley
People reports that Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend of six months, Jacob Pechenik. North West may have won 2014, but it’s a new year filled with new celebrity kids. And the future child of the New Girl star and this Hollywood mega-producer is coming for her throne.
We know that the baby will get mommy’s awesome Dgaf attitude and daddy’s excellent taste, but their kid will also give superstar offspring like North a run for their money. Here’s why:
1. Mom and dad are too cool to care.
We’ve seen Deschanel go makeup-free on Instagram, while Pechenik isn’t even on social media — which means he probably gives zero fucks about getting approval from strangers. Their baby will likely grow up in a judgement-free zone where weirdness is embraced. Meanwhile, North already has her own stylist and can’t leave the »
- Taylor Ferber
This article contains spoilers for Toy Story 3.
It seems to have become surprisingly tough to keep an open mind about Toy Story 4. Pixar have a mostly excellent track record in these things, especially when it comes to the Toy Story series. We struggle to think of a more consistently brilliant trilogy of films, so why were so many upset about the very real possibility of a fourth, also brilliant instalment, when it was announced last year?
Although some would cite the Cars films, or the impossible and yet still disappointing expectation that Monsters University would live up to Monsters Inc, it doesn't come down to anything so jaded. In all of the ways that Toy Story 3 is an excellent film, it's mostly because it feels like a near unimprovable conclusion to the series. »
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has a reputation for catering to its A-list nominees but this year’s Golden Globes have been dominated by first-time nominees and new shows.
Director Richard Linklater, actors Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”), Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heart”), Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) and J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) and composer Johann Johannsson (“The Theory of Everything”) capitalized on their first nominations and won Golden Globes.
See photos: Golden Globes: Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos)
- Jeff Sneider
Walking into Predestination clean is perhaps the best advice to offer any cinephile willing to hunt down this likely future cult classic. It would be easy to just describe Predestination as Looper tossed in a blender with Minority Report, but the Spierig Brothers are going in a very different direction here. A direction that may lose a few viewers along the way.
Ethan Hawke plays a temporal agent, a time-traveling arm of the law that travels all through the ages to prevent killers from committing crimes. His next assignment, should it prove successful, will be the agent’s last. Problem with that is the criminal he is tasked with chasing is the one who has eluded him time after time. In his last tangle with the Fizzle Bomber (yes, the name sounds absurd, »
- Colin Biggs
For many film buffs out there, The Criterion Collection are an array of must-buy titles that encompass many of the best films of recent times, giving them the five-star treatment with blu-ray and DVD releases, along with a whole host of special features you cannot get anywhere else. At the start of 2015 (so, last week) the little devils at Criterion produced their annual “megaclue” (see below) as to what treats may be in store for collectors in 2015.
Many of the hints in the drawn picture were easy to decipher (Moonrise Kingdom, Inside Llewyn Davis, Two Days, One Night), but the drawing of two suns and a moon left many speculating that, finally, Richard Linklater’s Before… Trilogy (Sunrise, Sunset, Midnight) may finally be set for release together for the first time. And, Before… star Ethan Hawke has confirmed that the company is attempting just that.
“Criterion is trying to get the rights to all three, »
- Scott J. Davis
Considering it is the halfway point in this current decade of ours, 2014 is about as good a time as many to begin making "Best of the Decade (So Far)" lists -- which I have actually attempted to do over on Letterboxd -- and it seems the fine folks over at streaming site and film blog Fandor agree, as just yesterday video essayist Kevin B. Lee posted a video that counts down the 26 best films of the decade so far, as determined by a poll he took of "290 film critics and movie lovers on Twitter and Facebook." Lee took to Slate yesterday to explain the results a bit more in-depth, including the importance of social media played in the poll, how Cannes was a better predictor than the Oscars, how movies' fortunes rise and fall over time, and more. It's an interesting read, so if you want to check it out, »
- Jordan Benesh
At the beginning of the year, The Criterion Collection released their annual megaclue, which sent cinephiles guessing which movies the boutique label would release in customary deluxe fashion in 2015. With illustrations of two suns and one moon featuring prominently, many speculated that the long rumored addition of Richard Linklater's trilogy —"Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset," "Before Midnight"— to the collection was on the horizon. According to Ethan Hawke himself, the DVD company is attempting just that. “Criterion is trying to get the rights to all three,and do a triptych, which is what we want. So hopefully, that’ll be soon,” he told Collider. So perhaps a box set with the three films and a bounty of extras? Yes please! But there are likely tricky rights to work out with respect to the middle film "Before Sunset," which was released by Warner Bros. while the other two were handled by Sony. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Los Angeles — With the deadline for voting looming and with phase two of the Oscar season — where Academy-targeted events have been disallowed — on the horizon, the "Boyhood" crew celebrated the film's DVD/Blu-ray release Wednesday night at a swanky Chateau Marmont soiree. Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane, among others, worked the room at the outdoor party — which was hosted by Diane Keaton, Frank Marshall, Jack Black, Julie Delpy, Jon Hamm and Sean Daniel — over a four-hour stretch. Champagne flowed, smoked salmon was passed around on little cucumber slices, the usual, as a bevy of rank-and-file Academy members mingled about. And it's a nice bit of timing. With Oscar campaign hands being tied for phase two as noted, an event like this is about as close to the cut-off as you can get. Today is the last day of voting for nominations. I ended up finding an »
- Kristopher Tapley
I apologize for posting what is essentially a bit of non-news, but it does go to what many (including myself) perceived to be hints at Richard Linklater's Before series of films -- Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight -- coming to the Criterion Collection in their New Year's drawing. Collider.com caught up with Ethan Hawke last night during a big Boyhood shindig and asked the actor about the chances of seeing the films on Blu-ray and Hawke said Criterion is trying to secure rights to all three films and release them as a trilogy. He doesn't haven any additional information, but that at least suggests something is in the works. Of course, that means getting rights from Sony and Warner Bros. and you'd think Hawke would have a little more information had he been brought in to put together a new featurette or possibly commentaries for the three films. »
- Brad Brevet
Last night in Hollywood, IFC Films and Paramount held a party for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood to celebrate its Blu-ray/DVD release and to let the cast and filmmakers mingle with Oscar voters. Based on how crowded the event was and how many people I heard saying “Best Picture,” I think the evening was a huge success for all involved. Shortly before the event started, I landed an exclusive video interview with Ethan Hawke on the red carpet. Besides talking about what the last year has been like since premiering Boyhood at Sundance and future projects like Good Kill, Ten Thousand Saints, and Ti West’s In the Valley of Violence, he revealed some awesome news: Criterion is trying to get the rights to the Before Sunrise trilogy to do a box set of all three films (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight)! As a huge fan of the trilogy, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. There seem to be two Ethan Hawkes working in the movies these days, operating in parallel universes. They look the same and sound the same, but their choice in movies couldn't be more wildly different. There's the Ethan Hawke whose warm, naturalistic performances in things like "Boyhood" are amongst the best in the business, profoundly moving and deeply identifiable. Then there's the Ethan Hawke who makes things like the horror romp "Sinister," where his defining character trait is his oversized cable-knit sweater that he wears in every scene. Last year might have reached a "Back to the Future, Part II" paradox, with Hawke starring in both one of the year's best movies ("Before Midnight") and one of the worst ("Getaway"). So it makes sense that he would sign on to "Predestination," a twisty time travel adventure that deals in alternate timelines and parallel. »
- Drew Taylor
Director Athina Rachel Tsangari’s arresting sophomore film Attenberg made a powerful impression when it screen at the Venice Film Festival in 2010, cementing her importance as part of the new Greek Weird Wave movement. She’s dabbled here and there since as an executive producer, popped up in Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight (2013), and directed a haunting short in 2012, “The Capsule.” She’s back with her third feature, Chevalier, and pairs with one of the behind-the-scenes names of the cinematic movement, Efthymis Filippou, who wrote three features for Yorgos Lanthimos (including the up and coming The Lobster). The film is about a group of men is returning from a winter fishing trip on a yacht. When a mechanical problem leaves them trapped on their boat, somewhere in the gulf of Saronikos, they will kill their time playing a game they devise called Chevalier. »
- Nicholas Bell
Ethan Hawke’s latest film Predestination has quite a bit of buzz surrounding it, including several wins at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. In celebration of the film opening in theaters and On Demand this Friday, Wamg sat down with Hawke in a small roundtable discussion to talk about his latest film, Boyhood, and time-travel. Check it out below.
Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost.
What were your first thoughts when you read this script?
Ethan Hawke : I need to read it again. I’ve never had that feeling. First of all I wasn’t even »
- Melissa Howland
Chicago – I remember when Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was just a rare credit on IMDb, a project listed as “in production” for many years, while the director’s other completed work passed through. The curiosity of Linklater’s unparalleled experiment was certainly fulfilled by its release, which comes full circle today as it hits home video, an award season epilogue in sight.
Filming the development of a boy’s life over the course of twelve years, “Boyhood” uniquely captures the wonder of how a person blossoms from the origins of a simple human being. The life of young non-actor Ellar Coltrane, and the character he plays, vividly expresses the way in which we are influenced by the lives of people around us through the gradual passage of time.
The personal journey of "Boyhood" is bookended by its star breaking the fourth wall. In the beginning, it happens because of on-screen jitters, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Well, almost as successful as the last one, this eighth addition finished with two films completely unguessed and one film that was eventually figured out, but only after I gave a hint on Twitter. To be honest, I'm a little surprised no one figured out numbers 12 and 14, though I wasn't the least bit surprised it took a hint for anyone to guess number four, that was a tough one even I debated including, but thought it would be fun to see if anyone could figure it out. Number one clearly kept some people guessing as it appears if you put a spider in any screen capture Enemy will be everyone's first guess... says something about the effective nature of that film ehc That said, here are the answers to this latest graphic. If you want to browse the graphic before seeing the answers don't scroll below the image below or »
- Brad Brevet
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