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The Sandlot is Coming Back to the Big Screen for Its 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years since its initial release, The Sandlot has become almost as legendary as “The Great Bambino” himself — and this summer, for the first time since its initial release 25 years ago, it’s going to be back on the silver screen in theaters nationwide for two days only: July 22nd and 24th.

Play ball! The legendary baseball comedy “The Sandlot” is back in movie theaters across the country for two days only this July – its first national theatrical run since its original release 25 years ago. The film will play with an exclusive sneak preview of an all-new Fox Sports documentary about the making of this coming-of-age comedy.

Tickets for “The Sandlot” can be purchased beginning Friday, June 22, at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

Fathom Events and Twentieth Century Fox, in association with Island World, present “The Sandlot” in hundreds of select movie theaters on Sunday, July 22, at 1:00 p.
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The Sandlot Returns to Theaters This Summer

The Sandlot Returns to Theaters This Summer
The Sandlot is returning to theaters for its 25th anniversary this summer. Even though the movie wasn't what one would call a critical darling at the time of its release, it has endured in the hearts of fans and truly has gone on to become one of the quintessential baseball movies. It holds a special place in the hearts of many who grew up in the 90s and now, for the first time since its original release, the beloved flick is returning to theaters in wide release.

The upcoming re-release of The Sandlot will be for two days only on July 22 and 24. These special presentations will play at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (local time) on Sunday, July 22, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24. The event will be accompanied by an exclusive sneak preview of the upcoming Fox Sports documentary about the making of the movie as well.
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Awfully Good: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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Let's see if the 10 years since its release has been any kinder to. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Harrison Ford, Shia LeBeouf, Karen Allen Dr. Henry Jones Jr. sets out on a quest to get some alien head. I was originally prepared to write this as a kinder review, one considering nostalgia and expectation. But then I rewatched... Read More...
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Margot Kidder’s 6 Best Non-‘Superman’ Roles, From ‘Amityville Horror’ to ‘Some Kind of Hero’ (Photos)

Margot Kidder’s 6 Best Non-‘Superman’ Roles, From ‘Amityville Horror’ to ‘Some Kind of Hero’ (Photos)
Margot Kidder was one of the first leading ladies of the superhero genre. As Lois Lane in the “Superman” movies opposite Christopher Reeve, Kidder proved she was doing more than just playing a sidekick or a damsel in distress. She was ballsier, saltier and wittier than even some of her male co-stars, and she deserves to be in the conversation with female franchise stars like Carrie Fisher or Karen Allen. But she had a lucrative career outside of playing Lois Lane, including starring opposite Richard Pryor, Rod Steiger, Burt Lancaster, Howie Mandel and more. Here are some of those other unsung great roles.

Sisters” (1972)

In Brian de Palma’s grizzly mystery film, Kidder plays a young model caught up in a murder case, but (Spoiler) she also plays the model’s twin sister who stabs her recent bedfellow and attempts to cover up the murder with the help of her
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Movies on Art Hill in St. Louis This Summer – Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Hidden Figures, Dr. No & The Neverending Story

“Indy, why does the floor move?”

Everyone knows that Art Hill, in front of the St. Louis Art Museum, is a great place to go sledding in the winter. But did you know it’s a great place to see movies in the summer?

Inspired by the remarkable story behind Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds, these four films follow the search for something vital—whether it be truth, treasure, or justice. Discover other lives, other eras, and other worlds with these Epic Quests.

The We Are Movie Geeks gang always goes to these, so if you wanna hang with the cool kids, you should go too. It’s free and they set up a big screen at the bottom of the hill. There are food trucks and beer and wine for sale. You can even go dine in the museum’s restaurant before the show if you got money to burn.
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‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos)

‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos)
At the end of “The Sandlot,” the narrator explains how each of the kids ended up as each one fades from the screen. Some moved away, Benny the Jet made it to the big leagues, and Squints married Wendy Peffercorn. Earlier, TheWrap explored why some movies will be remembered but “The Sandlot” will never die. But 25 years later, we’ll explore where the film’s actors actually ended up.

Tom Guiry – Scotty Smalls

After making his film debut with “The Sandlot,” Tom Guiry continued to pursue acting and landed roles in “Mystic River,” “The Revenant” and “Black Hawk Down.” He most recently starred in “Wonder Wheel” and “Sollers Point.”

Mike Vitar – Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez

Mike Vitar continued his reputation as a sporty, teen heartthrob by appearing in both “Mighty Ducks” sequels “D2” and “D3.” His last acting role was in 1997 for a show called “Chicago Hope,” at which point he retired and became a firefighter. But in 2015, Vitar was charged with assault and reached a plea deal to avoid time behind bars in 2017.

Chauncey Leopardi – Squints

Leopardi spoke with TheWrap and says he’s keeping busy with a family and some businesses, as well as appearing at events for “The Sandlot” whenever he can. As an actor he’s also starred in “Freaks and Geeks,” “Gilmore Girls” and most recently “Coldwater” in 2013.

Patrick Renna – Ham

Originally from Boston, Patrick Renna still acts. Outside of “The Sandlot,” he had a memorable leading role in “The Big Green” while still young. More recently, he starred in episodes of “Boston Legal,” “Judging Amy” and 2016’s “Fear, Inc.”

Marty York – Yeah-Yeah

In addition to seriously bulking up, Marty York appeared in episodes of “Boy Meets World” and “The Eric Andre Show.”

Brandon Quintin Adams – Kenny DeNunez

Brandon Quintin Adams, also just Brandon Adams, had small roles in other ’90s hits “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Sister-Sister” and “Moesha.” He also did a voice for “Kingdom Hearts 2” and has recorded music as a rapper under the name B. Lee.

Grant Gelt – Bertram Grover Weeks

Grant Gelt had a few acting roles after “The Sandlot,” including “Boy Meets World” and “Hey Arnold!,” but he now works as a music manager.

Victor Dimattia – Timmy Timmons

Victor Dimattia went on two direct two short films and appeared in the 2018 indie “Get Married Or Die.”

Shane Obedzinski – Tommy “Repeat” Timmons

Unlike his onscreen counterpart, Shane Obedzinski didn’t directly follow in the footsteps of his onscreen brother. After leaving acting, he opened a pizza shop in Florida, but was glad to join in for the 20th anniversary festivities.

Marley Shelton – Wendy Peffercorn

Marley Shelton, who played the lifeguard all the boys are gaga over in “The Sandlot” Wendy Peffercorn, has starred in “Sin City,” “Planet Terror,” “Never Been Kissed,” “Death Proof,” “Scream 4” and more. She currently stars on the series “Rise” and will next be seen in Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage.”

Denis Leary – Bill, Scott’s Stepdad

Taking a role as a fairly straight-laced, if imposing stepdad was a departure for the firebrand comedian back in 1993, but he would eventually move into far more dramatic roles on “Rescue Me” and more. And thankfully, he’s still a fan of “The Sandlot.”

Karen Allen – Scott’s Mom

Following “The Sandlot,” Karen Allen would reprise her more famous role as Marion in “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.” She most recently starred in “Year by the Sea” in 2016.

James Earl Jones – Mr. Mertle

It’s like he never really left!

Read original story ‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos) At TheWrap
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Spielberg Will Begin Shooting Indiana Jones 5 in 2019

While Disney and LucasFilm are keeping plenty busy with their massive Star Wars franchise, plans are also in the works for Indiana Jones 5, which will start production at some point in 2019. This falls in line with a report from last week, which revealed that both this Indiana Jones sequel and West Side Story are director Steven Spielberg's next films. A new report claims the filmmaker will begin production on Indy 5 next year, and then move directly into West Side Story, though it isn't clear if that second project will also be shot in 2019, or if it will be held until 2020.

We haven't heard much on Indiana Jones 5 over the past year, although Disney did hand out a July 10, 2020 release date for this adventure last April. And they are apparently standing by that date. Producer Frank Marshall revealed back in December 2016 that the sequel didn't have a script yet, but
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Karen Allen talks Indiana Jones, Scrooged and more classic movies

Karen Allen’s new movie, Year by the Sea, is now available to watch on VOD. Speaking with Allen gave us a chance to ask about all her classic movies too, from the Indiana Jones films to Scrooged at Christmastime. Raiders of the Lost Ark has some famous music, most notably the Indiana Jones theme that recurs in all four movies. Allen has her own theme too. John Williams even expanded “Marion’s Theme” to be a full orchestral piece. “I burst into tears [when I heard it],” Allen said. “He played it for me at Tanglewood in Western Massachussets with the...read more
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Adultery is not the answer in Year By The Sea

In Hollywood movies like How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Under the Tuscan Sun, women rebound from bad marriages and midlife crises by romancing younger men. Year by the sea is based on author Joan Anderson’s real life, so it’s not the typical Hollywood version. Karen Allen plays Joan, who takes a break from her marriage by living in a seaside town to focus on writing. She is not interested in the local man who comes courting her, who happens to be her son’s age. “I think in this particular film, honestly, she’s not looking to be involved with...read more
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September/October. It's a Wrap

Since the bulk of September and October are given over to festival life each year (here's all that business wrapped up for you) there's less time for randomness which is in some ways our favorite thing about blogging about the cinema. But since we haven't done an Icymi best of since August, here are 16 things you might have missed that you should check out:

This is Halloween Salim's cinematic evocation of the season The Furniture: The Beguiled Daniel gazes into the plaster haze Elizabeth Debicki as Virginia Woolf Murtada takes a first look Martyr Mothers of Aronofsky Jorge wonders if the director has mommy issues? Two for the Road (1967) Tim's fiftieth anniversary revisit Podcast 9.9 Battle of the Sexes, Beach Rats and mother! discussed Academy Expels Weinstein Nathaniel sees the end of an era Smackdown 85 The Color Purple, Agnes of God, and more 5 Takeaways from the Success of It Spencer lists
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‘Wonder Woman’ Actress Connie Nielsen Talks About Her Early Roles

‘Wonder Woman’ Actress Connie Nielsen Talks About Her Early Roles
Connie Nielsen is no stranger to playing royalty. The Danish actress got her big U.S. break portraying Lucilla, daughter of the emperor, in 2000’s “Gladiator,” which won the best picture Oscar. And this year she played warrior queen Hippolyta in “Wonder Woman,” a role she revisits in “Justice League,” which opens Nov. 17.

Nielsen was born in Denmark, where she began acting while a teenager. Variety first mentioned her on April 5, 1993, when she co-starred with Rutger Hauer, Eric Roberts and Karen Allen in the made-for-tv thriller “Voyage,” which told the story of two couples alone at sea.

She’s returning to her roots for the Danish television series “Liberty,” based on Jakob Ejersbo’s novel, which revolves around the lives of two young men in Tanzania and their hopes of emigrating to Europe even as corruption among aid organizations threatens the lives of those in developing nations.

How did the landscape of the film industry when you
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The Essential Harrison Ford

In the build up to the release of Blade Runner 2049 [read our review here], Tom Jolliffe looks at the essential films of the key cast, starting with Harrison Ford

A long, varied and fine career has seen Ford become iconic in two franchises in particular (and indeed the upcoming reprise of Rick Deckard could well make that another).

Throughout the 80’s he became firmly established as the ultimate blockbuster icon. No one has quite hit such iconic and consistent status as Harrison Ford. We’re talking Han Solo and Indiana Jones. One beloved franchise character is something every star dreams of, but to get two, on top of all the other great roles he’s had? That’s astonishing.

So in celebration of Ford, and in no particular order, here are the five films that need to be watched to best appreciate the man’s gifts and star power.


Ford is well-considered
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Jeff Bridges Wants Starman 2 to Happen

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Jeff Bridges Wants Starman 2 to Happen
Everything is being remade, rebooted or revived nowadays, so why not a sequel to the 1984 sci-fi romance Starman? The movie's leading man Jeff Bridges believes it's high time this actually happened. And he wants to see it soon. He also knows how it can happen, which should come as a no brainer for anyone who has seen the movie.

Starman comes as kind of an anomaly in director John Carpenter's career. He is mostly known for working in the horror genre, but has been known to step outside that realm with comedy adventures like Big Trouble in Little China and thrillers like Escape from New York. But comedy, romance and science fiction was never something he dabbled in much.

Starman arrived after John Carpenter made a string of classic horror movies that include Halloween, The Fog, The Thing and Christine. He welcomed the story as a change of pace.
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Will Marion Ravenwood Return in Indiana Jones 5?

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Will Marion Ravenwood Return in Indiana Jones 5?
The Indiana Jones 5 story is finished, but details are being kept under tight lock and key until further drafts of the screenplay can be hammered out and perfected. We know for certain that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Dr. Henry Jones Jr. We also know that there is no way the franchise is bringing back Shia Labeouf and his character Mutt Williams. But one lingering question does remain. Will we see the return of Marion Ravenwood, played by the ravishing Karen Allen?

It makes sense that we'd see her in some capacity. She first debuted in Raiders of the Lost Ark way back in 1981. And no other female character in the franchise has ever been able to carry the same kind of torch. Ravenwood did turn back up in the last installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. She didn't just put in a cameo,
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'Indiana Jones': Why Karen Allen Loved 'Crystal Skull' and Working With Shia Labeouf

'Indiana Jones': Why Karen Allen Loved 'Crystal Skull' and Working With Shia Labeouf
Karen Allen was a bit disappointed to read that Shia Labeouf doesn’t have a role in the fifth Indiana Jones movie.

Labeouf played Mutt Williams, the son of Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones and Allen’s Marion Ravenwood in 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The fourth film was meant to pass the franchise’s baton to Labeouf, but the movie was poorly received and spurred headline-making comments from Ford and Labeouf. Screenwriter David Koepp recently said of Indiana Jones 5, “The Shia Labeouf character is not in the film.”

Nevertheless, Allen — who stars in the romantic dramedy Year by the...
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Review: ‘Year by the Sea’ Provides Karen Allen with a Complex, Layered Performance

Thirty years of marriage have turned Joan Anderson (Karen Allen) into “a mother and wife,” her sense of who she was before kids and marriage having almost vanished. When her husband Robin (Michael Cristofer) announces he has taken a job in a different city, and her kids have left for college, Joan decides it’s time to find out who she has become and takes off to Cape Cod for a year. There, not only will she fall in love with herself all over, but she will write her memoirs and get a stronger sense of who she is as a creator. If the plot of Year by the Sea sounds by-the-numbers, it may be because Anderson’s bestselling memoirs have served as the structure for many other works of fiction in which women of a certain age begin new endeavors in remote places. Whether they’re hotels for retired people,
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“Year by the Sea” Star Karen Allen on Joan Anderson’s Book, Directing, and Roles for Women Over 60

Karen Allen in “Year by the Sea

Probably best-known for her turns in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and the “Christmas Carol” retelling “Scrooged,” Karen Allen has been working regularly since her 1978 debut in “Animal House.” She serves as a theater actor and director in addition to acting onscreen in projects like “In the Bedroom,” “Law & Order,” and “Blue Bloods.” Allen recently made her directorial film debut with “A Tree a Rock a Cloud.” The short is adapted from a Carson McCullers story about a random, but significant, conversation between a boy and an older man. Allen’s latest project is Alexander Janko’s “Year by the Sea,” a portrait of a newly single woman rebuilding her life in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The film is based on Joan Anderson’s bestselling memoir of the same name.

We sat down with Allen to talk about her connection to Anderson and the book, the way Hollywood treats women over 60, and why she decided to try her hand at film directing.

Year by the Sea” opens in New York September 8 and in Los Angeles September 15. A national theatrical release will follow.

This interview has been edited. It was transcribed by Lyra Hale.

W&H: I really wanted to ask you how you became involved in the film?

Ka: I was just at home and I got the screenplay, which was sent to me, and I read it and thought, “I didn’t know Joan’s work,” which is odd because we have a lot of similar pathways in our lives. It’s kind of surprising that we never met each other, that the book never came into my world. But I finished reading the script and I went right out and got the book and I sat with the book and I thought the book was quite courageous.

This was a woman who had reached a crisis moment in her life, who was taking a very clear tough-minded look at herself, and had made some decisions about just wanting to get to know herself. She was interested in that authentic self underneath all the things that she had piled onto herself over the years in terms of other people’s expectations and she just wanted to somehow — instinctively she knew in order to survive, and in order to really find herself, she was going to have to figure out how to let a lot of that fall away, go back, and really get to know herself again.

I found that very inspiring and moving. I went to meet the director and I was very open about how much I would love to play the role and about a week later they offered it to me. I met Joan and I spent some time with her, and we had a wonderful connection, which has stayed to this day.

I had a great time making the film. She was there but she didn’t interfere in any way at all. She let us do our thing. And I was playing her 25 years before the time period where I met her, so I wasn’t really playing the woman I was meeting. I was playing a woman who was at a much different part of the journey than she’s on right now.

W&H: I felt like this journey was about how women take on other people’s baggage and lose their own selves. It’s kind of a very common theme with women as they get older. So I would imagine that this would resonate a lot with women.

Ka: With women and certainly with anybody who’s ever been a parent. We don’t mean to do it, we don’t necessarily aspire to do it, but we fall in love with our children and we want to care for them, support them, educate them, and help them, in every way we can.

They become this daily rhythm and part of our lives and when they suddenly grow up and leave you feel this huge piece of yourself is missing because you really have adapted, grown, changed, and become a person who is a caretaker.

In spite of everything, you really do feel — and unlike Joan, I worked all through the raising of my child. I made tough decisions about what kind of work I would do and I stopped doing some of the really far-flung travels that I had been doing earlier in my life because it began to feel very unfair to pull my son out of school for three or four months and take him to somewhere where he would sit in a hotel room with a tutor or babysitter while I went off and worked 14 hours a day, six days a week. It just didn’t seem like a way of life that I wanted to embrace or that I wanted him to have to embrace. So I made choices that I felt were in support of him in terms of my working life.

And I think in Joan’s case, she’s a published writer, and she just put that on hold to raise two children and had a husband was very much involved in his work. She took on the role of parent and looking after their world. It’s an important role but it’s a role that ends at a certain point. It’s not a role that you’re going to have for life.

W&H: Hollywood has so many issues with women who are over 40 and here is a movie with women who are over 60 embarking on exciting things in their lives, and I’m just wondering what it felt like for you to be in a movie with women who are 60?

Ka: Well, I was thrilled because there just aren’t just that many films that come around. If I read a script with a role for a 60-year-old woman, it’s usually in some capacity of a grandmother, a mother, or a boss. They’re not fully realized characters. To have the opportunity to play a role like Joan Anderson, work with Celia Imrie, and Epatha Merkerson, as my two co-stars, and Michael Cristofer — all of us being over 60 — it just seemed like such a rare experience to have.

W&H: Well, it is. How many scripts do you actually get from your agents, to read?

Ka: I have scripts that come to me from all over the place. I just directed my first film and I’ve been out at film festivals with it.

From my agents, in the course of a year, in a good year, there could be 30 and a tough year maybe half that. Many of them are not ones I would really consider very seriously just because I don’t think they’re particularly film worthy. I work a lot in the theater, both directing and acting, and in the theater very rarely does the play end up on a major stage unless it’s really remarkable. So you don’t kind of have that same dilemma in the theater.

I come from, I feel like, a very real and extraordinary generation of actresses. And I’ve grown up with them all. I was in New York at the age of 25 and I pretty much know, if not know them well or personally, I certainly have met most of the actresses of my generation at one point or another, or had the pleasure of working with them. It’s a wonderful large and fantastic generation of actresses and I don’t see nearly enough of them on screen. It actually breaks my heart how I can think of 40 names right now who I just feel like I don’t get to see anymore.

W&H: Let’s talk a little bit about why you ventured into film directing. You said you’ve done a lot of theater, and why were you tempted into making the film that you did?

Ka: I’ve been directing in the theater for awhile and a producer who I had to work with in New York, who had produced play I had directed, that won an Obie [Off-Broadway Theater Award], was sitting with me one day and he said, “Why not film? Why have you kind of shied away from directing a film?” And I said, “I don’t know that I’ve shied away from it. It just seems to me like I’ve spent my adult life on film sets and I can’t for a second fool myself or be naive enough not to know what a large undertaking it is to make a film.”

For a director it can be two to three years really committed to one project. And as an actor I’m at times committed for three to four months, but that’s usually the longest. So it’s another way of approaching a project. It’s like saying, “Gee, I’m going to be doing this for 3 years.”

So he and I continued to talk and I said, “If I were going to do a film I would want to be wise and do a short film. I would want it to be a certain kind of film that I felt I could really do well, that would play on all my strengths so that I would really have a positive experience making it and not go into it feeling completely overwhelmed.”

I have seen many first-time directors with that deer-in-the-headlights look. I’m very familiar with it. I’ve worked with a lot of first-time directors in film. So we continued with that conversation and he finally said, “If you were going to do it, what would it be? And I said, “There’s a story of Carson McCullers’ that I’ve thought about for 40 years.”

It’s just been something that had sat there in my head for a very long time. And he said, “I would love to help you do this.” And then we brought on another producer, Diane Pearlman, who was with me in Cannes, who I don’t know if you’ve met her, she runs with Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative in Western Massachusetts. Then we moved forward and just decided to do it. And it has taken three years.

We’re still working on it and I was able to bring many, many women onto the crew of our film. I had a female first A.D. [assistant director], a female production designer, and a female costume designer. We were female rich, which was a great joy.

I decided to open up my world to directing about 10 years ago because I don’t want my creative life to be limited by whether there’s an interesting role for me at 65. I love telling stories and I love developing projects and I don’t see any reason why I’d have to be in them for me to be involved.

So it makes for a very enriching experience for me to also embrace working as a director because, you know, particularly in the playwriting world there are so many plays that I love, so many playwrights whose work I love, where there isn’t a role for me.

W&H: What did you learn as an actor working with first-time directors, that you took into being a director?

Ka: One of the main lessons is preparation, preparation, preparation.

If you show up on the set the first day and you have really done the work; have a sense of how you want to shoot the film, know the material, chosen the right actors, and you know your actors and you have done the work with them to know you’re on the same wavelength. If you’ve done the work then you can actually be very calm, clear-minded, and put your attention where it needs to go when you’re actually shooting.

I somehow felt like those were lessons that I had gathered over my 35 to 45 years of being on sets. And it seemed to me like the sets that were successful and the people who were really able to bring out their best, came from that kind of calmness in the director, because they knew what they were doing, they knew where they were going. They had a shot list, they knew how they wanted to shoot a scene, and yet they were prepared and open. Prepared and yet open. And I think actually to be open you need to be prepared.

So I tried to emulate that, and I actually feel I was quite successful at it, that I was a bit of a whirling dervish for about four months during preparation. And probably drove everybody crazy because I was into so much of the minutiae and I just wanted to make sure everything was explored and every decision was sort of looked at from all different angles.

It paid off in spades when I got on set with my actors.

W&H: That’s good advice. I would imagine that you have gotten the bug now and you want to direct more film?

Ka: Well, I’m really willing to take it a little bit at a time. At Cannes I had three scripts that were sent to me after people saw my film that were in various phases of development. None of them are fully funded.

The more my film gets out there into the world — we’ve been going to film festivals, we’ve won a number of awards — and the more that the film is being seen by people, the more attention I am getting as a director.

So it feels as though if I do want to do that, I could move in that direction, which is great. It’s lovely to feel like there’s a door opening up for me. So I’ll just see. One of the most difficult aspects of making this short film was that we raised the money ourselves. And it was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do in my life. I don’t think I’m particularly skilled at it.

W&H: Last question: You’ve been in movies that have been so seminal to so many people. I was just wondering, what does it feel to be in films that have had such profound effects on people?

Ka: You know, that’s such a hard question to answer. It feels like often it just feels like such a privilege to have had a chance to work in the film world and to be hired to do all these wonderful roles. I had this wonderful period in my life, maybe for 15 years, where I was really working in an ongoing way, being offered really wonderful projects that I just loved every minute of. And now to still be doing it.

I don’t get offered all the great projects. I’m not on anybody’s A list for the next whatever. But I still keep working in independent films and in the theater. I’ve started to direct a couple films and you know it’s been such an incredible journey and I don’t know what it feels like for other people and their experiences. I know sometimes people are just, they love some of the films so much — “Starman” or “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

It comes back to me sometimes in the most surprising ways and I can’t imagine having done anything else in my life. And certainly the first 22 years of my life I couldn’t have imagined anything like this was possible. I’d never met an actress or seen a play. I’d seen films. I loved films. I love to watch films. That world seemed a million miles away to me.


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‘Indiana Jones 5’ Will Return in 2020 Without Shia Labeouf’s Mutt

‘Indiana Jones 5’ Will Return in 2020 Without Shia Labeouf’s Mutt
Shia Labeouf won’t inherit be the heir apparent to Harrison Ford‘s whip-wielding archaeologist after all. Labeouf’s character Mutt Williams, who was the secret son of Indiana Jones and Karen Allen‘s Marion Ravenwood, won’t appear in Indiana Jones 5 at all after the character’s lackluster reception in the widely maligned Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Now […]

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Shia Labeouf Won’t Return for ‘Indiana Jones 5’

In a surprise to probably no one, Indiana Jones 5 will not be Indiana Jones and the Adventures of Indy and Mutt. Indeed, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford’s return to the franchise with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull introduced Shia Labeouf’s Mutt as Indy’s long-lost son, conceived with Karen Allen’s Marion Ravenwood, and the film’s ending even had a nod towards Mutt picking up the whip and hat if/when Indy decides to retire. But in speaking with EW, writer David Koepp—who’s penning the screenplay for Indiana Jones …
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Interview: Karen Allen on 'Year by the Sea' and How She Grew Up Being Like Marion Ravenwood

By Jose Solís.

Karen Allen stars in "Year by the Sea," opening next Friday

In Year By the Sea, Karen Allen plays author Joan Anderson, whose memoirs served as the inspiration for a film that asks what happens to women after their kids leave. For Anderson the answer came in a trip of rediscovery that took her from her home, to a small town in Cape Cod where she learned how to feel truly alive again. Allen’s portrayal of Joan reveals new layers in her work, she has always been compulsively watchable onscreen, but as the quiet Anderson she is absolutely luminous. Watching her in scenes opposite Yannick Bisson who plays the sexy fisherman Joan flirts with, she shows us that sensuality should not be relegated to 20-something, scantily clad female characters, and in scenes where Joan spends time with her friends, we crave for more fiction where women
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