Editor | Peter Bowen
Coraline Sits at Children's Table
Posted November 30, 2009
While the Award season has quite started here in the States, the kids were getting their way over in Britain. Sunday night London Hilton Park Lane the BAFTA Children Awards gave out a treasure trove of statues to TV, Film and interactive recipients. We are thrilled to report that Best Feature went to Henry Selick’s Coraline, its first (and lets hope, not last) prize during awards Season.
Greenberg Trailer up on Apple
Posted November 23, 2009
Ang Lee and James Schamus remember Woodstock
Posted November 23, 2009
New York Magazine’s Devouring Culture Vulture caught up with Ang Lee and James Schamus last week when the National Arts Club awarded its Medal of Honor in Film to the pair. Lee and Schamus looked back on their recent cinematic adventure, Taking Woodstock, and some of the unexpected challenges of that project. At one point, Schamus jokingly apologizes to Lee:
I made two big mistakes. I put “Woodstock” in the title, and I put his name on the poster. Because, you know, everybody who goes to an Ang Lee movie, you want to be sublimely depressed by the end of the film. And if you have Woodstock in the title, you think you’re going to be seeing Joe Cocker screaming onstage. [Turns to Ang, pats his shoulder] So it was my bad. I’m sorry.
Cast of It's Kind of a Funny Story
Posted November 23, 2009
A new Focus Features press release announces the major casting line up of writer/directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck’s new film It’s Kind of a Funny Story. The film, adapted from Ned Vizzini’s popular novel of the same name, involves a 16-year-old kid, Craig, who checks himself into a mental health center to handle his anxiety only to find himself residing in full-out adult psych ward. Craig will be played by Keir Gilchrist, who broke out as the sensible son on the Showtime comedy “The United States of Tara.” Other stars include The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis playing a fellow inmate who becomes close with Craig; Emma Roberts as Noelle, another 16-year-old inside the ward; Doubt’s Viola Davis as the head shrink (with The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi as a fellow therapist); and Jim Gaffigan (of Focus’ Away We Go) and “Gilmore Girls” Lauren Graham as Craig’s parents. The film goes into production in December.
Focus Features 2010 Slate
Posted November 12, 2009
Focus Features announces their line up for 2010. Here is a link to the press release.
Greenberg (Friday, March 12)
Starring Ben Stiller opposite Greta Gerwig, Greenberg is directed by Noah Baumbach from a story he wrote with Jennifer Jason Leigh. At a crossroads in his life, Roger Greenberg (played by Mr. Stiller) ends up housesitting at his brother’s home in Los Angeles. There, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his brother’s assistant Florence (Ms. Gerwig), an aspiring singer. Florence and Greenberg’s encounters lead to an uncertain and wonderfully vulnerable courtship.
Babies (Friday, April 16)
Directed by Thomas Balmès from an original idea by Alain Chabat, the film simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps. The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco.
The American (Wednesday, September 1)
Anton Corbijn’s The American, starring Academy Award winner George Clooney in the title role. The screenplay by Rowan Joffe is adapted from Martin Booth’s novel A Very Private Gentleman.
The Eagle of the Ninth (Third Quarter)
Directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, The Eagle of the Ninth, adapted from Rosemary Sutcliff’s classic novel of the same name by Duncan Kenworthy, is set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain with Jamie Bell and Channing Tatum.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story (November)
Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar) directed this story about 16-year-old Craig (to be played by Keir Gilchrist), stressed out from the demands of being a teenager, checks himself into a mental health clinic. Boden and Fleck adapted the film from Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel of the same name.
Directed by Sofia Coppola from an original screenplay, Somewhere tells the story of Johnny Marco (played by Stephen Dorff), a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood. With an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning), Johnny is forced to look at the questions we all must confront.
PIrate Radio meets DJs
Posted November 12, 2009
A special screening of Pirate Radio was held last night for DJs and special guests at New York’s brand new Crosby Hotel. Guests were greeted with cocktails, popcorn and, of course, fish and chips, before stepping into the hotel’s new screening room. In attendance from the film were director Richard Curtis and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tom Sturridge. In addition to local radios celebs were Vogue editor Anna Wintour and celebrated rock-and-roll photographer Bob Gruen, as well as Focus’ CEO James Schamus.
Pirate Radio Sails On
Posted November 11, 2009
As Pirate Radio gets ready to sail into theaters, a wave of new articles are coming out about the cast and filmmakers. On About.com, Rebecca Murray provides a funny interview with the larger-than-life Nick Frost, who talks about the problems fitting on a boat with a plus-size frame, as well as the beating he suffered for not being a swinging sixties guy:
In the first week of the film I said to Richard, 'I need to talk to you,' and so he came over and he said, 'What's up?' I said, 'I've never listened to a Rolling Stones record,' admitted Frost. "And he said, 'Oh Bill,' and they got Bill Nighy over who’s a massive Stones nut, and the two of them just kind of told me off for five minutes."
At the San Francisco Gate, Ruthe Stein speaks to filmmaker Richard Curtis about music-based films:
Curtis said he had Animal House and especially M*A*S*H in mind while writing Pirate Radio. "It's what I've been doing recently in films, having lots of characters and little stories intertwining "In this film I was trying to show how modern the '60s were. The movie M*A*S*H, was ostensibly set in the '50s, but all the conversations and haircuts are completely out of the '60s and '70s. I wanted to do the '60s in quite a modern way."
Samantha Conti at Women's Wear Daily profiles the two, fashionable young things––Tallulah Riley and Tom Sturridge––in “The Breakout Brits of Pirate Radio.” And Lewis Beale at the Victoria Advocate gets a “Fast Chat with Pirate Radio’ co-star Bill Nighy.”
Pirate Radio Boards Yahoo Movies
Posted November 10, 2009
Pirate Radio Sightings
Posted November 05, 2009
With Pirate Radio on the horizon, articles on the film, the cast and the history of the pirate radio are being hoisted up the masthead of various websites. Here are couple fun pieces. At the Oakland Tribune, Jim Harrington’s “Pirate Radio relives '60s British pop explosion” takes a long look at the film’s director Richard Curtis and his filmmaking process. At one point Curtis talks about his use of music:
There is a weird magic between music and film, which is often not you expect," he comments. "You put on the song that you're sure is going to work and it's too slow or it doesn't reach the good bit for 30 seconds or you actually need a bit of melancholy in there and it's too cheerful. Then you put on something that you didn't like as much and it fits absolutely perfectly.
Elsewhere Mali Elfman over at Screencrave has picked up the whole team, doing a video piece with the impressive Nick Frost, and print interviews with both Tom Sturridge and Talulah Riley. They are worth a gander, especially for how they view their own characterss. Riley on Marianne:
Do I like Marianne? I don’t know, I think she is the type of girl at school that I wouldn’t have been friends with. [laughs] She was a bit mean.
FilmInFocus Podcast: Sari Lennick
Posted November 04, 2009
Listen to FilmInFocus’ conversation with Sari Lennick, who plays the wife Judith Gopnick in the Coen Brothers’ new comedy A Serious Man.