Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

The Playlist

Sundance '11 Review: Miranda July's 'The Future' Is Surreal, Precious, Devastating & Brilliant

  • By The Playlist
  • |
  • January 23, 2011 12:48 AM
  • |
  • 12 Comments
From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.Following up her debut "Me and You and Everyone We Know," Miranda July's "The Future" not only echoes the qualities (and quality) of that film but expands on them in rich and fascinating ways. An L.A. couple (July and Hamish Linklater) are intent on adopting a cat they rescued. They realize that when the cat is released from medical care in a month, their lives will change, be set, connected by responsibility and care to a future both unimaginable and wholly predictable. (“We’re 35 now ... by the time the cat dies, we’ll be 40 ... and 40 might as well be 50 ... and after that, spare change.” “Spare change?” “Less than a dollar-- not enough to get anything you want …”).

Antoine Fuqua To Direct Fox Pilot 'Exit Strategy' Starring Ethan Hawke

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • January 22, 2011 7:21 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Not only are we anticipating the big buys out of Sundance for the independent film world, but there’s also been a lot of buzz surrounding the television production companies and the high-profile pilots being picked up for fall 2011. Anticipated pilots already being made include a remake of “Charlie’s Angels” for ABC, a new Sarah Michelle Gellar vehicle for CBS, a grown-up “Harry Potter” show for NBC and J.J. Abrams’ pilot about Alcatraz for FOX. The latest news from FOX also indicates that they’ve greenlit yet another pilot, this time from director and executive producer Antoine Fuqua, starring Ethan Hawke and titled “Exit Strategy.” The two last worked together on “Brooklyn’s Finest,” but Fuqua also directed Hawke to an Oscar nomination for “Training Day” (and Denzel Washington to a win for the same film).

Director's Roundtable: Aronofsky Played "Therapist" For Rourke, Coen Brothers Won't Direct Actors

  • By The Playlist
  • |
  • January 22, 2011 7:16 AM
  • |
  • 11 Comments
L.A. Times Directors Roundtable With Fincher, Affleck, Cholodenko, Aronofsky, Hooper & Ethan Coen Give Fascinating (& Candid) Insight To ProcessSix directors recently sat down with The Envelope, the Oscars blog for the L.A. Times, for a roundtable chat about the pressures and joys of directing. Of the prestigious few were Ben Affleck (“The Town”), Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right”), Ethan Coen (“True Grit” with brother Joel Coen), David Fincher (“The SocialNetwork”) and Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech"). Though not all are expected to get an Oscar nod for Achievement in Directing when the announcements are made this Tuesday -- of the six, only Aronofsky, Fincher and Hooper are probably locks -- all of their names have been brought up as worthy of a nomination. Though a lot of the discussion is pretty standard fare -- what’s worse about being a director, how they get great performances -- there's still quite are a few golden tidbits of candid talk, insight and knowledge.

Watch: Clip From Tom McCarthy's 'Win Win' With Paul Giamatti Debuts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • January 22, 2011 7:02 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
As you may have heard, the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing and buzz is already starting to swell for a few films. One of those films is Tom McCarthy’s “Win Win.” McCarthy is no stranger to Sundance, his films “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor” both received their debuts at the fest before going on to win awards and critical acclaim. They also featured breakout leading performances from perpetual supporting players Peter Dinklage and Richard Jenkins. McCarthy is also a skilled actor himself, who you might remember from “Michael Clayton”, “Meet The Parents” and HBO’s “The Wire.” He’s also got a story credit on the Pixar flim “Up,” so he probably made you cry at some point and you didn’t even realize it.

Rebecca Hall To Star In Stephen Frears' Adaptation Of Beth Raymer's 'Lay The Favorite'

  • By Simon Dang
  • |
  • January 22, 2011 6:14 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Fast-tracked British star Rebecca Hall has now been confirmed for Stephen Frears' upcoming adaptation of Beth Raymer's Vegas-set coming-of-age tale "Lay The Favorite: A Memoir Of Gambling."

John Sayles To Write 'Girls Like Us' Based On The Lives Of Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell & Carole King

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • January 22, 2011 3:58 AM
  • |
  • 5 Comments
Katie Jacobs To Make Feature Directorial DebutThough talk quieted since last August when Sony announced they would be adapting Sheila Weller’s “Girls Like Us,” a book about the careers of musical artists Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell and Carole King, for the big screen, the project is heating back up. THR reports that John Sayles, Oscar-nominated writer of “Passion Fish” and “Lone Star,” has been hired to pen the adaptation. Additionally, first-time feature director Katie Jacobs, a producer and director on the hit Fox show “House,” will helm and produce the project, along with producers Lorenzo DiBonaventura, Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon, all bigwigs of Sony Pictures.

Jon Favreau To Make A Cameo In 'Welcome To People'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • January 22, 2011 3:42 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
It looks like screenwriter Alex Kurtzman -- best known for penning blockbusters like "Star Trek," "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" and "Mission: Impossible III" -- is getting a nice favor called in as he shoots his directorial debut, the drama “Welcome To People.” The film already boasts a strong cast including Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mark Duplass and has now lined up a nice cameo. Jon Favreau -- who is currently readying "Cowboys & Aliens," a film Kurtzman co-wrote -- hit Twitter yesterday to reveal he's making an appearance in 'Welcome' saying, "Did a cameo role today in Welcome To People. Fun to act again, even if it was only for a day."

New Films in 2011 By Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Lou Ye, Tsui Hark, Aki Kaurismaki & More

  • By Christopher Bell
  • |
  • January 22, 2011 3:23 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Consider this a companion piece to our Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2011. Screen Daily released their own list of exciting over-seas prospects (subscription only), and while a good deal of it was stuff that we already covered - "The Turin Horse," "The Grand Master," "Set Me Free" (which they still have listed as "Untitled Dardenne Brothers") - the buffet was stuffed with plenty of fresh, delicious motion pictures worthy of everyone's palate. We've collected the best and most interesting projects and threw them into an easily digestible round up below. Feast your eyes on what this new year will have to offer, and know that we will refrain from using any phrases or words related to food from this point on.

Rapper Drake In Talks To Join Nicholas Jarecki's 'Arbitrage'; Al Pacino No Longer Attached

  • By Simon Dang
  • |
  • January 22, 2011 3:02 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Update: Reps for the film have told us that Al Pacino is no longer attached to "Arbitrage." No word yet on who will be taking over his role, but stay tuned....

Anthony Hopkins To Play Alfred Hitchcock In 'Psycho'-Centric Biopic?

  • By Gabe Toro
  • |
  • January 22, 2011 2:45 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Anthony Hopkins works a lot, and often his heart isn't in it. But how can you really hate the guy? He's a pro in everything, and his presence is undeniable, his delivery one of the very best in Hollywood. And so there's something fitting about the Oscar-winning legend climbing into some very massive shoes, as the actor isin talks to play Alfred Hitchcock in "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho."

Email Updates

Recent Comments