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Meryl Streep To Star In Diablo Cody-Penned Jonathan Demme Pic, Kevin Spacey To Play Churchill & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2014 3:23 PM
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Two projects have cropped up this afternoon, one of which that needs financing and the other a director, with both featuring two of the best acting talents around. So let's hope some movie producers open up their wallets and do their jobs.

25 Films About Lovers On The Lam

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 21, 2013 3:03 PM
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“We can make it. We can make it if we run,” whispers Ruth (Rooney Mara) in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which, after a limited release on Friday, begins its expansion this week. It’s a film we loved at Sundance, and one that in its gentle subversion of the “Lovers on the Run” subgenre—as the prequel comic makes clear, the events of ‘Saints’ mostly take place after the bank robbin’, outlawin’ part of the story is done—reminded us of all the other great (and not so great) films that have pitted a pair of lovers against the law.

8 Established Filmmakers Who Reinvented Themselves With Risky Low-Budget Efforts

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  • August 1, 2013 3:57 PM
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This Friday will see the VOD release of Paul Schrader's much talked about "The Canyons," a film both inspired by and conceived for the post-theatrical era (though it will receive a limited theatrical run starting out in NYC and Toronto). The film, which revolves around a toxic producer (adult star James Deen) and his girlfriend (Lindsay Lohan), is a collaboration between "American Psycho" author/enfant terrible Bret Easton Ellis and "Taxi Driver" scribe Schrader, whose directorial career includes "American Gigolo" and "Affliction." After the duo failed to get a studio-financed shark attack movie off the ground, they decided to pursue something on a smaller scale that would required fewer gatekeepers. Schrader's email to Ellis read, "Enough of this. Let's just do something ourselves. The economics are right. You write it, I'll direct it, we'll pay for it, and we'll make cinema for the post-theatrical era." And so "The Canyons" was born.

Juan Antonio Bayona To Direct Mendes/Logan Produced 'Penny Dreadful,' Liv Tyler Joins 'The Leftovers' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2013 3:17 PM
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A bunch of small screen news cropped up over the past week, so let's just take a little breather on the first day of summer to round it all up...

Jonathan Demme's 'Old Fires' With Bryan Cranston, Jason Segel & Jennifer Ehle Put On Hold

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 13, 2013 3:20 PM
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It just doesn’t seem to be going right for Jonathan Demme recently. He had been working on an adaptation of Stephen King’s “11/22/63” alongside the author, but that fell apart last December with King and Demme unable to agree on the correct direction for the film to take (it's now being developed for TV). Now another one of Demme’s projects seems to have fallen by the wayside, and that’s the Heather McGowan (“Tadpole”) scripted “Old Fires.”

Jonathan Demme On Future Projects 'Old Fires,' 'Zeitoun' And 'This House We Live In'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 29, 2012 12:25 PM
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During the Marrakech Film Festival earlier this month we had a brief chat with director Jonathan Demme ("Stop Making Sense," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Rachel Getting Married," "Neil Young Journeys," etc), who was in town to give one of the festival’s Masterclasses (Darren Aronofsky was among the other filmmakers to give one, you can read our coverage of his masterclass here). The first thing that struck us about Demme, however, was just how enthusiastic of a cinepile the veteran director is -- it’s unusual to come across a person being so honored who is actually spending most of his time at the festival watching the films.

Exclusive: Jonathan Demme Exits Stephen King Adaptation '11/22/63'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 8:59 AM
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Moving easily and often between documentaries and feature film projects, Jonathan Demme has always got a few things on the go at any given time. This year alone has seen him direct theater legends Wallace Shawn and André Gregory in their re-teaming in "Wally And André Shoot Ibsen," hit the festival circuit with "Enzo Avitabile Music Life," get involved as a producer on "Song One" with Anne Hathaway set to star, and pick up a directing credit on "Old Fires." But it looks like one project has fallen off his slate.

Jonathan Demme Will Stoke 'Old Fires'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 25, 2012 10:54 PM
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You may think that Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme has had a quiet few years following 2008’s “Rachel Getting Married,” but that’s actually far from the truth. Since then Demme has directed a whole heap of documentary and concert films, and last year he was getting behind the camera for the pilot of “A Gifted Man” and a couple of episodes of “Enlightened.” In fact, there may be few busier directors out there right now, with Demme’s super low budget “Wally and Andre Shoot Ibsen” currently in post-production, and an animated adaptation of Dave Eggers’ “Zeitoun” and an adaptation of Stephen King’s time travel thriller “11/22/63” both in the works. Oh, and he also looks set to re-team with Anne Hathaway on “Song One,” which he’s producing.

Venice Review: Jonathan Demme's 'Enzo Avitabile, Music Life' Blends Great Musical Performances & Shallow Documentary

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2012 12:17 PM
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Over the centuries, Italy has contributed countless things to international culture. It was of course, the center of the Roman empire, the birthplace of the Renaissance and Da Vinci, and gave the world Vivaldi, Verdi, Dante, Calvino, Fellini and Antonioni. But at least in the 20th and 21st century, music was not its strongest suit, as such. The county did birth the great film composer Ennio Morricone, and electronic pioneer Giorgio Moroder and the Italo Disco movement, but the number of Italian popular musicians who became internationally famous can, for the most part, be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Jonathan Demme Discusses ‘Journeys’ & The Magic Of Neil Young

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • June 26, 2012 9:56 AM
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Throughout most of his career, Jonathan Demme has been effortlessly bouncing between narrative and documentary filmmaking, the latter of which often revolves around music, starting with 1984’s groundbreaking concert film for Talking Heads, “Stop Making Sense.” Combining his filmmaking talents with his love for music, Demme sought not just to document concerts on film, but to create a cinematic experience around the music.

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