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Tony Kaye & Adrien Brody Talk Shooting On The Fly & Improvising In 'Detachment'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 15, 2012 12:58 PM
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"Detachment" could be read as an indictment of the public school system -- thanks to the bleak portrayal of a school where no parents show up for parents' night, where students threaten each other as well as their teachers with violence, and where the only "good" student commits suicide in public. But director Tony Kaye and lead actor Adrien Brody also intended "Detachment" to be an "homage" to teachers, who are played in the film with varying levels of despair by Christina Hendricks, Tim Blake Nelson, Blythe Danner, James Caan, and Marcia Gay Harden. Kaye and Brody explained to The Playlist how the film came together in a not-by-the-book style.

Tony Kaye Says He's Still Editing Long-Lost 'Black Water Transit' Film; Still Plugging Away On Experimental Project 'Lobby Lobster'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 14, 2012 6:11 PM
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Tony Kaye's first film this decade is "Detachment" -- and his follow-up is called "Attachment." Though they're not part of the same story, the two projects are related, the director told The Playlist.

Watch: Tony Kaye Discusses 'Detachment,' Working With New York School Actor Adrien Brody & Tells A Bizarre Fish Story

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 3:59 PM
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From racism ("American History X") to abortion ("Lake Of Fire") to post-Katrina New Orleans (the legally ensnared "Black Water Transit"), Tony Kaye has never shied away from tough subject matter. But his latest film finds him stepping into the most dangerous territory he's navigated yet: the classroom.

Sharon Stone Joins Director Tony Kaye’s Cougar-Like ‘Fatal Attraction’-Esque Sex Thriller ‘Attachment’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 6, 2012 6:01 PM
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Kooky English director Tony Kaye has been detached and now he's getting attached. Back in January, it was reported that the British director – still perhaps best known for his “American History X” fiasco, and the damaging 2003 Vanity Fair article about befriending and betraying Marlon Brando – had climbed on a new thriller called, “Attachment” (slightly ironic considering his latest picture is the high school drama, “Detachment” which arrives in theaters this March).

Watch: Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks & Bryan Cranston In Trailer For Tony Kaye's Teaching Drama 'Detachment'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2012 11:40 AM
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Tony Kaye could have had the world as his oyster. An award-winning commercials and music video director, he landed one of the hottest scripts around, with a fast-rising star, for his directorial debut, "American History X," with Edward Norton.

Tony Kaye To Direct Thriller 'Attachment'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 10:46 AM
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We've said it before, but the post-"American History X" career of director Tony Kaye has been bumpy at best. Not counting the turmoil he went through on the Edward Norton movie, his next films were either ignored ("Lake Of Fire"), stuck in legal limbo ("Black Water Transit") or crucified by critics (his recent high school drama "Detachment"). So who knows what might befall his effort.

Tribeca Film Plans Theatrical/VOD Release for Tony Kaye's 'Detachment'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 7:40 AM
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'Black Water Transit' Still Never Coming Out

Tony Kaye Says Unreleased 'Black Water Transit' Is "Not Finished Yet"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 28, 2011 6:20 AM
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Monday night was the world premiere of Tony Kaye’s “Detachment” at the Tribeca Film Festival. Our heads are still buzzing from the strange and experimental film -- you can check out our review here (but this writer strong disagrees with the take). But, lost in the shuffle of “Detachment” finally reaching audiences is the fact that Kaye has another completed film on the shelf, the 2008-shot thriller, “Black Water Transit” starring Karl Urban, Laurence Fishburne, Brittany Snow, Stephen Dorff and more. The crime drama follows the divergent agendas of criminals, cops and lawyers as they collide over a shipment of illegal firearms and a double homicide. Earl Pike (Urban), a criminal, tries to get his family's illegal gun collection to a safe haven, while attempting to get his junkie son freed from prison. While 'Transit' is involved in a similar situation as David O. Russell’s “Nailed,” being from the same financiers, Kaye seems optimistic about the film seeing a release soon.

Tony Kaye's 'Detachment' With Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks & More Added To Tribeca Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2011 6:00 AM
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Kings Of Leon Documentary Also AddedOver a decade into his career, Tony Kaye is likely still wondering what it feels like to shoot a movie, edit it and then release it easily into theaters, no fuss no muss. "American History X" found him battling with Edward Norton over the cut of the film. He would return eight years later with "Lake Of Fire," a documentary about abortion that no one saw. Then there's the New Orleans thriller "Black Water Transit" starring Laurence Fishburne, Karl Urban and Brittany Snow that is still presumably being haggled over in the mess that David Bergstein created with Capitol Films. But last year, Kaye shot "Detachment," a drama set within the education system and lo and behold it's ready to make a premiere without any fights with his lead actor or the financiers going under leaving the film in limbo.

Exclusive: Tim Blake Nelson Talks 'Leaves Of Grass,' Edward Norton & Working With Tony Kaye

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2010 8:03 AM
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Filmmaker Talks Distrib Who Bailed On 'Leaves' & The Mad Genius Of Kaye's 'Detachment'One of the best films of the year is Tim Blake Nelson’s “Leaves of Grass,” now available on DVD. You may not be familiar with the picture, however — yanked from the schedule plenty of times, it completed a small theatrical run in September, the kind of treatment given to disappointing low-fi indies or schlock genre fare.

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