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NYFF: Wes Anderson & Cast Of 'Royal Tenenbaums' Talk The Challenges Of Working With Gene Hackman

  • By Cory Everett
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  • October 15, 2011 6:42 AM
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Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Houston & Noah Baumbach Discuss Film At NYFF 10th Anniversary ScreeningThe 49th New York Film Festival is wrapping up this weekend and there have already been many highlights but there are still a few more films left to screen. Arguably one of the most anticipated events of this year’s NYFF wasn't a premiere at all but rather a film that had its world premiere at the festival a decade ago, Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums." The now-classic film features probably the director’s starriest cast to date, and he brought along a few of those cast members for a special 10th Anniversary Screening on Thursday night. Just prior to the screening Anderson gathered before a few hundred fans at The Apple Store a few blocks from Lincoln Center for a Q&A in their Meet The Filmmaker series (moderated by our own editor-in-chief Rodrigo Perez) before heading down to Alice Tully Hall to introduce the screening, this time joined by Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anjelica Huston along with his brother Eric Chase Anderson, who provided all of Ritchie’s artwork in the film.

New York Film Festival Presenting 10th Anniversary Screening Of 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 4:00 AM
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Sneak Peek At Oliver Stone's 'The Untold History of the United States' + Anniversary Screenings Of 'Spirited Away,' 'Exterminating Angel' & MoreThe constant debate between diehard Wes Anderson fans usually comes do which film is the director's best: "Rushmore" or "The Royal Tenenbaums" (with another, minority contingent usually backing "Bottle Rocket"). And while it usually comes down to personal preferences and attachments (this writer sides with 'Tenenbaums') it's undeniable that for Wes Anderson, "The Royal Tenenbaums" was his breakthrough work. Building on the cult and critical acclaim for his first two films, 'Tenenbaums' still remains his biggest box office hit to date, taking in over $70 million worldwide, spawning a hit soundtrack, an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and a seal of approval from The Criterion Collection. It has been a decade since the film first opened and the New York Film Festival is ready to take you on a trip down memory lane.

Wow: Ridley Scott To Follow 'Prometheus' With 'Blade Runner' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 18, 2011 4:12 AM
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Update: Producers for the film tell 24 Frames that realistically, the earliest this will shoot is 2013 as a writer still needs to be hired, a script to be written and a film to cast -- a process which will take 18 months at least. And oh yeah, don't expect Harrison Ford. "In no way do I speak for Ridley Scott," producer Andrew Kosove said. "But if you're asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no. This is a total reinvention, and in my mind that means doing everything fresh, including casting."

Ennio Morricone's 'Days Of Heaven' Soundtrack Gets 2-Disc Re-Release With Never Before Heard Music

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 1, 2011 3:46 AM
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As is the case when working with most geniuses, collaborating with Terrence Malick ain't easy. While there's a small core group of inner-circle people who have never left his side -- editor Billy Weber, production designer Jack Fisk, and casting director Dianne Crittenden to name a few -- even these lifers have all stated on the record how, despite loving Terry to death, it can be immensely difficult at times to discern exactly what it is he wants. History shows that Malick himself doesn't know the answer which can infuriate collaborators. While cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki will have lensed three Malick pictures in a row ("New World," "The Tree of Life" and the upcoming untitled romance), new collaborators that stick around is rare.

Terrence Malick Wanted John Travolta & 15 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Days of Heaven'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 9, 2011 8:01 AM
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While many directors worry about the sophomore slump, Terrence Malick might be remembered most for his second film, "Days of Heaven." The film stars Richard Gere and Brooke Adams as a lovestruck young couple in early 1900s Texas. After Bill, Gere's character, kills his boss, the couple and Bill's sister Linda (Linda Manz) flee. While looking for work they stumble upon an idyllic farm run by a sickly, yet kind farmer played by Sam Shepard. When the farmer falls in love with Abby, played by Adams, Bill convinces her to enter into a sham marriage with him in the hopes he’ll die soon and leave them his considerable wealth. As one could guess, things go awry when Abby develops conflicting feelings of affection for the farmer.

Why Is Robert Redford Claiming He Wrote 'All The President's Men'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2011 5:43 AM
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"If you were to ask me, 'What would you change if you had your movie life to live over?' I'd tell you that I'd have written exactly all the screenplays I've written. Only I wouldn't have come near 'All The President's Men'" -- William Goldman, "Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View Of Hollywood And Screenwriting"

The Weinsteins Hire A Hack To Butcher 'Seven Samurai' In A Remake No One Wants

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 8:37 AM
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In the works for a long time now, this is a project we hoped would sit around, collect dust and never really happen but now there is fresh movement and we couldn't be more nauseated.

SXSW: Music Supervisor Randall Poster Talks Losing The Beatles In Wes Anderson's 'Royal Tenenbaums'

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  • March 15, 2011 11:04 AM
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Heralded Music Supervisor Says Favorite Wes Anderson Film Is 'Life Aquatic' & Yes, He's Already At Work On 'Moon Rise Kingdom'Richard Linklater was a no-show to his SXSW conversation with celebrated music supervisor Randall Poster -- bummer -- (they've worked together on "The School of Rock," "Before Sunrise" and "SubUrbia" which members of Sonic Youth did some uncredited musical score work on). But Poster soldiered on with Graham Reynolds, the composer currently working on Linklater's next picture, the West Texas-set black comedy, "Bernie," starring Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey.

Producers Of 'Blade Runner' Prequel & Sequel Haven't Met With Ridley Scott (But Would Like To)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 3:37 AM
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Prequel Would Be Set In An "Alternate Universe"By now, you've probably heard that in Hollywood's never ending quest to sequelize, franchise and exploit any popular title they can, Alcon Entertainment has snagged the screen rights to "Blade Runner" from producer Bud Yorkin for future sequel/prequel projects. Ugh. Many questions loomed following the news yesterday but the biggest one of the all is: will Ridley Scott be involved in any capacity? It will be interesting to see the director's response and attitude toward the news (and we're sure he's not exactly thrilled that his baby has been put in somebody else's hands) but speaking with the LA Times, Alcon co-founder Andrew Kosove said the door is open.

Alcon Entertainment Secures Rights To 'Blade Runner' Prequels & Sequels

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 3, 2011 12:55 AM
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What's that? You have an iconic piece of cinema? But what? It's only a stand-alone piece of film, but it's so cherished you could milk it for a zillion more dollars because it's so well respected and beloved and you haven't done that yet? Cha-ching! Sorry, people this is how it now works. Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" has just too much damn brand equity to simply squander in the pantheon of words and sentiments that say, "lord, that's such a classic movie." Modern business thinking demands that you quantify brand equity into some kind of capital and thus more "Blade Runner" films await us even though most of us are thinking we should all just leave well alone.

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