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Hamptons Film Fest: Edgar Wright & Richard Curtis Talk Working Title Films & The State Of The Industry

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 14, 2013 12:01 PM
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Edgar Wright
This weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival, a special tribute to Working Title Films was held as part of the festival's strain of British-themed programming (it just so happened to also coincide with the 10th anniversary of their beloved rom-com "Love Actually"). On hand for the panel were the company's current co-chairs Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, who were later joined by special guests Edgar Wright and Richard Curtis, whose new film for Working Title, "About Time," also played the festival. Together, they helped illuminate what makes Working Title such a unique place for filmmakers, how the company was founded, and what they think the future of cinema holds.

Hamptons Film Fest: Helena Bonham Carter Compares Reaction To 'The Lone Ranger' To 'Fight Club'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 13, 2013 10:08 AM
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The Lone Ranger, Helena Bonham Carter
One of the more infamous Hollywood stories this year was the inglorious demise of "The Lone Ranger," Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer's $200 million+ western that failed to connect with audiences and was outright scalped by critics (sorry, we couldn't resist). While chatting with "The Lone Ranger" costar Helena Bonham Carter at this year's Hamptons International Film Festival for her new biopic "Burton & Taylor," we couldn't help but bring up the response to the film and what she thought it's chances were of a life beyond this initial reception. Carter responded by comparing the film to another of her movies that was judged harshly upon release but blossomed lovingly into a bona-fide cult classic years later, David Fincher's "Fight Club."

Hamptons Film Fest Review: 'Decoding Deepak' Is A Warm & Fuzzy (But Not Exactly Illuminating) Look At A Beloved Guru

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 4, 2012 3:18 PM
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The first few moments of the mercifully brief "Decoding Deepak" (it runs a scant 74 minutes) promise something intriguing. In the opening few scenes, the movie teases a look at Deepak Chopra, the spiritual advisor and self-help guru who has written something like sixty books and helped lead the rich and powerful towards existential oneness, not through some detached, analytical third-party lens, but from first hand knowledge, since the filmmaker/narrator/co-star is Chopra's son, Gotham. Is Deepak a fraud, the genuine article, or something in between? If anyone could figure it out, it's his son and heir to ChopraCorp. Sadly, while it is entertaining in spots and certainly heartfelt, "Decoding Deepak" favors glazed-over generalities over any actual introspection.

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