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Watch: Stephen Sondheim's "I'm Still Here" Performed By Jarvis Cocker, Directed By Todd Haynes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2014 2:33 PM
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December was a blur, so when HBO aired the documentary "Six By Sondheim," it flew past our radar, but we should have been paying close attention.

Christian Bale May Reteam With Todd Haynes For Political Drama 'Act Of God'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2013 7:57 PM
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It's been two years since Todd Haynes' outstanding HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce," and frankly that's two years too long. But he's quietly been brewing some projects in the background. Earlier this year, it was announced he was teaming with Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska for "Carol," based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, but not much has been heard since. Now, another project is surfacing and it could find him working again with an actor who has anchored his more musical-based films.

Todd Haynes Returns To Features For 'Carol' With Cate Blanchett & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2013 12:29 PM
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It's been six years since "Velvet Goldmine" and "Far From Heaven" helmer Todd Haynes last had a film in theaters -- the uneven, but intermittently transcendent Bob Dylan picture "I'm Not There." Haynes has been busy in the meantime, helming the awesome, Emmy-laden miniseries "Mildred Pierce," as well as an episode of "Enlightened," but we've missed him on the big screen, and so we're excited by Screen Daily's news that Haynes will direct a new film called "Carol."

Todd Haynes Says His New Project About Conservative Politics Will Be An Unbiased Drama About Middle America

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 13, 2012 12:14 PM
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Todd Haynes has never been one to repeat himself; although his films often explore similar themes, they approach those themes in different ways, creating a body of work that’s as eclectic as it is oddly cohesive. And after examining the middle-class identity crisis of “Mildred Pierce,” Haynes is foraging further into unfamiliar territory with a project about conservative politics. “I’m writing a script for a film now actually with Jon Raymond, who adapted ‘Mildred’ with me, a Portland-based fiction writer and screenwriter, and good friend,” he said recently via telephone. “I’m eager to get back into movies.”

Todd Haynes Talks The Contemporary Parallels Of 'Mildred Pierce' & His Possible Next Project With Julianne Moore

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 12, 2012 10:03 AM
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Not content to rank among the first tier of independent filmmakers working on the big screen, Todd Haynes took a gamble last year and collaborated with the folks at HBO for what would become one of the must-see events on television: “Mildred Pierce,” an epic adaptation of James M. Cain’s acclaimed novel. But the filmmaker responsible for some of the most daring and unusual cinematic works of recent years said that the reason he decided to undertake the project on the small screen was simple – namely, he couldn’t have made it otherwise. “I don’t know that we could have made 'Mildred Pierce' as a feature film,” Haynes told us in a recent interview. “The appetite right now among financiers for female-driven historical dramas is scant, and narrowing, and we could have made the good fight, but it certainly would have been a condensed version of that novel, which I thought was already quite significantly accomplished in the first round, in that ’45 film.”

Todd Haynes Thanks The Fans For Helping Him Remember The Details & Backstories Of 'Velvet Goldmine'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 16, 2011 3:21 PM
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Almost 25 years after he made his first film, Todd Haynes remains as provocative and singular a filmmaker as ever. From the incendiary “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story” to Oscar-nominated projects like “Far From Heaven” and most-recently, his HBO-backed adaptation with “Mildred Pierce,” Haynes repeatedly, and directly engages controversial subject matter, examining it in oddly universal ways without sacrificing an honest or incisive eye. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been until recently that the home video market has really given many of his works the attention they deserve. On the eve of Lionsgate’s Blu-ray release of his 1998 glam rock chronicle, “Velvet Goldmine,” Haynes told The Playlist he’s happy to have a chance to add some supplemental materials for the first time which give its fans additional insights into his creative process.

Todd Haynes & Julianne Moore Eyeing Re-Team With HBO To Deliver 'Dope'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2011 6:37 AM
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With 21 Emmy nominations -- more than any other television program -- there is a reason why Todd Haynes' HBO mini-series "Mildred Pierce" has earned so much acclaim. It's fucking great. Easily one of the best pieces of cinema we've seen this year on any size screen, it features career-best work from both Haynes and Kate Winslet (who is a lock to take home Outstanding Lead Actress In A Mini-series Or Movie) in a gorgeously put together melodrama that packs an emotional wallop. Yeah, we love it. And with news now that Haynes is going to return to the network with another project, we couldn't be more excited.

Todd Haynes & 'Meek's Cutoff' Writer Jon Raymond Working On Film About "Conservative Politics"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 5:42 AM
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As far as movie CVs go, writer Jon Raymond has a fairly impeccable record thus far. Having worked with Kelly Reichardt on "Old Joy," "Wendy & Lucy" and "Meek's Cutoff" as well as with Todd Haynes (who produced Reichardt's film) on the first three parts of "Mildred Pierce," he's notched some impressive work under his belt. And he certainly seems to have made an impression on Haynes as the director is set to work with him again an upcoming project.

Todd Haynes Will Direct My Morning Jacket Concert Webcast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 5:38 AM
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So is American Express and Vevo like the concert webcast version of HBO? Sure seems like it. So far, they've lured Spike Lee, Terry Gilliam and David Lynch to direct concert webcasts for John Legend & The Roots, Arcade Fire and Duran Duran, respectively, and now they've nabbed another high profile helmer.

Review: Todd Haynes' 'Mildred Pierce' A Mouth-Watering Melodrama On An Operatic Scale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2011 3:31 AM
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Yes, we already know that Hollywood studios are continuing to pull away from adult oriented dramas, while continuing to pour money into franchises, sequels and spinoffs. And we've certainly already sung the praises of HBO for setting the standard for their colleagues by being a welcoming home for auteurs to toil away on the kinds of projects that wouldn't get them through the front door anywhere else. However, it's one thing to logically pair Todd Haynes with the period melodrama "Mildred Pierce" but when you surround him with the talent he has here, giving him an almost absurdly generous amount of running time to tell the story his way, it's practically like the cable network is sticking a thumb in the eye of Hollywood.

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