Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

#Sundance: Roadside Buys Winter's Bone

Roadside Attractions has acquired Debra Granik's tough Ozark mystery thriller Winter's Bone, which she adapted with Anne Roselini from the novel by Daniel Woodrell. "It's a well-written, tight, well-spun American story," Granik said after the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • January 31, 2010 1:45 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

#Sundance: IFC Acquires Killer Inside Me

#Sundance: IFC Acquires Killer Inside Me
If IFC Films could buy U.S. rights to Lars von Trier's controversial Antichrist out of Cannes, they can do the same with Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me, which has similarly ignited a raging debate out of Sundance over its violence toward women. In the film (adapted by John Curran from the 1952 Jim Thompson novel), Casey Affleck's sociopathic Texas sheriff's deputy beats two women to a pulp with his fists. Talk about pulp fiction.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • January 30, 2010 10:14 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

#Sundance: Abel's Diego Luna is Director Discovery of Fest

Of the three actor-directors who made their feature filmmaking debuts at this year's Sundance, it looks like Mark Ruffalo (Sympathy for Delicious) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Jack Goes Boating) can keep their day jobs. But Mexican star Diego Luna, with the magical family drama Abel, is the director discovery of this festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • January 30, 2010 9:51 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

#Sundance: Mark Lewis Gets Down with 3-D Cane Toads

#Sundance: Mark Lewis Gets Down with 3-D Cane Toads
With 1988's Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, Australian documentary filmmaker Mark Lewis (The Natural History of the Chicken) introduced Sundance audiences to the cane toad--an amphibian imported Down Under in 1935 to control sugar cane larvae. Of course, the cane toad did nothing of the kind, and turned out to be a remarkably adaptable--and toxic-- creature, capable of killing dogs and pets with its poison glands. This time with Cane Toads: The Conquest, Lewis celebrates the toad as he tries to restore the balance by suggesting it's not all the toad's fault. He takes us from the toad 16 million years ago, through Puerto Rico and Hawaii to Australia and the evolution of the new and improved 3- D "Ava-Toad."
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • January 30, 2010 8:05 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

#Sundance: Aamir Khan Talks 3 Idiots, May Release Peepli Live Himself

#Sundance: Aamir Khan Talks 3 Idiots, May Release Peepli Live Himself
How strange that I should land my first interview with my favorite Bollywood star, Aamir Khan, at Sundance. That's because he came to town as the producer of an indie political satire, Peepli Live, which is the first film from India to be accepted at Sundance-- in the world cinema competition. Khan read the script from rookie director Anusha Rizvi and agreed to back it. She cast the film largely with unknowns, including theater actor Omkar Das Manikpuri. (Here's a review from The Hollywood Reporter.)
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • January 30, 2010 3:47 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Could Catcher in the Rye Movie Happen?

Now that author J.D. Salinger has died at age 91, it's possible that the movie adaptation he so passionately opposed of The Catcher in the Rye could finally happen. He turned against Hollywood in 1949 after My Foolish Heart, adapted from his short story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut," was badly panned.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • January 29, 2010 10:24 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

MGM Gains Another Lender Extension

As MGM gets yet another extension on having to pay back its lenders--until March 31--it shows that finally it is in the interest of investors to keep the company afloat. The same thing is behind the Weinstein Co.'s new lease on life, as its investors are allowing the company to keep money coming into its coffers in the near term in order to fund and release more movies that might turn out to be profitable. Similarly, while Michael London's Groundswell has lost much of its money (I hear some $50 million) and TPG/Axon pulled its remaining equity (its corporate parent TPG also took a bath on MGM), Groundswell lender Comerica has fronted the company enough to keep it afloat--hoping for an eventual recovery.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • January 29, 2010 9:43 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
More: Studios, MGM/UA

Oscar Talk Episode 19: Heading Toward Noms, Bullock vs. Streep, Avatar vs. Hurt Locker

Oscar Talk Episode 19: Heading Toward Noms, Bullock vs. Streep, Avatar vs. Hurt Locker
Kris Tapley and I took a week off while I decamped to the Sundance Film Festival. As we head toward the DGA Awards Saturday and Oscar nominations Tuesday morning, we forecast sure things and possible surprises, debate strengths and weaknesses of Golden Globes winner Avatar, SAG ensemble-winner Inglourious Basterds and PGA winner The Hurt Locker, and wonder if glam awards-newbie and SAG-winner Sandra Bullock (with momentum behind her) could actually beat admired-but-familiar Oscar-veteran Meryl Streep.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • January 29, 2010 9:02 AM
  • |
  • 9 Comments

#Sundance: Weinsteins Buy Blue Valentine, Chase The Tillman Story

#Sundance: Weinsteins Buy Blue Valentine, Chase The Tillman Story
Harvey Weinstein, who has been ubiquitous at Sundance, has finally bagged a big catch: Derek Cianfrance's $5-million Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a married couple on the rocks. As Disney closed the doors Friday on the Weinsteins' old company Miramax (named after their parents), the newly invigorated TWC is also nearing a deal on Sundance doc fave The Tillman Story. TWC was also in the bidding for The Kids Are All Right, which went to Focus Features.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • January 29, 2010 7:06 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

#Sundance: Cholodenko Talks The Kids Are All Right

On Wednesday, as the LAT breathlessly reported that the Focus Features deal to acquire The Kids Are All Right for $3.5 million was virtually closed, writer-director Lisa Cholodenko was insisting that deal points were still outstanding.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • January 28, 2010 6:38 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Email Updates