‘Godfather’ Producer Al Ruddy, Good Films Team on World War II Drama (Exclusive)
“In the Hours of the Night” is being adapted by Chris Starr from the William Bradford Huie novel, set in 1945 in the weeks after the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. The story centers on a man thrown into a military psychiatric hospital to save him from himself and to save America from a breach of Q-clearance — the highest security clearance available — after the dropping of the bombs, of which he was instrumental in developing.
- Dave McNary
The Lost Projects: 15 Movies Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and More Auteurs Never Made
Just because you’re a well-established director with award-winning hits and/or commercial successes doesn’t mean you can make any movie you want. Just ask Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, and more. All these auteurs have had passion projects over the years they’ve had to kill or put on indefinite hiatus for a variety of reasons, which is a shame given how incredible all of them sound on paper.
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Christopher Nolan taking on Howard Hughes. Spike Lee making a boxing epic around Joe Louis. Kathryn Bigelow resurrecting Joan of Arc for a female warrior saga unlike any the big screen had ever really seen in the 1990s. We’d buy a ticket for all them years in advance if we knew they were definitely happening.
With many of our favorite auteurs currently in production on new movies, »
- Zack Sharf
‘A Ghost Story’ Exclusive Clip: Will Oldham Builds A Legacy
Low budget and small scale, the questions and observations at the heart of David Lowery‘s “A Ghost Story” are much bigger than you might expect. Starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, this story of love, loss, and grief, also ponders human existence and where we ultimately land in the grand cosmic plan.
That latter theme is best expressed in a show-stopping, mid-film monologue by musician/actor Will Oldham (who you might also know as Bonnie “Prince” Billy).
- Kevin Jagernauth
Movie Poster of the Week: Michelangelo Antonioni’s "Blow-Up"
Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up—which opens today in a new restoration at New York’s Film Forum—is a film about images, photographs especially (a film whose obsession with film grain makes a hi-def digital restoration seem almost perverse). But if ever a film has been reduced to a single image in the public mind it is Antonioni’s mod masterpiece, whose shot of David Hemmings straddling super-model Veruschka at the climactic moment of an orgasmic photo shoot has become the movie’s money shot, endlessly parodied since. Veruschka (a.k.a. Countess Vera von Lehndorff-Steinort) appears for only five minutes at the beginning of the film but she, more than top-billed star Vanessa Redgrave, became the face, or rather the body, of Blow-Up.The shot was used for both the French grande (painted by Georges Kerfyser) and the Japanese poster, above, as well as for a wonderful series of green, »
‘There Will Be Blood’: What You Learn About Paul Thomas Anderson By Counting All 678 Shots — Watch
If you’re one of those people who don’t believe the editor holds just as much power over a film as the director, then you really need to watch more Paul Thomas Anderson movies, especially “There Will Be Blood.” The latest video essay from Nerdwriter1 takes a fascinating look at Anderson’s 2007 masterpiece by studying what you learn about the movie just by counting all of the shots.
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There are a total of 678 shots in “There Will Be Blood,” which runs 158 minutes. This means that Anderson and editor Dylan Tichenor’s average shot length is approximately 13.3 seconds, well over the 3-4 second average among Hollywood movies today. Utilizing longer shots in no way makes a film better or worse, but Anderson uses it to his advantage. He not only uses longer shots, but he »
- Zack Sharf
Why ‘Atomic Blonde’ Earns Its Steamy Charlize Theron Lesbian Sex Scene
Savvy lesbian cinephiles have learned to be on guard whenever lesbian sex pops up onscreen — especially when it’s coming from a straight male director. While gay men are often portrayed as desexualized comedic relief in Hollywood, lesbians are used for hyper-sexual titillation. Viewers eager for a feminist icon in Charlize Theron’s ball-busting “Atomic Blonde” character Lorraine Broughton should keep their hopes in check, but she does exhibit a refreshingly no-fucks-given fluid sexuality.
A British spy tasked with tracking down a double agent in Berlin just before the fall of the Wall, Lorraine takes out an endless stream of bad guys with killer moves and a poker face so neutral she barely registers a personality. “John Wick” co-director David Leitch makes his official directorial debut with flair, even if the plot is a little predictable. »
- Jude Dry
All the Fall Movies We Can’t Wait to See (Screen Talk Episode 158) — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
The summer’s not quite over and most audiences still need to catch up on a lot of its highlights, but pretty soon, it’s going to be old news. The fall movie season is always a dense calendar of Oscar bait, exciting documentaries, and complete discoveries that make the last portion of the year the most unexpected. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson go through their list of movies expected to land on the fall festival circuit (or premiere outside of it) to get a sense for how the next few months could change our perception of cinema in 2017.
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- Indiewire Staff
"Red Desert" & "Husbands and Wives": Two Visions from Carlo Di Palma
Carlo Di Palma and Woody AllenThe only thing more consistent than the quality of Carlo Di Palma’s cinematography is the routine variance of his work. Though his most prominent titles were primarily those done in collaboration with two key directors—Michelangelo Antonioni and Woody Allen—what he demonstrated over the course of his career, in these films and dozens more, revealed a remarkable exhibition of visual range. His decades-spanning career produced a gallery of fluctuating colors, lighting techniques, temperatures, movements, and tones. And more often than not, what he refined in this richly varying field proved to be a directly corresponding realization of profound psychological consequence.Born April 17, 1925 in Rome, the son of a camera repair man, Di Palma’s cinematic commencement went from focus operator on Neo-Realist essentials like Rome, Open City (1945) and Bicycle Thieves (1948) to serving various capacities on largely subpar Italian fare. A turning point came »
Christopher Nolan Doesn’t Allow Chairs Or Water Bottles On Set
Christopher Nolan is master filmmaker, but he’s also someone with very particular sensibilities. For an industry that demands that you be reachable at all time, Nolan eschews the norms, and doesn’t even have an email address. If you’re going to work on one of his movies, get ready to get off the grid, because he doesn’t allow phones on set. The director demands your total attention and commitment to his work, and that also means there are some other things he wants out of the way so you’re not distracted.
Continue reading Christopher Nolan Doesn’t Allow Chairs Or Water Bottles On Set at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Robert Pattinson Explains How He Almost Got Fired From ‘Twilight’
It’s been nearly a decade since the world became enraptured with the romance between Bella and Edward in “Twilight.” Their moody courtship became a cultural phenomenon, Team KStew and Team RPatz was born, and Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson saw their young careers take off. However, it appears that the producers of the Ya flick thought Edward was a bit too morose in the early stages of filming.
Continue reading Robert Pattinson Explains How He Almost Got Fired From ‘Twilight’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Duplass Brothers are Back on TV! 7 Reasons to Get Excited About ‘Room 104’
[Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with HBO in support of Room 104, which premieres onJuly 28 at 11:30 p.m. Et.]
“Room 104” isn’t like anything else you’ll see on television this year. The new half-hour, genre-bending HBO series features a number of unique facets, but they all relate back, in one way or another, to the creative minds of Mark and Jay Duplass.
The writers, producers, directors, and actors known for breakout independent films like “The Puffy Chair” and “Cyrus” as well as award-winning television like “Togetherness” and “Transparent” have come together to create the latest exciting original series on the Home Box Office network.
Set in a single room in your typical American motel chain, each week tells a different story and all 12 episodes of Season 1 were produced by the Duplass Brothers. The tone, characters, and era can all change week-to-week, and viewers should be ready for drama, comedy, horror, and at the start of each new entry. What unites each story is the common search for »
- Ben Travers
‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots’: Season 5 Proves ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs Cats to Defeat Dragons — Watch
Read below… if you dare! Everyone’s favorite feline is back just in time for summer with the Season 5 premiere of “The Adventures of Puss in Boots.” The new season is full of adventure, as well as some very interesting guest stars.
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Things ended pretty crazily last season, and Puss is back with an exclusive clip to give a sneak peek at what’s to come this season featuring Jane Lynch (“Wreck-It Ralph”) as “Sully,” a dragon squaring off against our hero in a high-flying action scene. Check out the video below.
The series follows the famous smooth-talking assassin-turned-sidekick Puss in Boots from the “Shrek” film series, who later went on to star in his own original film, “Puss in Boots.” The famous kitty Casanova now protects the city of San Lorenzo, a »
- Gabrielle Kiss
Interview with Dustin Guy Defa
I spoke to Dustin Guy Defa shortly before the New York City premiere of Person to Person at New Directors/New Films in March 2017. Defa discussed the merits of short-form filmmaking, his fondness for interlocking narratives, and the advantages of the invisible plot. »
‘The Mindy Project’ Final Season: Chris Messina Returning to Give Danny and Mindy ‘Clarity’
Mindy Lahiri will get her happily ever after, and Danny Castellano will be part of it … somewhere.
At the Hulu TCA panel for “The Mindy Project,” Mindy Kaling, Ike Barinholtz and executive producer Matt Warburton revealed details about who will return for the rom-com’s final season. Among those names is Chris Messina, who played the father of Mindy’s child and her ex-fiancee.
But when the sixth season begins on Sept. 12, both Danny and Mindy will have moved on. He will be married to Greta Gerwig’s character Sarah, while Mindy has tied the knot with Ben (Bryan Greenberg). Despite these attachments, Kaling acknowledged that the fans “still hope that Danny and Mindy are the end game, romantically.”
Warburton said the show will give “a little bit of clarity »
- Hanh Nguyen
From ‘Wonder Woman’ to ‘Girls Trip,’ a Great Summer for Women — But Don’t Call It a Breakthrough
As summer movie season winds down, women-driven films are front and center. “Wonder Woman” is the top title, “Atomic Blonde” starring Charlize Theron opens wide, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” begins limited runs before its nationwide release, and “Girls Trip” is on a $100 million trajectory. All of this underlines a good story for female-based films that began this spring with”Beauty and the Beast,” the year’s #1 film in worldwide release.
Does that mean a breakthrough for women, and films about them? Not exactly.
First, the great news: Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” is the first time a female-directed action film has ruled the summer. (Vicky Jenson co-directed summer 2001’s top grosser, “Shrek.”) In a male-dominated comic book character universe, Gal Gadot and her D.C. Comics heroine rewrote the rules of what can be a blockbuster summer release. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Sarah Silverman on Trying to Unite The Country With Hulu’s ‘I Love You, America’
Sarah Silverman is on a mission.
“I want to get to the root of humanity in this country,” the comedian told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour.
But here’s what they do know: “I Love You, America” will be shot weekly in Hollywood and feature an opening monologue, in addition to taped pieces shot around the country. In one early remote, Silverman will sit down with a family in Georgia that has never met anyone Jewish.
“We’re not looking to make them look like assholes,” she said. “We’re exposing the fact that we’re actually the same. We may be listening to two different sets of lies right now.”
In the studio, “I Love You, »
- Michael Schneider
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