Posts by Danny Bowes

  • Filmmaker Jafar Panahi in trouble with Iranian government. Again.

    Danny Bowes at Movie Talk1 yr ago

    Filmmaker Jafar Panahi is in trouble with the Iranian government. Again. Panahi won Best Screenplay for his movie “Closed Curtain” at the Berlin Film Festival, even though the acclaimed director has been banned from filmmaking. The award prompted the Iranian government to send the Berlinale jury an official complaint. The head of Iran's national film organization, Javad Shamaqdari, called the award inappropriate, as Panahi is prohibited from making films under Iranian law.

    Iranian Shamaqdari stated that Berlinale officials should “correct their behavior. Everyone knows that making a film and sending it outside the country needs permission” In reply, Berlin officials released a statement saying that they hoped the screening of “Closed Curtain” and the award to Panahi would not lead to “any legal consequences for the filmmakers.” Festival director Dieter Kosslick has campaigned actively and vocally on Panahi's behalf, and asked Iran to allow Panahi to attend the festival, which was denied.

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  • ‘Sleepwalk With Me’ writer/star Mike Birbiglia lines up next gig.

    Danny Bowes at Movie Talk1 yr ago

    Comedian Mike Birbiglia is set to continue his budding career as a filmmaker, following up last year's Sundance Audience Prize-winning “Sleepwalk With Me.” He is slated to write and star in an adaptation of his stand-up act “My Girlfriend's Boyfriend.” The film will “have a different name, but that's the jumping-off point,” Birbiglia told The Hollywood Reporter.

    “Sleepwalk With Me,” also derived from Birbiglia's stand-up, led to a book by the same name and a segment on “This American Life.” The program’s host Ira Glass liked Birbiglia’s stuff so much that he co-produce the film. After making a splash at Sundance and elsewhere on the festival circuit, “Sleepwalk With Me” went on to make a number of best-of-2012 lists, with Film.com—which picked it as #11—saying “Veteran comedian/first-time director Mike Birbiglia does something that Billy Crystal, Woody Allen, and Judd Apatow were never able to quite pull off: Making a film that honestly portrays the life of a stand-up.”

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  • ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ star Marion Cotillard lines up her next gig

    Danny Bowes at Movie Talk1 yr ago

    Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, coming off a highly successful 2012 with “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Rust and Bone,” is nearing a new prestige project that could very well land her another nomination: Benoit Jacquot's adaptation of the classic French novel “Diary of a Chambermaid.”

    Octave Mirbaud's novel, a sensation upon its 1900 publication in France, tells the story of an ambitious young woman's time working for wealthy French families. It was controversial in its day for addressing the working conditions of servants.

    “Diary of a Chambermaid” has a rich history in cinema too, having been adapted first in 1946 by Jean Renoir with Paulette Goddard in the lead, and in 1964 by Luis Bunuel with Jeanne Moreau. Jacquot's version, produced by Jean-Pierre Guerin (who also produced Jacquot's 2012 Berlinale-opening “Farewell My Queen”) would be the third version.

    Guerin told Variety that Cotillard, after a positive meeting with Jacquot, is looking forward to reading the script. The role figures to be a challenging one for the star, along the lines of “Rust and Bone” and her Oscar-winning turn in “La Vie en Rose,” both of which saw her appear in nearly every scene.

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  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt to cut steamy sex scene from his directorial debut ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’

    Danny Bowes at Movie Talk1 yr ago

    Speaking at a press conference at this year's Berlinale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt said he would cut graphic sex scenes from his directorial debut, “Don Jon's Addiction,” to secure an R rating. “Yes, we expect we have to do that and I'll be getting started on it as soon as I get back,” the actor-director said.

    “Don Jon's Addiction,” a romantic comedy about a New Jersey man (Gordon-Levitt) whose preference for pornography over intimacy is challenged by two women (Julianne Moore, Scarlett Johansson) he encounters, debuted at Sundance last month. Critics were largely positive about the film, though many eyes popped at the sex, which includes a number of extremely steamy scenes between Gordon-Levitt and Johansson.

    Relativity Media, who paid $4 million upfront to acquire “Don Jon's Addiction” for distribution, also committed in the same deal to a guarantee of $25 million in prints and advertising. With the difficulties in exhibiting NC-17 films, the assumption is that this deal is contingent on Gordon-Levitt being able to deliver an R-rated cut of the film to the MPAA.

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  • Chris Eigeman to direct movie about the atomic bomb

    Danny Bowes at Movie Talk1 yr ago

    Jesse Eisenberg, Emile Hirsch, and Diane Kruger have all signed on for the upcoming film “Midnight Sun,” about the making of the atomic bomb. The film marks the second feature as director by veteran character actor Chris Eigeman.

    Eigeman's razor-sharp, hyper-articulate performances in ‘90s indie films like “Barcelona,” “Kicking and Screaming,” and “The Last Days of Disco” established him as something of an icon (the scene in “The Last Days of Disco” where Eigeman snorts hot black coffee to determine its similarity to cocaine being a particular highlight).

    While a few unsuccessful projects followed, Eigeman persevered, appearing in memorable recent appearances on TV's “Girls” and “Bunheads.” In 2007 Eigeman directed his first film, “Turn The River,” which received positive critical notice. For “Midnight Sun,” his follow-up, Eigeman has enlisted Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” as a consultant. (When making a film about the making of the atomic bomb, seeking the help of the person who literally wrote the book on the subject seems a good move.)

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  • Rob Zombie’s ‘Lords of Salem’ to headline SXSW’s Midnighter program

    Danny Bowes at Movie Talk1 yr ago

    Rob Zombie's “Lords of Salem” leads an enticing slate of features at South By Southwest (SXSW)'s Midnighters program this year. The rocker-turned-horror director's latest, a riff in his inimitable style about witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September and hits theaters this April 19 th .

    The Midnighters series, highlighting films that are “Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious” will also include the marvelously titled “Big Ass Spider” and new features by noted horror auteurs Vincenzo Natali (“Splice”) and Adam Wingard (“You're Next”), as well as the anthology sequel “V/H/S/2.”

    Also included in the series are 106 short films, among which are films by Amy Seimetz (the lead actress in this year's Sundance sensation “Upstream Color”) and Brie Larson (“United States of Tara”).

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  • ‘Bellflower’ filmmakers turn to crowdfunding for ‘Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins’

    Danny Bowes at Movie Talk1 yr ago

    The filmmakers behind 2011's indie cult hit "Bellflower" are turning to crowd-funding to help complete their new film "Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins." Calling the new project "influenced heavily by 80s action films and side-scrolling video games," Coatwolf Productions have produced a short video outlining exactly what they need the additional funding for.

    Writer-director Evan Glodell's followup to "Bellflower" promises more of hallucinatory, whacked out violence in the earlier film but even more outlandish, stylized. And that costs money. The crowd source funding of "Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins" looks to pay for some special effects scenes where, among other things, insane motorcycle stunts, Camaros driven off piers, Molotov cocktails and people catching fire when punched. For anyone who remembers the homemade flame-throwers from "Bellflower," you know that Glodell and company are (at least somewhat) serious about this.

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  • ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ screenwriter teaming up with Guillermo del Toro for ‘The Secret Garden’

    Danny Bowes at Movie Talk1 yr ago

    "Beasts of the Southern Wild" screenwriter Lucy Alibar, for her new project, is partnering with a producer who knows a thing or two about fantasy himself: Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro is set to produce Alibar's adaptation of Francis Hodgson Burnett's classic novel "The Secret Garden" for Universal.

    Both Alibar and del Toro have made notable fantasy films about young female protagonists facing perilous circumstances; Alibar's take in "Beasts" blended fantasy with a Cassevettes-like realism, where del Toro in "Pan's Labyrinth" departed into far more stylized flights of fancy. With del Toro's involvement as producer, and the project being set up at a studio, "The Secret Garden" is a chance to see what Alibar's visions look like on a larger scale.

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  • John Sayles reveals trailer for latest movie ‘Go For Sisters’

    Danny Bowes at Movie Talk1 yr ago

    John Sayles, one of the great American independent filmmakers, has a new film, and a typically intriguing one at that. “Go For Sisters,” the writer-director's latest, will be premiering at Austin's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival this year.

    According to the film's official synopsis, the story follows the relationship between Bernice and Fontayne, lifelong friends, who are so close they could be sisters (hence the title). Fontayne turns to a life of crime, leading her to drug addiction and prison, and Bernice is fortuitously assigned to be Fontayne's parole office upon her release. Bernice's son has gone missing and may be dead, and Fontayne has to turn to underworld contacts to enlist the aid of a disgraced, elderly, nearly blind ex-cop called “The Terminator” to get him back.

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  • Renny Harlin set to direct ‘Hercules 3D’

    Danny Bowes at Movie Talk1 yr ago

    Veteran action director Renny Harlin ("Die Hard 2," "Cutthroat Island"), is picking up a sword, getting some sandals, and getting set to direct "Hercules 3D" for Millenium Pictures. Millennium and Harlin are aiming for a March 2014 release to beat a rival Hercules film -- directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson, scheduled to bow in August of that year -- to theaters.

    Harlin told the Hollywood Reporter that "Hercules 3D" is "not a comic book, cartoony fantasy thing," adding, "It's closer to 'Gladiator' than flying horses." He also tried to downplay talk of there being a rivalry with the Ratner/Johnson Hercules film, saying "I think these are very different kinds of movies in their approach to this legendary character. Obviously, Hercules has been portrayed in many different films, such as the Disney animated movie. I wish them luck. Ancient Greek mythology is an endless source of good stories ... Let's see both movies be successful."

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