Yesterday, I posted some new images from Ben Stiller's upcoming remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," while noting that the film's more extravagant flights of fancy were clearly being saved or a later unveiling. Immediately, a few of you replied with your thoughts on the film's first trailer (which hit theaters with "The Wolverine" last weekend) and suggested that it could indeed be something special.
Ben Stiller's upcoming remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is a project I've been dimly aware of without ever really stopping to think about it -- and certainly not in an awards-season context. I take Stiller's directorial output more seriously than most, and can quote hefty chunks of "Zoolander" dialogue on command, but somehow imagined he was taking the popular 1947 Danny Kaye vehicle in a sketchier direction than that suggested by this breathless Empire preview of the fantasy, in which Stiller stars as a magazine employee escaping his mundane existence (and pursuing love) via lavish daydreams.
Well, consider this a major coup for the Big Apple. Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips,” a fact-based thriller about a hijacking at sea, was widely expected to make its festival debut in Toronto, or even Venice, ahead of its US release on October 11. Instead, however, it will have its world premiere as the Opening Film of the 51st New York Film Festival, which runs from September 27 to October 13.
Woody Allen films have had a built in art house audience for years, but this weekend buzzworthy reviews sent the box office for "Blue Jasmine" to record levels.
Woody Allen's latest hits theaters this weekend. I'm a huge fan of it, particularly Cate Blanchett's searing performance (which I think even detractors can admit is an accomplishment, one that showed up on our list of the greatest performances in Woody Allen movies, in fact). We've also talked to Blanchett about working with Allen and digging in deep on the character. But now it's your turn to speak up. When and if you get around to seeing it, please give us your take in the comments section and feel free to vote in our poll below. And, as always, if there are any other films you've seen recently that you want to discuss, have at it. Open thread.
For about 80% of James Mangold's "The Wolverine," I had a huge smile on my face. It was a pretty solid adaptation/re-imagination of the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller miniseries from 1982, it got the most out of a fresh environment for Hugh Jackman's eponymous mutant and you could tell, for a variety of reasons, that an actual filmmaker was at the helm. Then…that third act. I won't go into spoilers here (though assume the comments section will), but it was heartbreakingly awful and not in a nifty comic book way. It was more reminiscent of the dreadful "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" than anything else in the film and that just bummed me out.
But that's me. Drew McWeeny had some forgiveness for it, and certainly I do, too, but I'd love to hear what you made of the film, which is kicking off midnight screenings on the east coast as we speak. So when/if you get to the movie this weekend, head on back here with your thoughts and feel free to vote in our poll below. (And remember to stay for the credits.) Or if there's anything else you've caught up with recently that you'd like to discuss, consider this an open thread to do just that.
Cate Blanchett on navigating the dark corners of a broken individual in Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'
NEW YORK - The obvious question when you're talking to an actress who has just finished a collaboration with Woody Allen, an actress like "Blue Jasmine" star Cate Blanchett, for instance, is whether that specific collaboration an actor's dream. After all, so many performers have produced some of their best (in many cases, award-winning) work under the director's helm. But the answer isn't necessarily the one you might expect.
Nicole Holofcener's 'Enough Said' with James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus set for Sept. release
When James Gandolfini suddenly and tragically left us last month, he had a few final films left to be completed. His swan song would appear to be Michaël R. Roskam's "Animal Rescue" from a screenplay by Dennis Lehane starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. But before we get that, we'll have Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" which stars Gandolfini along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette and Catherine Keener.
It seemed like the trailer for John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" turned a number of people around on the project, at least judging by comments I've seen here and there. And make no mistake, it will have a presence in the awards season; Disney is circling its wagons, has brought on a key Oscar strategist and will probably be all in on this one.
Cate Blanchett has been making the rounds on behalf of Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" this week, which premiered in Los Angeles last night. And again, we'll be talking about that performance quite a bit over the next few months, but when I got her on the phone recently to discuss the film, I also took a few choice moments at the end to talk about two other projects that have me intrigued.