Robert Redford's latest film, "The Company You Keep," saw its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last September before heading on to Toronto and then bottling up for an April 5, 2013 release date. Based on the novel by Neil Gordon, the thriller centers on a former Weather Underground activist on the run after a journalist discovers his identity.
The film hits theaters April 5
Noah Baumbach's latest was a Telluride treat last year
I kind of fell for Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" at last year's Telluride Film Festival. I'm not a Baumbach acolyte, though I did like "Greenberg," so that also made it a pleasant surprise, I guess. This kind of thing rarely works for me, though. Or at least, it has to hit a very precise target, and when that happens, it always feels pretty special. That's what we're looking for in a darkened theater, right?
So, in my opinion, chalk "Frances Ha" up on arrival as one of the best films of 2013 when it lands in May. It is the result of a top notch writing collaboration between Baumbach and star Greta Gerwig, and speaking of which, Gerwig's performance will deserve awards attention whether it gets it or not. Captured in textured black and white hues by photographer Sam Levy, the film tells a story of a life in progress, and it keeps away from the edge of cliche when it could easily go sailing off of it.
Josh Fox revisits fracking with 'Gasland' sequel as well
The Tribeca Film Festival, gearing up for its 12th annual showcase in Lower Manhattan from April 17 - 28, has announced its full feature line-up for the 2013 program.
Lasse Hallström returns to Sweden, and Chile turns up another gem
MIAMI - I've often said it's a mistake to hold film festivals in beautiful, vibrant cities: if you really want to direct undivided attention to your programme of films, you'd be best off locating the entire thing in a stranded multiplex somewhere off the New Jersey Turnpike. In January.
The directors of the Miami International Film Festival, however, are wise to this problem. After a fairly heavily programmed opening weekend, the festival programme unfolds at a civilized pace, with screenings beginning only in the early evening: a fair solution both for working locals and tourists like yours truly, who needn't choose between the movies and Miami's ample pastel-colored charms.
We'd love to see more of these collaborations, please
In a couple of months Sony Pictures Classics will be releasing Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight." It's an interesting project, as you know, in that it reunites the director with actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for the third time in a unique series of films that keeps catching back up with the characters to see where they are in their lives (four if you want to count their brief reunion in 2001's "Waking Life").
The film gave us an idea: What other filmmaker/actor collaborations have worked so well in the past that we'd like to see them team up again? Sometimes sparks really fly on such a combination and it can leave you yearning for more. While everything from conflicting schedules to outright estrangement can sometimes get in the way, it doesn't mean filmgoers aren't eager to see lightning strike again.
Oscar winner 'Argo' gets a single nod for Ben Affleck's performance
There was a time, I think, maybe, when the MTV Movie Awards were kinda neat. But when you're talking about an organization that didn't want it even whispered that it was celebrating its 30th anniversary (lest the kiddies think it's old school), well, you get "Best Shirtless Performance."
Ironically enough, that new category this year is the one place that perennial MTV Movie Awards favorite, "The Twilight Saga," was chalked up this year. The Razzie-dominating vampire tragedy was shut-out otherwise. Gasp! Is the honeymoon over?
The nominations were led by Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" with seven each. Not far behind was David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" with six and, rounding out the Movie of the Year line-up, "The Avengers" and "The Dark Knight Rises" with four and five respectively.
Could he be back at the Oscars next year?
As Kris noted last week in our gallery of potential 2013 Oscar contenders, the next awards season could be a(nother) big one for George Clooney -- whose Best Picture win for "Argo" last week put him in an elite club of individuals to have won Oscars for acting and one other discipline.
With his regular producing partner Grant Heslov, Clooney will be looking to score a second straight Best Picture win -- a feat last achieved by David O. Selznick in 1941 -- and has two shots at bat. The first, the eagerly awaited adaptation of stage sensation "August: Osage County," is simply a producing gig for the star. The second, WWII thriller "The Monuments Men," features more Clooney for your buck: it's his first project as director, co-writer and star since "The Ides of March" in 2011.
The celebrated filmmaker is putting the pedal to the metal post-Oscars
Barely a week after his film "Lincoln" only managed two Oscars from 12 nominations and deferred to "Argo" on Best Picture honors, Steven Spielberg seems as ubiquitous as ever. Fresh off the Academy Awards he was announced as head of the jury for this year's Cannes Film Festival and he received a nice love letter in the New York Times last week pitting him as a sort of Godfather to Hollywood filmmakers.
"I think, for Steven, sometimes it’s the most fun to weigh in on someone else’s work when there are no consequences," "Jurassic Park" screenwriter and "Premium Rush" director David Koepp said in the piece. "He is free to just talk about the creative part."
But it doesn't end there. Recently Spielberg revealed that he is developing Stanley Kubrick's long-gestating and eventually abandoned Napoleon project as a mini-series. It was 12 years ago that Spielberg's vision of another long-gestating Kubrick project, "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence," landed to mixed reaction in 2001. I've written before about my own initial complex reaction that then grew to adoration, respect and, eventually, reverence over the years. I now consider it one of Spielberg's best films. There are those, however, who didn't quite get there, and so this news might be unsettling for them.
Event is an extension of the NEXT section of the annual Sundance Film Festival
We were very proud around these parts back during the Sundance Film Festival as In Contention friend (and former contributor) Chad Hartigan won an award in the NEXT section over some stiff competition for his film "This is Martin Bonner." The film was picked up for distribution last week by Monterey Media, but while you'll have a chance to catch his work as a result of that deal, you might also have another opportunity at the Sundance Institute's Next Weekend Film Festival, should it be a part of the programming (and indeed, it ought to).
First full day of the festival yields a genuine documentary discovery
MIAMI - Due respect to the Miami International Film Festival, which I'm confident has many delights in store over the next few days, but I think my festival experience may have peaked yesterday afternoon. Because, honestly, once you've had a hug from Darlene Love, it'd be unreasonable to expect much more from life -- much less a film festival.