Today on indieWIRE Sean Penn dons a wig, “Tabloid” is a hit with the critics and much more.
Sean Penn Goes Goth
You can always count on Sean Penn to make a transformation in any project he tackles. From his Academy Award-winning turn as Harvey Milk in Gus Van Sant’s biopic to his career-defining role as a Jeff Spicoli in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” Penn is the closest thing America has to a male Meryl Streep. Click here to watch the trailer to Penn’s latest vanishing act.
How the “Brady Bunch” Creator Became an Indie Film Hero
With the news that Sherwood Schwartz had died yesterday, we wondered if his passing might have relevance for indieWIRE—after all, we were watching “The Brady Bunch” and “Love Boat” well before we saw our first Jim Jarmusch. But childhood nostalgia didn’t seem like enough of a hook. And then, we saw a Facebook post from Christine Vachon. Go here for more.
Celebs Get Religious
Director/writer George Ratliff (“Joshua,” “Hell House”) here shares a scene from his latest, “Salvation Boulevard,” a religious comedy starring Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris and Marisa Tomei. The film opens at New York’s IFC Center on July 15 and will hit their VOD platform July 27.
Locarno Sets Slate For 64th Edition
The Festival del film Locarno has set the full slate for its 64th edition, which takes place August 3-13, 2011 in Locarno, Switzerland. Major American titles like Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys and Aliens,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive,” Kevin Smith’s “Red State,” J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8” and Will Gluck’s “Friends With Benefits” will stand along side an eclectic mix of international film, including 14 world premieres in the festival’s competitive Concorso internazionale program.
“Tabloid” On Top
For the fourth time in the past five weeks, a documentary has topped criticWIRE as the “pick of the week.” Following “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop,” “Page One,” and “Project Nim,” Errol Morris’ “Tabloid” is the best bet in the specialty market this weekend (aka the best alternative to “Harry Potter”). The doc follows Joyce McKinney, a colorful Midwestern woman convicted of kidnapping her Mormon husband in the U.K. in the late 1970s. McKinney became a tabloid fixture during the height of that scandal and Morris’ movie puts nearly as much focus on the media obsession with his subject as he does on McKinney herself. Go here for more.
Errol Morris Speaks!
In this initial entry of a two-part interview, the Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris talks to indieWIRE about his unique love for tabloid stories and why modern media would have prevented his groundbreaking 1988 exposé “The Thin Blue Line” from having the effect it did.
Helena is the Toast of BAFTA
BAFTA Los Angeles is honoring Helena Bonham Carter with their Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year at this year’s BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards, being held November 30. Bonham Carter won the Best Supporting Actress BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in “The King’s Speech.”
iW’s Highest Rated Film of the Year, “The Interrupters,” Gets a Trailer
Steve James’ epic documentary “The Interrupters” has been garnering praise after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It currently has the highest score of any film this year on criticWIRE. Go here to watch the doc’s trailer.
Vera and Taissa Farmiga Talk “Higher Ground”
Vera Farmiga’s “Higher Ground” premiered at Sundance last January to strong reviews. Variety‘s Justin Chang called it “a startlingly bold directing debut.” He’s right, but as THR‘s Kirk Honeycutt puts it, “no one should really be surprised that Vera Farmiga brings the same meticulous craftsmanship and passion for truth found in her extraordinary acting to her debut as a director.” Go here to watch a video interview with Farmiga and her sister who stars in the film.