Republished for this week’s release of “Lovelace,” our interview with actress Amanda Seyfried was the highest viewed article of the week, as the actress discussed portraying the film’s pornstar subject following the film’s Sundance premiere. Elsewhere, in a follow up to last month’s “Heroines of Cinema” list of 10 female directors under 40, we listed the 15 biggest female directors who got their start after 40, while we also got our first real look at the return of Spike Jonze with release of the first trailer for “Her.” Meanwhile, TIFF continued to expand its lineup, we took another stab at the 2014 Oscar nominations, and Eric Kohn reviewed this week’s major release, “Elysium.”
Take a look at all of these stories and more below as we go back over the ten most viewed news, interviews and features from this week at Indiewire:
After co-starring in one of the biggest hits of the Christmas season and receiving raves at this year’s Sundance with her turn in “Lovelace,” it wouldn’t be a stretch to call this year Amanda Seyfried’s biggest yet. With the film now hitting theaters and VOD today, we republished our Sundance interview with the rising star, where she talked the still-growing legacy and fanbase of “Mean Girls,” facing a new chapter in her career, and baring it all for her latest film’s extensive sex scenes.
Another week, another shake up of our early predictions for the 2014 Oscars. The approaching release of “Lee Daniels The Butler” is proving to be a formidable force throughout the acting categories, while “Fruitvale Station” and”Mud” steadily build more and more steam amongst a barren lineup of summer releases. Go to the link above to read our full predictions for the award show’s eight major categories.
Following the reveal of the first 75 titles on the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2013 lineup and last week’s many additions to its genre-specific subsections, the festival continued to fill out the list throughout the week. With its total now standing with over 125 films throughout its numerous categories, the festival will continue to add more films in the coming weeks to a lineup that is presumed to be only half complete. Click the link to see the full lineup as it currently stands.
In a summer overrun by largely unmemorable popcorn fare, Neil Blomkamp’s “District 9”-follow up “Elysium” always seemed poised to be the summer’s “smart” alternative to the season, and according to IW’s Eric Kohn, the film is mostly up to the task. With a unique story, hard-R rating, and political undercurrents, the film continues Blomkamp’s reputation as a politically-charged sci-fi visionary, even with the film’s writing and characterizations leaving much to be desired.
In its first year, distributor A24 has proved itself to already be a major force in independent distribution with its high school drama “The Spectacular Now” joining the ranks of the distributor’s “The Bling Ring” and “Spring Breakers” as one of the biggest indie success stories of the year. Meanwhile, Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” expanded this week with a spectacular $40,411 theater average, making it poised to become one of the highest grossing films of Allen’s career.
Oh, Spike. How we’ve missed you. For most of the year, Spike Jonze’s “Her,” has been a mystery, with little known beyond casting and a sentence-long plot description. Now, with this week’s trailer earning our “Trailer of the Week” tag, the film looks to be a heartwarming exploration of love and loneliness, with a shockingly soulful Joaquin Phoenix taking the lead as a man falling for his computer operating system after reeling from a divorce. November can’t come soon enough.
The final month of the summer season is here, and alongside the usual blockbuster lineup many of the best films to span SXSW and Sundance’s lineups are finally coming to a theater near you. We listed the 7 films most worth seeking out this month, including James Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now,” David Gordon Green’s “Prince Avalanche,” and David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.”
As a follow up to our July profile of the ten most exciting female directors aged 40 or younger, this week Matthew Hammett Knott listed the 15 most exciting female directors who started their career after turning 40. With a list including Claire Denis, Julia Leigh, Lynn Shelton and many others, it aims to prove that turning forty isn’t a death knell for burgeoning careers, and includes some of the best names at work today.
The launch of Spike Lee’s Kickstarter campaign for “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint,” proved to be a miscalculated move for the director, but in the time since Lee has shown clear signs that he is learning as he goes along and is successfully changing the tune in his favor. We listed the seven most prominent ways the campaign has changed, and how he may have now found the key to a successful crowdfunding campaign.
“Orange is the New Black” may be the breakout of the summer television season, but while its been a hit with many critics and audiences, internet pundits are beginning to crack down on the series’ portrayal of race and class. Now a new roundtable has surfaced featuring three members of its ensemble cast and OITNB author Piper Kerman in discussion with MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry to confront the criticisms leveled against them, and provide a counterpoint on the show’s politics. Watch the full discussion at the above link.