By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 5, 2011 at 9:16AM
Today on indieWIRE three reviews hit, Jodie Foster talked "The Beaver" in NYC, five upcoming films got hyped, "The Trip" got a trailer and more.
Eric Kohn caught three films: the Japanese wartime drama "Caterpillar" (which topped this week's Critical Consensus), the documentary "Beautiful Darling," which tracks the life of Candy Darling, the transsexual Andy Warhol muse, and the Canadian exploitation homage, "Hobo with a Shotgun." It's going to be a good weekend at the cinema -- Kohn liked all three.
5 Projects We're Rooting For
In this week’s in-production column, we track the new Focus Features release from Paul Weitz (“American Pie”), which stars Paul Dano and Robert De Niro as father and son who are estranged but must confront each other in Boston homeless shelters. From Kickstarter, we profile projects looking for funding from our friends at Rooftop FIlms, and films about a legendary arcade in New York’s Chinatown, a doc about queer music in the South, and an ultra low budget feature starring a guy who cuts fruit at a Whole Foods.
"Better This World" Tops Doc Awards in San Francisco
Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway’s documentary “Better This World” topped the 54th annual San Francisco International Film Festival Awards Thursday night. The film won two of the three Golden Gate Awards for documentary features, taking a $20,000 cash prize for Best Documentary Feature, and a $15,000 cash prize plus $2,000 in EFILM Digital Laboratories services, for best Bay Area Documentary Feature.
Jodie Foster Drops Down in NYC to Talk "The Beaver"
Jodie Foster dropped down last night at The Film Society of Lincoln Center to talk “The Beaver,” her long-delayed directorial outing, starring her good friend and headline grabber (for all the wrong reasons) Mel Gibson. Click here to see a photo taken at the event.
A Buy Out of Hot Docs
7th Art Releasing bought North American distribution rights and world television rights to Britta Wauer’s “In Heaven, Underground: The Jewish Cemetery in Berlin-Weissensee.” It’s currently playing as part of the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto.
Another Buy...This One a Werewolf Flick
Magnolia Pictures has snatched up the distribution rights to Bradley Rust Gray’s "Jack and Diane," featuring Juno Temple, Riley Keough and Kylie Minogue. Thompson on Hollywood reported on this promising development for the teen lesbian romance.
"The Hunger Games" Casting News!
Wes Bentley, best known for "American Beauty," has snagged a role in the destined-to-be-successful "Hunger Games" films. The Playlist posted more information on Bently's role, Seneca Crane, as well a clip commemorating his performance as the pensive stoner Ricky Fitts in "Beauty."
"The Trip" trailer
According to The Playlist, "The Trip" has the potential to out-funny all the other comedies hitting theaters this summer. Click here to check out the trailer for the British road movie, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and assess its laugh potential.