By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire August 10, 2011 at 9:09AM
Today on indieWIRE the Sundance award-winning documentary "Senna" came out as this week's critics' pick, "The Help" got dissected, Paul Rudd pitched to Harvey Weinstein and much more.
James Franco is Directing a Documentary About Porn Megasite Kink.com
James Franco’s latest project is making a documentary about BDSM and fetish porn site Kink.com.
Watch: Rousing Trailer for Ralph Fiennes Directorial Debut “Coriolanus”
Ralph Fiennes likes himself some drama. After laying Lord Voldemort to rest in this summer’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two,” the acclaimed British performer next finds himself playing the titular General in a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus,” which hits theaters during awards season on December 2nd courtesy of The Weinstein Company.
INTERVIEW | Drugs, Meet Movies: Tao Lin and Megan Boyle’s MDMAfilms
Filmmakers Tao Lin and Megan Boyle aren’t the first people to find causal connection in drugs and art, but they may have broken new ground in their conspicuous consumption. The name of their production company, MDMAfilms, is the embodiment of truth in advertising: They take drugs and then they make movies.
Oscar Whisperer Cynthia Swartz Leaves 42West to Launch Her Own PR Firm
Cynthia Swartz, a partner at PR powerhouse 42West since May 2005 and veteran Oscar strategist, is negotiating her exit to form her own PR firm.
Critic’s Notebook | How Movies Like “The Help” Reinforce Hollywood’s Race Problem
Nobody should be surprised by the dearth of minorities in contemporary media. On the surface, it’s a boring issue: Whether or not the stories of gay, black or women characters make their way into movies and television only becomes a central issue if specific industrial forces continue to keep them out. If a truly progressive society is color blind, then everyone should let the chips fall and assume equal opportunity remains in flux. The reality is a lot more complicated, as demonstrated this week by the release of the antiquated civil rights drama “The Help.”
iW’s Online Video of the Day: Harvey Weinstein Suffers Through Paul Rudd’s Marketing Pitches
Sure, it’s just movie marketing, but it’s funny movie marketing. It’s all in service of the upcoming Weinstein release “Our Idiot Brother”: Star Paul Rudd comes into Harvey Weinstein’s office bearing, appropriately enough, idiotic marketing ideas for the film.
indieWIRE’s Project of the Day: “Putty Hill” Director Returns with “I Used to Be Darker”
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman and Hirokazu Kore-eda Added to San Sebastian Roster
New films by Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman and Hirokazu Kore-eda will be part of the San Sebastian International Film Festival’s Zabaltegi special screenings program.
“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” Scares Up the Lincoln Center
The paparazzi descended upon the Lincoln Center on Monday night. The reason? Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.
Keanu Reeves Lining Up Financing For His Directorial Debut "Man Of Tai Chi"
“...but what I really want to do is direct” is a phrase is commonly tossed around by actors in Hollywood but few of them ever make the leap. It’s a big transition to go from being in front of the camera to being behind, commanding an entire project from start to finish; a daunting task that can overwhelm even the most powerful players in the industry.
Watch The Trailer For Gotham and Spirit Award Winning “Littlerock”
Hitting theaters in New York this Friday and expanding in September, Variance Films has premiered the trailer for Mike Ott’s “Littlerock,” which last December won the Gotham Award for “best film not playing at a theater near you.” That’s about to change.