This week on indieWIRE the Cannes 2011 lineup finally dropped, Danish war doc "Armadillo" rocked the critics, Matt Reeves makes plans for his next directorial outing and much more.
Film Festivals: Cannes, Tribeca and Aspen
It was a busy week in France, as festival chief Thierry Fremaux revealed the lineup for the 64th annual Festival de Cannes. Among the surprises were the inclusion of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” and the fact that Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" will screen in competition. Click here for the full list of films.
For more on Cannes, check out Thompson on Hollywood's roundup and compilation of festival trailers, as well as Dana Harris' cheat sheet on the competition titles. Finally, the Playlist offered a rundown of snubbed films.
Nicolas Winding Refn‘s “Drive” made the news this week when it was announced as part of the Cannes lineup. The Playlist got hearts racing when it offered a still of Ryan Gosling in the upcoming film.
Cannes announced that the festival will honor director Bernardo Bertolucci with the Honorary Palme d'Or.
Each day this week, indieWIRE published three Tribeca filmmaker interviews to hype the upcoming 10th edition of the event. Click here to view this week's profiles.
Thompson on Hollywood meanwhile got an exclusive clip from the Tribeca contender, "Carol Channing: Larger Than Life," from director Dori Berinstein.
Last weekend, the 2011 Aspen Shortsfest came to an end in Colorado. IndieWIRE provided a list of all the awards the festival doled out.
Acquisitions: "Last Days Here," "Carnage" and More
In business news, Sundance Selects announced that it will release the rock documentary "Last Days Here" in North America. Meanwhile, Roman Polanski's "Carnage" will make it to U.S. theaters courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics, and Mark Toderai's thriller, "House at the End of the Street," will be released by Relativity Media.
Reviews: "The Conspirator," "The Double Hour" and "A Screaming Man"
The Danish war doc "Armadillo" topped indieWIRE's weekly Critical Consensus. It hits theaters this weekend.
Eric Kohn wasn't so fond of Robert Redford's star packed courtroom drama "The Conspirator." "Redford’s last great movie was “Quiz Show,” which also dealt with a landmark tale of injustice that took place in the public eye," he wrote. "There, however, he grappled with events on a deeply personal level. “The Conspirator,” by comparison, has a rigid, textbook-like feel. As with his last directing credit, 2007’s “Lions for Lambs,” the extensive debates about civil responsibility veer into didactic territory."
Kohn was much kinder to the Cannes Jury Prize-Winner "A Screaming Man." "“A Screaming Man” is divine," he praised.
The twisty thriller, "The Double Hour," also got off easy, earning a B+ from Kohn.
Kohn's highest mark, an A-, went to Zeina Durra's first feature, "The Imperialists Are Still Alive!," which hit big at last year's Sundance Film Festival.
Interviews: Ed Burns, Gaspard Ulliel, "The Arbor" Director & More
"Newlyweds" director Edward Burns caught up with indieWIRE to discuss the interactive approach he took in making and marketing the film.
In keeping with indieWIRE's tradition to profile filmmakers taking part in the Tribeca Film Festival, three new interviews hit today. Click here to read the new additions.
French hunk Gaspard Ulliel meanwhile sat down with iW to discuss his role in the swashbuckling romance, "The Princess of Montpensier." Swoon.
indieWIRE also met up with actor Stephen Root, an actor with 1,000 IMDb credits, including a slew of 2011 releases - "Rango," "Cedar Rapids," "Red State" and "The Conspirator." "It’s been challenging to be able to manage it all," Root said. "When you film so many TV comedy roles - especially like I did in the ‘90s, with “NewsRadio” and “Seinfeld” or whatever, you get typecast and it was really difficult to break out out that. And in 2000 or so, I really decided to try and do that. But to be able to change casting directors minds was hard, especially with dramatic roles. But I kept pushing, and it eventually paid off a bit."
"The Arbor" director Clio Barnard made the cut for the weekly column, FUTURES, which profiles up and comers in the independent film world.
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Zeina Durra Shares a Scene
Zeine Durra's first film, “The Imperialists Are Still Alive!,” hits theaters this weekend courtesy of Sundance Selects. In an exclusive feature, Durra dissected a critical scene from her debut for indieWIRE.
indieWIRE Champions Five Projects
IMAX got the spotlight in this week's in-production column, as indieWIRE focused on "Outside In," a project being developed in Stephen van Vuuren's basement. Also included were four more Kickstarter films: "Favor," "The Startup Kids," “The Columbia Expedition: Falklands Ho!” and "Jens Pulver: Driven.”
Report on Japan
indieWIRE reported on the effect Japan's disaster has had on the film industry. Action film actor Sai Akihiko said of the whole situation, "Shooting a movie is very difficult now. For all movie crews in Japan, there is little work now."
Small Screens Gets a Makeover
The home viewing market has changed and therefore so has indieWIRE's Small Screens column. To reflect the current VOD craze, four of the top five picks for this week are VOD releases. Happy watching!
The Birth of Reality TV
To coincide with the premiere of the HBO film "Cinema Verite," Caryn James has provided links to excerpts from "An American Family," the reality show that inspired the film.
Helen Mirren and her Boobs Make an Appearance on SNL
Women and Hollywood tore into what SNL chose to do with guest host Helen Mirren. "It turned out the show was hosted not by Mirren, but by her boobs. This week’s episode of SNL highlighted the uncomfortable nature of how we as a culture deal with and talk about sexuality and the older woman." Did you find her skits funny?
Anna Faris Speaks Out
Speaking of the woeful state of women's roles in Hollywood today, Thompson on Hollywood pointed to The New Yorker's profile of comedienne Anna Faris, who is turning down what she calls "bounce card" roles in favor of developing and writing her own stuff.
Matt Reeves Returns
Fans of Matt Reeves' "Let Me In," the surprisingly ace remake of "Let the Right One In," rejoice. The Playlist reported on Reeves' follow-up, a sci-fi film based on the short story "8 O'Clock in the Morning." "Doesn’t sound familiar? You might be more able recognize it was the foundation for John Carpenter‘s 1988 film “They Live,” with the story centering on a man who wakes up one day with the realization that aliens have taken over and are in control. But don’t call it a remake. Reeves will be writing his own script based on the story and will be ditching the plot element where special glasses reveal the identity of aliens who are hiding as humans."
A Look Back at "Scream"
Killing to see the latest installment in the horror franchise that hits theaters this weekend? Then catch up on why Spout thinks the original trilogy was reflexive, soapy and brilliant.
Also, check out one of Neve Campbell's early films, the short "Love Child." Spout has the streaming short along with a breakdown of why it still stands up.
"The Dark Knight Rises" Casting
With all the casting announcements made for Batman's latest outing, you'd be forgiven for needing a flow chart. Thankfully, Thompson on Hollywood offered a rundown of who's slated to be in the Christopher Nolan blockbuster.
Dustin Lance Black Gets a New Gig
Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black has been assigned to pen the screenplay for the film adaptation of Green Day's musical "American Idiot." Read more on The Playlist.