By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire August 19, 2011 at 8:36AM
This week on indieWIRE, we spoke with the star of Madonna's "W.E.," the New York Film Festival made a number of exciting announcements, we saw Kate Winslet lose it in the trailer for "Carnage," David Lynch switched gears and much more.
The West Memphis Three are Free Men
The West Memphis Three—Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelly—are free men today.
Raoul Ruiz, Famed and Prolific Chilean-Born Director, Dead at 70
Raoul Ruiz, the prominent Chilean-born filmmaker who directed over 100 films over the course of his career, died today in Paris after a prolonged illness. He was 70.
David Cronenberg & Pedro Almodovar Get Galas at 49th New York Film Festival
In a first for the New York Film Festival, two galas will join the Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Night galas, rounding out the total of gala screenings to five.
David Lynch Set to Drop Solo Album Featuring Karen O This Fall
David Lynch, recording artist? You heard that right.
Toronto Film Festival Adds Galas, Special Presentations, World Cinema & More
The 36th Toronto International Film Festival revealed more of its extensive lineup today, with eight more titles added to its Galas including Closing Night film, “Page Eight” by British filmmaker David Hare as well as 18 Special Presentations.
4 Clips & New Pics From Johnnie To’s Economic Meltdown Drama ‘Life Without Principle’
Announced last week as a final addition to the Venice Festival, and joining the TIFF lineup this morning, Johnnie To‘s “Life Without Principle” seems to be a pretty overwrought affair about these financially lean times which have weighed heavily on people from all facets of life.
Alexander Payne’s “Descendants” to Close 49th New York Film Festival; Main Slate Unveiled
Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” will close the 49th edition of the New York Film Festival, taking place September 30 - October 16, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which organizes the annual event said Wednesday.
San Sebastian Festival Adds International Titles to New Directors Section
The world premiere of Kim Ki-duk’s “Amen” along with Oren Moverman’s “Rampart” round out the 59th San Sebastian Film Festival’s competition section in additions made Wednesday. Also joining the festival’s Zabaltegi-Pearls section are titles from Steve McQueen, Johnnie To and Nicolas Provost.
“Michael,” “Melancholia,” “Headhunters” and More Make Fantastic Fest’s 2nd Wave of Programming
Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S., has announced the second wave of programming for its upcoming seventh edition.
“Peace, Love & Misunderstanding” to Open 12th Woodstock Film Festival & Other Highlights
Unveiling what it calls a “sneak peak” Thursday, the Woodstock Film Festival announced some highlights of its upcoming event taking place in the scenic Catskills in upstate New York September 21 - 25.
Box Office: “Senna” Scores Year’s Best Doc Debut (UPDATED)
Asif Kapadia’s acclaimed documentary “Senna” found glowing numbers in its limited debut this weekend.
Locarno Fest Fetes “Back to Stay” & “Best Intentions” in Weekend Awards
Argentine/Swiss production “Abrir Puertas Y Ventanas” (Back to Stay) won the golden leopard at the Locarno Film Festival over the weekend, capping the ten day event.
"The Aviator" & "Gladiator" Writer John Logan Teams With Patti Smith To Adapt Her Memoir "Just Kids"
John Logan, the writer behind “Gladiator,” “The Aviator” and Steven Spielberg‘s forthcoming “Lincoln” will team with Smith in writing the script for “Just Kids.”
Todd Haynes and Julianne Moore Reteam for HBO Series, “Dope”
Todd Haynes has reportedly reteamed with the HBO miniseries’ executive producers, John Wells and Christine Vachon, for another go-round at HBO.
TIFF List 2011: The Announced Toronto Film Festival Lineup
More updates to the highly-anticipated TIFF lineup.
Carl Colby’s Doc About His CIA Spy Father Gets Picked Up by First Run
The new film from Carl Colby, whose credits include “Legends in Light,” “Voyager: The Grand Tour,” and “Ground Zero,” will have his next film, a documentary about his CIA spy father, released in New York at the Lincoln Plaza Cinema courtesy of First Run Features.
New Look At Matt Damon & Scarlett Johansson In Cameron Crowe’s "We Bought A Zoo"
So, both Venice and TIFF have unveiled their slates and…Cameron Crowe‘s “We Bought a Zoo” is nowhere to be seen.
Viola Davis Goes Big Time
Viola Davis fresh off her great and potential Oscar nominated performance in "The Help" is taking her “klout” score to the bank as she should.
What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week
This week, everything from a beefed up barbarian to a faux-British Anne Hathaway hit your screens today. Not sure of what’s worth your hard earned money? Check out the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our blog network to get a better idea.
Locarno Round-Up: Reviews and Interviews From Last Week’s Festival in Switzerland
indieWIRE was on the scene at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland last week, covering a number of world and international premieres throughout the 68th edition as well as interviewing some of the bigger names in attendance.
REVIEW | “Mozart’s Sister” Fills in a Historical Gap With a Sad Saga
“Mozart’s Sister,” a fictionalized take on Anna “Nannerl” Mozart’s teenage years written and directed by French filmmaker René Féret, puts a reasonable face on the character’s blurry legacy.
REVIEW | Anne Hathaway’s Fake Accent Isn’t the Only Thing Wrong With “One Day”
Anne Hathaway’s faux British accent might be the first obvious conceit in “One Day,” but not its most cumbersome. That distinction belongs to the eponymous structure, a claustrophobic device that follows a pair of best friends over the course of a 22-year period, but only on many versions of July 15th.
REVIEW | Why “Amigo” is a Blueprint for the Work of John Sayles
From the structure of his screenplays to the fluidity of his working-class themes, the cinema of John Sayles is always clean. Unfortunately, that assessment doesn’t always apply to the quality of his work.
REVIEW | “The Tiniest Place” Brilliantly Transports Past Salvadoran Tragedies Into the Present
“Someone wanted us to vanish,” says one of the several survivors in “The Tiniest Place,” a chilling look at the trauma of past oppression haunting its victims in the present.
Critical Consensus: “Last Circus” Tops Weak Week on criticWIRE
Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia’s “The Last Circus” hits theaters this weekend via the Magnolia Pictures, and it’s the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.
When Celebrity Overwhelms Auteurs: Howard Feinstein on Resigning From the Sarajevo Film Festival
We’re publishing Howard Feinstein’s first-person piece on his reasons for resigning from the Sarajevo Film Festival with the caveat that we’re not taking sides; there’s two for every story and here only Howard has the floor.
Small Screens: Talking With Pick of the Week Director Harry Shearer and More DVD/VOD Goodness
Beloved “mockumentarian” (“This is Spinal Tap,” “A Mighty Wind”) and voice-work titan (“The Simpsons”) Harry Shearer, gets the inside story behind the New Orleans disaster in his first feature-length (and factual) documentary “The Big Uneasy.”
The 10 Things You Must Know Before You Set Foot on the Festival Circuit
Independent film advice is the ultimate in self-help literature; most filmmakers can’t afford other options.
Will You See This Movie? | The Untitled Jeff Buckley Project (the one with Spider-Man)
As indieWIRE reported in June, two films are currently in pre-production based on the much-loved, gone-too-soon singer-guitarist Jeff Buckley.
Eight Great Reasons to Shoot Your Movie in a Small Town
It’s only natural: You make a movie, you think New York. Or Los Angeles. No one thinks Biddeford, Maine (Pop.: 21,000).
Summerfest: Ben Steinbauer On “Winnebago Man;” Watch Now for Free!
SnagFilms’ 3nd annual SummerFest, an online festival with free on-demand streaming, features exclusive, limited-duration runs of popular new documentaries.
How You Can Help the UK Distributors Who Saw Their Business Decimated by the London Riots
The London riots have ended, but the chaos has only begun for the country’s independent film distributors. That’s where The Other Cinema has stepped in.
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What You Are About to Read is True: We Interview the Anonymous Creator of “Story Notes From Hell”
Story Notes From Hell sounds like it could be any struggling screenwriter’s snarky and solipsistic blog, but it’s something much better. It’s a collection of real-life excerpts and dialogue collected by an anonymous screenwriter. And it’s an addictive delight.
How Little Documentary “Quantum Hoops” Became a Big Ben Stiller Comedy
How does a tiny documentary become a hot Ben Stiller comedy? “Quantum Hoops” was Rick Greenwald’s 2007 documentary that follows the CalTech basketball team in their quest to gain a win after 21 seasons of nothing but losses.
FUTURES: Andrea Riseborough Talks Madonna, RADA and “Brighton Rock”
Andrea Riseborough might be a familiar face for some. The English full-lipped beauty turned heads for her brassy turn in last year’s “Made in Dagenham,” had a small part in Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky” and garnered a bevvy of acclaim for her BAFTA TV Award nominated turn as the title character in the TV film “Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley.”
INTERVIEW | Michael Galinsky Takes the “Battle for Brooklyn” Across the Country
In Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley’s “Battle for Brooklyn,” the subject is the Atlantic Yards development project, in which the New Jersey Nets, with the help of co-owner Jay-Z, would get a new home in downtown Brooklyn.
In My Own Words: Jeff Warrick Shares a Scene From “Programming The Nation?”
Over 7 years ago when I first decided to do a documentary on the alleged history of subliminal messaging in America, it’s important to note that I first approached the subject matter with a bit of skepticism.
iW’s Online Video of the Day: Gerard Depardieu Causes Anderson Cooper to Lose It On Air
Thank you Gérard! Yesterday, we at indieWIRE got our best chuckle of the week when news hit that French actor Gérard Depardieu had peed in the aisle of a packed plane.
Anne Hathaway: A Shockingly Adequate Rapper
Don’t worry, she still retains adorability and even a dose of her Oscar-hosting cheekiness. In response to being hounded by the paparazzi after the announcement of her prowling role in "The Dark Knight Rises," the "Love and Other Drugs" and "One Day" star rapped about her relationship with the camera-toting set on "Conan" last night.
Watch: Victorian-Era Ladies Squirm with Delight in “Hysteria” Trailer
Fresh off of making the Toronto International Film Festival’s official lineup earlier this morning, the Maggie Gyllenhall and Hugh Dancy fronted period comedy “Hysteria” has dropped its first trailer.
Watch: Nicole Kidman Cashes a Paycheck in Trailer for “Trespass”
Nicole Kidman must have really enjoyed her time spent hamming it up on the set of “Batman Forever."
Watch: Wrenching Trailer for Sundance AIDS Doc “We Were Here”
“We Were Here,” the deeply affecting documentary that takes a look back at the birth of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, garnered buzz following its world premiere at Sundance and has since gone on to play at a slew of festivals, including Berlin, Outfest and NewFest.
Watch: Kate Winslet Goes Off the Hook in Trailer for Roman Polanski’s “Carnage”
What’s more fun than watching four of the most acclaimed actors working right now behave very badly? Not much, if the just-released trailer for Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” is anything to go by.
Watch: Lush, Beautiful, Swoon-Inducing Trailer for Michael Winterbottom’s “Trishna”
The Toronto International Film Festival can’t come soon enough. The first trailer for Michael Winterbottom’s Indian riff on Thomas Hardy’s novel “Tess of the d’Ubervilles,” “Trisha” (it world premieres at TIFF in September), dropped last night and it’s among the most breathtaking previews to hit all year.