This week on indieWIRE, David Lynch talked about his foray into music with his debut album “Crazy Clown Time,” Anton Yelchin dished on making “Like Crazy,” the International Documentary Association unveiled their nominations for 2011, “We Need to Talk About Kevin” won big in London and much more.
International Documentary Association (IDA) Unveils 2011 Nominations
The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced its nominations for the 2011 IDA Documentary Awards Thursday, with five films, including “Better This World,” “How to Die in Oregon,” “Nostalgia for the Light,” “The Redemption of General Butt Naked” and “The Tiniest Place” (El Lugar Mas Pequeno) vying for the best feature category.
Iranian Star of “My Tehran for Sale” Released Without Suffering 90 Lashes
Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who was sentenced to a year in jail and 90 lashes for starring in the Australian production “My Tehran for Sale,” has been released from prison without suffering the lashes and further imprisonment.
“We Need To Talk About Kevin” Tops London Fest Winners
Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need To Talk About Kevin” led the winners at the 55th BFI London Film Festival last night, taking honors for best film.
Paris Announces the Dates For Its First-Ever Film Festival
Under the patronage of the French Minister of Culture, Paris is set to launch the first edition of their film festival next June.
“Dragonslayer,” “Senna” and “Project Nim” Among the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors Nominees
The Cinema Eye Honors unveiled its nominations for the fifth annual awards show spotlighting non-fiction with six films competing for the CEH’s Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking prize.
In Case You Had Any Doubt, ‘Shame’ Is Officially Rated NC-17
“Shame” has officially been given an NC-17 grade by the MPAA.
What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week
If an animated yarn about a cat impersonating Zorro in a pair of boots isn’t your thing, not to fret; there’s plenty more than “Puss In Boots” opening in theaters this week. Among them: Justin Timberlake’s first bid to become an action star in “In Time”; “Anonymous,” Roland Emmerich’s period pic on the real man behind Shakespeare’s works; Sundance-winner “Like Crazy”; and much more. Check out the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and the blog network to get a sense of what to see, what to skip.
REVIEW | “Rum Diary,” Johnny Depp’s Homage to Hunter S. Thompson, is Flawed But Earnest
“Vividly average” is the term used to describe the Puerto Rican readership of a raggedy newspaper in “The Rum Diary,” Bruce Robinson’s adaptation of the early Hunter S. Thompson novel.
REVIEW | A Familiar Sundance Romance in “Like Crazy”
Drake Doremus is a filmmaker born to play the Sundance game.
REVIEW | In “Anonymous,” Roland Emmerich Revises Shakespeare; We Advise You Wait For Joss Whedon
In “Anonymous,” Roland Emmerich submits William Shakespeare’s legacy to the same grim fate as the White House in “Independence Day” and the Sistine Chapel in “2012.”
REVIEW | “Janie Jones” Is a Familiar Father-Daughter Drama With Rock, But What’s Wrong With That?
The estranged father-daughter relationship is one of those screenplay contrivances that works better than most.
The 13 Best Indie Horror Movies to Watch at Home on Halloween
Scary movies don’t deserve recognition only at the end of October, but we’re grateful for this dubious American holiday in that it always confers instant legitimacy—however briefly—on a genre too often dismissed.
2012 Oscar Predictions
indieWIRE will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 84th Academy Award nominations between now and late January, when the nominations are announced.
Why Some People Are Afraid of Movies: An Excerpt From Pauline Kael Collection “The Age of Movies”
Kael makes the argument that people who reject movies that “invade the senses” are only masking their fear with arguments of “refinement.”
Tricks of the Trade: “Iron Lady” and “Shame” Scribe Abi Morgan Muses on Screenwriting
In the midst of the 55th BFI London Film Festival, writer Abi Morgan sat down with a group of festival goers to deliver a master class, offering insight into her craft.
Three Tips to Keep Filmmakers Focused From the FIND Forum
Is it the best of times or the worst of times to be an independent filmmaker? As usual, it’s both.
For Your Consideration: The Curious Way This Year’s Oscars Could Mirror 1998
Peter Knegt on how this year’s Academy Awards could provide a callback to the 1998 ceremony.
An Excerpt from Brian Kellow’s Pauline Kael Biography “A Life in the Dark”
One of the most important and divisive voices in film criticism, Pauline Kael spent over two decades writing reviews for The New Yorker.
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INTERVIEW | David Lynch Talks “Crazy Clown Time” and Why Singing Is “So Embarrassing”
Nigel M. Smith chats with David Lynch about his new album and what else he’s been up to lately while not making movies.
INTERVIEW | “The Rum Diary” Director Bruce Robinson is Grateful for Johnny Depp, Hunter and Withnail
D.R. Stewart talks to director Bruce Robinson about his new film, “The Rum Diary.”
INTERVIEW | Anton Yelchin On Why “Like Crazy” Made Him Want to Finance Indies of His Own
Eric Kohn speaks with Anton Yelchin about his latest movie “Like Crazy” and how it made him want to make indies of his own.
FUTURES | “Cinema is Everywhere” Director Teal Greyhavens On His “quasi-academic project”
Greyhavens recently saw the U.S. premiere of his ambitious “quasi-academic project” (as he describes it), “Cinema is Everywhere,” at the Austin Film Festival, where it was very well received (Austin 360 called it “a love letter to the joy, beauty, pain and importance of a tool and art form”).
INTERVIEW | Sandra Hebron Says Goodbye To The London Film Festival
As the 55th BFI London Film Festival comes to a close today, Artistic Director Sandra Hebron will witness her final day working within the fest.
We Interview the Director of “A Serbian Film,” Now on DVD (And Yes, the Movie Deserves Its Rep)
If there’s one film that rivals the controversy surrounding “The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence,” it’s “A Serbian Film” by first-time director Srdjan Spasojevic.
INTERVIEW | Alexander Payne On “The Descendants” And Why It’s a Minor Work
Eric Kohn speaks with Alexander Payne about HBO’s “The Wire,” his favorite films and his latest movie “The Descendants.”
First Person | “My Reincarnation” Director on Her 20 Years in the Making Spiritual Doc
Below acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox (“Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman”) reflects on making her latest film, “My Reincarnation.” The spiritual documentary is the top-raising finished film in Kickstarter’s history and their fourth highest earning film project at any production phase. It opens theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on October 28, followed by a national rollout.
Watch: An Exclusive Look at “NEWSREELS: Reports from Occupy Wall Street by Jem Cohen”
“I’m frantically making these,” says Jem Cohen. “I’m just figuring out in my mind what these are.”
Video: Fassbender and McQueen Talk Shame at NYFF
Check out Shame‘s Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen answering some wordy questions at the NY Film Festival.
Watch: New Trailer For Martin Scorsese’s Family Fairytale “Hugo”
With Emily Mortimer recently telling us the film was a “hymn to the imagination,” and the picture creating some very strong buzz thanks to its recent surprise screening at the New York Film Festival where we said it was an “enchanting fairy tale,” we have to say that while we definitely encourage people to see Martin Scorsese‘s “Hugo”, the first trailer and now this most recent, aren’t doing much to instill excitement.
Watch: Trailer for “Andrew Bird: Fever Year”—And Why You May Not Ever See The Film
Xan Aranda’s debut, “Andrew Bird: Fever Year,” was one of few world premieres at the New York Film Festival and it feels like a discovery.
Watch: Sober, Haunting Trailer for Werner Herzog’s Death Row Doc “Into the Abyss”
“Into the Abyss,” the latest documentary from Werner Herzog, finds the “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” auteur delving into the legacy of a triple homicide in Texas.
In His Own Words | David M. Rosenthal Shares a Scene From “Janie Jones,” Starring Abigail Breslin
A faded rock star is forced to take responsibility for the daughter he never knew he had in Janie Jones, a funny and touching road trip through the world of rock ‘n’ roll from writer-director David M. Rosenthal (“Falling Up”), inspired by his own experiences.
Video: Oscar Nominee Abigail Belts Out Her Singing Prowess at “Janie Jones” Premiere (Watch Now)
Oscar-nominated actress Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) took to the stage Thursday night at the Gramercy Terrace at the Gramercy Hotel for an impromptu-ish performance at the NYC premiere of “Janie Jones,” directed by David M. Rosenthal.