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Cronenberg, Ebert, Monroe, Bond & More: The Best From Indiewire This Week

Cronenberg, Ebert, Monroe, Bond & More: The Best From Indiewire This Week

This week on Indiewire, David Cronenberg talked about his “Dangerous Method,” “Like Crazy” star Felicity Jones reflected back on her stellar year, new photos surfaced from the set of Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” a slew of potential awards contenders got graded and much more.


Update on “Ebert Presents at the Movies”
Earlier this month, critic Roger Ebert announced that the latest iteration of his TV show, “Ebert Presents At the Movies,” was in serious financial trouble. The half-hour program, co-hosted by Christy Lemire and Ignatiy Vishnivetsky, has aired on public television since the start of this year (Indiewire profiled newcomer Vishnivetsky in January).

New Photos From “Prometheus”
Few movies have sparked as much speculation, excitement, and unease (just think of the potential disappointment!) as Ridley Scott’s upcoming “Prometheus,” which promises to return the famed director to the “Alien” universe that shot him into the directorial stratosphere. What, exactly, “Prometheus” is remains something of a mystery, but these new images, set to appear in next week’s Entertainment Weekly, sheds a little bit of light. At the very least, they just upped the intrigue factor, at least for us.

Doug Liman, Josh Fox and More Get Doc Grants From Sundance
The Sundance Institute announced the 29 lucky feature-length documentaries set to receive $582,000 in grants from the Documentary Film Program, covering everything from development and production to audience engagement.

Michael Moore Gives 10 Goals On Occupy Movement
Michael Moore offers this platform for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Latest on “The Dark Knight Rises”
Go nuts, Batman fans, new details on “The Dark Knight Rises” have landed. Director Christopher Nolan confirms to Empire that the “first six, seven minutes of the film” will screen in select IMAX cinemas on December 21, and will give “an introduction to Bane [the villain, played by Tom Hardy], and a taste of the rest of the film.” We’ll have to wait until July 20, 2012, to see the complete film.

Rotterdam’s First Five Competing for Tigers
The International Film Festival Rotterdam has locked down the first five films selected to compete for the 2012 Tiger Awards, which go to first or second films from up and coming filmmakers.

Sam Mendes Casts Ben Whishaw in Bond
Clearly, director Sam Mendes is seeking to update the Bond franchise and pull in some younger viewers. While Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are returning as agent 007 and his boss, M, respectively, John Cleese will not come back as Q.


Critical Consensus
Leonard Maltin and Caryn James talk “Hugo,” “The Artist,” “My Week With Marilyn” and “A Dangerous Method.”

Indiewire Review: “A Dangerous Method”
David Cronenberg’s movies are known for oozing subtext beneath layers of freaky genre excess, digging into the mysterious crevices of human behavior. His latest movie looks downright tame by comparison. But the secret appeal of “A Dangerous Method,” a keen look at the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, is it explains everything else in the Cronenberg oeuvre. Newbies should start here and work their way back, slowly descending into the filmmaker’s dark interests and gradually soaking in his themes before watching them run wild.

Indiewire Review: “Rampart”
The animus toward police brutality reaches a fever pitch during periods of social unrest. While aggressive force has long been used to quell labor protests, the moving image made a substantial difference in putting a face on extreme police tactics. The record of anonymous police in riot gear facing down unarmed protestors takes on a new dimension when it’s witnessed away from their heated environments.

Indiewire Review: “The Artist”
The concept driving “The Artist,” a silent, black-and-white feature designed to imitate 1920’s Hollywood productions, is more commendable than its execution.

Indiewire Review: “My Week With Marilyn
Like Richard Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles,” the movie makes an enthusiastic attempt to study classic Hollywood yore from the perspective of a little known crew member. However, “My Week With Marilyn” lacks the same focused wit.


David Cronenberg On His Dangerous Method
This Thanksgiving weekend, prolific filmmaker David Cronenberg’s 19th feature film will be unleashed on America. “A Dangerous Method” – an adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s stage play “The Talking Cure” – is a look at the relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and the woman that came between them, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).

“Like Crazy” Breakout Felicity Jones
Up-and-comer Felicity Jones has had one hell of a year. The British beauty arrived in Park City earlier this year as a relative unknown and came out as a full fledged indie queen with Sundance’s Best Actress gong (beating out Elizabeth Olsen, Brit Marling and Adepero Oduye) for her stellar work in Drake Doremus’ indie love story “Like Crazy.” She’s since been on roll, appearing in the David Hare’s “Page Eight” opposiite Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz and netting a Gotham Awards nomination for Breakthrough Actor.

“The Artist” Director Michel Hazanavicius
Many filmmakers cite silent film as inspiration, but only a handful of living filmmakers have made them. With “The Artist” (opening this week), French director Michel Hazanavicius joins a small group that includes Mel Brooks (“Silent Movie”) and Charles Lane (“Sidewalk Stories”).

IDFA Founder Ally Derks
As founder and head of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Ally Derks presides over one of the year’s most anticipated annual nonfiction film events. Now in its 24th year and under way through next weekend, Derks has witnessed first-hand the rise, evolution and challenges of documentary.

IDFA: “Putin’s Kiss” Director Lise Birk Pedersen
“Putin’s Kiss,” the first feature doc for Danish filmmaker Lise Birk Pedersen, attracted more than 300 people for its world premiere at IDFA. Judging by reactions, they were not disappointed.

“My Week With Marilyn” Director Simon Curtis
For his first feature, British TV and theater vet Simon Curtis faced a daunting challenge: Not only did “My Week With Marilyn” need to turn two memoirs into one authentic look at the life of Marilyn Monroe, he had to present deeply believable portrayals of two legends, Monroe and Laurence Olivier.

Dustin Lance Black Talks Controversial “J. Edgar” Script
“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend,” to quote John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” That’s the lesson of “J. Edgar,” which is currently ranked at 40 % on Rotten Tomatoes and is unlikely to be a Best Picture Oscar candidate.

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