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Weekend Recap: Jeremy Renner on SNL, ‘Now You See Me’ Trailer, Rome Fest Winners, Stoppard on Love, and PT Anderson SteadiCams

Weekend Recap: Jeremy Renner on SNL, 'Now You See Me' Trailer, Rome Fest Winners, Stoppard on Love, and PT Anderson SteadiCams

– The trailer for twisty romp “Now You See Me” (June 7, 2013) shows Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson having fun with their gadgets as heist magicians.  Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman also star in the film (linked below).

– For long shot enthusiasts, PT Anderson devotees, or anyone that wants to geek out on production – check out this BFI short.  The video details the complicated tracking shots in Anderson’s movies, from “Hard Eight” and “Boogie Nights” through “There Will Be Blood.”  Nothing yet on “The Master.” Here’s the BFI website.

– Tom Stoppard schools us on “Anna Karenina” and the overlooked aspects of Tolstoy’s opus on NPR. The playwright and screenwriter behind “Shakespeare in Love” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” recently adapted the Russian novel for Joe Wright.  Stoppard defends and details several unexpected choices in this short interview. And he gives as good an explanation of that thing called love as we’ve ever heard.

– Larry Clark’s “Marfa Girl,” a moody-looking Americana exploration, wins best film at the Rome Film Festival.  Gabriel and Alan Polsky’s “The Motel Life” won the Audience Award.  More on the film in this IndieWire review.

EW’s Popwatch summarizes Jeremy Renner’s SNL appearance accurately: impossible mission.  Lackluster, the weakest episode of the season, the “Hurt Locker” star lampooned his “Avengers” character, but overall it was a big swing-and-miss.  

– This fascinating essay on Digital Dorr looks at how social media might replace TV ads, by looking at how “The Hunger Games” and “Prometheus” attempted to woo audiences.  It seems that going forward, rallying audiences, and asking them to spread information, is going to be the strongest marketing tool.  This quote below gives the gist:

“Interruptive advertising, like TV commercials and banner ads will increasingly be filtered by technology like ad blockers and DVRs.  To gain attention and interaction, you need to move to permission marketing tactics, that excite people rather than interrupt them.”

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