March 2013 - Posts

Specialty Box Office: Ryan Gosling and Stanley Kubrick Draw Big Crowds With Debuts of 'Pines' and 'Room 237'

The first quarter of 2013 ended off with significant promise at the specialty box office, with Focus Features' "The Place Beyond The Pines" and IFC Films' "Room 237" each managing very impressive debuts. The former was definitely the MVP of Easter weekend (though it was also definitely the most marketable thanks to stars Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper). Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to "Blue Valentine," "Pines" soared to a huge $270,184 gross on just 4 screens, averaging $67,536. That's the year's second best per-theater-average (after "Spring Breakers") and among the 50 best of all time. It also managed to far exceed the $48,432 that "Blue Valentine" (which also starred Gosling) averaged from 4 screens back in 2010. All hopeful things for the expansion of "Pines" beyond New York and Los Angeles. Rodney Ascher's documentary "Room 237," meanwhile, also found some very strong numbers. A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley...
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AMC Sets a Date for 'The Killing,' Which Will Return With a Two-Hour Premiere

AMC's set a premiere date for the third season of "The Killing," the crime drama the network axed only to then decide to bring it back after all. The show will return on Sunday, June 2 at 8pm with a two-hour premiere, and stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman joined by new cast members Peter Sarsgaard, Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz. Showrunner Veena Sud has also returned. Season three will begin a year after the close of the Rosie Larsen murder that was investigated over the course of the show's first season and then, to the exasperation of some, its second season as well. Sarah Linden (Enos), who's no longer working as a detective, is contacted by her ex-partner Stephen Holder (Kinnaman) for help after his search for a runaway girl leads him to find a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation Linden headed up. The network has promised this season will end with the case solved. "I am grateful to AMC, Fox TV Studios and Netflix for their...
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Watch: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes Discuss 'The Place Beyond The Pines' in New Featurette

With the limited release of Derek Cianfrance's long awaited "Blue Valentine" follow-up "The Place Beyond the Pines," beginning today, distributor Focus Features has released a video featurette on the conception and production on the film, featuring interviews with the director and stars Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper. The video features all four discussing the process of working with each other including Gosling's previous work with Cianfrance on "Blue Valentine." For more information on the film, check out our exclusive video interview with Cianfrance here or read Eric Kohn's review from its Toronto premiere here. "The Place Beyond the Pines," opens today in New York and Los Angeles and will expand to additional markets in the coming weeks.
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Vote for Project of the Week! Will It Be 'G.B.F.,' 'Like Me,' 'Somewhere' or 'Family'?

Vote below for this week's Project of the Week. The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultation from the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Institute! The four projects up for the prize:  "G.B.F.," "Like Me," "Somewhere in the Middle" and "Family." Voting will end on Monday April 1, at 11AM Eastern. Note:  Votes are confirmed by email.  After voting, please look for an email from Poll Daddy and confirm your vote.  Indiewire nor PollDaddy use your email address after the confirmation, but if you do want to sign up for our newsletter, why DON'T you mosey on over here and do so! <a href="<a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/7001671/" >which"="">http://polldaddy.com/poll/7001671/">Which</a> Project Do You Most Want to...
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Congrats to 'Shadowtrain,' Indiewire's Project of the Week!

Thanks to your votes, rockers-reaching-out doc "Shadowtrain" won this weekend’s Project of the Week contest! Congratulations to “Shadowtrain" director Vincent Nicastro. The filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and the film is now officially a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a consultation from the Sundance Institute. Here's what the project's about: Shadowtrain will illuminate the cost of the destruction of the Native American community; to both the indigenous population as well as to their European conquerors. The documentary will reveal the qualities inherent in indigenous people’s world views that should be recognized and adopted if we all, collectively, intend to not only survive, but to find a way to live happier, more meaningful lives. While engaging a wide variety of opinions from notable activists, authors, artists, elders and shaman, politicians and government officials, clergy, teachers...
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'Game of Thrones' Makes a Case for Why We'll Still Watch Some Shows Live

HBO's "Game of Thrones" may be set in a fantasy realm on par with the Middle Ages, give or take a few dragons and direwolves, but the series itself serves as a cutting example of one of the directions scripted television is taking. While Netflix has embraced binge-viewing, dropping the first season of its smart but languidly paced political drama "House of Cards" in full on a single day, shows like "Game of Thrones," "The Walking Dead," "Scandal" and "Homeland" feel like they demand to be watched live or DVRed at a spoiler-phobic fan's peril -- stuffed with plot twists, juicy developments and, sometimes, major character deaths, they're primed for live reactions on Twitter and dissections afterward. "Homeland" burned through what felt like years of story in its second season, while "The Walking Dead" has made it clear that no character can be counted on as safe. ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" has become a social media phenom and ratings hit thanks to the amount of viewers who...
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The Place Behind 'The Place Beyond the Pines': Shannon Plumb's 'Towheads'

In "The Place Beyond the Pines," Derek Cianfrance's time-spanning look at guilt and responsibility across multiple generations, Ryan Gosling plays a reckless stunt driver suddenly thrust into fatherhood and engaged in bank robberies to provide for his newly discovered son. Despite his apparent commitment to a worthy cause, Gosling's character engages in a recklessness that puts both himself and his family at risk: He's not only an absent father but a dangerous one. Cianfrance himself may not suffer from quite the same risky tendencies, but the battle to obtain a commanding role over familial stability is almost certainly a personal one, judging by the portrait of its interiors on display in "Towheads." Directed by Cianfrance's wife, the witty video performance artist Shannon Plumb, "Towheads" looks at the other side of the equation only glimpsed in "Pines": Whereas in that movie we follow the absent father, "Towheads" observes the world he leaves behind. Though lightly...
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Quentin Dupieux On What Inspired His Gonzo Odyssey 'Wrong' and His Obsession With Monty Python

With total disregard for Hollywood convention, oddball writer-director-musician Quentin Dupieux last made a mark with his gonzo killer tire horror pic "Rubber." The Frenchman is now back with "Wrong," an even more eccentric vision about one man's journey to find his missing dog that takes so many detours it plays like several mind-bending shorts all strung together into one absurd whole. The film premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival where Indiewire' Eric Kohn called it "'Groundhog Day' remade by Luis Buñuel," and finally opens in select theaters today via Drafthouse Films (it's also currently available on VOD). Indiewire called up Dupieux to discuss his latest absurdist foray, his love for Monty Python and his upcoming follow-up "Wrong Cops," which features many "Wrong"' cast members. This might seem like a redundant question, but given the unpredictability of the story you tell in "Wrong," I want to know what inspired the film. Was it an image? Was it the story of...
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The ABC's of Film School: 4 Questions to Ask and Why Student Films Often Suck

Canadian writer/director Charles Wilkinson ("Peace Out," "The Highlander") is following up the first edition of his "The Working Film Director" with an updated second edition.  The book is targeted towards just-beginning filmmakers, and covers everything having to do with what working as a filmmaker really means, from going to film school (or not) to making your first film. Below is an excerpt from the book's chapter on film school, courtesy of its publisher Michael Weise Productions.  To see more of the book or to buy it, check out the book on Amazon. How To Choose Your Film School Who have they taught? Before you sign on the dotted line, ask each school for a list of their graduates who are now established or working directors. IMDb search them. Some schools have a very good record in this area. Some not so much. If directing is what you want to learn, find a school that legitimately has produced currently working directors. Above or below the...
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Watch: Robin Tunney and Adam Scott Attempt to Relive Past Romances in New Trailer for 'See Girl Run'

Word on Nate Meyer's romantic drama "See Girl Run" has been relatively quiet since it was acquired by Phase 4 Films last May after a successful SXSW debut, but with a limited theatrical and VOD release now set for late April, Phase 4 has released a new trailer for the film. Robin Tunney ("The Mentalist") stars in the film as a settled down 30-something, who after realizing that her life has not gone quite how she planned begins to pursue an old high school flame still living at home, played by "Parks and Recreation" favorite Adam Scott. She decides to travel back to her hometown to see if there is something still there between them, along the way leaving her husband questioning what's really going on.  "See Girl Run," is the second film from Meyer, who debuted with the 2007 drama "Pretty in the Face." David Gordon Green and Lisa Muskat ("The Sitter") share an executive producing role on the film which also stars Jeremy Strong ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Larry Pine ("House of...
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Exclusive: New Sunset Kissed 'Spring Breakers' Poster Featuring James Franco and Three Gun-Toting Teens

While Harmony Korine's subversive and scandalous candy-colored blast of a new film "Spring Breakers" has been dividing audiences since going into wide release last Friday (just check out the Twittersphere), there's no denying the nutty brilliance of the sequence where James Franco, as Florida gangster Alien, takes to his outdoor piano to offer his sincere rendition of Britney Spears' ballad "Everytime," flanked by three teens gone wild (Ashely Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine). That moment is captured beautifully in an exclusive poster for the film that distributor A24 has provided to Indiewire as an exclusive. Check it out below:
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Watch: IFC Releases Its First Trailer for 'Maron,' Comedian and Podcaster Marc Maron's Scripted Comedy Series

IFC's released its first trailer for "Maron," the network's new series starring and based on the life of comedian and podcaster Marc Maron. The 10-episode season will premiere on Friday, May 3 at 10pm, and features Maron as himself, pretty much, a 48-year-old stand-up who resides with his cats (but not his girlfriend -- the fictionalized Maron lives alone), records his podcast in his garage and is prone to acerbic oversharing. Maron has worked on stage, in TV, film and radio for years -- most recently he guested on an episode of "Louie," served as a type of mentor figure in Mike Birbiglia's "Sleepwalk With Me" and played a significant role in the documentary "The Bitter Buddha." Maron's podcast, "WTF With Marc Maron," is a combination of confessional and deeply personal one-on-one interviews with various guests that's one of the best of its kind on the web -- a recent episode featuring Mel Brooks was particularly excellent. It'll be interesting to see how Maron's very...
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Martin Scorsese and Miramax Are Developing a 'Gangs of New York' TV Series

In the parting words of Leonardo DiCaprio's Amsterdam Vallon, "No matter what they did to build this city up again, for the rest of time... it would be like no one even knew we was ever here." Except on television, because Martin Scorsese and Miramax have announced that they're developing a TV series based on "Gangs of New York." The Scorsese film was released by Miramax in 2002 and ended up nabbing 10 Oscar nominations, including one for Daniel Day-Lewis' turn as memorable antagonist Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. It was written by Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian and Kenneth Lonergan, and was set in the mid to late 1800s in a lower Manhattan being violently fought over by various gangs. The show will look at gang activity at the turn of the century in New York as well as Chicago and New Orleans, serving as a portrait of the birth of organized crime in America. "Gangs of New York" co-executive producer Graham King is also involved in the potential...
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Watch: First Trailer for Adam Wingard's Buzzy 'You're Next' Promises Morbid Fun

When it debuted as a Midnight Madness selection at Toronto way back in 2011, "You're Next" won a slew of heavily dedicated fans and some significant praise, that only escalated when it was subsequently shelved for a year. While the film may not be anything overly groundbreaking (you can read our positive review from Toronto here, and it currently holds a B+ on Criticwire), the first trailer definitely looks effectively chilling, while still maintaining a certain level of fun that some genre efforts (say, the revamp of "Evil Dead") were perhaps lacking.  Starring Sharni Vinson and a whole host of indie auteurs, from horror director Ti West to Joe Swanberg and Amy Seimetz, the film is part of the recent trendy convergence of so-called "mumblecore" and horror filmmakers best demonstrated in "V/H/S," a film of which pretty much everyone involved in "You're Next" is an alum. Directed by horror vet Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett ("A Horrible Way to Die," "Autoerotic"), the...
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Watch: Trailer for 'Burning Love' Season Three, 'Burning Down the House,' Sets Up a Spoof of 'Bachelor Pad'

"Burning Love," the Yahoo web series spoof of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," has built itself up into a multiplatform franchise, having successfully completed two seasons in which first fireman Mark Orlando (Ken Marino) and then unsuccessful contestant turned star Julie (June Diane Raphael) searched for the love in the best way possible -- on television. The web series made the leap onto TV itself when E! started airing the first season in February. The stars include many of funniest people working in stand-up or film and TV today -- Michael Ian Black, Ken Jeong, Natasha Leggero, Paul Scheer, Kristen Bell, Michael Cera, Kumail Nanjiani and more, many of whom helped promote the series at SXSW this year in a series of live events. The trailer for the new season, "Burning Down the House," below, reveals that the third incarnation of "Burning Love" will be a "Bachelor Pad"-style competition bringing back many of the competitors from the two previous rounds, including...
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