Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
After flying under the radar and missing the 2016 film festival scene altogether, Martin Scorsese‘s Silence finally announced a release date a few weeks ago. As expected, the latest film from one of our greatest living filmmakers has been positioned as an Oscar contender, hitting theaters in limited release on December 23, 2016. That news followed stories about the film’s supposed 195 minute running time. And that news followed a handful of stills showing off actors like Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson looking sad and desperate. But beyond that, the film has truly lived up to its title.
Still, the mere existence of a new Scorsese movie was enough to send Silence to the top of our most anticipated movies of the Fall list, so surely a new still from the film, featuring our first look at Adam Driver, qualifies as noteworthy movie news.
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If you’re a fan of J.J. Abrams, then maybe you’ve checked out some of the filmmaker’s audio commentaries. Abrams’ commentaries are about as breezy and as enjoyable as his films, but for whatever reason, he didn’t record one for the previous Star Wars: The Force Awakens home video release. The upcoming Collector’s Edition will, on the other hand, feature a commentary from the director.
Below, hear a SPOILER-heavy excerpt from The Force Awakens audio commentary.
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Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
In the past five years, Adam Driver has gone from total obscurity to total ubiquity. Girls was the show that launched him to fame, but his work since then has proven that his breakout role was no fluke. There’s a reason he’s being courted by everyone from the blockbuster magicians at Disney (for Star Wars: The Force Awakens) to top-level directors like Noah Baumbach, the Coens, and Jeff Nichols. With Paterson, he checks another acclaimed auteur off his to-do list, Jim Jarmusch, and the results of their meeting prove as wonderfully idiosyncratic as they are. Read More »
It’s unfortunate to report Terry Gilliam‘s longtime passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been delayed again. The writer-director was going to start shooting the film (for the second time) next week, but another unexpected curveball has been thrown in this troubled project’s direction. Gilliam called the most recent delay of his fantastical adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel “slight.”
Below, find out the reason behind the latest The Man Who Killed Don Quixote delay.
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Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Star Wars Saga films ar sitting out this year, but star Adam Driver is still having quite a 2016. He began with a supporting role in Midnight Special this spring, and this winter he has two more movies out. One is Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which just secured an awards-season release date from Paramount. The other is Jim Jarmusch‘s Paterson, which has just unveiled its first trailer.
The title refers to both the main character and the location of the movie. Driver is Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, NJ. Under his unassuming exterior burns a bright, creative soul: he spends his free time writing poems that he declines to share with the world, despite the loving encouragement of his wife (Golshifteh Farahani). Paterson follows its protagonist through the ins and outs of daily life, culminating in a very minor tragedy that threatens to disrupt his comforting routine. Watch the Paterson trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2016 by Angie Han
Paramount Pictures will have one more gift waiting for us under the tree this Christmas. The studio has just announced that Martin Scorsese‘s Silence will hit theaters this December for an awards-qualifying run before expanding nationwide in January. Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver lead the drama about Jesuit priests in feudal Japan. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Episode 8 Bits:
- Does Carrie Fisher‘s changed schedule indicate reshoots for Star Wars: Episode 8?
- Adam Driver compliments Rian Johnson and compares Episode 8 to The Empire Strikes Back.
- Lupita Nyong’o shoots down those Maz Kanata rumors.
- Rian Johnson once again gets amusing on Twitter.
- Carrie Fisher explains why Han and Leia broke up.
- Someone pieces together currently known plot points for some potential spoilers.
- And more!
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We don’t really know much about the story in Star Wars Episode VIII aside from Force Awakens co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan calling it “weird” and Rian Johnson revealing it will begin moments after the conclusion of Episode 7. We know a lot all the people involved in the production, but not much about the story itself. So any little piece of information is something. So when Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver, compares the tone of Episode 8 to Empire Strikes Back, we take notice.
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The story of Terry Gilliam‘s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has evolved over the years to become the horror story parents tell young filmmakers. Gilliam set out to make his fantastical re-imagining of Cervantes’ legendary novel back in 1998, but a series of increasingly insane on-set disasters halted production and the already stretched financing fell apart, forcing the film to shut down early in its shoot. This story was told in the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha, which began its life as a future DVD making-of doc and ended up being a tragic and darkly hilarious chronicle of a film production falling apart in slow motion.
And now, after nearly twenty years of false starts, Gilliam is closer than ever to bringing this seemingly cursed passion project to fruition. The film is cast. Location scouting has begun. Shooting starts in October. A bunch of behind-the-scenes photos has been revealed and everything. This could be actually happening.
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Terry Gilliam is like the human punching bag of filmmakers. No matter how many hits he takes — which has been far too many throughout his bumpy career — he remains passionate, persistent, and unwilling to let go of dream projects, such as The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Gilliam’s long-suffering fantastical adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel recently showed new signs of life, when the director acquired financing from overseas, which he couldn’t even get with Ewan McGregor and Robert DuVall attached to the project.
We last heard Jack O’Connell would play the protagonist, Toby, but if — and this is one big if — The Man Who Killed Don Quixote starts principal photography this September it’ll instead star Adam Driver. As for the titular role, Gilliam has enlisted an old collaborator of his, Michael Palin (Monty Python).
Learn more about Gilliam’s passionate project and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote star below.
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