Jeff Buckley, whose sole album Grace made him a cult favorite singer/songwriter, is not a figure many actors would be eager to play. Blessed with a distinctive voice and followed by a rabid fan base, Buckley, is often seen as a singular figure in the music world. But Penn Badgley accepted the challenge of playing (and singing as) Buckley for director Daniel Algrant in the film Greetings From Tim Buckley. The film follows Jeff as he is invited to perform at a 1991 benefit concert for his late father, Tim Buckley. The younger Buckley only barely knew the elder, who died of an overdose in 1975, and the concert represented his own eulogy to his father and also his breakthrough into the music industry.
There’s a lot in this trailer: scenes with Tim Buckley (played by Ben Rosenfield), and bits where Jeff is coming to terms with his father and playing the show, and then a great deal of time where he’s minimizing the import of the show by fooling around with a cute girl (Imogen Poots) who is staffing the concert. I don’t know how well those elements work together in the film, but most of them are appealing enough in the trailer, which you can see below. Read More »
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Each year some of the commercials from the biggest brands during the Super Bowl are directed by big name filmmakers (remember Ridley Scott‘s classic Apple “1984″ Super Bowl ad). The 2012 Super Bowl commercials feature spots directed by Todd Phillips, Bobby Farrelly, David Gordon Green, Miguel Arteta, Noam Murro, Craig Gillespie, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., Joe Pytka, Jake Scott, Fredick Bond, Peter Berg and others. After the jump I’ve collected 18 of the tv spots directed by big screen talent, breaking down who directed what.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s Casting Bits all revolve around true stories, though the nature of the tales vary wildly from project to project. After the jump:
- Adam Goldberg enters final negotiations to play porn star Harry Reems in Matthew Wilder’s Inferno
- Patricia Arquette gets cast as Reeve Carney’s mom in Jake Scott’s Jeff Buckley biopic
- Matthew Fox boards Peter Webber’s “inspired by true events” political thriller Emperor
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The second Jeff Buckley biopic just found its leading man. (The first is Greetings From Tim Buckley, which has Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots starring, and will chronicle the late singer’s early days, before he rose to minor fame.) This second one is currently untitled, and comes from Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys). It now has Reeve Carney, who played Peter Parker and Spider-Man in the Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, set to play Jeff Buckley. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2011 by Angie Han
Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys) has just signed on to direct a biopic about Jeff Buckley, from a script by Ryan Jaffe (The Rocker). Buckley, if you’re not familiar, was an influential musician from the ’90s who died in a tragic accident at the age of 30. You may recognize his biggest hit song, a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Read more — and listen to the song — after the jump.
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Jake Scott, son of Ridley, has directed a new feature, Welcome to the Rileys, starring James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo. The film debuted at Sundance, where it did relatively well and was picked up by Apparition. Bit of trouble there, though, as Apparition has been undergoing some restructuring. Just a couple weeks ago Welcome to the Rileys moved over to Samuel Goldwyn, and the company already has a trailer out for the film. Read More »
In April, Philips released their collaboration between five filmmakers from Ridley Scott Associates, called Parallel Lines. Scott’s commercial division RSA was asked to create a series of groundbreaking short films in a genre of their choice, using “the same unifying theme.” RSA directors submitted forty-five treatments and Philips selected five it believed were most ground-breaking: Jake Scott, Greg Fay, Johnny Hardstaff, Carl Erik Rinsch, and Hi-Sim.
Philips has provided us with an exclusive behind the scenes making of video for Jake Scott‘s mystical horror short titled The Hunt, which you can watch right now embedded after the jump. As you know, Scott guest blogged for /Film during Sundance, where his feature film Welcome to the Rileys premiered at the fest.
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A few weeks ago we wrote a piece about an upcoming collaboration between Philips and five filmmakers from Ridley Scott Associates, called Parallel Lines. RSA was asked to create a series of groundbreaking short films in a genre of their choice, using “the same unifying theme.” RSA directors submitted forty-five treatments and Philips selected five it believed were most ground-breaking: Jake Scott, Greg Fay, Johnny Hardstaff, Carl Erik Rinsch, and Hi-Sim.
A few of these filmmakers have been profiled on the site in the past. Carl was originally attached to direct a remake/prequel of Alien, but that fell through, and Jake Scott guest blogged for /Film during Sundance, where his feature film Welcome to the Rileys premiered at the fest. I’m interested to see what these filmmakers can do with a narrative too big for a commercial or music video.
Philips has released a new one-minute trailer for the project, which shows a lot more footage than the previous teaser. The trailer also reveals the single piece of dialogue which became the basis for the five short film projects. Watch it now, after the jump.
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