Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller are doing pretty well together thanks to the current film Greenberg, and now the pair may end up working together once more. This follow-up won’t quite be in the same vein of their current film, however, in which Stiller could be charitably called an unlikable guy.
The new film would be based on a children’s book: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater. It’s not a huge stretch for Baumbach, who co-wrote Fantastic Mr. Fox, but in the wake of Greenberg, it might look like a real left turn. Read More »
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Noah Baumbach‘s latest film Greenberg is opening to fairly strong reception, and while there’s that word that he’s helping rewrite the heist film Tower Heist for Brett Ratner, I figured that it might be a moment before we heard anything for certain about Baumbach’s next directorial project.
But Baumbach is already signing to direct The Emperor’s Children, for producer Brian Grazer. Ron Howard was previously attached to direct from a script by Baumbach, but he’s handed over the reigns. Read More »
Noah Baumbach, whose new film Greenberg hits theaters later this month, says that he has been working on another screenplay with collaborator Wes Anderson. For those of you who don’t know, Baumbach co-wrote both The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox with Anderson, who produced Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale. Considering that two out of three of those films are Oscar-nominated (with all three films being awesome), I’m definitely interested in see any collaboration between the pair in the future. So what is this latest screenplay about?
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Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 by David Chen
In this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the difficulty in crafting a good Comic-Con documentary and the virtues of Brett Ratner. Special guest C. Robert Cargill (AKA Massawyrm) joins us from Aint It Cool News. Also, special thanks to /Filmcast listeners Daniel G., and Tom in Houston for writing in with some great questions that we discussed during this episode.
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I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone just typing that title. The other day we told you that Ben Stiller was looking to take the lead in a film called Trump Heist (likely to be retitled Tower Heist) which had formerly been conceived as a “black Oceans 11“. Brett Ratner has been attached to direct for a long time, and remains so.
Now Universal is pushing ahead with the film on a fast track, and reportedly wants a rewrite of the script, originally by Ted Griffin. Their go-to guy? Noah Baumbach. Ratner and Baumbach on the same project? Cue stereotypical dizzy camera effects and mass confusion. Read More »
Focus Features has released a new three and a half minute featurette for Noah Baumbach‘s new comedy / drama Greenberg. Titled “Behind the Scenes: Brave At Our Age”, the featurette has sit down interviews with the stars, Ben Stiller, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Greta Gerwig, talking about the story, movie, and director. It also touches on the original score created by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. Watch the featurette now, embedded after the jump.
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Retro Whale has created a series of art based on the favorite filmmakers of film geeks. She has created quirky little portraits of 20 great filmmakers, which you can purchase as art prints, magnets, or 4×4 clapboard coasters (which are wall mountable).
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As I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox and gradually sensed the darkness of the theater lose out to the autumn-colored, classy, stop motion shenanigans on screen, I began to accept that every silhouette in the audience—fat and small, rich and me—was dressed in ship-shape, semi-formal attire. I pictured moms silently imagining themselves speaking in snooty English accents and serving cups of Earl Grey. And kids ages five through nine on the verge of zzz’ing in handsome jackets of tweed and corduroy; mildly stimulated by what equates to a visually dazzling hipster Sunday School lesson taught with Adderall on its gums and Tryptophan in its belly.
In contrast to Spike Jonze‘s Where the Wild Things Are—itself a furry and visionary 2009 adaptation of a famous kid’s book about nonconformity—Wes Anderson‘s Fox focuses foremost on family via adult characters. Whereas Wild Things united male Eighties Babies with its look at psychological distress, a side effect birthed by so much of that decade’s parental divorce and separation, Fox unites families of the aughts with an increasingly rare and welcome air of sophistication. One is a film about adults-as-wild-animals suitable for families, the other is a film about a child amidst wild animals suitable for would-be adults.
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