The current season of Amazon original shows offers up another debut series later this month, when Mozart in the Jungle begins streaming on Amazon Prime. The show, from creators Paul Weitz, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, adapts the memoir by Blair Tindell. The story follows dynamic young conductor Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) as he shakes up a major New York City symphony orchestra. Rodrigo has a nonconformist style and a demanding approach to conducting… and he also seems to have conversations with Mozart. There’s more than that — some sex, some power struggles, and potential new personalities as Rodrigo cleans house in the orchestra — all of which is shown to some degree in this Mozart in the Jungle trailer. Read More »
Earlier this year Amazon posted a new round of ten pilots, offering viewers the chance to check them all out before voting on ones they liked best. Five of the pilots were aimed at kids, with the other five geared towards adults. Now four of the five “adult” shows have been ordered to series. Two are particularly notable: the new Chris Carter show The After, and Transparent, in which Jeffrey Tambor plays a father who reveals a truth about his own life, and in so doing really changes the family dynamic.
Also getting orders are Bosch, and Mozart in the Jungle. Details on each is below. Read More »
Prada Candy L’eau is a perfume, and in this case Prada Candy L’Eau is also a three-part long-form ad for said fragrance. (Well, “long-form” might be a stretch, as this is three and a half minutes with titles.)
But it is one created by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, and one brimming with Anderson’s signature fetishes for composition, style, and color. Lea Seydoux stars with Peter Gadiot and Rodolphe Pauly, who play two guys eager to win the affections of the lady. There’s something of a commercial-pop reference to Truffaut’s Jules and Jim going on here, but nothing wrong with that, especially when Anderson and Coppola make it all so breezy and fun. Read More »
Oscar campaigning used to be so easy. Take out a few trade adds, approach a number of key voters, do a few rounds of dinners and drinks, done. Now there are far more outlets to get out info about a movie. The internet allows distributors to make all manner of materials available to promote their films for award consideration: scripts, scores, interviews, and on a limited basis even the entire film, via digital screener.
Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom isn’t available online for everyone to watch for free, but there’s something pretty good as a consolation prize. The interactive script walks readers through the film through a copy of the script text augmented with stills, blueprints, design items, and behind the scenes photos. It’s a neat way to view the film, especially for those who haven’t exhaustively devoured all the “making of” materials posted over the last year. Read More »
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Roman Coppola‘s second directorial effort, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, is on VOD now and will be in theaters on February 8. We’ve seen a couple trailers already for this film, in which Charlie Sheen plays a graphic designer who has a meltdown after being dumped by his girlfriend.
But this new red-band trailer is pretty great. It features Sheen and co-star Jason Schwartzman in costume, but not in character, introducing the footage. Well, it isn’t really footage, but a Monty Python-esque animated collage of stuff to represent just what is inside Charles Swan III’s mind.
And while I’d like to use a much more vibrant header image from the trailer, most of what’s inside Swan’s mind is naked women. Very tastefully shown naked women, but all the same. Just watch the trailer below, as long as you’re not at work. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
With just days to go until Oscar nominations are announced, the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its list of nominees for their top screenplay awards. As expected, many of these are films that have picked up plenty of accolades already. It’ll surprise no one to see that Zero Dark Thirty, Moonrise Kingdom, and Lincoln are among the contenders. But they’ve made room for some more offbeat choices as well, including Looper, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Master. (Jason Reitman should be pleased.) Hit the jump to see the list.
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Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Alamo Drafthouse brand is beloved among moviegoers for their plush theaters, but it’s revered for their impeccable taste in movies. Whether programming a film festival or picking up indies for distribution, they’ve demonstrated an eye for films that aren’t just good, but unique.
With 2012 on its way out, the company has just released its list of their ten favorite movies from the year. Some of the titles were as successful at the box office as they were with critics, while others are more off the beaten track, but all are well worth checking out. Read their picks after the jump.
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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, the second feature from Roman Coppola, runs a breezy 85 minutes. With the release of its first trailer, we can see just what the regular Wes Anderson collaborator has in store to follow up his feature debut from 2001. That debut film, CQ, was an illustration of romantic longing and personal disillusionment filtered through the swinging sci-fi weirdness of Barbarella and Danger: Diabolik. This one, as recent character posters suggested, seems far more light.
In fact this film, in which Charlie Sheen plays a guy who isn’t taking his recent breakup all that well, looks like it goes even further out into goofy territory. The trailer sells a wacky comedy in which Sheen, Jason Schwarzman, and Bill Murray are dressed as cowboys and beset by women dressed in the summer 2012 collection from Urban Outfitters. That’s just for starters.
Schwarzman looks like he’s having a grand old time; in fact, the entire cast looks like they’re having the time of their lives. And then there’s Sheen, who displays a couple of genuinely affecting glances in this footage, and may just get his own redemption thanks to Coppola. Check out the footage below. Read More »
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So far, unless you’ve been at the Rome Film Festival, your only exposure to Roman Coppola‘s second feature film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III has been through a handful of stills. A glimpse, indeed. The film is Coppola’s long-awaited follow-up to CQ, which Coppola released over a decade ago, and also comes on the heels of feature work he’s done with other directors. (Second unit work on a variety of features, and writing duties on The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom, for example.)
The movie stars Charlie Sheen as a successful graphic designer whose girlfriend unceremoniously dumps him, sending the guy into something of a tailspin. Actors such as Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Patricia Arquette show up, and as the still above suggests, the movie isn’t the most serious and literal story hitting screens.
And things are breaking open now with respect to getting a better look at the movie. First, we’ve got a full suite of character posters that go right past your typical character sheets to present an iconic if slightly bawdy take on the material. And then there’s a video which, while full of some irritating entertainment television talking head noise, also features the first footage we’ve seen from the film.
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Roman Coppola‘s last film — and his first film — was CQ, released in 2001. While he has been a creator on several big movies since thanks to work with his father (Tetro, Youth Without Youth) and Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom) I’ve been hoping to see more development from him as a director.
Coppola’s second feature is A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, featuring Charlie Sheen as the title character and supporting work from Bill Murray, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Patricia Arquette, Aubrey Plaza, and Jason Schwartzman. Like CQ, the movie takes place within a skewed world that isn’t quite our reality (as the title implies) and shows what happens when Swan’s girlfriend (Katheryn Winnick) dumps him and he starts to unravel.
The film has just been dated for February 2013, and we’ve got the first two photos from the film, along with some explanation from Coppola of just what we can expect to find in Swan’s head. Read More »