Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Starts Movie Company

When the eldest Beastie Boy grows a serious gray beard, you know the film business is calling, and today brings news that Adam Yauch aka the rapper known as MCA has started an indie film distribution and international sales company called Oscilloscope Pictures. Anyone who’s grabbed the nachos and grape soda and plopped down to the visual wonders of Criterion’s Beastie Boys: Video Anthology or watched the seminal rappers’ delirious concert film Awesome: I F***in’ Shot That! knows this news is cooler than “Fred Kelly as Bunny.” And Oscilloscope’s picture is big: Yauch wants to distribute two to 10 films (what an estimate, eh) in the company’s first year.

His partner in the company is former ThinkFilm VP David Fenkel. Fenkel will run this new division of Yauch’s umbrella company, Oscilloscope Laboratories, from its headquarters in downtown Manhattan, alongside former ThinkFilm dude Dan Berger. What kinds of films will the company be high planes drifting the planet to market and distribute theatrically? They want narrative features and documentaries, and they’re looking to funnel funds into unfinished films. Their first film is said to hit theaters by summer ’08, with an official announcement going out within a month’s time.

As much as I like Yauch’s music (his group’s latest The Mix-Up is perfect muzak for finishing a script), the guy has an astronomical coterie of talent around him at all times. His elite friends-o’-film include the Coppolas, the Cassavettes, Adam Bernstein (Breaking Bad) and Spike Jonze. Oh, and he’s also directed weirdness since he was 16, creating some of the coolest and most lager-gut-busting music videos (“Intergalactic”) under his secret alias Nathanial Hörnblowér.

Slashfilm Question of the Day: Would you pay seven greenbacks to watch a Hörnblowér in a theater?

Source Link: Reuters

Christopher Walken makes Five Dollars a Day

Christopher Walken and Alessandro Nivola have signed on to star in Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls, Saving Grace, A Lot Like Love) road-trip caper film Five Dollars a Day. The film actually has an interesting premise: Walken will play a conman proud of living like a king on $5 a day who reunited with his son Nivola, who had been jailed for one of his father’s crimes.

Neal and Tippi Dobrofsky penned the script, which doesn’t give us much hope considering their last couple of films were pretty bad (The Donor, Flinch). But I can watch almost any movie when Walken is on the screen. Prinicpal photography will begin in New Mexico and Atlantic City in mid-September. [via: Variety]

2007 Independent Spirit Awards Winners

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine won the top prize at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, a day before the underdog indie comedy competes for Best Picture at the 2007 Academy Awards. Could the little indie that could win an Oscar? Check out the full list of winners after the jump.

Best Feature: Little Miss Sunshine
Best Female Lead: Shareeka Epps for Half Nelson
Best Male Lead: Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
Best Supporting Female: Frances McDormand for Friends with Money
Best Supporting Male: Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine
Best Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris for Little Miss Sunshine
Best Screenplay: Jason Reitman for Thank You for Smoking
Best First Screenplay: Michael Arndt for Little Miss Sunshine
Best Cinematography: Guillermo Navarro for Pan’s Labyrinth
Best First Feature: Sweet Land
Best Foreign Film: Leben der Anderen, Das
Best Documentary: The Road to Guantanamo
John Cassavetes Award: Quincea�era
Truer Than Fiction Award: P.O.V.: The Tailenders (#19.5)

I’m glad to see Quincea�era get an award, but I’m surprised that Pan’s Labyrinth didn’t win best feature.