Charlie Kaufman novel

Charlie Kaufman wrote a very Charlie Kaufman-sounding novel, and I can’t wait to read it. Kaufman, the scribe behind Being John MalkovichAdaptationEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Anomalisa, and more, will release Antkind, a novel about a neurotic film critic (is there any other kind?) who stumbles upon a three-m0nth-long movie. More on the Charlie Kaufman novel below.

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i'm thinking of ending things cast

I’m Thinking of Ending Things has ended its relationship with Brie Larson, but all is not lost – Toni Collette is coming aboard. Larson was set to star in the new Netflix movie from Charlie Kaufman, but it appears actress Jessie Buckley has taken her place. Joining Buckley are Collette and David Thewlis, with Jesse Plemons still attached to star. The film is an adaptation of the psychological thriller novel by Iain Reid. More on the I’m Thinking of Ending Things cast below.

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I'm thinking of ending things cast

Update: Variety reports that the ever-busy Jesse Plemons, whose credits include Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, Game Night, FX’s Fargo, and the upcoming Vice, has joined the cast of I’m Thinking of Ending Things. He will play the role of Jake, the boyfriend to Brie Larson’s character. Our original article continues below.

Brie Larson is jumping from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Netflix. The Captain Marvel actress has just joined the I’m Thinking of Ending Things cast for director Charlie Kaufman. Based on the creepy novel by Iain Reid, the story concerns a woman (Larson) on a road trip with her boyfriend to meet the boyfriend’s parents.

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Star Wars Holiday Special Honest Trailer

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Honest Trailers throws some jabs at the worst Star Wars spin-offs, such as the Star Wars Holiday Special. Plus, James Corden turns a few movies into inappropriate musical (yes, that’s Dan Stevens as Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver above), and a video essay explores the absurdist philosophy of Charlie Kaufman‘s film Synecdoche, New York. Read More »

Charlie Kaufman - I'm Thinking of Ending Things Movie

The last time Charlie Kaufman was behind the director’s chair, he delivered the acclaimed stop-motion animated drama Anomalisa. Now he’s finally lined up his next film, and the project will take him to Netflix.

Charlie Kaufman will be writing and directing an adaptation of I’m Thinking of Ending Things, based on Iain Reid’s novel of the same name, which follows a suspenseful and tense break-up that unfolds on the road as a woman is being taken to meet her boyfriend’s parents for the first time. Read More »

Too Funny to Fail Trailer

Dana Carvey was once one of the most popular cast members on Saturday Night Live. He star had risen so high that after leaving the late night sketch series that he launched his own self-titled primetime sketch comedy series on network television. So why did it fail?

A new Hulu documentary called Too Funny to Fail: The Life and Death of The Dana Carvey Show takes a deep dive into the creation of the short-lived sketch comedy series. Why is a canceled sketch comedy series of any interest? Well, The Dana Carvey Show featured the likes of Louis C.K., Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel, Jon Glaser, filmmaker Charlie Kaufman and 30 Rock executive producer Robert Carlock, all before they made it big. With so much talent in one place, why wasn’t this show a hit? Read More »

Anomalisa Vinyl

Mondo has been knocking it out of the park lately when it comes to their line-up of exclusive, collectible vinyl soundtrack releases. In the past few weeks alone, they’ve featured outstanding vinyl releases for the soundtracks to Atomic Blonde and Hot Fuzz, but now they’ve got a vinyl release with one of the coolest album covers and gatefolds that I’ve ever seen.

Charlie Kaufman‘s stop-motion animated masterpiece Anomalisa has a beautiful score by composer Carter Burwell, and now that score is getting a vinyl release with an incredible pop-up style jacket design. Check out this amazing Mondo Anomalisa vinyl release below. Read More »

anomalisa interview

Anomalisa is one of those once-in-a-lifetime movies. It’s a singular experience, a stop-motion animated drama that slowly reveals why it could have only been told in this style. Simultaneously bleak and brutally honest and genuinely hilarious, directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson have made a movie that touches a nerve. Anomalisa is a stunningly made movie about ordinary people, a visual treat set in the most mundane setting imaginable, and a story that asks you to discover empathy for characters who are painfully human… despite being 3D-printed puppets. As of this morning, it is now an Oscar nominee for for Best Animated Film.

Since it topped my list of the best films released in 2015, I was thrilled to speak with Kaufman and Johnson as Anomalisa expands into more theaters this week. You can read the complete interview, and watch a new featurette delving into the making of the film, below.

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Charlie Kaufman Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

It’s not an accident Confessions of a Dangerous Mind wasn’t shown as last week’s Charlie Kaufman retrospective. Although the Anomalisa writer and co-director received sole credit on George Clooney‘s directorial debut, he had very little involvement in the film, and he wasn’t happy with the end result.

After the jump, read Charlie Kaufman’s thoughts on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

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Anomalisa character featurettes

Leave it to Charlie Kaufman to take what sounds like an ill-advised gag and turn it into one of the year’s most affectingly, heartbreakingly human films. Anomalisa is a romantic drama shot in stop-motion with a cast of puppets. But this isn’t Team America: World Police — Kaufman and his co-director Duke Johnson play it completely straight, giving their universe a relatively realistic look.

Anchoring this unusual presentation are two extraordinarily ordinary leads, Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) and Lisa Hesselman (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh). A pair of Anomalisa character featurettes get up close and personal with the duo, and you can watch them after the jump.  Read More »