College Republicans

James Schamus, the former head of Focus Features and writer of films like The Ice Storm and Lust, Caution, has found his next directing project: College Republicans, a script which topped the Black List a decade ago but has taken on new significance thanks to the corruption in the Republican party that’s played out over the past few years. Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) are set to star. Read More »


At 24, Logan Lerman‘s already built up a damn impressive career. He’s done the franchise thing with Percy Jackson, checked off the “YA adaptation” box with Perks of Being a Wallflower, and worked with filmmakers like David Ayer (Fury), Darren Aronofsky (Noah), and James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma). Now he’s back this summer in Indignation, the directing debut of The Ice Storm and Hulk screenwriter James Schamus.

Based on the novel by Philip Roth, the drama stars Lerman as a working class Jewish boy attending a Christian college in Ohio. Between his religious convictions and his romance with fellow student Olivia (Sarah Gadon), who’s got some troubles of her own, he fits in like a square peg in a round hole. Our own Ethan Anderton caught Indignation at Sundance, and he loved it so much he’s even quoted in the first Indignation trailer, which you can watch below.  Read More »

Indignation Review

After finding fame as the titular hero in the Percy Jackson fantasy franchise, Logan Lerman has started to carve an impressive acting career over the past few years with praiseworthy performances in films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Fury. But his latest leading turn in Indignation, an adaptation of Philip Roth‘s novel of the same name, shows the outstanding talent that Lerman has when given the right role. Indignation has the best performance of Logan Lerman’s career, and it helps that the film surrounding this stellar work is brilliant as well. Keep reading for my full Indignation review. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we remember what it was like to be 11, enjoy the pop hit “True” in a completely unironic way, create good TV, leave this earth behind, and understand our economy before falling asleep.

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Ang Lee will next direct an adaptation of writer Elliot Tiber‘s memior, Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life for Focus Features, with the company’s co-president and longtime Lee collaborator, James Schamus, on board to write and produce. Like the book, Woodstock will not be the main focus of the adaptation; instead it will tell the tale of Tiber’s involvement in organizing the 1969 concert, his stay at his parents’ eccentric Catskills motel, encounters with personalities like Truman Capote and Mark Rothko and his struggles with being a closeted homosexual during that mythical Age of Aquarius.

The movie is described by Variety as a comedy, with a relatively low budget of $5-10 million. Information regarding the use of ’60s-centric music in the film is unavailable at this time. If you’re too young to know what Woodstock was, stay up late and search for that never-ending psychedelic CDs infomercial with Peter Fonda. Production is scheduled to go ahead before year’s end. Lee is also attached to direct the break-up dramedy A Little Game, but Woodstock will apparently go first. Jann Wenner and the other baby boomers at Rolling Stone can’t sit still imagining the possibilities right now.

Discuss: Was Woodstock the most important event in human history? Did anyone else participate in the riots at Woodstock ’99? It was my first and only experience stealing water.