As someone reading a movie website, you’ve surely seen a coming of age romance here and there. And you’ve probably seen an alien invasion movie as well. But now they’re about to combine in a sexy, punk acid trip of a movie in the form of an adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s short story and graphic novel How to Talk to Girls at Parties.
The first trailer just arrived, and it looks like a wild, charming genre mash-up that should be a hell of a good time at the movies this summer. Read More »
Elle Fanning continues her electric career playing precocious teens on the cusp of sexual awakening with her role as the eccentric love interest in How to Talk to Girls at Parties — but with a twist. This time, Fanning is an alien newly indoctrinated into 1970s’ London’s punk rock scene.
Based off of Neil Gaiman‘s short story of the same name, How to Talk to Girls at Parties marks director John Cameron Mitchell‘s return to feature films after a seven-year hiatus. Now it seems like Mitchell will be swiveling from the morose tone of his last film Rabbit Hole, and recapturing the oddball effervescence of his earlier film, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
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Neil Gaiman‘s comic book How to Talk to Girl at Parties is a fun read. It’s also a very short read. If adapted faithfully, it’d probably be a great short film. The director behind Rabbit Hole and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell, had the freedom of adapting the story into a narrative feature film. He got to take the kernel of a story where he wanted to, and where he went with it looks like a blast.
Below, watch the How to Talk to Girls at Parties teasers.
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The title “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” brings to mind something very specific, yet this movie is not at all what you think it’s going to be. Clue one: it is based on a short story by Neil Gaiman, the writer behind Sandman and Stardust. Clue two: it’ll be co-written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, the creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and, most recently, the director of Rabbit Hole. That heartbreaking film starred Nicole Kidman and she’ll reteam with the director for this one. So what’s it about? It’s a musically charged, Romeo and Juliet-influenced, love story involving punks and aliens.
As previously reported, Elle Fanning is still attached, and they’ll be joined by Matt Lucas and Ruth Wilson. Read more about How to Talk to Girls At Parties below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
While we wait to see what becomes of those long-gestating Sandman and American Gods adaptations, another Neil Gaiman tale is taking a step toward the big screen. Elle Fanning has signed on to lead How to Talk to Girls at Parties, based on a 2006 short story by Gaiman. John Cameron Mitchell is directing. Get plot details and more after the jump.
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a remarkable piece of work. The brainchild of writer/actor/director John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, the play and film it spawned are a whirlwind of romance, longing and sexual politics all presented as a glam rock musical. I never caught the stage version, and put off seeing the film for some time, but when I finally caught the film I realized I had been very dumb for sleeping on it. The story is unique and wonderful as it gives a perspective on gender identity and keeps the characters feeling very familiar and relateable.
There have been questions about a Hedwig sequel over the years, but Mitchell never seemed much inclined to go back to the character that launched his career. (And, in fact, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a pretty self-contained story.)
But now there’s word that Mitchell is writing a sequel. Presumably this will begin life as a stage production, but if it does well, we might hope for a film version as well. Read More »
Two good-looking posters recently hit for a couple of the fall’s more promising arthouse pictures. Both The Way Back and Rabbit Hole have some great early reviews out of festivals and screenings. Now each has a poster to call its own, and you can see both after the break. Read More »
Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole is a drama directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as parents dealing with the death of their child. It premiered earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival where Lionsgate picked it up to release for Oscar consideration. Well, they aren’t wasting any time. The film will be released December 17 and the trailer just came online. Read More »
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It’s been a big Toronto Film Festival for Harvey Weinstein, as The Weinstein Company picked up films like Dirty Girl, Sarah’s Key and the surprise hit of the fest, Submarine. But there’s another Harvey-related buy that might not make him as happy: IFC has picked up Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, a documentary about the industry titan.
The Barry Avrich-directed and produced film is said by IFC to be “a powerful, uncensored, no-holds-barred account that traces Weinstein’s path from concert promoter on the cold streets of Buffalo to his first trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where he arrived with one pair of pants and closed his first movie deal, to winning an Oscar, and breaking the bank with his first $100 million film.” Avrich previously claimed the film would be balanced, rather than a hatchet job.
The film isn’t yet finished, and a release date hasn’t been reported.[Deadline]
After the break, sales deals for John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole, the Korean thriller I Saw the Devil, and pre-sales for Almodovar’s next and Dredd. Read More »