Hustlers lives comfortably in the grey. Lorene Scafarai‘s movie shows the good deeds and the bad and the right and the wrong, never telling the audience exactly how to feel about it all. The crimes speak for themselves, but Scafaria keeps the characters and the world messy with more empathy than moralizing. The drama, which is based on a wildly entertaining story by journalist Jessica Pressler, has more to it than strippers drugging and stealing big money from their marks. Starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers is about friendship, culture, and people dealt a bad hand in life, hungry for the American dream.
Similar to Scafaria’s previous movies, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and The Meddler, the characters are alive and vibrant in Hustlers. The ups and downs of their complicated friendships are as suspenseful as their life of crime. They’re doing a bad thing, without question, but there’s also a lot of good in these characters.
Recently, Scafaria talked to us about the relationships in the movie, a potentially iconic shot of Lopez, and how we’re all hustling.
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Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
Now that Captain Marvel has its Captain Marvel, it’s honing in on a director to bring the superhero to life. Marvel Studios has reportedly whittled down the list of contenders, and emerged with a shortlist that includes Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Lesli Linka Glatter (TV’s Homeland and Mad Men), and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World). However, it may be a while yet before Marvel Studios makes its final decision.
UPDATE: One more contender has emerged for the Captain Marvel directing gig. According to reporter Jeff Sneider, Rebecca Thomas is also in the running. Learn more about her below. 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 wonder what is up with Turkey, get in touch with our more maternal side, marvel at the world of art and Nazis, peep Africa’s first teen movie and take in some licentious photos that some say should be labeled as filth.
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The Meddler was on my most anticipated of 2016 list. The film, which stars Rose Byrne and Susan Sarandon, is Lorene Scafaria‘s second directorial effort, following the effortlessly charming Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Scafaria’s film premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where it was greeted with a positive reception. Sarandon, in particular, was praised for her performance.
Watch The Meddler trailer below.
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Some people liked the idea behind the low-key sci-fi film Coherence, but were pretty irritated with the first teaser trailer. The movie follows the events of a night in which an “astrological anomaly” affects life on Earth, and it looks very much like a film for fans of Primer. If you want to see more, this full Coherence trailer for the film might help. It still has a few too many pull quotes, but there’s also a lot of actual meat here, too.
So those who didn’t see Coherence at a festival can start to get some idea of just what the hell is going on as reality (or at least perception) bends for a group of friends. Read More »
One of the most buzzed-about films at Fantastic Fest last year was the low-fi science fiction story Coherence. Written and directed by James Ward Byrkit, the film is partially improvised, and tells of the “reality-bending” effect an an astrological anomaly has over the course of one night. The film stars Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Alex Manugian, Lauren Maher, Hugo Armstrong and Lorene Scafaria. Check out the strange Coherence teaser trailer below. Read More »
You’ve just found out there are three weeks until the inevitable end of the world. What do you do? If your the characters played by Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in Focus’s upcoming romantic comedy, you fall in love looking for your loved ones. The film is called Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World and it’s written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, who wrote Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
In addition to the two leads, the star studded cast includes Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Adam Brody (The OC), Rob Corddry (Children’s Hospital), Rob Huebel (Human Giant), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Derek Luke (Antoine Fisher), Melanie Lynskey (Away We Go), T.J. Miller (Cloverfield), Patton Oswalt (Big Fan) and William Petersen (CSI). It’ll be released on June 22 and the trailer and poster has just come online. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
There’s plenty to look forward to in spring 2012, but as we head slowly (oh, ever so slowly) toward the warmer months, two films have been pushed back to other seasons while one has landed on a different spring date. After the jump, get updates on new release dates for Relativity’s The Raven and House at the End of the Street, as well as Focus Features’ Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
[Update: Hit the jump for a just-released poster for The Raven]
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Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Even as I’m rushing to catch up on the 2011 films I’ve missed before the end of the year, I’m already looking forward to the crop of films that are due to open next year. Focus Features has just announced release dates for three of its upcoming releases I’m most curious about: Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom, Paul Weitz‘s Being Flynn, and Lorene Scafaria‘s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Details after the jump.
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Billed as a “pre-apocalyptic comedy,” Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightly is about to go into production. Though the two leads were announced last month, the rest of the cast for the film – written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) – has now been revealed.
It includes Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Adam Brody (The OC), Rob Corddry (Children’s Hospital), Rob Huebel (Human Giant), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Derek Luke (Antoine Fisher), Melanie Lynskey (Away We Go), T.J. Miller (Cloverfield), Patton Oswalt (Big Fan) and William Petersen (CSI) just to name a few. Wow. Pretty impressive for a first time director. Read more after the jump. Read More »