puzzle

For most of the 2000s, Marc Turtletaub has been one of the leading producers of mid-size indie works (many of them quite successful), so it should come as no surprise that he would take an interest in directing one of his own. After making his directorial debut with 2013’s Gods Behaving Badly, he’s helmed Puzzle, which received a great deal of attention at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is scheduled to open in theaters today.

/Film spoke about Puzzle with Turtletaub in Chicago back in May when he was a guest at the Chicago Critics Film Festival. He spoke of taking a deep dive into the world of puzzling, the personal connection he had to the material, the subtle ways in which he depicted loneliness, and yes, a bit about Mr. Rogers.

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Green Band Trailer

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 cheat on our spouses, get a behind-the-scenes look at Stanley Kubrick’s process, solve a puzzle with Kelly Macdonald, go old school roller skating, and then pay someone to break up with our significant others. Read More »

Monopoly Getting Its Own Big-Screen Origin Story

Monopoly

Hollywood loves toy movies and origin stories, so it was only a matter of time before someone had the genius idea to combine the two. Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf (Little Miss Sunshine) have put into development a movie about the origins of Monopoly, the smash hit board game that no one actually enjoys playing. (When’s the last time you sat through a game that didn’t end in exhaustion, tears, or a screaming match?)

This raises so many questions. Will this be a gritty origin story like Batman Begins, or a sympathetic retelling of Rich Uncle Pennybags’ humble origins a la Maleficent? Will it spark a whole Marvel-style shared universe with spinoffs for the wheelbarrow and the top hat? Will some healthy competition spur that other long-gestating Monopoly movie into action, or will one of them buy out the other with a stack of fake money?

But the answer, actually, is none of the above. Learn all about the Monopoly origins movie after the jump.  Read More »

For many, actors like Christopher Walken and John Turturro could be considered Gods. We remember their performances in films like The Deer Hunter or The Big Lebowski and feel like a higher power came down and blessed them with gifts not worthy of the common man. It seems fitting then that they, along with a slew of other awesome actors, will now actually be playing Gods in Gods Behaving Badly, a film adaptation of the 2007 best-seller by Marie Phillips.

Joining Walken and Turturro as a group of Greek Gods living together in a New York City brownstone are Sharon Stone, Oliver Platt, Edie Falco, Phylicia Rashad, Rosie Perez, Nelsan Ellis, Gideon Glick and Henry Zebrowski. They then cross paths with a mortal couple played by Alicia Silverstone and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Read more about the story after the jump. Read More »