Screen Junkies » fox searchlight http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:46:07 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Matthew Goode In Extremely Violent Talks For ‘Stoker’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/matthew-goode-in-extremely-violent-talks-for-stoker/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/matthew-goode-in-extremely-violent-talks-for-stoker/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 00:27:12 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215441 The villain from Watchman teaming up with the director of 'Oldboy'? If you're not 'Stoker'-ed, then you weep alone.

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The villain from Watchmen teaming up with the director of Oldboy? If you’re not Stoker-ed, then you weep alone.

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Violence-lovin’ South Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park may have the male lead for Fox Searchlight‘s Stoker, his first English language film. Matthew Goode is brutally punching his way through talks to get the part, which actors like Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender, Joel Edgerton and James “I’ll Do It” Franco also circled. Goode will next be seen in this fall’s hippie-free Burning Man.

Stoker is about the strange events that happen when a young girl’s father dies and her long lost uncle moves back into her life. Will the young girl want revenge of some kind? Damn it, I sure hope so. (Variety)

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Fox To Stoners: Bring Your Tree Bong To ‘Tree Of Life’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-to-stoners-bring-your-tree-bong-to-tree-of-life/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-to-stoners-bring-your-tree-bong-to-tree-of-life/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 02:18:07 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213691 Fox Searchlight is trying to spark (light up?) the interest of a certain audience via Twitter.

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The twin powers of niche marketing and truth in marketing collided on Fox Searchlight‘s twitter feed. The explosion was awesome, but you’d probably appreciate it more if you were high.

Terrence Malick‘s arty film The Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt, The Big Bang, Rippling Water, Sean Penn and a large cast of Trees. Since the film is slow-paced, full of nature images and not exactly plot-driven, distributor Fox Searchlight is trying to spark (light up?) the interest of a certain audience via the following tweet:

@foxsearchlight – LA: are you aware Arclight Hollywood showtimes for TREE OF LIFE include a 4:20 screening daily?

Brad Pitt Wants His Son To Hit Him As Hard As He Can

The Cannes winner is now looking for a stoner audience, which I guess makes ridiculous sense. I wonder if the DVD release will include an “Unrated Edition” with a gratuitous hot girl on the cover and a photoshopped picture of Pitt holding a bong, wearing a Rastafarian hat, popping out from the corner. Well, first we have to have the sure-to-be-unusual-smelling screenings in theaters, which begin May 27, 2011. (Movieline)

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Does ‘Lola Versus’ Have Orlando Bloom’s Bow? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/does-lola-versus-have-orlando-blooms-bow/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/does-lola-versus-have-orlando-blooms-bow/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 00:55:09 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210104 Bloom has two 'Hobbit' movies to make, but I guess Legolas doesn't have too big a role, because he might wedge the terrible sounding romantic comedy 'Lola Versus' with Greta Gerwig into his schedule.

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Orlando Bloom has Hobbit movies to make, but I guess Legolas doesn’t have too big a role, because he might wedge a terrible sounding romantic comedy into his schedule.

Bloom may star alongside Greta Gerwig (Arthur) in Fox Searchlight‘s Lola Versus, directed by Daryl Wein, written by Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones, and Jones who will co-star. One of the perks of writing the script is penning a part and being like, “hmm, you know who’d be great for this? …Me.

The romantic comedy is about a girl who gets dumped at the alter by her college sweetheart, then goes on a journey as a single woman. The ticking clock is: she’s about to turn 30. I can hear you gasping through the internet. Maybe Bloom will play the guy who helps her on her journey, and turns out to be “the one.” That’s a twist you’d never see coming. Or, you know, the opposite of that.

In June, the production team hopes to begin shooting in New York. (Variety)

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Interview: ‘Sound of My Voice’ Star Brit Marling http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/interview-sound-of-my-voice-star-brit-marling/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/interview-sound-of-my-voice-star-brit-marling/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 18:05:21 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208335 When I saw Brit Marling’s movies in Sundance, I thought she was going to be the next big star. I’m still pulling for Molly Dunsworth, but Marling has a head start.

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When I saw Brit Marling’s movies in Sundance, I thought she was going to be the next big star. I’m still pulling for Molly Dunsworth, but Marling has a head start. She co-wrote and starred in Another Earth, which Fox Searchlight immediately bought, and Sound of My Voice. She also played the “lesbian” Britta kissed on “Community.”

Sound went to SXSW too, which is where I got to meet Marling. That’s the one where she plays the cult leader Maggie who says she’s from the future. Another Earth is the one where a mirror planet earth appears in the sky, and she gets distracted by it and causes an accident, then has a relationship with the survivor of that accident. Zal Batmanglij directed Sound of My Voice and Mike Cahill directed Another Earth, but they’re all buds.

Well, Searchlight finally committed to Sound of My Voice too, so you’re all about to experience the magnitude of the Brit Marling double feature. First meet her here, as I did, in her first interview off the plane in Austin.

Q: I saw Another Earth and then I saw you had another film at Sundance, so I went to Sound of My Voice.

BM: That’s so cool. That’s very cool that you came to both. That really means a lot to us because not many people have seen both.

Q: Playing someone with the ultimate charisma to lead a group, how do you manifest that?

BM: Ooh, that’s such a good question. I watched a lot of documentaries of cult leaders. A lot of cult leaders are ex-actors or failed preachers, which is interesting. But I think nothing really prepared me for when we were on set shooting the day that there’s the group apple eating scene. I didn’t realize how intense it was going to be to have to hold everybody’s focus. It was a very difficult moment, and in that moment, you really have to become the cult leader and after 20 takes of the same thing, still hold everybody’s attention, hold the other actors’ attention because they were getting bored. They’d been shooting for six hours, the camera’s not on them, how do you still keep the energy up? I was like wow, this is what a cult leader has to be able to do, hold people’s attention and still have a gravitas. That was very hard. I don’t know that I achieved that, but I tried.

Q: For Another Earth, did you have to strip all that away?

BM: You know, Another Earth we shot first. Way first. That was obviously a really different character, a really different story. Rhoda as a character is much more internal. She’s going through this experience and suffering and she’s also not interacting with that many other people at the beginning of the film. Everything’s on the inside. You’re not getting to externalize a lot of what you’re feeling and that was a very different experience.

Q: Can I call it that you are the next big star?

BM: [Laughs] Uh, I don’t know. I don’t feel that way. I would just love for us to get to make the next movies we want to make and to keep learning as an actor. I feel I have so much to learn. I’m excited to learn all of it and as a writer as well. We have all kinds of stories that we want to tell, and if it maybe becomes slightly easier to get them made, that’d be great but otherwise I’m not anticipating.

Q: When did you book “Community?”

BM: That’s funny. A friend of Zal’s we invited to an early screening of Sound of My Voice. Not many people saw Sound of My Voice because it was finished so quickly. Literally a couple days after Sundance had already started is when the movie was finally finished. There was one screening of a rough cut right as we were submitting to Sundance and a friend of Zal’s came who’s a screenwriter on “Community” and she saw the cut and was like, “You should come read for something I’m writing for ‘Community.’” So I came in and read for it. Karey Dornetto’s the writer. She’s incredibly talented, it was a really funny episode, I had a great time doing it.

Q: Do you get that guy fascination with two girls kissing?

BM: You know, nobody has actually brought that up yet. This is the first time we’re talking about it. I haven’t actually seen the episode yet myself so I’m curious.

Q: You didn’t DVR your own episode?

BM: I don’t have a TV. I think as a general rule I don’t know about watching myself too much. It’s different when we’re in the editing room together and I have a writer or producer hat on. You can sort of get outside of yourself and see what the story needs in order to become better. But if I’m watching “Community” and my role in that is just as an actor, you can very easily get stuck in the surface of things and then find yourself later on worried. You just become maybe too self aware which can be dangerous for trying to escape yourself. So I don’t know how many things I watch.

Q: Were you always planning to act even if you weren’t writing your own scripts?

BM: Yeah, I wanted to be an actor and Zal wanted to direct and Mike wanted to direct. I think we realized right away, Zal and I realized right away, the most expedient path to getting to do the things we wanted to do was to learn to become good writers and good storytellers. That’s what there’s a real lack of. There’s always a need for a great story, if you can come up with that.

Q: If I don’t like your next film, can we still be friends?

BM: Absolutely. We’d probably be better friends if you don’t like the next film we make. I mean, that’s part of it. Not everybody loves every actor. Some of the actors that I think are the most amazing actors, other people say, “I hate that person.” The same with films, the same with paintings, the same with music. That’s what creating something is. It’s supposed to create a debate, create a conversation. So we’re just happy to be conversation starters. It doesn’t have to be that everybody likes everything.

Q: Who are those actors you just stand by and love their work?

BM: Samantha Morton. Daniel Day Lewis. Penelope Cruz in Elegy. That’s an amazing movie.

Q: Another Earth could have been as ambiguous as Sound of My Voice but you gave it a nice conclusion. Was it difficult to construct a definitive ending to that story?

BM: No, you know what happened with that story? The thing that came first was the idea of duplicate earths and everybody who’s here is also there, the idea for everyone confronting themselves as a metaphor for a lot of things. I think we backtracked from that larger idea into what is the person who needs to confront himself or herself the most? Then came the idea of a story of forgiveness, that the person who most needs to encounter themselves is someone who cannot let go of something or cannot let themselves off the hook for something. I had an experience growing up where a girl in my neighborhood who was very beautiful and very ambitious and a beautiful singer and was kind of this golden girl, was driving home from a party one night and caused an accident. The woman driving the other car was paralyzed and her son in the car was killed. I remember being haunted by this girl. It was never that the community didn’t forgive her or that her family didn’t forgive her. It was that she couldn’t forgive herself. I wondered about her years later. Did she ever rise as a phoenix from these ashes of her life? I don’t know. I have no idea what happened to her.

Q: Do you think she’s on Facebook now?

BM: I don’t know. I’m not on Facebook. I don’t know. I don’t think I would want to. I don’t think that I would want to know. Maybe I would.

Q: The mystery is more inspiring.

BM: Yeah. I’m interested to know the kind of stories that we’ll tell in a couple years from now when we ourselves know more about where we’re going and where our peers are going and what happens to our parents. The more you live, the more you actually have to say or reflect on.

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David O. Russell May Direct Russ Meyer Biopic Because Boobs http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-o-russell-may-direct-russ-meyer-biopic-because-boobs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-o-russell-may-direct-russ-meyer-biopic-because-boobs/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 03:33:16 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202403 Fox Searchlight wants an Oscar nominated director to helm the Russ Meyer biopic. Meyer was the writer/director/producer/craft services/breast appreciator for a number of famous b-movies.

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David O. Russell, you just got an Oscar nomination for The Fighter. What are you gonna direct next?”

Boobs: The Movie.”

Let’s expound on that fake title a little. Fox Searchlight is looking for a director to helm the Russ Meyer biopic they’re putting together. Meyer was the writer/director/producer/craft services/breast assembler for a number of famous b-movies in the 60s and 70s like Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! His movies were famous for having actresses with awesome racks. So Fox Searchlight is talking to Russell about filming a movie that’ll have a ton of boobs in it, which might be a pretty fun shoot. There’ll also possibly be a young Roger Ebert in the film – also fun, but in a different way.

Merritt Johnson (“In Treatment”) will write the script. (The Playlist)

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Fox Searchlight To Remake ‘Bengali Detective’ Documentary. Uh, What? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-searchlight-to-remake-bengali-detective-documentary-uh-what/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-searchlight-to-remake-bengali-detective-documentary-uh-what/#comments Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:59:42 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22064 It appears that Fox Searchlight has discovered a new way to churn out remakes - start remaking documentaries.

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It appears that Fox Searchlight has discovered a new way to churn out remakes – start remaking documentaries. The studio has purchased the remake rights to the Sundance documentary The Bengali Detective, which is described as follows:

In response to police corruption, the private detective business has become increasingly common in India. The Bengali Detective follows the life of detective Rajesh Ji, who, along with his ragtag team of assistants, investigates cases ranging from counterfeit hair products to a brutal triple murder. When Rajesh is not sleuthing, he has big dreams of competing on a televised national talent show, so he and his detective gang form a dance troupe—which must be seen to be believed—and rehearse for their big audition.

So it’s a musical documentary about a dance troupe in India who solve mysteries. That sounds really cool! I’d love to watch– oh, a remake. Well, that sounds OK too, I guess. No details yet on whether the remake is going to be another documentary (unlikely), or a fictional treatment of the same material. (SlashFilm)

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Aronofsky Says ‘Black Swan’ Is Just ‘The Wrestler’ With Chicks http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aronofsky-says-black-swan-is-just-the-wrestler-with-chicks/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aronofsky-says-black-swan-is-just-the-wrestler-with-chicks/#comments Sun, 14 Nov 2010 19:02:46 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8163 Darren Aronofsky would like you to see his new film, Black Swan, as a companion to his previous Oscar nominated The Wrestler. Maybe they’ll show as a double feature. Black Swan is about a ballet dancer (Natalie Portman) losing her grip with reality, and The Wrestler was about a steroid monster trying to make up with his daughter.

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Darren Aronofsky would like you to see his new film, Black Swan, as a companion to his previous Oscar nominated The wrestler. Maybe they’ll show as a double feature. Black Swan is about a ballet dancer (Natalie Portman) losing her grip with reality, and The Wrestler was about a steroid monster trying to make up with his daughter. You see the similarities.

“I don’t really think there’s that much difference,” Aranofsky said. “I don’t think it’s that much of a big deal. I think people are people and if their feelings are real and truthful they can connect. I keep saying that it doesn’t matter if you’re an aging fifty something year old wrestler at the end of his career or an ambitious twenty something year old ballet dancer. If they’re truthful to who they are and they’re expressing something real then audiences will connect. That’s always been the promise of cinema and that’s why we can see a film about a seven year old girl in Iran or an immortal superhero in America. It doesn’t matter as long as they’re truthful.”

Also, they’re both kind of the ultimate sports movies The wrestler took staples in his chest and jacked up his heart on steroids. The dancer breaks her toes and breaks out in hives from all the hours of training. Aronofsky portrayed the dance world as starkly as he did the ring.

“The whole cinema verite handheld approach to The Wrestler was a big risk to bring over into this ballet film because I had never seen a kind of suspenseful film that had this kind of handheld camera and I didn’t know if it would work. I was always really worried that if in a really scary scene everyone would wonder why Natalie wouldn’t turn to the cameraman and go, ‘Help’, or something. So I didn’t know if it was going to work, but then we sort of went, ‘F*ck it. Lets just go for it because it’s never been done,’ and I really enjoyed the camera moving.”

The wrestler may have had some real life issues, but the dancer gets the full Aronofsky treatment. He goes all Requiem for a Dream on her. “Having a man hold the camera I could really move the camera in ways that you can’t in any other way. The result of that is that the first third of the film has a very different feel than the last half of the film because it’s got this very naturalistic feel which I think actually is kind of cool because it makes people feel like they’re watching a very different type of movie that can’t ever freak out like the way that it freaks out. Yet, it gives you that kind of immediacy of being in that other moment and being in this other world with little hints like she’s peeling her finger and things are going to get really freaked out. In general it just feels like a documentary in the beginning before it freaks out. So it kind of worked out for us.

Black Swan freaks out theaters Dec. 3.

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‘Conviction’ Trailer Looks Oscar-y http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/conviction-trailer-looks-oscar-y/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/conviction-trailer-looks-oscar-y/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for Conviction, another one of those inspirational true stories that scream "Academy Award nominations all-around!" Hilary Swank plays a "high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother’s unjust murder conviction." I assume the brother didn't do the crime, but Sam Rockwell's playing him so you never know. Maybe we'll get one of those Primal Fear endings. Swank spends years of her life striving to free her brother, then the instant Rockwell steps out of the prison gates he screams, "I stabbed that b*tch in the eyes!" and kicks Hilary in the stomach before stealing her broken down Taurus. Yeah... That would be awesome. Conviction gets tossed into theaters October 15, 2010. Check out the Oscar bait trailer after the jump...

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Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for Conviction, another one of those inspirational true stories that scream "Academy Award nominations all-around!" Hilary Swank plays a "high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother’s unjust murde conviction."

I assume the brother didn’t do the crime, but Sam Rockwell‘s playing him so you never know. Maybe we’ll get one of those Primal Fear endings. Swank spends years of her life striving to free her brother, then the instant Rockwell steps out of the prison gates he screams, "I stabbed that b*tch in the eyes!" and kicks Hilary in the stomach before stealing her broken down Taurus. Yeah… That would be awesome.

Conviction gets tossed into theaters October 15, 2010.

Check out the Oscar bait trailer after the jump…


Conviction – Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers

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