A smalltime Irish director says he’s found proof of a time traveler in extra footage from a 1928 Charlie Chaplin film. Maybe because we all badly want to it to be true, George Clarke’s clip is doing major press rounds. In it, Clarke introduces a shot of The Circus premiere from back in the days when telephones were scarce. And yet there she is, just as Clarke said she would be: a stout lady shuffling by, seeming to talk into a cell phone. (See video below) READ FULL STORY
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Variety, The Office star has signed on to produce and star in Warner Bros.’ feature film adaptation of the 2008 music documentary Of All the Things – the unusual and unlikely story of Dennis Lambert. In the ’70s and ’80s, Lambert achieved a sort of semi-fame in music circles as the man behind such FM radio staples as “Baby Come Back”, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, and “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got”. After his moment in the sun was over, Lambert moved to Florida to sell real estate, only then realizing that he was still huge in the Philippines, where he then went on tour. The Lambert documentary was shown at the South by Southwest Film Festival and AFI Fest and won the audience award at the Nantucket Film Fest in 2008. It was directed by Lambert’s son, Jody. The new script will be written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who recently penned another Carell flick, Burt Wonderstone.He’s played clueless bosses, idiot weathermen, and 40-year-old virgins. Now Steve Carell is about to add singer-songwriter to his onscreen menagerie of characters. According to
While we can’t vouch for Carell’s singing ability, we do know this: the man can certainly lip sync some C+C Music Factory… READ FULL STORY
I think I’d like to play cards with Casey Affleck. The Oscar-nominated actor, who directed his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix in the apparently fake documentary, I’m Still Here, visited The Tonight Show last night to reiterate his recent claims that it was just a movie and that Phoenix’s public meltdowns were simply part of the act. But his poker-face wasn’t exactly a mask of conviction. Question: “Everybody was in on it at the time [when Phoenix appeared disheveled on Letterman]?” Answer: “Uhhhh, well, you know… [breaks eye contact and mindlessly tugs right earlobe]… neither Joaquin nor I never talked to Dave…” Question: ”Was it real drugs? Was he doing real coke in the movie?” Answer: “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-hhhhhhhhhhhhh. No.” I suppose that’s better than, “Hmmm. Which scene?” READ FULL STORY
PBS revealed that Ugly Betty star America Ferrera would take over hosting duties for the upcoming ninth season of their documentary series Independent Lens, which premieres Oct. 19. It’s certainly an interesting choice, considering her success with mass-appeal projects like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Betty, but it makes sense for the star, considering her love for documentaries. Lately, she’s been traveling the world promoting the documentary The Dry Land — about soldiers back from tours in Iraq who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder — that she produced alongside her fiancé Ryan Piers Williams. EW took a few minutes of Ferrera’s time to chat about why she wanted to host Independent Lens, her upcoming nuptials, and what the likelihood is for Ugly Betty movie in the future.Last week,
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Hosting PBS’ documentary series Independent Lens is an interesting step to take in your career. What made you want to do it, or how did it come together?
AMERICA FERRERA: They approached me about hosting it a couple of months ago, and I just loved the whole concept. I have been a part of many independent projects, and I feel kinship with independent filmmakers, and I love documentaries. I feel that this is a really wonderful thing, that PBS is making documentaries that most people would probably never have a chance to see in a regular theater — in a lot of towns in the country there aren’t independent theaters. I think it’s really awesome that someone can turn on their television and watch a documentary that they probably would never have had access to otherwise, and they’re all really wonderful, unique, interesting, quirky, and some really powerful stories that just help give a bigger perspective of all the different stories in our world. I was honored to be asked to join the really great people that they’ve had hosting in the past, like Susan Sarandon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Terrence Howard. READ FULL STORY
After the MPAA handed an ‘R’ rating for language to an acclaimed documentary about NFL-player-turned-Army-Ranger Pat Tillman, the makers of the movie have lost an appeal to have the rating changed to PG-13. The filmmakers tried to argue that The Tillman Story – which delves into the official military cover-up of Tillman’s death in Afghanistan by friendly fire and the way in which he was exploited as a potent patriotic symbol — is exactly the kind of historically significant film that should be exposed to as many young people as possible, not hidden from them due to squeamishness over some bad words. The MPAA clearly didn’t sympathize with that argument, despite the fact that an Iraq War documentary, Gunner Palace, won a similar appeal to overturn its ‘R’ rating six years ago. The MPAA’s ruling follows another recent case in which a documentary about the Holocaust, A Film Unfinished, was hit with an ‘R’ rating for “disturbing images of Holocaust atrocities including graphic nudity.”
What do you think? Did the MPAA dishonor Tillman’s memory — and the freedoms he fought for — by worrying more about f-bombs than about getting his story out to the widest possible audience? Should the ratings board evaluate movies that handle historically important subjects by a different set of standards? Or would that only open an even bigger can of worms?
How do you get a drunk Santa Claus out of a tree? Don’t over-think it. Bingo! High-five to the jackass who said, “Cut the tree down with a chainsaw.” The new trailer for Jackass 3D is full of such subtle stagecraft, but darn if it’s not hilarious. Give a look…but beware of that celebratory high-five.
Has the Jackass gang truly taken it to another level? What was your favorite stunt in the trailer? I can’t decide between portapotty catapult, fish-in-the-face, or duck-shooting.
For most of us, starring in a feature film is merely a pipe dream. I’ve been on TV before, but headlining a major motion picture is not in my future any time soon. (And, sadly, I’m guessing it’s not in most of yours’ either.) But all that could change with an experimental YouTube project taking place tomorrow. (Yeah, sorry for the late notice, PopWatchers!)
Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) and Kevin Macdonald (State of Play) have joined forces to create the film Life In a Day. Basically, they want you (yes you) to film part of your day tomorrow, July 24. After all the submissions are in, the guys will go through the videos and select the most compelling material. Those videos will then be combined to create the documentary film that will premiere at the January 2011 Sundance Film Festival. And that’s not even the coolest part. If any of your footage gets selected, you’ll be credited as a co-director, and might even have a chance to go to Sundance to celebrate. READ FULL STORY
Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald want you to be in their new documentary. Auditions are July 24, on YouTube.
Life in a Day seems like a filmmaking dare made in the wee hours after a determined effort to kill brain cells. The concept behind the “historic cinematic experiment” is that on July 24, anyone with a video camera can film and then upload footage to YouTube, with the hope that it will then be incorporated and edited into a cohesive feature documentary about mankind. “One World. 24 Hours. 6 Billion Perspectives,” is how it’s being sold. (Watch a promo below.)
Intriguing. But my soul weeps for filmmakers Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott, the brave chaps who’ve volunteered to cull the exhausting clips of footballs to the groin, dancing babies, and endless navel-gazing talking heads to concoct something meaningful. A reasonably sober Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) doesn’t seem to have any second thoughts about the imposing assignment, saying, “It’ll be kind of like a time capsule, which people in the future…could look at and say, ‘Oh my god. That’s what it was like.’
But what are you supposed to shoot? Does executive producer Ridley Scott, the man who filmed Gladiator, really care to see my four-minute short about my Schnauzer’s ability to reliably pick the winner of college football games? READ FULL STORY
Joan Rivers talks about plastic surgery, hecklers, and her new documentary 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work'
Joan Rivers is having a moment. At 77, the raunchy comedy icon is coming off one of the biggest years of her career, what with The Celebrity Apprentice, her string of sold-out stand-up shows, and her new TV Land series, How’d You Get So Rich? Now, as you may have heard, she’s the subject of a terrific new documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. We spoke to the lightning-quick comedienne about her fondness for plastic surgery, how to deal with hecklers, and what she thinks about seeing her life on the big screen.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is surprisingly honest about your ups and downs. What did you think of it when you first saw it?
JOAN RIVERS: I’m too close to it. When I first saw it I thought, Why did you leave out this or that? But the directors did a great job. It was a year and a half of my life! To find 85 minutes out of all that they shot…
I liked how unvarnished and honest it was…
That was me…she said humbly. I thought, if we’re doing a biography with talking heads saying, “I love you Joan,” then I don’t want to do it. The deal is you have total access and put in what you want. I’m not going to name names, but there were two documentary biographies last year where at the end you didn’t know a damn thing about the subjects. What am I wasting my time sitting in a theater? I could have seen Avatar instead! READ FULL STORY
20/20 did this crazy “Superhumans” episode last night, featuring a guy who walks around the North Pole in just shorts, a true Marathon Man, a mathematical genius who can “feel numbers,” a Bird Man, and a Spider Man. And then there were these mermaids. Linden Wolbert and her hero, Hannah Fraser (the one who was “caught” by fishermen in 2009′s The Cove) have turned their love of breath-holding and deep-sea swimming into real, often Hollywood-related careers. What fascinated me was that the segment treated them as if both women were mermaids. When they met face-to-face for the first time along the shore, it was so jarring that they actually had legs. I really wanted to believe that there were mermaids, and that these were just two of them CAUGHT ON TAPE by ABC cameras.
Linden and Hannah’s conversation helped snap me out of my underwater fantasies, though. “Did you make your tail? I can’t wait to see it,” said Hannah. “I can’t wait to see yours, too,” gushed Linden. They then clasped hands and jogged away from the rushing tide. “The ocean’s going to claim us!” Hannah teased as they both dissolved into giggles. And yet…after watching this part a few times, I still held a tiny bit of wonder. Maybe they really were mermaids and this banter was all an act. The ocean really would claim them again, because that’s where they live. They’re not meant to be part of our world. They have to go back, Jack.
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