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Filmmaker John Waters hitches a ride with indie band Here We Go Magic: 'It's just unbelievable!'

We’re not making this up: Filmmaker John Waters was picked up while hitchhiking by indie band Here We Go Magic somewhere in Ohio today. A match made in hipster heaven?

The band’s bassist, Jen Turner, who tweeted her impressions during the ride @turnerjen, spoke with EW about the “mystical” experience just a few hours after their encounter. Turner, a hitchhiker herself, convinced her bandmates to stop after their sound guy recognized Waters on the side of the road.

“I’ve hitchhiked half my life,” she says. “It’s great to let go of the reins once in a while and see what happens. If you’re a hitchhiker, you have to pick up hitchhikers.” So they decided to give the filmmaker a lift. READ FULL STORY

'Like Crazy' opens in limited release this weekend. Does it chronicle the best hipster romance?

I know, I know, calling someone or something “hipster” is as vague as the elusive “manic pixie dream girl” herself. No one who is a hipster would ever actually admit to being a hipster (though, for the record, all of these folks qualify), and most hipster things have gone so mainstream (Arcade Fire, for one) they have all but lost their hipster cred.

But the big question here today, PopWatchers: Does a movie like the brilliant Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, with its hipster elements, fall under the same hipster movie umbrella (organically made, of course) as bona fide hipster flicks like Garden State?

I ask this because Like Crazy, the heart breaker of an indie that won over audiences at Sundance earlier this year, gets released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles this weekend. Fight me all you like on this one, but there’s no question this is a hipster flick. READ FULL STORY

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway sing in French at HitRECord Fall Formal -- VIDEO

Nothing lowers one’s own creative ego like watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The energetic 30-year-old performer can act, dance, direct short films, write songs, play the guitar and drums, and even sing in French.

All of Gordon-Levitt’s talents — plus those of special guests Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, and Neil Patrick Harris — were on display Monday night during the HitRECord Fall Formal at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. HitRECord is Gordon-Levitt’s online production company, where he and thousands of other contributors collaboratively create movies, music, and short stories. The Fall Formal was an opportunity for Gordon-Levitt to showcase some of their diverse output. (Check out the video below.) READ FULL STORY

'My Life as Liz' season premiere: Return of the half-nerd half-ginger goddess

My-Life-as-LizImage Credit: MTVThere has been a lot of speculation about what, precisely, MTV’s My Life as Liz is. Scripted reality? An episode of Liz has more narrative structure than, say, an episode of The City, but it’s also less grounded in reality than Teen Mom. Is it some kind of Laguna Beach-meets-My So-Called Life hybrid? The real people! The unrequited love! The angst! My God, the red hair! MTV maintains the show is “real.” This season, like last season, is about her “real” life with her “real” friends and her “real” school (the Pratt Insitute). According to the network, Liz’s involvement is solely in front of the camera, not as a writer. She lives her life, and MTV tries to capture it the best they can. That makes total sense. I regularly stand in white rooms and have dodge balls hurled at me by unseen hands. READ FULL STORY

Did Cannes sensation Marc Price really make his new zombie movie 'Colin' for $70? No. He made it for less!

Colin-horror-Marc-PriceDirector Marc Price has a confession to make. At the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, the Welsh filmmaker became a major news story when journalists found out that he made his debut movie, a London-set zombie film called Colin, for just 45 pounds sterling, or around $70. To many, that budget seemed impossibly small, and Price now admits the figure was indeed an inaccurate one. “I don’t even know if it cost as much as 14 pounds,” he laughs. “The things that we definitely spent money on for the sole purpose of making the film would be a pack of video tapes, which we didn’t end up using anyway, and a crowbar. I said, ‘It would be really cool to have a crowbar to [kill] a zombie.’ So someone bought a crowbar. I think that was the only real expense. I wish we’d kept a record of the budget, but I’m sure doing that would have cost some money.”

Price was able to make his movie for so little money by recruiting actor pals to play roles — including Alastair Kirton, who essays the titular zombie Colin — and using the most minimal of crews. “It was mainly me and a couple of friends,” says the director. “Whoever I could grab to hold stuff for me.” Needless to say, Price didn’t have the money to clear London streets of pedestrians. “Me and Al were filming some intros for a couple of festivals today,” he says. “And we were saying how it’s nice to have these moments when it feels like a real film. We look at it as the movie we were running around shooting on a camcorder and waiting for the streets to be clear enough to just go for it.”


Dynamite cast checks in to 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Exotic-Marigold-HotelImage Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos; Jim Spellman/WireImage.comGood golly, they’ve outsourced Waking Ned Devine! Fox Searchlight, the eclectic studio behind such British art-house fare as Separate Lies, Once, and Notes on a Scandal, has invited some of its favorite actors to India for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) will direct Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel in a story about a group of British retirees who think India is the ideal — and less expensive — place to spend their golden years. “Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self,” according to a press release from Fox Searchlight. “Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.”

I wonder if Searchlight pitched the esteemed actors the same way: “Six weeks in India, it will be splendid, experience of a lifetime.” To be sure, I don’t expect that the cast, which includes at least two dames, will be assigned meager accommodations. But who knows? Can you imagine the eye-daggers from Dench and Smith if they’re shown to their bunk-beds in a closet off the kitchen? Actually, the two old friends would probably have a blast.

Are you excited for this cinematic passage to India?

'Monsters': Exclusive poster preview

MonstersIt isn’t every day that I scare the hell out of PopWatch editor Kate Ward by suddenly appearing in her office doorway with a gas mask covering my face. But yesterday was one of them — and I suspect there will be many more to come thanks to the folks promoting the movie Monsters who have sent me my own personal air filtration device.

But the generosity of the Monsters team extends beyond the distribution of army surplus supplies. Oh, yes! They’ve also allowed us to give you an exclusive look at the new poster for Gareth Edwards’ romantic-drama-sci-fi-road-movie (with, yes, enormous alien monsters!) which is available now on VOD and iTunes and opens in theatres October 29.

What do you think of the poster? And of the movie’s trailer (which I’ve embedded after the jump)?


Who's the best godfather for John Gotti movie?

John-A-GottiImage Credit: Adam Rountree/Getty Images; Time Life Pictures/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty ImagesJohn Gotti Jr., son of the famous “Dapper Don” who ran the Gambino crime family, has agreed to turn his life story into a $15 million film. According to Variety, Gotti Jr. is collaborating with producer Marc Fiore, and actor Leo Rossi (Analyze This) is working on a script. Woltz Pictures is not involved.

“The story’s about redemption,” Gotti Jr. told the paper. “My father had a hard time accepting that I ultimately didn’t want to follow his path.” To be fair, Junior’s not exactly Anthony Corleone, who spurned his father’s hopes and became an opera singer in Italy instead. Gotti Jr. was a “made man” who served time for racketeering, and then spent a decade in court, denying he was running the family business.

But who should play the Gottis in the movie? I can’t get Ray Liotta out of my head as the father, though Variety hints that Sylvester Stallone had expressed an interest. Who else could make sharkskin suits and prison orange look equally slick?

Toronto Film Festival: Will Ferrell gets serious with 'Everything Must Go'

everything-must-go_240.jpg Image Credit: John Estes Will Ferrell isn’t exactly known for playing scenes small or using a raised eyebrow when flailing arms would do just as well. But the funnyman took another stab at serious last night at the world premiere of his sweet and affecting new film Everything Must Go, with a performance more akin to his turn in Stranger Than Fiction than Talladega Nights or Anchorman. In the film, Ferrell plays a sad-sack alcoholic who starts living on his front lawn after his wife turns him out of the house and throws all his possessions outside. The film is adapted from a Raymond Carver short story, but adapted pretty freely considering the source material is less than ten pages long. (At a Q&A following the premiere, Ferrell joked that even that was too long for him and he only made it through a page and a half.)

The film co-stars Rebecca Hall (who also attended the premiere) as a new neighbor Ferrell befriends, and Laura Dern as an old high school acquaintance he revisits. The Toronto audience seemed to be into the more subdued Ferrell, praising his performance and asking if he planned on doing more films of this kind. “I don’t really get presented scripts like this very often,” he responded. “I don’t have a conscious plan to become more serious. It’s just project by project, case by case.” First-time director Dan Rush spoke about the experience of directing “the funniest guy in America” in a film as dramatically heavy as this, saying, “We made the decision early on to address each scene as, ‘Okay, this is going to be a funny scene,’ or ‘this is going to be a sad scene.'”

2006’s Stranger Than Fiction struck a more muted, not to mention existential, tone than most of his other films, and the little-seen Winter Passing was a straight-up dramatic role. This latest foray away from his typical shirtless boisterousness met with approval up here, as the audience gave him a prolonged ovation when he stepped out onto the stage following the premiere. Then he started cracking jokes and the claps turned back to laughs.

'Clear Blue Tuesday': It's 9/11...The Rock Musical!

Oh boy. Well, I should start by saying that I’m a fan of neither musical theater nor 9/11-themed movies. And since Clear Blue Tuesday seems to combine both things into one heartfelt package, I’m clearly not the target audience for this low-budget indie musical that tracks 11 New Yorkers over the course of seven years. It starts on Sept. 11, 2001. Hence the title. Its stars a handful of not-so-famous singer-songwriter-actors, plus James Naughton as “Executive.”

Some people might question Tuesday‘s motives: Is it capitalizing on a tragedy? That’s the question that frequently pops up with fictional projects inspired by 9/11. But it’s not a concern for me. I’m more put off by what looks, frankly, like unadulterated schmaltz and correspondingly bad music. Of course, I’m basing this solely on the less-than-two-minute trailer (embedded below) because I haven’t seen the movie. READ FULL STORY

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