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Here’s an early glimpse at the independent film Every Day, starring Liev Schreiber as Ned, a television writer with a gay son, whose relationship with his wife (Helen Hunt) is strained when her estranged father moves into their New York home. Director Richard Levine based much of the film’s drama on his own life. “It’s a very personal movie,” he tells EW. “I wouldn’t say it’s completely autobiographical, but it’s definitely personal in the sense that it has to do with my son who came out when he was 14 and dealing with my father-in-law.” Even the series that Ned writes for bears more than a passing resemblance to Nip/Tuck, which Levine worked on for years. “But even while it’s personal like that, it also definitely feels like it resonates with a lot of other people. It grapples with the very human issues of parents and children.” Every Day will be premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24.
- Kevin Bacon has joined Steve Carell in an untitled comedy about divorce. Bacon has been tapped to play “an alpha male” who sleeps with Carell’s wife. Since Bacon’s handled Graboids, he shouldn’t be too afraid of Carell’s character’s wrath. [THR]
- After remaking the U.K. flick Death at a Funeral for U.S. audiences, Chris Rock will be writing High and Low, a U.S. adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 film, which will be directed by Mike Nichols. Now if only Rock would give Osmosis Jones another shot. [BV on Movies]
- Eagle Eye co-writer Travis Adam Wright has been tapped to adapt Here, There Be Dragons and The Search for the Red Dragon by James A. Owen, the author of the popular young adult series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. The plot of the series involves a secret book “that contains the unpublished maps and journals of history’s most famous author-adventurers.” (Think J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.) No word from Gollum as to whether or not this project will be precious. [THR]
- Ridley Scott will produce a two-hour special to air on the History Channel titled The Real Robin Hood, which will delve into the folk hero’s origins. The special will air May 11, three days before audiences can watch Russell Crowe steal from the rich and throw phones at the poor in Robin Hood. [Deadline]
- Kristin Scott Thomas will be bringing the class to Cannes as mistress of ceremonies for the festival. [THR]
- Gattaca helmer Andrew Niccol is putting on his sci-fi cap once again: Niccol will direct I’m Mortal, a futuristic film set in an era where people do not age. In other words, Joan Rivers’ dream come true. [THR]
- Famous folks serving on this year’s Tribeca Film Festival jury: Aaron Eckhart, America Ferrera, Gary Ross, Alicia Keys, and Whoopi Goldberg. Or is this the cast of the Valentine’s Day sequel? You decide. [Variety]
With just one more day to go at Tribeca 2009, Adam Markovitz and I chat about what we’ve seen around town.
MISSY SCHWARTZ: Hello there, Adam. Here we are, already approaching the finish line of Tribeca 2009. Since we last spoke, I saw The Eclipse, a solid Irish drama (with some very scary horror elements) starring Ciarán Hinds (HBO’s Rome), Aidan Quinn and Iben Hjejle (the pretty Danish actress from High Fidelity). Hinds took the fest’s Best Actor prize, and the movie is likely to get picked up for theatrical distribution. So…hurray for it! I also chatted with Eric Bana about his documentary Love the Beast, and on Wednesday night, I caught the premiere of Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful, a doc chronicling the band’s most recent tour. Who was there, you wonder? Well, I’ll tell you. All four members of the group, plus what seemed like the entire female population of New Jersey. There were times when I feared that the crowd of ladies seated to my right were going to go into cardiac arrest, so excited were they to catch a glimpse of the Jersey boys making their way to their seats just as the lights dimmed. And the first time Jon Bon Jovi treated the audience to a shot of his bare chest — there’s a scene where he changes out of his sweaty shirt after a concert — the squealing was deafening, Adam. Deafening!
ADAM MARKOVITZ: Yikes. Well, speaking of rockers, I got the chance to watch a movie last night alongside two legendary ones: Sting and David Bowie. They were there to support Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, who was presenting the New York premiere of his directorial debut, Moon (out June 12, check out EW’s summer preview item here). And even though she’s not a rock star, Sarah Jessica Parker certainly caused a flashbulb frenzy at the premiere of Wonderful World, a low-key drama that features a sad-and-sweet turn by her hubby, Matthew Broderick. SJP was every bit the doting wife — petting Broderick’s hair on the red carpet, clapping loudly when he took the stage for a Q&A after the screening, and cuddling at the after party in a West Village bar. (In retrospect, maybe they were buzzing with anticipation about the big announcement they’d make the very next day.) Both events were a great mix of A-List talent and indie spirit, which is exactly what the film festival nails year after year.
MISSY: Indeedy. Very cool you got to watch Papa Bowie cheer on his son. It sounds like we both dug Moon, which I saw last week. I have to say, I’ve been pretty impressed with the crop of flicks I’ve seen this year. I’m just disappointed that I won’t be able to catch a screening of the film about kid go-carters, Racing Dreams, which generated good buzz and ended up snagging the Best Documentary prize. In any case, tomorrow night I’ll be heading to the closing night movie, My Life in Ruins, starring Nia Vardalos and Rachel Dratch (woot!). And with that, my fest will be over. Anything else you’ve seen that you wanna share with the P-Dubs?
ADAM: Well, I’ll be interested to see how critics and audiences react to Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience when it comes out later this month. It’s an icy, puzzling look at the world of high-class escorts, featuring a poker-face performance from real-life porn star Sasha Grey. Both the filmmaker and the star were there for the world premiere earlier this week, and debates about the movie — clever or confusing? stylish or superficial? — carried on among viewers well after the credits rolled. But I have to say, my favorite pic so far has been City Island, a family dramedy with Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies that had everyone in my theater in stitches. It was a lot fun, just the kind of unexpected surprise that you hope to catch in a fest like this. As far as I know, the movie doesn’t have a distributor yet, but I hope that changes soon. I’m going to try to catch a few more things before the fest wraps up tomorrow — Barry Levinson’s Polliwood and Kirby Dick’s Outrage are both on my to-see list — but then it’ll be time for a little post-fest R&R. Until next year…
It’s been an Eric Bana kind of week, PopWatchers. On Tuesday, day 6 of the 2009 Tribeca film festival, I headed on down to the Apple store in Soho to cheer on my colleague Dave Karger, who moderated a public discussion with the Aussie actor. The occasion was the North American premiere of Bana’s directorial debut, Love the Beast, a documentary about his 25-year relationship with his 1974 Ford XB Falcon Coupe. It’s a loving exploration of the world of racecars and car enthusiasts, culminating in Bana’s participation two years ago in the five-day, closed-road tarmac race known as the Targa Tasmania Rally. Then on Wednesday, a few hours before Love the Beast debuted at Tribeca, I chatted with Bana about his love of hot wheels and the very important matter of a steel cage fight between two of his baddest bad-ass characters: Chopper and Nero.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Are you enjoying the Tribeca fest?
ERIC BANA: Yeah, I’d love to be getting out and seeing some films, but it doesn’t seem too possible at the moment.
There’s a documentary here called Racing Dreams about young kids who dream of NASCAR that’s supposed to be good.
Yeah, I really want to see that. I really would love to.
You should try to get a screener.
That’s a good idea, actually! [Note to Racing Dreams director Marshall Curry: You might want to get on that. -ms] But yeah, to have my film here is really thrilling. It’s exciting to be a part of a spirit of filmmaking where someone has an idea and just goes out and does it and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
How and when did you come up with the idea for Love the Beast?
The seed of the idea was many, many years ago. It stemmed from two factors. One was a bit of frustration, that a lot of so-called car films actually make me feel less like I’m from that world. I find them quite marginalizing. My producing partner is a close friend of mine and he also races cars, and we just got talking one day about how we both felt the same way. So we started kicking ideas around, just sort of beer talk. And then one day I realized that the essence of what I was talking about was my own experience. So I had to use myself as a proxy for this emotional idea that I had.
Why do you think there are so few fiction films that capture the emotional connection you tap into in Love the Beast? Is it because car movies are always centered around the action sequence or the chase scene?
I think so. I screened the second Mad Max movie at the Melbourne film festival last year, and the thing that struck me was how patient the editing was. In the midst of those action sequences, some of the cuts were two or three seconds long. These days, there’d be five or six cuts per couple of seconds. Some of the movies are great and some of the sequences are incredible: The French Connection, The Italian Job. But very few of them really capture this kind of emotion. I guess that’s why Vanishing Point is one of my favorites, cause it’s just Kowalski and the car locked together.
After the jump: "I definitely wouldn’t have called myself a Trekkie."
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Since not everyone can experience the downtown Manhattan hootenanny known as the Tribeca Film Festival in person, the folks at said fest have arranged for four short films to be available at the YouTube Screening Room. One of these shorties is Cutlass, a 16-minute interlude written and directed by Kate Hudson. It stars Kristen Stewart, Virginia Madsen, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, and Chevy Chase, and it’s a devastatingly heartwarming story of the lifelong bond parents share with their children…when they buy stuff. Okay, fine. Perhaps I’m being a tad glib. Here’s the story: Madsen plays a mom whose daughter (Fanning) covets a $1,200 vintage guitar, which reminds her of the time her 1970s self (Stewart) convinced her pops (Russell) to help her buy her very first car from a man named Stan (Chase). The production value is sky-high — check out the lighting on Stewart in particular; girl looks gorgeous! — and obviously, Hudson has a leg-up on most first-time filmmakers when it comes to casting famous folks.
Click below and judge for yourself how Goldie’s little girl did in her first time at the helm. What do you think of Hudson’s final, shall we say, message, as spoken by Madsen: "Whatever makes you happy makes me happy. And money is no object…if you’re buying." Ill-timed consumerist fantasy during a recession or sweet musings on the joys of parenting?
EW.com has two reporters covering the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. We thought it’d be fun to get the two of them together together to discuss what they’ve seen.
MISSY SCHWARTZ: Hi there, Adam Markovitz. Since we’ve been covering different stuff here at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, I figured we could chat about it via PopWatch. Exciting, right? This year’s fest is all about quality over quantity: fewer films, but supposedly of a higher caliber. I like the smaller pool to choose from, though I’m bummed that I couldn’t go to opening night last week. But you did! You bravely hit the red carpet and then stuck around to catch Woody Allen’s Whatever Works. How’d that work out for ya?
ADAM MARKOVITZ: Well, I had a good time — but I’m not sure I can say the same for Larry David, who stars in the movie. He was a good sport, but I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone look so miserable fielding questions from reporters on a red carpet. Good thing there were plenty of other celebs there to share some of the spotlight: Woody Allen, Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert DeNiro, Uma Thurman, and Debra Messing, to name a few. I’ll leave the reviewing to Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum, but I will say the movie got some pretty big laughs — especially when Patricia Clarkson showed up as a bible-thumping belle. She was a crowd favorite. Have you seen any other buzz-worthy performances so far?
MISSY: I’ve seen a whole bunch of movies. I started things off with Rudo y Cursi, otherwise known as the reunion of Y Tu Mamá También’s Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal. Very cute. Not nearly as raunchy as Y Tu Mamá. (Duh.) Both guys are in town and braved about a zillion blinding flashbulbs at the official after-party last night. I had a friendly chat with the very sweet Mr. Luna, who’s sporting a shaggy, long-haired look these days. What else? I saw Moon, in which Sam Rockwell plays an astronaut stuck in space. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, since I’m not a huge fan of so-called "space movies," but Rockwell is such a terrific actor that I was thoroughly engrossed from start to finish. Let’s see… Friday night, I caught the blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite, written by and starring martial arts master-cum-actor Michael Jai White (Why Did I Get Married?). I’m quite sure my pal Jason Averett — who took a break from producing the latest episodes of Idolatry to accompany me downtown – will agree when I say it was a hilariously dyn-o-mite way to kick off the weekend. It’s one of those movies that you have to see with an audience. And boy did this crowd love it. Kung fu! Conspiracy! Shrinking man-parts! Oh, how we laughed. Finally, Saturday night was back-to-back screenings of Cheryl Hines’ directorial debut, Serious Moonlight, and the Johnny Knoxville-produced doc The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia. Yikes, I’m blabbing. What else have you seen?
ADAM: I haven’t made it to as many screenings as you have, but I did catch the world premiere of Stay Cool, the new back-to-high-school movie from the Polish brothers (The Astronaut Farmer). Mark Polish was the lead, but the supporting cast — Sean Astin and Josh Holloway as goofy buds, Hilary Duff as a teen queen — definitely stole the show. And best of all was Winona Ryder, who skipped the premiere but was still the movie’s MVP for bringing loads of charisma to her role as a high-school dream girl who’s all grown up. And speaking of premieres, I’m off to see the debut of the Matthew Broderick drama Wonderful World. I’ll let you know how it goes!
MISSY: Yes, please do. In the meantime, I’ll look forward to tomorrow’s premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience and Wednesday’s unveiling of the Eric Bana man-meets-car documentary, Love the Beast. Oh, and Adam: be sure to squeeze in a screening of the British-American political mockumentary In the Loop. Good times. PopWatchers, we’ll be back with more Tribeca-ing later this week.
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Earlier this week, the powers that be at the Tribeca Film Festival — you know, Jane Rosenthal and that De Niro dude — announced the lineup for their eighth annual par-tay, which runs April 22-May 3. It looks like there might be a few decent movies to check out this year. Steven Soderbergh will be dropping by with The Girlfriend Experience, a look at five days in the life of a $2,000-an-hour (yowza!) Manhattan hooker, played by "adult film star Sasha Grey," according to the politely euphemistic press release. In the one-for-them, one-for-me philosophy by which Soderbergh operates, Girlfriend is clearly one for him.
I’m also intrigued by Cheryl Hines’ feature directorial debut, Serious Moonlight, which stars Meg Ryan as a "high-powered attorney" whose lyin’, cheatin’ husband (Timothy Hutton) has been getting it on with a younger hottie (Kristen Bell). I’m less interested in the actors — especially since Ryan just played a jilted rich lady in last summer’s The Women — than I am in the fact that Adrienne Shelly wrote Moonlight before she tragically died in 2006. I love Hines in Curb Your Enthusiasm, and I loved what she and Shelly did together in 2007′s Waitress. So I’m allowing myself to be optimistic about Moonlight.
But what am I most curious about? Love the Beast, which the Tribeca press release — again, hilariously — calls a "love story." What kind of love story, you ask? Why, one between a man and his car. And that man happens to be…Eric Bana! The Munich star has had the same Ford XB Falcon since he was a 15-year-old lad growin’ up Down Und-ah. And in his directorial debut, he tells the story of that everlasting love — a story "fueled by family, friendship, and the bonds that form through a common passion." I don’t give a hoot about cars, but I do dig Bana. (If you’ll allow me a moment of Mandi Bierly-like girlishness, I think Bana is dreamy.) Check out the trailer below, in which Bana, speaking with exaggerated, trailer-voice drama in his rarely-heard native Aussie accent, explains, "When I was a kid, I dreamed of being a race-car driver. Even though life has taken me on a surreal and unexpected journey, two things have remained constant: my mates and my beast!" AWESOME. (Watch for cameos by Jay Leno and Dr. Phil.) My only question is: Will Bana be rolling into downtown Manhattan in his Beast? Will the Beast be making a red carpet appearance? Oh, the suspense!
Filmmaker Shane Meadows is not exactly a household name in America. At a Tribeca Film Festival panel, which he attended with screenwriter and collaborator Paul Fraser, Meadows was introduced as “one of the greatest British film directors whose films you haven’t seen.” But across the Atlantic, Meadows, 35, has spent the past decade making critically admired low-budget films which detail, both comically and dramatically, the working-class social landscape in which he was raised. Last year he scored a box office hit with his ’80s-set feature about skinheads, This Is England. Meadows’ latest project, Somers Town, which screened at Tribeca, is another gritty tale — albeit one that is technically an advert for Eurostar, the company which operates the high-speed rail link between London and Paris. Meadows is also a huge fan of short films, of which he has made around a hundred: he mentioned that he was even planning to make a spoof sci-fi movie the next day called The Baconator, inspired by Fraser having returned from a fast food emporium with a sandwich of that name.
After the jump, EW talks to the Meadows about whether or not he was joking about his hammy mini epic, the demented-sounding Hollywood projects he has turned down, and the violent event which made him think twice about pursuing a life of crime.
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Seems, random right? But I promise it’s not apropos of nothing. Tom Guiry (a.k.a. The Sandlot‘s Scotty Smalls) has a film at the Tribeca Film Festival titled Yonkers Joe, in which he plays a young guy with downs syndrome (pictured, right) whose hostility has gotten him kicked out of the institution where he lives. This means dad (Chazz Palminteri, left), a gambling con man, and dad’s girlfriend (Christine Lahti) must take him back into their lives—and let’s just say, they have a lot to work out in their historically contentious father-son relationship. "It’s probably one of the hardest roles I’ve had," says Guiry, "just the fear I had of being able to pull it off." (In my humble opinion, he does.)
Aside from Yonkers, it just so happens that April was the 15th anniversary of The Sandlot, so for fun, Guiry and I began our afternoon yesterday at the Chelsea Piers batting cages to, you know, emulate The Babe. Get the full scoop, after the jump!
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