One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was writer-director So Young Kim‘s (In Between Days) For Ellen. Led by a fantastic performance by Paul Dano, the film’s about a struggling musician trying to keep custody of his very young daughter even though he’s never been around. The film also stars Jon Heder, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva, and Shay Mandigo.
Shortly after seeing the film I got to sit down with Dano for an extended interview. We talked about being at Sundance, how he got involved in For Ellen, what it’s about, who he plays, how much fun he had playing a “narcissistic prick,” what it’s like to be in almost every frame of the movie, and if more people want to talk to him about The Girl Next Door, Little Miss Sunshine, or There Will Be Blood? In addition, with Dano involved in so many other projects, we also talked about Rian Johnson‘s Looper, Being Flynn with Robert De Niro, director Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris‘ He Loves Me, and how he’s hoping to do a film called Night Moves with Meek’s Cutoff director Kelly Reichardt. Hit the jump to watch.
Last August, we showed you some incredible posters Olly Moss did for the Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow. The posters were only available at the screening event…until now. Tomorrow, February 3rd at a random time, Mondo will be selling Moss’ posters for There Will Be Blood, Rocky, Jackie Brown, Convoy, The Godfather: Part II, and On the Waterfront. Like all of Moss’ work, these posters are stunning and I imagine competition will be fierce to pick one up. All of the posters measure 18″ x 24″ but editions and pricing vary.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and be sure you’re following @MondoNews for the announcement.
by Ron Messer Posted: August 11th, 2010 at 7:06 pm
Paul Dano’s career has been defined by strong performances opposite award-winning actors. The stunning list of his high-profile onscreen pairings range from his breakthrough, Indie Spirit Award-winning turn for Best Debut Performance in 2001’s L.I.E. as the target of a pedophile, played by fellow nominee Brian Cox, to his portrayal of a nihilistic teen as part of Little Miss Sunshine’s 2007 SAG Award winning ensemble where he shared a backseat in the Hoover’s family van with Alan Arkin in the 76-year-old’s Oscar-winning performance, to his performance of a preacher and his twin (Paul and Eli Sunday) opposite eventual Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis’ unhinged oil man Daniel Plainview in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood.
Collider caught up with the 26-year-old to discuss his latest big screen partnership in The Extra Man, which opened in Los Angeles this past weekend to continue its national rollout, opposite Kevin Kline. Hit the jump for the interview’s transcript and audio, along with stories of his early work with several Oscar winners, Daniel Day-Lewis’ intensity, whether he’ll work on Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, his take on the Broadway musical adaptation of Little Miss Sunshine and the danger of dressing in drag, on screen.
The Alamo Drafthouse’s 2010 Rolling Roadshow Tour is something very cool for movie lovers. The tour goes across the country showing free screenings of classic movies outdoors in the places they were filmed and/or where they take place. So this year, for example, you’ll be able to catch Dirty Harry at San Francisco’s Washington Square Park or The Blues Brothers at Chicago’s Joliet Prison. Oh, and each screening usually features special guests, merchandise, and more. How freaking cool is that?
It’s about as cool as these posters artist Olly Moss drew up for each film on the tour. If these posters are on sale at the event and you don’t pick one up, then there’s something wrong with your brain. I cannot stress how gorgeous these posters are so just hit the jump to check them out. I’ve also included the tour schedule after the jump as well. Rolling Roadshow 2010 kicks off this Friday at Los Angeles’ Del Amo Fashion Mall with Jackie Brown.
I usually don’t go for “Movie done in LEGO” stories, but this one was too good to pass up. Flickr user “Sir Nadroj” recreated scenes from Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood using LEGO bricks. They’re still photos, but they are still great nonetheless. Check them out after the jump.
It’s been almost 10 years since David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. made its debut in theaters, but it still holds a very high place in the hearts of L.A. film critics. Here’s is [via Indiewire] the L.A. Film Critics Association’s just-released Best of the ’00s list:
1. Mulholland Dr. - David Lynch
2. There Will Be Blood - Paul Thomas Anderson
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Michel Gondry
4. Brokeback Mountain - Ang Lee
5. No Country for Old Men - Joel and Ethan Coen / Zodiac - David Fincher (tie)
6. Yi Yi - Edward Yang
7. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days – Cristian Mungiu / The Lord of the Rings – Peter Jackson (tie)
8. Spirited Away - Hayao Miyazaki
9. United 93 – Paul Greengrass / Y Tu Mama Tambien - Alfonso Cuaron (tie)
10. Sideways - Alexander Payne
Hit the jump for my thoughts on their Top 10 as well as my personal list for the best of the last decade.
According to Variety, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson will follows up his acclaimed 2007 film There Will Be Blood with an untitled project about the founder of a new religious organization in the 1950s. Frequent Anderson collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman will play that founder, a character known as “The Master” as in “Master of Ceremonies”. Variety continues explaining the plot as so:
“The Master” is a charismatic intellectual who hatches a faith-based organization that begins to catch on in America in 1952. The core is the relationship between the Master and Freddie, a twentysomething drifter who becomes the leader’s lieutenant. As the faith begins to gain a fervent following, Freddie finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor.
Variety explains that this film isn’t a critique of modern religions such as Mormonism or Scientology, but a look at why people choose to believe in a higher power, how they define that higher power, and at what point does a belief system mutate into a religion? These are all fascinating questions and a fantastic premise for a film, especially after the religious overtones of There Will Be Blood. As for Hoffman, he’s been in all of Anderson’s feature films except for Blood, but this is the first time he’ll play the lead. If this story doesn’t get you jazzed out of your mind, then I’m going to assume you’ve never been a fan of Anderson’s. That’s a shame because he really took his game to the next level with There Will Be Blood and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do this time around.