AFF 2014: THE CONGRESS Review

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Ari Folman‘s The Congress is a trip in more ways than one.  It’s visuals are lush and its ideas are rich.  Like Folman’s previous film, Waltz with Bashir, the writer-director isn’t using animation only as visual expression, but also bolsters the themes by using the form in the first place.  The filmmaker carefully builds his movie like a house of cards by trying to use the acting profession as a spring board and then expanding it to an exploration of self-definition, dreams, hallucinations, and detachment from reality.  The film can be so head-spinning that it’s possible to get dizzy and lose focus, but when The Congress is on point, it’s as fascinating as it gorgeous.

19 New Images from Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Starring Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, and Tony Revolori

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Fox Searchlight has released nineteen new images from Wes Anderson‘s upcoming film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary, and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) mentors a young employee (Tony Revolori).  The film will sport a gigantic cast of characters, multiple aspect ratios, and as you can see from these images, a gorgeous color palette.  Anderson’s films are always visually pleasing, but the colors here look like they’re ready to pop off the screen.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Saoirse RonanF. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom WilkinsonBill Murray, and Owen Wilson.  The Grand Budapest Hotel will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February and open in the U.S. on March 7th.

New Trailer for Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Starring Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law and Bill Murray

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A new trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is now online.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary, and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel, where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) mentors a young employee (Tony Revolori).  Like yesterday’s new poster, this trailer is designed to introduce you to the huge cast of characters while still conveying the tone of the picture.  It does both wonderfully.  The performances look diverse, the humor is light but sharp, and it still has Anderson’s familiar atheistic, but it doesn’t feel stale.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars  Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse RonanF. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom WilkinsonBill Murray, and Owen Wilson. The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7, 2014.

First Trailer for Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Starring Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan; Film Shot in 3 Different Aspect Ratios

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for writer/director Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel, where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) takes a young employee (Tony Revolori) under his wing to become his trusted protégé.  The movie looks absolutely delightful, and there are some great laughs in this trailer.  It’s also refreshing, unexpected, and exciting to see Fiennes in a comedic role.  [Update: On a side note, Refocused Media tweets that Anderson shot the movie in three different aspect ratios (1.33, 1.85, and 2.35) for reference during it's three time periods.  I'm not sure if that means personal reference, or if it will be a reference for the audience.]

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom WilkinsonBill Murray, and Owen Wilson.  The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7, 2014

New Images, Clips, and Music Video for Ari Folman’s Life-Action/Animated Film THE CONGRESS Starring Robin Wright

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Even though reaction to the film was mixed at Cannes, I still can’t wait to see Ari Folman‘s The Congress. The movie is a fascinating blend of live action and animation that adapts Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, “The Futurological Congress”, and follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (Kodi-Smit McPhee). The work she finds has her scanned into an animated world where the company will own her image, but she’ll be forever young. The film now has an official website that’s brimming with the gorgeous animation and stills plus a music video and behind-the-scenes clips.

Hit the jump to check out the images and videos. The movie also stars Jon Hamm, Paul Gimatti, Danny Huston, and Harvey Keitel. Drafthouse Films will release The Congress in 2014.

Drafthouse Films and Film We Like Pick up Ari Folman’s THE CONGRESS for Distribution

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The Congress, the highly-anticipated follow up to Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir, premiered last month at the Cannes Film Festival, and now Drafthouse Films alongside Films We Like plans to bring it stateside.  The movie is a fascinating blend of live action and animation that adapts Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, “The Futurological Congress”, and follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (Kodi-Smit McPhee).  Wright plays herself, and then is scanned into an animated world where the studio now owns her, but she will be forever young.  Judging by the trailer, the movie looks like an absolute trip, and one I’m excited to take.  Sadly, we’ll have to wait until 2014 for the movie’s theatrical/VOD release.

Hit the jump for the press release and a new image from The Congress.  The film also stars Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti.

Trailer for THE CONGRESS from WALTZ WITH BASHIR Director Ari Folman and Starring Robin Wright

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The last time we heard anything about The Congress, Ari Folman‘s follow-up to his remarkable 2008 film, Waltz with Bashir, was back in 2011.  The movie is a blend of live action and animation that adapts Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, “The Futurological Congress”, and follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (Kodi-Smit McPhee).  We hoped to see the film in 2012, but now it will finally debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  The trailer has debuted online, and the movie looks beautiful and enchantingly strange.  Wright plays herself, and then is scanned into an animated world where the studio now owns her, but she will be forever young.  Even though there’s a bit of sci-fi in here, it’s not too far removed from reality where motion-capture has become a regular part of filmmaking.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti.  The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 26th.

Wes Anderson’s GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL adds Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Mathieu Amalric, Jude Law, and Many More

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Wes Anderson has never had much problem lining-up impressive ensembles for his movies.  Even his earlier movies have great casts albeit less famous ones.  In a recent interview with THR, Anderson revealed his next film, Grand Budapest Hotel, will have one of his best casts to date.  First, Anderson confirmed Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, and Saoirse Ronan were in the flick (Fiennes and Ronan are the leads).  But they’re only a small part of the large cast.  Anderson will reunite with Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman. Owen Wilson might also have a small role.  The movie will also include Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, and Mathieu Amalric (Quantum of Solace).

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New Set Photos for Wes Anderson’s MOONRISE KINGDOM; Harvey Keitel Confirmed to Join Cast

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Wes Anderson may have gotten has filmography back on track with the charming Fantastic Mr. Fox but he’ll be headed back to live-action for his next feature, Moonrise Kingdom.  The film already has an impressive cast that includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and now, according to The Film Stage, Harvey Keitel.  The story “follows a young boy and girl (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) falling in love. When they are moved to run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down – which might not be such a bad thing.”

Some set photos from the film have leaked online and one of them shows Norton as a scout leader and another has Murray out of costume but being awesome (which is innate to Bill Murray).  Due to the cast and the story, Focus Features may give Moonrise Kingdom a summer 2012 rather than Anderson’s typical awards season bow.

Steve Carell’s Replacement on THE OFFICE Won’t Be Revealed Until Next Spring; Harvey Keitel not a Long-Term Option

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Personally, I’m very glad to have this story come out of the woodwork, because otherwise every week would bring a new rumor to the table suggesting who might replace Steve Carell after he completes his last season of The Office. Thankfully THR has gotten word from NBC that a final decision likely won’t be made until production on the seventh season wraps next spring. By the end of the season, the audience is supposed to know who will replace Michael Scott, and since TV production will end well before the final episodes air, production wrap will be the perfect time for an announcement. In addition, new details have surfaced that confirm viewers shouldn’t be worried about which newcomer will replace Michael Scott (like the recently buzzed about Harvey Keitel), but which current cast member will step up for the job. More details after the jump.

Showrunner Paul Lieberstein Would Like Harvey Keitel to Replace Steve Carell on THE OFFICE

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We’re going get a lot candidates to replace Steve Carell once he finishes his final season of The Office next spring. And while we probably won’t report on every single one of them, this new candidate comes straight from showrunner Paul Lieberstein (who also plays Toby Flenderson). The man in charge thinks Harvey Keitel (who jumped to television with Life on Mars) is the right man for the job. Lieberstein says, “He’s probably the only guy who can do it, and he’s doing TV now. I haven’t started any talks with his people, but Harvey would do a great job — a very different energy.” Hit the jump for details on his potential character and my thoughts on replacing Steve Carell on the series.

Trailer for LITTLE FOCKERS Starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro

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The trailer for the third Meet the Parents film, Little Fockers, is now online.  Directed by Paul Weitz (In Good Company), the sequel reunites Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo and Barbara Streisand. The holiday themed comedy is scheduled for release on December 22nd and adds Jessica Alba, Laura Dern, and Harvey Keitel to the ensemble. Noticeably absent from the one minute, 45 second trailer is Dustin Hoffman who was in Meet the Fockers.

This third part of the epic saga features Jack and his wife (De Niro and Danner) traveling to visit Greg and Pam (Stiller and Polo) and meet their two kids.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Gary Oldman, Malin Akerman, and Milo Ventimiglia Run a CRIMINAL EMPIRE FOR DUMMYS

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Gary Oldman, Malin Akerman, and Milo Ventimiglia have signed onto star in the indie gangster flick Criminal Empire for Dummys.  According to Variety,

Story centers on a charismatic young man — portrayed by Ventimiglia — who relates the do’s and don’ts of running a criminal empire through a flashback to his own rise from a tragic childhood and life in the ghetto to eventual position as a multinational drug and criminal kingpin.

I’m wondering if the misspelling of “Dummies” is intentional (like Pursuit of Happyness) or if it’s a typo on Variety’s part.  That little question aside, the cast will also include Michael Clarke Duncan and Harvey Keitel.  Empire will be the feature directorial debut from screenwriter Cliff Dorfman (Entourage and the upcoming boxing flick Warrior) who will direct from his own script.  Hopefully, it will be less predictable and more watchable than Entourage.

Harvey Keitel Greets LITTLE FOCKERS; Zachary Quinto Takes a Spin on Whirligig

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According to THR, Harvey Keitel has joined the inevitable pain that is Little Fockers.   Even though Keitel has never achieved the stature of his early peer Robert De Niro, Keitel has kept steady work in low-profile material and thus maintained the respect that De Niro cannot claim with his rocky record of the past 15 years.  However, he will re-team with his Mean Streets co-star for the first time since 1997′s Cop Land.  But while I sight for De Niro, I shrug for Keitel because he’s kept work as a steady character actor and I find his career as respectable as I used to find De Niro’s.

In an unrelated project, Zachary Quinto aka New Spock, may make his next feature project a “romantic adventure” called Whirligig.  The film “centers on a man who, in a misguided attempt to woo an older woman, befriends the woman’s adopted son.”  Risky Biz reports that Quinto has been highly selective of his projects and were he to join the Canadian indie, filming is set to begin early next year.  Since I don’t watch Heroes and don’t know the frequency he appears on the show, I wonder if his selective process is also part of trying to fit a film into his shooting schedule.  He is definitely signed on to the Star Trek sequel but there’s no official word about when it will begin filming.

LIFE ON MARS: The Complete Series DVD Review

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I long ago realized that my loving a series usually means that it’s doomed. The magic worked again with last season’s Life on Mars. It was, to my way of thinking, one of the best and most intelligent shows on TV at that time. Of course, it didn’t hurt that the series was set — sort of — in 1973. An American version of a BBC hit, the series chronicled the adventures of New York police detective Sam Tyler (Jason O’Mara), who having survived a car accident in 2008, somehow woke up over thirty years before. Each week, Tyler’s “enlightened” views on police and societal affairs were pitted against the “archaic” mores of his fellow cops, especially Lt. Gene Hunt (Harvey Keitel). Sam’s only ally is Policewoman Annie Norris (Gretchen Mol).

But that was only one motif. In with and under his struggles with the past, and attempts to solve crimes without the technology he was used to in the present, Tyler also was forced to try to figure out how he had arrived in the past, and whether he was really there at all. Each episode veered in the direction of one or another explanation: that he really was back in time; that he was actually in a coma; that he had died in the accident, and was in some sort of strange Purgatory; and on and on. Moreover, 2008 had an odd way of bleeding back to him, via radio broadcasts, newspapers, and the occasional odd character. More after the jump:

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