THE SOCIAL NETWORK and THE TOWN to Bookend 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival

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More announcements today from Tokyo: two Hollywood films will bookend the festival, which will open with director David Fincher’s The Social Network and close with Ben Affleck’s The Town. Both films are slated for a Japanese release in 2011. Ten films have also been announced for the World Cinema segment of the festival, including Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating, and Roman Polanski’s Ghost Writer. Visionary French director Claude Chabrol, who passed away earlier this month, will be honored posthumously with a screening of his 2009 film Inspector Bellamy. Look for more news as the Tokyo International Film Festival swings into high gear in advance of its October 23rd opening. Full press release after the jump.

Paul Thomas Anderson Interviews Philip Seymour Hoffman About JACK GOES BOATING

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Monday Night in Los Angeles, Paul Thomas Anderson moderated a Q&A with Philip Seymour Hoffman after a special screening of Hoffman’s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating. The film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, is about a lonely limo driver named Jack (Hoffman) and a relationship he forms with a funeral saleswoman named Connie, played by Amy Ryan. The film is a very subtle and effective character study about relationships, love, friendship and much more. Hit the jump to read what these frequent collaborates had to say about the film, which opens in limited release September 23.

Line-Up for 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Announced; Films Include NEVER LET ME GO, THE CONSPIRATOR, and BLACK SWAN

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Every year, the Toronto International Film Festival showcases some of the year’s most exciting and must-see movies, and 2010 isn’t going to be any different.  Fifty films showing at this year’s festival have been announced and I’m (unsurprisingly) bitter-as-hell that I’m not going to be there.  Films making their various premieres (World, North American, etc.) include Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go (image above), and Ben Affleck’s The Town.  While the line-up includes plenty of films that have already premiered at other festivals (including Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful, Julian Schnabel’s Miral, and Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe), it will be the first time they’ll be showing up on our quaint little 9.5 million square mile-continent.

Hit the jump for a list of all 50 films.  The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival will run from September 9th-19th.

Trailers for Eli Roth’s THE LAST EXORCISM and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s JACK GOES BOATING

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If you had to pull two in film right now, low budget horror films and Philip Seymour Hoffman could be pretty accurate. That brings us to the trailers that just hit the web, Jack Goes Boating and The Last Exorcism. We’ll start with the latter. Obviously since the success of Paranormal Activity, studios are looking for the next great rural looking horror film, and in honesty I think The Last Exorcism (which was produced by Hostel director Eli Roth) could be it. The story has a priest agreeing to do an exorcism in the midst of a documentary crew, and everything (obviously) goes wrong. The trailer does bring some good horror and while it’s too early to tell, I think it’ll be a smash hit.

Jack Goes Boating on the other hand is Hoffman’s directorial debut which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.  The movie stars Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz and Lola Glaudini, and looks fantastic. The premise involves Hoffman and Ryan falling in love after a blind date, and the issues that surround the two couple. The trailer has the most amazing use of music, with White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes kicking in near the end at just the right moments. It looks like a winning combination of great acting, good directing and the low key independent vibe that is trending in so many movies these days. The Last Exorcism comes out on August 27th, while Jack Goes Boating simply has a 2010 release date.  Hit the jump to check out both trailers.

­Amy Ryan Interview GREEN ZONE

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After a long time paying her dues, Amy Ryan had a great decade.  After all, anytime you’re nominated for an Academy Award (Gone Baby Gone) and have a great part on one of the best shows in the history of television (The Wire), you’ve had a good run.  But she’s not sitting back and resting on past glory, as she plays a reporter in Paul Greengrass’ new film Green Zone, and she’s also in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating – which premiered at Sundance a few months ago.

With Green Zone opening this weekend, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with this great actress last week in New York City.  We talked about making Green Zone, will she come back to The Office, her next project with Tom McCarthy called Win Win, and reveals David Simon asked her to be a part of his new HBO show Treme, but she was pregnant at the time.

It’s a great in depth interview, so hit the jump and take a look:

Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Shingle Announce Bevy Of Projects, Including THE WELL With Guy Pearce and Mary-Louise Parker

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philip_seymour_hoffman_image.jpgCooper’s Town Productions, topped by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Ziff, is developing a handful of projects, including The Well, set to star veterans Guy Pearce and Mary-Louise Parker, and the Hoffman-starrer Mr. Crumpacker and the Man From the Letter, according to Variety. The announcement was made during Hoffman and Ziff’s time promoting Jack Goes Boating at Sundance.

The Well, a psychological thriller, will be the debut for writer and director Tim Guinee. He is best known for appearing in a ridiculous amount of television series for a few episodes and a number of feature films, including the Sundance film Cyrus. The film “revolves around a well-to-do Manhattan couple whose obsessive pursuit of salvation ultimately leads to destruction.”

For the full descriptions of the comedy Mr. Crumpacker, an untitled film based on racial tensions in sports in the 1960s, and a movie about a husband and father in Brooklyn that builds a farm out of his urban backyard, hit the jump.


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Some new movie posters popped up online over the past few days and so we’re including them in one fun-filled article the whole family will enjoy.  First, we have a new poster for The Wolfman which is as bad as the others are good.  They’ve been so stylish and imaginative before but this is basically, “When the giant faces of Benecio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, and Hugo Weaving fill the top half of the poster, we’ll put a mini wolfman in the center of the frame above the title.”  I guess that tagline isn’t very catchy.

There’s also a poster for Jack Goes Boating and I really dig it.  The film is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut and he stars in the film with Amy Ryan.  It’s playing at Sundance and here’s what Steve tweeted about it: “jack goes boating has some good moments but without hoffman behind and in front of the camera I don’t think the movie gets seen”  I think the big takeaway here is that Steve has no respect for correct grammar in regards to capitalization.

Finally, we have some slick new posters for the upcoming action-thriller Repo Men, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.  The film is about guys who come and kill you and take your artificial organ back when you can’t make a payment on it.  I can understand why the prices are so high because not only will the organ save your life, but it’s got a cool steampunk design.

Hit the jump for all the posters along with a brief synopsis for each film.

First Footage from JACK GOES BOATING (2 Movie Clips) Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Directorial Debut!

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One of the movies I can’t wait to see while here at the Sundance Film Festival is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating.  The film premieres tomorrow night here in Park City and while no trailer has yet been released, we’ve landed the first footage from the film and it’s two clips from the movie.  While I think Hoffman is one of the best actors working in the industry, it remains to be seen if he has the talent behind the camera.  We’ll all know soon enough as reviews will be everywhere this weekend.  According to the synopsis:

Jack Goes Boating is a tale of love, betrayal, friendship and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.

If you’d like to check out two scenes from the film, hit the jump.  Jack Goes Boating stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Tom McCarthy.

SUNDANCE Sends Filmmakers to 8 Cities to Show Their Films During the Festival

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If you can’t go to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, don’t cry!  The Sundance Institute is making 2010 the inaugural year of Sundance Film Festival USA where eight filmmakers showing their film at the festival will show it to a major metropolitan area…so as long as you live in or near one of those eight major cities, then you don’t need to cry.

The films going out through the nation are The Duplass Brothers’ Cyrus starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, and Jonah Hill; John Wells The Company Men starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kevin Costner (Brookline; The Safdie Brothers’ Daddy Longlegs; Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating starring Hoffman and Amy Ryan; Adrian Grenier’s documentary Teenage Paparazzo; Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning; Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s The Extra Man starring Kevin Kline and Paul Dano; and Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl starring James Franco and Jon Hamm. All eight films will be shown on the night of January 28th with tickets available through each individual theater’s box office.  Hit the jump for the full press release to see which film is going to which city and who will be presenting.  The people of Ann Arbor, MI, Brookline, MA, Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, Nashville, TN, and San Francisco, CA are going to be very happy on January 28th.  As for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, it will run from January 21-31st.

2010 Sundance Film Festival Premieres: First Images from THE EXTRA MAN and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s JACK GOES BOATING

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Yesterday, we reported the list of films playing in the Premieres category at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  Today, images for some of these films have come online including The Extra Man starring Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes, and John C. Reilly; and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating starring Hoffman and Amy Ryan.  I’m particularly excited for The Extra Man because writer-directors Robert Pulicini and Shari Springer Berman’s American Splendor was one of my favorite films of 2003.  As for Jack Goes Boating, I’m interested in seeing what Hoffman can do on the other side of the camera and I’m always happy to see Amy Ryan.

Check out images and the official synopsis for each film after the jump.  The 2010 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 21-31st.

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