Kevin Kline Talks MY OLD LADY, Motion Capture 101, THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD, RICKI AND THE FLASH and More

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Never in my life would I have guessed I’d be able to teach someone as accomplished as Kevin Kline about anything at all, but it turns out, he doesn’t know all that much about motion capture.  However, that’s only one thing compared to the wealth of memories, techniques and industry insight he had to share with me during our interview for his upcoming film, My Old Lady.  Kline leads the big screen adaptation of Israel Horovitz’s play as Mathias, a man who travels to Paris to cash in his inheritance, a high value apartment.  Trouble is, it’s a “viager,” so he won’t actually own the place until the current tenant, Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), passes away.  Until then, he actually has to pay her a fee according to the unusual French system.

In addition to discussing his experience making My Old Lady and breaking down the motion capture technique, we also talked about the challenges of playing Errol Flynn in The Last of Robin Hood and when he’ll begin shooting Jonathan Demme’s Ricki and the Flash.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

Robert Redford in Talks for COME SUNDAY; Ben Schwartz Joins Robert Zemeckis Picture; Michael Jai White & Tyson Beckford to Star in CHOCOLATE CITY

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Robert Redford is reported as being in talks to play the late Oral Roberts in Come Sunday, which features Jonathan Demme at the helm with Jeffrey Wright in talks to star.
  • Ben Schwartz will join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Robert Zemeckis’ untitled film based on the memoir of famed tightrope walker, Philippe Petit.
  • Michael Jai White and Tyson Beckford are in negotiations for Chocolate City, a stripper pic cast in the mold of Magic Mike.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.


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Release dates for a number of upcoming films have been released.  Briefly:

  • James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D – The documentary feature that focuses on James Cameron’s boyhood dream of becoming an explorer and subsequent dive to the Mariana Trench will open in theaters on August 8th of this year.
  • Untitled Robert Zemeckis 3D – Director Robert Zemeckis’ next film, a drama about tightrope walker Philippe Petit, will bow on October 2, 2015.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt leads a cast that also includes Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale.
  • Ricki and the Flash – Director Jonathan Demme’s film about a rock star mother who returns to her abandoned children in the hopes of reassuming her role as caretaker will open on June 26, 2015.  Scripted by Diablo Cody (Juno), the film will star Meryl Streep.
  • Geostorm – Warner Bros.’ sci-fi adventure about a malfunction in climate-control satellites will drop on March 25, 2016.  Gerard Butler stars and Dean Devlin makes his directorial debut.

Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D.

Kevin Spacey to Play Winston Churchill, Meryl Streep Set for Jonathan Demme/Diablo Cody Project, and Amy Ryan Joins MONSTER TRUCKS

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We have a few interesting casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Kevin Spacey is adding another politician to his roster, as he is set to take on the role of Winston Churchill in the drama Captain of the Gate.
  • Meryl Streep is attached to star in a new project with Jonathan Demme onboard to direct from a script by Diablo Cody.
  • Amy Ryan has been added to the live-action/CG hybrid film Monster Trucks.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.

Jonathan Demme Leaves Stephen King Adaptation 11/22/63

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Director Jonathan Demme has one less potential project on his desk.  A little over a year ago, Demme signed on to write, produce, and direct an adaptation of Stephen King’s sci-fi novel 11/22/63.  It was rather exciting news, as the story centers on a 35-year-old high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Well it appears that Demme and King didn’t exactly see eye to eye on how to adapt the project, as the director has now exited the project.  Hit the jump to find out why.

Jonathan Demme to Direct Indie OLD FIRES

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Director Jonathan Demme is adding yet another project to his pile.  Variety reports that the Silence of the Lambs filmmaker is attached to direct the family dramedy Old Fires for Anonymous Content.  Written by Heather McGowan (Tadpole), the story centers on a world-renowned architect who, after waking up from a coma in need to physical and mental rehabilitation, tries to repair his damaged relationship with his children and wife.  It’s relatively smaller fare for Demme in the vein of Rachel Getting Married, but it sounds like a promising character-centric pic.

Demme recently released the documentary Neil Young Journeys and wrapped the very low-budget My Dinner with Andre reunion Wally and Andre Shoot Ibsen.  Production on Old Fires is set to begin next summer while Demme continues to develop an adaptation of Stephen King’s time travel novel 11/22/63 and an animated iteration of the Dave Eggers book Zeitoun.

Jonathan Demme Talks NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS

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In Neil Young Journeys, Academy Award winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme embarks on a road trip with Young in his 1956 Crown Victoria as he drives from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall to perform the last two nights of his solo world tour.  A long-time fan and collaborator, Demme captures Young recounting insightful and introspective tales of his childhood and masterfully weaves them together with his mesmerizing music including songs from the 2010 album Le Noise and powerful renditions of earlier Young classics.  Through the tunes and the tales, Demme portrays a personal, retrospective look into the heart and soul of the artist.

We sat down at a roundtable interview with Demme to talk about the inspiration behind his most recent collaboration with Young.  He told us what attracts him to artists like Young, David Byrne and Robyn Hitchcock who write words that are almost scripts in themselves, how filmmaking for him is all about following his enthusiasm, and why he is in awe of Young and what he has contributed musically to the world.  He also discussed the sound technology behind Neil Young Journeys and why he considers this the most autobiographical piece of all.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Anne Hathaway in Talks to Produce and Star in SONG ONE

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Though we’ll see her as Catwoman in this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises and she performs a chill-inducing rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” in the Les Miserables trailer, Anne Hathaway is lining up a more smaller scale project to tackle in the near future.  Variety reports that the actress is in early talks to produce and star in the indie drama Song One.  The pic would reunite Hathaway with her Rachel Getting Married producers Marc Platt and Jonathan Demme.

Kate Barker-Froyland will be making her feature directorial debut with the film in which “Hathaway would play a young woman who returns home after her brother is injured and romantically connects with his favorite musician, who draws inspiration from the siblings.”  The actress has yet to fully commit to the project, but Variety notes that she has a fairly open schedule for the rest of the year.  With an Oscar nomination under her belt and two high profile roles, her schedule likely won’t stay open for long.


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Director Jonathan Demme has had a fascinating career thus far, crossing genres and subjects as varied as Philadephia, The Silence of the Lambs, and Rachel Getting Married. For his next project, Demme will be helming a reunion of sorts from the team behind 1981’s My Dinner with André. The New York Times reports (via The Playlist) that Demme will helm Wally And André Shoot Ibsen . The film will be adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s play The Master Builder and will star Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride) and André Gregory. The film will be shot on a single location on a budget less than $1 million, and Demme describes the film thusly:”It’s like a Hitchcock movie with a vein of humor running through it.”

If you’re a fan of Community and My Dinner with André sounds familiar, that’s because the TV series paid homage to the intimate drama with the season two episode “Critical Film Studies” in which Jeff and Abed shared a dinner together while the gang planned a Pulp Fiction surprise party for Abed. Filming on Ibsen is set to get underway in a few weeks, so hopefully we’ll get to see the film soon. Demme is also working on an adaptation of Stephen King’s time travel thriller 11/22/63. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for My Dinner with André.

Sony Pictures Classics Picks up Jonathan Demme’s Documentary NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS

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Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the worldwide rights to Jonathan Demme’s documentary Neil Young Journeys.  The film follows Young’s journey to his hometown of Omemee Ontario where he played the last two nights of his solo world tour.  The documentary mixes Young’s performances with his trip back into town.  Neil Young Journeys is the third Neil Young doc from Demme who previously directed Neil Young: Heart of Gold and Neil Young Trunk Show.  I missed Journeys when it played at the Toronto Film Festival, but I heard only positive things about the doc from those that saw it.

Hit the jump for the full press release.


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Biopics tend to celebrate the famous.  We like the familiar and directors like to explore the range of an artist or historical figure’s influence and the arc of their extraordinary accomplishments.  Non-famous people, however, tend to have their accomplishments relegated to a five-minute segment on the evening news, usually stuffed in between the latest local murder and the five-day weather forecast.  Jonathan Demme’s new documentary I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful celebrates a woman who isn’t famous but whose personality and accomplishment are worth more than five minutes of your time.

Jonathan Demme to Write, Direct and Produce Adaptation of Stephen King’s Upcoming Sci-Fi Novel 11/22/63

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It’s a good week to be a Stephen King fan. Yesterday we reported that Harry Potter director David Yates is teaming up with Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves for a multi-film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, and now it looks like another Stephen King film adaptation is on its way as well. Variety reports that Jonathan Demme has optioned the feature film rights to King’s upcoming sci-fi novel 11/22/63 with plans to write, direct and produce the adaptation. The intriguing story centers on a 35-year-old high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. King will serve as executive producer on the project.

This is exciting stuff, as Demme’s last feature film outing was 2008’s indie Rachel Getting Married. He’s got a knack for character pieces (as evidenced by The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia), and it’ll be incredibly interesting to see him tackle sci-fi. While the film is currently without a distributor, Demme plans to start shooting by fall 2012.


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Yesterday, we reported on the strong documentary line-up for the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.  Today, we have the first images from four of the documentaries: Wim Wenders’ first 3D film Pina, Nick Broomfield’s Sarah Palin – You Betcha!, Jonathan Demme’s I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful, and Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss.

Hit the jump to check out the images along with a synopsis for each film.  The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th.


Documentaries, Midnight Madness, and More Line-Ups Announced for 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

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We’ve already seen the heavy-hitters of non-documentary films showing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  Today, TIFF has announced its impressive documentary line-up along with line-ups for the interesting smaller films that are worth your attention at the fest.  The documentaries include Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope, Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss, Jonathan Demme’s I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful, and Wim Wenders’ 3D film Pina. The Midnight Madness line-up includes Bobcat Goldthwait’s latest, God Bless America and Douglas Aarniokoski’s The Day starring Ashley Bell and Dominic Monaghan.

Hit the jump for the documentary line-ups (“Real to Reel”), “Midnight Madness”, “Vanguard” (international genre flicks), “TIFF Kids”, and “City to City” (an annual programme that focuses on films from one city; this year is Buenos Aires).  The 2011 Toronto Film Festival runs from September 8th to 18th.

SOMETHING WILD Criterion Blu-ray Review

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Jonathan Demme was one of the brightest spots of filmmaking in the 1980’s. Like early Spielberg, his sensibilities for Americana were funky but authentic. He liked weird people, but not in an ironic or grotesque way. He loves people, and it shows in every bit of his casting. Though the academy would reward him for The Silence of the Lambs, and unintentionally turn him into a serious director for a while, his loosey-goosey charms were never more apparent than in Something Wild, which the Criterion collection has released. It stars Jeff Daniels and Melanie Griffith, and introduced the world to Ray Liotta. Check out our review of the film on Blu-ray after the jump.

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