John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Talk LOVE IS STRANGE, Prepping Without Rehearsals, Props They’ve Kept from Past Films, INTERSTELLAR and More

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You’d think two prolific actors like John Lithgow and Alfred Molina would have worked together before.  The guys are good friends, but, it turns out, Love Is Strange is their very first movie together.  They play Ben and George, respectively.  They’ve been together for 39 years, but are only first making it official now.  But, as soon as they get married, the Catholic school where George works fires him leaving them no choice, but to sell their apartment and find a less expensive one.  However, until they find that new place, they need somewhere to stay and no one they know can accommodate them both, so Ben heads off to live with his nephew (Charlie Tahan) and his family in Brooklyn while George settles in with their former neighbors.

With Love Is Strange due for a limited release this weekend, we got the opportunity to sit down with Lithgow and Molina to talk about their experience making the film.  Hit the jump to hear about how they finally found a film to work on together, how they prepped for the movie without rehearsals, favorite props they’ve kept from previous films, Lithgow’s character in Interstellar and much more.

LOVE IS STRANGE Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Love Is Strange opens today in limited release.]

“Write what you know,” is a common piece of writing advice. I don’t know how much of Ira SachsLove Is Strange is autobiographical, but it feels true to life. Boring, boring life. Because the film feels true to life, it also feels like one of the most self-indulgent films I’ve ever seen. Sachs is completely oblivious to what its audience would find remotely interesting or even emotionally relatable. The director takes his central relationship, one featuring great chemistry between Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, and completely undermines it with a hypocritical narrative. Not content to ruin his picture’s strongest asset, Sachs also drags his movie down with worthless side-plots and then tries to give his picture the illusion of depth and emotion with cheap tricks and unearned sentiment.

New Posters for A MOST WANTED MAN, THE ROVER, V/H/S: VIRAL, LIFE ITSELF, CALVARY, EARTH TO ECHO, and More

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New posters for a number of upcoming films have landed online.  Briefly

  • A Most Wanted Man – The slow-burn spy thriller from director Anton Corbijn stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright and opens July 25th.  Read my review here.
  • The Rover – The dystopian thriller from director David Michod stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and opens June 13th.
  • V/H/S: Viral – The horror anthology sequel opens this fall.
  • Calvary – The dark comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest targeted for assassination and opens August 1st.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Life Itself – The documentary about film critic Roger Ebert opens July 4th.  Read my review here.
  • Earth to Echo – The Spielberg ripoff family-oriented sci-fi adventure opens July 2nd.
  • Love Is Strange – The drama from director Ira Sachs stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a troubled gay couple and opens August 22nd.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Dinosaur 13 – The documentary about the struggle over ownership of a valuable dinosaur fossil opens August 15th.  Read my review here.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

Sundance 2014 Acquisitions: Sony Pictures Classics Claims LOVE IS STRANGE; Magnolia Secures U.S. Rights to FRANK; A24 Acquires LIFE AFTER BETH

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The latest Sundance Film Festival pictures that have been acquired for distribution:

  • Writer-director Jeff Baena’s zombie rom-com Life after Beth, starring Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza, and Anna Kendrick, has been acquired by A24 for U.S. distribution.  Read up on our Sundance interviews with Baena here, and DeHaan and Plaza here.
  • Directed by Ira Sachs; starring John LithgowAlfred MolinaMarisa TomeiDarren BurrowsCharlie Tahan, and Cheyenne Jacksons, Love Is Strange has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics.  Read up on Matt’s review of the film from Sundance here.
  • Frank, directed by Lenny Abrahamson; starring Michael FassbenderDomhnall GleesonMaggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy, has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures for North American distribution.  Read Matt’s Sundance review here.

Hit the jump to read the press releases for Love Is Strange, Frank, and Life after Beth, and click here to catch up on all of our Sundance 2014 coverage.

Sundance 2014: LOVE IS STRANGE Review

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“Write what you know,” is a common piece of writing advice.  I don’t know how much of Ira SachsLove Is Strange is autobiographical, but it feels true to life.  Boring, boring life.  Because the film feels true to life, it also feels like one of the most self-indulgent films I’ve ever seen.  Sachs is completely oblivious to what its audience would find remotely interesting or even emotionally relatable.  The director takes his central relationship, one featuring great chemistry between Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, and completely undermines it with a hypocritical narrative. Not content to ruin his picture’s strongest asset, Sachs also drags his movie down with worthless side-plots and then tries to give his picture the illusion of depth and emotion with cheap tricks and unearned sentiment.

Sundance 2014 First Images from LOVE IS STRANGE, A MOST WANTED MAN, NICK OFFERMAN: AMERICAN HAM, and THE ONE I LOVE

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Continuing our coverage in anticipation of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we’ve got some more first look images and synopses for films that will be screening as part of the Premieres category.  Briefly:

  • Love Is Strange – Directed by Ira Sachs; starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, and Cheyenne Jacksons.
  • A Most Wanted Man – Directed by Anton Corbijn; starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright.
  • Nick Offerman: American Ham – Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts; starring Nick Offerman.
  • The One I Love – Directed by Charlie McDowell; starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ted Danson.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

Sundance 2014 Premieres Lineup Announced; Includes THE RAID 2, LAGGIES, A MOST WANTED MAN, and Roger Ebert Doc LIFE ITSELF

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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival has already announced its lineup for competition films and the At Midnight and NEXT categories, and today they’ve unveiled the multitude of world premieres that will take place in Park City next month.  These films include the action sequel The Raid 2, director Lynne Shelton’s new film Laggies, director Anton Corbijn’s John le Carre adaptation A Most Wanted Man, the David Wain comedy They Came Together, writer/director Jake Paltrow’s sci-fi pic Young Ones, the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, and many more.  Hit the jump to check out the full lineup.

Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Cameron Monaghan Join Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites in THE GIVER; Marisa Tomei Joins LOVE IS STRANGE

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on both films. 

Michael Gambon and Alfred Molina Star as Married Couple in Ira Sachs’ LOVE IS STRANGE; Noomi Rapace Joins Tom Hardy in ANIMAL RESCUE

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Some recent casting news to share, as follows:

  • Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) will star as a married couple in Love Is Strange, the new film from director Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On).
  • Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) is confirmed to star alongside Tom Hardy in Animal Rescue,  an adaptation of a Dennis Lehane short story to be directed by Michael Roskam (Bullhead).

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

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