Quentin Dupieux Talks WRONG COPS, Fast-Paced Shoots, and His Secret Project with Marilyn Manson

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From writer/director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Wrong), Wrong Cops chronicles a group of cops behaving badly, who are looking to dispose of a body that one of them accidentally shot.  This bizarrely hilarious ensemble comedy features an eclectic cast that includes Mark Burnham, Steve Little, Eric Wareheim, Arden Myrin, Eric Judor, Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie and Marilyn Manson.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Quentin Dupieux talked about how he had the idea for Wrong Cops while watching Mark Burnham play his role in Wrong, why he thought there was enough there to develop a full movie around his character, how Marilyn Manson personally reached out to him, as a fan of his films, why he created this particular character for him, that he prefers to do fast-paced shoots with minimal lighting so that he doesn’t have to stop for set-ups, how he approaches working with actors, and how he enjoys having a group of really cool and talented actors that follow him from project to project.  He also talked about the secret project that he’s since done with Marilyn Manson, that showed him what a strong actor he is.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Exclusive Clip and 21 Images from Quentin Dupieux’s WRONG COPS Featuring Steve Little and Mark Burnham

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Writer-Director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Wrong) is putting his unique stamp on his next film, but that’s par for the course since his previous films centered on a homicidal tire and a man in an existential search for his dog, respectively.  His crime comedy, Wrong Cops, centers on a crime-free Los Angeles and the bored cops that work in it.  Today, we’ve got an exclusive clip from one of those chapters to share with you, one that features Steve Little (Eastbound & Down) and Mark Burnham (Wrong).

Also starring Marilyn Manson, Eric Wareheim, Ray Wise, Jon LaJoie, and Grace Zariskie, Wrong Cops will be available in theaters and on demand starting December 20th.  Watch the trailer for Wrong Cops here, and hit the jump to watch our exclusive clip plus 21 new images from the film.

Writer-Director Quentin Dupieux Talks WRONG, Balancing Comedy and Anxiety, Links Between Random Elements, WRONG COPS, and More

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From writer/director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber), the low-budget comedy Wrong follows Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick) after he wakes up one morning to find that he has lost his dog, Paul.  Desperate to reunite with his best friend and to set things right, Dolph embarks on an awkwardly funny journey that is often bizarre and absurd, but always oddly entertaining.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Quentin Dupieux talked about what led him to become a filmmaker, finding the links between random elements, how his main goal as a writer is to entertain himself, why he wanted to address themes of love through the relationship between a man and his dog, maintaining the perfect balance between comedy and anxiety, and why he likes to be his own cinematographer.  He also talked about when the idea for Wrong Cops (about a group of bad cops looking to dispose of a body that one of them accidentally shot) evolved, his French-language film Réalité, the super silly film he is working on writing next, and how surprised and happy he is about the reaction he got to Rubber.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

WRONG Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  Wrong opens today in limited release.]

In 2010, Quentin Dupieux‘s Rubber hit the screen to critical acclaim. The acclaim was mostly along the lines of “The best killer tire movie you’ll ever see.” Despite its odd-ball premise and protagonist, Rubber did seem to have cohesive subtext about criticizing the audience and purposely messing with their expectations. By contrast, Dupieux’s new movie, Wrong, is all killer tire and hardly anything to say. That’s doesn’t make it a bad flick. Strangeness along the lines of a killer tire can still be pretty funny, and Wrong‘s off-kilter reality offers plenty of laughs. It’s just too silly and devoted to strangeness to make any exploration of a convoluted subtext worth considering.

New Trailer for Quentin Dupieux’s Wacky In-Development Film WRONG COPS

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After seeing Rubber and Wrong, I’m not sure if writer-director Quentin Dupieux has any depth to his ridiculously bizarre films, but they’re entertaining nonetheless (especially Wrong).  His next film, Wrong Cops, looks equally strange, but it has an unconventional filmmaking process as well.  Dupieux is shooting the multi-chapter film as financing comes in, and releasing what he has so far at festivals.  He debuted 14 minutes of the movie at Cannes last spring, and he’ll be premiering the first 45 minutes at Sundance.  The film stars Marilyn Manson, Eric Wareheim, Mark Burnham, Ray Wise, Steve Little, Jon LaJoie, and Grace Zariskie.  I’m curious how Dupieux pulls together his cast and crew to repeatedly come back to work once more financing has come in.

As for the film itself, watch the trailer and you’ll see why it’s tough to describe the movie beyond “Cops behaving badly (as if the title didn’t already clue you in).”  The trailer says the finished film should be ready by this summer.

New Trailer and Poster for WRONG from Director Quentin Dupieux

by     Posted 1 year, 343 days ago

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Fans of Quentin Dupieux’s film Rubber look to be in for another dose of weirdness if this new trailer and poster for his next film Wrong are any indication.  While Rubber dealt with a homicidal tire with telekinetic powers, Wrong tones it down just a bit and focuses on Dolph (Jack Plotnick), a man who wakes up one morning (at 7:60) and realizes that Paul, his dog/soul-mate, has gone missing.  What follows is sure to be a strange adventure as Dolph encounters some rather odd individuals on his quest to find Paul.  Also starring Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena, Steve Little and William Fichtner, Wrong will be available on VOD starting February 1st, with a theatrical release on March 29th.  You can also check out the previously released teaser trailer and Matt Goldberg’s review of the film here.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see the poster. 

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires AT ANY PRICE with Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron; Drafthouse Films Nabs North American Rights to RUBBER Helmer’s WRONG

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American and Eastern European rights to director Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price.  Dennis Quaid stars as an ambitious farmer who is a father to a rebellious son (Zac Efron) with aspirations of race car driving.  An investigation into the family business brings the pair together in order to preserve their livlihood.

In other acquisition news, Drafthouse Films has picked up North American rights to Wrong, from Quentin Dupieux (Rubber). The picture centers on Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick), a man embarking on a metaphysical journey to find his lost dog, while encountering strange characters along the way.  Hit the jump for more on both projects.

Sundance 2012: WRONG Review

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In 2010, Quentin Dupieux‘s Rubber hit screen to critical acclaim.  The acclaim was mostly along the lines of “The best killer tire movie you’ll ever see.”  Despite its odd-ball premise and protagonist, Rubber did seem to have cohesive subtext about criticizing the audience and purposely messing with their expectations.  By contrast, Dupieux’s new movie, Wrong, is all killer tire and hardly anything to say.  That’s doesn’t make it a bad flick.  Strangeness along the lines of a killer tire can still be pretty funny, and Wrong‘s off-kilter reality offers plenty of laughs.  It’s just too silly and devoted to strangeness to make any an exploration of a convoluted subtext worth considering.

Teaser Trailer for WRONG, Quentin Dupieux’s Follow-Up to RUBBER

by     Posted 3 years, 18 days ago

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Writer/director Quentin Dupeiux made some noise on the 2010 festival circuit when he unleashed Rubber, alternately wowing and perplexing the varied audiences of Cannes, Toronto, and Fantastic Fest.  The hyper-meta movie about a tire who kills people is right in my wheelhouse of movies that talk incessantly about their own structure; ultimately, it never quite connected, but marked Dupeiux as a filmmaker to watch.

The next Dupeiux film to watch for is Wrong, which will premiere as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition lineup at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  A teaser trailer has been posted online, and promises that Wrong—led by Jack Plotnick, Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena, Steve Little, and William Fichtner—will strive to out-strange Rubber.  Watch for yourself after the jump.

UK Posters for RUBBER and ATTACK THE BLOCK

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A couple of acclaimed indie films have gotten new UK posters today.  The bizarre killer-tire flick Rubber has a new poster and while it may not be quite as good as the efforts by Olly Moss and Boris Vallejo, it’s still fun and eye-catching (also, I didn’t know that the Brits spelled “tire” as “tyre”; cue the “More You Know” music).  There’s also a new poster for Joe Cornish’s critically-acclaimed Attack the Block.  The film picked up rave reviews (click here to read Scott’s review) at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and I hope it picks up US distribution soon.

Hit the jump to check out both posters.  Rubber hits DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on April 11th and Attack the Block hits UK theaters on May 13th.

Trailer for Quentin Dupieux’s RUBBER

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A trailer for the “killer-tire” horror/comedy Rubber is now available online.  Written, directed, and scored by Quentin Dupieux, Rubber tells the story of a once inanimate tire named Robert (without a birth certificate, there’s no way of knowing if that’s his given name) who discovers he has telepathic powers and soon decides to use said powers against humans.  The film stars Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida, and (you guessed it) a rubber tire.

To check out the trailer for yourself, hit the jump.  Rubber played the festival circuit last year screening at Cannes and Fantastic Fest just to name a few.  It will be available on-demand on February 25th before hitting theaters April 1st.

Magnet Releasing Takes US Rights to RUBBER

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A few weeks ago we posted the trailer to one of the most unusual movies we’ve covered on Collider: Rubber.  While most movies feature a person as the protagonist, Rubber is the story of a murderous tire with telepathic powers.  The film premiered a few days ago at the Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews, but that hasn’t stopped Magnet Releasing from picking up the US rights.  No word yet on when they plan on releasing the film, but I’d imagine it will be in the near future.  For more on the film, including some reviews from around the web, hit the jump:

Teaser Trailer for RUBBER: The Story of a Psychic Killer Tire

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Every now and then a truly inspirational film comes along that you just know will win the hearts of audiences everywhere.  I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say Rubber probably won’t make that list.  Rubber is the story of a killer tire named Roberto who goes out for revenge against humans after discovering a pile of burning tires. I’ll give you a moment to finish laughing…

/Film reports that the 2nd film from director Quentin Dupieux (aka as Mr. Oizo in the electronic music community) is set to premiere as a special screening in the International Critic Week’s competition at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15th. Dupieux also explains why he made the film, “I like the idea of doing a film on a living tire, with no narrative structure nor dramatic stakes. It’s possible! Also, The budget was very limited: I conceived the script, taking into account our means, and I like working like that a lot.”

Word on the street is Freddie Prinze Jr. has already contacted Roberto the tire for some tips on how to be a believable actor.  Check out the teaser trailer for Rubber after the jump:

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