Last summer’s Taking Woodstock was as close to a bomb as an “independent” movie could be, a fact that didn’t escape the attention of Focus Features CEO James Schamus: “My name is on that thing: I wrote it, I produced it… and I’ve got to take that bullet.” One person who apparently isn’t asking Schamus to eat hot lead over the failure of Woodstock is the film’s director, Ang Lee. Schamus recently revealed that he is in the process of writing another script for Lee to direct and that this time he’s “going back to the good old, tragic, suicidally depressing Ang!” Details – and handfuls of Celexa – are after the jump.
Ang Lee is an interesting filmmaker. He’s just one of those guys who tend to get fascinated by the right things, and even when he misses, there’s usually something there. And he’s definitely one of the most interesting voices of the 21st century. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hulk, Brokeback Mountain, Lust, Caution are easily some of the better films to emerge over the last ten years. He can be seen as mercenary (his choice of material is often as commercial as art cinema can get, though sometimes that’s by smart marketing and catching a zeitgeist at the right moment), but he still has a way behind the camera. Taking Woodstock is one of his least, and my review of it comes after the jump.
“The Final Destination” saw a franchise best opening this weekend, earning $28.3 million from 3,121 theatres – 1,678 of those in 3D. The fourth installment in the teen scream series rode the not-yet tiresome 3D phenom to a first place win over both of The Weinstein Co.’s weekend entries – Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” sequel and Quentin Tarantino’s still dangerous “Inglourious Basterds”. Meanwhile, Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock” went wide-ish this weekend, coming in at number nine with $3.7 million after moving from just two theatres on Wednesday to 1,393 by Friday.
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Over his fifteen year career in the movie business, Liev Schreiber has played many parts. But in Ang Lee’s new movie “Taking Woodstock”, he definitely plays a role he’s never done before. That’s because Ang asked him to play a cross-dressing ex-Marine named Vilma, and he’s great in the role. If you aren’t familiar with Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock”, the film is based on the memoirs of Elliot Tiber (played by Demetri Martin) and it’s about his role in making 1969′s Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the famed happening it was. Anyway, after the jump you can watch my video interview with Liev where we talk about how he prepared for the role and what he has coming up. Take a look:
If you live in NYC and go to Broadway or attend plays in Central Park, you might have seen Jonathan Groff’s work. That’s because Jonathan has been in plays like “Spring Awakening”, “Hair”, and “In My Life” over the past few years and has even been nominated for a Tony Award. While he’s only twenty four years old, he’s definitely on the fast track.
Anyway, perhaps due to his rising stock on Broadway, Ang Lee cast Jonathan for a key role in “Taking Woodstock”, as he played Michael Lang – one of the people that made the festival happen. So after the jump, you can watch Jonathan tell me about what Ang made him due to prepare for the role and he reveals that he’s caught the film acting bug. Take a look:
Opening this week is the new Ang Lee movie “Taking Woodstock”. Once again, Ang shows audiences that no matter the genre or the subject, he can handle the material. In his latest film, Ang is telling a coming of age story set against the actual Woodstock Festival. It’s based on the memoirs of Elliot Tiber, who is played by Demetri Martin in the film.
Anyway, I recently attended the New York City press day for “Taking Woodstock” and after the jump is my interview with Emile Hirsch. In the film, Emile plays a recently returned Vietnam veteran. During the interview Emile talks about how Ang had him prepare for the role, and he also tells me what’s up with Catherine Hardwicke’s “Hamlet” movie. Watch the interview after the jump:
Opening this week is the new Ang Lee movie “Taking Woodstock”. So to help promote its release, I was recently able to interview most of the cast in New York City and I’ll be posting an interview a day all week. Up first is the star of the film, Demetri Martin. In the film, Dememtri plays Elliot Tiber. While you might not know Elliot’s name, he’s one of the unsung heroes who helped put on Woodstock. Anyway, during the interview Demetri talks about making the film, how he got cast, and we go into detail about some of my favorite scenes. Take a look after the jump:
Opening on August 26th in limited release and the 28th everywhere is the new Ang Lee movie “Taking Woodstock”. While some filmmakers work in the same genre again and again, Ang Lee likes to explore new ground. And in his latest movie, he’s created a coming of age story set around Woodstock in 1969. So to help promote the film, we’ve been provided with 5 clips along with a detailed synopsis. It’s all after the jump so take a look: