Thursday, January 26, 2012

Frank or Francis (2013)


Charlie Kaufman's post


Charlie Kaufman has already lined up an impressive cast of actors for his wild new movie Frank or Francis — Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, and Kevin Kline have long been attached to the project — and now he's added two name actresses, both of whom did some of their career-best work with a Kaufman script. Vulture hears that Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener have come aboard Frank or Francis; the former was nominated for an Oscar for the Kaufman-penned Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while the latter got her first Oscar nod thanks to Kaufman's script for Being John Malkovich.

Both of those screenplays were directed by other people, but Kaufman will be helming his own work for Frank or Francis, a very meta musical comedy about a director (Carell) who becomes obsessed with the message board commenter (Black) disparaging his movies on a Hollywood website. And though Kaufman's script is positively scathing when it comes to the Academy Awards (Cage plays a washed-up actor who serves as the emcee of the event), we should note that with the new additions to his cast, he's now got an ensemble that includes three Oscar winners and can boast a bounty of eleven total nominations. Not bad!

Being a fan of Kate Winslet, Catherine Keener, Nicholas Cage and Charlie Kaufman (Steve Carell, Kevin Kline and Jack Black too), I guess by default, I'm going to be pretty excited about this. I imagine some others will as well.

Unless the *musical* element to this, ruins it. For some reason, I wonder if even Charlie Kaufman could ruin something with that factor. Or maybe it could be OVER-cast? But my belief/faith in Kaufman still holds my optimism about this movie right now.

RIP Amici Pizza in Northeast Minneapolis.

So sad to see you guys close! I JUST DISCOVERED how good the food was at your restaurant. Delicious House Salads (especially the lettucs), great Thin Crust Pizza. Even my gf loved your Gelato Ice Cream. As much as I only knew about your restaurant for a couple of months, I know I'll miss it. Maybe you guys will reopen someday.

Thank you to our friends and fans! We gave it a good couple of years... Time for the next chapter. The support of those who wanted us to succeed is truly appreciated!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sundance Film Festival 2012: Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap

This looks interesting, a documentary by Ice-T about the history of Rap. He interviewed Nas among others. I hope it does/did well this year and gets bought.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 Academy Award Nominations

Once I'm more awake/have time I may elaborate on these, the upcoming 2012 Screen Actor Guild Awards, the 2012 Spirit Awards and the aftermath of the 2012 Golden Globes (I know, it's over a week late).

Best Picture:
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Actor
Demián Bichir in A Better Life
George Clooney in The Descendants
Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt in Moneyball

Best Actress
Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis in The Help
Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Actress:
Bérénice Bejo in The Artist
Jessica Chastain in The Help
Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer in The Help

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh in My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill in Moneyball
Nick Nolte in Warrior
Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Alexander Payne for The Descendants
Martin Scorsese for Hugo
Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life

Best Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Best Documentary Feature
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Foreign Language Feature
Bullhead (Belgium)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)

Original Screenplay
The Artist Written by Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Margin Call Written by J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris Written by Woody Allen
A Separation Written by Asghar Farhadi

Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants written by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Hugo written by John Logan
The Ides of March written by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Moneyball written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy written by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan

The Artist
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Film Editing
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Sound Editing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Sound Mixing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Art Direction
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
War Horse

Costume Design
The Artist
Jane Eyre

Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Iron Lady

Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Short (Animated)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Short (Live Action)
The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

Original Score
The Adventures of Tintin by John Williams
The Artist by Ludovic Bource
Hugo by Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by Alberto Iglesias
War Horse by John Williams

Original Song
"Man or Muppet" from The Muppets Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio” from Rio Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown
Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sundance Film Festival: 2 Early Titles

I just saw these in an email. I mean to go over a lot of the festival and the movies that are worth looking for, likely after or at least more so when I have time. But just for now, these 2 are worth mentioning.

Safety Not Guaranteed

Time Travel movie of sorts about 3 people, and an ad that was placed in a magazine in 1997. The premise sounds potentially interesting, although if it's like Primer I probably will losr interest fast.

"Hello I Must Be Going"

Todd Luiso directed, Melanie Lynskey stars; a movie about a woman recently divorced who finds a bond with a younger man in an unlikely place as her parents home.