Luciana August 4th, 2012
Paul Thomas Anderson secretly attached his “The Master” to a screening of Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining at an American Cinematheque screening last night in Santa Monica’s Aero Theater.
A source at Hollywood Elsewhere said he saw PTA “lingering in the back [of the theater] before The Shining started” with wife Maya Rudolph. Before Kubrick’s film came on screen, there was the announcement “that there would be a mystery 70mm movie projected as a second feature.” Audiences left after watching Kubrick’s masterpiece and then came back half-hour later to see a 70mm project of The Master, which was reportedly around 130 to 150 minutes.
Here’s some impressions regarding the movie, by audience. Mostly about Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, but also was told it’s the best work Amy did so far.
I’m still digesting everything I saw, but it was pretty amazing. It was like a strange fever dream. [But] not audience friendly AT ALL. An ambiguous ending and not one likable character. And without any ‘milkshake’ lines, it probably won’t have the breakthrough that There Will Be Blood had. There are three or four scenes between Phoenix and Hoffman that are barn burners. It also containts the best work Amy Adams has ever done.
Phoenix WILL win Best Actor unless Daniel Day Lewis blows us away with [his] Lincoln performance. This is Raging Bull territory for him. Believe it or not, his performance is stranger than that fake doc he made. The only way I can describe him is ‘animalistic.’ (I think the Master title refers to more of a dog and his master. At least that was the vibe I got). The style feels like Terrence Malick by way of There Will Be Blood. – Hollywood Elsewhere
Luciana August 3rd, 2012
Warner Bros. is moving up director Robert Lorenz’s Trouble With the Curve baseball pic by one week, from Sept. 28 to Sept. 21, THR is reporting.
The father-daughter sports drama stars Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams and marks Eastwood’s first acting role since his acclaimed performance in the Gran Torino in 2008. It’s also the first film he’s starred in that he hasn’t directed since In the Line of Fire.
Lorenz is Eastwood’s longtime producing partner. Trouble With the Curve — positioned to take advantage of baseball playoffs — marks Lorenz’s feature directorial debut.
Trouble With the Curve also stars Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, John Goodman and Joe Massingill.
Written by Randy Brown, Trouble With the Curve stars Eastwood as an Atlanta Braves baseball scout who brings his daughter (Adams) on his final trip to woo a younger player (Massingill). The situation becomes complicated when he and his daughter encounter a rival scout (Timberlake).
Eastwood and Lorenz produced the film.
Luciana July 30th, 2012
INTO THE WOODS
Family and Youth Matinee
August 22 at 3pm
Act I Only
Run-time 90 minutes
This special Family and Youth Matinee of the free Shakespeare in the Park production of Into the Woods is designed to engage younger audiences and to serve families unable to attend evening performances. Tickets to the August 22 matinee of Into the Woods are free.
Luciana July 30th, 2012
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master will join the competition roster at the Venice Film Festival, and it might well be part of the Toronto International Film Festival program as well. There has been speculation in recent weeks that The Master could have a Venice berth, but it was not among the films announced by festival organizers last week. I’m told that the film has now been locked, and that Harvey Weinstein will get a prime Saturday slot to launch it into the Oscar-season fray. It certainly ramps up the buzz factor at the festival, partly because critics finally get to decide for themselves how much the title character played by Philip Seymour Hoffman was influenced by L. Ron Hubbard and his formation of Scientology.
I don’t think The Master will play Telluride, where a lot of Oscar bait pictures screen in an unofficial capacity, but I’ve heard that Toronto is a real possibility before The Weinstein Company opens the film September 21. The film also stars Joaquin Phoenix as a young drifter who becomes The Master’s right hand man, and Amy Adams, who plays the title character’s wife.
Luciana July 28th, 2012
Both Donna Murphy, who plays the Witch, and Amy Adams, the Baker’s Wife, in the Public Theater’s revival of “Into the Woods” — Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical based on stories from the Grimm brothers — have solid fairy-tale credentials. Ms. Adams was Giselle in “Enchanted,” the 2007 Disney movie about a cartoon princess who springs to real life in New York City. Ms. Murphy, in “Tangled,” the 2010 animated version of the Rapunzel story, was Mother Gothel, Rapunzel’s abductor. She also tried out for the role of the Witch in the 1987 premiere of “Into the Woods,” losing out, after several callbacks, to Bernadette Peters.
But the director of the current show, Timothy Sheader, an Englishman, was only dimly aware of those connections. He had to be reminded that Ms. Adams had some musical theater in her background and hired her mostly because she is a movie star with three Oscar nominations on her résumé. He hired Ms. Murphy for the reason any sane person would: because she is a legendary Broadway performer and a Sondheim veteran (a Tony winner for her performance in “Passion”) whom Ben Brantley of The New York Times once called a “superwoman.”
Luciana July 28th, 2012
EW has released the first look of Amy on “Trouble With The Curve”. The film stars Clint Eastwood as an ailing baseball scout in his twilight years who takes his daughter (Amy Adams) along for one last recruiting trip. It’s the first time in almost 20 years than Clint has stepped in front of the camera to act for any director other than himself.
Trouble With The Curve hits theaters next September 20!