February 5, 2014 |
When Stuart Murdoch, the frontman for the indie pop group Belle & Sebastian, was shooting his directorial debut "God Help the Girl," he decided to offer a cautionary word to the crew. "I told them, 'You know this movie won't open, because Belle & Sebastian never opens,'" he said, laughing, sort of. In its nearly two-decade history, the Glasgow, Scotland, act may never have had a chart-topping smash. But in a culture of tabloid ephemera and gone-tomorrow musical phenoms, Belle & Sebastian has managed something more elusive: longevity. Now Murdoch has translated the delicate and wry sensibilities that have made the band a long-running tastemaker favorite, known for its melodic nuggets about oddball children and sideways romances, to the medium of film.
February 3, 2014 |
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday marked the abrupt end to an acclaimed career, but for audiences there will be much more of his performances to savor. The prolific actor had recently shot a wide variety of work that will be seen at numerous intervals between now and at least November 2015, when the fourth and final film in the "Hunger Games" series is set to hit theaters. The actor played chief gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the recent Lionsgate blockbuster "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as a man with complicated loyalties who stages the titular competition.
January 30, 2014 |
In 1215, English nobles forced King John to sign the Magna Carta, limiting his power. It's been downhill ever since for the British monarchy - and it's apparently about to get worse. Seems that Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family have a problem many families here in the colonies, uh, the United States can relate to: They spend more than they make. A report from a House of Commons committee released this week says the royals got about $50 million from British taxpayers in 2012-13, but spent so much that the royal reserves are down to about $1.3 million.
January 21, 2014 |
Three full weeks of 2014 passed before James Franco did something bookish and newsworthy: He directed "Child of God," a film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel, and the (extremely violent) trailer is now online. "Child of God" was McCarthy's third novel; like his other early books, it is set in rural Tennessee. In it, a man who is a town outcast is pushed and compelled beyond the margins of society to depravity and murder. Brutal, wild, and without conscience, he is described -- bitterly?
January 21, 2014 |
Does James Franco ever sleep? In the past year, he's starred in such diverse films as "Oz the Great and Powerful," "Spring Breakers" and "This Is the End"; directed art house efforts like "Sal" and "Interior. Leather Bar. "; mentored Gia Coppola in adapting his book "Palo Alto Stories" into a film; been roasted on Comedy Central; mounted an unusual Oscar campaign; and even parodied a Kanye West video for good measure. Now a new trailer has been released for his directorial effort "Child of God," adapted from the novel by Cormac McCarthy.
January 19, 2014 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- Seven years ago at Sundance, a member of a soulful rock band from across the pond made his directorial debut with a music-themed movie populated with haunting melodies and a delicate relationship between a male and female musician. That film was John Carney's "Once," and it became such a success story that in the promo short that runs before each screening this year touring great discoveries over Sundance's 30 years, it makes an appearance, right alongside “Reservoir Dogs” and “Hoop Dreams.” On Saturday night at Sundance, another music-themed narrative film, Stuart Murdoch's "God Help the Girl," made its premiere.