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Posts Tagged ‘Sundance Film Festival’

EW Writer Shares Three-Act Philip Seymour Hoffman Memory

ShutterstockPhilipSeymourHoffman2009AcademyAwardsDavid Carr‘s circa 2008 thoughts about Philip Seymour Hoffman generated, deservedly, a lot of attention. Today comes another equally wonderful journalist-POV remembrance from Entertainment Weekly senior film writer Anthony Breznican.

The stakes here – beginning circa 2007 – are equally high, as reflected by the headline “The Night Philip Seymour Hoffman Changed My Life…“. We’re not going to spoil the details; you’ll have to read Breznican’s item to get the full brunt of this vivid trajectory.

To set the scene, the writer recalls that he and his wife Jill sat across from Hoffman for a restaurant dinner at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival promoting The Savages:

While the actor wasn’t into talking about himself or movies, he loved talking about novels and stories: We discussed John Updike, Philip Roth and Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter, and soon we were getting comfortable with each other. The conversation shifted to family. Hoffman and his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, had a toddler son at the time — they would go on to have two more children — and my wife and I were then thinking about having children ourselves…

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Page One‘s Andrew Rossi On Getting Your Film To Sundance

Andrew Rossi is making waves for the intriguing documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times, but this isn’t his first time pulling back the curtain on a high-stress industry. He previously chronicled the food business in Eat This New York and A Table in Heaven and was lucky enough to have a few of his projects featured at Sundance Film Festival.

Not an easy feat, he explained in the final installment of our @mediabeat interview.

“It’s an honor to be at Sundance, and it’s hard to sort of suggest ‘have your movie be at Sundance,’ because it’s not a given,” Rossi said. “It’s hard to get in there. But one thing I can say is we really keyed our whole process [of making Page One] to trying to get it done for that deadline, so that it would be at Sundance.”

Watch the full video for Rossi’s visual storytelling tips for journalists.

This video is also available on YouTube.

Part 1: Andrew Rossi Goes Inside The New York Times
Part 2: Andrew Rossi on How The New York Times Sets The Public Agenda


A Few Sundance Titles Might Include…

sundancepic2.jpgSundance Film Festival is still almost two months away, but already the blogging universe is making its predictions about the line-up.

Who knows where they got their info, but regardless, a few possibilities include:

“Paper Hearts” – First up is a film that almost no one has heard about until now. The feature filmmaking debut of Nicholas Jasenovec, the film is an unconventional comedy which is being described as “part-documentary, part-scripted comedy” about Michael Cera’s real-life relationship with Charlyne Yi (“Knocked Up”). Not much else is known about the film, but indie insiders are already predicting that it will be this year’s Sundance break out hit ala “Napoleon Dynamite.”

An Education – “Italian For Beginners” director Lone Scherfig‘ helms the first screenplay by About a Boy/High Fidelity novelist Nick Hornby. Adapted from a memoir by Lynn Barber, published in literary magazine Granta, the film tells a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, who has her life turned inside out after she meets a 35-year-old sportscar-driving Brit. The film stars Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams and Sally Hawkins.

“Brooklyn’s Finest” – Training Day director Antoine Fuqua‘s cop tale about three unconnected Brooklyn cops who wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths. The film stars Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Wesley-Snipes-profile.html”>Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, Jesse Williams and Lili Taylor.

“I Love You Phillip Morris” – Adapted from Steve McVicker’s 2003 novel, and based on a true story. Steve Carrey plays Russell, a criminal who falls in love with his cell mate, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). After Morris’ release from prison, Russell attempts a variety of bizarre prison escapes in hopes of reuniting with the love of his life. The movie was apparently pitched as “Catch Me if You Can meets Brokeback Mountain”. The screenplay was written by the team who did “Bad Santa.”

Sundance Goes Begging

sundanceff.jpgRobert Redford‘s Sundance Film Festival, which not only considers itself the sh– when it comes to nationwide film festivals, is now begging the state of Utah for financial aid, the Salt Lake City Tribune said.

Boohoo, the struggling festival is feeling the nationwide economic crunch becauase its corporate sponsorships are down. Perhaps if the powers that be at Sundance paid more attention to films and less attention to throwing corporate parties for stars and hangers-on, then they wouldn’t be having these troubles.

Maybe this year’s Sundance will be more amenable to everyday human beings that simply like good film. Or maybe Sundance will have to take up polygamy.

LAT In 90 Seconds

John McCain Feels Jilted: Taking a page from the Daily Show (literally in some cases), John McCain‘s campaign camp has put together some videos spoofing the media’s supposed infatuation with Barack Obama. For whatever reason Maeve Reston‘s story doesn’t link to said videos — but we did. Enjoy.

41176586.jpgInvasion of the Popular Kids! Geoff Boucher laments the loss of what Comic-Con once was: “Like some mutant cousin of the Sundance Film Festival, Comic-Con has outgrown its original mission and its limited geography.” Hell, they’re even letting FBLA into the place, so you know its lost its standards.

gwtwpic.jpgMob Mentality: A posse of junk collectors unite to suss out (and expose) a fake Hollywood memorabilia shyster on EBay. We love the idea of citizen justice … particularly when it yields such delicious sentences as: “‘The most obvious fakes I’d ever seen,’ pronounced James Tumblin, a Hawaiian who said he owns the world’s largest collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia.”