So I watched about half of this before I decided it was definitely worth sharing. It’s got some bumps, but I do look forward to the next episodes. To explain what this is all about though, I leave it to JG-L himself:
Ladies and gentlemen, I am beside myself with joy and anticipation :oD It is my sincere pleasure to present the very first episode of HITRECORD ON TV! Watch the entire first episode here before it premieres on television.
Everything you’re gonna see on this show was made collaboratively on our site — hitRECord.org — and the work of 426 Contributing Artists is featured in this particular episode. There’s gonna be 8 episodes this season, each revolving around a different theme, like RE: Space, RE: The Other Side, and RE: Money. And since this is our first ever episode, I figured the theme of this one would be RE: The Number One. HITRECORD ON TV will be coming out on January 18th on a new cable channel called Pivot.
I’m deeply proud of this show, and I think you’re realllllly gonna like it. Honestly, making this thing together with all the artists from around the world in our hitRECord community has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life so far. So, without any further ado, enjoy the show!
So if you’ve got an extra 22 minutes lying around, take a look at the video below. It’s actually pretty inspiring, creative and above all, fun. Then let us know what you think in the comment section below.
If you’ve seen American Hustle, you either love it or hate it or are still scratching your head. No matter you’re feelings on the film, you can’t tell me you didn’t come away a little upset at not hearing the end to Louis CK’s ice fishing story about him and his brother and their angry father.
A Q&A I recorded at one of the Toronto International Film Festival screenings of Errol Morris’s new documentary on Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Morris talks a bit about language, and a bit about the contradictions and snowflakes of a political lifer that is still in his bubble of denial. It is a rather excellent 12 minute supplement to the film itself.
Apparently “The Simpsons” are still around and still doing their annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode – which is traditionally some of the better stuff to come out of the Groenig camp. At any rate, as you are I’m sure aware each episode of The Simpsons opens with a different “couch gag” in the opening credits sequence. For this year’s sequence, Guillermo del Toro lent his magic hand and incorporates all sorts of horror/sci-fi/action movie moments from cinema history. He includes Hitchcock stuff, early classic monster movie (i.e. Boris Karloff) stuff, some Cronenberg and of course each of his film’s are referenced as well. Take a look and see how many you can spot!
As a part of Toronto’s Fan Expo, Rue Morgue Magazine runs the Festival of Fear, and they invited Joe Dante up to present a 35mm print of his severely underrated, but nevertheless, cult-classic Tom Hanks comedy, The ‘burbs. Dante talks about shooting on the Universal backlot, set visits and defecation by Michael Jackson’s pet monkey Coco, the amazing talents of Bruce Dern and the eccentricities of Brother Theodore, how much of the screenplay was improvised by the performers (“That’s about a 9 on the tension scale, Rube.”) due to the ongoing writers strike at the time and of course, the Alfred Hitchcock and Looney Toons references on the film. A top shelf event all around.
In just a couple of weeks, Closed Circuit will hit selected theaters and I must admit I hadn’t heard much about it until now. It’s got a bit of a “Tinker Tailor…” vibe to it and lo and behold it is from the same producers. The film stars Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciarán Hinds, Riz Ahmed, Anne-Marie Duff, Kenneth Cranham, Denis Moschitto, Julia Stiles and Jim Broadbent. Mmmm Julia Stiles.
Directed by John Crowley, of very underrated Boy A with Andrew Garfield, the movie’s synopsis is as follows:
In the international suspense thriller Closed Circuit, a high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers (Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall) on the defense team – testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.
One morning, a busy London market is decimated by an explosion. In the manhunt that follows, only one member of the suspected terrorist cell survives who is arrested and jailed. Preparations begin for what promises to be the trial of the century.
But as Bana and Hall’s characters begin to piece the case together, the outlines of a sinister conspiracy emerge, one that will draw them dangerously close again.
As a financial supporter for Braff’s new film, Wish I Was Here, I get almost daily updates on the progress of the film. So far the cast has been put together, the script polished and now concept art is being laid out. In the video below, we get a look at some of the first images of what the film’s style is going to be like.
Although it’s just an opening sequence and probably not what the rest of the film’s ideas will encompass, I like the idea of the sci-fi nod from Braff. A futuristic looking knight with some sort of space suit armor, a Conan sword and a floating droid. I dunno, looks somewhat intriguing so far. If anything else new comes along, I’ll be keeping track and will let you know. Oh, and the cast is as follows: Zach Braff (me), Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Anna Kendrick, Jim Parsons and Donald Faison.
Is this simply nothing more than a commercial for a perfume by a couple of well known directors or is this a tease at something greater? I’m too lazy to do the leg work on this one, so if any Third Row reader has any knowledge about this, let me know.
Here’s maybe a clue: I don’t recognize the gentlemen in the commercial/teaser, but I recognize the girl as the shop owner in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. It’s this girl.
Whatever the case, neat little nugget from Anderson and Coppola…
UPDATE: OK, so I figured this out. It is an ad for Prada. The directors are doing a three part short for the company (reminds me of the BMW ads so long ago with famous directors all taking a crack at shooting Clive Owen driving fast). At any rate, Part 1 and Part 2 of the short is under the seats…
So really not much here but if you’re a Noah Baumbach (Kicking and Screaming, Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg) fan, here’s a quick glimpse into his latest picture that became one of the most loved films of The Toronto Int’l Film Festival – at least around these parts.
First up, you can see to the right a somewhat uninspiring new poster for the film (click the image for a larger version).
If that isn’t doing it for you, here are a couple of newly released clips from the film that while don’t give us much insight into plot or character, we do get a general sense for the film’s tone and style – being in black and white probably the most obvious.
I have to be honest, none of this is really doing it for me, but despite really not caring much for his last two features, Baumbach is amazingly still in my good graces after K&S and my beloved Squid and the Whale. So I’m willing to give this film and Rot’s genuine review of it, the benefit of the doubt for now.
Take a look at the clips below and tell us what you think. If you’ve already seen the film in festival mode, how did it go over for you and those around you?