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Not all directors give their cast homework before shooting a movie. But the famously meticulous Wes Anderson gave his cast of The French Dispatch a required viewing list before production began on his upcoming comedy set in 20th century France.
Anderson gave his actors five movies to watch before shooting The French Dispatch, which means he made his most star-studded cast — which includes the likes of Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Benicio Del Toro, Léa Seydoux, and Timothée Chalamet — watch at least 10 hours of movies. And yes, they’re all in French, and they’re all in black-and-white.
The French Dispatch tells three different stories all framed around the staff of an American news outpost in France during the in 20th century, each story told with varying degrees of artsiness and color schemes. The film was heavily inspired by the experimental French New Wave, based on Anderson’s movie choices. Cinematographer Robert Yeoman — in his seventh collaboration with Anderson — said that the cast had to be aware of the inspirations that Anderson was drawing from, revealing the list of films that the director made the stars watch before filming.
In a recent interview with IndieWire, Yeoman revealed the five movies that Anderson made his cast watch before production began.Jean Luc-Godard‘s My Life to Live 1962 Henri-George Clouzot‘s Quay of the Goldsmiths 1947 and Diabolique 1955 Max Ophüls‘ Le Plaisir 1952 François Truffaut‘s The 400 Blows 1959
The watch list is very much the kind you’d expect Anderson to suggest, with all of the films hailing from France and mostly taking place during the French New Wave, the time period that saw a game-changing innovation from French auteurs. Jean Luc-Godard, Henri-George Clouzot, Max Ophuls, and Francois Truffaut are all considered prolific filmmakers who shaped the French New Wave with theit films.
But Yeoman noted that the list wasn’t limited to movies, either. Anderson compiled “an extensive library of DVDs, books, and magazine articles” for the cast to consult before filming even began. It’s quite a lot of work for the actors to take on, but a workload that’s expected for a famously meticulous director like Anderson.
Searchlight Pictures is set to release The French Dispatch in theaters July 24, 2020.
A24’s David Lowery fantasy adventure movie The Green Knight is making its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, TX on Monday, March 16 at 5:30pm at the Paramount Theatre.
Despite industry panic about the coronavirus, SXSW is indeed moving forward. Today’s news follows this morning’s announcement from SXSW about their “Conversations About America's Future” political panel lineup which includes such speakers as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Anita Hill, Gretchen Carlson, Andrew Yang, among others.
Yesterday SXSW continued to back-up their statement from late last week, that the fest is working closely on a daily basis with local, state, and federal agencies to plan for a safe event. “As a result of their dialogue and the recommendations of Austin Public Health, the 2020 event is proceeding with safety as a top priority,” said the fest yesterday.
Green Knight is a bold and fresh spin on the timeless Arthurian legend and follows Sir Gawain Dev Patel, King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. The movie opens stateside on May 29. Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Barry Keoghan, and Ralph Ineson also star. Lowery wrote, directed, edited and produced the movie.“We are thrilled to world premiere The Green Knight at SXSW,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “David Lowery is a singular artist with a filmmaking vision that's both epic and intimate. It's been beyond exciting to watch his growth as an artist. His newest film is an extraordinary achievement, delivering superlative performances, suspense, and magic with cinematic grandeur which we know our SXSW audience will love.” Lowery's has a long record with SXSW. Back in 2005, he attended with the short Deadroom which he worked on as an editor. The filmmaker made the world premiere of his feature St. Nick at SXSW in 2009. The following year, he created all of the fest’s bumpers, and in 2011, his pic Pioneer won Best Narrative Short. On the conference side, he has served as a mentor in 2013, and in 2016 Lowery participated in a conversation with fellow filmmaker Andrew Bujalski. Lowery’s other SXSW premieres as an editor include It Was Great, but I Was Ready to Come Home; Bad Fever, and Sun Don't Shine. SXSW runs from March 13-22.
Soul celebrates the joys of life: As Pixar's Onward dominates the box office, the studio's next animated feature dropped its first full trailer. Soul promises an existential adventure about a jazz musician in the midst of an out-of-body experience, and it looks as deep as movies get. Look for it in theaters on June 19.
Jungle Cruise holds the key to success: Also from Disney, Jungle Cruise debuted a new trailer featuring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt searching for a magical tree in the Amazon. The adventure comedy is based on the theme park ride of the same name and could very well be the next Pirates of the Caribbean. This one is scheduled to open on July 24.
Black Widow resurrects the past: Disney's next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow, released its final trailer, and things get a bit nostalgic in this one. The movie deals with the titular Avengers's past and apparently includes a look back at events from her first MCU appearance, in Iron Man 2. Find it only on the big screen starting May 1.
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The hunt for humans: In honor of the release of The Hunt, now in theaters, here is a look back at other movies involving humans being targeted for sport:
The Hunger Games: The most well-known movie about humans hunting other humans is The Hunger Games, based on the Suzanne Collins novel about a dystopian society dependent on a deadly televised competition involving children. Watch the first full trailer for the Jennifer Lawrence-led blockbuster, which opened March 23, 2012, and was followed by three sequels:
Hard Target: Almost 20 years earlier, legendary Hong Kong action filmmaker John Woo made his Hollywood debut with Hard Target, which is about wealthy businessmen who hunt homeless people for sport. Watch the first trailer for the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle, which released in the U.S. on August 20, 1993:
Ready or Not: Just last year, we saw another movie about rich people hunting a human for their own amusement called Ready or Not. Watch the red band trailer for the movie, which opened on August 21, 2019, and stars Samara Weaving as a new bride who suddenly becomes the prey for her in-laws' sadistic tradition:
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Hot off the buzzy release of the trailer for the Arthurian thriller The Green Knight, Dev Patel is proving his leading man chops with a starring role in a financial thriller under New Regency. Dev Patel will star in Flash Crash, a dramatic thriller based on Liam Vaughan’s upcoming book based on the true story about an financial outsider who finds a way to beat the stock market.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dev Patel is set to star in Flash Crash, a financial thriller that See-Saw Films and New Regency have teamed up to adapt after winning the rights in a bidding war. Penned by Jonathan Perera Miss Sloane, Flash Crash is based on the upcoming Liam Vaughan book Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, a Global Manhunt, and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History. The book tells the “incredible true story” of Navinder Singh Sarao, a financial market outsider who finds a way to beat the stock market and made millions from his bedroom on the outskirts of London. Here is the synopsis per THR:
Crash tells the incredible true story of Navinder Singh Sarao, described as a brilliant outsider and a man who found a way to beat the stock market, making millions working from a bedroom in his parents’ small suburban home on the outskirts of London. When his focus on outsmarting the corporations coincided with a $1 trillion market drop, he found himself in the crosshairs of a group of U.S. government agents. As the net closed in, Sarao would find himself facing a lifetime in jail in America unless he could find a way to play the system one last time and make himself indispensable to a government intent on making an example of him.
“Navinder Sarao’s story struck us deeply. He’s an unlikely but also complex hero who exposed the manipulations at the heart of the global financial system,” said See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who are producing alongside Arnon Milchan of New Regency.
The news of Patel’s casting comes as the British actor is enjoying a resurgence in leading man roles, starring in Armando Ianucci’s upcoming period comedy The Personal History of David Copperfield and David Lowery’s The Green Knight. It’s about time that Patel was embraced as the charismatic leading man he was always destined to be, and the news that the roles keep coming to him is exciting. While financial thrillers can be a bit of a snooze, its scamming protagonist a big hit lately with hits like Hustlers and Patel’s involvement make Flash Crash sound promising....