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“This [Trailer] Must Be the Place” to watch Sean Penn as a goth rock star Nazi hunter

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By my count, it’s been almost twelve years since Sean Penn made a comedy (Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown”). Most of the work he does these days, while often excellent, is also often humorless — “The Tree of Life,” “Fair Game,” “All the King’s Men,” “The Interpreter,” “21 Grams,” and on and on. So “This Must Be the Place” is already an unusual project for Penn. But it gets even more curious when you add in the director: Paolo Sorrentino, the Italian filmmaker best known in the United States for “Il Divo,” an atmospheric drama about former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Does that sound like the right team to make a movie about a bored, retired goth rock star on a quirky quest across America to find a Nazi war criminal on behalf of his dead father? With music by David Byrne?

Well they are, and they did. Penn and Sorrentino’s “This Must Be the Place” premiered last spring at the Cannes Film Festival and will make its first appearance on this side of the Atlantic at next month’s Sundance Film Festival. Here’s the trailer:

At Cannes, reviews ranged from “diverting if derivative” to “occasionally charming” to “bewildering” to “embarrassing”. Wait, derivative? Of all the other movies about zonked out Robert Smith look-alikes who go hunting Nazis?

Nevermind. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Weinstein Company plans to release the film in March of 2012. And, of course, we’ll see if the film fares better with critics and audiences up in Park City. I hope so. Serious Sean Penn’s good, but I miss Funny Sean Penn, too. Funny Sean penn gave us Spicoli. He should flex those comedy chops a little more often.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

Catch That '70s Show Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-10P on IFC.

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Charlie Kaufman’s next film will be a musical

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Charlie Kaufman‘s “Synecdoche New York” was about as divisive and hotly debated as any film of the last five years. It may not have been the most fun film to watch, but it was a damn fun movie to talk about. I suspect there will be equal amounts of discussion — if not equal amounts of disagreement — about Kaufman’s next project, “Frank or Francis,” which is supposedly about the symbiotic relationship between film makers and film bloggers. This is yet another way in which Charlie Kaufman is a genius: before he’s shot frame one, he’s already ensured his movie going to get written about.

Meanwhile, The Playlist spotted a video lecture on screenwriting that Kaufman recently gave for BAFTA, wherein he spills another intriguing detail about “Frank or Francis:” the film will also be a musical. Why? “I always try to do something different,” Kaufman told the crowd. “This thing that I just wrote that will hopefully get made is a musical, and I’ve never done that before, so I did it.”

Clearly new experiences are a big thing on Kaufman’s mind right now; he introduced his lecture by acknowledging he’d never done something like it before, and cited that lack of experience as his primary motivation. Art he said, was “an opportunity to recognize our common humanity and vulnerability,” of being willing to try something for the first time and even to fail at it. In this spirit, I’m trying to write this blog post in under ten minutes without copy editnig it.

You can — and should — watch all of Kaufman’s video lecture here. Even if he claims he doesn’t feel comfortable calling himself a writer, he’s a damn good one. Also, I’d like to close by taking this opportunity to acknowledge how hilarious and perfectly in character it is for Charlie Kaufman to have a publicity photo of himself in a hospital.

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We hope you got your priceless Orson Welles Oscar before it sold out

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Someone’s getting one hell of a surprise in their Christmas stocking this year.

As we told you last week, Orson Welles‘ one Academy Award, for the screenplay of 1941’s “Citizen Kane,” was put up for auction recently. If you were inordinately wealthy and a talentless hack, here was your own chance to have your very own Oscar. And not just any Oscar, but a piece of film history.

Well, we hope you got yours before it sold out: the Welles Oscar auction is over and one very lucky, very anonymous, and very very rich person scored the little gold man with a final bid of $861,542. According to TheWrap, the losing bidders included magician David Copperfield, who is apparently an avid collector of Welles memorabilia. Some magician! Someone was way better at making eight hundred grand disappear than he was. On a side note: with $860,000, you could make a reasonably good-looking movie. It might even win you an Oscar or two.

Just four years ago, the same Welles Oscar failed to meet a reserve price at auction, and didn’t sell at all. So somebody‘s doing well in this bum economy. I have no idea who that might be, but here’s what I hope he or she does with their award: tells no one about it, then dumps it in an enormous warehouse full of thousands of other collected knick-knacks, trinkets, and priceless works of art. Then when this person dies someday, on their death bed they say one word — “Oscar” — fueling an enormous hunt for the answer to this riddle.

What would YOU pay for your very own Oscar? Tell us in the comments below or write to us on Facebook and Twitter.

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