With last night’s premiere of “To Rome With Love,” the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival is officially underway. IFC was on hand at the festivities, and we got a chance to catch up with “Smash” star Emory Cohen on the premiere red carpet. Though Cohen is at the festival this year (the 22-year-old New York’s first time to a festival and to Los Angeles) to promote his upcoming indie “Four,” we could resist asking him about his other big film, “The Place Beyond The Pines.”
The Derek Cianfrance-directed project is already in post-production, and will likely be released in the US at some point in 2013. But we still don’t know much about the flick other than the fact it follows a motorcycle stunt driver played by Ryan Gosling who considers committing a crime in order to help support his family. This puts him on a “collision course” with a cop-turned-politician played by Bradley Cooper.
Cohen plays AJ, the son of Cooper’s character Avery Cross. We asked him to tell us about his character, and he explained some of AJ’s motivations in the movie — which, as it turns out, are surprisingly relevant to this upcoming Father’s Day weekend.
“[AJ] kind of moves to the town to be closer to his dad. It’s really about fathers and sons and the disconnect sand the distance sometimes in those relationships. It’s heavy stuff. It was good stuff,” he said. “There were some parts of it… it was more of an extreme level, but for me, as a son, I understood some of the stuff that this guy goes through. Not the neglect, just the desire for more, which I think is a natural need of a child.”
In addition to Cooper and Gosling, “The Place Beyond The Pines” has an impressive ensemble cast. Rose Byrne and Eva Mendes play the two men’s wives, respectively, and Ray Liotta, Dane DeHaan and Ben Mendelsohn all also have roles in the film. Cohen spent most of his time on set filming opposite Cooper, but he still felt the pressures of working with such an established cast.
“I worked with Cooper, and it was really helpful for me because the character AJ comes to a new school and essentially wants to prove himself, and I was a new kid on the block and I came to prove myself. I’m not going to lie to you,” he said with a laugh.
In his LAFF film “Four,” Cohen plays a closeted homosexual named June who comes out to himself and to another man both sexually and emotionally on one Fourth of July night. The film also stars “The Wire’s” Wendell Pierce. Cohen and director Joshua Sanchez have been working on the project for years, and he said he owed it to himself and to the movie to come to LAFF to represent it.
“Me and Josh became very close and I worked very hard with Josh, so there’s a lot of love in this film, so it’s really important for me to represent this along with Josh,” he said.
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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.
10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.
Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.
9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.
Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.
8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.
Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.
7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.
Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.
6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.
Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.
5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.
Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.
4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.
Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.
3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.
Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.
2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).
As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”
1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.
Warner Brothers Television
Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.
Toby Jones and Jennifer Lawrence never share any onscreen time in “The Hunger Games,” so they’re making up for that in the upcoming movie “The Falling.” Formerly titled “Serena,” the movie follows a couple played by Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as they commit a string of crimes to try to make money for their family. Jones plays the sheriff tasked with bringing them to justice.
IFC caught up with Jones at “The Hunger Games” premiere Monday night where he shared that “The Falling” was beginning shooting the following week. He said he’s excited to be returning to set with her as “The Hunger Games” is about to hit theaters, especially in a film that inverts their roles.
“I’m chasing her character,” he explained. “She’s the villain, I’m the hero.”
The movie, which also stars Rhys Ifans, tells the story of George and Serena Pemberton, the owners of a timber empire in North Carolina. However, their claim on the wealth becomes complicated when the couple finds out Serena can’t bear any children. Susanne Bier will direct it.
“Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have a love story that completely robs them of any moral place, and I as the sheriff, I’m chasing them down and trying to pin crimes on them that they’ve committed,” Jones explained of the film’s plot.
In “The Hunger Games,” Lawrence plays a 16-year-old girl forced to fight to the death against 23 of her peers to last through a terrifying reality tournament held by their futuristic society every year. Jones plays the Hunger Games’s heartless announcer Claudius Templesmith.
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15 Things You Might Not Know About Beavis and Butt-Head
Catch Beavis and Butt-Head Do America this month on IFC.
Posted by Luke McKinney on Photo Credit: Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection
Beavis and Butt-Head made spouting sarcastic comments while staring at a screen cool long before the Internet. But over the course of their eight season TV series (which was revived in 2011) and their 1996 big screen outing Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (airing this month on IFC), the giggling duo have left their mark (huh huh huh…we said “left their mark”) on pop culture. Check out a few things you might not know about this groundbreaking animated duo.
1. They hang out at Butt-Head’s house.
We know that Beavis and Butt-Head live in the humble burg of Highland, Texas. But whose house are they constantly watching music videos in? Their location was never established during the series, but creator Mike Judge has gone on record to confirm that they’re watching TV in Butt-head’s house. His TV presumably has more inches. Hehe. Hehe.
2. Burger World comes from “Weird Al” Yankovic.
The doofus duo “work” (we use the term loosely) part-time at “Burger World,” a generic fast food joint which first appeared in “Weird Al” Yankovic’s UHF. The fictional chain is also referenced in Al’s classic “Fat” music video.
3. Kanye West wanted to be mocked by the duo.
There are few places Kanye can’t appear, whether it’s by invitation or simply bursting onto stage. But Beavis and Butt-Head were denied the chance to rip on Kanye in the recent batch of episodes when a minor stakeholder in the song Judge and the rest of the staff wanted to use declined MTV permission to show the video.
4. Hank Hill Was Almost Tom Anderson’s Son.
In the early stages of King of the Hill‘s development, Mike Judge planned to make Hank Hill the son of Tom Anderson, the long-suffering neighbor and eternal victim to Beavis and Butt-Head’s misadventures. (They are basically the same character, right down to the voice and their dislike of wayward youth.) Ultimately, though, Hank’s father became the irascible Cotton, a character we imagine Beavis and Butt-Head would idolize.
5. An angry Beavis and Butt-Head caller inspired King of the Hill’s Boomhauer.
However, there is a connection between Beavis and Butt-Head and another Arlen, TX resident. As Judge revealed to Jimmy Kimmel, an angry caller left him a voicemail during Beavis and Butt-Head‘s original run. The caller hated the show (which he thought was called “Porky’s Butthole”) and ranted about it in an incomprehensible accent. Judge found the caller hilarious and used him as the inspiration for King of the Hill‘s Boomhauer and his distinctive speech patterns.
6. The voice of Daria was in the pilot for The Real World.
Daria served as the smart, snarky voice of reason in both the Beavis and Butt-Head world and in her own cult favorite MTV series. Tracy Grandstaff, the voice of Daria, was a writer at MTV and also worked as a production assistant on season one of The Real World. Due to MTV’s penchant at the time for putting staff members on-air, Grandstaff was selected to appear on the original un-aired pilot for The Real World. She eventually moved behind the scenes, but had things turned out differently, Daria might’ve been snarking on Eric Nies and his dumb ’90s hats.
7. The South Park creators met Isaac Hayes at the Beavis and Butt-Head movie premiere.
South Park owes its existence to Beavis and Butt-Head in more ways than one. In fact, Matt Stone and Trey Parker first met their future collaborator Isaac Hayes (aka Chef) at the premiere of Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. (Hayes performed a song on the film’s funky soundtrack.) We can almost imagine the characters looking down from the screen to pass on the torch. After lighting it with their own farts.
8. Chris Farley and David Spade almost played Beavis and Butt-Head on the big screen.
Beavis and Butt-Head were a huge phenomenon in the ’90s, so naturally a live-action film was considered. Chris Farley and David Spade were suggested as the title characters, so have fun imagining that. Spade did end up voicing several characters on the show, including Mr. Manners in the infamous etiquette episode.
9. Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando were huge fans.
The show had many celebrity fans, including a couple of acting legends. Mike Judge related to Jimmy Kimmel how Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando would do the characters’ voices on the set of Don Juan DeMarco. And that is an image you will never, ever forget.
10. “Buffcoat and Beaver” came from a real life Senator.
Beavis and Butt-Head never invaded the Janet Reno hearings on violence in television, but only because Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings (of South Carolina) couldn’t remember their names, calling them “Buffcoat and Beavo, Beaver something.” The show paid homage to the Senator when the Rush Limbaugh-esque character Gus Baker referred to our boys by this colorful mispronunciation.
11. There’s a hidden message in the movie’s desert scene.
Senators might say Beavis and Butt-Head are bad for society, but the movie’s only hidden message is “Everybody go to college, study hard, study hard.” This mind-expanding message can be heard in the desert hallucination scene if you reverse the audio of the background noises.
12. A scene where Beavis defaces the Declaration of Independence was cut from the film.
In a deleted scene from Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, Beavis is in need of “T.P for his bunghole” and comes across a group of tourists looking at the Declaration of Independence. He proceeds to break the glass on the case and, well, you can imagine where things go from there.
13. Mike Judge animated the first Beavis and Butt-Head short “Frog Baseball.”
After a stint working in Silicon Valley, Judge created some animated shorts that caught the attention of MTV execs. One of the shorts, “Frog Baseball,” featured two dimwitted teens who would go on to massive success. Judge animated the short himself, which first aired on MTV’s Liquid Television.
14. Beavis and Butt-Head got their names from kids Mike Judge knew growing up.
Yes, there is a real Beavis. The fire-obsessed miscreant got his name from a kid named Bobby Beavis who lived three blocks from Judge in his youth. The real Beavis, however, was an athletic kid who wasn’t a metal obsessed spaz. Judge got the idea for Butt-Head from another kid in his neighborhood who had the nickname “Iron Butt” due to claims that you could kick him in the butt as hard as you wanted and he wouldn’t feel it. The kid was supposedly a terror, and once burned down a tree. He also had a friend everyone called “Butt-Head,” and Judge used the name when he was creating the “Frog Baseball” storyboard. The name made him laugh, and the rest is history.
15. David Letterman May Be Their Dad.
David Letterman appeared in Beavis and Butt-Head Do America in an uncredited role (he is listed as “Earl Hofert”) as one of the Motley Crue roadies the duo meet in the desert. The roadie, who bears quite the resemblance to Butt-Head, brags about “scoring with two chicks” in Highland 15 years back. The Beavis-ish roadie also claims to have scored, but as usual his counterpart takes all the credit. Though Letterman has never admitted his paternity, he did have the pair on his show back in the day.