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Alison Willmore

James Franco to Direct Faulkner, “Blood Meridian”? (photo)

James Franco to Direct Faulkner, “Blood Meridian”?

He acts. He writes. He stars in soaps. He’s directed a doc. He makes arty/silly-sounding multimedia projects. He’s co-hosting the Academy Awards. He’s enrolled in, like, three dozen graduate programs. And now, according to Showbiz 411‘s Roger Friedman, James Franco is in talks to helm adaptations of William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” and Cormac […]

Meet the Hosts of Roger Ebert’s New Show (photo)

Meet the Hosts of Roger Ebert’s New Show

“At the Movies,” the last incarnation of the review show Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel started over three decades ago, came to an end last year. But Ebert isn’t letting the dream of televised criticism fade — alongside his wife Chaz, he’s been producing a shiny new series, “Ebert Presents… At the Movies.” […]

The Coen Brothers’ Gritty Cinema (photo)

The Coen Brothers’ Gritty Cinema

“True Grit,” the Coen brothers’ Western starring Jeff Bridges as a tough marshal hired by a stern young girl to track down her father’s killer, has become their highest grossing movie. In honor of their latest, this week’s IFC News podcast looks through the Coens’ filmography and genre-jumping, from the neo-noir of “Blood Simple” and […]

Pete Postlethwaite, 1946-2011 (photo)

Pete Postlethwaite, 1946-2011

I was saddened to read this morning that Pete Postlethwaite passed away yesterday at age 64 after a long battle with cancer. The English actor, a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, had a distinctive, rugged face and an intense screen presence that made him stand out in roles like the lawyer Kobayashi in “The […]

“Undeclared” Ep. 17, “Eric’s POV”  (photo)

“Undeclared” Ep. 17, “Eric’s POV”

“Undeclared” is now airing on IFC, and we thought we’d take this opportunity to revisit the show that further cemented broadcast television’s inability to recognize the genius of Judd Apatow. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on two more episodes. Episode 17 Eric’s POV Written by Judd Apatow & […]

Derek Cianfrance, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams Pen a “Blue Valentine” (photo)

Derek Cianfrance, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams Pen a “Blue Valentine”

“Blue Valentine” is the story of Cindy and Dean, an ordinary couple who meet, fall in love, get married, have a child and, eventually, split up. And in the hands of director Derek Cianfrance and his exceptional leads Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, that story is something both intimate and epic and, however you look […]

Carnivore Movies Versus Vegetarian Ones? (photo)

Carnivore Movies Versus Vegetarian Ones?

On Tuesday, Anne Thompson reasoned out why “The Kids Are All Right” will likely get nominated for best picture, but not director. The Academy, she explains, is full of “Steak Eaters”: They’re red-blooded males (not just American–Europeans and Aussies too), often directors, writers and craftspeople. They’re the guys who voted for The Silence of the […]

Love Must Have a Eulogy: “Blue Valentine,” Reviewed (photo)

Love Must Have a Eulogy: “Blue Valentine,” Reviewed

This review originally ran as part of our coverage of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Sundance is best known as the home of the American indie narrative, the primordial festival ooze from which first emerged the likes of “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” and “Clerks” and “The Blair Witch Project.” And while the film landscape has […]

Celebrating The Movies of 2010, Part 2 (photo)

Celebrating The Movies of 2010, Part 2

In the second part of our look back at the memorable moments of the past year, we also look forward to what we’re anticipating in 2011. DOWNLOAD MP3, 1:03:53 minutes, 61.4 MB SUBSCRIBE iTunes | XML This week’s keyword game giveaway is a grab bag where six winners will receive one of the following DVDs: […]

Looking For Comedy in the North Korean World: “The Red Chapel,” Reviewed (photo)

Looking For Comedy in the North Korean World: “The Red Chapel,” Reviewed

This review originally ran as part of our coverage of the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. A confession: I passed over “The Red Chapel” a few times on the festival circuit before I finally sat down to see it. I’d glance over the description — “small theater troupe,” “Denmark,” “cultural exchange visit,” “North Korea” — and […]