Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are stepping out in style.
18.11.2023 - 21:05 / variety.com
Todd Gilchrist editor Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City” is a nesting doll of a film—a television broadcast of a documentary about a play, assembled with the same precision and detail as Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The French Dispatch” among others. Thematically, the connective tissue between its layers of reality, like many of those earlier films, is the notion and processing of loss.
But Anderson, who co-wrote the movie with longtime collaborator Roman Coppola, says one of his longtime leading men inspired him to assemble its pieces in the first place. “The movie ends up being about grief, but it evolved into that,” Anderson tells Variety.
“Roman Coppola and I started this one with the idea that we wanted to build something around a role for Jason Schwartzman.” He and Schwartzman, one of Coppola’s cousins, have worked together since he cast the then-young actor as precocious, ambitious protagonist Max Fischer in his 1998 film “Rushmore.” Anderson says that some of his ideas for “Asteroid City” began percolating during the making of “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom.” “I had long had this idea of doing a story that was about something like the Actor’s Studio, and a story of doing a kind of American desert ’50s movie,” he says.
“We mixed these things together and built it around Jason.” A fruitful collaboration with Scarlett Johansson on “Isle of Dogs” prompted Anderson to consider her as his co-star and fellow anchor for a rich troupe featuring other veterans of his productions such as Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton and Adrien Brody, as well as newcomers like Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Margot Robbie. “I may have had a better.
Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are stepping out in style.
Ben Croll Fresh off the strike and newly back to work, American writer-director Dee Rees has set her sights on her next feature – a stylized dark comedy meant to visualize a central character’s frantic stream of consciousness. “It’s a weird, experimental thing,” says Rees, who’s currently serving on the jury of this year’s Marrakech Film Festival. “[I’ve explored] comedic elements in my films, but this is the first time where it’s a kind of a dark, sad satire.” While the “Pariah” and “Mudbound” filmmaker had toyed with this latest project for years, she picked up her pen anew once the writers strike concluded and then committed full-on following an opportune encounter in Marrakech.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director Bradley Cooper‘s “Maestro” publicity tour landed him on “The Howard Stern Show,” where the eponymous radio show host asked him a nail-biting question: “Sophie’s choice for 2024: You win the Oscar, not only for best director but also best actor, and Carey Mulligan wins best actress, or the Eagles have a Super Bowl victory?” “Eagles Super Bowl victory,” Cooper answered without hesitation as Stern appeared shocked and called him out for lying. “Eagles! Eagles! I’m sick. I’m not lying.” Cooper is obviously a diehard fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that played a prominent role in his 2012 comedy-drama “Silver Linings Playbook.” The Eagles lost the 2023 Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs, no doubt a heartbreaker for Cooper.
Taika Waititi has revealed that former US President, Donald Trump, issued a “list of demands” surrounding his brief appearance in NBC’s 2012 Super Bowl advert.The video features stars of the network, including The Office’s Steve Carell, Parks And Recreation’s Amy Poehler and 30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin. In the video, the actors are seen singing ‘Brotherhood Of Man’ from the 1961 musical, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.Trump, who at the time was hosting The Apprentice (US) can be briefly seen wearing a suit, looking into the camera, as he points and says the word, “you”.Waititi, who directed the advert, appeared on a recent episode of the SmartLess podcast hosted by Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes, where he shared that the former president’s appearance came with some conditions.“There was a piece of paper with a list of [Trump’s] demands,” the Jojo Rabbit director shared.
As producers across the globe continue to feel the effects of inflation on their budgets, a growing number of European countries have been seeking to alleviate some of that budget squeeze as they battle it out to entice foreign projects to shoot on their home turf. One front runner in this race is Serbia, which has been quietly establishing itself as a trusted and attractive destination for global producers.
There’s a whole debate in Hollywood about how much the industry relies on established franchises like superhero movies and how many original films get commissioned. Director Christopher Nolan is weighing in on the matter explaining that there needs to be a balance between all types of movies.
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Caroline Brew editor Makoto Shinkai discussed his inspirations for establishing the tone of “Suzume” and how he approached themes of natural disaster in a conversation for Variety’s Artisans Screening Series moderated by Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge and translated by Mikey McNamara. Shinkai revealed that with “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” being grouped together as “Barbenheimer,” he expected “Barbie” to carry a similar seriousness to “Oppenheimer.” Thus, he was surprised to see how comedic the film was.
After the release of “Uncut Gems,” the idea of Adam Sandler reteaming with the Safdie Brothers was something people became very, very excited about. And then, it seemed as if our prayers were answered, as it was reported that Sandler and the Safdies, particularly Josh Safdie, were going to work together on a brand-new film.
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Kanye West has returned with a new song, ‘Vultures’, featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Durk and Bump J, marking his first new song since a raft of antisemitism allegations last year – and he appears to be doubling down on his sentiments.The song has not yet been released on streaming but was debuted on the radio station WPWX Power 92 Chicago last night (November 17) and sees West directly address the accusations before potentially adding fuel to them – “How I’m antisemitic,” he raps, “I just fucked a Jewish bitch.”It is yet to be seen whether or not the track will appear on West and Ty’s forthcoming joint album, which Ty recently said was set to arrive “real soon”. Ty’s update arrived just days after a “multi stadium listening event” for their joint album had reportedly been cancelled.Accusations of antisemitism were first levelled against West in October 2022 after he said that he would go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE”, whom he claims have a link with Black people.
William Earl Kanye West, the rap superstar who cratered his career after delivering a series of antisemitic comments and messages on social media, has returned with a new song which includes lyrics sure to stir more controversy. DJ Pharris debuted the new song “Vultures” during his Friday night show on Chicago radio station Power 92. In addition to Kanye, the track features Ty Dolla Sign and Lil Durk.
There were so many celebs in attendance at the 2023 GQ Men of the Year party in Los Angeles this year, with Kim Kardashian, Megan Thee Stallion, and Megan Fox among those bringing star power to the event.
Wes Anderson has helped launch a new digital film club, alongside guest curators Ethan Hawke and Maggie Gyllenhaal.Indian Paintbrush, Anderson’s longtime producing partners, have revealed Galerie – a digital hub which gives subscribers access to original videos, in-depth essays and live events fronted by leading filmmakers.As noted on the website, Galerie will see a rotating selection of curators “be your guide as you expand and deepen your journey through film alongside a vibrant community where everyone is invited to exchange ideas and expand their knowledge”.“Great cinema is all around us, but in this ever-changing landscape it can be difficult to find when navigating algorithms,” the website’s description reads. “We envisioned Galerie as an oasis inhabited by people who value substance over abundance, where curiosity can thrive and meaningful conversation is given the space to grow.”Other confirmed contributors include Taylor Russell, Mike Mills, Ed Lachman, Karyn Kusama, Ari Wegner and Duke Johnson.
Brent Lang Executive Editor Steve Carell will make his Broadway debut playing the title character in a revival of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.” The production, which will be performed at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, will begin previews April 2, 2024, and open on April 24, 2024. It promises to be a starry affair. The cast boasts William Jackson Harper (“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”) as Astrov and Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man: No Way Home”) as Alexander Serabryakov.
Steve Carell will make his Broadway debut next spring in the title role of Lincoln Center Theater’s Uncle Vanya, appearing with, among others, Alison Pill as Sonya, Alfred Molina as Alexander Serabryakov and Anika Noni Rose as Yelena.
Matthew Perry's ex-girlfriend, Kayti Edwards, has suggested that the Friends star may have shown signs of a relapse before his tragic passing. The actor, best known for his role in the smash-hit sitcom, Friends, was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home's hot tub earlier this month, leaving fans and celebrity pals across the world devastated. Just a day before his death, Matthew was seen on a date with 25 year old model Athenna Crosby at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.
When you’re composing music for a character named Thelonious “Monk” Ellison in the movie American Fiction, it should be pretty obvious where a composer like Laura Karpman might find her inspiration.