Two Indie Go-Getters

Add Comment on October 27, 2008 by Marco Cerritos

Meeting Zooey Deschanel and Lou Taylor Pucci to promote their new film The Go-Getter did not in any way qualify as a typical celebrity/journalist sit down. Much like a scene from about a million indie films, the interview was set up in the middle of a restaurant which provided a background noise to the proceedings. On top of that, the constant schedule shuffles and fan interruptions during the interview itself made for an interesting afternoon. After sitting down with the duo, Pucci made the most of an awkward situation by cracking jokes and breaking the ice. “This is the best part. The photo shoots and all that crap. Not for me.

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New Musical Record

Add Comment on October 26, 2008 by Phil Contrino

If 2008 has proven anything, it's that the musical is alive and well. This past summer, Mamma Mia! was able to edge past 2007's Hairspray in order to obtain the record of the highest-grossing opening weekend for a movie musical. Now, High School Musical 3: Senior Year has shattered Mamma 's $27.8 million take by grossing an estimated $42 million this weekend. Nearly six years ago, Chicago grossed $170.7 million before going on to win Best Picture and it trails only Grease, which boasts a domestic haul of $188.4 million, on the list of most successful musicals of all time.

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Being Charlie Kaufman

Add Comment on October 24, 2008 by Marco Cerritos

Eccentric writer Charlie Kaufman has been responsible for some of the most unique and mind-bending screenplays of the last few years. Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind are only some of his credits and yet they’re enough to put him in very prestigious company among screenwriters. For his new project, Kaufman decided to take the reigns completely and make his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York a film as weird as its title (it’s pronounced “sih-NECK-doh-key"). To hear him say it, the film isn’t supposed to make sense in a traditional way.

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Piecing Together Jigsaw

Add Comment on October 22, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Since 2004, Halloween has meant candy, costumes, parties and, for moviegoers across the country, a new Saw film. This Friday, the fifth installment of the franchise will hit theatres nationwide with the goal of successfully continuing what has become a very profitable series. After all, Saw VI is already being planned for 2009. The first Saw film was a sleeper hit in 2004 with a domestic gross of $55.2 million and three years later Saw IV kept the series going strong by raking in $63.3 million.

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Leigh Takes on Comedy

Add Comment on October 22, 2008 by Marco Cerritos

British director Mike Leigh has returned to filmmaking after a long hiatus with Happy-Go-Lucky, a whimsical look at a North London schoolteacher bursting with so much positive energy that it infects everyone around her. A comedy may seem like a departure for Leigh to some but he insists he has always kept his funny bone intact. Whether it’s working for British television in the ‘70‘s and ‘80’s or making the hard-to-watch indie classic “Naked” with a then unknown David Thewlis. Leigh has always comfortably worked within the confines of British cinema but was forced to embrace America when his 1996 film Secrets and Lies made an impression on audiences worldwide.

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Opposites Set To Attract Moviegoers

Add Comment on October 22, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Two totally opposite franchise films are set to make this coming weekend a very profitable one. Considering that High School Musical 3: Senior Year and Saw V are targeting drastically different audiences, there should be room at the box office for both of them. HSM3 marks the first time that an entry into the High School Musical series will be released on the bigscreen. The films have gained a massive following through the Disney Channel as well as DVD, and the G rating will allow for large family audiences to go see the film together.

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'Prayers' and a 'Princess'

Add Comment on October 20, 2008 by Marco Cerritos

Director Wayne Wang may be best known for directing The Joy Luck Club but his creative contributions outside of the Asian community have also garnered him attention. His recent experiment in Hollywood filmmaking includes directing Maid in Manhattan, Last Holiday, Anywhere But Here and Because of Winn Dixie. His Bay Area roots are also connected to some of his independent projects such as Chinese Box and The Center of the World.

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