Quentin Tarantino is set to get the 2009 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at The Santa Barbara Film Festival.
The trailblazing director is having a great year. His "Inglourious Basterds" debuted at No. 1 selling $38 million worth of box-office tickets. It's his biggest to date.
Now, he will be presented with the award by Douglas himself at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara during a gala dinner on Oct. 22.
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Remember the classic TV show "Soul Train?" Well, Warner Bros. has just hired Malcolm Spellman to write a big screen adaptation!
Don Cornelius, the host and producer of the TV show, will co-produce along with Darryl Porter and Aaron Geller of Porter/Geller Productions.
Spellman's take on the project? He's writing a film set in the 1980s!
He tells Variety:
"All of the hip-hop street dances you see today were born during that time period and were first seen on that show, and I remember doing all of them when I was a kid."
Wow, the big screen version of "Soul Train" sounds like "Breakin'" and "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo!"
According to Spellman, the plot revolves around our hero who comes from the L.A. hood, and his dancing prowess (he's good at "popping") will be his ticket out of the ghetto and into the spotlight.
Spellman further says, "This guy is a serious popper, with street edge, and he wants to get on that tour, with the hottest of the hot."
"Writing with Don involved is quite an experience. He's still the godfather of cool."
That's cool, but I told y'all, the plot sounds like "Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo."
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Susan Sarandon is in talks to join "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" from 20th Century Fox.
Oliver Stone is set to direct from a script by Allan Loeb.
Sarandon will play the mother of a young Wall Street trader (to be played by Shia LaBeouf). Michael Douglas will reprise his memorable role as Gordon Gekko. Frank Langella also co-stars Lewis Zabel, an old-time broker who becomes the mentor of LaBeouf's character. Apparently, the fate of the Zabel character plays a major part in the film.
Shooting begins next month in New York.
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If I could have the opportunity to go back in time and visit the 1960s, I will first choose 1969. Two big life-changing events happened that year. First, the Stonewall Riots in June which marked the beginning of the Gay Liberation movement; and second, the “Woodstock Music & Art Fair” in August that changed the face of popular culture forever.
From August 15th to the 18th in 1969, half a million people attended and more tried and failed to get to the Woodstock concert site in White Lake, NY. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most pivotal moments in music history.
Forty years later, director Ang Lee (“Lust, Caution,” “Brokeback Mountain”) captures the event in the new film “Taking Woodstock.” Based on the autobiography by Elliot Tiber called “Taking Woodstock: A True Story on a Riot, a Concert, and a Life,” the film aims to tell more on what happened behind the scenes and less on the concert itself. “Taking Woodstock” is about what Tiber saw at the countercultural revolution. Read More...
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My Fun "Taking Woodstock" Interviews! From Emile Hirsch to Demetri Martin, See Many Secrets of the Film! Far Out!
I had a fantastic time meeting the main cast of "Taking Woodstock." And the film is equally thought-provoking (I'll post my review very soon!).
Directed by Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and based on a book by Elliot Tiber called "Taking Woodstock: A True Story of A Riot, A Concert, and A Life," the film is a bittersweet look at the event that changed pop culture forever.
So take a trip with "Taking Woodstock" when it opens this Friday, August 28.
Now, here are my interviews:
The super-fantastic Emile Hirsch and I talked about:
WHY HE LOVES MY FIRST INTERVIEW WITH HIM FOR "MILK" (I'M PRETTY PROUD OF THAT )
His character Billy
Working with Ang Lee
How he prepared for the role
AND HIS FULL-FRONTAL MALE NUDITY SCENE!
We talked about:
His character, Vilma, a drag queen activist who is also Eliott's angel
Working with Ang Lee
Demetri Martin is the crux of the film, and in our interview, we talked about:
His real-life character, Elliot Teichberg
Working with Ang Lee
Working with Liev Schreiber as Vilma, his drag queen angel
I sat down with the super-sweet Jonathan. We talked about:
His involvement with the film
His real-life character, Michael Lang
The Michael Lang vibe
Working with Ang Lee
Woodstock and Stonewall
From Focus Features:
Taking Woodstock is the new film from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee and its a trip!
Based on the memoirs of Elliot Tiber, the comedy stars Demetri Martin as Elliot, who inadvertently played a role in making 1969s Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the famed happening it was. Featuring a standout ensemble cast, and songs from a score of 60s musical icons including The Grateful Dead, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and Country Joe and the Fish plus a new recording of Freedom from Richie Havens Taking Woodstock is a joyous voyage to a moment in time when everything seemed possible.
Working as an interior designer in Greenwich Village, Elliot feels empowered by the gay rights movement. But he is also still staked to the family business a dumpy Catskills motel called the El Monaco that is being run into the ground by his overbearing parents, Jake and Sonia Teichberg (Henry Goodman and Imelda Staunton). In the summer of 1969, Elliot has to move back upstate to the El Monaco in order to help save the motel from being taken over by the bank.
Upon hearing that a planned music and arts festival has lost its permit from the neighboring town of Wallkill, NY, Elliot calls producer Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff) at Woodstock Ventures to offer his familys motel to the promoters and generate some much-needed business. Elliot also introduces Lang to his neighbor Max Yasgur (Eugene Levy), who operates a 600-acre dairy farm down the road. Soon the Woodstock staff is moving into the El Monaco and half a million people are on their way to Yasgurs farm for 3 days of Peace & Music in White Lake.
With a little help from his friends, including theater troupe leader Devon (Dan Fogler), recently returned Vietnam veteran Billy (Emile Hirsch), and cross-dressing ex-Marine Vilma (Liev Schreiber) and with a little opposition from townspeople, including Billys brother Dan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life and popular culture forever.
A Focus Features presentation of an Ang Lee Film. Taking Woodstock. Demetri Martin, Dan Fogler, Henry Goodman, Jonathan Groff, Eugene Levy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Imelda Staunton. With Emile Hirsch and Liev Schreiber. Casting by Avy Kaufman, C.S.A. Costume Designer, Joseph G. Aulisi. Music Supervisor, Joe Boyd. Music by Danny Elfman. Editor, Tim Squyres, A.C.E. Production Designer, David Gropman. Director of Photography, Eric Gautier, AFC. Based on the Book by Elliot Tiber with Tom Monte. Executive Producer, Michael Hausman. Produced by James Schamus, Ang Lee, Celia Costas. Screenplay by James Schamus. Directed by Ang Lee. A Focus Features Release.
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