Affleck, the guy behind "I'm Still Here," the supposed documentary chronicling Joaquin Phoenix's reinvention from actor to rapper, admitted that it's all not true! That's it's all just...performance art!
He got me fooled! But then again, we all kinda knew that right?
In an interview with the New York Times, Affleck came clean, saying "It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career.”
The article further said:
Virtually none of it was real. Not even the opening shots, supposedly of Mr. Phoenix and his siblings swimming in a water hole in Panama. That, Mr. Affleck said, was actually shot in Hawaii with actors, then run back and forth on top of an old videocassette recording of “Paris, Texas” to degrade the images.
And the only genuine thing in the film?
That was a snippet of a home movie that showed Mr. Phoenix and his very young siblings performing, Jackson Five style, on the streets of Los Angeles.
I'm interviewing Mr. Casey Affleck tomorrow morning, so we'll chastise him. And of course, I'll post our lovely interview right here on mannythemovieguy.com
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It's one of the most hottest properties at the Toronto International Film Festival and now, Lionsgate has acquired North American distribution rights to "Rabbit Hole" according to TheWrap.
Based on a Broadway play, the plot revolves around a happily married couple (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) whose lives turn tragic when their 4-year old son died in a traffic accident. Drama! But there's some redemptive qualities to the project, and the play is a tearjerker!
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch") and adapted for the big screen by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, Lionsgate is planning to provide a big Oscar campaign for the movie. And why not? Kidman is an Oscar winner and an Academy darling.
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This is melodrama at its finest! But then again, the source material was a 1941 James M. Cain novel of the same name, which became a 1945 Academy Award-winning film starring Joan Crawford. The actress won an Oscar that year, and Eve Arden (Best Supporting Actress), Ann Blyth (Best Supporting Actress), Ernest Haller (Best Cinematography, Black-and-White), and Ranald MacDougall (Best Screenplay) were all nominated. The film was nominated for Best Picture as well but lost to "The Lost Weekend."
The film is a you-go-girl kinda movie where Mildred Pierce Beragon, frustrated by her unemployed cheating husband, seek out to support herself and her children. But then, there's her ungrateful child named Veda which is played by Evan Rachel Wood -- I love her!
Winslet plays Mildred Pierce, and judging from the trailer, she's great, but I'm wondering how this material will play with this generation now. It'll be interesting to see what director Todd Haynes does with the source.
Here's the trailer:
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It's about the mob! Not surprising enough? When you hear the names Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese, and Robert De Niro mentioned, what kind of film do you imagine? Certainly not a "Transformers" film!
This one's called "The Irishman" based on the life and times of mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran which was featured in the book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Final Ride of Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt.
According to Deadline, Scorsese and De Niro have been working together on this project and they want both Pacino and Pesci. Steve Zaillian wrote the script.
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What's up with sing-along re-releases lately? Apparently, the "Grease" sing-along gave Paramount a little dough, now, Disney wants to sing the same tune for its animated musical feature "Beauty and the Beast."
Disney is teaming up with National CineMedia's Fathom for this HD 2D restoration of "Beauty."
So before the planned re-release of "Beauty and the Beast" in 3D (I know right? Disney is milking "Beauty" a lot!) in 2012, you can sing-along with Belle and the gang on Sept. 29 and/or Oct. 2. This is a limited release so check your local theaters. Or you can wait for the DVD version, but don't you want to see "Beauty and the Beast" on the big screen again?
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