With The Day the Clown Cried (1972), the film Jerry Lewis won’t allow anyone but a very select few to see, back in the news, Entertainment Weekly‘s Chris Nashawaty has decided to brush off a 2009 conversation he had with Lewis in which, after chatting for two hours and warming up to his interviewer, Lewis allowed Nashawaty to ask ten questions about the film. “I’ve never done this before, I’d like to see what I come up with. Don’t f— this up, Chris!” Of course what follows has its comic moments, but Lewis is clearly deeply emotionally invested in this film and still frustrated that he wasn’t able to complete it as he’d intended.
“How do you relate to Pasolini spiritually and politically?” asks Adam Cook in the Notebook. Abel Ferrara: “Marxist-Catholic, he was against birth control, he was chickenhawking guys and living with his mother. Walking contradiction. When you make a film like this you hold back until you’re there. You don’t make a last commitment on entering his soul until you’re shooting. We’re gonna find out.”
Steven Boone and Odie Henderson‘s discussion of Lee Daniels’ The Butler at Big Media Vandalism is one of those must-reads from which it’s simply impossible to snip one great line without doing a disservice to dozens of others. But please, do go, read, and enjoy. Meantime, Ray Pride‘s interviewed Daniels for MCN.
Via David Ehrlich at Film.com: “Rather than submit to the standard EPK garbage, [director David] Lowery invited brothers Bill and Turner Ross—the extraordinary documentary team responsible for Tchoupitoulas and 45365—to chronicle day-to-day life on set
“I’ve been a film critic for over twenty years, and a film and TV critic simultaneously for fifteen,” writes Matt Zoller Seitz for New York. “I have never seen anything as innovative and thrilling as what a lot of my TV critic colleagues have been doing since the mid-aughts.”
“Are we truly seeing the ascent of a new classification of culture?” In the New York Times Magazine, A.O. Scott, Stephanie Zacharek, and Adam Sternbergh discuss “strained pulp.”
“Within a generation, the very idea of digitally shot movies transferred onto film will feel like the byproduct of a transitional era,” writes Ben Sachs in the Chicago Reader. “I predict that [David Fincher’s] Zodiac , like Godard‘s In Praise of Love (2001), will be seen as one of the works that took full advantage of the transition to create textures unlike anything movies offered before or after.”
“What is the fuss about Grace Kelly?” asks Geoffrey Macnab in the Independent.
In other news. The Venice Film Festival‘s announced that Ettore Scola is the recipient of this year’s Jaeger-leCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award, “dedicated to a personality who has brought major innovation to contemporary cinema.” And Andrzej Wajda has been awarded the 2013 Persol prize, “which intends to celebrate a legend of international cinema.”
From David Lynch’s son, Austin: “Gray House is an exploration of domestic space that frames a conversation about nature, identity, consumerism and progress”
“The 2013 Austin Film Festival had announced its first slate of titles, in addition to retrospectives hosted by the likes of Jonathan Demme, Vince Gilligan and others.” Nigel M. Smith reports for Indiewire. October 24 through 31.
On August 3, Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky (1986) was broadcast on Japanese television and, at a crucial moment in the film, a “new world record for tweets per second was set at 143,199.” Rebecca J. Rosen has details at the Atlantic.
New York. Anthology’s That’s Sexploitation! series kicks off today with Frank Henenlotter’s doc of the same name. “Oh, for the days before anything-goes hardcore eclipsed the innocent, clumsy lust of nudie pictures!” exclaims John DeFore in his review for the Hollywood Reporter.
San Francisco. Tomorrow evening, “Alley Cat Books and Gallery inaugurates Cat’s Eye, a monthly movie series, with Digital Daydreams: New Motion Pictures by Mike Kuchar, featuring Mike Kuchar in person.”
Toronto. Rebel Yell: A New Generation of Turkish Women Filmmakers opens tomorrow, and writing for Artforum, Jason Anderson calls the week-long TIFF series “a timely one. Whereas recent international retrospectives on directors such as Yilmaz Güney have alerted more viewers to the rich history of Turkish cinema, relatively little attention has been paid to the growing presence and importance of women in a film culture where they’d been virtually invisible…. None of the women to emerge since the New Turkish Cinema wave of independent filmmakers in the ’90s have attained the festival-mainstay status of peers like Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Fatih Akin, a tendency that [programmer Rasha] Salti clearly seeks to correct.”
The first full-blown trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, written by Cormac McCarthy and featuring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt
In the works. Daniel Brühl, Bruno Ganz, Brady Corbet, and Tom Sturridge have joined Juliette Binoche, Chloe Moretz, and Kristen Stewart in Olivier Assayas‘s first feature in English, Sils Maria. Production begins this week, reports the Playlist‘s Kevin Jagernauth.
Naomi Kawase will soon begin shooting Still the Water, reports Elsa Keslassy for Variety: “Taking place during the full-moon night of traditional dances in August and set on the Japanese island of Amami-Oshima, the drama centers on a 14-year old boy who finds a dead body floating in the sea. The young man enlists the help of his girlfriend to solve the mystery.”
Clint Eastwood will replace Steven Spielberg as director of American Sniper, “a bio-pic set to star Bradley Cooper as real life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle,” reports Twitch‘s Todd Brown. “Will Bradley Cooper stay on as the lead?”
Idris Elba will co-produce and star in Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s novel Beasts of No Nation, reports Deadline‘s Mike Fleming Jr.
Marion Cotillard is replacing Natalie Portman as Lady Macbeth in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth with Michael Fassbender, reports Screen‘s Michael Rosser.
“Principal photography on Paul Thomas Anderson’s seventh motion picture, Inherent Vice, has officially come to a close,” reports Bryan Tap at Cigarettes & Red Vines.
“Escape From Tomorrow, the unauthorized independent film shot guerrilla-style at Disney theme parks, is headed to movie theaters and TV sets, resolving a long-running question about the commercial status of one of the year’s most provocative movies.” Steven Zeitchik reports for the Los Angeles Times.
Peter Landesman’s Parkland, set to debut in Venice, features Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Jacki Weaver, Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Bob Thornton, and Marcia Gay Harden
Obit. “Ted Post, who directed numerous early TV shows as well as Clint Eastwood Western features Hang ‘em High and Magnum Force, died Tuesday in Santa Monica,” reports Variety. “He was 95.”