‘Tinker, Tailor’ joins the December club

Posted by · 11:06 am · August 29th, 2011

American viewers already frustrated about waiting two months longer than the Brits to lay eyes on Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” — welcome to our world, guys — won’t be pleased by Pete Hammond’s revelation in a recent column that the wait has been extended by three weeks. Yes, Focus Features has pushed the […]

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‘Beginners’: Plummer’s late Oscar vehicle?

Posted by · 1:17 pm · June 9th, 2011

We may be almost halfway through the 2011 release schedule, and as usual, there’s been little in the theaters to trouble the Oscar-minded obsessives among us. That’s not to say the last six months have wanted for deserving work — in a perfect world, one where all good films are created equal, “Certified Copy” star […]

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‘Jane Eyre’ trailer

Posted by · 4:21 pm · November 9th, 2010

Hot on the heels of the lovely poster unveiled yesterday, we now have a trailer for Focus Features’ spring release “Jane Eyre.” The assembly of the trailer is a touch overegged, though I’m reserving judgment — at the very least, cinematographer Adriano Goldman seems to be having the same fun with light and weather that […]

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‘Jane Eyre’ poster

Posted by · 11:59 am · November 8th, 2010

Memo to the folks handling “The King’s Speech” at TWC: this is how you rustle up a poster for a period prestige pic. Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” — the first since Franco Zeffirelli’s Charlotte Gainsbourg-starring attempt in 1996 — is one of my most curiously awaited films of 2011. The novel, […]

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Hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Really?

Posted by · 5:22 pm · September 7th, 2010

I never did put up a “What did you think of ‘The American?’” post last week but I am very interested what readers thought.  Of course, the film won the box office this weekend, which should be seen as a major victory for Focus Features marketing.  This was a film that needed to go out […]

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‘The Kids Are All Right’ trailer

Posted by · 1:10 am · April 9th, 2010

As you know, I’m a big fan of this Focus summer release, which puts a neat mainstream spin on progressive sexual politics, and boasts Julianne Moore’s best performance in eight years to boot. It’s interesting (and, I think, appropriate) to see this trailer putting the film’s comedic properties front-and-center rather than going for the highbrow […]

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Anton Corbijn blogs ‘The American’

Posted by · 12:40 am · March 17th, 2010

If only for the names involved, Focus Features’ thriller “The American” is one of my more anticipated films of 2010 — George Clooney stars, Rowan Joffe (who had a hand in my best-of-decade contender “Last Resort,” and also has “Brighton Rock” coming up this year) writes and, best of all, Anton Corbijn directs. Corbijn’s 2007 […]

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‘Serious’ wheels

Posted by · 5:39 pm · February 23rd, 2010

How much do you love “A Serious Man?” Alternatively, how much do you love vintage American automobiles? If the answer to either or both of those questions is “a lot” — and if you have some cash to spare — you might want to take part in Focus Features’ charity auction of the rather awesome […]

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REVIEW: “The Kids Are All Right” (***1/2)

Posted by · 11:04 am · February 17th, 2010

Berlin International Film Festival A spry, sun-bleached and often rather sexy study of what makes a family in modern America, “The Kids Are All Right” breezes by so pleasurably it’s easy to forget what a daring and very necessary film it is. Gift-wrapping its smart sexual politics with kicky dialogue, bright visuals and a pleasingly […]

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The year in FYCs

Posted by · 4:39 pm · January 27th, 2010

One of the best parts of the film awards season, for me, has always been the print advertising artwork of “For Your Consideration” ads in trade publications.  They feature a studio advertising department’s best foot forward on creatively reaching the AMPAS audience and generally make for some striking imagery. Though I have to say, I […]

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Mendes and Oprah unite on ‘Netherland’

Posted by · 4:55 pm · September 17th, 2009

I’m glad Sam Mendes seems determined to up the languid one-film-every-three-years work rate he started out with, even if I think “Away We Go” would have benefitted from having a bit more time (and a lot more rewrites) lavished on it. He’s not the first director I thought of to helm an adaptation of Joseph […]

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‘A Serious Man’ gets a serious poster

Posted by · 3:58 pm · August 7th, 2009

And, in its deliberately, obtusely mundane glory, it’s as starkly unsettling as the terrific trailer we saw last week. I absolutely love the marketing approach Focus have taken with this one, giving away as little as humanly possible. In fact, the film seems to get more tauntingly unreadable the closer we get to it. Is […]

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‘A Serious Man’ trailer

Posted by · 8:52 am · July 30th, 2009

It’s seldom these days that you get a trailer constructed with such care and wit — this does a bang-up job of sharply conveying tone and essence, while leaving the gift-wrap on the plot for a change. As for the film, I’m sensing a hybrid of the sober bleakness and self-reflexive zaniness that (respectively) characterized […]

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COMIC-CON: Acker, Bekmambetov and Burton showcase ‘9’

Posted by · 4:11 pm · July 24th, 2009

Focus Features rolled out an extended clip of Shane Acker’s “9” a few moments ago to adulating fans who seemed more eager to ask producer Tim Burton a slew of peripheral questions and offer the usual “you’re an inspiration” sentiments to the macabre-obsessed director.  So it goes at Comic-Con. But on the issue at hand, […]

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Got blood?

Posted by · 1:04 pm · July 14th, 2009

When a milkshake arrived on my doorstep two years ago, that was one thing.  But shipping me a pouch of O positive to herald the forthcoming vampire flick “Thirst” from director Park Chan-Wook?  That’s crossing the line. Okay, I’m only kidding.  It’s fruit punch or something, with a straw.  But it’s a pretty nifty swag […]

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Could Focus be priming ‘Boat’ for Oscar?

Posted by · 11:56 pm · June 26th, 2009

Variety’s Pamela McClintock and Ali Jafaar are reporting tonight that Focus Features will distribute Richard Curtis’s “The Boat That Rocked,” rather than parent Universal, and instead of the originally planned August 28 release date, the studio has pushed it to November, right in the middle of the Oscar season. The article notes the fact that […]

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Mendes hiccup

Posted by · 12:04 pm · May 23rd, 2009

I’ve been on board for most every Sam Mendes film since the director made his heralded debut in 1999.  Even “Jarhead,” which was a big disappointment, had a lot of interesting ideas concerning the alienation of war and its effects on soldiers. I still think  last year’s “Revolutionary Road” (DVD coverage from John here) was […]

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Focus backs Mike Leigh’s latest

Posted by · 4:15 pm · April 30th, 2009

Here’s something to brighten the day. It would seem that a new Mike Leigh joint (sorry, I couldn’t resist) is on its way sooner rather than later — great news considering the four-year gap between “Vera Drake” and “Happy-Go-Lucky.” Screen International reports that Focus Features International has secured worldwide rights to the still-untitled project, and […]

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