Hillcoat on ‘The Road,’ Mortensen from Telluride, featurette

Posted by · 8:16 am · November 23rd, 2009

(Courtesy: MakingOf) And while we’re at it, with the film hitting limited release this weekend, it seems only apt to point you to my interview with Viggo Mortensen out of Telluride in September.  Give that a listen here or via the player below.  Check out a featurette on the film after the jump. [display_podcast]

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11/20 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:29 am · November 20th, 2009

• With his directorial debut “The Merry Gentleman” on the way, Michael Keaton gets a profile across the pond. [The Guardian] • Laura Almo sits down with “Up in the Air” editor Dana Glauberman. [Editors Guild Magazine] • “Avatar”‘s Sigourney Weaver remembers the days when James Cameron’s crews didn’t live in fear. [Vulture]

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Cormac McCarthy on adaptation and ‘The Road’

Posted by · 8:54 am · November 13th, 2009

As much as John Hillcoat’s filmization of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” didn’t work for me, I think it remains one title that could spring a surprise or two this awards season. Though the film has some high-profile detractors including Todd McCarthy and Roger Ebert, many have been profoundly affected by the film, while its prestigious […]

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9/14 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:49 am · September 14th, 2009

• Overture angles for the domestic rights to Antoine Fuqua’s “Brooklyn’s Finest,” perhaps giving a leg up to Ethan Hawke in the Best Actor race. [Variety] • Is Charles Darwin too controversial for American multiplexes? [CHUD] • Christopher Plummer at 80, busy as ever. [The Toronto Star]

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9/8 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:26 am · September 8th, 2009

• John Hillcoat and Joe Penhall already looking for life after “The Road.” [Variety] • The “Slumdog” kids set to star opposite Anthony Hopkins? [PR Inside] • Eugene Hernandez reports from the Telluride tribute to Viggo Mortensen. [indieWIRE]

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SHORT TAKE: “The Road” (**1/2)

Posted by · 7:54 am · September 3rd, 2009

Telluride Film Festival There is a moment maybe three quarters into John Hillcoat’s “The Road” when it becomes clear that atmosphere may have been preferred over characterization: Viggo Mortensen’s character — known simply as “The Man” in Cormac McCarthy’s original fiction and nameless here — sits by a fire, wary of a cataracts-ridden old-timer (Robert […]

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VENICE: ‘The Road,’ ‘Life During Wartime,’ ‘Great Directors’

Posted by · 7:27 am · September 3rd, 2009

Sorry to duck out there for the whole morning — a combination of wireless misbehavior and delayed screenings has played havoc with my planned writing time. As a festival, Venice has multiple charms, but smooth organization is not among them. This morning’s glitch-bedeviled  screening of Todd Solondz’s “Life During Wartime” is a case in point: […]

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Venice lineup includes ‘The Road,’ ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’

Posted by · 8:01 am · July 30th, 2009

(UPDATE: For whatever reason, my initial source failed to mention that George A. Romero’s latest zombie opus, “Survival of the Dead,” is also in competition.) In years past, the Venice Film Festival has unveiled several titles that went on to figure significantly in the awards season ahead — “Brokeback Mountain,”The Queen,” “Far From Heaven” and […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy

Posted by · 12:14 pm · May 14th, 2009

We’re working from the outside in on this one, folks. You may recall that Brian Kinsley offered a thorough examination of Joe Penhall’s “The Road” screenplay for this column back in September last year, which already addressed many of the challenges inherent in this particular adaptation. However, in keeping with Page to Screen’s return to […]

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Esquire calls ‘The Road’ the year’s ‘most important movie’

Posted by · 5:28 pm · May 12th, 2009

We’ve certainly waited a while to get any substantial word on “The Road,” not least since it got pushed back by an entire year to ease the pressure of post-production. John Hillcoat’s film screened in unfinished form late last year, provoking a scattering of commentary — the Film Experience’s Nathaniel Rogers offered some interesting thoughts, […]

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‘The Road’ gets a release date

Posted by · 10:47 pm · April 30th, 2009

John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” has been a big question mark for film-goers ever since it was yanked from the 2008 awards season.  I heard at the time (second hand) that the film was in disarray and needed to be “completely taken apart.”  Brian Kinsley, you may recall, reviewed the screenplay (essentially […]

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Visions of ‘The Road’

Posted by · 2:32 am · April 25th, 2009

Out there was the grey beach with the slow combers rolling dull and leaden and the distant sound of it. Like the desolation of some alien sea breaking on the shores of a world unheard of. Out on the tidal flats lay a tanker half careened. Beyond that the ocean vast and cold and shifting […]

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Nick Cave on film, music and committees

Posted by · 3:55 am · September 17th, 2008

I can’t think offhand of an upcoming film score that I’m more eager to hear than Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ work for “The Road.” Their dark, elegiac score for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” which wove together a panoply of Americana with a smattering of modern influences, was one […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “The Road” by Joe Penhall

Posted by · 12:26 pm · September 2nd, 2008

“You think I come from another world, don’t you? Filled with all these strange things you’ve never seen…Well I do, I guess.” Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” debuted last year to one of the biggest literary love fests in recent memory. From Oprah to Pulitzer, the author had one hell of a year, not to mention […]

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New images from ‘The Road’

Posted by · 9:42 am · August 7th, 2008

Our friends at Cinematical point us this morning to six new images from John Hillcoat’s “The Road,” debuting over at USA Today with a nice accompanying story from Scott Bowles. I didn’t realize Hillcoat was filming this in Pittsburgh, probably one of my favorite sleepy cities in the entire country.  Bowles quotes the director as […]

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‘The Road’ on page and screen

Posted by · 7:55 am · July 15th, 2008

This weekend I opened Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel “The Road.” For whatever reason –- fright perhaps -– I’d hadn’t read it before now despite accolades from critics and friends. In June, Guy Lodge wrote a thoughtful entry about Dennis Lehane and how his books have easily transitioned to the screen. He likened him to […]

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Could two potentially great film scores get the AMPAS shaft this year?

Posted by · 1:34 pm · May 26th, 2008

It’s a debate that never gets old regarding the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. When is it going to clean house regarding shady rules that seem to fly in the face of what the organization sets out to do each and every year: honor the best in cinematic achievement? […]

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Variety sizes up the competition…again

Posted by · 5:59 pm · April 2nd, 2008

It looks like they’re spinning their Oscar wheels again over at that other film awards haven of mine. I say “again” because Justin Chang put together a very thorough year-in-advance rundown not two months ago, which was already wading further out into the waters than you’d expect from the Hollywood trade. This week — actually […]

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