Anyone who remembers the 1990 indie comedy/drama Metropolitan can recall the dry humor and charm that began writer-director Whit Stillman's storied, yet not very prolific, career. Metropolitan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, and his following two movies — 1994's Barcelona and 1998's The Last Days of Disco — seemed to herald that Stillman was going to continue to be one of the more intelligent independent filmmakers for years to come. However, Stillman's latest movie, Damsels in Distress, is his first in 14 years.
Making its debut last September at the Venice Film Festival to good reviews, Damsels in Distress continues right where Stillman left off in The Last Days of Disco, yet again targeting the "urban haute bourgeoisie" (to borrow a phrase from Metropolitan). The movie follows three young women at an East Coast university (Greta Gerwig, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Carrie MacLemore) who take a transfer student (Analeigh Tipton) under their wings as they become involved in a series of romantic entanglements.
Sony Pictures Classics picked up the distribution rights last March and have released the first trailer in anticipation of April's limited release. watch the trailer >> Posted 02.14.12 by Ryan
The 1981 comedy Arthur starred Dudley Moore in an iconic role as a charmingly drunken heir to a billion-dollar fortune as long as he marries the woman (Jill Eikenberry) his family has chosen for him. Unfortunately for his family's plans, Moore falls for a waitress (Liza Minnelli) instead.
The movie earned Moore an Oscar nomination and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for John Gielgud, who played Moore's butler, and surrogate parent, Hobson. The upcoming Arthur remake has British comedian Russell Brand stepping in for Moore, Oscar-winner Helen Mirren replacing Gielgud, Jennifer Garner in place of Eikenberry, and Greta Gerwig replacing Minnelli.
While Brand has previously maintained that his Arthur will be distinct from the original, particularly for its more "sophisticated approach to the problems of alcoholism" and the fact that it will "look [at] what's [currently] happening economically."
That said, three recently released clips seem to be very much in the spirit of the original. watch the clips >> Posted 03.28.11 by Ryan
The first trailer for the upcoming comedy Arthur debuted last month, and already there's a new trailer depicting British comedian Russell Brand as spoiled billionaire Arthur Bach, who is being forced to marry a woman he doesn't love (Jennifer Garner).
A remake of the 1981 classic starring Dudley Moore, the remake has Helen Mirren in the John Gielgud role of Arthur's caretaker, and Greta Gerwig (Greenberg) in the Liza Minnelli role of Arthur's love interest. Almost ignored in the previous trailer, Gerwig's character plays a more significant part in the latest trailer. Watch the trailer >> Posted 03.03.11 by Ryan