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Reply #270 on: June 06, 2012, 04:13:20 PM
David Gordon Green, Paul Rudd & Emile Hirsch Shoot Secret 'Prince Avalanche'; A Remake Of Icelandic Film 'Either Way'
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Surprise! David Gordon Green just shot a new movie on the sly, and it's one that has some unlikely origins.

Details are still being firmed up, but here's what is known thus far. The folks over at Twitch reveal that Green rounded up Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch for the film that shot last month in Austin, and is a remake of Icelandic filmmaker Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurđsson's "Either Way" ("Á annan veg"). In that film, the story is set in the '80s and follows two highway maintenance men who work together in the barren wilderness and chronicles their evolving friendship. And we presume with the slender cast and Texas location, Green hasn't strayed too much from the source.

Variety adds that Green's film is titled "Prince Avalanche" and that's about all for details. For fans bemoaning the director's turn to the mainstream in recent years, this seems to be balanced with bigger stars on board for a smaller scale movie. No word on where or when we might see it -- filming has just wrapped -- but could this effort make it's way to the festival season this fall? We shall see.
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Reply #271 on: September 07, 2012, 02:05:59 PM
Toronto 2012: Nicolas Cage to Star in David Gordon Green's 'Joe'
Worldview Entertainment is financing and producing the gritty Southern drama.
Source: THR

TORONTO -- Nicolas Cage is set to star in David Gordon Green's Joe, based on Larry Brown's novel.

New financing and production company Worldview Entertainment -- which has a major presence at this year's Toronto Film Festival -- is backing the gritty Southern drama. Gary Hawkins is adapting for the big screen.

London-based WestEnd Films is handling international sales and shopping the project to foreign buyers gathered in Toronto for the festival. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for Joe, is handling domestic rights.

Joe tells the story of an ex-con who becomes the unlikeliest of role models to 15-year-old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a drunk, worthless father. Together they try to find a path to redemption and the hope for a better life in the rugged, dirty world of small town Mississippi.

"When Larry Brown wrote the novel Joe, he instantly created an iconic character of contemporary Southern literature," Gordon Green said. "It is with great excitement that I've been able to work with Nicolas Cage to design an absolute and unexpected performance piece that is woven from the darkness, beauty, humor and environment of this material."
 
Added Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow: “Joe is an elevated and unapologetic drama that has great potential creatively and commercially. David and Nic are the perfect team to put this on the big screen, and we look forward to sharing in their success.”
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Reply #272 on: September 07, 2012, 09:51:28 PM
dude this is awesome.

not enough people know the work of the late larry brown. love his story -- hard working class man from the south decides to take a crack at writing, with many efforts and failed attempt finds his success a bit late in life only to leave the world way too soon. there's a great doc about him called THE ROUGH SOUTH OF LARRY BROWN, DGG was involved with pieces of it. find it for some great great inspiration. .

love joe, it's his best. never in a million years pictured nic cage yet he's PERFECT casting.



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Reply #273 on: May 07, 2013, 03:35:42 PM
55-Minute Talk With David Gordon Green About The Future Of Film
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“Prince Avalanche” director David Gordon Green is considered a “genre jumper”; or at least that’s how moderator Chris Hardwick describes him during an interview with the director during Tribeca’s Future of Film series. Then again, the moniker is apropos if you take a look at Green’s oeuvre, which includes comedy (“Pineapple Express“), medieval fantasy (“Your Highness“), and serious drama (“Snow Angels“). 

In the fifty-five minute interview below Green discusses his work, up to and including “Prince Avalanche,” how the film business shapes what he does, and the various ways in which he tries to transcend genre. The most interesting discussion details why Green jumps from both the big and small screen (which he also explained here); it’s a method, he explains, that “takes the pressure off” and allows you to tell the studios where to shove it. It’s a serious juggling act that has paid off for Green, as he defies expectations and just does what he wants to do. 

Green has a laid-back manner of speaking and doesn’t take himself seriously at all. Raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Green starts things off by saying that, "where you're from informs what you're into." From there he goes on to explore and analyze the filmmaking business, and shows how a small-town boy can create the type of movies he enjoys.

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Reply #274 on: May 14, 2013, 06:33:41 AM
Al Pacino Set For David Gordon Green’s ‘Manglehorn’; Worldview Funding
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Deadline’s Mike Fleming revealed on May 1 that Worldview Entertainment would finance and produce David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn with an offer going out to Al Pacino for the lead role. Pacino has now signed to play A.J. Manglehorn, an aging, ordinary guy in a small town who’s more than meets the eye. Here’s the official release on the title that’s likely to be a hot seller in Cannes:

May 14, 2013 (Cannes)—Academy Award winner Al Pacino has signed on to star in David Gordon Green’s drama, “Manglehorn,” financed and produced by Worldview Entertainment. Pacino will play the lead character of A.J. Manglehorn from a screenplay written by Paul Logan, based on an original story by Green and Logan. This is Worldview’s second collaboration with Green and his production team, following the drama, “Joe,” starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage. Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow, and COO, Molly Conners, will produce alongside Lisa Muskat and Green. Worldview’s Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich and Hoyt David Morgan will executive produce alongside Todd Labrowski, Brad Coolidge and Melissa Coolidge for Dreambridge Films, which is making an investment in the film. Jody Hill and Danny McBride will executive produce for Rough House.

“Manglehorn” is the story of an eccentric man who tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in the early fall in Los Angeles. London-based WestEnd Films will handle international sales and introduce the film to foreign buyers this week in Cannes while CAA, who arranged financing for the film, is repping domestic rights.

“Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors of his generation and we are thrilled to have him sign on as we head to Cannes,” said Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow.

Pacino is represented by CAA and Rick Nicita.

“Manglehorn” joins Worldview’s 2013 slate, which includes two studio co-financing deals: Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s comedy, “Birdman,” with Fox Searchlight and New Regency, starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, which is currently filming in New York City; and Daniel Espinosa’s crime thriller, “Child 44,” with Summit/Lionsgate, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman and Joel Kinnaman, which is set to begin filming next month in Prague.

Worldview’s 2012 slate included three films making their world premieres here in Cannes: James Gray’s period drama, “The Immigrant,” starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard and Academy Award nominees Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, which is screening in competition and will be released by The Weinstein Company; Arnaud Desplechin’s drama, “Jimmy P.,” starring Benicio Del Toro, which is also screening in competition; and Guillaume Canet’s crime thriller, “Blood Ties,” starring Academy Award nominee Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and Academy Award nominee James Caan.

Worldview also has several completed films, which will premiere later this year including Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan’s crime thriller, “Devil’s Knot,” starring Academy Award winners Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon; David Gordon Green’s drama, “Joe,” starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage; Eli Roth’s highly anticipated return to directing with the horror thriller, “The Green Inferno;” and Ti West’s horror thriller, “The Sacrament,” presented and produced by Roth.
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Reply #275 on: August 02, 2013, 04:15:59 AM
David Gordon Green talks about his career.



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Reply #276 on: August 02, 2013, 05:03:30 PM
David Gordon Green talks about his career.

Gimme the short version, at what point does he start smoking that plant behind him?
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Reply #277 on: August 02, 2013, 09:50:42 PM
I would say right around 2007.
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Reply #278 on: September 06, 2013, 05:27:32 PM
Director Harmony Korine, Holly Hunter & Chris Messina Join Al Pacino in David Gordon Green's ‘Manglehorn’
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"Manglehorn" is probably some kind of variation on the nickname some critics may have given to filmmaker David Gordon Green's career. Green started out an adored indie darling in the vein of Terrence Malick (who would produce Green's third feature "Undertow" based on Malick's story), but three absurdist studio comedies in a row ("Pineapple Express," "Your Highness," and "Sitter") made him harder to pin down and it confused many pundits expecting a linear, not chaotic progression.

But almost from day one Green's been saying that his models were chameleons like Gus Vant Sant (who shot still photography on "Undertow") and Steven Soderbergh (who would have produced Green's version of "A Confederacy Of Dunces” had it not fallen victim to studio politics and legalities). So you really never know what he's going to do next.

While a "classy and graceful" horror remake of "Suspriria" is still up in the air, the director has moved elsewhere with the shaggy dog existential comedy "Prince Avalanche" and the dark thriller "Joe" which screened at the Venice Film Festival just recently (read our review here).

Green's newest track seems to be grabbing big name stars and putting them to work in smaller-scale movies. Nicolas Cage starred in "Joe" and for Green's upcoming film, "Manglehorn," he's scored Al Pacino as the lead. Three more actors were announced today for what is turning out to be a super eclectic cast. They are "Spring Breakers" director and enfante terrible Harmony Korine (who did a small cameo in Chan-wook Park's "Stoker" earlier this year), Holly Hunter who is coming off a terrific run in Jane Campion's awesome mini-series "Top Of The Lake" and indie actor Chris Messina ("Greenberg"). The Korine role in the movie is perhaps not that strange. In a recent DP/30 interview (which you can see below) Green called Korine's "Gummo" one of the key influential movies that made him believe he could also direct his own stories.

Written by Green and Paul Logan (evidently a set-intern on "Prince Avalanche") all we know about "Manglehorn" is that it's about "an eccentric man who tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life."


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Reply #279 on: September 06, 2013, 06:05:15 PM
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"Manglehorn" is probably some kind of variation on the nickname some critics may have given to filmmaker David Gordon Green's career.

Haha, what?
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Reply #280 on: September 06, 2013, 11:32:47 PM
Playlist are a buncha haters.
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Reply #281 on: September 06, 2013, 11:36:37 PM
That was the most manglehorned first sentence of an article I've ever read.
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Reply #282 on: September 11, 2013, 02:10:40 PM
DGG and Nic Cage go into great details about their process working on "Joe".

Interesting details about how DGG gets the actors to share personal stories that get woven into the film and Nic Cage coins the term "western kabuki" for his over-the-top performances and shares a fantastic anecdote about where he drew his anger from during the Bad Lieutenant-shoot.





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Reply #283 on: September 12, 2013, 02:35:53 AM
Not really any spoilers in it, you should really watch it.

DGG and Nic Cage go into great details about their process working on "Joe".

Interesting details about how DGG gets the actors to share personal stories that get woven into the film and Nic Cage coins the term "western kabuki" for his over-the-top performances and shares a fantastic anecdote about where he drew his anger from during the Bad Lieutenant-shoot.


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Reply #284 on: October 09, 2013, 09:59:45 AM
Saw it at tiff, i liked it though didn't love it. performances are great, though i was hoping for some oldschool DGG abstraction.
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