CinemAddicts Podcast Previews ‘Blade Runner 2049’ And ‘Wonderstruck’


October is upon us and the most highly anticipated film of the month is Blade Runner 2049. Already receiving stellar reviews, Blade Runner 2049 may be one of the rare movies that improves upon the iconic original. Directed by Arrival and Sicario filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, the feature marks the return of former LAPD blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). Ryan Gosling is simply known as K, the officer who’s searching for Deckard. Blade Runner 2049 opens nationwide October 6.

Critics darling Todd Haynes (Carol, Far from Heaven) is back with Wonderstruck, a storyline that follows the journey of two children living in different time periods. Julianne Moore, who previously worked with Haynes in Far From Heaven and Safe, reunites with Haynes in the feature that’s adapted by Brian Selznick’s book. Wonderstruck opens in limited release October 20.

Better Watch Out, the Harry Dean Stanton headlined Lucky, and Una (which features Carol actress Rooney Mara) are also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts. Take a listen below and feel free to comment!

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Todd Haynes Reaches “Ground Control” With ‘Wonderstruck’ Trailer

wonderstruck1Delving into the past is part of director Todd Haynes’ (Carol, Velvet Goldmine, I’m Not There) storytelling style, and he follows suit with his latest film Wonderstruck.

Penned by Brian Selznick (from his own bestselling novel), Wonderstruck is set in two time periods (1927 and 1977). After his mother’s (Michelle Williams) passing, Ben (Oakes Fegley) goes on a quest to find a father he has never known. Fifty years earlier, a child named Rose (Millicent Simmonds) goes searching for an actress (Julianne Moore) she admires.

It’s great to see Haynes and Moore reunite after their successful collaborations on Safe and Far From Heaven. The Wonderstruck trailer has a similar wistful tone to Haynes’ Citizen Kane-ish homage Velvet Goldmine, and the film has already received great word of mouth. Whether or not David Bowie approved of Velvet Goldmine, it’s a wonderful touch to have the seminal track “Space Oddity” in the trailer.

Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Wonderstruck hits theaters October 20th via Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions.

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Rooney Mara Receives A ‘Spotlight’ At Palm Springs International Film Festival


It’s been a great week for Carol, as the drama received five Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Actress (Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara), director (Todd Haynes) and score (Carter Burwell). Mara will also receive the Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for her work, and the gala takes place Saturday January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Rooney Mara’s nuanced portrayal of Manhattan shopgirl Therese Belivet opposite Cate Blanchett’s Carol Aird brings integrity and depth to this story of forbidden love set against the sexual mores of the 1950s,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzer. “For this brilliant performance, which adds yet another laurel to her diverse career, it is an honor to present Rooney Mara with the 2016 Spotlight Award.” Previous Spotlight honorees include Jessica Chastain, Julia Roberts, and Amy Adams.

Mara’s credits include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Trash, Side Effects, and The Social Network. The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs January 1-11.

Below is a sampling of Carol’s captivating soundtrack:

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Phyllis Nagy Talks ‘Carol’ & “Wonderful” Todd Haynes Collaboration


Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy’s collaboration with director Todd Haynes in Carol is, as the oft-used phrased goes, a match made in heaven. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, the 1950s set novel centers on a Manhattan store clerk (Rooney Mara) who is instantly bewitched by Carol (Cate Blanchett), a sophisticated, charming yet unhappily married woman. That instant connection between the two is that rarest of occurrences, and both attempt to hold onto that bond even though Carol’s familial obligations is of utmost importance.

Nagy’s writing and directing efforts for 2005’s Mrs. Harris was highly celebrated (the film garnered 12 Emmy nominations), but it still took Nagy years to see her adaptation of Highsmith’s work hit the screen. Since 1996, the scribe has collaborated with different filmmakers and actors, but when Haynes (Far From Heaven, Mildred Pierce) came on board the momentum swung in Nagy’s favor.

Nagy, who befriended Patricia Highsmith while on assignment, talked about her appreciation for the late author’s body of work. “Her books are quite singular in the annals of crime fiction, for lack of a better term,” said Nagy. “In that she examined issues of guilt and lack thereof, and it’s the same thing she does in The Price of Salt, but in a very different way. She uses the profound lack of guilt of both of those women, about who they are, or what their sexual choices are, to examine much larger issues in the society.”

In the audio below, Nagy talks about her “fortuitous” collaboration with director Todd Haynes:

Carol is now playing in select theaters.

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New To Blu: HBO Takes On A Classic With ‘Mildred Pierce’

mildredpierce_bluMaking its way to home video today, the five-part mini-series MILDRED PIERCE is a brilliant retelling of JAMES M. CAINE’S classic 1941 novel MILDRED PIERCE. Originally filmed in 1945 by MICHAEL CURTIZ, that film won a Best Actress Oscar for star JOAN CRAWFORD. This time around, it’s directed by TODD HAYNES (FAR FROM HEAVEN) from a script he co-wrote with JON RAYMOND and features a stellar cast that includes KATE WINSLET, GUY PEARCE, EVAN RACHEL WOOD, JAMES LeGROSS and MELISSA LEO. Telling the story of a Depression Era single mother’s slavish devotion to her insatiable (and ultimately sociopathic) daughter, this lush drama seems as relevant today as it was when written. During a press conference for the film’s original broadcast, WINSLET talked about her approach to this iconic role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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MILDRED PIERCE is available today on DVD and Blu-ray