And you thought your holidays were depressing
During last month's Toronto International Film Festival, attention was fixed on Steve McQueen's "Shame," a hardcore drama about a sex addict (Michael Fassbender) and his crumbling life, made all the more obvious by the sudden arrival of his equally as damaged sister (Carey Mulligan). The film was widely hailed, but many people wondered which studio would pick up a film with such tough subject matter (and such frank depictions of sex, coupled with copious nudity). Fox Searchlight didn't balk, however, and picked up the film for release in the middle of the festival. The studio has now announced the release date for the film.
Fox Searchlight will release "Shame" on December 2. Though the film is still without an official MPAA rating, reports out of Toronto held that the studio picked the film up with a couple of caveats - that they would place its release date in prime awards season territory in order to push Fassbender for an Oscar nom (done, with this release date set) and that they would not cut the film in any way (anyone who has seen it maintains that there is no way the film will get less than an NC-17 rating).
As of now, the December 2 release date has only two other films set to release in a limited capacity - "Outrage" and Cannes pick "We Need to Talk about Kevin." But the weekend before is crowded with a bevy of holiday fare, thanks to the long Thanksgiving weekend. Three family films will hit theaters that weekend - "Arthur Christmas," "Hugo," and "The Muppets." "Piranha 3DD" will also open over the holiday, along with two limited releases - "The Artist" and another Fassbender-starrer "A Dangerous Method." Suffice to say, there's nothing quite like "Shame" hitting theaters around its release date, and while it's a reportedly tough film, arthouse audiences are liable to seek it out.
Are you interested in seeing "Shame"?
The two survivors of the seventies talk about movies and the generosity of Quentin Tarantino
Pam Grier, the queen of what was not-always-affectionately known as "blaxploitation cinema" of the seventies, and Robert Forster, the intense, enigmatic almost star of the late sixties turned B-movie stalwart of the late seventies and eighties, had never worked together before Quentin Tarantino cast them in "Jackie Brown," but they came to the film with one thing in common: they were both talented actors with distinctive screen personalities who had become out of fashion with Hollywood. Tarantino revived the faltering career of one-time superstar John Travolta with "Pulp Fiction" and was determined to give the same boost to both Grier and Forster in his follow-up. With the Blu-ray debut of "Jackie Brown" (Lionsgate) this week, Videodrone spoke with both performers (by phone) about their early careers, making "Jackie Brown," working with Tarantino and, of course, what they've been watching.
As a side note, I don't believe I have ever interviewed two more gracious professionals in my life. Their appreciation of Tarantino, as both a director and a friend, is unbound.
Quentin Tarantino was a fan of your films. Were you a fan of his when you were cast?
Grier: Very much so. He had established himself as a filmmaker of really raw or true grit when you saw "Reservoir Dogs" and he paid homage to me in that. Everyone said, "Do you know you’re mentioned in the Quentin Tarantino movie?" And I said, "Yes, and I fell out of my chair." And I love his work. And then when he did "Pulp Fiction"… I had met with him, we had talked about a role and it wasn't going to work out, the same way with Robert Forster, so he said, "We're going to work together."
Forster: Well, sure. This guy made great movies. I had auditioned for one of his movies, for "Reservoir Dogs." I thought I was going to get it until I realized that he had dedicated the film to the guy to did the part that I wanted, Lawrence Tierney. So it came as a big surprise when I walked out of that audition thinking that I had just hit it out of the park, and then Quentin comes out after me and says, "Look, this isn't going to work. I'm going to give this part to the guy I dedicated the script to, but I won't forget you."
Whet your appetite for tomorrow's trailer debut, only on MSN Movies
Exciting news for anyone who has mourned the passing of the long-running 'Shrek' series: Dreamwork's 'Puss In Boots' arrives in theaters on Nov. 4. Along with the typical bevy of Far Far Away puns and the sultry voice of Nasonex spokes-bee Antonio Banderas, 'Puss In Boots' will feature Salma Hayek as Kitty Softpaws and the purr-fectly cast Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty. Additional voices include the always brilliant Amy Sedaris and the occasionally brilliant Billy Bob Thornton.
Excited? Let's us know in the comments section below. Check out the final poster for the film (below), and go to http://movies.msn.com/ tomorrow to see the debut of the final trailer for 'Puss In Boots.'