The all-star cast and the filmmakers from the much-anticipated caper comedy "Ocean's Thirteen" will be crossing the country for major events leading up to the June 8th release of the film.
Combining film and philanthropy, two of the events will serve to benefit the aid group the International Rescue Committee for Not On Our Watch. Co-founded by producer Jerry Weintraub, and "Ocean's Thirteen" stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle, Not On Our Watch is a humanitarian organization whose initiative is to support existing Darfur relief efforts and to ensure the protection of civilians in that region.
The events kick off in Hollywood, where stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, and producer Jerry Weintraub, will make a strong "impression" at one of the town's most famous landmarks. Surrounded by cheering fans and friends, the four will have their hand and footprints immortalized in cement in the famed forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
On Monday night, Francis Ford Coppola screened his wife's new hour-long documentary (CODA: Thirty Years Later) which follows the filmmaker during production of his upcoming feature, Youth Without Youth. Cinematically, CODA is a far cry from Eleanor Coppola's last foray into behind-the-scenes documentary filmmaking, the Apocalypse Now on-set account Hearts of Darkness. CODA feels much more like a DVD extra, but still delivers some interesting perspectives into the world of Francis Ford Coppola's highly anticipated new film.
Based on the scenes shown in the documentary, we can gather that Youth Without Youth will be a dense and complicated epic. Based on a novella by Mircea Eliade, the film stars Tim Roth and Alexandra Maria Lara as lovers in what appears to be a rumination on time, love, and consciousness. We saw scenes about eternal youth, the Nazis, and Matt Damon. In short, Youth Without Youth seems like heady stuff to come (Sony Pictures Classics is due to release it later this year), all the more emphasized by Coppola's Q&A following the screening of CODA.
I was invited to a private screening the other night. The movie's called Margaret and it's directed by Kenny Lonergan, whose previous outing, You Can Count on Me, was nominated for two Oscars and won numerous other awards.
The post-production phase of Margaret has not been without its problems. To say that it has dragged on does a disservice to the procrastination industry. But there's a good movie in there, eager to be freed, and when release is finally achieved you should make a point of seeing it.
Most movie goers will be attracted to Matt Damon and Matthew Broderick, who make cameo appearances as a pair of idealistic high school teachers. But the real stars of the show are Anna Paquin (Rogue, from the X Men), as Lisa, a deeply dysfunctional teenager, and Allison Janney (CJ from the West Wing), who plays her mother.