After garnering widespread praise (and an Oscar nomination for screenwriting) for his 2000 directorial debut You Can Count on Me Kenneth Lonergan was in-demand. In September 2005 the writer/director began production on a follow-up feature: Margaret which touted Anna Paquin Matt Damon Mark Ruffalo Matthew Broderick Allison Janney as well as legendary filmmakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) as producers. The movie wrapped production in a few months time. The buzz was already growing.
Now six years later the movie is finally hitting theaters. So…what took so long?
The journey to this point hasn't been an easy one and it shows. If a film's shot footage is a block of granite and the editing process is the careful carving that turns it into a statuesque work of art Margaret feels like it was attacked by a blind man with a jackhammer. The film is a cinematic disaster a mishmash of shallow characters overwrought politics and sporadic tones. The story follows Lisa Coen (Paquin) a New York teenager who finds herself drowning in chaos after distracting a bus driver (Ruffalo) causing him to hit and kill a pedestrian (Janney). Initially Lisa tells the police it was all an accident but as time passes regret takes hold and the girl embarks on a mission to take down the man she now regards as a culprit. That's just the tip of the iceberg–along the way Lisa deals with everyday teen stuff: falling for her geometry teacher (Damon) combating her anxiety-ridden actress mother losing her virginity dabbling in drugs debating 9/11 and the Iraq War cultivating a relationship with her father in LA and more. There are about eight seasons of television stuffed into Margaret but even a two and a half hour run time can't make it all click.
For more on Margaret check out Indie Seen: Margaret the Long Lost Anna Paquin/Matt Damon Movie
Late-breaking Martin Scorsese news: He's gonna make a mob movie!
Martin Scorsese No, really.
We know it sounds like a stretch. We know you can't possibly imagine the director of "Goodfellas," "Casino" and "Mean Streets" making a mob movie, but here it is: According to today's Daily Variety, the filmmaker is developing a flick about a real-life World War II Marine who became a gangsta kingpin in Japan after the war. The project's to be based on the book "Tokyo Underworld" by Robert Whiting.
We love it when artists stretch.
DÉJÀ VU: Late-breaking Courtney Love news: She's gonna play a spunky grrrl-power heroine.
We know it sounds like a stretch. We know you can't possibly imagine the tough-talkin' frontwoman of alt-rock band Hole playing the tough-talkin' leader of a space expedition, but here it is: According to Variety, Love is the likely star of the planned horror/sci-fi flick, "John Carpenter's Ghost of Mars," to be directed by John Carpenter, but of course.
We love it when artists stretch.
DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN: Late-breaking Kevin Spacey news: He's gonna be in a big ol' prestige picture!
We know it sounds like a stretch. We know you possibly can't imagine the Oscar-nominated Serious Actor Guy of "American Beauty," "The Usual Suspects" and "L.A. Confidential" starring in yet another Serious Actor Guy movie, but here it is: According to (yes) Variety, Spacey is being pursued for "Shipping News," a romantic drama that once was going to star John Travolta, but isn't anymore.
Do we love it when artists stretch?
Nah, it makes us feel so inadequate.