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Noah Baumbach Tells All: 7 Things We Learned About His Craft During a Candid Tribeca Talk

Noah Baumbach Tells All: 7 Things We Learned About His Craft During a Candid Tribeca Talk
The Tribeca Film Festival has long boasted hot-ticket events under their “Tribeca Talks” banner, and last night’s hour-long discussion between filmmaker Noah Baumbach and his newly-minted star Dustin Hoffman (who leads the star-studded cast of Baumbach’s next film, the Cannes competitor “The Meyerowitz Stories”) was another insightful entry into one of their best series.

The pair took the stage at New York City’s own Bmcc Tribeca Performing Arts Center to chat about Baumbach’s life and work, and the surprising ways in which he’s changed and evolved as a filmmaker during his two-decade-long career. Her are the best bits (not including a small, but hilarious aside about how Baumbach initially bonded with fellow filmmaker Wes Anderson because they had the same notebook, the kind of detail even those two couldn’t make up).

Read More: Netflix Picks Up Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Starring Ben Stiller
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Ranking The Films of Director Noah Baumbach

Witty, insightful and unapologetically New York, are just a few ways writer-director Noah Baumbach has been described. Born and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Baumbach made his writing and directing debut with Kicking and Screaming, immediately drawing comparisons to both Woody Allen and Whit Stillman. Through his seminal film, he’s received an Academy Award nomination for his original screenplay The Squid and the Whale, and garnered critical acclaim for Margot at the Wedding and his recent black-and-white salute to the French New Wave, Frances Ha. We here at Sound On Sight are huge fans of the filmmaker, so we decided to rank his films from favourite to least favourite. Here are the results.

Note: Since only one writer voted for Highball, we’ve decided to not include a capsule review.

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6: Mr. Jealousy

After a debut Kicking and Screaming that was insightful, moving, and endlessly witty, Baumbach’s second
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James Franco, Cate Blanchett Exit ‘While We’re Young’

Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, James Franco and Cate Blanchett were previously lined up for Noah Baumbach next project While We’re Young. Unpredicted scheduling issues prevented Gerwig from committing, and Just Jared reports that Franco and Blanchett have quit too.

Filming on “While We’re Young” was set to begin in New York in June, but Franco will be busy due to the scheduling clash with Sam Raimi’s Oz, the Great and Powerful in which he stars. Blanchett’s motivation is not specified, she pulled out after Franco’s departure but it possible has something to do with the production of The Hobbit, which starts filming later this month.

Comedian-actor Ben Stiller is still attached to the project and this isn’t the first time Baumbach has had in a hurry to complete cast list; “Greenberg” was originally set to star Mark Ruffalo and Amy Adams before Stiller and Greta Gerwig took the roles.
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James Franco and Cate Blanchett Drop Out of ‘While We’re Young’

There is still time to find the replacements. JustJared.com reported actors James Franco and Cate Blanchett dropped out of “While We’re Young” film before it starts filming in mid-June in New York City. Franco dropped out due to the scheduling conflict with Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” in which he plays the lead role. Blanchett pulled out of the project after Franco’s departure, but it is not known for what reason. Maybe it has something to do with the production of “The Hobbit” films? Comedian-actor Ben Stiller is still attached to the project despite these departures. The film is about a free-spirited Booklynite twenty-something couple who inspires an uptight documentarian and his wife to loosen up – with comedic consequences. Director Noah Baumbach will helm the project. Baumbach and Stiller worked together previously in “Greenberg.” Baumbach has a unique comedic approach towards his movies. The
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James Franco and Cate Blanchett Drops Out of ‘While We’re Young’

There is still time to find the replacements. JustJared.com reported actors James Franco and Cate Blanchett dropped out of “While We’re Young” film before it starts filming in mid-June in New York City. Franco dropped out due to the scheduling conflict with Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” in which he plays the lead role. Blanchett pulled out of the project after Franco’s departure, but it is not known for what reason. Maybe it has something to do with the production of “The Hobbit” films? Comedian-actor Ben Stiller is still attached to the project despite these departures. The film is about a free-spirited Booklynite twenty-something couple who inspires an uptight documentarian and his wife to loosen up – with comedic consequences. Director Noah Baumbach will helm the project. Baumbach and Stiller worked together previously in “Greenberg.” Baumbach has a unique comedic approach towards his movies. The
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Podcast: Roger and Julie Corman

Even if you've never touched a movie camera, you probably have an idea just how idealistic and laborious a task it is to make an independent film today, let alone trying to get it distributed, exhibited or pretty much seen by anyone who didn't hold a boom or finance the damn thing. So it's baffling why, in an economy staying cozy in its slump, more indie hopefuls aren't modeling their methods after those of low-budget filmmaking titan Roger Corman.

Sometimes collaborating with his wife Julie (the former Chair of Nyu's Graduate Film Department), Corman has milked exploitation thrills in just about every genre imaginable. He helped launch the early careers of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, John Sayles, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Towne, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante, Robert De Niro and countless more. A sample of his discipline: In 1965, he made Monte Hellman stretch his budget for one western (The Shooting) to afford another,
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The Alamo Guide for March 10th

The Alamo Guide

for March 11th, 2010

Oh, SXSW… it’s a rocky relationship, you and I. We have a lot of fun together, you give me free booze and barbeque, keep me out way past my bedtime, get me home safely (most of the time), and then you take me out the next day. Then, near the end of the week, we start fighting. “I’m tired!” I say. “I don’t want your free tacos!” I say (and then eat three anyway). “My stomach has been f-ed up for Days, I don’t want your Southern Comfort!” and then two days later you’re gone. SXSW does this to all of us. It keeps the Alamo Ritz so busy that we have to nix all specialty programming for a week so we can show new movies, so keep that in mind this week.

S. Lamar (a few screens anyway
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The Howling To Be Reborn

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Variety has reported that Joe Dante’s 1981 werewolf classic The Howling is getting a Hollywood makeover.

Producers Joel Kastelberg (Highball) and Etchie Stroh (The Promise) want to reboot the franchise as The Howling: Reborn. Taking on both writing and directing duties will be former studio marketing executive Joe Nimziki, who will be making his feature length film debut with this project.

The original film spawned six terrible sequels released from 1985 to 1995, which were never meant to be anything more than a long, drawn-out attempt to cash in on the original cult classic. Some may argue that this is exactly why the series should be rebooted, but in my opinion remakes hardly ever surpass the original, and in an era of Hollywood where most films seem to be remakes/reboots/re-imaginings or sequels/prequels, I would prefer for Kastelberg, Stroh, and Nimziki to make an original werewolf movie completely independent
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Ben Stiller joins Noah Baumbach in new film

Noah Baumbach made one of my favorite rewatchable films ever … Kicking and Screaming. And no, I’m not talking about the Will Ferrell flick. So, because of that, I will always watch anything Baumbach does, even Mr. Jealousy and Highball.

Now comes word Baumbach is joining forces with Stiller.

Here’s the press release from Focus Features

Production began last week in Los Angeles on the untitled film starring Ben Stiller for writer/director Noah Baumbach, an Academy Award nominee for his original screenplay of The Squid and the Whale (which he also directed). Scott Rudin, an Academy Award winner as producer of No Country for Old Men, and Jennifer Jason Leigh are producing the movie, to which Focus Features holds worldwide rights. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today.

Mr. Baumbach has written the original screenplay from a story conceived by Ms. Leigh and himself. At a crossroads in his life,
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