“Climax” director Gaspar Noe isn’t hopping on the “Wakanda Forever” train any time soon. In an exclusive interview with Variety at the Cannes Film Festival, the Argentine filmmaker said he could only watch about 20 minutes…
In an interview with Variety, Noé also championed full frontal male nudity and criticized the press for making a big deal about seeing male genitalia on screen.
Gaspar Noé is having one hell of a Cannes 2018. Not only is the director earning some of the best reviews of his career for his new film, the drug trip dance musical “Climax,” but he also won top honors at Directors’ Fortnight by earning the Art Cinema Award. The “Climax” premiere went shockingly smooth for such a polarizing director like Noé, but it leave to his press interviews from Cannes to provide the shock we’re used to experiencing.
In a new interview with Variety, Noé shared an extremely unpopular opinion: He hates “Black Panther.” The director admitted that he is more attracted to documentaries than he is to “comedies, action movies, science-fiction movies,” all of which he calls “so predictable,” and when asked about “Black Panther” specifically he said he couldn’t even make it past the 20-minute mark.
“I tried ‘Black Panther.’ I escaped from the cinema after 20 minutes,” Noé said. “I thought it was as bad as ‘Star Wars.’ I hated ‘Star Wars.’ I hated the R&B music [in “Black Panther”]. The music was so bad that I had to escape. But you know which one I like? What’s the name of the Denis Villeneuve movie? ‘Arrival.’ That one was good.”
So what movies does Noé enjoy? The director shared another unpopular opinion earlier in Cannes when he told Vulture that he “couldn’t stop laughing” during Lars von Trier’s serial killer drama, “The House That Jack Built.” The movie caused extreme outrage over its graphic violence against women, children, and animals, but the brutal killings were comedic for Noé, which isn’t surprising given that he’s courted controversy in the past for filming rape scenes and explicit sex scenes.
“I thought it was so funny!” Noé said about watching “The House That Jack Built” at Cannes. “Lars von Trier has a very cold humor, but I enjoyed it so much. It’s like a Todd Solondz movie, so dark. All the sadistic scenes were so funny that people were staring at me because I couldn’t stop laughing.”
Noé also spoke to Variety about full frontal nudity. He criticized the American press for constantly asking him about all of the penises in his last film, the erotic 3D drama “Love.” Noé said the penis is “a nice part of the body, like my hand, like my nose,” and it deserves to be seen more without fanfare or headlines being written about it.
“Even good film critics were asking me, ‘Why did you need to show a penis in your movie? Why do you need to show the face of the devil?'” Noé remembered about the “Love” press tour. “Come on! I have a penis. The guys who were asking me those questions have a penis. Why is it in American culture, the penis is the face of all evil in this world? If your dad didn’t have one and didn’t use it with your mom, you wouldn’t be here.”
“It’s the source of life,” he continued. “It’s not the source of death. Weapons are the source of death. In every American movie, there are machine guns, whatever. Even on Instagram, why can you not show an erect penis? It’s a nice part of the body, like my hand, like my nose.”
Following its Directors’ Fortnight victory, “Climax” will open in theaters in the U.S. via A24. The studio has not yet announced a specific date.
He says he’d have liked to include an “explicitly LGBT” character in the film.
In news that surely won’t provoke angered reactions from the same group of moviegoers who called for boycotts on the last few “Star Wars” movies, screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan has addressed Lando Calrissian’s fluid sexuality in a new HuffPost interview. The character, portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in the original trilogy and now by Donald Glover in next week’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” has always had a swaggering air about him. Asked directly whether Lando is pansexual, Kasdan was “emphatic” in his response: “I would say yes.”
“There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality,” continued Kasdan, who co-wrote the film with his father Lawrence (who also co-wrote “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” and “The Force Awakens”). “I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it’s time, certainly, for that, and I love the fluidity ― sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of.”
“He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun,” Kasdan added. “I don’t know where it will go.”
The latest round of “Star Wars” films have also inspired fans to “ship” the characters played by Oscar Isaac and John Boyega, though Poe and Finn have yet to consummate that would-be relationship onscreen. “Solo” arrives in theaters next Friday, May 25.
The long-time “Star Wars” scribe co-wrote the newest standalone film, but while he admires movies like “GOTG,” he doesn’t think it’s the right tone for his franchise.
In recent years, vast, interconnected, and constantly evolving cinematic universes have become some of the box office’s most reliable winners, capable of spawning sequel after sequel, remake after remake, all in hopes of snagging a dedicated audience who can’t stand to miss a single film. Look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is now pushing up on 20 films told over a decade (total domestic take: over $6.5B), or the DC universe, which includes just five films so far, but already has over $1B in domestic dollars. Not even “Star Wars,” still one of the most popular cinematic series of all time, can escape the allure of the sprawling series.
And yet, even as the franchise continues to announce new offerings, from a new animated series from Dave Filoni to a steadily-growing selection of so-called standalone films, one thing sets it apart: an on-screen chronology that hasn’t wavered. While some aspects of the “Star Wars” canon, like “extended universe” novels and early comic books, have changed over the years (when the film series kicked off again with “The Force Awakens,” Lucasfilm was sure to announce what was and was not part of the new canon going forward), the first six films have always remained part of the official storyline.
That’s a rarity in the cinematic landscape, and while “Star Wars” is recasting roles in new standalone films like “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the series is still maintaining the same continuity. This isn’t Marvel’s awkward handling of Spider-Man — three different stars, three different franchises, over the course of 15 years — and it’s the kind of thing even its biggest competitors aren’t always capable of doing.
That’s not going to change anytime soon, at least according to long-time franchise screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. IndieWire recently asked Kasdan if he thought “Star Wars” would ever fall into the recasting and reworking cycle other franchises sometimes fall prey to, and he was philosophical, but firm. In short, is “Star Wars” ever going to start over from scratch?
“Well, you know, anything can happen,” Lawrence Kasdan said. “But I think it’s really a nice quality of ‘Star Wars,’ that if you lay out all the movies, you can put them firmly in one chronology.”
His co-writer (and son), Jonathan Kasdan, was equally sure it wouldn’t happen, even in a franchise-mad culture. “I think it’s part of [why] people who have enormous affection for this thing, or are passionate about it,” Jonathan Kasdan said. “I think that would be to go further than anyone would allow, to start rewriting history on that scale.”
But does that mean that the series doesn’t have room for a canon film that’s tonally different than its predecessors? When Phil Lord and Chris Miller originally came on board to direct “Solo,” the expectation was that the comedic filmmakers would add a distinctly humorous flavor to the Alden Ehrenreich-starring prequel. A recent report from Wall Street Journal held that the pair were going for a “Guardians of the Galaxy” type vibe, one that was nixed when the pair were replaced by Ron Howard. The film still has moments of humor, but they’re similar to those that pepper the rest of the franchise.
Personally speaking, Lawrence Kasdan isn’t sold on the prospect of putting that kind of humor into the franchise. Asked if “Star Wars” might ever embrace a film like “Guardians of the Galaxy” or “Thor 3,” and he was clear: that’s not “Star Wars.”
“It may be that the times and the zeitgeist dictate that at some point. But we’re not at that point, in my mind,” Lawrence Kasdan. “And look, I’m about through with ‘Star Wars,’ so maybe other people [involved in the franchise] will feel differently. But, I love ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ and I like that kind of movie. To me, it isn’t what ‘Star Wars’ is.”
The elder Kasdan, who has written four “Star Wars” movies so far, isn’t totally ruling it out, however, because he dose realize that the franchise is now in the hands of other filmmakers who might have different ideas. He’s still expecting them to hold true to the franchise that they grew up loving, though.
“A lot of these guys are my friends, Rian [Johnson] and [David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, these are people that I know and respect and they share an emotional connection to the saga,” Lawrence Kasdan said. “That doesn’t mean they’re going to make the movies just like the original movies, but it means that the spirit of the original movies impacted their lives. And I would expect that their movies would reflect that.”
Jonathan Kasdan is already seeing some evolutions throughout the series, and while “Star Wars” may never veer as wildly as some of its other franchise brethren, that doesn’t mean that anything is off the table.
“I admire the desire that Kathy [Kennedy] has, and that [franchise] filmmakers have, to push those boundaries, little by little, as they go,” Jonathan Kasdan said. “And I think Rian made bold decisions [in ‘The Last Jedi’], and Kathy will continue to encourage spreading of wings and stretching out in different directions. Where that will lead is very exciting, you know? As long as it’s good.”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” will be released in theaters on May 25.
“The Reader” and “The Hours” director Stephen Daldry is allegedly confirmed to direct the new “Star Wars” spinoff.
With “Solo: A Star Wars Story” just over one week from opening in theaters nationwide, reports are flying about the future of the extended “Star Wars” movie universe. We already know “Solo” is designed to start a new franchise and that Alden Ehrenreich signed a three-picture deal with Lucasfilm. Disney confirmed to IndieWire that numerous ideas for potential spinoffs are being considered, including a Lando Calrissian standalone film starring Donald Glover. A report from last August mentioned Obi-Wan Kenobi was also getting a standalone tentpole, and now TMZ has early details on the spinoff.
According to TMZ, the early rumor that “The Hours” and “The Reader” director Stephen Daldry would helm “Obi-Wan: A Star Wars Story” is true. Daldry is reportedly attached to the film and a production start date is being eyed for next spring. The report claims the Obi-Wan film is not an origin story like “Solo” but a direct prequel to the original “Star Wars.” The script is set on Tatooine and picks up with Obi-Wan living in exile and watching over young Luke Skywalker. Tensions between a tribe of Sand People and local Tatooine farmers bring Obi-Wan out of hiding.
Obi-Wan last graced the big screen in George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” The character was played by Alec Guinness in the original films and by Ewen McGregor in the prequel trilogy. Given the reported setting of the upcoming Obi-Wan standalone film, it wouldn’t be far off to assume McGregor would return to the role. The actor has expressed interest in playing Obi-Wan again, most recently telling press at the Golden Globes that he’d be happy to return to the role.
The TMZ report is based on a production bulletin. IndieWire has reached out to Disney for comment.
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