Thursday, June 25, 2015

More “Wilson” Movie News

Fox Searchlight Pictures announces:




LOS ANGELES, CA June 25, 2015 – Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis announced today that a new production has begun principal photography in Minnesota. Craig Johnson (THE SKELETON TWINS) directs WILSON, starring Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson (“True Detective,” THE HUNGER GAMES), Oscar Nominee Laura Dern (WILD, “Enlightened”), Judy Greer (THE DESCENDANTS, JURASSIC WORLD)and Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Suburgatory”).  The screenplay is by Oscar nominee Daniel Clowes (GHOST WORLD) based on his graphic novel of the same name.  Mary Jane Skalski and Jared Ian Goldman are producing.  The film is shooting on location in the St. Paul area.

“I've been a fan of Dan Clowes' cartoons and writing for years,” says Johnson. “I own all of his comic books and graphic novels, including Wilson, so when I got the script, I couldn't quite believe it.  It's a privilege to be working on a project of this pedigree -- a project written by Dan Clowes, starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern and brought to life by Fox Searchlight. I'm honored to be part of it.”

"Dan Clowes' script embraces elements that are funny, touching, charming and sweet.  This film has everything, including Craig who is one of the most precise and smart directors around.  It will be a joy to bring Wilson to the big screen," said producers Skalski and Goldman.

"Woody Harrelson as “Wilson" is casting nirvana, and we are thrilled to be working again with Laura Dern, Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines.  We're especially excited about the pairing of Craig Johnson's cinematic style with Dan Clowes’ sharp and distinctive voice,” said Lewis.

Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabelle Amara) he has never met.  In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her.


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Saturday, June 6, 2015

BoingBoing on Clowes extravaganza at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood

BoingBoing reports on yesterday's celebration of Daniel Clowes's work hosted by Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, CA. The post includes lots of great photos of the astounding turnout for the signing of The Complete Eightball as well as a video interview with Clowes by Mark Frauenfelder. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Go here to see more photos and watch the video interview.

Friday, June 5, 2015

"Daniel Clowes and Eightball, 1988-1998: Highlights, Mysteries, and Fun-Facts"

In anticipation of the soon to be released massive collection The Complete Eightball from Fantagraphics, Ken Parille has another insightful article on about Daniel Clowes's work during the decade he was working on his comic "Eightball." Highly recommended for readers who enjoyed Parille's The Daniel Clowes Reader.

Daniel Clowes and Eightball, 1988-1998: Highlights, Mysteries, and Fun-Facts | The Comics Journal

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Wilson" Movie News

"Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern are in negotiations to star in Wilson, Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of a Daniel Clowes graphic novel that will be directed by Craig Johnson, the helmer who directed The Skeleton Twins. The movie is moving ahead for a June shoot in Minneapolis.

Alexander Payne is producing with his Ad Hominem Enterprises partners Jim Taylor and Jim Burke. Also producing are Sam Raimi and Josh Donen."

Hollywood Reporter: Woody Harrelson's Comic Adaptation "Wilson" Comes Together With Laura Dern Co-Starring (Exclusive)