This September indie-movie writing/directing team Severin Fiala (Elephant Skin, The End of Walnut Grove) and Veronika Franz (Kern, Import/Export) will see their latest film Goodnight Mommy open on the big screen. The movie follows a pair of twin 9-year-old boys awaiting the return of their mother in an isolated wooded cabin, but when she comes back bandaged after having plastic surgery and unrecognizable to the boys, they begin to question her true identity, leading to a struggle of trust between mother and sons. Actress Susanne Wuest (Anatares, Judas Goat) leads the cast as the boys’ mother, with Elias and Lukas Schwartz starring as the twin boys. The film was nominated for the Venice Horizon Award for Best Film at 2014’s Venice Film Festival and was also well received at Stockholm and Montclair Film Festival(s). Goodnight Mommy will be available on big screens across the country this September 11th; check your local theater listings for showtimes. Enjoy!
Location: Grant Park, Chicago Time: 11am-9pm Wednesday-Friday, 10am-9pm Saturday/Sunday Admission: FREE!! (Food tickets must be purchased inside park)
Today marks the opening of the 35th Annual Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. The feast will run for 5 days (July 8th-12th) and features local Chicago favorites from 60 different vendors, including 5 food trucks and 8 pop-up restaurants. Several special events, including a 3-course meal at Buckingham Fountain and seating to see Weezer (who his headlining tonight) must be purchased online in-advance. Other music acts that will be appearing include The Chieftains, Spoon, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. This year’s vendors that will be participating at the event all 5 days include Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, Chicago’s Dog House, Kasia’s Deli, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Miller’s Pub, and Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs, among many others. So if you are in Chicago be sure to keep the Taste in mind for this weekend! A full list of vendors and entertainment acts can be found at the link below. Enjoy!
Everybody knows that James Franco is basically Hollywood’s version of the Energizer Bunny, but it’s always interesting to hear what project the writer/actor/producer/director will decide to add to his To-Do list. Franco is currently filming Michael with director Justin Kelly, has several directing projects of his own lined up, and will also be adapting the 2008 novel Rant for the big screen. He is also now going to produce a new dramedy from a novel by David Gordon Green called Goat, which follows 19-year-old assault victim Brad as he follows his older brother to Clemson University and pledges the same fraternity only to suffer more despair and isolation as he and his brother grow apart and he must also deal with the pressures of college hazing and his traumatizing past ordeal. The story sounds like it definitely has great potential, but thus far Franco has only come out as being involved at the production level, and no plans to get him behind the camera have yet been announced from either Franco or director Andrew Neel.