For Moving Image Source, David Phelps has conducted a rare and remarkable interview with Masahiro Shinoda in which the director addresses, among other things, the making of Double Suicide (1969): "Because we, the artists, auteurs living in the 20th century, were going to tell the story of a love affair taking place in the 17th century in Osaka, and because we were not just approaching the play, but approaching it through the author, Chikamatsu, and approaching it through his inner landscape, I feel the way we were able to bring the classic into modern times was itself a trip, and one that left very different tracks from the normal way you would recreate a classic for contemporary times."
Cullen Gallagher introduces a two-week series at Not Coming to a Theater Near You: "Charles Bronson belongs to that rare breed of artists whose very presence defines an entire genre."
Performa 11 is presenting the series Not Funny: Stand-Up Comedy and Visual Artists at Anthology Film Archives in New York through November 15 and Matt Singer has an overview in the Voice.
In the works. George Clooney tells USA Today's Susan Wloszczyna just a bit about Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, "a thoughtful sci-fi drama with Sandra Bullock about two astronauts working on a space station. 'A satellite blows up,' Clooney says, 'and space junk causes damage. We go out in space suits, and she and I are tethered together, floating through space…. It's a two-hander with only two actors in the whole film. It is a very odd film, really. Two people in space. No monsters. It's more like 2001 than an action film…. It is the first time I've been in 3D and, hopefully, the last time.'"
Hal Hartley has launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete his new film, Meanwhile.
Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers is "about a quartet of college co-eds who hold up a restaurant so they can make it to Florida for their spring vacation." Entertainment Weekly's Adam B Vary: "James Franco, meanwhile, is attached to play a drug and arms dealer who bails the women out of jail, only to try to get them to murder his enemy." Related: Carter interviews Franco for the Believer.
With the help of James Gray, Guillaume Canet will direct his first film in English, a remake of Jacques Maillot's Blood Ties (2008), featuring Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana and Mark Wahlberg (FirstShowing).
Patrice Leconte tells Cineuropa's Domenico La Porta about his forthcoming film, The Suicide Shop, a 3D animated adaptation of Jean Teulé's bestseller.
A flood of announcements is gushing out of the American Film Market and Anne Thompson's rounded up a few of the most notable, among them: Christopher Hampton is adapting Doris Lessing's The Grandmothers for Anne Fontaine, whose cast includes Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, James Frecheville and Xavier Samuel.