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'Carnage': Sometimes it's good when actors phone it in [video]

November 11, 2011 | 12:00 pm

A scene from Roman Polanski's Carnage
As Alan Cowan in "Carnage," Christoph Waltz constantly interrupts the conversation he's having with his wife (Kate Winslet) and another couple (Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly) -- the parents of a boy their son has injured in a fight -- by taking phone calls. He not only interrupts others by answering his cellphone, he picks it up in the middle of his own thoughts. It says a lot about his character and his willingness to be in the parental discussion in the first place. But those tinny voices you barely hear on the other end of the phone? Real actors holding a real conversation with him, Waltz reveals.

In this clip from the Q&A at the Envelope Screening Series with Waltz and Reilly and Times film writer Rebecca Keegan, Waltz discusses the phone calls, and Reilly reveals a couple of Alan's other social faux pas.

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Photo: Jodie Foster, from left, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet in a scene from Roman Polanski's "Carnage." Credit:  Guy Ferrandis/Sony Pictures Classics


'Carnage': Even fake vomit isn't pleasant [Video]

November 11, 2011 |  7:00 am

Kate Winslet on the set of Carnage

In "Carnage," a film about two couples who gather to discuss a fight their boys have had, Kate Winslet's character takes a turn for the worse. After complaining that she feels nauseous, Winslet proceeds to vomit pretty much all over the other couple's living room -- and its prized possessions.

In this video from the Envelope Screening Series, co-stars John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz discuss with Times film writer Rebecca Keegan the ins and outs of working with stage vomit.

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Photo: Kate Winslet on the set of "Carnage." Credit: Guy Ferrandis / Sony Pictures Classics


'Carnage': Alliances swiftly change during a 'civil' conversation

November 10, 2011 |  1:06 pm

Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet star in "Carnage"
In "Carnage," the Roman Polanski-directed film adaptation of the play "God of Carnage," two couples -- played by John C. Reilly and Jodie Foster, and Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet -- gather to discuss a fight their boys have had. But what begins as a civil, amenable conversation looking for resolution quickly devolves into arguments and bitter accusation -- and not just couple against couple. The alliances shift and reshift continuously. 

In this video from the Envelope Screening Series, Reilly and Waltz discuss with Times film writer Rebecca Keegan the role of parenthood in the script and those changing dynamics.

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Photo: From left, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet star in "Carnage." Credit: Guy Ferrandis / Sony Pictures Classics


'Carnage': John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz on Roman Polanski [video]

November 9, 2011 | 11:45 am

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John C. Reilly and Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet are the contentious couples at the heart of Roman Polanski's "Carnage." Adapted from the award-winning play "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza, "Carnage" takes place in real-time in a Brooklyn apartment, as the duos debate how to handle a scuffle between their two sons.

In this video from the Envelope Screening Series, Reilly and Waltz discuss their experience with the play, and trepidations about working with Polanski.

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Photo: Jodie Foster as Penelope Longstreet, Kate Winslet as Nancy Cowan, Christoph Waltz as Alan Cowan, John C. Reilly as Michael Longstreet in the movie "Carnage." Credit: Guy Ferrandis / Sony Pictures Classics


'The Artist,' 'Shame' among AFI Fest highlights

October 18, 2011 | 11:00 am

The Artist is set to be a gala screening at AFI Fest
Angeleno movie lovers who weren't able to shell out the big bucks to fly to the Cannes or Toronto film festivals will get the chance to see some of the season's most buzzed-about movies at the upcoming AFI Fest.

A slew of films popular on this year's festival circuit will screen at the upcoming event, held Nov. 3-10 in Hollywood. Among the festival's centerpiece galas are the "The Artist," the silent black-and-white film which became a sensation at Cannes, and "Shame," the drama starring Michael Fassbender as a sex addict that was a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Other red-carpet events include Roman Polanski's "Carnage," Luc Besson's "The Lady" and the Marilyn Monroe drama "My Week With Marilyn." Pedro Almodóvar, who is the festival's guest artistic director this year, will also screen his 1987 film "Law of Desire" starring Antonio Banderas.

AFI Fest will offer special screenings of a number of other well-regarded movies that have made the festival rounds. They include Lynne Ramsey's dark drama "We Need to Talk About Kevin," Lars von Trier's "Melancholia," Mexico's foreign-language Oscar submission "Miss Bala" and the Dardenne brothers' "The Kid With A Bike," which all premiered at Cannes. Also screening are Oren Moverman's "Rampart," the Duplass brothers' "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" and Jim Field Smith's "Butter," which all played in Toronto in September.

A limited number of free tickets to most of the screenings will become available beginning Oct. 27. But if you want to guarantee a seat at the most in-demand films, you can buy a special pass at AFI.com/AFIFEST.

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Photo: Jean Dujardin, left, and Bérénice Bejo star in "The Artist." Credit: The Weinstein Co.


NY Film Festival: Polanski gets his U.S. welcome wagon

October 1, 2011 |  4:13 pm

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At the North American premiere of Roman Polanski's new movie on Friday night, the auteur's specter hung over the New York Film Festival's Lincoln Center with a creepy ethereality that would have fit nicely in, well, a vintage Roman Polanski film.

"Carnage," an adaptation of the stage hit "God of Carnage," played to the festival's opening-night crowd of cineastes, society types and film executives who, judging by the reaction, were almost unanimously sympathetic to the polarizing director.

Barred from entering the United States on longstanding statutory rape charges, Polanski of course didn't turn up. But his screenwriting collaborator, playwright Yasmina Reza; his producer, an up-and-comer named Said Ben Said; and actors John C. Reilly and Jodie Foster each took the stage before the screening, their presence offering a kind of implicit tribute to the director. (Reilly and Foster's co-star, Christoph Waltz, had been scheduled to make the trip but had to scrap it at the last moment because of an undisclosed accident; fellow performer Kate Winslet was also not there.)

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Polanski's 'Carnage' to open New York Film Festival

July 29, 2011 |  2:10 pm

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Roman Polanski's latest film, "Carnage," based on Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning play "God of Carnage," is set to open the 49th annual New York Film Festival, which starts Sept. 30 and continues through Oct. 16. The announcement was made Friday by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

"Carnage," which chronicles an evening meeting between two Brooklyn couples after their children are in a playground fight, is one of the prestige picks of the fall. The film, which stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly, was also selected for the Venice Film Festival. The New York screening will mark the film's North American premiere.

Polanski's first feature, "Knife in the Water," screened at the first New York Film Festival in 1963.

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