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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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--Elena Howe

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


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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Hans Landa will give his orders from the director's chair

March 18, 2010 |  2:40 pm

2EXCLUSIVE: Apparently, it’s not that big of a leap from Nazi to movie director.

Following his supporting actor Oscar win as the coolly ruthless Col. Hans Landa in “Inglourious Basterds,” Christoph Waltz will soon make his feature filmmaking debut, stepping behind the cameras in Fox International Productions’ German-language “Up and Away.”

Waltz, who co-wrote the film’s script and may play a supporting role in the romantic comedy, previously has directed for German television. The 53-year-old actor, who was born in Austria and lives in London and Berlin, says he had considered making “Up and Away” years ago. “But I never had time to do something else” besides acting, Waltz says.

Before he makes the Fox movie, loosely adapted from Meike Winnemuth and Peter Praschl’s novel “Auf und Davon,” Waltz will appear in December’s “The Green Hornet.” He is set to star in “Water for Elephants,” which goes into production this summer, and said he is choosing among three different acting roles that could follow “Water for Elephants,” which means he may not direct the German film until 2011.

“Up and Away” is set in and around a dating game show. Through a series of events, the woman who runs and hosts the show must confront her callous feelings about romance, which place a greater emphasis on its marketability than emotion. “When you make feelings a commodity, it’s not a feeling anymore,” Waltz says.

Under President Sanford Panitch, Fox International has made several hit movies in its local territories. Unlike the traditional Hollywood model of exporting American films overseas, Fox International (like a number of similar divisions at other studios) produces movies in specific countries that don’t necessarily play in theaters in other parts of the world.

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Oscar liveblog: Christoph Waltz disappoints

March 7, 2010 |  5:55 pm

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5:52 PM: Oh, the humanity. After months of having way too much fun with the name of the award he has just won, best supporting actor Christoph Waltz gives us nothing more than an "Oscar and Penelope -- that's an uber-bingo!" when it comes time to accept his Oscar. No Oscar Meyer, no Oscar the Grouch, no Oscar Gamble.

On the plus side, he does waterboard another metaphor with Quentin Tarantino as a "fearless exporer (who) took this ship across and brought it in with flying colors."

Also, we're told in the press room that Waltz won't come back stage until the end of the show instead of right now. So maybe he'll scribble something down in the interim.

--Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images


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