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Interview - Viggo and Matt Ross on Captain Fanstastic

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Thanks to Chrissie for brining us this superb interview from AOL - click HERE.

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‘Captain Fantastic’ Has Fab Debut

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UPDATE with more details: Captain Fantastic burst out over the weekend in four New York and Los Angeles theaters grossing $98,451, placing it fifth among titles to open several locations in 2016. The pic ranked atop a fairly crowded pack of newcomers, when looking at per theater averages, though other titles showed zest.

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Captain Fantastic Screenings Starting July 15

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Thanks to Chrissie for the find. Here are additional USA cities and theaters that will screen Captain Fantastic beginning on July 15. We have our fingers crossed that it will get a 'Wide Release' soon. In the meantime ...

Boston Common 19, Boston
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Kendall Square Cinema 9, Cambridge
E Street Cinema, Washington DC
Bethesda Row Cinema, Bethesda
Angelika Film Center & Cafe 8, Fairfax
River East 21, Chicago
CineArts 6, Evanston
Arclight Chicago 14, Chicago
Uptown Theatre, Minneapolis
Angelika Film Center and Cafe, Dallas
Esquire Theatre, Denver
Century 16, Boulder
Pacific Arclight Sherman Oaks 16, Sherman Oaks
Promenade 16, Woodland Hills
Pacific Arclight Pasadena 14, Pasadena
Hillcrest Cinemas, San Diego
Arclight La Jolla 14, La Jolla
Camelview at Fashion Square, Scottsdale
Fox Tower 10, Portland
Guild 45th Theatre, Seattle
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, San Francisco
Metreon 15, San Francisco

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TIMES TALK: Viggo Mortensen Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 7 – 8:15 PM ET

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This event is currently Sold Out, but we will be watching it closely and hopefully bringing you the video soon after. Stay tuned.


TheTimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, NYC

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Meet award–winning actor, poet, musician, photographer, painter and editor Viggo Mortensen, now starring in the acclaimed new film "Captain Fantastic," which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and received accolades at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The multitalented actor, known for his performances in such films as "The Lord of the Rings," "A Walk on the Moon," "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises," stars as a father raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education, but forced to leave his paradise and reenter society. Interviewed by New York Times culture reporter Melena Ryzik.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

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All of us here at V-W are thrilled at the reviews Captain Fantastic has been receiving this week, the vast majority of which have been outstandingly good. They've been arriving thick and fast, but fear not, here is my Review Round-up concentrating, of course, on Captain Fantastic himself.

Brainy and brawny - a rare combination of qualities among leading men in Hollywood that hasn't strongly applied since Roberts Ryan and Mitchum - personifies Viggo Mortensen and sets him apart from just about everybody else on the contemporary screen. He displays plenty of both, not to mention a mesmerizing talent, in Captain Fantastic...
...Above all, Viggo Mortensen overcomes every intrusion of doubt with a performance that is informed, inspired, ideological and overwhelming. He's so sensational that he makes the film's title come true with no strings attached.

Super-Dad: 'Captain Fantastic' Enthralls the Senses and Engages the Mind
By Rex Reed
The Observer
5 July 2016

The clan's father isn't a superhero, but because he's played by Viggo Mortensen he's the next best thing. Mr. Mortensen, whose intensity has the sting of possession, has a way of making you believe his characters can do whatever they set their minds to: fly, leap over buildings, save the world.

Mostly, though, Ben Cash takes care of his children.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
7 July 2016

It's left to Mr. Mortensen, who can make menace feel like vulnerability — and turn vulnerability into a confession — to keep the movie from slipping into sentimentality. He's the most obvious reason to see it, although Mr. Ross's insistence on taking your intelligence for granted is itself a great turn on. His characters don't need smartphones to do their thinking for them; he assumes the same holds true of his audience.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
7 July 2016

...a career best turn by Viggo Mortensen... I really can't say enough about the work of Viggo Mortensen. He's able to give this character so much life that you're under his spell; whether you agree or disagree with Ben's view of the world and outlook on raising his children. We see the best and worst of him, with Mortensen showcasing that brilliantly. In a perfect world, he would be in the Best Actor conversation for the Oscars.

Joey Magidson
7 July 2016

Making it endlessly watchable is Viggo Mortensen, here in his fully bearded, hippie-Viking mode.

Stephen Whitty
8 July 2016

Played by a bearded Viggo Mortensen in the performance of his career...
...Stunningly photographed by St├ęphane Fontaine, "Captain Fantastic'' belongs to the fully committed Mortensen and the wonderful, pitch-perfect young actors who play his offspring confronted by a new world.

By Lou Lumenick
New York Post
7 July 2016

Ben is the family's rock, and Mr. Mortensen gives the story unshakable grounding. He's a star who doesn't act like a star, yet everyone in his orbit feels his power. He and this strong, adventurous film deserve each other.

Joe Morgenstern
Wallstreet Journal
7 July 2016

Mortensen is able to convey all Ben's pros and cons (and more besides — we didn't mention he swapped out Christmas for "Noam Chomsky Day") without breaking a bead of sweat. He's of a constitution that can be gentle and admirable then slip into sinister and hissable then back again, just by being there in front of a camera.

By Matt Prigg
7 July 2016

...having Mortensen rocking it here like he is really makes it all succeed. This is his career best performance in my book, worthy of awards consideration, at least to me. He's just absolutely captivating. Ross knew what he was doing when he opted to cast Mortensen in the lead here. It's a huge win for him, and the film itself.

Joey Magidson
7 July 2016

Viggo Mortensen is at the top of his game in this family dramedy, shot through with humor and heart...
...Mortensen is just magnificent: His performance standing with his career-best work in The Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. He gets under the skin of this loving father who is unafraid to face the world naked and yet touchingly ready to grapple by the possibility that his arrogant, free spirit might actually do harm to his children.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
6 July 2016

Writer-director Matt Ross (perhaps better known for his work as an actor; he currently appears as megalomaniac billionaire Gavin Belson on HBO's Silicon Valley) has to pull off his own high-wire stunt. Ben's tactics are brutal. But his kids are superheroes, and casting fit and handsome 57-year-old Viggo makes a compelling case for having whatever he's having. Could Ben be right?

Amy Nicholson
7 July 2016

But the movie truly belongs to Mortensen; fierce and tender and tremendously flawed, he's fantastic.

Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
7 July 2016

The way Ben is written, and Mortensen's portrayal of him, are impressive things. In the hands of a less capable actor, or with a less well-written character, Ben would be irredeemable.

Josh Lasser
7 July 2016

Above all else, however, Mortensen gives "Captain Fantastic" its underlying credibility. Spending most of the movie buried beneath an unkempt beard and peering out at his relatives with tired eyes, he exudes the convictions of a man eager to reject the standards surrounding him.

Eric Kohn
5 July 2016

This dramedy marking the sophomore feature of longtime actor Matt Ross (who plays Gavin Belson on Silicon Valley) has the breezy Americana momentum of a hobo riding the rails and the dramatic chops of none other than Viggo Mortensen.

April Wolfe
LA Weekly
6 July 2016

Mortensen is such a delicately sentient actor that nothing he does reads as pure caricature. When Ben realizes that in trying to prepare his children for everything he may have prepared them for nothing, it's as if we can see right into his crushed soul. It's also the moment he becomes most human: at some point, all kids have to learn that parents are people too.

Stephanie Zacharek
4 July 2016

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