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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

Source: Times Talk

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


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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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Role Recall: Viggo Mortensen Talks 'Witness,' 'Eastern Promises,' 'The Road,' 'Captain Fantastic,' and More

Source: Yahoo Movies

Another nice video and piece from Yahoo Movies.

by Nick Schager-July 8, 2016

Few actors have had A-list careers as diverse as Viggo Mortensen, the 57-year-old star who reappears on big screens this Friday in Captain Fantastic, a saga about a lifelong hippie dad who endeavors to re-enter society with his misfit brood. Written and directed by Matt Ross, the film arrives on a wave of good will, thanks in large part to well-received premieres at this year's Sundance and Cannes film festivals.

In particular, it was the film's reception at Cannes that proved a great relief to Mortensen, who tells Yahoo Movies, "Having been there [Cannes] many times before, I know that those audiences can be tough, and they can be very judgmental, especially with regards to North American movies." Fortunately, as he recounts, "they laughed, they cried, people were weeping at the end, and they were standing and clapping forever. We were there with all the kids — it was a once in a lifetime experience."

That's certainly saying something, given that over the course of the past three decades, Mortensen has starred in some of Hollywood's most illustrious — and gargantuan — projects, none bigger than Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, in which he played future Middle Earth king Aragorn. Thus, he had plenty to discuss when he sat down with us for our latest Role Recall (watch it above), from the impressive carpentry skills of Harrison Ford he witnessed, to his preparation for playing a Russian gangster, to his admiration for his young The Road co-star.

Witness (1985)
Peter Weir's 1985 thriller about a cop (Harrison Ford) who goes undercover in an Amish community to protect a young boy (Lukas Haas) who witnessed a murder was Mortensen's film debut — or, rather, "it wasn't the first movie I did, but it was the first I wasn't cut out of." The actor was not only amazed by Peter Weir's "professional, pleasant" filmmaking approach, but was also taken aback by Ford's ability with a hammer and nails — skills which he puts to use when, during the movie, his character helps build a barn. "I was surprised at how good he was at carpentry," Mortensen chuckles.

Eastern Promises (2007)
To play a vicious, heavily tattooed Russian mobster compelled to aid a young woman (Naomi Watts), Mortensen says that he approached the part by inventing a back story for his protagonist. "This guy — I don't really know much about him. Where do I start? I have to start somewhere. Where I usually start, which is — what happened before page one."

The Road (2009)
Despite the fact that its story involves a man and son trying to stay alive in a decrepit post-apocalyptic American wasteland, Mortensen admits that, when it comes to John Hillcoat's The Road (adapted from Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel), "I have good memories of the shoot." In particular, he recalls being extremely impressed with his young co-star Kodie Smit-McPhee, whom he calls "wonderful in that role, and very brave, and emotionally available. Just striking."


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Viggo Mortensen Captivates in ‘Captain Fantastic’

Source: The New York Times.
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Our thanks to Kath for this find from the New York Times.

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A story of love and extremes, the pleasurably freewheeling "Captain Fantastic" centers on a family that has found its bliss in splendid, unplugged isolation. Somewhere in deepest Oregon, amid the tall pines and soaring mountains, young and old hunt and holler and drop lines from Noam Chomsky. 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. For years, he and his ailing dream of a wife, Leslie (Trin Miller), have been living with their six kids, who range in age from 7 to 18, on a compound where they have thrived beautifully without electricity, a sewer line or trend alerts about the Kardashians. By day, Ben teaches and trains the children, racing them through the woods like Olympians or Special Forces soldiers. At night, the family plays music together and reads by firelight — leafing through books one page at a time — before bedding down in the communal tepee.

Perhaps it all sounds fairly ridiculous, like a story about a little survivalist house in the woods or the start of a joke about puritanical parenting (no gluten, no grease) that has Gwyneth Paltrow as its punch line. But lifestyle doesn't begin describe the Cash family's alternative reality, and despite all the self-aware joking this isn't a goof. From the moment the movie opens on a deer hunt — in a scene that suggests "Apocalypse Now" by way of "Lord of the Flies" — the writer-director Matt Ross makes it clear he has something weightier in store than mindful napping and snacks.
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It begins with a sweep of green, a flash of silver and a smear of red. Discreetly staged and shot, rightly serious and intimate, the hunt turns out to be a rite of passage for the family's eldest son, the teenager Bo (George MacKay). It's all very solemn, but also over quickly, and Mr. Ross has soon shifted focus to the stream of younger children straggling out of the woods. Faces and bodies smeared in mud, they are a mesmerizing, surreal spectacle — one of the smallest, a Dennis Hopper-esque runt, wears what looks like a skinned bobcat for a hat. Soon, everyone is laughing while washing off the dirt and blood, a cleansing that gives the movie something of a sustained metaphor.

At first, the outside world looms in "Captain Fantastic" through its stark absence, even though the compound is well-equipped and stocked with necessities from that world, including sharp knives, heavy books and bales of mismatched clothes. Ben and Leslie have opted to live in seclusion as a matter of principle, having embraced protest as an ideal. At its loftiest, their profound seclusion suggests that they're spiritual and philosophical heirs to an isolationist like Henry Thoreau; at worst, it suggests fanaticism, cultishness, selfishness. Touchingly, the children sometimes seem closer to the castaways of the Swiss Family Robinson, whose self-reliance was involuntary.

American movies about families tend to come in two flavors: the upbeat (the mainstream default) and the catastrophic (the indie brand). "Captain Fantastic" tries hard to find a third way. The story kicks in when a death forces most of the family off the compound and on the road, where they have silly and sober encounters with strangers and relatives on the way to a collective epiphany. (Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Frank Langella and Ann Dowd fill out the familial ranks.) Along the way, Ben keeps on keeping on about the evils of capitalism while his children discover themselves and other people, including in a sweet, trailer-park stay where Bo learns how to kiss a girl.
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If "Captain Fantastic" doesn't cram all of human experience into that box we like to call the dysfunctional family — a category that suggests that all anyone needs to get through Thanksgiving is therapy talk and a group hug — it's partly because its characters have politics, not simply feelings. The Cash children stumble, but they're supremely capable and self-aware. What makes them unusual isn't their knife skills; it's that they talk seriously about ideas. The same holds true of Ben, whose worldview falters only because Mr. Ross seems anxious to soften the extremes he'd sharpened. There's something moving about his search for balance, something a little pleading too.

Perhaps it's no surprise that Mr. Ross ends up nudging "Captain Fantastic" into more generic terrain. He never sells out his characters, but after all the radical power-to-the people talk he finally comes down on the side of compromise and the soft landing. 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.

"Captain Fantastic" is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Knife play and deer butchering. Running time: 1 hour 59 minutes.

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Dr. No: Viggo Mortensen Has Made Turning Down Roles Into an Art Form


13 years after leaving Middle Earth, the Hollywood outsider has found a quintessential role in 'Captain Fantastic'

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By Oliver Jones

Viggo Mortensen is afraid of heights. Or falling. It's one of these, and perhaps both.

The issue came up recently while shooting a scene for his new movie, Captain Fantastic, and he had to play a father leading his brood of six children up a sheer rock face. "I didn't like it very much," he says stoically. But the fear has roots, dating back to more than a half century ago. He was 6, a year before the young Mortensen would be sent off to a remote boarding school in the mountains of Argentina, and he had gone on a camping trip with his father. When his dad took a nap, he took the opportunity to go exploring on his own.

"I climbed this sort of cliff—I am sure it wasn't really very high," recalls Mortensen, standing, the U.K.'s shocking Euro Cup loss to Iceland playing in real time on the muted television. "I was just clambering up. I thought it was really fun. Then I got to the top and I realized how high I was. I freaked out and I was, like, screaming and crying for my dad. He woke up and had to come and get me down. It was probably not very high but it seemed very big to me then." The fear may even date back further than that. "My mother had had a fear of heights," he says. "It may be hereditary."

Mortensen, 57, is sharing this story—a quintessential moment of childhood vulnerability—in perhaps the least appropriate place to do so. We are in a suite on the 14th floor of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, ground zero for Hollywood press junkets. Publicists, journalists, and trays of grilled sandwiches circulate around us.

"This is the first time in a very long time that I've been sent to a fancy hotel to do a press junket," says Mortensen, trying in vain to keep his discomfort under wraps. "I've already done, like, I don't know how many hundred interviews in the last two days. But it's a nice, kind of unreal feeling to be here."

Out of place doesn't even begin to cover it. Meeting the Madrid-based poet, actor, photographer, editor and publisher in this place and under these circumstances feels something akin to encountering an albino bison in a veal pen. He seems to be a soul meant to wander the earth in search of universal truth, not discuss Hobbit movies over canap├ęs with journalists. More than most any other actor of the last 30 years—his career kicked off in '85 with a small part in Peter Weir's Witness—Mortensen has avoided scenes like this one.

"Doesn't everyone?" he asks. Well, unfortunately, no.
Image Luke Fontana.
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After years of bringing an off-kilter intelligence and unclassifiable intensity to featured roles in such Hollywood product as Crimson Tide, G.I. Jane and A Perfect Murder, Mortensen stumbled upon superstardom when Stuart Townsend, the actor, Wally Pipp-ed him the role of the ranger Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He took the role in large part because Henry, his then 11-year-old son with ex-wife and X singer Exene Cervenka, loved the Tolkien books so much.

While the three films, especially the CGI-overstuffed second and third, have never been among Mortensen's personal favorites in his filmography, he has made inspired use of the lifestyle the worldwide mega-hits have afforded him. He started Perceval Press, the fine arts publishing company that he still oversees with exacting attention. (The only personal effects of Mortensen's on this side of the suite were the PowerBook on which he edits manuscripts; it was tucked under a copy of the latest Progressive.) He was able to move to Madrid to live with his girlfriend, the actress Ariadna Gil, five years ago. And he was able to say no to movies like Man of Steel—he would have played Zod—and Snow White and the Huntsman, among many, many others.

Instead, the baker's dozen films he has said yes to since exiting Middle Earth reflect his disposition and curiosities, perhaps just as much as the eclectic list of books—from poetry by the late L.A.-poetry-scene-stalwart Scott Wannberg to a photo book of Russian crime tattoos—that he has published with Perceval.

2004's Hidalgo showcased his kinship with horses. You can see his home base and international bent in 2006's Alatriste and 2014's Jauja, both Spanish language films—that being one of five languages he speaks. (He has said that learning Elvish was one of the highlights of his Lord of the Rings experience.) His love of collaboration can be seen in the three remarkable movies he made with David Cronenberg. Mortensen's pairing with the Canadian director resulted in perhaps the most artistically successful and underappreciated actor-director three-peat in recent memory: 2005's A History of Violence, 2007's Eastern Promises, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and 2011's A Dangerous Method, in which he played Sigmund Freud.

"I don't really look at movies in terms of where they come from," says Mortensen. "Like, what is it? Is it a studio movie? Is it an American movie? What genre is it? Am I going to get paid or not? What language is it in? I just don't look at things that way. I'm trying to find stories that I think are original and compelling and personal to me. I mean, everybody's different; everybody has different tastes. But for me if it's a story that I think could be great, and if there's a chance for me to do well in it, I'll do it. That way, even if it doesn't turn out well, the concept was good and we tried. At least I know I could watch it 10, 15 years from now and not go, 'Obviously that was crap.'"

Adds Mortensen, who also walked away from the Wolverine role in the X-Men franchise, "You don't know where that kind of instinct is going to take you, but it's not that I am trying to avoid any kind of genre or any kind of budget."
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"He looked perfectly natural and happy and fine up there," says Captain Fantastic writer-director Matt Ross when told of Mortensen's terror during the mountain climbing scene. "He kept it all to himself. I remember he didn't want to come down for lunch. He would say, 'I am fine. I'm fine,' I had no idea."

With Ross, a prolific actor who currently plays Hooli CEO Gavin Belson on Silicon Valley and was in the 1998 Whit Stillman movie The Last Days of Disco, Mortensen may just have found his next great collaborator after Cronenberg.

Captain Fantastic stars Mortensen as Ben Cash, the surviving half of a couple who has utterly rejected capitalist society, deciding to raise their children in the wilds of Washington State on the food they hunt and the classic literature they consume night and day. The brood's leftist, utopian ideal—not only do the kids speak multiple languages, including Esperanto, but they celebrate Noam Chomsky's birthday in lieu of Christmas—is threatened when they have return to proper society for the funeral of their matriarch.

With his Jeremiah Johnson mane and quiet yet ferocious intellect and moral integrity—not to mention his gentleness with the young cast—Cash seems on the surface to be the most Viggo Mortensen-ish of all Viggo Mortensen roles. In truth, Ross initially conceived of the role quite differently than Mortensen played it.

"As written, the role was maybe a little more kinetic," says Ross, whose film was one of the best reviewed to appear at this year's Sundance Film Festival. "It had more sparkle and an insouciant quality. Viggo brought his own quiet gravitas and integrity to it. They were qualities that were always in the role, I just hadn't envisioned it quite the way he interpreted it. But what was surprising to me about working with him is that I could never catch him acting. He doesn't have any false moments."

In keeping with the other projects he has embarked upon since his Lord of the Rings windfall, Captain Fantastic is personal to Mortensen, echoing his journey both as a child and and a father. Like the Cash children, Mortensen and his younger brothers Walter and Charles had singular childhoods. He was born in New York City and raised in Buenos Aires and rural Argentina, where his Danish father, Viggo Sr., was an agriculture manager. When he was 11, he and his brothers moved with their American mother to upstate New York after their parents divorced. At the time, the boys only spoke Spanish.

By playing the world's most bizarrely devoted dad, Mortensen is also revisiting his parenthood as well. After all, he did spend the bulk of Henry's teen years in far off New Zealand, helping to turn his son's favorite books into movie magic.

"I started thinking it's also an interesting exercise as a parent to say, what if I devoted every single second to the best possible forming of my children, giving all my attention to give them a best possible start I could?" says Mortensen of his attraction to the Captain Fantastic script. "What if you gave them a start that was intellectual in every way, that encouraged open discourse? What if I really walk-the-talk in terms of not being a 'no, because I said so' dad, but being 'I don't think so and let me explain why and then I'd love to hear if you know differently?' It takes time and energy to be that second dad. That's the kind of dad this guy is."

Mortensen—Hollywood's most outspoken Dennis Kucinich supporter in 2008— shares a similar political viewpoint as his character. Still, it was important to that the film not be a progressive polemic.

"You think at first, this movie is going to be some kind of liberal utopian fantasy," says Mortensen, whose character's political and societal opposite number in the film is his wife's disapproving father, played by The Father's Frank Langella. "But one would be mistaken. I guess if I were a conservative person, I would have figured okay, great, the enemy is going to be all people like me. And then you realize after awhile, it's not like that. Actually, our lifestyle choice isn't condoned. It's not condemned either. Neither is their grandparents' way of life. It's much more gratifyingly layered, profound and complex than that."

For Mortensen, Captain Fantastic is a film of the political moment, even if it is not a political film per se. He sees it as cut from the same cloth as canonized '70s films like Taxi Driver and Network, or even his own more recent collaborations with Cronenberg. And he is not wrong.

"This film talks to, indirectly, a communication problem that I think we have in the U.S.," says Mortensen, who dressed the Cash compound with many of his own books and objects from his home. "You hear it echoed by political campaigns, and the media feeds it, but it's not all invented. It's actually based on the reality that people are polarized. People are not talking to each other based on things like religion and race, and that's a real problem. That leads to things like Britain exiting the European Union."

Suddenly, Mortensen flashes on a connection to Captain Fantastic. "Jesus, they're isolating themselves in a way like the Cash family is in the woods!" he exclaims. "Yeah, they want to take care of their own thing and be authentic but what happens when you're not talking to the other people in the world? A few years from now, this film will feel like a movie very much of this time."
Image Luke Fontana.
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The truth is, despite the rugged outdoorsiness he displays on screen, Mortensen is built more for intellectual pursuits than physical ones. (That said, his full-frontal nude scene in the film puts an entirely new spin on the term "dad bod.") He gives the vibe of an individual who much prefers a stroll to a hike, and might even take this hotel full of movie industry functionaries over a night on the cold hard ground. Might.

Before the next journalist tumbles in, I asked him what he'll make a point of doing during his brief stay in Los Angeles, a city in which he once lived and blazed a bright trail. His answer is alternately low key and more romantic, in the Wordsworth-sense of the word, then anyone should ever be when talking about a hot, overcast Los Angeles June.

"I like to go to the movies. So if there's an opportunity, I'll do that," says Mortensen, as if seeing a movie while on a junket were some sort of caper. "I like to just walk around and see a different environment. I've always loved trees and plants. I just like to walk around and see what's growing and see what's happening."

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