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Park City — The United States military has spent most of this century engaged in combat operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. There have been so many stories told about the soldiers and their missions in these Middle East war zones that they’re practically its own genre. That’s not to say there aren’t more stories to be chronicled or that they can’t be re-told from new and different perspectives. It’s in this context, however, that Alexandre Moors’s “The Yellow Birds” debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Saturday with an air of familiarity that hinders its emotional impact.
- Gregory Ellwood
It’s unusual, at the Sundance Film Festival, to see a drama about a subject like the Iraq War. The economics of scale required to stage an authentic combat scene don’t tend to mesh with indie-film budgets — and besides, there are enough towering war films in our time that the bar for them has been set extraordinarily high. So say this much for “The Yellow Birds”: When it plunks the audience down into a crumbling urban war zone, where every dirt road and alleyway could be a path to oblivion, the movie, if nothing else, creates a physically convincing atmosphere of instability and fearful tension. The movie opens with U.S. soldiers walking across a dark field, past palm trees (one of which is on fire), in a grimly patterned death march that evokes — ironically — the final moments of “Full Metal Jacket.” And, indeed, Stanley Kubrick’s great »
- Owen Gleiberman
This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.
Jennifer Aniston will soon be seen showing off her dramatic chops once again, in Alexandre Moors’ Iraq War drama The Yellow Birds. The film will make its debut at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, and EW caught up with Aniston ahead of its premiere.
“War movies aren’t usually my thing; I find them very hard to watch,” Aniston says. “ the way this script read, and the vision that Alex had — it was really connecting into the humanity of the soldiers; the parents that are left behind waiting, counting the minutes; the loss of innocence. »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
The hot, sun-soaked Summer is still . . . so far away. Even if you have no reason to be bikini-ready, stars in beach-set movies are here to inspire you. The movies - including some from 2016 - have provided tons of opportunities to strap on sexy swimsuits, and we've got all the most memorable bikini moments caught on film, including hot shots of Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, and more. - Additional reporting by Laura Marie Meyers, Becky Kirsch, and Maggie Pehanick Related:The Ultimate Celebrity Bikini GalleryThe Hottest Shirtless Guys in MoviesOver 100 of the Hottest Swimsuit Moments of 2016A Necessary Roundup of 2016's Hottest Shirtless Movie Moments »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Jennifer Aniston has been mulling over the idea of making a small screen comeback.
"I’ve thought about it a lot. That’s where the work is," the 47-year-old actress tells Variety of returning to television. "That’s where the quality is. At this point in my career, I want to be part of wonderful stories, exciting characters, and also just having a good time."
Watch: Jennifer Aniston Reveals She ‘Can’t Help’ Watching Friends Reruns, Says the Cast Didn’t Like the Theme Song
Aniston further weighs the pros and cons of making movies versus TV. "When you’re in your 20s, going away from home was an adventure -- meeting new people, seeing other parts of the country or world was so exciting," she explains. "Now it’s really about wanting to stay closer to home and just enjoying your time. It goes really fast. The experience needs to be a good experience."
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Jennifer Aniston feels at home on the small screen. While she won't be organizing a Friends reunion á la NBC's Will & Grace reboot, the 47-year-old actress hopes to star in a new TV series at some point. "I've thought about it a lot. That's where the work is. That's where the quality is," she tells Variety. "At this point in my career, I want to be part of wonderful stories, exciting characters, and also just having a good time." Aniston, who last appeared in a 2010 episode of Courteney Cox's sitcom Cougar Town, adds, "When you're in your 20s, going away from home was an adventure. Meeting new people—seeing other parts of the country or world—was so »
In recent years television has really become the place for top quality drama, demonstrably more so than film. It seems Jennifer Aniston agrees.
The Friends actress, out promoting her Sundance Festival film The Yellow Birds, has spoken to Variety about her thoughts on the film/TV dynamic and why she wants to return to the episodic format.
“I’ve thought about it a lot. That’s where the work is. That’s where the quality is. At this point in my career, I want to be part of wonderful stories, exciting characters, and also just having a good time”.
Aniston also commented on the switch away from theatre experiences towards day and date releases.
“It used to be thought of as not as respected if a movie goes day-and-date, but I think it’s fantastic. I’m always going to be a sucker for wanting to go to movie theaters. »
- Samuel Brace
Jennifer Aniston became a household name with her role on NBC’s Friends, but has yet to make her return to television, aside from small cameos.
Now Aniston, 47, may be looking to go back to the small screen.
“I’ve thought about it a lot. That’s where the work is. That’s where the quality is,” The Yellow Birds actress recently told Variety. “At this point in my career, I want to be part of wonderful stories, exciting characters, and also just having a good time.”
On her acting career, Aniston remembered how far she’s come in showbiz. »
Robert Redford said the Sundance Film Festival won’t change its mission during the presidency of Donald Trump. Instead, the non-profit organization that puts on the gathering will remain committed to supporting and nurturing young artists, not in reframing itself as a voice of the opposition.
“We stay away from politics,” said Redford at the opening press conference at this year’s film festival. “We stay focused on the stories being told by artists … we don’t play advocacy.”
Trump’s inauguration takes place Friday, on the second day of this year’s festival. A protest march is planned on Saturday in Park City, Utah, but the Sundance Institute is not playing a role in organizing that event. Still the incoming president looms large at the indie film gathering. Trump and the entertainment industry have maintained a hostile posture against one another. Major stars have refused to perform at his »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Jennifer Aniston is no stranger to the Sundance Film Festival, having trekked to Park City for the premieres of 2002’s “The Good Girl” and 2006’s “Friends With Money.” This year, she plays a supporting role in the drama “The Yellow Birds,” as the mother of a young man (Tye Sheridan) who enlists in the Iraq War.
“It’s a poetic story,” says Aniston, who’s also an executive producer on the project, directed by Alexandre Moors, with a cast that includes Toni Collette and Alden Ehrenreich as another soldier. “It’s heartbreaking — these families every single day not knowing if their kids are going to come home.” Ahead of its Saturday premiere, Aniston spoke to Variety about the film, why she’s open to returning to TV, and what inspired her recent essay about tabloid culture.
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- Ramin Setoodeh
It's that time of the year again when we travel to Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. As always, the cold and snow-filled fest is chock full of hot independent movies. From Jack Black as a real-life polka sensation and Jennifer Aniston as the mother of a young man killed during the Iraq War to a Kristen Stewart-directed short and Armie Hammer romancing a 17-year-old boy, there really is something for everyone. Start clicking the gallery below for a look at 17 movies everyone is already talking about. The 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through Jan. 29. »
Breaking up is hard to do, and that's where a fresh new haircut, pint of mint chip ice cream and a bottle of red wine come in handy. But when it comes to celebrities, they enjoy all that plus the ability to start fresh in a flashy, multi-million dollar home with every luxurious amenity under the sun. Consider it a statement of sorts (slightly comparable to running into an ex with that killer revenge bod of yours on full display), to splurge on an oceanfront mansion or bachelor pad where your former significant other is far from welcome. Stars like Khloe Kardashian, Robin Thicke and Jennifer Aniston all made the leap from lovenests shared with Lamar Odom, Paula »
Although the 2016 season in film isn't quite over until the Oscars take place, 2017's newest and most anticipated films are about to usher their way onto the (screen) scene. The Sundance Film Festival has arrived! This year's festival consists of 113 full-length films coming from as many as 31 countries and debuting 36 first-time filmmakers. Those included in the lineup come from a whopping 13,782 submissions, 95 of which will be world premieres. And to save you some trouble (read: countless hours scrolling Rotten Tomatoes), we've rounded up the most eagerly awaited movies you're most likely to hear about postpremiere. How about that for upping your indie culture game? 1. Before I Fall Director: Ry Russo-Young Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Diego Boneta This is a book-to-film adaptation based on the 2010 novel of same name by Lauren Oliver. High schooler Samantha Kingston (Deutch) thinks she has it all, living life amongst her Mean Girls-esque clique, »
- McCall Minnor
Matthew Heineman’s documentary “City of Ghosts” has won this year’s Candescent award at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Candescent award was created by actress-producer Lilly Hartley in partnership with the Sundance Institute documentary film program. The award goes to a powerful social-issue film that has been supported during production by the Dfp and premieres at the Sundance Film Festival.
Heineman, whose credits include the Academy Award-nominated “Cartel Land,” followed the journey of a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by Isis in 2014. “City of Ghosts” centers on a group of citizen journalists — dubbed “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” — as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against Isis. Raqqa is an Isis stronghold in Syria.
“City of Ghosts” premieres in the U.S. documentary competition on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival. »
- Dave McNary
The Sundance Film Festival has been the launching pad for some of the greatest indie films ever made. The likes of “Reservoir Dogs,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and last year’s “Manchester by the Sea” all got their starts at the mountainside festival. That track record of finding new talent and fresh stories is what keeps studio executives and fan lovers flocking to Park City. So as Sundance gets ready to kick off on Thursday, hope springs anew.
There are a number of films that are already generating massive buzz, sight unseen. They range from Oscar contenders to crowd pleasing comedies to ripped-from-the-headlines documentaries. If they live up to the hype, all of them should score big paydays. Here’s a look at the films that are most likely to spark all-night bidding frenzies.
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- Brent Lang
Add Busy Philipps to the list of stars who have tried cupping.
The 37-year-old actress, known for roles on Freaks & Geeks and CougarTown, was at her acupuncture appointment on Tuesday when she decided to try the ancient Chinese therapy.
“I want to kind of try to show you how gnarly it is,” she told fans on her Instagram story later in the evening. “Oh my God it’s all down my back.”
Philipps later posted a photo of the pepperoni-like marks on her shoulder — which she noticed matched the circles on her bra strap.
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- Dave Quinn
A year ago at Sundance, #OscarsSoWhite and related outrage over a lack of diversity in Hollywood fueled an industrywide push of films with people of color, igniting a record $17.5 million bidding war for “The Birth of a Nation” and, later on, helping propel “Moonlight” and other films toward year-end Oscar campaigns.
This year, widespread anger over the presidential election and a celeb-packed Park City offshoot of the Women’s March on Washington raise the question: Will other issues that newly disenfranchised audiences care about boost interest in any of the slew of politically charged films at Sundance, helping to sow the seeds for another “Fahrenheit 9/11”?
There’s certainly money to be made from political films that cater to audiences who feel outraged, as shown by right-wing docs that have galvanized audiences angered by President Obama. 2016’s top-grossing doc by a wide margin was Dinesh D’Souza’s “Hillary’s America, »
- Gregg Goldstein
Later this week, Lrm will be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. While the festival tends to be a mixed bag of indie films, some will be picked up for distribution by studios and turned into mainstream hits, others will flounder and be lucky to get a VOD release. Even so, there’s no denying that Sundance is the real beginning of the year for most movie lovers as we’ll be talking about the movies below for the next 12 months.
Last year alone, Sundance held the premieres for The Birth of a Nation, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, Love and Friendship, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street and many more films, some that appeared on The Weekend Warrior’s year-end Top 25. One or two of those might even receive Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week on January 24.
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- Edward Douglas
Comprising a considerable amount of our top 50 films of last year, Sundance Film Festival has proven to yield the first genuine look at what the year in cinema will bring. Now in its 39th iteration, we’ll be heading back to Park City this week, but before we do, it’s time to highlight the films we’re most looking forward to, including documentaries and narrative features from all around the world.
While much of the joy found in the festival comes from surprises throughout the event, below one will find our 20 most-anticipated titles. Check out everything below and for updates straight from the festival, make sure to follow us on Twitter (@TheFilmStage, @jpraup, @djmecca and @FinkJohnJ), and stay tuned to all of our coverage here.
- Jordan Raup
Best girlfriend of the year award, right here!
The 32-year-old pop star shared a video to her Instagram story of the British actor blowing out candles on a two-tier owl cake while surrounded by family and friends in Palm Springs, California.
Naturally, the Lord of the Rings star was thrilled with the surprise fete, posting a shot of him and his mom sharing a warm embrace. "Best gift ever surprise visit from me mum," Bloom wrote.
Celebrity attendees included Jennifer Aniston and her husband, Justin Theroux, with many of the guests donning cheeky jumpsuits splashed with the guest of honor's smiling face, as depicted in a fan photo on Instagram.
Earlier that evening »
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