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It could be the flop of all flops. At the time, “Waterworld” was the most expensive film ever made. Starring Kevin Costner, “Waterworld” is a science-fiction/fantasy film taking place roughly 500 years after the polar ice caps melted in the beginning of the 21st century, effectively covering the entire world with water. Dirt has become a commodity and an unknown traveler named “the Mariner” (Costner) is trying to find anywhere to trade his stash. The catch: he’s a mutant, with gills, allowing him to breathe underwater. He is joined by a woman named Helen (Jeannie Tripplehorn) and child named Enola (Tina Majorino) with an elaborate map tattooed on her back. They sail the world and encounter various groups of survivors. They are pursued by a group of evil forces, led by an eye-patched man called “the Deacon” (Dennis Hopper). The special effects are actually pretty impressive, »
- Joshua Gaul
We’ve been relishing the chance to be in Park City again this year for Sundance, despite the fact that for the first time in the festival’s history no movies are being screened on 35mm. That said, some already incredible movies have received awards and much deserved buzz. Most notable among them is Don Hertzfeld’s animated World of Tomorrow, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film.
But we’ve also been watching the buyers, because for those of us who couldn’t make it out to Utah this year, we have an invested interest in actually seeing these movies some day. Here’s a list of some of the more notable deals that were struck. Indiewire has a full list of films and buyers.
- Brian Welk
Movies starring children are often a recipe for disaster, which was why I was hesitant to see Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon. But hearing Bacon was in this movie enticed me to see it, as Bacon always does. It was a fantastic movie that didn't try to portray kids as the adorable charm machines that Hollywood wants them to be, but rather as real little kids doing kid things.
Hays Wellford and James Freedson-Jackson star as the two 10-year-old protagonists of this film who find a seemingly abandoned cop car in the nearby forest with the keys inside and claim it as their own. When the crooked sheriff, played by Bacon, returns to find his car missing, he's determined to find it and get it back. For those thinking that the movie will be something akin to a kid friendly Ferris Bueller tale, with hijinks at every turn with Bacon »
- Bryan Dayley
Focus Features boutique arm Focus World has acquired Us and UK rights to director Jon Watts' Sundance premiere "Cop Car," starring Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham and Camryn Manheim. Produced by Cody Ryder, Alicia Van Couvering, Sam Bisbee, Andrew Kortschak and Jon Watts, this cat-and-mouse turns on a "a harrowing crash course full of mayhem as a pair of 10-year-old boys attempt to navigate the back roads behind the wheel of a seemingly abandoned police car that they have no clue how to operate," per the official synopsis. Things go from bad to worse when a small-town sheriff sets his sights on getting the car back—at any cost. Reviews have been solid. The Guardian praises Kevin Bacon's performance especially: "Bacon, sporting a creepy moustache, is great, and both boys give strong, naturalistic performances." Focus World is planning a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release of »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Netflix came to this year’s Sundance Film Festival as the digital spoiler, ready to spend more than traditional studios to lure the top indie movies away from theatrical distribution – but so far they haven’t spoiled a thing, as the big acquisitions in a healthy market have mainly gone to the usual distribution suspects.
Multiple dealmakers have told TheWrap that Netflix came to Sundance with a specific strategy to outbid the other studios for movies in an attempt to build a track record as a buyer of major festival titles. A longtime supporter of independent film, Netflix has been »
- Jeff Sneider and Sharon Waxman
Focus World has acquired U.S. and U.K. rights to “Cop Car,” following its Sundance premiere in the midnight section.
“Cop Car” centers on a pair of 10-year-old boys attempting to navigate the back roads behind the wheel of a seemingly abandoned police car that they have no clue how to operate. The script is by Watts and Christopher D. Ford.
The deal was negotiated by Beth Lemberger and Anjay Nagpal of Focus with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
- Dave McNary
Focus Features’ alternative distribution initiative Focus World has acquired U.S. and U.K. rights to Jon Watts’ thriller “Cop Car,” which stars Kevin Bacon as a corrupt sheriff whose vehicle is stolen by two 10-year-old boys.
Focus World is planning a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release of the film but has not yet set a date. In the UK, the film will be distributed via Uphe Content Group.
- Jeff Sneider
John Crowley directed Brooklyn and the highly regarded romance stars Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters in the story of a young Irish immigrant in 1950s New York.
Fox Searchlight negotiated the deal with HanWay Films and CAA and plans a release this year for the potential awards contender.
Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media have acquired world rights to the documentary Best Of Enemies, chronicling the intellectual rivalry between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley. Wme Global and Submarine represented the film-makers.Sundance Selects has moved on North American rights to Laura Gabbert’s Us Documentary Competition selection City Of Gold. The film follows »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
THR reports that Focus World, the 'alternative arm' of Focus Features, bought the U.S. rights for John Watts' Sundance midnighter Cop Car. They plan to share Kevin Bacon's mustache in cinemas and on VOD simultaneously.The film has been praised for re-creating the tone of films produced by Amblin Entertainemnt back the 80s. TwitchFilm's Ryland loved this movie when he saw it this week at Sundance. He gushed about it in his review, If Cop Car was released in the VHS era, it would be dubbed and traded amongst friends until the tape was worn completely through.It's a cult classic that doesn't just feel like it is trying to be one. But past all that, Cop Car is just a damn awesome movie....
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The synopsis of "Cop Car" is simple enough: Two 10-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car. With suspension of disbelief in place, the premise delivers on its entertaining potential with plenty of thrilling and often very funny surprises. The film opens with the two ten-year-olds in question, played by James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford, challenging each other to say the naughtiest words they can think in the process of running away from home. Director Jon Watts and co-writer Christopher Ford believably capture a young boyish mindset and playful behavior, even as the young kids figure out the basics of driving the vehicle — maybe a little too fast. The car belongs to Sheriff Kretzer, played by a mustachioed Kevin Bacon (who also served as executive producer on the film), who was taking care of shadier business nearby. Bacon has fun with the role of Kretzer, a corruptible coke-fueled cop operating from »
- Ibad Shah
Park City — Focus World, the alternative distribution arm of Focus Features, has closed a deal to pick up the distribution rights to Cop Car, the Kevin Bacon thriller. The movie premiered Saturday as part of the festival's midnight sidebar and has been described as having tones of the 1980s Amblin movies (the Steven Spielberg-produced films which featured young boys on wild adventures) crossed with influences such as the Coen Brothers crime movies or movies like Blue Ruin. A small bidding war ensued, with Lionsgate and IFC among those chasing the keys to Car, but Focus ended up taking
- Borys Kit
Directed by Jon Watts
The first impression we get about the film is the landscape – multiple shots cover the empty Midwestern landscape, the environment shaping the lives for our central characters. The next impression we get is one of youth, as a long and impressively non-intrusive tracking shot follows two young boys, practicing their swearing with each other. This is a film that you fall in love with immediately, as it’s hard to not find yourself in these two. The plot of Jon Watts’s stellar film revolves around two ten-year-old boys, Harrison (Hays Wellford) and Travis (James Freedson-Jackson), who steal an abandoned cop car. To explain much further would be to ruin the surprises, wonder and fun that this film has in store.
The dialogue feels like the conversations you would have with your friends during childhood, »
- Dylan Griffin
Sundance Film Festival is best known as the place for indie films from unknown filmmakers, and while that’s still one of its goals recent years have seen a shift towards more indie-ish films starring recognizable faces. This year is no exception, and two examples of the trend are found in the Park City at Midnight section. Cop Car stars Kevin Bacon as a corrupt cop whose car is stolen by a pair of fun-loving ten year-olds. The kids take the car for a drive unaware of just how much trouble their adventure has created for them. Eli Roth‘s latest, Knock Knock, places Keanu Reeves in a completely different kind of trouble as a happily married man alone for the long, rainy Father’s Day weekend who opens the door to two wet, cold and scantily clad young women. He resists their charms for only so long before succumbing, but »
- Rob Hunter
Sundance Film Festival Day 2:What did Keanu Reeves, Gary Cole, Winston Rauch, Michael Shannon, Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, Jason Isaac, Eli Roth, Jonny Drubel, Ethan Hawk, Avan Jogia, Emile Hirsch, Bryan Buckley, Adam Scott, Nicholas Lopez, Lorenza Izza, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Isaacs, Jake Busey, Ana DeArmas, Nick Offerman, Kevin Bacon, Chris Pine do on day 2 of Sundance? They checked out cast of Ten Thousand Saints, Knock Knock and Dope all descended on Acura Studio to sign the hood of the new 2015 Acura Tlx.Acura will donate the proceeds from the highest bidder to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride […] »
- April Neale
With Sundance weekend officially in full swing, Hollywood's biggest names continued to invade beautiful Park City, Utah, hitting up gift suites, tucking into multi-course meals and pal-ing around at premieres and parties. Newly minted Golden-Globe winner Gina Rodriguez held court at a table at Tao with boyfriend Henry Esteve, new dad Ryan Reynolds joked about breastfeeding with us and Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain had a love fest at the premiere of the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Keep on reading to see who else People rubbed elbows with! 10:45 a.m., Birchbox Sundance Pop-Up: Lena Dunham »
- Melody Chiu and Patrick Gomez
Leitch was on stage fronting a supergroup that included Mark McGrath, Dave Kushner, Jane%u2019s Addiction%u2019s Chris Chaney, and Matisyahu. If Ben Silverman was in the room, he was as quiet as his emails, even if a pocket of jacketed bros cheered the shout-out. »
- Mikey Glazer
Sometimes a film's premise just sells itself. Two mischievous boys stumble upon an abandoned cop car and decide to take it for a joyride. It turns out the cop car belongs to an officer on the wrong side of the law who will stop at nothing to retrieve his cruiser and protect the secrets inside. Now get this, the cop is played by Kevin Bacon. Sold! It brings great pleasure to report that Jon Watts' simply named Cop Car delivers on the premise in spades. With two fantastic performances by young boys Hays Wellford and James Freedson-Jackson, a strong supporting turn by Shea Whigham, and every bit of awesomeness you could hope for from a mustachioed Kevin Bacon, Cop Car is destined for video rental...
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Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station.” Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in “The Spectacular Now.” Oscar nominees Quvenzhané Wallis and Abigail Breslin in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” respectively.
All of those performances were once the talk of Sundance, where stars threaten to break-out each year. The 2015 edition of the frosty festival is no different, with no shortage of young stars poised to launch their careers in Park City and make a name for themselves in Hollywood. »
- Jeff Sneider
Twenty-five years ago this week (Jan. 19, 1990), the greatest film ever made about carnivorous subterranean worms hit theaters. Tremors didn't make a big splash in theaters, considering its release was during the awards season dumping ground of January. (Also it's a movie about carnivorous subterranean worms.) But the film found a second life on VHS and cable, and it has become a beloved cult hit, spawning many sequels. So let's take a trip back to Perfection Valley, where it all began. Wanna Write a Great Screenplay? Study TremorsIn a Reddit thread titled, "What is Your Favorite Kevin Bacon Movie and Why Is It Tremors, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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