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NEW YORK -- The Sundance Film Festival announced its New Frontier multimedia, live performance and panel discussion lineup and an added world premiere for the main fest: Andrew Fleming's comedy Hamlet 2.
Hamlet 2, starring Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler and David Arquette and which has no domestic distributor, premieres Jan. 21 out of competition in the Premieres slate. It stars Coogan as a high school drama teacher who creates a musical sequel to Hamlet based on the premise that no one died in the original play. Elisabeth Shue and Melonie Diaz round out the ensemble cast.
This year's seven New Frontier features are art-inspired films that use new narrative structures. Screenings include James Benning's art sculpture study "casting a glance," Michelange Quay's look at Hatian politics Eat, For This is My Body, Jennifer Phang's family drama Half-Life and Mia Trachinger's genetic mutation love story Reversion.
Yang Fudong's historical biographies "Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Parts 4 and 5" and the multi-director French animated omnibus "Fear(s) of the Dark" round out the features slate. »
Madison tells the story of a woman (Roemer) who, after trying all traditional means to cure her mental illness, locks herself in her apartment for 30 days with no food, telephone or outside stimuli.
Conroy will play Dolly, Madison's mother and a religious zealot who has her own mental-health issues.
Manning plays Margaret, a fellow patient with sociopathic tendencies who resides at the psychiatric hospital with Madison. Patton plays Madison's loving but emotionally absent father.
Shooting is set to begin today in New Orleans.
Leaving Las Vegas star Elisabeth Shue is in training to become a professional tennis player. The Oscar-nominated actress admits she has always been pretty good at the sport and now she's working on a second career on the courts of America. She explains, "It's always been a dream of mine. I don't think I'll be playing at the (tennis tournament) US Open, but, by September, I'd like to be competing professionally, even at the lowest level. I've been training so hard, now I feel like more of a tennis player than an actress." »
3 items from 2007
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