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Ed Burns, whose debut film The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was announced today as a jury member for next month’s Sundance in Park City, Utah. Burns joins documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, executive Tom Rothman and 16 others named to five juries that will award prizes at independent film’s most high-profile showcase.
Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 22, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on Jan. 26. The festival runs this year from Jan. 17-27.
Click below for the entire Sundance jury list:
U.S. Documentary Jury
Liz Garbus is a prolific documentary filmmaker. »
- Jeff Labrecque
De La Huerta's first film was the "The Cider House Rules".
As the current 'face' for Agent Provocateur, De La Huerta also currently appears as the character 'Lucy Danziger' on HBO’s "Boardwalk Empire".
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Paz De La Huerta for Agent Provocateur ...
- M. Stevens
It’s nothing new to say that the term “independent filmmaking” has come to no longer reference the actual practice of making films outside the studio system, and alerts more directly to an aesthetic of hipness. That the cute-and-quirky consecutive multi-Oscar nominees Little Miss Sunshine and Juno were similarly marketed by Fox Searchlight as “independent films” despite the fact that the former was actually produced independently and the latter was funded by studio dollars, effectively put the nail in the coffin for actual independent filmmaking to have any meaningful visibility. Meanwhile, first-time directors who make their name at Sundance like Marc Webb, Doug Liman, and Seth Gordon quickly reveal themselves to be aspiring directors-for-hire rather than anti-Hollywood renegades. Tom Dicillo, Hal Hartley, and Jim Jarmusch seem ever more like naïve, idealist relics each passing year. It’s clear what the blurring of the lines between independence and studio filmmaking has meant for the mainstream: as my friend »
- Landon Palmer
Bill Murray doesn't only manifest his omnipresence through impromptu games of kickball – it is there to see in his work
Those of us who believe Bill Murray to be God are quite sincere in our belief. We're not just saying it to be nice. What otherwise are we to make of his majestic inaccessibility, his lack of an agent or a publicist or even a telephone number? At the same time, there is his mysterious omnipresence, as he drops out of a clear blue sky to play kickball on Roosevelt Island while wearing a woolly hat, plays the tambourine in Texas, drives golf carts around Stockholm, dances the Conga in Cannes, or joins karaoke parties in New York with pretty Dutch girls to buy everyone Chartreuse and sing Elvis Presley's Marie's the Name.
As the New York Times noted this week:
"Tracking his movements in the wild, as he »
- Tom Shone
In 2003, William James Murray (better known to those who haven't spent hours reading his Wikipedia page as Bill Murray) starred in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation," a poignant, somber romantic comedy that spotlighted the budding relationship between an aging film star (Murray) and the lonely wife of a photographer (Scarlett Johansson) in Tokyo. Murray was nominated for an Oscar for said performance, but he ultimately lost to Sean Penn's turn in "Mystic River."
At one point, he also did the Garfield movies.
But herein lies the massive injustice. Bill Murray should have been nominated for an Academy Award for every other movie he's done. There. We said it. The following is a comprehensive list of Murray movies where the Academy unconscionably overlooked his performance, starting from the very beginning of his illustrious career.
Role: Tripper Harrison
Analysis: We're willing to forgive this one, as the »
- Nick Blake
This week sees the release of "Hyde Park On Hudson," the biopic of Fdr that, despite a prestige-heavy cast and seemingly nakedly chasing the success of "The King's Speech," isn't riding as big a wave as we might've expected after premireing on the fall festival circuit in September. It may yet become a popular hit, but it looks unlikely to fulfill the purpose it was seemingly created for -- to finally win Bill Murray, one of our most beloved actors, an Oscar. After breaking out on "Saturday Night Live" in the late 1970s, Murray become one of the biggest stars of the '80s and '90s, and in the latter part of his career, found new creative possibilities, thanks to the patronage of indie filmmakers like Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch and Sofia Coppola. After working with the latter, he was tipped by many for the Best Actor prize in 2004 for "Lost In Translation, »
- The Playlist Staff
Jonas Mekas, who will be 90 on Christmas Eve, has an intense memory of sitting on his father's bed, aged six, singing a strange little song about daily life in the village in which he grew up in Lithuania.
"It was late in the evening and suddenly I was recounting everything I had seen on the farm that day. It was a very simple, very realistic recitation of small, everyday events. Nothing was invented. I remember the reception from my mother and father, which was very good. But I also remember the feeling of intensity I experienced just from describing the actual details of what my father did every day. I have been trying to find that intensity in my work ever since."
We are sitting at a table in »
- Sean O'Hagan
Review by Dane Marti
A Variety Of Mysteries has a good spirit. It will charm anyone who possesses a pulse. That.s most film viewers, right? It.s a tapestry of funny conversations and interesting encounters.
Violet (Sunyatta McDermott) likes to stroll around . not drive. Sometimes, she enjoys taking photographs at interesting and different local spots around the stupendous city of St. Louis, Missouri. And she has a nice camera, not a bloody cell phone. She has a unique and cute way of dressing which shows her independence. She also enjoys posing and standing around. This isn.t a criticism. There.s a lot of nice posing in the film, partially because the actress and character look smashing simply posing! Because I bring this aspect up, some folks will think that the character isn’t very deep, but I think Violet has more going on underneath her exterior; McDermott.s »
- Movie Geeks
Oncinema.com’s Ioncinephile of the Month feature focuses on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema. This November, we feature Sean Baker, an independent filmmaker whose fourth film, Starlet premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, then continued onwards to Locarno, BFI London and most recently AFI Film Fest before being released theatrically via Music Box Films on Friday November 9th. Below is our follow-up interview where we learn more about Baker’s process and about the films that have influenced the filmmaker. Here’s Sean Baker’s personal Top Ten films of all time.
Eric Lavallee: During your childhood…what films were important to you?
Sean Baker: When I was in first grade, my mother brought me to the local library where they were screening selected scenes from the Universal monster films on 16mm. I remember watching the burning windmill sequence from James Whale’s »
- Eric Lavallee
What do you get when you hand RZA the keys to his own film project? As fans of the multi-tasking Wu-Tang Clan leader will be thrilled to know, you get a balls-out, rap-infused martial arts spectacle, filled with the mad love of a lifelong kung fu fan. A project nine years in the making, RZA’s directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists, sees the 43-year-old artist star alongside Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe, bringing to life a mashed-up actioner that blends Chinese mysticism with the U.S. slave trade and more. The impetus for the film’s production came when RZA was scoring Kill Bill: Vol. 1, and witnessed firsthand the craft of Quentin Tarantino. The partnership led the composer to Eli Roth, who’d become his co-screenwriter, and instilled in him the kind of on-set practices that would help him make the leap from tireless Mc to full-fledged filmmaker. »
- R. Kurt Osenlund
Cinetic Media principal Bart Walker has joined ICM Partners as a partner, bringing along clients such as Sofia Coppola (below) and Jim Jarmusch, the agency announced on Thursday. Cinetic's Christina Bazdekis, who counts among her clients John Turturro and Boaz Yakin, is also joining the agency in a move that strengthens both its New York office and its film division. Walker, who began his career at ICM and has also worked at CAA, is the first partner brought in since ICM bought out private equity firm Rizvi Traverse and Jeff Berg in »
- Lucas Shaw
1 November 2012 2:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Literary representatives Bart Walker and Christina Bazdekis of entertainment advisory company Cinetic Media are joining ICM Partners and will work out of the Century City-based agency's New York office. Walker is joining the agency as a partner, boosting ICM's film group. He and Bazdekis are expected to begin working at ICM in the next week. Both reps previously had stints at the agency. Together they represent Sofia Coppola, John Turturro, Lisa Cholodenko, Jim Jarmusch, Lee Daniels and Julian Schnabel, among others. Walker has been a principal and partner at Cinetic with founder John Sloss; he also co-founded Producers Distribution Agency in
- Daniel Miller
A lot of people talk about directing a movie one day. Few actually do it. In a 2005 EW profile, the RZA — Wu-Tang Clan mastermind, author, actor, film composer — spoke earnestly about his methodical steps to prepare himself for the director’s mantle. Seven years later, his debut feature The Man With the Iron Fists, a martial arts epic set in 19th century China starring Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and the RZA himself, is now set to hit theaters on Nov. 2.
- Karen Valby
While RZA is known to many as one of the members of legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan, he has also been steadily building up a career for himself in the film community over time. Having been composing songs for various soundtracks since 1995, and having made his acting debut in director Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai in 1999, he has become a veteran of the industry, so his shift to the director’s chair came as little surprise to those who had been following his career. That shift came with a project titled The Man With the Iron Fists, on which RZA also takes co-screenplay writing duties with Eli Roth, as well as an onscreen role, where he is joined by Lucy Liu, Russell Crowe, Jamie Chung, Pam Grier, and Osric Chau. Ahead of the film’s release in American theatres in two weeks, an animated prequel »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Yep, it’s Monday. While you’re waiting for that first cup of coffee to wake you up, check out these four new character spots for director RZA’s The Man With The Iron Fists. The new movie stars Russell Crowe as soldier and opium addict “Jack Knife,” Lucy Liu as Queen of Jungle Village “Madame Blossom,” Dave Bautista as the indestructable mercenary ” Brass Body,” Cung Le as the duplicitous “Bronze Lion” and RZA as “Blacksmith.”
Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With The Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold. Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of »
- Michelle McCue
From the moment I first saw the trailer to Excision, I knew it was going to be something special. It reminded me slightly in tone (judging from that promo clip) to Lucky McKee’s debut feature May and featured an incredible all star cast consisting of AnnaLynne McCord (90210), Traci Lords, John Waters, Malcolm McDowell, Ray Wise, Roger Bart, Marlee Matlin and so on and so forth. And before I even sat down to watch it, I knew that I had to talk to the sick and twisted mind that thought this whole thing up. Turns out that would be writer/director Richard Bates Jr. who makes his debut with Excision after also directing a short film version of it back in 2008. Richard was kind enough to sit down with Icons for a chat about the history of this personal project. Here’s what we found out! -Rob G. 10/12
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- Rob Galluzzo
After starting his career with the rap group the Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy-winning musician RZA transitioned to movies by writing scores, first with Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai in 1999 and, notably, Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. RZA also kickstarted an acting career with cameo appearances in movies (Funny People, Repo Men) and a stint on Showtime's Californication.
Up next for RZA is to not just act, but also direct, co-write and score a movie: The upcoming martial arts action flick The Man With the Iron Fists, which sees RZA play a blacksmith in a small village in 19th Century China who ends up becoming a human weapon to protect the village from various nefarious foes. In an interview with BillBoard, RZA revealed that The Man With the Iron Fists was his "most challenging job to date."
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- Ryan Gowland
Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, The Host, The Green Blade Rises, Farewell, My Queen) and Anton Yelchin (Fright Night, Star Trek, Like Crazy) are attached to star in the romantic comedy 5 To 7, written and to be directed by Victor Levin (AMC.s .Mad Men.), it was announced today by producers Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures and The Solution Entertainment Group.s (.The Solution.) co-founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.
Wilson and Nestel are on board as co-executive producers of the film with the company also handling international distribution rights. The Solution will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.
Scheduled to start production in late February 2013, 5 To 7 is set in New York, where an aspiring novelist (Yelchin) has a cinq-a-sept affair with the beautiful wife of a French diplomat (Kruger). Cultures, world views, personal ethics and dietary preferences clash as love deepens, »
- Michelle McCue
Part of the fun of any comic book’s development into a film is playing the casting game. It can be a blast to sit around and speculate about this or that actor or actress that you can picture playing your favorite hero or villain. And heck, sometimes those dream castings work out and suddenly you’re sitting in a theatere watching Picard battle Gandalf. But now and again, an announcement comes out that leaves the community scratching its collective, be-goateed head in confusion. “Why on earth would they cast so-so?” goes the usual question.
While outside-the-box casting has the potential to backfire horribly, when it works it produces characters and performances that transcend the genre of “comic book movies”. Here are five casting choices that made people do a double-take, but that ended up working perfectly.
1. Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus
In: Spider-Man 2
Oddball Because: Because who the heck is Alfred Molina? »
- Brendan Foley
Filmed among the driftwood and insects of the Mississippi swamps, Behn Zeitlin's film is being hailed as an Oscar contender. The director and eight-year-old star recall making it
'Did you cry at the end?" It's the day after her first ever premiere at the Cannes film festival, which ended in a standing ovation, and New Orleans schoolgirl Quvenzhané "Nazie" Wallis – eight years old, going on 30 – is taking the whole circus in her stride. Calm and unruffled, she is a force of nature, one minute sitting quietly, the next skipping round her endlessly patient parents. "She really is an old soul in a little body, and always has been," says her director, 29-year-old first timer Benh Zeitlin. "It's funny, because it seems she really gets it – she knows what she's doing, she knows how to be a little star. But at the same time it doesn't faze her."
This "it" is Zeitlin's debut movie, »
- Damon Wise
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