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Half a dozen shorts, one unheard of horror feature film offering (2013’s Devil In My Ride) and several indie producing creds most recently William H. Macy’s Rudderless, Gary Michael Schultz managed to land an impress set of indie players in Emile Hirsch, Zoë Kravitz, Zoey Deutch, Emory Cohen, Beau Knapp and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi for his attention getting sophomore title. Principal photography on his love/violence themed revenge thriller began in Louisiana last December and it could potnetially have a soothing chaotic look as it was Fishing Without Nets’ Alex Disenhof on board as cinematographer.
Gist: Based on a story by Keith Kjarval, this follows a down-on-their-luck pair of rebels who fall in love and fall apart when their violent pasts catch up with them.
- Eric Lavallee
Steve Karmen’s 70s radio jingle certainly comes to mind when considering the body of work from the likes of Scorsese, Spike Lee, Woody Allen. We can certainly add the name of Ira Sachs to this aural signifier/list. After Keep the Lights On (’12) and Love is Strange (’14) the future third volume in Sachs’ proposed trilogy of films also takes place in New York City and once again includes the notions of family and a certain displacement. Recently reading just how attached Sachs is to Sundance as both a patron and filmmaker, we’d think the natural route is for another Park City premiere but don’t be surprised if we receive the “silent treatment”. One of the most anticipated American indie films of ’16, Little Men (formerly known as Thank You for Being Honest) is a children’s family drama starring newcomers Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz alongside Greg Kinnear, »
- Eric Lavallee
Best known for his stumbling car salesman and poor choice of a husband in the Coen Bros’s Fargo, in his almost four decade career William H. Macy has seen his share of Park City red carpet treatment, including his directorial debut in 2014. While Rudderless might have been true to the film’s title, the filmmaker got right back into the saddle this past May for his sophomore project. What is being referred to as an American road trip sex comedy, despite some noteworthy comedic folk within this set of players (Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton, Matt Barr, Matt L. Jones, Rob Corddry, Kal Penn, Molly Shannon) this doesn’t feel as Sundance-y as his previous effort.
- Eric Lavallee
Is Sundance big enough for two Christines? It certainly would be a ballsy festival move and a trip as a cinephile to see, compare and admire two filmmakers’ perspectives and unique prisms on Miss Chubbuck. After Kati with an I (2010), Fake It So Real (2012) and Actress (2014), Robert Greene continues to tweak how we come to relate with the nonfiction form. Presented at the Sheffield Doc/Fest last April, Tribeca Film Institute and Cph:forum, Kate Plays Christine is likely going to see indie actress Kate Lyn Sheil morph into something special.
Gist: This film follows actor Kate Lyn Sheil preparing to play the role of Christine Chubbuck, a Florida television host who committed suicide on air in 1974.
Production Co./Producers: Susan Bedusa and Douglas Tirola (Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon).
Prediction: U.S Documentary section.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic). Tbd (international)
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- Eric Lavallee
Tony Wash is directing from his own script. The film follows three siblings as they return home to reconcile the murder of their parents 20 years earlier, and discover a startling connection to a local urban legend.
The project came together after Wash’s short “The Muck” debuted at last year’s SXSW.
Red Band Films is the division of Unified Pictures that produced “The Driftless Area,” William H. Macy’s “Rudderless,” Clark Gregg’s “Trust Me” and “A Single Shot.” Sony recently acquired U.S. rights and most worldwide rights to “The Driftless Area,” starring Zooey Deschanel and Anton Yelchin.
Unified co-founder Keith Kjarval told Variety »
- Dave McNary
This new trailer’s tagline — “Family with a nuclear option” — is as good a way as any to describe the Gallaghers of Shameless. Showtime has just released the first full trailer for Season 6, so it’ll have to suffice until the January 10 premiere. Picking up a few months after last year's finale, the Gallaghers are preparing for another long Chicago winter, with prodigal dad Frank (William H. Macy) back home and in an unusually maudlin, huggy-kissy mood. Says daughter… »
Showtime released the trailer for Season 6 of “Shameless” on Friday, promising another season of Gallagher family love. The trailer opens with patriarch Frank (William H. Macy) tearfully professing his love for his kids and family as they recoil in disgust. “I don’t know how much more of that I can take before I stab him in the neck with a broken beer bottle,” says Fiona (Emmy Rossum). When the series picks up a few months after last year’s finale, the sixth season of the Showtime comedy will see the Gallaghers growing further apart and having to face the possibility that it. »
- Reid Nakamura
All of the Gallaghers are feeling the love, courtesy of Frank, in the first full-length trailer for Shameless Season 6. However, the dysfunctional father may not exactly be getting the reaction he’s hoping for from his children, especially from Fiona, who tells her siblings that she’s not sure how much more she can take of it “before I stab him in the neck with a broken beer bottle.” And that’s only the first 20 seconds of the two-minute-plus video, which previews the many conflicts ahead in the show’s all-new season. Starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, Shameless Season 6 picks up a few months after last year’s finale, as the Gallaghers prepare for yet another long Chicago winter. This season will see more than just the arctic Lake Michigan winds whipping through the Southside. Change is hard and the Gallaghers are as surprised as anyone at how »
- Chris King
To a non-pro, acting can seem easy, but actors know that performing can be a particularly scary enterprise, not necessarily in a spooky way. Acting involves risk-taking and a willingness to leap into the void. Great risk can yield great reward, however, and many an award-winning performance comes from an actor’s willingness to tackle terrifying scenes head-on.
Such a jump into the unknown is uniquely pronounced for TV actors, who are rarely privy to their characters’ full arcs until shortly before they have to play them. “We don’t always know what’s going to be written for us,” says Taryn Manning (Pennsatucky, “Orange Is the New Black”). “We just cross our fingers and hope as an actor the arc is going to continue.”
In Manning’s case this season, that meant a switch from playing a budding friendship between her inmate character and a new prison guard — to »
- Randee Dawn
Johnson will also produce the film along with his partner Dany Garcia through their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Montecito Pictures and Beau Flynn are producing as well, while Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Greg Bonnan will exec produce.
Although plot details are currently vague, sources close to the project reveal that the studio is taking a comedic route with the movie. Production is expected to commence in early 2016.
- Justin Kroll
At our big awards-season event The Contenders Presented by Deadline, held November 7 at the DGA, new independent distributor A24 devoted part of its session to the critically acclaimed Oscar hopeful Room, a movie about a young woman and her 5-year-old son held captive for years in a 10 x 10 room. The film is deeply emotional, complex and has great performances from Brie Larson, 9-year-old Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy. Although the entire film opens up to… »
Read More: Watch: Supercut Celebrates William H. Macy's Perfect Performances As Our Favorite Cinematic Losers On "Off Camera with Sam Jones," William H. Macy admits to being a loser — kind of. Acknowledging that he has played so many losers in his career that he's "been quizzed on it," Macy also explained, "I've always felt it's my responsibility to bring as much of my personality to the role as I can." Hey, he said it, not us. Macy also talked about foraying into directing, admitting that the experience taught him that he had to say "shut up, Bill" and let good actors do their work. "Off Camera with Sam Jones" airs Mondays on DirecTV channel 239, the Audience Network. Watch the exclusive clips above and below. Read More: Watch: Connie Britton Will Only Take Jobs 'That Scare the Shit Out of Me' (Exclusive Video)
- Karen Brill
Read More: Watch: Supercut Celebrates William H. Macy's Perfect Performances As Our Favorite Cinematic Losers On "Off Camera with Sam Jones," William H. Macy admits to being a loser — kind of. Acknowledging that he has played so many losers in his career that he's "been quizzed on it," Macy also explained, "I've always felt it's my responsibility to bring as much of my personality to the role as I can." Hey, he said it, not us. Macy also talked about foraying into directing, admitting that the experience taught him that he had to say "shut up, Bill" and let good actors do their work. "Off Camera with Sam Jones" airs Mondays on DirecTV channel 239, the Audience Network. Watch the exclusive clips above and below. Read More: Watch: Connie Britton Will Only Take Jobs 'That Scare the Shit Out of Me' (Exclusive Video) »
- Karen Brill
If your entire life consisted of one 10-foot-by-10-foot room, how would you adjust to the outside world? The movie "Room," based on the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue, has already won critical acclaim and film festival audience awards, and it's finally hitting wide release this Friday, November 6.
This exclusive clip from the movie features Brie Larson's Joy, aka "Ma," and her 5-year-old son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay). Seven years ago, Joy was tricked by a man called Old Nick and kidnapped, brought to a shed she just calls "Room." This is the only world Jack has ever known, but when he and Ma escape Room, they still have to face the culture shock of the real world.
The scene shows Ma and Jack in their first post-Room bathroom visit, which may not sound like a major event, but it's all new to Jack. You can tell from Ma's »
- Gina Carbone
With Room, Director Lenny Abrahamson and screenwriter Emma Donoghue (who adapted her novel) dramatize the impossible situation of a child trapped for years in a room with his mother who’s continually raped there. Room is a difficult but often tedious viewing experience, and while the effort is valiant, the movie doesn’t always hit its desired mark.
Room is the tale of 24-year-old Joy (Brie Larson), trapped in a soundproof garden shed for seven years after being abducted. The room has a hot plate and a sink, a toilet a television, and one skylight in the ceiling. Her captor (Sean Bridgers), known as ‘Old Nick’, brings her enough food to survive, disciplines her by cutting off the electricity, and tells her she doesn’t appreciate how good she has it. Oh, and he rapes her when he feels like it, which has resulted in a long-haired five-year old son »
- Tom Stockman
Written by Emma Donoghue
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
The scariest thing about intimacy is sharing your partner with the rest of the world. Trusting those delicate threads is a demanding trick that some people never master. From lover to lover, or parent to sibling, their love becomes a smothering blanket. Director Lenny Abrahamson’s riveting new drama, Room, deconstructs our need to possess someone, as well as the terror of letting them go. While the film’s second half lacks the urgency of its mesmerizing opening, an observant script and amazing performances make Room one of 2015’s most gut-wrenching viewing experiences.
Jack (Jacob Tremblay) has no reason to believe his 5th birthday will be any different than the previous 4 years he’s spent entirely inside of Room. He tells each piece of rickety furniture “Hello!” and tries to make friends with a little mouse that somehow found »
- J.R. Kinnard
Netflix is in final negotiations to adapt the best-selling young adult novel “13 Reasons Why” as a 13-episode series with Selena Gomez set to exec produce, Variety has learned exclusively.
The story will follow a boy named Clay (yet to be cast) through an emotional night when he receives a shoe box of cassette tapes from his late classmate and crush Hannah, after she recently committed suicide. On the tapes, which are mailed with instructions to pass along from one student to another, Hannah explains to twelve peers how they each played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons explaining why she took her life.
The project hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount TV with a pilot penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Brian Yorkey. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Love knows no boundaries
Room is a harrowing piece of filmmaking where a mother and five-year-old son are confined to the titular claustrophobic space. The life that Ma/Joy (Brie Larson) is able to breathe within those four walls however, is nothing short of extraordinary, and a testament to the human spirit’s unbreakable willpower to make something out of nothing.
Especially when the goal is to raise a child with no connection to the outside world, or even another room. Not only do all of the inanimate objects within the suitably denominated “Room” get spoken to and referred to as living things, Ma plants stories into young Jack’s gullible mind (outer space lying beyond the walls), and the two regularly partake in activities together like baking a birthday cake. »
- Robert Kojder
Sherilyn Fenn is set for a recurring role on the upcoming sixth season of Showtime’s dramedy Shameless in a recasting. She will play Queen, an earthy, sensual, flouncy, flamboyant and joyous woman who had a brief encounter with Frank (William H. Macy) on top of a washing machine when both were high on mushrooms at 16. The encounter produced a now-adult daughter, Sammi (Emily Bergl). Queenie is a force of nature, a grandmother many times over who loves to be naked, grows… »
Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all—his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma.
Room tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, Short Term 12, Trainwreck). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is »
- Movie Geeks
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