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Vulture has an article featuring Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, Eric Idle and Natalie Portman remembering the late Mike Nichols and the effect he had on their lives and careers and an interesting passage comes via Portman who remembers how Nichols helped her find work after starring in George Lucas' Star Wars prequels. Star Wars had come out around the time of 'Seagull', and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me. Mike wrote a letter to Anthony Minghella and said, "Put her in Cold Mountain, I vouch for her." And then Anthony passed me on to Tom Tykwer, who passed me on to the Wachowskis. Portman, of course, would later star in Closer for Nichols, for which she won a Golden Globe and would be nominated for an Oscar, but to the point »
- Brad Brevet
The line-up for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival has already been revealed, but as always, there are a couple more last minute additions. Festival founder Robert Redford will see the premiere of his latest starring role in A Walk in the Woods, the adaptation of Bill Bryson's memoir of the same name, premiering at the festival. In addition, True Story starring Jonah Hill and James Franco will also debut up in the mountains. We've got first look photos from both of the movies below, along with the festival loglines to give you a better idea of what each of the films are about. Looking forward to both of these additions next month! Premieres: A Walk in the Woods / U.S.A. (Director: Ken Kwapis, Screenwriters: Rick Kerb, Bill Holderman) — An aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy. Along the way, »
- Ethan Anderton
The 2015 edition of the Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Utah, and the lineup now includes 123 features, among which are 106 world premieres. Today the festival announced ten new films and installations, including the A Walk in the Woods premiere. That’s a Ken Kwapis-directed film starring Robert Redford […]
- Russ Fischer
It’s a film starring Sundance Film Fest creator Robert Redford and another film starring Sundance mainstay James Franco that are the latest and last items to officially pad the 2015 edition. Ken Kwapis’ A Walk in the Woods (surely to be discussed as a companion piece to Gus Van Sant’s heavy Cannes contender The Sea of Trees) and Rupert Goold’s directorial debut, True Story – a story that is stranger than fiction close out the Premieres selections. Also announced we find items for New Frontier, Sundance Kids and the From the Collection items. And while the line-up is complete, the actual final piece to the puzzle might actually be a secret screening or two. This year I wager on Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups playing as a non official showing. Here’s the press release.
- Eric Lavallee
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival lineup already looked pretty great, but now they’ve slated a couple more additions to make the fest even more exciting. Director Rupert Goold’s drama True Story and director Ken Kwapis’ adaptation of the Billy Bryson novel A Walk in the Woods have both been added to the Premieres lineup, while the animated Shaun the Sheep will also screen at the festival. True Story stars Jonah Hill as disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel, who strikes up a head-spinning relationship with accused murderer Christian Longo, played by James Franco. Felicity Jones also stars in this incredibly promising drama, which is immediately one of my must-sees of the fest. A Walk in the Woods, meanwhile, stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as an aging travel writer and his estranged high school buddy, respectively, who set out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Check out the first True Story images, »
- Adam Chitwood
The Sundance Film Festival, whose 2015 edition runs from January 22 through February 1, has added another round of films and New Frontier installations. Not a big round, but it does include a few big names. The festival's founder, Robert Redford, stars with Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal in Ken Kwapis's A Walk in the Woods. Jonah Hill, James Franco and Felicity Jones star in Rupert Goold's True Story. Sundance will also host the international premiere of Aardman Animations' Shaun the Sheep and a revival of Jennie Livingston's 1990 classic Paris Is Burning. » - David Hudson »
“A Walk in the Woods” stars Sundance founder Redford as a travel writer who sets out to hike the Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged friend, portrayed by Nick Nolte. Ken Kwapis directs the comedy-drama from a script by Rick Kerb and Bill Holderman. Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal also star.
“True Story,” directed by Rupert Goold from a script he co-wrote with David Kajganich, centers on disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Hill) meeting accused killer Christian Longo (Franco) — who has taken on Finkel’s identity; his investigation morphs into a game of cat and mouse.
- Dave McNary
The Sundance Film Festival has added 10 films, events and New Frontier installations to its 2015 lineup, including a new film starring festival founder Robert Redford. The Premieres section bolstered its lineup with Ken Kwapis’ A Walk in the Woods ,about an aging travel writer (Redford) who sets out to hike the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy (Nick Nolte). The film, making its world premiere at the festival, also stars Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal. Also joining the Premieres lineup is Rupert Goold’s drama True Story, which chronicles the
- Tatiana Siegel
Festival top brass announced on December 15 a volley of 10 additional films and New Frontier installations.
The late arrivals mean the festival will screen 123 features overall from 29 countries culled from 12,166 submissions. A total of 106 of the features will be world premieres and 45 of the total line-up hail from first-time film-makers,
Sundance is set to run from January 22-February 1.
All synopses provided by the festival.
A Walk In The Woods (USA)
An aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy. Along the way, the duo face off with each other, nature, and an eccentric assortment of characters. Together, they learn that some roads are better left untraveled.
Salt Lake City Gala Film
True Story (USA)
When disgraced New York »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Berlin may have stolen the thunder this morning by announcing they've got the latest Terrence Malick film, "Knight Of Cups," but folks over at Sundance aren't stopping either, adding ten more titles to their already impressive 2015 lineup. So let's get to it. Leading the pack of the latest highlights are "A Walk In The Woods" and "True Story." The former stars Park City staple and festival founder Robert Redford, along with Nick Nolte, in a tale about two older dudes who walk around and bond and bicker. Sounds like Sundance. The latter is a movie that shot a while ago, one we thought might've figured at Tiff earlier this year, a drama starring usual comedic cohorts James Franco and Jonah Hill, and as the title suggests is based on real events. Brad Pitt produced it too, fyi. Meanwhile, Brit animation gets a chance to shine with "Shaun The Sheep," there's »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Whether you want to immerse yourself in the world of birds, bees, baseball or backup singers, Netflix has a documentary for you. Missed "Man on Wire"? It's on there.
Here are films that changed the world, righted wrongs, pinpointed a moment in history, or simply shone a light on a previously unknown subset of society. (Availability subject to change. Films are unrated, except as noted.)
1. "20 Feet from Stardom" (2013) PG-13
2. "The Act of Killing" (2012)
The director invited killers -- men who took part in the horrific purge that left more than 500,000 dead in Indonesia in the 1960s -- to reenact their crimes on film, resulting in a bizarre look inside the mind of men capable of mass murder.
3. "The Battered Bastards of Baseball" (2014)
Two filmmakers pay homage to their grandfather, »
- Sharon Knolle
Alex Ebert, the frontman of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, won a Golden Globe for his work composing the score to last year's Robert Redford drama All Is Lost. This year, Ebert has once again partnered with director J.C. Chandor on A Most Violent Year, which takes them off the high seas and into the gritty, crime-ridden world of 1981 New York. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Yesterday, it was revealed that veteran actor Al Pacino has met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige about doing something in the future. Aside from his role as Big Boy Caprice in 1990.s Dick Tracy, Pacino hasn.t appeared in any comic book films, and while it may seem weird for an actor primarily known for his crime roles to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would give Pacino the opportunity to contribute to a world that.s growing bigger every day. If he does accept a role, he would join the ranks of fellow acting legends like Robert Redford, Anthony Hopkins and Jeff Bridges, all of whom have left their mark on the McU. The man has already admitted he.s a big fan of the studio, so why not bring him on board? Marvel has a diverse selection of films down the line for Phase Three, and while »
Robert Redford signing on for Captain America: The Winter Soldier was quite the coup for Marvel Studios, and certainly one that too everybody by surprise. The did it again with Michael Douglas joining the cast of next years's Ant-Man, and it looks like another acting legend might be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Al Pacino revealing to the Happy Sad Confused Podcast (by way of MTV) that he has met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. The actor (who called Guardians of the Galaxy "amazing, inventive, and beautiful") didn't reveal much more, saying, when asked did he feel there was role in store for him, "I would imagine either there's something he feels is right for me, or...". At this point, Pacino's phone rang, with the actor adding, "Every time we talk about Marvel, that's what happens". It remains to be seen if this actually leads to anything, but with Captain America: Civil War, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.
“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”
The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese »
- Laura Prudom
For the first time ever, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will bestow the American Riviera Award upon two actors. Already enjoying a very fruitful awards season, "Boyhood" stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will accept this honor in Santa Barbara on Thursday, February 5, 2015. What's left to say about these exquisite performances, which evolved across 12 years of filming? Both actors should expect supporting Oscar nominations and have been winning critics' accolades left and right, including a Best Actress win for Arquette from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. This week, we'll find out if they're up for Golden Globes and SAG nominations. Feted for their influence on American cinema, previous American Riviera honorees include Robert Redford, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Annette Bening, Sandra Bullock, Mickey Rourke, Tommy Lee Jones, Forrest Whitaker and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival runs Tuesday, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Hopefully "Boyhood" isn't getting tired of the kudos just yet, because more are on the way. Today, a unique one from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which has announced that the film's stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette will share in the American Riviera Award during the 30th anniversary edition of the event on Thursday, Feb. 5. "Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us," Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling said. Previous recipients of the accolade include Robert Redford, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Annette Bening, Sandra Bullock, Mickey Rourke and Tommy Lee Jones. This is the first time, however, that it »
- Kristopher Tapley
Though he’s a little too late to lock in the role of Doctor Strange (someone else just nabbed that gig), it would seem that Al Pacino is interested in playing a role in a Marvel film. And Marvel, it appears, is definitely ready to talk to him.It might have seemed unlikely a few years ago, but with Marvel’s success rate and the actors they’ve been slotting into supporting roles – such as Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier – it’s no longer a stretch.Talking with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Pacino talked up his appreciation for Guardians Of The Galaxy, which he saw earlier this year with his young children. Asked whether he’d be up for one of the company’s films, he said he’d taken a meeting with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige. “I would imagine either there »
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.
Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.
Digging for Fire / U. »
Earlier in the year, Al Pacino went out of his way to promote Guardians of the Galaxy by publicly praising the film. Now, it seems he's caught the eye of Marvel Studios, who are looking to bring the actor into their movie universe. If he signs on for a role, he will join other Hollywood icons such as Robert Redford, who appeared in this past summer's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Michael Douglas, who plays the co-lead as Hank Pym in Ant-Man, and Samuel L. Jackson who has portrayed Nick Fury in nearly all of the McU titles.
At this time, it isn't known which character Al Pacino is wanted for, or what movie he would be appearing in. The actor confirmed the news himself, saying he has met with Marvel boss Kevin Feige, and it definitely sounds like something is being planned.
"I've met with the Marvel guy. It's »
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