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Tastes change. Not just those of the moviegoing public, who’ve gotten so wise to the sales pitches and story formulas that the town has had no choice but to adapt, propelling a self-aware superhero movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” above the likes of Cap and Spidey at the box office, and making sly, meta-minded directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller — responsible for ultra-blockbuster “The Lego Movie” and wink-wink sequel “22 Jump Street” — the hottest helming duo in town. But over time, critics’ tastes change, too.
In February, I relocated from Los Angeles to Paris, to take up my new post as Variety’s chief international film critic. As you can imagine, my diet underwent a radical upheaval — and I’m not talking about crepes and chocolate mousse, either. What I wasn’t prepared for was how swiftly my moviegoing palate might adapt to this new post.
I’d been raised on junk-food American fare, »
- Peter Debruge
A24 has picked up yet another Michael Fassbender vehicle. According to Deadline, the film distribution company has officially acquired the U.S. rights to Adam Smith’s feature debut Trespass Against Us.
The heist film follows the Cutler family of outlaws led by Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) and his father (Brendan Gleeson). When the law catches up with Chad, he’s must decide whether to stay loyal to his outlaw family or do what he believes is best for his children. The film co-stars Lyndsey Marshal, Sean Harris, Rory Kinnear and Killian Scott.
Smith rose to prominence through directing TV episodes for Little Dorrit and Doctor Who as well as music videos like the popular vid for The Chemical Brothers track “Don’t Think.” The electronic duo made up of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons has subsequently provided original music for Trespass Against Us.The script was written by Alistair Siddons, »
- William Fanelli
Announcements for the lineup for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, taking place between January 22nd and February 1st, are starting to roll out. Watch this page for updates as more films and sections are revealed.
Brooklyn (John Crowley, UK)
Digging for Fire (Joe Swanberg, USA)
End of the Tour (James Ponsoldt, USA)
I Am Michael (Justin Kelly, USA)
Last Days in the Desert (Rodrigo Garcia, USA)
Lila & Eve (Charles Stone III, USA)
Sleeping with Other People (Leslye Headland, USA)
A Walk in the Woods (Ken Kwapis, USA)
With these additions, the 2015 Festival will present 123 feature-length films, representing 29 countries and 45 first-time filmmakers, including 19 in competition. Notably we'll see the crime drama "True Story," starring Jonah Hill, James Franco and 2015 Oscar contender Felicity Jones, as well as an immersive, multimedia installation promoting "Wild," Jean-Marc Vallee's adaptation of the Cheryl Strayed book now in theaters. We interviewed Sundance programmers about the 2015 lineup—which includes new films from Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt and Andrew Bujalski—here. Full late-addition lineup, with official festival language, below: 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, the duo face off with each other, nature, and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The past may be immortal, but not so the reanimating magic that turns New York’s American Museum of Natural History into a dusk-to-dawn happy hour for dinosaurs and Neanderthals, explorers and conquerors, and a capuchin monkey with an overactive bladder. Such is the dilemma this motley crew (once more under the leadership of Ben Stiller’s harried night watchman) faces in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” a most enjoyable capper to director Shawn Levy and producer Chris Columbus’ cheerfully silly and sneakily smart family-entertainment juggernaut. A fond farewell, to the series and to two of its stars — Mickey Rooney and Robin Williams — “Tomb” offers little in the way of secrets of surprises, but should add much holiday cheer to Fox’s box-office coffers.
The “Night” movies haven’t much endeared themselves to highbrow critics — among those who’ve even bothered to write about them — but it »
- Scott Foundas
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. »
Last week brought us the announcements of the Midnight, Spotlight, and New Frontiers programs as well as the Competition slates. This week kicks off with word on the Sundance Film Festival's 2015 Premieres, Documentary Premieres, and Special Events lineups. As we've come to expect, the Premieres programs are jam packed with stars. The dramatic program sees new films from Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, Noah Baumbach, Jared Hess, and James Ponsoldt. Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller, Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom, Winona Ryder, and Jennifer Lopez are just a few of the stars that will show up in this section. The Documentaries in this section are just as impressive with Alex Gibney taking on Scientology, Kirby Dick tackling college rape, Amy Berg on Mormon fundamentalism, and Brett...
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The Sundance Film Festival announced today which films will be screening as part of the Premieres category, and debut images from said pictures were released as well. In this article, we’ve rounded up the first images from the following films: Mistress America – Directed by Noah Baumbach; Starring Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke. Sleeping with Other People – Written and directed by Leslye Headland; Starring Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Matnzoukas, Natasha Lyonne. Grandma – Written and directed by Paul Weitz; Starring Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliott. I Am Michael – Directed by Justin Kelly; Starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts. Check out the images and loglines after the jump. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd – February 1st. Mistress America Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an »
- Adam Chitwood
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly revealing the films that will play in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already covered the midnights as well as the competition films. Now, the Premieres have been revealed. These are generally the big ticket pictures, the movies with huge star-studded casts that will almost […]
- Germain Lussier
You might have forgotten about this, but right after "Frances Ha" hit the festival circuit, Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig quickly got to work shooting another movie, that, like their previous collaboration, was done below the radar. Indeed, no plot details were revealed, and neither director nor star gave away too much information about the project. In fact, Baumbach went on and made another movie afterward, "While We're Young," completed it, and debuted it at Tiff in September. Well, now it's time to circle back to the Gerwig project. Announced today as part of the Sundance Film Festival, we now have a first look at the film—titled "Mistress America"—which stars Gerwig (who also co-wrote the script with Baumbach) and Lola Kirke (the sister of Jemima Kirke from "Girls"), along with a complete plot synopsis. Here you go: Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last week, we saw the lineups for the Competitions and the Next section, followed by those for the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier programs. Today, the Sundance Film Festival, whose 2015 edition runs from January 22 through February 1, rolls out its Premieres and Documentary Premieres: new films by Joe Swanberg, Jared Hess, James Ponsoldt, Michael Almereyda, Paul Weitz, Noah Baumbach, Alex Gibney, Kirby Dick, Amy Berg, Liz Garbus, Andrew Jarecki, Kevin Pollak and many more. » - David Hudson »
Last year’s slate of seventeen Narrative Premieres (excluding secret screenings of Boyhood and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) refreshingly included works from first time filmmakers. I hadn’t seen it coming but Little Accidents and The One I Love were included among the likes of Calvary, Frank and Love is Strange. 2015 will be a true we Swanberg family affair with Joe Swanberg joining wife Kris (Unexpected) with a feature as well in Digging for Fire. James Ponsoldt is officially four for four with Sundance — his latest End of the Tour should be a slam dunk for the Eccles. Sticking to the numbers game… we’ll have a lovely bedfellow pairings of Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s already announced The Stanford Prison Experiment which is going to be mentioned in many loglines alongside Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter - about the Milgram experiment. Among the filmmaking duos we were expecting, we find Mississippi Grind »
- Eric Lavallee
Last week, Sundance unveiled the exciting lineup for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival piece-by-piece. First we got the U.S. Competition, World Competition, and Next films, followed by the Park City at Midnight and Spotlight lineups. Today, the festival has announced the films that will be playing in its Premieres category, and there are a number of highlights. Director Noah Baumbach's indie Mistress America, which stars and was co-written by Baumbach's Frances Ha collaborator Greta Gerwig, is on the docket, as is The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt's End of the Tour, which stars Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace. On the Documentary Premieres side of things, we have Alex Gibney's sure-to-be-controversial documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and the authorized doc Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Check out the full lineup of Sundance 2015 movies in the Premieres category after the jump. The »
- Adam Chitwood
Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Tomlin — as well as directors Noah Baumbach, Michael Almereyda, Rodrigo Garcia, James Ponsoldt, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman — are among the big names in the Premieres lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled today along with Documentary Premieres and a new Special Events section.
Festival director John Cooper noted that while this year’s 16 Premieres selections will be among the buzziest, most commercial titles in Park City, “they’re not without an independent feel to them, and that’s what I’m always looking for. There is a very independent spirit behind these films.”
By way of example, Cooper cited “Last Days in the Desert,” a description-resistant foray into father-son territory from Garcia, a director known for his stories about women (“Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child”); John Crowley’s “Brooklyn, »
- Justin Chang
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.
Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael is likely to become a major talking point and stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto in the true tale of activist and Young Gay America co-founder Michael Glatze, who renounced his homosexuality and became a Christian pastor. The Exchange handles international rights.
James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour (pictured, photo by Jakob Ihre) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut — Fortitude International is the international sales agent — as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.
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Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and participants on two panels including George Lucas.
James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut, as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.
Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn and Sienna Miller, while Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman introduce the New York Tompkins Square Park Riot drama Ten Thousand Saints starring the in-demand Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Sundance Institute effectively filled out its slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with the announcement of the always star-friendly premieres category. It's also where many former Sundance filmmakers bring their second, third and even fourth films back to the fest. This year the category features 16 world premieres and almost all of them are from Sundance alumni, including Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson"), Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale"), Joe Swanberg ("VHS"), Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite"), James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now"), Michael Almereyda (2000's "Hamlet"), Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives"), Benson Lee ("Miss Monday"), Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette"), and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor"). Some of the intriguing titles include Paul Weitz's "Grandma" with Lily Tomlin and Laverne Cox, Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden's "Mississippi Grind" with Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller, Garcia's "Last Days in the Desert" featuring Ewan McGregor as Jesus, Charles Stone III's "Lila »
- Gregory Ellwood
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "While We're Young" drama/comedy, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, and Adam Driver. Check it out below. Plot: A middle-aged couple's career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. The new movie is written and directed by Noah Baumbach, who worked with Stiller on "Greenberg." The new film is set to hit theaters on March 27th, 2015. Trailer: »
Ben Stiller is an old man with a hat trying desperately to stay young with a little help from a new friend.
A24 has released the first trailer for Noah Baumbach’s upcoming comedy “While We’re Young,” and it’s equal parts cringeworthy and hilarious. The film centers around Stiller and Naomi Watts, who play fortysomething husband-and-wife filmmakers going though a midlife crisis when they meet Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried.
The young Brooklyn hipsters bring out their childlike-wonder and force them to confront how far they’ve come in life — one hip-hop class and one fixie bike ride at a time.
“While We’re Young” premiered to rave reviews at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and opens in theaters on March 27, 2015.
- Maane Khatchatourian
A trailer has been released for Ben Stiller’s new comedy While We're Young, which was directed by Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale). I love it when Stiller takes on off-beat comedy projects like this. I was really impressed with what I saw in this trailer, and it looks like a great and entertaining film.
Aging gracefully is never easy, and it may be worse for artists. Josh Srebnick (Ben Stiller) is a New York documentarian who never quite got his due. As he labours over the umpteenth edit of his cerebral new film, it’s plain that he has hit a creative dry patch. Josh and his wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), tried to start a family and were unable — and have »
- Joey Paur
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