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The line-up of films premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival has been released, and there are a lot of good movies, one of which includes The Raid 2, which I am incredibly excited to see! It's easily my most anticipated film at the festival.
The Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 16th to the 26th in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. From the press release:
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival feature new work from many established independent filmmakers who began their careers at our Festival years ago, which allows us to reflect on the impact, legacy and growth of the independent film movement over the past 30 years.”
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many of the films selected for our 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we see fascinating characters and subjects throughout. »
- Joey Paur
Our Sundance 2014 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly: Rudderless – Directed by William H. Macy; starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, and William H. Macy. The Trip to Italy – Directed by Michael Winterbottom; starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. The Voices – Directed by Marjane Satrapi; starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver. White Bird in a Blizzard – Written and directed by Gregg Araki; starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, and Thomas Jane. Young Ones – Written and directed by Jake Paltrow; starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th. Rudderless / U.S.A. (Director: William H. Macy, Screenwriters: Casey Twenter, »
- Adam Chitwood
The Sundance Film Festival made their final feature film line-ups with the Premieres category announcements. Sixteen films with huge name talent, returnee filmmakers and plenty of buyer interest/and future all night wheeling, and dealing.
After breaking out in Park City with The Guard, John Michael McDonagh returns (alongside actor Brendan Gleeson) the much anticipated Calvary. Mike Cahill (alongside actress Brit Marling) returns with more sci-fi terrain with, I Origins. Jake Paltrow who managed to sink instead of swim with The Good Night, was again surfaces with Young Ones. And this was unexpected, but Jordan Vogt-Roberts makes it back to back years with Toy’s House (The Kings of Summer) re-teams with Nick Offerman for Nick Offerman: American Ham (which is more concert-comedy film than narrative feature).
- Eric Lavallee
An unusually strong international flavor pervades the Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres slate, with new pictures from British helmer Michael Winterbottom, Irish directors Lenny Abrahamson and John Michael McDonagh, Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn, Welsh-born action maven Gareth Evans and Iranian-born French auteur Marjane Satrapi figuring prominently among the 17 world-premiere titles unveiled today alongside the Documentary Premieres section.
See Also: Sundance Unveils 2014 Competition, Next Lineups
For director of programming Trevor Groth, the flowering of international auteur talent in Premieres is the result of a considered effort that began shortly after he and fest director John Cooper launched their first edition in 2010. While their immediate focus was on beefing up the dramatic competition as a showcase for new filmmakers, broader international outreach across all sections of the festival became a similar priority.
“I think we’ve really built the dramatic competition up in a way that it’s firing at the level we always hoped it would, »
- Justin Chang
The Sundance Film Festival announced the titles selected to screen in its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Last year, the movies that were launched in these categories — which typically highlight filmmakers who’ve appeared at Sundance before — included Before Midnight, Don Jon, and The Way Way Back; this year appears to be just as promising. In Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, a young woman stuck in arrested-development (Keira Knightley) has her life upended by an unexpected marriage proposal. In David Wain’s They Came Together — surely, a naughty pun, yes? — Wet Hot American Summer alums Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd »
- Jeff Labrecque
Festival top brass announced on December 9 the Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections.
Gareth Evans returns with The Raid 2, Anton Corbijn makes his first appearance at Sundance with the John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man, while Michael Winterbottom brings his comedy sequel The Trip To Italy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (pictured).
The line-up includes I Origins, Mike Cahill’s follow-up to Sundance 2011 prize winner Another Earth, as well as new work from Park City perennials Lynn Shelton with Laggies and Ira Sachs with Love Is Strange.
Documentary Premieres include the indefatigable Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela, Happy Valley from Amir Bar-Lev, the Roger Ebert portrait Life Itself from Steve James, the George Takei film To Be Takei and Joe Berlinger’s hot-off-the-press Whitey: United States Of America v. James »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
Odd List Ryan Lambie 26 Nov 2013 - 06:44
From reissued, obscure first films to misleading marketing, here are 12 film covers that exaggerate the role their famous actors play...
Filmmaker William Castle was famous for his movie gimmicks, from vibrating chairs to plastic skeletons soaring over the heads of audiences in cinemas. The marketers of 1958's The Fly, meanwhile, promised to pay $100 to the first person who could prove that its matter-transportation plot "couldn't happen".
Selling movies to cynical punters is tough at the best of times, and using tricks and white lies to get people to part with their hard-earned cash is nothing new. And one of the simplest tricks in a film marketer's tool bag is to exaggerate an actor's role in whatever it is they're trying to sell. So if uncredited bit player number two suddenly becomes an A-list star three years after a movie's shot, you can be »
Sir Ian McKellen has never long been out of the public’s eye (thanks, X-Men and The Hobbit!), but it’s been over a decade since we last saw the stage great on Broadway. This year, he’s teaming up with longtime friend Sir Patrick Stewart for a pair of plays in repertory — Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land — opening at the Cort Theatre on November 24. EW chatted with McKellen about Broadway, Stewart, Gandalf, YouTube, and why this opening night may be his last.
Entertainment Weekly: Welcome back to Broadway! How has »
- Marc Snetiker
If there is a “predictions thematic” playing out here it’s the number of films with actors who move behind the camera. Chalk up Park City regular William H. Macy (last visited the festival with The Surrogate aka The Sessions) as one who could shore up at the fest with his shot in Oklahoma, music drama starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne with Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman showing up as supporting players. Rudderless commenced production in April of this year.
Prediction: Premieres category.
U.S. Distributor: »
- Eric Lavallee
This year has seen quite a few actors trying their hand behind the camera, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lake Bell and Jason Bateman releasing their feature-length directorials. Poised to join their ranks next year is William H. Macy with the Billy Crudup-starring “Rudderless,” his first feature film effort following an HBO TV movie way, way back in 1988. And now we can see the result as the first stills from the film have arrived online for your viewing pleasure. First announced this past spring, the indie drama follows Crudup as a grieving father who forms a band after discovering music written by his late son. Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, Felicity Huffman and Macy himself round out the cast. Here's the full synopsis: “Rudderless” is a musical drama about the power of a parent’s love. When a grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his deceased son's original music, »
- Cain Rodriguez
Most actors would love to forget their embarrassing onstage mishaps. But nine celebrated stars of stage and screen took a walk down memory lane to raise money for The Performing Arts Project at the organization's inaugural gala at Joe's Pub on Sunday night. "The best way to throw yourself into this is to try not to be impressive," says artistic director Jonathan Bernstein, who dreamed up the event's concept with the evening's host Steven Pasquale. Founded in 2011, the Performing Arts Project provides arts training for the next generation of performers and culminates in a three-week summer residency in North Carolina on the Wake Forest University campus. Faculty members include Laura Benanti, Billy Crudup, Brian d'Arcy James, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Gavin Creel, and Susan Blackwell. "It's devoted to making great human beings," says Bernstein. Click Here To View Slideshow Of The Actors Embarassing Moments »
Worldview Entertainment has signed on to finance and produce Takashi Miike’s crime thriller, The Outsider, starring Tom Hardy. Andrew Baldwin wrote the screenplay based on an idea by Linson Entertainment’s John Linson, who will produce with Art Linson alongside Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners and Qed’s Bill Block. Worldview’s Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce with Anton Lessine and Sasha Shapiro.
The Outsider is an epic crime thriller about an American former G.I. in post-wwii Japan who joins a Yakuza crime family.
Principal photography will commence in Japan in early 2014. Qed International will handle foreign sales and introduce the film to buyers next week at the American Film Market (Afm), while CAA, who packaged and arranged financing, will represent domestic rights.
- Michelle McCue
Check out seven character posters for Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties starring Billy Crudup, Clive Owen, Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, James Caan, Lili Taylor, Noah Emmerich and Matthias Schoenaerts. Roadside Attractions distributes the film in N. American theaters, which has to still find a U.S. release date. Blood Ties premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and was last seen at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The story tells of a brother (Crudup) who asks his older sibling (Owen) to return to a life of crime in order to help out their family. Canet directs and also wrote the screenplay alongside James Gray adapted from the French novel "Les liens du sang." »
A number of new posters have landed online. Briefly: August: Osage County – The new poster for director John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play presents the mother-daughter duo of Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in appropriate fashion. The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Margo Martindale and opens on December 25th. Read Matt’s review from Tiff here. Labor Day – The UK poster for writer/director Jason Reitman’s upcoming drama highlights Josh Brolin’s escaped convict character embracing Kate Winslet, who plays a single mother. The film also stars Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg and James Van Der Beek and opens in limited release on December 25th. Read Matt’s review from Tiff here. The Double – A couple of UK quads for writer/director Richard Ayoade’s dark comedy plays on the film’s premise of a man who comes across his doppelganger. Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, »
- Adam Chitwood
A new set of simple, yet stylish French character posters have been released for 1970s-set crime-thriller Blood Ties. The film sees Clive Owen and Billy Crudup lead as brothers living on opposite side of the law in Brooklyn, New York and whose lives become intrinsically linked when the recently-released Chris (Owen), goes back to his wayward lifestyle, leaving his younger cop brother Frank to mop up his mess. French actor-turned-filmmaker Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) directs the gritty flick based on the novel by Michel Papet and Bruno Papet.
New York, 1974. Fifty year-old Chris has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Waiting for him reluctantly outside the prison gates is his younger brother, Frank, a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, Leon, who’d raised them alone, seems strangely to prefer Chris – this, »
- Craig Hunter
Exclusive: CAA makes it a habit to rotate its rising agents into department head roles, and they’ve just appointed vet Joe Machota to take the reins of the Theatre Department. Heads rotate more regularly in areas like film and television, but the top job has belonged to George Lane since he moved over from Wma a decade ago to form CAA’s legit division. I’m told that Lane, free of the administrative duties that came with that job, will continue to rep his theater clients while working with the partners on initiatives that include generating funding for client-driven legit productions. That is a model that has made CAA’s independent film division a powerhouse, matching clients with financiers to get stuff made, with the agency packaging the films and making the domestic distribution deals. CAA has had a hand in such stage productions as the upcoming revival of Cabaret, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
William H. Macy has signed with Wme for representation in all areas, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: Up Close and Personal With the Gallaghers on the 'Shameless' Set The busy actor last starred opposite Sam Rockwell in the Tribeca manhunt thriller A Single Shot, and he recently completed shooting on the dramedy Walter, with Virginia Madsen, as well as the drama Rudderless, which marks his debut as a feature director. Macy is currently in postproduction on the film, which stars Billy Crudup, Laurence Fishburne, Selena Gomez and Anton Yelchin. His Showtime dramedy Shameless will return for its fourth season
- Rebecca Sun
Here's a fun fact that escaped us in amidst the flurry of fall festival activity: Guillaume Canet's sprawling crime story saga "Blood Ties" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival running two hours and twenty-four minutes, but by the time it hit Toronto International Film Festival, it had been reduced somewhat significantly to two hours and seven minutes. We're not sure what exactly got trimmed or why, but it seems our observation in our review that "there is a different and possibly shorter edit of this movie that is probably much better" wasn't unique. And it seems that shorter cut is going into wide release... ...at least in France, where the picture is opening at the end of month, and a bunch of new character posters and images have landed online. The star studded movie—Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard and James Caan »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Unused posters for the Watchmen movie have surfaced online.
The alternate artwork from Zack Snyder's adaptation of the classic comic have been revealed on Film.com.
The posters feature stills from the film and characters including Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre and Dr Manhattan.
"I wanted to do a re-elect Nixon guerrilla poster campaign, since those posters and that plot line are pretty prominent in the book, but that was shot down as being too obscure - 'Why would seeing re-elect Nixon posters make people want to see Watchmen?'" said designer Alex Griendling.
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