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William H. Macy, star of TV’s Shameless, is continuing to gear his future efforts toward directing. His first major foray arrived in the shape of 2014’s musical drama Rudderless starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin and Felicity Huffman, and scored the actor a wealth of good reviews. Next on his slate is the Jane Fonda-starrer Krystal – of which we know very little – which will then be followed by The Layover.
Described as a road trip sex comedy, because there’s definitely a shortage of those, The Layover has now snared two high profile actors for its leading roles. Glee’s Lea Michele and The Other Woman star Kate Upton will be frolicking about as “a pair of lifelong best friends who decide to avoid their problems by taking a vacation, only to find that their plane has been rerouted due to a hurricane warning. To make matters worse, the »
- Gem Seddon
IFC Films has booked U.S. rights to The Stanford Prison Experiment, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance. Kyle Patrick Alvarez's drama is based on Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo’s social experiment using college kids as prison guards and inmates that became one of the most shocking and famous of all time. It stars Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons and Olivia Thirlby… »
At last, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's nerve-prickling drama "The Stanford Prison Experiment" has been acquired for Us release by IFC Films, which has slated a 2015 release for this winner of Sundance's best screenplay and Alfred P. Sloan prizes. This exasperating film tells the real-life story of Dr. Zimbardo's 1971 simulated prison study involving 18 male undergrads randomly assigned the role of prisoner or guard who are stripped of their humanity (among other things) by each other—and by the psychologist's sadistic, power-playing mind games. Name a hot young indie rising star and he's probably in this terrific cast, including Ezra Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Jack Kilmer, Michael Angarano, James Wolk, Tye Sheridan and fresh-faced Sundance breakout Logan Miller. Billy Crudup astutely leads the ensemble as Philip Zimbardo, whose ill-conceived faux prison breaks them down and throws them into degrading, even uncomfortably erotic scenarios. Olivia Thirlby co-stars as Zimbardo's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The movie tells the story of a controversial, groundbreaking experiment at Stanford University by psychologist Philip Zimbardo (Crudup) in 1971 that had 18 male undergraduates take on the roles of either prisoners or abusive guards.
The script by Tim Talbott is adapted from Zimbardo’s book “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil,” and the project had been in the works with various casts and directors attached for more than a decade.
“Strictly on a technical level, Alvarez’s filmmaking is largely faultless here,” Variety film critic Justin Chang wrote in a review. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
The distributor has acquired Us rights to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s recent Sundance premiere and plans a 2015 theatrical release.
The story centres on the real-life research of Dr Zimbardo’s infamous 1971 psychological tests in which 18 male undergraduates were assigned the role of guards and prisoners.
Abandon Features produced with Sandbar Pictures’ Lizzie Friedman and Greg Little, Coup d’État Films’ Brent Emery and Lauren Bratman. Brian Geraghty is the executive producer. Abandon Features, Sandbar Pictures and Vineyard Point Productions financed.
Arianna Bocco brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the film-makers. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Today we have the first photo from the upcoming "Spotlight" film, starring Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup, and John Slattery. Check it out below. The movie is based on a story by the Boston Globe that investigates the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts. Boston Globe's team of reporters spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-up by Church leadership. Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had hidden years of serial abuse by other priests and opened the floodgates to other revelations of molestation and cover-ups around the world that still reverberate today. "Spotlight" is directed by Tom McCarthy (The Visitor). A release date has yet to be announced. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Written by Tim Talbott
Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment is a darkly comedic dramatization of a frightening real life experiment conducted in 1971 by Dr. Phillip Zimbardo. It spun wildly out of control over the course of just 5 days. Two dozen Ivy league men are drawn to the experiment for money. Screened for good mental health and randomly assigned positions as guards or prisoners, conformity is set to be examined under the the microscope in the basement of prestigious Stanford. The experiment starts out informally as they are given uniforms and plopped into their cells and guard rooms. It soon spirals into degrading mental abuse and physical deprivation. That this happened is not in question but how systematic torture ensued couldn’t have been anticipated. »
- Lane Scarberry
Much like voracious and loyal readers will gobble up any book by their favorite author, there’s certain movies that lure us in purely based on the talent involved. For writer-director Tom McCarthy’s upcoming drama, Spotlight, the cast is arguably its most attractive selling point, followed closely by its increasingly pertinent narrative. Set during the 2001 Catholic Church sexual abuse cover-up, the movie explores the journalists at the center of the story.
The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James and Billy Crudup, most of whom can be witnessed in character in the first image above. All of the lead cast play a key role in the Boston Globe’s investigative team. Spurred on by a quest to seek justice for those sufferers and victims of sexual abuse at the hands of ordained priests, they vow to stop at »
- Gem Seddon
The question on everyone's lips at this year's Sundance Film Festival was, of course, "What's the new Whiplash?" Now that Damien Chazelle's 2014 Sundance favourite has landed a Best Picture nomination (alongside four other Oscar nods), the industry stakes for Robert Redford's indie fest have never been higher.
Digital Spy takes a look at nine of the buzziest movies coming out of this year's Sundance.
1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Here's your answer to the Whiplash question. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's oddball teen drama pulled off the same double-whammy that Whiplash did at last year's awards, winning both the Grand Jury Prize for drama and the Audience Award.
Described by Rolling Stone as "The Fault in Our Stars for people who like a dose of quirk with their Ya weepies", Earl follows an awkward high schooler (Thomas Mann) and his partner in student filmmaking (Rj Cyler), who befriend »
Such Moving Pictures Clayton picks his top 11 of the year
The Film Doctor and his wife discuss Birdman and crisis of identity
The Backlot does a readers poll of the greatest gay movies but Yikes some of the titles and their rankings. It's also very very American movie centric. No Happy Together on a list of 100 greatest gay movies? That's A Deal Breaker, Ladies.
20 Weeks to Oscar - David Poland wonders if it's wide open due to preferential balloting which he hates (and explains why)
NY Times Colleen McCullough author of the Thorn Birds dies at 77. My mom was obsessed with that miniseries when I was a little kid so I vaguely remember it.
Variety reviews Lila & Eve starring Viola Davis & Jennifer Lopez. Yes, I realize they're billed the other way round but let's be real, okay? I really wanted to see this one but it did not screen during »
- NATHANIEL R
Updated with details and quotes: The Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony tonight in Park City saw a dramatic dual decision and strong political voices to put a cap on a hot-deals festival. Like last year, when Whiplash took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award on its way to an Best Picture Oscar nomination, the much-sought Me And Earl And The Dying Girl took both this year.
“I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of Laredo, Texas,” said director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon onstage. Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush teamed to land the pic earlier this week after frenzied bidding, with a 2015 release planned. The Jesse Andrews script follows Greg, who is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But »
- Dominic Patten and Patrick Hipes
Plot: In the summer of 1971, Stanford psychology professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) recruits students to participate in a study simulating prison conditions. The role of guard and prisoner are assigned randomly. It doesn't take long for the experiment to spiral out of control. Review: The Stanford Prison Experiment is a notorious real-life experiment, which has been the basis already for several films, including the German Das Experiment and its (bad) American remake, The »
- Chris Bumbray
Nathaniel again, down to my final two Sundance movies. (Michael stayed longer so he has more coming)
The Outsiders. School Ties. Go. Mean Girls. Dazed and Confused... These are movies people often marvelled at after the fact for capturing multiple future stars in the same ensemble before the title of "star" sat completely well on them. Certain movies function like abnormally prescient time capsules in that way and, who knows, perhaps The Stanford Prison Experiment will one day be among them?
"Guard" terrorizes "Prisoners" in The Stanford Prison Experiment
It's not that the faces are complete nobodies exactly but, apart from Billy Crudup, as the possibly awful Dr. Philip Zimbardo who is behind the psychological experiment in situational behavior, most of them are lesser known. Or, if they're already rising stars, they don't exactly have that signature role or household name factor just yet.
The Standford Prison Experiment was a »
- NATHANIEL R
Considering Justice League is still years from release, Ezra Miller probably couldn't give too many details about his role as the Fastest Man Alive even if he was allowed to, but that didn't stop MTV's Josh Horowitz from quizzing him about it. Joined by Watchmen's Billy Crudup (who jokingly fishes for a role in the movie), Miller elaborates on finding out he'd be playing The Flash after director Zack Snyder called him while he was having a meal on holiday in Costa Rica. The The Perks Of Being A Wallflower actor says it came as a shock, but that he was "immediately all in," and also reveals that he was a comic book fan beforehand. So what about a bit of early preparation? “I’m not running yet,” Miller joked. “Right now, I’m still in the stretching phase. I want to stretch for a while.” Get More: Movie Trailers, »
The Stanford Prison Experiment, which premiered this week at Sundance to mostly positive reviews, is not always an easy film to watch.
Much of the action takes place in barren 6-foot-wide hallway. The characters--seemingly normal and well-adjusted Stanford students recruited to participate in a landmark 1971 study about the psychology of imprisonment--take their role-playing as prisoner and guard to extremes, turning power-hungry, violent and occasionally sadistic. The "grown-ups," led by researcher Philip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup), watch a live feed of the action from a nearby office and fail to stop the abuse--fueled by their own power trips and unchecked ambition.
None of the men or boys come off looking very good in the film, though director Kyle Patrick Alvarez does a masterful job humanizing them. And it’s impossible to watch without wondering how you’d react if parachuted into Zimbardo’s simulated prison. Would you stand up for yourself--or for the humanity of others? And can »
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the primal impulses of humanity are revealed with chilling and ugly clarity in psychodrama “The Stanford Prison Experiment.” This year’s “Compliance” —aka the confrontational, abrasive picture at Sundance that polarizes audiences to the point of inspiring screaming matches— ‘Stanford’ is even more provocative, as well as more accomplished and thought-provoking. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez take a quantum leap into left field (his last film was the David Sedaris comic adaptation “C.O.G.”) with this examination of a disturbing true story. In 1971, psychologist Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) begins the Stanford prison experiment, a landmark study of psychological incarceration examining the effects of authority, power and control as they apply to basic human behavior. With the assistance of his colleagues (James Wolk, Gaius Charles, Matt Bennett) and a real-life San Quentin convict employed to legitimize the »
- Rodrigo Perez
Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, "The Stanford Prison Experiment" (like the actual experiment itself) quite effectively questions human nature -- and tells us just what we don't want to hear about our propensity for evil. The unsettlingly chilling film was adapted from Philip Zimbardo's book on the subject, "The Lucifer Effect." What's your film about, in 140 characters or less?It's about the famous social experiment from the '70s where a college professor named Phil Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup) took 18 students and arbitrarily made half of them guards and half of them prisoners and turned a hallway in the basement of the college into a mock prison. The aim was to see how the kids would respond to being assigned roles based on things like costumes and numbers. Things quickly escalated out of control, with Zimbardo himself being dragged into the effects of the experiment. Now, what's it Really about? »
- Rosie Narasaki
An elaborate behavioral simulation spirals shockingly out of control — and to a lesser degree, so does the movie — in “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” a grimly staged dramatic reconstruction of Philip Zimbardo’s notorious 1971 scientific inquiry into the psychology of power and the human capacity for inflicting and accepting abuse. In an ambitious step up from his intimate character studies “Easier With Practice” and “C.O.G.,” director Kyle Patrick Alvarez commits to a fully immersive procedural approach that potently conveys the study’s lengthy duration and claustrophobic intensity, making for a viewing experience that is by turns gripping, tedious and deliberately discomfiting. But for all its bludgeoning effectiveness, the film also manages to be at once heavy-handed in some respects and annoyingly vague in others; although sure to have its defenders, it’s probably too strong a dose of foul medicine to catch on significantly with the public.
Perhaps performing their own sort of audience case study, »
- Justin Chang
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off Thursday and with it come some of the most groundbreaking, experimental, and challenging independent films from Hollywood and around the world.
From films about infamous psychological experiments to degenerate gamblers, and the post-apocalyptic worlds to ill-fated emotional journeys, these are the nine films from this year's Sundance Film Fest that we can't wait to watch.
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What It's About: The Stanford Prison Experiment tells the real life story of an infamous psychological study examining the effects of imprisonment. Two dozen student volunteers are randomly assigned to be guards or prisoners in this mock jail and, as the experiment unfolds, the students begin to disturbingly fall into their roles.
Why We Want To See It: The real experiment was a frightening yet fascinating examination of psychological conditioning and the man who ran the »
Fitness model Greg Plitt killed in train accident: Plitt was the 'body' of Dr. Manhattan in 'Watchmen' movie Fitness model Greg Plitt, best known for adorning countless fitness magazine covers and for his participation on the reality TV show Work Out, was killed by a passenger train while being videotaped last Saturday afternoon, January 17, 2015, in Burbank, about 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities are now trying to figure out how Plitt and his two-person crew were able to access a restricted area – without a filming permit – and what exactly they were doing there. Online tabloids claim to have the answer, asserting that Greg Plitt's death was the result of a failed thrill-seeking stunt. The athletic Plitt, who had previously shot at least one workout video on a train track, was purportedly trying to outrun the passenger train, but tripped and fell on the tracks. Police have »
- Zac Gille
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