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When it comes to cultural impact, mega-sales and drama, this year’s Best Original Song category at the Academy Awards is going to have an awfully difficult time competing with last year’s category.
The 2013 winner, you might remember, was “Let It Go,” the anthem from “Frozen” that became a hit around the world and spawned a zillion amateur YouTube renditions.
See photos: 15 Movies You Already Forgot About: TheWrap’s Best & Worst 2014 (Photos)
And “Let It Go” was joined as a nominee by another song that was so ubiquitous that most sentient human beings got sick of hearing it before the Oscars – Pharrell Williams’ “Happy, »
- Steve Pond
• Tessa Thompson, who gained acclaim for this year's Dear White People and Selma, has claimed the female lead in Creed. Fruitvale Station's Ryan Coogler is directing the Rocky spinoff, which also stars Sylvester Stallone, reprising his iconic role as Rocky Balboa, and Michael B. Jordan. The story follows Balboa as he trains the grandson (Jordan) of his fellow boxer, Apollo Creed. Coogler wrote the script with Aaron Covington. [Deadline] • Nicola Peltz has signed on for Universal's untitled low riders project, replacing Lily Collins in the role of Lorelai. The film, which centers on the East L.A. world of lowrider cars and street tagging, »
- C. Molly Smith
Stefanie Scott’s already busy year has just gotten a lot busier with roles in two independent films: Content’s Life At These Speeds and Marvista Entertainment’s Caught. Life At These Speeds centers on a young man (Graham Rogers) who, after his best friends die in an accident, finds that running allows him to remember them perfectly. He soon finds himself caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present. Scott will play the supporting role of Ellie, Kevin’s deceased girlfriend and soulmate, alongside Liana Liberato, Sam Rockwell, Melanie Lynskey, and Billy Crudup. Producers are Tom Butterfield (The Trust) and Scott Alvarez (Down for Life).
Scott plays an unsuspecting mistress who is kidnapped by a housewife (Anna Camp, Pitch Perfect) in thriller Caught. It’s initially intended as a prank to teach the girl a lesson, but events soon spiral out of control. Maggie Kiley »
- The Deadline Team
When Jennifer Lawrence skinned a squirrel in “Winter’s Bone,” she proved she wasn’t just another ingenue. And while she got a lead actress nomination for that backcountry role (and a ticket to “The Hunger Games”), she won for “Silver Linings Playbook” two years later. Her path follows a pattern of early breakthroughs in independent films that mark a future Oscar contender: Reese Witherspoon in “Election,” Julianne Moore in “Boogie Nights” and Mark Ruffalo in “You Can Count on Me.”
As these performers have become Oscar contenders, they open a door for a new crop of actors who may not get an Oscar nomination this year but could call 2014 a breakthrough year in their careers thanks to indie success. This group ranges from unknown Tony Revolori (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) to Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”), multihyphenate Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”) to Chadwick Boseman (“Get on Up”) and Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything »
- Thelma Adams
2014 was supposed to be the year of the Chrises, but nobody told Bradley Cooper. People's 2011 Sexiest Man Alive is making a serious play for dominance in 2014: His voiceover performance in Guardians of the Galaxy wrung a surprising amount of pathos from the role of a gun-toting space raccoon, his performance in American Sniper is already garnering Oscar buzz, and he's starring in playwright Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man, which officially opened on Broadway Sunday night. Unlike John Hurt in director David Lynch's 1980 movie about the life of Joseph "John" Merrick, actors playing the real-life role on the stage do so without prosthetics, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
As Peter Pan is traditionally portrayed by a gamine actress, and Hairspray’s Edna Turnblad by a chunky actor, theatrical tradition dictates that John Merrick, the grotesquely deformed title character of Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, be embodied by an extremely handsome, seminude star eager to demonstrate his stage chops. (Among those who have played Merrick on Broadway since Philip Anglim created the role in 1979 are David Bowie, Mark Hamill, and Billy Crudup.) In the new revival, based on the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival production, Bradley Cooper more than qualifies: He is extremely handsome, he is seminude (at least part of the time), and not only demonstrates but proves those chops. His concept of Merrick’s physical attributes, meant to be suggestive rather than documentary, is smartly thought out and beautifully rendered: the involuted right hand, the third-position turnout, the strangled French horn of a voice, the watery diction like »
- Jesse Green
The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.
Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »
- Joey Paur
Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »
- Brad Brevet
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. We've got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that category: The Diary of a Teenage Girl - Written and directed by Marielle Heller; starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, and Kristen Wiig. The Stanford Prison Experiment - Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez; written by Tim Talbott; starring Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, and Olivia Thirlby. Unexpected - Directed by Kris Swanberg; written by Kris Swanberg and Megan Mercier; starring Cobie Smulders, Anders Holm, Gail Bean, and Elizabeth McGovern. The Witch - Written and directed by Robert Eggers; starring Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, and Ellie Grainger. Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st. »
- Evan Dickson
America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.
Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »
- Brian Welk
Last year, it was Damien Chazelle’s richly texturized, foot-tapping, finger-snapping sophomore pic Whiplash that instantly became the “it” film to beat in the sixteen competition offerings. In 2015, we have Sundance habituals in James C. Strouse, Craig Zobel and Andrew Bujalski measuring up against Park City feature film first-timers in Marielle Heller, Patrick Brice, Chloé Zhao, Nikole Beckwith and Kris Swanberg. Here are the sixteen offerings in the 2015 U.S. Dramatic Competition:
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim.
- Eric Lavallee
A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.
The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.
“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »
- Justin Chang
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.
Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Sundance Film Institute announced the U.S. dramatic, world dramatic, U.S. documentary, world documentary and Next selections for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival today. The premier film festival in the United States, Sundance is coming off a banner 2014 edition that brought films earning year-end kudos such as "Whiplash," "Boyhood," "Dear White People," "Obvious Child" and "The Skeleton Twins" into the world. The 2015 slate just looks just as intriguing and, according to the festival, perhaps more emotional and challenging. In a statement from the Institute, the festival's director, John Cooper, remarked, "The selections for our 2015 Festival will take audiences on a wild ride of emotional extremes. With approaches ranging from comedic to dramatic, genre to documentary, experimental to short, independent filmmakers are bravely illuminating new opportunities for understanding and empathy.” Festival founder and cinema icon Robert Redford added, "The work of independent artists inevitably reflects the state of our culture »
- Gregory Ellwood
Curious to know what movies are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Note: Listed below are just the movies, not the television shows. December 1 A Knight’s Tale (2001) Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon, Paul Bettany, Laura Fraser, Mark Addy After befriending aspiring writer Geoffrey Chaucer, squire William Thatcher persuades the scribe to forge documents passing William off as a bona fide knight — who soon becomes a jousting star while finding romance with an admiring princess. Almost Famous (2000) Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee...
Bruce Campbell and James Frecheville have joined the cast of Marc Forby's road comedy "Highly Functional" with filming about to take place in New Mexico and Canada over the next month. Tom Dibble penned the script.
Campbell plays a washed-up former country rock star who is kidnapped by a young autistic man (Frecheville) with the belief that his dying caregiver can only be cured by the star performing. Annabeth Gish, Missi Pyle, G.W. Bailey and Judge Reinhold also star. [Source: Variety]
The Out of Town Wedding
The story centers on a group of five friends who reluctantly travel to a resort for a wedding that deteriorates into mayhem. Rigney wrote the script, and Justin Workman will produce. [Source: THR]
Graham Rogers has »
- Garth Franklin
Rogers will portray a young man who — after his best friends die in a tragic accident — finds that running allows him to remember them perfectly. He soon finds himself caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present.
Rogers is repped by Apa, Management 360, and Stone Meyer Genow Smelkinson and Binder Llp. »
- Dave McNary
Stars: Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Caan, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Domenick Lombardozzi, John Ventimiglia,Griffin Dunne | Written by Guillaume Canet, James Gray | Directed by Guillaume Canet
Two brothers, Chris (Owen), recently out of prison and Frank (Crudup), a respected policeman, are on either side of the law. As Chris tries to clean up his act and reconnect with his family he finds himself low on funds and rejected by society. Will he turn back to his old life and force Frank to act, splitting their family in two forever? Facing off in 1970′s Brooklyn, Blood Ties looks to see if blood trumps money when it comes to family and organised crime.
What I liked about Blood Ties was that the seventies was dripping from every corner of the film. The music, the clothes, the hair cuts and the attitudes of the characters. »
- Richard Axtell
Santa Monica-based Myriad Pictures has added boxing crime thriller Glass Chin to its Afm roster for all worldwide sales outside the U.S. House of Cards‘ Corey Stoll stars in the neo-noir Tribeca Film Festival entry as an ex-pugilist desperate to get back in the game who starts training a young fighter and gets involved in crooked dealings with a local restaurateur (Billy Crudup). Yul Vazquez (Kill the Messenger, Captain Phillips), Marin Ireland (I Am Legend, Hope Springs), and Kelly Lynch (The Jacket, Charlie’s Angels) also star. Noah Buschel (The Missing Person) wrote and directed the film which is produced by Louise Runge and Samantha Housman of Onezero Films, Susan Stover, and Sara Woodhatch. Lois J. Drabkin is exec producer. Myriad’s Audrey Delaney, Svp of Marketing & Acquisition, negotiated the deal with Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers.
- Nancy Tartaglione
Attention, Hollywood — William H. Macy would like to direct your film.
Macy is coming off making his feature directorial debut with music drama “Rudderless,” which has opened domestically last month and is for sale at the American Film Market from Radiant Film Intl.
“We are sort of in the catbird seat on ‘Rudderless,’ I think,” Macy said. “And I’m dying to do it again.”
“Rudderless” centers on a grieving father (Billy Crudup) who’s in a downward spiral until he stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics and forms a band in the hope of finding peace. Unified Pictures’ Keith Kjarval and Brad Greiner produced.
Macy, who had directed TV episodes, began shooting last year on a 25-day sked.
“In indie film, you are already four days behind when you start,” he said. “I wound up with way more film than I needed. »
- Dave McNary
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