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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. »
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in their Premieres Category (aka their prestigious, arty selections that draw a crowd). And now we've got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that slate: I'll See You In My Dreams - Directed by Brett Haley; written by Brett Haley and Marc Basch; starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb and Rhea Perlman. Lila & Eve - Directed by Charles Stone III; written by Patrick Gilfillan; starring Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Shea Whigham, Julius Tennon, Ron Caldwell and Aml Ameen. Mississippi Grind - Written and directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden; starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard and Robin Weigert. Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st. I'll See You In My Dreams »
- Evan Dickson
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
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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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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- email@example.com (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
Clinton Moisey (Fran Kranz) is something of a simpleton. He lives at home with his mother (Blythe Danner) where he operates a daily yard sale table selling toys, comic books and self-made action figures. His attempt at making something of himself — a corner comic shop with zero clientele — closed after six months, and while anyone could see the problem was his lack of motivation Clinton sees it a bit differently. It was a man named Ford (Greg Kinnear) who killed his shop by opening a megastore nearby. Sure the megastore doesn’t sell comics, but that’s not really the point as far as Clinton is concerned. He awakes one morning after drowning his sorrows with a marathon session of Who’s the Boss? episodes to find his beloved cat Mouser dead in the street. This was no accident though as a crossbow bolt had been shot through the cat’s heart. No »
- Rob Hunter
Anyone who knows me knows I love cats. Seriously. It may be why I'm still single. (Well, maybe just one reason). I actually have two of them (Sookie and Phoenix), was practically raised by them (there are photos of them in the crib with me) and, well, you don't want to get into a debate with me on the age old question of which is better, cats or dogs? So, when I read that Gillian Greene's "Murder of a Cat" centered on a man who is convinced his "best friend" has been taken out I was pretty much in. If any crime demands justice in my book it's that of a murdered cat! "Cat" stars Fran Kranz ("Dollhouse" and "A Cabin in the Woods") as Clinton, a man who refuses to give up on finding his feline's killer, but eventually finds out something more sinister is going on around him. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The offbeat comedy, which bowed at Tribeca earlier this year, stars Fran Kranz (Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Cabin in the Woods") as a manchild with a proto-Bieber haircut, various delusions, and who lives at home with his mother (Blythe Danner). Just coincidentally, all of Greene's children, ages seven to 20, live with their mother. "Yeah, people are surprised I have so many kids, but I started kind of young," said fledgling director Greene, whose father was a star of the longtime NBC western "Bonanza" and, later, the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series. She met her husband, director Sam Raimi, when she was 20 and they had their first when she was 25. "Which isn't that young, but I never even liked kids. I never babysat, I was an only child, I never got all excited about babies. But when I had my first child I just fell in love. »
- John Anderson
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Gillian Greene’s feature directorial debut starring Oscar contender Jk Simmons. Separately, Cinedigm and Moguldom Studios have entered into a multi-year, multi-title deal for Moguldom’s slate.
Gravitas brokered the deal with CAA and will distribute across theatrical and digital platforms on December 5.
The deal between Cinedigm and Moguldom Studios calls for a minimum of 10 new films a year. Cinedigm has also acquired distribution rights to seven catalogue titles from the Moguldom Studios’ library and will get certain Us distribution rights to the films, including digital »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Rainbow hair? Pssht! The latest trend is rainbow leather! On Monday, Oct. 20, Jamie Chung celebrated the launch of Apple Pay by noshing on doughnuts in the Big Apple. But she wasn't wearing what you’d find us in at Dunkin'! The Once Upon a Time alum, 31, (she played Mulan in the series) worked a cute Lbd under a cerulean blue leather coat—just one in a group of bold toppers we've adored lately. Gwyneth Paltrow rocked a divine oxblood leather jacket (bundled over lace Monique Lhuillier separates) to the premiere of mom Blythe Danner's [...] »
Gwyneth Paltrow's husband Chris Martin is dating a new girlfriend, Jennifer Lawrence. And though she might have had a rocky year following the break-up of her marriage, Gwyneth is still showing top fashion form. The 'Iron Man 3' actress looked great in a burgundy leather jacket as she left the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, having congratulated her mother, Blythe Danner, on her new play 'The Country House' in New York. Just last week, Chris helped estranged wife Gwyneth celebrate her 42nd birthday. The famous pair - who announced their marriage separation in March 2014 - have managed to remain on friendly terms, and the Coldplay frontman treated her to the intimate birthday bash at her Los Angeles home. According to the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column, the star invited some of Gwyneth's colleagues from her lifestyle newsletter, Goop, and some parents whose children attend the same school as their 10-year-old daughter, »
Gwyneth Paltrow showed sweet support for her mom Blythe Danner in NYC on Thursday, embracing her with a hug and smile at the stage veteran's opening performance of The Country House on Broadway. Over on the West coast, Robert Pattinson was set for the skies, Reese Witherspoon made time for a date with her husband, and Nina Dobrev shared the spotlight with Julianne Hough. See all that and more with a look at this week's must-see celebrity snaps! »
Nikos Psacharopoulos, the longtime head of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, enjoyed the opportunities frequently afforded him to brutalize students and staff. Moron! he would bark. Get off the stage! He excused these outbreaks of viciousness against defenseless individuals by suggesting they were necessary to protect the health of the herd; he wanted to rid the theater of people unfit to be in it. But no one can always be great, and he ended up ridding the theater of many more people than needed to go. It’s a cautionary tale, one brought to mind by The Country House, a new comedy by Donald Margulies that’s not only set in Williamstown among Festival royalty but stars its sometime queen Blythe Danner. So let me just say that although Margulies has written wonderful plays — the revival of Dinner With Friends was one of last season’s highlights — The Country House isn »
- Jesse Green
Timing is everything. Donald Margulies respectfully raids the Chekhovian thematic pantry in The Country House, which arrives on Broadway in an elegant production staged with customary polish by Daniel Sullivan and starring Blythe Danner in a role that overlaps with her own professional history. But coming in the wake of Christopher Durang's far more illuminating contemporary riff on the Russian master, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, seriously undercuts the usefulness of this engaging, if rather safe, middlebrow entertainment. Appropriating elements drawn primarily from The Seagull and Uncle Vanya, Margulies' Chekhov excursion is a vast improvement on the lame-
- David Rooney
Polly Bergen: 'Desperate Housewives' Emmy nominee; winner for 'The Helen Morgan Story' (photo: Felicity Huffman, Doug Savant, and Polly Bergen in 'Desperate Housewives') (See previous article: "Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List'.") Polly Bergen began her lengthy — and to some extent prestigious — television career in 1950, making sporadic appearances in anthology series. She won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Single Performance – Lead or Supporting — beating Julie Andrews, Helen Hayes, Teresa Wright, and Piper Laurie — for playing troubled torch singer Helen Morgan (Show Boat) in the 1957 Playhouse 90 episode "The Helen Morgan Story," featuring veteran Sylvia Sidney as Morgan's mother. Curiously, Bergen's retelling of Helen Morgan's story was broadcast the same year that Ann Blyth starred in Michael Curtiz's Morgan biopic. Also titled The Helen Morgan Story, the film focused on the relationship between the singer and a »
- Andre Soares
“You Can’t Take It With You” (Opens Sept. 28)James Earl Jones leads a starry cast (including Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford, and Mark Linn-Baker) in this revival of the classic American comedy about the hilarious clash between an eccentric family and an extremely conservative one. “The Country House” (Opens Oct. 2)Starring Blythe Danner, Daniel Sunjata, and Kate Jennings Grant, this Chekhovian Donald Margulies play about what happens when artists encounter love and passion while visiting a Berkshires summerhouse will be directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (Opens Oct. 5)Based on the novel of the same title, this British import follows the exceptionally intelligent 15-year-old Christopher on his hunt to identify the true killer of his neighbor’s dog after he’s accused of the deed. The show stars Alexander Sharp, Taylor Trensch, Ian Barford, and others. “It’s Only a Play” (Opens Oct. »
By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
Adams plans to begin shooting in the spring and then move on to the thriller “Panama,” as recently reported by Variety. He’s faced with making $4.4 million in restitution as part of his sentence.
“Land of the Free” is inspired by a true story about an F.B.I. agent fighting demons from his past who combines forces with an enslaved Portuguese woman to shut down a notorious human trafficking ring.
Paquim drew upon her on own real-life kidnapping and fight to escape slavery and said she chose Adams because of his background.
“Few people can understand the horrors I went through, but, due to his own recent experience, Daniel understands,” she said. “I cannot imagine another director that »
- Dave McNary
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