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It’s a film starring Sundance Film Fest creator Robert Redford and another film starring Sundance mainstay James Franco that are the latest and last items to officially pad the 2015 edition. Ken Kwapis’ A Walk in the Woods (surely to be discussed as a companion piece to Gus Van Sant’s heavy Cannes contender The Sea of Trees) and Rupert Goold’s directorial debut, True Story – a story that is stranger than fiction close out the Premieres selections. Also announced we find items for New Frontier, Sundance Kids and the From the Collection items. And while the line-up is complete, the actual final piece to the puzzle might actually be a secret screening or two. This year I wager on Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups playing as a non official showing. Here’s the press release.
- Eric Lavallee
“A Walk in the Woods” stars Sundance founder Redford as a travel writer who sets out to hike the Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged friend, portrayed by Nick Nolte. Ken Kwapis directs the comedy-drama from a script by Rick Kerb and Bill Holderman. Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal also star.
“True Story,” directed by Rupert Goold from a script he co-wrote with David Kajganich, centers on disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Hill) meeting accused killer Christian Longo (Franco) — who has taken on Finkel’s identity; his investigation morphs into a game of cat and mouse.
- Dave McNary
Festival top brass announced on December 15 a volley of 10 additional films and New Frontier installations.
The late arrivals mean the festival will screen 123 features overall from 29 countries culled from 12,166 submissions. A total of 106 of the features will be world premieres and 45 of the total line-up hail from first-time film-makers,
Sundance is set to run from January 22-February 1.
All synopses provided by the festival.
A Walk In The Woods (USA)
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 an eccentric assortment of characters. Together, they learn that some roads are better left untraveled.
Salt Lake City Gala Film
True Story (USA)
When disgraced New York »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Ryan Murphy has proven that stars are drawn to his series. Glee and Nip/Tuck each had their fair share of big names grace each series, but American Horror Story has drawn Oscar nominees like Kathy Bates alongside recognized names like Michael Chiklis, Stevie Nicks, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Zachary Quinto, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, James Cromwell, and of course Jessica Lange. With his true crime series American Crime Story yet to cast anyone, Murphy's upcoming Fox series Scream Queens »
- Alex Maidy
The lineups for the competition categories at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were recently unveiled, and along with them some debut images were released. Today we’ve got first look images at a few of the films that will screen in the World Competition category: Slow West – Directed by John Maclean; Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Rory McCann, Ben Mendelsohn, Brooke Williams, and Caren Pistorius. Strangerland – Directed by Kim Farrant; Starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving, Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt, and Maddison Brown. Glassland – Written and directed by Gerard Barrett; Starring Jack Reynor, Toni Collette, Will Poulter, and Michael Smiley. Umrika – Written and directed by Prashant Nair; Starring Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Smita Tambe, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, and Prateik Babbar. Check out the images and synopses after the jump. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd to February 1st. Slow West / New Zealand (Director: John Maclean, Screenwriters: John Maclean, »
- Adam Chitwood
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
Titles such as Eskil Vogt’s Blind and David Wnendt’s Wetlands landed the most acclaim and Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ To Kill a Man won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in the dozen offerings. This year we have John Maclean’s Slow West (starring Michael Fassbender), previous Sundance winner Anne Sewitsky returning with Homesick, and the highly anticipated title from Ariel Kleiman in the Vincent Cassel starrer, Partisan and a Nicole Kidman vehicle in Kim Farrant’s Strangerland (see pic above). Here are the dirty dozen from all corners of the world:
Chlorine / Italy (Director: Lamberto Sanfelice, Screenwriters: Lamberto Sanfelice, Elisa Amoruso) — Jenny, 17, dreams of becoming a synchronized swimmer. Family events turn her life upside down and she is forced move to a remote area to look after her ill father and younger brother. It won’t be long before Jenny starts pursuing her dreams again. Cast: Sara Serraiocco, »
- Eric Lavallee
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
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Sundance Institute announced the first wave of selections for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and the world cinema dramatic competition features a number of familiar faces. Most notably, Michael Fassbender in "Slow West," Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving in "Strangerland" and Jack Reynor, Toni Collette and Will Poulter in "Glassland." Ten of this year's selections are world premieres featuring films from Italy, Turkey, Norway, Brazil and India. Some might question why there are four English language movies among the mix representing Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, but we'll give the programmers the benefit of the doubt for now. Sundance's world cinema slate has grown in stature although the English language pictures tend to resonate the most. "The Guard," "Animal Kingdom," "Four Lions," "Bronson," "An Education" and "Once" all screened in this category. Check out the 2015 slate on the next page. World Cinema Dramatic Competition "Chlorine" Italy Director: Lamberto Sanfelice, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Check out the video below to watch 14-minutes of deleted scenes from Brett Ratner's action-adventure film, Hercules. Come see more of John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the titular role. The film was loosely-based on Steve Moore's graphic novel, Hercules: The Thracian Wars, which was published by Radical Comics in 2009. Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the »
Released on Monday 1st December, you can bring home the ultimate tale of strength and valour when Hercules is released on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD!
Director Brett Ratner has re-imagined the inspiring mythological adventures of the infamous half-man, half-god in this exhilarating epic, with the awesome Dwayne Johnson as the mighty Hercules in this thrilling story of fearlessness, courage and heroism. When a terrifying new enemy threatens the innocent people of Thrace, Hercules and his fearless team of warriors must lead their army in a battle against overwhelming odds. Hercules includes a sensational cast of acclaimed actors including Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell, and John Hurt.
When Hercules begins to doubt the King’s noble intentions, he is faced with an impossible choice between his life and his honour. Can our hero live up to his legendary name to uncover the truth and protect the innocents?
Check out this awesome new featurette:
- Dan Bullock
The New Yorker Anthony Lane on Mike Nichols
Playbill congratulations to Chicago which became the 2nd longest running Broadway show of all time tonight surpassing Cats
Screen Crush bitches about the long uneventful Part 1s of modern franchise culture as I've been bitching about forever. But as long as audiences keep buying tickets, why should Hollywood stop? They make double the money this way.
Critic Wire the terrifying children's book in The Babadook (opening Friday!) is now a real book you can buy
Vanity Fair since I officially stopped watching How To Get Away With Murder I said goodbye by reading / enjoying / giggling through this post on the "who killed Sam" episode
Empire more new projects for Channing Tatum and »
- NATHANIEL R
Early next year, we'll see Nicole Kidman get a little evil by kidnapping the talking bear Paddington, and on the complete other end of the spectrum, there's Strangerland, a haunting thriller about a woman whose teenage kids go missing on the eve of a massive dust storm in the small Australian desert town of Nathgari. As red dust and darkness covers the town, the locals, including police officer David Rae (Hugo Weaving) try to help, but it soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to them, and that's when fingers are pointed, and the situation escalates pretty quickly. This looks like a pretty intense thriller, and it's nice to see someone like Joseph Fiennes doing something promising again. Watch the trailer! Here's the Aussie trailer for Kim Farrant's Strangerland (via The Film Stage): Strangerland marks the directorial debut of Kim Farrant from a script written by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. »
- Ethan Anderton
Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matt Parker (Joseph Fiennes) are trying to adjust to their new life in the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari. They are pleasant but keep to themselves, unwilling to get close to anyone. On the eve of a massive dust storm, their lives are rocked when their two teenage children, Lily and Tom disappear into the desert. With Nathgari now eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the locals join the search lead by local cop, David Rae (Hugo Weaving). It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to them. Suspicion is cast, rumors spread and ancient Aboriginal stories are told in whispers as the locals begin to turn against the couple. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine »
We could really use a good movie from Nicole Kidman. This year she starred in the terribly reviewed "Before I Go To Sleep," the forgettable "The Railway Man," and her Cannes opener "Grace Of Monaco" was savaged by critics. Her next gig? "Paddington." Thankfully, "Strangerland" holds some promise and the haunting first teaser trailer has arrived. Co-starring Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes, the story follows a couple whose relationship is pushed to its breaking point after their two teenage children disappear into the outback. Penned by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons, Kim Farrant (documentary “Naked on the Inside,” Australian TV show “Rush”) makes her feature debut on the project. And frankly, this looks like the kind of gritty, no frills movie Kidman needs to bounce back with. We're crossing our fingers that the moodiness on display adds up to something memorable. No release date or U.S. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Nicole Kidman’s first indie pic on Aussie soil sees the actress united with Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes for a dark tale of human survival. The brainchild of first-time director Kim Farrant, Strangerland is based on a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons, and has now unveiled its first trailer.
The moody drama picks up on Catherine (Kidman) and Matt Parker (Fiennes), a couple who relocate to the Australian desert with their family in tow. When their kids go missing in the vast desert, they must confront the terrible fate of what’s happened to the two teenagers. Reaching out to the community they’ve kept at arm’s length, they enlist local copper David (Weaving) to help with the search.
A hint of A Cry In The Dark? A smidgen of Jindabyne? The trailer points towards another solid trio of performances from the leading cast – and a particularly harrowing turn from Kidman. »
- Gem Seddon
When oscar-nominated director paul greengrass wanted “an authentic ocean experience and look” for his hijack hostage thriller “Captain Phillips” (pictured), he headed to the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta, joining a long list of top helmers and high-profile productions that have filmed here. Among them: Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”), Angelina Jolie (“By the Sea”), Steven Spielberg (“Munich”), Wolfgang Petersen (“Troy”) and Marc Forster (“World War Z”).
Highly competitive incentives are part of the appeal. The Malta Film Commission offers a cash rebate of up to 27% on all eligible expenses incurred in Malta; 25% is available for all eligible productions, while an additional 2% is given to productions that shoot Malta as Malta. Value added tax, currently 18%, is fully refundable.
Its Mediterranean location, authentic architecture and stark landscapes are also part of Malta’s appeal for productions ranging from swords-and-sandals epics to war movies. “Malta is able to double as myriad classical and historical periods, »
- Iain Blair
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