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Everybody's got to start somewhere.
For some people, it's theater or commercials, but for many, many actors, their first job was on a soap opera. Julianne Moore played dual characters on "As the World Turns," Laurence Fishburne played a teen drug dealer on "One Life to Live" and Susan Sarandon played a murderous drifter on "Search for Tomorrow," a soap that was also among the first gigs for Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Kline, and Viggo Mortensen.
- Alana Altmann
Robert Lantos, the producer of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated films; David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises (Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl); Richard J. Lewis's Barney’s Version (Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike); István Szabó's Being Julia (Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon) and Sunshine (Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz) joined Atom Egoyan for a post screening conversation on Remember. He is also the executive producer of Atom's double Oscar nominated The Sweet Hereafter (Ian Holm, Sarah Polley). Remember, written by Benjamin August, stars Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau with Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven, Dean Norris and Jürgen Prochnow.
Christopher Plummer as Zev Gutman: "I've worked with Chris on Ararat"
Wheelchair user Max Rosenbaum (Landau), who has a horrible cough, has prepared a letter for his friend Zev Gutman (Plummer), which is much more than a memory aide, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The Daily Beast the Coen Bros on diversity vs the Oscars. But they don't take kindly to complaints about Hail, Caesar!'s whiteness
Decider Joe Reid ranks the top 50 performances in Coen Bros movies. Much to argue with but also to agree with. The #1 is indisputable.
Variety Jake Gyllenhaal's Boston Marathon bombing movie is a go
Decider "Let My People F***" amusing piece on the conservative sexual morality of the Duplass Brothers filmography
IndieWire Viggo Mortensen's new film Captain Fantastic, which sounds intriguing, will open on July 8th. It co-stars Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, and George Mackay (who played the young photographer in Pride)
Theater Mania Mark Rylance, fresh off his Oscar nomination, returns to the New York stage with Nice Fish (and possibly Farinelli »
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The film was written and directed by Matt Ross (“28 Hotel Rooms”), who was recently named one of Variety‘s 10 Directors to Watch.
Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen said, “Seeing the reaction to the film at Sundance, including three standing ovations at the Eccles, we knew this film had to play in the summertime when audiences are looking for this kind of crowd-pleaser.”
Mortensen portrays a father living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest who’s devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education. After his wife commits suicide, he’s forced to leave his paradise and enter the real world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.
- Dave McNary
Plus: Screen Media picks up Rio, I Love You; Lionsgate to adapt Magic Tree House children’s books; and more…
Bleecker Street will open Matt Ross’ recent Sundance world premiere starring Viggo Mortensen via theatrical roll-out on July 8. Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat, and Monica Levinson produced the story of an eccentric father to a clan of children in the Pacific Northwest.
Screen Media Films has acquired Us rights from WestEnd Films for the collaborative film Rio, I Love You, the third in the Cities Of Love trilogy featuring Paris Je t’Aime and New York I Love You. Rio, I Love You features ten short stories and their respective transitions of love in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Andrucha Waddington, Paolo Sorrentino, Fernando Meirelles, Stephan Elliott, John Turturro, Guillermo Arriaga, Sang-soo Im, Carlos Saldanha, Jose Padilha, Nadine Labaki, and Vicente Amorim direct a cast that includes Fernanda Montenegro, Emily Mortimer, and Vincent Cassel »
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Read More: Watch: Viggo Mortensen on the Controversial Family Behind 'Captain Fantastic' (Sundance Exclusive) For his bold feature "Captain Fantastic," writer-director Matthew Ross cast Viggo Mortensen as the patriarch of a reclusive survivalist family, whose unique upbringing (which includes hunting, killing and eating deer for food) is threatened by the recent death of their mother and legal action from her grieving father (Frank Langella). After premiering the movie at the Sundance Film Festival last week, up-and-coming indie distributor Bleecker Street has announced today that the film will be hitting theaters this summer on July 8. The official synopsis reads: "Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means »
- Zack Sharf
Bleecker Street has staked out a July 8 release date for Captain Fantastic, its Sundance drama starring Viggo Mortensen. He plays a father in the forests of the Pacific Northwest who is raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education. Forced to leave his home and enter the world, he begins a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent. The concept of playing a dad facing trying circumstances is nothing new for Mortensen, who… »
We just wrapped up our experience at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, but it certainly isn’t the last update from the event. While there was over 100 features screening throughout the festival, they also held a number of extensive, daily talks. We recently featured one on the future of film with Christopher Nolan, Alex Ross Perry, and more, and now the rest have been made available online.
Including Werner Herzog and Joshua Oppenheimer, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Da Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, John Krasinski and Thomas Middleditch, Keegan-Michael Key and Natasha Lyonne, Melanie Lynskey and Imogen Poots, and more, they cover an extensive range of filmmaking and styles.
There’s also a few featuring a wide range of talents, including one with John Carney, Diego Luna, Liz Garbus, Christine Vachon, James Schamus, and Whit Stillman. Then there’s an actor’s roundtable with Thomas Middleditch, Diane Ladd, John Krasinski, Rebecca Hall, »
- Leonard Pearce
Justin Chang: Well, I called it. Then again, who didn’t? Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” cemented its standing as the sensation of Sundance 2016 by winning the grand jury prize and audience award on Saturday night — an outcome that was hardly surprising, in light of recent double winners like “Precious,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Whiplash” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” as well as the undeniable cultural weight that a film about slavery, featuring a black hero and told from a black filmmaker’s perspective, now carries. Later this year, when Fox Searchlight launches its not-so-secret weapon to prevent another #OscarsSoWhite, there will be plenty of opining (as there is already) that “The Birth of a Nation” is a cultural landmark but a far-from-great movie, one whose import and relevance overshadow some of its artistic shortcomings.
I’ve written plenty about Parker’s film, which strikes me »
- Justin Chang, Peter Debruge and Guy Lodge
With Sundance having just wrapped, here are the films—from a new Todd Solondz to another outing from Michelle Williams and Kelly Reichardt—that will likely be in the awards running later this year. “The Birth of a Nation”“The Birth of a Nation” is the true story of Nat Turner, an African-American slave who leads the most successful slave rebellion in American history. Nate Parker writes and directs himself as Turner—and may very well establish himself as one of Hollywood’s must-watch triple threats upon the film’s premiere. Parker leads an ensemble cast that includes Aunjanue Ellis, Jackie Earle Haley, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Aja Naomi King, and Gabrielle Union. “Captain Fantastic”Viggo Mortensen stars as Ben, a dedicated father of six secluded from society in the Pacific Northwest. Tragic circumstances force him and his children to say goodbye to their utopia and enter a world »
With over 60 films covered, a number of interviews and more coverage from the Sundance Film Festival, it’s time to wrap up the first major cinema event in 2016. We already got the official jury and audience winners (here) and now it’s time to highlight our favorites, as well as complete coverage from the festival.
One will find our top fifteen favorites (in alphabetical order), followed by the rest of our reviews (from best to worst, including previously premiered features), then interviews. Check out everything below and stay tuned to our site, and specifically Twitter, for acquisition and release date news on the below films in the coming months.
Kirsten Johnson has been a cinematographer and / or camera operator on documentary films for 20 years. This has taken her all over the world and led her to meet all kinds of people. She’s been in Bosnia, »
- TFS Staff
Follow all of our Sundance 2016 coverage. One look at the pic above or the synopsis below and you’d be forgiven for thinking that writer/director Matt Ross‘ new film Captain Fantastic is yet another quirky dramedy about oddballs trying to stay true to themselves in the face of society’s normality. You’d be right too, but while the film ticks off that seemingly generic box it also features elements and strengths well beyond it. It’s frequently funny and often affecting, but more than that it raises questions about family, responsibility, and the resiliency of children. Ben (Viggo Mortensen) lives in a Pacific Northwest forest with his six kids who range in age from seven to seventeen. His wife, their mother, has spent the past few months in a hospital with an illness while their lives have continued like normal. Of course, normal is relative, and for them it means survival skills, meditation »
- Rob Hunter
Sundance Film Festival marks a fresh start to the film calendar. Just as awards season is winding down, new artistic agendas are kicking off all over Park City.
Sundance is a festival unsullied by headline-sucking studio ‘out-of-competition’ launches, making it purely about the programming line-up, split neatly between docs and dramatic, world and Us, premieres and competitive. In that sense, there was one big winner: Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the Us Dramatic section and also walked away with the Audience Award and a record-breaking $17.5m deal from Fox Searchlight.
Netflix had actually offered more for the confrontational, provocative, agenda-changing film which will be pushed for next year’s awards to put a halt to Oscars-being-so-white. In fact, Netflix and Amazon were active throughout Sundance, chasing down quality, prestige English-language projects as opposed to bulk-buying. (This isn’t cable programming; this is taste-making. If a film »
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It may seem nuts to start handicapping next year’s Oscars race before this year’s ceremony has even aired, but Sundance has proven that it’s now a launching pad for awards season contenders.
After January 2014’s debut of “Boyhood” and January 2015’s premiere of “Brooklyn” (both at the Eccles Theater), Sundance may have doubled up and unveiled two best picture nominees in 2016. Those would be “Manchester By the Sea” and “The Birth of a Nation.”
Let’s start with the second title. Nate Parker’s retelling of the 1831 slave revolt led by Nat Turner is a one-man tour-de-force: starring Parker, directed by Parker, produced by Parker and written by the actor best known until now as the star of “Beyond the Lights.” “The Birth of a Nation” will change that. Not only did the historical epic receive the most prolonged standing ovation at this year’s Sundance, it »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Viggo Mortensen steals the show as a father whose idealistic way of raising his children comes under attack by the real world
It’s always tricky using a modifier like “fantastic” in a movie’s title, because if the film doesn’t live up to it, the snarky review headlines just sort of write themselves. Sadly for copy editors the world over, Captain Fantastic won’t have that problem. Not only is it wonderful – it is heartfelt, comedic, gorgeous and just the right amount of sad. The sound of sniffling could be heard throughout the theater at Sundance, where it debuted this week.
Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) is raising his six children off the grid in rural Washington. They live in a sort of yurt with adjacent tree houses and other buildings, they hunt and farm all of their own food, and they celebrate Noam Chomsky’s birthday like it’s Christmas. »
- Brian Moylan
One of the highlights for me each January is getting to see what emerges from the Sundance Film Festival with awards buzz. I was lucky enough to attend once a few years back and it’s an experience unlike anything else, both in terms of the festival circuit and just life in general. This year, Sundance 2016 seems to be a fairly mellow year in terms of things set to appeal to Oscar voters, but that doesn’t mean that that the fest doesn’t have a ton of interesting things to anticipate. As such, I’ve listed just 12 of the most interesting in my eyes. Your mileage may vary, but these are the flicks that I most want to see when they move from Park City to a theater near you… Here now are a dozen movies from Sundance that are worth keeping an eye out for: The Birth of »
- Joey Magidson
TheWrap welcomed director Matt Ross and his star Viggo Mortensen to discuss their film “Captain Fantastic” at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Ross explained how he formulated a fictional family, led by Mortensen, that lives deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, shuns modern comforts and delights in an analog existence. “It’s sure to offend,” Mortensen joked in the above clip. Also Read: Sundance Deals: What's Sold So Far, From 'Tallulah' to 'Under The Shadow' Get TheWrap’s complete Sundance 2016 coverage here. »
- Matt Donnelly
“My dream at Sundance to take off from the Olympic ramp on skis remains unfulfilled," Werner Herzog says about the sale of his doc "Lo and Behold" to Magnolia Pictures, "but I am even more exhilarated by the fact that my film now is taking flight through Magnolia." Waiting outside the Indiewire photo booth at Sundance for Herzog, his reputation precedes him. Viggo Mortensen, about to do a panel for "Captain Fantastic," is eager to meet him, and introduces the wind-blown filmmaker to all his screen children. We repair to a quieter room at the Chase Sapphire Lounge, but are eventually driven out by the noise. The film features ten conversations with Herzog and various tech pioneers, from a recovering game addict in rehab to PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, Internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn, and famed hacker Kevin Mitnick. Magnolia is targeting a 2016 theatrical release. Watch: "Werner Herzog »
- Anne Thompson
Peter Debruge: At the studio level, American cinema seems to be in the full throes of a diversity crisis, as moviegoers and the media alike are finally taking Hollywood to task for its lopsidedly white-centric worldview. It’s a real problem, and one whose solution I’m happy to see suggested at the Sundance Film Festival, which has long extended a megaphone to so-called “outsider” voices. Judging by the U.S. competition alone, the broad-ranging field of representation includes Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” (which re-creates Nat Turner’s rebellion) and Richard Tanne’s “Southside With You” (which re-creates Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date) alongside Andrew Ahn’s gay-Asian identity exploration “Spa Night” and Elizabeth Wood’s wildly over-the-top “White Girl” (Wood is one of five distaff directors in competition, two of whom aren’t white).
The good news is that these movies somehow managed »
- Justin Chang, Peter Debruge and Guy Lodge
Our countdown of the top 100 films of the 21st Century (so far) concludes here with the top 25.
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The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn »
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