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Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
It’s not uncommon to see a filmmaker essentially break out with a hit film (in baseball lingo this wasn’t a home run, but an ernest double) at Sundance, and then, for a multitude of reasons both known or unknown, not strike while the iron is hot. Her Frenchie-Americano rom com featuring quintessential indie starlet Parker Posey was with all its warts and quirks played excellently for a certain demographic and midway this year, she queued up a sophomore film that is a little more grown-up. Featuring Alexia Landeau in the lead with a cast that includes Cheyenne Jackson, Eddie Izzard, Melanie Griffith, Bellamy Young, Vincent Kartheiser, Ione Skye, Alessandro Nivola and Brooke Smith, Day out of Days received some coin in late 2013, and could follow the path to Sundance as her short Men Make Women Crazy Theory (2000) and Broken English before it. Look for a pragmatic and potentially »
- Eric Lavallee
Chances are if there was a moderately successful-to-full blown beloved hit movie, a TV show version of it is in the works this season. There's Big, Rush Hour, Uncle Buck, Real Genius, In the Heat of the Night, Problem Child…you get the picture. NBC made headlines when they bought a script for a continuation of Say Anything, the Cameron Crowe hit starring John Cusack and Ione Skye. Shortly after the project was announced, Crowe, who wrote and directed the 1989 flick, and Cusack took to social media and blasted the proposed sequel TV series. It's since been shelved. To prevent such a thing from happening again, we've taken the liberty of coming up with the movies—both classic, cult-hit and »
Fans of the 80s classic film Say Anything had mixed feelings when a possible TV series was announced. Now it has been canned due to the stars and writer of the film speaking out. Cameron Crowe was quick to call out the project once he heard about the sequel that would catch up with the stars later on. Cameron was quick to join John Cusack and Ione Skye in protesting the show. Here is what he had to say about the concept, which in the end worked for his benefit.
Regarding the announcement of a “Say Anything” tv show… @JohnCusack, @IoneSkye1 and I have no involvement… except in trying to stop it.
We are sad, but we get why he wouldn’t want a TV series based upon the movie. It was a success in its own right and they do not need to cash in on the latest trend. »
- Sarah Peel
Remake something from the 1980s, and they will come. It's been the formula for the past decade. It was recently announced that NBC and 20th Century Fox TV have teamed up for a comedy series pegged to Cameron Crowe’s 1989 coming-of-age film Say Anything. That film starred John Cusack as an underachiever obsessed with kickboxing and Ione Skye as the popular valedictorian who dates him before she goes off to college. “She's gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen,” Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler famously utters. It seems that Crowe isn’t too happy with the project, writing on Twitter: “Regarding the announcement of a “Say Anything” tv show… @JohnCusack, @IoneSkye1 and I have no...
- Alison Nastasi
Just hours after we reported that director Cameron Crowe and actor John Cusack had expressed their displeasure with a Say Anything TV series in development at NBC, the network officially pulled the plug on the project.
Writer Justin Adler and producer Aaron Kaplan had been brought on to develop the show earlier this year, before NBC issued a script commitment plus penalty to the project last night. Deadline now reports that the writer and producer didn't realize Cameron Crowe had never been made aware of the project, and, after he voiced his objections to the series, they both pulled out. Legally speaking, the network could have moved forward, but the writer and producer dropping out and the breakdown of communication between the studio and Cameron Crowe lead to the studio ultimately killing the show.
Our earlier report revealed that efforts were made to bring Cameron Crowe into the loop, but that never actually happened. »
News broke this week that a Say Anything TV show is in the works at NBC. While you may have had strong feelings about this, Cameron Crowe, the director of the 1989 teen romance film, was even more heated about it. Crowe took to Twitter yesterday to comment on the revival: Regarding the announcement of a "Say Anything" tv show... @JohnCusack, @IoneSkye1 and I have no involvement... except in trying to stop it. — Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) October 7, 2014 John Cusack then responded with: Amen @CameronCrowe @IoneSkye1 — John Cusack (@johncusack) October 7, 2014 Less than 24 hours after the series was announced, the project has been shelved - a direct result of Crowe's comments. The show would have picked up 10 years after the events of Say Anything - but would have been strangely set in the present day. Lloyd (originally played by Cusack) is realizing that his life hasn't turned out as he anticipated, and his »
Cameron Crowe is getting his way: After tweeting that he was "trying to stop" NBC from developing a TV series based on his 1989 film Say Anything, NBC has decided not to move forward with the show. The show, which NBC announced Monday, was set to be a half-hour comedy that picked up 10 years after the original Say Anything left off. At that point in the Say Anything world, Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court would be finding their way back to each other after breaking up after their brief post-graduation romance. Just hours after the announcement, Crowe made clear that he »
- Ariana Bacle
Last night, Deadline reported that NBC is moving forward with a TV series based on the 1989 Cameron Crowe movie Say Anything, which will be written by Justin Adler (Better Off Ted, Samantha Who?). The project is set a decade after the events of the movie, although, thanks to the vocal objections of Say Anything director Cameron Crowe and star John Cusack, the project may now be in jeopardy.
A new Deadline report reveals that 20th Century Fox Television had planned to ask for Cameron Crowe's blessing to move forward with the show, but this never happened due to miscommunication between studio executives. Both Cameron Crowe and John Cusack first heard about the project last night, and took to their respective Twitter accounts to voice their disapproval, with Cameron Crowe even stating that he is trying to stop the show from happening.
Hell no !! “@readdreamwrite: .@johncusack Are you or @CameronCrowe involved with this series? »
Lloyd Dobler and his boombox are set to return to the screen in the form of an NBC Say Anything series—but not if Cameron Crowe has anything to say about it. The last time audiences saw Dobler (John Cusack) and Diane Court (Ione Skye), they were happy in love post-high school graduation, but the half-hour series will pick up 10 years later at a time when the couple are long broken up but finding their way back into each other's lives. Crowe, who directed the original 1989 Say Anything, wants Dobler and Court's relationship to stay in the past, though: "Regarding »
- Ariana Bacle
NBC wants to mess with our memories of Lloyd Dobler holding up that boombox. Nothing is sacred anymore. Nothing.
Deadline recently revealed that NBC ordered a script for a single-camera comedy sequel to "Say Anything..." The show would pick up 10 years after the events of the beloved 1989 movie. In the modern-day plot, Diane Court (played in the movie by Ione Skye) has long since dumped Lloyd (originally played by John Cusack) but when she returns home, Lloyd tries to get Diane back and restart his life.
However, the TV show plan was news to the original cast and writer/director Cameron Crowe. When John Cusack was asked if he or Cameron Crowe were involved with the new series, John tweeted, "Hell no !!" For his part, director Cameron tweeted, "Regarding the announcement of a 'Say Anything' tv show... @JohnCusack, @IoneSkye1 and I have no involvement... except in trying to stop it. »
- Gina Carbone
Updated: Victory is ours. Put down your boomboxes. Fold up your kickboxing trousers. Wait for the airplane to ding. This is not a drill, and frankly, it’s nearly impossible to believe that this is happening, but here it is: NBC is making a series based on Say Anything, Cameron Crowe‘s 1989 John Cusack- and Ione Skye-starring teen romance. It’s okay if this news is hard to swallow, because even with the recent rash of small screen revivals of beloved properties — think Real Genius, Problem Child and Big – word that Say Anything is getting a new television series seems almost too bizarre to be believed, too weird to be true. Let’s parse this. Deadline reports that the film “is being revisited as a series for Generation Ys.” The new series has been imagined as a single-camera comedy (a comedy, a comedy), which features Justin Adler (Better Off Ted, Samantha »
- Kate Erbland
“I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.” John Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler was used to heartbreak, even if the end of Cameron Crowe’s 1989 classic rom-com Say Anything... seemed to point to a happy ending. Or perhaps not that happy, as it turns out. According to a new TV series in development, things may not have gone smoothly for Lloyd after all.Deadline reports that American network NBC has ordered a pilot script for a spin-off single-camera comedy TV series that picks up the story of Say Anything... 10 years later. Lloyd has long since been dumped by Diane Court, and his life isn’t turning out quite as he hoped. But then the great love of his life unexpectedly returns home, and he’s inspired to win her back.We’re not entirely convinced that Say Anything... really needed a new chapter, especially not one that will »
Remember that time you watched Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court fall in love? Get ready to do it again! Apparently, NBC did not listen last week when we said we didn't need more TV shows based on movies from the '80s or '90s, because they're doing it to Say Anything! E! News has confirmed that NBC has ordered a script for a single-camera comedy that takes place ten years after the end of the 1989 Cameron Crowe movie starring John Cusack and Ione Skye. Apparently, Lloyd and Diane eventually broke up, and at the start of the series, Diane is back in town, so Lloyd tries to win her back. Aaron Kaplan, whose producing credits include Debra Messing's new NBC series The Mysteries of »
*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by IFC Films. Director: Mac Carter. Writer: Andrew Barrer. Cast: Harrison Gilbertson, Liana Liberato, Jacki Weaver and Ione Skye. Haunt is an indie horror feature from first time director Mac Carter. As well, the film was developed from one of writer Andrew Barrer's first scripts. And, the central cast is a young twosome: Liana Liberato and Harrison Gilbertson. All of this newness should create for a few interesting bits. But, Haunt is a fairly straight-forward haunted house horror tale. Only a few jump scares and an interesting late reveal, in the story department, create any intrigue. Haunt needed a few more shocks and surprises along the way to break up the film's tedium. In the story, a large manor serves as the film's focal point. Here, the Morello family were cursed by spirits of a netherworld. Five family members were tormented, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
This week is the 25th anniversary of Cameron Crowe‘s first feature, Say Anything, and while he went on to direct three more fantastic films (plus one good one and two stinkers) this one holds a special place in many of our hearts. It’s a rare honest look at teenagers in and out of love, is eminently quotable and features a high number of memorable and possibly iconic scenes. A quarter of a century later and the film is more beloved than ever. The anniversary has led to a handful of editorials on the movie — our own Kate Erbland even had the nerve to question whether Lloyd and Diane were still together 25 years later! The responses were varied and highly pessimistic, but the truth is clear in Lloyd’s persistence and optimism and in Diane’s joy and satisfaction. You only have to watch the movie to know that the two are still living it up »
- Rob Hunter
Break out your boom box, because April 14 is Say Anything's 25th anniversary. Cameron Crowe's 1989 directorial debut tells the teenage love story of alternative dude Lloyd Dobler and goody-goody scholar Diane Court. As always, opposites attract and eventually ride off into the sunset (or, in this case, fly to England) - but not before coping with a meddling papa and immortalizing an iconic Peter Gabriel slow jam. Starring John Cusack and Ione Skye, Say Anything is a film with heart and a surprising amount of philosophy. It's a mix that has helped this rom-com outlast the '80s and find new fans each year. »
- Kelli Bender
Sometime during the spring of my freshman year at college, a friend of mine decided to break out a big romantic gesture for his girlfriend of just a few weeks – they weren’t celebrating anything special, no anniversary or holiday to peg it to, he just wanted to do something – and he decided to recreate the infamous boombox scene from Say Anything. It went over like gangbusters. He drove his truck to the back of her dorm, stood in the bed of it, and blasted Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” for everyone to hear. I’m certain that was part of the charm – his girlfriend heard it, the rest of her dorm heard it, people walking to class heard it. (She was, to put it delicately, a bit of a show-off.) Most importantly, everyone seemed to get it. Cameron Crowe’s film was nearly fifteen years old when this particularly over-the-top expression of love occurred, and »
- Kate Erbland
For his feature film debut, up-and-coming director Mac Carter gives us his own spin on various familiar haunted house tropes in the “better than its bland name would suggest” supernatural thriller Haunt.
It’s opening, ripe in self-awareness that we’re all more than familiar with every kind of supernatural story under the sun these days, establishes early that while Haunt may not be necessarily the most original horror movie you’ll see this year, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a well-crafted, finely executed and highly enjoyable one all the same.
Haunt begins by setting us up with a backstory to its tale, creating an early sense of tension after we witness a grieving man, desperate to make contact with his deceased family, unleashes something far more dangerous than he could possibly imagine via a mysterious box that can communicate with the dead. The story then catches »
- Heather Wixson
Haunt Me Tender: Carter’s Debut Reduced to Derivative Schlock
As Mac Carter’s directorial debut, Haunt, quickly unfurls a haul of standard haunted house clichés, don’t be surprised if you’re put in mind of a couple James Wan features. In fact, there’s not much by way of originality to be experienced as far as its narrative is concerned, a film that chugs along until it finally arrives at a revelation that feels as predictable as it is unenthusiastically rendered. In fact, the film’s opening narration attempts to address this issue, and does actually temper what it’s lacking in chills with considerable effort in providing us with a pair of protagonists that elevates the material. Despite Carter and screenwriter Andrew Barrer’s efforts, an overabundance in supernatural flourishes in the second half severely detracts from any mounting dread inspired by its fitting design, which cheapens »
- Nicholas Bell
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