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I honestly had very little to go one when I added A.J. Edwards’ The Better Angels to my predictions list and the fact that it has been included among the New Frontier offerings means that we’re in for something out of the ordinary, as the section has often challenged conventional form. Produced by Terrence Malick, and filmed in B&W, it features Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley and a newbie actor taking on the role of a young Lincoln. Here is the entire listing of five (plus installation projects), which will include Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s on-going Hit Record project.
The Better Angels / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: A.J. Edwards) — Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana, this is the story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. It tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. »
- Eric Lavallee
While "Knight Of Cups" and "Untitled Music Scene Movie That Probably Won't Have Christian Bale In It Anymore" are still out in the wild, waiting to be completed, for those aching for some more Terrence Malick, this is one affiliated project that will get your 2014 off to a happy start. The reclusive director is producing "The Better Angels," the directorial debut of his protégé and collaborator A.J. Edwards. Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling and Wes Bentley star in this evidently black-and-white film about the early years of Abraham Lincoln, with Kruger and Clarke as his parents. The official synopsis: Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana, this is the story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. It tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Hanan Townshend ("To The Wonder") is scoring the film, and yeah, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Sundance announced the films in competition for the 2014 festival yesterday, its organizers noted that they were impressed by the caliber of cinematic artistry — mostly due to technology — that freed up filmmakers to experiment with different genres. No category of the festival is more rooted in genre than Park City at Midnight, the late-night section that specializes in horror and the supernatural, and this year’s slate has several potential breakouts. “The Midnight lineup came together in a way that is about the strongest group we’ve ever had, top to bottom,” says Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming. »
- Jeff Labrecque
“The Guest,” the latest effort from horror helmer Adam Wingard; “Killers,” a Web-based serial-killer thriller from Indonesia’s Mo Brothers; and “What We Do in the Shadows,” a mock-doc collaboration between New Zealand-based directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords) are among the eight oddball titles set to make their world premieres in Park City at Midnight at the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival.
Having noted that the dramatic competition lineups (unveiled Wednesday) contained a number of films with comedic and horror-thriller elements, festival director John Cooper pointed out that the distinctions between competitive and non-competitive titles were blurring more than ever.
“We considered all the Midnight titles for competition at one point,” he said. “It’s very fluid.”
- Justin Chang
Sundance Institute executives announced on December 5 that the festival will feature new work from artist Doug Aitken as well as Klip Collective’s external projections on the Egyptian Theatre.
An expanded New Frontier will showcase installations, performance, transmedia and panel discussion section. Most of the installations will be housed at a new, 5,000-square-foot location at the Gateway in Park City adjacent to Main Street.
“As human and machine, biological and media experiences blur and hybridise, the distinctions between them are also becoming irrelevant,” said curator of the exhibition and Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Shari Frilot.
“The digital and the organic integrally constitute a new primordial pool. What does creativity and storytelling look like if we revel in this new way of being?”
“This year’s expanded New Frontier allows artists to continue pushing the boundaries in telling their stories,” said Sundance »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Here are the five films playing in the New Frontier sidebar. The Better Angels / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: A.J. Edwards) — Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana, this is the story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. It tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley. World Premiere The Girl from Nagasaki / Germany, U.S.A., Japan, Italy (Director: Michel Comte, Screenwriters: Anne-Marie Mackay, Ayako Yoshida, Michel Comte) — This 3D feature film production of the classic Puccini opera Madame Butterfly is directed by world-renowned photographer Michel Comte. It's a modern-day tale that starts with the young madame emerging from the ashes of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki. Cast: Christopher Lee, Sasha Alexander, Michael Wincott, Michael Nyqvist, Robert Evans, Polina Semionova. International Premiere Hit Record On TV / U. »
Terrence Malick has let many collaborators into his secretive, creative lair but only a select few have become regulars. But it looks like Hanan Townshend will join folks like production designer Jack Fisk, editor Billy Weber and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki as one of the lucky few. The composer has reunited with the filmmaker to score the director's upcoming "Knight of Cups," his second straight gig with Malick after composing the score for "To the Wonder." Of course, little is actually known of the plot, but it will feature in varying capacities (depending on who gets cut or not): Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Ryan O'Neal, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman and Shea Whigham. But that's not all Townshend is working on. He's also been hired to contribute additional music to the Malick-produced "The Green Glade Rises," which »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While we'll mourn that HBO's Nikki Finke-inspired "Tilda"—set to star Diane Keaton, Ellen Page and Wes Bentley, with the pilot episode directed by Bill Condon—never got to series, perhaps this is the next best thing. And with this past November filled with insider baseball-esque blog posts about Finke's exit from Deadline, what Jay Penske's next move will be and more, it's definitely time to laugh. So hats off to Funny Or Die, who have dropped a trailer for "Deadline: The Movie." If you've ever rolled your eyes over the scratching matches between the trades over executives you never heard of leaving agencies you could care less about, this is for you. If the words "soft pass" make you cringe, this will hit home. It's a fun goof on the daily trade game, with more than a couple big laughs. So check out the trailer featuring Christina Applegate and Jean Smart below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Although not set to be released until November 2014 it has come to light that we may be treated to a sneak peek of Interstellar in the coming weeks. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the man who breathed life into the Batman franchise again, Interstellar has, on the whole, been shrouded in secrecy. The only snippet of plot that has been revealed so far is that it will involve a group of explorers using a newly discovered wormhole to go on an interstellar voyage.
Next month though, those who go to the cinema to catch up with Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug will also get to see the first trailer for Nolan’s next project. The clip has a predicted run time of 1 minute and 43 seconds which should hopefully mean we’ll get a little more than just a teaser. As per all his other films the cast »
- Kat Smith
The first trailer for Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller, Interstellar, will be with us in a little over 2 weeks as Paramount/Warner Bros will be debuting a 1 minute and 43 second long teaser in front of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which hits theaters December 13th. The first trailer for Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' is 1 minute and 43 seconds, attached to 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.'— The Film Stage (@TheFilmStage) November 28, 2013 Interstellar hits theaters November 7th, 2014, and follows a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. The movie boasts a very impressive cast including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine. Article image is fan-made by Francus321 »
Odd List Ryan Lambie 26 Nov 2013 - 06:44
From reissued, obscure first films to misleading marketing, here are 12 film covers that exaggerate the role their famous actors play...
Filmmaker William Castle was famous for his movie gimmicks, from vibrating chairs to plastic skeletons soaring over the heads of audiences in cinemas. The marketers of 1958's The Fly, meanwhile, promised to pay $100 to the first person who could prove that its matter-transportation plot "couldn't happen".
Selling movies to cynical punters is tough at the best of times, and using tricks and white lies to get people to part with their hard-earned cash is nothing new. And one of the simplest tricks in a film marketer's tool bag is to exaggerate an actor's role in whatever it is they're trying to sell. So if uncredited bit player number two suddenly becomes an A-list star three years after a movie's shot, you can be »
The Hunger Games is poised to be one of the biggest franchises of this decade as the latest installment The Hunger Games: Catching Fire pulls in an estimated $70.5 million from its Friday opening, which includes $25.3 million from Thursday night previews. This is roughly $2.5 million more than the original The Hunger Games earned when it opened in March of 2012 with $67.3 million.
The film currently holds a 98% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, and an A rating from audiences taking part in the CinemaScore exit poll. The studio hopes that the film can take the November opening record, with its weekend estimate at over $143 million. 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon holds the current November record with $142.8 million. The second and third spots on the November record books are also held by Twilight movies. While the Twilight movies had higher opening day numbers, the films were unable to hold those numbers throughout the weekend, »
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Running Time: 2 hr 26 mins
Release Date: November 22, 2013
Plot: The second installment in the Hunger Games franchise, where hero Katniss (Lawrence) and fake-lover Peeta (Hutcherson) assume celebrity status for killing people.
Who’S It For? Dissenters and fans of the original alike.
Defying any inclination to judge the intent of a franchise by its first film, sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire yearns to stir up some rebelliousness within its packaging as a mainstream franchise commodity. The characters within this story may not be too stoked that their story has become a million-dollar juggernaut, but they’d be pleased to see that the ideas are not going to deaf ears; the movie doesn’t allot the type of comfort that mass entertainment has convinced itself it should be providing. »
- Nick Allen
Directed by Francis Lawrence
With I Am Legend and Constantine in his filmography, two not entirely successful features but both ones with impressive sequences here and there, director Francis Lawrence would seem an adequate fit for a populist sci-fi or fantasy franchise instalment. Established fans of either Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games novels or Gary Ross’ first film adaptation can rest easy regarding Lawrence being given the keys to the remaining films in the series, à la David Yates with the Harry Potter franchise: Catching Fire is a very strong blockbuster, an improvement on its predecessor, and Lawrence’s most consistently effective effort to date.
Part of that improvement comes through Lawrence’s better credentials with action sequences and stylisation, Gary Ross having received a lot of flak from many (though not all) for the »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Christopher Nolan isn't exactly an unambitious filmmaker. His latest, Interstellar, is currently filming and today a picture has revealed that not only will the film be shot mainly in IMAX, but he has attached the camera to the nose of a ruddy Learjet. We're well aware that his previous films have used IMAX in a way that no other film has used it but this is taking the biscuit. A member of the VFX team on Interstellar tweeted the photo the incredibly quickly removed the photo....
It's a surprise that Nolan even allows phones on set with the director being famously secretive on all his projects. Very little is known about Interstellar and the less I know, the more excited I get. Starring is Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley »
- Gary Collinson
With most of his movies to date, Christopher Nolan has shown a love for using IMAX cameras, getting some absolutely amazing shots from the noisy, cumbersome, and very rare beasts. For his latest, sci-fi epic Interstellar, he has found a very novel way of getting the footage he needs: strapping one of the cameras to the front of a Lear Jet. No doubt what he will get some fantastic shots from this method, but it is probably not the safest way of handling the camera, especially since there aren't that many of them in the world. Below is pictures of the rig the director will be using, courtesy of special effects supervisor Paul J. Franklin and Reddit. It being a Christopher Nolan film, not much is known about Interstellar, other than it involves a group of explorers discovering a wormhole that allows them to travel across the galaxy. The film star Matthew McConaughey, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Christopher Nolan loves using the IMAX camera, and we love him for using it. It gets amazing footage, but it's tough to wield. The camera is bulky, noisy, and there aren't many of them in the world, so you have to be careful. Strapping an IMAX camera to the front of a Learjet may not be the most cautious use of the expensive equipment, but Nolan's probably going to get some amazing footage out of it for his new movie, Interstellar. Plot details are unsurprisingly scarce ("a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage"; the story might also involve corn), but it's good to know that Nolan is finding new ways to utilize the IMAX camera. Hit the jump to check out a couple images of the rig. »
- Matt Goldberg
Here’s what we know on A.J. Edwards. He’s worked in the editor capacity on The New World and To the Wonder and was an “artistic consultant” on The Tree of Life. The Terrence Malick magic-hour stamp of approval will certainly help along in determining where the formerly titled The Green Blade Rises lands in 2014′s film fest circuit (Malick is among the producers on the film as well) and while I wouldn’t call Park City the lieu for presidential biopics, they are prime place for filmmaker debuts. Production on The Better Angels took place in late September of 2012, so one year’s worth of post-production time for a filmmaker with a background in editing means he has time to find his film (if the film needs finding that is). With a small news blurb stating that Zbigniew Preisner helped affix the film’s score. Diane Kruger, Wes Bentley, »
- Eric Lavallee
Kids. Such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape or Reservoir Dogs before it, and such as Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and Fruitvale Station after it, Larry Clark & Harmony Korine’s seminal film is forever connected in “spirit” to the lieu where it received its secret midnight premiere screening in 1995. The Sundance Film Festival might be known as the birthplace of U.S indie filmmaking innovation, avant-gardism, a larger definition of the low budgeted film response to Hollywood in not only narrative but in the non-fiction form, but it is a festival made strong by its renewal and familiarity. That close acquaintanceness exists in Kids‘ starlets Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny filmography/career path trajectory and connection to Park City (both have several indie films slated for ’14 – of which I’ve included in our predictions list) and it is that “familiarity” that is visibly noticeable in how I map out my annual predictions list. »
- Eric Lavallee
It’s a good day to be Aisha Tyler, current host of the resurrected Whose Line Is It Anyway and the voice of the always popular and sassy Lana on FX’s Archer. While she’s well known for her comedic tendencies both on and off the small screen, who’s to say Tyler can’t dish out a solid dramatic performance? We’re about to find out, one way or another, as the comedian has been cast in Ryan Murphy’s HBO pilot, Open. Although I’m not a big fan of Murphy’s work – American Horror Story being a very fine exception – this project has attracted the right talent to pique my interest even if the concept doesn’t arouse any excitement.
Open is Murphy’s latest attempt to show the world his version of reality. It’s not that Murphy is wrong about certain aspects of life, »
- Brody Gibson
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