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Ugly and occasionally entertaining, the female-led Antibirth is a punk rock horror thriller set in a decaying suburb somewhere in Michigan. Opening in the middle of a hardcore rager, we’re introduced to pals Lou (Natasha Lyonne) and Sadie (Chloe Sevigny), two aging party girls pushing 40 who are living fast in a landscape that offers little else. The film takes this element seriously, even if its surely an ugly one. Lou, a military vet, lives rent free in her dead father’s trailer. To make ends meet she cleans rooms part time at a local budget motel, snorting a few lines of whatever to make it through the day.
With a background in music videos and shorts, director Danny Perez strings together a few sequences that seem to work. The opening moments are punk rock trashy as is the film’s over-the-top sequences. Style creeps in over substance in the more surreal moments which, »
- John Fink
If Netflix’s decision to renew House of Cards shortly before the premiere of season 4 raised a few eyebrows, then the streaming giant issued a resounding vote of confidence to fellow original series Orange is the New Black, confirming that the prison drama will return for not only season 5, but also 6 and 7 as well.
First hatched by series creator Jenji Kohan in 2013, Orange is the New Black has gone from strength to strength since its humble debut, often sweeping the board at the annual Critics’ Choice awards, with Lorraine Toussaint recently nabbing the gong for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
In light of today’s announcement, Kohan expressed her excitement in an official statement, and why she can’t wait to see how the future pans out for the inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary.
“Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things. »
- Michael Briers
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
Kevin Smith’s second movie in his True North trilogy, Yoga Hosers, debuted at Sundance last week and was trashed by virtually every outlet and critic. The movie, which stars his daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose, was described by the director as “the movie I always wanted to see when I was a 12-year old girl”.
“I was at 3 screenings, and it played wonderfully,” he said on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. “It was a wonderful experience watching the girls ascend and start doing interviews. People ate them up like candy, it was really fucking sweet. The critics on the other hand – holy fuck. Like I get it, the movie’s not for everyone. And based on what I read it’s not for anyone. But, wow. I was ready for it, but I didn’t read much. I just got a sense from everyone around me. »
- Luke Owen
The Sundance Film Festival has wrapped for another year, and as always, there was plenty to discuss on the film front (check out our 18 Best Films, 25 Breakthrough Filmmakers And Actors, and 6 Trends). However, outside the cinemas of Park City, there were some great talks being had between important filmmaking voices (such as Christopher Nolan and Colin Trevorrow), and we've collected a batch of conversations from Sundance that you'll want to make time for. Werner Herzog and Joshua Oppenheimer, "Anomalisa" duo Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Da Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, and Lena Dunham and Norman Lear are just some of the pairings from the Cinema Café. These generous hour-plus talks go deep, with some great insights spun from the casual atmosphere and setting. And there's even more with Melanie Lynskey and Imogen Poots, Keegan-Michael Key and Natasha Lyonne, Rebecca Hall and Michael Shannon, John Krasinski and Thomas Middleditch, and Chelsea Handler. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last week at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, writer/director Danny Perez celebrated the world premiere of his wildly surreal horror movie, Antibirth, which co-stars Natasha Lyonne and Chloë Sevigny. Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Perez about what inspired the story of Antibirth, his approach to the material, his experiences collaborating with his cast and more.
What inspired the story for Antibirth? We’ve seen pregnancy horror movies before, but this felt wholly different than anything I’ve ever seen before.
Danny Perez: Thanks, it comes from a couple different sources, but ultimately I was friends with Natasha. I knew I wanted to work with her, so I knew I wanted to write something for her. I wanted to do something with a female lead because narratively and visually I'm more interested in that. I knew that I wanted to subvert a lot of female archetypes, so »
- Heather Wixson
Most of buzz around the Sundance Film Festival involves the movies and distribution deals, but the true gems of the event are the industry panels and conversations that bring together some of the most influential filmmakers and storytellers in the business. To that degree, Sundance doesn't get much better than with its Cinema Café chats, which pairs up talent — from actors and filmmakers behind the festival's hottest titles to jury members and industry heavyweights — to discuss their careers and the business at large. Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival This year saw discussion teams ranging from Rebecca Hall and Michael Shannon to Lena Dunahm and Norman Lear, Chelsea Handler and Morgan Spurlock and Keegan-Michael Key and Natasha Lyonne, among others. Because Sundance live streams these Cinema Café discussions, all 9 of them from last week are now available to »
- Zack Sharf
Antibirth writer-director and Sundance alum Danny Perez and his two stars, Natasha Lyonne and Chloe Sevigny, stopped by the DeadlineNow Sundance studio to promote their much-discussed midnight section title. With gorgeously bizarre visual style, the film dives into a fascinating community of trailer dwellers and drug-addled ex-marines. Below, Perez talks about bringing his second Sundance-premiering project to the screen, while Lyonne and a very tired Sevigny explain what… »
Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners 2016 – The Birth Of A Nation
Well, Sundance has finally drawn to a close for another year and last night, the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners were announced in Park City, Utah.
We’ve listed the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners below, including an official synopsis supplied by the organisers, but the clear winner and toast of the festival this year was Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, the film that was picked up for a record-breaking $17.5 million earlier on this week. ‘Birth Of A Nation’ scored The U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award.
Elsewhere, Asif Kapadia presented the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary to Sonita, a film about an 18-year-old who discovers that her family plans to sell her to an unknown husband for $9,000. The film also picked up Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary. The Audience Award: U.S. »
- Paul Heath
Read More: Paramount Lands Clea DuVall's Sundance Directorial Debut 'The Intervention' "I get a lot of 'you-look-familiars,'" Clea DuVall explains when asked if the long-time actress is often recognized on the street. Maybe that will change after her charming Sundance premiere, "The Intervention," starts rolling out on VOD, thanks to a freshly signed deal with Paramount Home Media. The film is DuVall's debut as a filmmaker, and she serves as writer, director, executive producer and star on the funny feature, which joins some of DuVall's real-life best pals (including Melanie Lynskey and Natasha Lyonne) with some newfound friends (like Vincent Piazza and Cobie Smulders) and indie stalwarts (Jason Ritter, Alia Shawkat, Ben Schwartz) for what's been compared to "The Big Chill" for a new generation. Led by Lynskey's Annie, "The Intervention" revolves around a group of long-time friends who attempt to stage a "relationship »
- Kate Erbland
While The Big Chill certainly wasn’t the first of its kind, Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 hit has become a cultural benchmark for the glut of features depicting a weekend outing between twenty/thirty-somethings in which insecurities are divulged amongst the entertaining banter. With their one-location setting and small-scale drama helping budget costs, Sundance seems to premiere a fair share of them. The latest is The Intervention, coming from actor-turned-director Clea DuVall, an enjoyable, if ultimately muddled character-focused diversion.
Jessie (DuVall) and her partner Sarah (Natasha Lyonne) have invited their friends to their family’s lavish summer home in Savannah in the hopes to confront Ruby (Cobie Smulders) and her work-obsessed, asshole of a husband Peter (Vincent Piazza) about getting a divorce so they can both have some peace. There to aid the intervention is also Annie (Melanie Lynskey), dealing with her own alcoholism and impending marriage to Matt (Jason Ritter »
- Jordan Raup
Despite being real-life, decades-long best friends, Natasha Lyonne and Chloë Sevigny had never appeared onscreen together before making director Danny Perez's subversive, pregnancy- and experimental-drug-themed body-horror trip of a feature-film debut, Antibirth, which Lyonne also produced. The movie is a perfect addition to Sundance's "Midnight" section, and features Lyonne and Sevigny as hard-partying best friends in a desolate middle-of-nowhere Michigan town overrun with drug addiction. Lyonne's character Lou blacks out at a warehouse rager, and the next morning, as she's taking her usual five bong hits, she starts feeling a little weird. Like, her titties and her uterus are hurting, but she hasn't got laid in forever, so she can't be pregnant — right? What follows is a trippy mystery filled with body horror and supernatural elements, as Lou's face starts peeling off and her belly starts growing. We eventually learn that the men of the town have taken it »
- Jada Yuan
During the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Daily Dead had the chance to sit down and chat with two of the stars of Antibirth, Natasha Lyonne and Chloë Sevigny. Written and directed by Danny Perez, the film is a wildly surreal examination of the horrors of pregnancy, and the duo discussed what attracted them to the project, how their real-life friendship spilled over into the project and more.
Thanks for speaking with me today, ladies. What I really dug about Antibirth is the fact that it starts out going one way and then in the third act it goes somewhere totally different than I was expecting. It’s very much the type of movie you'd expect to see at Sundance.
Chloë Sevigny: Danny is a real head case. The best partner there is with a one-of-a-kind mind and vision. I do think that, in a way, that was a lot of the appeal for us, »
- Heather Wixson
They may be “red and white and never blue” and they may “not even supposed to be here today,” but the clerks of Eh-2-Zed are certainly having an abnormal adolescence. Yoga Hosers marks the second film in Kevin Smith’s True North series, an American parody of Canada that may repay the favor for American Venus, Bruce Sweeney’s rare Canadian send-up of American values. This is certainly reading too much into the film, even if Smith takes the joke a little too far. There’s only so many times you can parody the pronunciation of the letter “o” as “eh.”
By all measures our heroines, the Colleens (Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp), are regular North American teens. Constantly on their phones, they dream of going to “grade 12” parties with cute boys even if they plan on stealing their souls. The girls practice yoga in a strip mall »
- John Fink
The studio is closing a worldwide deal for more than $2m on Clea DuVall’s directorial debut. Separately, Dogwoof has picked up international rights to Weiner, while WWE Studios and Blumhouse will parter on Sleight.
The plan is for The Intervention to get a theatrical release via a third party with Home Media’s day-and-date VOD release.
The production by Boston-based Burn Later premiered on Tuesday in the Us Dramatic Competition line-up. Burn Later fully financed the film, which screens again tonight, Friday and Saturday.
DuVall stars alongside Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, and Cobie Smulders in the story of a group of friends who attempt to convince one of their own that his relationship has become toxic.
Submarine has licensed »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Paramount Home Media has acquired worldwide rights to “The Intervention” at Sundance Film Festival. The dramedy marks the directorial debut of “Argo” and “American Horror Story” actress Clea DuVall and stars Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat, Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Ben Schwartz, Jason Ritter and DuVall herself. “The Intervention” follows a group of four couples who go on a weekend getaway when it takes a turn that the trip was planned as an intervention for one of the couple’s marriage. Also Read: Netflix Closing in on Deal for Indian Comedy 'Brahman Naman' The film made its world premiere at Sundance on. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Paramount has finally landed at Sundance thanks to its subsidiary Paramount Home Media, which has picked up worldwide distribution rights to Clea DuVall's directorial debut, "The Intervention." The company is planning a day-and-date VOD release, and it will now be looking for a third party distributor to handle the movie's theatrical release. The film reportedly sold for $2.5 million, and the deal comes just days after its Tuesday premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. "The Intervention" centers around four couples who go on a weekend getaway. As drunken shenanigans ensue, it's revealed that the trip was really orchestrated as a therapy session for one of the couples' troubled marriage. DuVall wrote the script and also stars in the movie, which had its world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition on Tuesday. The ensemble includes Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Riter and Ben Schwartz. ICM. »
- Zack Sharf
Paramount Home Media is in negotiations to acquire worldwide rights for “The Intervention,” a relationship comedy that premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival, Variety has confirmed.
It marks the feature film directorial debut of actress Clea DuVall, who wrote the script and appears in the picture. The studio will partner with a theatrical distributor and will also release the film day-and-date on video-on-demand platforms.
“The Intervention” centers on a group of friends who gather in a lakeside cabin to try to convince a married couple to get a divorce. In an interview with Variety, DuVall cited the film “The Big Chill” as an inspiration for “The Intervention.”
“I remember seeing that movie for the first time as a kid, even though I had no idea what anybody was talking about, I felt like I was being brought into this world,” she said.
In his review, Variety critic Dennis Harvey wrote, »
- Brent Lang
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has closed a world rights deal in the vicinity of $2.5 million for The Intervention, the dramatic comedy that marks the directorial debut of Clea DuVall. The ensemble stars Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat, DuVall, Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Ben Schwartz and Jason Ritter. It premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition on Tuesday at the Eccles Theater. A weekend getaway for four couples takes an unexpected turn for one of them… »
Antibirth is a good old body horror movie. It’s got the suggestion of pregnancy, so you’re dealing with the undertones of a woman’s mixed feelings about her own capacity to give life, but if you don’t want to go there it’s really just gross as hell. Lou (Natasha Lyonne) starts getting sick and the symptoms […] »
- Fred Topel
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