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20 items from 2015

IFC Films Locks Up ‘Stanford Prison Experiment'; Jb Blanc Joins ‘Arms And The Dudes’ — Film Briefs

5 March 2015 2:25 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

IFC Films has booked U.S. rights to The Stanford Prison Experiment, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance. Kyle Patrick Alvarez's drama is based on Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo’s social experiment using college kids as prison guards and inmates that became one of the most shocking and famous of all time. It stars Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons and Olivia Thirlby… »

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IFC Grabs Intense Sundance Winner 'The Stanford Prison Experiment'

5 March 2015 1:22 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

At last, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's nerve-prickling drama "The Stanford Prison Experiment" has been acquired for Us release by IFC Films, which has slated a 2015 release for this winner of Sundance's best screenplay and Alfred P. Sloan prizes. This exasperating film tells the real-life story of Dr. Zimbardo's 1971 simulated prison study involving 18 male undergrads randomly assigned the role of prisoner or guard who are stripped of their humanity (among other things) by each other—and by the psychologist's sadistic, power-playing mind games. Name a hot young indie rising star and he's probably in this terrific cast, including Ezra Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Jack Kilmer, Michael Angarano, James Wolk, Tye Sheridan and fresh-faced Sundance breakout Logan Miller. Billy Crudup astutely leads the ensemble as Philip Zimbardo, whose ill-conceived faux prison breaks them down and throws them into degrading, even uncomfortably erotic scenarios. Olivia Thirlby co-stars as Zimbardo's »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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IFC Films buys Stanford Prison Experiment

5 March 2015 10:04 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has acquired Us rights to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s recent Sundance premiere and plans a 2015 theatrical release.

The Stanford Prison Experiment won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and The Alfred P Sloan Feature Film Prize in Park City.

The story centres on the real-life research of Dr Zimbardo’s infamous 1971 psychological tests in which 18 male undergraduates were assigned the role of guards and prisoners.

Billy Crudup stars alongside Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby, Nick Braun, Thomas Mann, Ki Hong Lee, James Wolk, James Frecheville and Moises Arias.

Abandon Features produced with Sandbar PicturesLizzie Friedman and Greg Little, Coup d’État Films’ Brent Emery and Lauren Bratman. Brian Geraghty is the executive producer. Abandon Features, Sandbar Pictures and Vineyard Point Productions financed.

Arianna Bocco brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the film-makers. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Wild Card Movie Review

12 February 2015 8:03 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Wild Card Lionsgate Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C+ Director:  Simon West Screenwriter:  William Goldman from the novel “Heat” by William Goldman Cast:  Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara Screened at:  Dolby24, NYC, 1/20/15 Opens:  January 30, 2015 If this is the best script that William Goldman can scratch out from his novel “Heat,” either he is wrongfully reinterpreting his own work or at the age of eighty-three he is slipping.  After all, Goldman, who has churned out Academy-award winning scripts, responsible for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All The President’s Men,” “Marathon Man” (which made us  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Sundance 2015: ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ a claustrophobic tale of ego and wits under duress

6 February 2015 4:36 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “The Stanford Prison Experiment” Image Courtesy of the Sundance Institute

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Written by Tim Talbott

USA, 2015

Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment is a darkly comedic dramatization of a frightening real life experiment conducted in 1971 by Dr. Phillip Zimbardo. It spun wildly out of control over the course of just 5 days. Two dozen Ivy league men are drawn to the experiment for money. Screened for good mental health and randomly assigned positions as guards or prisoners, conformity is set to be examined under the the microscope in the basement of prestigious Stanford. The experiment starts out informally as they are given uniforms and plopped into their cells and guard rooms. It soon spirals into degrading mental abuse and physical deprivation. That this happened is not in question but how systematic torture ensued couldn’t have been anticipated. »

- Lane Scarberry

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UK movie releases: March 2015

6 February 2015 8:58 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

March 6


Director: Neill Blomkamp

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel

Running time: Tbc

Certificate: Tbc

Kill the Messenger

Director: Michael Cuesta

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick

Running time: 112 mins

Certificate: 15

Still Alice

Director: Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore

Running time: 101 mins

Certificate: 12A

Unfinished Business

Director: Ken Scott

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco

Running time: Tbc

Certificate: Tbc

White Bird in a Blizzard

Director: Gregg Araki

Starring: Eva Green, Shailene Woodley

Running time: 91 mins

Certificate: 15

March 13

Far from the Madding Crowd

Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts

Running time: Tbc

Certificate: Tbc

Run All Night

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Starring: Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman

Running time: Tbc

Certificate: Tbc

Suite Française

Director: Saul Dibb

Starring: Margot Robbie, Michelle Williams

Running time: 107 mins

Certificate: 15

Top Five

Director: Chris Rock

Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson

Running time: 102 mins

Certificate: 15

March 20


Director: Robert Schwentke

Starring: Shailene Woodley, »

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Ezra Miller on playing The Flash: 'I would do it for 40 years'

6 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano play two very different characters -- or, rather, their characters become very different characters -- in "The Stanford Prison Experiment," which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. But both actors are beginning to become pretty well-known for their recent projects' characters. Angarano plays the gentle Dr. Bertie Chickering in Steven Soderbergh's Showtime TV drama "The Knick," which earned a second season and will premiere later this year. And Ezra Miller is just now stepping into some big shoes, as beloved comics character The Flash for part one of "Justice League," out in 2017, and then in a standalone "Flash" film in 2018. The Flash is also rumored to make an appearance at the end of the highly anticipated "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" in 2016. "I feel really happy about it one way. Actually having a steady job in my life is actually incredibly comforting, »

- Katie Hasty

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Jason Statham Is A Real ‘Wild Card’ In New Trailer

5 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Wild Card is the newest offering from director Simon ‘Con Air’ West and boasts an interesting and diverse cast. Jason Statham is joined by Sofia Vergara, Milo Ventimiglia, Anne Heche, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis, and Michael Angarano, a strange concoction of faded stars, consistent character actors and television’s finest.

After taking a prominent role in the full length trailer reveal earlier today of Furious 7, we now bring you another action packed trailer featuring everyone’s favourite hard-man cockney. Wild Card, will released just before Furious 7, and features Statham as Nick Wild, a Las Vegas bodyguard with a gambling problem. After coming to the aid of a friend after she is beaten by a sadistic thug, Wild finds himself tangled up the criminal underworld.

Of course it being a Statham action flick we can expect a multitude of epic fight sequences, the trailer is jam-packed with them, see »

- Kat Smith

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‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Takes Top Dramatic Honors At Sundance; Is It The Next ‘Whiplash’? – Winners List

31 January 2015 8:15 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Updated with details and quotes: The Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony tonight in Park City saw a dramatic dual decision and strong political voices to put a cap on a hot-deals festival. Like last year, when Whiplash took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award on its way to an Best Picture Oscar nomination, the much-sought Me And Earl And The Dying Girl took both this year.

“I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of Laredo, Texas,” said director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon onstage. Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush teamed to land the pic earlier this week after frenzied bidding, with a 2015 release planned. The Jesse Andrews script follows Greg, who is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But »

- Dominic Patten and Patrick Hipes

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Sundance Standout 'Stanford Prison Experiment' Is Intense, Almost Too Real

30 January 2015 4:59 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The Stanford Prison Experiment, which premiered this week at Sundance to mostly positive reviews, is not always an easy film to watch.

Much of the action takes place in barren 6-foot-wide hallway. The characters--seemingly normal and well-adjusted Stanford students recruited to participate in a landmark 1971 study about the psychology of imprisonment--take their role-playing as prisoner and guard to extremes, turning power-hungry, violent and occasionally sadistic. The "grown-ups," led by researcher Philip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup), watch a live feed of the action from a nearby office and fail to stop the abuse--fueled by their own power trips and unchecked ambition.

None of the men or boys come off looking very good in the film, though director Kyle Patrick Alvarez does a masterful job humanizing them. And it’s impossible to watch without wondering how you’d react if parachuted into Zimbardo’s simulated prison. Would you stand up for yourself--or for the humanity of others? And can »

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New UK trailer and poster for Wild Card starring Jason Statham

30 January 2015 4:27 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new UK trailer and poster have arrived online for Wild Card, the latest thriller starring Jason Statham (The Expendables), and you can check them both out below…

Wild Card is a quasi-remake of 1986 thriller Heat, which was initially written by William Goldman. The original film starred Burt Reynolds and was directed by Dick Richards (who replaced Robert Altman) and was a critical and box-office flop. Goldman described the film as “One of my major disasters”.

It’s production is something of a legend, as Richards and Reynolds got into a fight that left Reynolds injured and need of an ambulance, and later director Richards suffered a fall from a camera crane. But while that film suffered, the new version sticks closer to Goldman’s original vision, rather than what the film ended up becoming.

“It was one of those classic horror story [productions],“ West told Den of Geek in 2013, “which »

- Gary Collinson

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How Long Is Ezra Miller Willing To Play The Flash?

29 January 2015 6:49 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Warner Bros. had a few extra surprises to go along with their DC film slate announcement back in October, namely the casting of Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash. This will be Flash.s first theatrical appearance (excluding his cameo in The Lego Movie), and the character is set to be a major player in the DC Cinematic Universe. While it will be a few years until we see his first appearance as the Scarlet Speedster, Miller is understandably excited with becoming a superhero, so much so that he has an unusual time frame in mind for his tenure DC.s fastest crimefighter. While promoting his film The Stamford Prison Experiment at the Sundance Film Festival alongside co-star Michael Angarano, Miller told Hitfix how long he would love to play The Flash if it was his decision. "I would do it for forty years. That contract »

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Wild Card Review

29 January 2015 10:23 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Jason Statham is one of the most magnetic action stars of his generation, although you wouldn’t know it from the middling to mediocre line-up of moderate-budgeted releases he has headlined over the last decade. The actor’s steely cool and casual intensity is often the best part of fleeting, forgettable genre films. However, if given a meatier character or some prime dialogue to chew on, Statham shows a drive, confidence and vulnerability that his other vehicles only hint at.

It turns out that Statham needed a refreshingly low-key slice of old-school noir from veteran screenwriter William Goldman, of All the President’s Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fame. Wild Card is certainly not a classic near the pantheon of those films, but it is above average for a high voltage flick with Statham’s name above the marquee. Goldman adapted the lurid thriller from his novel, »

- Jordan Adler

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New UK trailer and poster for Wild Card starring Jason Statham

29 January 2015 5:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new UK trailer and poster have arrived online for Wild Card, the latest thriller starring Jason Statham (The Expendables), and you can check them both out below…

Wild Card is a quasi-remake of 1986 thriller Heat, which was initially written by William Goldman. The original film starred Burt Reynolds and was directed by Dick Richards (who replaced Robert Altman) and was a critical and box-office flop. Goldman described the film as “One of my major disasters”.

It’s production is something of a legend, as Richards and Reynolds got into a fight that left Reynolds injured and need of an ambulance, and later director Richards suffered a fall from a camera crane. But while that film suffered, the new version sticks closer to Goldman’s original vision, rather than what the film ended up becoming.

“It was one of those classic horror story [productions],“ West told Den of Geek in 2013, “which »

- Scott J. Davis

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Check out the new clip of Jared Hess comedy Don Verdean starring Danny McBride & Sam Rockwell

27 January 2015 9:02 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jared Hess is back at it again with his latest film Don Verdean. This is the comedic writer/director (and sometimes actor’s) first film in six years. Check out the new clip here…

In the above clip, Danny McBride, who plays Tony Lazarus attempts to proposition biblical archaeologist Don Verdean (Sam Rockwell) to come work for his church the Lazarus fellowship. After offering to bankroll his endeavors, Leslie Bibb who plays Joylinda Lazarus, helps drive the nail in the coffin, so to speak. After very little actual convincing, Verdean willingly obliges. “I think it’s fair to say this might be a match made in heaven,” says Verdean with an obviously bad religious pun.

Don Verdean follows the title character (Sam Rockwell), a Biblical archaeologist hired by the local church pastor to find faith-promoting relics in the Holy Land. After proving unsuccessful in his attempts to find anything of substance, »

- William Fanelli

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’

26 January 2015 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An elaborate behavioral simulation spirals shockingly out of control — and to a lesser degree, so does the movie — in “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” a grimly staged dramatic reconstruction of Philip Zimbardo’s notorious 1971 scientific inquiry into the psychology of power and the human capacity for inflicting and accepting abuse. In an ambitious step up from his intimate character studies “Easier With Practice” and “C.O.G.,” director Kyle Patrick Alvarez commits to a fully immersive procedural approach that potently conveys the study’s lengthy duration and claustrophobic intensity, making for a viewing experience that is by turns gripping, tedious and deliberately discomfiting. But for all its bludgeoning effectiveness, the film also manages to be at once heavy-handed in some respects and annoyingly vague in others; although sure to have its defenders, it’s probably too strong a dose of foul medicine to catch on significantly with the public.

Perhaps performing their own sort of audience case study, »

- Justin Chang

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‘Ben-Hur’ Adds Moises Arias; Luna Blaise Joins James Franco’s ‘Memoria’

20 January 2015 5:14 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The Kings Of Summer actor Moises Arias has joined the cast of Ben-Hur, the historical epic Timur Bekmambetov is directing for MGM and Paramount Pictures. Arias will play Gestas, a teenage Jewish zealot whose family has been murdered by the Romans, who is desperate to fight for his people’s freedom. Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, and Toby Kebbell star in the production which will lens in Europe ahead of a February 26, 2016 release. Arias is an alumnus of Hannah Montana and The Wizards of Waverly Place who starred in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated The Kings Of Summer. He also lent his voice recently to Despicable Me 2 and appeared in Summit’s sci-fier Ender’s Game. Next up is a role in the Sundance 2015 drama Stanford Prison Experiment opposite Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, and Billy Crudup, in which Arias plays one of several university students tapped for the »

- Jen Yamato

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10 Hottest Sundance Sales Titles: J. Lo, Robert Redford, Keanu Reeves, David Foster Wallace

20 January 2015 2:54 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CAA is “Sleeping With Other People,” UTA is taking “The D Train,” Alicia Van Couvering is “Digging for Fire” and WME will award “The Bronze”...

Buyers will be out in full force this week in Park City but with so many options to choose from, it helps to have a cheat sheet to prioritize the must-see acquisition titles at Sundance. After talking to buyers and sellers alike, here are the 10 most promising titles with the loudest buzz heading into this year’s festival.

The Bronze (WME)

What’s the Deal?: The highlight of Sundance’s opening night lineup is this raunchy comedy from director Bryan Buckley featuring co-writer Melissa Rauch in what could prove to be a star-making performance. The “Big Bang Theory” actress plays a washed-up Olympic gymnast whose local celebrity is threatened by the arrival of a promising young gymnast seeking a mentor. Sundance describes the foul-mouthed protagonist as “a lovably loathsome character who makes Tonya Harding look like Grace Kelly,” so perhaps this will be the next “Bad Words?”

First Screening: Thursday, Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m. – Eccles

Digging for Fire (Alicia Van Couvering)

What’s the Deal?: Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt play East L.A. parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown as they juggle marital and parenting duties. Things get weird when she enjoys a night on the town with her girls and he takes the opportunity to invite his buddies over for smoking, drinking and carousing. Joe Swanberg’s latest may be his most commercial film yet, and it certainly features his most high-profile cast. Between Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Messina, Jenny Slate, Melanie Lynskey, Timothy Simons, Ron Livington, comedian Mike Birbiglia and veterans Sam Elliott and Judith Light, there’s someone for everyone.

First Screening: Monday, Jan. 26, 9:45 p.m. – Eccles »

- Jeff Sneider

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Film Review: ‘Wild Card’

14 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

To pinpoint the appeal of British B-movie bruiser Jason Statham, one need look no further than the place where the ball of Statham’s foot, the crown of his head, or the bend of his elbow makes sudden, bone-shattering contact with some lesser specimen of the human gene pool. Such collisions, alas, are too few and far between in “Wild Card,” a serviceable Vegas neo-noir that carries an unusually tony pedigree for a Statham vehicle (in the form of Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman), but lacks the amped-up Looney Tunes mayhem of the “Transporter” and “Crank” franchises. Lionsgate is wisely betting low on this Jan. 30 release, with a limited theatrical run and a more aggressive VOD push.

Wild Card” represents the second attempt by Goldman (“All the President’s Men,” “The Princess Bride”) and producer Cassian Elwes to fashion a movie from the writer’s 1985 paperback potboiler, “Heat,” about the various entanglements of one Nick Escalante, »

- Scott Foundas

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The curious case of Rotten Tomatoes and 'The Brass Teapot'

4 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A little over a week ago, I got an e-mail from Stuart Zakim, a publicist I've heard from a few times in the past, and I scanned it, as I try to scan everything that hits my e-mail box. Here's where I'm going to give you a look at how the sausage gets made. For the most part, I write based on instinct and time and opportunity. I would like to write ten times the material I write at the moment, because there are that many things I'd like to share with you. There are that many things worth discussing. And every time I feel the moment to discuss something slip by, and I don't get a chance to write about something, it drives me crazy. So one of the things I try not to get pulled into is what I like to call "other people's priorities." That sounds heartless, »

- Drew McWeeny

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