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Let’s recap the R-rated bounty we’ve already received at what Vulture Kyle has dubbed “The Sundance of Sex”: Sebastian Stan was involved in the most gymnastic penetration ever captured onscreen; Jack Black hooked up with a certain paramour of Liz Lemon’s; Alexander Skarsgård took his clothes off to aid the sexual awakening of a teenager; Jason Sudeikis digitally pleasured a bottle of green tea; and Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman danced full-frontal while swinging their prosthetic dicks with joy.As of today, add Chris Messina to that august list. Fans of The Mindy Project will be thrilled to know that Messina strips down completely in Joe Swanberg’s Digging for Fire. Messina’s part isn’t large, but what you see … I’m blushing too much to finish this sentence, but trust that unlike the full-frontal in The Overnight, it’s all real. Swanberg works without a script, »
- Jada Yuan
The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing over in Utah, and a whole host of films have had their premieres in the variety of showcases across the festival. As ever, many of the films have had distributors clamouring over each other to purchase the distribution rights and a lucky few have been successfully picked up for cinema or VOD release.
Starring Jack Black (School of Rock) and James Marsden (The Best of Me), The D Train is close to being acquired by IFC Films. Variety reports that the comedy, directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, sees Black star as an insecure guy heading preparations for his 20th high school reunion, and takes to befriending the most popular guy in his class (Marsden) in order to boost the profile of both the reunion and his own life.
The deal for the film, set to be over in the seven-figure range, »
- Scott J. Davis
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
Park City, Utah -- For "The D Train," Jack Black stepped back into a familiar, loveable loser type role. But he also landed back into making an independent film, a fix that had been fulfilled previously by flicks like "Bernie" and "Be Kind Rewind." While Black has big studio releases -- including another "Kung Fu Panda" film and "Goosebumps" -- forthcoming, he told HitFix he loves the "indie-fresh lifestyle." "I love making a movie in 3 weeks," he said, tipping his hat to other outstanding performances from co-stars like James Marsden in "D Train." Black's plate is also full with band duties as his rock troupe Tenacious D (with Kyle Gass) is plotting a European tour and, after: "We're gonna come back and write the next album." Watch our whole interview in the video player above. "The D Train" plays all week at Sundance. »
- Katie Hasty
So far, the sales and acquisitions of indie films at this year’s festival have been fast and furious. Unlike 2014’s Sundance, which was relatively sluggish on the pick-up front, several fest entries landed Hollywood distribution before the proceedings in Park City even began. And on Sunday, IFC announced it has snagged the rights to the Jack Black comedy The D-Train for a reported $3 million. The directorial debut of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, it follows Black’s suburban sad sack dad character—the chairman of his high school reunion committee—as he embarks on a mission to get campus »
- Chris Lee
Many of this year’s early standouts have come from strong female and minority voices
As the first weekend of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival closed with a concert featuring the music of Nina Simone and a Main Street toga party to celebrate the National Lampoon documentary “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead,” it’s safe to say that the buzzword diversity fits this year’s festival in more ways than one.
The festival’s hefty contingent of female and minority filmmakers has allowed Sundance to take a victory lap at the same time that the Motion Picture Academy has been reeling from »
- Steve Pond
Plot: Dan (Jack Black) is a small-town guy planning his high school's twentieth anniversary reunion. Wanting to endear himself to his former classmates, he takes a trip to L.A to track down the school's most popular alumni (James Marsden) who he hopes to convince to come to the reunion. The two hit it off, and soon a wild night of partying takes an unexpected turn. Review: The D Train is one of those Sundance titles where the less you know about it going in the more you're bound to »
- Chris Bumbray
Jack Black has discussed the difficulties of making an independent film, saying it is "a miracle if you can".
The actor and producer is currently promoting his new film The D Train - which he produced and stars in - at the Sundance Festival, and spoke to Deadline about the struggles of an independent film.
"As a producer when you're doing an indie film, it's all just about getting the film made, because it's a miracle if you can," he said. "If you can scrape the money together that's the first hurdle.
"That's the hardest hurdle really because it's a tough investment. It's tough to get even billionaires to part with a couple of their millions to make a movie."
Black, who is known for his roles in Hollywood movies King Kong and School of Rock, added that he thinks the growth of high-quality television has played a part in making film production more difficult. »
Bel Powley stars as a young woman who has an affair with her mother’s boyfriend
Sundance acquisitions heated up on Sunday as Sony Pictures Classics bought the rights to Marielle Heller’s drama “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” which stars Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Powley stars as the title character, who has an affair with her mother’s (Wiig) boyfriend, played by Alexander Skarsgard.
The feature is Heller’s first film, but emerged with a pedigree from the Sundance Institute’s screenwriting and directing labs.
- Jeff Sneider
Quick…name a favorable film where the landscape is run by (or at least partially include) the demographic of little people as part of the instrumental storyline? C’mon…it should not be that difficult, okay? If you want to mention say Darby O’Gill and the Little People then that would fine. How about Bad Santa or Poltergeist for that matter?
In That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People we will take a look at some of the mini megastars that inhabited these movies and contributed their fair share of entertainment value to the on-screen proceedings. The debate as to whether some of these selected films featuring these pint-sized performers are considered positive, exploitative or dismissive are not up for discussion (although one of these considerations could apply in the minds of a few folks). Instead, we want to celebrate the inclusion of »
- Frank Ochieng
Park City, Utah -- Jeffrey Tambor knows there's some responsibility that comes with playing a transgender character in a popular television show. That's why he's committed to "doing it right." The recent Golden Globes winner -- for playing Maura on "Transparent" -- was on hand on the red carpet at Sundance, to promote his latest film "The D Train" co-starring Jack Black. But he also reflected on how much further understanding of the transgender community needs to go. "I shook for the first season... it's a huge responsibility, and I want to do it right for the transgender community.... just the other day, someone said something very stupid to me, and I went, 'Wow we still have to keep doing this, keep getting the message out,' because there's a fear of the 'other' and so much ignorance," he said. "It's important." While the Amazon Prime series certainly took a lot out of him, »
- Katie Hasty
Sundance co-founder tells TheWrap that diversity is “one of the most valuable aspects of filmmaking” and the reason he started the film festival
On the heels of a backlash against Hollywood for the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations, Sundance co-founder Robert Redford weighed in on the issue, which he says is a big part of why he started the Park City, Utah film festival.
“I was concerned that we would lose one of the most valuable aspects of filmmaking, which was diversity. So, that’s what started Sundance,” the legendary actor and director told TheWrap at our interview studio in the Indiegogo Lounge. »
- Wrap Staff
Leitch was on stage fronting a supergroup that included Mark McGrath, Dave Kushner, Jane%u2019s Addiction%u2019s Chris Chaney, and Matisyahu. If Ben Silverman was in the room, he was as quiet as his emails, even if a pocket of jacketed bros cheered the shout-out. »
- Mikey Glazer
Sundance: The distributor has picked up Us rights to Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel’s comedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. At time of writing reports were circulating that Spc had taken the Us and territories on The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
IFC Films plans a nationwide theatrical release this year on the story of the head of a high school reunion committee who persuades a celebrity alumnus to attend.
IFC brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group and Wme Global on behalf of the filmmakers.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions’ Stage 6 Films picked up the film at the start of production and will distribute the film internationally. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
IFC Films has picked up the new Jack Black comedy "The D Train," following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, "The D Train" is a grown man's coming-of-age story. The synopsis reads: In the film, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) is the overly enthusiastic head of his high school reunion committee and also the group's laughingstock. To impress his so-called friends, he vows to convince their most famous former classmate—Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), the star of a national Banana Boat TV commercial—to attend the reunion to increase attendance. Dan travels to Los Angeles and spins a web of lies, igniting an intoxicating excitement for the first time in his humdrum life. In exchange for Oliver's precarious friendship, Dan sacrifices his relationships with his wife, son, and boss, and loses himself in his obsession for approval and recognition. Read More: »
- Shipra Gupta
IFC Films has ponied up $3 million to acquire U.S. rights to Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel’s comedy “The D Train,” which stars Jack Black, James Marsden, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike White, Kathryn Hahn and Kyle Bornheimer.
“The D Train” premiered this weekend in the U.S. Dramatic Competition Section at Sundance. IFC plans to roll the film out in theaters nationwide this year.
- Jeff Sneider
IFC is close to signing a deal for U.S. distribution rights to “The D Train,” the high school reunion comedy that debuted this week at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film will land a healthy seven figures. As part of the pact, there will be a wide theatrical release for the film.
Fox Searchlight was also in the running for the picture, but it looks like IFC is now positioned to snag the film.
The picture stars Jack Black as a former high school reject obsessed with landing the most popular member of the class (James Marsden) for their upcoming reunion. His attempts to land Marsden result in an unexpected one-night stand.
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Over the past decade, we've seen the rise of the bromance, mostly popularized by Seth Rogen and James Franco with films like Pineapple Express and The Interview, or even Jonah Hill with Michael Cera and Channing Tatum in Superbad and 21 Jump Street repectively. But the new indie The D-Train starring Jack Black and James Marsden takes the bromantic comedy to a whole new level, and it makes for an absolutely hilarious and wild ride. If you want to keep aspects of this comedy in the dark (which I recommend), then stop reading after the fourth paragraph and then just come back for the final paragraph. Dan Landsman (Black) is one of those guys who just tries too hard, and it really gets on the nerves of most people, especially those on the high school alumni committee who are having trouble rounding up people to attend the 20-year reunion. Dan keeps giving himself nicknames like D-Fresh, »
- Ethan Anderton
Park City - A new actor has been named to play Cyclops in the next "X-Men" movie, and James Marsden is impressed. Marsden, who has been the long-time Cyclops in the popular superhero films, was on hand at the Sundance Film Festival to comment on Tye Sheridan stepping into his shoes, to play the younger version of Cyclops in forthcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse." "He's a wonderfully talented actor who blew me away in 'Mud'," Marsden said from the red carpet of "The D Train" premiere. He said he has "never seen a kid that young be that present and that powerful. I congratulate him." Marsden also talked about his character Oliver Lawless in the Jack Black co-starring "D Train." Oliver has local notoriety for having landed himself in a television commercial, making him a somewhat celebrity for his high school reunion. Black -- according to Marsden -- is not »
- Katie Hasty
Last season, the ratings for Workaholics on Comedy Central remained pretty steady. How will this office sitcom perform in season five? Could it be cancelled or is it essentially guaranteed to be renewed for a sixth season, so there will be enough episodes for syndication? We'll have to wait and see.
Workaholics revolves around three college dropouts and friends (Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm) who become co-workers at a telemarketing company in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Other characters are played by Kyle Newacheck, Maribeth Monroe, Jillian Bell, Erik Griffin, and Waymond Lee. Special guest appearances this season include Curtis Armstrong, Tim Bagley, Jack Black, Dolph Lundgren, Jerry O'Connell, Alan Ritchson, Michael Urie and Amy Yasbeck.
Below are the show's TV ratings, typically the best way to tell if the series will be cancelled or renewed. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress: »
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