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2015 Sundance Film Festival Competition Line-up Revealed

4 December 2014 7:49 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the  2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.

Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.

Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »

- Joey Paur

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Sundance 2015: First Images From Nasty Baby, Entertainment, James White, and Take Me To The River

3 December 2014 3:46 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in the Next Category.  The fest declares that their Next programming consists of pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program.  Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a “greater” next wave in American cinema.  And now we've got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that category. Entertainment - Directed by Rick Alverson; written by Rick Alverson, Gregg Turkington and Tim Heidecker; starring Gregg Turkington, John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera, Amy Seimetz, Lotte Verbeek. James White - Written and directed by Josh Mond; starring Chris Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Makenzie Leigh and David Call. Nasty Baby - Written and directed by Sebastian Silva; starring Sebastian Silva, Tunde Adebimpe, Kristin Wiig, Reg E. Cathey, »

- Evan Dickson

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Line-Up Announced: Pictures and Previews

3 December 2014 2:46 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »

- Brad Brevet

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Sundance 2015 Lineup Revealed

3 December 2014 1:33 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.

Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »

- Brian Welk

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Daily | Sundance 2015 Lineup, Round 1

3 December 2014 1:31 PM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Sundance Film Festival, whose 2015 edition runs from January 22 through February 1, has announced the lineups for its U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition Next section. Highlights include Kristen Wiig in Marielle Heller's The Diary of a Teenage Girl, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera and Amy Seimetz in Rick Alverson's Entertainment, Andrew Bujalski's Results, Sean Baker's Tangerine, Kris Swanberg's Unexpected, Chiwetel Ejiofor in Craig Zobel's Z for Zachariah, new documentaries by Kim Longinotto, Michael Madsen, Bobcat Goldthwait and Bill Ross and Turner Ross. » - David Hudson »

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Sundance ’15: Josh Mond, Rick Alverson, Sean Baker & Matt Sobel Populate Next Section

3 December 2014 1:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last year’s Next section introduced us to new breed of filmmakers in Desiree Akhavan, Sydney Freeland, Madeleine Olnek, Ana Lily Amirpour, Malik Vitthal and Gillian Robespierre while re-introducing us to the likes of Alex Ross Perry, Tim Sutton, Michael Tully, Mark Jackson, Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz. With the likes of Josh Mond (see James White pic above), Rick Alverson, Sean Baker and Matt Sobel, the section comprised of ten films (with two non-world premieres in the Locarno preemed Christmas, Again and Venice Film Festival shown H.) distinctly feels avantgarde. Here are the batch of ten films.

Bob and the Trees / U.S.A., France (Director: Diego Ongaro, Screenwriters: Diego Ongaro, Courtney Maum, Sasha Statman-Weil) — Bob, a 50-year-old logger in rural Massachusetts with a soft spot for golf and gangsta rap, is struggling to make ends meet in a changed economy. When his beloved cow is wounded and a job goes awry, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2015 Competition, Next Lineups

3 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.

The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.

“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »

- Justin Chang

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Sundance unveils Us, World and Next line-ups

3 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New films from Nicole Kidman, Michael Fassbender, Louie Psihoyos and Sebastian Silva are featured in the festival’s line-up of Us and world competition strands and the Next programme.

Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.

Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.

Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sundance 2015's Next slate features Kristen Wiig, John C. Reilly, Chris Abbott

3 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

How important is the Sundance Film Festival's Next program? The yearly slate of edgier fare has led to critically acclaimed art house hits such as "Obvious Child," "Listen Up Phillip" and "Sound of My Voice." It also has inspired the Los Angeles-based Sundance Next Festival, which just wrapped up its second edition this past August. So while it may not have the prestige of the U.S. dramatic competition, Next films are something any movie lover should pay attention to. Along with the top competition categories, the Sundance Institute announced the Next slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and it features some indie star power. Kristen Wiig stars in Sundance alum Sebastian Silva's "Nasty Baby" (which makes it back-to-back festivals for the "Skeleton Twins" star), John C. Reilly and Michael Cera appear in the comedy "Entertainment" and former "Girls" star Chris Abbott and Cynthia Nixon star in Josh Mond's "James White. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

19 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen RiverWinter’s Bone, Blue ValentineMartha Marcy May MarleneBeasts of the Southern WildFruitvale 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

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Mae Whitman Gets a Terrible Label in Trailer for 'The Duff' Comedy

18 November 2014 2:05 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Though Mae Whitman may have become known for being rather plain as Michael Cera's girlfriend Ann in "Arrested Development," the actress is anything but frumpy now. However, that hasn't stopped her from being labeled The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) in a new comedy from CBS Films. It's basically Mean Girls meets She's All That, however, it doesn't seem like it will have the surprising charm and hilarity or staying power of either. If this is supposed to be a trailer for a comedy, there should probably be more than just a couple solid laughs. At the very least Whitman seems like she could make it work. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Ari Sandel's The Duff, straight from CBS Films: Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The Duff’ (Designated »

- Ethan Anderton

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Rick Alverson’s Entertainment

12 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It may be too early to call him an American cousin akin to the quasi-dark humor of Roy Andersson and Aki Kaurismäki, but is third film showcased a unique, well-developed, wry-tinged funny-bone. When you throw in his previous dramatic pair of films in The Builder (2010) and New Jerusalem (2011), it makes for an early filmography that would surely receive an unflattering grade of next to no bags of popcorn from the On Cinema at the Cinema critic duo. This is a good thing. Filmmaker by day, musician by night, Rick Alverson’s third feature film The Comedy, was among the best items of 2012′s Sundance Film Festival, suffice it to say that his fourth film, Entertainment, which was shot midway in the year, might contain more of that DNA. Gregg Turkington who co-wrote with Alverson toplines the pic which was photographed by cinematographer Lorenzo Hagerman (look for his stylistic flourishes in »

- Eric Lavallee

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James Franco's Top Five Film Roles

4 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

James Franco is a strange bird, and one who defies categorization. He effortlessly balances the careers of an actor, director, screenwriter, artist, musician, novelist, poet, and teacher simultaneously. Honestly, we don’t know where he finds the time. Does he have a Time-Turner or a flux capacitor? That’s got to be it, right?

Time-travel aside, whatever James Franco’s doing – Is he not sleeping? – it’s working, because he’s about to add another hyphen to his already multi-hyphenate name.

James Franco, stage actor.

Making his Broadway debut, Franco joins the cast of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men as George Milton. Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) joins Franco as George’s well-meaning best friend Lennie, a role that garnered O’Dowd a Tony Award nomination.

Cineplex is delighted to present National Theatre Live’s premiere of Of Mice and Men this Thursday, November 6. An encore performance will take place next Thursday, »

- Sasha James

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The Simpsons: 10 Worst Guest Stars Ever

4 November 2014 5:09 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Fox

The Simpsons is known for having had great guest stars over the years, continually snagging some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry (and elsewhere) and having them turn up on the show both as cameos and at times as actual characters.

In the early years you had Kelsey Grammer, Michael Jackson, Dustin Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Taylor, Phil Hartman, George Takei, Ringo Starr, Jon Lovitz, and many others. There were musical guests like The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Aerosmith, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Sonic Youth. In more recent seasons guest stars have included Daniel Radcliffe, Max Von SydowZach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, Patrick Stewart, Edward Norton, Bryan CranstonBenedict Cumberbatch, Gordon Ramsay, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cera, Jeremy Irons, Cheech and Chong, Alyson Hannigan, Jodie FosterSacha Baron Cohen and, again, many others.

Many, many others.

There have literally been hundreds of guest stars on The Simpsons over the years, »

- Jay Anderson

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Christopher Meloni Leads Paramount Digital’s Courtroom Spoof, ‘Beef’

3 November 2014 3:37 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

For the third time, Paramount's digital studio is looking to strike gold with a reality TV parody. The first two attempts were both excellent; now, it's Beef's turn. Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: Svu's Elliot Stabler, among many other roles) is the star of a courtroom comedy that will combine heated arguments, guest stars, and cold cuts. If Burning Love is Paramount Digital's spoof of The Bachelor, and The Hotwives of Orlando is its take on The Real Housewives, then Beef is the studio's attempt to skewer Judge Judy. Meloni stars as Lou, a butcher who doles out justice from behind his deli counter. Want to air your grievances in front of him? Take a number. Once you reach the stand, be careful not to lose your head, or Lou will order you to cool down in the meat locker. As with Paramount Digital's other reality TV parodies, Beef »

- Sam Gutelle

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How Tavi Gevinson Went From Internet Stardom to Broadway Acclaim

31 October 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Many people know and love Tavi Gevinson as the founder of the website Style Rookie, but now she is branching out even further. Until January 2015, Tavi is starring on Broadway in This Is Our Youth with costars Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin. We caught up with Tavi backstage at Manhattan's Cort Theater to find out about her role in the play and what it's like taking such an adventure with Michael and Kieran. »

- Allie-Merriam

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How Tavi Gevinson Went From Internet Stardom to Broadway Acclaim

31 October 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Many people know and love Tavi Gevinson as the founder of the website Style Rookie, but now she is branching out even further. Until January 2015, Tavi is starring on Broadway in This Is Our Youth with costars Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin. We caught up with Tavi backstage at Manhattan's Cort Theater to find out about her role in the play and what it's like taking such an adventure with Michael and Kieran. »

- Allie-Merriam

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Michael Cera Has ‘Beef’ With Christopher Meloni in First Trailer for Digital Series (Video)

29 October 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A courtroom comedy set in a butcher shop? Where else but on VOD. Paramount Digital Entertainment has premiered the first trailer for their series “Beef,” which stars “Law & Order: Svu” alum Christopher Meloni as Lou, a butcher shop owner who also acts as judge and jury for anyone in the neighborhood who has “beef” with someone. See photos: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2 Character Posters: The Ladies of Litchfield Among the plaintiffs and defendants who stop by for Lou's judgment are Michael Cera as a waiter who screams profanities involuntarily, and Lizzy Caplan as one half of a couple. »

- Linda Ge

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John Oliver rants about the sugar industry on 'Last Week Tonight'

27 October 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Halloween is fast approaching, and John Oliver has a few words to say about the consumption of sugar that's about to take place. After Oliver got a tiny rant out about the "sexy John Oliver" Halloween costume, Oliver soon went into his rant du jour: sugar. Lamenting the "$2.2 billion of candy" that consumers will spend this Halloween, Oliver grew more incensed by reports that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, adding up to 75 pounds of sugar per year. "Holy shit, 75 pounds of sugar! That's like eating Michael Cera's weight in sugar every single year!" Oliver said. »

- Teresa Jue

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John Oliver Takes On the Sugar Industry for Halloween

27 October 2014 6:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver reflected on some of America's scary sugar statistics in honor of Halloween. He pointed out that Americans eat 75 pounds of sugar annually, which he refers to as "Michael Cera's weight in sugar every single year." That was just one of a host of facts about sugar that Oliver discussed on the episode, which focused on not only the negative effects of sugar, but how food and beverage companies don't want to reveal how much sugar they add to their products. The Fda is attempting to propose new labeling regulations so that nutrition labels reflect

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- Lorena O'Neil

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