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The Sundance Institute has released the movie line-up for their Spotlight, Midnight and Sundance Kids selections for The Sundance Film Festival 2014. The Midnight selection has always been my favorite because its always packed with really crazy, fun, and messed up films. It looks like another great collection of films this next year! They include films such as Cooties with Elijah Wood, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead and more. Sundance Kids is a new addition this year which, if you couldn't tell, is meant for younger audiences.
The Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah, and we will be there to cover as many of the films as humanly possible. Director of Programming, Trevor Groth, had this to say in a statement.
“The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival program and further reflect the depth and »
- Joey Paur
The psychological thriller starring Essie Davis will screen in the Park City at Midnight section of the festival. That.s the second South Australian-shot feature to be showcased at Sundance, joining Sophie Hyde.s 52 Tuesdays.
Davis plays a single mother plagued by memories of the violent death of her husband. When a disturbing storybook called The Babadook turns up at her house she is forced to battle with her son.s deep seated fear of a monster. Soon she discovers a sinister presence.
.It is a tremendous honour to be selected for Sundance and to have our world premiere in the Park City at Midnight section, »
- Don Groves
You may have noticed Uncle Creepy posting lots of imagery from films playing at Sundance 2014 earlier today, and now we have the full announcement of which horror projects are included in the Spotlight and Park City at Midnight lineups.
As mentioned when posting the first wave of films screening this year, it's sometimes difficult to tell exactly what's horror-related, so below are our best guesses of what we'll be covering from this latest batch or are films that sound just fringey enough that we'll be keeping our eyes on them:
Blue Ruin / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier) — A mysterious outsider’s quiet life turns upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving to be an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Cast: Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves, Sidné Anderson, Devin Ratray, »
- Debi Moore
I had a hunch that Cooties (read here) and Adam Wingard’s The Guest (read here) might make it into what appears to be a line-up of eight (there might be some wiggle one for one last minute inclusion), but this year’s section flaunts a more international palate with the latest from Norway’s Tommy Wirkola (sequel to Dead Snow – which showed at the fest in 2009) reps Europe, Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement return to the fest they broke out of with Eagle Vs. Shark but with a mockumentary (What We Do in the Shadows) that might compliment the inclusion of Jim Jarmusch’s latest. Oceania gets further representation with Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook and from Asia, the program assures some blood splatter with The Mo Brothers’ Killers. William Eubank arrives with a title that might sound familiar for those who hit the fest in 2007, but this version of »
- Eric Lavallee
Yesterday brought us the Sundance Competition Announcements and today we are back with a look at the Midnighters, Spotlight, New Frontiers, and brand new 'Sundance Kids' sections. The titles unveiled in the Midnight section are perhaps more exciting than anything we saw yesterday with the hotly anticipated Killers by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel, and Adam Wingard's latest collaboration with Simon Barrett, The Guest. Taika Waititi is also back in cahoots with Jemaine Clement with their co-directed mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. There are plenty of past faves in the Spotlight section such as Blue Ruin, R100, and Only Lovers Left Alive. Those plus the new 'Sundance Kids' section and New Frontiers program are available for your perusing below. Let us know what...
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“Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and new ‘Sundance Kids’ section of films for younger audiences. The Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival program and further reflect the depth and diversity of modern independent filmmaking that will satisfy everyone from festival fledglings to fanatics.”
In addition to those announced today, films in the U.S. and World Competition and Next <=> sections have been announced. Films for the Premieres and Documentary Premieres »
- Jonathan James
Yesterday Sundance released its initial slate and today the second burst of titles emerges. In Spotlight, which houses fest favorites (many by alumni of the festival and/or the labs), there’s only one title that’s new to me, namely R100, Hitoshi Matsumoto’s wild erotic comedy about a “mild-mannered family man with a secret taste for S&M” who “finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrices—each with a unique talent.” That’s definitely one to check out. In the Midnight section, new films from Adam Wingard and Taika Waititi (who reunites with his Eagle vs Shark star Jemaine Clement in a vampire mockumentary) are definitely […] »
- Nick Dawson
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
Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow sequel, Adam Wingard’s The Guest and Xyz Films’ Killers from The Mo Brothers are among the Park City At Midnight line-up as festival heads also unveiled Spotlight selections and the inaugural Sundance Kids section on December 5.
The Sundance Kids strand is programmed in cooperation with Utah children and youth festival Tumbleweeds, and will premiere Ernest And Celestine starring Forest Whitaker and Lauren Bacall and Zip & Zap And The Marble Gang with Javier Gutiérrez.
“The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival programme and further reflect the depth and diversity of modern independent film-making that will satisfy everyone from festival fledglings to fanatics,” said director of programming Trevor Groth.
The Sundance Film Festival is set to run from January 16-26 2014 in Utah. Organisers will showcase 117 feature selections, of which 96 are world premieres, representing 37 countries and 53 first-time film-makers, including 34 in competition.
The selections »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
While looking through Tsvetomir Georgiev's gallery I happened to notice that he create some fabulous Green Lantern concept models for Abin Sur, Tomar-Re, Kilowog, Stel, Hal Jordan, and Hector Hammond. Below that, you can view his designs for one of the bronze Colchi Bulls, and the half-fish/half-horse creature, known as a Hippocampus. Green Lantern was directed by Martin Campbell, from a script written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Michael J. Green, and Michael Goldenberg. The film starred: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, Taika Waititi, Temuera Morrison, and Angela Bassett. Percy Jackson has had an unnervingly quiet school year. But then he discovers that the magical borders protecting Half Blood Hill are failing. Unless something is done, the camp will be attacked by demons and monsters. The only way to restore power to the camp's borders and to save their home is to find the mythical Golden Fleece. »
Quantum Creation FX posted their in-house tests: Tomar-Re (voiced by Geoffrey Rush) for Martin Campbell's Green Lantern and the Herald of Galactus (played by Doug Jones, voiced by Laurence Fishburne) for Tim Story's Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Neither of these character designs ended up being chosen for either film, but it's always fun to see what could've been. Do you like these versions better? Green Lantern was directed by Martin Campbell, from a script written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Michael J. Green, and Michael Goldenberg. The film starred: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, Taika Waititi, Temuera Morrison, and Angela Bassett. Fantastic Four: Rise Of Silver Surfer was directed by Tim Story, based on a screenplay by Don Payne and Mark Frost. The cast included: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon and Kerry Washington. With a budget of $130 million, »
The New Zealand Film Commission (Nzfc) has introduced a three-year $2.4m (Nz$3m) business development scheme aimed at creating more substantial companies and has made the new company Libertine Pictures the first recipient.
The chosen few recipients will use the Nzfc funding for development, overheads and travel. The ambition is to award two more companies funding in February 2014.
“We need to foster the development of businesses with the scale and connections to attract more private and overseas investment to New Zealand projects,” said outgoing Nzfc chief executive Graeme Mason. “This scheme could be a game-changer.”
The pair has worked together previously on projects and Fletcher and Libertine’s third key principal, creative director Neil Cross, have been developing adaptations of Cross’s novels and an original screenplay, all of which »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
A film from New Zealander, Taiki Waititi, which we've been following since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, is now finally becoming available Stateside, on DVD and Blu-ray, so you'll get a chance to check it out.Kino Lorber has announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Boy, a quirky and moving coming-of-age film from director Taika Waititi that tells the story of eleven-year-old "Boy" and his adventures during the summer of 1984. The longer story goes... it's 1984, and Michael Jackson is king - even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy (yes, that's what he's called) an 11-year-old who lives on a farm »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The New Zealand film Boy (2010) will receive a North American home entertainment release on July 9, 2013. Director Taika Waititi‘s dramedy stars James Rolleston, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu, Cherilee Martin, and the director in a story about an 11-year-old boy coming to terms with the reality of his absentee father versus the [...]
Continue reading: Home Entertainment News: July 2, 2013: Boy, Disconnect, Byzantium »
- Romney J. Baldwin
If you're into short films, you need the Blue-Tongue Films collective in your life. Consisting of Nash Edgerton (The Square co-writer/director; stuntman pundit), Spencer Susser (Hesher writer/director), Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Animal Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty actor), Luke Doolan, Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here co-writer/director), David Michôd (Animal Kingdom writer/director), and Mirrah Foulkes, these folks have paved their way in the short film world with perhaps the most innovative films in the last decade. These guys are responsible for cult hits Spider, I Love Sarah Jane, Lucky, Bear, and a lot more. You can watch all of them over on their official website. Co-directors Nash and Spencer teamed up with Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark writer/director) for their latest short, The Captain. It's about a pilot...
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Meat & Livestock Australia’s front man Sam Kekovich suffers a head injury which causes him to hallucinate about rugby players in tutus, getting his fingernails painted and dancing Gangnam Style in this year’s Australia Day campaign.
Kekovich tells viewers that he is suffering from “Lambnesia” which causes symptoms of unAustralianess.
The scene was set for the campaign with Ten uploading a video to its YouTube channel last week which appeared to show Kekovich being injured by a misdirected cricket ball during a live cross with weatherman Tim Bailey.
The reveal was due to take place on Seven’s Today Tonight yesterday evening, but the network extended its news bulletin to cover the bush fires emergency, with Kekovich appearing on Sunrise this morning.
The ad retains Kekovich’s signature rant to camera. The campaign, from creative agency Bmf, aims to drive consumers to a website where they are invited to »
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