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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is coming up in January and today, the Sundance Institute has named the films that will be in the U.S. and world competitions as well as Next, which is an oddly-named showcase for “Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling.”
There will be 67 films competing across five different competition categories. That may sound like a lot, but that’s only the first half of the film announcements. Later on they will be announcing the remaining lineup of films being shown outside these competitions.
Overall, it’s an impressive batch of entries, with several surprises and a handful of very promising movies. Check out the full list below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Camp X-Ray / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Peter Sattler) — A young woman is stationed as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, »
- Jeremy Clymer
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute said, “That the Festival has evolved and grown as it has over the past 30 years is a credit to both our audiences and our artists, who continue to find ways to take risks and open our minds to the power of story. This year’s films and artists promise to do the same.”
For the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 118 feature-length films were selected, representing 37 countries and 54 first-time filmmakers, including 34 in competition. These films were selected from 12,218 submissions (72 more than for 2013), including 4,057 feature-length films and 8,161 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 2,014 were from the U.S. and 2,043 were international. 97 feature films at »
- Michelle McCue
The lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival competition films was announced today, and we’ve got some first-look images and synopses from a selection of said films to share: Life After Beth – Written and directed by Jeff Baena; starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, and Paul Reiser. Low Down – Directed by Jeff Preiss; starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, and Flea. The Skeleton Twins – Directed by Craig Johnson; starring Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrook, and Joanna Gleason. The Sleepwalker – Directed by Mona Fastvold; starring Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet, and Stephanie Ellis. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th. Life After Beth / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeff Baena) — Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she mysteriously returns, »
- Adam Chitwood
Two music-based/centered movies on the way to Sundance, featuring a couple actresses we really dig. Onwards... Anne Hathaway goes indie with "Song One," which features music written by former Rilo Kiley frontwoman and solo artist Jenny Lewis alongside her boyfriend Johnathan Rice. Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen and Ben Rosenfield co-star in the Kate Barker-Froyland directed film. Synopsis below: When an accident leaves her brother comatose, a woman sets out to retrace his life as an aspiring musician, leading to an unexpected relationship against the backdrop of Brooklyn’s music scene. Meanwhile, Elle Fanning will go jazz in "Low Down" alongside John Hawkes, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Flea (what a cast, nice work Jeff Preiss). Official synopsis: This adaptation of Albany’s memoir explores her journey to adulthood while being raised by her troubled father, bebop pianist Joe Albany. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As I had predicted here, names such as Cutter Hodierne, Kat Candler, Maya Forbes, Mona Fastvold and Damien Chazelle would be among the invited guests at the ’14 edition of the Sundance Film Festival. It was such a strong year that even some items that I thought would be dark horse/long shots and might be looking at a fest berth from the sidelines are considered definite dramatic comp material, while some that was fully expecting to break the line-up have been passed up.
Horror “labeled” directors Carter Smith (Jamie Marks Is Dead) and Jim Mickle (Cold in July) broke into the line-up that is usually reserved for the newbie type of director and are coming in with perhaps different genre material. We’re glad to see Justin Simien’s Dear White People break into the 16 – it also acts as the long awaited return of Duly Noted producer Effie Brown. Actor »
- Eric Lavallee
The U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competition lineups for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival were announced today and just below I have featured pictures from the 16 films that will be competing in the U.S. Dramatic competition and they feature a lot of names you're going to recognize. The titles begin with Camp X-Ray, which stars Kristen Stewart as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, where she forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Jim Mickle made an impact earlier this year with We Are What We Are and he returns with Michael C. Hall with Cold in July. Fishing Without Nets looks to tell a story similar to that of Captain Phillips, only this time from the Somali side of things; God's Pocket is "Mad Men" star John Slattery's writing and directorial debut and he's lined up an impressive cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, »
- Brad Brevet
The Sundance Institute announced the initial wave of narrative films and documentaries for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival today and it features one of the more star-studded competition lineups in the film's history. The U.S. Dramatic Competition features new films starring Kristen Stewart ("Camp X-Ray"), Anne Hathaway ("Song One"), Kristen Wiig ("The Skeleton Twins"), Aaron Paul ("Hellion"), Mark Ruffalo ("Infinitely Polar Bear"), Michael C. Hall ("Cold in July") and Peter Dinklage ("Low Down"), just to name a few. Traditionally, Sundance positions films with more popular talent in the U.S. Premieres selections. This may be a welcome change for what is arguably »
- Gregory Ellwood
In some respects, the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival offers a snapshot of the ways in which the independent film scene has dramatically shifted over the past three decades, said fest director John Cooper, from an ever-widening talent pool to an increasingly sophisticated range of technologies available to filmmakers and distributors. In particular, the slate of 117 features (96 of them world premieres) set to unspool Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Utah, culled from a healthy 12,218 submissions, showcase the form at a new level of maturity — more diverse and welcoming to new filmmakers than ever, but also more exacting in terms of quality.
“Independent film in general has been absorbed and embraced as a vital part of the cultural landscape,” Cooper said. “It’s no longer an outsider sport. It really is part of an American art form.”
“I think the completeness of vision is different now from when I first started 20 years ago, »
- Justin Chang
Next year, Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox are set to bring one of the most beloved X-Men tales to the big screen with X-Men: Days of Future Past, although it won't be a direct adaptation of the classic comic book story, with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine taking the place of Kitty Pryde as he goes back in time to try and prevent a catastrophic future for mutantkind. Speaking to Total Film (via Cbm), screenwriter Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand) has revealed the thinking behind the switch, and it's not down to the fact that Wolverine is the crown jewel in Fox's X-Men franchise... well, not entirely, anyway...
"We made the decision for a lot of reasons, some of them obvious and some of them more nuanced, to make it Wolverine who goes back in time. One reason is that he's the protagonist of the franchise, and probably the »
- Gary Collinson
The new X-men: Days Of Future Past viral marketing campaign ties Erik Lehnsherr (Young Magneto) to the JFK assassination in November 1963. In this fictional experience, Magneto was connected and implicated in a mutant plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy, thus being a “point of contention between humans and mutants ever since.”
In a mock interview, Magneto spoke to a reporter for the first time in fifty years.
“Whoever said that was Oswald in that warehouse?” he says. His voice is low. “And whoever said the killer was a man? And whoever said I wanted Kennedy dead because my brothers and sisters were being killed?”
“Humans,” he says, disgusted.
So was he guilty? Watch the video below and decide at - www.TheBentBullet.com
- Michelle McCue
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, 20th Century Fox has uncovered some secret evidence relating to that fateful day in Dallas, with the latest X-Men: Days of Future Past viral website updating with reports on Erik Lehnsherr's (Michael Fassbender) involvement in the shooting....
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
X-Men: Days of Future Past sees Michael Fassbender joined by X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), James McAvoy (Professor X), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore »
- Gary Collinson
With all the anniversary specials going on this past weekend regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy you might find this featurette from X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn’t quite fit into the history the way you remember, but the bent bullet conspiracy lies with the bender of metal himself, Magneto (Michael Fassbender), according to this video. Check it out below.
X-Men: Days of Future Past directed by Bryan Singer and starring Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Halle Berry, Omar Sy, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Fan Bingbing and Jennifer Lawrence is slated to hit theaters on July 18th, 2014. »
- Jess Orso
Last week saw the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. We at Thn commemorated the event with a retrospective look back at Oliver Stone’s classic film JFK. Fox however went down a different route, investigating the ‘bent bullet’ conspiracy, placing X-men mutant Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender, into the spotlight. How pivotal will this plot point play in Singer’s X-men: Days Of Future Past?
This clip sees the marketing machine kick-it-up a notch. The video is a stroke of viral genius, edited together like a documentary, blending real world images with X-verse footage seamlessly. Watch the viral video here alongside the secret documents proving Lee Harvey Oswald was no lone shooter via the intriguing new website:
“Half a century ago, Magneto was implicated in the mutant plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. The events of that fateful day in November have been a point of »
- Kat Smith
What better way to connect the first events and characters of the first three X-Men movies to those of X-Men: First Class than with a neat time-travel plot? That’s the idea behind X-Men: Days of Future Past, in which a 21st century Wolverine has his consciousness sent back to his 1970s body, with the task of preventing the dark path that mankind and mutantkind alike are set upon.
In the comic book arc after which the film is named, the mutants face a future in which they are rounded up and either killed or placed in concentration camps through the use of technology created by Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), including the dreaded Sentinels. The mutant-hunting robots were just one of the innovations featured on a viral site for Trask Industries that was launched earlier this year.
Click to continue reading ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Viral Site & Video: Did Magneto Assassinate JFK? »
- H. Shaw-Williams
While our nation spent the past weekend memorializing the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, the folks over at X-Men: Days of Future Past have apparently solved the long-standing mystery. None other than Erik Lensherr/Magneto (Ian McKellen/Michael Fassbender) appears to be responsible for the vile act, guiding the projectile in what's been called the "bent bullet" theory. Much like the real-life conspiracy, there's much more to the story than one simple misbehaving bullet. The film also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D May 23, 2014. Hit the jump to watch the video. Watch the viral spot for X-Men: Days of Future Past below (via Nerdist): For much more on the conspiracy (and a bit of world-building for the upcoming film), head over to the viral site, »
- Dave Trumbore
Related Content: Video: An Evening With Game Of Thrones Panel, Grrm To Cameo This Season George R.R. Martin On 'Game Of Thrones' Sdcc And The Red Viper Running Time: 60 minutes Release Date: Spring 2014 (Season 4) TV Rating: TV-ma for sex & nudity, violence & gore, profanity, alchohol/drugs/smoking and frightening/intense scenes Starring: Mark Addy, Michelle Fairley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Aidan Gillen, Harry Lloyd, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Jack Gleeson, Rory McCann, Peter Dinklage, Pedro Pascal, Creators: David Benioff (series), D. B. Weiss (series), George R. R. Martin (novels) Written by: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, George R. R. Martin "Season 4 of Game of Thrones was formally commissioned by HBO on April 2, 2013 after viewer ratings showed a substantial increase between the second and third season openers. Due to the sheer length of »
While 2013 gave us Inside Llewyn Davis, 2014 will give us Low Down. I’m thinking that photographer/ethnographic documentarian/commercials and video director Jeff Preiss’ debut film will be something of an event. Taking the shape of a biographic tale not surprisingly related to American music scene, the drama should be ready for show – as it was filmed in March of this year. Lena Headey, Taryn Manning, Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning, Burn Gorman, Caleb Landry Jones, Glenn Close, Tim Daly and John Hawkes who’ll take center stage once again.
Gist: Written by Topper Lilien and Amy Albany (based on Amy Albany’s memoir), this is a look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1960s and ’70s jazz scene.
Prediction: U. »
- Eric Lavallee
Like most Hollywood films, X-Men: Days of Future Past is to return for some additional shooting. The latest addition in the X-Men franchise looks set to be the biggest yet and they may make it just that little bit bigger with the purpose of additional filming being as a result of a need to add additional scenes to the movie.
Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to mash the universes of the original X-Men trilogy and X-Men: First Class and stars Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus). Also set to appear are X-Men newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, »
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood is positioning 2015 to be the single biggest year for movies in the history of the medium, with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Batman Vs. Superman, Mission: Impossible 5 and Bond 24 all arriving within months of each other. But standing in the way are the twelve months of 2014. While the New Year doesn't quite pack the heated punch of 2015, it does bring some highly anticipated fare that we simply can't wait to see. From plenty of superheroes, to evolved apes, to giant robots, to teenage vampires, and even the return of Dominic Toretto, here are the 14 movies guaranteed to get us standing in front of that box office window buying a ticket before 2015 does its ultimate damage on our savings account.
Indie triple-threat Thomas McCarthy previously brought attention to his upcoming drama The Cobbler in September by casting comedian Adam Sandler in the lead role. Now, he’s recruited two more big names for the film – Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer) and Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) have both joined The Cobbler in supporting roles.
The Cobbler will center on a shoe repairman (Sandler) who gains access to a metaphysical plane and uses his newfound abilities to step into the lives of others, literally walking a mile in another person’s shoes. All further details on the plot and Hoffman’s role are being kept under wraps for now, but Buscemi will reportedly play a character by the name of Manny.
- Isaac Feldberg
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