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Sundance pick “Bass Ackwards” hopes to change independent film distribution in 2010

25 December 2009 11:47 AM, PST | Makingof.com | See recent Makingof.com news »

The Sundance Film Festival kicks of January 20th and with it a batch of more than 120 films will be screened throughout the 10 day festival. In that batch, the film “Bass Ackwards” will be screened in the Sundance Next category, a new category designed for films with little to no budget.

Bass Ackwards,” written, directed and starring Linas Philips, started with an idea about a guy with a cut off 73 Vw wagon. The film is produced by Thomas Woodrow who is looking to change the classic, “sell your film at Sundance” model for a new approach of releasing the film on DVD and On Demand a day after it premiers at Sundance. The film has blessing from executive producer Mark Duplass, a Sundance favorite and star of 2005’s “Puffy Chair” and most recently FX’s “The League.”

Look forward to more “Bass Ackward” content to come and see it premiere next month in Park City, »

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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Christmas and new year cinema releases

18 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Out This Week

Avatar (12A)

(James Cameron, 2009, Us) Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver. 163 mins

The King Of The World returns with an awesomely expensive epic that makes everything else out there look cheap. It really is a visit to a strange new world: part-prog rock album cover, part-Japanese anime come to life. The mix of real action and animation is flawless, the 3D is unobtrusively immersive, and Cameron has lost none of his gift for gripping, purposeful action. It's a shame the story is so un-revolutionary: a formulaic mix of A Man Called Horse, other Cameron movies, The Matrix Sequels, and Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, all washed down with an eco message that's at odds with the technological spectacle served up. But you'd be churlish not to be carried away by the experience. Come on, this is amazing!

Nine (12A)

(Rob Marshall, 2009, Us) Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz. »

- Steve Rose

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Humpday | Film review

17 December 2009 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This indie movie by Lynn Shelton is a mumblecore bromance with a bizarre high concept that may well have begun as an unrealised real-life dare. Two best friends in their 30s challenge each other to star in a hardcore art-porn event, staging a full-on sex act between two heterosexual men, radically demonstrating non-sexual comradeship and confidence in their own straightness. Mark Duplass is Ben, happily married and about to start a family; wannabe artist Joshua Leonard ("Josh" from The Blair Witch Project) plays his buddy, just back from Mexico and persuasively keen on the non-gay-video-sex wheeze. The ending of the movie is an awful let-down, which is a shame: the film had been weirdly involving and Alycia Delmore is good as Ben's outraged wife.

Rating: 3/5

ComedyPeter Bradshaw

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Predictions 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Philippon, Marslett, Romanek

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

If my predix come true, this will be a fest heavy on first time filmmakers in the feature length film categories, which is nothing new of course. I've listed four new names below that could make their big time debuts at the fest. - If my predix come true, this will be a fest heavy on first time filmmakers in the feature length film categories, which is nothing new of course. I've listed four new names below that could make their big time debuts at the fest. Lullaby for Pi - If the festival is looking for this year's “Once”, they might look for it in the musically inclined feature starring Rupert Friend, who actually uses his pipes for the film. Killer Films is one of the production companies involved in a tale that sees Tom, a bewitching blues-jazz singer (Friend). Sadly, since his wife passed away, he »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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The League: FX Comedy Renewed for Season Two

10 December 2009 3:39 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

FX has decided to order a second season of its semi-scripted comedy series, The League.

Following a group of friends that make up a fantasy football league, The League features the talents of Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, Katie Aselton, Paul Scheer, Stephen Rannazzisi, and Jon Lajoie.

The October 29th series premiere attracted just under a million viewers but rose by nearly 50% in its second airing. The numbers have leveled off since then, to an average of about a million viewers.

The programmers at FX are apparently pleased enough with the ratings to give the series a renewal, even before the sixth and final episode of the season has aired (tonight).

  FX has more than doubled The League's first season order, opting for 13 installments for season two. The next round of The League will kick »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Sundance Sends Filmmakers to 8 Cities to Show Their Films During the Festival

9 December 2009 9:39 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If you can’t go to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, don’t cry!  The Sundance Institute is making 2010 the inaugural year of Sundance Film Festival USA where eight filmmakers showing their film at the festival will show it to a major metropolitan area…so as long as you live in or near one of those eight major cities, then you don’t need to cry.

The films going out through the nation are The Duplass Brothers’ Cyrus starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, and Jonah Hill; John Wells The Company Men starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kevin Costner (Brookline; The Safdie Brothers’ Daddy Longlegs; Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating starring Hoffman and Amy Ryan; Adrian Grenier’s documentary Teenage Paparazzo; Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning; Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s The Extra Man starring Kevin Kline and Paul Dano »

- Matt Goldberg

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TV News: FX Comedy ‘The League’ Expands to Second Season

9 December 2009 6:27 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – FX has picked up the network’s freshman comedy series “The League”. The network has decided to expand the next season to 13 episodes, announced Nick Gad, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, FX Networks.

Season two will return in summer 2010. The first season finale of “The League” will air tomorrow, Thursday December 10, at 10:30 pm Et/Pt. “We’ve been very pleased with the creative and ratings trajectory of The League and believe it’s an excellent fit with our comedy brand,” said Grad. “Jackie and Jeff Schaffer are incredibly talented producers and the ensemble cast is fantastic. The performance of the show this season is reminiscent of Sunny in its first season.”

Nick Kroll, Mark Duplass, Stephen Rannazzisi, Katie Aselto, Jon Lajoie and Paul Scheer.

Photo credit: F. Scott Schafer/ FX.

The League” is about friendship, marriage, parenting and growing up… well, refusing to grow up. Set against »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'The League' scores a second season on FX

9 December 2009 3:05 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"The League" is ending its first season on a high note.

FX announced Wednesday that it has ordered a 13-episode second season of "The League," which ends its freshman season Thursday at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt, directly following the fifth season finale of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

The series by husband-and-wife team Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer revolves around a fantasy football league and the friendships, relationships and trials that happen concurrently in the characters' real world.

"We've been very pleased with the creative and ratings trajectory of 'The League' and believe it's an excellent fit with our comedy brand," says Nick Grad, exec VP of original programming at FX.  "Jackie and Jeff Schaffer are incredibly talented producers and the ensemble cast is fantastic. The performance of the show this season is reminiscent of 'Sunny' in its first season."

Jeff Schaffer adds, "FX has been »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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FX drafts another season of 'The League'

9 December 2009 2:46 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

FX has ordered a second season for the fantasy football comedy "The League."   The 13-episode order comes the day before "The League" is set to wrap up its first season, following an initial run of episodes that have averaged 1.06 million viewers, including 863,000  in the 18-49 demo. The ensemble comedy, which features Mark Duplass, Stephen Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Katie Aselton and Jon Lajoie, has provided a big time period bump for FX airing after "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."   Created by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer, "The League" will return in »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Sundance USA Slate Revealed

9 December 2009 2:09 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

The Sundance Institute announced today the the films that will screen in eight different cities nationwide on Jan. 28th for their inaugural Sundance Film Festival USA series. The filmmakers will be dispatched from Park City to cities across America, where they will introduce and screen their films and engage in Q&As with local audiences. The films are:

Cyrus -- Ann Arbor, Mi -- Michigan Theater

Directors and screenwriters: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass –A recently divorced guy meets a new lady. Then he meets her son who is, well...interesting. Cast: John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener. World Premiere

The Company Men -- Brookline, Ma -- Coolidge Corner Theatre Director and screenwriter John Wells will screen »

- Jason Guerrasio

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Sundance Primer: Untitled Duplass Brothers Project (aka Cyrus)

8 December 2009 9:15 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Welcome to a new series here at Cinematical where we'll shine a spotlight on different films premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in January.

Starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill and Catherine Keener, the Duplass Brothers (Jay and Mark) will return to the Sundance Film Festival yet again this year with what is definitely their most "star-studded" cast yet. The low-budget boys who first hit Sundance with a short film they made for three bucks (the cost of a tape) have since stormed the fest (as writer-directors) with their first feature, The Puffy Chair, and its follow-up, Baghead.

This year the boys will find their latest baby backed by Fox Searchlight in the Premieres section of Sundance, and out of competition. In an effort to learn a little more about the buzzed-about film (presumably due in theaters at some point in 2010), Cinematical asked co-writer/director Mark Duplass three questions about the movie, »

- Erik Davis

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Austin is All Over Sundance 2010

8 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The Sundance 2010 lineup was announced over several days last week, and you can find Austin connections everywhere. We may not have had a huge amount of representation in the Spirit Award nominations, but Sundance is almost as Austin-y as SXSW this year. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but it's still exciting.

The biggest Austin-y news is that local filmmaker/Afs staffer Bryan Poyser's feature film Lovers of Hate is one of the films in competition at Sundance this year. If you've been reading Poyser's blog, you know all about it (well, not all, but a lot of interesting stuff). The film is about two brothers attracted to the same woman.

Lovers of Hate was shot in Park City last year after Poyser (pictured above) attended Sundance, and also here in Austin. The cast includes a number of locals, including filmmaker Alex Karpovsky (Trust Me, This is All Made Up; and Poyser »

- Jette Kernion

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First Look: Jonah Hill, John C. Reilly and Marisa Tomei head to Sundance

3 December 2009 6:45 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of last year's big success stories at Sundance was "Humpday," starring Mark Duplass.  He's also one-half of the filmmaking team who made the micro-budget charmer "The Puffy Chair" and the sly mumblecore/horror riff called "Baghead" along with his brother Jay. I'm not much for the films that are loosely described as "mumblecore."  I think the truth is, though, that a label like that is often something that's created to try and tie together filmmakers who actually have nothing in common.  I think calling the work of the Duplass Brothers mumblecore is reductive and confining.  I think they're making low-budget independent »

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Sundance 2010 Non-Competition Line-Up Looks Strong

3 December 2009 3:30 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yesterday we got the list for the films playing in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and today we get the rest of the films that will be featured and there are quite a few that make 2010 look much stronger based on pedigree alone than I have seen in quite some time. Variety has a big write-up detailing the categories and more on the festival right here, but I am just going to offer up the titles and let you sort it all out.

The titles already in the RopeofSilicon database are linked.

Premieres

All films are from the United States unless otherwise noted Abel (Mexico-u.S.), the directorial debut of actor Diego Luna, written by Luna and Agusto Mendoza, about a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father's absence. With Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, »

- Brad Brevet

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Sundance reveals noncompetition lineup

3 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Sundance Film Festival's competition lineup for 2010, announced Wednesday, might demand that audiences wear their serious caps. But the out-of-competition selections allow programmers and viewers to cut loose a little.

The 53 films that populate this year's Premieres, Next, Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier sections run the gamut from the cosmically experimental to the star-studded and silly. There is indeed something for everyone at this year's event, which runs Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

As usual, Premieres collects work involving the industry's higher-profile talent, none more so than John Wells' feature directorial debut, "The Company Men," which stars Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper. Mexican actor Diego Luna's directorial debut, "Abel," will screen, as will Philip Seymour Hoffman's "Jack Goes Boating."

Michael Winterbottom has the rare distinction of having two films in »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Humpday takes bromance love to the next level | Ben Walters

2 December 2009 7:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Are you man enough for a little man-on-man action? Lynn Shelton's film Humpday pushes the boundaries of the buddy movie right over the line

You might have noticed that films about guys have been getting pretty

gay lately. Of course, homosociality has underpinned many Hollywood genres from the off – gangster movies, war movies and buddy movies all thrive on men appreciating each other's manliness – and the American classics are studded with such adorable couples as Felix and Oscar, Butch and Sundance, and Ratso and Joe. But over the past few years, the sap has been rising.

If 2005's Brokeback Mountain didn't exactly open the floodgates to a mainstream queer romance cycle – the tantalising trailer for Satan's Alley embedded in Tropic Thunder notwithstanding – it ushered in some notable toe-dipping. The comedies of the Judd Apatow stable are full of male bonding that revels in pseudo-sodomitic signifiers, especially Superbad and Pineapple Express »

- Ben Walters

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DVD Review: ‘Humpday’ Takes Heterosexual Comedy to a New Level

24 November 2009 7:40 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – While Apatowian bromances like “I Love You, Man” play male bonding for laughs, Lynn Shelton’s perceptive indie comedy delves into the untapped complexities of brotherly love. After garnering the Special Jury Prize at Sundance, “Humpday” had a very limited theatrical run, and deserves to find an audience on DVD. It is one of the best micro-budget indies to fall under the media-created genre definition of “mumblecore.” These films examine the sex lives and relationships of ordinary twenty- and thirty-somethings with a level of candid intimacy rarely achieved in mainstream filmmaking.

DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0

Shelton is one of the few “mumblecore” filmmakers who attempts to bridge her improvisational scenes with a strong narrative arc (the Duplass Brothers made a similar successful effort in “The Puffy Chair”). In “Humpday,” Mark Duplass (currently on FX’s “The League”) stars as Ben, a young man on the verge of starting a family with »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Greenberg Trailer: Ben Stiller Becomes an Unemployed Hipster

24 November 2009 9:45 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

A couple months ago, Mark Duplass told us that part of the fun of making Noah Baumbach's Greenberg was that he got to be "a dick" to Ben Stiller -- something that's usually reserved onscreen for Robert De Niro or a talking statue. Now that the trailer for Greenberg has debuted we can see why Stiller's character might incur some wrath: He's jobless, ornery, and (worst of all) a fastidious letter-writer! Fortunately, he has pretty good hair, so he might get laid regardless. »

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