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We are in the middle of what could be a career-changing two-day span for Jennifer Aniston. The "Friends" icon and star of such blockbuster fare as "Marley & Me," "Bruce Almighty" and "We're the Millers" shocked many by earning a SAG Awards nomination Wednesday for her role in the indie drama "Cake." By Thursday morning she may have a Golden Globe nomination to go along with it. Directed by Daniel Barnz, "Cake" went somewhat under the radar after it earned a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival in September (although this pundit was certainly there). The movie finds Aniston playing Claire, a woman suffering from chronic pain who becomes strangely fascinated by the suicide of a young woman (Anna Kendrick) from her support group. Obviously, Claire is suffering from more than just physical pain and Aniston, as I wrote in my review, "makes you believe this character is at her »
- Gregory Ellwood
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.
Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.
Digging for Fire / U. »
Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the Premieres category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly: Digging for Fire – Directed and co-written by Joe Swanberg; starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, and Anna Kendrick. Don Verdean – Directed and co-written by Jared Hess; starring Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Leslie Bibb, and Will Forte. The End of the Tour – Directed by James Ponsoldt; starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, and Ron Livingston. Experimenter – Written and directed by Michael Almereyda; starring Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning, and John Leguizamo. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st. Digging for Fire The discovery of a bone and a »
- Matt Goldberg
Last year’s slate of seventeen Narrative Premieres (excluding secret screenings of Boyhood and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) refreshingly included works from first time filmmakers. I hadn’t seen it coming but Little Accidents and The One I Love were included among the likes of Calvary, Frank and Love is Strange. 2015 will be a true we Swanberg family affair with Joe Swanberg joining wife Kris (Unexpected) with a feature as well in Digging for Fire. James Ponsoldt is officially four for four with Sundance — his latest End of the Tour should be a slam dunk for the Eccles. Sticking to the numbers game… we’ll have a lovely bedfellow pairings of Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s already announced The Stanford Prison Experiment which is going to be mentioned in many loglines alongside Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter - about the Milgram experiment. Among the filmmaking duos we were expecting, we find Mississippi Grind »
- Eric Lavallee
Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Tomlin — as well as directors Noah Baumbach, Michael Almereyda, Rodrigo Garcia, James Ponsoldt, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman — are among the big names in the Premieres lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled today along with Documentary Premieres and a new Special Events section.
Festival director John Cooper noted that while this year’s 16 Premieres selections will be among the buzziest, most commercial titles in Park City, “they’re not without an independent feel to them, and that’s what I’m always looking for. There is a very independent spirit behind these films.”
By way of example, Cooper cited “Last Days in the Desert,” a description-resistant foray into father-son territory from Garcia, a director known for his stories about women (“Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child”); John Crowley’s “Brooklyn, »
- Justin Chang
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.
Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael is likely to become a major talking point and stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto in the true tale of activist and Young Gay America co-founder Michael Glatze, who renounced his homosexuality and became a Christian pastor. The Exchange handles international rights.
James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour (pictured, photo by Jakob Ihre) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut — Fortitude International is the international sales agent — as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.
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Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and participants on two panels including George Lucas.
James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut, as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.
Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn and Sienna Miller, while Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman introduce the New York Tompkins Square Park Riot drama Ten Thousand Saints starring the in-demand Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer.
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The Sundance Institute effectively filled out its slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with the announcement of the always star-friendly premieres category. It's also where many former Sundance filmmakers bring their second, third and even fourth films back to the fest. This year the category features 16 world premieres and almost all of them are from Sundance alumni, including Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson"), Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale"), Joe Swanberg ("VHS"), Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite"), James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now"), Michael Almereyda (2000's "Hamlet"), Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives"), Benson Lee ("Miss Monday"), Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette"), and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor"). Some of the intriguing titles include Paul Weitz's "Grandma" with Lily Tomlin and Laverne Cox, Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden's "Mississippi Grind" with Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller, Garcia's "Last Days in the Desert" featuring Ewan McGregor as Jesus, Charles Stone III's "Lila »
- Gregory Ellwood
Last night, CBS released the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 6 of season 3, and it gives us new looks at Sherlock and Watson investigating a case, involving a dead body and a mysterious map that's revealed to contain extremely important intel that's worth killing for, and more! The episode is titled, "Terra Pericolosa." In the new, 6th episode official plotline: "Holmes and Watson are going to end up, looking for a thief that murdered someone to steal a rare map. Elsewhere, Watson will become concerned with Sherlock’s escalating interference into Kitty’s burgeoning personal life." Mamie Gummer guest stars as wealthy New York heiress, Margaret Bray. Episode 6 is scheduled to air on Thursday night, December 4th at 9pm central time on CBS. »
Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming " Elementary" episode 6 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Terra Pericolosa," and it turns out that we're going to see a murdering map stealing criminal, prompt the investigative attention of Holmes and Watson, and more. In the new, 6th episode press release: Holmes and Watson are going to search for a thief who commits murder to procure a rare map. Press release number 2: Holmes and Watson will search for a thief who committed murder to steal a rare map. In the meantime, Watson is going to become concerned with Sherlock’s escalating interference into Kitty’s burgeoning personal life. Mamie Gummer guest stars as wealthy New York heiress, Margaret Bray. Guest stars feature: Ophelia Lovibond (Kitty Winter), Mamie Gummer (Margaret Bray), Eric Schweig (Leon Moody), Skipp Sudduth (William Ziff), K.Todd Freeman (Rafael) and Liv Rooth (Sharon Tavener). The »
The Friends actress stars in director Daniel Barnz's drama.
Aniston plays Claire, a woman who becomes obsessed by the suicide of a member of her chronic pain support group (Anna Kendrick).
She enters into a relationship with the woman's widower (Sam Worthington) in a misjudged attempt to confront her own problems.
The trailer for the dark comedy shows plenty of anger and frustration as Aniston’s character pops pain pills and drives away her husband, friends and chronic pain support group.
It’s the first film from Cinelou, which is planning an awards qualifying run in December, followed by a wide release in January.
“Cake” premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Daniel Barnz directed the Black List script by Patrick Tobin. Aniston stars as an acerbic woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of another woman, played by Anna Kendrick, in her chronic pain support group.
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- Dave McNary
Jennifer Aniston doesn’t wear any makeup in her latest film — save for scars and other disfigurements. The former Friend and rom-com regular takes a right turn with Cake, playing a woman suffering with chronic pain who carries plenty of emotional hurt as well. After a member of her support group commits suicide, Aniston’s Claire hopes to find salvation by inserting herself into the lives of the late woman’s husband and son. Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Mamie Gummer, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Chris Messina, Lucy Punch and Britt Robertson also star for director Daniel Barnz. Upstart Cinelou Releasing will open the film, which has been generating some Oscar buzz for Aniston, on January 25 in New York.
- The Deadline Team
Following its debut this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, Cinelou Releasing has debuted the first trailer for their indie drama Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston. William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman also star in this highly anticipated drama from director Daniel Barnz. No release date has been given at this time, but be sure to check back for more updates.
While struggling with her own trauma, Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston), a woman in a chronic-pain support group, begins to investigate the suicide of a fellow group member, Nina (Anna Kendrick). They barely knew one another when Nina was alive, but as Nina keeps appearing in Claire's dreams and Percocet-fuelled hallucinations, Claire becomes consumed with curiosity about her death. How did Nina know she was ready to die? What was she thinking in her final moments?
These questions give Claire a new-found - if slightly disturbing - sense of purpose, »
Justin Theroux joined Jennifer Aniston for a special screening of her new feature Cake in NYC on Sunday. The pair kept the night fairly casual, with Justin choosing to skip the red carpet and Jennifer posing with her costar Mamie Gummer. Jennifer has been earning rave reviews for her performance in the indie flick, in which she plays a mourner suffering from chronic pain. She did admit that she responded to the news of early Oscar buzz "awkwardly and stutteringly" but that she's also "flattered" by the attention. Aside from Cake, Jen has been busy promoting her other film, Horrible Bosses 2, which hits theaters on Nov. 26. Last week, Jen jetted to London to premiere the flick with her costars Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman, although Justin skipped the red carpet fun for that event as well. »
Aniston appeared on Deadline's "Contenders" panel last weekend to discuss her film Cake, which is already garnering some Oscar buzz for the former Friends star. For Aniston, as soon as she read the script for the dark film, she knew she wanted to be a part of it and "disappear" into the role of Claire Simmons.
"It's our little love project," Aniston said at the panel. "When I read the script, I was ready to disappear."
While Aniston has been filming Cake, much has been made of her nondescript appearance on set. Her vibrant dark blond locks were dyed a mousey brown and cut to just below her chin. Aniston's face was also completely devoid of makeup and riddled with harsh scars – a result of her character's car accident. »
One of the more interesting things about film festivals is seeing how the various well regarded independent films are handled once the tests end. Some seek to capitalize on their buzz and open as soon as possible, while others strategically plan to begin their release later on in the year, or the next year entirely. In the case of Cake, the Jennifer Aniston led dark comedy was initially planning to be held back until 2015, but now it’s seeking to upend the Best Actress race with a late 2014 push. Aniston was snubbed once before for The Good Girl, so could Cake represent a chance for the Academy to make it up to her? It’s far from a sure thing, but something tells me that this isn’t something to sleep on. A long shot? Perhaps, but one to consider at the very least. Cake is a dark comedy/drama »
- Joey Magidson
Ricki and the Flash follows a woman (Streep) who lost her family while chasing her dream of becoming a rock star.
Ricki and The Flash is scheduled for a 2015 release at cinemas. »
What do actor Theodore Bikel, author Steven Pressman, who wrote the HBO Holocaust documentary Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus, and Tracey Davis, daughter of Sammy Davis Jr. and May Britt, have in common? They will all three be guests at this year’s St. Louis Jewish Book Festival! More than 49 writers make up this year’s lineup including award-winning producers, novelists, bakers, historians, and humorists – there’s something for everyone but We Are Movie Geeks is most interested in these three guests because of their contributions to cinema.
The venue is the Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex – 2 Millstone Campus Drive in St. Louis
Details and ticket info can be found at the Fest’s site Here
Theodore Bikel will speak Sunday, November 2, at 7pm – Tickets are $40
It’s not mentioned in the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival press release, »
- Tom Stockman
HBO has released the first full-length The Newsroom Season 3 trailer for the final six episodes of Aaron Sorkin’s drama series. The show returns for a shortened final season due to Sorkin’s schedule, but as someone who’s stuck through the series for better or worse, I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing how Sorkin wraps things up. I thought the second season was a marked improvement that addressed some of the show’s major issues (using a new news story as the “plot of the week”, for one), and I’m curious to see if there’s been any further tweaking for Season 3. This new trailer shows that Jeff Daniels’ character continues his habit of yelling at people, and confirms that this season will address the 2013 Boston bombing. Hit the jump to check out the Newsroom Season 3 trailer, the fitting new poster, and an interesting featurette. The show also stars Emily Mortimer, »
- Adam Chitwood
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