Take a break from checking for flight prices, packing your bags and figuring out who's gonna walk your dog: the folks at the Sundance Film Festival have added to the first wave of titles announced yesterday. For those looking to get to some of the stellar festival entries of the past year, the Spotlight section won't disappoint: Richard Ayoade's "The Double," Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive" (which we saw at Nyff), the Tom Hardy starring "Locke" (we already reviewed in Venice) and the acclaimed "Stranger By The Lake" (our review from Cannes) are putting on parkas and heading to Utah. Meanwhile, the Midnight lineup will see Tommy Wirkola's unasked for "Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead," Adam Wingard's "The Guest," and more promising to raise your pulse and bring thrills, blood and more. Meanwhile, New Frontier Films brings Joseph Gordon-Levitt back with "Hit Record On TV, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Yesterday, the Sundance Film Festival announced the lineup for the 2014 in-competition films. Today, the fest has unveiled the list of films that will screen as part of the Park City and Midnight, Spotlight, New Frontier, and the new Sundance Kids categories. The films include You’re Next director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett’s new film The Guest, director Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead, director Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, director Richard Ayoade’s The Double, the Tom Hardy film Locke, and more. Hit the jump to take a look at the full lineup. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th. Park City At Midnight From horror flicks to comedies to works that defy any genre, these unruly films will keep you edge-seated and wide awake. Each is a world premiere. The Babadook / Australia (Director and screenwriter: Jennifer Kent) — A single mother, plagued by »
- Adam Chitwood
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.
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The Sundance Film Festival unveiled the 2014 lineup for its Spotlight, New Frontier and Park City at Midnight sections on Thursday. Among the highlights are Richard Ayoade's mistaken-identity thriller The Double, which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, and Steven Knight's Tom Hardy starrer Locke. The news comes a day after Sundance revealed its competition slate, with such films as Jim Mickle's Cold in July (starring Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson and Sam Shepard) and first-time feature helmer John Slattery's God's Pocket (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Richard Jenkins) vying for top honors. Photos: The Scene in Park City at Sundance 2013 The festival, celebrating its 30th anniversary this
- Tatiana Siegel
Have British critics gone soft for local films?
On Dec. 8, the U.K. film biz gathers at the British Independent Film Awards to toast the year’s achievements, and Blighty’s film reviewers will be among those cheering.
Wind the clock back 10 or so years, and you’d have found that British movie releases were generally greeted with loud groans from the local press.
This has changed. Look back at the critical reception for the Bifa-nominated films, and you’ll find widespread praise for the efforts of the filmmakers.
The film with the mostnominations, David Mackenzie’s “Starred Up,” was described as the “finest British-made prison drama for a long time” by David Sexton of the Evening Standard. The pic received four stars out of a possible five from Sexton, while his colleague Charlotte O’Sullivan gives the second most nominated film, Clio Barnard’s “The Selfish Giant,” five stars. »
- Leo Barraclough
Now that Universal has a release date set for the long delayed The Seventh Son (which they inherited from Warner Bros. when Legendary Pictures moved away from the studio), they're looking at getting another fantasy young adult adaptation off the ground. THR has word that Universal is adapting Laini Taylor's first book in a fantasy trilogy, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, published in September of 2011. Michael Gracey (who is supposed to direct Tom Hardy as Elton John in Rocketman) will be at the helm of the film which will again feature a female hero, hoping to cash in on the craze surrounding The Hunger Games franchise. The book has plenty of accolades including being named among Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2011, Huffington Post's Top 10 Young Adult Book of 2011 and also one of The New York Times' Notable Children’s Books of 2011. Here's the official synopsis of the story: Around the world, »
- Ethan Anderton
"Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke and "21 Jump Street" actress Brie Larson are said to be the two names left that are vying for the lead role of a young Sarah Connor in the upcoming "Terminator" reboot at Annapurna Pictures.
Alan Taylor ("Thor: The Dark World") is onboard to direct the project, and Paramount and Taylor are reportedly aiming to cast the Sarah Connor role before locking down the John Connor and Kyle Reese roles.
Clarke is said to currently be the front runner, and has had experience working with Taylor on HBO's "Game of Thrones". At last report Tom Hardy was being eyed to play human resistance leader John Connor.
Both casting possibilities have a nice simpatico - Clarke's Thrones co-star Lena Headey played Sarah Connor in the "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" TV series, while Hardy's "The Dark Knight Rises" co-star Christian Bale played John Connor in "Terminator Salvation »
- Garth Franklin
The casting process continues on the upcoming Terminator reboot, and it appears that the search for Sarah Connor has now been whittled down to two actresses. We previously reported that Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) were among the actresses on the shortlist for the lead role of Sarah Connor, and now Deadline reports that the list has been narrowed down to Clarke and Larson. Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor is onboard to direct, and the report notes that Clarke currently has the edge for the part. Of course, Taylor has worked with Clarke before on Game of Thrones, having directed a number of episodes of the HBO series’ first and second season before landing the Marvel gig. Hit the jump for more on the upcoming Terminator film. While Clarke may top the list of contenders, Larson »
- Adam Chitwood
Digital Spy was fortunate enough to score a sizeable amount of time in the company of acclaimed filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn in support of the DVD release of Only God Forgives. A thematically audacious and visually stunning movie, this twisted tale of Ryan Gosling's taciturn drugs dealer becoming embroiled with a vengeance-fuelled policeman called Chang has polarised audiences. But what is it really about? We probed its maker, before delving further into his career to explore the likes of Pusher and Bronson. As for the future, Bond, Beckham and Barbarella are all on the agenda...
Since its release, Only God Forgives has inspired many different interpretations. What's the weirdest one you've encountered so far?
"My favourite one is when a German woman at Cannes came up to me and said, 'I think this movie takes place in the vagina, yes?' I was like, 'Yeah, that's pretty spot on, »
In the current Ya world of adaptions, that’s sure to become drowned in offerings, next up for the big screen fling is Laini Taylor’s Daughter Of Smoke & Bone. Although this could be one quick to dismiss, the book has a lot of plaudits across the globe for its truly original nature in content, so before you sigh in a hope we won’t have another Twilight, I think we could lean towards The Hunger Games but something that particularly interests me is the comparisons to a Pan’S Labyrinth vibe, so here’s what to expect:
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never »
- Dan Bullock
I caught Dom Hemingway at the Toronto Film Festival and quite enjoyed it starting my review off saying it "feels like a second cousin to Nicolas Winding-Refn's Bronson... Jude Law's title character carries the same gruff, deep British accent Tom Hardy adopted .. and the batsh*t nature of the two characters is damn near exactly the same." I think this new red band trailer for the film gives you a pretty good taste of what I was talking about. Dom is a safecracker with a loose fuse who, after twelve years in prison, sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, »
- Brad Brevet
Universal Pictures has chosen a director for the studio’s adaptation of the Laini Taylor Ya fantasy novel Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Heat Vision reports that commercials director Michael Gracey will take the helm of the project, which revolves around a 17-year-old art student whose father sends her all over the world collecting human teeth for a mysterious purpose. The young woman soon realizes that she’s part of an ancient struggle between angels and demons, and finds herself in a love affair with a warrior angel. Stuart Beattie (Collateral) initially penned the screenplay with subsequent rewrites by Taylor, and Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) will produce. Gracey had been developing a China-set take on Snow White at Disney before the Mouse House put a hold on that project. He’s expected to make his feature debut with the Elton John biopic Rocketman, starring Tom Hardy, »
- Adam Chitwood
Although all the focus has been on Universal’s adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” it looks like another popular property is also about to gain momentum.
Universal has tapped Michael Gracey to helm their adaptation of the New York Times best-seller “Daughter of Smoke and Bone.”
Stuart Beattie penned the script.
The story follows a young art student who embarks on an unusual family quest where she encounters ethereal spirits. The tome is part of trilogy with the final book, “Dreams of Gods and Monsters,” coming out spring 2014.
Vice president of production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Sara Scott are overseeing the project for Universal.
“Daughter of Smoke and Bone” has 35 foreign language licenses and is »
- Justin Kroll
Deal with the FX Prods. unit calls for Pig Newton to develop pilots and series exclusively for FX Networks outlets, with C.K. retaining the option to write or direct any of the projects and also serve as exec producer. Blair Breard, exec producer of C.K.’s FX comedy “Louie,” will be on board as an exec producer or producer on all projects that flow through Pig Newton, as will C.K.’s management shingle, 3 Arts.
“Working with Louis C.K. has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my career,” said FX Networks topper John Landgraf. “I am thrilled that our relationship with Louis and Blair Breard will continue for the foreseeable future through this deal with Fxp. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Good God. 2015. What movie isn’t scheduled for 2015? If you’re a movie fan, you might very well end up spending more time at the movies than you do at work! With production on the long-delayed film now wrapped, Miller spoke with Australia’s The Sydney Morning Herald and offered up some answers to questions swirling around the production, which he calls an “epic chase across the wasteland”: Our film, luckily after a ridiculous amount of work, is testing extremely well. We’re very happy. There has been a lot of doubt about it, [people saying] ‘it took so long’, but Warners have delayed it until 2015 to go into the top weekend of the year.’ As for that rumored cameo appearance by the original Mad Max? Miller responds: It would have been nice somehow but, no, it’s not true. Sorry, kids, but it’s Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky or bust. »
The story follows a 17-year-old art student whose father occasionally sends her on errands around the world collecting human teeth for a mysterious purpose.
The young woman gradually becomes aware that she is part of an ancient struggle between devils and angels and finds herself in a forbidden romance with a warrior angel.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
The star of the original films will not make an appearance in the reboot, as had previously been rumoured.
"It would have been nice somehow but, no, it's not true," director George Miller told The Sydney Morning Herald.
"Our film, luckily after a ridiculous amount of work, is testing extremely well,'' he added. ''We're very happy.
"There has been a lot of doubt about it, [people saying] 'it took so long', but Warners have delayed it until 2015 to go into the top weekend of the year.''
The film, which was recently delayed from a release next year to Summer 2015, was apparently put back to avoid a clash with the 2014 World Cup.
Mad Max: Fury Road will be released on »
"Mad Max: Fury Road," the long-gestating fourth installment of the apocalyptic action franchise, gained some steam last month when it received an official release date. Director George Miller is keeping positive about the project, revealing new details about the shoot and audience testing, and denying one major rumor about a certain Australian actor's cameo.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Miller discussed shooting what he called "bookend" scenes for "Fury Road," including one finished just last month involving a huge truck crash. Miller acknowledged that he'd spent a "crazy" amount of time on the production -- which was conceived in the early 2000s but was delayed first by 9/11, then by a series of weather disasters -- and that the long shoot (which began in July 2012) was necessary because "Fury Road" is "a really difficult movie" with "pretty constant action [on-screen]."
But Miller insisted that despite the drawn-out process, he was not filming any reshoots, »
- Katie Roberts
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