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Over the past month, we've been bringing you the first images from films that will be playing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Today, we have the first images from a couple documentaries that will be making their debut: Reagan from director Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold from Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me). Hit the jump to check out images and a brief synopsis for both films. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th. Reagan Reagan examines the enigmatic career of one of the revered architects of the modern world – icon, screen star, and two-term president Ronald Reagan. --- The Greatest Movie Ever Sold A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement is financed and made possible by branding, advertising and product placement. --- And here are links to the first images from other films playing at Sundance: Another Earth (starring William Mapother, Brit Marling, »
- Matt Goldberg
This month has been one of the best that I can remember for trailers. All the studios were desperate for their trailer to get released before the Christmas holidays and we were inundated with posts. Since I love trailers so much, the inundation was most welcome. In what I am considering making a monthly post, here’s a roundup of all the trailers so far for December which I have embedded below for your viewing pleasure!
I’ve embedded them in the order in which they were released start December 1st to 31st and if I miss any, please let me know and I’ll update the post.
I really want this to be intereactive so make sure you tell us which trailers you liked the best and which you think will be great or terrible movies from what you’ve seen! So, let’s go!
Cast: Richard E. Grant, »
- David Sztypuljak
You can tell a lot about a person from their kitchen. But I've always been a bit confused by Nigel Slater's in his telly cookery shows. Well, it's obviously gorgeous – big and bright and beautiful. But there's something a bit unreal about it. I'm talking about the identical spacing between the jars on the shelves, the strategically placed bowls of lemons, the lack of clutter or mess. There's something too perfect about it; it looks like a show kitchen, rather than one that lovely food comes out of. And yet lovely food does clearly come out of it, almost continuously.
Having now watched Toast (BBC1), Lee Hall's delightful adaptation of Slater's bestselling memoir, Nigel's perfect north London kitchen maybe makes more sense. Nigel wasn't born into Islington ponciness; he earned it. Nothing lovely »
- Sam Wollaston
Screenterrier reported back in April on the news that 18 year old British actor Freddie Highmore was filming with Emma Roberts in New York on teen romance Homework, the first feature from writer-director Gavin Wiesen. The film will screen at Sundance 2011. Pictured is Freddie as George, and Emma as Sally.
Quirky, rebellious George has no ambitions other than to cut his next class. But one day, one girl gives him the perfect reason to figure out who he really is.
Freddie can next be seen on UK TV screens in Toast on Thursday 30 December 9.00-10.30pm on BBC One.
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
As part of our ongoing coverage for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, we have the first images from Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter. Here’s the one-line synopsis: A working-class husband and father questions whether his terrifying dreams of an apocalyptic storm signal something real to come or the onset of an inherited mental illness he’s feared his whole life. The film stars Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life), Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire), Katy Mixon (Eastbound & Down), and Kathy Baker (Edward Scissorhands). Hit the jump to check out the images. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th. [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] And here are links to the first images from other films playing at Sundance: Another Earth (starring William Mapother, Brit Marling, and Jordan Baker) Benavides Born (starring Corina Calderon, Jeremy Ray Valdez, and Joseph Julian Soria) Cedar Rapids (starring John C. Reilly, Ed Helms, and Sigourney Weaver) Circumstance (starring Nikohl Boosheri, »
- Matt Goldberg
This is a sequel to an already forgotten French children's movie set in 1960s America, shot partly in Normandy, and using a combination of CGI animation and live action to tell the story of the 10-year-old Arthur who with the help of his fey grandfather communes with a subterranean world of fairies and insects known as Minimoys. This time out, Arthur (rather charmingly played by Freddie Highmore, the juvenile star of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Finding Neverland) is lured by the satanic Maltazard into the Minimoy land, while the forces of evil set about taking over the world, starting with the dinky little Connecticut community of Daisy Town. The narration is somewhat muddled, the special effects are almost endearingly naïve, and I cannot see who it's aimed at. Snoop Dogg, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed provide the voices of the animated creatures.
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- Philip French
As Luc Besson wraps up production on his Aung San Suu Kyi biopic, we have this to be going on with: a sequel to his frenetic, tween-oriented fantasy about a young boy (played by Freddie Highmore) who stumbles on a miniaturised sub-world populated by tiny humanoids called Minimoys. This followup has a similar recipe: sword and sorcery enlivened by the odd inappropriate punk or rapper. (Iggy Pop shows up alongside Snoop Dogg in the English-language voice cast, as well as Lou Reed as the ancient, noseless wizard Maltazar.) Besson crams as much beserk activity as he can into every frame – to the point that 80% of the running time appears to be taken up by one chase sequence or another – and while adults may well be fumbling for paracetamol after a few minutes, »
- Andrew Pulver
I don’t get to watch too many kids movies but a couple of years a go, my friend Stuart kept telling me that I needed to watch Arthur and the Invisibles which I’d never heard of. Eventually he ended up lending me the DVD and up until How to Train Your Dragon, I couldn’t deny that it was one of the best kids movies I’d ever seen. Luc Besson did a fantastic job blending the live and animation sections of the movie perfectly with a wonderful, great story, which is sort of an Alice in Wonderland tale.
After the success of the first movie, Besson has created Arthur and the Great Adventure which sees Freddie Highmore, back as the lead character alongside a cast which includes Selena Gomez, Stacy Ferguson, Mia Farrow, Jimmy Fallon, Snoop Dogg, Will I Am and Lou Reed.
Synopsis: When Arthur uncovers »
- David Sztypuljak
In what looks decidedly like a sod-it capitulation to the bigger networks, Channel 5 continues its retro repeats. First, that means Frank Spencer trying to pass his driving test. Rubbish in 1975, still rubbish now. Far better is Butterflies (9pm) from 1979, Carla Lane's bittersweet dissection of middle-class life, at its best like a Margaret Drabble novel played for laughs. Finally, there's an episode of Terry and June (9.45pm), nominally from 1982 but actually existing in its own timeless suburban realm of double entendres and cheesy gags. That's not a criticism, by the way. Jw
- Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, John Robinson, Rebecca Nicholson, Andrew Mueller
Tron: Legacy (PG)
Less a brand-new vision of the future than an upgrade of the old one, this reboot delivers digital thrills beyond your wildest electric dreams, but ties itself in knots with an analogue-era plot. There's sleek, sexy design, gladiatorial arcade game action and Daft Punk-scored retro styling, but questions pile up as Hedlund seeks to rescue his long-lost Zen-spouting dad (old Jeff Bridges) from Tron-world and its evil techno-führer (young Jeff Bridges).
A rags-to-riches showbiz fable that makes Mariah Carey's Glitter look self-effacing and Showgirls avant garde. The mask of Cher presides over a bitchy La club where Aguilera's talent for warbling while modelling frilly lingerie eventually shines through.
The perils of social media are spelt »
- The guide
As we count down to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, we’ll be bringing you new images from the movies that will be playing there. After the jump you’ll find images from Benavides Born and Circumstance. Benavides Born is directed by Amy Wendel and is about “a high school senior in a forgotten town has earned admission to the University of Texas at Austin but can’t afford to go. Her one shot is a scholarship for winning the State Powerlifting Championship.” The film stars Corina Calderon, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Joseph Julian Soria, Julia Vera, and Julio César Cedillo.
Circumstance was written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz and centers on “a wealthy Iranian family that struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession.” The movie stars Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa, and Nasrin Pakkho. Both films are playing in-competition. »
- Matt Goldberg
With Sundance Film Festival 2011 announcing their line-up this week, the first images from a number of premieres are starting to arrive. I’ve rounded up the major ones below, including Vera Farmiga‘s directorial debut Higher Ground, Terri starring John C. Reilly, the financial thriller Margin Call starring Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, and Zachary Quinto. There is also Homework starring Emma Roberts and a bit of schlocky fun with new Hobo With a Shotgun and Troll Hunter stills. I’ve included most of them below, along with plot synopsis, but check out Collider and Dread Central for more.
A frustrated young mother turns to a fundamentalist community for answers, but after years of dogma and loss, she must find the courage to ask the questions that will help her reclaim her life.
Margin Call (dir. Jc Chandor)
A frustrated young mother turns to a fundamentalist community for answers, »
- Jordan Raup
With the Sundance Film Festival premiering in a little over a month (48 days to be exact), new images from the films in competition have begun to emerge. As such, we are pleased to bring you a few screenshots from Gavin Wiesen’s Homework, starring Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Rita Wilson and Blair Underwood; and Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, with Elizabeth Olsen, Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, and Sarah Paulson.
Homework finished shooting in New York last April and marks Wiesen’s feature length debut as writer and director. Likewise, Martha Marcy May Marlene is the first for Durkin, who wrote and directed the film. Hit the jump to see the pics and for a brief synopses:
Homework (Director and screenwriter: Gavin Wiesen) – Quirky, rebellious George has no ambitions other than to cut his next class. But one day, one girl gives him the perfect reason to »
- Jeff Ames
Screenterrier reported on the casting of Freddie Highmore as the teenage Nigel Slater in the BBC's adaptation of the food writer and cook Nigel Slater's memoir Toast. And also the casting of Oscar Kennedy (now represented by Curtis Brown) as the younger Nigel.
Finding both a younger Nigel and an older Nigel to represent the two areas of Slater's youth that are covered in the film was not an easy task, according to the director Sj Clarkson.
"We were looking for someone who carried the spirit of Nigel," says Clarkson. "It's always difficult casting child actors because we wanted to find someone fresh who hadn't done much before. Our brilliant casting director Rachel Freck and I both wanted to find a boy who captured the spirit of Nigel, who had that naivety and innocence."
Oscar Kennedy, a young aspiring actor from Nottinghamshire, came to the audition with very little acting experience. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
It has been another great year of film. I still have but seven movies left to watch before I complete my “Best of the Year List” but we are already looking towards 2011.
The 57 feature films selected for the four competition programs of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival were announced today, and the titles include some exciting works from returning filmmakers. While the lineup isn’t has loaded with big names it does feature the return of James Marsh whose documentary Man on Wire won the Grand Jury Prize at the fest in 2008. Some interesting movies we should mention that appear on the list are Mike Cahill’s Another Earth, Carlos Moreno’s All Our Dead One (Todos Tus Muertos), Anne Sewitsky’s sexual drama Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig) Rashaad Ernesto Green‘s Gun Hill Road, Sean Durkin‘s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean‘s On the Ice, Dee Rees »
It's the first day in December, and whether you want to recognize it or not, January isn't too far away. Today the awesome folks at the Sundance Film Festival unveiled their first list of films, international and domestic, which will be presented at the festival. Check it out, and yes there are more to come. Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the four Competition Categories, the Festival presents films in six out-of-competition sections to be announced on December 2. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.For the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, 115 feature-length films were selected, representing 28 countries by 40 first-time filmmakers, including 25 in competition. These films were selected from 3,812 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,943 U.S. and 1,869 international feature-length films. »
As we’re getting ready to wrap up another great year of film, some are already looking to 2011 and what it will have to offer and what better way to look a head than with the first round of titles for the year’s first big festival: Sundance.
The list of festival titles isn’t as loaded with as many big name titles as have made the cut in previous years but there’s are definitely some interesting film in the competition line-up including Mike Cahill’s Another Earth which takes place on the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth (wicked!), Carlos Moreno’s All Our Dead One (Todos Tus Muertos) about a guy who finds a pile of dead bodies in the middle of his crops, Anne Sewitsky’s sexual drama Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig) along with the Canadian/Japanese co-production Vampire.
Loads of great stuff on the line-up. »
The announcement of the movies playing the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is like looking into our film futures. It's December and most movie fans are looking back at the last 12 months, picking out award winners, writing top ten lists, and chances are we haven't even heard of the Sundance films. They're just titles, people, words on a computer screen. Then in January they unspool on screens across Park City, Utah and become something more. Finally, months later, these are the movies we discuss with our friends and choose on ballots at awards parties. Yet we get to read about them now, a year in advance. Last year at this time, who had heard of Four Lions, Catfish, Exit Through The Gift Shop, Blue Valentine, The Kids Are All Right, Winter's Bone, Restrepo or Animal Kingdom? Sundance, that's who. All those films screened at the 2010 festival and now many have become not only personal favorites, »
- Germain Lussier
Park City, Ut . Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the four Competition Categories, the Festival presents films in six out-of-competition sections to be announced on December 2. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at http://www.sundance.org/.
On Day One, the Festival will forego the convention of one opening night film and instead screen one narrative film and one documentary from both the U.S. and World Cinema competitions, as well as one shorts program.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival said, .The Festival is a challenge to narrowly define. It is all at once exciting, fun, crazy, engaging, visceral, and sometimes even painful. We can explain storylines, »
- Michelle McCue
The 2011 Sundance Film Festival, which will run from Jan. 20 to 30, 2011 in and around Park City, Utah, announced its dramatic and documentary in-competition line-up today. In a break with tradition, there will be no opening night film; instead one narrative and documentary film from the U.S. and World competitions will each screen on the first night. Highlights from the 16 films in the U.S. dramatic competition, culled from 1,102 submissions, include:
Higher Ground — The directorial debut of Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), about a mother who joins a fundamentalist community, and starring Farmiga, Joshua Leonard (Humpday), and John Hawkes »
- Adam B. Vary
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