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While the Sundance Film Festival doesn’t begin until January, we’re bringing you the first images from films that will be screened at the festival. Today we bring you two films that will premiere out-of-competition at the festival: The Details and The Music Never Stopped. The Details stars Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, and Dennis Haysbert. The film tells the story of the chain reaction of events that occur following the discovery of worms living under the sod in a couple’s backyard by raccoons. The Music Never Stopped stars J.K. Simmons, Julia Ormond, Cara Seymour, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Mia Maestro. The film centers on a father attempting to connect with his son, whose brain tumor prevents him from forming new memories. Hit the jump to check out images, as well as a brief synopsis for both films. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th. »
- Adam Chitwood
The 2011 Sundance Film Festival is fast approaching and if you can't make it to Utah yourself, the festival is bringing some of its highest profile films to a city near you. The largest and most important U.S. film festival will take place from January 20-30 in and around Park City, Utah and the selection of films this year is nothing short of remarkable. In competition there  are films like Michael Rapaport's Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life, and Vera Farmiga's Higher Ground, out of competition there  are films like Kevin Smith's Red State and Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and even the short film selections  have films with stars like Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Julia Stiles and Isabella Rossellini. And that's not even beginning to scratch the surface. All in all, over 200 brand new movies will be screening at the festival and, »
- Germain Lussier
After announcing the 58 films in four categories that would be eligible for awards at Sundance, the film fest has now announced the next 57 movies to be screened this coming January. These 57 films are of course out of competition and will be included in Premieres, Next, Spotlight, New Frontiers and Midnight categories. Most are big name projects from already established filmmakers and some have already made their way around film festival in 2010. The list includes Kevin Smith’s Red State, Tom McCarthy’s Win Win, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Submarine, I Saw the Devil (which had plenty of buzz at Tiff) and my most anticipated film of 2011, Hobo With a Shotgun.
Here is the full list:
To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. »
Following yesterday's announcement of the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions, the Sundance Film Festival has unveiled the second part of their lineup, which includes the more starry-eyed Premieres section, the best-of-fests Spotlight section, the sure-to-be-culty Park City at Midnight section, the low-budget Next section, and the more experimental New Frontier section (an extension of New Frontier Program, the collection of video art installations which has already been noted here for playing James Franco's dramatic multimedia examination of "Three's Company.")
In addition to the return of filmmakers like "Chuck & Buck"'s Miguel Arteta, "Clockwatchers" director Jill Sprecher, Kevin Smith and "The Station Agent"'s Thomas McCarthy to Park City, the festival will also welcome less frequent or first-time Sundance attendees such as Hollywood types Al Pacino ("Son of No One") and Tobey Maguire ("The Details") and mumblecore alums Joe Swanberg ("Uncle Kent," which announced it's been »
- Stephen Saito
Yesterday, when the 2011 Sundance Film Festival announced its full in competition line-up, a few eyebrows were raised about the somewhat surprising lack of star power in the year’s crop of films. Well, today, the festival announced its full out of competition slate, and a cavalcade of bold-faced tumbled forth. For one thing, from Jan. 20 through 30, 2011, Elizabeth Banks is going to be quite busy in Park City, Utah. Some highlights:
- Adam B. Vary
Sundance has announced the premieres playing out-of-competition at this year’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival. While we knew that Kevin Macdonald’s documentary Life in a Day and Kevin Smith’s Red State had already made the cut, we now have some other exciting films to add to the list. Among the films in the “Premieres” category, I’m particularly stoked for Cedar Rapids (starring Ed Helms and John C. Reilly), My Idiot Brother (starring Paul Rudd), The Details (starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks), Margin Call (starring Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany), Salvation Boulevard (starring Pierce Brosnan and Jennifer Connelly), and Tom McCarthy’s Win Win (starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan).
But I’m even more jazzed for some of the documentaries. There’s a Reagan biopic from Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, and Steve James’ The Interrupters, just to name a few. »
- Matt Goldberg
Well, yesterday, we saw the full list of films in-competition; today, we get to see those titles that have been selected for Sundance 2011′s out-of-competition lineup.
And as I said with yesterday’s post, I’ll be going over the complete list, highlighting titles that need to be, taking into consideration this blog’s specific interests. The only title that immediately stands out is Brit John Akomfrah’s The Nine Muses, which MsWOO positively reviewed, after seeing it at the London Film Festival in October. Read her review Here.
But look for future posts profiling any other titles I deem worthy. I’ve applied for press credentials to attend next year’s festival. I won’t know until the 23rd of this month, whether I’ve been granted press access or not. If I am, I will attend the festival; and if I’m not, well, I probably won’t. »
Well, if the Competition titles at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival don't generate any early year Oscar buzz, I think it's safe to say the Out of Competition titles will. Several films that have already been seen and positively reviewed can be found in the fest's Spotlight Line-Up along with a batch of anticipated hopefuls in the Premiere Section.
Beginning with the festival's premieres, Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) is bringing Cedar Rapids to Park City where it will debut before it hits theaters only a couple weeks later on February 11. "Big Love" co-producers, Jill and Karen Sprecher are bringing an impressive cast for their crime drama The Convincer. Jacob Aaron Estes's The Details, which was shot only a few miles from my house in the Queen Anne district of Seattle, arrives with Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney and Tobey Maguire in tow.
- Brad Brevet
Wednesday, the 2011 Sundance Film Festival announced the 58 films in four categories  that would be eligible for awards. Today, they've announced the next slice of their line up - 57 out of competition films in the Premieres, Next, Spotlight, New Frontiers and Midnight categories. This is generally where you get many of the bigger name projects and this year is no exception. We already knew  that Kevin Smith's Red State would be on the list, but there's also Tom McCarthy's new film Win Win, Morgan Spurlock's documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, the highly buzzed-about Submarine, Fantastic Fest darling I Saw the Devil as well as Hobo With a Shotgun and a whole bunch more including films with Al Pacino, Tobey Maguire, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Paul Rudd and others. As we said yesterday, the announcement of the movies playing the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is like looking into our film futures. »
- Germain Lussier
Yesterday we revealed the in-competition line-up for this years Sundance Film Festival. Today the programmers have announced the second wave, the out-of-competition line-up. It includes six categories and you can check them all out below. We already knew Kevin Smith‘s Red State would be screening, as he announced on his podcast last night. The rest of this out-of-competition line-up is pretty unbelievable.
We get Cedar Rapids (from Youth In Revolt‘s Miguel Arteta), Mark Pellington‘s I Melt With You, My Idiot Brother starring Paul Rudd, Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win, as well as Dito Montiel‘s third feature The Son of No One. We also have new documentaries by Morgan Spurlock and Eugene Jarecki. Some of my favorite Tiff films are also making an appearance, including Submarine (pictured above) and Meek’s Cutoff. Check it out below.
To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance »
- Jordan Raup
Over the past few weeks, Twitter accounts for some of the newest castmembers of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 have been discovered and confirmed. (Some of these were confirmed just last night...)
Of course, this information is kept updated at this post, but in case you've missed it, here is a list of all of the confirmed Twitter pages for the newest members of Breaking Dawn cast (alphabetized by last name):
* Marlane Barnes ("Maggie") - @MarlaneBarnes
* Myanna Buring ("Tanya") - @MyannaBuring
* Valorie Curry ("Charlotte") - @ValorieCurry
* Olga Fonda (unknown) - @TheOlgaFonda
* Andrea Gabriel ("Kebi") - @AGabrielTweet
* Lisa Howard ("Siobhan") - @LisaHowardNYC
* Mia Maestro ("Carmen") - @MiaMaestro
* Erik Odom ("Peter") - @ErikOdom
* Angela Sarafyan ("Tia") - @AngelaSarafyan
* Judi Shekoni ("Zafrina") - @JudiShekoni
* Guri Weinberg ("Stefan") - @GuriWeinberg
While the focus of all the latest in Twilight news is definitely upon the Brazil set of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, there have been a few cast appearances to speak of, and it's worth taking a break to see how they looked at these events.
You can check out the slideshow for photographs with captions, but for now here's who went where:
* Valorie Curry ("Charlotte" in Breaking Dawn) appeared at the Bevery Hills Fashion Festival Saturday
* Mia Maestro ("Carmen" in Breaking Dawn) attended the AFI Fest 2010 screening of Abel Sunday
* Billy Burke ("Charlie Swan »
#31. The Music Never Stopped - Jim Kohlberg Jim Kohlberg's The Music Never Stopped definitely appears to be the sort of title that could preem at either Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca or if they really want to take their time, Tiff. It really depends on the tone and where they're at in the post-production/submission phase. A first time director, Kohlberg's filmmaking experiences have been limited to the producers' chair capacity, most recently: Peter Askin's Trumbo. The drama certainly has a Sundance-like cast in the Julia Ormond, J.K. Simmons, Mía Maestro, Lou Taylor Pucci, Tammy Blanchard and Cara Seymour ensemble, but what is most important for the inclusion is a distinct "authorial" voice, one that plays better than the Sundance selected Asperger's Syndrome disaster called Adam. A Premieres section or U.S Dramatic Competition could be in the cards. Scripted by Gwyn Lurie and Gary Marks, based on Oliver Sacks »
The producer who inspired a fashion for Shakespeare in recent British cinema now plans to bring the operatic work of Mozart to mainstream film audiences.
Twenty years ago Stephen Evans produced Henry V, starring Kenneth Branagh, despite scepticism from investors and distributors who predicted it would be a commercial failure. In fact the film won two Oscar nominations for Branagh as best director and best actor and is still making money. Now Evans is banking on a romantic comedy inspired by Mozart's Così Fan Tutte – and with a Mozart soundtrack – becoming a similarly unexpected hit.
The film, just finished and provisionally titled First Night, is a feelgood British drama. In it Richard E Grant, star of Gosford Park, plays a wealthy businessman who assembles a troupe of singers to »
- Dalya Alberge
According to our calculations, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is currently filming in Louisiana. We’ve already heard most of the actors new to the franchise in high profile roles — Maggie Grace as Irina, Lee Pace as Garrett, Rami Malek as Benjamin. Summit has incrementally added new cast members, with another batch announced today.
Olga Fonda (Love Hurts), Janelle Froehlich (Hacienda Heights), Masami Kosaka (The Runaways), Sebastiao Lemos (Força-Tarefa), Amadou Ly (The Bridge), Ty Olsson (2012), Wendell Pierce (Ray), Carolina Virguez (Matalobos) will join Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and the rest of the Twilight regulars when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 hits theaters November 18, 2011. Part 2 follows on November 16, 2012. Hit the jump for a recap a comprehensive look at the new cast members and the characters they’ll play.
The announcement didn’t specify who Fonda and Co. will play, which is too bad. I’d love to see where Pierce fits in. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Rookies' characters haven't yet been revealed.
By Kara Warner
Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Hey, "Twilight" fans! Hot off the press-release presses at Summit Entertainment, we have yet another slew of actors who have been added to the "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" cast.
According to Summit, these eight new additions will be featured in supporting roles, but the studio is reportedly keeping their characters under wraps for now. So, without further ado, feast your eyes on the lucky new blood (pun intended!): Olga Fonda ("Love Hurts"), Janelle Froehlich ("Hacienda Heights"), Masami Kosaka ("The Runaways"), Sebastiao Lemos (Brazilian TV series "Força-Tarefa"), Amadou Ly ("The Tested" "The Bridge"), Ty Olsson ("2012"), Wendell Pierce ("Ray") and Carolina Virguez (Spanish TV series "Matalobos").
With production set to begin in the very near future, Summit has been teasing us with "Breaking Dawn" casting announcements for months now. Here's a full rundown of the »
British star will reprise his role as the Volturi vampire for the 'Twilight' conclusion.
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Summit Entertainment
In case anyone was unsure, it's now official: Michael Sheen is returning to the Twi-verse as the Volturi vampire Aro in "Breaking Dawn."
The 41-year-old Brit has signed on the dotted line, according to a Variety report. Sheen first appeared as Aro in 2009's "New Moon," but his character did not play a part in this year's "Eclipse."
Though there was no official word until now that Sheen would reprise the role, it was widely assumed that he would revisit the part. Even last year, however, Sheen was noncommittal about it.
"Who knows? Nothing has been spoken about yet," the actor told MTV News in September 2009.
That was then. Now Sheen's back in the mix. Filming on the two parts of "Breaking Dawn »
The Speed of Thought stars Terminator 3’s Nick Stahl as Joshua Lazarus, a telepath who can listen to people’s thoughts.
Known as scopers there are only a handful in the world, with proper training, a scoper can learn to control the voices, but the gift is deadly, a scoper goes insane by the age of 29. Joshua is 28.
Joshua and his mentor work with the government in exchange for a cure. While on a mission, Joshua meets an untrained scooper, Anna (Mia Maestro). Through their unique ability, they open up their minds to each other and quickly fall in love. But the government won’t allow it. They plan to disappear and start a new life together, but are soon discovered and torn apart.
With the help of his childhood friend (Taryn Manning), Joshua is forced to discover the truth about his abilities and those around him.
(Source: LiveForFilms) »
I like Nick Stahl. Don't know why he's not in bigger movies. His turn in Carnivale was certainly stellar and he was a decent John Connor. So what gives? Instead he's doing stuff like Speed of Sound which granted sounds great on paper, but looks a little flimsy here in the first trailer.
Joshua Lazarus (Nick Stahl) is a scoper a telepath who can listen to people’s thoughts. There are only a handful of scopers in the world. With proper training, a scoper can learn to control the voicecs. But the gift is deadly, a scoper goes insane by the age of 29. Joshua is 28.
Joshua and his mentor work with the government in exchange for a cure. While on a mission, Joshua meets an untrained scooper, Anna (Mia Maestro). Through their unique ability, they open up their minds to each other and quickly fall in love. But the government won’t allow it. »
Thanks to Twitter, a lot of the most fun, interesting, and important pieces of information about some of the Twilight cast members can and do come from themselves. So, as a new Friday feature, here's a look at some Twilight cast tweets worth talking about.
At JFK readi ... uested one!
Erik Odom ("Peter"):
Feeling the love right now, I'm going to work as hard as I can to ,... sey is great too!
Just got w ... otally giddy!
Marlane Barnes ("Maggie"):
Thanks to all the swe ... Daniel Cudmore ("Felix"):
Off to the ... Passage with Director Peter Illiff.
Peter Facinelli ("Carlisle Cullen"):
Justin needs a shave.Rt @jenniegarth @lizzey_lou just had lunc .. »
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