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The line-up of films premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival has been released, and there are a lot of good movies, one of which includes The Raid 2, which I am incredibly excited to see! It's easily my most anticipated film at the festival.
The Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 16th to the 26th in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. From the press release:
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival feature new work from many established independent filmmakers who began their careers at our Festival years ago, which allows us to reflect on the impact, legacy and growth of the independent film movement over the past 30 years.”
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many of the films selected for our 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we see fascinating characters and subjects throughout. »
- Joey Paur
The final few pieces of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival are falling into place, and this latest announcement has everyone on the Dread Central staff wishing we could attend! Read on for the horror and horror-ish highlights from the out-of-competition Premieres section.
This year’s festival runs January 16-26, 2014 in Park City, Utah, and the surrounding areas. Once again, the true horror pickings are slim so included below are some dark comedies and sci-fi films as well.
Calvary / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh) — Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him. Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josée Croz. »
- Debi Moore
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival just announced its Premieres line-up, along with images and synopses for the movies playing in that category. Briefly: Calvary – Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh; starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz. Hits – Written and directed by David Cross; starring Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, and Wyatt Cenac. I Origins – Written and directed by Mike Cahill; starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, and Archie Panjabi. Little Accidents – Written and directed by Sara Colangelo; starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16- 26th. Calvary / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh) — Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James »
- Matt Goldberg
The Sundance Film Festival made their final feature film line-ups with the Premieres category announcements. Sixteen films with huge name talent, returnee filmmakers and plenty of buyer interest/and future all night wheeling, and dealing.
After breaking out in Park City with The Guard, John Michael McDonagh returns (alongside actor Brendan Gleeson) the much anticipated Calvary. Mike Cahill (alongside actress Brit Marling) returns with more sci-fi terrain with, I Origins. Jake Paltrow who managed to sink instead of swim with The Good Night, was again surfaces with Young Ones. And this was unexpected, but Jordan Vogt-Roberts makes it back to back years with Toy’s House (The Kings of Summer) re-teams with Nick Offerman for Nick Offerman: American Ham (which is more concert-comedy film than narrative feature).
- Eric Lavallee
An unusually strong international flavor pervades the Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres slate, with new pictures from British helmer Michael Winterbottom, Irish directors Lenny Abrahamson and John Michael McDonagh, Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn, Welsh-born action maven Gareth Evans and Iranian-born French auteur Marjane Satrapi figuring prominently among the 17 world-premiere titles unveiled today alongside the Documentary Premieres section.
See Also: Sundance Unveils 2014 Competition, Next Lineups
For director of programming Trevor Groth, the flowering of international auteur talent in Premieres is the result of a considered effort that began shortly after he and fest director John Cooper launched their first edition in 2010. While their immediate focus was on beefing up the dramatic competition as a showcase for new filmmakers, broader international outreach across all sections of the festival became a similar priority.
“I think we’ve really built the dramatic competition up in a way that it’s firing at the level we always hoped it would, »
- Justin Chang
The Sundance Film Festival announced the titles selected to screen in its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Last year, the movies that were launched in these categories — which typically highlight filmmakers who’ve appeared at Sundance before — included Before Midnight, Don Jon, and The Way Way Back; this year appears to be just as promising. In Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, a young woman stuck in arrested-development (Keira Knightley) has her life upended by an unexpected marriage proposal. In David Wain’s They Came Together — surely, a naughty pun, yes? — Wet Hot American Summer alums Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd »
- Jeff Labrecque
Festival top brass announced on December 9 the Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections.
Gareth Evans returns with The Raid 2, Anton Corbijn makes his first appearance at Sundance with the John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man, while Michael Winterbottom brings his comedy sequel The Trip To Italy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (pictured).
The line-up includes I Origins, Mike Cahill’s follow-up to Sundance 2011 prize winner Another Earth, as well as new work from Park City perennials Lynn Shelton with Laggies and Ira Sachs with Love Is Strange.
Documentary Premieres include the indefatigable Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela, Happy Valley from Amir Bar-Lev, the Roger Ebert portrait Life Itself from Steve James, the George Takei film To Be Takei and Joe Berlinger’s hot-off-the-press Whitey: United States Of America v. James »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
CBS's legal and political saga reached its 100th episode this week with a typically outstanding hour of television. So why isn't it considered one of the greats?
What does quality Us television look like? Typically, any list would include at least one of the following shows: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire. Before these shows become box-set fodder, or become available for streaming on Netflix and iTunes, they are broadcast on premium cable channels. The idea of paying for "quality" television is entrenched (HBO itself means "Home Box Office", after all) and these shows, with their high production values and often slow-moving plots given space and time to breathe, are the best examples of it. But for the last four years – and five seasons – one of the best dramas on television has been on CBS, a basic network channel with an average viewer age of 57. The show is The Good Wife. »
- Bim Adewunmi
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Ausiello: Shonda Rhimes apparently agrees with you. Although ABC declined to comment, I’m hearing there are no plans to further complicate Olivia’s love life with a toddler.
Related | 2014 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Cancelled? What’s Returning? What’s on the Bubble?
Question: Please share any spoilers you gathered from How I Met Your Mother »
- Michael Ausiello
The Good Wife, Season 5, Episode 9, “Whack-a-Mole”
Written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman
Directed by Kevin Hooks
Airs Sundays at 9pm Est on CBS
Ah, The Good Wife. You’re always good for a thinly veiled riff on a relevant piece of internet culture, aren’t you? “Whack-a-Mole” focuses on Scabbit, a website that is distinctly not Reddit (just kidding. It totally is.) which the FBI uses to crowd source an investigation of a terrorist attack, leading them to suspect Alicia’s kindly professor, who is writing a book on jihad, but not that kind of jihad.
The show’s interest in social media and internet culture occasionally leads to it being silly and obtuse in a vain attempt to be hip and relevant, but it returns to these issues again and again for a reason. Say what you will about it, but The Good Wife is incredibly skilled at keeping tabs »
- Jordan Ferguson
The moment I finally became a fan of The Good Wife occurred just about three weeks ago. It came in the current season’s widely praised fifth episode, “Hitting The Fan.” This was the one where Will (Josh Charles) and Diane (Christine Baranski) fired Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) for plotting to start their own firm. As Will progressed from betrayal (his reaction, a symphonically-performed shock-face culminating in a downbeat “what?!”, was priceless) to “commando mode” (rallying emergency quorums; hustling clients to keep them from bolting), and as Alicia progressed from resolute yet regretful to full-on “Oh, it’s so on! »
- Jeff Jensen
Last season, The Good Wife saw a big drop in the ratings but CBS renewed it anyway, most likely because of syndication profits. Will the numbers rise this season? Will the show be renewed for a sixth season or will it be cancelled instead? We shall see.
On The Good Wife, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) continues to work out her tricky personal life while trying to win cases for her firm's clients. Others in the cast include Josh Charles, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi, Matt Czuchry, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega, Alan Cumming, and Zach Grenier.
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How are your shows doing? Check the season rankings: ABC | CBS »
With all the wild and out there celebrity Halloween costumes that make their way to Twitter and Heidi Klum's Halloween party each year, we at Zap2it got to wondering what some of our favorite TV stars have up their sleeves for All Hallow's Eve.
While we got plenty of insight into fun costume plans -- LL Cool J as "Fantasy Island's" Tattoo, anyone? -- a bunch of celebs reveal they're just not into the whole costume and trick-or-treating thing.
Still some are just too busy dressing up for their day job to slip into another costume. Check out the responses below:
Amber Tamblyn: "I don't really have plans. I don't like to dress up for Halloween, and when I have kids I would love to. It is such a bummer to walk around and go to a party and remnants of costumes with toilet paper wadded »
The episode title "Hitting the Fan" was certainly apropos for "The Good Wife's" most recent episode, as Alicia and Cary successfully departed Lockhart & Gardner to form their own firm, Florrick, Agos & Associates.
It was not without obstacles, as Will went ballistic upon feeling so betrayed and tried to keep the departing fourth-years and Alicia from getting any files or any clients. It got so dirty that Peter even got involved, making some ethically-questionable calls from the governor's office.
Executive producer Robert King says that Peter's actions should definitely be worrying, but that there's no looking back now.
"[The show] doesn't go back to normal at all. I think what's so exciting about what cable TV does is rules be d***ed," says King. "Network TV for so long has tried to sustain the status quo. ... You watch what 'Breaking Bad' does, it's never about being comfortable.
"What we really »
Every Good Wife fan knows that boot-wearing, leather-skirt rockin' Kalinda Sharma is a superhero. What you may not know is that her real-life portrayer, Archie Panjabi, is a bit of a superhero herself.
Instead of wielding a baseball bat, however, Panjabi uses a vaccination needle to help prevent a devastating disease. She graciously shared a few minutes with me and her BuddyTV fans this week to discuss her favorite cause, the fight to eradicate polio. She also revealed some of what's in store for Kalinda, including her thoughts about whether we'll see the private investigator's hated husband again.
Let them not eat cake! They don’t have time because they’re busy giving back to the community. Instead of the traditional cake-cutting ceremony to mark their milestone 100th episode, the cast and crew of The Good Wife partnered with St. Bernard Project to rebuild homes. Today is the one-year anniversary of super storm Sandy, and the Good Wife team visited the Rockaways, an area of Queens in New York, to help rebuild the damaged homes. The show’s Juliana Margulies, Josh Charles, Chris Noth, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Zach Grenier, and creators Robert and Michelle King were all there to help out. »
- Breia Brissey
Archie Panjabi, who plays sly, sexy investigator Kalinda on CBS drama "The Good Wife," has stepped into some different boots off-screen, as she has become a Rotary Polio Eradication Ambassador. Panjabi will be speaking at a World Polio Day panel in Chicago Thursday (Oct. 24) -- live stream here beginning at 6:30 p.m. Et/3:30 p.m. Pt -- and she tells Zap2it it's a cause near and dear to her heart.
"Shen you choose to do any charitable work, I think it's important to find something you have a deep connection with," says Panjabi, a British native who lived in India for a time as a young girl.
"I'm connected with polio because it's something I witnessed children suffering from at a very young age when I briefly spent a couple of years in India. I didn't actually know it was polio at the time, but when I »
Tonight, The Good Wife returns for its fifth season (9 p.m. Et on CBS), and we pick up right where we left off — Alicia (Julianna Margulies) telling Cary (Matt Czuchry) she’ll leave Lockhart/Gardner with him to start their own firm with the other fourth year associates. Margulies was happy it was Cary and not Will (Josh Charles) at Alicia’s door in the final moment of the finale. “I wanted it to be an element of surprise, and that’s what [the show’s creators, Robert and Michelle King] are so good at. I think I actually got more than I bargained for,” Margulies says with a laugh. »
- Mandi Bierly
Here's the full list of nominees and winners at the 2013 Emmy Awards, and while some of the winners were pretty obvious, there were still some big surprises. Look over the list, and let us know who you thought should have won.
Outstanding Comedy Series
30 Rock • NBC
The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Girls • HBO
Louie • FX
*Modern Family • ABC
Veep • HBO
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Julie Bowen as »
- Joey Paur
The pounding on the door (that ended season three) continues, but Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) is ready for the threatening person behind that door. He busts in, yet it’s not her husband—we quickly learn—but his right-hand man, sent to collect his money. She easily overpowers him, and tells her husband (via cell phone) to stay away. And so begins what is considered the biggest misstep that this otherwise flawless series has perpetrated.
While Kalinda begins dealing with her husband Nick (Marc Warren), she is distracted and drawn away from the troubles currently plaguing Lockhart/Gardner. They need $60 million to get out of debt or face bankruptcy. The court gives them a trustee, Clarke Haydon (Nathan Lane), to oversee their finances and save them from impending bankruptcy. And for the first half of the fourth season, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and Will Gardner (Josh Charles) butt heads with each other, »
- John Keith
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