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 One of the top 10 screenplays listed on The Black List  this year was a script by Jc Chandor titled Margin Call. While I often refer to The Black List as a annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, that isn't actually the case -- the list is compiled with a poll of 300 development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven't heard of yet. Some of the screenplays have been acquired and some are even in production. Margin Call was actually in the can before the list was even released. "Based on true events," the film chronicles the final twenty-four hours of Lehman Brothers. The »
- Peter Sciretta
Memories and condolences in the wake of R&B performer Teena Marie's death were out in force in Twitter-Wood this morning. Ice-t, Quinton Aaron, Sasha Grey and Tyrese Gibson all noted her importance and expressed their grief in posts, whether they were friends, fans or both.
Hugh Hefner's engagement to 24-year-old Playboy Playmate Crystal Harris also attracted attention today. Patton Oswalt and Seth Green both contributed opinions on that front, while Tinsel Korey shared her favorite scene from "Eclipse." You can find out what that was and see how Zachary Quinto feels about the blizzard he came face to face with after the jump.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for December 27, 2010.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@jeremypiven Me and my girls...secret santa! http://yfrog.com/h3bxtkj
Teena Marie pt. 1: @Quinton_Aaron Oh my goodness! »
- Brian Warmoth
Over at Vulture, art critic Jerry Saltz talks about the censorship at the National Portrait Gallery, and ultra-conservative art critic Jed Perl 's protest against the New Museum for exhibiting the Wojnarowicz video. Perl suggests that the New Museum engages in censorship by not showing every artist. Like any gallery could do that.
USA Network has cast personal favorite Enver Gjokaj alongside Nick D’Agosto in their pilot Eden, about a hotel employee that becomes a concierge at an elite hotel with the help of his con artist brother. They then go about serving their guests every need at any price.
The 30 Most Important Cats of 2010
George Clooney is set to step into Gravity, the space disaster movie that reportedly has some very racy scenes. The price tag on the movie has required a marquee star to jump start production since Robert Downey, Jr. dropped out, and Clooney has the juice. »
- Ed Kennedy
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
The 2011 Sundance Film Festival is fast approaching, and we're going to be posting images, trailers, and information on some of the film we are most excited about seeing at the festival.
The images you see here are from a film called Margin Call, written and directed by first time feature film director Jc Chandor. The movie sounds like it's going to be good, and one of those films that audiences are going to get really excited about at the festival. The movie also boasts an incredible cast of actors which includes Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Irons, and Penn Badgley.
The story is told over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. The key people at an investment bank struggle to decide how to handle an emergency business situation while examining the personal and moral implications of every action they take. »
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
While there are lots of films I'm excited for premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, one in particular that I want to bring to your attention today is called Margin Call, written & directed by first-time feature filmmaker J.C. Chandor. Though from early casting news I knew this would be something to watch out for, these photos make me think this might be one of the big films to come out of Sundance in January. Collider found a batch of photos from the dramatic thriller with an incredible ensemble cast that revolves around key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. There's a few more shots on Collider - so click here to see them. But that's not all! Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Kevin Spacey and Stanley Tucci, who you see above, are only half of the cast! Also »
- Alex Billington
Continuing our coverage of the images being released from films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, we now have the first official images from the financial thriller Margin Call. We previously brought you images from this film via last month’s American Film Market (Afm), but were asked by the studio to take them down. But now from Sundance, we’re able to bring you completely legal and hassle-free images for Margin Call!
In all seriousness, writer/director Jc Chandor’s flick actually sounds pretty cool. Featuring an all-star cast including Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Irons, and Penn Badgley, the film revolves around the key people at an investment bank during the 24-hour period before the recent financial crisis. Apparently the key people at this bank have knowledge of the impending disaster, and encounter some serious moral questions. Hit the jump »
- Adam Chitwood
Back in October, we brought you a report from a supposed Star Trek insider that said the as yet Untitled Star Trek Sequel would be centered on a classic villain from the original 1966 Star Trek TV series, rather than a possible modern incarnation of fan favorite, “Khan” (Khan Noonien Singh), portrayed by Ricardo Montalbán in 1982′s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Now, screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman gave up some legit info about the forthcoming film to the LATimes. Though the writers didn’t address any of the villain speculation, they did reveal that the film will not be the second act of a trilogy, but a stand-alone story.
“I don’t know that we’ve ever thought of it in terms of a trilogy. We thought of the first one as, “How do we tell how this happened the first time and how do »
- Jason Moore
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
The Sundance Film Festival announced the in competition film line-up for the film festival running January 20th through January 30th 2011 in Park City, Utah.
Today the festival has announced the line-up for the non-competition films and there is one hell of a line-up! There are a ton of great films that will be premiering at the festival, and if you're going you have a lot of great films to choose from!
Each film has an incredible cast and a great story. These films include Cedar Rapids, about a man traveling to an insurance conference, featuring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly and Sigourney Weaver; Kevin Smith's Red State, about a group of misfits encounter extreme fundamentalism in Middle America; The Details, about domestic tensions spawned by raccoons with Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert; I Melt With You, starring Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, Christian McKay, »
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
The writers of 'Star Trek 2' have been looking at old episodes of the TV show for inspiration. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have confirmed writing a sequel to the 2009 box office hit - starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana - has been tough, but they have been using old episodes from the original TV series to work out where they want to go. Roberto told the Los Angeles Times : ''A prequel is a pain in the butt, but one of the nice little advantages was that you get to meet the characters as you go through the story .. »
Forget the fuss about Julie Taymor’s megabudget musical Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. The other big theater news is the return of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong to Broadway’s American Idiot for 50 shows, starting Jan. 1. This is very good news for producers of the rock musical, which has struggled at the box office for much of the seven months since its opening. Last week, the show filled just over half its seats and grossed a mere $600,000. The hope is that Armstrong’s presence will spike sales to the levels Idiot reached when he leapt into the role of seductive, »
- Thom Geier
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