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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

23 December 2009 10:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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Sundance Photo Preview: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Directorial Debut Jack Goes Boating

11 December 2009 11:40 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating, which premieres at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Premieres category. Written by Bob Glaudini, the story follows a stoner limo driver who looks for different ways to improve his skill-set as a way to attract a girlfriend, and goes on a blind date, which "sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples." Hoffman also stars in the romantic comedy, alongside Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Tom McCarthy. Three photos after the jump. Director/Star Philip Seymour Hoffman: »

- Peter Sciretta

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Which Sundance Film Can You Watch in Your Town?

10 December 2009 12:20 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Film festival coverage is great -- you get a sneak peek at the movies to come, the little gems you probably wouldn't have heard about, buzz about upcoming projects. But it can also be an annoying, tantalizing tease -- especially when the films you want to see take months -- and sometimes years -- to hit the screens ... if they do at all. But it looks like Sundance is doing a little bit to change that. The Sundance Institute is kicking off Sundance Film Festival USA -- and it's not just films screening in random cities across the country -- they're sending eight filmmakers to screen their films in eight major cities on January 28. That means not only seeing the film, but checking out a Q&A.

The tickets are available at each locale's box office, and it's a killer list of films that makes me officially jealous. The lucky »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Sundance Sends Filmmakers to 8 Cities to Show Their Films During the Festival

9 December 2009 9:39 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If you can’t go to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, don’t cry!  The Sundance Institute is making 2010 the inaugural year of Sundance Film Festival USA where eight filmmakers showing their film at the festival will show it to a major metropolitan area…so as long as you live in or near one of those eight major cities, then you don’t need to cry.

The films going out through the nation are The Duplass Brothers’ Cyrus starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, and Jonah Hill; John Wells The Company Men starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kevin Costner (Brookline; The Safdie Brothers’ Daddy Longlegs; Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating starring Hoffman and Amy Ryan; Adrian Grenier’s documentary Teenage Paparazzo; Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning; Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s The Extra Man starring Kevin Kline and Paul Dano »

- Matt Goldberg

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2010 Sundance Film Festival Premieres: First Images from The Extra Man and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating

4 December 2009 6:13 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Yesterday, we reported the list of films playing in the Premieres category at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  Today, images for some of these films have come online including The Extra Man starring Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes, and John C. Reilly; and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating starring Hoffman and Amy Ryan.  I’m particularly excited for The Extra Man because writer-directors Robert Pulicini and Shari Springer Berman’s American Splendor was one of my favorite films of 2003.  As for Jack Goes Boating, I’m interested in seeing what Hoffman can do on the other side of the camera and I’m always happy to see Amy Ryan.

Check out images and the official synopsis for each film after the jump.  The 2010 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 21-31st.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Extra Man:

Louis Ives (Dano) fancies himself »

- Matt Goldberg

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Sundance 2010 Announced Out-of-Competition Lineup

3 December 2009 9:31 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

We are 49 days out and counting down to Sundance 2010.  Yesterday, we unveiled the list of competition films for the upcoming festival.  Today, we have your list of out-of-competition films which include Premieres, Spotlight, New Frontier, and, my personal favorite, Park City at Midnight, which has featured past entries like Black Dynamite, The Descent, and Saw.

Check out next year’s lineup for the out-of-competition films:

Premieres

To showcase the diversity to 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. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.

Abel / Mexico, USA (Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters: Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza)–A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. Cast: Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Carlos Aragon, Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza. World Premiere

Cane Toads: »

- Kirk

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Sundance 2010 Non-Competition Line-Up Looks Strong

3 December 2009 3:30 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yesterday we got the list for the films playing in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and today we get the rest of the films that will be featured and there are quite a few that make 2010 look much stronger based on pedigree alone than I have seen in quite some time. Variety has a big write-up detailing the categories and more on the festival right here, but I am just going to offer up the titles and let you sort it all out.

The titles already in the RopeofSilicon database are linked.

Premieres

All films are from the United States unless otherwise noted Abel (Mexico-u.S.), the directorial debut of actor Diego Luna, written by Luna and Agusto Mendoza, about a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father's absence. With Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, »

- Brad Brevet

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2010 Sundance Film Festival Out-of-Competition Films: Premieres

3 December 2009 2:34 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Yesterday we gave you a list of all the films playing in-competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  We now have the list of the films playing out-of-competition and they’re divided up into four categories: Premieres, Next, Spotlight, and Park City at Midnight. Since combining these lists would be a lot to read for just one article, we’ve broken it up to give each category its own article.

Know that while there are a lot of films playing in-competition, most of the films to get buzz will be coming from the out-of-competition categories.  First up are the premiers which include John WellsThe Company Men starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner; Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s The Extra Man starring Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly, and Paul Dano; Get Low starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray; Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me starring Casey Affleck, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Full Sundance line-up announced...and it's a doozy!

3 December 2009 2:08 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

In addition to the competition titles which were announced yesterday, Sundance has announced the remainder of their line-up and it includes some titles we’re already familiar with along with a huge number of premieres.

Also on the docket are two new series: Next which showcases low/no budget films and Spotlight which highlights films which festival programmers deem worthy of extra love including Enter the Void (review) and Lourdes (the trailer for which I really liked).

I’m particularly excited to see some of the titles in the New Frontier program but overall, the line-up is an impressive one but the Kristen Stewart fan in me is excited to see her turn as Joan Jett in The Runaways and I think it’s fair to say we’re all dying to see Vincenzo Natali’s hotly anticipated Splice (trailer).

In the Midnight section, Adam Green's Frozen is sounding mighty find, »

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Sundance 2010 Film Lineup *Updated*

3 December 2009 1:00 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Sundance released their slate for 2010. It includes:43 documentaries on the Middle East12 films about friends who 'discover' something33 movies about people you've never heard about1 comedyHopefully the lineup this year is strong but it doesn't look that way compared to last year. Last year we had Push (Precious), that Lil Wayne documentary that never went anywhere, Mystery Team which might make my top ten, Moon, Mike Tyson documentary, Cold Souls. Just so much last January that was excellent. I hope I don't go out therer and freeze my tail off just to see...I don't know, a documentary about a former Pakistani prime minister or something silly like that.Here's the lineup so far: Premieres To showcase the diversity to 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. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. »

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Sundance reveals noncompetition lineup

3 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Sundance Film Festival's competition lineup for 2010, announced Wednesday, might demand that audiences wear their serious caps. But the out-of-competition selections allow programmers and viewers to cut loose a little.

The 53 films that populate this year's Premieres, Next, Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier sections run the gamut from the cosmically experimental to the star-studded and silly. There is indeed something for everyone at this year's event, which runs Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

As usual, Premieres collects work involving the industry's higher-profile talent, none more so than John Wells' feature directorial debut, "The Company Men," which stars Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper. Mexican actor Diego Luna's directorial debut, "Abel," will screen, as will Philip Seymour Hoffman's "Jack Goes Boating."

Michael Winterbottom has the rare distinction of having two films in »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Birthday Suits, Well Directed

30 November 2009 6:05 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Lights. Cameras. Birthday Action (for this, the 30th of November). Only one month left to go and it's 2010. How crazy is that?

Ridley, Terrence (in the 70s) and Marc

1835 Mark Twain's books have been adapted into movies ever since the movies began. Most notably The Prince and the Pauper and any tale of Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer

1920 Virginia Mayo 40s and 50s star, frequent Danny Kaye foil

1926 Richard Crenna, character actor

1927 Robert Guillaume, "Benson"

1929 Dick Clark, seemingly immortal creature who may finally be destroyed by the rise of his spiritual offspring Ryan Seacrest. It's all very Cronos vs. Zeus, only without the thunderbolts

1937 Ridley Scott, manly director whose movies are usually way better when they're shot through with a strong female presence. Consider the three classics: Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Alien. The rest of the filmography surely has its moments but that's the trinity right there.

1943 Terence Malick, »

- NATHANIEL R

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10 closest Oscar races in the past 20 years

23 November 2009 1:12 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

One of the shrewdest Oscarologists on the planet is Tariq Khan of Fox News, who often generously shares his views of current and past derbies with Gold Derby readers. Here he takes a nostalgic look  at the past two decades, offering his take on the most competitive derbies. Words below are Tariq's. Thanks, m'friend!

We’ve often discussed those Oscar races that seem just too close to call . . . where it’s clear (or at least seems clear) that the eventual winner will nab the Oscar with only a few more votes than his or her nearest competitor. While we can never really know for sure (unless we get one of those top jobs at the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers,) we do have some idea of what may have been the closest races in Oscar history. Allow me to present what I believe were the 10 closest acting races over the course of the past 20 years. »

- tomoneil

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Exclusive Clip: Michael Shannon And Amy Ryan In The Missing Person

20 November 2009 9:01 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Though his role in Revolutionary Road last year was tiny, just a few scenes, there was no one who walked away from that film last year who didn't remember the name Michael Shannon. The tall and intense Chicago-raised actor has been working in theater for decades, but his role in that film-- which nabbed him a Best Supporting Actor nomination-- was the moment that thousands of moviegoers finally were forced to sit up and pay attention. And despite his newfound acclaim, Shannon isn't abandoning his indie roots. This weekend he stars in the twisty neo-noir The Missing Person, playing an alcoholic private detective on the tail of a man who was thought to have died in the 9/11 attacks. Shannon's character, full of witty one-liners and sarcastic energy, is dealing with the aftermath of having experienced the attacks himself, even as he trades barbs with the likes of Amy Ryan and »

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Noah Buschel, Writer-director of "The Missing Person" Talks with MakingOf.com About Independent Film

16 November 2009 1:03 PM, PST | Makingof.com | See recent Makingof.com news »

Noah Buschel's work includes the award winning film “Neal Cassady” staring Tate Donovan and Amy Ryan and "Bringing Rain,” which stars a pre-“EntourageAdrian Grenier. Buschel talks with MakingOf about his experience putting together a film crew by maintaining a network of hard workers who love film. He also talks about the challenges of film festivals and his experiences at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. On the subject of his new film “The Missing Person,” Buschel opens up about creating a film noir story that was both a reflection of how he coped with the tragedy of 9/11 and a throwback to his life growing up in New York.

Click here to here more rom Noah Buschel and learn more about his film noir “The Missing Person” »

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Twilight of the Bad Lieutenant

16 November 2009 6:36 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Holiday festivities are about to kick into full gear, but you wouldn't know it looking at this angst-ridden release slate, since the closest we come to Christmas is Nicolas Cage's "Bad Lieutenant" doing a lot of "snow." Instead, planets are discovered, new moons rise and suns set.

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"Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"

Ever since Nicolas Cage was shown clinging to his "lucky crackpipe," cinephiles have been jonesing for Werner Herzog's re-imagining of Abel Ferrara's arthouse cop thriller. After months of backbiting between Ferrara, who suggested that the film's producers "burn in hell," and Herzog's admission that he had never seen the original film, audiences will finally see Cage in the shoes of Terence McDonagh, the hopped-up, hopelessly bent detective who shakes down suspects and random pedestrians on the trail »

- Neil Pedley

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Exclusive Video: Brand New The Missing Person Clip

13 November 2009 6:25 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have an all new exclusive clip from the forthcoming film The Missing Person, which will be released in theaters on November 20. Click below for our exclusive clip, which features a pair of Oscar-nominated actors, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams.

Writer/Director Noah Buschel's third feature, The Missing Person, stars Michael Shannon as John Rosow, a private detective hired to tail a man, Harold Fullmer, on a train from Chicago toLos Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers Harold's identity as a missing person; one of the thousands presumed dead after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Persuaded by a large reward, Rosow is charged with bringing Harold back to his wife in New York City against his will. Ultimately Rosow must confront whether the decision to return Harold to a life that no longer exists is the right one. The Missing Person co-stars Academy Award Nominee Amy Ryan and »

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The Missing Person - Trailer and a poster added for the Strand Releasing film starring Michael Shannon.

10 November 2009 11:24 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out the trailer as well as the poster and, if you haven't already, the images from Strand Releasing's acclaimed drama "The Missing Person." The film opens on and stars Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan, Frank Wood, Linda Emond, Paul Sparks and Margaret Colin. Writer/Director Noah Buschel’s third feature, "The Missing Person," stars Michael Shannon as John Rosow, a private detective hired to tail a man, Harold Fullmer, on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers Harold’s identity as a missing person; one of the thousands presumed dead after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the WorldTradeCenter. Persuaded by a large reward, Rosow is charged with bringing Harold back to his wife in New York City against his will. Ultimately Rosow »

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