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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is coming up in January and today, the Sundance Institute has named the films that will be in the U.S. and world competitions as well as Next, which is an oddly-named showcase for “Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling.”
There will be 67 films competing across five different competition categories. That may sound like a lot, but that’s only the first half of the film announcements. Later on they will be announcing the remaining lineup of films being shown outside these competitions.
Overall, it’s an impressive batch of entries, with several surprises and a handful of very promising movies. Check out the full list below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Camp X-Ray / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Peter Sattler) — A young woman is stationed as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, »
- Jeremy Clymer
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute said, “That the Festival has evolved and grown as it has over the past 30 years is a credit to both our audiences and our artists, who continue to find ways to take risks and open our minds to the power of story. This year’s films and artists promise to do the same.”
For the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 118 feature-length films were selected, representing 37 countries and 54 first-time filmmakers, including 34 in competition. These films were selected from 12,218 submissions (72 more than for 2013), including 4,057 feature-length films and 8,161 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 2,014 were from the U.S. and 2,043 were international. 97 feature films at »
- Michelle McCue
Opening this weekend is writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) drama Out of the Furnace. Shot entirely on location in and around Braddock, Pennsylvania, the film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. Out of the Furnace also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker. For more on the film, watch the trailer or read all our previous coverage. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Zoe Saldana. She talked about how she got involved in the project, what it was like to work with the amazing cast (specifically Bale), how she's changed as an actor, changes on set, J.J. Abrams not directing Star Trek 3, working with James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy, having to do four to »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival has been revealed, and it's among the starriest in recent memory. Take a look at new images from some of the films unspooling at the Park City event, featuring such Hollywood names as Anne Hathaway, Aaron Paul, Christina Hendricks, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Lena Dunham, and Dane DeHaan. Check out the photos here: »
- Chris Eggertsen, Dave Lewis
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival In Competition lineup has been unveiled, and along with it some first-look images and synopses have been released. After the jump, find the images and synopses for the following films that will screen as part of the U.S. Competition category: Hellion – Written and directed by Kat Candler; starring Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner, Jonny Mars, and Walt Roberts. Infinitely Polar Bear – Written and directed by Maya Forbes; starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, and Ashley Aufderheide. Jamie Marks Is Dead – Written and directed by Carter Smith; starring Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver, Morgan Saylor, Judy Greer, Madisen Beaty, and Liv Tyler. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – Directed by David Zellner; starring Rinko Kikuchi. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th. Hellion / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kat Candler) — When motocross and heavy metal obsessed, »
- Adam Chitwood
Nothing really connecting these two movies except that they both feature a bunch of actors we really, really like. So let's roll... Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro combine Voltron forces for John Slattery's "God's Pocket." Here's the synopsis: The story of a man trying to conceal the truth about the construction “accident” that killed his stepson. Next up, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana put on their game faces for Maya Forbes' curiously named "Infinitely Polar Bear," which as far as we can tell is neither infinite nor features polar bears. Synopsis: A manic-depressive father tries to win back his wife by taking full responsibility of their two young daughters. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As I had predicted here, names such as Cutter Hodierne, Kat Candler, Maya Forbes, Mona Fastvold and Damien Chazelle would be among the invited guests at the ’14 edition of the Sundance Film Festival. It was such a strong year that even some items that I thought would be dark horse/long shots and might be looking at a fest berth from the sidelines are considered definite dramatic comp material, while some that was fully expecting to break the line-up have been passed up.
Horror “labeled” directors Carter Smith (Jamie Marks Is Dead) and Jim Mickle (Cold in July) broke into the line-up that is usually reserved for the newbie type of director and are coming in with perhaps different genre material. We’re glad to see Justin Simien’s Dear White People break into the 16 – it also acts as the long awaited return of Duly Noted producer Effie Brown. Actor »
- Eric Lavallee
The U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competition lineups for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival were announced today and just below I have featured pictures from the 16 films that will be competing in the U.S. Dramatic competition and they feature a lot of names you're going to recognize. The titles begin with Camp X-Ray, which stars Kristen Stewart as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, where she forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Jim Mickle made an impact earlier this year with We Are What We Are and he returns with Michael C. Hall with Cold in July. Fishing Without Nets looks to tell a story similar to that of Captain Phillips, only this time from the Somali side of things; God's Pocket is "Mad Men" star John Slattery's writing and directorial debut and he's lined up an impressive cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, »
- Brad Brevet
In some respects, the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival offers a snapshot of the ways in which the independent film scene has dramatically shifted over the past three decades, said fest director John Cooper, from an ever-widening talent pool to an increasingly sophisticated range of technologies available to filmmakers and distributors. In particular, the slate of 117 features (96 of them world premieres) set to unspool Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Utah, culled from a healthy 12,218 submissions, showcase the form at a new level of maturity — more diverse and welcoming to new filmmakers than ever, but also more exacting in terms of quality.
“Independent film in general has been absorbed and embraced as a vital part of the cultural landscape,” Cooper said. “It’s no longer an outsider sport. It really is part of an American art form.”
“I think the completeness of vision is different now from when I first started 20 years ago, »
- Justin Chang
Title: Out of the Furnace Directed By: Scott Cooper Starring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard, Tom Bower A revenge mission doesn’t play well when you don’t care about who’s avenging what and why. Christian Bale and Casey Affleck lead as the Baze brothers. Bale’s Russell is the older of the two and does his best to sustain a standup lifestyle, dedicated to his job at the local steel mill, his girlfriend Lena (Zoe Saldana), and his family. Affleck’s Rodney, on the other hand, opts to enlist in the army in hopes of finding something to live for outside of Braddock, Pennsylvania. [ Read More ]
The post Out of the Furnace Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Perri Nemiroff
From Scott Cooper, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes Out Of The Furnace, a gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice that hits theaters today. Recently, Director Scott Cooper and stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson and Zoë Saldana sat down with press in a small press conference to talk about the film. Check it out below.
Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so – with nothing left to lose – Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on »
- Melissa Howland
Beyoncé wowed a crowd of about 18,000 people last night in La at the Staples Center during her most recent Mrs. Carter Show tour stop - and that crowd happened to include plenty of famous fans. We spotted many celebrity couples in the boohoo VIP lounge, including Kate Mara and Max Minghella, who sipped champagne together in a corner booth, as well as Zoe Saldana, who attended with her new husband, Marco Perego, and her sister. Several stars also rolled to the show solo or with friends, including Molly Sims, Victoria Justice, and Kellan Lutz, and a couple of lucky ones had the chance to attend a meet-and-greet with the star after her show. Jessica Alba met Beyoncé backstage with a group of female friends and tagged their photo #queenb #beauty. Beyoncé's dynamic show included more than a half-dozen costume changes and a set list full of her biggest hits, »
- Lindsay Miller
Fire Walk: Cooper’s Sophomore Effort a Somber, Fatalistic Malaise
Director Scott Cooper returns with Out of the Furnace, his first film since his Oscar winning 2009 feature debut, Crazy Heart, working from a retooled script by Brad Ingelsby. Wearing us down with its man vs. fate inevitability, Cooper’s film is clearly not out to surprise or shock. As predictable as its outcome may be, which feels like watching a slow motion train wreck, even an oddly emotional distance from all its supporting characters can’t distract from Cooper’s adept execution, giving us familiar characters in familiar scenarios via subtlety effective bits and pieces rather than being inveigled by showy flairs or hysterical melodrama. It’s a film that’s hard to love, and a rather obvious homage to Cimino’s The Deer Hunter may distract more than enhance the narrative fabric. But regardless of all this, at its »
- Nicholas Bell
Christian Bale spoke with USA Today about seeking out smaller budget films like Out of the Furnace and American Hustle after playing Batman in three studio blockbusters. "It's very rare that people who do massive films like that want to repeat with another massive film. You're dealing with a small army, everything you do requires hundreds of people -- vs. a lower-budget film where you can spin on a dime. You have less people breathing over your shoulder. You can alter the script in 10 minutes and decide you're going to go in a totally different direction and nobody questions you, you just do it. There's great a freedom to it." Click the link above to read the full transcript, it's a great interview. Jennifer Lawrence interjects with some funny quips. Speaking to Crave Online, actress Zoë Saldana compared her Avatar character, Neytiri to Gamora in James »
Six months later, Zoe Saldana is finally ready to talk! During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday, Dec. 3, the 35-year-old actress opened up for the first time about her June wedding to Marco Perego. "Congratulations! You got married since the last time I saw you," host Jimmy Kimmel said. "I did," Saldana confirmed. "Thank you, thank you. And congratulations to you, too. You got married." "Thank you," said Kimmel, who married Molly McNearney in July. "It's not a competition, though," he added. "We don't need to just [...] »
Zoë Saldana didn't reveal any new information about her secret summer wedding to Marco Perego when she stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, Dec. 3, but she did acknowledge that it happened. Baby steps! "Congratulations! You got married since the last time I saw you," host Jimmy Kimmel said. (The last time she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! was May 8, just four days before she was first seen kissing Perego at a Star Trek Into Darkness afterparty in Hollywood.) "I did," Saldana replied. "And congratulations to you, too. You got married." "Thank you," Molly McNearney's hubby said. The late-night talk show host then joked, "It's not a competition, »
Opening this weekend is writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) drama Out of the Furnace. Shot entirely on location in and around Braddock, Pennsylvania, the film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. Out of the Furnace also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker. For more on the film, watch the trailer or read all our previous coverage. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Casey Affleck. He talked about how shooting the film on location added a lot to the story, how he prepares for a role, the amount of takes he likes to do, why he doesn't work more often, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch. Casey Affleck: I mention he needs to »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The easiest way to look at Out of the Furnace is as a bleak tale of revenge. To look a fraction deeper is to find commentary on the current state of the American economy, the treatment of returning soldiers from war and other bits of rather obvious socioeconomic themes. The film's third act is where Out of the Furanace will either lose or enrapture its audience. The question arises as to whether director and co-writer Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) has abandoned everything he has built or if what we're watching is a product of those themes. I personally fall in the latter camp, but it took a while for me to get there. In a lot of ways, Out of the Furnace has a narrative similar to that of samurai films. Here's a story of bad men living in the untamed New Jersey Ramapo Mountains, defying the law, dealing drugs and killing without punishment. »
- Brad Brevet
Out Of The Furnace is the latest effort from Scott Cooper, the same man who directed Jeff Bridges to an Oscar winning performance in Crazy Heart. The film tells the story of two brothers, Russell (Christian Bale) and Rodney (Casey Affleck), who grew up in the Rust Belt town of Braddock, Pennsylvania. But while Russell is content to follow in his father’s footsteps as a steel mill worker, Rodney is looking for something very different in life and ends up enlisting in the Army. After serving several tours of duty in Iraq, he comes home to find that his hometown has been hit hard by the recession, and his brother is serving time in jail.
Discovering that he has few options in terms of making a living, Rodney ends up with a lot of debt after betting on the horse racing and eventually becomes a bare knuckle boxer. His »
- Ben Kenber
Tributes for late actor Paul Walker were led by his co-stars Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Vin Diesel. The 40-year-old actor died in a car crash on November 30, 2013 and his fellow 'Fast & Furious' actors have offered their condolences. Dwayne tweeted: ''All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.'' Meanwhile, Vin Diesel posted on Instagram: ''Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.'' The pair were joined by a number of stars and fans paying tribute to Paul, who is survived by his 15-year-old daughter. Zoe Saldana - who appeared with him in 2010 movie 'Takers' - said: ''A very sad day indeed. R.I.P. Paul Walker. Our prayers are with you and your family.'' Liam Neeson also joined »
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