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The official Sundance synopsis for Michael Almereyda's based-on-a-true-story drama "Experimenter" reads, "In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the 'obedience experiments' at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65% of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents." Now how's that for an enticing feature? Starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder, "Experimenter" is bound to give the archetypal "biopic" an exciting energy as it dives into the mind of its psychologically-oriented subject. What's your film about, in 140 characters or less? Behavior experiments, electric shocks, lost letters, familiar strangers, six degrees of William Shatner, a happy marriage. Now, what's it Really about? "It may be that we are »
- Zack Sharf
After taking home an Academy Award for the lead role in Dallas Buyers Club, and getting all sorts of acclaim for "True Detective," you can say that the McConaissance is going strong. Matthew McConaughey will next be seen in Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees, which could land him another Oscar nod when the time comes, and there may be yet another awards contender in the future for McConaughey as well. Deadline reports the laid back actor is attached to star in Born to Run, an adaptation of Christopher McDougall's book of the same name which was once reported to be adapted by Peter Sarsgaard. Read on! The book follows the author as he finds a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners learns their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is just wrong. Here's the official synopsis: »
- Ethan Anderton
Plot: The true story of famed social psychologist David Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) who . in the sixties . conducted a landmark behavioral experiment concerned with the willingness of participants to inflict pain on others if told to do so by people in authority. Review: Every once in a while, I see a movie at Sundance that has so much potential but winds up being instantly disposable thanks to some truly bizarre artistic choices that are bound to alienate about 90% of the audience, »
- Chris Bumbray
The Orchard has acquired North American distribution rights to Sundance comedy “The Overnight,” the company announced Monday.
Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godrèche star in the sex comedy, described as a painfully funny take on thirty-something sexual frustration and parenthood, written and directed by Patrick Brice.
Also Read: TheWrap’s Exclusive Sundance Portraits (Photos)
“We were obsessed with ‘The Overnight’ from the minute we laid eyes on it, »
- Linda Ge
Experiment This: Almereyda Revisits Classic Social Psych Progenitor
American filmmaker Michael Almereyda brings to the screen a pseudo-biopic on one of the more famous social psychologists, Stanley Milgram, whose name should, at the very least, rumble through the memory bank of anyone who has ever taken a Psychology course. But Experimenter, much like academia, is concerned mostly with Milgram’s famed early 1960s obedience experiments, which yielded disturbing results about easily conditioned human beings that society at large was not quite ready to accept, leading to Milgram being treated as something of a pariah within his own academic community. Filmed with a desaturated palette and utilizing props and set backdrops to inflect rather than convey period, Almereyda’s created a cold, clinical portrait of a man whose own familial background informed his timely social experiment, one that’s been referenced and recreated as a tenet of understanding unnerving truths as concerns human behavior. »
- Nicholas Bell
The controversial social psychologist Stanley Milgram gets a biopic as polymorphous as one of his own research studies in “Experimenter,” a highly formal, always fascinating movie from writer-director Michael Almereyda, who here delivers his most fully realized effort in the 15 years since his modern-dress “Hamlet” starring Ethan Hawke. Almereyda conceives of Milgram’s life and work as a kind of constantly evolving theater piece and runs with the idea, resulting in a decidedly Brechtian bit of filmmaking that routinely breaks the fourth wall and employs other bits of theatrical artifice to tell its tale. Such old-school indie-art-movie quirks won’t be to everyone’s liking, but for those who imbibe, “Experimenter” offers a heady brew of theories about the essence of human nature, and a Peter Sarsgaard performance that catches Milgram in all his seductive, megalomaniacal brilliance.
Milgram made his name in the more permissive, laissez-faire era of university-sponsored scientific »
- Scott Foundas
With Sundance weekend officially in full swing, Hollywood's biggest names continued to invade beautiful Park City, Utah, hitting up gift suites, tucking into multi-course meals and pal-ing around at premieres and parties. Newly minted Golden-Globe winner Gina Rodriguez held court at a table at Tao with boyfriend Henry Esteve, new dad Ryan Reynolds joked about breastfeeding with us and Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain had a love fest at the premiere of the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Keep on reading to see who else People rubbed elbows with! 10:45 a.m., Birchbox Sundance Pop-Up: Lena Dunham »
- Melody Chiu and Patrick Gomez
“I had sex today. Holy shit.” Bouncing around in slow-motion bliss, young San Francisco teen Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) ruminates on a new world of pleasure that has just opened up to her. She then proceeds to tell us about her conquest: It turns out it’s her own mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard, in the kind of role usually reserved for Peter Sarsgaard). But incredibly, writer-director Marielle Heller’s film doesn’t ask that we be scandalized by this revelation. Rather, it’s Minnie’s gateway to the wonders of sex and freedom.The first thing to know about The Diary of a Teenage Girl is that young British actress Powley is staggeringly good in it. After the film’s packed premiere at Sundance, it seemed clear to pretty much everyone in the room that this unknown, who got the part off an audition tape, was »
- Bilge Ebiri
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off Thursday and with it come some of the most groundbreaking, experimental, and challenging independent films from Hollywood and around the world.
From films about infamous psychological experiments to degenerate gamblers, and the post-apocalyptic worlds to ill-fated emotional journeys, these are the nine films from this year's Sundance Film Fest that we can't wait to watch.
Sundance Film Festival
What It's About: The Stanford Prison Experiment tells the real life story of an infamous psychological study examining the effects of imprisonment. Two dozen student volunteers are randomly assigned to be guards or prisoners in this mock jail and, as the experiment unfolds, the students begin to disturbingly fall into their roles.
Why We Want To See It: The real experiment was a frightening yet fascinating examination of psychological conditioning and the man who ran the »
The Experimenter: Peter Sarsgaard stars in The Experimenter as real-life social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who devised a study in 1961 to test a theory about blind obedience to orders. Winona Ryder costars as his wife; John Leguizamo, Anton Yelchin and Anthony Edwards are among the subjects of his experiments. The movie will debut at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. [EW.com] Amazon: Online retailer Amazon.com, which has enjoyed success producing original small-screen shows such as the Golden Globe-winning Transparent (above), says it will begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical distribution in 2015. The projects will be lower budgeted productions, in the neighborhood of $5 million to $25 million per title, and will be available on...
- Peter Martin
Independent distributor Bleecker Street’s CEO Andrew Karpen and Elevation Pictures co-presidents Laurie May and Noah Segal have announced a multi-year distribution deal across Canada for Bleecker Street’s titles. Elevation will handle all marketing, sales and distribution services. First up on the docket is Bleecker Street's as-yet-unseen "Danny Collins," starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer, which opens in select cities on March 20. Following "Danny Collins," Elevation and Bleecker Street will partner on Edward Zwick's long-awaited Bobby Fischer biopic "Pawn Sacrifice," which Bleecker acquired after its 2014 Toronto Film Festival premiere; it stars Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Bleecker Street was founded in 2014 by Andrew Karpen; Elevation Pictures has been distributing films in Canada under founder Laurie May, alongside financier »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Social psychologist Stanley Milgram had questions about authority—in the scientific sense. More precisely, he had questions about obedience: Why do some people so willingly do what they're told to do, and will they object or resist when they realize that their compliance might be hurting others? His controversial 1961 study, which he devised to study and understand the "just following orders" psychology that enabled the Holocaust, monitored volunteers who were politely instructed to apply painful electric-shocks to a subject strapped to a chair whenever he answered incorrectly. That set-up was a ruse: the volunteers were the ones actually being tested, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
TCA 2015: “It’s not really about the slap,” actor Zachary Quinto says of the NBC series.
The cast of NBC’s “The Slap” answered questions Friday about the upcoming series’ defining moment — for one, “Exactly how many times did Harry (Zachary Quinto) slap misbehaving young child Hugo (Dylan Schombing)?” During the Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, California, reporters also wanted to know how showrunners explained the abusive moment to young actors on set.
“When we got on the set, they had read the scenes. They had their parents there, so they were kind of gamed. They pretty much slid right in, »
- Alicia Banks
Turns out that NBC’s eight-episode event drama The Slap really isn’t about “the slap” at all. It’s about something much deeper and darker. At Hector’s (Peter Sarsgaard) 40th birthday party, his hotheaded cousin Harry (Zachary Quinto) slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. The stunning incident sets off a chain of events that divides friends and family, and uncovers long-buried secrets. Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Melissa George, Thomas Sadoski and Brian Cox also star. At the NBC Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, the panel downplayed the importance of the slap itself, saying that there is a ton of existing tension and … Continue reading →
The post TCA: NBC’s “The Slap” goes deeper, darker than the slap itself appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
Next month, NBC will deliver The Slap heard ’round the world — and, according to the miniseries’ stars, it may just spark an important debate.
“It’s a very interesting cultural exploration of the changing face of how to treat a human being,” star Uma Thurman said Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
Based on a 2010 novel and Australia’s original 2011 series, The Slap stars Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story) as Harry, who sparks a family conflict when he slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. »
Written by Andy Bellin
In Billy Wilder’s excellent 1951 drama Ace in the Hole, which is a classic showcase of media manipulation, ambitious city-slicker reporter Chuck Tatum (played by an enthusiastic Kirk Douglas) finds himself stuck in Albuquerque, New Mexico with hopes to find that one big story that will jettison him to the big-leagues again. Tatum lucks out when he is informed about a man trapped in a cave-in and uses this opportunity to break big. When Tatum’s photographer asks why this will make a big story, Tatum responds that it’s a “human interest” subject and that if you can get readers to sympathize with the narrative then you have the reader’s attention. But, he also elaborates that a human interest story has to focus on one person; if you focus on others involved with the story, »
- Christopher Koenig
Director Michael Almereyda's film about famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram is coming in 2015 and it's one of many folks' most anticipated of the coming year. The film stars Peter Sarsgaard as Milgram and Winona Ryder as his wife, Sasha Menkin Milgram
Stanley Milgram is best known for his controversial experiments on obedience conducted in the 1960s. His "small-world" experiment while at Harvard would lead researchers to analyze the degree of connectedness, most notably the "six degrees of separation" concept. For more on Milgram's legacy please consult the internet.
At any rate, we here at Quiet Earth are also looking forward to the film and even more so now that we've discovered the fist images form the film which hint at some surreal moments involving elephants and Sarsgaa [Continued ...] »
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin pretty much summed up the tone of the 2015 Golden Globe Awards when presenting the award for Best Actor In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical. Jane quipped that it was great that men were finally getting the comedy recognition they deserved, with Lily slinging the zinger, "We can finally put to rest the negative stereotype that men aren't funny." Yep, they've come a long way, baby!
Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler set that smart-aleck tone for (cringe if you must) "feminism" and "female empowerment" from the monologue onward, as they have done in the past. But this year it felt like more presenters and winners picked up the baton, making more inspiring speeches to honor women - without making it seem like male-bashing or just empty words.
Tina and Amy joked in their monologue about the irony of George Clooney getting a lifetime »
- Gina Carbone
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Run Time: 112 minutes
Other films in the wheelhouse of eco-terrorism tend to stereotype characters as either anarchists or vegan-hippie types Night Moves skirts both of these and instead has three normal people, who live completely mundane lives, join together to take a stance. Refreshingly their act of blowing-up the dam isn’t glorified in any way; the response of their peers isn’t the adulation that they expect, but rather disdain and confusion.
Reichardt isn’t known for her plot-heavy films, preferring to tell her story through the visuals and sound; this is a tradition she continues here. Night Moves is almost hypnotic, the slow, drawn-out shots pulling you deep into the world of the three characters. The music, although sparse at the beginning, builds gently through the film, acting as a steady pulse which builds and builds up to the a crescendo. »
- Kat Smith
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