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Sundance Deals: Netflix Tries to Crash the Party, But Is No Belle of the Ball Yet

28 January 2015 6:58 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Netflix came to this year’s Sundance Film Festival as the digital spoiler, ready to spend more than traditional studios to lure the top indie movies away from theatrical distribution – but so far they haven’t spoiled a thing, as the big acquisitions in a healthy market have mainly gone to the usual distribution suspects.

Multiple dealmakers have told TheWrap that Netflix came to Sundance with a specific strategy to outbid the other studios for movies in an attempt to build a track record as a buyer of major festival titles. A longtime supporter of independent film, Netflix has been »

- Jeff Sneider and Sharon Waxman

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41 A-List Actors Who Bombed as Hard as Johnny Depp in ‘Mortdecai’

28 January 2015 7:04 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When Johnny Depp‘s mustache comedy “Mortdecai” brought in less than $5 million on opening weekend, it marked the A-list actor’s fifth straight box office bomb. But he’s far from the only top billed actor to endure a tanker or two.

The 51-year-old film star and his co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor and Olivia Munn are in fact in very good company.

Also Read: 19 Biggest Box-Office Bombs and Bummers in 2014: From ‘The Giver’ to ‘Winter’s Tale’ (Photos)

From Brad Pitt (“Fight Club”) to Cameron Diaz (“The Box”) to Jamie Foxx (“Stealth”), nearly every high-profile actor has suffered »

- Travis Reilly and Todd Cunningham

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #37: James Ponsoldt Returns to the Festival With 'The End of the Tour'

27 January 2015 4:52 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

James Ponsoldt is a Sundance veteran. After his 2006 debut, "Off the Black," he returned in 2012 and 2013 with "Smashed" and "The Spectacular Now" (respectively), and now he's back with "The End of the Tour," a unique portal into the enigmatic mind of writer David Foster Wallace. The film has garnered positive reactions from critics, who highlight Jason Segel's transformative performance as one of the actor's best yet. Ponsoldt shares the challenges of portraying Wallace onscreen for the first time: "I hope the audience feels that their intelligence was respected." What's your film about, in 140 characters or less? The story of the intense, surprising five-day 1996 interview between “Rolling Stone” reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace. Now, what's it Really about? Meeting someone you respect/admire from a distance – and realizing that they’re far more complicated »

- Emily Buder

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"Sex and the City's" Ron Livingston Recreates Jack Berger's Infamous Breakup Post-It Note

27 January 2015 3:30 PM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Jack Berger is still up to his old antics! Ron Livingston, who played Carrie Bradshaw's (Sarah Jessica Parker) ex-boyfriend, Berger, on "Sex and the City," hilariously recreated that memorable moment he broke up with the blonde beauty on measly a post-it note. Cosmopolitan magazine caught up with the actor at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, where he posed for a pic with the infamous letter Berger left Carrie after ending their rocky romance on the HBO show. We're sure "Sex and the City" fans remember those seven little words that ended their relationship -- "I'm sorry. I can't. Don't hate me" -- well, Ron does too! Charlotte Palermino from the mag shared the special moment via Twitter. "~ I'm sorry. I can't. Don't hate me. ~ Ron Livingston being our favorite Berger #Sundance," she posted with the candid snap. While we'll always remember Ron as Carrie's jealous ex-boyfriend, the actor was »

- tooFab Staff

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Sundance Review: Jason Segel Is Actually Pretty Great As David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour

27 January 2015 10:55 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

To its credit, The End of the Tour makes it very clear that David Foster Wallace would have fucking hated The End of the Tour. Based on David Lipsky’s memoir, James Ponsoldt’s film looks at a few days in the life of the late author during the 1996 book tour for his breakout novel Infinite Jest. Lipsky, played in the film by Jesse Eisenberg, was trying to write a Rolling Stone profile of Wallace, played here by Jason Segel, and found his subject to be pathologically afraid of the attention — terrified of looking like a phony or trying to capitalize on his newfound celebrity. The film may look like a biopic, but it’s ultimately about that very fear.Ponsoldt’s film starts roughly, with the standard biopic clichés of Lipsky finding out about Wallace’s 2008 suicide, then flashing back to 1996 and to his attempts to convince his editors »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Exclusive: Kathryn Hahn Does 'Beyonce,' 'Ghostbusters' Impressions on 'Celebrity Name Game'!

27 January 2015 9:48 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

If you’re ever having a game night, be sure to have Kathryn Hahn on your team!

The actress, who stars in Transparent and the upcoming Happyish, drops by Craig Ferguson’s syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game on Feb. 2 and ETonline has an exclusive sneak peek at her awesome appearance.

Related: Your Perfect Female 'Ghostbusters' Remake Cast!

The show tasks celebrities to help everyday contestants split into two teams, by assisting them with clues in all but one segment. In one of the segments, Kathryn is asked to describe or act out “famous tall folks.”

The timed guessing game starts off on a strong note, as both contestants do correctly identify tall people and landmarks like Uma Thurman and the Statue of Liberty. But things start to get interesting when one of the women fails to name Jason Segel – “I don’t know! Pass!”

Related: Craig Ferguson's Final 'Late Late Show' Ends With a Twist »

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Sundance 2015: ‘The End of the Tour’ a quiet, affecting primer on the life of David Foster Wallace

27 January 2015 6:36 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The End of the Tour

Directed by James Ponsoldt

Written by David Lipsky and Donald Marguiles

The End of the Tour is the next offering from director James Ponsoldt, who brought us Smashed and The Spectacular Now. With The End of the Tour he takes us on another odyssey of a mind struggling to survive itself. The late author David Foster Wallace was revered during his time for the novel Infinite Jest and made a significant impact on literature before killing himself in 2008. This film dramatizes a few days in 1996 when Foster Wallace allowed a Rolling Stone reporter to visit and interview him at length. What emerges during the course of their casual and profound conversations is a cinematic think piece about loneliness, success, and American consumerism.

Foster Wallace was an intensely private man who retreated to write and live alone with his dogs in a small, isolated town far »

- Lane Scarberry

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Watch: Jason Segel on Playing David Foster Wallace in Sundance's 'End of the Tour' (Exclusive Interview)

26 January 2015 4:15 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A24 picked up, sight-unseen, three-time Sundance director James Ponsoldt's two-hander "The End of the Tour," which world-premiered Friday night at a rousing screening at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on David Lipsky's 375-page memoir "Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace," the film tracks Rolling Stone writer Lipsky's five-day 1996 immersion with writer Wallace, who was uncomfortable with all the kudos he was getting for his postmodern novel "Infinite Jest." Jesse Eisenberg plays the alert and slightly envious novelist Lipsky opposite lanky Jason Segel as Wallace, who fought depression and resisted fame until he took his own life in 2008. Lipsky told me that he was relieved at the time that the interview was never published, as other things came up and pushed it aside. The movie opens as Lipsky hears of Wallace's death, unearths the tapes and puts fresh batteries into his. »

- Anne Thompson

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Chris Pratt-Chris Evans Super Bowl Feud, Part 2: Who Is Really Captain America? (Photos)

26 January 2015 1:47 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Marvel actors whip out Photoshop and take their Twitter rivalry to the next level

Who out of this year’s Super Bowl combatants is really Captain America: Russell Wilson or Tom Brady? Using Photoshop to battle it out over the Patriots and Seahawks, Marvel superheroes Chris Pratt and Chris Evans renewed their Super Bowl Twitter feud on Monday.

Pratt, a Seattle fan, fired the first round this time, retweeting a retouched image of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as Captain America.

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- Linda Ge

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Sundance: NBA Star Jason Collins Ranks His Favorite Four Fest Experiences

26 January 2015 1:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Retired basketball star Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay player in the NBA in 2013, made a stop at Variety’s Sundance party on Sunday night. The event at Stella Artois Café was in honor of “I Am Michael,” the drama starring James Franco as a gay rights activist who denounces his homosexuality.

Variety asked Collins to walk through — and grade — his favorite Sundance moments.

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” Screening

“I saw that earlier today, and I loved it. I’m not a crier, but there’s absolutely a sad element. I don’t want to give too much away, but in the title, it says there’s a dying girl. They did a great job.”

Grade: “A.”

“The End of the Tour” Screening

Jason Segel and I went to high school together, and we were high school basketball teammates. This is the best acting he »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Is Jason Segel Dating Again?

26 January 2015 12:45 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Jason Segel is single no more: The How I Met Your Mother actor is reportedly seeing photographer Alexis Mixter. Buzz began when the two were photographed walking through Los Angeles International Airport in late December. They've also been snapped stepping out together multiple times in recent weeks. Segel, 35, was last linked to Rake actress Bojana Novakovic. He and Michelle Williams dated for a year but split in February 2013. [Bold "Himym All The Women Who Aren't the Mother"] »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Is Jason Segel Dating Again?

26 January 2015 12:45 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Jason Segel is single no more: The How I Met Your Mother actor is reportedly seeing photographer Alexis Mixter. Buzz began when the two were photographed walking through Los Angeles International Airport in late December. They've also been snapped stepping out together multiple times in recent weeks. Segel, 35, was last linked to Rake actress Bojana Novakovic. He and Michelle Williams dated for a year but split in February 2013. [Bold "Himym All The Women Who Aren't the Mother"] »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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All the Sundance 2015 Acquisitions As They Come In

26 January 2015 9:06 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now that the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is well underway, expect more and more acquisition news as distributors bid on the rights to all of the festival's hottest properties. Since sales can break at an unpredictable pace, Indiewire is aggregating all of the Sundance acquisitions so that festival goers and fans can stay up to the date with the latest deals in Park City. Check out all of the current deals per distributor below, and stick with Indiewire throughout the duration of the festival to stay updated on every new acquisition.  A24 "The End of the Tour" - The latest from director James Ponsoldt tells the true story of acclaimed author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) and his five-day interview with Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) following the 1996 success of "Infinite Jest."  "The Witch" - A24 has secured North American rights to this breakout horror period piece about a colonial family that. »

- Indiewire Staff

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Oscar-Winning Original Songs Split Between Part of Plot and End Credits

26 January 2015 8:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Of the five Oscar-nominated original songs for the 87th Academy Awards, Selma’s “Glory” and Beyond the Light’s “Grateful” are the only songs that solely play over the end credits of their respective film. The other three songs — “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Lost Stars” from Begin Again and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me — are all performed at some point during the film.

Now, that’s not to say that the end-credits songs aren’t relevant to the plot. Both “Grateful” and “Glory” stick with the themes of their respective films and summarize relevant events, even if they aren’t integral to each plot’s progression.

“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie is featured in the film as a popular song in the Lego universe, one the characters sing along to, but »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Sundance Setting Record-Breaking Sale For Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

26 January 2015 7:04 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Sundance film festival is in full swing and with it comes an abundance of films looking for distribution. already heard great things from critics about James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael, Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in End of the Tour, and the spooky film The Witch. But the biggest news to come out of this festival this year so far centers on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and based on the book of the same name by Jesse Andrews, the film has sent bidders into a frenzy. According to both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, practically everyone wants to distribute this film after it premiered at Sundance, and some are even willing to pay upwards of $12 million for the rights. On Sunday night, Fox Searchlight was said to be in the lead with a bid attached »

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Sundance 2015 Review: The End Of The Tour Beautifully Explores Our Creative Intellects

26 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Can you call it a bromance if there is no comedic intent? If not, then what's the best way to label a burgeoning platonic relationship between two men connecting over previously unexplored similarities and interests? Maybe it's just friendship, relationship, or connection. But none of those really define the dynamic at play quite as eloquently as just calling it a bromance. Call it what you like, the dynamic explored in James Ponsoldt's David Foster Wallace drama The End of the Tour is a brilliantly touching and informative trip inside the male intellect. With remarkable performances by Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, Ponsoldt delivers a film that is both a touching portrait of an enormous literary figure and an introspective journey into the creative process. Based...

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Review: 'Unexpected' is slight, but Cobie Smulders and Gail Bean shine

26 January 2015 2:25 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The "How I Met Your Mother" Redemption Tour is in full effect at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Jason Segel has received the best reviews of his career for his gimmick-free performance as David Foster Wallace in "The End of The Tour." Cobie Smulders is proving her mettle as a leading lady in "Unexpected." And Josh Radnor is nowhere to be seen with a follow-up to "Liberal Arts." [Sorry. Easy punchline. I actually thought "Happythankyoumoreplease" was a perfectly respectable sign of Radnor's potential as a writer-director.] Meanwhile, Neil Patrick Harris has been too busy winning Tonys and preparing to host the Oscars to be in anything Sundance-y this year, while Alyson Hannigan remains chronically underused. Smulders also stars in "Results," which premieres at Sundance on Tuesday, but at least her Festival got off to a solid start with "Unexpected." Directed by Kris Swanberg, who co-wrote with Megan Mercier, "Unexpected" is a very slight movie, almost absurdly short »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Jason Segel’s Big Dramatic Debut Is One Of Many Great Things In ‘The End of the Tour’ [Sundance 2015]

25 January 2015 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Tom Hanks had Philadelpha, Jim Carrey had The Truman Show and now Jason Segel has The End of the Tour. It’s a powerhouse movie announcing to the world that this comedic actor is a dramatic force too. But that’s just one of the many, many good things that can be said about director James Ponsoldt’s […]

The post Jason Segel’s Big Dramatic Debut Is One Of Many Great Things In ‘The End of the Tour’ [Sundance 2015] appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Sundance 2015: Jason Segel and Peter Travers Talk 'End of the Tour'

25 January 2015 1:28 PM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In this installment of Off the Cuff with Peter Travers from the Sundance Film Festival, Rolling Stone's movie critic catches up with actor Jason Segel, who makes his first visit to the Utah fest since 1997, when a 17-year-old Segel was promoting Slc Punk. "I remember [Sundance] being a little more quaint than this. It's turned into a real kerfuffle," Segel says. Travers adds, "There's something about Sundance. It's an audience like no other. They'll wait in the snow for two hours to see a movie they’ve never heard of because, »

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Sundance 2015 Scene and Heard: Iggy Azalea, Keanu Reeves, Hailee Steinfeld, Diplo, Adam Scott (Photos)

25 January 2015 12:47 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TheWrap Party Report catches Wu-Tang Clan, Nick Nolte and Kevin Bacon turning heads Saturday, while Michael Fassbender’s “job” keeps him away from Utah

%u201CIs Ben Silverman somewhere in here?%u201D Donovan Leitch shouted in to the microphone in the sweaty basement of Cisero%u2019s just before midnight on Saturday night.

Leitch was on stage fronting a supergroup that included Mark McGrath, Dave Kushner, Jane%u2019s Addiction%u2019s Chris Chaney, and Matisyahu. If Ben Silverman was in the room, he was as quiet as his emails, even if a pocket of jacketed bros cheered the shout-out. »

- Mikey Glazer

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