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Hollywood headed down south for the 2015 SXSW film, interactive and music festival in Austin, Texas, for the annual 10-day event, which wraps up on March 22.
“No one wants to go up those flights of stairs over and over and over again. Once you’re up, you kind of just stay here,” star Shane West joked about the jam-packed rooftop soireé, which was complete with aerialists (a.k.a. levitating enchantresses) and apothecaries — better known as multiple bars — as he sipped on a cocktail.
“It’s funky-town,” new cast member Lucy Lawless told Variety, hours after arriving at SXSW with her co-stars (the entire “Salem” cast took a six-hour road trip together from their Shreveport, La., set to Austin, thanks to their flights being canceled at the last minute). “[Austin] has got so much character. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Hollywood headed down south for the 2015 SXSW film, interactive and music festival in Austin, Texas, for the annual ten day event, which wraps up on March 22.
SXSW kicked off on Friday the 13th, very fittingly with a haunted house party, hosted by Wgn America’s supernatural thriller “Salem.”
“No one wants to go up those flights of stairs over and over and over again. Once you’re up, you kind of just stay here,” star Shane West joked about the jam-packed rooftop soireé, which was complete with aerialists a.k.a. levitating enchantresses and apothecaries — better known as multiple bars — as he sipped on a cocktail.
“It’s funky-town,” new cast member Lucy Lawless told Variety, hours after arriving at SXSW with her co-stars (the entire “Salem” cast took a six-hour road trip together from their Shreveport, Louisiana set to Austin, thanks to their flights being cancelled at the last »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Though the body count is ultimately higher than in “Psycho,” seldom has a stay at a homicidal rural motel seemed quite so endless and dull as in “The Boy.” The titular figure is a 9-year-old whose budding sociopathy (or whatever it is) stubbornly refuses to become vivid, let alone scary, in Craig William Macneill’s inert, ersatz thriller. Soporific as a genre exercise, and lacking the kind of psychological depth or anything else that might lend it substance as a drama, the pic faces weak commercial prospects.
Life is isolated and tedious for Ted Henley (Jared Breeze), stuck in the desert at the remote Mountain Vista Motel his family has run for generations. But now it’s just him and his dad, John (David Morse), a well-meaning but depressed figure. Mom is long gone, and business is slow to the point of nonexistence. Ted’s only excitement comes from collecting »
- Dennis Harvey
SoulPancake is serious about getting viewers to try something new in their lives. The Rainn Wilson-founded production company partnered with Shout stain remover brand to challenge three strangers to a life-altering experience in the video “Never Would I Ever,” based on the popular “Never Have I Ever” party game.
“Never Would I Ever” follows scientist Emily, entrepreneur Alex, and hotel clerk Ashanti as they head off on adventures they would normally never dare to take themselves. First, the trio must paddle a canoe to a secret destination; upon arrival, they’re taught how to ride dirt bikes. Then, Emily, Alex, and Ashanti have to prepare a meal for 30 guests within two hours. Their day-long challenge is bookended with a dance-off between the three participants.
A SoulPancake release notes that the “Never Would I Ever” project was all about getting Emily, Alex, and Ashanti to “take a chance, leave their comfort zones, »
- Bree Brouwer
Read More: Meet the Faces of SXSW 2015: Sally Field, Nick Kroll, Jason Schwartzman and More It's the summer of 1989. 9-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mt. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted's mother left, John has drifted into despondency—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, William Colby (Rainn Wilson), captivates young Ted and the two form a unique friendship - setting the stage for Ted’s final, unnerving metamorphosis. "The Boy" is a chilling, intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death. [Synopsis courtesy SXSW]. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? "The Boy" is an intimate portrait of of a 9-year-old boy's growing fascination with death. Now what's it Really about? »
- Casey Cipriani
At this point in the festival your brain is most likely spinning because you can't keep all the film titles straight. Hopefully this gallery can help you put some (famous) faces to the names of films. Read More: The 2015 Indiewire SXSW Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival "Ex Machina" actor Oscar Isaac."Ava's Possessions" director Jordan Galland and actress Louisa Krause."Unfriended" writer Nelson Greaves, executive producer Jason Blum and director Leo Gabriadze."Hello My Name is Doris" actress Sally Field."Adult Beginners" actor Nick Kroll."The Boy" actor Rainn Wilson."Excess Flesh" cast and crew."7 Chinese Brothers" and "The Overnight" actor Jason Schwartzman."We Are Still Here" actor Andrew Sensenig, co-writer/director Ted Geoghegan and producer Travis Stevens."The Boy" executive producer Elijah Wood."Uncle John" »
- Shipra Gupta
Jane Levy (Suburgatory, Evil Dead) has been cast to star in the action thriller Bushwick. The film tells the story of twenty-year-old Lucy (Levy), who emerges from a Brooklyn subway to find her neighborhood under attack. Lucy decides to cross the treacherous five blocks of Bushwick - littered with looters, local militias, the invading forces, and one crazy cousin - in order to get home and be reunited with her grandmother.
Levy will next be seen in Paramount's Monster Trucks in December 2015. She starred in the 2013 box office hit Evil Dead and is well known for her role as Tessa Altman on ABC's Suburgatory. Bushwick will be directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott. The directing duo are best known for their popular Sundance title Cooties, which stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill and Jack McBrayer. Cooties will be released by Lionsgate this year.
Bushwick was written by Nick Damici »
Welcome to another horror round-up! In this edition, we take a look at new posters for a pair of movies making their premieres in the Midnighters section at the SXSW Film Festival later this month: The Boy (which sounds a little like Stevan Mena's Bereavement) and The Invitation (the new film from Jennifer's Body director Karyn Kusama). We also have details on Descendant, a new spec script from the writer who penned the screenplay adaptation of Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train.
The Boy: "It’s the summer of 1989. 9-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mt. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted's mother left, John has drifted into despondency—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. »
- Derek Anderson
Pop will soon have new programming taken straight from Rainn Wilson’s YouTube channel SoulPancake. The cable network previously known as TV Guide Network has picked up the Impress Me web series for distribution on Pop’s linear TV channel.
Created by Ben Shelton, Impress Me follows Ross Marquand (The Walking Dead, Mad Men) and Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation) in a fictional setting as they try to transition from celebrity impressionists to serious actors. Future guest stars will include well-known faces such as Angela Kinsey, Josh Groban, and “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Pop will release the six episodes of Impress Me which previously debuted on SoulPancake, along with seven entirely new, never-seen episodes. The show will be released after the time slot currently occupied by Pop’s first original scripted series Schitt’s Creek, acquired from Canada’s CBC network.
“We discovered this gem of a show on YouTube from »
- Bree Brouwer
Series created by Ben Shelton stars celebrity impressionists Ross Marquand and Jim Meskimen, who are struggling to transform themselves into dramatic actors. Guest shots in the episodes include Angela Kinsey, Erika Christiansen, Josh Groban, Matt Jones and Weird Al Yankovic.
Pop has picked up six episodes that already aired on Wilson’s SoulPancake YouTube channel, and it has ordered seven more installments. “Impress Me” will bow March 18 in the 10:30 p.m. slot behind Pop’s other new comedy, “Schitt’s Creek.”
“This show is about more than two talented celebrity impressionists. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Brad Schwartz’s cable channel is out to make quite an impression in scripted comedy: “Impress Me,” a YouTube series from Rainn Wilson‘s production company SoulPancake, is coming to TV via Pop. The half-hour show, which centers on two celebrity impressionists trying to become dramatic actors, will premiere on Wednesday, Mar. 18 at 10:30 p.m., following Eugene Levy‘s “Schitt’s Creek” — which is the most-watched series in the former TV Guide Network’s limited rebrand history. Six episodes of “Impress Me” originally premiered online on SoulPancake’s YouTube channel. Pop will air those half-dozen, plus an additional seven »
- Tony Maglio
Chalke will star opposite Rob Riggle in the Fox family comedy pilot “48 Hours ‘Til Monday,” our sister site TVLine reports.
The actress, who currently has a recurring role on Rainn Wilson’s crime dramedy “Backstrom,” will play Kelly Bishop, Riggle’s wife and mother to their three children. Her character struggles with the realities of being a stay-at-home mom after quitting her job as a TV news producer, while Riggle plays Charlie — a man desperate to make the best of his weekends.
The series from Universal Television comes from “The Mindy Project’s” Charlie Grandy, who wrote the pilot and will also serve as exec producer with Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan (“Manhattan Love Story”).
- Maane Khatchatourian
For the most part, Fox has really been struggling this season. When it comes to new shows, Empire is a hit and Gotham's doing okay but Utopia, Mulaney, Gracepoint, and Red Band Society were dismal failures in the ratings and have already been cancelled. How's Backstrom doing? Will it survive to see a second season?
On Backstrom, an offensive, irascible yet brilliant detective (Rainn Wilson) is brought back from exile to run Portland Police Bureau's Special Crimes Unit. The rest of the cast includes Genevieve Angelson, Dennis Haysbert, Kristoffer Polaha, Page Kennedy, Beatrice Rosen, and Thomas Dekker.
With American Idol as a lead-in, the series debuted on January 22nd with a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.98 million viewers. That was an okay start but there wasn't much serious competition on the other networks.
Backstrom's "Bogeyman" reveals a major piece of the Backstrom train wreck puzzle and it is a doozie, my friends. The detective pursues the case of missing 14-year-old Talia Lennox, a case which he immediately identifies as connected to the unsolved abduction of Lacy Siddon, which sent Backstrom careening over the edge seven years previously. The case is indeed harrowing, but I think we'll find going forward that the bureau's lack of faith in (and treatment of) Backstrom seven years ago will prove just as devastating and enlightening as the continuing case itself. Kudos to Rainn Wilson for his masterful delivery of a man obsessed convicted and eventually completely unhinged by a world he finds peopled with corpses who don't know they are dead.
Through the eyes of Detective Sergeant John Almond, "Bogeyman" also provides a glimmer of hope for some long-needed future redemption for the acerbic, protocol-eschewing and indiscriminately »
The Office may be over, but Ingrid Michaelson's latest video reunites a few of the actors - Rainn Wilson, Brian Baumgartner, and David Koechner - as they lip-sync and totally take over her new single, "Time Machine." The Office guys aren't the only funny TV stars there; Donald Faison, Garret Dillahunt, and Jorge Garcia (just to name a few!) are also guest stars, singing and dancing their hearts out until Michaelson takes the control back. »
After a three-year hiatus from Reddit AMAs, Rainn Wilson, a.k.a. the Actor Formerly Known As Dwight K. Schrute, logged on Thursday night to share his contagious positivity and plug his new show, Backstrom. It's a big, busy year for him away from Dunder Mifflin: He has two movies (Cooties, The Boy) coming out, a new TV show vying for viewers' hearts, a potential book bound for publication, and ... a zonkey basking in the glory of being his zonkey. (If you don't know what a zonkey is, this is going to be a life-changing internet event for you.) Wilson was at turns flippant, sincere, and passionate — in other words: a little bit Everett, Rainn, and Dwight. Here are some of his best responses, in which he wields sexual advice like a scimitar and indulges in some sage, Yoda-esque moments.On his favorite comparison, that of Backstrom to House: That's »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
With Sundance in the rear view mirror and Berlin just around the corner, another huge festival that’s now very much in mind is the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW 2015), to be held in Austin, Texas, this March. And this year, the lineup looks no less eclectic than in any previous year for the festival.
SXSW 2015 will see the debut of two big-studio comedies (Paul Feig’s Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy; and Etan Cohen’s Get Hard, starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart), some red-hot documentaries (none more so than Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine) and a vast array of smaller indie titles. Intriguingly, Judd Apatow’s Amy Schumer vehicle Trainwreck will be screened as a work-in-progress.
- Isaac Feldberg
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
Top brass at the 22nd South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival have announced the feature line-up for the upcoming festival, set to run from March 13-21 in Austin, Texas.
SXSW will showcase 145 features. The line-up includes 60 films from first-time film-makers and comprises 100 world premieres, 13 North American premieres and 11 Us premieres.
Head of film Janet Pierson and her team of programmers culled selections from a record 2,385 feature-length submissions composed of 1,614 Us and 771 international features. The record of 7,335 total submissions marks a 13% gain on 2014.
For the first time the number of films in the juried Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature selections have risen from eight to ten. The complete Conference line-up and schedule will be released on February 17.
Besides the Narrative Feature Competition and Documentary Feature Competition selections listed below, feature entries include Judd Apatow’s work-in-progress comedy Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer in Special Events, music film 808 (pictured) in 24 Beats Per Second and Alex Garland’s sci-fi »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
You don't need me to tell you that last week's reveal of the new cast for the Ghostbusters reboot caused 'some conversation'. Our unscientific reading of said reaction is that most people are against Paul Feig's 2016 movie, many vehemently so. Furthermore, the casting of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the lead quartet caused further consternation.
It would be fair to say that some news stories have been better received.
There are, without doubt, legitimate criticisms and concerns here. Notwithstanding the fact that not a frame of footage has been shot, and that very, very few people have read Katie Dippold's and Paul Feig's screenplay, there nonetheless can't help but be fan concerns.
The bulk of them centre around the »
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