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The Sundance Institute has released the movie line-up for their Spotlight, Midnight and Sundance Kids selections for The Sundance Film Festival 2014. The Midnight selection has always been my favorite because its always packed with really crazy, fun, and messed up films. It looks like another great collection of films this next year! They include films such as Cooties with Elijah Wood, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead and more. Sundance Kids is a new addition this year which, if you couldn't tell, is meant for younger audiences.
The Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah, and we will be there to cover as many of the films as humanly possible. Director of Programming, Trevor Groth, had this to say in a statement.
“The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival program and further reflect the depth and »
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As 18.5 million viewers tuned in to watch The Sound of Music Thursday, a handful of funny celebrities chimed in via Twitter on everything from Carrie Underwood's real favorite things to how the NBC program has inspired new projects. Our favorite tweet might just come from Mindy Kaling, who fancies herself the next Audrey Hepburn. In other hilarious celebrity tweets, Lena Dunham inadvertently approached a couple with a naughty proposal and Anna Kendrick showed us why she should start writing Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fan fiction. Check out all that and more in our favorite funny tweets from the week! Mindy Kaling and Rainn Wilson are determined to follow in Carrie Underwood's footsteps. “@rainnwilson: .@NBC Hey, I'm up for doing Pippen!” I told you, we're doing My Fair Lady. You're Henry Higgins, Helms is Colonel Pickering. — Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) December 6, 2013 We can totally picture Brad Pitt singing "Do-Re-Mi" with his troupe. »
- Nick Maslow
Like most projects we've reported on today this new comedy horror from co-directors Jonathan Millott and Cary Murnion will also fix itself into the January schedule for its Sundance Film Festival premiere. Comedy/horror 'Cooties' stars Elijah Wood ('Maniac') who is certainly slipping the genre entries under his belt of late. Both he and a group of teachers must fend off a bunch of students taken down by a strange virus only to turn into mindless savages. Rainn Wilson ('The Office'), Alison Pill ('Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'), Jack McBrayer ('30 Rock'), Leigh Whannell ('Saw') and Nasim Pedrad also star and a bunch of new images have arrived. The project will be familiar terriority for Elijah who starred in 'The Faculty' back in 1999 where it was the students facing off against bodysnatched teachers. Leigh Whannell ('Indious Chapter 2' »
It was announced earlier today that Cooties will be making its world premiere at Sundance and the first photos from the movie have just been released.
“A cautionary tale of a school lunch program gone horribly wrong, Cooties tells the story of a young girl who eats a chicken nugget infected with a virulent disease. She begins to transform into a violent, murderous flesh-ripping juvenile who transmits the disease, which only affects the pre-pubescent. As it quickly spreads, the teachers find themselves trapped in the school, faced with a horde of rampaging adolescents, and must come up with an immediate lesson plan to save their very lives.”
Cooties was directed by Jonathan Millott and Cary Murnion, and written by Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan. The cast includes Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, and Nasim Pedrad. These images are courtesy of Collider!
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- Jonathan James
You may have noticed Uncle Creepy posting lots of imagery from films playing at Sundance 2014 earlier today, and now we have the full announcement of which horror projects are included in the Spotlight and Park City at Midnight lineups.
As mentioned when posting the first wave of films screening this year, it's sometimes difficult to tell exactly what's horror-related, so below are our best guesses of what we'll be covering from this latest batch or are films that sound just fringey enough that we'll be keeping our eyes on them:
Blue Ruin / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier) — A mysterious outsider’s quiet life turns upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving to be an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Cast: Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves, Sidné Anderson, Devin Ratray, »
- Debi Moore
And the Sundance eye candy keeps on coming. Next on tap for you cats are the first three stills from Cooties, which heads to the screen courtesy of Saw co-creator and star Leigh Whannell. Check 'em out!
Be sure to keep your eyes on the official 2014 Sundance Film Festival website for more info.
A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school and transforms the students into a feral swarm of mass savages; then an unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives.
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- Uncle Creepy
I had a hunch that Cooties (read here) and Adam Wingard’s The Guest (read here) might make it into what appears to be a line-up of eight (there might be some wiggle one for one last minute inclusion), but this year’s section flaunts a more international palate with the latest from Norway’s Tommy Wirkola (sequel to Dead Snow – which showed at the fest in 2009) reps Europe, Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement return to the fest they broke out of with Eagle Vs. Shark but with a mockumentary (What We Do in the Shadows) that might compliment the inclusion of Jim Jarmusch’s latest. Oceania gets further representation with Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook and from Asia, the program assures some blood splatter with The Mo Brothers’ Killers. William Eubank arrives with a title that might sound familiar for those who hit the fest in 2007, but this version of »
- Eric Lavallee
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is in the midst of unveiling its lineup, and today the festival announced the films that will be screening as part of the Park City at Midnight series. We now have first-look images and synopses for a collection of said films: The Guest – Directed by Adam Wingard; starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Chase Williamson, and Brendan Meyer. Cooties – Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Millott; starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, and Nasim Pedrad. Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead – Directed by Tomm Wirkola; starring Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Ørjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, and Jocelyn DeBoer. The Babadook – Directed by Jennifer Kent; starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear. Hit the jump to check out images and synopses for the aforementioned films. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th. »
- Adam Chitwood
“Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and new ‘Sundance Kids’ section of films for younger audiences. The Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival program and further reflect the depth and diversity of modern independent filmmaking that will satisfy everyone from festival fledglings to fanatics.”
In addition to those announced today, films in the U.S. and World Competition and Next <=> sections have been announced. Films for the Premieres and Documentary Premieres »
- Jonathan James
Yesterday, the Sundance Film Festival announced the lineup for the 2014 in-competition films. Today, the fest has unveiled the list of films that will screen as part of the Park City and Midnight, Spotlight, New Frontier, and the new Sundance Kids categories. The films include You’re Next director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett’s new film The Guest, director Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead, director Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, director Richard Ayoade’s The Double, the Tom Hardy film Locke, and more. Hit the jump to take a look at the full lineup. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th. Park City At Midnight From horror flicks to comedies to works that defy any genre, these unruly films will keep you edge-seated and wide awake. Each is a world premiere. The Babadook / Australia (Director and screenwriter: Jennifer Kent) — A single mother, plagued by »
- Adam Chitwood
When Sundance announced the films in competition for the 2014 festival yesterday, its organizers noted that they were impressed by the caliber of cinematic artistry — mostly due to technology — that freed up filmmakers to experiment with different genres. No category of the festival is more rooted in genre than Park City at Midnight, the late-night section that specializes in horror and the supernatural, and this year’s slate has several potential breakouts. “The Midnight lineup came together in a way that is about the strongest group we’ve ever had, top to bottom,” says Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming. »
- Jeff Labrecque
“The Guest,” the latest effort from horror helmer Adam Wingard; “Killers,” a Web-based serial-killer thriller from Indonesia’s Mo Brothers; and “What We Do in the Shadows,” a mock-doc collaboration between New Zealand-based directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords) are among the eight oddball titles set to make their world premieres in Park City at Midnight at the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival.
Having noted that the dramatic competition lineups (unveiled Wednesday) contained a number of films with comedic and horror-thriller elements, festival director John Cooper pointed out that the distinctions between competitive and non-competitive titles were blurring more than ever.
“We considered all the Midnight titles for competition at one point,” he said. “It’s very fluid.”
- Justin Chang
Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow sequel, Adam Wingard’s The Guest and Xyz Films’ Killers from The Mo Brothers are among the Park City At Midnight line-up as festival heads also unveiled Spotlight selections and the inaugural Sundance Kids section on December 5.
The Sundance Kids strand is programmed in cooperation with Utah children and youth festival Tumbleweeds, and will premiere Ernest And Celestine starring Forest Whitaker and Lauren Bacall and Zip & Zap And The Marble Gang with Javier Gutiérrez.
“The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival programme and further reflect the depth and diversity of modern independent film-making that will satisfy everyone from festival fledglings to fanatics,” said director of programming Trevor Groth.
The Sundance Film Festival is set to run from January 16-26 2014 in Utah. Organisers will showcase 117 feature selections, of which 96 are world premieres, representing 37 countries and 53 first-time film-makers, including 34 in competition.
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Here are the eight films playing in the Park City at Midnight Section. The Babadook / Australia (Director and screenwriter: Jennifer Kent) — A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Ben Winspear. Cooties / U.S.A. (Directors: Jonathan Millott, Cary Murnion, Screenwriters: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan) — A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school and transforms the students into a feral swarm of mass savages; then an unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives. Cast: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad. Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead / Norway (Director: Tommy Wirkola, Screenwriters: Tommy Wirkola, Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel) — The gruesome Nazi Zombies are back to finish their. »
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- Arun Pandit
Things are certainly on an upward upswing for the horror comedy with the nifty title – it just landed a multiple-territory distribution deal for Universal Pictures for a foursome of territories. Not sure if Sundance is a lieu to catch a case of the Cooties, which went into production in mid-July with directors Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (featured here) teaming with Elijah Wood both in the front and backend. On screen, Wood is joined by Alison Pill and television thesps such as Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer, Jorge Garcia and Nasim Pedrad.
Gist: Written by Ian Brennan and Leigh Whannell, this centers on a mysterious virus borne from chicken nuggets hitting an isolated elementary school and transforming the pre-adolescent children into a feral swarm of mindless cannibals. A substitute teacher emerges as the unlikely hero who must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives against them. »
- Eric Lavallee
With the American Film Market tapering down ahead of its final day on Wednesday, buyers from around the globe acquired a bunch of films for release in their local markets. Amongst the notable deals:
Exclusive Media has sold most of the worldwide rights to various companies for Gilles Paquet-Brenner's "Dark Places". Charlize Theron leads the cast of this story about a woman forced to re-examine the massacre of her family more than twenty years beforehand.
Image Entertainment has scored the U.S. distribution rights to the sequel to Greg McLean's cult horror hit "Wolf Creek" with a 2014 release being targeted. John Jarratt returns as homicidal bushman Mick Taylor who preys on backpackers in the Australian Outback.
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HanWay has acquired world rights, excluding UK and Australia, to the Nick Cave music documentary "20,000 Days on Earth" for a late 2014 release. The film »
- Garth Franklin
Okay. Technically, Elijah Wood does not have cooties. But he is a production partner and stars in the upcoming horror comedy Cooties. And if you want to see Wood fight off a horde of savage elementary school children and you live in the U.K., Germany, Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) and/or Brazil, then by golly you're in luck. Cooties, a horror comedy, penned by Saw and Insidious scribe Leigh Whannell and Glee writer Ian Brennan, and directed by Jonathan Millot and Cary Murnion, was sold to Universal Pictures International Entertainment during Afm. Alison Pill (The Newsroom) and Rainn Wilson (NBC's The Office) also star. Here's the official synopsis:When a mysterious virus borne from chicken nuggets hits an isolated elementary school transforming the pre-adolescent children into a...
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- Laura Marie Meyers
It may be the weekend, but news is continuing to come in from the American Film Market. On tap now is word on foreign distribution for Cooties, starring Elijah Wood, which is heading to Europe and South America via Universal Pictures International Entertainment.
From the Press Release:
Synchronicity Entertainment has licensed the rights to horror comedy film Cooties, starring Elijah Wood (The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Grand Piano), Alison Pill (HBO’s “The Newsroom”), and Rainn Wilson (NBC’S “The Office”) in the UK, Germany, Benelux, and Brazil to Universal Pictures International Entertainment (Upie), it was announced by Ruzanna Kegeyan, President of Synchronicity Entertainment.
Directed by Cary Munion and Jonathan Milott, Cooties is produced by SpectreVision partners Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller as well as Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity 1-4, Insidious) and Glacier Films' Tove Christensen and Georgy Malkov.
The film is co-written by horror »
- Debi Moore
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