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Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
Exclusive: Oscar winner Christine Lahti is joining James Brolin and Jason Ritter in The Steps, an indie drama from director-producer Andrew Currie (Fido). The pic follows down-on-his-luck Jeff (Ritter), who accepts his father’s invitation to spend the weekend at his lake house to meet his new wife (Lahti) and family. Robyn Harding scripted. Mary Waterhouse is also producing with Currie. Lahti recently shot indie Safelight with Juno Temple and Evan Peters and Mania Days with Katie Holmes. She recurs on Netflix’s Grace And Frankie opposite Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Margot Bingham (Boardwalk Empire), Zulay Henao (Fighting), Rob Riley, Jason Dohring, Mo McRae, Hill Harper (CSI NY), and Lala Anthony (Think Like A Man Too) have joined the cast of Destined for director Qasim “Q” Basir and producer Tommy Oliver’s Confluential Films. Oliver (The Perfect Guy) is producing with Whitewater Films’ Rick Rosenthal »
- Jen Yamato
Maleficent Blu-Ray Review
You may think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but Maleficent dares to opt for changing your mind about that. The story starts long before you imagined, with a young fairy who meets a young human thief. By way of impressive visuals, and surprisingly “normal” events, young Maleficent and Stefan become the best of friends. When Maleficent comes of age, she becomes the protector of her magical forest, which means when the King comes calling, and doesn’t fare well, she is the target of his rage. A now very ambitious Stefan sees an opportunity.
This naturally leads to a great betrayal, and Stefan becoming King. This gives us the opening to sell us the story that Maleficent isn’t just the evil witch who comes to curse Aurora, but is instead the largely justified, though perhaps overzealous, wronged fairy looking to exact revenge.
Though the »
- Marc Eastman
A staple of the Sundance Film Festival since Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River in ’08, her Park City premiered filmography as a cinematographer was followed by Little Birds, Shut Up And Play The Hits, For Ellen, Kill Your Darlings, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, and last year’s The Skeleton Twins and War Story. Late this summer, Reed Morano took an all-encompassing approach to visual storytelling, taking on double duties as director first, cinematographer second. Olivia Wilde toplines Meadowland and the hard-hitting drama includes the likes of Luke Wilson, John Leguizamo, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, Kevin Corrigan, Scott Mescudi and Ty Simpkins. The ideal kind of auteur theory should be more inclusive. Add cinematographers. Case in point.
Gist: Written by Chris Rossi, this follows a couple, David and Sarah, dealing with their son’s disappearance. David finds solace in a traditional form of healing, only to lose his moral compass. »
- Eric Lavallee
Take a Cannes Lions-winning commercials director/first time filmmaker in Tim Godsall, throw in a 2008 Broadway play, and finally, add a mix of sturdy mix of actors in Juno Temple, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans, Keir Gilchrist accompanied by newcomer Jack Kilmer who broke out convincingly with Palo Alto (see pic above), and this under-the-radar title has the ingredients for a bonafide selection. A project flying so low to the ground that if it weren’t for the brief trade mention back in April, it might have not made it on this list, production began in Toronto of April last year.
Gist: Based on Carly Mensch’s play Len, Asleep In Vinyl, co-written by Katharine Knight and Godsall, this centres on the unexpected journey of self-discovery by a miserable hit record producer (Rhys Ifans) whose self-imposed exile is shattered by his estranged son (Kilmer) and a successful client. Juno Temple plays »
- Eric Lavallee
“Maleficent” is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well. Maleficent is being directed by Robert Stromberg, based on a screenplay by Paul Dini and Linda Woolverton. The cast includes: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, »
Murphy will play a cook who is hired by a dying man to prepare meals for the man.s girlfriend and her daughter (Robertson) when he passes.
Shooting is due to start in Los Angeles on November 24, produced by Lee Nelson,. who made romantic drama Celeste & Jesse Forever and action-thrillers Chained and Freezer. The screenplay is by Susan McMartin, a TV writer whose credits include Two and a Half Men, Gary Unmarried, Californication and Another World.
- Don Groves
What if Catwoman (Hathaway) left Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) in Paris and returned to Gotham? Perhaps Juno Temple's character got into some trouble without Selena to watch over her? The scenario isn't totally implausible and Hathaway is definitely game to put on some black, skin-tight leather again to portray the feline anti-hero. “I would be totally up for doing it. If Chris [Nolan] was involved. For me, the thing that made doing that part particularly fun was that she existed in his Gotham. Without him I don’t think it would be the same thing. But I also wonder about that part. If because she’s a thief, it’s not better to have her be a small part in a larger film. So she can go through and steal aspects of the film. But when the focus is squarely on her, I don’t know if it works as well. »
The actresses who brought Maleficent's three fairies to life discuss the film.
Maleficent is an enchanting tale that explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain. With the fantasy adventure set to cast a wondrous new spell on Blu-ray, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms, we catch up with acclaimed actresses Juno Temple, Lesley Manville and Imelda Staunton – who play a trio of pixies in Maleficent – to get a deeper insight into the magical movie.
Q: How would you describe your pixie characters?
Imelda Staunton: There are three of us in the story. There’s Knotgrass, which is played by myself. There is Thistlewit, who is played by the wonderful Juno Temple. And there’s Flittle, who is played by the glorious Lesley Manville.
Q: How do the pixies fit into the story of Maleficent?
Juno Temple: The trio of pixies is »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Horns is in theaters and On-Demand just in time to quench your fantasy withdrawal now that Halloween has come and gone. Last week, Wamg sat down with star Daniel Radcliffe in a small press conference to talk about his role of Ig in the film, Sharknado 2 : The Second One (because, why not?), and his sweet flow on ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.’ Check it out below.
Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns is a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance. The film follows Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter” films), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their »
- Melissa Howland
TV Tuesday Rewind: Kris Jenner Opens Up on Divorce; Daniel Radcliffe & Juno Temple Talk ‘Horns’; + Angelina Jolie for President? Al of this on CBS’ The Talk.Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple Talk ‘Horns’ Love ScenesDaniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple discuss their supernatural new movie “Horns” and behind-the-scenes antics during love scenes. Kris Jenner Opens Up About DivorceKris Jenner discusses aging and her very public divorce to Bruce Jenner. Kris says, “It’s not an easy thing…You can choose to do things in a real grown up way and be friends through something….Love is a decision. Divorce is a decision…We are […] »
- April Neale
★★★☆☆Daniel Radcliffe takes another unexpected step in his capricious metamorphosis, transforming from iconic boy-wizard Harry Potter, to a man-turned-devil in Alexandre Aja's uneven adaptation of Joe Hill's fantasy novel Horns (2013). Falsely accused of raping and murdering his childhood sweetheart Merrin (Juno Temple), Ig (Radcliffe) is outlawed by his friends and family, sinking into a hazy slumber. After a night of particularly heavy drinking, Ig awakens to discover two horns protruding from his temples. This monstrous development throws Ig off course at first, as these peculiar appendages unwillingly expose him to the unspoken thoughts of others - from his doctor's drug addiction to his parents' hatred of him. »
- CineVue UK
Director: Alexandre Aja
Running Time: 120 minutes
Synopsis: In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man named Ig (Daniel Radcliffe), awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his temples. Naturally, the locals see this as a sign of his guilt and reason that the Devil has claimed him. But there’s an intriguing side effect.
Upon initial inspection, Horns may seem like a slightly off-kilter career choice for the former boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe. After spending ten years in Hogwarts with his fellow witches and wizards, many Potter fans would no doubt be delighted to see the British actor take on a far more family-friendly role. However, it is with great relief that I can say…Mr Radcliffe has most certainly shed his invisibility cloak for good with this deliciously twisted fantasy horror. Of course, it does »
- Ben Read
Title: Maleficent Walt Disney Studios Director:Robert Stromberg Writer: Linda Woolverton Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlito Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Leslie Manville Running Time: 97 minutes, Rated PG Special Features: Aurora: Becoming A Beauty [4:53]; From Fairy Tale to Feature Film [8:12]; Building an Epic Battle [5:42]; Classic Couture [1:33]; Maleficent Revealed [4:43]; 5 Deleted Scenes [6:37] Available November 4th Warning: Thar be spoilers. The live-action story of Sleeping Beauty with a twist. The evil fairy Maleficent was not always evil. Young fairy Maleficent (Isobelle Molloy) is the designated law keeper in the woods. All of the woodland folk go to her for dangers and curiosities that [ Read More ]
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While none of French horror auteur Alexandre Aja's films made our recent post-millennium horror rundown, there were those of us who argued adamantly for the filmmaker, whose impressive resume ranges from the next-level slasher "High Tension" to the damning political satire "The Hills Have Eyes" to the looser, more jovial (but still rather pointed) "Piranha 3D." Over the weekend "Horns," Aja's newest gore-soaked confection, a nimble adaptation of Joe Hill's 2010 novel, opened in theaters and appeared demonically on demand. We got a chance to speak with the director about the top 5 influences for his deliciously peculiar film, and they might be just as surprising as the movie itself. "Horns" is the tale of young Ig Parrish (Daniel Radcliffe), whose gorgeous, frequently naked young love (Juno Temple) was horribly murdered prior to the start of the movie. The townsfolk in his small Pacific Northwest logging community all believe »
- Drew Taylor
From director Alexandre Aja and author Joe Hill, Horns is a unique and unusual blend of fantasy, horror, drama and comedy. Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend (Juno Temple) and ostracized by everyone he knows, a small-town guy named Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find that he’s grown a pair of horns from his temples. Armed with the supernatural powers that they possess, he sets out to find the true killer and prove his innocence. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, novelist Joe Hill talked about the road Horns took from the page to the screen, the story’s blend of tones, his reaction the first time he saw the film put together, and how reminiscent the adolescent years of the characters are of Stand by Me and The Body. He also talked about why Locke & Key didn’t work out for TV and the »
- Christina Radish
Gregory Maguire had no idea what he was unleashing when he wrote Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West in 1995. Since then, a tremendous amount of energy has been spent on revisiting the antagonists from fairy tales to modern fiction in an effort to explain their motivations. Quite often, the opponent is more interesting than the protagonist so there’s an appetite to understanding what made them “evil”.
Another trend has been taking the classic fairy tales and first making them into palatable Disney animated fare followed by live-action adaptations and stage editions. By combining the above, we arrive this year with Maleficent. Perhaps the single most arresting visual in the Disney rogues gallery, this cunning sorcerer has given generations nightmares since the cartoon version arrived in 1959.
With Angelina Jolie as the title character, this had the making of a fascinating character story hidden under layers of action, »
- Robert Greenberger
When Merrin (Juno Temple) dies, Ignatius is the prime suspect, though he had no part in her gruesome murder. Despite his best efforts to convince the authorities and the public of his innocence, nothing sways their belief in his guilt. Making matters worse for Ignatius are the conspicuous horns that sprout from the top of his head. Alexandre Aja directed the film, which also stars Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kellie Garner, James Reman and Kathleen Quinlan.
Horns Movie Review
Reviews for Horns have been mixed, with critics taking issue with the storytelling at play. At two hours, Horns dragged on for reviewers, who felt like the concept had great potential and that certain story arcs and »
Continuing down a path of darker roles, Danielle Radcliffe’s newest feature, Horns is sure to shed another layer of Harry Potter’s image from the young actor’s shell. Tasked with playing a character accused of murdering his girlfriend, Radcliffe wakes up one morning to find devilish horns protruding from his head that causes anyone to reveal their darkest thoughts and secrets. It’s a fun movie that balances sweet notes of romance with sinister societal commentary, as Alexandre Aja adapts Joe Hill’s novel in what could be described as an extremely brutal Ya adaptation – young love with a serious bite.
I caught the film at this year’s Fantastic Festival in Austin, and really dug what Horns brought to the table. You can go ahead and check out my full review to hear my detailed musings, but if you’re looking for a quick verdict, here’s »
- Matt Donato
It's official - Harry Potter is all grown up. In his new film Horns, Daniel Radcliffe ditches his wizardly persona and stars as an accused murderer who sprouts devil horns in the middle of the night. "I am very horny in this film," Radcliffe joked to People Thursday night at the film's Los Angeles premiere, sponsored by Pax by Ploom. "The horns are a look I can see catching on. I think I'm going to spark a trend, don't you?" Well, even if the horn fad doesn't become a hit, there's one person who approves of Radcliffe's new look: his girlfriend Erin Darke. »
- Matthew Cole Weiss, @MattColeWeiss
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