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Though Dave Lawrence will likely always be best known in these parts for his work in the Fubar movies the writer-performer is now adding director to his resume as well with comedy western A Legend Of Whitey.It's 1885. Wild bison are scarce in the North West Territories. Luther Giddings (Paul Spence), a scout of mixed blood returns to the buffalo ranch where he was born to reunite with his half brother, William Turner (Dave Lawrence). Greeted by a rag tag posse of racists, homophobes and gossips, the only kindness Luther receives is from the rancher's effeminate son. Whiskey floats more trouble than it drowns and before long, he is on the run, the bison rancher's inept outfit on his tail. When Luther discovers that »
Best known as hard drinking, hard rocking Terry from the Michael Dowse directed Fubar movies Dave Lawrence has got a few other tricks up his sleeve. He co-wrote those films, for one thing, and he's now making his directorial debut with comedy western A Legend Of Whitey.It's 1885. Wild bison are scarce in the North West Territories. Luther Giddings (Paul Spence), a scout of mixed blood returns to the buffalo ranch where he was born to reunite with his half brother, William Turner (Dave Lawrence). Greeted by a rag tag posse of racists, homophobes and gossips, the only kindness Luther receives is from the rancher's effeminate son. Whiskey floats more trouble than it drowns and before long, he is on the run, the bison »
Aggressively stoopid, yet too polite to be offensively mean-spirited, Fubar: Balls to the Wall is the rare sequel that doesn't require seeing the original. And, counter-intuitively for a mock doc style comedy, the Blu-ray features stunningly gorgeous shots of the Frozen North, almost to the point that I wanted to throw on six layers of clothing and and follow Terry and Dean as they seek work on an oil pipeline. Terry (David Lawrence) and Dean (Paul J. Spence) are rather dim dudes with a zest for living, which, in this movie, means they love bashing into things and drinking beer and smoking weed. They'd rather not work, thank you very much, but Dean especially is feeling the pressure of not being able to provide »
Festivals are truly a special portion of the overall film world.
While many may play home to otherwise bigger pictures (look at Cannes, who this year will premiere films like Kung Fu Panda 2), but there is truly nothing quite like seeing a film that you ultimately had no idea about going into the screening.
One of those films, showing at this past SXSW Film Festival, happens to be a sequel to a cult hit, and is now available on VOD and on Blu-ray/DVD.
Fubar: Balls To The Wall is a sequel to the 2002 cult hit, which introduced the world to the loveable loser duo of Terry Cahill and Dean Murdoch. Played by David Lawrence and Paul Spence respectively, Fubar II continues the story of Terry and Dean, who are now on their way north to start work in an oil patch, after getting hooked up with the gigs by their friend, »
- Joshua Brunsting
Because guys who won’t grow up never ever ever cease to be hilarious. From the film’s Facebook page: Headbanger relics, Terry (Dave Lawrence) and Dean (Paul Spence), are tired of trying to give'r while barely scraping by, so when their old buddy and party leader, Tron (Andrew Sparacino), hooks them up with jobs they head up North to make sweet cash working on the pipelines during the holidays. Flush with money and confidence, Terry starts dating Trish (Terra Hazelton), a local waitress, and things get serious in a hurry. Meanwhile, Dean is playing up the part of 'cancer survivor', and upon hearing about the glories of Worker's Compensation, purposely injures himself in an attempt to qualify. When Terry moves in with Trish, Dean does his best to save his buddy from swapping the banger life for domestic captivity, but it’s a lost cause. When the Workers’ Compensation Board denies Dean, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Deaner and Terry are back in this hilarious new sequel, on Blu-ray and DVD April 19th
One of the funniest Canadian movies of last year is finally making its way to the States, as Fubar: Balls to the Wall gets released on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, April 19th. Following the further adventures of Terry (David Lawrence) and Deaner (Paul Spence), two head bangers who managed to get jobs and finally pay their own rent, director Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight) has crafted a superb follow-up to the 2002 cult hit Fubar that will actually make you care deeply about these two wayward, lovable dipshits.
We recently caught up with Michael to chat with him about the movie. Here is our conversation.
A lot of us comedy fans living in the States have not seen the original Fubar. How did you go about constructing a story for Balls to the »
It's been a big South by Southwest for me and fictional characters. A few days ago I interviewed Elmo and yesterday I met Terry Cahill, one of the two "subjects" of the "documentary" "Fubar: Balls to the Wall." In reality, Cahill is Canadian comedian and actor David Lawrence, and "Fubar" is a mockumentary sequel to the cult comedy "Fubar" from 2002. "Balls to the Wall" finds metalheads Terry and his buddy Dean (Paul Spence) years after the first film, still partying, still getting wasted. After Dean drops acid and accidentally burns down his house, the duo decide to look for jobs working the oil sands of Northern Alberta, where partying and getting wasted are not considered severe roadblocks to employment.
- Matt Singer
Dean "Deaner" Murdock (Paul J. Spence), the Canadian star of Fubar: Balls To The Wall has been denied entry into the Us for SXSW, where the film is having its Us premiere Monday at 9:30 pm. He is one half of the head-banging duo profiled in the film. The other half, Terry Cahill (David Lawrence) was allowed to cross the border. Murdock says, “I aint gonna take this personally; the f@#kin’ border guy who searched me was just doin’ his job, but f@#k why did he have to have such thick fingers? Giv'r to yer liv'r in my honor tonight, and fer f@#k's sakes, wash yer denim before you cross the border.” Cahill says, “It will be a total bummer partying without Dean here but »
...Or we should say "Cheat Sheets" since this year's SXSW Film Festival boasts over 140 films, requiring more than just one page to cover every single one of the narrative and documentary features that will be playing in Austin from March 11th through 19th. While the festival has already provided a very helpful schedule to flip through and Pdf of the screening grid online, consider this your quick hit guide to all the features at the festival - every title leads to its corresponding festival page in addition to links to trailers, official sites, filmmakers' Facebook pages and Twitter accounts so you can follow the action from the festival or from home.
Meanwhile, there will be plenty of action during these next two weeks on IFC.com where, in addition to our live video page, Matt Singer (@mattsinger) and I (@mfrushmore) will be filing reviews and interviews throughout the film festival. »
- Stephen Saito
“Fubar” is an amazing movie. The first time I saw it I laughed so hard I nearly did some permanent damage to my inside bits. For those of you unfamiliar with the film, it is a 2002 mocumentary directed by Michael Dowse (“Take Me Home Tonight”) that follows Terry (David Lawrence) and Deaner (Paul Spence), a pair of roustabout Canadian metal heads who party their way through life without a care in the world. If you haven’t seen “Fubar”, drop what you’re doing (whatever you’re up to, it’s not really all that important) and take any and all necessary measures to watch is as soon as humanly possible. You’ll spend the next few weeks confusing all of your little buddies by yelling things like, “I suggest you take up another sport, like knitting” and “just get in there and give’r”. The sequel, “Fubar: Balls to the Wall »
- Brent McKnight
Fresh from the Canadian border is the hilarious sequel Fubar: Balls to the Wall, which reunites stars David Lawrence and Paul Spence from 2002's original cult hit Fubar. This time out, headbanger relics Terry (David Lawrence) and Dean (Paul J. Spence head north to work on the oil pipelines. This newfound job brings them unexpected wealth and unexpected problems. We have the trailer for Fubar: Balls to the Wall, as well as the new State-side version of the theatrical poster and stills from the upcoming comedy, which you can check out below:
Click to watch Fubar: Balls to the Wall Trailer!
Fubar: Balls to the Wall comes to theaters April 20th, 2011 and stars David Lawrence, Paul Spence, Rose Martin, Matthew Brennan, Andrew Sparacino, Lori D'Amour Heidt, Tracey Lawrence, Hanna Lawrence. The film is directed by Michael Dowse.
Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to the headbanger tale "Fubar: Balls to the Wall," the company announced Thursday. Michael Dowse's movie stars Paul J. Spence and David Lawrence. Its U.S. premiere is scheduled for the SXSW Film Festival in March. The movie, a sequel to 2002's "Fubar," is about Terry and Dean, Canadian friends who head north for the holidays to make it rich working on oil pipelines. “I am thrilled to be slapping Fubar’s ball to American walls this spring, a partridge will be shotgunning beers in a pear »
- Joshua L. Weinstein
The nominees for the 31st Annual Genie Awards, Canada’s answer to the Oscars, were unveiled at simultaneous press conferences in Montreal and Toronto yeseterday. After being snubbed by the major Hollywood awards, only receiving 1 nomination and win for Paul Giamatti at the Golden Globes, Barney’s Version has been highly recognized by Canadian audiences. This is no surprise as its source material is a novel from beloved Canadian treasure Mordecai Richler and the film was partially shot in Montreal. Barney’s VersionIncendies leads the pack with 11 nominations including Best Motion Picture and populating most of the acting categories including one for Paul Giamatti for a Performace by an Actor in a Leading Role and Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Dustin Hoffman. Following closely is the other Canadian darling this year, Incendies , which garnered 10 nominations such as Adapted Screenplay (Denis Villeneuve) and Performance by an Actress »
- Alan L
Yesterday, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (Acct) announced the nominees for the 31rst Genie Awards, Canada's own Oscars.
Best Motion picture:
* 10 1/2
Best Actor in a Leading Role:
* Robert Naylor in 10 1/2
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
* Martin Dubreuil in 10 1/2
Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Best Actress In a Supporting Role:
* Anne-Élizabeth Bossé in Les amours imaginaires
* Terra Hazelton in Fubar 2
Best Adapted Screenplay:
* Michael Konyves »
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‘Tapping into the cultural zeitgeist,’ at SXSW 2011
Austin, Texas – The SXSW 2011 Feature Film Lineup was unveiled Wednesday afternoon. The festival lineup will consist of 130 features, in nine full days of programming, promising to deliver a film-going experience unlike previous years.
With a reputation for taking chances on relatively unknown filmmakers, the SXSW panel of judges carefully picked 130 films from 1,792 feature-length film submissions, (1,323 U.S. and 469 international). The program consists of 60 World Premieres, 12 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.
The main competition categories return with eight Narrative Features, and eight Documentary Features, both competing for their respective Grand Jury Prize. New for films in competition this year, are awards for screenplay, editing, cinematography, music, and acting.
(The Midnighters and SXFantastic feature sections, along with the short film program, will be announced next week.)
Here are a few of the Features to be screened, among many others.
The Beaver (World Premiere)
- Albert Art
Readers of Sound On Sight can be sure that we will indeed be covering the SXSW Film Festival once again. As previously reported, Duncan Jones’ latest film Source Code is opening the festival and there will also be premieres for the documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, Greg Mottola’s Paul, and Jodie Foster’s The Beaver. Now the full line-up has been announced it is incredible.
Hit the jump to check out the line-up, and be sure to visit our site during the event.
The 2011 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 11 – 19th in Austin, Texas.
SXSW Film Announces 2011 Features Lineup
Austin, Texas – February 2, 2011 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year’s Festival, March 11 – 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The 2011 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of tapping into the cultural zeitgeist, highlighting emerging talent and breakthrough performances and supporting first-time filmmakers. »
The South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) just announced their entire 2011 feature film lineup, and there’s isn’t a lot of note, with regards to this blog’s focus.
Titles you should be aware of – all of which we’ve previously profiled on Shadow And Act – include, Victoria Mahoney’s feature film debut, Yelling To The Sky (which will actually make its world debut at the Berlin Film Festival later this month); plus Blacktino, the first feature film from writer/director Aaron Burns, a self-described “blacktino nerd from Austin, Texas,” who got his start at Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios doing visual effects; Benda Bilili, a documentary about a band of homeless, disabled Congolese; and last, but not least, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, a documentary about the black man that happens to be the man behind the puppet (which also played at Sundance).
There might be »
The South by Southwest Film Festival has announced their features lineup for the 2011’s Festival, which will take place March 11th to the 19th in Austin Texas. Read the full press release after the jump. SXSW Film Announces 2011 Features Lineup Austin, Texas – February 2, 2011 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year’s Festival, March 11 – 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The 2011 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of tapping into the cultural zeitgeist, highlighting emerging talent and breakthrough performances and supporting first-time filmmakers. The Midnighters and SXFantastic feature sections, along with the short film program, will be announced next week. “This is the most exciting moment for us. After a fantastic festival of discovery in 2010, we can finally unveil the line up for this year’s event,” says Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “SXSW prides itself on taking chances, sifting for »
- Peter Sciretta
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year's Festival, March 11 - 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The 2011 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of tapping into the cultural zeitgeist, highlighting emerging talent and breakthrough performances and supporting first-time filmmakers. The Midnighters and SXFantastic feature sections, along with the short film program, will be announced next week.
"This is the most exciting moment for us. After a fantastic festival of discovery in 2010, we can finally unveil the line up for this year's event," says Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson. "SXSW prides itself on taking chances, sifting for films that are the seedlings of the next generation of must-see artists. This year's line up is full of emerging voices and filmmakers who transcended the resources they had on hand, often with an alchemist's touch."
Over the course of nine days, 130 features will »
David Fincher's "The Social Network" was the big winner at the Vancouver Film Critics' Circle winning three trophies including Best Film, Best Director for Fincher, and Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.
In the Canadian film categories, "Incendies" won Best Canadian Film, Best Director for Denis Villeneuve, and Best Actress for Lubna Azabal. I'm glad that Delphine Chaneac won Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film for "Splice." (Check out my interview with Delphine Chaneac for "Splice" right here)
Here's the complete list of winners (bolded) and nominees (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):
Colin Firth, The King.s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter.s Bone
Best Supporting Actor
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