5 items from 2016
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Sony Pictures Classics has announced that they have acquired North American rights to Academy Award winner Taylor Hackford’s comedy, “The Comedian.” Written by Art Linson, the film stars Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Edie Falco, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone and Veronica Ferres.
The film follows “an aging comic icon, Jackie (Robert De Niro) [who] has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, »
- Kate Erbland
Plus: Warner Bros dates all-female Ocean’s 8; Vimeo’s big plans for Staff Pick channel; and more…
Lion is the Centerpiece screening and Lost In Paris will receive the Rare Pearl Award.
“From Damien Chazelle’s modern musical La La Land, starring the dazzling Emma Stone, to Natalie Portman’s iconic portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie, these films set the bar for the entire programme of impressive work coming to our screens in November,” said Denver Film Society festival director Britta Erickson.
Organisers will announce the full programme on Monday.
Warner Bros and Village Roadshow said on Wednesday the studio will release the all-femaleOcean’s 8on June 8 2018.Vimeo on Wednesday unveiled an initiative to extend its Staff Pick channel into a year-long online film festival. An open submissions »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Nobody wants to admit it, but the TV shows you watch as a kid help shape your personality as an adult. Sure, there are lots of other factors, like your friends, family, and siblings, but for kids who were allowed television time -- or sneak-watched while at a friend's house -- TV shows were a vital part of shaping your worldview. From "The Powerpuff Girls" kicking butt in Townsville to the magic of the "Wizards of Waverly Place," kids shows that are no longer on the air were downright fascinating. Well, most of them.
That isn't to say kids' shows today aren't just as awesome as the classics. There's always "Adventure Time's" brilliance or the galactic plot lines of "Star Wars Rebels," but nothing compares to watching Miley Cyrus pretend to be two different people with only a wig to tell "them" apart. Of course, child stars grow up, »
- Chelsea Perrotty
The Sand, 2015.
Directed by Isaac Gabaeff.
A group of partygoers get trapped on a beach after an all-night party as the sand devours anybody who touches it.
Anybody who has seen the 1987 anthology movie Creepshow 2 will be familiar with The Raft, the best segment of the film and one that tells a simple story of four young adults trapped on a lake by an oil slick-type thing that consumes anybody who gets in the water. It’s not very long and uses minimal effects but it is a compact and tight little story told well. The Sand tells pretty much the same story but is stretched out to 81 minutes and is filled with the most thinly written stereotypes that teen horror movies have to offer, along with some awful dialogue and Asylum-level CGI effects »
- Amie Cranswick
Hannah Montana starred Cyrus as Miley Stewart, a regular teenager who moonlights as a famous pop star called Hannah Montana. The series also starred Billy Ray Cyrus, Jason Earles, Emily Osment, and Mitchel Musso. It ran from 2006 to 2011.
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5 items from 2016
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