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A 2011 Top Ten list from one of Tribeca Film Festival's Programmers, including a list of indie hits that may have never made it onto your radar. Aaron Levine Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival (list in alphabetical order) These are the top ten films you may've missed, and if so, treat yourself to some great indie gems for the holidays. Archie's Final Project (David Lee Miller) A cinematic shot of adrenaline with an important, powerful message. Look out for star Gabriel Sunday who sets the screen on fire. Attack the Block (Joe Cornish) Grab your popcorn and buckle up. This rollercoaster ride is the most fun you'll have all year (Allow it, Truth, Believe). Cook County (David Pomes) Down and dirty backwoods grit. Anson Mount knocks it out of the park. happythankyoumoreplease (Josh Radnor) A pitch perfect New York ensemble of life, love, and following your heart. Like Crazy (Drake Doremus) This »
Not going to brave the icy roads and chilling winds of Park City, Utah this January for the Sundance Film Festival 2012? No matter. The festival is once again going to bring the films to you if you live in Ann Arbor, Mi; Boston, Ma; Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, Il; Houston, TX; Nashville, Tn; Orlando, Fl; San Francisco, CA; or Tucson, Az. Those are the cities that will be getting special screenings of some of Sundance 2012's most promising films in a program called Sundance Film Festival USA. Last year , films like Cedar Rapids, Like Crazy, Win Win and Our Idiot Brother all played as part of this program, months before their regular release dates, and this year's films feature stars like Susan Sarandon, Elijah Wood, Chris Rock, Kirsten Dunst, Tim Roth, David Duchovny and many more. All the screenings take place on January 26. Read more after the jump. Here's the description »
- Germain Lussier
 It's been about five years now since Zac Efron became a household name thanks to High School Musical, and for the last few of those he's been attempting to branch out with more serious, grown-up roles. Unfortunately, he hasn't had much luck in that department so far. Though Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles received favorable reviews, it failed to draw much of an audience, and the schmaltzy Charlie St. Cloud didn't do him any favors. I haven't seen Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve yet, but it's probably safe to guess that won't do much to boost Efron's career, either. Next year's looking a little more auspicious for the former Disney star, with Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts, Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, and the Dr. Seuss adaptation The Lorax all lined up -- but first, he's got one more crappy-looking drama to get out of his system. »
- Angie Han
Sorry I’m late with the news roundup, but the man I am going to say something has slowly built his successful acting career. Therefore, there is no need to hurry. The actor who has since established himself in Hollywood by acquiring lead roles in the films The Visitor and The Cabin in the Woods has [...]
Continue reading Divorce Comedy A.C.O.D. Adds Richard Jenkins on FilmoFilia.
- Nick Martin
Although he has unfortunately never had enough star power to claim major leading roles, Richard Jenkins has been giving excellent performances, comedic and dramatic, for a while now. He finally got a deserved oscar nomination for his performance in Tom Mccarthy‘s The Visitor, and since them he has been working non-stop. In the past 2 years, he has acted in some 9 films, and plans to continue this prolific run in 2012, having worked on 5 films that are due to release that year, including Josh Radnor‘s Liberal Arts and Andrew Dominick‘s Cogan’s Trade.
Emphasizing the notion that he really loves acting, Jenkins has signed on to take part in yet another film. This one is a comedy titled “A.C.O.D.” (which stands for Adult Children Of Divorce), which stars Adam Scott (who accompanied Jenkins in Step Brothers) as a man who has been inbetween his parent’s fights for over 20 years, »
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Following last week's announcements of the Competition and Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier lineups, the Sundance Film Festival, running January 19 through 29, has just announced the lineups for its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Straight from today's release:
A showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. Each is a world premiere.
2 Days in New York / France (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) — Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon. Image above.
Arbitrage / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Nicholas Jarecki) — A »
Just about every film at Sundance is a world premiere. So why is there a "Premieres" section, and how is it different than the Competition or the Spotlight or the New Frontiers or the Next or...okay, I think that's all of them. Sundance describes Premieres as "a showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors" and Documentary Premieres as "about big subjects or by master filmmakers that showcase the power of the form."
Basically, what it really means is here's where you find the attention-grabbers at Sundance. These are the big honking movies, the movies featuring Hollywood directors and talent coming down from their Valhalla of craft services and video village to get their hands dirty with the independents. These are the movies that have the biggest red carpets and the majority of the press coverage (see this post).
True to form, »
- Matt Singer
With the premiere line-up announced for Sundance Film Festival 2012 yesterday, we get news that a batch of much-anticipated indies will be making their debut. With the announcement, we also have first look images at a number of high-profile features. First up is the next film from Josh Radnor, whose Happythankyoumoreplease grabbed the audience award at Sundance back in 2010. Liberal Arts stars Elizabeth Olsen, who lit up last year’s fest with Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House. She stars alongside Radnor, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, and Elizabeth Reaser. Check out a still above and one below.
When 30-something Jesse is invited back to his alma mater, he falls for a 19-year-old college student and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them.
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Last week, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival announced their first wave of programming, featuring twenty-six titles that will be screening in competition. They followed that with the announcement of their Spotlight, Next, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontiers films. It was two days of absolute madness and glee, and the festival sagely waited a few days, giving us the buffer of a weekend to catch our collective breath, before breaking out the big guns. The Premiere and Documentary Premieres. That’s a bit clunky – so the Premieres! The Premieres are here! Per usual, here’s a list of films that immediately jump out at me: Julie Delpy’s follow-up to 2 Days in Paris, the Delpy and Chris Rock-starring 2 Days in New York, Nicholas Jarecki’s Abritrage (which stars one of last year’s break-out stars, Brit Marling, in her fist big-time feature role), Lee Toland Krieger’s Celeste and Jesse Forever (which stars co-writer Rashida Jones), Stephen Frears »
- Kate Erbland
Another movie that will premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival is a project titled Liberal Arts which comes from writer and director Josh Radnor. Today, we have a fresh images for the movie that stars lovely Elizabeth Olsen as a 19-year-old college student. Quite different role from that Martha Marcy May Marlene movie, right? [...]
Related posts:Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen are Joining for Liberal Arts Richard Jenkins Set to Re-team with Josh Radnor on Liberal Arts Elizabeth Olsen Joins De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy in Red Lights
The Sundance Film Festival (apart from Venice) remains the only major film festival that we have not yet had a chance to fully cover. Hopefully 2012 will change that situation. It is one of our goals for next year and so you should be seeing a lot of Sundance posts for the next two or so months.
Sundance has just announced their Feature and Documentary Premieres for next months line-up and it of course includes notable stand-outs including Spike Lee‘s latest Red Hook Summer, Stephen Frears‘ Lay the Favourite, Josh Radnor‘s sophomore effort, Liberal Arts with Elizabeth Olson and Joe Berlinger‘s latest documentary on Paul Simon. In other words, if you are lucky enough to attend the festival, now is the time to get even more excited.
Here’s the full list of feature and documentary premieres at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival:
A showcase of some of »
How I Met Your Mother 7.12: "Symphony of Illumination" Review
The excitement I felt when tonight’s How I Met Your Mother began with Robin telling her kids about how she told their father (Barney!) she was pregnant was palpable. So much so that I actually had to do a double take on the DVR and rewind it a few times to make sure I heard her right. I just couldn’t believe it!
Too bad that double take was for nothing as we found out by episode’s end that these “kids” were just a sham, a figment of Robin’s imagination. I guess it was too good to be true that the show could have that much plot development take place so nonchalantly in an episode but damn, it would have been fantastic. And it would have made this one if not the best episode of the season. »
With our continuing coverage of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Spotlight line-up, we’re bringing you some early looks at next year’s films. Hit the jump for synopses and images from writer-director Julie Delpy's 2 Days in New York, starring Delpy and Chris Rock; writer-director Nicholas Jarecki's Arbitrage, starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth; writer-director Leslye Headland's Bachelorette, starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan; and writer-director Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts, starring Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from Thursday, January 19th to Sunday, the 29th. Click here for all our coverage. 2 Days in New York / France (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming »
- Dave Trumbore
West Of Memphis/Credit: Olivia Hamel
Special Event with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hitRECord on Jan. 26
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival will be held January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The fact that most of the Premieres have been produced completely independently further underscores the resourcefulness and tenacity of filmmakers in this climate. That drive and entrepreneurial spirit has pushed narrative and documentary filmmakers alike to create rich stories which will entertain and inspire audiences at the festival and in the year to come.”
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Featuring one of the most influential directors of all time »
- Michelle McCue
Elizabeth Olsen, this year's Sundance darling (or one of them anyway) is returning to Park City to prove she wasn't just a one hit wonder, with another indie aiming to turn heads. She toplines "How I Met Your Mother" actor Josh Radnor's sophomore feature "Liberal Arts." This time around, the director of "Happythankyoumoreplease" will tell the story of a 35-year-old man (Radnor) who can’t leave his college life behind as he comes to grips with the responsibilities of adulthood. Olsen will play Zibby, a 19 year-old college student who falls for Jesse over their mutual love of music and literature, but their difference in age starts to get in the way as Jesse moves farther away from a hedonistic lifestyle. Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro and Elizabeth Reaser round out the cast. Also headed to Utah is "Goats." An adaptation of Mark Jude Poirier's 2000 novel of the same name, »
As potentially exciting as the in competition  and out of competition  films that will play the 2012 Sundance Film Festival are, the fact is most people haven't heard of them yet. The Premiere category, though, that's where the big movies are. Or, at least, the movies with the big names. This year's line up with is no exception with stand-outs including Spike Lee's latest Red Hook Summer, Stephen Frears' gambling film Lay the Favorite with Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rebecca Hall, Josh Radnor's sophomore effort, Liberal Arts with Elizabeth Olson and Joe Berlinger's latest documentary focusing on Paul Simon. Plus there are films with Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Parker Posey, Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Read about them all below. Here's the full list of feature and documentary premieres »
- Germain Lussier
Following the two initial line-up announcements for Sundance Film Festival 2012, we have the slate for their premiere section. These are usually the top-class of recognizable names in the indie world, whereas the rest of the line-up is gear more for discovery. Some of the big titles include Spike Lee‘s Red Hook Summer, Julie Delpy‘s 2 Days in New York, Kirsten Dunst‘s drama/comedy Bachelorette, as well as Josh Radnor‘s Happythankyoumoreplease follow-up Liberal Arts and the next film from the director of Buried; two films from directors who made initial splashes at Sundance. I’m also greatly looking forward to the next film from Man on Wire and Project Nim director James Marsh, which stars Clive Owen, as well as a new film from Stephen Frears. Check out the full list below.
A showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors. »
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Getty Images The marquee of the Egyptian Theater announces the Sundance Film Festival.
The films will open in the fest’s out of competition Premieres section and feature A-list heavy casts that include the likes of Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Chris Rock. Such films are perfect for Sundance’s out-of-competition screenings, which help draw attention to the festival »
- Michelle Kung
Sundance Film Festival unveiled its Premieres and Documentary Premieres lineup Monday afternoon, completing its major announcements for feature films both in and out of competition. All world debuts, films screening in Sundance's Premiere's section will showcase a cross-section of new work from veteran directors, including Julie Delpy, Nicholas Jarecki, Josh Radnor, Spike Lee and more. Created last year, Documentary Premieres also features new work from established filmmakers. All eight in the section will have their world premieres, including new features from Stacy Peralta, Rory Kennedy, Joe Berlinger and Amy Berg. Curiously, Berg's new doc presents the story of the West Memphis Three, a story made famous via the "Paradise Lost" trio of docs by Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, which began in the '90s, with the latest installment having made the festival rounds earlier this fall. John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said in a »
Announced today are the titles screening in the out-of-competition Premiers and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
The complete list of films are below. See films in competition. See films in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next and New Frontier sections.
Highlights include closing night film The Words, starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Zoe Saldana; Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s online arts community hitRECord will be showcased and audiences are invited to interact and contribute to the works; films from Julie Delpy, Nicholas Jarecki, Stephen Frears, Josh Radnor, Spike Lee, James Marsh, Joe Berlinger, Stacy Peralta, Rory Kennedy; and a new West Memphis 3 documentary produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil), West of Memphis. Which has received a lot of attention through the social networking world in the last 12 hours.
The 2012 fest takes place Jan. 19-29.
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- Jason Guerrasio
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