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Rachel Weisz has a few interesting projects coming up. She's got a role in Terrence Malick's new film , (not The Tree of Life, but the one he's been shooting recently, possibly called The Burial) and is set for  Fernando Meirelles‘ film 360 and may be in Lynn Shelton's new film  with Emily Blunt. Plus, she's shooting the film The Deep Blue Sea right now, directed by Terence Davies and co-starring Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in Thor. That's a close-up of the first image from the film, above, and the full version is after the break. Empire  has the image. The Deep Blue Sea is based on the play of the same name by Terence Rattigan, and is set in the '50s in Merseyside and London. Rachel Weisz plays "dazzling socialite Hester Collyer," while Tom HIddleston plays "a dashing ex-raf pilot." They've got a thing going, but she's »
- Russ Fischer
Lynn Shelton, the director of the awesome mumblecore bromance "Humpday," has a new web series premiering today on MTV.com called "$5 Cover: Seattle." It's actually a new season (and new location) of a show created by "Hustle & Flow" director Craig Brewer, $5 Cover: Memphis" about the Memphis music scene. MTV.com describes Shelton's show as "both a long-form rock musical and 12-part series [that] captures the color, flavor and texture of Seattle's real nightlife -- as well as the hairy-tongued mornings after. With all the musicians playing themselves in stories drawn from their actual lives, the show emphasizes the authentic intimacy of a living, breathing musical community, as well as a sweet, deadpan sense of humor." Here's the trailer:
Movieline also has an interview with Shelton about the series and her work on the last season of "Mad Men;" she directed the episode "Hands and Knees." In the interview she talks about casting Playboy bunnies, »
- Matt Singer
Seattle native Lynn Shelton sprang to the forefront of the indie scene when her 2009 comedy Humpday -- about two straight male college friends who, ten years down the line, decide to make a gay pornography film as an art project -- won a slew of festival awards, including a Special Jury Prize for Spirit at Sundance and the John Cassavetes Award. Since then, Shelton helped MTV re-introduce music into its brand by directing the $5 Cover: Seattle web series (premiering today), which documents 13 local bands in loosely-scripted eight-minute episodes. As if that weren't enough, Matt Weiner summoned the Shelton to Los Angeles to helm this season's Mad Men episode episode "Hands and Knees." You'll recall that one, because it featured Playboy Bunnies. »
Last year, to much hype about the future of film festivals bringing films into people’s homes over the Internet, the Sundance Film Festival launched Next, a curated series of 8 “innovative” and “low-budget” films that also played on YouTube — for a price — for the duration of the fest.
As an innovative program, Next proved to be largely disappointing — to the indie film industry anyway, not to the filmmakers themselves. Getting into Sundance is a cachet for any filmmaker in and of itself, so that was bonus for these films. However, during the fest at the time, many film bloggers and writers complained that the Next films were impossible to find on YouTube. Plus, the entire program didn’t end up turning the industry or the current film festival paradigm on its ear, and financially it sounded like it was all a big bust.
But, Next, or as the festival also »
- Mike Everleth
Less than three hours after being named as the odd world premiere title in the Spotlight program which focuses mostly on U.S premieres of major festival titles or friends of the Sundance family screenings, IFC used the iron while it's still hot to announce that they've teamed with the Mumblecore director Joe Swanberg for the 4th time. A SXSW is certainly feasible for Uncle Kent and an early 2011 theatrical release appears logical. Gist: Co-written by Swanberg and Kent Osborne -- this centers on an L.A. cartoonist who tries over the course of a weekend to sleep with a houseguest visiting from New York. Worth Noting: The Swanberg and IFC connection: Hannah Takes the Stairs, Alexander the Last and Nights and Weekends. Do We Care?: This may be deemed as the "quickest pre-festival sale" for 2011's Sundance, but we'll probably instead wait for Lynn Shelton's next film. »
After announcing the 58 films in four categories that would be eligible for awards at Sundance, the film fest has now announced the next 57 movies to be screened this coming January. These 57 films are of course out of competition and will be included in Premieres, Next, Spotlight, New Frontiers and Midnight categories. Most are big name projects from already established filmmakers and some have already made their way around film festival in 2010. The list includes Kevin Smith’s Red State, Tom McCarthy’s Win Win, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Submarine, I Saw the Devil (which had plenty of buzz at Tiff) and my most anticipated film of 2011, Hobo With a Shotgun.
Here is the full list:
To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. »
Festival Adds New Native Showcase
As Previously Announced, Slacker to Screen From the Collection
Park City, Ut – Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Next (<=>), Spotlight, New Frontier, Park City at Midnight, as well as a new Native Showcase. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at http://www.sundance.org/festival/.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming said, “The Sundance Film Festival is uniquely a festival of discovery and we are once again privileged to showcase the work of talented new artists, including a special section devoted to Native filmmakers. But it’s also exciting to see returning directors honing their skills and emerging with dazzling new films. And the Next section highlights visionary work that shows aesthetic creativity is not limited by budget. »
- Michelle McCue
Yes, you read that right, they are out of competition but into lesbians courtesy of the midnight lineup.
What do we have to look forward to waiting two years for? Let's see..
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (you had me at lesbian)
Attenberg (I'm loving the coming Greek weird wave)
And many many more films, some of which we'll probably never get to see. Damn.
Full list after the break.
Eight American films selected for their innovative and original work in low- and no-budget filmmaking. Each is a world premiere.
Bellflower / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Evan Glodell) - A ballad for every person who has ever loved and lost - with enough violence, weapons, action and sex to tell a love story with apocalyptic stakes. Cast: Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes.
Following yesterday's announcement of the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions, the Sundance Film Festival has unveiled the second part of their lineup, which includes the more starry-eyed Premieres section, the best-of-fests Spotlight section, the sure-to-be-culty Park City at Midnight section, the low-budget Next section, and the more experimental New Frontier section (an extension of New Frontier Program, the collection of video art installations which has already been noted here for playing James Franco's dramatic multimedia examination of "Three's Company.")
In addition to the return of filmmakers like "Chuck & Buck"'s Miguel Arteta, "Clockwatchers" director Jill Sprecher, Kevin Smith and "The Station Agent"'s Thomas McCarthy to Park City, the festival will also welcome less frequent or first-time Sundance attendees such as Hollywood types Al Pacino ("Son of No One") and Tobey Maguire ("The Details") and mumblecore alums Joe Swanberg ("Uncle Kent," which announced it's been »
- Stephen Saito
Now in it's second year, Sundance's Next section which helps put the spotlight on low and no-budget films is stacked with familiar names and faces and of the eight we predicted Andrew Dosunmu's Restless City and Joshua Leonard's The Lie. Here are the list of eight world premieres. Bellflower /U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Evan Glodell) A ballad for every person who has ever loved and lost – with enough violence, weapons, action and sex to tell a love story with apocalyptic stakes. Cast: Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes. The Lie /U.S.A. (Director: Joshua Leonard; Screenwriters: Jeff Feuerzeig, Joshua Leonard, Mark Webber and Jess Weixler, based on the short story by T. Coraghessan Boyle) A man overwhelmed and disappointed with life tells a lie to avoid going to work… what could possibly go wrong? Cast: Joshua Leonard, Jess Weixler, Mark Webber, Alia Shawkat, »
Well, yesterday, we saw the full list of films in-competition; today, we get to see those titles that have been selected for Sundance 2011′s out-of-competition lineup.
And as I said with yesterday’s post, I’ll be going over the complete list, highlighting titles that need to be, taking into consideration this blog’s specific interests. The only title that immediately stands out is Brit John Akomfrah’s The Nine Muses, which MsWOO positively reviewed, after seeing it at the London Film Festival in October. Read her review Here.
But look for future posts profiling any other titles I deem worthy. I’ve applied for press credentials to attend next year’s festival. I won’t know until the 23rd of this month, whether I’ve been granted press access or not. If I am, I will attend the festival; and if I’m not, well, I probably won’t. »
Well, if the Competition titles at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival don't generate any early year Oscar buzz, I think it's safe to say the Out of Competition titles will. Several films that have already been seen and positively reviewed can be found in the fest's Spotlight Line-Up along with a batch of anticipated hopefuls in the Premiere Section.
Beginning with the festival's premieres, Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) is bringing Cedar Rapids to Park City where it will debut before it hits theaters only a couple weeks later on February 11. "Big Love" co-producers, Jill and Karen Sprecher are bringing an impressive cast for their crime drama The Convincer. Jacob Aaron Estes's The Details, which was shot only a few miles from my house in the Queen Anne district of Seattle, arrives with Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney and Tobey Maguire in tow.
- Brad Brevet
Wednesday, the 2011 Sundance Film Festival announced the 58 films in four categories  that would be eligible for awards. Today, they've announced the next slice of their line up - 57 out of competition films in the Premieres, Next, Spotlight, New Frontiers and Midnight categories. This is generally where you get many of the bigger name projects and this year is no exception. We already knew  that Kevin Smith's Red State would be on the list, but there's also Tom McCarthy's new film Win Win, Morgan Spurlock's documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, the highly buzzed-about Submarine, Fantastic Fest darling I Saw the Devil as well as Hobo With a Shotgun and a whole bunch more including films with Al Pacino, Tobey Maguire, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Paul Rudd and others. As we said yesterday, the announcement of the movies playing the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is like looking into our film futures. »
- Germain Lussier
Yesterday we revealed the in-competition line-up for this years Sundance Film Festival. Today the programmers have announced the second wave, the out-of-competition line-up. It includes six categories and you can check them all out below. We already knew Kevin Smith‘s Red State would be screening, as he announced on his podcast last night. The rest of this out-of-competition line-up is pretty unbelievable.
We get Cedar Rapids (from Youth In Revolt‘s Miguel Arteta), Mark Pellington‘s I Melt With You, My Idiot Brother starring Paul Rudd, Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win, as well as Dito Montiel‘s third feature The Son of No One. We also have new documentaries by Morgan Spurlock and Eugene Jarecki. Some of my favorite Tiff films are also making an appearance, including Submarine (pictured above) and Meek’s Cutoff. Check it out below.
To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance »
- Jordan Raup
Three major projects have seen their female leads recently depart, and two of them have already found replacements.
First up is the film adaptation of the play "Albert Nobbs" which admittedly has had cast come and go over the years it has been in development. "Mamma Mia" star Amanda Seyfried was set to play the role of 'Helen' in the production, but she's since been replaced by "Alice in Wonderland" actress Mia Wasikowska according to Bleeding Cool.
No reason has been given for the change, though the main lead remains very much in Glenn Close's hands. The film's director Rodrigo Garcia worked with Wasikowska previously on HBO's "In Treatment". Shooting on 'Nobbs' kicks off December 13th in Ireland.
- Garth Franklin
The untitled comedy will center on a man (Duplass) who comes between two sisters (Blunt and DeWitt).
Production is expected to commence in Seattle later this month.
- Jamie Neish
We have two quick pieces of casting news for you this morning. First up, David Tennant (Doctor Who) has joined the cast of the real-life soccer drama United. The film, directed by James Strong, centers on “Manchester United’s Busby Babes, the youngest team to win the English soccer league before eight players died in the Munich air crash of 1958.” According to Variety, Tennant will play the team’s coach, Jimmy Murphy. Jack O’Connell (Skins) and Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) will also star. Filming is set to begin this month.
Hit the jump for more casting news.
Variety reports that Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married) has replaced Rachel Weisz in an untitled film from Lynn Shelton (Humpday). As we previously reported, Weisz and Emily Blunt were set to play sisters in the semi-improvised film. According to Variety, Mark Duplass will play a man who comes between the sisters. »
- Matt Goldberg
With Rachel Weisz signing on for a number of projects all shooting within the next short while, we figured at least one of them was going to get left in the dust. As you might recall, early last month Weisz signed on to star in an untitled new film from director Lynn Shelton, who was behind last year's Sundance hit "Humpday." The semi-improvised film--which also stars Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass--revolves around a man who comes between two sisters, but it looks like Blunt will be getting a new sibling. Variety reports that Rosemarie DeWitt will replacing Weisz, who has… »
A few months back, I found out that "Humpday" director Lynn Shelton had been hired to direct an episode of the fourth season of "Mad Men" (and, because it wasn't yet public, I held onto to said information like a scared little boy clings to his favorite balloon, until AMC decided to release it into the online stratosphere). The news left me both excited and confused. "Humpday" was one of my favorite movies of 2010, a landmark improv comedy that deserved the major bump it got out of the Sundance Film Festival. It was a significant improvement over Shelton's last… »
Breaking: Rosalie Swedlin has left an 11-year run at Industry Entertainment to join Anonymous Content as manager and producer. Current clients making the move with Swedlin include David Frankel, Richard Shepard, Lynn Shelton, Nigel Cole, Kirsten Sheridan, Gary Winick, Michael Engler, Tommy Schlamme, Jane Anderson and John Riggi. Swedlin will also bring several of her film and TV projects with her. Swedlin left Icm to join Industry in 1999, and produced Clockers, Red Corner and the HBO film Live from Baghdad. Swedlin started at CAA. »
- MIKE FLEMING
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