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#30: Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas is essentially a patchwork of narratives thematically linked with minor coincidences and recurring symbolism. With six stories spanning several centuries, Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. As a parable of how we are all connected, each protagonist in Cloud Atlas wrestles with some form of oppression, based on either gender, age, race, sexual orientation, genetics and so on. In 1850, a young American lawyer sailing on a ship through the South Pacific is slowly being poisoned by a doctor who wants the treasure of gold he is hiding. In the 1930s, an inspiring composer follows his dreams while recounting his journey via love letters to his gay lover. A journalistic potboiler set »
This has been a long year for the Weekend Warrior blog and we've done a ton of interviews, but if we could just pick one actor or actress who really blew us away, we'd probably have to go with Rosemarie DeWitt, who began the year by running the gauntlet of film festivals of one third the cast of Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister along with Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass. It would be the movie that has had the most impact on DeWitt as the cast won an award for Best Ensemble at the Gotham Awards and DeWitt received an Indie Spirit nomination a few days later. DeWitt could also be seen at Sundance in Ry Russo-Young's Nobody Walks playing John Krasinski's wife, but even Russo-Young was so impressed with what DeWitt did that she gave her character more screen time. DeWitt also »
2012 wasn’t a bad year for movies. It was actually a great year. The problem is, the movies we were most anticipating, specifically the Hollywood blockbusters like Prometheus and The Hobbit, didn’t live up to our expectations. With that said I still managed to make a list of 50 films I loved. Maybe I just have bad taste or maybe I just love movies but the most time consuming factor when making this list was sitting down and deciding what makes the cut and what doesn’t. Even with 50 films listed below, I found it hard to not include movies like Frankenweenie, The Loneliest Planet, Footnote, Compliance, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, and Searching For Sugar Man. Come to think of it, every film featured on our list of best documentaries could have easily snuck into this list. I haven’t seen everything of course. Below is »
Lynn Shelton‘s latest project Touchy Feely is one of the movies that will play in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival next month. As you already see from our title, we’re here today to start a little chat about this movie & to share some pretty cool images from the whole thing. What happens when a family’s delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels? Check out the rest of this report to find that out!
Written and directed by Shelton, Touchy Feely centers on a massage therapist named Abby, and played by Rosemarie DeWitt, who is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact.
Or, if you prefer more details:
Abby is a free-spirited massage therapist. Her brother, Paul, an emotional zombie, owns a flagging dental practice, where he enlists the assistance of his equally emotionally stunted daughter, »
- Jeanne Standal
Take a first (official) look at the upcoming comedy-drama Prince Avalanche, which comes from director David Gordon Green, and stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. They look like real road workers, that’s for sure! In case you’re not so familiar with this project, I will first inform you that the movie is actually a remake of the Icelandic film Either Way, and that it will premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival next month.
Written and directed by David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche centers on two highway road workers Alvin, played by Rudd, and Lance, played by Hirsch, who spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives.
An odd couple of sorts, meditative and stern Alvin and his girlfriend’s brother, Lance, dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. »
- Jeanne Standal
So here's the pitch: a massage therapist develops an aversion to bodily contact. Hilarity right? You might think that, as it's from Lynn Shelton, the writer/director behind "Humpday" and "Your Sister's Sister." But as the helmer tells EW, her latest "Touchy Feely" marks a bit of a change. ”It doesn’t have this rollicky, bantering feel that my last couple films have had,” she says. “It definitely has laughs, but it really is a drama. It’s really about attempting to live in your own skin, both literally and metaphorically.” The movie has lined up an absolutely great cast with Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Scoot McNairy and Josh Pais all taking roles, and Shelton expands on the themes of the film. “One thing that this film delves into that I’ve never really dealt with before is how your work relates to your sense of worth and your identity, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sundance Institute has selected 12 projects for its next prestigious Screenwriters Lab, which takes place Jan. 11-16 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The annual workshops give selected films a leg up in the independent film community in terms of financing and representation and make them likely candidates for the institute’s signature film festival, also in January. Ten films prevoiusly supported by the Institute’s Feature Film Program will screen at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, including “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” “May in the Summer” and “Blue Caprice.” D.V. DeVincentis, Michael Goldenberg, Susannah Grant, Walter Mosley, Marti Noxon, David Seidler, Robin Swicord and Erin Cressida Wilson are among the creative advisors that will work with the 2013 screenwriting lab fellows. Read More: Sundance 2013: James Ponsoldt, Lynn Shelton, Shane Carruth Lead U.S. Dramatic Competition Program “We are thrilled to »
- Jay A. Fernandez
Chicago – A mother trying to protect her son from an assassin, a man who coordinates lap dances for a living, a woman whose dreams have died, a gambler betting on his son, and two people at the heart of Abraham Lincoln’s fight to end slavery and the Civil War — 2012 certainly offered a wide array of memorable supporting characters in motion pictures. These are simply my 20 favorites (and come back later today for the accompanying lead performances).
The Best Supporting Actresses of 2012
Five Runner-ups (in alphabetical order): Samantha Barks (“Les Miserables”), Judi Dench (“Skyfall”), Isabelle Huppert (“Amour”), Shirley MacLaine (“Bernie”), and Emma Watson (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”).
Photo credit: The Weinstein Company
A lot of actresses might have taken the role of The Master’s wife and merely turned it into a variation on »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Writer-director Lynn Shelton has drawn a ton of praise this year for her touching and troubling dramedy Your Sister's Sister. The film, which centered on the tangled relationship of a man in mourning, his generous best friend and her heartbroken big sister, scored coveted spots at the Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance before hitting theaters in the U.S. last June. It was widely celebrated by critics, and went on to earn nearly 13 times its budget at the domestic box office. In the early stages of award season announcements Your Sister's Sister has already scored its star, Rosemarie DeWitt, a Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female, and now you can get a look at she and Shelton's next collaboration Touchy Feely. Shelton shared the pics below with EW, and confessed her next feature will be more of a drama than her previous works. The story centers on a »
Lynn Shelton’s latest film has a touchy subject. Literally. The writer-director of Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister is re-teaming with Rosemarie DeWitt — who just scored a Spirit nom for Sister — on Touchy Feely, a drama about a massage therapist who develops an aversion to bodily contact. Shelton spoke exclusively with EW about the project, which she says goes into more dramatic territory that her previous projects. ”It doesn’t have this rollicky, bantering feel that my last couple films have had,” she says. “It definitely has laughs, but it really is a drama. It’s really about attempting »
- Lanford Beard
The Sundance Institute has announced the 10 films and filmmakers chosen from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival program that will screen as part of its Sundance Film Festival USA initiative. On January 31, 10 independent theaters around the country will host showings of official Sundance selections along with Q&As with the filmmakers. Included this year are Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling’s “The East,” Lynn Shelton’s “Touchy Feely,” Jill Soloway’s “Afternoon Delight” and the James Ponsoldt-directed “The Spectacular Now,” among others. Tickets for the screenings will be available at each local theater’s box office. Read More: Sundance Curiosities: 5 Observations on the 2013 Lineup, From the Mysteries of Next <=> to the New Provocateurs “Sundance Film Festival USA celebrates the theaters and audiences that are an integral part of supporting and encouraging the work of independent »
- Jay A. Fernandez
Sundance announced it’s Spotlight program selections today, which consists of plum titles that have enjoyed prestigious premieres at other festivals from the year before. Last year, Sundance nabbed Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, Phillippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar, and Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister, to name a few. This year, Sundance has amassed a well chosen selection for Spotlight, rolling out Israel’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film, the New York Film Fest premiered Fill the Void (which was just nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Film and Best First Screenplay), followed by several high profile Cannes titles, like Pablo Larrain’s No, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, Anurag Kashrap’s five hour plus epic Gangs of Wasseypur, and Jeff Nichols’ latest, Mud (which avoided screening at the heavyweight Fall festivals, like Toronto and Venice – and which we accurately predicted). Then, from Tiff and Venice »
- Nicholas Bell
Thursday afternoon, the Sundance Film Festival released the official line-ups for its out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier. And, yes, James Franco is involved. As usual, the Spotlight section is populated with films that have shown elsewhere, mainly at other festivals, and prompted notable chatter. This year, Jeff Nichols' "Mud" and Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers," both Cannes premieres, share space with Rama Burshtein's New York Film Festival drama "Fill the Void" and Sarah Polley's Venice-Telluride-Toronto quasi-doc "Stories We Tell." Read More: Sundance 2013: James Ponsoldt, Lynn Shelton, Shane Carruth Lead U.S. Dramatic Competition Program Park City at Midnight's more genre-heavy sidebar includes comedies, horror films and movies that straddle both: Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon's "Hell Baby," Calvin Lee Reeder's "The Rambler" and »
- Jay A. Fernandez
Check out the new Hollywood Reporter roundtable interview with Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, Ang Lee, Ben Affleck and Tom Hooper, in which the directors discuss tough onset moments, "difficult" brothers, navigating temper tantrums, early retirement plans and more. Full video and highlights below. Last year's complaint -- from the media and members of the directors roundtable alike -- about the lack of women on the panel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Presumably Kathryn Bigelow, Ava DuVernay, Lynn Shelton, and Brenda Chapman were unavailable. On working with brothers on set: Tom Hooper: "I was 14 years old. I was directing my brother Ben in my second movie, Bomber Jacket… I've got 100 feet of film, which I'm running at 16 frames a second, which gives me a shooting ratio of about 1.2 to 1. And my brother suddenly realizes that he has a power over me that never in »
- Beth Hanna
Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes was announced last night as one of the sixteen films premiering at Sundance in the Us Dramatic Competition category, and with a cast led by Kaya Scodelario (Moon) and Jessica Biel (The Illusionist), it is certainly one to look forward to.
“Emanuel, a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.”
Starring alongside Scodelario and Biel will be a promising cast, headed up by Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Frances O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence), Jimmi Simpson (Date Night), and Aneurin Barnard (Citadel).
Gregorini will be facing some strong competition in the same category, »
- Kenji Lloyd
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Megan Rapinoe and her babe twin sister Rachael Rapinoe are in this Fox News special. Also, the beautiful city of Portland!
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Emily Owens M.D. has been cancelled. It's probably because they had no idea how to write for their lesbian character.
Leighton Meester is getting pretty sexy in the new issue of Flaunt. Love the article title, too.
How dare she cheat on Blake Lively.
The National Enquirer apparently refers to Samantha Ronson as "Samantha 'Tha’s a Man' Ronson." Why is this rag still around?
The Mary-Sue discovered that writer/director James Gunn was a little homophobic in a post about the 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With. »
The Sundance Film Festival recently announced the first round of programming, and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition: Mother of George - Directed by Andrew Dosunmu, starring Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa, Yaya Alafia, and Bukky Ajayi. The Lifeguard - Written and directed by Liz W. Garcia, starring Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Amy Madigan, and David Lambert. The Spectacular Now - Directed by James Ponsoldt, starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Kyle Chandler. Touchy Feely - Written and directed by Lynn Shelton, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page, and Josh Pais. Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27. Mother of George / U.S.A. (Director: Andrew Dosunmu, Screenwriter: Darci Picoult) — A »
- Brendan Bettinger
The Sundance Film Festival has announced its line-up for 2013, with another bunch of indie hopefuls heading into competition. Faces to look of for in the line-up include Daniel Radcliffe (Kill Your Darlings), Rooney Mara (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Juno Temple (Afternoon Delight), Jessica Biel (Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes), Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale) and Flight Of The Conchords’ Bret McKenzie (a rare dramatic role in Austenland). Your Sister’s Sister director Lynn Shelton returns with Touchy Feely. The festival is...
- Matt Maytum
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints has been one of the most anticipated films I’ve been looking forward to since we heard back in the spring that it would be led by Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster, by far three of my favourite actors of all time.
We heard earlier tonight that the film will be making its world premiere at Sundance in January with the film festival’s line-up announcement, and now the first official image of Mara and Affleck has debuted online.
“The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.”
Lowery took the Grand Jury Award for his short film, Pioneers, at SXSW last year, and developed the script »
- Kenji Lloyd
2013′s Sundance Film Fest sees a mix of returnees in Cherien Dabis, Lynn Shelton, Andrew Dosunmu, Shane Carruth (see Upstream Color pic below) and James Ponsoldt, a batch of newbies, and Sundance short film to feature film graduates in David Lowery (see Ain’t Them Bodies Saints pic of Affleck and Mara above) and Jordan Vogt-Roberts as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Of the 16 films from an equal split of male and female auteurs (with Gotham Award Grant winner Stacie Passon (Concussion) among them), we accurately predicted half of the listed titles below.
Afternoon Delight / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jill Soloway) — In this sexy, dark comedy, a lost L.A. housewife puts her idyllic hipster life in jeopardy when she tries to rescue a stripper by taking her in as a live-in nanny. Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints / U. »
- Eric Lavallee
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