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Evan Crooke’s Osiris Entertainment will unveil select 2014 titles at this week’s Afm beginning with Olympus Pictures’ drama “Bottled Up,” which stars Melissa Leo, Josh Hamilton and Marin Ireland. Osiris is also planning to unveil “Matt’s Chance” starring Edward Furlong; the romantic comedy “A Big Love Story,” about a former football player who falls for his personal trainer; and “Bloodline,” which is a horror movie in the vein of “Cabin in the Woods.” Also Read: The Chinese Are Coming to Afm, but Will Business Follow? Enid Zentelis (“Evergreen”) directed “Bottled Up,” which explores the debilitating effects of prescription drug abuse and the heart-wrenching. »
- Jeff Sneider
News finally arrived that the upcoming Broadway revival of Les Misérables has its principal cast intact — with Iran-born musical-theater hunk Ramin Karimloo in his first Broadway role as the bread-stealing Valjean, Tony-nominee Will Swenson (Hair) as staunch Javert, Ghost’s Caissie Levy dreaming a dream of time gone by as tragic heroine Fantine, and Book of Mormon Tony victor Nikki M. James as lovelorn Eponine. Will they duplicate the successes (or in Russell Crowe’s case, non-successes) of their film counterparts, this time without the fish-eye lenses? The spring will tell, but if you live up North and are dying of curiosity, »
- Jason Clark
Feature-length docu addressing a wide range of ecological issues including wind power, the destruction of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada, the benefits of organic farming, and the impact of globalisation on parts of rural India, also includes footage of Al Gore being interviewed by Prince Charles on climate change in 1988.
Discovery is distributing all rights to the two-hour “Harmony” docu globally, excluding German-speaking territories. It has already aired in the U.S. on NBC.
Tricon To Distribute AMC’s “The Divide” Internationally
AMC Studios and Tricon Films & Television »
- Nick Vivarelli
Masterful in its silences, a little less so in its chatter, writer/director Noah Buschel's Sparrows Dance begins almost as a tribute to Chantal Akerman’s masterpiece, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Qual du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, the difference mainly being a dissimilar choice of heroines. Instead of a bored housewife turned prostitute, we have a former actress turned agoraphobic who hasn't left her apartment in over year.
Additionally, here the heroine has no name, at least her moniker's never revealed. Instead she's listed as Woman in Apartment (Marin Ireland) on the credits. That's possibly why in many of the early shots her physiognomy is blocked out. She's lying in the bathtub with a white washcloth over her face. We view her from the back as she vigorously rides her exercise bike. Or we just see her eye as she stares out of her peephole to make sure she’s safe.
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- Brandon Judell
Written and directed by Noah Buschel
While constant corporate factors are frequent roadblocks to the success of independent filmmaking – budget, marketing, and star power to name a few – other, creative factors encourage a noticeable foundation in marking a calling card for small-time directors and actors: poignant settings, modestly strong plots, and standout performances. A worthy independent film may have one of these qualities, but only a special indie possesses all three. Such is the case with Noah Buschel’s Sparrows Dance.
Sparrows Dance tells the story of an agoraphobic actress (Marin Ireland) who stops leaving her apartment, crippled by fear of the outside world. Living off delivery food and residuals from her acting career, she spends her days parading through her everyday routines and spying on the city from her window. But when her toilet overflows and a kind, compassionate plumber (Paul Sparks) shows up, she reluctantly allows him into her life. »
- Christopher Clemente
Written by Noah Buschel
Directed by Noah Buschel
Set in modern-day New York City, Noah Buschel’s Sparrows Dance follows the day-to-day life of an agoraphobic former-actress (a drabbed down Marin Ireland, Homeland). Hitting a decent amount of the Mumblecore check points, the film is low budget (an estimated $175,000 production) and uses naturalistic dialogue and pacing. At the beginning of the 82 minute film, a good fifteen minutes or so is dedicated to establishing that the female lead is indeed agoraphobic and that her life revolves around bodily functions such as going to the bathroom (the film starts with her on the toiler), exercising (on a vintage-looking stationary bike) and eating (takeout: the agoraphobic’s choice). Unfortunately for her neurosis and luckily for us, her toilet clogs up enough that she has to call up a plumbing service. To her dismay, they tell her that they can’t »
- Diana Drumm
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems
Set in a world of scantily clad demon hunters, bisexual warlocks, and a host of vampires and werewolves apparently on loan from “The Twilight Saga,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is a ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness. Even by the genre’s lax standards of plausibility, not a whole lot coheres in this first adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling urban-fantasy series, a muddled mash-up of Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling and Joss Whedon with a little “Men in Black” thrown in for good measure. While its tattooed torsos, fantastical f/x and precociously kinky undertones suggest a focus group’s notion of what teenagers want from their entertainment, this Canadian-German »
- Variety Staff
Reclusive Romantics: Buschel’s Contained Character Study Shines Beyond The Walls
Location, location, location, that is essentially the most powerful cinematic tool in Noah Buschel’s latest static meditation about improbable love. An extremely minimalistic piece of indie filmmaking, Sparrows Dance utilizes every peculiarity about its setting and characters to make a feature-length offbeat romance out of what might have seem like very little on paper.
An unnamed woman (played delightfully by Marin Ireland) who lives by herself in a NYC apartment quickly reveals via her eccentric acts of self-reclusion that she is not fond of company. She orders food through the phone pretending she has someone else around as if ashamed of her voluntary isolation, and even demands the delivery guy takes the money and leaves the food by the door. One day the serendipitous malfunctioning of her toilet forces her to tone down her agoraphobic behavior in order »
- Carlos Aguilar
Sparrows Dance, 2012.
Written and Directed by Noah Buschel.
When her toilet begins to overflow, an agoraphobic actress reluctantly allows a plumber into her New York apartment.
You can just about imagine the pitching meetings that went on for this low-budget American indie: "Yeah, it's about this actress. And she hasn't been outside of her flat for over a year; she just orders takeaways and watches TV. And then her toilet starts leaking and she calls up a plumber and they make a connection..."
Loathers of the 'kooky' bitter-sweet would almost certainly avoid a less than inspired outline like that, which, as it turns out would be an intense shame.
This is because Sparrows Dance reveals itself to be an affecting and effective black comedy drama laying bare a wealth of observation concerned with the human condition and »
- Flickering Myth
This weekend, a movie that is very close to our hearts finally opens. "Sparrows Dance" is a micro-sized indie romantic comedy about a woman (played by Marin Ireland from "Homeland") who refuses to leave her apartment, which makes meeting someone something of a challenge. This changes when her toilet gets backed up and she has to hire a plumber (Paul Sparks from "Boardwalk Empire"). Love blossoms, but as Poison taught us, every rose has its thorns, and this rose is super thorny. We saw the film before last year's Hamptons Film Festival and fell in love. It's just as quirky and fun and technically proficient as something like "Frances Ha," and it's finally seeing the light of day thanks to Tribeca Films.We got to speak to director Noah Buschel and Ireland back at the Hamptons Film Festival, where we talked about Buschel's attraction and revulsion to the "mumblecore" sub-genre, »
- Drew Taylor
Following its warm reception on the festival circuit last year before getting picked up by Tribeca Film, an official trailer for "Sparrows Dance" has now hit the web, just in time for its release later this month. Directed by Noah Buschel, the eccentric comedy follows a former actress (Marin Ireland) who, after suffering from a dramatic case of stage fright, has retreated into agoraphobic tendencies, devoting her days to staying inside her apartment and watching TV. When a kindly plumber (Paul Sparks) arrives to fix her flooding toilet, he helps shake her out of her antisocial shell. "Sparrows Dance" will be available on VOD and iTunes on August 20 before opening at the Quad Cinema on August 23. »
- Clint Holloway
There are cinematic treasures to be found everywhere, and one movie that struck us last year was first discovered tucked away at the Hamptons International Film Festival. "Sparrows Dance" captivated our own Drew Taylor, who not only called it "deeply affecting, smartly acted and thoroughly charming" in his A-grade review, but named it as his Best Movie That Hasn't Been Picked Up Yet in his 2012 year-end recap. Well, the film now has a home with Tribeca Film and you can soon check it out in the comfort of your own home. Below you'll find the exclusive trailer for "Sparrows Dance," the latest from writer/director Noah Buschel, and it nicely conveys the unique, small scale story it tells so well. The film centers on a former actress (played by Marin Ireland), who finds herself confined to her apartment, crippled by fear of the outside world. She ekes out a living »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The biggest show on cable not involving zombies has a return date: A&E says Season 4 of "Duck Dynasty" will premiere on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
The premiere will be an hour-long episode in which the family asks Uncle Si to distract Phil and Kay while they plan a surprise party for the couple's 49th anniversary. Si, naturally, takes a different route.
Season 3 of "Duck Dynasty" averaged 8.4 million viewers -- more than half of whom were in the adults 18-49 demographic -- making it the No. 2 series on cable behind "The Walking Dead."
More TV news and notes:
- NBA player and Kim Kardashian ex Kris Humphries will play himself on an episode of "The Mindy Project" this season. Details on the role are scant, but the show has featured a couple other professional athletes in the past. [TV Guide]
Cabler ordered 10 hourlong episodes of “The Divide” and plans to debut them next year. Project was originally developed and piloted at sister net AMC, and the We TV series announcement comes on the heels of fellow AMC Networks-owned cabler Sundance Channel also entering into the scripted fray this year with “Top of the Lake” and “Rectify,” which was also initially developed at AMC.
“The Divide,” co-created by Lagravenese and Tony Goldwyn, centers on a case worker tasked with delving into the case of a death-row inmate she believes was wrongly convicted of the heinous murder of a family.
“‘The Divide’ gives We TV the opportunity to enter the »
- AJ Marechal
We TV announced its expansion into scripted programming with its first original scripted series, "The Divide," written by Richard Lagravenese ("Behind the Candelabra," "Water for Elephants," "The Bridges of Madison County") and co-created by Lagravenese and Tony Goldwyn ("Damages," "Dexter"). Marin Ireland ("Homeland," "The Killing," "Mildred Pierce") will co-star with Damon Gupton ("Prime Suspect," "Deadline"). The cast also includes Joe Anderson ("Across the Universe"), Aunjanue Ellis ("The Help"), Clarke Peters ("The Wire") and Paul Schneider ("Water for Elephants," "Parks and Recreation"). "The Divide" is a cerebral drama that explores personal morality and how all people -- especially ambitious people -- struggle with the shades of grey found in the absence of a clear-cut moral universe. The show probes how truth coexists in the modern justice system alongside ambition, ethics, politics and race. Christine Rosa is an impassioned case...
- Madeline Raynor
We TV announced its expansion into scripted programming with its first original scripted series, "The Divide," written by Richard Lagravenese ("Behind the Candelabra," "Water for Elephants," "The Bridges of Madison County") and co-created by Lagravenese and Tony Goldwyn ("Damages," "Dexter"). Marin Ireland ("Homeland," "The Killing," "Mildred Pierce") will co-star with Damon Gupton ("Prime Suspect," "Deadline"). The cast also includes Joe Anderson ("Across the Universe"), Aunjanue Ellis ("The Help"), Clarke Peters ("The Wire") and Paul Schneider ("Water for Elephants," "Parks and Recreation"). "The Divide" is a cerebral drama that explores personal morality and how all people -- especially ambitious people -- struggle with the shades of grey found in the absence of a clear-cut moral universe. The show probes how truth coexists in the modern justice system alongside ambition, ethics, politics and race. Christine Rosa is an impassioned case »
- Madeline Raynor
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Exclusive: AMC Networks‘ female-focused WEtv is looking to follow in the footsteps of siblings AMC, IFC and Sundance Channel by moving into original scripted series. I hear We is getting help in its plans from AMC, whose untitled Richard Lagravenese/Tony Goldwyn drama project is eyed to become We’s first scripted series. (The cable network also is exploring other scripted ideas.) I hear We is considering a nine-episode order to the Lagravenese/Goldwyn project, originally ordered as a pilot by AMC last year. It is a legal thriller centered on a district attorney (Damon Gupton) who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case. It explores race, capital punishment, personal morality and how people struggle with the shades of gray found in the absence of a simple, ordered moral universe. I hear the potential series order is contingent on finding a showrunner as David Manson, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Kevin Bacon's serial killer fever dream reaches its climax tonight over on Sky Atlantic. Have you been keeping up? Catch up with the story so far ...
The Following, a brooding, breakneck fever dream about a serial killer cult leader and the dogged ex-fbi agent on his trail is coming to an end tonight (Tuesday, 10pm, Sky Atlantic). Well, we say end – but as it's been picked up for a second series, there's every chance we will be left in some kind of limbo instead of watching Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) write his final chapter.
Over the past 14 weeks, it has been classic shout-along viewing. Don't go into that unlit cellar alone! Turn your phone back on! Let the FBI know where you are! Showrunner Kevin Williamson – the man behind Scream, The Vampire Diaries and Dawson's Creek – has borrowed the 24 model and run with it. That is, give a former »
- Richard Vine
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