18 items from 2015
Plot: The discovery of a human bone and an old gun sends a husband (Jake Johnson) and wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) on separate adventures over a few days in L.A that will test the strength of each partner's marital devotion. Review: It's not Sundance without Joe Swanberg, right? An insanely prolific director, the former mumblecore director continues his transition into the mainstream (his way) with Digging For Fire. Like his last few movies . Drinking Buddies and Happy Christmas . Digging »
- Chris Bumbray
"Digging For Fire," the new film from indie relationship dramedy favorite Joe Swanberg, premiered on Monday (January 26) evening at the Sundance Film Festival. You can check out my review of the star-studded film here. Bright and early on Wednesday, I caught up with the sleep-deprived Swanberg, co-writer and star Jake Johnson and star Rosemarie DeWitt to talk about "Digging For Fire." Swanberg skipped in after happily watching the first 15 minutes of the 8:30 a.m. screening of "Digging For Fire," enthusiastically reporting crowd response to Johnson, who had only another few hours in Park City before returning to La and work on "New Girl." The "Drinking Buddies" veterans admitted that they were surprised by how much of "Digging For Fire" played as drama at its premiere, reflecting on Swanberg's sets make every scene feel like a party. "Digging For Fire" is about a long-married couple (Johnson and DeWitt), who contemplate »
- Daniel Fienberg
Joe Swanberg is 33. I don't know whether to be amazed by how high or low that number is. On one hand, that's ridiculously young for a filmmaker who broke out back in 2006 and 2007 with "Lol" and "Hannah Takes The Stairs" and has been absurdly prolific since then. On the other hand, though, the filmmaker who made his name -- and, depending on your generosity, made a genre -- chronicling the dramatically limited foibles of recent college graduates has reached the "thirtysomething" phase of his career. The erratic and misdirected youths at the center of Swanberg's earlier films have become the pesky nubiles who show up to make Swanberg's new leads feel either old or optimistically mature. It's a transition that has been in the works for a little while. Last year's Swanberg Sundance entry "Happy Christmas" featured the director and Melanie Lynskey as a grown-up, responsible couple whose house nearly »
- Daniel Fienberg
Let’s get it out of the way immediately: Joe Swanberg’s “Digging For Fire” has been dubbed a more indie-oriented, small-scale “Eyes Wide Shut.” And while the prolific filmmaker’s latest is also about the anxieties common to marriage and is dedicated to the memory of relationship-curious filmmaker Paul Mazursky (“An Unmarried Woman,” “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”), the funny/sad “Digging For Fire” finds Swanberg using different approaches to track some similar ideas. Set in Southern California, married couple Tim (Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt) are two East L.A.-side dwellers who decide to house-sit for one of Lee's yoga clients. They use the empty modern house in the Hollywood hills as an excuse for a weekend retreat, bringing their three-year-old son (played by Jude Swanberg, stealing just as many scenes as he did in his father's previous film “Happy Christmas”). As a yoga instructor, Lee is spiritually inclined, »
- Rodrigo Perez
Joe Swanberg continues his march toward the mainstream even as he deepens his signature brand of hangout film in “Digging for Fire,” a lovely slice of everything and nothing centered on a housesitting couple who discover possible evidence of a murder. There are feints toward a bona fide mystery plot, but that genre element is just a pretext for a stealth marital drama. The film is held together through strong improv, tight editing (by Swanberg himself), moody cinematography and a synth score (from Dan Romer) that parties like it’s 1991. This is Swanberg’s starriest picture to date — even if some appearances, like Jenny Slate’s, amount to glorified walk-ons — making breakout success eminently possible.
Concerning the adventures of married parents Tim (co-screenwriter Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt), “Digging for Fire” opens with the two of them and their son, Jude (played by Swanberg’s toddler, Jude, the finest »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries” …
Campos: A better looking version of himself.
Lavallee: The Borderline Films crew have a knack for unearthing talent (we’ve seen the likes of Rosemarie DeWitt, Ezra Miller, Zoe Lister Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, David Call, Emory Cohen, Michael Stuhlbarg) make debuts parading through your films. Could you discuss the casting process and ultimately, are the roles assigned by a jury vote of three?
Campos: We trust our casting directors when they say someone is great. When it comes to actually auditioning, we’ve learned so much over the years from Susan Shopmaker on »
- Eric Lavallee
Chicago – In “Men, Women & Children,” director Jason Reitman not-so-audaciously reflects onto viewers their world of silent screens and awkward impersonal interactions. As many stories (“Don Jon,” “Disconnect”) have taken on the torch of showing how we are, gasp! — connected to the world yet disconnected from those close to us — Reitman’s tale is just another one for the batch.
When the aliens of another planet excavate our digital ruins to understand what we thought of what we wrought, “Men, Women & Children” shall stand out as the film that angled the screen society through the lens of absurdities and perversions, more by the parents than their title kin. Jennifer Garner and Judy Greer portray parents who exhibit control over their kin, enabled by the connectivity and mass audiences awaiting a simple post on the internet. In an example of screen culture absurdity, a stoic Garner is a vehement watchdog over »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
We reported that it finished filming last year and this one stars Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia. This one sounds like another fun outing as it centres around the discovery of a bone and a gun which, in turn, sends a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.
It was co-written by Swanberg and Johnson and will debut at the upcoming Sundance:
Source: TheWrap »
- Dan Bullock
Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.
Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.
When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »
- Scott J. Davis
Buyers will be out in full force this week in Park City but with so many options to choose from, it helps to have a cheat sheet to prioritize the must-see acquisition titles at Sundance. After talking to buyers and sellers alike, here are the 10 most promising titles with the loudest buzz heading into this year’s festival.
The Bronze (WME)
What’s the Deal?: The highlight of Sundance’s opening night lineup is this raunchy comedy from director Bryan Buckley featuring co-writer Melissa Rauch in what could prove to be a star-making performance. The “Big Bang Theory” actress plays a washed-up Olympic gymnast whose local celebrity is threatened by the arrival of a promising young gymnast seeking a mentor. Sundance describes the foul-mouthed protagonist as “a lovably loathsome character who makes Tonya Harding look like Grace Kelly,” so perhaps this will be the next “Bad Words?”
First Screening: Thursday, Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m. – Eccles
What’s the Deal?: Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt play East L.A. parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown as they juggle marital and parenting duties. Things get weird when she enjoys a night on the town with her girls and he takes the opportunity to invite his buddies over for smoking, drinking and carousing. Joe Swanberg’s latest may be his most commercial film yet, and it certainly features his most high-profile cast. Between Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Messina, Jenny Slate, Melanie Lynskey, Timothy Simons, Ron Livington, comedian Mike Birbiglia and veterans Sam Elliott and Judith Light, there’s someone for everyone.
First Screening: Monday, Jan. 26, 9:45 p.m. – Eccles »
- Jeff Sneider
Joe Swanberg’s “Digging for Fire” debuts at Sundance this week and TheWrap has exclusively obtained a new image of star/co-writer Jake Johnson enjoying himself while his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) is away.
In “Digging for Fire,” the discovery of a bone and a gun sends a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.
Johnson and DeWitt are joined in the film by Anna Kendrick, »
- Jeff Sneider
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Having been in the pipeline since 2008, this year will finally see the release of the “contemporary reimagining” of the 1982 classic Poltergeist from Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg, but if you were hoping for an R-rated interpretation, then I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Speaking to Collider, star Sam Rockwell has described the film as “a kids’ movie”, stating that it’s not “like Conjuring type of scary.”
“The 10-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time. JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one, and now the kid – it’s really through his point-of-view. So it’s more of a kids’ movie, so I don’t know if it’s gonna be like rated-r scary. It’s not like Conjuring type of scary. You know, it’s a different kind of movie. It’s more of an adventure. It’s essentially a child »
- Gary Collinson
Jason Reitman's drama Men, Women & Children starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, J.K. Simmons and Emma Thompson has just been released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. This contest celebrates the release and will award a handful of lucky readers the opportunity to watch this powerful film on the house.
One lucky grand prize winner will score a copy of Men, Women & Children on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo along with the book from which the film is based. Two additional winners will each take home the Men, Women & Children Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo.
For a chance to win one of these prizes, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a »
If you’ll remember, there’s a remake of Poltergeist slated for release this summer, one directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) and featuring a killer cast including Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Jane Adams. As we’ve yet to see anything official from the film, the question persists: What will it be? Rockwell has spoken a bit…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Exactly one year ago today, 20th Century Fox handed out a February 13, 2015 release date for their Poltergeist remake, although it was later moved to July 24, 2015. Unfortunately, we haven't heard anything at all about this reboot in the year that has followed, and with just under seven months until it hits theaters, we still haven't seen a trailer or any official photos yet. Star Sam Rockwell recently spoke with Collider for his new film Loitering with Intent, where he revealed that the young boy is the protagonist of the remake, and that it is more of a "kids movie." Here's what he had to say below, discussing the differences between this film and the original 1982 classic.
"The 10-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time. JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one and now the kid, it's really through his point-of-view. So it's more of »
Tobe Hooper’s 1982 spook chiller, Poltergeist, was destined to get remade. Possessing all of the necessary traits to warrant a modern-day reinvention, the finished product will soon be upon us. Directed by Gil Keenan and produced by Sam Raimi, the film is being touted as a reboot-sequel which, as confusing as that seem, worked for Raimi’s Evil Dead II.
This time around, Poltergeist will follow Jared Harris’ leading character, Carrigan. Foregoing a life of scholarship to instead become the host of his own TV show, ‘Haunted House Cleaners’, he crosses paths with a young couple (played by Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie Dewitt) and their family. Their haunted abode becomes the focus of his work, and now, thanks to an interview with Collider, Rockwell has let slip a few more details on the concept.
But first, here’s his initial thoughts on the project overall:
“I’ve seen a little in looping. »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: NBA All Star and TNT analyst Chris Webber is powering forward into movies with Unexpected, the Cobie Smulders drama from director Kris Swanberg that debuts in competition this month at Sundance. He’s joining his Emmy-winning producing partner Peter Gilbert as executive producer on the film, about a Chicago inner-city teacher (The Avengers’ Smulders) who discovers she’s pregnant and forms a bond with a student (newcomer Gail Bean) who’s in a similar, but very different situation.
Unexpected is written by Swanberg and Megan Mercier and produced by Andrea Roa. It’s set to premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category, marking a Park City first as Swanberg’s filmmaker-husband Joe Swanberg also has a film debuting in the festival – Digging For Fire, starring Orlando Bloom and Rosemarie DeWitt.
The film is the first from the Webber/Gilbert Media Group, which Webber and Gilbert formed in 2012 after »
- Jen Yamato
18 items from 2015
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