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Olly Alexander, Emily Browning and Hannah Murray in Stuart Murdoch's God Help The Girl Photo: Neil Davidson Sundance Institute has announced the films selected for its competition sections, Next, Spotlight, New Frontier and Park City at Midnight strands for the 30th edition of the festival.
The country also has a strong showing in the World Documentary Competition, with Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard's 20,000 Days On Earth and Nadav Schirman's UK co-production The Green Prince vying for the prize. For the first time a UK production has also made it into the low-budget Next section, with Desiree Akhavan's Appropriate Behavior joining the line-up. Meanwhile, the Spotlight section, which plays host to films that have been causing waves on the festival circuit, »
- Amber Wilkinson
The U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competition lineups for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival were announced today and just below I have featured pictures from the 16 films that will be competing in the U.S. Dramatic competition and they feature a lot of names you're going to recognize. The titles begin with Camp X-Ray, which stars Kristen Stewart as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, where she forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Jim Mickle made an impact earlier this year with We Are What We Are and he returns with Michael C. Hall with Cold in July. Fishing Without Nets looks to tell a story similar to that of Captain Phillips, only this time from the Somali side of things; God's Pocket is "Mad Men" star John Slattery's writing and directorial debut and he's lined up an impressive cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, »
- Brad Brevet
If the Sundance Film Festival has always been the place to discover tomorrow’s biggest stars in front of and behind the camera during the past 30 years, it seems to have become even more fruitful in recent years. From young filmmakers like Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) to ready-to-launch superstars like Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Dane DeHaan (Kill Your Darlings), Hollywood has quickly found its future in the snowy peaks of Park City. “One of the biggest changes in the last 30 years is how independent film »
- Jeff Labrecque
In some respects, the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival offers a snapshot of the ways in which the independent film scene has dramatically shifted over the past three decades, said fest director John Cooper, from an ever-widening talent pool to an increasingly sophisticated range of technologies available to filmmakers and distributors. In particular, the slate of 117 features (96 of them world premieres) set to unspool Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Utah, culled from a healthy 12,218 submissions, showcase the form at a new level of maturity — more diverse and welcoming to new filmmakers than ever, but also more exacting in terms of quality.
“Independent film in general has been absorbed and embraced as a vital part of the cultural landscape,” Cooper said. “It’s no longer an outsider sport. It really is part of an American art form.”
“I think the completeness of vision is different now from when I first started 20 years ago, »
- Justin Chang
Exclusive: French sales company to unveil teaser and first images of coming-of-age-horror tale.
Gaumont has picked up sales on Danish filmmaker Jonas Arnby’s When Animals Dream about a young girl who is hunted down by the inhabitants of her remote fishing village when it emerges she is a werewolf.
Newcomer Sonia Suhl stars as the tragic protagonist Marie, who wreaks a bloody revenge on her persecutors, with support from Lars Mikkelsen and Sonja Richter as her parents and Jakob Oftebro as her love interest.
Gaumont will unveil a teaser and photos for the production which started shooting in the remote Danish region of North Jutland in early September. The picture is due for delivery in time for Cannes next year.
The company »
Already featured at Cannes and Venice film festivals, classic pictures were overdue for a dedicated market, and now they have one at Lyon’s Lumiere festival.
Launched by Lumiere fest director Thierry Fremaux (who is also Cannes film fest topper and creator of Cannes Classics), the three-day market is conceived as “a new meeting point for classics’ right-holders, sales agents, producers and laboratories looking to show what they’re up to, promote their work and/or conduct business deals,” says Fremaux.
Lyon’s oldies market in the Lumiere Village, running Oct. 16-18, is the first of its kind in the world and it is attracting such international players as Japan’s Shochiku Eiga, which restored Yasujiro Ozu’s films.
“Our goal is to show that there’s a market for classics,” Fremaux says.
In the U.S., the classics biz has been hurt by the collapse of homevideo revenue. “The »
- Elsa Keslassy
Sylvester Stallone recently made headlines for becoming the latest in a seemingly endless parade of rich movie stars coming to the Internet hat in hand to get some of that sweet sweet Kickstarter cash. The crowdfunding site has been a magnet for celebs looking to fund oddball projects the studios are gunshy on (a la David Fincher's animated comic book adaptation "The Goon") or to obtain greater creative control through fan-supported cashflow, like Zach Braff's controversial Kickstarter campaign.
By essentially busking to their many followers, these celebs have given life to personal projects that may never have seen the light of day otherwise, but is it worth it? Stallone's indie movie "Reach Me" became a red flag when the star pulled the project from Kickstarter two days before its deadline, despite already reaching its funding goal. Sly turned to a rival site, Indiegogo, after his film found a more traditional financier. »
- Max Evry
Directed by Fabrice Gobert and featuring an ensemble French cast, The Returned is the expertly plotted, critically acclaimed Channel 4 series that caught the UK's imagination when it first aired on television earlier this year. To celebrate the hotly-anticipated DVD release of Series 1 of this superb and thrilling French series, we've kindly been provided with Three copies of The Returned on DVD to give away to visitors to the site, courtesy of our always accommodating friends at Universal Pictures UK. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
In a small Alpine village, in the shadow of a vast dam, a small group of men, women and children find themselves in a state of mystery and confusion, trying to return to their homes. What they do not »
- CineVue UK
The Pitchfork Music Festival was in high gear Saturday, packed with artists comprising the heaviest of the weekend's performances -- and lots of screaming.
Ear plugs were a must for most of Saturday when the likes of The Swans, Savages and The Breeders took the noise to tinnitus-inducing levels. All the bands on the darker side of the rock spectrum shredded and screamed under the (still hot!) sun until Solange cooled things off her exuberant early-evening grooves.
Here's our roundup of Saturday's highlights (story continues after the slideshow):
Phosphorescent was among the few poppier, harmonious acts amid a day packed with screamers. Noodle-y electronic burts gave their mellow songs a jolt of psych-summer jamminess -- all to great effect -- while songs like "Nothing Was Stolen" ranked among the day's finest examples of vocal harmonies. Perhaps knowing Saturday would have such moments in short supply, the band capped off »
- Kim Bellware
For many bands, the prospect of a former member writing a memoir about their time in the group would be filled with stress and conflict, but for perpetually positive indie pop superstars Belle & Sebastian, news that ex-bass player Stuart David would be releasing a book has been met with nothing but positivity.
As keyboard player and founding member Chris Geddes speaks to HuffPost Canada Music from his home is Glasgow shortly before Belle & Sebastian depart on their first North American tour in years, it's clear he sees David's memoir as a chance to reconnect. He says that David is "really brilliant guy" whose departure from Belle & Sebastian was entirely amicable, occurring when he wished to focus on band Looper, which he founded with his partner, Karn. Geddes states that he and David have been hanging out again the last few years, even making music together.
This sense of positivity and »
- HuffPost Canada Music
The official Lollapalooza lineup will drop in less than two weeks, but there may not be any surprises left come the April 9 announcement.
(See bands confirmed for Lollapalooza 2013 below.)
Wednesday night, a photo of what like a very legitimate Lollapalooza lineup — an apparent magazine ad for the festival — surfaced:
Here's yet another picture of the Lollapalooza lineup as an ad in a magazine. #lolla #lollapalooza @lollapalooza twitter.com/FestivalSnob/s…
— Festival Snob (@FestivalSnob) March 28, 2013
On Thursday afternoon, Andrew Barber of Chicago's influential Fake Shore Drive site confirmed the lineup's legitimacy:
The Lolla list is the real deal. Confirmed.
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) March 28, 2013
The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot (and Sound Opinions co-host) on Thursday confirmed that Nine Inch Nails and The Cure will both be playing he Aug. 2-4 festival in Grant Park. Kot had previously confirmed several of the festival's headliners, revealing that Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and the »
- Kim Bellware
M.I.A., Yo La Tengo, Low, and Solange have been added to this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. They’ll be joined by other newly confirmed artists including Lil B, Wire, Waxahatchee, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Ryan Hemsworth, and—one of this year’s biggest buzz bands—British post-punk group Savages. All will sweat it out with the other, previously announced performers, including headliners Björk, Belle And Sebastian, and R. Kelly. The fest takes place July 19-21 in Chicago’s Union Park. A full »
The Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 lineup is complete, with the Tuesday announcement of remaining acts that include Wire, Yo La Tengo, Solange, M.I.A., Metz and others.
M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Waxahatchee, Yo La Tengo Added to Pitchfork Music Festival pitchfork.com/news/50081-mia… via @pitchforkmedia
— Pitchfork Festival (@pitchforkfest) March 26, 2013
(See the full list of Pitchfork Fest's 2013 acts below.)
The full lineup features several hometown acts as well, including singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, rapper Tree and Juke master DJ Rashad.
The three-day fest in Chicago's Union Park stole some thunder from Lollapalooza, which kicked off its early bird ticket sale just hours before Pitchfork revealed its lineup news.
The March 25 announcement also drastically dims the prospects that Lollapalooza will pull out strong »
- Kim Bellware
Joanna Newsom, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Swans, El-p and more have been added to the Pitchfork Music Festival lineup. The annual event is being held July 19-21 in Chicago’s Union Park, and will be headlined by R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle And Sebastian. A full schedule of what’s confirmed for what day so far is below. Other acts just added include Killer Mike, Tnght, Chairlift, Sky Ferreira, Rustie, Mac DeMarco, Foxygen, Angel Olsen, Trash Talk, and Tree. The Breeders will play their Last Splash album July 20. More than 25 other »
Essentially the anti-Smash, this brash country music drama has sass to burn and boasts an excellent pair of leads in the forms of Hayden Panettiere as a rising Taylor Swift-alike singer, and Connie Britton, as the old-school songstress she's looking to usurp. Watch recent episodes over on 4oD.
From Adventure Time to Horrible Histories, some of the best comedy currently on telly is airing on the kids channels. This frantic sport-themed sketch show, which features comics including Peter Serafinowicz and Tony Law, is no exception. Fit airs Mondays, 6.15pm on the Cbbc channel, while you can see the series in full on the iPlayer.
TV: Happy Endings
Left with a great whopping chunk of space after calling time on those endless Friends repeats, »
- Gwilym Mumford
Yo La Tengo has announced an extensive U.S. tour in support of its latest record, Fade. The band will crisscross North America in April and May before playing a few previously announced shows later in the summer with Belle And Sebastian. As on its last tour, most shows will feature two sets from Ylt—one acoustic and one electric. All the dates are below. Yo La Tengo 2013 tour March 1—Aula Magna—Lisbon, Portugal March 2—Casa Da Musica—Porto, Portugal March 4—Sala Capitol—Santiago, Spain March 5—Sala La Riviera—Madrid, Spain March 6—Festival Millenni »
Turns out that Belle And Sebastian headlining gig at Pitchfork isn’t just a one-off. The Scottish twee-poppers will be touring the northeastern quadrant of North America this summer, playing several dates with Yo La Tengo. A full list of stops is below, along with a documentary Pitchfork made about the recording of the band’s first two albums, Tigermilk and If You’re Feeling Sinister. Belle And Sebastian 2013 tour July 4—Festival d’ete de Quebec—Quebec City, Quebec July 5—Festival International De Jazz De Montreal—Montreal, Quebec July 6—Ottawa Bluesfest—Ottawa, Ontario July 7—Toronto »
This year's Pitchfork Music Festival has grabbed some heavy-hitters for headliners, including hometown hero R. Kelly, Icelandic superstar Björk, and beloved Scots Belle and Sebastian. The fest is set to take place July 19-21 in Chicago's Union Park. Drawing such big-name headliners as Bjork and Kelly is quite a coup for the annual fest, considering that last year's biggest acts were indie breakouts like Feist, Vampire Weekend and Beach House, plus reunited Godspeed You! Black Emperor. So far, the fest is the only North American date that the Icelandic singer has booked for 2013. Likewise, B&S have only one other tour date »
- Dave Lewis
Festival organizers announced the three headliners on Friday. They say the full lineup of dozens of acts will be released in coming weeks. The three-day festival has been running for eight years at Union Park in Chicago. About 50,000 people attend.
This year's festival will be July 19-21. »
Belle And Sebastian, Björk, and R. Kelly—R. frickin’ Kelly—will headline this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. The fest, held every year in Chicago’s Union Park, will take place July 19-21 and will boast more than 40 artists. The full lineup should be announced in the near future. Single day tickets and three-day passes for the fest are on sale now. Organizers are offering an installment plan to pay off the passes, which are still pretty reasonably priced at only $120. »
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