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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is coming up in January and today, the Sundance Institute has named the films that will be in the U.S. and world competitions as well as Next, which is an oddly-named showcase for “Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling.”
There will be 67 films competing across five different competition categories. That may sound like a lot, but that’s only the first half of the film announcements. Later on they will be announcing the remaining lineup of films being shown outside these competitions.
Overall, it’s an impressive batch of entries, with several surprises and a handful of very promising movies. Check out the full list below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Camp X-Ray / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Peter Sattler) — A young woman is stationed as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, »
- Jeremy Clymer
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute said, “That the Festival has evolved and grown as it has over the past 30 years is a credit to both our audiences and our artists, who continue to find ways to take risks and open our minds to the power of story. This year’s films and artists promise to do the same.”
For the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 118 feature-length films were selected, representing 37 countries and 54 first-time filmmakers, including 34 in competition. These films were selected from 12,218 submissions (72 more than for 2013), including 4,057 feature-length films and 8,161 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 2,014 were from the U.S. and 2,043 were international. 97 feature films at »
- Michelle McCue
It’s always exciting news when Syfy picks up a brand new scripted series, and we have high hopes for Dominion, based on characters from the 2010 movie Legion, as Syfy today announced its series order. We have equally high hopes that Syfy is making room for the new series on a new night – like maybe Thursdays? – and isn’t making room by finishing off one of our favorite no-longer-new series. Please.
Syfy Greenlights Dominion To Series For 2014 Supernatural Action Drama Produced by Universal Cable Productions Series Stars Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom, Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, Anthony Stewart Head and Luke Allen-Gale
New York – December 4, 2013 – The ultimate celestial battle between good and evil will descend to Earth in 2014 as Syfy officially greenlights the scripted drama Dominion (working title) to series, it was announced today by Syfy President, Dave Howe. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, and filmed in Cape Town, »
- Erin Willard
Hell yes, this looks awesome. Another peculiar film just announced at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is a film called Whiplash. We have written about this once before, and it has nothing to do with the Iron Man villain. Whiplash stars Miles Teller (Footloose, Project X, The Spectacular Now) as a "talented young drummer", who, "under the direction of a ruthless instructor" being played by J.K. Simmons, "begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity." Damn. If that doesn't sound cool enough, these six first look photos should do it. This is selected as the opening night film of Sundance, which honestly is a bit of a concern, but I still have a good feeling this will be something quite unique if not very memorable. See below. Whiplash is both written and directed by American filmmaker Damien Chazelle, whose feature debut was Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench »
- Alex Billington
More stars, more directors and lots of exciting stuff hitting Sundance. Our look at the movies hitting Utah continues with two indie filmmakers tackling some bigger movies.... "The Color Wheel" director Alex Ross Perry teams with Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter and Josephine de La Baume for his latest. Here's the official synopsis: A writer faces various mistakes and miseries affecting those around him, including his girlfriend, many ex-girlfriends and enemies. Next up, Miles Teller works his jazz hands in "Whiplash," the rare music movie that focuses on a drummer. He co-stars with J.K. Simmons, and there will be blood.... Here's the official synopsis: A talented young drummer pursues perfection at any cost in Chazelle’s follow-up to “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.” »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As I had predicted here, names such as Cutter Hodierne, Kat Candler, Maya Forbes, Mona Fastvold and Damien Chazelle would be among the invited guests at the ’14 edition of the Sundance Film Festival. It was such a strong year that even some items that I thought would be dark horse/long shots and might be looking at a fest berth from the sidelines are considered definite dramatic comp material, while some that was fully expecting to break the line-up have been passed up.
Horror “labeled” directors Carter Smith (Jamie Marks Is Dead) and Jim Mickle (Cold in July) broke into the line-up that is usually reserved for the newbie type of director and are coming in with perhaps different genre material. We’re glad to see Justin Simien’s Dear White People break into the 16 – it also acts as the long awaited return of Duly Noted producer Effie Brown. Actor »
- Eric Lavallee
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
Kristen Stewart’s “Camp X-Ray,” Aaron Paul’s “Hellion” and Anne Hathaway’s “Song One” are among the contenders in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition, the Sundance Institute announced Wednesday. Also in contention: Mark Ruffalo and John Hawkes playing bad dads in “Infinitely Polar Bear” and “Low Down,” respectively, while Michael C. Hall must contend with a vengeful father in Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July.” After scoring at last year’s festival with “The Spectacular Now” and “Kill Your Darlings,” respectively, Miles Teller and Dane DeHaan will return to Sundance in the drummer drama “Whiplash »
- Jeff Sneider
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
March 2014 will be one of the biggest months for the industry next year, with the Oscars held on March 2nd. The day before is equally one of the biggest days for the independent side of the industry, playing host to the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.
The full list of nominations was announced this week, and leading the charge with an impressive seven nods out of fifteen categories is Steve McQueen’s acclaimed 12 Years a Slave. Alexander Payne’s Nebraska is not far behind with six to its name, followed by J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost with four nominations.
Given the independent nature of the awards, some of the films featuring below are inevitably very different to those you can expect to see come January’s Academy Awards nominations announcement, and it’s great to see such titles getting the recognition they deserve on a platform like this.
Equally inevitably, there »
- Kenji Lloyd
The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced, and director Steve McQueen’s excellent drama 12 Years a Slave tops the nominees with seven nods, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor. Nebraska is not far behind with six nominations, and the Robert Redford drama All Is Lost also did well with four nods. The much-beloved Short Term 12 failed to land a Best Feature nomination, but Primer director Shane Carruth’s twisty second feature Upstream Color landed nods for Best Director and Best Editing. The Best Actor category is a strong mirror of the very tight Oscar race in the same category, and the wonderful Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress nominations for The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, respectively. Hit the jump for the full list of nominations and additional commentary. The Independent Spirit Awards will be hosted on March 1, 2014. As far as snubs go, »
- Adam Chitwood
The stars of the upcoming comedy That Awkward Moment either already are or are poised to be breakout superstars. Zac Efron is already massive, thanks to his Disney roots and subsequent career choices. His new co-stars, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, are on the cusp of breaking it very big, thanks to acclaimed movies like Fruitvale Station, The Spectacular Now and . maybe . the Fantastic Four reboot that is rumored to want them both. First, though, they.ll carry That Awkward Moment together, which has started introducing its characters via individual posters. Efron.s is above, while Teller and Jordan follow below: Directed by Tom Gormican, That Awkward Moment finds two friends (Teller and Efron) agreeing to stay single in a move of solidarity when their third friend (Jordan) gets dumped. Of course, that.s exactly when the men start meeting incredibly interesting women. Here.s the green-band trailer, which »
Hitting at the end of January 2014, That Awkward Moment is an awkward comedy aimed at that special moment in relationships when you just can’t dodge trying to figure out where you’re headed anymore. Apparently aimed at the decidedly young, and easily amused, the film has some new character posters, though I’m not absolutely sure what sense they make from the film’s perspective.
At any rate, take a look and see what Zac Efron and the rest of the crew are potentially embarrassed about.
Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star in the R-rated comedy, That Awkward Moment, about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been– at that confusing “moment” in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”
- Marc Eastman
We have added a set of four new character posters for Focus Features upcoming comedy "That Awkward Moment."Imogen Poots Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller feature in the posters.Directed by Tom Gormican, the film also stars Addison Timlin, Jessica Lucas, Lola Glaudini, Emily Meade, Alysia Reiner, Josh Pais and Mackenzie Davis.In support of a friend devastated by a recent breakup, three guys (Efron, Jordan and Teller) make a vow to each other to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships."That Awkward Moment" is released »
- Anthony Pearson
The movie is about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing “moment” in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”
Scott Aversano is producing via his Aversano Pictures banner along with Andrew O’Connor, and Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen via the Treehouse Pictures Banner. The film is executive produced by Manu Gargi, Zac Efron, Jason Barrett, Michael Simkin, John Friedberg, and Peter Schlessel and Lia Buman.
The film will be in theaters January 31, 2014.
Official Site: http://justgethorizontal.com/
The post That Awkward Moment New Character Posters »
- Michelle McCue
FilmDistrict has released four character posters for their upcoming comedy That Awkward Moment, which highlight the unique behavior of the four main characters, played by Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Imogen Poots. How do your own awkward moments stack up to these?
That Awkward Moment comes to theaters January 31st, 2014 and stars Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Addison Timlin, Michael B. Jordan, Jessica Lucas, Lola Glaudini, Emily Meade. The film is directed by Tom Gormican. »
In an effort to break the internet, Focus Features has released a series of character posters for the upcoming R-rated comedy That Awkward Moment that feature Zac Efron holding an adorable kitten. The film stars Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller as three best friends who vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible when one of them is devastated by a recent breakup. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood. These posters are a fun play on the breakup trope, as we see how the trio (plus Imogen Poots) copes in the aftermath of ending a serious relationship. The film’s red-band trailer promises a fun twist on the romantic comedy genre, and these posters continue a successful marketing campaign. Hit the jump to check out the character posters. The film also »
- Adam Chitwood
Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller are Mikey and Daniel in the latest poster for Focus Features' That Awkward Moment comedy. They join Zac Efron and Imogen Poots character posters which we added several days ago. The film written and directed by Tom Gormican opens in theaters on January 31st, 2014. That Awkward Moment tells of three guys who, in an effort to support a friend who's heartbroken after a recent split, pledge to stay single as long as possible. However, the plan falls to pieces when they all fall in love and have to work in secret to keep their vow of being bachelors. »
If Whiplash breaks into the line-up, I believe we’re in for a treat. It’ll have meant that Damien Chazelle, who broke out with 2009′s Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, won’t have slept much since he began lensing back only in August/September. Based on the unusually energetic, expertly edited, Full Metal Jacket-like in a classroom 18-minuter that was presented at Sundance ’12 edition (see image above), Chazelle lined up Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and J.K. Simmons (who steals the show in the short) for the lengthened version of the same name. Filmed in Los Angeles, Whiplash is a definite 2014/15 release to look out for.
Gist: Simmons portrays a brutal jazz orchestra teacher who unloads his frustrations on a novice drummer (Teller) who begins to lose his humanity in his quest to become the core skins pounder of the top jazz orchestra in the country. »
- Eric Lavallee
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