15 items from 2016
Sundance has only just wrapped up, and already we’re thinking abut the next big film festival on our horizon. SXSW 2016 runs March 11th through the 19th in Austin, TX, and while there are still a few more titles to come — including my personal favorite section, the Midnighters — the bulk of the titles playing this year’s fest have just been announced. My own most-anticipated of the festival is John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone (pictured above) as his last film, Calvary, was my favorite of 2014. Other highlights include Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence, and Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special. Narrative Feature Competition Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,442 narrative feature submissions in 2016. The Arbalest Director/Screenwriter: Adam Pinney The inventor of the world’s greatest toy reflects on his decade-long obsession with a woman who hates him. Cast: »
- Rob Hunter
The Netflix family comedy is among the new films announced for the Austin-based event. Joining it are jazz biopic Born to Be Blue and Cage’s The Trust
New films from Jeff Nichols, Ti West and Mike Birbiglia will screen at the 2016 South by Southwest film festival, in addition to the world premiere of Netflix’s Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, produced by Trainwreck director Judd Apatow.
In its second tranche of announcements, following the news that Richard Linklater’s new comedy Everybody Wants Some will open the event on 11 March, the festival listed the films that make up its various categories.
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- Nigel M Smith
Family secrets and a taboo attraction clash in director Justin Lerner's "The Automatic Hate." And after spending last year on the festival circuit stopping at SXSW, Seattle, and Woodstock (and picking up a Silver Audience Award at Mill Valley), the film is headed to theaters and today we have the exclusive trailer. Read More: SXSW Adds Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Demolition' Plus New Films By Ty West, Mike Birbiglia, And More Joseph Cross , Adelaide Clemens, Deborah Ann Woll, Richard Schiff, and Ricky Jay, star in the drama that follows Davis Green who discovers he has a family didn't know about, when a cousin he never knew one day lands on his doorstep. But soon something brews between them beyond a shared past. Here's the official synopsis: When Davis Green's (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side »
- Edward Davis
Sure, mainstream musical theater is alive and thriving, but with Jeff Daniels, Saoirse Ronan, and Jessica Lange taking the Broadway stage and world premieres from the likes of A. Rey Pamatmat dominating Off-Broadway, it’s a very good time to see plays in New York City. Check out the highlights below. “Thank God For Jokes” at the Lynn Redgrave Theater (Opens Feb. 11)Mike Birbiglia’s third acclaimed stage work arrives Off-Broadway soon, and comedy fans and solo artists alike are lining up to see it. The Seth Barrish–directed show dubs itself a journey “through the minefield that is joke-telling.” “Buried Child” at the New Group at the Signature Center (Opens Feb. 17)This revival of Sam Shepard’s harrowing family drama—perhaps America’s most harrowing family drama?—positively oozes talent, with Scott Elliott directing Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Rich Sommer, and Nat Wolff. And it’s already been extended! »
[In a Valley of Violence] There are a lot of big names coming to screens at the South by Southwest Film Festival this year. Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in a movie about corrupt Vegas cops. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in a violent western. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in the latest from Jean-Marc Vallee. Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs in a new comedy from Mike Birbiglia. Michael Shannon and Adam Driver in a sci-fi movie about a boy with special powers. As you can see below, that list goes on and on. But it's the names you don't recognize that are always most intriguing at a tastemaker festival like SXSW. Going over this year's lineup you can find relatively unknown movies with intriguing titles like I Am Not A Serial Killer, The Alchemist...
- Peter Hall
SXSW 2016 will open with Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some, the “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused (1993). Today, the festival's dropped its full feature lineup, which includes new work by Jeff Nichols, Barbara Kopple, Don Cheadle, Mark Cousins, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Mike Birbiglia, Ti West, Adam Wingard, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Joe Berlinger, Linas Phillips, John Michael McDonagh, Joel Potrykus, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Jesse Moss, plus docs on Gary Numan, Marina Abramovic and more. » - David Hudson »
[In a Valley of Violence] There are a lot of big names coming to screens at the South by Southwest Film Festival (aka SXSW) this year: Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in a movie about corrupt Vegas cops. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in a violent Western. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in the latest from Jean-Marc Vallee. Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs in a new comedy from Mike Birbiglia. Michael Shannon and Adam Driver in a sci-fi movie about a boy with special powers. As you...
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Organizers for the South by Southwest film festival have officially rolled out the initial lineup for SXSW 2016, boasting 137 features and no less than 89 world premieres across 12 sections.
Those include the star-studded Headliners, Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Midnighters among many others, and today’s comprehensive breakdown gives budding attendees the opportunity to pinpoint exactly which films deserve a place on their radar.
Among those premieres include Jean-Marc Vallee’s domestic drama Demolition, while Jeff Nichols’ starry sci-fi Midnight Special continues to draw our attention – with a cast that includes Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Jaeden Lieberher, can you really blame us? Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, meanwhile, opens the festival on March 11, where it will run through until March 19.
For the full comprehensive breakdown, check out the official site for SXSW 2016. For now, we’ve included the rundown for Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Headliners. »
- Michael Briers
There's the fall festival season, which is represented by Venice, Telluride, Tiff and New York, but the first part of the year is also slammed with back-to-back fests. Sundance has wrapped, Berlin kicks off soon and next month comes SXSW, and today they've unveiled their full feature lineup. In addition to previously announced titles like Richard Linklater's "Everybody Wants Some" and Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special," there's some interesting fare coming. After a not so great reception at Tiff, Jake Gyllenhaal's "Demolition" will go to Texas, and following Berlin, John Michael McDonagh will bring "War On Everyone." There will also be World Premieres of new films by Mike Birbiglia ("Don't Think Twice") and Ti West ("In A Valley Of Violence"). Check it out all out below. SXSW runs from March 11-19. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016 Narrative Feature Competition Ten world premieres; ten unique ways »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The nine-day festival will screen 137 films, including 52 films from first-time filmmakers, 89 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and seven U.S. premieres. These films were selected from 2,455 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,467 U.S. and 990 international feature-length films from a total of 7,235 submissions.
Notable world premieres include Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice,” starring Keegan-Michael Key; Ti West’s “In a Valley of Violence,” starring Ethan Hawke and Taissa Farmiga; “The Master Cleanse,” starring Johnny Galecki and Anna Friel; Sophie Goodhart’s “My Blind Brother,” starring Adam Scott and Nick Kroll; “Shovel Buddies,” starring Bella Thorne; “The Trust,” starring Nicolas Cage and »
- Dave McNary
The South by Southwest Film Festival has announced its 2016 lineup. This year's slate will include 137 features, with 89 world premieres across 12 sections, including Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Headliners, Midnighters and Episodic. "We look for different types of voices and different people making the films," Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film, told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. "There are many different layers of criteria, but what has to happen is you have to get affected by the work." Of this year's pics, 52 were done by first-time filmmakers. Highlights include comedian Mike Birbiglia’s Don't
- Mia Galuppo
New films from Mike Birbiglia ("Sleepwalk with Me"), Ti West ("The Innkeepers"), and a doc from studio exec-turned-director Susan Glatzer highlight the latest additions to SXSW's feature film lineup, set to open March 11 with the world premiere of Richard Linklater's "Everybody Wants Some." Birbiglia's comedy "Don't Think Twice," with Keegan-Michael Key, West's revenge drama "In the Valley of Violence," starring Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, and John Travolta, and Glatzer's swing dance doc "Alive and Kicking" join the U.S. premiere of "Wild" director Jean-Marc Vallee's "Demolition," with Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, and Chris Cooper. In her eighth year, SXSW Film Festival head Janet Pierson and her team juggled programming the return of many SXSW alumni with "a lot of unknowns," she said in a phone interview. "We are always showing new emerging work, so we default to »
- Anne Thompson and Matt Brennan
The Screen Actors Guild Awards presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2015 at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.
Honored with individual awards were Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander for performances in motion pictures, and Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Queen Latifah, Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor for performances in television.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor for a motion picture cast performance went this year to Spotlight, while the Actors for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “Downton Abbey” and “Orange is the New Black”.
- Michelle McCue
SAG Awards Winners: The 22nd annual awards winners were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles. SAG Awards Winners
Last night, the Screen Actors Guild dished out their 2016 awards in a ceremony in Hollywood. The SAG awards winners are listed below as well as a full gallery from the evening.
The clear winner on the night was Idris Elba, who managed to grab two awards; one for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in the superb Beasts Of No Nation, and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Luthor.
SAG Awards Winners
Elsewhere, Leonardo DiCaprio won Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Revenant, while Brie Larson scored Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Room. Surely these two are now a cert for Oscar success. In the female supporting category, Alicia Vikander »
- Paul Heath
In naming Spotlight one of the best ensembles of 2016, we said, “Tom McCarthy’s procedural moves with the precision of a fine timepiece. Rarely does one find a film where all is tune, from the pacing, writing, direction and acting. Highlighting the heroic work of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, the group is headed by Robby Robinson (Michael Keaton) who risks life long friendships to get the story right. His team includes Mike Rezendes (played by a compulsive Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Caroll (Brian d’Arcy James). Encouraged by a Boston outsider, editor Marty Baron (Live Schreiber), the team undertakes a long-term investigation of abuses in the Catholic Church. In the mix are the lawyers on both sides, played by Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. Rightfully overshadowing that other journalism docudrama, James Vanderbilt’s incompetent Truth, the difference here amongst many things is perhaps access: »
- Jordan Raup
15 items from 2016
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