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Following up their initial competition announcement the folks at the Sundance Film Festival have released the names of thirty additional 2012 selections, in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next, and New Frontiers sections.
Although these sections tend to focus more on young and up-and-coming filmmakers (particularly the Next sidebar, which was created just a few years ago with that specific mandate), you might find a few names you recognize in the full list of invited films below. Next is where you'll find the new film from "Great World of Sound" director Craig Zobel; it's called "Compliance" and it's described as the (based-on-a-)true story of what happens "when a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee." Lynn Shelton, director of "Humpday," will premiere "Your Sister's Sister" starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and "Humpday"s Mark Duplass. Duplass also wrote his wife Katie Aselton »
- Matt Singer
Here’s where Sundance gets fun!
The midnight selection always produces the best genre films and this year’s slate for the Jan. 19-29 looks to out-due last year’s picks. Perhaps the most unexpected inclusion is the debut film of comic Mike Birbiglia, who brings his story of late-night, unconscious wanderings to the big screen in Sleepwalk With Me.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many ways, the extremes of the Festival’s program are most readily apparent in our out-of-competition sections, which showcase the wildest comedies, the most terrifying horror films and uncompromised visions from singular voices springing up from around the country and the world. We hope audiences experiment with their film selections to an equal degree as these filmmakers have experimented with their storytelling.”
Welcome to Day Two of Kate Christmas. Yesterday, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival announced their first wave of programming, featuring twenty-six titles that will be screening in competition. While the arrival of those titles was enough to send me into a tizzy I have still not recovered from, today the festival has only piled on the pre-holiday goodies with the announcement of their Spotlight, Next, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontiers films. A few titles of note to get your juices flowing - Gareth Evans‘ The Raid (also known round these parts as “oh, hell yeah”), Andrea Arnold‘s take on Wuthering Heights, Katie Aselton‘s second directorial outing Black Rock (scripted by her husband Mark Duplass), Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish‘s Sleepwalk With Me (based on Birbiglia’s hilarious book), and Lynn Shelton‘s Your Sister’s Sister. Again, that’s just a taste, so »
- Kate Erbland
Yesterday the Sundance Film Festival announced the core lineup of films  that will be spotlit in the Competition slates at the 2012 festival. Now we've got a lineup of films that will play out of competition in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier schedules. There are a few films in here with which you might be nominally familiar, like The Raid, Grabbers and Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, not to mention Andrea Arnold's new version of Wuthering Heights. But many are new announcements. While the competition lineups are always a good place to look for some of the films that will be the most talked-about in the year following each Sundance fest, these schedules are where some of the more unique and provocative films live. There are still some big premieres to be announced next week, but if I was making a big Sundance wishlist, »
- Russ Fischer
Getty Images The marquee of the Egyptian Theater announces the Sundance Film Festival
Yesterday, the Sundance Institute announced its in-competition narrative and documentary films for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Today, they announced their out-of-competition film in the Spotlight, Midnight, Next and New Frontier sections. The full list is below:
Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, the Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love.
Corpo Celeste / Italy (Director and screenwriter: Alice Rohrwacher) — After »
- Michelle Kung
Following yesterday's announcement of the titles lined up for the four programs of the Competition, the Sundance Film Festival has unveiled the lineups of its out-of-competition sections: Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier. This time, I'm going to go ahead and copy-n-paste the release nearly in full because, well, these are, potentially at least, the more interesting batches.
We'll cut in just as Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, is saying, “In many ways, the extremes of the Festival’s program are most readily apparent in our out-of-competition sections, which showcase the wildest comedies, the most terrifying horror films and uncompromised visions from singular voices springing up from around the country and the world. We hope audiences experiment with their film selections to an equal degree as these filmmakers have experimented with their storytelling.”
Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, »
Following yesterday’s announcement of competition titles, Sundance Film Festival 2012 have announced the line-up for a few more sections today. In their Spotlight section we have a few of my favorite Tiff titles, including Wuthering Heights (pictured above), Your Sister’s Sister, as well as audience-winners The Raid and Where Do We Go Now? We also get the insane-looking Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie in the midnight section. Check out the list below.
Park City, Ut — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier. The Festival takes place from January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many ways, the extremes of the »
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Here’s where Sundance gets dangerous.
The midnight movies and the perennially protean category the festival calls Next always produces the most f’ed up horror movies, the weirdest comedies, and other things that are just plain inexplicable.
This year’s slate for the Jan. 19-29 festival includes bloodsucking, alcohol-hating aliens, murderous girlfriends, ghostly found-footage, and a comedy that literally* cost One Billion Dollars to make. (*Not true.)
For stand-up fans, it also brings the debut film of storytelling comic Mike Birbiglia, who brings his story of late-night, unconscious wanderings to the big screen in Sleepwalk With Me. (That’s him in the photo, »
- Anthony Breznican
IFC Films has acquired the North American and Latin American distribution rights to indie-comedy Your Sister’s Sister.
A year after his brother’s death, Jack (Duplass) still see-saws between emotionally wobbly and outright volatile. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Iris (Blunt) intervenes with a plan: Jack must oil up his old bike and trek to her father’s cabin on an island on Puget Sound, where isolation will give his brain a chance to detangle. When Jack gets to the woods, however, he finds not solitude but Iris’ sister Hannah (DeWitt), herself nursing a wounded heart and a bottle of tequila. After several shots and some slurred commiseration, liquor isn’t the only fluid these two end up sharing. »
- Jamie Neish
indieWIRE reports that IFC Films has bought Lynn Shelton‘s You Sister’s Sister. The film, which stars Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass and Mike Birbiglia, premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film follows Jack (Duplass), who still reeling over the death of his brother a year earlier, gets a suggestion from Iris (Blunt), his best friend and dead brother’s ex, that they take a trip to his father’s cabin to get his bearings. And there he’s unexpectedly confronted by Hannah (DeWitt), Iris’ sister.
IFC plans to release the film in 2012.
Read our interview with Lynn Shelton about the film. »
- Jason Guerrasio
Breaking: IFC has acquired North American and Latin American distribution rights to Your Sister’s Sister, the Lynn Shelton comedic drama that premiered Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival. At the same time, Studio Canal acquired UK rights and Madman acquired Australian and New Zealand rights. In the film, a bereft and confused man still mourning the recent death of his brother finds love and direction in a most unexpected place. Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass and Mike Birbiglia star. The deal, made by UTA and Submarine, is low-seven-figure minimum guarantee for the domestic and foreign deals, and the plan is for a theatrical release in 2012. Among those circling were eOne, Samuel Goldwyn, Magnolia, Oscilloscope and Miramax, the latter of which would have secured a distribution partner. »
- MIKE FLEMING
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is a joke.At least, that's how the annual event began four years ago, when Brooklyn-based standup comedian Eugene Mirman told fellow comics Mike Birbiglia and Julie Smith that it would be funny to name a comedy festival after himself because "it would be a ridiculous thing to do."Yet Smith took him seriously enough that she recruited Caroline Creaghead, her intern at The Onion, to help them make it happen. Together they launched the first Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in 2008.Creaghead had no experience producing or promoting comedy events, but she soon discovered that with a name like Eugene Mirman, performers would line up to participate. "He possesses an extremely warm vibe," Creaghead says of Mirman, "and people just want to be around him, having fun. And that's what he loves, is just people having a good time. It's more about the experience that other people. »
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With Your Sister’s Sister, writer/director Lynn Shelton brings a top-flight cast (Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass and Mike Birbiglia) to an isolated island cabin on Puget Sound for a tale of grief, romance, and sibling rivalry. Duplass plays Jack, still reeling over the death of his brother a year earlier. Iris (Blunt), his best friend and dead brother’s ex, suggests he get his bearings at her father’s cabin, and there he’s unexpectedly confronted by Hannah (DeWitt). Needless to say, things get complicated in this latest from one of independent film’s most compelling new auteurs.
Shelton’s film is one of Toronto’s highly anticipated premieres. Via email we asked her about quick schedules, isolated places and, of course, sisters.
Filmmaker: Like your second film, My Effortless Brilliance, this feature takes your characters to a removed location, where their dramas unfold. What attracts you to this kind of set-up, »
- Scott Macaulay
The term may entice a groan to some, but Lynn Shelton truly is a pioneer of “mumblecore,” the low-budget, bootstrapping indie genre. Her most recent feature, Humpday, was a pristine example of how to do it right. Her next film, Your Sister’s Sister, starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass and Mike Birbiglia will have a premiere at Tiff next month (with the first still revealed a few days ago), but we now have word on what her next (next) film may be.
Variety reports Shelton is attached to a new indie titled Laggies,”which follows a woman who, unsure of how to respond to her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, pretends to go on a retreat but actually ends up spending a week with her new friends, all of whom are in high school.”
Andrea Seigel wrote the script, it being her first credit, with the lead described as »
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In our last batch of Toronto International Film Festival first looks (for now, at least), we have a glimpse at Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard in the Winnie Mandela, titled Winnie. Directed by Darrell J. Roodt, the cast also includes Elias Koteas and Wendy Crewson. After breaking out in Dreamgirls, Hudson has stayed relatively quiet on the film scene, with her only substantial role being The Secret Life of Bees. One can see the first photos above and below.
This film reveals the enigma that is Winnie Mandela. A sensitive depiction, Winnie portrays her life’s journey amidst the unwavering love between her and Nelson Mandela, and their unfaltering commitment to the struggle for democracy in South Africa. Winnie takes the audience on an epic voyage of understanding – painting a vivid portrait of one of the world’s most remarkable women.
We also have a single photo from Lynn Shelton »
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Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Barrow Street Theatre Through Sunday, May 15, 2011
Mike Birbiglia has returned to the Off-Broadway stage, once again not only shedding the mantle of stand-up comedy in exchange for the theatrical, but accomplishing the rare feat of creating a one-man show truly worth seeing. Following the basic format he initiated with Sleepwalk with Me, Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend is a different chapter from Birbiglia’s unlikely life told with the same distinctive voice that somehow makes awkward seem cool.
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- C. Jefferson Thom
by Travis Helwig
The trailer for the succinctly named "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" dropped today, sending the movie world into an ape-like frenzy. But it's not just the trailer itself that's catching some attention -- some are taking issue with the film's new title. While certain fans are upset with the name, one Hollywood director got the inside scoop on the film's "original working title."
As if that wasn't enough, the "Rock of Ages" director announced some huge casting news for the musical through his Twitter account. We won't give it away yet (okay, maybe we already did), but he's British, you know his name, and he's married to Katy Perry. Any guesses?
I'm @TravisHelwig and this is Twitter-Wood for April 14th, 2011.
- MTV Movies Team
Exclusive: 3 Arts Entertainment's Stephanie Davis is leaving the management/production company to launch her own shingle, Wet Dog Entertainment. "For the past eight years, 3 Arts has been a great home that provided a wonderful platform to grow my management and producing career," said Davis. "But I've always dreamed about being on my own, and now felt like the right time." Davis is bringing the majority of her clients at 3 Arts to her new company, including Jonathan Ames, Mike Birbiglia, Clay Tarver, Cyrus Nowrasteh, Bill D'Elia, Gigi Levangie, Ned Benson, Kasi Lemmons and Eli Craig. She is executive producing Ames' HBO comedy Bored to Death, which just started production on Season 3. She also exec produced with Levangie USA's Starter Wife miniseries and series and Lifetime's Maneater miniseries and served as a producer on the Kevin Kline-starring movie The Extra Man, co-written by Ames. "We had a great run with Stephanie, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The New York Daily_News has great photos posted of Mike Birbiglia living for a week in Macy's New York City window. The stand-up comic took part in a living art/comedy advertising installation that promoted "Clean Sheet Week," a stunt testing the staying power of Ultra Downy Fresh. "Doing nothing is very tiring," Birbiglia told the Daily News. "It's like summer camp. It's really fun but you're so busy you need to sleep for three weeks when you are done," he told the Daily News. Birbigs was on Jimmy Fallon's late night chat show and talked about his new play: Mike tells Jimmy about his new play, 'My Girlfriend's Boyfriend.' Part 1 of 2. Mike Birbiglia, »
- April MacIntyre
Directed by: Miguel Arteta
Running Time: 1 hr 27 mins
Release Date: February 11, 2011 (Chicago)
Plot: An insurance salesman (Helms) from a small town in Wisconsin undergoes a life-changing culture shock when he is sent to a convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Who’S It For?: Those who enjoy the works of suburban-minded directors like Mike Judge, but are satisfied with laughing a little less than they did with Extract. While it may feature a wide-eyed performance from Helms, this raucous comedy is more mature than it may look, so it’s not immediately for the Hangover crowd.
Expectations: February release dates are not the most positive thing, but Arteta defied this last year with his underrated comedy Youth In Revolt. Helms is a funny everyman to watch, regardless of the situations he seems to put himself into.
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- Nick Allen
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