4 items from 2015
The South by Southwest Film Festival has added producer Christine Vachon as a keynote speaker and actors Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer and Henry Rollins to its conversations schedule for next month’s event.
The 22nd edition of the SXSW Film Festival will screen a total of 150 features, consisting of 102 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and 11 U.S. premieres, with 62 first-time directors along with 106 shorts. The 256 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, 2,426 features and 4935 shorts, with an overall increase of 13% over 2014.
SXSW has also added the world premiere of French action comedy “Moonwalkers” to its narrative spotlight session. Antoine Bardou-Jacquet directs from Dean Craig’s script; Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan star.
The festival also added the North American premiere of “Kings of Nowhere,” directed by Betzabe Garcia, about three families in a village partially submerged by water in northwestern Mexico.
Other special events include “Doug Loves Movies, »
- Dave McNary
Steinfeld will play a 19-year-old genius who struggles to adapt to life after graduating from Harvard.
It was recently announced that Steinfeld will star in Dustin Lance Black's Ya film The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
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Hailee Steinfeld is set to star in "Carrie Pilby," the Susan Johnson-directed indie film adaptation of the coming-of-age novel by Caren Lissner. Suzanne Farwell will produce and shooting aims to begin in May.
Kara Holden and Dean Craig adapted the script which centers on a 19-year-old genius who has just graduated from Harvard and has no idea how to fit in or socialize in life outside college. [Source: THR]
Michelle Williams is set to join Casey Affleck in Kenneth Lonergan's new drama "Manchester-by-the-Sea". Williams will play Affleck's wife in the film which slated to begin shooting in March in New England. »
- Garth Franklin
• Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo are in discussions for the upcoming Disney film, Queen of Katwe. Mira Nair is directing the film, which will tell the story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi. Nyong'o will play Phiona's mother, Harriet Mutesi, with Oyelowo as Robert Katende, a mentor of sorts who helps Mutesi become the World Chess Olympiad. The film was inspired by Tim Crother's 2011 Espn The Magazine article and book, "The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster."William Wheeler adapted the story for the screen. [Variety] • Alec Baldwin, Jason Sudeikis, »
- C. Molly Smith
4 items from 2015
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