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18 items from 2015


2015 Summer Movie Preview: 20 Most Anticipated Movies

29 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »

- Brad Brevet

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See How the Short Film 'Whiplash' Compares to the Oscar-winning Feature Version

5 March 2015 3:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Before Whiplash cleaned house at last year's Sundance Film Festival, bringing home both the Grand Jury and Audience awards while on its way to several more award nominations, including Best Picture at the Academy Awards (eventually winning three Oscars), it was a short film that director Damien Chazelle created in the hopes of obtaining additional funds to make said feature.  That short film also screened at Sundance and it also starred Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons as a ruthless music instructor who utilizes some unconventional teaching methods in order to extract the greatness out of his students. While the scenes in the short are almost identical to the ones in the feature, there are some small changes. For example, that's Johnny Simmons (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World...

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- Erik Davis

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IFC Films Locks Up ‘Stanford Prison Experiment'; Jb Blanc Joins ‘Arms And The Dudes’ — Film Briefs

5 March 2015 2:25 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

IFC Films has booked U.S. rights to The Stanford Prison Experiment, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance. Kyle Patrick Alvarez's drama is based on Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo’s social experiment using college kids as prison guards and inmates that became one of the most shocking and famous of all time. It stars Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons and Olivia Thirlby… »

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IFC Films buys Stanford Prison Experiment

5 March 2015 10:04 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has acquired Us rights to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s recent Sundance premiere and plans a 2015 theatrical release.

The Stanford Prison Experiment won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and The Alfred P Sloan Feature Film Prize in Park City.

The story centres on the real-life research of Dr Zimbardo’s infamous 1971 psychological tests in which 18 male undergraduates were assigned the role of guards and prisoners.

Billy Crudup stars alongside Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby, Nick Braun, Thomas Mann, Ki Hong Lee, James Wolk, James Frecheville and Moises Arias.

Abandon Features produced with Sandbar PicturesLizzie Friedman and Greg Little, Coup d’État Films’ Brent Emery and Lauren Bratman. Brian Geraghty is the executive producer. Abandon Features, Sandbar Pictures and Vineyard Point Productions financed.

Arianna Bocco brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the film-makers. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Watch the Short That Inspired 'Whiplash'

3 March 2015 6:56 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The short film that would form the basis for Damien Chazelle's Oscar-winning Whiplash has surfaced online after being re-released as part of the movie's new Blue-ray edition, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 18-minute movie, also titled Whiplash and written and directed by Chazelle, initially premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, where it won the jury award for Best Short Film. While J.K. Simmons appears as the dogged jazz instructor, Fletcher — a role that would earn him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor — the young drummer, Andrew, is »

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Whiplash (2013) Short Film: Damien Chazelle’s Proof-of-Concept Film

2 March 2015 6:33 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Whiplash Short Film. Damien Chazelle‘s Whiplash (2013) short film stars Johnny Simmons, J.K. Simmons, C.J. Vana, Paul Dietz, and Ellee Jane Hounsell. Whiplash‘s plot synopsis: “A ferocious, bullying music teacher teaches a dedicated student.” On how the short film became the feature film Whiplash: Originally conceived in the form of an 85-page [...]

Continue reading: Whiplash (2013) Short Film: Damien Chazelle’s Proof-of-Concept Film »

- Rollo Tomasi

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'Whiplash' Short That Inspired Movie Is Now Online

2 March 2015 3:28 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Although it didn't ultimately take home the Best Picture Oscar last weekend, writer-director Damien Chazelle's Whiplash is widely regarded as one of the best movies of 2014. J.K. Simmons ended up taking home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the brutal music professor Fletcher, but before that, he played the same role in Damien Chazelle's short film, also entitled Whiplash. The short ended up winning the Short Film Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which lead to the feature film getting produced, and today we have the full short online.

Damien Chazelle's Whiplash screenplay landed on The Black List in 2012, a list of the most popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Since he had never directed a film before, the writer picked a lengthy scene from his script and directed it himself, bringing on J.K. Simmons to play Fletcher and Johnny Simmons (21 Jump Street »

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See the Short Film That Would Become Whiplash

2 March 2015 2:20 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Long before Whiplash was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, it was a short film made by writer-director Damien Chazelle. Well, more like a scene produced from a script he'd written starring J.K. Simmons and Johnny Simmons (who would be replaced by Miles Teller) to secure funding for a full-length production. So if you were wondering why Whiplash was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay instead of Best Original Screenplay, this short film is why.  »

- Lindsey Weber

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Watch: Whiplash, The Short

2 March 2015 10:14 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Initially unable to raise the $3 million budget for Whiplash, Damien Chazelle made a proof of concept, 18-minute short film that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Now available online, the short looks to be more or less an exact excerpt of the feature script, distilling Fletcher’s emotional manipulation, rage, and abuse into three consecutive scenes. The precise editing, gliding camerawork, and J.K. Simmons’ high octane performance are all on display, though the short — presumably for budgetary reasons — lacks the isolated, brooding mood and dark yellow color pallet of the feature version. Also notable is that Johnny Simmons was […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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Watch: Damien Chazelle's Original 'Whiplash' Short with J.K. Simmons

2 March 2015 9:11 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In order to nail down financing for his Black Listed script, writer/director Damien Chazelle directed this 18-minute short film version of "Whiplash" for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. And the rest is history: the film lured investors to produce the full script to the tune of $3 million. (Watch below, courtesy of The Film Stage.) Produced by Right of Way Films and Blumhouse Productions, the short stars J.K. Simmons in an early treatment of the first "chair-throwing" scene from the 2014 feature, which won Sundance's Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize. Johnny Simmons assumes the Miles Teller role. Blumhouse's Jason Blum, who co-produced with Jason Reitman and a long list of other co-producers, said Reitman also co-conceived this idea to do the short. "Jason had a lot of success with this [in the past]," Blum said. "Jason Reitman's movies are tonally incredibly complicated, and he's amazing with tone and before he proved himself, he had. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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See the Original 'Whiplash' Short Film Damien Chazelle Made First

2 March 2015 8:18 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

At the Academy Awards last weekend, a couple of little Sundance indie sensations won big awards. One of them was Whiplash (the other was Boyhood), written and directed by Damien Chazelle who was named multiple times by winners including J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor) & Tom Cross (Best Editing). The film also won Best Sound Mixing, taking home a total of three Oscars. It has been a long journey for Chazelle, as he first premiered Whiplash as a short film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. That short got him the financing to make the feature, and the rest is history. Whiplash was one of my favorite films of 2014 (#2!) so I'm happy it won; it's another excellent indie success story. Luckily, the original short is now online. Our friends at The Film Stage recently found a copy of the original short starring Johnny Simmons and J.K. Simmons that Damien Chazelle made first »

- Alex Billington

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Watch the Original 'Whiplash' Short Film That Became the Movie

2 March 2015 7:43 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's no secret Damien Chazelle's Whiplash was first a short film as that actually became part of the awards season conversation when the Academy decided Chazelle's Whiplash screenplay would be considered an adapted screenplay rather than original. Thing is, Chazelle actually wrote the screenplay for the feature film first and only made the short as a means of getting the entire feature film funded. But no matter, awards controversies such as those don't matter any longer. Whiplash has now won three Oscars and the film is already on DVD and Blu-ray, but Amazon is out of stock and won't have new Blu-ray copies in until March 8. Yeesh! People are loving it! amz asin="B00PT3AUYO" size="small"Speaking of which, included on the Blu-ray is that original short film that eventually became the movie and you can get a look at it directly below as it has now found its way online. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch the original Whiplash short starring J.K. Simmons

1 March 2015 12:08 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash was one of the most acclaimed films of last year, winning three Oscars (Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing), as well as further nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

As it happens, its inclusion in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars was due to Chazelle producing a portion of his original screenplay into a short film in order to drum up interest and investment for the full feature. The subsequent 18-minute short premiered at Sundance in 2013, with J.K. Simmons in the role of the teacher, and Johnny Simmons (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as the drummer. It’s popped up on YouTube over the past few days, and you can check it out here…

You can read our reviews of the feature-length Whiplash here and here, and listen to the Flickering Myth Podcast review below…

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- Gary Collinson

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Efm: Conquistador boards Phenom

3 February 2015 11:24 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: On the back of its marquee sales title and awards contender Cake starring Jennifer Aniston, Conquistador Entertainment will kick off sales in Berlin on the drama starring red-hot Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti and Johnny Simmons.

Noah Buschel wrote and directed the Elephant Eye Films production that wrapped principal photography on December 20 in Atlanta.

Wme Global represents Us rights to the story about a gifted and troubled young athlete in his first year at a professional team who enlists the help of a mental coach played by Giamatti to untangle his difficult relationship with his father, played by Hawke.

“Making The Phenom in Atlanta was the best movie experience I’ve ever had,” said Buschel. “The combination of the New York actors mixing with the Atlanta crew was very… I don’t like to use this word, but it was very magical for me. It was a tremendous group, professional but fun, and I had the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Conquistador boards The Phenom for Efm

3 February 2015 11:24 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: On the back of its marquee sales title and awards contender Cake starring Jennifer Aniston, Conquistador Entertainment will kick off sales in Berlin on the drama starring red-hot Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti and Johnny Simmons.

Noah Buschel wrote and directed the Elephant Eye Films production that wrapped principal photography on December 20 in Atlanta.

Wme Global represents Us rights to the story about a gifted and troubled young athlete in his first year at a professional team who enlists the help of a mental coach played by Giamatti to untangle his difficult relationship with his father, played by Hawke.

“Making The Phenom in Atlanta was the best movie experience I’ve ever had,” said Buschel. “The combination of the New York actors mixing with the Atlanta crew was very… I don’t like to use this word, but it was very magical for me. It was a tremendous group, professional but fun, and I had the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Takes Top Dramatic Honors At Sundance; Is It The Next ‘Whiplash’? – Winners List

31 January 2015 8:15 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Updated with details and quotes: The Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony tonight in Park City saw a dramatic dual decision and strong political voices to put a cap on a hot-deals festival. Like last year, when Whiplash took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award on its way to an Best Picture Oscar nomination, the much-sought Me And Earl And The Dying Girl took both this year.

“I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of Laredo, Texas,” said director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon onstage. Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush teamed to land the pic earlier this week after frenzied bidding, with a 2015 release planned. The Jesse Andrews script follows Greg, who is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But »

- Dominic Patten and Patrick Hipes

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10 Hottest Sundance Sales Titles: J. Lo, Robert Redford, Keanu Reeves, David Foster Wallace

20 January 2015 2:54 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CAA is “Sleeping With Other People,” UTA is taking “The D Train,” Alicia Van Couvering is “Digging for Fire” and WME will award “The Bronze”...

Buyers will be out in full force this week in Park City but with so many options to choose from, it helps to have a cheat sheet to prioritize the must-see acquisition titles at Sundance. After talking to buyers and sellers alike, here are the 10 most promising titles with the loudest buzz heading into this year’s festival.

The Bronze (WME)

What’s the Deal?: The highlight of Sundance’s opening night lineup is this raunchy comedy from director Bryan Buckley featuring co-writer Melissa Rauch in what could prove to be a star-making performance. The “Big Bang Theory” actress plays a washed-up Olympic gymnast whose local celebrity is threatened by the arrival of a promising young gymnast seeking a mentor. Sundance describes the foul-mouthed protagonist as “a lovably loathsome character who makes Tonya Harding look like Grace Kelly,” so perhaps this will be the next “Bad Words?”

First Screening: Thursday, Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m. – Eccles

Digging for Fire (Alicia Van Couvering)

What’s the Deal?: Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt play East L.A. parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown as they juggle marital and parenting duties. Things get weird when she enjoys a night on the town with her girls and he takes the opportunity to invite his buddies over for smoking, drinking and carousing. Joe Swanberg’s latest may be his most commercial film yet, and it certainly features his most high-profile cast. Between Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Messina, Jenny Slate, Melanie Lynskey, Timothy Simons, Ron Livington, comedian Mike Birbiglia and veterans Sam Elliott and Judith Light, there’s someone for everyone.

First Screening: Monday, Jan. 26, 9:45 p.m. – Eccles »

- Jeff Sneider

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Hollywood’s Top Casting Directors Celebrate Artios Nominations at Sur (Exclusive)

14 January 2015 5:48 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TheWrap was inside the Artios Awards nominee party to mingle with contenders at Lisa Vanderpump’s West Hollywood lounge

Hollywood’s most acclaimed casting directors came together at the 2015 Artios Nominee Party on Tuesday at Sur in West Hollywood, in a joint production between the Casting Society of America and Breakdown Services.

As casting directors still strive for recognition — it may just be the last branch not to have its own category at the Academy Awards — the tight-knit community gathered to celebrate each other’s achievements over the past year ahead of the official Artios Awards ceremony on Thursday, Jan. »

- Travis Reilly and Linda Ge

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