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Film Feature: Top 10 Films of 2011

27 December 2011 2:16 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – As the days count down to the end of the year, it’s a perfect time for a countdown of the top ten films of 2011. Last week, Brian Tallerico of HollywoodChicago.com posted his 10 Best of 2011, and this week I pick my Top Ten Films of 2011, by Patrick McDonald.

If there was a single overriding theme to films in 2011, it was the end of the world. There were symbolic, financial, moral, anarchistic and literal end of the worlds, which comes on the heels of the meltdown of the end of last decade. It wasn’t a science fiction style end, but a commentary on a pervasive mood in general society, and the reflection of that mood in so many films throughout 2011 is quite remarkable, and unmistakable.

In my Top Ten of 2011, several of those end-of-the-world films are there, but also there is hopeful turns with baseball, Woody Allen and brilliant smaller budget filmmaking. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Love Story set in Kashmir to compete at Sundance 2012

30 November 2011 10:24 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

“Valley of Saints”, a love story set in Kashmir is all set to compete for the top award in the World Dramatics category of Sundance Film Festival 2012. The film, directed by an American filmmaker Musa Sayeed, had earlier won Film Independent and Sloan Foundation Producer’s Grant for the same films.

“Valley of Saints” is about a Kashmiri boatman Gulzar, who plans to run away from the war and poverty surrounding his village in Kashmir with his best friend, but a beautiful young woman researching the dying lake leads him to contemplate a different future. Sundance Film Festival announced its competition line up on November 30, 2011. Here is the complete lineup:- U.S. Dramatic Competition The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) — Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and »

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Sundance 2012 Movies: Safety Not Guaranteed, Hello I Must Be Going/U.S. Dramatic Competition

30 November 2011 7:05 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass in Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed Sundance 2012 Movies: The End Of Love, Keep The Lights On/U.S. Dramatic Competition U.S. Dramatic Competition (Part II) Hello I Must Be Going / U.S.A. (Director: Todd Louiso, Screenwriter: Sarah Koskoff) — Divorced, childless, demoralized and condemned to move back in with her parents at the age of 35, Amy Minsky's prospects look bleak – until the unexpected attention of a teenage boy changes everything. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner, Christopher Abbott, John Rubinstein, Julie White. Nobody Walks / U.S.A. (Director: Ry Russo-Young, Screenwriters: Lena Dunham, Ry Russo-Young) — Martine, a young artist from New York, is invited into the home of a hip, liberal La family for a week. Her presence unravels the family’s carefully maintained status quo, and a mess of sexual and emotional entanglements ensues. Cast: John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, India Ennenga, Justin Kirk. »

- Steve Montgomery

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Sundance Film Festival 2012: Competition Films: For Ellen, Luv

30 November 2011 6:17 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

For Ellen, Luv, and the other competition films have been announced for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival is “a film festival that takes place annually in the state of Utah, in the United States. It is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States…the festival is the premier showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers.” For the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, “110 feature-length films were selected, representing 31 countries and 44 first-time filmmakers, including 26 in competition. These films were selected from 4,042 feature-length film submissions composed of 2,059 U.S. and 1,983 international feature-length films. 88 films at the Festival will be world premieres.”

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 19, 2011 to January 29, 2011 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

The full listing of the competition films in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival are below.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films. »

- filmbook

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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2012 Competition Slate

30 November 2011 3:25 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

I love the Sundance Film Festival. The winners of the fest normally have long legs enough to last all the way until the Oscars. This year, for example, "Pariah" was one of the breakout hits from Sundance, and the Dee Rees coming-of-age flick is being distributed by Focus this month. Its star, Adepero Oduye, recently received the Best Female Lead nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards.

So now, Sundance has unveiled its in-competition slate for 2012 and the films, as always, are quite intriguing. The fest runs from Jan. 19th to the 29th in Park City, Utah. Check out the full list below:

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) . Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin. under, »

- Manny

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2012 Sundance Film Festival Lineup Announced

30 November 2011 2:49 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Park City, Ut – Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival will take place 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.

Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute remarked, “We are, and always have been, a festival about the filmmakers. So what are they doing? What are they saying? They are making statements about the changing world we are living in. Some are straight-forward, some novel and some offbeat but always interesting. One can never predict. We know only at the end, and I love that.”

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In these challenging economic times, filmmakers have had to be more resourceful and truly independent in their approaches to filmmaking. »

- Michelle McCue

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Competition Films For The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Announced

30 November 2011 2:47 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States. Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The Festival has changed over the decades from a low-profile venue for small-budget, independent creators from outside the Hollywood system to a media extravaganza for Hollywood celebrity actors, paparazzi, and luxury lounges set up by companies that are not affiliated with Sundance.

Now the festival is getting ready for the 2012 edition and today they announced the films competing in all categories.

Here is the Sundance press release.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) — Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin’ under, »

- Kyle Reese

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Sundance 2012 unveils partial programming slate

30 November 2011 2:43 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: The 2012 Sundance Film Festival unveiled the first wave of programming for its upcoming event, scheduled for Jan. 19-29, 2012. Multiple titles have been handpicked for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions. Additional programming announcements will come over the following week.

“We are, and always have been, a festival about the filmmakers. So what are they doing? What are they saying? They are making statements about the changing world we are living in. Some are straight-forward, some novel and some offbeat but always interesting. One can never predict. We know only at the end, and I love that,” said Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute.

Information on the full slate of announced titles follows, directly from the Sundance press release. For more details, visit www.sundance.org/festival.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films. »

- Sean O'Connell

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Sundance announces 2012 competition films

30 November 2011 1:57 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Grab your ski jackets and swag bags and start warming up your eyeballs: the Sundance Film Festival is almost upon us. 2012's Sundance runs from January 19 to 29 in Park City, Utah, and today the fest announced their first wave of programming, 58 titles in the Us and World Dramatic and Documentary Competitions.

The slate so far includes plenty of familiar faces. Sundancers in 2012 will get the first crack at new movies from Antonio Campos ("Afterschool"), Kirby Dick ("This Film is Not Yet Rated"), Ira Sachs ("Forty Shades of Blue"), and Mark Webber ("Explicit Ills"). I'm also intrigued by "Nobody Walks" from "You Won't Miss Me" director Ry Russo-Young and "Tiny Furniture" director Lena Dunham (Russo-Young directed, the two co-wrote the screenplay) and a cast that includes John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, and Rosemarie DeWitt. Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass star in "Safety Not Guaranteed" about "a trio of magazine employees investigating a »

- Matt Singer

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Competition Films For The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Announced

30 November 2011 1:20 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Snow is falling, the temperature is dropping, movies are getting better. Some might say it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas but I say it's beginning to look a lot like Sundance. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival announced its first batch of films Wednesday, all of which are in competition. Meaning these are the films eligible for awards. It also means that, as of right now, these are the films you probably haven't heard of. But, at this time last year [1], the competition films included a ton that you've surely now heard of such as Another Earth, Circumstance, Like Crazy, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Pariah, The Guard, Tyrannosaur and Take Shelter. Those were just the narratives. In last year's documentary competition, films like Beats, Rhymes and Life, Being Elmo, How to Die in Oregon, Page One, Knuckle, Project Nim and Senna all played. Basically, while you probably haven't heard of these movies yet, »

- Germain Lussier

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Sundance 2012 lineup: Time-travel, sex, and ... sex dominate competition

30 November 2011 1:12 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Sex surrogates, happy drunks, not-so-happy drunks, teenagers in love, a little boy on a gangland odyssey and a trio of time-travel investigators are just a few of the movies in the competition line-up for the Sundance Film Festival this year.

There are also lots and lots of stories of people hooking up, trying to hook up, feeling bad about not hooking up, and all sorts of variations on that theme.

Click through for the newly announced slate of U.S. dramatic competition titles, with festival director John Cooper and chief programmer Trevor Groth as your guides.

If you went to the Park City festival Jan. 19-29, what would go on your must-see list? »

- Anthony Breznican

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2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces In-Competition Films (The Full List)

30 November 2011 1:00 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Getty Images The marquee of the Egyptian Theater announces the Sundance Film Festival.

Aging hipsters, Argentinian Elvis impersonators and the dissident Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei are just some of the subjects that will be featured during the Sundance Film Festival this coming January.

The Sundance Institute announced its in-competition film selections for the 2012 fest Wednesday afternoon, debuting a typically eclectic mix of narrative and documentary projects from both veteran filmmakers and festival newcomers. (The full list is below.) In total, »

- Michelle Kung

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Sundance Film Festival 2012 Competition Line-up Announced

30 November 2011 1:00 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It seems like we are only just diving into the awards season, but the 2012 film year is right around the corner. There is no better place to get a tast of what is to come than Park City Utah in late January. We’ll be attending the fest again (read last year’s round-up) and today we have the first competition titles. This is the same group from last year which titles include Martha Marcy May Marlene, Like Crazy, Another Earth, Pariah, Being Elmo, Take Shelter and many more. Are there more great films to be found this year? I have no doubt the line-up below will include break-out titles, so lets get to it.

At first glance, the most notable film is Antonio CamposSimon Killer, who last directed Afterschool and is in the Martha Marcy trio. It is easily my most-anticipated from this group, along with Quentin Dupieux‘s Rubber follow-up Wrong. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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2012 Sundance Film Festival Competition Titles Announced

30 November 2011 12:35 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Sundance Institute revealed their Us and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary competition titles today for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The question, of course, is which films will break out this year after the 2011 Sundance Film Festival brought titles such as ,i>Martha Marcy May Marlene, Pariah, Like Crazy and Take Shelter to the forefront. I have never attended the Sundance Film Festival, primarily because I have never heard good things about the experience, plus it means I can save my money for my trip to Cannes where I have typically seen the some of the best films Sundance had to offer including Blue Valentine two years ago and Martha Marcy May Marlene this year. Which means it serves as a good way for me to find films to make sure I add to my Cannes 2012 must see list... can you figure out which ones they may be? When it »

- Brad Brevet

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2012 Sundance Predictions: James Ponsoldt's Smashed

12 November 2011 3:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#59. Smashed - James Ponsoldt An integral part of the indie filmmaking scene, when not contributing to Filmmaker Magazine helmer James Ponsoldt (pictured above) appears to be busy mounting his next project and five yearsafter his breakout debut Off the Black (a Sundance entry in 2006) we now have his sophomore pic - a dramedy featuring Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Look for Smashed to grab a U.S Dramatic or Premieres spot. Gist: Co-written by James Ponsoldt and Susan Burke, this is the story of a married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober and begins attending AA. Producers: Jennifer Cochis (Douchebag), Jonathan Schwartz (Like Crazy) and Andrea Sperling (Sympathy for Delicious)(Ioncinema.com Preview Page // IMDb Link)   »

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead And Aaron Paul Want To Get Smashed Together

22 September 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who really made a name for herself playing Ramona Flowers last summer in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Aaron Paul, Emmy Award-winner for TV’s Breaking Bad, have both in negotiations to lead the indie dramedy, Smashed, Variety report.

The film will be made at the excellently named Super Crispy Entertainment, who recently made the indie film, Like Crazy, starring Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, and Jennifer Lawrence, which won the Grand Jury Prize for a Dramatic Film earlier this year at Sundance.

They’re clearly starting to prove themselves capable of making great films with a terrific cast on a low budget, and Smashed will hopefully be another prime example. Along with Winstead and Paul, Octavia Spencer, star of the forthcoming The Help, and Nick Offerman, star of TV’s Parks and Recreation, are also in talks to join the film.

Smashed is to be loosely »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Winstead & Paul Get Smashed

21 September 2011 1:11 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Fresh off this year's prequel to The Thing, junior scream-queen Mary Elizabeth Winstead has joined the indie drama, Smashed. She'll star alongside the greatest living actor under 35* (Aaron Paul) as a couple whose relationship is based on their mutual love of alcohol. While that may sound like the logline for a hilarious gross-out flick, Smashed will take more of a somber route as it's being described as a 'dramedy'. Also in negotiations to star are Octavia Spencer (The Help) and Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation). James Ponsoldt is directing from a script by Susan Burke. *I wholeheartedly mean that. There is not a single actor, regardless of gender, who has shown better work than what Paul's produced on AMC's Breaking Bad. Like a young Pacino in Panic In Needle Park, I get the feeling he's about to hit the big time. Via Variety.

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- noreply@blogger.com (Ferg)

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul Set To Be ‘Smashed’

21 September 2011 11:15 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Variety tells us that The Thing‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul will lead Smashed, a drama set to be directed by James Ponsoldt. Written by him and Susan Burke, the story follows the two as a husband and wife “whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol.” When Winstead‘s character takes it upon herself to quit drinking, things are “put to the test” for the duo. There’s said to be a similarity with Days of Wine and Roses, which was most notably told in 1962 by director Blake Edwards and screenwriter Jp Edwards, the latter of whom wrote the original story.

Also appearing are Nick Offerman and The Help actress Octavia Spencer; he has the part of “an assistant principal at the elementary school where the protag teaches,” while she’ll play “Winstead’s close friend and AA sponsor.” The independent production »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Paul, Winstead, Offerman Get "Smashed"

21 September 2011 3:11 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"), Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Scott Pilgrim"), Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation") and Octavia Spencer ("The Help") are all said to be up for roles in James Ponsoldt's indie drama "Smashed" for Super Crispy Entertainment reports Variety.

Considered a modern version of "Days of Wine and Roses", Winstead and Paul would play a married couple with a shared penchant for drinking who have their lives turned upside down when Winstead's character decides to go sober.

Spencer would play a friend and AA sponsor of Winstead, while Offerman would play an assistant principal at an elementary school. Susan Burke co-wrote the script with Ponsoldt ("Off the Black") .

Jonathan Schwartz, Jennifer Cochis and Andrea Sperling are producing. »

- Garth Franklin

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Talks to Join Cast of ‘Smashed’

21 September 2011 2:35 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Super Crispy Entertainment is in negotiations for actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead to join the cast of “Smashed.” Variety has also reported the production company is also in talks with Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) and Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) to join the cast. The film is a contemporary take on Blake Edward’s 1962 drama “Days of Wine and Roses” about a couple’s bond built around the mutual love of alcohol. However, their relationship is put to the test when the wife becomes sober. Winstead and Paul will play the loving alcoholic couple. Spencer will play Winstead’s friend and Alcoholic Anonymous sponsor. Offerman is offered to play the assistant principal at the elementary school in which where one of the couple teaches at. “Smashed” will be directed by James Ponsoldt (“Off the Black”) from a script he wrote with Susan Burke.Source: Variety »

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