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2015 Sundance Film Festival Competition Line-up Revealed

4 December 2014 7:49 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the  2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.

Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.

Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »

- Joey Paur

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Line-Up Announced: Pictures and Previews

3 December 2014 2:46 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »

- Brad Brevet

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Sundance 2015 Lineup Revealed

3 December 2014 1:33 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.

Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »

- Brian Welk

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Sundance ’15: Zobel, Bujalski, Brice & Kris Swanberg Among U.S. Dramatic Competition

3 December 2014 1:16 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last year, it was Damien Chazelle’s richly texturized, foot-tapping, finger-snapping sophomore pic Whiplash that instantly became the “it” film to beat in the sixteen competition offerings. In 2015, we have Sundance habituals in James C. Strouse, Craig Zobel and Andrew Bujalski measuring up against Park City feature film first-timers in Marielle Heller, Patrick Brice, Chloé Zhao, Nikole Beckwith and Kris Swanberg. Here are the sixteen offerings in the 2015 U.S. Dramatic Competition:

Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim.

The Bronze / U.S.A. (Director: Bryan Buckley, Screenwriters: Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch) — In 2004, Hope Ann Greggory became an American hero »

- Eric Lavallee

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Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2015 Competition, Next Lineups

3 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.

The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.

“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »

- Justin Chang

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Sundance unveils Us, World and Next line-ups

3 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New films from Nicole Kidman, Michael Fassbender, Louie Psihoyos and Sebastian Silva are featured in the festival’s line-up of Us and world competition strands and the Next programme.

Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.

Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.

Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'Z for Zachariah,' 'The Bronze' lead 2015 Sundance Film Festival U.S. dramatic slate

3 December 2014 12:58 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Sundance Film Institute announced the U.S. dramatic, world dramatic, U.S. documentary, world documentary and Next selections for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival today. The premier film festival in the United States, Sundance is coming off a banner 2014 edition that brought films earning year-end kudos such as "Whiplash," "Boyhood," "Dear White People," "Obvious Child" and "The Skeleton Twins" into the world. The 2015 slate just looks just as intriguing and, according to the festival, perhaps more emotional and challenging. In a statement from the Institute, the festival's director, John Cooper, remarked, "The selections for our 2015 Festival will take audiences on a wild ride of emotional extremes. With approaches ranging from comedic to dramatic, genre to documentary, experimental to short, independent filmmakers are bravely illuminating new opportunities for understanding and empathy.” Festival founder and cinema icon Robert Redford added, "The work of independent artists inevitably reflects the state of our culture »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Kim Kardashian Meets - and Kisses! - U.S. Troops in Abu Dhabi

2 December 2014 7:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kisses to the troops! Thank you for all you do! Was an honor to meet you allpic.twitter.com/6oukQyITDQ— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 2, 2014 Kim Kardashian pledged her support for U.S. troops - and sealed it with a kiss - by visiting servicemen and women in Abu Dhabi last week. The reality star - following in the footsteps of stars like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, and more recently Brooklyn Decker and Chrissy Teigen - gave troops a pre-Thanksgiving treat Nov. 24 by touring the U.S.S. San Diego aircraft carrier, stationed in Abu Dhabi. She posed for plenty of photos, »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

19 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen RiverWinter’s Bone, Blue ValentineMartha Marcy May MarleneBeasts of the Southern WildFruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Andrew Bujalski’s Results

13 November 2014 11:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess turned out to be the feel good film of Sundance and that’s not because the early gamers are particularly charming, but rather, better things come in small packages. Following Funny Ha Ha (2002), Mutual Appreciation (2005) and Beeswax (2009),  this 30-something filmmaker, who in some circles is known as the godfather of the Mumblecore movement didn’t waste much time between the ’13 Sundance Film Fest Alfred Sloan Feature Film Prize winning micro-feature and his fifth, more macro-type budgeted ensemble project. Guy Pearce toplines alongside Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker, Anthony Michael Hall, SXSW Special Jury Prize Best Actor winner Tishuan Scott (The Retrieval) and Boyhood‘s Zoe Graham. Filming began in mid-summer on Results, and we’re assuming correctly by the first glimpse (see pic above) we got in September that this will bow in Park City with the director’s habitual stopover at SXSW. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Iggy Pop, Jessica Brown Findlay projects on Carnaby slate

5 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Zombie-horror Plan Z, TV series also among slate.

Carnaby’s Afm slate includes new acquisitions Everything Carries Me To You, which has Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Matthew Rhys, Kate Walsh and Freddie Fox attached to star.

The romantic drama, currently in pre-production, follows an ambitious young dancer whose world is turned upside down when she discovers a note suggesting her lover may be cheating.

Emma Holly Jones (Dreams Play Apart) is attached to direct with Hilary Shor (The Paperboy) on board to produce.

Director Toby Tobias’ thriller Blood Orange, starring Ben Lamb and musician Iggy Pop and executive produced by former Miramax executive Colin Vaines (Gangs of New York), is currently shooting in Spain.

Meanwhile, new TV drama series Magnum Opus, currently at pilot stage, is to be directed by Timothy Gibbs and Ida Cuellar. The Spain-set series follows a CIA agent who spirals out of control.

Carnaby will also be introducing writer-drirector Stuart Brennan’s zombie »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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'Stretch' (2014) Movie Review

21 October 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Joe Carnahan's Stretch reminds me a lot of Michael Mann's Collateral. The operating word there being "reminds" as in this is the B-movie, bat-sh*t crazy, balls-to-the-wall red-headed step child of Collateral. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. For anyone the least bit familiar with Carnahan's work, Stretch will come as no surprise. Carnahan could easily be described as a director interested in masculinity. He's a "tough guy" cinema director, making the movie equivalent to beef jerky. I like beef jerky and I like Carnahan's films. I like the outlandish nature of his movies, the "anything can happen" narratives, and he consistently brings actors along for the ride that are just as willing and excited about starring in something crazy. While his films such as Narc and The Grey show he can also delve competently into serious cinema, his movies such as Smokin' Aces and »

- Brad Brevet

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Stretch | Review

10 October 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

To Live and Drive in La: Carnahan’s Trip into Hollyweird

In an unprecedented and surprisingly brusque move, Universal chose to dump Joe Carnahan’s latest film, Stretch into a sole VOD platform release, bypassing a theatrical run completely. While this signifies the studio’s lack of confidence in the title, it’s most likely a herald of things to come for filmmakers working within the system. The rule of thumb in the film industry used to be that you’re only as good as your last picture, but Carnahan received some of the best notices of his directorial career with 2012’s The Grey—it no longer seems to matter just how well your last picture performed. In defense of the eclectic director’s tastes, his latest is a bizarre romp through Tinseltown that never adheres to a particular mold, making it a rather tough sell but pleasantly offbeat feature, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Red-Band Trailer for Joe Carnahan's Stretch Starring Patrick Wilson

9 October 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

An insane red-band trailer has been released for director Joe Carnahan's awesome-looking new movie StretchPatrick Wilson stars in the film and plays "a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back." 

This dark and wacky comedic adventure will not be getting a theatrical release. It was just way too over-the-top and crazy for the studio, but the movie is currently available to watch on digital outlets and VOD. So if you want to watch it right now you can! 

This latest trailer embraces the red-band label and includes violence, cussing, nudity, and other weird stuff. The wildly fast-paced film co-stars Norman Reedus, Jessica Alba, Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, Ray Liotta, Mindy Robinson, Randy Couture, and David Hasselhoff. »

- Joey Paur

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This Trailer Starring Chris Pine, Patrick Wilson, and Ed Helms Is Insane

9 October 2014 8:34 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Make sure no one is watching your computer, and tune in for the red-band trailer for Stretch. It's a bizarre adventure movie starring Patrick Wilson as a limo driver, Ed Helms as the thin-mustached ghost haunting him, and Chris Pine as . . . I don't even know what. This trailer is like a short tour of the debauchery that (apparently) happens late at night in Hollywood, and there's a lot of cursing, boobs, and just generally eyebrow-raising activities. In case you saw that awkward clip of Wilson and Brooklyn Decker filming a sex scene, this is the flick it's from. Of all the movie trailers you could watch today, this one is worth checking out, if only because this movie might live on in cult fan clubs for years to come. Stretch is out on VOD now. »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Watch: 'Stretch' Red Band Trailer Puts Its Tongue in Your Ear

9 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I don't know who is behind the marketing for Joe Carnahan's Stretch, which is now available on iTunes and Amazon, but they are definitely going all out and it doesn't appear to be Universal is going anywhere near it. That said, they have definitely captured the attention of the Internet, or, well, at least me as I'm something of a Carnahan fan and this new red band trailer would seem to either convince you to see the movie or keep you very far away from it. amz asin="B00O8O3W4U" size="small"Clearly the intent with Stretch is to see just how crazy and debaucherous things can get on the big screen as Patrick Wilson plays a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve himself of some debt when he starts working for a billionaire (Chris Pine) who makes his life hell. That, however, only seems to be »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Stretch’ Is Joe Carnahan’s Most Bonkers, and Perhaps Most Personal Film Yet

8 October 2014 7:45 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Stretch

Directed by Joe Carnahan

Written by Joe Carnahan

2014, USA

The opening scene of Joe Carnahan’s latest shows a man getting jettisoned from the driver’s side window of his car in a crash, hitting the ground rolling and ending up sitting on the street with barely a scratch. That’s how this film begins, and it only gets zanier from there. The plot follows a down on his luck limo driver who goes by Stretch (Patrick Wilson) who finds out he has to pay $6,000 of gambling debts by midnight.  Roger Karos (Chris Pine), a deranged billionaire offers to cover his debt if he drives him around for the evening, which gets more hellish with each passing minute.

Patrick Wilson plays the title character like a punching bag with a forced smile. He’s the type of guy who has always had bad luck, and is simply used to »

- Dylan Griffin

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Watch: Fake Boobs, FBI Agents & Nymphomaniacs In Nsfw Red Band Trailer For Joe Carnahan's 'Stretch'

8 October 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Even though it's going to straight to VOD, Joe Carnahan's "Stretch" seems to be getting a promotional campaign worthy of a theatrical release. Clips for the R-rated gonzo movie have been dumped online left and right, like this here red band trailer. Led by Patrick Wilson and featuring an ensemble including Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Ed Helms, David Hasselhoff, Brooklyn Decker and Ray Liotta, the story follows a harried limo driver who spends one wild night driving around a crazy client in the hopes the high priced gig will help him pay off some gambling debts. But of course, he'll cross paths with no shortage of weirdos including midgets, nymphomaniacs, strippers and....well, you get the idea. "Stretch" hit VOD this week. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Stretch Review

8 October 2014 11:26 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of the things I like about Joe Carnahan's films is that they filter drama and action through a working-class lens.  Narc is on the down-and-dirty streets; The Grey is about a group of oil drillers trying to survive in the wild; and even his blockbuster feature The A-Team sides with guys just trying to make a living.  The outlier is Smokin' Aces, an ensemble piece that ranges from cartoonish to somber as assassins compete to take out an informant.  Carnahan's latest feature, Stretch, attempts to blend the slapdash attitude of Smokin' Aces with a grounded, working-class character.  The result is a movie that still manages to be endearing despite how often it tries to remind you of its weirdness. Stretch (Patrick Wilson) is a limo driver struggling to turn his life around.  A failed actor and former addict, Stretch owes $6,000 to the Mexican mob, and he needs the »

- Matt Goldberg

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‘Stretch’ Review: A Sweet, Perverted and Exciting Adventure Film

8 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Joe Carnahan has carved out an eclectic career for himself as a director. Three years ago he made his best film to date with the emotional and tense dram, The Grey. That film followed The A-Team and Smokin’ Aces, movies that are best described as fun. One was an unabashedly over-the-top popcorn the movie, the other a wacky R-rated shoot’m up, and the voice that gave us those two films has now returned with Stretch. Happily though, this is a more consistent and successful blend of sorrow and anarchy. Kevin Stretch (Patrick Wilson) moved to Los Angeles with the dreams of becoming an actor, but instead found himself behind the wheel of a stretch limousine. After overcoming his substance abuse and gambling problem, Stretch is at his lowest point — he has zero money to his name, a job he’s unhappy with, an ex-girlfriend (Brooklyn Decker) he can’t get over and the ghost of his »

- Jack Giroux

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