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Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale 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
Exclusive: Hunger Games actor Alexander Ludwig will join Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, and Ray Liotta in Pacific Northwest thriller Go With Me, for director Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest). The picture centers on a young woman, newly returned to her hometown, who becomes the subject of harassment by a local crimelord and turns to an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his laconic young sidekick (Ludwig) for help.
The Enderby Entertainment and Gotham Group production is adapted from the novel of the same name by Castle Freeman, Jr. and marks a reunion for Alfredson and Hopkins, who recently filmed period drama Kidnapping Freddy Heineken together. Hopkins is producing alongside Rick Dugdale, Lindsay Williams, and Elaine Goldsmith-Vein.
- Jen Yamato
Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.
Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope »
- Eric Lavallee
Potentially filling Sundance’s quota for difficult relationships, Hannah Fidell (profiled in our Ioncinephile series) will have moved from the heated, self-deprecating rapport between prof and student in A Teacher (selected for the Next section in 2013) to a tumultuous, uphill/downhill portrait of couplehood in 6 Years. Reunited with cinematographer/filmmaker Andrew Droz Palermo (Rich Hill), this Austin shot drama has benefitted from the extra time in post-production as it was shot in March of this year and we’re sure glad she didn’t waste much time between projects. Younglings Taissa Farmiga (see on set pic above) and Ben Rosenfield (last year’s Song One) topline the feature, while Sundance regular Joshua Leonard, Jennifer Lafleur, Peter Vack and Lindsay Burdge (who has appeared in Fidell’s We’re Glad You’re Here (2010) and of course toplined A Teacher) are the supporting players.
Gist: The film tells the story of Mel »
- Eric Lavallee
Does this mean all the series are connected after all?
Does this mean all the American Horror Story series are connected after all? Ahs fans freaked out on Wednesday when it was announced that series regular Lily Rabe would be putting her nun attire back on from Ahs: Asylum to reprise her role as Sister Mary Eunice on Freak Show.
Sister Mary's return won't be the first crossover between the two seasons. Pepper (Naomi Grossman) was a patient in Asylum and is now one of the carnival freaks this season. According to Entertainment Weekly, Sister Mary is part of Pepper's story line and will help explain how she went from the freak show to being institutionalized.
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But that's all a still a few episodes away. Though she's scheduled to shoot her scenes this weekend, Rabe doesn't show up in the season until the 10th episode.
Out on UK DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK this week is the rather excellent American Horror Story: Coven, which stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe. To celebrate the release, we’ve got an exclusive look at two of the special features on the release.
Over three hundred years have passed since the turbulent days of Salem, and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves.
The exceptional young witches at Miss Robichaux’s Academy are under assault by forces of ignorance and hate. Caught in the turmoil is a new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga, The Bling Ring) who harbours a terrifying secret of her own. Fiona (Lange), a Supreme Witch with unimaginable powers, is determined to protect the Coven, »
- Paul Heath
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season"
If you're not a fan of this sweetly silly animated series on the Cartoon Network, it's time you got acquainted with Finn and his canine pal Jake and their weird adventures in the Land of Ooo. Seriously, this is one of the coolest cartoons out there! Just ask Princess Bubblegum or adorable Marceline the Vampire Queen.
Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies is not your typical boarding school, but what would you expect from Ryan Murphy et al? Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts, Taissa Farmiga, and Jamie Brewer play the newest arrivals at the Academy in New Orleans, led by the Academy's meek headmistress Cordelia Foxx. Jessica Lange appears as Fiona Goode, »
- Jenni Miller
We'll always know what you did last summer*. Because Sony won’t let us forget.
Deadline recently reported that the studio is rebooting I Know What You Did Last Summer, the 1997 slasher film about a group of college kids (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Ryan Phillippe) who cover up their hit-and-run, only to be stalked and slayed by the very person they thought they killed.
Now our ultimate dream cast for this reboot is present day J.Love, Smg, Freddie Prinze, and Ryan P. playing the same roles they did two decades ago (most are available), but since that definitely won’t happen, we brainstormed a few suggestions:
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Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James
If Ariana Grande played the part we could finally see her without that ponytail »
One of the benefits of American Horror Story‘s anthology formula is that the same actors can return over and over again in different roles, as the series spans time from the 1960s setting of Asylum to the modern-day narrative of seasons like Murder House. The fact that many members of the principal cast – including Jessica Lange, Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga – have returned in different roles has raised fan speculation over whether or not the various stories take place in the same universe, and whether there’s some bizarre form of reincarnation going on.
Click to continue reading ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Bringing Back ‘Asylum’ Character
- H. Shaw-Williams
After the show, it's the after-party ... and last night, there were quite a few of them around town!When the three hour Emmy telecast ended on Monday, stars divided and conquered a number of different celebrations around Los Angeles.Many winners made their first stop at the Governors Ball, which was held right next to the ceremony itself at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Guests at the swanky event included the cast of "Breaking Bad," Julianna Margulies, Stephen Colbert, Claire Danes, Mark Ruffalo and many more.Videos: The 6 Can't-Miss Moments from the Emmy AwardsBut the real action went down once the stars high-tailed it to the network bashes.Judging by the photos alone, the HBO soiree at the Pacific Design Center was the place to be. With boyfriend Joe Manganiello nowhere to be seen, Sofia Vergara was spotted getting down with Derek Hough on the dance floor -- and having »
- tooFab Staff
Jorge Dorado's brain-twisting horror-thriller Mindscape lands on UK DVD and Blu-ray this August 25 courtesy of Studiocanal, and to get you in the mood for some memory-scouring detective work, we have an exclusive clip for you to feast your eyes on.
Mark Strong, in his first leading role in a feature film, plays John, a mind detective paid to enter people’s memories and uncover the reality behind their alleged crimes. But what will he make of his new assignment, the brilliant but troubled teenager Anna (Taissa Farmiga)?
As John enters her mind and becomes more involved in her sometimes brutal memories, he must decide if she is indeed the victim of unspeakable trauma or a very clever and manipulative sociopath. Produced by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown, Non-Stop), Mindscape is a suspenseful horror with a fantastic twist...
- Gareth Jones
Some things are just different in the UK. Cigarettes are called fags, apartments are called flats, and apparently Anna, as it is known here in the States, is called by its original title of Mindscape. Check out the new trailer from across the pond.
The flick will be coming to UK DVD 25th August.
Mark Strong, in his first leading role in a feature film, plays John, a mind detective paid to enter people’s memories and uncover the reality behind their alleged crimes.
But what will he make of his new assignment, the brilliant but troubled teenager Anna, played with effortless panache by one of America's best upcoming talents - "American Horror Story's" Taissa Farmiga? As John enters her mind and becomes more involved in her sometimes brutal memories, he must decide if she is indeed the victim of unspeakable trauma or a very clever and manipulative sociopath. »
- Steve Barton
Malin Akerman (Watchmen, Couples Retreat) is joining Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens in The Ticket, an indie drama about a sightless man (Stevens) who suddenly regains his vision only to be “blinded” by his obsession with the superficial. Akerman is playing the wife Stevens leaves after getting back his sight. Pic is written and directed by Ido Fluk, and filming is underway now in upstate New York. Rampart and The Messenger producers Oren Moverman and Lawrence Inglee are producing. Akerman is coming off small-screen roles on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, HBO’s The Comeback, and ABC’s Trophy Wife. She recently wrapped filming on horror comedy Final Girls opposite Taissa Farmiga and Nina Dobrev. She’s repped by Wme and Caserta-Armstrong Management.
- The Deadline Team
Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner has been cast as Frankenstein author Mary Shelly in a film project called Mary Shelley's Monster. The story "tracks the young writer as she writes her seminal novel and is drawn into a Faustian bargain with her own 'monster' of an alter ego, who offers literary fame at a desperate personal cost." Shelley first published her classic novel Frankenstein anonymously at the age of 21.
The film's producer Rose Ganguzza envisions Shelley's life as "the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way. Our film is not a period drama. It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger and we are tremendously excited to have such an exciting cast onboard this wonderful project."
- Joey Paur
(Cbr) As Sansa Stark on "Game of Thrones," Sophie Turner has seen her fair share of monstrosities. Now, she’s about to face an entirely different kind of monster. Turner is at the heart of "Mary Shelley’s Monster," director Coky Giedroyc’s new movie focusing on the legendary author’s creation of “Frankenstein.” Turner will play the titular Shelley, with "American Horror Story" veteran Taissa Farmiga on board as her stepsister Claire Clairmont. "War Horse" actor Jeremy Irvine will play Mary’s husband, Percy Shelley. “Our film is not a period drama,” producer Rose Ganguzza tells Deadline. “It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger and we are tremendously excited to have such an exciting cast onboard this wonderful project.” Production begins later this year in the United Kingdom and Malta. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Thn have heard that Game Of Thrones actress has been cast to play ‘Frankenstein‘ writer Mary Shelley in the upcoming film, Mary Shelley’S Monster, with Jeremy Irvine set to star as Shelley’s poet husband Percy. They’re joined by Taissa Farmiga of American Horror Story, who takes on the role of Shelley’s step-sister Claire Clairmont.
The film is written by Deborah Baxtrom who has previously wrote the 7-part series Living With Frankenstein. The film tracks the young writer as she writes her now-classic Gothic novel and battles with her ‘monstrous’ alter-ego who promises fame and fortune at a very personal cost.
“[The film is] the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, »
- Lucinda Holt
One of the masterminds behind American Horror Story: Coven was director and co-executive producer Alfonso Gómez-Rejón, who garnered two Emmy nominations this year, one for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries (for the season’s first episode, “Bitchcraft”). A former assistant to such legends as Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron, and Robert De Niro, Gómez-Rejón also directed several episodes of Glee (including an all-time fan favorite, “A Very Glee Christmas”). Vulture spoke to him about honing the tone of Ahs: Coven, the big witch fashion moment of 2014, and, of course, Stevie Nicks.The first episode was such a mixture of styles and types of horror, and it was at once genuinely scary and laugh-out-loud funny. What are some of the themes that you were trying to establish?Obviously, we had to establish the worlds — Lalaurie's backstory and her world, and contemporary New Orleans, as well as Zoe's (Taissa Farmiga's »
- Rakesh Satyal
Countless movies over the years have used Mary Shelley's iconic novel Frankenstein as inspiration, and countless more are no doubt headed our way. But the upcoming Mary Shelley's Monster takes an admirably different direction, telling the tale of the woman behind the story.
Scripted by Deborah Baxtrom, Mary Shelley’s Monster tracks the young writer as she writes her seminal novel and is drawn into a Faustian bargain with her own "monster" of an alter ego, who offers literary fame at a desperate personal cost.
"Our film is not a period drama, »
- John Squires
More used to being scared than generating terror on Game Of Thrones (she did nearly marry Joffrey, don’t forget), Sophie Turner has signed on to star alongside Jeremy Irvine and Taissa Farmiga in Mary Shelley’s Monster.Coky Giedroyc, who has had a thorough grounding in gothic horror working on episodes of Penny Dreadful, will direct the tale about Shelley creation of the seminal horror tale Frankenstein while struggling with her own alter-ego and tempestuous relationship with Percy Bysshe Shelley (Irvine). Farmiga is aboard as her stepsister, Claire Clairmont, who may or may not have had an affair with Shelley but who was definitely bonking Byron.According to producer Rose Fanguzza, this will be a different take on the Shelley story. “Our film is not a period drama,” she tells Deadline. “It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a »
Many of Game of Thrones’ cast members are finding success away from the popular HBO series, and Sophie Turner (who plays Sansa Stark) is set to star as Frankenstein author Mary Shelley in Mary Shelley’s Monster.
Mary Shelley’s Monster is described by producer Rose Ganguzza as, “the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way.” She added, “Our film is not a period drama. It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger and we are tremendously excited to have such an exciting cast onboard this wonderful project.”
Monster will follow Mary Shelley during the period in which she »
- Josh Wilding
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