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Heading into the Park City jamboree’s opening night on Thursday, we take a look at a dozen acquisition titles likely to spark deals once the action gets underway.
The Sundance Film Festival will unveil 120 features over the course of ten days, setting the tone of Us independent cinema in 2017, unearthing international gems and launching several potential awards contenders.
While a certain number of films arrived with distribution already in place, others have sparked deals in the last few weeks (we’re thinking of you, Call Me By Your Name, Casting JonBenet, Berlin Syndrome and Long Strange Trip).
Then there are the acquisition titles. Sundance inevitably sparks a multitude of deals during and after the event and buyers expect modestly priced transactions in the $3-5m range. This has been a common refrain every year since 2008. Watch the numbers soar on a handful of titles.
What follows is a list of 12 films we believe will get tongues »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
“I don’t like tweeting,” Donald Trump said Wednesday. “I have other things I could be doing.” Some of the people who voted for him strongly agree. Trump told “Fox & Friends” that he uses tweets to correct the record because the news media is dishonest. But that doesn’t explain why he tweets about “Saturday Night Live.” Or Meryl Streep. Or “Hamilton.” A few self-declared Trump voters have staged interventions on Twitter… to get him off Twitter. Also Read: 56 Politicians Boycotting Donald Trump's Inauguration - and Why (Updating) “I love you, I voted for you, I believe in you, »
- Tim Molloy and Brian Welk
Sony recently released the first teaser trailer for The Emoji Movie, which is slated to come out later this year. While the reaction from many people online seemed to be that the movie is largely unnecessary, perhaps the cast may be able to change everyone's minds. As hard as it may be to believe, the studio has tapped Sir Patrick Stewart to voice the poop emoji in The Emoji Movie.
Sony made the announcement during a big event they held today called Sony Animation Day. The official Sony Pictures Twitter account made the news public, saying that Patrick Stewart would be voicing the character, simply named Poop. That may not make the prospect of The Emoji Movie as a whole seem more appealing, but the idea of hearing such a distinguished actor voicing an expressive pile of poop is definitely something to grab onto. Aside from his work as Professor »
Feel a little down about spending the majority of your weekends stuffed in blanket burritos with a side of cat? No worries, you can live the party life vicariously through these celebs’ wild tales of their most unforgettable fêtes — it’ll basically be like you were there, too!
The A-list actress recounted her first true Oscars party experience on Late Night, telling host Seth Meyers that her best friend, Laura, had encouraged her to enjoy the awards a little more her third time around.
After enjoying drinks during the ceremony, Lawrence decided to hit up the glitzy awards show after-parties. »
Other new voices in the feature include Jennifer Coolidge as Gene's mother, Mary Meh, and Saturday Night Live grad Maya Rudolph as Smiler. Jake T. Austin will be playing Emoji's resident teen, Alex. They are joining previously announced stars James Corden, Steven Wright and Rob Riggle.
The new castings were announced Wednesday morning as part of Spa's »
- Carolyn Giardina ,Mia Galuppo
Streaming companies and indie distributors will battle it out for these movies. “Brigsby Bear” Kyle Mooney (“SNL”) leads an impressive ensemble in what seems to be a millennial take on “The Truman Show.” The title refers to a children’s TV show made for an audience of one — a boy named James, whose life changes after the show’s abrupt end. Dave McCary directs from a script by Mooney and Kevin Costello. Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear and Michaela Watkins co-star. “The Big Sick” Socially relevant fare that’s based on a true story is often a winning combination for Sundance features. »
- Matt Donnelly
The 62-year-old talk show giant has joined Perry in the cast of the upcoming animated holiday film The Star, People confirms.
The film, from Oscar-nominated writer-director Timothy Reckart (Head Over Heels), tells the story of a brave little donkey named Bo (The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun) and his animal friends who follow the Star and become the accidental heroes of the greatest story every told — the first Christmas.
Winfrey, Perry and 30 Rock vet Tracy Morgan will voice Deborah, »
- Dave Quinn
The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun, pop star Kelly Clarkson, Oprah Winfrey and Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant are among those lending their voices to The Star, Sony Pictures Animation’s animal take on the first Christmas.
Keegan-Michael Key, Kristin Chenoweth, Anthony Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias, Ving Rhames, Delilah Rene, Kris Kristoferson, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan and Christopher Plummer are also in the large cast, which was announced as part of Spa’s presentation Wednesday.
- Borys Kit
Live from her hallway floor, it’s Aidy Bryant!
The Saturday Night Live star may be a self-proclaimed “goody two-shoes,” but the show’s latest annual writer’s party saw her in rare form.
“You take all the anxiety and stress and power from the season and you pour it in to one night of drinking alcohol,” Bryant said during a Tuesday appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “This most recent one that we had at the end of last season — I would say it almost destroyed me as a human woman.”
Bryant said she drank so much that she “blacked out, »
- Char Adams
Aidy Bryant just confirmed the cast and crew of Saturday Night Live know exactly how to get the party started. A self-described "goody two-shoes," the 29-year-old comedian hardly considers herself a drinker, but when it comes to the show's annual Writers Party, everyone is a victim. "For those who don't know, one of the greatest nights of the year for an SNL staff member is what's called the Writers Party. It's the last Thursday of the season and the writers and the cast go out and theres no guests and it's just a full-on boozer," SNL veteran and Late Night host Seth Meyers explained Tuesday night on his show. "You take all the »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Remade Trailer of the Day: Want to see what an old school Spider-Man: Homecoming video game would look like? JoBlo redid the movie's trailer in that style: Mashup of the Day: We would love an all-kid remake of Star Wars starring the kids from Stranger Things after seeing this poster by Michael Maher Jr. (via Geek Tyrant): Fan Theory of the Day: Is Harry Potter the biggest Dark Lord in the Harry Potter movies? MatPat goes deep to tackle this theory: Fake Movie of the Day: In her Saturday Night Live hosting gig, Felicity Jones plays the star of a movie called Hot Robot 3: Journey to Boob...
- Christopher Campbell
Donald Trump may not have A-list performers at his inauguration this Friday, but at least he has a poem –one that many people already hate. According to the Independent, the poem was written by American Joseph Charles McKenzie and pays homage to the president-elect’s Scottish roots, from his mother’s side. It refers to a great hero who comes down from his tower (Trump Tower?) to snatch power from a “tyrant” and save the people from “slavery’s chains.” Does that make President Obama the tyrant in this situation? The poem, of course, is open to interpretation. Also Read: »
- Rasha Ali
Chelsea Handler believes the line between reality TV and politics has completely been blurred.
The Chelsea host, who has been vocal about her dissatisfaction with President-elect Donald Trump, continues to air her grievances in a new interview with Variety, where she makes the argument that celebrity culture may have contributed to the election results.
"They were treating him as an entertainer first," the 41-year-old TV host says. "It was a reality show. We’ve turned into a reality show."
"I blame the Kardashians, personally," Handler continues. "The beginning of the end was the Kardashians. The way these people have blown up and don’t go away — it’s surreal. Everyone is for sale."
Handler, a longtime Hillary Clinton advocate who felt the Democratic nominee was "absolutely" treated unfairly during the election, notes that we probably won't be seeing Trump on Handler's »
The must-see action during this year’s Super Bowl is taking place before the kickoff.
Bill O’Reilly will interview Peotus Donald Trump during Fox’s pregame show, airing Sunday, Feb. 5 at 4 pm Pt, our sister site Deadline reports.
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Additional segments from the sit-down — which will be pre-taped at the White House earlier that day — will air as part of the following night’s installment of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. The entire Q&A will also be available online.
It’s Betty White’s 95th birthday today, so let’s celebrate by jumping into the pit with her. Back in 2010, White hosted “Saturday Night Live” on Mothers’ Day weekend to rave reviews. One of the many highlights was a digital short in which the show’s cast sang “Thank You For Being A Friend” from her show, “The Golden Girls,” to show their appreciation for the elderly actress. White thanked Andy Samberg and company for their sweet rendition…but noted that she preferred her version. With that, White slipped on a ski mask and ripped into a death-metal cover »
- Jeremy Fuster
“Grow up,” he says.
“I was nervous for eight years with Obama. I had to suck it up and deal with it. Do the same, and maybe your country will be a better place than it was.”
Jake Chessum for Variety
The “Charles in Charge” and “Happy Days” star is part of a small but vocal band of entertainment-industry conservatives. While most actors threw their support behind Hillary Clinton, Baio was an enthusiastic Trump surrogate, tweeting about the candidate and speaking on his behalf at the Republican National Convention.
“He’s a fighter, and he won’t let anything slide,” says Baio. “So many Republican nominees always feel like they want to stay above the fray, and they get maligned and crushed with negative publicity, and they don’t do anything about it. »
- Brent Lang
Later this week, Lrm will be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. While the festival tends to be a mixed bag of indie films, some will be picked up for distribution by studios and turned into mainstream hits, others will flounder and be lucky to get a VOD release. Even so, there’s no denying that Sundance is the real beginning of the year for most movie lovers as we’ll be talking about the movies below for the next 12 months.
Last year alone, Sundance held the premieres for The Birth of a Nation, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, Love and Friendship, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street and many more films, some that appeared on The Weekend Warrior’s year-end Top 25. One or two of those might even receive Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week on January 24.
Most of the films I’ve selected »
- Edward Douglas
Betty White is one of the most universally beloved celebrities out there. How beloved? Well, in the waning days of 2016, a few weeks before her 95th birthday, a group of concerned citizens started a GoFundMe to “protect” White from 2016 (a.k.a. the year we lost some amazing celebrities). They needn’t have worried: White hit a milestone birthday Tuesday with nary a hitch in her step, and in honor of that momentous occasion, we’re picking a few of her best quips, zingers and quotes to help celebrate.
“My answer to anything under the sun, like, ‘What have you »
After doing 14 seasons of his scathing “Real Time” for HBO, Bill Maher had planned some tweaks. But in the wake of the presidential election, the outspoken comedian decided instead to delay some of his plans (though he’s sticking with a new set).
“Let’s not go too far with the changes, because what people are going to want right now is comfort food,” Maher tells Variety. “We already had the big changes — the big change is how fascism has come into power. That’s enough for people to absorb for awhile.”
Maher has never been afraid to blast politicians, pundits, and presidents. He spurred controversy when he hosted ABC’s late-night “Politically Incorrect” that largely led to the demise of that program, and continues to do so today. And he has tangled with Trump before. The real-estate mogul sued him in 2013 after Maher vowed on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” that he would »
- Brian Steinberg
The Women’s March on Washington isn’t the only high-profile protest of Donald Trump’s inauguration taking place this week. The We Stand United rally in New York will see the likes of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Reverend Al Sharpton, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore, Shailene Woodley, Rosie Perez and Alec Baldwin stand outside of Trump Tower in order to “send a message to President-elect Trump and Congress that New York will protect the rights of people and the environment.”
“A diverse group of organizations will come together on the evening before the Inauguration to make clear to President-elect Trump and Congress that New Yorkers will continue to work to make real progress on important issues such as healthcare, climate change, social justice and immigrant rights,” reads a statement from the event’s organizers. “New York »
- Michael Nordine
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