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Opening opposite The Hobbit tomorrow pretty much dooms Save the Date to be a period at the end of the tiny footnote at the bottom of this weekend’s box-office story. But the movie, which premiered at Sundance and stars Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan as sisters — one blissfully engaged to be married, the other making every effort to avoid the institution — is a refreshingly complex look at modern movie romance. Brie’s responsible older sis is aggressively planning her wedding to Martin Starr’s bearded drummer, while Caplan’s Sarah is having second thoughts about moving in with the band’s lead singer, »
- Jeff Labrecque
With Kevin Smith's hockey film "Hit Somebody" being changed from a theatrical feature to a multi-part mini-series, Kevin Smith has decided to have one more go at making a movie before retiring from directing.
Smith is following a pattern akin to Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise" franchise. It began with a mid-1990's film following two people in their 20's. Then came a mid-2000's sequel with the same pair in their 30's. Finally we'll get a mid-2010's film with the duo in their 40's.
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- Garth Franklin
The Sundance Film Festival has announced most of its 2013 film program, which includes a pleasantly surprising number of films from the Lone Star State. Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater will premiere Before Midnight, the sequel to Before Sunset (2004) and Before Sunrise (1995), with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (pictured above) reprising their roles as their characters cross paths again. Local company Stuck On On was involved in the movie's post-production.
Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols' new film Mud, starring sometimes-Austinite Matthew McConaughey, native Texan Joe Don Baker and Reese Witherspoon will have its North American premiere at the Utah festival, having wowed audiences and critics alike at Cannes earlier this year. Young actor Tye Sheridan (Tree of Life) from Elkhart, Texas, stars as one of the young boys who befriends McConaughey's title character. As with Take Shelter, Nichols utilized Stuck On On for sound post-production and Austin composer David Wingo for Mud. »
- Debbie Cerda
These movies may be screening out of competition this coming January but even without a prize on the line, they are going to get their fair share of ink, or bandwidth, because of the level of expectation and buzz surrounding them.
From Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke's third Before movie, after Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), Before Midnight was basically shot under the radar in Greece and we're dying to know what happened after Jesse chose to miss his plane while Celine shimmied to jazz on the stereo. After, they don't make real-time, long-term romances like this all the time.
Check out the other just-announced premieres after the jump. »
- Andrea Miller
jOBS - the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher - will close this year's Sundance Film Festival. Sundance organisers made the announcement on Monday afternoon (December 3), also confirming further non-competition world premiere screenings.
[Ashton Kutcher filming 'jOBS'] jOBS is directed by Joshua Michael Stern, and features a supporting cast including Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas and Matthew Modine. The Dark Knight Rises actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon's Addiction will also premiere at Sundance, along with Before Midnight, Richard Linklater's follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.
[Amanda Seyfried and Juno Temple filming 'Lovelace'] (more) »
- By Kate Goodacre
Big names abound as Sundance announced a slew of major titles to headline the Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The list of out-of-competition premieres is so star-studded that it's hard to gauge which productions will attract the most attention. Will it be "Before Midnight," with Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater reuniting for the third film in the acclaimed series that also features "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset"? Will it be Drake Doremus's "Breathe In," which features Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones and marks the writer-director's first feature since the Sundance winner "Like Crazy"? »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Sundance Film Festival will give the world its first look at Amanda Seyfried as a porn star in the bio-pic Lovelace and Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in a chronicle of the Apple entrepreneur’s life in jOBS — just two high-profile projects in a packed Premieres section for the indie showcase.
The festival, which runs from Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Utah, already announced its competition lineup and Midnight Movies last week, but this non-competitive group is typically the place where films with celebrity-filled casts and best-known directors debut.
Other titles in today’s announcement include Before Midnight, the »
- Anthony Breznican
Returning Sundance directors dominate the Sundance and documentary premieres roster, which shows the impact of actors being willing to lend their names to indie fare, not only as actors but as directors. Sundance stalwart Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his directing debut with "Don Jon's Addiction," co-starring Scarlett Johansson. Many of the films that have never been seen before will be eagerly attended by acquisitions executives. Among the most anticipated debuts are Richard Linklater's eagerly awaited sequel to "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset," "Before Midnight," starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, who meet in Greece almost 20 years after their first meeting. Zal Batmanglij ("The Sound of My Voice") returns with Brit Marling in "The East," a Fox Searchlight release. Joshua Michael Stern's Steve Jobs biopic "Jobs" will also be a must-see, starring Ashton Kutcher. Among many sexually-themed »
- Anne Thompson
Ethan Hawke is just a sneaky bastard. First reports surface earlier this year that he’s working on another sequel to Before Sunrise, then that the script is done, then that the film has actually been shot. Now we’re learning that he’s had a sci-fi film in the works with director James DeMonaco since the beginning of 2012.
The Film Stage reports that this Hawke-starring film, now called The Purge, has a release date of May 31, 2013 – which means that Universal must have some serious faith in it to put it at the beginning of the summer releases. Produced by Blumhouse Productions – the guys responsible for producing the Paranormal Activity films and Hawke’s latest vehicle Sinister – The Purge has been described as a ‘speculative thriller.’ Another one?
The film centers on a husband and wife (Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey) in the future (!) who must defend their home from »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
There’s something so laid back about Richard Linklater in person, similar to his movies, many of which ooze a certain improv, off-the-cuff quality, such as 1993′s ever-amazing Texas school ride Dazed & Confused, or his romantic films Before Sunrise, in 1995, and Before Sunset, in 2004, both starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke.
It’s no surprise, then, that the director was equally laid back and jokingly coy discussing reuniting with Delpy and Hawke for the sequel Before Midnight, which recently wrapped filming and is now in post-production.
“It was intense. It was like a really intense three week shoot,” said Linklater, »
- Solvej Schou
Five On Film will be an occasional feature on “Hey You Geeks!!” where directors, writers, actors or just plain awesome advocates of geek culture are asked five questions in line with the theme of their current body of work. Basically, five mostly nonsensical questions that tap into the fanboy sentimentality of the creators of the films, TV shows, and comics that perpetuate that very fandom. Ok, more simply, cool interviews.
For the inaugural interview I chat with Sinister director Scott Derrickson. Sinister revolves around true-crime novelist Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke), who moves into the house of a murdered family and finds a box of Super-8 films in the attic. The films trigger a series of horrific encounters that unspool one of the most original horror films of 2012. Uniquely layering the ever-popular found-footage genre in a narrative of classic film structure, Derrickson has created something new for a genre that has become increasingly muddled in mediocrity. »
- Tony Nunes
Producer Martin Shafer announced today that Hugh Grant will star in writer / director Marc Lawrence's new untitled romantic comedy, shooting in New York in April 2013. Shafer will produce with Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment. No distribution deals have been set.
This marks the fourth collaboration between Grant, Lawrence and Castle Rock Entertainment (Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics, and Did You Hear About the Morgans?) and the sixth collaboration between Lawrence and Castle Rock (the previously mentioned films, as well as Miss Congeniality & Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous).
In 1998, Ray Michaels (Grant) was on top of the world -- a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he's creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, »
Here’s the thing: with something like Looper out in theaters where you can go check out a good made-for-adults time travel movie that is saying something about hope, I’m not sure why anyone would decide that they wanted a ‘Terminator 5.’
I was big on ‘Terminator Salvation’ up until I actually saw it, then – just as quickly as the movie was forgotten – Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to get back into movies and “Fast and Furious’ poised Justin Lin as a possible director for the Terminator series as the rights were sold to producer Megan Ellison (Zero Dark Thirty).
Now Moviehole has a mysterious e-mail contact who has some ‘Terminator 5′ updates. Here’s the summation:
- Arnold has has script approval if he plans to return and has swatted away the existing T5 story. He’s looking for something much better than his last Terminator entry, ‘Rise of the Machines. »
Ethan Hawke has grown up on camera. He made his debut working alongside River Phoenix in Joe Dante's cult sci-fi movie "Explorers" and then received his big break in the blockbuster "Dead Poet's Society." With his 20s came arguably his most identifiable role: the world-traveling romantic Jesse in "Before Sunrise," a role he revisited in his 30s with "Before Sunset" (earning an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay) and will return to in his 40s with next year's "Before Midnight." But first he must his get terrified in this weekend's "Sinister." In Hawke's horror movie debut, he plays a true crime journalist whose latest case -- the unsolved ritualistic hanging of an innocent family -- takes on supernatural properties when he discovers a demonic force is involved. And when he moves his family into the belly of the beast, literally moving them into the victims' home, the horror get ratcheted »
- Eric Larnick
This Friday, the surprisingly spooky "Sinister" creeps into theaters. Here, Ethan Hawke sheds his dreamy "Before Sunrise" exterior and stars as a crime journalist who relocates his family into a house where the previous tenants were murdered. While investigating the possessions of the deceased family, he discovers a supernatural demon that lives inside old pictures and home movies -- and may threaten his family next. Can Hawke bring about a new horror classic? Take a look at what the critics think about "Sinister." Photos: »
- Jessie Heyman
1.) This here is your first look at Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher, "Spartacus") in A Good Day to Die Hard. Courtney, who plays John McClane's son Jack, offered the following quote on the unlikely partnership. "The relationship isn't always functional. These are two guys who have been estranged for some time. John likes to wing it, see what happens. Jack's more of a strategist." The film hits theaters on February 14, 2013. EW 2.) Gael Garcia Bernal is in talks to join Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyer's Club, otherwise known as "that movie McConaughey lost all that weight for." The film is inspired by the true story of Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), a Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS who began smuggling alternative drugs into the U.S. to help himself and other AIDS patients. Bernal would play one of those other AIDS patients. Hilary Swank was also attached to co-star, but recently dropped out. »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Ethan Hawke has discussed the upcoming Before Midnight. Richard Linklater's film, which follows on from 1994's Before Sunrise and 2004's Before Sunset, recently wrapped a secretive shoot in Greece. Hawke and Julie Delpy will reprise their roles as star-crossed lovers Jesse and Celine, who met on a train in Before Sunrise and spent only 24 hours together, before being reunited 10 years later in Before Sunset. "The expectations have risen so much [with] these movies," Hawke told Hitfix. "When we did the first sequel, nobody really cared... there weren't any expectations." He went on to explain that while he, Delpy and Linklater, all of whom co-wrote the script for Before Midnight, are very conscious of their responsibility to fans (more) »
- By Emma Dibdin
Director Richard Linklater made his mark with films like Slacker, Dazed and Confused, and School of Rock, and he was at Soho’s Merc Bar last night to celebrate his Oscar hopeful Bernie, starring Jack Black. Still, when we caught up with Linklater at the party, we couldn't help but grill him about Before Midnight, the threequel to Before Sunrise that he shot on the down low with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy this past summer. Here's what we learned: I understand you just finished Before Midnight?Yeah, I just got back from Greece. The shoot was really under the radar. We didn’t really announce it, but it wasn’t really that conscious. We hadn’t arranged all the financing. We sort of had a window and were like, Okay, let’s go for it this summer. What was it like reconnecting with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy? Always incredible. »
- Katie Van Syckle
One of the best and most unexpected diptychs in recent years was Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise"/"Before Sunset." Unexpected, because Linklater and his stars and co-writers, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, surely didn't conceive as the story as a trilogy, let alone a two-parter. But organically, as each film grew in popularity and the characters resonated for the trio and for audiences, they decided to expand the storyline. And so "Before Sunrise" arrived in 1995, but it wasn't until nine years later that they created the belated sequel, "Before Sunset." So if "Before Midnight" -- the surprise third picture that was shot and completed in secret late this summer in Greece -- arrives in theaters next year, which it likely should, it will have been another nine years between pictures (they couldn't have planned it better -- maybe that was the concept all along). But does "Before Midnight" end on. »
- Edward Davis
There are so many missed chances in Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, whether they land in the middle or at the end of the movie. This is the beauty of Richard Linklater's films that show us the relationship between Jesse and Celine-- it's real and sometimes it takes awhile to come to any sort of conclusion. When we last met up with the pair, Jesse is unhappily married and has a child, and Celine is fighting the good fight as an environmentalist with a boyfriend she never sees. The two »
- Niki Stephens
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