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It’s been a long-time established fact that the Sundance Film Festival has acted as a career springboard for a number of now firmly-established directors, and throughout the years, has brought attention to many well-loved feature which may have otherwise slipped through the net. Having conquered Hollywood with his updating of the Batman myth, it’s easy to forget that Christopher Nolan’s first route into that world was due to distribution being acquired after his mind-bending thriller Memento was shown at the festival. Outside of the screening programme, the Sundance Institute even formed a training grounds of sorts for one Quentin Tarantino, who work-shopped his script for debut Reservoir Dogs there, under the tutelage of directors Terry Gilliam and Monte Hellman. Films and filmmakers have found success at Sundance through many different avenues and in unexpected ways.
- Adam Lowes
You might not recognize Stephen Tobolowsky by name, but you know his face and voice from his performances in Glee, Memento, Groundhog Day, Heroes, and Californication, just to name a few. And if you check out his new Kickstarter film project, you'll get to know a lot more of his story as well. Based on the podcast, The Tobolowsky Files, created by David Chen, the planned film version seeks to bring the long-time character actor's stories to an ever broader audience. But they need your help to make this dream a reality. Hit the jump for today's Indie Spotlight on The Primary Instinct: A Stephen Tobolowsky Storytelling Film. Watch Chen and Tobolowsky talk about the film below, including one fine example of stories from Tobolowsky's life. Then head on over to their Kickstarter page to help contribute. More on the film and your Kickstarter donations from Chen: Stephen's stories have »
- Dave Trumbore
Three titles originally championed by the Sundance Film Festival to return to the big screen.
The features are part of the Sundance Collection, a film preservation programme established in 1997 devoted to independent documentaries, narratives and short films supported by Sundance Institute, which has grown to nearly 1,000 titles.
Winter’s Bone, from director Debra Granik, featured a breakout role from Jennifer Lawrence who was nominated for her performance at the 2011 Oscars, while the film picked up the Us Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Sundance London is to screen three of the most celebrated films to come from the Sundance Film Festival in its 30-year history.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said: "Independent film is constantly evolving and looking to what's next, and the films shown at the Sundance Film Festival during the course of our 30-year history are prime examples of that.
"Showing three of our most celebrated films at Sundance London allows us to reflect on the incredible potential of independent film to endure and to inspire countless other filmmakers for generations to come."
The three films are as follows:
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The film that catapulted Quentin Tarantino to fame. Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel and Michael Madsen are among the stars of this crime thriller that tells the story of a diamond robbery gone awry. Now considered a must-watch film, it got its critical acclaim after premiering at the »
Exciting news from the Sundance London people this morning as their eagerly anticipated 2014 programme begins in style with a season of screenings of films integral to the festival’s prestigious history.
It was announced this morning that the screenings, comprising of Christopher Nolan’s Memento, Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone, will take place at the festival at the O2 from the 25th of April to the 27th.
There are a number of films synonymous with the festival, and there are directors who own their careers to Sundance. The breakout hit of Sundance London has undoubtedly been Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed which led directly to his latest directing venture with Steven Spielberg on Jurassic World.
Sundance London is now in its third year and has already proved itself to be an essential part of the film calendar. Its focus on emerging talent »
- Jon Lyus
While you might not know Stephen Tobolowsky by name, you've certainly seen him in countless films like Groundhog Day (Ned! Ryerson!), Spaceballs, Sneakers, Radioland Murders, The Insider and Memento, and his voice is unmistakable in Robots, Buried and The Lorax. Plus, there's all the TV appearances on shows like "Glee" and "Heroes." Our friends as SlashFilm and writer David Chen have been host to the unique and fascinating podcast The Tobolowsky Files, and now they're trying to turn some of the actor's stories (now available in a book) into a concert documentary film, and they need help. SlashFilm and David Chen have taken to Kickstarter to help fund the film The Primary Instinct: If you donate the right amount, you can have the opportunity to meet Tobolowsky backstage at one of the live shows, or even have him perform a private show for you and 20 of your friends. Other rewards »
- Ethan Anderton
Christopher Nolan’s mysterious flick Interstellar has been one of my favorite movies to cover over the past several months because everyone on the project has been really tight lipped. No major plot details have been released. In fact, the teaser that we posted (and have reposted at the bottom) is also completely void of plot points.
In a recent interview with Variety, star of Interstellar, Matthew McConaughey talked a tiny bit about the movie and that it had even just wrapped filming, and wrapped early. Check out what he said about Interstellar in that interview below, followed by the teaser.
[H]e will be seen this November in Christopher Nolan’s top-secret sci-fi epic “Interstellar.” While he can’t divulge anything about the plot, McConaughey does say: “Here’s what I can tell you,” before slipping into the third person. “It’s the most ambitious thing he’s ever done. »
- Jess Orso
Matthew McConaughey is having a stunning time at the moment with stellar roles recently in Dallas Buyers Club, Mud and The Wolf Of Wall Street – he’s the man that’s hot property and has divulged a few words about his involvement in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar – released in November. Obviously, he couldn’t talk about the plot but he did have this to say:
“Here’s what I can tell you…It’s the most ambitious thing he’s ever done. And he’s done some ambitious stuff.”
But it seems Nolan may have had him in mind before this project, and beneath the secrecy beyond secrecy – Did Nolan set this up a long time ago and how is he on-set?
“He came up to me and said, ‘“Mud.” I love that movie,’?” McConaughey then met up with him in La at a later date, and revealed: “I sat »
- Dan Bullock
The McConaissance is well underway and shows no signs of slowing down. Arguably, Matthew McConaughey is one of the most in demand actors currently working in Hollywood and with his seemingly unstoppable hot streak looking to continue into the foreseeable future, things are only going to get bigger and brighter for him.
In a recent interview with McConaughey, which we highly recommend that you check out as it’s a very good read, Variety managed to sneak in a question about one of the actor’s upcoming films, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Of course, he wouldn’t reveal much, but McConaughey did tell them that it’s the most ambitious thing that Nolan has ever done, which is certainly saying a lot.
“Here’s what I can tell you, It’s the most ambitious thing he’s ever done. And he’s done some ambitious stuff. … There’s no fucking around on set. »
- Matt Joseph
It may not be to most actors’ tastes, but Matthew McConaughey is sounding oddly happy about his smaller paydays.
“For the first time in my career, I lost money! No joke!” the actor says.
Then again, McConaughey has reason to smile; his choice to reject big mainstream movies, ultimately in favor of gritty roles in independent films, represents a dramatic career shift –— and has garnered widespread recognition — for the 44-year-old Texas-born father of three.
His performance in “Dallas Buyers Club,” as the real-life Ron Woodroof, a homophobic good ol’ boy who became a health crusader after being diagnosed with AIDS, smuggling life-saving drugs into the U.S. for himself and fellow patients, has earned him top honors at the Golden Globes and SAG awards, and brought him his first Oscar nomination.
It is one of several complicated characters that McConaughey has boldly portrayed recently — from the hard-edged drifter in “Mud »
- Jenelle Riley
The Overlooked Hotel is a new column in which we throw the spotlight behind the front line, champion those unfairly lost in the shallow focus of fame and feed the hungry underdogs.
Our maiden guest in the Hotel is character actor and master storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky.
There are plenty of superstars out there. The Tom Cruises and Brad Pitts and George Clooneys of this world who, with a sprinkle of their magic pixie dust, can get a film made, with their name above the title on the poster and a big cut of the profits to boot. Likewise, hundreds of films (deservedly or otherwise) have their moment in the sun, awards and box office success lavished upon them as they are admitted to the ranks of “The Acclaimed”.
Then there are the other guys. The other films. Actors who always add something great to the films they appear in, but »
- Dave Roper
Romance, adventure and a natural disaster of cataclysmic proportions collide headlong in Pompeii, director Paul W. S. Anderson’s epic recreation of one of the ancient world’s most compelling tragedies.
Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the heroic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.
The film stars Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones,” The Seventh Son), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix film franchise, Memento), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World, »
- Movie Geeks
With performances in movies such as L.A. Confidential, Memento, and The Proposition, actor Guy Pearce has garnered a number of fans along with critical acclaim. One of his praised performances came in the 2010 Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom, and many were intrigued to hear that Pearce’s next film would see him re-team with filmmaker David Michôd. Titled The Rover, Michôd directs from a screenplay based on a story by himself and Joel Edgerton. Pearce is joined onscreen by Robert Pattinson, Nash Edgerton, and Scoot McNairy, and the first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: First Showing)
- Deepayan Sengupta
There's no getting around it, reboots are all the craze in Hollywood right now. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is just the latest in a long line of films taking a well-known character and concept and repurposing it for a new audience.
It's a fairly recent phenomenon, but the formula is simple: make a break from the past with brand new stars in the lead roles and hope for a box office bonanza franchise. Digital Spy takes a look at the best and worst of movie reboots below...
Godzilla (1998) - Miss!
A reboot before it became a 'thing', Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin's first film after Independence Day had nothing to do with previous incarnations of the rampaging Kaiju and, though it performed reasonably well at the box office, it failed to capture audiences' imagination and deliver on a sequel promised in its final shot. This summer's Gareth Edwards-directed »
While science-fiction has, for a long time, been something of a secondary genre, the current age of effects-heavy summer blockbusters has turned sci-fi cinema into big business, with movies about aliens, robots, and men in spaceships having exciting space adventures among the most hyped and publicized films of the year, with trailers, billboards, Comic-Con panels, TV spots, and every form of advertising imaginable, creating anticipation months or more in advance. Indeed, most lists of highly anticipated films one can find on the Internet seem to be made up largely of sci-fi blockbusters.
But what are we really anticipating? What movies are we eagerly awaiting with baited breath? Before we answer that, it pays to think for a moment about why we anticipate films at all. For many people, anticipation means to look forward to something, but that’s only half of it. One can anticipate a grade, or a Christmas gift, »
- Thomas O'Connor
Park City, Utah - Christopher Nolan's first film "Following" made its debut at the Slamdance Film Festival and the famed director was on hand this year to accept the fest's first annual Founder's Award in celebration of his achievements since that 1998 bow. Nolan sat down with Slamdance president Peter Baxter and an intimate room of press and film fans to field a few questions, which ranged from working with a variety of budgets, to collaborating with loved once, to film criticism and analysis and even that one "Memento" story. The British director will be releasing new "Interstellar" this year. Filmmaker-run, »
- Katie Hasty
The Sundance Film Festival may be the biggest and brightest star this weekend in Park City, Utah, but quietly down the road, the event’s “sister” program Slamdance stole the show Saturday evening by hosting one of the most high-profile filmmakers in the world.
Christopher Nolan, who debuted his first movie at Slamdance back in 1999 before going on to launch such blockbusters as “The Dark Knight” and “Inception,” was on hand to receive the event’s Founder’s award among a lucky few at the Treasure Mountain Inn screening room.
“Thank you…it’s an incredibly long time since I was here last but it feels like yesterday,” the filmmaker said.
With his wife and producing partner Emma and their four children sitting in the front row, Nolan discussed the process of making his first feature film, “Following,” which he made for only $6,000, while also offering advice to the young filmmakers in attendance. »
- Stuart Oldham
We reminisce below over the humble Aussie acting beginnings of other Hollywood actors and actresses - and see which soaps spawned the most successful stars:
Chris Hemsworth played Jamie Kane in Neighbours back in 2002 and was in Home and Away as Kim Hyde from 2004 to 2007. The Aussie actor has since appeared in Hollywood blockbusters like Thor and The Avengers, and most recently played the late James Hunt in Ron Howard's Rush.
The 20th annual Slamdance Film Festival will run concurrently with the 2014 Sundance Film Festival -- January 17-23, 2014 in Park City, Utah. Last year I stumbled into Slamdance a couple of days before the fest wrapped up, but this year I've placed it at the the top of my "things to do in Park City when not at Sundance" above things like skiing, sleeping and eating.
The infectious and dynamic vibe throughout the sole venue of the Treasure Mountain Inn, in the historic Old Town portion of Park City, makes it a great place to enjoy the well-rounded programming and social events. As the only festival programmed by filmmakers, Slamdance's film slate this year features 93 selections from emerging independent talent all over the world.
- Debbie Cerda
A few years back, I think it was at the 2011 Santa Barbara film festival, I asked Christopher Nolan (then making the rounds for "Inception") if he could ever see himself heading back to the Independent Spirit Awards with a modest piece of work. After all, the director got his start at Slamdance in Park City, with the 1999 entry "Following," and again a couple years later with "Memento," which would later be recognized at the Spirits. "It depends on the story," he told me at the time, before saying, tellingly, "I tend to think that if you have the chance »
- Kristopher Tapley
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