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Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Tomlin — as well as directors Noah Baumbach, Michael Almereyda, Rodrigo Garcia, James Ponsoldt, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman — are among the big names in the Premieres lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled today along with Documentary Premieres and a new Special Events section.
Festival director John Cooper noted that while this year’s 16 Premieres selections will be among the buzziest, most commercial titles in Park City, “they’re not without an independent feel to them, and that’s what I’m always looking for. There is a very independent spirit behind these films.”
By way of example, Cooper cited “Last Days in the Desert,” a description-resistant foray into father-son territory from Garcia, a director known for his stories about women (“Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child”); John Crowley’s “Brooklyn, »
- Justin Chang
The Sundance Institute effectively filled out its slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with the announcement of the always star-friendly premieres category. It's also where many former Sundance filmmakers bring their second, third and even fourth films back to the fest. This year the category features 16 world premieres and almost all of them are from Sundance alumni, including Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson"), Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale"), Joe Swanberg ("VHS"), Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite"), James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now"), Michael Almereyda (2000's "Hamlet"), Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives"), Benson Lee ("Miss Monday"), Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette"), and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor"). Some of the intriguing titles include Paul Weitz's "Grandma" with Lily Tomlin and Laverne Cox, Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden's "Mississippi Grind" with Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller, Garcia's "Last Days in the Desert" featuring Ewan McGregor as Jesus, Charles Stone III's "Lila »
- Gregory Ellwood
A trailer has been released for Ben Stiller’s new comedy While We're Young, which was directed by Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale). I love it when Stiller takes on off-beat comedy projects like this. I was really impressed with what I saw in this trailer, and it looks like a great and entertaining film.
Aging gracefully is never easy, and it may be worse for artists. Josh Srebnick (Ben Stiller) is a New York documentarian who never quite got his due. As he labours over the umpteenth edit of his cerebral new film, it’s plain that he has hit a creative dry patch. Josh and his wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), tried to start a family and were unable — and have »
- Joey Paur
There’s an old adage that says that, in life, having a child changes everything. But in Noah Baumbach’s upcoming comedy drama While We’re Young, the opposite also proves to be true for a childless and indeed ageing married couple, who look to roll back the years when they grow close to two younger friends.
For the latest from Baumbach — the creative mind behind The Squid and the Whale and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox — that middle-aged couple will be played by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, and the studio has now released the first trailer that shows us how the pair are prepared to go out of their way to avoid a mid-life crisis.
Such a feat inadvertently introduces them to Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried’s eclectic couple, and the foursome soon find themselves drawn to each other’s outlook on life. It’s an interesting set-up, »
- Michael Briers
"It's like their apartment is full of everything we once threw out..." After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier in the fall, Noah Baumbach's latest film While We're Young will hit theaters next spring, and the first trailer has just arrived. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a couple looking to rejuvenate their lives by hanging out with an exciting, young couple (Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver). Sometimes the comedy in this first trailer borders on sitcom-level scenarios (see Watts in a hip-hop dance aerobics class), but Baumbach's style and writing adds charm to the proceedings. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Noah Baumbach's While We're Young, straight from A24: While We're Young is written and directed by Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Greenberg, Margot at the Wedding, The Squid and the Whale). Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming, »
- Ethan Anderton
Noah Baumbach movies are prickly. Characters in films like "The Squid and the Whale," "Margot at the Wedding," "Greenberg" get under the each other’s skins, even with the best intentions. "Frances Ha" offered the writer-director a more "likable" lead, but even Greta Gerwig’s wayward millenial whittled her friends and family down to their most caustic cores. This is not a grievance — the world is prickly. Baumbach picks up on it. In the trailer for is new film, "While We’re Young," the filmmaker again dredges up a grey-shaded ensemble and weaponizes for uncomfortable laughs. In the film, Ben Stiller stars as Josh, a documentary filmmaker stuck in a 10-year fine-tuning session. Life outside the editing room is swirling chaos, his wife Cornelia (Naomi Watts) and father-in-law (Charles Grodin) also in the doc business, also up in his business. There are questions on the table - will the couple ever settle down? »
- Matt Patches
30. The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)
Directed by: Leos Carax
A romance the way only Leos Caraz could do it. “The Lovers on the Bridge” is a love story between an alcoholic, drug-addicted street performer named Alex (Denis Lavant) and a vagrant painter named Michele (Juliette Binoche) who lives on the streets after a previous relationship ended. She now suffers from an unkown disease that is slowly making her blind. The two live on the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, closed for repairs for the duration of the film. As Michele loses more and more of her sight, she has to depend on Alex to get her through the days. After a treatment is discovered, Michele’s parents try to find her using posters on the street and radio announcements. Alex, realizing that her health would remover her dependence upon him, does everything in his power to keep Michele »
- Joshua Gaul
It landed at the Toronto Int. Film Festival and already had a Nyff playdate in place before A24 films plunked down 4 million on the title. Where does Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young figure in indie distribs’ short or long term plans? Starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, and Charles Grodin, our Jordan M. Smith called the dramedy a “running social portraiture has never been as broadly conventional in his humor,” this doesn’t have a long shelf life and looks like a Spring ’15 item. Conceivably this could go the Locke route, with a Tiff in September showing, followed by a Spotlight section at Sundance in January plan. And if by some film god miracle Baumbach’s other untitled film makes its world premiere, then it would be a fitting double dose from the filmmaker who has only made one appearance at the fest with Directing »
- Eric Lavallee
By Anjelica Oswald
Justin Simien’s feature debut Dear White People is a satirical comedy that deals with intra- and inter-race relations at a fictional Ivy League university after a group of white students throw a “black-themed” party. The film — which has been critically acclaimed and holds a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes — opened this weekend in limited release, receiving an average of $31,273 from 11 theaters. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the festival. Simien, who wrote and directed the film, used to work on studio publicity and is now getting his own Oscar campaign from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, the distributors for Dear White People. The film covers social issues that people often choose not to acknowledge and does so in a smart, humorous way. Though these types of films may cover topics the Academy is often wary of, »
- Anjelica Oswald
While We’re Young
Written and directed by Noah Baumbach
At age 45, it feels like writer-director Noah Baumbach is getting soft. Best known for his caustic tragicomedies like Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, and Margot at the Wedding, he took a turn in tone for his 2012 feature Frances Ha, which starred and was co-written by Greta Gerwig. So, though the warmth of that film might surprise someone familiar with his work, that it’s a collaboration with Gerwig explains at least part of that tone. While We’re Young, though, Baumbach’s newest film which premiered at Tiff this year and made a surprise appearance at the New York Film Festival, manages to carry that affection. It’s hard to top Frances Ha, but his newest is pleasant and impressive all the same.
- Kyle Turner
Hipsters: you love to hate them and hate to love them. These uber-chic, urban-dwelling, subclass of twenty-somethings are usually defined by their originality through unoriginality, absurd style of fashion, “meta” sense of humor, and pop culture-referencing like there is no tomorrow. Hipsters’ unabashed preciousness and self-awareness rub many the wrong way to the point where anything with the slightest whiff of Hipster-ism is like presenting garlic to vampires, but for those with enough patience to swallow the twee self-indulgence prevalent in all hipster culture, often there is something of substance beneath all the excessive posturing.
Case in point, director Noah Baumbach. Whether Baumbach regards himself as a hipster or not, Baumbach, along with his friend and sometimes writing partner Wes Anderson, are associated with cinematic Hipster-ism. This makes Baumbach’s newest feature, While We’re Young, a very interesting film indeed, for the movie is essentially a satire of Hipster culture. »
- Christopher Lominac
Box office is one way a film makes its cash: but what are the others?
I know you’ll have noticed this by now, but it’s definitely called show business for a reason. It’s not show show art, show entertainment or even show exhibitionist impulse. Unless movies make money, the money to make movies would dry up pretty quickly. But where does this money come from?
Actually, that’s an easy one. It comes, almost entirely, from you and me and people like us. The real question should be how does this money get from our back pockets and into the coffers of the big movie studios.
Some of the pathways are incredibly obvious, some perhaps a little less so. Let’s take a look at 16 of the ways that movies make money.
1. Ticket sales
I had just started working in a cinema when Jurassic Park was released. »
Miranda Bailey’s Cold Iron Pictures has come on board to finance and produce the Sundance Lab project “Swiss Army Man,” written and directed by the filmmaking team the Daniels.
The duo — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — recently won the best direction award at the MTV Video Music Awards for “Turn Down for What.” Bailey and Amanda Marshall of Cold Iron Pictures will produce, alongside Blackbird Films’ Lawrence Inglee and Jonathan Wang.
The absurdist comedy, launched at the Sundance screenwriters lab, centers on a hopeless man stranded in the wilderness who befriends a dead body and together they go on a journey. It will shoot in November with ICM Partners handling sales.
Cold Iron is also producing and »
- Dave McNary
Televisa USA has woken Anne Rice’s “The Sleeping Beauty” books from their slumber and has acquired the English-language television and digital rights to the author’s popular erotica series.
The books, which were published in the 1980s under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure and went mainstream after the success of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” series, follows a beautiful young princess who is awakened from her long sleep in a much more provocative way than the traditional fairytale.
“I wrote this to be fun, in the belief that dominance and submission can be romantic and delightful as well as erotic,” said Rice.
She will executive produce in partnership with producer Rachel Winter (“Dallas Buyers Club”), who first approached the famous “Interview With the Vampire” author about adapting the project in 2012. Endemol North America co-chairman-ceo Charlie Corwin (“Half Nelson,” “The Squid and the Whale”) and former CAA motion picture »
- Whitney Friedlander
While I'm always up for watching a new film by Noah Baumbach, I'm fairly sure I wouldn't want to spend any time in the real world with the characters in his movies. Take "While We're Young," for example, his latest film which just premiered here at the Toronto Film Festival. In it, Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are a couple who have reached that point in life where all of their friends are having babies and they seem fairly sure that's not something they want. Josh is a documentary filmmaker who is coming up on his tenth year of tinkering with the same project, and Cornelia is a producer who works for her father (Charles Grodin), a successful older documentarian who used to be Josh's mentor. If they were the only three main characters in the film, there's still enough angst and tension and underlying pathology in the »
- Drew McWeeny
Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, which stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a Brooklyn married couple stuck in a rut who are revitalized when they befriend a much younger couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried), was acquired by A24 at the Toronto Film Festival. The U.S. distribution rights went for $4 million, according to Deadline.
“We are enormous fans of Noah’s and were completely won over by While We’re Young,” said A24, in a statement. “Noah delivered a multi-generational comedy that is smart, extremely funny, and incredibly insightful, and which audiences across the country will embrace. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Following news that Anna Kendrick's latest musical endeavor, the film adaptation of the Off-Broadway production The Last 5 Years, was picked up by TWC-Radius, another promising film has been picked up from Tiff. Deadline has word that A24 has picked up the Us rights to Noah Baumbach's latest film While We're Young, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver, Charles Grodin and more. The film follows a free-spirited Brooklynite twenty-something couple (Seyfried and Driver) who inspires an uptight documentarian and his wife (Stiller and Watts) to loosen up. Read on! Here's the first photos from Noah Baumbach's While We're Young from the Tiff program guide: Thrilled to be releasing Noah Baumbach’s film While We’Re Young. It is unrelentingly funny & special & we want to watch it 100 more times!— A24 (@A24Films) September 8, 2014 While We're Young is written and directed by Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, »
- Ethan Anderton
Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new. »
Jon Stewart's directorial debut Rosewater, Reese Witherspoon's naturalist weepie Wild and Jake Gyllenhaal's noirish character study Nightcrawler are among the big films premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this year. The venerable festival, long considered a key stop for Oscar hopefuls, announced its Galas and Special Presentations lineup this morning, thus signaling the kick-off to this year's awards season.
It's a shock to go back and watch "Midnight Cowboy" 45 years after its debut (on May 25, 1969) and see how raw and otherworldly it looks. After all, the X-rated Best Picture Oscar-winner has been so thoroughly assimilated into American pop culture that even kiddie entertainments like the Muppets have copied from it.
The tale of the unlikely friendship between naïve Texas gigolo Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and frail Bronx con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), "Midnight Cowboy" was initially considered so risqué that it's the only X-rated movie ever to win the Academy's top prize (though after it won, the ratings board reconsidered and gave the film an R). Still, the film featured two lead performances and a few individual scenes that were so iconic that homages (and parodies) have popped up virtually everywhere. (Most often imitated is the scene where Ratso, limping across a busy Manhattan street, is nearly »
- Gary Susman
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