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Iconic vans from TV and movies in need of a return

8 August 2016 10:35 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Motoring enthusiasts and film fans alike were celebrating recently when news broke that the DeLorean Motor Company is putting the iconic DeLorean car — which shot to fame for its starring role in the Back To The Future trilogy — back into production starting from 2017.

To celebrate the occasion, the UK’s largest used van retailer Van Monster has come up with a list of famous vans from TV and movies which are due a revival.

Name of the van: 1973 Volkswagen Transporter (Type 2)

Type of van: Camper van

Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Little Miss Sunshine

Memorable moment:

The Hoover family had to push start the classic Volkswagen bus when the vehicle showed its age and became increasingly unreliable during the two-day journey to get young Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine junior beauty pageant in California.

Essential driving stats: Power — 72 horsepower. 0-60 mph — 22 seconds. Top speed — 75 mph.

 

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Paul Dano to Make Directorial Debut With Indie Drama ‘Wildlife’

29 July 2016 3:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Dano will make his feature directorial debut with the coming-of-age drama “Wildlife,” helming from a script he’s written with Zoe Kazan.

“Wildlife,” based on the 1990 Richard Ford novel, is being produced by Alex Saks for June Pictures with Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark and Dano. Kazan is executive producing.

The narrator of the book is a teenage boy who watches his parents’ marriage start to come apart after the family moves to Montana. ”In the fall of 1960, when I was 16 and my father was for a time not working, my mother met a man named Warren Miller and fell in love with him,” the book begins.

Neither Dano nor Kazan are expected to act in “Wildlife.” Dano’s credits include “Little Miss Sunshine,” “There Will Be Blood,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Love & Mercy” and “Swiss Army Man.” He’s currently in production on “Okja” with “Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-Ho.

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- Dave McNary

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‘Little Men’ Exclusive Clip: Greg Kinnear Stars In a NYC-Based Drama About Friendship & Family Turmoil

27 July 2016 12:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Greg Kinnear is not making goofy, self-deprecating guest appearances on “BoJack Horseman,” he’s also starring in indie dramas about New York City, young friendships, and family turmoil, like Ira Sach’s new film “Little Men.”

Read More: Growing Up at Sundance, Being Rejected from Film School and More Highlights from Ira Sachs’ Masterclass

The movie follows 13-year-old Jake Jardine (Theo Taplitz), an aspiring artist living in Manhattan with his struggling actor father Brian (Kinnear) and psychotherapist mother Kathy (Jennifer Ehle). When Jake’s grandfather dies, the family moves back into his Brooklyn home where Jake quickly befriends Tony (Michael Barbieri), the son of Chilean dressmaker and single mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia) who owns a shop in the building. Though the kids become close friends, the adults are at each other’s throats when Brian and Kathy ask Leonor to sign a steeper lease on the store, an untenable »

- Vikram Murthi

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Pierce Brosnan’s Thriller ‘I.T.’ Gets Release Date

27 July 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rlj Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the Pierce Brosnan thriller “I.T.” with plans for a September release in theaters and on demand.

The film is directed by John Moore from a script by Dan Kay and William Wisher Jr. Brosnan stars with Anna Friel, Stefanie Scott and James Frecheville.

Brosnan plays a man with a gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenage daughter, and a state-of-the-art “smart home” who finds himself in a deadly, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when his I.T. consultant, played by Frecheville, starts using his skills to stalk Mike’s daughter and endanger his family, his business, and his life.

I.T.” is produced by David T. Friendly (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Beau St. Clair, Nicolas Chartier (“The Hurt Locker”), and Craig J. Flores. Executive producers are Brosnan, Dominic Rustam, Frank Hildebrand, Elika Portnoy (“Beasts of No Nation”), and Valentina Gardani.

It was the last film produced by St. Clair, »

- Dave McNary

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Great Job, Internet!: A decade later, Little Miss Sunshine is the perfect film for an election year

26 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

When it debuted 10 years ago today, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie FarisLittle Miss Sunshine was quickly embraced by critics and audiences as an offbeat, quirky comedy about a dysfunctional family. It was then just as quickly dismissed as a terminally twee collection of indie movie clichés and somewhat forgotten. But maybe, this overachieving little film has something of value to say about winning and losing, especially in a year that will see both a nasty presidential election as well as the Olympic games in Rio. U.K. YouTuber Ryan Hollinger has devoted an episode of his web series, Ryan’s Theory, to Little Miss Sunshine and its message of being happy with one’s self.

Hollinger begins his video essay with some stand-up comedy from Jerry Seinfeld, who talks about the shame and disgrace of winning a silver medal. “You’re the number one loser,” he declares. Cut to ...

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Why We Love ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ 10 Years Later

26 July 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Little Miss Sunshine,” that gem of a dramedy about a family trekking across the country for a child’s beauty pageant, turns 10 years old today. The film was produced with a budget of $8 million and ended up grossing over $100 million, earning four Academy Award nominations and winning two. Did you know its script came from first-time screenwriter Michael Arndt (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Inside Out”) and marked the directorial debut of husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (“Ruby Sparks”)? Here are 10 more reasons “Little Miss Sunshine” endures as a cinematic classic. The opening scene.A first shot says a lot about a movie—its story, tone, visual language—and Dayton and Faris nail that concept by introducing us to Olive, the innocent dreamer and heart of “Little Miss Sunshine.” As portrayed by (an Oscar-nominated) 10-year-old Abigail Breslin, the character engulfs the screen with her wide-eyed, bespectacled expression; she »

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BiFan 2016 Review: Captain Fantastic Takes Quirky Journey to Known Destination

23 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

There's a certain type of film that'e become prominent and popular among a lot of American indie filmmakers in recent years; I like to call it the Sundance Film (though not all have played at that festival). It's a social realism film, either comedy or drama (or both), usually either about quirky relationships or quirky families, trying to balance their own eccentricities with the confirmity of contemporary western existence. Some of these films are very good (You Can Count On Me, Little Miss Sunshine), while others not so much. The destination is usually predictable (a satisfactory conclusion, if not always a happy one), and the journey somewhat known (various strange adventures, often involving minor criminal activity or loss of bodily functions). And the journey can...

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Movie News: Michelle Williams, Zac Efron Touted for Hugh Jackman's 'Greatest Showman'

7 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Greatest Showman on Earth: Michelle Williams and Zac Efron are in talks to join the musical drama The Greatest Showman on Earth. Hugh Jackman is already set to star as P.T. Barnum, the founder of what became the famed Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) is writing the screenplay and Michael Gracey will direct. [Deadline]   Spider-Man: Homecoming: Angourie Rice, who gave a sparkling performance as Ryan Gosling's daughter in The Nice Guys earlier this year, has joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland in the titular role. No details have been revealed about the character Rice will be playing. The movie is currently in production, aiming toward theatrical release on July 7, 2017...

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News Briefs: Michelle Williams, Zac Efron Touted for Hugh Jackman's 'Greatest Showman'

6 July 2016 9:12 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

The Greatest Showman on Earth: Michelle Williams and Zac Efron are in talks to join the musical drama The Greatest Showman on Earth. Hugh Jackman is already set to star as P.T. Barnum, the founder of what became the famed Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) is writing the screenplay and Michael Gracey will direct. [Deadline]   Spider-Man: Homecoming: Angourie Rice, who gave a sparkling performance as Ryan Gosling's daughter...

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Michelle Williams May Star Alongside Hugh Jackman in P.T. Barnum Biopic ‘The Greatest Showman’

6 July 2016 12:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Per Deadline, Michelle Williams is in talks to star alongside Hugh Jackman in “The Greatest Showman.” Jackman will play P.T. Barnum in the musical biopic, which charts the rise of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Zac Efron may be joining the project as well in an as-yet unspecified role.

Read More: Michelle Williams Joins Julianne Moore In Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck

Though silver-screen musicals aren’t too uncommon in and of themselves, “The Greatest Showman” purports to be Hollywood’s first not based on an existing property since 1992’s “Newsies.” Michael Arndt — who won an Academy Award for his “Little Miss Sunshine” screenplay and has also written or co-written “Toy Story 3,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Force Awakens” — is on script duty. Veteran commercial director Michael Gracey will helm the project, which will feature original songs by the Tony-nominated duo of Justin Paul & Benj Pasek (“The »

- Michael Nordine

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Film Review: 'Captain Fantastic'

5 July 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Few topics rile up people more than that of proper child-rearing.  And few seem to engender as many opinions. Captain Fantastic, then, a little-movie-that-could about alternative theories of parenting, the value of honesty with your children, and the bonds that unite families, is sure to be controversial. It tackles child-rearing and has little praise to lay on American parents today.

Viggo Mortensen plays Ben, a mountain man-like father of six children in Washington State with ultra-progressive notions of how to raise offspring. Ben values hard work, discipline, and sincerity. You get the sense that Bernie Sanders is too conservative for Ben, and a “Jessie Jackson ’88” shirt later confirms you’re right.

His children hunt for their food in the forest, climb dangerous cliffs and do yoga, and follow strict schedules focused on education and knowledge.  They eat wild berries instead of McDonald’s, read Chomsky and Nabokov instead of Archie and Spiderman, »

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Posterized July 2016: ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Equals,’ ‘Star Trek Beyond,’ and More

5 July 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

This month is the epitome of summer blockbuster season with a couple kids films, a couple attempts at old school epics, some comedies, some actioners, and a sparse few adult-oriented indies to provide a well-needed counter to the explosions and slapstick. We’re still inundated with sequels (four on this post alone) and reboots (two), but as long as we buy tickets they’ll continue coming — louder, brighter, and vapid.

So let’s try and give some love to the smaller films. Take the kids to a matinee »

- Jared Mobarak

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Daphne Zuniga, Marlon Wayans and 20 Other Wtf New Academy Members

29 June 2016 2:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The film Academy broke internal records Wednesday by inviting 683 new members — and among its largest and most diverse group of prospectives came a few eye-brow raising choices. Mostly because it revealed that a number of famous working creatives were not already among the illustrious ranks of those who pick the annual Academy Award winners. Even past nominees like director Marjane Satrapi (“Persepolis”) or Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who co-directed the 2006 Oscar winner “Little Miss Sunshine” were only added to the rolls this year. Also Read: Academy Invites Michael B. Jordan, Oscar Isaac in Huge Diversity Push Then there’s Tina Fey, »

- Matt Donnelly

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The Fundamentals Of Caring: the landfill indie movie hits the road

25 June 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts may have chemistry, but their journey of self-discovery is stuffed with Sundance stereotypes

The Sundance film festival in Park City, Utah, showcases more than 150 feature films each year, among them everything from soporific character studies to gross-out comedy vehicles. Yet to many, Sundance is most closely associated with a particular strain of indie dramedy that came to dominate the festival in the mid-2000s, when the likes of Garden State and Little Miss Sunshine made their debuts. This subgenre has clung on for dear life ever since, even as its box-office clout has waned severely (more people appeared in the title of last year’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl than showed up to watch it on opening weekend).

These glib, self-conscious films have turned the very word “Sundance” into something of a pejorative, but still they command industry attention: this year’s prime example, »

- Charlie Lyne

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‘White Fang’ Takes Gan Foundation Prize at Annecy

18 June 2016 4:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy– Alexandre Espigares’ upcoming “White Fang” has won the Anney Festival’s Gan Foundation Prize, its most important industry plaudit.

Screened in Annexe’s Work in Progress section for feature films, “White Fang” is a co-production between France’s Superprod and Luxembourg Bidibul Productions and “Little Miss Sunshine” producer Big Beach.

Directed by Alexandre Espigares, who won an Academy Award Oscar for short film “Mr. Hublot,” “White Fang” is written by Dominique Monfrey, Philippe Lioret and Serge Frydman, based on Jack London’s classic novel. UTA Independent Film Group represents U.S. sales; Wild Bunch Distribution will distribute “Fang” in France.

“We are proud to receive this award from Gan Foundation which has been supporting cinematographic creation with great taste and attention for the last 30 years,” said Superprod head Clement Calvet, adding that the prize money will support the distribution of “White Fang” in France.

Simon Rouby’s “Adama” snagged »

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James Schamus talks Muhammad Ali movie

6 June 2016 5:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former Focus Features CEO James Schamus also discussed the “bloodbath” of awards season at Sundance Film Festival London.

At a Sundance Film Festival London panel held in association with Screen International, writer, producer and former Focus Features head James Schamus said that Ang Lee’s film about the iconic ‘Thrilla in Manila’ 1975 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier will push cinematic imagery to new levels.

Speaking to moderator Wendy Mitchell, Schamus stated: “The film will be 3D, shot at 120 frames per second, in 4K. Our actors in the ring will be matched with digital avatars and single-set edited. It will be a whole leap in sensorial [experience].”

However, as is the case with Lee’s upcoming Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk, cinemas will need to upgrade their venues to show the film as the director intends it to be seen.

“There is no theatre in the world except Ang’s editing room in which you can »

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James Schamus talks Ang Lee's Muhammad Ali movie

6 June 2016 5:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former Focus Features CEO James Schamus also discussed the “bloodbath” of awards season at Sundance Film Festival London.

At a Sundance Film Festival London panel held in association with Screen International, writer, producer and former Focus Features head James Schamus said that Ang Lee’s film about the iconic ‘Thrilla in Manila’ 1975 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier will push cinematic imagery to new levels.

Speaking to moderator Wendy Mitchell, Schamus stated: “The film will be 3D, shot at 120 frames per second, in 4K. Our actors in the ring will be matched with digital avatars and single-set edited. It will be a whole leap in sensorial [experience].”

However, as is the case with Lee’s upcoming Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk, cinemas will need to upgrade their venues to show the film as the director intends it to be seen.

“There is no theatre in the world except Ang’s editing room in which you can »

- matt.mueller@screendaily.com (Matt Mueller)

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Film Review: ‘Tracktown’

5 June 2016 5:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.” — A.A. Milne

In “Tracktown,” real-life distance runner Alexi Pappas plays aspiring Olympic athlete Plumb Marigold, who bombards us with quotations pilfered from inspirational posters, popular movies and the pages of Bartlett’s, padding the film’s gratuitous voiceover with platitudes by everyone from Mary Lou Retton to Albus Dumbledore. Plumb (whose name is meant to be as adorably one-of-a-kind as Diablo Cody or Juno MacGuff) shows undeniable skill on the track, but is severely stunted in most other respects, especially all things emotional or intellectual, taking 90 minutes to arrive at her first original thought in a film that is itself almost entirely recycled from other indies, mostly of the early-aughts Fox Searchlight variety.

Set in and named after Eugene, Ore., “Tracktown” could be a decade-later sequel to “Little Miss Sunshine, »

- Peter Debruge

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Interview: Steve Carell talks The Big Short

23 May 2016 10:09 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the release of the Academy Award-winning comedy-drama The Big Short released today in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD, Steve Carell (Anchorman 2, Cafe Society) has been talking about the film, working with Adam McKay and his career in both comedy and drama.

Could you explain the housing crisis in a sentence? No more than five words.

[laughs] In a sentence? What this movie is about is various groups of investors who saw a housing bubble and shorted the market. They essentially bet against the economy. The economy failing was their success and a handful of people saw it and made an awful lot of money because of it.

How much of the financial jargon did you have to learn?

I had to learn all of it. I didn’t learn it phonetically – I actually had to have some sort of understanding. Adam likes to improvise so that definitely was »

- Scott J. Davis

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Cannes 2016: Captain Fantastic review

17 May 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Captain Fantastic review: Matt Ross brings this Sundance favourite to the south of France. Viggo Mortensen leads an impressive cast.

Captain Fantastic review from the Cannes Film festival, 2016.

Captain Fantastic review

Captain Fantastic debuted at Sundance back in January, but this week receives its European premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, and goes up for the prizes in the Un Certain Regard programme.

This slightly off-beat American drama, revolves around Ben (Viggo Mortensen), a devoted father of six who has raised his children rather unconventionally; in a self-created environment deep in the wilderness. Home-schooling the kids through an extremely rigorous physical and intellectual education, Ben is suddenly forced to bring them into civilisation following a tragic incident, and the children are introduced to a world they do not know and situations they may not be ready for.

Captain Fantastic review

Frequent actor turned filmmaker Matt Ross (his latest roles include Gavin Belson in Silicon Valley, »

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