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Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Exclusive)

Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Exclusive)
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its 24th annual narrative and documentary feature film competition lineup, Variety has learned.

The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.” The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 19 to Jan. 25, will screen 18 movies including 10 world premieres, two North American premieres, and four U.S. premieres.

Notable titles include “Human Affairs” with Kerry Condon, who was recently in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ” and the TV series “Better Call Saul,” and “Rock Steady Row,” starring Diamond White from “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.”

Slamdance alumni include Joe and Anthony Russo, Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Seth Gordon, and Lynn Shelton. Significant titles that debuted at Slamdance include “Mad Hot Ballroom” and Gordon’s “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” This year’s
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Review: Nex Machina (2017)

I dreamed of being an arcade hero, cool under pressure, chewing Hubba Bubba, riding my last twenty pence coin, all the way to the final boss fight. A hushed gang of acne-ridden misfits by the video-game cabinet, eyes glued to the score, most willing me on, and more than a few a little envious of my epic run. Totally in the zone; mind and hands moving as one. In a blur of overly dextrous button tapping and skilful joystick manoeuvring: I best the boss, crack a billion points, and become a video-game legend. Glorious pixelated immortality! But sadly as a kid back in the early-90s that 8-bit starship had most definitely sailed…

The 486 PC had landed. So naturally, I cut my teeth on Doom, the shareware version on two 3.5 floppy disks; battling Cyberdemons behind a beige box. The closest I ever got to neon nirvana was a couple of trips to SegaWorld London.
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Wild, Dangerous, Imperfect, Wounded Grandeur: 18 Double Features About America

The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.

In 2012, when this piece was first posted, it seemed like a good moment to throw the country’s history and contradictions into some sort of quick relief, and the most expedient way of doing that for me was to look at the way the United States (and the philosophies at its core) were reflected in the movies, and not just the ones which approached the country head-on as a subject.
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Baywatch Director Seth Gordon to Direct Life In Rewind about a Severe Case of Ocd

Director Seth Gordon (Baywatch) has signed on to helm the drama Life in Rewind, a movie based on a book by the same title. It tells the story of a young man with Ocd and his struggles. Deadline describes the plot of the movie:

The movie is in the vein of Good Will Hunting and Silver Linings Playbook. After witnessing his mother’s death at an early age, Ed Zine developed one of the most severe Ocd cases on record, with a fear of death so profound that he refused to leave his basement for three years. He was helped back from the precipice by a maverick doctor from Harvard.

In addition to Baywatch, Gordon has directed “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters,” “Four Christmases,” and “Horrible Bosses.”

There's no casting announcements yet, or word on a release date.
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‘Baywatch’ Director Seth Gordon Boards ‘Life in Rewind’ Movie Adaptation

‘Baywatch’ Director Seth Gordon Boards ‘Life in Rewind’ Movie Adaptation
Baywatch” director Seth Gordon has signed on to helm the drama “Life in Rewind” for Middleton Media Group.

The film is based on Terry Weible Murphy’s book “Life in Rewind: The Story of a Young Courageous Man Who Persevered Over Ocd and the Harvard Doctor Who Broke All the Rules to Help Him.”

The movie follows promising young athlete Ed Zine’s sudden descent into severe mental illness, and the Harvard doctor, Michael A. Jenike, who broke through the boundaries of traditional medicine to save him. Stephanie Shannon will write the screenplay.

The producers are John Powers Middleton and Alex Foster for Middleton Media Group, along with Rachel Winter (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Gordon, Ian Sambor, and Mary Rohlich (“Horrible Bosses”).

“This story immediately captured our hearts, and Seth’s cinematic vision for depicting the deep psychological pain of Ed Zine’s condition makes this exactly the kind of emotionally
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Movies to Show My Son: ‘Man On Wire’

Welcome to another installment of Movies to Show My Son. This is the blog series were I discuss movies I can’t wait to show my son in the future. I’ll be covering my own personal experience with the movie, movie and life lessons I hope he will learn, and lastly my concerns about showing said film. This week’s film is Man on Wire.

Personal Memories:

In the article centered on The King of Kong I mentioned how I was reluctant to get into the medium of documentaries. That film helped me realize just how darn entertaining a documentary can actually be, while Man on Wire demonstrated the power of documentary film making.

This was another film that got on my radar due to podcasting. When I was looking for podcast counting down their top films of the 00’s (because at that time I was obsessed with seeing
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The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters Is Being Developed Into A Musical

One of the best gaming documentaries of all time is being developed into a musical. The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters the musical is being developed by the original director Seth Gordon whose most recent film, Baywatch, is now in theaters.

Very little is known about the adaptation, save the fact that it will feature an original song from Twin Galaxies iconic scorekeeper Walter Day called ‘Museum of Your Heart’. I'm also sure, like the doc, it will explore the rivalry between Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell who were competing for the world record for Donkey Kong.

Of all the shows to appear on Broadway, I truly believe this is the first I would make the trip to NYC to go and see. When talking to IGN about the project, Gordon said:

“Yeah, some scripts have been written – we’re actually working on a musical right now, which is pretty great.
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‘The King of Kong’ Musical in the Works

‘The King of Kong’ Musical in the Works
We’re still waiting on New Line’s remake of The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Seth Gordon‘s excellent 2007 doc about Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell competing over the world record for Donkey Kong. Gordon, who went on to direct Horrible Bosses and Baywatch, has been wanting to dramatize their rivalry in a feature film for years now – […]

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Baywatch movie review: sun’s out, dumb’s out

MaryAnn’s quick take… A beach-slap to anyone with a brain. Embodies everything that is wrong with Hollywood today. It is proudly dumb. It is proudly sexist. It is proudly pointless. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

These are the shoals upon which critics are broken. Those gently susurrating waves? The bastard power of water to wear everything down. Those lovely soft grains of sand on the beach? Every one of them a thoughtful film lover who has dedicated her- or himself to considering cinema, now ground down into a tiny tiny pebble.

Baywatch is a beach-slap fuck-you to anyone with a brain. Your gonads may be engaged if you are a heterosexual man (or a homosexual woman, though that will be accidental) who has not graduated from a tween sexuality in which disembodied boobs
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Newswire: Updated: A King Of Kong musical is in the works, so let’s write some songs

Director Seth Gordon may have been busy helming desultory slow-motion beach workouts in scattershot big-budget comedies, but that doesn’t mean he’s taken his eye off the further adventures of his directorial debut, The King Of Kong. For years, there’s been discussion of turning Gordon’s documentary about the competition for the Donkey Kong world championship into a narrative film, but now it seems Gordon is taking it another direction—specifically, to the stage. IGN reports the project is being turned into a musical, which means it’s time for you to finally realize your dreams of crafting a big Broadway number based on your devotion to the old arcade game. (Though, if you keep the references vague, you could probably convince people your torch song about Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest is actually a lament for the original.)

Asked about the new adaptation during
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Movies to Show My Son: ‘The King of Kong’

Welcome to another installment of Movies to Show My Son. This is the blog series were I discuss movies I can’t way to show my son in the future. I’ll be covering my own personal experience with the movie, movie and life lessons I hope he will learn, and lastly my concerns about showing said film. This week’s film is The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

Personal Memories:

With this movie being only ten years old I do not have the same type of personal attachment to it as something like The Sandlot. It was one of the first movies I remember watching on a streaming service before they completely took over. It was at a time when Netflix only gave you so many movies to stream a month (insane thinking about that now) and one of those months I chose to watch The King of Kong.
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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best

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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best
Amazon released five new pilots on Friday, and it’s up to viewers to determine which ones get picked up. “The Legend of Master Legend,” “Budding Prospects,” “The New V.I.P.’s,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Oasis” make up the 2017 Amazon pilot season. Some are good, some are bad, but the power lies with all of us to determine which are worthy of a full season order. Read our reviews below to get a little insight into each offering, and watch the episodes for yourself right here.

The Legend of Master Legend

John Hawkes can’t catch a break. When he nabbed the lead in Charlie Kaufman’s FX pilot — Charlie Kaufman — it didn’t get picked up. He landed an Oscar nomination for “The Sessions,” but his follow-ups have meant diddly-squat comparatively. Sure, he stole a few scenes in “Lincoln” and got to take part in Amy Schumer’s amazing sketch,
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‘Baywatch’: Pecs & Chests Bounce In This Boomin’ New Super Bowl Spot [Watch]

The career of filmmaker Seth Gordon is a really curious and odd one. The director started out of the gate with one of the most beloved documentaries of the aughts with “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” He quickly attached himself to many promising projects and looked to be on his way to possible mirror a career like Jason Reitman’s or Paul Feig’s or even creating films like something out of Zach Braff’s “Garden State” (which is nowhere as bad as some snobs claim it is).

Continue reading ‘Baywatch’: Pecs & Chests Bounce In This Boomin’ New Super Bowl Spot [Watch] at The Playlist.
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‘Tina and the Gucci Flip Flop’ Wants to Bring a Viral Twitter Story to Life

‘Tina and the Gucci Flip Flop’ Wants to Bring a Viral Twitter Story to Life
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Tina and the Gucci Flip Flop

Logline: A woman finds herself trapped in the closet when her lover’s lover comes home.

Elevator Pitch:

“Tina and The Gucci Flip Flop” follows a woman named Tina, who finds herself trapped in the closet when her lover’s lover comes home. It’s a tale of betrayal, cheating, sexuality, closet hiding, and big, wet farts. It’s based on the twitter story of the same name, that sent me from 8,000 followers, to 25,000 overnight on twitter, helped me become verified, win Project Greenlight, and ultimately, become a fellow of the Sundance Labs.
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Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Exclusive)

Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Exclusive)
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its 23rd annual narrative and documentary feature film competition lineup, Variety has learned.

The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.” The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 20 to Jan. 26, will screen 19 movies: 12 world premieres, three North American debuts, and one U.S. launch.

The narrative competition has 11 titles, while the documentary category boasts eight. Notable titles include “Dave Made a Maze,” starring Nick Thune and directed by Bill Watterson from his own script; the Sly Stone documentary “On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone”; Shumin Liu’s “The Family,” a Chinese-Australian production in which a couple in their 70s sets off to visit their adult children in three faraway cities; and the documentary “Who Is Arthur Chu?
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‘Uncharted’ Finds a New Director: Shawn Levy to Helm Video Game Adaptation

After a long and rocky path through development, Sony’s long-gestating Uncharted movie is now taking a big leap forward. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) has just been set to direct the video game adaptation, replacing Seth Gordon (The King of Kong) who departed last year. Joe Carnahan wrote the latest draft of the script. Deadline got the scoop on […]

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Game documentaries: helping movies understand games

Wil Jones Sep 7, 2016

Movies based on videogames tend to be awful. But documentaries about games? They're sometimes brilliant...

Hollywood has always has an awkward relationship with videogames. Studios are scared of them because they’re a threat, and something else for teenagers to spend money on instead of big summer movies. But on the other hand, there’s a lot of money in games, and Hollywood wants some of that — but they’ve never properly worked out how. Ever since 1993’s Super Mario Bros, there has been a steady stream of movies based on videogame properties, and their guaranteed awfulness has become a running joke. And while that’s slightly unfair on a few films (Raul Julia totally makes Street Fighter worthwhile), it’s not without reason.

And even when they’re not based on an actual title, attempts to make movies more broadly also tend to be terrible. The Last Starfighter,
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Film Review: ‘The Lost Arcade’

Film Review: ‘The Lost Arcade’
When people talk about the romantic grunge of New York City in the ’70s and ’80s, they tend to point to the same handful of ironically cherished neighborhoods and atmospheres — the sleazy excitement of Times Square when it was home to grindhouses and porn theaters, the rat-strewn, heroin-den mystique of the punk-rock East Village and Lower East Side. At the time, the appeal of those places was more infamous than obvious, yet the seduction of their squalor has taken on a glow of nostalgia. In hindsight, it’s not hard to see why they exude an allure of dirty-boulevard cool.

But when you reminisce about the video-game arcades that began to pop up in the late ’70s (in the wake of the success of Space Invaders, which came on the market in 1978), you have to reach a little deeper into the mindset of gritty New York chic to define what was great about them.
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Director Clay Tweel Talks the Universality of ‘Gleason’ and Gaining a New Perspective on Life

Gleason follows the life of ex-nfl football player Steve Gleason and his battle with Als through video journals and, later, camera footage. Gleason is the star here as his honesty is what draws one in. He has been described as a warrior poet and that description definitely applies. His travels with his wife are sure to pull at the emotional strings, but the film also feels honest in its intent and drive. That is largely due to Gleason and the people around him, but also to director Clay Tweel. It was a great pleasure to talk with Tweel as I asked him about the practicalities of financing a film like this, how involved Gleason and his wife were, and what his goal was in the making of this documentary. Enjoy the full conversation below.

Bill Graham: First off, I wanted to know the genesis of this project and in particular,
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Review: Gleason, A True Triumph of Filmmaking

Clay Tweel has been involved in some of the most entertaining documentaries in recent years including his producing role in The King of Kong, right up through his directing turn on both Print the Legend and last year's brilliantly witty Finders Keepers. Tweel's latest documentary Gleason is a shift away from the light-hearted tone of those previous films and into much more somber and emotional territory. This change in no way makes the film less effective as the result is one of the most impactful and emotionally affecting documentaries in recent memory. The titular Steve Gleason is probably best known as a special teams player for NFL team the New Orleans Saints. Though not a star player, Gleason was responsible for a key punt-block that...

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