3 items from 2014
Lena Dunham, Tom Cullen, Dree Hemingway and Brie Larson all came to Austin as relative unknowns and emerged as sought-after talents. With the 2014 edition of the SXSW Film Festival launching today, the springboard is loaded. Here's Indiewire's picks for the 10 actors to watch this year: Natalia Dyer, "I Believe in Unicorns" Why You May Know Her: Dyer got her start early on the stage and first popped up on screen in bit parts fit for a pretty face. She made her debut in "Hannah Montana: The Movie" and showed up in "Blue Like Jazz" and briefly in "The Between" alongside "Hunger Games"' Isabelle Fuhrman. What SXSW Could Mean for Her: A breakthrough. "I Believe in Unicorns" puts her in the spotlight and gives her a huge chance to showcase her acting chops. In this sober and ethereal project, a runaway romance between a young girl and an older bad-boy slowly turns tragically dark. »
- Taylor Lindsay
The last time director Peter Chelsom made a film, it was 2009 and Miley Cyrus was still wholesome enough to get through all of Hannah Montana: The Movie out without licking things suggestively and gyrating her ass. Since then, we.ve all been looking for happiness, and Chelsom.s next film may deliver just that, as he sent Simon Pegg on a trip around the world for the upcoming comedic drama Hector and the Search for Happiness. The film has finally released its first trailer, seen above, and though it doesn.t look like it.s on the same fast track to pleasure as antidepressants and marijuana, I think it looks like a fun and lightheartedly introspective journey. And the killer cast doesn.t hurt, either. Sure, I.d rather watch Pegg travel from one bar to the next in The World.s End, but watching his mopey bespectacled shrink morph »
Simon Pegg is an actor who often succeeds wildly in making us smile, in films like Shaun of the Dead and Run, Fatboy, Run. So, it is a relief to see that the actor likes to smile, too. Moving away from the dark comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything, the British comic will be hitting UK movie screens this fall in Hector and the Search for Happiness. The first trailer for the film is up and it looks like it hits the sweet spot without being too saccharine.
The film follows Pegg’s Hector, a glum psychiatrist who is just as depressed and uninspired as the patients he speaks with every week. He finds the courage to pick himself up and travel across the world, trying to find the places and people that can turn his frown upside down. Among the ensemble he meets or rekindles a long-lost connection with are played by Jean Reno, »
- Jordan Adler
3 items from 2014