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March and April have quickly become more and more populated. It seems like all the rejected summer blockbusters flock to these two months, hoping the lack of competition will garner them box office glory. Well it doesn't always work, you can't deny that there is money to be made during these two months. And, evident from today's Prelude to 2012, studios want as much money as they can squeeze from these two months. Hit the jump for full details on over 25 films hoping to make an impact in the limbo between Summer and the beginning of the year. Who knows...you may just find something you'll like.
March has always been a busy time for film. In fact, I would say that the year doesn't truly kick off Until this month. Yeah, there's a couple notable releases in January and February (as shown here), but March is when the first blockbusters »
- TheCritic28@gmail.com (Matthew Legarreta)
From 2011 Sundance Film Festival "Best Director" winner Sean Durkin, in his feature film debut, and featuring breakout star Elizabeth Olsen in her "Best Female Lead" Film Independent Spirit Award nominated role, Martha Marcy May Marlene arrives on Blu-ray and DVD February 21 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
After escaping from a dangerous cult and the watchful eye of its charismatic leader, a young woman named Martha (Olsen) tries to reclaim a normal life with her family. But the haunting memories from Martha's past trigger a chilling paranoia - and nowhere seems safe as the fragile line between her reality and delusions begin to blur.
Supported by unforgettable powerhouse performances from Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (Winter's Bone, American Gangster) and Sarah Paulson (Down With Love, What Women Want), the Martha Marcy May Marlene Blu-ray and DVD is rich with feature special features, including "Mary Last Seen," the chilling short film »
Sean Durkin's cult-based thriller 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' is set to hit Blu-ray and DVD from 21 February 2012. There was a lot of positive comments made about the movie in particular the performance from young up and comer actress Elizabeth Olsen -below (the younger sibling of the Olsen twins) when screened at the varied festivals over the Summer. The movie stars John Hawkes ('Identity', 'Winter's Bone') as an abusive cult-leader along with Sarah Paulso, Hugh Dancy, Brady Corbet ('Funny Games U.S.'), Christopher Abbott, Julia Garner and Louisa Krause. Check out just some of the special features you can catch on the new Blu-ray and DVD release below along with the Blu-ray artwork. »
Winter's Bone was a critic's fave in 2010 that has enjoyed a good audience reaction as it wound its way through arthouses, VOD and Netflix. That film might have been a great, attention-getting piece of work, but director Debra Granik had a quiet 2011. She was writing a treatment  for a Pippi Longstocking movie and making a documentary about Us war veterans in the South, based on a guy who played a bit part in Winter's Bone. But back in February there was also minor word that Granik might write and direct an adaptation of the 1996 Russell Banks novel Rule of the Bone, which is about a 14-year old who ends up trying to find his father in the mountains of Jamaica. There hasn't been much info on the project, but a recent interview with Banks sheds a bit of light on the film. The Playlist  picked up an interview with the »
- Russ Fischer
Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life tops Film Comment's list of the "Best Released Films of 2011," an annual year-end survey of film critics, editors, and past and present contributors — over 120 of them this year — so the magazine has put Kent Jones's beautiful essay from the July/August issue online (even if you don't admire the film as much as he does, you'll know that this is a must-read), and the Film Society of Lincoln Center is screening The Tree of Life through Tuesday.
The "Released" list goes as far as 50; the "Best Unreleased Movies of 2011" list runs to 52. At #1 is Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film; #2: Béla Tarr's The Turin Horse. There's been some grumbling among the tweeting set, by the way, that this list is too crowded with films that have scored distribution deals and will indeed be seeing a theatrical run sooner or later. »
After delivering a fantastic rural film noir in the form of Winter's Bone, the film that skyrocketed the career of The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, The Calgary Herald (via The Playlist) has learned that writer/director Debra Granik will take on an adaptation of Rule of the Bone, the 1995 novel from author Russell Banks. The story follows a drug-dealing, homeless boy’s fight for survival in upstate New York and Jamaica, and it sounds like the film could launch the career of another young actor as Banks, executive producing, says "We’re probably going to cast an unknown in the lead and then cast around him." Hoping to shoot this year, Banks says they'll find someone to play the lead character Bone first and, "When we get Bone cast, then we’ll work around him and have better-known actors, recognizable faces around him." The actor will certainly have to »
- Ethan Anderton
Rejoice, "Hunger Games" fans: After a competitive online race to fit together the puzzle pieces of the latest "Hunger Games" poster, it has finally come together in all its glory thanks to Panem-savvy tweeter @Johnshoward.
Featuring the fearless Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) standing in the Capitol arena surrounded by pictures of fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), the poster was pieced together at the appropriate time as yesterday marked "100-days-until-March-23rd" (the film's release date), sending die-hard fans into a frenzy.
Pre-"Hunger Games" press alone has already launched Lawrence into super-stardom, but the "Winter's Bone" actress isn't quite ready for it. "I got a taste of fame from the Oscars and I didn't like it. That's a terrible thing to say because it's such a tremendous honor. But I went from being normal Jennifer to being at these parties where I couldn't just be the girl making dumb jokes in the corner, »
- Leigh Weingus
While this isn't exactly new -- The Telegraph reported it as far back as February -- the project seems to be flying completely under the radar (IMDb doesn't even have it listed). But that two-month-old interview with author Russell Banks in The Calgary Herald is still yielding some nuggets of news as he confirms that "Winter's Bone" director Debra Granik is writing and helming an adapation of his novel "Rule Of The Bone," a film which he'll executive produce. Jokingly telling the UK paper that the film will be “the third part of my unofficial osteo-trilogy” (following "Down To The Bone" and "Winter's Bone), Granik's film will center on another hard-luck teenage protoganist, 14-year-old Jamaican-American Chapman, who is molested by his stepfather, steals money from his mother to buy to pot and is subsequently kicked out of the house. He then books it to Jamaica to track down his real father. »
Directed by: David Pomes
Written by: David Pomes
After wowing festival audiences in 2008, Cook County finally gets a theatrical release. This dark morality tale of backwoods meth-heads explores how cooking and smoking crack destroys entire communities. Don't let the release date fool you - festive family fare this ain't.
Debut writer/director David Pomes doesn't pull any punches when it comes to depicting the grim reality of his characters' existence. Three generations live crammed into a dilapidated cabin, and everyone is exposed to the harmful effects of the meth that's the only substance ever cooked in the broken kitchen. Bump (Anson Mount) rules this ramshackle roost, dictating every aspect of the ebb and flow of crystals through the house, from ordering supply runs to the local general store (where the owner sells cold-remedies and drain cleaner to »
- Karina Wilson
The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. has a solid track record at forecasting the eventual Oscar nominees with its Critics' Choice Awards contenders. Last year, the Bfca got nine of the 10 eventual Oscar Best Picture nominees (it went for "The Town" over "The Kids Are All Right") and 18 of the 20 acting contenders; they overlooked Javier Bardem ("Biutiful") and John Hawkes ("Winter's Bone"). Among the most notable snubs this year are: helmer Terrence Malick who just won the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Best Director prize for "The Tree of Life"; the women of "Albert Nobbs" (Glenn Close, Janet McTeer); the veteran actors in kid-themed films (Ben Kingsley, "Hugo"; Max Von Sydow, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"); last year's darling David Fincher who helmed the winning "The Social Network" and returned with "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" which reaped just »
In this week's Hobnobbing, we reflect on the movie's milestones from the past year.
Photo: Murray Close
If any film caught Internet fire this year, it was most certainly the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' young-adult novel "The Hunger Games." Though the film had been optioned by Lionsgate way back in 2009, 2011 was the year fans finally saw all the pieces come together, from casting the titular tournament's 24 tributes to a teaser tidbit and full-length trailer.
As such, MTV News is taking a look back at all things "Hunger Games" with a list of the franchise's best moments from 2011 (in chronological order). Let the Games begin!
X Marks the Release Date
The year began with a bang when Lionsgate announced in late January that "The Hunger Games" would swoop into theaters March 23, 2012. Lionsgate set that particular date in its crosshairs hoping »
"The Hunger Games" is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, and it's not just fans of the young adult novels who are getting in on the action.
While small gems from the movie, from the flaming poster to the blow-your-mind awesomeness of a trailer, have sated some appetites for now, fashion-forward fans of the movie are finally getting their cut of the action.
A slew of design labels, including Rachel Roy, Tibi, Tadashi Shoji, Charlotte Ronson, Nicole Miller, Erin Fetherston and Tommy Hilfiger, have created their own interpretations of Katniss' Fire Dress exclusively for Facebook fans of InStyle. From sleek catsuits to asymmetrical gowns, the designs are the prettiest thing to come out of a movie about kids who fight to the death.
- Sarah Crow
Some may follow in the footsteps of celebrated films such as An Education, Precious and American Splendor and go on to mainstream glory, while others are destined never to achieve so much as a distribution deal. The Sundance film festival, Robert Redford's annual celebration of independent film-making, yesterday revealed its competition lineup for January's event, which will take place as usual in Park City, Utah.
Debuting in the 16-strong dramatic competition are films starring Michael Cera, Paul Dano, Helen Hunt and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, while the documentary section features another 16 movies on subjects such as Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei and the tax avoidance schemes of large Us companies. The world cinema drama section features »
- Ben Child
If the indie film fan closest to you was squealing with delight yesterday afternoon you've probably already noticed that the 2012 Sundance Film Festival lineup has been announced, bringing with it the promise of a lot of buzz and glitzy celebration in the high mountains of Park City, Utah next January. I'll be on the ground there for my third Sundance, and I'm looking forward as much as anyone to what's in the store, both seeing some of the indie titles that will rock the film world for the rest of the year (your Martha Marcy May Marlenes and Winter's Bone's, you might say) and also plenty of duds that everyone will pretty much ignore once they finally limp into theaters (The Son of No One). It's always easy in hindsight to predict which Sundance titles were never going to find an audience. But when you're picking out tickets and »
It feels like just yesterday that the Toronto International Film Festival was on and showing some of the best movies that 2011 has to offer, but as the year draws to a close, we have to start getting ready for the calendar to be turned over. And you know what that means: the Sundance Film Festival is almost here. Scheduled to open on January 19, 2012 and run through January 29, the Robert Redford-created event is one of the best showcases of independent film in the world and often introduces some of the best movies of the year (in the past two years both Winter's Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene broke out of the fest and became darlings). So what movies will be on-tap at next year's festival? The in-competition lineup has just been announced and you can check out the entire list below. Arriving courtesy of Deadline, the list below features »
Films announced Wednesday that will compete for prizes at next month's independent-film showcase include dramas dealing with family crises, such as director Ry Russo-Young's "Nobody Walks," with "The Office" co-star Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby; "The End of Love," starring Cera, Seyfried, Shannyn Sossamon and writer-director Mark Webber; and Sheldon Candis' "Luv," featuring Glover and Common.
Hunt stars with John Hawkes and William H. Macy in Ben Lewin's "The Surrogate," an unusual story about a 36-year-old man who has spent most of his life on an iron lung and now develops a plan to lose his virginity.
On Monday night, the Gotham Independent Film Awards were handed out, making "Beginners" and "The Tree of Life" the two winners in the Best Feature category. This is the first time that two films won the award the same year. "Beginners" also won in the Best Ensemble category. Previous winners include "Winter's Bone" and "The Hurt Locker," which both ended up being nominated in the Best Picture category during the Academy Awards. Since "Beginners" and "The Tree of Life" were able to beat George Clooney's "The Descendants," which was the favorite, both films will likely receive a boost for the popular awards. Other nominees were "Meek's Cutoff" and "Take Shelter." Also during the Gotham Awards, Felicity Jones won in the Breakthrough Actor category for "Like Crazy" and Dee Rees won Breakthrough Director for "Pariah." »
A black-and-white throwback to early Hollywood, "The Artist" also earned a lead-actor nomination for Jean Dujardin as a silent film star whose career crumbles as the sound era takes over in the late 1920s. The film grabbed directing and screenplay nominations for Michel Hazanavicius, along with a cinematography slot for Guillaume Schiffman.
"Take Shelter" star Michael Shannon earned a lead-actor nomination as a family man who comes unhinged amid visions of a coming apocalyptic storm. Co-star Jessica Chastain was nominated for supporting actress, while "Take Shelter" also received nominations for director Jeff Nichols and a prize for emerging producers for Sophia Lin. »
It's official: Awards season is on, and it's about to be kicked into high gear.
Hot on the heels of yesterday's Gotham Awards, which surprised crowds when the Best Feature honor was bestowed on two movies, "Beginners" and "The Tree of Life," comes the announcement of nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards, which recognizes feature films that are made using "uniqueness of vision" and an "economy of means."
This year's nominations recognized a number of movies and individual performances that have been gaining Oscar buzz, including Elizabeth Olsen's role as a former cult member in "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and Alexander Payne's directorial work on George Clooney vehicle "The Descendents."
The films that made the greatest splash were "Beginners," "Take Shelter" and "Drive," which each scored four nominations. Cancer comedy "50/50" earned an impressive three nominations for Best Feature, Best First Screenplay, and for Anjelica Huston in the Best Supporting Female category. »
- Sarah Crow
It's not even December, but awards season has officially with the handing out of awards. Last night, the Gotham Independent Film Awards had a tie for Best Feature Film with Mike Mills' Beginners and Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life taking the top prize. Other winners last night included Breakthrough Director for Dee Rees (Pariah), Breakthrough Actor for Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), Best Documentary for Better This World and Best Ensemble for Beginners. While the Gotham isn't a bellwether of how the Oscar race will shake out, it can give an indie picture a welcome boost. Best Feature winners from the past several years include Frozen River, Winter's Bone, and eventual Best Picture Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker. Hopefully, the Gothams have given Beginners and Pariah some awards season momentum (I think The Tree of Life is already on everyone's radar in terms of awareness). Hit the jump for the full press release. »
- Matt Goldberg
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