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Sundance’s Spotlight section works as a sampling of quality items that dug their knees in the sand of the Croisette, or hit the asphalt payment in Toronto. It’s an acknowledgment of U.S film distributors (in this case: Radius-twc, Magnolia, Music Box Films, A24, Sony Pictures Classics, Strand Releasing) who’ve all contributed to my favorite disease – one that is called cinephilia. It’s also a look into 2014 – which is when they’ll be unveiled theatrically. And finally, it’s a way in which to receive the extended Sundance family once again such as Richard Ayoade (preemed his debut feautre here – Submarine) and Jeremy Saulnier (was at the fest as a cinematographer for Matthew Porterfield’s I Used to Be Darker). Here are the eight selections:
Blue Ruin / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier) — A mysterious outsider’s quiet life turns upside down when he returns »
- Eric Lavallee
Past the Bonfire of the Exes and Mount Amazon, take a shortcut through The Atwoods, avoiding the Reef of Pretension and the Twitter whirlpool – the picture above is a map of the modern writer’s mind. It was drawn by Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine, who is one of 16 high-profile contributors to Where You Are. A box-set of “personal maps” by Alain de Botton, Tao Lin, Adam Thirlwell and Olafur Eliasson among others, it will be published by Visual Editions in December; an interactive website is live now at www.where-you-are.com. »
StudioCanal describe The Double as “an idiosyncratic adaptation of Dostoevsky’s celebrated novella, switching the action from 19thcentury Russia to a surrealist modern-day America.”
The film played in competition at the London Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Benny & Jolene will receive its UK premiere at the Loco London Comedy Film Festival in January 2014 and will be released theatrically in the UK by Verve in the spring.
The film centres on an up-and-coming folk duo, with 19-year-old Jolene having trouble convincing writing partner Benny to go more commercial.
Adams directs from his own script and also serves as producer alongside executive producer Jon Rennie.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
In the latest bit of casting for the much anticipated sequel to 21 Jump Street - appropriately titled 22 Jump Street - it has been announced that Submarine star and one time Tracy Beaker goth Craig Roberts will join Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube in the college comedy.
Although it is presumed that Roberts will be in a supporting role, it's a treat to see a young and talented British actor breaking Hollywood at such an early age. Roberts has recently wrapped on his reunion with Richard Ayaode in The Double, and the Nicholas Stoller-directed Neighbors alongside Zac Efron and Seth Rogen.
22 Jump Street will open on 13th June 2014 and will find Jonah Hill (Superbad, Moneyball) and Channing Tatum (Side Effects, Magic Mike) returning as Jenko and Schmidt in order to infiltrate a college. Craig Roberts, Wyatt Russell and Ice Cube all support, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing once again. »
- Gary Collinson
Just a few days after Russell Crowe's latest project "Fathers And Daughters" was announced, he now has a co-lead. Amanda Seyfried will reteam with her "Les Miserables" co-star in the time-spanning tale will follow a novelist and widow in the past, who struggles to raise his 5 year-old daughter while he battles mental illness. The movie will also catch up 30 years later with daughter, now in the present day, as she tries to reconcile with the difficult childhood. Seyfried will play that latter role in the Gabriele Muccino ("The Pursuit Of Happyness," "Seven Pounds") directed film. No word yet on a start date, but you can read the director's own special statement about the movie in Italian right here. [Variety] "Submarine" star Craig Roberts hasn't yet made a big splash in an American production, but this should help. The Brit actor has joined "22 Jump Street" with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
22 Jump Street
Aneurin Barnard ("The White Queen") has been cast in George Mendeluk's new drama "The Devil’s Harvest" alongside Ben Kingsley, Terence Stamp, Max Irons and Samantha Barks. Shooting is currently underway in Romania and Ukraine.
Barnard will play Mykola in the story which follows a young man growing up in rural Ukraine who finds his life changed forever by the invasion of the Red Army and the subsequent persecution of his fellow countrymen as Stalin’s regime extends into Eastern Europe. [Source: Deadline]
Australian actress Melissa Bergland ("Winners »
- Garth Franklin
Whereas many know Richard Ayoade for portraying the board game-reviewing computer geek Maurice Moss in Channel 4′s The It Crowd (‘Four! I mean, five! I mean, fire!’), less people know that he was BAFTA-nominated for his critically-acclaimed 2010 directorial debut Submarine. Now, Ayoade’s second film The Double, which he directed and co-wrote (alongside Avi Korine, brother of Harmony), has been picked up for release in the Us by Magnolia Pictures. The independent film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last month to some great reviews.
The Double stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska and is based on Dostoyevsky’s novella ‘The Double: A Petersburg Poem’. In the story, Simon (Eisenberg) begins to lose his mind after he finds that a doppelgänger has taken over his life. Even more infuriatingly, his copy is better than him in every way – the man he can only dream of being.
- Tom Durbin
The now 22 year old star of Richard Ayoade’s feature film directorial debut – Submarine (2010) – will join returning stars Tatum, Hill and Ice Cube, in his most commercial project to date. Details of his role – and indeed the plot of the film – are being kept tightly under wraps, although filming is reported to have already begun, with Wyatt Russell also in a supporting role.
22 Jump Street is the continuation of the story of two police officers specializing in investigations relating to young people. Each officer is selected for the squad because their youthful appearance allows them to pass themselves off as high school or college students – making undercover operations possible. 21 Jump Street was based on the popular TV series of the same name, which ran »
- Sarah Myles
• Director Oliver Stone (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) has confirmed that he and Jamie Foxx are officially moving forward with plans to make an authorized biopic of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life story. Warner Bros. and DreamWorks will distribute the film, which, according to The Wrap, is being produced by Steven Spielberg. [Wall Street Journal]
• David Oyelowo (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Kate Mara (House of Cards) will star in Bn Films’ upcoming true-life thriller Captive. The plot of the film is based on actual events that took place in Atlanta on March 11, 2005, when Brian Nichols broke out of a courthouse jail »
- Pamela Gocobachi
With shooting already underway on 22 Jump Street, the sequel – lest there be any doubt – to 21 Jump Street, the cast is filling out. The latest recruit for the film is Submarine’s Craig Roberts.22 Jump Street reunites Channing Tatum’s Jenko and Jonah Hill’s Schmidt as the undercover cops move on to their next mission: cracking a crime ring within a college fraternity. The new gig will test the limits of the central pair’s friendship once again as Jenko finds new bonds with the frat brothers (including Wyatt Russell) and Schmidt feels threatened. Roberts is set to play a character named Spencer.He’s joining a cast that also include Ice Cube back as Captain Dickson, Jimmy Tatro, Kurt Krause and Joe Chrest. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are once more directing, working this time from a script by Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman and Michael Bacall. Since hitting a lot of radars with Submarine, »
Life’s been rather good to 22 year-old Craig Roberts. After impressing in Richard Ayoade’s 2010 indie comedy, Submarine, the Welsh actor has been earning his stripes on both the big and small screen. However, he now has cause for even bigger celebration after being added to the cast of highly anticipated sequel, 22 Jump Street.
Although plot details are sparse, we know Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will be going undercover once more, this time at college. The young actor is reportedly set to play a supporting character called Spencer who, alongside Wyatt Russell (son of Kurt and Goldie Hawn), would be safe to assume is a student the cops come across whilst returning to education.
With 21 Jump Street raking in a worldwide gross of over $202 million, this is a significant move for Roberts that will see him becoming far more recognisable to mainstream audiences alongside his upcoming work in Nicholas Stoller’s ensemble comedy, »
- Emma Thrower
Briefly: Filming of the action comedy sequel 22 Jump Street is already underway with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reprising their characters from 21 Jump Street, the adaptation of the TV series. Ice Cube is also back as their loud, grumpy captain, and now we have word on a new cast member. THR reports Submarine lead Craig Roberts has joined the sequel as a character named Spencer, likely a fellow college student as Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) are now undercover at a university. In addition, Kurt Russell's son Wyatt Russell will also have a supporting role. No plot details have surfaced yet, but the film arrives June 13th, 2014 next summer with the first film's directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the helm again. »
- Ethan Anderton
Craig Roberts has signed up to star in 22 Jump Street.
The Submarine actor will appear in a supporting role in the upcoming comedy action sequel, states The Hollywood Reporter.
Little is known about his character, other than that he is named Spencer.
22 Jump Street will open on June 6, 2014 in the UK and June 13 in the Us. »
Craig Roberts, who starred in Richard Ayoade's 2010 coming-of-age film Submarine, has joined 22 Jump Street in a supporting role. Sony's comedy sequel sees the return of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as cops who go undercover, this time pretending to be college students. Roberts will play a character named Spencer. Photos: Showbiz Kids: 17 of Hollywood's Most Famous Offspring Phil Lord and Chris Miller are back in the directors' chairs for the project, which is currently shooting. Ice Cube also is reprising his role, and Wyatt Russell, son of Kurt Russell, will appear in a supporting role.
- Rebecca Ford, Tatiana Siegel
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired Us rights to The Double, the new film directed and co-written by Richard Ayoade (Submarine), starring Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre).
A darkly funny and moving dystopian vision loosely based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Double boasts a terrific supporting cast, including Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts and Paddy Considine. Co-written by Avi Korine, The Double was produced by Amina Dasmal and Robin Fox, with executive producers Michael Caine, Graeme Cox, Tessa Ross and Nigel Williams. It bowed to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival last month.
Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid, isolated man who's overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams (Wasikowska). The arrival of a new co-worker, James »
We're happy to report some fantastic news about one of our favorite indie films from this year's Toronto Film Festival. The second feature directed by Richard Ayoade, titled The Double, has just been acquired for Us release by Magnolia Pictures. The indie distributor just made the announcement today, saying "we're thrilled to announce that we have acquired The Double! Starring Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) & Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre) and Directed & Co-Written by Richard Ayoade (Submarine)." The film will undoubtedly earn a cult following and earned quite a bit of praise (our review) at Tiff just last month. For reference, here's the first Tiff teaser trailer for The Double that originally came out during the festival: The Double is directed by Richard Ayoade (watch our Tiff interview with him here), who co-write the script with Avi Korine (brother of Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine), based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Double: A Petersburg Poem. »
- Alex Billington
Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Richard Ayoade's follow-up to "Submarine," "The Double," starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. The company plans to release it in 2014. Here's the synopsis per Magnolia:Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid, isolated man who’s overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams (Wasikowska). The arrival of a new co-worker, James (also played by Eisenberg), serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.Read More: Indiewire Reviews 'The Double' "'The Double' is an incredibly assured, confident and visionary film. Richard Ayoade is a talent to be reckoned with," said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. "He firmly establishes himself as an dynamic and important auteur with this uncannily entertaining, stylish and compulsively watchable film. »
You’ve probably heard a fair bit about this one, and now you get to know what company to pay attention to for all your The Double needs. The film has managed some great press following Tiff, and if Jesse Eisenberg wasn’t enough, writer/director Richard Ayoade is finally getting enough attention that people are curious to see what he’s doing with this one.
Unfortunately, we don’t get a lot of information about release, but this is one to keep your eyes on. If Submarine is anything to go by (which I loved), and if the full cast does even a small percentage of what they are capable of, this is going to be on your top list of 2014.
Photo Cr: Dean Rogers
- Marc Eastman
Richard Ayoade’s The Double is one of the best films I've seen this year. Jesse Eisenberg stars as a beleaguered office drone whose life is made even worse when he meets a man who shares his appearance but has the exact opposite personality. The film is darkly comic, beautifully shot, quite witty, and captivating from start to finish. I was a little surprised the movie wasn’t acquired straight out of the Toronto International Film Festival, but thankfully it has now found distribution. Magnolia Pictures has announced they’ve picked up the U.S. rights, and are looking to release the film in 2014. Be sure to keep this flick on your radar. Hit the jump for the press release. The Double also stars Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy Considine. Here's the press release: »
- Matt Goldberg
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