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Just about every film at Sundance is a world premiere. So why is there a "Premieres" section, and how is it different than the Competition or the Spotlight or the New Frontiers or the Next or...okay, I think that's all of them. Sundance describes Premieres as "a showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors" and Documentary Premieres as "about big subjects or by master filmmakers that showcase the power of the form."
Basically, what it really means is here's where you find the attention-grabbers at Sundance. These are the big honking movies, the movies featuring Hollywood directors and talent coming down from their Valhalla of craft services and video village to get their hands dirty with the independents. These are the movies that have the biggest red carpets and the majority of the press coverage (see this post).
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- Matt Singer
With the premiere line-up announced for Sundance Film Festival 2012 yesterday, we get news that a batch of much-anticipated indies will be making their debut. With the announcement, we also have first look images at a number of high-profile features. First up is the next film from Josh Radnor, whose Happythankyoumoreplease grabbed the audience award at Sundance back in 2010. Liberal Arts stars Elizabeth Olsen, who lit up last year’s fest with Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House. She stars alongside Radnor, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, and Elizabeth Reaser. Check out a still above and one below.
When 30-something Jesse is invited back to his alma mater, he falls for a 19-year-old college student and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them.
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Elizabeth Olsen, this year's Sundance darling (or one of them anyway) is returning to Park City to prove she wasn't just a one hit wonder, with another indie aiming to turn heads. She toplines "How I Met Your Mother" actor Josh Radnor's sophomore feature "Liberal Arts." This time around, the director of "Happythankyoumoreplease" will tell the story of a 35-year-old man (Radnor) who can’t leave his college life behind as he comes to grips with the responsibilities of adulthood. Olsen will play Zibby, a 19 year-old college student who falls for Jesse over their mutual love of music and literature, but their difference in age starts to get in the way as Jesse moves farther away from a hedonistic lifestyle. Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro and Elizabeth Reaser round out the cast. Also headed to Utah is "Goats." An adaptation of Mark Jude Poirier's 2000 novel of the same name, »
Following the two initial line-up announcements for Sundance Film Festival 2012, we have the slate for their premiere section. These are usually the top-class of recognizable names in the indie world, whereas the rest of the line-up is gear more for discovery. Some of the big titles include Spike Lee‘s Red Hook Summer, Julie Delpy‘s 2 Days in New York, Kirsten Dunst‘s drama/comedy Bachelorette, as well as Josh Radnor‘s Happythankyoumoreplease follow-up Liberal Arts and the next film from the director of Buried; two films from directors who made initial splashes at Sundance. I’m also greatly looking forward to the next film from Man on Wire and Project Nim director James Marsh, which stars Clive Owen, as well as a new film from Stephen Frears. Check out the full list below.
A showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors. »
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Getty Images The marquee of the Egyptian Theater announces the Sundance Film Festival.
The films will open in the fest’s out of competition Premieres section and feature A-list heavy casts that include the likes of Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Chris Rock. Such films are perfect for Sundance’s out-of-competition screenings, which help draw attention to the festival »
- Michelle Kung
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Shame, The Lady & Coriolanus.
With the Christmas holiday soon to hit, a string of smaller flicks are set to open in limited release this Friday. A sex addict will battle his demons while facing off against a vengeance-seeking Shakespearean hero, and a world-changing real-life heroine. But if these releases won’t satisfy your thirst for history, Shakespeare, and drama, we’ve got you covered with some stellar selects that are Now Streaming.
Lonely leads seek sex, love and solace in these steamy dramas:
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#36. Liberal Arts - Josh Radnor Invited to the 2010 festival with his debut film HappyThankYouMorePlease, my guess is programmers might send out a second invite for Josh Radnor's sophomore film because of the lead actress who stars alongside Radnor. Liberal Arts is toplined by Elizabeth Olsen who became a part of Sundance's history because of her breakout perf in Martha Marcy May Marlene -- during the fest she'll be mentally preparing for the Indie Spirits. Expect a Premieres section showing. Hyde Park Int. is the sales rep. Gist: This centers on a 35 year-old (Radnor), still yearning for the life of a college student, who must come to terms with his age and responsibilities. Olsen plays a 19-year-old college student who falls for Radnor’s character over a shared love of music and literature. She wants to make it work with the man but her immaturity makes it impossible for her to see the obvious obstacles. »
Ashok Amritraj.s Hyde Park International has picked up international rights to Josh Radnor.s Liberal Arts. Radnor wrote, directed and stars in this light-hearted drama with an ensemble cast that includes Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney and Zac Efron. Hpi.s president Ruzanna Kegeyan will be spearheading sales on the project at the upcoming American Film Market.
The film centers on Jesse Fisher (Radnor) who, after returning to his alma mater for a professor.s retirement dinner, discovers that life is passing him by. He falls for a 19-year-old coed (Olsen), and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them.
Hyde Park International has become one of the most important foreign sales companies in the world and is a permanent fixture at Cannes, »
- Michelle McCue
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: A comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher (Diaz) who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague — a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher.
The Buzz: Nope, no buzz. No competition here. Bad Teacher could (or should) be Diaz’ swan song as a sex symbol, she’s just not looking the part these days. Director Jake Kasdan does have some reputable directorial chops, most notably five episodes of Freaks and Geeks, but this looks to be just another lukewarm comedy. A weak cast and a weak premise will probably doom this film at the box office. »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
We have a brand new exclusive clip from the upcoming home video release Happythankyoumoreplease, which hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 21. Click on the video player below to watch a scene with Josh Radnor telling Michael Algieri why it's wrong to hit people.
Click to watch Exclusive: Deleted Scene - I Trust You!
On his way to meeting his publisher, aspiring novelist Sam Wexler (Josh Radnor) meets Rasheen, a young boy separated from his family on the subway. When Rasheen refuses to be left alone with social services, Sam learns the boy has already been in six previous homes and impulsively agrees to let the boy stay with him for a couple days. Dropped into Sam's chaotic, bachelor lifestyle, Rasheen is introduced to Sam's circle of friends: Annie (Malin Akerman, The Proposal) who has a habit of dating the wrong men, but finds a promising new suitor (Tony Hale, Arrested Development), Mary-Catherine (Zoe Kazan, »
Once you've established yourself as a star of one of the most successful TV series in recent history ever, it's time to kick back, relax and bask in the glow of having officially "made it" in Hollywood -- right?
Radnor's directorial debut, "Happythankyoumoreplease" (on DVD and Blu-ray today), is an indie dramedy that follows a group of Manhattanites dangerously close to turning 30. There's Sam, the struggling writer (Radnor) who "adopts" a runaway boy he finds on the subway, his Bff Annie (Malin Akerman), an Alopecia-stricken young woman who chooses the wrong men, and Mississippi (Kate Mara), a cabaret singer/bartender just trying to make it while keeping her heart in one piece.
None of this »
- Elizabeth Durand
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 Matt Damon & Emily Blunt star in The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Ed helms & John C. Reilly star in Cedar Rapids – Super Awesome Edition (2011) Uma Thurman & Michael Angarano star in Max Winkler’s Ceremony (2011) Zachary Gordon stars in Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules – Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (2011) Channing Tatum & Jamie Bell star in the gladiator adventure The Eagle – Unrated Edition (2011) Ghost In The Shell: S.A.C. 2Nd Cig – Individual Eleven (2005) Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – The Laughing Man (2005) Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society (2006) Josh Radnor & Kate Mara star in Happythankyoumoreplease (2010) Ewan McGregor & Scarlett Johansson star in The Island (2005) Dolph Lundgren directs and stars in The Killing Machine (2010) Ralph Meeker & Cloris Leachman star in Kiss Me Deadly – Criterion Collection (1955) Jackie Chan & Claire Forlani star in Gordan Chan’s The Medallion »
- Travis Keune
At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a handful of projects that are moments away from lensing and that we feel are worth signaling out. This June, we are keeping tabs on nine projects including the untitled, aka The Master from master filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. A View from the Bridge Director: Robert Connolly - Screenwriter: Andrew Bovell Producer(s): Anthony Lapaglia, Marion Pilowsky, Natalie Stevenson Cast: Vera Farmiga, Mia Wasikowska, Sam Neill, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Lapaglia Filming in New York and Melbourne, Australia Comments: Aussie-born actor Anthony Lapaglia wears the producer hat, returns to a character that is familiar to him: the jealousy husband/father in a 1950's New York borough. The helmer behind the Tiff selected Balibo directs this Arthur Miller play which was the basis for Kazan's On the Waterfront. Farmiga will look great in the eras' garb. Ray Lawrence was originally attached to direct. »
Allison Janney will portray a frigid English professor in this new indie, which centers on Josh Radnor's character, a 35-year-old man who still wishes he was in college. We reported back in March that Elizabeth Olsen will portray a young coed who falls for Josh Radnor's character. Richard Jenkins and Elizabeth Reaser also star in Liberal Arts.
Josh Radnor will direct from his own screenplay, with filming set to begin this summer in Ohio. The college campus scenes will be filmed at Kenyon College, which both Allison Janney and Josh Radnor attended.
Don’t panic, film fans: that reliably ace character actor is not planning to ditch performing for the academic life. Richard Jenkins has signed on to co-star in HappyThankYouMorePlease writer/actor/ director Josh Radnor’s next triple-threat indie project, Liberal Arts. Radnor, usually to be found playing the vaguely annoying central character Ted on TV’s How I Met Your Mother, has already nabbed Sundance breakout star Elizabeth Olsen to star in the story of Jesse, a 35-year-old man (Radnor) who goes back to his old college and wins the interest of a 19-year-old student named Zibby. (Really? Zibby? Okaaay…)Jenkins, who also appeared in Radnor’s last pic, is on to play the main character’s favourite college professor, who helps introduce the pair.Also jumping aboard are Twilight’s Elizabeth Reaser, My Soul to Take’s John Magaro, and Michael Weston, who was last seen on the big screen in Gamer. »
The latest addition to the cast of Dexter's sixth season is a great one: Edward James Olmos has signed on to play "a brilliant, charismatic professor of religious studies." Colin Hanks and Mos Def are other recent additions  to the core cast of the show, which begins shooting on May 25 and will premiere in the fall, likely in mid to late September. Being the definition of a good sport, Mr. Olmos tweeted  right after the news broke: "It's true... I'm coming for you Dexter...." [Deadline ] After the break, the ever-great Richard Jenkins joins Elizabeth Olson in an indie, and we catch up with the extensive casting of Crooked House. Adding Richard Jenkins to the cast of a film is nearly a surefire way to get me to see it, no matter what the subject matter may be. The latest project to bring his talent to bear is Liberal Arts, the second »
- Russ Fischer
They previously worked together on his Sundance selected directorial debut HappyThankYouMorePlease, and now director Josh Radnor and actor Richard Jenkins (Let Me In, Step Brothers) will reunite for another indie. Variety reports Jenkins has joined the cast of Liberal Arts alongside much buzzed about Sundance starlet Elizabeth Olsen. Radnor is also writing and starring in the indie romance which will see him playing Jesse Fisher, a 35-year-old admissions worker at a Gotham college who visits his liberal arts alma mater in Ohio where a 19-year-old student named Zibby (Olsen) tries to romance him. Jenkins will play Jesse's favorite college professor who introduces Jesse to Zibby's family at his retirement party. In addition, John Magaro (Assassination of a High School President), Michael Weston (Garden State) and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) have also joined the cast. Magaro will play a depressed college student who befriends Jesse, while »
- Ethan Anderton
"HappyThankYouMorePlease" star/director Josh Radnor plays Jesse Fisher, a 35-year-old admissions worker at a Gotham college who visits his liberal arts alma mater in Ohio where a 19-year-old student named Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) tries to romance him.
Jenkins will play Jesse's favorite college professor who introduces Jesse to Zibby's family, Magaro will play a depressed college student who befriends Jesse, Weston will play one of his NYC friends, and Reaser will play a bookstore employee and potential love interest for Jesse.
Radnor wrote the script while Jesse Hara is producing. Shooting kicks off in June. »
- Garth Franklin
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its jurors who will be choosing the winning films, filmmakers and actors from the six competitive Festival categories. The thirty-eight jurors consist of award-winning filmmakers, screenwriters and notorious actors such as Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Cera. Winners will be announced at the Tff Awards Night ceremony on April 28, which will be hosted by Gideon Yago and streamed live on TribecaFilm.com. Below is the press release from Tribeca.
Please visit www.tribecafilm.com for more details. The 2011 Festival runs from April 20 – May 1.
2011 Tribeca Film Festival Jury Announced
David O. Russell, David Gordon Green, Dianne Wiest, Souleymane Cissé, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Rainn Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Denis Leary,Atom Egoyan and Fran Lebowitz are Among the 38 Festival Jurors
New York, NY – April 18, 2010 – The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express, the Founding Sponsor of the Festival, today announced its jurors »
- Christopher Clemente
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: David O. Russell, Nora Ephron, Rainn Wilson, Paul Dano, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Whoopi Goldberg and Dianne Wiest are some of the celebrity names added to the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Jury, announced today.
The jurors have been divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in those categories at the Tff Awards Night ceremony on April 28.
The 2011 Festival runs from April 20 – May 1.
“This year’s jury is made up of a range of accomplished individuals in their respective fields, bringing a fresh and well-rounded perspective,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. “It’s an honor to have a jury of such caliber watching and discussing the films in competition this year.”
Following is a list of all 2011 Festival jurors and their respective categories.
World Competition Categories:
The jurors for the 2011 World Narrative Competition »
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