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*Updated* This April, genre fans have a lot of interesting films arriving on VOD and Digital Platforms to look forward to, including the highly-anticipated directorial debut from Ryan Gosling, Lost River, which Warner Bros. is set to release on the 10th.
The very same day, IFC Films is debuting the latest from filmmaker John McNaughton- The Harvest- who is the same visionary behind the visceral cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer starring Michael Rooker. FilmBuff will also be busy on April 10th as they’re releasing The Reconstruction of William Zero, an indie sci-fi thriller starring Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture), Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead), Aj Bowen (You're Next), and newcomer Conal Byrne.
April is also chock-full of genre entertainment choices from Uncork’d Entertainment and we’ve also got several indie horror titles making their way to digital as well including the latest from Dark Sky Films, »
- Heather Wixson
Lena Dunham needs to change her outfit. On a recent Saturday afternoon, the star and executive producer of “Girls” slips out of a hip pantsuit from her Variety cover shoot, and dons a comfortable jacket. The denim coat is as colorful as Dunham herself, the back festooned with ’90s pop-culture icons (a Furby) and other whimsical objects, like a pair of women’s underwear with an anarchist punk saying, “No Masters,” in pink lettering. “I think it’s my best fashion garment,” she says, confiding that she purchased it from one of her Instagram followers. “You may notice it’s covered in aggressive female symbols. My boyfriend tried to steal it, and I was like, ‘Back off!’ ”
Dunham, 28, isn’t just the face of “Girls,” she’s also an out-and-proud feminist — a trait passed down from her mother, photographer Laurie Simmons — and a practitioner of “Lean In,” the Sheryl Sandberg »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Robert Kirkman's All Out War story arc from The Walking Dead comic book series packs the panels with blood-soaked action, but it also features intriguing characters aplenty, and the folks at Diamond Select Toys have captured some of the characters from All Out War and other memorable story lines with The Walking Dead Minimates Series 7, including Rick, Jesus, and Negan. In our latest round-up, we also take a look at the respective trailers and release details for The Reconstruction of William Zero and The Dead Lands.
"A Diamond Select Toys release! The newest series of Walking Dead Minimates is here, and this time it’s war! Featuring characters from more recent issues of the hit comic book series, this assortment »
- Derek Anderson
The SXSW Film Festival has always been a launching pad for women in Hollywood — it’s where Lena Dunham premiered “Tiny Furniture” in 2010, and “Girls” in 2012; where 2011’s “Bridesmaids” debuted; and where Brie Larson became a star in 2013’s “Short Term 12.”
But this year’s SXSW had more girl power than ever before, from the female-driven comedies “Trainwreck” and “Spy,” to the work of breakout directors like Hannah Fidell (“6 Years”) and Shannon Sun-Higginson (“Gtfo: A Documentary About Women in Gaming”). As Hollywood still has a weak track record of putting women in front of and behind the camera — last year, women directors made only 4.6% of studio films — it’s still a question if emerging talent at festivals like SXSW and Sundance can cross over into the mainstream. “Since the industry is run by men, men have a tendency to want to make stories about themselves,” Sally Field told Variety. »
- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang, Joe Leydon and Dennis Harvey
“Monogamy isn’t realistic” says a soon-to-be-divorced dad to his two pre-teen daughters in an early scene from Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck.” Two decades later, those words have taken their toll on one of those erstwhile little girls — a tart-tongued, booze-swilling serial dater (writer-star Amy Schumer) whose love life is barreling downhill with ever-increasing velocity. She’s the screwed-up, screwball heroine at the center of a somewhat shaggy, frequently hilarious romantic comedy that, like much of Apatow’s best work, delicately balances irreverent raunch with candid insights into the give-and-take of grown-up relationships. The change in scenery (New York from L.A.) and gender emphases serves Apatow well, as does Schumer’s excitingly original comic voice, which should spell a critical and commercial rebound for the comedy impresario, following the mixed fortunes of his more sober, semi-autobiographical “Funny People” and “This Is 40.” The Universal release opens wide July 17 following »
- Scott Foundas
With 145 total films on tap, including 100 world premieres drawn from a record 2,385 feature-length submissions, SXSW Film is offering a massive slate in 2015, with selections ranging from big studio comedies to microbudget indies, music docs, political docs and episodic TV.
It’s almost too bad that wasn’t the plan.
“We were not intending to increase the number of films,” says SXSW Film head Janet Pierson. “We were literally trying to do the opposite.”
Arriving midway between SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, the Austin, Texas, film fest has always been both enriched and complicated by the frenzied atmosphere surrounding it.
The fest has served as a launchpad for a plethora of films ranging from “Short Term 12” to “Chef,” “Tiny Furniture,” “Bridesmaids,” “Monsters” and Oscar-winning docu “Undefeated.” But with nearly infinite distractions around town — including the countless peripheral events unaffiliated with SXSW proper — simply making sure that the films on display »
- Andrew Barker
This story first appeared in the March 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 1. A Legit Marketplace Universal acquisitions exec Lakshmi Iyengar, who spearheaded the purchase of The Witch at Sundance this year, says buyers now view the Austin festival as a viable platform. Past sales have included 2013's Short Term 12, which went to Cinedigm, and Lena Dunham's career-launching Tiny Furniture, which IFC acquired in 2010. With 150 films screening — many without distribution — the odds of sales are better than ever. 2. You Need a Laugh, Studios Need a Hit SXSW's rowdy audience responses have
- Seth Abramovitch
Read More: What to Expect From PaleyFest La: Complete 2015 Panel Guide from 'Homeland' to 'Outlander' Now halfway through its fourth season on HBO, the ever-controversial "Girls" drew crowds of fans for a screening of its newest episode and panel discussion at this year's PaleyFest. In attendance were executive producers Judd Apatow, Ilene S. Landress, Jenni Konner, and Bruce Eric Kaplan, as well as cast members Allison Williams (Marnie), Andrew Rannells (Elijah), Alex Karpovsky (Ray), and of course, the auteur and creative force driving it all, Lena Dunham (Hannah). Judd Apatow moderated the hour-long post-screening panel discussion, which covered a range of topics from politics to "I stopped looking at my own twitter."Apatow opened the discussion by addressing Lena Dunham's relatively quick rise to fame, following the critical acclaim of her first feature "Tiny Furniture" prior to her work on "Girls." When asked about her »
- Ana Souza
Read More: What to Expect From PaleyFest La: Complete 2015 Panel Guide from 'Homeland' to 'Outlander' Now halfway through its fourth season on HBO, the ever-controversial "Girls" drew crowds of fans for a screening of its newest episode and panel discussion at this year's PaleyFest. In attendance were executive producers Judd Apatow, Ilene S. Landress, Jenni Konner, and Bruce Eric Kaplan, as well as cast members Allison Williams (Marnie), Andrew Rannells (Elijah), Alex Karpovsky (Ray), and of course, the auteur and creative force driving it all, Lena Dunham (Hannah). Judd Apatow moderated the hour-long post-screening panel discussion, which covered a range of topics from politics to "I stopped looking at my own twitter."Apatow opened the discussion by addressing Lena Dunham's relatively quick rise to fame, following the critical acclaim of her first feature "Tiny Furniture" prior to her work on "Girls." When asked about her...
- Ana Souza
In Lena Dunham's first book, "Not That Kind of Girl," which debuted at number two on the bestseller list last October, she describes her sister, Grace, coming out so nonchalantly that Lena began to sob. "Not because I didn't want her to be gay—in truth, it worked perfectly with my embarrassing image of myself as the quirkiest girl on the block," she writes. "No, I was crying because I was suddenly flooded with an understanding of how little I really knew about her... inner life." Dunham's still the quirkiest girl on television's block, but her quest for understanding now features sidelines of various shapes and sizes. After four seasons as the series' driving force, Lena Dunham's creative universe reaches far beyond HBO's "Girls." The headline-making polymath, who came to prominence with her precise, unsparing depiction of post-college life, "Tiny Furniture," is unafraid of the splashy gig or the passion project, »
- Matt Brennan
Director: Lance Edmands
Running time: 90 minutes
Synopsis: In the northern reaches of Maine, a local school bus driver becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, and fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous consequences.
The gloves are off (mind the frostbite) and we’re playing the blame game in this small town community drama from first time feature director Lance Edmands. When kind, calm school bus driver Lesley (Amy Morton) accidentally leaves a young boy sleeping overnight on her bus in freezing conditions, the future of her and her family becomes uncertain as questions are asked of her character and negligence.
The small town stereotypes are out in their droves but if you »
- Victoria Bull
★★★★☆ Neurotic self-analysis and a growing sense of entitlement have become a staple of the New York comedy scene. From Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979) to Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture (2010) the city that never sleeps would appears to be tossing-and-turning over a deep-seated sense of insecurity. Desiree Akhavan (creator of the cult web series The Slope) is the latest voice for these hordes of irreverent twentysomethings with Appropriate Behaviour (2014) an endearingly frank, and bittersweet self-portrait of life as a bi-sexual Iranian-American Brooklynite. "The best way to get over someone is to get under someone else."
- CineVue UK
Ioncinema.com’s In the Pipeline is a monthly in-depth conversation about the decision making and creative process surrounding American independent film productions. It features first-time filmmakers who are moments from yelling “cut” or somewhere in post-production bliss. This month, we feature: Lance Edmands. Originally published January 24th, 2011; Factory 25 releases Bluebird in theatres Friday, February 27th.
If you live there, you know Maine is much more than just lobsters and lighthouses. Filmmaker, Lance Edmands, is going to introduce the rest of us to the local side of his home state in his feature film debut, Bluebird. Set in a small Maine town, it’s about a school bus driver who accidentally locks a young boy in a school bus on a cold winter night. The boy is taken to the hospital the next day. The story follows the aftermath of this tragedy and how it affects and changes the families involved. »
- Nicole Emanuele
Editor's note: David Carr, the New York Times' indefatigable media reporter, passed away suddenly last night in the Times newsroom. Moments earlier, Carr had moderated a conversation with Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras about the Oscar-nominated documentary "Citizenfour." It was hardly the first time Carr's career entered the arena of the movies. The energetic, raspy-voiced writer launched the Times' popular "Carpetbagger" feature, which continues to distinguish its awards season coverage, and became a frequent presence on the film festival circuit. In 2010, Carr was one of the first journalists from a mainstream outlet to write about Lena Dunham after "Tiny Furniture" won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival. Later, he brought her to the attention of Judd Apatow, effectively paving the way for HBO's hit show "Girls." But in addition to covering the movies, Carr was actually the star of one. Andrew Rossi's 2011 »
- Andrew Rossi
It’s been a bit of a long time coming for the indie film “Bluebird,” but it’s almost here. The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and we raved about it. The directorial debut of Lance Edmands (an editor who worked with Lena Dunham on “Tiny Furniture”), “Bluebird” boasts a terrific cast of character actors — including “Mad Men” star John Slattery and Adam Driver from “Girls” — but it's the women of the movie (Amy Morton, Tony-winner for “August: Osage County,” also George Clooney’s sister in “Up In The Air”; Louisa Krause, the bitchy, scene-stealing hotel clerk in "Young Adult"; and Emily Meade from "The Leftovers") who are the heart and soul of the story. All of them made our Artists To Watch list from the festival that year. And oh yeah, Margo Martindale co-stars and she's great too. The picture is terrific, a moody, well-observed meditation »
- Edward Davis
South by Southwest will host gala premieres next month of Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy,” Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart starrer “Get Hard,” Brian Wilson biopic “Love and Mercy” and Alex Gibney’s documentary “Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine.”
SXSW, now in its 22nd year in Austin, Texas, unveiled its features lineup Tuesday with 145 films to be shown between March 13 and 21, including 100 world premieres, 13 North American premieres and 11 U.S. premieres. The festival announced last month that the Russell Brand documentary “Brand: A Second Coming” would be the opening night title.
Other notable titles include Jamie Babbit’s “Fresno,” Shannon Sun-Higginson’s “Gtfo: Get The F% Out,” Larry Charles’ documentary “The Comedians,” Alex Winter’s “Deep Web,” Ryan Gosling’s “Lost River, »
- Dave McNary
In its second Sundance deal, newbie The Orchard is buying North American rights for about $2 million to Sundance Premiere title "Digging for Fire." (Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has international rights.) Co-written by Swanberg and his "Drinking Buddies" star Jake Johnson ("New Girl"), the 35 mm portrait of married Angelenos stars Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt tracks the anxious couple after they come across a bone and a gun. Produced by Swanberg, Alicia Van Couvering (Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture," Sundance 2015 title "Cop Car") and Johnson, the film is about how marriage should be "two individuals agreeing to be in a relationship, rather than two people melting into one thing," said Swanberg at the Sundance Q&A. According to Johnson, actors love working with Swanberg because he allows them to participate in the »
- Anne Thompson
It's a paradox. Independent films -- the kind that are often dramas or comedies about everyday people, rather than superheroes -- have all but vanished from theaters, which now show mostly popcorn action blockbusters. And yet, many of the filmmakers who used to make those indie movies have found a home on TV, where that same character-driven sensibility makes their work a critical and commercial success.
Exhibit A is surely Lena Dunham. Her 2010 movie "Tiny Furniture" never played in more than 21 theaters or sold as much as $400,000 in tickets, but her HBO series "Girls," which has a similar directorial and thematic approach, has made her a star.
In recent years, a number of her fellow indie directors and writers have made the same transition, from the art-house to your living room, mostly via premium cable or streaming outlets Netflix and Amazon. Alongside Dunham at HBO, there's Cary Joji Fukunaga ("True Detective »
- Gary Susman
Yesterday at the Sundance Film Festival, four of the funniest women in Hollywood — Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Kristen Wiig, and Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan — got together for a panel moderated by The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum. You may have already heard about the panel, since Dunham's jab at Woody Allen made the news once more, but focusing on that brief comment would do a disservice to all the other interesting things said onstage (not to mention all the good jokes). Here are nine other things we learned when these women had the spotlight.Movie studios still don't know what to do with female writers Hollywood courted Dunham after she made her indie Tiny Furniture, though they didn't have much to offer her: "I'd sit down in meetings with guys who were like, 'We loved your movie, it was so fresh, we've never seen anything like »
- Kyle Buchanan
Comedians Lena Dunham (Girls), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black, Weeds) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, SNL) spoke about women in television and film on Saturday (January 24) at the Serious Ladies panel.
New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum guided the panel through such topics as the rise of three-dimensional female characters, the different ways humour can eliminate stereotypes and the importance of sex within a narrative construct. The event was part of the Power Of Story series.
Female-driven series in television
After general references by the panel to the emergence of female-driven television series – Jill Soloway’s recent Golden Globe winner Transparent and Jane Campion’s Sundance 2013 selection Top Of The Lake arose as examples – Kohan turned to viewer demographics.
She cited the film industry’s catering to men aged 18-34 as a reason for the lack of strong female leads and television’s (seemingly) wider target audience for a more diverse »
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