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You gotta love Paul Rudd. The guy can make the most simple straight-laced types hilarious, and is possibly even better when playing guys that are just off the wall. Will he be more of the latter in the upcoming comedy My Idiot Brother? Judging from these new Dude-esque images that have just been released, I'd say probably. The film - directed by Jesse Peretz ("Important Things With Demetri Martin", The Chateau) with a script from Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall - also stars »
- George Merchan
While you're struggling to maintain your New Year's resolutions next month, Paul Rudd will be premiering his new comedy My Idiot Brother at the Sundance Film Festival. From director Jesse Peretz (Important Things With Demetri Martin), the new comedy features Rudd's deadbeat title character as he is passed back and forth between friends and relatives -- played by Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, Rashida Jones, Steve Coogan and Adam Scott -- all while rocking a look that can only be described as "The Dude in Summertime." Ahead the first images await your brilliant captions. »
My Idiot Brother will definitely be one of the big-deal premieres at next month's Sundance Film Festival, a comedy from director Jesse Peretz (Important Things With Demetri Martin) starring a huge lineup of talented actors, including Paul Rudd, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Bank, Rashida Jones, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Coogan, Adam Scott, Hugh Dancy and Emily Mortimer. Rudd plays the title character, on a trip visiting his various relatives and presumably getting into plenty of trouble, and while we saw a few set photos of him in costume while they were filming over the summer, none of them really equalled the new official images available at the Sundance press site. You can see them below to check out the normally handsome Rudd in all his bearded, tank-top-wearing, mirrored-shades-sporting glory. It's really a sight to behold, and no, it's not in danger of ruining my lifelong crush on Rudd, since I'm betting it'll »
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Sundance is less than a month away, and that means the festival’s website is now posting screening schedules and film synopses. For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to make it out to Utah this year, that just means we get a lot of pictures to look at while we wait to hear about what was good.
Here we get a few early stills from My Idiot Brother. Featuring a bearded Paul Rudd as the titular character, the film is directed by musician/music video director Jesse Peretz (The Ex), who spent last year directing episodes of the Comedy Central series Important Things with Demetri Martin.
Despite looking for the good in every situation and the best in every person, Ned always seems to find himself holding the short end of the stick—being conned into selling pot to a uniformed cop, »
- James Battaglia
One of the more eye-catching comedies playing at Sundance is My Idiot Brother, which stars Paul Rudd (and his beard) as Ned, a guy who is passed around between his three sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer) after he tries to get back on his feet in the wake of a string of foolish failures. That's the first image, above, and there's another after the break. Jesse Peretz directs from a script by Evgenia Peretz & David Schisgall. The core cast has me hooked, and then also appearing are Rashida Jones, T.J. Miller, Hugh Dancy, Adam Scott and Steve Coogan. Here's the synopsis from the Sundance website : Despite looking for the good in every situation and the best in every person, Ned always seems to find himself holding the short end of the stick—being conned into selling pot to a uniformed cop, being dumped by his girlfriend, and worse yet, »
- Russ Fischer
Universal Pictures just released this new movie trailer for the upcoming comedy “Your Highness” by director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Eastbound & Down) and starring Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Thor), Zooey Deschanel (My Idiot Brother), James Franco (127 Hours, Rise of the Apes) and Danny McBride (The Foot Fist Way, Land of the Lost, Tropic Thunder). Synopsis: Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. Danny McBride and James Franco [...] »
- Brian Corder
With things quieting down for the holidays and the Sundance Film Festival a few weeks from kicking off, I thought I'd feature some first look photos from a comedy playing at Sundance 2011. The film is called My Idiot Brother and is directed by musician / music video director Jesse Peretz, of The Château and The Ex previously who has been honing his skills directing episodes of "Important Things with Demetri Martin." The cast most importantly stars Paul Rudd, seen in the photos with bushy beard and all, as "an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters." We've got two photos from the film to check out (from Sundance). All we've got are these two shots for now, but follow the film on Twitter or visit their Facebook for updates. The rest of the cast, not seen in any photos yet (though I'm pretty damn sure that is Emily »
- Alex Billington
The update of the Sundance website every year brings with it the release of plenty of first looks at the latest batch of films set to premiere at the upcoming festival. This year is no different. First up is Jesse Peretz's indie-comedy "My Idiot Brother" which stars Paul Rudd as "an idealist dealing with his overbearing mother, who crashes into the homes of his three ambitious sisters and, in succession, brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc." There's a stellar supporting cast starring alongside Rudd with Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer… »
The 2011 Sundance Film Festival is fast approaching and if you can't make it to Utah yourself, the festival is bringing some of its highest profile films to a city near you. The largest and most important U.S. film festival will take place from January 20-30 in and around Park City, Utah and the selection of films this year is nothing short of remarkable. In competition there  are films like Michael Rapaport's Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life, and Vera Farmiga's Higher Ground, out of competition there  are films like Kevin Smith's Red State and Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and even the short film selections  have films with stars like Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Julia Stiles and Isabella Rossellini. And that's not even beginning to scratch the surface. All in all, over 200 brand new movies will be screening at the festival and, »
- Germain Lussier
The Sundance Institute has announced the films that will be screening as part of Sundance Film Festival USA.
On Thursday, January 27, 2011 nine different cities will screen films from the Sundance 2011 slate. The full list of titles and theaters involved in Sundance USA are listed below. Tickets are available through individual theater’s box office.
See the complete list of Sundance Film Festival competition titles here and out-of-competition titles here.
The festival will take place Jan. 20-30, 2011 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Sundance Film Festival USA
Win Win / U.S.A. — Ann Arbor, Mi — Michigan Theater | www.michtheater.org
Director and screenwriter: Tom McCarthy, based on the story by Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni — When a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach stumbles across a star athlete, things seem to be looking up. That is, until the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, »
- Jason Guerrasio
After announcing the 58 films in four categories that would be eligible for awards at Sundance, the film fest has now announced the next 57 movies to be screened this coming January. These 57 films are of course out of competition and will be included in Premieres, Next, Spotlight, New Frontiers and Midnight categories. Most are big name projects from already established filmmakers and some have already made their way around film festival in 2010. The list includes Kevin Smith’s Red State, Tom McCarthy’s Win Win, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Submarine, I Saw the Devil (which had plenty of buzz at Tiff) and my most anticipated film of 2011, Hobo With a Shotgun.
Here is the full list:
To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. »
Yesterday, the Sundance Film Festival team announced the titles that had made it to the list for competition during the event, which runs from 20-30 January next year. Today, it was the turn of those movies which will either be world premieres, or shown in the fest’s various other strands, including Park City At Midnight (which tends to spotlight more genre material) and Next (<=>), which focuses on low or no-budget filmmaking.Among the higher-profile movies arriving in the sections include the likes of Submarine, directed by The It Crowd’s Richard Ayoade, Cedar Rapids, starring Ed Helms, Perfect Sense, featuring Ewan McGregor and the Paul Rudd-starring comedy My Idiot Brother.And there also documentaries, with Morgan Spurlock’s new film, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, which looks into the world of branding and product placement. Can’t wait to see which company sponsors that screening…On the genre side of things, »
Following yesterday's announcement of the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions, the Sundance Film Festival has unveiled the second part of their lineup, which includes the more starry-eyed Premieres section, the best-of-fests Spotlight section, the sure-to-be-culty Park City at Midnight section, the low-budget Next section, and the more experimental New Frontier section (an extension of New Frontier Program, the collection of video art installations which has already been noted here for playing James Franco's dramatic multimedia examination of "Three's Company.")
In addition to the return of filmmakers like "Chuck & Buck"'s Miguel Arteta, "Clockwatchers" director Jill Sprecher, Kevin Smith and "The Station Agent"'s Thomas McCarthy to Park City, the festival will also welcome less frequent or first-time Sundance attendees such as Hollywood types Al Pacino ("Son of No One") and Tobey Maguire ("The Details") and mumblecore alums Joe Swanberg ("Uncle Kent," which announced it's been »
- Stephen Saito
On Thursday, Sundance released the rest of its line-up, the out-of-competition Feature and Documentary Premieres for 2011. While many reports on the competition sections complained that there were no stars--there never are, duh--the Premiere and Classics sections add more glitter, though at this point stars are not what the newly rigorous indie fest is all about under Sundance director John Cooper. Nonetheless, Michelle Williams will turn up for fest fave Meek's Cutoff, Kevin Spacey and Zach Quinto star in Wall Street drama Margin Call, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks co-star in My Idiot Brother, Pierce Brosnan plays a mega-preacher in Salvation Boulevard, Ewan McGregor stars in Perfect Sense and Sundance discovery Kevin Smith is a star in his own right as he returns with Red »
Yesterday, when the 2011 Sundance Film Festival announced its full in competition line-up, a few eyebrows were raised about the somewhat surprising lack of star power in the year’s crop of films. Well, today, the festival announced its full out of competition slate, and a cavalcade of bold-faced tumbled forth. For one thing, from Jan. 20 through 30, 2011, Elizabeth Banks is going to be quite busy in Park City, Utah. Some highlights:
- Adam B. Vary
Sundance has announced the premieres playing out-of-competition at this year’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival. While we knew that Kevin Macdonald’s documentary Life in a Day and Kevin Smith’s Red State had already made the cut, we now have some other exciting films to add to the list. Among the films in the “Premieres” category, I’m particularly stoked for Cedar Rapids (starring Ed Helms and John C. Reilly), My Idiot Brother (starring Paul Rudd), The Details (starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks), Margin Call (starring Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany), Salvation Boulevard (starring Pierce Brosnan and Jennifer Connelly), and Tom McCarthy’s Win Win (starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan).
But I’m even more jazzed for some of the documentaries. There’s a Reagan biopic from Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, and Steve James’ The Interrupters, just to name a few. »
- Matt Goldberg
Yesterday saw the release of the Sundance Film Festival Competition Lineup, and while there are certainly some interesting titles that will be showing at the festival, there weren't too many notable names/anticipated titles on the list. Now it looks like they saved all of them for the out of competition groups. The very, very, very long list of films that will be showing in Park City, Utah this January but not looking for prizes has been unveiled and has some exciting titles and names, including Kevin Smith's Red State starring Michael Parks and John Goodman; Miguel Arteta's Ceder Rapids with Ed Helms and John C. Reilly; Tom McCarthy's Win Win with Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan; Jesse Peretz's My Idiot Brother with Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks, and many others. Our own Katey Rich will be covering all of the events out of the festival, »
Well, yesterday, we saw the full list of films in-competition; today, we get to see those titles that have been selected for Sundance 2011′s out-of-competition lineup.
And as I said with yesterday’s post, I’ll be going over the complete list, highlighting titles that need to be, taking into consideration this blog’s specific interests. The only title that immediately stands out is Brit John Akomfrah’s The Nine Muses, which MsWOO positively reviewed, after seeing it at the London Film Festival in October. Read her review Here.
But look for future posts profiling any other titles I deem worthy. I’ve applied for press credentials to attend next year’s festival. I won’t know until the 23rd of this month, whether I’ve been granted press access or not. If I am, I will attend the festival; and if I’m not, well, I probably won’t. »
Well, if the Competition titles at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival don't generate any early year Oscar buzz, I think it's safe to say the Out of Competition titles will. Several films that have already been seen and positively reviewed can be found in the fest's Spotlight Line-Up along with a batch of anticipated hopefuls in the Premiere Section.
Beginning with the festival's premieres, Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) is bringing Cedar Rapids to Park City where it will debut before it hits theaters only a couple weeks later on February 11. "Big Love" co-producers, Jill and Karen Sprecher are bringing an impressive cast for their crime drama The Convincer. Jacob Aaron Estes's The Details, which was shot only a few miles from my house in the Queen Anne district of Seattle, arrives with Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney and Tobey Maguire in tow.
- Brad Brevet
Wednesday, the 2011 Sundance Film Festival announced the 58 films in four categories  that would be eligible for awards. Today, they've announced the next slice of their line up - 57 out of competition films in the Premieres, Next, Spotlight, New Frontiers and Midnight categories. This is generally where you get many of the bigger name projects and this year is no exception. We already knew  that Kevin Smith's Red State would be on the list, but there's also Tom McCarthy's new film Win Win, Morgan Spurlock's documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, the highly buzzed-about Submarine, Fantastic Fest darling I Saw the Devil as well as Hobo With a Shotgun and a whole bunch more including films with Al Pacino, Tobey Maguire, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Paul Rudd and others. As we said yesterday, the announcement of the movies playing the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is like looking into our film futures. »
- Germain Lussier
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