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The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled its 2014 Competition lineup, made up of several categories. The 30th edition of the event will take place between January 16th-26th in the new year.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Cold in July (Jim Mickle)
John's Pocket (John Slattery)
Jamie Marks is Dead (Carter Smith)
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner)
Low Down (Joe Preiss)
U.S. Documentary Competition
All the Beautiful Things (John Harkrider)
The 29th Annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced this morning, and as per usual they came with many a surprise and quite a few full-on shockers. Check out the full list of nominations here, with our choices for the 10 most notable nominations (or lack thereof) listed below: 1. Gaby Hoffman gets a best lead female nom over Greta Gerwig and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The Spirit Awards are known for their out-of-nowhere nominees (Linda Cardellini for "Return" last year, anyone?) but that makes it no less surprising that two of the most beloved indie performances of the year -- Greta Gerwig in "Frances Ha" and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Enough Said" -- were shut out of the lead female category in favor of... Gaby Hoffman in "Crystal Fairy." No disrespect to Ms. Hoffman (who is admittedly great in the film), but this is where Gerwig and Louis-Dreyfus were most likely to get their deserved due. »
- Peter Knegt
On TV this Friday: Hawaii Five-o helps a Texas Ranger, Blue Bloods welcomes a movie star, the Predacons rise, Elizabeth Smart tell her Story and more. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Video | Last Man Standing First Look: Mike Nixes Mandy’s Sorority Dreams (and Racy Getup!)
8 pm Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising (Hub) | In this 90-minute Beast Hunters epilogue, the Autobots, Decepticons and Predacons, along with big bad Predaking, must join forces to defeat a resurrected Unicron — who has taken over Megatron’s body. Did anyone else just get very nostalgic for Beast Wars?
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- Misha Solomon
It’s panning out to be a significantly different type of experience with regards to filmmaker Liza Johnson’s sophomore film. After stumbling out with her debut Return, a painfully difficult indie film that premiered in Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) and whimpered into theaters, the helmer quickly got behind the camera with a plethora of talent for Hateship Loveship, which managed to charm the IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco during Tiff – landing a theatrical distribution deal which will probably set the dramedy for a 2014 showing.
Gist: Based on a short story by Alice Munro with a screenplay by Mark Poirier, Kristen Wiig stars as Johanna Parry, a profoundly shy, unadorned woman who is hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) as a housekeeper and a primary caregiver to his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). When Sabitha uses technology to foster a pseudo-relationship between her widowed father and new caretaker, Johanna is finally able to »
- Eric Lavallee
IFC Films has scooped up Tiff special presentation title "Hateship Loveship," starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte, Christine Lahti and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Directed by Liza Johnson ("Return"), the film is adapted by Mark Poirier ("Goats") from a short story by Canadian author Alice Munro. Here's the official synopsis:Hateship Loveship is a multi-dimensional portrait of a young woman who has a life-altering effect on a fractured family. Kristen Wiig stars as Johanna Parry, a profoundly shy, unadorned woman who is hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) as a housekeeper and a primary caregiver to his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). When Sabitha uses technology to foster a pseudo-relationship between her widowed father and new caretaker, Johanna is finally able to indulge in something long missing from her life: the dream of a future and a home of her own.No word yet on a stateside release. »
- Beth Hanna
Written by Mark Poirier
Directed by Liza Johnson
Though Liza Johnson’s name may not presently ring too many bells, she is sure to become a household name in the indie genre over the next couple of years. Her last feature, Return, was well-received by critics and included indie darling Michael Shannon. Johnson’s latest – Hateship Loveship – is an assured follow-up that provides both contemplative moments and laugh-out-loud comedy.
Hateship Loveship tells the story of Johanna (Kristen Wiig), an introverted woman who spends her days caring for other people. When she is hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) to care for his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld), Johanna assumes it will just be another caregiving job. But when Sabitha and her friend Edith (Sami Gayle) play a prank on her and make her think she is in a long-distance romantic correspondence with Sabitha’s father, Ken (Guy Pearce), a recovering alcoholic, »
- Laura Holtebrinck
The nominees for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series have some of the classiest pedigrees in all of the 2013 Emmy races. Consider these stats:
- Michael Slezak
A considerably more satisfying seriocomic vehicle for Kristen Wiig than the recent “Girl Most Likely,” “Hateship Loveship” marks fine, steady progress for director Liza Johnson following her spare 2011 debut, “Return.” Adapted from Alice Munro’s short story about a shy, unsophisticated housekeeper who falls victim to a cruel prank with ultimately surprising consequences, this delicate and absorbing character study gets some unique performance mileage out of Wiig, infusing a potentially morose role with subtle oddball touches that keep things amusingly off-balance. The gently moving result is probably too restrained to stand out amid similarly classy and character-driven indie fare, but could carve out a small, appreciative audience in specialty release.
The opening passages of Mark Jude Poirier’s script introduce us to the unexceptional life of Johanna Parry (Wiig), who quietly spends her days working as a caretaker. Shortly after the passing of her latest elderly charge, she accepts a job working for Mr. »
- Justin Chang
"She didn't talk almost the entire movie! I mean, I liked it, but I thought with her it would at least be a little funny." That was the insta-review from a woman sitting in my row at yesterday's Toronto Film Festival premiere of Kristen Wiig's new movie, the spare drama Hateship Loveship, in which she stars as introverted home caretaker Johanna Parry. It's pretty clear the film isn't going to be full of laughs just by looking at the credits — it's based on a short story by genius Canadian author Alice Munro and directed by Liza Johnson, whose first film, 2011's Return, starred Linda Cardellini as a struggling returning Iraq war vet. Still, fans of Wiig's comedy might need to do a mind cleanse before they're ready to see her like this. Wiig hasn't quite entered the serious Jim Carey phase of her career, but this is by far »
- Jada Yuan
The Toronto International Film Festival has begun to announce its lineup for its 2013 edition, beginning with Gala and Special Presentations. To browse the festival's programming on their web site, visit here.
The Art of the Steal (Jonothan Sobol, Canada)
Cold Eyes (Cho Ui-seok & Kim Byung-seo, Korea)
Life of Crime (Daniel Schechter, USA)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Justin Chadwick, South Africa)
The Right Kind of Wrong (Jeremiah Chechik, Canada)
Rush (Ron Howard, UK/Germany)
Do you remember the film "Return" starring Linda Cardellini, directed by Liza Johnson? No? Well, with Tiff around the corner now might be a good time to catch up with indie movie — a solid, modest portrait of one woman breaking down— as Johnson is moving on to bigger things with "Hateship Loveship." It's headed to Toronto and the first images from the effort are here. Based on acclaimed author Alice Munro's book of short stories, "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage," Kristen Wiig, Hailee Steinfeld, Guy Pearce and Nick Nolte star in the multi-threaded tale that finds love and relationships colliding in interesting ways. Here's the synopsis: Johanna Parry moves to a new town to work for Mr. McCauley and his granddaughter, Sabitha. Sabitha and her friend trick Johanna into a one-way epistolary romance with Sabitha’s father Ken. Johanna lights on fire, and commits a criminal act to get to her lover, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With the next Superman movie, Man of Steel, just days away from opening (our review and glowing feature review here), Warner Bros. have announced that director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer have signed on to return for the sequel.
Goyer returns as part of his 3-picture deal with Warner Bros., one of which includes a Justice League movie with Superman, though Christopher Nolan’s involvement in the sequel is uncertain. Nolan was the producer and co-writer on Man of Steel but whether he has any interest to come back and do another Superman movie is so far unannounced.
- Noel Thorne
During my trip to the Man of Steel set in Plano, Illinois back in August 2011, the last two interviews of the day were the biggest, with star Henry Cavill and director Zack Snyder. Given how in-depth they both are, I thought it would be best to separate both interviews into a separate piece. If you haven't read the first part of my set visit piece, clickHere. If you have, then read our long-ranging conversations with Henry Cavill, who conducted the interview in his full Superman costume, and director Zack Snyder.
That suit does not look comfortable.
Henry Cavill: It's not too bad. I've got a harness on underneath it, so I'm moving quite stiffly, but it's really not so bad.
We heard you guys are shooting some six day weeks. »
Live Uefa Champions League
7.30pm, Sky Sports 4
With no British representation in the last eight for the first time since 1995-96 – no, Beckham at Psg doesn't count, he belongs to the world now – there's an especially continental flavour to the remaining rounds of the Champions League. A Bayern side ambling their way to an umpteenth Bundesliga title visit the imaginatively titled Juventus Stadium to take on Turin's finest. On Sky Sports 2, Psg visit a Barcelona side that proved so ferocious in their previous home leg against Milan. Mark Jones
24 Hours In A&E
9pm, Channel 4
"Sometimes it's the acts of kindness that surprise me more than the acts of cruelty," says A&E doctor Des, »
- Mark Jones, David Stubbs, Julia Raeside, Martin Skegg, Jonathan Wright, Ben Arnold, Rebecca Nicholson
Wiig exited Saturday Night Live in May 2012, after seven years of playing popular characters like the Target Lady, Surprise Sue and Judy Grimes.
Speaking to Page Six, Gayle revealed that Wiig used those characters to alleviate tension while shooting Hateship, Loveship.
"We would be quiet, and she would do the little awkward jiggly dance from when she played the Target Lady or Sue," Gayle recalled.
The actress added: "It was hilarious!"
Although there rarely seems to be much (if any) overlap between the Independent Spirit Awards and the Oscars when it comes to the winners, it's always nice to see some of these movies getting recognition when they will likely be ignored by the Academy. Silver Linings Playbook does not seem to have much of a shot at winning anything tonight (with the exception of Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress), but it dominated the competition last night winning 4 out of the 5 categories it was nominated in including Best Picture. Jennifer Lawrence also won for Best Female Lead and David O. Russell won Best Director and Best Screenplay. Other winners included The Sessions co-stars John Hawkes for Best Male Lead and Helen Hunt for Best Supporting Female, while Matthew McConaughey won Best Supporting Male for his performance in Magic Mike. Amour took home the Best Foreign Film Award and The Invisible War won Best Documentary. »
It was the final stop on the road to the Academy Awards last night as Hollywood celebrated the very best in independent cinema with the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The big winner on the night was Oscar hopeful Silver Linings Playbook, which was honoured with Best Feature, Best Director (David O. Russell), Best Screenplay (David O. Russell) and Best Female Lead (Jennifer Lawrence). John Hawkes was named Best Male Lead for The Sessions, while Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) were both successful in the Supporting categories.
Other winners included Michael Haneke's Amour, which was named Best International Film, along with Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Best First Feature) and Safety Not Guaranteed, with Derek Connolly receiving the award for Best First Screenplay. Here's the full list of nominees for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with the winners highlighted in red:
- Flickering Myth
It would be the film with the juju in David O. Russell’s zany black comedy that was the toast of the 28th Independent Spirit Awards beating Beasts Of The Southern Wild – its fiercest rival in all major categories. Silver Linings Playbook cleaned up, grabbing Best Feature, Director, Screenplay and Best Actress went to Jennifer Lawrence – the heavy favorite for tomorrow’s Oscar. Fox Searchlight might have grabbed only one award for Beasts in the Cinematography category, but it’s other Sundance pick-up The Sessions managed to nab a pair of acting prizes for Helen Hunt and Oscar snubbed John Hawkes for Best Male Lead. In our favorite grant categories, Adam Leon (Gimme the Loot) nabbed the Someone to Watch Award (last year it went to Mark Jackson), the Piaget Producers Award went to Mynette Louie (she produced Tze Chun’s sophomore film Eye of Winter which we are keeping »
- Eric Lavallee
David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" had a heyday at the 28th Independent Spirit Awards, taking home four prizes out of five nominations, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Female Lead for Jennifer Lawrence.
"The Sessions" also got its due after being shut out at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. John Hawkes beat out "Silver Linings'" Bradley Cooper for Best Male Lead and Helen Hunt won Best Supporting Female. Also worth noting? Matthew McCounaghey's Best Supporting Male win for "Magic Mike," and his Best Male Lead loss for "Killer Joe."
Here is the full list of Independent Spirit Awards 2013 winners:
The weekend’s other big movie awards ceremony—the Independent Spirit Awards—was held this afternoon in Santa Monica, Calif., with Andy Samberg on board as host. The big winner was David O. Russell’s romantic dramedy Silver Linings Playbook, which took home four prizes: best feature, best director, best actress, and best screenplay. But there was plenty of love spread around the year’s top indies. Here’s the full list of winners:
Silver Linings Playbook – Winner
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- Josh Rottenberg
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