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Actors Margot Robbie and Miles Teller will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. They will present 21 awards to 58 individual recipients during the evening.
“We’re very excited to have Margot and Miles hosting this year’s Sci-Tech Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Both are fresh voices in our industry and will be a welcome addition to the night where we honor our colleagues’ technical achievements.”
“Margot and Miles represent some of the best of the next generation of rising stars and it is only fitting that they host an evening saluting the film innovations and innovators who will inform the future,” said Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Robbie gave a breakout performance in the Oscar-nominated feature “The Wolf of Wall Street” in 2013. Her most recent credits include »
- Michelle McCue
Actors Margot Robbie and Miles Teller will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. They will present 21 awards to 58 individual recipients during the evening. “We’re very excited to have Margot and Miles hosting this year’s Sci-Tech Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Both are fresh voices in our industry and will be a welcome addition to the night where we honor our colleagues’ technical achievements.” “Margot and Miles represent some of the best of the next generation of rising stars and it is only fitting that they host an evening saluting the film innovations and innovators who will inform the future,” said Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Robbie gave a breakout performance in the Oscar®-nominated feature “The Wolf of Wall Street” in 2013. Her most recent credits include »
- Josh Abraham
James Ponsoldt is a Sundance veteran. After his 2006 debut, "Off the Black," he returned in 2012 and 2013 with "Smashed" and "The Spectacular Now" (respectively), and now he's back with "The End of the Tour," a unique portal into the enigmatic mind of writer David Foster Wallace. The film has garnered positive reactions from critics, who highlight Jason Segel's transformative performance as one of the actor's best yet. Ponsoldt shares the challenges of portraying Wallace onscreen for the first time: "I hope the audience feels that their intelligence was respected." What's your film about, in 140 characters or less? The story of the intense, surprising five-day 1996 interview between “Rolling Stone” reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace. Now, what's it Really about? Meeting someone you respect/admire from a distance – and realizing that they’re far more complicated »
- Emily Buder
Directed by James Ponsoldt
Written by David Lipsky and Donald Marguiles
The End of the Tour is the next offering from director James Ponsoldt, who brought us Smashed and The Spectacular Now. With The End of the Tour he takes us on another odyssey of a mind struggling to survive itself. The late author David Foster Wallace was revered during his time for the novel Infinite Jest and made a significant impact on literature before killing himself in 2008. This film dramatizes a few days in 1996 when Foster Wallace allowed a Rolling Stone reporter to visit and interview him at length. What emerges during the course of their casual and profound conversations is a cinematic think piece about loneliness, success, and American consumerism.
Foster Wallace was an intensely private man who retreated to write and live alone with his dogs in a small, isolated town far »
- Lane Scarberry
The Admiration Game: Ponsoldt’s Moving Homage to Artist and Artistry
Following the critical successes of 2012’s Smashed and 2013’s The Spectacular Now, director James Ponsoldt recreates a defining moment in time between acclaimed author David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stones’ journalist David Lipsky with The End of the Tour, based on the memoirs of the latter. Beginning with Lipsky learning of Wallace’s suicide in 2008, we backtrack twelve years to 1996, after the publication of the author’s famed novel, Infinite Jest, which inspired the journalist, a novelist himself, to vie for an interview with the enigmatic personality. Framed as an unforgettable memory, Ponsoldt captures what feels like a sincere elegy from Lipsky to Wallace, a road trip that lasted five days and ran a gamut of intellectual, emotional, and philosophical highs and lows pertaining to the meaning of fame, success, and what it means to be an artist. Carried magnificently by its two leads, »
- Nicholas Bell
There’s a specific internal logic that governs road movies. Two characters—it is almost always just two—vibe off one another in the confined space of a car, revealing essential selves, embarking on what’s inevitably a journey of self-discovery, moving ever forward, together. The genre has become something of a Sundance trope over the years, thanks to movies such as Transamerica, Liar’s Dice and The Trip to Italy. And living up to that expectation, two of the buzzier entries in the fest’s early days happen to feature duos traveling for extended periods in cars on, yes, »
- Chris Lee
The last two trips director James Ponsoldt made to Sundance it was with two excellent dramas: Smashed and The Spectacular Now. This year, Ponsoldt returns with the often moving and consistently funny The End of the Tour. While the director’s latest may not be on par with his past two efforts, that’s not much of a problem considering the level of quality […] »
- Jack Giroux
Why do we act the way we do, why has modern culture become so obsessed with entertainment, why is fame such a primal desire for so many people? Films that make you really think, that make you consider ideas and reflect upon your own life, are most often the ones I find myself connecting to the most. The ones with big thoughts presented in understandable sentences, crafted with intelligence and empathy, and yet they're still heartfelt and human. The End of the Tour, the latest from director James Ponsoldt (of Smashed and The Spectacular Now from previous Sundances), is another masterful creation in that vein journeying deep into the mind of brilliant author/writer David Foster Wallace, who wrote the book Infinite Jest. Over the last few years, James Ponsoldt has become one of my favorite filmmakers. I said the same thing in my The Spectacular Now review, and I'll repeat it again here, »
- Alex Billington
In this overview of buyers at this year's festival, you'll find both traditional theatrical distributors as well as companies focused on VOD, streaming, and television rights. Filmmakers and sales agents will want to get familiar with the names listed alphabetically below. A24Location: New York Number of films released a year: 1-10. Open to all. Previous titles acquired at Sundance:"Obvious Child," "Life After Beth," "Laggies," "The Spectacular Now" Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD Contact Info: Nicolette Aizenberg Matt Bires Daniel Katz Noah Sacco Heath Shapiro 601 W. 26th Street, Suite 1740 New York, NY, 10001 AmbramoramaLocation: New York Number of films released a year: 1-10. Mostly documentary features. Previous titles acquired at Sundance: "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," "Exit Through the Gift Shop," "Senna" Distribution platforms: Theatrical Contact Info: Richard »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Plot: In the winter of 1996, Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) is sent out to write a profile of author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), who's nearing the end of his book tour for 'Infinite Jest'. Review: Director James Ponsoldt is clearly one of the most consistently exciting directors to have emerge from Sundance over the last few years, with his Smashed and The Spectacular Now having played to near-unanimous acclaim. The End Of The Tour »
- Chris Bumbray
Based on the David Lipsky memoir, the film premieres Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.
Lipsky’s memoir is titled “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” about a five-day interview with the novelist in 1996. The book was written after Wallace’s 2008 suicide.
Ponsoldt says, “I’m thrilled the film will be in the trustworthy and inspired hands of A24,” said Ponsoldt in a statement.
Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now,” also released by A24, won a special jury award at Sundance in 2013 as did his drama “Smashed” the year before. A24 released films including “Obvious Child” and “Under the Skin” in 2014 and has “A Most Violent Year” currently in release. »
- Pat Saperstein
A24 has announced its sight-unseen acquisition of director James Ponsoldt's "The End of the Tour," world-premiering Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival. Deadline projects a deal to the tune of $2-$3 million. Based on David Lipsky's memoir "Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace," the film tells the story of Lipsky's five-day Rolling Stone interview with postmodern writer David Foster Wallace. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky, and Jason Segel, in an unusual feat of casting, as the acclaimed "Infinite Jest" author (who would later end his own life in 2008). Penned by American playwright Donald Margulies, "End of the Tour" co-stars Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer and Mickey Sumner. A24, which previously released Ponsoldt's 2013 Sundance darling "The Spectacular Now," is finalizing fall 2015 release plans. Chalk this up as the hottest buy of the fest next to Fox. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Jesse Eisenberg received an Oscar nomination for playing Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network,” and he takes on playing another, albeit much-lesser known, real person in “The End of the Tour,” which premieres at Sundance on Friday night. The drama, directed by James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”), retraces the five days that Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky (Eisenberg) spent interviewing author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) after the publication of his novel “Infinite Jest” in 1996.
Eisenberg couldn’t make the trek to Park City this year because he’s in London shooting “Now You See Me: The Second Act,” but he spoke to Variety‘s Ramin Setoodeh about the film by phone. And he also talked — as much as he could — about wrapping the most high-profile role of his career: Lex Luthor in the Warner Bros. tentpole “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which opens next year.
We’re doing a movie in London. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Having only just starting in the Us, it seems that some of the line-up at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is too good to turn down.
In what would be the fourth sale already before the festival gets into full swing, distributors A24 are considering picking up the rights to The End of the Tour, the new drama from James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) starring Jason Segal (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Double).
Receiving its premiere tonight at the festival, the film is loose adaptation of David Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, in which the Rolling Stone reporter (played by Eisenberg) spent five days on the road with the late writer David Foster Wallace (Segel) conducting interviews for the book, which was released a year and a half after Wallace’s death.
A24 has worked »
- Scott J. Davis
A24 is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. rights to James Ponsoldt‘s “The End of the Tour,” which stars Jason Segel as “Infinite Jest” author David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, an individual close to the deal has told TheWrap.
The deal, which is being brokered by Wme and UTA, is in the low-seven-figure range, according to sources.
Also Read: Sundance 2015 Answers #OscarsSoWhite, Gender Problems With Diverse Lineup
Story explores the bond Wallace and »
- Jeff Sneider
Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.
Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.
When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »
- Scott J. Davis
Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station.” Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in “The Spectacular Now.” Oscar nominees Quvenzhané Wallis and Abigail Breslin in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” respectively.
All of those performances were once the talk of Sundance, where stars threaten to break-out each year. The 2015 edition of the frosty festival is no different, with no shortage of young stars poised to launch their careers in Park City and make a name for themselves in Hollywood. »
- Jeff Sneider
Having just been unleashed on the UK public this past weekend to even more critical and audience acclaim, Damien Chazelle’s superb Whiplash is another of the big films in the mix for Oscar glory this February. And, to coincide with the special night, Sony Pictures Classics has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film.
While the special features have yet to be announced, many will be hoping that the release is jam-packed with extras including commentaries and behind-the-scenes featurettes. That said, the artwork has been released, which you can view below. We will update you as and when we get any new information on the release.
A promising young drummer (Miles Teller, The Spectacular Now) enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor (J.K. Simmons, Juno) who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.
Whiplash is »
- Scott J. Davis
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres section is “A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.”
Mississippi Grind — Image courtesy of The Sundance Institute
From the writing and directing duo that brought us Half Nelson and It’s Kind of a Funny Story comes Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn as a pair of desperate gamblers on the road. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have thus far earned a solid indie reputation, so there’s not much reason to doubt that they’ll deliver engaging content even if one’s unsure of the acting team that’s being put to task. Reynolds’ name may suffer from overexposure in big studio flops like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Green Lantern, whereas Mendelsohn’s growing respectability flies well below pop culture’s radar. »
- Lane Scarberry
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