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Sundance 2015 Premieres Announced

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.

Premieres

A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.

Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.

Digging for Fire / U.
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Sundance ’15: Baumbach, Fleck/Boden, Pulcini/Berman, Ponsoldt & Another Swanberg Among Premieres

Last year’s slate of seventeen Narrative Premieres (excluding secret screenings of Boyhood and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) refreshingly included works from first time filmmakers. I hadn’t seen it coming but Little Accidents and The One I Love were included among the likes of Calvary, Frank and Love is Strange. 2015 will be a true we Swanberg family affair with Joe Swanberg joining wife Kris (Unexpected) with a feature as well in Digging for Fire. James Ponsoldt is officially four for four with Sundance — his latest End of the Tour should be a slam dunk for the Eccles. Sticking to the numbers game… we’ll have a lovely bedfellow pairings of Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s already announced The Stanford Prison Experiment which is going to be mentioned in many loglines alongside Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter - about the Milgram experiment. Among the filmmaking duos we were expecting, we find Mississippi Grind
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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Premieres Lineup

Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Premieres Lineup
Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Tomlin — as well as directors Noah Baumbach, Michael Almereyda, Rodrigo Garcia, James Ponsoldt, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman — are among the big names in the Premieres lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled today along with Documentary Premieres and a new Special Events section.

Festival director John Cooper noted that while this year’s 16 Premieres selections will be among the buzziest, most commercial titles in Park City, “they’re not without an independent feel to them, and that’s what I’m always looking for. There is a very independent spirit behind these films.”

By way of example, Cooper cited “Last Days in the Desert,” a description-resistant foray into father-son territory from Garcia, a director known for his stories about women (“Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child”); John Crowley’s “Brooklyn,
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Sundance: Premieres, Doc Premieres

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Sundance: Premieres, Doc Premieres
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.

Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael is likely to become a major talking point and stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto in the true tale of activist and Young Gay America co-founder Michael Glatze, who renounced his homosexuality and became a Christian pastor. The Exchange handles international rights.

James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour (pictured, photo by Jakob Ihre) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut — Fortitude International is the international sales agent — as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.

Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind
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Sundance unveils Premieres, Doc Premieres

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Doc Premieres
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and participants on two panels including George Lucas.

James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut, as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.

Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn and Sienna Miller, while Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman introduce the New York Tompkins Square Park Riot drama Ten Thousand Saints starring the in-demand Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer.

Joe Swanberg brings Digging For Fire with Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.

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James Franco, J-Lo and Ryan Reynolds bringing new films to 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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James Franco, J-Lo and Ryan Reynolds bringing new films to 2015 Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Institute effectively filled out its slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with the announcement of the always star-friendly premieres category. It's also where many former Sundance filmmakers bring their second, third and even fourth films back to the fest. This year the category features 16 world premieres and almost all of them are from Sundance alumni, including Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson"), Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale"), Joe Swanberg ("VHS"), Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite"), James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now"), Michael Almereyda (2000's "Hamlet"), Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives"), Benson Lee ("Miss Monday"), Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette"), and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor"). Some of the intriguing titles include Paul Weitz's "Grandma" with Lily Tomlin and Laverne Cox, Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden's "Mississippi Grind" with Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller, Garcia's "Last Days in the Desert" featuring Ewan McGregor as Jesus, Charles Stone III's "Lila
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: James Franco’s Black Dog, Red Dog

Not unlike Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s rapport with the festival, Sundance has become a place where James Franco/RabbitBandini Productions gets to both test-drive and showcase his creative output. Last year’s fest saw him showcase both Interior. Leather Bar. and kink, and while we fully expect to see the filmmaker there for Bukowski, with Holy Land as a possible outside shot, there potentially might be room in the New Frontier section for an anthology of films that were ultimately “patched” together by Nyu graduate students. Closer to Tar than the previous pair of mentioned titles, shooting on Black Dog, Red Dog began in early 2012 with a tally of ten, mostly inexperienced filmmakers that for at least nine of them had to win a contest to be part of the “larger” project.

Gist: Featuring Franco, Olivia Wilde, Chloë Sevigny, Logan Marshall-Green, this is based on Stephen Dobyns‘ book of poetry.

Production Co.
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions List: An Intro

Kids. Such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape or Reservoir Dogs before it, and such as Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and Fruitvale Station after it, Larry Clark & Harmony Korine’s seminal film is forever connected in “spirit” to the lieu where it received its secret midnight premiere screening in 1995. The Sundance Film Festival might be known as the birthplace of U.S indie filmmaking innovation, avant-gardism, a larger definition of the low budgeted film response to Hollywood in not only narrative but in the non-fiction form, but it is a festival made strong by its renewal and familiarity. That close acquaintanceness exists in Kids‘ starlets Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny filmography/career path trajectory and connection to Park City (both have several indie films slated for ’14 – of which I’ve included in our predictions list) and it is that “familiarity” that is visibly noticeable in how I map out my annual predictions list.
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James Franco Eyeing to Direct an Adaptation of the Novel Zeroville

James Franco, a modern renaissance man, is eyeing to direct an adaptation of Steve Erickson’s 2007 Hollywood novel Zeroville.

Currently studying for PhD in English, the 127 Hours star has actually bought the film rights to Zeroville. According to Pineapple Express producer Judd Apatow, Franco could often be found looking around heavyweight classics such as The Iliad . It confirms opinion that Franco has a habit of picking up projects left and right such as Holy Land, The Adderall Diaries and Sal Mineo biopic.

The darkly comic story is about Ike ‘Vikar’ Jerome, a 24-year-old student who arrives in Hollywood in 1969 with dreams of breaking into the movie business. The business of course is in the midst of a seismic shift as the decline of studios leads to the rise of independent directors.

Jerome soon becomes a successful film editor and gets on a Hollywood journey that ends in both tragedy and discovery.
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James Franco To Adapt And Direct Cormac McCarthy And William Faulkner

Since blowing people away with his performance in Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, James Franco has been piling on the projects like there's no tomorrow. In just the last few months he's purchased the rights to the memoir Holy Land; decided to direct a film about poet Hart Crane; signed on to a movie about famed hitman Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski; joined the cast of the next Ben Stiller-Noah Baumbach film; and announced that he's going to write and direct a Sal Mineo biopic. Most actors are lucky to have that many projects going in a decade. Oh, and did I mention that he's doing all of this while also going to classes at Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design? Apparently Franco really likes to stay busy, though, as he also has two more projects coming down the pipe. Showbiz 411 is reporting that Franco will both
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James Franco to Direct Adaptations of As I Lay Dying and Blood Meridian?

James Franco is reportedly gearing up to direct adaptations of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian.  According to Showbiz411, Franco has written a screenplay for As I Lay Dying and has been in discussions with the Faulkner estate.  Franco tells Showbiz411 that this is the project "he's most attached to" and hopes to get it off the ground next spring.  Franco is also planning to adapt Blood Meridian in 2012. Hit the jump for a brief synopsis of both books along with other projects Franco has on the horizon. [There's been an update on this story regarding Blood Meridian.  Hit the jump for more.] In addition to attending Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design, Franco is also keeping busy with the following projects: He's optioned the rights to Sal Mineo: A Biography, The Adderall Diaries, and Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir. He's attached to star in Maladies with Alan Cumming, Claire Danes, and Catherine Keener. He's
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James Franco Currently Shooting ‘Maladies,’ Options Sal Mineo Biography

James Franco Currently Shooting ‘Maladies,’ Options Sal Mineo Biography
James Franco is one busy guy. 127 Hours is in theaters, he's shot parts in films like Your Highness, he's prepping to go back to do another stint on General Hospital, he's been optioning several books as possible film projects, and now he's shooting another movie, called Maladies. The latter co-stars Alan Cumming, Claire Danes, Catherine Keener and is directed by the artist Carter, who made the short film Erased James Franco. More details on Maladies, plus news of James Franco's possible Sal Mineo biopic, after the break. Talk of Maladies cropped up in very early form a few months ago when Carter talked about James Franco's work on General Hospital. He talked about that [1] as raw material for another project: ...it’s tied to another film that he and I are working on now. It’s not specifically for another project, because I know that he’s really
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James Franco Directing a Bio-pic on Sal Mineo

According to THR James Franco has optioned the film rights to Sal Mineo: A Biography, written by Michael Gregg Michaud and intends to write and direct the film, but not star. This is the latest in a series of options by Franco following his recent acquisitions of The Adderall Diaries and Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir.

Actor Sal Mineo was twice nominated for an Academy Award, and enjoyed success as a stage director and recording artist, but most people remember him chiefly for playing troubled, violence-prone youths. His most memorable role was Plato, James Dean’s damaged, love-starved best friend, in the teen angst classic Rebel Without a Cause (1955). His performance resulted in an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor, and his popularity quickly developed.

His acting ability and exotic good looks earned him roles as a Native American boy in Tonka, and as a Jewish emigrant in Otto Preminger’s Exodus,
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James Franco Prepping Sal Mineo Biopic

James Franco has optioned the film rights to Sal Mineo: A Biography, written by Michael Gregg Michaud. According to THR, Franco intends to write and direct the film, but at this time has no plans to star. This is the latest in a series of options by Franco: The Filmmaker, following his recent acquisitions of The Adderall Diaries and Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir.

At age 16, Mineo was the youngest actor to earn a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, for 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause. He lived a life “full of sports cars, motor boats, famous friends, and some of the most beautiful young actresses in Hollywood,” before he was stabbed to death in 1976, at 37 years old. Hit the jump for the official description of Michaud’s bio.

One of the hottest stars of the 1950s, Mineo grew up as the son of Sicilian immigrants in a humble Bronx flat.
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Noah Baumbach Recruits Ben Stiller, James Franco, Greta Gerwig, Cate Blanchett for While We’Re Young

<p style="text-align: center;"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-62788" title="cate_blanchett_ben_stiller_greta_gerwig_james_franco_slice" src="http://www.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/cate_blanchett_ben_stiller_greta_gerwig_james_franco_slice.jpg" alt="cate_blanchett_ben_stiller_greta_gerwig_james_franco_slice" width="600" height="200" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Writer/director Noah Baumbach is prepping his next film, <em><strong>While We&#8217;re Young</strong></em>, and as usual, he&#8217;s culling an excellent cast. Ben Stiller and James Franco are attached to star, with offers out to Greta Gerwig and Cate Blanchett. Franco is the only newbie to the land of Baumbach. Stiller and Gerwig assumed the lead roles in his last film, <em><strong>Greenberg</strong></em>; Blanchett acted in <em><strong>The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou</strong></em>, the script of which Baumbach co-wrote.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/12/james_franco_and_ben_stiller_s.html" target="_blank">Vulture</a> indicates the story centers on &#8220;a free-spirited Brooklynite twenty-something couple (Franco and Gerwig) who inspires an uptight documentarian (Stiller) and his wife (Blanchett) to loosen up — with comedic consequences.&#8221; More after the jump.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span id="more-62776"></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">It&#8217;s rumored that the role earmarked for Blanchett was originally intended for Jennifer Jason Leigh. Unfortunately, the actress filed for divorce from Mr. Baumbach last week. So&#8230; nope.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Baumbach also has <a href="http://www.collider.com/tag/the-emperors-children/" target="_blank"><em><strong>The Emperor&#8217;s Children</strong></em></a> (but not <a href="http://www.collider.com/tag/the-emperors-children/" target="_blank"><em><strong>Mr.
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