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Ed Burns, whose debut film The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was announced today as a jury member for next month’s Sundance in Park City, Utah. Burns joins documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, executive Tom Rothman and 16 others named to five juries that will award prizes at independent film’s most high-profile showcase.
Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 22, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on Jan. 26. The festival runs this year from Jan. 17-27.
Click below for the entire Sundance jury list:
U.S. Documentary Jury
Liz Garbus is a prolific documentary filmmaker. »
- Jeff Labrecque
When Emily Best spoke to Indiewire last month about her new crowdfunding platform, Seed&Spark, which also allows for online distribution, we were intrigued by her story of receiving support for her film "Like the Water," in unexpected packages, namely in donated services, loaned locations, and goods needed for production. In the following first person article, Best explains the Diy lessons she learned from crowdfunding before crowdfunding was "a thing," and how that led her to found Seed&Spark. Towards the end of 2010, Caitlin FitzGerald was making "Newlyweds" with Ed Burns. She was also starring in a site-specific production of "Hedda Gabler." This is where I met her (playing Thea to her Hedda), along with Caroline von Kuhn and three other remarkable women who would change my life forever. Together we wanted to make more work, possibly theater. And over drinks one night Caitlin would convince us all, thanks to Eddie’s. »
- Emily Best
'Do me a favor? Next time you and Polite Guy are together - get the pigs in a blanket to go!' The latest film from Tribeca triple-threat Edward Burns, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, is now on VOD and digital platforms, so why not double your viewing pleasure with Doggy Bags, the writer/director's funny short from this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Made in partnership with American Express and based on cardholder Susan Brennan's idea from the company's My Movie Pitch contest, Doggy Bags is a delightfully layered comedy featuring Burns's signature style and a few familiar faces. Justin (Matt Bush, Nice Guy Johnny) and Hannah (Daniella Pineda, Newlyweds) are newly dating and decide to meet at one of New Jersey's delicious brunch places. Justin is smitten, but there is just one thing he can't figure out: the petite Hannah orders enough food for 3 people whenever they go out for a meal together, »
Arriving on VoD later this month, and released in Us theatres early next, the film sees Burns reuniting him with Connie Britton, who’s starred in a handful of Burns’ earlier films, and now EW have released a new poster for the film.
“With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen. Reuniting with McMullen co-stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), and Mike McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (Little Children, Beautiful Girls) and Kerry Bishe (Newlyweds, Red State), Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, The Artist, The Longest Yard) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he »
- Kenji Lloyd
In 1760s Denmark, a woman (Alicia Viklander) married to the highly irresponsible King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) falls for his politically radical physician (Mads Mikkelsen). The two lovers conspire to manipulate the king into embracing the ideas of the Enlightenment, which leads to a revolution.
This is a famous story in Denmark, and has been recounted in books, plays, and an opera. However, this is the first time a full film adaptation has been made of such a tale. Co-writer/director Nikolaj Arcel’s successful A Royal Affair (executive produced by Lars von Trier) has now become the country’s official submission for the “Best Foreign Language Film” Academy Award. (Read our Ciff 2012 “7/10″ capsule review here.)
Though Affair required him to heavily research life in 1760s Denmark, Arcel comes from a much more contemporary filmmaking background, and is likely most recognizable for his co-writing credit on the first Girl »
- Nick Allen
With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Edward Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen. Reuniting with McMullen co-stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Michael McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (Little Children, Beautiful Girls) and Kerry Bishe (Newlyweds, Red State), Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, The Artist, The Longest Yard) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics. Alliances form, old wounds are reopened or glossed over, and the possibility for a new hope and forgiveness emerges. Coming to VOD nationwide November 21, 2012. Search your zip code and cable provider below to see where Tribeca Film titles are available in your area. Also opening in select »
While Edward Burns is known to many for his film roles, including supporting turns in this year’s Man on a Ledge and the upcoming Alex Cross, he has made a significant mark behind the camera as well. A veteran in the independent film industry, Burns has produced, directed, and written ten feature films, all on shoestring budgets. Despite his last feature, Newlyweds, having been released only in 2011, Burns is already well into his next feature, titled The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, with a cast that includes Connie Britton, Kerry Bishé, Noah Emmerich, Tom Guiry, and Burns himself. The first trailer for the movie has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Since no major studio is doing so themselves, the prolific Edward Burns has taken it upon himself to create one of, if not the only, Christmas-themed film this holiday season. Coming off last year’s Newlyweds (and Nice Guy Johnny the previous year), The Fitzgerald Family Christmas sees the writer/director in a familiar low-budget independent drama arena, but this time [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
15 October 2012 12:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Edward Burns has signed with UTA. The multihyphenate is known for writing, directing, producing and acting in his debut film, The Brothers McMullen (1995). He has done the same four duties for She's the One, Sidewalks of New York and Newlyweds. Other acting credits include Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Holiday (2006) and this year's Man on a Ledge and Friends with Kids. Burns next will been seen in Summit Entertainment’s Alex Cross, which opens Oct. 19 and also features Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox. Burns' 11th film as a writer, director and actor, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, premiered at the
- Daniel Miller
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Toronto-bound "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," a domestic drama written, directed and starring Edward Burns. The distributor also released "Newlyweds" on multiple platforms. On this Irish-American working class family comedy, Burns brings back old pals Connie Britton and Michael McGlone, who co-starred in Burns' 1995 debut "The Brothers McMullen." Burns tells the tale of adult siblings who deal with the wish of their estranged father (Ed Lauter) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he ditched his family two decades ago. Noah Emmerich, Kerry Bishé and Caitlin FitzGerald also star. "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" will premiere in Toronto on September 9. Tribeca plans to release the film in the late November holiday season. »
- Maggie Lange
After not only appearing in Friends with Kids, Man on a Ledge and the upcoming Alex Cross, the prolific Edward Burns has already churned out another feature. His next family drama, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, is set to premiere at Tiff and has just announced acquisition today.
Tribeca Film have picked up the film, which stars The Brothers McMullen leads Connie Britton and Michael McGlone. The distributor plans to get the film out on VOD late-November following success of Burns’ last feature on the format, Newlyweds. Check out the first stills above and below, along with a synopsis for the film also starring Kerry Bishé, Heather Burns, Brian D’Arcy James, Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Dara Coleman, Noah Emmerich, Caitlin FitzGerald, Anita Gillette, Tom Guiry, Ed Lauter, Malachy McCourt, Daniella Pineda, Nick Sandow, John Solo, Joyce Van Patten and Burns himself.
With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, »
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Tribeca Film acquired North American rights to Ed Burns' "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," prior to its Toronto debut on September 9. Writer-director and star Burns is joined in the film by Connie Britton and Michael McGlone -- both of whom also starred with him in his debut "The Brothers McMullen," as well as Noah Emmerich, Kerry Bishe, Caitlin Fitzgerald and Ed Lauter. Tribeca, who also released Burns' "Newlyweds" last year, is eyeing a late November release via multiple platforms, maximizing the holiday-theme potential. Burns calls the film his "most personal work"; check out the synopsis below. Tribeca's Geoff Gilmore says, “Deeply felt performances from a strong ensemble cast make the Fitzgeralds a family that recalls the McMullen’s but with a fresh and wry perspective all its own.” With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen. »
- Sophia Savage
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Ed Burns' "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," prior to its Toronto debut on September 9. Writer-director and star Burns is joined by Connie Britton and Michael McGlone -- both of whom also starred with him in his debut "The Brothers McMullen" -- as well as Noah Emmerich, Kerry Bishé, Caitlin FitzGerald and Ed Lauter. Tribeca, who also released Burns' "Newlyweds" last year, is eyeing a late November release via multiple platforms, maximizing the holiday-theme potential. Burns calls the film his "most personal work"; check out the synopsis below. Tribeca's Geoff Gilmore says, “Deeply felt performances from a strong ensemble cast make the Fitzgeralds a family that recalls the McMullen’s but with a fresh and wry perspective all its own.” With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers »
- Sophia Savage
Building upon the success of Newlyweds - a breakout hit on VOD - Tribeca Film has acquired the rights to writer/director/actor Edward Burns' next film, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas. After its world premiere as an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 9, a holiday season release is set for late November. 'Having returned to my own filmmaking backyard with my most personal work, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, I'm thrilled to partner with my old friends at Tribeca,' said Edward Burns. 'We've been working closely together for over a decade and I'm happy to have their support to launch the film this holiday season.' In the film, Burns reunites with cast members Connie Britton and Michael McGlone from his award-winning debut film The Brothers McMullen (1995). (Britton is now best-known to audiences from her role as Tami Taylor in the television version of Friday Night Lights. »
In For A Good Time, Call …, Katie (Ari Graynor) and Lauren (Lauren Miller) are two “frenemies” economically forced to live together in a New York apartment. When push comes to shove, they decide to work together to start a phone sex hot line, as originally privately pioneered by Katie.
In a roundtable interview, I talked to this quartet about their film, the importance of shooting it in New York, what they kept from the colorful set, and more.
For A Good Time, Call … opens in Chicago on August 31.
This is a very New York movie, especially as indicated by the film’s opening credits. How important was it to you all to set this story in New York? »
- Nick Allen
In the fast-car comedy Hit and Run, actor Dax Shepard plays an ex-getaway driver named Charles Bronson who risks breaking Witness Protection by driving his girlfriend (played by Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles for an important interview. Things get crazy when they are chased by a bitter criminal associate (played by Bradley Cooper, in dreadlocks) looking for the money from their last failed robbery.
Gaining notoriety from his role as Ashton Kutcher’s sidekick on MTV’s show “Punk’d,” Shepard can currently be seen on the show “Parenthood.” Off-screen, he is engaged/basically married to actress Kristen Bell (they are not formally married out for the cause for equal marriage in California). Hit and Run marks his second time co-directing a feature film, his first being a mockumentary titled Brother’s Justice, also co-directed with collaborator David Palmer.
In an exclusive interview, I sat down with Shepard to discuss »
- Nick Allen
Coming after his “thinking outside of the box” film Buried, (in which Ryan Reynolds played a man trapped in box with a cell phone with a long battery), writer/director Rodrigo Cortes challenges filmgoers with Red Lights, a movie about the debate over psychics. In the movie, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy play two investigators who make a career out of debunking fake psychics, calling out their earpieces and theatrics, etc. The two investigators meet their biggest challenge when they try to disprove blind Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), a blind psychic who has become a legend no one has been able to debunk.
I sat down with Cortés and Murphy in a roundtable interview to discuss the film, its reception, what it was like to act against Robert De Niro, and more.
Red Lights is now playing in select theaters.
One of the biggest scenes in the film is »
- Nick Allen
Red Bird Cinema will co-produce four projects with producer Jeff Waxman, as well as Edward Burns and Aaron Lubin of Marlboro Road Gang Productions, the partners said Wednesday. In addition, the production companies are making plans to acquire and develop new projects. Red Bird's executive and creative team includes producer John Loar, actor and producer Kevin Pollak, actor Billy Bob Thornton and baseball manager Tony Larussa. Marlboro Road's Burns and Lubin are best known for directing and producing indie films like "The Brothers McMullen", "She's the One", "Sidewalks of New York", and "Newlyweds." Also »
- Brent Lang
In the film Where Do We Go Now? writer/director/actress Nadine Labaki plays Amale, a shop owner in a small Lebanese village that has random surges of violent religious tension. In hopes of saving the Muslim and Christian men from ultimately destroying each other, Amale spearheads a wild plan to distract and disarm the men with the help of other wives and mothers in the village. The film is Labaki’s second, (having previously done the acclaimed Caramel), and also marks another movie in which she chooses to act and direct alongside non-professional actors.
I sat down with Labaki to discuss her film, why she chooses to work with non-professional actors, and the impact that television had on her life when she was hiding from the war outside.
Where Do We Go Now? opens at Chicago’s Music Box theater on May 18.
How long have you been doing promotion for this film? »
- Nick Allen
What would a Tribeca Film Festival be without Ed Burns? The writer/director/actor has long been associated with the downtown Manhattan festival (his films Newlyweds and Nice Guy Johnny both premiered there) and this year is no exception. As the culmination of the 2011 American Express My Movie Pitch contest, Burns wrote, produced, and directed a short film, Doggy Bags (which can be seen here) based on a winning story entry from Susan Brennan.
On Wednesday, Doggy Bags screened before an enthusiastic crowd at the Soho House, followed by a Q&A with Burns and Brennan, who told the filmmaker »
- Sara Vilkomerson
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