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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

19 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen RiverWinter’s Bone, Blue ValentineMartha Marcy May MarleneBeasts of the Southern WildFruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Stream the 'Annie' Soundtrack on Spotify Now

19 November 2014 4:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Maybe the sun will come out tomorrow for "Annie" fans after all.

Sia's Auto-Tuned take on "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" had some of us scratching our heads, but fans of the original musical might feel a little better after listening to the full soundtrack on Spotify.

All of the "Annie" songs received a few nips and tucks, but classics from the Broadway show, including "Maybe," "It's a Hard-Knock Life," and "Tomorrow," hew fairly close to the originals. "I Don't Need Anything But You" with Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, and Rose Byrne is also kind of groovy. Still and all, Cameron Diaz is no Carol Burnett, so you might want to gird yourself for her version of "Little Girls," or her duet with Bobby Cannavale on "Easy Street."

Quvenzhané Wallis knocked our socks off in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," so it's super exciting to see her headline a big Christmas-y family movie. »

- Jenni Miller

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New York’s Dodgeville, Mexico’s Varios Lobos Team On ‘I’m No Longer Here’ (Exclusive)

14 November 2014 10:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Cabos –New York’s Dodgeville Films, producer of Sundance selected “To Be Takei,” is teaming with Mexico’s Varios Lobos to produce “Ya no estoy aqui” (I’m No Longer Here”), the second movie from Mexico’s Fernando Frias (“Receta”).

A Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund recipient, “Here” also competes in Los Cabos Fest’s Mexico-u.S.-Canada Co-production Forum. Dodgeville’s Gerry Kim and Mayuran Tiruechelvam will produce with Varios Lobos’ Pablo Zimbron and Luis Arenas.

Written and directed by Frias, currently a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia U’s Graduate School of the Arts, “Here” was put through a 2014 Sundance Screenwriters Lab and its investor pitching Catalyst Weekend. A Spanish/English-language movie, it tracks Ulises, a 17-year-old Cholombiano – an urban tribe distinguished by a seeming sheet of straight hair pulled over their cheeks and bald back of the head – forced to emigrate from the mean streets of Mexico’s »

- John Hopewell

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Tony Safford Leaving Fox Searchlight After 18 Years

14 November 2014 12:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Longtime Fox Searchlight acquisitions executive Tony Safford is leaving the label after 18 years.

Safford, exec VP of worldwide acquisitions, will depart in March. Searchlight promoted Ray Strache in September to the senior VP of acquisitions slot with the assignment of jointly running acquisitions with Safford.

Safford has been active with the All Hands Volunteers organization, which helps rebuild destroyed areas such as New Orleans.

Safford worked with Terrence Malick on “The Tree of Life” and Benh Zeitlin on “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

News was first reported by Indiewire.

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- Dave McNary

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Watch Quvenzhané Wallis Perform Sia's New Song 'Opportunity' from Annie

12 November 2014 6:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Will Gluck signed on to direct Annie, he knew he wanted to update the music. So he recruited songwriters Sia and Greg Kurstin to give the classic musical a modern-day feel. "Sia is awesome," Gluck tells People. "I was super lucky that she was interested and she loved Annie as a kid." While the "Chandelier" singer was initially only supposed to write a song or two for the film, Gluck eventually convinced her to come onboard for the whole thing. "She's so fun to work with," he adds. Sia and Kurstin wrote three entirely new songs for the movie, »

- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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Drive, and exploring alternative movie soundtracks

10 November 2014 3:46 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A rescoring of Drive has caused online outrage, but Mark's keeping an open mind about musical reinterpretations

Movie music matters. It's tough to wax lyrical about why it matters without sounding like one of those autocue scripts that we'll be hearing all throughout the coming awards season, probably read out by unlikely pairs of presenters, (“Now, to present the award for Best Sound Editing, Justin Bieber and Angela Lansbury!”) so let's just say that it does.

Whether it's an original score from Hans Zimmer or a jukebox tour of Quentin Tarantino's record collection, a movie's soundtrack informs the tone and timbre of the movie itself. So when we get into the question of movie rescores, we're really getting back into that thorny issue of asking whether the director's original intentions are sacrosanct to any subsequent versions of a film. As some of you may already have guessed, we bring »

- sarahd

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Oscars: Will Christopher Nolan Finally Land a Director Nomination?

7 November 2014 2:12 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s best director race is all about the Oscar virgins. Most of the contenders in the running — starting with frontrunner Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) — have never been nominated in the category before. But one caveat to remember: predictors have been wary of declaring any locks in this competition since the Academy snubbed sure-thing contenders Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty“) two years ago, so there’s always the possibility of a few surprises come Jan. 15.

If there’s another good bet in the category, it’s Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, who made “The Imitation Game” about World War II code breaker Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). One prominent Oscar publicist calls him the Tom Hooper of this year’s race, who took home the trophy in 2011. Like “The King’s Speech,” “The Imitation Game” comes with a DNA that Oscar voters love, including a historic pedigree and »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Trailer Park: The Minions and Annie get Fast & Furious with The Gambler

7 November 2014 4:14 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our (semi) regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including: two trailers for The Gambler, Insidious Chapter 3, Ex_Machina, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, Fast & Furious 7, Minions, Annie, Into the Woods and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The Gambler

Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the »

- Phil Wheat

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Watch: The Final Trailer for 'Annie' Teases a New Rhythm for an Old Classic

4 November 2014 2:20 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Annie, the story of the little orphaned girl with signature red locks, first appeared on the Broadway stage in 1977. The musical was a hit. Audiences were charmed and inspired by the story of the mini ragamuffin and her joy for life under the worst of circumstances. Annie was adapted for the big screen in 1982, opening to mixed reviews — but that didn’t stop it from becoming a childhood favorite. Fast forward to 2014, when the Jay-z and Will Smith-produced version of the film will be arriving in theaters. Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) takes the title role, changing the Annie template for a whole new generation. And here’s the final trailer for the upcoming movie, released on December 19 (just in time for...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Watch the Final ‘Annie’ Trailer Starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis

4 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Nearly two years after she took Sundance by storm with Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhané Wallis is back this winter with Annie. The films are pretty different in most respects — one is a scrappy indie drama, the other a big-budget studio musical — but both are about irresistibly plucky young girls, and that’s […]

The post Watch the Final ‘Annie’ Trailer Starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Watch: Two Final Trailers for 'Annie'

4 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If you've been reading my writing on this site or heard me on the podcast, you know I am a big fan of musicals. However, a musical is a form like any other. It has its highs and its lows. People like to think if I like the form, I like everything within it. Not the case. It would be like saying I like every movie. It is probably the same 30% good/70% bad ratio for any artistic medium. One of the most popular musicals of all time falls in the 70% bad range for me, which is Annie. The musical has already had a film adaptation directed by John Huston and a TV movie adaptation by Rob Marshall. So, instead of trying their hand at something new (such as trying one of the shows on my top ten musicals that should be made into movies), we will be getting yet another version of this story. »

- Mike Shutt

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New Annie Trailer featuring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale

4 November 2014 6:58 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Will Gluck’s rendition of Annie looks cheesy to the max, but there’s just something about that story and those songs that’s undeniably appealing and packs the power to put a smile on your face regardless of flat humor and tacky dialogue.  Plus, this latest trailer has little to no Cameron Diaz in it and that definitely works to the piece’s benefit. We’ll get to see what Quvenzhané Wallis is capable of post-Beasts of the Southern Wild when Annie hits theaters on December 19th.  The film also stars Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and David Zayas.  Hit the jump to check out the new Annie trailer. Here’s the official synopsis for Annie: A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie.  Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck »

- Perri Nemiroff

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New Full Trailer for 'Annie'

4 November 2014 5:52 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Sony Pictures has released the final full trailer for "Annie," starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz.

A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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K5 boards Walken, Heard comedy-drama

28 October 2014 3:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard star in New York comedy-drama.

K5 International has boarded New York-based comedy-drama When I Live My life Over Again, starring Christopher Walken, Amber Heard and Oliver Platt.

Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s sales outfit will introduce the film to buyers at Afm.

Zombieland star Heard plays Jude, the daughter of a famous crooner Paul Lombard (Walken), but for the proud, feisty Jude, spending time with her egocentric, impossible-to-please father becomes her worst nightmare as he plots his big comeback.

The film is written and directed by Robert Edwards and co-stars Kelli Garner (The Aviator), Ann Magnuson (Panic Room), and Hamish Linklater (Fantastic Four). 

Producers are Parts & Labor’s Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Chris Maybach, Saemi and Saerom Kim at Maybach Film Productions (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Ferne Pearlstein and Lucas Joaquin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). 

Executive producers are Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur at K5, Eugene Lee »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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K5 boards Walken, Heard drama

28 October 2014 3:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard star in New York drama.

K5 International has boarded New York-based drama When I Live My life Over Again, starring Christopher Walken, Amber Heard and Oliver Platt.

Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s sales outfit will introduce the film to buyers at Afm.

Zombieland star Heard plays Jude, the daughter of a famous crooner Paul Lombard (Walken), but for the proud, feisty Jude, spending time with her egocentric, impossible-to-please father becomes her worst nightmare as he plots his big comeback.

The film is written and directed by Robert Edwards and co-stars Kelli Garner (The Aviator), Ann Magnuson (Panic Room), and Hamish Linklater (Fantastic Four). 

Producers are Parts & Labor’s Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Chris Maybach, Saemi and Saerom Kim at Maybach Film Productions (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Ferne Pearlstein and Lucas Joaquin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). 

Executive producers are Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur at K5, Eugene Lee »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Alexandre Desplat Proves a Perennial Fave at Gent’s World Soundtrack Awards

27 October 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As the Mc at Saturday night’s 14th annual World Soundtrack Awards — the culmination of Film Fest Gent — announced, “this should be called the Alexandre Desplat Awards,” after the French maestro was named as winner of both composer of the year and creator of the year’s best original film score (“Grand Budapest Hotel”).

Desplat, with his 13 nominations and six wins since 2007, is apparently a clear favorite of the Wsa committee that decides on such affairs, despite facing such stiff competition from Steven Price, who won the Oscar for “Gravity,” and Hans Zimmer (“12 Years a Slave”), who, along with his then-publicist, the late Ronni Chasen, helped bring worldwide recognition to Gent as a showcase for film music.

The composer of the year award recognizes a talent’s body of work for the previous year, and the ever-prolific Desplat was recognized for no less than seven films, including “Budapest,” “Philomena,” “The Monuments Men »

- Steve Chagollan

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2014 Gotham Award Nominations Bode Well For Boyhood And The Grand Budapest Hotel

24 October 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The 2014 fall awards season is off to a strong start with the unveiling of the nominees for this year’s Gotham Independent Film Awards. Though not as recognizable as the Oscars or Golden Globes, the Gotham Awards typically mark the start of awards season, honoring the best and brightest in independent cinema. Additionally, many of the films highlighted by the Gotham Awards go on to become Oscar frontrunners – last year’s most nominated film was eventual Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, and past winners have included Inside Llewyn DavisBeasts of the Southern Wild and The Hurt Locker.

This year looks to be no different, with assumed Oscar contenders like Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s technically dazzling Birdman and Richard Linklater’s ambitious 12-year project Boyhood in the mix. Excitingly, Wes Anderson’s brilliant The Grand Budapest Hotel, released way back in March, also made the cut, meaning that its »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Watch: 'The Life & Death of Tommy Chaos & Stacey Danger' Short

24 October 2014 11:13 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"What I do know is that: I love more than a compass loves north." What in the funk is this? "Think Blue Valentine meets Jurassic Park." That's the opening pitch for this short film, but it's something else entirely unique and fun in its own way. The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger is a wacky, romantic adventure short from filmmaker Michael Lukk Litwak (@MLLitwak). It has a very hipster vibe to it, I must admit, but it's fun and the score is great (from the same guy who did the Beasts of the Southern Wild score). If you want to see a short film with dinosaurs, spaceships, romance and more, then fire this up. What an ending. Synopsis from the official website: "Dinosaurs have invaded Earth but neither Tommy nor Stacey care anymore, now that they’ve met each other. They escape the war, but whether »

- Alex Billington

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Gotham Award Nominations: ‘Boyhood’ Scores Four (Full List)

23 October 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Gotham Independent Film Awards set a 2014 race for best feature that includes “Boyhood” and “Birdman,” vying for the title with “Love is Strange,” “Under the Skin” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Richard Linklater’s drama “Boyhood,” 12 years in the making, led the nominations list with four, including acting nods for Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane. “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s story of a has-been actor trying to make his comeback on Broadway, snagged an additional nom for lead actor Michael Keaton.

Jonathan Glazer’s scifi feature “Under the Skin” also did well, nabbing a thesping nom for lead Scarlett Johansson. Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Bill Hader (“The Skeleton Twins”) and Miles Teller (“Whiplash”) also are among the actors in the running for trophies.

Every year the Gotham nominators also recognize the breakthrough talent of emerging creatives, this year with a pool of nominees that include directors Justin Simien »

- Gordon Cox

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Sia's cover of 'Never Fully Dressed' for 'Annie' is a super-fun and super-trashy

22 October 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sia has contributed a new version of "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" to the forthcoming film redux of "Annie" and, boy, is it bonkers. It's mastered to the max, it's got new, original fillings (just like your teeth!), it's got Sia still working out whatever accent Sia does, and it's trashy as hell. I kind of love it. If the film is anything like the accompanying music video to this "Never Fully Dressed," then prepare for divine and obnoxious child actors forcing your mouth into a twisted dumb grin for its duration. A patent corporate smarm will act as a thin layer of wax on the "Annie" of old and transition it into a viral video-binging, non-stop comic, New York-worshipping, anti-cynical pill to swallow. And maybe it's best this way, because I am going to watch this movie so hard. One reason is because "Annie" was one of »

- Katie Hasty

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