16 items from 2014
Director: Lynn Shelton
Writer: Andrea Seigel
U.S. Distributor: A24
Her characters wear their emotions on their sleeves and normally, she is a wearer of many hats, but for this time out, mayoress of the Seattleites Lynn Shelton worked from a screenplay that is not her own and yet, according to the critical response at Sundance, we find much of the same charisma and tone in previous comedic items such as Touchy Feely , Your Sister’s Sistere and Humpday.
Gist: Written by Andrea Seigel, a young woman Megan (Keira Knightley) reacts to her boyfriend’s (Mark Webber) marriage proposal by pretending to go on a business retreat but she actually hangs out with a new 16-year old friend Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz »
- Eric Lavallee
Since her breakout film “Humpday” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival five years ago, writer/director Lynn Shelton has been one of the hardest-working women in the business. In addition to her last two features—“Your Sister’s Sister” and “Touchy Feely”—she has also directed episodes of “New Girl” and “Mad Men.” Her films are complex and touching explorations of human relationships and, until now, they have mostly been improvisational works developed with talented ensembles of actors (read our review here). In her latest film “Laggies,” which premiered last week at the Sundance, Shelton switches gears, working from another person’s script for the first time—without most of her standard improvisation—on a much higher budget (“I broke the million-dollar mark, by quite a lot!”), and with a bigger cast of characters, many of them A-list. The result is a polished and unique rom-com about a young woman (Keira Knightley, »
- Kristin McCracken
Directed by Lynn Shelton
Written by Andrea Seigel
Keira Knightley stars in the new movie by director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister) that seeks to reason why a young woman hasn’t grown up yet. It’s a film about hesitancy and not knowing exactly what you need to achieve happiness. Swimming upstream of what everyone else wants for her, the lead character experiences a sea change and begins to buck other people’s advice. Laggies is a stimulating film that deals with individualism and perhaps relies too much on buoying a woman’s true identity with romantic interest but still succeeds in introducing a female character who dares to break away from expectation to do what she wants, even if she hasn’t a clue what that may be.
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- Lane Scarberry
Five days into the festival, Scott Davis has a look at some of the early Us films garnering both praise and distributors at the famous festival, and what to look out for in 2014.…
It’s Sundance time again in the Us. 30 years since it’s inception by screen legend Robert Redford, Sundance has been responsible for helping the indie scene from across the globe get exposure and on their way into the public domain. Last year, it helped films find distributors, such as The Way, Way Back, Prince Avalanche, Don Jon, Fruitvale Station and The Spectacular Now (the latter two still to see releases in the UK.) This year is no different, and the line-up has the potential to be one of the best it has seen. Five days into proceedings, and many films have already worked up some steam, some finding distributors, others still to be picked up. Below »
- Gary Collinson
So far, the Sundance Film Festival is only a couple days in but there have been a number of big buzz movies and one that had everyone excited sight unseen is the latest comedy from Lynn Shelton, Laggies , starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell and Chloe Moretz. After generally positive reactions following its premiere on Friday night, the distributors are circling and fledgling distributor A24 has stepped up to join the bidding war to distribute the film. This is Shelton's third year in a row at Sundance, having brought her previous movie Touchy Feely there last year and My Sister's Sister , starring Emily Blunt, RoseMarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass a year earlier. In Laggies , Knightley (who also made waves at Toronto with Can A Song Save Your Life? plays a 28-year-old »
Since making her Sundance debut with "Humpday" in 2009, writer-director Lynn Shelton's steady output of work has accumulated into a distinctive brand. Always set in and around Seattle and starring either Mark Duplass ("Humpday") or Rosemary Dewitt ("Touchy Feely")—or, at her best, both of them ("Your Sister's Sister")—Shelton's films are distinguished by their improvisational style and a tone that lies somewhere between laid back and extremely uncomfortable. Her latest film, "Laggies," marks the first time she’s directed a film whose script she didn't personally pen. Although the story by Andrea Seigel is more tightly constructed (and much more neatly wrapped up) than Shelton's own improvised scripts, the story of arrested development in extremis fits neatly into the director's oeuvre. The grainy high school prom video that accompanies the film's opening credits establishes from the outset the extent to which Keira Knightley's Megan is stuck in her own past. »
- Emma Myers
Park City - Lynn Shelton has brought four of her films to Sundance, and I've been here for all four of them. Before now, "Your Sister's Sister" was my favorite of her films, while last year's "Touchy Feely" was the one with the most problems. She has rebounded in fine form with "Laggies," the first film she's directed from a script someone else wrote, and I suspect she's looking at her first possible cross-over hit here, due in part to the winning ensemble she put together. Andrea Seigel's script is one of those tricky pieces of screenwriting where the wrong tone »
- Drew McWeeny
Lynn Shelton is a Sundance veteran. Her film Humpday debuted at the annual Park City festival in 2009; last year her story about an anxious massage therapist, Touchy Feely with Ellen Page, made a splash in a year with more female directors than ever at the fest. She returns to Sundance this week with a movie that has a similar sensibility as her previous efforts, but with one big difference: “I’ve never directed a film I didn’t write, and this came to me from an outside source,” Shelton tells EW. “It was an interesting process working with a script »
- Laura Hertzfeld
Before the deal making gets underway at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, here is a review of how the films from last year’s festival fared at the box office. VOD receipts aren’t part of this, and I will add those I get. But you can see that buyers might not want to let the thin air here get the best of them. Sundance 2013 Acquisitions and Box Office Title Distributor-Buyer Rights Type Acquisition (or M.G.) * Domestic B.O. * Don Jon+ Relativity U.S. 4 24.5 The Way, Way Back Fox Searchlight Domestic, some territories 10 21.5 Jobs+ Open Road service deal – 16.1 Fruitvale Station Weinstein English Speaking 2+ 16.1 Before Midnight Sony Classics Domestic and U.K. mid seven figures 8.1 The Spectacular Now A24 Domestic – 6.9 20 Feet From Stardom Radius TWC Domestic low seven figures 4.8 In a World… Roadside Attractions/Sony Wwide U.S../Intl. – 3.0 The Kings of Summer (aka Toy’s House) CBS/Qed domestic/Intl. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Park City -- Distributor A24 has acquired domestic distribution rights to Lynn Shelton's Laggies, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, which stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley, has been one of the Sundance Film Festival's most high-profile pics. Sources peg the purchase price at around $2 million for North American rights, which will include a theatrical release. Video: 5 Breakout Stars at this Year's Sundance Film Festival This is the sixth feature from writer-director Shelton after 2012's Your Sister's Sister, which premiered at the 2012 festival, and Touchy Feely, which premiered at last year's fest. Laggies is written by Andrea Seigel,
- Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit
The Sundance Film Festival kicks off this Thursday night, January 16, 2014 and history tells us that one of your favorite films will premiere there. Last year, we covered the Sundance premieres of “Before Midnight,” “Upstream Color,” “The Way Way Back,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” “We Are What We Are,” and many more. And Chicago Critics Film Festival hits “Stories We Tell,” “The Spectacular Now,” and “The Kings of Summer” premiered in Park City in 2013.
What will make waves this year? What films will cinephiles be talking about for the next ten days? There are dozens of films that have piqued our interest and that we’ll be covering here in daily diaries starting on Friday but here are ten, alphabetically, that already have people buzzing. And the amazing thing is how easy it would have been to choose a completely different ten. (Synopses courtesy of Sundance.)
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It’s been far too long since we last saw Robert Pattinson on the big screen, but Rob’s ‘The Rover’ director David Michod helped ease our withdrawal by posting not one but two new Instagram videos about Rob! Check out the condensed footage after the jump.
So sweet! The director of Robert Pattinson‘s new film The Rover, David Michod, cannot stop gushing about our favorite star — to the point where he posted two behind-the-scenes Instagram videos talking about how much he loves working with him!
The Rover, in case you didn’t already know, is a crime drama that takes place in the Australian desert in the near future. Rob plays Reynolds, a member of a gang that robs Guy Pearce‘s main character, Eric. Apparently, he was David’s first choice for the role! »
- HL Intern
With this year's edition of the Sundance Film Festival about to kick off, it's the perfect time to watch (or re-watch) last year's crop of films. Here's where you can find 20 of the films which screened in competition at last year's Sundance Film Festival online. Also, keep in mind that "The Square" will be available on Netflix beginning Friday, January 17. Click the title of the film to go to the site where you can watch it. Films are listed below in alphabetical order. Ain't Them Bodies Saints (iTunes) A Teacher (iTunes) Blackfish (Netflix) Blue Caprice (iTunes) C.O.G. (Netflix) Computer Chess (Netlix) Concussion (iTunes) Crystal Fairy (Netflix) Read More: 6 Oscar Shortlisted Features Docs Now Online Cutie and the Boxer (Netflix) Dirty Wars (Netflix) Escape From Tomorrow (iTunes) Fruitvale Station (iTunes) Inequality for All (iTunes) Mother of George (iTunes) Newlyweeds (iTunes) The Spectacular Now (iTunes) This is Martin Bonner (Netflix) Touchy Feely. »
- Paula Bernstein
Our annual Sundance Curiosities column takes a look at various movies and filmmakers from the upcoming Park City festival worthy of anticipation. This year, the column is being written by members of the Indiewire | Sundance Institute Fellowship for Film Criticism, who will also review films during the festival. Director Lynn Shelton, whose film "Touchy Feely" premiered at Sundance in 2013, will be back in Park City this year with "Laggies," written by novelist and first-time screenwriter Andrea Seigel and starring Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell. Showing in the out-of-competition Premieres section, the film is described in the official Sundance announcement as “a coming-of-age story about a 28-year-old woman stuck in permanent adolescence.” While a coming-of-age story (e.g., "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn") about a twenty-eight-year-old woman (e.g., Keira Knightley) sounds like a contradiction in terms, it's a timely spin on a timeless genre, and »
- Mary Sollosi
On Jan. 6, as rumors of Robert Pattinson striking up a romance with Kristen Stewart’s friend Nettie Wakefield surfaced, Kristen was seen driving around Los Angeles with her Bff Cj Romero. Is she leaning on Cj during a hard time?
Everybody needs a friend when their former flame is spotted out with a potential new love interest, and apparently Kristen Stewart is no different. On Jan. 6, right as reports surfaced that Robert Pattinson was getting “touchy-feely” with the former couple’s mutual friend Nettie Wakefield, Kristen was spotted out in L.A. with her best friend Cj Romero. Hopefully, Cj is helping her get her mind off of Rob!
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Rob has been spotted out and about everywhere from London to New York lately, but one person he hasn’t been seen with is Kristen. Luckily, Kristen has been keeping busy »
- HL Intern
2014 is here but that doesn't mean the tabulating of 2013 will end just yet. Everyone is still using the holiday season to catch up on the year that was before jumping into the year ahead, and yet another Top 10 is upon us. This time around, it's indie filmmaker Lynn Shelton, who released her own "Touchy Feely" last year, dropping her fave movies of 2013, in no particular order it seems. And as you might guess, the movies that stuck with the filmmaker were more under the radar pictures like the Kathryn Hahn/Juno Temple starring "Afternoon Delight," SXSW hit "Gimme The Loot," Mark Webber's "The End Of Love" and Lake Bell's "In A World." That said, Shelton likes her popcorn just like the rest of us, and gives a thumbs up to Edgar Wright's "The World's End" while also giving some love to Spike Jonze's "Her." Check it all out below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
16 items from 2014
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