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Lrm's 10 Most Anticipated Sundance Film Festival Premieres

16 hours ago | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Later this week, Lrm will be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. While the festival tends to be a mixed bag of indie films, some will be picked up for distribution by studios and turned into mainstream hits, others will flounder and be lucky to get a VOD release. Even so, there’s no denying that Sundance is the real beginning of the year for most movie lovers as we’ll be talking about the movies below for the next 12 months.

Last year alone, Sundance held the premieres for The Birth of a Nation, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, Love and Friendship, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street and many more films, some that appeared on The Weekend Warrior’s year-end Top 25. One or two of those might even receive Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week on January 24.

Most of the films I’ve selected »

- Edward Douglas

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Armie and Elizabeth Chambers Hammer Welcome a Son

16 January 2017 7:35 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Armie Hammer‘s Social Network just grew by one!

The actor and his wife, Chief Correspondent of the Human Rights Foundation Elizabeth Chambers Hammer, welcomed their second child on Sunday, Jan. 15, in Los Angeles, his rep confirms to People exclusively.

“Both Mom and baby are doing great,” the rep tells People.

The baby boy joins the couple’s daughter Harper, 2.

“Armie and Elizabeth are overjoyed with their growing family and daughter Harper is already embracing the role of big sister,” adds a source close to the couple.

Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click »

- Jen Juneau

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Teresa Palmer Thriller ‘Berlin Syndrome’ Acquired by Vertical, Netflix

13 January 2017 11:11 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Another Sundance film has been picked up ahead of the festival as director Cate Shortland’s psychological thriller “Berlin Syndrome” has been acquired by Vertical Entertainment and Netflix, TheWrap has learned. “Berlin Syndrome,” which stars Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt, premieres next Friday night at the Marc Theater, in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section. The deal for the acquisition was in the low- to mid-seven figures and Netflix will get all rights including streaming after Vertical mounts a theatrical release in early summer 2017, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap. Also Read: Armie Hammer's Gay Drama »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Sundance 2017: Netflix, Vertical Acquire ‘Berlin Syndrome’

13 January 2017 10:10 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix and Vertical Entertainment have acquired the psychological thriller “Berlin Syndrome,” with Vertical handling the North American theatrical release and Netflix getting the streaming rights, Deadline reports. The film was purchased for an amount in the low to mid seven figures and will screen in Sundance’s World Dramatic Competition on Friday, January 20th.

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Directed by Cate Shortland (“Lore”), the film stars Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt. Palmer plays an Australian photographer who has a romantic encounter with a man in Berlin (Riemelt) and soon finds herself locked in his apartment.

The acquisition a week before Sundance begins is just the latest example of distributors buying up movies before festival bidding wars even have a chance to start. Last weekend, A24 purchased a film sight unseen: David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. A »

- Graham Winfrey

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Sundance 2017: 13 Talents Poised to Break Out At This Year’s Festival

12 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Sundance Film Festival has long been a proving ground for brand new talents and stars-in-the-making looking to catapult their career into the big leagues, and this year’s edition of the lauded fest looks to be no different. From actors to filmmakers, we’ve targeted a batch of up-and-coming talents who are set to make it big at this year’s festival. There may be a familiar face or two among their ranks, but we’re betting that, post-Sundance, they’re going to be just about everywhere from now on.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts

Ahead, check out 13 talents we’re excited to see break out at this year’s festival.

Margaret Qualley, actor, “Novitiate

Over the past few years, Margaret Qualley has amassed a notable screen career, between “The Leftovers” and last year’s hypnotic Spike Jonze-directed Kenzo short. »

- Chris O'Falt, Graham Winfrey, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland, Steve Greene and Zack Sharf

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Sundance 2017: 20 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

11 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s Sundance Film Festival is mere days from unspooling in snowy Park City, Utah and, with it comes a brand new year of indie filmmaking to get excited about. As ever, the annual festival is playing home to dozens of feature films, short offerings and technologically-influenced experiences, and while there’s plenty to anticipate seeing, we’ve waded through the lineup to pick out the ones we’re most looking forward to checking out.

From returning filmmakers like Alex Ross Perry and Gillian Robesepierre to a handful of long-gestating passion projects and at least one film about a ghost, we’ve got a little something for every stripe of film fan.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts

Ahead, check out 20 titles we’re excited to finally check out at this year’s festival.

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The trifecta behind previous Sundance »

- Chris O'Falt, Eric Kohn, Graham Winfrey, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland, Steve Greene and Zack Sharf

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Sundance 2017: ‘Newness’ and ‘Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time’ Added to Lineup

9 January 2017 1:45 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Two new films have just been added to this year’s Sundance Film Festival: Drake Doremus’ “Newness” and Banks Tarver, Ted Bourne and Mary Robertson’s “Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time.” The former marks Doremus’ fourth film to premiere in Park City after “Douchebag,” “Like Crazy” and “Breathe In,” while the latter continues Sundance’s tradition of ultra-timely political documentaries.

Read More: ‘A Ghost Story’: David Lowery’s Sundance Drama Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara Acquired by A24

Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Danny Huston and Courtney Eaton star in “Newness,” which the program notes describe thusly: “In contemporary Los Angeles, two millennials navigating a social media–driven hookup culture begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries.” Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon feature in “Trumped,” meanwhile, which follows its subject’s unlikely election last November.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Sony Pictures Classics »

- Michael Nordine

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Frank Ocean, Nine Inch Nails and Tame Impala to Headline Panorama Festival 2017

9 January 2017 10:24 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It may only be January, but it’s never too soon to celebrate the musical acts performing at this year’s Panorama Music Festival on New York’s Randall’s Island in July.

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The three-day fest from July 28-31 will include headliners and co-headliners Frank Ocean, Solange, Tame Impala, Alt-j, Nine Inch Nails and A Tribe Called Quest. Vulture noted that the event marks the first major performance by A Tribe Called Quest since the death of former member Phife Dawg.

Other notable acts include Mgmt, Future Islands, Tyler the Creator, Spoon, Nick Murphy, Nicolas Jaar, Belle & Sebastian, Justice, Glass Animals, Cashmere Cat, Angel Olsen, Girl Talk, DJ Shadow, Vance Joy, Isaiah Rashad, MØ, Breakout, Vince Staples, Jaguar Ma, Matoma, Mitski, Hot Since 82, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, »

- Graham Winfrey

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What’s the Most Exciting Movie of 2017 That No One’s Talking About? — IndieWire Critics Survey

9 January 2017 9:40 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Here we are again, staring down the barrel of another year at the movies, one sure to be filled with its fair share of discoveries, disappointments, and trucks that are powered by monsters. Many of our most anticipated new films can be seen coming a mile away, but what’s the most exciting movie of 2017 that no one is talking about?

Angie Han (@ajhan), Slashfilm.com

I haven’t seen much talk about “The Glass Castle,” Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir, maybe because it doesn’t have an actual release date yet. But I’ve been interested in the project since it was first announced, »

- David Ehrlich

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David Bowie Birthday Celebration: Gary Oldman, La Roux, Simon Le Bon and More Gather to Celebrate Rocker’s Life — Watch

9 January 2017 9:21 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been almost a year to the day since we lost David Bowie, but the rock icon and beloved creative force is still foremost in the minds of those who knew and loved him best. As Billboard reports, on Sunday evening, some of those people — including fans, friends and even former bandmates — gathered together to celebrate what would have been Bowie’s seventieth birthday for a three-hour charity concert at London’s Brixton Academy. It was an appropriately rocking and raucous event.

The show was hosted by actor (and close Bowie pal) Gary Oldman, who took the stage not only to emcee the event, but to rock out to a few of Bowie’s classics, including “Sorrow” and “The Man Who Sold the World.”

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Oldman was joined by other luminaries and performers, »

- Kate Erbland

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The Weinstein Company Drops Jeremy Renner-Starring Sundance Film ‘Wind River’ After Hard Year

9 January 2017 9:02 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Weinstein Company is no longer distributing “Wind River,” the Jeremy Renner-starring thriller set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, THR reports. TWC had reportedly paid somewhere in the mid-seven figures for the film at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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The movie was directed by “Hell or High Water” writer Taylor Sheridan and also stars Elizabeth Olsen and Jon Bernthal. The story revolves around a Fish and Game Department employee (Renner) who finds a dead teenage girl in the woods and works with an FBI agent (Olsen) to find those responsible for her death.

With TWC letting go of the movie, buyers at Sundance will have another title to compete for, if the film doesn’t get snapped up prior to the festival. The move comes »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Toni Erdmann’ Could Get English-Language Remake — Report

9 January 2017 7:51 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One of the most acclaimed foreign films of 2016 is already generating buzz about the possibility of an English-language remake. “Toni Erdmann,” German filmmaker Maren Ade’s nearly three-hour dramatic comedy, has remake written all over it, Germany’s Bild reports.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Luca Guadagnino’s Gay Romance ‘Call Me By Your Name

The film stars Sandra Hüller as a hard working professional whose father tries to reconnect with her through a series of practical jokes. Though the concept of a Hollywood version of the film is likely to draw the ire of many movie lovers who’ve seen far too many watered down versions of foreign films, Ade recently said she was not opposed to the idea.

“This would not affect the original,” she told Bild. “You can shorten the film and make a pure comedy out of [it]. But I would not be the one to do it. »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Call Me by Your Name’: Sufjan Stevens Wrote and Performed the Soundtrack to Luca Guadagnino’s Sundance Drama

8 January 2017 3:08 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Before his “Suspiria” remake reunites him with “A Bigger Splash” stars Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, Luca Guadagnino will next be seen at Sundance for the world premiere of “Call Me by Your Name.” A gay love story set in Northern Italy, the film starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet has already been acquired  by Sony Pictures Classics — and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will feature an original soundtrack by Sufjan Stevens.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Luca Guadagnino’s Gay Romance ‘Call Me By Your Name

Stevens — a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter best known for his 2005 album “Illinois” — both wrote and performed the tunes. “Visually rich, stunning, deeply emotional and sensual, ‘Call Me by Your Name’ confirms Luca Guadagnino as one of the world’s master filmmakers,” says an Spc rep in a statement. “It will be a privilege to bring the movie to audiences around the world. »

- Michael Nordine

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‘A Ghost Story’: David Lowery’s Sundance Drama Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara Acquired by A24

8 January 2017 2:03 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Casey Affleck has had an eventful 12 months, and it started at Sundance last January with the world premiere of “Manchester by the Sea.” 2017 looks to be off to a similar start for the actor, as Variety is reporting that A24 has already acquired worldwide distribution rights to David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” ahead of its Park City premiere in a few weeks.

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The film reunites Lowery, Affleck and Rooney Mara, the main trio behind “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which first debuted at Sundance four years ago; Lowery’s most recent project was Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon.” A24 — whose recent releases include “Moonlight,” “The Lobster” and “20th Century Women” — bought “A Ghost Story” sight unseen. Other Sundance-bound titles that have already been acquired include “Casting JonBenét” (Netflix) and “Call Me By Your Name »

- Michael Nordine

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David Lowery Says ‘A Ghost Story’ Isn’t a Horror Film; A24 Announces Acquisition

8 January 2017 1:34 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Less than a day after Sony Classics picked up Luca Guadagnino‘s follow-up to A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name, another acquisition of a highly-anticipated film has been announced before Sundance kicks off. A24 has picked up the rights to David Lowery‘s A Ghost Story, which reunites him with his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

Shot secretly in Texas this summer — around the time Lowery’s big-budget debut Pete’s Dragon arrived in theaters — Variety reports the film was picked up sight unseen by A24. While not much was known about the project when it was recently announced, Sundance have now shared an official synopsis, which reveals Affleck plays a “a spectral figure who was once a man” as he observes his grief-stricken lover (Mara), along with other unexpected plot details.

Check out the synopsis below, along with an Instagram post »

- Jordan Raup

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Sundance: Casey Affleck’s ‘A Ghost Story’ Sells to A24 (Exclusive)

8 January 2017 1:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With less than two weeks until the launch of Sundance 2017, another movie has already sold. A24 has scooped up worldwide distribution rights to David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” Variety has learned.

The spooky drama reunites Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, who starred in Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which debuted at Sundance in 2013. “A Ghost Story” will premiere as part of the festival’s Next section. A24 had such confidence in the film, they bought it sight unseen, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.

The movie is produced by Adam Donaghey, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, and Liz Franke. Lowery, who previously directed Disney’s 2016 remake of “Pete’s Dragon,” also wrote the script.

Just a year ago, Casey Affleck went to Sundance with “Manchester by the Sea,” the Kenneth Lonergan drama that sold to Amazon Studios for $10 million. Since then, that indie has grossed »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Newswire: Sufjan Stevens to score indie film Call Me By Your Name

8 January 2017 12:41 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Sufjan Stevens’ Fifty States Project has been stalled for the last decade or so while he does other critically acclaimed things, but rather than spending his free time on that protracted, gimmicky project, he’s decided to do something a little more straightforward. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stevens is writing and recording the soundtrack to director Luca Guadagnino’s indie film Call Me By Your Name. The movie stars Armie Hammer as an American scholar visiting Italy in the ‘80s who “attracts the attention of a 17-year-old Jewish-American boy,” and despite the fact that we live in 2017 now, it’s billed as a “gay love story” and not just a “love story.”

THR says the film will start hitting the festival circuit this month, but there’s no word on a release date for Stevens’ soundtrack.

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- Sam Barsanti

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David Bowie’s ‘No Plan’ Music Video Is a Posthumous Tribute to the Departed Space Oddity — Watch

8 January 2017 11:05 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

David Bowie may have left us, but his music has not — and, in a most pleasant surprise, some of his final recordings have been assembled in a new form. Today’s “No Plan” Ep, which was released to coincide with what would have been the dearly departed musician/actor/space oddity’s 70th birthday, contains four songs that were originally part of the soundtrack to Bowie’s Broadway musical “Lazarus”: “Lazarus,” “No Plan,” “Killing a Little Time” and “When I Met You.” Watch the new video for the title track below.

Read More: David Bowie Music Video Director Says Bowie Only Discovered He Was Dying During Last 3 Months

Taking place on a rainy night, the video features a series of TV windows in a display window that display the song’s lyrics:

 

Here, there’s no music here

I’m lost in streams of sound

Here, am I nowhere now? »

- Michael Nordine

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Sufjan Stevens Has New Original Songs in ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ Picked Up By Sony Classics

8 January 2017 9:54 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While the Sundance Film Festival 2017 doesn’t quite have the auteur-driven major premieres such as Manchester by the Sea and Certain Women last year, near the top of our most-anticipated films is Luca Guadagnino‘s follow-up to A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name. Ahead of the premiere later this month, it’s now been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for around $6 million, according to THR.

An adaptation of André Aciman‘s novel, scripted by James Ivory and the director, it follows a 17-year-old boy who begins a romance with his father’s house guest. Taking the role of the boy is Interstellar star Timothée Chalamet while Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) plays his father and Armie Hammer takes the role of the house guest. It’s also been revealed that Sufjan Stevens, whose last album Carrie & Lowell was one of 2015’s best, has written and performed original songs for the film. »

- Jordan Raup

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Spc acquires Sundance entry 'Call Me By Your Name'

7 January 2017 10:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In a second notable pre-festival buy, the distributor has picked up worldwide rights to Luca Guadagnino’s anticipated drama from Wme Global and UTA Independent Film Group.

Call Me By Your Name will premiere in Park City in the Premieres strand and stars Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Guadagnino’s follow-up to A Bigger Splash centres on a privileged youngster on summer holiday at his parents’ Italian villa when his father’s academic friend arrives.

James Ivory, Walter Fasano and Guadagnino adapted the screenplay from André Aciman’s novel of the same name.

Peter Spears, Emilie Georges, Guadagnino, Ivory, Marco Morabito, Howard Rosenman and Rodrigo Teixeira produced, with Naima Abed, Tom Dolby, Sophie Mas, Lourenco Sant’Anna, Derek Simonds, Margarethe Baillou and Francesco Melzi on board as executive producers.

Guadagnino is next directing a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 Italian horror Suspiria.

Last week Netflix announced it had acquired worldwide rights to Us Documentary Competition »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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