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Programme announced for Sundance Film Festival: London 2019

  • HeyUGuys
Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced today the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions to take place at ‘Sundance Film Festival’ London between 30 May – 2 June at Picturehouse Central.

The festival will present 12 feature films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected for London by the Sundance Institute programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse. The festival will open with the European premiere of Late Night (Nisha Ganatra), written by and starring Mindy Kaling alongside Emma Thompson. The festival will close four days later with the UK premiere of Penny Lane’s Hail Satan?.

Alongside the opening and closing night films, the festival will present a selection of fearless filmmaking: The Nightingale, a striking revenge drama starring Aisling Franciosi and Sam Claflin, marks Jennifer Kent’s anticipated follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut, The Babadook.

Time Out gala film, Animals (dir. Sophie Hyde,
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Clancy Brown Boards ‘Promising Young Woman’ At Focus Features

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Clancy Brown Boards ‘Promising Young Woman’ At Focus Features
Exclusive: Clancy Brown is the latest to join Focus Features and FilmNation Entertainment’s Promising Young Woman thriller from Emerald Fennell.

Carey Mulligan stars in the pic as Cassie, who everyone said was a promising young woman until a tragic event abruptly derailed her future. Now she’s a medical school drop-out, living at home with her worried parents and working at a coffee shop with a concerned boss. It seems like she is at a standstill, except for the double life Cassie leads at night. Brown will play Cassie’s father, Stanley.

Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson, and Molly Shannon co-star.

Fennell is also producing the pic with FilmNation’s Ben Browning and LuckyChap Entertainment’s Margot Robbie, Josey McNamara, and Tom Ackerley. FilmNation’s Ashley Fox is the executive producer,
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‘Hell on Wheels’ Star Angela Zhou Joins ‘Promising Young Woman’; Ron Funches Cast In ‘Sylvie’

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‘Hell on Wheels’ Star Angela Zhou Joins ‘Promising Young Woman’; Ron Funches Cast In ‘Sylvie’
Angela Zhou has been added to the cast of the Focus Features thriller, Promising Young Woman, joining stars Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham as well as Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson, and Molly Shannon. Emerald Fennell is directing the film based his own screenplay. It follows Cassie, who everyone said was a promising young woman until a tragic event abruptly derailed her future. Now she’s a medical school drop-out, living at home with her worried parents and working at a coffee shop with a concerned boss. It seems like she is at a standstill, except for the double life Cassie leads at night. Zhou will play Todd, a smart and watchful cop, who has been recently promoted to detective. Margot Robbie, Josey McNamara, and Tom Ackerley are producing the project under LuckyChap Entertainment banner with Fennell and FilmNation’s Ben Browning.
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Alison Brie, Bo Burnham Join Carey Mulligan’s ‘Promising Young Woman’

  • Variety
Alison Brie, Bo Burnham Join Carey Mulligan’s ‘Promising Young Woman’
Eighth Grade” director Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, and Connie Britton have joined Carey Mulligan’s thriller “Promising Young Woman.”

Other new cast members include Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson, and Molly Shannon. The pic has started production in Los Angeles.

Mulligan will play a young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past who takes revenge on the predatory men unlucky enough to cross her path.

Focus Features came on board last month with FilmNation Entertainment. The thriller marks the feature directorial debut of Emerald Fennell, who will both helm and write the movie. Fennell will produce along with Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, and Josey McNamara for LuckyChap Entertainment, and Ben Browning for FilmNation Entertainment. Ashley Fox of FilmNation Entertainment will executive produce.

Focus Features will distribute the film worldwide, excluding some territories.

Promising Young Woman” and Fennell are part of Universal Filmed
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Bo Burnham To Star Opposite Carey Mulligan In ‘Promising Young Woman’; Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Connie Britton + More

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Bo Burnham To Star Opposite Carey Mulligan In ‘Promising Young Woman’; Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Connie Britton + More
Eighth Grade director Bo Burnham will star alongside Carey Mulligan in FilmNation Entertainment’s Promising Young Woman, a thriller written and directed by Emerald Fennell. Rounding out the cast are Alison Brie (Glow), Connie Britton (Dirty John), Adam Brody (Shazam!), Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Sam Richardson (Veep), and Molly Shannon (Other People) as production has commenced in Los Angeles.

Margot Robbie is attached to produce the project via her LuckyChap Entertainment banner.

Mulligan stars as Cassie, who everyone said was a promising young woman until a tragic event abruptly derailed her future. Now she’s a medical school drop-out, living at home with her worried parents and working at a coffee shop with a concerned boss (Cox). It seems like she is at a standstill, except for the double life Cassie leads at night.

Fennell is
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Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody Join 'Promising Young Woman' Cast

Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody Join 'Promising Young Woman' Cast
Bo Burnham, the writer-director of Eighth Grade, Alison Brie, Connie Britton and Adam Brody have joined the cast of the thriller Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan as a medical-school dropout who is haunted by a tragedy in her past and leads a double life at night.

Written and directed by Emerald Fennel — who will be making her feature directorial debut after acting in series including Call the Midwife and The Crown — the film has attracted a cast that also includes Laverne Cox, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson and Molly Shannon.

Production began this week in ...
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Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox join Carey Mulligan thriller 'Promising Young Woman'

Focus Features, Universal Pictures International to distribute worldwide.

Eighth Grade director Bo Burnham has joined Carey Mulligan on the thriller Promising Young Woman for Focus Features, FilmNation, and Lucky Chap Entertainment, which has begun production in Los Angeles.

New cast includes Alison Brie, Laverne Cox, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plass, Sam Richardson, and Molly Shannon.

Mulligan plays Cassie, a young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past who begins to take a very particular form of revenge on the predatory men who cross her path. Cox plays Cassie’s concerned boss.

The thriller marks
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Fear Street Trilogy Loses a Director But Gains 4 More Cast Members

20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment's upcoming three-film adaptation of Goosebumps author R L Stine's teen horror book series Fear Street has been snatching up cast left and right over the past month. And today seems to be no different as this afternoon we got word that Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, and Jeremy Ford have signed onto the series of flicks. No word on who they will be playing, or in which of the three planned films they will appear. Not only that but now it seems that Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak will be directing all three movies instead of parts 1 and 3 while Listen Up Philip and Queen of Earth writer-director Alex Ross Perry who was attached to helm the middle Fear Street sequel seems to have dropped out or been replaced.

Anyhow, today's casting update comes to us on the heels of the recent announcement that
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In pictures: Glasgow Film Festival 2019 highlights

In pictures: Glasgow Film Festival 2019 highlights
Events included a Bo Burnham Q&A and a live Jessie Buckley performance.

The fifteenth annual Glasgow Film Festival came to a close on Sunday March 3, after 12 days of screenings, talks and special events.

The festival opened on February 20 with Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid90s, closing with Brian Welsh’s Scottish rave drama Beats - both UK premieres.

Attendees included Bo Burnham, who took part in a Q&A after a screening of his film Eighth Grade; and Jessie Buckley, who performed songs after a screening of her Glasgow-set music film Wild Rose.

See a gallery of images from the festival above.
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Glasgow Film Festival 2019 Review – Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade, 2018.

Directed by Bo Burnham.

Starring Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson and Jake Ryan.

Synopsis:

With one week of eighth grade left, an introverted 13-year-old girl tries to make it to the end.

1986’s Stand By Me sees four young boys on a cross-country hike to find a dead body. The story is quite grim, but its heart is pure, and that’s down to one thing; the portrayal of the kids. Unlike some movies about children, Stand By Me presented them unfiltered in their profane, silly but natural glory. Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade is similarly real, painting a vivid landscape of today’s flossing, snapchatting, and crucially, struggling teens.

Kayla (Elsie Fisher) is a normal 13-year-old girl. At school she’s written off as the shy one (especially when she wins the class superlative award for Most Quiet), at home her only desire is to be
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Paul Schrader Speaks Out After Saying A24 Put Him in ‘Facebook Jail’

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Paul Schrader Speaks Out After Saying A24 Put Him in ‘Facebook Jail’
Now that the Oscars are over, “First Reformed” director Paul Schrader has been released from what he refers to as “Facebook jail” following comments the writer-director made about disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.

First Reformed” distributor A24 asked Schrader to go dark on social media during awards season, the director wrote on Facebook, following a now-deleted November post in which he shared that he had been asked to direct a new film, and that he wanted Spacey to be the star. Given the recent legal action taken against Spacey regarding allegations of sexual abuse, the film’s producer told Schrader that hiring Spacey “is not possible.”

Schrader wrote, “I believe there are crimes in life but no crimes in art. Spacey should be punished for any crimes his actual person created. But not for art. All art is a crime. Punishing him as an artist only diminishes art. Put Celine in jail,
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Elsie Fisher on Oscars Snub: ‘I’m One of Those Losers!’

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Elsie Fisher on Oscars Snub: ‘I’m One of Those Losers!’
When “Eighth Grade” director Bo Burnham won the WGA award for best original screenplay, he was the first writer to win that award without also earning an Oscar nomination for the same film.

“To the other nominees in the category — Have fun at the Oscars, losers!” Burnham joked from the podium. Meanwhile star of “Eighth GradeElsie Fisher is at the 2019 Oscars, not as a nominee but a presenter.

When asked if she ever thought she’d be here, Fisher was at a loss for words.

“No! I mean like, nope. Nope that’s my answer,” she told Variety‘s Marc Malkin on the red carpet.

But she did have a response to Burnham’s jokes. “I am one of those losers!” she proclaimed.

“I may not be nominated here,” she continued. “But I am presenting which is very cool also. To be able to take ‘Eighth Grade’ from Sundance
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If Beale Street Could Talk leads winners of 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards were presented last night, with If Beale Street Could Talk taking home the top prize, the Best Feature Award.

Beale Street also collected Best Director (Barry Jenkins) and Best Supporting Female Actor (Regina King), while other winners included Sorry to Bother You (Best First Feature), Ethan Hawke (Best Male Lead – First Reformed), Glenn Close (Best Female Lead – The Wife), Richard E. Grant (Best Supporting Male Actor – Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Roma (Best International Film) and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Best Documentary).

Check out the full list of winners here…

Best Feature

Eighth Grade

First Reformed

If Beale Street Could Talk

Leave No Trace

You Were Never Really Here

Best Director

Debra Granik, Leave No Trace

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Tamara Jenkins, Private Life

Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

Paul Schrader, First
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Spirit Awards Showcase Oscar Players and Also-Rans, With Heavy Hitters on Deck

  • Variety
Five of the last eight best feature winners at the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have gone on to win best picture at the Oscars, including a four-year streak from 2013-2016. It was a steadily evolving status quo that led former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences governor Bill Mechanic to question his organization’s selections in a scathing resignation letter last April.

“[O]ver the past decade we have nominated so many smaller independent films that the Oscars feel like they should be handed out in a tent,” the former Fox honcho wrote to AMPAS president John Bailey, referencing the Spirit Awards, which are held in a large tent on the beach in Santa Monica. “Big is not inherently bad and small is not inherently good.”

This year’s Oscar nominations must have been music to Mechanic’s ears. Chart-busting studio hits like “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born
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Bo Burnham Wants ‘Eighth Grade’ Star Elsie Fisher to Direct Him

  • Variety
Bo Burnham Wants ‘Eighth Grade’ Star Elsie Fisher to Direct Him
Bo Burnham won his third award in three weeks for “Eighth Grade” at the Spirit Awards and said he wants the film’s 15-year-old Elsie Fisher to direct him.

“I’d love to work with Elsie again,” Burnham said backstage after winning the Best First Screenplay trophy. “She wants to direct so I’d love to switch roles and have her direct me.”

Burnham admitted that there’s no imminent project with Fisher, adding, “She’s 15 so I want to let her have her own life.”

Asked backstage about the biggest challenge he faced as the director, he responded, “The hardest part was child management issues like making sure the kids didn’t drown in the pool scene.”

Burnham also won the Writers Guild Award for original screenplay and the Directors Guild Award for first-time feature directing. He’s credited Fisher for all the victories for her portrayal of an
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The Alternative to the Oscars? That’s What the Indie Spirits Know They Are — Analysis

The Alternative to the Oscars? That’s What the Indie Spirits Know They Are — Analysis
They may be idiosyncratic, but the Film Independent Spirit Awards nomination juries have moved away from duplicating the Oscars, so that this year the awards given out in a chilly white tent in Santa Monica delivered big wins to truly indie films from emerging filmmakers and indie stalwarts as well as a smattering of Oscar contenders who may win again on Sunday. Host Aubrey Plaza started off with a jab at the Oscars: “Their first choice to host was no one, but they’re booked for tomorrow.”

But the warmth in the room was real, as people cheered their favorites. Like all awards voting, at the Spirits the films that have been seen by the most of the organization’s 7000 voters have the best shot at winning. Best Leading Female Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Supporting Female Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) are the likeliest to repeat at
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The Alternative to the Oscars? That’s What the Indie Spirits Know They Are — Analysis

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The Alternative to the Oscars? That’s What the Indie Spirits Know They Are — Analysis
They may be idiosyncratic, but the Film Independent Spirit Awards nomination juries have moved away from duplicating the Oscars, so that this year the awards given out in a chilly white tent in Santa Monica delivered big wins to truly indie films from emerging filmmakers and indie stalwarts as well as a smattering of Oscar contenders who may win again on Sunday. Host Aubrey Plaza started off with a jab at the Oscars: “Their first choice to host was no one, but they’re booked for tomorrow.”

But the warmth in the room was real, as people cheered their favorites. Like all awards voting, at the Spirits the films that have been seen by the most of the organization’s 7000 voters have the best shot at winning. Best Leading Female Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Supporting Female Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) are the likeliest to repeat at
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The Spirit Awards Weren’t the Oscars, But They Got as Close as They Could

  • The Wrap
The Spirit Awards Weren’t the Oscars, But They Got as Close as They Could
In recent years, Film Independent Spirit Award voters have more often than not gone for the movies most likely to win at the Academy Awards the next day. But they didn’t have that option with this year’s Best Feature nominees, none of which had even been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

So they went with the closest thing they could find to an Oscar movie: Barry Jenkins’ exquisite love story “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which was nominated for three Oscars but woefully left out in the top category.

The film was named Best Feature, Jenkins took the award for directing, and the 2019 Spirit Awards ended up feeling sort of like an alternative to the Oscars, but sort of like the closest thing that Spirit voters could conjure up.

Also Read: Independent Spirit Awards 2019: Complete Winners List (Updating Live)

The Spirit nominating committee had given voters a real challenge,
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Spirit Awards: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Wins Big; ‘Sorry To Bother You’, ‘Eighth Grade’ Honored – Full Winners List

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Spirit Awards: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Wins Big; ‘Sorry To Bother You’, ‘Eighth Grade’ Honored – Full Winners List
Trophies were handed out at the 34th edition of the Film Independent Spirit Awards with Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk walking away with the most trophies including Best Feature, Best Director for Jenkins and Best Supporting Female for Regina King.

Of the three awards for Beale Street, it seems that King’s win further strengthens her chances of winning Oscar gold on Sunday considering Jenkins was snubbed for Best Director and the film didn’t make the Best Picture cut. However, the wins might work in its favor for the film’s Best Adapted Screenplay category.

Other big honorees of the evening included Boots Riley winning Best First Feature for his surreal comedy of class and race Sorry To Bother You and Glenn Close (who took her dog Pip as her date) taking home the trophy for Female Lead for her role in The Wife,
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Independent Spirit Awards by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-02-24 00:43:13

If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Levinson's If Beale Street Could Talk won the best feature award at the Independent Spirit Awards last night. The film, which tells the story of a pregnant woman trying to prove her lover's innocence, also won the best director award and saw Regina Hall pick up the best supporting actress gong - a feat she'll be hoping to repeat at tomorrow's Oscars.

Boots Riley won the award for best first feature for his comedy Sorry To Bother You, while Bo Burnham picked up the best first screenplay for First Grade.

Richard E Grant and Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Ethan Hawke was named best actor for his role as a troubled priest in Paul Schrader's First Reformed, while Glenn Close took home the best actress award for her role as a woman in the shadow of her husband in The Wife.
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