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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: James Franco’s Bukowski

Feeding our curiosity for what a major transgressive adonis in future literary world might look like in the pre stench of cigarettes and booze era, I’m imagining something akin to Kill Your Darlings in term of look and feel, and a perfect drinking partner to Bent Hamer’s Factotum. Quite frankly it’s got everything you’d want in a Park City indie biopic – hence why I originally circled Bukowski as a possible 2014 Sundance selection. Little did I know that production would be tied up in legal troubles. The good news is, as of last month, whatever woes existed between right holders of “Ham on Rye” and this project have been resolved. Moving forward, we can expect to see a transformative performance from Josh Peck and peak into the man behind the method, and the madness. Shannen Doherty, Alex Kingston, Keegan Allen (see set pic above) and Tim Blake Nelson support the titular player.
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Big Sur | Review

On the Audio: Polish Takes the Elegiac Beat

Premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival alongside Kill Your Darlings, which documented a pre-Road Kerouac, filmmaker Michael Polish adapts Big Sur, one of the author’s later works depicting a post-peak ennui that afflicted the famed Beat. As both films enjoy an overlapping theatrical release, Polish’s title is certainly the harder sell, a downbeat (forgive the pun) sprawl into a nervous breakdown that’s miles away from the vivacious Kerouac in the Krokidas film or in Walter Salles’ 2012 adaptation of On the Road. Moody, melancholic, and muted visuals of lonely sweeping landscapes accompany a film comprised entirely of dour voiceover from Jean-Marc Barr, well cast as Kerouac. But as lively and expressive as Barr’s rendition is, Polish’s dependence on the device grows tiring, even at a rather slim running time.

Based on his 1962 novel, which recounts three brief visits
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Exclusive: Jack Kerouac Is Bored & Jaded In Clip & Poster For Beat Generation Drama 'Big Sur'

With last year's "On The Road," and the forthcoming "Kill Your Darlings," both films catch up with the Beats just as the fuse went off, showcasing the music and culture that turned them into generation shaping writers. Now, director Michael Polish takes a different approach with "Big Sur," one that promises to have a rather refreshing insight into the man who words continue to leap off the page. Starring Jean-Marc Barr, Josh Lucas, Kate BosworthAnthony Edwards, Radha Mitchell, Balthazar Getty and Henry Thomas, "Big Sur" is based off the Kerouac novel of the same name, and finds the writer at a crossroads, struggle with fame, his identity, drugs and his relationship with Neal Cassady's mistress. In this exclusive clip, we see him articulate his concerns about his public perception versus his private misgivings, and it's coupled with some rather lovely photography by Polish and cinematographer M. David Mullen. Big Sur" opens on November 1st.
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Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival

Just figuring out my schedule this year was a chore as the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival organizers certainly didn't make it easy on us. Loaded with conflicts, I've had to make two sacrifices at this year's festival in that I won't be seeing Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom of Parkland due to scheduling conflicts and one film simply has to be chosen over another. However, as I've already seen two of the films playing at the festival in Rush and Kill Your Darlings -- reviews will be posted based on the film's first screenings in Toronto -- I was able to open up my schedule a little following my first, preliminary schedule. Earlier today I posted my new schedule, which currently includes 27 films with a few gaps here and there where other films may fit in, or I may simply be able to catch up on reviews. Either way, I
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Toronto film festival 2013: The Fifth Estate to open packed Oscars preview

WikiLeaks drama kicks off a huge slate of major world premieres, including August: Osage County, Twelve Years a Slave, Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom and new films for Brits such as Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes and Richard Ayoade, as well as the late James Gandolfini

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• The full Toronto film festival line-up

The Toronto film festival today offered audiences a glimpse of the future, as it unveiled a list of premieres which reads like a dry run for next year's Oscars ceremony.

Among the 13 galas and 52 special presentations revealed is The Fifth Estate, the drama based partly on the book about WikiLeaks by Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding, which will open this year's festival. The drama, directed by Bill Condon, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange with Daniel Brühl, David Thewlis, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney and Dan Stevens in supporting roles.
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2013 Sundance Diary, Day 5: Coming-of-Age Stories Dominate the Fest

Park City, Utah – Perhaps it’s due to the success of the Sundance hit “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and its story of a girl who was forced to grow up too soon or just the fact that it’s a common theme of independent cinema but coming-of-age stories dominated this year’s Sundance Film Festival. My final diary piece (although I’ll be back with a few wrap-up features) includes the one coming-of-age flick that will be the biggest crowdpleaser and box office hit from the fest, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash’s “The Way, Way Back”. This very funny, sweet, ’80s-esque comedy was already picked up by Fox Searchlight for at least $10 million and the studio has another “Little Miss Sunshine” or “Juno” on their hands.

Written and directed by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash (Oscar winners for their work on “The Descendents” and known to many as Ben from
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'Prince Avalanche' Sundance Film Festival review: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch in David Gordon Green's indie comeback

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If you're excited at the very idea of David Gordon Green making an indie movie again, you'll definitely like "Prince Avalanche" [premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival].

For those who don't know, Green burst onto the indie scene back in 2000 with the critically acclaimed, but microscopically released, "George Washington" and followed-up with a series of well-regarded low-budget films. "All the Real Girls" (starring a pre-"New Girl" Zooey Deschanel) and "Snow Angels" (with Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale), both debuted at Sundance. "Undertow" (with Jamie Bell, Josh Lucas and Dermot Mulroney) premiered at the Toronto and New York film festivals.

Then Green broke into the mainstream with the Judd Apatow-produced "Pineapple Express." Lesser studio efforts "Your Highness" and "The Sitter" followed. After his guerrilla-style experience shooting last year's Clint Eastwood/"Halftime in America" Super Bowl commercial, Green decided to get some friends together and make a movie cheap, quick and quiet.

The result is the scruffy,
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The History Of Sundance Films’ Pursuit Of The Oscars

By Joey Magidson

Film Contributor

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Greetings from Park City, everyone! As I’m writing this piece, I’m in Utah attending the Sundance Film Festival. So far, it has been pretty cool (if a bit overwhelming at times), especially for a first-timer like myself. Being here inspired me to try and tie in the festival to the Oscars, as I’m prone to do with just about everything that I can. I’ve found that I’m on the lookout for what could move from this year’s festival lineup to the next awards season.

When I wrote about which film festivals influence the Oscar race a few weeks ago (found here), I mentioned how Sundance wasn’t the prime destination for awards hopefuls but still functioned as an essential launching pad. That was certainly true this year, and it will remain the case going forward.

It takes a certain
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Sundance Review: 'Kill Your Darlings' Illuminates An Uncovered Corner Of Beat Generation History With Mixed Results

When any filmmaker decides to chronicle a largely undocumented or unknown corner of history revolving around famous cultural figures, a question that can raise its head is: what's underneath the surface that compels the director to make the story? In the case of the “Kill Your Darlings" ("Beat Generation: First Class" would be also be an apt title), the impetus for telling this story could be to illuminate the Beats in their formative years, diving into their impulses and drive. The emotional core could be to elucidate the loves and friendships within this libertine circle and the spiritual center could be to reveal how these ordinary young men became extraordinary. But as a friendship and coming-of-age tale mixed in with a bit of a murder mystery, "Kill Your Darlings" doesn't really humanize these characters beyond half-drawn caricatures in an origin tale that wouldn't be out of place in an average super hero film.
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Sundance ’13 Day One: ‘May in the Summer’

The streets were not yet bustling with too many filmmakers, actors, buyers and wannabes that one could still easily walk up (at a huge incline) Main Street. As the banners flew and the sights were peppered with the bright red jackets of the staff- the venues put on the final touches and poised to open in the early evening.

The Eccles (a 1,270 seat theater) was to near capacity when Robert Redford kicked off the festival by giving a short, encouraging introduction to the premiere of May in the Summer, the second feature from Cherien Debis. Debis took the stage and recounted how much her eccentric family inspired and informed the writing. She emotionally talked about her mother’s influence and the innocent way she wasn’t aware what Sundance was when her first feature Amreeka was accepted in 2009. The premiere of the unfortunately under attended Twenty Feet from Stardom- was
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A Beat Renaissance Sexes Up Sundance

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A Beat Renaissance Sexes Up Sundance
In 2010, a feature about Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem “Howl” written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman premiered in competition on opening night of the Sundance Film Festival. This year, two adaptations of Beat novels will screen at the festival: “Kill Your Darlings,” based on an early William Burroughs/Jack Kerouac collaboration, will compete for the dramatic grand jury prize once it premieres Friday afternoon, and a version of Kerouac’s late-career novel “Big Sur” will show as part of the Premieres line-up Wednesday, Jan. 23. These, of course, come on the heels of Walter Salles’ and Jose Rivera’s elliptical adaptation of the book that elevated the Beats to national recognition in 1957, Kerouac’s “On the Road,” which opened in theaters at the end of 2012. Read More: The Women of 'On the Road': Fact, Fiction or Fantasy? The work of the Beats has periodically bubbled up.
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5 Films That Could Start Distributor Bidding Wars At Sundance 2013

After kicking off last night with Sebastian Silva's "Crystal Fairy," the Sundance Film Festival is now underway -- movie goers and critics will, in a couple of hours, start lining up for the first full day of the fest, with "Kill Your Darlings," "The Spectacular Now" and "Sound City" among the high-profile pictures of the day. As we discussed yesterday, Sundance is one of the big markets for companies to pick up films for the coming year, as almost nothing comes to the festival with a distributor already in place. Sometimes, it works out brilliantly, sometimes, not so much. But with the festival now getting underway properly, we thought we'd take a stab at highlighting the five films that we think are most likely to kick off serious bidding wars. This is all, it should be said, sight unseen, but sometimes the quality is less important than the package,
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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'Mama' & More

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." – Martin Luther King, Jr.

You said it, Reverend. Greetings from the apocalypse! As we continue our trek across this wind-blasted winter landscape of mediocre cinema, it's important not to toss hope in a ditch like grandma's ashes. Jumpstart the Vw bus we found abandoned next to the exploded gas station and let's move onward into the long Mlk weekend with our head held high and noseplug firmly secured. It's how the good Doctor would have wanted it.

Friday, January 18

January is always a dumping ground for crap horror flicks, which is why this week's Survivor of Thunderdome is such a labored breath of fresh air: the Guillermo del Toro-produced frightmare "Mama." Based on a short film from 2008, it chronicles two creepy little tikes discovered living la vida feral in the woods, where they've been under the watchful eye of
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Are indie films just expensive blogs?

As the Sundance festival 2013 kicks off, David D'Arcy says the number of indie gems is likely to outstrip their audience

Plus Henry Barnes picks out 10 key films from the festival

This will be my 23rd Sundance. Over that time, I have watched Robert Redford's festival grow to a point where more than 12,000 films are submitted each year, and the media are everywhere – though mostly looking for Hollywood types briefly vacationing in gun-friendly, anti-abortion, Mormon Utah. The success and spillover of films has led to more indie festivals than you can count, including SXSW, Traverse City (Michael Moore's shindig on Lake Michigan), CineVegas, founded by a Sundance programmer and for a spell chaired by Dennis Hopper, even a Latter Day Saints film festival in Orem, a Mormon stronghold, which unspools simultaneously with Sundance's bacchanal.

Bona-fide hits have come out of Sundance: The Blair Witch Project (which grossed more than
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2013 Guide to the Sundance Twitterverse: U.S. Dramatic Competition

Aaaah….that crisp Park City air. Eric Lavallee, Nicholas Bell, and I Jordan Smith are returning to the Sundance Film Festival (@sundancefest) once again this year for another ten day cinematic marathon where we will surely discover a host of extraordinary new films from bright new filmmakers and veterans alike. While the city will be abuzz with must sees and fest happenings, the easiest way to keep tabs on how some of these filmmkers are living out the Park City & Salt Lake city event is via personal twitter feeds: which I’ve conveniently tracked down and listed in the click-thru pages below. Pull out your smart phones and track fest haps straight from the horses’ mouth, 140 characters at a time. And don’t forget to follow our twitter feed @ioncinema as we roam/cover #Sundance.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

Afternoon Delight

Director and screenwriter Jill Soloway – @jillwaysolo

Actors Josh Radnor – @JoshRadnor,
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Sundance Film Festival 2013: 10 biggest stars of this year's fest

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The 2013 Sundance Film Festival has lined up its usual slate of big name stars to help drum up attention for the annual celebration of indie film. For many people, Sundance is as much about star-gazing as it is about movie watching (maybe even more).

This year there are so many stars headed to Park City, Utah (where the bulk of the screenings and events take place), we had to cheat in picking a top 10. The list below is actually a top 12 (including two pairs of actors appearing in the same film).

But when the list excludes Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, Michael Cera, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Dakota Fanning and Kristen Bell among others, can you blame us?

The 10 12 biggest stars heading to Sundance 2013:

Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter himself headlines Sundance competition entry "Kill Your Darlings" as a young Allen Ginsberg in the story of the birth of the Beat movement.
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New Images Of Ashton Kutcher & Josh Gad As Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak In 'Jobs'

As always, there will be no shortage of movies based on real life characters at Sundance. "Lovelace," "The Look Of Love," "Big Sur," "Kill Your Darlings" will be offering up cinematic tales based on true people, but perhaps the most high profile of the batch is "Jobs." Yes, it's the movie where Ashton Kutcher is playing pioneering (and late) founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. And it seems the advance word on this one right now, is mostly around Kutcher's uncanny likeness to the tech hero. "There is an eerie resemblance — he didn't have to do much to get there," co-star Josh Gad -- who plays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak -- told USA Today. "When he showed up, it sent a ripple of shock throughout the set. Everyone was like, 'We're in the presence of Jobs. Let's go do this.' It was literally like being in the room with the creator of Apple.
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Exclusive Sundance Clip: Jessica Biel in 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes' clip

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Exclusive Sundance Clip: Jessica Biel in 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes' clip
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is only days away and, as usual, it will be a welcome breath of fresh air for the industry after weeks of award season campaigning and holiday blockbusters.  On the outset, this year's slate of U.S. dramatic competition films and premieres appear friendlier than usual to mainstream audiences.  A number of the dramatic competition films have more recognizable than previous years stars such as "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" (Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck), "Afternoon Delight" (Kathryn Hahn, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch), "Austenland" (Keri Russell), "Kill Your Darlings" (Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall), "Fruitvale" (Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael...
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Top 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013: Part One - #41-50

Looking forward to a new year of movies and attempting to come up with a list of films I'm most anticipating is never a simple proposition. In compiling this year's list of fifty there were 230 film titles I looked at, some a little more seriously than others, but nonetheless, it wasn't a small list of films. As a result, not everything could make the list. Note: I have included a navigation to browse all five lists directly below as well as at the end of this post for easy navigation. Most Anticipated 2013 Navigation #1-10 | #11-20 | #21-30 | #31-40 | #41-50 Some of the films just missing the top fifty include Zal Batmanglij's The East, Spike Jonze's Her starring Joaquin Phoenix, the horror film You're Next, which first premiered in 2011 and is finally being released this year, and Devil's Knot as the story of the West Memphis Three continues, only this
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Watch: Unexpectedly Beautiful Trailer For Michael Polish's Sundance Entry 'Big Sur'

The Sundance Film Festival is just around the corner, and for fans of the Beats who didn't get their fill with Walter Salles' "On The Road," two more movies are being unveiled at Park City that will be trying to capture their spirt. A bit more high profile is "Kill Your Darlings," with an all star cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Ben Foster, David Cross, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Jason Leigh and more. But one flying under the radar is Michael Polish's "Big Sur," an adaptation of Jack Kerouac's famed book - and this trailer should bring it fresh attention. Unexpectedly beautiful, subtly stylized and powered by The Flamingos timeless "I Only Have Eyes For You," where other movies have tried pursuing the spirit and abandon of the Beats, this one seems a lot more contemplative, perhaps more intent to capture the atmosphere that inspired them.
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