How do you follow an arthouse-horror movie about a tire which can make people’s heads explode with the power of its mind (or whatever it is tires have instead of a mind)? Quite easily, it seems, if you are Rubber writer-director Quentin Dupieux.
Tag: Sundance Film Festival (11-20 of 338)
The good news: Sundance is holding a second film festival this year. The better news: For once, attendees can leave their fashionable parkas at home.
The Sundance Institute announced today that it will be hosting a four-day summer film festival called Next Weekend in Los Angeles this August. Next Weekend will be an extension of Sundance proper’s “Next” section, which launched in 2010 and features “stylistically adventurous films that take a bold approach to storytelling,” such as Zal Batmanglij’s sound of my voice and Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me. READ FULL STORY »
The Sundance Film Festival wrapped up nearly a month ago, but films that debuted at the prestigious film fest are still scoring distribution deals. Lake Bell’s directorial debut, (cue deep, dramatic voice) In a World…, has finalized deals with Roadside Attractions and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, EW confirmed.
Roadside will distribute the film in the U.S., while the Sony subsidiary acquired international rights. A summer 2013 release is planned for U.S. theaters. READ FULL STORY »
Black Rock starts out looking like a typical chick flick, with three lifelong girlfriends played by Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth, and Katie Aselton reuniting for a roughing-it retreat in the sticks of a semi-remote Maine island. Girls weekend! Wahoo! But they’re soon forced to practice a more serious brand of bonding when they’re discovered by a group of pseudo-threatening male hunters at their campsite. “It gets all Deliverance-y,” said John Cooper, the director of the Sundance Film Festival, where the psychological thriller debuted in 2012.
Aselton, who’s best known for being one of the boys on TV’s The League (and being married to actor/filmmaker Mark Duplass, who penned the script), directed the movie. “Things go terribly wrong,” Aselton told EW at Sundance. “And it’s the worst-case scenario.”
Click below for the exclusive poster, which features a mountain silhouette that only emphasizes Paramount’s missed marketing opportunity in not acquiring the film. (LD Distribution snapped it up at Sundance for a reported $1 million.) READ FULL STORY »
'Bellflower' team promises next movie will feature explosions, car chases, and a 30-person street brawl (if you help finance it)
One of the most memorably twisted indie films of recent times was undoubtedly 2011′s micro-budgeted Bellflower — an apocalyptically minded tale of Mad Max fandom and a love affair which goes horribly awry. The Sundance-screened movie was made by a collective of filmmakers known as Coatwolf, whose membership includes writer-director Evan Glodell and producer-composer Jonathan Keevil. Today, the Coatwolf crew announced that their next project, the Keevil-directed action movie Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins, will feature molotov cocktails, a high-speed car chase, and “a massive bone-crushing 30 person street brawl.” The (fairly reasonable) catch? You have to help pay for it.
Warning: Celeste and Jesse Forever may make you cry.
The quirky romantic comedy starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg is about two best friends falling out of love with each other and getting divorced, while still trying to remain good friends. “We wanted to show a realistic portrayal about what it’s like to go through a breakup,” said Jones, who in addition to starring in the film co-wrote the script with friend Will McCormack. “And yeah, it’s totally sad. But it’s also weirdly funny.”
Jones discussed with EW her love of classic romantic comedies such as Annie Hall and Broadcast News and how she enjoys that rom-coms can explore the relationship questions of the day, such as when When Harry Met Sally asked if women and men can be “just” friends.
“[I] wanted to see if we could explore a new notion which was, ‘Can you actually go right into being friends with your ex?’” Jones explained. “I feel like I know so many couples who they meet and fall in love right after college and they have that first big adult love. But then they change, and their lives change, and they want their relationships to effect that change and the relationship doesn’t make sense any more. You don’t want to lose them, so what do you do with that relationship? Can you manage to find a way to have them in your life?” READ FULL STORY »
Six years ago, Logan and Noah Miller ambushed Ed Harris after a screening at the San Francisco Film Festival and told him that he had to play their late father in their movie. Daniel Miller had passed away on a jailhouse floor four months before after a life marred by alcoholism, but before he’d died, the identical twins had promised him that they would make a movie about his life — and that Ed Harris would play him. Despite no Hollywood experience and no financing in place, the boys were persuasive and Harris rather quickly agreed. “They’re smart and I just couldn’t say no,” Harris told EW in 2010. “They wouldn’t let me say no. They’ve just got this energy that’s pretty undeniable.”
Touching Home, which also starred the brothers as aspiring baseball players — which they had been in real life — opened in a handful of theaters in April 2010. But that little-seen movie was just the beginning of a beautiful friendship — one whose most recent fruit is the violent Western Sweetwater, which just debuted at Sundance. Set in New Mexico Territory in the late 1800s, the movie stars Mad Men‘s January Jones as a vengeful wife who strikes back at a religious zealot (Jason Isaacs) who wants her land and may have killed her husband. And of course, Ed Harris is along for the ride, playing an eccentric, long-haired sheriff sent to the town of Sweetwater to investigate two other unsolved murders. READ FULL STORY »
Yes, the Sundance Film Festival is a temple to the glory of independent film and the purity of the art of cinema and blah blah blah. But it is also a vital marketplace for indie distributors to find the next blockbuster Little Miss Sunshine, or acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild, or wildly overpriced Happy, Texas. With the festival drawing to a close, Sundance 2013 has already proven to be one of the biggest deal-making festivals in recent memory, producing several major sales of movies that will either go on to become some of the buzziest films of the year, or, you know… not. We’ll update this space with additional deal reports throughout the week ahead. Here are the highlights so far: READ FULL STORY »
Fruitvale became the first Sundance film to win the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic film since Precious in 2009. First-time director Ryan Coogler was inspired to write the film after 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in the back and killed by Oakland transit police on New Year’s Day morning 2009. Fruitvale tells the story of Grant’s last 24 hours alive, as he attempts to become a better father, a better boyfriend, and a better son and friend. “It’s about human beings and how we treat each other,” said Coogler, “how we treat people that we love and how we treat people that we don’t know.”
“For anyone out there who thinks for one second that movies don’t matter and can’t make a difference in the world,” juror Tom Rothman said as he announced the winner. “Please welcome — this will not be the last time you guys walk to a podium — Fruitvale.”
Other big winners included Lake Bell, who won a screenwriting award for In a World…, and the documentary Blood Brother, which also doubled with the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. Documentary
Click below for the festival’s official list of winners: READ FULL STORY »
Sundance: Ashton Kutcher gets his angry geek on in 'jOBS,' a fascinating Steve Jobs biopic that leaves you wanting more. Plus, James Franco's 'Interior. Leather Bar.
Computer culture speeds everything up — makes it more instant, more immediate, maybe more disposable — and so it makes sense, in a way, that the biopics of the computer revolution are coming out so quickly, when the revolution is barely into its second act. (Most of the revered musical legends of the ’60s and ’70s are still waiting for their movie bios.) The Social Network was released just a few years after the launch of Facebook, but it was cuttingly incisive, brilliant, timeless. And now, only a little more than a year after Steve Jobs’ death, the time feels right for jOBS, which premiered last night at Sundance, and which tells the story of the Apple co-founder and black-turtlenecked guru of the technocratic age. READ FULL STORY »
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