EW critic Lisa Schwarzbaum has already named Fruitvale one of her favorite movies at Sundance, and just hearing writer/director Ryan Coogler and his cast talk about the film — based on the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), an unarmed young Bay Area man shot down by police — you start to understand why. Coogler and Jordan joined castmates Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, and Ahna O’Reilly in EW’s Sundance interview lounge. READ FULL STORY
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Considering their movie is about a couple (Kathryn Hahn and How I Met Your Mother‘s Josh Radnor) who hires a stripper as a nanny (Juno Temple), we expected a fun time when the cast of writer/director Jill Soloway’s Afternoon Delight packed themselves into EW’s Sundance interview lounge. And thanks to costars Jane Lynch, Michaela Watkins, and Annie Mumolo, they did not disappoint. READ FULL STORY
You’ve heard what EW movie critic Lisa Schwarzbaum is loving at Sundance, now, she tells EW’s Anthony Breznican which films haven’t won her over, including Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love starring Steve Coogan, Like Crazy director Drake Doremus’ Breathe In starring Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce, and Anne Fontaine’s Two Mothers starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright. READ FULL STORY
With Sundance in full swing, EW movie critic Lisa Schwarzbaum took a break from her packed screening schedule to chat with EW’s Anthony Breznican about the best movies she’s seen so far — including the moving Fruitvale starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, and the unexpectedly charming comedy Don Jon’s Addiction starring writer/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt. READ FULL STORY
Back in college in the 1990s, Jeff Nichols had an idea for a movie, about a fugitive named Mud hiding out on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River. The man was dirty and mysterious, with a tattoo of a coiled snake slithering up his right arm. He also looked a lot like Matthew McConaughey. “I’d seen Lone Star in college, and it was like… ‘That guy,”‘ says Nichols. “I’d seen Dazed and Confused as well, and there was something about this guy that I liked. He was funny and serious.”
More than a decade after Nichols’ initial brainstorm, after McConaughey rocketed to stardom and then settled into romantic-comedy purgatory, after Nichols won acclaim for directing Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain in 2011′s Take Shelter, Mud premiered at last May’s Cannes Film Festival to standing ovations and Garcinia Cambogia reviews, especially for its titular hero. The reception spearheaded a full-on McConaughey renaissance that included winning turns in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, Richard Linklater’s Bernie, and William Friedkin’s Killer Joe.
McConaughey’s alpha-male stripper in Magic Mike generated some awards buzz, but it might be Mud that ultimately delivers the goods after the film opens in theaters on April 26. On Saturday, Nichols’ modern paean to Mark Twain’s Mississippi had its American debut and the Sundance reaction rivaled that of Cannes. McConaughey may be currently fielding the accolades, but Mud is really a coming-of-age-story about 14-year-old Ellis (Tree of Life‘s Tye Sheridan) who befriends Mud and agrees to help him reunite with the love of his life (Reese Witherspoon) in exchange for the flood-damaged boat he and his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) find in a tree that Mud also happens to be hiding out in. READ FULL STORY
HBO Documentary Films acquired the television right to Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer on Sunday, two days after the documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Co-directors Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin chronicled the controversial imprisonment of three female members of the Russian punk musical group, who were arrested and charged with religious hatred after they performed a 40-second “punk prayer” inside Moscow’s biggest cathedral to protest the election of president Vladimir Putin in 2011.
Their conviction became a cause celebre for the international media, and the film incorporates unparalleled access and exclusive footage of the events and women behind the protest stunt. In a statement, Lerner and Pozdorovkin said they “are thrilled to be working with HBO on bringing this important story to the world.”
In C.O.G., the first-ever movie adaptation of a David Sedaris story that premiered last night at the Sundance Film Festival, there’s a scene in which a proselytizing Christian named Jon (Denis O’Hare) counsels Samuel, his young fine-crafts protege (Jonathan Groff) — and non-believer — that only God can make him happy. “[Happiness] is not going to drop in your lap,” he says. “You have to ask for it.”
If Samuel’s only half-listening, it’s advice that 29-year-old writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez took to heart. He pursued Sedaris — delicately but aggressively — even showing up at one of Sedaris’s book readings in Irvine, Calif., to present the best-selling author and NPR humorist with a copy of his first movie, 2010′s Easier With Practice. The gamble paid off. “I liked Easier With Practice and then I just liked how enthusiastic he was,” said Sedaris, who chatted with reporters after seeing the movie for the first time. “There’s a way that people [in Hollywood] talk and you just get the idea that it’s just bullsh-t, and he didn’t sound like that. He seemed like the real thing to me; he seemed like an artist.”
In the movie, which is based on a story from Sedaris’s 1997 collection, Naked — C.O.G. stands for Child of God — Groff’s conceited college student heads to Oregon to “get his hands dirty” on an apple farm and see how the other half lives. But his intellectual prowess quickly proves a liability and his real education to the ways of the world is alternately helped and hindered by the farm’s curmudgeonly owner (Dean Stockwell), a romantically interested co-worker (Midnight in Paris‘ Corey Stoll), and Jon, who builds clunky jade clocks shaped like the state of Oregon. READ FULL STORY
How did Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch enhance their performances in Prince Avalanche, a remake of the Icelandic film Either Way that director David Gordon Green describes as a “deceptively simple” character study centered on the relationship between two men repairing a road in Texas? For Rudd, it involved stifling his “Alpha-male” tendencies — which was hard, given all the steroids on the set. (They’re kidding… we hope.) Watch Anthony Breznican’s chat with the trio at EW’s Sundance interview lounge below to learn more. READ FULL STORY
The film may be a thriller, but the cast of The East — which stars True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard and Juno‘s Ellen Page as founding members of an eco-anarchist group that is infiltrated by an FBI-trained corporate spy (cowriter Brit Marling) — ended their visit to EW’s Sundance interview lounge today with a laugh. Enjoy their conversation with director/cowriter Zal Batmanglij and EW’s Anthony Breznican below. READ FULL STORY
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