“Gigolos in top hats.” That’s a delightful way to describe the Mr. Darcy-types in Austenland, a comedy from first-time director Jerusha Hess (cowriter of Napoleon Dynamite) that stars Keri Russell as a woman who spends her last dime to visit a resort where Jane Austen fans go to role-play. Russell and Hess, along with producer Stephenie Meyer and costars JJ Field and Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie, stopped by EW’s Sundance interview lounge today to talk about the film — and the possibility of a Twilight resort — with Anthony Breznican. READ FULL STORY
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As the star of (500) Days of Summer (and let us not forget 10 Things I Hate About You), Joseph Gordon-Levitt knows something about Hollywood romance — and how to twist it. He stopped by Entertainment Weekly‘s Sundance interview lounge to chat with Anthony Breznican about his feature directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction, a comedy he penned and stars in about a relationship between a man who watches too much porn and a woman (Scarlett Johansson) who watches too many romantic movies. Tony Danza, who plays Gordon-Levitt’s father, also joins the conversation. The film costars Julianne Moore. READ FULL STORY
There exists today a whole generation of young women who weren’t born when Anita Hill, a young African-American law professor, sat facing a phalanx of 14 white, middle-aged-to-oldie U.S. senator.s and testified in a Senate Judiciary Hearing scheduled over Columbus Day weekend in 1991. Composed and patient, she described to her interrogators – as well as to all of America, riveted in front of the TV – the sexual harassment she had received in the past from then-Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas. For that new generation of young women, as well as for all who remember the stunning event and recognize the important changes her bravery brought about in the awareness of workplace gender equality, the documentary ANITA makes for rapt viewing.
In the twenty years since those hearings, presided over by then-Delaware Senator Joe Biden, Anita Hill has become, apparently to her own surprise, a feminist heroine, in demand as an inspirational speaker. Filmmaker Freida Mock spends a lot of time with today’s Ms. Hill, interviewing her as well as trailing after her as she gives speeches and receives awards. That part’s okay, if all over the place. The archival footage, on the other hand, is powerful, and stirring, and more than a little shocking, too: Here is one woman, stepping into a mess of political, racial, and sexual power plays, and not only retaining her dignity but also, it turns out, leading a revolution that the men who were grilling her couldn’t begin to understand had begun.
Nice detail: Ms. Hill brings the now-famous blue dress she wore to her grilling out of the closet. Other nice detail: It’s thrilling to watch ANITA at Sundance on a weekend that happens to fall before the confluence of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and the inauguration of re-elected President Barack Obama.
Both have been famous since there were kids. Each is making smart, interesting career choices. And on the first full day of Sundance 2013, their latest projects aired back-to-back, making for an exceedingly satisfying Sundance-y day-into-night.
Radcliffe plays Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, and before you say, what, didn’t James Franco take care of that assignment pretty recently in Howl?, the answer is, this expressive, jazzy, ambitious movie by John Krakidas is something else entirely. In dramatizing a dark, hidden sidebar in the burnished history of Ginsberg and the Beat Generation – a murder entangling Ginsberg with William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, their charismatic Columbia University muse Lucien Carr, and Carr’s obsessed admirer David Kammerer – the filmmaker explores the challenges both of artistic revolution as well as sexual honesty. The cast has turned over during the years Krokidas worked on it, but luck and fate have worked in the filmmaker’s favor: In addition to Radcliffe (who first expressed interest in 2008), Dane DeHaan is hot and dangerous as Carr, Ben Foster burrows into Burroughs, Jack Huston seduces as Jack Kerouac, and Michael C. Hall is just the right combo of desperate/creepy/lovelorn as Kammerer. The movie – stylish-looking on a shoestring budget – makes fab use of music, from “Lili Marlene” to TV On the Radio. And Radcliffe – hair permed into Ginsbergy college curls, full of vitality – holds the emotional center as a young artist in art and in life.
Meanwhile, in a sex tale of quite another color, Joseph Gordon Levitt writes, directs, and stars in Don Jon’s Addiction, an improbably entertaining and kind-hearted comedy about a specimen of New Jersey manhood – played by the filmmaker himself – who beds plenty of ladies, but gives his heart (and other parts) first and foremost to online porn.
Scarlett Johansson – comedienne! — channels a soupçon of Jersey gum-chewing doll and a dash of Judy Holliday to turn into the real-life girl of his (objectified) dreams who’s out to domesticate him; Julianne Moore is the earthy older woman (!) who teaches him what love’s got to do with it. Gordon Levitt goes broad in Joizy accent, in jokes based on stereotype, in sexual politics – but he does it with such good cheer that he leaves viewers with a happy ending.
Today in Entertainment Weekly‘s warm Sundance interview lounge, the cast and director of Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes sat down with EW’s Solvej Schou to talk about their film. It’s a comedy — although, this being Sundance, the word “dark” is implied in front of “comedy” — about motherhood, except…well, we’ll let Jessica explain. (The film also stars onetime rumored Katniss Kaya Scodelario.) Check out video from the interview below, and be sure to bookmark EW’s Sundance Hub for regular updates throughout the day.
This weekend, the stars are arriving in chilly Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival, where they’re taking shelter in the warm embrace of Entertainment Weekly‘s log-cabin lounge. EW’s Anthony Breznican talked to the cast of Kill Your Darlings, which includes Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Dane DeHaan, and Ben Foster — or rather, Harry Potter, Dexter, Mr. Half-Face, the future Green Goblin, and Angel from the X-Men. Check out the video of the interview below, and be sure to bookmark EW’s Sundance Hub for regular updates throughout the day. READ FULL STORY
Twenty Feet From Stardom, director Morgan Neville’s documentary about the backup vocalists who have toiled in the shadows of rock and soul’s greatest artists, was acquired by RADiUS-TWC after an opening-night premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Neville, who has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for his music films, including one on Johnny Cash, directed his lens on a group of female singers who’d attempted their own solo careers but settled for providing the supporting vocals for iconic artists like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Stevie Wonder. READ FULL STORY
Sundance 2013: Jennifer Hudson as a drug addict mom in 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, premiering next week at the Sundance Film Festival, is the kind of heart-wrenching, emotional, and funny coming-of-age drama that isn’t afraid to be rough around the edges. It also boasts big names, from Alicia Keys as co-executive producer and composer, to American Idol alums Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks as stars.
The movie, directed by George Tillman, Jr. (Soul Food), follows two boys — sad-eyed, feisty, and ambitious 14-year-old Mister (breakout Skylan Brooks) and small, innocent 9-year-old Pete (Ethan Dizon) — abandoned by their moms and surviving within the gritty world of the Brooklyn projects. They fend for themselves, searching for food and avoiding the police.
Check out an exclusive clip from the movie, below, with an intro by Hudson, Keys, Brooks, and Tillman, Jr. in our very own Sundance EW video suite. Future Oscar buzz may kick in swiftly for Brooks and Oscar-winner Hudson, who plays against type as Mister’s heavily abusive, tattooed, prostitute drug addict mom.
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What is illustrious Arrested Development alum Michael Cera doing on a Chilean beach, tripping on hallucinogenic cactus juice with a band of South American brothers while a blithely nekkid Gaby Hoffmann cavorts nearby? Beats me, but I’m glad he’s there. Crystal Fairy — the title refers to the name preferred by Hoffmann’s New Age-y character — tastes a little of Y tu mamá tambien, with its sandy ramble of an outing. (That in itself is a good thing.) But the flashes of absurdist humor, druggy space-time perceptions, and low-keyed empathy are the bright work of New York-based Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva. (Seek out his 2009 Sundance award-winner The Maid – so good.) It’s no accident that Cera’s character, a cloddish, insensitive American guy out for an exotic (and low-budget) South American Adventure, keeps referring to The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley’s account of his own drug-induced revelations that inspired generations of college-age seekers to turn on and tune in. Crystal Fairy is shot through with sharp, fleeting insights about beauty, spontaneity, and the human hunger to connect. Plus, at the old-man age of 24, Cera has honed his expressive deadpan — shading from incredulity to aggression to bewilderment and back to comedic — to even more mature advantage, and the director recognizes the extra laughs of putting such a grating gringo in among gentler Spanish-speaking locals. Hoffmann, meanwhile, wanders around in the altogether with phenomenal hippie aplomb.
On Saturday night, the horror anthology sequel S-VHS will premiere at Park City’s Library Center Theatre just a few months after Magnolia Pictures’ genre arm Magnet released its predecessor, the also Sundance-screened V/H/S. Remarkably, Brad Miska, one of the producers of the found footage series, says the second movie could have debuted even sooner. “We had internally joked about how hilarious it would be to actually have S-VHS premiere at the Toronto Film Festival before the first one came out,” laughs Miska, a cofounder of the horror website Bloody Disgusting. “But we thought that would be incredibly disrespectful to Magnolia, so we didn’t do that.”
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