Category Archives: Festivals

SXSW Adds James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” to Lineup; Midnighters, Shorts, VR Programs Unveiled

franco-excerptThe Austin-based fest will play host to the world premiere of James Franco’s adaptation of Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, which follows the true story of the cult movie The Room (a.k.a. the Citizen Kane of bad movies.

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Berlin — Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez to Star in Dark Comedy “Love Child”

Penelope Cruz ExcerptIMR International is bringing the new film from writer-director Todd Solondz, Love Child, to Berlin next week, and Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez are attached to star.

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Berlin — Romantic Thriller “Siberia” Taps Keanu Reeves for Lead with Matt Ross Directing

Keanu Reeves ExcerptAt Berlin next week, IM Global and WME will be introducing the thriller Siberia for international buyers and domestic rights, respectively. Keanu Reeves is attached to star in the project, with Frank & Lola helmer Matt Ross directing.

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“Baby Driver,” “Free Fire,” “Small Crimes” Announced in 2017 SXSW Film Festival Feature Lineup

baby-driver-excerptThe features lineup for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival (March 10-19, 2017) has been announced and is filled with highly anticipated world premieres, festival favorites, and unique genre pics that are fittingly on-brand for the Austin-based fest. Highlights include Edgar Wright’s heist pic Baby Driver, the shoot-em-out action comedy Free Fire, and Evan Katz’s Cheap Thrills follow-up, Small Crimes.

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Sundance Film Festival 2017: Complete List of Award Winners

sundance-winners-excerptAfter a deluge of amazing independent film and snow, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival came to an end this past weekend and handed out awards to some of the top features, documentaries, and shorts at the fest. Macon Blair’s I don’t feel at home in this world anymore. won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize while Matt Ruskin’s drama Crown Heights took the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic competition.

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17 Breakout Actors, Writers and Directors From Sundance 2017

sundnace-breakout-excerpt There was no shortage of amazing films at this year’s Sundance, making the discovery of breakout actors, filmmakers, and writers exciting. Here are 17 names — some familiar faces, others new — that made a considerable impression with their films at this year’s fest.

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Lakeith Stanfield & Nnamdi Asomugha Shine In “Crown Heights”

crown-heights-excerptDirector-writer Matt Ruskin, along with standout performances by Lakeith Stanfield and Nnamdi Asomugha, brings the the gripping and heartbreaking story of a wrongfully accused man in prison and the country’s fractured justice system into the spotlight.

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Jenny Slate Comedy “Landline” Connects in All the Right Places

landline-excerptThe endearing, yet scathingly funny family dramedy reunites the Obvious Child director Gillian Robespierre with star Jenny Slate for story about sisterhood and family dysfunction set to the backdrop of Discmans, dial-up modems, and bodysuits.

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Jack Black Brings Comedic Kitsch to a Tragic Story in “The Polka King”

polka-king-excerptOne would think that a film titled The Polka King would be celebratory and bouncy like the music and the Maya Forbes-directed biopic about Jan “King of Pennsylvania Polka” Lewan definitely has a lot of that. Even so, the true story of the rise and fall of Lewan is quite tragic, but Jack Black drapes it in so much charismatic Polka charm that you hardly even notice.

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Charming Comedy “Wilson” Gives Heart to a Horrible Jerk

wilson-excerptDirector Craig Johnson serves up some major inappropriateness through the vessel that is the great Woody Harrelson, but above all, the indie comedy manages to balance heart and horrible with comedic charm.

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Current Awards Season Affecting “Mudbound” Bidding War, Which Includes A24, Annapurna (Exclusive)

mudbound-excerptWhile most of the Hollywood contingent at Sundance has already left Park City, there are still plenty of festival deals being made, chief among them one for Dee Rees’ acclaimed drama Mudbound, which is the hottest acquisition title left on the board.

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Short Takes: “Roxanne Roxanne,” “Fun Mom Dinner,” & “Manifesto”

sundance-short-takes-2-excerptFrom pioneering rap artists to moms letting loose, this year’s Sundance is filled with projects starring, written, and/or directed by some of the industry’s up-and-coming female talent — but some of the films are more worth your time than others.

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“Wind River” Has Plenty of Snow-Capped Suspense and Taylor Sheridan-Brand Violence

wind-river-excerptGolden Globe-nominated writer Taylor Sheridan (and possibly Oscar-nominated by the time you read this) also sits in the director’s chair as he tells murder mystery set in a snowy Native American reservation in Wyoming. The writer’s signature intensity is ever present and feels too safe — which only leaves room for Sheridan’s directing chops to grow.

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Sundance Sales So Far: Amazon, Netflix Duke It Out for 2017 Festival Supremacy

big-sick-excerpt

The Sundance Film Festival has reached its halfway point and the sales market has been brisk thanks to streaming giants like Amazon and Netflix, who as expected, have been as active as anyone in Park City.

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Short Takes: “Colossal,” “Bitch,” & “The Yellow Birds”

colossal-excerptThe kaiju dramedy Colossal; the conceptual horror-ish pic Bitch, and the war mystery The Yellow Birds all made a premiere at this year’s fest and left some good, boring, and fascinating impressions.

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Festival Favorite “The Big Sick” Acquired by Amazon Studios in One of the First Big Deals

big-sick-excerpt Amazon Studios lands festival favorite The Big Sick at this year’s Sundance. The romantic comedy has received plenty of praise since premiering on Friday and sold to Amazon in one of the festival’s biggest deals to date.

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“Mudbound” Paints a Poetic Portrait of the Struggles with Race and the American Dream

mudbound-excerptAlthough a major bullet point in the story, director Dee Rees thoughtfully, yet firmly controls the divisive nature of the story and avoids the same rhetoric of predictable racist tropes often seen in films of this ilk to tell a story about the American Dream that is as devastating as it is hopeful.

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Indie Rom-Com “The Big Sick” Delivers High Doses of Laughs

big-sick-excerptWritten by Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon and directed by Michael Showalter, the indie rom-com has become the talk of Sundance — and with good reason. Based on the real-life relationship of Nanjiani and Gordon, the film is infected with laughs but at the same time, it will deliver a gut punch of intense emotions that will tear your soul apart — in a good way, of course.

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Irreverently Sweet “The Incredible Jessica James” is Jessica Williams’ Moment to Shine

jessica-james-excerptThere is a specific “I knew about her before you did” pleasure Jessica Williams fans get when people discover just how funny she is — and with her starring role in The Incredible Jessica James, her funny will spread across the country like wildfire making her the comedic movie star she deserves to be.

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“The Little Hours” Celebrates Nuns and Debauchery in the 14th Century

little-hours-excerptWhen it comes to films about nuns, director/writer John Baena may have created the most entertaining one since Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. With The Little Hours, the Joshy director subverts what you would expect from a medieval time-based movie about nuns with characters by using modern vernacular and a whole lot of naughty, crass, and, of course, outrageously funny behavior.

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“An Inconvenient Sequel” Drops More Truth Bombs to Galvanize the Masses

an-inconveneient-sequel-excerptThe robust follow-up to 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth gives more facts and footage about climate change to make Liberals mobilize and Republicans roll their eyes and scoff the loudest scoff you could imagine.

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The Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts of the Sundance Film Festival from Someone Who Learned the Hard Way

Sundance ExcerptI’ve been attending the Sundance Film Festival since 2011 and it truly is one of the most magical times of the year for movie fans. So take some friendly advice from a Sundance veteran who has lived both the highs and lows of the festival — there are plenty of Do’s and Don’ts in Park City.

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NBC Gives “Will & Grace” Revival a Greenlight and 10-Episode Order

will and graceFans have been waiting on tenterhooks and it’s official: the NBC sitcom Will & Grace is coming back. The network has given the series, which aired its last episode of its eight-season run in 2006, a 10-episode order.

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John le Carre’s “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” to Be Turned into Limited Series from AMC and BBC

excerptComing off The Night Manager’s multiple Golden Globe wins earlier this month, AMC is once again set to adapt from the pages of espionage master John le Carré.

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Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks Animated Comedy Series Lands at TBS

louis-albert-excerptTBS has given a 10-episode order to Emmy Award-winning Louis C.K.and Oscar-nominated Albert Brooks for their animated comedy series The Cops. The series follows Al (Brooks) and Lou (C.K.), two patrolmen in Los Angeles who try their best to protect and serve, but don’t always succeed.

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Dakota Fanning to Star in TNT Drama “The Alienist”

dakota-fanning-excerptCary Fukunaga’s upcoming TNT series The Alienist has landed A-list actor Dakota Fanning as its star. Based on the international best-seller from Caleb Carr, Fanning will join Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans in the drama.

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Accessing the Sundance 2017 Party and Event Grid

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The Sundance 2017 Party and Event Grid (EXCLUSIVE)

Sundance ExcerptUpdated 01.16.17. Headed to Sundance? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, VIP parties & RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going the whole time!

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The Sundance 2017 Party and Event Grid (EXCLUSIVE)

Sundance ExcerptUpdated 01.17.17. Headed to Sundance? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, VIP parties & RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going the whole time!

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Michael Jackson Film in the Works at Lifetime

Jackson excerptThe King of Pop’s story is returning to the small screen in a new TV movie following Michael Jackson’s final years through the eyes of one of his bodyguards, Lifetime revealed at TCA today.

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