August 6, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Elizabeth Olsen has proven several times over that she’s got serious dramatic chops and has a penchant for the dark and twisted, so it’s rather a delight that we get to see her in a whole new light in the first trailer for Josh Radnor’s sophomore directorial effort, “Liberal Arts.”
As Zibby, a 19 year old college student who catches the eye of Radnor’s Jesse, a 35 year old newly single bookworm on a return visit to his alma mater, she teases, flirts and effervesces through our first look at their slightly inappropriate courtship. Also starring Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney and Zac Efron, “Liberal Arts” debuted to solid reviews at the Sundance Film Festival this January and will be released on September 14th.
The first trailer, along with the first poster from the film, can be viewed below.
December 5, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Elizabeth Olsen broke out at this year’s Sundance Festival with a mesmerizing performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene and has since gone on to win several awards nominations and gain roles in a variety of different films – from the period piece with Glenn Close to the film Very Good Girls with Dakota Fanning and Anton Yelchin.
Sticking to her indie roots though, Olsen returns to Sundance in 2012 with Liberal Arts, with a cast she joined back in March.
Co-starring with Josh Radnor (TV’s How I Met Your Mother) who also directed and wrote the screenplay, the film follows a man (Radnor) in his mid-30s who can’t come to grips with the responsibilities of leaving the college life behind. He meets a college student (Olsen) thanks to a shared love of music and books but she can’t see beyond their obstacles.
The Sundance Institute have today released some great new images for this film, which isn’t in competition but will be premiering at some point during the festival, which takes place between 19 – 29 January 2012.
Click below for images, and head over to the Sundance Insitute for larger high res images.
December 5, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
in General News
The most high profile of Sundance showings have been unveiled, with the Utah film festival releasing the names of the films that will be premiering out of competition next January. Unlike the competition line-up which consisted mostly of feature debuts and little-known directors and actors waiting for their big break, the out of competition is all A-list. This year’s line-up features such acclaimed directors as Spike Lee, Stephen Frears and Julie Delpy, as well as a homecoming of sorts to festival veterans like Elizabeth Olsen (who will again be represented in two films this year after breaking out in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Silent House” last year), Brit Marling and Josh Radnor, who all return to the festival that made stars out of them in recent years.
Some early standouts after a quick skim of the new list include “Bachelorette”, a seemingly Hangover/Bridesmaids-type pre-wedding comedy starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan as old friends and James Marsden and Adam Scott as the guys in their lives; “Celeste and Jesse Forever”, a comedy about what happens after a couple breaks up but decide to remain friends, with Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones as the couple and Ari Graynor, Chris Messina, Elijah Wood and Emma Roberts their circle of friends; “Lay the Favorite” with Rebecca Hall, “Shadow Dancer” with Andrea Riseborough, and the aforementioned films with Olsen, Radnor and Marling: “Red Lights”, “Liberal Arts” and “Arbitrage.”
The full list of out of competition feature films and documentaries are below.
March 24, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Elizabeth Olsen, one of this year’s Sundance breakout stars, and a favourite actress of ours here at Up and Comers, is to star alongside Josh Radnor, another Sundance star, in Liberal Arts, a film focusing “on a 35-year-old man who can’t leave his college life behind as he comes to grips with the responsibilities of adulthood.” reports THR (via Playlist)
Radnor, star of hit TV show “How I Met Your Mother” was behind this year’s low-key indie film Happythankyoumoreplease, and will direct and star in Liberal Arts, from a script that Radnor has penned himself.
Olsen is coming off of critical acclaim for her performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene, and will play “a 19-year-old college student who falls for Radnor’s character over a shared love of music and literature. She wants to make it work with the man but her immaturity makes it impossible for her to see the obvious obstacles.”
Filming is due to start this spring whilst Radnor’s TV show is on hiatus, and Tom Sawyer Entertainment and BCDF Pictures are producing.
January 13, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Following on from the poster’s release yesterday, we can now bring you the trailer for “Happythankyoumoreplease”, the writing and directing debut of Josh Radnor, about an aspiring writer who develops a friendship with a young boy, and learns that life has to be figured out as you stumble along.
It won the US Dramatic Audience Award at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and we can see why; the trailer offers us two and half minutes of feel-good warmth and humour, as young, hip New Yorkers figure life and love out … Okay, it does sound like every other indie film that tries to show young, hip New Yorkers figuring life and love out, but what’s wrong with that if it makes you smile?
Starring a whole host of up and comers including Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, Malin Akerman and Pablo Schreiber, “Happythankyoumoreplease” is out March 4th.
Click below for the trailer and synopsis, or go to Apple for a HD version
January 12, 2011 | Posted by Lindsey Young
Josh Radnor is most well known for his role as Ted Mosby on the comedy sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”, but last year marked his writing and directorial debut with “Happythankyoumoreplease”, a film that premiered at the 2010 Sundance Festival and won the audience award for best U.S. drama. The film tells the tale of three individual, yet connected stories that each take place in the Lower East Side. Along with writing and directing, Rador stars as one of the characters. Also starring is Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan, and Kate Mara. Courtesy of Vulture, below you can find a full-sized first look at the film’s poster.