May 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara walk and talk and fight and make up against a gorgeously shot backdrop of trees and sunshine in the first clip from Sundance hit “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, released today by Entertainment Weekly.
David Lowery directed the film about Mara and Affleck as an outlaw couple whose crime spree comes to an end with him going to jail and her going free to give birth to their daughter. It picks up four years later when he breaks free and she’s not sure if she still wants him back in her new little family’s life. The film won a Special Jury Prize for Cinematography for Bradford Young at Sundance, it’s easy to see why in this first glimpse of the slow-moving Texas-set film that’s drawn comparisons to Terrence Malick.
Watch the first clip of Mara and Affleck below. We’re hoping to catch the film at the Cannes Film Festival this week, and everyone can watch it when it’s released in theaters on August 16th.
May 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Here we have our first look at Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut “Fruitvale Station”, and already we can see why Sundance was so taken with this gripping true story. The trailer starts in chaos, with the tragic events of New Year’s Eve 2009 unfolding, then rewinding back to Michael B. Jordan’s Oscar Grant in more peaceful times, making plans with his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz) to see the fireworks in San Francisco.
But soon we are back at the scene of the events that made Oscar’s story a worthy retelling on the big screen, which took place on the titular Fruitvale Station on California bay area’s BART Network. Police officers, perhaps a little too aggressively, try to contain the situation, and the whole thing is captured on cell phone cameras and widely disseminated over social media. The Weinstein Company snapped this one, which also features a reportedly tremendous performance from Octavia Spencer, up fast, and it’s considered one of the earliest contenders for this year’s Oscar season.
“Fruitvale Station” will be released on July 26th and you can watch the first trailer below.
May 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
For months now we’ve had to settle for one measly picture from one of our most anticipated films of the year, David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, but today, The Playlist has gifted us with four new images from the film featuring lead trio Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster.
In the slow-moving, beautifully shot Texas outlaw drama, Affleck and Mara play a pair of passionate young lovers whose crime spree ends in a shootout with police in the Texas hills. She wounds an officer, but he takes the blame and goes to prison. Meanwhile, she has their baby, and four years later, he’s broken out and is on his way to reunite with her and the daughter he’s never met. She’s conflicted about the reunion, and things are muddied further by Foster’s presence as a police officer (the same one she wounded years earlier? It seems unclear) who’s interested in taking over the role of the man in her life.
The film won a Special Jury Prize for Cinematography at Sundance for DP Bradford Young, and will be released on August 16th, with stops at Cannes and in LA first. See the new photos below.
May 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
It was the big winner of out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival and remains one of our most anticipated of the year, and today we have the first poster for Ryan Coogler’s true life crime drama “Fruitvale Station” starring Michael B. Jordan.
“Fruitvale Station” (formerly just “Fruitvale”) swept the US Dramatic Competition category at Sundance, winning both the Audience Award and the top prize of the night: The Grand Jury Prize. The film, which co-stars Octavia Spencer, Ahna O’Reilly and Melonie Diaz, won rave reviews with its gritty retelling of the true story of Oscar Grant (Jordan), who was tragically fatally shot by police in a scuffle in the Bay Area on New Year’s Eve 2009. It’s next headed to the Cannes Film Festival, where it will play in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.
The film will be released on July 26th and the first poster can be viewed below.
April 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actress Kaya Scodelario emerged from this year’s Sundance Film Festival with a hearty chunk of buzz for her breakthrough performance in “Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes”, and today we have the first trailer for the mysterious coming of age drama.
The plot we’ve been previously spoiled on – Emanuel (Scodelario) is drawn to a mysterious new neighbor (Jessica Biel) who resembles her late mother and volunteers to babysit for what turns out to be a very lifelike doll – is not touched upon here at all, with the trailer employing atmosphere, mood, elements of magical realism in what appear to be fantasy sequences to intrigue potential audiences.
Are you intrigued? Well, unless you are planning on attending Sundance London next weekend, it may be a while before you get to see this buzzy title, which somehow inexplicably still has no distribution lined up yet. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer below.
April 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Toy’s House” was a title that was on everyone’s lips after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, but because of its cast of unknowns, it didn’t land on my radar until I got a chance to see it for myself recently, and now that I have, let me tell you: put this one on your radar.
Now titled “The Kings of Summer”, the charming, offbeat coming of age comedy, the feature directorial debut of Jordan Vogt-Roberts, features breakthrough turns by Nick Robinson and Gabriel Basso as two fifteen year old best friends who grow tired of their families and run away into the woods, where they build a house to live in for the summer. Tagging along is Moises Arias as Biaggio, a slightly unstable, slightly hilarious classmate who they’re afraid to give the brush off to. And you’ll see some familiar funny faces as the boys’ families who are on a frantic search even as their kids are kicking back and living it up not two miles away.
You can look for my review closer to the film’s release on May 31st and watch the first trailer below right now.
April 11, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Adults who act like children are the catalyst for the coming of age of young Duncan, played by Canadian newcomer Liam James, in Sundance hit dramedy “The Way, Way Back” and today we have the first trailer for the film that sparked a bidding war in Utah in January. Set over a summer beach vacation, Steve Carell and Allison Janney are just a few of the adults in Duncan’s life who aren’t very nice to their children and would rather party than set good examples, but luckily Sam Rockwell shows up to take the impressionable teenager under his wing. And the girl next door (AnnaSophia Robb) is there to make things easier and harder at the same time.
“The Descendants”‘ Oscar-winning screenwriting duo Nat Faxon and Jim Rash teamed up again here, not only writing but making their directorial debut on the film. Bidding kicked off on the film immediately following its premiere screening at the Sundance Film Festival in January, with Fox Searchlight emerging victorious after putting down an unprecedented $10 million for domestic rights. Safe to say this should be a major Oscar player for the indie-minded studio this year.
But luckily we won’t have to wait for an Oscar-friendly release date to see it, as “The Way Way Back” will be released on July 5th. Watch the first trailer below.
March 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page look properly menacing on the first poster for eco-terrorist Sundance thriller “The East.” Marling’s second collaboration with “Sound of My Voice” director Zal Batmanglij earned mostly praise from Sundance back in January, and is preparing to the slightly more hipster SXSW crowd tomorrow night.
Marling plays a young corporate contractor infiltrating an eco-terrorist organization intent on carrying out destructive acts on companies they believe are committing crimes against nature. Page, Skarsgard, Shiloh Fernandez and more play members of the group, and the film drew muted responses from its first audience at Sundance, most of whom agreed it was great, though perhaps not as great as Batmanglij and Marling’s first film.
“The East” will be released on May 31st. The first poster is below and the first trailer – ICYMI – is here.
March 8, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
British actress Imogen Poots has a busy 2013 ahead of her, and following a premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival today sees the release of the first trailer for “The Look Of Love“, which the British actress will soon be promoting.
Also starring comedian Steve Coogan and Anna Friel, the film directed by Michael Winterbottom is based on a true story and follows Coogan’s Paul Raymond, a publisher and club owner who became Britain’s richest man by opening up the UK’s first strip club and then publishing several soft porn magazines. Poots stars as Raymond’s daughter, who he hopes will continue the family business, and Friel as Raymond’s wife, but betrayal and dishonesty affect them all before leading to personal tragedy.
Poots, one of our 20 faces to watch in 2013, recently wrapped filming on romcom “Are We Officially Dating?” which also stars Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, and will soon begin filming the adaptation of computer game “Need For Speed” alongside Aaron Paul and Dakota Johnson. Poots will reunite with “Fright Night” co-star Anton Yelchin in Josh Boone’s “Pretenders” and also has roles in Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups”, Jimi Hendrix biopic “All is By My Side” and Nick Hornby novel adaptation “A Long Way Down” ready for release.
Click below to view the trailer. “The Look Of Love” is due for release in the UK on April 26th.
February 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Oh, the journey of an independent movie. Antonio Campos’ American-in-Paris drama “Simon Killer” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2012, and has been seen since by many various festival-goers, but won’t actually see a general public movie theater until this April, over a year since its premiere.
Today, the first trailer has been released for the film which stars Brady Corbet, a rising star on the indie scene who memorably played one of Elizabeth Olsen’s fellow cult members in Sean Durkin’s 2011 Sundance hit “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” He plays the titular Simon here, who is dumped by his girlfriend and travels to Paris. There, he meets and begins a relationship with a young prostitute, but as the title may suggest, he may have darker ulterior motives.
“Simon Killer” will be in theaters on April 5th and on Video on Demand on April 12th.