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.
January 26, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Another fabulous year for rising stars has just concluded the Sundance Film Festival, which wrapped up 2013 with its annual award ceremony tonight in Utah, hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose directorial debut “Don Jon’s Addiction” ended up being one of the bestsellers of the fest.
The award season for next year got off to an early start as Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut “Fruitvale” starring Michael B. Jordan swept the US Dramatic Competition category, 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, captivated Sundance 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. Its awards potential was immediately obvious and Oscar heavyweight Harvey Weinstein took note, buying the film for more than $2 million, beating out Fox Searchlight, Paramount Pictures, Focus Features and CBS Films. An awards-friendly fall release date can’t be far behind for this year’s festival’s undeniable winner.
“The Spectacular Now”, the other big buzzed about film of the fest, took home a Special Jury Prize for Acting for its two young stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. The two have received rave reviews from festival goers for their portrayal of a high school couple in James Ponsoldt’s coming of age drama. The film was picked up by upstart distribution company A24, so we’ll have to wait and see how much the film figures into next year’s awards race. A summer release is tentatively scheduled.
The full list of awards are below.
January 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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After a slow start and intense bidding wars, the buzziest Sundance premieres have began to find homes.
“Don Jon’s Addiction”, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s starry rom com directorial debut, landed at Relativity Media after being sold for record-breaking numbers. It will receive a wide theatrical release, most likely over this summer. [