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Entries in Sundance (96)

Tuesday
Jan312017

There Will Be Link

Storify okay, this woman Nancy Wake needs a biopic. Amazing WW II story
Coming Soon production has started on Can You Ever Forgive Me, which sounds like an interesting vehicle for Melissa McCarthy to show her range. She'll play a celebrity biographer who made her name in the 70s and 80s but resorts to deception when her career tanks. It's directed by Marielle Heller who was behind Diary of a Teenage Girl
Vulture Which Sundance debuts will be Oscar contenders this time next year? 
Comics Alliance Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt have been cast in the TV adaptation of the superhero comic Cloak & Dagger

 

Cigarettes & Red Vines photos from the set of Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie which stars Daniel Day Lewis but has no title as of yet
Variety Remember when Viola Davis played best friend to Julia Roberts in a thankless part in Eat Pray Love? They'll co-star again in Small Great Things, a racially charged drama about a nurse who is sued by a white supremacist couple.
/Film James Cameron gets the rights to Terminator back soon and the franchise will be revived. AGAIN.
EW The Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton will perform at the Superbowl! 
Slate A tribute to Mary Tyler Moore's feminist influence
Vice So as it turns out the Kevin Costner character in Hidden Figures was made into more of a 'white savior' in the narrative then he was in the real life story. 
Playbill Clive Owen will return to Broadway in a revival of M. Butterfly - no word yet on who'll play the Chinese opera singer he doesn't realize is a man despite a long affair. B.D. Wong who works frequently on television these days instead of the stage won the Tony as the opera singer in the original production with John Lithgow originating the lead role that Clive Owen will now play
Jezebel on Ryan Gosling's cooking in La La Land
Interview has a gallery of the rising stars from Sundance 2017 
Towleroad new clip from Call Me By Your Name in which Armie Hammer tries to massage the tension out of Timothee Chalamet  

Monday
Jan302017

Details about the Sundance winners

For those of you who were way to caught up in the Oscar nomination race to have been paying attention to Sundance (*raises hand in solidarity*) we thought rather than just share the winners list from Sundance we'd include a couple of details about the films in question. Some of these films will vanish as some festival films always do and others might be on top ten lists and in the awards race next year, you never know. Sundance has a number of different juries so they're broken up into types of films that those juries oversee.

U.S. DRAMATIC
Grand Jury Prize: I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.
This thriller about a depressed nurse (Melanie Lynskey) and her neighbor (Elijah Wood) tracking down burglars who broke into her house comes from actor turned debuting writer/director Macon Blair. It's skipping theaters and premiering on Netflix on February 24th...

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Friday
Jan272017

"Where is Kyra" wins raves for La Pfeiff

True story: I started our new "Pfandom" series specifically for two reasons. The second was to cheer myself up in these awful democracy-losing times. The first though was to welcome our pfavorite, Michelle Pfeiffer, back. The twitter debate rages on what we shall call this year ("The Pfeiffersance? Michellaisance?" any other suggestions?). The first of her pfour roles this year is the title character in Where is Kyra?, which just premiered at Sundance. I will not be reading any reviews as I'd like to experience it pfresh but my understanding is that it's Oscar nominated cinematographer Bradford Young (Arrival) and Michelle herself winning the raves while people are less jazzed about the movie itself? Regardless, TFE's official stance is that it's very unfortunate that Pfeiffer did not show to support her movie. Director Andrew Dosunmu (Mother of George) had to go it alone. If she doesn't leave home to promote her movies this year,  the comeback may be rather less than glamorous and successful. But what can you do? She's an elusive creature. 

If you don't have my aversion to reading reviews before you see a film, reviews are now available at Village VoiceVariety, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Daily, Ion Cinema, Playlist, and Yahoo! Movies.

Friday
Jan272017

Link by Day

Coming Soon Beauty and the Beast has an original song called "Evermore," sung in the film by Dan Stevens and in the end credits by Josh Groban. Uff, I've never liked Disney's "do overs" in the end credits. They're always worse than the in-film version
Variety Beauty and the Beast also got character posters
MNPP a pic of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal we'd never seen before!
The Playlist on 30 breakouts of the Sundance Film Festival 
David Poland La La Land backlash and why you should give the movie its due

 

Boy Culture celebrities pay tribute to Mary Tyler Moore
MTV Teo Bugbee on Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People (1980) 
The Daily Beast Lois Smith has a breakout role at 86 in Marjorie Prime
Film Mixtape Chris Feil's top fifteen of the year
Art of the Title looks back at Madonna's Who's That Girl (1987) opening credits. Loved those
/Film Sing already set for a sequel for Christmas 2020
Unicorn Booty 100 intriguing LGBT artists, characters, and people to watch
Awards Watch shares the GALECA winners with prizes to Moonlight, The Dressmaker, Christine, The Handmaiden, and more 
Gurus of Gold rank the Oscar nominees in order of likelihood to win... 
Film School Rejects The Flash movie is going back to the drawing board. No script. No director.
MNPP on 'the tell' in tense films and Asghar Farhadi's crazy skill with them in The Salesman 
Variety Ben Affleck's Live by Night is a big financial loss for Warner Bros  

Wednesday
Jan252017

Link Her Moore

NYT TV comedy legend and dramatic Oscar nominee Mary Tyler Moore (Ordinary People, The Mary Tyler Moore Show) dies at 80
Empire Actor Dan Aykroyd pays tribute to his Blues Brothers co-star Carrie Fisher in a new essay
Awards Daily Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey interview to air on Netflix tomorrow 

Playbill If you're near Cambridge, there's a new production of Night of the Iguana starring James Earl Jones and Amanda Plummer (!) opening in February 
Tracking Board Jacob Tremblay signs on to a reboot of Predator as an autistic child with a gift for languages
/Film X-Men is getting its own TV series, unrelated to the movies. Good luck with that 
THR on all the times the Star Wars universe has used "The Last Jedi"  
People Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac have split 
Interview talks to Asghar Farhadi about his Oscar nominated film The Salesman 

More Oscar Reactions
MNPP Jason does not like Hacksaw Ridge. But will still ogle the soldiers
Washington Post subtlety and Oscar don't always mix. Bye Amy! 
The New Yorker if you can get past the condescension of Richard Brody's opening 'graphs he says a lot of good things thereafter about the Oscar nominees and the beauty of Annette Bening's missing performance

Call Me By Your Name Sundance premiere won raves

Sundance Fever
Tracking Board bidding war and awards season plans for Dee Rees Mudbound
Coming Soon Netflix picks of new Marti Noxon (Buffy) movie To the Bone about aneroxia
/Film is keeping a list of all the movies that have sold
Variety gay drama Call Me By Your Name starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet (best known for playing Finn on Homeland and McConaughey's son in Interstellar) won lots of sexy buzz out of Sundance. I know I'm supposed to be excited because it's a gay drama but honestly my entire obsession with getting to that movie as quick as possible is that I L-O-V-E Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash) who directs. Now if he would just get on with making that Auntie Mame remake with Tilda.

Friday
Jan202017

Sundance 2017: Mudbound

There’s usually a film every year that premieres at Sundance and goes on to do very well at the Oscars, almost a year later. Think Brooklyn (2015), Whiplash (2014), Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) and Precious (2009). This year it could be Captain Fantastic, but most definitely will be Manchester by the Sea. And next year it could be Dee Rees's Mudbound...

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Wednesday
Jan182017

Teaser for Sundance Midnight Selection "Bad Day for the Cut"

Hello! New contributor Robert Balkovich here.

For those of us not #blessed enough to nab tickets to the festivals our joy comes from scouring the internet for trailers, stills, reviews, and any other new morsels of info about the upcoming films. Today we've got a new teaser for revenge thriller out of Norther Ireland Bad Day for the Cut, which is premiering in Park City as part of the increasingly prestigious Sundance Midnight selection. Lovers of thick Irish brogues and morally ambiguous murder rampages rejoice!

Slightly NSFW teaser after the jump...

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