Sundance 2015: Goofy Religious Antics in Jared Hess' 'Don Verdean'

Don Verdean Review

There are a growing number of recent films that have tried to make a fun joke out of religion, which can sometimes be a sensitive subject (at least in this country). Not many of them are that good, as sometimes they get too dumb with the humor (e.g. Year One), but sometimes they strike the right chord, touching upon both the importance of and hilarity of modern religion. Don Verdean is the latest film from Jared Hess & Jerusha Hess, the husband/wife filmmaker team that brought us Napoleon Dynamite and Gentlemen Broncos previously. Don Verdean is the name of religious artifacts collector who gets into some deep shit.

 Posted 11 hours ago in Review, Sundance 15 | Comments

Peter Berg Replacing J.C. Chandor as 'Deepwater Horizon' Director

Peter Berg

After directing Robert Redford in All is Lost, filmmaker J.C. Chandor was slated to return to sea with Deepwater Horizon, a film about the oil rig of the same name and the tragedy that followed after it exploded and unleashed massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the second largest environmental disaster in the United States. However, The Wrap reports that Chandor has now been replaced by Peter Berg on the film that will star Mark Wahlberg, who last worked with the director on his military drama Lone Survivor. Reportedly, Chandor left the Lionsgate project due to creative differences.

 Posted 14 hours ago in Development, Movie News | Comments

Sundance 2015: Festival Fatigue Hits Hard, But We're Still Screening

Sundance Film Festival

We've been here for 9 days so far, camped out in a lovely ski condo, watching films every day. And we're exhausted. Ethan and I have been working every day seeing films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, writing about them when we can, and trying to keep the site up-to-date with news as well. It's not easy, I will admit. We typically see 3 or 4 or sometimes 5 films each day, and have to spend time getting to each theater/venue, lining up, getting seats, and oh yea, eating food and sleeping (on occasion). Not to mention meeting up and chatting with friends/filmmakers and other cinephiles. But there's nowhere we'd rather be.

 Posted 16 hours ago in Editorial, Sundance 15 | Comments

Watch This: Short Doc on NYC in 1981 Promoting 'A Most Violent Year'

A Most Violent Year Doc

"Do you call the police, or do you mind your business?" One of the most subversive films of 2014 is A Most Violent Year, written & directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Oscar Isaac as a humble businessman trying to keep his company clean in the tough times of 1981. The title of the film refers to "one of the most dangerous years on record for New York City", and to help provide some background on that time, A24 has created a must-see short doc. Featuring Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, performance artist Penny Arcade, and Harlem street-style legend Dapper Dan, this short doc dives into New York City in 1981 and how tough it was to work and live then. It's a fascinating promo for a great film that I recommending seeing.

 Posted 17 hours ago in Docs, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Check Out This '50 Years of James Bond' Black Tie Suits Inforgraphic

The Suits of James Bond

"28 dinner jackets in 23 films." James Bond is known for many things, dressing in suave suits being one of them. Many have tried for years to profile his jackets, or feature them as marketing for expensive fashion designers. A die-hard Bond fan has created a website dedicated to Bond's fashion and recently debuted and infographic that "breaks down James Bond’s 28 black tie outfits by every part of the outfit. All illustrations are based on examples from the James Bond films." It's titled "The Suits of James Bond" and highlights everything from the style to the color to the tie itself. As a big Bond fan myself, I can't help sharing this here.

 Posted 18 hours ago in Humor, James Bond | Comments

Sundance 2015: Continuously Updated List of Movies Sold at Festival

Sundance 2015

The Sundance Film Festival is host to the world premiere of dozens of independent films, most of them looking to get distribution so they can make it to the big screen (or at least VOD). And since there are so many sales that happen at the festival, we wanted to keep you updated with a complete and comprehensive list of all the films getting picked up here at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. As of the writing of this initial post, five films have already been sold, and the festival has barely started. You'll find the festival films sales listed below as well as other info on each movie, starting with the most recent acquisition. Read on!

 Posted 18 hours ago in Indies, Movie News, Sundance 15 | Comments

Jay Roach Attached to Direct Action Comedy Adaptation 'Mad Dogs'

Jay Roach / Mad Dogs

After messing with politics both dramatically and comedically with Game Change and The Campaign respectively, director Jay Roach is looking to switch things up by venturing into action comedy. THR has word that the director of the Austin Powers trilogy is attached to direct Mad Dogs, an adaptation of the book of the same name by James Grady. The book, which is being used as a jumping off point for the big screen story described as The Hangover meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Wes Jones, who wrote the 2010 Black Listed script College Republicans, will write the script, and this one sounds like a lot of fun.

 Posted 18 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Debuts Early Super Bowl Spot

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Just recently we highlighted an awesome theatrical experience that put some viewers heading to an early screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service in the United Kingdom right in the middle of the action with a cool little viral stunt. Now the film's release in the United States is nearly upon us, and 20th Century Fox is betting big on pulling in sports fans with a Super Bowl spot. This one puts forth some of the higher praise for the fun-looking flick while showing off more of the big action with Colin Firth and newcomer Taron Egerton. The early buzz on this one pegs it as a fun action comedy romp, but we'll see. Watch it!

 Posted 18 hours ago in To Watch, TV Spots | Comments

Mia Wasikowska Doesn't Like Marriage in 'Madame Bovary' Trailer

Madame Bovary

After taking part in period dramas such as Albert Nobbs and Jane Eyre, young actress Mia Wasikowska is at it again with Madame Bovary, an adaptation of the classic novel of the same name. The film has played at Telluride, Toronto and London film festivals, and now it's hitting theaters sometime this year. The first trailer has just arrived following Emma Bovary, who is ready to get married to a nice doctor, but finds that life as a wife doesn't really agree her desires. Bored and lonely due to her lackluster marriage, she begins to challenge her role in society and also finds romance with another young man. Watch the trailer below!

 Posted 19 hours ago in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Kristen Wiig Hits Jackpot in TIFF Selected 'Welcome to Me' Trailer

Welcome to Me

This week we learned that Kristen Wiig was going to be one of the new Ghostbusters along with Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. But before she heads into blockbuster reboot territory, you'll get a chance to see her in indie mode with Welcome to Me. The film sees her as a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who suddenly becomes an overnight sensation as she wins the lottery, quits taking her medication and launches her own wacky talk show. The premise is wild, and the comedy seems to be a little dark, but it looks like a tour de force from Wiig in the lead role that makes it worth seeing. Watch below!

 Posted 19 hours ago in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Disney CEO Confirms 'Star Wars' Episodes VIII & IX in 2017 and 2019

Star Wars

Almost a couple years ago, back in the spring of 2013, before Star Wars: The Force Awakens even had a title and the film was still slated rumored for a summer release in 2015, Disney revealed at CinemaCon that they were planning on releasing a new Star Wars film each year, alternating between episodes in the new trilogy and standalone films in between them. Now here we are in 2015, and Star Wars: Episode VII isn't arriving until December 18th this year, followed next year by the first standalone film (which is starting to find a cast already) from director Gareth Edwards. Now we have further confirmation for future plans.

 Posted 20 hours ago in Movie News, Release Dates, Star Wars | Comments

'Jurassic World' Website Teases Genetic Hybrid Dino Indominus Rex

Jurassic World

Last fall, the first official viral site for Jurassic World launched, right along with the website for the film and the park itself. If you haven't checked out the Jurassic World website, you should go click around and explore. And that's because you might find something cool like the genetically modified hybrid dinosaur hinted at but barely seen in the first trailer for the film. Thanks to the website we now know that the new dinosaur is called Indominus Rex. We don't yet get to see the whole dino, as they're likely saving that for the movie, but we do get to see his teeth bared, and also where he's being kept in the park. Look below!

 Posted January 29 in First Look, Photos | Comments

Sundance 2015: The Intense & Riveting 'Stanford Prison Experiment'

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Would you be a better guard or a better prisoner? How would you act? Most of us are inherently familiar with the "Stanford Prison Experiment", the infamously legendary psychology experiment conducted in the 1970s involving a mock prison testing the limits of prisoners against the guards. Many have been trying to adapt this for years, and we finally have a take on it - literally called The Stanford Prison Experiment. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (of C.O.G. from Sundance 2013) along with screenwriter Tim Talbott bring to life the intense, brutal mock prison setup in the basement of a Stanford building. It's riveting to watch, and will be divisive just based on how crazy it gets. But we all knew it would go this far, right? Right?

 Posted January 29 in Review, Sundance 15 | Comments

Watch: First TV Spot Smashes in for 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

"Trouble always comes around." The Avengers: Age of Ultron is only three months away, and considering the fact that the Super Bowl is right around the corner, we might get a glimpse of some new footage during the big game. But in the meantime, the Marvel Studios production has released the first TV spot for the comic book sequel, but this isn't meant to play during the Super Bowl. It's mostly footage we've already seen from the teaser trailer and the more recent second trailer, but there are some snippets of new action footage in there. It's certainly going to be brutal to see Bruce Banner and Tony Stark forced to fight.

 Posted January 29 in Marvel, To Watch, TV Spots | Comments

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