Right now you can see Randy Moore's bold and daring Escape from Tomorrow, an indie shot in Disney World without permission. Many people have been wondering just how the film came to be, and an extended featurette has made its way online with Moore talking about the inception of the idea, some of the difficulties he and his extremely small crew had completing the film, and much more. Again, it's a miracle this film was even made at all with all the references to Disney properties (with the studio choosing not to sue producers) and the guerilla shooting style, but that's what has people buzzing about the film. Watch it!
Following a cleverly striking but misleading poster for the Sundance indie Escape from Tomorrow, the film shot secretly at Disney World without the House of Mouse's permission, the first trailer has finally arrived. Once you see footage from the surreal horror vacation from hell, you'll wonder just why or how Disney isn't doing everything they can to stop this movie from getting released, but maybe they respect director Randy Moore's efforts in independent film. Anyway, most of the buzz around the film is because of how the film was shot, but it's a bit underwhelming and simply feels like a college thesis film. Watch it?
Way back in January, plenty of laughs and joy arrived in the form of Ass Backwards, a wacky comedy from writers Casey Wilson ("Happy Endings") and June Diane Raphael ("Burning Love"), who also star in the film as a ditzy, clueless duo reminiscent of Dumb & Dumber and Romy & Michele's High School Reunion. Thankfully, Gravitas Ventures picked up the film for distribution this fall, and now the first poster has arrived featuring Wilson and Raphael all decked out in their best pageant dresses. Raphael says, "We took to the streets — and by the streets we mean a downtown LA quinceanera shop — to procure the best dresses I have ever seen." And the film itself is just as fun and ridiculous as those wild dresses. Look below!
This past year, one of the most buzzed about films at Sundance was Randy Moore's film Escape from Tomorrow. However, the buzz wasn't because the film was a sensational piece of cinema, but because it was secretly shot at Disney World, and was decidedly something that the House of Mouse would not approve of in the least. The story follows one man's descent into madness as he attempts to keep up appearances with his family on vacation after learning that he's lost his job. A strange obsession with seemingly underage French girls at the park, and hallucinations and bizarre characters make it a twisted trip, but that's where the novelty ends. Because of this, many though the film wouldn't get distribution. But they were wrong.
One of the more charming Sundance comedies from the 2013 festival marked the feature directorial debut of actress Lake Bell (No Strings Attached, It's Complicated). In a World... sees Bell taking the lead as a vocal coach, struggling to prove her talents as a movie trailer voiceover performer to an industry dominated by males, including her discouraging father (Fred Melamed) and cocky rising star Gustav (Ken Marino). The film is a fine debut for Bell as a writer, director and leading woman with a script that is witty, despite having a familiar story arc, mostly because of the unique premise. Now you can watch the first trailer below!
Arriving in limited theaters this week is one of our favorite films from the Sundance Film Festival this year, a coming-of-age comedy called The Kings of Summer, formerly known as Toy's House (watch the trailer here). CBS Films picked up the indie for release at Sundance and starts releasing it in theaters today, with expansions the next few weeks. It's great, a hilarious but heartfelt film. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts hired a few designers to create artistic posters for the film, starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso & Moises Arias, and has released two so far. They are Mondo-esque posters worth viewing even if you haven't seen it.
Those who follow movies more than they follow sports might have been confused when they heard Adam Scott won The Masters golf tournament recently. No, the star of Step Brothers and "Parks & Recreation" with the same name is not a golfer, but he does have something else to celebrate this week. Film Arcade (via ComingSoon) has just announced their acquisition of the Sundance selected comedy A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce) for theatrical release (along with home video release by Paramount). Film Arcade is a relatively young company, but they snagged the doc The Other Dream Team last year from Sundance too.
After debuting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the directorial debut from The Descendants writers and comedy actors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon has debuted a trailer. The Way, Way Back has quite an impressive cast including Steve Carell, Toni Collettte, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolphs, Allison Janney, Rob Corddry and Amanda Peet. But the film's star is Liam James, as he struggles with adolescence, but stumbles upon the greatest summer of his life while on a trip with his mother (Collette) and prickish potential step-father (Carell). This was a real treat to see at Sundance (read my review here) and it could be the crowd-pleasing indie hit of the year, so don't miss it. Watch the trailer!
Briefly: After debuting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in January, distributor Relativity Media dropped $4 million to pick up Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon's Addition for release sometime this year, with an additional $25 million going towards marketing. Since then, Gordon-Levitt revealed that the title of the film which also stars Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore and Brie Larson has been changed to simply Don Jon, because it's not just about the lead characters struggle with porn addiction. And now, Relativity Media has announced it will send the film to theaters this fall on October 18th. Check out our video blog and review of the crowd-pleaser, and stay tuned for more.
The Sundance Film Festival is a perennial favorite for those of us at FirstShowing.net, and Robert Redford's long-running festival has always been on the cutting edge, embracing experimental and often controversial movies and giving them a place to be seen. Now, a press release tells us that the Sundance Institute will continue its progressive ways by taking a break from the chilly Utah weather and heading to the West Coast this summer, hosting a 4-day film festival right here in Los Angeles at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. Next Weekend will feature screenings and panels from August 8th-11th.
One of the films that didn't blow us away at Sundance, but offered a solid film full of jokes made just for cinephiles, was In a World... The film directed by actress Lake Bell follows a young female voice coach (Bell) as she joins the all-male race to land the white-hot new trailer of a blockbuster trilogy, and with it lay claim to the legendary trailer catchphrase “In a world…” She faces stuffy, douchebag competition in Ken Marino and even her own father (Fred Melamed), a legendary voice-over artist who can’t bring himself to recognize his daughter’s talent. It was a very charming, entertaining comedy and now it has distribution.
After premiering their film Ass Backwards in the Park City at Midnight section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, writers and stars Casey Wilson & June Diane Raphael couldn't have been more happy and proud of their hilarious road trip comedy that has flares of Dumb & Dumber and Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion. Thankfully, the female comedy duo took the time to sit down for an interview which resulted in some sultry casting couch talk, Britney Spears quotes and more. In addition, director Chris Nelson sat down to talk about entering the female comedy world with Wilson and Raphael, and just letting these girls open up a whole can of crazy on the big screen with outlandish fashion and antics. Watch below!
At the Sundance Film Festival, coming-of-age comedies are almost a dime a dozen. So the really good ones, the ones that refresh, redefine, reinvent the genre, need to really stand out and really exceed in many ways. Another one at the 2013 festival that definitely hit those marks is Jordan Vogt-Roberts's Toy's House, from a screenplay written by Chris Galletta. It's one of those films that I'd already heard great buzz about, mostly due to comparisons to Superbad meets Stand By Me (e.g. Erik Davis' review), which is some kind of crazy high praise that it pretty much lives up to. But, remarkably, Toy's House really is that great of a film.
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Ryland Aldrich of TwitchFilm as well as our own Alex Billington of FirstShowing to go over their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis and Juan Solanas' Upside Down and much more. The main topic of the night was a complete discussion on the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which just concluded this past weekend (our coverage). Ryland and Alex talk about some of their must-sees of the festival and discuss this year's films in relation to years past. Listen in!