See What Everyone's Talking About at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival is currently underway in Park City, Utah, where some of the year's most talked-about independent films are screening for the first time. Here's our rundown of what everyone's talking about so far.
The Movie Everyone's Talking About
So Tell Me: The best way to describe Dope is to envision a mash-up of '90s "hood" movies -- everything from Juice and Menace II Society to House Party and Friday -- but with contemporary sensibilities, including scenes involving Bitcoin, drones, Amazon and hacking. Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa -- and featuring a breakout performance by newcomer Shameik Moore -- the film tracks the lives of three "nerds" (Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons) navigating... Read More
Sundance Today: Brad Pitt and James Franco Walk the Red Carpet; 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' Stirs Divided Reactions
People We're Buzzing About
Brad Pitt: The actor walked the red carpet on Friday in behalf of True Story, starring James Franco. Pitt serves as a producer for the project.
Keanu Reeves: Making his first-ever appearance at Sundance, Reeves showed up with members of the cast as well as director Eli Roth for the world premiere of Knock Knock. The director says it's a "great thrill" to be making his Sundance debut with the film, which he says is a suspense movie rather than a hard-edged horror entry. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Courtney Love: The musician and occasional actress attended the premiere of Montage of Heck, a documentary about her late husband, Kurt Cobain. Love walked the red carpet with her daughter Frances Bean Cobain, now 22 years of age... Read More
Best of the Week: Sundance Begins, New 'X-Men' Cast, Joss Whedon's 'Wonder Woman' Teaser and More
The Important News
Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan became X-Men's new Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops.
Tye Sheridan was also cast in Christopher Smith's next movie. And Chiwetel Ejiofor is set to join Doctor Strange.
Rooney Mara, Kate Mara, Tatiana Maslany and Felicity Jones are up for a role in a Star Wars movie.
Emily Blunt will play a new villain in the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman.
Kaya Scodelario will play the female lead in the next Pirates of the Caribben movie.
Karl Urban might play the villain in Aquaman.
Simon Pegg is cowriting Star Trek 3. Simon West is remaking The Blob.
Guardians of the Galaxy is getting a special kind of spin-off sequel.
American... Read More
The Best Movie Trailers of the Week
Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.
The It Follows marketing campaign continues to kill it with another international trailer that highlights the film’s ingenious concept and also does a solid job of teasing the especially haunting and unique tone. Similar to the full feature, this promo nails the balance between the minimalist approach and bolder scare tactics, giving the trailer a hypnotic quality that pulls you in and then puts you on edge.
The Hunting Ground
Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground just got a fantastic trailer to celebrate its Sundance Film Festival premiere today. The piece is brilliantly structured... Read More
Today in Movie Culture: 'Grease,' Martin Scorsese, 'Selma' and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:
This is not the baby bump you're looking for (via Geekologie):
Speaking of Star Wars, here's a trailer for the original trilogy in the style of the most recent Avengers: Age of Ultron spot:
Below is a computer-animated trailer for a (fake) futuristic adaptation of Grease. Head over to Dangerous Minds to see more animated reimaginings of classic films, including a steampunk Alien and a wuxia version of The Big Lebowski.
Watch a scene from Selma with commentary from director Ava DuVernay (via Thompson on Hollywood):
This video claims the easiest way to win an Oscar is to make a... Read More
Watch: The Schmoes Review 'The Boy Next Door,' 'Black Sea' and 'Strange Magic'
The Schmoes are back with this week's video reviews. See what they thought about the new releases arriving in theaters below, and check out more of their reviews right here.
The Boy Next Door
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Poster-Crop Quiz: Can You Guess These Johnny Depp Movies?
Ahoy there! Put on your funniest thinking cap, because it's time for another Poster-Crop Quiz. This week, to coincide with the release of Mortdecai, we're celebrating our favorite films starring Mr. Johnny Depp. We've collected posters from 10 of these movies and then foolishly left them in the razor-sharp hands of some guy named Edward. See if you can identify the posters from their sliced remnants below, leaving your guesses in the comment section below.
The first person to correctly name all the posters will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. A shout-out? That's harder to come by than a five-picture deal with Tim Burton.
To get things started, take a gander at the poster for the criminally underseen Dead Man. Jim Jarmusch directs this bleak... Read More
'Her' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Producer Megan Ellison Is Getting into Virtual Reality Cinema
It's important for the Sundance Film Festival to remain relevant as well as pioneering in the support of new cinema, and that's why it's significant that this year's event showcases nine virtual reality films in its artsy New Frontiers section. That's roughly double the amount of VR installations selected for the 2014 festival and fills a majority of the 13 slots in the program for 2015.
Among these progressive cinematic experiences is Chris Milk's photo-realistic CGI-based Evolution of Verse, which "takes the viewer on a journey from beginning to new beginning," according to the Sundance guide. Milk, who also had a VR concert film starring Beck at the fest last year, produced this new work through his company VRSE.farm and Digital Domain... Read More
Attention Wannabe Filmmakers: Thousands of Quality Public Domain Clips Are Now Free at Your Fingertips
Whether you're interested in becoming an experimental film artist or a documentarian in need of archive material, we've got just the thing for you: The Public Domain Project is a compilation of lots of free video footage, still images, audio files and 3D models. Going back as early as the 19th century and as recent as stock photos of President Obama, this content is all in the public domain, as the name implies, and it's a mix of nonfiction and fiction works, the latter including Georges Melies's 1902 classic A Trip to the Moon and Charlie Chaplin's 1914 short Kid Auto Races at Venice.
You don't have to be creative to appreciate the project, though. I've enjoyed just perusing the clips on the site and watching bits of history and... Read More
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