January 2014 - Posts

Sundance: A24 Makes Second Buy of Fest With 'Obvious Child'

A24 is on a roll at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, making second major buy intwo days. The distributor acquired the North American rights to Gillian Robespierre’s comedy "Obvious Child," which featuring a performance by Jenny Slate that this review called "charismatic and funny as hell." "Child" was produced by Elisabeth Holm and executive produced by rooks nest entertainment, sundial pictures, votiv films, slate, Robespierre, and David Kaplan. The film premiered at the Sundance on Friday.  A24 brokered the deal with WME, and plans a theatrical release in 2014. The company also picked up Lynn Shelton's "Laggies" on Saturday.
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Sundance: Focus Features Falls for Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here'

Focus Features has acquired rights to Zach Braff's largely Kickstarter-funded "Wish I Was Here," according to Deadline. The reported $2.75 million deal marks the first major acquisition since Peter Schlessel took over Focus from James Schamus. READ MORE: With James Schamus Out At Focus, Are Good Movies In Trouble? Not So Fast The film is Braff's second following "Garden State," and in addition to Braff stars Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, and Jim Parsons. Focus is expected to release it on over 500 screens.
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Check Out This Awesome Infographic That Breaks Down Sundance Movie Sales

Crowdfunding and distribution platform Seed&Spark has bucked tradition with the launch of (gasp!) a print publication, Bright Ideas, that features heavy stock paper, glossy photos and killer layouts.  But for our purposes, what we're most impressed with is the killer two-page spread of an infographic -- one that breaks down a handful of the 2011-2013 Sundance Film Festival sales by genre, awards, sale price vs. budget, and more. Click here for the largest image.  You can get lost looking at all the facts and figures, which have been laid out with the help of Italian data visualization firm Accurat. Enjoy. 
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Watch: Elaine Stritch at Her Uproarious and Uncompromising Best in 'Just Shoot Me' Trailer

The uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winning legend Elaine Stritch is profiled in producer Chiemi Karasawa's directorial debut "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," an uproarious and highly entertaining peek into the life of the 88-year-old Broadway star that doesn't shy away from chronicling her struggles with alcoholism and diabetes. The film, which includes interviews with Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Hal Prince, Alec Baldwin and others, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and opens February 21st via Sundance Selects. Watch the newly released trailer for the documentary below, and go here for our interview with Stritch.<br>
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Watch: Emma Roberts Finds Work in an Adult Book Store in the Trailer for 'Adult World'

IFC Films has released a new trailer for its comedy "Adult World," which will be released in theaters next month nearly a year after its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Emma Roberts as an aspiring poet and broke college graduate who takes a job at an adult bookstore to pay off her debt. She starts a romance with the manager (Evan Peters, who started a relationship with Roberts on set) while also becoming the assistant to one of her favorite poets (John Cusack, in snarky "High Fidelity" form). "Adult World" opens in theaters and VOD on February 14th. Watch the trailer below.
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'Veronica Mars' Gets a Digital Spinoff

First it was a television show. Then it was a Kickstarter-funded movie. And now "Veronica Mars" will become a web series, the CW announced today. CW Digital is overseeing the project with series creator Rob Thomas. The "Veronica Mars" movie will have its world premiere at the upcoming SXSW Festival before its theatrical debut on March 14, a year and a day after the Kickstarter campaign launched. The web series won't launch until after the movie is released and will probably span 6-8 episodes, 5-10 minutes in length, according to USA Today. Check out a trailer for the "Veronica Mars" movie below:
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Sundance Exclusive: Trailer Premiere for Eskil Vogt's World Dramatic Contender 'Blind'

Last week we premiered three clips from Eskil Vogt's upcoming Sundance drama "Blind" ahead of its Jan. 17 debut in Park City, and today we're pleased to exclusively premiere the full trailer. The Norweigan drama centers on Ingrid, a woman who's just lost her vision as she struggles to maintain reality. The film is playing in the World Dramatic section at Sundance. Watch below:
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Watch: The Trailer for 'Game of Thrones' Season Four Promises 'There Is Only One Hell -- The One We Live In Now'

"It's tempting to see your enemies as evil -- there was good and evil on both sides in every war ever fought." Here it is, the first trailer for the highly anticipated fourth season of HBO's fantasy hit "Game of Thrones." Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) is evil, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is regal, Melisandre (Carice van Houten) is scary, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is wry, Cersei (Lena Headey) is ferocious and all the rest (who didn't die) are back as well. The new season premieres on April 6 -- take a look at the trailer below.
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Watch: 'The Simpsons' Unveil a Third Couch Gag From Bill Plympton

"The Simpsons" sure love them some Bill Plympton. The indie animator provided the couch gag for tonight's episode, his third for the long-running Fox series, and it's a great one in Plympton's signature style involving flipping through surreal universes as the family remains seated. The episode also includes a tribute to the work of Hayao Miyazaki, making it a particularly nice one for animation fans -- check out the Plympton couch gag below.
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Watch the Full Season Three Premiere of 'Episodes' Online Right Now

Season three of Showtime's showbiz comedy "Episodes" will premiere on Sunday, January 12th, and ahead of that debut the network has put the full season premiere online, though it has been edited for content. Matt LeBlanc won a Golden Globe in 2012 for his portrayal of a fictionalized version of himself, while Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan play the British husband and wife producing team hired to remake their award-winning U.K. television series for the U.S., only to find it shaped in a stock sitcom by network executive meddling.
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Watch the Full Season Four Premiere of 'Shameless' Online Right Now

Season four of Showtime's dysfunctional family dramedy "Shameless" will premiere on Sunday, January 12th, and ahead of that debut Showtime has put the full season premiere online, though it has been edited for content. What's next for Frank (William H. Macy), Fiona (Emmy Rossum), Lip (Jeremy Allen White) and the rest of the Gallagher clan? Take a look below.
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Watch the Full Season Three Premiere of 'House of Lies' Online Right Now

Season three of Showtime's dark comedy about management consultants "House of Lies" will premiere on Sunday, January 12th, and ahead of that debut Showtime has put the full season premiere online, though its been edited for content. Will Marty (Don Cheadle) be able to get his life and the members of his team -- Jeannie (Kristen Bell), Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson) -- back together after what he did at the end of last season? Take a look below. 
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The New Poster for 'The Walking Dead' Warns 'Don't Look Back'

Literal warning about zombies, metaphorical advice about letting go of the traumatic past or cunning reference to Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer"? AMC's released the office poster for the second half of season four of "The Walking Dead," and it features Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the tagline "Don't look back." "The Walking Dead" will return for eight more episodes on February 9th at 9pm with an installment directed by Greg Nicotero and written by Robert Kirkman. Take a look at the new key art below:
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