The Sundance Institute announced today the addition of three world premieres which will screen out of competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival:
- It’s a Wonderful Afterlife: Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha and co-screenwriter Paul Mayeda Berges return to Sundance with a comedy centered on an Indian mother who discovers that finding the perfect son-in-law can be murder. Staring Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Sally Hawkins.
- The Kids are Alright: Laurel Canyon director Lisa Cholodenko returns to Sundance with a soty of two children conceived by artificial insemination who bring their birth father into their family life. Written by Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko, and starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Ruffalo, and Annette Bening. Cholodenko received the 1998 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance for High Art.
- The Romantics: Director and screenwriter Galt Niederhoffer returns to Sundance with an adaptation of her novel, The Romantics, a zeitgeist love story and generational comedy, takes place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding. The cast includes Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood, Candice Bergen, Jeremy Strong, and Dianna Agron. Niederhoffer received the 2007 Sundance Audience Award for producing Grace is Gone. She also produced the Sundance Film Festival films Lonesome Jim, Dedication, Diminished Capacity, Birds of America, and Hurricane.
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I suppose we should just get used to seeing Anna Paquin and her True Blood co-star/real life fiance together all the freaking time. The couple are now starring in a new thriller, Open House, directed and written by Paquin’s brother Andrew. His past credits don’t suggest much, but I suppose having some hot stars in the family makes it easier to get projects off the ground. According to Dread Central, the film will apparently concern a young and wealthy couple who host an open house to sell off their property, only to learn that one guest never left. The cast also features Tricia Helfer, Rachel Blanchard, and Brian Geraghty, among many others.
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Fuck Pointless Remakes.
Fuck Shitty Sequels.
And Fuck Rob Zombie.
(Excuse the vulgarity, as we don’t use it often on /Fim — but when it is used, it is used to effect, to express a point. A bit of a warning, I have one more coming…)
Trick r Treat is the best Halloween movie since John Carptenter’s 1978 classic. X-Men 2 screenwriter Michael Dougherty‘s feature filmmaking debut feels like a film that Steven Spielberg might have made in the 1980′s if he didn’t go all PG. It feels like the Amblin film that Orci and Kurtzman always claim they are aiming to make.
(the rest of the review and a video blog reaction, after the jump)
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The True Blood panel at Comic-Con was one of the bigger ones. Many cast members showed up alongside writer/creator Alan Ball and Charleane Harris, author of the books that led to the show. They seemed grateful for all of the fan response and the packed room. Apparently their panel was in a much smaller space last year since nobody knew about the show.
They showed a short teaser for the rest of season 2, but it was just a quick glimpse. We saw the Texas vampire contingent, Sookie getting into trouble (again), and Jason getting closer to the preacher’s wife he’s been eying.
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Kenneth Lonergan is the playwright behind This is Our Youth, The Waverley Gallery and Lobby Hero; the script-fixer that lent a hand to Gangs of New York and – incredibly – Rocky and Bullwinkle; and the writer-director of You Can Count on Me and Margaret. Not to put too fine a point on it, Lonergan is a very accomplished writer and, as displayed by You Can Count on Me, a fine director.
What, then, has happened to Margaret? Filmed in late 2005, Lonergan’s second film was to star Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon. The shoot seemed to go very well, and early signs were fantastic. Then, Lonergan stepped into the editing room and things started to wobble somewhat. Thanks to a series of legal documents that have come into the possession of The LA Times, the horror stories of what seems to be one of the most absurdly protracted post production nightmares, can finally come to light.
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This is a minor update, sure, but we still consider Warner Bros.’ decision to swipe the throwback horror anthology, Trick ‘R Treat, off their release slate to be a quizzical and ‘tarded ball drop. The Internet was going nuts for the film after it scored stellar reviews from a sneak at The Alamo. Its Halloween release date in 2007 was a no-brainer. Buzz remained steady into ’08 after WB pushed it back and then, nothing.Movie Hole just checked in with director and X2 screenwriter, Michael Dougherty…
“The struggle continues. There’s interest from another distributor so negotiations have begun. Keep your severed fingers crossed!”
With WB’s Creepshow franchise carelessly spanning time in straight-to-DVD purgatory and failing to cash in on the current nostalgia for EC Comics in geek culture, Trick ‘R Treat‘s prolonged limbo makes no friggin’ sense. A tidy profit is all but guaranteed. With a cool easy-sell concept, a promising cast (Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Brian Cox, Leslie Bibb) and cult buzz/notoriety, comparisons to Mike Judge’s Idiocracy are obvious. Hopefully, a studio gives it more than a funeral pyre theatrical release. Dumb move, WB.
Discuss: Support….or are you over it?
Boo! in a duel sense. Bloody Disgusting reported over the weekend that Legendary Pictures has screened their nicely buzzed Halloween-themed anthology flick, Trick ‘R Treat, in hopes of picking up a new distributor. According to STYD, Warner Bros. (Where the Wild Things Are, ahem) has categorically removed the film from its 2008 schedule for theatrical and home entertainment releases after pushing the film off its original October ’07 release date. What gives?
Not only is the film a much needed shot of original horror in a time of glossy mall-kid remakes (Prom Night, April Fool’s Day) and sequels (Saw, TCM), but it boasts respected, recognizable faces (Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Brian Cox) and tested through the roof with fanboys. AICN has loudly championed writer/director Michael Dougherty‘s film for practically ages now. Moreover, mainstream awareness was boosted by the inclusion of a Trick ‘R Treat trailer attached to DVDs of 300. There is speculation on the Nets that an Idiocracy-like situation has gone down, but there’s no evidence as of yet.
The latest release date was set for October ’08, which was a no-brainer. “If It’s Halloween, It Must Be Saw” is the old dude in the club. Warner Bros. had a great opportunity to build a franchise and new moviegoer tradition with this real estate, and a new Creepshow would be next levs. Let’s hope Legendary finds a proper replacement. More on this as it develops…
Discuss: Are you aware of Trick ‘R Treat? If so, what have you heard? Why do you think Warner Bros. put the kibosh on it?
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Warner Bros has released a batch of new photos from the upcoming horror thriller Trick ‘R Treat. Check them out below, along with an updated plot synopsis. We’re looking forward to this one. Not only is it screenwriter Michael Dougherty (X2, Superman Returns) directorial debut, but it’s produced by Bryan Singer. As always, left click for high res and don’t drink and drive.
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