‘Margin Call’ Trailer

One of the top 10 screenplays listed on The Black List this year was a script by JC Chandor titled Margin Call.

While I often refer to The Black List as a annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, that isn’t actually the case — the list is compiled with a poll of 300 development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet. Some of the screenplays have been acquired and some are even in production. Margin Call was actually in the can before the list was even released.

“Based on true events,” the film chronicles the final twenty-four hours of Lehman Brothers. Chandor directed the film, which stars Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, and Demi Moore. I always love dramatic thrillers set in an isolated amount of time or one location, and this film seems to fit both categories. Although /Film’s own David Chen seemed to hate the movie, calling it “A Movie About The Financial Disaster That’s a Cinematic Disaster” when the movie premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Watch a trailer for Margin Call embedded after the jump.

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Does someone have a case of the Mondays? We understand. Going back to work sucks but while you probably had the weekend off, Slashfilm hasn’t stopped working. If you can call watching movies non-stop working.

Myself, Peter Sciretta and David Chen have been all over Park City Utah at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival which continues through next Sunday. We’ve reviewed over a dozen movies, quested for tickets, done video blogs and much more. Did you miss any of the coverage? No worries. We’ve created this convenient rundown of everything we’d published so far including reviews of the recently acquired films Project Nim and Margin Call, hidden gems like Win Win and Bellflower and, of course, all the Red State coverage you can handle.

Later today, be on the look out for reviews of My Idiot Brother, Like Crazy, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and more. But until then, see the roundup of all our coverage below:

Thursday January 20

Why do we come to the Sundance Film Festival? We explain it’s allure.

We have arrived at Sundance, and here’s what we are most excited for. Video Blog.

Friday January 21

Getting tickets to Red State was quite the ordeal.

The opening night film was James Marsh’s Project Nim. Here’s our review.

Ever see a horror movie all done in one shot? It’s called Silent House and here’s a review.

Margin Call stars Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci and was reviewed here.

Saturday January 22

Bloody revenge came to Sundance in the way if I Saw The Devil. Our review is here.

It’s got big stars like Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson but does The Ledge deliver big? Find out here.

Around here we call it the Four M’s or MMMM. The real title is Martha Marcy May Marlene and it’s supposed to be amazing.

A mini-review roundup featuring The Future by Miranda July and Bobby Fischer Against the World.

Sunday January 23

Peter loved it at Toronto and a whole bunch of people, including David, loved it at Sundance. It’s a Submarine Video Blog!

Between movies, David was walking around Park City talking to movie fans. Here’s what they had to say.

My favorite film of the festival so far is Tom McCarthy’s Win Win with Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. Amazing movie.

Peter generated controversy by calling Bellflower “500 Days of Summer for the Jackass Hipster Generation,” read exactly what he meant.

Red State

Right after the movie ended, here’s what we all thought about Red State.

Kevin Smith made some major, big time, groundbreaking revelations about his film and its distribution. Read them here.

Here’s my full review of Red State and probably not the last.

At the end of this first weekend of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival there have been two major buys. One was made by Paramount for Like Crazy, one of the most-praised films at the fest so far. (Look for our review tomorrow morning.) And on the other side of the spectrum, LionsGate and Roadside Attractions have teamed up to buy J.C. Chandor‘s debut feature Margin Call, which has garnered some of the poorer reviews of the fest. Read More »

It is safe to say that Margin Call was my most anticipated film of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Having scored a spot on the buzzed-about 2010 Black ListMargin Call has an all-star cast featuring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, and Zachary Quinto. It is also topical, purporting to be based on true events and chronicling the actions of an investment banking firm at the epicenter of the 2008 financial disaster.

Sadly, Margin Call is an unfortunate lesson in what happens when you make a movie that, like The Social Network, features dozens of characters talking intensely at each other for 2 hours, only with none of the skill that Sorkin or Fincher brought to their particular film. Hit the jump for some further thoughts, plus an audio blog I recorded with Laremy discussing the film. (He loved it. I hated it.)
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‘Margin Call’ Movie Poster Revealed

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One of the top 10 screenplays listed on The Black List this year was a script by JC Chandor titled Margin Call. The film, which is set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, is “Based on true events,” and chronicles the final twenty-four hours of Lehman Brothers. The movie is set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm and starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, and Demi Moore. I always love dramatic thrillers set in an isolated amount of time or one location, and this film seems to fit both categories. See more photos from the film in our previous preview posting, and hit the jump to see the full one-sheet.

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Sundance 2011 First Look: ‘Margin Call’

One of the top 10 screenplays listed on The Black List this year was a script by JC Chandor titled Margin Call.

While I often refer to The Black List as a annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, that isn’t actually the case — the list is compiled with a poll of 300 development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet. Some of the screenplays have been acquired and some are even in production. Margin Call was actually in the can before the list was even released.

“Based on true events,” the film chronicles the final twenty-four hours of Lehman Brothers. The movie is set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm and starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, and Demi Moore. I always love dramatic thrillers set in an isolated amount of time or one location, and this film seems to fit both categories. Check out the first photos from the movie after the jump.

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The Black List has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of 300 (up from last year’s 250) development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet.

Note: The headline is a slightly inaccurate, because a lot of these screenplays have already been acquired (six of the top ten listed), a bunch are in production now, and some have even finished production. One of this year’s top ten screenplays, J.C. Chandor‘s Margin Call, about the last 24 hours at now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers is already in the can and set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm and Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany star. The top screenplay om the list, College Republicans, already has Shia LaBeouf and Paul Dano attached to star.

Started in 2005 by a young executive at Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, who polled 90+ peers to send him their 10 favorite new unproduced screenplays to read over the holidays. The underground list was e-mailed around and quickly became a Hollywood phenomenon. To give you an idea, the top three entries of the 2005 list where Things We Lost in the Fire, Juno, and Lars and the Real Girl. However it should be noted that a warning appears at the beginning of the list:

“THE BLACK LIST is not a “best of” list. It is, at best, a “most liked” list.”

Also, it should be noted that many people in recent years have begun accuse participants for pushing their own/friends clients.

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Jeremy Irons Joins the Cast of Margin Call

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The financial drama Margin Call, which started shooting a couple of weeks ago in New York City, has assembled quite the all-star cast. The latest addition to writer/director J.C. Chandor‘s picture is Jeremy Irons. What started off sounding like a so-so film that is being made quickly to jump in on the very topical financial crisis now has such line-up of talent that it could be impossible to ignore. Very curious to see a trailer, but for now we’ve just got the info on the whole cast breakdown. Read More »

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