There are actors one suspects can do a lot more than what they’ve been given at any particular point. People might have thought that about Aaron Paul before Breaking Bad gave him the chance to stretch. And Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been a bright spot in several projects so far, but we’ve suspected that she’d eventually get a chance to really do something great.

Smashed features both actors, as a married couple that hits a wall with their drinking and partying, and based on reactions out of Sundance it is Winstead’s big breakout turn. Check out a newly released trailer below to see a taste of her performance. Read More »

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We’re just a few days away from the start of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, but distributors are already scooping up films left and right. Three were acquired Tuesday and two were grabbed a few days ago. A&E IndieFilms picked up the rights to the Roger Corman documentary Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Sony Pictures Classics locked up the rights to Take Shelter starring Michael Shannon, HBO Films nabbed the rights to the opening night documentary Project Nim (seen above) from the team behind the Oscar-winner Man on Wire, IFC Films got the low-budget comedy Uncle Kent and Roadside Attractions will release The Music Never Stopped starring J.K. Simmons.

Finally while it’s not playing at Sundance, Sundance Selects acquired Errol Morris’s latest called Tabloid. Read more about each film after the jump. Read More »

The holiday season release date shuffle continues. First Gulliver’s Travels was moved, then Blue Valentine, and next is the Golden Globe nominated Best Foreign Language film Biutiful, written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. Originally scheduled for limited release December 29, it’ll now bow on January 28, right after the Oscar nominations are announced. (EDIT: The limited release date remains the same, so if you’re in LA/NYC you can see the film this month. Everyone else gets the movie in January.) Bardem won best actor at Cannes this year and the film is the Mexican entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

Watch the trailer and read the official plot description after the jump. Read More »

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We’ve seen two trailers so far for Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s festival hit Biutiful, which boasts a performance from Javier Bardem that has been hailed as one of the year’s best. Those clips were a sales reel and an international trailer. Now that Roadside Attractions has taken a moment to plan a release pattern for the film, we have a domestic trailer to complement the previous ads. Read More »

All Good Things

Two weeks ago there was word that the small company Roadside Attractions would be the outfit to distribute Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Biutiful in the US. Now there is confirmation that the company has bought rights to the film and will bring it to US theaters in December. How many theaters? Good question. Can we get back to you on that? But Javier Bardem won the Best Actor award for the film at Cannes, so there’s a reasonable chance that the film will score a little extra award season attention for Roadside Attractions. [Anne Thompson]

After the break, All Good Things, the dramatic feature by Capturing the Friedmans director Andrew Jarecki, is picked up by Magnolia. Read More »

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