SXSW Film Festival Announces 2011 Features Lineup

The South by Southwest Film Festival has announced their features lineup for the 2011’s Festival, which will take place March 11th to the 19th in Austin Texas. Read the full press release after the jump.

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New Poster: ‘Win Win’ From Director Tom McCarthy

I’m a big fan of Tom McCarthy as an actor and director (The Station Agent, The Visitor) so I’m curious to see both his sorta-directorial effort for the pilot of Game of Thrones (reshoots were done without him) and his new indie Win Win, starring Paul Giamatti. The story follows a struggling middle-aged attorney and volunteer wrestling coach (Paul Giamatti) who becomes caretaker to an elderly man (Burt Young), which leads to a complicated mentor/guardian situation with the man’s grandson (Alex Schaffer). Peter and Germain loved the movie at Sundance (review here) and now there’s a poster to rep the picture in advance of its March 18 release.

See the full poster, thanks to Vulture, after the break. Read More »

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.

Good news for fans of director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Game of Thrones), as his new film Win Win will open on March 18 instead of March 25. The film stars Paul Giamatti as “Mike Flaherty, a senior-care attorney and high-school wrestling coach in small-town New Jersey, he compromises his ethics to better support his family — with consequences, of course.” Amy Ryan, Burt Young (Rocky) and newcomer Alex Shaffer also appear. [USA Today]

After the break, a new date for Lone Scherfig’s One Day, as well as the release date and some recap info on Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Read More »

Time to mark up your calendar. Three films, each of which is aimed at a very different audience, have set release dates. Let’s get the ugly one out of the way first: Warner Bros. has locked Wrath of the Titans, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, for March 30, 2012 — basically the same place in the calendar that saw the release of Clash of the Titans this year. Liam Neeson will return as Zeus, and presumably Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton will reprise their roles from Clash as well.

After the break, dates and recap info for Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win and Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive. Read More »

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival is fast approaching and if you can’t make it to Utah yourself, the festival is bringing some of its highest profile films to a city near you.

The largest and most important U.S. film festival will take place from January 20-30 in and around Park City, Utah and the selection of films this year is nothing short of remarkable. In competition there are films like Michael Rapaport’s Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life, and Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground, out of competition there are films like Kevin Smith’s Red State and Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and even the short film selections have films with stars like Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Julia Stiles and Isabella Rossellini. And that’s not even beginning to scratch the surface. All in all, over 200 brand new movies will be screening at the festival and, if you are a film fan, you owe it to yourself to get up to Utah at some point for this momentous annual event.

If you can’t, though, there are two options. The first is to keep you browser locked onto /Film because we’ll have extensive coverage. Or, if you live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Brookline, Massachusetts, Brooklyn, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, California, Madison, Wisconsin, Nashville, Tennessee, San Francisco, California or Seattle, Washington, just head to your local theater. On January 27, those cities are going to host special screenings of high profile films will be premiering at Sundance. It’s the Sundance Film Festival USA program. Get all the specifics after the break. Read More »

Wednesday, the 2011 Sundance Film Festival announced the 58 films in four categories that would be eligible for awards. Today, they’ve announced the next slice of their line up  – 57 out of competition films in the Premieres, Next, Spotlight, New Frontiers and Midnight categories. This is generally where you get many of the bigger name projects and this year is no exception. We already knew that Kevin Smith’s Red State would be on the list, but there’s also Tom McCarthy’s new film Win Win, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, the highly buzzed-about Submarine, Fantastic Fest darling I Saw the Devil as well as Hobo With a Shotgun and a whole bunch more including films with Al Pacino, Tobey Maguire, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Paul Rudd and others.

As we said yesterday, the announcement of the movies playing the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is like looking into our film futures. While many of the films are unknown now, playing at Sundance sets off a snowball effect that continues throughout the year and eventually, these movies become an integral part of popular culture.

Check out out write up of the competition movies by clicking here, but hit the jump to see the full list of out of competition films as well as our early highlights. Read More »

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With a bunch of films scheduled to start shooting later this month and into the dregs of winter, we’re starting to get some new blasts of casting info. First up, Moon Bloodgood has a new role in Faster, the George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge drama starring Dwayne Johnson. She’ll play Johnson’s girlfriend; Johnson is “an ex-con pursued by cops and killers as he sets out to avenge his brother’s death.” Also in the cast is Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who will be one of the killers on the Rock’s trail. The trade report describes his character as “a self-made millionaire who kills for fun.” [THR]

After the break, Kevin Spacey goes to China and Paul Giamatti may work with The Visitor director Tom McCarthy. Read More »

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