While 2018’s edition of the Sundance Film Festival might not have launched any major Oscar heavyweights, it turned out a steady stream of modest summer hits from first time directors (Hereditary, Sorry to Bother You, Eight Grade) as well as three non-fiction films that were blockbusters by documentary standards (Three Identical Strangers, RBG, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?). Plus, countless Sundance selections remained critical favorites that stuck around in the conversation through the end of last year (Wildlife, Minding the Gap, Hale County This Morning, This Evening).
This is all to say, never believe anyone who tells you that a given year at Sundance is a “weak” one. Fluctuations in programming focuses and projects submissions rarely yield a continuous trajectory for a festival. That may prove doubly true for the 2019 edition of the Sundance Film Festival, which is the first under Kim Yutani’s leadership as director of programming following the long reign of Trevor Groth. This year’s festival looks noticeably more inclusive and diverse, both in terms of the stories being told and the people who are telling them. The lineup pulls less obviously from established festival favorites in favor of providing a platform to emerging artists who may have only a scattered short or feature to their name.
There’s going to be a lot to follow out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and thankfully /Film will have several writers on the ground in Park City to report out the big finds and stories. But for those of us who aren’t making the trek up into the mountains of Utah for Sundance, there’s still a way to be a part of the festival.
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In this edition of TV Bits:
- HBO’s Watchmen TV series adds even more cast members
- American Horror Story season 8 premiere date set
- Comic book series Gideon Falls is being adapted for TV
- J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi HBO show Demimonde now has a showrunner
- What to expect from The Expanse season 4
- A trailer for Animals season 3
- Fox is adapting a French satirical puppet show for the U.S.
- The never-ending show Supernatural now has its own holiday in Austin, Texas
- Mike Myers talks about his strange Gong Show character
- Jimmy Fallon plans to host The Tonight Show as long as human possible
- Salman Rushdie‘s Midnight’s Children is being adapted for Netflix
- Fox cancels Ghosted
- A teaser trailer for Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans M.C.
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Animals is one of the strangest shows to hit the small screen in the past few years. It imagines what the creatures in and around New York City would do if they had recognizable human problems – insecurity, parenting issues, dealing with bullying, marital struggles, experimenting with drugs…the works. The show was also notable for its all-star cast, which included some of the best comedic actors in the industry.
HBO renewed it for a second season a few months ago, and now they’re back with a new trailer that promises total anarchy in the weeks to come. Read More »
Animals might be the weirdest, craziest, most interesting television show in a long time. The new HBO show feels like someone took a funny clever animated short film from the Sundance Film Festival and adapted it into a television series. The result feels like nothing else on television.
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Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
New York City may be home to 8 million people, but it’s also host to several times as many non-human creatures. And it’s those critters — from the mice under the sinks to the cats in the windows to the horses in the parks — that get to take center stage in Animals, the new animated series from HBO and the Duplass brothers. The results look weird and funny and kind of twisted, and might make you look a little differently at the next pigeon that flies by. Watch the Animals trailer after the jump.
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You definitely know actor David Dastmalchian from ominous turns in films such as Prisoners and The Dark Knight, but he gets to explore much different territory in Animals. The film won the Special Jury Prize for Courage in Storytelling at SXSW in 2014, which has got to be pretty good for Dastmalcian, as he scripted the film in addition to starring in it.
Directed by Collin Schiffli, Animals features Dastmalchian as a guy who, with his partner Bobbie (played by Kim Shaw) deals with homelessness and addiction while carving out a tiny life in Chicago. Oscilloscope Laboratories will release the film later this season, and you can see the Animals trailer and poster below. Read More »
The last time we checked in on Martin Freeman his name was being bandied about as a likely candidate for Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. Given that the fate of that film is still up in the air, I’m not much sirprised to see that Mr. Freeman is booking other work. He’s now set to co-star in Animals, from director Marcal Fores. The film will have the actor playing a schoolteacher in “a fantasy-laced coming-of-age tale that [producer] Sergi Casamitjana dubs as ‘Donnie Darko’ meets Gus Van Sant.'”
Not that this role will have any impact at all on the possibility of Martin Freeman being in The Hobbit; Animals will shoot for eight weeks beginning on Monday, and Mr. Freeman will only work for about a week of that schedule. A couple of interesting craftsmen are involved behind the scenes, too: Buried cinematographer Eduard Grau is shooting, and Pan’s Labyrinth editor Bernat Vilaplana will cut the film. [Variety]
After the break, Ed Burns tries to talk Sam Worthington down from a ledge, and a Mad Men fave books a new role. Read More »
Isn’t it funny/sad/make you angry when heated discussions you had when you were, like, nine, are made into beyond epic movies? Producer Neil Moritz (I Am Legend, Even Almighty) looks to make a movie called Animals from a script by former lawyer turned hotshot screenwriter Mike Sobel that was just purchased by Columbia. The movie pitch is this: what if all of the world’s animals, including pets like kittens and gerbils, turned on us?
The movie would continue the hot switcheroo trend of “Pissed Off Mother Nature vs. Humans” that is at the center of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening and goes as far back as, I dunno, Man’s Best Friend and Funny Farm or was it The Birds (which came first?)? But I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a movie where every animal ever, sans mascots, sea monkeys and Furries, flashes its fangs, claws and plastic balls in our Earth-ruining direction. Scary stuff, and no doubt, will make for one of the most awesome posters ever. No word on whether Animals will swat a violent paw at cryptozoology.
Discuss: In this very likely hypothetical, what animal would you prefer to do you in? I choose the sloth. Who should direct this madness? I choose Paul Thomas Anderson.
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