Indie Watch: Robert Pattinson in 'How To Be' and 'Little Ashes'
He may be reprising his role as Edward in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" as production of the "Twilight" sequel continues in Vancouver, but Robert Pattinson also has a pair of independent movies opening over the next two weeks. On May 8, Pattinson stars as Salvador Dali in "Little Ashes," but starting today the actor's UK dramedy "How To Be" becomes available on IFC Direct (i.e., video on demand) via your local cable provider.
"How" finds Pattinson playing a loser who hires a self-help guru to become his personal life coach and help make his dreams of becoming a professional singer come true. Shot long before Pattinson even was being considered for "Twilight," the picture received an honorable mention at last year's Slamdance Film Festival. Still, IFC didn't want to jump on Pattinson-mania and attempt a theatrical release like "Little Ashes." Needless to say, it's the sort of release pattern that requires a "you've been warned" before downloading.
An indie that's really worth keeping an eye on is Sam Mendes first venture in to "comedy" (or so he claims) "Away We Go" which features John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph as a couple trying to deal with a new baby and the horrors of being your early to mid 30s. In what could be good news for distributor Focus Features, the trailer seems to play very well in theaters. The flick hits theaters June 19.
Last up, eight clips from the Sundance Film Festival entry "Rudo y Cursi." A big hit last year in Mexico, the comedy features the first onscreen reunion of Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal since 2001's new classic "Y tu mama tambien." The duo play two competitive brothers whose lives intertwine on the professional football field. The Sony Classics release opens May 8 in New York and Los Angeles.
Check out all the clips below.
"How To Be" Trailer
1928 | Drama | NRSummary: The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew.Director: Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner
Cast: Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, Tom Lewis
2012 | Animation | GSummary: Trained in the skills of sea power, Pi the fish can fight a shark, sink a squid or batter any random predator that ever threatens his friends and neighbors on the reef. Unfortunately, being the only hero in town can take its toll, especially when a group of sharks declares that the end of the ree...Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé, Taedong Park
Cast: Drake Bell, Andy Dick, Busy Philipps, Jamie Kennedy
1960 | Family | GSummary: Shipwrecked on a deserted island, the Robinson family works together to survive, and even to recreate their vision of civilization on the island.Director: Ken Annakin
Cast: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur
2012 | Animation | GSummary: Tinkerbell wanders into the forbidden Winter woods and meets Periwinkle. Together they learn the secret of their wings and try to unite the warm fairies and the winter fairies to help Pixie Hollow.Director: Roberts Gannaway, Peggy Holmes
Cast: Mae Whitman, Lucy Liu, Jesse McCartney, Lucy Hale
2012 | Comedy | NRSummary: After being struck and killed by lightning, a young man recounts the way he blackmailed his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine.Director: Brian Dannelly
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland, Chris Colfer, Allison Janney
2009 | Drama | NRSummary: Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.Director: Andrea Arnold
Cast: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths
1987 | Comedy | RSummary: A mother and her two teenage sons move to a seemingly nice and quiet small coastal California town yet soon find out that it's overrun by bike gangs and vampires. A couple of teenage friends take it upon themselves to hunt down the vampires that they suspect of a few mysterious murders and restor...Director: Joel Schumacher
Cast: Jason Patric, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Corey Haim
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1985 | Comedy | PGSummary: Paul Reubens and his boyish, oddball alter-ego Pee-Wee Herman make the leap to the big screen in this cartoonish and vivid adventure from director Tim Burton.Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton
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