If you're expecting this Spring to be lacking in prestige fare, Fox Searchlight made an announcement today which may perk your interest. Danny Boyle's follow up to 2010's "127 Hours" is heading to theaters. "Trance," which stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson, will debut in limited release on April 5. The thriller is currently scheduled to open in Boyle's native U.K. on March 27.
Remember how everyone used to complain about the Golden Globes? "It's not legit." "It doesn't mean anything for Oscar." "Unless someone gets drunk it's a bore." Well, the first two complaints still hold a lot of merit, but the latter? No way. Ricky Gervais and the combo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the past four telecasts have made the Globes arguably more entertaining than Oscar. That brings us to Sunday night's 19th Annual SAG Awards.
Remember how the SAG awards were deemed the legitimate acting honors? Actors voting for actors? An award that meant more because it came from your peers? A few years of embarrassing Betty White overload and blander TV nominees than the Emmys and the SAG Awards are stuck in a rut. Oh, and we haven't even gotten to the formulaic telecasts. Did TNT, the show's producers and SAG turn things around Sunday night? No, no they didn't. But, there were some diamonds in the rough during the two-hour ordeal.
With host Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hand, the 2013 Sundance Film Festival announced the jury and audience awards for this year's festival. "Fruitvale" won both the prestigious U.S. dramatic jury grand prize and U.S dramatic audience award. "Blood Brother" duplicated that feat in the U.S. documentary category. Other notable winners included "The Spectacular Now's" Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley winning a special jury prize for acting and honors for "Inequality for All," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Afternoon Delight" and "A River Changes Course."
A complete list of this year's winners below.
Screams of joy could be heard from Adeletes around the world this morning after the Academy announced that Grammy-winning superstar Adele would preform during this year's 85th Academy Awards.
PARK CITY - There's a great idea for a movie inside Jill Soloway's "Afternoon Delight. Unfortunately, the former "United States of Tara" writer and producer veered away from the more compelling subject matter in her LA-set drama for a titillating tease that just doesn't work. Thankfully, Kathryn Hahn's impressive dramatic performance pulls the picture through most of the rough patches.
PARK CITY - After battling giant evil robots for a good chunk of the past six years, Shia LaBeouf is proving he's up for something different when he gets in front of the camera. Last year he starred in John Hillcoat's period thriller "Lawless" and Robert Redford's political drama "The Company You Keep," the later which will hit theaters in April. It's been a long time, however, since LaBeouf was likable, let alone appeared as though he was actually having a good time making the picture. Enter, Fredrik Bond's "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" which premiered Monday night at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
PARK CITY - Not all screenwriters are meant to be directors, and there are many directors who should be kept arm's length away from a keypad. After winning a best adapted screenplay Oscar along with Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon ("Ben and Kate") and Jim Rash ("Community ") move to the director's chair with the funny, but rocky "The Way Way Back."
PARK CITY - The past few years have seen a number of films focus on the writers of the Beat Generation and iconic writers such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Keroac. This year's entry to the growing genre is John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings" which debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Friday afternoon and opens the door to a historical incident which had remain mostly unchronicled for almost 60 years.
PARK CITY - As a movie pitch "Austenland" seems like a no-brainer. A devoted and sadly single Jane Austen fan (appropriately named Jane and played by Keri Russell) decides to spend her life savings to visit Austenland, an immersive vacation resort which promise her a personal Mr. Darcy experience. Of course, nothing goes as planned, but our heroine still finds love where she wouldn't have expected it. Throw in some quirky British characters trying to pull off the 19th Century in the 21st Century and you have numerous comedic opportunities. Based on the novel by Shannon Hale and co-produced by Stephenie Meyer, Jerusha Hess' "Austenland" should quickly evoke a bidding war that will make the numerous studios regret passing on the first time around.
PARK CITY - They are the voices in the chorus. That extra kick that turns a solid song into a massive hit. They are the background singers who transformed the music industry in the '60s and '70s often to the detriment of their own solo careers. Finally, these legendary artists step into the spotlight in Morgan Neville's entertaining and enlightening documentary "Twenty Feet From Stardom" which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night.