Examples of a future exhibition at AMPAS' planned museum?
Earlier this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a major gift of 1,088 of posters from the golden age of Hollywood. These pieces of art were donated by Dwight Cleveland, a Chicago real estate developer. According to the Academy, Cleveland has amassed one of the largest and most historically significant collections of movie posters in the world. His gift includes posters of westerns, war films, musicals, biblical tales, and social problem films.
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An epic and blunt Q&A with filmmaker John Krokidas
PARK CITY - To say the filmmaker sitting in front of me is having a good week is something of an understatement. John Krokidas and I may share 24 mutual Facebook friends, but I don't know him well enough to gauge if his current euphoric demeanor is his normal disposition or the result of too many energy drinks combined with the thin air of Park City, Utah. I'll take a wild guess that only an upbeat and energetic person could have spent nine long years endeavoring to shoot his first feature. I'll also assume having said film, "Kill Your Darlings," debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to strong reviews might be a huge relief. Moreover, having distributor Sony Classics acquire "Darlings" a few days after can't hurt either. Yes, it's been a great festival for Krokidas.
Heist drama Boyle's follow up to '127 Hours'
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.
Is it time for SAG to shake-up the show?
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.
'Fruitvale' and 'Blood Brother' win the big prizes
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.
First live performance since birth of her son
'Step Brothers' star saves an otherwise wrong-headed production
- Critic's Rating B-
- Readers' Rating n/a
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.
Can a movie become dated during its world premiere?
- Critic's Rating C
- Readers' Rating A-
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.
Comedy works, drama weak in duo's directorial debut
- Critic's Rating B
- Readers' Rating n/a
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."