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Religious comedy also stars Chris O'Dowd, Moran and Aidan Gillen
Several years ago, Brendan Gleeson and writer-director John Michael McDonagh scored a Sundance hit with the low-key dark comedy "The Guard."
Sundance 2014 finds them reuniting for more bleak laughs and some religious introspection in "Calvary," with "Bridesmaids" star Chris O'Dowd in tow.
The film's first trailer (above) gives you an idea of what to expect from the Bergman-esque tale of an idealistic priest (Gleeson) who finds himself seeing the world in a new light after receiving a death threat during a confession.
It also stars Irish comedian Dylan Moran, Kelly Reilly ("Flight"), Isaach de Bankolé ("The Limits of Control") and Aidan Gillen, so memorable on both "Game of Thrones" and "The Wire."
"Calvary" will be unveiled in the Premieres category at Sundance, which begins January 16.
"Calvary" doesn't yet have a U.S. release date, but will hit U.K. theaters on April 11.
'Short Term 12' also has another great showing
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You guessed it, another regional group has gone for "12 Years a Slave" in a big way. As noted in yesterday's Oscar column, these groups speak to consensus more than the more "prestigious" groups that went last week. Though it's not to say the critics groups across the country won't be without their quirks that may not easily translate to the Academy. For instance, I find it interesting (in a good way) that "Short Term 12" has been doing so well with these groups. Here the film landed five nominations. Anyway, check out the full list below. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 11. And as always, keep track of the season at The Circuit.
'Saving Mr. Banks' comes in a distant second
Jeff Nichols' "Mud" also sparked for the group, picking up five nominations.
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Another day, another regional critics group that dives full force into the "12 Years a Slave" tank. The film dominated the Phoenix Film Critics Society nominations today with 13 mentions. "Saving Mr. Banks" was a distant second nailing down nine, while "Gravity" picked up eight. Jeff Nichols' "Mud" also sparked for the group, picking up as many nominations as top Oscar players like "American Hustle" and "Captain Phillips." It showed up in the group's lengthy Best Picture/Top 10 list category as well as in Best Original Screenplay. Check out the full list below, and remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit.
Also: Inside the LAFCA vote, and Hollywood's most overpaid actors
Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
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The editing of "The Wolf of Wall Street" has been a long-running story, as Martin Scorsese's film scrambled to get in under the wire -- with reports of various running times (one as long as four hours) along the way. Three-time Oscar winner Thelma Schoonmaker, who is probably more informed than most on this matter, talks to Melena Ryzik about the "shaving down" process, the improvisations she reluctantly had to lose, and the awkward NSFW moments she encountered along the way. “This is a lot of sex and a lot of drugs. It was a bit of a shock at first. Sometimes people would come in the editing room and there’d be some outrageous image on the screen and I’d say, ‘Wait a minute, let me move that off.’” [New York Times]
Did 'Captain Phillips' or 'Saving Mr. Banks' make the cut?
It's probably not fair to say Tom Hanks has experienced a comeback over the past year. He's always been here. His side job as a movie and TV producer has just stolen some of his free time over the past decade or so. 2013 is a watershed for Hanks, however, with acclaimed performances in two Oscar contenders, "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks," now on his resume. "Phillips" has already earned over $100 million domestic, "Banks" is expected to be a major holiday hit and he could earn Academy Award nominations for both films. So on second thought, maybe it's a pseudo comeback.
Check out all the photos from today's announced films
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From Michael Fassbender to Shailene Woodley to Keira Knightley to Ryan Reynolds, Sundance's 2014 Premieres slate (full list here) is certainly a star-studded one, and you can take your first glimpse at a number of the selected films - including Gregg Araki's "White Bird in a Blizzard," David Wain's "They Came Together" and William H. Macy's "Rudderless" - in the gallery below.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16-26 in Park City, Utah.
Neat showcase comes at the perfect time to catch awards voters' attention
A scene from "Ernest and Celestine."
As I wrote in yesterday's LAFCA voting live-blog, GKIDS' beguiling French creature feature "Ernest and Celestine" is making strides in the animated Oscar race. Yesterday's win from the LA crowd, pipping early critics' favorite "The Wind Rises" to the post, was an unexpected coup. It did well, too, in the Annie Award nominations, where it joined "Frozen" as the only films to score nods for directing and writing, in addition to the top prize. Add to that the news that the film's English-language version -- featuring the voices of Forest Whitaker and Nick Offerman, among others -- has secured a shiny premiere slot at the Sundance Film Festival, and it's clearly a viable contender.
Did your favorites make the list?
The American Film Institute has named their Top 10 TV shows of 2013 - and cable/Netflix dramas emerged as the big winners.
Big stars and impressive directors for premiere slate
Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley in Lynn Shelton's "Laggies."
The Sundance Institute announced its highly anticipated premieres slate for this year's 2014 Sundance Film Festival today and it features some returning filmmakers, more big stars, a highly anticipated sequel and a Nick Offerman one-man show.
That's certainly a list that looks like a potential Best Picture lineup
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The American Film Institute has announced AFI Awards official selections for outstanding motion pictures and television programs this year. And on the film side — which, remember, is limited to American productions — the year is well-represented with top tier studio and indie productions highlighted.