January 23, 2013 |
The Sundance Film Festival is well under way, giving us a preview of the independent features that may soon be coming to screens near us. The mix is interesting and sexy this year, and includes a good share of auteurs who've both written and directed their films. And yet, books remain in the mix. Here's your guide to the books behind the movies that are taking Sundance by storm. Movie: " Two Mothers " Starring: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, and James Frechevile Plot: Two close friends secretly carry on affairs with each other's sons Based on: A short story by Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing.
January 21, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- In a deal for about $2 million, the Weinstein Co. has acquired rights to the drama “Fruitvale,” shown at the Sundance Film Festival, according to a person close to the film who was not authorized to speak on the record. The deal comes as Relativity Media bought Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sexual obsession story “Don Jon's Addiction” for about $4 million. “Fruitvale” is based on the 2009 shooting of 22-year-old African American father Oscar Grant by a BART police officer in Oakland, an event that sparked outrage among community activists.
January 21, 2014 |
It's a good kind of too busy right now for actress Elisabeth Moss. At Sundance for the world premieres of two films, Alex Ross Perry's “Listen Up Philip” and Charlie McDowell's “The One I Love,” she has also been making awards-season rounds for AMC's "Mad Men," as well as the miniseries “Top of the Lake,” for which she recently won a Golden Globe. Making her schedule even more hectic, the final season of “Mad Men,” in which Moss plays Peggy Olson, a meek secretary transformed into a self-possessed advertising executive, is currently in production.
January 24, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- Since opening in theaters last month, the Osama bin Laden manhunt film “Zero Dark Thirty” has intrigued audiences with its inside look at how CIA officers do their jobs. But the employees of the agency who tracked the Al Qaeda leader say that while they understand the need for dramatic license, the Kathryn Bigelow film gets a number of details about their professional and personal lives wrong. “The individual hunches [are what] came through on 'Zero Dark,' and that's not exactly how it happens,” said Nada Bakos, who spent years as a CIA target officer, gathering intelligence that helped lead to the elimination of suspected terrorists.
January 18, 2013 |
Park City, Utah -- Marc Silver's documentary “Who is Dayani Cristal?” opens with a dead body. It is the decomposing remains of an illegal immigrant who failed in his attempt to cross the Arizona desert, and the only meaningful identification on his body is a tattoo across his chest reading, “Dayani” on one pectoral and “Cristal” on the other. What follows is part forensic investigation and a kind of dramatic reenactment, in which actor Gael Garcia Bernal, who also produced the movie and shares a “film by” credit, follows in the doomed steps of the mysterious immigrant.
January 19, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- About three years ago, Randy Moore, a struggling screenwriter living in Burbank, had an out-there idea: What if he took a tiny camera and, without asking permission, began shooting a narrative movie at Disney theme parks? Moore had been visiting Disney World in Orlando, Fla., with his now-estranged father since he was a child, and he'd also begun taking his two children, then 1 and 3, to Disneyland. He thought that juxtaposing the all-American iconography of Mickey Mouse with a dark scripted tale would be cinematic gold, or at least deeply weird.