97 Original Scores Up for Oscar; DRIVE and ATTACK THE BLOCK Ruled Ineligible

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As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life.

While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant work in the criminally underseen Hanna. Hit the jump for the full list, as well as who I think will make the cut.

BEGINNERS and THE TREE OF LIFE Tie for Best Feature at the 2011 Gotham Awards

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It’s not even December, but awards season has officially with the handing out of awards.  Last night, the Gotham Independent Film Awards had a tie for Best Feature Film with Mike MillsBeginners and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life taking the top prize.  Other winners last night included Breakthrough Director for Dee Rees (Pariah), Breakthrough Actor for Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), Best Documentary for Better This World and Best Ensemble for Beginners.

While the Gotham isn’t a bellwether of how the Oscar race will shake out, it can give an indie picture a welcome boost.  Best Feature winners from the past several years include Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, and eventual Best Picture Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker.  Hopefully, the Gothams have given Beginners and Pariah some awards season momentum (I think The Tree of Life is already on everyone’s radar in terms of awareness).  Hit the jump for the full press release.

LIKE CRAZY Review

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[This is a re-print of my review from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival]

We should be able to relate to movies on an emotional level, but that connection shouldn’t be contingent solely on an individual’s personal experience. Like Crazy works, but only in a manipulative fashion that preys on the viewer’s nostalgia of young love. While lead actors Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones give solid performances, the love between their characters is left as vague as possible so that the viewer can project their own feelings onto the picture. If thoughts of your first love make your heart skip a beat, Like Crazy will likely send you reeling. If, however, you’re like me and aren’t impressed by watching other people deal with their relationship issues, Like Crazy will leave you cold.

Director Drake Doremus Talks LIKE CRAZY and His Next Film With Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones

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Some movies are able to make you feel like what you’re watching is real.  On the other hand, there are plenty of movies that really want to make you feel something, but as you watch the events unfold, everything looks phony and all you see are actors delivering their lines.  Which brings me to director Drake Doremus’s Like Crazy.  Led by fantastic performances from  Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, Like Crazy absolutely captures what young love is all about and what it will make you do when you love someone with your soul.  While Matt wasn’t enamored with Like Crazy when he saw it at Sundance, I’ll admit to being charmed by its honest and real take on love and I completely bought into the relationships and the heartache Doremus captured on screen.

Anyway, at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I sat down with Doremus for an extended interview.  During our wide ranging conversation, Doremus talked about how he made Like Crazy, including the unique process of having the actors improvise all of their dialogue in every single scene.  He also talked about the way they filmed the movie, the rehearsals, and so much more.  In addition, he talked about his next untitled film, which he’s already shot, and said that it’s the story of an older man and a younger woman finding love at the wrong time. His new film stars Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan, and Kyle MacLachlan.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for LIKE CRAZY [Updated With Higher Sound Quality Trailer and Poster]

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The first trailer for the indie romantic drama Like Crazy has been released. The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year and stars Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence. If you’re expecting a romantic comedy, then you’re in for a bit of a shock. The trailer is an uber-downer, and kind of crushing. It doesn’t give much away in terms of story, but it’s safe to say it won’t be anywhere near a “feel good movie of the year” list. Matt wasn’t a huge fan of the movie when he caught it at Sundance, but Steve liked it more. I like the actors involved and I’m intrigued enough by the trailer, I just may need to immediately follow the film up with a Disney movie of some sort to prevent a lapse into depression.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Like Crazy also stars Charlie Bewley and Alex Kingston. The film opens October 28th.

[Update: We've updated the article with a higher sound quality version of the trailer as well as the poster]

Galas and Special Presentations for 2011 Toronto Film Festival Announced; BUTTER, MONEYBALL, RAMPART, THE DESCENDANTS, and More to Debut

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In my article yesterday about the Venice Film Festival, I made some predictions on which films would make their world premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and not Venice.  It turns out a few of my guesses were only the tip of the iceberg.  Moneyball, 50/50, and The Descendants are all going to premiere at TIFF.  But my lord, does Toronto have an incredible line-up this year.  I’m praying my application gets approved because when you hit the jump and check out this line-up, you’ll understand my agony if I’m stuck in Atlanta while these films are premiering.

Hit the jump for the line-up of Galas and Premieres for this year’s festival.  The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8th – 18th.

Paramount Schedules THE DEVIL INSIDE and LIKE CRAZY Release Dates

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Paramount has announced release dates for two upcoming handled by the studio’s specialty labels.  According to Box Office Mojo, Paramount Vantage will debut Like Crazy in limited release on October 28.  Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, and Alex Kingston star in the romantic drama that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  Drake Doremus (Douchebag) directed the movie from a script he co-wrote with Ben York Jones.

Writer/director William Brent Bell (Stay Alive) shot The Devil Inside last year in Rome and Bucharest with stars Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, and Suzan Crowley. Paramount’s Insurge Pictures, a division devoted to low-budget horror films, recently acquired the exorcism tale for wide release on February 24, 2012.

Read the official synopses for both films after the jump.

2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

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The Sundance Film Festival Juries have selected the winners of the 2011 awards.  The big winner is Like Crazy, which won both the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) and a Special Jury Prize for actress Felicity Jones.  Naturally, Like Crazy already has a distribution deal in place with Paramount.  Circumstance, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Pariah are a few of the other winners in the dramatic competition.Notable documentary winners include How to Die in Oregon, Buck, and Project Nim

Click here for all of our coverage of Sundance, including reviews and distribution reports for these films and more.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners and the juries who handed out the awards.

Sundance 2011: LIKE CRAZY Review

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We should be able to relate to movies on an emotional level, but that connection shouldn’t be contingent solely on an individual’s personal experience.  Like Crazy works, but only in a manipulative fashion that preys on the viewer’s nostalgia of young love.  While lead actors Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones give solid performances, the love between their characters is left as vague as possible so that the viewer can project their own feelings onto the picture.  If thoughts of your first love make your heart skip a beat, Like Crazy will likely send you reeling.  If, however, you’re like me and aren’t impressed by watching other people deal with their relationship issues, Like Crazy will leave you cold.

Sundance 2011: Paramount Buys LIKE CRAZY, Roadside and Lionsgate Buy MARGIN CALL

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Today brings the first two big acquisitions out of Sundance 2011.  Paramount has acquired Like Crazy, a mostly improvised romantic drama starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Felicity Jones (The Tempest), and Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone).  The one liner is, “the story follows a British college student who falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.”  Paramount has mostly been out of the Sundance game since their specialty label Paramount Vantage folded in 2008, but outbid a number of other studios in an all-night negotiation.

Margin Call came into the fest with a high profile given its stars: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci.  No surprise that the drama about the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis quickly found a buyer in Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate.  Hit the jump for the official announcements

Sundance 2011: First Images from THE LEDGE Starring Liv Tyler and LIKE CRAZY Starring Jennifer Lawrence

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Continuing our coverage of images from films that will be featured at January’s Sundance Film Festival, we bring you images from two of the higher profile dramas that will be screened in-competition at the festival: The Ledge and Like Crazy. The Ledge stars Liv Tyler, Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Patrick Wilson, and Terrence Howard. The film centers on a man (Hunnam) threatening to jump from the ledge of a building by noon, and the people down below who are trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on.

Like Crazy tells the story of a long distance relationship between a young American guy and a young British girl. The film features Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Felicity Jones (The Tempest), and Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone).  Hit the jump to check out images and a brief synopsis for each films. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 -30th.

2011 Sundance Film Festival In-Competition Line-Up Announced

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The films playing in-competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival have been announced.  Some of this year’s competitors include Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut Higher Ground, Paddy Considine’s feature directorial debut Tyrannosaur, Matthew Chapman’s thriller The Ledge, Michael Rapaport’s documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life (which is about the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest), and a documentary about lovable Sesame Street resident Elmo (or rather, his puppeteer).

However, the movies playing in-competition at Sundance are only a fraction of the total number of films that play at the festival.  This will be my first year attending the festival and I’m super-excited about going.  Hit the jump for a full list of the in-competition films.  The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th.

Indie Casting Call: Lawrence and Yelchin Lead LIKE CRAZY; Cardellini, Shannon, and Nelson to Star in RETURN; Moore Takes a MARGIN CALL

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We got two pieces of casting news for you this late morning/early afternoon.  First up, Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) will star in the indie romantic Like Crazy.  According to 24 Frames, the indie romantic drama centers on “young college students who fall in love at first sight. They then go their separate ways for years, before a dramatic (and complicated) reunion.”  The film also stars Felicity Jones (Cemetery Junction), Chris Messina (Julie & Julia), and Charlie Bewley (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse).

Hit the jump for news on Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, and Tim Blake Nelson teaming up for Return, and Demi Moore joining Margin Call.

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