by Jason Barr Posted: February 10th, 2011 at 5:54 am
We have a couple of new posters to bring you tonight. First up is an international banner from Kevin Asch’s indie-drama Holy Rollers. Starring Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg and The Hangover‘s Justin Bartha, the film tells the story of a young man from an Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn (Eisenberg) who becomes an ecstasy dealer alongside his buddy who has ties to an Israeli drug cartel. As for the poster, it seems reminiscent of marketing from The Social Network which also featured a prominent shot of a somewhat clueless Eisenberg expression. Also starring Jason Fuchs and Ari Graynor, Holy Rollers opens May 20th.
Next up is a new poster from the Eva Green drama Cracks. Directed by Ridley Scott’s daughter, Jordan Scott, the film is set at an all-girls boarding school and centers on a teacher (Green) who becomes infatuated with a new student. I think Green is a great actress and easy on the eyes to boot. Thus, this poster (which features her face numerous times) is all right by me. In case you missed it over a year ago, here’s the film’s trailer. Cracks is set to release next month on March 18th. Hit the jump to check out both posters for yourself.
The Independent Filmmaker Project have announced the winners of the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards. Winter’s Bone was the big winner, landing both “Best Feature” and “Best Ensemble Performance.” The other honorees include Holy Rollers, Daddy Longlegs, Littlerock, The Oath, and Waiting for Superman.
Hit the jump for the full list of winners.
Two films that both had very positive buzz coming out of Sundance this year, The Kids Are All Right and Holy Rollers, now both have trailers to go along with that.
The Kids Are All Right, my personal favorite film from Sundance this year, is a comedy starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as lesbian mothers whose kids (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) seek out their biological father (Mark Ruffalo). It was picked up by Focus Features and will release on July 7. Holy Rollers, a drama starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha as Hasidic Jews who deal ecstasy, was picked up by First Independent Pictures and is scheduled for release on May 21.
Hit the jump for the trailers and official plot descriptions.
So you can mark your calendars far in advance, here’s some release date news you may be interested to know. First off, Box Office Mojo reports that Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (starring Jamie Bell, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Andy Serkis, and Daniel Craig) is set to hit theaters on December 23, 2011. Secondly, the indie flick Holy Rollers (starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha) which debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will open on May 21st. Also, EW reports that Simon Wells’ (The Prince of Egypt) motion-capped 3D family film, Mars Needs Moms! (starring Seth Green, John Cusack, and Dan Fogler) will bow on March 11, 2011. The movie, “tells the story of a young boy, named Milo, who gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away.”
Finally, the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz action-comedy Knight and Day has been pushed back a week from July 2nd to June 25th.
First Independent Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Holy Rollers. Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha, Holy Rollers was inspired by actual events and it’s about Hasidic Jews that were recruited to smuggle ecstasy into New York City from Amsterdam in the late 90′s. Jesse Eisenberg is the lead. The movie premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to decent reviews.
According to the press release we were sent, First Independent anticipates an early to mid summer release. Hit the jump to read the entire press release.
Also, we posted 6 clips from the film and I did an interview with Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Danny A. Abeckase, Ari Graynor and Director Kevin Asch while at Sundance, so click here to check it out.
One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Kevin Asch’s Holy Rollers. Inspired by actual events, Holy Rollers stars Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Danny A. Abeckase, and Ari Graynor and it’s about some Hasidic Jews that were recruited to smuggle ecstasy into New York City from Amsterdam in the late 90′s.
I saw the film at Sundance and while it didn’t do anything we haven’t seen before, Jesse Eisenberg showcased his considerable acting skills and demonstrated why he’s constantly working. Also, while a million coming of age stories have been made, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one that takes place in a Hasidic Jewish community in New York City. Points for that.
Anyway, I was able to participate in an interview with the cast and Director Kevin Asch at the Festival, and after the jump you can watch the conversation. If you’re curious about Holy Rollers, take a look:
One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is director Kevin Asch’s Holy Rollers. Inspired by actual events, Holy Rollers stars Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha and it’s about Hasidic Jews smuggling Ecstasy in the late ’90s in New York City.
I saw the film last night and while it didn’t wow me, Jesse Eisenberg showcased his considerable acting skills and demonstrated why he’s constantly working. Also, while a million coming of age stories have been made, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one that takes place in a Hasidic Jewish community in New York City. Again, didn’t wow me, but I liked it. If you’re curious about the film, after the jump we’ve been given 6 clips. Take a look: