Mark your calendars with the latest release dates for the following films:
- The Purge: Anarchy – Writer-director James DeMonaco’s horror-thriller sequel starring Cortney Palm, Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams and Frank Grillo will now open July 18th.
- Dom Hemingway – Writer-director Richard Shepard’s crime dramedy starring Jude Law and Emilia Clarke will open a couple of days earlier on April 2nd.
- On the Other Side of the Tracks - David Charhon’s crime comedy starring Omar Sy opens on April 4th for The Weinstein Company.
- The Players – The Weinstein Company’s collection of comedic vignettes starring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche also opens April 4th.
- The Railway Man – Jonathan Teplitzky’s biographical World War II-period drama starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård opens April 11th.
- The Rover - David Michôd’s drama starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson opens July 18th for A24.
- Laggies – Also from A24, Lynn Shelton’s drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, and Sam Rockwell opens September 26th.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
There is certain kind of movie that I would describe as a “Sundance Comedy”. They’re technically indie films even though they feature movie stars, and they’re almost always fairly tame. They’re cute at best and forgettable at worst, and Lynn Shelton’s Laggies has the distinction of being both. What begins as a moderately interesting coming-of-age tale eventually devolves into something so light and airy that it’s on the verge of floating away, especially when the characters’ implausible actions do nothing to keep the story grounded.
Catching up on a few Sundance sales:
- Magnolia and Paramount will distribute Joe Swanberg‘s Happy Christmas starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, and Swanberg
- Fox Searchlight acquired Mike Cahill‘s I Origins starring Michael Pitt and Brit Marling. Read Adam’s review here.
- Focus Features picked up Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff‘s follow-up to Garden State starring Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, and Ashley Greene. Read Adam’s review here.
- A24 acquired the domestic rights to Lynn Shelton‘s Laggies starring Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Sam Rockwell as well as the Jenny Slate-led comedy Obvious Child.
- Sony Pictures Classics made a deal for Damien Chazelle‘s Whiplash starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Read Matt’s review here.
Click here for all our Sundance coverage and check out the press releases after the jump for all the acquisition details.
The Premieres lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was just unveiled, and along with it a collection of first look images and synopses for said films are now online. Briefly:
- The Raid 2 – Directed by Gareth Evans; starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, and Alex Abbad.
- They Came Together – Directed by David Wain; starring Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, and Christopher Meloni.
- Frank – Directed by Lenny Abrahamson; starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy.
- Laggies – Directed by Lynn Shelton; starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, and Mark Webber.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival has already announced its lineup for competition films and the At Midnight and NEXT categories, and today they’ve unveiled the multitude of world premieres that will take place in Park City next month. These films include the action sequel The Raid 2, director Lynne Shelton’s new film Laggies, director Anton Corbijn’s John le Carre adaptation A Most Wanted Man, the David Wain comedy They Came Together, writer/director Jake Paltrow’s sci-fi pic Young Ones, the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, and many more. Hit the jump to check out the full lineup.
Lynn Shelton’s new indie dramedy Touchy Feely is a film about soul searching, intimacy and healing that examines what happens when a family’s precarious balance is suddenly upset by an unexpected journey of self-exploration that no one saw coming. Written and directed by Shelton, the movie was shot on location in Seattle and boasts a strong ensemble cast that includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy and newcomer Tomo Nakayama. Now available on iTunes/On Demand, and in theaters September 6th, Touchy Feely was an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
At the film’s recent press day, Shelton talked about what it was like reuniting again with DeWitt, why she wrote the main roles with DeWitt and Pais in mind, casting an initially reluctant Livingston, how composer Vinny Smith and musician-turned-actor Nakayama’s contributions helped transform the film, how she created a comfort level on set that brought out the best performances from her cast, why she loves working in television and how it complements her filmmaking, voicing the character of Danielle opposite Paul Rudd in David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche, and directing her first multi-million dollar feature Laggies and an upcoming pilot for HBO. Hit the jump to read the rest of the interview:
A change is in order for the cast of director Lynn Shelton’s (Your Sister’s Sister) upcoming dark comedy Laggies. The story centers on a 28-year-old woman named Megan who is unable to cope with the pressures brought on by her boyfriend’s recent marriage proposal. In turn, she escapes into the comfort of adolescence by befriending a group of high schoolers. Anne Hathaway was initially set to lead the film as Megan, but due to scheduling conflicts with Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi pic Interstellar, she has had to back out. EW now reports that Keira Knightley is in talks to come on as Hathaway’s replacement, and should she sign on the actress would appear onscreen opposite Chloe Grace Moretz, whose character is befriended by the grown-up Megan.
The project will mark a nice progression for Knightley, who lead last year’s swell romantic drama Anna Karenina and recently wrapped the studio thriller Jack Ryan and the indie Can a Song Save Your Life?.
Director Lynn Shelton is rounding up a rather impressive cast for her next film. Deadline reports that Anne Hathaway, Chloe Moretz, Sam Rockwell, and Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) are in negotiations to star the Touchy Feely and Your Sister’s Sister filmmaker’s dark comedy Laggies. The story centers on a 28-year-old woman named Megan who is unable to cope with the pressures brought on by her boyfriend’s recent marriage proposal. In turn, she escapes into the comfort of adolescence by befriending a group of high schoolers. Recent Oscar-winner Hathaway will lead the film as Megan, with Moretz eyed to play 16-year-old Annika, Webber in talks to play Megan’s boyfriend, and Rockwell set as an older character named Craig.
Andrea Seigel wrote the screenplay for Laggies, and the film marks the first time Shelton will direct something she hasn’t also written. She most recently directed the drama Touchy Feely, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year. This is one hell of an ensemble that Shelton has put together, and I look forward to checking out the finished product.
One of the many films that premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival was director Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely. The film centers on a massage therapist played by Rosemarie Dewitt who suddenly develops an aversion to touching skin, and her dentist brother (Josh Pais) who begins to get a reputation as a healer and is unprepared for his immediate success. As the family members (including Ellen Page as Pais’ daughter) deal with their newfound afflictions and admirations, they also discover themselves. The film also stars Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney and Ron Livingston.
Shortly after the film’s premiere at Sundance, I was able to get an exclusive phone interview with writer/director Lynn Shelton. During the conversation, she told me all about her process of crafting the characters and the script, how Allison Janney’s role was almost played by Catherine Keener, why she felt compelled to edit the film herself and about her next project, Laggies which will star Rebecca Hall. Click after the jump to read the whole interview.
In a bit of indie news, director Lynn Shelton (Humpday) has signed on to helm the dramedy Laggies. Written by Andrea Seigel, Laggies tells the story of a 28-year-old woman who is unable to cope with the pressures brought on by her boyfriend’s recent marriage proposal. In turn, she escapes into the comfort of adolescence by befriending a group of high schoolers.
Variety reports that casting on Laggies is set to begin in the near future, meaning that the project will likely take precedent over the adaptation of Joshua Ferris’ novel Then We Came to the End which Shelton is also attached to direct. Steve Golin, Alix Madigan, and Rosalie Swedlin will produce the pic for Anonymous Content. Shelton’s next film, My Sister’s Sister, will premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Mark Duplass star in that pic.