New Posters from Will Ferrell’s CASA DE MI PADRE and PERFECT SENSE Starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green

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With the recent pick up of Will Ferrell’s Casa De Mi Padre by Pantelion Films, we can expect to see an influx of marketing material before the film’s March 16 release. First up are two new posters from the Spanish-language comedy that presents Ferrell as a Mexican rancher who must save his family’s farm while defeating a notorious drug lord and winning the hand of the lovely Sonia. Casa De Mi Padre also stars Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge).

We also have the new one-sheet for director David Mackenzie’s Perfect Sense which stars Ewan McGregor (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace) and Eva Green (Casino Royale). The 2011 Sundance hit features McGregor and Green as two strangers who form a romantic connection in the face of a widespread epidemic that is wiping out all sensory perception. Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Jessica Chastain Exclusive Video Interview TAKE SHELTER; Updates on THE TREE OF LIFE and WETTEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

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Jessica Chastain Interview TAKE SHELTER slice Sundance 2011 (2)

You might want to remember the name Jessica Chastain.  The reason is while you don’t know her name right now, by the end of the year, you will.  That’s because Chastain has been acting in a ton of high profile movies over the past few years and most are going to get released this year.  Here’s the list: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Ami Canaan Mann’s The Fields, John Madden’s The Debt, Al Pacino’s Wilde Salome, Tate Taylor’s The Help, and she’s about to start filming John Hillcoat’s The Wettest Country in the World opposite Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy.  As I said, she’s about to step into the spotlight.

At this year’s Sundance, I was able to sit down with Chastain for an extended video interview to talk about Take Shelter – which premiered at this year’s Festival.  Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories), the film is about a young husband and father that must decide whether to shelter his family from the storm, or from himself, after being plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions.  The film stars Michael Shannon and he delivers an incredible performance.  Of course one of the reasons he’s so great is being able to play off Chastain, who really impressed me as a young mother and wife.

During our extended conversation, we discussed her early TV work like NBC’s Journeyman, what it was like to work for Malick on Tree of Life and his next film which stars Ben Affleck, who she plays in Wettest Country,  and so much more.  If you’d like to learn a lot about this rising actress, hit the jump to watch the interview.  I’ve also pulled some quotes about working for Malick which only make me more excited to see The Tree of Life.

Directors Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton Interview THESE AMAZING SHADOWS

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One of the many documentaries I enjoyed at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton’s These Amazing Shadows.  The movie takes a look at the films that are in the National Film Registry and the work of preservationists to keep film history alive.  While at Sundance, I got the chance to sit down with the two directors and talk about the picture.  We discussed how they first became interested in the Registry, areas where the National Film Preservation Board could improve, and which films they want to see get into the Registry, among other topics.

Hit the jump to check out the interview and click here to read my review of These Amazing Shadows.


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While the 2011 Sundance Film Festival may be over, the acquisition deals certainly are not. A large number of films got picked up by distributors during the festival this year, and a few more have nabbed distribution deals recently. Oprah’s OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) made its second acquisition of the festival (the first being the Chaz Bono documentary Becoming Chaz) with Yoav Potash’s justice system documentary Crime After Crime. THR reports that HBO is close to picking up another American justice documentary, Hot Coffee, and Pretty Pictures and Alliance Films have grabbed French and Canadian rights, respectively, for the documentary Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times. Finally, a film that one of Collider’s own Sundance attendees (Matt) had heard would not find distribution ended up getting a deal anyway: Evan Glodell’s Bellflower has been acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories for all English-speaking territories.

If you missed any of our Sundance coverage, including reviews, other acquisitions and exclusive interviews, click here. For an overview of the entire festival, be sure to check out Matt’s Sundance Scorecard and Impressions from his time in Park City.

Matt’s Sundance Scorecard and Impressions from the Festival

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This was my first year attending the Sundance Film Festival and I had an absolute blast.  I have never watched so many movies and written so many reviews over such a short time span.  I not only got to see some great movies (and some not-so-great ones), but I also got to hang out with plenty of awesome people who made my Sundance experience even better.

After the jump, you’ll find my “Sundance Scorecard” which has all of the films I saw ranked from best to worst along with their letter grade. While I’m not a huge fan of stamping a grade on a movie, I figure it’s enough of a hook that the grade will make you want to read the review and figure out why I gave it a particular grade.  I’ve also included my thoughts on the festival including where it was outstanding and where it could use some improvement.

Exclusive Sundance Interview with Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey and Writer-Director J.C. Chandor for MARGIN CALL

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While at Sundance, I was able to sit down with Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey and writer/director J.C. Chandor for a quick interview about Margin Call.  Premiering at this year’s Festival, Margin Call is a really well done economic thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank during the 24-hour period before the recent financial crisis. As the film unfolds, we learn who knew what and when, and what lines are you willing to cross to stay ahead.  While it often takes Hollywood years to tell a story about something that just happened, Margin Call has already done it and the results are fantastic.

During the interview, the cast talked about what drew them to the project and what does it mean for each of them to be at Sundance.  As usual, you can either read or listen to the interview 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: FLYPAPER Review

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The films I saw at Sundance this year involved a variety of subjects ranging from hippies to shot-gun wielding hobos to cults to young love to hippies to puppetry to cults to euthanasia to hippies to Roger Corman to cults.  I didn’t think my first year at Sundance would close out with an inoffensive, innocuous movie like Flypaper.  A caper comedy that wants to be Inside Man meets Clue meets Ten Little Indians but never becomes a fraction as good as any of those movies, Flypaper still manages some laughs due to its manic energy, non-stop jokes, and the brilliant Tim Blake Nelson.

Sundance 2011: THE GUARD Review

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If you don’t know who Brendan Gleeson is, then you’re missing out.  You may be a perfectly nice person and I’m not asking you to know every actor, but John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard is yet more proof that it’s time for Gleeson to become a guy you recognize based off name alone.  Not “Mad-Eye Moody”.  Not “Colin Farrell’s friend in In Bruges.”  Not “the kind father in 28 Days Later.”  Not “One of the bad guys in Troy.” (Although that last one is simply because no one should use Troy as a frame of reference for anything).  People need to know that Gleeson is one of the finest actors today and if they go see The Guard, they’ll understand why.  The plot relies a little too heavily on coincidence, but it’s a fun flick filled with sharp dialogue, an aggressive style, and yet another phenomenal performance from Gleeson.

Sundance 2011: PARIAH Review

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I cannot personally speak to the experience of hiding my sexuality from my loved ones.  Since I’m heterosexual, people have had to work a little harder to find reasons to irrationally hate me.  It’s difficult to outright dismiss films which explore the difficulties homosexuals, especially homosexual teens, face when they live in environments which are opposed and sometimes openly hostile to their sexuality.  However, we’ve seen this story so many times, not just in film, but in other art forms as well, that it has made the gay experience seem like one of agony, as if this is the only story gays and lesbians have to tell.  Dee Rees’ Pariah approaches the story of a black teenage lesbian with enough heart, honesty, and tremendous performances, especially from lead actress Adepero Oduye, but it never completely manages to break free or redefine its sub-genre.

Sundance 2011: THE FUTURE Review

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Miranda July’s The Future, the follow-up to her successful 2005 film Me and You and Everyone We Know, may seem obnoxiously strange if you were to take some of its outlandish plot points out of context.  The story features time-stopping, conversations with the moon, and a shirt that can move on its own.  Oh, and the film is narrated by a cat waiting to be adopted.  These fantastical elements are balanced by July’s skill to find humor in the mundane and ability to cleverly express a couple’s fear that their dreams are dead and their future has already been written.  It’s not a comedy for everyone, but those who can appreciate July’s brand of offbeat humor will find The Future a rewarding experience.

Sundance 2011: ANOTHER EARTH Wins Alfred P. Sloan Award; PARIAH and THE FLAW Find Distributors

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With the 2011 Sundance Film Festival entering its second and final weekend, we have a few bits of new to bring you out of Park City, Utah.  First up, Mike Cahill’s sci-fi film Another Earth has been awarded the festival’s Alfred P. Sloan Award for its status as an “outstanding feature film focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character.”  The award carries with it a $20,000 cash award for Cahill and Co.  Briefly, Another Earth stars William Mapother and Brit Marling and centers on two strangers who strike up an unlikely love affair against the backdrop of the discovery of a duplicate Earth.

Next up are a couple of Sundance acquisitions and we begin with the annoucement that Focus Features has snatched up the rights to Dee Rees’ Pariah.  Starring Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, and Kim Wayans, the drama tells the story of a Bronx teenager who is charged with the difficult task of choosing between losing her best friend or destroying her family.  Lastly, New Video has acquired the David Sington documentary The Flaw.  Briefly, the economically-concerned project attempts to explain the underlying causes of current U.S. financial woes.  New Video will release The Flaw under its Docurama Films moniker via multiple platforms including a limited theatrical run, cable VOD, and DVD.

Hit the jump to check out the press releases.  Click here to catch up on all of our previous Sundance 2011 coverage.

Sundance 2011: TAKE SHELTER Review

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Before the screening of Take Shelter, writer-director Jeff Nichols explained to the audience that he was attempting to tap into an emotion of dread and anxiety.  For the first act of his movie, he’s wildly successful at capturing that feeling.  Vivid, nightmarish dream sequences set the film up as a paranoid thriller.  But then Nichols hits the breaks, stops the dreams, and the tension slowly leaves the picture as it moves at a glacial pace.  While he’s able to eventually pick it back up at the end and come to an interesting conclusion, he is never able to reconnect with his audience.


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Morgan Spurlock is a director who loves a good gimmick.  Sometimes it works (Super Size Me) and sometimes it blows up in his face (Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?).  The Greatest Movie Ever Sold offers his biggest stunt yet: Making a movie about the movie he’s making solely through corporate sponsorship as a way to explore the effect marketing and advertising has on our lives.  The film is loads of fun as Spurlock meshes his fascinating hook with superb comic timing.  While the film never quite gets to the heart of why companies spend so much on advertising and how effective that marketing is to their bottom line, it’s still an endlessly entertaining and effective reminder of how much advertising dominates our lives.

Sundance 2011: Jeremy Piven Exclusive Video Interview I MELT WITH YOU; Plus an ENTOURAGE Update and Reminisces About SINGLES

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I’m a huge fan of Jeremy Piven.  Whether it be his outstanding work on HBO’s Entourage, or his small but memorable roles in films like Smokin’ Aces, The Kingdom, and Cameron Crowe’s Singles, Piven is a tornado of energy that you always remember.  So when I heard that he was going to be at Sundance to promote director Mark Pellington’s I Melt With You (which he stars in along with Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Christian McKay and Carla Gugino), I made sure to land an interview.  Thankfully, my request went through and the other day I spent about ten minutes talking with him at the Bing Bar on Main Street.

During the interview we talked about what drew him to the project, who he plays and what the film is about, how he prepares, discusses the independent spirit of Sundance and how Robert Redford is one of his heroes, improv, reminisces about his early work in Cameron Crowe’s Singles and how it connected him to Eddie Vedder, and we ended the interview talked about the last season of Entourage and he says the next (last) season starts to film in April.  Hit the jump to watch:

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