Shannyn Sossamon Talks THE END OF LOVE, Working with Mark Webber, MISTRESSES, and More

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Set in Los Angeles, The End of Love is an intimate, honest and raw portrait of a young father (played by writer/director Mark Webber) in transition between the life he’s been working for and the one that’s already waiting for him.  When the mother of his two-year-old son Isaac (played by Webber’s real-life son) suddenly passes away, the struggling actor is forced to face his inability to grow up and begins to realize that he can no longer remain in denial about the real-life consequences that his choices have.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Shannyn Sossamon – who plays Lydia, a young single mother that Mark finds himself drawn to – talked about why she wanted to get involved with this unique project, how exciting it is to work without a set script and be able to improvise the dialogue, how they determined just what kind of character Lydia would be, how being a mother herself made her really comfortable about working with the young children in the film, and how inspiring Mark Webber was to work with.  She also talked about her role on the new ABC drama series Mistresses, premiering on May 27th, what she enjoys about working on television, her short film for Jaguar with Damian Lewis (Homeland), and her upcoming feature film The Jesuit, with Tim Roth.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Mark Webber Talks THE END OF LOVE, Approaching Filmmaking in a Different Way, Playing a Version of Himself with His Own Child, and More

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Set in Los Angeles, The End of Love is an intimate, honest and raw portrait of a young father (played by writer/director Mark Webber) in transition between the life he’s been working for and the one that’s already waiting for him.  When the mother of his two-year-old son Isaac (played by Webber’s real-life son) suddenly passes away, the struggling actor is forced to face his inability to grow up and begins to realize that he can no longer remain in denial about the real-life consequences that his choices have.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor and filmmaker Mark Webber talked about how this whole project came about, why he wanted to approach filmmaking in a different way, how heady it was to play a version of himself with his own child, how he found himself reflecting on his own life while making the film, how crazy it was to screen the film for people and get their reactions, how the experience has changed him as an actor and the way he approaches roles, and what he looks for in a project now.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

First Trailer and Poster for Mark Webber’s THE END OF LOVE

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The first trailer and poster for writer/director/star Mark Webber’s drama The End of Love have been released online.  It’s curious timing, as the film first premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival nearly a year ago, and the 2013 Sundance Film Festival gets underway later this week.  Webber stars in the film as a struggling actor and widower who must confront the real-life consequences that his choices have on his two-year-old son.  Scott Pilgrim vs. The World fans will be happy to see some of Webber’s co-stars pop up here like Michael Cera and Aubrey Plaza, but the central focus looks to be on an intimate and rather emotional father-son drama.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film.  The pic also stars Isaac Love, Shannyn Sossamon, and Amanda SeyfriedThe End of Love will be available VOD on iTunes on January 21st, and hits theaters in limited release on March 1st.

Sundance 2012: Matt’s Review Scorecard and Wrap-Up

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Like I did last year, I had a great time at the Sundance Film Festival.  It’s tough to complain about weather conditions or getting around when you have the privilege to watch and discover new movies all day.  Even better, plenty of Sundance 2012 films turned out to be pretty damn good.  For me, there weren’t any quite as excellent as Martha Marcy May Marlene or Project Nim from last year, but those movies set an incredibly high bar.  Many of my peers felt they saw something truly special with Beasts of the Southern Wild and I can understand the love even if it didn’t hit me with as much emotional impact.  Most of my peers also loved Liberal Arts and Sleepwalk With Me, and I’m sorry I missed those.  But all in all, the festival ran as smoothly as last year, the volunteers (especially those in the press tent) were awesome, and it’s always a joy to hang out with people from other movie websites.

Hit the jump for my festival scorecard where you can see an organized list of my ratings for the movies I saw (although I highly encourage you to read the full review rather than just glance at a letter).  While this is my wrap-up, Steve will be posting his Sundance interviews throughout the week so keep an eye out for those.

Sundance 2012: THE END OF LOVE Review

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Compelling drama can be drawn out of small, intimate stories, but there comes a point where a story is so humble, so quiet, and so commonplace that there’s almost nothing there.  Mark Webber‘s The End of Love wants to hang its drama on a man coping with the death of his wife and struggling to be a single father, but Webber chooses to have the story live mostly in the moments between a dad and his son.  Webber paints a warm and intimate family portrait but his attempts at any deeper drama outside of the father-son relationship feel out of place against the central and simple family portrait.

Sundance 2012: First Images from THE END OF LOVE, FILLY BROWN, THE FIRST TIME, and THE SURROGATE

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Today, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival announced their In-Competition line-up, and that means we’re about to get a boatload of new images from upcoming films.  After the jump you’ll find synopses and the first images from The End of Love (starring Mark Webber, Michael Cera, and Amanda Seyfried), Filly Brown (starring Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Edward James Olmos), The First Time (starring Dylan O’Brien, Brittany Robertson, and Craig Roberts), and The Surrogate (starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy).

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.

2012 Sundance Film Festival In-Competition Line-Up Announced

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I had a blast at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and I can’t wait to go again next year.  Today, Sundance announced their In-Competition line-ups for 2012 and already I’m trying to plan out how I’m going to see all of them (which is impossible, but it’s nice to dream).  The U.S. Dramatic Competition features For Ellen, Nobody Walks, Safety Not Guaranteed, Smashed, and more.  There are also some interesting-sounding films in the U.S. Documentary Competition including Finding North, The Invisible War, and The Other Dream Team.

Hit the jump to check out the full press release, which includes the in-competition line-ups for U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, and World Cinema Documentary Competition.  The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.

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