From director George Tillman Jr., the indie drama The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete tells the story of 13-year-old Mister (Skylan Brooks). When his hard-living mother (Jennifer Hudson) is apprehended by the police, Mister and his 9-year-old friend Pete (Ethan Dizon) are left alone to forage for food and dodge Child Protective Services while trying to stay alive in the Brooklyn projects.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress/singer Jordin Sparks (who plays Mister’s friend, Alice) talked about how she auditioned for this role, what made her want to be a part of telling this story, how she viewed her character, how Alice’s fate in the original script was different from what it is in the film now, and her own support system. She also talked about the key to maintaining success in this business, working on Left Behind, a film with Nicolas Cage about the rapture, how memorable her time was on Broadway, doing In the Heights, shooting an upcoming episode of CSI, and keeping a balance between her acting and singing careers. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
A comedy, a thriller, and a Sundance drama have all been given firm release dates:
- Townies – Director Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) Universal Pictures comedy about a young couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) who move next door to a fraternity house (inhabited by Zac Efron and Dave Franco) will open in theaters on May 9, 2014, opposite Jon Favreau’s small-scale comedy Chef.
- The Loft – Universal Pictures will release the long-delayed psychological thriller on August 29, 2014. The film stars Karl Urban and James Marsden and centers on five guys who share a loft in the city where they each can live out their extramarital transgressions, but things are complicated when a dead body is discovered.
- The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete – Lionsgate will release director George Tillman Jr.’s indie on October 11th of this year. The film stars Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon. Read Matt’s review here.
Hit the jump to read the official synopses for Townies and The Loft.
Life isn’t fair, and that should piss us the hell off. But as we grow older, we learn to accept that the world doesn’t owe us anything, and that some people get more rough breaks than others. What we should never accept is allowing unfairness to come from our own selfishness. George Tillman Jr.‘s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete puts a friendship based on mutual survival at its center as an unfair and selfish world closes in on its helpless main characters, Mister (Skylan Brooks) and Pete (Ethan Dizon). Brooks and Dizon’s tremendous performances keep Inevitable Defeat from the overwrought melodrama Tillman and screenwriter Michael Starrbury try to bring down on the picture. Unfortunately, the filmmakers end up coming off as more uncaring than the world they want to depict.
Yesterday, Sundance announced their stellar Premieres line-up and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the category:
- A.C.O.D. – Directed and co-written by Stuart Zicherman, co-written by Ben Karlin, starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
- Don Jon’s Addiction – Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, and Julianne Moore.
Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.
Last week we saw the 2013 Sundance Film Festival announce lineups for its competition and Spotlight/Park City at Midnight programming, and today they have unveiled the list of films that will screen as part of the Premieres lineup. It’s one hell of a program, as films that will screen include the Ashton Kutcher-fronted Steve Jobs biopic jOBS, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction, director Richard Linklater’s trilogy-completing Before Midnight with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the ensemble comedy A.C.O.D., director Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut Stoker, and much, much more.
Hit the jump to check out the full lineup for the narrative and documentary premieres. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27th.