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When I Think About You I Touch Myself: Seven Salacious Sundance Premieres, Including Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Directorial Debut

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | December 6, 2012 | Comments ()


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Of the eighteen feature films making their debuts at Robert Redford's annual lovefest, there are more than a few sexually-themed entries. Not that I'm complaining...aren't we all looking for ways to heat up a long winter?

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City (and Salt Lake City and Ogden), Utah January 17th through the 27th.


1. Don Jon's Addiction

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first directorial feature, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tony Danza, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Brie Larson. A womanizer obsessed with porn tries to break the habit and become a better person. Um, why? And is it just me, or is JGL getting hotter with each passing year?


2. Two Mothers

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Directed by Anne Fontaine (My Worst Nightmare, Coco Before Chanel), starring Naomi Watts, Robin Wright and Ben Mendelsohn. Lifelong best friends fall for each others' sons, putting a strain on their relationship. Yes, you read that right. And yes, the title was wisely changed. (It was formerly called The Grandmothers, but no one wanted to see that "erotic tale.")


3. The East

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Directed by Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice), starring Julia Ormond, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson,Toby Kebbell and Brit Marling (who also wrote the screenplay). A private contractor (Marling) for an intelligence company infiltrates a corporate terrorism group to gather evidence against them, but she finds herself falling for its leader, Benji (Skarsgård), because...well, come on! Ellen Page plays one of Benji's former lovers, Izzy, who becomes jealous over the new chick stealing her man's affections. I'm hoping for a mud fight, followed by a rousing, naked group rendition of Kumbaya.


4. Stoker

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Directed by Chan-wook Park (Thirst, Oldboy), starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Dermot Mulroney, Matthew Goode and Jackie Weaver (written by Wentworth Miller). This horror/thriller is Park's first English language film. India (Wasikowska) loses her father in a tragic car accident, but she and her unstable mother (Kidman) gain a charismatic nefarious live-in uncle (Goode)...


5. The Look of Love

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Directed by Michael Winterbottom (The Killer Inside Me, 24 Hour Party People), starring Stephen Fry, Imogen Poots, Steve Coogan and Anna Friel. Coogan portrays "King of Soho," Paul Raymond, a British entrepreneur who started his fortune with nude live revues, moved into publishing (pornographic magazines), and then became one of the UK's richest men, with his property investments.


6. Lovelace

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Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman (Howl), starring Peter Sarsgaard, Amanda Seyfried, Robert Patrick, Juno Temple, Chloë Sevigny, Sharon Stone, Eric Roberts, Chris Noth, Wes Bentley, James Franco, Adam Brody and Bobby Cannavale. Biographical tale of 70s porn actress and Deep Throat star, Linda Lovelace. The stellar cast gives hope that the film will go further than--ahem--skin deep.


7. Before Midnight

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Directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise/Sunset, SubUrbia), starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Everybody loves a threesome trilogy? This final chapter was shot in Greece, the film reunites Jesse and Celine, who are now in their early forties. Here's hoping this is more Summer Lovers than Mamma Mia.


Other notable debuts include a seven-hour series that marks the reunion of Jane Campion and Holly Hunter:


"Top of the Lake" (Series)

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Directed by Jane Campion (The Piano, Holy Smoke, Bright Star), starring Cohen Holloway, Peter Mullan, Holly Hunter, Elizabeth Moss and Sarah Valentine. Moss plays a detective investigating a pregnant 12 year old girl's disappearance. The girl, daughter of a drug lord, was last seen standing in water chest deep--in the middle of a lake.


jOBS

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Directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote), starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, James Woods, Matthew Modine, Lukas Haas and Lesley Ann Warren. The life and times of Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs.


Mud


Directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), starring Matthew McConaughey, Michael Shannon, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard and Sarah Paulson.Two teens discover a fugitive hiding out, and decide to help him evade authorities.


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Comments Are Welcome, Jerks Will Be Banned


  • Aaron

    Uh, does this mean that the Pajiba Sundance ban was only one year then?

  • My god that Before Midnight picture is depressing.

  • llp

    You know, I have had a thing for Dermot Mulroney for a very, very long time. Which makes us both old, I guess.

  • I can't think of anything other than the miracle of Robin Wright's ass.

  • e jerry powell

    For a second there, I couldn't tell if that was Nicole Kidman or Naomi Watts trying to channel Rebecca Romijn.

  • TheOtherGreg

    I'm going to say I want to see the one with Imogen Poots, but that's a lie, I just want to type the words "Imogen Poots"
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    Imogen Poots.

  • googergieger

    Stoker premiering at Sundance?!

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tum...

  • Puddin

    Whos the hot guy with the arms next to Peggy Olsen? Dayum.

  • I think it may be Jay Ryan.

  • The Gaf

    How are we 12 comments in and NO ONE IS CAPS LOCKING THAT OMG ASHTON KUTCHER IS STEVE JOBS????

  • John G.

    because it's extremely old news.

  • Jezzer

    They cast a douchebag to play a douchebag. It's pretty much genius.

  • the dude

    but when he starts acting it will fall apart, it will be very liz& dickish

  • Bert_McGurt

    Dickish is right.

  • Henry_Hill

    No Carruth? Upstream color, might just be my most anticipated movie of the year, let alone Sundance.

  • TK stole that shit out from under me.
    http://www.pajiba.com/trailers...

  • James

    I see Scarlett and I'm bored already...Can't believe it...she must go back at being the redhead that didn't try so hard to be sexy to be attractive (to me) again. And you know she wants it!

  • BierceAmbrose

    Summer Lovers!?!

    Oh, the bitter-tingly memories.

  • Bodhi

    Is Lovelace the movie that Lohan was at one time theoretically going to be in?

    And I know its been said before, but Ashton Kutcher looks freakishly like Steve Jobs

  • PDamian

    Nope. Different production entirely. The film you're thinking of is (was?) Inferno, which was to be directed by Matthew Wilder and was to star Lindsey Lohan, until her legal woes and erratic behavior got her dumped in favor of Malin Ackerman. As I recall, financing was an issue so the film never got off the ground, and Ackerman said in an interview earlier this year that she didn't Inferno would ever be made now that Lovelace was coming up.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I'm sorry, did you say TONY DANZA?

  • becks

    Is Scarlett Johannson even real? How can you walk around looking like that every day of your life?

    I would watch every one of these movies, which makes me feel really great because there were about seven movies in all of 2012 that I thought were worth watching.

  • Ian Fay

    In a perfect world, the soundtrack to Two Mothers would include Motherlover from SNL:

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/7312...

  • BlackRabbit

    That Stoker poster is odd. The reflection doesn't really reveal anything new or amazing, the way those usually do.

  • Natallica

    I took note of the same thing: JGL IS hotter than ever. I think he's a little bit beefier now, and it suits him well

  • Leelee

    Can you even imagine how hot he'll be when he reaches Clooney-age? I think I might spontaneously combust.

  • Natallica

    Just you? The WORLD would spontaneously combust int a huge nuclear orgasm. And, in a million years, alien visitors will find a JGL picture in some dusty, decaying ruins and store it in a vault deep underground, afraid of his powers to destruct entire civilizations

  • I agree.

  • Guest

    1. Hurray, new Winterbottom!

    2. Wentworth Miller WRITES?

  • SittingPat

    What am I missing? What's salacious about the Jobs film or Mud?

  • They aren't part of the seven. You missed this bolded line: Other notable debuts include a seven-hour series that marks the reunion of Jane Campion and Holly Hunter:

  • BWeaves

    What's salacious about the Jobs film or Mud?

    Jobs: Leslie Ann Warren takes her shirt off.

    Mud: McConaughey takes his shirt off.

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