Stuff of Importance shall rule your Sunday, perhaps even seep into your Monday. I’d be careful if I were you.
5. Sundance Photos Abound.
Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tony Danza (Don Jon’s Addiction)
Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings)
Daniel Radcliffe (Kill Your Darlings)
Rutger Hauer and Nicolas Vaporidis (The Future)
Zal Batmanglij, Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgård, Brit Marling (The East)
Alexander Skarsgård (The East)
Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa (Mother of George)
Denis O’Hare, Jonathan Groff, Troian Bellisario (C.O.G.)
Kristen Bell (The Lifeguard)
Kristen Bell, Martin Starr (The Lifeguard)
Amy Poehler (A.C.O.D.)
Adam Scott (A.C.O.D.)
Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Clark Duke (A.C.O.D.)
Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard (Lovelace)
Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode (Stoker)
Arden Myrin (Wrong Cops)
Mackenzie Davis, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, Guy Pearce (Breathe In)
Guy Pearce (Breathe In)
Ron Livingston (Touchy Feely)
Maya Rudolphy, Sam Rockwell (The Way, Way Back)
Last night, first time director, 26 year old Ryan Coogler’s film Fruitvale (story here) won both the Grand Jury and Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film. Jill Soloway won the director’s honor (Afternoon Delight), screenwriting went to Lake Bell (In a World…) and a special jury award for acting was given to Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now). All the winners.
4. J.J. Abrams Sold New Series to Both Fox and NBC.
Not content to rule only over beloved film franchises, Abrams continues his quest to be the equivalent of Hollywood’s Walmart: Big Box Entertainment Man. NBC has ordered up “Believe;” a drama about a girl with a “gift” (not plural, so not boobs) and her self-appointed bodyguard—who just happens to be an ex-con. Sounds like a match made in heaven. The official synopsis calls this an “unlikely relationship” and would have us believe the protector is “tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.” I wonder if that’s his parole officer’s doing. Anyhoo, the script is by Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men)—who will also executive produce—so we’ll have to trust the pedigree. Meanwhile, Fox snatched up what sounds to be the more interesting Abrams series; an untitled Robocopish/Terminatorly “action packed, buddy cop” futuristic show, featuring humanoids. Come on now, Fox, can’t you just bring back “Termnator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles?” The pilot was written by J.H. Wyman (“Fringe”); Abrams and Bryan Burk (“Fringe, Person of Interest, Alcatraz, Lost”) will executive produce.
3. Two New Trance Posters Were Released.
Danny Boyle’s next outing has James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel stealing art, undergoing hypnosis and involved in a love triangle; count me right the fuck in. If you didn’t already catch the trailer, watch it and then join me as I wait in the theater until late March or April.
2. Rolling Stone Named Louis CK America’s Funniest Person (Now).
Of the fifty funniest people now (focus was on peoples’ recent work), our human Garfield landed at the top. You can go through all the names at your leisure; the top ten are:
10. Kristen Wiig
9. Bill Hader
8. Lena Dunham
7. Chris Rock
6. Amy Poehler
5. Trey Parker and Matt Stone
4. Jon Stewart
3. Tina Fey
2. Stephen Colbert
1. Louis CK
1. A Groovy Trailer for Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo Dropped.
I loved everything about this…until I heard that horrible Lumineer’s song—but you should still watch. Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) has a way of bringing the audience right into his surreal world; it all looks crazy and perfectly normal at the same time. Mood Indigo stars Audrey Tautou as a woman who becomes ill on her honeymoon; her inventor husband (Romain Duris) must find a way to help her. As you can see by the trailer, the malady is no easy fix, for it is caused by a flower growing in the lady’s lung. The film also stars Omar Sy and opens in France April 24th.