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Sundance 2014: William H. Macy- Helmed ‘Rudderless’ Gets Closing-Night Slot; Roger Ebert Docu & ‘The Raid 2′ Among Premiere Selections

sundance 2014The Sundance Film Festival today unveiled its Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections for the 30th anniversary gathering in Park City next month. Among the selections in the out-of-RUDDERLESS_still2_BenKweller_BillyCrudup_AntonYelchin__byJRCooke_2013-12...competition sections is the William H. Macy-directed musical drama Rudderless, which will be the fest’s closing night film. The rock and roll themed pic is the Shameless star’s feature directorial debut and stars him as well as Selena Gomez Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, Anton Yelchin, and Laurence Fishburne, Rudderless will play at 6:30PM on the night of January 24th in the Eccles at the upcoming Sundance, which runs January 16-26.

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Roger Ebert & Gene SiskelAmong other premiering films announced today for next month’s Sundance is a documentary about one of the festival’s biggest supporters Roger Ebert. The Steve James-directed film about the Pulitzer Prize winning critic, who passed away on April 4 this year, will see the writer’s wife Chaz Ebert in attendance. This coming Sundance also sees the festival’s first Fellowship for Film Criticism inspired by Ebert. The 2014 festival will see the return of directors Michael Winterbottom, Gregg Araki and Lynn Shelton, who had her Your Sister’s Sister follow-up Touchy Feely in the 2013 festival, with new films. The Indonesian action pic The Raid Read More »

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Toronto: Philip Seymour Hoffman Stars In Anton Corbijn-Directed ‘A Most Wanted Man’

By | Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 11:19am PDT
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright will star in A Most Wanted Man, a spy thriller directed by Anton Corbijn. The modern-day spy thriller will be co-financed and co-produced by Demarest Films’ Sam Englebardt, Michael Lambert and William D. Johnson. The screenplay was written by Andrew Bovell (Edge Of Darkness, Lantana), based on the best-selling novel by John le Carré. Producers are Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood under their Potboiler Productions banner and Stephen and Simon Cornwell from Ink Factory. Johnson and Englebardt will executive produce alongside Tessa Ross of Film4 and le Carré. FilmNation Entertainment is handling domestic and international sales. Read More »

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Philip Seymour Hoffman In Final Talks for ‘A Most Wanted Man’

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 12:15pm PST

Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) is in final negotiations to star in Dutch director Anton Corbijn’s thriller A Most Wanted Man. FilmNation Entertainment will handle international sales for the title at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. Adapted by Andrew Bovell (Edge Of Darkness) from a spy novel by John le Carré, the story centers on a Chechen/Russian Muslim who illegally immigrates to Hamburg where he gets caught up in the international war on terror. Hoffman will play a rogue chief of a German spy unit who tries to put together the mystery over his arrival. Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood under their Potboiler Productions banner, Stephen and Simon Cornwell under Ink Factory and Malte Grunert under Amusement Park Film will be producing. Tessa Ross will executive produce for Film4. FilmNation Entertainment was founded in 2008 by veteran international sales executive Glen Basner.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anton Corbijn Get Berlin Festival Jury Duty

Jake Gyllenhaal will join president Mike Leigh’s jury for the upcoming Berlin Film Festival, organizers announced Monday — just after naming a handful of competition and out-of-competition titles. The rest of the judging panel is a diverse group that includes Control and The American director Anton Corbijn; Iranian director and writer Asghar Farhadi, whose A Separation won the Golden Bear in Berlin earlier this year; Franco-British actress and Lars von Trier muse Charlotte Gainsbourg; French director François Ozon, who has appeared several times in the fest; award-winning Algerian writer Boualem Sansal; and veteran German actress Barbara Sukowa. Leigh was named jury president earlier this month. The festival’s 62nd edition runs February 9-19, 2012.

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