Over 20 years after his debut feature Public Access was the co-winner of the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, Bryan Singer is returning to the Sundance Film Festival. The X-Men: Days Of Future Past director was named today as one of this year’s jurists at the Utah-based festival. Singer will serve on the U.S. Dramatic Jury along with critic Leonard Maltin, producer Peter Saraf, writer-director Lone Scherfig and Slate.com critic Dana Stevens. Jurists in the U.S and World Cinema Documentary sections as well World Cinema Dramatic, Short Film, and Science In Film categories were announced too (see the full list below). Additionally, the fest revealed today that Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally will front the Feature Film Awards ceremony on January 25 in Park City. This isn’t the only appearance by Offerman and Mullally at Sundance this year. The Parks & Recreation star tops Nick Offerman: American Ham which premieres January 23 in Salt Lake City, and Mullally is one of the voices in the animated pic Ernest & Celestine, which is being screened January 18. The fest’s 30th anniversary edition runs January 16-26. Here’s the full release:
Sundance Premieres & Documentary Premieres 2014 Lineup
Sundance Reveals U.S. & World Cinema Competition Slates
Sundance Unveils Spotlight, Midnight, Frontier Films & New Kids Slate
Sundance Reveals Short Film Lineup
Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on January 21 at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl. Feature film awards will be announced at a separate ceremony on January 25 in Park City, hosted by husband-and-wife duo Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally and livestreamed at www.sundance.org/live. Offerman headlines the film Nick Offerman: American Ham in the Festival’s Premieres section. Mullally voices a character in the English-language version of Ernest and Celestine, which will have its world premiere in the Festival’s new Sundance Kids section.
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The actresses are boarding Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as production gets under way. Megan Mullally and Jennifer Coolidge join Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, who play the parents of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould). The pic follows the boy through such a lousy day that he thinks bad things happen only to him. But it turns out his whole family is suffering through the same type of day. Miguel Arteta is directing the first live-action feature adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 children’s book from a script by Rob Lieber. Shawn Levy, Lisa Henson and Dan Levine are producing. Mullally is best known for her Emmy-winning turn on Will & Grace; Coolidge’s credits include 2 Broke Girls and Legally Blonde.
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Megan Mullally, who is joining the cast of the Fox comedy Breaking In, confirmed today that the long-rumored Party Down movie, inspired by the Starz series, is now a go and she will be part of it. “John Enbom is writing it right now, I’m excited about that,” Mullally said during a Fox panel at the TCA in Pasadena. After the session, she added that the entire cast is expected back with the possible exception of Jane Lynch, whom Mullally actually replaced (as a different character) after the first season. Filming on the pic is eyed for late spring/summer. Starz canceled the series back in June. It followed six actors and writers as they do side gigs and try for their first big break. The cast of the show, created and primarily written by Enbom, Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge and Paul Rudd, included Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Mullally, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr and Lizzy Caplan.
The Breaking In gang is getting a new boss. After a hot pursuit by the producers, Megan Mullally has closed a rich deal to join the Fox comedy as a new regular. Mullally’s character will take over high-tech security firm Contra Security, which had been run by Oz (Christian Slater), who will now have his own boss. The high-profile cast addition is part of significant creative changes the comedy created by Adam F. Goldberg and Seth Gordon is undergoing heading into Season 2. The “mission of the week” concept where members of the Contra team go out of the office on a different assignment in every episode will be scaled back as Breaking In will segue into a more office-based comedy. Production on Season 2 is slated to begin in early January. The series, which recently came back from a cancellation for the second time, is expected to be part of Fox’s two-hour midseason comedy block on Tuesday. Sony TV and Happy Madison are producing, with Goldberg, Gordon and Doug Robinson executive producing. Mullally’s deal for Breaking In will allow her to continue her co-starring gig on Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital and her recurring roles on Parks & Recreation and Happy Endings. On the Fox series, Gersh-repped Mullally joins Slater, Bret Harrison, Alphoso McAuley, Michael Rosenbaum and Odette Annable, who may be in fewer episodes as she is also a regular on Fox’s House.