January 24th, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “Very Good Girls”

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The Gist:
Two girls, one boy, no clothes.

The Stars: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, and Boyd Holbrook.

The Buzz: Songbird Jenny Lewis makes a very impressive composer debut. Dakota Fanning strips down for the first time on screen. And Elizabeth Olsen sings us a song backed by guitar (lessons she learned from the guitar player of Jenny and Johnny). It’s all music to our ears.

Photo: Jessica Miglio / Courtesy of Sundance.org

January 24th, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “The Way, Way Back”


The Gist:
A sweet story about an awkward teen who comes out of his shell once he pals around with a riotous water park manager.

The Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, and Liam James.

The Buzz: Janney and Rockwell kill it as the neighboring drunkard and aforementioned manager (respectively), and audiences do not like Carell playing a dickhead playboy. Regardless, Fox Searchlight liked what it saw and picked up rights.

Photo: Claire Folger / Courtesy of Sundance.org

January 24th, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes”


The Gist:
A girl becomes obsessed with her neighbor, who looks like her dead mother.

The Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel, and Alfred Molina.

The Buzz: The film’s somewhat autobiographical. Writer/director Francesca Gregorini used the story to exercise a couple of her own demons. That’s about all we can say about that without giving away major plot points. We can tell you the lead, which is played swimmingly by Scodelario, was written for Rooney Mara (who ended up co-producing). Getting the project off the ground, however, took a while, and Mara got older, too old to play 17.

Photo: Courtesy of Sundance.org

January 24th, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “Lovelace”


The Gist:
Amanda Seyfried goes brunet to embody the poster girl of the sexual revolution, Miss Linda Lovelace.

The Stars
: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco, and Sharon Stone.

The Buzz: Ha. Buzz. (Sorry.) Sarsgaard tried to turn the role down, said he’s not that guy (referring to Chuck Traynor, the monster who bullied Lovelace into the porn industry). Seyfried admitted to watching Lovelace’s one-and-only porno, Deep Throat, many times — to get the “bad acting” down pat. You know, research.

January 24th, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance Gets Saucy

Let’s talk about sex, baby. A conversation started by James Franco, Robin Wright, Amanda Seyfriend, and many others. With the premieres of Franco’s BDSM documentary Kink and his provocative Interior. Leather Bar, Naomi Watts and Wright robbing the cradle in Two Mothers, Seyfried putting things in her mouth for Lovelace, and breakthrough actress Robin Weigert living out lesbian fantasies all over the neighborhood in Concussion, the state of Utah has had much to protest. And been given quite the eyeful.

Photo: David Kruta / Courtesy of Sundance.org
January 23rd, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “Escape from Tomorrow”


The Gist:
Disney World gets weird. What should be a fairy-tale vacation for Jim White and his family is actually a living nightmare (nagging wife, cat flu). Wackier than Wonka’s factory, director Randy Moore’s guerilla-style debut feature is stripped of color but saturated in sick and twisted tones. But that won’t stop you from LOLing.

The Stars: Roy Abramsohn; Elena Schuber; little bitties Katelynn Rodriguez and Jack Dalton; and two impossible-to-cast, giggling French girls.

The Buzz: Word is, it’ll never see a theater. The movie was shot on site without the theme park’s permission. So if it hits a film festival near you, see it before it’s put on ice like WD himself.

Photo Credit: Mankurt Media / Courtesy of Sundance.org

January 23rd, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013, Get Stuck in “Mud”
It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2012, claims several critics’ No. 1 spot this year, and tops our list of upcoming screenings. The third in Jeff Nichols impressive slate of thrillers stars Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, and, of course, Michael Shannon. So go on, get dirty — sneak peek the trailer here.

January 23rd, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013, Rock Out with “Sound City”


Listen up, music aficionados. Dave Grohl enlists buds Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, and more to resurrect the famed studio in his fantastic documentary, a project he calls the most important thing he’s done in life (we’re paraphrasing). The film releases February 1; here’s a sample of what to look forward to.

“Heaven And All,” by Robert Levon Been, Dave Grohl, Peter Hayes
“Time Slowing Down,” by Chris Goss, Tim Commerford, Dave Grohl, Brad Wilk
“You Can’t Fix This,” by Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee
“The Man That Never Was,” by Rick Springfield, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear
“Your Wife Is Calling,” by Lee Ving, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Alain Johannes, Pat Smear

Photo: Sami Ansari / Courtesy of Sundance.org

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