By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 25, 2011 at 8:58AM
Today on indieWIRE Sarah Palin sanctions a doc to make her look good, "The Tree of Life" comes out on top and much more.
Sarah Palin Doc
An independent film about Sarah Palin is poised for front-line deployment in the battle for the 2012 election. Real Clear Politics reported today that a two-hour, Palin-sanctioned documentary feature by conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon is set for release before the HBO’s Palin-John McCain biopic “Game Change,” which director Jay Roach began shooting last month, can make its broadcast premiere.
"The Tree of Life" Tops Critical Consensus
Days after it won the Palme d’Or in Cannes (and, on a lesser note, topped indieWIRE Cannes critics’ poll), Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a national rollout throughout June. It also becomes our second critic’s pick of the week (in a row, no less) to hail from Cannes 2011 (last week’s was Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris”).
Click here to watch four clips from the film, via The Playlist.
A Buy Out of Cannes
The opening night of this year’s Cannes Critic Week, Valérie Donzelli’s “Declaration of War” has been acquired for US distribution by Sundance Selects. Inspired by the director’s experience in dealing with her child’s brain-cancer diagnosis, “Declaration of War” tells the story of a young couple who encounter a similar situation.
Latest From "Little Miss Sunshine" Directors
"Little Miss Sunshine" directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s "He Loves Me" has been picked up by Fox Searchlight, reported Thompson on Hollywood. Real life couple Zoe Kazan and Sunshine‘s Paul Dano will star. "Crazy Heart" star Jeff Bridges is being wooed to join them. Kazan also wrote the script.
Pearl Jam Doc Hitting in September
Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty,” which celebrates the twenty years of grunge rock band Pearl Jam, will be released in select US cities in September. Richard Abramowitz’s Abramorama will help with the film’s theatrical release. The film will also screen on PBS’s American Masters series.
Frameline Releases Lineup
Over 200 films from more than 30 countries make up the slate for the 35th anniversary edition of Frameline35, the San Francisco international LGBT film festival. The event kicks off of June 16th with Rashaad Ernesto Green’s drama “Gun Hill Road.” Geoffrey Sax’s BBC-produced dramatization of Christopher Isherwood’s 1976 memoir, “Christopher and His Kind,” will close the festival. Click here to learn of other highlights.
"The Hangover Part II" Gets Trashed, and Not in a Good Way
"If you liked the megahit original, you may even enjoy Part II, while recognizing that it’s not very funny, that all the laughs seem to come from imposing your memory of the wild original on this retread," wrote Caryn James in her lukewarm review of "The Hangover Part II." For a report on the film's New York premiere go to The Bin.