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Sundance, Swinton, Green, Madonna: This Week on Indiewire

Sundance, Swinton, Green, Madonna: This Week on Indiewire

This week on Indiewire, Sundance unveiled the last of their lineup, we sat down with Tilda Swinton and David Gordon Green to talk about their latest projects, Variety made a surprising announcement and much more.


Variety Launches IMDb Competitor
Want the name of the second assistant hair stylist on “Hairspray”? The sound recordist on Lynn Ramsay’s 1996 short film “Kill the Day”? Continuity errors in”Charade”? The list of characters played by Frank Oz in “The Great Muppet Caper”? You should go to IMDB. (Perhaps you’ve heard of it.) Now, Variety is launching an alternative.

Montclair Film Festival Hits the Ground Running with Colbert and the DOC NYC Team
Montclair, NJ, has 37,669 residents – one of them is Stephen Colbert – but no film festival. Until now, that is.

This Year’s EFPs Shooting Stars
For the past 15 years, European Film Promotion (EFP) has showcased ten young actors who have shown potential in feature films in order to help them expand their careers to a more international level. Previous Shooting Stars have included Thure Lindhardt, Mélanie Laurent, Elena Anaya, and Carey Mulligan.

Cronenberg, Polley and Maddin Make Canada’s Top Ten
The 11th annual list of the year’s best Canadian films was unveiled by the Toronto International Film Festival last night. Selected by a group of panelists, the announcement included separate lists for the best Canadian features and short films of the past year.

Sundance Releases Short Films Roster
In the final major 2012 Sundance Film Festival lineup announcement, the Sundance Institute unveiled the January festival’s roster of U.S. and international short films. 64 shorts were selected from a record 7,675 submissions, up 16% over submissions for the 2011 festival, organizers said Tuesday.


What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week
While “New Year’s Eve” is poised to do solid business this weekend, don’t worry; there are a slew of speciality releases opening to counter the star-studded stinker. Below get an idea of what’s worth you money by reading the reviews published this week on Indiewire and our blog network.


Will You See This Movie? | Tribute to Documentary Legend Ricky Leacock
In 1972, Jane Weiner was just beginning her career as a filmmaker and she asked her mentor, Ricky Leacock, if she could document him and his work.  He said yes, but instituted two rules:  1.) No interviews.  2.) She could only shoot on small formats (which at the time was a Super 8 with Synch Sound).

Here Are the Highest-Grossing Madonna Films
n honor of this week’s limited run for her directorial effort “W.E.” this weekend, Indiewire decided to take a trip down Madonna memory lane, counting down her best-performing films at the box office.

Indiewire @ Hulu Remembers Pearl Harbor & WWII
This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 – the event that mobilized America to enter World War II. In recognition, the latest Indiewire-curated selections on Hulu’s Documentaries page look back on that “date which will live in infamy” and the combat that followed on both the Pacific and European fronts.

Madonna Premieres “W.E.” in NY
After screening her decidely ambitious historical romance “W.E.” to less than stellar reviews in Venice, Toronto and London, Madonna brought her baby to MoMA Sunday night for the premiere in the city where she got her start, New York.


Tilda Swinton Completes Her “Mother Lode Trilogy” With “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
For the third consecutive year, Tilda Swinton has given us one of the year’s best performances.

David Gordon Green Explains His Move to the Mainstream
Back in the day, David Gordon Green made his name (and generated comparisons to Terrence Malick) with moody indies like “George Washington,” “All the Real Girls,” “Undertow” and “Snow Angels.” He was an unlikely candidate to make the transition to mainstream, hard-R Hollywood comedies.

Ezra Miller Talks About Becoming “Kevin”
After a string of well received performances in indies like “Afterschool,” “City Island” and “Another Happy Day,” Ezra Miller has been given the greatest showcase for his talents yet in Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need To Talk About Kevin.” In his portrayal of the titular character – a sociopathic teen who goes on a school shooting rampage – Miller goes head to head with his on screen mother Tilda Swinton in one of the year’s most impressive acting duels.

Meryl Streep on Playing “The Iron Lady”
Director Phyllida Lloyd’s upcoming “The Iron Lady” took center stage Tuesday night at the Director’s Guild of America Theater in New York City. Starring Meryl Streep as Great Britain’s maverick ’80s era three-term prime minister, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg led a discussion with Lloyd and Streep at the midtown Manhattan venue, which was also streamed live online.

David Weissman Talks About His Harrowing AIDS Doc “We Were Here,” Our VOD Pick of the Week
In his powerful documentary “We Were Here,” filmmaker David Weissman (“The Cockettes”) chronicles the arrival of AIDS in San Francisco and its subsequent aftermath through the eyes of five individuals who were witnesses to history. It world premiered at Sundance earlier this year (where IW’s Peter Knegt proclaimed it to be “one of the standout films at the festival”) and hits VOD this Friday, Dec. 9. It’s our pick of the week.

Jeremy Piven on Going to Hell in Sundance Shocker “I Melt With You”
Love it or hate it, Mark Pellington’s tale of men doing very bad things, “I Melt With You,” made an impact at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Those who hated it, really hated it (there were reportedly 46 walkouts at the film’s first press screening), but the film landed the enviable feat of snagging distribution with Magnolia Pictures and did score some praise (Todd McCarthy was a fan).

Jason Reitman on Making the Unmakeable “Young Adult”
Jason Reitman is in a different place than he was during the release of “Up in the Air,” when he pushed and pushed to gain entrance into the Oscar club. It crushed him on Oscar night  when adapted screenplay went to Geoffrey Fletcher for “Precious.”

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