Festival Exclusive – Sundance 2014 Dramatic Film Selections Announced

The Sundance 2014 selections for the U.S. Dramatic Competition have officially been announced. These films all have various unique storylines and focus on different aspects of the genre. From this list of selected films, there are six that are already generating a lot of buzz.

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Kristen Stewart in “Camp X-Ray”

The first film that is gaining attention stars Kristen Stewart and is currently titled Camp X-Ray. Stewart plays a soldier who has been stationed to work at Guantanamo Bay. However, while working there she befriends an Muslim inmate. This could be a breakthrough role for Stewart’s transition back into dramatic films and definitely one to watch for.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in "The Skeleton Twins"
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in “The Skeleton Twins”

The other films that are generating early buzz include Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza and Dan DeHaan, The Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, and Low Down starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage.

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Elle Fanning in “Low Down”

Plus, Cold in July starring Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard, and God’s Pocket starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Christina Hendricks are also generating early buzz. Read more details about these films on Yahoo! Movies and The Wrap.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro in "God's Pocket"
Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro in “God’s Pocket”

Here is the full list of films selected for the 2014 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition:

Camp X-Ray
Cold in July 
Dear White People Fishing Without Nets
God’s Pocket
Happy Christmas
Hellion
Infinitely Polar Bear
Jamie Marks Is Dead 
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Life After Beth
Low Down
The Skeleton Twins
The Sleepwalker
Song One
Whiplash

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival will be held in Park City, Utah, from January 16 to 26. What do you think of these films that have been selected for this portion of the festival? What do you think of the casts involved in these projects?

Sources: Yahoo! Movies and The Wrap

Sundance 2013 – “Entertainment Weekly” Star Portraits Day One!

Entertainment Weekly is providing great coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and they have released some portraits of the stars and directors that attended day one of the festival! Check out my Sundance MegaPost about the films to watch out for here. Take a look at the portraits in the gallery below:

What do you think of these portraits? Are you following all of the Sundance news so far? Are you looking forward to getting a chance to see any of the films that are premiering at the festival this year?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Trailer MegaPost – “Lawless,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Take This Waltz,” “The Words,” and “End of Watch”

I hope that you enjoyed my trailer MegaPost last week and are now excited about those films that I shared! My favorite trailers that I want to share with you this week are for: Lawless, The Great Gatsby, Take This Waltz, The Words, and End of Watch.

1. Lawless: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/weinstein/lawless/

This film has a very strong cast and Shia LaBeouf’s role as Jack Bondurant could be a comeback role for him, something that will set him apart from the Transformers franchise. Other cast members are: Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, and Dane DeHaan. Lawless is based on the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers, who were bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Franklin County, Virginia. Lawless is set to release on August 29, 2012.

A Lawless poster featuring Shia LaBeouf.

2. The Great Gatsby: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/thegreatgatsby/

The Baz Luhrmann-directed adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has an all-star cast with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, Amitabh Bachchan, and Jack Thompson. The story follows Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is a Midwesterner who moves to Long Island in the spring of 1922 and finds himself intrigued by the mysterious past and extravagant lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle and starts to witness obsession and tragedy. This highly anticipated film is set to release on Christmas Day this year.

A poster for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

3. Take This Waltz: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/magnolia/takethiswaltz/

This Sarah Polley-directed film deals with some very real themes and topics that adult audiences will be able to relate to. The cast includes Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman, Jennifer Podemski, Diane D’Aquila, Vanessa Coelho, and Graham Abbey. The film follows a happily married couple, Margot (Michelle Williams) and Lou Rubin (Seth Rogen). However, Margot falls for the artist Daniel (Luke Kirby) who lives across the street and when she learns that he lives so close, the certainty of her domestic life changes. Daniel and Margot’s relationship progresses and things begin to unfold. This movie is set to release on June 29, 2012.

A poster for Take This Waltz.

4. The Words: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thewords/

The Words follows a writer Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) who finally achieves the literary success he wanted after publishing a critically acclaimed novel. Yet, he didn’t write it. As things come back to haunt him and he continues to get literary attention, Jansen is forced to confront the price that must be paid for stealing another man’s work. The cast includes Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, and Ben Barnes. The Words is not set to hit theatres until September 21, 2012.

A poster for The Words, featuring Bradley Cooper.

5. End of Watch: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/endofwatch/

A story of family, friendship, love, honor, and courage, End Of Watch has a great cast and story. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, Frank Grillo, America Ferrera, and David Harbour are on the talent roster. Gyllenhaal and Pena are Los Angeles police officers Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Pena), and it follows them as they patrol the streets of south central LA. The action of the film unfolds through footage from the handheld cameras of the police officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, and even citizens caught in the line of fire. The film deals with the cops who risk their lives on the job and the price they and their families have to pay. This action-packed film is set to release on September 28, 2012.

A poster for End of Watch.

What do you think of these trailers? Are you excited or looking forward to any of these films?

Source: www.IMDbPro.com and www.apple.com/trailers