30th Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2024 Lineup

30th-Slamdance-Film-FestivalThe 30th Slamdance Film Festival, the artist-led “by filmmakers for filmmakers” organization, has announced its full film lineup for 2024. Celebrating 30 years of discovering industry-changing talent, the festival will come full circle, returning to the Yarrow Hotel in Park City, where it all started.

Kicking off with a screening of Oscar-winning filmmaker Carol Dysinger’s epic documentary One Bullet, this year’s festival will showcase an accessible lineup of 32 features, of which 17 are World Premieres, 75 shorts, and five episodics. On-site screenings and events will be held in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah from January 19-25th and online screenings will be available on the Slamdance Channel from January 22-28th.

“Our 2024 Slamdance lineup is a testament to filmmakers who dare to push their stories to the very edge of filmmaking, making it deeply personal yet globally resonant,” said Festival Director Taylor Miller. “Their raw passion and risk-taking echo our commitment to exploring uncharted territories of cinematic expression. This year, we proudly host the most inclusive and accessible festival we’ve ever had, staying true to the core objectives I aimed to cultivate with our programmers when I took this job.”

A celebration of emerging filmmaking talent from around the world, this year’s lineup consists of 113 films – 17 of which are World Premiere features – hailing from 20 countries including Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Palestine, Russia, and the UK (United Kingdom) among others. The 2024 programming was selected from more than 9,000 submissions, 1,729 of which were features. As in previous years, all films selected in the Narrative Features and Documentary Features competition categories are directorial debuts without U.S. distribution, with budgets of less than $1 million.
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Robert Eggers’ “Nosferatu”, Starring Sets Christmas 2024 Theatrical Release

Robert-Eggers-NosferatuDirector Robert Eggers’ gothic horror film “Nosferatu” is finally set to be released on Dec. 25, 2024, Focus Features has announced recently.

Peter Kujawski, Chairman of Focus Features, stated, “The audacious filmmaking of Robert Eggers is always a gift for fans, and we can promise that his Nosferatu is planning quite the Christmas feast.”

Bill Skarsgård, known for playing Pennywise in the It horror films, plays the titular vampire in “Nosferatu”. The film also features Nicholas Hoult, Lily-Rose Depp, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Emma Corrin, Ralph Ineson, Simon McBurney, and Willem Dafoe.

Most recently, Focus previously co-financed and released “The Northman”, the historical Viking action thriller which Egger also directed and co-wrote with Sjón.


“Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” Trailer Reveals Anya Taylor-Joy

mad-max-furiosaThe first trailer from franchise veteran George Miller’s “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” has been released.

The highly-anticipated post-apocalyptic action adventure features Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Furiosa, the character played by Charlize Theron in 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road”, as well as Chris Hemsworth as Warlord Dementus.

The films seems to be the origin of Furiosa, who was taken from her family and then joined up with a young Immortan Joe, previously played by Hugh Keays-Byrne in Fury Road, to lead the War Boys.

Fury Road, which starred Tom Hardy as Mad Max, was released in 2015 and was a critical and commercial hit. Hardy took over the iconic role from Mel Gibson who played the character in three prior Mad Max films, including the original in 1979.

Mad Max franchise creator George Miller also produced Furiosa, along with his longtime partner, Oscar-nominated producer Doug Mitchell (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Babe”), under their Australian-based Kennedy Miller Mitchell banner.

The official summary says: “As the world falls, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and into the hands of a Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus. While two Tyrants war for dominance over the Citadel, Furiosa survives many trials as she plots a way back home through the Wasteland.”


Bradley Cooper To Receive Outstanding Performer of the Year Award At SBIFF

Bradley-Cooper-SBIFFBradley Cooper will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 39th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Cooper will be honored on Thursday, February 8, 2024 for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO from Netflix.

Bradley Cooper, born in Philadelphia, is an acclaimed actor, filmmaker, writer, and producer. A nine-time Oscar nominee, Grammy winner, and Tony nominee, Cooper’s directorial debut A STAR IS BORN, which he co-wrote, produced, starred and directed garnered 8 Oscar nominations. Following the success of his producorial work, Cooper started his production company Lea Pictures in 2020, which includes his much-anticipated film MAESTRO.

“Nine-time Oscar® nominee Bradley Cooper has proven to be an actor of incredible range and versatility. What has impressed me the most is that he has grown to be one of the most indelible directing voices . He’s a renaissance man – an outstanding performer indeed!” SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling noted.

MAESTRO is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. A love letter to life and art, MAESTRO at its core is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love.
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New Trailer For Blumhouse’s “Night Swim” Released

Night-SwimBlumhouse and Atomic Monster, the producers of M3GAN, has released a second trailer for its upcoming supernatural thriller, Night Swim.

The film is on the 2014 short film by Rod Blackhurst and Bryce McGuire.

It stars Wyatt Russell (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) as Ray Waller, a former major league baseball player forced into early retirement by a degenerative illness, who moves into a new home with his concerned wife Eve (Oscar® nominee Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin), teenage daughter Izzy (Amélie Hoeferle, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes) and young son Elliot (Gavin Warren, Fear the Walking Dead).

Secretly hoping, against the odds, to return to pro ball, Ray persuades Eve that the new home’s shimmering backyard swimming pool will be fun for the kids and provide physical therapy for him. But a dark secret in the home’s past will unleash a malevolent force that will drag the family under, into the depths of inescapable terror.

Night Swim is set for release on January 5, 2024, by Universal Pictures.


Animated “Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths” Trilogy First Trailer

Justice-League-Crisis-on-Infinite-EarthsA new trailer for the upcoming animated action adventure trilogy from WB has been released. The three movies set to arrive in 2024.

It is based on the popular 1985-1986 comic book series by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

The Anti-Monitor (the Monitor’s evil counterpart) is released in the DC Multiverse and begins to destroy the different Earths that compose it. The Monitor attempts to recruit heroes from across the Multiverse, but is murdered.


New Poster and Trailer For Billy Porter & Luke Evans Drama “Our Son”

our-sonThe film follows Nicky (Luke Evans), a book publisher devoted to his work, lives with his husband Gabriel (Billy Porter), a former actor and stay-at-home dad, and their eight year-old son, Owen.

Gabriel loves Owen more than anything; Nicky loves Gabriel more than anything. Despite appearances, Gabriel has been dissatisfied with their marriage for some time and files for divorce, leading to a custody battle that forces both of them to confront the changing reality of their love for each other and for their son.

“Our Son” is directed by Bill Oliver, who also wrote the film along with Peter Nickowitz.

The film also stars Robin Weigert, Andrew Rannells, Isaac Powell, and Phylicia Rashad.

It is set for release in select theaters on December 8, followed by its VOD release on December 15.


Focus Features Has Acquired Rights To Jeff Nichols’ “The Bikeriders”

Jeff Nichols’ motorcycle ensemble feature drama has sold to Focus Features, THR has reported.

The film was originally scheduled by Disney and 20th Century to open on Dec. 1, 2023, but was removed by New Regency form the release calendar in October during the actors’ strike. No specific release date has yet been released.

“We are delighted to add such a riveting project to next year’s strong slate of films. We look forward to once again working alongside New Regency and reuniting with the multi-talented Jeff Nichols on another one of his visionary projects,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski in a statement.

Focus Features 2024 slate includes comedy road film directed by Ethan Coen “Drive-Away Dolls”, horror comedy film written by Diablo Cody “Lisa Frankenstein”, Robert Eggers gothic horror film “Nosferatu”, Goran Stolevski drama “Housekeeping for Beginners”, and Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Amy Winehouse biopic “Back to Black”,

The Bikeriders recently premiered at the 50th Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2023 and received positive reviews.


Palm Springs International Film Awards To Honor Da’Vine Joy Randolph With The Breakthrough Performance Award

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Da’Vine Joy Randolph is the recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award, for The Holdovers. The Film Awards will take place on January 4, 2024, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 15, 2024. The event will be sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and IHG Hotels & Resorts.

“In The Holdovers, Da’Vine Joy Randolph brings not only her significant comedic talents to the table, but also extremely moving emotional depth to her portrayal of Barton Academy head cook Mary Lamb, who is grieving the recent loss of her son,” said Festival Chairman Nachhattar Singh Chandi. “It is our honor to present the Breakthrough Performance Award, to this talented actress in celebration of her outstanding work and recognizing her emerging talent.”

Randolph joins this year’s previously announced honorees Emma Stone (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress), Cillian Murphy (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor) and Killers of the Flower Moon (Vanguard Award). Past winners of the Breakthrough Performance Award include last year’s recipient Danielle Deadwyler (Till) along with Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), Andra Day (The United States v Billie Holiday), Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Felicity Huffman (Transamerica), Brie Larson (Room), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). In the years they were honored, Cotillard, Hudson, Larson, and Nyong’o went on to receive Academy Awards, while Day, Blige, Erivo, Huffman and Pike received nominations.
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“Anyone But You” Rom-Com Trailer Released

The upcoming romantic comedy is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and directed by Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends With Benefits).

In the edgy comedy Anyone But You, Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and Ben (Glen Powell) look like the perfect couple, but after an amazing first date something happens that turns their fiery hot attraction ice cold – until they find themselves unexpectedly thrust together at a destination wedding in Australia. So they do what any two mature adults would do: pretend to be a couple.

The film is set for release on December 22, 2023 by Sony Pictures Releasing.

The film stars Sydney Sweeney, Glen Powell, Alexandra Shipp, Michelle Hurd, Bryan Brown, Darren Barnet, Hadley Robinson, Dermot Mulroney, Rachel Griffiths, GaTa.

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