CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

Review Revue: WIMPY KID 3, TOTAL RECALL and CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

Review Revue: WIMPY KID 3, TOTAL RECALL and CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

Going to the movies should never, ever be stressful (unless, of course, you’re planning on seeing the latest Lars von Trier flick). You want to see something new and relevant so that you can talk it up with your know-it-all friends. But you don’t want to sit through the one film that everyone thought would be great but… isn’t. So here is our formula, simplifying the should-you-see-it conundrum:
5 new releases x 2 critical samplings = what you should go see.
Simple enough, right? This week we have Colin Farrell trying to pull off Schwarzenegger, a wimpy kid, young and pretty divorcees, some babymakers and a bunch of wayward Europeans.

Sundance '12 acquisitions round-up #2: THE SURROGATE, CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, and more

Sundance '12 acquisitions round-up #2: THE SURROGATE, CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, and more

The market at Sundance ’12 was predicted to be “wild,” but started out “cautiously.” Now it looks to be heating up. After just a handful of acquisitions in the first few days of the festival, we’ve gotten a handful of acquisitions in the last few hours. Here’s a few more films that should be coming soon to an arthouse theater near you.

Elijah Wood, Rashida Jones, and Will McCormack stop by Sundance Channel HQ— Scoop the photos inside

Elijah Wood, Rashida Jones, and Will McCormack stop by Sundance Channel HQ— Scoop the photos inside

Elijah Wood, Rashida Jones, and Will McCormack sit down with Aamer Haleem to discuss CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER. Click below to check out the full gallery!

Rashida Jones & Elijah Wood talk CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

Rashida Jones & Elijah Wood talk CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER tells the story of one couple whose relationship is managing to outlive their divorce. It’s a sweet story written by one of the film’s stars, Rashida Jones and her best friend/writing partner/actor/ex Will McCormack. Everyone always says how great it is to marry your best friend, but sometimes the relationship can tap out on the romantic level and settle in on that more comfortable territory. And that’s the story behind the film. But, the story behind the making of the film might be even more interesting. Rashida Jones, Elijah Wood and Andy Samberg are definitely names that have some clout in Hollywood, but CELESTE AND JESSE is still a true indie. As Jones points out, there ain’t no middle ground in Hollywood these days. Your movie is either big budget or DIY. But for Wood, who is used to big budgets and epic shoots, the indie process was really exciting. I guess there is something to be said for wearing stolen socks.

Day 3: Rashida Jones, Elijah Wood & Emily Blunt stop by Sundance Channel HQ

Day 3: Rashida Jones, Elijah Wood & Emily Blunt stop by Sundance Channel HQ

We’re dealing with blizzard conditions here in Park City. And no, that isn’t a coastal overreaction to mountain weather. We almost lost a busload of filmmakers on the way back from Robert Redford’s brunch this morning and they’re shutting down roads left and right! But, have no fear, plenty of stars managed to snowshoe on over to Sundance Channel HQ. Perhaps it’s because we’ve got plenty of hot drinks and love to snuggle. Rashida Jones charmed everyone and Emily Blunt is still one of our favorite indie darlings, so check out the full roster of smiling faces and pretty pictures:

Andy Samberg on CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, Sundance and Lana Del Rey

Andy Samberg on CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, Sundance and Lana Del Rey

It was by all accounts a momentous occasion. Harvey Weinstein loitered in the hallway. Seth Rogen politely acknowledged some overzealous fans with his trademark chuckle. Shailene Woodley, with a gaggle of girlfriends in tow, waited patiently out in the cold to be let inside. The stars were aligned for the world premiere of CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER on Friday evening at the Sundance Film Festival’s 1,270-seat Eccles Theater.

Directed by Lee Toland Krieger (THE VICIOUS KIND, Sundance ’09), the film follows Celeste (Rashida Jones, who co-wrote the screenplay), a branding exec, and Jesse (Andy Samberg), an unemployed artist who, after a life-long friendship and six years of marriage, decide to split and see other people. Both parties, however, struggle to close the book on their storied past and start new, separate chapters in life.

Indie cred: The cast of Parks and Recreation

Indie cred: The cast of Parks and Recreation

So many Parks and Recreation cast members have films at Sundance ’12 you’d think the Pawnee Parks Department was holding a winter company retreat in Park City. Ann, April, Ben, and the great Ron Swanson all appear in Sundance selections this January, though if you bump into any of them walking down Main Street they probably would appreciate it if you referred to them by their real names.