Ice-T is a rapper, actor and now…documentary director. And guess what? He stopped by Sundance Channel HQ (sans Coco, unfortunately) to drop some knowledge on his directorial debut SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP. And while he maybe a superstar, it was important for Ice-T to keep this project indie. Check out what he has to say on why Hollywood couldn’t tell this story:
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In Park City, when you hear “Omar’s comin’” you don’t need to run and hide. You just need to stand back and be impressed by how handsome and stylish Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) is! We’ve got plenty more street style in our gallery. So take a look:
You were probably expecting a laugh fest when you saw the names Octavia Spencer, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul for the film SMASHED. Sorry, it’s a drama. But, that doesn’t mean there were not laughs aplenty when they all stopped by Sundance Channel HQ for a chat. Check out the entire video of their conversation, but just a warning…it includes some off color jokes, in addition to more serious fare on how films are cast in Hollywood.
Josh Radnor’s LIBERAL ARTS got a standing ovation at its premiere here in Park City. And with an ensemble cast including Allison Janney (THE HELP), Elizabeth Olsen (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE), Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under) as well as Radnor himself, it’s no surprise. The How I Met Your Mother star wrote and directed the film and it marks his second trip to Sundance as a triple-threat. Like that 2010 effort, happythankyoumoreplease it’s a sweet story…which is a nice change to all of the ‘Year of the Bummer’ films we’ve seen at this year’s festival. We stopped by the premiere party and caught up with Elizabeth Olsen to get the lowdown on her sophomore Sundance and working with some acting legends.
The Sundance Film Festival founder stopped by the HQ to talk independent films and the state of the union.
Aamer Haleem interviews the director Lauren Greenfield of THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES for Festival Insider. Check out the gallery below for more!
The director Kirby Dick of THE INVISIBLE WAR interview for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!
Directors Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman of ESCAPE FIRE at Sundance Channel HQ — We've got photos inside
Directors Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman of ESCAPE FIRE interview for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!
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!
Ann Dowd, Pat Healy, and Craig Zobel of COMPLIANCE interview for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!
Aamer Haleem interviews Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, and Rosemarie DeWitt of YOUR SISTER’S SISTER for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!
Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney and Richard Jenkins at Sundance Channel HQ–Check out the photos
Allison Janney, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Olsen, and director Josh Radnor discuss LIBERAL ARTS at Sundance Channel HQ. See the full gallery below!
AnnaLynne McCord, Matthew Gray Gubler, Traci Lords and Richard Bates Jr. stop in at Sundance Channel HQ –Photos inside
AnnaLynne McCord, Matthew Gray Gubler, Traci Lords and director Richard Bates Jr. of EXCISION interview for Festival Insider. Click below for the full gallery!
Aamer Haleem interviews Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Liz Mullally, Nick Offerman, and James Ponsoldt of SMASHED for Festival Insider. Click below for the full gallery!
Aamer Haleem interviews James Murphy, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexia Rasmussen, and Rick Alverson of THE COMEDY for Festival Insider. Click below for the full gallery!
Amy Berg, Lorri Davis and Damien Echols of WEST OF MEMPHIS dish at Sundance Channel HQ– click for photos
Director Amy Berg and producers Lorri Davis and Damien Echols discuss their documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS at Sundance Channel HQ. Click below to see the full gallery!!
Ice-T drops by Sundance Channel HQ to discuss his documentary SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP. Check out all of the photos in our gallery.
Mock necrophilia. Decapitated talking heads. Makeshift surgeries. Wild, uninhibited sex bathed in menstrual blood. The midnight film EXCISION, making its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, is without question the most mind-blowingly grotesque film to screen at this year’s fest—so much so that at the press and industry screening I attended, about half the audience walked out in disgust (I can make this assumption since each exit followed a particularly gruesome scene).
Pauline, played by 90210’s AnnaLynne McCord, it not your normal gal. An 18-year-old, Neanderthal-ish high school senior with bushy eyebrows, acne, hunched posture, and plagued by a herpes infection she contracted as a young child from her father performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, she’s an outcast at high school. She also desperately wants to lose her virginity…while she’s having her period.
30 Rock star Tracy Morgan was in Park City this week to promote his new film PREDISPOSED. Unfortunately, it seems like there are other things Morgan is predisposed to, like altitude sickness. According to various reports, the comedian collapsed at Sundance last night and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
This meme ain’t over ’til it’s over, and the things you hear coming out of peoples’ mouths at the Sundance Film Festival are too perfect to not get the ‘shit’ treatment. So, check out what everyone from Lizzie Olsen to the average festival goer has to say when it comes to Sundance. This is
Robert Redford didn’t just create the Sundance Film Festival, he also started Sundance Channel (thanks for that, btw). So when he stopped by to catch up (and make sure we were all doing our jobs correctly) he opened up about the challenges starting a channel pose for someone so rooted in the indie world. It all worked out and now Sundance Channel is expanding the audience for the types of films Sundance was started to foster. It’s always nice to hear the boss say you are on the right track. Check out all of what Redford has to say on representing the ‘independent spirit’ over on our video page, or right here:
Filmmaker Rodrigo Cortés caused a feeding frenzy among buyers when his last film, BURIED, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film starred Ryan Reynolds as an Iraq-based American truck driver who’s attacked, and finds himself buried alive in a coffin with only a lighter, flask, flashlight, knife, glowsticks, pencil and a mobile phone. His captor torments him via cell phone, making him perform a series of sadistic funny games in order to win his freedom.
In one day we met a porn star, an ingenue and the first couple of TV comedy. One of the beauties of Sundance is the wide variety of cinematic choices you get as a film fan and that same spectrum of folks stops by our humble abode on Main Street. Today we met with Josh Radnor and Sundance Sophomore Elizabeth Olsen of LIBERAL ARTS. The amazing cast of SMASHED also stopped by and, believe me, getting Octavia Spencer, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul in one room is both tough and hysterical. Tim & Eric, along with folks from WEST OF MEMPHIS and EXICISION, also stopped by, so check out all of the galleries below to make sure you don’t miss any of the action from Main Street:
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.
Every year Sundance Film Festival Founder and President Robert Redford invites all of the filmmakers to a classy brunch at his Sundance Resort just down the road from Park City. It’s every filmmaker’s dream meal, a chance to hobnob with other emerging talent and check out the inner sanctum of Sundance. It’s also a great opportunity to talk shop and enjoy a great party. As one filmmaker pointed out, “This party cost more than my film.”