Indie Films

Percy Jackson and 3:10 to Yuma actor Logan Lerman is attached to a new indie film whose title takes inspiration from a Simon and Garfunkel tune. The young actor is ready to start production this fall on The Only Living Boy in New York, a sort of coming of age, romantic triangle, boy coming to grips with the imperfection of his parents movie that is set to be directed by Seth Gordon, the man who made the universally beloved documentary The King of Kong, and who has recently been busying himself directing episodes of great TV comedies like Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, and Community. The reason the new film won’t likely start until fall is that Lerman is starting to become something of a hot ticket item over there in the Hollywood. Not only does he have a round of publicity coming up for his big summer blockbuster version of Three Musketeers, but he’s also about to start production on an adaptation of the ridiculously successful Stephen Chbosky teen angst novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It looks like Lerman is subscribing fully to the Give Them an Action Movie/Give Them an Indie Drama model of career building. He may be one to keep an eye on. Source: Deadline State College

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Indie film producer Ted Hope and former high-ranking Facebook employee Chris Kelly have joined the board of a new website that allows users to stream from a library of indie and art films. I guess that’s a sign that people think this thing’s going to go places. At first glance Fandor might seem like it is a redundant service, given the existence of Netflix and Amazon, but upon inspection it actually takes a number of innovative approaches that make it an interesting new content provider to watch. The idea of making the online movie watching experience more social isn’t a new one; people have been tossing it around for a while. Netflix used to have more of a social platform built into it’s site, but they could never really figure out what they wanted to do with it, and ultimately stripped most of it away. It was just announced that The Dark Knight will become the first movie available to stream on Facebook, and I think the answer to making online movie watching more social is right there. Netflix shouldn’t have stumbled around trying to figure out their own social platform, they should have concentrated on integrating their service deeply with Facebook. One of the creators of Fandor, Jonathan Marlow, says, “Some have embraced the notion of inventing the Facebook of movies. We realized Facebook was the Facebook of movies.”

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The title is silly, the tagline of “CATch Her If You Can” is borderline moronic, but everything about this trailer for Cat Run is action comedy gold. All the cliches are there (a high class prostitute on the run, some videotapes that can’t get leaked out, a government cover up, an assassin chasing her down…), but it still manages to feel fun and fresh. Paz Vega seems to be choosing some completely different roles from her Spanglish turn, and you can’t go wrong with Christopher McDonald (the guy you’ll be waiting for in the parking lot in Happy Gilmore) playing a pompous asshole, but there are really no big names here, and that could be a good thing. Then there’s triple amputee D.L. Hughley, a poor man’s Helen Mirren, and a baby to carry around for some reason. Seriously. Where did this thing come from. Crazy/Beautiful director John Stockwell seems to have created an action comedy that recalls the 90s while tossing in a generic version of the detectives from Psych right down to the racial quota. Check it out for yourself:

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Every week, Landon Palmer and Cole Abaius log on to their favorite chat client of 1996 as THEFANFROMLONDON and DinoDNA007 in order to discuss some topical topic of interest. This week, the two tackle the fact that no documentary has ever been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Why all the hate, AMPAS? Sure, it has its own category, but that doesn’t deny it entry into the big game. Is there an internal bias against non-fiction? Should Jackass 3 been facing off against The Social Network? Will we see a documentary nominated for Best Picture in our lifetime?

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After getting locked out of the press screening for this year’s Grand Jury Prize Dramatic Winner, Like Crazy, I skipped over to the next theater, which sadly played the worse film I saw at the festival this year, The Ledge. Despite that mishap, there were a lot of great films at Sundance. Here are my top 5 in no particular order, alongside the best film I saw at this year’s festival (which may surprise you). I felt that each film had the most impact during my stay at the festival and introduced us to some fantastic new voices that will be coming to a cinema near you.

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For those who remember Mark Webber as Stephen Stills from Scott Pilgrim, this next move might seem strange. For those who remember him in indie fare like Just Like the Son and Dear Wendy, it might seem fantastic. For those who mistake him for Michael Weston (the guy on House for a few episodes), none of this will make any sense at all. Webber, according to The Hollywood Reporter, has cast Michael Cera and Amanda Seyfried to play slightly altered versions of themselves for an upcoming, as yet untitled, movie about a father raising his son after the mother’s death. He’s also cast Shannyn Sossamon and Jason Ritter in smaller, but similarly styled, roles. He’s friends with all the actors in real life. He also shares a connection with the co-star: his two-year-old son. In trying to achieve the strictest version of a real father-son relationship, Webber (who will direct as well) will act alongside his own child. The concept sounds far too character-based to judge, but the actors he’s gotten to work with him is a talented group, and Webber has been around the acting block for well over a decade, so this definitely has some potential to be a solid mix of drama, comedy, and reality.

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The top nominations for this year’s Indie Spirit Awards are no surprise. Winter’s Bone continues its march through the woods to find its father and an Oscar with 7 nominations (which is almost all it was even eligible for). In a close second, The Kids Are All Right finds itself with 5 nominations. If you’re a fan of female directors, this year is celebrating a number of them in the top spots, but it’s also incredibly important to point out that Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Murray are finally up for the same award. The Indepdenent Spirit Awards make a good primer for the films that might make their way into the Academy Award nominee pool. In recent tradition, the winner of the Best Feature prize goes on to be an Oscar contender (and occasional winner). Examples of that include Precious, The Wrestler, Juno, and Brokeback Mountain. The full list of nominees continues below:

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From the use of the 500 Days of Summer font to the quirky premise and the extensive use of Ida Maria’s “Oh My God,” in the trailer, It’s Kind of a Funny Story could very well be the indie comedy that is contractually obligated to come out every year since Little Miss Sunshine had so much success. That’s not a knock on the film which features Zack Galifiniakis and is directed by Half Nelson helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. In fact, the trailer makes the movie look like a creative, sweet march down the insane asylum. Plus, you should watch it just to get Zack Galifianakis’s advise on picking up chicks.

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I have no idea what’s going on here. That’s probably the point.

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In this sci-fi romantic comedy, the TiMER will countdown to when you find love. What happens if yours is blank?

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Finally a story about the plight of an indie musician. And who better to play him than Paul Dano.

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AnthonyMackieHurtLockerInterview

After being blown away by The Hurt Locker, I was lucky enough to talk to Mackie about his role, the experience of the Middle East during Ramadan, his work with Matt Damon, his friendship with Wynton Marsalis, and his confidence in Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar chances.

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Part of me finds this trailer gimmicky. In fact, all of me does. Which is good because I hate it when I argue with myself. But gimmicky or not, the movie looks pretty damned satisfying if you love a good scare.

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brantsmithinworldwar

A very cool science fiction indie is being shot right now in the Bay Area that deals with how the future will be shaped by Bush-era politics, a mythologized history, and the beauty of virtual reality.

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theopenroadtimberlake

The comedy/drama starring Justin Timberlake and Jeff Bridges will actually see the light of day and the light of the projector late in the summer after wandering the indie wilderness for a year.

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Ink is a fantastic indie.

With breathtaking visuals and a fantastic fairy tale story, Ink is an film that deserves to be celebrated.

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A gorgeous new one sheet for the adaptation of Poe’s short story about lust and eternal life have just hit the net.

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The Objective

A military team hunting in Afghanistan for a religious leader with nukes comes across something more dangerous. Now, with no annoying campers!

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Ink

What looks like an upgraded homage to the sci-fi trip out films of the 70s and 80s mixes a little Dark City and Argento. This trailer came out of nowhere and blew us away.

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Michael Rapaport in Special

On November 21st, select cities will have the opportunity to experience Special, a very unique movie about a man who develops some superpowers. In order to celebrate, we’ve got a sweet poster giveaway for you.

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