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1) Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Directorial Debut Picked Up By Relativity Media
JGL has rapidly become not only one of Hollywood’s hottest actors but now he’s taking his turn in the director’s chair with his comedy Don Jon’s Addiction, chronicling a man’s porn addiction. It’s being reported that Relativity is throwing down $4 million for the picture with a $25 million print and advertisement campaign for the film next summer. That’s huge. Artisan picked up The Blair Witch Project in 1999 for $1 million and spent $25 million on marketing for the mother of found footage films so it’s been quite some time since studios have been tossing around cash like this at Sundance.
Director Ryan Coogler brings you to the San Francisco Bay Area on New Years day 2009, when a young man was shot and killed by a BART police officer. Being a San Francisco resident, I remember the outcry and protests all too well. Already winning the Grand Jury and Audience Awards in the Dramatic competition at Sundance; be sure to catch Fruitvale at your local theater when it comes around.
Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston and Ben Foster star as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs, respectively, as they explore the lives of a generations most influential writers, thinkers, and idea people. Rising star Dane DeHann plays Ginsberg’s lover Lucien Carr and if you’ve seen DeHann in last years Chronicle or Spielberg’s Lincoln, you know he’s a young actor with a bright future.
4) S - VHS
I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed studios releasing their films on iTunes or Video on Demand before they hit theaters and last years V/H/S was probably my favorite. I’m not a huge fan of horror films let alone found footage horror films, but the barely publicized film scared the crap out of me. Word has it that this year’s sequel S – VHS doesn’t quite hit the same level of scares but that won’t stop me from seeking out some healthy, self-induced fear.
5) Disregard Mr. Halloran’s Advise And Go See What’s Inside Room 237
Room 237 debuted at Sundance last year and IFC Films is set to release the documentary about the many theories surrounding the making of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining sometime in late March. A must see for any fan of all things Kubrick.