Greetings from Park City! Molly and I have been having a blast taking in tons of films (more details on those soon!), interviewing the stars, and then watching them let loose down on Main Street (here's some proof of James Franco's shenanigans). Whether you're a fellow attendee here in Utah or are just following along from the warm comforts of home, here's the latest buzz on what's been happening during the festival's first weekend.
- I had a feeling that Margin Call, a thriller about the economic collapse, was going to be a hot commodity from the moment we got closed out of the overcrowded screening on Saturday morning. The good news is that we'll still be able to catch it in theaters, now that it's been snatched up by Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions. The film's star-studded cast includes Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Irons, and Paul Bettany.
- Speaking of hot tickets, Paul Rudd's My Idiot Brother premiered on Saturday night. We saw the film this morning, so stay tuned for my first thoughts (spoiler alert: it's just as funny and sweet as you're probably expecting). Though there hasn't been an official deal inked yet, it's safe to say that this one will be snatched up very soon.
- Another film that's garnering buzz for its positive reviews and studio interest is Like Crazy. The romantic drama, which stars Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, and Felicity Jones is already drawing comparisons to last year's Blue Valentine and Paramount has reportedly closed a deal to bring it to wide release.
More on what films are hot (and which aren't) when you read more.
- As for other films that have been making waves, the Paul Giamatti sports flick Win Win has received a warm reception, as well as chimp documentary Project Nim. Reviews have been mixed on The Ledge, which stars Liv Tyler, as it's been labeled as overly preachy. Meanwhile, The Devil's Double, which stars Dominic Cooper as both Saddam Hussein's son and his body double is apparently very hard to watch due to the film's disturbing content and graphic violence. However, Cooper's performance in the dual role is receiving rave reviews.
- I was able to catch one of the shorts programs, which featured Beastie Boys Adam Yauch's Fight For Your Right Revisited. Featuring Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, and Danny McBride as The Beastie Boys in a "continuation" of the group's famous video for "Fight For Your Right," the 30-minute short is a hilarious and creative celebrity fest, including cameos from Mike D, MCA, and Ad Rock themselves.
- I thoroughly enjoyed A&E's indie documentary Corman's World, about the famous B-movie producer/director. Both engaging and funny, the doc features heartfelt commentary from greats like Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, and Ron Howard. Whether or not you're familiar with Corman and his hundreds of movies, keep a lookout for this one when it airs on A&E.
- Next on the horizon: momentum is building for tonight's much-anticipated premiere of Kevin Smith's Red State. Smith even auctioned off his own tickets to the screening to two fans on Twitter.
Images courtesy of The Sundance Film Festival