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‘The Alienist’ Review: Nothing Alienating About TNT’s Deft 19th Century Drama

The Alienist

It is a long way from the uneven streets of 1896 New York City to the well-heeled slopes of Park City, but TNT's The Alienist will feel right at home at this year’s Sundance Film Festival among the top-notch films premiering over the next week. With a preview screening set for January 19 at the festival ahead of its January 22 premiere, the limited series starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans based on Caleb Carr's 1994 bestseller is a great yarn that has… Read

‘The Long Dumb Road’: Jason Mantzoukas Discovers Some Mindblowing Details About The ‘Fast & Furious’ Pics – Sundance Clip

EXCLUSIVE: Hannah Fidell’s The Long Dumb Road finds teenage Nathan (Tony Revolori) finding an unusual road mate in Richard (Jason Mantzoukas) as they traverse the southern United States to Los Angeles after the latter assists with car problems. Both are trying to find their way in life through bar fights, dope smoking and lost loves in this fish-out-of-water comedy, with Mantzoukas playing a mix of wisdom and idiocy to its zenith. This NSFW scene is one such wonderful… Read

‘Come Sunday’ Director Joshua Marston On His Subject Having Faith In Him – Sundance Studio

Before the Sundance Film festival premiere of Come Sunday, helmer Joshua Marston, along with stars Condola Rashad and Jason Segel, stopped by Deadline’s Sundance Studio speak tackling the true story of the charismatic Bishop Carlton Pearson, who dared to defy the traditional ideology of Christianity. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as the renowned Oklahoma evangelical minister who stirs up controversy with his revelation that there is no Hell. “What struck me first was… Read

‘White Fang’ Star Nick Offerman Enthuses Over Pic’s “Important” Environmental Message — Sundance Studio

An Oscar winner for his 2013 animated short Mr Hublot, Alexandre Espigares makes his feature debut with White Fang, which premiered at Sundance yesterday. In contrast to previous adaptations of Jack London’s classic novel, Espigares’ animated feature is told through the perspective of the dog, White Fang. “It's a movie where the animals don't speak, they don't sing. They behave like animals,” Espigares explained, sitting down at Deadline’s Sundance Studio with stars Nick O… Read

Jack Henry Robbins Continues Exploration Of VHS Format With ‘Painting With Joan’ — Sundance Studio

For the second year in a row, writer/director Jack Henry Robbins is in Park City with a film that plays with form, to comedic effect. Starring Kerry Kenney (who’s also at the festival in Netflix release A Futile and Stupid Gesture), the VHS short is a Bob Ross-inspired take on a public access painting show. “It's about this really weird woman who does this painting show, and it's slowly revealed that she's painting something very sexual and weird,” Robbins said. “We've… Read

Imagine Dragons Frontman Dan Reynolds Takes On Mormon Church Policy With HBO Doc ‘Believer’ — Sundance Studio

Taking a break from his latest world tour, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds came to Deadline’s Sundance Studio yesterday with director Don Argott to discuss their powerful and personal documentary project, Believer In the film, to be released by HBO, the Mormon Reynolds takes on a new mission to explore how the Church treats its LBQTQ members. Seeing members of the Church spurned for their sexual orientation, what has been most devastating for Reynolds is… Read

‘A Kid Like Jake’s Claire Danes On Silas Howard’s “Intensely Relatable” Family Drama — Sundance Studio

Adapted by Daniel Pearle from his own play, Silas Howard’s A Kid Like Jake was “intensely relatable” from the get-go for star Claire Danes. Starring Danes, Jim ParsonsThe Shape of Water‘s Octavia Spencer and Priyanka Chopra—not to mention Ann Dowd, who has five films at Sundance—A Kid Like Jake follows Alex (Danes) and Greg (Parsons), a married New York couple who struggle to navigate their role as parents of a young son who prefers Cinderella to G.I. Joe. For Howard… Read

‘Burden’ Creatives & Cast Speak On The Film’s Universal “Story Of Hope” – Sundance Studio

“This story is so deep and so meaningful that you just couldn’t resist telling it” said Burden writer/director Andrew Heckler on why he chose this project as his feature directorial debut. “It’s a story of hope and it’s a universal story that I felt really needed to be told.” Accompanying Heckler at Deadline’s Sundance Studio were film’s producer Robbie Brenner and cast Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Usher Raymond, Andrea Riseborough, Crystal Fox, and Austin… Read

Aneesh Chaganty Looked To The Computer Screen As A Canvas For ‘Search’ — Sundance Studio

Out in Park City, there may  be no one who’s having a better go at Sundance than Search filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty, whose feature directorial debut won the 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and was swooped up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions in a $5 million deal, one of the first of the festival. And the film’s successes don’t end there—writer Sev Ohanian has been awarded the Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award for Narrative Feature Producer. An… Read

‘What They Had’ Sundance Clip: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster & Blythe Danner In Family-Crisis Pic

“She’s fine,” the dad tells his grown kids as they arrive to see their mother in the hospital. “What did the doctor say?” the son asks. “He hasn’t been in yet.” A logical follow-up question: “Then how do you know she’s fine?” The husband and father’s equally logical reply: “Because she’s fine!” Here is the first look at What They Had, first-time writer-director Elizabeth Chomko’s family-in-crisis drama that premiered Sunday at Sundance. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home… Read

‘Piercing’ Director Nicolas Pesce On Confronting “A Different Sort Of Beast” — Sundance Studio

Making a big splash at Sundance two years ago with The Eyes of My Mother, writer/director Nicolas Pesce hopes to do the same this year with Piercing, a two-hander thriller starring Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska. The film follows Reed (Abbott), who kisses his wife (Laia Costa) and baby goodbye with the understanding that he’s going out on a business trip. The reality, it’s fair to say, is somewhat different—departing from his family home, Reed checks into a hotel… Read

‘Assassination Nation’ Stars Discuss Timely Story About Female Rage In The Internet Age — Sundance Studio

Premiering his wicked and wild first feature Another Happy Day at Sundance seven years ago, writer/director Sam Levinson returns this year with another stylish and haunting feature, Assassination Nation, which takes on a number of timely topics. A “thousand percent true story,” Levinson’s latest follows high school senior Lily (Odessa Young) and her crew of besties, whose lives are shaped by the digital age, expressing themselves through texts, posts, selfies and chats. A… Read