Thursday roundup: Get a peek at 'Runaways' trailer; Sundance 2010 to screen 'Harold and Maude,' 'Metropolitan'; Slamdance announces Special Screening, shorts programs; Michael Seligman to produce Oscars; Kathyn Bigelow honored at SBIFF
First and foremost, here's a first look at the much-anticipated "Runaways" biopic. Floria Sigismondi's film, which stars Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Alia Shawkat and Stella Maeve as the '70s-era glam-rockers (and watch close for Michael Shannon, currently wowing audiences in Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done," as the notorious Kim Fowley), will premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 24. The film is also part of the fest's new Sundance Film Festival U.S.A. program, which brings features and directors to independent theaters across the country; lucky moviegoers in Madison, Wis., will get their first glimpse of the pic at the Sundance Cinemas Madison on Jan. 28. As for the movie itself? It looks pretty boss, though I wonder what Joan, Cherie and the rest of the Runaways would think of the grating commercial you're forced to watch before this trailer. Not very glam at all.
And while we're on the subject of Sundance, three films have been selected by the Sundance Institute for the fest's From the Collection screenings, a yearly retrospective of features from the Sundance Collection at UCLA, which preserves and restores significant independent films. This year's selection is made up of Hal Ashby's much-loved "Harold and Maude," Whit Stillman's Oscar-nominated "Metropolitan" and Todd Haynes' "Poison," which took the Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance fest. The 2010 edition of Sundance runs from Jan. 21 to Jan. 31 in Park City, Utah.
Oh, and one more related item: The Slamdance Film Festival, which runs concurrently with Sundance every year, has added a trio of films to its Special Screening program, and conceived an extensive program of short films. The features are "I Am Comic," Jordan Brady's documentary about the pros and cons of the stand-up comedy world, which features interviews with Sarah Silverman, Jeff Foxworthy and (ulp!) Carrot Top; Ben Wheatley's "Down Terrace," about a dysfunctional family of crooks; and "Tony," from Gerald Johnson, about an unstable loner. The shorts program will include 36 narrative and experimental shorts, 10 animated shorts, a dozen documentaries and seven horror-themed efforts, which will be featured in the fest's inaugural Twilight Shorts series.
And now, the news: Michael Seligman will serve as supervising producer of the 82nd Academy Awards. Seligman has been a part of the Oscars telecast for the last 33 years, and netted five Emmy nominations for his work as producer on the show between 1998 and 2009. His credits also include American Film Institute tributes to Gene Kelly and Billy Wilder, the 1999 New Year's Eve broadcast "America's Millennium" and the recent Noble Awards. The Oscars will air on March 7.
Kathryn Bigelow, currently riding high this awards season with "The Hurt Locker," can add another accolade to her growing list: the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will present her with the Outstanding Director of the Year Award at the 25th edition of the fest, and host a retrospective of her work. Bigelow will join a stellar lineup of fellow awardees at the SBIFF, which takes place from Feb. 4-14. Among the talent receiving tribute will be Julianne Moore, Colin Firth, Sandra Bullock, Carey Mulligan, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Saoirse Riordan, Gabourey Sidibe, Christoph Waltz and Bigelow's former husband, James Cameron.
-- Paul Gaita
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