Richard Ayoade's dark comedy The Double is making the festival rounds: first at Toronto in September and now at the Sundance Film Festival.
by Deenah Vollmer and Toby Goodshank
On January 5, 1976, television sitcom luminary producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons) unveiled his most unique creation, the soap-opera satire Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. In her signature braids, actress Louise Lasser, already a co-star and ex-wife of Woody Allen, brilliantly portrayed the titular Mary, a housewife struggling with adversity on all sides.
The highly anticipated third installment of Richard Linklater's walking-and-talking relationship drama features—you guessed it—more walking and talking. But Before Midnight is best of the three by far, with poignancy coming not from the characters' development over 18 years, but in how the three-way writing team has matured.
On a Sunday afternoon in March, a timid line of eager and excited fans lined up outside Vine Wine, a charming wine shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Inside, Kyle MacLachlan poured tastings of his 2008 Cabaret and Baby Bear Syrah, new vintages from his Walla Walla-based wine partnership with Eric Dunham called "Pursued by Bear."
The young, attractive, slightly deranged, eyeblack-wearing Paul Abacus (as he is called, though he may not be real) was something of a celebrity on the streets of Park City last week, followed by a pair of Steadicam-wielding dancers and a hoard of paparazzi performance artists whose flashes were attached to resin cameras and lit the falling snow like confetti.
Visionary comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim stormed Sundance this year with their debut feature Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, an absurdly funny film made on a low budget, and also co-starred in The Comedy, a drama.
Blowing up the indie film world is emerging writer and director, Dee Rees, whose new film Pariah is sweeping up awards and recognition—including a Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Director and two nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards.
Joshua Leonard's most recent project The Lie is his narrative feature directorial debut. He stars as Lonnie, a likable but misdirected husband and father who, experiencing a thirtysomething crisis, tells his boss his baby died so he can get out of work.
Best known as the Verizon Guy, actor and writer Paul Marcarelli is now wearing a different hat—or different pair of eyeglasses, we should say—as screenwriter and producer for the chilling new drama The Green, about a gay high school teacher in Connecticut who is accused of inappropriate relations with one of his students.
A two-time Amazing Race contestant, French bulldog enthusiast, and all-around indie darling, White is the creator of HBO's new series Enlightened, a quietly funny portrait of Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern), who is attempting to rebuild her life (and the lives of the people around her) with meditation and nature following a nervous breakdown.