Today on indieWIRE, celeb spawn and up-and-coming indie darling Emma Roberts talked about her roots and her new film, 'The Art of Getting By'; director David Robert Mitchell chats up 'The Myth of the American Sleepover'; Fox Searchlight uses big-name auteur cred to sell 'The Tree of Life'; and much more.
- Relativity Media will handle the North American distribution of Steven Soderbergh's action- thriller 'Haywire,' starring martial arts superstar Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Antonio Banderas. Relativity also dated the film: January 20, 2012. For the full press release, click here.
- Just to get it out of the way, yes, 20-year old starlet Emma Roberts has connections. As the daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of auntie Julia, it almost seems predestined that Roberts chose the same profession as her famous family members (that and she's a looker). indieWIRE caught up with her for the release of her new film, 'The Art of Getting By.'
- Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes for 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Loves,' will head the jury for the Venice Film Festival's Orizzonti (Horizons) sidebar. The section focuses on cutting edge international cinema. Weerasethakul competed in the festival's main section back in 2006 with 'Syndromes and a Century.' Click here for more.
- Fox Searchlight got David Fincher and Christopher Nolan -- two directors at the top of the Hollywood food chain -- to explain why they admire Terrence Malick and his 'The Tree of Life.' The movie has to be a must-see for any film buff, but Searchlight is pushing to get smart cinephile fans of 'Inception' and 'The Social Network' to give it a whirl. Anne Thompson weighs in.
- Full disclosure: The indieWIRE staff has a significant Canadian contingent. And in defense of our over-exuberant friends in Vancouver, where all hell broke loose after the Boston Bruins took home the Stanley Cup Wednesday night, we decided to lighten the mood and share our picks for the five worst hockey movies of all time.
- Film Independent and Los Angeles County Museum of Art director Michael Govan are hiring film critic Elvis Mitchell (who recently departed Movieline under a cloud of controversy) as the museum's outsourced film curator. Anne Thompson has more.
- The Los Angeles Film Festival may invite the presumption of a Hollywood affair as a result of its location, but there's no question that the 10-day event puts its filmmakers ahead of the commercial glamour. Richard Linklater opens the the Film Independent-produced gathering on Thursday night with his black comedy, 'Bernie,' starring Jack Black. The closing night selection, the horror movie 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,' boasts Guillermo del Toro as a producer (Del Toro also serves as the festival's guest director). In between, LAFF hosts more than 200 films, in addition to conversations with specials guests and industry panels under the moniker "Money Talks & Art Matters." Click here for Eric Kohn's take.
- Sony Classics has acquired the U.S. rights to David Cronenberg's much-anticipated 'A Dangerous Method.' The film -- which stars Viggo Mortenson, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel -- is a biopic of the relationship between Dr. Jung (Fassbender), Sigmund Freud (Mortenson) and an unbalanced woman who comes between them (Knightley). The film is heavily rumored to be premiering in Venice and Toronto come September. Sony Classics had previously released Cronenberg's 'Spider.'