On Dec. 1, the Sundance Institute announced the lineup of films for the 2011 U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Festival. The festival spans over 10 days, from Jan. 20-30 in various cities in Utah.

There were 115  films selected for this year’s festival, and all were feature length. Twenty eight countries are represented in film making, and judges selected from 3,812 submissions.

The competition categories include: world cinema documentary, world cinema dramatic, U.S. documentary and U.S. dramatic.


Summit Entertainment has scheduled the release date for “The Beaver,” a film directed by Jodie Foster, for spring 2011. Summit also recently released the film’s first still photo and trailer.

The film, starring Mel Gibson, tells the tale of a man who is on a journey to rediscover his family and restart his life. But when a beaver hand puppet come into the picture, his life drastically improves. “The Beaver” co-stars Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence.

With child custody battles and a complicated situation with an ex-girlfriend, Gibson didn’t help the films prospects of entering theaters on time, but the delay may have also been attributed to the change of directors and cast members, according to Cinematical.

The Three Stooges are scheduled to make a comeback, as production for the film is set to begin on March 14, 2011. With an approved script and producers, all the film is missing are the definite roles of the stooges.

Originally, the film was going under production with MGM Studios, but will be switched over to  20th Century Fox. Unlike the television series, the film will be broken up into three, 27-minute shorts of slapstick comedy and humor, but still retaining the original theme songs. CNN gives readers the opportunity to choose who they would like to see star in the film; the answers range from Glenn Beck, Conan O’Brian and Seth Rogan.

Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro were the original picks, but have announced plans to bow out, for various reasons. The directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, said they are willing to cast both well-known and unknown actors to fill the roles. No new names have been released, but casting is already underway for the parts.

Read more about the film on Firstshowing.net

Film Independent, a nonprofit art organization, Spirit Awards announced its nominees for 2010 on Nov. 30. Joe McHale, American actor and television personality, will host the show Feb. 26 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Award categories include: best feature, best screenplay, best director and best documentary. “Winter’s Bone” leads in nominations in seven different categories. Get a full list of categories and nominees on Filmmaker, and watch the nomination announcement on Spirit Awards’ website.