*Magnolia Pictures has picked up Austin filmmaker Andrew Bujalski’s new “Results,” with Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan and Giovanni Ribisi.
The ensemble comedy — about two trainers at an Austin gym (Pearce and Smulders) whose business is thrown into chaos by a new, wealthy client (Corrigan) — premiers at Sundance tomorrow.
* Deadline reported Monday that Netflix has inked a four-picture deal with former Austinites the Duplass brothers. The deal was announced at Sundance. Netflix will bankroll four movies produced by the duo, movies which will premier in theaters before moving to Netflix.
Duplass Brothers Productions produced the Sundance-premiering “The Overnight” for writer/director Patrick Brice with Taylor Schilling and Adam Scott. They also worked on “The Bronze” starring Melissa Rauch, Sean Baker’s “Tangerine” and the decidedly adult animated series “Animals.”
*Alex Gibney’s HBO Films documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief ” based on Austin journalist Lawrence Wright’s amazing book of the same name, premiered Sunday at Sundance and made waves almost instantly, with Marlow Stern of the Daily Beast reporting, somewhat breathlessly, “it is a scathing exposé on Scientology and makes some startling accusations about its most famous member, Tom Cruise.”
Early reviews indicate it lines up somewhat with Wright’s book, with perhaps more of an emphasis on Cruise’s relationship with the organization.
* Utah filmmaker Brad Besser’s “Beaver Trilogy Part IV,” produced by Austinites Kelly Williams, Jonathan Duffy and Don Swaynos,debuted on Jan. 23. The 84-minutye documentary concerns filmmaker Trent Harris’ singular series of films about “Groovin’ Gary,” the self-proclaimed Rich Little of Beaver, Utah. Harris first filmed the guy in 1979, then attempted to recreate the footage (sort fo).
A set of films that have to be seen to be believed, the Beaver Trilogy has become a cult classic, a password for serious film nerds. Besser dives into the mythos and unpacks the original inspiration (the original p[remiered at Sundacne in 2001. Man, I hope this thing shows up at SXSW.