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Top 10 Indies in the iTunes Store This Week: 'Stuck in Love' and 'The Bling Ring' Top the List

www.indiewire.comEach Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of Top 10 (Indie) Movies in iTunes (this list combines rentals and purchases).

The big addition to the list this week is “Escape From Tomorrow,” the Sundance hit which was filmed guerrilla-style at Disney parks, and was released theatrically on Friday.

While the film took in a mediocre $66,112 from 30 theaters, averaging $2,204, Producers Distribution Agency head John Sloss has said he will make the VOD numbers available, a rarity. We’ll let you know as soon as he does.

It’s worth noting that “V/H/S” is an iTunes “Movie of the Week” and is available to rent for 99 cents, which could help to explain its popularity.

The top 10 indies in iTunes are listed below (number represents North American gross, where applicable):

1. Stuck in Love (Millenium Ent., $81, 071)

2. The Bling Ring (A24, $5,845,732)

3. The Kings of Summer (CBS Films, $1,315,500)

4. 1 (Spitfire Pictures, N/A)

5. Europa Report (Magnolia Pictures, $125,687)

6. The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus Features, $21,403,519)

7. Vikingdom (KRU Studios, N/A)

8. Concussion (Radius-TWC, $8,313)

9. Escape From Tomorrow (Producers Distribution Agency, $66,100)

10. V/H/S (Magnolia Pictures, $100,345)

How many have you seen

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SCREEN SPOTLIGHT FEATURED REVIEWS: The Expatriate with Aaron Eckhart and Liana Liberato

Eckhart’s character is a former CIA agent that has transferred to Belgium in order to work for an espionage invention corporation specializing in security mechanisms. He works between Brussels and Antwerp and speaks five languages. Having been trained as a deadly assassin by the specialists at Langley, the former agent is perfect for his new job. Just days after his daughter (portrayed by Liana Liberato) has moved to Belgium after her mother’s death, all hell breaks loose at Eckhart’s workplace.

As it turns out, Eckhart’s employers are a shell company that has been ingeniously imitating a major European manufacturer. When the employees outlive their usefulness, the brains behind the operation decide to terminate them with deadly prejudice. Eckhart narrowly escapes with his daughter and they are forced to go on the run. His prior training in evasion and survival techniques helps them find temporary safety, but a major obstacle to their survival emerges. The agent’s former lover and colleague at CIA headquarters (Olga Kurylenko) has been colluding with the technology corporation’s conspirators. Having discovered Eckhart’s awareness of the situation, she is retained to capture or kill him at any cost.

The competing plotline of Erased is the father-daughter relationship that is developing between Eckhart and Liberator’s characters. When their lives become chaotic she is unsure as to whether or not she can trust her formerly absentee dad. He wants to protect her, but needs to earn her trust to gain her full cooperation. Their family dynamic is strained at best and dismembered at worst. If they are to survive despite being repeatedly hunted like animals, they will have to learn to trust one another utterly.

Erased is a fantastic movie. It is as exciting as it is interesting. Aaron Eckhart’s talent meshes beautifully with the hurried pace orchestrated by international director Philipp Stölzl. Moreover, the leading man has considerable chemistry with the up-and-comer Liana Liberato. They make a formidable and credible father-daughter pairing. If you are in the mood for an international thriller that delivers on two fronts; the intellectual playing field and the broken family dynamic, look no further than this unexpectedly terrific film, Erased.

See the official trailer and read the full review at SCREEN SPOTLIGHT

STUCK IN LOVE will premiere as a special presentation in the Toronto Film Festival on September 9, 2012.

PROGRAMMER’S NOTE

Heaven help the children of writers — especially those children aspiring to be writers themselves. Take Sam Borgens (Lily Collins), just nineteen and already set to have her first novel published. Her father, acclaimed novelist Bill Borgens (Greg Kinnear), is ostensibly thrilled for Sam — but he can’t quite disguise his resentment that she never asked him for help. There might also be a touch of envy at his progeny’s progress, as Bill is helplessly stalled in the writing of his new book. But then, he has no one but himself to blame. He spends what should be his writing hours spying on his ex-wife Erica (Jennifer Connelly) and her new husband, refusing to let go of a marriage that truly, definitively ended; he even makes his son Rusty (Nat Wolff ) set a place at the table for Erica every Thanksgiving, despite the fact that she left him three years ago.

Welcome to Josh Boone’s Stuck In Love, where dysfunction makes good fodder for fiction and no one ever seems to get over anything. While Bill pines after Erica, Sam wants nothing to do with her mother, who is tentatively trying to assert herself back into her children’s lives. Determined not to suffer the same fate as her cuckolded father, Sam instead pursues a love life consisting exclusively of one-night stands. Rusty, meanwhile, is the polar opposite of his older sister: a hopeless romantic and a budding littérateur, he dedicates poems to his seemingly unreachable classmate Kate (Liana Liberato). When he finally does manage to win Kate over in a manner not exactly befitting a swooning, smitten bard (he punches her abusive boyfriend in the face), Rusty is unable to see that she is both less and more than the romantic ideal he’s constructed. But when Kate provokes a crisis, it soon proves to be the catalyst for the fractured Borgens family to reunite and begin to renew their bond, however imperfectly.

Wildly funny and deeply touching in equal measure, Stuck In Love is a promising debut for Boone, aided in no small part by the stellar cast he’s assembled. Veterans Kinnear and Connelly shine, but keep your eyes on the trio of Collins, Wolff and Liberatto: these expressive young talents nearly steal the show.

Jane Schoettle

See the announcement on the TIFF website.

Casting Society of America Announces Artios Awards Nominees

The Casting Society of America has announced nominations for its 2012 Artios Awards, which will be held at bi-coastal ceremonies on Oct. 29.

Casting director Gaby Kester was nominated for her work on Hysteria!

Read the full HOLLYWOOD REPORTER article.

TIFF Preview: First-Time Writer-Director Josh Boone Talks ‘Writers,’ Starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly and Lily Collins

BY BETH HANNA
AUGUST 9, 2012

“Stuck In Love,” directed by first-time feature filmmaker Josh Boone, will have its world premiere in the Special Presentations section of TIFF 2012. Greg Kinnear stars as a successful writer estranged from his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly) and coping with his kids’ coming-of-age: 19-year-old daughter Samantha (Lily Collins) is already celebrating her first book publication, though her love life isn’t quite so functional, and 16-year-old son Rusty (Nat Wolff) is in the throes of a troubled first relationship.

“Stuck In Love” co-stars Kristen Bell, Logan Lerman and Stephen King (as himself), and was shot on location in beach town Wilmington, North Carolina.

TOH! sat down for a short phone interview with Boone.
Read highlights from the interview with Thompson on Hollywood

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