However 21 performs commercially this weekend, it should be noted that Jim Sturgess, of Across the Universe, is a legit up-and-coming talent, the next big across-the-pond thing. After disappearing into tights for The Other Boleyn Girl, he’s back in the modern day in the ensemble blackjack flick 21, opposite Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth and Laurence Fishburne. And he anchors the movie in winning fashion.
It’s been a heck of a year for Josh Brolin, no doubt. In addition to his superlative work in No Country for Old Men, American Gangster and the Planet Terror portion of Grindhouse, he also presumably gets to make out with wife Diane Lane. Now comes word, from the organizers of HollyShorts, that his short film X will have its Hollywood premiere as the official opening film at the fourth annual festival.
HollyShorts takes place August 7-10, at the Egyptian Theatre, with weekend screenings at Laemmle’s Sunset 5. “We are delighted to kick off this year’s HollyShorts with the Hollywood premiere of Josh Brolin’s short film X, in conjunction with the American Cinematheque,” said festival co-organizer/director Daniel Sol. “HollyShorts has grown rapidly and as this year’s festival expands to four days, we will highlight the best and brightest short films and music videos from around the world.”
HollyShorts’ opening night will also feature a lineup of several additional highly acclaimed short film projects from around the world, filmmaker Q&A’s and a star-studded reception. The full schedule of films for the HollyShorts opening night event will be announced in late June (the festival is still currently accepting submissions), and the American Cinematheque will begin selling tickets to the event in early July. For submission specifics and other information, click here.