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Scott Reviews Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship [Sundance 2016]

3 February 2016 10:37 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Love & Friendship begins in good faith, introducing the audience to its large cast via a series of medium still shots of the actors looking directly to camera, with text telling us their name, relation to another character, and perhaps a personality trait, all in the manner of a police record (“Brother of ______; bit of a rattle” goes one). These facts are only of use if you’re the type to remember the names of every guest at an unfamiliar dinner party; for most, the task will prove largely impossible. But by giving us a moment to look at them, how they pose and situate themselves in their environment, we may not learn who they are, but we can associate immediately what they are, whether they’re prideful or shy or cunning or honest. By the time they then show up in the main action of film, we have predetermined associations, »

- Scott Nye

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Sundance 2016: Love & Friendship review

3 February 2016 3:31 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆Whit Stillman's films are often concerned with the absurdities of human interactions. His latest, Love & Friendship, is no different - except that it's based on a Jane Austen novella. Yet Stillman, whose previous work like 2009's Damsels in Distress focuses in a skew-eyed perspective of modern America, is the perfect fit. Based on the Austen's epistolary Lady Susan, written in 1794 but not published until fifty years after her death, Stillman's period comedy centres on Kate Beckinsale's Lady Susan Vernon, a recently widowed socialite whose gallivanting around London since her husband's death has caused her reputation to plummet. She's a Machiavellian schemer who succeeds through arrogance and flirtation, wanting nothing more than a comfortable life but with the chance for some seduction on the side.

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- CineVue UK

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Cineart acquires Whit Stillman’s 'Love & Friendship'

3 February 2016 2:48 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Benelux deal signed at Rotterdam festival for period drama starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny.

Amsterdam-based Cineart has acquired Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, which received its European premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) this week following its Sundance debut. 

Cineart will release in Benelux this summer, after negotiating a deal with the film’s French producer Lauranne Bourrachot of Chic Films and Dutch co-producer Raymond van der Kaaij. Amazon Studios secured Us rights last year and Curzon Artificial Eye has taken the film for the UK. Protagonist reps world sales rights.

The film is screening this week at Iffr, where it is nominated for the Vpro Big Screen Award.

Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry and Emma Greenwell star in Love & Friendship, which reunites the two lead actresses with Stillman for the first time since 1998 cult classic The Last Days Of Disco.

Based on the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan and set »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Behind the Scenes at the Variety Shutterstock Portrait Studio in Sundance (Video)

2 February 2016 6:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kristen Stewart, Lena Dunham, Kate Beckinsale, Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Spike Lee were among the actors and actresses that paid a visit to the Variety Shutterstock portrait studio over the course of 2016’s Sundance Film Festival.

Variety‘s chief photographer Michael Buckner strayed from a generic backdrop for this year’s studio, instead fashioning a rustic, industrial set that featured a stained pallet floor.

“Every event has its own pressures, even though it seems like it’s the same kind of product,” said Buckner of his inaugural experience shooting the Variety Studio.

“Actors and actresses know what they’re doing and that’s a big help, so they kind of do 20-30% of your job for you,” he admitted. “When an actor wants to do something, you don’t stop them because that one thing that they want to give you will always lead into something else. Once people start having fun with it, »

- Alyssa Sage

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Kate Beckinsale -- Singled Out at Famous WeHo Nightclub (Photos)

1 February 2016 12:45 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Kate Beckinsale is enjoying the single life, but it doesn't look like she's in a rush to find a new man. Kate and some friends showed up Friday night at The Abbey in West Hollywood. We're told her crew got a table in back of the famed gay club -- and she wasn't shy when people approached for pics. Kate's been out on the town more since her estranged husband, Len Wiseman, started hanging out, »

- TMZ Staff

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Relativity Bankruptcy: Confirmation Reconvenes Tuesday as Company Seeks to Prove It Has Enough Cash

1 February 2016 12:39 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Relativity Media will have to wait at least one more day before it gets court approval to emerge from bankruptcy.  After lasting through much of Monday, the company’s confirmation hearing  will reconvene at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

During Monday’s hearing, it emerged that Relativity has raised only $20 million of the approximately $100 million it hoped to come up with in equity financing, but Joseph Nicholas, an investor in the company, said there were more than 50 parties interested in putting money in the company.

“We definitely can raise the money…it’s really about what kind of valuation will we be able to raise it at,” Nicholas testified in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Monday.

Nicholas said that companies were interested in putting between $5 million and $100 million into the bankrupt studio behind “The Immortals” and “Limitless.”  The major hold up is that these parties don’t want to risk »

- Brent Lang

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The 15 Best Films at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

1 February 2016 10:32 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With over 60 films covered, a number of interviews and more coverage from the Sundance Film Festival, it’s time to wrap up the first major cinema event in 2016. We already got the official jury and audience winners (here) and now it’s time to highlight our favorites, as well as complete coverage from the festival.

One will find our top fifteen favorites (in alphabetical order), followed by the rest of our reviews (from best to worst, including previously premiered features), then interviews. Check out everything below and stay tuned to our site, and specifically Twitter, for acquisition and release date news on the below films in the coming months.

The Best

Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)

Kirsten Johnson has been a cinematographer and / or camera operator on documentary films for 20 years. This has taken her all over the world and led her to meet all kinds of people. She’s been in Bosnia, »

- TFS Staff

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Whit Stillman Talks Jane Austen, Kate Beckinsale, Realism in Movies, and ‘Love & Friendship’

1 February 2016 9:32 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ever since his indie breakout Metropolitan in 1990, Whit Stillman has built a specific kind of comedy within class structure. From the strait-laced businessmen struggling to break free of themselves in Barcelona to the ambitious, two-faced college girls in Damsels in Distress, Stillman finds the laughter in the deviousness of human nature.

Love & Friendship, his fifth film, premiered at Sundance and is set to be released by Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions this spring. Adapted from Jane Austen‘s little-read, barely-published novella ‘Lady Susan,’ the costume-drama setting and biting social commentary allows for some of the funniest moments in Stillman’s career. It’s as though Austen was writing for a filmmaker like Stillman to adapt her. It’s a true match made in heaven.

Check out conversation with the director from Sundance 2016 below.

The Film Stage: Was this adaptation something that you had in your back pocket for some time? »

- Dan Mecca

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The 21 Best Films of Sundance 2016

1 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety film critics Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Geoff Berkshire and Dennis Harvey weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films that world-premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The full list follows (in alphabetical order):

1. “Agnus Dei.” Set in a Polish convent ravaged by Russian soldiers at the end of WWII, Anne Fontaine’s finest film in years explores every aspect of an unthinkable situation with tact, intelligence and fine-grained character detail. Beautifully acted by a strong female ensemble, especially the great Agata Kulesza (“Ida”), the film achieves a grace that transcends even its cloistered surroundings. (Justin Chang)

2. “Audrie & Daisy.” Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s documentary was among the festival’s most potent social-issue indictments, delving into two recent high-profile cases underline the high risk of sexual assault among American teens, as well as the “slut-shaming” culture that often exacerbates the trauma such crimes create. (Dennis »

- Variety Staff

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Whit Stillman On Reuniting Kate Beckinsale & Chloe Sevigny In ‘Love & Friendship’ – Sundance Studio

27 January 2016 4:29 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

During what appeared to be his 13-year hiatus of directing, Whit Stillman moved to London and was trying to mount film productions there, which wasn’t an easy feat. Essentially, if one didn’t have the BBC and Film 4 involved on their project, it was hardly a go. One of the takeaways during this period for Stillman was his feature adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novella Lady Susan about a sassy widow (Kate Beckinsale) who isn’t just trying to find a husband for… »

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Sundance: Whit Stillman Loves Jane Austen But Would Happily Direct a Bond Film

25 January 2016 1:29 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival Filmmaker Whit Stillman is a modern master of comedies of manners, from "Metropolitan" to "Damsels in Distress" -- funny films that hinge on the unique personalities and behaviors of their indelible characters, which makes it a bit of a surprise that his Sundance premiere, "Love & Friendship," is his first attempt to adapt the work of another famous humorist known for her character work: Jane Austen. With "Love & Friendship," Stillman takes on Austen's novella "Lady Susan," arguably her least well-known work, and infuses it with quick wit and snappy storytelling. The film is also a reunion of sorts, with his "Last Days of Disco" leading ladies Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny again playing best friends in the feature, as Beckinsale takes on the Lady Susan role, with Sevigny serving as her wry American pal »

- Kate Erbland

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Sony Classics Acquires ‘Equity,’ Female-Driven Wall Street Saga

25 January 2016 1:18 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to “Equity,” a female-driven Wall Street tale starring Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner. The company made the announcement hours before the film’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday night in Park City, Utah. “Equity” follows senior investment banker Naomi Bishop (Gunn), who thrives in the fierce world of big money dealings. When a controversial Ipo threatens her fragile balance of power and confidentiality, Naomi finds herself entangled in a web of politics and deception. Also Read: Sundance Scene and Heard: Matt Damon, Kate Beckinsale, »

- Todd Cunningham

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Daily | Sundance 2016 | Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship

25 January 2016 6:29 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Has there ever been a purer match between author and adapter than Jane Austen and Whit Stillman?" asks Noel Murray at the Playlist. "Stillman’s first film, 1990’s Metropolitan, updated Austen’s explorations of social values and romantic ardor among the upper classes. Then, in the second and third parts of his 'earnest young yuppies in love' trilogy (1994’s Barcelona and 1998’s The Last Days of Disco), Stillman continued his consideration of how income, religious faith, and social pressure still play as much a part in guiding romantic decisions as they did in the 1800s. So when the news came out that the writer-director was making a big-screen version of Austen’s posthumously published novella Lady Susan, under the title Love & Friendship, could any fan of the filmmaker be surprised?" We're gathering reviews of the film starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny. » - David Hudson »

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Contemporary films reflecting on Hollywood’s Golden Age

25 January 2016 4:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sara Hemrajani on Hollywood’s love affair with its Golden Age…

Since there’s no business like show business, it’s unsurprising that one of Hollywood’s favourite topics is itself. The recent wave of award nominations for Trumbo, including a best actor Oscar nod for Bryan Cranston, is fresh evidence of the industry’s fascination with the so-called Golden Age.

In Trumbo, Cranston plays real-life writer Dalton Trumbo who was jailed and blacklisted for his ties to the American Communist Party. Despite the ban, Trumbo and his peers managed to flout the system using pseudonyms and support from eager filmmakers. He went on to write screenplays for classics such as Roman Holiday and Spartacus.

Following swiftly in its steps is Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers’ throwback to the glossy studio pictures of the 1940s. The trailer reveals characters reminiscent of Gene Kelly and Esther Williams, as well as producer »

- Sara Hemrajani

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[Sundance Review] Love & Friendship

24 January 2016 3:38 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Whit Stillman and Jane Austen are a match as well-made as any in one of Austen’s books. And Austen’s novella, Lady Susan — probably her least-appreciated piece of work; this is the first time it’s ever been adapted to film — proves to be especially fruitful material for Stillman. His dry sense and cutting sensibility are suited to the meaner edge this story has in comparison with the rest of Austen’s oeuvre.

In contrast to the usual Austen heroine, namesake Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) is middle-aged and decidedly darker in outlook and intent. Not long after her husband’s death, she seeks a new husband for herself and one for her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark), in order to avoid poverty. To this end, she employs all manner of secretive scheming, social backstabbing, and bald-faced lies, all while continually insulting every person around her. She’s rather delightful, »

- Daniel Schindel

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The Jonas Brothers, John Legend and Mom-to-Be Jena Malone: Go Behind-the-Scenes of the Sundance Film Festival!

24 January 2016 11:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Every year, Hollywood invades Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. This year, celebs like Nick Jonas and Daniel Radcliffe are making the most of their time in the snowy small town by rubbing elbows with their fans and hitting up the festival's biggest parties – and People was there to capture all the fun moments. Sunday, Jan. 2412:30 a.m., Tao Park City: In town to support brother Nick's film Goat, Joe Jonas (who was gifted a temporary tattoo by his brother from Applegate's Reel Food Café featuring Wholly Guacamole) hit up the pop-up club with a group of pals. »

- Melody Chiu and Patrick Gomez

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The Jonas Brothers, John Legend and Mom-to-Be Jena Malone: Go Behind-the-Scenes of the Sundance Film Festival!

24 January 2016 11:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Every year, Hollywood invades Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. This year, celebs like Nick Jonas and Daniel Radcliffe are making the most of their time in the snowy small town by rubbing elbows with their fans and hitting up the festival's biggest parties – and People was there to capture all the fun moments. Sunday, Jan. 2412:30 a.m., Tao Park City: In town to support brother Nick's film Goat, Joe Jonas (who was gifted a temporary tattoo by his brother from Applegate's Reel Food Café featuring Wholly Guacamole) hit up the pop-up club with a group of pals. »

- Melody Chiu and Patrick Gomez

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Love & Friendship review: Kate Beckinsale is a devious delight

24 January 2016 11:29 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny reunite with director Whit Stillman for a witty adaptation of Jane Austen’s early novella Lady Susan

Whit Stillman, expert chronicler of privileged youth, adapts the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan for his first period film, Love & Friendship. The material is a perfect fit for the film-maker behind the elegant comedies Metropolitan, Barcelona and most recently, Damsels in Distress. His pantheon of highly literate heroines would be at home in Austen’s world of manners and unrequited passions.

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- Nigel M Smith in Park City, Utah

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Sundance Review: Whit Stillman's 'Love & Friendship' Starring Kate Beckinsale And Chloe Sevigny

24 January 2016 7:09 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Has there ever been a purer match between author and adapter than Jane Austen and Whit Stillman? Stillman’s first film, 1990’s “Metropolitan,” updated Austen’s explorations of social values and romantic ardor among the upper classes, and even had two characters debate her contemporary relevance. Then, in the second and third parts of his “earnest young yuppies in love” trilogy (1994’s “Barcelona” and 1998’s “The Last Days of Disco”), Stillman continued his consideration of how income, religious faith, and social pressure still play as much a part in guiding romantic decisions as they did in the 1800s. So when the news came out that the writer-director was making a big-screen version of Austen’s posthumously published novella “Lady Susan,” under the title “Love & Friendship,” could any fan of the filmmaker be surprised? Read More: First Look At Chloe Sevigny And Kate Beckinsale In Whit Stillman's 'Love & Friendship' Kate Beckinsale »

- Noel Murray

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Love & Friendship’

24 January 2016 2:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“He’s very silly, but he has a charm of a kind.” “He’s lively; he brings a new angle to things.” The man being described thusly is an extremely foolish if conveniently wealthy 18th-century gentleman by the name of Sir James Martin, but the kind words might just as well apply — without a hint of euphemism, and with far more honest approbation — to the director of “Love & Friendship,” a supremely elegant and delicately filigreed adaptation of Jane Austen’s epistolary novella “Lady Susan.” With his love of fine clothes and finer diction, Whit Stillman proves an unsurprisingly intuitive fit for Austen, but he also knows just how to give her pointed social satire an extra stab of wink-wink postmodern drollery without breaking the spell. Starring Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan, the most irresistibly devious of Austen protagonists, this inspired marriage of two distinctive stylists should become a delectable arthouse »

- Justin Chang

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