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"Come on, not the crazy bitch." -- Dawn Hurley (Joan Cusack) in "Welcome to Me" Shira Piven's "Welcome to Me" has been in limited theaters and on iTunes since the first of the month, and it's racked up praise from a number of critics, including Variety's Justin Chang ("A strange and often startlingly inspired media/mental-illness comedy") and the New York Times' A.O. Scott ("Defies expectations and easy categorization, forgoing obvious laughs and cheap emotional payoffs in favor of something much odder and more interesting"). Given that this is one of the few movies ever to specifically name Borderline Personality Disorder (Bpd) as the cause of its lead character's troubles, I wanted to be on board with it. I really, really wanted to be. I'm no Bpd expert, but I've tried my best to educate myself on what is an extremely complex, destructive, deadly (the suicide rate of patients »
- Chris Eggertsen
Title: Welcome To Me Alchemy Director: Shira Piven Writer: Eliot Laurence Cast: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley, Alan Tudyk, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack Running time: 105 min, Rated R (sexual content, some graphic nudity, language) In Theaters May 1, 2015 Alice Klieg is a woman who’s obsessed with Oprah. She has a wall of videotaped shows that she knows by heart. She has borderline personality disorder, and has no inner censor. She hasn’t turned off her TV in 11 years. She wakes up at about noon-thirty every day and walks down to the corner store to buy a copy of O magazine and a [ Read More ]
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Chicago – The recently completed 2015 Chicago Critics Festival was heavy on celebrity and filmmaker appearances. One of those special appearances was Oscar nominated actress Joan Cusack, who represented the film “The End of the Tour” on May 6th, and her Q&A was moderated by film critic Richard Roeper.
HollywoodChicago.com talked to both personalities, regarding their careers and their appearances at the 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff).
Joan Cusack of “The End of the Tour”
Joan Cusack is a Chicago treasure, having grown up in nearby Evanston and having begun her movie career with a shot-in-Chicago classic, “My Bodyguard.” From there, she has garnered two Academy Award nominations for Supporting Actress in “Working Girl” and “In & Out.” She also key roles in classics like “Broadcast News,” “Say Anything…,” “School of Rock” and voice work in the “Toy Story” series. She appeared at the Ccff on behalf of director James Ponsoldt »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Kristen Wiig continues to flex her dramatic chops in her latest starring vehicle Welcome to Me, in which she plays Alice, a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery and becomes a multi-millionaire overnight. With the means and opportunity to finally break from her carefully regimented lifestyle, consisting of medication, therapy and endless episodes of Oprah, Alice funnels her winnings into transforming into the next big talk show host.
Photo by Suzanne Hanover, courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society.
The film’s director, Shira Piven, was on hand at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival to discuss the dramedy’s themes and the process of making it. Originally conceived as a pilot by writer Eliot Laurence, the initial script piqued Piven’s interest so much that she implored him to re-work it as a screenplay. The result is a light-hearted film that balances a touchy subject with fine-tuned performances. »
- Misa Shikuma
Welcome To Me opens in St. Louis May 8th exclusively at The Hi-Pointe Theater
In Welcome To Me, directed by Shira Piven—co-starring Linda Cardellini, Tim Robbins, Wes Bentley, Joan Cusack, and James Marsden—Kristen Wiig plays Alice Kleig, a woman with a borderline personality disorder who wins $86 million in the lottery and decides to buy her own talk show.
We Are Movie Geeks did not get a chance to see Welcome To Me in advance, but the critics who did are impressed:
Andrew O’Hehir at Salon.com calls Welcome To Me:
“Malicious, hilarious and heartbreaking … one of the biggest movie surprises of 2015 so far.”
Travis Hopson at Examiner.com says Welcome To Me is
“….hilariously wacky and touching….a showcase for what Wiig can do when put front and center. »
- Tom Stockman
Chicago – As the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association – heads into its last four nights, the variety and depth of the films that are being screened continues to astound and entertain. It all takes place at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, May 4 through 7, 2015.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the final four nights of films. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
’Quitters’ Screens on Monday, May 4th, at the Chicago Critics Film Festival
Photo credit: Chicago Critics Film Festival
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Kristen Wiig is a master of uncomfortable comedy. The actress’s SNL characters pushed past the boundaries of social awkwardness, from career one-upper Penelope to mischievous weirdo Gilly, and her theatrical roles have found her tackling topics most people find inherently unfunny, from mental breakdowns (Girl Most Likely) to suicide (The Skeleton Twins), in films almost too dark to even qualify as dramedies. Wiig’s latest, Welcome to Me, also defies categorization.
An alternately sobering and amusing depiction of mental illness, it’s an entire film about a person you wouldn’t want to spend more than a minute alone in a room with. Alice Klieg (Wiig) is a lonely woman suffering from dissociative personality disorder who passes most days watching Oprah and a VHS collection of infomercials. She’s utterly mesmerized by the idea that anyone can succeed in life, provided they believe in themselves whole-heartedly, so much so »
- Isaac Feldberg
Courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society.
Written & Directed by François Ozon
The latest from prolific French auteur François Ozon opens on a somber note as Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) recounts her lifelong friendship with the deceased Laura (Isild Le Besco), whose untimely death has left her grieving husband David (Romain Duris) alone with their infant daughter. Shortly after the funeral, Claire checks in on the widower and finds him all made up, wearing Laura’s dress and a blonde wig to boot. Promising not to tell her husband Gilles (Raphaël Personnaz) about David’s cross-dressing, Claire finds herself entering uncharted territory with her late friend’s husband and no one to confide in. Beautifully shot with an eye for the little details that we associate with femininity, the film is as much an exploration of the rituals and meanings of female friendships as it is of gender, »
- Misa Shikuma
Broadcast Blues: Wiig’s Amusing Portrait of Mental Illness
Mental illness collides with reality TV inspired media for Shira Piven’s generally pleasurable oddity, Welcome to Me, granting Kristen Wiig her best solo semi-dramatic role to date. That’s not to say that the film is always successful on every front, as the film’s zany implausibility, while often funny, eschews the melancholy reality of its own broken heart. But some may be perfectly fine with Piven’s and screenwriter Eliot Laurence’s inability to make borderline personality disorder seem more than the basis for an entertaining scenario. Yet the film digs so deeply into its own batty delights that moments sometimes reserved for more sobering reflection don’t resonate with any sort of dramatic impact.
Alice Klieg (Wiig), a woman suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, wins $86 million dollars at the lottery, which allows her to stop depending on disability »
- Nicholas Bell
In a Gold Derby exclusive, Showtime has revealed the category placements of its key Emmy Awards contenders this year. -Break- Last year, the premium network earned major nominations for its drama programming "Homeland" (Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin), "Masters of Sex" (Lizzy Caplan, winner Allison Janney, Beau Bridges), and "Ray Donovan" (Jon Voight). On the comedy side, it saw bids for "Episodes" (Matt LeBlanc), "House of Lies" (Don Cheadle), "Nurse Jackie" (Edie Falco), and "Shameless" (William H. Macy, Joan Cusack). How will Showtime fare at this year's Emmy Awards? Hurry -- make your predictions now. You could win our $1,000 prize, earn a place of honor on our leaderboard, and a leading role in next year's Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year's Emmys). Below, the complete list of Showtime submissions across the drama and come...' »
Welcome To Me Alchemy Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Shira Piven Screenwriter: Eliot Laurence Cast: Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack, Loretta Devine, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann, James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Alan Tudyk Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 4/14/15 Opens: May 1, 2015 Since everyone wants to be happy, a leading question that everybody asks is: “Does money buy happiness?” A recent assortment of self-help books conclude that up to a certain amount, say $75,000 annually in a big U.S. city, an increase in dollars will create an increase in happiness. The surprise, though, is that any increase of [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
On Friday (March 20) morning, I assembled a one-person appeals board and by a unanimous decision, I've decided that the TV Academy and its genre classification system is/are a Comedy, because darned if those clowns don't make me laugh, which is more than I can say for undisputed comedy "Nurse Jackie." For a few years, the TV Academy has had difficulties with Emmy classification, because nobody on the Emmy rules committee is capable of accepting that sometimes things that are dramatic can also offer comedic elements and sometimes things that are comedic can often have dramatic elements and sometimes things that have a running time of between 44 minutes and an hour can be comedies and, in occasional extremes, it's even been known for half-hour things to be dramatic. It's almost as if life itself is neither wholly dramatic or wholly comedic and sometimes tone is fungible. But don't expect for »
- Daniel Fienberg
Three hour-long “dramas” may have the last laugh after all.
Though among the Primetime Emmy Awards’ rule changes for 2015 was the definition of a drama as a program “with an average length of approximately 60 minutes,” the appeals process that came with that shift thus far has allowed for three exceptions: The CW’s Jane the Virgin, Fox’s Glee and Showtime’s Shameless will be able to compete as comedies.
The Academy’s decision reads in part:
The nine-member panel, which includes five industry leaders appointed by »
Kristen Wiig leads a solid cast, including Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Wes Bentley, and James Marsden, in Welcome to Me as Alice Kleig, a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins the lottery. Off her meds and inspired by Oprah, she buys a talk show with her winnings, using it as a platform to broadcast her unique views on life to the rest of the world. Welcome to Me certainly has an interesting hook, and the trailer does have a nice line in gentle, slightly zany humour, but it all feels a little one-note, and I have to wonder if it can hold itself together for it's full runtime. Released: 1st May »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The story of a woman with a personality disorder, who obviously is off her meds, winning the lottery and spending the money to air her own talk show, Welcome to Me is indie gold, and Wiig is the person to deliver. Plus, the supporting cast is amazing, and if the trailer is a legitimate picture of the film, it should be brilliant.
Take a look below, and let me know what you think of this one. It hits May 1st.
Welcome to Me Trailer
What happens when a young woman with »
- Marc Eastman
What happens when a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery?
In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships to neutering pets.
Wiig was intrigued by how real the bizarre and darkly-‐funny script felt, which she says made the “comedic parts even more funny and the dramatic parts more amazing.”
She hopes that the audience will have the same love-‐hate relationship with the character that she does. “You feel sorry for Alice and at the same time, you totally get why people are frustrated with her, and »
- Michelle McCue
The film follows Alice Klieg (Wiig), a massive Oprah Winfrey fan with Borderline Personality Disorder, who wins $86 million in the lottery.
Alice decides to buy herself a talkshow with her winnings, and soon finds her fame increasing as she shares all of her thoughts and opinions on subjects from food to relationships.
Welcome To Me is released in the Us on May 1. »
Welcome To Me stars Kristen Wiig as Alice, a fame-obsessed woman with borderline personality disorder who after winning $86 million in the lottery, decides to spend the money on a TV show about herself. Eventually she must decide whether celebrity and recognition really brings happiness. James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley and Linda Cardellini also star. Shira Piven directs and Eliot Laurence wrote the script for the pic, a Bron… »
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