Workplace romances can be an impenetrable labyrinth in any circumstance. Throw in the fact that the one doing the romancing is a sixty-something hoarder and the object of her affection is a hot twenty-something Brooklynite, and the complications that result are going to be absolutely hilarious. Or at least that’s the case when they’re handled by Michael Showalter in Hello, My Name is Doris.
Sally Field’s Doris is struggling to cope with the death of her mother. They had lived together for years and shared hoarding tendencies. In the midst of her grieving, her office hires a young new art director, John (Max Greenfield). Once Doris is able to move past her fantasies of romance into actually speaking to John, the two develop an unlikely friendship that leads to Doris becoming immersed in the Greenpoint scene. From there, Doris holds out hope that a romantic relationship will develop, »
- Alexander Lowe
The SXSW Film Festival isn’t a venue that normally inspires bidding wars or debuts Oscar contenders. But “Hello, My Name is Doris,” a dramedy starring Sally Field that landed the festival’s audience award in the headliners category, has proven to be an exception.
Following a standing ovation at the Austin premiere on March 14 for the comedy directed by Michael Showalter (“Wet Hot American Summer”), multiple distributors have bid on the picture, Variety has learned.
The Orchard, a relatively new player in the movie business (which picked up “The Overnight” at Sundance), has raised the stakes with a seven-figure offer. Starz is also circling the project, and there’s a proposal from Roadside Attractions to take the domestic rights with Sony Pictures handling the foreign rollout. Although some major distributors are not interested—such as the Weinstein Co. and Fox Searchlight—the filmmakers are fielding other offers too, according to an insider. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
SXSW is over, and while our team is off sending their clothes to the dry cleaners to figure out how to get out stains from five different barbecue sauces, organizers in Austin have one more thing left to announce. Following the Jury awards last week, they've unveiled the Audience Awards, and there are a couple of notable crossover winners. Trey Edward Shults' drama "Krisha," (our review) and Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber's documentary "Peace Officer" (our review) repeated their victories in the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature slots. Meanwhile, audiences gave their approval to the Sally Field starring "Hello, My Name is Doris" and Todd Rohal's oddball sequel "Uncle Kent 2.""Turbo Kid" is also continuing to pick up buzz following its Sundance premiere with a win here. Check out the full list of winners below. Narrative Feature Competition Audience Award Winner: Krisha Director: Trey Edward »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gregory Walcott, who starred in several movies in the ’50s and early ’60s including, perhaps most notably, the critically panned “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” has died, his son announced on Facebook. He was 87.
Walcott starred as pilot Jeff Trent in 1959’s “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” which is widely considered one of the worst films of all time. Despite its reputation, it gained a large cult following, which Walcott was reluctantly at the center of.
“I had done so many great films and worked with so many great directors that I didn’t want to be identified with such a piece of trash,” he said in a 1998 interview with Filmax magazine.
He starred alongside Bela Lugosi in the film. Lugosi, however, had died »
- Alex Stedman
The studios had a strong showing at SXSW this year, as evidenced by the high-profile premieres of “Trainwreck” and “Spy,” as well as a secret screening of Paul Walker’s final performance in “Furious 7.” Happily, outside the big-budget realm, the festival also offered up a remarkably solid lineup of work from first-time filmmakers and emerging talents — a field that included everything from the top prizewinners, “Krisha” and “Peace Officer,” to first-rate thrillers like “Hangman” and “The Invitation,” to standout music docs like “Danny Says” and “Made in Japan.”
Here are the 13 gems that impressed our critics and reporters the most (listed in alphabetical order):
1. “6 Years”
Hannah Fidell’s drama unravels like a sequel to “Like Crazy,” but instead of Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, the equally charming Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield play the bickering mates. The film is shot like a documentary about falling out of love, »
- Variety Staff
To cap off the last day of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, the event announced its Audience Awards winners today. Both Trey Edward Shults' family drama "Krisha" and Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber's hard-hitting documentary "Peace Officer" repeated their Tuesday juried wins, taking home the respective Audience Award prizes. Also among today's winners were the Sally Field-starrer "Hello, My Name is Doris," which won in the headliners category, and Todd Rohal's comedy "Uncle Kent 2," in the visions section. Read More: SXSW: Complete List of 2015 Film Awards Winners Here’s the complete list of Audience Awards winners: Narrative Feature Competition Audience Award Winner: Krisha Director: Trey Edward Shults Documentary Feature Competition Audience Award Winner: Peace Officer Directors: Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber Headliners Audience Award Winner: Hello, My Name is Doris Director: Michael Showalter Narrative »
- Nigel M Smith
While director Trey Edward Shults’ family drama “Krisha” won its second major prize of the festival in the narrative feature competition, fest hit “Hello, My Name is Doris,” starring Sally Field nabbed the prize in the headliners category.
Narrative Feature Competition
Audience Award Winner: Krisha
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Documentary Feature Competition
Audience Award Winner: Peace Officer
Audience Award Winner: Hello, My Name is Doris
Director: Michael Showalter
Audience Award Winner: The Little Death
Director: Josh Lawson
Audience Award Winner: A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
Director: Sara Hirsh Bordo
Audience Award Winner: Uncle Kent 2
Director: Todd Rohal
Audience Award Winner: Turbo Kid
Director: Rkss Collective
Audience Award Winner: Mr. Robot »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Earlier this week we brought you a gallery of images from the studio we set up at SXSW in partnership with photographer Daniel Bergeron and Movies on Demand. As the 2015 edition of the festival comes to a close, we have put together a gallery of select images pulled from the second two days of our four-day shoot. Click here to access the first gallery. Read More: SXSW 2015 Portraits of Sally Field, Nick Kroll, Jason Schwartzman and More "Wild Horses" writer-director Robert Duvall."Manson Family Vacation" executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass."Creative Control" director Benjamin Dickinson, actress Alexia Rasmussen and actor Dan Gill."Brand: A Second Coming" director Ondi Timoner.Read More: The 2015 Indiewire SXSW Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival "Breaking a Monster" subjects Unlocking the Truth bandmates Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins."Love and Mercy" »
- Shipra Gupta
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Deadpool, X-Men, Suicide Squad, Shazam, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Heroes Reborn, Powers, The Crow and more…
There’s less than five weeks to go before Marvel kicks off the 2015 superhero season with the UK release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and to whet our appetites even further the studio has debuted a couple of TV spots this week which offer up some brand new footage from the hotly-anticipated sequel, including the first dialogue from Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver [watch them here]. Meanwhile, the titular villain also got his own character poster (which you can see to the right), Joss Whedon spoke about the new roster additions to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes including Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and »
- Gary Collinson
Among the movies we discuss are Ondi Timoner's Russell Brand doc, which opened SXSW, "Creative Control," "Uncle Kent 2," Sally Field in "Hello My Name is Doris," Austin's Zellner brothers film "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter," starring Rinko Kikuchi, Sean Penn in "The Gunman," Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale in Bleecker Street's "Danny Collins," and smart horror flick "It Follows" and its tug-of-war between theaters and VOD. »
- Anne Thompson
The SXSW Film Festival has always been a launching pad for women in Hollywood — it’s where Lena Dunham premiered “Tiny Furniture” in 2010, and “Girls” in 2012; where 2011’s “Bridesmaids” debuted; and where Brie Larson became a star in 2013’s “Short Term 12.”
But this year’s SXSW had more girl power than ever before, from the female-driven comedies “Trainwreck” and “Spy,” to the work of breakout directors like Hannah Fidell (“6 Years”) and Shannon Sun-Higginson (“Gtfo: A Documentary About Women in Gaming”). As Hollywood still has a weak track record of putting women in front of and behind the camera — last year, women directors made only 4.6% of studio films — it’s still a question if emerging talent at festivals like SXSW and Sundance can cross over into the mainstream. “Since the industry is run by men, men have a tendency to want to make stories about themselves,” Sally Field told Variety. »
- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang, Joe Leydon and Dennis Harvey
Read More: SXSW Review: Sally Field Delivers a Winning Performance in 'Hello, My Name is Doris' While Max Greenfield has been working consistently in film and television for over a decade, it was landing the show-defining role of Schmidt on "New Girl" that made people take notice of him as a comedy powerhouse. For the SXSW-premiering "Hello, My Name is Doris," directed by Michael Showalter, though, Greenfield kept things grounded as the young object of Sally Field's affections. Below, Greenfield explains why he took the part without even reading the script, how the film's stellar ensemble cast came together and what was hard about playing the straight man this time. How did you get involved with the film? I had done "They Came Together" with Michael [Showalter] and David [Wain], and Michael and I, on that film, just hit it off. I had such a great experience on that movie. The following summer, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice
It’s hilarious. The boundaries of bromance, marriage, friendship and even penis comedy are pushed to a very funny limit with this film. It’s great to see Schilling doing great work outside of “Orange is the New Black.”
Final Score: 8/10
Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who has never recovered from his losing his true love embarks on a new tenuous relationship with a local woman he meets at the bank. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina. (U.S. Premiere)
(film synopsis from sxsw.com)
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- Jeff Bayer
One of the breakout discoveries at this year’s SXSW Film Festival is “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” the latest from director Michael Showalter (“Wet Hot American Summer”) that crosses genres — from dramatic comedy to comedic drama — and pushes Hollywood out of its comfort zone. Sally Field plays the title character, a sixtysomething who falls in love with her much younger co-worker (Max Greenfield). The movie keeps the audience guessing, in the best possible way, until its bittersweet finale, with echoes of “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Something’s Gotta Give,” although it’s an entirely unique love story.
“Hello, My Name Is Doris” is the first time in nearly two decades that Field has headlined her own movie, and she uses the spotlight to fully reinvent herself at 68. “I’ll never have a similar character offered to me again, I know that,” Field says. She spoke to Variety about the film, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Read More: Meet the Faces of SXSW 2015: Sally Field, Nick Kroll, Jason Schwartzman and More Unable to make it to the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and feeling left out? Luckily for all of us who couldn't make it down to Austin, Texas for the fest, Vimeo is bringing SXSW straight to our computers, thanks to a collection of 20 of the festival's best short films. From visually striking music videos to whip smart shorts featuring A-list talent like Kirsten Dunst (see above), the collection proves that cinematic ambition is alive and well in movies well under the 5-minute mark. Check out the entire SXSW Vimeo shorts catalog here, and watch some of our favorite entries below: "Hudson and Troop - Frameless," Andrew Goldsmith & Darcy Prendergast "Bottom Feeders," Matt Reynolds "Duke Dumont - Won't Look Back," Tim Main (Tim & Joe) "Paolo Nutini 'Iron Sky,'" Daniel Wolfe Read More: SXSW: Complete »
- Zack Sharf
In one of the more bizarre rumours last year, it was speculated that Sony were planning on doing a spin-off movie in their Spider-Man franchise that would focus on Sally Field’s Aunt May. It was quickly debunked and nothing further was ever said of it, but with the news of Spider-Man getting another reboot treatment and joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is no completely out of the question.
“It was fun because it was just a great group”, she said, adding that Andrew Garfield was the “most perfect fellow to work with, so I will miss him, but I’ll find him.”
The Huffington Post on the other hand asked her about the spin-off rumours, which she dismisses quite emphatically. “Aunt May spin off? »
- Luke Owen
Before Marvel agreed to help Sony reboot the Spider-Man franchise, there were rumors that Sony was planning to make a spin-off focusing on Aunt May, who is Peter Parker's aunt last played by Sally Field in "The Amazing Spider-Man" films. In a new interview with Field, the actress was asked about the rumor. "Aunt May spin-off? And make her the lead? What would you do with her?," she asked. "She has no special powers whatsoever. She was a housewife waiting for the kids to come home." Whether the rumor was true or not, now that Marvel is involved, any potential plans will be thrown out. Instead, fans will be introduced to a new Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War," which is set to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016. »
One of the stranger rumors that cropped up last year was that Sony Pictures was looking at developing a "Spider-Man" spinoff based on Sally Field's Aunt May character in her younger days. With the Marvel/Sony deal having gone forward though, the various spin-off films were scrapped including, presumably, said Aunt May film.
It turns out actress Sally Field, who played Aunt May in the two "The Amazing Spider-Man" films, wasn't aware of the project. In a new interview with The Huffington Post during SXSW, she was asked about the project. She said:
"Aunt May spinoff? And make her the lead? What would you do with her? She has no special powers whatsoever. She was a housewife waiting for the kids to come home. I think they did that: It was called The Donna Reed Show."
Field also confirmed to E! News that she doesn't know if she will return for the reboot, »
- Garth Franklin
The Spider-Man reboot means it's farewell to Sally Field's Aunt May. Not that she thought the spin-off movie was going to happen either
One of the oddest rumours to spring up last year was that of a proposed spin-off for the Aunt May character. As part of Sony's then-planned Spider-Man universe, we were told, we were getting Aunt May: Origins (or whatever it would have been called).
The rumour was debunked in about the time it took for most of us to stop chuckling at it, but then the story was indicative of where the Spider-Man movie series had ended up towards the end of 2014. A little bit lost, with any rumour feeling plausible.
Since then, of course, Marvel and Sony have got together to chart a firmer course for the Spider-Man movies. Spider-Man is now part of the Marvel cinematic universe, is expected to appear in next year's Captain America: Civil War, »
Read More: Sally Field on Going Raunchy for 'Hello, My Name is Doris' and Why She's Never Felt Like a Great Success Directed by "Wet Hot American Summer" alumni Michael Showalter, "Hello, My Name Is Doris" puts Sally Field right where she belongs: Front, center and in the spotlight. Showalter's second feature film (his first was "The Baxter") follows Doris (Field) through a misguided attempt for the heart of her much-younger colleague. Her real-retro know-how gets her in with his hipster crowd, but as with the coming-of-age stories that inspired the film, Doris must discover what's truly right for herself -- regardless of what the popular kids think. What's your film about in 140 characters or less?After the death of her elderly mother, a reclusive and eccentric woman named Doris becomes romantically infatuated with a younger co-worker. Antics ensue. Now what's it Really about?It's about many things really. It's about finding your true family. »
- Rosie Narasaki
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