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Sundance Review: ‘The Big Sick’ Offers Some Kind of Cure

9 hours ago | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

From start to finish, The Big Sick, directed by Michael Showalter, works as a lovingly-rendered, cinematic answer to the dinner party question: “So how did you two meet?” Based on comedian Kumail Nanjiani‘s real life (he co-wrote the screenplay with his wife Emily V. Gordon), we meet Kumail (Nanjiani) as he finishes a stand-up set in Chicago. He becomes fast friends with a wooting heckler named Emily (Zoe Kazan, lovely), and a relationship begins to blossom.

Setbacks arise and quick, among them Kumail’s inability to explain to his new beau his family’s expectation that he marry a Pakistani woman as arranged by them (he’s got a cigar box full of headshots) and Emily falling into a medically-induced coma thanks to a sickness the doctors can’t seem to pin down. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano enter as Emily’s concerned, fractured parents, both unsure of why »

- Dan Mecca

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27 Eye-Popping Portraits From TheWrap’s Sundance Studio Presented by Kia (Exclusive Photos)

16 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Legend, Jeremy Renner and Holly Hunter among the stars shot by photographer Jana Cruder at TheWrap’s studio presented by Kia.   Director Alexandre Moors and actors Tye Sheridan and Jack Huston, “The Yellow Birds” Photographed by Jana Cruder for TheWrap. Actors Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Anthony Hemingway, John Legend and Misha Green, “Underground” Photographed by Jana Cruder for TheWrap. Actors Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, “Wind River” Photographed by Jana Cruder for TheWrap Actors Morgan Saylor, Margaret Qualley, Dianna Agron, Maggie Betts, “Novitiate” Photographed by Jana Cruder for TheWrap. Actor Matt Bomer, director Alex Smith, actor Bill Pullman, director »

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Sundance: Amazon Studios swoops on 'The Big Sick' in $12m deal

17 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive Update: The company stamped its name on Park City for the second year in a row following a Saturday night negotiation for Michael Showalter’s crowd-pleaser.

Amazon Studios acquired Us rights to The Big Sick from FilmNation and UTA Independent Film Group and is also understood to have taken a raft of territories including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, China, India, Russia, Malaysia and Poland.

FilmNation will license theatrical rights in those territories on behalf of Amazon Studios on the proviso that the latter holds pay-tv rights.

The company will appoint a theatrical partner and stage a Us release later this year before rolling out the film on its Prime Video streaming platform. Screen was the first to report on Saturday that Amazon Studios was in the hunt and the asking price was eight figures.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Fox Searchlight were understood to have been pursuing The Big Sick, which enjoyed »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Amazon Wins ‘The Big Sick’ Bidding War With $12 Million Buy — Sundance 2017

18 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon has won a fierce bidding war for filmmaker Michael Showalter’s “The Big Sick,” paying $12 million for the U.S. rights to the dramatic comedy. The bidding reached $10 million late on Friday night, with Amazon, Netflix, Fox Searchlight and Focus Features all in the hunt.

Michael Showalter’s Second Act: How the ‘The Big Sick’ Filmmaker Reinvented His Career — Sundance 2017

The film was one of the most anticipated movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A dramatic comedy written by actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon and based on their real-life courtship, the film stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, and Anupam Kher.

Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, “The Big Sick” centers on aspiring comedian Kumail and grad student Emily (Kazan), whose romance causes a rift with Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents. Emily then discovers she has a mysterious illness, leaving »

- Graham Winfrey

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Sundance: Amazon Lands ‘The Big Sick’ in Blockbuster Deal (Exclusive)

21 January 2017 11:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In one of the biggest deals in the history of Sundance, Amazon Studios has landed distribution rights to “The Big Sick” for about $12 million, Variety has learned.

The pact comes on the heels of the romantic comedy’s rousing premiere on Friday night. The film is about a Pakistani-American comedian (Kumail Nanjiani) whose relationship with his girlfriend (Zoe Kazan) is nearly derailed over cultural differences and a health crisis. Nanjiani co-wrote the heavily autobiographical script with his wife Emily V. Gordon.

The negotiations for North American rights and other foreign territories stretched into midnight on Saturday. Nanjiani told Variety earlier this week that he wanted the film to get a theatrical release. Unlike Netflix, its rival streaming service, Amazon is a big proponent of the theatrical experience, with all of its films getting at least some kind of theatrical run.

The Big Sick” sparked interest from a number of distributors, »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang

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‘The Big Sick’ Review: Kumail Nanjiani’s Real-Life Story Is a Major Crowdpleaser — Sundance 2017

20 January 2017 10:38 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It took a while, but Kumail Nanjiani has worked his way into popular culture with a combination of sincerity and snarky charm. Even as he made his name in standup comedy and memorable television roles (most recently on “Silicon Valley”), he found acclaim for his one-man shows, which dig through his struggles as a Pakistani-American at odds with his traditional upbringing.

Now comes “The Big Sick,” which funnels the two sides of his career into a genuine crowdpleaser that juggles humor and pathos through a personal lens. Co-written with wife Emily V. Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan, who acts opposite Nanjiani as himself), the movie turns their bumpy courtship into a portrait of resilience that operates on both charm and depth.

The Big Sick” is directed by Michael Showalter, whose “Hello, My Name is Doris” was a genial tale of midlife vigor that now plays like a calling card for this bigger canvas. »

- Eric Kohn

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Big Sick’

20 January 2017 10:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Every year filmmakers flock to Sundance with deeply personal movies inspired by their lives and experiences. But rarely do those films also fire on all cylinders as fully fleshed-out pieces of entertainment. Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V. Gordon mine their personal history for laughs, heartache, and hard-earned insight in “The Big Sick,” a film that’s by turns romantic, rueful, and hilarious. It’s a no-brainer to connect with art-house crowds who like their comedies smart and funny, but this one deserves a shot at the multiplex, too.

Well known in standup circles and a reliable scene stealer in both film and television (perhaps most notably on HBO’s sterling “Silicon Valley”), Nanjiani is overdue for a lead role — and if it takes playing a character loosely based on himself in a movie co-written with his wife, so be it. Nanjiani and Gordon manage the tricky »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Sundance: Buyers circle comedy 'The Big Sick'

20 January 2017 4:14 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Michael Showalter’s crowd-pleaser is being courted by at least three major buyers understood to include Amazon Studios following a rapturous response at Friday night’s world premiere.

Judd Apatow produced The Big Sick with Barry Mendel through Apatow Productions and the comedy screens twice on Saturday and again on Monday before a couple more sessions later in the week.

FilmNation fully financed and handles international sales and represents Us rights with UTA Independent Film Group. It is understood Focus Features and Fox Searchlight are also in the mix and that the asking price is in the eight-figure range.

Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon wrote the story about a Pakistani stand-up comic who falls for an American girl, based on their actual relationship. Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano also star.

Heading into the weekend the industry was bracing itself for the start of on-site activity following a number of pre-festival deals and »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Michael Showalter’s Second Act: How the ‘The Big Sick’ Filmmaker Reinvented His Career — Sundance 2017

20 January 2017 1:24 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It took 25 years of working in film and TV, but comedian Michael Showalter has landed what could be his career-defining role: indie filmmaker.

Read More: Michael Showalter on the Origins of ‘Search Party’ and Status of ‘Wet Hot American Summer

Showalter’s third feature as a director, “The Big Sick,” is one of the most anticipated movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A dramatic comedy written by actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon and based on their real-life courtship, the film stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, and Anupam Kher.

Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, “The Big Sick” centers on aspiring comedian Kumail and grad student Emily (Kazan), whose romance causes a rift with Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents. Emily then discovers she has a mysterious illness, leaving Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents Beth and Terry (Hunter and »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘The Big Sick’: Deadline’s Sundance Series Panel Livestream

20 January 2017 10:55 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Deadline hits the ground running at the Sundance Film Festival, kicking off its Sundance Series panels at 11 Am Pt with the cast and creatives behind Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, which will have its world premiere later today in the Premieres section of the festival. Showalter is being joined on the panel by stars and writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, producers Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, and co-stars Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. Moderated by… »

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18 Movies You'll Want to See After They Premiere at Sundance

19 January 2017 3:05 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Although the 2016 season in film isn't quite over until the Oscars take place, 2017's newest and most anticipated films are about to usher their way onto the (screen) scene. The Sundance Film Festival has arrived! This year's festival consists of 113 full-length films coming from as many as 31 countries and debuting 36 first-time filmmakers. Those included in the lineup come from a whopping 13,782 submissions, 95 of which will be world premieres. And to save you some trouble (read: countless hours scrolling Rotten Tomatoes), we've rounded up the most eagerly awaited movies you're most likely to hear about postpremiere. How about that for upping your indie culture game? 1. Before I Fall Director: Ry Russo-Young Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Diego Boneta This is a book-to-film adaptation based on the 2010 novel of same name by Lauren Oliver. High schooler Samantha Kingston (Deutch) thinks she has it all, living life amongst her Mean Girls-esque clique, »

- McCall Minnor

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Sundance 2017: 12 buzz films for buyers (update)

18 January 2017 5:59 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

January 19 Update: Heading into Park City’s opening night screening of An Inconvenient Sequel on Thursday, we take a look at a dozen acquisition titles likely to spark deals once the action gets underway.

The Sundance Film Festival will unveil 120 features over the course of ten days, setting the tone of Us independent cinema in 2017, unearthing international gems and launching several potential awards contenders.

While a certain number of films arrived with distribution already in place, others have sparked deals in the last few weeks (we’re thinking of you, Call Me By Your Name, Casting JonBenet, Berlin Syndrome and Long Strange Trip).

Then there are the acquisition titles. Sundance inevitably sparks a multitude of deals during and after the event and buyers expect modestly priced transactions in the $3-5m range. This has been a common refrain every year since 2008. Watch the numbers soar on a handful of titles.

What follows »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sundance 2017: 12 buzz films for buyers

18 January 2017 5:59 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

January 19 Update: Heading into Park City’s opening night screening of An Inconvenient Sequel on Thursday, we take a look at a dozen acquisition titles likely to spark deals once the action gets underway.

The Sundance Film Festival will unveil 120 features over the course of ten days, setting the tone of Us independent cinema in 2017, unearthing international gems and launching several potential awards contenders.

While a certain number of films arrived with distribution already in place, others have sparked deals in the last few weeks (we’re thinking of you, Call Me By Your Name, Casting JonBenet, Berlin Syndrome and Long Strange Trip).

Then there are the acquisition titles. Sundance inevitably sparks a multitude of deals during and after the event and buyers expect modestly priced transactions in the $3-5m range. This has been a common refrain every year since 2008. Watch the numbers soar on a handful of titles.

What follows »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Twelve Sundance 2017 buzz titles to watch

18 January 2017 5:59 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Heading into Park City’s opening night screening of An Inconvenient Sequel on Thursday, we take a look at a dozen acquisition titles likely to spark deals once the action gets underway.

The Sundance Film Festival will unveil 120 features over the course of ten days, setting the tone of Us independent cinema in 2017, unearthing international gems and launching several potential awards contenders.

While a certain number of films arrived with distribution already in place, others have sparked deals in the last few weeks (we’re thinking of you, Call Me By Your Name, Casting JonBenet, Berlin Syndrome and Long Strange Trip).

Then there are the acquisition titles. Sundance inevitably sparks a multitude of deals during and after the event and buyers expect modestly priced transactions in the $3-5m range. This has been a common refrain every year since 2008. Watch the numbers soar on a handful of titles.

What follows is a list of 12 films we believe »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sundance: 13 Must-See Films That Have the Indie World Talking

18 January 2017 4:55 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Sundance Film Festival has been the launching pad for some of the greatest indie films ever made. The likes of “Reservoir Dogs,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and last year’s “Manchester by the Sea” all got their starts at the mountainside festival. That track record of finding new talent and fresh stories is what keeps studio executives and fan lovers flocking to Park City. So as Sundance gets ready to kick off on Thursday, hope springs anew.

There are a number of films that are already generating massive buzz, sight unseen. They range from Oscar contenders to crowd pleasing comedies to ripped-from-the-headlines documentaries. If they live up to the hype, all of them should score big paydays. Here’s a look at the films that are most likely to spark all-night bidding frenzies.

Mudbound

Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige

Director: Dee Rees

Sales agent: Wme »

- Brent Lang

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‘Breakable You’ Palm Springs Review: Bright Ensemble Elevates Neurotic Comedy

13 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Breakable You” is like a kinder gentler version of Woody Allen’s “Crime and Misdemeanors”: a rumination on human fallibility and corruption with lower stakes but a lot more sexual heat in its heart. Freely adapted by writer-director Andrew Wagner (“Starting Out in the Evening”) and co-screenwriter Fred Parnes from Brian Morton’s well-reviewed novel, “Breakable You” is the story of the Weller family, a cluster of neurotic New Yorkers who live outwardly charmed but inwardly tempestuous lives. “Matriarch” is perhaps the wrong word for Holly Hunter’s lithe and whippet-thin Eleanor, a character notably more obese in the book. »

- Ray Greene

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'Breakable You': Film Review | Palm Springs 2017

12 January 2017 11:24 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

One of the most high-profile films receiving its world premiere in Palm Springs is an intriguing morality play, Breakable You, that boasts a top-notch cast and acclaimed filmmakers. Yet this film about family dysfunction and ethical crises never reaches a fully satisfying conclusion. That heralds a tough road in the marketplace, despite the presence of a few award-winning actors.

Oscar winner Holly Hunter plays Eleanor Weller, a therapist who is not coping well with changes in her personal life, including a recent divorce and the growing instability of her daughter. Her ex-husband Adam (Tony Shalhoub) is a once promising playwright »

- Stephen Farber

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Watch Jimmy Fallon playfully jab Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at the 74th Golden Globes

9 January 2017 1:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice continues to be the butt of many jokes, this time from Jimmy Fallon during his opening routine at last night’s 74th Golden Globes ceremony.

The joke came when Jimmy Fallon noticed Matt Damon in the audience, to which he delivered a zinger suggesting that Damon’s best acting role was telling Ben Affleck (the two are very good friends) that he liked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

See Also: La La Land sweeps the 74th Golden Globe Awards, full list of winners here

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before. »

- Robert Kojder

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Jerrika Hinton Cast in HBO’s Alan Ball Series — Will She Leave ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

6 January 2017 5:14 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Jerrika Hinton has been cast in HBO’s upcoming Alan Ball series, Variety has confirmed. So, what does Hinton’s new gig mean for her future on “Grey’s Anatomy?”

According to sources, at this point, Hinton has joined the HBO show in a guest capacity, and will remain a series regular on “Grey’s Anatomy” at least through the remainder of Season 13, which returns on Jan. 19. However, her status on the HBO project could evolve into a bigger role, depending on how “Grey’s Anatomy” progresses — the medical drama has not been renewed yet for Season 14, though it seems more-than-likely, as “Grey’s” is ABC’s top-rated drama.

ABC declined to comment.

Hinton, who plays Dr. Stephanie Edwards, joined “Grey’s” in Season 9 in a recurring role, and was upped to series regular in Season 10.

In the HBO drama, Hinton joins star Holly Hunter in the HBO series, which »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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TV News Roundup: Alan Ball Casts New HBO Show, ‘Nashville’ Debuts Decently on Cmt

6 January 2017 3:25 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In this week’s TV News Roundup, Alan Ball and HBO announce new cast members for an untitled show, and a new CNN film on President Obama and Peter Berg’s new sports docuseries get premiere dates.

Casting

HBO’s untitled Alan Ball series surrounding an interracial family has cast new leads. Alongside the previously announced Holly Hunter, the show will feature Sosie Bacon (“Scream”), Daniel Zovatto (“Fear the Walking Dead”), Raymond Lee, and Jerrika Hinton (“Grey’s Anatomy”). The family, which includes now-adult adopted children and one adolescent biological child, struggles to answer why one of the children has begun to see things the others cannot. Hunter’s character, the matriarch, loses her balance as her children reach adulthood and her husband struggles with depression. Ball, through his Your Face Goes Here, will co-executive produce along with Peter Macdissi.

Dates

CNN Films‘ new special providing viewers with an intimate portrait of the Obama presidency has been »

- Dani Levy

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