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It’s fascinating to see how an awards player can see its stock rise and fall throughout Oscar season. Much like last week’s Stonewall, which went from a potential contender to throughly a pretender, Freeheld has seen its fortunes change ever since its debut on the film festival circuit. The movie is hitting theaters this week with less buzz than you’d expect, though that doesn’t mean that this one is dead. A lot will have to do with the precursors, which could easily resurrect the film. As such, I wanted to give it another quick mention and keep it on all of our minds… In case you don’t remember from the last time I talked about Freeheld, the film is about same sex marriage and centers on two women fighting for the benefits that straight couples take for granted. Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) is a Lieutenant »
- Joey Magidson
This year’s San Diego Film Festival again partners with Variety to honor four stars: Adrien Brody will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award; the Reframed Humanitarian Award will go to Geena Davis; the Auteur Award is being given to Brit Marling; and John Boyega will get the Rising Star Award.
Sdff will fete the honorees on Oct. 1 at Variety’s Night of the Stars tribute and party.
Two high-profile films anchor the fest: It opens with “Septembers of Shiraz” (pictured), Wayne Blair’s Iranian thriller starring Brody and Salma Hayek; and it will host the world premiere of Lawrence Roeck’s “Diablo,” starring Scott Eastwood, Camilla Belle, Walton Goggins and Danny Glover.
“This is a nice coup for us,” says programming VP Tonya Mantooth.
- Iain Blair
Oscar winner Julianne Moore and Ellen Page celebrated the New York premiere of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment’s film “Freeheld,” which tackles gay rights, on Monday night at the Museum of Modern Art. The two stars received heaps of praise for their portrayal of two real-life domestic partners, Laurel Hester (Moore) and Stacie Andree (Page), who fight for New Jersey police officer Hester to be able to leave her pension benefits to Andree upon being diagnosed with lung cancer.
“I found the story of Laurel and Stacie to be incredibly moving. They just wanted to be treated like everybody else,” Moore told Variety on the red carpet. “Their personal story shows that love is love. Every relationship is a valid relationship. I hope our film will show that no matter what a person’s sexuality is, they aren’t any different. Laurel and Stacie wanted a house, they wanted a family, »
- Paul Chi
Freeheld Summit Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Peter Sollett Written by: Ron Nyswaner based on Cynthia Wade’s documentary Cast: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Steve Carell, Josh Charles Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 9/24/15 Opens: October 2, 2015 They say that the reason more than half the country is now sympathetic to gay marriage is that we Americans know people among our own families and friends who are homosexual or lesbian, and hey, they’re real human beings! It’s a small step from that insight to the belief that in certain areas people should have equality—maybe not in income, but surely [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Previously: Review: 'Masters of Sex' Season 3, Episode 10, 'Through a Glass, Darkly': Controls and Variables The Syllabus In the season's pared-down penultimate episode, "Masters of Sex" reduces its shifting constellation of personal and professional relationships to two quartets: Bill (Michael Sheen), Virginia (Lizzy Caplan), Dan (Josh Charles), and Dan's wife, Alice (an extraordinary Judy Greer), dining at a four-star restaurant in New York, and Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald) and Paul (Ben Koldyke) playing house with the Masters children back in St. Louis. The result, refracted through a series of brief scenes unspooling over the course of a single night, is the most controlled episode of this inconsistent season. Criss-crossing from the Big Apple to the Gateway City and back again, "Party of Four" is full of cutting one-liners and cool appraisals, but in effect its gambit is gentler, even melancholy. The subject, as Paul explains to »
- Matt Brennan
Previously: Review: 'Masters of Sex' Season 3, Episode 10, 'Through a Glass, Darkly': Controls and Variables The Syllabus In the season's pared-down penultimate episode, "Masters of Sex" reduces its shifting constellation of personal and professional relationships to two quartets: Bill (Michael Sheen), Virginia (Lizzy Caplan), Dan (Josh Charles), and Dan's wife, Alice (an extraordinary Judy Greer), dining at a four-star restaurant in New York, and Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald) and Paul (Ben Koldyke) playing house with the Masters children back in St. Louis. The result, refracted through a series of brief scenes unspooling over the course of a single night, is the most controlled episode of this inconsistent season. Criss-crossing from the Big Apple to the Gateway City and back again, "Party of Four" is full of cutting one-liners and cool appraisals, but in effect its gambit is gentler, even melancholy. The subject, as Paul explains to...
- Matt Brennan
Sixty-one years ago today, this iconic image was born: Marilyn Monroe, laughing as the skirt of her white cocktail dress is blown up by the air from a subway vent. Monroe had her famous skirt moment on the set of “The Seven Year Itch” for a scene with Tom Ewell filmed on Sept. 15, 1954. Her husband, baseball player Joe Dimaggio, was reportedly infuriated by the scene, and the couple divorced shortly afterward. The iconic photo of the “flying skirt” moment was taken by Monroe's friend Sam Shaw. Other notable Sept. 15 happenings in pop culture history: • 1949: “The Lone Ranger” premiered on ABC. • 1956: Elvis Presley started a five-week run at No.1 on the U.S. charts with “Don't Be Cruel.” • 1961: A band from Hawthorne, Calif. called The Pendletones had their first recording session at Hite Morgan’s studio in Los Angeles. The band later changed their name to The Beach Boys. »
- Emily Rome
Hope you have a bunch of tears saved up, because you're about to cry them all watching the trailer for Freeheld. Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star in the film, based on the 2007 documentary of the same name, about police lieutenant Laurel Hester and her partner, Stacie Andree. Once Laurel is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she begins to face the reality that the state doesn't allow for pension benefits to be passed along to same-sex domestic partners. Rather than die knowing her loved one won't be taken care of, Laurel fights the system. Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, and Josh Charles also star in the film, out on Oct. 2. This latest trailer features a new track, "Hands of Love," performed by Miley Cyrus and written by Linda Perry. It's no Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, but . . . just kidding, it's much, much better. »
- Maggie Pehanick
It may be a sign of the sweeping changes that have occurred in the gay-rights arena that “Freeheld” — a fact-based drama about two New Jersey women who fought for due recognition of their domestic partnership in the mid-2000s — at times plays like a period piece, populated by cardboard bigots, flamboyant gay crusaders and other hoary relics of a less enlightened past. That may be cause for celebration, but it’s hardly a compliment. Despite a credible and moving love story driven by strong performances from Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, director Peter Sollett’s film is an oppressively worthy and self-satisfied inspirational vehicle that views its story primarily as a series of teachable moments, all but congratulating viewers for their moral and ideological superiority to roughly half the people onscreen. The Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling in favor of marriage equality will lend the Oct. 2 Summit Entertainment some topical traction, »
- Justin Chang
This is a capsule review. A full review will be posted when the film hits theatres.
What few smirks and grins exist in I Smile Back seem either in jest or vain. This harrowing downward spiral of a drama puts you next to Laney, a wife and mother struggling with mental health issues that manifest in dangerous lies, alcohol abuse, pill addition, and deviant sex.
Propelled from an impressive central performance by Sarah Silverman, I Smile Back introduces us to Laney as she’s seemingly on the verge of going over the edge. She reflects on family memories, though each one less pleasant than the last. While she’s doing this, she watches her husband (Josh Charles), son, and daughter play basketball outside. Then she does a line of cocaine, judges her naked body in the mirror, and gets on with her night.
A stint in rehab later follows fights »
- Anthony Marcusa
Premiering this Wednesday in Toronto, "I Smile Back" gathered early steam at Sundance for Sarah Silverman's tangy turn as a housewife over the edge. Director Adam Salky's film, co-written by the source material's novelist Amy Koppelman, pushes the comic actress to the brink as suburban mom Laney, who's barely able to maintain a facade of normalcy. She's a manic depressive who, after taking the kids to school or putting them to bed, plunges into an abyss of drug and sex addiction unknown to her husband (Josh Charles). And then she falls down one more time. This upsetting movie, even when careening into melodrama, is a real showcase for Silverman, who embodies a frittered woman willingly complicit in her own downfall, and who wants redemption — but not quite yet. Broad Green Pictures, which is supporting an awards campaign for Silverman, opens "I Smile Back" October 23. Read More: Sarah Silverman »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Ahead of its Us release next month, the first trailer has debuted for director Adam Salky’s upcoming drama I Smile Back which stars Sarah Silverman and Josh Charles. You can watch it below after the official synopsis…
I Smile Back explores the life of Laney (Sarah Silverman), an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband (Josh Charles), a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next activity. However, just beneath the façade lie depression and disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion. Only very real danger will force her to face the painful root of her destructiveness and its crumbling effect on those she loves.
- Gary Collinson
After building a successful career as a comedic performer, Sarah Silverman makes the transition to drama seamlessly in the first trailer for I Smile Back. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, and was acquired by Broad Green Pictures in March. The film debuts in theaters October 23, but it will have a Special Presentation screening tomorrow night, Saturday, September 12 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Laney Sarah Silverman) is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next activity. However, just beneath the façade lie depression and disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion. Only very real danger will force her to face the painful root of her destructiveness »
In I Smile Back, stand-up turned dramatic actress Sarah Silverman will shift gears from making you laugh to making you cringe. It's a different kind of gut-check, courtesy of Adam Salky's film, which centers on Silverman as Laney, a suburban housewife with a seemingly picture-perfect external life. According to the film's synopsis and trailer (via Indiewire), however, Laney's internal life clashes with a dark depression that leads her to radiating pits of decadence and despair. The movie, which also stars Josh Charles, hits Tiff on Saturday and bows domestically on October 23. Get your Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back costumes ready. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Depression is a raw and complex issue that plagues millions of people across the world every day; an invisible demon perched atop shoulders that manages gnaws at happiness from the inside out. It’s a crippling condition, and one which will underpin Adam Salky’s low-key drama, I Smile Back.
Due to screen at Tiff later this week, Broad Green Pictures has revealed a new, emotional trailer for the film, showcasing an emphatic performance by Sarah Silverman. The comedian-cum-actress is set to play Laney, a woman who seemingly has everything – a loving family, suburban home, white picket fence – but begins to slide toward a downward spiral that involves alcoholism, adultery and drug abuse. Completely disillusioned with life itself, the unsettling footage has Laney travel through her day in a daze, only responding to stimulus that involves reckless, mentally damaging behaviour.
It’s a scenery-chewing turn that has caught the attention of critics, »
- Michael Briers
"Don't you want to be happy?" Broad Green Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for I Smile Back, a very emotional drug drama starring Sarah Silverman. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, as it's about the struggles of an addicted mother and how much she tries to be clean, but can't escape the depression. The cast includes Josh Charles, Thomas Sadoski, Mia Barron and Skylar Gaertner. It's a brutal film because as much as you hope, and really want, her to get better, she just keeps abusing herself and it's so painful to watch, but so potent in telling the story of this kind of person (who still deserves to be loved). This is also one of Sarah Silverman's best performances to date. Take a look below. Here's the first official trailer for Adam Salky's I Smile Back, direct from YouTube: Laney is an attractive, »
- Alex Billington
In a major departure from her usual comic work, Silverman stars here as a suburban housewife in the throes of addiction and depression.
I Smile Back opens in Us cinemas on October 23. »
Sarah Silverman has made a name for herself with her particular brand of raunchy comedy, but you might be surprised by her dramatic chops after watching the trailer for I Smile Back. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year and is showing as a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival. Silverman stars as a married mother whose life is spiraling out of control thanks to drugs, alcohol, and overwhelming depression. It definitely doesn't look like the feel-good movie of the year, but it does seem like an impressive showcase for the star. Josh Charles costars in the film, out on Oct. 23. »
- Maggie Pehanick
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Masters of Sex, The Last Ship, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Under the Dome and Top Model!
1 | Was Sunday’s wedding-themed, family-focused Ray Donovan the best episode of the show’s entire run? We’ll go ahead and answer that one for you: Yes. Yes, it was.
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