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Lemon Review

Humans. Such a savage tribe. Complex beings who view heartwarming triumphs and delusional meltdowns with the same excitement. Life deals a bum hand now and again, which we like to see in our movies – something Janicza Bravo’s Lemon understands. A quirky, deadpan descent into emotional abandonment that tears one man apart day by day. Arthouse to the core, but with detrimental and divisive results. You can only endure so many jump-away cuts and vapid characters before dialogue becomes Charlie-Brown-teacher monotone. “Wah wah, wah wah,” cut to thrown cake. “Wah wah,” enter Megan Mullally. A formula always followed by the same question – “Why?”

Brett Gelman stars as Isaac, whose blind wife of 10 years just walked out for good. At the same time, his star theater pupil Alex (Michael Cera) is leaving for a major motion picture filming in Denmark. It doesn’t help that his agent (played by Jeff Garlin
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Brett Gelman & Michael Cera Get Weird In New Trailer For ‘Lemon’

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Twin Peaks” is providing plenty of summer weirdness on the small screen, but if you’re looking for something oddball at the cinema, put “Lemon” on your list. The new comedy from director Janicza Bravo premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and now the distinct flavor is gearing up to get out in the world.

Read More: Sour ‘Lemon’ With Brett Gelman, Michael Cera, Judy Greer & Gillian Jacobs Is Heavy On The Quirk, But Little Else [Rotterdam Review]

The ensemble includes Brett Gelman (who co-wrote the film), Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Shiri Appleby, Fred Melamed, Rhea Perlman, David Paymer, Gillian Jacobs, Jon Daly, Martin Starr, Megan Mullally, Jeff Garlin, Elizabeth De Razzo, Marla Gibbs, and Nia Long in this story of a 40 year-old man grappling with a severe mid-life crisis.

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The Pickle Recipe – St. Louis Jewish Film Festival Review

Review by Mark Longden

The Pickle Recipe Screens Wednesday, June 7, at 1 Pm, Plaza Frontenac Cinema

The St Louis Jewish Film Festival is now in its 22nd year, and it’s to be commended for bringing so many interesting and stimulating movies to us here in the Midwest. This year has documentaries, dramas, and plenty of comedy too, of which The Pickle Recipe is perhaps the standout.

First up, in case you’re wondering about bias, I love Jon Dore. His Canadian show, a forerunner to “Inside Amy Schumer” (which he guested on), a mix of sketches, standup and interviews with interesting people, was brilliant, and since then he’s appeared in lots of movies and shows and is always hilarious. Here, he’s Joey, a musician / party organiser, who specialises in mitzvahs (both bar and bat), who seems to genuinely love his work.

But, a happy chap doing his job
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The 25 greatest movies about making movies

Mark Harrison May 19, 2017

From the currently playing Their Finest to the likes of Bowfinger and Boogie Nights, we salute the movies about making movies...

If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.

Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about
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Janicza Bravo's Comedy 'Lemon' Acquired by Magnolia

Janicza Bravo's Comedy 'Lemon' Acquired by Magnolia
Magnolia Pictures is taking a bite out of Lemon, acquiring North American rights to Janicza Bravo's feature directorial debut.

The film, written by Bravo and Brett Gelman, will be released later this year. It screens next at SXSW.

Lemon follows Isaac Lachman (Gelman), a 40-year-old man immobilized by the mediocrity in his life. His career is going nowhere, his girlfriend of 10 years is leaving him, and his family is overbearing. Isaac once had big dreams, but now just watches his life unravel.

Judy Greer, Michael CeraNia LongShiri Appleby, Fred Melamed, Jon Daly, Rhea Perlman, David Paymer, Gillian Jacobs, Martin...
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Magnolia Pictures Acquires Sundance Breakout ‘Lemon’ Ahead of SXSW

Magnolia Pictures Acquires Sundance Breakout ‘Lemon’ Ahead of SXSW
Ahead of its screening at SXSW on Friday evening, Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to “Lemon,” the feature directorial debut of Janicza Bravo.

Bravo co-wrote the screenplay with actor and husband, actor and comedian Brett Gelman, who also stars in the film. “Lemon” had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and opened the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

The film follows Isaac Lachman (Gelman), a 40-year-old man crippled by the mediocrity in his life. He has hit the wall in his career, his girlfriend of ten years is leaving him, his family is overbearing, so he idly watches as his once dream-filled life begins to deteriorate.

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Lemon” also stars Judy Greer, Michael Cera and Nia Long. Shiri Appleby, Fred Melamed, Jon Daly, Rhea Perlman, David Paymer, Gillian Jacobs, Martin Starr and Marla Gibbs round out the cast.

Bravo first came into the indie
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‘Lemon’: Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Janicza Bravo’s Sundance Breakout Ahead of SXSW Screenings

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‘Lemon’: Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Janicza Bravo’s Sundance Breakout Ahead of SXSW Screenings
Ahead of its screenings at this week’s SXSW Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to “Lemon,” the feature directorial debut of Janicza Bravo. Bravo also co-wrote the screenplay with actor Brett Gelman (Gelman also stars in the film and is Bravo’s husband). The film bowed back in January at the Sundance Film Festival and then went on to screen at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Read More: ‘Lemon’ Director Janicza Bravo On The Art of Rejection and Why Her Movie’s Not Weird — Sundance 2017

Per the film’s official synopsis, it “follows Isaac Lachman (Gelman), a 40-year-old man immobilized by the mediocrity in his life. His career is going nowhere, his girlfriend of ten years (Greer) is leaving him and his family is overbearing. Isaac once had big dreams, but now just watches his life unravel.”

Lemon” also stars Judy Greer, Michael Cera and Nia Long.
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Film Review: ‘Lemon’

Film Review: ‘Lemon’
To say that “Lemon” is quirky would be like saying that a lemon is yellow: It’s the nature of the object. The film’s entire raison d’être is to be as quirky and anomalous and avant-weird as possible. Mission accomplished. It’s fair to ask, though: To what end? “Lemon” is the year’s breakout buzz film from the Next section of Sundance, which is all about the cutting edge (it also just kicked off the International Film Festival Rotterdam), but let’s be clear: You could program this movie in 100 specialty theaters and market it with an advertising budget of $5 million, and it’s still doubtful that many people would show up. Not because the film is “too strange,” but because it’s so hermetically coy and self-conscious.

Lemon” is a comedy of miserablism that keeps poking you in the ribs — and, quite often, fails to hit
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Scott Adkins to star in comic book adaptation Accident Man

Fresh from his role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, British action star Scott Adkins is set for another comic book adaptation, having signed on to lead the cast of Accident Man.

Created by Pat Mills, Accident Man debuted in the UK comic Toxic! and tells the story of Mike Fallon, a high-class hitman known for making his murders look like unfortunate accidents. However, his attitude changes when his ex-girlfriend is murdered and he sets out on a rampage to track down those responsible.

Adkins will take on the lead role of Fallon, and has also co-written the screenplay with Stu Small, while Jesse Johnson directs. Production will get underway this month, with a cast that also includes Ray Stevenson, Ashley Greene, David Paymer, Amy Johnston, Ray Park and Michael Jai White.
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‘Doctor Strange’ Actor Scott Adkins Heads To ‘Accident Man’

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‘Doctor Strange’ Actor Scott Adkins Heads To ‘Accident Man’
Scott Adkins, who was recently seen in Doctor Strange, has joined the cast of Accident Man, an action title based on a character from the graphic novel by Pat Mills and Tony Skinner from the defunct monthly UK comic Toxic!. He joins Ray Stevenson, Ashley Greene, David Paymer, Amy Johnston, Ray Park and Michael Jai White in the film, which is directed by Jesse Johnson and set to go into production this month in the UK. Stu Small pens the script with Adkins which follows…
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‘I’m Dying Up Here’: Scott Cohen & David Paymer Join Showtime Comedy Series

Scott Cohen (Necessary Roughness) has joined the ensemble cast of Showtime's new hourlong comedy series I'm Dying Up Here in a recurring role, and David Paymer (Quiz Show), is set to guest star. From executive producer Jim Carrey, I'm Dying Up Here is set in L.A.'s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, during which the careers of many of the comedy superstars began. The series delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that are required to stand alone…
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Michael Cera, Brett Gelman Starring in Dark Comedy ‘Lemon’

Michael Cera, Brett Gelman Starring in Dark Comedy ‘Lemon’
Brett Gelman, Michael Cera, and Judy Greer are starring in the independent dark comedy “Lemon” from Burn Later Productions and Killer Films.

“Lemon” marks Janicza Bravo’s feature debut. She and Gelman co-wrote the script, in which Gelman plays an out-of-work actor who tries to stop his life from unraveling after he’s dumped by his blind girlfriend, portrayed by Greer.

The cast includes Nia Long, Fred Melamed, Shiri Appleby, Rhea Perlman, David Paymer, Gillian Jacobs, Megan Mullally, Martin Starr, Jeff Garlin, and Marla Gibbs. “Lemon” has been shooting in Los Angeles.

Lemon is produced by Paul Bernon, Sam Slater, and David Bernon from Burn Later Productions, Han West (“One Night”), and Houston King (“Results”). Executive producers are Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films (“Carol”), Bravo and Gelman.

Rowan Riley of Burn Later Productions is co-producing. Financing was arranged by ICM Partners and UTA, which are representing the film’s rights.
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Brett Gelman-Starring Indie ‘Lemon’ Wraps; Janicza Bravo’s Feature Directorial Debut

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Brett Gelman-Starring Indie ‘Lemon’ Wraps; Janicza Bravo’s Feature Directorial Debut
Brett Gelman is toplining Lemon, an indie drama he co-wrote with Janicza Bravo, who made her feature helming debut on the project. Burn Later Productions and Killer Films are producing and the pic just wrapped principal photography. The cast includes Gelman’s Married co-star Judy Greer , Michael Cera, Nia Long, Fred Melamed, Shiri Appleby, Rhea Perlman, David Paymer, Gillian Jacobs, Megan Mullally, Martin Starr, Jeff Garlin and Marla Gibbs. Bravo and Gelman wrote Lemon…
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The In-Laws

This Alan Arkin-Peter Falk show is finally being recognized as a comedy mini-masterpiece. Afraid of offending his daughter's future father-in-law, a dentist is sucked into a nightmare of crime and jeopardy, as a jolly Chinese airline whisks him away to a rendezvous with danger in a Latin American dictatorship. It's a gem of sustained mirth. The In-Laws Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 823 1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 103 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date July 5, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault, Penny Peyser, Arlene Golonka, Michael Lembeck, Paul Lawrence Smith, Ed Begley Jr., James Hong, Barbara Dana, David Paymer. Cinematography David M. Walsh Film Editor Robert E. Swink Original Music John Morris Written by Andrew Bergman Produced by Arthur Miller, William Sackheim Directed by Arthur Hiller

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Good grief, I had no idea that Albert Brooks and Michael Douglas remade this movie back in
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‘The Good Wife’ Finale Surprises as Alicia Florrick’s Emotional Saga Ends (Spoilers)

‘The Good Wife’ Finale Surprises as Alicia Florrick’s Emotional Saga Ends (Spoilers)
Like a good legal thriller, CBS’ “The Good Wife” surprised fans right down to its closing moments as Alicia Florrick’s emotional roller-coaster ride of the past seven seasons came to an unexpected end.

Spoiler Alert: Stop reading unless you have seen the May 8 finale of “The Good Wife.”

There were few neat and tidy endings in the series finale — appropriately titled “End” — written by series creators Robert and Michelle King. Julianna Margulies’ titular character spends the episode wrestling with the intellectual instincts that get in the way of what her heart wants. Thoughout the hour she gets counsel from a surprising source: Will Gardner, the love-of-her-life fellow lawyer who died a violent death back at the end of season five.

Josh Charles did indeed make a memorable return to the show to give Alicia a kick in the pants, although it’s not clear whether she takes all of his romantic advice.
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Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series is Now Available

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Warner Archive Collection continues its commitment to fulfilling the wishes of animation fans everywhere with the first-ever Blu-ray™ release of Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series. The enthralling anthology will be distributed in full 16×9 widescreen presentation starting Tuesday, November 10, 2015 via WBshop.com and popular online retailers.

As the follow-up to the popular Justice League animated series, Justice League Unlimited ran from 2004-2006 and featured a huge canon of characters from the DC Comics library. After fighting off an alien invasion in the previous two-season Justice League series, our heroes find their ranks diminished and – with new dangers arising at an ever-increasing pace – the remaining crime fighters realize that protecting the entire world is going to take more technology and more manpower. A lot more. The original seven Justice Leaguers – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, J’onn J’onzz, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl – are now joined by an unlimited selection of allies including Green Arrow,
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Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series hits Blu-ray

We heard back in September that Justice League Unlimited was coming to Blu-ray, and now the Warner Archive Collection has announced that Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series will hit shelves tomorrow, November 10th, bringing all 39 episodes of the show to HD. The full press release follows…

As the follow-up to the popular Justice League animated series, Justice League Unlimited ran from 2004-2006 and featured a huge canon of characters from the DC Comics library. After fighting off an alien invasion in the previous two-season Justice League series, our heroes find their ranks diminished and – with new dangers arising at an ever-increasing pace – the remaining crime fighters realize that protecting the entire world is going to take more technology and more manpower. A lot more. The original seven Justice Leaguers – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, J’onn J’onzz, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl – are now joined by an unlimited
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Surprise! Justice League Unlimited Complete Series Hits Blu-Ray Tomorrow

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The popular animated series, Justice League Unlimited, is finally coming to blu-ray in a new complete series set and if you can't wait for it, you're in luck. It's releasing Tomorrow!

Well this is kinda neat. If you really enjoyed the Justice League Unlimited animated series, which has a pretty dedicated fan following (with good reason), then you should be pretty happy to hear that the entire season is coming to blu-ray for the first time in one collection. Better yet, it's landing tomorrow, November 10th.

Warner Archive Collection continues its commitment to fulfilling the wishes of animation fans everywhere with the first-ever Blu-ray™ release of Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series. The enthralling anthology will be distributed in full 16x9 widescreen presentation starting Tuesday, November 10, 2015 via WBshop.com and popular online retailers.

As the follow-up to the popular Justice League animated series, Justice League Unlimited ran from 2004-
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NY Times talks to David O. Russell about Joy... which still is not screening. The mystery of it all

Playbill Aladdin flew through the streets of NYC on his magic carpet recently. How's that for marketing?

Gold Standard Character actors get their own award "The Carneys"... we wouldn't need this if the Academy remembered why they invited the Supporting Acting categories. The first recipients:  Bob BalabanMichael EalyBruce McGillDavid Paymer and Cch Pounder

THR wishes Toni Collette a happy birthday with fun facts

/Film Jennifer Aniston hasn't made a good film in 10 years. Can What Alice Forgot change her course?

Guardian suggests that appointment franchise cinema will end with Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part 2. "If Only!" says all of us who year for movies to be movies rather than expensive television series

Variety talks to Karl Glusman about his first day on the set of Gaspar Noé's Love
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Inaugural Carney Awards to Honor Top Character Actors

You know those actors that seem to steal the show in everything they’re in but you can’t quite place their name? They’re finally getting their due with the first annual Carney Awards, held Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Bob Balaban (“Gosford Park,” “Waiting for Guffman”), Bruce McGill (“MacGyver”), David Paymer (“Mr. Saturday Night”), and Cch Pounder (“ER”) are the four nominated for this inaugural event. Michael Ealy (“Barbershop,” “2 Fast 2 Furious”) will be recognized as a young artist to watch. The awards are named after the late, great Art Carney, himself a “character” actor—and an Oscar winner and seven-time Emmy winner to boot. Nov. 1 also marks the 60th anniversary of “The Honeymooners,” in which Carney starred. The actor’s trademark Ed Norton hat will be on display for the very first time to commemorate the occasion. “We believe these character actors
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