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Noah Baumbach is kind of everywhere these days because the filmmaker has two films coming out this year. "Mistress America," which debuted at Sundance, will be his second film to be released when it opens later this year. But first, in theaters now, is the sharp comedy, “While We’re Young,” starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Amanda Seyfried, about marriage, youth, aging, the changing notions of authenticity within art, and the push and pull relationship between a Gen X couple and a dynamic Millennial pair (read our review). “It’s also about identity,” Baumbach told us in a recent Playlist interview. “I think it’s sort of hard to be who you are, particularly when you’re younger. I think also in your '20s, [when you get] this sort of feeling like everything is happening too slow and too fast. You feel like you’re running out of time already, »
- Edward Davis
In While We’re Young, Josh (Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are 40-somethings whose marriage and careers are overturned when charming young couple Jamie (Driver) and Darby (Seyfried) unexpectedly enter their lives.
Baumbach’s comedy explores the differences and similarities between two eras’ relationships, pop culture consumption, and view of adulthood, all set to a killer soundtrack.
Cineplex was on hand to talk about the Bohemian Brooklyn-set film with the director and stars Stiller, Seyfried, and Adam “Adrock” Horovitz.
For former Beastie Boys member Horovitz playing an on-screen dad who wrestles with growing older jumped at the chance to work with his real-life pal Baumbach. “Someone like Noah says, ‘Will you do this?’ and you do it,” he said at the film’s press New »
- Rachel West
Director: Noah Baumbach.
Running Time: 97 minutes
Synopsis: A middle-aged couple befriend a couple in their 20s.
While We’Re Young has one of those annoyingly vague titles that just knows everybody will relate to it in some way. The ‘We’re’ is a universal we, and already the film is trying far too hard to include the audience before the reels even begin to roll. Baumbach’s latest manages to be both a funny and charming look at aging, and also a condescending pile of drivel too. It’s quite the accomplishment, but something more and more films aimed at the middle ages are doing.
Stiller and Watts play a married couple without a child. Although their close friends, recently with, are the annoying types who declare how their lives have suddenly changed and were incomplete beforehand, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
A cross-generational character comedy whose biggest problem is its characters, Noah Baumbach's While We're Young is sharply observed but frustratingly slight. Though there's no reason why privileged urban 40-somethings should be inherently unsympathetic, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watt's neurotic Brooklynites live up to every grating inch of the stereotype.
Stiller is Josh Svebnick, a self-absorbed documentary filmmaker whose recent diagnosis with arthritis has brought the reality of ageing into uncomfortably sharp focus. He's stuck in suspended animation, having been at work on the same thoroughly unmarketable historical documentary for a decade (a convoluted seven-hour critique of power structures in corporate America).
Equally navel-gazing but even more directionless is his wife Cornelia (Watts), who's grappling with her decision not to have children now that all of her friends build »
Chicago – Director Noah Baumbach is a master in creating cinematic atmosphere. Whether it’s the adolescent mood of “The Squid and the Whale,” the weird loneliness of “Frances Ha” or his screenplays with director Wes Anderson, Baumbach generates a worthy emotional imprint. His latest film is “While We’re Young.”
“While We’re Young” is a meditation on dichotomy, as Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts portray a childless fortysomething couple that are losing commonality with their baby producing friends. When a younger couple – portrayed by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried – come into their lives, there is a sense that the older couple is taking one more stab at the youth that chronologically has slipped away. Filled with the comedy of awkwardness and keen observations on the human condition, “While We’re Young’ is another expansive achievement from the mind of Noah Baumbach.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Noah Baumbach unveiled his latest offering – While We’re Young – back in Spetember with a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and now it's finally making its way to Cineplex screens across the country. In keeping with Baumbach’s cinematic output to date, his latest leans on a carefully selected soundtrack as a key storytelling tool.
This time out Baumbach looks at the divide between the current crop of 40-somethings (personified by the lead couple, Josh and Cornelia, portrayed by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) and their millennial 20-something counterparts (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried).
The premise may seem to write itself: The older generation fears and disavows the music of the one that follows it and makes endless cracks about “back in the day.” Baumbach, however, doesn’t take the bait. Instead, he uses the music to cleverly differentiate each generation’s relationship to music.
One of »
- Shane McNeil
Who wants to replace Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" for Comedy Central? The potential list of replacement hosts has been getting smaller and smaller with so many possibilities with prior commitments. Relatively new show correspondent Trevor Noah is now "considered the most likely candidate" according to an inside source this weekend. He only recently debuted on the Emmy-winning program December 4 as the senior international correspondent. Others on the original short list not available include Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, and Jessica Williams. Stewart will depart sometime later this year. Deadline -Break- Nickelodeon announces their 2015 Kids' Choice Awards winners Saturday night. Top film picks include "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" and its stars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, Ben Stiller, Angelina Jolie, and Emma Stone. TV winners are "Modern Family," "Austin and Ally," "S..."' »
Home, the newest feature from animation studio Dreamworks, won the top spot in its opening weekend, beating out competitors with a $54 million opening. The total marks Dreamworks’ first box office top finish since Mr. Peabody and Sherman achieved the feat a year ago, and the studio’s first opening weekend victory since 2013’s The Croods. The PG-rated Home was joined at the top by fellow new opener and R-rated Get Hard, as the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy took in $34.6 million in its opening weekend, good for a second place finish.
Among the rest of the films, the other big entry was the indie horror film It Follows. Distributors’ plans to forego a VOD opening this weekend in favour of taking the film to a wide theatrical release instead paid off, as the movie made $4 million in its expansion, finishing in fifth place on the chart with a $4 million total. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Noah Baumbach ruled the specialty box-office weekend with While We’re Young – his latest film starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts – which had a robust debut in four theaters. The filmmaker joked Monday that the film was his “most accessible” and “the happiest I get.” The numbers back that up, with While We’re Young topping the debut of It Follows as 2015’s best specialty debut. Among other newcomers, Sony Classics opened its Oscar-nominated The Salt Of The Earth to… »
Noah Baumbach found the best limited debut of his career with "While We're Young" this weekend, which pulled in $242,152 from just 4 theaters to average a fantastic $60,538. That's by far the best average of 2015 so far, and tops the $40,517 average of Baumbach's "Margot at the Wedding" to become his strongest ever. "While We're Young" stars Baumbach regular Ben Stiller alongside Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Stiller and Watts play a couple in their 40s who begin hanging out with a pair of twentysomethings (Driver and Seyfried). "The generational comedy, buoyed by strong reviews, excellent performances by the ensemble cast, along with the movie's ability to provide hilarious insight, strikes a chord for audiences of all ages," A24's Heath Shaprio said. "The box office increase from Friday to Saturday was very strong, and had several sellouts throughout the weekend in both NY and La." "While We're »
- Peter Knegt
Angelina Jolie Pitt, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, One Direction, Selena Gomez, SpongeBob SquarePants, Fifth Harmony, The Voice and Austin & Ally were among this year’s fan favorites, winning orange blimps at Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, Saturday, March 28.
The film winners were:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Favorite Movie Actor
Favorite Movie Actress
Favorite Animated Movie
Favorite Male Action Star
Favorite Female Action Star
Kids’ Choice Awards
Hosted by recording artist/actor and kids’ pick for Favorite Male Singer Nick Jonas, the awards were broadcast from Los Angeles’ legendary “Fabulous” Forum, where kids celebrated their favorites from the worlds of film, »
- Michelle McCue
As Lena Dunham’s love interest in Girls, actor Adam Driver represents a new kind of male. Now starring with Ben Stiller in Noah Baumbach’s new film, here the ex-marine discusses sex scenes, the internet and his theatre group for troops
Adam Driver, 31, is the Emmy-nominated star from the HBO series Girls, in which he plays Hannah Horvath’s (Lena Dunham) on-off love interest Adam Sackler. As Sackler, Driver combines memorable looks (6ft 3in frame, raven hair, a face like human origami), with an intensity that seems part apocalyptic internalised rage, part brittle vulnerability, part no-nonsense brio, leading many to cite him as a new kind of modern screen male.
Driver was raised in Mishawaka, Indiana, by a paralegal mother and Baptist minister stepfather. After 9/11, he joined the Us marines, but before being deployed to Iraq he broke his sternum during an exercise and was medically discharged. Driver has »
- Barbara Ellen
Nick Jonas wowed the crowd at the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, held Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., which seats 17,500 — screaming kids.
The host pulled double duty, kicking off the live show with a medley performance of his hits “Chains” and “Jealous.” Welcomed by a video montage of A-listers chanting his name — Taylor Swift, Heidi Klum and, of course, SpongeBob SquarePants’ Patrick Star — Jonas took the stage, in front of the star-studded audience, including Chris Pratt, Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie, who was joined by two of her kids, Shiloh and Zahara.
“A lot of girls in the house are still struggling after One Direction became two directions,” Jonas greeted the crowd, alluding to this week’s news of the boy band losing member Zayn Malik. Poking fun at himself, he quipped, “What’s next, the Jonas Brother?”
Emma Stone won the first award of the night for favorite movie actress. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
As part of Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz's post-Beastie Boys life, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer appears in a co-starring role in Ben Stiller's new film While We're Young. To promote the movie, Ad-Rock stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to make what he called his "first talk show appearance by myself." During his wild visit, Horovitz talked about touring with Madonna, befriended Will Forte and declined to touch "river monsters."
Fallon opens up the interview by asking about the origins of an old photograph featuring »
With Zoolander 2 now officially a go, Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) crashed the Valentino Paris catwalk this past week to the delight and surprise of the fashion world, before posing with models Xiao Wen Ju and Tilda Landstam at the Eiffel Tower. Check out a few promotional images, courtesy of Valentino…
- Gary Collinson
New York director Noah Baumbach, the child of writers, writes consistently smart screenplays about that urban intellectual milieu, from his debut "Kicking and Screaming" to his Oscar-nominated "The Squid and the Whale," arguably his most fully realized film to date, which broke out Jesse Eisenberg, followed by less well-received "Margot at the Wedding," which was a dark, dead-on accurate portrait of a family of narcissists. Baumbach is willing to show characters who are lost and flailing. Ben Stiller has portrayed his alter-ego twice now, in L.A.-set "Greenberg," co-starring Greta Gerwig, which made me squirm with discomfort, and now "While We're Young," which debuted at Toronto 2014. Stiller plays Josh, a blocked and earnest documentary filmmaker stuck in a dead-end career and a tired childless marriage to Cornelia (Naomi Watts). The duo meet and become briefly infatuated by another couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) who »
- Anne Thompson
With Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" rolling into cinemas today, telling the story of a middle-aged couple trying to reclaim their youth, there is probably no better moment for this news to drop. Star Ben Stiller had a punk band in the 1980s, they recorded an album, and over 30 years later, it's getting an official release. You can't make this stuff up. Pitchfork has the news the today and it goes something like this: indie label Captured Tracks stumbled across Roadkill by Capital Punishment — recorded on the cheap, and given an initial run of a couple hundred copies — contacted Stiller to ask if they could re-release it, and the rest is history. While most people would be mortified to see their high school band's recordings put back out into the wild, it's kinda great Stiller is eager to roll with it, and he seems pretty amazed anyone cares. "What »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"While We're Young" is a tale of two Brooklyns for Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomie Watts) and Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). For Oscar-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"), who just finished "Bridge of Spies" with Steven Spielberg, it was a return to home in New York after five years of working elsewhere. But with a different character-driven design approach. Read More: First Look at Steven Spielberg's Cold War Thriller "Bridge of Spies" "The idea was to go find it, so I started way before we officially began looking for locations," Stockhausen said. "I was at the Bushwick Open Studios in Brooklyn, where artists in the neighborhood open their doors. And so many people are living and working in the same space that we get to peek inside their lives. And I actually walked into the apartment that we ended up using for Jamie and Darby's apartment. »
- Bill Desowitz
Sometimes the soundtrack to a Noah Baumbach movie can be more exciting than the film itself. He, like his contemporaries Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson, is obsessive about making sure the music in his films carries the story. This is especially true of While We're Young, his new film about 40-somethings who realize the stuff of their childhood is now considered "vintage," starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, and Ad-Rock. The music in While We're Young is some of the most eclectic you'll hear on any Baumbach soundtrack, as it pits the old against the new — what was kind of lame then, but totally cool now. Baumbach reunited with LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy to put the soundtrack together, and on an unseasonably cold spring day in New York, he told Vulture about the prized possessions in his personal collection, and what movie soundtrack makes him cry. »
- Lauretta Charlton
Ahead of its UK release on April 3rd, we’ve got a video interview with writer-director Noah Baumbach, as he discusses his latest film While We’re Young starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts; check it out below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Watch the trailer for While We’re Young Here
Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) enters their lives.
While We’re Young opens in the UK on April 3rd.
- Gary Collinson
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