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Baby Boom: Swanberg’s Pregnancy Drama Plays it Safe
For a glaring portrait of the subtle audacity of subconscious privilege unawares, look no further than Kris Swanberg’s latest feature, Unexpected, an indie Sundance premiered drama treading the expected tropes of unplanned pregnancy. Its set-up initially poses a provocative juxtaposition, a tale of two surprise pregnancies dealt to two very different women in one of the Midwest’s most progressive cities, Chicago. Told from the perspective of its white, high functioning and hopelessly granola lead, whose life intersects with a black, socioeconomically compromised student in a similar situation promises to be an invigorating examination of taken-for-grantedness. Except, at every possible opportunity, Swanberg’s screenplay (co-written by actress Megan Mercier) backs away from controversial points, instead reinforcing the frustrating obliviousness of its lead character. And that’s not even addressing the narrative’s conservative reinforcement of teen mothers giving birth »
- Nicholas Bell
The film - a knowing wink to the Us network's melodramas - will air on the channel on July 5 at 10pm.
Funny or Die and mockbuster filmmaker Rachel Lee Goldenberg has directed the film, while Ferrell - a self-confessed fan of Lifetime TV movies - is also an executive producer.
Back in April, it was reportedly that the movie had been scrapped by Ferrell and Wiig, but the rumours were dismissed after a huge billboard was unveiled on Hollywood Boulevard.
The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015
Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.
From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):
Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.
He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for »
- Michelle McCue
Read More: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' Reviews: A Weepie for the Film FanaticAs the enduring popularity of "Love Story" and "Terms of Endearment" proves, audiences simply love a good cry now and then. This weekend, Alfonso Gómez-Rejón's Sundance-winning "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" proudly carries the waterworks torch through select theaters. If you're unable to make it to the movies this weekend, or if you simply just don't want to bawl your eyes out in the middle of a crowded theater, Netflix has plenty of indies on deck to service your emotions. Here are 9 indie tearjerkers to check out on Netflix. Start streaming: "The Cider House Rules" (Lasse Hallström, 1999)A protégé to a physician who runs an orphanage sets off to see the world, but reality soon intrudes on his youthful idealism and moral certitude. The Oscar-winning drama stars Toby Maguire, Charlize Theron, »
- Zack Sharf
A Deadly Adoption, a knowing wink to the Us network's melodramas, was reportedly scrapped by the pair back in April.
The film, which also stars 90210 star Jessica Lowndes, will now air later this month, The Hollywood Reporter reveals.
Described as "campy and fun", it will mark the 25th anniversary of Lifetime's TV movie strand. Funny or Die and mockbuster filmmaker Rachel Lee Goldenberg has directed the film.
In this day and age of film criticism, less of it is seemingly always a bad thing, and when a bastion like The New York Times announces they’re cutting back, it seems like a particularly painful blow. However, Variety Thursday obtained an email from Nyt Film Critic A. O. Scott explaining that the Times would no longer be reviewing every movie opening in New York, and the ironic truth is that this “new” policy may go a long way toward bettering the film coverage.
“Because of the increasing volume of new films released each year, the Times is no longer able to guarantee reviews of all New York theatrical releases,” Scott said in an email. He went on to add in a phone interview to Variety that the paper had already instated such a policy quietly earlier this year, and coyly confirmed as much on Twitter.
In 2013, the Times published nearly 900 film reviews. »
- Brian Welk
So which Will Ferrell are we getting in the upcoming "Tom's Dad"? Are we getting the comedian who sorta flopped this past spring with "Get Hard"? Or the man who likes to dabble in indie dramas from time to time? Well, even though it's described as a comedy, it sounds like we'll see both in the upcoming movie directed by the always safe and reliable Lasse Hallström ("Chocolat," "The Cider House Rules," "The Hundred-Foot Journey"). Read More: Review: 'Get Hard' With Will Ferrell And Kevin Hart Martin Casella penned the screenplay for this '60s set tale about that follows Arthur (Ferrell), a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship. So yes, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While Will Ferrell has a boatload of projects in development as either and actor or producer, he doesn’t seem to want to stop adding more. He’s now attached to Tom’s Dad, which Lasse Hallström will direct for producer Johnny Depp.The film will find Ferrell as the titular father figure, a struggling nightclub performer in 1960s Nevada who sees a chance to bond with his estranged 12-year-old son when his ex-wife leaves on a three-week trip. But he’s also got to juggle his performance responsibilities as he tries to make it big with his circus animal act. Martin Casella and Keith Clarke have worked on the script, which appears to offer the sort of blend of silly and heartwarming that Ferrell often does well with. If all goes well, Hallström aims to kick off production early next year. Ferrell, who last starred in the lacklustre comedy Get Hard, »
Box office winner and Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell (Get Hard, Anchorman 1 and 2) will star in the comedy Tom’S Dad to be directed by Oscar nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The Hundred-foot Journey).
Principal photography on the feature film is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.
Set in 1960s Nevada, Arthur (Ferrell) is a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship.
It was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke (The Way Back, upcoming Ben Hur) of Point Blank Productions, Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil (Hugo, Rum Diary, Dark Shadows) and Arsenal’s John Ptak (Let Me In, »
- Michelle McCue
Set in 1960s Nevada, Ferrell plays a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged twelve-year old son when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their relationship.
Filming is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Actor Will Ferrell is lining up a curious new project. It was announced today that he is set to star in the comedy Tom’s Dad for director Lasse Hallström, the filmmaker behind The Cider House Rules and Chocolat. The film takes place in 1960s Nevada and revolves around a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act featuring circus animals (yes, Ferrell will play a circus ringleader). He is subsequently forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year-old son when his ex-wife departs on a three-week trip, leaving the two to rekindle their relationship. Martin Casella (One Night Stand) penned the original screenplay. Further casting is currently underway with the aim to start production in early 2016. Hallström’s been doing his fair share of Nicholas Sparks movies as of late, helming Dear John and Safe Haven, as well as last year’s Helen Mirren-fronted The Hundred-Foot Journey. »
- Adam Chitwood
Will Ferrell has added a new comedy movie to his name.
The Hollywood funnyman will star in Lasse Hallström's Tom's Dad, reports Deadline.
Set in 1960s Nevada, Ferrell plays nightclub performer Arthur who hopes to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals, but he is forced to rekindle his relationship with his estranged 12-year-old son after his ex-wife leaves for a three-week trip.
The Spoils Before Dying will air on three consecutive nights beginning Wednesday, July 8 at 9pm Et
Watch a red band trailer for Get Hard below: »
Lasse Hallstrom will direct, with shooting expected to start early next year. Fortitude International is launching international sales at Cannes and UTA Independent Film Group is handling North American rights.
Depp is producing with Christi Dembrowski through their Infinitum Nihil banner along with Joni Levin and Keith Clarke of Point Blank Prods. and Arsenal’s John Ptak. Peter D. Graves is exec producing, as well as providing marketing and distribution oversight. Thomas A. Walsh will co-produce.
Martin Casella wrote the screenplay with revisions by Clarke. The story is set in Nevada in the 1960s, with Ferrell playing a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year-old son when his ex-wife departs on a three-week trip. »
- Dave McNary
Peter D Graves is executive producer and UTA Independent Film Group represents North American rights.
Principal photography is set to begin early next year. Martin Casella wrote the original screenplay with revisions by Clarke. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Exclusive: Will Ferrell has been set to star in comedy Tom’s Dad for Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallström. The news was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke of Point Blank Productions (Ben Hur); Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil; and Arsenal's John Ptak (The Way Back). Principal photography is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway. Fortitude International, the sales, finance and production outfit… »
Exclusive: Lasse Hallstrom has committed to next direct A Dog’s Purpose, an Audrey Wells-scripted adaptation of the W. Bruce Cameron novel. Gavin Palone and Mark Sourian are producing and Alan Blomquist is executive producer. Cameron, an insider whose credits include 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Daughter, wrote the first draft with Cathryn Michon. The book is about one dog’s quest to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes with multiple owners… »
Lionsgate U.K announced Tuesday that they will invest in and co-finance at least 25 British independent films over the next four years. Over the past three years, Lionsgate U.K. has invested in and released more than 20 British films with a combined production budget of over $225 million. Some of their recent releases include “Locke” starring Tom Hardy, “A Little Chaos” by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet, and “Testament of Youth” starring Kit Harrington (“Game of Thrones”). Historical British titles the company have invested in and released since 2012 also include Lasse Hallstrom‘s “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” starring Ewan. »
- Joe Otterson
Lionsgate has pledged to finance and co-invest in up to 25 British independent films “with an increased production value” over the next four years.
The company has invested in and released more than 20 British features in the past three years with a combined production budget of more than $225m including Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt; Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman and Coriolanus; Mike Newell’s Great Expectations; and Jon S Baird’s Filth starring James McAvoy.
Lionsgate Europe CEO Zygi Kamasa, who recently signed a long-term deal to stay at the company, said of the move: “The UK is one of the most creatively exciting places in the world to be making movies right now and we want to help make independent British films be at the forefront of cinema worldwide.”
British titles »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Manish Dayal (“The Hundred-Foot Journey”) is attached to star in the New York-set boxing story, “Uppercut,” penned by Black List writer Neeraj Katyal (“The Amazing Adventures of the Monogamous Duck”).
In the wake of “Hundred-Foot” finding success at the global box-office, Dayal expressed his passion for “the sweet science” to New York-based producer Atit Shah (“A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island”). Longtime friends, Dayal and Shah, subsequently began putting the project together via Shah’s Create Entertainment banner.
Dayal will play Shiva Singhavi, a young boxer raised in the blue-collar, Queens neighborhood of Jackson Heights. As he moves up the ranks of fighters, Singhavi struggles to navigate the gritty underworld of fixed fights, grimy gyms, and dirty cops. Racial tensions escalate following a shooting that Shiva is the sole witness to, and the street-smart athlete soon finds himself caught between a police force that protected him and the community that raised him. »
- Press Releases
Executive’s portfolio expanded to CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.
In his expanded role Kamasa will spearhead Lionsgate’s strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential coproduction arrangements, M&A initiatives and entry into new lines of business.
Lionsgate has also relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London.
“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate UK into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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