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Title: Sleeping with Other People Director: Leslye Headland Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, Andrea Savage, Natasha Lyonne Can men and women ever be just friends? Films like No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits have suggested that if sex enters the equation, all bets are off, since romance and love are inevitable consequences of a physical relationship. In Sleeping with Other People, two people meet one night in college and lose their virginities to each other, and then are not reunited for twelve years. Realizing just how much sex has ruined every relationship either of them has ever had, they decide to avoid any [ Read More ]
Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries”…
Scott: Destiny! Actually, we (Gettin’ Rad) had been trying to find a project to do with Mark Duplass. He brought us Patrick’s script and immediately after reading we were on board. I had seen an early cut of the wondrously weird “Creep“, which I loved, and couldn’t believe that both ideas came out of Patrick’s singular brain.
Lavallee: Your prod house Gettin’ Rad Productions is a professional and personal merger of two individual’s creative and comedic affinities. Could you discuss how your artistic collaboration with Adam, from skit-bliss in The Greatest Event in Television History »
- Eric Lavallee
I am at my second Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews.
Sundance Film Festival 2015 Reviews
Director/Screenwriter: Leslye Headland
U.S.A., 2015, 92 min., color
Plot (courtesy of Sundance): Jake and Lainey impulsively lose their virginity to each other in college. When their paths cross 12 years later in New York, they realize they both have become serial cheaters. Bonding over their chronic infidelity, they form a platonic friendship to support each other in their quests for healthy romantic relationships.
Review: Right from the beginning, we know Lainey (Brie) is a train wreck. She tries to get a dorm door down, and Jake (Sudeikis) is somehow charmed by this mess. Mainly because we learn he’s a little messed up too. That was college, but now we’re in present day, »
- Jeff Bayer
I try not to make sweeping pronouncements about Sundance movies until I’m back at sea level, and my brain is receiving its usual amounts of oxygen; there’s something about the air up here that can occasionally lead to irrational exuberance. (Google “The Spitfire Grill” or “Happy, Texas” if you don’t know what I mean.)
Even though I’m still in Park City, Utah, (and panting when I walk up hills) I’ll »
- Alonso Duralde
It was a very good night for the women of Litchfield Penitentiary. "Orange Is the New Black" had a lot to celebrate on Sunday evening, after both the show's cast and Uzo Aduba won trophies for their work at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles -- and the stars were ready to party.The entire cast attended the Weinstein Company & Netflix's joint after-party at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood when the ceremony was over, where they had a blast with their Actor statuettes. Danielle Brooks (Taystee) was spotted dancing with Lupita Nyong'o, who looked gorgeous in her crazy colorful Elie Saab gown. Uzo, Natasha Lyonne, Lorraine Toussaint, Taryn Manning, Lauren Lapkus and Barbara Rosenblat were all in festive spirits as well.Andy Samberg and wife Joanna Newsom also hammed it up at the bash, posing for some adorably awkward photos together with a borrowed statuette ... while the "Boyhood »
- tooFab Staff
Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.
It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble »
- Alfie Nobes
SAG-aftra presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2014 at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.
The Actor for a motion picture cast performance went this year to Birdman.
Honored with individual awards were Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons for performances in motion pictures and Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Mark Ruffalo and Kevin Spacey for performances in television.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles.
- Michelle McCue
The Screen Actors Guild handed out the 21st annual SAG Awards Sunday night live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is a rundown of all the nominees and winners as they are announced. And be sure to re-live our live blog of the show here! Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell / John du Pont – "Foxcatcher" (Sony Pictures Classics) Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – "The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Company) Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – "Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films) Michael Keaton / Riggan – "Birdman" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) **Eddie Redmayne / Stephen Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features)** - Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jennifer Aniston / Claire Bennett – "Cake" (Cinelou Films) Felicity Jones / Jane Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) **Julianne Moore / Alice Howland-Jones – "Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics)** - Winner Rosamund Pike / Amy Dunne – "Gone Girl »
- Kristopher Tapley
These ladies did a stylish cell block tango—all the way to the SAG Awards! Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, Natasha Lyonne, and all the winning ladies of Orange Is the New Black took the stage inside L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25 to accept their Best Cast statuette—and boy, do these inmates know how to glam up! To play characters like Aduba's "Crazy Eyes" or Taryn Manning's "Pennsatucky," the nearly all-female cast of the Netflix hit get major make-unders when filming. As [...] »
At a time when audiences are more friendly to raunch-coms than to rom-coms, writer-director Leslye Headland tries to split the difference in “Sleeping With Other People.” Essentially an updated “When Harry Met Sally … ” with texting (or, as Headland described the characters at the Sundance preem, “with a–holes”), two quippy New Yorkers spend more than 90 minutes trying to answer whether a man and a woman can be friends without romance entering the picture. Adhering pretty strictly to romantic-comedy conventions, the pic feels too broad for the arthouse and too small for the multiplex, leaving it in an uncomfortable commercial gray area.
Headland gets the meet-cute out of the way in the first scene, as Lainey (Alison Brie) makes a spectacle in a college dorm yelling at the top of her lungs and banging on the door of the unseen object of her affection. Jake (Jason Sudeikis) pulls her away to »
- Geoff Berkshire
Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.
Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.
When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »
- Scott J. Davis
Buyers will be out in full force this week in Park City but with so many options to choose from, it helps to have a cheat sheet to prioritize the must-see acquisition titles at Sundance. After talking to buyers and sellers alike, here are the 10 most promising titles with the loudest buzz heading into this year’s festival.
The Bronze (WME)
What’s the Deal?: The highlight of Sundance’s opening night lineup is this raunchy comedy from director Bryan Buckley featuring co-writer Melissa Rauch in what could prove to be a star-making performance. The “Big Bang Theory” actress plays a washed-up Olympic gymnast whose local celebrity is threatened by the arrival of a promising young gymnast seeking a mentor. Sundance describes the foul-mouthed protagonist as “a lovably loathsome character who makes Tonya Harding look like Grace Kelly,” so perhaps this will be the next “Bad Words?”
First Screening: Thursday, Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m. – Eccles
What’s the Deal?: Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt play East L.A. parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown as they juggle marital and parenting duties. Things get weird when she enjoys a night on the town with her girls and he takes the opportunity to invite his buddies over for smoking, drinking and carousing. Joe Swanberg’s latest may be his most commercial film yet, and it certainly features his most high-profile cast. Between Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Messina, Jenny Slate, Melanie Lynskey, Timothy Simons, Ron Livington, comedian Mike Birbiglia and veterans Sam Elliott and Judith Light, there’s someone for everyone.
First Screening: Monday, Jan. 26, 9:45 p.m. – Eccles »
- Jeff Sneider
Wanna see The Walking Dead badass Daryl Dixon and some other famous faces channel their inner (indie) rock star? To promote their new album No Cities to Love, female indie rock trio Sleater-Kinney recruited a motley crew of stars for a sing-along video, which was released on Thursday. The roster includes Norman Reedus, who plays Dixon on the AMC zombie series, former My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way, Ellen Page, Nashville's Connie Britton, Evan Rachel Wood, Orange Is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne, Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, Saturday Night Live's Vanessa Bayer and comedienne Sarah Silverman, The celebs »
To promote their upcoming album No Cities to Love, Sleater-Kinney got a bunch of famous people to film themselves singing the title track. Not just Fred Armisen, who's practically a member of the band at this point, but also Andy Samberg, Miranda July, Norman Reedus, Sarah Silverman, Natasha Lyonne, Ellen Page, Connie Britton, and Nick Kroll, among others. It's like Justin Bieber's "Call Me Maybe" video, except with people adults have heard of. »
- Nate Jones
In case you haven't heard, seminal riot grrl group Sleater-Kinney have returned with their first album in a decade with No Cities To Love. You might know guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein from her current gig yukking it up with Fred Armisen in "Portlandia," but before she was on the hit IFC comedy, she was ripping riffs and shouting it out hard in the seminal band, and the trio has called in a few favors to help get the word out. Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Gerard Way, Connie Britton, Miranda July, J Mascis, Vanessa Bayer, Norman Reedus, Ellen Page, Natasha Lyonne and Armisen all feature in the album's title track video. And there's a clever twist with everyone involved singing along to the song on headphones, so you only hear their vocal renditions of the track until the actual tune gets pumped up toward the end. Check it out below. [Pitchfork] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Fast, funny, and incredibly heartfelt" are the words we wrote in our review of "Loitering With Intent," and that's just what you want to hear about any movie featuring the double talents of Sam Rockwell and Marisa Tomei. And with their indie dramedy coming around the corner, today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Directed by Adam Rapp, and featuring Natasha Lyonne, Brian Geraghty, Isabelle McNally, Michael Godere, and Ivan Martin, the story follows Raphael and Dominic, a couple out-of-work-actors who have 10 days to deliver a script that could be their last shot for a big break. They head to Dom's sister place in upstate New York, where they think they'll be able work in seclusion, but the arrival Gigi's boyfriend Wayne, and his younger brother Devon, creates unexpected chaos. In this clip, we see Wayne and Gigi cozying up around the campfire. "Loitering With Intent" is now »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Also Read: Spirit Awards Get Live Broadcast for 30th Anniversary
Read the full release from Film Independent:
Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced today that Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell will co-host the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nonprofit, which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, will hold the 30th annual awards ceremony as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, »
- Matt Donnelly
Adam Rapp's Loitering With Intent — a lackadaisical hangout comedy that tries to be both a winking, self-reflexive look at screenwriting and a resonant study of relationships — suffers from a thrown-together vibe that is only rarely eclipsed by its overqualified supporting cast. Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell, and Brian Geraghty are among the distinguished players lending occasional weight to the movie; before their arrival, however, Rapp introduces Raphael (Ivan Martin) and Dominic (Michael Godere), fortyish actors "in an age void" who tend bar in Brooklyn to bankroll their struggling careers. The pair catches a break when a producer (Natasha Lyonne) expresses interest in their micro-budget, noir-tinged script — which doesn't actually exist, yet. »
With Smith himself portraying one of the film’s monsters, he’s had to shave his trademark beard in order for the necessary prosthetics to be applied, and the filmmaker has taken to Twitter to post a picture of his clean-shaven self, along with a snap of him in first stage of prosthetics…
Yoga Hosers sees Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp leading the cast as convenience store clerks Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, who team up with Depp’s Guy Lapointe in order to battle an ancient evil. Also featuring in the cast are Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the new Black), Austin Butler (Aliens in the Attic), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf »
- Gary Collinson
Glamorous Golden Globes fashions provided a lighter counterpoint to the many serious topics brought up by hosts and presenters on the red carpet and during the 72nd annual ceremony.
Stars including George Clooney sported “Je Suis Charlie” buttons in support of the Charlie Hebdo attacks and though it wasn’t planned that way, the colors of the French flag were well-represented: red on Taylor Schilling, white on Kate Hudson and blue on Natasha Lyonne.
Red gowns had a big moment on the red carpet: in addition to Schilling, nominees Julianna Margulies, Helen Mirren, Lena Dunham and Allison Janney all matched the carpet in scarlet, along with other attendees Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christine Baranski, Allison Williams and Kate Mara.
A few women bucked the long dress majority: Emma Stone opted for black trousers with a strapless top, while “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway won mostly raves for her offbeat blue-patterned Kenzo pantsuit and platform Stella McCartney kicks. »
- Marianne Zumberge
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