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I knew you think you’re a fan of the best show on television, but unless you mean Portlandia, you’re just fooling yourself.
Well, I may be caught up in the excitement, and thus prone to overstating things a bit, But!
It is certainly one of the best shows on (and I mean the top three or four), and this is a good time to commit yourself to it, and binge the previous season, because you know it will be around.
The Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein show has always stood out as not only hilarious, but inventive, and frequently uncomfortable. As the seasons have moved on, we’ve gotten a fascinating look at the characters that hail from the soggy northwest, without sacrificing any of the genius behind the show.
Stay tuned, another few weeks, and more seasons may get ordered.
IFC Renews Hit Comedy for »
- Marc Eastman
Currently in Season 5, IFC has renewed Portlandia for Season 6 and Season 7, ordering ten half-hour episodes each. Creators and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, along with co-creator and director Jonathan Krisel, will remain at the helm for both seasons. Portlandia is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video.
Said Fred and Carrie in a joint statement.
"We are so excited to get to do more Portlandia with IFC. Getting to work with Jon and our talented writers and crew, it really is our favorite thing in the world. Also, we get to spend more time in Portland!"
"Portlandia may be a place where young people go to retire, but IFC is not retiring Portlandia. And if you order a book from Toni and Candace at the Feminist Bookstore right now, it might even arrive by the time season seven rolls around. »
IFC has taken North American rights to "Sleeping with Other People," starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, two weeks after its buzzy Sundance premiere. This sex comedy was clearly one of the more commercial films at the festival, with a rumored six suitors chasing the film including Radius-twc, who made Headland's 2012 "Bachelorette" a VOD hit. Sudeikis, playing a womanizer, and Brie, a serial cheater, meet in a sex addicts' anonymous meeting, forming a friendship and attraction. The film costars Amanda Peet, Natasha Lyonne and Adam Scott. Reviews and word-of-mouth for the racy film, snapped up for seven figures, were strong in Park City. IFC is eyeing a wide theatrical release. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The deal was for above seven figures with a P-and-a commitment in the seven-figure range.
Bidding was heated with at least half a dozen interested parties at various points. CAA handled the sale.
Production companies are Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Gloria Sanchez Prods. Producers are Sidney Kimmel, Jessica Elbaum, Adam McKay and Will Ferrel; exec producers are Jim Tauber, Carla Hacken, Matt Berenson and Bruce Toll.
Leslye Headland directed from her own script with Sudeikis portraying a womanizer while Brie plays a serial cheater. The characters meet in college and then run into reach each other a decade later at a sex addicts’ meeting.
- Dave McNary and Brent Lang
Other People’s Mousetraps: Headland Heads to Romcom
One of the most acerbically hilarious new voices in the American indie world is writer/director Leslye Headland, whose dark hearted 2012 directorial debut Bachelorette was a jagged counterpoint to the unoffending female comedy fantasies, something like Bridesmaids but more uneasily wicked. After writing 2014’s remake of About Last Night, she’s back with her sophomore effort, Sleeping with Other People, a romcom that borrows a bit heavily from When Harry Met Sally. At times funny and sincere in its depiction of modern heterosexual romantic entanglements, Headland’s latest also becomes a bit too self-aware of its own conventions, and instead of reinventing them, sadly becomes a willing victim to its own fantastic monstrousness. Described playfully by the director as a ‘love grenade’ at the film’s premiere, Headland may very well launch bombs at formulaic interpretations of love, sex, and the whole damn thing, »
- Nicholas Bell
Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in TrainwreckPhoto: Universal Pictures With Sundance just wrapping up and Berlin starting up in a few days, we are now immersed in the year-long barrage of film festivals. One such festival in South By Southwest. A few weeks back they announced the first seven films of their program, including the opening night film Brand: A Second Coming. Today, they have revealed the rest of the features to be shown in March (except for the midnight program), and some of it has me very excited. The bigger titles announced do not do much for me. Paul Feig's Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, and the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart starrer Get Hard leave a lot to be desired in terms of anticipation, as does a work in progress cut of Judd Apatow's latest film Trainwreck. I'm guessing an Apatow work in progress is probably around three and a half hours. »
- Mike Shutt
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
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 »
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