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Read More: The 15 Indie Films You Must See This October: 'Room,' 'Victoria' and More "Addicted to Fresno" (October 2) Judy Greer is normally the level-headed sidekick, and Natasha Lyonne the crazy mess, but Jamie Babbit is changing things up significantly in "Addicted to Fresno." The comedy, which premiered earlier this year at SXSW, runs far away from Hollwood typecasting by starring Greer as a sex-addicted wreck and Lyonne as her strangely optimistic sister. The film follows the pair -- Greer's Shannon and Lyonne's Martha -- as the former comes out of sex rehab and gets a job as a maid at the hotel where the latter works. After Shannon relapses and accidentally kills a hotel guest, her and Martha go on an all-out adventure to cover up the crime. "Addicted to Fresno" marks the second collaboration between Lyonne and Babbit after the 1999 cult hit, "But I'm a Cheerleader." The comedy also stars Aubrey Plaza, »
- Zack Sharf
First, the good news: Judy Greer has the lead in a movie. Now, the not-so-good news: That movie is “Addicted to Fresno.” If you’re resistant to laugh-track yucks, this comedy that revolves around a dead body and lessons learned is likely unappealing. Given significant slack, however, “Fresno” does have its charms, thanks in no small part to Greer — for once, not stuck in the small role of best friend or put-upon wife — and her co-star, Natasha Lyonne. Lyonne herself is experiencing a renaissance thanks to her role in the lauded Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” returning to the. »
- Tricia Olszewski
Sleeping With Other People is a forgettable, by-the-numbers romantic comedy that relies on tiresome clichés and unfunny sex jokes. The newest from writer/director Leslye Headland opens at Columbia University in 2002 where students Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) lose their virginity to each other one night. Jump ahead 13 years and horndog Jake is reintroduced having an angry confrontation with his current girlfriend over his serial inability to stay committed. Meanwhile, Lainey is having an affair with Matt Sovochek (Adam Scott), now a gynecologist married to pregnant Emma (Katherine Waterston). After over a decade of not having contact with one another, Jake and Lainey reconnect at a sex addiction support group meetings. They suddenly become platonic best friends, venting their frustrations over their sexual and romantic lives while falling for each other in the process.
I suppose the audience is expected to laugh at the assumed outrageousness of all the explicit dialog about sex, »
- Tom Stockman
For years, it’s fallen to Natasha Lyonne and Aubrey Plaza to give deadpan ballast to two of your favorite comedies (Orange Is the New Black and Parks and Recreation, respectively), so you’ve got to hand it to director Jamie Babbit for thinking to pair these two scene-stealers romantically in her new movie Addicted to Fresno. At least romance is what Plaza has on her mind in this exclusive scene, where she attempts to hit on an oblivious Lyonne to no avail. (To be fair, Lyonne has somewhat bigger fish to fry in this movie: Her sister Judy Greer has accidentally killed someone, and the two siblings are trying desperately to cover it up.) Will the two of them find love in Fresno, which comes out tomorrow in theaters (and is currently on demand and on iTunes)? At the very least, they can bond over a similar comic wavelength. »
- Kyle Buchanan
But I’m a Sex Addict: Babbitt Returns to Dark Comedy with Mixed Results
Though the film rests rather comfortably on the shoulders of its talented lead actresses, director Jamie Babbit’s latest, Addicted to Fresno, overreaches in its efforts to deliver an endearing yet cynical familial drama about two sisters maturing and growing closer together as they cover up an accidental murder. Written by talented television writer Karey Dornetto (“South Park,” “Portlandia”), here writing her first feature, a number of winning elements are present to constitute a successfully cynical dark comedy, but more often than not, a reliance on too many familiar narrative points tends to mish-mash the highs and lows into a mediocre black comedy. Fans of the notable cast members should find much to appreciate, though one is left with a curiously uninvolved feeling once the credits roll.
Recovering sex addict Shannon (Judy Greer) is having a difficult time staying sex free. »
- Nicholas Bell
First announced at the start of last year, Meadowland is now complete and presenting its first trailer. Olivia Wilde both produces and stars in the pyschological thriller, with support from Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, John Leguizamo, Elisabeth Moss, Natasha Lyonne and Jurassic World's Ty Simpkins.Wilde plays Sarah, a mother who, following the disappearance of her son, finds the path to acceptance is a fraught one. Or if you prefer the official synopsis, "In the hazy aftermath of an unimaginable loss, Sarah and Phil [Wilson] come unhinged, recklessly ignoring the repercussions. Phil starts to lose sight of his morals; Sarah takes off on a potentially disastrous journey, falling deeper into her own fever dream."The film stems from an original screenplay by Chris Rossi, a newcomer with a handful of short films under his belt (and a voice credit as "Tiberium Trooper" in Command & Conquer 3). Reed Morano is the director, »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
And here you can go behind the scenes of the sketch, or at least listen to Kenan & Kel stay in their sketch characters to talk about Good Burger: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" continued its live Mean Tweets Week on Wednesday night, with readings from Emily Blunt, Salma Hayek, Andrew Garfield and Jack Black. How could anyone hate them? Emily's wasn't that bad, and included a compliment for her eyes. Both women had disses for their voices, »
- Gina Carbone
Can two serial cheaters get a second chance at love? After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance twelve years later and discover they each have the same problem. Because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship. Determined to stay friends despite their mutual attraction, they make a pact to keep it platonic, a deal that proves easier said than done.
Fresh, funny, and full of witty insights about modern love, Sleeping with Other People is a hilariously heartfelt film that the type of romantic comedy that reminds us why we love the genre so much in the first place. Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, Natasha Lyonne, and Jason Mantzoukas co-star. Sleeping with Other People is directed by Leslye Headland, who made her directorial debut with the comedy Bachelorette starring Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson and Lizzy Caplan. She also »
[[tmz:video id="0_4zv383vj"]] Celebs did not call it a night after the sleep-inducing Emmy ceremony. We got a bunch of stars, including (in order) Amy Schumer, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Kelly, Fred Armisen and Natasha Lyonne, Jeffrey Tambour, Claire Danes, "Daily Show" producers, Titus Burgess, Lea DeLaria and Ricky Gervais. A good after-party night had by all. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
With the final part of Kevin Smith’s True North Trilogy set to go into production soon with Moose Jaws, longtime fans of the director’s work were pleased to hear that Jay and Silent Bob would be making their return to the big screen. However, we may have some bad news.
“I just finished writing the scene where — spoilers — Silent Bob gets eaten by the moose,” he told news.com.au. “That’s how he fucking goes out!”
“Isn’t that fun? I was talking to Jay about Moose Jaws and I’m like, ‘I’m thinking about bringing us in as the Captain Quint character’,” Smith continued. “And he goes, ‘Yeah, but Quint gets killed!’ I was like, ‘One of us has to get eaten’. And he was like, ‘You. Not me’. I was like, ‘Why?’ And he was like, ‘Because I wanna be in other movies!’ Fair enough, »
- Luke Owen
Chicago – Leslye Headland is facing the new era head on, by putting a post modern Harry-met-Sally spin on her new film, “Sleeping with Other People.” Her question is how do people connect in the new age of hook-ups and online options? Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie portray the couple trying to answer that question.
Leslye Headland came out of Connecticut, and graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2002. She worked for four years as an assistant for producer Harvey Weinstein, and first gained notice as a playwright. One of her plays, “Bachelorette” (2012) became her first writing and directing effort in film. She adapted the screenplay for the remake of “About Last Night” in 2014, and premiered “Sleeping with Other People” at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
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Can two serial cheaters get a second chance at love? After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance twelve years later and discover they each have the same problem: because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship.
Determined to stay friends despite their mutual attraction, they make a pact to keep it platonic, a deal that proves easier said than done. Fresh, funny, and full of witty insights about modern love, this hilariously heartfelt film “is the rare rom-com that reminds us why we love them so much in the first place” (Time Out New York).
- Movie Geeks
“I love that the movie is a romantic comedy but it has a lot of depth to it and a lot of darker moments,” Brie said. “You see the characters alone a lot. Leslye was able to shift seamlessly from a dramatic tone to a comedic tone, even in the same scene.”
The movie follows Brie and Jason Sudeikis‘ characters, serial cheaters who can’t hold down a relationship, who meet 12 years after a one-night stand. Despite a mutual attraction, the two vow to remain just friends and help each other with their monogamy issues.
Brie said “Sleeping with Other People” felt like a more modern romantic comedy.
“I think it has a lot to do with the very candid dialogue,” Brie said. »
- Jacob Bryant
When I first saw Sleeping with Other People back earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, I knew that I’d seen something special. It wasn’t just a funny comedy, and it wasn’t just a touching romance. The film mixed both heart and laughter with a reality raunch, if you can believe it. The end result was a movie that was my favorite thing at Tribeca 2015 and the one title from the fest that I couldn’t wait for more people to see. Well, this weekend is that time at last, as one of the year’s more charming fall releases is finally coming out. In case you don’t remember, I’ll give you a brief overview of the flick. To sum up the film in short…it’s really a rather fresh take on the “friends who should be lovers” sub genre of the rom-com. »
- Joey Magidson
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
Jason Sudeikis stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to promote his upcoming film Sleeping With Other People, which hits theaters next Friday, Sept. 11, and stars many familiar faces from TV, including Community‘s Alison Brie, Togetherness‘ Amanda Peet, Parks and Rec‘s Adam Scott, and Orange Is the New Black‘s Natasha Lyonne. As is always the case on Fallon’s Tonight Show, following his interview with Sudeikis, he and the actor played a game. However, this was a new game called “Drink-o,” which had never before been played on The Tonight Show and required both Fallon and Sudeikis to mix together some pretty nasty concoctions to drink. As you can see in the video below, Drink-o is essentially like a giant game of Connect Four, but if alcohol and bad decisions were involved. Whichever cups Fallon’s chips fall into decide what Sudeikis drinks (so, »
- Chris King
If there’s one genre that has gained a reputation for undercooked efforts in recent times, it’s that of the romantic comedy. We’ve seen time and time again cases of Hollywood studios tossing together an ensemble cast that swaps star power and drawing in an audience for, you know, actual character development. But how does one stand out from the white noise in a category brimming with half-baked efforts? For writer-director Leslye Headland, Sleeping With Other People embodies a departure from the norm.
Community‘s Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis feature in the rom-com, which is setting itself out as a refreshingly frank and candid take on two adults who, after losing their virginity to one another in college, cross paths much later in life during a help class for sex addicts. Low and behold, the pair strike up their friendship once more on the condition that they don’t sleep together and, »
- Michael Briers
Yes, that's really Nicky Nichols front and center in the pic above. "Orange Is the New Black" star Natasha Lyonne was flanked on the red carpet on Wednesday night by costars Yael Stone (Lorna, left) and Lea DeLaria (Big Boo, right) at the premiere of her new film, "Addicted to Fresno." All three women looked completely different than their imprisoned alter-egos, shining with some fresh faces, stylish clothes and big smiles. See more of the cast's wild transformations in the gallery above! While Lyonne still had her infamous mane, it looked cleaner and shinier than it appears on "Oitnb," where Natasha plays a recovering drug addict. For Stone, her red carpet look was definitely toned down in comparison with the red lip-lovin' Lorna ... while DeLaria looked comfortable in her denim, blazer and a polo. Fans of the Netflix series were left wondering what happened to Natasha's character after the events »
- tooFab Staff
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Addicted to Fresno," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] Read More: The 7 Best Things We Learned from Ava DuVernay's SXSW Keynote In the SXSW Narrative Spotlight selection "Addicted to Fresno," Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer paired up on screen for the first time to play two very different sisters. Lyonne, who was recently up for her first Emmy for her performance as the always horny, formerly drug-addicted inmate Nicky Nichols on Netflix's hit show "Orange is the New Black," goes against type to play Martha, the overly optimistic lesbian sister to Greer's Shannon, a deeply troubled woman fresh out of sex rehab. When Martha lands her sister a job as a maid at Fresno Suites, the local hotel in Fresno, CA, things »
- Nigel M Smith
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Mad Max: Fury Road (postapocalyptic action reboot; Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz; also available in 3D; rated R) The Age of Adaline (romantic drama; Blake Lively, Michael Huisman; premieres 9/4; rated PG-13) Addicted to Fresno (romantic comedy; Natasha Lyonne, Judy Greer, Fred Armisen, Ron Livingston; pretheatrical release premieres 9/1; not rated) Boulevard (drama; Robin Williams, Bob Odenkirk...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
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