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Pete Holmes: HBO’s ‘Crashing’ Shares Some ‘Girls’ DNA

16 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Wednesday night’s “Crashing” premiere at the Avalon in Hollywood, was like a comedy prom as part of Judd Apatow‘s pack gathered to celebrate the debut of Pete Holmes’ wry new show. Writing what he knew, the show is about Holmes’ breakup with his wife after she cheated on him while he struggled to be a successful comedian. In real life, Holmes is now happily engaged.

Holmes explained why “Crashing” is a good fit at HBO, “It reminds me of ‘Girls’ in the way we’re trying to take the biggest shortcomings and things that make my character gross and showcasing those. That’s something Lena [Dunham] is so good at: showing things people usually hide and bringing them onscreen for comedy.”

Holmes also shows how his Christian religion affected his comedy journey in the story, “I liked Jerry Seinfeld, Brian Regan, Ray Romano – I really liked those guys and I was trying to be one of »

- Diane Gordon

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Newswire: Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick gets picked up by Amazon

14 February 2017 1:48 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

One of our favorite movies from this year’s Sundance will be making its way to theaters soon, courtesy of Amazon. Variety reports that the online retailer has teamed up with Lionsgate to distribute The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani’s romantic comedy about the early days of his romance with wife Emily V. Gordon. Directed by Michael Showalter, and written by Nanjiani and Gordon, the film stars the Silicon Valley star as himself, and Zoe Kazan as his eventual wife.

Our own A.A. Dowd called the film “enormously winning,” as it tracks the ups and downs of the pair’s relationship, from Nanjiani’s disapproving parents, to a medical ordeal that forces him to connect with Gordon’s (played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano). Produced by Judd Apatow, the film reportedly provoked a bidding war at Sundance, eventually selling for $12 million; now, it’ll be getting a ...

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- William Hughes

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Kumail Nanjiani’s Sundance Hit ‘Big Sick’ Gets Summer Release

14 February 2017 10:29 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon will partner with Lionsgate to distribute “The Big Sick,” after snapping up the Kumail Nanjiani comedy in a big deal out of the Sundance Film Festival.

The Big Sick” will open in limited release on June 23, 2017, before opening in wide release on July 14, 2017. Amazon outbid a number of major studios to land the rights to the film, eventually paying $12 million in the second-biggest deal out of Sundance.

Reviewers liked “The Big Sick,” with Variety‘s Geoff Berkshire praising it as “a film that’s by turns romantic, rueful, and hilarious.”

Nanjiani is best known for his standup and for his work on “Silicon Valley.” He stars in the film as a Pakistani comic whose relationship with a graduate student (Zoe Kazan) is threatened by cultural differences and a health crisis. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano co-star as Kazan’s parents. Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon wrote the screenplay, »

- Brent Lang

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Us Briefs: 'The Big Sick' in Lionsgate theatrical release

14 February 2017 2:33 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Sundance hit acquired by Amazon Studios will open in limited release on June 23 ahead of wide roll-out on July 14.

The Big Sick co-writer Kumail Nanjiani – one half of the real-life love affair that inspired the story – stars alongside Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.

Michael Showalter directed The Big Sick, which premiered in Sundance. FilmNation represents international sales.

The 60th San Francisco International Film Festival will close with The Green Fog – A San Francisco Fantasia. The project is a new commission by the Film Society and Stanford Live in which the Kronos Quartet will perform a new score by Jacob Garchik to accompany a visual collage by Guy Maddin.South African drama Colors Of Heaven, the winner of two South African ‘Oscars’ at the Safta awards, premieres on Netflix on Wednesday [15]. The story of the fall and rise of South Africa black film star Muntu Ndebele stars Wandile Molebatsi, Jason Hartman »

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Us Briefs: 'The Big Sick' gets Us theatrical release via Lionsgate

14 February 2017 2:33 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Amazon Studios has appointed Lionsgate as its theatrical distributor on the Sundance hit.

The Big Sick will open in limited release on June 23 ahead of wide roll-out on July 14.

Co-writer Kumail Nanjiani – one half of the real-life love affair that inspired the story – stars alongside Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.

Michael Showalter directed The Big Sick, which premiered in Sundance. FilmNation represents international sales.

The 60th San Francisco International Film Festival will close with The Green Fog – A San Francisco Fantasia. The project is a new commission by the Film Society and Stanford Live in which the Kronos Quartet will perform a new score by Jacob Garchik to accompany a visual collage by Guy Maddin.South African drama Colors Of Heaven, the winner of two South African ‘Oscars’ at the Safta awards, premieres on Netflix on Wednesday [15]. The story of the fall and rise of South Africa black film star Muntu Ndebele stars Wandile Molebatsi, Jason »

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Critics Pick the Best Movies and Performances From the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

31 January 2017 9:08 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Another Sundance Film Festival has come and gone, but critics are still in recovery mode, processing dozens of movies they consumed over the course of a 10-day period in the freezing cold of Park City, Utah. The nice thing about festivals that attract a large volume of critics is that no single voice sounds alike, but together they drive attention to a handful of titles that stand out as the highlights of the program. For several years, we’ve provided a platform to examine the best of the festival by surveying critics in attendance for their favorite films, performances and other accomplishments.

This year, over 50 accredited members of the press participated in the survey, providing a robust list of the films with the greatest buzz.

Notably, the top films in both the narrative and documentary categories differ from the ones that took home the grand jury prizes, which singled out »

- Eric Kohn

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Sundance 2017 IndieWire Critics Poll: Full List of Results

31 January 2017 9:07 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Anyone following coverage from afar won’t be surprised that Luca Guadagnino’s lavish queer drama “Call Me By Your Name” topped most of the categories in our annual Sundance Critics Poll. Below, we’ve listed the top finishers in all of seven categories. Some of these films and performances have dominated the festival discussion, but others are still looking for distribution homes. Either way, it’s likely that these titles will return to the conversation before long.

Follow the link above each category to see a longer list of the top vote-getters and a more detailed breakdown of the rankings. 

Read More: Full List of Participating Critics

Best Film

1. Call Me by Your Name

2. A Ghost Story

3. The Big Sick

4. Mudbound

5. Brigsby Bear

6. Thoroughbred

7. City of Ghosts

8. Wind River

9. Columbus

10. Last Men in Aleppo

Best Director

1. Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name

2. David Lowery, A Ghost Story

3. Dee Rees, »

- Steve Greene

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Sundance 2017 Breakouts: Here Are The Movies You Can Expect To See In Next Year’s Oscar Race

30 January 2017 11:54 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

On January 24, halfway through the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Sundance received its annual reconfirmation of its long-legged success: The Oscar nominations. This year it’s Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” and documentaries “Life, Animated” and “Oj: Made in America.” (Another five docs were shortlisted.)

Among its many other achievements, Sundance breaks out new talent. Agents, casting directors, producers, and filmmakers trawl screening rooms, looking for their next find. They network and party and pass buzz as they go, even when they must plow through blizzards to do it.

Here’s a look at what we might be celebrating this time next year. But remember, it’s a long long way from January to January.

Call Me By Your Name

The most obvious Oscar movie stood out from a sea of aspiring American indies, which is likely what Sony Pictures Classics had in mind when they scooped up the film »

- Anne Thompson

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Sundance 2017 Breakouts: Here Are The Movies You Can Expect To See In Next Year’s Oscar Race

30 January 2017 11:54 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On January 24, halfway through the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Sundance received its annual reconfirmation of its long-legged success: The Oscar nominations. This year it’s Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” and documentaries “Life, Animated” and “Oj: Made in America.” (Another five docs were shortlisted.)

Among its many other achievements, Sundance breaks out new talent. Agents, casting directors, producers, and filmmakers trawl screening rooms, looking for their next find. They network and party and pass buzz as they go, even when they must plow through blizzards to do it.

Here’s a look at what we might be celebrating this time next year. But remember, it’s a long long way from January to January.

Call Me By Your Name

The most obvious Oscar movie stood out from a sea of aspiring American indies, which is likely what Sony Pictures Classics had in mind when they scooped up the film »

- Anne Thompson

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Sundance: The 10 Very Best Films from the 2017 Film Festival

30 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

The Sundance Film Festival is officially over and the awards have already been handed out, both the official ones and our own Unconventional Awards, and out of the roughly thirty films I saw during my time in Park City, Utah, I’ve put together a list of the ten very best movies I had a chance to see. Many of them will be coming to theaters across the country later in the year, and a few of them may even be in the Oscar conversation a year from now.

10. The Big Sick

Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani made his triumphant debut as a leading man with this movie produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris) and co-written with wife Emily V. Gordon. Based on their own experiences in courting and how Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) being put into a medically-induced coma affected it, »

- Edward Douglas

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2017’s Sundance Sales Are In Overdrive: Here’s Why, Plus See Our Full Deal Scorecard

27 January 2017 8:38 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Sundance Festival reveals the state of the indie film market, and 2017 will be remembered as the year of Amazon Studios and Netflix. And given the festival’s robust TV and Vr programs,, which were dominated by Google and Facebook/Oculus, there’s further digital disruption ahead.

According to one indie distributor, Sundance 2017’s valuations and sales are almost a third higher than last year. Put the same titles into the Sundance market two years ago, and they would have sold for far less. That’s because Netflix and Amazon Studios on the narrative side are dramatically driving up prices. “It’s just ridiculous what the digital guys are doing to the marketplace,” said one veteran indie CEO. “‘The Big Sick’ is a great little movie but it’s a $4 million -$6 million buy. There’s no logic to this model.”

However, Sundance has always been about the haves and the have-nots. »

- Anne Thompson

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2017’s Sundance Sales Are In Overdrive: Here’s Why, Plus See Our Full Deal Scorecard

27 January 2017 8:38 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Sundance Festival reveals the state of the indie film market, and 2017 will be remembered as the year of Amazon Studios and Netflix. And given the festival’s robust TV and Vr programs, which were dominated by Google and Facebook/Oculus, there’s further digital disruption ahead.

According to one indie distributor, Sundance 2017’s valuations and sales are almost a third higher than last year. Put the same titles into the Sundance market two years ago, and they would have sold for far less. That’s because Netflix and Amazon Studios on the narrative side are dramatically driving up prices. “It’s just ridiculous what the digital guys are doing to the marketplace,” said one veteran indie CEO. “‘The Big Sick’ is a great little movie but it’s a $4 million -$6 million buy. There’s no logic to this model.”

However, Sundance has always been about the haves and the have-nots. »

- Anne Thompson

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Ray Romano on How Mary Tyler Moore Influenced Everybody Loves Raymond

26 January 2017 7:06 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mary Tyler Moore, who died on Wednesday at 80, didn’t just influence a generation of career-oriented women like Oprah Winfrey to envision a world for themselves outside of the home — she also had a lasting effect on comedy as a whole.

Just ask Ray Romano.

The 59-year-old comedian opened up about the influence the late star has on his hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond — which, like Moore’s The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, aired on CBS.

“Those were the beginnings of the classic sitcoms,” Romano told Entertainment Tonight. “Both those shows were kind of pioneers in that style, »

- Dave Quinn

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Exclusive: Ray Romano Reveals Mary Tyler Moore’s Influence on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’

26 January 2017 1:42 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ray Romano will always remember Mary Tyler Moore as one of the greats! The longtime sitcom star spoke with Et about Moore’s legacy following the news of her passing on Wednesday.

Watch: Exclusive: Carl Reiner Reveals His Last Words to Mary Tyler Moore, Says Her Final Days Were in Hospice Care

“Both those shows were kind of pioneers in that style, in that format, and she was a pioneer herself, just to play a career woman when there really weren't any on TV, and she was just brilliant with the comedy,” Romano said. “I met her once… she was so nice to me.”

Romano said that his hit sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, drew inspiration from Moore’s work.

“Her style was very real,” he said. “It was a sitcom, which could be big and broad, but there was something so real about her. That's kind of when we did our show that was one of the »

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12 TV Shows to Watch During Times of Political Unrest — IndieWire Critics Survey

24 January 2017 12:10 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: During a period of political unrest, which TV show do you find yourself turning to?

Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti), Vox

This is weird, but as the inauguration of Donald Trump (and the attendant protests) have approached, I’ve been thinking more and more of “Lost,” a show filled with anxiety about the darkness humanity is capable of, but undergirded with hope about what we can do when we’re all forced to work together. I, in general, believe humanity works toward something better, and while that faith has been shaken throughout my life (and is almost certainly coaxed into existence by the fact that I am a »

- Hanh Nguyen

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12 TV Shows to Watch During Times of Political Unrest — IndieWire Critics Survey

24 January 2017 12:10 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: During a period of political unrest, which TV show do you find yourself turning to?

Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti), Vox

This is weird, but as the inauguration of Donald Trump (and the attendant protests) have approached, I’ve been thinking more and more of “Lost,” a show filled with anxiety about the darkness humanity is capable of, but undergirded with hope about what we can do when we’re all forced to work together. I, in general, believe humanity works toward something better, and while that faith has been shaken throughout my life (and is almost certainly coaxed into existence by the fact that I am a »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Big Gamble on ‘The Big Sick’: Why Amazon Spent $12 Millon Dollars on Kumail Nanjiani’s Passion Project

23 January 2017 2:37 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Going into Sundance 2017, the hottest acquisition title was Michael Showalter’s “The Big Sick,” written by comedian-star Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, based on their true-life cross-cultural romance, and produced by Judd Apatow. It promised all the elements you would want from a breakout Sundance movie: comedy, pathos, authenticity and two rising stars, Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, along with Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as Emily’s parents.

Why not buy it sight unseen? “It was a movie you see at the Eccles and bid on, especially with a comedy,” said one bidder.

The movie turned out to be that rare creature: a hilarious and humane love story, not saccharine, that feels real.

A host of buyers, from A24 to Weinstein Co., attended the enthusiastic Eccles Friday premiere, after which the players with the deepest-pockets entered the bidding — Netflix, Open Road and others dropped out early when the numbers hit eight figures. »

- Anne Thompson

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The Big Gamble on ‘The Big Sick’: Why Amazon Spent $12 Millon Dollars on Kumail Nanjiani’s Passion Project

23 January 2017 2:37 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Going into Sundance 2017, the hottest acquisition title was Michael Showalter’s “The Big Sick,” written by comedian-star Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, based on their true-life cross-cultural romance, and produced by Judd Apatow. It promised all the elements you would want from a breakout Sundance movie: comedy, pathos, authenticity and two rising stars, Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, along with Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as Emily’s parents.

Why not buy it sight unseen? “It was a movie you see at the Eccles and bid on, especially with a comedy,” said one bidder.

The movie turned out to be that rare creature: a hilarious and humane love story, not saccharine, that feels real.

A host of buyers, from A24 to Weinstein Co., attended the enthusiastic Eccles Friday premiere, after which the players with the deepest-pockets entered the bidding — Netflix, Open Road and others dropped out early when the numbers hit eight figures. »

- Anne Thompson

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FilmNation unveils more Sundance sales on comedy 'The Big Sick'

23 January 2017 10:20 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Further international sales on the hit Sundance comedy have emerged following Sunday’s $12m deal with Amazon Studios.

FilmNation licensed rights prior to the world premiere of The Big Sick in Park City to a host of leading distributors including Roadshow in Australia, Scanbox in Scandinavia and Swen in Latin America.

Glen Basner and his team closed deals in: Italy (Cinema Srl), Canada (Elevation), Middle East (Italia), Benelux (Searchers), Portugal (Nos), Switzerland (Impuls), Hong Kong (Intercontinental) and Singapore (Shaw Renters).

Rights have also gone in: South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Taiwan (Filmware), Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam (Multivision), Indonesia (Pt Amero), Greece (Spentzos) and Israel (Lev). Star TV acquired pan-Asian pay-tv rights.

On Sunday Amazon Studios closed the $12m deal with FilmNation and UTA Independent Film Group for Us rights and negotiated with FilmNation for the UK, France, Germany, Spain, China, South Korea, Japan, India, Russia, Malaysia and Poland.

With regard to the territories Amazon Studios acquired, Basner »

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Sundance 2017: Climate Change and Cussing Nuns Kick of 33rd Film Festival

23 January 2017 9:32 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

As in the past few years, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicked off with a sampling of six movies from the different sections, but the movie that probably had the most interest right off the bat was the premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

Ten years after Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth was blowing minds about global warming from its 2006 Sundance premiere to winning the Oscar, he’s back with an update that offers at least some hope for the future of the earth, but tempered with a warning that the United States could end up backtracking under the leadership of a vocal denier of climate change.

The previous movie was essentially Gore’s slide show presentation of graphs and charts showing how the build-up of carbon gases in the atmosphere has created unstable climate and weather, being responsible for the increase in the deadliest typhoons and hurricanes. At first, »

- Edward Douglas

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