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Jenny Slate to Co-Star With Jack Black in ‘Polka King’ (Exclusive)

19 July 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jenny Slate is set to co-star with Jack Black in the indie comedy “The Polka King.”

Jason Schwartzman and Jacki Weaver are also on board. “Infinitely Polar Bear” writer and director duo Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky are writing and directing.

The pic is based on the Joshua Brown and John Mikulak documentary, “The Man Who Would be Polka King,” following the rise and fall of Jan Lewan, a Pennsylvania polka sensation who shocked the polka world when it was revealed he seduced his fans into investing in a Ponzi scheme.

Black, David Permut, Stuart Cornfeld, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson and Priyanka Mattoo are producing. Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures is also financing “The Polka King.”

Slate has several films set to debut in the next year. She will star opposite Chris Evans in Marc Webb’s “Gifted,” which opens next April; “My Blind Brother,” which also stars Adam Scott; and “Brain on Fire, »

- Justin Kroll

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Vanessa Bayer, J.B. Smoove & Willie Garson Join Jack Black Comedy ‘The Polka King’

18 July 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The dance card for the Jack Black comedy The Polka King just got longer with Saturday Night Live‘s Vanessa BayerCurb Your Enthusiasm‘s J.B. Smoove and Hawaii Five-o‘s Willie Garson boarding the project. The news follows after Deadline broke exclusively last week that Jason Schwartzman and Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver are also set to star alongside Black who is not only headlining, but producing too under his Electric Dynamite label. Maya Forbes and Wally… »

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‘Transpecos’ Trailer: Border Patrol Drug-War Thriller Debuts Footage After SXSW Award Win

14 July 2016 3:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

SXSW’s 2016 Audience Award winner “Transpecos,” from rookie director Greg Kwedar, has a new trailer. Samuel Goldwyn Films, which picked up the distribution rights to the border-patrol thriller back in April, has also announced the release date for the film.

The story follows three border patrol agents, rookie Davis (Johnny Simmons), seasoned Flores (Gabriel Luna) and callous, world-weary Hobbs (Clifton Collins Jr), who man a check point on a remote highway. On what feels like another routine stop, the contents of one car suddenly throws their lives out of control. As dark secrets are revealed, each passing hour will bring them closer to a nightmarish conclusion that could cost them their lives, in a world where the line between right and wrong shifts like the desert itself.

Watch: Exclusive Clip from SXSW Premiere ‘Transpecos’ Leaves You in the Desert

The screen play was co-written by Kwedar and Clint Bentley. The »

- Liz Calvario

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Jacki Weaver & Jason Schwartzman Join Jack Black In ‘The Man Who Would Be Polka King’

14 July 2016 7:40 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Jacki Weaver and Jason Schwartzman are set to join Jack Black in The Man Who Would Be Polka King. The feature project is based on Joshua Brown and John Mikulak's 2009 documentary, which follows the rise and fall of Jan Lewan, a Pennsylvania polka sensation who unwittingly brought a town to its knees in a Ponzi scheme. Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky (Infinitely Polar Bear) write and direct the amazing true story. Permut Presentations, Red Hour Films and… »

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From ‘The Bfg’ to ‘Matilda’: How 5 Roald Dahl Books Landed on the Big Screen

29 June 2016 4:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roald Dahl famously loathed all the movie adaptations of his books, including the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. So when the beloved author died in 1990, his widow Felicity (who goes by Liccy) was torn about what to do with his catalogue. It was a time, following the hit comedy “Home Alone,” where the major studios were vigorously chasing family-friendly tales, and many of Dahl’s stories fit the bill. But Liccy didn’t want celebrated bestsellers such as “Matilda” or “James and the Giant Peach” falling into the wrong hands.

Dahl’s publisher at Penguin Books set up a few meetings, and she eventually connected with literary agent Michael Siegel. They bonded right away. “I don’t want there to be bad movies,” Liccy told him. They came up with an unorthodox, boutique approach. “Rather than sell the stories directly to the studios, we would »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Bottle Rocket’ Short Film: Watch the 13 Minute Clip That Launched His Career

25 June 2016 3:28 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 1992 a relatively unknown Wes Anderson shot the 13-minute short film, “Bottle Rocket.” Co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson, the quirky black and white film, set to a snazzy Jazz score, showed brothers Owen and Luke Wilson as thieves in training.

The short was shown at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and received critical praise. Two years later, Anderson took this piece and created a full feature of the same name, again starring the Wilson brothers.

The film followed Anthony (Luke), recently released from a mental hospital after having a nervous breakdown, who joins his friend Dignan (Owen), as they hatch a scheme for a yet-unspecified crime spree that involves one of their former boss’.

Read More: ‘Watership Down’: Wes Anderson, Guillermo del Toro & More Describe Story’s Impact Ahead Of New Miniseries

The 1996 film generated great buzz and launched the careers of Anderson and the Wilsons.

From there, the »

- Liz Calvario

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‘The Phenom’ Review: Not Your Typical Baseball Movie

23 June 2016 3:06 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For a film that’s nominally a sports movie, there’s something conspicuously absent from “The Phenom”: teammates. Instead, writer-director Noah Buschel carves out the time usually spent on building camaraderie and team-based drama to hone in on a single player. Without that team as the go-to filter to understand this talented-but-struggling pitcher, what follows in “The Phenom” is an atypical meditation on what it means to succeed on stages great and small.

Johnny Simmons stars as Hopper Gibson, a young righthander consigned to a rehab assignment after his lack of control derails a promising career. His team enlists the help of Dr. Mobley (Paul Giamatti), a renowned sports psychologist, to help unlock the mental secret to restoring Hopper to winning ways. While Hopper and Mobley philosophize over the nature of mental blocks, Buschel intersperses scenes from the player’s past family turmoil and struggles as a high school standout. »

- Steve Greene

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Toni Collette, Molly Shannon to Star in ‘Fun Mom Dinner’ (Exclusive)

22 June 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett and Molly Shannon are starring in the ensemble comedy “Fun Mom Dinner” with shooting starting Wednesday in Los Angeles.

The film marks the directorial debut of Australian helmer Alethea Jones. Other cast members include Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), Rob Huebel (“Transparent”), Adam Levine and Paul Rust.

Jones is directing from a script by Julie Yaeger Rudd, centering on four moms whose only common ground is their kids’ preschool class, who decide to get together for a harmless “fun mom dinner.” When the night suddenly takes an unexpected turn and things gets real, these unlikely new friends soon realize they have more in common than just marriage and motherhood.

June Pictures and Gettin’ Rad Productions are the production companies. Producers are June Pictures’ partners Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks with Gettin’ Rad’s Naomi Scott. Paul Rudd and Adam Scott will executive produce.

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- Dave McNary

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Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: ‘Mozart In The Jungle’ EPs On Why Amazon Series Is “Pro-Music”

17 June 2016 11:13 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

"That was the most exciting thing about it. was if a kid or a teenager were turned on by music, that's the goal," said Mozart In The Jungle executive producer/actor Jason Schwartzman of the award-winning Amazon series about backstage lives of the fictional New York Symphony. "To be pro-music, to have people check it out and learn about it," he added. Joined by co-exec producer Paul Weitz, Schwartzman was speaking at Deadline's The Contenders Emmys all-day event at the DGA… »

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Will "Loving" Help June 12th Become a Holiday?

12 June 2016 6:31 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1916 Disaster epic super producer Irwin Allen is born. (More on him this afternoon)

1919 Stage legend Uta Hagen is born. Though she only ever makes three movies, she originates Tony winning roles on stage that later win Oscars for movie stars (The Country Girl and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Also the co-author of "Respect for Acting" and a reknowned acting teacher with 70s legends Pacino & De Niro as students

1928 Oscar winning composer Richard M Sherman (of Sherman Brothers fame) is born. Jason Schwartzman plays him in Saving Mr Banks (2013) about the making of Mary Poppins (1964)

1942 Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday. She does not live much longer during the horrific events of The Holocaust but The Diary of Anne Frank becomes a key text of the 20th century. The George Stevens film adaptation (of the Pulitzer winning play of the same name by the screenwriters) released in 1959 receives 8 nominations including Best Picture and takes home three Oscars

1946 Oscar-nominated costume designer Maurizio Millenotti is born in Italy. Credits include: Otello, Hamlet (1990 version), Malèna, The Passion of the Christ and Federico Fellini's And the Ship Sails On.

1962 Three bank robbers escape from Alcatraz. The story becomes the Clint Eastwood picture Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

← 1967 The Supreme Court strikes down anti-miscenegation laws banning interracial marriage in the Loving v Virginia case. This year's Oscar hopeful Loving (2016), starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton tells the Loving story. There's also a movement to make June 12th, "Loving Day," an official Us holiday for celebrating multiracial families. Sadly the movie isn't opening today for this anniversary so we'll have to wait months to see it. Perhaps the 50th anniversary next year, after the story is more widely known with the movie, will help add momentum. 

1985 Dave Franco is born 

1992 Housesitter with Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn and Dana Delany hits theaters 

2010 Slow burning hit "Bulletproof" peaks on the Us charts nearly a year after its release. Two years later Beca deploys it to fuck up Aubrey's stale act in Pitch Perfect (2012)

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- NATHANIEL R

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Shows Ditch Old Formulas and Formats to Push the Comedic Envelope

8 June 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hop in the Wayback Machine and travel to a time not that long ago — circa 1998 — and most of the comedies on TV were tried and true multicam series shot in front of a studio audience. Three of the five Emmy nominees for best TV comedy were multicam [NBC’s “Frasier,” “Seinfeld” and “3rd Rock From the Sun”], only one was a single-camera half-hour [HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show”] and one was an hourlong program [Fox’s “Ally McBeal”].

Since then the accepted definition of TV comedy has only broadened further.

At one end of the spectrum there are still multicam shows [like the still-mighty “The Big Bang Theory”], mostly on CBS, while at the other there are such experimental comedies as IFC’s first-it-was-a-sketch-show-now-it’s-a-character-comedy “Portlandia.” In between there are single-camera series ranging from ABC’s “Modern Family” to HBO’s “Veep” as well as hourlong comedies, including the CW’s “Jane the Virgin” and the musical “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” And then there are the half-hour streaming shows that are often as dramatic as they are comedic, »

- Rob Owen

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The Best Series to Watch After a Breakup

6 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

There's no getting around it: Breakups are rough. But before you crawl into a cave and declare you'll never love again, check out these TV shows that demonstrate exactly how to, and how not to, deal with the loss of love before you rejoin the world. Your next partner will thank you.

'Man Seeking Woman' (2015 - )

Based on Simon Rich's novel "The Last Girlfriend on Earth," "Man Seeking Woman" is an absurd and terrifically filthy comedy about a man surviving a devastating breakup. Each episode takes one particular reality of single life to a wickedly funny extreme. In the pilot, Josh (Jay Baruchel) must deal with the fact that his ex-girlfriend has found a new boyfriend immediately -- and while everyone around him is encouraging Josh to be the better man and embrace her new beau, he's the only one concerned that the new boyfriend is literally »

- Jaime Vazquez

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Monica Bellucci to Guest Star on ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Season 3

3 June 2016 2:28 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome — Monica Bellucci is set to  guest star in the third season of Amazon TV series “Mozart in the Jungle.”

The Italian actress with international star power will play Alessandra, an iconic opera singer who will become the next collaborator of Rodrigo, the New York Symphony Orchestra conductor played by Gael Garcia Bernal.

Season three will see Rodrigo and many musicians take their talents on tour to Europe, an Amazon statement said.

“Alessandra is as famous for her passionate performances as she is for her erratic life off the stage,” is how the statement described her character in the show. “After years away from the spotlight, she enlists Rodrigo to conduct her grand return performance.”

Bellucci recently played a Bond girl named Lucia in “Spectre” and will be starring in Showtime’s upcoming “Twin Peaks” reboot TV series, details of which are being kept under wraps.

The third installment of “Mozart in the Jungle, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Brie Larson Is Engaged!

9 May 2016 7:52 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Congratulations are in order for Brie Larson, who is engaged to longtime boyfriend Alex Greenwald! Alex, the 36-year-old lead singer of Phantom Planet, reportedly popped the question to his 26-year-old Oscar-winning girlfriend during a romantic trip to Tokyo in March. Brie famously gave her boyfriend of several years a shout-out in her best actress speech at the Oscars. After winning for her emotional role in Room, she thanked her "real partner, Alex Greenwald. I love you, the whole thing!" So exciting! »

- Quinn Keaney

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Brie Larson Is Engaged to Phantom Planet Frontman Alex Greenwald

9 May 2016 7:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The year just got even better for Brie Larson: the Best Actress Oscar winner is engaged to boyfriend Alex Greenwald, her rep confirms to People. Larson, 26, and the Phantom Planet singer, 36, have been dating for several years. Greenwald was frequently by the actress' side on the 2015-2016 awards circuit, during which she won numerous honors for her performance in Room. Before getting a special shout-out during her Academy Awards acceptance speech ("Alex Greenwald, I love you"), Larson told Entertainment Tonight at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, "He's the other half of the equation - how can you explain support? »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Brie Larson Is Engaged to Phantom Planet Frontman Alex Greenwald

9 May 2016 7:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The year just got even better for Brie Larson: the Best Actress Oscar winner is engaged to boyfriend Alex Greenwald, her rep confirms to People. Larson, 26, and the Phantom Planet singer, 36, have been dating for several years. Greenwald was frequently by the actress' side on the 2015-2016 awards circuit, during which she won numerous honors for her performance in Room. Before getting a special shout-out during her Academy Awards acceptance speech ("Alex Greenwald, I love you"), Larson told Entertainment Tonight at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, "He's the other half of the equation - how can you explain support? »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Brie Larson Is Engaged! Oscar Winner Set to Wed Musician Alex Greenwald

9 May 2016 7:23 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Wedding bells are ringing for Brie Larson.  The Oscar-winning actress is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, musician Alex Greenwald, her rep confirms to E! News. The Room actress said "Yes!" to her 36-year-old beau during a March trip to Tokyo.  The 26-year-old star first acknowledged the Phantom Planet frontman publicly in 2013 during her acceptance speech at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.  "I'd like to thank my boyfriend, Alex Greenwald, for making me pasta and taking care of our puppy while I made this movie," she said in appreciation.  Three years later, she used the L-word.  "My wonderful boyfriend, Alex—I love »

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Daily | In the Works | Perry, del Toro, Schlöndorff

5 May 2016 10:13 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Alex Ross Perry's Golden Exits will feature Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloe Sevigny and Analeigh Tipton. We're also gathering word on other features in the works from Guillermo del Toro (with Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Richard Jenkins), Volker Schlöndorff (with Stellan Skarsgård and Nina Hoss), Ciro Guerra, Carlos Reygadas, David Robert Mitchell, Amat Escalante, Ava DuVernay, Lech Majewski, Andy Serkis… And David Cronenberg "will step to the other side of the camera to star opposite Karine Vanasse in writer/director Geordie Sabbagh's sci-fi short film Tomorrow's Shadows," according to the Hollywood Reporter. » - David Hudson »

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Alex Ross Perry Reveals Cast For ‘Queen of Earth’ Follow-Up ‘Golden Exits’

3 May 2016 9:50 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As he lines up some higher-profile projects (including a major Disney feature), writer-director Alex Ross Perry is sticking to his more modest budget roots for his next feature, which is already wrapping up shooting. Following Listen Up Philip and Queen of Earth, his new drama is titled Golden Exits and the full cast has been revealed today.

Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloe Sevigny and Analeigh Tipton lead the drama, according to Deadline. The story features “an intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides.”

Below, one can see what looks to be snaps from the set from Instagram. For more on Perry’s work, check out our divisive discussions of his latest features, as well as in-depth interviews.

Anthology Plays Itself.

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- Jordan Raup

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Alex Ross Perry Lines Up Emily Browning, Adam Horowitz, Mary Louise Parker, Jason Schwartzman & Chloe Sevigny For ‘Golden Exits’

3 May 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Having established his indie cred with “Listen Up Philip” and “Queen Of Earth,” director Alex Ross Perry had been eyeing two very different paths concurrently. He was Disney‘s surprising choice to write an upcoming live-action/CGI “Winnie The Pooh” movie, while he also attached himself to write and direct an adaptation of Don DeLillo‘s “The Names.” And […]

The post Alex Ross Perry Lines Up Emily Browning, Adam Horowitz, Mary Louise Parker, Jason Schwartzman & Chloe Sevigny For ‘Golden Exits’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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