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Read More: Watch: Alex Karpovsky is a Medical Method Actor for Dylan Baker in Acclaimed Short 'Actor Seeks Role' Billed as the first ever narrative film shot entirely using moonlight, "Refuge" is a short sci-fi thriller directed by Sam Shapson. Shapson shot it with 51,200 Iso, using Sony a7 cameras with Canon Cinema Prime lenses and Atomos Shogun 4K recorders. Obviously due to the incredibly low lighting, the images appear grainy, though it gives the film an attractive low-budget horror aesthetic and makes for some beautiful shots. The film itself deals with three biological researchers working on an off-world biosphere, though they find things are working in a bizarre way. First, the plants seem to be rapidly evolving and then it turns out some kind of alien parasite is infecting and controlling people, a la "The Thing" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." The tension grows, ending up in a standoff that, »
- Ethan Sapienza
After premiering to acclaim on the festival circuit in April, Michael Tyburski's short "Actor Seeks Role" has made its online premiere. Read More: Rooftop Films Announces Short Films Lineup for the 2015 Summer Series Alex Karpovsky ("Girls") and Emmy nominee Dylan Baker ("The Good Wife") co-star in the 20-minute film about a method actor (Karpovsky) who catches the attention of a quirky medical instructor (Baker). Struggling to land traditional roles, the actor takes on a part-time gig performing symptoms of various illnesses for student doctors. Well-observed, bitingly funny and riddled with idiosyncracies, "Actor Seeks Role" has much to recommend, including its superb acting duo. Karpovsky ably ranges from melancholic to absurd, while Baker gives a performance of typical flair. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at its premiere at the Independent Film Festival Boston in April, and it has since been selected to screen at the Nantucket »
- David Canfield
HBO has released our first on-set look at Kerry Washington as Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill, who, in 1991, gave testimony that accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment while she was working for him, derailing his ascension to the highest court in the land. It's the subject of Rick Famuyiwa's upcoming Confirmation, in which Thomas will be played by the great Wendell Pierce, who has a long history with HBO in both The Wire and the superb post-Katrina drama Treme. I wouldn't exactly expect as lovable personages as his beleaguered Baltimore detective, Bunk, or the Trombone-blowing Antoine Batiste in his depiction of the famously flippant Thomas, however. [caption id="attachment_374901" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Open Road Films[/caption] The film, written by Erin Brockovich and In Her Shoes scribe Susannah Grant, will also serve as Famuyiwa's follow-up to his enjoyable, enlivening Dope, which hits theaters in a limited release this coming weekend. »
- Chris Cabin
Rick Famuyiwa isn't just sitting around basking the critical acclaim of "Dope" which opens in theaters this week. He's already moved on to "Confirmation" at HBO and it tells the sensational true story of a political and legal scandal that made headlines across the nation. Read More: Watch: New Red Band Trailer And 3 Clips For 'Dope' Kerry Washington leads the movie as Anita Hill, who accused Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) of sexual harassment during his Senate hearings to become a Supreme Court judge. The cast is rounded by Greg Kinnear (as Joe Biden!), Dylan Baker (Senator Orrin Hatch), Grace Gummer (Ricki Seidman), and Alison Wright (Clarence Thomas' wife). No word yet on when the film will air but if it captures even half the drama of the real life story, it'll be some compelling stuff.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rick Famuyiwa isn't just sitting around basking the critical acclaim of "Dope" which opens in theaters this week. He's already moved on to "Confirmation" at HBO and it tells the sensational true story of a political and legal scandal that made headlines across the nation. Read More: Watch: New Red Band Trailer And 3 Clips For 'Dope' Kerry Washington leads the movie as Anita Hill, who accused Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) of sexual harassment during his Senate hearings to become a Supreme Court judge. The cast is rounded by Greg Kinnear (as Joe Biden!), Dylan Baker (Senator Orrin Hatch), Grace Gummer (Ricki Seidman), and Alison Wright (Clarence Thomas' wife). No word yet on when the film will air but if it captures even half the drama of the real life story, it'll be some compelling stuff. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Here’s photographic proof that Kerry Washington’s latest role comes with just as much scandal.
HBO has released the first photo of the Gladiator in Chief as Anita Hill in “Confirmation,” its upcoming biopic about Clarence Thomas’ Senate hearings to become a Supreme Court judge. Hill was Thomas’ aid at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who accused him of sexual harassment.
The cast also includes Wendell Pierce as Thomas and “Americans” actress Alison Wright as his wife, Virginia. Greg Kinnear plays Joe Biden, who at the time served as chairman of the Thomas’ Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Other cast members include Dylan Baker as Senator Orrin Hatch, who also served on that committee, and Grace Gummer as Ricki Seidman, the Ted Kennedy aide to whom Hill confided about the harassment.
- Whitney Friedlander
Parenthood alumna Erika Christensen and How I Met Your Mother alum Cobie Smulders are among the latest additions to HBO Films’ upcoming movie Confirmation, toplined by Kerry Washington. Also cast in the project, directed by Rick Famuyiwa, are Grace Gummer, Dylan Baker (The Good Wife) and Law & Order veteran Peter McRobbie. Confirmation, set to begin production shortly, details the Supreme Court hearings for Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) that were rocked by testimony by… »
Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic (Oscar Movie Series) Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is only sporadically thought-provoking or emotionally gripping; in fact, Lenny is a major artistic letdown, considering all the talent involved and the fertile material at hand. After all, much more should have come out of a joint effort between director Fosse, fresh off his Academy Award win for Cabaret; playwright-screenwriter Julian Barry, whose stage version of Lenny earned Cliff Gorman a Tony Award; two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy); and cinematographer Bruce Surtees (Play Misty for Me, Blume in Love). Their larger-than-life subject? Lenny Bruce, the stand-up comedian who became one of the »
- Andre Soares
“Applesauce,” Onur Tukel’s latest and most accomplished microbudget exercise in cynical absurdism, throws dismembered body parts into a couple of amicable marriages and charts the resultant explosions as paranoia runs rampant. This time around, Tukel casts his charmingly perverse, sardonic persona in the role of a high-school history teacher exhorting peaceful conflict resolution; his addiction to a radio talkshow that asks “What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?” leads to wildly unforeseeable consequences. With its sarcastic dialogue, deadpan humor, believably flawed characters and surreal logic, “Applesauce” may expand Tukel’s growing indie fan base into niche release.
Ron (Tukel) is pried away from the phone just as he is about to confess his worst deed to talkshow host Stevie Bricks (the incomparable Dylan Baker). He is pried away by his wife, Nicki (Trieste Kelly Dunn), who is impatient to join their best friends, Les (Max Casella) and Kate (Jennifer Prediger), for dinner. »
- Ronnie Scheib
Gere stars as a hedonistic philanthropist who interferes in the lives of newly married couples in an attempt to relive his past. Dakota Fanning, Theo James, Clarke Peters, Cheryl Hines and Dylan Baker also star.
Production companies are Celerity Pictures and TideRock Media in association with Treehouse Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Soaring Flight Productions, Audax Films and Magnolia Entertainment. Producers are Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, Jay Schuminsky and Thomas B. Fore.
The deal was negotiated by Ian Puente and Angel An on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films, and by Wme Global and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. Fortitude International will be handling sales in Cannes on behalf of Qed International.
- Dave McNary
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Franny, a drama starring Richard Gere that premiered during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. The debut feature from writer-director Andre Renzi, Franny features Gere as a hedonistic philanthropist who insinuates himself into the life of his dead friend’s daughter (Dakota Fanning) and her husband (Theo James). The film also stars Clarke Peters, Cheryl Hines, and Dylan Baker. Franny is presented by Celerity Pictures and… »
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director Andrew Renzi’s feature debut “Franny,” which stars Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James, the company announced Friday. “Franny,” which recently debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, stars Gere as the title character, a hedonistic philanthropist who manipulates his way into the lives of a deceased friend’s young daughter (Fanning) and her new husband (James). Co-starring Clarke Peters, Cheryl Hines and Dylan Baker, the film explores the pangs of the past and reflects on what it is to be family. Also Read: Shailene Woodley and Theo James Sizzle »
- Jeff Sneider
The distributor has picked up writer-director Andrew Renzi’s feature debut and recent Tribeca selection starring Richard Gere. Fortitude International handles sales in Cannes on behalf of Qed International.
Franny centres on a hedonistic philanthropist who inveigles his way into the lives of a deceased friend’s daughter and new husband.
Michael Finley, Ruth Mutch, Walter Kortschak, Justin Nappi, Richard Loughran, Shelley Browning, Michael Diamond, George Paaswell, Andrew Corkin, John Friedberg and Mark Moran are on the executive producer roster.
Samuel Goldwyn Films brokered the deal with Wme Global and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
Bypassing the sarcastic vampire approach of last year’s Summer Of Blood (S.O.B.) for a film revolving around severed body parts and infidelity, director Onur Tukel returns with Applesauce, a film that not only supplies enough laughs and awkward moments to fill an Andy Kaufman special, but also raises the question of whether or not sins of the past come back to affect the future. It’s a film that keeps its viewer wondering what will happen next, from the very opening of the film, to the moment the credits roll, and is by far Tukel’s best work yet.
Playing the Ron Welz, a married teacher who does his best to get his students to think of hypothetical alternatives to various wars in history, just to get continually disrespected and never full getting his point across. Welz is a nice guy, an avid listener to a shock radio host, »
- Jerry Smith
Onur Tukel’s Summer of Blood was a hit of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, a work that saw the Brooklyn filmmaker venture from the relationship comedy drama of his previous pictures towards a sly, anarchic genre tale — in this case, a vampire story. Far from a generic riff on the genre, it contained all of Tukel’s typical emotional queasiness and edgy humor while adding quite a bit of the red stuff. With Applesauce, his latest, Dylan Baker plays the role of a man coaxed into recounting a story from his past on a radio show one day. He probably […] »
- Scott Macaulay
"Enemy," "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Simon Killer," "The One I Love," "5 To 7" — even if you don't know the names Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, you've undoubtedly heard the work of the very prolific composing duo. This year alone they've had compositions in three Sundance films ("Last Days In The Desert," "Nasty Baby," "The Wolfpack") and now comes the Tribeca Film Festival where you'll hear even more from them in "The Driftless Area" and "Franny." And today, we've got an exclusive listen to "Franny's Theme" from the latter picture. Written and directed by Andrew Renzi, and starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James, Clarke Peters, Cheryl Hines, and Dylan Baker, the drama follows a rich eccentric man who worms his way into the lives of a deceased friend’s young daughter and her new husband. And the theme music certainly evokes a drama with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Created by Jack Kenny
Aired on NBC for 1 season (8 episodes, 4 unaired) from January 6, 2006 – January 20, 2006
Susanna Thompson as Judith Webster
Alison Pill as Grace
Ellen Burstyn as Bishop Beatrice Congreve
Episcopalian Christian minister Daniel Webster has a special relationship with Jesus Christ, in that he can literally see and talk to him. Daniel’s life is difficult and not even visitations from the son of God are enough to assuage his pain, which has him addicted to narcotic painkillers. The series begins a year after one of his twin sons has departed from suffering from leukemia. This event may’ve been the cause of Daniel’s drug intake and also why his wife is a functioning alcoholic. They have »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Reamworks
Aired on Fox for 1 season (4 episodes aired, 2 unaired + pilot) from April 13 – July 15, 2007
Kristin Lehman as Corinna Wiles
Kevin Alejandro as Winston Salazar
Dylan Baker as John Trimble
Emma Stone as Violet Trimble
Michael Hyatt as Susan Chamblee
Rochelle Aytes as Leigh Barnthouse
Melanie Lynsky as Wendy Patrakas
Taryn Manning as Ivy Chitty
Mircea Monroe as Ellie Laird
All across the country, a secret organization is holding an illegal road race competition, bringing in participants to rally against one another to win a $32 million grand prize. Each racer has been specifically selected by unknown sponsors, who have put them into the game for reasons unknown to the racers, and each of the racers have their own personal »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Nothing says, "Our hiatus is finally over!" quite like opening the first episode back with 45 seconds of erotic asphyxiation. Welcome back, Good Wife! I missed you, too. The return of erotic asphyxiation can only mean one thing – Colin Sweeney's back in town, and he's filed suit against a television program that ran a "ripped from the headlines"-style story that's suspiciously similar to his. It's a little odd to open the episode with Sweeney, since he didn't play as heavily (or at all, really) in the first half of the season as Alicia's campaign, Cary's imprisonment, or Lemond Bishop's looming presence. But it's also a nice way of drawing the show's focus back to the courtroom and the day-to-day workings of the firm. And thanks to Dylan Baker, who's played Sweeney for years, it's delightful, if very, very creepy.In addition to playing Sweeney, Baker also plays the TV »
- Lauren Hoffman
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