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Film Review: ‘Applesauce’

11 May 2015 4:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Richard Gere’s ‘Franny’ Gets U.S. Distribution From Goldwyn

1 May 2015 3:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Richard Gere’s “Franny” following its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival last month.

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.

Andrew Renzi makes his feature directing debut on “Franny,” helming from his own script.

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.

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- Dave McNary

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Richard Gere-Starring ‘Franny’ Nabbed By Samuel Goldwyn Films

1 May 2015 2:51 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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… »

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‘Franny’ Starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James Sells to Samuel Goldwyn Films

1 May 2015 2:41 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires ‘Franny’

1 May 2015 7:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.

Dakota Fanning, Theo James, Clarke Peters, Cheryl Hines and Dylan Baker round out the key cast.

Celerity Pictures and TideRock Media present Franny in association with Treehouse Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Soaring Flight Productions, Audax Films and Magnolia Entertainment.

Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, Jay Schuminsky and Thomas B Fore produced. 

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. 

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Why 1998 Was the Best Year In Film History

27 April 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Tribeca Review: Applesauce

21 April 2015 12:13 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

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

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Five Questions for Applesauce Writer/Director Onur Tukel

20 April 2015 8:23 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

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

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Tribeca Exclusive: Track By Composers Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans From Richard Gere's 'Franny'

15 April 2015 11:13 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"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

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Television that Home Video Forgot: Book of Daniel (2006)

11 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Book of Daniel

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Created by Jack Kenny

Produced by NBC Universal Television, Sony Pictures Television

Aired on NBC for 1 season (8 episodes, 4 unaired) from January 6, 2006 – January 20, 2006

Cast

Aidan Quinn as Reverend Daniel Webster

Susanna Thompson as Judith Webster

Christian Campbell as Peter Webster

Alison Pill as Grace

Ivan Shaw as Adam

Ellen Burstyn as Bishop Beatrice Congreve

Show Premise

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

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Television that Home Video Forgot: Drive (2007)

14 March 2015 1:19 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Drive

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Created by Tim Minear & Ben Queen

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

Cast

Nathan Fillion as Alex Tully

Kristin Lehman as Corinna Wiles

Kevin Alejandro as Winston Salazar

Jd Pardo as Sean 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

Riley Smith as Rob Laird

Mircea Monroe as Ellie Laird

Show Premise

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

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The Good Wife Recap: The F-Bomb

2 March 2015 4:56 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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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The Good Wife, Ep. 6.13: “Dark Money” plays it safe, familiar, and broad

1 March 2015 10:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 13: “Dark Money”

Written by Keith Eisner

Directed by Jim McKay

Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS

After the relative, unexpected disaster that was “The Debate,” in which the Kings bit off way more than they could chew thematically speaking, it makes sense that The Good Wife would return after its brief hiatus with an episode that mostly plays it safe. Accordingly, “Dark Money” is a total comfort-zone hour in theory, replete with the meta-gags the series has grown increasingly in love with, a legendary guest actor playing sharply against (recent) type, and a set of new plots for familiar returning characters. Should be a surefire slam dunk, right?

Not so much. For starters, the principal returning character of the episode – that is, the one we’ve not seen in a while – is Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker), the bourgeois almost-definite-murderer for whom the series »

- Simon Howell

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Good Wife Recap: Cash Twenty-Two

1 March 2015 7:29 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Alicia Florrick has a gay brother who happens to be one of her closest confidantes — an inconvenient truth my brain struggled mightily to suppress during this week’s installment of The Good Wife.

After all, to acknowledge the Alicia-Owen bond while big sis made not a peep of protest during a homophobic rant by a potential fat-cat campaign donor (a fantastically nasty Ed Asner) raised some painful questions: Has a heated run for state’s attorney cracked Alicia’s moral compass? Has her desire for victory and thirst for power turned her into a “bad person”? Or has Alicia always »

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The Good Wife Goes "Bad"—Alicia's Breakdown, Flithy Ed Asner and More!

1 March 2015 7:01 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Good Wife is back and suddenly everything feels right. Sunday nights are complete once again! In "Dark Money" Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) helped usher the CBS drama back to the airwaves with a defamation suit against a TV show. The Good Wife really let Baker go to town and gave him a dual role—he also played the actor playing the Colin Sweeney-esque character—which was absurd and delightful at the same time. Julie White of Go On played the opposing counsel. When Diane (Christine Baranski) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) basically destroyed her case, White's character sought to prove Sweeney killed his first wife. Can't be defamatory if it's true. Things weren't really going Colin »

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New Good Wife Season 6,Episode 13 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By CBS

22 February 2015 1:34 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, CBS delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 13 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Dark Money," and it turns out that we're going to see see some pretty interesting stuff go down as Diane and Cary take on a television show lawsuit for Colin Sweeney, and more. In the new, 13th episode press release: Diane and Cary will represent Colin Sweeney when he files suit against a television producer for basing an unflattering character on him. Press release number 2: When Colin Sweeney accuses a television producer of basing an unflattering character and show on his life, Diane and Cary are going to have to prove that they are capable of handling his case as Alicia focuses on the race for State's Attorney. Also, Alicia is going to compete against Frank Prady for a major campaign donation, Ed Asner guest stars as a »

- Megan

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The Good Wife First Look: Ed Asner's Hand Finds Its Way to... Alicia's Knee?!

17 February 2015 3:19 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Wait a second… is there a clause in Citizens United preventing campaign donors from getting hands-y?

That might be the thought going through candidate Alicia Florrick’s mind in the following first-look photos from The Good Wife‘s spring return (Sunday, March 1, 9/8c on CBS).

RelatedMatt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Good Wife, Once, Supernatural, Grey’s, Bones, Reign, Constantine, Mentalist and More

The network’s official description for the hour, titled “Dark Money,” reads as follows: “When Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) accuses a television producer of basing an unflattering character and show on his life, Diane and Cary must »

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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Good Wife, Once, Supernatural, Grey's, Bones, Reign, Constantine, Mentalist and More

16 February 2015 2:32 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Who on The Good Wife is doing a double take? What does Cain’s comeback mean for Supernatural? What brings back Once Upon a Time‘s Robin? Is a new hunk just what the Grey’s docs ordered? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

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When in the world is The Good Wife coming back? Please give me some scoop. I need it in my life. –Bryan

The acclaimed CBS drama returns March 1, with – not surprisingly – a highly entertaining episode in which:

1) Lemond Bishop finally calls »

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The Humbling Movie Review

11 February 2015 7:52 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Humbling Millennium Entertainment Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Barry Levinson Screenwriter:  Buck Henry, Michal Zebede, based on a Philip Roth Novel Cast:  Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Nina Arianda, Dylan Baker, Charles Grodin, Dan Hedaya, Billy Porter, Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Wiest Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 1/13/14 Opens:  January 23, 2015 There may be some truth to the idea that actors—like Al Pacino’s character in Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling”– can lose their minds, unable to untangle reality from fantasy.  Levinson, best known in these parts for “Rain Man” (an autistic savant who lives in his own world), takes on a similar theme  [ Read More ]

The post The Humbling Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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An Alabama Night in New York by Anne-Katrin Titze

11 February 2015 7:39 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay's impassioned Selma

Author, journalist, and fellow First Time Fest juror Gay Talese hosted an Alabama Night in New York screening at Paramount Pictures of Ava DuVernay's Oscar nominated film Selma, a forceful and passionate look at a turning point in Civil Rights history. David Oyelowo in a spectacular performance as Martin Luther King Jr., Carmen Ejogo as his wife Coretta, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as Alabama Governor George Wallace, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, with Oprah Winfrey, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tessa Thompson, Dylan Baker, Giovanni Ribisi, Martin Sheen and Alessandro Nivola are part of the remarkable ensemble.

Gay Talese with Mark Nelson and Culpepper Clark: "In 1965, I was one of the reporters covering this story…" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Glory, performed by John Legend and Common with music and lyrics by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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