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Paul Rudd Ant Man 2 chat: The actor speaks from the Sundance Film Festival.
We haven’t heard any Paul Rudd Ant Man 2 talk for a little while, so lets kick off your Tuesday with some. The actor recently headed to the snowy climbs of Park City, Utah to promote his latest film, The Fundamentals of Caring, which was actually the festival’s closing night film, written and directed by Rob Burnett. Speaking to SuperHeroHype, the actor opened up about what the future held for him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his next appearance as Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War, which hits in May.
“I know that when I signed up for it that there was always the potential that they’d do another one or it would tie in in some way, but specifically, I wasn’t aware and I’m still not totally aware of how that’s the case, »
- Paul Heath
Selena Gomez made a gorgeous appearance on the red carpet for the premiere of her new film The Fundamentals of Caring at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Ut, on Friday. The actress - who recently sparked new relationship rumors - shared a slew of cute moments with her costars Craig Roberts and Paul Rudd and director Rob Burnett and took to Instagram to document the fun event, writing, "Finally got to see our movie tonight at Sundance!!! So proud to have the closing film -can't wait for you guys to see it soooon." Selena plays a hitchhiker alongside Paul and Craig, who is a teenager with muscular dystrophy, in the indie comedy. Keep reading to see more photos, and then check out everything you need to know about Sundance this year. »
- Monica Sisavat
While Emmy-winning Late Show With David Letterman Ep Rob Burnett has been behind a number of TV shows such as Bonnie, Strangers With Candy and Ed, he also does double duty as a film director. This week he showed up at the Sundance Film Festival with his second feature The Fundamentals Of Caring based on Jonathan Evison’s 2012 novel. “I said to CAA of all the books you sent me, I’d like to buy the one where the guy kills his child by mistake and takes care of a guy with… »
Follow all of our Sundance 2016 coverage. The first half of The Fundamentals of Caring is a breathlessly witty, almost flawlessly executed comedy starring two very funny men with excellent rapport. If the film had stopped at the 45-minute mark, and if the rest of it had then ceased to exist for some reason (gypsy curse?), forcing me to review only the first half, well, that would have been a glowing review, let me tell you. The second half is still funny, but it’s hindered by some baffling, disappointing story choices that threaten to upend the whole thing. What began as an appealing two-character story gets loaded with extraneous, wacky side characters who bring their own subplots with them, cluttering up our perfectly good comedy. (One of them is a pregnant woman. You know what happens when you add an unnecessary pregnant woman to your movie? You also add an unnecessary childbirth scene!) Based »
- Eric D. Snider
Films centered around disabled people often focus on the inevitable demise of their main characters. Not so in the bracingly optimistic road movie The Fundamentals of Caring, a witty and at times very funny bromance between Craig Roberts’ wheelchair-bound teenager and his carer, a perfectly-cast Paul Rudd. Writer-director Rob Burnett, adapting Jonathan Evison’s The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, finds nuggets of comedy in the blindspots in your typical accounts of degenerative diseases.
Rudd’s Ben is a former writer who, after a tragedy involving his son, decides to change track and become a $9-an-hour carer. His first client is potty-mouthed Trevor, a Brit with muscular dystrophy and a caustic humor who throws insults like confetti. At first, Trevor hates leaving his living room and the American TV he watches so much. But when his single mother needs to travel to Atlanta on business, he warms to the idea of »
- Ed Frankl
Careworn Crucibles: Burnett’s Clichés Prove Reading is Fundamental
Writer and producer Rob Burnett, who has a healthy television resume with contributions such as “Ed” and “Late Show with David Letterman,” adapts Jonathan Evison’s novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving for his sophomore effort. With its title slightly tweaked to be less of a mouthful for its intended audience, Burnett achieves a cloying, middle-of-the-road miasma of clichés strung together with unabashed glee. Though the film enjoys a foul-mouthed novelty by eschewing the trap of a PG-13 MPAA rating, it hardly makes this adolescent effort any more adult oriented. Packed with enough quirky supporting characters to make this sugary coated confection more of a diabetic threat, the successful chemistry between its two affable leads gets lost in Burnett’s swamp of emotional manipulation. However, audiences who enjoy predicting every familiar beat of their tender hearted, conservatively minded melodramas will probably »
- Nicholas Bell
Rob Burnett, longtime producer of David Letterman‘s “Late Show,” scored big time with his second feature film, landing a reported $7 million deal with Netflix for “The Fundamentals of Caring.” “Part of the deal, if you look deep into it, like page 23, they’re going to turn the other way on some of the damaged or unreturned DVDs that I have at home,” the writer-director joked to TheWrap Editor in Chief Sharon Waxman at TheWrap’s video studio at the Sundance Film Festival. Burnett also discussed the cast of the film, including Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts and Selena Gomez. Also Read: Sundance Deals:. »
- Itay Hod
Indie-comedy cliches get a crowdpleasing workout in “The Fundamentals of Caring,” as a grieving father, a teen with a rare disease, a foul-mouthed former child star and a quirk-filled road trip all add up to what would’ve been among the hottest titles at Sundance 2004. Solid performances and some genuinely sharp humor elevate writer-director Rob Burnett’s second feature, but the theatrical market isn’t what it used to be for this kind of product. Already acquired by Netflix for Svod in a pricey pre-fest pick-up, that venue sounds like the best bet to connect with audiences.
With material this familiar, casting is crucial. And Burnett has a pair of aces up his sleeve in Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts (“Submarine,” Amazon’s “Red Oaks”) as an emotionally crippled caregiver and his maturity-impaired ward, respectively. Ben Benjamin (Rudd) is a retired novelist in Seattle who spends most of his waking »
- Geoff Berkshire
Comprising a considerable amount of our top 50 films of last year, Sundance Film Festival has proven to yield the first genuine look at what the year in cinema will bring. Now in its 38th iteration, we’ll be heading back to Park City this week, but before we do, it’s time to highlight the films we’re most looking forward to, including documentaries and narrative features from all around the world.
While much of the joy found in the festival comes from surprises throughout the event, below one will find our 25 most-anticipated titles off the bat, which doesn’t include some of the ones we’ve already seen and admired, notably Cemetery of Splendour, The Lobster and Rams. Check out everything below and for updates straight from the festival, make sure to follow us on Twitter (@TheFilmStage, @jpraup, @djmecca and @DanSchindel), and stay tuned to all of our coverage here. »
- Jordan Raup
Read More: Netflix Kicks Off Sundance Early By Acquiring Ellen Page-Starring 'Tallulah' The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is just under a week away, but Netflix has already made clear they are going to be one of the hungriest distributors at Park City. Just days after picking up exclusive worldwide VOD rights to the Ellen Page-starring "Tallulah," the streaming giant has done the same with "Fundamentals of Caring," says The Hollywood Reporter. The Svod deal is allegedly worth a reported $7 million. Theatrical rights are still available. Written and directed by Rob Burnett, "Fundamentals of Caring" stars Paul Rudd as a man who becomes a caregiver in the wake of suffering a tragedy. He hits the road with his first client, an 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy (Craig Roberts), and the two quickly form a friendship over a handful of adventures. Selena Gomez also stars. The film, which is based »
- Zack Sharf
The streaming service has confirmed its acquisition of worldwide streaming rights on the road movie ahead of its Park City world premiere on January 29.
Us theatrical rights remain on the table. CAA and UTA jointly represent the film.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
11 items from 2016
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