7 items from 2015
Following a potential political sex scandal through the eyes of the politician, “Zipper” plays like an odd hybrid of “Shame” and a season-long subplot on “House of Cards.” Tawdry but cripplingly self-serious, the second feature from Mora Stephens (a full decade after her little seen, and also politically themed, debut “Conventioneers”) benefits from Patrick Wilson’s committed star turn. Still, the awkward end product would inevitably struggle in theatrical venues, making it more advisable to play to the base and go straight to VOD and premium cable.
Federal prosecutor Sam Ellis (Wilson) is on the fast track in national politics. He’s got it all: high-profile career success, good looks, charm, a well-connected and shrewdly strategic wife, Jeannie (Lena Headey), and a clean-cut image as someone who wants to punish the bad and protect the good. Sam even rejects the advances of comely intern Dalia (Dianna Agron) when they share »
- Geoff Berkshire
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they acquired worldwide rights to Grandma. The film, written and directed by Paul Weitz, premieres Friday at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and stars Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox and Sam Elliott. Grandma is produced by Andrew Miano, Weitz, Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas and executive produced by Stephanie Meurer, Dan Balgoyen and Danielle Renfrew Behrens.
In Grandma, Lily Tomlin is Elle Reid. Elle has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.
The deal was negotiated by Wme Global and Alex Kohner of Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman. Michael Barker and »
Sony Pictures Classics announced late last night that it has acquired the worldwide rights to "Grandma," in a deal reported to be worth roughly $2 million. Premiering Friday at Sundance, the film stars Lily Tomlin as sharp-tongued poet Elle Reid, who breaks off a four-month relationship with her girlfriend (Judy Greer) and traverses L.A. to scrounge up the $600 her granddaughter (Julia Garner) needs for an abortion. Directed by Paul Weitz ("About a Boy"), the film also features Marcia Gay Harden, Sam Elliott, "Orange is the New Black" stalwart Laverne Cox, John Cho, and the late Elizabeth Peña, in one of her final screen roles. The news marks the latest milestone in Tomlin's resurgence, 40 years after her career-defining role in Robert Altman's "Nashville." The 75-year-old actress is slated to appear with Jane Fonda in Netflix's highly anticipated comedy "Grace and Frankie," which debuts May 8. Early notices for »
- Matt Brennan
“What I enjoy about it is we have a laugh,” the actor said. “We want to make sure it’s embedded in there so having Simon write it is the perfect fit.”
- Luke Owen
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicked off last night in Park City, Utah, and runs until January 30, when the fest will end with the world premiere of Grandma in a Closing Night Gala screening on Friday, January 30. Deadline has the first clip from director Paul Weitz's latest project, which features comedy legend Lily Tomlin squaring off against rising star Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars, The Stand) in a foul-mouthed exchange.
The story centers on self-described misanthrope Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin), who has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner), shows up needing help. The two of them go on a day-long journey that causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future. This scene shows how Elle tries to get Cam (Nat Wolff) to come up with some cash, since it appears Cam got Sage pregnant, with Elle »
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Oh, Selfie, how little we knew you. Earlier this week, Hulu aired the 13th and final episode of the show following ABC's cancellation after six episodes. We were essentially watching a zombie. The brilliant Phil Maciak called it “necro-streaming” — the show didn’t know it was already over. Unfortunately, right around the time that it was canceled, another strange thing happened: Selfie found its center. Not unlike Eliza Dooley’s (Karen Gillan) own evolution, what started as a shallow conceit with a cringe-inducing title started to show off real charm and chemistry between leads Gillan and John Cho, who played Henry Higgs.And while most freshman cancellations go unnoticed and un-mourned, Selfie whipped up enough passion in its short time for fans to circulate a petition first asking ABC and then Hulu (you can still sign it!) to save the show. Part of the reason was historic — Selfie was the »
- E. Alex Jung
7 items from 2015
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