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Justin Lerner's "The Automatic Hate" premiered this past March at South By Southwest in the Narrative Spotlight section and has finally found a home with Film Movement. The company has acquired all North American rights to the film and is planning a winter release following more festival screenings, including at the Seattle International Film Festival later in May. "The Automatic Hate" stars Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens, Richard Schiff and Deborah Ann Woll. The screenplay was co-written by Lerner and Katharine O'Brien. The story explores what happens when a young man meets a side of his family he's never known and begins feeling a taboo attraction to his cousin. Said Lerner, "It's been such an exciting journey already, which began at SXSW, and now to be partnering with a company like Film Movement -- that has such class and taste in both foreign and American independent cinema -- we feel »
- Elizabeth Logan
Film Movement has acquired all North American rights to Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate. The distributor plans a winter theatrical release for the film, which world premiered at SXSW. The Automatic Hate stars Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens, Richard Schiff, Ricky Jay and Deborah Ann Woll. The film's screenplay is written by Lerner and Katharine O'Brien, and produced by Lerner along with Lacey Leavitt and Anonymous Content's Alix Madigan-Yorkin. Daniel Alexander… »
I met director Justin Lerner in Austin at a hole-in-the-wall bar during the SXSW Film Festival, where he pitched his effectively eerie family drama "The Automatic Hate" as a combo of Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" and Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye." A shrieking Dogme95 incest drama meets a Raymond Chandler potboiler? I was intrigued. Writer/director Lerner and co-writer Katharine O'Brien set up a bait-and-switch mystery that then pulls us into the world of an unstable and broken family as their buried grudges of the past come into shattering present-day focus. "Automatic Hate" begins as an alluring young blonde (Adelaide Clemens) drops on the doorstep of Davis (Joseph Cross) and tells him she's his cousin. He does not know the girl, who says her name is Alexis. His curiosity titillated, Davis follows her out of his boring city life and into the Upstate New York backwoods — at the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
The Automatic Hate tells the story of a man in his early thirties who finds out that his father has been hiding an entire other side of his family. He’s never known that he has an uncle or three cousins on his father’s side and when he finally meets one of them, he sets off to discover the secrets his family has kept and finds himself sucked into his cousins’ world. Directed by Justin Lerner, the movie stars Joseph Cross and was co-written by Katharine O’Brien.
Back in March, we had the chance to sit down with the trio after the film’s premiere at SXSW. During our exclusive interview, we talked crafting the story, taboo romances, playing characters who are older than the actor and much more.
Check out the full interview below, and enjoy!
What was it about that story that made you originally want to tell it? »
- Alexander Lowe
In The Automatic Hate, Joseph Cross plays New York City chef Davis Green, whose life goes into a tailspin after he’s introduced to a cousin and a family feud he never knew existed. Joseph Cross On ‘The Automatic Hate’ When Davis’ cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) enters his life, he’s living an ordinary life in the city […]
- Chelsea Regan
Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 19 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "One Watson, One Holmes," and it turns out that we're going to see very dramatic and interesting stuff go down when a murdered hacker prompts Sherlock and Holmes to ultimately get involved in some internet war, and more. In the new, 19th episode press release: When The Member Of An Anonymous Hacker Group Is Murdered, Holmes And Watson Are Drawn Into A Civil War Playing Out On The Internet. Press release number 2: Holmes and Watson will find themselves in the middle of a civil war being fought on the Internet when a member of Everyone, the anonymous hacker group they periodically work with, is murdered. Guest stars feature: Joseph Cross (Petros Franken), Adam Chanler-Berat (Brady Dietz), Rosyln Ruff (Agent Branch), Steve Routman (Mr. Briggs), Lucy Owen (Rachel Carter), Will Pullen »
A Kickstarter campaign to complete Dennis Hopper’s unreleased final film has topped its $90,000 fundraising goal in three weeks.
The funds will enable director Linda Yellen to finish the comedy “The Last Film Festival,” which was halted in 2010 when Hopper died. The funds will pay for the rights to use footage from other motion pictures, edit the movie and add special effects to complete the film’s narrative.
Yellen said she plans to release the movie in May to coincide with the fifth anniversary of Hopper’s death. She explained that other investment offers would have required cutting certain scenes, altering the film’s score and changing Hopper’s voice.
“Dennis saw a rough cut of the movie before he died and loved it,” she said. “We want everyone to see the same film that Dennis and I envisioned.”
“The Last Film Festival” tells the story of a big-shot Hollywood producer, »
- Dave McNary
Testing the boundaries of your seemingly loving relationships with the most important people in your life, from your parents to your long-term significant other, can be a revealing insight into how strongly you trust them and believe in their commitment to protecting your well-being. That enticing process of engaging in seemingly dangerous situations is captivatingly showcased in director Justin Lerner’s second feature film directorial effort, ‘The Automatic Hate,’ the follow-up to his debut movie, the 2010 drama, ‘Girlfriend.’ The helmer, who co-wrote the script to his latest film with Katharine O’Brien, grippingly cast actor Joseph Cross to portray a seemingly successful young man who willingly put his connections with his [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Early in The Automatic Hate, one of the characters poses a question about nature vs. nurture. It’s an age-old proverb, but his answer is simple: Essentially, both of them are bullshit. What follows shows that regardless of which actually matters more, if the influence is anything other than pristine, those involved are going to be stuck dealing with the same thing: A lot of bullshit.
Justin Lerner’s movie focuses on Davis (Joseph Cross), a chef working in Boston, who is approached by Alexis (Adelaide Clemens), a girl armed with a claim that they’re cousins. At first, Davis doesn’t believe her, as someone would when they’ve been told their father is an only child. But after the thought sticks with him for a few days, he finally finds out that his father does indeed have a brother, and he goes off to meet his cousins and aunt and uncle. »
- Alexander Lowe
Read More: Closted Muslim Teens 'Naz & Maalik' Unveiled in Exclusive Poster Debut Five years after his award-winning debut feature "Girlfriend," writer-director Justin Lerner is back with his anticipated sophomore effort. The official synopsis for "The Automatic Hate" reads: "Davis Green's (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens of "Rectify") appears on his doorstep one night, and he discovers that his father has kept a side of his family secret for 30 years. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet his other cousins. Quickly developing a strong connection with them, he sets out with Alexis to reunite their broken family. But in getting to know each other, Davis and Alexis realize they are perhaps more like their own fathers than they thought. As the pair uncovers the incident that tore their family apart, the two cousins must resist the temptation to keep their fathers »
- David Canfield
A Kickstarter has been announced to complete Dennis Hopper's final movie.
Yellen is seeking $90,000 for the project.
Hopper played producer Nick Twain, who brings his movie to the small town film festival that was the only one that would accept it.
The actor died in 2010 due to complications from prostate cancer. »
Producers of the last film to feature Hollywood icon Dennis Hopper are turning to Kickstarter to complete the film.
The production is now looking to raise $90,000 to complete post-production and assist distribution on the feature, in which Hopper stars as a big-shot Hollywood producer whose recent flop is accepted in just one film festival – the disastrously executed O’Hi Film Festival.
The picture was written specifically for Hopper by director Linda Yellen and her writing partner Michael Leeds, who pitched the idea to the star after meeting at Sundance. Yellen produces with Bob Jorissen.
Director-producer Yellen said: “May 2015 will mark the fifth anniversary of Hopper’s death, and we wanted to release the movie to coincide »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Despite having passed away five years ago, it looks like Dennis Hopper is set to feature in his final role – if a Kickstarter campaign can earn all of its money.
Here’s the press release:
March 10th, 2015 – New York – Today the production team behind Dennis Hopper’s unreleased final film, The Last Film Festival, are launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete the picture. Dennis Hopper is known for his dramatic roles, but offers a rare comedic tour de force performance in The Last Film Festival. The money raised on Kickstarter will allow director Linda Yellen to bring this film by the Hollywood star of Easy Rider and other legendary films to the public and to his fans.
Check out the Kickstarter page here.
- Luke Owen
It's been nearly five years since the death of Dennis Hopper - but there's a strand of hope for what would have been his final film.
It's been nearly five years since the death of Dennis Hopper, at the age of 74. At the time he died, he was working on what would have been his final movie, The Last Film Festival. The film was a few scenes short of completion, and starred Hopper as a Hollywood producer, whose recent movie flop gets accepted in just one film festival. And not a good one.
Called the O'Hi Film Festival, Hopper's producer and his crew then descend on the small time of O'Hi, and chaos ensues. Well, it would have done, had the film been finished. But now a new campaign has been launched to try and get The Last Film Festival finally over the line.
Writer/director Linda Yellen (she co-wrote »
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
16 items from 2015
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