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Sliff 2017 Interview: Actor Patrick Fabian – Star of Driverx

Driverx screens Sunday, November 5th at 3:15pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Producer Mark Stolaroff will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here.

Skidding into middle age, a stay-at-home dad must drive for an Uber-like ride-share company to help support his working wife and two young daughters. Leonard (Patrick Fabian of “Better Call Saul”), a middle-aged man living in the suburbs, has lost his mojo. It’s been two years since the demise of his record store, and now he’s a stay-at-home dad taking care of two young daughters while wife Dawn (Tanya Clarke) works during the day. With both kids now in elementary school, he’s been interviewing for jobs, but

record companies aren’t looking for a 50-year-old music lover with a knowledge of classic rock and pre-’80s hip-hop.
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Sliff 2017 Review – Driverx

Driverx screens Sunday, November 5th at 3:15pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Actor Patrick Fabian and producer Mark Stolaroff will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here.

Skidding into middle age, a stay-at-home dad must drive for an Uber-like ride-share company to help support his working wife and two young daughters. Leonard (Patrick Fabian of “Better Call Saul”), a middle-aged man living in the suburbs, has lost his mojo. It’s been two years since the demise of his record store, and now he’s a stay-at-home dad taking care of two young daughters while wife Dawn (Tanya Clarke) works during the day. With both kids now in elementary school, he’s been interviewing for jobs, but record companies aren’t looking for a 50-year-old music lover with a knowledge of classic rock and pre-’80s hip-hop.
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Exclusive: How ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ Paralleled Amy Ryan’s Real Life

Exclusive: How ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ Paralleled Amy Ryan’s Real Life
After indulging her funny bone with notable appearances on Broad City, Kevin Hart’s Central Intelligence and High Maintenance, and starring opposite Richard Armitage in the Off-Broadway production of Love, Love, Love, Amy Ryan is firmly back in the dramatic world that earned her an Oscar nomination for Gone Baby Gone with her new film, Abundant Acreage Available, in theaters on Sept. 29.

Written and directed by Angus MacLachlan (Junebug), the film tells the story of Tracy (Ryan) and Jesse (Terry Kinney), who after burying their father’s remains on their tobacco farm, are confronted by three older men (Max Gail, Francis Guinan, Steve Coulter) camping in their field. It’s a story of grief and morality and learning to let go.

It’s also one of Ryan’s best (and detailed) performances in years, earning rave reviews following the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival -- and the suggestion that she should be a contender
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Trailer for ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ Previews Amy Ryan’s Career-Best Performance

Having worked under the direction of Kenneth Lonergan, Steven Spielberg, Sidney Lumet, Ben Affleck, Bennett Miller, Lodge Kerrigan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Greengrass, Joachim Trier, Tom McCarthy, and more, it’s astounding that Amy Ryan has never had a leading role — until now. Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival, where it won a Best Screenplay jury award, Angus MacLachlan’s Abundant Acreage Available will now get a release this fall and the first trailer has landed.

“MacLachlan’s latest is a departure from his previous work: a quiet, powerful portrait of two families at a crossroads, featuring the middle-aged Ledbetters — including the reformed alcoholic Jesse (Terry Kinney) and his adopted sister Tracy (Amy Ryan) — and three aging brothers (Max Gail, Francis Guinan, and Steve Coulter),” we said in our review.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, see the trailer below featuring our quote.

On a fifty acre tobacco farm in North Carolina,
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Amy Ryan in First Trailer for Indie Film 'Abundant Acreage Available'

"This is our place - right here, right now." Gravitas Ventures has revealed an official trailer for the indie drama titled Abundant Acreage Available, which won the Best Screenplay award at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film stars Amy Ryan and Terry Kinney as middle-aged brother and sister, who have just finished burying their father in a field on the fifty acre tobacco farm in North Carolina that their family owns. Trouble brews when three brothers, whose family farmed the land for generations, return after 50 years. The cast includes Max Gail, Steve Coulter, and Francis Guinan. I have been a big fan of Amy Ryan ever since Gone Baby Gone, so I'm always interested to watch anything she's in, especially if she has a lead role. This looks damn good, and it's easy to see the tough choices the script attempts to address. Here's the first official
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Exclusive: Poster For September Morning About Tragic Event of 9/11

After sixteen years, the world is still a very dangerous place.

In the feature length directorial debut for Ryan Frost (Mobster’s Moll), September Morning is an exploration of coming to terms with innocence lost of a nation in the wake of 9/11.

The film stars Patrick Cage II (Jane the Virgin), Katherine C. Hughes (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Troy Doherty (Hachi: A Dog’s Tail), Michael Grant (The Secret Life of the American Teenage), Taylor Rose (The Good Wife), Michael Liu (Keeping Up With The Joneses) and Max Gail (42).

The story follows five college freshmen confronting the promises of youth that have been brutally severed by the national tragedy of 9/11.

The film is produced by Orestes Arcuni (Mad Men), Ryan Frost, William S. Goldstein (The Reign), Stephen Gibler (Sports Jam), and executive producer Richard P. Forman (Undercover Boss). The original music of the film is composed by
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Reviews: Sidney Poitier In "They Call Me Mister Tibbs!" (1970) And "The Organization" (1971); Kino Lorber Blu-ray Releases

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

The year 1967 marked the high point of Sidney Poitier's screen career. He starred in three highly acclaimed box office hits: "To Sir, With Love", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "In the Heat of the Night".  The fact that Poitier did not score a Best Actor Oscar nomination that year had less to do with societal prejudices (he had already won an Oscar) than the fact that he was competing with himself and split the voter's choices for his best performance. "In the Heat of the Night" did win the Best Picture Oscar and immortalized Poitier's performance as Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia detective who finds himself assigned to assist a redneck sheriff (Rod Steiger, who did win the Oscar that year for his performance in this film) in a town in the deep south that has experienced a grisly unsolved murder. When Steiger's character, resentful for
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Film Review: Emotionally Perfect Cowboy Elegy in ‘The Hero’

Chicago – The great character actor Sam Elliott – known mostly for his cowboy roles in film/TV and his unique bass sounding voiceovers – gets an opportunity to deliver a nuanced and emotional performance as a hyper-realized version of himself. There is virtue and truth in this character journey.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

The screenplay, by director Brett Haley and Marc Basch, is brilliantly in line with Elliott’s particular breed of Hollywood character actor. In addition, Elliott’s character has some regrets, and buries it under a cloud of marijuana smoke. All of the tics and situations are handled expertly by Elliott, showing a range of performance that had never been seen from him before… it is his greatest role. Also, the vulnerability of his persona is on full display, which creates a subtlety in the story that is welcome… life isn’t predictable, and it’s refreshing to see the cinema reflect that value. Brett Haley will be a director to watch for many years, as he ponders the expectations of life.

Lee Hayden (Elliott) is a 72-year-old character actor – known mostly for playing cowboys over the years. He is a bit washed up, but can supplement his divorced man lifestyle with voiceover gigs. His leisure includes pot smoking, so conveniently his dealer Jeremy (Nick Offerman) lives in his apartment complex. His life takes a turn when he gets some bad health news, and simultaneously meets Charlotte (Laura Prepon), a stand-up comic.

He takes Charlotte to a low-rent Cowboy Honoree event, where he receives a Lifetime Achievement Award. High on dope and Ecstasy, Lee makes an amazing acceptance speech that goes viral. He’s suddenly a hot commodity again, and uses the notoriety to ignore his health issues… part of which involves his estranged daughter Lucy (Krysten Ritter). The next phase is assessment and acceptance of his life.

“The Hero” was released in Chicago on June 16th, nationwide by July 4th. See local listings for theaters and show times. Featuring Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman, Katherine Ross and Max Gail. Written by Brett Haley and Marc Basch. Directed by Brett Haley. Rated “R”

Continue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “The Hero”

The Future is Nigh for Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) in ‘The Hero’

Photo credit: The Orchard

Continue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “The Hero”
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Interview, Audio: Director Brett Haley Discovers ‘The Hero’

Chicago – The familiar character actor and voiceover artist, Sam Elliott, has been breaking out in that latter part of his career. Known for his cowboy roles, smooth bass-tone voice and epic mustache, the icon has been seen lately in diverse roles in “Grandma,” “Digging for Fire,” “Grace and Frankie” and his latest – and perhaps greatest – “The Hero.”

Brett Haley and Sam Elliott on the Set of ‘The Hero

Photo credit: The Orchard

“The Hero” is co-written (with Marc Basch) and directed by Brett Haley, who had previously directed Elliott, opposite Blythe Danner, in “I’ll See You in my Dreams.” Haley must have been inspired, because he wrote “The Hero” expressly for Elliott, and uses the actor’s cowboy character past as a basis for the role of Lee Hayden, an old actor with a broken past, and a health condition that changes everything. Elliott is masterful as the lead in the film,
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Festival Feature: The Films of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Chicago – The 16th Tribeca Film Festival wrapped last Sunday (April 30, 2017) and the award-winning films of the festival have been named. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com was there for the first week of Tribeca and files his personal best of the films he experienced.

This is Patrick switching to first person, and I was able to see 13 media and film works, and took a turn in the “Immersive” or Virtual Reality arcade (there will a separate article on that experience). I sampled TV, short films, documentaries and narrative films, and rank them from first preferred on down, but honestly I didn’t see anything that I didn’t like, which is a testament to the programmers of this iconic film festival.

The following are the prime 13, and an indication of when they are scheduled to release…

Flower

Flower,’ Directed by Max Winkler

Photo credit: Tribeca Film Festival

What seems like a “Juno” rip-off,
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Tribeca Review: ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ is a Quietly Moving Character Study

Faith-based cinema is as diverse a genre as there is, from the extreme, often violent portraits of devotion from established directors like Martin Scorsese and Mel Gibson, to the attacks on logic in the God’s Not Dead and Left Behind pictures. Angus MacLachlan, a great storyteller of the not-too-deep south, offers a nuanced example of what this genre can bring, returning with the moving Abundant Acreage Available. The title may signal a light-hearted film, and given MacLachlan’s previous feature (the charming sex comedy Goodbye To All That) and writing credits (which include Phil Morrison’s masterpiece Junebug), you might be forgiven for having that expectation. However, MacLachlan’s latest is a departure from his previous work: a quiet, powerful portrait of two families at a crossroads, featuring the middle-aged Ledbetters — including the reformed alcoholic Jesse (Terry Kinney) and his adopted sister Tracy (Amy Ryan) — and three aging brothers (Max Gail,
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Abundant Acreage Available’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Abundant Acreage Available’
If you liked “Manchester by the Sea” — or the kind of low-key emotional drama in which men break down and sob uncontrollably — then Martin Scorsese has the movie for you. It’s called “Abundant Acreage Available,” and it’s pretty much the opposite of anything Scorsese has directed, which stands to reason, because he didn’t direct it. North Carolina playwright-turned-director Angus MacLachlan did, and like the “Junebug” script for which he’s best known, this one achieves a tricky kind of subtlety amid so much stage-style chatter. (Just to be clear about Scorsese’s involvement, he agreed to executive produce after seeing MacLachlan’s promising debut feature, “Goodbye to All That,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival two years earlier.)

Set on a family-owned North Carolina tobacco farm, recognizable as such from its almost blood-red clay, “Abundant Acreage Available” begins as many a play has, with a pair
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Amy Ryan Gives Her Best Performance In a Decade With ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ — Tribeca 2017 Review

Amy Ryan Gives Her Best Performance In a Decade With ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ — Tribeca 2017 Review
If “Abundant Acreage Available” didn’t have closeups or outdoor scenes, it could have been filmed theater. Writer-director Angus MacLachlan’s second feature focuses on grown siblings Tracy (Amy Ryan) and Jesse (Terry Kinney) in the immediate aftermath of their father’s death. Stuck with his expansive farmland, they’re unsure what to do next, until the arrival of three older men who knew the deceased stake a claim to it. Set in a single location with a cast of five, the movie offers a lesson in minimalist drama, unfolding as a sharply acted mood piece that never crescendos, but hums along with wise observations and first-rate performances.

A intergenerational family drama that wouldn’t look out of place in the oeuvres of Tennessee Miller or Arthur Miller, “Abundant Acreage Available” is a noticeably more somber work for MacLachlan, whose directorial debut “Goodbye to All That” was a vulgar black comedy about overcoming divorce.
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Peak TV Treasure: Review

Peak TV Treasure: Review
Are you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Is life getting in the way of keeping up with the shows you wanna try out? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems in this era of Peak TV.

Review

Network | Comedy Central

Created By | Andy Daly and Charlie Siskel

RelatedPeak TV Treasure: 12 Monkeys

Number Of Episodes | 19 over the first two seasons

Episode Length | 30 mins.

Premise | Daly stars as TV personality Forrest MacNeil, the host of show-within-a-show Review. Instead of critiquing TV, film or books, Forrest uses his
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Review: Third & Final Season Coming to Comedy Central in March

Five stars all around. Today, Comedy Central announced the third and final season of Review will premiere in March.The comedy stars Andy Daly as Forrest MacNeil, a professional critic who reviews real-life experiences such as stealing, addiction, road rage, and blackmail to see if they are any good. The cast also includes Megan Stevenson, Jessica St. Clair, Tara Karsian, Michael Croner, Fred Willard, James Urbaniak, Max Gail, Hayley Huntley, and Lennon Parham.Read More…
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Hawaii Five-0 Season 7 Episode 15 Review: Big Game

  • TVfanatic
It's a family affair.

What people will do for those they love – good and bad – is the theme of Hawaii Five-0 Season 7 Episode 15.

And even better, there was a healthy dose of education amid the entertainment.

I always appreciate a little dose of learning in my TV, something that drives me to Google while I'm watching.

For all its many faults, I've enjoyed NBC's Timeless this season, because I get a healthy dose of history each week.

Now that it's in its seventh season, Hawaii Five-0 has really started to tap into Hawaii's 1,000 years of history, discovering some unique narrative settings as a result.

This episode told the story of the Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement, in the Kalaupapa National Historic Site on Molokai.

This was neatly handled by having the island's law, Sheriff Alana, explain the settlement's history to McGarrett and Chin on the ride out. That way, the viewer quickly got brought up to speed.
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Barney Miller: Hal Linden Looks Back at the Popular Sitcom

Barney Miller is back. Recently, star Hal Linden spoke to the Av Club about the popular ABC sitcom.Created by Danny Arnold and Theodore J. Flicker, the series followed the detectives of New York's fictional 12th precinct. Linden played the lead, Captain Barney Miller, alongside Abe Vigoda, Max Gail, Ron Glass, Jack Soo, Gregory Sierra, and James Gregory. The show ran on ABC for eight seasons before ending in 1982.Read More…
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Review: Comedy Central Series to End with Shortened Third Season

[caption id="attachment_44532" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Andy Daly as Forrest MacNeil and Megan Stevenson as A.J. courtesy of Comedy Central/caption]

Comedy Central will renew the Review TV series for an abbreviated third and final season, leaving the show effectively cancelled. The Hollywood Reporter says no episode count has been announced yet, but mentions a minimum of three installments which might air over three weeks, or all in one night.

In Review, Daly is professional critic Forrest MacNeil, who reviews real-life experiences such as stealing, addiction, road rage, or blackmail, to see if they are any good. The cast of Review also includes: Megan Stevenson, Jessica St. Clair, Tara Karsian, Michael Croner, Fred Willard, James Urbaniak, Max Gail, Hayley Huntley, and Lennon Parham. Daly also narrates the dark mocumentary which he created with Charlie Siskel.

Read More…
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‘Review 2×04: Cult, Perfect Body’ Review

“It’s easy. You find some vulnerable people, you isolate them, you exploit them financially. Then, rivers of blood.”

Lucille calls it right from the get-go. When a man about to open a CrossFit gym asks Forrest what it’s like to be a cult leader he might as well start chiseling tombstones. Forrest himself even admits, all of five minutes into ‘Cult; Perfect Body,’ that founding a vapid, financially predatory cult with the assistance of his girlfriend(whose death he mourns while still referring to her as “Mrs. Greenfield”) has driven him mad with power. The cult itself is a fabulous joke, Forrest’s unconscious sublimation of his show’s pointlessness into an equally pointless quest to “live a five-star life.” He mocks their credulity while feeding them the same ethos he uses to justify his monstrous behavior as the host of Review, everything in his life twisted and absorbed by his television persona.
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Andy Daly on 'Review' season 2: 'Forrest is even more committed to this show'

  • Hitfix
Andy Daly on 'Review' season 2: 'Forrest is even more committed to this show'
"Review" was one of the most pleasant TV surprises of 2014, not because we didn't expect fun stuff from star and producer Andy Daly, but because Comedy Central had sat on the show for nearly a year, and then premiered it with minimal fanfare. What seemed like a dump job was instead a delight: a sort of serialized sketch comedy show, held together by Daly as "reviewer of life" Forrest MacNeil, a blandly cheerful doofus willing to experience and then review whatever his audience asked him to. Over the course of the first season, Forrest got addicted to cocaine, ate 15 pancakes in one sitting, had to divorce his wife, then eat 30 pancakes in one sitting, accidentally caused his father-in-law to die in outer space, possibly killed another driver in a road rage incident, and bit by bit watched his entire life burn to the ground for the sake of the show.
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