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Review: Tumbledown

12 February 2016 7:39 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: The young widow (Rebecca Hall) of a cult musician begins to fall for an academic (Jason Sudeikis) that she’s hired to collaborate with her on a biography of her late husband. Review: Once the dominant genre of American cinema (rivaled only by the western), romantic comedies have become something Hollywood’s having more and more trouble pulling off nowadays. They tend to be predictable,... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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Tumbledown – The Review

12 February 2016 6:31 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A rock journalist (Jason Sudeikis) obsessed with the death of musical idols and their legacy –  a compelling argument could be made that Chuck Klosterman served as inspiration for the character – discovers that there is more to life than extending adoration long after death. Hannah (played in a strong and stern manner by Rebecca Hall) is the widow of the popular folk hero. Now with his passing, she has more time to focus on herself and her own writing without having to be in the shadow of her great singer-songwriter husband. When Andrew approaches Hannah about writing a biography about her late husband, she’s initially reluctant, but the two eventually agree and take a stroll down memory lane.

Desiree and Desi Van Til along with director Sean Mewshaw have written a tender story that occasionally waxes philosophical about the artistic process and life after death through two different viewpoints looking »

- Michael Haffner

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Brother of Christine Chubbuck, the 70s Journalist Who Committed Suicide on Live TV, Says No One Will Ever Find the Tape of that Horrific Day

11 February 2016 2:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The horrific moment that Christine Chubbuck, morning host of Sun Coast Digest on Wxlt in Sarasota, Florida, pulled a .38 caliber revolver from under her desk and shot herself in the head will never be seen, her brother Greg, tells People. After the 29-year-old journalist died - 15 hours later at a local hospital - her shocked family made sure to get an injunction preventing the release of the tape of her suicide. After it was seized as evidence by authorities, it was turned over to their mother, Peg. "I don't know to this day where it is," Greg says. "But I »

- Christine Pelisek, @chrispelisek

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Brother of Christine Chubbuck, the 70s Journalist Who Committed Suicide on Live TV, Says No One Will Ever Find the Tape of that Horrific Day

11 February 2016 2:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The horrific moment that Christine Chubbuck, morning host of Sun Coast Digest on Wxlt in Sarasota, Florida, pulled a .38 caliber revolver from under her desk and shot herself in the head will never be seen, her brother Greg, tells People. After the 29-year-old journalist died - 15 hours later at a local hospital - her shocked family made sure to get an injunction preventing the release of the tape of her suicide. After it was seized as evidence by authorities, it was turned over to their mother, Peg. "I don't know to this day where it is," Greg says. "But I »

- Christine Pelisek, @chrispelisek

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Writer of Movie About Christine Chubbuck, Journalist Who Committed Suicide on Air, Hopes to Shed Light on Mental Illness

11 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Craig Shilowich first heard the story of Christine Chubbuck - the broadcast journalist who shot herself in the head on live television in 1974 - he immediately felt a strong connection to her. "I went through a really dark patch in my early twenties where I was dealing with a lot of mental health issues. When I came across Christine's story, it felt familiar to me. It felt personal. And it felt relevant," the film producer tells People of Chubbuck, whose story is told in the current issue of People. So Shilowich set out to tell the story of »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Writer of Movie About Christine Chubbuck, Journalist Who Committed Suicide on Air, Hopes to Shed Light on Mental Illness

11 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Craig Shilowich first heard the story of Christine Chubbuck - the broadcast journalist who shot herself in the head on live television in 1974 - he immediately felt a strong connection to her. "I went through a really dark patch in my early twenties where I was dealing with a lot of mental health issues. When I came across Christine's story, it felt familiar to me. It felt personal. And it felt relevant," the film producer tells People of Chubbuck, whose story is told in the current issue of People. So Shilowich set out to tell the story of »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Tumbledown Stumbles But Doesn’t Crumble

9 February 2016 9:30 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Movies that hope to explore the idea and effects of grief aren’t uncommon, but many of them, even the great ones, often exist by design as emotionally devastating experiences. Less common are the films that manage to examine these sad and sorrowful life experiences while still recognizing the rest that life has to offer. Kenneth Lonergan’s masterful Manchester By the Sea is one of the finest such rarities, and hopefully those of you who missed its debut at Sundance will share in its brilliance and heart later this year. For now though you’ll have to settle for a different film and its far slighter step in a similar direction. Hannah (Rebecca Hall) is a woman whose life is in repose. Her husband, Hunter, fell to his death a few years back while hiking a familiar trail near their rural Maine home, and she’s left with only her memories and her grief. Well »

- Rob Hunter

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[Review] Tumbledown

8 February 2016 2:43 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

From its opening of characters listening in stunned awe to the music of a legendary fictional folk singer, Sean Mewshaw’s admirable but disappointing Tumbledown traps itself with unfair expectations. As a study of grief, it’s moving, featuring authentic performances and a keen understanding of the receding hibernation that comes with losing a cornerstone person in one’s life. As a romance, it’s slow-going but believable. And as a look at the unfair mythos attributed to the dead, it’s nuanced and incisive. But in attempting to balance these complementary parts, Tumbledown is buried by its own ambitions.

As it begins, Hannah (Rebecca Hall) is in pieces, clinging to loss out in a pastoral wilderness lodge in a small Maine town where she used to live with Hunter, her husband and the folk singer whose legacy precedes him. Hunter passed away when he slipped down a ravine while walking along a mountaintop, »

- Michael Snydel

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'Kung Fu Panda 3' Repeats Box Office Win with $21 Million

7 February 2016 11:09 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The hit animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 ended the first month of 2016 on a high note at the box office, taking in $48 million in its opening weekend. In the first frame of February, this adventure will face three new movies, Universal's Hail, Caesar!, Sony's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Lionsgate's The Choice. As expected, none of these new releases could beat Kung Fu Panda 3, which won for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $21 million.

The animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 currently has a solid 80% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it opened in 3,955 theaters, which will still make it the widest release in theaters this weekend, by a long-shot. Kung Fu Panda 3 marks the return of one of the most successful animated franchises in the world, with its biggest comedy adventure yet. When Po's (Jack Black) long-lost panda father (Bryan Cranston) suddenly reappears, »

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Film Review: Christine: Rebecca Hall Stuns in Addicting Case Study [Sundance 2016]

6 February 2016 6:03 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Christine (2016) Film Review from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Antonio Campos, starring Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Maria Dizzia, Tracy Letts, and J. Smith-Cameron. Director Antonio Campos returns to the Sundance Film Festival where, four years ago, his film Simon Killer debuted to mixed reviews. This time around, however, his biopic Christine has stunned critics and audiences alike, resulting […] »

- Drew Stelter

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Pics With Jason Sudeikis & Rebecca Hall, Ethan Hawke & Emma Watson Battle Horror Fare – Specialty Preview

5 February 2016 12:34 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Oscar hopefuls continue to dominate the specialty space, though counterprogramming is in full swing as some distributors hope to tap awards-weary audiences. Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis star in Tumbledown from Starz Digital. The company is opening the date movie in New York and L.A. before a fairly hefty expansion into about three dozen new markets the following week. TWC is opening Regression with Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson in about a hundred locations Friday, the… »

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Tumbledown movie review: letting go of the past

5 February 2016 9:44 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A portrait of grief that borrows the conventions of romantic comedies. There may not be a lot of passion here, but there is plenty of pleasant zing. I’m “biast” (pro): love Rebecca Hall

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Rebecca Hall is Hannah, widow of rock star Hunter Miles, who made “a single, nearly perfect album” of soulful acoustic folk before he died suddenly several years back. Jason Sudeikis is Andrew, a university professor who deems Hunter’s work “timeless” and wants to include the singer in the book he’s writing about tragic great American musicians. Hannah is reluctant to help Andrew with his research for lots of reasons: the most important one is the one she is unable to admit to herself, that she does not want to move on with her life. Does her finally agreeing »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Tumbledown Review

5 February 2016 8:36 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s hard to watch Tumbledown without shivering. The movie, set atop the titular mountain and bathed in some truly remarkable scenery, is the quintessential cold winter’s night flick: characters are bundled up to their ears, fireplaces are eternally lit, and the woodland setting practically emits its own smell-o-scope of pine leaves and crisp Maine air. It’s a beautiful, lush movie that houses two somewhat outstanding leads, but by the time the credits roll what it amounts to is as comparatively toothless as a hallmark card.

Up on Tumbledown, Hannah (Rebecca Hall) is eking out a life alone in a little wood cabin that her and her late husband Hunter bought when he was searching for a quiet space to write his next album. Now that he’s dead, she’s left alone in the Maine woods with two dogs, a friend-with-benefits in neighbor Curtis (Joe Manganiello), and »

- Mitchel Broussard

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Review: Delicate, Moving 'Tumbledown' Starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis

4 February 2016 2:37 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s never explicitly stated that Hunter Miles is a member of the 27 Club, but that hasn’t stopped the folk musician (“folk” in terms of both his hero status and his particular brand of strummy rock) from getting grouped with other musicians who left this world too soon. The character at the heart of Sean Mewshaw’s “Tumbledown” is already dead and buried by the time the film opens — in fact, we visit his grave quite frequently, much like his many fans — but his specter looms over the entire feature, as does his cut-short legacy. A moody (maybe? or is that simply how a rocker of his ilk is perceived by the public?) singer/songwriter in the vein of Bon Iver and Elliott Smith, Hunter crafted exactly one solo album (one “perfect” album, as one character observes) before dying in an apparently freak hiking accident. He also left behind »

- Kate Erbland

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Sarasota Groves: The Orchard Picks Campos’ Christine From Sundance Tree

4 February 2016 2:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

After making a run with Josh Mond’s James White, and less than a day after picking up the docu Life, Animated, Variety reports that The Orchard have reteamed with the Borderline Films folk on the Sundance preemed Christine – Antonio Campos’ third feature film. With a stellar perf from Rebecca Hall, we imagine the company will look to premiere the film at major film fests prior to an awards-friendly theatrical release date later this year.

Gist: Based on true events, ‘Christine’ is about an ambitious 29-year-old news reporter (Hall), in Sarasota, Florida, circa 1974. Relentlessly motivated to succeed, she knows she has talent, but being a driven career woman in the 1970s comes with its own challenges, especially when competition for a promotion, unrequited love for a coworker (Michael C. Hall) and a tumultuous home life lead to a dissolution of self. With ratings in the cellar, the station manager issues »

- Eric Lavallee

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Read Louis Ck’s Explanation of ‘Horace and Pete’

4 February 2016 1:49 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In an email sent to subscribers of his website, comedian Louis Ck has offered an explanation to fans who purchased the first episode of his new series “Horace and Pete.” Unlike the comic’s FX series “Louie,” a dark comedy, “Horace and Pete” is more of a straight drama. The first episodes runs 67 minutes and was directed by C.K. In the show, he and Steve Buscemi play the owners of a 100-year-old Brooklyn dive bar. Among the co-stars that appear in the first episode are Alan Alda, Jessica Lange, Rebecca Hall, Nick Dipaolo, Kurt Metzger, Steven Wright, Edie Falco and Aidy. »

- Jeff Sneider

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The Orchard Picks Up Antonio Campos' 'Christine' and Aims for Next Year's Oscars Race

4 February 2016 1:04 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Although The Orchard only made one big deal at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — for Taika Waititi's crowd-pleasing "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" — the company is now proving that patience pays off, as they follow yesterday's acquisition of the Sundance-winning doc "Life, Animated" with news that they have landed all North American distribution rights to Antonio Campos' "Christine." The drama premiered in competition at Sundance, where lead Rebecca Hall earned the best reviews of her career for her performance as Christine Chubbuck. The deal comes with a commitment by The Orchard for an awards campaign for Hall this fall. Read More: Sundance Review: Rebecca Hall Gives the Best Performance of Her Career in 'Christine' The official synopsis reads: "Based on true events, 'Christine' is about an ambitious 29-year-old news reporter (Hall), in Sarasota, Florida, circa 1974. Relentlessly motivated to succeed, she knows she »

- Zack Sharf

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The Orchard snaps up 'Christine'

4 February 2016 12:57 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Antonio Campos’ films premiered at Sundance and stars Rebecca Hall as the journalist Christine Chubbuck who committed suicide on air in 1974.

Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia, Timothy Simons, and J. Smith-Cameron also star in the Us Dramatic Competition entry.

The Orchard plans an awards run for Christine backed by a theatrical release and will open the film later in the year.

Craig Shilowich wrote the screenplay and produced with Melody C. Roscher. Campos’ Borderline associates Sean Durkin and Josh Mond served as executive producers with Robert Halmi, Jr., and Jim Reeve.

The Orchard negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group and Wme Global for the filmmakers. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Orchard Acquires Sundance Drama ‘Christine’ Starring Rebecca Hall

4 February 2016 12:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Orchard has acquired North American distribution rights to “Christine,” the Sundance drama starring Rebecca Hall as a disturbed broadcast journalist.

The film, directed by Antonio Campos, received a warm reception at Sundance when it premiered on Jan. 23, particularly for the lead performance by Hall. It’s based on the 1974 story of Florida anchor Christine Chubbuck.

The movie is written and produced by Craig Shilowich, and Melody C. Roscher served as another producer. Executive producers include Sean Durkin, Josh Mond, Robert Halmi, Jr. and Jim Reeve.

The Orchard, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, also bought the coming-of-age dramedy “The Hunt for Wilderpeople” and the autism documentary “Life, Animated” out of Sundance.

The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group and Wme.

 

 

 

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- Ramin Setoodeh

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Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall Drama ‘Christine’ Sells to The Orchard

4 February 2016 12:36 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Orchard has acquired all North American distribution rights to director Antonio Campos’ drama “Christine,” which stars Rebecca Hall as TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck, the company announced Thursday. “Christine” recently premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it drew mostly positive reviews. The Orchard is planning a traditional theatrical release later this year that will include an awards campaign highlighting Hall’s performance in the title role. Based on true events, “Christine” follows the curious case of Christine Chubbuck, an ambitious 29-year-old news reporter in Sarasota, Florida, circa 1974. Relentlessly motivated to succeed, she knows she has talent, »

- Jeff Sneider

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