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Guardians rises to top of UK box office

11 December 2012 7:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

DreamWorks Animation's fantasy caper causes sun to set on Twilight, ahead of The Hobbit's expected journey to first place

The winner

For most movies, a successful opening weekend is vital for hanging on to play dates and show times. With Christmas flicks, it's more of a steady jog than a sprint, and cinema bookers understand that playability will be strong right through to 24 December, and particularly solid after schools break up for the holiday. DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians hardly turned heads when it landed in third place last week, behind Skyfall and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

Now it's top of the heap, thanks to a slender decline of just 19%. Three-day takings of £1.60m push the 10-day tally to £4.06m. Fellow festive offering Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! fell an almost identical amount (20%) and has totalled £4.38m after 17 days. It now remains to be seen how »

- Charles Gant

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The Oranges (review)

7 December 2012 12:12 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

I’m not sure a better cast has ever gone more ickily astray than in this most misbegotten of dramedies. At least, I think there are meant to be comedic elements in this oh-so-wrong tale of infidelity, infelicity, and impropriety... I’m just not sure I see it myself. David Walling (Hugh Laurie: Arthur Christmas) and Terry Ostroff (Oliver Platt: X-Men: First Class) are best friends whose lives are so intimately intertwined that they’ve lived across the street from each other in West Orange, New Jersey, for more than 20 years. Their wives -- respectively, Paige (Catherine Keener: Trust) and Carol (Allison Janney: The Help) -- are now also best friends; their kids grew up together; they spend holidays together. Such as this Thanksgiving, when 20something ne’er-do-well Ostroff daughter Nina (Leighton Meester: Country Strong) returns home after years away, and after personal disaster strikes, tail between her legs -- »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Exclusive: New Clip from The Oranges with Hugh Laurie & Leighton Meester

5 December 2012 1:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Oranges sees the very promising and rather unlikely pairing of Hugh Laurie (House) and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girls) in the leading roles.

We caught the excellent first trailer back in the summer, and with an all-star cast led by Laurie and Meester, it’s naturally been one to look forward to this year.

The film was released in the Us back in October, and will be released in UK theatres this Friday, and we’ve been given an exclusive new clip from the film to share.

“David and Paige Ostroff (Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener) and Terry and Cathy Walling (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney) are best friends and neighbors living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey. Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff (Leighton Meester), newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen), returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence. Rather than developing an »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Hugh Laurie Talks About "The Oranges!"

8 October 2012 5:54 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

It was a pleasure to talk to Hugh Laurie aka Dr. House for his new suburban dramedy, .The Oranges.. In the film directed by Julian Farino from a script by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss, Laurie stars as David, the head of the Walling family, who falls in love with Nina (Leighton Meester), the prodigal daughter of their longtime friend, the Ostroff family. .The Oranges. features a fantastic ensemble cast including Adam Brody, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney, and Oliver Platt.

In this fun but short (we had to cut it short because of mic problems) interview, we talked about:

*** What got Laurie interested in making .The Oranges?.

*** How did he get into his character David?

Have fun!

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- Manny

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The Oranges Review. Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester lead an impressive cast but their lack of spark sinks film

7 October 2012 2:31 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Hugh Laurie is fun to watch in suburban satire The Oranges but Leighton Meester stumbles badly Ah, suburbia, ground zero for countless comedies ready to poke fun at affluent dysfunction. It’s no wonder British filmmaker Julian Farino and screenwriters Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss drop anchor on tree-lined New Jersey streets for their indie comedy The Oranges. The slapstick possibilities involving suburban families are endless: sexless marriages, fitness-obsessed husbands and disinterested kids. With clever storytelling, suburbia is anything but a dull stomping ground. Think Sam MendesAmerican Beauty, Todd Solondz’s Happiness or Todd Field’s Little Children. Unfortunately, while The Oranges hits the target in terms of locale and an infidelity storyline, it comes up short in the number of solid laughs. For a film with so much promise, mediocrity is a terrible letdown. »

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The Oranges Review. Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester lead an impressive cast but their lack of spark sinks film

7 October 2012 2:31 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Hugh Laurie is fun to watch in suburban satire The Oranges but Leighton Meester stumbles badly Ah, suburbia, ground zero for countless comedies ready to poke fun at affluent dysfunction. It’s no wonder British filmmaker Julian Farino and screenwriters Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss drop anchor on tree-lined New Jersey streets for their indie comedy The Oranges. The slapstick possibilities involving suburban families are endless: sexless marriages, fitness-obsessed husbands and disinterested kids. With clever storytelling, suburbia is anything but a dull stomping ground. Think Sam MendesAmerican Beauty, Todd Solondz’s Happiness or Todd Field’s Little Children. Unfortunately, while The Oranges hits the target in terms of locale and an infidelity storyline, it comes up short in the number of solid laughs. For a film with so much promise, mediocrity is a terrible letdown. »

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‘The Oranges’ a weak attempt at suburban satire

4 October 2012 9:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Oranges

Directed by Julian Farino

Written by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss

USA, 2011

Voiceover narration isn’t automatically a crutch in modern storytelling, but too many writers use it so they don’t have to do actual work. For every clever use of this literary trick—such as the narration in Sunset Boulevard or The Shawshank Redemption—there are movies and TV shows with no idea of how to enhance already existing stories or character arcs with voiceover. Instead, the people working on those films and shows use narration to move stories forward quickly and artlessly. The Oranges, a would-be biting suburban satire, employs voiceover in such a way that sometimes intentionally references American Beauty, but only serves as a reminder of why that caustic and often incisive black comedy worked so well, and why this film fails so frequently.

If nothing else, The Oranges could’ve been worse »

- Josh Spiegel

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Watch: Red Band Trailer for 'The Oranges' Starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener & Leighton Meester

13 September 2012 7:43 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Featuring an ensemble cast, suburban setting, and humorous holiday shenanigans, “The Oranges” seemed initially to be heading toward “Christmas With The Kranks” territory as it approached its Tiff premiere last year. However, since the project's 2008 Black List inclusion by writers Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer, a steady buzz has grown into the film's well-received screenings and recent first trailer, and now comes an opportunity to see Allison Janney cut loose in the film's red-band offering. Coming off directing mostly “Entourage” episodes, director Julian Farino looks to have transferred successfully to film by skewing stranger than your average holiday fare. While not delving to the depths of “Bad Santa,” the comedy nonetheless offers up its own take on marital infidelity, as Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, and Janney play congenial couples who react to Laurie's sudden affair with Platt's daughter »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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The Oranges Red Band Trailer

12 September 2012 6:03 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

There’s a new red band trailer for the R-rated indie comedy The Oranges, which stars Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester, Allison Janney, Adam Brody, Alia Shawkat, Catherine Keener, and Oliver Platt.

Hit the jump and watch the new trailer.

The upcoming film is directed by Julian Farino and written by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss.

Here’s the synopsis for the film

David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener) and Terry and Cathy Ostroff (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney) are best friends and neighbors living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey.  Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff (Leighton Meester), newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen), returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence.  Rather than developing an interest in the successful son of her neighbors, Toby Walling (Adam Brody), which would please both families, it’s her parents’ best friend David who captures Nina’s attention. »

- Allan Ford

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The Oranges movie poster 2

29 August 2012 10:59 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out poster 2 for The Oranges, starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Leighton Meester. The Ato Pictures release helmed by Julian Farino from the script by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss, opens October 5th, 2012. David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener) and Terry and Cathy Ostroff (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney) are best friends and neighbors living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey. Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff (Leighton Meester), newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen), returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence. Rather than developing an interest in the successful son of her neighbors, Toby Walling (Adam Brody), which would please both families, it’s her parents’ best friend David who captures Nina’s attention. »

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The Oranges movie poster 2

29 August 2012 10:59 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out poster 2 for The Oranges, starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Leighton Meester. The Ato Pictures release helmed by Julian Farino from the script by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss, opens October 5th, 2012. David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener) and Terry and Cathy Ostroff (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney) are best friends and neighbors living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey. Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff (Leighton Meester), newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen), returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence. Rather than developing an interest in the successful son of her neighbors, Toby Walling (Adam Brody), which would please both families, it’s her parents’ best friend David who captures Nina’s attention. »

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First Trailer for The Oranges with Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester & Adam Brody

25 July 2012 1:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Last week, we brought you the first poster for The Oranges, with the unlikely and very promising pairing of Hugh Laurie (House) and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) in the leads, and now we can do you one better with the film’s trailer debut.

And it’s brilliant. Starring alongside Laurie and Meester will be Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt, and Catherine Keener, filling out an already brilliant cast.

“David and Paige Ostroff (Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener) and Terry and Cathy Walling (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney) are best friends and neighbors living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey. Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff (Leighton Meester), newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen), returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence. Rather than developing an interest in the successful son of her neighbors, Toby Walling (Adam Brody), which would please both families, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Trailer and Poster for the Very Funny Comedy 'The Oranges'

24 July 2012 4:43 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I saw The Oranges at the Toronto Film Festival last year and quite liked it. The script from Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer made the Black List back in 2008 and the version I saw was fresh... fresh in the sense that director Julian Farino ("Entourage") told the told the audience before it screened that he'd only finished editing the film two days ago. That said, it has likely undergone a few edits since Ato Pictures picked it up and set an October 5 release date. Starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Leighton Meester, Adam Brody, Alia Shawkat, Allison Janney and Oliver Platt, this suburbia comedy centers on two West Orange, New Jersey families. The Ostroff's (Platt, Janney and Meester) and the Walling's (Laurie, Keener, Shawkat and Brody). Best friends and across-the-street neighbors for as long as they can remember, things take a bit of a turn when Walling patriarch (Laurie) falls for »

- Brad Brevet

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First Poster for The Oranges with Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester & Adam Brody

16 July 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Oranges sees the unlikely and promising casting of Hugh Laurie (House) and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) opposite each other in the leads, with impressive support from Adam Brody, Alia Shawkat, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt, and Catherine Keener.

The romantic comedy/drama debuted back in September last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now the first poster has made its way online ahead of its release later this year.

“David and Paige Ostroff (Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener) and Terry and Cathy Walling (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney) are best friends and neighbors living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey. Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff (Leighton Meester), newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen), returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence. Rather than developing an interest in the successful son of her neighbors, Toby Walling (Adam Brody),which would please both families, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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