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Within days of the film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, FilmNation has closed deals for Noah Baumbach's While We're Young in virtually every international territory. The dramedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a married couple whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of a younger couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. While We're Young also stars Charles Grodin, Adam Horovitz, Maria Dizzia and Ryan Serhant. “It is fantastic to see the distributor response match all the critical praise that Noah’s film has received,” said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. During Toronto, While We're Young sold
- Pamela McClintock
The New York première of Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady, starring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith, was hosted by Meryl Streep, David O. Russell and Glenn Close at MoMA. Among those attending were producers Rachael Horovitz and Gary Foster, Charles Cohen, Paul Haggis, Gina Gershon, Joanna Coles, the Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz, Phil Jackson, Alex Gibney, Ophelia Lovibond, Colin Callender, Mark Feuerstein, Erin Richards, Billy Magnussen and Julia Jones.
Israel Horovitz with co-host Meryl Streep: "It's probably rare for you to be talked to by a first time feature director who begins by saying, let me tell you about my grandchildren." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
"If you do not love me I shall not be loved," a line from Samuel Beckett's Cascando, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Kevin Kline was on double duty Tuesday night in New York City. Before jetting off to an Academy screening of his latest film, “My Old Lady,” the star swung by the MoMA for pic’s premiere. After a Q&A with Oscar voters, Kline was back on 53rd Street to celebrate with pic’s director-screenwriter, Israel Horovitz and an eclectic group of friends including Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and the director’s son Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys.
Adapted by Horovitz from his own 2002 play, pic stars Kline as New Yorker Mathias Gold, a depressed recovering alcoholic with no money and three ex-wives. Upon the death of his father, Mathias learns he’s been cut out of the will save for a few old books and a multimillion-euro apartment in Paris, which he hopes to sell to finance a new lease on life.
“This part is what actors call juicy, »
- Addie Morfoot
Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, which stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a Brooklyn married couple stuck in a rut who are revitalized when they befriend a much younger couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried), was acquired by A24 at the Toronto Film Festival. The U.S. distribution rights went for $4 million, according to Deadline.
“We are enormous fans of Noah’s and were completely won over by While We’re Young,” said A24, in a statement. “Noah delivered a multi-generational comedy that is smart, extremely funny, and incredibly insightful, and which audiences across the country will embrace. »
- Jeff Labrecque
The deal came on Monday at the Toronto Film Festival, two days after the movie, directed by Baumbach from his own script, screened in the Special Presentations section.
UTA handled the domestic sale. It’s the first Toronto deal this year for two-year-old A24.
“We are enormous fans of Noah’s and were completely won over by ‘While We’re Young,'” the company said in a statement. “Noah delivered a multi-generational comedy that is smart, extremely funny, and incredibly insightful, and which audiences across the country will embrace.”
The film is Baumbach’s follow-up to “Frances Ha.” Stiller »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: A24 is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. rights to the Noah Baumbach-directed film While We’re Young for $4 million. A high-end deal for Canadian rights is near, and Glen Basner and his FilmNation is making strong international deals after UTA brokered this domestic pact. It’s a big get for A24, which has been chasing Baumbach since the distrib didn’t get Frances Ha.
Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver, Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia, and Adam Horovitz star in the story of a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage is overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. The film played through the roof in its Toronto premiere in the Special Presentations section, the same evening as the Chris Rock-directed comedy Top Five premiered. As Deadline reported exclusively, that film is going to Paramount in a $12.5 million deal for world rights. Both »
- Mike Fleming Jr
In a rare on-site Us deal in this year’s Toronto, A24 has acquired Us rights to Noah Baumbach’s ensemble drama, which premieres on September 11 and has already screened for press and industry.
A24 negotiated the deal with UTA on behalf of Iacf and the filmmakers. FilmNation handles international sales. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
: Witty, articulate and reminiscent of several talented directors who no longer mean so much to today’s kids, Noah Baumbach’s latest stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as husband-and-wife filmmakers who “adopt” a mid-20s hipster couple as friends. Though not as broadly appealing as a Judd Apatow picture, Baumbach’s own acutely observed this-is-life laffer features his most relatable characters yet. Marketed right, it stands to considerably outperform his other pics, which tend to top out around $4 million.
Like the Woody Allen character in “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” Stiller’s Josh Srebnick frets that the talky, noncommercial documentary he’s been working on for the past decade may never get done. Looking back, he and wife Cornelia (Watts) can’t seem to figure out when they stopped being young and ambitious, and instead became a pair of middle-aged disappointments, though their choice not to have kids — more nature’s decision than their own, »
- Peter Debruge
The line-up at this year's Toronto Film Festival has a much different feel than year's past and coming up with a list of most anticipated films isn't nearly as easy as previous years. Not because there's any lack of possible greatness, but in fact perhaps because the possibility is even greater, though in corners we may not expect. This year's fest is without what I would call a "big" film. David Dobkin's The Judge is opening the festival but at 141 minutes and with a trailer that does very little to convince me of its quality I have a hard time expecting much from it. Reese Witherspoon's Wild from director Jean-Marc Vallee is certainly one I will be seeing, but the anticipation level isn't entirely there and the somewhat muted Telluride response of respect with caveats has lessened my anticipation ever so slightly, the same could be said for Jon Stewart's Rosewater, »
- Brad Brevet
Jon Stewart's directorial debut Rosewater, Reese Witherspoon's naturalist weepie Wild and Jake Gyllenhaal's noirish character study Nightcrawler are among the big films premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this year. The venerable festival, long considered a key stop for Oscar hopefuls, announced its Galas and Special Presentations lineup this morning, thus signaling the kick-off to this year's awards season.
Noah Baumbach's While We're Young was among the several films announced today that will be enjoying its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and now three pictures from the movie (via The Film Stage) have come online. The film explores themes of aging, ambition and success as it centers on a middle-aged couple (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver, Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horovitz co-star. Two more pictures are featured below. »
- Brad Brevet
Something to remember: Noah Baumbach actually has two movies in the can. An untitled project with "Frances Ha" collaborator Greta Gerwig (which we bet hits Telluride) and "While We're Young," which goes to Toronto to make its World Premiere. Starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver, this one follows two sets of couples who find their lives intertwined. Here's the official synopsis: Noah Baumbach's exploration of aging, ambition and success, stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horovitz co-star and there's no U.S. distributor for this one yet. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Public Theater will open its 2014-2015 season not on one of its storied stages but in the intimacy of Joe’s Pub beginning September 9 with Rock Bottom, the latest new musical from the producer of Here Lies Love, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Fun Home (not to mention A Chorus Line), among other new works. Bridget Everett (2007′s At Least It’s Pink, Inside Amy Schumer, Two Broke Girls) has teamed with Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (Hairspray, etc.), Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz and Matt Ray on the show, described by the Public as the story of ”what happens when you’re […] »
The Beastie Boys might be finished producing new music, but the hip-hop group isn't done with copyright law. Amazingly, Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch appear poised to score their third big legal win this year. Just last week, the Beastie Boys crushed Monster Energy at a jury trial, winning $1.7 million over the company's use of five of its songs in a video featured at a snowboarding competition. That success followed a lawsuit against toy company GoldieBlox, which agreed to pay up to $1 million to settle claims of using the Beasties' "Girls" in an
- Eriq Gardner
A New York jury has awarded the Beastie Boys $1.7 million in the rap trio’s copyright violation lawsuit against Monster Energy drink. At issue was a mix by DJ Z-Trip used by Monster Energy that included five Beastie Boys songs, including “Sabotage” and “Pass the Mic.” DJ Z-Trip gave the drink manufacturer permission to use the mix for a recap of a snowboarding competition it sponsored, but Monster Energy did not have the Beastie Boys’ permission. From the start of the New York Federal Court trial, Monster Energy admitted it was at fault, so the trial was to determine damages. Monster Energy wanted to pay $125,000, the two remaining Beastie Boys, Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond, wanted $2 million— $1 million for the copyright infringement and $1 million for Monster Energy implying that the Beastie Boys’ endorsed the usage. Both Horovitz and Diamond testified at the trial. Among the facts »
When you create something for public consumption, you’re putting yourself in a very fragile position. For example, creating a popular television show means handing your beloved characters over to the world for weekly scrutinizing. Then again, it also means handing them over for weekly adoration. But no matter how beloved a show, movie, album, or book might be, no creator is perfect. And by default, no creator’s work is perfect.
That being said, there are few times in the world of pop culture where a creator has come forth and apologized for a large piece of work. Do »
- Samantha Highfill
If someone was to tell you in the early 80′s when rap was still in its infancy, that three Jewish white kids from the boroughs of New York City would go on to become the most successful hip-hop group in history, you would think they were crazy. However, Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “McA” Yauch and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz would go on to defy racial barriers and captivate a world wide audience.
In a career that spanned three decades, the Beastie Boys went through quite the evolution, growing from a hardcore punk band, to party boy rappers on “Licensed to Ill”, to mature, sampling extraordinaires on “Paul’s Boutique”, to bringing fuzzed out funk jams on “Check Your Head” and “Ill Communication”, to the exotically weird yet captivating “Hello Nasty”, to the futuristic beats of “To the 5 Boroughs” and finally to the familiar but fresh ”Hot Sauce Committee Part »
- Steve Karantzoulidis
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