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‘Patti Cake$’ Review

Stars: Danielle Macdonald, Bridgett Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Cathy Moriarty | Written and Directed by Geremy Jasper

Written, directed and largely composed by Geremy Jasper, a New Jersey music video director making his first feature, Patti Cake$ is an exceptionally well made film, displaying the sort of rawness and authenticity only possible in street-level filmmaking. It’s a fresh take on some very familiar underdog story traits.

23-year-old Patricia (Danielle Macdonald), Aka Patti, lives a meagre existence of microwave meals, tinned lager and daytime TV. She lives with her mother, Barbara (Bridgett Everett) – a “friend” to many a local gentleman – and her sarcastic, chain-smoking Nana (Cathy Moriarty). Patti dreams of taking the star-studded crown from her hero, O-z (Sahr Ngaujah), and becoming “Killa P”, the sickest rapper on the East Coast. But her reality is merely sick: her family’s declining health is costing them dearly in insurance bills.
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Patti Cake$ – Review

It used to be “can a white boy sing the blues,” but now it is “can a white girl rap,” in the Sundance hit Patti Cake$. Of course, Patricia Dombrowski, aka Patti Cake$, isn’t a girl any more, she’s a 23-year-old overweight white woman who feels her teenage dream of being a hip-hop star fading away as she remains stuck in lower working-class suburban New Jersey.

Patti Cake$ is surprising, endearing, and inspiring film about outsiders, misfits and outcasts but with a women-centric twist. Much of the film’s appeal rests more on the cast performances than its familiar struggling-musician story. As Patti, Australian actress Danielle Macdonald seems like an unremarkable dreamer at first, but Macdonald suddenly transforms when she starts to rap, radiating charisma, intelligence and defiance in equal measures. Even those who are not rap fans while find her energy hard to resist.

The underdog story
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Interview, Audio: Director Geremy Jasper Rocks ‘Patti Cake$’

Chicago – How does a filmmaker create a movie about a white girl in New Jersey dreaming of being a hip-hop star? He takes the beats from his own life admiration of the music genre and fleshes out a working class story about pushing back against the odds. Geremy Jasper wrote and directed the electrically poignant “Patti Cake$.”

The film features Danielle Macdonald as the title character, that of a bartender with a talent for hip hop rhymes, and her friends Jheri (Sid Dhananjay) and Bob (Mamoudou Athie), who want to help her record those beats. Patti’s home life is difficult, as her mother Barb (Bridget Everett) is depressed and unstable, plus her beloved grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) is fighting a homebound illness. But Patti will not be stopped, despite her weight, the odds and her obsession with rapper O-z (Sahr Ngaujah). The film marks the debut of Geremy Jasper as a feature director,
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'Patti Cake$' Review: A Star Is Born in Lively, Predictable Rap-Underdog Movie

'Patti Cake$' Review: A Star Is Born in Lively, Predictable Rap-Underdog Movie
As the star of Patti Cake$, Australian newcomer Danielle Macdonald was the find at this year Sundance Film Festival. Now everyone gets to see what all the fuss is about. She plays Patricia Dombrowski, a 23-year-old plus-sized New Jersey bartender dissed as "Dumbo" by local (dim)wits. No matter. In her fantasies, Patti, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, is a white gangsta rapper whose talent fills stadiums. In reality, she lives in a dump with boozy mom Barb, superbly played by cabaret revolutionary Bridget Everett, and her grandmother Nana (Cathy Moriarty
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Interview, Audio: Danielle Macdonald on Title Role in ‘Patti Cake$’

Chicago – How does a native Australian actress become a New Jersey hip hop artist? Practice, practice, practice… in formulating the character of “Patti Cake$.” Danielle Macdonald, who had never rapped before in her life, portrayed the title Jersey Girl with a stellar determination, poignancy and heart.

“Patti Cake$” features Danielle as that title character, that of a bartender with a talent for hip hop rhymes, and her friends Jheri (Sid Dhananjay) and Bob (Mamoudou Athie), who want to help her record those beats. Patti’s home life is difficult, as her mother Barb (Bridget Everett) is depressed and unstable, plus her beloved grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) is fighting a homebound illness. But Patti will not be stopped, despite her weight, the odds and her obsession with rapper O-z (Sahr Ngaujah). The film was written and directed by Geremy Jasper, making his debut as a feature filmmaker.

Danielle Macdonald Brings it Home
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Patti Cake$ Review

Morris From America. We Are The Best!. Sing Street. All recent, beautiful coming-of-age stories about finding yourself through musical expression. What do they have to do with Geremy Jasper’s Patti Cake$? These three titles grow their ranks to four, one of them being this Jersey-born lyrical flamethrower. Talent so fierce trapped in a hopeless place, spit like venom into the faces of haters who’ve turned a pit stop into home-sweet-home. Jasper bottles small-town suffocation, big-city dreams and all-important individuality to create an easy-sippin’ cocktail that’ll have you trippin’ on empowered vibes. A killa’ on the mic and a hero to us all – albeit a bit expected, but hardly forgettable.

Danielle Macdonald strikes a thunderous performance as Patricia Dombrowski, an aspiring rapper who fronts as “Killa P.” Mother Barb (Bridget Everett) drinks away the sorrow of past decisions and Nana (Cathy Moriarty) suffers from Alzheimer’s, leaving Patti
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Interview, Audio: Bridget Everett Plays Mom in ‘Patti Cake$’

Chicago – Bridget Everett is a New York City entertainment maven, as a singer and “cabaret provocateur.” She is breaking out recently as a movie actor, with the just-released comedy “Fun Mom Dinner” and her latest role, as a mother to “Patti Cake$,” a white girl hip-hop artist from New Jersey with a determination of gold.

“Patti Cake$” features Danielle Macdonald in the title role, that of a bartender with a talent for hip hop rhymes, and her friends Jheri (Sid Dhananjay) and Bob (Mamoudou Athie), who want to help her record her beats. Patti’s home life is difficult, as her mother Barb (Bridget Everett) is depressed and unstable, plus her grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) is fighting a homebound illness. But Patti will not be stopped, despite her weight, the odds and her obsession with rapper O-z (Sahr Ngaujah). The film was written and directed by Geremy Jasper, making his debut as a feature filmmaker.
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First trailer for Patti Cake$ introduces an unlikely gangster rap star

The first trailer has arrived online for Patti Cake$, which stars Danielle Macdonald as Patricia “Dumbo” Dumbrowski, a plus-sized white girl seeking fame and fortune as a gangster rapper. Directed by Geremy Jasper, the film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and is set to receive its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival next week; take a look at the trailer here…

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in Patti Cake$, the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, Patti Cake$ chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.

Patti Cake$ is set for release on August 18th in the States and on September 1st in the UK, with
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Sundance Films Reveal Their Casting Secrets: 26 Filmmakers Tell Us How They Did It — Sundance 2017

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Sundance Films Reveal Their Casting Secrets: 26 Filmmakers Tell Us How They Did It — Sundance 2017
From working with non-professionals to writing roles for specific actors to hiring a top casting director, there is no one way to find a great cast for an independent film. IndieWire checked in with the Dramatic Competition and Next directors of Sundance 2017 to find out their secrets.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Gillian Robespierre, “LandlineJenny Slate was attached from the beginning. I wrote the role of Donna in “Obvious Child” for Jenny, and when sitting down to write the next project it was a no-brainer to write another role for her. We then built the family around her with the help of two incredible casting directors, Doug Aibel and Stephanie Holbrook.

Zoe Lister-Jones, “Band Aid” Almost all the actors in the film were either friends or people I had personal connections to, so it was a relatively easy process.
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Patti Cake$’

You’ve never met a rapper like Patricia Dombrowski. Her best friend calls her Killa-p, while the haters call her Dumbo, but to us, she will always be “Patti Cake$,” an overweight white hip-hop artist who announces her force-of-nature personality from her very first song, “mylifesfuckinawesome.” While Patti’s one-of-a-kind, it’s easy to recognize the type: a cross between Dawn Weiner and Precious — both Sundance discoveries as well. Every few years, an indie character comes along who so perfectly captures what it’s like to be mocked and marginalized, even as she refuses to let the bullies and abusers have the last word. That’s the kind of person Patti Cake$ is, and that’s why she stands to become one of the year’s most endearing discoveries, via a film that launches an equally compelling new directing talent.

No doubt bound to become a household-name, Patti is the
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‘Patti Cake$’ Review: Here’s the Best Hip-Hop Movie Since ‘Hustle & Flow’ – Sundance 2017

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‘Patti Cake$’ Review: Here’s the Best Hip-Hop Movie Since ‘Hustle & Flow’ – Sundance 2017
“This shit’s so confusing,” raps North Jersey native Patti (Danielle Macdonald) early in “Patti Cake$,” adding, “Want my life like a movie.” Mission accomplished: The rousing debut of writer-director Geremy Jasper channels his music video experience into a winning musical ride that hits some familiar beats while using them in service of a satisfying tale of big dreams and funky talent.

Aussie star Macdonald has a few movie credits to her name (including “The East” and Amy Berg’s “Every Secret Thing”), but she emerges as a genuine breakout in the transformative role of a hard-edged Jersey kid with an uncanny talent for turning her ambitions into energetic freestyle rap. When she isn’t honing her skills, she’s grappling with her alcoholic mother (the great New York underground theater performer Bridget Everett), herself an expert songstress whose dreams faded long ago, and grimacing her way through a dead-end catering gig.
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New Good Wife Season 7,Episode 8 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

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Recently, CBS served up the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 8 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Restraint," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and high drama stuff go down as a very heated case has Diane personally conflicted. Alicia and Lucca get desperate for new business, and more! In the new, 8th episode press release: Diane Is Personally Conflicted When She Is Forced To Argue A Heated Case In Order To Keep An Important Client, On "The Good Wife," Sunday, Nov. 22. Press release number 2: Diane is going to be personally conflicted when she is forced to argue a heated case between pro-choice and pro-life advocates in order to retain an important client, represented by attorney Ethan Carver (Peter Gallagher). Also, Alicia and Lucca will be desperate for new business and will attempt to poach clients from Louis
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Lenny Venito & Sahr Ngaujah Among Additions To ‘Taxi-22′ Pilot Cast

CBS pilot Taxi-22 has rounded out its cast. Joining star John Leguizamo as regulars in the single-camera comedy project that had been shepherded by the late James Gandolfini are Lenny Venito (The Neighbors) and Sahr Ngaujah (Last Resort). Venito will play Dean, Bobby’s (Leguizamo) boss at the Yellow Cab Garage and Ngaujah is Valentine, a Nigerian cab driver who shares a taxi as well as a love hate relationship with Bobby (Leguizamo) at Yellow Cab. Also set for the CBS TV…
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Alex Gibney's Doc Finding Fela Celebrates the Musician

Alex Gibney's Doc Finding Fela Celebrates the Musician
Perhaps fitting for a celebration of a musician whose polyrhythmic extravaganzas tended to run 20-plus minutes, Alex Gibney's doc Finding Fela takes a while to get started. The opening scenes focus on rehearsals for Broadway's Fela!, and in the early going, Gibney shows us more footage of stage-Fela Sahr Ngaujah than of the Afro-pop pioneer himself — an odd choice but not a tragic one, since the too-short musical performances of both prove thrilling and hypnotic.

A pair of talking-head notables offers what play as apologies for the haphazard structure of Gibney's film: Bill T. Jones, the Broadway show's choreographer and co-author of its book, admits that the theater reduced the complex Fela to just two dimensions, and we see him and Ngaujah hashing over how...
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Last Resort: The Complete Series - DVD Review

Although it has a few episodes that slow the pace and failed to maintain an audience before getting cancelled by ABC, Last Resort is an entertaining thrill ride of a series that will keep you hooked on the series thanks to a great ensemble cast and a plot that feels somewhat grounded in realism. Created by Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek, the series featured a huge cast that included Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Camille De Pazzis, Dichen Lachman, Daniel Lissing, Sahr Ngaujah, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram, and Robert Patrick. While trying to stay as spoiler free as possible, The Complete Series collects all 13 episodes of the show (which ran September 27, 2012 to January 24,
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Win: The Last Resort The Complete Season On DVD

To celebrate the release of The Last Resort: The Complete Season on DVD boxset, we are giving 3 readers the chance to win a copy of the DVD boxset.

A fugitive crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine seeks to uncover the truth behind suspicious orders in Sony Pictures Television’s explosive military series, Last Resort: The Complete Series. The spellbinding series full of shocking twists is available on DVD on July 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It stars Andre Braugher (TV’s “Men of a Certain Age”) as Captain Marcus Chaplin, along with Scott Speedman (The Vow) as Executive Officer (Xo) Sam Kendal. Also starring Daisy Betts (Shutter), Camille de Pazzis (Gamer), Dichen Lachman (TV’s “Dollhouse”), Daniel Lissing (TV’s “Crownies”), Sahr Ngaujah (Stomp the Yard), Autumn Reeser (The Girl Next Door), Jessy Schram (Unstoppable) and Robert Patrick (Walk the Line). Last Resort: The Complete Series
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Last Resort: Season One Ratings

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Will Last Resort finally bring ABC great ratings in its timeslot or will it be cancelled -- like last season's Charlie's Angels remake? We'll have to wait and see.

The first season of Last Resort typically airs Thursday nights at 8pm on the ABC network. The cast includes Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Robert Patrick, Daniel Lissing, Dichen Lachman, Camille de Pazzis, Sahr Ngaujah, Jessy Schrams, and Autumn Reeser.

Below are the TV show's ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Last Resort is going to be cancelled or renewed for a second season.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final series averages: 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.26 million total viewers.

Episode 01-13:
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Last Resort

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Network: ABC

Episodes: 13 (hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: September 27, 2012 -- January 24, 2013

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Robert Patrick, Daniel Lissing, Dichen Lachman, Camille de Pazzis, Sahr Ngaujah, Jessy Schrams, and Autumn Reeser.

TV show description:

Created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit, The Chicago Code) and Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me), this TV series takes place 500 feet beneath the ocean's surface, on the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado. Over a radio channel, designed only to be used if their homeland has been wiped out, the personnel are told to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan.

A man of principle, honor, and duty, Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) demands confirmation of the orders and is then unceremoniously relieved of duty by the White House. A pragmatic
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Last Resort: TV Show Cancelled by ABC

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Last Resort has been sunk. ABC has cancelled the newbie drama. The network plans to air all 13 episodes but won't order a back nine or a second season. ABC also cancelled 666 Park Avenue today and CBS dropped Partners as well.

The TV series takes place in the submarine Colorado when its officers are mysteriously ordered to destroy Pakistan. Sensing that something isn't right, they require confirmation and are subsequently fired upon and hunted.

The cast of Last Resort includes Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Robert Patrick, Daniel Lissing, Dichen Lachman, Camille de Pazzis, Sahr Ngaujah, Jessy Schrams, and Autumn Reeser.

Though it received a lot of promotion, Last Resort debuted to mediocre ratings; a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.31 million viewers.

The numbers declined over the course of the season
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Last Resort's Hot Men in (and Out of) Uniform: Watch Now

Last Resort's Hot Men in (and Out of) Uniform: Watch Now
If you do one thing for America today, you should vote. But if you do two things for your country, you should vote, and then watch this exclusive behind-the-scenes video featuring the very handsome men of Last Resort. "Let's be honest, a uniform does great things for guys," producer Jean Higgins says in what is the truest statement ever stated in the history of the universe. In the featurette, we get to know Last Resort's Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Robert Patrick, Daniel Lissing and Sahr Ngaujah. And by "get to know," we mean watch footage of these beautiful guys wearing uniforms, posing shirtless and just generally looking gorgeous. You are welcome. Celebrate America by...
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