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Awfully Good Movies: Mr. Nanny (Video)

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Mr. Nanny (1993) Director: Michael Gottlieb Stars: Hulk Hogan, Sherman Hemsley, Austin Pendleton Last weekend gave us Ryan Reynolds guarding the body of Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman's Bodyguard, so Awfully Good Movies is here to take a bullet for the one and only Hulk Hogan, as he guards two little troublemakers in 1993's Mr. Nanny! Yes, even after the failure of... Read More...
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‘The Newsroom’s’ Thomas Sadoski to Star in Indie ‘The Mimic’

‘The Newsroom’s’ Thomas Sadoski to Star in Indie ‘The Mimic’
Thomas Sadoski is set to star in the indie “The Mimic.”

Thomas F. Mazziotti wrote and directed the pic. The film also stars Jake Robinson, Gina Gershon, and Austin Pendleton.

The story follows a protagonist who learns that imitation may not be the sincerest form of flattery when he is befriended by a younger neighbor on the town’s newspaper staff.
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Glenne Headly, ‘Dick Tracy’ and ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus’ Star, Is Dead at 63

Glenne Headly, ‘Dick Tracy’ and ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus’ Star, Is Dead at 63
Emmy-nominated actress and founding member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company Glenne Headly has passed away at the age of 63. The cause of death is unknown at this time. “It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly,” said Headly’s reps in a statement. “We ask that her family’s privacy be respected in this difficult time.”

Read More: ‘The Night Of’ Season 2: Riz Ahmed, John Turturro and Steven Zaillian Explain What It Would Take to Make More Seasons

A renowned film, television, and theater actress, Headly starred opposite Warren Beatty in “Dick Tracy” (1990), and earned an Emmy nomination for her work in the television miniseries of Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove.” She played Iris Holland opposite Richard Dreyfuss in “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” and flexed strong comedic chops in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” opposite Steve Martin and Michael Caine.

More recently, she starred as the
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Blu-ray Review – Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory, 2016.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

Featuring the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, and Willem Dafoe.

Synopsis:

Pixar continues its string of great animated movies with Finding Dory, which successfully continues the Finding Nemo story in a way that doesn’t feel like a cash grab. This set, which includes two Blu-rays and a DVD, has a nice smattering of bonus features, although a solid making-of documentary is conspicuously missing.

I had a couple young children when Finding Nemo came out, so the film hit me between the eyes as a parent (and still does, since my wife and I had another child a few years later). Its
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Movie Review – Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory, 2016.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

Featuring the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, and Willem Dafoe.

Synopsis:

Dory is on a desperate mission to find her family. With the help of Marlon and Nemo, they end up at a Marina that introduces our friends to new animals and clues to a past Dory never knew she had…

When Finding Dory was announced, many were sceptical. Two years prior, the dreadful Cars 2 marked a low-point for Pixar while Monsters University was due for release. Between 2010 and 2013 only the lacklustre Brave was an original. Finding Nemo was always a complete film, famous for a heart-wrenching opening and a dark
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Movie Review – Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory, 2016.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

Featuring the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, and Willem Dafoe.

Synopsis:

The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

Pixar Animation has always made feature films that cater to adults just as much as they do children, but in the past decade or so, the studio has really been maturing beyond probably their own expectations as to the meaningful and emotional stories that they can tell with their impressive childlike imagination. Dory was for all intents and purposes a supporting character in Finding Nemo, with
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These 30-Year-Old Movies Are Desperately in Need of a Remake

What was allowed in 1986 is cringeworthy today

Two movies I loved as a child celebrated their 30th anniversaries recently, and when I looked back upon them nostalgically, as one does, I saw products of their time that mostly hold up — save for one horribly dated, unforgivable element each. The kind of offense that makes it hard to still appreciate the movie when that one inexcusable part dominates your mind.

Both “Crocodile” Dundee and Short Circuit have decent scripts. The former was even nominated for an Oscar. The latter remains quotable. Their main characters are major figures of 1980s pop culture. Not on the level of Arnold Schwarzenegger and E.T., but higher up than Yakov Smirnoff and The Noid. But I can no longer enjoy these movies. Not as they are, anyway.

Their respective crimes are things that shouldn’t have even been tolerated at the time. In Dundee it’s a scene where Paul Hogan’s titular
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2016 Tribeca Film Festival Documentary Shorts: New York Then

The documentary shorts presented at the Tribeca Film Festival included both human stories and New York’s past. The films delved into themes of chaos, survival, and a glimpse into a life of the city that forever evolves but a time past that cannot be forgotten. After the screening, the filmmakers joined in for a Q&A.

About the Film: "Joe's Violin"

A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin to an instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx and unexpectedly, his own.

About the Director: Kahane Cooperman is the director/producer of "Joe's Violin." She has also directed several other documentaries. She is currently the showrunner/executive producer of "The New Yorker Presents." Prior to that role, she was a co-executive producer of ‘The Daily Show’ with Jon Stewart. She began her career at Maysles Films.

Kahane Cooperman talks about "Joe’s Violin"

Cooperman began by introducing the two subjects of her film who were seated in the audience, the violin owner Joseph Feingold and Brianna.

“The way I got this idea was very simple. My car radio was on and I tuned on the classical radio station Wqxr and I heard a promo for their instrument drive; it said donate your instruments and the instruments are going to New York City school kids. They mentioned the donations they already had gotten and one of the instruments was Joseph’s violin. I just thought, 'I wonder if there's a story there with this violin and if the student who gets the violin will know the story.' I got in touch with the radio station and they allowed me the privilege of pursuing the story and this film is what unfolded. It was a very moving experience. I do love music but I don't play an instrument. I think music is incredibly powerful but I'm also moved by the idea of how a small gesture can make you dream and change someone’s life. Somehow the idea of this was very compelling to me and that it might play out in the context of this one instrument shared by two people who were born 80 years apart.

About the Film: "Mulberry"

This cinematic portrait of Little Italy explores how a working class neighborhood of tenement buildings transformed into the third most expensive zip code in the United States. Part funny, part sad, the film investigates how gentrification and rent control are affecting the neighborhood’s long-term residents.

About the Director: Paul Stone

Brooklynite Paul Stone started his directing career in the edit room at Ridley Scott & Associates. In "Tales of Time Square," Paul recreated 1980’s Time Square. The footage was often mistaken for stock and went on to be screened at over 50 festivals in the U.S. and abroad. His previous short ‘Man Under’ (Tff 2015) explored the rise in NYC subway suicides.

Paul Stone talks about "Mulberry"

“I saw my neighborhood disappearing, changing. I have no problem with gentrification, but it’s gotten to a point of hyper gentrification. Little Italy in New York is known for its soul and its people, and it was rapidly disappearing. I wanted to tell the story about who inspired me in terms of my friends and that Little Italy is still alive and well, and that there are still a lot of characters left.

About the Film: "Starring Austin Pendleton"

Austin Pendleton is that quintessential character actor you might recognize. We follow Austin as he reflects on his life and craft, while his A-list peers discuss his vast influence, dogged determination, and what it means to be an original in today's celebrity-obsessed world.

About the Directors Gene Gallerano and David H. Holmes

David H. Holmes has studied and acted under the direction of Mr. Pendleton. His film and television credits include ‘Birdman’, ‘Law and Order’, ‘Girls’, ‘Mr. Robot’, and ‘The Following’. Gene Gallerano is the co-founder of The Neboya Collective, and has produced and starred in works including, Occupy’, ‘Texas’, ‘Fireworks’, and ‘The Talk Men’, which he also directed.

Holmes and Gallerano talk about "Starring Austin Pendleton"

The directors met ten years ago in an Off-Broadway show and studied with Austin Pendleton for about five years. They consider him a big mentor. “We look up to him a lot and we wanted to make sure in the end that we could look him in the eye. He was very happy we made the film. At the Tribeca Talks the other day it was the first time Austin saw it. Someone asked him if he had any input into the film and he said no because then you start manipulating it and controlling it; particularly his stutter, he said I would have told them ‘cut that’.” He wasn’t preventing us from making art.”

About the Film: "Taylor and Ultra on the 60s, The Factory and Being a Warhol Superstar"

Warhol superstar Ultra Violet (Isabelle Colin Dufresne) and Lower East Side icon Taylor Mead (poet/actor/artist) share their stories of Manhattan in the 1960s.

About the Director: Brian Bayerl

Brian Bayerl's documentary work includes ‘8: The Mormon Proposition’ (Sundance 2010), and ‘For Once in My Life’ (SXSW Audience Award Winner 2010). This is his third collaboration with producer Michael Huter, including ‘Datuna: Portrait of America’ (London's Raindance Winner 2015) and Full Circle.

Brian Bayerl talks about "Taylor and Ultra on the 60s, The Factory and Being a Warhol Superstar"

“Our producer came across photographs of Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, Taylor Mead and Ultra Violet and a lot of other figures of the sixties Pop Art. When documenting those photographs we met Taylor Mead and Ultra Violet and instantly fell in love with them; they were just so captivating and charismatic and fun that over the next four years we had opportunities to interview them and gather footage. When we lost both of them, we were approached by the Warhol Museum about putting something together and that's exactly what we wanted to do. We put this film together as an homage to both of them.”

About the film "Dead Ringer"

There are only four outdoor phone booths left in all of New York City—this is a late night conversation with one of them.

About the Directors: Alex Kliment, Dana O’Keefe, and Michael Tucker

Alex Kliment is a filmmaker and musician from New York. He is also a talking head. Dana O'Keefe is a filmmaker based in New York and Stockholm. Michael Tucker is a documentary filmmaker who lives in upstate New York.

Alex Kliment, Dana O’Keefe, and Michael Tucker talk about "Dead Ringer"

“Our film started with learning about the statistic that there were only four outdoor telephone booths left in New York City. The city's replacing them with Wi-Fi hotspots, We thought, ‘What's a fun way to dramatize the changing urban landscape that also reflects a lot of other changes of the human landscape and how we relate to each other. We thought about how to impersonate and put ourselves in the mind of a pay phone. This film was an opportunity to visit with very tragic heroes of our sidewalk -- the payphones of New York City.”

Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, Susan Kouguell teaches screenwriting at Purchase College Suny, and presents international seminars on screenwriting and film. Author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! and The Savvy Screenwriter, she is chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a consulting company founded in 1990 where she works with writers, filmmakers, and executives worldwide. www.su-city-pictures.com, http://su-city-pictures.com/wpblog
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Jodie Foster, Tom Hanks Offer Actors Advice at Tff 2016

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival increased its event slate dramatically this year, featuring more immersive performance experiences, filmmaker interviews, and conversations with some of film’s most notable actors, including Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster, and Austin Pendleton. During a chat with Tony-winning theater and film director Julie Taymor (“The Lion King,” “Frida”) on April 20, Foster revealed her first audition was at 3 years old for Coppertone sunscreen. She took her shirt off in the audition room, “showed all her muscles,” and told the casting directors her name was Alexander—she got the part. The Oscar winner also discussed her role in “Taxi Driver,” which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, before Taymor transitioned into Foster’s directing career. Her comparatively looser approach to television and episodes of “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black,” as opposed to film, where “everything is meaningful,” prompted questions about her new thriller,
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Us Briefs: Production wraps on Pablo Schreiber drama 'Traces'

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Us Briefs: Production wraps on Pablo Schreiber drama 'Traces'
Plus: Oscar-nominated Rocky Star Burt Young joins comedy King Rat.

Shooting is about to wrap in Los Angeles on Matthew Currie Holmes’ directorial debut Traces starring Emmy-nominated Pablo Schreiber from Orange Is The New Black, Rick Springfield and Sosie Bacon. Ted Kroeber and Levin Lamb produce with Roger Goff the story about a one-hit wonder who rekindles his love for music when he produces a rising star’s album.

Burt Young, who earned a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for Rocky, and Austin Pendleton have joined the cast of comedy King Rat. Lauren Ashley Carter, Maura Kidwell, Tyler Ross and newcomers Bradley Grant Smith and Julien Hester also star in Henry Johnston’s story about the friendship between a commencement speaker and a college senior. Alex Thompson is producing while Ian Keiser, Leigh Jones, Stefan Cima and Pierce Cravens serve as executive producers. Production is underway in Greencastle, Indiana.
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'She's Funny That Way' Blu-ray Preview with Owen Wilson | Exclusive

'She's Funny That Way' Blu-ray Preview with Owen Wilson | Exclusive
Settle in for a hilarious tale of complicated relationships like no other with She's Funny That Way, currently available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital HD), Digital HD and On Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In case you haven't picked up this comedy quite yet, we have an exclusive preview with stars Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots and legendary director Peter Bogdanovich, who shed some light on the characters in this story, proving that following your dreams can get rather complicated. The story centers on Owen Wilson's character, a director whose tryst with an escort (Imogen Poots) complicates his professional life.

She's Funny That Way comes from Academy Award-nominated director Peter Bogdanovich and is written by Louise Stratten and Peter Bogdanovich. The movie stars Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte, Cybill Shepherd, Austin Pendleton, Joanna Lumley and Richard Lewis, with Rhys Ifans and Jennifer Aniston. Described as a screwball comedy,
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Casting 'Clown Car '16, the Movie'

Casting 'Clown Car '16, the Movie'
Start with the title: Clown Car! may sound like the movie someone will inevitably make about the 2016 presidential campaign, but how about evoking those great Seventies wacky-journey films like Death Race 2000, Vanishing Point or Smokey and the Bandit?

When I raised the question on Twitter, suggestions included All the President's Wanna-Bes, Every Which Way But Left, Cannonball Rug, A Kochwork Orange and the subtly appropriate Hair.

All excellent ideas, and we may have to put the movie name to a separate vote. Right now, though, the more pressing question is
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The Mend | Review

Mysteries of Miseries: Magary’s Misanthropic Glance at Troubled Brothers

There’s a perverse pleasure to be had watching John Magary’s directorial debut, The Mend, if mostly for its formidable ability to keep its audience uncomfortable, on edge, and annoyed for such an extensive amount of time. It’s mostly shapeless narrative concerning two abjectly miserable brothers has the tendency to grate mostly because of laboriously drawn out sequences basically relaying the same information over and over again with only teases of tangential distraction. Because of this unpredictability, there’s a simmering energy to Magary’s scenario, as if we’re constantly waiting for an explosion that never quite transpires.

Many may find the film’s inability to clearly define what exactly is trying to be conveyed about human nature, familial obligation, heterosexual relationships, and inappropriate or dysfunctional behavior ultimately not worth their time. A meandering running time of
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She’s Funny That Way | Review

Funny Ha-ha: Bogdanovich’s Pleasant Return to the Screwball Comedy

The buzz has been rather hushed concerning She’s Funny That Way, the return of 70s auteur man following a thirteen year feature hiatus (his last was the 2001 film The Cat’s Meow). An ode to the classic screwball comedies of yore, where filmmakers like Lubitsch, Hawks, and several others birthed the prized frameworks, Peter Bogdanovich doesn’t manage to successfully contemporize these antics into the frothy delight of famous predecessors. If you can forgive it these blatant and inescapable anachronistic variations however, it’s an often funny, charming, and ultimately entertaining film.

A filmmaker consistently obsessed with a particular Golden Age of Hollywood’s heyday, his latest is no exception, a long gestating project once imagined as a vehicle for John Ritter. Pleasantly entertaining, it’s not so much that Bogdanovich has lost his touch—in many regards the
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She’s Funny That Way DVD Review

Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Starring: Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte, Jennifer Aniston, Austin Pendleton, George Morfogen

Certificate: 12

Running Time: 93 Minutes

Special Features: Behind-the-scenes.

I’ve often hear that Peter Bogdanovich is one of those directors that actors just love to work with and after She’s Funny That Way, I thoroughly appreciate why. If truth were told, I don’t know his body of work that well but here I sensed the essence of Woody Allen that was combined with the likes of Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson. What’s particularly interesting about those latter two modern heroes is they’re executive producers on this movie and I might well guess that Bogdanovich may have more than a little influence on their unique projects and styles.

She’s Funny That Way, originally titled Squirrels to the Nuts in production, is a comedy-romp in the best sense.
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Orson Welles play Orson's Shadow is among UK centenary celebrations

Orson Welles play Orson's Shadow is among UK centenary celebrations
The centenary of Orson Welles occurred on May 6 this year, but tributes and celebrations for the legendary filmmaker continue throughout 2015.

One such project is Austin Pendleton's play Orson's Shadow, which focuses on the relationship between Welles and actor Laurence Olivier.

The critically-acclaimed production stars Coupling actress Gina Bellman as Vivien Leigh, John Hodgkinson as Welles and Adrian Lukis as Olivier.

The play will continue to run at London's Southwark Playhouse until Saturday (July 25).

Elsewhere, the BFI continues to run its own Orson Welles series, including screenings of his classics and forgotten gems such as Citizen Kane, F for Fake and the recently-discovered Too Much Johnson.

His 1949 masterpiece The Third Man was re-released in a new 4K resolution at cinemas on June 26, while a DVD and Blu-ray release comes out today (July 20).

New documentary Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles was also released at selected UK cinemas
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Movie Review – She’s Funny That Way (2015)

She’s Funny That Way, 2015

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich

Starring Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Rhys Ifans, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte, Illeana Douglas, Debi Mazar, Richard Lewis, Cybill Shepard, Austin Pendleton and Jennifer Aniston

Synopsis:

A screwball comedy featuring the interconnected personal lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway production.

They don’t make ‘em like they used. The eternal cry from many film fans across different walks of life whilst watching what new fads and trendy hip subjects have found themselves at the centre of the Hollywood Babylon. There are those who hate modern blockbusters and prefer their summer entertainment more, well, summery, while many hate the crassness of modern comedies, instead choosing to revisit the Golden Era when Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn were trading blows in the “battle of the sexes”. So its somewhat surprising to report that one of this summer’s big comedies is trying to do exactly that,
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Cinelicious Pics On SXSW Pic ‘The Mend'; Charlie Morrison Upped At Red Wagon – Film Briefs

Cinelicious Pics On SXSW Pic ‘The Mend'; Charlie Morrison Upped At Red Wagon – Film Briefs
Cinelicious Pics has snatched up all North American rights for The Mend, the debut film from director John Magary. Starring Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey Sumner, Austin Pendleton, Cory Nichols, Louisa Krause, Leo Fitzpatrick and Sarah Steele, The Mend is a trippy comedy about a pair of NYC-based brothers stumbling through relationships, family and their own manhood. From Moxie Pictures in association with Discount Films, it’s produced by Myna Joseph and…
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Owen Wilson Stars In Trailer For Peter Bogdanovich’s Screwball Throwback She’s Funny That Way

Peter Bogdanovich, who helmed the brilliant The Last Picture Show and comedy classic What’s Up Doc?, has stepped behind the camera for his first feature in 14 years. After the lengthy break he took following The Cat’s Meow, he’s back with a throwback to the screwball comedies of yesteryear, She’s Funny That Way.

A unique blend of character, comedy and homage, Bogdanovich has assembled the type of starry cast that works to rouse moviegoers from their instant streaming and into theaters. The film stars Owen Wilson as a Broadway director who sleeps with a prostitute (Imogen Poots) who’s keen to make a break into acting. He falls for the youngster and makes a promise to help advance her career from the streets to the stage, until things go awry when the starlet winds up auditioning for a play starring his wife. Or, at least, that’s
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She’s Funny That Way Trailer: Peter Bogdanovich is Unfunny This Way

The director of such classics as The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon is finally making a return after 14 years of absence from features, but after watching the trailer for She’s Funny That Way, I wonder if it’s anything to celebrate. Peter Bogdanovich has been keeping plenty busy over the past decade and a half, doing a little more acting, some hosting duties on TCM, maintaining a blog at Indiewire and helming some TV movies, namely biopics about Natalie Wood and Pete Rose, and a documentary on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. But his last true picture show, as far as a theatrical narrative release, was the 2001 historically inspired jazz-age farce The Cat’s Meow. For his comeback, Bogdanovich has written another wild comedy, this time with ex-wife Louise Stratten, and he’s corralled a very impressive cast, as someone of his background can easily do. Imogen Poots stars as a high-class prostitute-turned-Broadway star who
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