4 items from 2015
You have to feel a little bit for Steve Coogan, who will face, in every review and interview for the upcoming Showtime series "Happyish," a comparison to Philip Seymour Hoffman. The late actor was attached to star in the series before his tragic death last year, and after a pause, the network decided to press on, swapping in Coogan for Hoffman. But credit to Coogan for clearly making the role his own. The first trailer for "Happyish" is here and Coogan fits the role of an uncomfortably, unhappy middle-aged man quite perfectly. Co-starring Kathryn Hahn, Bradley Whitford, Ellen Barkin, Carrie Preston, Molly Price, and Andre Royo, the show centers on a mid-40s man whose career is thrown for a loop when he gets a new, much younger, social media savvy boss. Coogan has a bit of a Woody Allen thing going on, but with just enough of his own »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Showtime has released a teaser for its new comedy, “Happyish,” premiering Sunday, April 26, at 9:30 p.m. The comedy stars Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford, with guest stars including Ellen Barkin, Carrie Preston, Molly Price and Andre Royo.
In the half-hour series Coogan plays Thom Payne, a 44-year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old wunderkind boss arrives, saying things like “digital,” “social” and “viral.” Is he in need of a “rebranding,” or does he just have a “low joy ceiling?” Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool’s errand? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for “happyish” is the best one can expect.
The series was created, written and executive produced by Shalom Auslander, with Ken Kwapis exec producing and directing the pilot. Kwapis’ producing partner Alexandra Beattie will serve as co-executive producer through their In Cahoots banner.
The series was originally set »
- Laura Prudom
During development, the project — which was directed by My One and Only‘s Richard Loncraine — flirted with a variety of titles including Ruth & Alex and Life Itself before settling on the aforementioned moniker. In tandem with the news, the studio also confirmed a new release date for the comedy, which will have a limited release on May 8, 2015.
As you’ve probably already guessed by now, 5 Flights Up will see Freeman and Keaton play a married couple who find themselves faced with a tough decision: should they sell their beloved Brooklyn home? Over the course of the film, they begin to realize that leaving the house they know and love may not be as daunting as they first imagined, instead offering up a whole new life opportunity in their twilight years. »
- Michael Briers
Focus World said today that the Morgan Freeman-Diane Keaton film formerly known as Ruth & Alex, has been retitled 5 Flights Up and been set for a May 8 limited release. The Oscar winners star as a married couple trying to decide whether to sell their longtime Brooklyn home. During the course of one crazy weekend, they discover that finding a new apartment is not about winding down but starting a new adventure.
Focus World, the alternative distribution arm of Focus Features, snagged rights to the comedy after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Cynthia Nixon, Korey Jackson, Claire van der Boom, Carrie Preston also star.
- The Deadline Team
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