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Ana Gasteyer and Anthony Edwards will play the mother and father of Zosia Mamet’s character in “Girls” Season 4, HBO revealed on Wednesday. The series, which just nabbed its third consecutive Golden Globe nom for best comedy, bows Jan. 11.
Little is known about the Shapiro family unit, but Shoshanna does get irked with her parents when they make a big deal of her diploma signing. The youngest member of the “Girls” entourage will also struggle to find a job, as she blows a job interview on the Jan. 25 episode.
Peter Scolari and Becky Ann Baker also return as the parents of Hannah (Lena Dunham) in the new season, as well as Rita Wilson as the mother of Marnie (Allison Williams). Other returning guest stars include Jon Glaser, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The 65th Berlinale runs February 5 to 15, 2015, and on the heels of this week's competition announcement, the fest has unveiled the first 19 titles that will screen in its internationally focused Panorama section. Full competition and Panorama lineups below, with official festival language. Highlights in the Panorama section include "To Love Without Demands," a documentary on prolific German auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Justin Kelly's gay civil rights drama and Sundance premiere "I Am Michael" starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto and Hal Hartley's latest film "Ned Rifle" starring Liam Aiken and Aubrey Plaza, which concludes the trilogy started by "Henry Fool" (1997) and "Fay Grim" (2007). In the competition lineup, we'll see Terrence Malick's latest "Knight of Cups" (which got a gorgeous new trailer yesterday), avant-garde Brit filmmaker Peter Greenaway's "Eisenstein in Guanajuato" and more, plus Kenneth »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Yesterday we learned that Paramount Pictures is looking to hire one of these five directors to direct Star Trek 3: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), and Duncan Jones (Moon, Warcraft).
Out of those directors I'd love to see Jones take on the project, but he's probably going to be busy developing Warcraft. Wyatt is the next best choice, and perhaps he's the studio's favorite as he just made The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg for them. Thanks to Badass Digest, we have some information on why the previously attached director, Roberto Orci, is no longer attached. One of those reasons was because the studio wanted Star Trek 3 to be more like Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and Orci wasn't on board with the idea so he walked.
The site reports that Orci »
- Joey Paur
Well, it's hard to top yesterday's double whammy of the Berlin Film Festival's announcement that Terrence Malick's "Knight Of Cups" would premiere at the festival, followed by the trailer for that film. So it's not quite a shock that today's unveiling of Berlin's Panorama lineup is a bit less thrilling. The highlight additions to the fest are "I Am Michael," the Gus Van Sant-produced drama starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, and Emma Roberts that tells the true story of a gay activist who finds God and is "saved" from his homosexuality. The movie will have its World Premiere first at Sundance in January. The other film of major note is Hal Hartley's "Ned Rifle," the final chapter in his "Henry Fool" trilogy, which premiered this fall at Tiff. And even more interesting, Mark Christopher is bringing the director's cut of his disco-era drama "54" to the fest. No word yet on the length, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Eighteen features - including seven documentaries - have been selected for the Berlinale’s Panorama programme.
54: The Director’s Cut
Der letzte Sommer der Reichen (The Last Summer of the Rich)
By Peter Kern
Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern (Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents)
Switzerland / Germany
By Stina Werenfels »
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London — Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has revealed its first 19 films, which include Hal Hartley’s latest “Ned Rifle,” and “I Am Michael,” in which James Franco stars as a gay rights activist.
Justin Kelly delivers his directorial debut, “I Am Michael,” which was co-produced by Gus Van Sant. In it, Franco portrays a gay rights activist during the 1980s, who then tries to turn straight in the 1990s. Pic, which preems at Sundance, also stars Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts.
Director Mark Christopher presents “54 — The Director’s Cut,” 17 years after the film’s premiere. The original movie — about the legendary New York nightclub Studio 54 — was heavily edited by its investors.
Films from East Asia make a strong showing, with a number of modern history »
- Leo Barraclough
Since Roberto Orci stepped away from the director's chair for Star Trek 3, we've heard a rumor that Edgar Wright was wanted for the job. Then Star Trek: First Contact director Jonathan Frakes threw his name into the hat hoping to get the job. Now we have a list of five directors that are currently in the running to take on the challenge. Those directors include: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), and Duncan Jones (Moon, Warcraft).
Out of this current list, which comes from Deadline, my favorite choice is Duncan Jones. I think he's the most talented of the bunch, and could really bring something new, fun, and unique to the franchise that none of those other directors could bring. My second choice would be Wyatt, because he did do a great job »
- Joey Paur
NBC's semi-successful summer lineup has now become a core part of its winter/spring schedule, with "The Night Shift" and "Undateable" joining a crowded mid-season roster that will include "Allegiance," "The Slap," "A.D.," the return of "The Blacklist," and more. Earlier this month, NBC announced the first part of its mid-season plan with the compressed final season of "Parks and Recreation,"(*) which will be concluding before half of NBC's other mid-season shows even get to premiere. This is the same "drama-heavy mid-season schedule" that was the reason NBC opted to sell Tina Fey's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" to Netflix, rather than try to squeeze it in here. Not counting "Parks" (which, again, NBC considers old business being dealt with as quickly as possible), the network will bring eight shows off the bench in February, March and April, and all but two ("Undateable" and the new "One Big Happy") are dramatic. »
- Alan Sepinwall
NBC’s midseason plan features a mix of shows familiar and new.
The Peacock network has announced that two of its summertime sleeper successes, the hospital drama The Night Shift and the relationship comedy Undateable, will return at midseason.
Specifically, Night Shift will open Season 2 on Monday, Feb. 23 at 10/9c (leading out of The Voice’s two-hour Season 8 opener), while Undateable’s sophomore run will air Tuesdays at 9 pm, starting March 17. (Both shows’ first seasons ran May to July.)
NBC’s other midseason moves include:
* Allegiance, a contemporary espionage-at-home drama in the vein of The Americans — about a young CIA »
The Big Bang Theory actor is the writer, co-director and star of the romantic comedy.
The movie centres around Quinn (Helberg), a man gearing up to propose to his long-term and first girlfriend (Lynskey).
After getting cold feet, he finds himself pursuing her to Paris to make amends.
Jocelyn Towne served as co-director.
We'll Never Have Paris will be released on January 22 in the Us. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »
You can't see 'em all, and last spring at SXSW, the rom-com "We'll Never Have Paris" just couldn't fit in our schedule. And even though it played a handful of festivals since, it just didn't cross our path. And so, we'll just have to catch it when it opens in theaters next month, and the trailer for the movie has dropped to show what we've been missing. Written, co-directed and starring Simon Helberg, the movie follows a man whose indecision about marrying the first woman he's ever been with has serious consequences when she ups and leaves for Paris. And so he follows her there hoping to win her back. It's a simple enough premise, and we always love Melanie Lynskey, and the supporting players in place are solid too with Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto and Alfred Molina rounding things out. "We'll Never Have Paris" arrives on January 22nd. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
What could turn into one of the surprise, sleeper hits of the new year has a trailer, and you should really give We’ll Never Have Paris a look. Written and co-directed by, and starring Simon Helberg of The Big Bang Theory fame, this one looks to put just enough spin on romance and comedy to do something fresh with the genre.
As if inspired by The Beautiful South‘s A Little Time – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttuA1UEUAI0 – Helberg plays a man who is ready to propose to his longtime girlfriend, played by Melanie Lynskey, until he learns that a gorgeous co-worker (Maggie Grace) is in love with him. This prompts him to wonder about his entire life, given that he’s really only had one relationship, and he breaks off his relationship despite already having the ring. His fling doesn’t last long, and he realizes »
- Marc Eastman
Ready for an off-beat romantic comedy to kickoff 2015 with? Then watch the new trailer for We’LL Never Have Paris starring Simon Helberg, Maggie Grace, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Zachary Quinto & Alfred Molina.
In a story based on true events, Quinn (Simon Helberg) has been in a devoted relationship with Devon (Melanie Lynskey) for several years, and is ready to propose marriage until a gorgeous blonde co-worker reveals her love for him. Quinn immediately has second thoughts about matrimony and ends up terminating his relationship with his long-time better half.
After a brief relationship with the blonde, Quinn quickly realizes he’s made the mistake of a lifetime, so he sets off to Paris, where his one and only true love has moved, to win her back.
- Michelle McCue
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.
Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.
Digging for Fire / U. »
The Sundance Film Festival announced today which films will be screening as part of the Premieres category, and debut images from said pictures were released as well. In this article, we’ve rounded up the first images from the following films: Mistress America – Directed by Noah Baumbach; Starring Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke. Sleeping with Other People – Written and directed by Leslye Headland; Starring Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Matnzoukas, Natasha Lyonne. Grandma – Written and directed by Paul Weitz; Starring Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliott. I Am Michael – Directed by Justin Kelly; Starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts. Check out the images and loglines after the jump. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd – February 1st. Mistress America Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an »
- Adam Chitwood
Last year’s slate of seventeen Narrative Premieres (excluding secret screenings of Boyhood and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) refreshingly included works from first time filmmakers. I hadn’t seen it coming but Little Accidents and The One I Love were included among the likes of Calvary, Frank and Love is Strange. 2015 will be a true we Swanberg family affair with Joe Swanberg joining wife Kris (Unexpected) with a feature as well in Digging for Fire. James Ponsoldt is officially four for four with Sundance — his latest End of the Tour should be a slam dunk for the Eccles. Sticking to the numbers game… we’ll have a lovely bedfellow pairings of Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s already announced The Stanford Prison Experiment which is going to be mentioned in many loglines alongside Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter - about the Milgram experiment. Among the filmmaking duos we were expecting, we find Mississippi Grind »
- Eric Lavallee
Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Tomlin — as well as directors Noah Baumbach, Michael Almereyda, Rodrigo Garcia, James Ponsoldt, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman — are among the big names in the Premieres lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled today along with Documentary Premieres and a new Special Events section.
Festival director John Cooper noted that while this year’s 16 Premieres selections will be among the buzziest, most commercial titles in Park City, “they’re not without an independent feel to them, and that’s what I’m always looking for. There is a very independent spirit behind these films.”
By way of example, Cooper cited “Last Days in the Desert,” a description-resistant foray into father-son territory from Garcia, a director known for his stories about women (“Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child”); John Crowley’s “Brooklyn, »
- Justin Chang
If the Sundance Film Festival has an unofficial spirit animal, it's James Franco. In recent years, the crinkly-grinned polymath-movie star/filmmaker/artist/perennial grad student has become a fixture at North America's ranking showcase for independent film. He's come as an actor in such films as Howl and Lovelace and as director of Interior. Leather Bar and the short film Herbert White, but also as a producer of Kink, a 2013 documentary about Bdsm porn. Franco even enacted a meta-art piece called Three's Company: A Drama—transgressively riffing on the '70s sitcom—at the festival's New Frontier program in 2011. With »
- Chris Lee
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.
Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael is likely to become a major talking point and stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto in the true tale of activist and Young Gay America co-founder Michael Glatze, who renounced his homosexuality and became a Christian pastor. The Exchange handles international rights.
James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour (pictured, photo by Jakob Ihre) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut — Fortitude International is the international sales agent — as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and participants on two panels including George Lucas.
James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut, as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.
Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn and Sienna Miller, while Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman introduce the New York Tompkins Square Park Riot drama Ten Thousand Saints starring the in-demand Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer.
Peter Sarsgaard, [link »
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