18 items from 2015
Round-up: The distributor has acquired Us rights to the supernatural thriller following the premiere in Berlin’s Generation strand. Separately the comedy Balls Out has found buyers in North and Latin America.
IFC brokered the deal with Wme Global on behalf of the filmmakers. Protagonist Pictures handles international sales.
Orion Releasing will distribute Balls Out in North American and MGM has acquired Latin American rights to the football comedy that premiered in Tribeca as Intramural. Deborah McIntosh of Wme Global brokered the deal on behalf of the fimmakers.Vimeo and Emerging Pictures have announced the simultaneous North American VOD and theatrical release of Benjamin Statler’s docudrama Soaked In Bleach on June »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Read More: Exclusive Topsy-Turvy Poster for Andrew Droz Palermo's Berlin-Bound 'One & Two' IFC Midnight has acquired the U.S. rights to the supernatural drama "One & Two," which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year to widespread praise. "One & Two" is an ethereal familial tale with a strong cast that includes Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men"), Grant Bowler ("True Blood") and Elizabeth Reaser ("The Good Wife"). According to the official synopsis: "'One & Two' takes place in a mysterious farmhouse, where a family of four maintains a routine and isolated existence. As siblings Eva (Shipka) and Zac (Timothée Chalamet) explore unusual abilities and dark family secrets, their loving mother falls gravely ill, splintering the family and threatening to tear the children apart." The film marks Andrew Droz Palmero's first time directing a fictional feature-length film. »
- David Canfield
The film was produced by Kim Sherman, Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman of Bow and Arrow Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures. The film had its world premiere in the Generation program at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, followed by its U.S. premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.
Palermo directed “One and Two” from a script he co-wrote with Neima Shahdadi. The story centers on a mysterious farmhouse where a family of four maintains an isolated existence with two children cursed with supernatural powers.
The deal was negotiated with Wme Global on behalf of the filmmakers. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales at Cannes.
- Dave McNary
With just five episodes of Mad Men to go, Don Draper is enamored by a woman much like himself — Diana (Elizabeth Reaser), a fellow divorcee trying to forge a new identity. During a break from rehearsing her new Off Broadway play Permission, Reaser called Vulture to talk playing the waitress, “sexing it up” for her audition, and the fan reaction. Spoilers ahead.I’m so surprised that Matthew Weiner has brought you in, this major character, so close to the end.What I love about his writing, I think he’s just such a great, great storyteller. He’s really committed to Don’s journey and telling his story. It made sense to me when I read it. Explain how it made sense to you.Well, Don seemed to me very disconnected from his life and lost. And then he meets someone who he connects with outside of his world. »
- Jenna Marotta
“New Business,” the April 12 episode of Mad Men, featured one of the show’s more awkward scenes in an elevator, or anywhere else for that matter. And that’s really saying something, considering the show has perfected the art of big drama in an small spaces. (In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, the show has had nearly 60 elevator scenes.)
In the scene, Don (Jon Hamm) and his flavor-of-the-week Diana (played by Elizabeth Reaser) run into Don’s neighbor/former fling Sylvia (Linda Cardellini) and her husband Arnold (Brian Markinson), who shared his thoughts on Don’s many conquests, all while riding what can only be described as the world’s slowest, most stiflingly confined elevate in history. It was uncomfortable to say the least.
But, perhaps most shockingly, it wasn’t the most surprising thing to happen on an elevator in Mad Men. As we wind down to »
- Aly Semigran
Just five episodes shy of the series finale, Mad Men threw a bit of a curve ball with "New Business." Not only did the episode shift the focus back to Elizabeth Reaser's enigmatic diner waitress, Diana, it welcomed a slew of guests — both new (Mimi Rogers) and returning (Julia Ormond and Linda Cardellini). Spoilers ahead for anybody who has yet to watch. Another familiar member of the Mad Men family who took part in the episode was Michael Uppendahl, directing the last of his eleven episodes for the series. He spoke with The Hollywood Reporter on Monday morning
- Michael O'Connell
Join the fiery discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- 'Mad Men' final season premiere - Click here to join our forums chat Atypical: Great premiere. I liked how it was primarily focused on setting up the current milieu and catching up with the characters again. No "time to wrap it up" doom and gloom just yet, though Don is certainly in a weird place mentally and emotionally. There were also some notable scenes here for Peggy, Joan, and Ken (get it, Ken!). Very cool bringing back Maggie Siff for some season 1 Rachel realness. Elizabeth Reaser was great too. Love having the gang back one last time! Halo Insider: Ray Wise. Back on Mad Men. Talking about Pop-Tarts. Thank you, Matthew Weiner. »
Spoiler Alert: This Q&A discusses plot details from the “Mad Men” season premiere, “Severance.”
Scott Hornbacher has been Matt Weiner’s trusted producing partner on “Mad Men” since its inception, a relationship that began when both were working on “The Sopranos.” Hornbacher spoke with Variety about directing the series’ “dreamlike” final season premiere, “Severance,” and the “singular” performances given by Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss and Aaron Staton.
What was the hardest part of shooting this episode?
The challenge is always doing justice to the writing and the storytelling and the characters, and trying to deliver believable versions of these people for the audience. There was definitely a bittersweet tone to the process when we were filming. But there’s a simplicity and a beauty to the story that made it straightforward, which was nice.
You must have shot Maggie Siff’s scene under extreme secrecy?
We did. Maggie dropped »
- Cynthia Littleton
A review of the final "Mad Men" season premiere coming up just as soon as I try your veal... "That's not a coincidence! It's a sign!" -Ken "Of what?" -Don "The life not lived." -Ken A handsome man in a grey suit once asked, "But what is happiness? It's a moment before you need more happiness." And at a moment in time when that man and many of the people he worked with seem to have acquired a boatload of professional happiness — or, at least, money — a ghost danced in front of him and sang about how the best things in life are free. And as "Mad Men" returns from its last hiatus, having carried its characters out of the 1960s altogether, "Severance" is a reminder of how elusive happiness is for everyone, and how the life not lived seems at once far more appealing and impossible to actually explore. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Based on Mad Men‘s final midseason premiere, I’ve come up with a working theory about the series’ Brylcreemed protagonist, Don Draper.
Here goes: He’s got undiagnosed syphilis.
Think about it before you dismiss me out of hand. Don has been having indiscriminate sex with anything with breasts for as long as we’ve known him. A lot of indiscriminate, often hot, usually ill-advised sex that has led to, among other things, heartbreak, job loss, divorce and strangulation. (Ok, that last one was just in a dream, but still: disturbing.)
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Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
Justin Bartha and Elizabeth Reaser have signed on to play a married couple looking to faith to find answers to the problems in their relationship in Robert Askins' Permission. Directed by Alex Timbers (Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher), the world-premiere play from off-Broadway's McC Theater will begin previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on April 29 and run through June 7, with its official opening on May 19. Bartha's previous New York stage appearances include the 2010 Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in Jesse Eisenberg's Asuncion and Zach Braff's All New People.
- David Rooney
Isolation can be a killer. For the children who are the heart and soul of One and Two, that's especially so, given that they have been raised in isolation, surrounded by a giant wall. Eva (Kiernan Shipka, Mad Men) and Zac (Timothée Chalamet, Interstellar) are obedient and respectful teenagers, more so than the average adolescent, perhaps becaue the only company they share is that of their parents, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Reaser) and Daniel (Grant Bowler). The family lives on a lovely, wooded farm, growing their own food and raising their own animals for their own personal needs. It's a simple, self-sufficient life that requires a considerable amount of hard work, with few distractions at hand. And then there's that wall. Eva and Zac are at the...
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SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice
It’s hilarious. The boundaries of bromance, marriage, friendship and even penis comedy are pushed to a very funny limit with this film. It’s great to see Schilling doing great work outside of “Orange is the New Black.”
Final Score: 8/10
Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who has never recovered from his losing his true love embarks on a new tenuous relationship with a local woman he meets at the bank. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina. (U.S. Premiere)
(film synopsis from sxsw.com)
You probably »
- Jeff Bayer
Is a Castle shake-up ahead? How will a Haven hero handle big Troubles? Is there hope for a Teen Wolf twosome? Which new face will support Bones‘ Booth? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
I’d love to read anything new you have for Castle! Please?! –M.
This is a bit interesting: I asked showrunner David Amann – on behalf of a reader, maybe? I forget – if there might ever be an episode that pits the men against the women, sort of »
American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will be reunited later this year in another project: Woody Allen's next as yet untitled feature. Bruce Willis is the third cast member whose name has been publicly announced. The source for this information is an "exclusive" report via Deadline.com's Mike Fleming Jr. So far, as Fleming explains in his brief piece, Woody Allen and "his people" haven't confirmed the casting. In other words, things could change in the not-too-distant future. See also: Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt Movie Project, also featuring Laura Dern and Michelle Williams. Unsurprisingly, no plot details about the upcoming Woody Allen project have been forthcoming. In fact, one wonders if Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bruce Willis – in case they have indeed joined the fold – know what the movie is going to be about. Allen's latest collaborators – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson – will be producing the film. »
- Zac Gille
A brother and sister cursed with special powers live in a rural farmhouse encircled by a tall, impenetrable wall in the enticingly conceptual North Carolina-based indie “One & Two.” Why are they sequestered? And is the wall there to protect them from people on the other side, or the other way around? Like an M. Night Shyamalan movie without the twist, Andrew Droz Palermo’s narrative debut (following Sundance-winning small-town docu “Rich Hill”) offers a tense, attenuated supernatural fable full of atmosphere and tantalizing possibility, yet sorely lacking in the kind of resolution that would justify mainstream audiences’ extended suspension of disbelief.
Tightly centered around its cast of four — teen actors Timothee Chalamet and Kiernan Shipka as siblings Zac and Eva, Grant Bowler and Elizabeth Reaser as their parents — this beautifully lensed, hauntingly scored film feels like a kindred spirit to such isolated-environment thrillers as “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “The Witch, »
- Peter Debruge
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
18 items from 2015
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