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13 items from 2017


‘One Mississippi’ Teaser: Tig Notaro Is No Longer Gay In Season Two of Amazon’s Dark Comedy

25 July 2017 8:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Onstage, Tig Notaro is cool as a cucumber, willing to wait for the laughs and relishing silence. Her dry delivery and offbeat perspective stand in stark contrast to today’s popular neurotic, high-energy stand-up. That same quiet confidence permeates “One Mississippi,” Notaro’s autobiographical Amazon series about returning to her hometown after the death of her mother, which released a teaser for its second season today.

Read More‘One Mississippi’ Review: Tig Notaro’s Inspired Amazon Comedy is Fearless and Funny In Equal Doses

It’s been five years since Notaro’s brutally honest and heartbreakingly funny stand-up special, “Live,” skyrocketed the comedian to a new level of notoriety. Recorded just one week after Notaro learned she had breast cancer, which was the same year her mother died, the totally improvised half-hour set became instant comedy legend. Not only that, it ushered in a shift towards darker, more personal stand-up across the industry. »

- Jude Dry

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‘One Mississippi’ Teaser: Tig Notaro Is No Longer Gay In Season Two of Amazon’s Dark Comedy

25 July 2017 8:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Onstage, Tig Notaro is cool as a cucumber, willing to wait for the laughs and relishing silence. Her dry delivery and offbeat perspective stand in stark contrast to today’s popular neurotic, high-energy stand-up. That same quiet confidence permeates “One Mississippi,” Notaro’s autobiographical Amazon series about returning to her hometown after the death of her mother, which released a teaser for its second season today.

Read More‘One Mississippi’ Review: Tig Notaro’s Inspired Amazon Comedy is Fearless and Funny In Equal Doses

It’s been five years since Notaro’s brutally honest and heartbreakingly funny stand-up special, “Live,” skyrocketed the comedian to a new level of notoriety. Recorded just one week after Notaro learned she had breast cancer, which was the same year her mother died, the totally improvised half-hour set became instant comedy legend. Not only that, it ushered in a shift towards darker, more personal stand-up across the industry. »

- Jude Dry

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Film Movement acquires 'My Art'

15 June 2017 12:46 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Laurie Simmons’ debut feature premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

Film Movement has acquired Us rights to Laurie SimmonsMy Art and will open the film theatrically next winter, followed by a digital and home video release.

The film centres on New York City artist Ellie, who is looking to gain inspiration and tranquility as she housesits for a friend in upstate New York.

Accompanied by her lovable handicapped dog, Bing, Ellie comes of age — middle age — in her new surroundings. She turns the adjoining barn into her new workplace, staging elaborate recreations of classic movie scenes.

The film stars Simmons, who also wrote the script, as well as Josh Safdie, Parker Posey, Robert Clohessy, and John Rothman

Premiering at the 2016 Venice Film Festival and the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in North America, the comedy-drama also features Barbara Sukowa, Blair Brown, and Simmons’ daughter, Lena Dunham.

Simmons commented: “Film Movement is the perfect fit for us »

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John Rothman of ‘One Mississippi’ On Why There Isn’t Another ‘Bill’ on TV

12 June 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

John Rothman of One Mississippi talks to Awards Daily TV about the Amazon pilot process, where Bonkers the cat went, and why there’s no other Bill on TV. No »

- Megan McLachlan

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Emmy Race: Give These Key Supporting Turns a Second Look

12 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There’s no doubt that we’re living through a comedy golden age. Whether your tastes lean toward the experimental, the traditional, the reboot or the revolutionary, there’s a comedy or three that cater to your preferences.

There’s a downside, however: The deluge of shows competing in the comedy categories during Emmy season means that some performances are bound to be overlooked. Consider this column a friendly reminder — one that only names a few of the terrific actors who may unjustly fly under the radar come awards season.

HBO’s “Insecure” put creator and star Issa Rae on the map, and rightfully so: The first season of the show was assured, smart and reliably insightful. Backing up Rae every step of the way was Yvonne Orji, whose character, Molly, navigated multiple worlds at work and at play, and whose personal life supplied an array of dating dramas. Orji lets you see the contemplation and calculation »

- Maureen Ryan

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Emmy Contenders 2017: Supporting Actor in a Comedy

6 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Last year’s race was so competitive, it yielded seven nominees instead of the usual six. Louie Anderson ultimately took home the award for playing Zach Galifianakis’ mother, and should easily land another nom this year. Of last year’s other nominees, that leaves “Veep” co-stars Tony Hale and Matt Walsh, Andre Braugher of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Ty Burrell of “Modern Family” and Tituss Burgess of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” as potential return nominees. But after appearing in several episodes of “Saturday Night Live,” Alec Baldwin is a likely candidate for proving we could still laugh at Donald Trump. And with “Girls” closing out its run, Adam Driver could return to the race. Laurence Fishburne has yet to be nominated for his work on “Black-ish,” but both he and the show are coming off a strong season. As for new blood, Brian Tyree Henry broke through on “Atlanta,” though he faces competition from his co-star Lakeith Stanfield. One »

- Variety Staff

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Laurie Simmons Has a Charming and Cinematic Mid-Life Crisis in Feature Directorial Debut ‘My Art’ — Tribeca Review

22 April 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s no question that photographer and artist Laurie Simmons has an eye for images, and while her feature directorial debut “My Art” relies heavily on a series of homages to some of cinema’s most beloved features, the newbie narrative filmmaker really impresses in an unexpected arena. Simmons pulls triple duty on the film, writing, directing and starring in the feature, and although she knows how to compose lovely shots and her insight into the art world is keen, it’s her performance as artist Ellie that stands out in an otherwise predictable feature about growing up, no matter your age.

Mashing up mid-life crisis narratives (the film is heavy on the Nancy Meyers influence, down to the shades of “Baby Boom” and an attention to great interior design) with various recreations of classic films that run the gamut from “Some Like It Hot” to “Jules and Jim” and plenty of pictures in between, »

- Kate Erbland

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Trailer Watch: Laurie Simmons Revisits Hollywood’s Past in “My Art”

20 April 2017 2:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

My Art

A trailer has landed for “My Art,” Laurie Simmons’ feature directorial debut. The spot for the drama kicks off with a scene all-too-familiar to those who have chosen to pursue a career in the arts. Ellie Shine (Simmons), a struggling artist, is shown catching up with another artist significantly younger and more accomplished than she. Meryl, played by Simmons’ daughter, Lena Dunham, says, “I have to be in Europe between my two installations. Then I’ve got the fall show at my New York gallery. I wouldn’t schedule a fall show again. I think it’s brutal.” “Oh, that sounds brutal,” Ellie unconvincingly agrees, clearly envious of the opportunities Meryl is getting.

And Ellie doesn’t just have to hear about Meryl’s successes — she has to tell the wunderkind what she’s up to. While Meryl travels around the world showing her art, Ellie will be housesitting. She’s been offered the summer home of a famous friend and “seizes the opportunity to hit the reset button on her life and work,” the film’s official synopsis details. “She unwittingly finds inspiration in two out-of-work actors who maintain the gardens at her summer retreat: Frank (Robert Clohessy), a recent widower trying to reassemble his life, and Tom (Josh Safdie), a hungry young actor whose wife (Parker Posey) has a less ambitious vision for their idyllic country life. Joining them is John (John Rothman), a divorced lawyer looking for a summer distraction. This unlikely trio accompanies Ellie on an odd and delightful journey toward finding her late-blooming artistic momentum.”

The trailer shows Ellie pursuing a new project. She and her pals re-create iconic film scenes. “You can never be Clark Gable,” Ellie tells Frank. “I can never be Marilyn Monroe. I just want to see what it looks like.”

My Art” premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival and will make its North American debut at the Tribeca Film Festival April 22.

“I’d imagined the character of Ellie for a long time and at a certain point I would say she started telling me her story,” Simmons told us in a soon-to-be published interview. She explained, “I’ve spent a lot of time observing both portrayals of artists and representations of women my age on-screen and feel that both often fall short of what I feel to be accurate and true to the life I’ve experienced.”

Simmons previously helmed the 2006 short “The Music of Regret,” a musical starring Meryl Streep. Her career as a photographer and artist spans over 40 years.

No word on when “My Art” will hit theaters or VOD. Check out the trailer below.

https://medium.com/media/80e3e7267905659f5efba2c85ff27546/href

Trailer Watch: Laurie Simmons Revisits Hollywood’s Past in “My Art” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Mongrel International to sell Tribeca entry 'My Art'

17 April 2017 3:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film features director’s daughter, Lena Dunham.

Mongrel International has picked up world sales rights to Laurie Simmons’s rom-com My Art ahead of its North American premiere at Tribeca.

The film features Simmons, Robert Clohessy, John Rothman, Parker Posey, Blair Brown and Simmons’ daughter, Lena Dunham

Simmons plays a single New York artist who finds a new joie de vivre when she house-sits for a friend upstate and becomes romantically entangled. Andrew Fierberg served as producer.

“We’re so delighted to be involved with My Art,” Mongrel acquisitions and sales executive Caroline Habib said. “The movie spoke very strongly to our all women team – it’s funny, it’s warm and it’s extremely smart. Laurie gave us, with grace and humor, an honest glimpse into the artistic process.”

“I could not be more excited having Caroline, Charlotte [Mickie, Mongrel International president] and the entire team at Mongrel stand behind our film,” Simmons said.

“To be included »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘My Art’ Trailer: Photographer Laurie Simmons Brings Her Inventive First Feature to Tribeca — Watch

17 April 2017 10:37 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Acclaimed photographer Laurie Simmons’ debut feature film “My Art” is headed to this month’s Tribeca Film Festival for its North American premiere, after bowing at Venice last year. Mongrel International will be repping the film at the fest, as it recently acquired international sales rights, including U.S., for the feature.

Read More: Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Films From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

“We’re so delighted to be involved with ‘My Art,'” said Mongrel Acquisitions & Sales executive, Caroline Habib in an exclusive statement. “The movie spoke very strongly to our all women team — it’s funny, it’s warm and it’s extremely smart. Laurie gave us, with grace and humor, an honest glimpse into the artistic process.”

Simmons added, “I could not be more excited having Caroline, Charlotte and the entire team at Mongrel stand behind our film. To be »

- Kerry Levielle

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‘Louis C.K. 2017’ Review: This Bold Netflix Special Proves Being Free From ‘Louie’ Can Be Better For TV

4 April 2017 3:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Louis C.K. credits Matthew McConaughey before Channing Tatum when discussing “Magic Mike.”

That, in and of itself, is troublesome, given how much of Steven Soderbergh’s film is lifted from Tatum’s own life, let alone his exceptional talents. McConaughey left a mark (and deserved an Oscar), but the series successfully moved on without him in “Magic Mike Xxl.” The same could not be said if Tatum and his hip-thrusting, body-spinning, headstand-ing self was gone.

But C.K.’s distinctive views on the 2012 film don’t end there.

“It’s just a nice movie about men who strip,” C.K. says, describing a film in which a friendship is severed by drug addiction and careers are ended over money. Though he’s seen the dark movie many times — enough to have a favorite quote — it’s clear Louis C.K. has a grave misunderstanding of what “Magic Mike” is about.

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- Ben Travers

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‘Louis C.K. 2017’ Review: This Bold Netflix Special Proves Being Free From ‘Louie’ Can Be Better For TV

4 April 2017 3:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Louis C.K. credits Matthew McConaughey before Channing Tatum when discussing “Magic Mike.”

That, in and of itself, is troublesome, given how much of Steven Soderbergh’s film is lifted from Tatum’s own life, let alone his exceptional talents. McConaughey left a mark (and deserved an Oscar), but the series successfully moved on without him in “Magic Mike Xxl.” The same could not be said if Tatum and his hip-thrusting, body-spinning, headstand-ing self was gone.

But C.K.’s distinctive views on the 2012 film don’t end there.

“It’s just a nice movie about men who strip,” C.K. says, describing a film in which a friendship is severed by drug addiction and careers are ended over money. Though he’s seen the dark movie many times — enough to have a favorite quote — it’s clear Louis C.K. has a grave misunderstanding of what “Magic Mike” is about.

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- Ben Travers

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SXSW 2017 Bolsters Lineup With Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire And Much More

31 January 2017 2:54 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After drawing attention to the festival’s annual Gaming Awards, organizers behind the South by Southwest Film Festival have posted the full, comprehensive lineup, revealing that the likes of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver and Free Fire, the riotous ensemble thriller from Ben Wheatley, are among those films that will screen for critics and attendees.

Per SXSW 2017‘s website, this year’s showcase will host “84 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres, and 6 Us Premieres. First-time filmmakers account for 51 films, continuing our tradition of unearthing the emergent talent of tomorrow.” British auteur Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England) is a regular of the Texas festival, and will be rubbing shoulders with other favorites including Michael Winterbottom, Nacho Vigalondo, Michael Showalter.

SXSW 2017 begins on March 10th in Austin, Texas and you can get up to speed on everything the festival has to offer down below.

Narrative Feature Competition

A Bad Idea Gone Wrong »

- Michael Briers

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