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Amy Ryan Amplifies The Quiet ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ [Tribeca Review]

11 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Small town life is poignantly examined in the modest Tribeca drama “Abundant Acreage Available.” A humanist narrative about family, faith, and grief, ‘Acreage’ is an intimate film with few outsized dramatic moments, but as anchored by Amy Ryan’s mannered yet commanding performance—her finest in years—this lovely little story sensitively absorbs.

‘Acreage’ begins with a makeshift funeral, a bereaved Tracy (Ryan), who’s taken care of her ailing father for years, attempts to bury the box of his ashes in the fields of her farm.

Continue reading Amy Ryan Amplifies The Quiet ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ [Tribeca Review] at The Playlist. »

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Tribeca Review: ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ is a Quietly Moving Character Study

26 April 2017 5:35 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Faith-based cinema is as diverse a genre as there is, from the extreme, often violent portraits of devotion from established directors like Martin Scorsese and Mel Gibson, to the attacks on logic in the God’s Not Dead and Left Behind pictures. Angus MacLachlan, a great storyteller of the not-too-deep south, offers a nuanced example of what this genre can bring, returning with the moving Abundant Acreage Available. The title may signal a light-hearted film, and given MacLachlan’s previous feature (the charming sex comedy Goodbye To All That) and writing credits (which include Phil Morrison’s masterpiece Junebug), you might be forgiven for having that expectation. However, MacLachlan’s latest is a departure from his previous work: a quiet, powerful portrait of two families at a crossroads, featuring the middle-aged Ledbetters — including the reformed alcoholic Jesse (Terry Kinney) and his adopted sister Tracy (Amy Ryan) — and three aging brothers (Max Gail, »

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Tribeca 2017: "Abundant Acreage Available"

25 April 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nathaniel R reporting from the Tribeca Film Festival

It's been 10 years since Amy Ryan broke through to "prestigious character actress" fame, whilst nabbing herself an Oscar nomination and critical hosannas for Gone Baby Gone (2017). In the years intervening, it's been fairly obvious that Hollywood didn't know what to do with her thereafter, often casting her in less than challenging roles as sympathetic wives (think Win Win or Bridge of Spies) or ex-wives (think Birdman). But she's finally no one's wife in the humble drama Abundant Acreage Available, and that lack of 'belonging to' is both writer/director Angus Maclachlan's (best known for the screenplay to the wonderful Junebug, 2005) and Ryan's own secret weapon, giving the movie its most appealing frictions »

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Abundant Acreage Available’

21 April 2017 11:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you liked “Manchester by the Sea” — or the kind of low-key emotional drama in which men break down and sob uncontrollably — then Martin Scorsese has the movie for you. It’s called “Abundant Acreage Available,” and it’s pretty much the opposite of anything Scorsese has directed, which stands to reason, because he didn’t direct it. North Carolina playwright-turned-director Angus MacLachlan did, and like the “Junebug” script for which he’s best known, this one achieves a tricky kind of subtlety amid so much stage-style chatter. (Just to be clear about Scorsese’s involvement, he agreed to executive produce after seeing MacLachlan’s promising debut feature, “Goodbye to All That,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival two years earlier.)

Set on a family-owned North Carolina tobacco farm, recognizable as such from its almost blood-red clay, “Abundant Acreage Available” begins as many a play has, with a pair »

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Amy Ryan Doesn’t Care What You Think In This Exclusive Clip From ‘Abundant Acreage Available’

21 April 2017 7:53 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Filmmaker Angus MacLachlan has a good history with the Tribeca Film Festival. Back in 2014, MacLachlan’s debut film — the divorce dramedy “Goodbye to All That” — was a hit with the Tribeca jury members and crowds alike, garnering a Best Narrative Feature nomination as well as a Best Actor win for star Paul Schneider. Now, three years later, MacLachlan is back at the festival with “Abundant Acreage Available,” his film about a pair of rural siblings dealing with the loss of their father.

Continue reading Amy Ryan Doesn’t Care What You Think In This Exclusive Clip From ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ at The Playlist. »

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Amy Ryan Gives Her Best Performance In a Decade With ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ — Tribeca 2017 Review

21 April 2017 5:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If “Abundant Acreage Available” didn’t have closeups or outdoor scenes, it could have been filmed theater. Writer-director Angus MacLachlan’s second feature focuses on grown siblings Tracy (Amy Ryan) and Jesse (Terry Kinney) in the immediate aftermath of their father’s death. Stuck with his expansive farmland, they’re unsure what to do next, until the arrival of three older men who knew the deceased stake a claim to it. Set in a single location with a cast of five, the movie offers a lesson in minimalist drama, unfolding as a sharply acted mood piece that never crescendos, but hums along with wise observations and first-rate performances.

A intergenerational family drama that wouldn’t look out of place in the oeuvres of Tennessee Miller or Arthur Miller, “Abundant Acreage Available” is a noticeably more somber work for MacLachlan, whose directorial debut “Goodbye to All That” was a vulgar black comedy about overcoming divorce. »

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'Abundant Acreage Available': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

20 April 2017 4:20 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A tight ensemble of five seasoned actors explores questions of grief, faith, mortality and legacy in Abundant Acreage Available, which takes director Angus MacLachlan to a lonely North Carolina tobacco farm, not too distant from the setting of his breakout screenplay, Junebug. This drama is an altogether more somber affair, with Amy Ryan and Terry Kinney lending gravitas as siblings still absorbing the death of their father when strangers arrive with unsettling revelations. However, while the intriguing setup pulls you in, this gentle American heartland story peters out into an unsatisfying payoff.

Unfolding entirely in and around the farmhouse where »

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Steve Carell’s Drama ‘Beautiful Boy’ Casts Christian Convery

3 April 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christian Convery has been cast to play Steve Carell’s youngest son and Timothee Chalamet’s brother in “Beautiful Boy.”

The Amazon Studios drama is being produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B banner. “Beautiful Boy” is based on David Sheff’s book “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” as well as Nic Sheff’s “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines,” about Sheff’s drug addiction and its impact on his family.

Chalamet portrays Nic Sheff, while Convery plays Jasper Sheff, a happy seven-year-old who must deal with the serious effects drug addiction has on an older brother whom he adores. Chalamet starred in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released later this year by Sony Classics.

Variety reported in 2015 that Felix van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”) was initially attached to direct the movie. »

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LisaGay Hamilton Books ‘Beautiful Boy’ & ‘The Last Full Measure’; ‘Most Likely To Murder’ Adds More Suspects

30 March 2017 1:23 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

LisaGay Hamilton is set to play opposite Steve Carell and Amy Ryan in Amazon’s drug-addiction film Beautiful Boy, from Plan B, with Felix van Groeningen attached to direct. The film is based on David Sheff's 2008 memoir, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction and Groeningen co-wrote the adaptation with Lion scribe Luke Davies. Sheff’s memoir is about his son's methamphetamine addiction and its impact on the family. In addition, Hamilton has also… »

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Timothy Hutton Joins Amazon Studios’ ‘Beautiful Boy’

28 March 2017 1:56 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: After signing on for a recurring role in the Amazon TV series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Timothy Hutton now has joined Beautiful Boy, the Felix Van Groeningen-directed feature drama for Amazon Studios that stars Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Timothee Chalamet and Amy Ryan. The film tells a harrowing true story of addiction and recovery. It is based on the story of the accomplished journalist David Sheff, whose son, Nic, developed a devastating meth addiction. Van… »

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‘The Affair’s Maura Tierney Joins Amazon’s ‘Beautiful Boy’

16 March 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The Affair star Maura Tierney has joined Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet and Amy Ryan in Beautiful Boy, the Felix Van Groeningen-directed drama for Amazon Studios that tells the true story of David and Nic Sheff. David is an accomplished journalist whose son, Nic, developed a devastating meth addiction. The drama tells the harrowing tale of addiction and recovery through the eyes of the father. Each of them wrote books about it. Van Groeningen and Luke Davies… »

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‘The Affair’s Maura Tierney Joins Amazon’s ‘Beautiful Boy’

16 March 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: The Affair star Maura Tierney has joined Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet and Amy Ryan in Beautiful Boy, the Felix Van Groeningen-directed drama for Amazon Studios that tells the true story of David and Nic Sheff. David is an accomplished journalist whose son, Nic, developed a devastating meth addiction. The drama tells the harrowing tale of addiction and recovery through the eyes of the father. Each of them wrote books about it. Van Groeningen and Luke Davies… »

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Movie News: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Unite for 'A Quiet Place'; Amy Ryan and Steve Carell Reunite for 'Beautiful Boy'

16 March 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

A Quiet Place: Married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are finally making a movie together. The two have voiced characters in the same animated features before and both cameoed in The Muppets, but they will be co-starring onscreen for the first time in A Quiet Place, a thriller for producer Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes with a plot being kept secret. Krasinski is also rewriting the script and will direct the movie, which begins shooting this fall. [Variety]   Beautiful Boy: Two other cast members of TV's The Office are reuniting for the Brad Pitt-produced Amazon movie Beautiful Boy. Steve Carell and Amy Ryan, who played a couple on the sitcom will now play exes in the drama based on David Sheff's memoir about his son Nic's...

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The Office duo Amy Ryan and Steve Carell to reunite for Beautiful Boy

16 March 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After playing a pair of lovers on NBC’s workplace comedy The Office over the course of roughly twenty episodes, Amy Ryan and Steve Carell will be reuniting for Amazon’s Beautiful Boy. Carell has been on board the project for about two months now, but Ryan has just recently joined the cast, according to Deadline.

The true story follows Carell’s David, a father who is severely impacted by his son Nic’s addiction to methamphetamine. Ryan will play David’s ex-wife, Vicki, who became estranged from the family after David won primary custody, but is back to help her son. Timothée Chalamet of Interstellar fame is set to portray Nic.

Beautiful Boy could break the pair back into the awards consideration in 2018/2019, as not only will Ryan and Carell surely deliver compelling performances, but they are surrounded by a slew of talented people behind the camera as well. »

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Amazon Reunites Steve Carell And Amy Ryan For Drug-Addiction Drama Beautiful Boy

16 March 2017 9:03 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Amazon Studios is set to bring together Steve Carell and Amy Ryan (Central Intelligence) once more for Beautiful Boy, a drug-addiction drama from director Felix van Groeningen.

Word comes by way of Deadline, revealing that Carell and Ryan, who first shared the screen on long-running sitcom The Office, will play David and his ex-wife Vicki, respectively. A big-screen adaptation of the 2008 memoir, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, by David Sheff, Amazon and van Groeningen’s feature kicks into gear when David and Vicki are forced to set aside old differences in the interest of their son Nic, who has succumbed to an all-consuming methamphetamine addiction.

Best known for his work on The Broken Circle BreakdownFelix van Groeningen is on board to direct a script he penned alongside Lion scribe Luke Davies. As for the addition of Amy Ryan, the actress struck a »

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Steve Carell & Amy Ryan will reunite for drug drama Beautiful Boy

16 March 2017 8:26 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

One of the greatest romances of the modern era is between Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and Holly Flax (Amy Ryan) on The Office. It is, I’ve just declared it, so it’s official. Anyone who wants to dispute can meet me outside. The two stars worked terrifically together, and now we will be able to see them do it again, but this time under much, much, much, much more serious... Read More »

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Amy Ryan Reunites With Steve Carell For Amazon’s ‘Beautiful Boy’

15 March 2017 1:19 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Amy Ryan has been set to co-star in Beautiful Boy, the Amazon drug-addiction drama from Brad Pitt’s Plan B that already has Steve Carell aboard. The deal reunites Ryan and Carell for a serious pic after they played boyfriend-girlfriend so well on NBC’s comedy series The Office. Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) is attached to direct the script he co-wrote with Lion scribe Luke Davies, adapted David Sheff's 2008 book Beautiful Boy: A Father's Jou… »

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Bill Murray Sings A Happy Tune In Paul Shaffer’s New Animated Music Video — Watch

8 March 2017 1:04 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As is clear from his stint slinging drinks at the opening of his son’s bar in Brooklyn, Bill Murray would do anything to help out his loved ones. For his latest experiment, the beloved actor and comedian recorded a vocal track on a tenaciously upbeat song from Paul Shaffer’s new album, released today with a cute animated music video.

Shaffer is best known to television fans as Dave Letterman’s music director and sidekick on “The Late Show,” though that position is has been held by New Orleans musician Jon Batiste since Stephen Colbert took over. Reverting to their earlier name, Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band, Shaffer and his fellow “Late Show” musicians are about to tour a new album, which features an eclectic mix of guest vocalists.

Read More: Bill Murray and Amy Ryan? Our Dream Casts for the Inevitable American Remake of ‘Toni Erdmann

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‘Toni Erdmann’ Director/Producer Maren Ade Will Not Be Involved With the English Remake

9 February 2017 11:03 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Recently, it was announced that last year’s popular German film “Toni Erdmann” would be remade in the English language, and Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig had been cast in the lead roles. An updated report, however, indicates negotiations are still ongoing, and — worse yet — director/producer Maren Ade will have no involvement in the remake, if it happens.

Read More: ‘Toni Erdmann’ Director Maren Ade on Her Newly Nominated Masterpiece: Awards Spotlight

Assuming Paramount secures rights to the film and proceeds with the remake, Ade’s lack of involvement is concerning. As mentioned in a previous IndieWire discussion regarding the film’s casting, the quality of the remake will more than likely end up being determined by the director Paramount finds. As noted, Adam McKay (“The Big Short”) is currently producing the film, so he could step in as director and provide a distinct style, balancing the dramatic and »

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Kristen Wiig to Star in ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Alongside Jack Nicholson

7 February 2017 5:44 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Following this afternoon’s news that Jack Nicholson will star in Paramount’s English-language “Toni Erdmann” remake, Variety has more news still: Kristen Wiig will star alongside him. The two will play the roles originated by Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller, respectively, in Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated drama.

Read More: Jack Nicholson to Star in ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake

Toni Erdmann” was up for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film last month and is in contention for the equivalent award at the Academy Awards; it is among the most acclaimed movies of 2016, having won prizes from several critics’ groups as well. Paramount’s remake doesn’t yet have a director attached, but Ade will co-executive produce, with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell among the producers.

Nicholson is essentially coming out of retirement for the role — his last appearance came seven years ago — and reportedly pitched the idea of a remake »

- Michael Nordine

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