18 items from 2013
Technically part of the extended Sundance family when Junebug landed there in 2005, scribe Angus MacLachlan moved from screenwriting to full fledged filmmaker in 2012 when filming commenced on Goodbye to All That. The North Carolina shot flick began filming in October 2012, is loaded with talent behind the camera in Production Designer Chad Keith (Take Shelter) and Cinematographer Corey Walter (Meek’s Cutoff) and the producing pair of Park City vets Anne Carey and Mindy Goldberg, while in front of the camera we got a mixed bag featuring Paul Schneider and a slew of women players in Melanie Lynskey, Heather Lawless, Heather Graham, Amy Sedaris, Anna Camp, Ashley Hinshaw and Celia Weston.
Gist: A recently divorced dad named Otto (Paul Schneider) who starts a new life with his daughter.
Prediction: If there is enough space this year, this could crack the U. »
- Eric Lavallee
Seasoned assistant director Anthony Wilcox makes an uncertain feature-helming debut with London-set day-in-the-life comedy “Hello Carter,” loosely based on his 2011 short of the same name. Despite exec-producer oversight from distinguished pros Andrew Eaton and Michael Winterbottom, the pic suffers from a mismatch between its low-key charm and its contrived storyline. Charlie Cox convinces as a 30-year-old who has yet to find his way in life, and enjoys an easy chemistry with Jodie Whittaker as a dispirited office worker flung into his path. But it’s not enough: Today’s crowded market is likely to bid “Carter” a swift goodbye.
Homeless, jobless Carter (Cox) wants to track down the girlfriend who dumped him 11 months ago, deleting her Facebook account and changing her cell-phone number. As luck would have it, he finds himself on the tube with his ex’s washed-up Hollywood actor brother (Paul Schneider), in London on a personal matter. »
- Charles Gant
★★☆☆☆ There's nothing more soul-crushing than a romantic comedy devoid of either of the genre's requisite defining aspects. At least when the love story is lacking, laughs will usually pick up the slack; if it's humourless, the passion can take the weight. Nobody wants to overdose on schmaltz (well, some people might) but shunning it entirely requires an impressively sweet touch, or a piling on of the funny. Sadly, a new British entry into the rom-com canon, Hello Carter (2013), fails to do either and is all the more insipid for it. Charlie Cox of Boardwalk Empire fame takes centre stage as the titular (and recently homeless) Carter.
With no roof over his head and no job, Charlie finds himself still mooning over ex-girlfriend, Kelly, who he's not seen in almost a year. Positively passive in almost every way, he stumbles around sharing clumsy small talk with potential employers and relatives before »
- CineVue UK
Hello Carter, 2013.
Written and Directed by Anthony Wilcox.
Down-on-his-luck Carter has recently become homeless, single and unemployed. Desperate to win back his ex-girlfriend, he goes off on an adventure throughout London to find her, picking up some odd helpers along the way.
From the way the synopsis reads, it’s completely understandable to think that this film sounds like several other chase-across-town style films. Like many of those films, this isn’t anything special and at times is just plain boring.
The first time we meet Carter, he’s trying to sleep on his brothers living room floor, unable to sleep due to the loud, happy moans and wails emanating from the bedroom area. Unfortunately, this is the funniest moment in the film. What follows is generic, formulaic and almost entirely without humour.
The main problem with the film »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Anthony Wilcox.
Running Time: 81 minutes.
Synopsis: Down-on-his-luck Carter (Charlie Cox) has recently become homeless, single and unemployed. Desperate to win back his ex-girlfriend, he goes off on an adventure through London to find her, picking up some odd helpers along the way.
Central character Carter is the beating vascular organ of the film which begins with him losing his temporary home and commencing a search to reacquaint with his old flame. Along the way we meet his brother Eliott (Christian Cooke) and his ex’s brother, played by the ever-watchable Paul Schneider. Carter’s search results in much high-jinx and a modicum of pratfalling which are in truth the main weaknesses of the film. »
- Sam Carey
With Venice underway and Toronto beginning this week, festival season is in full swing, and next month it's the turn of the UK capital for the 57th BFI London Film Festival. This morning the BFI's Clare Stewart announced the full line-up for the festival, which is set to include a total of 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres, 29 European Premieres and 20 Archive films. Here's the press release in full....
Opening & Closing Night Galas
The Festival opens with the European Premiere of Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates with Tom Hanks playing the eponymous lead role.
- Flickering Myth
The 57th BFI London Film Festival line-up has officially been revealed, and it is led by a slew of incredibly promising films, many of which have already been buzzing on the festival circuit, and a number of which will be making their debuts here in London.
As previously announced, Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips will open the festival next month, and John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks will close it, book-ending the festival with Tom Hanks leading two highly prominent, Oscar-primed movies.
And leading the line-up alongside them this year will be some of the most Oscar-buzzed movies of 2013, including Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (in 3D), Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Our own Sam Carey has been nestled in the Odeon Leicester Square for the last hour and a half where the full line-up for the 57th BFI London Film Festival has been revealed (you can see his live tweets over at the @thncom twitter feed). We can now provide you with the line up for this years festival in its entirety via the press release below.
Key films screening at the festival include Paul Greengrass helmed Captain Phillips, the George Clooney/ Sandra Bullock space epic Gravity, Tome Hanks starrer Saving Mr Banks, Stephen Frears’ Philomena, 12 Years A Slave from Steve McQueen, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Jason Reitman’s literary adaptation Labor Day starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes’ second directorial feature The Invisible Woman, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon, Alexander Payne’s road-trip Nebraska and Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive. »
- Paul Heath
Now this is something Tom Haverford can get behind.
When new network Fxx launches on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2), it'll do so with a "Parks and Recreation" "Treat Yo' Self" marathon, marking the first time the beloved NBC comedy will appear off network.
From the moment Fxx goes live at 7 a.m. Et, it will be all "Parks," all day, with the marathon coming to a close at midnight. Kicking off with the pilot (and a reminder that Paul Schneider was once a part of this show), the network will air iconic episodes including "Pawnee Zoo" (when Amy Poehler's Leslie unwittingly performed a gay penguin wedding), "Ron and Tammy: Part Two" (Nick Offerman. Behind bars. Cornrows. 'Nuff said.) and "Andy and April's Fancy Party" (aka the time Aubrey Plaza's April and Chris Pratt's Andy got married).
Fxx is the off-shoot of FX, where a handful of the latter's comedies will be relocating. »
BuzzFeed reports the two will exit the NBC comedy midway through its upcoming sixth season. According to BuzzFeed, their exit will take place during Episode 13, likely airing as part of February sweeps.
"The news about Rob and Rashida is true -- they will be leaving the show after the 13th episode of the upcoming season six. We've been working on their storyline (on and off) for four seasons now, and heading into this year, with the two of them contemplating parenthood, it felt like a natural time to move them into the next phase.
"We absolutely love both Rashida and Rob, and will be sad to see them go. Rashida was one of the very first people we knew we wanted in the cast, and as important »
- The Huffington Post
We TV announced its expansion into scripted programming with its first original scripted series, "The Divide," written by Richard Lagravenese ("Behind the Candelabra," "Water for Elephants," "The Bridges of Madison County") and co-created by Lagravenese and Tony Goldwyn ("Damages," "Dexter"). Marin Ireland ("Homeland," "The Killing," "Mildred Pierce") will co-star with Damon Gupton ("Prime Suspect," "Deadline"). The cast also includes Joe Anderson ("Across the Universe"), Aunjanue Ellis ("The Help"), Clarke Peters ("The Wire") and Paul Schneider ("Water for Elephants," "Parks and Recreation"). "The Divide" is a cerebral drama that explores personal morality and how all people -- especially ambitious people -- struggle with the shades of grey found in the absence of a clear-cut moral universe. The show probes how truth coexists in the modern justice system alongside ambition, ethics, politics and race. Christine Rosa is an impassioned case...
- Madeline Raynor
We TV announced its expansion into scripted programming with its first original scripted series, "The Divide," written by Richard Lagravenese ("Behind the Candelabra," "Water for Elephants," "The Bridges of Madison County") and co-created by Lagravenese and Tony Goldwyn ("Damages," "Dexter"). Marin Ireland ("Homeland," "The Killing," "Mildred Pierce") will co-star with Damon Gupton ("Prime Suspect," "Deadline"). The cast also includes Joe Anderson ("Across the Universe"), Aunjanue Ellis ("The Help"), Clarke Peters ("The Wire") and Paul Schneider ("Water for Elephants," "Parks and Recreation"). "The Divide" is a cerebral drama that explores personal morality and how all people -- especially ambitious people -- struggle with the shades of grey found in the absence of a clear-cut moral universe. The show probes how truth coexists in the modern justice system alongside ambition, ethics, politics and race. Christine Rosa is an impassioned case »
- Madeline Raynor
Parks and Recreation - Season Two
Leslie Knope, Pawnee of Indiana's most enthusiastic public servant, solves all of her town's problems- hosting a telethon, ridding the golf course of possums and getting unhealthy energy bars out of park vending machines.
If there are any criticisms to level at season two of Parks and Recreation, it's that certain characters already run the risk of becoming caricatures. Andy Dwyer is given the Joey Tribbiani treatment, the writers apparently keen on transforming him from series one's fool into a goofy, unbelievable idiot, despite Chris Pratt's valiant attempts to humanise him. Rashida Jones, meanwhile, continues to struggle at making much of any kind of impression as Ann, especially in the face of her half-baked relationship with Mark »
- Flickering Myth
Named No 1 TV show of 2012 by Time Magazine, the multi-award winning No 1 hit Us comedy series Parks and Recreation is available for the first time in the UK on DVD from Monday 17th June when Parks and Recreations Seasons 1 and 2 Box Set and Parks and Recreation Season 2 hit shelves, and to celebrate we're offering one lucky reader the chance to win the box set, while three runners up will receive copies of Season 2; read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
Created by Primetime Emmy® Award winners Greg Daniels (The Office U.S., King of the Hill, The Simpsons) and Michael Schur (The Office U.S., Saturday Night Live), comedy superstar Amy Poehler stars as Leslie Knope, an ambitious and hopeful small-town government worker, whose dreams are way bigger than her political talents.
Amy Poehler leads an ensemble cast as Leslie Knope, accompanied by her »
- Flickering Myth
Parks and Recreation - Season One
Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, attempts to advance her career and make her town more beautiful by helping local nurse Ann Perkins turn a construction pit into a park.
The mockumentary format has definitely outstayed its welcome, and its inherent problems are all present in the first season of Parks and Recreation (why would people openly admit damaging personal secrets for a documentary? Why is the camera’s presence acknowledged only when the script demands it?). Still, the docu-style continues to prosper in the likes of Modern Family and The Office. Parks and Recreation, thankfully, is a notch above both - a warm-hearted and naturalistic sitcom that quickly establishes »
- Flickering Myth
The warmhearted Us sitcom finally hits British screens tonight. For those who are new to the series, here's who's who
We've waited more than three years since it first aired in the Us – but tonight Parks and Recreation, the warm-hearted sitcom starring Saturday Night Live alumna Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a small-town local government employee finally hits British screens. The fifth season of the Emmy-award winning show, which comes from team also behind The Office: An American Workplace, is currently airing in the Us – how did it take this long to find a British broadcaster? – but BBC4 viewers have the joy of the first two seasons to look forward to. And to get you in the mood, here's our guide to the characters who make up the local council department in Pawnee ahead of tonight's first episode (10pm, BBC4).
Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler)
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- David Renshaw
"I don’t know that I’m in it, I don’t think Emma’s in this one. Well they haven’t told me if I am (laughs)" she said recently. [Source: Collider]
Rampling plays a neuro-psychiatrist who specializes in working with young psychopaths and profiling criminals in unorthodox ways. Flannery will play an ex-cop and owner of a Miami-set Pi firm. [Source: EW]
The story follows a young man on his downers »
- Garth Franklin
Principal shooting has begun on "Hello Carter," a London-based comedy helmed by first-time director Anthony Wilcox. Charlie Cox ("Stardust") stars in the title role, alongside Jodie Whittaker ("Attack the Block"), Paul Schneider ("The Newsroom," "Bright Star") and Judy Parfitt ("The Girl with the Pearl Earring"). Newcomers Antonia Thomas, Henry Lloyd Hughes and Annabelle Wallis also star. Brit director Michael Winterbottom, whose "The Look of Love" just sold at Sundance, is serving as an executive producer. Here's the synopsis: Carter has hit rock bottom. In the space of a year he’s become homeless, single and unemployed in London. Life has been better. Carter wants to sort things out, starting with tracking down his elusive ex-girlfriend Kelly. It’s the 11 month anniversary of their break up, and now more than ever Carter feels that she is the key to restoring harmony to his life. »
- Beth Hanna
18 items from 2013
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