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Nathan Adloff (“Nate and Margaret”) is directing from a semi-autobiographical script co-written by Adloff and Justin D.M. Palmer. Missi Pyle, Stephen Root, Annie Golden (“Orange Is the New Black”), Romy Rosemont (“Glee”), Yeardley Smith (“The Simpsons”) and Ethan Phillips also star.
The story centers on a young gay man who discovers his recently deceased father has squandered his tuition fund in an illicit affair. He joins the girls’ volleyball team in his small town to win a college scholarship.
Reiser was last seen in “Whiplash.”
- Dave McNary
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
We saw a trailer earlier this month [watch it here], and now Fox Searchlight has released a poster for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which you can see here…
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (Rj Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with »
- Gary Collinson
AMC has cast the lead role in its upcoming series Preacher. The adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series has formally signed Dominic Cooper as the titular preacher Jesse Custer, as confirmed by executive producer and co-developer Seth Rogen.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015
This is not Cooper’s first foray into the world of comic books, as he has also played Howard Stark, father to Iron Man Tony Stark, on both the big and small screen. Cooper, whose formal signing comes after weeks of talks, joins a cast that already includes Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Lucy Griffiths. A premiere date for Preacher has yet to be announced.
HBO made a number of moves over the past week. Key among »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Sarah Jessica Parker has a lot to celebrate. News that the actor and producer's new series for HBO, Divorce, had been picked up broke the very same day she headed to Las Vegas to celebrate the opening of her Sjp pop-up shop with Zappos Couture. We caught up with her at the Sin City bash last night to congratulate her on the series - which she told us has been four years in the making - and grill her for more details. In the dramedy, Parker plays Frances, a woman whose husband calls off their marriage. "She's been married for 17 years to Thomas Haden Church, on the show," she told us, "and there's an event that happens in the pilot that, for her, really provokes a very serious sort of . . . She responds to it in a way that I think surprises even her." The series, Parker also suggests, will speak »
Thirteen years after "Sex and the City" ended its run, Sarah Jessica Parker has announced her return to HBO to explore another facet of modern womanhood. In a single-cam comedy called "Divorce," which just received an order to series from the premium cable network, Parker will play a woman flirting with the idea of ending her marriage when her husband discovers the affair she's having and initiates a separation. Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam will play Parker's newly single best friends. Parker will executive produce, while Sharon Horgan will serve as showrunner. The series will begin filming in New York this year. Fingers crossed that HBO will pick up its comedy projects with Sarah Silverman and Issa Rae too. [via THR]
- Inkoo Kang
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 17. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Child 44 Director: Daniél Espinosa Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Vincent Cassel, Fares Fares Synopsis: "Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced Mgb agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership." Monkey Kingdom Director: Mark Linfield & Alastair Fothergill Synopsis: "A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia." Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Director: Andy Fickman Cast: Kevin James, Molly Shannon, David Henrie, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo »
- Steve Greene
Parker’s is set to exec produce and star in “Divorce,” which HBO ordered to series Thursday, Variety has confirmed.
The half-hour comedy tells the story of a very, very drawn-out divorce. Parker will play one half of the divorced couple, Frances, a woman who suddenly reassesses her life and marriage to Robert (played by Thomas Haden Church), and realizes that a fresh start is much harder than she thought.
Deadline first confirmed the series order. “Divorce” is set to shoot in New York this year.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It's official: Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to HBO. More than a decade after Sex and the City concluded its run, the premium cable network has handed out a series order to its Parker-led single-camera comedy Divorce, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Photos 40 Years of HBO Divorce centers on Frances (Parker), a middle-aged woman, who, influenced by her two recently single friends (Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam), impulsively brings up the idea of divorce with her husband (Thomas Haden Church) but then can't decide whether to actually go through with it — until her husband discovers the affair
- Lesley Goldberg
We couldn’t help but wonder: Will Sarah Jessica Parker‘s second HBO series be as popular as her first?
The actress will star in and executive produce the single camera comedy, which follows a married couple — Frances (Parker) and Robert (Wings‘ Thomas Haden Church) — through an extremely protracted uncoupling.
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The Tribeca Film Festival opened on Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre with an odd pairing: the premiere of the 40th anniversary “Saturday Night Live” documentary “Live From New York!” followed by a short concert from Ludacris, who had nothing to do with the movie.
The film features interviews from four decades of “SNL” cast members and hosts, including Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers, Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who called “SNL” a “sexist institution” onscreen) and Molly Shannon, all of whom were suspiciously absent from the festivities. Former vice-president Al Gore is also interviewed in the doc, talking about how he found Darrell Hammond’s impersonation of him funny during the 2000 election.
- Ramin Setoodeh
After a slow start to 2015 (anniversary special excluded), the last two weeks of “Saturday Night Live” have been a return to form. Both the Dwayne Johnson and Michael Keaton episodes were excellent, now the show has the chance to complete the trifecta with Taraji P. Henson as host. There’s bound to be at least one “Empire”-centric sketch tonight (probably involving musical guest Mumford & Sons, because why not), but personally? I’m hoping Taran Killam gets to bust out his amazing Brad Pitt impression opposite Henson in a parody of “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.” (Those banking on a “Person Of Interest" parody might be disappointed.) Still, there’s far more than parodies planned tonight, and as per usual, I’ll be covering them in liveblog form. Follow along starting at 11:30 pm Est, and leave your comments throughout the show as I grade each segment in real time. »
- Ryan McGee
A trailer has arrived online for Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Sundance-winning Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which is based on the novel of the same name by Jesse Andrews and stars Thomas Mann, Rj Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Jon Bernthal, Molly Shannon and Nick Offerman and Connie Britton. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (Rj Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton »
- Gary Collinson
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl seems like this year's little indie that could - the hit that came out of Sundance and continues to delight audiences (refresher: last year, that was Whiplash, which went on to win an Oscar for J.K. Simmons). Watching the just-released trailer for the drama about two friends (Thomas Mann and Rj Cyler) and a leukemia-stricken girl (Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke), you'll think immediately of The Fault in Our Stars, but as even the preview gently lets you know, it's not. It's not a romance, but it is another exploration of young people dealing with the unfair, premature death sentence that is childhood cancer. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has more, too - friendship, silly amateur movie-making, and Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon as a few of the parents. The movie, which is based on a novel, comes out »
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for their highly anticipated new film, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life.
He even describes his constant companion Earl (Rj Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been »
- Michelle McCue
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for the drama “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” three months ahead of its July 1 bow in the U.S.
“This is the story of my senior year in high school and how it destroyed my life,” Thomas Mann says in a voiceover at the start of the trailer.
Mann stars as a high school senior who’s secretly making bizarre films with his only friend, Earl, when his mother forces him to befriend a classmate with leukemia. R.J. Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton and Molly Shannon co-star.
The drama, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, won the grand jury prize and the audience award for best U.S. dramatic feature at January’s Sundance Film Festival.
- Dave McNary
The smash hit of the Sundance Film Festival, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl gets its first trailer and it’s everything we hoped it would be, offering up some heartfelt moments, subtle humour, movie-making jokes, Nick Offerman, and cats.
The film, which took home both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in January tells the tale of budding filmmaker Greg (Thomas Mann) and his friendship with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate dying of cancer. Together with his friend Earl (Rj Cyler), the pair of friends set out to make a film especially for Rachel.
The film was the subject of a bidding-war between studios with Fox Searchlight picking up the rights with many pegging it as the next Whiplash, the recent Academy Awards contender that swept Sundance in early 2014. And like Whiplash, the script for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a »
- Rachel West
Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush have released the first Me and Earl and the Dying Girl trailer for director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s (American Horror Story) smash Sundance hit—it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the festival in January. The film is an adaptation of the Jesse Andrews novel of the same name and revolves around a Criterion Collection-obsessed high school senior (Thomas Mann) who is talked into spending time with an acquaintance classmate (Olivia Cooke) who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. I caught the film at Sundance and, as saccharine and “Sundance-y” as that premise sounds, trust me when I say it’s an incredibly moving, funny, and thoughtful film. Oh, and you may be wiping away one or several tears as the credits roll. This trailer is actually a pretty spot-on representation of the movie as a whole, getting across the dryly humorous tone, »
- Adam Chitwood
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl took home the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival and Fox Searchlight promptly snatched it up and set a June 12 release date, offering a bit of Summer Movie Season counter-programming. Today the first official trailer has dropped, offering you a first look at the upcoming dramedy. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the film stars Thomas Mann (Project X, Beautiful Creatures) as Greg, a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (Rj Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a 'co-worker' than a best friend. But when Greg's mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) - a girl in his class who »
- Brad Brevet
The hype surrounding Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl when it premiered at Sundance was enormous. The film went on to win the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at 2015’s festival, it sparked a huge bidding war to eventually be released by Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush, and the reviews were nothing short of incredible.
Back when Dylan Griffin reviewed the film for Sound on Sight, he said to believe the hype.
Just released today was the first trailer for the film, and immediately it’s clear how stylish, unusual and poignant the story is, a step up from the blockbuster that was the similar story The Fault in Our Stars. Here’s the official synopsis:
- Brian Welk
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