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Interview: Actor Paul Dooley on Getting to Portray Dad

26 July 2016 7:37 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – After he reigned as the father in the classic 1979 film “Breaking Away,” actor Paul Dooley suddenly became everyone’s Dad – and by everyone that meant Molly Ringwald (“Sixteen Candles”), Julia Roberts (“Runaway Bride”) and Helen Hunt (“Mad About You”). He tells all in Part Two of a comprehensive interview.

The former “Paul Brown’ was born in West Virginia, and studied acting at West Virginia University, before heading to New York City and a new career as Paul Dooley. He did stage work, stand-up comedy and the New York City version of The Second City. He got his big break in the original stage version of “The Odd Couple” in 1965, directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. While working the stage, he appeared in a number of commercials, eventually moving to Los Angeles to “be where the action is.”

Paul Dooley (right) Being Dad with Justin Henry and Carlin Glynn in »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: Actor Paul Dooley of ‘Breaking Away,’ ‘Sixteen Candles’

21 July 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If there ever was a quintessential “Dad” in movies of the last generation, it would have to be Paul Dooley. The comedian and character actor is best known for portraying the patriarch in “Breaking Away” (1979) and “Sixteen Candles” (1984), but was also in director’s Robert Altman’s ‘ensemble’ and has had a stellar career.

The former “Paul Brown” was born in West Virginia, and studied acting at West Virginia University, before heading to New York City and a new career as Paul Dooley. He did stage work, stand-up comedy and the New York City version of The Second City (story below), before getting his big break in the original stage version of “The Odd Couple” in 1965, directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. While working the stage, he appeared in a number of commercials, eventually moving to Los Angeles to “be where the action is.”

The Dad: Paul Dooley, with Dennis Christopher, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Childrens Hospital’ Emmy Nominations: How Rob Corddry’s Web Experiment Turned Into an Awards Contender

15 July 2016 1:37 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In May 2007, Rob Corddry was out of a job for the first time in years. He had just left a plum correspondent role on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” to headline Seth MacFarlane’s first live action comedy, “The Winner.” But that sitcom was cancelled after six episodes. Then, the television writer’s strike hit.

“I had nothing to do and no money and a baby,” Corddry told IndieWire. “Luckily, we were allowed to do Internet stuff during the strike.”

That led Corddry to create “Childrens Hospital,” the absurdist hospital drama satire that began as a web series on the now-defunct TheWB.com in 2008. Adult Swim then picked it up, and “Childrens Hospital” ran for seven seasons and 86 episodes before wrapping up in April.

“Children’s Hospital” received four Emmy nominations this year, the most of any show in the expanded short form programming categories. “It always just seemed beyond a possibility to me, »

- Jude Dry

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Ben Stiller to Star in Mike White’s Comedy ‘Brad’s Status’

13 July 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ben Stiller is in talks to star in Mike White’s “Brad’s Status” for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, which will finance and produce with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

White will direct from his own script. The film is set to begin shooting this September.

The film centers around Brad who, despite a good career and happy family, is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old friends from school. While escorting his son on an East Coast tour of colleges, Brad is forced to confront his friends and his feelings of failure.

White and Plan B brought the project to Ske. White will produce along with David Bernad, Plan B and Ske.

Ske is currently discussing the project with potential domestic distribution partners.

Mike White’s bold comedic voice echoes throughout this terrifically funny, and often poignant story about family, friends and the curveballs life throws our way, »

- Dave McNary

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Watch the trailer for Other People starring Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon

12 July 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A trailer has arrived online for writer-director Chris Kelly’s upcoming comedy drama Other People which stars Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon; take a look below after the official synopsis…

A struggling comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and younger sisters, David feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother worsens, he tries to convince everyone (including himself) he’s “doing okay.”

Other People is set for release on September 9th and features a cast that also includes Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow, Madisen Beaty, John Early, Zach Woods, J.J. Totah and June Squibb.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Other People Gets A New Movie Trailer

12 July 2016 1:14 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

David, a 29-year-old gay man, moves home to Sacramento to take care of his mother, Joanne, who’s in the advanced stages of leiomyosarcoma. Being home is further complicated by his conservatively religious family and his father’s refusal to accept his sexuality (ten years after he came out). As Joanne struggles through chemo, decides to quit treatment, and begins to decline, each of the family members deal with the inevitable loss in their own way. The new film stars Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow, Madisen Beaty, John Early, Zach Woods, J.J. Totah, and June Squibb. “Other People” hits theaters on September 9.

The post Other People Gets A New Movie Trailer appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Rudie Obias

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Jesse Plemons Cares For His Dying Mother in Trailer For ‘Other People’

9 July 2016 2:48 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The directorial debut of Chris Kelly, who has written a slew of work for Saturday Night Live and a few episodes of Broad City, has just been given its first trailer. Starring Jesse PlemonsMolly ShannonZach Woods, and Bradley WhitfordOther People follows a struggling comedy writer who goes through a break-up and returns home to care for his dying mother. Despite these cliches, the film looks to be a rather profoundly affecting blend of humor and heartbreak, dealing with family, love, death, and quite a few things in between.

We said in our review: “Sure, some of the film is tonally unfocused, flitting about from suburban Sacramento to comedy gigs in New York City, and a slightly misjudged sense that those outside The Big Apple are institutionally simpletons. But Kelly has a knack of playing tragic scenes as comic and visa-versa; the film opens with the grieving over »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Molly Shannon & Jesse Plemons Star in First Trailer for 'Other People'

8 July 2016 6:26 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I get to see my whole world at dinner tonight." Vertical Entertainment has unveiled a trailer for the indie comedy Other People, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on opening night this year. Starring Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon, the film is about a gay comedy writer who travels home after breaking up with his boyfriend to take care of his mother who learns she's sick with cancer. That may not sound like a comedy, but that's part of the brilliance of this film, as it balances heart and humor in a very mature and entertaining way. The full cast includes Zach Woods, Bradley Whitford, June Squibb, and Judd Apatow's daughter Maude Apatow. One of the better films out of Sundance this year worth watching. Here's the first official trailer for Chris Kelly's Other People, direct from Vertical's YouTube: A struggling comedy writer (Plemons), fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, »

- Alex Billington

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‘Other People’ Trailer: Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon Laugh in the Face of Cancer

8 July 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In terms of an acting career, Jesse Plemons is without a doubt one of the most successful Friday Night Lights alums of all time. He’s had major roles in Breaking Bad and Fargo, and popped up in films by the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson and Steven Spielberg. But he’s never really gotten to be a leading man until […]

The post ‘Other People’ Trailer: Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon Laugh in the Face of Cancer appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Molly Shannon Battles Cancer In Trailer For ‘Other People’ With Jesse Plemons

8 July 2016 3:02 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sundance had a couple high profile movies centering around illness this year. Netflix paid an eyebrow raising $7 million for the mostly milquetoast “The Fundamentals Of Caring,” about a teenage with muscle dystrophy and his caregiver, which features a very good supporting turn from Selena Gomez, but not much else. And then there was “Other […]

The post Molly Shannon Battles Cancer In Trailer For ‘Other People’ With Jesse Plemons appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Other People’ Trailer: Molly Shannon Captivates As Mother Struggling With Cancer

8 July 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The first trailer for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival opener, “Other People,” has just been released. Making his feature directorial debut, the movie is written by “Saturday Night Live” writer Chris Kelly and is inspired by his real life experiences.

“My mom passed away in September 2009 and I wrote the first draft of this in the summer of 2012,” Kelly had previously told IndieWire. “It didn’t just happen and instantly I was like, ‘I’m going to write a movie about this.’ It was when I decided I wanted to try to write a feature. I wanted to write something I felt I could do in a truthful way.”

Read More: Sundance: How ‘SNL’ Writer Chris Kelly Turned His Personal Pain Into a Festival Opener

Other People” is an emotional comedy-drama that stars Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons. The story follows David (Plemons), a struggling comedy writer who recently broke up »

- Liz Calvario

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Outfest 2016: 5 Great Films We’ve Seen (That You Should See Too)

7 July 2016 12:07 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2016 Outfest Los Angeles Lgbt Film Festival has a little for everyone this year. One of the city’s biggest showcases for Lgbt stories has competition screenings, retrospectives, diversity panels and even a Vr workshop (all of which you can find in their 2016 film guide).

Among the festival offerings are a handful of films we’ve been lucky enough to see elsewhere. Below, we’ve gathered thoughts on some of the titles we can guarantee are valuable additions to your Outfest screening schedule.

The Intervention

Clea DuVall has been a familiar face in movies and on TV since she was in her teens (she recently told Indiewire that her schooling mostly came from her working experiences, not high school or college), and she’s finally made the jump to directing with a Sundance breakout that spins “The Big Chill” into unexpected new directions. Starring a cast of other big indie »

- Kate Erbland and Eric Kohn

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Concourse in funding deal with Productivity Media

5 July 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Little Hours kicks off deal between Concourse Media and Productivity to fund between eight and 12 features.

Los Angeles-based finance and acquisition company Concourse Media has signed a deal with asset management firm Productivity Media Inc (Pmi) to fund between eight and 12 features.

Concourse will serve as executive producer on what the company described as the “commercially-focused” films, structuring debt-financing and brokering domestic and international distribution rights.

Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours, which Concourse began selling internationally at Cannes and which is currently in post-production, is the first film financed and sold under the deal. Three additional projects are now being developed and packaged.

Concourse managing partner Matthew Shreder (pictured) said: “The Pmi management team has expertise in both the entertainment industry and investment banking. Their unique background will enable us to create a strong slate of films together.”

Pmi CEO William Santor added: “Partnering with Concourse Media is a powerful move in our joint growth »

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Concourse Media Pacts With Productivity To Finance Films Beyond ‘The Little Hours’

5 July 2016 8:08 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Concourse Media, which acquired international rights during Cannes to Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours, has just sealed a deal with Productivity Media to finance eight to 12 features with budgets between $2.5M-$20M each. Productivity, managed by William Santor, John Hills and Andrew Chang-Sang, financed and exec produced The Little Hours (which stars Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dave Franco, John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon), so the deal sprang from that existing… »

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Film Festival Roundup: Nantucket and AFI Docs Announce Winners, PBS Online Film Festival Picks Lineup and More

29 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.

– The Nantucket Film Festival announced its audience award winners over the weekend, including “Other People,” “Captain Fantastic,” “Life, Animated” and “Ticked.” Check out the full list of winners at the festival’s official site.

– The American Film Institute has also announced their audience award winners for AFI Docs 2016. This year’s Audience Award for Best Feature went to “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” directed by Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules. This year’s Audience Award for Best Short went to “Snails,” directed by Grzegorz Szczepaniak. With 93 films from 30 countries, the festival brought together filmmakers, industry, national policy and opinion leaders. Find out more information at the festival’s official website.

– PBS has announced that the PBS Online Film Festival will return for a fifth year on July 11-29 and will feature 25 short-form »

- Kate Erbland

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Here’s Molly Shannon’s Secret to Long-Term Success In Film and TV

29 June 2016 10:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Molly Shannon’s post-“Saturday Night Live” career is a diverse one: supporting turns in festival favorites like “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and “Life After Beth,” memorable roles in studio comedies like “Talladega Nights” and “Evan Almighty” and plenty of off-beat television for small screen fans. Later this year, she’ll co-star in the much-hyped HBO comedy “Divorce,” starring Sarah Jessica Parker. If it seems like she’s casting her net all over the place, it’s at least partly by design. For Shannon, the key to both Hollywood success and creative fulfillment is simple: Working hard and always looking for something different.

Every now and then, the industry takes notice. At the recent Nantucket Film Festival, Shannon accepted the Compass Rose Acting Award. While there, she also supported first-time filmmaker’s Chris Kelly’s Audience Award winner, “Other People,” which opened the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, »

- Kate Erbland

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‘Other People,’ ‘Life Animated’ Win Nantucket Film Festival Awards

27 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Other People” and documentary “Life, Animated” took the top prizes at the 21st annual Nantucket Film Festival, which wraps Monday.

The festival’s audience award for narrative feature went to the drama “Other People,” starring Molly Shannon, Sissy Spacek, Jesse Plemons and Zach Woods. The pic, written and directed by “Saturday Night Live” scribe Chris Kelly, tells the story of a gay “SNL” writer who runs into family conflict after he returns home to be with his mother as she’s dying of cancer.

“Life, Animated” is a documentary from Roger Ross Williams that tells the story of a boy on the autism spectrum who overcomes his inability to communicate through his deep affection for Disney animated movies.

Other winners at the fest included docu short “Joe’s Violin,” from director Kahane Cooperman.

The runner-up for narrative feature was Viggo Mortensen starrer “Captain Fantastic.” “Tickled” was the runner-up for documentary. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Aselton, Collette Join "Fun Mom Dinner"

23 June 2016 8:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett and Molly Shannon are set to star alongside Adam Scott, Rob Huebel, Adam Levine and Paul Rust in the ensemble comedy "Fun Mom Dinner" for June Pictures and Gettin' Rad Productions.

The story follows four moms whose only common ground is their kids' preschool class, who decide to get together for a harmless 'fun mom dinner.'

When the night suddenly takes an unexpected turn and things gets real, these unlikely new friends soon realize they have more in common than just marriage and motherhood.

Australian helmer Alethea Jones directs the project from a script by Julie Yaeger Rudd. Paul Rudd and Adam Scott will executive produce and filming began yesterday in Los Angeles.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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First trailer for HBO’s Divorce starring Sarah Jessica Parker

23 June 2016 5:17 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

HBO has released a first teaser trailer for its upcoming comedy series The Divorce which stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam and Tracy Letts. Check it out here…

Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in the new comedy series, Divorce. Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Toni Collette, Molly Shannon to Star in ‘Fun Mom Dinner’ (Exclusive)

22 June 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett and Molly Shannon are starring in the ensemble comedy “Fun Mom Dinner” with shooting starting Wednesday in Los Angeles.

The film marks the directorial debut of Australian helmer Alethea Jones. Other cast members include Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), Rob Huebel (“Transparent”), Adam Levine and Paul Rust.

Jones is directing from a script by Julie Yaeger Rudd, centering on four moms whose only common ground is their kids’ preschool class, who decide to get together for a harmless “fun mom dinner.” When the night suddenly takes an unexpected turn and things gets real, these unlikely new friends soon realize they have more in common than just marriage and motherhood.

June Pictures and Gettin’ Rad Productions are the production companies. Producers are June Pictures’ partners Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks with Gettin’ Rad’s Naomi Scott. Paul Rudd and Adam Scott will executive produce.

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- Dave McNary

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