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Chicago – As the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association – heads into its last four nights, the variety and depth of the films that are being screened continues to astound and entertain. It all takes place at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, May 4 through 7, 2015.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the final four nights of films. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
’Quitters’ Screens on Monday, May 4th, at the Chicago Critics Film Festival
Photo credit: Chicago Critics Film Festival
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Fans of the 2001 comedy cult classic Wet Hot American Summer will be able to revisit their beloved Camp Firewood Netflix debuts the new TV series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp this July. The comedy features practically the entire cast from the original movie. Netflix announced a July 17 premiere date back in March, but while we eagerly await the release of this eight-episode series, creator David Wain revealed that he is already looking forward to Season 2. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview.
"I think there's plenty more to do. If it all works out, it'd be great."
The original movie, which David Wain directed and co-wrote with Michael Showalter, is set on the last day at Camp Firewood. Despite all the original cast members returning 14 years later, with every actor reprising their original roles, the series is a prequel, set on the first day of camp. »
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Sales agent snaps up two Us indie features - one exec produced by Spike Lee - ahead of Cannes.
Sydney-based sales agent Odin’s Eye Entertainment (Oee) has acquired two NYC indie productions: Nathan Adloff’s Miles; and Julius Onah’s The Girl is in Trouble. Oee will kick off sales for both films at the Marche Du Film during next month’s Cannes Film Festival.
Miles is a dramatic-comedy produced by Emmy Award winner Ash Christian of Cranium Entertainment and stars Molly Shannon (Me and Earl and The Dying Girl) alongside Paul Reiser (Whiplash) and newcomer Tim Boardman as Miles.
Odin’s Eye will represent worldwide rights to the film, which is in production in New York.
The story centres on Miles, a young gay man who - after discovering his recently deceased father had squandered his tuition fund on an illicit affair - joins the girls volleyball team to win a college scholarship, causing »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Molly Shannon and Paul Reiser will co-star alongside newcomer Tim Boardman in coming of age dramedy “Miles,” Cranium Entertainment announced Monday. After discovering his recently deceased father had squandered his tuition fund in an illicit affair, a young gay man desperate to get out of his small Illinois farming town joins the girls’ volleyball team to win a college scholarship. Nathan Adloff will direct from a semi-autobiographical script co-written by Adloff and Justin D.M. Palmer. Also Read: TheWrap's 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From 'Fifty Shades' to 'Star Wars' and 'Spectre' Missi Pyle, Stephen Root, Annie Golden, Romy Rosemont, Yeardley Smith and. »
- Linda Ge
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
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