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Laney (Sarah Silverman) is the perfect wife to Bruce (Josh Charles) and perfect mom to Eli (Skylar Gaertner) and Janey (Shane Coleman). She’s a nurturing, loving woman, but she’s also got a raging addiction to anything in sight: sugar, booze, pills, coke, sex, literally anything she can get her hands on. It’s clear that as much love as she has for her kids (and Silverman has great chemistry with them), there are also deep wells of rage within her that send her into flaming-out downward spirals. Silverman plays Laney with a dead-eyed, twitchy ferocity, and her performance is at once horrifying in its reality and morbidly compelling in her rampant self-destructiveness. At first, "I Smile Back" feels a bit like a very well-shot episode of “Intervention,” and the inciting incident that eventually sends her to rehab is rather ridiculous, but boy, does Silverman sell it. The majority »
- Katie Walsh
Silverman turns compellingly serious as a sex-and-drug addled housewife in the suburbs – it’s just a shame the film falls down when the stand-up isn’t on screen
It’s almost a cliché for a known comic actor to debut their dark “serious actor” film at Sundance. Sarah Silverman, the very sharp, foul-mouthed comedian has put her neck on the chopping block with I Smile Back and comes away more than intact.
She’s terrific as a self-destructive housewife addicted to drugs and bad behaviour, and it’s not just due to the shock of seeing her in a context other than being a fake-ditz talking about bodily functions (though of course she did tease this kind of departure in Sarah Polley’s Take this Waltz).
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- Jordan Hoffman
Rarely has a performer striven so concertedly to shed any trace of his/her comedy roots as Sarah Silverman does over the course of “I Smile Back,” an addiction drama in which the acerbic comedienne gives the kind of warts-and-all, let-it-all-hang-out (body parts, fluids, etc.) turn that awards’ consultants dreams are made of. But Silverman’s performance is more than an attention-getting stunt, and it’s her hellish rendering of a New Jersey housewife under the influence of drugs, alcohol and mental illness that elevates director Adam Salky’s sophomore feature above the suburban-nightmare movie-of-the-week it otherwise often resembles. Even with the buzz sure to ignite around its Sundance premiere, “Smile” will prove a tough sell commercially, where more sensitive types will blanch at the film’s Olympian gauntlet of self-abuse, reckless endangerment and public humiliation.
Playing addicts of one kind or another has been a tried-and-true recipe for funnymen »
- Scott Foundas
Based on Amy Koppelman’s book published by the independent press Two Dollar Radio — a book depicting the destructive despair of a housewife spiraling into drugs and bad sex — I Smile Back is being touted here at Sundance as the feature dramatic debut of Sarah Silverman, the comedian whose shocking riffs are always delivered with an unnerving sweetness and sexy demeanor. Attempting to channel — or perhaps remold — Silverman’s persona to the demands of the novel (adapted by Koppelman and Paige Dylan) is Adam Salkey, who returns to Sundance following his debut picture, Dare. I Smile Back premieres […] »
- Scott Macaulay
"I Smile Back" doesn't quite smile back -- it's a very real, very dark look at just how bad things can get when you're dealing with depression, even when your life may seem perfect. Sarah Silverman stars in her most serious screen role to date, taking her character Laney through the pitfalls of disillusionment and the recklessness that follows. What's your film about, in 140 characters or less?Laney is a wife and devoted mother of two adorable children, but her perfect world is a façade, and reckless compulsion puts it all at risk. Now, what's it Really about?Laney, played by the extremely talented Sarah Silverman, is an attractive, intelligent woman who is tormented by some very complex personal demons. "I Smile Back" is about how this character came to be emotionally and psychologically broken, and how hard it is for a person like that, particularly someone with as big a heart as Laney, »
- Rosie Narasaki
As I said in my review of AMC’s “Better Call Saul!” I approached the “Breaking Bad” prequel with some skepticism about whether it could work, before ultimately being pleased with the first three episodes. Two other men who had deep and long-lasting concerns about the viability of the project? That would be “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and producer Peter Gould, who wrote the episode that introduced Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman. As the two men discuss in this interview I did at press tour, a Saul spin-off was something they had been talking about — half in jest, half not — going back to “Breaking Bad” season 3, but the actual show went through many iterations before it evolved into its current form as a light-hearted drama series dealing with a younger Saul (or Jimmy McGill, as he went by back then) trying to establish himself as a defense lawyer in Albuquerque. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Popular kid shows like Sesame Street, Yo Gabba Gabba!, and Spongebob Squarepants aren’t always just for kids. Grown-ups have been known to not only tune in to the children’s-friendly programming (hey, some of them are really good!), but even appear on said shows. While stars like Jon Hamm, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Silverman , and Amy Poehler made the best of their time and had some seriously awesome cameos, other celebrities haven’t made quite the same impression. We’ve compiled the seven most awkward, inappropriate, or downright strange appearances by adults on kid shows.
Prettttt-ay, prettttt-ay, pretttttt-ay bizarre.
Festival resurges as launch pad for awards contenders while sales agents are prepared for healthy market
Those up in arms over Hollywood’s limited roles for women and minorities should be excited for the diversity of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday with no shortage of films that address the broad range of human experience, while renewing the festival as a key launch platform for awards season hopefuls.
- Jeff Sneider
Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station.” Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in “The Spectacular Now.” Oscar nominees Quvenzhané Wallis and Abigail Breslin in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” respectively.
All of those performances were once the talk of Sundance, where stars threaten to break-out each year. The 2015 edition of the frosty festival is no different, with no shortage of young stars poised to launch their careers in Park City and make a name for themselves in Hollywood. »
- Jeff Sneider
This week, the Sundance Film Festival gets underway, seeking to highlight the best in independent film. I won’t be in Park City this year, sadly, though I have been in the past and can vouch for it as a really unique and enjoyable (if exhausting) festival to attend. In honor of its 2015 start, I wanted to run down some of the higher profile titles that could make a dent on the awards season later on this year. If not Oscar players, these could at least become the indie darlings of the season, or perhaps just crossover successes. Had I been in attendance at Sundance, there’s almost two dozen movies that I’d be hoping to catch, but I whittled a list down to just ten of the ones I want to highlight most. Take a look… Here are ten films to look forward to once they leave Sundance: »
- Joey Magidson
Hollywood descends on the Sundance Film Festival this week, checkbooks in hand, hoping to find the next big thing in indie movies. In many cases, that means buyer beware, because the thin mountain air in Park City can turn conservative bidders into free spenders.
“People get the fever sometimes,” says Jim Berk, CEO of Participant Media. “Everybody is looking for that next ‘Juno’ or ‘(500) Days of Summer.’ They want to find the next Cary Fukunaga or that new hot director they have to be in business with. That’s what drives the hype and the excitement.”
It’s easy to see why Sundance, with its bucolic setting, history of producing iconoclastic films, and reputation as a showcase for new talent, remains an essential stop for buyers and sellers. Yet despite the popularity of VOD and emergence of new digital platforms such as Netflix and Amazon hungry to distribute content in all its forms, »
- Brent Lang
The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber will be taped in Los Angeles and Kent Alterman, President of Content Development & Original Programming at Comedy Central, says the "Baby" singer was asking for it.
"Justin has been asking us for a few years to roast him," Altman reveals of the 20-year-old pop star, "and we just kept telling him to go create more source material first. We’re thrilled he listened."
Bieber -- who turns 21 on March 1 -- echoed those same sentiments on Twitter, writing: "Finally after all that hard work for my 21st bday it's happening."
For years I have wanted Comedy Central to roast me. They said only if I provided them w/ more material so for a year »
The torching of the pop star will tape in Los Angeles on a date to be revealed soon
The cable channel’s hilarious president of Content Development & Original Programming, Kent Alterman, already fired the first shot: “Justin has been asking us for a few years to roast him, and we just kept telling him to go create more source material first,” he said. “We’re thrilled he listened.”
Also Read: 18 Comedians Who Died Too Soon – From John Pinette »
- Tony Maglio
The Party Report’s early picks of the prestigious, unique and special gatherings at the festival. Look for these intimate invites in your inbox
Despite causing agita throughout the industry for threatening not to circulate his annual “Sundance Party List” for talent, publicists and media — Chris Ryan’s encyclopedic tome is forthcoming and will be likely forwarded several times by the time you’re reading this post.
This is not that list.
Instead of a comprehensive treatise, I’ve picked the intimate, special and the unique gatherings of the creative community and people who make Sundance scene special and so broadly popular, »
- Mikey Glazer
Wanna see The Walking Dead badass Daryl Dixon and some other famous faces channel their inner (indie) rock star? To promote their new album No Cities to Love, female indie rock trio Sleater-Kinney recruited a motley crew of stars for a sing-along video, which was released on Thursday. The roster includes Norman Reedus, who plays Dixon on the AMC zombie series, former My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way, Ellen Page, Nashville's Connie Britton, Evan Rachel Wood, Orange Is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne, Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, Saturday Night Live's Vanessa Bayer and comedienne Sarah Silverman, The celebs »
Ziering will once again play surfer-turned-shark-hunter Fin, while Reid will reprise her role as April, his (buzzsaw-accessorized?) ex-wife.
As previously reported, the third Sharknado disaster will take place on “the Feast Coast,” with twisters swirling from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Fla.
Last July, Sharknado 2: The Second One sucked 3.9 million total viewers into its vortex — making it Syfy’s most watched original movie ever.
Sharknado 3 will make waves this July. »
To promote their upcoming album No Cities to Love, Sleater-Kinney got a bunch of famous people to film themselves singing the title track. Not just Fred Armisen, who's practically a member of the band at this point, but also Andy Samberg, Miranda July, Norman Reedus, Sarah Silverman, Natasha Lyonne, Ellen Page, Connie Britton, and Nick Kroll, among others. It's like Justin Bieber's "Call Me Maybe" video, except with people adults have heard of. »
- Nate Jones
In case you haven't heard, seminal riot grrl group Sleater-Kinney have returned with their first album in a decade with No Cities To Love. You might know guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein from her current gig yukking it up with Fred Armisen in "Portlandia," but before she was on the hit IFC comedy, she was ripping riffs and shouting it out hard in the seminal band, and the trio has called in a few favors to help get the word out. Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Gerard Way, Connie Britton, Miranda July, J Mascis, Vanessa Bayer, Norman Reedus, Ellen Page, Natasha Lyonne and Armisen all feature in the album's title track video. And there's a clever twist with everyone involved singing along to the song on headphones, so you only hear their vocal renditions of the track until the actual tune gets pumped up toward the end. Check it out below. [Pitchfork] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Shane Dawson knows his videos aren’t for everyone, but he doesn’t think that preference should stop people from reading his upcoming book. The memoir is called I Hate Myselfie and will feature personal essays surrounding the YouTuber’s life which fans and haters alike may ultimately relate to.
I Hate Myselfie will contain 18 personal pieces about Dawson’s life before he had over 13.1 million subscribers across three different YouTube channels. All 240 pages will cover very down-to-earth (and even serious) topics from the digital star’s experiences, like struggling with weight, being a fat child, and growing up poor. He told Variety he even included “thoughts on astral projection and the nature of the universe — I kind of just put it all out there.”
The YouTube star and filmmaker explained how he didn’t think he could “pull off a novel.” Instead, he aimed for a collection of personal essays. »
- Bree Brouwer
Tomorrow, you can pick up a copy of Deadpool No. 40. The issue will feature several special guest appearances. The notable is comedian/actor Sarah Silverman, who protesting against the Roxxon company. They are a sinister company out to make a quick buck by "tracking," which is a play on fracking but with gamma rays. Gerry Dugan, who co-wrote the issue, explained to comicbook.com that they were thinking about using someone else, but chose Silverman because he knows her. There wouldn't be any "red tape" to cute through. "She’s always up for fun and we thought this would be a way for her to do something and appear somewhere where she hasn’t before," Gerry Dugan said. "She won an Emmy this year and is doing movies along with her stand-up. But now she can say she conquered comics. You know, it sort of came out of it being »
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