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Jonathan Tropper Talks This Is Where I Leave You, Banshee Season 3, His Project with Steve Carell, Wanting to Direct, and More

19 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam DriverCorey StollJane FondaRose Byrne, Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave You, read Adam’s review or watch the trailer. Last week I landed an extended video interview with author Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie.  He talked about the difficulty of bringing his novel to theaters, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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John Travolta Breaks Out Into Song and Dance, Sings "You're the One That I Want" With Abigail Spencer

20 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

John Travolta has never met an opportunity to sing and dance that he didn't like. And that's exactly what he was doing behind the scenes while filming his upcoming crime thriller, The Forger. "I was a song and dance girl and he's a song and dance guy," Travolta's co-star Abigail Spencer told me at the Hollywood premiere of her new dramedy This Is Where I Leave You (in theaters now). "I play an undercover agent and we'd be in the park and he'd be in his criminal getup and all of a sudden we'd be doing a time step in the middle of a park in Boston. It was amazing." Even more amazing, singing Grease tunes with Travolta. "It was kind of surreal," »

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Movie Review: This Is Where I Leave You

19 September 2014 9:52 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

In This Is Where I Leave You, amidst a tumultuous time in his own marriage, Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) finds himself surrounded by the family members he both loves and can barely tolerate. For seven days following the burial of Judd’s father, the Altman family — led by the perfectly meddlesome family matriarch, Hillary Altman or “Mommy” (Jane Fonda) — must sit Shiva (participate in a week-long mourning period) together under one roof.

Along with sister Wendy (Tina Fey); brother/family screw-up Phillip (Adam Driver) and his much older new-to-the-family fiance, Tracy (a lovely Connie Britton); brother Paul (Corey Stoll) and his wife, Alice (Kathryn Hahn), Judd must navigate through the muddy waters of his own marriage while apprehensively attempting to restore the kinship between him, his mother, and his siblings.

Jonathan Tropper — who wrote the book the film was based on, as well as the screenplay for This is Where I Leave You »

- Mandi Hall

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Why 'This Is Where I Leave You' Film Leaves Out the Book's Dark Chapters

19 September 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Shawn Levy's adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You touts a ton of stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver, Connie Britton, Kathryn Hahn, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Debra Monk, Abigail Spencer and Ben Schwartz. While some may say that the ensemble dramedy is crowded with too many personalities (as family reunions often are), author and screenwriter Jonathan Tropper still had to leave a slew of chapters on the cutting-room floor, including Judd's (Bateman) eloquent streams of consciousness and his flashbacks to why he and his older, overachieving brother Paul (Stoll) have been

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- Ashley Lee

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This Is Where I Leave You Review

19 September 2014 9:08 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

[This is a re-post of my This Is Where I Leave You review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  The film opens in theaters nationwide today.] Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans, or so the saying goes.  There are some trite phrases that, while clichéd, kind of ring true, and in the case of This Is Where I Leave You, director Shawn Levy’s adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel of the same name, the Altman family has certainly seen better days.  The patriarch’s dying wish was to have his entire family sit shiva for seven days to mourn his death, and when the Altman clan reunites to fulfill his request, old wounds are opened, past relationships are rekindled, and all are reminded that this isn’t exactly how they envisioned their lives turning out.  Buoyed by a stellar ensemble and a standout performance from Adam Driver, Levy mostly succeeds in bringing Tropper’s novel to the screen with plenty of humor, heart, and sentiment.  While Levy goes overboard with the »

- Adam Chitwood

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'This Is Where I Leave You': What the Critics Are Saying

19 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This Is Where I Leave You, out Friday, adapts Jonathan Tropper's beloved novel for the big screen and brings Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver, Connie Britton, Kathryn Hahn and Jane Fonda (plus her boobs) into the same house to sit shiva. The Warner Bros. ensemble dramedy — directed by Shawn Levy and also featuring Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Debra Monk, Abigail Spencer and Ben Schwartz — is predicted to open in the low to mid teens. Read what top critics are saying about This Is Where I Leave You: The Hollywood Reporter's chief film critic Todd McCarthy calls it

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- Ashley Lee

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Somewhere in the Mess of This Is Where I Leave You Is a Good Movie

19 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The awkwardly titled This Is Where I Leave You is a homecoming funeral comedy in which grown half-Jewish siblings spend more time quarreling and cracking wise than mourning the deceased, and all the characters have diarrhea of the mouth. Broadly directed by Shawn Levy from a script by Jonathan Tropper (based on his novel), it’s in your face and then some. But the actors expelling the wisecracks are ones you’ll probably enjoy spending time with, and the movie has some honest laughs if you can ignore the mixture of sentimentality and gross insensitivity.A bearded Jason Bateman plays the more or less straight man, Judd Altman, a radio producer who walks in on his wife, Quinn (Abigail Spencer), boning his boss. When he travels home to visit his dying father, he doesn’t want to tell anyone that he and Quinn have parted ways, so he goofily lies about her absence. »

- David Edelstein

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Jane Fonda Talks This Is Where I Leave You, Working with the Cast and Director Shawn Levy, The Newsroom, and More

18 September 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam DriverCorey StollJane FondaRose Byrne,Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave You, read Adam’s review or watch the trailer. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Jane Fonda.  She talked about why she wanted to be involved in the project, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Tina Fey and Jason Bateman Talk This Is Where I Leave You, Working with Director Shawn Levy, The Nest, The Family Fang, and More

17 September 2014 2:36 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam DriverCorey StollJane FondaRose Byrne,Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave You, read Adam’s review or watch the trailer. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman.  They talked about why »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Lionsgate’s Codeblack Signs First-Look Deal with Datari Turner

17 September 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films has signed a first-look deal with independent producer Datari Turner.

Codeblack will have all distribution rights to Turner’s microbudget film productions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Turner will produce all films through his Datari Turner Productions banner.

“Datari has quickly established himself as a prolific producer with a keen ability to make powerful films that connect with moviegoers,” said Codeblack Films president Jeff Clanagan.

Turner’s credits include “Luv,” starring Common, Danny Glover and Dennis Haysbert; “It’s a Disaster,” starring Julia Stiles and America Ferrera; “Dysfunctional Friends”; “Video Girl,” starring Meagan Good and Ruby Dee; the James Franco drama “About Cherry”; “Kilimanjaro,” starring Brian Geraghty and Abigail Spencer; and “Another Happy Day,” starring Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Ellen Burstyn.

Codeblack’s biggest success so far has been “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.” It also released “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” Forest Whitaker »

- Dave McNary

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This is Where I Leave You | Review

17 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

This is Where I Judge You: In the Great Well of Family Drama, Levy Is Dry

Based on the acclaimed novel by Jonathan Tropper, who adapts his own screenplay, This Is Where I Leave You hardly lives up to the Sirkian soap as its delightfully sappy title would lead you to predict. Tropper, with the aid of mainstream heavy Shawn Levy (who sports a resume that includes those Night at the Museum films and Real Steel), has managed to give us a film that feels like the Grand Hotel of family reunion dramas. A nest of WASPs wades around under the disguise of their mixed Jewish ancestry to gimmicky effect in a drama about a large number of otherwise privileged people chronically unhappy with their inability to transcend their conditioning and seek fulfillment from a fabricated, pedestrian lifestyle. Levy and Tropper aim for middle ground with a portrait of familial »

- Nicholas Bell

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Director Shawn Levy Talks This Is Where I Leave You, Michael Giacchino, the Deleted Sex Scene Between Adam Driver and Connie Britton, and More

16 September 2014 8:17 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam DriverCorey StollJane FondaRose Byrne,Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave You, read Adam’s review or watch the trailer. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with director Shawn Levy.  He discussed how he was able »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Corey Stoll and Adam Driver Talk This Is Where I Leave You, Winning the Actor’s Lottery, and When Was the Last Time Driver Sang “Please Mr. Kennedy”?

15 September 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast made up of Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam DriverCorey StollJane FondaRose Byrne,Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave You, read Adam's review or watch the trailer. Last week at Tiff, I landed an exclusive video interview with co-stars Corey Stoll and Adam Driver.  They »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘This is Where I Leave You’ With Jason Bateman

11 September 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new dramatic comedy “This is Where I Leave You” starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey!

This is Where I Leave You,” which opens on Sept. 19, 2014 and is rated “R,” also stars Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, Adam Driver, Timothy Olyphant, Kathryn Hahn, Corey Stoll, Connie Britton, Dax Shepard, Debra Monk, Abigail Spencer, Ben Schwartz and Aaron Lazar from director Shawn Levy and writer Jonathan Tropper based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper. Note: As this film is rated “R,” you must be 17+ to win this Hookup.

To win your free “This is Where I Leave You” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Forger’

11 September 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Travolta is a copyist of great paintings forced to pull one dangerous last deception in “The Forger,” a soft-centered crime meller that proves notably short on suspense, and marred by sentimentality that feels distinctly secondhand. Nothing feels fresh here — not even Christopher Plummer hamming it up as a crusty-coot grandpa — and Philip Martin’s routinely polished direction only underscores the cliche-composting of Richard D’Ovidio’s script. Though Saban Films paid a reported $2.5 million for U.S. rights at Toronto, home-turf theatrical biz is likely to be flaccid, although cast names and genre elements will make this a viable if uninspired ancillary and minor theatrical item in most territories.

Though he’s set to finish his full sentence in just 10 months, Ray Cutter (Travolta) makes the seemingly inexplicable decision to have his underworld connections bribe a judge so he can get out immediately — the reason he’d rather not »

- Dennis Harvey

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'The Forger' Starring John Travolta Lands at Saban

10 September 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Philip Martin's thriller The Forger starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan and Abigail Spencer, Marcus Thomas and Jennifer Ehle. With a screenplay by Richard D'Ovidio, the film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, September 12th

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This marks Saban Films second acquisition of Toronto following the action thriller Tracers starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos from Temple Hill Entertainment.

Released from prison so that he can spend time with his dying son (Tye Sheridan), an expert art forger (John Travolta) is coerced into participating in a major museum heist.

Said Saban Films President Bill Bromiley:

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"John Travolta was brilliant as a criminal who would go to any means to protect his son. We look forward to »

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Toronto: John Travolta’s ‘The Forger’ Bought for U.S. Distribution

10 September 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to John Travolta’s art-heist drama “The Forger” for over $2 million — two days before its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

It’s the third major acquisition for the five-month-old distributor, which bought the Tommy Lee Jones-Hilary Swank Western “The Homesman” at Cannes and then snagged Taylor Lautner’s “Tracers” at Toronto.

The Forger” has been screening for buyers this week in Toronto. A24 and The Weinstein Co. also made bids.

See Also: Philip Martin Moves Into Fiction with Thriller ‘Forger’

Travolta stars as art forger released from prison to spend time with his dying son (Tye Sheridan), but is forced into taking part in a heist. Christopher Plummer, Abigail Spencer and Jennifer Ehle co-star.

Philip Martin directed from a script by Richard D’Ovidio. “The Forger” was shot in Boston late last year.

Producers are Code Entertainment’s Al Corley, »

- Dave McNary

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Enter Our This Is Where I Leave You Giveaway

10 September 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Currently making a splash at Tiff is This Is Where I Leave You, director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel featuring an impressive roster of talent.  In anticipation of the film's release we've been provided with some items for a  This Is Where I Leave You giveaway that you can win.  They include a copy of Tropper's novel, a Cashmere scarf and a wine chiller. The film stars Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam DriverCorey StollJane FondaRose ByrneKathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard.  This Is Where I Leave You opens on September 12th.  Hit the jump to see the rest of the items in the giveaway and learn how you can win them! In order to enter the contest, email thecollidermailbox@gmail.com with your name and address and include This Is Where I Leave You »

- Evan Dickson

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Paramount buys Chris Rock's Top Five

10 September 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy – written, directed by and starring Rock – received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.

The studio reportedly paid in the region of $12.5m for the film, the only available title at the festival to earn near unanimous acclaim and create buzz in what has been a low-key Toronto for acquisitions.

Review: Top Five

Top Five also stars Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J B Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah.  

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush produced and Barry Diller and Scott Rudin’s Iacf financed. Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter and Kanye West are co-producers and Questlove is the executive music producer. UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the Iacf and the filmmakers.

Elsewhere, Saban Films acquired its third film since launching prior to Cannes. The distributor »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Par buys Chris Rock's Top Five

10 September 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy – written, directed by and starring Rock – received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.

The studio reportedly paid in the region of $12.5m for the film, the only available title at the festival to earn near unanimous acclaim and create buzz in what has been a low-key Toronto for acquisitions.

Review: Top Five

Top Five also stars Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J B Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah.  

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush produced and Barry Diller and Scott Rudin’s Iacf financed. Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter and Kanye West are co-producers and Questlove is the executive music producer. UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the Iacf and the filmmakers.

Elsewhere, Saban Films acquired its third film since launching prior to Cannes. The distributor »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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