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Title: Sleeping with Other People Director: Leslye Headland Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, Andrea Savage, Natasha Lyonne Can men and women ever be just friends? Films like No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits have suggested that if sex enters the equation, all bets are off, since romance and love are inevitable consequences of a physical relationship. In Sleeping with Other People, two people meet one night in college and lose their virginities to each other, and then are not reunited for twelve years. Realizing just how much sex has ruined every relationship either of them has ever had, they decide to avoid any [ Read More ]
The Sundance Film Festival may be winding down, but for those suffering Park City withdrawals, People was behind the scenes at the hottest parties, screenings and dinners earlier this week. Tuesday, 6:41 p.m., Zipper party hosted by Grey Goose Blue Door: Dianna Agron was the first star to arrive. Wearing a thick black coat, the Glee actress hung out with a gal pal on the balcony before greeting her cast and well-wishers at the bash. Monday, 12:30 p.m., Women at Sundance Brunch: Co-hosted by the Sundance Institute & Women in Film, the event drew Ava DuVernay, Alia Shawkat, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. »
- Melody Chiu and Patrick Gomez
Park City, Utah -- Jason Mantzoukas co-starred in Sundance pic "Sleeping With Other People" with comedians and other comedic actors including improv partner Jason Sudeikis, "Community's" Alison Brie, "Parks & Recreation" cohort Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, and Andrea Savage. From the sound of it, the work wasn't all that... worky. The sex/relationship comedy is about "figuring it out, and f*cking it up," Mantzoukas said from the premiere's red carpet at Sundance. But he was floored by his scenes with Savage -- who plays his wife in the film -- and, overall, it was a low-maintenance cast. However, there was a stipulation for Mantzoukas in this romp. "I was not naked. They wouldn't let me." Cue the sad trombones. Watch our interview above, on why he thinks "Parks & Rec" is one of the "most delightful" shows to work on, how "The League" doesn't turn to shambles, what Billy Eichner »
- Katie Hasty
Let’s recap the R-rated bounty we’ve already received at what Vulture Kyle has dubbed “The Sundance of Sex”: Sebastian Stan was involved in the most gymnastic penetration ever captured onscreen; Jack Black hooked up with a certain paramour of Liz Lemon’s; Alexander Skarsgård took his clothes off to aid the sexual awakening of a teenager; Jason Sudeikis digitally pleasured a bottle of green tea; and Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman danced full-frontal while swinging their prosthetic dicks with joy.As of today, add Chris Messina to that august list. Fans of The Mindy Project will be thrilled to know that Messina strips down completely in Joe Swanberg’s Digging for Fire. Messina’s part isn’t large, but what you see … I’m blushing too much to finish this sentence, but trust that unlike the full-frontal in The Overnight, it’s all real. Swanberg works without a script, »
- Jada Yuan
Given that this has been such a sexually charged Sundance, you might expect Leslye Headland's R-rated rom-com Sleeping With Other People to be among the most risqué of the movies showing here in Park City, especially since it stars Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie as sex addicts. Certainly, Sleeping has a lot of dirty talk and even a briefly glimpsed encounter or two, but this is still the sort of mainstream-skewing movie in which recognizable actresses keep their bras on during the love scenes, as opposed to the sort of Sundance entry we've been getting this week that's chock-a-block with all sorts of full-frontal. What it does have, however, is Jason Sudeikis giving Alison Brie a memorable masturbation tutorial by fingering an empty bottle of green tea for several minutes."I let Jason pick the bottle," Headland said after Sunday's screening, when she brought her actors onstage after a rousing reception. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Plot: A promiscuous man (Jason Sudeikis) and woman (Alison Brie) meet in a sex addiction meeting and embark on a platonic friendship, constantly fighting the temptation to sleep with each other lest it ruin the relationship. Review: One of the pitfalls of showing your movie at Sundance is that playing smack dab in the middle of such a competitive festival, it's easy for a movie like Sleeping With Other People to get lost in the shuffle. In fact, I put off writing my review for days as »
- Chris Bumbray
Brace yourself, Olivia Wilde! Your fiancé has some clever and unique plans for Valentine's Day. Actually, Jason Sudeikis may not have given the special day much thought until E! News chatted with the Sleeping With Other People star at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. Luckily, the beloved actor still had some creative ideas. "I feel like every day is Valentine's Day in our relationship," he explained to E! News at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House. "I'll give her the gift of gab. Just a little talking points." He added, "I'm going to hop on Amazon February 12. Just Amazon Prime that son of a gun right to our doorstep. I'll probably get her a sewing »
I am at my second Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews.
Sundance Film Festival 2015 Reviews
Director/Screenwriter: Leslye Headland
U.S.A., 2015, 92 min., color
Plot (courtesy of Sundance): Jake and Lainey impulsively lose their virginity to each other in college. When their paths cross 12 years later in New York, they realize they both have become serial cheaters. Bonding over their chronic infidelity, they form a platonic friendship to support each other in their quests for healthy romantic relationships.
Review: Right from the beginning, we know Lainey (Brie) is a train wreck. She tries to get a dorm door down, and Jake (Sudeikis) is somehow charmed by this mess. Mainly because we learn he’s a little messed up too. That was college, but now we’re in present day, »
- Jeff Bayer
I try not to make sweeping pronouncements about Sundance movies until I’m back at sea level, and my brain is receiving its usual amounts of oxygen; there’s something about the air up here that can occasionally lead to irrational exuberance. (Google “The Spitfire Grill” or “Happy, Texas” if you don’t know what I mean.)
Even though I’m still in Park City, Utah, (and panting when I walk up hills) I’ll »
- Alonso Duralde
Written & Directed by Leslye Headland
With each new inferior romantic-comedy, you come to appreciate the delicate brilliance of When Harry Met Sally just a little bit more. Sleeping with Other People is a particularly egregious offender because it borrows so heavily from the classic. Though it tries very hard (too hard) to please, it can’t overcome its faulty premise, miscast leads, and ill-conceived gags. This is a rom-com with very few laughs and even fewer romantic sparks.
From the first frames, it’s evident that Sleeping with Other People is saddled with a deeply flawed premise. Lainey (Alison Brie) is an uber-fox who remained sexless because she “wanted to be chosen” by a complete zero named Matthew Sobvechik (Adam Scott). Lainey’s virginal counterpart is Jake (Jason Sudeikis); an uncouth douchebag who “wanted his first time to be special.” Okay, that’s utter nonsense, »
- J.R. Kinnard
One of my favorite romantic comedies of all time is When Harry Met Sally. It's classic, timeless and delivers the perfect depiction of friendship between the opposite sexes, dating and relationships. And while countless films have tried to duplicate the brilliance of director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Eprhon, many of them fall tragically short. But thankfully, we have Sleeping with Other People from Bachelorette writer and director Leslye Headland, and this is hopefully as close as we'll get to what is essentially a remake of the aforementioned 1989 romantic comedy staple. But the film has a style and attitude all its own. Headland herself describes the film as When Harry Met Sally for assholes, and since the story follows Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie), two people who have problems committing to relationships and cheat to get out of them, that's pretty damn accurate. They meet in college and »
- Ethan Anderton
With Sundance weekend officially in full swing, Hollywood's biggest names continued to invade beautiful Park City, Utah, hitting up gift suites, tucking into multi-course meals and pal-ing around at premieres and parties. Newly minted Golden-Globe winner Gina Rodriguez held court at a table at Tao with boyfriend Henry Esteve, new dad Ryan Reynolds joked about breastfeeding with us and Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain had a love fest at the premiere of the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Keep on reading to see who else People rubbed elbows with! 10:45 a.m., Birchbox Sundance Pop-Up: Lena Dunham »
- Melody Chiu and Patrick Gomez
Park City, Utah -- Alison Brie feels supported. Not only did the actress refer to shooting her latest "Sleeping With Other People" as "the greatest experience I've ever known in film," but she is also feeling the love for her TV show "Community," which has moved from being network television on NBC to being run via Yahoo. "NBC kept us on the air for a long time and I'm very grateful, but being with Yahoo, we've never felt more supported as a show," Brie told HitFix from the red carpet at the Sundance Film Festival, where "Sleeping" premiered last night (Jan. 24). "Theyre excited to market the show, they're excited about the show, which I think is something we haven't felt in a long time." As for this comedy movie -- in which she starred opposite of Jason Sudeikis -- Brie experienced a couple of firsts: it was her first time filming with a female director, »
- Katie Hasty
You expect a romantic comedy titled "Sleeping With Other People" to feature a lot of sex, and on that front Leslye Headland's follow-up to "Bachelorette," which premiered last night at Sundance, didn't disappoint. The comedy stars Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis as a pair who lost their virginity to each other in college, only to reunite years later in a sex addicts support group in New York. The two actors appear in several compromising positions with a variety of partners (including Amanda Peet and a smarmy Adam Scott). What Headland's film is notable for is its total lack of nudity despite the provocative subject matter. "I personally don't like nudity," Headland explained during the post-screening discussion at the Eccles. "It was Leslye's choice," Brie added. "It especially speaks to her innovation and creativity to create sex scenes that are about intimacy and connection and not about nudity — and can still be. »
- Nigel M Smith
At a time when audiences are more friendly to raunch-coms than to rom-coms, writer-director Leslye Headland tries to split the difference in “Sleeping With Other People.” Essentially an updated “When Harry Met Sally … ” with texting (or, as Headland described the characters at the Sundance preem, “with a–holes”), two quippy New Yorkers spend more than 90 minutes trying to answer whether a man and a woman can be friends without romance entering the picture. Adhering pretty strictly to romantic-comedy conventions, the pic feels too broad for the arthouse and too small for the multiplex, leaving it in an uncomfortable commercial gray area.
Headland gets the meet-cute out of the way in the first scene, as Lainey (Alison Brie) makes a spectacle in a college dorm yelling at the top of her lungs and banging on the door of the unseen object of her affection. Jake (Jason Sudeikis) pulls her away to »
- Geoff Berkshire
Is it love, is it like, and how much does adding sex to the equation really matter?
“Sleeping With Other People,” a romantic comedy for the 21st century, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to raucous laughter and genuine appreciation on Saturday for its empathetic look at how love, sex and intimacy work these days.
The answer seems to be: it’s complicated.
- Sharon Waxman
For a few days every year, Park City, Utah, becomes the hottest ticket in Hollywood when the Sundance Film Festival comes to town. This year, stars like Nicole Kidman, Hailee Steinfeld, and Jason Sudeikis were among the thousands who trekked to the tiny town outside of Salt Lake City to promote their new films and enjoy some of the best parties of the year - and People was there to catch all the fun moments. Friday, Jan. 231:56 a.m., Tao Nightclub at Sundance: After Danny Masterson (aka DJ MomJeans) finished his set at the Skullcandy Sundance Kickoff party, he »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
Like the characters she creates, writer/director/playwright/producer Leslye Headland is delightfully unhinged. She doesn't hold back in her work or during an interview. Headland was last at Sundance with her raucous, female-driven directorial debut "Bachelorette," based on her hit off-Broadway play. Since then she has developed projects for television and wrote the script for the Kevin Hart film, "About Last Night." Headland's anticipated second feature, "Sleeping with Other People," premieres in Park City tonight and is said to be as raunchy and incisive about relationships like her debut. The comedy stars Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis as a pair who lose their virginity to each other in college, only to later reunite at a sex addicts support group in New York. Headland spoke with Indiewire before Sundance got underway to discuss her latest film, shooting sex scenes and what she makes of the controversy surrounding the recent Academy Award. »
- Nigel M Smith
HarperCollins acquired world rights to the book, which comes out in 2016
Alec Baldwin has struck a deal to publish a memoir.
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has acquired world rights to the book, entitled “Nevertheless,” which is tentatively scheduled for publication in Fall 2016.
The “30 Rock” award-winning actor will write the book himself.
“Alec Baldwin is a larger-than-life talent with an astonishing range,” HarperCollins publisher Jonathan Burnham said in a statement. “His life up to now has been far from dull.”
Baldwin’s book will chronicle »
- Itay Hod
Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.
Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.
When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »
- Scott J. Davis
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