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Jordan Gavaris, the 25-year-old Canadian actor, cut his teeth on indie films and local TV, but found himself floundering after “Unnatural History,” a 2010 live-action series on the Cartoon Network, was cancelled. Then, about two years later, his agent called him about the role of Felix, who’s one part avant-garde artist, one part glam-punk fashion rebel, on sci-fi series “Orphan Black.” “There is so much gender and sexual ambiguity with him,” Gavaris says. “It was the biggest hodgepodge of bizarre paint chips from pop culture blended into this palette.”
“Orphan Black” co-star Tatiana Maslany says Gavaris is fearless on the set, and challenges her to keep up. “The work he can do is imaginative, and has a real sense of play in it,” she says. “He’s not afraid to take big risks and be bold.” The role — in which he plays opposite Maslany’s seven very different »
- David Friend
The films competing in the 68th Cannes Film Festival were announced this morning at a press conference in Paris. The festival’s new president Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux kept the suspense going as they unveiled this year’s eclectic and rather art house-y selection. In total, 16 films have been selected in the official competition thus far. Another four films are set to be added in the next couple of weeks. The official competition will be presided by the Coen Brothers. Their short film about cinema, which had screened for the 65th anniversary of the festival in 2007, was once again shown at the press conference. Starring Josh Brolin, it is both funny and poignant. American competitors include Todd Haynes with Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, and Gus Van Sant is marking his return to the Croisette with The Sea of Trees, starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts. Australian co-production Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel, »
- Talia Soghomonian
Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.
While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
While We’re Young finds Oscar-nominated writer-director Noah Baumbach delivering some of his funniest lines through some of his most relatable characters. With a star-studded cast at its center, his latest film stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver; and promises to be one of the filmmaker’s biggest hits to date. Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding) may not be a household name among casual moviegoers, but his films have continued to garner critical praise over the years. With the upcoming release of While We’re Young, Rock-It Promotions is allowing us to give away ten double passes to residents of Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa,
to see the movie ahead of the theatrical release.
To be entered into a draw to win passes to an advance screening, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to indicate which city you live in. »
- Kyle Reese
Noah Baumbach’s latest comedy, While We’re Young, is one of his funniest and most accessible efforts yet in a vibrant 20-year filmmaking career. The entertaining social satire explores what happens when a fortysomething couple (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) facing a midlife crisis befriends a young hipster couple half their age (Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried) whose passion for life reinvigorates their humdrum existence. Trouble begins when Stiller’s character, a once promising documentary filmmaker whose career has stalled, realizes he’s been eclipsed by his talented and ambitious protégé (Driver). Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horovitz also star. In this exclusive interview, Baumbach talked about what drew him to the project, the intergenerational aspect of the story and its rich thematic elements, the ability to reinvent oneself at any age, how Henrik Ibsen’s play The Master Builder inspired him, what the cast brought to the film, his »
- Sheila Roberts
At a packed Paris press conference on Thursday morning, Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux and president Pierre Lescure unveiled a star-studded lineup for the festival’s 68th edition. Among the competition titles: Gus Van Sant's Sea of Trees, starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts; 1950’s romantic drama Carol by Todd Haynes, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; Denis Villeneuve's cartel thriller Sicario with Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Emily Blunt; Cannes regular Nanni Moretti's autobiographical drama Mia madre, which co-stars John Turturro and opens Thursday in Italy; and fellow Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino's second foray into English-
- Jordan Mintzer
A great performance by Ben Stiller makes this an easygoing Sunday afternoon movie, if not one of Baumbach’s best pieces of self-examination.Noah Baumbach’s latest dramedy takes on a decidedly Woody Allen feeling that gives Ben Stiller a chance to show his stuff. Supporting leads Naomi Watts and Adam Driver fall victim to the curse of New York City as they fade into the shadows behind the bright lights of Gotham. Stiller and Watts play Josh and Cornelia Srebnick, a married couple in their mid-30’s who are grappling with a childless marriage and the reality of a creative life in a […] »
- Ron Wilkinson
Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon has teamed up with the SundanceNow Doc Club as a guest curator to share with audiences, eight of her favourite documentaries. Also included in the program are two documentaries, Storied Streets and Waiting For Mamu, which are not only executive produced by Sarandon but have also never been released before on subscription VOD.
‘When I watch a doc, at least once, I want my head to explode and my heart to feel. I want to see the world differently. Know something I didn’t know before. Engage me but most of all surprise me’.
‘I appreciate a doc when it encourages you to be the protagonist in your own life or when it makes you itch to solve a problem, fight for justice. Others celebrate life and the human spirit. Doesn’t get much better than this’.
Each of the eight films selected come with »
- Sacha Hall
While We're Young, the new film from Noah Baumbach, touches on multiple themes in its hour-and-a-half running time, some more effectively than others. From the ethics of documentary filmmaking to choosing a childless life to the habits of Brooklyn hipsters, there's something here for almost everyone -- which is likely why the comedy feels more mainstream than Baumbach's previous works.
The lead characters, married couple Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts), direct and produce documentaries respectively. They stumble into a friendship with free-spirited couple Jamie (Adam Driver, Frances Ha) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls). The older couple is enamored of Jamie and Darby and their lifestyle. Why spend a weekend with your best friends who just had a baby when you can spend it taking hallucinagens under instruction from a shaman accompanied by Danny Kaye's "Inchworm" and Vangelis tunes?
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- Elizabeth Stoddard
While We’Re Young is the latest film from writer/director Noah Baumbach (The Squid And The Whale, Greenberg, Frances Ha). Like his previous work, it is a sharply written mix of comic moments and relatable themes – a Gen Xers vs Hipsters comedy that touches on career crisis, missed opportunities, the challenges of marriage, and the middle-age soul-searching that seems to coincide with the onset of back trouble and arthritis. It’s an excellent, smart comedy and is highly recommended.
Ben Stiller stars in While We’Re Young as Josh Srebnick, a 44-year old filmmaker who’s been toiling away for a decade on his documentary, one structured around Ira Mandelstam (Peter Yarrow), an elderly intellectual. It’s a follow-up to Josh’s first film, a critical success many years earlier. Expected funding has not materialized, he’s unable to pay his patient editor (Matthew Maher), and he is loath to ask his father -in-law, »
- Tom Stockman
While We’re Young
Written & Directed by Noah Baumbach
Though well-acted and capably directed, the heavy-handedness of Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young makes it one of his lesser efforts. Baumbach tries to anticipate the impending clash between Gen X bitterness and Millennial entitlement, but the execution feels uncomfortably Braff-ish. You’ll probably leave the theater smiling, but we’ve come to expect something a little more substantial from an observant filmmaker like Baumbach.
John Lennon famously said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” For Josh (Ben Stiller), a 43 year-old director who’s been slaving over the same documentary film project for 10 years, a promising career and happy marriage have been derailed by his obsessive attention to detail. He’s kind of like Kubrick… only without the results. His wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), has her own issues, namely her unwillingness to »
- J.R. Kinnard
Malina Weissman also stars, with Barry Sonnenfeld directing. The film revolves around a workaholic businessman who has to figure out how to redeem himself after a terrible accident leaves him trapped in the body of his family’s cat.
EuropaCorp is distributing, financing and producing the film from a script by Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin.
“Nine Lives” joins other upcoming EuropaCorp films including “The Transporter: Refueled,” the start of a new trilogy in the studio’s action franchise that debuts June 19; “Shut In,” starring Naomi Watts, which will be released on Feb. 19, 2016; and “The Lake,” starring Sullivan Stapleton and J.K. Simmons, which will be released on July 15, 2016.
- Justin Kroll
Noah Baumbach's new comedy While We're Young has done gangbusters business in limited release, but on the eve of the movie's nationwide expansion, what better time to take an exclusive look at one of the movie's funniest scenes? First, a little background: While We're Young follows 40-something marrieds Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as they fall in with a 20-something hipster couple played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. The younger duo quickly adds some zest into the lives of their older counterparts, never more so than when they manage to convince Stiller and Watts to get high as a kite with them at a trippy ayahuasca ceremony. Press play to check out a tasty morsel from that comic centerpiece, as an ayahuasca-addled Stiller and Watts argue while Driver and Seyfried calmly pop zits nearby. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Kino Lorber announced Thursday that it has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to “The Kindergarten Teacher,” the new feature film by Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid. The Hebrew language film that premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival follows a Tel Aviv kindergarten teacher who discovers that one of her students has an incredible gift for poetry. “The Kindergarten Teacher” is now scheduled to open on July 31 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City before a national expansion in August and September. See Photos: The Scene at Cannes: Robert Pattinson, Heidi Klum, Justin Bieber, Blake Lively, »
- Joe Otterson
Lieberher is repped by CAA and DC Management.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It's not often that Ben Stiller strikes out in real life, but the same can't be said for his on-screen personas. The comedian plays bumbling better than almost everybody and his latest movie While We're Young is no different. Stiller stars as Josh, a struggling fortysomething documentary director living in Brooklyn (and married to Naomi Watts no less) who strikes up a friendship with a twentysomething hipster couple. Ben's character becomes overly self-conscious of the generation gap and starts adopting several hilarious quirks of twenty's Brooklynites—think everything from bike riding and wearing bowler hats to attending unsanctioned Ayahuasca cleansing ceremonies. Click: See »
Originally consisting of a series of eight short episodes shown exclusively on David Lynch’s website, Rabbits was eventually taken down and not available to watch anywhere until it was recently released on DVD in the Lime Green Set, a collection of Lynch’s films, in a re-edited four-episode version. If you can’t afford the 10-disk collection, you can now watch a low-res version of the horror-comedy on YouTube.
“Rabbits” marked an early venture into the web series genre for the director and some footage of the rabbits was later reused in Lynch’s Inland Empire. This surreal “sitcom” features three humanoid rabbits played by Mulholland Drive cast members Scott Coffey, Laura Elena Harring and Naomi Watts whose disjointed conversations are interrupted by a laugh track.
The original score was composed by regular Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, but there’s an alternative, improvised soundtrack developed and performed at (but »
"While We're Young" marks the third time Dp Sam Levy has worked with Noah Baumbach in four years. In 2012, Levy lensed Baumbach's Dslr-shot "Frances Ha" in stylish black-and-white before shooting "Mistress America," which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will get a release later this year via Fox Searchlight. After premiering at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, "While We're Young," which stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a 40-something couple who sparks up a friendship with a younger couple (Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver), hit select theaters on March 27 before recently expanding nationally. Read More: Noah Baumbach on Approaching Middle Age with 'While We're Young' Levy recently spoke with Indiewire about his work with Baumbach and other directors, including Kelly Reichardt ("Wendy and Lucy"). He's currently shooting Rebecca Miller's "Maggie's Plan," starring Julianne Moore, Ethan »
- Paula Bernstein
Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" continued to suggest its potential as one of 2015's first specialty breakouts in its second weekend. The A24 release expanded from 4 to 34 theaters and jumped 117%, taking in $493,000 for a very healthy $14,500 per-theater-average. That's the best second weekend average of Baumbach's career, topping "Frances Ha," "Margot at the Wedding" and "The Squid and the Whale" -- all of which averaged around $10,000 in a similar amount of theaters. "While We're Young" stars Baumbach regular Ben Stiller alongside Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Stiller and Watts play a couple in their 40s who begin hanging out with a pair of twentysomethings (Driver and Seyfried). "'While We're Young' had a very strong expansion this weekend, ranked near or at the top of every complex it played, and has the highest per screen average of any film without the words Fast and Furious in the title, »
- Peter Knegt
While We’re Young, 2015.
Directed by Noah Baumbach.
The life, career and marriage of Cornelia and Josh is upended when they meet young and vibrant couple, Jamie and Darby who introduce them to a new way of living.
Actors are regularly tarred with the “they always play the same character” criticism. Call this the Michael Cera memorial opening. Although I’ll probably type those same six words later in this review, my thoughts are that I’d do the same. Wouldn’t you?
Accustomed to a certain life, we see how Cornelia (Naomi Watts) and Josh (Ben Stiller) react being out of their comfort zone as they hold friends, Fletcher and Marina’s new baby. An amusing opening scene that does well to lay the basis of the movie as well as to quickly captured both characters. »
- Gary McCurry
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