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In While We’re Young, Josh (Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are 40-somethings whose marriage and careers are overturned when charming young couple Jamie (Driver) and Darby (Seyfried) unexpectedly enter their lives.
Baumbach’s comedy explores the differences and similarities between two eras’ relationships, pop culture consumption, and view of adulthood, all set to a killer soundtrack.
Cineplex was on hand to talk about the Bohemian Brooklyn-set film with the director and stars Stiller, Seyfried, and Adam “Adrock” Horovitz.
For former Beastie Boys member Horovitz playing an on-screen dad who wrestles with growing older jumped at the chance to work with his real-life pal Baumbach. “Someone like Noah says, ‘Will you do this?’ and you do it,” he said at the film’s press New »
- Rachel West
Director: Noah Baumbach.
Running Time: 97 minutes
Synopsis: A middle-aged couple befriend a couple in their 20s.
While We’Re Young has one of those annoyingly vague titles that just knows everybody will relate to it in some way. The ‘We’re’ is a universal we, and already the film is trying far too hard to include the audience before the reels even begin to roll. Baumbach’s latest manages to be both a funny and charming look at aging, and also a condescending pile of drivel too. It’s quite the accomplishment, but something more and more films aimed at the middle ages are doing.
Stiller and Watts play a married couple without a child. Although their close friends, recently with, are the annoying types who declare how their lives have suddenly changed and were incomplete beforehand, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
A cross-generational character comedy whose biggest problem is its characters, Noah Baumbach's While We're Young is sharply observed but frustratingly slight. Though there's no reason why privileged urban 40-somethings should be inherently unsympathetic, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watt's neurotic Brooklynites live up to every grating inch of the stereotype.
Stiller is Josh Svebnick, a self-absorbed documentary filmmaker whose recent diagnosis with arthritis has brought the reality of ageing into uncomfortably sharp focus. He's stuck in suspended animation, having been at work on the same thoroughly unmarketable historical documentary for a decade (a convoluted seven-hour critique of power structures in corporate America).
Equally navel-gazing but even more directionless is his wife Cornelia (Watts), who's grappling with her decision not to have children now that all of her friends build »
Chicago – Director Noah Baumbach is a master in creating cinematic atmosphere. Whether it’s the adolescent mood of “The Squid and the Whale,” the weird loneliness of “Frances Ha” or his screenplays with director Wes Anderson, Baumbach generates a worthy emotional imprint. His latest film is “While We’re Young.”
“While We’re Young” is a meditation on dichotomy, as Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts portray a childless fortysomething couple that are losing commonality with their baby producing friends. When a younger couple – portrayed by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried – come into their lives, there is a sense that the older couple is taking one more stab at the youth that chronologically has slipped away. Filled with the comedy of awkwardness and keen observations on the human condition, “While We’re Young’ is another expansive achievement from the mind of Noah Baumbach.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Last week, we reported that production is under way on Paramount Pictures' Rings, which is set 13 years after the 2002 thriller The Ring. There isn't much we know about the story so far, except that it centers on a young girl (Matilda Lutzz), whose boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) watches the infamous VHS tape, which causes each person to be killed seven days after watching it. Aimee Teegarden has also recently joined the cast, but no details were given for her character. Today we have new details that could provide some Spoilers if proven to be true, so read on at your own risk.
Shock Till You Drop is reporting that an adult version of Aidan Keller, the character portrayed by David Dorfman in The Ring and the 2005 sequel The Ring Two, will appear in Rings, although it isn't known how large or small his role may be. It isn't known if David Dorfman himself, »
I'm not sure what the attraction to July 31 this year is, but a second movie has now left its late year release date to move up into the summer season. First it was Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation moving from Christmas to late July and now Warner Bros. is betting on their Vacation reboot, moving the comedy starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate from October 9 to face off against Mission: Impossible 5 as well as Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw and the Joel Edgerton-directed thriller The Gift In addition to that, Focus Features has finally dated one of their Oscar contenders as Suffragette will open on October 23 pretty much signifying a Toronto premiere is in order while Lionsgate has set a February 19, 2016 release date for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opposite the Naomi Watts thriller Shut In. »
- Brad Brevet
Noah Baumbach unveiled his latest offering – While We’re Young – back in Spetember with a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and now it's finally making its way to Cineplex screens across the country. In keeping with Baumbach’s cinematic output to date, his latest leans on a carefully selected soundtrack as a key storytelling tool.
This time out Baumbach looks at the divide between the current crop of 40-somethings (personified by the lead couple, Josh and Cornelia, portrayed by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) and their millennial 20-something counterparts (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried).
The premise may seem to write itself: The older generation fears and disavows the music of the one that follows it and makes endless cracks about “back in the day.” Baumbach, however, doesn’t take the bait. Instead, he uses the music to cleverly differentiate each generation’s relationship to music.
One of »
- Shane McNeil
Briefly: After so, so many years of development, with just about every director-star combo imaginable, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies finally has a set release date. Screen Gems will put the comedy horror mashup in theaters February 19, 2016, putting it up against the Naomi Watts thriller Shut In. Based on the hit novel by Seth […]
The post ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Release Date Set for 2016 appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Burr Steers (“Charlie St. Cloud”) is directing from a screenplay he wrote with David O. Russell. Producers are Cross Creek topper Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson and Marc Butan.
EuropaCorp’s thriller “Shut-In,” starring Naomi Watts, has also been dated for Feb. 19.
Warner Bros. also announced Monday it’s moving its “Vacation” reboot forward two months to July 31 from Oct. 9.
- Dave McNary
Production will kick off in New York in September. Plot details remain under wraps.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what’s new in the world of Blu-ray…
One of the biggest films of last year with a worldwide gross of over $670 million, Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster opus Interstellar flies its way on to Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and a whole host of others, Interstellar is a complex but magnificent science-fiction film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
You can read our review here.
The world loves Bill Murray. Especially if Bill Murray is doing grouchy comedy, like he is here in the charming St. Vincent, where he plays a loveable grouch who’s humdrum life is turn upside down by the arrival of Melissa McCarthy and her son, who he takes under his wing. Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd co-star. »
- Scott J. Davis
Noah Baumbach ruled the specialty box-office weekend with While We’re Young – his latest film starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts – which had a robust debut in four theaters. The filmmaker joked Monday that the film was his “most accessible” and “the happiest I get.” The numbers back that up, with While We’re Young topping the debut of It Follows as 2015’s best specialty debut. Among other newcomers, Sony Classics opened its Oscar-nominated The Salt Of The Earth to… »
Noah Baumbach found the best limited debut of his career with "While We're Young" this weekend, which pulled in $242,152 from just 4 theaters to average a fantastic $60,538. That's by far the best average of 2015 so far, and tops the $40,517 average of Baumbach's "Margot at the Wedding" to become his strongest ever. "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). "The generational comedy, buoyed by strong reviews, excellent performances by the ensemble cast, along with the movie's ability to provide hilarious insight, strikes a chord for audiences of all ages," A24's Heath Shaprio said. "The box office increase from Friday to Saturday was very strong, and had several sellouts throughout the weekend in both NY and La." "While We're »
- Peter Knegt
With director Robert Schwentke’s Divergent sequel, Insurgent, opening last weekend, I recently sat down with Octavia Spencer for an exclusive interview. She talked about what it was like on the set of the sequel, working with the great cast, how director Robert Schwentke likes meat and cigars, voicing a character in B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, director Gabriele Muccino’s Fathers and Daughters, and more. In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series, the principal characters are on the run in the fringes of society and searching for answers after breaking open the world as they knew it. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, and Zoe Kravitz. For more on the film, watch the trailers. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Rings, the third instalment of the horror franchise, continues the story of the cursed video tape.
Watch a trailer for The Ring below: »
Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers watched the Wisconsin Badgers play against the North Carolina Tar Heels at La's Staples Center on Thursday night. The pair seemed completely engrossed and even a little bit nervous as they watched the action unfold. In other fun moments this week, Katy Perry snapped selfies with fans, Venus and Serena Williams balanced their sibling rivalry with smiles, Will Ferrell had an adorable moment with his wife and kids, and Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber watched tennis in style. Keep reading to see how stars spent the week. »
New York director Noah Baumbach, the child of writers, writes consistently smart screenplays about that urban intellectual milieu, from his debut "Kicking and Screaming" to his Oscar-nominated "The Squid and the Whale," arguably his most fully realized film to date, which broke out Jesse Eisenberg, followed by less well-received "Margot at the Wedding," which was a dark, dead-on accurate portrait of a family of narcissists. Baumbach is willing to show characters who are lost and flailing. Ben Stiller has portrayed his alter-ego twice now, in L.A.-set "Greenberg," co-starring Greta Gerwig, which made me squirm with discomfort, and now "While We're Young," which debuted at Toronto 2014. Stiller plays Josh, a blocked and earnest documentary filmmaker stuck in a dead-end career and a tired childless marriage to Cornelia (Naomi Watts). The duo meet and become briefly infatuated by another couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) who »
- Anne Thompson
Deadline is reporting that Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar) has found his newest project. The Oscar winner is set for the starring role in The Billionaire’s Vinegar, an adaptation of author Benjamin Wallace’s non-fiction bestseller from Sony Pictures.
First published in 2008, the official synopsis for the book is as follows:
In 1985, at a heated auction by Christie’s of London, a 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux—unearthed in a Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson—went for $156,000 to a member of the Forbes family. The discoverer of the bottle was Hardy Rodenstock, a pop-band manager turned wine collector with a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines. But rumors about the bottle soon arose. Why wouldn’t Rodenstock reveal the exact location where it had been found? Was it part of a smuggled Nazi hoard? Or did his reticence conceal an even darker secret? Pursuing the »
- Scott J. Davis
Sometimes the soundtrack to a Noah Baumbach movie can be more exciting than the film itself. He, like his contemporaries Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson, is obsessive about making sure the music in his films carries the story. This is especially true of While We're Young, his new film about 40-somethings who realize the stuff of their childhood is now considered "vintage," starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, and Ad-Rock. The music in While We're Young is some of the most eclectic you'll hear on any Baumbach soundtrack, as it pits the old against the new — what was kind of lame then, but totally cool now. Baumbach reunited with LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy to put the soundtrack together, and on an unseasonably cold spring day in New York, he told Vulture about the prized possessions in his personal collection, and what movie soundtrack makes him cry. »
- Lauretta Charlton
Ahead of its UK release on April 3rd, we’ve got a video interview with writer-director Noah Baumbach, as he discusses his latest film While We’re Young starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts; check it out below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Watch the trailer for While We’re Young Here
Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) enters their lives.
While We’re Young opens in the UK on April 3rd.
- Gary Collinson
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