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Notes on the Banal: Zisk’s Debut a Toothless Version of Familiar Material

After working exclusively in the realm of television since the 1990s, director Craig Zisk lands a high profile cast for his feature film debut, The English Teacher, which looks on paper like something of a cross between Notes on a Scandal and Hamlet 2. But even though its glossy pedigree hints at potentially subversive elements laced with acerbic comedic flare, Zisk, with a screenplay from Dan and Stacy Chariton, plays with its controversial elements apprehensively, awkwardly unraveling like a neutered version of similarly themed films. While at its core it does happen to sport a watchable lead performance from its star, the film ultimately does her no favors, crushing its own titular protagonist beneath the wheels of a predictable finale.

Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is an uptight 40-something high school English teacher, living out a rather isolated spinsterhood,
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'The English Teacher' review: Julianne Moore earns a C - at best

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The line between "cute" and "cutesy" is violated, repeatedly, in the sometimes funny, often cloying comedy "The English Teacher." We're treated to the rare talents of Julianne Moore in a gently predictable "dark" comedy sprinkled with the most adorably heavy handed flourishes.

Start with the narration (by the oh-so-British Fiona Shaw). We're told that Linda Sinclair is an unmarried 45-year-old small-town Pennsylvania high school teacher with "no prospects" but with a "life's purpose -- igniting the flames of literary passion in young minds."

Linda teaches and grades kids. And when she dates, she "grades" them too, her red marker jotting judgments all over the screen around them -- "arrogant," "unmotivated," "F."

Then a star pupil (Michael Angarano) returns to town, an Nyu playwriting graduate with a play no one will produce, resigned to do as his father (Greg Kinnear) wants and go to law school. Linda reads the play, weeps over "The Chrysalis,
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Film Review: ‘The English Teacher’

Film Review: ‘The English Teacher’
Graded on a curve, “The English Teacher” is an affable if familiar high-school comedy populated by bright pupils, badly behaved teachers and amateur theatricals. Clearly inspired by — but never as inspired as — the likes of “Election,” “Rushmore” and “Glee,” this feature directing debut for smallscreen vet Craig Zisk (“Weeds,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) benefits from a brisk pace, witty banter and engaging performances, yet still fades from memory faster than a final exam on the first day of summer vacation. A world premiere at Tribeca, which is also partnering with Cinedigm on the pic’s VOD and theatrical distribution, “Teacher” should perform best with the study-from-home crowd.

In a variation on the lovelorn widow she plays in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Sundance hit “Don Jon,” the always resourceful Moore here stars as Linda Sinclair, a 45-year-old spinster who grades potential suitors with the same unforgiving red pen she brings to her
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The English Teacher Movie Review

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The English Teacher Movie Review
Title: The English Teacher Cinedigm Director: Craig Zisk Screenwriter: Dan Chariton, Stacy Chariton Cast: Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 5/1/13 Opens: May 17, 2013 They say that the best way to learn a subject is to teach it, and, as a former high school chalk-pusher I heartily agree. In Craig Zisk’s “The English Teacher,” the title character teaches the likes of “A Tale of Two Cities” while some of the greats taped to the walls like Mark Twain overlook the classroom. The teacher represents learning a lot about Charles Dickens by searching out good questions for classroom discussion. But what [ Read More ]

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Myriad Lands International On Julianne Moore-Michael Angarano ‘English Teacher’

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Myriad Lands International On Julianne Moore-Michael Angarano ‘English Teacher’
Myriad Pictures has acquired international distribution rights to The English Teacher, starring Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right; Crazy, Stupid, Love), Michael Angarano (Brass Teapot, The Forbidden Kingdom, Haywire), Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, Baby Mama, Stuck in Love), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror, Abduction, The Blind Side), and Nathan Lane (The Producers, Mirror Mirror, “Modern Family”). Following the film’s recent world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Myriad will screen the film for the first time for buyers at this month’s Cannes Marche du Film. The English Teacher is the charming story of a small town teacher whose mundane routine is turned around when a former student returns after failing as a playwright in New York City. The film was written by Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton and is an Artina Films production. Linda Sinclair (Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston,
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First Trailer for The English Teacher with Julianne Moore

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Having made a name for himself with a slew of impressive credits on the small screen, Craig Zisk is finally making his feature directorial debut this year with the anticipated romantic comedy-drama, The English Teacher.

Julianne Moore takes the lead of an impressive cast, and this is one we’ve been looking forward to for a while now.

The film will be making its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month, before heading into Us theatres half-way through next month. And with its arrival imminent, Apple have released The English Teacher’s first trailer.

Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a 40-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pa. Her simple life turns an unexpected page when former student Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns home after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. On the verge of abandoning art and pressured
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Tribeca 2013: Film Festival Announces Selections for Spotlight, Midnight, Storyscapes and Special Screenings

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Tribeca’s 12th annual festival, running from April 17-28, recently announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Midnight sections. According to Tribeca’s website, “The Spotlight section features 33 films — 21 narratives and 12 documentaries — that blur the lines of independent and mainstream filmmaking. Twenty-three films in the selection will have their world premieres at the Festival, a record number for the section.” See below for the official press release of this year’s lineup in all four categories.

2013 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Selections

For Spotlight, Midnight And New Storyscapes Sections, And Special Screenings

First-ever Storyscapes Section Showcases Innovative New Media Projects with Cross-platform Approaches to Storytelling

The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff) announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Midnight sections, projects in the new Storyscapes section and Special Screenings. The 12th edition of the Festival will take place from April 17 to April 28 in New York City.

The Spotlight
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The English Teacher movie images - Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Michael Angarano star

Catch new images from Cinedigm's The English Teacher, starring Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins and Michael Angarano. The Craig Zisk film written by Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton, opens on demand from April 16th, and then hits theaters on May 17th, 2013. Aski in the cast are Nathan Lane Nikki Blonsky, Jessica Hecht, Charlie Saxton and Erin Wilhemi. Matthew E. Chausse produces alongside Robert Salerno and Naomi Despress, while John Santilli, Mandy Tagger, Michae Berman and Ron Curtis exec produce. Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She shares a small apartment with two Siamese cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors and stories. Her life is far less complicated than the dramas she devours on the page, and she likes it that way.
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The English Teacher movie images - Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Michael Angarano star

Catch new images from Cinedigm's The English Teacher, starring Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins and Michael Angarano. The Craig Zisk film written by Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton, opens on demand from April 16th, and then hits theaters on May 17th, 2013. Aski in the cast are Nathan Lane Nikki Blonsky, Jessica Hecht, Charlie Saxton and Erin Wilhemi. Matthew E. Chausse produces alongside Robert Salerno and Naomi Despress, while John Santilli, Mandy Tagger, Michae Berman and Ron Curtis exec produce. Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She shares a small apartment with two Siamese cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors and stories. Her life is far less complicated than the dramas she devours on the page, and she likes it that way.
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Tribeca Film Festival 2013 Line-Up Announced

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Yesterday the Tribeca Film Festival announced their feature film selections for their Spotlight and Midnight sections which include 21 narrative and 12 documentary projects.

This year’s choices bring us films featuring a bevy of top Hollywood talent including Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti, John Cusack,, Gemma Arterton and Zoe Kazan.

In a press release that accompanied the roster, Genna Terranova, Director of Programming for the festival said: “The documentary films in the Spotlight section this year highlight several famous individuals (including one very cute cat) who use their wit and bold personas to make us think and laugh. A mix of established filmmakers and rising talent top off the rest of the section with features exploring some fresh takes on unconventional relationships.”

The festival will feature the world premieres of several highly-anticipated film projects from indie mainstays like Neil Labute and Richard Linklater, as well as new projects from veteran directors like
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Tribeca Film Festival announces new Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green films for line-up

Tribeca Film Festival announces new Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green films for line-up
The Tribeca Film Festival announced the second half of its movie slate today with a lineup that includes Emma Roberts in Adult World, Zac Efron in racing-cum-farming drama At Any Price, and Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight. The releases are in the following categories, which make up the second half of the festival’s feature list: Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings, and Storyscapes, a new category this year to recognize work in transmedia — films the incorporate web-based and cross-platform elements.

The Spotlight selection — 33 films: 21 narratives and 12 documentaries — stands out for its range of titles, including premieres from indie darlings (Junebug director Phil Morrison,
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Cinedigm and Tribeca Film Team to Acquire All U.S. Rights To The English Teacher, Starring Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane and Greg Kinnear

Cinedigm Entertainment Group and Tribeca Film have teamed up to acquire U.S. distribution rights to director Craig Zisk’s (“Nurse Jackie,” “Weeds”) feature directorial debut, The English Teacher. The film will release in spring 2013 with an ultra VOD and digital window, followed by theatrical release, DVD and broadcast.

The English Teacher stars four-time Oscar® nominee Julianne Moore (“Boogie Nights,” “The Hours”) who most recently won Golden Globe® and Emmy® Awards for her lead role in the HBO movie “Game Change.” Moore plays a beloved English teacher whose repressed personal life exists in stark contrast to the passion she brings to the classroom. Her routine is upended when a former star pupil returns to her small town after failing miserably as a playwright. Co-written by Dan and Stacy Chariton, The English Teacher also stars two-time Tony Award® winner Nathan Lane (“The Producers,” “The Good Wife”), Oscar® nominee Greg Kinnear (“As Good As It Gets,
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Julianne Moore's 'The English Teacher' Acquired by Cinedigm and Tribeca Film

Julianne Moore's 'The English Teacher' Acquired by Cinedigm and Tribeca Film
Cinedigm Entertainment Group and Tribeca Film have teamed up to acquire U.S. distribution rights to director Craig Zisk’s The English Teacher. The film, which stars Julianne Moore, will be released in spring 2013 with an ultra VOD and digital window, followed by theatrical release, DVD and broadcast. Moore plays a beloved English teacher whose repressed personal life exists in stark contrast to the passion she brings to the classroom. Her routine is upended when a former star pupil returns to her small town after failing miserably as a playwright. Photos: THR's Oscar Nominee Night Written by Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton,

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Casting Bits: Jason Sudeikis in ‘Dog Fight’, John Cusack in ‘Numbers Station’, Michelle Monaghan in ‘Fort Bliss’, Lily Collins in ‘English Teacher’

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Casting Bits: Jason Sudeikis in ‘Dog Fight’, John Cusack in ‘Numbers Station’, Michelle Monaghan in ‘Fort Bliss’, Lily Collins in ‘English Teacher’
[1] 2012 isn't shaping up to be quite the Year of Sudeikis that 2011 was, but the Saturday Night Live star seems to be looking forward to another busy year. In addition to his ongoing gigs on SNL and Fox's The Cleveland Show, Jason Sudeikis is also slated to guest star [2] in the third season of HBO's Eastbound & Down, and he's now landed a role in Jay Roach's political satire Dog Fight. Formerly titled Southern Rivals, the comedy centers around two politicians (Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis) running against each other in a congressional district race in South Carolina. Katherine Lanasa and Sarah Baker [3] will also co-star, as Ferrell and Galifianakis' respective wives. Filming will begin next month in New Orleans for an August 2012 opening. [The Hollywood Reporter [4]] After the jump, John Cusack is a black-ops agent, Michelle Monaghan is a hardened war vet, and Lily Collins is that girl you hated in high school.
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Lily Collins Joins The English Teacher

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Lily Collins Joins The English Teacher
Actress Lily Collins has joined The English Teacher, an indie comedy from Artina Films and director Craig Zisk.

The story centers on Julianne Moore's title character, a passionate teacher who convinces her former star pupil (Michael Angarano) to put on his unproduced play at the high school. Lily Collins will portray a popular student who clashes with the teacher. Nathan Lane and Greg Kinnear also star.

Craig Zisk is directing The English Teacher from a screenplay by Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton. Production is scheduled to start later this week in New York City.

The movie marks the feature directorial debut of Craig Zisk, who has directed episodes of Weeds, Hung, Nurse Jackie, Nip/Tuck, and The Big C.

The English Teacher comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane, Lily Collins, Michael Angarano. The film is directed by Craig Zisk.
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Lily Collins Cast In ‘The English Teacher’; Katheryn Winnick Joins Roman Coppola’s ‘Charlie Swan’

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Audiences will get a lot more of Lily Collins next year when she leads Tarsem‘s Snow White movie, but those of us averse to the Indian filmmaker’s music video sensibilities will probably judge her by another performance. According to Deadline, the actress has landed a role in The English Teacher, putting her alongside Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane, and Michael Angarano.

The independent comedy, directed by Craig Zisk and written by Dan & Stacy Chariton, follows “a high school English teacher [Moore] whose life is upended when a former star pupil returns to her small town after failing miserably as a playwright in New York.” Upon his reappearance, she “convinces him to mount his unproduced play at the school, which creates more drama than she’s ever known.”

Collins has the role of “a popular high schooler who comes into conflict with the teacher”; expect her to learn a
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Casting Bits: Ben Stiller in ‘RentaGhost’, Cam Gigandet in ‘Free Ride’, Charlie Saxton in ‘The English Teacher’

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[1] Ben Stiller is set to star in the supernatural comedy RentaGhost, which Fox has recently acquired from Warner Bros. In its WB incarnation, Russell Brand was slated to play the lead. Written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum), RentaGhost revolves around a recently deceased man who decides to be more productive in his afterlife than he was during his regular life. He launches a service which allows living folk to rent ghosts and other paranormal beings. The story is based on a children's BBC series than ran from 1976 to 1984. Stiller's been keeping fairly busy as of late. His next onscreen appearance will be in next month's Tower Heist, directed by Brett Ratner. He is currently filming Neighborhood Watch with Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, and is slated to reunite with his Greenberg director Noah Baumbach for While We're Young. [Variety [2]] After the jump, two vampire franchise stars find non-vampire love,
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Michael Angarano Hot For Julianne Moore's English Teacher

Michael Angarano has appeared in some outstanding films (Almost Famous and Snow Angels come to mind), but has yet to find the project that takes him to the next level. Perhaps it will be The English Teacher, Craig Zisk.s indie comedy that that will cast the young actor alongside Oscar nominee Julianne Moore. It.s not a prequel to Anthony Minghella.s The English Patient . and for that, we should be thankful. Instead, Variety reports that Angarano would play a failed playwright who returns to his small home town and falls for his former English teacher (played by Moore). Dan and Stacy Chariton co-wrote the screenplay, which also has lured Greg Kinnear and Nathan Lane in as-yet-undeclared roles. That.s a solid cast for Zisk, whose directorial credits are littered with fantastic television projects such as Alias, Scrubs, Weeds, Nip/Tuck and The Big C. From what I can
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The English Teacher Sets Michael Angarano

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The English Teacher Sets Michael Angarano
Michael Angarano has signed on to star in Craig Zisk's indie comedy The English Teacher, starring as the young romantic lead opposite Julianne Moore.

Written by Dan and Stacy Chariton, the film stars Julianne Moore as a high school English teacher whose life is upended when a former student returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York. Michael Angarano will play the sensitive scribe, who the protagonist finds herself falling for.

Nathan Lane co-stars in the project. No production date has been set.

The English Teacher comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane. The film is directed by Craig Zisk.
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Casting Bits: David Oyelowo in ‘One Shot;’ Marisa Tomei in ‘Us & Them;’ Nathan Lane in ‘The English Teacher’

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Casting Bits: David Oyelowo in ‘One Shot;’ Marisa Tomei in ‘Us & Them;’ Nathan Lane in ‘The English Teacher’
The latest to join One Shot, the adaptation of Lee Child's thriller novel about former military cop Jack Reacher and the investigation of a strange set of sniper murders in the midwest, is David Oyelowo. Fresh from The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, he'll play a veteran homicide detective who investigates the sniper deaths. Tom Cruise plays hero Jack Reacher, and Christopher McQuarrie scripted and will direct. [Variety [1]] After the break, Marisa Tomei joins Us & Them, and Nathan Lane teaches alongside Julianne Moore in an indie comedy. Fortunately for us, Marisa Tomei is having a few busy years. She was in Crazy, Stupid, Love., The Lincoln Lawyer and Salvation Boulevard already this year, and now she'll join Billy Crystal and Bette Midler in Us and Them. Tomei will play the daughter of the Crystal/Midler couple. The film follows that couple as "grandparents who struggle to
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