18 items from 2016
Exclusive: Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer will star in road trip pic Boundaries, with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions’ Stage 6 Films acquiring worldwide rights. Also in the cast is Lewis MacDougall, Bobby Cannavale and Kristen Schaal along with Peter Fonda, Christopher Lloyd and Dolly Wells. Shana Feste (Endless Love) writes and directs. Boundaries, currently shooting in Vancouver, is being produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones' Automatik and Chris Ferguson's… »
After a hot streak with ticket buyers, critics and Oscar voters, David O Russell was frozen out with Joy (Fox, 12). Applause was muted to inaudible, while only Jennifer Lawrence scored any awards recognition for a film built as a chattering shrine to her star power. Future audiences will, I hope, remember it as a film that deserved better. Built and buffed like a multistoreyed great American novel, yet with a surging, people-watching, restlessness best suited to the cinema, Joy is a messy marvel, perhaps the most prodigious child yet of the arranged marriage between Russell’s busy, eccentric storytelling style and classic Hollywood form.
A fictionalised biopic of Long Island-housewife-turned-Miracle-Mop -inventor Joy Mangano, it is no »
- Guy Lodge
Deadline is reporting that casting has begun on writer/director Lake Bell’s sophomore effort What’s The Point?, with several actors signing on to the film.
Joining the project are Amber Heard (The Danish Girl), Paul Reiser (Whiplash), Mary Steenburgen (Step Brothers) and Ed Helms (Vacation), who will star opposite Bell in the film which “looks at the concept that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.”
The new effort from Bell is her follow-up to her 2013 comedy hit In A World…, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and earned Bell several award nominations.
- Scott J. Davis
The film, written and directed by Bell, is currently in production in Los Angeles. “What’s the Point?” investigates the concept that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.
The story is told through the lens of a pretentious documentarian — portrayed by Wells — and follows three couples at various stages in their relationships.
The film is produced by Bell through More Films, Jett Steiger through Ways & Means and Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall via Cold Iron Pictures. Executive producers are Jason Beck and Andy Bohn of the Film Arcade.
The project was announced March 23.
The film marks Bell’s follow-up to the comedy “In a World…,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in »
- Dave McNary
Plus: Jason Blum in CinemaCon honour
Chilean film-maker Patricio Guzman, who was due to attend Iff Panama to deliver a four-day documentary seminar, has had to return home suddenly to France.
Guzman was due to lead the seminar and conclude on the fifth day with a screening of his Berlinale 2015 Silver Bear winner The Pearl Button (El Botón de Nácar).
The festival, which kicks off on Thursday, is liaising with industry attendees who registered for the event.
Jason Blum will collect the CinemaCon Producer Of The Year Award in Las Vegas on April 14. The Blumhouse Productions founder’s credits include Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Purge franchises, as well as Oscar winner Whiplash. The Purge: Election Year opens on July 1 and Ouija 2 on October 21, both through Universal. CinemaCon runs from April 11-14.Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Amber Heard, Wyatt Cenac, Dolly Wells, and Chace Crawford have joined Lake Bell and Ed Helms on comedy What’s »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Exclusive: Lake Bell has lined up a nice ensemble cast for her new feature comedy What's the Point? (And Other Fair Questions About Marriage). Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Amber Heard are joining Ed Helms and Bell in the movie, which looks at the concept that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew. Dolly Wells (45 Years), Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show) and Chace Crawford (Olsky) also have joined the cast of the pic, which is going before the… »
★★☆☆☆ The last chapter in his 'Modern Romance Trilogy' sees writer-director Jamie Adams and a band of British talent take to the hills in quirky, sardonic comedy Black Mountain Poets. Combining a hippy writers retreat with a shambolic Duke of Edinburgh expedition, it revolves around the uncontrollably mischievous antics of sisters Lisa (Alice Lowe) and Claire (Dolly Wells). Less than successful con artists on the run after the failed theft of a Jcb digger, the reasons for which are left intriguingly unexplained, they stumble upon the Poet's Poetry Society gathering by mistake after stealing the car of renowned verse-writing duo The Wilding Sisters. It's an oddball, meandering journey where demons must be excised, navel-gazing is more important than any physical destination and pretence must be maintained at all costs, for there is an £11,000 prize at stake.
- CineVue UK
Neither the jabs at literary types nor the ensemble jokes quite come off in this caper about two women trying to pass themselves off as poets
This oddball bucolic romp has Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells as two sisters, con artists on the run who pose as acclaimed poets and hide out at a literary retreat in Wales’s Black Mountains. Shot in five days and improvised from an outline by director Adams (Benny and Jolene), it’s a ramshackle, low-key affair. Lowe excelled in a rather blacker back-to-nature comedy, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, while Tom Cullen was great in Andrew Haigh’s Weekend – but none of the ensemble interplay quite gels here. Jokes about pretentious poetic types are half-cocked – even Lowe’s impassioned recital of a Tesco receipt seems more like a rough run-through for a gag – and the main comic premise, three women getting in a rivalrously undignified »
- Jonathan Romney
A tasty treat of gentle but wise humor, full of as much sympathy but also tough love for its messed-up sisters as they are for each other. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Two con-artist sisters on the run from the law steal a car and figure that where its owners were headed is as good a destination as any… perhaps not the wisest of moves, but Lisa and Claire are pretty impetuous. So now they have to pretend to be the Wilding sisters, the guests of honor at a “spiritual retreat” run by the “Poet’s Poetry Society” in the Black Mountains of Wales. This, the third semi-improvised feature film from director Jamie Adams, is a tasty treat of gentle but wise humor that is forgiving of the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This lo-fi comedy from writer-director Jamie Adams is daft and flimsy and funny. It’s a film that follows its nose about the place, improv-style – with no great hangups about plot believability. Everything depends on the performers, who fortunately are really good: there are some big laughs, particularly from Alice Lowe. She plays Lisa, who with her sister Claire (Dolly Wells) has somehow got involved in petty crime: in the opening scene they are shown failing to break into an industrial estate to steal a Jcb. Why they want one is never clear. The bickering siblings go on the run and steal a car belonging to a couple of performance poets called the Wilding Sisters and then show up at a poetry retreat in »
- Peter Bradshaw
Black Mountain Poets review by Dan Bullock.
Like a silhouette at sunset; Black Mountain Poets sketches out who we are
Striving for a goal; probing out an individual star
This lo-fi indie film explores the deeper meaning behind our actions
…Of everyday life.
Jamie Adams third feature film sees us follow two sisters, Claire (Dolly Wells) and Lisa (Alice Lowe), who steal the identities of well-known fictional poets The Wilding Sisters. After trying to steal a Jcb they drive off scared, run out of petrol and end up nabbing the car of the poets, taking on their identity which leads to Claire and Lisa living the lie to extremes at a Poetry Retreat in Wales.
When they join up with the small group of devoted poets, they’re welcomed at the remote event with loving (and excited »
- Dan Bullock
Coming to UK cinemas on the 1st April is the new comedy Black Mountain Poets, a film which stars Alice Lowe, Dolly Wells and Tom Cullen. The film, directed by Jamie Adams, debuted at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2015, and the SXSW Film Festival this month to huge acclaim, and we have an exclusive clip to share with you.
First, here’s the plot.
Two professional con artist sisters Lisa and Claire go on the run after being caught trying to steal a Jcb. They decide to lie low by assuming the identities of the owners of their escape vehicle and become The Wilding Sisters, guest stars of the Poet’s Poetry Society retreat in the depths of the Black Mountains. Thinking this will be an easy task, they don’t count on the presence of handsome poet Richard and his jealous girlfriend Louise. Competing for a large cash prize, »
- Paul Heath
We’ve got the first trailer and poster for the indie comedy-drama Black Mountain Poets that stars Alice Lowe, Dolly Wells and Tom Cullen. It looks rather natural, funny and entertainingly interesting, so wanted to share it with you Thn readers.
Written and directed by Jamie Adams, Black Mountain Poets follows two professional con-artist sisters, Lisa and Claire, who are on the run after being caught trying to steal a Jcb. But instead of literally just hiding away, they take on the identities of The Wilding Sisters, who are set to be guest stars at the Poet’s Poetry Society retreat in the depths of the Black Mountains.
Check out the trailer and poster below, I like this one already:
Black Mountain Poets opens in UK cinemas on 1st April, honestly!
- Dan Bullock
Ahead of its release next month, a new UK poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming comedy Black Mountain Poets. Written and directed by Jamie Adams, the film stars Alice Lowe, Dolly Wells and Tom Cullen; check them out below…
Two professional con artist sisters Lisa and Claire go on the run after being caught trying to steal a Jcb. They decide to lie low by assuming the identities of the owners of their escape vehicle and become The Wilding Sisters, guest stars of the Poet’s Poetry Society retreat in the depths of the Black Mountains. Thinking this will be an easy task, they don’t count on the presence of handsome poet Richard and his jealous girlfriend Louise. Competing for a large cash prize, the two sisters are forced to confront not only their relationship but also their place in the world. Can they survive the »
- Amie Cranswick
To put it bluntly, production has begun on the second season of the Starz Blunt Talk TV series. The half-hour sitcom features British newscaster, Walter Blunt, intent on rising to the top of American cable news. The first season finale of Blunt Talk aired October 24, 2015.
Lesley Ann Warren joins the cast in the second season of Blunt Talk, which stars: Patrick Stewart, Jacki Weaver, Adrian Scarborough, Dolly Wells, Timm Sharp, Mary Holland, and Karan Soni. Romany Malco is recurring. Blunt Talk season two will feature guest appearances by Moby, Jason Schwartzman, Fred, Melamed, Erik Griffin, Brett Gelman, and Brent Spiner.
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Chicago – There is something incredibly special when two old pros – in this case actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay – interpret an amazing exploration of a long relationship with a preciseness that creates life affirmation, despite the sorrows. There is truth in this film.
This one sneaks up on us, providing an almost innocuous secret as a plot engine, and then revving that engine to the breaking point – yet in a quiet and desperate way that most people live. A long marriage is ripe for land mines of raw feelings and repressed anger, and “45 Years” confronts it all, with two performers as the husband Geoff and wife Kate that absolutely understand what the story is projecting. Rampling and Courtenay take the smallest gestures, or turn of character, and make the most of those collection of moments. By the end of this film, we know Geoff and Kate, because who they »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The third season renewal, announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., comes ahead of the second season premiere, which is next week on Jan. 13.
Hailing from creator Darren Star, “Younger” stars Sutton Foster, Hillary Duff, Debi Mazar, Nico Tortorella, Miriam Shor, Molly Bernard, Peter Hermann and Dan Amboyer, who were all at TCA when the renewal announcement was made.
“‘Younger’ was a critical success and fan favorite right out of the gate, and Darren Star and his team of writers have brought an even sexier, shocking sophomore season to the table,” said Keith Cox, exec vice president of development and original programming at TV Land. “We’re thrilled with the show and what it’s done for the network, and »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Christian Papierniak will write and direct the pic with Carrie Coon, Sarah Goldberg, Rob Huebel, Brandon T. Jackson, Luka Jones, Kyle Kinane, Haley Joel Osment, Alex Russell, Alia Shawkat, Keith Stanfield, Dolly Wells and newcomer Bobby Lamont also joining the cast.
Davis plays a woman at rock bottom who must find her way across Los Angeles in order to crash her ex-boyfriend’s engagement party. Davis will also make her debut as a producer with Papierniak, Melissa Panzer and Meghan Lennox.
Production on the film is slated to begin this month in Los Angeles.
Davis was most recently seen alongside Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristen Wiig in “The Martian” and also recently wrapped an episode of the Netflix/Channel 4 anthology series “Black Mirror.” She will also return to “Halt and Catch Fire, »
- Justin Kroll
18 items from 2016
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