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It seems like Sony Pictures Classics got what all the, er, buzz was about with Hysteria. The studio announced they have acquired the U.S. and South African rights to the Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy romantic comedy, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie, directed by Tanya Wexler, is based on the story of Joseph Mortimer Granville (played by Dancy), the inventor of the world’s first electro-mechanical vibrator.
- Aly Semigran
Sony Pictures Classics has announced that they have acquired all U.S. and South African rights to Hysteria . The film is directed by Tanya Wexler from a script by the team of Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer. A trio of women produced Hysteria - Forthcoming Films' Sarah Curtis, Informant Media's Judy Cairo, and Beachfront Films' Tracey Becker. The film stars Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy alongside Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett, and Felicity Jones and had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Hysteria , a mischievously inspired romantic comedy, is based on the surprising truth of how Mortimer Granville came up with the world's first electro-mechanical vibrator in the name of medical science. "'Hysteria' is meant »
This one’s for the ladies: Hysteria, the Tanya Wexler-directed picture starring Oscar-nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal, has sold its Us and South African rights to Sony Pictures Classics. The romantic comedy is based on the historically (and hysterically) accurate tale of Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville’s invention of the first vibrator, all in the name of medical science. The heart of the film is about the realization that everyone is in control of their own happiness. Written by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer, and produced by the all-female trio of Sarah Curtis, Judy Cairo and Tracey Becker, Hysteria also stars Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett and Felicity Jones. Hit the jump for more on Hysteria. Our own Matt Goldberg reviewed Hysteria at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, although I doubt his comment of “inarguably the best movie you’ll see all year featuring Jonathan Pryce fingerblasting »
- Dave Trumbore
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all Us and South African rights to Hysteria. The film is directed by Tanya Wexler from a script by the team of Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer. A trio of women produced Hysteria - Forthcoming Films' Sarah Curtis (Mansfield Park, Her Majesty Mrs Brown), Informant Media's Judy Cairo (Crazy Heart), and Beachfront Films' Tracey Becker (Finding Neverland).
The film stars Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, Nanny McPhee Returns) and Hugh Dancy (Adam, Confessions of a Shopaholic) alongside Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett, and Felicity Jones and had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Hysteria, a mischievously inspired romantic comedy, is based on the surprising truth of how Mortimer Granville came up with the world's first electro-mechanical vibrator in the name of medical science.
"Hysteria is meant to be both funny and smart. It's really »
Deadline revealed September 30 that Sony Pictures Classics would acquire Hysteria, the film that covers the accidental discovery of the vibrator. Spc has just issued this official announcement of the deal: New York (November 10, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all Us and South African rights to Hysteria. The film is directed by Tanya Wexler from a script by the team of Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer. A trio of women produced Hysteria- Forthcoming Films’ Sarah Curtis (Mansfield Park, Her Majesty Mrs. Brown), Informant Media’s Judy Cairo (Crazy Heart), and Beachfront Films’ Tracey Becker (Finding Neverland). The film stars Academy Award® nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, Nanny McPhee Returns) and Hugh Dancy (Adam, Confessions Of A Shopaholic) alongside Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett, and Felicity Jones and had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Hysteria, a mischievously inspired romantic comedy, is based on »
- MIKE FLEMING
Bella, Edward, and a vibrator. No, not all together; after all, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is rated PG-13. It's just that the eclectic Rome Film Festival, currently being held in the Italian capital, has screened 15 minutes from Breaking Dawn: Part 1, in addition to Tanya Wexler's comedy about the invention of the vibrator, Hysteria, featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy (photo). Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner were elsewhere, but Jackson Rathbone and Nikki Reed were in attendance at the Breaking Dawn screening. Also in attendance were Hysteria players Gyllenhaal and Rupert Everett. Hysteria is one of the 15 films in competition in Rome. Others include Pål Sletaune's Babycall, with Noomi Rapace and Kristoffer Joner; Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm, with Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling; Cédric Kahn's Une vie meilleure, with Guillaume Canet and Leïla Bekhti; and Pawel Pawlikowski's La Femme du cinquième, »
- Zac Gille
The International Rome Film Festival announces fifteen films playing in competition at the fest's 6th edition. From October 27-November 4, the Italian festival will open with Luc Besson's The Lady (out of competition), close with a digitally restored version of Breakfast at Tiffany's (marking its 50th anniversary), and in-between will showcase Leander Haubmann's Hotel Lux, Pål Sletaune's Babycall, Tanya Wexler's Hysteria, Juhn Jaihong's Poongsan, Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm, Cédric Kahn's Une vie meilleure, Jaffe Zinn's Magic Valley, Sebastián Borensztein's Un Cuento Chino and Pawel Pawlikowski's La Femme du cinquièmen (The Woman in the Fifth), starring Kristin Scott Thomas (pictured). The four Italian films playing in competition are Ivan Cotroneo's La kryptonite nell borsa, Pupi Avati's Il cuore grande delle ragazze, Marina Spada's »
"Stimulated" by their most recent pick-up in Tiff audience award's Where Do We Go Now?, Sony Pictures Classics are supposedly, as we had suggested prior to its world premiere, interested in another crowd-pleaser in Tanya Wexler's Hysteria. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Felicity Jones and Jonathan Pryce on board, producers should be able to fetch a good deal for the pic -- THR reports that a deal is near on U.S. and South Africa rights, so a confirmation for the deal and more thn likely a 2012 showing shouldn't be too far off. Gist: Based on a true story, set in Victorian England about the invention of the first vibrator. Victorian England, 1880. Mortimer Granville, a young doctor sick of his colleagues' medieval practices, starts working for Dr Dalrymple, who treats women's "hysteria" by offering them intimate manual relief... Demand is so great that Mortimer fears for the use of his hands. »
Early this summer got word on the next film from writer and director Martin McDonagh, who gave us the fantastic In Bruges. Titled Seven Psychopaths, the film has a fantastic cast of Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Colin Farrell and will follow “a screenwriter (Farrell) struggling for inspiration for his script, Seven Psychopaths, who gets drawn into the dog kidnapping schemes of his oddball friends (Rockwell and Walken).” Rourke plays a gangster who loses his dog, which causes things to spin out of control. Since that update, we haven’t heard a thing.
With production gearing up Deadline now lets us know that CBS Films is close to coming on board as co-financier and Us distributor. There isn’t many details beyond that, but we know the film will shoot in Los Angeles this fall for an expected 2012 release. The new shingle also picked up Salmon Fishing in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Exclusive: I’m told that Sony Pictures Classics is near a deal to distribute Hysteria, the Tanya Wexler-directed romantic comedy based on the surprising truth of how Mortimer Granville came up with the world’s first electro-mechanical vibrator as an advance in medical science. The film created a — wait for it — buzz when it premiered September 15 at Roy Thomson Hall. Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett and Felicity Jones star in the film. Samuel Goldwyn Films and Millennium also chased the title. Sony Pictures Classics partners Michael Barker and Tom Bernard have this evening’s opening-night film of the New York Film Festival with the premiere of Carnage, the Roman Polanski-directed feature adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play. Polanski shot the film in Paris, with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly starring. Hysteria was repped by Cassian Elwes and Elle Driver. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Set in the English 'Victorian' era, the film centers on the invention of the 'vibrator', with the film's title referencing the once-common medical diagnosis of 'female hysteria'.
Along with Jones, Gyllenhaal and Dancy, cast includes Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce, Anna Chancellor, Gemma Jones, Tobias Menzies, Sheridan Smith, Kate Linder, David Ryall, Dominic Borrelli, Georgie Glen, Malcolm Rennie, Jonathan Rhodes, Jules Werner, Elisabet Johannesdottir, Kim Criswell, Leila Schaus, Catherine Meunier and Corinna Marlowe.
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- Michael Stevens
Did you know the vibrator was the fifth domestic appliance to be electrified, after the sewing machine, fan, tea kettle and toaster? It also was invented about a decade before the vacuum cleaner and electric iron. Interesting right? And while Tanya Wexler's Hysteria isn't half as inventive as the story at its core it is still a sweet enough diversion to make for an appealing night at home with a movie. As it turns out, instead of being about the invention at its core, the first electronic vibrator, and the result of its stimulation, serves as more of a metaphor for a story of sexual repression and woman's liberation.
Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville is credited with the first patent for the electric vibrator. Here he is played by Hugh Dancy with a stiff bit of professionalism and not much of a personality to speak of. His approach to most »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Wme has signed Tanya Wexler. She’s the director of Hysteria, the 2011 Toronto Film Festival drama about the invention of the vibrator. The buzz is that film is in hot pursuit by suitors that include Sony Pictures Classics, Samuel Goldwyn Films and Millennium. Wexler had met with the major agencies while in Toronto, where her film had its world premiere last Thursday. She previously directed the indies Finding North and Ball in the House, and continues to be managed by Circle of Confusion and repped by UK-based agency Curtis Brown. Hysteria stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce and Felicity Jones. »
- MIKE FLEMING
"By the time I finished the movie I'd been sent maybe 15 vibrators by different people in London with vibrator stores. It was a pleasant surprise," she said.
"So I have this incredible collection, and I actually use like one or two of them. I lend them to my friends, and they'll take them for six months at a time," she added.
Director Tanya Wexler's romantic comedy chronicles the true story of how two London. »
- Smith Cox
Directed by Tanya Wexler
Written by Stephen Dyer
Considering that this is a romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator, there are a few things you should know. During the nineteenth century, “female hysteria” was a common catchall diagnosis for women suffering from a wide variety of ailments including mental health issues, irritability, and even lust. Treatment typically consisted of a doctor performing a “pelvic massage” on the woman in question, where “pelvic massage” was simply a euphemism for genital stimulation. The treatment was considered successful when the patient experienced a “hysterical paroxysm,” which we would now call an orgasm. This is the world Hysteria operates in.
Hysteria is, at heart, a romantic comedy. It follows noble but befuddled young doctor Mortimer Grenville (Hugh Dancy), assistant to London’s foremost specialist on women’s medicine, Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce). Grenville finds himself trapped »
- Dave Robson
This roundup is in addition to full Tiff 2011 reviews of Tanya Wexler's Hysteria, Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends with Kids, Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights, Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz, and discussion of Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk about Kevin in Girls on Film. Your Sister's Sister Your Sister's Sister is simple, but not in any reductive way. Much like her breakout hit Humpday, director Lynn Shelton takes a wacky premise and infuses it with so much warm reality that it becomes real and everyday, simple and heartfelt. This is the sort of film that a summary can never properly capture, where the magic comes from how characters play off each other rather than any intricacies of plot. Jack (Mark Duplass) is in a bad place. His brother died a...
- Monika Bartyzel
By Julie Gordon
Toronto (Reuters) - Madonna may have stolen the lion's share of the headlines, but there were plenty of films by women directors earning a lot of buzz at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which draws to a close on Sunday.
From the invention of the vibrator to the aftermath of a school massacre, women brought comedy and complexity to the event that helps launch Hollywood's Oscar season.
From Madonna's "W.E." to Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz", many of the films delved into familiar themes of relationships, marriage and children, but it is unfair to label them as "chick flicks", said Canadian actress and director Polley.
"If you make a movie about a woman, whether it's by a woman or from the perspective of woman, then it's (labeled) a 'chick flick,'" she said. "But there's no matching marginalizing term to talk about a movie that stars a man. »
In the prudish days of Victorian England, a quarter of London’s female population suffered from hysteria — a misguided catch-all medical diagnosis of female malaise, melancholia, and anxiety. Suffering women of means found treatment from male medical specialists — quacks actually — who offered “pelvic massage.” Fortunately, there was a brilliant doctor willing to roll up his sleeves and get to the heart of the matter. In Hysteria, a romantic comedy that premiered Thursday night at the Toronto Film Festival, Hugh Dancy portrays Mortimer Granville, the buttoned-up but idealistic inventor of the vibrator. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the progressive daughter of London’s »
- Jeff Labrecque
In today's roundup, we cover the invention of the first electric vibrator, two more distribution deals, and what an actor needs most after an apocalypse. Celeb Sightings Above: Jonathan Pryce, Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and director Tanya Wexler all appeared at a press conference this afternoon to promote their film Hysteria, a romantic comedy about the invention of the first electric vibrator in the 1880s. (Photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images.) "In my experience, a lot of the films that I do have to do with sexuality," Gyllenhaal said, "because I’m interested in sexuality and so is everyone else." More star sightings within the past 24 hours, around...
- Peter Martin
By Julie Gordon
Toronto (Reuters) - To say Toronto was abuzz with "Hysteria" would be an understatement.
The film, which is based on the true story of the first electronic vibrator's invention in the 1880s, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday but even before the curtain rose, the movie's stars and director had reporters laughing at a news conference.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, who portrays one of the key characters, said that among the best perks of the job was all the unsolicited "gifts" she received while shooting in London.
"By the time I finished the movie I'd been sent maybe 15 vibrators by different people in London with vibrator stores," said Gyllenhaal. "It was a pleasant surprise."
"It's been happening to me my whole career," joked the film's lead actor, Hugh Dancy, to peals of laughter from the gathered press.
Joking aside, Gyllenhaal said the film presented a serious »
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