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Now available in select theaters and on VOD is By the Gun, director James Mottern's spin on the mafia crime drama. The film follows Nick Tortano (Ben Barnes) on his ambitious climb to the upper rungs of the North End's organized crime syndicate, despite his best friend and right-hand man (Slaine) constantly warning him against it. When Nick finally becomes a made man he finds it's not all it's cracked up to be and realizes the lives his friends, family, and the woman he loves (Leighton Meester) are in jeopardy. By the Gun also stars Harvey Keitel, Toby Jones, Paul Ben-Victor, and Ritchie Coster. I recently jumped on the phone with Barnes for an exclusive interview about By the Gun. He talked about why the story and character appealed to him, his research process for keying into the character, the closeness of the Boston community, and how this film »
- Haleigh Foutch
Since the end of Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester has played Andy Samberg's character's fiancee in That's My Boy, starred in Of Mice and Men on Broadway and played Vera Farmiga's character's daughter in The Judge, among other roles. After five years playing Blair Waldorf week after week, Meester is trying to take on different parts. "It would just seem like a waste of time to do the same thing over and over again, not to mention a little boring," she told The Hollywood Reporter. See more 12 Iconic Female Duos in Hollywood The script for Life Partners, about the
- Hilary Lewis
Title: Life Partners Director: Susanna Fogel Starring: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs and Adam Brody The closest and truest childhood friends often find a way to maintain their relationships, despite the peer pressure and struggles they often face together in school. Learning to contend with those personal challenges in their relationships at a young age can also teach them how to overcome the perplexing adversities they face throughout their 20s, as they search for professional and romantic fulfillment together. First-time feature film director Susanna Fogel reteamed with Joni Lefkowitz, her co-star, scribe and producer from their television series, ‘Joni & Susanna,’ to comically write about those struggles in their new independent [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
In his new film Life Partners, Adam Brody plays a character who creates drama when he comes between his girlfriend (Gillan Jacobs) and her lesbian best friend (Brody's wife, Leighton Meester). But when Brody stopped by EW to take our Pop Culture Personality Test, it was nothing but comedy. Well, until he talked about Jack Nicholson's "manly cry." Watch the video below to find out about Brody's his current TV obsession, the pop song he's embarrassed to like, and the TV show and film that helped him come of age. »
- Mandi Bierly
Magnolia Pictures released their new comedy film, "Life Partners," into theaters today, and we got some reviews in from the top,major critics. It turns out that the overall view is mixed as it got an overall 56 score out of a possible 100 across 13 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Adam Brody, Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Gabourey Sidibe and Kate McKinnon. We've posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a fairly nice 75 score, saying: "Partners is exceedingly well-cast and well-acted, bringing a lightly satirical and witty script to life. Meester and Jacobs have a disarming chemistry, and their conversation is filled with a comfortable shorthand." Sara Stewart over at the New York Post, gave it a 75 grade as well, stating: "Fogel’s focus is female friendship, and the challenges presented by growing older and pairing up. It all makes for a rocky road, »
Boston, with its prestigious academics and rich sense of culture, doesn’t seem completely deserving of its cinematic reputation as a decaying den of iniquity, but there’s no denying the gritty, gloomy atmosphere in which nearly every “Boston film” of the past five years has been cloaked. The Town, The Departed, Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone – all of them paint the city with a devastating brush, populating it with characters who seem constantly at a breaking point, ready to bubble over from seething anger to vicious violence.
By the Gun shares most of its DNA with those aforementioned crime thrillers. Like them, its characters are of the rough-and-tumble variety, cursing like sailors in thick accents, and walking through the city streets with slightly stooped shoulders as if carrying unseen weight. Also like them, its story communicates timeless messages of masculinity, family, sacrifice and the “good life.” It’s a gangster movie, »
- Isaac Feldberg
"Life Partners" is a new comedy co-written by Joni Lefkowitz and co-written and directed by Susanna Fogel. It stars Gillian Jacobs and Leighton Meester as Paige and Sasha, two best friends, the former of which is straight and the latter gay. They are as close as can be until Paige meets Adam Brody's character Tim and falls in love with him. This challenges her relationship with Sasha, who is single and not ready to give up all of the time she spends with her pal.
The film is semi autobiographical, as the writers have a similar longtime friendship with each other. Susanna Fogel, in her feature directorial debut, gets a lot of great performances out of the talented cast. The two female leads shine in their roles, funny and human, not over the top caricatures that you might get with a studio comedy. Adam Brody is quite charming as Paige's newfound beau, »
- Daniel T
Following the success of last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, director Jean-Marc Vallée returns with another high profile title and a big Hollywood star that should easily be this week’s Specialty Box Office go-getter, Wild. Starring Reese Witherspoon, who also produces with Bruna Papandrea under their Pacific Standard label, the Fox Searchlight title will open in a comparatively wider release by this weekend (it opened in NY and La Wednesday) than some of its more recent high-profile brethren including last week’s The Imitation Game or last month’s Foxcatcher. Liv Ullmann returns to the director’s chair after a long absence with her take on Strindberg’s Miss Julie with Jessica Chastain, Collin Farrell and Samantha Morton via Wrekin Hill Entertainment. IFC Films and Magnolia Pictures will each open features Comet and Life Partners respectively which have at their center two people in an intense relationship. And two »
- Brian Brooks
There aren't any huge wide releases this weekend, which means there probably aren't going to be any huge changes in the box office lineup—so Hunger Games, you can get comfortable. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 started off strong with a $121.9 million opening weekend and dropped a predictable 53 percent last weekend, down to $57 million. But even with that significant drop, it didn't suffer in terms of its top five placement: Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2 both opened during the Hunger Games' second weekend, but didn't even come close to Mockingjay's earnings. Although there aren't any films opening »
- Ariana Bacle
This weekend, Reese Witherspoon looks for salvation on a 1000-mile hike in the docudrama "Wild," a snake expert will be eaten alive -- and fished out in one piece (hopefully) -- on "Eaten Alive" Sunday night at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel, the British sci-fi series "Black Mirror" examines the dark side of technology on Netflix, and "American Horror Story: Coven," the third season of the popular series, will be available to stream on Netflix, too, beginning this weekend.
Also in theaters this weekend: "The Pyramid" follows an archaeological team hunted by an insidious creature after attempting to unlock the secrets of a lost pyramid. In "Zero Motivation," a unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. "Pioneer" follows a diver (Wes Bentley) at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom »
- Jonny Black
Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs star in the new romantic comedy, Life Partners, about the platonic and adorably sweet friendship between Paige, a straight and successful lawyer, and Sasha, a gay, "still figuring it out" receptionist trying to follow her musical ambitions.
Both characters are on the quest for love, and just like Sasha's character faces some hilarious dating mishaps in the flick, both actresses have been on even worse dates in their real-lives.
"I can't say that I've ever gone on a date that I liked...it's funny," Leighton, who is married to co-star Adam Brody, shared. "Anytime I've ever ended up dating somebody it was never like 'going out' because usually I would do that with someone I didn't like... see how it goes. Oh man, yeah."
But, Leighton did recall one specific and hilarious dating mishap she experienced at the age of 14.
"When I was a teenager, someone I worked »
The indie romantic dramedy Life Partners highlights the co-dependent friendship of Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs), who spend more time hanging out with each other and watching reality TV than they do venturing out into the dating world. But when Paige meets Tim (Adam Brody), they start getting serious and Sasha starts to feel cast aside by her best friend. At the film’s press day, actress Leighton Meester spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how great it was to be a part of something with so much positive energy, why she loves comedy, how she related to her character, the major change to one of the film’s plot points, how being matched up for a film is like going on a blind date, and being attracted to imperfect and flawed characters. She also talked about her latest album, Heartstrings, her experience performing Of Mice and Men »
- Christina Radish
Susanna Fogel's Life Partners starts with a vehicular meet-cute: Paige (Gillian Jacobs) cuts off Sasha (Leighton Meester), causing the aggrieved receptionist/wannabe rockstar to scream, “Watch where you're going, bitch!” Both girls park at a gay-pride rally, storm out of their cars, and hug. It's a fake fight — the old school friends bond by bellowing “slut!” — and the sort of inside joke that sets the tone for an upside-down romantic comedy where the centerpiece love story is platonic.
Paige and Sasha are bourgeois soul mates; they genuinely prioritize each other's happiness, even remembering which pillow the other prefers when crashing on the couch after too much rosé. “I just want to meet a guy that I like as much as yo »
There are two types of intolerable people, and they're both present in “Life Partners.” This comedy depicts a friendship between two grown women, both of whom find themselves shifting in different directions. Responsible Paige (Gillian Jacobs) has a regular 9-to-5 position at a law firm, while social gadfly Sasha (Leighton Meester) toils away at a thankless receptionist job, and while neither of these jobs should define these characters, they inevitably do. This shorthand complicates a potentially fine source of drama, because Paige is straight and Sasha is gay. On the cusp of thirty, both girls find themselves settling into familiar routines, and it's here where those intolerable types manifest. The tomboyish Sasha spends days at a local lesbian bar with a Greek chorus of over-dramatic friends, prattling on about her daily annoyances and frequently refreshing her Facebook page, now permanently shrugging off her initial dreams of being a singer-songwriter. Paige herself doesn't seem. »
- Gabe Toro
Robert Downey, Jr. took on a more dramatic role earlier this year in The Judge, and now Warner Bros. has revealed exactly when you'll be able to take the movie home with you on blu-ray, as well as what you can expect to find on the disc when you do. Come inside for all the details!
Defend your honor when “The Judge” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on January 27 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “The Judge” stars two-time Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. (“Chaplin,” “Tropic Thunder”) and Oscar® winner Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies,” “Crazy Heart”) alongside Oscar® nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring”) and Oscar® winner Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade,” “Friday Night Lights”).
In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home. The film also features a stellar supporting cast, including Vincent D’Onofrio »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The indie romantic comedy Life Partners highlights the co-dependent friendship of Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs), who spend more time hanging out with each other and watching reality TV than they do venturing out into the dating world. But when Paige meets Tim (Adam Brody), they start getting serious and Sasha starts to feel cast aside by her best friend. At the film’s press day, actress Gillian Jacobs spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how good it feels to be in a female-driven comedy, what got her interested in comedy, in the first place, why she wanted to be a part of Life Partners, what drew her to her character, her natural chemistry with Leighton Meester, and how close the finished product is to the original script. She also talked about her directorial debut, a short documentary about computer programmer Grace Hopper, the crazy journey »
- Christina Radish
It may have been a bit of a non-starter insofar as awards consideration goes, but David Dobkin’s legal drama The Judge isn’t without its merits, including fine performances from Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. If you missed the pair squaring off on the big screen, rest assured you’ll have a chance to check out the film soon enough – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that it will release The Judge on Blu-Ray on January 27th, 2015.
Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong and Dax Shepard co-star in the film. Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, »
- Isaac Feldberg
She’s the One: Fogel’s Debut a Top Tier Examination of Co-Dependent Friendship
Borrowing shades of autobiographical instances from their own lives, director Susanna Fogel and co-writer Joni Lefkowitz’s feature film debut, Life Partners, transcends the corral of niche markets and anchoring labels with its enthusiastic relatability as one of the most realistic examples of life’s circumstances forcing friends (a little bit) apart. Devoid of soapboxing subtexts or proselytizing with political agendas, Lefkowitz’s tender, sharply observed script gets fleshed out by a handful of genuinely engaging performances from both leads and supporting players. Familiar themes are presented refreshingly as Fogel expertly guides the film through the precarious catwalk of striking just the right balance between light drama and inventive comedy, inviting us to laugh at and with a strikingly composed cast of rich characters.
- Nicholas Bell
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