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You’ll get no judgment from me if — after watching Looking: The Movie — you’re overcome by the urge to gather your closest friends and/or significant other at the nearest greasy spoon to scarf down runny eggs and weak coffee and whatever else you might need to fend off a Sunday-morning hangover.
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Oh, sure, the wrapup of HBO’s sometimes charming, sometimes maddening dramedy — essentially a third season packed into a tidy 90 minutes — features one too many Unsubtle One-Liners to Underscore the Big Themes (“Sometimes you’ve got to leave »
Midway through the second (and last) season of HBO’s criminally short-lived series Looking, our favorite gay hypochondriac Patrick (Jonathan Groff) justified his tryst with then-taken Kevin (Russell Tovey) by arguing that Kevin and his boyfriend, John, were in the ruts of their relationship and about to end it anyway. “I know how that sounds, like the worst TV show you’ve ever seen,” Patrick admits to reformed narcissist Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) and, in a weirdly positive way, he’s not very far off the mark.
For all of its 18 episodes, Looking‘s plots lined up with a large swath of typical boilerplate, romantic-drama television that hid a lot of its cliché behind the one thing most people take it for: a gay show. Patrick’s series-long, two suitor dilemma is typical hollywood wish fulfillment – Richie (Raúl Castillo) represents his fear of something new, Kevin his anxiety to connect with someone so similar, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Ever since the gay television swell of the early to mid-aughts, viewers have been looking to the fill void left by “The L Word,” “Will & Grace” and “Queer as Folk.” Sadly, “Looking” leaves them still looking. Andrew Haigh’s HBO series (which only lasted two seasons) deliberately eschewed the fabulousness of those beloved shows, instead aiming for the unstructured writing and hipster ennui of “Girls.” In his eagerness to distinguish the series from its natural predecessors, Haigh strayed too far from his own voice, so clearly defined in his acclaimed feature films “Weekend” and “45 Years.”
HBO may have been betting that Haigh could conjure some of the magic of those films for his feature-length take on “Looking.” Unfortunately, the film only plays like an epilogue to the series, resurrecting its hunky characters just so viewers can ogle them a bit longer. It’s the lesbian couple trying to make it work one last time, »
- Jude Dry
Usual contributors Aubrey Plaza and Paul Weitz, Life After Beth‘s John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon, Joshy‘s Alison Brie and Adam Pally and a slew of names in Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Fred Armisen, Jon Gabrus, Jemima Kirke, Nick Offerman, Paul Reiser and Lauren Weedman are part of ensemble that has, according to Deadline, already been assembled for Jeff Baena‘s third feature film.
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- Eric Lavallee
Wme and CAA represent Us rights to The Little Hour, which recently completed principal photography in Italy. The feature marks Baena’s (pictured) third directorial outing after Sundance selections Joshy and Life After Beth.
Liz Destro of Destro Films produces and StarStream Media and Bow and Arrow Entertainment are financing and serve as executive producers alongside Productivity Media in partnership with Concourse, and Exhibit Entertainment and Foton Pictures.
Lionsgate and Hulu acquired North American rights to Joshy earlier this year »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Concourse will begin selling the movie at the Cannes Film Festival. CAA and Wme are handling domestic rights.
The announcement of sales rights going to Concourse is the first disclosure about the project, which recently completed principal photography in Italy. Jeff Baena, whose helming credits include “Joshy” and “Life After Beth,” directed “The Little Hours.”
The film is produced by Liz Destro of Destro Films. It was executive produced and financed by StarStream Media and Bow and Arrow Entertainment alongside Productivity Media in partnership with Concourse. The movie was also executive produced »
- Dave McNary
The Wrap reports that Lionsgate and Hulu have paired on picking up the Joshy, the Sundance preemed (U.S Dramatic Comp section) Jeff Baena sophomore, bro-mantic ensemble film. Lionsgate Premiere will distribute the film theatrically (likely) sometime this year.
Gist: After his engagement ends badly, Josh decides to take advantage of his bachelor-party plans in Ojai, California, with the few friends still willing to join him. Focused on drugs and their own hangups, his self-absorbed friends refuse to confront the elephant in the room and ask Josh how he’s feeling. As welcome and unwelcome guests stop by, Josh will attempt to find some closure over this weekend with the guys.
Worth Noting: This sees perfs from Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll, Brett Gelman, Jenny Slate, Paul Reiser, Lisa Edelstein, Aubrey Plaza, Lauren Weedman and a truly short appearance from Alison Brie.
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- Eric Lavallee
Joshy is a unique take on male relationships, and perhaps just males, that centers on the post-wedding-cancellation interactions that take place between friends, and the lengths men will go to in order to not talk about anything.
Following the theatrical release, it will stream exclusively on Hulu.
Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) , a premier next generation global content leader, and Hulu announced today that they have joined forces to acquire the North American rights to Jeff Baena’s Joshy, featuring an ensemble cast, including Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll, Brett Gelman, and Jenny Slate. The film will be released on Lionsgate’s specialty film distribution label, Lionsgate Premiere, »
- Marc Eastman
The film, which premiered in January at Sundance, will be released on the Lionsgate Premiere label and will be available to stream exclusively on Hulu following its theatrical run.
“Silicon Valley” star Middleditch plays the title character in “Joshy,” which takes place after his fiance commits suicide. He decides to take advantage of his bachelor-party plans with the few friends still willing to join him, but his self-absorbed friends refuse to confront the elephant in the room and ask him how he’s feeling.
- Dave McNary
In a joint acquisition with Lionsgate, Hulu has bought its first festival film, writer-director Jeff Baena‘s dark comedy “Joshy,” the companies announced Tuesday. “Joshy” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews. The film stars Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Nick Kroll, Alex Ross Perry and Brett Gelman, as well as Jenny Slate, Aubrey Plaza, Lauren Graham, Paul Reiser, Alison Brie, Lauren Weedman and Lisa Edelstein. The film will be released on Lionsgate’s specialty film distribution label, Lionsgate Premiere, and will be available to stream exclusively on Hulu following its theatrical run. Also Read: 'Joshy' Stars Nick Kroll, »
- Jeff Sneider
Hulu has made its first significant acquisition of a festival film, joining Lionsgate on North American rights to Jeff Baena’s recent Sundance world premiere.
The deal marks the arrival on the acquisitions scene of another major digital force after well-documented seismic forays by Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Insiders had been predicting for some time that the streaming service known primarily for TV would make a move into film acquisition.
Hulu has a non-exclusive deal with Epix and announced an exclusive documentary output partnership with IFC in Park City, however this marks the first time it has acquired a feature, rather than merely licensed streaming rights.
Hulu, which has brought on more staff of late and expanded its headquarters in Santa Monica’s so-called Silicon Beach, will stream Joshy exclusively after the theatrical run on Lionsgate’s specialty label Lionsgate Premiere.
Joshy premiered in Park City in the Us Dramatic Competition strand and the ensemble cast includes »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
It's a premise you wouldn't normally expect for a mostly improvised comedy: Joshy (Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch) comes home from the gym, on his birthday, no less, to find that his fiancée (Alison Brie) has hanged herself. Cut to four months later: The deposit for the house in Ojai, California, Josh and his friends had rented for his bachelor party turns out to be non-refundable. So ... it's party time! The crew is made up of Ari (Adam Pally), Adam (Alex Ross Perry), Eric (Nick Kroll), Greg (Brett Gelman), and, as the weekend goes on, Jodi (Jenny Slate) and Isadora (Lauren Weedman). By the end of the film, all of L.A.'s comedy scene will have shown up, including director Jeff Baena's girlfriend, Aubrey Plaza (who he was last at Sundance with her for his first feature, the zombie rom-com Life After Beth), New Girl's Jake Johnson, »
- Jada Yuan
The female stars of the Sundance movie “Joshy,” about a bachelor party gone wrong, seem very familiar with the real thing. “I just wish my whole life was bachelor party shenanigans,” Alison Brie told TheWrap’s film reporter Jeff Sneider at the Sundance Film Festival. “That’s the way everyone should live every day.” Co-star Lisa Edelstein recalled the stripper hired at her own bachelorette party. “I don’t find it sexy when testicles are flying in my face,” she said. Also Read: 'Birth of a Nation,' 'Swiss Army Man' Win Top Sundance Awards “That’s not a good dancer, »
- Thom Geier
One of the saddest comedies ever made about boys behaving badly at a bachelor party, “Joshy” offers a strange mix of elements that never quite add up. Boasting a hodgepodge of strong comic voices riffing their way through underdeveloped characters, writer-director Jeff Baena’s second feature after the under-appreciated zombie romantic comedy “Life After Beth” is an altogether looser affair, but rarely to its benefit. The name cast guarantees ancillary interest, though theatrical life should be even briefer than “Beth’s.”
It’s certainly unusual to begin your comedy with a suicide, but that’s what happens when the nondescript title character (played by “Silicon Valley’s” charming Thomas Middleditch) comes home to discover his fiancee, Rachel (Alison Brie), has hung herself. On his birthday, no less. After that unsettling opening, the film quickly shifts focus to Josh’s pot-smoking buddy Ari (Adam Pally), the married father of a newborn »
- Geoff Berkshire
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