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Newswire: Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick gets picked up by Amazon

14 February 2017 1:48 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

One of our favorite movies from this year’s Sundance will be making its way to theaters soon, courtesy of Amazon. Variety reports that the online retailer has teamed up with Lionsgate to distribute The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani’s romantic comedy about the early days of his romance with wife Emily V. Gordon. Directed by Michael Showalter, and written by Nanjiani and Gordon, the film stars the Silicon Valley star as himself, and Zoe Kazan as his eventual wife.

Our own A.A. Dowd called the film “enormously winning,” as it tracks the ups and downs of the pair’s relationship, from Nanjiani’s disapproving parents, to a medical ordeal that forces him to connect with Gordon’s (played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano). Produced by Judd Apatow, the film reportedly provoked a bidding war at Sundance, eventually selling for $12 million; now, it’ll be getting a ...

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- William Hughes

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Kumail Nanjiani’s Sundance Hit ‘Big Sick’ Gets Summer Release

14 February 2017 10:29 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon will partner with Lionsgate to distribute “The Big Sick,” after snapping up the Kumail Nanjiani comedy in a big deal out of the Sundance Film Festival.

The Big Sick” will open in limited release on June 23, 2017, before opening in wide release on July 14, 2017. Amazon outbid a number of major studios to land the rights to the film, eventually paying $12 million in the second-biggest deal out of Sundance.

Reviewers liked “The Big Sick,” with Variety‘s Geoff Berkshire praising it as “a film that’s by turns romantic, rueful, and hilarious.”

Nanjiani is best known for his standup and for his work on “Silicon Valley.” He stars in the film as a Pakistani comic whose relationship with a graduate student (Zoe Kazan) is threatened by cultural differences and a health crisis. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano co-star as Kazan’s parents. Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon wrote the screenplay, »

- Brent Lang

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Amazon Taps Lionsgate to Release ‘The Big Sick’ This Summer

14 February 2017 10:15 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Amazon Studios will partner with Lionsgate to release its $12 million Sundance gem “The Big Sick.” The Kumail Nanjiani film will begin a limited release on June 23, and expand wide on July 14, the distributor announced Tuesday. Director Michael Showalter’s indie is based on the real-life courtship between Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, who co-wrote the film. “Big Sick” follows a Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (played by Nanjiani himself), who connects with grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his standup sets. Also Read: 'The Big Sick' Is a Hilarious Remedy for Trump-Distracted Sundance A one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, »

- Matt Donnelly

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Us Briefs: 'The Big Sick' in Lionsgate theatrical release

14 February 2017 2:33 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Sundance hit acquired by Amazon Studios will open in limited release on June 23 ahead of wide roll-out on July 14.

The Big Sick co-writer Kumail Nanjiani – one half of the real-life love affair that inspired the story – stars alongside Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.

Michael Showalter directed The Big Sick, which premiered in Sundance. FilmNation represents international sales.

The 60th San Francisco International Film Festival will close with The Green Fog – A San Francisco Fantasia. The project is a new commission by the Film Society and Stanford Live in which the Kronos Quartet will perform a new score by Jacob Garchik to accompany a visual collage by Guy Maddin.South African drama Colors Of Heaven, the winner of two South African ‘Oscars’ at the Safta awards, premieres on Netflix on Wednesday [15]. The story of the fall and rise of South Africa black film star Muntu Ndebele stars Wandile Molebatsi, Jason Hartman »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Us Briefs: 'The Big Sick' gets Us theatrical release via Lionsgate

14 February 2017 2:33 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Amazon Studios has appointed Lionsgate as its theatrical distributor on the Sundance hit.

The Big Sick will open in limited release on June 23 ahead of wide roll-out on July 14.

Co-writer Kumail Nanjiani – one half of the real-life love affair that inspired the story – stars alongside Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.

Michael Showalter directed The Big Sick, which premiered in Sundance. FilmNation represents international sales.

The 60th San Francisco International Film Festival will close with The Green Fog – A San Francisco Fantasia. The project is a new commission by the Film Society and Stanford Live in which the Kronos Quartet will perform a new score by Jacob Garchik to accompany a visual collage by Guy Maddin.South African drama Colors Of Heaven, the winner of two South African ‘Oscars’ at the Safta awards, premieres on Netflix on Wednesday [15]. The story of the fall and rise of South Africa black film star Muntu Ndebele stars Wandile Molebatsi, Jason »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Jenny Slate Steps Out Following Split From Chris Evans

11 February 2017 2:40 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

"Love is in the air" for Jenny Slate… but it's not what you might think!

The 34-year-old actress has found a little comfort in her friends following her recent split from Chris Evans.

Watch: Chris Evans and Jenny Slate Get Emotional in New 'Gifted' Trailer

Slate stepped out with her pal Zoe Kazan for Madewell's party on Wednesday, taking to Instagram to post a sweet pic with her "poodle."

"Love was in the air for me and my poodle @zoe.kazan! Thanks to @the.wing @madewell for letting us host this #everydaymadewell fun party! I can't wait to get my buns and boobs into the new @madewell intimates line! »

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‘The Strangers 2’ Is Back in Production With a New Director

5 February 2017 12:01 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Strangers” was one of the scarier horror movies of the late-aughts, making deft use of two evergreen tropes — creepy masks and a home invasion — and earning strong returns at the box office. A sequel has been in one stage of development or another for years, most recently hell — at least until now. “The Strangers 2” has a new director in Johannes Roberts (“The Other Side of the Door”) and a script from original writer/director Bryan Bertino.

Read More: ‘The Monster’ Trailer: Zoe Kazan Stars in ‘The Strangers’ Director Bryan Bertino’s Close-Quarters Thriller

Liv Tyler starred in the 2008 original, which earned $82 million against a budget of just $9 million. She’s been attached to the sequel in the past, albeit in a reduced role, but as of now her involvement looks more uncertain. Per Entertainment Weekly, the new film’s story “centers on a family who arrives at a »

- Michael Nordine

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Critics Pick the Best Movies and Performances From the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

31 January 2017 9:08 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Another Sundance Film Festival has come and gone, but critics are still in recovery mode, processing dozens of movies they consumed over the course of a 10-day period in the freezing cold of Park City, Utah. The nice thing about festivals that attract a large volume of critics is that no single voice sounds alike, but together they drive attention to a handful of titles that stand out as the highlights of the program. For several years, we’ve provided a platform to examine the best of the festival by surveying critics in attendance for their favorite films, performances and other accomplishments.

This year, over 50 accredited members of the press participated in the survey, providing a robust list of the films with the greatest buzz.

Notably, the top films in both the narrative and documentary categories differ from the ones that took home the grand jury prizes, which singled out »

- Eric Kohn

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The Best Films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

30 January 2017 2:25 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With over 50 films reviewed, a number of interviews conducted, and more coverage coming from the Sundance Film Festival, it’s time to wrap up the first major cinema event in 2017. We already got the official jury and audience winners (here), and now it’s time to highlight our favorites, as well as complete coverage from the festival.

One will find our favorites (in alphabetical order), followed by the rest of our reviews (from best to worst, including previously premiered features), then interviews as they are published. Check out everything below and stay tuned to our site, and specifically Twitter, for acquisition and release-date news on the below films in the coming months.

Axolotl Overkill (Helene Hegemann)

Playwright, author, screenwriter, and director Helene Hegemann has said (through her publisher) that, “There’s no such thing as originality anyway, just authenticity.” The words were spoken after her debut novel Axolotl Roadkill earned critical praise, »

- The Film Stage

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Sundance: The 10 Very Best Films from the 2017 Film Festival

30 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

The Sundance Film Festival is officially over and the awards have already been handed out, both the official ones and our own Unconventional Awards, and out of the roughly thirty films I saw during my time in Park City, Utah, I’ve put together a list of the ten very best movies I had a chance to see. Many of them will be coming to theaters across the country later in the year, and a few of them may even be in the Oscar conversation a year from now.

10. The Big Sick

Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani made his triumphant debut as a leading man with this movie produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris) and co-written with wife Emily V. Gordon. Based on their own experiences in courting and how Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) being put into a medically-induced coma affected it, »

- Edward Douglas

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Sundance 2017. Correspondences #8

29 January 2017 12:37 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

My Happy FamilyDear Josh,With a festival like Sundance, where critics and distributors alike are clamoring to find the next big thing, certain types of films are bound to get lost in the shuffle. Such is the case with Ramona Diaz’s fine, unassuming documentary Motherland. Centering on the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Metro Manila, one of the busiest maternity wards in the Philippines, the film has a wealth of fascinating material. A nurse tallies the number of women and children in the ward; a young mother learns of “Kangaroo Mother Care” (widely used because of a lack of incubators); a nurse attempts to convince various mothers to use an Iud; the ward doctor drones over the Pa system in a strict, motherly tone (the way one would speak to a summer camp group). There’s a great documentary to be made here, so it's somewhat frustrating that Motherland is merely quite good. »

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2017’s Sundance Sales Are In Overdrive: Here’s Why, Plus See Our Full Deal Scorecard

27 January 2017 8:38 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Sundance Festival reveals the state of the indie film market, and 2017 will be remembered as the year of Amazon Studios and Netflix. And given the festival’s robust TV and Vr programs,, which were dominated by Google and Facebook/Oculus, there’s further digital disruption ahead.

According to one indie distributor, Sundance 2017’s valuations and sales are almost a third higher than last year. Put the same titles into the Sundance market two years ago, and they would have sold for far less. That’s because Netflix and Amazon Studios on the narrative side are dramatically driving up prices. “It’s just ridiculous what the digital guys are doing to the marketplace,” said one veteran indie CEO. “‘The Big Sick’ is a great little movie but it’s a $4 million -$6 million buy. There’s no logic to this model.”

However, Sundance has always been about the haves and the have-nots. »

- Anne Thompson

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2017’s Sundance Sales Are In Overdrive: Here’s Why, Plus See Our Full Deal Scorecard

27 January 2017 8:38 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Sundance Festival reveals the state of the indie film market, and 2017 will be remembered as the year of Amazon Studios and Netflix. And given the festival’s robust TV and Vr programs, which were dominated by Google and Facebook/Oculus, there’s further digital disruption ahead.

According to one indie distributor, Sundance 2017’s valuations and sales are almost a third higher than last year. Put the same titles into the Sundance market two years ago, and they would have sold for far less. That’s because Netflix and Amazon Studios on the narrative side are dramatically driving up prices. “It’s just ridiculous what the digital guys are doing to the marketplace,” said one veteran indie CEO. “‘The Big Sick’ is a great little movie but it’s a $4 million -$6 million buy. There’s no logic to this model.”

However, Sundance has always been about the haves and the have-nots. »

- Anne Thompson

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The Monster is Not an AA Meeting: A Film Review

27 January 2017 8:16 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*full disclosure: a Blu-ray copy of this film was provided by Lionsgate. Director: Bryan Bertino. Writer: Bryan Bertino. Cast: Zoe Kazan, Ella Ballentine and Aaron Douglas. Tagline: "Fear Can Kill You!" The Monster is a creature feature from The Strangers' (2008) director Bryan Bertino. Bertino has admitted that he likes writing "dark dramas" and The Monster is a blend of drama with horror. The film's central plot involves a mother and daughter road trip. But, this trip crosses the lair of a bat-like monstrosity. The mother-daughter relationship is a strange one, with the younger Lizzy (Ella Ballentine) parenting the not much older Kathy (Zoe Kazan). There is no meta-level here as stated by the director. Instead, this is a "monster movie." And, this is an enjoyable creature feature, that will draw many horror viewers into the dark abyss. Much of the film is told via a backstory. The backstories show »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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Critics' Conversation: At Sundance 2017, One Movie Soared Above the Rest

26 January 2017 11:18 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Frosch: One of the questions looming over Sundance 2017 was whether the movies could penetrate the pall cast by politics (i.e., the inauguration and Week 1 of the extremely alarming new presidency). For a day or two, festivalgoers seemed dazed and anxious, and I heard more expletive-laced angst about Trumpelstiltskin than chatter about films seen or anticipated. Slowly but surely, though, the movies started to matter. The Big Sick finds director Michael Showalter and writer-star Kumail Nanjiani spinning Nanjiani's real-life relationship with co-writer Emily Gordon (played by an incandescent Zoe Kazan) — including her brush with a life-threatening »

- Jon Frosch,Todd McCarthy,David Rooney

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Sundance: Variety Critics Talk Mid-Fest Favorites

24 January 2017 8:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Owen Gleiberman: I’m tempted to say, Peter, that this has been a fairly quiet Sundance so far. It’s not like there hasn’t been some noise, especially given that one title, “The Big Sick,” inspired enough love to be bought for $12 million — more than any Sundance film in history (with the exception of last year’s “The Birth of a Nation”). But maybe I’m talking about the fact that when I watch these movies now, I have a more daunting sense than I used to of how tough it will be for any of them, when they finally get released, to find a place in the newly fragmented, 1,000-entertainment-choices-a-day marketplace. Some of them will, of course, but the climb is getting steeper.

Yet enough gloom and doom! Let’s talk about “The Big Sick,” a romantic comedy that winds up being a true journey. I saw »

- Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge

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Winners and Losers From Sundance 2017 (So Far)

24 January 2017 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Winter storms weren’t the only things causing headaches during the first week of the Sundance Film Festival. Buyers were griping that the movies being screened at this year’s gathering were aggressively uncommercial and that agents were pushing for wide releases and big paydays for films that will appeal only to small audiences.

Then there were the political issues. The inauguration overshadowed what was intended to be a celebration of artists, and inspired protestors to storm Main Street for the Women’s March. The events over the past few days also pointed to a political divide that has left many filmmakers feeling out of touch with the people who elected a president seen as being hostile to diversity, the environment, and free speech — touchstones for the Sundance faithful.

“Welcome to the bubble,” festival director John Cooper quipped at one film premiere.

But there is another kind of bubble in the mountains. »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Monster on Blu-ray

24 January 2017 7:50 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Everyone’s worst fears about the evil that hides in the dark come to life in the nightmare-inducing horror film The Monster, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD January 24 from Lionsgate. Somewhere deep in the dark woods lurks a bloodthirsty creature that targets an unsuspecting mother and daughter on a late-night road trip. Starring Primetime Emmy® Award nominee Zoe Kazan (TV’s “Olivia Kitteridge”) and Teen Choice Award nominee Scott Speedman (Underworld franchise), the shocking and terrifying modern monster movie will have you “peeking through your fingers as the blood goes splat” (The New York Times).

Now you can own the Blu-ray of The Monster. We Are Movie Geeks has five copies to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie with the word ‘Monster‘ in the title? (mine is Mad Monster Party). It’s so easy! »

- Tom Stockman

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Giveaway: Win A24’s The Monster on Blu-ray and Digital Combo (5 Winners)

23 January 2017 7:35 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Zoe Kazan, Ella Ballentine and Scott Speedman star in A24 and Bryan Bertino's The Monster, a terrifying and quite rainy horror film making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on January 24th.

We have teamed up with Lionsgate Home Entertainment to offer five lucky readers each a copy of The Monster on Blu-ray and Digital combo in this giveaway.

For a chance to win one please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.'

A divorced mother and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late-night road trip to see the girl's father. As they drive through deserted country roads on a stormy night, they suddenly have a startling »

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Review: The Big Sick (Sundance) with Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan

23 January 2017 7:12 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: A Pakistani-American comedian (Kumail Nanjiani) finds himself torn between the demands of his traditional family and those of his girlfriend (Zoe Kazan) when her life is threatened by a mysterious illness. Review: Judd Apatow’s listing as a producer for The Big Sick is very apropos. Just like he made stars out of Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Seth Rogen in Knocked Up, and Amy... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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