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19 Indies and Festival Favorites You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

26 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, a look at the various trends driving the box office, and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Today — 19 indie standouts and festival favorites (including exciting new offerings from some of our favorite directors, from Kathryn Bigelow to Steven Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola to Edgar Wright) bound for a big screen near you.

Read More: IndieWire’s Complete 2017 Summer Preview

The Lovers,” May 5

The concept of “The Lovers” is almost too cute: Middle-aged married couple Michael (Tracy Letts) and Mary (Debra Winger) lost interest in each other long ago, and have both launched extramarital affairs, »

- Anne Thompson, Chris O'Falt, Eric Kohn, Graham Winfrey, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland and Zack Sharf

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‘The Big Sick’ to Open 2017 Nantucket Film Festival

25 April 2017 12:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Nantucket Film Festival has announced the complete list of films it will screen at this year’s event, including opener “The Big Sick” and closer “An Inconvenent Sequel: Truth to Power.”

Screenwriters Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s “Big Sick,” the romantic comedy directed by Michael Showalter, centers around the writers’ real-life courtship and stars Nanjiani as a character based on himself, with Zoe Kazan as Emily. The couple struggles with cultural differences and the unexpected impact of a mysterious illness in the Lionsgate/Amazon Studios release, which also stars Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Big Sick

Paramount Studios and Participant Media’s documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth the Power,” directed by Bonni Cohen and John Shenk, will close the festival, continuing where “An Inconvenient Truth” left off by charting Vice President Al Gore’s mission to solve our climate crisis before it’s too late. »

- Erin Nyren

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Sundance London 2017 line-up announced including a surprise film

25 April 2017 9:37 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

Today the official line-up for the 2017 Sundance London Film Festival has been announced, which is set to take place at the wonderful Picturehouse Central cinema between June 1-4. In amongst the array of amazing films will see some special events, an Audience award and, for the first time, a Surprise film.

Opening the film is Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, which stars Salma Hayek and John Lithgow amongst others, while the critically-acclaimed A Ghost Story from director David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon) and sees him re-team with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, who starred in his 2013 film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.

Almost amongst the schedule is Woody Harrelson’s new film Wilson; comedy The Big Sick, starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan and Holly Hunter; Bushwick, which features Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 star Dave Bautista; and sci-fi drama Majorie Prime, which stars Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and Geena Davis. »

- Scott Davis

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2017 Sundance Film Festival: London announces full programme

25 April 2017 5:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sundance Institute and Picturehouse have today announced the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, which takes place between June 1st and June 4th at Picturehouse Central.

The festival will present 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah:

Beatriz at Dinner (Director: Miguel Arteta, Screenwriter: Mike White)

Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

Principal cast: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Chloë Sevigny, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Connie Britton

The Big Sick (Director: Michael Showalter, Screenwriters: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani)

Based on the real-life courtship: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love, »

- Gary Collinson

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Kumail Nanjiani’s ‘The Big Sick’ Set as Seattle Film Festival Opener

7 April 2017 5:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Seattle International Film Festival has selected Kumail Nanjiani’s comedy-drama “The Big Sick” as its opening night film on May 18 at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.

The Big Sick” also stars Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Bo Burnham and Aidy Bryant. Amazon acquired the rights for $12 million shortly after “The Big Sick” — which Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon wrote about their courtship, navigating their cultural differences and her mysterious illness  — premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

Amazon has been touting its belief in distributing titles, which have included “Manchester by the Sea,” with a theatrical release. Nanjiani said on March 30 at CinemaCon, “We went with Amazon because of their commitment to theatrical release.”

The Big Sick” opens June 23 in a limited release before it expands on July 14. Judd Apatow is the producer and Michael Showalter (“Hello, My Name Is Doris”) is the director. »

- Dave McNary

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Zoe Kazan’s Romantic Comedy The Big Sick Opening the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival

7 April 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani are realizing that falling in love was the easy part of their relationship, as they’re now struggling to maintain their bond as their cultures clash, in their new romantic comedy, ‘The Big Sick.’ Their relatable attempts to preserve their characters’ connection will be highlighted when the movie participates in the […]

The post Zoe Kazan’s Romantic Comedy The Big Sick Opening the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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'The Big Sick' to Open Seattle International Film Festival

7 April 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Big Sick will screen as the opening night gala of the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.

The Amazon feature comes from husband-wife writing team Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, director Michael Showalter and producer Judd Apatow.

The comedy is based on the real-life romance of Gordon and Nanjiani, who, while navigating their clashing cultures, endured a life-changing twist when Emily contracted a mysterious illness. Zoe Kazan portrays Emily in the film, which also features Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Bo Burnham and Aidy Bryant.

Siff’s opening gala and screening will take place at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center on »

- THR Staff

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'The Big Sick' to open Seattle International Film Festival

7 April 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance hit stars Kumail Nanjiani; based on his life.

The Big Sick will open the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) on May 18.


The romantic comedy, which Amazon Studios acquired for $12m in a bidding war after the film’s premiere at Sundance, is directed by Michael Showalter and produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel.

Kumail Nanjiani stars alongside Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, and co-wrote the screenplay with his wife Emily V. Gordon based on the origins of their relationship.

The Big Sick centres on Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily who fall in love, but struggle as their cultures clash. 

When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail must navigate the crisis with her parents and the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. 

Siff artistic director Beth Barrett said: “We are beyond thrilled to open the doors of the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival with a film that pairs cross-cultural tension »

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The Big Sick Creators Tell the Truth Behind the Story | Exclusive

31 March 2017 9:47 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It is pretty early in the year, but there is already a movie that has a lot of folks talking and could be an early awards season favorite. The Big Sick made a big splash at this year's Sundance Film Festival and wound up being one of the biggest sales at the event. Amazon Studios stepped in to purchase the buzzy, real-life romantic comedy for a whopping $12 million. They apparently have a lot of faith that this movie is going to be a big deal. As they probably should.

Following the debut at Sundance, The Big Sick recently screened for some lucky crowds at both SXSW and CinemaCon, and those who saw it seemed to be praising it just as highly as those who had viewed it at Sundance. The movie currently holds a very impressive 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with only a single negative review thus far. That »

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Amazon Studios Banks on Indie Auteurs at CinemaCon Preview

30 March 2017 6:55 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

What a difference a year makes: Amazon Studios’ lunch at CinemaCon 2017 was packed. Not like last year. “We were a new studio brand who had released one movie and bought five at Sundance,” said Jason Ropell, Amazon’s worldwide head of Motion Pictures. “We were planning to release 15 movies. It was ambitious and pretty damned scary.”

It turned out exhibitors did fine with Amazon’s movies, especially Oscar-winning $47-million-grosser “Manchester By the Sea,” which was released by Roadside Attractions and is winding up its 19th week in theaters. Other hits included Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy “Love & Friendship” (19 weeks) and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (12 weeks), along with arthouse entries “The Handmaiden” (18 weeks), documentary “Gleason” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” which collected the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Ropell and head of movie marketing and distribution Bob Berney, who is well known by exhibitors, scored rousing applause whenever »

- Anne Thompson

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Amazon Studios Banks on Indie Auteurs at CinemaCon Preview

30 March 2017 6:55 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What a difference a year makes: Amazon Studios’ lunch at CinemaCon 2017 was packed. Not like last year. “We were a new studio brand who had released one movie and bought five at Sundance,” said Jason Ropell, Amazon’s worldwide head of Motion Pictures. “We were planning to release 15 movies. It was ambitious and pretty damned scary.”

It turned out exhibitors did fine with Amazon’s movies, especially Oscar-winning $47-million-grosser “Manchester By the Sea,” which was released by Roadside Attractions and is winding up its 19th week in theaters. Other hits included Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy “Love & Friendship” (19 weeks) and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (12 weeks), along with arthouse entries “The Handmaiden” (18 weeks), documentary “Gleason” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” which collected the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Ropell and head of movie marketing and distribution Bob Berney, who is well known by exhibitors, scored rousing applause whenever »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscar Isaac and Kristen Stewart: Who’s due for their first Oscar nomination?

24 March 2017 6:59 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

This is something interesting. Every year during the early parts of the season, I like to post about who is overdue to get an Academy Award nomination or win. Last year was no different. There’s always a ton of people deserving of attention but not receiving of it. What’s unique this time around is that no one received a nomination from the list I came up with, despite it including some of Hollywood’s best and brightest talent, both young and old. That’s unusual, and a real pity. So, instead of cursing at the dark in, I’m choosing to light a candle and give them another moment of attention today. Below you will again see pretty much the same list I previously published, just this time with a new order. It’s a shame that they’re all still here, but it’s part of what »

- Joey Magidson

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Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes” Gets Awards-Friendly Release

22 March 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Battle of the Sexes

Emma Stone just won her first Oscar in February, and the “La La Land” actress may be in running for the 2018 Academy Awards as well. Fox Searchlight has announced an awards-friendly release date for Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes,” Deadline reports. The film will hit theaters September 22. Stone stars in the tennis comedy alongside her “Crazy Stupid Love” co-star Steve Carell.

The film chronicles the “legendary 1973 tennis match between ex-champ/hustler Bobby Riggs and world №1 Billie Jean King,” the source summarizes. The 29-year-old King handily defeated the 55-year-old Riggs in one of the most-watched sports events of all time.

Penned by Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”), “Battle of the Sexes” co-stars Elisabeth Shue (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”), Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”), Andrea Riseborough (“Bloodline”), Sarah Silverman (“Masters of Sex”), and Bill Pullman (“The Equalizer”).

Carell appeared in Faris and Dayton’s feature debut, 2006’s “Little Miss Sunshine.” The comedy, which follows a dysfunctional family as they embark on a road trip to a beauty pageant, received four Oscar nominations including Best Picture, and took home two trophies. The collaborators’ critically acclaimed follow-up, 2012’s “Ruby Sparks,” was written by Zoe Kazan, who also starred in the unconventional romantic comedy about a writer (Paul Dano) who writes a love interest into existence (Kazan).

There have been previous films about the King-Riggs match, including Jane Anderson’s 2001 TV movie “When Billie Beat Bobby” starring Holly Hunter, and James Erskine and Zara Hayes’ 2013 documentary “The Battle of the Sexes.” The epic rivalry between King and Riggs will be depicted by Elizabeth Banks (“Pitch Perfect” franchise) and Paul Giamatti (“Billions”) in an upcoming HBO film, and serves as the inspiration behind “Balls,” an upcoming opera from composer Laura Karpman and librettist Gail Collins.

Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes” Gets Awards-Friendly Release was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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SXSW 2017 Interview: Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Relive The Big Sick

21 March 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Every couple has their meeting anecdote to tell at dinner parties and hopefully to their grandchildren years down the line, but few, if any, will top screenwriters, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon's. It is often asked of married people, ‘When did you know so-and-so was the one?’ For Kumail, the moment he realized that Emily was the girl he wanted to marry occurred while watching her lie comatose in a hospital bed. That was just over ten years ago, and now the story has been immortalized in Michael Showalter's new film, The Big Sick, co-written by the grateful-to-still-be-together - and alive, in Emily's case - couple, and starring Kumail Nanjiani as himself, with Zoe Kazan taking on the role of Emily. Given the severity...

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SXSW award winners include “Baby Driver” and “The Big Sick”

20 March 2017 6:22 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

As the conclusion to South by Southwest (or, as we all know it, SXSW) for 2017 came last week, so too came some awards, much like at any number of film festivals. Some of the top prizes went to movies like Baby Driver, The Big Sick, Dealt, The Light of the Moon, and Mr. Roosevelt, along with Judd Apatow’s surprise music documentary May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers. This isn’t the type of event where a prize can create Academy Award buzz, partly due to the time of the year, but it can create awareness. SXSW wrapped up over the weekend with a screening of Life (which I see in a few days and will then discuss), but these flicks were the highlights, for the most part. Below you will see the SXSW awards in their entirety, but first, a little bit on those two titles »

- Joey Magidson

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The Big Sick SXSW Review: A Romantic Comedy That Defies the Genre

17 March 2017 1:32 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Romantic comedies are rarely more than something we use as a form of escapism and rarely do they depict anything that seems remotely real. In fact, they probably give us a lot of false expectations when it really comes down to it. However, when a romantic comedy is done in the right way, it can be a shining example of some of the best that cinema has to offer us. That is exactly what has been done with The Big Sick, a movie that could and probably should wind up in the awards season conversation at the end of the year.

Amazon's The Big Sick tells the real-life story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and how he and his wife Emily Gordon fell in love. The two fall hard for one another and things seem great until Kumail's Pakistani traditionalist family drives a wedge between them. Things change when Emily mysteriously »

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IndieWire Stands With Women: 18 Films Made by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love

8 March 2017 9:28 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A very happy International Women’s Day (and, related, Happy A Day Without A Woman those exercising their ability to strike in order to help highlight the important contributions made by women in the workplace and the world at large) to all of our readers! With this important day in mind, we’ve assembled a list of films, all currently streaming online, that would not exist without the female creators (writers, directors, sometime-stars, and more) who crafted them. It’s just a taste — a nibble, really — of some of the industry’s best examples of forward-thinking, female-driven work.

Read More: IndieWire Stands With Women: 27 TV Shows Created by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love

Take a peek, and appreciate the power of women and their strong-as-hell creativity and drive.

Paris Is Burning” (Netflix)

Jennie Livingston’s incisive, intimate and wildly entertaining documentary about New York City “drag ball culture »

- Kate Erbland

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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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