13 items from 2014
Relative newcomer Michael Lannan and acclaimed director Andrew Haigh ("Weekend") have created a remarkable new series with "Looking" that just wrapped up its first season Sunday night. Already picked up by HBO for another season, the show centers on Patrick (Jonathan Groff), a somewhat naive video game developer in San Francisco on the cusp of turning 30 and finally coming into his own. He's surrounded by two friends who have some issues of their own; Dom (Murray Bartlett) and Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez). The series premiered to strong critical reviews in January, but received some surprising criticism from gay journalists for it's focus on one specific part of the community. Groff says in a separate interview with HitFix that they were all prepared for this because of the hype surrounding the show that it was going to be the gay "Sex and the City" or the gay "Girls." And this was before it even began filming. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Patrick and Richie’s latest bedding was one for the ages! Find out what Jonathan had to say about the behind-the-scenes awkwardness.
Looking fans have enjoyed watching Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Richie (Raúl Castillo) explore their relationship during the HBO series’ first season, and the word “explore” was never more appropriate than on the show’s Feb. 16 episode. Was it a hot scene? Yes. Was it also an awkward scene? Most definitely.
“You can’t lie in those scenes,” Jonathan recently told E! Online at the Savannah College Art and Design’s aTVfest. “You can’t fake those scenes.”
‘Looking’ Sex Scene — Patrick & Richie’s Latest Romp
Jonathan is, of course, referring to one of the episode’s first scenes, which found Patrick back in bed with Richie after deciding there was no way he could go to work and leave his boyfriend all alone. Things escalated quickly, with Richie going downtown — clever camerawork, »
- Andy Swift
Olivia Wilde has been cast in psychological thriller Meadowland.
Wilde will star as a mother who has lost her son. She begins on the path to acceptance when she turns her attention to a neglected young boy.
Meadowland will begin shooting in New York in July. »
The second of today's hotties lining up a Summer horror project is the stunning Olivia Wilde -below ('Tron: Legacy', 'Cowboys and Aliens'). Wilde has landed the leading role in Reed Morano's new psychological thriller 'Meadowland', a project in which she won't only star but will also be producing alongside Matt Tauber with Jennifer Levine acting as executive producer. Morano helms from a script by Chris Rossi and shooting is set to begin in New York this July. Wilde will be seen in early 2015 starring in David Gelb's 'Flatliners'-esque thriller 'Lazarus'. »
Wilde plays a mother whose son disappears, a jolt that puts her on an unexpected and dangerous path toward acceptance as she seeks out a relationship with a neglected boy and watches it take an unexpected turn. [Source: Deadline]
Love and Friendship
Miller plays a widow in search of two husbands – one for herself and one for her daughter. She she soon embarks on a relationship with a married man. Sevigny plays a close friend of Miller's character. [Source: Herald.ie]
Vinessa Shaw ("Vegas," "3:10 To Yuma") has signed on for a season-long »
- Garth Franklin
• Olivia Wilde (Drinking Buddies) is set to star in and produce the psychological thriller Meadowland. Reed Morano, the cinematographer on Kill Your Darlings and The Skeleton Twins, will make her directorial debut on the film about a woman who developed a relationship with a neglected boy after her own son disappears. Production will begin this summer, after Wilde gives birth. [Deadline]
• Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen will re-team with their 50/50 director Jonathan Levine for an untitled Christmas comedy about a trio of childhood friends who get together every Christmas Eve for a night out in New York City. The third lead has yet to be cast. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Here's the latest casting news to come across the wire: Olivia Wilde is set to star in director Reed Morano's psychological thriller Meadowland, penned by Chris Rossi. January Jones will star in the supernatural thriller The Shuddering, directed by George Ratliff from a David Coggeshall script. Michiel Huisman will star opposite Blake Lively in The Age of Adaline, director Lee Toland Krieger's romantic drama also starring Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn. Hit the jump for more on each picture. First up is news from Deadline that has Wilde starring in Meadowland as "a mom whose son disappears, a jolt that puts her on an unexpected and dangerous path toward acceptance as she seeks out a relationship with a neglected boy and watches it take an unexpected turn." Wilde will also act as a producer on Morano's directorial debut, which starts production this July in New York. Heat Vision »
- Dave Trumbore
Probably one of the scariest things in the world any of us have had to do is let a complete stranger into our lives. People, by nature, cause chaos, and you just never know what a person could be thinking. This is why I only talk to my action figures.
Wilde plays a mom whose son disappears, a jolt that puts her on an unexpected and dangerous path toward acceptance as she seeks out a relationship with a neglected boy and watches it take an unexpected turn. Filming starts in July in New York.
Once again... this may or may not be Dread-worthy. If it's not... Strike It From Your Memory Forever! »
- Uncle Creepy
Exclusive: Olivia Wilde will star in and produce Meadowland, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Reed Morano from a script by Chris Rossi. Wilde is producing with Matt Tauber and Jennifer Levine will be executive producer. Wilde plays a mom whose son disappears, a jolt that puts her on an unexpected and dangerous path toward acceptance as she seeks out a relationship with a neglected boy and watches it take an unexpected turn. Filming starts in July in New York. Wilde is coming off the Oscar-nominated Spike Jonze-directed Her, and the Ron Howard-directed Rush. She also starred in Drinking Buddies. Morano makes her directorial debut after serving as cinematographer on the indies Frozen River, Kill Your Darlings and Sundance premieres The Skeleton Twins and War Story, as well as the HBO series Looking. Wilde is repped by Wme and Untitled, Morano by Gersh, Rossi by Apa and Untitled, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
When you meet cinematographer Reed Morano, Asc, you immediately start to think of cultivating ways you could maybe become a little cooler, because she seems to do life – in general – so well. For our photoshoot, Morano invited me over to her home in Brooklyn, which she shares with her husband and two young sons, who are five and three. Her apartment is cozy and magically extends outside into an unusually large Narnia-esque garden, replete with a swing set and slide for her kids to play on. Her kids are like calm, respectful, independent yet obedient unicorns: “We just […] »
- Danielle Lurie
Sibling bonds are fertile territory for indie dramedies, but “The Skeleton Twins” distinguishes itself from the pack with a pair of knockout performances from “Saturday Night Live” veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. This character-driven crowdpleaser also reps a step toward the mainstream for sophomore helmer Craig Johnson (whose little-seen mumblecore debut, “True Adolescents,” toplined Mark Duplass, an exec producer here). Prime acquisition bait should have no trouble scoring in specialty release, with a shot at crossover success thanks to the winning work of its stars.
The lead players’ “SNL” baggage actually works in their favor, both in the effortless way they establish a shared history for estranged twins Milo (Hader) and Maggie (Wiig), and in the pic’s savvy use of comedy as a coping mechanism for hard times. The duo’s chemistry was previously showcased in the Sundance-premiered “Adventureland,” but the biggest surprise for audiences expecting plenty of »
- Geoff Berkshire
It’s that time again. The biggest American film festival is upon us, and this year the Ioncinema crew will be descending on Park City with eight feet on the ground and eight eyes on Park City’s various and plentiful screens. Eric Lavallee, Nicholas Bell, Caitlin Coder and I will be covering just about every inch of this year’s festival here at Ioncinema.com, as well as on that ever increasingly vibrant instanews network – Twitter. Be sure to follow @ioncinema and, as stated above, my personal handle @Rectangular_Eye, as we’ll be tweeting throughout the festival with breaking news, reviews, and sightings, all the while trying to keep up with the massive amount of content sure to be coming from this year’s Sundance filmmakers themselves, most of which have their own Twitter accounts and are listed at length below (minus the world & short programs). Whether you »
- Jordan M. Smith
The first in this year’s Guide to the Sundance Twitterverse series is the complete U.S. Dramatic Competition, which just at first glance has an immense amount of tweeting going on. Don’t miss the Hellion crew, headed by Writer/Director Kat Candler (@katcandler), nor the official Dear White People feed, (@DearWhitePeople). There’s more to come throughout the day.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Camp X-Ray - @CampXRayMovie
Cold in July
Producer René Bastian - @renebastian
Dear White People - @DearWhitePeople
Writer/Director Justin Simien - @JSim07
Producer Lena Waith - @hillmangrad
Producer Julia Lebedev - @thisisresearch
Actor Tyler James Williams - @TylerJamesWill
Actress Teyonah Parris - @TeyonahParris
Fishing Without Nets - @fishing
Writer/Director Cutter Hodierne – @MyNameIsCUTTER
Writer/Producer John Hibey - @somaliproduced
Producer Raphael Swann - @raphaelswann
Producer Brian Glazen - @bglazen
Cinematographer Alex Disenhof – @adisenhof
Producer Sam Bisbee - @sambisbee
Composer Nathan Larson »
- Jordan M. Smith
13 items from 2014
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