A Smart Romantic Comedy-Drama: “Tumbledown”

Indie films like Tumbledown deserve all the breaks they can get. This one rewards the viewer with a typically fine performance by Rebecca Hall and a revelatory one by Jason Sudeikis, whom we usually associate with comedy. He hasn’t abandoned his sense of humor here—in fact, it lightens the movie just when it needs it—but he shows colors we haven’t seen before and points to a rich film career ahead. (He is also playing Jesse Owens’ coach Larry Snyder in Race, which opens on Friday.) Tumbledown is a debut feature for director Sean Mewshaw, whose wife Desiree van Til wrote the screenplay. It is all...

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Tumbledown movie review: letting go of the past

A portrait of grief that borrows the conventions of romantic comedies. There may not be a lot of passion here, but there is plenty of pleasant zing. I’m “biast” (pro): love Rebecca Hall

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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Rebecca Hall is Hannah, widow of rock star Hunter Miles, who made “a single, nearly perfect album” of soulful acoustic folk before he died suddenly several years back. Jason Sudeikis is Andrew, a university professor who deems Hunter’s work “timeless” and wants to include the singer in the book he’s writing about tragic great American musicians. Hannah is reluctant to help Andrew with his research for lots of reasons: the most important one is the one she is unable to admit to herself, that she does not want to move on with her life. Does her finally agreeing
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Tumbledown Review

It’s hard to watch Tumbledown without shivering. The movie, set atop the titular mountain and bathed in some truly remarkable scenery, is the quintessential cold winter’s night flick: characters are bundled up to their ears, fireplaces are eternally lit, and the woodland setting practically emits its own smell-o-scope of pine leaves and crisp Maine air. It’s a beautiful, lush movie that houses two somewhat outstanding leads, but by the time the credits roll what it amounts to is as comparatively toothless as a hallmark card.

Up on Tumbledown, Hannah (Rebecca Hall) is eking out a life alone in a little wood cabin that her and her late husband Hunter bought when he was searching for a quiet space to write his next album. Now that he’s dead, she’s left alone in the Maine woods with two dogs, a friend-with-benefits in neighbor Curtis (Joe Manganiello), and
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Jason Sudeikis continues to impress as a romantic lead with “Tumbledown”

Last spring, I had this to say about the recent turns of actor Jason Sudeikis while on the festival circuit: “I really love seeing an actor prove that they have another side to themselves, especially when it’s a comedic performer showing off their dramatic chops.” I went on to say that at the most recent Tribeca Film Festival in April of 2015, Sudeikis had two different projects that had him stretching in exciting new ways. One was Sleeping with Other People, who was at his all time best there, but the other is Tumbledown, which I’m going to discuss a bit today. It’s finally hitting theaters this weekend and Sudeikis is really quite excellent. He’s worthy of some acclaim here, take it from me. The film is a mellow romantic comedy with, at the very least, dramedy undertones. Frankly, it’s pretty melancholic, as we follow a
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Rebecca Hall-Jason Sudeikis Romance ‘Tumbledown’ Set for Valentine’s Day

Rebecca Hall-Jason Sudeikis Romance ‘Tumbledown’ Set for Valentine’s Day
Starz has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the comedic love story “Tumbledown,” starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis, and set a Valentine’s weekend release.

The film premiered last month at the Tribeca Film Festival. Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner, Griffin Dunne, Joe Manganiello and Richard Masur also star.

Tumbledown” is Sean Mewshaw’s feature directorial debut. He directed from a script by Desiree Van Til, who is also an executive producer.

Hall portrays a widow unable to move on after the death of her husband, an acclaimed musician and the subject of a biography she’s struggling to write, when she meets a brash New York academic who has a different take on her husband’s life.

Producers are Kristin Hahn of Hahnscape Entertainment, Bron StudiosAaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. Jason Cloth is an executive producer.

Starz said it is planning a “significant” nationwide theatrical release around Valentine’s Day,
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‘Cake’ Producer Kristin Hahn Launches Production Company Hahnscape

‘Cake’ Producer Kristin Hahn Launches Production Company Hahnscape
Cake” producer Kristin Hahn has launched her own Los Angeles-based production company, Hahnscape Entertainment, which will focus on acquiring rights to and developing literary material she will write and produce.

Hahnscape’s first project to be developed under the banner will be “Tumbledown,” which was written by Desiree Van Til and directed by Sean Mewshaw. It will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18.

The film follows a young woman (Rebecca Hall) who is forced to confront the loss of her acclaimed folk-singer husband and the ambiguous circumstances surrounding his death when a brash New York writer (Jason Sudeikis) visits her hometown in rural Maine to investigate the tragedy.

The banner is also developing the film “In the Flesh,” which Hahn is currently writing. She will also produce the pic along with Temple Hill.

“I’m excited to build Hahnscape Entertainment into a home for compelling, character-driven stories with
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Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall to get cosy in 'Tumbledown'

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Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall to get cosy in 'Tumbledown'
When Jason Sudeikis presented at the Oscars earlier this month, it was as good an indication as any that the industry no longer sees him simply as an overgrown "Saturday Night Live" comic. And while his films thus far (a small role in "Drinking Buddies" notwithstanding) have been in a fairly broad mainstream comic vein, he's evidently looking to class things up a bit with something a little more festival-friendly. "Tumbledown," an independent romantic comedy in which he stars alongside Rebecca Hall, has begun shooting in Massachusetts -- filling in for Maine, apparently. In the film, Hall plays a recently widowed woman struggling to write a biography of her late husband -- a highly regarded musician. Sudeikis plays the brash academic who collaborates with her on the project; they clash, but I'm guessing not for too long. It sounds to me an awful lot like an Amerindie answer to "Three Colors: Blue,
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Jason Sudeikis and Rose Byrne Join Tumbledown

Jason Sudeikis and Rose Byrne Join Tumbledown
Tumbledown, a romantic comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Rose Byrne, will go before the cameras this October in Vancouver, B.C, it was announced by producers Kristin Hahn of Indigo Films and Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand of Bron Studios. Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, Blythe Danner, Michael McKean and Beau Bridges will also star. Tumbledown is directed by Sean Mewshaw from an original screenplay by Desiree Van Til.

In Tumbledown, a young widow (Byrne) falls for a brash New York writer (Sudeikis) who barrels into her rural Maine town to investigate the death of her husband, a folk-music hero.

Mewshaw and Van Til are making their feature directing and screenwriting debuts. Their previous collaboration, the short film Last Night based on a James Salter story, starred Frances McDormand and premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Van Til is currently writing a comedy script for Warner Bros. entitled Married Off based on an original pitch.
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