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Kristen Wiig is set to appear in the long-gestating sequel to Anchorman, the cult favourite 2004 Will Ferrell comedy about a sexist 70s San Diego news anchor named Ron Burgundy with a penchant for the ladies and a talent for playing jazz flute.
Wiig, currently hot property in Hollywood following the success of Bridesmaids last year, could play the love interest for Steve Carell's character, according to the Wrap. Carell featured in a supporting role as intellectually challenged weatherman Brick Tamland in the original movie but has since become an A-list star – the fact that Brick even has a romantic partner in the sequel suggests his screen time may be significantly upgraded this time.
- Ben Child
In a recent Long Shot column, I wrote about the shabby treatment typically given by awards pundits and voters alike to the Best Actress category, a race routinely described as "weak" due to the scarcity of major female-propelled prestige titles -- despite the abundance of outstanding work on the independent, genre and foreign fringes. One of the names I highlighted as unlikely to receive the attention they deserve was Linda Cardellini, whose measured, quietly aching performance as a returning war vet in Liza Johnson's microbudget debut feature "Return" went largely unseen on its release back in February. I'm not the only »
- Guy Lodge
• James McAvoy, with his streamlined combo of looks and smarts, is in talks to star as activist and author Daniel Domscheit-Berg alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a movie about the controversial whistleblowing website. With Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) directing and a screenplay adaptation by Josh Singer, the as yet untitled film is based on Domscheit-Berg’s book “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website,” as well as another tome, “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy,” by reporters David Leigh and Luke Harding. [Variety]
• Jennifer Jason Leigh has joined the cast of Hateship, »
- Solvej Schou
Saturday Night Live alumni Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Bill Hader (Superbad) are set to reunite in The Skeleton Twins. The indie comedy, produced in part by Jay and Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions, will co-star Luke Wilson (Old School); Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) will direct from a script he co-wrote with BAFTA-nominated screenwriter, Mark Heyman (Black Swan). The Skeleton Twins will team up the Adventureland duo as two estranged twins who reunite after cheating death and are forced to confront their pasts. Hit the jump for more. Variety reports that Wiig and Hader will star as twins Maggie and Milo; the part of Maggie was previously rumored to be going to Anna Faris. When the brother and sister independently cheat death on the same day, they decide to get together and are forced to consider how their lives went so wrong. For Maggie, this causes her to re-evaluate her »
- Dave Trumbore
The film is based on a collection of short stories by Alice Munro entitled ‘Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage’. It has been adapted for screen by Mark Poirier. The plot centres on a nanny (Wiig) who is hired to care for a wild teenage girl (Steinfeld). The girl then proceeds to set up a romance between her new nanny and her own troubled father (Pearce) who is a recovering addict living in a different town. Nolte is to play the grandfather who blames Pearce’s character for the death of his daughter.
Liza Johnson, the director who brought us the 2011 indie drama Return, is set to direct, and producing the film will be Dylan Sellers and Cassian Elwes. Wiig who is most widely known for her comedic performance in Bridesmaids, »
- Tara Crawforth
I am all over the seeming randomness of this cast and can't imagine a situation, besides of course, making a film, that would allow for Kristen Wiig, Nick Nolte, Guy Pearce and Hailee Steinfeld to run in the same social circle, so thank you, writer-director Liza Johnson for this future cinematic gift.
Johnson, who also wrote and directed 2011 indie Return, is bringing together the electric group of performers for Hateship, Friendship, an adaptation of a short story collection by beloved Canadian author Alice Munro called "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage." »
- Andrea Miller
Just because Guy Pearce is coming off two huge blockbusters with Prometheus and Iron Man 3 doesn't mean he's done with indies. In fact, THR reports that Pearce, Kristen Wiig, True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld, and Nick Nolte have signed on for Hateship, Friendship, an indie dramedy based on Alice Munro's book of short stories, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. In this interesting assembly of talent, Wiig will play a nanny for a wild teen (Steinfeld) who sets up the nanny with her recovering addict father via e-mail, and Nolte plays the girl's grandfather, who blames Pearce for the death of his daughter. The film will be directed by Liza Johnson, who made her mark when she wrote and directed Return back in 2011, which starred Linda Cardellini and Michael Shannon. The book version of Hateship, Friendship centers on a series of nine stories, some of which include (via Amazon »
- Ben Pearson
Aussie actress Jacki Weaver has joined the cast of the original horror flick "Haunt" at Qed International. Weaver will play a former resident of the house who has suffered a terrible family tragedy.
The story centers on a family that moves into a new home with a dark past. As the introverted son and beautiful girl next door explore their sexual awakening, the two unwittingly invoke an alternative dimension of the house. [Source: Heat Vision]
After the Fall
The film is based on the true story of two grieving parents who used the unexpected death of their young daughter Maria as the impetus to build a world class state of the art children’s hospital where families are welcomed into the healing process. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Penned for the big screen by Mark Poirier (Goats), the Hateship, Friendship project focuses on a nanny (Wiig) hired to care for a rather wild teenage girl (Steinfeld) who using email, ignites a romantic flame between the nanny and her own estranged father (Pearce), a recovering drug addict living in a different town; Nolte will play the girl’s grandfather who blames Pearce’s character for the death of his own daughter.
Johnson said there are some lighter moments in the story:
It’s a bit more comedic, but I wouldn’t exactly call it a comedy. What »
- Nick Martin
Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld and Nick Nolte will form the lead cast for Hateship, Friendship. The Liza Johnson-directed dramatic comedy is based on the title tale from Alice Munro's short story collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Wiig will star as a nanny hired to look after a wild teenager (Steinfeld), who orchestrates a romance between the woman and her recovering addict (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, and Hailee Steinfeld walk into a bar (beer, martini, double-whiskey, Shirley Temple, respectively). They commence celebrating their coming together as a ragtag mixture of interesting stars for the movie Hateship, Friendship. Then they head to New Orleans to film the indie production with Liza Johnson (Return). It's based on a story from one of Alice Munro's zillion books of short stories, with Wiig playing a nanny caring for an unruly teen played by Steinfeld. »
- Zach Dionne
Well, congrats to the folks behind "Hateship, Friendship" for managing to keep the details on the downlow, to the point where with the film starting to shoot next week in New Orleans, we're only getting details now. And with a promising cast and solid source material to work from, this is one to keep an eye on. Kristen Wiig, Hailee Steinfeld, Guy Pearce and Nick Nolte are set to star in the film that is based on the book of short stories, "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage," by Alice Munro ("Away From Her"). The involved story follows a teenager (Steinfeld) who is being cared for by a nanny (Wiig), and tries to spark online romance between her nanny and her father, a recovering drug addict (Pearce) living in the another town. However, he has problems of his own. His father (Nolte) blames Pearce for the death of his own daughter. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well, where has this one been hiding?
Based on a collection of short stories by Alice Munro called "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage," the film centers on a nanny (Wiig) hired to take care of a wild teenage girl (Steinfeld) who proceeds to orchestrate a romance between her new caretaker and her troubled widowed father (Pearce). Also in the mix is the girl's grandfather (Nolte), who blames his son-in-law for the death of his daughter.
- Bryan Enk
Quite the cast has been assembled for Return writer/director Liza Johnson's indie dramedy, Hateship, Friendship, one that includes Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Nick Nolte (Warrior). The picture is an adaptation of Alice Munro's 2002 novel, "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage." Written for the screen by Mark Poirier (Goats), Hateship, Friendship centers on a woman (Wiig) hired to care for a wild teenage girl (Steinfeld), who then sets up a romance between the nanny and her own estranged father (Pearce), a recovering addict living in another town. Nolte will play the grandfather who blames Pearce's character for the death of the girl's mother. Hit the jump for more. THR reported on the ensemble casting for Hateship, Friendship. Wiig, who recently wrapped on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opposite Ben Stiller, will next lend her voice to sequels Despicable Me 2 and »
- Dave Trumbore
Both Kristen Wiig and Hailee Steinfeld broke out with big studio films, starring in Bridesmaids and True Grit respectively, but now they are heading down the indie route together. It's being reported that the two actresses, Guy Pearce and Nick Nolte have all taken parts in Hateship, Friendship, the new movie from director Liza Johnson. THR says the project is based on a novel filled with short stories called "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage" that was written by Alice Munro. Steinfeld will star as "a rather wild teenager girl" who uses email to try and hook up her nanny (Wiig) with her father (presumably Pearce). Nolte will play Steinfeld's characters grandfather, who blames Pearce's character, a former drug addict, for the death of his daughter (the girl's mother). Johnson last wrote and directed the 2011 drama Return, which starred Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, and John Slattery. While Steinfeld has yet to »
Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld and Nick Nolte are starring in the indie dramedy Hateship, Friendship. Liza Johnson, who wrote and helmed the 2011 indie drama Return, is directing the pic, which has been flying under the radar and is due to start shooting next week in New Orleans. Based on Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, a book of short stories by Alice Munro, the project centers on a nanny (Wiig) hired to care for a rather wild teenage girl (Steinfeld). Using email, the girl orchestrates a romance between the nanny and the father (Pearce), a recovering addict living
- Borys Kit
Nick Nolte, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld and Kristen Wiig have all joined the cast of the upcoming Hateship, Friendship , says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . Written and directed by Liza Johnson, the indie drama is based on Alice Munro's 2002 collection of short stories, "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage," officially described as follow: In the nine breathtaking stories that make up her celebrated tenth collection, Alice Munro achieves new heights, creating narratives that loop and swerve like memory, and conjuring up characters as thorny and contradictory as people we know ourselves. A tough-minded housekeeper jettisons the habits of a lifetime because of a teenager.s practical joke. A college student visiting her brassy, unconventional aunt »
The lasting mental and emotional effects of war on soldiers as they return home has long been a major field of psychological study, and it’s received quite a bit of coverage in film over the last decade in the form of features like Stop-Loss and Brothers. Those films took the side effects of post-traumatic stress disorder to their more harrowing extremes, whereas Liza Johnson’s Return, with Linda Cardellini as a mother-turned-veteran returning home after a tour of duty, takes aim at the psychological toll from more of an emotional point of view.
Kelli (Cardellini) returns home from service in the Middle East to find the world has kept on spinning in her absence. While she was experiencing the atrocities of war, her two daughters grew older and lost their emotional connection to the woman who birthed them.
- Lex Walker
DVD Playhouse – May 2012
By Allen Gardner
Shame (20th Century Fox) Director Steve McQueen’s harrowing portrait of a Manhattan sex addict (Michael Fassbender, in the year’s most riveting performance) whose psyche goes into overload when his equally-troubled sister (Carey Mulligan) visits unexpectedly. Exquisitely-made on every level, save for the screenplay, which makes its point after about thirty minutes. While it tries hard to be a modern-day Last Tango in Paris, this fatal flaw makes it fall somewhat short. The much- ballyhooed sex scenes and frontal nudity are the least-interesting things about the film, incidentally, which is still a must-see for discriminating adults who seek out challenging material. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Chicago – It’s an evening typical of so many American homes. Tom Bergeron’s smarmy voice fills the air as televised pratfalls are accompanied by the mechanical laughter of a studio audience. A father chuckles and winces at the mindless spectacle while relaxing on the couch with his children. His wife, on the other hand, remains restless. She fails to find any sense of comfort in the nightly routine.
This scene takes place early on in Liza Johnson’s “Return,” which is one of the most refreshingly unconventional wartime dramas in recent memory. It observes a female soldier, Kelli (Linda Cardellini), in the days following her return home after a tour of duty. A formulaic script would’ve culminated in expository revelations about Kelli’s traumatic experiences overseas, but Johnson uses behavioral nuances rather than pat dialogue to illuminate her heroine’s inner turmoil. It’s a character vignette that »
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