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Party Over Here — the production company founded by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone of the Lonely Island — has hired veteran film and television executive Becky Sloviter as head of production and development.
Sloviter most recently served as senior vice president at the Ink Factory, the production company behind AMC’s “The Nigh Manager.” There she worked on director Drew Pearce’s “Hotel Artemis,” starring Jodie Foster. She was previously a vice president at MGM and a producer for Mary Parent and Scott Stuber’s company at Universal Pictures.
“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to work with Andy, Akiva and Jorma, whose talent and sense of humor I have admired for so long,” Sloviter said. “The Lonely Island’s broad appeal and pop culture relevance make them a force to be reckoned with and I’m excited to help expand their slate with projects that highlight their trademark creativity, comedy »
- Daniel Holloway
The Lonely Island's production company has hired a new executive to oversee its film and television efforts.
Becky Sloviter will join Party Over Here — the shingle founded by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, named after their short-lived Fox late-night show — as the head of production and development. The company has a multiyear deal with 20th Century Fox Television.
Sloviter, who began her career at the Endeavor Agency, most recently served as the senior vice president of The Ink Factory, the outfit behind AMC miniseries The Night Manager. There, she shepherded Drew Pearce's directorial »
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
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
IndieWire’s Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention.
Don’t let newly minted multi-hyphenate Michelle Morgan’s resume fool you — she always wanted to be a writer. Although Morgan’s first official forays into the industry included small parts on shows like “CSI: Miami” and, yes, even “Saved By the Bell: The New Class” and an arc on “American Dreams,” she originally went to school for screenwriting and simply fell into acting.
And it wasn’t necessarily something that fueled her creatively, which is why Morgan eventually returned to writing, penning the scripts for John Stockwell’s “Middle of Nowhere” and Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “Girl Most Likely.” In 2013, she turned to directing, with her amusing short “K.I.T,” which screened at Sundance. This time around at the festival, Morgan has combined all of her skills, and she not only »
- Kate Erbland
Before a single frame of Dave McCary’s Brigsby Bear appears on the screen, the laughs are already happening. A fake opening title card reads that one of the studios was “Lonely Island Classics,” and it’s presented in the same font style and color as the logo for Sony Pictures Classics.
The film sets up the viewer for a, mostly, unpredictable ride to The Lonely Island’s world (the American comedy trio composed of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone all appear briefly in the movie). It opens with an episode of the made-up children’s TV series Brigsby Bear, which is, quite simply put, about a Teddy Ruxin-like bear named Brigsby, who travels the galaxy, saves the world from destruction and also makes sure to teach a valuable life lesson to the, mostly, tykes watching the show (“trust only the familial unit.”) I use the word “mostly »
- Jordan Ruimy
The challenge of finding the right romantic partner seems to be the theme of every other American indie at Sundance, and “L.A. Times” definitely suffers from privileged-white-people-natter-on-about-their-relationships fatigue. But first-time writer-director (and also star) Michelle Morgan brings just enough specificity, and a surprisingly sharp eye, to make the film an interesting calling card for future work. Whether there’s anything here that will appeal beyond a very small niche audience is another matter.
With a heavy dose of Whit Stillman and sprinklings of Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach, and Lena Dunham, among others, Morgan leans on her influences in exploring the intersecting lives and romances of three thirtysomething Angelenos, beginning with Annette (Morgan), an aspiring writer whose withering judgment of everyone and everything in her life proves impossibly irritating.
- Geoff Berkshire
There’s a movie debuting at Sundance this year called “L.A. Times” — and no — it’s not about the newspaper of the same name. Starring Jorma Taccone, Michelle Morgan (who also wrote and directed), Dree Hemingway, the three spoke with TheWrap’s Steve Pond from this year’s film festival in Park City, Utah. The comedy is a plucky take on thirty-something romance in Los Angeles as they try to determine whether ideal happiness exists in coupledom or if the perfectly suited twosome is actually just an urban myth. Also Read: Buzzy Sundance Doc 'Step' Uncovers Hidden 'Reality' of Poverty »
- Meriah Doty
Opening on intricately hand-painted, colorful postcards featuring Los Angeles sights, the distinct eye of Michelle Morgan immediately emerges. Her directorial debut, which she also wrote and leads, takes inspiration from a variety of sources, from these Wes Anderson-esque opening credits to the Whit Stillman-styled dialogue, but as the film progresses and a comedic rhythm clicks into place, L.A. Times blazes its own distinct, disenchanted trail of romance in the modern age.
Annette (Morgan) couldn’t ask for a nicer boyfriend than Elliot (Jorma Taccone, flexing more than capable dramatic muscles alongside the comedy), a TV writer for a Game of Thrones rip-off who pays all their bills. However, as Annette looks at the seemingly happier couples in their friend cricle and begins to nitpick Elliot’s actions — limited to making her walk uphill, help with taking in the garbage cans, and inquiring about the acting gig of a »
- Jordan Raup
Five years ago, Michelle Morgan made her Sundance debut with the short film K.I.T. She returns to the festival in 2017 as the writer, director and star of her first feature, L.A. Times, a romantic comedy where she plays alongside Jorma Taccone of Lonely Island fame. Morgan hired Nicholas Wiesnet, a Dp known primarily for documentary and short film work, to shoot the picture. Below, Wiesnet discusses how he got the job, why he shot the film in anamorphic widescreen and his approach to lighting and blocking comedy. L.A. Times will screen six times during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker: How and why did you […] »
- Filmmaker Staff
Attendees of the Sundance Film Festival are in for a snowy week ahead, but the sunny comedy “L.A. Times” may warm them up when it hits the big screen in Park City. And today, we have some exclusive images from the movie.
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Written, directed, and starring Michelle Morgan, who is joined by a strong trio in Dree Hemingway, Jorma Taccone, and Kentucker Audley, the film is a contemporary look at relationships and dating set against the backdrop of Los Angeles.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gem Wheeler Jan 12, 2017
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping was – yep, it’s time to call it - the funniest film of 2016. For those who blinked a little too long and didn’t catch it on its brief appearance in UK cinemas, the DVD release is your chance to find out what you’ve missed: a hilarious parody of current pop music’s excesses that blends acerbic criticism of predatory gossip shows and social media mobs with a sweet story of three feuding rappers struggling to mend their friendship. The fact that this touching tale also features Seal fending off a pack of wolves, Justin Timberlake dressed as a fish, and a bagpiper playing a lament at a beloved pet turtle’s Viking-inspired funeral comes as no surprise »
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