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Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’

20 April 2017 1:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Keshet Studios has launched a feature film development and production division, co-headed by veteran independent producers Mandy Tagger-Brockey and Adi Ezroni.

The new Keshet Films will produce features budgeted between $10 million and $20 million for the U.S. and international markets. Its inaugural development slate includes a feature adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen caper novel, “Skinny Dip,” and “The Newburgh Sting,” a fictional adaptation of the HBO documentary.

“Skinny Dip” is set in South Florida in 2003 and centers on a woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband after he has tried to murder her. “The Newburgh Sting” is a 2014 film about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s sting operation on four Muslim men involved in a 2009 terrorism plot in the Bronx.

Alon Shtruzman, CEO of parent Keshet International, said, “Ki is a premium content company that is always on the lookout for the best creative talent, and that is »

- Dave McNary

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Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’

20 April 2017 1:34 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Keshet Studios has launched a feature film development and production division, co-headed by veteran independent producers Mandy Tagger-Brockey and Adi Ezroni.

The new Keshet Films will produce features budgeted between $10 million and $20 million for the U.S. and international markets. Its inaugural development slate includes a feature adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen caper novel, “Skinny Dip,” and “The Newburgh Sting,” a fictional adaptation of the HBO documentary.

“Skinny Dip” is set in South Florida in 2003 and centers on a woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband after he has tried to murder her. “The Newburgh Sting” is a 2014 film about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s sting operation on four Muslim men involved in a 2009 terrorism plot in the Bronx.

Alon Shtruzman, CEO of parent Keshet International, said, “Ki is a premium content company that is always on the lookout for the best creative talent, and that is exactly what we have in Mandy and »

- Dave McNary

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Melissa McCarthy to Be Honored at Artemis Women in Action Film Fest

12 April 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Melissa McCarthy in “Spy

Melissa McCarthy’s filmography includes roles such as a ghost-catcher, spy, and cop, so it comes as no surprise that the Oscar-nominated actress will be honored with the Powerhouse award by the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival. Variety broke the news.

Ghostbusters,” “Spy,” “The Heat,” “Identity Thief,” and “Tammy” are among the action-packed films McCarthy has starred in.

“Melissa has epitomized female action heroes in countless films,” the festival commented. “She has always embraced characters who are physically empowered — even when they make us laugh.”

“Our film festival seeks to redefine the image of women, not just on screen, but in culture as well,” emphasized Melanie Wise, the festival’s founder. “Our official hashtag is #womenkickass, and we try to convey that sensibility in everything that we do.”

McCarthy will be presented with the honor on the fest’s opening night, April 20. Other women set to be honored at the third edition of the fest include McCarthy’s stuntwoman Luci Romberg, actress Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), and former Mma star and actress Gina Carano (“Deadpool”).

McCarthy received an Oscar nomination in 2012 for her role in “Bridesmaids.” Her upcoming projects include Marielle Heller’s dark comedy “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and the college-set comedy “Life of the Party.” She co-wrote the latter film, which co-stars “Love’s” Gillian Jacobs.

Check out our guest post explaining why McCarthy offers a better return on investment than Tom Cruise, one of the best-known action stars of all-time.

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival runs from April 20–23 in La.

Melissa McCarthy to Be Honored at Artemis Women in Action Film Fest 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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Ken Jeong’s ‘Dr. Ken’ Manages to Reboot ‘Community’ and Heal Dan Harmon’s Rift with Sony at the Same Time

31 March 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Ken Park, a doctor pursuing a career in comedy, has been offered a great opportunity: A starring role in Dan Harmon’s new comedy about a group of misfits at a community college.

Park is a bit of a goofball, so ultimately Harmon writes the part of Señor Chang, an eccentric Spanish teacher, for the comedian. Sound familiar?

The Season 2 finale of Ken Jeong’s ABC sitcom “Dr. Ken” rips a page out of real life, sort of. “Community” creator Dan Harmon guest stars as, you guessed it, Dan Harmon (playing a particularly surly version of himself). Also appearing:

Alison Brie – who played Annie on the show, opposite Jeong’s Chang – and a few other familiar faces from the show, including recurring actors Erik Charles Nielsen (Garrett), Danielle Kaplowitz (Vicki), Richard Erdman (Leonard), and Luke Youngblood (Magnitude – pop pop!).

“The word ‘surreal’ was pervasive,” Jeong said of having Harmon on set. »

- Michael Schneider

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Ken Jeong’s ‘Dr. Ken’ Manages to Reboot ‘Community’ and Heal Dan Harmon’s Rift with Sony at the Same Time

31 March 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ken Park, a doctor pursuing a career in comedy, has been offered a great opportunity: A starring role in Dan Harmon’s new comedy about a group of misfits at a community college.

Park is a bit of a goofball, so ultimately Harmon writes the part of Señor Chang, an eccentric Spanish teacher, for the comedian. Sound familiar?

The Season 2 finale of Ken Jeong’s ABC sitcom “Dr. Ken” rips a page out of real life, sort of. “Community” creator Dan Harmon guest stars as, you guessed it, Dan Harmon (playing a particularly surly version of himself). Also appearing:

Alison Brie – who played Annie on the show, opposite Jeong’s Chang – and a few other familiar faces from the show, including recurring actors Erik Charles Nielsen (Garrett), Danielle Kaplowitz (Vicki), Richard Erdman (Leonard), and Luke Youngblood (Magnitude – pop pop!).

“The word ‘surreal’ was pervasive,” Jeong said of having Harmon on set. »

- Michael Schneider

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Judd Apatow TV: How ‘Girls,’ ‘Crashing’ and ‘Love’ Mix His Comedy DNA with Other People’s Stories

30 March 2017 7:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

What’s it like when Judd Apatow asks to put your soul on screen? It’s a question that gets a laugh from his series stars and creators.

“I’d already given mine away,” Gillian Jacobs said.

Paul Rust agreed: “Soon as you step in L.A., man.”

Like a lot of jokes in a typical Apatow project, it’s funny because while it might not be true, it still feels real.

Read More:  The Politics of Funny: Comedians Grapple with Their Approach After The Gloom of Trump’s Inauguration

Audiences have gotten more than a taste of that recently — in fact, for a couple of years now, Apatow has been keeping busy to the point of being ubiquitous. Beyond the HBO comedy “Girls,” which Apatow first helped shepherd to the screen after seeing Lena Dunham’s feature “Tiny Furniture,” projects like the Amy Schumer-starring “Trainwreck,” the Netflix series “Love, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Judd Apatow TV: How ‘Girls,’ ‘Crashing’ and ‘Love’ Mix His Comedy DNA with Other People’s Stories

30 March 2017 7:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What’s it like when Judd Apatow asks to put your soul on screen? It’s a question that gets a laugh from his series stars and creators.

“I’d already given mine away,” Gillian Jacobs said.

Paul Rust agreed: “Soon as you step in L.A., man.”

Like a lot of jokes in a typical Apatow project, it’s funny because while it might not be true, it still feels real.

Read More:  The Politics of Funny: Comedians Grapple with Their Approach After The Gloom of Trump’s Inauguration

Audiences have gotten more than a taste of that recently — in fact, for a couple of years now, Apatow has been keeping busy to the point of being ubiquitous. Beyond the HBO comedy “Girls,” which Apatow first helped shepherd to the screen after seeing Lena Dunham’s feature “Tiny Furniture,” projects like the Amy Schumer-starring “Trainwreck,” the Netflix series “Love, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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New poster for Demetri Martin’s award-winning comedy Dean

25 March 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last month we brought you a trailer for Dean [watch it here], and now a poster has arrived online for writer-director Demetri Martin’s award-winning comedy which stars Martin alongside Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs, and Mary Steenburgen; check it out here…

Writer/Director/Comedian Demetri Martin stars alongside Academy Award winner Kevin Kline in this comedic and heartfelt tale about a father and son coming to terms with love, loss and everything in between. Dean (Martin) is an illustrator whose unwillingness to deal with the recent death of his mother means escaping his hometown of New York for an interview with an ad agency in Los Angeles. His retired engineer dad Robert (Kline) takes a more regimented approach to grief, including putting the family home up for sale. Both father and son set out on their own paths to find a new normal as unexpected circumstances and potential new love interests threaten to thwart all plans. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Love: how Judd Apatow rewrote the rom-com rulebook

21 March 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Mar 22, 2017

Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin and Paul Rust have subverted expectations with Love, a thoughtful, funny and fearless Netflix series...

Love is one of Netflix’s finest original comedies. It’s certainly right up there with Master Of None and BoJack Horseman in the category of comedies that aren’t afraid to tackle tough topics.

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The show’s vague title means that Love may have flown under your radar, but it also comes with benefits. Due to the broad scope of its moniker, Love is a show without a gimmick, allowing the writing team to go down any path they wish to develop their characters, mine for laughs and tug on our heartstrings. It succeeds regularly on all three counts. »

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Which TV Show Is the Most Challenging to Write About? — IndieWire Critics Survey

21 March 2017 10:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which show do you find the most difficult to write about and why? (This was inspired by a tweet by Alan Sepinwall.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

First, I apologize to the other critics for sticking them with this question, though it’ll be a relief to hear if they have similar blind spots.

But for me… man, is writing about “The Americans” like pulling teeth, in the laundry room, with only some vodka for anesthetic. It’s a great show, and consistently near the top of my best-of lists each season, yet it can take me half a day or more to make significant headway on »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Which TV Show Is the Most Challenging to Write About? — IndieWire Critics Survey

21 March 2017 10:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which show do you find the most difficult to write about and why? (This was inspired by a tweet by Alan Sepinwall.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

First, I apologize to the other critics for sticking them with this question, though it’ll be a relief to hear if they have similar blind spots.

But for me… man, is writing about “The Americans” like pulling teeth, in the laundry room, with only some vodka for anesthetic. It’s a great show, and consistently near the top of my best-of lists each season, yet it can take me half a day or more to make significant headway on »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Mila Kunis & Kate McKinnon in Talks for Susanna Fogel’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me”

20 March 2017 8:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Mila Kunis in “Bad Moms

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon may be teaming up for a woman-directed comedy. The actresses are in talks to star in Susanna Fogel’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” Deadline reports.

If they sign on for the project, Kunis and McKinnon will play BFFs who “unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy,” the source summarizes.

Imagine Entertainment is producing the feature, and Lionsgate will distribute. Filming is expected to kick off this summer.

Folks have been speculating about who will play James Bond and helm the next franchise film for years, but these conversations have been dominated by male actors and directors. We’re already so much more invested in “The Spy Who Dumped Me.”

Another female-led espionage comedy, Paul Feig’s “Spy,” starring Melissa McCarthy, grossed over $365 million worldwide on a budget of $65 million.

Chasing Life” co-creator Fogel will co-write the script in addition to her directing duties. She previously helmed 2014’s “Life Partners,” a dramedy about a co-dependent friendship starring Gillian Jacobs (“Love”) and Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”).

When we asked Fogel her advice for other women directors, she said, “Have confidence in your own voice, be entrepreneurial, and take big risks with the knowledge that, by default of being a woman, people are going to advise you to be conservative, play it safe, make sure everyone likes you, and constantly question whether or not you’re ready to be in charge.”

“It’s rarely talked about as a gender thing, and it’s often subconscious, but people are generally less comfortable entrusting executive power — and finances — to women, and I think it’s easy as a female director to sense their doubt and psych yourself out,” she observed. “Which only perpetuates the cycle and proves their point.”

McKinnon stars in another hotly anticipated woman-directed comedy, Lucia Aniello’s “Rough Night.” The “SNL” star, Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz (“Big Little Lies”), Ilana Glazer (“Broad City”), and Jillian Bell (“Workaholics”) play former college friends who reunite for a bachelorette party, but the evening takes an unexpectedly dark turn when an overeager attempt to mount a male stripper leads to his death. The film opens June 16.

Kunis was most recently seen in “Bad Moms” alongside Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. The female-led ensemble comedy made nearly $180 million worldwide and was made for $20 million. A sequel is in the works.

While promoting “Bad Moms,” Kunis addressed the unfair expectations placed on films with female protagonists in an interview for ABC News’ “Popcorn With Peter Travers.” She said, “The hardest part about all of this is when a movie that is starring women does well, everyone goes, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’ … But when it goes bad, then everyone goes, ‘We knew it. We knew this was going to happen.’ A male-driven film, it doesn’t matter, whether it’s good or bad, no one comments on it,” Kunis explained. “It’s just either good or bad. With a female-driven film, it’s females. ‘Well this female succeeded, or this female failed.’ It’s going to have to change one day.”

Mila Kunis & Kate McKinnon in Talks for Susanna Fogel’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me” 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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‘May It Last’ Review: Avett Brothers Doc Shows That Music Doesn’t Need Turmoil to Be Compelling — SXSW 2017

18 March 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With most behind-the-scenes, making-of music docs, you can feel something ominous in the air. Either the artists on display are on the verge of a schism or someone’s personal life is threatening to undo the collective goals of the group. “May It Last,” a documentary from Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio about the North Carolina-based folk-rock group The Avett Brothers, never stumbles on that central, driving conflict. Instead, the film presents the story of two brothers, Scott and Seth Avett, who have lived their separate lives without being fueled by the need to bring seismic change to the music industry or each other. “May It Last” still places The Avett Brothers in the context of a musical quest but finds an equally satisfying path in the ordinary elements of their lives.

Most of the in-process footage from “May It Last” follows the recording of the band’s 2016 album “True »

- Steve Greene

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From Love to Girls – what TV's most toxic couples can teach us

14 March 2017 9:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Bickering, self-sabotaging pairs are all over the small screen, from Gus and Mickey in Love to Sharon and Rob in Catastrophe and, well, everyone in Girls. Here are the lessons we should learn from them

As a meditation on less-than-perfect modern romance, Netflix’s Love is spot on. “Yeah, I’m a huge asshole because I care about you,” its nerd-with-a-heart Gus tells the object of his affection Mickey in the newly released second series. Later, Mickey confesses something so many viewers will see in themselves – that when it comes to relationships, “when it’s going well, I panic.”

Love spent its first series convincing us of the unlikely pairing of Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust, their easy rapport and obvious mutual attraction, before painstakingly outlining why these people should in fact not be together.

Related: Lena Dunham’s Girls: the show that turned TV upside down

Continue reading. »

- Lara Williams

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‘Love’ Season 2 Review: Netflix’s Relationship Comedy Delivers Heartbreak As Promised

11 March 2017 10:14 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix’s “Love” may be one of the hardest TV series titles to search on Google. But the folks behind the show still like the title.

“It’s like how I love when I see a diner and it’s just called ‘Food,'” said executive producer Judd Apatow, speaking to IndieWire with stars Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs. “No need to come up with a fancy name.”

“You can’t get angry,” Rust added. “They’re like, ‘Hey, we promised food.'”

In a similar fashion, with the title “Love,” Apatow, Rust, and co-creator Lesley Arfin have promised to depict that most complex yet most simple of human emotions on the screen. But they don’t promise a happy ending, which makes the quasi-comedy at times a nerve-wracking experience. Perhaps that’s because the show remains firmly grounded in the real world, where happy endings are rarely a guarantee. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Love’ Season 2 Review: Netflix’s Relationship Comedy Delivers Heartbreak As Promised

11 March 2017 10:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix’s “Love” may be one of the hardest TV series titles to search on Google. But the folks behind the show still like the title.

“It’s like how I love when I see a diner and it’s just called ‘Food,'” said executive producer Judd Apatow, speaking to IndieWire with stars Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs. “No need to come up with a fancy name.”

“You can’t get angry,” Rust added. “They’re like, ‘Hey, we promised food.'”

In a similar fashion, with the title “Love,” Apatow, Rust, and co-creator Lesley Arfin have promised to depict that most complex yet most simple of human emotions on the screen. But they don’t promise a happy ending, which makes the quasi-comedy at times a nerve-wracking experience. Perhaps that’s because the show remains firmly grounded in the real world, where happy endings are rarely a guarantee. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Nick Frost and Simon Pegg Are Working on a New Mystery Project Together

11 March 2017 8:27 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Great news for Nick Frost and Simon Pegg’s fans: the British duo is working on a new project together. But we will have to wait until later in the year to get more details about this collaboration. “Simon and I are working on something,” Frost told Inverse. “We’re trying to do something a bit special at the moment. It’s a work in progress, and we may have some more information on it later in the year.”

The two met in the ’90s and became good friends. Alongside Jessica Hynes, Pegg wrote a role for Frost in his popular sitcom “Spaced.” The duo then worked on three films together with director Edgar Wright —”Shaun of the Dead” (2004), “Hot Fuzz” (2007), and “The World’s End” (2013), known as the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. They also co-wrote and starred in the alien comedy “Paul,” released in 2011.

Read More: ‘Into the Badlands »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Janicza Bravo's Comedy 'Lemon' Acquired by Magnolia

10 March 2017 3:25 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Magnolia Pictures is taking a bite out of Lemon, acquiring North American rights to Janicza Bravo's feature directorial debut.

The film, written by Bravo and Brett Gelman, will be released later this year. It screens next at SXSW.

Lemon follows Isaac Lachman (Gelman), a 40-year-old man immobilized by the mediocrity in his life. His career is going nowhere, his girlfriend of 10 years is leaving him, and his family is overbearing. Isaac once had big dreams, but now just watches his life unravel.

Judy Greer, Michael CeraNia LongShiri Appleby, Fred Melamed, Jon Daly, Rhea Perlman, David Paymer, Gillian Jacobs, Martin »

- Ashley Lee

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Magnolia Pictures Acquires Sundance Breakout ‘Lemon’ Ahead of SXSW

10 March 2017 2:16 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ahead of its screening at SXSW on Friday evening, Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to “Lemon,” the feature directorial debut of Janicza Bravo.

Bravo co-wrote the screenplay with actor and husband, actor and comedian Brett Gelman, who also stars in the film. “Lemon” had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and opened the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

The film follows Isaac Lachman (Gelman), a 40-year-old man crippled by the mediocrity in his life. He has hit the wall in his career, his girlfriend of ten years is leaving him, his family is overbearing, so he idly watches as his once dream-filled life begins to deteriorate.

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Film Review: ‘Lemon

Lemon” also stars Judy Greer, Michael Cera and Nia LongShiri Appleby, Fred Melamed, Jon Daly, Rhea Perlman, David Paymer, Gillian Jacobs, Martin Starr and Marla Gibbs round out the cast.

Bravo first came into the indie »

- Sarah Ahern

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‘Lemon’: Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Janicza Bravo’s Sundance Breakout Ahead of SXSW Screenings

10 March 2017 1:02 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ahead of its screenings at this week’s SXSW Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to “Lemon,” the feature directorial debut of Janicza Bravo. Bravo also co-wrote the screenplay with actor Brett Gelman (Gelman also stars in the film and is Bravo’s husband). The film bowed back in January at the Sundance Film Festival and then went on to screen at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Read More: ‘Lemon’ Director Janicza Bravo On The Art of Rejection and Why Her Movie’s Not Weird — Sundance 2017

Per the film’s official synopsis, it “follows Isaac Lachman (Gelman), a 40-year-old man immobilized by the mediocrity in his life. His career is going nowhere, his girlfriend of ten years (Greer) is leaving him and his family is overbearing. Isaac once had big dreams, but now just watches his life unravel.”

Lemon” also stars Judy Greer, Michael Cera and Nia Long. »

- Kate Erbland

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