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Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
Guess who’s turning 10? Joe Swanberg has had a “fire” in his belly for, give or take a decade, and his latest in the interpersonal thread was shot in April and appears ripe for another double-billing in January-set Sundance and March SXSW fests. It may also be, his most sophisticated film to date. Moving from the Sundance featured, shot on 16mm Happy Christmas, Swanberg adds to his nucleus of players and reteams with cinematographer Ben Richardson for Digging for Fire. Shot on handsomely old-school 35mm, Swanberg has built himself an all-star team here with first line players Jake Johnson (who co-writes and produces) and Rosemarie DeWitt with a spoonful of supporting and minor bits from the likes of Sam Rockwell, Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Jenny Slate, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Messina, Sam Elliott, Ron Livingston, Jane Adams and Tom Bower.
Gist: Co-written by Swanberg and Johnson, this is a »
- Eric Lavallee
Sunday is the last full day of the Austin Film Festival (there are no more conference panels after today, but plenty of late afternoon and evening film screenings run through Thursday). Remember to check the website to keep up with schedule changes, and take a look at a few top picks.
Sunday Panel Picks:
A Conversation with Luke Wilson -- The Dallas-born actor has starred in over 50 film and television projects and has several upcoming releases, including Satellite Beach, which he co-directed, wrote and stars in. Today he sits down with moderator John Merriman to discuss his career and answer questions. (Sunday, Oct. 26, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Driskill Hotel Ballroom)
A Conversation with Susannah Grant -- Susannah Grant has an impressive list of writing credits, including Erin Brockovich, Pocahontas, Ever After and In Her Shoes. Come learn about her career and bring your smartest question. (Sunday, Oct. 26, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, »
- Caitlin Moore
According to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, The Orange Is The New Black season 3 folks have brought on actress, Marsha Stephanie Black (left), to come on and portray a new corrections officer. Currently, any other details for her character, is unknown as they're keeping it under tight wraps. She is scheduled to be a recurring character, so we'll see her show up from time to time. Marsha Black's acting credits include roles in Django Unchained and Girls. She'll be joining other season 3 new additions: Mike Birbiglia, Mary Steenburgen and Blair Brown. They also revealed that season 3 will be about "about faith, to a certain extent." Season 3 is due to premiere in the Summer 2015 sometime on Netflix. »
Spc acquired North American rights from CAA.
RADiUS took Us rights to Ross Katz’s feature directorial debut Adult Beginners (pictured top left) starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles.
The distributor plans a second quarter 2015 launch for the comedy after brokering the deal with Wme Global on behalf of the producers.
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RADiUS plans a second quarter 2015 launch for the comedy after brokering the deal with Wme Global on behalf of the producers.
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RADiUS proudly announced that it has acquired Us rights to the much buzzed about Adult Beginners which celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
A crowd pleaser with tremendous heart, Adult Beginners features a dream ensemble cast including Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles and is directed by Oscar nominated producer Ross Katz (Lost In Translation) making his feature length directorial debut.
RADiUS has slated a theatrical release second quarter 2015.
In the film, a young, narcissistic entrepreneur (Kroll) crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister (Byrne), brother-in-law (Cannavale) and 3-year-old nephew in his suburban childhood home - only to become their nanny. Adult Beginners is a comedy about priorities, growing up and beginning again. »
RADiUS announced today it has acquired Us rights to Adult Beginners, which celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film will be released in the second quarter of 2015.
Adult Beginners features a dream ensemble cast including Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles and is directed by Oscar-nominated producer Ross Katz (Lost in Translation) making his feature length directorial debut. »
Radius has acquired U.S. rights to the comedy “Adult Beginners,” three days after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Rose Byrne and Nick Kroll star along with Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles. Producer Ross Katz (“Lost in Translation”) makes his directorial debut with the pic.
Radius plans a release in the second quarter.
Kroll portrays a narcissistic entrepreneur who crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s launch and leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister (Byrne), brother-in-law (Cannavale) and 3-year-old nephew in his suburban childhood home.
The film is based on a story originated by Kroll and written by Jeff Cox and Elizabeth Flahive. Producers are Sam Slater and Paul Bernon of Burn Later Productions, Marcus Cox and Karrie Cox of Through Films, Kroll of Good at Bizness, Inc. and Jared Ian Goldman. »
- Dave McNary
Radius has acquired U.S. rights to Ross Katz's comedy Adult Beginners, which made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Sources peg the deal at $1.5 million. The film stars Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles and marks Oscar-nominated producer Katz's (Lost in Translation) feature directorial debut. Radius is planning a theatrical release for second quarter 2015. The film centers on a young, narcissistic entrepreneur (Kroll) who crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in total disarray,
- Tatiana Siegel
Litchfield inmates will soon have a new Co to look out for. Actress Marsha Stephanie Blake has reportedly been cast in season three of Netflix's Orange is the New Black. So far, all we really know about her recurring character is that she will join the ranks of Litchfield's corrections officers. Recently Blake has had small roles on shows like Girls and Elementary, and she also appeared in Django Unchained. The Hollywood Reporter was first with news of her casting. Info about season three is mostly being kept under wraps, but we have gotten a few tidbits. We knew that Mary Steenburgen, Blair Brown, and Mike Birbiglia will all be joining the show in some way, and that Blake's »
Pioneering comedian Joan Rivers died on Thursday after going into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure, and Hollywood quickly took to social media to pay their condolences.
“She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends,” her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
Seacrest: “Joan was a trailblazer in so many ways, and I greatly admired her talent and humor. She was a colleague and friend, as we worked together on E!, and she was also a treasured guest on my radio show many times. Regardless of the forum, Joan was full of funny, »
- Alex Stedman
This afternoon, news broke of Joan Rivers’ death. Celebrities, media outlets, and friends have been offering their condolences on Twitter and social media and sharing their best memories of the late comedienne:
.@Joan_Rivers was a dear & wonderful friend who I've known for 45yrs. Great guest, pal, comedian & mother. We will never see her likes again— Larry King (@kingsthings) September 04, 2014
#RIPJoanRivers #Legend instagram.com/p/siPD5iOc7o/— Ken Baker (@kenbakernow) September 04, 2014
Joan was a classic New Yorker. Her wit, style, moxie, feminist trailblazing, and quiet philanthropy made her a legend. #RIPJoanRivers— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) September 04, 2014
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- Teresa Jue
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Today, September 4, 2014, we lost comedic icon Joan Rivers. Despite being released from the ICU yesterday, TMZ reports the comedian has passed at 81, a week after she stopped breathing during throat surgery. We’re still in shock over losing “a simple girl with a dream” who changed the world of comedy and made our days a little brighter.
Her beloved daughter and partner in crime Melissa Rivers released a written statement today, saying: “She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.”
Joan made her way into our hearts by taking things to levels no one else would dare go. She brought laughter to the world and touched the lives of many. In the 2007 throwback clip below, Best Week Ever »
- Taylor Ferber
Petty first appeared on the season two premiere of the show as Lolly, a fellow inmate that Piper meets on a transport plane.
Petty will return to the role of Lolly for the third season, though it's unclear how many episodes she'll be in and how her character will come back into the action.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
Lori Petty is going back to prison: The Tank Girl and League of Their Own star will reprise her brief, but memorable role during the third season of Orange Is the New Black, EW has learned exclusively.
Petty first appeared on the Emmy-nominated series in the season-two premiere, portraying Lolly, a fellow inmate that Piper meets on a transport plane. Netflix declined to comment on Petty’s return, and details on what brings Lolly back into the fold are being kept under wraps.
- Natalie Abrams
Lori Petty Returning To 'Orange'
Petty will reprise her role as an inmate named Lotty on Orange is the New Black next season, according to Entertainment Weekly. She first appeared on Orange in the series’ season two premiere.
Petty’s character Lotty had a memorable scene with Taylor Schilling’s Piper Chapman aboard a plane filled with fellow convicts getting transferred from other prisons in the premiere. In the scene, Piper confesses to Lotty that she thinks she killed someone (Pensatucky) and that she’s likely about to face murder charges. Without much advice to offer, Lotty offers her some Vaseline she has tucked in her ear to help combat the dry atmosphere inside the airplane.
It’s unknown »
Joseph Gordon-Levitt says women are an “oppressed category” of people, Michael J. Fox publicly reacts to the news of Robin Williams‘ Parkinson’s disease, 19 Kids & Counting star Jessa Duggar is engaged, and more celebrity news you missed while you were sleeping.
Michael J. Fox, who has openly battled Parkinson’s disease for years, was “stunned” when he learned Robin Williams was in the early stages of the sickness. [NY Post] 19 Kids & Counting star Jessa Duggar is engaged to Ben Seewald. [People] Jgl would “absolutely call [himself] a feminist.” [Cosmopolitan] Comedian Mike Birbiglia is joining Orange Is the New Black for a top secret season three role. [E!] Reese Witherspoon was caught hilariously dancing all by herself at a wedding and we want to party with her. [Us Weekly]
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- Taylor Ferber
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has joined the cast of Orange is the New Black's third season. There's no word on what role Birbiglia will play — guard? relative in a flashback? — but he was most recently seen leading a cancer support group in the "literal heart of Jesus" in The Fault in Our Stars, so maybe he can help Mr. Healy finally get "Safe Place" off the ground? »
- Anna Silman
Scatter the nuns! Last time we saw him, he was literally in the heart of Jesus, and now he's off to prison (maybe?)! Actor-comedian Mike Birbiglia has landed a recurring role on next season of Orange is the New Black and we are very excited about it. Unfortunately, we don't know anything about his role or how often he'll show up next season, but we're fairly sure we couldn't possibly be disappointed. Lately, Birbiglia has been making the rounds on the big screen. He most recently played Patrick, the cancer support group leader, in The Fault in Our Stars, and will appear in the upcoming remake of Annie. He'll also show up in Don't Mess With Texas, along with Reese »
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