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Abbolita Films has ramped up its nascent distribution partnership with Xyz Films, acquiring multiterritory rights to “Green Room,” “Brain on Fire,” “’71” and “Pilgrimage,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Abbolita and Xyz launched the alliance at Cannes, involving acquisition and distribution of films in Turkey, Portugal, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
“Green Room,” which debuted at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, is directed by Jeremy Saulnier and stars Patrick Stewart as the leader of a white supremacist gang along with Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots. The film was acquired from WestEnd, and will be the opening night film at this year’s Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness.
“Brain on Fire” stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann and Jenny Slate and is currently in production in Vancouver. The film will be released in partnership with Broad Green Pictures, which will distribute it in the U. »
- Dave McNary
On Demand DVD New Releases Aug. 31-Sept. 6 Addicted to Fresno Two codependent sisters move in together and work as hotel maids in Fresno. Shannon has moved in after exiting rehab for sex addiction and hopes to start a new life. Martha is aiding her recovery only to discover a dead hotel guest that Shannon may have had a part in killing. Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne, Aubrey Plaza (R, 1:25) 9/1 The Age of Adaline (pictured below) Adaline experienced an accident that keeps her frozen in time as a young woman. After spending decades in a fairly solitary environment, she … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
Actor Keith Powell is best known for his role as Toofer on the sitcom 30 Rock, but he has also produced a number of original web series. Powell’s latest effort is Keith Broke His Leg, which follows his life while he is laid up at home with a broken leg.
While nursing his injury, Powell can’t move around too well, and as a result, Keith Broke His Leg plays out as a slow-burning comedy. A mellow soundtrack accompanies Powell as he hangs out with friends, records a promo for an all-black cruise line, and, in the first episode, disappears down a porn-related Internet rabbit hole.
In total, Keith Broke His Leg runs for six episodes, which are all available on the series’ official website. Throughout the show’s run, some familiar faces show up. Most significantly, Aubrey Plaza appears as a guest star in the sixth episode.
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- Sam Gutelle
A24 is financing and owns worldwide rights with filming to take place in Miami in the fall. Jenkins directed 2009’s “Medicine for Melancholy.”
A24 announced in June that it was producing real-estate drama “The Liar’s Ball” with director J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb. A24’s top box office performers have been “Ex Machina,” which has crossed $25 million domestically, and James Franco’s “Spring Breakers,” which grossed $14 million in 2013.
- Dave McNary
Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick have been one of Hollywood’s hippest Bff brigades ever since they joined quick wit forces on “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” five years ago. Now, thanks to the “Zac Efron train,” as Plaza described it to Elle Magazine, they teamed up on the big screen again for “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” — which Plaza alternatively titled “Alice and Tatiana Will F–k Up Your Wedding” because sweet, sweet sarcasm and such. Anna Kendrick Said 'Aloha' To Hawaii In The Most Anna Kendrick Way Ever Just as we expected, the two had a complete blast on the film’s Hawaiian set — and not just because of all the rainbows, crystal blue waters and rampant Efron shirtlessness going down in the Aloha State — so they’re already scheming up the next sick Aubrey-Anna collaboration, this time for the small screen. “Anna and I have had »
Perhaps for the first time in history, an Electronic Dance Music soundtrack blared through the walls inside the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Edm for the Thursday premiere of “We Are Your Friends,” starring Zac Efron.
A youthful crowd of millennials gathered around the landmark to get a peek of the former teen heartthrob as he walked the red carpet alongside his co-stars, Emily Ratajkowski, Shiloh Fernandez, Jonny Weston and Alex Shaffer.
Efron shared with Variety that he’s long been a fan of Edm, which has become increasingly popular within the past five years. Leading Edm acts David Guetta and Skrillex both have landed hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 with collaborators such as Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber.
“It’s fantastic that we were able to integrate electronic music into what is a really universal film. It’s sort of like what disco was in ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ That »
- Mannie Holmes
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Abridged Movie of the Day: Were one of the two people who missed Jurassic World this summer? Here's the gist in only 90 seconds, depicted in Lego (via Geek Tyrant): Wishful Thinking of the Day: One fan wants Aubrey Plaza to star in a Netflix series based on Marvel's other Hawkeye and has already put together some promo ads. Jeremy Renner's version of Hawkeye would still be there, and there's a role for America Ferrara. See more at Live for Films. Movie Takedown of the Day: In advance of another spy kid movie (American Ultra), Honest Trailers exposes some faults to Kingsman: The Secret Service while admitting it's actually surprisingly...
- Christopher Campbell
Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel have plenty in common: endless improv chops, an appreciation for terrible cinema (Scheer hosts the podcast "How Did This Get Made?" about lame movies; Huebel hosts the La Upright Citizens Brigade revue "The Shit Show" where guests discuss their worst performances and gigs), and now, the experience of performing together on a giant glass bus. Their new special "Crash Test" sees the comics entertaining an audience on a large party bus as it travels through Los Angeles. On their journey, they meet fellow comics Aziz Ansari, Andy Daly, Rob Corddry, Aubrey Plaza, Natasha Leggero, Jack McBrayer, Thomas Lennon, Ian Karmel, and more. It's a wild ensemble held together by Scheer and Huebel's vaudevillian stamina. We caught up with Scheer and Huebel to discuss friendship in the comedy community, the greatness of bad movies, and what to think of the plagiarism scandal surrounding Twitter star Josh Ostrovsky, »
- Louis Virtel
The film became available Aug. 13 for 72-hour rental in Blu-ray format for $12.99 and in standard-definition for $11.99.
Mendelsohn plays a troubled gambler whose luck turns when he meets Reynolds’ nonchalant poker player. They embark on a road trip and visit seemingly every bar, racetrack, casino and pool hall they can find.
“Mississippi Grind” is one of the highest-profile films to emerge from the 2-year-old A24-DirecTV partnership to release movies exclusively on the satellite TV provider before they hit theaters. Other titles have included Charlize Theron’s thriller “Dark Places”; the Aubrey Plaza-starrer “Life After Beth”; Atom Egoyan’s “Captive,” starring Ryan Reynolds; and Julius Avery’s directorial debut, »
- Dave McNary
Fresno is a comedy about co-dependent sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno, CA. Shannon is fresh out of sex rehab when her younger, overly optimistic lesbian sister Martha lands her a job as a maid at Fresno Suites, the local hotel. When Shannon jeopardizes her fresh start by accidentally killing a hotel guest after a post-rehab relapse, Martha goes to great lengths to help her sister cover up the crime. Shannon finally learns to take responsibility for her actions, and the sisters begin to resolve their tortured relationship.
- Gary Collinson
On Tuesday at the computer-graphics convention Siggraph, The Hollywood Reporter writes, Pixar revealed the physical inspirations for Inside Out's team of anthropomorphic emotions. The film's character art director Albert Lozano told the crowd that the team (literally) drew from the looks of Hollywood icons both past and present. Amy Poehler's Joy, it turns out, was modeled on Audrey Hepburn and given the graceful movements of a gymnast. Sadness was originally drawn as sort of a living tear, but it gradually took on aspects of Rachel Dratch's Debbie Downer, as well as Wednesday Addams. For Disgust, the team took inspiration from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Veruca Salt and Poehler's Parks and Rec co-star Aubrey Plaza. Fear was always envisioned as having prominent eyes, like those of Don Knotts and Mr. Bean. And Anger, well, that was an easy one — he was just a square. »
- Nate Jones
Crash Test Movie Trailer Arrives. Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer‘s Crash Test movie trailer stars Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Rob Corddry, and Thomas Lennon. Crash Test‘s plot synopsis: “Paramount Digital Entertainment is bringing a new Crash Test comedy special to Vimeo on Demand, and it’s not just a recorded version of one of the shows at the Ucb Theatre. […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
Through projects like Burning Love (Yahoo), Hotwives (Hulu), and Beef (iTunes), Paramount Digital has brought quality comedy to multiple online platforms. With its latest project, it is working with yet another distributor: Vimeo. The digital wing of the Hollywood studio will bring a comedy special called Crash Test to the Vimeo On Demand platform.
Crash Test comes from frequent Paramount Digital collaborators Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer, who based the special off their Upright Citizens Brigade show of the same name. As Deadline explains, Crash Test “takes place on a moving bus traveling throughout Los Angeles, with improvised stand-up at stops, a comedic “tour” of celebrity homes, and more.”
On Vimeo On Demand, Crash Test will an expanding library of comedy offerings. »
- Sam Gutelle
Paramount Digital Entertainment is launching a new comedy special Crash Test exclusively through Vimeo on Demand on August 18. Crash Test is adapted from the Ucb show of the same name from Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel and takes place on a moving bus traveling throughout Los Angeles, with improvised stand-up at stops, a comedic “tour” of celebrity homes, and more. Appearing in the special are Aziz Ansari, Rob Corddry, Aubrey Plaza, Natasha Leggero, Thomas Lennon and Ben… »
On Welcome to Sweden, a former money manager to the stars (Poehler) decides to follow his Swedish love (Josephine Bornebusch) when she decides to move back to her native country. It's a big culture shock for him and he does his best to win over her unusual family. The rest of the cast includes Lena Olin, Claes Månsson, Patrick Duffy, Illeana Douglas, Christopher Wagelin, and Per Svensson. Guests this season include Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Neve Campbell, Jason Priestley, Jack Black, and Paul Simon.
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Talk about an office with a view! Anna Kendrick appears to be taking advantage of the sun and the surf while on location in Hawaii—and who can blame her! The 29-year-old actress showed off her toned bod in a black studded bandeau-like swimsuit top and high-waisted black bottoms as she took a dip in the ocean. "At the office," she captioned the Instagram snap. The talented starlet was surrounded by nothing but blue sky and white, fluffy clouds with the exception of a few palm trees in the distance. Kendrick has been shooting Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates in Hawaii with Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza and Adam DeVine. The Into the Woods actress and »
"Ya'll ready for this?!" Gravitas Ventures has debuted a trailer for the indie comedy Addicted to Fresno, from filmmaker Jamie Babbit (Breaking the Girls, Itty Bitty Titty Committee). This kooky indie stars Judy Greer & Natasha Lyonne as sisters at a hotel in Fresno, California. When one of them accidentally kills a guy, they go to extreme lengths to cover up the crime. The supporting cast includes Aubrey Plaza, Clea DuVall, Allison Tolman, Ron Livingston, Molly Shannon and Fred Armisen. This looks funny at times, but doesn't seem like anything that stands out in a crowd. At least it's nice to see more of Judy Greer. Here's the official trailer for Jamie Babbit's Addicted to Fresno, found on YouTube (via The Playlist): Synopsis: Two co-dependent sisters, a recovering sex addict and a lonely lesbian (played by Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne) who work as hotel maids, go to ludicrous »
- Alex Billington
For those of you getting a bit bummed about Judy Greer spending the summer in thankless Blockbuster Mom roles (seriously Hollywood, she's great and deserves better), here's a movie that gives the actress so much more to do. "Addicted To Fresno" features Greer in the lead role alongside a pretty talented ensemble, in what looks like a pretty light-hearted comedy caper. Directed by Jamie Babbitt ("But I'm A Cheerleader") with Natasha Lyonne, Fred Armisen, Molly Shannon, Ron Livingston, Allison Tolman, and Aubrey Plaza among the players, the story follows a recovering sex addict and her lesbian sister, who work together at Fresno Suites and get caught up in covering up a crime after they accidentally kill a hotel guest. This looks light and breezy, but again, the highlight seems to be Greer given a major big screen spotlight. The film opens on October 2nd. Check out the trailer below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Despite low ratings in its first season, the Welcome to Sweden TV show was renewed by NBC for a second summer season. Will the numbers rise or fall this time around? Will the comedy series be cancelled or renewed for a third season? Stay tuned!
On Welcome to Sweden, a former money manager to the stars (Greg Poehler) decides to follow his Swedish love (Josephine Bornebusch) when she decides to move back to her native country. It's a big culture shock for him and he does his best to win over her unusual family. The rest of the cast includes Lena Olin, Claes Månsson, Patrick Duffy, Illeana Douglas, Christopher Wagelin, and Per Svensson. Guests this season include Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Neve Campbell, Jason Priestley, Jack Black, and Paul Simon.
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With key roles on the cult comedy hit Arrested Development and the FX animated comedy Archer, as well as a leading role on Married, Judy Greer is a familiar figure to television fans. She ahs, however, been very prolific on the big screen as well, appearing in supporting turns in four of the summer’s big movies, the four being Tomorrowland, Entourage, Jurassic World, and last weekend’s box office winner Ant-Man. Greer, however, is soon poised to take centre stage in a movie. Titled Addicted to Fresno, the synopsis is as follows.
Follows the lives two co-dependent sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno.
Orange is the New Black‘s Natasha Lyonne plays the other half of the sisterly duo, with But I’m a Cheerleader director Jamie Babbit taking the reins, and Allison Tolman, Aubrey Plaza, Jessica St. Clair, and Molly Shannon co-starring. At the Outfest Film »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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