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Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook are making a living off of being married. The couple launched their podcast, Wedlock, earlier this year on Audible. Now in wide release, Wedlock finds the pair of comedians expounding on the virtues and pitfalls of married life, talking about how simultaneously serious and silly the…

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The Big Sick

This modern romantic comedy about stand-up comedians generates a genuine warmth about people, the ones-who-need-people kind. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s comic dramatization of the way they became a couple is a big winner, with heart-tugging performances from Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, and fine characterizations by Holly Hunter, Zenobia Shroff, Ray Romano, and Anupam Kher.

The Big Sick

Blu-ray + DVD

Lionsgate

2017 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 120 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / 39.99

Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler, Vella Lovell.

Cinematography: Brian Burgoyne

Film Editor: Robert Nassau

Original Music: Michael Andrews

Written by Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

Produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel

Directed by Michael Showalter

These days even caustic mainstream comedies are trying to rediscover sentimentality, without being sentimental. The Big Sick succeeds in generating genuine warmth even though it’s set in the middle of stand-up culture,
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“The Big Sick” is one of the year’s best films so far

We’re reaching the point in the year where some top notch counter programming is about to be released. In fact, today we get one of 2017’s best films overall in The Big Sick. This movie is a supremely entertaining romantic comedy that quickly reveals itself to be much more than just that. At the beginning, it’s a Judd Apatow production through and through, and one of his better ones (among the ones he’s just produced). Then, about halfway in, it takes a right turn that separates it from the pack. Before that, it still would be quality entertainment, but this second half makes it damn near awards worthy. Yes, this movie is just that good. Once again, here is a quick summation for The Big Sick. This film is based on the real life relationship between Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. We’re introduced to the latter as Kumail (Nanjiani playing himself) is toiling as a struggling stand up. When he’s heckled in the crowd by Emily (Zoe Kazan), an instant spark is there. Neither wants to commit to anything serious, but neither can deny the chemistry they share. At the same time, Kumail is dealing with an endless parade of Pakistani women that his mother Sharmeen (Zenobia Shroff) is inviting over for the dinner, in the hopes of an arranged marriage. That pressure eventually spills over and ends things for Emily and Kumail, but when the former winds up in the hospital, it’s Kumail who has to sign papers putting her in a medically induced coma. Emily’s parents Terry (Ray Romano) and Beth (Holly Hunter) then arrive, ready to send their daughter’s ex on his way. Something in him tells him to stay though, and as Emily fights for her life, Kumail gets to know Beth and Terry, seeing an influence on Emily that he never realized. I won’t say where it goes, but considering the real life people are pretty public about things, you should be able to guess. Michael Showalter directs a script that Gordon and Nanjiani co-wrote together. Also in the cast are Adeel Akhtar, Kurt Braunohler, Aidy Bryant, Bo Burnham, Anupam Kher, and more. The aforementioned Apatow produces. This movie is just tremendously good. I actually saw the movie over a month ago and really loved it. Not only do Kazan and Nanjiani have a sparkling chemistry, Hunter and Romano take things to the next level when [...]
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The Big Sick Movie Review

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Based on a real life romance, The Big Sick is the love story of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, who, by the way, also wrote the script. Kumail Nanjiani, perhaps best known in the Us for playing Dinesh in HBO’s Silicon Valley stars as himself in the Michael Showalter directed film. Also starring Zoe Kazan (Emily), Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, and Zenobia Shroff, the film opens in NY and La on Friday, June 23rd.

Kumail, a standup comedian, has an instant connection with grad student Emily, despite the fact that she heckled him during his set. However, what they promised would be just a one-night stand blossoms into true love. Complicating this love story is the life that Kumail is expected to live by the traditions of his Muslim parents. The pressure to make a choice between his two worlds become too much for Kumail, and he and Emily break up. When Emily gets sick with a mystery illness and is put into a coma, it forces Kumail to get lost in the world of medicine, hospitals and a medical crisis with her parents Beth and Terry, who he’s never met. It is a journey of his emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

There are movies that can either make you laugh, or can make you cry, or can touch your heart and sometimes really make you get lost in the world and the lives of these characters, but not many movies provide all of these experiences at once: The Big Sick does all this and more! The story, the performances of every cast member, the cinematography, the laughs and all the feelings it evokes, makes The Big Sick honestly one of the best movies I have seen this year.

One of the greatest things about the film is that it shows just a moment in time of these characters and that is brilliant. The rich little vignettes that make up this big moment of Kumail and Emily are done perfectly. Every scene feels real and true and you are completely involved and invested in their story.

The fact that it is a real story makes it even more poignant and happy, but if you did not know that was a real love story going into the film, it still would make you laugh, sigh, cry, be frustrated and hope for a happy ending.

The cast; oh, that cast is perfect! All the actors make their scenes play true and work together to create some amazing glimpses into Kumail and Emily’s story.

It must have been hard for Kumail Nanjiani to revisit this story. Perhaps going back to that time really brought his feelings to life, but I feel that it might have been a burden for him as well. I have always thought that funny actors make the best dramatic actors when given the right material and he certainly proves that to be true. From his funny lines, to his burgeoning love, his frustration and confusion, his pain, and his realization of what really matters, he speaks volumes. He is brilliant.

From the first moment she appears on screen, Zoe Kazan sparkles. Full of quick wit with a twinkle in her eye, she shines in the early part of the picture. However, it is the more serious scenes that really blow you away. The pain she conveys will break your heart as hers is breaking and it is astounding.

The two of them together are cute, funny, loveable, awkward, heart warming, at times wistful and melancholy. You so want them to stay together forever. They are a perfect jodi!

Ray Romano as Terry is funny, doleful and wonderful. He brings gravity but at the same time lightness to the part and the movie. Loved his performance in the film.

Holly Hunter takes over the focus when she is onscreen with her total fierceness and full commitment to the role and her story. I always love Holly Hunter and this just made me love her more!

Anupam Kher brings a layer of depth to the film. He plays Kumail’s dad in some great comic as well as serious moments, but also with so much feeling. He brings a lot of heart and caring.

Zenobia Shroff is fabulous. She plays Kumail’s rather eccentric mom perfectly with no trace of caricature. I loved her wonderful feigned surprise at the seemingly endless parade of potential daughter-in-laws. Then her pain and anger near the climax of the movie is fully true and we believe it.

We also have to mention Bo Burnham as Cj, Aidy Bryant as Mary and Kurt Braunohler as Chris. As I was watching it, I kept thinking, they should get a comedy troop along with Kumail together, it would be so good! I would watch that tour or show! That speaks to their talent, their realism and their funny.

Adeel Akhtar also has some fabulous moments on screen and delivers his quiet lines with a lot of impact.

Also a shout-out to Myra Lucretia Taylor, though her part as the nurse was small, I see her and the looks in her eyes in my mind when I think of this film.

There are probably nitpicky things I could say but they paled in comparison to the greatness of this film.

The Big Sick is a romantic comedy but it is more. It is a modern rom-com but presented in an honest way rather than being gimmicky, and that makes it even more special. It is everything that a good romance, a good comedy, a good drama, a good film should be! Perfect! I highly, highly recommend that you go see it! I can’t wait to watch it again, even with the sad parts!

An Amazon film, produced by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, This is 40) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, The Royal Tenebaums), The Big Sick opens in limited release in NY and La tomorrow June 23rd and the opens nationwide on June 30th!

Did I say you must see this excellent film? Oh well … it must be said again: go experience that brilliance of the moment in time of The Big Sick!
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Zoe Kazan continues a strong run of performances with “The Big Sick”

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Zoe Kazan. For my money, she’s among the best actresses working in the business right now, and almost undoubtedly one of the most underrated. She is truly something special. This Friday, she displays that talent again in The Big Sick, one of 2017’s finest films so far. I plan on raving more about the flick in a couple of days, but at the moment, I want to make it more about Kazan, since she’s one of the strongest aspects of the movie. Without her, it just doesn’t work the way that it does. Here’s hoping that one day her efforts are justly rewarded. She certainly deserves it. Again, I’ll have more to say about The Big Sick in a few days, but here again is a summation. This film is based on the real life
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'The Big Sick' Review: Welcome to the Funniest Date Movie of 2017

'The Big Sick' Review: Welcome to the Funniest Date Movie of 2017
A struggling Chicago stand-up comic and Uber driver named Kumail, played by the terrifically talented Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh on Silicon Valley), is poleaxed by the news that his girlfriend Emily (Zoe Kazan) has fallen unexpectedly and inexplicably ill. While doctors look for answers, she lies in a medically induced coma. Hard to believe? Nope. Nanjiani and his wife/co-screenwriter Emily V. Gordon carved this romantic comedy out of her personal hospital experience and their own culture-clash relationship. Their hilarious and heartfelt script has a rare authenticity that pulls you in
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Movie Premiere Red Carpet Interviews With Cast of The Big Sick

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Love crosses all racial boundaries.

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.  The Big Sick is directed by Michael Showalter (Hello My Name Is Doris) and produced by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, This Is 40) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, The Royal Tenenbaums).

Lrm was on the red carpet for its movie premiere in Hollywood,
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“The Big Sick” reveals a Trailer with a diagnosis for emotion and laughter

Yesterday, a First Trailer was released for The Big Sick, one of the most well regarded films to come out of the Sundance Film Festival this year. This romantic dramedy is the latest to emerge from Park City as a combination potential crowd pleasing success story as well as possible awards hopeful. Sundance has a bit of a knack for launching this sort of movie, and having seen the flick, I can vouch for it being one of the best they’ve birthed in some time. This is a top notch work that deserves every bit of acclaim that it has received so far since January. This film is based on the real life relationship between Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. We’re introduced to the latter as Kumail (Nanjiani playing himself) is toiling as a struggling stand up. When he’s heckled in the crowd by Emily (Zoe Kazan
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19 Indies and Festival Favorites You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

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19 Indies and Festival Favorites You Can’t Miss This Summer Season
This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, a look at the various trends driving the box office, and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Today — 19 indie standouts and festival favorites (including exciting new offerings from some of our favorite directors, from Kathryn Bigelow to Steven Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola to Edgar Wright) bound for a big screen near you.

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The Lovers,” May 5

The concept of “The Lovers” is almost too cute: Middle-aged married couple Michael (Tracy Letts) and Mary (Debra Winger) lost interest in each other long ago, and have both launched extramarital affairs,
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The Big Sick Creators Tell the Truth Behind the Story | Exclusive

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The Big Sick Creators Tell the Truth Behind the Story | Exclusive
It is pretty early in the year, but there is already a movie that has a lot of folks talking and could be an early awards season favorite. The Big Sick made a big splash at this year's Sundance Film Festival and wound up being one of the biggest sales at the event. Amazon Studios stepped in to purchase the buzzy, real-life romantic comedy for a whopping $12 million. They apparently have a lot of faith that this movie is going to be a big deal. As they probably should.

Following the debut at Sundance, The Big Sick recently screened for some lucky crowds at both SXSW and CinemaCon, and those who saw it seemed to be praising it just as highly as those who had viewed it at Sundance. The movie currently holds a very impressive 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with only a single negative review thus far. That
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The Big Sick SXSW Review: A Romantic Comedy That Defies the Genre

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The Big Sick SXSW Review: A Romantic Comedy That Defies the Genre
Romantic comedies are rarely more than something we use as a form of escapism and rarely do they depict anything that seems remotely real. In fact, they probably give us a lot of false expectations when it really comes down to it. However, when a romantic comedy is done in the right way, it can be a shining example of some of the best that cinema has to offer us. That is exactly what has been done with The Big Sick, a movie that could and probably should wind up in the awards season conversation at the end of the year.

Amazon's The Big Sick tells the real-life story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and how he and his wife Emily Gordon fell in love. The two fall hard for one another and things seem great until Kumail's Pakistani traditionalist family drives a wedge between them. Things change when Emily mysteriously
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Sundance: Amazon Lands ‘The Big Sick’ in Blockbuster Deal (Exclusive)

Sundance: Amazon Lands ‘The Big Sick’ in Blockbuster Deal (Exclusive)
In one of the biggest deals in the history of Sundance, Amazon Studios has landed distribution rights to “The Big Sick” for about $12 million, Variety has learned.

The pact comes on the heels of the romantic comedy’s rousing premiere on Friday night. The film is about a Pakistani-American comedian (Kumail Nanjiani) whose relationship with his girlfriend (Zoe Kazan) is nearly derailed over cultural differences and a health crisis. Nanjiani co-wrote the heavily autobiographical script with his wife Emily V. Gordon.

The negotiations for North American rights and other foreign territories stretched into midnight on Saturday. Nanjiani told Variety earlier this week that he wanted the film to get a theatrical release. Unlike Netflix, its rival streaming service, Amazon is a big proponent of the theatrical experience, with all of its films getting at least some kind of theatrical run.

The Big Sick” sparked interest from a number of distributors,
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‘The Big Sick’ Review: Kumail Nanjiani’s Real-Life Story Is a Major Crowdpleaser — Sundance 2017

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‘The Big Sick’ Review: Kumail Nanjiani’s Real-Life Story Is a Major Crowdpleaser — Sundance 2017
It took a while, but Kumail Nanjiani has worked his way into popular culture with a combination of sincerity and snarky charm. Even as he made his name in standup comedy and memorable television roles (most recently on “Silicon Valley”), he found acclaim for his one-man shows, which dig through his struggles as a Pakistani-American at odds with his traditional upbringing.

Now comes “The Big Sick,” which funnels the two sides of his career into a genuine crowdpleaser that juggles humor and pathos through a personal lens. Co-written with wife Emily V. Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan, who acts opposite Nanjiani as himself), the movie turns their bumpy courtship into a portrait of resilience that operates on both charm and depth.

The Big Sick” is directed by Michael Showalter, whose “Hello, My Name is Doris” was a genial tale of midlife vigor that now plays like a calling card for this bigger canvas.
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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Big Sick’

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Big Sick’
Every year filmmakers flock to Sundance with deeply personal movies inspired by their lives and experiences. But rarely do those films also fire on all cylinders as fully fleshed-out pieces of entertainment. Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V. Gordon mine their personal history for laughs, heartache, and hard-earned insight in “The Big Sick,” a film that’s by turns romantic, rueful, and hilarious. It’s a no-brainer to connect with art-house crowds who like their comedies smart and funny, but this one deserves a shot at the multiplex, too.

Well known in standup circles and a reliable scene stealer in both film and television (perhaps most notably on HBO’s sterling “Silicon Valley”), Nanjiani is overdue for a lead role — and if it takes playing a character loosely based on himself in a movie co-written with his wife, so be it. Nanjiani and Gordon manage the tricky
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Sundance 2017: 20 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

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Sundance 2017: 20 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival
This year’s Sundance Film Festival is mere days from unspooling in snowy Park City, Utah and, with it comes a brand new year of indie filmmaking to get excited about. As ever, the annual festival is playing home to dozens of feature films, short offerings and technologically-influenced experiences, and while there’s plenty to anticipate seeing, we’ve waded through the lineup to pick out the ones we’re most looking forward to checking out.

From returning filmmakers like Alex Ross Perry and Gillian Robesepierre to a handful of long-gestating passion projects and at least one film about a ghost, we’ve got a little something for every stripe of film fan.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Check Out the Full Lineup, Including Competition Titles, Premieres and Shorts

Ahead, check out 20 titles we’re excited to finally check out at this year’s festival.

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The trifecta behind previous Sundance
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Spielberg, Bruckheimer & More: Why Some of TV’s Biggest Producers Have Gone Indie

Spielberg, Bruckheimer & More: Why Some of TV’s Biggest Producers Have Gone Indie
TV’s top producers are drafting their own declarations of independence. Jerry Bruckheimer recently joined Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and “Criminal Minds” producer Mark Gordon in opting to skip rich overall deals and go it alone.

Independence means losing the overhead dollars that come with being aligned to a major studio. But for Amblin, Bruckheimer, Gordon and others, the freedom to produce anywhere and with anyone is worth having to cover those costs.

“The environment is excellent for it,” Bruckheimer told IndieWire. “With all the enormous amount of new buyers, people need content. There are so many different venues to broadcast television shows. Since we have had a lot of success with network in premium content, we thought we could expand and do more.”

Bruckheimer had most recently been set up at Warner Bros. Television. But that deal was set to expire this year, and his TV chief, Jonathan Littman,
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Spielberg, Bruckheimer & More: Why Some of TV’s Biggest Producers Have Gone Indie

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Spielberg, Bruckheimer & More: Why Some of TV’s Biggest Producers Have Gone Indie
TV’s top producers are drafting their own declarations of independence. Jerry Bruckheimer recently joined Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and “Criminal Minds” producer Mark Gordon in opting to skip rich overall deals and go it alone.

Independence means losing the overhead dollars that come with being aligned to a major studio. But for Amblin, Bruckheimer, Gordon and others, the freedom to produce anywhere and with anyone is worth having to cover those costs.

“The environment is excellent for it,” Bruckheimer told IndieWire. “With all the enormous amount of new buyers, people need content. There are so many different venues to broadcast television shows. Since we have had a lot of success with network in premium content, we thought we could expand and do more.”

Bruckheimer had most recently been set up at Warner Bros. Television. But that deal was set to expire this year, and his TV chief, Jonathan Littman,
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Comedy Central Brass Talk New Slate, Kevin Hart Orders, Trevor Noah Ratings

Capping off a week of announcements, including several renewals and big plans for Snapchat content, Comedy Central announced its full slate on Thursday morning. The large lineup includes five series pickups, 10 new specials and 11 pilot orders. Among the series orders are two projects with Kevin Hart — travel series Hart in the City and an untitled showcase for up-and-coming standup performers — and standup specials starring Kurt Braunohler, Deon Cole, Pete Davidson, Joe DeRosa, Trevor Moore, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder and The Goddamn Comedy Jam. There's also a special in the works from Daily Show

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Comedy Central Will Launch Two Kevin Hart Series

With years under its belt of running programs featuring everyone from Bill Maher to Dave Chapelle, Comedy Central has long had a distinctive voice. But it never got to make itself heard in a dynamic way each year when TV networks make an annual pitch to Madison Avenue.

That will all change this evening, when the Viacom-owned outlet puts on the first standalone upfront presentation in the nearly quarter-century since Time Warner’s Comedy Channel and Viacom’s Ha! merged to form the network as it is known today. In a show that is expected to feature many of its most popular stars, like Amy Schumer, Trevor Noah and Larry Wilmore, Comedy Central intends to make the case that it attracts the younger consumers advertisers say they crave and that its executives are working diligently to move with those viewers as they place more emphasis on mobile devices and streaming video.
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Hollywood’s New Leaders: The Creatives

Hollywood’s New Leaders: The Creatives
Variety‘s Hollywood’s New Leaders profiles those to look out for in the worlds of film, TV, digital and more. For more of the New Leaders, click here.

John Boyega, 23

Actor

Boyega, who started out in the U.K. with a background in theater rather than film, is about to become a household name on movie marquees, thanks to his starring role in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The pic will no doubt open many doors for him, and he’s thrilled with the turn of events. “I’ve had this dream for a long time and it feels great to be able to accomplish it and make it a reality,” he says.

Dan Fogelman, 39

ScreeNwriter, producer, director

Known for his writing and producing successes — “Cars,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Tangled” — Fogelman made his directorial debut this year with “Danny Collins,” a comedy-drama he wrote. Fogelman
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