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The most recent “X is dead” proclamation comes from The Hollywood Reporter in the form of an obituary for the Hollywood romantic comedy. It’s cause of death, of course, is a lust for an international market and high concepts that play there, but while the article from Tatiana Siegel initially frames the loss with a black veil (the title proclaims that Harry wouldn’t meet Sally in 2013), the reality of the situation isn’t a cause for dirges. Instead, it’s an opportunity for innovation that deserves a marching band. At least two of the filmmakers interviewed said as much. First, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World producer Joy Gorman: “The meet-cute is dead. The only ones that have a chance are ones with a very fresh take.” So the ones that abide strictly to a tired checklist don’t have a shot? Excellent. Second, there »
- Scott Beggs
Walsh and Goodman began the blog earlier this year, which they write is about “two good friends with opposite relationship problems [who] found themselves single at the same time. As an experiment, they dated for 40 days.”
Walsh is described on the blog as “a hopeless romantic who jumps into relationships very quickly” while Goodwin says he “is afraid of commitment and tends to date many girls at the same time.”
Sarah Schechter is overseeing the project for the studio. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: A wild auction has ended with Warner Bros acquiring screen rights to 40 Days Of Dating, a running blog compiled by New York designers Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman. It involved the two friends dating each other over 40 days, and chronicling the results with essays and filmed vignettes. The Vow and Grey Gardens helmer Michael Sucsy is attached to direct, and Lorene Scafaria will write the script. Her credits include Nick And Nora’s Infinite Playlist and she most recently wrote and directed Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. The life rights of Walsh and Goodman are also part of the package. Michael Sugar, Joy Gorman and Bard Dorros are producing for Anonymous Content. Ashley Zalta is co-producer. The blog was an experiment in romance by two friends who found themselves single at the same time. Walsh is a serial monogamist, while Goodman has commitment issues and dates a lot of girls. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
IFC Films today announced that they have acquired North American rights to Scott Coffrey's "Adult World," starring Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, and John Cusack, fresh off its world premiere at last month's Tribeca Film Festival. Roberts stars in the film as Amy, a poet yet to get any traction in her career and still living with her parents in a small upstate New York town. Looking for an easy job, she accepts a position at a local sex shop owned by an elderly couple where she meets another local boy (Peters) working at the store. Meanwhile, Amy pursues a mentorship with a reclusive poet (Cusack) looking for both the inspiration and final push needed for her to finally find success. "Adult World" was produced by Justin Nappi and Kevn Turen of Treehouse Pictures, in addition to Joy Gorman, Alex Goldstone and Manu Gargi. The film is the second feature for »
- Cameron Sinz
IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to Scott Coffey's Adult World , which had its world premiere at last month's 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The film, with a screenplay by Andy Cochran, stars Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack, Armando Riesco, Cloris Leachman and Shannon Woodward. Adult World was produced by Justin Nappi and Kevn Turen of Treehouse Pictures with Joy Gorman and Alex Goldstone of Anonymous Content and Manu Gargi. Executive producers are Mohammed Al Turki, Joel Michaely and Paul Green. IFC Films is planning a day and date theatrical and VOD release. Adult World stars Emma Roberts as Amy . naïve, awkward and anxious to get her poetry career off the ground. Living with her parents in a seemingly bland upstate New »
Emma Roberts, Evan Peters and John Cusack star in the film about Amy, a naive poet that is trying to launch her writing career. Struggling to make ends meet, she takes a job at an upstate New York town's local sex shop called Adult World.
"Scott Coffey has directed a charming film with a terrific breakout performance from Emma Roberts. We are excited about the filmmaker's shared enthusiasm about bringing this film to audiences as a day and date release."
Producer Justin Nappi »
IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Scott Coffey's comedy "Adult World" and is planning a day and date theatrical and VOD release. Andy Cochran wrote the film, which had its world premier at last month's Tribeca Film Festival. Emma Roberts and Evan Peters star alongside John Cusack, Armando Riesco, Cloris Leachman and Shannon Woodward. Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen of Treehouse Pictures produced with Joy Gorman and Alex Goldstone of Anonymous Content and Manu Gargi. Mohammed Al Turki, Joel Michaely and Paul Green were executive producers. "Adult World" stars Roberts as Amy, »
- Jeff Sneider
Evan Peters, John Cusack, Armando Riesco, Cloris Leachman and Shannon Woodward also star. Producers are Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen of Treehouse Pictures with Joy Gorman and Alex Goldstone of Anonymous Content and Manu Gargi.
Story, penned by Andy Cochran, centers on a young woman living with her parents who’s anxious to get her poetry career off the ground. She begrudgingly accepts a job at Adult World, the local sex shop.
Ronnie Schieb wrote in her review for Variety: “Coffey’s loose, casual style, tilting toward the performance-centric and improvisational — as with his 2005 debut, ‘Ellie Parker,’ starring genius-caliber actress Naomi Watts — cannot fully accommodate the presence »
- Dave McNary
8 items from 2013
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